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  • The Watergate Cover-Up Trial: Justice Denied?

    08/22/2013 10:59:14 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 21 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 8/9/13 | Jeff Shepard
    [snip] Watergate remains the greatest political scandal in modern American history. It culminated not only in President Nixon’s announcement of his resignation, 39 years ago Thursday, but in the conviction and imprisonment of his three most senior aides. Attorney General John Mitchell, White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, and Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs John Ehrlichman were found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury in the three-month Watergate cover-up trial, which ended on January 1, 1975. [snip] I was a young lawyer working on the White House staff and assisting in Nixon’s defense efforts. It...
  • If Angela Corey threatened suit .... she needs to step down from Zimmerman case

    06/07/2012 8:18:09 AM PDT · by JLS · 49 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | June 7, 2012 at 10:29am | William A. Jacobson
    If this is true, then Zimmerman prosecutor Angela Corey needs to step off the case. Alan Dershowitz has been a harsh critic of Zimmerman prosecutor Angela Corey. Among his criticisms is that Corey has been too politicized in charging Second Degree Murder.
  • Thousands of retrials possible on former Judge Baumgartner cases

    04/19/2012 6:53:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    WATE-6 ^ | 4/19/12 | JESSA LEWIS
    KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There's potential for much more fallout from the downfall of ex-Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner. His addiction to pain pills means a number of people convicted in his courtroom will get new trials. That includes the four defendants in the Christian-Newsom murders. Most recently Paul Jerome Johnson, Jr., learned he'll get a new trial after being convicted in the death of a toddler. Hundreds, if not thousands, of guilty pleas accepted in Baumgartner's courtroom could face re-trial. "Literally, I could be talking about 1,000 cases. So it is very, very serious, not only in the manpower that it will take,...
  • Court won't take up Christian-Newsom retrial appeals

    04/13/2012 9:25:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    AP via WATE-6 ^ | 4/13/12
    KNOXVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has said that it won't take up an extraordinary appeal involving a lower court's decision to throw out convictions in the murders of a Knoxville couple who was kidnapped and sexually tortured. Friday's split court decision is a setback for Knox County prosecutors who were hoping that they wouldn't be forced to retry cases heard by a judge who is said to have been high on prescription drugs.
  • TN man gets new trial in child rape; judge on drugs

    04/12/2012 9:39:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    AP via WSMV-4 ^ | 4/12/12
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A man convicted of child rape in Knox County has been granted a new trial after arguing that a pill-addicted judge presided over the original trial. Jayson Bailey was convicted in April 2010 on four counts of child rape. Former Judge Richard Baumgartner sentenced him to 38 years in prison.
  • Richard Baumgartner fallout: Judge grants new trial for man convicted of killing toddler

    04/11/2012 5:51:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/11/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE — A judge today granted a new trial for a man convicted of killing a toddler. In the continuing fallout over former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner's pill addiction and resulting crimes, Paul Jerome Johnson Jr. will be retried in the July 2008 beating and strangulation of 18-month-old Joseph De'Jon Manning. Johnson was convicted in a July 2010 trial presided over by Baumgartner. However, Baumgartner resigned before ruling on Johnson's motion for a new trial. Such motions are routinely filed after trials and generally denied, paving the way for appeal. Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood ruled today...
  • Legislature enacts new discipline system for judges

    04/10/2012 9:38:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/10/12 | Tom Humphrey
    Court of the Judiciary abolished, new board created NASHVILLE — After years of sometimes heated argument, the House sent to the governor Monday night compromise legislation that puts into place a new system for disciplining judges for misdeeds on the bench. Final approval came on an 88-5 House vote without any debate. The Senate had approved SB2671 unanimously earlier. Though the votes came with virtually no discussion, the debate over the past three years has included repeated charges that the present Court of the Judiciary ignored judicial misdeeds and operated in unwarranted secrecy. Former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard...
  • Supporting the Rubashkin Motion

    09/02/2010 11:59:10 AM PDT · by Piranha · 15 replies
    Yated Ne-eman ^ | September 1, 2010 | Debbie Maimon
    ednesday, September 01, 2010 By Debbie Maimon, Yated The nation’s most prestigious authority in legal and judicial ethics has issued a scathing indictment of Judge Linda Reade’s conduct in the Rubashkin case. In a written legal opinion addressed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Professor Mark Harrison, one of the key architects of the Code of Judicial Conduct - the country’s standard judicial ethics guidebook - asserts that Judge Reade repeatedly violated the Code’s provisions. Harrison’s affidavit accompanies a new motion, filed this week by Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin’s lawyers, for a stay [postponement] of the September 7 deadline for...
  • W.R. Grace acquitted in Montana asbestos case

    05/09/2009 1:48:36 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 19 replies · 1,351+ views
    LATimes ^ | May 9, 2009 | Kim Murphy
    A federal jury on Friday acquitted W.R. Grace & Co. and three of its former officials of charges that they knowingly exposed residents of Libby, Mont., to asbestos poisoning associated with a mining operation and conspired to hide it. The verdict brings to an ignominious end one of the most significant criminal prosecutions the government had ever filed against a corporate polluter. The acquittals raise new questions about prosecutorial failings in the Justice Department, which already was reeling from the dismissal of its corruption case against former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).In Libby, where an estimated 1,200 residents have died or...
  • Judge scolds jury on reduced verdict for Jeffrey Scott; victim's family not satisfied

    02/20/2009 12:25:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 869+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/20/9 | Lawrence Buser
    Unsettled closure: Judge scolds jury on reduced verdict for Jeffrey Scott; victim's family not satisfiedSecond-degree murder conviction, 25-year sentence draw emotional reactionsIt was a case that can -- and did -- make a grown man cry. Jimmy Wayne Pittman wanted a life sentence for Jeffrey Scott, the man who beat to death the daughter he adopted as a small child in Bossier City, La. "This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me, physically and mentally," said Pittman as tears rolled down his cheeks and into his white beard. "This is always going to be hard. I loved...
  • BREAKING - Supreme Court suit (Obama, McCain, etc) - Donofrio Alleges NJ Judicial Misconduct...

    11/22/2008 8:32:29 AM PST · by BP2 · 266 replies · 8,804+ views
    Leo Donofrio's website ^ | 11/21/08 | Leo Donofrio
    Posted: Nov.21.2008 @ 8:25 pm | Lasted edited: Nov.21.2008 @ 8:25 pm Donofrio Alleges Judicial Misconduct, Obstruction of Justice, NJ Appellate Division Today, Leo Donofrio, also the Plaintiff in Donofrio v. Wells, is separately filing an official allegation of Judicial Misconduct against Appellate Division Judge Jack M. Sabatano.Leo will be updating his blog with the official complaint, and I’ll update here as well… Today, Leo C. Donofrio filed, with the NJ Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, an official allegation of Judicial Misconduct against Appellate Division Judge Jack M. Sabatino with regard to the initial stage of this litigation...
  • A Call for Judge’s Impeachment in California Homeschooling Ruling

    03/08/2008 1:23:41 PM PST · by Mimi Rothschild · 60 replies · 2,732+ views
    Learning By Grace ^ | March 8, 2008 | Mimi Rothschild
    A Call for Judge’s Impeachment in California Homeschooling Ruling California Justice H. Walter Croskey wrote in a February 28th, 2008has ruled that, “Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children.” Judge Croskey’s ruling states "keeping the children at home deprived them of situations where (1) they could interact with people outside the family, (2) there are people who could provide help if something is amiss in the children's lives, and (3) they could develop emotionally in a broader world than the parents' 'cloistered' setting." “Judge Croskey has clearly allowed his personal bias to override his responsibility...
  • Subpoenas served to 3 senators [Tennessee]

    01/23/2006 9:19:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies · 1,164+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 1/24/6 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE - Three state senators were subpoenaed to appear at a federal court hearing in Memphis and are expected to face questions about their votes last week to void the election of Ophelia Ford to become one of their colleagues. "This is fixing to be a case of historic dimensions on the constitutional level," said Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, one of the three men subpoenaed. "This flies in the face of both the federal and state constitutions." The hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court conflicts with a scheduled meeting of the Senate in Nashville. The state Constitution, in Article Two,...
  • Ninth Circuit refuses to act against Judge Manuel L. Real for abuse of judicial power.

    09/30/2005 4:06:56 PM PDT · by TheConservator · 10 replies · 1,133+ views
    Ninth Circuit Court Website ^ | 9/29/2005 | Kozinski, in dissent
    Click the link to read the whole opinion, and escpecially Judge Kozinski's dissent, which lays out the facts in all their ugly detail. Talk about your robed dictator! "Just because I said it, counsel."
  • Kevin Cooper is guilty

    06/26/2005 8:37:49 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 597+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/26/5 | Debra J. Saunders
    "NO PERSON should be executed if there is doubt about his or her guilt and an easily available test will determine guilt or innocence," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco, wrote in 2004 when it stayed the execution of Kevin Cooper, who was sentenced to death for the brutal 1983 slaying of Doug and Peggy Ryen, their daughter Jessica, 10, and houseguest Christopher Hughes, 11. Cooper also left Ryen's 8-year-old son, Josh, for dead, as the escaped convict and rapist used the Ryens' car to flee to Mexico. What's the harm, Cooper apologists...
  • Schiavo Judge To Be Honored

    05/04/2005 9:13:39 AM PDT · by Ramonan · 9 replies · 397+ views
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | May 2, 2005 | LISA A. DAVIS
    Pinellas- Pasco Circuit Judge George Greer, who was thrust into the national spotlight and scrutinized by pro-life advocates during the Terri Schiavo case, was a consistent judge who followed the law, colleagues say. His professionalism and integrity was punctuated by the way he handled the Schiavo case, said Alan Scott Miller, a New Port Richey lawyer and member of the West Pasco Bar Association. As part of Law Week, which kicks off today, the association will award Greer, 63, its Special Justice Award. ``He's getting this award for all of his contributions on the bench, not just the Schiavo case,''...
  • Congressional Judicial Abuse Task Force Update

    01/18/2004 6:31:22 AM PST · by enots · 8 replies · 159+ views
    Stop Bad Justice ^ | Jan. 14,2004 | Joe Norman
    Subject:Congressional Judicial Abuse Task Force Update STOP BAD JUSTICE UPDATE 1-14-04 From: "Joe Norman" First, I would like to thank the many that have called Congressmen/women who are on the JUDICIAL ABUSE TASK FORCE to express your concerns for the state of the judiciary. Your efforts are much appreciated. Second, I talked with the JUDICIAL ABUSE TASK FORCE representative of Congressman Lamar Smith yesterday and it was evident the office had heard from many of you. The TASK FORCE has changed its name to HOUSE JUDICIAL ACCOUNTABILITY WORKING GROUP and will hold meetings in the next few weeks to decide...
  • Judge's misconduct cited in U-M case [democrap judge rigged panel to favor affirmative action]

    06/06/2003 12:51:57 PM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 42 replies · 336+ views
    Detroit News ^ | 6-6-2003 | Jodi S. Cohen
    <p>A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge has found evidence of judicial misconduct that [in all likelihood] helped ensure the University of Michigan's lower court victory in a lawsuit against its admissions policies.</p> <p>In a rare acknowledgement that a court did not follow its own rules, acting chief judge Alice M. Batchelder said the way the chief judge assigned the case and other irregular procedures "raise an inference that misconduct has occurred," according to a May 28 order from the court.</p>