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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Lawsuit puts focus on ties between Christie, non-profit - NJ State News - NorthJersey.com

Recent news about a good and courageous client of mine challenging a powerful state executive on its open records and public disclosure practices.

http://www.northjersey.com/mobile/news/nj-state-news/lawsuit-puts-focus-on-ties-between-christie-non-profit-1.1378337

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Moving The Docs?: Bridgegate Report Vanishes

Are Chris Christie's lawyers running Bridgegate interference on opposition researchers and the news media, now that:
       (a) he's running for President, and
       (b) one of his appointees (David Wildstein) has pleaded guilty to a connected felony and two others (Bridget Kelly, Bill Baroni) were indicted in May of this year?

The special website established by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in March 2014 to contain all of its Bridgegate-related investigative reports, exhibits, appendices and updates has apparently been taken down.
Don't fear. Here's a different link to the report. (WSJ) But the updates and appendices are not there. There's a lot of stuff not there, when you really sift through everything.  The errors and omissions in the report were roundly criticized by a few legal analysts including myself
And more... Here are the firm's memoranda summarizing all the interviews of numerous Christie Administration personnel. These are not the actual notes, however. 
Gibson, Dunn, you may recall, is the major international law firm which officially represents The Office of the Governor of the State of New Jersey. The Governor, Chris Christie, is now running for President.  Gibson, Dunn has billed the State of New Jersey -- i.e., the taxpayers -- at least $6.5 million and some reports peg the accumulated amount now in excess of $8 million. This amount was largely to produce its main Bridgegate report, issued in March 2014. 







Monday, July 6, 2015

Investigating The Port Authority

Behind the scenes of the various investigations into the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, certain appointees to the PANYNJ by Governors Cuomo of New York and Christie of New Jersey, and perhaps even cabinet officials of the Governors and the Governors themselves, is the possibility that various investigations by various agencies may be looking at a curious $2.875 million grant by the PANYNJ to a New Jersey city which has no apparent connection to the PANYNJ, its facilities or to the port (it has no access to any harbor or river).

The current investigations are reportedly looking into possible fraud -- possible criminal fraud -- in connection with sales of more than $1 billion in bonds by the PANYNJ. More than one year ago, I speculated on the extensive criminal penalties that could be in store for participants in the fraud. 

Some of my work back in 2012 for a client got the attention of the local media back then, and has been remembered by some of those reporters. That work is the genesis behind this Sunday report.

If you scroll down to the comments section you will see a reference to a different press report which has video of a press conference I did in early December 2012. 

This is the product of my investigative analyses and illustrates what I bring to the table.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

After Obergefell: Can You Be Forced To Marry?

This recent Supreme Court case may illustrate the prime characteristic of bad law: unintended consequences that can really go haywire.

The headline value of the Obergefell v. Hodges decision issued June 26th is that same sex couples may get married in any state and be recognized as a legal married unit.

But what exactly is a right to marriage?  And what is a "right"?

The classic meaning of a right is something which is inherent in one's existence and - and this is crucial - imposes no burden or duty on another.  

That means in simplest terms that anything which is a right is something which does not require a cost, obligation or action imposed on or by anyone else.

But the Supreme Court's declared right to marry is precisely that. This is so because a marriage involves more than one person. (Warning: Polygamy is coming.)  That means that marriage requires an act by another to trigger and fulfill the "right" of the first person. 

That is not a right. That is a contingent achievement, insofar as a person has successfully found another person who agrees to marry.

A marriage requires a unit. There may be a right to marry by a unit, of more than one person, but then the right is held and exercisable only by the couple. The individual cannot exercise the right without first achieving the membership in or admission to a couple. So how is there an individual right to marry when the ability to marry requires becoming a couple and finding a willing partner?

Nor can marriage be an entitlement. Not unless we wish to declare that some of us are obligated to get married.

That is because an entitlement by one person involves, and requires, an obligation to act by another. It involves a duty and a compulsion to act. 

This is how the right to marry can result in legal shotgun marriages where people are forced to couple up. This is not merely a return to the custom of arranged marriages in many societies; it is in effect a return to slavery where the owner could create and destroy familial relations through his entirely illegitimate property right.

The right to marry goes hand in hand with an imagined right to be fulfilled. We all have the right to try to achieve marriage, but we do not have the right, nor the guarantee, to achieve it.  This is what is meant by "the right of...the pursuit of happiness." You have the right to the pursuit, the chase, if you will. That requires no one else's cooperation, no compulsion, no coercion, just your own effort. 

We all want opportunities. But no one is simply entitled to have the outcome they want. Not even if we dress it up and play games with the meanings of words and call it a right.