With today's plea of Not Guilty (no surprise) the leaders of Scooter's defense team have been revealed. They are stellar.
As disclosed on his webpage, Ted Wells successfully defended Mike Espey, Bill Clinton's Secretary of Agriculture, Raymond Donovan, Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Labor and a host of other luminaries in white collar cases. He was counsel to the Democratic Party of New Jersey and Treasurer of Bill Bradley's presidential campaign. He is a Partner in the national firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, headquartered in New York. He is a superstar. Oh, and he appears to be of African descent.
According to his webpage Bill Jeffress , with the D.C. office of Texas powerhouse Baker and Botts, has won acquittals for public officials accused of extortion, perjury, money laundering, and vote-buying; for lawyers charged with bank fraud, insurance fraud, and money laundering; and for businessmen accused of antitrust offenses, bribery, tax fraud, mail fraud, misapplication of funds, and RICO violations. He has also served as an expert witness in the legal ethics of criminal defense.
All in all a formidable team. Just what David Thomson and I said in our earlier posts here and here was necessary for Libby to conduct a successful full-bore defense.
Brit Hume's evening news program carried a clip of Wells making a statement after Libby's arraignment. Well's message? Libby will conduct an all out defense and wants a jury trial. A very strong statement, and not conciliatory at all.
It was revealed that Libby waived his right to a speedy trial so that his defense team could get the necessary clearances to review all relevant classified information. This makes clear that the evidence will get a thorough going over.
In addition, an old clip of Jeffress was trotted out, and Major Garrett's voice over indicated that the defense will strongly challenge the recollections of Russert, Miller and Cooper where they differed from Libby's version.
The next hearing won't be until February.
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