Senator Patrick Leahy comments on Bailey “shit storm” in October, 2003 hearings on Santorum-supported appointment of former AG Mike Fisher to Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Thanks to one of our readers, we have located the public comments of Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate proceedings that led to former Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher’s appointment to the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals in October 2003. Earlier that year, Fisher, who failed in a gubernatorial bid to Ed Rendell in 2002, had been found to be a civil rights violator in a lawsuit filed by Don Bailey on behalf of two former attorney general narcotics agents in Philadelphia.  We discussed this story at greater length in our Bailey "shit storm" article. Central to that article was the appointment of former Attorney General Mike Fisher to the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals right after the verdict.  In a recent comment, one of our readers linked us to comments that Senator Patrick Leahy made for the record of the Fisher nomination proceedings.  Senator Leahy discussed some questionable Republican procedural maneuverings, and commented specifically on the nomination of Fisher as follows:
 The hearing on the nomination of Michael Fisher to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is also unprecedented. Never before to my knowledge has a President nominated to a lifetime position on a … Continue Reading ››
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Author Bill Keisling covers the history of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General – 1950-1980 – the appointed years excerpted here

In what he calls part 3 in of his essay on Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Governor Tom Corbett, author Bill Kiesling has pubished a very thoroughly researched, and engagingly written history of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - the appointed years.  The essay is a chronology of the history of interrelationship between governors and attorneys general over the years, and the following excerpt covers the short period in the Shapp administration that immediately preceded the constitutional amendment making it an elected office. Bill's essay provides a great historical perspective as we begin to cover the 2012 election for attorney general, and is useful to anyone interested in the office.  You can see the full article here. Calamitous Shapp years bring an end to the appointed AG After Fred Speaker's tenure, a true calamity would befall the appointed office of Pennsylvania Attorney General. The calamity was arguably a man named Milton Shapp. Milton Shapp served two terms as governor of Pennsylvania from 1971 to 1979. He was a self-made millionaire who made his money as a pioneer in the cable television business. Cutting corners in the cable business in Philadelphia made Shapp his fortune, but it turned out to be a bad … Continue Reading ››
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Murphy proves he is not fit to be attorney general – goes after Bailey’s family in attempt to extort him to quit AG race

In a bold and reckless attempt to coerce Don Bailey to give up his bid for attorney general, Patrick Murphy threatened to go after Bailey’s family for some sort of bogus allegations of fraud in the circulation of Bailey’s nominating petitions.  The allegations were nothing but bald-faced threats, and were completely baseless, and have not been followed through upon.  In pulling such a dirty political trick, Patrick Murphy has conclusively shown that he lacks the discretion and judgment to be Pennsylvania’s next attorney general. While this site has endorsed the candidacy of Don Bailey, this article cannot be mistaken as a mere opportunist counter-attack.  It just so happens that the core of everything that this site and the record of Mr. Bailey stand for are summarized as opposition to the abuse of power for political purposes.  Nothing can more offend that principle than a threat by an aspirant for the position of highest law enforcement office of this Commonwealth to engineer a political result by suggestions that family members of candidates will be gone after.  This is extortionist conduct.  The declaration Bailey filed with the election commission follows: Bailey Election Affidavit Perhaps reeling from his last-place finish in the Westmoreland … Continue Reading ››
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Pennsylvania needs a prosecutor AND a politician (a strong political leader) – Don Bailey clearly most qualified candidate for attorney general

The campaign slogan of candidate Kathleen Kane is “we need a prosecutor, not a politician” as attorney general.  We disagree.  We need both.  Of course we need strong law enforcement and tough prosecutors for the protection of the public and vigorous enforcement of the criminal laws of the Commonwealth, but we also need a strong and trusted political leader with proven integrity, and Don Bailey is best qualified by far to serve both roles. The systemic issues that have corrupted Pennsylvania politics need extensive political reform.  There need to be calls for investigations into, and oversight of, the courts and their control over attorneys, and to the conditions that have allowed whistleblowers to be scuttled, and cronyism to flourish.  There may even need to be a call for a constitutional convention to address some of the problems endemic to the Pennsylvania Constitution. We need a seasoned politician – a professional who knows how to work within the constitutional political process - to take these issues to the executive and the legislature, and to work in cooperation with federal authorities as well, and to be prepared to go toe-to-toe with the courts over attorney discipline and judicial discipline issues. Don Bailey has served on … Continue Reading ››
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