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Condit mum on question of affair with Levy

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At the end of his direct testimony, Ms. Haines asked Mr. Condit directly: “Did you murder Chandra Levy?” He responded, “No.” He also responded “No, ma’am” to the question of whether he had anything to do with her disappearance.

Mr. Condit testified that he last saw Levy a week before she disappeared and they discussed whether he could help her make some contacts with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies where she hoped to work. Mr. Condit told her he would help.

“We never had a fight. We never had any cross words,” he said.

Mr. Condit was dressed in a blue oxford shirt and a sport coat, his hair now completely gray.

In the courtroom, taking careful notes on his testimony, was Levy’s mother, Susan Levy, who has been in the courtroom throughout the trial and was fiercely critical of Mr. Condit throughout the investigation.

During Monday’s cross-examination, Ms. Hawilo questioned Mr. Condit’s assertion that he had been fully cooperative. She asked why he invoked the Fifth Amendment in a grand jury interview in April 2002 and suggested that he was worried about incriminating himself.

Mr. Condit testified that he was despondent because he had just lost his primary re-election campaign and he thought the prosecutor “was there to do what he could to try to trick me or cause me pain.”

Mr. Condit left the courthouse, joined by his daughter, and did not answer any questions. Mrs. Levy also declined to comment through her attorney.

This story is based in part on wire service reports.

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Ben Conery

Ben Conery is a member of the investigative team covering the Supreme Court and legal affairs. Prior to coming to The Washington Times in 2008, Mr. Conery covered criminal justice and legal affairs for daily newspapers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He was a 2006 recipient of the New England Newspaper Association’s Publick Occurrences Award for a series of articles about ...

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