Judge In Wiretap Case Accused of Conflict of Interest

22 08 2006

Filed under: ACLU, War on Terror, NSA

UPDATED: Scroll for updates with video!!

Well, well, well. Now guess what just turned up on our little humanist, Judge Taylor. She’s been accused of a conflict of interest. Non-partisan Watchdog group, Judicial Watch, is accusing U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, who sided with the ACLU in their case against the government over NSA wiretaps, of failing to recuse herself in spite of a conflict of interest.

Judicial Watch discovered the potential conflict of interest after reviewing Judge Diggs Taylor’s financial disclosure statements.

According to her 2003 and 2004 financial disclosure statements, Judge Diggs Taylor served as Secretary and Trustee for the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan (CFSEM). She was reelected to this position in June 2005. The official CFSEM website states that the foundation made a “recent grant” of $45,000 over two years to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, a plaintiff in the wiretapping case. Judge Diggs Taylor sided with the ACLU of Michigan in her recent decision.

“This potential conflict of interest merits serious investigation,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “If Judge Diggs Taylor failed to disclose this link to a plaintiff in a case before her court, it would certainly call into question her judgment.”

Jay Stephenson observes, “This judge being a part of donating to a one of the plaintiffs in the very case she presided over casts significant doubt on her impartial judgement. This is definitely something that needs to be investigated.”

I tend to agree. No one is saying any ethical codes have been broken … for now. But it is a pitch that is too close to take. We must swing and see what turns up. If anything, it will certainly help in any appeal that makes it to the 6th Circuit.


Jay Stephenson found this video at a liberal blog. “O’Reilly expresses his concern over Judge Taylor’s NSA ruling and asks the question that many have on their minds, “Does she really wish ill will on our forces or is it some kind of pacifistic naivete?” This is a question that crosses every Conservative’s mind from time to time about the left. Do they really hate America or are they just that stupid? I imagine the left think this question is outrageous however it is a real concern for many Americans. “

Absolutely it is a concern. Many liberals just skirt around the issue like they do trying to appeal to the religious right: wolves disguised in sheep’s clothing, “Look, we’re religious too!” Unfortunately, this can easily detected, just as cries of, “We love America, too!” are easily falsified by their actions.

This is certainly shocking, but I would never put it past a liberal to try and pull strings to get things lined up in their favor.

Others: Wizbang, Hot Air, Gateway Pundit




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