Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Fitzgerald, the Grand Jury, and the CIA leak scandal

According to the latest news report, the CIA leak grand jury has adjourned for the day after a three hour meeting. No announcements are going to be made today.

Could it be that Special Counsel Fitzgerald is not using this grand jury as a "rubber stamp" but as an investigative tool? Not every prosecutor follows the Ronnie Earle model

We don't know what Fitzgerald and the grand jury were doing today. Was he presenting more evidence? Was Fitzgerald or his staff presenting arguments? Was the grand jury asking questions of the special counsel?

It could be that Fitzgerald wants the grand jury to take a real look at all the evidence, including the evidence showing an absence of probable cause that a crime has been committed. In that case, it is possible that the grand jury could issue a "no-bill" and the matter would be resolved.

After all the work Fitzgerald has done, and all the evidence presented to the grand jury, it would be a good day for our criminal justice system if the grand jury voted against indicting anyone in the White House and this matter were to come to a close. If that happened, then only the most psychotic anti-Bush loonie would be able to complain that this was a white wash. Sadly, there are plenty of them around.


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