A Labor Department employee who wrote letters opposing the Bush administration was approved as a potential juror Monday as jury selection neared completion in the perjury trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
Libby's defense attorneys have spent days trying to weed Bush administration critics out of the jury pool, and the jury selection process has taken about twice as long as expected. Thirty-six potential jurors must be approved. As of Monday morning, the pool was at 32.
Opening arguments are scheduled for Tuesday.
Despite his political activities, which included letter-writing campaigns for the liberal group MoveOn.org, the young man from the Labor Department said he would be fair to both sides. He said he did not believe the administration lied to go to war.
"I believe they were honest when they made their statements," the man said. "They may have been misguided but I believe they were honest."