This account offers few details of the judge's order and makes one puzzling assertion——that Fitzgerald was seeking to subpoena reporters, too, when I see no evidence he was. Make no mistake, Libby has just won a major victory in his defense: the judge says he can supoena journalists and news organizations. As to what the scope of the order is, and whether the mysterious suggestion that Fitzgerald also wanted this has any basis at all,we'll have to wait for someone outside the antique media to actually give us a meaningful report:
WASHINGTON — The judge in the CIA leak case said Monday that lawyers on both sides in the perjury trial of former White House aide I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby will be allowed to subpoena journalists and news organizations.
The issue of calling reporters and news organizations to supply information or testify in the trial was raised at a hearing on Friday.
I wouldn't be surprised to see those agencies likely to be called to start commenting now on the soundness of Libby's pending Motion to Dismiss the case.
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