Federal Judge Rules DC Jail Warden in Contempt of Court

 

It seems that the Federal Judge has been asking the DC Jail Warden to supply documents relating to the medical treatment (or not) of one of the January 6 “rioters.” The judge has now ruled the DC Jail Warden in contempt of Federal Court and demanded an investigation of how those defendants who are confined to the DC jail have been treated for the past ten months. Judge Royce C. Lamberth, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, has asked the Justice Department for a Civil Rights investigation to be instituted.

Now, I wonder how the Biden DOJ will treat that request. Might they stall, and stall some more, and come up with dozens of reasons why an investigation might not be a good idea? Might they, essentially, refuse to investigate themselves? If so, what can that Federal Judge do? Ricochet lawyers?

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  1. kedavis Member
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    It seems likely that the Justice Department will investigate the Justice Department and find that the Justice Department did nothing wrong.

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  2. DonG (CAGW is a hoax) Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    It seems likely that the Justice Department will investigate the Justice Department and find that the Justice Department did nothing wrong.

    Who voted for this banana republic?

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  3. Barfly Member
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    DonG (CAGW is a hoax) (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    It seems likely that the Justice Department will investigate the Justice Department and find that the Justice Department did nothing wrong.

    Who voted for this banana republic?

    81 million people who think more of their infantile selves than their nation and who aren’t fit for citizenship, if you believe the fraudulent election results. That’s who.

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  4. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    DonG (CAGW is a hoax) (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    It seems likely that the Justice Department will investigate the Justice Department and find that the Justice Department did nothing wrong.

    Who voted for this banana republic?

    Well, I know some people who were proud to do it. 

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  5. kedavis Member
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    By the way, if the warden of the jail is in contempt of court, shouldn’t the warden be locked up in his own jail?

    I think if anyone else were in contempt of court, they would be.

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  6. Sisyphus Member
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    DonG (CAGW is a hoax) (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    It seems likely that the Justice Department will investigate the Justice Department and find that the Justice Department did nothing wrong.

    Who voted for this banana republic?

    Voted? Never lose that sense of humor.

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  7. Rodin Member
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    Let’s go, Brandon!

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  8. Randy Webster Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a hoax) (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    It seems likely that the Justice Department will investigate the Justice Department and find that the Justice Department did nothing wrong.

    Who voted for this banana republic?

    Well, I know some people who were proud to do it.

    I know of some people who were proud to do it.

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  9. MarciN Member
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    This is one post I would love to see pinned to the top of the Member Feed until all of the protestors are released. 

     

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  10. ctlaw Coolidge
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    DC says they complied:

    https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.229958/gov.uscourts.dcd.229958.107.0.pdf

    https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.229958/gov.uscourts.dcd.229958.107.1.pdf

    Docket:

    https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/59812632/united-states-v-worrell/?filed_after=&filed_before=&entry_gte=&entry_lte=&order_by=desc

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  11. Skyler Coolidge
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    RushBabe49: If so, what can that Federal Judge do? Ricochet lawyers?

    A Federal Judge can do almost anything they want to do.  When holding someone in contempt, they can levy fines, they can put them in jail, they can do just about anything except execute the contemnor.  

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  12. Jim McConnell Inactive
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    Skyler (View Comment):

    RushBabe49: If so, what can that Federal Judge do? Ricochet lawyers?

    A Federal Judge can do almost anything they want to do. When holding someone in contempt, they can levy fines, they can put them in jail, they can do just about anything except execute the contemnor.

    But who enforces the judge’s order in a situation like this? (Serious question.)

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  13. Gary Robbins Reagan
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    If I understand correctly, the Warden has been found in contempt for the treatment of a prisoner, who happens to be one of the January 6th  defendants, as opposed to someone being charged with another crime.

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  14. Unsk Member
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    Skyler (View Comment):

    RushBabe49: If so, what can that Federal Judge do? Ricochet lawyers?

    A Federal Judge can do almost anything they want to do. When holding someone in contempt, they can levy fines, they can put them in jail, they can do just about anything except execute the contemnor.

    But who enforces the judge’s order in a situation like this? (Serious question.)

    All good questions. The DOJ can try to stall and screw around, but then the Judge can also order those people to be in contempt and ask  for further evidence all over the place. The Judge and the DOJ/Capital Police/FBI can go round and round in an escalating game of chicken with the Law and the duty of these rogue agencies to obey the law but the rogue agencies have actually gone way out on a limb with all their absurd lawlessness.   It may take time for the Judge but it he has the cajones he could expose it all. 

    That scenario that agencies go round and round with the Judge is very likely to happen because that the Democrat way now but with Traitor Joe’s   poll numbers tanking, the Public must just start  to get completely fed up with the Dems and their crimes.  Things could even get even more dicey for our Dear Leader Comrade Joe  for it turns out that he and Hunter were commingling   funds while he was VP.

    Per Zerohedge:

    Joe Biden and the smartest man he knows, Hunter Biden, shared bank accounts and paid each other’s bills while Joe was VP, according to the Daily Mail, citing previously unseen emails from Hunter’s laptop that could embroil the sitting US president in his son’s FBI and IRS tax investigations – which are looking into Hunter’s foreign business relationships and potential money laundering.

    Emails between Hunter and his Rosemont Seneca business partner, Eric Schwerin – who was doing Hunter’s taxes, reveal that Joe and Hunter were paying each other’s household bills. Hunter was also dealing with requests for a book deal for his then-VP dad, and also managing the donation of Joe’s Senate papers to the University of Delaware, according to the report.

    According to a former federal prosecutor and expert on money laundering and criminal tax law, if money was flowing between the Bidens, it could make Joe a target of the FBI’s investigation into Hunter – though investigators would likely find it difficult to sit down with the president.

     

    The Biden Police State is relying on fear to make people conform to their Diktats, but the People are starting to get really pissed, and their are pushing back against the Police State’s illegal measures.  The Biden Police State Wall of Fear may be cracking. The Great Pushback may have started.   If just a few Federal Judges  like Judge Lambeth taking a stand and defending people’s rights,  the Biden edifice of criminality and repression  may come  all tumbling down. 

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  15. kedavis Member
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    Here’s hoping.

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  16. genferei Member
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    Barfly (View Comment):
    81 million

    Heh. 

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  17. aardo vozz Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    It seems likely that the Justice Department will investigate the Justice Department and find that the Justice Department did nothing wrong.

    Insufficiently cynical 😎

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  18. David Carroll Thatcher
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    Interesting.  On October 8, the judge ordered DC corrections to provide “actual narrative notes” (medical) “”forthwith.”  DC says it complied, even though it did not provide those medical notes until 6 days later after the court issued the show cause (i.e., contempt) order.

    Contempt of court is odd procedurally.  Civilly, it is coercive in nature.  That means that the contempt order is basically over after compliance is achieved.

    Violation of the order may be criminally punishable by a contempt citation.  It is my understanding that if the violation occurs out of the presence of the judge (as in this case), the DOJ would have to prosecute any criminal contempt charge that the judge insist upon.

    Can there be any doubt about a conflict of interest here?

    The judge could appoint a special counsel to prosecute, I suppose, similar to the appointment made by Judge Sullivan in the Michael Fynn case.

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  19. Basil Fawlty Member
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    MarciN (View Comment):

    This is one post I would love to see pinned to the top of the Member Feed until all of the protestors are released.

     

    Doing the Lamberth walk?

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  20. Percival Thatcher
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    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    MarciN (View Comment):

    This is one post I would love to see pinned to the top of the Member Feed until all of the protestors are released.

    Doing the Lamberth walk?

    Oy!

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  21. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Skyler (View Comment):

    RushBabe49: If so, what can that Federal Judge do? Ricochet lawyers?

    A Federal Judge can do almost anything they want to do. When holding someone in contempt, they can levy fines, they can put them in jail, they can do just about anything except execute the contemnor.

    But who enforces the judge’s order in a situation like this? (Serious question.)

    Old joke – “What’s the difference between God and a federal judge?” “God doesn’t think he’s a federal judge.”

    The judge seems to be taking a very cautious (and in my opinion, ineffective) approach by directing the DOJ to investigate. I think among the remedies the judge could take directly include ordering the release of the prisoner so the prisoner could seek independent medical care (remember, the prisoner is at this time only accused of a crime; he has not been convicted nor sentenced). The judge could order the jail wardens (there seem to be two named individuals – the warden and her boss?) to appear in the judge’s courtroom to answer why the jailed defendant hasn’t received medical care, or if the judge orders release of the jailed defendant and the warden doesn’t do so, and jail the warden and her boss (probably in the courthouse’s prisoner holding cell). If the jail warden and her boss don’t appear (for fear of being jailed), judges have sometimes jailed the attorney as the representative of the person who should have been there, mostly as leverage to get the real person into the courtroom. The judge’s orders would be enforced by the U.S. Marshals Service, which is part of the federal Department of Justice. The DC jail warden reports into the local DC government, not into the federal Department of Justice (at least not directly). 

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  22. MarciN Member
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    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    MarciN (View Comment):

    This is one post I would love to see pinned to the top of the Member Feed until all of the protestors are released.

    Doing the Lamberth walk?

    Yes, indeed. :-)

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  23. Columbo Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    It seems likely that the Justice Department will investigate the Justice Department and find that the Justice Department did nothing wrong.

    It would not be the first time.

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