Richard W. Roberts

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BornRichard Warren Roberts
1953
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materVassar College, School for International Training, Columbia University
An associate of Rudy Giuliani who has handled some sensitive cases for the cabal.

Judge Richard W. Roberts retired from the bench citing unspecified health issues on March 16, 2016, the same day that a Utah woman filed a $25 million civil rights lawsuit against him, alleging that he had sexually assaulted her decades earlier while prosecuting a murder case in which she was a witness.[1]

Career

In 1986, Roberts was then appointed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York[2] He served underneath United States Attorney Rudy Giuliani, who later served as Mayor of New York City. He held the position of Assistant U.S. Attorney for two years until he was appointed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, underneath United States Attorney Jay B. Stephens.[2] In 1993, when President Bill Clinton appointed Eric Holder as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, Roberts was picked as the Principal Assistant U.S. Attorney.[2] Roberts held the position of Principal Assistant U.S. Attorney for two years until 1995.[2]

In 1995 Bill Clinton appointed Roberts to the position of Criminal Section Chief of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. He served in this position for three years until 1998.

CIA torture

Full article: CIA/Torture

In 2005 Richard W. Roberts issued a court order prohibiting the CIA destroying evidence of its use of interrogations in July 2005.[3] CIA Director Michael Hayden acknowledged in December 2007 that the CIA had subsequently destroyed hundreds of hours of tapes of the use of "extended interrogation techniques", including waterboarding, a violation of Roberts' court order. On January 24, 2008, Roberts demanded an explanation from the CIA for the tapes destruction.[3] On March 25, 2008 Charles Carpenter, a lawyer for a Guantanamo prisoner named Hani Abdullah brought suit against the CIA, before Roberts, arguing that the evidence the CIA destroyed would have helped prove his client's innocence.

Abu_Zubaydah's torturers were assured that if he survived, he would "remain in isolation and incommunicado for the remainder of his life." Roberts simply refused to deal with his legal pleas.

Abu Zubaydah's pleas

Roberts was supposed to deal with the please of Abu Zubaydah, who was imprisoned without charge for years in Guantanamo Bay and tortured. Zubaydah lodged over a dozen legal pleas since 2008, none of which had been handled by Roberts. This led Zubaydah's lawyers to file motion asking Roberts to recuse himself for "nonfeasance" in January 2015.[4]

Marion Barry case

Roberts prosecuted Washington Mayor Marion Barry. Mayor Barry was arrested after a sting at the Vista Hotel involving crack cocaine, carried out by the DC police and the FBI.[5]

Sibley suit

Montgomery Blair Sibley, the last lawyer for the late Deborah Jeane Palfrey, sued Roberts for his prolonged failure to file his request to have a gag order lifted, that forced him to keep Palfrey's customer list private. Palfrey was a prominent arranger of trysts with call girls, and her client list is packed with highly placed Washington insiders. In April 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the request to lift the lower court order, in place since 2007, that bars Sibley from releasing any information about her records.[6]


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References

  1. Ann E. Marimow (16 March 2016). "Chief judge of the District's federal court retires as lawsuit accuses him of sexual assault". Washington Post.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  2. a b c d "Roberts, Richard W." History of the Federal Judiciary. Retrieved 17 March 2016.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  3. a b Matt Apuzzo (2008-01-25). "Judge seeking details on CIA tapes". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved 2008-03-29. Several judges are considering wading into the dispute over the videos, but U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts was the first to order the administration to provide a written report on the matter. The decision is a legal setback for the Bush administration, which has urged courts not to get involved.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  4. http://www.propublica.org/article/guantanamo-detainee-case-stalled-for-2477-days-and-counting
  5. "The Honorable Richard W. Roberts". The HistoryMakers. Retrieved 17 March 2016.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  6. "SCOTUS Denies Request from D.C. Madam's Attorney to Release Info". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-04-05.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text")..