Libby Jurors Adjourn Until Next Week

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Jurors completed a shortened, eighth day of deliberations Friday without a verdict in the perjury trial of ex-White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

They resume work on Monday.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted their request to leave three hours early Friday to attend to personal, professional and medical obligations. On their way out, they handed Walton two questions, which will be addressed in court Monday. The questions were to be released publicly Friday afternoon.

The seven women and four men got the case near midday on Feb. 22. They normally work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but on three of the eight days they’ve had the case, court or personal business have shortened their deliberation time by several hours.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is accused of obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI and a grand jury about how learned and whom he told the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, wife of prominent Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson.

Jurors have asked only one substantive question — involving Libby’s discussions with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper — but resolved it themselves before the judge could answer.

Libby faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all five charges, but would surely get far less time under federal sentencing guidelines.

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