September 23, 2010
The Information Provided To Congress By SIPC.
As many of you know, this lawyer asked for discovery before Judge Lifland in the Bankruptcy Court. Lifland denied the requested discovery in terms that made clear he would allow no discovery on anything, although a complete denial of any and all discovery on what lawyers call a "summary judgment" proceeding is, I think, unheard of -- literally unheard of. The purpose of discovery is, of course, to find out what the actual facts are, so that neither an opponent nor the court will have to depend upon a party's self interested, unplumbed claims of what the facts are.
After making clear that there would be no discovery to learn what the actual facts are, Lifland then accepted and used versions of the facts put forth by SIPC and the Trustee. This too has been discussed in blogs and briefs, as has the fact that, even without discovery to learn the truth, we already know that various of the factual claims of SIPC and the Trustee are flat wrong and others are dubious, and that there is other vital information that we do not yet know because SIPC, the Trustee and the U.S. Attorney are keeping it secret.