Should Libby Verdict Stand After Discovery of Journalist Juror?

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Anybody else think it's curious that a former Washington Post reporter who once worked for and is friends with Bob Woodward, is a neighbor and barbecue guest of Tim Russert, and was a personal friend of virtually every reporter/witness at the Libby trial was actually on the Libby jury?

I think it is truly smelly.

Denis Collins, the juror who was a reporter and friend to all the other reporters covering the trial, is also a published author. In fact his book was about the CIA.

Now I can guarantee you that his publisher is thinking there might be another book in this particular author, and that book might as well be his experiences in the jury room where the Bush administration was convicted of lying about the Iraq war and how we got into it. I know that wasn't the charge exactly, but that is precisely what every leftist, liberal and Democrat thinks the trial proved.

What is the difference in value of a book about the inside of the Libby jury if the verdict is guilty as opposed to the value of a book about the inside of the Libby jury if the verdict is not guilty? I've published two of these non-fiction books — meaning I've dealt with agents and publishers twice on a book deal — and my guess is the difference between an inside-the-jury book if the verdict is guilty or if the verdict is not guilty is at least half a million dollars. At least.

Does Mr. Collins expect to be writing a book? Well, as of this morning he had posted a seven-page tale of his jury duty on The Huffington Post, which indicates to me he's been writing already. After all, he spent all last night on television being interviewed.

By the way, Collins writing for The Huffington Post also indicates the left in this country got one of its team on the Libby jury.

Now as to the main question — since we can safely assume that a book based on a guilty verdict is way, way more valuable than a book based on a not guilty verdict — is it fair to ask if this jury deliberation was itself fair? If somebody in the room has a financial interest in the outcome, should the verdict stand?

Guilty sells books. Not guilty is just another day at the courthouse.

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