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Best of 2005: Best Performance Without a Script

Patrick Fitzgerald and John Roberts performed very well

A tie between US Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who impressed one and all at his confirmation hearings by speaking in complete paragraphs with no gaffes or notes, and Plamegate prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, also note-free during the 66-minute press conference in which he laid out his case against Scooter Libby.Washingtonian staffers contributing to this section were Cristina Abello, Susan Baer, Susan Davidson, Ken DeCell, Rebecca Dreilinger, Kim Isaac Eisler, Mary Clare Fleury, Kimberly Forrest, Brooke Lea Foster, Garrett M. Graff, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, Aparna Nancherla, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Chris Wilson. Also contributing were Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Matthew Graham.