Thursday, March 8, 2007

Hot off the net...

From the book of Algore

Then Algore said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Climate; yet you must see that the Great Warmening is nigh.

A second Libby Jurror is causing sane thinking people everywhere to shake their heads in wonder and throw their hand up into the air.
Ann (juror): Yeah, I think in the big picture, um, it kind of bothers me that there was this whole big crime being investigated and he got caught up in the investigation as opposed to in the actual crime that was supposedly committed.
Chris Matthews: Which is the leaking of a CIA agents name.
Ann: Exactly.

The juror who this week judged a man guilty is now calling for the President to pardon Libby, who she says "got caught up in the investigation as opposed to in the actual crime that was supposedly committed." Huh?
Check out Hot Air for the video.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is facing allegations of possible sexual harassment.
The Politico reports:
The lieutenant governor of New Mexico, Diane Denish was quoted in the Albuquerque Journal saying she avoids standing or sitting near Richardson because of his physical manner, which she said was not improper but was "annoying." The governor, she said, "pinches my neck. He touches my hip, my thigh, sort of the side of my leg."

A 24 year old student at San Francisco State who "worked part time as an outreach staffer at a community college television station", operated a blog, and "occasionally sold videotape to news organizations" has been held 6 months in jail for contempt of court for refusing to turn over a videotape of a protest to prosecutors.

It turns out this kid believes he has a "level of trust" between himself and the anarchist group he was videotaping, and he identifies himself as "an artist, an activist, an anarchist, and an archivist" (i.e. the kid is an ultraliberal/moonbat). While I doubt this kid and I would see eye to eye on many things, I at least can say I feel bad for him in this situation. A US Atty has said:
[the kid's] resistance "is apparently fueled by his anointment as a journalistic martyr" and that he needs "to come to grips with the fact that he was simply a person with a video camera who happened to record some public events."

It sounds to me like this US Atty is a jerk who needs to come to grips with the fact that there is nothing more dangerous than overzealous lawyer backed by the full authority of the US Government.
Novak, the guy responsible for the whole "Plamegate" scandal that ultimately resulted in the miscarriage of justice otherwise known as the Scoot Libby Trial, chimes in on the Libby verdict.
While my column on Wilson's mission triggered Libby's misery, I played but a minor role in his trial. Subpoenaed by his defense team, I testified that I had phoned him in reporting the Wilson column and that he had said nothing about Wilson's wife. Other journalists said the same thing under oath, but we apparently made no impression on the jury.

The trial provided no information whatsoever about Valerie Plame's status at the CIA at the time I revealed her role in her husband's mission. No hard evidence was produced that Libby was ever told she was undercover. Fitzgerald had argued that whether or not she was covert was not material to this trial, and U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton had so ruled. Yet in his closing argument, Fitzgerald referred to Mrs. Wilson's secret status, and in answer to a reporter's question after the verdict, he said she was "classified."

In fact, her being classified -- that is, that her work was a government secret -- did not in itself meet the standard required for prosecution of the leaker (former deputy secretary of state Armitage) under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982. That statute limits prosecution to exposers of covert intelligence activities overseas, whose revelation would undermine U.S. intelligence. That is why Fitzgerald did not move against Armitage.

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