Three somewhat unrelated points on the Libby trial:
1) Some say that Libby didn’t have a motive to lie. I’m not sure I buy that, but if you do, you might be interested in this Beldar war story about a witness who lied under oath with no apparent motive to do so.
2) I don’t understand why people fault Fitzgerald for being thorough. Libby was prosecuted in part for lies that he told law enforcement before Fitzgerald was even appointed. According to the partisan Republicans, Fitzgerald should have simply overlooked those lies, and/or not dug deeper. I’m not convinced by this argument.
3) I’ll grant the Libby defenders this: Tom Maguire raises some seemingly valid concerns about Fitzgerald’s conduct here. In an ideal world, some journalist would book Fitzgerald for an interview and ask him the questions raised by Maguire’s piece. Maybe Tim Russert could have him on Meet the Press!