For John, BLUF: This seems like an unforced error on the part of the Democratic Party Apparatchiks. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From the Pope Hat Blog, by Mr Ken White, 23 April 2018.
This relates to the Democratic National Committee lawsuit against the Trump Campaign, which was dropped last week.
Here is a key paragraph:
First, federal judges hate RICO. They hate it because it's unseriously overused by litigants without enough confidence to let their core substantive claims speak for themselves. There are three groups that use RICO indiscriminately: pro se litigants complaining that the Bureau of Indian Affairs implanted SatNav in their junk, plaintiffs' attorneys of the sort who go to court in a sports coat they keep in their glove compartment, and professional vexatious litigants. That's why many federal judges often have standard orders they issue in civil RICO cases that say, in effect, "you think you have a valid RICO claim? Fine, answer these 20 complicated questions to help me sort it out." Judges don't do that for other claims. So: when you come into court with a RICO claim, you start (at best) with the judge suspicious of your professionalism and credibility.In the depth of my heart I wonder if this lawsuit will end up just being an embarrassment for the Democrats.
And, I wonder, as this unwinds, if President Trump will give Mr Julian Assange a pardon (and cut a deal with Teresa May to let him leave the Ecuador Embassy to travel to the States), so he can come to the US to testify.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff