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Transcript from the 1/7/2019 hearing in the USA v. Concord Management (Russian troll) case.

Tension between Defense Counsel and the Judge. (A long time coming.)

A short thread.
The Judge criticizes Defense Counsel's most recent motion to compel reply brief as "unprofessional, inappropriate, and ineffective."
Here's the issue in the motion to compel: how did the Special Counsel obtain confidential information that Concord provided to the firewall counsel?

Judge is more concerned with colorful language than accusations of prosecutorial misconduct & violations of a protective order.
Judge condemns their "meritless personal attacks on the Special Counsel and his attorneys."

[Note: the Judge has no idea if there is any merit to the attacks or not]

Judge also takes issue w/ "clever quotes from movies and cartoons." (Tweety bird)
Defense: I'm not prepared to proceed, as the court "accused me of being unprofessional and inappropriate"

Judge: "And I think you have been."

Defense: There appears to be some bias on the part of the court.

Judge: There's no bias.
Judge: What have you been personally saying about the Special Counsel?

Defense: "I've been telling the truth. Every pleading I've filed before this court, I've told the truth."

Judge: You've said "inappropriate remarks."

[Defense wins this round - Judge doesn't dispute truth]
Judicial bias in action. A comparison:

Colorful language by the Defense in the Concord case is called "inappropriate."

DOJ in Butina case falsely states she traded sex for favors. That judge was merely "dismayed" and thanked DOJ for taking them back.
Finally, Judge tells the parties to settle their discovery differences between themselves. She doesn't want to have to rule on the matter.
Concord's lawyer, in his own unique way, has responded to the Court's statements:

The Judge took it upon herself to "defend the Special Counsel, creating at a minimum an appearance or bias or prejudice in favor of the gov't."
Concord's lawyers received death threats by insane members of the #resistance ..

Who were apparently "whipped into their frenzy by a cable television entertainer unknown to undersigned counsel named Rachel Maddow"

"The words of a Judge can have devastating consequences"
The Special Counsel has cited to no authority in support of his opposition to discovery, and filed no affidavit to the Court to support his position.

"It is curious why the Court was not offended by the Special Counsel's filing as well."

Damn.
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