Lying to a Court is the ne plus ultra of contempt of court. It is defined as follows:
“(1) Misbehavior of any person in its presence or so near thereto as to obstruct the administration of justice; (2) Misbehavior of any of its officers in their official transactions; (3) Disobedience or resistance to its lawful writ, process, order, rule, decree, or command.”
I say, as I must as a member of the Bar, with all due respect, based on my (extensive) experience with Judges in many different Courts, and a great number of them were Federal Judges, the silence of the Judges on the FISA Court who, we now know beyond any reasonable doubt, were lied to must be the kindest and most gentle in the entire system.
Perhaps one could make the argument that the Judges I dealt with were unnecessarily harsh and rule-bound, but most, if not all, of them would have long ago held every lawyer who signed those applications to — gasp! dare I say it?– spy on Carter Page and the Trump campaign in contempt of court.
The reason was that their conduct was, in plain terms, contemptible!
I have been planning to put my concerns about this out there for a long time; every time I start to post them I decide to wait a few days for the “inevitable” contempt order.
Alas, no such order has issued — at least, not publicly.
Do you find their silence as strange as I do?
Sincerely, JimPublished in