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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:

9 Women

3 Men

10 Caucasian

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.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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