UPDATE: Sorry Virginia, there is no Santa Claus.
Court is OPEN ON FRIDAY. Merry Christmas- now get to work.
The Governor issued a reprieve today for State workers and as a result (State) court's in Miami will be closed (update- some readers say it ain't so. Is there a Santa Claus Judge Brown?) The JAA Blog has the machinations that the folks in Browierd are going through as they decide what to do.
Getting tough on CRIME JUDGES
This is what the Republican party has sunk to: with no more room left to increase penalties on crimes, Newt Gingrich, who is currently leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination, has opined that arresting federal judges might just be the right thing to do. Really.
Appearing Sunday on Face The Nation, Gingrich said Congress should compel federal judges to testify about any decision that the party in power disagrees with. Gingrich said he would send U.S Marshals to arrest federal judges if they did not come willingly to the Capital to testify. As Andrew Rosenthal pointed out in the NY Times, Marshals are tasked to protect the federal judiciary which gets hundreds of death threats a year.
Really Newt? Arrest Federal Judges if you don't like their decisions? What's next? Suspend Habeas Corpus? (Oh, wait, Scalia has already almost done that). National Identity Cards? Guilty until proven innocent? (Except in Texas, where that is already pretty much the case. Read this NY Times article on the 46h person exonerated based on DNA in Texas in the last ten years. In this case the defense is seeking to have the prosecutor investigated for withholding the evidence.)
And while you're at it President Newt, get rid of that pesky first amendment, shut down this blog, and declare this a nation of christians and throw all the muslims, jews, and japanese in internment camps. Now you've got the tea party's attention. Not to mention the religious right.
Listen closely. If the Republican party nominates this lunatic then they have lost their soul, they have lost all reason, and they will surely lose the election.
Anybody in trial? Let us know.
FEE FIASCO UPDATE:
If you check out our tweets on Monday you will see that during the day there was quite a bit of chatter on the FACDL Listserv that certain penurious ASA's are ringing up certain appellate attorneys to give them a piece of their mind (not that they can afford to give much more away) about "trashing" them in emails. Meanwhile the appellate attorney noted that when the ASA told Judge X during the hearing that the other appellate attorneys had all billed the cap of $2,000 in the case, one of the appellate lawyers was an assistant public defender, and the other billed and received about 10K.
Newt Gingrich got involved and called for the arrest of the appellate lawyer for doing a good job and "trying to free a convicted murderer."
See You In Court. We are announcing our availability to represent any member of the federal judiciary who gets called to Congress for Contempt of Newt.