"There is going to be one question I'm not going to ask,” the Scooter Libby judge told the court, looking over questions submitted by jurors. “I've concluded that that question is not appropriate and therefore you should not speculate as to what the response would have been."
What was he talking about? A moment later, Walton told the jurors: "What Mrs. Wilson's status was at the CIA, whether it was covert or not covert, is not something that you're going to hear any evidence presented to you on in this trial."
In other words, Byron York explains in Wash Post, keep blinkers on, because all that matters is whether Libby lied. So what if the whole business began with her being covert? Prosecutor Fitzgerald says Libby lied to protect his job, which he would have lost if discovered to leak classified info. But he won’t put that to the jury, only “that there was an investigation into whether the law was violated."
Clever rascal. It almost makes you sympathetic for Chi pols who do time after Fitzgerald prosecuted them. Almost.