It took the 11th Circuit nine days and 21 pages to reject the former president’s most unusual suggestion that a federal district judge could interfere with the government’s criminal investigation into the classified documents he kept at Mar-a-Lago. I’ll do a quick read-through of the opinion for you, which will probably be more lengthy than if I took time to distill it as we usually do, but let’s get a hot take on this breaking news today.
Fabulous, Joyce! And no worries on typos. I’m so happy to have your thoughts hot off the press. I wouldn’t want you to have waited to proof it for typos before sharing. We’re your posse. Your thoughts and opinions are why we’re here. 👏
Thank you, Joyce. As an attorney (retired) who carefully followed my state’s ethical rules, I wonder how it is Trump’s attorneys aren’t sanctioned for filing a frivolous lawsuit or abuse of process? They didn’t even try to assert the first legal test to establish the court’s jurisdiction.
👍Waiting for the indictment of TFG for stealing, concealing and lying about possession of Top Secret/Classified documents. Ready for it
Thank you so much for this surgical reduction and clarification of the findings! Let’s hope the floodgates of Justice-for-all open now… Trump must finally face a long overdue comeuppance with Jail time and disqualify him from every being in any government office again. Lastly, this should now put down the pedal in a “Legal Bus that Judge Cannon is thrown under”… ie properly censured and taken to task and ideally removed from the bench. Deep sigh of relief and getting Popcorn ready.
We always knew that Cannon didn't have jurisdiction and that T hadn't passed the first Richey factor and now the 11th circuit has made this official. So happy to read your wonderful report - typos - shmypos - you're amazing. Thanks for disseminating this for us all.
Joyce: Can Judge Cannon somehow be reprimanded for what she did? Yes, she got slapped hard by the 11th Circuit, but what are the chances (if any) of her getting removed from office?
Terrific, what you crank out in a few minutes has great value. (Typos on the fly generally means something significant is being done.) BTW, the New York Times released a report with a direct link to the ruling. Your intricately detailed but accessible post on Richey - its context, substance in law, and history -- made it possible for me to read this rulings with a degree of comprehension I would not have had otherwise. (My field is art history.) I am so excited to be part of your community and encouraged by your deep commitment to bring us along on a steep learning curve. Thank you. Carol
My hunch is that it took the 11th Circuit nine days not to decide the case but to draft an opinion from which all traces of chortle and eyeroll had been removed. Well, *almost* all traces. Their exasperation is all the more eloquent for its subtlety. Unfortunately, Trump and his lawyers are too dense to realize how deftly they've been skewered.
Thanks so much for this. It's good to have my "non-professional opinion" of the decision verified by someone who knows what is what.
Humpty Trumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Trumpty had a great fall
All the King's horses and all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty Trumpty together again.
Thank you Joyce, as always. Part of the lesson is that when you favor Mr. Trump, you better have a good reason to do so. Otherwise, your reputation will be forever sullied. Are you listening Judge Cannon?
The opinion was direct and strong. I listened to the oral argument and am pleased the opinion delivered a needed strong message.
Imagine the grin on my face as the Donald gets smacked down like the criminal he is....priceless....
What a great day for the rule of law!⚖️
Thank you for making this simple to understand for those of us who are not legal mavens.alll i can say is Glory Hallelujah! Questions for you...What does it take to get a judge at Cannon's level out of that position? What does it take for the attorneys representing Trump to be held to the high ethical standards we expect from attorneys who have passed the Bar and committed to practice before a federal court?
Wow. You know how at a baseball game, just the crack of a bat can make the stadium leap to their feet before they see the ball in flight? That’s how this ruling SOUNDS.
This is the part I have waited for.
The entire Trumpist movement is predicated on flaunting self-serving belief in the face of reality. It is about narcissistic beliefs that elevate a movement of whiners who think they have a God-given right to stop time.
I am reminded of attorney Joseph Welch: "at long last have you no sense of decency?"
The answer is clearly "no". Even if 40% of voters remain deluded and clueless, I am thankful that justice can still be found in the law even if long escaped from politics.
Thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge and passion of the law with the rest of us. Words are not enough but they are all I possess.