August 18, 2006, - 1:44 pm
What Motivated Judge Diggs Taylor in ACLU NSA Suit?: Nixon Wiretap Decision Lionized Colleague w/Left
By Debbie Schlussel
It wasn’t just politics that motivated Federal Judge Anna Diggs Taylor to find in favor of the ACLU in its lawsuit against NSA wiretaps.
Sources say it was Judge Diggs Taylor’s desire to be lionized by the American left, just like her friend and mentor, fellow Democrat and U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Damon J. Keith (who, by the way, only hires minorities for his law clerk positions–White males and females need not apply).
In the early 1970s, Judge Keith, then a Federal Judge in the Eastern District of Michigan–as Judge Diggs Taylor is now–ruled against President Nixon in United States v. Sinclair, a well-known wiretapping case, similar to Diggs Taylor’s case. Keith’s decision in that case lionized him to the American left and solidified his position in left-wing judicial activist sainthood. (The case, however, was different in that Nixon was allegedly wiretapping to defeat political opponents. President Bush did so to save our country from terrorist attacks.) Keith’s decision in the Sinclair was so celebrated by the left, that it became known to the legal community as the “Keith Decision.”
From Keith’s bio:
[H]e is most cited for his opinion in United States v. Sinclair, commonly referred to as The Keith Decision. In Sinclair, Judge Keith, sitting on the district court, found that then-President Richard Nixon and then-Attorney General John Mitchell could not engage in warrantless wiretap surveillance of three individuals suspected of conspiring to destroy government property because the surveillance was in violation of the Fourth Amendment. This decision was affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and unanimously upheld by the United States Supreme Court.
Sources say that Diggs Taylor is eager to get the recognition and kudos from the left that Keith got, and saw this case–with a very similar fact pattern–a Republican Administration conducting warrantless wiretaps–as her judicial star vehicle. Her legal Nobel Prize. They say Diggs Taylor’s willingness to engage in misconduct to hijack the University of Michigan affirmative action case is more evidence of her eagerness for a famous, celebrated end to her long legal career in leftist causes.
Judge Keith swore Diggs Taylor in as a Federal Judge in 1979. He told The Detroit Spews:
She’s the type of judge you want to hear the surveillance case.
Of course, she’s the type of judge he wants deciding that case. But not the one America needs.
So glad that risking the safety of Americans helped Judge Diggs Taylor became Miss Lefty Judge America.
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