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March 30, 2006

Do you believe this?

Making shit up is one thing, but submitting it as a true record to the Supreme Court?

Is there no limit to their arrogance?

Posted by AnneZook at 08:58 PM


True and despicable. Equally important, their lawyers (from a big time law firm), who must have known this, went to great pains in their brief to the Supreme Court to claim that this really happened when it didn't.

Posted by: ohwilleke at March 30, 2006 09:40 PM

Are there penalties?

I mean, surely you can't just tell great whopping lies in court, much less in front of the Supreme Court, and have everyone just shrug and say, "business as usual"?

I must go see what TalkLeft has to say about this.

Posted by: Anne at March 31, 2006 12:41 PM

I would think that "contempt of court" would apply, and judges traditionally have a great deal of leeway in applying penalties. Also, the local Bar Association ethics committee might have something to say about it, if someone had the guts to bring it to their attention.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at April 1, 2006 08:09 PM

So far, no real response. (These weekend delays are hard on bloggers.)

I would have thought there'd be something beyond "contempt of court." I mean, it's swearing false testimony or something, isn't it?

(Okay, no, I did more reading on the topic. I have to say that Wonkette is totally right. The Congressional Record is a Wiki. It was a Wiki before Wikis were invented. I've been saying for a long time that allowing members of Congress to edit, amend, and add to the official record of their words is ridiculous.)

Posted by: Anne at April 2, 2006 10:15 AM

Suborning Perjury, I think is the technical term you're looking for. I'm not sure it's actually criminal; I think it's covered by Bar Association Ethics panels.

Technically, alterations to the CR are approved by Congress itself, but as far as I know Congress has never turned down a request...

Posted by: Ahistoricality at April 2, 2006 01:57 PM