Skip to comments.Statement of Former IRS Official Lois Lernerís lawyer William Taylor
Posted on 05/08/2014 4:19:31 AM PDT by don-o
Lerners lawyer below says she did NOT waive her 5th Amendment rights. Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law says she did waive them.
Bottom line on close questions you steer your client to a SAFE path. That is the role of a lawyer to protect your client. As a former criminal defense attorney, I know the SAFE path would have been to say ZERO before the Committee (except to assert the 5th) and then go outside and say whatever you want to the cameras. The same would have been achieved with the safe route (and more!) except she would not have this contempt issue. This was a big blunder. He is now scrambling with statements and letters and looking for lawyers to opine that Lerner did not waive her 5th Amendment right but he never, never, never have steered his client into this position. Why would you steer your client into this mess, whether in the end the client wins or not?
STATEMENT BY WILLIAM W. TAYLOR, III
(Excerpt) Read more at gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com ...
Snip is Greta's comment on the matter.
Mines is that Obama's apparatchik's might be not very skillful in lawyering up
Most Americans, if they knew the truth,
would demand that the conspiring lawyer
should lose his license and be imprisoned
for life with his criminal client.
As a PAID public servant, the fifth doesn't apply because it was done in the course of her work. The fifth would therefore include everyone she represents and that cannot be.
by using the federal government as a cudgel, a club, to knock citizens senseless, she has forfeited her right to be deemed a citizen
She must be tried and then executed for her crimes against the Republic. her death must be an example to all that follow.
Shes a lawyer so she knew what she was doing.
Somebody does graduate at the bottom of the class.
Big question is do we hang Taylor too.
If she did nohing wrong, why claim the Fifth at all?
Mr. Taylor protests too much.
This was a carefully calculated legal strategy to render Congress incapable of moving forward, and to portray the GOP as continuing the war on women.
Along WH their flying monkey press minions creating the proper propaganda, the Obama Administration had no problem instituting this in-your-face legal strategy.
This is not Mr. Taylor’s first time at the rodeo.
The wheels of the Obama bus go round and round, round and round...
I doubt it was stupidity. More likely it was ego and pride.
She thought she was above the law.
——She thought she was above the law.-——
Well...so far she is correct...
At some point a deal with the regime will be cut....
She will be granted immunity in a closed session...
Which will mean the truth will be buried....
I wish you were wrong.
This would seem to be so painfully obvious - a citizen (the boss) can take the Fifth put a public servant (an employee) may not, period (and not an Buck OFama "period").
Try that crap with your boss and see what happens.
But, for decades Democrats have been able to have their cake and eat it, too. I blame our Obama-Pravda press. If they weren’t so completely biased for Leftists, the Dems would NEVER get anywhere near the higher elective offices.
Another dum-bass Yale miseducated attorney.
Go aggressively after the enablers of the 0bama regime, such as Lois Lerner. If you disable the enablers the enabled will become powerless.
“As a PAID public servant, the fifth doesn’t apply because it was done in the course of her work. The fifth would therefore include everyone she represents and that cannot be.”
In private sector employment a employee must answer questions of her supervisors about her performance of job related activities. She can certainly refuse to answer but the employer then has the right to fire her for cause. When fired for cause she loses the ability to collect severance and state unemployment benefits.
Issa bungled the hearing in a number of ways. First, he should never have allowed her to make an opening statement. Second, he should have kept her there all day, under grueling testimony, taking the fifth hundreds of times instead of just a few. He should also have given Elijah Cummings the opportunity to ask questions of the witness in which case she would either have to stonewall him with the 5th or answer his questions. If she answered his questions and not Issa’s her 5th amendment claim would be much weaker and the GOP would have talking points supporting their claims of political persecution.
After putting Lerner through a full day of grueling testimony taking the fifth Issa should have spent the next 2-3 days getting public testimony from every Lerner directly reporting subordinate as well has her immediate supervisor. In the ensuing media firestorm one of them might have cracked.
Boehner should have immediately brought the contempt of Congress citation to a vote instead of waiting weeks to do it. He should already have a special committee in session handling the IRS corruption investigation instead of the inept Issa.
The Democrats are masters at the PR and spin of scandals and faux scandals. Look at Reid and others spinning everyday on the Koch brothers with zero response from the GOP. The scandal and spin game is part of the overall strategy of the Democrat Party to further their agenda. The GOP has no agenda, no strategy, and is inept at taking advantage of opportunity.
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