Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sipsey Street Exclusive: Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea file ethics complaint on Eric Holder with the D.C. Bar!

3 July 2012
An ethics complaint against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been filed by David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh with the Office of Bar Counsel, Board on Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Codrea and Vanderboegh are the two bloggers who first broke the news of the Fast and Furious scandal in December 2010.
Said Vanderboegh, Eric Holder believes that he will escape serious consequences of the congressional investigations of the Fast and Furious scandal simply by running out the clock on his tenure. We intend this ethics complaint to place him on notice that his lies and malfeasances will follow him until justice is done."
The particulars of the complaint are included in the letter reproduced below.
July 2, 2012
Office of Bar Counsel
Board on Professional Responsibility
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
515 5th Street NW
Building A, Suite 117
Washington, DC 20001
In re: Ethics complaint against member Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Dear board members,
This letter serves as notice that a complaint is being filed against one of your members for professional misconduct. A search of your website at http://www.dcbar.org/ shows Eric H. Holder, Jr., currently Attorney General of the United States, has been an active DC Bar member since he was admitted on January 23, 1980.
As per your professional standards published as Rule 8.4, “Misconduct,” at http://www.dcbar.org/for_lawyers/ethics/legal_ethics/rules_of_professional_conduct/amended_rules/rule_eight/rule08_04.cfm, “It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:
a) Violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of another;
(b) Commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects;
(c) Engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;
(d) Engage in conduct that seriously interferes with the administration of justice;
(e) State or imply an ability to influence improperly a government agency or official;
(f) Knowingly assist a judge or judicial officer in conduct that is a violation of applicable rules of judicial conduct or other law; or
(g) Seek or threaten to seek criminal charges or disciplinary charges solely to obtain an advantage in a civil matter.”
It would appear that several, if not all of these rules, have been violated as evidenced by Eric Holder having been found in contempt of Congress on June 28, 2012 “for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform” (Note House Calendar No. 140/Report 112-546 appearing at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-112hrpt546/pdf/CRPT-112hrpt546.pdf).
As per Rule 8.5, “Rule 8.5—Disciplinary Authority; Choice of Law,” at http://www.dcbar.org/for_lawyers/ethics/legal_ethics/rules_of_professional_conduct/amended_rules/rule_eight/rule08_05.cfm, which states in part “A lawyer admitted to practice in this jurisdiction is subject to the disciplinary authority of this jurisdiction, regardless of where the lawyer’s conduct occurs,” and due to the seriousness of this misconduct, we, as citizens of the Republic, with an interest in ensuring full accountability for the legal conduct of government officials, feel compelled to issue a formal complaint in accordance with your established filing protocol at http://www.dcbar.org/for_the_public/working_with_lawyers/when_problems_arise/filing.cfm
Because of the serious political ramifications involved, and because some on the Board may be sympathetic to AG Holder’s positions and hostile to those of the House contempt charges, and in order to ensure that this complaint receives proper attention and is not ignored through deliberate indifference, we are making a copy of this letter publicly available via our respective websites, SipseyStreetIrregulars.blogspot.com and DavidCodrea.com.
Further, it appears your own rules may remove any discretion and require an investigation. As per Rule XI, “Disciplinary Proceedings,” Section 10, “Disciplinary Proceedings Based Upon Conviction of Crime,” at http://www.dcbar.org/inside_the_bar/structure/bar_rules/rule11.cfm:
“(a) Notification. If an attorney is found guilty of a crime or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a criminal charge in a District of Columbia court, the clerk of that court shall, within ten days from the date of such finding or plea, transmit to this Court and to Bar Counsel a certified copy of the court record or docket entry of the finding or plea. Bar Counsel shall forward the certified copy to the Board. Upon learning that the certified copy has not been timely transmitted by the clerk of the court in which the finding or plea was made, or that an attorney has been found guilty of a crime or has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to a criminal charge in a court outside the District of Columbia or in any federal court, Bar Counsel shall promptly obtain a certified copy of the court record or docket entry of the finding or plea and transmit it to this Court and to the Board. The attorney shall also file with this Court and the Board, within ten days from the date of such finding or plea, a certified copy of the court record or docket entry of the finding or plea.”
“(b) Serious crimes. The term ‘serious crime’ shall include (1) any felony, and (2) any other crime a necessary element of which, as determined by the statutory or common law definition of such crime, involves improper conduct as an attorney, interference with the administration of justice, false swearing, misrepresentation, fraud, willful failure to file income tax returns, deceit, bribery, extortion, misappropriation, theft, or an attempt or a conspiracy or solicitation of another to commit a ‘serious crime.’"
While District of Columbia courts have not (yet) been involved, there is no question that the Congress has found the Attorney General guilty of contempt under conditions that rise to your definition of “serious crime.” It would also appear that Attorney General Holder is required to report the contempt finding to you within the ten day requirement, and that the Bar “shall” investigate this matter.
Please give this matter your immediate attention and we look forward to receiving your formal written response.
David Codrea
Mike Vanderboegh
Enclosure: Complaint form
Press inquiries should be routed via email to David Codrea at dcodrea@hotmail.com or Mike Vanderboegh at GeorgeMason1776@aol.com.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you.You guys have a lot of guts to do this. Hey Slick Wille lost his.

Joe from Ft Worth

Anonymous said...

This is marvelous, it seems like more accolades are not enough, I need to send more money. I am only surprised you didn't date the letter July 4th...LOL!

Anonymous said...

Well, what the hell. Might as well do something on our end because it is very clear that absolutely nothing will be done by anyone else. Now you know why Eric has that smirk on his face most of the time.

Does anyone still believe that this doesn't lead directly to the white house?

Anonymous said...

Poking the Wolverine. I love it! Let's hope the Wolverine loses his balls!

Rightintampa said...

HURRAY! The Bar Association are basically FORCED to look at this seriously...

Anonymous said...

TORPEDO LOS!!! Mike, you never cease to amaze me. Now we'll see if this organization is made up of the same sleazy cockroaches as Holder. You know the old joke...

What's the difference between a lawyer and a catfish?
One is a scumsucking, slime covered bottom dweller, and the other is just a fish.

CowboyDan said...

Yay, guys! Completely outside the political realm, and in full public view. I love it!

Do you suppose they need immodium or Ex-Lax? I bet it's one or the other.

Keep it up. This getting to be amusing.

Ironwill III said...

Good job men! Give him both barrels!

Obvious Moniker said...

Mike, I cannot begin to thank you or David enough for your efforts. At barest of minimums, I owe the two of you a few beers or suitable (non-poisoned) beverages of your choice.

Mt Top Patriot said...

Mike, you and Dave are beautiful!

Thank you for your courage and honor. You guy's make being an American everything it is so much better.
I think no one can grasp fully the extent of the service and duty you two have rendered for us all.
Time will tell.
But I think you guys are the mouse that roared.


I wish there was a mechanism where the people themselves directly could initiate impeachment against these traitors. A way that cuts out the crooked middle man called Congress and goes straight at those who are committing treason against us. I guess I just repeated myself. The entire body of the federal government is a treason production line against we the people.

Sedition said...

Absolutely f'ing BRILLIANT!!!

Anonymous said...

You are truly,

A. A national treasure.
B. A burr under the saddle.
C. A fly in the ointment.
D. Goddamn right.

Thank you.

I know that you are dragging your anchor but you press on regardless.


Anonymous said...

Way to go gentlemen. Way. To. Go.

Anonymous said...

Forwarded to MANY email lists, and a few websites. Let's see who picks it up first. It was already on google's news (10 AM PT)- linked to ammoland.com and now (2:30 PT) on examiner.com (Anthony Martin). But ammoland link doesn't show up.

Say, you don't think google's 'no firearms' policy would affect their news story links, do you? Google would NEVER censor news stories, would they? /sarcasm

Good show guys, maybe this one will hit amidships. They've had enough warnings over the bow.


Anonymous said...

Mike, David;
Thankyou from the bottum of my heart ! Ya'll deserve the Pulitzer
Prize for forcing news to the fore when the lame-stream media (abc, cbs,nbc,msnbc,and ALL of the major print media) didn't have the balls to even look to see if it could be true. You are WONDERFUL !
As a side benefit, we'll find out if the D.C Bar Asso.is a group of honorable people or just another group of scumsuckers in D.C. (Another of your many accomplishments.) Thankyou again. You're wonderful,flatass wonderful.


Roger said...

Thank you Mike & Dave, you are doing the heavy lifting for all the rest of us.
Our country will ultimately bless you and your work.

Gunny G said...

God Bless (and watch your backs) because you gents are doin yeoman's work exposing the perfidy of this regime.

We're behind you!

Scott J said...

You have them bracketed! Fire at will!

Anonymous said...

I hope you and David have released the Bar Association letter and complaint to the "popular" news media? I'll be looking forward to seeing it on newscasts.

- Old Greybeard

Anonymous said...

God Bless the both of you and may Holder get the Justice he deserves!

Holder has a history of corruption and cover-up.

Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue during the process of discloser in the court case against the government concerning his brother’s death at the hands of the government believes that Eric holder helped cover-up the FBI’s direct involvement in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Holder was part of a plot to arm people outside the USA with the intent of undermining the general welfare of the USA.

I personally believe Holder could be charged with TREASON!

jmb said...

Terrific idea...I will also send a complaint. Beats b*tching to my dog about it. Finally, something I can do.

jmb said...

I'll file a complaint as well. Finally, something I can do other than complain to my dog.

Anonymous said...

Excellent work. Keep at it ......
Passed by E-Mail far and wide.

Anonymous said...

sent by email today:

Dear Board Members,

Eric Holder, the Attorney General for the United States is a current member of the DC Bar. Having been held in contempt by the United States House of Representatives on June 28 2012 it would seem that AG Holder has violated the ethics conditions of the District of Columbia Bar. Further it appears that AG Holder very well may have perjured himself under oath to the House of Representatives committee investigating allegations of DOJ malfeasance, cover-up and whistle-blower retaliation.

David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh have filed a formal complaint with the DC ethics board. This email is to ask the board to take the complaint seriously, to investigate the ethics charges fairly in accordance with normal due process, without regard to position or influence of AG Holder.


Jonathan Dansie
Pleasant Grove, UT

Anonymous said...

God Bless you both!
The LACK of media coverage on this scandal is sickening! The level of dishonesty by Jay Carney & the left claiming Bush started it & Holder stopped it is repulsive. They know d. am well Bush interdicted traced weapons & that program was closed down 2 years before they got there. Fast & Furious was ordered by Obama, paid for with his stimulus & Holder carried it out! Bill Newell, Lanny Breuer, Janet Napolitano & anyone else involved with this deadly scheme should all be tried in a court of law!
Thank you so much!