Scooter gets a trial date

The criminal trial for Dick Cheney's chief of staff is scheduled to begin in January, right after the midterm elections.

Published February 3, 2006 3:12PM (EST)

Don't make any vacation plans for next January. Scooter Libby's trial in the Valerie Plame case has just been set for Jan. 8, 2007.

According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton had hoped to set the trial for this September, which would have put it on the calendar just before November's midterm elections. But a "scheduling conflict" from one of Libby's lawyers forced him to move it to January instead.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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