Judge Sullivan’s next trick: Ordering Flynn’s original counsel to reappear in court

Judge Sullivan’s next trick: Ordering Flynn’s original counsel to reappear in court
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. Wikipedia

[Ed. – Sullivan, unless a superior court stops him, is putting together a made-in-court counter-case against DOJ’s motion to dismiss. This simply cannot be right. It’s as prejudicial as possible to the defendant’s constitutional rights, which start with the presumption of innocence. Where the prosecutor has decided there was no evidentiary basis for overcoming that presumption, it’s not for the judge to try to create one – either on the original premise of the prosecutor, or on a new one cooked up by the judge. Bringing charges is a separate power, the executive’s, not belonging to the judiciary.]

The federal judge overseeing Michael Flynn’s criminal prosecution has directed the law firm that Flynn fired to reappear as an interested party in the controversial proceeding. On Thursday, that firm complied by filing a notice of appearance.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of the District of Columbia on Thursday ordered the clerk of the court to “add Covington & Burling LLP (‘Covington’) as an interested party in this matter and directed counsel for Covington to file a notice of appearance on behalf of Covington as an interested party.”

John E. Hall, the chair of Covington Burling’s global litigation practice, submitted the filing.

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