Voices in the News A montage of voices in the week's news, including: federal prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald; Ted Wells, attorney to Lewis Libby; Libby juror Denis Collins; Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI); Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Annette McLeod, wife of wounded National Guardsman Wendell McLeod; Maj. Gen. George Weightman, former commander of Walter Reed Medical Center; Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; Glenn A. Fine, the Justice Department's inspector general; Sen. Arlen Spector (R-PA); a protest against President Bush in Latin America; President Bush.
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LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Mr. PATRICK J. FITZGERALD (Federal Prosecutor): We are gratified by the jury's verdict today. The jury worked very long and hard, and deliberated at some length over the charges and returned a verdict of guilty on four of the counts.

Mr. TED WELLS (Lewis Libby's Attorney): We believe, as we said at the time of his indictment, that he is totally innocent, totally innocent.

Mr. DENNIS COLLINS (Juror, Lewis Libby Case): It was said a number of times, where's Rove? Where are these other guys? We're not saying that we didn't think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of, but that it seemed like he was - to put it in Mr. Wells point, he was the fall guy.

Senator CARL LEVIN (Democrat, Michigan): After all they have been through, these injured soldiers should not feel that they have to fight for what we as a nation have a moral obligation to provide.

Senator JOHN McCAIN (Republican, Arizona): Senior Army leaders were defensive in the face of these revelations at Walter Reed and were quick to lay blame for these failures on noncommissioned officers. Frankly, I find that appalling.

Ms. ANNETTE McLEOD (Wife of Wendell McLeod): What about the ones that don't have a wife, or a mother or a father? Couldn't sign up for them? If you're good enough to go, you're good enough to be taken care of when you leave here. We need to take care of those that took care of us.

Major General GEORGE WEIGHTMAN (Former Commander, Walter Reed Medical Center): It is clear mistakes were made and I was in charge. We can't fail one of these soldiers or their families, not one, and we did.

Mr. ALBERTO GONZALES (U.S. Attorney General): I believed that the FBI was acting responsibly in using national security letters. I've come to learn that I was wrong.

Mr. GLENN A. FINE (Inspector General, Justice Department): It is simply unacceptable to have these serious misuses of the authority that we found, and we believe that the FBI needs to address them.

Senator ARLEN SPECTOR (Republican, Pennsylvania): It has become more and more of this idea that somehow all you have to say is we're out to get terrorists, as though anybody here supports terrorists, and we can bend the law, we can do anything we want.

(Soundbite of protest)

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I don't think America gets enough credit for trying to help improve people's lives. My trip is to explain as clearly as I can that our nation is generous and compassionate.

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