Three stories that illuminate what passes for justice these days.
Planned Parenthood faces the music—and dances:
A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously released three covertly shot videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research.
The Los Angeles Superior Court order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials taken at a restaurant in May. It appears to be the first legal action prohibiting the release of a video from the organization.
Without the videos, we would know nothing. Just the way they like it.
Someone’s at the end of his rope over the IRS:
A federal judge threatened to hold IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in contempt Wednesday after the IRS failed to produce, as ordered, newly recovered emails of former IRS official Lois Lerner.
U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan had ordered the IRS on July 1 to turn over Lerner emails on a weekly basis in response to a lawsuit by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.
However at a U.S. District Court hearing in Washington Wednesday, Sullivan threatened to hold officials, including Koskinen, in contempt for not producing the documents as ordered every Monday.
“If there is further noncompliance, I will haul into court the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service to show cause why that person should not be personally held in contempt of court. I can’t make that any clearer,” the judge told Geoffrey Klimas, the Justice Department attorney representing the IRS, according to the minutes published on Judicial Watch’s website.
The judge dismissed the reasons provided by the IRS and the DOJ for not producing the documents, at one point saying, “I think the government’s position is clearly indefensible. It’s ridiculous. It’s absurd.”
Sullivan went on to warn Klimas that he was not immune from being held in contempt either.
You’re in a very difficult position, but you’re walking out of court with your colleagues,” Sullivan said. “That might not always be the case, okay?”
Tough talk, sure. But until that ghoulish Democrat hack, Koskinen, is perp-walked out of IRS HQ, talk is all it is.
In a related story:
A judge on Wednesday chided a State Department official for the department’s slowness in responding to Associated Press requests for documents from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
The AP sued in March after the department failed to satisfy repeated document requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act, including one made five years ago.
In a court hearing arising from the lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon appeared incredulous at times about the amount of time it was taking and suggested the government should be able to move much faster in turning over thousands of pages of documents.
Under questioning, John Hackett, the head of the State Department’s FOIA operations, said the department was working to satisfy the document demands while processing thousands of others requests and coping with limited staff resources. But Leon on several occasions appeared unsatisfied with the responses.
He said one of the categories of records being sought — 68 pages of documents related to a former top Clinton aide — could be processed within a matter of days “by the least ambitious bureaucrat.” And he suggested that the State Department should be quicker in processing AP requests for Clinton’s schedules and calendars.
“It’s just schedules and calendars,” Leon said. “It’s not detailed memos or position papers or policy papers or anything like that.”
A State Department lawyer said the agency was prepared to release many of the records by the end of the calendar year. But Leon said that schedule didn’t seem “anywhere near aggressive enough,” and suggested that he might come up with a court order that would require a faster document production.
In sports terms, the Obama regime is trying to run out the clock. On this alone, I have complete faith in their success.
PS: With nuggets like this (an email from the Cincinnati office in response to Lerner asking how the work was going), it’s understandabl why they’re stalling:
The backlog of work involves advocacy organizations. As of about a month ago, there were 161 of these cases sitting idle and we probably have more by now. The control dates for these cases go back to the end of 2009 and all through 2010. We’ve been waiting for EO in D.C. to get us a guidance/reference document with lessons learned from the c4 and c3 cases they worked and coordinated with Judy Kindell and Counsel. We’re getting calls from POAs wanting to know who has put the halt on working these cases and threatening to contact their Congressional offices. Just today, I instructed one of my managers to get an additional information letter out to one of these organizations — if nothing else to buy time so he didn’t contact his Congressional Office.
This was written in November 2011, which means that some of the 501(c)(4) requests were already two years old. Lerner didn’t go public for another year and a half.
And now it’s the summer of 2015; Lerner is retired on a comfy pension (and a contempt of Congress citation); Koskinen sits on his hands; and Obama dismisses “phony scandals” without a “smidgen of corruption”.
What a joke. I actually have to laugh.