New York News Conference: Conservative blogger Andy Martin demands that the Chicago federal judge in Hastert case step down
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editors Washington, New York
news conference Thursday June
4th New York City
Conservative columnist and Republican Party maverick - and long-time
crime fighter - Andy Martin
will announce he has asked the Illinois federal judge assigned to
Dennis Hastert’s criminal case to step down because of the appearance of bias Chicago
Andy says the fact that the federal judge, while still in private practice, made campaign contributions to two of Hastert’s campaigns destroys the appearance of integrity and impartiality
“Chicago was recently voted - again - the nation’s most corrupt city, and the federal courts are no exception,” Andy says
of the law professors” breaks
out over the federal judge’s conflicts in the Hastert case Battle
In addition to Thursday’s new conference, Andy has also scheduled a “bunker buster” news conference in
for Thursday June 11th Chicago
) ( Chicago June 4, 2015) Long-time Illinois
and Chicago corruption fighter Andy
Martin will hold a New York City
news conference today, Thursday, June 4th to announce he has asked the Chicago
federal judge in former U. S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s criminal case to
step down. Judge Thomas Durkin made two (2) campaign contributions to Hastert’s
campaigns while Durkin was still a private attorney. [A copy of Andy’s letter
to the judge is available upon request.]
Although Durkin was appointed by President Obama, Andy says that Durkin was probably promoted for the federal appointment by a Hastert crony, “closeted”
Senator Mark Kirk. Kirk and Senator Dick Durbin have shared appointments to the
Andy is due back in
“Tom Durkin may be as pure as the driven snow,” Andy charges. “But, to mix a metaphor, the tablecloth of justice is irreparably soiled by the appearance of impropriety in having Hastert’s case heard by a crony of Mark Kirk, who was linked to the homosexual shenanigans in Hastert’s congressional office.
“I strongly disagree with NYU law professor Stephen Gillers that it is ‘ok’ for a federal judge to hear a criminal case where he has previously made a campaign contribution to the defendant [see politico.com link blow]. As an adjunct professor of law, I am confident that a criminal case is not, as Gillers suggests, a private lawsuit where the wishes of the parties prevail and where they can waive ‘conflicts.’ Rather a criminal case is quintessentially a public proceeding in which the public has an overriding interest in seeing that justice is administered without favor. Gillers is just flat wrong.
“This year I ‘celebrate,’ if that is the term, fifty (50) years of corruption fighting work in
and Illinois, and national
politics. I went to the Illinois General Assembly in 1965, and later that
summer went to Capitol Hill to research a thesis on U.S. Senate rules and
“If you had told me fifty years ago that half a century later I would still be standing up against corrupt federal judges and rigged criminal cases in Chicago, I would have said ‘no way.’ I laid the groundwork for Operation Greylord, which exposed corruption in the courts, and I helped send mobsters and Daley Machine thugs to federal prison. But even though I left
years ago, I promised to keep an anti-corruption presence in the city and
state. I think I coined the term ‘ancient common law writ of fixicatus’ to
describe the way justice was and still is ‘fixed’ in federal and state courts.
“I have advised the judge that there are a number of avenues open to me to challenge him if he tries to stay in the case, including a petition for mandamus in the Court of Appeals and a request to the Judicial Council.
“You can already see the way Durkin is favoring Hastert and allowing Hastert to treat a criminal indictment as a light matter. Wednesday night (June 3rd) I checked the online docket for the federal court. Despite a published report that Hastert has an attorney, the online docket sheet still shows no appearance of counsel for Hastert. Have you ever heard of a federal criminal defendant who, a week after being indicted, still has no attorney and the judge simply extends the arraignment date? Not often.
“At least one
newspaper shares my concerns (see link below)
“Adding to my concerns, that Hastert is already getting special treatment from Judge Durkin, is that I know why Durkin is coddling Hastert. Durkin doesn’t want to irritate the senators, who could nominate him for a promotion to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. That’s the way the judicial game, and the political game is played in
“I have been fighting corruption for half a century and as my latest efforts reflect my energy and my commitment to public integrity and justice are undiminished. Durkin must go. As for ‘perfesser’ Gillers, he needs to take a refresher course in judicial ethics.
news conference details: New York
New Hampshire & Illinois corruption fighter Andy Martin
Andy Martin demands that the federal judge assigned to the corruption case of Dennis Hastert in
Chicago step down
909 Third Avenue, New York, public sidewalk in front of FDR Station post office entrance (scaffold), (under the “909” canopy in case of rain)
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