Friday, June 24, 2005

The Plame Affair to come off the backburner? 

We should know Monday:

The justices of the Supreme Court on Thursday debated whether to take on the cases of Matt Cooper (search), a Time magazine reporter, and Judith Miller (search), a reporter at the New York Times. Both have refused to comply with federal subpoenas over the outing of former CIA official Valerie Plame's (search) identity.

The decision whether to grant certiorari, or take the appeal, is expected to be announced on Monday during the court's final session of the 2004 term. If the justices decline to intervene, both face up to 19 months behind bars.
(via FUX (and nowhere else; how very odd)

And as a bonne bouche, here's Scottie "Sucker MC" McClellan giving some really choice spin. You can't help but admire it:

Q Is the President concerned about [Cooper and Miller], and will [H]e urge whoever the leaker was to come forward? Does [H]e think journalists should have a shield?

MR. McCLELLAN: The President has actually talked about both the questions that you brought up recently. He talked about this situation and said he wasn't going to weigh in on it, essentially. That's a matter the courts are working to address.

And in terms of these two individuals, and in terms of the whole investigation that is being overseen by the special prosecutor, I think we've made our views very well known when it comes to that. No one wants to get to the bottom of it more than the President of the United States, and he has urged anyone who has information that can help resolve this matter to come forward and give that information to the prosecutors.
(via Editor & Publisher

Oh, the mendacity!

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