Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Military judge wants US Marshals to seize lawyers who quit USS Cole terrorism case:

Via Billy

In this 2014 photo, the guided missile destroyer USS Cole approaches Mole Pier at Naval Air Station Key West, Fla., for a port visit. On Tuesday, prosecutors were ordered to draft warrants for two civilian attorneys who had left the USS Cole terrorism case.
   (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales, U.S. Navy/Released via Wikimedia Commons)

Prosecutors were ordered Tuesday to draft warrants permitting U.S. Marshals to seize two civilian defense attorneys who left the USS Cole terrorism case and have refused to comply with a subpoena from the judge who is presiding over the case.

The judge, Air Force Col. Vance Spath, said he was prepared to sign the “writs of attachment” on Wednesday and advised the lawyer for civilian attorneys Rosa Eliades and Mary Spears to move quickly in order to prevent warrants from being issued.

Eliades and Spears quit the case in the fall due to an ethical issue concerning intrusion of attorney-client confidentiality and were released by Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker, the chief defense counsel.


  1. Whenever Clintons or Muslims are involved in something you will find a deep well of corruption somewhere somewhere in the proceedings.

  2. So, they didn't quit, they were released by the chief defense counsel, which pissed off the judge, and he figures he can compel them to rejoin the case?

    Good luck with that one.
    The Thirteenth Amendment makes involuntary servitude illegal for anything other than punishment for a crime, and absent such a situation, those lawyers can walk for any reason or no reason. That's why it's called "civilian".

    Furthermore, any verdict after they are forced to rejoin the case would be automatic grounds for appeal as reversible error, so all the jacktard judge is doing is setting up a terrorist for getting turned loose even if he's convicted.

    Well played.

    If the lawyers don't want to play, that's just the way it goes, and the judge will just have to cool his jets until new counsel joins the case and gets up to speed.

    And he'll get a spanking from the federal appellate court at the double-time if he tries to pull a fast one and issue warrants, the lawyers will be out on a writ of habeas corpus in about a hot minute, and then he'll be an ex-judge on this case, and probably on the way to an early retirement after his superiors give him his next evaluation.

    He can play Simon Sez power trip games with his subordinates in the military, but not with civilians who don't answer to him outside of the courthouse.