Category Archives: Justice Department
Hot damn…this would be funny if it wasn’t so freaking pathetic. From the LAT writeup:
Attorney General Eric Holder has concluded that the conviction of Stevens cannot be supported because of problems with the government’s prosecution, which had been openly criticized by the trial judge, National Public Radio first reported.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan had criticized prosecutors for misconduct, and held Justice Department lawyers in contempt last month for failing to turn documents over to him as ordered. He called their behavior “outrageous.”
Holder is said to have based his decision on Stevens’ age, the fact that he is no longer in the Senate — and “perhaps most importantly,” because the new attorney general wanted to “send a message” to prosecutors that misconduct will not be tolerated, NPR reported this morning.
Holder started his own career in the Public Integrity section of the Justice Department. The attorney general also knows the trial judge, Sullivan, well – the two served together as superior court judges.
I was afraid this case would be overturned on appeal because of the numerous fuck-ups by the prosecution lawyers..guess we don’t have to wait for that to happen now…Teddy will be a free man shortly…damn it. Ah yes, the Gonzo Justice Dept flunkies struck again!
The Civil Rights Division no less m’dear reader. Christ almighty..what a gigantic friggin douche Bradley J. Schlozman is. WaPo has a nice writeup about Bradley and his ‘practices’ here. Ignorant fucktard award winner this week..yep, its Bradley! From the WaPo writeup:
Over three years in which he controlled employment decisions, Schlozman favored young conservatives for entry-level jobs, transferred those he called “right-thinking Americans” into top assignments and instructed colleagues that “adherents of Mao’s little red book need not apply,” according to e-mails cited in the report. Authorities analyzed 112 career hires during Schlozman’s tenure and determined that “virtually all” of the lawyers whose political affiliations were known at the time had ties to Republicans or conservative legal groups.
The final bitchslap is that the Justice Dept is not going to prosecute Mr. Schlozman for perjury or violating civil service laws…ain’t that just grand?? Ok, back to bed…where did I put that cough medicine with the codeine in it?
A nine-second session gaveled in and out by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., prevented Bush from appointing as an assistant attorney general a nominee roundly rejected by majority Democrats. Without the pro forma session, the Senate would be technically adjourned, allowing the president to install officials without Senate confirmation .
The business of blocking Bush’s recess appointments was serious. It represents an institutional standoff between Congress and the president that could repeat itself during Congress’ vacations for the remainder of Bush’s presidency.
Way to go Webb! Warms the cockles of my little black heart don’t you know? The individual in question is Steven Bradbury, acting chief of the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Counsel. Bush nominated Bradbury for the job and asked the Senate to remove the “acting” in his title. Seems Bradbury signed two secret memo’s in 2005 that allowed the CIA to use “harsh interrogation techniques” on those damn terrorists.
Another interesting part of this cat and mouse game is that a bill sent to a president automatically becomes law 10 days after he receives it, excluding Sundays of course, unless he vetoes it:
That could be the fate of two bills Congress passed last week. One growing out of the Virginia Tech massacre makes it harder for people with mental illness records to buy guns. The other makes it easier for journalists and others to obtain government documents through the Freedom of Information Act. The FOIA bill, for example, would become law on New Year’s Eve if not vetoed before then, according to Senate Judiciary Committee officials.
The gun bill is H.R. 2640. The Freedom of Information Act bill is S. 2488.
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