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This blog exists to provide both a source of current information and a forum for those who have experienced or  witnessed misconduct by federal prosecutors in particular.  We are especially interested in seeking reform of the legal system in the way it deals with “Brady violations” or the prosecutors’ suppression of evidence favorable to the defense.  Please comment as you have points or information you want to share.

Also follow Sidney Powell’s breaking news and articles on the New York Observer.

We also address other means of government malfeasance, and disregard of the Constitution or the Rule of Law. We will blog as needed and strive to keep you informed of the most recent developments in efforts across the country to hold prosecutors accountable when they fail to produce all favorable evidence to the defense. Read More »

JOHN STOSSEL features LICENSED TO LIE on his Show tonight! Fox Business News 9 p.m.

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Tune in to FOX BUSINESS NEWS at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time tonight to see John Stossel’s segment on LICENSED TO LIE: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Contact: Alexandra V. Preate   (212) 588-9148                                                                           apreate@capitalhq.com

Outlaw Prosecutors: John Stossel Features Former Prosecutor Sidney Powell

& Her Book Licensed to Lie on D.O.J. Abuses and the Next Attorney General

 

NEW YORK, NY (October 23, 2014) Tonight, Thursday, October 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET, Fox Business Channel and on Saturday, October 25, Sunday, October 26 at 10:00 p.m. Fox News Channel. Fox News’s John Stossel will feature former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, author of LICENSED TO LIE: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.

As Stossel writes: “Sidney Powell’s Licensed to Lie reveals the truth about a cabal of former prosecutors who were promoted by President Obama to the highest positions of power…President Obama may soon appoint one of them to be America’s next attorney general.” See Stossel’s new column on Powell’s bold accusations here.

A respected federal prosecutor, Sidney Powell, has served ten years under nine U.S. Attorneys, and worked on more than 500 cases, Ms. Powell believes that the Rule of Law should be applied regardless of politics, that prosecutors should seek Justice—not just convictions.

Well into her successful private practice, Powell was hired to defend a Merrill Lynch executive during the “drive-by” prosecution that the Dept. of Justice conducted as part of its investigation of Enron.  As she uncovered the truth, she was shocked at the high-handed, illegal behavior of federal prosecutors. LICENSED TO LIE chronicles political or personally-driven wrongful prosecutions of Merrill Lynch, Arthur Anderson, and Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, among others, in a gripping, true-life legal thriller.

Now major news media, television anchors for NewsMax and Fox & radio hosts across the country (such as Dick Morris) are paying attention to the destruction wrought by abusive prosecutors —wrecked lives, shattered companies, thousands of lost jobs.  Peter Roff, writing for US News & World Report said:

“Powell’s book outlines a nightmarish, even Kafkaesque environment in which federal judges are overly reliant on federal prosecutors to know the law and are woefully indulgent of their claims.”

A major expose in the world’s leading news magazine, The Economist, detailed the abuses Powell documented. She was also cited by Investor’s Business Daily for her insights into “Hookergate,” in which the White House fired Secret Service agents and military personnel, while White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler covered up for the son of an Obama donor.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge, Alex Kozinski, who in his personal capacity wrote the book’s Foreword, urges that it serve as a basis for a national discussion of prosecutorial abuse.  Judge Kozinski joined Ms. Powell to discuss this with the CATO INSTITUTE—as broadcast by C-SPAN.

Powell’s continuing series of newsbreaking stories of corrupt prosecutions, government misconduct, the War on Wall Street, and the IRS scandal, featured in the NY Observer, shed light on the ongoing meltdown in the U.S. Dept. of Justice, whose latest casualty is Attorney General Eric Holder.

To book an interview or a speaking engagement with Sidney Powell, please contact Alexandra Preate at CapitalHQ at (212) 588-9148 or apreate@capitalhq.com. Follow Sidney on Twitter @SidneyPowell1 and “LIKE” Licensed to Lie on Facebook.

 

Holder Resigns and Shoes Keep Dropping

President Obama Announces Resignation Of Eric HolderIt seems to be a new world of Scandal every day with White House and Department of Justice.  I continually wonder why it seems so hard for those in power simply to be honest.  We all understand that people make mistakes, some even do things intentionally wrong–but the White House and DOJ coverups make it so much worse.  We can’t solve a problem until it is honestly identified–and the promised “transparent” administration has proven to be the most opaque and dishonest.  Here’s what we’ve found in the past couple of weeks.

Holder resigned–finally.  Way passed due.  He and his president both looked physically sick at the press conference.  Only time and a lot of digging will tell what they are trying to hide by his departure now.  To see the commentary on NewMaxTV following the press conference and including this writer, click here.

A federal judge in California issued an order on his own recusing EVERY federal judge in the entire district and asking Judge Kozinski, our hero and Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit, to appoint a judge to hear the serious allegations of prosecutorial misconduct arising from an extortionate prosecution of Sierra Pacific for a fire it apparently did not cause–dubbed the MOONLIGHT FIRE case.  Sierra Pacific is successfully turning the tables.  A state judge has already awarded the company and related defendants $32 million against CAL-FIRE.  Read my article on the New York Observer for more details.

We’ve also covered the latest White House cover-up involving none other than former White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, who is LICENSED TO LIE, being not only in the middle of the Benghazi coverup, the Fast and Furious coverup, and the IRS email and political targeting coverup, but now–the Hookergate coverup!  And she’s being discussed for Attorney General??!!  Let’s have that hearing!

WATCH for LICENSED TO LIE: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice to be featured on John Stossel’s show this Thursday at 9 p.m. ET!

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The Department of Obstructing Justice–Holder Leaving

For my thoughts on this topic and it’s timing–not to mention that the Republicans should take back the Senate, making difficult the confirmation of anyone appointed by this President, see my article out yesterday on the New York Observer:

President Obama Announces Resignation Of Eric Holder

Eric Holder Runs from a Ticking Time Bomb

IRS Deadline Approaches Fast, Federal Judges are Furious—and Where’s Andrew Selka?

 

Listen to my radio discussion with Greg Knapp here

And on NewsMax TV immediately following the President’s Press Conference by clicking here

 

To Catch You Up on the News!

20140830_cna400Two really good articles in The Economist on the Overcriminalization of American Business.  See here and here, and then my article on the New York Observer–the WAR ON WALL STREET–that explains why.  The Department of Justice is extorting money from our corporations and redistributing the wealth to those of the President’s choosing.

 

 

In case you missed it, I broke the news on the destruction of Lois Lerner’s Blackberry–after Congress began its inquiry!  I’ve been monitoring the case filed by Judicial Watch since I learned from a friend that Judge Emmet Sullivan, one of the heroes in Licensed to Lie, was presiding over the case.  See articles here and here to fill you in on the developments there.

Then everyone picked it up.  Among countless others, Greta put it on her WIRE and tweeted it, Steve Forbes tweeted it, and it became the FOX NEWS lead story, which quoted me and LICENSED TO LIE: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.

To see my thoughts on the ridiculous indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry, read this article.  Stay tuned at the New York Observer for fast-breaking developments in the IRS email scandal and Judge Sullivan works to get to the bottom of it.

And by the way, thanks to a tip from a reader this week, we learned that Matthew Friedrich, former Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice who is exposed in Licensed to Lie for his significant roles in the wrongful conviction of four Merrill Lynch executives and then United States Senator Ted Stevens, has left the Freshfields law firm without so much as a whisper and fallen off the grid.

C-Span continues to broadcast our CATO Institute presentation, the video is one of the most highly watched on their website,  and the book continues to rank highly on Amazon.

Here’s the most recent reader review, by Peggy L. Jennings, on Amazon:

Wow, this is an amazing revelation of what our criminal justice system has come to! Very disturbing to think that we can count on fairness from our courts! The injustice of these cases blows me away. With all that is going on in our country I thought people would have a chance in a court of law but the lying and cheating done by the higher ups in our “Department of Justice” is both disappointing and disturbing. Not only are they “Licensed to Lie” but then they are promoted to positions of importance where they can continue to corrupt our justice system. I am disgusted and frightened about the direction of our country that something like this could even happen and then be brushed under the carpet because they don’t want to upset their little apple cart! I can’t imagine the amount of tax dollars that went into the pockets of these attorneys and innocent parties being dragged through the courts for years with all these legal expenses. This is a very SCARY thought that someone can be put through something like this and it goes on forever. Something has to happen to change our justice system and all the $$$$$ that lawyers line their pockets with while innocent people and their families suffer. This is certainly not “fairness”.

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Lots of News!

thDY0G7YEGSidney Powell, Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, and Dean Ron Weich appeared on Book TV, C-SPAN2, to discuss LICENSED TO LIE: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.  The live event was hosted by the CATO INSTITUTE in Washington D.C. and moderated by Tim Lynch.

The panel discussed the importance and effect of Brady violations–the failure of prosecutors to meet their constitutional, legal and ethical obligations to produce evidence favorable to the defense–and the extraordinary and unsupervised power that prosecutors wield.

The event will be broadcast again Saturday, August 9 at 3 p.m. ET on C-Span2.


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US NEWS & WORLD REPORT featured a fantastic article by Contributing Editor PETER ROFF about LICENSED TO LIE.  People have described it as the best yet on the book!

Financial advisor Dawn Bennett, also a syndicated radio show host in Washington D.C., had Sidney on her program, FINANCIAL MYTH BUSTING, to discuss LICENSED TO LIE.  You can listen to it by clicking here, or read the transcript of the interview here (some errors).

#1 BEST  SELLER IN JUDICIAL BRANCHAnd Licensed to Lie hit #1 on Amazon in the Judicial Branch category. In the category of True Crime, it appeared on the same page as John Grisham’s non-fiction book.  It was a big week!

 

THE BOOK MAY BE ORDERED THROUGH LINKS at LICENSEDtoLIE.com, including autographed copies which are available from the author and may be personalized upon request.

DC COURT OF APPEALS ORDERS NEW TRIAL FOR SINISTER BRADY/GIGLIO VIOLATIONS

Judge EasterlyIn an exhaustive indictment of government discovery and Brady/Giglio gamesmanship, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Judge Catherine Friend Easterly [great judicial name], recently ordered a new trial for DC Inmate Carl Morton in United States v. Vaughn et al. Morton and co-defendant Alonzo Vaughn were convicted for (1) aggravated assault and (2) assault on a law enforcement officer in connection with an incident at the D.C. Jail in which a group of men attacked a fellow inmate and a corrections officer who came to that inmate’s aid. Unbeknownst to either defendant, the government’s, Assistant United States Attorneys Mary Chris Dobbie and Reagan Taylor, primary and strongest identifying witness, presented to the jury as “Officer” Angelo Childs, had recently been adjudged to have made demonstrably false allegations regarding an earlier inmate assault. “Officer” Childs was subsequently demoted from Lieutenant to Sergeant as a result of that false testimony.

In a Department of Corrections Office of Internal Affairs (OIA) “Final Report,” Childs and other officers were shown to have falsely reported a separate incident regarding alleged inmate assault.  In the relevant portion of this report — which the government suppressed — the investigator concluded that Childs’ report was, in fact,  contradicted by video footage taken of the scene. Instead of turning the entirety of the report over to defendants, or to the court, the government prosecutors strategically excised the damning portions and submitted only the innocuous and inconclusive portions (sound familiar):

the government submitted to the trial court ex parte what it said was the OIA Final Report, but in fact was only the first five pages of the ten-page report (and included none of the documents in the appendix, 76 pages in all). The first five pages of the OIA Final Report contain “background” information, investigative notes, and a full reproduction of Officer Childs‟s account of an inmate assault in his Incident Report without any indication that that account was being questioned; the findings adverse to Officer Childs begin on the sixth page.

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FEDERAL JUDGE SUA SPONTE ORDERS NEW TRIAL FOR BRADY VIOLATIONS

indexIn an unusual and virtually unprecedented opinion,  US v. Garner et al, No. 2_11_CR_00038 (N.D. Miss. July 15, 2014), Judge Neal Biggers of the Northern District of Mississippi sua sponte acknowledged his prior elision of arguments that the government, Assistant United States Attorneys’ Clayton A. Dabbs and Robert J. Mims, engaged in constitutional and statutory violations at trial, and sua sponte granted defendants a new trial for Brady violations.

After the trial, which alleged federal crimes arising from a bribe and kickback scheme involving a community hospital, Judge Biggers entered judgments of acquittal and alternately motions for new trials for defendants Earnest Levi Garner and Raymond Lamont Shoemaker. On the government’s appeal, the Fifth Circuit reversed, reinstated the jury verdicts of guilty and remanded for resentencing. On remand, the district court noted that its prior grant of the alternate new trial motions did not address defendants’ claims of Brady violations but instead relied on a separate legal issue related to “agency” (as to the hospital) and the related jury instructions. Nor did the government address the Brady issues in its appeal to the Fifth Circuit, “ostensibly since the [] court had not ruled on them.” Because the court “did not grant the defendants a ruling on the Brady claims,” and despite the peculiar procedural posture, the court determined that “to refuse to rule on these constitutional claims now would be a denial of due process and contrary to the interests of justice.”

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In Case You Missed It–See the New York Observer! and Mark July 10 in RED on your Calendars

CaptureNYO628In the last two weeks, the New York Observer has published four articles, all of which have been in the TOP TRENDING on the site since they were published.

Three have been picked up by Drudge; by Investor’s Business Daily, and the last even by Breitbart, which “borrowed” the title from the Observer and most of my article.

Here are the links and please forward them to all of your friends.  We are all starved for honesty in government–regardless of the party in power. We must demand better, and now Judge Emmet Sullivan may help us get to some of the truth.

ALL THE PRESIDENT’s MUSES: Obama and Prosecutorial Misconduct

ERIC HOLDER PROTECTS CORRUPT PROSECUTORS

WAR ON WALL STREET

And the MOST RECENT/BREAKING NEWS, which has gone viral with more than 7,000 facebook posts alone, MEET EMMET SULLIVAN –the federal judge in DC who is the HERO in my book, Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, already an Amazon BestSeller.  It is available on Kindle and on Nook for only $8.49, and in a terrific hardback online and in stores.

Judge Sullivan previously appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the Department of Justice and the prosecutors who hid evidence that was devastating to its ginned-up case against former United States Senator Ted Stevens. He has set a special hearing on the case filed by Judicial Watch for JULY 10.  For the full story on Emmet Sullivan, read LICENSED TO LIE.  There is reason to hope that IRS has met its match!

 

Sidney Powell on the Larry Parks Show in New York & TOP Trending Article in NY Observer

thGL05DGF0Sidney Powell discuss Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice on the Larry Parks show in New York.   Click here to watch the show.  It’s about 25 minutes.

For the top trending article for 4 days now in the NY OBSERVER, written by Licensed to Lie author Sidney Powell, see

ALL THE PRESIDENT’s MUSES could take a lesson from All the President’s Men:

‘Nothing’s riding on this except, uh, the first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country.'”

 

 

Radio Host Chad Hasty Interviews Author Sidney Powell

logoTalk Show Host Chad Hasty engages Sidney Powell in a full discussion of Licensed to Lie, including a question from a listener.  Click on the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page to hear the full interview. Here’s a quote from the Hasty Show Website.

In the book, which she describes as a legal thriller, Powell discusses the corruption she personally witnessed while involved in the U.S. justice system and what she calls “cruel, illegal, and unethical” practices being used by prosecutors in the Justice Department.

“It’s a book a prayed I’d never have to write- I did have to write it, because despite ten years of litigation, basically. . . we could not get the system to work like it should have. And injustice is something I have no tolerance for.”

With the new book, Powell hopes to bring national attention to the wide-spread corruption of the U.S. Justice Department. In the interview, Powell discussed the various cases that she covers in her book that demonstrate wide spread corruption in high profile court cases. She also explained how the book covers the extreme and devastating personal tolls that federal criminal prosecution can have on individuals and families involved.

She accounts her attempts to meet with various Department of Justice officials such as Attorney General Eric Holder, to try and bring those responsible for corruption to justice, but Holder is said to have ultimately ignored her, despite previous promises that Holder was going to clean up the department. When recalling interactions with Holder on a specific case, Powell said,

“I went to DC for a meeting with his[Holder] subordinates. . . he refused to meet with us, of course. . . They treated us with such hostility in the meeting that it was clear nothing was going to be done about it.”

Be sure to click on the small red bar toward the bottom of the show website to hear the full interview!

Sidney and Chad Discuss Licensed to Lie