Thursday, May 29, 2014

MSNBC's Hayes Dissects the Randa/Walker Ruling.

The giddy right wing trolls that tweet my blog never seem to have any real answers to the stories that quite frankly should trouble them. Possible corruption of a federal judge is good if they rule in favor of Scott Walker? Corporately sponsored junkets of a judge doesn't influence the decisions before them? Seriously? All in with Chris Hayes asked a similar question last night:
Who is the Judge who ended Walker probe? Judge who ended Walker probe attended junkets financed by Koch, Bradley, and other conservative foundations.
While conservative think tanks work on discrediting the judicial branch of government, by criticizing bad activist judges (in their opinion), they're perfectly fine with massaging their own partisan judges with money. What could go wrong? Hayes is joined by NY Times reporter Nicholas Confessore.

Daily Kos: An analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy shows that Judge Randa attended privately-funded, all-expenses-paid judicial seminars put on by George Mason University in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, according to publicly-available financial disclosure forms.

The George Mason University seminars are bankrolled by a long list of right-wing foundations, like Koch, Bradley, and the Searle Freedom Trust, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and corporations like BP, Exxon Mobil, and Dow Chemical. Many of these interests have long opposed limits on money in politics … The content of the seminars has a decidedly pro-corporate bent, and the expensive gifts raise concerns about improper influence when corporate sponsors have a stake in a case before a judge. (Some reports have directly connected the trips to judge's decisions).

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