On Wednesday, Nov. 17, Joe Biden nominated a second lesbian, Alison Nathan, to serve on the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
According to The Dallas Voice, Nathan has been presiding over the trial of sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein’s associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, on sex trafficking charges. Reuters reported that the trial requires Nathan to question more than 200 prospective jurors.
Nathan is married to a New York University Law School professor, Meg Satterthwaite. Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., recommended Nathan for the nomination.
United States District Judge Alison Nathan was appointed to the federal bench by former President Barack Obama in 2011. Prior to serving as a federal judge, she clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, worked as counsel for the attorney general of New York and was an associate White House counsel and special assistant for Obama.
In February Judge Nathan granted Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to redact and hide ‘sensational and impure’ information from the public during the trial.
A federal judge in New York has granted requests to redact segments from Ghislaine Maxwell case filed last month, ruling some of the details were too “sensational and impure” to reveal.
The decision arrived as federal prosecutors and Maxwell’s defense team argued about which of the evidence submitted under seal to keep out of the public eye.
The 48-year-old Pennsylvania-born senior judge has decades of experience on high-profile cases and earned a reputation as a “tough litigator”.
She was appointed to Ms. Maxwell’s case shortly after her arrest in July of last year.
Judge Nathan has repeatedly ruled against Ms Maxwell, denying her bail an unprecedented four times, despite the British socialite’s offer of $28.5 million (£23m) in bond. Her lawyers have claimed the 59-year-old is being scapegoated for the crimes of her former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, pointing to cases involving other high-profile figures granted bail on similar charges.
Judge Nathan has also ruled against the defense on nearly every objection they had to expert witnesses proposed by the prosecution.
Earlier this month, Judge Nathan was recommended to President Joe Biden for a prestigious federal appeals court post by prominent New York Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer.
Should she take up the position, as expected, Judge Nathan would be the second openly gay woman to serve on the Second Circuit, which is one level below the Supreme Court.
Judge Nathan assured the court last week that she would continue handling her many civil and criminal cases until her ascension, including presiding over the Maxwell trial until its completion.
Stephen Gillers, a professor at New York University School of Law, said it was possible, however, that Ms Maxwell’s lawyers might seek to have the judge recuse herself because the Biden administration would be in a position to derail her promotion if she did not favour the government in the trial.
But he said in his view, based on hundreds of cases involving judicial recusal, a promotion like Judge Nathan’s would not provide a basis for such a request.
The Question On Everyone’s Mind
Is this a fair trial, or a bought and sold verdict?
Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial began on Monday, but there is a media blackout on it.
There are official reasons for this—namely that cases in federal courts are not televised, but we all know there are other more ‘personal’ reasons for the media and the establishment not to televise this.
I found a Twitter page which will be tracking the trial, and we will of course be providing our own updates.
We need to talk about this judge though…
Biden has nominated U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan for a promotion to the federal level very soon.. she has also gone on record claiming that certain details of the case are too ‘impure and sensational’ for the public to hear, so she will be keeping Maxwell’s secrets…
I don’t know about you, but all of this sounds incredibly suspect.
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