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Noted with interest

Posted by Charles II on August 11, 2014

Josh Marshall, TPM (via Barbara Morrill, DK)

US District Court Judge Mark Fuller was arrested Sunday morning and charged with misdemeanor battery for assaulting his wife. Police responded to a call from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Atlanta. Fuller’s wife said her husband had assaulted her; she was treated for wounds by paramedics but declined to be taken to a hospital.

Fuller is best known for presiding over the trial of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman (D), which Siegelman’s supporters believe – with some reason – was a politically motivated prosecution.

Fuller is a judge in the Middle District of Alabama.

Posted in DoJ, Don Siegelman, judiciary | 1 Comment »

Fire Eric Holder

Posted by Charles II on August 6, 2009

From Bradblog:

Feeney Reportedly Off Hook in Abramoff Probe
DoJ said to have dropped two-year investigation into corrupt former Florida Rep’s lobbyist-funded trip to Scotland…

The Holder DoJ is incapable of prosecuting Republicans, but continues to pursue Don Siegelman and Paul Minor.

Posted in Department of Injustice, DoJ, Don Siegelman, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Siegelman and related cases of political prosecution/update2

Posted by Charles II on June 27, 2009

…were discussed on C-Span

The Flash version took several minutes to load at pretty good bandwidth. (Update2: Scott Horton as moderator. 1. Elliot Mincberg, 2. Andrew Kreig, 3. Judge U.W. Clemon, 4. Charles Walker, Jr., 5. Bruce Fein 6. Bill Yeomans 7. Cliff Arnebeck 8. Judge Oliver Diaz, introduced by Gail Sistrunk of Project Save Justice 9. Puerto Rico Sen. Eduardo Bhatia. Judge U. W. Clemon gave the stemwinder… at August in Alabama speed, that’s a notable achievement. He explained the early phases of the assault on Siegelman and how it made it clear that the prosecution was politics by other means. Sistrunk mentioned a video– see Larisa for clips or go here for The Political Prosecutions of Karl Rove– showing all the cases of political prosecution; she suggested looking at the Shields Report, which is in the Congressional Record. OPR has sat on reports for years. Diaz told the story of Paul Minor: Bronze Star, VN; largest MS donor to Democrats; 10th largest donor nationally to John Edwards. Bhatia said that hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans did not vote in Florida 2000 and 2004.)

C-Span did not make it easy to see this show and re-aired it without notice today. I hope they will air it again… you can encourage that with e-mail to viewer@c-span.org.

Scott Horton was one of the speakers (John Conyers was scheduled to keynote, but he seems to have fish of his own to fry, fish that have to do with nonpolitically-motivated prosecution). On Horton’s blog, No Comment, he has some interesting news about why Rick Renzi may escape conviction. From Murray Waas, The Hill:

In the fall of 2006, one day after the Justice Department granted permission to a U.S. attorney to place a wiretap on a Republican congressman suspected of corruption, existence of the investigation was leaked to the press — not only compromising the sensitive criminal probe but tipping the lawmaker off to the wiretap. Career federal law enforcement officials who worked directly on a probe of former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) said they believe that word of the investigation was leaked by senior Bush Administration political appointees in the Justice Department in an improper and perhaps illegal effort to affect the outcome of an election.

Horton, quoting bits from Waas:

The newspaper [Arizona Republic] noted that “the federal official would not discuss whether the Justice Department was being manipulated for political purposes. However, the official said it is unusual for the department to publicly acknowledge concerns about the accuracy of media reports.” The unnamed Justice official seems to have been a very busy beaver. The Arizona Republic story notes that he had contacted two other newspapers to persuade them that their stories about Renzi were wrong….Waas notes that sources involved in the Justice Department’s internal probe of the U.S. attorneys firings, conducted jointly by the Office of Professional Responsibility and the Inspector General, concluded that the person must have been a political appointee. Their report casts suspicion directly on one individual: Brian Roehrkasse.

Posted in Department of Injustice, DoJ, Don Siegelman | 7 Comments »

Lambda Legal Fund: Homosexuality Is Incest! Or Is It Pedophila?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 26, 2009

Well, if you use John Aravosis’ reasoning, that’s what they must believe, right? Right?

That John continues to write about “pedophilia” at all despite the fact that 16-year-old whose marriage was invalidated in the case cited in the brief — Wilkins v. Zelichowski, 140 A.2d 65, 67-68 (N.J. 1958) — would today have reached the age of consent, if not the age at which a marriage would be found to be valid, in 32 states shows that John’s desire to advance the “pedophilia” story is without any merit.  Moreover, as pointed out by PG in comments to the earlier post, this case was cited by none other than Lambda Legal in one of its own briefsfor the same purpose it was cited in the Smelt brief.  The LGBT equality legal group wrote:

Conventional choice of law and comity principles are routinely applied in every state to address non-uniformity in many aspects of domestic relations laws, including disparities among states in the requirements for marriages or their dissolution.  See, e.g., Wilkins v. Zelichowski, 26 N.J. 370, 377-78 (1958).  These familiar legal tools, not the deprivation of the constitutional rights of a minority, offer the answer to any purported concern about uniformity with other states.

That John continues to write about “incest” is, as I have stated since the brief was filed, overstating facts in order to enrage.  One of the cases cited, Catalano v. Catalano, 170 A.2d 726, 728-29 (Conn. 1961), is a regularly cited case in Family Law casebooks and law review articles regarding out-of-state marriage recognition.  For John, a lawyer, to repeatedly state that a lawyer citing a regularly cited case for a general proposition that “certain marriages performed elsewhere need not be given effect, because they conflicted with the public policy of the forum” equates to the lawyer comparing same-sex marriages to incest is dishonest.  John knows that the brief is analogizing a state’s policy against recognizing one type of marriage to a state’s policy against recognizing another type of marriages.  Though a slight distinction, John knows that, as a lawyer, such distinctions matter.

The final case cited, In re Mortenson’s Estate, 316 P.2d 1106 (Ariz. 1957), is one with which I was unfamiliar but have found that both it and Catalano were cited by a Columbia Law Review piece criticizing DOMA for “deep flaws in both aspects of the Act.”  Scott Ruskay-Kidd, Note, “The Defense of Marriage Act and the Overextension of Congressional Authority,” 97 Colum. L. Rev. 1435 (1997).  If opponents of DOMA have cited both of these cases since the year after its passage, then — as John knows — it would be bad-faith for a lawyer charged with defending the law to fail to raise arguments in its defense that previously have been raised even by opponents of the law.  Was this third case cite necessary?  Probably not, as the point was illustrasted by Catalano.  But to demonize the author of the brief and everyone on up to the President as comparing same-sex relationships to incest for doing so, as John has done repeatedly, is exceptionally unfair and dramatically overstates the proposition advanced in the brief.

I wish that the people who think it’s a good idea to willfully repeat things they know to be bogus would see just what sort of damage they’re doing to their own credibility, not to mention their honor.

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, blowback, doing the right thing, DoJ, gay rights, President Obama | 2 Comments »

I Can Haz Rule Of Law?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 22, 2009

Just Us

Per LHP at FDL, signs point to “yes”:

David Iglesias, one of the US Attorneys who were fired for actually trying to do their jobs in a fair, non partisan manner, has just been tapped by the Obama administration to prosecute Gitmo detainees. This is an inspired choice. Not just for the “up yours” message it sends to the loyal Bushies — though that adds some fun to the mix — but because his unique skill set positions him to handle all the permutations of prosecutions to come in these cases.

Go read the rest of Looseheadprop’s story. Rule of Law: It’s the new black! (And black is the new president.)

Posted in Barack Obama, Constitution, doing the right thing, DoJ, dope slaps for Dubya, Good Things, habeas corpus, Justice Department, Obama Administration, political prisoners, political purges, President Obama, rights, Rule of Law, US attorney firings, US Attorney scandal | Comments Off on I Can Haz Rule Of Law?

From Hell’s Heart, Spitzer Stabs At Thee

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 15, 2008

If you’re a predatory lender, that is.

Dandelion Salad reminds us of why the banks wanted Spitzer gone. (Funny how David Vitter and Larry Craig are still in office, isn’t it?)

Posted in abuse of power, banking, big money, BushCo malfeasance, capitalism as cancer, David Vitter, Debra Jean Palfrey, distractions, DoJ, economy, Eliot Spitzer, GOP/Media Complex, government malfeasance, gravy train, Larry Craig | 1 Comment »

A Tale Of Three Johns

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 11, 2008

If you Google “David Vitter prostitute“, you get around 30,000 references to the sex scandal that broke last July involving a sitting Republican Senator known for his straight-arrow “family values” image. Senator Vitter has yet to resign.

If you Google Larry Craig prostitute, you get just under 48,000 references to the sex scandal that broke last August involving another sitting Republican Senator known for his straight-arrow “family values” image. Senator Craig has yet to resign.

But if you Google “Eliot Spitzer prostitute“, you get over 261,000 references to the sex scandal involving a sitting Democratic governor with a straight-arrow image, and that scandal isn’t even 48 hours old yet.

Clearly, Spitzer could be free and clear right now if he’d only been a Republican. It’s really the ultimate Get Out Of Jail Free card. Just ask Don Siegelman.

Posted in abuse of power, BushCo malfeasance, David Vitter, Democrat-bashing, Democrats, distractions, DoJ, Don Siegelman, Flying Monkey Right, Fox Noise, GOP bullying, GOP/Media Complex, Larry Craig, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 8 Comments »

Another Fox Flees the Henhouse

Posted by MEC on December 15, 2007

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John Tanner, the Bush Justice Department’s head of so-called voting-rights enforcement, resigned.

I say “so-called voting-rights enforcement” because — as you can guess, given he’s a Bush appointee — he seems to have spent his time in office doing exactly the opposite of the job’s official responsibilities.

In recent months, McClatchy has reported on a pattern of decision-making within the department’s Civil Rights Division, of which the Voting Rights Section is a part, that tended to narrow the voting rights of Democratic-leaning minorities.
 

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In addition, the Justice Department opened an internal investigation into allegations that Tanner unfairly had deprived two veteran African-American staffers of bonuses and that he and a deputy had misused tax dollars on official trips.
 

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Shortly after he became section chief in 2005, Tanner reversed the recommendation of the career staff that the department object to a Georgia law requiring voters in that state to produce photo identification cards. The staff had argued that the law would disenfranchise minority voters.
 

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Tanner also drew harsh criticism for directing a crackdown to force states to purge hundreds of thousands of names from voter registration rolls, an initiative that critics charge was aimed at disenfranchising minority voters, who move frequently.

Unfortunately, we’re not completely rid of him:

Department spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement that Tanner, of his own accord, “made the decision to pursue (an) opportunity” to work in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices.

It’s not much of an improvement that he’ll be suppressing workers’ rights instead of suppressing voting rights. But his abrupt departure from his DoJ job may be a sign that investigations into the politicization of the Justice Department are limiting the culprits’ opportunities to subvert the Department’s real purpose.

Posted in Department of Injustice, DoJ | Comments Off on Another Fox Flees the Henhouse

Ashcroft, Gonzales, and Mukasey

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 10, 2007

While thinking about Mukasey, it occurred to me:

Remember how we thought that Ashcroft as AG was The Worst Thing Ever? We were wrong. Alberto Gonzales was worse. Much, much, much worse. (When Ashcroft on his hospital bed can become a comparative hero for standing up to BushCo, you know how far things have fallen.)

The scuttlebutt in DC is that while he’s conservative, Mukasey is actually worlds better than the clowns running DoJ now — the ones Gonzales brought in. (Yes, that tells you just how awful Main Justice is right now.) And Bush is never going to appoint anyone we like. (Movement conservatives like Richard Viguerie came out against Mukasey early on precisely because he was someone that many Democrats didn’t find utterly repulsive. Again, that should tell you something.)

So while Mukasey’s never going to be confused with Louis Brandeis, know that — sadly — he’s as good as we’re probably going to get out of the worst group of persons ever to occupy the White House.

Posted in Alberto Gonzales, Attorney General, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Department of Injustice, DoJ | 1 Comment »

Justice Department Thought Police

Posted by MEC on October 24, 2007

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Reported in The Memory Hole:

The Justice Department tipped its hand in its ongoing legal war with the ACLU over the Patriot Act. Because the matter is so sensitive, the Justice Dept is allowed to black out those passages in the ACLU’s court filings that it feels should not be publicly released.
 

Ostensibly, they would use their powers of censorship only to remove material that truly could jeopardize US operations. But in reality, what did they do? They blacked out a quotation from a Supreme Court decision:
 

“The danger to political dissent is acute where the Government attempts to act under so vague a concept as the power to protect ‘domestic security.’ Given the difficulty of defining the domestic security interest, the danger of abuse in acting to protect that interest becomes apparent.”

This isn’t an absurdity. It’s an alarming indication of the mindset of the people who are supposedly protecting not just the American people, but our system of government. They see a “threat to national security” in a statement defending political dissent. They treat the highest judicial authority in our government as a threat. They treat a fundamental principle of our democracy as a threat.

And they have the arrogance to think no one will notice what they’re doing.

Posted in abuse of power, ACLU, anti-truth, BushCo malfeasance, Constitutional crisis, Department of Injustice, DoJ, First Amendment, PATRIOT Act | 5 Comments »

 
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