Judge Emmet Sullivan is in the midst of a major battle with the Department of Justice. General Flynn and Attorney General Barr are also closely involved. That’s why he is calling in the big guns to help out. A retired Clinton judge is being brought out of mothballs to assist him.
Once the Justice Department elected to drop the case against General Flynn, that should have been the end of it. Unfortunately, this saga is only going to continue. The documents that exonerate Flynn have already been released. What more is there to talk about right now?
We have seen the evidence that proves he was framed. Judge Sullivan has decided to extend the case. He could have solicited amicus briefs at any time and chose not to. The timing is rather curious, isn’t it? Of course, we are not the only ones who have noticed the rather coincidental timing.
The briefs were not solicited until after Barack Obama did everything in his power to ask for them. As soon as that conversation was “leaked” to Yahoo News, the wheels of justice were put into motion. Public comment is now being allowed on the Flynn case and the Democrats hope that this will provide them with the help that they so desperately need.
“Consider the implications for many cases where defendants seek to withdraw pleas due to prosecutorial abuse. It would create a threat of a judicial charge even when prosecutors agree with defendants,” Turley said.
“These extraordinary moves by the court are increasingly discomforting. This is a single charge where significant jail time was neither warranted nor expected,” he said.
Judge Sullivan probably already realizes that his behavior is not ethical. That did not stop him from continuing to walk down the wrong path. John Gleeson is the aforementioned Clinton judge who has been appointed by Sullivan. His job is a simple one. He is going to be arguing against the motion that was filed by the government to dismiss the case entirely.
He is also going to examine the case, in hopes of finding enough evidence to hold Flynn in criminal contempt. Obama seems to believe that Flynn is guilty of perjury but we are not even sure what he is basing that on. Jonathan Turley has already tried to take the former president to school on this one.
It’s doubtful that Obama is listening, though. The aforementioned Democrat law professor is against the move from Sullivan and he is on the left side of the aisle. This should tell the Democrats everything that they need to know about the pointlessness of this move. Obama doesn’t even know what he is talking about when it comes to this case anyway.
He is under the false belief that Flynn was even charged with perjury in the first place. Turley believes that Sullivan’s dirty move would create a very dangerous precedent. A defendant could face additional judicial charges, even when the prosecutors are in agreement with their case.
In Turley’s mind, there is only one charge to worry about here and jail time should not have been expected or warranted. As for The Court, they seem to be very invested in the idea of punishing Flynn. From the looks of it, they are not about to let this go anytime soon.
…there comes a point where the Court appears too invested in the punishment of a defendant and too active in creating alternatives to dismissal. As a criminal defense attorney, I find these moves unnerving, particularly when prosecutorial abuse has been raised by DOJ and others
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 14, 2020
The Court is also obsessed with the idea of creating dismissal alternatives. Criminal defense attorneys like Turley are not appreciative. Prosecutor abuse is going to take place now that the precedent is being established. Unlike some of the Democrats who cannot take a big picture view, he is willing to consider the long term ripple effects of this choice.
Of course, hard-working Americans are also watching the outcome of this case closely. If this can happen to someone as prominent as General Flynn, what’s to stop it from happening to the rest of us? Sadly, most of us cannot afford the legal defense that Flynn was able to obtain. These stories make us wonder how long it will take before ordinary Americans are subjected to the same treatment.
After all, those who ignore injustices because they are not directly affected by them are just as awful as the people who perpetrate them in the first place. Sitting idly by and watching the government-run roughshod over an innocent defendant like this is not something that anyone should be willing to do. We need to stand up and acknowledge what is happening here while we still can.
It won’t be long before we are not able to talk about this type of stuff at all. As increased censorship on social media takes away our right to say what we think and feel, cases like Flynn’s are only going to become more commonplace. Let’s hope that Sullivan’s dirty trick does not end up producing the desired result. General Flynn deserves a full exoneration as soon as possible.