Blogs Scoop The NY Times On Edwards Affair, Again
On August 11 Deceiver posted this:
Now, while the Times certainly deserves credit for following up as a news outlet often can, as opposed to a single blogger – I give you this in the New York Times today, August 14:
But what went unnoticed was that the two lawyers shared an important connection to Mr. Edwards that suggests they were part of an orchestrated effort to protect him, one that is continuing even after he admitted last week that he had an affair with Ms. Hunter but denied that he fathered her child.
The lawyers are linked through Fred Baron, a wealthy Dallas lawyer and former finance chairman for the Edwards campaign who was a key player in the campaign’s response to the scandal. Mr. Gordon has worked with Mr. Baron on class-action personal injury cases,…
Define "unnoticed," as I posted this 4 days ago:
Still, enter high-powered NY lawyer Robert Gordon who specializes in Edward’s type of law and was a contributor to his campaign. See entry C at bottom here. And if you scroll down at link ahead, you’ll find there are very few Dems he hasn’t given to, as well as acting as a bundler perhaps – having given close to $100,000 to the DSCC. Or maybe the rules allow him to give that kind of cash in that instance, I’m not certain.
SCARSDALE, NY 10583
WEITZ & LUXENBERG/ATTORNEY
Honestly, I’d be surprised if this is the same guy. But I hope someone in the media at least asks.
In fact, it is the same Robert Gordon I had pegged – and here’s some icing on the cake from back in 2004. Not only is it the same Gordon – see his partner Perry Weitz, the link directly above suggests some blog readers already knew Fred Baron for what he apparently is – they railed when John Kerry appointed him to co-chair his Victory ’04 committee. Thanks for following up, NY Times – I told Mickey Kaus in email I thought he was our guy. Now if they’d only get around to asking about the Million plus dollars Baron was paid by the Edwards campaign.
Why would candidate Kerry allow such a greasy person to help him win the White House?
The Democrats have just announced that Texas trial lawyer Fred Baron will co-chair John Kerry’s Victory ’04 committee, a joint fundraising effort by the DNC and the Kerry campaign.
What do we know about Fred Baron and his trial lawyer pals?
Baron said trial lawyers run the U.S. Senate (including John Kerry?). "The plaintiffs’ bar is all but running the Senate. Now, I really, strongly disagree with that, particularly the words ‘all but.’" (Fred Baron, Mealey’s Asbestos Bankruptcy Conference, June 3, 2002)
Baron Vowed "Jihad" Against Tort Reform Advocates. "Fred Baron has 10,000 asbestos clients – probably more than any other lawyer in the US – and he has a simple message for those lobbying Washington’s lawmakers to make it harder to bring his cases to court. ‘There will be a jihad,’ he says. ‘We will fight them with everything we’ve got.’" ("Growing Chorus Demands Change In Law," Financial Times, 9/9/02)
Baron admitted planting memories in plaintiffs. "Do we implant memories? Yeah, probably we do. Is that something that is wrong? I don’t believe it is." (Dallas Observer, August 13, 1998)
Baron’s Law Firm Accused Of Racketeering Suit. "Several major players in the asbestos plaintiffs bar, including Dallas’ Baron & Budd, have been sued for allegedly threatening to sabotage pending settlements with a company that pressed for federal legislation aimed at capping recoveries and fees. The racketeering complaint, filed on Jan. 10 in the Southern District of New York, alleges that Perry Weitz and Robert Gordon, … along with principals at Baron & Budd and Barnwell, S.C.-based Ness, Motley, Loadholt, Richardson & Poole – threatened G-I Holdings Inc. Chairman Samuel J. Heyman with a ‘nuclear response’ if he persisted in supporting the now-stalled Fairness in Asbestos Compensation Act (FACA). … The memorandum, the complaint alleges, also ‘instructs clients falsely to claim equal exposure to all products,’ and directs that ‘clients should deny that they ever saw warnings or had any knowledge concerning the harmful effects of asbestos.’ … Baron says the memo, which first surfaced in 1997 after a Baron & Budd lawyer mistakenly turned it over to defense counsel during discovery, is ‘old news.’" (Mark Hamblett, "Baron & Budd Lawyers Named In Civil RICO Suit," Texas Lawyer, 1/22/01)
Baron’s Law Firm’s "Witness Coaching" Memorandum Is Smoking Gun In RICO Case. "After asbestos claims forced the parent company of GAF Materials Corp., the largest U.S. roofing materials company, into bankruptcy this year, it sued three law firms. The complaint reads like a Sopranos episode, alleging that the trial lawyers threatened to crush any company pushing for asbestos tort reform under an avalanche of new claims. It also alleges that doctors reading X-rays for one law firm received sexual favors from female paralegals and secretaries. … But the real smoking gun is a memo that GAF alleges law firm Baron & Budd used to prepare witnesses. The memo details facts that all clients, regardless of their actual experience, should testify to and comments all should avoid. … Partner Fred Baron says few people were shown the document: ‘A paralegal did a memo she should not have done.’" (Pamela Sherrid, "Looking For Some Million Dollar Lungs," U.S. News & World Report, 12/17/01)
Why would candidate Kerry pick such a greasy person to help him win the White House?
Update: Yet, Baron’s now raising money for Obama. This is a Democrat Party scandal – Baron is in bed with the lot of them given his donations cited above. The NY Times isn’t disclosing that. They would if this were a Republican problem. They didn’t even mention that this Gordon has given money to Edwards, too.
They just can’t help themselves when it comes to covering for the Democrat Party as a whole.