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New information uncovered by Jason Kessler reveals that the judiciary clerks drafting opinions for Western District of Virginia federal Judge Norman Moon are directly linked to parties in cases he is presiding over.

The above image, obtained from Facebook, shows two clerks currently working under Moon, Hutton Marshall (left) and Joshua LeFebvre (right, circled in blue), posing with Elizabeth Ann Sines (center). Beneath the image is a captioned comment from Sines referring to the group as “BEST OF FRIENDS.”

Sines is the lead plaintiff in Roberta Kaplan’s Sines v. Kessler, which Judge Norman Moon and staff members Marshall and LeFebvre are overseeing, demonstrating a shocking conflict of interest. Kaplan has in the past implied that she has special access to the court. She is currently touring the country with Sines to build publicity for the suit Moon’s court has pushed through to trial.

According to information on LinkedIn, in 2017 Marshall also interned with Amy Spitalnick, the lead counsel in Sines v. Kessler, when she was Communications Director at the Office of the New York State Attorney General. A screenshot of Marshall’s friends list shows links to self-admitted members of “antifa.”

Lefebvre is named in a 2017 article published by the University of Virginia School of Law as an intimate friend of Sines, who was with her immediately after the car incident that killed Heather Heyer. Aside from his close friendship with Sines, Lefebve may actually be a witness in the case he is helping rule on. Both Marshall and LeFebvre have long histories of radical left-wing activism.

95% of federal judges task their clerks with ghostwriting and researching legal opinions. It is doubtful that 84-year-old Moon, who has been seen falling asleep during proceedings, is an exception to the rule.

Last month, Moon and his clerks issued a ruling in Sines v. Kessler calling for defendant Elliot Kline to be thrown in jail for “contempt,” almost unheard of in civil cases, over forgetting the password to a three year old e-mail address and not handing over two cellphones that the Plaintiffs later “lost.”

Israeli Authoring Legal Opinions in Moon’s Court

Moon’s office has handled most of the high profile civil and criminal cases relating to nationalists and Donald Trump supporters in Charlottesville. His rulings consistently suggest extreme political prejudice against defendants. His clerks in previous years may also be to blame.

According to a document uncovered by National Justice, the clerk helping author important opinions deciding the fate of accused “white nationalists” and “anti-Semites” for Moon during the 2018 term was Dascher Pasco, an Israeli citizen who is active in Jewish nationalist causes and has previously been employed by the Israeli government.

Pasco has made all of her social media pages private. Her LinkedIn is open, but omits her stint as Judge Moon’s clerk. This is unusual behavior, federal clerkships are coveted among law students as the most prestigious experience you can put on a resume.

A biography published by an organization promoting Israel called iTrek states that Pasco has led numerous BirthRight trips and is “very involved” in the Jewish Law Students Association. Pasco states that her main motivation for obtaining a law degree is to engage in explicit Jewish ethnic activism and work in the state of Israel. A separate record of Pasco’s activities shows that she was once directly employed by the Israeli government through Masa Israel Journey.

Kaplan and Integrity First for America have repeatedly pitched their lawsuit as a specifically Jewish ethnic crusade to crush nationalism in the Trump era. Pasco should’ve recused herself from cases involving individuals viewed by Jewish groups she belongs to as enemies, but instead took an active role in not just Sines v. Kessler, but related controversial criminal prosecutions that have been thrown out as unconstitutional by Moon’s equivalents in other districts.

While Pasco’s Jewishness on its own is not evidence of bias, her heavy engagement with Jewish nationalist causes and ties to foreign governments require a second look into every dubious ruling emanating from Moon’s court.

Relevant players have indicated that they will be taking legal action based on this new evidence. This will compel higher courts to either codify this brazen corruption or uphold the most minimum standards of law.

(Republished from National Justice by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Stavros says:

    Quis custodes ipsos costodet?

  2. As a retired civil litigation attorney, I am absolutely shocked by what Mr Striker has written.

    However, my own experience sadly mirrors what Mr Striker relates, as I have personally witnessed instances of extreme bias by jewish judges for jewish plaintiffs and defendants. That said, I have also witnessed extremely fair and even-handed treatment by jewish judges of jewish litigants as well. It all depends on the judge. (I would love to relate some of these experiences, and one particularly egregious example, but it would take up too much space. Suffice to say, it is saddening to have to experience such Tribal favoritism, but I’m sure that other groups do the same for their own, maybe just not so openly and brazenly.)

    As for federal clerks, Mr Striker absolutely nailed it when he said, “Pasco has made all of her social media pages private. Her LinkedIn is open, but omits her stint as Judge Moon’s clerk. This is unusual behavior, federal clerkships are coveted among law students as the most prestigious experience you can put on a resume.” I went to a prestigious law school, and I know for a fact that federal clerkships are considered a plum position that pretty much guarantees a meteoric rise in the legal profession, whether it be teaching, practicing at a top firm, or the most coveted of all, a judgeship. To omit such a fact from one’s social media is a bit suspicious, but maybe she has a valid personal or professional reason for doing so. But it is strange, to say the least. Or maybe not so strange, given what Mr Striker has stated, assuming it is all true and accurate.

    Another troubling, but enlightening essay by an author who writes in such an engaging style that I find myself coming back again and again, despite the sadness and anger (and nausea) that usually ensues from consideration of what Mr Striker so effectively relates. Another real treat we get here at The Unz Review.

    • Thanks: Futurethirdworlder
    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  3. A 28-page US Dept of Justice file, details a leading criminal role of US federal judge Norman Moon in an international scheme of bribery, extortion and terrorism funded by a UK criminal group, committing felony acts on US territory

    Moon is significant internationally, accused of sending a string of harassing e-mails to Brussels, Belgium, making it clear that the US federal judiciary is supporting threats to murder European officials

    The data in this file has helped stop extraditions to the USA, and this file in particular helped shut down the forays by Robert Mueller who was directly sponsoring and protecting the alleged bribery of Judge Moon as it occurred

    DOJ sold a ‘comfort letter’ to people clearly involved in a string of felonies including threats to murder a federal witness, and open perjury in federal court, welcomed by Judge Moon, apparently receiving some dosh for his participation

    ‘Report on evidence of felonies violating Civil Rights, and bribery by foreign agents…’

  4. jsigur says:

    There is no doubt that Nationalists are considered official enemies of the state making them prone more than usual to lying propaganda to demonize the enemy. It’s also clear that Nationalist’s owning of the James Field’s car episode in 2017 enabled our enemy status and why I argued at the time for charging it as a “staged event”.

    Not one Nationalist leader besides Kyle Hunt and Carolyn Yeager pointed out the obvious

  5. Anonymous[352] • Disclaimer says:

    Relevant players have indicated that they will be taking legal action based on this new evidence. This will compel higher courts to either codify this brazen corruption or uphold the most minimum standards of law.

    Well said.

  6. Bartolo says:

    Every. Single. Time.

  7. fnn says:

    Just imagine, for a moment, the outcry if a federal judge were imprisoning members of antifa on process crimes to do with frivolous lawsuits, & that judge's legal opinions were being written by people with far right political associations, to the point of being "best of friends"?— Ahab (@Ahab4K) February 26, 2020

  8. melpol says:

    All these legal entanglements could be ended if white nationalists stopped badmouthing Jews. American Jews must feel safe and cannot be blamed for defending their lives against white nationalist rhetoric.
    Freedom from fear should be granted to American Jews. The DOJ supports the right to be free from fear of terror.

    • Agree: Lot
    • Troll: ben tillman, Dan Hayes
  9. @melpol

    And when are us goyim gonna start feeling safe?

    • Replies: @melpol
  10. melpol says:
    @Digital Samizdat

    Goyim have to take the first step and stop badmouthing Jews. Once Jews feel safe from Goyim they will call off the dogs. Remember it was the Goyim under Hitler who beat down Jews. Goyim will be forgiven if they stop calling Jews money grabbers. Jews enjoy social status and many hold prestigious positions. Goyim that accept a Jews high social standing will be guests of honor in Synagogues and at a Bar Mitzvah.

    • LOL: Lot
    • Troll: ben tillman
    • Replies: @anonymous
  11. anonymous[147] • Disclaimer says:

    Jews have their gangster hideout in Palestine now; go there and knock yourself out making “rules.”

    In USA, We the American people make the rules. Stop badmouthing the American people who created the world you live in so comfortably: your arrogance could make that happy life end for you; it’s happened before, a time or 109 —

    anyway, what sane non-Jew has any interest at all in going to one of your Jewish gatherings?
    Not even Jews want to go to synagogues or Bar Mitzvah — they’re boring as hell.

    • Replies: @melpol
  12. “it is saddening to have to experience such Tribal favoritism, but I’m sure that other groups do the same for their own”

    In times of war, patriots will ‘rise and kill first’ for their tribe. The adversary we are dealing with is on a war footing. They are not pulling their punches.

    Keep in mind these people think nothing of shooting unarmed protestors in Gaza and the West Bank. They hold our lives and freedoms in equal contempt to that of Palestinians. Anything we do that blocks them from unfettered access to power is casus belli.

    It is a mistake to believe that they have any respect for our laws, which they will twist to achieve superiority over us. In America they have to do the minimum necessary to keep up the façade, but they’d rather be using bullets on us.

    • Replies: @melpol
  13. melpol says:

    Bad mouthing whites or any of the American minorities is taboo for Jews. But Jewish organizations get the DOJ on the asses of white nationalists and college radicals for promoting Jew-hatred. Never did attend a boring Synagogue or Bar Mitzvah but was the star at a Jews birthday party sex orgy. Land of the Jews is a refuge for those who were wrongfully convicted of a swindle or rape of a movie star. Even a Goy will be protected if he comes with enough Shekels.

  14. melpol says:

    All Jews love America and in particular Miami Beach and Hollywood. They made their money in NYC and on Wall Street, its now their chance to get a spot in the Sun. Some take a trip to Jew Land and pray at the wailing wall. Others just enjoy the food at Kosher restaurants. Many Jewesses marry Goys and raise smart and clever kids. Jewish guys with a good job get a blond blue eyed shiksa for a wife. Its mix and match for secular Jews. Orthodox Jews build a wall around themselves and raise a million kids.

  15. Exile says:

    The reality is that justice in America, criminal and civil alike, comes down to cui bono. Laws and principles are just pretense and camouflage for greed and will to power. Cases are decided on results, not process or merit.

    There is no effective impediment on judicial authority in America today. Look at the sad clown-show of Trump being stymied again and again by lowly district court judges who can get appointed for chicken feed bribery or a one-night-stand or two.

    Solid effort, Striker and “on the nose” re: the legal system’s soft underbelly. Keep exposing the networks of patronage, influence and corruption that lawyers and judges work to further their careers.

    • Agree: Orville H. Larson
    • Thanks: Liza
    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  16. When I clerked my Judge always contended “Clerks have no conflicts.” My Judge said that’s the proper ethics rule because the JUDGE makes the decision, not the clerk. Anyone who thinks a clerk has a conflict is insulting the Judge and questioning the Judge’s integrity. As uppity as clerks may get, the Judge reviews and approves everything that goes out. If the Judge fails to ask the right questions or demand the proper work, that is on the Judge, not the clerk. There are cases where some Federal judges have put a clerk on leave (and found them another job) to avoid a bad appearance, but those are quite rare. Friendship and employment never create a conflict for a clerk.

    • Replies: @Mustapha Mond
  17. @Mustapha Mond

    I am absolutely shocked by what Mr Striker has written.

    I take it that you don’t think this happens all the time. The real shock is that it isn’t uncovered more often.

    • Replies: @Mustapha Mond
  18. @Curmudgeon

    I am shocked by the brazenness, the openness, the utter disrespect for the institution.

    Of course people have their biases and prejudices. Everybody does. That’s why the fights over who gets nominated to these positions, especially the Supreme Court, are so vicious.

    But at this level they are all supposed to be utmost professionals, cream of the crop types. They are supposed to not leave open trails for everyone to see.

    The arrogance here is palpable and nauseating. It is shocking.

    That’s why Mr Striker wrote an essay on it, obviously…….

  19. @Harry Huntington

    Not sure where you clerked, but this is pretty common knowledge for federal court clerks:

    Conflicts of Interest
    Canon 3F(1) of the Code of Conduct advises judicial employees, including law clerks, to avoid conflicts of interest. Conflicts arise when you—or your spouse or other close relative—might be so personally or financially affected by a matter that a reasonable person would question your impartiality. The considerations that apply to a spouse also apply to a person with whom the clerk lives in an intimate relationship.

    Here’s the link, fyi:

    (Looks like somebody needs some continuing legal education classes……. ) 😉

    • Agree: Twodees Partain
  20. fnn says:

    The unrepentant:

    27 years ago today, while executing lawful warrants in Waco, Texas, four ATF agents were killed and 28 ATF agents were wounded from gunshots or shrapnel. We will never forget Special Agents Conway LeBleu, Todd McKeehan, Robert Williams, and Steven Willis.— ATF Houston (@ATFHou) February 28, 2020

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  21. @Exile

    Federal judges are, by and large, megalomaniacs. They think they’re bigger than God. That’s what lifetime tenure brings.

    Regarding this federal shyster–er, uh, judge Norman Moon: The House of Representatives would be well advised to open an impeachment inquiry against him. . . .

  22. @melpol

    All these legal entanglements could be ended if white nationalists stopped badmouthing Jews.

    The problem is, unless it conforms to the dictates of Jews themselves, any mention at all of anything to do with Jews, regardless how true, is condemned as “badmouthing”.

    You see the problem with that, don’t you, Mel?

    • Replies: @melpol
  23. melpol says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    White males in the US are the power elite. They make the major decisions and nothing is done without their consent. White nationalist clubs should defend their race against enemies, but they are misguided by focusing on Jews. Power in the US is distributed by the white elite. They call the shots. There are no stand alone powerful Jews. Munchen is one example of a powerful Jew who does not stand alone. My point is that white nationalist clubs should blame their own elites rather than puppet Jews for negative events.

    • Troll: Che Guava
  24. @fnn

    What a bald faced lie. they didn’t have any warrants. The main criticism leveled against them back then was that they arrived to serve warrants that hadn’t even been issued. You’re right. “Unrepentant” describes the ATF perfectly.

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