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(171,272 posts)
Fri Oct 29, 2021, 11:09 AM Oct 2021

Judge Says GOP Congressman Can't Be Left Alone With Evidence

Judge Says GOP Congressman Can’t Be Left Alone With Evidence
The judge was so concerned that Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) might compromise the case that he prohibited Fortenberry from looking at the evidence against him by himself.
Roger Sollenberger
Political Reporter
Updated Oct. 29, 2021 5:47AM ET / Published Oct. 29, 2021 4:50AM ET
Bill Clark/Getty

After Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) was indicted last week for lying to the FBI over foreign donations to his campaign, authorities took the rare step Thursday of trying to prevent the nine-term Republican from tampering with witnesses or handling evidence without supervision.

The order, handed down by Judge Stanley Blumenfield in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, also reveals that the government is pursuing multiple related investigations involving other “public officials.”

In the ruling, Blumenfield sided with the prosecution’s concerns that Fortenberry cannot be trusted to handle evidence about cooperating witnesses. The order prohibits Fortenberry from taking notes or “memorializing” the evidence, and even requires his lawyers to ensure he is “never left alone with any Cooperator Materials.”

“Defendant may not take any Cooperator Materials out of the room in which defendant is meeting with the Defense Team. At no time, under no circumstance, will any Cooperator Materials be left in the possession, custody, or control of defendant, regardless of defendant’s custody status,” the judge wrote.

“Because these materials could be used to identify the confidential informants or cooperating witnesses," the judge wrote, "the Court finds that the unauthorized dissemination or distribution of the materials may compromise the ability of such persons to participate effectively in future investigations in an undercover capacity and/or may expose him/her to potential safety risks.”


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Judge Says GOP Congressman Can't Be Left Alone With Evidence (Original Post) babylonsister Oct 2021 OP
A major reckoning is coming malaise Oct 2021 #1
I hope you are correct Ferrets are Cool Oct 2021 #8
Lordy Lordy I hope you're right. calimary Oct 2021 #14
I so hope you are right. rurallib Oct 2021 #16
"may expose him/her to potential safety risks." In a Heartbeat they would MagickMuffin Oct 2021 #2
Traitors and thieves should be treated as such. dalton99a Oct 2021 #3
Quotes about secrets... Backseat Driver Oct 2021 #4
Should any accused be left alone with the evidence? Sneederbunk Oct 2021 #5
that's what I was thinking MissMillie Oct 2021 #7
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Oct 2021 #11
"foreign donations to his campaign," KS Toronado Oct 2021 #6
"All I need to prove my innocence is five minutes alone... dchill Oct 2021 #9
I hate to be a spelling Nazi, but it's "Fartenberry." progressoid Oct 2021 #10
*snort* I_UndergroundPanther Oct 2021 #18
TFG Appointee. N/T OneCrazyDiamond Oct 2021 #12
That's ok, I hear Matt Gaetz can't be left alone with .... bucolic_frolic Oct 2021 #13
Astounding that the judge needs to make that order. LiberalFighter Oct 2021 #15
Funny story...once a long time ago I got pulled over and the police officer found a roach in my car pecosbob Oct 2021 #17


(82,601 posts)
14. Lordy Lordy I hope you're right.
Fri Oct 29, 2021, 02:02 PM
Oct 2021

But so many of these schmucks seem to be able to get away without facing ANY accountability.

When does THAT start changing?


(16,313 posts)
2. "may expose him/her to potential safety risks." In a Heartbeat they would
Fri Oct 29, 2021, 11:18 AM
Oct 2021

Exposing those who seek justice is their mission to destroy them first.

Backseat Driver

(4,486 posts)
4. Quotes about secrets...
Fri Oct 29, 2021, 11:25 AM
Oct 2021

Legal "justice" has it's own singular interpretation/language from the bench, when there are teams that share "discovery"?


Any pertinent to this ruling: Ben Franklin's? George Orwell's?


(38,746 posts)
7. that's what I was thinking
Fri Oct 29, 2021, 01:09 PM
Oct 2021

when it comes to evidence, chain of custody is paramount, no matter who the defendant is.

Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #5)

KS Toronado

(18,225 posts)
6. "foreign donations to his campaign,"
Fri Oct 29, 2021, 01:06 PM
Oct 2021

I'm betting Russia/Putin, hope he drags down Moscow Mitch with him & others.


(39,146 posts)
9. "All I need to prove my innocence is five minutes alone...
Fri Oct 29, 2021, 01:39 PM
Oct 2021

... with the evidence. Oh - does anyone have a Bic?"


(52,623 posts)
15. Astounding that the judge needs to make that order.
Fri Oct 29, 2021, 02:04 PM
Oct 2021

But then again, I would think it should be a standard order.


(7,654 posts)
17. Funny story...once a long time ago I got pulled over and the police officer found a roach in my car
Fri Oct 29, 2021, 02:38 PM
Oct 2021

My friend and I were made to wait on the sidewalk while he searched my car. Well, the cop found an old forgotten roach in a small bottle under my car seat. He set the evidence on the rear trunk lid of my 1967 Impala and he told us we were going to jail. He returned to continue searching my car and as soon as he put his head back inside my car, my friend stepped up to the car, grabbed the evidence and threw it into the lake across the road. I was dumbfounded that he had the cojones to do this.

That wasn't our first or last run-in with Officer Skinner, but that day we did not go to jail.

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