Saturday, March 07, 2009

Andrew Halcro: Palin Pick, Brillant Choice Risky Politics

This headline should tell people that when you hear the argument from folks like Wev Shea and Anthony Ross that Morgan Christen was a good pick, ask them if they support changing the process for judicial appointments.

Because if they do, ask them why? According to their own words, Christen is an excellent pick, so why change it? It seems to be working.

Well it isn't working. Morgan Christen should not have gotten the high marks.

Read what Halcro will have to say on Monday and you will get to see the B.S. that takes place in politics here in Alaska. And go back and read what he said about Judge Suddock...

Meantime, here is what Wev Shea wrote at the Alaska Distpatch...

Wev Shea attacked Minnery on the issue Morgan Christen, but what stands out in his attack is:

Jim, I am sure I hold some of the same values you do.

I have supported you in the past.

I am a lifelong "pro-life" Christian.

I am "not a liberal lawyer" ... I am more conservative than 99% of Alaska's Justices, judges and attorneys.

And, probably, I am more conservative than you are.

Well Mr. Shea and I had gotten into a brief debate on the Alaska Politics blog at the Anchoarge Daily News.

How conservative is Mr. Shea?

October 31, 2007 - 11:46pm tlamb775

Just curious:

what did you think of the DOJ's handling of Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino indictment?

Politics involved in his indictment?

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November 1, 2007 - 9:05am wws

Wev on DOJ Prosecution Standards

Dear T. Lamb:

Any prosecutor who lies to a judge should be terminated and prosecuted.

Any prosecutor who withholds evidence the defense is entitled to should be terminated and prosecuted.

Any prosecutor who obstructs justice should be terminated and prosecuted.

The same is true for any law enforcement officer who is a party to such prosecutorial conduct.

Federal prosecutors should be held to a very high standard.

Alaska's poltical corruption prosecutions, to my knowledge, do not have prosecutors who have participated in any of the above unconscionable conduct.

But I firmly believe federal terrorism prosecutions have been handled incompetently by DOJ; they are unique.

Former AUSA Richard Convertino's prosecution involved his handling of a "terrorism" prosecution.

John Yoo set GWB's DOJ terrorism standards as defined in his treatise The Powers of War and Peace.

Professor Yoo's analysis "allowed" the government a much wider range of conduct in terrorism prosecutions.

Professor Yoo was "dead wrong" in his terriorism counsel to GBW and DOJ.

Professor Yoo's "creation" of "unique" presidential power related to torture and terrorism prosecutions has compromised GWB and DOJ.

To more fully understand AUSA Convertino's prosecution problems I suggest you read/study The Powers of War and Peace for a start.

You will probably be as shocked as I am at the incompetence.

AUSA Convertino with Professor Yoo's counsel felt he was not obligated to seek justice; terrorism prosecutions to them are unique.

In the terrorism arena GWB and DOJ have a serious problem.

But the political corruption prosecutions in Alaska have not been tainted by Professor John Yoo's incompetence!!

Professor Yoo's analysis was endorsed the "Neocon" culture of incompetence in various GWB Administration departments: Defense, State, etc.

I hope this is helpful; it is just my reserved opinion.

Wev Shea

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November 1, 2007 - 10:46am tlamb775

He was acquitted by a jury............................ And I understand it's your reserved opinion.

Don't know if the problems are with the "Neocon" as you say or rather than with guys like Conyers and Dems.

The waterboarding issue is just the front cover headlines for them.

I'm sure Professor Yoo's background is influenced by having had North Korea as a neighbor.

If you were ever stationed in South Korea you would understand their (South Koreans) take on the seriousness of a threat.

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November 1, 2007 - 4:28pm wws

Truth - Torture and "Water Boarding"

Dear Madam/Sir T. Lamb:

I had 3 very close friends killed in North Vietnam.

I knew numerous POWs in Hanoi.

I was shot at day after day.

Torture and water boarding are inhumane. I know!!

Professor Yoo and GWB did lead a much different life than me.

Professor Yoo and GWB did not have friends tortured.

Neither did VP Dick Cheney and his Chief of Staff Scooter Libby ... and I can say the same for every member of GWB's
"childlike" Neocon team ...

They were "deferred" and/or totally avoided Military Service ... just like Bill Clinton.

Ask Senator John McCain about torture in the Hanoi Hilton?

Or just ask me about "breaking" in survival school after escape and evision when I was "captured"?

Or maybe just ask me how real my "interrogation" was?

Water boarding is not just a "front" ... it can break anyone.

That is why I spent years working on Project POW/MIA for the
Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association.

And, oh yes, I came within 4 hours of bombing Wonson Harbor North Korea in February 1968.

I knew North Korea pretty well!

Sure, Professor John Yoo knows more about torture and the threat to South Korea than I do.

Absolutely not!

I'll debate Professor Yoo anytime on his naive analysis.

Next question, "Lambo"!!?

Wev Shea

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November 1, 2007 - 9:58pm tlamb775

Why don't you

ask the terroists if they give a damn about John McCain or your story about tortured Americans.

Bush should take this case and lay it on the Dems on the Senate Judiciary and tell them the people have spoken.

And then tell the Dems you don't like my nomination? Too bad. Deal with it and start praising the jury.

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November 2, 2007 - 7:22am wws

Wev's Qur'an Analysis ... Want a Copy!

Dear Madam/Sir T. Lamb:

I would like to "deal with your" first!

Would you like a copy of my detailed Qur'an analysis?

I know quite a bit more about Islamic terrorism than you do!

And I know more about how the terrorists think than you do!

But I'll be happy to educate you on Islam and/or terrorism.

Next question "Lambo"?!!

Wev Shea

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November 3, 2007 - 8:04pm tlamb775

It's sir and I am impressed that you know all about me without knowing my gender. You are bigger than life.

Bush attorney general nominee gets key Democratic support

So much for the waterboarding controversy BS. A CIA agent can't last more than seconds under it. More effective and humane than cutting off someones head.

Now all Bush has to do is put the missile defense system right in Latvia along the Russian border and if Putin doesn't like it then we can paint the words "Ty moyo solnyshko" on it.

Those damn Iranians that you know so much about would love that.

It's been a pleasure chatting.

Well how smart was Mr. Shea on Iran and Islam? Mullen: Iran Has Nuke Materials For Bomb

Fate of American-Iranian journalist held in Iran unknown

Tested by Tehran: Iran shows Obama and Clinton its true terrorist face

Yesterday, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Israel a "cancerous tumor" and said, "The only way to save Palestine is resistance. ... I now tell all Muslim brothers and sisters to join forces and break the immunity of the Zionist criminals."

Wev Shea, a consevative? You decide......

Next, Mr. Shea talks about how outstanding the prosecution was in the corruption trials.

October 31, 2007 - 1:51pm wws

FBI, DOJ & Joe Bottini Team - Very Prepared!!

DOJ's prosecution team and Joe Bottini are very well prepared.

Eric Musser was in Alaska specifically to testify as needed.

AUSA Joe Bottini is an exceptionally dedicated prosecutor.

The FBI, DOJ and AUSA Bottini made a professional decision.

Mr. Musser's testimony was not needed on rebuttal.

Attorneys Robert Hall and John Henry Browne acted in concert for Vic Kohring in presenting Mr. Hall's testimony.

Mr. Browne, Mr. Hall and Mr. Kohring made a professional decision on how to contradict the prosecution with Mr. Hall.

The FBI, DOJ, AUSA Bottini, Vic Kohring, Mr. Browne, Mr. Hall and Mr. Musser know the truth; and so does Bill Allen.

The prosecution team is doing a GREAT JOB!!

Wev Shea

I have been talking about a case which I titled Armygate. The documents are self-explanatory and what happened is proven by the documentation.

It is a federal lawsuit that according to Robin Boerner, Bottini was involved in the case at the outset and other U.S. attorney who also where involved with the corruption trials to include the Senator Stevens trial.

Moreover I saw questionable behavior on the part of Bottini in the Kohring trial.

Here is just one statement that came after the trial....

'We owe him a lot'
Posted by Alaska_Politics

Posted: November 1, 2007 - 5:38 pm

From Lisa Demer in Anchorage --

This sidenote from the Kohring trial:

Prosecutor Joe Bottini made it a point today to single out for praise witness Frank Prewitt, who has been working undercover for the FBI since 2004. While Prewitt was a minor witness in the Kohring trial, it's clear his work helped investigators get the evidence they needed for wiretaps on phones and bugs planted in a Juneau hotel suite.

Bottini was feeling a little bad. Kohring's defense lawyer, John Henry Browne, had called Prewitt a "sleazy lobbyist" in his closing argument Wednesday and Bottini had pounced on that during his closing talk, pointing out that didn't stop Kohring from going out to dinner with Prewitt and letting him pick up the check. That may have left the impression that Bottini agreed with the sleazy characterization.

"Nothing can be further from the truth," Bottini said. Prewitt has done a "tremendous" job for the government, he said.

"We owe him a lot, frankly.


November 1, 2007 - 10:28pm tlamb775

squeaky clean witnesses

"...Neither of the central figures in the case against Anderson -- Prewitt and former lobbyist Bill Bobrick -- are "squeaky clean witnesses," Bottini acknowledged."



The other key witness will be Prewitt, whose own flaws the prosecutor discussed at length.

Prewitt, who became a consultant to Cornell after leaving his state post, was being investigated for various actions when the FBI confronted him in April 2004, Bottini said.

He agreed to help the FBI in its "broad public corruption investigation," the prosecutor said. Anderson is one of four legislators or former legislators indicted in the past seven months.

Cornell had been trying for years to open a private prison in Alaska, and Prewitt may have tried to improperly influence a state corrections official regarding it, the prosecutor said.

He also was being investigated for a practice in political campaigns known as "conduit contributions" in which someone gives money to other people to pass on to candidates. That is done to bypass campaign contribution limits. Bobrick also was involved in "conduit contributions," Bottini said.

In addition, while Prewitt was state corrections commissioner, he accepted $30,000 from a friend who had business with the department, Bottini said.

The government has no deal with Prewitt that he won't be charged with any crime in exchange for his help, but certainly he's hoping for a break, the prosecutor said.

At any rate, the government mainly will rely on conversations secretly recorded by Prewitt and will play a string of them for jurors, Bottini said.

The prosecution case "is primarily based on the words and actions of Tom Anderson," Bottini said."

Bill Bobrick and Frank Prewitt in one sentence about not being squeaky clean? Yikes.....

What was Mr. Shea's comments when the FBI whistle blower came out?

Our DOJ and its FBI were "never" impartial in evaluating "VECO felon informer" Bill Allen. The prosecution's relationship with Allen is defined by Kepner, her relationship with Allen's attorney and Morris. The honor and integrity of public service was ignored for "a mere conviction."

Senator Ted Stevens, all Alaskans and Americans who cherish integrity and honor have been severely compromised by the allegations of corruption in this criminal prosecution. Our Constitution demands no American is subjected to such corruption. If this is the standard of prosecution of a distinguished public servant like Stevens in a public integrity action, what are the "guidelines" for Morris and Kepner when they prosecute the poor and disenfranchised? Their overreaching corruption should never be experienced by any defendant.

There may have been other prosecutions equally corrupt. Alaskans who cannot afford distinguished counsel like Brendan Sullivan and/or Alaska's exceptional criminal defense counsel Phillip Weidner, John Murtaugh, Rex Butler, or Sidney Billingslea "cannot expose" the kind of corruption identified in the prosecution of Senator Ted Stevens. The lack of prosecutorial leadership by Morris may very well reveal "ingrained corruption."

From GREAT JOB to hang em high..... The guy now wants to take on Minnery and say he knows what a great job Christen has done and Minnery is wrong. I call B.S. when I know it I am am calling it on Mr. Shea.

He will be wrong on Christen too when she starts to write rulings from the bench on the Alaska Supreme Court.

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