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Manafort defense calls no witnesses

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https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/manafort-attorneys-opt-skip-defense-proceed-closing-arguments/story?id=57168855

Presumably, if Manafort took the stand, and actually told the truth as he would be required to do, he would have to say “yep, I cheated on my taxes,” so there’s no benefit to calling him as witness.

It’s very compelling when a defendant testifies that he didn’t do it. I was once watching a rape trial, and the defendant took the stand and told a story about how the sex was consensual, and the jury bought it. He would never have walked if his defense attorneys never called him as a witness in his own defense.

The jury will probably find Manafort guilty, but who knows? A jury let O.J. Simpson (who also didn’t testify) get away with murder.

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August 14, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Law

The Manafort trial

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https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/01/politics/manafort-trial-day-two/index.html

It’s rather significant that there’s a trial taking place at all. The whole assumption behind Mueller indicting Manafort was that Manafort would turn against Trump in order to avoid going to prison. But that has NOT happened. And I’m pretty sure that the reason it hasn’t happened isn’t because of Manafort’s loyalty to Trump. Ha ha. Nope, the fact that this trial is happening is proof that Manafort doesn’t know anything.

The biggest surprise is that Manafort’s defense is to blame his business associate Richard Gates. This is further evidence that Manafort has no useful knowledge that Mueller could use against Trump. If Manafort is willing to throw his longtime business associate under the bus, I’m sure he’d have no problem doing the same to Trump in order to avoid prison.

It’s not surprising at all that Mueller’s team’s trial strategy is to prejudice the jury by presenting Manafort as a rich fat cat who does business with shady people. As the judge himself pointed out, it’s not illegal to be rich or to have a lavish lifestyle, and I would add that it’s also not illegal to do business with shady people as long as you are doing honest work for them. The Mueller team’s legal strategy is as shady as those wealthy Ukranians who Manafort worked for.

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August 1, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Law, Taxes

Praise for Trump

The rumor is that the Trump administration had been negotiating with Kennedy for months about retiring, and there was an assurance that Kavanaugh, his former law clerk, would be picked to replace him. If this is true, a brilliant move for Trump, who gets to appoint a new Justice before elections in November.

I also praise Trump for sticking with Kavanaugh despite a campaign from both the mainstream media, and anti-abortion extremists on the right, to trick him into picking someone else.

There are complaints by some that Kavanaugh is a “Washington insider” who has close ties to the previous Republican administration. In that, Kavanaugh’s background is a lot like Antonin Scalia, who worked for the Nixon and Ford administrations, and who also served on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Kavanaugh needs to be judged on his record of conservative jurisprudence and not on who he previously worked for, which really is a plus and not a minus. Clarence Thomas was also a Washington insider. David Souter was a Washington outsider. I’m so glad that Trump wasn’t tricked into nominating Amy Coney Barrett who felt to me like a Souter except on the abortion issue.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 10, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Law, Politics

Kavanaugh!!!!

President Trump must have been reading my blog!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Law

Suing the state because children have low-IQ genes

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/07/no-right-become-literate/564545/

There’s a story in The Atlantic about a lawsuit against the state of Michigan because black kids in a select group of Detroit schools are unable to read, thus being denied their alleged constitutional right to literacy.

The District Court judge ruled for the state, so it’s good to see that there is at least one federal judge who hasn’t gone all-out bonkers SJW. But who knows what might have happened if Hillary Clinton became president instead of Donald Trump, and she seeded the federal judiciary with leftist judges.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Education, Law

Kavanaugh’s America First originalism

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/07/06/kavanaugh_the_right_pick_for_trump_137446.html

Excellent article explaining why Brett Kavanaugh is the best choice. Especially notable is his anti-immigrant dissenting opinion.

I am pretty sure that, unlike Kethledge, Kavanaugh wouldn’t have gone out of the way to give standing to some guy from India who was in the country illegally because his visa had expired.

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And I am almost sure that Barrett would turn out to be biased in favor of open borders. She has no track record at all in this area. The religious cult she belongs to supports adopting kids from foreign countries, and goes out of the way to emphasize that they are neither Democratic nor Republican. I predict that she would be a huge cuck on immigration, she would be trying to show liberals how anti-abortion religious people are very compassionate for the less fortunate people from other countries.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 6, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Law

NY Times is subtly pushing for Amy Coney Barrett nomination

Of course the New York Times is NOT the friend of Republicans, so if they are trying to instigate Trump to pick Amy Coney Barrett, that means she’s a bad pick.

First, we have Frank Bruni’s op-ed column which aims to make Barrett seem like the most exciting pick.

Barrett, you see, talks readily and proudly about her Catholicism, making no bones about its presence at the center of her life. She and her husband have seven children, two of whom are adopted. She belongs to a mostly Catholic group, People of Praise, whose members make an especially intense commitment to their faith.

And Republicans expect — and want — liberals to be so freaked out by this that they oppose her in a manner that can be branded anti-religious. They’re setting her up to be a Christian martyr, minus the grisly end, and daring Democrats to take the bait.

And then, today, there’s a NY Times news article proclaiming that Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Front-Runner, Once Argued Broad Grounds for Impeachment, implying that Democrats are looking forward to a Kavanaugh nomination so they can talk about impeachment.

These are all lies. Democrats are actually looking forward to a big fight about abortion, and they hope that Trump is stupid enough to fall for it. The NY Times thinks that Barrett is the weakest candidate who has the best chance of being defeated. They know that Trump became president because of votes from prole whites in the Rust Belt who are not evangelical Christians and many of whom are pro-choice.

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I would also point out that the idea that liberals and the mainstream media would go soft on Barrett because she’s a woman, that idea is total BS. I guarantee you that she will be skewered mercilessly and will not get the slightest deference merely because she has a vagina. It’s all out war for them, and Barrett is the ultimate enemy.

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A photograph in this article implies that Amy Coney Barrett’s sister and brother-in-law also adopted two black kids. It must be a thing with their weird religious sect.

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Because of the “covenanted” relationship, which involves reciting the five-sentence promise with other covenanted members, the group is tightly knit. People of Praise leaders refused to provide a copy of the covenant, [source]

Secret doctrines that only the most committed members are allowed to know, that’s the hallmark of a cult.

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Ann Coulter says the same thing, that the mainstream media is trying to manipulate Trump away from Kavanaugh, maybe she’s reading my blog:

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 6, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Law, News, Politics

Judge Kethledge’s liberal pro-immigrant decision in Patel v. USCIS (6th Cir. 2013)

https://www.leagle.com/decision/infco20131011056

District Court said that the illegal alien (an Indian guy who had overstayed his visa and was complaining that a potential employer was denied an H-1B visa to hire him) had no standing to sue.

One of the three judges on the appellate panel (who was appointed by Bill Clinton) agreed with the District Court, but Kethledge overruled and said that the illegal alien has standing.

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July 5, 2018 at EDT am

Amy Coney Barrett would be a bad pick

She only has nine months experience as an appellate judge, so there is no track record of her judicial philosophy. Do you remember what happened the last time a “conservative” with no federal judicial track record was nominated to the Court? That guy was Souter and he turned out to be a liberal.

People think she’s conservative because she’s a True Believer in Catholicism. I would remind you that the Pope is also a True Believer in Catholicism but nevertheless he’s an extreme liberal.

We know that Barrett is opposed to the death penalty and that she believes that Catholic judges should recuse themselves from death penalty cases. She adopted two Haitian kids. She sounds like a bleeding-heart type of religious person. How would she rule on immigration or affirmative action cases?

Furthermore, it is not in the interests of Trumpism to bring abortion into play in a big way. There are pro-choice people who vote Republican because they figure that Republicans can’t really do anything about abortion because of Roe v. Wade, but everything would change if Roe v. Wade were overturned, and abortion could become the main topic of elections, and that would mean the end of Trumpism.

Brett Kavanaugh, Yale graduate, has an impeccable track record of conservative jurisprudence with twelve years of experience as a federal appellate judge. And he has written that he believes that Presidents should be immune to criminal and civil prosecution while they are in office, which is exactly what Trump needs with the never-ending Mueller investigation hanging over him.

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Also, let’s talk about Barrett’s membership in the strange “People of Praise” community, a Catholic Charismatic Renewal group which preaches communitarianism, so it’s only a small philosophical leap from there to pushing for nation-wide communitarianism, in other words communism.

“They are charismatic in the sense that they believe in, and employ, such things as speaking in tongues, prophecy and faith healing.” (Written in 2008, not recently.) That doesn’t sound like the sort of stuff that a smart legal scholar would believe in.

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GondwanaMan writes in a comment:

Charismatic theology is only a hop, skip and leap from Pentecostalism, which is the proliest of all Christian prole religions. I’ve actually been to Charismatic and Pentecostal churches and they’re so prole they would make your hyper-rational urbanite brain bleed.

Don’t pick the Charismatic, even a Catholic one…especially not for the Supreme Court.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 4, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Law

Supreme Court thoughts

I think there has been too much early celebration on the right on account of Justice Kennedy announcing his retirement.

This only means we are going from a 5-4 conservative majority to another 5-4 conservative majority, with the hope that whomever Trump appoints will be more conservative than Kennedy. That’s likely given that Trump has outsourced Supreme Court nominations to some guy from the Federalist Society. But there are no guarantees. History shows that “conservative” justices often become more liberal over time, but that drift never goes in the other direction. Furthermore, Clarence Thomas is 70, so there’s a pretty good chance that whomever is president after Trump will get to pick his successor. So even if there is a conservative majority on the Court, it won’t last long if a Democrat becomes President after Trump.

Now, a big reason to celebrate would be if Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 85, will retire. She clearly intends to set a record for oldest Supreme Court Justice in history. I hesitate to say anything about the chance that her health will get in the way of that; besides being a liberal she seems like a nice person.

But the Supreme Court situation demonstrates how traitorous the Republican never-Trumpers were. They would have given the Supreme Court to Hillary Clinton and the liberals just so they can continue to get invited to the good cocktail parties where Trump-supporters aren’t allowed. And I remind you once again that only Trump could have beaten Clinton. There’s no way Jeb Bush, the preferred candidate of Republican never-Trumpers, would have won Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, and even if Jeb Bush by some miracle had become President, remember that his father appointed Souter to the Court, and his brother tried to appoint Harriet Myers. Why does anyone think that Bushes can be trusted with Supreme Court nominations?

The only way to ensure the continuation of conservative jurisprudence, especially if Ruth Bader Ginsburg hangs on, is if another Trumpist follows Trump as President. The replacement of Thomas will be especially difficult. There will be strong pressure to appoint another black person, but I’m afraid that Clarence Thomas is unique, there is no other black judge like him. For that matter, there aren’t very many white judges like him; he has given the Court an irreplaceable conservative voice; he’s not afraid to write bold concurring and dissenting opinions.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 2, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Law

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