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July 12, 2005

What should be done about Sensenbrenner's letter?

Thanks to Howard at How Appealing, I see this interesting item from The Hill reporting that "Democrats yesterday were considering a response to a news report that House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) chastised the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago for giving a drug courier what he considered to be a light sentence."  The background on Sensenbrenner's actions and his startling five-page missive to the Chief Judge of the Seventh Circuit are detailed in this fascinating front page article from Sunday's Chicago Tribune, which I discussed in this post.

The Hill story indicates that an "approach Democrats were considering was to ask the ethics committee ... to review the letter."  Interestingly, a commentor here asks whether Sensenbrenner's letter might qualify as an "ex parte communication that would subject a lawyer to discipline by the state bar as well."

July 12, 2005 at 12:34 PM | Permalink


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Isn't it odd that, if this were a Democrat that right wing (including this guy) would be screaming for his resignation from the head of the committee...which isn't a bad idea.

Where are the dems? Where's the flipside of conservative righteous indignation?

Posted by: George | Jul 12, 2005 1:35:53 PM

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