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Friday, November 03, 2006

No Memory Expert for Libby Trial

"Judge Reggie Walton, in an opinion Thursday, wrote the testimony of memory export, Dr. Robert Bjork, chairman UCLA's psychology department, would be a "waste of time," and could mislead and confuse a jury."
"Libby lawyers have argued that a key to their defense is their client simply did not remember "snippets of conversations" with three reporters about how he learned or what he knew about CIA employee Valerie Plame. Libby's defense team has said the pressure of Libby's White House job, "could have easily caused him to confuse or misremember minor details of conversations about his former [Ambassador Joe Wilson's] wife and her job at the CIA - topics Libby did not consider significant at the time."

At a hearing last week, Libby's defense team brought out the first witness in their case, psychologist Elizabeth Loftus, a professor at the University of California at Irvine, who tried to persuade Judge Walton that a memory expert was essential in the Libby trial."

Click here for the full article from MSNBC.


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