On Wednesday, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn emerged victorious in the fight over whether to grant his writ of mandamus filed in the D.C. Circuit. This comes after U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan refused to dismiss Flynn’s case, despite the Department of Justice informing the court that it was no longer pursuing charges against him. Judge Sullivan appointed John Gleeson as amicus curiae to argue for his ability to decide whether the charges should be dropped. In an opinion authored by Judge Neomi Rao the D.C. Circuit admonished Judge Sullivan’s decision to appoint Gleeson and ordered the lower court to dismiss the charges against Flynn.Read more
On Wednesday, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's legal team and the Department of Justice filed responses to the inflammatory brief written by Michael Gleeson on behalf of District Judge Emmet Sullivan. Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson referred to Gleeson as an "intemperate amicus" during oral arguments before the D.C. Circuit last week.Read more
On Friday morning, oral arguments were heard before the D.C. Circuit concerning former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s appeal on a writ of mandumus to District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan’s decision to decline to drop the charges against Flynn despite the Department of Justice’s request after an internal investigation. During the arguments, Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson called Judge Emmet Sullivan’s attorney, John Gleeson, an “intemperate amicus.” As Jonathan Turley describes Gleeson:
Now Gleeson has filed a brief that confirms the worst fears that many of us had about his appointment. Gleeson assails what he called “a trumped-up accusation of government misconduct.” The ultimate position advocated in Gleeson’s arguments would be a nightmare for criminal defendants, criminal defense counsel and civil libertarians. Indeed, as discussed below, Gleeson was previously reversed as a judge for usurping the authority of prosecutors.
Gleeson actually makes the Red Queen in “Alice in Wonderland” look like an ACLU lawyer. After all she just called for “Sentence First–Verdict Afterward” Gleeson is dispensing with any need for verdict on perjury, just the sentence. However, since these arguments are viewed as inimical to the Trump Administration, many seem blind to the chilling implications. . . .
[A]ccording to Gleeson, the Court should first sentence a defendant on a crime that the prosecutors no longer believe occurred in a case that prosecutors believe (and many of us have argued) was marred by the own misconduct. He would then punish the defendant further by treating his support for dismissal and claims of coercion as perjury. That according to former judge Gleeson is a return to “regularity.” I have been a criminal defense attorney for decades and I have never even heard of anything like that. It is not “regular.” It is ridiculous.
Today, attorney and retired judge John Gleeson filed a brief on behalf of Judge Emmet Sullivan, defending Judge Sullivan’s decision to decline to immediately drop charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn at the Department of Justice’s request. Judge Sullivan’s position represents an improper encroachment on the power of the Executive. The brief is contrary to what Gleeson himself wrote while serving as a judge. In 2013, he that prosecutors have “near-absolute power” when dismissing a case unless the motion is “clearly contrary to manifest public interest.”Read more
In May, the Department of Justice announced that they were filing a motion to dismiss the charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn However, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan declined to dismiss the case without further testimony from interested parties. As a result, Flynn’s attorneys have filed a writ of mandamus in the D.C. Circuit asking it to order Judge Sullivan to dismiss the case. In a rare move, Solicitor General Noel Francisco has personally signed on to the DOJ’s brief in support of Flynn’s writ.Read more
Apparently both the left and the right are outraged at aspects of Judge Sullivan's decision to delay granting the Department of Justice’s motion to drop the case against Michael Flynn. But while one side respects the separation of powers and the rule of law, the other side is acting like a schoolyard bully making threats.
To our minds, Judge Sullivan blurs separation of powers when he appointed a retired judge who publicly expressed opinions against Flynn to review the case and accept amicus curiae briefs. Judge Sullivan seems to be acting like a prosecutor, not an “umpire” judge. While we consider Judge Sullivan’s decision extremely troubling, we think Flynn’s lawyers took the appropriate course of action in this case by requesting a writ of mandamus.Read more
General Michael Flynn's attorneys have requested a writ of mandamus from the D.C. Circuit ordering that the Department of Justice's unopposed motion to dismiss be granted. While mandamus is an extraordinary writ, the district judge's actions in the past two weeks have also been extraordinary. As Hans von Spakovsky explained:Read more
Carrie Severino wrote today about liberals' attacks on the rule of law and Attorney General Bill Barr, all as part of their efforts to "resist" the presidency of Donald Trump:
What we have been witnessing is an all-out assault on the rule of law from the woke Left, which has elevated its political ideology to something resembling a secular religion. By this mentality, Trump and his agents are monomaniacally recast as totems of sinister forces who must be stopped at all costs. Never mind notions of fair process and democratic deliberation that made the American system of law what it is.Read more