Judge orders John Eastman to speed effort to get documents to Jan. 6 committee
[ Editor’s Note: Judge David Carter is separating himself from the legal pack, via what I call being a judge with legal spurs on his boots. I have not seen a case like this when a judge went to the extreme of requesting a large daily tally of emails to be cleared for his review.
To avoid the usual endless delaying tactics used so often with Trumper attorneys, Carter has cut Eastman off at the pass, giving him instructions as to what he must do to keep a tally of documents that Eastman thinks are privileged for the Judge to quickly review.
Let us hope that other judges will notice this and why Judge Carter is doing it. The Jan6 committee needs to get its work done and the results released to the public so that corrective action can be taken to punish anyone deemed guilty of offenses.
The Committee also wants to draft its recommendations for legislative changes to be made to deter anyone thinking of repeating the Trump Team Insurrection, to make the lines clear what is legal political activity and what are seditious actions.
The good news on the latter is that we now know the Dept. of Justice is investigating the ‘fake electors’ scandal, which was part of the Trump Team shotgun approach of having multiple avenues available to block Biden’s election certification so it could pass the decision into the hands of Trump Republican held state legislatures who would throw the election to Donald… Jim W. Dean ]
First published January 27, 2022
Judge David Carter, who already sharply rejected Eastman’s attempt to block the Jan. 6 select committee’s subpoena for 19,000 pages of emails held by his former employer Chapman University, issued a detailed plan Wednesday to help speed the process along.
Carter ordered Eastman to begin reviewing at least 1,500 pages per business day, starting Friday, and immediately transfer any unprivileged documents to the House committee. For documents Eastman deems privileged, Carter ordered the attorney to itemize them in a detailed “privilege log” that describes their contents and other relevant details.
Carter also laid out a detailed process for the committee to challenge any of Eastman’s privilege claims — which would trigger a personal review by Carter to determine whether the assertion was valid. Eventually, Carter ruled, he would hold a hearing to adjudicate any privilege disputes.
…Under Carter’s plan, Eastman would be required to use an “electronic program” to speed his review process, and the Jan. 6 committee would cover the cost of that program. Eastman would be required to produce a daily tranche of documents to the committee that he deems unprivileged.