Curl Up With the Scooter Trial

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Feeling nostalgic for those bygone days of the Scooter Libby trial? Fear not; the first journalistic rehash of the proceedings have already arrived, and more are on the way.

Denis Collins, a former Washington Post reporter who served on the jury, has provided the Huffington Post with a "day by day, witness by witness" account of his experience, and he's not stopping there. Collins will re-revisit the events in a piece for the Washington Post's Weekend Outlook section. "It's called 'What I Didn't Learn on the Libby Jury,'" a play on the title of Joseph Wilson's New York Times Op-Ed, "What I Didn't Find in Niger," says Collins. "Basically, it's about how little jurors know about what is actually happening in these cases. It's only when you get outside of it that you see all the connections."

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As for speculation that Collins might write a book about the trial, he says it's unlikely. "I'd be open for suggestions if anybody has any, and consider it, but at the moment I just think the new flavor's going to come along. I don't think this story is going to pass the sell-by date."

Besides, there's already a book on the way: Murray Waas, an investigative journalist who writes for the National Journal and other political publications, is putting together an "instant book" based on the transcript. The United States v. I. Lewis Libby, put out by Sterling Publishing, will be in stores in April. "We're cutting the trial down to book size so people can feel like they attended it," he says.



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