The Libby Jury Is Seated
After a lengthy process today, of strikes and movements and back and forths and ins and outs and…well, let's just say it was a lot of movement. Anyway, we have a jury.
I am not comfortable handing out juror numbers, but I will do some thumbnail descriptions. (From years of dealing with criminal proceedings, I'd prefer to keep descriptions useful but general to be clear on non-identification of the jurors themselves. Just out of habit.)
From my count (and checkng it against the count of others in the media room), I have the following:
2 African American
(And one of the Caucasian women may or may not be Hispanic — there's some uncertainty there.)
That's the jury panel itself. The alternate jurors are summed up as 2 African American women, 1 white woman and one white man.
Not exactly a completely analogous cross-section of DC, but it's the jury nonetheless.
Of the folks in the jury pool (both in the jury and alternates), we have a web architect, an investment banker, a travel agent, a retired math teacher, a consumer protection attorney, someone from HHS, an art curator, the fellow whose former editor was Bob Woodward, someone who works in hotel sales, one person who has formerly served as a jury foreperson in a prior criminal case, someone who does data entry, a retired postal worker, a day care provider, and a juror who formerly worked for the military, then a nonprofit and is now retired.
All in all, a fair slice of America. And hopefully, a pool of folks who can listen closely to the evidence, and make decisions and render a verdict based on the law and the facts. Here are the jurors who will decide the fate of I. Lewis Libby — may they render a just verdict, in accordance with the law.