As the Libby jury resumes deliberating this week it is worth keeping in mind a couple of points.
First, although they have access to trail exhibits (including a transcript if Libby's grand jury testimony), the jury does not have transcripts of any of the witness testimony they heard last month. Consequently, they are relying on their own memories plus any notes they took to recreate critical testimony. It it quite possible that on at least a few topics, the eleven jurors have offered an even dozen versions of that testimony - ironists among them may be wondering how they can convict Libby for forgetting what they themselves can not remember. With the passage of time, this may be helpful for the defense. Regardless, the jury is almost surely weighing a recreation of the evidence that differs from trial testimony on key points.
The second point is that the jury knows much less about the circumstances of the Libby case than do outside observers; for example, the jury is unaware of the controversy surrounding Andrea Mitchell and the question of whether she did or did not receive some sort of a Plame leak which she may or may not have passed to Tim Russert.
Eventually, the jury will come back with a verdict - if you don't like it, blame them, or the jury system itself. And if a few of them hit the talk show circuit, we may learn just how far from the actual evidence they happened to wander.
Byron York has an excellent summary of the jury's progress to date.
RE THOSE GRAND JURY TRANSCRIPTS: Cecil Turner makes a good point - in the grand jury transcripts Libby and Fitzgerald review different legal theories as to why Libby might be lying, and Libby makes a number of good points in that exchange.
The defense theory would be (I suppose) that Libby and Cheney discussed Ms. Plame on July 7, following the Wilson op-ed; Libby then lied and risked legal peril simply to
spare his boss some embarrassment. Or more dramatically, Cheney told Libby that Ms. Plame's status was classified on July 7, so Libby lied to conceal that.
Since Cheney was not called, and since no evidence was presented showing that Grenier, Harlow, Schmall, Grossman, or anyone else was aware of her status or considered it to be an issue, the second scenario seems unlikely, to say the least. I would have thought that if Fitzgerald had a witness prepeared to testify that he told Cheney about Ms. Plame's status, we would have heard from that witness, and Cheney as well.