Eyeblast TV: By Joe Schoffstall
President Obama’s nominee to the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Robert N. Chatigny, has quite the judicial record. He saved Michael Ross, known as the ‘roadside strangler’, by keeping him off death row while citing Ross’s sexual sadism as a mitigating factor.
Keep the following statement in mind made by Judge Chatigny on Ross’ case as you’re watching the video:
“But looking at the record in a light most favorable to Mr. Ross, he never should have been convicted. Or if convicted, he never should have been sentenced to death because his sexual sadism, which was found by every single person who looked at him, is clearly a mitigating factor… He can sit on his hands and sit mute and he may find not only that the death sentence is set aside, he may find the death penalty has been abolished. He may find that he gets the life sentence that he has repeatedly said he would take in an instant if it was offered to him.”
According to an article written by the American Spectator, Chatigny “bullied Ross’s lawyer against his clients on will” during a conference call.
In this conference call, Chatigny bullied Ross’s attorney into ignoring his client’s own wishes and seeking a stay of execution. The transcript of the conference call shows that Chatigny repeatedly referred to Ross’s attorney as “facilitating” or “bringing about” Ross’s execution. Reading the transcript, it’s as if Chatigny does not even acknowledge that Ross’s own actions, the rape and murder of multiple women, are the cause of his execution.
Michael Ross confessed to the murders of 8 young women, 7 of which were raped…]
Chicago CBS – Reporting Dana Kozlov
The anatomy of a shakedown. That’s what federal prosecutors are laying out, witness by witness, conversation by conversation in former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial. Hundreds of wiretapped conversations are part of the evidence. On Tuesday, some of those tapes were released.
CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports those tapes have already been used in court but there are more to come. Prosecutors believe the taped conversations help prove the former governor, his brother and others, like former close friend Lon Monk, set out to shakedown people for campaign contributions in exchange for state actions.
Many of those conversations released so far surround one alleged deal; signing a horseracing bill for a $100,000 donation. Rod and Robert Blagojevich talked about cash, and getting it from Maywood Track owner John Johnston.
“The Governor’s here charged with, what you say, attempted extortion. Who did he attempt to extort? He couldn’t name one person. He couldn’t name one thing. He couldn’t name one dollar.”
Blagojevich never got that contribution. He was arrested days after one of those conversations and the bill became law. So was it an attempted shakedown or politics as usual? That will likely be the overriding question of this entire trial.
“When I first came to the Supreme Court, three of my colleagues had never been a federal judge,” said Scalia who joined the Court in 1986 after being nominated by President Reagan.
“William Rehnquist came to the Bench from the Office of Legal Counsel. Byron White was Deputy Attorney General. And Lewis Powell who was a private lawyer in Richmond and had been president of the American Bar Association.”
“Currently, there is nobody on the Court who has not served as a judge –indeed, as a federal judge — all nine of us,” he continued. “. . . I am happy to see that this latest nominee is not a federal judge – and not a judge at all.”
Justice Antonin Scalia
Human Events – By Carrie Severino
Another round of documents from Elena Kagan’s time in the Clinton White House was released Friday afternoon, giving further evidence of her decidedly liberal legal and policy positions.
The release comes as a Rasmussen poll shows that support for Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court has fallen to 33% while opposition to her nomination has risen eight points to 41%. By way of comparison, 28% of the public opposed Harriet Miers’ nomination at the time she withdrew under fire from the process. The public remains highly engaged in the nomination process, with 73% reporting that they are following the news about Kagan.
Here are some of the hot topics Kagan-watchers will be talking about based on these newly released documents:
Abortion: Kagan believes the Constitution contains a nearly unfettered right to partial-birth abortion, an extreme position the Supreme Court ultimately rejected. She opposed a ban on partial-birth abortion, even one with an exception for the mother’s health, because she believed it took away one “safe” abortion technique from abortion providers and thus burdened the right of women to abort their pre-viable children for literally any reason they pleased.
The Supreme Court, by contrast, upheld a partial birth abortion ban even without a health exception and cited the state’s substantial interest in “promoting respect for human life at all stages in the pregnancy” by not allowing “a doctor to pierce the skull and vacuum the fast-developing brain of [a mother’s] unborn child, a child assuming the human form.”
Gun Rights: Elena Kagan is revealed as a knee-jerk opponent of the National Rifle Association (NRA). After significant public sentiment turned against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) following the Waco siege and high-profile incidents of racism by ATF, Kagan made recommendations regarding how to deal with members of Congress calling for the dismantling of the bureau.
She noted that supporting ATF would “not necessarily best serve the interests of gun law enforcement” because it was not aggressive in its “probes of licensed gun dealers.” But Kagan was willing to tolerate these perceived impediments to gun control out of spite for the NRA “given that the NRA is the ATF’s principal enemy.”
Commerce Clause: Kagan clearly opposes the current trend of Commerce Clause interpretation that places constitutional limits on Congress’ power to legislate anywhere and on anything. The latest documents show that she rejected both Seminole Tribe v. Florida and United States v. Lopez and documents disclosed last week revealed that she also disagreed with United States v. Morrison, a landmark decision underlining the importance of limited government.
The Palm Beach Post – Posted by Jose Lambiet
. . . Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, whose confirmation process in 1991 included grotesque allegations of sexual harassment, was a guest at the shindig. Thomas officiated Limbaugh’s previous wedding in 1994, when Limbaugh married third wife, Marta, one of his radio groupies, at Clarence’s mansion in Virginia . . .
. . . Yours truly was driving to The Palm Beach Post’s headquarters on South Dixie in West Palm Beach after a visit to The Breakers’ beach about the time Limbaugh and Rogers were exchanging vows, when I noticed several black SUVs following me at different times. Eventually, I pulled up to a Suburban I noticed at the hotel Friday night.
The driver was out of central casting, dressed in black from head to toe and sporting an earpiece in his right ear. The guy didn’t deny tailing me, but the conversation was short and I haven’t figured out who he worked for. That, by the way, came on the day after I was told at The Breakers that I was on a list of undesirables not allowed in. Fair enough. But then my wife also was on the list, too. Didn’t see my 4-year-old on it, though.
Limbaugh took a few minutes from his busy honeymoon Monday to email me a note saying that neither the tail nor the list at the hotel gate were his doing. He told his security people, he wrote, to work inside the hotel and not to allow in press, in general. The plot thickens . . .
Chicago Tribune: U. of C. law faculty didn’t back Kagan
CBS News EXCLUSIVE: Documents Show Kagan’s Liberal Opinion on Social Issues
Judicial Watch: Kagan Helped Bill Clinton Cover Up Scandals