Sunday, May 22, 2016

BridgeGate: Is John Doe Chris Christie?

Tim Darragh reports on a twist in the BridgeGate scandal:
"John Doe," the unnamed alleged uninidicted Bridgegate co-conspirator, missed his chance to argue his case to keep his name anonymous, a consortium of news media organizations said in a federal court filing Monday. The news media group, including NJ Advance Media, argued that an appellate court should deny the request by John Doe to halt a ruling ordering the unveiling of the names of unindicted co-conspirators by noon Tuesday. John Doe had "an opportunity to be heard" the latest filing says, and the court "thoroughly considered his privacy interests" in deciding that the names of the unindicted co-conspirators should be made public...John Doe, represented by Jenny Kramer of Chadbourne & Parke in New York, appealed Wigenton's order hours before the court's Friday deadline, claiming his due process rights would be violated and that his reputation would be harmed, among other things.
Are we being too cynical to think John Doe is Chris Christie? The bio of John Doe’s attorney states:
Jenny Kramer is an experienced trial lawyer in the firm’s New York office whose practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, complex commercial litigation, and regulatory enforcement. Prior to joining Chadbourne, Ms. Kramer served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Jersey.
Chris Christie was the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey from 2002 to 2008, which means Ms. Kramer worked for him. Is she once again working for him?

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