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From Fox News:

Onetime Michelle Obama staffer evades subpoena in Smollett-Foxx case, process server says

Tina Tchen, the former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, declined Wednesday to be served with a subpoena by a retired Illinois judge seeking the appointment of a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case, according to the process server.

In an email to former Illinois appellate judge Sheila O’Brien obtained by Fox News, the process server wrote that a security guard at the Chicago law firm where Tchen is a partner “called up to her and spoke with her and she said that she in [sic] never going to accept service and to not allow me up to their Law firm.

“She knows all about this Subpoena,” the server added.

Edward Ryan, who runs the private investigation firm that employs the process server, spoke about the incident with The Chicago Sun-Times.

“I don’t know why she’d turn it [the subpoena] down, she’ll be served eventually,” Ryan told the paper.

Tina Tchen is also the Designated Woman of Color hired to purge the Southern Poverty Law Center of the nefarious white male influence that, for better or worse, built the place.

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  1. “White male influence?”


    That is a nose operation from start to finish.

    • Replies: @Joe Magarac
  2. dvorak says:

    Can the Illinois Bar approve of an attorney (Tchen) willfully evading a subpoena? She’s an officer of the court.

    There’s only one Tchen practicing in IL:

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  3. @Robert Dolan

    That is a nose operation from start to finish.

    From a negro point of view, that’s the worst kind of white.

    One cannot simply bug out on assumed white privilege when the knives come out.

  4. hhsiii says:

    To his credit that King ate what he ate and not what Hoover did.

  5. Chicago has a disfunctional DA and with that in mind…in San Francisco Chesa Boudin, whose parents were convicted of murder, is running for DA . Boudin’s parents were members of the radical Weathermen Underground and he was raised by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Interesting that a person of such an unusual background could become a Rhodes Scholar and Yale law grad. My favorite Boudin quote, so far..”50% of Americans have a family member currently or formerly incarcerated…” You can read more at SF He will probably give the keynote speech at th Dem convention.

    • Replies: @hhsiii
    , @bomag
  6. hhsiii says:

    I served a subpoena once in the diamond district. Said I was looking to get engaged. Told the guy who came out from behind the bullet proof glass I was serving him. He squealed I don’t accept it. I informed him that’s not the issue and tossed it at him. Acceptance has nothing to do with it. Once you can ID them that’s it.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  7. hhsiii says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    That’s gotta be wrong. 50%? NFW.

  8. J.Ross says: • Website

    There’s no such thing as evading a competant process server, what happened was the superior titled lord reminded the peasantry how American society works.

  9. @hhsiii

    HHSII, no that’s his quote and of course that number is BS, but the press won’t check and correct. PS, I upgraded you to capital letters. You’re welcome.

  10. Flip says:

    I bet Smollett cooked up the hoax with the Dems to help get the anti lynching bill passed, and Foxx was under orders to make this go away.

  11. JimDandy says:

    This story gladdens my heart. She’s angry and scared and acting like a child because she did something very, very wrong, and we live under the rule of law.

    Made my night.

  12. @JimB

    As Steve has said in the past, blacks keep letting whites down, in this case over fifty years after he died.

  13. Anon[255] • Disclaimer says:

    Judges can just declare you served if they suspect shenanegans. Email service is common these days, and there have been cases of service by Facebook, and at least one by Twitter (to a Kuwait national accussed of bankrolling ISIS).

    It’s funny to see this in an attorney, who should know better.

  14. Woodsie says:

    I worked at a New York City, Park Avenue law firm (IT staff, not a lawyer) in the 90’s. Process servers simply gave the paper to the mail room and that was considered legally served. For an attorney at law to duck a process server this way has to be a violation of their ethics/rules of conduct/whatever. I expect she is going to be in big trouble with the bar, and the judge. Big trouble.

    • Replies: @Marty
    , @Autochthon
  15. You know, this is Chicago. The city of crooks that gave JFK a presidential election. The city that gave us Barack Obama and eventually Loretta Lynch. Remember her? And they think there is something wrong with Flint’s water. Corruption runs deep in Chicago.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  16. @Buffalo Joe

    It might depend how broadly you define “incarcerated.”

    I am a fine, upstanding member of society. But 30 years ago, when I was a college student in Austin, TX, I failed to return a videotape to the video store. I didn’t follow up, and the video store didn’t have a credit card number on file, so a warrant for my arrest was issued. My failure to return a videotape was classified as a class B misdemeanor for theft of service. I was later told that Austin merchants could be pretty ruthless in pressing charges against UT students.

    Anyway, I was picked up while renewing my driver’s license at the DMV. For three hours, until my father made bail, I was a guest of the state in the downtown jail complex.

    Because of my youthful indiscretion, there are about 30 people who have had a family member formerly “incarcerated.”

    Other people who have been arrested and briefly detained for misdemeanor crimes include Beto O’Rourke, George W. Bush and Bill Gates.

    Of course, this does not alter the fact that Boudin is manipulating statistics to claim a crisis in the justice system where none exists.

    • Replies: @JudgeSmails
  17. @Buffalo Joe

    Oh, it’s probably accurate, I had a couple of granduncles who went to prison. Just cover enough of the family tree, and you’d probably get to 50%.

  18. Whiskey says: • Website

    Laws are not for big shots. Especially not women of color big shots. Tchen never gets served. Laws are only for deplorables .

  19. JimDandy says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Yeah, but the (sometimes) corrupt cops are not in lockstep with the (usually) corrupt City Hall and neither of them are in lockstep with the always corrupt “Crimesha” Foxx (as she is called by Chitown cops.). The real power in Chicago does NOT want the city’s rep to be that it is some bizarro urban freak show populated by mutant MAGA lynch mobs, and they are intent on making Crimesha and her cronies pay.

  20. 95Theses says:

    Hmmm. Maybe she’s too busy right now wiping hard drives clean à la HC. ツ

  21. @hhsiii

    Do you need witnesses to this, HHSIII? Are you, the server, trusted to have actually ID’d the guy and given him the papers?

    T-Chen sounds like a typical political criminal, but I do sympathize in one way. I will not accept certified letters unless I already know what’s coming … too much trouble with the highway department in the past …

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  22. 95Theses says:

    So how long after the facts are widely disseminated will it take for the hagiographies to end, for all women of color to acknowledge King as a sexual predator, and it’s no longer safe for black pastors to allude to this fraudulent pillar of virtue in their sermons?

    Oh! And the best part – when do we start tearing down statues?!

    I have a dream … .

  23. @Jeff the Donleavy Fan

    Your comment reminded me of a similar personal set of circumstances…in college, arrested on suspicion of DUI after failing a field sobriety test, and having the pleasure of spending 10 hours with some of Nashville, Tennessee’s finer denizens.
    So I’ve met the broad definition of being incarcerated as well, thereby supporting the specious claim of this SJW.

    Of course, this does not alter the fact that Boudin is manipulating statistics to claim a crisis in the justice system where none exists.

    Of course, this is the bottom line, and a cursory questioning of the details of Boudin’s claim would reveal it.

    Anyone holding their breath that our dutiful fact checkers will get right on this? If only Donald Trump had stated this.

  24. Lookee, lookee who got suddenly bored in Japan:

    In addition to great incompetence and corruption, The Smollett case in Chicago is also about a Hate Crime. Remember, “MAGA COUNTRY DID IT!”

    That turned out to be a total lie, had nothing to do with “MAGA COUNTRY.”

    Serious stuff, and not even an apology to millions of people!

  25. Marty says:

    Sorry Mr. Firewall, but you don’t know what you’re talking about. First, each state’s service requirements are dfferent. It’s possible that in Illinois, service means being hit in the chest with the papers – that’s the way it was in CA before about 1982. Second, the Bar is invariably the home of a state’s most whacked out lefty lawyers, so Tchen has little to fear from them. Incidentally, if you want a good read about what it was like to be a Park Avenue lawyer in the old days, check out Clients Against Lawyers, Harper’s Magazine 9/67, available for $5.

    • Replies: @Woodsie
  26. @hhsiii

    It all depends on how one defines “family member” and “incarcerated”. I have two relatives (one close and the other a second cousin, who on two separate unrelated occasions) spent a night in a county lock up for DUI before being able to post bond. They didn’t have to go back after final adjudication.It happens to the best of families.

    • Agree: Hibernian
  27. Woodsie says:

    You are right, I don’t know … just speculating from my experience in the big apple. Maybe the bar association prefers the “hit in the chest” method (great phrase – descriptive, visual). but if so, wouldn’t the server have staked out the target, knowing the rules, instead of emailing the judge just to say “I failed”? If you are correct, the judge would be more pissed at the process server (“go back and do your job”) than the target. I would have thought professional courtesy would be the order of the day, but these are lawyers and our conceptions of logic and consistency (let alone right and wrong) have no place in their world.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  28. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    Are you kidding? Just watch them. Fellow Whites have been getting away with the identity-shift for decades.

    But it may be that it’s no longer tenable with the rise in right wing antisemitism and racial diversity. The takeover of SPLC was a coup against its Jewish leadership, replacing it with gentile POCs. It’s heartening to me that no one on the Jewish side dared to point it out. More, please.

    We should see more of that, and more doubling down on hypocrisy by Jewish leaders who will hate white gentiles to the bitter end, even if that end involves them being beaten to death by non-whites who aren’t even aware of the distinction.

    • Replies: @Dennis Dale
  29. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @Dennis Dale

    this was supposed to be in response to a comment above, but the site is bugging out.

  30. People are figuring out that lying about bias attacks is useful for ‘raising awareness,’ but also for forestalling assault charges:

  31. As with privacy in personal “papers and effects,” so too with service of process in the modern age: both are laughably archaic and wanting some recognition we no longer live in the eighteenth century.

    Most electronic mail and texts are effectively in the public domain for purposes of governmental snooping, and admissible in court after something like thirty days (absent exceptions for privileged stuff, etc.) Likewise requirements for personal service are now abused and silly in the other direction. That this creature explicitly acknowledged her purpose to evade service ironically indicates the purpose of the service was accomplished before the server arrived.

    Laws provide for service by publication following due diligence to effect personal service, and these need to be updates to more efficiently address people playing cat-and-mouse games – particularly where, as here, the respondent is a member of the bar. Nothing could be simpler than an online system all licensed lawyers are obliged to monitor at least, say, monthly (probably weekly) such that they are deemed to have constructive notice of anything served to them by posting it to that system a month (week?) after the date of such posting.

    It will never happen, of course, for the same reason federal legislators will never relinquish the host of privileges they hold, even after they no longer serve, and go back to being just plain folks: that’s for suckers.

    Always private benefits at public expense; always special rights without concomitant special responsibilities. Such is the watchword for rule by lawyers, as de Toqueville observed an age ago….

  32. @Achmed E. Newman

    The server must file proof of service, which is effectively a sworn affidavit. He can of course perjury himself, but at some point the complications must be sorted out coming or going. Our system mostly relies upon then to be sorted coming – up front – with protections like the requirement the server not be the petitioner, the ability to request service by a peace officer in circumstances, etc.

    Your stated policy is, by the way, wise; it’s best to not be surprised by such things.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  33. @Woodsie

    As Marty explains, this stuff varies by state and by the nature of the filing (petition, subpoena, etc.) and case (divorce, some other civil matter, etc.) Some things must be served personally, other can be served by mail to the respondent’s residence or other verifiable location of record. Personal service is always safest in hairy situations.

  34. bomag says:

    He might have run the math in some funky way.

    Each year, 700,000 enter prison. Using a 70 year lifespan, 50 million go through the gate during someone’s lifetime; assuming it is spread evenly across the population (ha ha ha) a family of four in a population of 400 mil will have a 50% chance of seeing a family member in the pen. (B.S. for all the obvious reasons.)

    Another stat he might be using is that around 10 mil are jailed each year after some encounter with law enforcement. As noted, this is a wide enough net that is could well touch half the families.

  35. bomag says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    …whose parents were convicted of murder

    Father still in prison; mother served 22 years and is now an assistant professor at Columbia.

    Yale AND jail!

    Boudin was one who worked on not holding illegals for pick-up by the feds. That really keeps us safe.

    I read a SF Chronicle article on his candidacy. The usual, where he is going to find some new, progressive ways to deal with criminals that will cure them of criminal tendencies so they don’t have to be incarcerated. Voters; always needing some snake oil.

    But SF has some various crime waves washing over them, so it doesn’t sound like they are in a mood for such.

  36. Hibernian says:

    They’re claiming the process server was deceptive. It’s their word against his. We see the oxymoron “legal ethics” all the time in the pages of our newspapers, TV, etc.

  37. Hibernian says:

    I had the plaintiff who sued me, and/or his lawyer, lie and say they served me when they didn’t, then actually serve me, expecting me to reply by a deadline based on the fraudulent first “service.” It was a homeowner’s insurance matter that should have been settled between insurance adjusters or at least between insurance company lawyers without anyone filing suit. It didn’t go to trial but it went to arbitration at the courthouse, with three lawyer arbitrators (not to be confused with insurance company arbitration in lieu of a lawsuit.) A big waste of time and money.

  38. @Autochthon

    Thanks, Autochthon. Thankfully, I’m not involved in any of this stuff.

  39. A good way to get under your legal opponents skin is to deliver the summons at work right in front of their boss, peers, and subordinates. Granted, the cat is already out of the bag on this one but it still can be humiliating. The visibility can also be helpful because if your lawsuit is defensive as in a divorce, it puts the world on notice that you are the one who is aggrieved which can be helpful if you suspect that the other side is cooking something up; especially false allegations. Sometimes you want to be the one throwing the first punch.

  40. While killing time this past weekend I happened to pick up a copy of the greatest autobiography ever: Becoming. Shoot, Oprah endorsed it! After seeing that no co-authors were credited, I flipped through the images, and saw that Tina Tchen got props as a “tireless assistant, bla bla bla” miracle worker/fixer. I put the book down, and hope to never pick it up again. No offense to Michelle intended.

    May a million Oprah-influenced book clubs bloom!

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  46. MEH 0910 says:

    County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said in her statement that the rumors circulated as suspicions grew about the claim made by Smollett, who is black and gay.

    “False rumors circulated that I was related or somehow connected to the Smollett family, so I removed myself from all aspects of the investigation and prosecution … so as to avoid even the perception of a conflict,” she said in her Friday statement.

    Previous explanations suggested that she recused herself because of communications with a Smollett family member as the investigation of the reported attack was ongoing.

    Foxx communicated in early February with former first lady Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff Tina Tchen, who was representing Smollett’s family, and with a member of Smollett’s family about the investigation. She recused herself on Feb. 13, and her office cited the communications with the Smollett relative, whom Tchen had encouraged Foxx to call, as the reason for the decision.

    Her statement and previously released communicaitons show a shifting justification for why the prosecutor recused herself. Previously released communications also show how Foxx inserted herself in the case even though she had publicly vowed to stay out of the decision-making.

    Parts of the Friday releases, not attributed directly to Foxx but to her office, say the new materials being released “reveals that the State’s Attorney was advised to “recuse” herself … solely based upon rumors that she was related to Smollett — which she is not.”

    It also suggests confusion and miscommunication, saying that attorneys within the office advised against using the word “recusal” – because they saw no actual conflict of interest.

    “Those communications were not escalated to the State’s Attorney herself,” she said.

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