Why This Blog?

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 »

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

Look Who’s Advising Obama on Benghazi Cover-Up–Ruemmler & Monaco Revealed in LICENSED TO LIE

2014-06-02-ReaganBenghazi-CarafanoLOOK who’s advising the President on the Benghazi cover-up! Kathryn Ruemmler, chief White House Counsel, seated to the left of the president, was lead prosecutor on the Enron Task Force who “plainly suppressed evidence” favorable to the defense while 4 Merrill Executives went to prison for something that wasn’t a crime. As James Carafano makes clear, the President could have chosen the path of Truth taken by Reagan in the Iran-Contra debacle, but instead, we have lies and a cover-up and now the release of Taliban terrorists from GITMO.

Ruemmler and her corrupt team of prosecutors (also promoted to high positions) actually YELLOW-HIGHLIGHTED evidence they were legally and ethically required to provide to the defense, and they deliberately hid it instead. And we wonder why we can’t get the truth on Benghazi??!  Also pictured just to the right of POTUS is another member of the corrupt cabal of prosecutors, Lisa Monaco–implicated in the Enron Broadband trial misconduct.  These former federal prosecutors are all discussed in the new book LICENSED TO LIE: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice with the Foreword written in his personal capacity by the incomparable Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit.

We called for Ruemmler’s resignation a year ago, but Obama wanted her to stay.  She left just after the announcement of the release of the new blockbuster revelations of her legal, ethical and constitutional violations in the best-selling book LICENSED TO LIE.  Coincidence?  We think not.

Meanwhile, brilliant and profound reviews of LICENSED TO LIE continue to pour in–from readers and writers!  Be a part of the national discussion Judge Kozinski calls for on this important issue.  See who Obama chose to whisper in his ear on decisions affecting every aspect of our lives despite–or because of–their disregard for the Rule of Law and their legacy of injustice?

 

Photo by Pete Souza (White House flickr)

Emmy-Award Winner Dennis Miller Discusses Licensed to Lie with Author Sidney Powell

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Listen to Sidney Powell discuss LICENSED TO LIE with Dennis Miller on his DMZ Radio Show.  LICENSED TO LIE: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice continues to draw rave reviews from readers and the experts and is a #1 BESTSELLER on Amazon.com where it is also now available on KINDLE.

 

 

READERS RAVE about LICENSED TO LIE!

Themis 2544  “Riveting, profound, compelling, revealing read. Brilliantly written, brutally informative detailed with fact and honesty. Sidney Powell has narrated a piece of history from a perspective deep within the legal circle…confirming what most of us fear, our government is only as good as those who serve it, or at best, how they are held accountable in their privilege to practice and enforce law. By design, the media is our conduit to information, not necessarily based on facts or truth. Licensed to Lie takes us on a journey of Sidney Powell’s unyielding commitment to uphold the law, all that it stands for, the quest for facts, knowledge and truth to support the law. Never have I read a book in which the author has the gumption to name names and call out those who still hold power.

This is a story that makes you think about the essence of our American freedom, our rights as citizens, and the corrupt powers that control it. Those named need to be held accountable. Those pursuing a career in law and politics, need to embrace this story as a code of ethics. Sidney Powell must be applauded and thanked for her courageous plight to expose and right the wrongs of our judicial system.

Licensed to Lie is a factual account of real people, whose lives were destroyed by those in power with questionable judgment and corrupt agendas. It reminds me of the Titanic. We know the end is horrific, but throughout the story, you keep hoping the ship will not hit the iceberg. . . our judicial system is sinking the American spirit. . . Licensed to Lie is blowing the whistle. Kudos to Sidney Powell and the stones it took to write this book. Best read in decades.” By Tricia

I just finished Sidney Powell‘s book. I am speechless and furious. And a little angry at myself for being pitifully ill-informed. Masterful writing Sidney. . . . I applaud and admire your steadfast commitment to right wrongs in the face of such obstacles.  Paige Wilson Kostelink

I just finished your book. I don’t think I ever read a book so fast before. I just couldn’t put it down. With each page your stature gained in my eyes. You have tackled corruption at the very core. You make the world a better place for all of us. Thank you for what you do and have done. Bob

You may order you book online at www.LicensedtoLie.com and it should be available now in all bookstores.  Check the Events on the website for opportunities to meet the author in your area.