flag fireworksHere are a few choice tidbits from the review yesterday written by Mike Leon for MAL CONTENDS.  A link to the full review is at the end of the post.  To whet you appetite for more to come:

“With this work, the former federal prosecutor and appellate attorney Ms. Powell stands among the great whistleblowers in modern American history as she exposes the injustices and inhumanities perpetrated by the self-aggrandizing members of two federal DoJ task forces, who truly had a license to lie and to destroy innocent lives without any federal prosecutor having conscience enough to even acknowledge the suffering they caused.

Many jurists already know of Sidney Powell’s brilliance and dedication, and Licensed to Lie should be required reading for every high school political science class, every undergraduate college constitutional law class and a must-read for any American of whatever political persuasion with a passing interest in freedom. No one reading this work can do so without being appalled by the intentional and repeated injustices inflicted onto the innocent.

Powell names the names, (Task Force leaders and prosecutors, Leslie Caldwell, Andrew Weissmann and Matthew Friedrich, for example) and tells the facts, and nothing in the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) ought to be the same after this story is told of American criminal justice as an American horror story inflicted by federal prosecutors.”

For the full article, including more of the authors thoughts and excerpts from the book, read on at

If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, do so now at through the links to any bookseller or order it from your favorite store.  We know that High Point University and the Barnes & Noble in High Point NC have received their  copies and Sidney will be there to sign books on May 1-the official publication date and LAW DAY!!

CHAMPIONS of JUSTICE — The Real Heroes of Licensed to Lie

Gala_Button_New-300x300  On April 24, at the offices of Jones Day in Washington DC — overlooking the Capitol, The Constitution Project honored its 2014 CHAMPIONS OF JUSTICE.pruitt_gary_200_280_80

The first award was presented to Gary B. Pruitt, the President of Associated Press, for defending the freedom of the Press against the Justice Department’s seizure of reporters’ phone records and the Department’s intimidation of the reporters’ sources in many stories.

All of the other CHAMPIONS were part of the defense of former Senator Ted Stevens or of the investigation of the Department ordered by United States District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan following the prosecutors’ repeated Brady violations.  The story of these REAL HEROES  is told within the pages LICENSED TO LIE: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.Justice+Department+Voids+Ted+Stevens+Conviction+AdUPTUxwatil

These CHAMPIONS OF JUSTICE were Brendan Sullivan, Rob Cary of Williams & Connolly who were with their larger team of attorneys,including Simon Latcovich, on the defense of former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. robertcary



D.C. Attorneys Hank Schuelke and Bill Shields  were the CHAMPIONS who investigated the Department of Justice prosecutors who corrupted the Stevens’ prosecution and wrote the published report of the Department’s wrongdoing-also subjects of the book.


AKCLAYjpgSpecial guests for the event included Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, who wrote the Foreword for Licensed to Lie in his personal capacity, and his son Clayton who is externing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh before beginning at Yale Law School in the fall.

And we were all honored by the presence of Catherine Stevens, the Senator’s widow,

esullivanand the incomparable Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who is one of the greatest heroes in LICENSED TO LIE and ordered an independent investigation of the Department for its repeated corruption of justice.

Each of The Champions and Judge Sullivan and Catherine Stevens received a fresh-off-the-press copy of LICENSED TO LIE.

To see who else is discussed in LICENSED TO LIE, check out the INDEX FOR LICENSED TO LIE.

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NY Times Corroborates White House Counsel’s Role in Increased Secrecy & Circumventing the Rule of Law

Ruemmler.Three days after the press release announcing the publication date of Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, which will lay bare the role of current White House counsel in “plainly suppressing” evidence favorable to the defense while four Merrill Lynch executives and others went to prison for conduct that was not a crime, a New York Times article by Charles Savage expounded on just how much power and influence former Enron Task Force prosecutor Kathryn Ruemmler has exerted in promoting the “excessive secrecy” that has become a hallmark of President Obama’s two terms in office.  Ruemmler has been the longest serving of Obama’s White House counsel.

Savage quotes the President as saying:

“Kathy has become one of my most trusted advisers over the past few years,” . . . . “I deeply value her smarts, her judgment, and her wit — but most importantly her uncanny ability to see around the corners that nobody else anticipates.”

“Cutting corners” would be more accurate, as Ruemmler has a history of hiding facts and circumventing the law.  We should not be surprised about the increased secrecy of this administration while she has been advising the President.  Savage reports:

Ms. Ruemmler took a hard line in internal debates about keeping executive branch documents secret, like memos from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel sought by congressional overseers, or in Freedom of Information Act lawsuits. Her arguments — that disclosing them would chill candid advice to presidents — have contributed to Mr. Obama’s transition from promising greater transparency to being criticized even by his own allies for excessive secrecy.

The New York Times article also credits her with great influence in Obama’s increased use of Executive Privilege to circumvent the Rule of Law.

Ms. Ruemmler has played a role in many highly charged issues, including helping develop options to carry out Mr. Obama’s decision to take unilateral executive actions to bypass congressional inaction.

That probably also includes his tepid and ineffectual response to the sensational disclosures regarding the National Security Agency’s spying practices. Read More »

Listen to Sidney Discuss Brady Problems, Our Corrupt DOJ, and Licensed to Lie

AJCRadio Upcoming Show - Sidney Powell - Nick YarrisOn the evening of April 8, Sidney Powell discussed various problems in our criminal justice system with the advocates on A Just Cause Coast to Coast Radio.  In case you missed it, you may listen hereSidney’s conversation on the need for fairness in our courts and supervision of prosecutors begins at about 35 minutes into the broadcast.

Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice is the true story of of the strong-arm, unethical, and illegal tactics used by a cabal of elite federal prosecutors in their own narcissistic pursuit of political power and fame. Some went on to become Chief White House CounselGeneral Counsel of the FBI, and the Acting Attorney General of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice who directed the corrupt conviction of and unseated United States Senator Ted Stevens-changing the balance of power in the United States Senate and paving the way for the passage of Obamacare.

The beat goes on as former Enron Task Force Director Leslie Caldwell awaits Senate confirmation to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. She, with Andrew Weissmann, and assisted by Matthew Friedrich and Samuel Buell, destroyed Arthur Andersen LLP and its 85,000 jobs in an unprecedented corporate prosecution, where they concocted a crime.  Too late to save Andersen, a UNANIMOUS Supreme Court eventually reversed their high-profile prosecution and claim to fame because Andersen had not committed a crime and the jury instructions failed to require criminal intent.

Copies of  LICENSED TO LIE may be pre-ordered now at www.LicensedtoLie.comIt’s publication date is MAY 1- LAW DAY! and its Foreword is written by Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski in his personal capacity.  This true story is jaw-dropping.



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Don Richard of New Orleans Endorses Licensed to Lie

DonRichard.The perception of our justice system will forever be changed by this compelling book.

Ms. Powell has a gift for putting all the pieces in a well ordered, logical sequence that makes it difficult to stop reading even in the wee hours of the morning.

- Don M. Richard, Esq. Former AUSA and private practitioner for over 45 years.

To order your copy, see . Autographed copies of Licensed to Lie may be pre-ordered only from the publisher through PayPal at  The book is also available for pre-order through AmazonBarnes & NobleBooksAMillion, and Indiebound, and the author will appear in at least 10 cities for book signing events.  Watch for an event near you on the Event list on the Licensed To Lie website.

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