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I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Jr. no doubt secured the services of an effective defender when he hired Theodore Wells Jr. of Paul, Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton & Garrison to represent him on perjury charges resulting from Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s CIA-leak investigation. But the attorney for the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney is also someone with a lot on his plate — so much so that he asked Judge Reggie Walton last week to push back Libby’s Jan. 8, 2007, scheduled trial date by 35 days. The reason: a jury trial scheduled to begin on Sept. 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for another client, Charles McCall, the former McKesson chairman accused of securities fraud. Wells wrote in a June 28 filing that “it has become apparent the California trial may very well extend as long as twelve weeks, and possibly even longer.” The trial, he says, involves not only McCall but also another defendant, and it deals with 321 separate transactions over a period of approximately 17 months. Could this be a tactic to buy more time to prepare Libby’s defense? No way, says Wells’ co-counsel, William Jeffress of Baker Botts: “There is no reason for it other than what is said in the motion.” (Wells could not be reached for comment.)
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