We’ve recently seen headlines announcing that “x-number” of former national security advisors, or Justice Department lawyers, or retired generals, or maybe White House janitors oppose Donald Trump.
Trump is not a popular bloke in some elite circles so it’s not surprising. What may be surprising is if we take a closer look at some of these petitions, “open letters,” and political indictments and discover just who is really signing these documents — or if they even exist.
Liberal judicial advocacy group Alliance for Justice sent a letter to the U.S. Senate with the names of thousands of lawyers purportedly opposing Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court appointment, but the letter includes more than 100 pages of duplicate names.
One of the duplicate names appears to be the late Patricia Whalen, who died in May 2020 before Judge Barrett was nominated and before the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, according to an obituary published by a New York funeral home. Attempts to reach Ms. Whalen’s family on Saturday were unsuccessful.
Some liberal legal blogs reported on this letter. Perhaps we should wait for the retraction, huh?
This is really embarrassing.
Before identifying the names of the signatories, Unbendable Media and Alliance for Justice sent press releases on Friday to reporters touting the letter as “the largest known lawyer opposition letter to a Supreme Court nominee.”
On Saturday, an updated press release was sent to reporters with a 394-page letter that said it had been signed by 6,056 “members of the legal profession,”including more than 5,000 lawyers and 14 judges.
Whalen, a former international judge of the War Crimes Chamber at the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was identified twice.
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