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  • Judge Tied to Federalist Society Ban Belonged to Left-Wing Legal Group

    06/05/2020 12:09:59 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 3 replies
    freebeacon ^ | Kevin Daley - JUNE 4, 2020 | Kevin Daley - JUNE 4, 2020
    A federal judge tied to an ethics proposal that would bar judges from joining the Federalist Society and its would-be liberal equivalent, the American Constitution Society (ACS), was an ACS member as recently as 2010, prompting charges of bad faith from legal conservatives. The Committee on Codes of Conduct, an official judicial body that gives ethics advice to federal judges, produced a draft advisory opinion that would bar judges from joining the Federalist Society or ACS. Though the committee's work is confidential and the opinion was unsigned, conservative lawyers and commentators have pushed suspicions that Chief Judge John McConnell of...
  • Judge (Sullivan) Asks Court Not to ‘Short Circuit’ His Review of Flynn Case

    06/01/2020 3:44:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 54 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/01/20 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department’s conduct in abruptly deciding to end the case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn was so unusual that it raised a “plausible question” about the legitimacy of the move, a lawyer for the trial judge overseeing that case told a federal appeals court on Monday. In a 36-page filing, the lawyer for Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia asked a three-judge panel not to cut short his review of the factual and legal issues surrounding the case. A defense lawyer for Mr....
  • Judge Sullivan says he is not required to ‘rubber stamp’ DOJ’s bid to dismiss Flynn case

    06/01/2020 2:47:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 63 replies
    Washington Post (democracy dies with democrats) ^ | 6/01/20 | Ann E. Marimow, Carol D. Leonnig
    Judge Emmet G. Sullivan should not be required to act as a “mere rubber stamp” for the government’s unusual move to undo the guilty plea of President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the judge’s lawyers told a federal appeals court in Washington on Monday. Sullivan’s attorneys asked the appeals court to stay on the sidelines to give the judge an opportunity to ensure the “integrity of the judicial process” and to rule on the Justice Department’s request to dismiss Flynn’s case. The judge must evaluate Flynn’s dramatically different claims, Sullivan’s lawyer Beth Wilkinson told the court: “What, if...
  • Where is soon to be ex Judge Emmet Sullivan's Response

    06/01/2020 9:37:20 AM PDT · by unclejohncornbread62dUALclose · 62 replies
    Me | 06/01/2020 | Me
    Due today I thought.
  • Obama, Clinton 9th Circuit Judges Suspend Bill of Rights Until Coronavirus is Cured

    05/25/2020 7:16:13 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 82 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Mon May 25, 2020 | Daniel Greenfield
    They said it. I didn't. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that Democratic California Gavin Newsom's ban on in-person church services during the coronavirus pandemic can stand.The lawsuit, filed by South Bay United Pentecostal Church in San Diego, prevents that church from reopening, according to the Los Angeles TimesThe "constitutional standards that would normally govern our review of a Free Exercise claim should not be applied," wrote the two judges in the majority opinion."We're dealing here with a highly contagious and often fatal disease for which there presently is no known cure. In the words of...
  • Former Philadelphia Judge of Elections Indicted for Election Fraud in Favor of Democrats

    05/21/2020 4:18:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies ^ | May 21, 2020 | Reagan McCarthy
    United States Attorney William McSwain announced on Thursday that Domenick DeMuro, a former Judge of Elections in Philadelphia, has been charged with multiple counts of election-related fraud:  “(1) conspiracy to deprive Philadelphia voters of their civil rights by fraudulently stuffing the ballot boxes for specific Democratic candidates in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary elections, and (2) a violation of the Travel Act, which forbids the use of any facility in interstate commerce (here, a cell phone) with the intent to promote certain illegal activity (here, bribery),” per a DOJ release. U.S. Attorney @USAttyMcSwain says, “Demuro fraudulently stuffed the ballot...
  • How to file an ethics complaint against a member of the DC Bar (Applicable to Judge Sullivan?)

    To File a Complaint Click to download Acrobat Reader Download a version of the complaint form from the list below. English (two pages, 26.85 KB pdf) Spanish (two pages, 42.21 KB pdf) Chinese (two pages, 141.61 KB pdf) Italian (two pages, 41.66 KB pdf) Korean (two pages, 123.35 KB pdf) Vietnamese (two pages, 41.05 KB pdf) Farsi (three pages, 64.19 KB pdf) Complete and print the form (signed and dated). Attach any relevant documents you have and send it by fax to (202) 638-0862, by email to, or by mail to: Office of Disciplinary Counsel Board on Professional Responsibility...
  • Roger Stone Judge Orders White House to Turn Over Ukraine Emails Being Withheld from the Public

    05/14/2020 5:27:51 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Law and Crime ^ | 05/13/20 | Jerry Lambe
    A federal judge in Washington, D.C. has ordered the White House to turn over 20 emails directly relating to President Donald Trump’s decision to withhold congressionally appropriated military aid from Ukraine. The administration has refused to produce the communications thus far, claiming the documents are protected from public release by executive privilege.The order, issued by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, stems from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the New York Times which sought communications between Michael Duffey, Principal Associate Director for National Security Programs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Robert Blair, a senior advisor to then-Acting White House Chief of...
  • Former Watergate prosecutors urge judge to buck Justice Department and not dismiss Michael Flynn case

    05/13/2020 3:39:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 101 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/12/20 | Katelyn Polantz, David Shortell
    (CNN) Sixteen former Watergate prosecutors have told a federal judge he has the authority to sentence former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn to prison despite the Justice Department's effort to toss the case. The filings add prominent voices to the backlash against Attorney General William Barr's softening of criminal prosecutions against President Donald Trump's associates. In legal memos sent to the court on Monday and obtained by CNN, the former prosecutors essentially laid out the legal footing they believe Judge Emmet Sullivan has to reject the dismissal request and sentence Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the...
  • Texas Supreme Court orders release of jailed salon owner who illegally reopened

    05/07/2020 12:56:09 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/7/2020 | y Alisha Ebrahimji
    A Texas salon owner who was sent to jail for seven days for violating the state's stay-at-home order during Covid-19 has been released after the Supreme Court of Texas' ruling Thursday. On Tuesday, Shelley Luther was found in civil and criminal contempt of court in Dallas for ignoring a temporary restraining order prohibiting her from operating her business, Salon A la Mode, according to a court document. As a result, Dallas Civil District Judge Eric Moyé ordered Luther to seven days in jail and fined her $500 for every day the salon stayed open. Luther was taken into custody Wednesday.
  • Yellowstone County Montana judge suspended without pay for one month

    04/17/2020 1:06:14 PM PDT · by LucyT · 21 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | April 17, 2020 | CASEY PAGE
    A Yellowstone County judge whose misconduct case sparked public input from hundreds of Montanans is being suspended without pay for 30 days. District Judge Ashley Harada’s month away from the office will begin May 1, according to the order from the Montana Supreme Court. In the order, signed by six of the seven justices, Chief Justice Mike McGrath said the misconduct was a serious violation of the public trust. "They manifest a flagrant disregard and threat to the rule of law and public confidence in the independence, impartiality, and integrity of our judicial system,” the order said.
  • Report: Judge Lets Cops Jail Anyone SUSPECTED Of Being Sick With Coronavirus

    04/16/2020 7:36:16 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 53 replies
    Right Journalism ^ | 04.16.2020 | Alex D.
    Thousands of protesters on foot and in vehicles converged Wednesday on Michigan’s capital to rally against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders in the state. “Operation Gridlock,” organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition, created a huge bumper-to-bumper traffic jam around the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing, Fox 2 Detroit reported. Meshawn Maddock, an organizer for the group, said the demonstrators include Republicans, Democrats, and independents. It seems that Michigan’s authorities are not impressed with the ongoing protests as Michigan judge has issued an order authorizing a county health officer and police to arrest and jail anyone they suspect of being sick...
  • Judge Removed For Ordering Men Arrested Who Didnt Show Up To Court During Pandemic!

    04/08/2020 6:48:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Tommy Sotomayor News Raw ^ | April 8, 2020 | Tommy Sotomayor
    Judge Removed For Ordering Men Arrested Who Didnt Show Up To Court During Pandemic! Video is 18 minutes long.
  • No bond for people who break 'safer at home' order, Circuit Judge says

    04/06/2020 6:01:26 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 43 replies
    ABCi15News ^ | 04/06/2020 | CBS12
    The Chief Judge for the 20th Judicial Circuit in Fort Myers issued a memorandum Friday ordering that no person who breaks Gov. DeSantis' "Safer at Home" executive order be held without bond pending first appearance before a judge. Chief Judge Michael McHugh sent the memo to all judges in his circuit as a response to the coronavirus outbreak. In his memo, the judge cites a Florida Supreme Court ruling in Varholy v. Sweat that "to grant release on bail to persons isolated and detained on a quarantine order because they have a contagious disease which makes them dangerous to others,...
  • Westmoreland County special election for House 58th District still scheduled Tuesday (Pittsburgh area)

    03/16/2020 3:30:06 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 2 replies
    Tribune-Review (Suburban Pittsburgh) ^ | 16 March 2020 | Rich Choldofsky
    Tuesday’s special election to fill the vacant 58th District state House seat is expected to be held as scheduled, despite widespread cancellations and shutdowns because of the coronavirus pandemic. The health scare has resulted in two polling locations, one in Rostraver and another in South Huntingdon, to be moved at the last minute while replacements are being sought for dozens of poll workers who withdrew from service over the last few days, said Beth Lechman, director of Westmoreland County’s Elections Bureau. Polls will open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the 66 precincts that make up the 58th District,...
  • Judge’s slap at AG William Barr was shameful politicking

    03/10/2020 1:30:17 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies ^ | March 9, 2020 | Josh Hammer
    In 2017, as President Trump took office, anti-Trump activists vented rage with pussy hats and other leftist agitprop. But the real work of the #Resistance has been carried out by holdover bureaucrats in the executive branch — and activist judges roaming far beyond their constitutional remit.SNIPJudge Reggie Walton was confronted with a straightforward Freedom of Information Act complaint, a relatively common type of litigation. In this case, the plaintiffs sought an unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian “collusion” released last spring.Walton seized the opportunity to excoriate the attorney general, painting a tendentious narrative that set Barr...
  • Retired judge admits buying assault rifle for Troy Hill felon portrayed as Nazi-obsessed

    03/09/2020 7:11:24 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 33 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 6, 2020 | Torsten Ove
    A retired federal administrative law judge from Mercer County pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of buying an assault rifle for his boyfriend, a North Side felon described by the FBI as obsessed with Nazis and mass shootings. Karl Alexander, 78, who splits his time between Pittsburgh and Grove City, admitted to lying on a federal firearm form in buying an AR-15 for Dennis Alan Riggs, 50, of Troy Hill, who was arrested on illegal gun charges in January after a raid on his house that turned up seven guns among portraits of Hitler, swastikas and Nazi banners. Riggs can't...
  • Judge Orders DOJ To Turn Over Unredacted Mueller Report, Calls Into Question Barr’s ‘credibility’

    03/05/2020 7:05:37 PM PST · by upchuck · 25 replies ^ | Mar 5, 2020 | Sara Carter
    This story is developing The Department of Justice was ordered Thursday by Judge Reggie B. Walton to turn over a copy of the unredacted former Special Counsel Robert Mueller report. The judge accused Attorney General William Barr of misrepresenting the findings of the report before it was submitted last year to Congress. Walton, a federal district court judge in Washington D.C. who was appointed by President George W. Bush, questioned Barr’s public comments and ‘credibility’ about the report before Mueller released his findings. “The inconsistencies between Attorney General Barr’s statements, made at a time when the public did not have...
  • DC appeals court judge to retire, handing Trump key vacancy

    03/05/2020 12:50:26 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03 05 2020 | John Kruzel
    Judge Thomas Griffith on Thursday announced plans to retire from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, handing President Trump his third vacancy on the influential bench. Griffith is set to retire in September, just two months ahead of the 2020 election, as politics intensify the focus on Trump's conservative makeover of the federal courts. The judge, a George W. Bush appointee and 15-year veteran of the D.C. Circuit, made headlines last week when he ruled against House Democratic lawmakers who sought to enforce a subpoena against a former Trump aide. In a 2-1 opinion, Griffith ruled that...
  • Judge: Military spending in Washington can't go to border wall

    02/27/2020 7:40:12 PM PST · by BeauBo · 38 replies
    KOMO ^ | 27 Feb 2020 | GENE JOHNSON (Associated Press)
    President Donald Trump may not divert $89 million intended for a military construction project in Washington state to build his border wall, a U.S. judge in Seattle ruled Thursday. The U.S. Supreme Court and some other courts have said the administration can begin diverting billions of dollars in military spending to the wall. But U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein ruled Thursday that a case brought by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson contains different arguments which are not covered by those decisions. Rothstein found that diverting the money is unlawful because it would take money that Congress appropriated for military construction...