Libby Defense: Prosecution Theory ‘Just Stupid’

Scooter Libby’s chief attorney told the jury during opening arguments that the prosecution theory that Libby needed to invent a story about a conversation with Tim Russert “is just stupid.”

They introduced a slide entitled “The Evidence Will Show The Russert Story Was Unnecessary” to show that the theory is not only “illogical but intellectually flawed.” On the same day Libby talked with Russert, he had been told by Karl Rove that Novak has already written the story. Thus, he could have said “I heard it from reporters” by using Novak rather than making up a “false, phony story” about Russert.

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