New York News Conference: Conservative blogger Andy Martin demands that the Chicago federal judge in Hastert case step down
Illinois political expert and Chicago corruption fighter Andy Martin will hold a New York City news conference today, Thursday June 4th to announce he has asked Chicago federal judge Thomas Durkin to step down in the case of former U. S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Durkin made two (2) campaign contributions to Hastert’s prior campaigns. “Chicago was recently voted America’s most corrupt city and the federal courts are no exception. They are routinely manipulated behind the scenes. Judge Durkin made two campaign contributions to Hastert’s earlier campaigns. The appearance of public integrity mandates that Durkin step down in Hastert’s case. The case is taking on bizarre overtones, in which Durkin may have had a hand. A week after being indicted, the online docket sheet (as of Wednesday night) still shows no attorney for Hastert. Hastert is certainly taking the criminal charges very casually. The American people have a right to an honest proceeding, not one governed by the “ancient common law writ of ‘fixicatus’ in Chicago courts.”
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Attention Illinois, Washington, New York, National daybook/assignment editors
Announcement of New York City news conference Thursday June 4th
Conservative columnist and Republican Party maverick – and long-time Illinois crime fighter – Andy Martin will announce he has asked the Chicago federal judge assigned to Dennis Hastert’s criminal case to step down because of the appearance of bias
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
A “Battle of the law professors” breaks out over the federal judge’s conflicts in the Hastert case
In addition to Thursday’s new conference, Andy has also scheduled a “bunker buster” news conference in Chicago for Thursday June 11th
(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” U. S. Senator Mark Kirk. Kirk and Senator Dick Durbin have shared appointments to the federal courts.
Andy is due back in Chicago next week.
“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 Chicago 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 procedures.
“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 Chicago 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 Illinois 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 Chicago.
“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.
June 4 New York news conference details:
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)
Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 4:30 P.M.
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