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    Emily Miller uncovers D.C. AG “dirty tricks” in withholding David Gregory docs

    Emily Miller uncovers D.C. AG “dirty tricks” in withholding David Gregory docs

    I wrote on Monday about the lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch on behalf of Legal Insurrection seeking documents withheld by the District of Columbia Office of Attorney General (OAG) and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) regarding David Gregory’s clear violation of the D.C. gun laws, Legal Insurrection and Judicial Watch file suit to obtain David Gregory gun law violation documents.

    My post and the announcement did not garner the attention it deserved, perhaps because the whole world was falling apart in D.C. that day, see Benghazi, IRS-Tea Party Scandal, and AP Phone Records.  Oh, and Gosnell.  (It’s never too late to tweet and Facebook share that original post or this one, hint, hint.)

    But yesterday something else developed.  I received a call from Emily Miller at The Washington Times, who does great work on 2nd Amendment issues, to let me know that one of the key documents the OAG would not give me because it supposedly was protected by a Freedom of Information Act exemption already had been given to her by … wait for it … the OAG.

    Miller calls it part of a pattern of “dirty tricks” by OAG and MPD she has experienced, and she writes about it today, MILLER: D.C. dirty tricks in Part II of unfolding David Gregory mystery-drama:

    Officials in Washington, D.C. are using dirty tactics to hide the  investigation and decision not to prosecute David Gregory of NBC News for illegally possessing a “high-capacity”  magazine in the District of Columbia.

    As I wrote in February, my requests to the Metropolitan  Police Department (MPD) and the  Office of Attorney General (OAG) to turn over the documents in Mr.  Gregory’s case were ignored. I finally had to use a Freedom of Information  Act (FOIA) request, but the attorney general and police only turned over public  documents.

    So I wrote separate extensively-detailed FOIA request to the attorney  general, MPD and Mayor Vincent  Gray. The police and prosecutor responded with a large amount of documents —  75 percent of them were useless to me (every public email and news story) and  seemed to be an effort to bury me in paper. The rest was heavily redacted with  big black marks.

    On Monday, I got a press release from Judicial Watch announced it has filed a  FOIA lawsuit against MPD and OAG on  behalf of the Legal Insurrection blog. In reading through the documents that  were not turned over, I noticed that one that I had gotten — the Jan. 9 letter  from the NBC’s lawyer Lee Levine to D.C. Attorney General Irvin  Nathan.

    I called William A. Jacobson, the  lead author of the legal blog, to tell him I had that letter. “I am shocked that  the D.C. attorney general would withhold from us the letter from David  Gregory’s attorney using a claim of FOIA exemption, and force us to go to  court, when they already gave the letter to another person,” Mr.  Jacobson, a clinical professor at Cornell Law School, told me.

    Miller has more details in her post.

    What are they hiding? Why the games?

    None of this surprised me.  So much about how the David Gregory case was handled has been cloaked in secrecy.

    While an inadvertent violation of the D.C. gun laws will get you written up on charges and prosecuted vigorously if you are a regular citizen, Gregory and others at NBC News were let off the hook even though they explicitly and specifically were told by MPD via email not to use the ammunition magazine on the show because it was illegal.

    This never has been about a desire to see David Gregory prosecuted, it’s about OAG’s failure to apply the law equally depending on the social status of the person.

    I’m fortunate to have Judicial Watch on my side, whose President is quoted by Miller in her story:

    Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton is determined to use the lawsuit to shine a  light into this black hole, saying, “We want the complete record of this  controversial decision not to prosecute Gregory or NBC News, and one of the key documents is the affidavit [prepared by police to support a Warrant for Gregory].”

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    Valerie | May 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I’m kinda fond of the notion of “equal protection under the laws.” So are most Liberals.


     
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    RWGinger | May 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Professor
    Aren’t you a bit surprised that they actually thought you wouldn’t find out?

    It seems a really stupid move by them


       
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      Sanddog in reply to RWGinger. | May 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      One of the hallmarks of the progressive left is their belief that they are the smartest people in the room. Of course, they are anything but….which makes it doubly insulting.

    Emily is great. Worthwhile to Bing her name and read all her stories, from the inane process to buying a gun to the laws D.C. flaunted in the Gregory case that were so rigidly against others.
    Prof Jacobson has hit another home run with his FOIA.


     
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    scrubjay | May 16, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    For me, it is about a desire to see David Gregory prosecuted.

    And to see his mug shot and to see him frog-marched and to see him in an orange jumpsuit.


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