Tag: Deep State; Department of Justice; FBI; Coup in the US; Cleaning House;

The Curious Cases of Judge Walton

 

A senior judge on the United States District of Columbia court is desperate to keep the Russia hoax alive, and is actively interfering in the 2020 election under false color of law, or is that what is really going on? Credit where credit is due. I am no fan of the Wall Street Journal, having ended my subscription well over a decade ago. Even given that the editorial board is still somewhat distinct from the news sections, it was truly remarkable that they would publish an editorial, under their name, condemning a federal judge’s attack on Attorney General Barr. Is the judge a fool, a partisan hack, or true believer?

Judge Walton’s Political Aside
He gets his facts wrong in a broadside against unpopular Bill Barr.

Unequal Justice? I Blame Republicans.

 

I was struck by a side comment offered by Larry O’Connor, in the February 12, 2020 “Examining Politics” episode. In a segment on the Roger Stone sentencing recommendations kerfuffle, O’Connor, as podcast host, noted that he had been involved in civil litigation in the DC area some time ago. He settled the case, and…

He was told that he had absolutely no chance of prevailing with a DC jury, that his known political affiliation made him a guaranteed loser. Think on that for a moment. If true, it was an assumption in the local legal community, “everyone knows,” that if you are conservative you will not get justice from a DC-area jury. This effectively reduces the value of every conservative’s lawsuit to the nuisance suit level.

What does that mean? Say you have “black letter law” (the actual law, passed by the legislature and signed by the executive) on your side in a civil case. Say your facts are unassailable; you have everything documented in a form that the other side will have no chance of challenging. Say your damages are worth a million dollars. And yet, every lawyer you go to for help tells you, “sorry, but the real value of your case here is whatever the jerk’s insurance company will write off every day of the week as the cost of doing business.” You, a serious plaintiff, are reduced to the status of a slip-and-fall plaintiff, because of your political identity.

A Bit of Court Discovery

 

AG BarrBy way of PowerLine, “Flight of the Drama Queens,” I got to the Knowledge Is Good blog. Intrigued by a screenshot from the court schedule controlling the Roger Stone case, I went digging for the source. What a treasure trove for geeks like me (and maybe you); I give you three recent entries by way of Court Listener. From February 14, 2020:

TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS in case as to ROGER JASON STONE, JR before Judge Amy Berman Jackson held on November 15, 2019; Page Numbers: 1-16. Date of Issuance:February 14, 2020. Court Reporter: Janice Dickman. Telephone number: 202-354-3267, Transcripts may be ordered by submitting the Transcript Order FormFor the first 90 days after this filing date, the transcript may be viewed at the courthouse at a public terminal or purchased fro m the court reporter referenced above. After 90 days, the transcript may be accessed via PACER. Other transcript formats, (multi-page, condensed, CD or ASCII) may be purchased from the court reporter.NOTICE RE REDACTION OF TRANSCRIPTS: The parties have twenty-one days to file with the court and the court reporter any request to redact personal identifiers from this transcript. If no such requests are filed, the transcript will be made available to the public via PACER without redaction after 90 days. The policy, which includes the five personal identifiers specifically covered, is located on our website at http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov. Redaction Request due 3/6/2020. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 3/16/2020. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 5/14/2020.(Dickman, Janice) (Entered: 02/14/2020)

This is about releasing the court transcripts, which may not be very flattering to the Democrats in career prosecutor camouflage. Look for them to try to get favorable redactions of the transcripts.

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  I’d like to hear from our esteemed contributors John Yoo and/or Richard Epstein on the legal term “sedition” and the Sedition act of 1918.  This would specifically pertain to the recent (alleged?) revelations surrounding members of the FBI.  I’ve known and worked with several agents (now retired) who I’m sure are quite upset to […]

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Sharyl Attkisson   (found here) is reporting this morning that a number of high ranking DoJ and FBI bureaucrats have been reassigned or are departing.  My first thought is that the long-awaited and much needed house cleaning by the Attorney General has begun.  I fervently hope so.  Preview Open

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