I think the switch from Abrams to Bennett can be explained by the changing issues Miller has been dealing with. Back when she was waving the First Ammendment, Floyd Abrams was the lawyer of choice, since he’s a great First Ammendment lawyer. However, times have changed, and Miller’s dealing with other issues now, such as accusations from the White House that Valerie Plame’s name was actually brought to them by a reporter.
This is one angle where Miller seems to be in the clear: If Judy Miller’s notes from her conversation with “Scooter” Libby are to be believed, and she really wrote “Valerie Flame,” I think it’s safe to assume that it wasn’t Miller telling Libber about Plame. If she previously knew who Plame was and her connection to Wilson, wouldn’t she know how to spell Plame’s name?
Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: Judy Miller’s switch from Abrams to Bennett: “And one other point along these lines. In evaluating all that happened here, the Miller denouement, the actions of Times management and everything else, pay close attention to the never-quite-explained hand off of the case from Abrams to Bennett. I trust I won’t be shocking anyone too greatly if I say that the claim in the Times’ piece that Bennett’s representation began after he and Miller ‘bumped’ into each other on Capitol Hill isn’t quite the whole truth.”