Federal Judge Rules Justice Department Withheld Evidence That Key Witness in Detainee Cases Was Mentally Disturbed

sullivanThe Justice Department is once again being threatened with contempt of court after United States District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan found that they withheld evidence from the defense that a witness in a “significant” number of cases was mentally disturbed. Judge Sullivan found that the testimony of the detainee was unreliable, could be challenged in other cases, and could be the basis for a possible contempt order against the government.

In the wake of the Stevens case, this ruling in the case of Aymen Saeed Batarfi, a Yemeni doctor, received little attention. However, like Stevens, the Justice Department has announced that it would no longer seek to detain the doctor. As in Stevens, the move appears to protect the Justice Department from further judicial inquiry over the misconduct of government officials and, also like the Stevens case, there is no indication that the responsible officials will be disciplined or fired.

In the hearing, Sullivan stated “To hide relevant and exculpatory evidence from counsel and from the court under any circumstances, particularly here where there is no other means to discover this information and where the stakes are so very high . . . is fundamentally unjust, outrageous and will not be tolerated . . . How can this court have any confidence whatsoever in the United States government to comply with its obligations and to be truthful to the court?”

Judge Sullivan refused to allow the government to continue to play games with the system and called its actions “still another ploy . . . to continue with his deprivation of his fair day in court.” He ordered review of the case every 14 days and threatened to impose a contempt sanction if the Justice Department continued to violate federal rules.

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140 thoughts on “Federal Judge Rules Justice Department Withheld Evidence That Key Witness in Detainee Cases Was Mentally Disturbed”

  1. Centurion:

    you and that PH.D. are both pompous asses. You spread that around like Johnny “Wad” Holmes shakes his dick in the men’s room while at the urinal.

  2. Bron, you are really wasting your time responding to, or even acknowledging, Mr. C. If you review his comments, you will note that he has not had a single, constructive thing to say on any topic. His posts have been limited to personal attacks and infantile rants against individuals about whom he knows nothing. I suppose his posts fill some personal need to engage in anonymous vituperation because he lacks the courage to express his anger openly in real life. Whatever his motives may be, if we but ignore him perhaps he will elect to take his emotional immaturity to another site.

  3. What diploma mill did you get your engineering degree from? The word is “tutelage” Bron. Think McFly!

  4. I’m not a conservative, send your ouija board back to Parker Brothers for a full discount Bron.

  5. Centurion:

    thank you for the accolades, I owe it all to your tuteledge.

    Do you actually believe what you wrote above? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

    Also the crack about genetically compromised off-spring is way below the belt, I have a daughter with cystic fibrosis.

    So I now know the kind of human being you are, a mean spiteful, low brow, despicable man. Someone like you probably throws puppies off cliffs and hangs cats. It is your type that gives conservatives a bad name.

  6. Bron98, I have noticed some improvement in sentence structure and grammar. You are undoubtedly being assisted by one of your genetically compromised off-spring in the creation and transmission of your posts.

  7. Bron 98, your need to defend yourself only confirms my suspicions about your sexual orientation. Also, as I have posted earlier, undergrads should not be allowed to post on these blogs. Your lack of formal education causes you to resort to profanity and juvenile name calling. When you graduate from potty-mouth training you will than be allowed to contribute.


    You have a problem with men that like to cook? You sound like a fairy, I bet the only Marlin you ever smoked was the guy down the street.

    And actually that Chicken Mirabella is good chow. I havent tried the one Buddha posted but that looks good too.

    PH. D. what does that stand for Psychiatrist Has to prescribe Drugs. What a putz cant get into medical school so you need to act out against those that are doing/able to do what they wanted to do.

    You need an intellectual enema, shit for brains.

  9. Next time my wife goes to her day spa to get waxed and pedicured, I will ask her if she saw a green faced little troll who is in need of a facial and enema.

  10. The only people that you kiss are other men. I saw the cute little recipes you and your boyfriends pass. Ah! aren’t you special. Do you clothes shop together as well. I bet you even get your nails done together. Enjoy!

  11. I’d ask if you kiss your mom with that mouth, but you’ve given every indication that the only way you’d ever be able to kiss a female is via incest. Enjoy!

  12. Buddha, you still need more fiber in your diet, that constipated mask of pain is gruesome to look at. You should ask Bron 98 to come over and give you a coffee enema. Mespo can assist, he can inject you with the fleet solution. Enjoy!

  13. Mespo:

    As I said above I think “Centurion” calls himself that because he broke 99 on the Stanford Binet.

  14. Lottakatz:

    funny you should write about Colcannon, my wife made that the other night. I doubt she knew what it was but it is good. Thanks for an “official” recipe.

  15. Centurion:

    I cleaned it up a little, thanks for keeping my spelling straight.

    So I spelled a word incorrectly, and that in your
    mind invalidates what I wrote?
    You must be a simple man/woman.
    “Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”
    Ralph Waldo must have had you in particular in mind and psychologists in general when he wrote that.
    I hope your psychiatrist keeps a short leash on you and reviews your work carefully.
    One other thing as engineers we are the top dogs, we don’t have someone else looking over our shoulder’s, we have ultimate responsibility. I guess you are the equivalent of an engineering tech.

    You are really hung up on California schools and your PH.D, is that the academic equivalent of driving a big red Corvette? Ernie Johnson and the twins not up to snuff? Probably not or you would not have mentioned your tanned wife.

    If you ever need/want some ideas on how to satisfy your wife let me know.

  16. Bob,

    Thanks for the link. I can’t wait until I get a chance to go to a game this year.

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