3:30PM: Juror Denis Collins, who wrote a book about SPYING and is a former reporter for the Washington Post: “Tremendous amount of sympathy for Mr. Libby on the jury.” Adds “it was said a number of times ‘what are we doing with this guy here,’ where’s Rove, where’s you know, these other guys? We’re not saying we didn’t think Mr. Libby wasn’t guilty of the things we found him guilty of, but that it seemed like he was … the fall guy.”
What sounds like David Shuster, of MSNBC, asks Collins: Was he the fall guy for Vice President Dick Cheney?
2:41PM: Michelle quotes Fitzgerald and a juror who WROTE A BOOK ABOUT SPYING:
12:37pm Patrick Fitzgerald. Paraphrasing. “The results are sad. It’s sad that we have a situation in which a top official lied and obstructed justice. But it happened…We brought charges. We went to trial. And proved our case…Any lie under oath is serious. We cannot tolerate perjury…”
12:42pm Fitzgerald: “I do not expect to file any further charges.” Paraphrasing: We’re not going to be handing over our files to you guys to write articles or books or whatever.
12:54pm Denis Collins, one of the jurors, addresses the press. He identifies himself as a former reporter. “The primary thing that convinced us on most of the accounts was the alleged conversation with Russert…It was either false (didn’t happen) or did happen…Mr. Libby was either told by or told to about Mrs. Wilson at least nine times…we believed he had a bad memory…but contradicted by testimony that he had an incredible grasp of details…even if he forgot who told him, it seemed very unlikely that he would have not remembered about Mrs. Wilson…tremendous amount of sympathy for Mr. Libby on the jury…jury asked “Where’s Rove? Where’s the other guys?” It seemed like he was the fall guy.
Update @ 12:33PM: Libby’s attorneys make the following statement to the press:
11:52AM: Robert Novak on FOX News …
12:01PM: Stay waiting … no one has taken mic outside courthouse …
12:05PM: AP: LIBBY FOUND GUILTY on 4 of 5 counts.
12:09PM: Napolitano says Libby is facing 25 years …
12:12PM: Thumbnails of all five charges (click for larger image):
12:16PM: Brett Baier says White House is expected to make a statement at 12:30’s White House press briefing with
Tony Snow Dana Perino.
12:18PM: CNN’s Blitzer: Libby threw “sand in the eyes” of investigators.
12:23PM: Still waiting for Libby’s attorneys to address the press …
12:26PM: Sen. Harry Reid: “I welcome the jury’s verdict, it’s about time someone be held accountable.” Adds Bush must pledge not to pardon Libby …
12:28PM: Mrs. Libby unable to present herself to the cameras … Libby’s team:
12:29PM: Libby’s attorney: We “intend to file a motion for a new trial and if that is denied we will appeal the conviction. And We have every confidence that ultimately Mr. Libby will be vindicated.”