Probe of leak sought in McInnish case in Alabama

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Fingers pointed at Sharon Rondeau, Post & Email

One of the attorneys who successfully represented the Democratic Party in Alabama recently has sent a letter to the Alabama Supreme Court to request an investigation into a potential disclosure of confidential information by none other than Chief Justice Roy Moore. The leak apparently occurred  last month concerning the decision in the McInnish v Chapman case. The letter advised the court that the Post & Email blog had reported that “ a source had spoken face to face with Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore who had told the source that ‘a decision was pending this week’”.  As it transpired a decision was indeed released the following Friday after the article ran in the Post & Email.  If the story by Sharon Rondeau is accurate this would represent a serious breech of judicial ethics and of the rules of the court committed by its Chief Justice.

Barry Ragsdale discussed this potential leak April 2nd on an episode of Reality Check Radio and indicated that in the past the Court has taken potential leaks very seriously even to the point of hiring private investigators in at least one case.

Attorney Ragsdale said he was filing the notice on his own behalf as an officer of the court who “has an ethical and professional duty to report potential judicial misconduct”.  We applaud Mr. Ragsdale for the courageous decision to report this serious violation of court rules.

We would suggest that a good place to start an investigation is to talk to Justice Moore’s very good friend and fellow author at WND, plaintiff’s counsel Larry Klayman. Chief Justice Moore and Justice Tom Parker split with the majority of the court who ruled to uphold the lower court decision to dismiss in McInnish. As Barry Ragsdale related to us on RC Radio that there was no clear legal basis for Moore’s and Parker’s dissents.

Several attorneys at the Fogbow Forum had previously suggested that Moore should have recused himself from hearing the case due to his ties to attorney Larry Klayman.

This is a copy of the letter that Mr. Ragsdale sent to the court:

 

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24 Responses to Probe of leak sought in McInnish case in Alabama

  1. The Magic M says:

    As much as I’d appreciate Roy Moore to get a slap on the wrist, I fail to see how disclosing the date when a decision is going to be announced is a serious issue in any way. SCOTUS announces the dates for its conferences (and which cases will be decided) all the time (otherwise we wouldn’t be able to predict to the day when a birther SCOTUS case would fail).

  2. I think it was entirely inappropriate that the date was communicated to one side only. Yes, it didn’t change the outcome but if McInnish plans to appeal to SCTOUS it would give him a head start on that. SCOTUS lists the dates that petitions and motions are schedule for conference but they do not publish the dates for decisions for cases they accept as far as I know.

    Edit to add:

    Another issue is that if this inappropriate conversation was going on what other off the record conversations about the case were conducted between Chief Justice Moore and members of the plaintiff’s side? You can see that this opens a can of worms.

  3. ramboike says:

    This is a nonstarter. RC is clutching at straws.

    Now comes the vast conspiracy: “…what other off the record conversations about the case were conducted between Chief Justice Moore and members of the plaintiff’s side?”

  4. Jason Swenson says:

    We do not believe in vast conspiracies, Ike. We do believe that Judge Moore is an embarrassment to the bench who should have recused himself from the case because of his relationship with Larry Klaymann. We have no doubts that he is capable of unethical conduct.

    in the long run, Moore’s dissenting opinion is meaningless except as fodder for letting people like Gallups and others to glom onto it as a basis for saying that Moore believes that the President is not eligible to serve in that capacity. Of course, Moore never stated any such thing. It is just more birther fantasy.

  5. roxy7655 says:

    Ike, it’s time you got started on a serious project: figuring out how to deal with it when you discover that Zullo and Apuzzo and all the rest of them were either wrong or lying. When you realize you’ve been had… that not only was there never any “universe-shattering” evidence that BHO’s documents are forgeries, but there is no actual evidence of any kind. That the whole eligibility circus was nothing smoke and mirrors.

    It’s gonna hurt, and you should brace yourself.

  6. ramboike says:

    Jason Swenson,
    You don’t know conspiracies. Obots are involved in alot of them. Dr Con, The Magic M, and SlowJim thinks there’s a vast conspiracy against your Dear Leader. They’ve told me so.

    Judge Moore is a very ethical & moral person, and a real credit to our courts. Too bad we don’t have more people like him. You do make a good point. There is alot of conflict of interest going on. I thought Justice Kagan should of recused herself on Obama’s Commie Care.

    roxy7655,
    We don’t know what evidence the CCP has. Arduini has actually done the Birthers a favor by putting pressure on the CCP to release their evidence. If they don’t release it then you’ll be right, and if they do then Arduini eats crow.

    Did you know there is more “circumstantial evidence” for a foreign birth than an American birth. Some of that foreign evidence comes directly from Obama. Contrary to the brainwashing you’ve been given, there is no conclusive incontrovertible proof showing Obama was born in the USA. Also, as it stands now his birth narrative disqualifies him from being a natural born Citizen.

  7. I agree with Ramiboike. Ragsdale and RC are grasping at straws like they always do. The fact that Judge Moore told someone that decision is coming is of no harm and of no violation. Now, if it can be shown that Judge Moore had actually talked about the merits of the case, we would have definite issue. The claim or accusations that Judge Moore carried on conversations about the merits of the case is pure speculation and Ragsdale has no proof.

  8. The shoe goes off the other foot. Remember in Judge Carter case, where is law clerk was hired who been with Perkin Cio. it was never investigated.

  9. The shoe goes off the other foot. Remember in Judge Carter case, where is law clerk was hired who been with Perkin Cio. it was never investigated.

    What false equivalence – typical Birther dishonesty. In the Alabama case there is solid evidence of wrong doing. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court apparently violated the code of ethics (yes this was improper ex parte communication if it occurred). In the case of Siddarth Velamoor there was no evidence of any wrong doing. Orly’s claims were unfounded and absurd. Velamoor was a clerk for gods sake. A fricking clerk. He happened to have interned for Perkins Coie, a huge law firm employing over 800 attorneys at the time. Perkins Coie happened to be the law firm who did legal work for the Obama campaign. It really takes someone with a pea-sized brain to make something sinister out of that.

    I am not saying Moore should resign because of this. It needs to be investigated. As Mr. Ragsdale said in the past the ASC has taken these types of leaks very seriously. Why wouldn’t they investigate this one.

    You and Rambo continue to prove Patrick Colliano chose the correct name for his Facebook group.

  10. Velamoor was Judge Carter’s clerk. Law clerks are the right hand arm of a Judge. They do all the muscle and work. So yes, Velamoor is very much a very relevant person in terms of Judge Carter. Perkin’s Coie was directly involved in dismissing Obama eligibility suits. That’s a fact. Velamoor came from the Seattle Office, Perkin’s Coie’s largest office and headquarters.

    What solid evidence? Hearsay? And evidence of What? That was a decision is coming. No harm. No legal violation.

  11. Velamoor was Judge Carter’s clerk. Law clerks are the right hand arm of a Judge. They do all the muscle and work. So yes, Velamoor is very much a very relevant person in terms of Judge Carter. Perkin’s Coie was directly involved in dismissing Obama eligibility suits. That’s a fact. Velamoor came from the Seattle Office, Perkin’s Coie’s largest office and headquarters.

    What solid evidence? Hearsay? And evidence of What? That was a decision is coming. No harm. No legal violation.

    Law clerks do all the work? I am sure Judge Carter would be surprised to hear that. What evidence do you have that Velamoor had anything to do with Carter’s decision? I thought so. Also I seemed to remember the decision was upheld on appeal in the Ninth Circuit. Did that crafty Velamoor bias the Ninth Circuit too?

    The solid evidence in Alabama is that the decision was actually handed down the week the leak supposedly happened. That is what is called evidence. Something you are incapable of comprehending.

  12. Yes, Law Clerks do all the work especially at SCOTUS. I have come to believe that I doubt that any justice have ever read a birther petition beyond the title and a very short summary. Just because the decision happened that week means that P&E was tipped off by the person who talked to Judge Moore. It is just a coincidence. Even assuming a investigation is done, unless you can prove Justice Moore has such a conversation all you really have is just baseless hearsay that coincidentally happened to conincide with the release of the decision.

  13. I have come to believe that I doubt that any justice have ever read a birther petition beyond the title and a very short summary.

    I agree. The Birther cases were all so worthless that is what should have happened. SCOTUS couldn’t function without clerks. They have to would read through 7000 petitions a year. The schlock like Birther cases are rightly weeded out from real cases.

    Your statement that “law clerks do all the work” is wrong. They assist. They write opinions when asked. Nothing gets published that is not reviewed and signed off by a judge.

  14. It looks like the genie has finally come out of the bottle. Nancy Ruth Owens, The Obama Birth Certificate Forger, Tells All! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IuVC957rBY

    [OK, Nancy how many times are you going to post a link that says "Hey look at me! I am nuts!"? Don't try it again. - RC]

  15. Andrew Vrba, PmG says:

    This is probably the most amount of birthers I’ve ever seen in one place, outside of the safety of the BR echo chamber. Must be the need to do damage control, that is driving them out into the wild like this. Between this and the CCP possibly being investigated, its easy to see why they’re so nervous.

  16. ramboike says:

    RC, you should be nice to Nancy. She’s the best intertainment since PattyDaPerv put Bad Fiction into hibernation. Can you imagine the expression on a FBI agent’s face when checking out Nancy’s site……priceless.

  17. ramboike says:

    Andrew Vrba, PmG

    This is lightwork for me. Normally when on an Obot site I take on 10 to 20 at a time, and when they start losing to ol’ Ike’s Truth Machine they ban me.

  18. Jim says:

    Andrew Vrba, PmG says: “This is probably the most amount of birthers I’ve ever seen in one place, outside of the safety of the BR echo chamber.”

    Maybe they’re finally realizing that Zullo, Gallups and the CCP investigation is just a con to separate them from their money…or they’ve gotten tired of no news except old news from the CCP. Then again, because of BR being so censored, maybe they’ve become disillusioned with the SOS day in and day out…talk tough, no action.

  19. NBC says:

    RamboIke: Judge Moore is a very ethical & moral person, and a real credit to our courts.

    He is so funny as well, our lovely troll. How many people could say something like that with a straight face.

  20. NBC says:

    RamboIke: She’s the best intertainment since PattyDaPerv put Bad Fiction into hibernation.

    I find you far more entertaining my friend, almost as funny as Hermitian.

  21. Hektor says:

    This is lightwork for me. Normally when on an Obot site I take on 10 to 20 at a time, and when they start losing to ol’ Ike’s Truth Machine they ban me.

    Well no wonder the President has been arrested, all his acts undone and us obots are blogging from jail.

  22. NBC says:

    RamboIke’s actual track record totally shows him to be a funny troll at best.

  23. NBC says:

    One can easily tell that the birther issue has died down. Only a few light weights remain.

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