Skip to comments.Liberal Lunatic of the Day (5/12/2005) Judge A. Howard Matz
Posted on 05/12/2005 8:28:31 AM PDT by Beckwith
A. Howard Matz, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California at Los Angeles, is presiding over the trial of Hillary Clinton finance chairman David Rosen. Rosen is facing three counts of causing false statements to be filed with the Federal Election Commission in connection with an August 2000 Hollywood gala fund-raiser that Peter Paul produced for Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign. The government says Mr. Rosen reported that the event cost at most about $400,000. Prosecutors contend the real cost was $1.1 million.
Judge Matz began the legal process by blasting Senator Hillary Clinton's key accuser, Peter Paul, whose allegations spurred the indictment of Rosen. While outlining instructions to the jury, Judge Matz, who was appointed by President Clinton, called Paul "a thoroughly discredited, corrupt individual. He's a con artist. The fact that he is, is already established."
Judge Matz was more forgiving when it came to Mrs. Clinton, however, vowing not to allow the proceedings to become a referendum on Mrs. Clinton, her politics, or her personal life. "This isn't a trial about Senator Clinton," he insisted. "Senator Clinton has no stake in this trial as a party or a principal." Though both Paul and another key witness, celebrity fund-raiser Aaron Tonken, both say they told the former first lady about the campaign cash Rosen allegedly hid from federal regulators, Judge Matz insisted, "She's not in the loop in any direct way, and that's something the jury will be told. Mrs. Clinton will not be called to testify in the case."
The prosecutor, Peter R. Zeidenberg told the jury, "You will hear no evidence that Hillary Clinton was involved in any way, shape or form."
Though Paul's record includes past convictions for stock fraud and cocaine possession, his charges against Rosen have survived numerous challenges by Rosen's legal team, headed by the Clintons' scandal lawyer, David Kendall. His testimony is also backed by tape recordings made by Kennedy in-law Raymond Reggie, who agreed to an FBI request to wiretap subjects of their investigation into the August 2000 fund-raiser.
Matz was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by President Clinton in March 1998 on the recommendation of California Senator Barbara Boxer, who argued at the time that Matz had "a deep commitment to justice."
link: Clinton Judge Blasts Hillary's Accuser
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Strange. No need to keep that info around I guess.
Good job, but save all this crap and put in on your own site if you have to.
I have two websites, but I'm fixing to dedicate one of them to this sort of thing, for this reason.
He presided over the Executive Life Case, as well. The jury just let Pinault off the hook last week.
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