The lawyer of alleged perjurer “Scooter” Libby revealed Tuesday that neither his client nor the vice president will testify for the defense. Dick Cheney would have been the first vice president to testify at a criminal trial, open to a range of uncomfortable questions from the prosecution.


The prospect that Mr Cheney might take the stand in defence of Mr Libby had prompted great excitement.

But Mr Libby’s lawyer, Theodore Wells, said on Tuesday he would not call the vice-president – after suggesting in December that he would.

Mr Wells also said Mr Libby would not take the stand – prompting Judge Reggie Walton to ask Mr Libby to rise and confirm he was giving up the right to defend himself.

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