Team Fitzgerald is looking for a substantial delay in filing redacted versions of their CIPA 6(a) pleadings. I expect Judge Walton will grant this motion, perhaps conditioning the grant on the government redacting the transcripts of multiple classified hearings per the originally ordered deadline of March 2nd.
See November 15, 2006 Order [Doc 189]. From the docket ...
189 ORDER as to I. LEWIS LIBBY; that the government shall complete a classification review of this Court's November 15, 2006 Opinion [This is a specific reference to Court Opinion Re: CIPA 6(a) Admissibility, (Doc 191/209)] by December 1, 2006. That the government shall complete a classification review of the pleadings filed under seal by January 15, 2007, and the transcripts of the classified proceedings by March 2, 2007. That the government shall provide redacted copies of these items to the Court immediately upon their completion; Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on 11/15/06.
That Judge Walton is amenable to an extension, maybe even expected a motion for an extension, was foreshadowed in footnote 1 of his November 15 Order.
1 The Court recognizes that there has been a substantial amount of classified information that has been discussed in the papers filed with this Court and addressed during the various closed hearings. Thus, upon a showing of good cause, this Court will entertain a motion to extend time to complete the classification review.
I wish redacted versions of the CIPA 6(a) pleadings would have been released on schedule, as they would facilitate more detailed analysis and speculation relating to defense evidence produced at trial. Check out the redacted court opinion (link above) to obtain a preview of the subject matter that Libby intends to introduce. The general object of this aspect of the defense is to convince the jury that his preoccupation with things other than Wilson and Wilson's wife caused him to forget any and all official exposure he had to the fact that "Wilson's wife works at the CIA."
Note too, Fitzgerald has obtained a delay in the filing of a response in the Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the Motion of Dow Jones and Associated Press to release more of the Appellate Court opinion, and Fitzgerald's affidavits to the District Court below that resulting in the Court's compelling Miller and Cooper to testify before the grand jury.
Case 1:05-cr-00394-RBW Document 245 Filed 01/13/2007 Page 1 of 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ) ) CR. NO 05-394 (RBW) v. ) ) I. LEWIS LIBBY, ) also known as "Scooter Libby" ) MOTION TO EXTEND TIME FOR COMPLETION OF CLASSIFICATION REVIEW The government hereby moves to extend time for completion of the classification review of the pleadings filed under seal in this matter. In an order dated November 15, 2006, the Court ordered that the classification review of the Court's November 15, 2006 opinion be completed by December 1, 2006; that the classification review of the pleadings filed under seal in this matter be completed by January 15, 2007; and that the classification review of the transcripts of the classified proceedings be completed by March 2, 2007. In addition, in an order dated December 11, 2006, the Court ordered that a classification review of the Court's December 8, 2006 opinion be completed by December 22, 2006. With great efforts by the appropriate national security agencies, the government met both the Court's December 1, 2006 and December 22, 2006 classification review deadlines. The national security agencies have continued to work diligently on the classification review of the pleadings and the transcripts; however, they have given priority to activities necessary to avoid a delay in the trial start date of January 16, 2007.
Case 1:05-cr-00394-RBW Document 245 Filed 01/13/2007 Page 2 of 4 In light of those activities, and the fact that there are a very limited number of personnel responsible for conducting the necessary classification reviews, the government is unable to meet the January 15, 2006 deadline for completion of the classification review of the pleadings. The government respectfully requests that the Court extend the deadline for completion of the classification review of the pleadings until March 2, 2007. Respectfully submitted, ____________________ PATRICK J. FITZGERALD Special Counsel Office of the United States Attorney Northern District of Illinois 219 South Dearborn Street Chicago, Illinois 60604 (312) 353-5300 Dated: January 13, 2007 2
Case 1:05-cr-00394-RBW Document 245 Filed 01/13/2007 Page 3 of 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ) ) CR. NO 05-394 (RBW) v. ) ) I. LEWIS LIBBY, ) also known as "Scooter Libby" ) ORDER Upon consideration of the government's Motion to Extend Time for Completion of Classification Review, it is hereby, ORDERED that the Motion to Extend Time for Completion of Classification Review is GRANTED. Dated: __________________ _________________________________ HON. REGGIE B. WALTON UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Case 1:05-cr-00394-RBW Document 245 Filed 01/13/2007 Page 4 of 4 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I, the undersigned, hereby certify that on this 13th day of January 2007, I caused true and correct copies of the foregoing to be served on the following parties: William Jeffress, Esq. Baker Botts The Warner 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20004-2400 Facsimile: 202-585-1087 Theodore V. Wells, Esq. Paul Weiss 1285 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10019-6064 Facsimile: 212-373-2217 John D. Cline, Esq. Jones Day 555 California Street San Francisco, CA 94104 Facsimile: 415-875-5700 Patrick J. Fitzgerald Special Counsel U.S. Department of Justice 10th & Constitution Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20530 202-514-1187 By: /s/ Kathleen M. Kedian Deputy Special Counsel
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