September 24, 2023
I'm curious what the chain of command is if SCOTUS refuses to come up with a code of conduct. They are claiming Congress has no power to impose one or regulate them. I thought the purpose of "balance of power" was for the legislative, executive, and judicial branches to watch over each other? Who can impose compliance? Is the system we have relied on for so many years falling apart because too much of it was on the honor system, and we are short on honorable people?
My night is now complete. WORDLE in 3/6 and “The Week Ahead.” Goodnight Joyce. Goodnight Chickens. Goodnight Moon.
Trust the young women who have been ensnared in trump's cabal. They will speak their truth! And that will expose trump. Thank you Cassidy, Molly et al.
With regard to the Raimondo case, which seeks to overthrow the court's judgement in Chevron, affirming the power of agencies to set rules and administer the laws (which Thomas wrote) Mehdi Hasan had tape this evening of Thomas speaking to one of these billionaire conferences, in which he said that just because a judge ruled one way in a previous case, no one should assume that the judge's views on the matter "had not evolved" when a subsequent case on that issue comes before the court.
In other words, Thomas announced he will reverse the ruling he wrote in Chevron, and happily throw "the administrative state" into a tailspin for the assistance of his benefactors.
If ever there was a clear case for recusal, this is it - he's said everything but "I will reverse myself" on this case.
“Every time Trump makes a public statement, he seems to be walking a perilous tightrope between confession and additional obstruction of justice. And it’s the public who he continues to place in peril.”
This pair of sentences underscores the perception of a weak court..He has crossed the line long ago..he is no longer being treated like any other criminal defendant..There is only one course of action to be taken at this juncture..Trump must have his bail forfeited and he must be remanded into custody..He is making a mockery of the court..
Don’t forget us contractors if the government shuts down. We don’t get the back pay. ☹️
Re: the MAL docs case...there is constantly more action outside *Judge* Cannon's courtroom than within it, as torpor and inactivity mark the halting progress of the case. Still no "Garcia" hearing, no evident rulings yet on the admissibility of Witness Tavera's testimony from the DC grand jury...just major stasis across the board, and no (public) indication that SC Smith wants Cannon to pull her finger out. Regrettably, this particular trial is proceeding in the manner that many had foreseen - a deliberate slow-walking by the judge, allowing tRump delay after delay. What if anything can JackSmith in fact
If by, “The next time someone tells you Joe Biden is old,” you mean all the complicit mainstream media, not just the rightwing nutjobs, I’ll be sure to let them know that Martha Stewart says these classified note cards double as great recipe cards to gift your friends for the holidays....
Thank you, Joyce. This is a daunting set of issues in the week(s) ahead. Thank you for being our anchor in these rough waters! Have a great week.
Joyce: there is an unintended typo in one of the paragraphs above in which Michael is referred to as Mitchell.
Excellent summaries as usual;I know I speak for everyone: we all appreciate your scholarship!
There likely won’t be any sort of gag order as it theoretically could delay things…but each time an inappropriate remark is made, the judge could move the trial UP!
Re Inmate P01135809 and the possibility of a gag order: Robert Hubbell's column this evening points out reporting saying Inmate P011... in a veiled, indirect sort of way threatened Mark Milley's life. I don't want to misrepresent the matter or cover the full context here; read the reporting for yourself at https://roberthubbell.substack.com/p/this-is-getting-ridiculous?utm_campaign=email-post&r=9fqy2&utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email
The Independent article points out that Milley is on the government's witness list in the classified-documents case (aka the Mar-a-Lago case).
So, two observations: First, if Inmate P011... thinks he's going to scare Milley off, he's got another think coming. More important, and you lawyers out there please correct me if I'm off base here, but what's reported sure seems like an open-and-shut, slam-dunk instance of witness intimidation.
Update: Heather Cox Richardson discusses the issue fully at https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/september-24-2023?utm_campaign=email-post&r=9fqy2&utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email.
I wonder if there will come a time when the news won't be solely about the former president. 🤔 At this rate, I guess it will be a long time.
Thank you, Joyce, for keeping me updated. I could never pull it together the way you do !!
What I haven't heard: A justice ⚖️ stand up and declare that they will voluntarily adhere to the Code of Ethics for all other 'legal' people.
As I read this post, I get the feeling of a bad dream that I can't escape. Each of these stories and cases are like a dead whale washed up on the beach, slowly rotting in the sun; motion after motion, issue after issue, the faint promise of an eventual trial date that could be delayed many months and even years. Like the whale, they remain in front of us, smelling ever worse, as they eventually devolve to a pile of bleached bones and the passers-by have to work to recognize the remains of what was once the whale. Justice delayed is justice denied.
The biggest problem I have with the Clarence Thomas attending Koch Brother events is that it is the Koch Brothers or it's Harlan Crow or some other MEMBER OF CITIZENS UNITED, the ultra wealthy group that some judicial body voted could remain secret with their huge donation amounts, etc. Oh, yes, that was the Supreme Court that voted for Citizens United to be a secret donor organization. As for the Koch Brothers saying there was nothing wrong with Thomas attending to give a talk or whatever; my reading said that NO CAMERAS were allowed, so we don't know except for the people who worked the events some of who have spilled the Koch beans. When you have to operate in secret, there are usually nefarious reasons for that, and none of them are GOOD for the rest of us. carry on