Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Middle Class Needs Legal Aid, Too






Middle class needs legal aid too In a sad, terrifying piece titled “Foreclosure’s Final Act,” today’s Washington Post reports a rare glimpse of our courtrooms from the perspective of the ordinary citizen: “The court clerk calls his name, and Harry Rexrode, not entirely sure what to do, steps to the defendant’s table. He is dressed in jeans, a flannel shirt with dried paint spattered on… Read More

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Scooter Libby Was Not Arrested






United States of America v. Rod Blagojevich and John Harris Scooter Libby Was Not Arrested —   Fox News Sunday interview with Dick Cheney: Dec 21, 2008, from transcript:  

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Update on those FitzBlago Subpoenas: Unending Subpoenas, Unending Wiretaps






United States of America v. Rod Blagojevich and John Harris The Chicago Sun-Times reports on the results of a FOIA inquiry that has released 44 subpoenas issued to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the ongoing cluster of investigations about him since he was first elected in 2002: “Responding to open-records requests, the governor’s office released 44 subpoenas it had been swamped with since 2005. Two… Read More

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An administration pushed a great nation to an unjust war, conducted widespread illegal surveillance of citizens. Where were our thinkers and guides?






United States of America v. Rod Blagojevich and John Harris An administration pushed a great nation to an unjust war, conducted widespread illegal surveillance of citizens, and covered up misfeasance and malfeasance in matters of life and death. The appropriate response was impeachment. Where were our thinkers and guides?     The United States as a nation has not yet arrived at the point of… Read More

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Is Fitzgerald’s Office Leaking to the Chicago Tribune?






After leaking to the Wall Street Journal–which promptly ran an item that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s people were “livid” about a Chicago Tribune story on the investigation of various politicos in Illinois–are Fitzgerald’s people now ‘leaking’ to the Chicago Tribune?The Trib, Chicago’s Republican newspaper, which declared itself bankrupt just hours before the feds’ pre-dawn arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has gone from adulatory of… Read More

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Keith Olbermann Delivers an Excellent Commentary on Illegal ‘Renditions’






Keith Olbermann Delivers an Excellent Commentary on ‘Illegal Renditions’ –Just a few short minutes of air time, but Countdown’s Keith Olbermann just gave a very good comment on some consequences of those illegal spook-authorized ‘rendition’ flights delivering unknown prisoners to unknown destinations at the behest of unnamed foreign powers.One immediate consequence: An American lawyer has been snatched, apparently partly under the auspices of Russian Federation… Read More

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Illinois Supreme Court Says Burris Does Not Need a Writ of Mandamus






Illinois Supreme Court Says Burris Does Not Need a Writ of Mandamus –Following up the post from earlier this week, on rules versus law: According to the unanimous Supreme Court of Illinois, Roland Burris does not need the signature of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, in order to be certified for the U.S. Senate.Here is the pertinent graf from the IL Supreme Court ruling:… Read More

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Some Further FitzBlago History, from the Chicago Sun-Times






More FitzBlago History, from the Chicago Sun-Times —The past is past, but not completely. A check through some newly relevant old newspaper articles reveals that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in Chicago weighed in publicly against Blagojevich during the political race that made Rod Blagojevich governor.   The federal office in the Northern District of Illinois (NDIL) has had a reputation for tight lip and close… Read More

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Back to New Orleans






I loved New Orleans–and I loved Frank

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