In Search Of Memories Lost…

‘¦ Libby’™s defense team hires a hypnotist.

Scooter Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’™s former chief of staff, has hired a renowned memory-loss expert to assist him with his legal defense. Harvard psychology professor Daniel L. Schacter tells NBC News he has been retained by Libby as a consultant. An official familiar with the Libby defense [...]

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‘¦ Libby’™s defense team hires a hypnotist.

Scooter Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’™s former chief of staff, has hired a renowned memory-loss expert to assist him with his legal defense. Harvard psychology professor Daniel L. Schacter tells NBC News he has been retained by Libby as a consultant. An official familiar with the Libby defense team confirms the news.

Schacter, who has been at Harvard since 1991 and who has a 29-page resume, is the author of ‘œThe Seven Sins of Memory’ and ‘œSearching for Memory: The Brain, the Mind and the Past.’ His books offer explanations for the ‘œvulnerability of memory.’ Schacter writes that if we are distracted as an event unfolds, ‘œwe may later have great difficulty remembering the details of what happened.’ Time, of course, often weakens our memory. And, he writes, it is easy to ‘œunwittingly create mistaken ‘” though strongly held ‘” beliefs about the past.’

Libby’™s lawyers hinted in court filings last week that memory loss will be ‘œcentral themes’ of Libby’™s defense. Libby’™s lawyers write: ‘œ’¦any misstatements he made during his FBI interviews or grand jury testimony were not intentional, but rather the result of confusion, mistake or faulty memory.’

The CRS** defense.

**Can’™t Remember Shit

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

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