Tsarnaev Defense: ‘He Did It’

sketch of the defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  and attorney Judy Clarke

“He did it.”

Judy Clarke is the lawyer representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – the survivor, and younger of two brothers accused of perpetrating the bomb attacks on the Boston Marathon in 2013.  She is not an ordinary defense attorney, claims The Guardian.

It was not a standard opening statement for a defense attorney to give regarding her client.  However, this is not a run-of-the-mill criminal trial, either; it is a huge federal trial, carrying a possible death sentence – the most high-profile trial of a terrorist on US soil since the Oklahoma City bomber, states The Guardian.

Clarke has specialized in saving the lives of clients like Tsarnaev for her whole career.  And she is, friends and colleagues told the Guardian, phenomenally good at it.

She has become an expert in the delicate tactics needed to take someone who is seen in the eyes of the world as a monster, and humanize them – just enough to convince a jury to save their life.

The list of clients she has helped escape the death penalty in this way is a who’s who of American killers. There’s Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber; Eric Rudolph, the Olympic Park bomber.  There was also Buford Furrow, the Aryan Nations member who opened fire on the Los Angeles Jewish Community Center in 1999, and, more recently, Jared Loughner, the shooter who killed six people and injured 15 more, including representative Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson in 2011.

Nora Demleitner is the dean of the Washington and Lee University school of law, where Clarke also teaches. She told the Guardian that Clarke’s feelings about the death penalty are what drive and animate her.

There are two main parts to the trial:  the phase of proving guilt or innocence, and the sentencing phase.

Demleitner said that Clarke’s actions could cut down the time spent fighting in the guilt phase, and speed the arrival of the sentencing phase.  Because the rules for evidence are different from the guilt phase, Clarke will be much freer to present evidence showing Tsarnaev as under the control of his elder brother Tamerlan, states The Guardian.

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Is There Still A Scott Walker Scandal Going On?

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is one of the brightest stars in the Republican Party, and he has very clear ambitions to run for President in the near future.

Before he hits the national stage, however, he still has a lot of investigations to overcome.

Mike Papantonio discusses this with Brendan Fischer from the Center for Media and Democracy.

Ring of Fire

More on Walker’s campaign finance scandal here.

Ring of Fire Full Episode – 02/15/2015

00:50 – Howard Nations discusses how Republican-controlled states are becoming full of corruption and incompetence.

09:12 – Radio host David Pakman explains President Obama’s proposal to provide two years of cost-free community college to American citizens.

17:34 – Brendan Fischer from PR Watch in Madison, Wisconsin discusses the latest details on the Scott Walker John Doe investigation. #WalkerInvestigation

25:59 – David Haynes goes over the dangers of the blood monitoring system Alere Inratio, and about the overall failures of the FDA in recent years. #BigPharmaGoneWild

Ring of Fire

(Video 56 minutes long)

Lawyer Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Women After Hypnotizing Them

“An Ohio lawyer is under criminal investigation for hypnotizing a female client during meetings and directing her to engage in a series of sexual activities while in a trance and under his control, according to police.

The probe of Michael Fine, 57, was detailed yesterday in an emergency court motion filed by the Lorain County Bar association, which is seeking an immediate suspension of the lawyer, who has been practicing for more than 30 years.

According to the court records, a second woman recently told police that she believed that Fine sought to hypnotize her during meetings in his office (where the pair discussed the woman’s divorce case).”*


Boehner Continues Lawsuit Against The President After First Two Lawyers Quit

Remember the lawsuit against the president?

The first two lawyers have quit, but House Republicans aren’t giving up on the effort to sue President Obama for executive overreach. They have now hired a third lawyer.

Speaker John Boehner’s office said on Tuesday the House has hired Jonathan Turley to take the case.

Turley is a constitutional law professor at George Washington University and a frequent presence on television and congressional hearings.

Jonathan Turley

Republicans gave authority for the lawsuit on a party-line vote over the summer, but the first two attorneys, David Rifkin of the law firm Baker Hostetler, and William Burck of the law firm Quinn Emanuel, quit the case.

Republican officials claim that those lawyers quit the case because their firms came under pressure from Democratic clients over their handling of such a partisan case.

The House approved the suit in August on the grounds that Obama exceeded his constitutional authority by delaying the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate without permission from Congress, but it is increasingly likely that Republicans will also challenge the president’s expected executive order shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Turley has frequently argued for a restoration of a “true balance” of federal power that has tilted too far toward the executive branch, and he has come out strongly against Obama’s unilateral move on immigration.

“Professor Turley is a renowned legal scholar who agrees that President Obama has clearly overstepped his Constitutional authority,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said. “He is a natural choice to handle this lawsuit.”

Boehner’s office had earlier said it might simply task the House’s official counsel to handle the case, and Turley noted on his blog Tuesday that he had been unavailable to take on the job before dispensing with other obligations.

“We are prepared to litigate this matter as far as necessary. The question presented by this lawsuit is whether we will live in a system of shared and equal powers, as required by our Constitution, or whether we will continue to see the rise of a dominant Executive with sweeping unilateral powers,” wrote Turley.

Democrats scoffed at Turley’s appointment, as they have at the two previous lawyers who dropped the case. “Even for $500-per-hour in taxpayer dollars, Speaker Boehner has had to scour Washington to find a lawyer willing to file this meritless lawsuit against the president,” said Drew Hammill, spokesman for Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader. “Now, he’s hired a TV personality for this latest episode of his distraction and dysfunction.”



Rush Limbaugh Threatening to Sue The DCCC

Rush is threatening to sue the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for using his words against him.

Sam Seder video.

Legacy Video: Funny Exchange Between Hannity And Leo Terrell

Hannity’s racial theatrics were bested by civil rights attorney Leo Terrell who outmugged Hannity with silence.  Strange how “liberal” Colmes presses Terrell as much as Hannity.

From the 6/9/08 Hannity & Colmes.

Fox News video.