Monday, July 30, 2018

Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins, and her Anniston-lawyer husband Christopher Hopkins, bought a judicial seat by donating to Shelby, Sessions, and Bush -- explaining her cheat job in our pending "Jail Case"


Virginia Emerson Hopkins
Why is U.S. District Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins so blatantly cheating us in "The Jail Case"? Public documents indicate the answer is simple: Hopkins is a glorified whore for U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), former U.S. Sen. and current Trump attorney general Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and former President George W. Bush -- and almost every defendant in The Jail Case is connected to Shelby, Sessions, Bush, or all three.

I realize "whore" is an ugly word, and I don't use it lightly. But I do use it when it fits, at least figuratively -- as it does in this instance. In so many words, Hopkins and her husband (Anniston attorney Christopher Hopkins) bought a judicial seat by giving money to Shelby, Sessions, and Bush. We've seen no sign that Virginia Hopkins is remotely qualified to be a federal judge. But she and hubby funneled cash to Alabama's two crooked U.S. senators -- and our nation's worst president, until Donald Trump came along -- and that was the only "qualification" she needed.

What kind of track record do Shelby and Sessions have when it comes to appointing federal judges in Alabama? Well, they supported the nominations of Mark Fuller (he of wife-beating fame) and Bill Pryor (he of gay-porn and badpuppy.com fame). It's hard to get worse than that, although Hopkins is doing her best to prove that she, like Fuller and Pryor, is a political hack.

As for Bush, he nominated Fuller and Pryor, while allowing Karl Rove to use the U.S. Justice Department as a political weapon. Our nation still has not recovered from -- and might never recover from -- damage done to our justice system on Bush's watch. Barack Obama only made matters worse by vowing to "look forward, not backwards" when it came to Bush-era criminality. No wonder Vladimir Putin decided to meddle in U.S. elections; he saw it was easy to get away with such chicanery. In fact, one could argue Obama's weakness directly led to the ongoing Trump debacle of today.

Any reasonable observer should be able to see that Hopkins is disqualified from hearing the Jail Case, and she has an obligation under the law to step down of her own accord. She, of course, does not have the integrity to follow the law, so we were forced to file a Motion to Disqualify (with accompanying affidavit) under 28 U.S.C. 144. (The Motion to Disqualify and the required affidavit are embedded at the end of this post.)

The following information from our affidavit shines white-hot light on Hopkins' ascendance to the federal bench -- as well as her tendency to act corruptly in the Jail Case, not to mention other cases where Shelby and Sessions might favor one party over another:

Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins has demonstrated bias and prejudice in the instant case that is both “extrajudicial” and “pervasive” in her unlawful rulings.

A report titled "Money Trails to the Federal Bench," from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), indicates Hopkins wound up on the federal bench because of the cold-hard cash she helped funnel to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), with some also going to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), now attorney general in the dysfunctional Trump administration.

The CIR report states the following under the header: Hopkins, Virginia Emerson, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
Nominated: October 14, 2003 | Confirmed: June 15, 2004

Summary: In May 2003, five months before her nomination, Hopkins and her husband, attorney Christopher Hopkins, each contributed $1,000 to Sen. Shelby, who strongly supported her nomination. On Halloween 2003, two weeks after Hopkins was nominated by the White House, President Bush received $2,000 from Hopkins’ husband. Sen. Sessions, also a backer of her nomination, later received $1,000 from husband Christopher Hopkins several months after her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Sessions is a member. Overall, Hopkins’ husband made nearly $9,000 in federal contributions between 2000-2004, with all but $500 going to Republicans.

Virginia Hopkins, formerly an attorney in private practice, gave President Bush $250 in 2000.

The CIR report even provides a helpful timeline, which makes the Hopkins judicial appointment look an awful lot like the kind of quid pro quo that constitutes bribery under U.S. law. Were federal crimes committed in the name of putting Virginia Emerson Hopkins on the bench? Well, consider the following:

Chronology:

* May 21, 2003: Shelby receives $2,000 total from Hopkins and her husband;

* October 14, 2003: Bush nominates Hopkins;

* October 31, 2003: Bush-Cheney campaign receives $2,000 from Hopkins’ husband;

* November 19, 2003: Confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee;

* March 2, 2004: Sessions receives $1,000 from Hopkins’ husband;

* June 15, 2004: Hopkins is confirmed by the Senate.

Do you see a pattern here? It's hard to miss. Money flows from the Hopkins camp into the Shelby/Sessions/Bush coffers, and positive steps are taken toward naming Virginia Emerson Hopkins a federal judge, culminating with her confirmation in June 2004.

Richard Shelby, in Russia
Long-time readers might remember that the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals found in the Don Siegelman case that a jury is free to "infer" that an illegal quid pro quo was present in a bribery case. With that in mind, one could make a strong argument that the Hopkinses, Shelby, Sessions, and Bush all should have been thrown in the slammer years ago.

If someone (Shelby, Sessions, the Alabama State Bar) is influencing Hopkins to cheat us on the Jail Case, that would constitute obstruction of justice, which still could send the responsible parties to prison. And we intend to file a criminal complaint on just that subject.

Here is a wrap-up from our affidavit:

The summary? Christopher Hopkins made $9,000 in federal contributions just before, and after, his wife was nominated to the federal bench. Then, we see a regular money trail leading from Christopher and Virginia Hopkins to Richard Shelby, the Bush-Cheney campaign, and Jeff Sessions. All of these contributions came between May 2003 and March 2004, just before and after Virginia Hopkins was nominated. In essence, Christopher and Virginia Hopkins bought a seat on the federal bench, in a thinly disguised pay-to-play scheme and it had nothing to do with the nominee's judicial qualifications. We learn that Virginia Hopkins owes her judicial seat to her allegiance (and financial contributions) to Richard Shelby, Jeff Sessions, and George W. Bush.

Why does this matter in the instant case? Almost every defendant in this case is tied, directly or indirectly, to Shelby, Sessions, and Bush – or all three. And I, Roger Shuler – on the blog Legal Schnauzer – have written numerous highly critical articles about these three prominent political figures (and their appointees or associates). In other words, I have shined unflattering light on the individuals who have supported, championed, and enhanced Judge Hopkins’ legal career – creating a deep animosity in her that is personal, extrajudicial, and way outside the four corners of the courtroom. Judge Hopkins has exhibited a consistent bias and prejudice toward Carol and me because we have unmasked the individuals (and their associates) who have been her personal boosters.








22 comments:

Anonymous said...

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-news/watch-sacha-baron-cohen-trick-roy-moore-into-pedophile-detector-test-704620/

Anonymous said...

I need a barf bag.

Anonymous said...

Shelby, Sessions, Bush, Hopkins, her husband . . . they are all crooks.

Anonymous said...

"Whore" is too nice a word to describe Hopkins. "Criminal" is a better fit.

Anonymous said...

These grifters have turned our taxpayer-funded courts into a money-making and patronage-generating scheme for white elites.

Anonymous said...

Hopkins and her hubby need to be confronted about this in an interview.

Sam Sham said...

What's the old saying that you might want to eat sausage, but you don't want to see it being made. Same thing with this. You don't want to see "justice" being made. You don't want to see how our courts really work.

Lawyer in Love said...

No wonder Hopkins can't get the statute of limitations right in your case.

Anonymous said...

If you took a vote of lawyers in the Northern District, Hopkins would win "worst judge" by a wide margin.

Anonymous said...

If Hopkins had the slightest hint of integrity -- and she apparently doesn't -- she would have recused from this case without being asked. It's her duty to disqualify when the conflicts are this obvious.

Anonymous said...

Calling a federal judge a whore? Interesting tactic.

legalschnauzer said...

@10:08 --

It's not a tactic.

Anonymous said...

Remember the Wicked Witch from "Wizard of Oz"? That's Hopkins, with more charm.

Anonymous said...

I thought judges took an oath to uphold the law.

legalschnauzer said...

@10:58

Hopkins apparently took an oath to kiss Richard Shelby's ass. And when Shelby's ass isn't available, she presses her lips to Jeff Sessions' ass.

Yes, federal and state judges take an oath to uphold the law, but I've seen little or no sign that they take that seriously.

That's why citizens need to stand up and take back their courts, which have been stolen by corrupt special interests.

Anonymous said...

Who put that lipstick on?

Anonymous said...

The quid pro quo, with the Hopkins donations and Shelby/Sessions/Bush actions, is obvious. It doesn't have to be inferred. It's plain as day.

Anonymous said...

Cold, hard cash -- the American language.

Anonymous said...

A FOIA lawsuit, seeking Hopkins' internal communications as judge and communications re: her appointment (supported by Shelby and Sessions) might be most enlightening.

legalschnauzer said...

@1:51 --

I like that idea. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

A FOIA lawsuit of Judge Acker's records and Judge Kallon's records slso could prove enlightening. Most enlightening of all would be to FOIA records for Judge Pryor and U.S. Sens. Doug Jones and Luther Strange.

legalschnauzer said...

@5:47 --

I like that idea, too. Great!