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Libby lawyer hints at poor memory defense

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Cheney chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [JURIST news archive], who resigned Friday after a grand jury indictment [JURIST report], has outlined a possible defense for his client's alleged false statements before a grand jury. Joseph Tate [firm profile] suggested that Libby's inconsistent "recollections" to the grand jury and FBI investigators were the result of his hectic schedule and the near impossibility of recalling the details of conversations had years earlier. Libby reportedly testified before a grand jury that he learned the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame from reporters, though evidence indicates that he may have learned her identity from Cheney and others a month earlier. AP has more.

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