Wednesday, June 16, 2004

A Miranda Warning

This is truly galling. I couldn't lay this out any better than fellow blogger Tim Dunlop, so I will simply reprint his post. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. See if you can....

"Follow the bouncing ball:

-Manuel Miranda organized the Republican Party strategy on judges when he was an aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist

-In that capacity, he illegally obtained Democratic Judiciary Committee documents from committee computers

-The Senate sergeant at arms organised an investigation that was approved by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee

-The investigation resulted in the resignation of Manuel Miranda

-The case, including Miranda's role in it, is still the subject of a federal criminal investigation [and it is likely that Miranda will be charged by U.S. Attorney David Kelly]

So far, so good. Meanwhile, in another part of town:

-One of the leading conservative advocacy groups in the battle over judges, the Coalition for a Fair Judiciary, has formed a new group called the Ethics in Nominations Project

Good plan. But who to head such an august body?:

-They have just appointed....Manuel Miranda as the head of the new Ethics project
But wait there's more:

-The Ethics in Nominations Project plans to assemble a group of ethicists to outline rules for how senators should deal with judicial nominees.

-The project will seek to highlight what its organizers see as corruption in the confirmation process.

How do these fine conservatives know the confirmation process is "corrupt?":

-Because of the internal Democratic Judiciary Committee memos that the head of their new ethics project stole last year."

Priceless. For background on the above, check out this story appearing in The Hill.

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