The outcome of any case that goes before Judge Shira Scheindlin, a woman who loves criminals more than Popeye loves spinach, is predictable.
Judge Shira Scheindlin presided over three Gotti trials, two of which Gotti managed to nearly sail through. And here are other highlights of her career.
In September 2006 Scheindlin ruled that Judith Clark, a Weather Underground radical serving 75 years to life for the murder of a Brinks guard and two police officers during a robbery, was entitled to a new trial because her Sixth Amendment right to counsel was violated. Scheindlin found Clark’s right to counsel was violated even though the then-self-proclaimed revolutionary insisted on representing herself at trial, turned down legal counsel, boycotted much of the trial and refused to recognize the court’s authority. In January 2008 the Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reversed Scheindlin’s ruling and held that Clark was not denied her right to counsel because Clark “knowingly and intelligently exercised her constitutional right to make those choices.”
In April 2002, in the case United States v. Osama Awadallah, after Awadallah testified before a grand jury that he had met with two of the September 11, 2001 hijackers, but could not remember their names, Scheindlin dismissed a perjury charge against him and found that Awadallah’s prolonged detention without actual criminal charges was based on misrepresentations and omissions by the government and could not be justified under existing law. Her decision was later reversed on appeal.
Both of those cases were reversed on appeal because Judge Shira Scheindlin’s crazy leftist politics had no basis in actual law.
Judge Shira Scheindlin is a Clinton judge. Bill Clinton appointed her. And her destructive presence on the bench is a reminder of how destructive a left-wing president can be. We’ll be dealing with the toxic Federal judges that Obama appointed for generations.
The good news is that Judge Shira Scheindlin has a history of being overruled by actual qualified judges who aren’t just left-wing hacks in robes.
So the big news that she declared the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk program illegal, a program that makes life safe for New Yorkers, especially in high-risk neighborhoods, may not matter that much once the case goes to a real judge.
To fix the constitutional violations, Judge Scheindlin of Federal District Court in Manhattan said she intended to designate an outside lawyer, Peter L. Zimroth, to monitor the Police Department’s compliance with the Constitution.
The decision to install Mr. Zimroth, a partner in the New York office of Arnold & Porter, LLP, and a former corporation counsel and prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office, will leave the department under a degree of judicial control that is certain to shape the policing strategies under the next mayor.
Appointing Zimroth to anything is highly questionable considering his own recent political corruption scandal.
During this morning’s press conference unveiling Gov. Cuomo’s anti-corruption investigation panel, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick disclosed he has donated to the governor’s campaign account.
The only other panel members who donated to Cuomo are Peter Zimroth, a former New York City corporation counsel and current partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, and Daniel Castleman, a former chief assistant DA in the Manhattan District Attorneys Office.
Zimroth has given Cuomo $2,000 while Castleman donated $1,100.
So now Gotti’s favorite judge would like to move Zimroth up even higher. No thanks. And if you want a Clinton connection, Zimroth represented the White House Counsel during the Whitewatergate investigation.