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by Edward ODaniel / August 22, 2006 10:17 PM PDT
U.S. District Judge Who Presided Over Government Wiretapping Case May Have Had Conflict of Interest

Judge Anna Diggs Taylor Serves as Secretary and Trustee of Foundation that donated funds to ACLU of Michigan, a Plaintiff in the Case


Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and judicial abuse, announced today that Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, who last week ruled the government?s warrantless wiretapping program unconstitutional, serves as a Secretary and Trustee for a foundation that donated funds to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, a plaintiff in the case ACLU et al. v. National Security Agency. Judicial Watch discovered the potential conflict of interest after reviewing Judge Diggs Taylor?s financial disclosure statements, available on Judicial Watch?s Internet Site, www.judicialwatch.org.

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 ACLU of Michigan, a plaintiff in the wiretapping case. Judge Diggs Taylor sided with the ACLU of Michigan in her recent decision.

According to the CFSEM website, ?The Foundation?s trustees make all funding decisions at meetings held on a quarterly basis.?


Can't help but wonder why the mainline media (excepting Fox who has mentioned it) hasn't got excited about it and plastered it on their front pages and talk shows (usually called CNN or CBS or ABC "news casts"). They certainly didn't hesitate at the briefest mention regarding a possible conflict with Alito or with a couple of conservative Supreme Court Justices (although they reacted similarly regarding Ginsberg -- they didn't think it important enough to mention).
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Will wonders never cease...
by Edward ODaniel / August 22, 2006 10:29 PM PDT

the NYT did mention it way down the page under "Other News" http://www.nytimes.com/ -- This comes as a real surprise!

The Houston Chronicle certain.ly didn't find space for it although they sure didn't hesitate to fill their pages with her decision followed by their editorial bashing Bush. This comes as no surprise at all!

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(NT) (NT) Judge Brown ??
by duckman / August 22, 2006 10:29 PM PDT
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Sorry about that, I was looking at another...
by Edward ODaniel / August 22, 2006 10:41 PM PDT
In reply to: (NT) Judge Brown ??
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I knew that.
by duckman / August 23, 2006 1:19 AM PDT

But there could be some here that will say you have NO credibility because you made a mistake.

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(NT) (NT) those who claim that have no credibillity
by Mark5019 / August 23, 2006 1:49 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) No...it was a take-off on the TV show.
by Jack Ammann / August 23, 2006 1:53 AM PDT
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Notice how not only the liberal media ignores it...
by Edward ODaniel / August 23, 2006 1:57 PM PDT
In reply to: I knew that.

but so too do the liberals here in SE who were so quick to stomp their feet and waggle their fingers over Alito and the un-named Supreme Court Justices (and they also ignored Ginsberg's conflicts of interest too).

I guess that the old "if I don't see it and simply turn away from it and ignore it, it doesn't exist" philosophy of the left is demonstrated once again.

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Yeah ...
by Evie / August 23, 2006 1:41 AM PDT

... duck hunting with the Vice President is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much more damning than political activism on behalf of one of the plaintiffs!

Evie Happy

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Wasn't that Quail? I don't think they have...
by Jack Ammann / August 23, 2006 1:59 AM PDT
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...any ducks down there where Cheney was hunting....except in someones tank in South Texas.

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Actually it was duck hunting ...
by Evie / August 23, 2006 2:02 AM PDT

... with Scalia, he was quail hunting at the time of the accident. TTBOMK, no judges were along for that trip Wink

Evie Happy

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(NT) (NT) Oh...OK...I didn't know there were two incidences.
by Jack Ammann / August 23, 2006 2:11 AM PDT
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Just FYI
by Evie / August 23, 2006 2:18 AM PDT

Here is a Google search on Cheney's hunting trip with Scalia:

http://www.google.com/search?q=cheney+scalia+hunt

It was known for some time that this Judge Diggs Taylor was on this case. Where was the ever vigilant media protecting American's right to know and right to an unbiased judiciary in this case? Political activism on behalf of a plaintiff (supporting their cause) in a case before them is surely more disconcerting than maintaining a casual friendship with a plaintiff that is irrelevant to the point of law in contention.

Evie Happy

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