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(71,236 posts)
Thu May 9, 2024, 10:19 PM May 9

NEW: We filed a complaint against Judge Aileen Cannon with the 11 Circuit Appeals Court Chief Judge for ethics violatio

The entire complaint is 15 pages in pdf format at the website.
I started to read--looks very inclusive and detailed--
I have included 2 pages below. looks like it was an article from nyt-which I do not subscribe to.
Will read the rest later.

NEW: We filed a complaint against Judge Aileen Cannon with the 11 Circuit Appeals Court Chief Judge for ethics violations. Read the full complaint here: http://AmericanMuckrakers.com/cannon


Judgeʼs Decisions in Documents Case Play Into
Trumpʼs Delay Strategy

Judge Aileen Cannon has given sober consideration to arguments that some
experts say should have been promptly dispensed with, leaving a backlog of
pretrial issues without a trial date in sight.

By Alan Feuer May 8, 2024

The decision by Judge Aileen M. Cannon to avoid picking a date yet for former
President Donald J. Trump’s classified documents trial is the latest indication of
how her handling of the case has played into Mr. Trump’s own strategy of delaying
the proceeding.

It is not impossible that the trial could still take place before Election Day, but the
path is exceedingly narrow. And the question of when — or even whether — the
charges against Mr. Trump will go before a jury will now largely hinge on how
Judge Cannon handles an array of pretrial matters in the next few months, issues
that many legal experts have said she could dispense with much more quickly.
Judge Cannon, who was appointed by Mr. Trump in his final days in office, has
been on the bench for only four years. She has limited experience overseeing trials
of any kind — let alone one involving explosive allegations that a former president

5/9/24, 10:01 AM In Trump’s Classified Documents Case, Judge’s Decisions Play Into Delay Strategy - The New York Ti

and current candidate illegally took highly classified state secrets from the White
House after he left office and then obstructed the government’s repeated efforts to
retrieve them.

For months now, she has stood in the glare of the spotlight with each of her most
minute decisions scrutinized by an often critical gallery of legal scholars and

Nancy Gertner, a former federal judge who was appointed to the bench by
President Bill Clinton, said that rookie jurists handling prominent matters deserve
some measure of leeway. But she added that Judge Cannon had put herself outside
the normal boundaries with her languid pace and her willingness to grant a sober
audience to several of Mr. Trump’s “meshuggeneh motions.”

“For a new judge in a big case, she could just be being careful, but the length of
time all of this has taken and things she is allowing seems way beyond that,” Judge
Gertner said. “She is treating everything the defense has done as if they all raise
substantial and important issues, and that’s just not true.”

Throughout the case, Judge Cannon has shown herself willing to devote significant
time to hearing legal motions in person that many federal judges would likely have
rejected out of hand or at least decided more quickly on the merits of written

In April, for example, she conducted a hearing to consider giving Mr. Trump’s two
co-defendants, Walt Nauta and Carlos De Oliveira, what is known as a bill of
particulars, a detailed recitation of the charges in the case supplementing those
laid out in the indictment.

Such documents are almost never granted to criminal defendants. And while Judge
Cannon ultimately denied the requests, her decision to open her courtroom to the
issue in the first place was unusual.

5/9/24, 10:01 AM In Trump’s Classified Documents Case, Judge’s Decisions Play Into Delay Strategy - The New York Times

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(22,122 posts)
1. okay that's nice but who are American Muckrakers and what standing do they have to file a complaint?
Thu May 9, 2024, 10:22 PM
May 9

I mean, I can fire off a nasty e-mail too about Cannon but that doesn't mean anyone is going to pay attention to it.


(15,515 posts)
3. I hope they did the 11th Circuit's maintenance staff a favor and printed it
Thu May 9, 2024, 10:26 PM
May 9

on toilet paper or kleenex, because the term "unceremoniously flushed" comes to mind.


(22,122 posts)
4. I looked them up. They are a PAC LOL!!!!! Not even some legal group. yeah, this will be trashed within seconds
Thu May 9, 2024, 10:36 PM
May 9


(43,400 posts)
15. There is no standing requirement. "Any person" can file a complaint. See post #13
Fri May 10, 2024, 09:41 AM
May 10

That doesn't mean this complaint will go anywhere -- which it manifestly will not. Our best hope is that it is ignored rather than denied in a wy that essentially validates Cannon's handling of the case.


(18,171 posts)
2. Any complaint filed with the 11th circuit that's not initiated by Jack Smith
Thu May 9, 2024, 10:24 PM
May 9

will just end up in the circular file.


(36,999 posts)
5. Looks like a test run by a Jack Smith sympathizer. God bless him.
Thu May 9, 2024, 11:30 PM
May 9

Of higher importance than the judge's lack of experience playing into a delay strategy is this:

If the 11th is as wise as it's been in the past it should now act to serve the good of the country's national security interests.

This isn't just about the optics and inexperience of a judge.


(43,400 posts)
12. Jack Smith would be embarrassed by this complaint.
Fri May 10, 2024, 09:31 AM
May 10

Really. A complaint that starts off with the sentence "In what world does someone get appointed to a lifetime job and then adjudicate one of the most high-profile criminal cases in the history of the United States of the person who appointed them?" is going to be ignored.


(3,378 posts)
6. Nice try, but not going anywhere, unfortunately.
Thu May 9, 2024, 11:30 PM
May 9

It is nice that *someone* is trying to get across to the PTB that we're sick and tired of seeing such deference being paid to *rump; that justice delayed is justice denied. But I doubt these people have standing... at least, no more standing than any one of us at DU. We're all impacted by what *rump did with the TS docs - our safety, our security, our military. But I don't think they'll make Standing that generalized.

Maybe Smith will take notice, tho, and do something? nah... /snark


(43,400 posts)
14. There is no standing requirement. see post #13.
Fri May 10, 2024, 09:38 AM
May 10

But there is a greater chance this complaint will end up resulting in the validation of Cannon's behavior than her removal.


(7,178 posts)
8. Jack Smith knows what he's doing.
Fri May 10, 2024, 01:30 AM
May 10

He will ultimately shock the country with what he has discovered. Most of it will be public before election day, even if it isn't before a jury awaiting a verdict. tsf isn't winning anything. I personally don't think he'll even be the repub nominee. The gop will rue the day they embraced this incredibly flawed pervert.


(7,178 posts)
11. I'm encouraged by ALL the election results since 2018.
Fri May 10, 2024, 08:13 AM
May 10

The corporate media loves the treasonous pos. Clickbait and eyeballs. Problem is, they've pissed off women. Women have better memories than elephants.


(43,400 posts)
13. There is no standing requirement. "Any person" can file a complaint.
Fri May 10, 2024, 09:37 AM
May 10

See 18 USC 351:
( a ) Filing of Complaint by Any Person.—
Any person alleging that a judge has engaged in conduct prejudicial to the effective and expeditious administration of the business of the courts, or alleging that such judge is unable to discharge all the duties of office by reason of mental or physical disability, may file with the clerk of the court of appeals for the circuit a written complaint containing a brief statement of the facts constituting such conduct.

Of course, that doesn't mean that a complaint as stupid as this one will be go anywhere. The biggest risk is that it might give the court of appeals the opportunity to dismiss the complaint and thereby validate Cannon's conduct.

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