DOJ Won’t Prosecute Carter Judge w/$100K in Questionable Expenses

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Open question, if we were talking about a judge appointed by Reagan with a strong conservative track record of fighting for the death penalty and against affirmative action, do you think that he wouldn’t be getting prosecuted?

Last July, the Honorable Boyce Martin stepped down from his seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Nominated to the bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, Martin was one of the longest serving judges on the federal bench.  He was also among the more colorful.  He fought against the imposition of the death penalty (often unsuccessfully) and was accused of misconduct in his handling of the Michigan affirmative action case.

When Judge Martin retired, he cited flagging health, among other concerns.  News reports, however, suggested Martin resigned in order to resolve a complaint that he had submitted over $100,000 in questionable travel expenses for reimbursement.  Although he was no longer a judge, and had offered to repay the challenged expenses, Martin was not entirely in the clear.  With its jurisdiction at an end, the federal judicial panel on judicial conduct referred the matter to the Justice Department.  Over the weekend, however, it was reported that the Justice Department will not pursue charges. The case against Judge Martin is now apparently at an end.

It’s good to be one of the gang.

  • DrLarry

    Just another example of the legal system being utilized as a political tool.

  • William_Bradford

    What is the statute of limitation on fraud. Perhaps he can be gotten after the 2016 elections, in 2017.

    The law is for everyone not just for peons – judges, and Presidents, and Attorneys General also.