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Morning all.  Marcy and I are at the media room in the Prettyman Courthouse.  The judge's clerks are doing courtroom set-up on the monitors, and we are chugging coffee to get rolling for the day.  It should be a big day of testimony — they'll be finishing Craig Schmall's cross examination, re-direct and re-cross (if there is any), this morning, and then it will be on to Cathie Martin, who is likely to take most of the day.

For the folks just tuning in to the trial, Craig Schmall was the CIA briefer for Scooter Libby, and later, for both Vice President Cheney and Libby.  (I did a recap yesterday that fills in some of the details of his testimony thus far, if you need to catch up.)  Cathie Martin is the former press secretary for Vice President Cheney — and she has some very interesting connections in all of this, including being the third person on Air Force Two during the flight on the 12th of July, 2003, coming back from the christening of the USS Ronald Reagan where Dick Cheney gave Libby written marching orders on how to deal with press inquiries from Matt Cooper of Time Magazine, among many other things.

Should be a VERY interesting day for everyone.

How are you guys this morning?  Anything catching your eye in the news? 

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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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