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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

There's No Party Like Ex Parte

[From Ian Weinstein] Several weeks ago I blogged about this very moving account of the huge and badly conceived immigration raid at the Iowa meatpacking plant, written by Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas, an interpreter who was called to service as folks were processed through the system.  Now the New York Times reports these facts, from which I infer that the court was in cahoots with the prosecutor. It seems the Government scripted all the court apperances in advance, down to advice from the bench and plea allocutions.  The Court had prior knowledge and made generous use of the materials provided.

You will be shocked to learn that most defendants took the deal, but at least a defense lawyer or two refused to participate.  As a wise former federal prosecutor explained to me a long time ago, there's no party like ex parte.  [Mark Godsey]

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