Posts Tagged ‘U.S. District Court’

Ted Loza Gets Eight Months in Prison

The former chief of staff to Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, Ted Loza, will spend eight months in prison, another four on supervised release, and 150 hours doing community service.
Loza, who pleaded guilty to taking $1,500 in gratuities in connection with legislation on the taxi industry, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court, four months after [...]

Defending Pershing Park Cost D.C. Millions

On Sept. 27, 2002, the Metropolitan Police Department rounded up hundreds of citizens inside Pershing Park. They then arrested them and detained them. For those hours and hours in police custody, these citzens were hogtied. And as soon as the last person was released—the city dropped all charges against everyone in this case—everyone knew that [...]

Pershing Park Case: Charles Ramsey Enters The Evidence Hall of Fame

Last week, it was announced that former Metropolitan Police Department Chief Charles Ramsey will be inducted into the inaugural class of George Mason University's Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame. George Mason's version of a policing Cooperstown hailed the former chief with a lengthy bio, concluding on its website:
"A nationally recognized innovator, educator and practitioner of [...]

Judge Upholds Federal Oversight Of CFSA, Holds Fenty In Contempt

In a 46-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas F. Hogan held today that D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is not yet ready to come out from under its court oversight. This represents a significant setback for Attorney General Peter Nickles, who has pressed to end the court-appointed monitoring of the troubled agency.
Hogan [...]

Judge Orders Investigation Into Pershing Park Evidence

At today's hearing concerning Pershing Park, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered an investigation into the long-standing discovery abuses in the case. Legal Times reports:
"Calling the District of Columbia's alleged destruction of evidence in a long-running civil suit against the city 'very troubling,' a federal district judge in Washington today appointed a magistrate judge [...]

District’s Post-Heller Gun Laws Are OK, Judge Says

UPDATED 5:22 P.M.
Gun restrictions passed by District lawmakers in the wake of the Supreme Court's 2008 Heller v. District of Columbia decision are constitutional, a federal trial judge has ruled.
The plaintiffs—which include Dick Heller, the retired security guard whose name tops the landmark case—challenged the constitutionality of city laws implementing a registration process and restricting [...]

Pershing Park Case: Ex-Chief Ramsey Sought Judicial Chaperone For Upcoming Deposition

During his tenure as police chief, Charles H. Ramsey faced countless challenges from coordinating an emergency response on 9/11 to helping to track down the D.C. Sniper. Of course, his job had other lower profile responsibilities like crime fighting and answering then-Councilmember Kathy Patterson's tough questioning.
So what can this veteran cop not handle?
Being deposed (again) [...]

Pershing Park Case: D.C. Police Captain Testifies Ramsey Gave Arrest Order

In a recent public filing, plaintiffs lawyers in the last remaining Pershing Park case provide additional evidence showing that then-Chief Charles Ramsey issued the order to mass arrest the 400 individuals on Sept. 27, 2002. All those arrests were promptly thrown out by city lawyers. More than seven years later, the arrests remain a huge [...]

Ted Loza Speaks: ‘This Is Bullshit’

LL cycled down through the drizzle to the District's federal courthouse this morning to catch a hearing in the Ted Loza bribery case.
Things have been rather quiet in the prosecution of Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham's former chief of staff, and LL was hoping prosecutors might be filing the new charges they've indicated that might [...]

Pershing Park Case: Let’s Go To The Videotape!

On Feb. 8, plaintiffs in the last remaining Pershing Park case filed a request that would broaden the scope of the U.S. District Court's inquiry into the case's discovery abuse. Plaintiffs attorneys are asking the judge to look into the alleged issues with the D.C. Police Department's video coverage of the mass arrests at Pershing [...]

Pants Lawsuit Guy Still Biting Ankles

Pity the Pants Lawsuit Guy. He's now bringing his brand of legal crazy to the appeals court. The Legal Times' BLT Blog, G-d bless 'em, sifts through the latest filing. They find that Pants Lawsuit Guy now is taking aim at a U.S. District Court Judge. His evidence? Not an incriminating e-mail trail or memo. [...]

Loose Lips Quotes of 2009: Marion Barry

”I was just distracted, frankly.”
—Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, Feb. 10

Loose Lips Quotes of 2009: Judge Thomas F. Hogan

"I don’t understand your approach today, coming in and throwing down the gauntlet."
—U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan, Feb. 6

Pershing Park Case: Peter Nickles Continues To Fight Discovery

In a recent hearing in the Pershing Park case, Judge Emmet Sullivan warned D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles that he "was playing games with the wrong judge."
In a filing last week [PDF], plaintiffs lawyers suggest Nickles is not taking Sullivan's threat seriously.  Lawyers in the Chang case assert that the crafty AG is still playing [...]

Pershing Park Case: Bring On The Forensic Examiner

In this morning's hearing in U.S. District Court, Judge Emmet Sullivan edged ever closer to referring the Pershing Park case to the Department of Justice—signaling he's close to handing the matter over to Attorney General Eric Holder.
But first, Sullivan wants to order up one more investigative tool at his disposal: some serious tech support.
Following up [...]

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