March 5, 2007

libby-juror.jpg Dennis Collins, the only jury member to address the media after the verdict, explains how the panel came to their decision, and offered some interesting insight into the deliberation process.

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Apparently the jury wanted to know where Cheney and Rove were. Hopefully that picture will become clearer as time progresses.


[I]n the final analysis, he said jurors found Libby's story just too hard to believe.
"It was just very hard to believe how he could remember it on a Tuesday and forget it on a Thursday and then remember it two days later," Collins told reporters outside U.S. District Court. "Having said that, I will say that there was a tremendous amount of sympathy for Mr. Libby on the jury."

"It was said a number of times, 'What are we doing with this guy here? Where's [Karl] Rove ... where are these other guys?'

"We're not saying we didn't think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of, but it seemed like ... he was the fall guy."

Collins said the jury believed Libby was "tasked by the vice president to go and talk to reporters."

Collins said among their key points of deliberation were: motivation to tell the truth, motivation to lie, believability and state of mind.

The primary testimony that convinced the jury on most of the counts, Collins said, was Libby's alleged conversation with NBC's "Meet the Press" moderator Tim Russert. "Some of us believed it never happened," he said.

"We were told he had a bad memory and we actually believed he did." But that testimony was contradicted by testimony that he had an incredible grasp of details.

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