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Former Federal Judge And Prosecutor Stephen Larson On What Rick Perry Should Do Next

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  |  posted by Duane Patterson

HH: Today, there are two major stories – what is going on in Ferguson, and I’ve got my eye on that, and we’re going to talk about the National Guard’s role throughout the day, and what happened on Friday night as I left the studio, Governor Rick Perry, a friend of the show, a friend of mine, indicted. And as I went reading through this weekend, I thought to myself I know one guy who can help us on this. It helps sometimes to be a lawyer in a law firm with really extraordinary litigators, one of whom is a former federal district court judge. And Judge Stephen Larson joins me now. He’s a partner at the Arent Fox law firm of which I am a partner. But even before he was a judge on the federal bench, he was the chief of the Organized Crimes section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. So he’s a prosecutor, a judge, and now he runs complex litigation. Judge Larson, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show. How are you?

SL: I’m well. Thank you so much, Hugh.

HH: I appreciate you joining me, because I am confused by this. I am confused how a grand jury can bring an indictment against a governor for issuing a veto. How do you read this situation?

SL: Well, the confusion is not so much in my mind how a grand jury could return an indictment, because in the hands of the right or a wrong prosecutor, a grand jury could return an indictment against just about anybody. The concern is why a prosecutor would seek an indictment under these circumstances. Continue Reading

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How The GOP Ought To Campaign On The Federal Courts

Sunday, August 17, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My Monday Washington Examiner column looks at the wreckage made of judicial confirmations by Democrats from ted Kennedy to Harry Reid, and outlines the strategy the GOP ought to use to rebuild: First retaliate with a blockade and then rebuild with a bipartisan reconstruction of the supermajority for judges.


Karl Rove On President Obama –And President Bush’s Silence About President Obama

Friday, August 15, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Karl Rove opened Friday’s show.  Listen to the entire 18 minute conversation or read the transcript.  It sounds to me like the seriousness of the current president’s failure may push W into public criticism of those failures –after the elections.

HH: On a day when Ukraine announces it’s wiped out a column of Russian armored vehicles, ISIS continues its rampage, Ferguson is on edge, I am joined by the Architect, Karl Rove. Karl, welcome, it’s always a pleasure to talk to you.

KR: Hugh, thanks for having me on.

HH: Now I normally run the map with you, but I actually wanted to ask you about something different today, and it’s about the fact you served at the side of a president in wartime from 9/11, when did you leave the White House, Karl?

KR: September of 2007.

HH: Okay, so that’s six long years, and we’re about that point in the Obama administration. And it seems like all the wheels are coming off. And I don’t know, could you have ever imagined IS rising under George W. Bush this way?

KR: No, and you know, this is not a recent event. I thought, I find myself in rare agreement with Hillary Clinton. I thought in her interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, she was right on target. President Obama’s failure three years ago to arm the Free Syrian Army, you know, the non to moderate alternative to the Islamists gave ISIS the ability to rise in Syria and now extend its influence into Iraq. And the President’s failure to stand forward when he could have is the reason why we’re seeing unroll what we’re seeing unroll. Continue Reading

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