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The Libby Trial

It's Day Two of the jury selection in the trial of former Cheney chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports that nine potential jurors were interviewed yesterday for the Libby trial. Six were asked to return today, and three were dismissed. Among those dismissed:
-- a young African-American woman who was asked about her views of the Bush Administration and said, "I am completely without objectivity. Nothing they can say or do would make me think anything positive about them."
-- a white financial analyst who admitted that he regularly reads the gossip blog Wonkette and said, "I don't have the highest opinion of [Cheney]."
-- and a young white woman who said she is a freelance photographer and could not afford to spend six weeks at trial; the judge will have her called again for a shorter case.

The Washington Post: "The difficulty of finding 12 jurors and four alternates became apparent as jury selection began. [Judge Reggie] Walton started by asking prospective jurors 38 pre-screening questions, telling them the inquiry would help determine whether they had 'certain sympathies or prejudices' that could interfere with their responsibility to be impartial."

The New York Times front-pages that Libby is a paradox: He's a GOP "policy enforcer" who has written a novel; he's a Washington lawyer fond of taking tequila shots; and he's an intellectual who goes by the nickname of "Scooter." But the biggest paradox of all, the Times says, is that this "first-rate legal mind and a hypercautious aide" was charged for committing perjury.