A Black Woman, Judge Deborah Robinson, Will Hear the Manafort Case; Watch the BS Begin
As soon as word came that there would be a black woman presiding as the judge regarding the Paul Manafort indictment, I braced myself for what is surely to come: pure bullshit—especially from the president and the conservative press.
And so it has begun.
On Monday night, Fox News published an article, “Paul Manafort Judges: Who are Deborah A. Robinson and Amy Berman Jackson?”
Of course, in the case of the Robinson, the black judge, with one of the blackest names ever, by the way, the Fox lead begins by noting that she “has experienced the criminal-justice system firsthand—when her son was convicted of dealing heroin.”
Jared Kushner’s father was convicted of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering (and on a truly douche-y note, paid a prostitute $10,000 to have sex with his brother-in-law and then sent photos to his sister so she wouldn’t cooperate with the feds; she went straight to the FBI, and he served time in federal prison for it), but you don’t see this son-of-a-convict, aka President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, called out as such, do you?
But back to Magistrate Judge Robinson.
Bustle reports that she is a graduate of Morgan State University and Emory University Law School, and was sworn in as magistrate judge in 1988. She has sat on the bench for almost 30 years, before that spending eight years as an assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting criminal cases in the Superior Court and the U.S. District Court.
Robinson has presided over both political and high-profile cases in Washington, D.C.
In 2005, Robinson oversaw a case that resulted in a guilty plea from former President Bill Clinton’s former national security adviser Sandy Berger. She also was the judge in the criminal case involving Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the George W. Bush White House aide who got 30 months in prison for leaking the name of CIA agent Valerie Plume.
In the district, Judge Robinson also oversaw cases involving former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, notorious drug kingpin Rayful Edmond III, and even an assault case against then Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson, who was sued for assault. Robinson denied Iverson’s request to give his testimony in Philadelphia instead of Washington D.C., reports Bustle.
Given Donald Trump’s disdain for both judges (see: Gonzalo Curiel and any other judge who has actually upholds the Constitution) and for black women (see: Jemele Hill, Rep. Frederica Wilson, Omarosa Manigault Newman’s marginalization, etc.), it’s almost a guarantee that Judge Robinson will be in the bull’s eye.
But we ain’t down for the bullshit.
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By: Observer Staff
We knew yesterday was the 'BIG DAY' as the Texas Monthly called it on their excerpt about the three former campaign officials for President Donald Trump were indicted on Monday, amid Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, per Texas Monthly. Senator John Cornyn told the Washington Post "Special counsel's got his own responsibilities, and it doesn't involve us," "I don't think he knows what to do and he's doing it" Senator Ted Cruz told the Dallas Morning News that the indictments "are undoubtedly serious" and that he wants to see the "strenght of the factual predicate behind them." He added, "That's why we have a judicial process."
While many know the focus of this case will be on Judge Deborah Robinson, Obama era appointed Judge, because... well she's black and they are already bringing out everything that could taint her image that could taint anyone else's even if they were the color blue. But, she is black and like the rest of us who are as well we understand what Judge Robinson is up against and one of our own San Antonio leaders had his own weigh in on all these series of events after indictments were handed down.
According to Texas Monthly, U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro, a San Antonio Democrat and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, called out the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders after she said the indictments "had nothing to do with the president" and suggested the charges were against Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, see Rep. Castro's tweet below:
We are with Angela and we are with Rep. Castro.
Will Judge Robinson be challenged to stay on the bench for this case simply because she is black and they are drudging up her son's background?
Will Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary, ever see the black and white and tell the truth?
Stay tuned as this case rapidly develops.