Jan 23, 2007

Respect..!

Judge Rose Above a Troubled Youth

NPR - "Running the trial is Judge Reggie Walton, who has a story of his own.

Walton grew up near Pittsburgh in a steel mill town, and survived a tough period as the industry declined and the mill finally closed. His father was unemployed for two years before finding work as a janitor.

Walton got in trouble with the police, ending up in juvenile court three times for fighting. He also had a struggle to get through school. Despite poor reading skills, he managed to get to college and then law school.

He worked as a public defender in Philadelphia, where he says his first client accused of murder had confessed after being beaten by someone working for the police. On the other hand, he defended a young man accused of brutally beating an elderly woman. Walton convinced the jury that there was a reasonable doubt that his client had committed a crime. Leaving the courtroom, he says, the young man said, "we beat that one, didn't we, brother?"

Sickened by that experience, Walton became a federal prosecutor and later was appointed his first local DC judgeship by Republican President Ronald Reagan, although Walton was a Democrat. Today, he declines to identify his party affiliation, saying it shouldn't impact a judge's work.

As a teen, Walton thought his ticket to success would be pro football, but under the guidance of an 11th grade teacher, he realized that he was too small for that to be a realistic goal. He worked hard, but gives a lot of credit to affirmative action programs for giving him a boost into law school.

Walton says he sits in judgment on a lot of young black men, and sees himself in them, and he spends a lot of time going to YMCA's and juvenile lockups, trying to inspire them, to help them the way others helped him." <
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20 Comments:

Anonymous t said...

Yes that is impressive Reggie has been through all of that.

I hope there is a method to his "gags" in his infinite judge wisdom...maybe sometimes city boys do know more than suburban girls?

12:32 AM  
Anonymous concernedcitizencourtwatchteam said...

OK, Judge Reggie we will wear panties

12:34 AM  
Anonymous t said...

Thanks for posting that Fitz, NPR is doing a decent job of coverage of the whole Leak case, it would appear.

12:37 AM  
Anonymous American University said...

Props to you Judge Walton.

12:37 AM  
Anonymous John Boy said...

He represents the modern day Walton's! Goodnight, Reggie.

12:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sickened by that experience, Walton became a federal prosecutor



YAY Judge Walton!

Walton (sic) spends a lot of time going to YMCA's and juvenile lockups, trying to inspire them, to help them the way others helped him.

And DOUBLE Yay for this!!


:-)

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Snoop Libby said...

Reggie mah bro,

I gots in trouble wit tha po-po tizzy too jiznust fo` being a Bliznack Pantha at Yale, but dizzidnt endn up in court no three times cuz ma rizzy daddy.

I also had a struggle ta git through schoo` fo all mah homies in tha pen. Aint no L-I-M-I-to-tha-T so sit bizzay relax new jacks git smacked . Its just anotha homocide.

Pusha ta tha people!

1:00 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Everyone has a story to tell. Judge Walton has lived a life he carries with him. Remembering your past is good as some never got out. As for the young man who got over, well I guess Reggie knows what Wells is feeling now. Trying to get a guilty man off. Now Brother Libby will be looking for some back up from the homeys. Let's hope Judge Reggie makes sure another criminal doesn't go free. I think all of the Attorneys and the Judge know this case is watched all over the world as our system of Justice is viewed. As Judge Reggie gives instruction to the jurors only the facts will be judged not do you like or dislike Bush or Cheney.
I do love Judge Reggies ties and I know he likes Fitz's ties too.

1:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snoop Libby said...

Reggie mah bro,

I gots in trouble wit tha po-po tizzy too jiznust fo` being a Bliznack Pantha at Yale, but dizzidnt endn up in court no three times cuz ma rizzy daddy.

I also had a struggle ta git through schoo` fo all mah homies in tha pen. Aint no L-I-M-I-to-tha-T so sit bizzay relax new jacks git smacked . Its just anotha homocide.

Pusha ta tha people!



I didn't understand all of that, but I got a kick out of it just the same.

1:35 AM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

From reading about Judge Walton, it sounds to me like he made the most of his life experiences. I think he learned things about people that you can't learn any other way. People who haven't come up the hard way will never be able to grasp these concepts. Team Libby won't have an easy time playin' him.

1:41 AM  
Anonymous e said...

Top of the mornin"
wings on your and the staff's feet...
lots of love from me and your Country...
prayers to the judge and all ...
it's a grande day for Democrcy...

8:24 AM  
Anonymous t said...

Good Morning

Fitz may your words flow today just the way you want them to.

Ditto the rest of the good vibes above;-) And be glad your not Wells nobody likes a bs'er-especially not 2 hours of it heehee

8:41 AM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Good Morning Fitzie and Justice Bloggers...

Nice piece on Judge Reggie...a few new things I hadn't read.

Good luck with your opening statement this morning, Fitzie...knock it out of the ballpark...wow 'em like you did at your Libby presser...JBs are with you in spirit!!! And Smile!

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning Everyone!

Interesting article regarding Judge Walton..

Fitz:

I'm looking forward to your opening statement! :)

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to Rock 'n Roll Team Fitz!! :D

bbl..

10:21 AM  
Anonymous t said...

Interesting but UNVERIFIED rumor:

Not mentioned is that one juror is reported to be the fiancee' of one of Libby's defense lawyers

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UPDATE:

Beginning of Fitz's opening statements:

It's Sunday, July 6, 2003. Sunday. Fireworks are over. Except, a different kind of fireworks are about to being. People open the Sunday NYT. A column written by a man named Joseph Wilson. In this column he made an explosive charge. BushCO may have twisted the intelligence for the war on Iraq. Describes this as an attack on the OVP (Office of Vice President) in particular!!! Describes Wilson's appearance on MTP. The fourth month when WMDs had not been found.

At first, the WH was stunned. IT admitted that some of the things it said should not have been said. But then WH started to push back. Especially OVP. You know what, we don't agree. We think some of his accusations are unfounded. But some people pushed back in a different way and said things to the newspapers on the understanding that the newspapers wouldn't use their name. Some officials told the reporters that Wilson's wife works at the CIA. As a result of those disclosures, a very serious GJ investigation began.

Describes importance of GJ investigation. How did they learn it. What did they do with it. Did they want the story to appear in the newspaper?

This case is about how the defendant obstructed the investigation. Appeared before a federal GJ in this court house. Took an oath. And then violated that oath repeatedly. The evidence will show that the defendant lied repeatedly both to the FBI and the GJ.

Discussed with multiple officials. Talked to more than one reporter about Wilson's wife working at CIA. Gave into to WH press secretary. When the GJ asked questions, the defendant lied. 10:44

10:50 AM  
Anonymous t said...

Go team Fitz!! Thanks for posting SPB

From MSNBC:
Walton has refused to help defense attorneys make that point and on Tuesday rejected a request to allow defense attorneys to call a memory expert to testify at trial.
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What happens when defense just runs out of credible excuses-just like the adm they represent?
JUSTICE

1:10 PM  
Anonymous t said...

How do you like this headline from the Daily Reporter:-D

Fitzgerald fires opening salvo in CIA leak trial
By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer

sal·vo
–noun
1. a simultaneous or successive discharge of artillery, bombs, etc.

1:35 PM  
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11:49 PM  

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