Our astute Libby Trial correspondent Clarice Feldman has been live blogging the Libby Trial from the media room, and has posted her reflections on yesterday's proceedings at Just One Minute. Clarice's many fans will find her characteristic wit and insight on full display. Here are some highlights: Wednesday was a good day for the Libby defense. Judy Miller, as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the AP's Matt Apuzzo noted was not an all star witness for the prosecution. I don't like ploughing a field that's already been tilled and refer you again to my media bloggers association colleague, Rory O'Connor who has some good thumbnails on the last portion of her testimony (1, 2).
The most amusing witness of the trial was up today, the charming Matt Cooper who with his sloppy notes, shoddy journalism and wry humor brought the old play "Front Page" to life before our eyes. He is the sort of person it would be fun to have dinner with, not the sort of person whose news story should be taken as a bit of serious journalism.
Cooper is one of the prosecution's chief witnesses and surely by now even those who believed in the "Elliott Ness with a law degree" fluff about the prosecutor must be thinking more along the lines of "Get Smart". In a brutally devastating but gentlemanly low key way the defense destroyed a key prosecution witness. The defense showed through an examination of the internal Time emails and documents that the story that brought Matt Cooper into this, "A War on Wilson?" was something concocted out of thin air.
Clarice has long predicted that the media would be the ones in a world of hurt at the end of the trial. So far, her predictions are coming true.