"I'd Rather Not Answer That" = YES.

The inestimable Julie Kay breaks news as usual regarding the shameful effort by prosecutors in Alex Acosta's office to trap uber-lawyer David O. Markus, which resulted in an explosive $600k sanctions order by Judge Gold:
The three prosecutors themselves are appealing. Josefsberg and Pearson filed a notice of appeal for Hoffman, and Martinez and colleagues Maureen Lefebvre and Susan Tarbe filed a motion on behalf of Cronin.

Martinez said he will argue that Cronin and the others were wrongly denied the opportunity to speak at the hearing when they were sanctioned.

“They were excluded and didn’t have the opportunity to put on their case,” he said. “Just as [defense attorney David O.] Markus wants due process rights, we feel Mr. Cronin is entitled to his due process rights. It is appropriate for him to be heard by the judge.”

Gilbert has not yet filed a notice of appeal. Becerra, who moved to Greenberg from the U.S. attorney’s office, has taken the case pro bono, according to her secretary. Becerra is out of the office on parental leave.

When asked whether Martinez, a former Miami U.S. attorney, was representing him pro bono, Cronin said, “I’d rather not answer that.”
Oh man, that's rich -- was Sean so flustered by Julie's question that all he could do was say "I'd rather not answer" -- thereby answering by not answering? Was he not prepared to handle that inquiry? What's the big deal about going pro bono in the first place? (Note -- corrected, thx).

BTW, I love that these prosecutors are now pleading for due process -- which of course they deserve -- when it was apparent from the sanctions order that due process was not exactly at the top of their trial to-do list.

Also, didn't Cronin testify (lamely) for several hours before Judge Gold anyways? As the Judge repeatedly told him, "tell the truth, Mr. Cronin."

Plus, even my buddy Paul Calli gets quoted!

And, in a surprise move, so does Kendall Coffey.

Walter and Donald, sing this one out please.....


  1. steely-dan-for-the-latinaApril 28, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Kick ass guitar solo by guitarist Larry Carlton. Isn't the song about a drug dealer, famed chemist and innovator of LSD?

  2. A skinny man with two-tone shoesApril 28, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Ah, the sweet sounds of angels...

    "I can neither confirm nor deny the presence of nuclear weapons on this vessel." Translation: We're packing enough firepower to take out any two continents.

  3. It's about a San Fran based LSD chemist Owen Stanley 9:57.

  4. SONG ROCKS!! Get along kids....

  5. larry-carlton-ranters-for-the-latinaApril 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    The song is an accurate depiction of the aftermath from the Sumer of Love.

    Such a great song for getting high too.. not that I do.

  6. steely f*%$ing dan -

    are you sh*%ing me???

    how am i supposed to work???

    I'm out. start the boat. fill the cooler

  7. It wasn't Bob who was flustered and refused to answer, it was Cronin. Read the story again.

  8. As Seth Rogen said in Knocked Up:

    Steely Dan can gargle my balls.

  9. 10:58, you're right -- thanks.

    Makes much more sense, Bob is too much of a pro to flub that question.

    I will correct.

  10. Son you're playing with fireApril 28, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    @ 11:21

    Yes, but putting small things in the mouth is a choking hazard.

  11. whole world falling apart and fading awayApril 28, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Thank you, 11:29.

  12. Dont seem right
    Ive been strung out here all night
    Ive been waiting for the taste
    You said youd bring to me
    Biscayne bay
    Where the cuban gentlemen sleep all day

  13. Is it me, or does Donal Fagen look like a white Jaime Foxx doing Ray Charles crossed with a Eddie Murphy doing Stevie Wonder?

  14. Rose darling come to me
    Snake Mary's gone to bed
    All our steaming sounds of love
    Cannot disturb her in her night
    Or raise her sleeping head
    All I ask of you
    Is make my wildest dreams come true
    No one sees and no one knows

  15. 11:29 you know this because why?

  16. Son you're playing with fireApril 28, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    @ 1:46

    My exceptional capacity for supposition and extrapolation. 'Throw back the little ones...' :)~

  17. Why is Kendall Coffey always the go-to-guy when you need a quote on ethics?

  18. wanna-be-your-holy-man-for-the-princessApril 28, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    No I'm never gonna do it without the fez on
    Oh no
    Don't make me do it without the fez on
    Oh no
    That's what I am please understand

  19. 3:12 pm - re: kendall coffey and ethics violations

    He's the go to guy on ethics because any kid can bite a stripper . But a man whose job is to enforce the law, who bites a stripper, at 50 something,and then has his daddy - HIS DADDY - call the bar and commit another (really stupid) crime by trying to bribe and destroy evidecne - THAT'S a guy who knows about violating ethics.


  20. credit-card-lovers-of-the-princessApril 28, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    3:35, say what you want, his strict accounting methods and attention to money management are admirable!

  21. the-fez-for-the-princessApril 28, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    3:15-- The question remains... was it meant to be a parody of bad disco songs such as "I'm Your Boogie Man" or was Donald trying to cash in on the disco craze? I'm gonna go with the latter.

  22. 3:47, yes -- always get a receipt!

    3:54, it's a song any social conservative can embrace, a paean to safe sex, no?

  23. holy-man-for-the-princessApril 28, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    3:47/3:54, you must be sharing the same cheap ass bong.

  24. I bet 3:54 still listens to Boney M.on his record player.

  25. um, everyone misses the most important piece of trivia - Steely Dan - the chosen sex toy of the moment. I'm just sayin'.....

  26. original-holy-man-for-the-princessApril 28, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    5:15, We get it, we get it.

  27. 3:10 p.m. Is that a smiley face witha lip beard?
    I can see by what you carry that you come from Barrytown

  28. I fear the monkey in your soulApril 29, 2009 at 9:18 AM


    "I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to do, you can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you."

  29. 9:18:

    Only a fool would say that.

  30. Colson Hicks and Podhurst are going to annihilate Judge Gold's order. While some sanction was appropriate, Judge Gold went over the top with some of the relief/sanctions in the order. For example, that part of the order stating that he is to be informed EX PARTE of any pending witness tampering investigations in cases that are before him is completely inappropriate.

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