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Victoria Toensing thinks Patrick Fitzgerald should STFU:

In the Dec. 9 press conference regarding the federal corruption charges against Gov. Blagojevich and his chief of staff, Mr. Fitzgerald violated the ethical requirement of the Justice Department guidelines that prior to trial a “prosecutor shall refrain from making extrajudicial comments that pose a serious and imminent threat of heightening public condemnation of the accused.” The prosecutor is permitted to “inform the public of the nature and extent” of the charges. In the vernacular of all of us who practice criminal law, that means the prosecutor may not go “beyond the four corners” — the specific facts — in the complaint or indictment. He may also provide any other public-record information, the status of the case, the names of investigators, and request assistance. But he is not permitted to make the kind of inflammatory statements Mr. Fitzgerald made during his media appearance.

You may recall Ms. Toensing from the Scooter Libby trial coverage.  She was one of the pundits who kept proclaiming that there was no crime involved.  In fact, despite the jury verdict finding Scooter guilty as sin she still claims the same thing:

What’s more, Mr. Fitzgerald is a repeat offender. In his news conference in October 2005 announcing the indictment of Scooter Libby for obstruction of justice, he compared himself to an umpire who “gets sand thrown in his eyes.” The umpire is “trying to figure what happened and somebody blocked” his view. With this statement, Mr. Fitzgerald made us all believe he could not find the person who leaked Valerie Plame’s name as a CIA operative because of Mr. Libby. What we all now know is that Mr. Fitzgerald knew well before he ever started the investigation in January 2004 that Richard Armitage was the leaker and nothing Mr. Libby did or did not do threw sand in his eyes. In fact — since there was no crime — there was not even a game for the umpire to call.

Media Matters has written extensively about Ms. Toensing, including her failure to disclose a friendship with Robert Novak while writing a column defending him in the Plame investigation, and her failure to disclose she had done legal work for CNN in the case while commenting on the Libby trial for Wolf Blitzer.

She managed to insert herself into the Lewinsky scandal too, as an attorney chasing cameras rather than ambulances.  Methinks Ms. Toensing is the one who should STFU.

30 Responses

  1. Enjoy a little GODDESS RADIO every Saturday 10 am til 1 pm with your stfu Victoria by clicking here
    Eva Cassidy set starts at 10 AM and requests can be made in chat 😉

    or copy paste this url by copying and pasting that link into your player where it says play url

    Happy Saturday !!

  2. waaah first comment and its in moderation ;(

  3. Swannie:

    I saved you from Spammy

  4. Toensing is with Joe DiGenova; the two make quite a pair of pundits. Nothing much against her except her Republican bias hurts her credibility as a pundit in a case like Libby’s. I just wish we could do away with parties altogether, o happy day.

  5. It looks like the Villagers haven’t forgiven Fitz for his pursuit of Scooter.

  6. Oohh THANK myiq YOUUUUUUUUUUU arreeee my heeerooooo 😉

    ps can you pay the rent too ??

  7. Johninca:

    Nothing much against her?

    How about dishonesty and hypocrisy?

  8. Is Toensig now still against Fitz? Another sign that the old fiends and the new in power are the same and very much connected!
    A little sign that PUMAS were heard re: Caroline Kennedy

  9. “…an attorney chasing cameras rather than ambulances.”

    LOL! As usual, spot on!

  10. Among the Villagers, it’s not about party; it’s about being an insider.

    In fact, they sing paeans to bipartisanship and nonpartisanship; but if you’re not one of them, you’re Out. And Fitz is no insider.

  11. plural:

    Even worse, he tried and convicted a Villager.

  12. plural: I always thought the left v. right animosity was a diversion for the common people (think sports teams) when the real fight was top v. bottom (or in-crowd, elite, villagers, whatever you want to call them v. the people).

  13. Seems that Toensing wasn’t the only one who got the memo:

  14. When the electors meet, that *is* the presidential election as prescribed in the constitution, art. II, section 1.

    That miserable thing we endured on Nov. 4 was merely a process of choosing the electors.

  15. Let’s see if my link to the constitution gets through the spam filter…


  16. plural 10.16
    “they sing paeans to bipartisanship and nonpartisanship”

    The closer you get to institutionalised corruption, the closer you get to a one party system.

  17. Sophie-I cannot believe that NYT post-
    “The Prosecution Should Give It a Rest “,

    instead of singing the praises of an honest, hardworking, and courageous prosecutor, who is investigating nothing less than the SALE of a seat in the US Senate , they are all telling him to essentially mind his own business.

    The sooner the NYT goes bankrupt the better it will be for the world.

  18. Laurie, on December 13th, 2008 at 11:24 am Said:
    Sophie-I cannot believe that NYT post-
    “The Prosecution Should Give It a Rest “,

    actually that is just an op-ed piece. I am no fan anymore of the NYTimes but it’s an opinion piece and thankfully even opinions we don’t like are allowed to be printed (at times).

  19. I used to love the NYT, I don’t anymore.

  20. Fitzgerald’s work speaks for itself. When he indicts, he convicts. Enough said.

  21. It’s surprising that professional contrarians like Ms. Toensing don’t suffocate when they learn others breathe oxygen.

  22. All these left over from the oj trial publicity seekers … STFU is the best answer for them , no one has asked their opinion since then … and no one is asking now … and btw has anyone seen GretaWire, and her piece about the recent firings at CNN always lots of goodies at Gretas 🙂 I would leave a link but spammy would get it
    just google GRETA WIRE 😉
    pffttt spammy

  23. Yes, I heard that ‘cnn italia’ is in serious financial difficulty, too.

  24. I’m certainly no fan of hers, but I too was surprised about some of Fitzgerald’s comments. Victoria happens to be right on this one issue.

  25. When Joe Biden’s office leaks the name of a CIA agent (So-and-so’s wife is fair game) and someone/anyone starts spreading the news, I hope Toensing and her hubby choke.

  26. Dan Rostenkowski thinks Blago is a crook.

  27. New post up.

  28. The interesting thing about this is that if it’s considered unethical for a prosecutor to say anything that might make the accused look bad, it’s probably considered even more unethical to say anything that might make related parties who haven’t yet been accused look bad.

    Which means that Fitzgerald is under very strong constraint not to say anything that makes Obama look bad.

    Which in turn means that the fact (much trumpeted by the MSM) that he has shied away from implicating Obama in this mess, is all the more meaningless.

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