Monday, May 13, 2019

The influence of Judge Bill Pryor, with his ties to 1990s gay porn, seems to be growing as Trump seeks to pack Alabama courts with devotees of the Federalist Society

Judge Bill Pryor, with and without robe

A rational citizen might expect the influence of U.S. Circuit Judge Bill Pryor to be waning, given his documented ties to 1990s gay pornography via and his reputed role as Karl Rove's right-wing fixer on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. But in the Age of Trump, -- where malice, fraud, and disrespect for the rule of law often are rewarded -- Pryor's influence actually appears to be growing.

How could that be, considering that Pryor is an (under cover?) acolyte of former U.S. Sen. and Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-AL)? Who can forget Trump repeatedly spewing disrespect and disdain toward Sessions for recusing in the Robert Mueller probe? Who can forget Sessions slouching out of office in disgrace last November, at Trump's demand -- to ultimately be replaced by the even more corrupt William Barr?

So, how does Pryor, Sessions' chief protege (with whom he has a deeply personal and disturbing relationship), have influence on the upswing? It's not as if Pryor's personal career arc is going anywhere; in fact, it appears to be stuck in the mud, with even Team Trump retching at reports that he is a closeted homosexual, who has dallied with gay porn since the early 1980s.

Could it be that Sessions, during his time in the Trump campaign and administration, obtained enough dirt on the current occupant of the White House to sink the RMS Lusitania? Did Mueller do the public a grave disservice by letting Sessions off the hook for lying multiple times to Congress? Could House Democrats do something about that, if they have the courage?

We do not have solid answers to those questions at the moment, but we have seen evidence that connections to Pryor can help one receive a Trump nomination to a spot on a federal court -- and that suggests Sessions has stored up enough dirt to bring down the Trump White House in one stiff, elfin breeze.

Andrew Brasher
Just 11 days ago, the U.S. Senate confirmed Andrew Brasher to a judgeship at the Middle District of Alabama (based in Montgomery), replacing the ousted wife-beater Mark Fuller. In response to that, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall appointed Edmund LaCour Jr. to replace Brasher as the state's solicitor general.

Both Brasher (formerly of Birmingham's Bradley Arant law firm) and LaCour (formerly of the D.C. firm Kirkland Ellis, which produced William Barr) are former law clerks to Bill Pryor. And the Pryorian stench emanating from the Trump White House does not end there.

Corey Landon Maze, who awaits confirmation to a seat on the Northern District of Alabama, is another Trump nominee with ties to Pryor. From Alabama Political Reporter:

Maze served as Alabama solicitor general. He is a deputy Alabama attorney general. Born in Gadsden, Alabama, on Jan. 4, 1978, Maze graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University in 1996 and cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2003.

After graduation, Maze joined the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, working under then-AG William “Bill” Pryor as assistant attorney general in Criminal Trials and Appeals.

In 2008, Attorney General Troy King selected Maze to be the solicitor general of Alabama.

In 2011, he became special deputy attorney general for civil litigation, a position he still holds.

Maze has been nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. This seat opened on June 22, 2018, when Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins moved to senior status.

Maze was nominated in the last Congress, but his confirmation was blocked by Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s blockade on judicial nominees.

The Vetting Room predicts that he will be confirmed eventually. Flake refused to allow judicial nominees to be confirmed unless legislation protecting Robert Mueller’s position was passed.

Republicans refused to comply with the dissident GOP senator’s demands, meaning that dozens of Trump nominees to the federal bench were not acted upon in November and December.

Brasher, Maze, and LaCour all are active with the Federalist Society. long a pet project for Bill Pryor. That suggests Team Trump is determined to fill the "Alabama Justice System" with officials who likely are more loyal to the Federalist Society than they are to the U.S. Constitution. If you live in Alabama and care about the rule of law, we suggest you keep an eye on this alarming trend.

The public also should not overlook signs that Pryor is a rotten human being, as outlined by Shane Rogers-Mauro, a classmate at Northeast Louisiana University who says Pryor sexually harassed him:

I was in college with Bill and knew him very well. We were in band together at Northeast Louisiana University. I also had “work study” for about three semesters with him, so we worked in the same small office for many, many weeks as part of our band scholarship.

The stories are all true. The Bad Puppy pictures are him. He was pretty flamboyant, and actually hit on me quite a bit, but I brushed him off as irritating. He was College Republicans president, and I was president of the Young Democrats of NLU.

In today’s world, [Pryor's actions] would certainly qualify as sexual harassment. In the early and mid 1980’s, we were all pretty closeted, and he was known to be gay. We used to argue for hours about Ronald Reagan’s 1984 win and other things, and I’m sure we are polar opposites today. He’s never tried to contact me nor have I spoken to him since college days.

What form did Pryor's harassment take?

There was a lot of touching, in a way that absolutely would be considered inappropriate today. Back then, nothing was inappropriate; you just sucked it up and moved on. Bill was very manipulative. He always wanted to go have dinner and discuss certain types of politics, like he was going to change your way of thinking.

He toyed with closeted gay folks. Back then, it was a demon, and he was into outing certain people. That's a nasty thing, and it would mess with people's lives. But Bill didn't give it a second thought. I think it was part of his illness.

Pryor even went so far as to out Rogers-Mauro, apparently out of jealousy over Rogers-Mauro's relationship with another gay student:

I was in a band fraternity -- Kappa Kappa Psi -- when Bill discovered I was seeing someone else, and he decided to out me to the rest of the band. Back then, outing was rotten thing to do because people were pretty much in closet. In fact, I would say that outing me, alone, was a form of sexual harassment. I was ostracized in the fraternity, and it pretty much ended my time in that organization.

Bill has a self loathing outlook, with his anti-gay opinions in court and in his public statements. That is so old school and disgusting to us all.

Rogers-Mauro still seems to struggle with the idea that Pryor could become a federal judge:

I don't have a lot of dirty stories about Bill; I never had any sexual interaction with him. He's got a wife and kids, which is pretty shocking. That is him in Bad Puppy. He was known as gay -- he was in percussion, a drummer -- and he had a mouth on him, saying things, about politics and other subjects, that he shouldn't have been saying. We worked together in work-study, so we got to know each other pretty well.

Edmund LaCour Jr.
I'm surprised he's an appellate-court judge. Not only is he not the right person for the job, with all of his prejudices, but I've never seen someone so conservative and cruel. We wrote Bill off as a pure radical; he was always glorifying Reagan. His views are so far right -- he was Republican this and Republican that.

This guy's evil. I've had no contact with him since college. From opinions and statements of last 20 years, I can see it's only gotten worse. How can he be a judge of others when he's so prejudiced in one direction. That goes beyond homosexuality or anything like that. He will try to get as high as he can. He's one of those power grabbers. You can't make judicial decisions in the right way when you are so far on the fringe.


Anonymous said...

I wouldn't want Bill Pryor to have influence over a little league baseball game, much less federal courts.

Anonymous said...

It's probably not a stretch to think Jeff Sessions has a mountain of dirt on Trump. Of course, Trump probably has mounds of dirt on Sessions. It's sort of an extortion standoff.

Anonymous said...

The Federalist Society? Maybe it should be called the Bad Puppy Society.

Anonymous said...

But . . . but . . . the Federalist Society stands for "checking federal power, protecting individual liberty and interpreting the Constitution according to its original meaning."

Aren't those things good?

legalschnauzer said...

@7:13 --

No, that is all poppycock, or put more crudely, bullshit.

One of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated on American Society is the notion that Antonin Scalia was an "originalist" or a "textualist." And he was a God to the freaks in the Federalist Society.

The FS is a glorified fraternity for white guys who feel threatened by progress, who don't want to lose even a tad of their cherished white privilege.

Anonymous said...

Hell, the Federalist Society essentially compiled Trump's list of possible SCOTUS nominees and spoon fed it to him.

Anonymous said...

Trump is kissing up to the Federalist Society because he is hoping its members can keep him out of prison.

Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh are, or have been, members.

Anonymous said...

I don't think you can serve the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist Society, too.

legalschnauzer said...

Bill Pryor has been called the "Johnny Appleseed of the Federalist Society," as we reported here:

legalschnauzer said...

From our August 2013 post re: Pryor:

Pryor is known as "the Johnny Appleseed" of the Federalist Society, the ultra-conservative legal group for which he started chapters in New Orleans and Birmingham. He also is known as a deeply religious sort who wears his Catholic faith for all to see.

Anonymous said...

Good Lord, that picture of Edmund LaCour makes my gaydar send off crazy alarms. The Andrew Brasher photo also gets a reaction from my gaydar, but nothing like the LaCour pic.

Is Alabama being taken over by a closeted-gay, Russia-backed, swamp-infested, conservative mafia -- with Bill Pryor and Jeff Sessions leading he marching band.?

legalschnauzer said...

My research indicates LaCour is married to Alice LaCour, a lawyer in the AG's office at DOJ. In other words, her boss is Bill Barr, and it's unlikely she will be moving to Montgomery, AL.

That Ed LaCour is married, of course, doesn't mean much when you are talking about the closeted gay crowd. Bill Pryor and Jeff Sessions are married, too.

Anonymous said...

Trump respects the big dick.

Anonymous said...

When William Pryor rewrites the Georgia constitution to endorse the sheriff's office starving religious inmates/political prisoner who dared speak up against unconstitutional county policies in the ga supreme court, the president should not consider putting him on the scotus but impeaching him and the others who joined him. Nazi Germany is on it's way in the name of federalism if they aren't stopped. Where is the Militia in Georgia to do the job the federal government refuses to do?

e.a.f. said...

If we look at it from Trump's perspective: Trump thinks he's a wonderful guy, so why not create a judicial system which reflects his persona and values. if that frightens Americans, they might think about getting out to vote and change the people who appoint/anoint judges.

The American judicial system is simply a method of controlling the population long after the politician has left the "house". it has little to do with the rule of law and more to do with politics. If a democracy is to survive, the judiciary must be free of political interference and that goes for appointing who sits on the bench. it ought to be the best qualified, not the best to support the reigning political party. Canada retires their judges by the time they're 75. Its a good thing.

On the upside other countries may benefit from Doctors fleeing the U.S.A.

The Taliban is alive and well. In the U.S.A. it is represented by the Republican party.

The Taliban and ISIS prohibit abortions and attempt to control the basics of a woman's life. The Republicans do the same. so perhaps the boys who voted in favour of all these silly bills would explain how they differ from the Taliban and ISIS.

99 year sentences for performing an abortion. omg, that is simply outrageous. next we'll hear one of those ISIS representatives in a state leg. demanding the removal of hands for performing abortions.

In Canada there isn't a politicians stupid enough to try to impose their value system on the women of this country. Even those who don't support abortion come out and say there are not going to try to change the laws of this country.

now as to the men who passed the leg. in Alabama, I think what really is needed is a law prohibiting male masturbation. stay with me here. They contend life begins at conception. half of that material one nano second prior to conception is sperm, so if a man were to masturbate and ejaculate, they are killing half of the "person". For all those crazy Christians there is that phrase in the bible regarding the 'spilling of seed', so lets suggest a bill for the males in the Alabama Leg. which prohibits them from masturbating. The public has a right to know if these men are killing potential "babies". I would suggest journalists, some of the female politicians start asking their collegues, what their hands have been up to. now as crazy as this is, that is as bat shit crazy these men are in the Alabama Leg. for passing leg. which amounts to outlawing abortion.

I did not see anything in the legislation regarding pre natal care. Now if those guys think all life starts at conception, they would have an obligation to ensure a fetus doesn't "die" in the womb. Lack of health care, proper food, etc will all cause the "fetus" to die. My suggestion is, if this bill is signed into law, by the Gov., that the first woman forced to follow through on a pregnancy, apply for care of the fetus. If it is denied, have the person who denies the care state why and then go have the politician responsible arrested for attempted murder. might be fun to see how fast those boys change their minds about all of this.

Enterprising journalists might want to check how many of these men have mistresses. Expose these men for what they are.

None of these white boys have explained who is going to care for the increase in unwanted small humans when they are born. Perhaps they just intend to kill them, like so many other children in the U.S.A. have been killed, one way or another.