Monday, November 28, 2005


Plame Game - Oh, Those "Lawyers Close to the Case!"

The Plame Game marches on!

This story over the weekend we read this from Time Magazine that one of their own, reporter Viveca Novak had agreed to testify at Fitzgerald's Fantasy Island about her conversations with Karl Rove's attorneys. This of course has re-kindled the fire in Chris Matthew's belly - howbeit the same cannot be said for his ratings.

But moreover, this news also sends that ever present group, the "Lawyers close to the case" sprinting to their cell phones because according to them this could only mean that it's " a sign that prosecutors are still exploring charges against the White House aide."

However, before we go into that, let's examine this group of "Lawyers close to the case", a group which first surfaced in the OJ Trial and have hung around every "trial of the century" since.

First, for veracity sake, we should examine their track record.

According to my modest scorecard of their performance during Fitzmas - on the whole, I would say that they were neither close, nor in many cases in the same neighborhood of their "22 indictment" predictions. This was evident as Fitzgerald only indicted Libby on basically a "he said/she said/they said", type of perjury/obstruction case, yet, and this is important - not on the leak - which for all intents and purposes is a dead issue.

Yet that doesn't stop the "lawyers close to the case" from finding the proverbial "Tempest in a Turnip", which is about what Novak's testimony probably will amount to. The one thing I can tell you for absolute certainty is that Fitizgerald is in no way looking at anything close to a "leak charge". If anything (and that's a big "IF"), additonal charges (if any) would be about the same as what was rendered at Libby. Anyone who is telling you something other than that is well, full of crap.

There is another angle though, one that you only have to ask yourself, "Where in the world is...?"

Oh, and by the way, I got that from a lawyer that I know (family member) who REALLY is close to the case.

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