In a teapot, there was earlier a storm over a judge who granted a suspected Capitol insurgent a free pass to a party in Mexico – on criminal charges and during a damned pandemic – based on a “proposed” order attached to the defendant’s filing was. After spending a few days “doing” hyperactive social media voices explaining that real lawyers could find out that this was all a misunderstanding, and that no self-respecting judge would agree to a selfish request like this … he granted Judge the request.
Judge Trevor McFadden, a 42-year-old who was called to the bank by Donald Trump, has ruled Jenny Cudd’s custody pending trial for a “work-related bonding retreat,” Buzzfeed’s Zoe Tillman reports on riot hearings. You know, black defendants banded together because they vaguely matched the description of someone who knew someone who once mentioned marijuana. He should really try the excuse, “But what about my vacation?” I am sure it will be applied fairly!
McFadden – one of the many Trump judges who got his way before the ABA could even get a feel for whether he was qualified or not (they later split opinions) – wrote on his behalf that neither the DOJ nor the pretrial services arranged to appeal against the request. And that’s disturbing! Whether it’s about the government infected with insurgent sympathizers who want a potential My First Coup Barbie to have a worry-free vacation, or that no one thinks it makes sense to ink for an opposition to an insane demand wasting a judge with a smidgen of professional dignity would sui generis deny is a question for another occasion. There’s enough guilt to go around, but the money actually stops with the judge. That’s why they have the hammer!
I think McFadden sees his appearance less as a lifelong appointment than as an opportunity to polish his resume for a senior position on the DC Circuit or the Supreme Court. At 42, there is always the possibility that MAGA will come back and reward its most loyal toads!
As a public defense attorney, I represented a 16-year-old man whom I had to ask a judge to release (with attendants in handcuffs) to attend his father’s funeral.
In the meantime, anyone accused of participating in the uprising can withdraw to Mexico.
Two. Systems. From. Justice. https://t.co/rJYTurZD4S
– Eliza Orlins (@elizaorlins) February 1, 2021
When Manhattan DA candidate Eliza Orlins tweeted that this was still hypothetical and she expressed her frustration with the absurd bile it takes to make that request.
Now that is crowned by the greater gall of a judge who forfeits the rule of law for a vacation.
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A judge will have one of the Capitol rioters go on a “work-related bonding” trip to Mexico [Buzzfeed]