Got into the Court of Claims docket-- here's the ruling (pdf) in which the Court accuses the Department of Justice attorneys of having committed a fraud on the Court. That's the document which the Court recently ordered unsealed.
The judgment (the order ruling that Plaintiff won) is still sealed. But it must be pretty explosive. Here's the Court docket for that time period. Notice right after entering the judgment, the Court orders that copies of the judgment be served on the Attorney General, the DOJ Inspector General (responsibility to prevent fraud, waste and abuse) and the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility (charged with investigating ethics violations). I've never seen a court order anything like that.
UPDATE: here's more, from Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea.
He's the agent who infiltrated the Hell's Angels, had BATF thoroughly backstab him, and sued the agency. Much of the court files were sealed, but were recently unsealed. Here's the local news story on what the reporter found in the formerly sealed files:
The judge accused the government attorneys of perpetrating "a fraud on the court."
Dobyns' house was burned, and he argued it was arson, carried out by Hell's Angels, and successful because BATF had blown his cover and denied him protection. It turns out that a Justice Dept. attorney in his civil case told BATF not to reopen the investigation of the arson, lest its finding help Dobyns in his suit against BATF. That was concealed from the judge until the trial.
""An ATF agent who testified in this case may have been threatened by another witness during the trial." Justice Department attorneys ordered the agent not to report the threat to the court or he would face repercussions, [Judge] Allegra said."
When the judge entered his ruling, he ordered that the seven Justice attorneys who had handled the civil case were not to file any further documents in it -- essentially, they were banned from the court.
Dobyns' attorney complained that he had been under "extreme surveillance for the last sixty days, both fixed and moving..." and that his house and car had been broken into, although no property was taken.
A former BATF agent who testified for Dobyns attested that he, too, was followed after he left the attorney's office.
This is truly a BATF and DOJ Watergate... or worse. Attorneys and agency officials concealing evidence, secretly threatening witnesses, agency surveillance of attorneys and witnesses. All over a civil lawsuit -- can you imagine what they'd do over something big?
Legal Insurrection has the inside scoop. DC police referred the case for prosecution, noting that they'd told NBC that possessing the 30 round magazine would be illegal, and NBC went ahead anyway. The police even swore out an affidavit for an arrest warrant. But DC's "Attorney General" wrote "declined" on it and refused to proceed.
UPDATE: I checked a while back, and the DC statute of limitations on misdemeanors is three years, rather long. Not that Gregory is in any risk, mind you...
Is out with three articles one of them mine, its theme being "why we fight."
If I could just find a silver image of the hindquarters of a rat, I could keep it as a symbol of what I do not give. Speaking of which, he said it in Rolling Stone.
The Supreme Court today handed down a ruling in Dept of Homeland Security v. MacLean, essentially overruling the firing of an Air Marshal.
The marshal had been briefed on a highjacking alert... and then told that, to save money, DHS was canceling all overnight missions (that is, flight of air marshals) from his airport for the remainder of the month (the idea was to save on marshals' hotel bills when assignments were overnight). Believing that was dangerous (and illegal, since statutes said that flights of the type involved should be a high priority since they would be prime targets), he leaked the story to a reporter. As a result, DHS reversed the policy. DHS traced the leak to him and fired him.
The Court holds that he was entitled to the statutory protection for whistle-blowers, and that the exemption for whistle blowers who leak info whose release is "specifically prohibited by law" mean prohibited by law, not by agency regulation.
Police use of radar that can see into a house. In its present form, it can only report on whether someone is inside, and their distance, but as the article notes, more advanced forms are becoming available.
From the NRA Museum. Very cool.
It's because it fears what Congress would do to its budget if it did.
Good. All the solid work in this field was done decades ago by criminologists. They've had a lot to say about the CDC's produce, and none of it is good. The medical studies being cranked out ignored basic principles of criminology, and did not deal with prior criminological studies.
I found several that concluded that gun density (percent of households with guns) were positively related to gun fatality rates. The logical problem: they estimated gun density by percent of suicides that involved firearms, and measured gun fatalities to include suicide (which far outnumber murders, and make up about 60% of the total). So their real conclusion was: where guns are more often used in suicide, guns are more often used in suicide. Well, yes.
Prof. Brian Anse Patrick has thoughts and experiences there.
"Perhaps I was and remain naïve in expecting free and respectful discourse, but one of my chief intellectual interests is the informational sociology of what I have described elsewhere as the new American Gun Culture. It soon became apparent this was a forbidden topic. For my dissertation work I examined the role of negative media coverage in mobilizing NRA membership, discovering that the more negative coverage NRA received over a ten-year period, the more its membership increased. My dissertation findings became my first book. But in graduate seminars at UM a senior professor would make curdled milk expressions when my research topic came up. He would say things like, "I don't let my children even play with toy guns," obviously disgusted, as if this absolutely refuted the findings. When I was nearing the end, at the dissertation writing stage, Professor Curdled Milk attempted to divert away from me a crucial dissertation writing fellowship that had so far gone to all other members of my graduate program to help them finish in a timely fashion. I called him on this and got the fellowship, but he never looked at or talked to me again."
I've encountered much the same. Folks who talk of "improving diversity" but don't want to think of improving intellectual diversity (which you'd think would be the most important kind, for a teaching institution). My late friend Prof. Bill Bailey, probably the most brilliant man I have ever known, couldn't get articles published (and thus was denied tenure) because the academic editors would say they were "politically naive" (code for "insufficiently Marxist," and I mean that literally). He was also in the communications field, where you'd think a person could contribute thought without worrying whether it was Marxist, Hegelian, of faithful to Freud.
So reports Dave Workman. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Story here. It's filed by a chapter of US Law Shield against the City of Harrisburg. As I recall, the preemption law had problems under the State constitutional requirement that a bill have but one purpose.