8 October 2 2006 FRANCE Meeting With French Magistrate Samuel Laine
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The International Program France October 2006 Guest: Mr. Samuel LAINE Director, International Mutual Legal Assistance Office MINISTRY JUSTICE, France The Meridian International Center, under the auspices the U.S. Department States International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), invited Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton meet with Mr. Laine, key interlocutor and facilitator between the State Department and French Ministry Justice the handling extradition matters treaties entered into between France and the United States. Meetings were arranged with representatives federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Department Justice, and non-governmental watchdog groups involved criminal justice issues, fulfill Mr. Laines stated objectives for his visit the United States, which read, part: gain broad understanding the U.S. system justice the federal, state and local levels; Develop greater understanding the role and authority the U.S. Supreme Court; Learn about the institutional scope the U.S. Department Justice; Meet with academics and watchdog groups that specialize criminal justice issues. Judicial Watch was asked discuss its judicial oversight role and its projects aimed improving the judicial process the U.S. Mr. Fitton provided Mr. Laine with overview Judicial Watchs educational and oversight role promoting transparency, accountability, and integrity the government and judiciary through the application federal and state open records laws. Judicial Watchs aggressive pursuit documents through litigationa recourse allowed federal statutewas also discussed. Cited example, was JWs lawsuit against the Commerce Department. result JWs steadfast pursuit documents from the Commerce Department, was discovered that trade mission seats were being sold exchange for campaign contributionsin direct violation federal campaign finance laws. Mr. Fitton discussed another area which Judicial Watch has boldly and aggressively pursued justice through the courts suing government officials personally for abuse power and egregious misconduct while holding public trust. Mr. Laine was informed that the U.S., government officials are, for the most part, shielded from personal liability while serving public office under the doctrine qualified immunity. Yet, Judicial Watch acted boldly its attempt hold former President William Jefferson Clinton and his Attorney General, Janet Reno, accountable for their personal conduct because the egregious nature their actions. pursued Janet Reno for her responsibility authorizing the infamous Elian Gonzalez raid, which resulted the gassing and beating peaceful protestorsand Bill Clinton, the well publicized sexual harassment lawsuit, Jones Clinton, which Clinton was found have lied under oath, deposition, about his relationship with former White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Other topics discussion, included: Judicial Watchs current involvement the illegal immigration debate and JWs lawsuit filed against the Town Herndon behalf its citizens for use taxpayer funds build Day Laborer Site that would benefit illegal immigrants; lack oversight the House Ethics Committee regarding ethics violations its own members; hesitancy lawyers file complaints against judges; independent oversight judges; and Judicial Watchs role filing ethics complaints againstand bringing media exposure tojudges who blatantly engage unethical practices. Judicial Watch conservative, non-partisan public interest educational foundation. Its guiding principles are transparency, accountability, and integrity, which issue from profound respect for the rule law.