Libby Jury Adjourns, To Reconvene Monday A federal jury adjourned for the weekend without reaching a verdict in the perjury trial of former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who is accused of obstructing an investigation related to the Iraq war.
The jury of eight women and four men has been deliberating since midday Wednesday about whether Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff lied to investigators as they sought to determine who leaked the identity of undercover CIA analyst Valerie Plame in 2003. The jury will meet again Monday. Libby's attorneys say he could not accurately recall conversations about Plame when he was interviewed months later by the FBI and a grand jury.
Libby is charged with two counts of perjury, two counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction of justice. He faces up to 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines if found guilty.
Many Not Requesting Refund of Phone Tax More than a quarter of U.S. taxpayers are neglecting to ask for a modest refund from a now-defunct telephone tax when they file their income tax returns, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
The one-time refund is worth $30 to $60, but taxpayers must apply for the refund. The IRS noted that more than 10 million returns did not request the refund, with nearly half of those returns completed by tax preparers.
So far the IRS has received almost 38 million returns, with about 31.8 million of them calling for tax refunds.
-- From News Services