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Title: The Judge Who Replaced Brett Kavenaugh
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Two leading Indian-American women have led the Democratic party's move to oppose the nomination of fellow community legal luminary Neomi Rao for the prestigious and powerful US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, citing her "excuses" for sexual assault and "hostility" to civil and human rights as reasons.

US President Donald Trump had announced Rao's nomination in November while celebrating Diwali at the White House. Trump had nominated her in place of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who in October was sworn in as a Supreme Court judge.

"Neomi Rao made excuses for sexual assault, blocked women's access to reproductive health and would allow healthcare providers to deny care to LGBTQ patients," said Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.

"This is simply not appropriate for someone who wishes to serve on a federal bench," said Jayapal, the first Indian-American woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. Senate Judiciary Committee "should reject" Rao, she said on Monday.

Now considered as among the leading Democratic lawmakers, Jayapal was recently re-elected for her second consecutive term to the US House of Representatives.

If confirmed by the United States Senate, Rao, 45, would be the second Indian-American after Sree Srinivasan in this powerful court, which is considered a step below the US Supreme court.

However, unlike the nomination process of Srinivasan, wherein the entire Indian-American community was united and campaigned aggressively for his confirmation, Indian-Americans are a bitterly divided lot this time.

"Her controversial writings set the stage for the damage she has done as President Trump's administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), where she has led the Trump administration's aggressive regulatory agenda to undermine civil rights and public protections," said Vanita Gupta, a leading Indian-American legal luminary.

"Rao's demonstrated hostility to the civil and human rights of all should disqualify her from a lifetime appointment on the federal judiciary. We urge all senators to reject her nomination," Gupta said in a strongly worded statement.

She alleged that Rao had already proven that she is incapable of serving as a fair and impartial judge on the federal bench.

"Her past is her prologue," said Gupta, who currently is president and the CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Rao is slated to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
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Post by: Hypestyle on March 13, 2019, 05:02:58 pm

Neomi Jehangir Rao (born March 22, 1973) is an American jurist and former academic and law professor who serves as a United States Circuit Judge-Designate of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, appointed by President Donald Trump. She is a former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.[1]

Rao was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Indian immigrant parents. After graduating from Detroit Country Day School, she attended Yale University and then the University of Chicago Law School. She earned a one-year clerkship with Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court, then entered private practice as an associate at the British law firm Clifford Chance. She worked for the U.S. government during the latter half of George W. Bush's presidency, then became a professor of law at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School. Her research and teaching focused on constitutional and administrative law, and she founded the school's Center for the Study of the Administrative State.[2]

1   Education and legal career
2   Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator
3   Nomination to court of appeals
4   Personal life
5   References
6   Selected publications
7   External links
Education and legal career
Rao was born in Detroit, Michigan, to mother Zerin Rao and father Jehangir Narioshang Rao, both Parsi physicians from India,[3] raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and was educated at Detroit Country Day School.[4] After graduating from high school, Rao attended Yale University, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in ethics, politics & economics, and philosophy with highest distinction. Rao then attended the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and graduated in 1999 with a Juris Doctor with highest honors. She was the comment editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy for the Symposium edition. Rao clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1999 to 2000, then for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from 2001 to 2002.[5]

After her clerkships, she practiced public international law and arbitration at British law firm Clifford Chance in London, United Kingdom. During the second term of the presidency of George W. Bush, Rao worked in the White House counsel's office and as a staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee.[5] Later, she became a professor at George Mason University School of Law (subsequently renamed the Antonin Scalia Law School, a change she advocated),[5] where she received tenure in 2012. In 2015, she founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State.[6][5]

She is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and the governing council of the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, where she co-chairs the section's regulatory policy committee.[1][7] She is a member of the Federalist Society.[8]

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator
On April 7, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Rao to become the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget. Former OIRA Administrator Susan Dudley (who served under President George W. Bush) described Rao as "an excellent choice to lead OIRA...In addition to a sharp legal mind, she brings an openness to different perspectives and an ability to manage the competing demands of regulatory policy."[9] Legal commentator and law professor Jonathan H. Adler wrote that "Trump's selection of Rao suggests the administration is serious about regulatory reform, not merely reducing high-profile regulatory burdens."[1] Rao was confirmed to the position by the United States Senate on July 10, 2017.[10]

Nomination to court of appeals
On November 13, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Rao to the seat Justice Brett Kavanaugh previously occupied on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.[11] Her nomination was sent to the Senate later that day.[12] On January 3, 2019, her nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6, of the United States Senate. On January 23, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to renominate Rao for a federal judgeship.[13] Her nomination was sent to the Senate later that day.[14]

A hearing on her nomination before the Senate Judiciary Committee was held on February 5, 2019. Rao was asked by several Senators about her college writings, some of which they viewed as sexual assault victim blaming. Rao responded that "A victim of a horrible crime is not to blame and the person who commits those crimes should be held responsible."[15] Democrats expressed concern that rules Rao worked to repeal in her role as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs could face legal challenges and wind up before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considered the second most powerful appeals court. Rao said she would "look carefully at the standards for recusal, consult with her colleagues and follow the precedent and practices of the D.C. Circuit."[15] On February 28, 2019, her nomination was reported out of committee by a 12–10 vote.[16] On March 13, 2019, the Senate voted to confirm Rao by a 53–46 vote. She is currently awaiting her judicial commission.
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Post by: Battle on July 23, 2019, 03:19:47 pm
Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
Former judge dragged out of courtroom following own sentencing

by Amanda Woods


A stunned-looking former Ohio judge was dragged limp out of a courtroom following her own sentencing for improperly passing on confidential documents to her brother, footage of the chaotic scene showed.


Tracie Hunter, who worked as a juvenile court judge, was sentenced to six months in jail Monday following a contentious hearing presided over by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Patrick Dinkelacker, local station WLWT 5 reported.

Following Dinkelacker’s ruling, one of Hunter’s supporters — wearing a “Justice for Hunter” shirt — was stopped and taken into custody as she appeared to charge to Hunter’s defense.


Then Hunter fell limp into the arms of a deputy, who hauled her away — hands under her arms, with Hunter’s feet dragging across the floor — as her supporters yelled that she was being treated “like an animal.”

In July 2013, Hunter’s brother, Stephen Hunter, who worked as a youth corrections officer, allegedly struck a teen offender on the job — prompting his boss to recommend his firing, NBC News reported.

So Tracie Hunter improperly demanded and obtained documents about the teen and handed them over to her brother, prosecutors said, according to the report.

But Tracie Hunter, who was elected in 2010 — marking the first African American elected to the county’s juvenile court — has repeatedly argued that her prosecution was politically motivated, the network reported.

“What she wants is to control the facts,” Scott Croswell, a special prosecutor during Hunter’s 2014 trial, said Monday, according to WLWT.

“What she wants to do is write the law.”

But Hunter’s attorney, David Singleton, argued that his client has suffered enough already.

“She’s lost everything almost,” Singleton said.

“She lost her job as a judge, her law license, her ability to earn an income. She’s lost peace of mind.”

Dinkelacker received multiple letters and recommendations urging him not to place Hunter behind bars — but ultimately, he was unfazed.

Hunter is being housed at the Hamilton County Justice Center’s medical facility, likely because of the effects of a car crash from three decades ago that caused severe injuries, the local station reported.

Hunter will be evaluated to determine if she can participate in early release programs, according to the report.

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Post by: Battle on July 23, 2019, 03:30:55 pm
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Title: Re: The Judge Who Replaced Brett Kavenaugh
Post by: Battle on August 10, 2019, 07:34:05 am

---and that Ohio judge who was dragged out of a courtroom during her own sentencing...?

She's doing just fine!  :)


See?  ( (

Nearly forgot to post her prison mugshots. :-[

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Post by: Battle on August 11, 2019, 06:32:52 pm

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Post by: Battle on August 15, 2019, 11:41:19 am
Thursday, 15th August 2019
Two ex-prosecutors' law licenses suspended for covering up St. Louis police beating

by Robert Patrick


(ST. LOUIS, MO) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the law licenses of two former St. Louis prosecutors for covering up a police beating of a handcuffed suspect in 2014.

In a unanimous opinion, the court suspended Katherine Anne “Katie” Dierdorf and Ambry Schuessler. (

Dierdorf cannot apply for reinstatement for three years.

Schuessler will be suspended for at least two years. (

The court’s ruling cited “the severity of Ms. Dierdorf’s misconduct as a result of her dishonesty and instruction of others to conceal information about the incident” and Schuessler’s “repeated dishonesty during and interference with the federal prosecution of the police detective” in their decision.

In an emailed statement, Dierdorf lawyer Michael Downey called the suspension “inconsistent with the facts, its own precedent, and what is appropriate to protect the public and maintain the integrity of the judicial system in this case.”

He said Dierdorf had “promptly and repeatedly attempted to remedy her earlier misstatements but was rebuffed by her supervisors” and that she voluntarily produced thousands of text messages to the FBI.

The incident that started it all was the beating of a handcuffed suspect, Michael Waller, by then-St. Louis police Officer Thomas A. Carroll on July 22, 2014.

Carroll’s daughter’s car had been broken into, and Waller was found with her stolen credit card.

Waller said he had found the card.

The next morning, another prosecutor and Carroll’s close friend, Bliss Barber Worrell, told Dierdorf and an intern that Carroll had beaten Waller, the opinion says.

Dierdorf did not report the incident to supervisors.

Carroll described the beating to Worrell and Schuessler by speakerphone later that morning, saying he punched and kicked Waller, hit him with a chair and stuck his gun in Waller’s mouth, the opinion says.

Schuessler responded with what the court called a “racist and homophobic comment about the suspect’s assault,” bringing laughter from Carroll and Worrell.

Schuessler and another prosecutor, Lauren Collins, learned Waller had been charged with a felony for fleeing custody, and became concerned that he could go to jail for a crime he did not commit, the opinion says.

A reluctant Schuessler went with Collins to a supervisor, the opinion says, telling that supervisor that Worrell might have filed false charges.

When called in front of supervisors, Dierdorf withheld some of what she knew about the incident, the opinion says, then told Schuessler,

“I told them I don’t know anything. You don’t tell them you know anything either.”

Schuessler failed to tell supervisors that she heard Carroll describe the assault, and failed to tell them that he said he used a gun.

The next day, Schuessler told police internal affairs investigators that she’d only heard Worrell’s half of the July 23 call, failing to tell them that Carroll was on speakerphone.

Dierdorf resigned July 28 rather than face termination.

She was interviewed twice by the FBI and a federal prosecutor, Hal Goldsmith.

It wasn’t until the second interview that she admitted knowing about the beating on the morning of July 23, describing the incident to others, overhearing a phone call between Worrell and Carroll about the investigation and lying to supervisors about when she learned about the assault.

The court said that prosecutors “are held to a higher standard given the nature of their work to protect the public.”

Dierdorf’s conduct undermined the public’s confidence in Missouri prosecutors, and her “repeated dishonesty … shows a pattern of protecting herself and her friends over the duties she assumed when she became an assistant circuit attorney,” the opinion says.


Schuessler initially blamed Carroll for the racist and homophobic joke and said she didn’t hear the speakerphone call, but admitted the truth in a second interview with federal investigators, the opinion says.

That hampered the prosecution of Carroll, they said.

Goldsmith believed the joke was relevant because it bolstered prosecutors’ claims that Carroll put his gun in Waller’s mouth during the attack, which carried an enhanced potential prison sentence.

Carroll had denied the use of the gun during his criminal case.

“The violation was particularly egregious given the circumstances in which the racist and homophobic comment was made,” they said.

Schuessler violated the public trust by failing to report the assault and joking about it.

But she did go with Collins to report the incident and sought counseling, the opinion says.

As a result of the federal investigation, Carroll got 52 months in prison; Worrell was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 140 hours of community service.

The opinion rejects a disciplinary hearing board’s recommendation of a reprimand for each and supports the suspension requested by the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, which investigates lawyer misconduct.

The panel, formed to hold a hearing and issue recommendations, dismissed the case against Caroline Anne Rutledge, a former intern.

Rutledge’s attorneys and attorneys for the disciplinary counsel agreed with that recommendation.

Rutledge was not a lawyer at the time of the incident, and her filings say she did not lie but could have been “forthcoming.”

Her lawyer, Maurice Graham, previously told the Post-Dispatch that there was an unprofessional culture in the office.

Rutledge was a lawyer in St. Louis County family court until January, and now works for a nonprofit, a court spokeswoman said.

Dierdorf is a public defender in Denver, Colorado. Schuessler had been working for a Clayton law firm.

Waller won a a $300,000 settlement over the incident, but recently died, his lawyer said.


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Post by: Battle on September 23, 2019, 08:50:42 am
Monday, 9th September 2019
Dallas County DA’s Office Disqualified From Austin Shuffield Case
by CBS Dallas Fort Worth



(DALLAS, Tx) — A district judge has disqualified the Dallas County District Attorney’s office from a case that caught national attention earlier this year amid allegations of bias.

In a statement released by former Deep Ellum bartender Austin Shuffield’s attorneys, Scott Palmer and Rebekah Perlstein said they filed a motion to disqualify the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office due to the “bias” shown during the prosecution of the case.

"Due to the bias the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office has shown in the prosecution of this case, the defense filed a motion to disqualify the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

The District Attorney’s Office has demonstrated that their office is unable to make objective decisions on this matter by their actions of clearly intending to enforce laws only when it benefits their cases.

District Judge Lela Mays granted the motion and former Dallas County Prosecutor Russell Wilson has been assigned as a special prosecutor.

The motion to disqualify was granted by District Judge Lela Mays.

Former Dallas County Prosecutor Russell Wilson has been assigned as a special prosecutor.

Mr. Wilson will now take over the case and the presentation of charges to the grand jury.

It is our sincere hope that Mr. Wilson will not be swayed by public pressure and will seek justice, rather than a conviction by any means necessary, as is required by law."

Shuffield, 30, was arrested on March 21, after a brutal assault over parking in Deep Ellum was caught on camera.

The video showed Shuffield and the victim, 24-year-old Daijohnique Lee, in a heated argument.

Initially, Shuffield was arrested on three misdemeanor charges — assault, interference with 911 and public intoxication.

But after activists began to demand the DA’s office to increase his charges, command staff reclassified Shuffield’s charge to a felony, making it a high-profile case.

Almost two weeks later on April 2, DPD issued a warrant for Lee for the destruction she caused to Shuffield’s car the night of the assault.

Before the warrant issued, Lee admitted to damaging Shuffield’s car after he provided documentation that the damage was over $3,000.

That same day, activists protested the decision to prosecute Lee.

One day later, District Attorney John Creuzot made the decision not to prosecute Lee for the felony offense.

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Post by: Battle on September 26, 2019, 06:40:04 am
Thursday, 26th September 2019
A former Texas judge is sentenced for accepting cash bribes stashed in beer boxes

by Faith Karimi



A former Texas judge was sentenced to five years in federal prison after he was found guilty of accepting cash bribes to issue favorable court decisions.

A federal jury in Houston convicted Rodolfo Delgado, 66, of Edinburg, of one count of conspiracy, three counts of federal program bribery, three counts of travel act bribery and one count of obstruction of justice.

In addition to the 60 months in prison, he will get two years of supervised release.

"Rudy Delgado used his position to enrich himself. He didn't just tip the scales of justice, he knocked it over with a wad of cash and didn't look back," US Attorney Ryan K. Patrick said.

"Delgado's actions unfairly tarnish all his former colleagues."

Delgado was a judge for the 93rd district court in Texas, and had jurisdiction over criminal and civil cases within Hidalgo County.

Between January 2008 and November 2016, he conspired with an attorney to accept bribes in exchange for favorable judicial consideration on criminal cases in his courtroom, said the US attorney's office for the southern district of Texas.


One of the attorneys started working as an informant for the FBI in 2016, and would take beer boxes to the judge and slip money into them, CNN affiliate KRGV reported.

During their meetings, the judge and the attorney discussed purchasing "wood," which the latter described as the code word for judicial favors.

On incidents caught on record, the attorney is heard asking Delgado to help him out with a potential client, the affiliate reported.

In some cases, Delgado accepted cash, and asked for details such as the case number, according to the affiliate.

He accepted bribes on three occasions in exchange for agreeing to release three of an attorney's clients on bond.


The bribes ranged between $520 and $5,500, said the US attorney's office.
When he found out he was being investigated by the FBI, authorities say he tried to obstruct justice by contacting the attorney and providing a false story about the payments.

Delgado was free on bond after his July conviction.

After his sentencing Wednesday, he will voluntarily surrender to a yet undetermined US Bureau of Prisons facility.

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Post by: Battle on October 01, 2019, 06:41:58 am
Tuesday, 1st October 2019
Kansas judge reprimanded for sexual harassment & affair with felon
by Bill Mears & Steve Vockrodt


A panel of judges on Monday publicly reprimanded U.S. District Court of Kansas Judge Carlos Murguia for sexually harassing court employees, having an affair with a felon and being habitually late to court proceedings.

The Judicial Council of the Tenth Circuit issued the rebuke of Murguia after receiving complaints and a subsequent investigation by a special committee.

The council found that Murguia harassed female employees with sexually suggestive comments, inappropriate text messages and non-work contact after hours and often late at night.


The council’s order said employees were reluctant to tell Murguia to stop because of his power; in one instance, Murguia was told to stop his conduct but that he continued anyway.

Murguia, who works in the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas, was also found to be in a “years-long extramarital sexual relationship with a drug-using individual” who was on probation at the time and is now back in prison on felony convictions.

The council’s order said that an affair by a judge doesn’t always rise to misconduct, but that in Murguia’s case, he placed himself in a position where he could be extorted.
Murguia was married to Unified Goverment of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas Commissioner Ann Brandau-Murguia, but the couple divorced in 2018, Johnson County court records show.

Lastly, the council found Murguia habitually showed up late to court proceedings, often because he was playing basketball during lunch and leaving lawyers and jurors waiting for his return.

“Judge Murguia was counseled about his tardiness fairly early in his federal judicial career, but his conduct persisted nonetheless,” the council’s order said.

In a statement to The Star, Murguia apologized to his victims and other members of his staff for his conduct.

“I also apologize to my colleagues on the Court, all of whom I very much respect, as well as my former wife, Ann, and our children, my family, my friends, and the public,” Murguia’s statement said.

“I regret that I had an inappropriate relationship with an acquaintance who was on state court probation.”

Even so, the special committee investigating the claims said the judge was “less than candid” and did not fully disclose his conduct when initially confronted with it.

“His apologies appeared more tied to his regret that his actions were brought to light than an awareness of, and regret for, the harm he caused to individuals involved and to the integrity of his office,” the council’s order said.

“Moreover, his misconduct is very serious and occurred over a lengthy period.”

The council could have issued a private reprimand, but said that Murguia’s conduct rose to the level that a public disclosure was necessary as a “powerful disincentive.”

Murguia, a University of Kansas graduate, was appointed to a federal judgeship in 1999 by President Bill Clinton.

He grew up in the Argentine community of KCK and is the the first Hispanic named to the U.S. District Court of Kansas.

Federal judges are lifetime appointments and cases of public reprimand are rare.

“Complaints are not uncommon, but sanction is,” said University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law dean Barbara Glesner Fines.

A reprimand goes on Murguia’s record but does not otherwise affect his appointment.

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Post by: Battle on October 28, 2019, 10:18:52 am
Monday, 28th October 2019
Prosecutors want black judge who criticized incarceration rates of African Americans removed


Two state judges will begin hearing arguments this week about whether an African American Iberia Parish judge should be recused from more than 300 criminal cases after she criticized prosecutors for a high rate of incarceration of black Louisianans.

The comments by 16th Judicial District Court Judge Lori Landry about the treatment of black defendants have prompted claims of bias by the district attorney’s office and support from community members who believe the judge is being treated unfairly.

Prosecutors with 16th Judicial District Attorney Bo Duhé’s office filed motions for recusal in Landry’s cases, arguing she should be removed because she is “biased or prejudiced against (the DA’s office) such that she cannot be fair or impartial.”

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Post by: Battle on November 15, 2019, 06:26:03 am
Friday, 15th November 2019
3 worthless judges involved in shooting at Indiana White Castle suspended without pay
by Alex Johnson


Three Indiana judges have been suspended without pay for their involvement in a shooting during a drunken brawl outside a White Castle restaurant in May.

The state Supreme Court said in an order published Tuesday that the county circuit judges — Andrew Adams and Bradley B. Jacobs of Clark County and Sabrina R. Bell or Crawford County — behaved in a way that was "not merely embarrassing on a personal level; they discredited the entire Indiana judiciary."

Adams previously was sentenced to a year in jail with all but two days suspended after he pleaded guilty to battery in the incident, during which he and Jacobs suffered gunshot wounds.

An investigation by the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications depicted the judges as wandering the streets of Indianapolis, where they were attending a judicial conference, in a drunken haze in the middle of the night on May 1st.

The judges and a fourth man, Clark County Magistrate William Dawkins, met up at a bar where they drank for several hours before deciding to go to a strip club, which was closed, investigators said.

So they then went to the White Castle.

The judges remained outside while Dawkins went inside at about 3:15 a.m., according to judicial documents.

That was when two men drove by in a car and shouted something out the window, to which Bell "extended her middle finger" in response, investigators said.

The men pulled into the parking lot and got out, which led to "a heated verbal altercation ... with all participants yelling, using profanity, and making dismissive, mocking, or insolent gestures toward the other group," according to the documents.

The confrontation ended when one of the men from the car, identified as Brandon Kaiser, pulled a gun and shot Adams once and Jacobs twice, investigators said.

Both men underwent emergency surgery and were hospitalized for several days.

Investigators said Adams kicked Kaiser in the back during the scuffle.

That's why he was criminally charged with battery, while Jacobs and Bell weren't charged.

According to court documents, the investigation found that Bell was so drunk she couldn't remember flipping off the car, but she

"concedes that the security camera video shows her making this gesture."(

In her statement to detectives, Bell said she was good friends with Adams and Jacobs, whom she described as

"very protective of me."

She also told investigators that she gets "mouthy" when she drinks.

"I'm fiery and I'm feisty, but if I would have ever thought for a second that they were gonna fight or that that guy had a gun on him, I would never, never ...," Bell said, according to court documents.

The quotation trails off in the original document.


All three judges were brought up on disciplinary charges, leading to this week's order.

The Supreme Court suspended Adams for 60 days and Jacobs and Bell for 30 days, all without pay.

Dawkins, the magistrate, was inside the White Castle at the time of the altercation and wasn't part of the case.

Kaiser is scheduled for trial in early January on 14 counts of aggravated battery, battery with a deadly weapon, battery, carrying an unlicensed handgun and disorderly conduct.

The other man in the car, Alfredo Vazquez, who is Kaiser's nephew, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in early November and was sentenced to 180 days of home detention and a year of probation.


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Post by: Battle on November 18, 2019, 10:19:49 am
Monday, 18th November 2019
Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas suspended following federal indictment

by KHOU11


A Harris County District Court judge has been suspended following a federal indictment unsealed last week.

Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas, 44, is the presiding judge for the 164th District Court for the State of Texas and has jurisdiction over Texas civil cases in Harris County.

She is charged with seven counts of wire fraud.

The federal indictment detailed she allegedly spent campaign donations on personal expenses.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued the suspension on Tuesday pending her criminal matter.

She is suspended without pay.

Smoots-Thomas, who previously used the name Smoots-Hogan, allegedly embezzled campaign contributions individuals and political action committees had made to her re-election campaigns.

The indictment read seven counts of wire fraud, including $761.74 on Zales Jewelry, $1,163.91 dollars on a Prada purse, roughly $1,213.82 on vacation airfare.


They say she also spend $9,941.99 on school tuition, and $11,809 on her home mortgage.

But Smoots-Thomas’ attorney Kent Schaffer said she paid them back.

“We had several meetings with them to explain the entries of several charges, and the fact that the charges were reimbursed," Schaffer said.

But he said U.S. Attorneys wouldn’t listen.

Instead, Schaffer is calling this political prosecution, saying prosecuting a state judge for a state crime in federal court has never happened before.

“She’s a black female Democrat, and I think they saw this as an opportunity to get her off the bench and try to start putting Republicans back on the bench in a county where there’s none that exist," Schaffer said.

KHOU 11 political analyst Bob Stein said the defense may try to justify some of those charges as campaign expenditures.

“Paying your mortgage payment is not a campaign activity, but I can imagine buying jewelry and cosmetics while she was on the campaign trail, might be," Stein said.

He said, though, if a candidate misuses campaign funds, they usually get the opportunity to pay it back before charges are filed.

“It often leads not to a criminal prosecution, but to some correction, and usually in a public way," Stein said.

If convicted, each charge carries a punishment of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Schaffer said Smoots-Thomas will not be removed from the bench unless she is convicted.

The FBI conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ralph Imperato and John Pearson are handling the case.

“The defendant in this case is a judge, whose responsibilities are to make sure the law is followed and carried out,” stated Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner, of the FBI - Houston Division.

“She was entrusted to serve the citizens of Harris County with duty and honor. However, the allegations contained in today’s indictment show that the judge put personal enrichment over this duty and honor."

According to her election website, Smoots-Thomas was born and raised in southeast Houston.

She attended school at UT-Austin, University of St. Thomas and South Texas College of Law.

Her law career began in Houston before she was elected in 2008 to her first term as a civil district court judge.

She was elected to a second term in 2012, and in 2016 she ran unopposed in the Texas 164th District Court Democratic primary, according to Ballotpedia, eventually winning a third term.

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Post by: Battle on December 04, 2019, 07:27:19 am
Wednesday, 4th December 2019

Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter to Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer opposing the nomination of Sarah Pitlyk to the federal district court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Ms. Pitlyk is the eighth judicial nominee advanced by President Trump who has been rated unqualified by the American Bar Association (ABA)’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary.

In its assessment of Ms. Pitlyk, the ABA found that she has never tried a case as lead or co-counsel, examined a witness, or picked a jury, among other key responsibilities in which a federal judge should be well-experienced when joining the bench.

Ms. Pitlyk has also made a career trafficking in alarming and racist stereotypes about African American women and women of color.

Just last year, she co-authored an amicus brief in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky in which she argued in favor of sex and race-selective abortion bans, which prohibit abortion providers from performing abortions if the reason for the abortion is the race or sex of the fetus.

She based this argument on unfounded claims that “babies of minority mothers are aborted at a far higher rate than their white counterparts” — claims that are unfounded and deeply offensive.

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