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US Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer Alleged Lack of Integrity Source of Grave Concern Amid Newest Revelations Concerning DOJ’s Tony West’s Confederate — Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest


Mr. Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest.  During the 2008 election, while employed as an associate with  Morrison & Foerster, Chris Young served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director and as National Campaign’s Northern California representative.  USDOJ’s Tony West (also of Morrison & Foerster) served as Co-Chair, California Finance Cmt.  Recently, Keker & Van Nest abruptly removed Young’s name from the roll of lawyers associated with the firm.  Similar to Tony West, Young is under scrutiny in connection with events surrounding both Lance Armstrong and sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

 

Mr. James J. Bronsnahan of Morrison & Foerster: “I was suddenly elevated from an infrequent contributor to Demo­cratic politicians to being the mastermind behind the Democratic Party.”

MoFo Team 
Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R)
Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice which represented PG&E ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of MoFo’s legal team which created CaliforniaALL. Mr. Tony West – a “mentee” of Willie Brown and CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris brother-in-law; Mr. James J. Brosnahan — original member of the BOD at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC. Brosnahan represented El Paso Corp during California Energy Crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi who also served as original BOD member at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC, alongside Martha Escutia. Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo.

 

Tony West, Chris Young

Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

 

 

Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

 Keker & Van Nest - Elliot Peters -- Chris Young -- March 2012

 

Tony West
Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. West’s sister-in-law — Ms. Kamala Harris — is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

 



Above (L-R) Mr. David Werdegar of IOA; State Bar of California BOG Member Jeannine English; Mr. Thomas Girardi of embattled Voice of OC; Executive Director of State Bar of California Joe Dunn of embattled Voice of OC;  California Supreme Court Associate Justice Hon. Kathryn Werdegar; really special prosecutor in matter of In Re Girardi and controversial judicial aspirant Prof. Rory Little; controversial gambling attorney Howard Dickstein (spouse of Jeannine English and a client of Keker & Van Nest), MoFo’s James Brosnahan of embattled Voice of OC; Keker & Van Nest partner Matthew Werdegar – son of David and Kathryn Werdegar; Keker & Van Nest partner Jan Little (spouse of Rory Little); Keker & Van Nest partner Elliot Peters — attorney for  Howard Dickstein; California Democratic Party operative and mentor to Willie Brown’s former paramour — Mr. John Keker; Keker & Van Nest partner, attorney for Howard Dickstein, controversial judicial aspirant, and President of the State Bar of California — Mr. Jon Streeter. (Image:courtesy photo)

In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

See below Cal Bar Foundation newsroom which makes no mention of the subrosa transfer of funds.

 

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

 

In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines?” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

 

Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.”  See below:

 

 

 

 

 

Serving on the board of directors of CaliforniaALL (which was in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California) were State Bar employee Patricia Lee, Kamala Harris, CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon, as well as Judy Johnson. See below:

 

 

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 

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Attorney Rusty Hardin Alleges Circumstances Involving DOJ’s Lanny Breuer Prompted Questionable Prosecution of Client Roger Clemens

Juror 13, political activist Joyce Robinson-Paul, told the Daily News after the verdict Monday that she and her peers “didn’t see anything to be prosecuted” in the government’s case that Clemens lied to Congress about doping.

“You have these cutthroat thieves, murderers, drug dealers and drug addicts and you decide to go after somebody who had a reputation for trying to do his best and be the best that he can be, and you attack him,” Robinson-Paul told The News.

A unique political reality might have forced the government’s hand with Clemens. New York attorney Tom Harvey pointed out Tuesday that the Justice Department could not afford to let Clemens go without a legal fight – not when one of the department’s top-ranked officials, assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, had worked alongside Hardin to represent the pitcher during the congressional appearance that got Clemens indicted.

“Did his underlings feel obligated to approve the prosecution to avoid fingers being pointed at them later on,” asked Harvey. “Also, what pressure did the prosecutors feel from Congress in terms of getting future funding for Justice programs?”

Breuer was recused from the case, along with Attorney General Eric Holder, who had worked at the same law firm as Breuer (Covington and Burling) when Clemens was Breuer’s client in 2008.

Please continue @:

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/i-team/roger-clemens-perjury-trial-doomed-s…

 

BREAKING NEWS: President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over ‘Fast and Furious’

President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over ‘Fast and Furious’ documents, a last-minute maneuver that appears unlikely to head off a contempt vote against Holder by Republicans in the House.

Amid Mistrust in Judgment of USDOJ’s Lanny Breuer, The Leslie Brodie Report Mulls Contacting Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and WND’s Joe Ferah In Re Sham Non-Profit Entity CaliforniaALL, DOJ’s Tony West

In the aftermath of accusations leveled at USDOJ’s Lanny Breuer by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and World Net Daily’s Joseph Farah — which came on the heels of a crisis of confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder — The Leslie Brodie Report mulls contacting Senator Grassley and Joe Farah for the purpose of ensuring that Lanny Breuer did not, is not, and will not engage in any form of  shenanigans whatsoever in connection with the on-going investigation of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL, and the circumstances surrounding DOJ’s Tony West, Kamala Harris, Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn, and the San Francisco-based Morrison & Foerster.

CaliforniaALL

CaliforniaALL was a non-profit entity headed by former State Bar of California Board of Governors member Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a long time friend of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue.

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $780,000.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation.)

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA California  Bar Foundation)  in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns.

Likewise, the Foundation never acknowledged this transfer to CaliforniaALL — the largest grant it ever bestowed — via publications issued by its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

 

JOE DUNN

 As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, ” Voice of OC.”

 

Voice of OC's Joe Dunn
Mr. Joe Dunn (image:courtesy photo)

 

Events surrounding the State Bar of California, California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, Voice of OC, and UCI Foundation, as well as the fact that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL (i.e. Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL and Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL, as well as Morrison & Foertser Annette Carnegie as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the transfer of $780,000  from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL ) were also involved with the creation of Voice of OC (Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC) created the appearance of suspicious activities that funds were misappropriated by Voice of OC, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL.

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 Tony West
Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. West’s sister-in-law — Ms. Kamala Harris — is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

Additionally, the belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Mr. Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed).

Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it receive from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce the suspicion. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges in the matter of In Re Girardi), the friendship Mr. Dunn shares with Mr. Girardi, as well as Voice of OC’s refusal to comply with IRS rules mandating  that it makes available upon request Forms 990 it had submitted to the IRS within the last three years.

 

MoFo Team
Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R)

Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”);

Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice which represented PG&E ;

Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of MoFo’s legal team which created CaliforniaALL.

Mr. Tony West – a “mentee” of Willie Brown and CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris brother-in-law;

Mr. James J. Brosnahan — original member of the BOD at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC. Brosnahan represented El Paso Corp during California Energy Crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi who also served as original BOD member at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC, alongside Martha Escutia.

Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL;

Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo;

 

 

Geoffrey F. Brown
Mr. Geoffrey Brown, professor of law at JFK School of Law. Between 2001 to 2007 served as Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009 Brown serve as director with the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA “California Bar Foundation”). In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $780,00.00 to sham entity CaliforniaALL — which also obtained additional 1.5 Million from utility companies.  In reaction to complainant’s request for an inquiry to the State Bar of California Board of Governors, Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.  Brown is still under extreme scrutiny by TLR/YR in matters relating Judy Johnson’s CCPF and the saga known as “Bribing Pat.”
(image:courtesy photo)

 

For more about CaliforniaALL, please see @:

http://californiaall.posterous.com/

And @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/tags/californiaall/

Sen. Chuck Grassley: USDOJ’s Lanny Breuer must go

Chuck Grassley is pictured at a confirmation hearing. | AP Photo

 

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, demanded the resignation of Lanny Breuer, a senior Justice Department official, for what he said was Breuer’s “lack of judgment” and for misleading Congress.

U.S. AG Eric Holder, DoJ Head Lanny Breuer Linked To Covington & Burling and Banks Accused of Foreclosure Fraud (TLR Note: Similar to nefarious events surrounding sham non-profit CaliforniaALL, Morrison & Foerster, and DOJ’s Tony West)

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who’s Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows.

The firm, Covington & Burling, is one of Washington’s biggest white shoe law firms. Law professors and other federal ethics experts said that federal conflict of interest rules required Holder and Breuer to recuse themselves from any Justice Department decisions relating to law firm clients they personally had done work for.

Both the Justice Department and Covington declined to say if either official had personally worked on matters for the big mortgage industry clients. Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said Holder and Breuer had complied fully with conflict of interest regulations, but she declined to say if they had recused themselves from any matters related to the former clients.

Please continue @:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/20/eric-holder-banks-lanny-breuer_n_121…

 

CaliforniaALL

CaliforniaALL was a non-profit entity headed by former State Bar of California Board of Governors member Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a long time friend of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue.

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $780,000.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation.)

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA California  Bar Foundation)  in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns.

Likewise, the Foundation never acknowledged this transfer to CaliforniaALL — the largest grant it ever bestowed — via publications issued by its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

 

JOE DUNN

 As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, ” Voice of OC.”

 

Voice of OC's Joe Dunn
Mr. Joe Dunn (image:courtesy photo)

 

Events surrounding the State Bar of California, California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, Voice of OC, and UCI Foundation, as well as the fact that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL (i.e. Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL and Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL, as well as Morrison & Foertser Annette Carnegie as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the transfer of $780,000  from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL ) were also involved with the creation of Voice of OC (Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC) created the appearance of suspicious activities that funds were misappropriated by Voice of OC, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL.

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 Tony West
Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. West’s sister-in-law — Ms. Kamala Harris — is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

Additionally, the belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Mr. Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed).

Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it receive from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce the suspicion. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges in the matter of In Re Girardi), the friendship Mr. Dunn shares with Mr. Girardi, as well as Voice of OC’s refusal to comply with IRS rules mandating  that it makes available upon request Forms 990 it had submitted to the IRS within the last three years.

 

MoFo Team
Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R)

Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”);

Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice which represented PG&E ;

Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of MoFo’s legal team which created CaliforniaALL.

Mr. Tony West – a “mentee” of Willie Brown and CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris brother-in-law;

Mr. James J. Brosnahan — original member of the BOD at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC. Brosnahan represented El Paso Corp during California Energy Crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi who also served as original BOD member at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC, alongside Martha Escutia.

Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL;

Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo;

 

 

Geoffrey F. Brown
Mr. Geoffrey Brown, professor of law at JFK School of Law. Between 2001 to 2007 served as Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009 Brown serve as director with the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA “California Bar Foundation”). In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $780,00.00 to sham entity CaliforniaALL — which also obtained additional 1.5 Million from utility companies.  In reaction to complainant’s request for an inquiry to the State Bar of California Board of Governors, Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.  Brown is still under extreme scrutiny by TLR/YR in matters relating Judy Johnson’s CCPF and the saga known as “Bribing Pat.”
(image:courtesy photo)

 

For more about CaliforniaALL, please see @:

http://californiaall.posterous.com/

And @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/tags/californiaall/

 

Allegations of Grave Misconduct Leveled by WND’s Joseph Farah Against Eric Holder / Lanny Breuer Re Credit Suisse / Yucaipa’ Ron Burkle Source of Monumental Concern Due to Circumstances Surrounding DOJ’s Tony West Re Sham Non-Profit CaliforniaALL

WND has obtained several hundred pages of documents alleging that Holder and Lanny Breuer, the assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s criminal division, have intervened to block recommended federal prosecutions in an ongoing dispute involving the exclusive Yellowstone Club, a private golf and ski resort now owned by supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle and international bank Credit Suisse.

Holder is being accused of shielding from federal criminal prosecution Credit Suisse, a client of the Washington-based law firm Covington & Burling, as well as key Democratic Party operatives suspected of playing a role in allegedly fraudulent mortgage financing and bank lending practices. Now, get this: Before joining the Department of Justice in the Obama administration, Holder and Breuer were partners at Covington & Burling.

“I know how Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer operate,” said Mike Flynn, legal counsel for Tim Blixseth, the founder of the Yellowstone Club. Holder and Breuer are protecting Credit Suisse, he charged.

“In my 42 years of trying high-profile cases, I have never seen such corruption,” Flynn said. “The American people need to know what is happening inside the Holder-controlled Justice Department. The fox is now truly guarding the hen house.”

WND has obtained an affidavit signed by Blixseth Feb. 27, in which he alleges a federal task force investigated the case and recommended prosecution.

Here’s what this scam is all about.

Credit Suisse AG, one of the world’s biggest financial giants, marketed a variety of exotic loans during the boom real estate years of the mid-2000s. They included what were known as “equity recapitalizations” designed to allow the developers of high-priced real estate, including the Yellowstone Club luxury resort destination in Montana, to realize anticipated profits years before the profits were actually earned.

Instead of holding the equity in the luxury developments, Credit Suisse, after making the equity recapitalization loans, typically sold the equity to a syndication of institutional investors, including hedge funds and foreign investment entities.

One of the hedge funds purchasing the Yellowstone Club was Boston-based CrossHarbor Capital Partners, operated by Sam Byrne, now a partner of Ron Burkle in the ownership and operation of the Yellowstone Club.

Please continue @:

http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/attorney-general-above-the-law/

 

CaliforniaALL

CaliforniaALL was a non-profit entity headed by former State Bar of California Board of Governors member Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a long time friend of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayu.

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $780,000.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation.)

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA California  Bar Foundation)  in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns.

Likewise, the Foundation never acknowledged this transfer to CaliforniaALL — the largest grant it ever bestowed — via publications issued by its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

 

JOE DUNN

 As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, ” Voice of OC.”

 

Voice of OC's Joe Dunn
Mr. Joe Dunn (image:courtesy photo)

 

Events surrounding the State Bar of California, California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, Voice of OC, and UCI Foundation, as well as the fact that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL (i.e. Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL and Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL, as well as Morrison & Foertser Annette Carnegie as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the transfer of $780,000  from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL ) were also involved with the creation of Voice of OC (Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC) created the appearance of suspicious activities that funds were misappropriated by Voice of OC, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL.

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 Tony West
Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. West’s sister-in-law — Ms. Kamala Harris — is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

Additionally, the belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Mr. Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed).

Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it receive from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce the suspicion. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges in the matter of In Re Girardi), the friendship Mr. Dunn shares with Mr. Girardi, as well as Voice of OC’s refusal to comply with IRS rules mandating  that it makes available upon request Forms 990 it had submitted to the IRS within the last three years.

 

MoFo Team
Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R)

Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”);

Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice which represented PG&E ;

Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of MoFo’s legal team which created CaliforniaALL.

Mr. Tony West – a “mentee” of Willie Brown and CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris brother-in-law;

Mr. James J. Brosnahan — original member of the BOD at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC. Brosnahan represented El Paso Corp during California Energy Crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi who also served as original BOD member at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC, alongside Martha Escutia.

Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL;

Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo;

 

 

Geoffrey F. Brown
Mr. Geoffrey Brown, professor of law at JFK School of Law. Between 2001 to 2007 served as Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009 Brown serve as director with the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA “California Bar Foundation”). In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $780,00.00 to sham entity CaliforniaALL — which also obtained additional 1.5 Million from utility companies.  In reaction to complainant’s request for an inquiry to the State Bar of California Board of Governors, Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.  Brown is still under extreme scrutiny by TLR/YR in matters relating Judy Johnson’s CCPF and the saga known as “Bribing Pat.”
(image:courtesy photo)

 

For more about CaliforniaALL, please see @:

http://californiaall.posterous.com/

And @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/tags/californiaall/

 

 

 

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) called on USDOJ’s Eric Holder to step down

Lawmakers’ frustration with Attorney General Eric Holder over an ongoing security leak probe and the botched “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation boiled over Tuesday, with a top Republican lawmaker calling on Holder to resign.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) called for Holder’s resignation during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing late Tuesday morning. It came in the context of Republican concerns about Holder’s decision to appoint two lawyers from within his department to handle the politically sensitive leak probe — as well as concerns about “Fast and Furious.”

AP Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

“Americans deserve an attorney general that will be honest with them, they deserve an attorney general who will uphold the basic standards of political independence and accountability,” Cornyn said. “You’ve proven time and time again, sadly, that you’re unwilling to do so.”

In response, Holder accused Republicans of playing politics and specifically accused Cornyn of “breathtaking” inaccuracies.

“I don’t have any intention of resigning,” he said.

Cornyn’s statements Tuesday coincided with a move by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to push legislation demanding a special prosecutor in the leak probe.

Please continue @:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57451533-503544/republicans-step-up-at…

John Keker and Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest Hereby Asked to Disclose Nature / Basis of Relationship with USDOJ ‘s Derek Anthony West (Tony West) Given Keker’s Letter to Judiciary Committee in Support of West’s Nomination as Assistant Attorney General

Consistent with The Leslie Brodie Report’s commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of controversies relating to Lance Armstrong and sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL, Keker & Van Nest’s John Keker and Jon Streeter are hereby asked to disclose basis, nature, and extent of their relationship with DOJ’s Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) — formerly of Morrison & Foerster.

Specifically, TLR is inquiring about the presumed strong and extensive relationship between Keker and West which served as the basis for Keker to rely upon in recommending West.

For a copy of John Keker’s letter in support of Tony West’s nomination as Assistant Attorney General to Eric Holder which was sent to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, please see @:

http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/111thCongressExecutiveNominations…

 

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Please observe that, rather than contacting Keker & Van Nest’s John Keker and Jon Streeter directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any comments,opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

 

Arizona Sen. John McCain: Barack Obama responsible for leaks, Eric Holder has no credibility

Arizona Sen. John McCain continued his blitz against the Obama administration Sunday, saying the president was responsible for the recent national security leaks–whether he knew about them or not.

….On Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder said he assigned two U.S. attorneys to lead investigations into the possible leaking of state secrets.

McCain, however, strongly took issue with the Justice Department overseeing the investigation, arguing the matter at hand required independent counsel and contended that Holder did not have the credentials to manage such a task.

“Mr. Holder’s credibility with Congress is, uh, there is none,” McCain told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

 

Please continue @:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/10/mccain-obama-responsible-for-…

 

 

House committee schedules contempt vote against DOJ’s Eric Holder

House Oversight Committee will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. It’s the fourth time in 30 years that Congress has launched a contempt action against an executive branch member.

 

This time, the dispute stems from Holder failing to turn over documents subpoenaed on October 12, 2011 in the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” investigation.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57450110-503544/house-committee-schedu…

DOJ’s Eric Holder: Prosecutors have authority in leak probe that reaches into White House

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Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday assigned two U.S. attorneys to lead a criminal investigation into possible, unauthorized leaks of classified government information.

The announcement follows a bipartisan call from Capitol Hill for an investigation and a special prosecutor to look into suspect national security leaks — which congressional lawmakers say is needed because the disclosures have put Americans world-wide at risk and perhaps came from the Obama administration.

Holder has assigned Ronald C. Machen Jr., a U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, and Rod J. Rosenstein, a U.S. attorney for Maryland.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/06/09/holder-prosecutors-have-authority-…

Fast and Furious: Eric Holder’s bizarre House Judiciary testimony

Attorney General Eric Holder attended hearings into Operation Fast and Furious by the House Judiciary committee on Thursday.  His testimony brought one major breakthrough: it turns out he doesn’t hate David Axelrod’s guts after all.  There have been accounts that Holder nearly came to blows with President Obama’s top political advisor, but Holder told House Judiciary they have a “great relationship,” and he doesn’t think Axelrod has ever “done anything that I would consider inappropriate.”

Whew!  Glad we got that out of the way!  In other news, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry is still dead because of Operation Fast and Furious.  The Attorney General still maintains he and his top deputies didn’t know anything, can’t remember anything, and have no intention of complying with lawful subpoenas from Congress.  Holder acknowledges that he’s only turned over 7,600 of the 140,000 Fast and Furious documents he’s sitting on, and that’s about as good as it’s going to get.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.humanevents.com/2012/06/07/fast-and-furious-eric-holders-bizarre-h…

In Interview with World Net Daily Jerome Corsi Sheriff Joe Arpaio Assails Eric Holder: ‘Clean your own house first!’

A defiant Sheriff Joe Arpaio is preparing to tell President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder later today there is “no way” he will turn over the management of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to the Justice Department despite the threat of a federal lawsuit.

“Clean your own house, Eric Holder, before you come trying to clean mine,” Arpaio said today in a telephone interview with WND.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/sheriff-joe-to-obama-no-way/

Peter Schweizer & Wynton Hall:Top DOJ Officials Were Obama Bundlers with Wall Street Ties (TLR Note: Relevant to stories Re: CaliforniaALL, Tony West, Andre Birrote, Lance Armstrong, Voice of OC)

Four of the top officials at the Department of Justice were all big money fundraisers for President Obama’s 2008 campaign with strong ties to Wall Street—the very entity the Obama Administration has said must be criminally prosecuted for bringing about the biggest financial crisis in U.S. history.

  • Attorney General Eric Holder: formerly of Covington & Burling law firm, in 2008 Holder himself represented big banks such as UBS and MBNA Bank. Holder was Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign co-chairman and raised $50,000 for the president’s campaign.

  • Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli: a managing partner at Jenner and Block law firm, whose clients include Merrill Lynch, Perrelli stepped down from his number-three position at DOJ in March. A former member of Obama’s National Campaign Finance Committee, Perrelli bundled $500,000 in campaign contributions.

  • Deputy Associate Attorney General Karol Mason: Karol Mason of Alston & Bird previously chaired the firm’s public finance group. She also bundled $500,000 for Obama. Holder awarded her a “Distinguished Service Award” for her work at the Department of Justice. Now, after almost three years at the Department of Justice, she has returned to Alston & Bird to work on their real estate finance and capital markets group.

  • Associate Attorney General Tony West: West was a partner at Morrison and Foerster law firm, whose clients include MF Global, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America. West was also co-chairman of Obama’s campaign and, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, “was instrumental in helping the candidate raise an estimated $65 million in California.” Formerly the head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, West is now number three at the DOJ and bundled $500,000 for the president’s campaign.  

Despite Holder and Obama’s “get tough” rhetoric against Wall Street, to date, there has not been a single criminal charge filed by the federal government against any top executive of the elite financial institutions. 

 

Please continue @:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/08/top-doj-officials-obama-bu…

Darrell Issa Issues Contempt Resolution on Eric Holder

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee gave panel members a draft of a contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., citing the “refusal” of the nation’s top prosecutor to cooperate in an investigation of the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation.

The 64-page draft resolution and an accompanying 17-page staff briefing paper explain what Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and committee chairman, called the “reckless conduct” of the Fast and Furious investigation and the “hardships” faced by the family of a U.S. Border Patrol agent killed with a weapon purchased in the probe.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/3/contempt-resolution-drafted-on…

Broad Coalition of Journalists and Activists Join in Legal Challenge to NDAA

Journalists are pressing forward in their pursuit of the rescue of the Bill of Rights from a federal government determined to hold not only the Constitution hostage, but perhaps indefinitely detain those brave enough to defend it.

Seven dedicated plaintiffs have filed a complaint in federal court challenging key provisions National Defense Authorization Act. Specifically, the suit avers that the vagueness of several key terms in that law are creating a dangerous environment for reporters and activists to such a degree that the right of free speech is being infringed.

Named defendants in the complaint include President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Attorney General Eric Holder, Speaker of the House John Boehner, and Arizona Senator John McCain among others.

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American Center for Law and Justice Jay Sekulow Assails Appointment of Tony West

 

Another controversial appointment has been made by Attorney General Eric Holder. This time his appointment to the number 3 post at the Department of Justice is raising important questions.

Tony West served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Division and has now been named to acting associate attorney general.

What you may not know, though, is that West represented convicted terrorist John Walker Lindh, who fought on behalf of the Taliban and aided Al Qaeda. He’s now serving a 20-year prison sentence after being captured in Afghanistan in 2001. And, what’s more, not only did West represent Lindh, but his firm was also involved in two other defense cases for terrorists working against the U.S.

See more about Mr. Tony West @:

Eric Holder on ‘Obamacare’ Homework Assignment: ‘It Was Under Three Pages!’

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The morning after completing a homework assignment for a federal judge explaining the administration’s stance on courts’ role in overturning laws, Attorney General Eric Holder was beaming at how well he thinks he completed his task.

 

See more @:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/eric-holder-on-obamacare-homewor…

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that there is no proof that in-person voter fraud is a problem

Eric Holder Profile (TLR Note: Notice Caribbean Origin — Similar to Colin Powell. Psyche Free of Inferior and “House Negro” Complexes. Unlike Some People who Believe CPUC,Utility Companies,Ford Foundation/ 3 Browns, Keker,Brosnahan Deliver Salvation

Eric Holder
82nd United States Attorney General
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 3, 2009
President Barack Obama
Deputy David Ogden
James Cole
Preceded by Michael Mukasey
Deputy Attorney General of the United States
In office
June 13, 1997 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Jamie Gorelick
Succeeded by Larry Thompson
United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
In office
October 1993 – June 13, 1997
Nominated by Bill Clinton
Preceded by J. Ramsey Johnson[1]
Associate Judge on Superior Court of the District of Columbia
In office
October 1988 – October 1993
Nominated by Ronald Reagan
Personal details
Born Eric Himpton Holder, Jr.
January 21, 1951 (age 61)
Bronx, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Sharon Malone
Children Maya
Brooke
Eric
Alma mater Columbia University (A.B.)
Columbia Law School (J.D.)
Profession Attorney at Law
Religion Episcopal

Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. (born January 21, 1951) is the 82nd and current Attorney General of the United States and the first black American to hold the position,[2] serving under President Barack Obama.

Holder previously served as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and a United States Attorney. In that office he prosecuted Congressman Dan Rostenkowski (Democrat, Illinois) for corruption charges related to his role in the Congressional Post Office scandal. Later, he was Deputy Attorney General of the United States and worked at the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He was senior legal advisor to then-Senator Barack Obama during Obama’s presidential campaign and one of three members of Obama’s vice-presidential selection committee.

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Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. was born in the Bronx, New York, to parents with roots in Barbados.[3][4][dead link][5] Holder’s father, Eric Himpton Holder, Sr. (1905–1970) was born in Saint Joseph, Barbados and arrived in the United States at the age of 11.[6][7] He later became a real estate broker. His mother, Miriam, was born in New Jersey, while his maternal grandparents were immigrants from Saint Philip, Barbados.[7] Holder grew up in East Elmhurst, Queens, and attended public school until the age of 10. When entering the 4th grade he was selected to participate in a program for intellectually-gifted students.[8] In 1969, he graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and attended Columbia University, where he played freshman basketball and was co-captain of his team. He earned a A.B. degree in American history in 1973.[9] Holder received his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, graduating in 1976. He worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund during his first summer and the United States Attorney during his second summer.[8]

 

Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Fitton’s Judicial Watch Assails Appointment of Tony West to No. 3 At Obama DOJ (TLR Note: TLR will seek to unleash Judicial Watch on James Brosnahan, John Keker, Joe Dunn, Refusal to Release Forms 990 of Voice of OC)

In a scary development, a major Obama fundraiser who defended a convicted al Qaeda terrorist will become the third highest ranking official at the Department of Justice (DOJ), which, ironically, is charged with defending the interests of the United States.

Northern California lawyer Tony West has been named Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, making him the No. 3 guy at the agency. In 2009 West, who helped Obama raise tens of millions of dollars as finance co-chairman of his first presidential campaign, was appointed to help run the DOJ’s civil division which represents the government, Congress and presidential cabinet officers and handles cases dealing with significant policy issues.

In a statement announcing the promotion this week, Attorney General Eric Holder says West has served the department with “professionalism, integrity and dedication.” Holder also mentions West’s work before coming to the DOJ a few years ago, including a stint as a Special Assistant Attorney General in California and a lengthier career at a large San Francisco law firm.

Conveniently omitted in the press release is that West represented convicted al Qaeda terrorist John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence. Lindh was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 while fighting against the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance as a member of the Taliban army. He actually pleaded guilty to aiding the Taliban and carrying explosives while fighting U.S. troops in the region.

Please see story @:

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2012/03/al-qaeda-defense-atty-no-3-at-obama…

As was previously reported on The Leslie Brodie Report Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) — Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice — is under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

 

Sources with knowledge, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain a red flag has been raised over West due to the overall circumstances surrounding non-profit entity CaliforniaALL; Voice of OC; Morrison & Foerster (“MoFo”); MoFo’s James Brosnahan of Voice of OC ; California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) ; State Bar of California executive-director Joe Dunn and Martha Escutia of Voice of OC ; CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris ; Willie Brown and protégés — State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam, as well as CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon also of CaliforniaALL.

Tony West
Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice.
He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.


Tony West, Wilie Brown,

Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

Tony West, John Burris

From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

 

 

 

CaliforniaALL


Ms. Ruth Ashley, a former member of the State bar of California Board of Governors, arranged with others the subrosa transfer of $769,247.00 from the State Bar to a chritable entity — CaliforniaALL — which was under her control. (Photo: courtesy)

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey) at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. According to Ashley, all three arrived for the “brainstorming session” without any notepads; they quickly improvised and resorted to recording notes on a paper napkin which were the cornerstones of CaliforniaALL. See an excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s now defunct website below:

history of californiaALL..

Urban legend notwithstanding, Ashley’s version of events is slightly inaccurate, as Sarah Redfield (a visiting professor from New Hampshire who Ashley met at McGeorge School of Law) is not a member of the California Bar, and was not representing any governmental agency. In actuality, Ruthe Ashley acted on behalf of both the State Bar California and CalPERS — where she was at the time employed as a Diversity Officer. Pete Arth, an attorney with the CPUC, spoke on behalf of the CPUC.

On June 26, 2007, Ruth Ashley presented to the BOG the concept of California ALL, and recommnended that the State Bar support the organization.

Ashley Proposes to the BOG

Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:

MoFo Legal Counsel

MoFo Team
Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo. (image: courtesy photo)

In the meantime, with a green light to proceed with the plan and with the credibility of state agencies behind her, Ruthe Ashley marched on. Ashley, however, wanted to maintain a low profile AND make it appear that her subsequent hiring was purely coincidental. As such, she delegated the task of forming the entity to be known as CaliforniaALL to Sarah Redfield and Victor Miramontes.

Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, Texas is associated with CityView, a Los Angeles-based entity controlled by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive-director for a period of 6 months. See below:

CaliforniaALL, Attorney General,

Sarah E. Redfield's Book

Sarah Redfield, one of the three lawyers who met at the San Francisco restaurant and who acted as CaliforniaALL’s Interim Executive Director was paid $157,763 while misclassified as an “independent contractor” in tax-returns submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

See excerpt below from 2008 CaliforniaALL’s tax return.

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Thus, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make her appearance. She did so in June of 2008. CaliforniaALL issued multiple press releases announcing that Ruthe Ashley would serve as CaliforniaALL’s CEO.

CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

Incidentally, Ashley and her attorneys represented to the IRS in returns bearing her signature that she was hired after a “nationwide search”, see below:

CalALL 2008 990 Ruth Ashley as CEO

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter

CaliforniaALL’s was housed at: 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400 Sacramento, California 95814. This adress is actually the adress of the law-offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. In its publication, CaliforniaALL thanked DLA Piper for offering pro-bono space in the Sacramento office. Yet, in CaliforniaALL’s tax-return signed by Ruthe Ashley, an expense in the amount of $16,457 for “occupancy” is listed. (See two images below)

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Occupancy 990 of California ALL

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa Hush-Hush contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation).

Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the State Bar of California Board of Governors) made a quiet transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL.

California Bar Foundation Team

At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster (the one and the same Morrison & Foerster which served as legal counsel to CaliforniaALL through Eric Tate Susan Mac Cormac) , and a few others.

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

Below is an image which reflects State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation) IRS Tax-Return showing a transfer of $774,247 to CaliforniaALL.

Below, California Bar Foundation’s Newsroom, which made no mention of the “hush-hush” sub-rosa transfer to CaliforniaALL.

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn (future owner of Voice of OC) serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

Senator Joseph Dunn

U.C. Irvine Foundation CaliforniaALL

Voice of OC Team
Voice of OC original members of the Board of Directors(L-R) UCI Law Professor Henry Winestein, James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn, and UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley , as though her mission had been completed, abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, State Bar of California Executive Director , Mr. Joe Dunn, publicly launched the online publication “The Voice of OC” with the help of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

Also on September of 2009, CaliforniaALL saw fit to honor State Bar of California Board of Governors member Shrimpscam Gwen Moore — an appointee of Karen Bass and a confederate of fellow BOG member Jeannine English from the Little Hoover Commission:

Shockingly, and to add insult to injury, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California would later claim

“No Bar or Foundation funds were used for CAAL creation (AKA CaliforniaALL – by TLR)

See original source HERE

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SAL Our Work


UCI Foundation allegedly used the money it obtained from CaliforniaALL to launch a “Saturday Law Academy. ” According to Professor Sarah Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

Sara E. Redfield SAL

Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

Work CALALL SAL

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

UCI SAL

In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.

Please double-click on the photo for full view.

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

SAL Partners

According to the sources, while there is not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, his prior work with Brosnahan as well as the eerie coincidence that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL and Voice of OC were also in support of his conformation in 2009, requires further understanding of event, if only to examine potential conflict of interests should the DOJ ever investigate Voice of OC and/or CaliforniaALL — both entities with very close ties to Morrison & Foerster, and especially partner James Brosnahan.

Tony West — United States Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Connection to Mentor Willie Brown

 Eight years ago, the former federal and state prosecutor was running for a San Jose-area state Assembly seat. It was a nasty campaign, with partisans on both sides hitting hard. Days before the primary, voters received a mailer alluding to false claims that West was living in Oakland. His face was darkened and placed inside an Oakland Raiders logo, to make him appear “as if a gangsta were running,” as the San Jose Metro newspaper put it. West lost to Manny Diaz, a Democrat, who eventually was elected to the Assembly.

“I think he came out of that race a little less idealistic,” said his sister-in-law, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, who has endorsed Obama. West married Harris’ sister Maya, his best friend from law school, and they have an adult daughter, Meena. “He is so smart, and he always sees the positive in everything, but that was below the belt.”

“I certainly hope that he would run for office again,” said former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who called West “one of my mentees.”

 

Please see story @:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/29/MNIDV9158.DTL

Ex- Morrison & Foerster Partner — United States Department of Justice’s Tony West — Under Scrutiny (Part 1)

Tony West
Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice.
He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general.


Tony West, Wilie Brown,

Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

Tony West, John Burris

From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

CaliforniaALL


Ms. Ruth Ashley, a former member of the State bar of California Board of Governors, arranged with others the subrosa transfer of $769,247.00 from the State Bar to a chritable entity — CaliforniaALL — which was under her control. (Photo: courtesy)

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey) at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. According to Ashley, all three arrived for the “brainstorming session” without any notepads; they quickly improvised and resorted to recording notes on a paper napkin which were the cornerstones of CaliforniaALL. See an excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s now defunct website below:

history of californiaALL..

Urban legend notwithstanding, Ashley’s version of events is slightly inaccurate, as Sarah Redfield (a visiting professor from New Hampshire who Ashley met at McGeorge School of Law) is not a member of the California Bar, and was not representing any governmental agency. In actuality, Ruthe Ashley acted on behalf of both the State Bar California and CalPERS — where she was at the time employed as a Diversity Officer. Pete Arth, an attorney with the CPUC, spoke on behalf of the CPUC.

On June 26, 2007, Ruth Ashley presented to the BOG the concept of California ALL, and recommnended that the State Bar support the organization.

Ashley Proposes to the BOG

Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 

 

MoFo Team
Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo. (image: courtesy photo)

 

In the meantime, with a green light to proceed with the plan and with the credibility of state agencies behind her, Ruthe Ashley marched on. Ashley, however, wanted to maintain a low profile AND make it appear that her subsequent hiring was purely coincidental. As such, she delegated the task of forming the entity to be known as CaliforniaALL to Sarah Redfield and Victor Miramontes.

Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, Texas is associated with CityView, a Los Angeles-based entity controlled by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive-director for a period of 6 months. See below:

CaliforniaALL, Attorney General,

 

 

Sarah E. Redfield's Book

 

Sarah Redfield, one of the three lawyers who met at the San Francisco restaurant and who acted as CaliforniaALL’s Interim Executive Director was paid $157,763 while misclassified as an “independent contractor” in tax-returns submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

See excerpt below from 2008 CaliforniaALL’s tax return.

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Thus, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make her appearance. She did so in June of 2008. CaliforniaALL issued multiple press releases announcing that Ruthe Ashley would serve as CaliforniaALL’s CEO.

CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

 

Incidentally, Ashley and her attorneys represented to the IRS in returns bearing her signature that she was hired after a “nationwide search”, see below:

CalALL 2008 990 Ruth Ashley as CEO

 

 

CaliforniaALL’s was housed at: 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400 Sacramento, California 95814. This adress is actually the adress of the law-offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. In its publication, CaliforniaALL thanked DLA Piper for offering pro-bono space in the Sacramento office. Yet, in CaliforniaALL’s tax-return signed by Ruthe Ashley, an expense in the amount of $16,457 for “occupancy” is listed. (See two images below)

 

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Occupancy 990 of California ALL

 

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa Hush-Hush contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation).

Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the State Bar of California Board of Governors) made a quiet transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL.

California Bar Foundation Team

 

At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster (the one and the same Morrison & Foerster which served as legal counsel to CaliforniaALL through Eric Tate Susan Mac Cormac) , and a few others.

 

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

 

Below is an image which reflects State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation) IRS Tax-Return showing a transfer of $774,247 to CaliforniaALL.

 

 

Below, California Bar Foundation’s Newsroom, which made no mention of the “hush-hush” sub-rosa transfer to CaliforniaALL.

 

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

 

In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

 

Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

 

 

 

As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn (future owner of Voice of OC) serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

Senator Joseph Dunn

 

U.C. Irvine Foundation CaliforniaALL

Voice of OC Team
Voice of OC original members of the Board of Directors(L-R) UCI Law Professor Henry Winestein, James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn, and UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley , as though her mission had been completed, abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, State Bar of California Executive Director , Mr. Joe Dunn, publicly launched the online publication “The Voice of OC” with the help of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

 

Also on September of 2009, CaliforniaALL saw fit to honor State Bar of California Board of Governors member Shrimpscam Gwen Moore — an appointee of Karen Bass and a confederate of fellow BOG member Jeannine English from the Little Hoover Commission:

 

 

 

Shockingly, and to add insult to injury, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California would later claim

“No Bar or Foundation funds were used for CAAL creation (AKA CaliforniaALL – by TLR)

See original source HERE

 

THE MAKE BELIEF LAUNCHING OF SAL


SAL Our Work


UCI Foundation allegedly used the money it obtained from CaliforniaALL to launch a “Saturday Law Academy. ” According to Professor Sarah Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

Sara E. Redfield SAL

Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

 

Work CALALL SAL

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

UCI SAL

In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.

Please double-click on the photo for full view.

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

 

SAL Partners

 

Sources with knowledge, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain a red flag has been raised over West due to the overall circumstances surrounding sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL; Voice of OC; Morrison & Foerster (“MoFo”); MoFo’s James Brosnahan of Voice of OC ; MoFo’s Susan Mac Cormac ; California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) ; State Bar of California executive-director Joe Dunn and Martha Escutia of Voice of OC ; Kamala Harris and mentor — John Keker of Keker & Van Nest; Willie Brown’s protégés — State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam and CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon.

According to the sources, while there is not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, his prior work with Brosnahan as well as the eerie coincidence that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL and Voice of OC were also in support of his conformation in 2009, requires further understanding of event, if only to examine potential conflict of interests should the DOJ ever investigate Voice of OC and/or CaliforniaALL — both entities with very close ties to Morrison & Foerster, and especially partner James Brosnahan.

I’ll Take Tony West of The United States Department of Justice in California Public Utilities Commission Hodgepodge for $500, Alex – Conveniently Intertwined Part 7

Tony West
Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice. West attended Harvard University where he served as Publisher of the Harvard Political Review, graduating with honors in 1987. He received his J.D. degree in 1992 from Stanford Law School, where he was President of the Stanford Law Review. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented clients ranging from large corporations to “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and
Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general.

MoFo Team
Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo.


Tony West, Wilie Brown,

Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

Tony West, John Burris

From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

March 2009 – List of Letters in Support of Tony West — AKA Derek Anthony West — Confirmation as Assistant United States Attorney General ; Starr Babcock Revisited; Commentary by TLR

*THE LESLIE BRODIE REPORT STRONGLY URGES THE READERS TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND NOT JUMP TO CONCLUSION REGARDING MISCONDUCT BY ANYONE — it should be noted that TLR possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. Tony West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, other than the convenient circumstances described below involving Morrison & Foerster, James Brosnahan, Susan Mac Cormac, State Bar of California Executive Director — Joe Dunn of Voice of OC, Howard Miller and Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese, and the California Bar Foundation which made a hush-hush sub-rosa transfer of $780,000.00 to sham entity CaliforniaALL.

As mentioned previously,  YR suspects money was misappropriated and/or laundered  through the California Bar Foundation by James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster (who represented El Paso Energy) and others to assist State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn to launch his publication — Voice of OC .   See more HERE and HERE and HERE .

 

El Paso Sempra Litigation

A complete list of letters received in support of  the nomination of Mr. Tony West of Morrison & Foerster to the position of Assistant Attorney General of the United States of America


*Commentary by TLR in parenthesis

  • March 17, 2009 – South Asian Bar Association (Entity headed by MoFo’s Raj Chatterjee — who along with Brosnahan and West represented the American Taliban. See HERE)

  • March 10, 2009 – Anne Eshoo, U.S. Congresswoman, California

  • March 9, 2009 – Timothy Alan Simon, Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission, State of California (Part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council along with Tony West’s sister-in-law, Kamala Harris. See HERE )

  • March 9, 2009 – Zoe Lofgren, U.S. Congresswoman, California
  • March 9, 2009 – Bill Lann Lee, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C., former Assistant Attorney General
  • March 9, 2009 – Jamie S. Gorelick, WilmerHale, former Deputy Attorney General


From left, Gwen Moore of GeM Communication (who, according to confidential sources, was known in Sacramento as a “Shakedown Artist”), Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, and CCPF’s Judy Johnson.

 

  • March 9, 2009 – Karen Bass, Speaker of the Assembly, State of California (Nominated Shrimpscam/ Little Hoover Commission Gwen Moore as member of State Bar of California Board of Governors)

     

  • March 9, 2009 – Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter
  • March 9, 2009 – Phil Angelides, former State Treasurer, California
  • March 8, 2009 – Drew S. Days III, Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law, Yale Law School; former Assistant Attorney General,
    Civil Rights Division; former U.S. Solicitor General
  • March 7, 2009 – Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor, City of Los Angeles, California
  • March 7, 2009 – George M. Sundheim
  • March 7, 2009 – Crime Victims United of California Chapter
  • March 6, 2009 – National Black Police Association, Inc.

     

  • March 6, 2009 – Norman Mineta, Vice Chairman, Hill & Knowlton; former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
  • March 6, 2009 – Philip B. Heymann, James Barr Ames Professor of Law, Director of Center for International Criminal Justice, Harvard Law School; former Deputy Attorney General
  • March 6, 2009 – Equal Justice Society
  • March 6, 2009 – Michael Dukakis, UCLA Department of Public Policy, former Governor, State of Massachusetts
  • March 6, 2009 – Charles Houston Bar Association
  • March 6, 2009 – Sandre R. Swanson, Assemblymember, State of California
  • March 5, 2009 – Nell Jessup Newton, Chancellor and Dean, University of California Hastings College of Law
  • March 5, 2009 – National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
  • March 5, 2009 – National Bar Association
  • March 5, 2009 – Tom McEnery, former Mayor, San Jose, California

  • March 5, 2009 – Bill Lockyer, Treasurer, State of California; former Attorney General, State of California (A confederate of Thomas Girardi who may be involved in Indian Gambling via Howard Dickstein — spouse of State Bar Board of Governor member Jeannine English — Gwen Moore’s confederate at Little Hoover Commission)

  • March 5, 2009 – John Keker, Keker & Van Nest LLP ( Mr. Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest presently serves as the President of the  State Bar of California)

     

  • March 5, 2009 – California Police Chiefs Association


  • March 5, 2009 – Willie L. Brown, Jr., former Mayor, San Francisco, California (Mentor to both Gwen Moore and Timothy Alan Simon, and former paramour of Tony West’s sister-in-law — Ms. Kamala Harris)

 

  • March 5, 2009 – Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General, State of California  (Cousin of Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoofrey Brown who served as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the HUSH-HUSH Sub-Rosa transfer of 780,000 to CaliforniaALL) 

     

  • March 5, 2009 – Barbara Allen Babcock, Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita, Stanford Law School; former Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division (Sister of State Bar of California Chief General Counsel Starr Babcock who has some explaining to do. See HERE)

 

  • March 5, 2009 – Christopher Arriola
  • March 4, 2009 – Louise Renne, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP
  • March 4, 2009 – Chuck Reed, Mayor, City of San Jose, California
  • March 4, 2009 – Major Cities Chiefs Association
  • March 3, 2009 – Seth P. Waxman, WilmerHale, former Solicitor General
  • March 3, 2009 – John Russo, City Attorney, City of Oakland
  • March 3, 2009 – Janet Reno, former Attorney General
  • March 3, 2009 – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • March 3, 2009 – Shirley Hufstedler, Morrison & Foerster LLP; former Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • March 3, 2009 – James Brosnahan, Morrison Foerster  (Presumed mastermind behind CaliforniaALL)

     

  • March 1, 2009 – David N. Kelley, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP; former U.S. Attorney
  • February 26, 2009 – Raymond C. Marshall, Bingham McCutchen
  • February 26, 2009 – Congressional Black Caucus
  • February 25, 2009 – Beth Brinkman, Morrison Foerster, former Assistant to the Solicitor General
  • February 24, 2009 – David Bayless, Convington & Burling LLP, former Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Chief
  • February 23, 2009 – The Honorable Edward A. Infante, United States Magistrate, Ret.
  • February 19, 2009 – Randy I. Bellows, Circuit Court Judge, Fairfax County, Virginia; former Assistant U.S. Attorney

  • February 18, 2009 – Keith Wetmore, Chair, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • February 18, 2009 – Bar Association of San Francisco

Source:

http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/111thCongressExecutiveNominations/AssistantAttorneyGeneralCivil-TonyWest.cfm

Attorney General Eric Holder is pushing back against an attack from a federal judge Jerry E. Smith

Eric Holder is seen. | AP Photo

 

Attorney General Eric Holder is pushing back against an attack from a federal judge in Texas, telling the judge that President Barack Obama’s recent comments about the Supreme Court’s review of the Affordable Care Act are “fully consistent” with longstanding legal principles.

Holder’s comments came Thursday in a memo ordered by 5th Circuit Judge Jerry E. Smith, who questioned whether Obama respects the courts’ power to strike federal laws it finds unconstitutional.

 

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Tony West of United States Department of Justice / Ex-Litigation Partner at Morrison & Foerster Connection to James Brosnahan in Prima Facie Showing of Money Laundering to Joe Dunn’s Publication — Voice of OC Vis-A-Vis Sham Entity CaliforniaALL

*THE LESLIE BRODIE REPORT STRONGLY URGES THE READERS TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND NOT JUMP TO CONCLUSION REGARDING MISCONDUCT BY ANYONE — it should be noted that TLR possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. Tony West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities,other than the convenient circumstances described below involving Morrison & Foerster, James Brosnahan, Susan Mac Cormac, State Bar of California Executive Director — Joe Dunn of Voice of OC, Howard Miller and Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese, California Bar Foundation which made a hush-hush sub-rosa transfer of $780,000.00 to CaliforniaALL See HERE

 


Mr Tony West of  the US Department of Justice / Ex-Litigation Partner at Morrison & Foerster.  West, 46, will step into the No. 3 position in one week where he will oversee a broad range of issues, including civil rights, the environment and natural resources, tax and civil litigation. West’s sister in law is Willie Brown’s former paramour — Kamala Harris who served as part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council — See HERE

 

 

El Paso Sempra Litigation

 

Voice of OC


Friday, September 30, 2005 —
All Roads Lead to Loyola,
Please see @ http://events.lls.edu/cjp/05/champions/gallery.html

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INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:(Taken from complaint YR had recently submitted to the IRS)

1. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency.

2. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL (FEIN Number 51-0656213).

3. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation. The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL.

4. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, who was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

5. Ms. Gwen Moore – a former Assembly member in the California legislature. Ms. Moore has “clout” over the CPUC and utility companies. Ms. Moore presently serves as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors; she has previously been the subject of an FBI sting operation.

6. Mr. Geoffrey Brown – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation. During his tenure as a board member of the California Bar Foundation, a hush-hush transfer of $780,000 was made to CaliforniaALL. Subsequent to this transfer, Mr. Brown abruptly quit his position as board member.

7. Mr. Thomas Girardi of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Girardi helped Joe Dunn to establish the Voice of OC, and was a member of its board of directors. Recently, he abruptly quit that position. Mr. Girardi is a well-known donor to the Democratic Party and, in particular, to California Senator Barbara Boxer.

8. Mr. Howard Miller of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Miller was a member of both the State Bar of California Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation board of directors when the “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place.

9. Mr. James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster – Mr. Brosnahan represents utility companies. He – along with Thomas Girardi – helped Mr. Joe Dunn create the Voice of OC, the subject of this complaint. Like Mr. Girardi, Mr. Brosnahan also served as member of Voice of OC’s board of directors, and recently also abruptly quit his position.

10. Ms. Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster – Ms. Mac Cormac was part of the legal team that created the legal entity known as CaliforniaALL.

11. Mr. Victor Miramontes – a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. Mr. Miramontes was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

12. Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at CalPERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

13. Ms. Sarah Redfield – a visiting professor at McGeorge School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California Committee. Ms. Redfield was chosen to serve as the “interim executive director” for CaliforniaALL, and later also allegedly served as a consultant to CaliforniaALL. For her services, Ms. Redfield was paid for the year of 2008 close to $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” Even though CaliforniaALL was housed pro bono at the law offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, there is an entry on CaliforniaALL’s tax return for close to $16,000 for “occupancy.”

14. Ms. Judy Johnson – the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. For the past 8 years, she has been secretly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (“California Consumer Protection Foundation”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. This entity forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities. On its website, CCPF claims that it has available information on all grantees going back 10 years. Not so. The information is scattered and extremely difficult to ascertain. In fact, a whole year is missing (2002). During that year, incidentally, CCPF awarded funds to the real ACORN as well as to Eric Moore of Educate LA, who is presumably related to Gwen Moore. Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by countless law firms.

15. Mr. Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson – presently the U.S. ambassador to Australia and a close friend of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bleich served as member of the BOG when CaliforniaALL was conceived. He is mentioned only in reference because Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson.

FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel was Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster.

California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided pro bono.
In June 2008, after a “nationwide search” and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL, not surprisingly, hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer.

Also not surprisingly, Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL in September 2009 – the same month Joe Dunn launched his non-profit online publication “Voice of OC.”

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June 2010.

CaliforniaALL’s 990 returns for 2008 list Sarah Redfield of Orono, Maine as an “independent contractor.” Her job description is listed as “Program Director.” and she was paid $157,763. It is unknown to the undersigned whether Redfield paid self-employment taxes or any other applicable state income taxes, either in California or Maine. (Incidentally, Redfield falsely states on her resume that she was part of a “curriculum committee” with SAL-UCI, an entity associated with UCI and the UCI Foundation where CaliforniaALL forwarded funds. In addition, Redfield falsely stated that she “launched” SAL-UCI, an entity that was already in existence from 2005.)

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $769,247 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

To date, data collected by the undersigned shows that CaliforniaALL (which was supposed to forward most of those funds) transferred between $300,000 to $400,000 to the UCI Foundation (where Joe Dunn serves as trustee), spent an unknown amount to honor Gwen Moore at a lavish dinner held at a luxury hotel in Sacramento, paid for other incidental expenses such as salaries, and subsequent to moving out from the offices of DLA Piper to a more modest location , paid for a UPS Store mail box slot in Citrus Heights. (Later, CaliforniaALL relocated its base to the loft of one Larrisa Parecki in Sacramento.)

Between 2001 and 2007, Geoffrey Brown served as a Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009, Brown served as a director of the State Bar of California Foundation. In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

Several months ago, the undersigned asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to examine the suspicious circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL (i.e. the hush hush transfer, etc.). While simply presenting facts similar to the above, Geoffrey Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action against the undersigned even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.

Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

Jim Campbell Assails Eric Holder, Alleges Selective Prosecution (TLR Note: Credibility of Allegations Prompt Concerns over Ex-MoFo Tony West, James Brosnahan , Joe Dunn, Voice of OC)

Of course she is not black or a democrat she is the Republican Governor of South Carolina.
If AG Holder wasn’t so busy committing perjury perhaps he could turn his guns on the real crooks, Al Gore, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Maxine Waters, Chuck Schumer, Franklyn Raines, and Joel Waxman; all who benefited from their push of the hoax of man-made global warming, and the faulty loans provided by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, each of whom benefited by sweet heart loans from Country Wide Mortgage, the first to fall, campaign donations, and in the case of Franklin a major league bonus while he led a failed operation.
Governor Niki Haley, South Carolina
While we are at it what about Diane Feinstein creating legislation that directed money to her husband’s business of refurbishing home that were foreclose because of the mess and Nancy Pelosi who fast and loose legislation has benefited her husband’s enterprises greatly increasing her families net worth?  It’s time these folk be tried, if convicted put behind bars at a federal prison.
Of course the well placed sources alluded to below are lying as Nikki Haley’s office Friday provided IRS documentation that she is not facing investigation for tax fraud, calling accusations that she was “totally contrived.”
How completely the party of the Democrat, stir up another potential crisis for a Republican Governor that has no factual basis; while hoping “A lie told often is accepted as the truth.”~ Vladmir Lenin, a progressive/Marxist icon.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.

Two well-placed legal experts have independently told Palmetto Public Record they expect the U.S. Department of Justice to issue an indictment against South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on charges of tax fraud as early as this week.

A highly ranked federal official has also privately confirmed rumblings of an investigation and possible indictment of the governor, though the official was not aware of the specific timeframe.

Yesterday, Palmetto Public Record exclusively reported that the Internal Revenue Service has been investigating since March of 2011 the Sikh worship center run by Gov. Haley’s father. At least five lawsuits have been filed against the Sikh Society of South Carolina since 2010, alleging that the group bilked contractors out of nearly $130,000 for the construction of a new temple.

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About Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan, Joe Dunn, and Voice of OC, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/11/23/voice-of-oc-orange-county-s-nonprof…

 

 

Tony West, who defended ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh, appointed to no. 3 Justice Department (TLR Note: 1- Ally of Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan 2- Lindh’s Father Employed at PG & E 3- Keker & Van Nest’s Elliot Peters Initial Messenger in S

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Tony West, who defended ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh, appointed to no. 3 Justice Department (TLR Note: 1- Ally of Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan 2- Lindh’s Father Employed at PG & E 3- Keker & Van Nest’s Elliot Peters Initial Messenger in Settlements Negotiations)

Darrell Issa | Eric Holder | Contempt of Congress | The Daily Caller

Sen. Chuck Grassley calls for ‘exhaustive’ probe of MF Global

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That’s the message from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and 16 other senators who are calling on Justice Department chief Eric Holder to pursue an “exhaustive” investigation into Jon Corzine’s defunct brokerage firm, MF Global.

eRIC Holder Cites Race In Explaining Scrutiny Of Justice Department Actions (TLR Note: His Justice Department?)

Eric Holder, Defiant and Aggresive, Plays the Race Card

GOP lawmaker: AG Eric Holder could be impeached over gun-tracking program

Why Must Prosecutors Be Told to Follow the Law?

Why Must Prosecutors Be Told to Follow the Law?

| November 21, 2011

Today U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who presided over the 2008 corruption trial of the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), revealed that an investigator he appointed found “systematic concealment” of information that prosecutors were constitutionally obligated to share with the defense. In 2008, after he was convicted of concealing $250,000 in gifts, Stevens narrowly lost his bid for an eighth Senate term. Five months later, after an FBI agent reported that prosecutors had withheld potentially exculpatory evidence, Attorney General Eric Holder asked Sullivan to dismiss the case against Stevens. Sullivan then asked Washington lawyer Henry Schuelke III to look into what he called the most serious example of prosecutorial misconduct he had seen since he became a judge in 1984.

Continue @:
http://reason.com/blog/2011/11/21/why-must-prosecutors-be-told-to-follow-t

Montana Rep. Rehberg becomes 35th congressman to call for Eric Holder’s resignation

Eric Holder to testify on Fast and Furious – CBS News Investigates – CBS News

University of La Verne College of Law Students Take Part in White House Dialogue on Justice – MarketWatch

ONTARIO, Calif., Oct 13, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — University of La Verne College of Law students took part in a national dialogue on access to justice Thursday as part of President Obama’s “Champions of Change” campaign, a weekly online conversation from the White House designed to encourage individuals to make positive change in their communities.

Thursday’s conversation was led by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who introduced 16 individuals with inspiring stories of how they promoted equal access to the justice system through public service. Holder said the idea behind Champions of Change is to encourage others to do the same.

“From coast to coast, these people have devoted their time and expertise to provide much-needed legal services to people who cannot afford them,” Holder said. “They are helping to fill our nation’s founding promise of justice for all.”

Peter Boyles, a third-year law student at La Verne Law, volunteers his time at a mediation clinic in Riverside County, which helps people to resolve a variety of conflicts — from landlord disputes to small claims — before filing a lawsuit.

“I believe in helping people solve their problems before going to court,” Boyles said.

Second-year law students Tiffany Garrick and Jason Gueltzow said Thursday’s dialogue got them thinking about getting involved in public service.

“It’s a reminder to us as law students that there is a pressing need for lawyers where it’s not clearly visible,” Gueltzow said.

As a participant in the program, La Verne Law will be featured on the White House website, along with links to the law school’s website, detailing its commitment to public service.

For more information on Champions of Change, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions .

About La Verne Law: The University of La Verne College of Law is accredited by the State Bar of California. Located in Ontario, Calif., it serves a region of more than six million people in Inland Southern California. For more information about La Verne Law, please call (909) 460-2001 or visit www.law.laverne.edu .

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Darrell Issa Issues Subpoena To Eric Holder In Fast And Furious Investigation | Fox News

Eric Holder’s honesty before Congress disputed in earlier high-profile cases – Washington Times

Darrell Issa to Eric Holder: Admit you knew – MJ Lee – POLITICO.com

Fast and Furious: GOP Says Eric Holder is ‘Either Incompetent’ or ‘Misleading Congress’ – ABC News

Fast and Furious: House Republicans Request Special Counsel To Probe Attorney General Eric Holder On ‘Fast And Furious’ | Fox News

United State of America vs. Sholom Rubashkin

*By Debbie Maimon

Lending serious weight to calls for a retrial in the Rubashkin case, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) has filed a sharply worded amicus curiae brief with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, urging the court to vacate Sholom Mordechai’s conviction.

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Mr. Shalom Rubashkin (nicknamed “Sholom”)

NACDL’s brief joins two others that were filed last week by the WLF (Washington Legal Foundation) and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), supporting the appeal filed by Nathan Lewin and other appellate attorneys this month. The WLF brief called for the Court of Appeals to remand the case to a new judge for re-sentencing. It said the 27-year jail sentence reflects serious errors in Judge Reade’s sentencing procedures as well as violations of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The brief slammed the arbitrariness and “unreasonableness” that tainted Reade’s calculations and led to a grossly disproportionate sentence.

ACLU argued for vacating the conviction, insisting that Judge Linda Reade was wrong to preside over Sholom Mordechai’s trial after helping to plan the raid of Agriprocessors and the arrests that led to his prosecution.

The brief stopped short of accusing Reade of misconduct, saying that the likelihood of bias was enough to require her to recuse herself from the case, and therefore justifies a new trial for the defendant. “Due process demand it,” the brief said. “The Constitution demands it.”

The NACDL brief, authored by the eminent legal scholar Professor Ronald Rotunda, went much further. It minced no words in accusing Reade and federal prosecutors of “ethical misconduct.” And it pointed not to “likelihood of bias,” but explicit evidence of it.

The brief said that the ICE documents support the claim that Reade acted “as an arm of the prosecution.” They “show that the Chief Judge was prejudiced in favor of the Government and thus must disqualify herself.”

“She should not have discussed strategies and the ongoing investigation and other issues with prosecutors,” the NACDL brief said, noting that Reade violated the Constitution repeatedly by attending the meetings at which these discussions were held.

Were it absolutely necessary, she could have sent a court reporter to transcribe the minutes of the meetings, in order to glean logistic information she needed. But instead she “made herself a factual witness” to disclosures that should have been off limits to her as the judge who would later preside at the trial, the brief elaborated.

<u><strong>Judge’s Denials Are Useless</strong> </u>

The amicus curiae went on to say that having violated legal mandates in numerous ways, “[Reade] is now left to deny the allegations — but Section 144 does not allow the Chief Judge that choice.”

In other words, a judge does not have the option of refusing to recuse herself by “denying the allegations” or insisting that her conduct was above reproach. She must turn the case over to another judge to make that determination, since it is axiomatic that a person cannot be objective when assessing his own conduct.

Reade ignored these provisions of the Constitution. Her order rejection the new-trial motion “is “replete with denials” that she did anything improper that would justify calling for her recusal, the NACDL brief noted.

It listed examples of Reade’s inappropriate denials and attempt at self-justification. Referring to herself as “the undersigned,” Reade wrote:

· “The undersigned did not receive any details beyond [logistical information].”
· “The undersigned’s planning was limited to ensuring that a sufficient number of judges, attorneys and interpreters would be available and that the court would be able to function efficiently at an offsite location.
· “The undersigned did not tour the Cattle Congress grounds [a makeshift detention facility where arrested workers were held] in Waterloo, Iowa.”

The fact that the ICE documents directly contradict these assertions raises credibility issues that can only be resolved through an evidentiary hearing, argues the Appeal filed earlier this month by Sholom Mordechai’s attorneys. Only when Judge Reade and other officials can be questioned under oath will the truth emerge.

<u><strong>An Operation Gone Sour</strong> </u>

The NACDL brief is one of the first legal voices outside the case to train a spotlight on the strategy that federal agents used to prop up a case that turned out, to the government’s embarrassment, to be built on sand.

Although the raid nabbed almost 400 immigrants, the federal indictment had charged Agriprocessors with multiple felonies and lurid charges such as harboring a drug lab, storing caches of weapons at the plant, torturing workers and other crimes. These charges turned out to be completely fabricated.

“The massive raid befitted a bust of a well-armed drug cartel,” the brief noted. But agents came away empty-handed, leaving the government open to ridicule for having invested such massive resources in the operation.

“The trial judge, who was part of the planning and pre-arrest activities,” and had thus invested heavily in the operation, helped find a remedy to justify it “when this elaborate raid on illegal immigrants did not bear fruit.”

The remedy was to find another crime, pump it up into a massive indictment and pin it on one person. That created the grounds to “impose a sentence of over a quarter-of-a century” on the defendant, the brief explained.

<u><strong>The Real Crime: Being Unpopular</strong> </u>

In a striking conclusion, the brief quoted a 1940 speech given by Justice Robert Jackson when he served as Attorney General, that describes the greatest danger of the abuse of prosecutorial power.

“His words are worth repeating here for they really refer to the [Rubashkin] case,” Professor Ronald Rotunda wrote at the brief’s conclusion.

“‘With the law books filled with a great assortment of crimes, a prosecutor stands a fair chance of finding at least a technical violation of some act on the part of almost anyone.

‘In such a case, it is not a question of discovering the commission of a crime and then looking for the man who has committed it. It is a question of picking the man and then searching the law books, or putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him.

‘It is in this realm — in which the prosecutor picks some person whom he dislikes or desires to embarrass, and then looks for an offense, that the greatest danger of abuse of prosecuting power lies. “It is here that law enforcement becomes personal, and the real crime becomes that of being unpopular with the governing group.’”

–Robert Jackson, The Federal Prosecutor, Address Delivered at the Second
Annual Conference of United States Attorneys, April 1, 1940 [Italics added].

The government has filed a “motion to resist” the filing of all three amicus curiae briefs on the grounds that they introduce nothing new and would merely waste the government’s and the court’s time. The motion, feebly reasoned and self-contradictory, reflects a desperation to suppress arguments from prominent advocacy groups that strongly bolster the Appeal.

<u><strong>Threat Of Retaliation</strong></u>

Legal experts who have studied Reade’s Sentencing Order note her propensity to turn her back on facts she doesn’t like, and to make use of veiled threats of retaliation.

“She lacks the intellectual nimbleness to engage her legal adversaries on the merits of the argument, and is reduced to brandishing the key weapon in her arsenal—her power to impose excessively harsh jail terms,” one critic said.

He cited a telling example: “She embedded a threat in the Sentencing Order designed to intimidate the defendant from appealing. The threat is couched in legal language but its intent is clear. “In effect, it’s a warning that ‘should an appeals court send this case back to me for re-sentencing, I will impose an even higher sentence.’”

That threat did not go unnoticed by the appellate lawyers. The appeal argues that the insinuation in the Sentencing Order itself is the strongest argument for taking Reade off the case in the event of re-sentencing.

Judge Reade’s preemptive refusal, even if she would be found to have erred, to entertain any notion of reducing Sholom Mordechai’s prison sentence, underscores the bias and rigidity that has characterized her conduct in the case all along, notes the Appeal.

Her own words make it mandatory for “re-sentencing to go before a different judge with an open mind and a willingness to abide by this Court’s mandate.”

<u><strong>37 Congressmen Have Petitioned Holder </strong></u>

With the heightening of legal and congressional protest against the perversion of justice in a dusty corner of Iowa, a growing list of congressmen are petitioning Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the Rubashkin case.

To date, 37 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent letters. Some of the most recent ones come from Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Steve Israel (D-NY), the 5th highest ranking Democrat in the congressional leadership.

Many of these letters protest the judge’s secret meetings with prosecutors in the months before the raid, as well as the unreasonably severe sentence meted out to Sholom Mordechai.

While Holder has thus far refused to become involved in the case, the pressure continues to build. Six months ago, the idea of certain organizations throwing their support behind Sholom Rubashkin’s right to a new trial would have been laughed at. The changing landscape greatly boosts hopes for positive developments in the case in the very near future.

NACDL’s Amicus Brief is located at:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/58400156/NACDL-Amicus-pdf

*Edited by TLR’s volunteer Susan M.  Leslie Brodie is on vacation. Originally written by Debbie Maimon in January of 2011, and is being republished here with permission.

Chabad.Info – News | Rubashkin Brief Shreds Government Arguments

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As the Rubashkin appeal proceeds, the latest shot in the continuing legal volley between Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin and federal prosecutors has left the government’s arguments in shreds.

The filing of the brief coincides with a House Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing this week, at which Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla) pressed Attorney General Eric Holder about flagrant injustices in the Rubashkin case.

The case is increasingly seen as testing American justice at its weakest point—the vast unchecked power of federal prosecutors.

Facing allegations of misconduct, Iowa federal prosecutors in their Response Brief tried to fend off the appeal’s devastating arguments with blanket denials, obfuscation, and skewed readings of the law.

Much of the Rubashkin Reply Brief is devoted to dismantling this shabby concoction, almost to the point of having to explain the obvious, as in why Monday is not Tuesday.

The Reply Brief also rips aside the facade from what it calls the “unprecedented campaign” waged against the Rubashkin family from the beginning of the 2007 ICE investigation, “culminating in the ruin of the family business and a sentence of virtual life imprisonment for Sholom Rubashkin.”

SHOLOM RUBASHKIN AS ‘PUBLIC MENACE’

The brief pinpoints the continuing vendetta against the defendant, with the government using vicious character assault in their latest brief, “to turn this [Appeals] Court against Sholom Rubashkin by falsely casting him as a public menace.”

“Although [the character defamation] has no relevance to the appeal and to the issues before this Court, the government’s brief deliberately besmirches the Appellant at every turn with refuted, unsubstantiated and incredible allegations,” the Rubashkin brief protested.

The document noted the striking fact that “the witnesses who testified in Sholom Rubashkin’s criminal trial – whether called by the prosecution or the defense – uniformly testified that Sholom Rubashkin was a decent, caring, modest individual, not seeking glamour, fame or riches.”

Not a single witness echoed any of the government’s language painting him as greedy, conniving, arrogant and contemptuous of the law. (The trial transcript records the government’s star witness testimony that Sholom Mordechai’s problem was that “he was too good.”)

The assault against Sholom Mordechai nevertheless fills many pages in the recent government document, describing a lineup of “bad acts” that were first invented by prosecutors in the 2009 bank fraud trial.

SHABBY LEGAL WORK

The Reply Brief marvels at how these obstruction of justice charges and other allegations that have been discredited by the defense are dusted off and showcased once again in the latest government brief.

In leaning heavily on these smear tactics, the government only serves to point up the weakness of their arguments on the real issues, the brief points out.

Filed one day before Pesach by lead appellate attorney Nathan Lewin together with co-counsel Mark Weinhardt, Shay Dvoretzky, Yaakov Roth, Guy Cook and Monty Brown, the Reply Brief exposes the shabby scholarship and obfuscation that run through the government document.

The authors deftly collapse the fabrications prosecutors have pasted together in the absence of facts and legal precedents to support their contentions.

A glimpse of the key arguments and counter-arguments is offered below.

STRIPPING BARE THE LIE

Prosecutors denied that they and Judge Linda Reade had engaged in ex parte communications. They insisted that Reade had no knowledge of who the ICE investigation was targeting and therefore could not have been discussing Agriprocessors or Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin with federal prosecutors.

The Appellate brief stripped that claim bare. It quoted government documents in which the Iowa U.S. Attorney’s Office notified Judge Reade of its intention to prosecute Agriprocessors (as early as October 2007, seven months before the raid) and “communicated [to her] the number of criminal prosecutions that they intend to pursue.”

SUPPLYING THE MISSING CONTEXT

Prosecutors made light of disclosures in the FOIA documents of collusion between the judge and prosecutors. They denied that the discovery of private, unrecorded meetings that were hidden from the defense constituted “new evidence” that would entitle Sholom Mordechai to a new trial. They insisted that these meetings and discussions revolved solely around “logistics.”

The appellate reply brief demolished this claim by supplying the context to the disputed FOIA citations. In each case, the context illuminates Judge Reade’s role as a “stakeholder” in the government investigation. She called meetings with large numbers of law enforcement and ICE officials; demanded reports about the ongoing investigation; expressed her full support for the government’s “initiative;” and expected to be privy to the “final game plan.”

THE RECUSAL ARGUMENT

The government brief tries in vain to discredit the appeal’s lynchpin argument that Judge Reade’s failure to recuse herself invalidated the trial.

The government brief contends, without citing any legal authority, that a recusal argument under Rule 33 is worthless unless it is accompanied by proof of prejudice on the judge’s part that harmed the defendant.

In introducing the subject of prejudicial rulings, the government left itself wide open to scathing rebuttal. The Rubashkin Reply Brief first proved that where a judge is legally required to recuse herself and fails to do so, that alone invalidates the trial. No proof of prejudice toward the defendant is needed. But if the government insists on such proof, the brief noted, “actual prejudice in this case is obvious.”

The brief went on to outline a series of prejudicial rulings at the trial that made it impossible for Sholom Mordechai to defend himself, reiterating key points in the initial Appeal Brief.

THE ILLUSION OF “BALANCE”

The government had argued that Judge Reade had issued rulings that favored the defendant, such as releasing him on bail (prior to the trial) and agreeing to sever the immigration charges from the fraud charges, rulings that proved the judge was balanced.

Yet these rulings only created the illusion of balance, the Rubashkin Reply brief points out. Their positive effects were negated by Judge Reade’s subsequent rulings.

Reade later imprisoned Sholom Mordechai, pretending to find him a “flight risk” after he had scrupulously complied with all conditions and terms of bail.

Likewise, after agreeing to sever the immigration charges from the financial charges, Reade nullified that ruling. She honored the prosecutors’ request to hold the financial trial first and then, over repeated defense objections, allowed them to smuggle into the trial inflammatory evidence of harboring illegals.

THE IMMIGRATION MINI-TRIAL; TOXIC SPILLOVER

Prosecutors in effect were permitted to conduct an immigration mini-trial within the fraud trial, tactics that could not fail to confuse and sway the jury.

The “spillover effect” in fact poisoned jurors against the defendant and criminalized him in their eyes, defense attorneys asserted in the appeal. This error was aggravated when the trial judge denied the defense an opportunity to counter the immigration allegations.

Sholom Mordechai offered evidence that experts in immigration law had been retained by Agriprocessors to help him screen out illegal workers, and were even occupied in checking the authenticity of employees’ documentation when the raid occurred.

In one of Judge Reade’s most prejudicial rulings, this testimony was barred under Rule 403 (which restricts inflammatory evidence designed to sway a jury). Yet neither Judge Reade nor the government brief that defends her decision offers any insight into how the testimony of the immigration lawyers would possibly “inflame” or “prejudice” the jury.

Applying Rule 403 to this situation, with the result of crippling Sholom Mordechai’s defense, is simply unjustifiable, the brief asserts.

On the other hand, this same Rule 403 has enormous relevance to the defense argument that Judge Reade’s decision to allow prosecutors to hijack the financial trial with inflammatory immigration testimony robbed the defendant of a fair trial.

REWRITING THE TRIAL RECORD

The government’s response is to complain that “Appellant seeks relief under Rule 403 but failed to identify specific evidence” that falls under this Rule.

“Not only that,” the government adds, “the issue was never preserved for appeal.” (Defense lawyers never objected to this immigration mini-trial during trial proceedings and therefore can’t bring it up now).

Defense lawyers never objected? Which trial can the government brief be referring to? The key author of the brief is listed as Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan, the lead prosecutor in Sholom Mordechai’s criminal trial, a man intimately familiar with the trial record.

Can it be that he really doesn’t remember the strenuous objections of the defense to the immigration mini-trial? Attorney Guy Gook jumping to his feet with cries of “Mistrial!”? The huddle at the front of the courtroom with Judge Reade at which she overruled this objection?

Whatever credibility the government brief might have had up to this point dramatically disintegrates under the weight of Mr. Deegan’s falsification of the record.

Belying his claims, the Appeal devotes four pages to spelling out the inflammatory evidence that was improperly admitted. And the trial transcript records defense attorney Guy Cook repeatedly objecting and calling for a mistrial over the admission of harboring-illegals testimony.

What is one to make of the government’s false assertions – by no means the only ones in the Response Brief, but certainly some of the most blatant?

Memory lapses? A slip of the pen?

Or is it possible Mr. Deegan is so certain of having the Appeals Court in his pocket that he didn’t even bother reading the appeal, and has no compunctions about misrepresenting the trial record for the edification of the judges?

“HARMLESS” ERRORS?

Prosecutors asserted that each of the major errors cited by the appeal that warrant a new trial is “harmless;” that they are insufficient grounds to warrant re-sentencing. They applied this “harmless error” rationale even to the money laundering counts, which according to the jury’s finding, should have been dropped.

Instead, the judge used them to add ten years to Sholom Mordechai’s prison term.

Nowhere is the “harmless error” argument more dishonest and misleading than regarding the money-laundering counts and the allegations that Sholom Mordechai caused the lender bank a $26 million loss.

The Reply Brief stresses that Judge Reade erred by treating the entire unrecovered loan balance ($25 million plus) as “loss,” even though only less than a third of the loaned money was attributable to alleged fraud.

Reade also refused to take into account the defendant’s motive – to keep the business afloat and buy time for its recovery, as opposed to deliberately driving it into bankruptcy to free himself of debt and make off with the profits.

GROSSLY DISPROPORTIONATE SENTENCE

“Unable to justify Appellant’s sentence based on the facts, the government repeatedly exaggerates his criminal conduct…fantasizing millions of dollars of claimed losses that neither the district court nor the Probation Office included in their own flawed calculations,” the Brief asserts.

“Nothing about his case remotely warrants the harshness of the sentence. Given what is known about who Sholom Rubashkin is, what he did, and why he did it, a sentence of 27 years in prison is one that causes reasonable people to recoil. It must be reversed,” the brief concludes.

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT HEARING RAISES RUBASHKIN CASE

As if underscoring this statement, two Congresswomen expressed their grace concern over the virtual life sentence and other injustices in the case at this week’s Dept. of Justice Oversight Hearing conducted by the House Judiciary Committee.

Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-Fla) questioned AG Eric Holder not only about the excessively harsh prison sentence, but the disturbing smell of injustice hovering over the case, notably the collusion between Judge Reade and the prosecutors.

“I want to touch on a letter I sent you about Sholom Rubashkin,” Rep. Shultz told Mr. Holder. “It’s a case where the judge has been accused, accurately, of some ex-parte communication and incredibly excessive sentencing. If we can follow up with you and get a response from the Department I would appreciate it very much.”

A few minutes later, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee pursued the subject.

“I associate myself with Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz on the Rubashkin case, Rabbi Sholom Rubashkin,” she told AG Holder. “This person has been convicted and has been sentenced to 27 years.

“It is a non-violent crime, first offender, they have maybe 10 children. And he has been disallowed bail while on appeal. I would ask for a review of this case, on the basis of the potential for bail. And I need to work with someone on that. I have given you the parameters. “

“We’ll try to certainly look at the requests you’ve made and get information back to you,” Holder responded.

“I would appreciate that, particularly on the Rabbi not having bail,” Ms. Jackson Lee said.

Reps. Jackson Lee and Schultz are two of more than 40 congressmen who have petitioned the U.S. Attorney General to investigate the Rubashkin case, reflecting a mounting constituency who view the conduct of the prosecutors and presiding judge as a stain on American justice.

Linda Reade – Federal Judge in Controversial Rubashkin Case — Receives Even Harsher Condemnation

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Lending serious weight to calls for a retrial in the Rubashkin case, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) has filed a sharply worded amicus curiae brief with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, urging the court to vacate Sholom Mordechai’s conviction.

NACDL’s brief joins two others that were filed last week by the WLF (Washington Legal Foundation) and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), supporting the appeal filed by Nathan Lewin and other appellate attorneys this month. The WLF brief called for the Court of Appeals to remand the case to a new judge for re-sentencing. It said the 27-year jail sentence reflects serious errors in Judge Reade’s sentencing procedures as well as violations of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The brief slammed the arbitrariness and “unreasonableness” that tainted Reade’s calculations and led to a grossly disproportionate sentence.

ACLU argued for vacating the conviction, insisting that Judge Linda Reade was wrong to preside over Sholom Mordechai’s trial after helping to plan the raid of Agriprocessors and the arrests that led to his prosecution.

The brief stopped short of accusing Reade of misconduct, saying that the likelihood of bias was enough to require her to recuse herself from the case, and therefore justifies a new trial for the defendant. “Due process demand it,” the brief said. “The Constitution demands it.”

The NACDL brief, authored by the eminent legal scholar Professor Ronald Rotunda, went much further. It minced no words in accusing Reade and federal prosecutors of “ethical misconduct.” And it pointed not to “likelihood of bias,” but explicit evidence of it.

The brief said that the ICE documents support the claim that Reade acted “as an arm of the prosecution.” They “show that the Chief Judge was prejudiced in favor of the Government and thus must disqualify herself.”

“She should not have discussed strategies and the ongoing investigation and other issues with prosecutors,” the NACDL brief said, noting that Reade violated the Constitution repeatedly by attending the meetings at which these discussions were held.

Were it absolutely necessary, she could have sent a court reporter to transcribe the minutes of the meetings, in order to glean logistic information she needed. But instead she “made herself a factual witness” to disclosures that should have been off limits to her as the judge who would later preside at the trial, the brief elaborated.

Judge’s Denials Are Useless 

The amicus curiae went on to say that having violated legal mandates in numerous ways, “[Reade] is now left to deny the allegations — but Section 144 does not allow the Chief Judge that choice.”

In other words, a judge does not have the option of refusing to recuse herself by “denying the allegations” or insisting that her conduct was above reproach. She must turn the case over to another judge to make that determination, since it is axiomatic that a person cannot be objective when assessing his own conduct.

Reade ignored these provisions of the Constitution. Her order rejection the new-trial motion “is “replete with denials” that she did anything improper that would justify calling for her recusal, the NACDL brief noted.

It listed examples of Reade’s inappropriate denials and attempt at self-justification. Referring to herself as “the undersigned,” Reade wrote:

· “The undersigned did not receive any details beyond [logistical information].”
· “The undersigned’s planning was limited to ensuring that a sufficient number of judges, attorneys and interpreters would be available and that the court would be able to function efficiently at an offsite location.
· “The undersigned did not tour the Cattle Congress grounds [a makeshift detention facility where arrested workers were held] in Waterloo, Iowa.”

The fact that the ICE documents directly contradict these assertions raises credibility issues that can only be resolved through an evidentiary hearing, argues the Appeal filed earlier this month by Sholom Mordechai’s attorneys. Only when Judge Reade and other officials can be questioned under oath will the truth emerge.

An Operation Gone Sour 

The NACDL brief is one of the first legal voices outside the case to train a spotlight on the strategy that federal agents used to prop up a case that turned out, to the government’s embarrassment, to be built on sand.

Although the raid nabbed almost 400 immigrants, the federal indictment had charged Agriprocessors with multiple felonies and lurid charges such as harboring a drug lab, storing caches of weapons at the plant, torturing workers and other crimes. These charges turned out to be completely fabricated.

“The massive raid befitted a bust of a well-armed drug cartel,” the brief noted. But agents came away empty-handed, leaving the government open to ridicule for having invested such massive resources in the operation.

“The trial judge, who was part of the planning and pre-arrest activities,” and had thus invested heavily in the operation, helped find a remedy to justify it “when this elaborate raid on illegal immigrants did not bear fruit.”

The remedy was to find another crime, pump it up into a massive indictment and pin it on one person. That created the grounds to “impose a sentence of over a quarter-of-a century” on the defendant, the brief explained.

The Real Crime: Being Unpopular 

In a striking conclusion, the brief quoted a 1940 speech given by Justice Robert Jackson when he served as Attorney General, that describes the greatest danger of the abuse of prosecutorial power.

“His words are worth repeating here for they really refer to the [Rubashkin] case,” Professor Ronald Rotunda wrote at the brief’s conclusion.

“‘With the law books filled with a great assortment of crimes, a prosecutor stands a fair chance of finding at least a technical violation of some act on the part of almost anyone.

‘In such a case, it is not a question of discovering the commission of a crime and then looking for the man who has committed it. It is a question of picking the man and then searching the law books, or putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him.

‘It is in this realm — in which the prosecutor picks some person whom he dislikes or desires to embarrass, and then looks for an offense, that the greatest danger of abuse of prosecuting power lies. “It is here that law enforcement becomes personal, and the real crime becomes that of being unpopular with the governing group.’” 

–Robert Jackson, The Federal Prosecutor, Address Delivered at the Second
Annual Conference of United States Attorneys
, April 1, 1940 [Italics added].

The government has filed a “motion to resist” the filing of all three amicus curiae briefs on the grounds that they introduce nothing new and would merely waste the government’s and the court’s time. The motion, feebly reasoned and self-contradictory, reflects a desperation to suppress arguments from prominent advocacy groups that strongly bolster the Appeal.

Threat Of Retaliation

Legal experts who have studied Reade’s Sentencing Order note her propensity to turn her back on facts she doesn’t like, and to make use of veiled threats of retaliation.

“She lacks the intellectual nimbleness to engage her legal adversaries on the merits of the argument, and is reduced to brandishing the key weapon in her arsenal—her power to impose excessively harsh jail terms,” one critic said.

He cited a telling example: “She embedded a threat in the Sentencing Order designed to intimidate the defendant from appealing. The threat is couched in legal language but its intent is clear. “In effect, it’s a warning that ‘should an appeals court send this case back to me for re-sentencing, I will impose an even higher sentence.’”

That threat did not go unnoticed by the appellate lawyers. The appeal argues that the insinuation in the Sentencing Order itself is the strongest argument for taking Reade off the case in the event of re-sentencing.

Judge Reade’s preemptive refusal, even if she would be found to have erred, to entertain any notion of reducing Sholom Mordechai’s prison sentence, underscores the bias and rigidity that has characterized her conduct in the case all along, notes the Appeal.

Her own words make it mandatory for “re-sentencing to go before a different judge with an open mind and a willingness to abide by this Court’s mandate.”

37 Congressmen Have Petitioned Holder 

With the heightening of legal and congressional protest against the perversion of justice in a dusty corner of Iowa, a growing list of congressmen are petitioning Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the Rubashkin case.

To date, 37 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent letters. Some of the most recent ones come from Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Steve Israel (D-NY), the 5th highest ranking Democrat in the congressional leadership.

Many of these letters protest the judge’s secret meetings with prosecutors in the months before the raid, as well as the unreasonably severe sentence meted out to Sholom Mordechai.

While Holder has thus far refused to become involved in the case, the pressure continues to build. Six months ago, the idea of certain organizations throwing their support behind Sholom Rubashkin’s right to a new trial would have been laughed at. The changing landscape greatly boosts hopes for positive developments in the case in the very near future.

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