A BuzzFlash Reader Commentary
January 20, 2002
In a case where the Judge was asked to issue an order barring more shredding, the Judge instead "prodded parties in a lawsuit against Enron Corp. on Tuesday to work out a plan to halt the destruction of documents."
No ban? Just "work it out?
When I see weird rulings like this one I like to look up the judge on google. (Often you can detect one of those right-wing "federalist society" appointees.) I looked up U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon, and guess what, it's the same judge who jailed that journalist, Leggett.
July 6, 2001, U.S. District judge Melinda Harmon asked Leggett to turn
over her materials to a federal grand jury. When she refused to comply,
citing the confidentiality of her sources, Harmon found Leggett in contempt
of court and ordered her jailed for the entire period of the grand jury
investigation, or 18 months, whichever came first. The journalist turned
herself in on July 20. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the 5th Circuit upheld Judge Harmon's ruling on August 17.
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Contributed by BuzzFlash Reader Dave Johnson
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