What Can Judge Wright Do To Team Prenda Tomorrow?
from the getting-ready dept
In case you’d forgotten, tomorrow is the date of the second big Prenda hearing by Judge Otis Wright, following the March 11th hearing, which clearly did not satisfy Wright’s curiosity about Team Prenda. While I’m still wondering if anyone (other than Brett Gibbs) is going to show up, Ken White has a great run down of what Judge Wright has the power to do. So, in case you were hoping for something dramatic, it’s not like he’s going to order them dragged off and thrown in jail.
He has some power to issue sanctions or argue that they’re in contempt, but all of those powers are somewhat limited. And while they can be damaging, it may not go as far as some people hoped. The bigger issue may be if Judge Wright decides to refer the matter to others — including various state bars, the US district courts and circuit court bars, and (of course) to the US Attorneys’ Office. While he notes that all of these places tend to be busy on other things, getting a referral directly from a federal court judge usually makes these folks wake up and pay some attention — and, at the very least, begin an investigation.
Ken also doubts that Judge Wright will rule immediately, but will see how the hearing goes. Ken predicts that he then will issue “a carefully-worded order with findings of fact” and then likely make referrals to the state and federal bars. Either way, we’ll cover the details…