The Liberals, who fret ceaselessly about the idea that if individuals who qualify can be secretly sequestered in Guantanimo then it won't be long until American citizens will start disappearing, are in for a big adrenaline jolt if and when they learn the particulars of about attorney Richard Fine in Los Angeles. If that case is ever reported in the New York Times, Time magazine, or the NBC Nightly News, the Liberals are not going to need a laxative for a month or more.
One of the basic precepts of Republican proselytizing and propagandizing is that the enemy (be they al Qadea or Democrats) are never right. Therefore if the MSM ever report the case, it would be a tacit way of saying that the "Ducky Lucky" branch of the Democrats was right to be alarmed about the detentions in Gitmo. If they can't be right then the story is classified as a conspiracy theory generated by a bunch of hysterical enemy sympathizers and thus doesn't qualify for use on Fox's hilariously one-sided "fair and balanced" pseudojournalism satire programs.
The idea that an American lawyer can be put in "coercive confinement" and left without recourse to the writ of <em>habeas corpus</em> might be a concept to discourage tourism in certain remote lands, but Americans are smugly reassure by Republican propagandists: "It can't happen here." Dick Cheney and Co. would never have done anything to endanger real Americans.
Attorney Richard Fine brought a lawsuit to the courts in Los Angeles for residents of an apartment house in Marina del Rey. The unincorporated area of Los Angeles County is controlled by the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors.
Fine objected to the fact that the judge received monies from the county of Los Angeles and thus was open to conflict of interest factors which might affect the judge's ability to remain unbiased about the case. The money is a supplement added by the county of Los Angeles to the basic wage they receive from the US government for their services in the courts. The extra money is justified by the assertion that they need the extra cash to live and work in the Los Angeles area.
Perish the thought that the extra money could sway any judicial decisions in any case involving the county of Los Angeles. If (hypothetically) such a case were to be put on the docket, the lawyer could ask the judge to recuse (step aside from the case) himself because of the conflict of interests.
When a lawyer (Richard Fine) was faced with the necessity to ask a judge to do so for a case involving an apartment house in Marina del Rey, which is under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the judge refused the request to recuse.
One thing led to another and the lawyer was disbarred and held in contempt and placed in "coercive custody." In essence that meant that if he cried "Uncle!" and dropped the case, he would be free to leave jail and go home.