I already wrote about Carl Mugglin on this blog, only in connection with the case decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit 10 years ago where the court recognized as "governmental interest" the "right' of the government to hire police candidates with an intellectual level only below a certain level - to allegedly prevent turnover.
In that connection, I quoted priceless words of Carl Mugglin that I will never forget, that he told me, a female attorney, representing a female client who was a college professor, at an appellate conference held after his retirement (he retired in 2007, I was admitted to practice law in 2009, so our paths as attorney and judge could never cross) - "you will dig a hole for your client, Mrs. Neroni, with your intellectual efforts".
My client was shocked, I was shocked by that statement - because it showed that for the settlement officer, a retired appellate judge, intellect in a woman was a negative that will lead to trouble.
Carl Mugglin also dropped at various appellate conferences, where he shared his wisdoms without getting acquainted with the essence of cases and where his role was only to inquire whether parties want to settle (but never coerce them into settlements), the following pearls:
- that Carl Mugglin (a retired appellate judge who was allowed to use the grand jury room in Delaware County Couthouse for purposes of an appellate settlement conference only) allows a private counsel to hold depositions in a grand jury room of the Delaware County courthouse for a private client;
- that it is appropriate for criminal trials to be held in a church;
- that there is a poster in a Cooperstown court about a criminal trial in a church, and that if a criminal trial was held in a church and it was good for that criminal defendant, it must be good to hold a deposition in a church (over objections of non-believer litigants to enter a house of worship under the threat of criminal contempt which is how subpoenas for such depositions are made)
I am filing today a FOIL with the Delaware County to verify who were the happy recipients of the "procurement" contracts mentioned in the audit - and will make the information public on this blog.
- Richard Spinney - County Attorney, retired at the end of 2012;
- William Moon - County Commissioner for the Department of Social Services, Porter Kirkwood's client, retired at the end of 2014;
- Carl Becker - County judge, former subordinate of Spinney, friend of Spinney and Moon and former counsel for County Department of Social Services for 27 years, announced retirement on May 5, 2015, retired on July 31, 2015, long before expiration of his term through mandatory retirement
County Attorney must approve any county contracts, so there is no question about Porter Kirkwood's involvement here.
The question arises - was Carl Mugglin paid for his endorsement of Porter Kirkwood in this judicial campaign?
I will not put it beneath Porter Kirkwood to do that. He did not put beneath him to do backroom deals, big time, as the audit discovered, and only Porter Kirkwood's obvious connections saved him from criminal prosecution for fraud, imprisonment for a felony and automatic disbarment.
Vote against Porter Kirkwood in the primaries and at the general elections.