The parties are advised to chill.
Mattel, Inc. v. MCA Records, Inc., 296 F.3d 894, 908 (9th Cir. 2002)

Thursday, May 25, 2006
Losing Grip

I have to say, this kind of nonsense making me one disillusioned Republican (via CNN):

In their rare joint statement, [Republican Dennis] Hastert and [Democrat Nancy] Pelosi demanded that the FBI return the documents and that [Louisiana Democrat William] Jefferson then would have to cooperate with the investigation.

[ . . . ]

The House Judiciary Committee chairman, GOP Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, announced a hearing next week, "Reckless Justice: Did the Saturday Night Raid of Congress Trample the Constitution?"

Are you kidding me? Jefferson is on video tape accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from a government informant, of which $90,000 is found in his freezer (via Washington Post):

In one instance, at an unidentified D.C. restaurant, Jefferson allegedly exchanged cryptic notes with investor Lori Mody and discussed illegal kickbacks for his children in a telecommunications venture in Nigeria in which she had invested.

"All these damn notes we're writing to each other as if we're talking as if the FBI is watching," he told Mody, who was wearing an FBI wire.

Probable cause: check.
Search warrant: check.

So where's the problem? As far as I remember from my classes, legislative privileges do not cover bribery. So it's offensive to me that there's this bipartisan outrage - I mean, seriously, a hearing entitled "Reckless Justice"?

Check out Volokh where commenters are suggesting alternative titles for the hearing.


Posted 8:59 AM by Tony


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