Judge Who Ruled Against NSA Surveillance Is Trustee For Group Who Donated To The ACLU

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    Conflict of interest? Nahhhhh

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    LANSING, Mich. — A conservative watchdog group says the judge who declared President Bush's warrantless surveillance program unconstitutional may have a conflict of interest because she sits on the board of a foundation that has given money to the chief plaintiff in the case.

    Judicial Watch, which advocates judicial accountability, said it discovered U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's monetary tie after reviewing her financial disclosure statements.

    The judge is the secretary and a trustee for the nonprofit Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan. The foundation's Web site shows it gave $45,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union to back a gay rights project. The ACLU has challenged the warrantless surveillance program.

    "There has to be an appearance that justice is being fairly administered," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Tuesday. "The court's role in awarding a grant to the ACLU and whether or not that is an issue is something that needs to be fully examined."

    Taylor declined to comment, as did the Justice Department, which is asking the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to overturn Taylor's ruling issued Thursday.

    ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss said the group did not know about the judge's affiliation with the nonprofit but added she did not think it is a "big story."

    "We don't think recusal would have been necessary," Moss said.

    The foundation released a statement Tuesday saying Taylor is one of 50 volunteer members of its board of trustees, which oversees grant-making decisions.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,209956,00.html
     
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    I heard this on the radio this morning and hoped to get the scoop GotZoom. :(
     
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    You can actually HEAR your radio? Wow. That must be SO cool! :D
     
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    Not sure how much experience you have playing with..uh...knobs...but...one of them controlls volume! Check your radio!! :D

    If kids are making noise enough to cover the volume of the radio, I use 'five-acorss-the-eyes' as an effective 'mute' switch.

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    Yes Riiight!! Why am I not surprised at both the story and the ensuing excuses being made for this???
     
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    Absolutely appalling this conflict of interest is, can't wait to hear our token Libs defend this one! :crutch:
     
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    I wonder what would be happening if the judge approved the surveillance and it came out after that she was on the board of a foundation that contributed to the Republican party.

    Never mind. We all know what would happen.
     
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    Why, I'm shocked.

    I'm appalled.

    I can only speak in short sentences.

    Yet, why aren't I surprised?

    Hmmmmmm.....:nine:
     

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