USA v O’Dwyer – Ashton files Appellee Brief with 5th Circuit

Ashton’s brief in scribd format below speaks for itself and reads like a book.

I have just a few words – and all are directed to US Attorney Jim Letten:

You really should be ashamed of yourself for appealing the dismissal of USA v O’Dwyer!  Man up! Let it go!

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A private matter, a public court – SLABBED reponds to Judge Senter

“This is a public court…It belongs to the citizens. I believe in hearing everything in open court if I can.”

Federal District Judge L.T. Senter, Bossier v State Farm

Open court is not a place where Judge Senter presides.  Instead, it is the envelope of the litigation process – the structural architecture holding together our system of  justice for all.

Bossier property post-Katrina

Like the envelope of homes that stood against Katrina’s wind and water, not all damage to our system of justice is visible to the naked eye.

Neither was the damage to the Bossier’s home.  Continuing with the analogy, tort reform and other system changes simply hide the cracks. What is needed is change that strengthens the structural architecture of the envelope, Open court – change that Judge Senter can make:

  • Modify the Mediation Order so that the period of mediation immediately follows the filing of a Complaint and Answer.
  • Improve the quality and oversight of the mediation process and require plaintiffs to attend a pre-mediation session conducted by the court that fully explains the process.
  • Require all motions for a protective order to fully comply with the Rules requiring specificity in the documentation of “good cause” and deny any that do not with prejudice.
  • Insist settlement conferences are documented with the technology used for video depositions and privately review the tapes before sealing.
  • Limit the power a magistrate has to keep evidence out of court. Continue reading “A private matter, a public court – SLABBED reponds to Judge Senter”