Judge Questions CIA Leak Trial Jurors Over Media Exposure

Monday, February 26th 2007, 6:34 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A juror was dismissed from the trial of former White House aide I. Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby on Monday after court officials learned she had been exposed to information about the case over the weekend.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the juror removed, saying ``what she had exposure to obviously disqualifies her.'' The judge declined to say what information the juror had seen.

Walton said the remaining jurors had not been tainted. He said he would allow deliberations to continue with 11 jurors rather than calling on one of two alternate jurors.

``They should continue with their deliberations and I will emphasize again the importance of not having contact with any outside information,'' Walton said.