Friday, September 08, 2006
Prosecutors: Memory experts useless in Libby case


Lewis Libby is the only person charged in the CIA leak probe.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A memory expert's testimony would offer little use to a jury deciding whether Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide lied to a grand jury and investigators, according to a motion filed late Thursday by prosecutors.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby is accused of misleading authorities about his knowledge of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative whose husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, openly questioned a basis for the 2003 Iraq invasion. Libby has pleaded not guilty, and the trial is set to begin in January 2007.

In his motion, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald said "no special circumstances warrant the admission of expert testimony on memory." Libby's lawyers should use cross-examination of witnesses and jury instructions to address memory issues, the filing said.

Defense attorneys plan to file a rebuttal next week, a Libby source said Friday.
Posted By Paul Courson, CNN Washington Bureau: 9/08/2006 01:39:00 PM ET | Permalink
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