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Leak Jury Thanks Judge on Valentines Day

The Associated Press
Wednesday, February 14, 2007; 7:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- Normally jurors do not speak in trials until the last day. Not the jurors in former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's perjury trial.

Valentine's Day broke their silence early.

On the last day of testimony Wednesday, the 12 jurors and two alternates came into court with a surprise: Thirteen wore red T-shirts with a white heart-shaped outline over the heart.

A retired math teacher on the jury rose and thanked U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton and other court personnel for taking care of "our safety and comfort."

Then, pledging the jurors would adhere to their oath of impartiality, he turned to address the defendant and the lawyers and offered: "Valentine's wishes to you all."

The entire courtroom applauded.

Only one female juror, an art historian and former museum curator, did not wear a T-shirt.

© 2007 The Associated Press