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  •  Assange said some silly things, too. (8+ / 0-)

    For instance, I wasn't particularly impressed by his implication that the grand jury that would indict Snowden was somehow tainted because it was the US District Court for the Eastern District of VA.  He implied that the because the Court is located in Alexandria, VA, grand juries would be full of people from the CIA.  He also cited the court as having the "Rocket Docket", which is true. However, the Rocket Docket has nothing to do with criminal cases...it is called that because it handles patent cases.

    Cake or DEATH? Oh, I'll have cake, please.

    by wmtriallawyer on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 05:06:09 PM PDT

    •  I thought "rocket docket" referred to speed (4+ / 0-)

      And not exclusively for patent cases, but any civil or criminal cases. For just one reference:

      In cases where an international defendant could be tried anywhere in the U.S., the Eastern District of Virginia often finds itself favored in part because of its reputation as the "Rocket Docket," said Michael Scharf, a professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and an expert in international law. The courthouses in Alexandria, Richmond and Norfolk have long had a reputation for bringing cases to trial quickly and efficiently, and juries in the district have a reputation of being friendly to prosecutors.
      http://www.wjla.com/...

      As to stuffing a grand jury with CIA - that seems more than bit CT

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 05:15:12 PM PDT

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    •  I think I remember it being called (2+ / 0-)
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      the rocket docket during past criminal trials.  I don't generally follow or care about patent cases.

    •  But that is somewhat true (9+ / 0-)

      Cases are filed there because of the location, and because of the location many in the community have links to the Intel community or other branches and depend on the government for their livelihood.

      The two are not mutually exclusive.

      And if you are a trial lawyer I suppose you are familiar with changes of venue.

      There is a reasonable argument for that here.

      400ppm : what about my daughter's future?

      by koNko on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 06:55:36 PM PDT

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    •  I don't understand your comment (3+ / 0-)
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      Are you claiming venue doesn't matter as far as the jury pool being tainted?

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