Libby Trial: Fitzgerald Highlights ’16 Words’ in Opening Statement

Despite having repeatedly argued during voir dire that the Iraq War and surrounding politics were irrelevant to the case, prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is repeatedly referring to the State of the Union address, the infamous “sixteen words,” Niger, uranium, and so forth during his opening arguments. He offered a disclaimer that it is “just background,” but it is nonetheless obviously going to be a major part of the trial.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.