Posted In: Blog/News on November 29, 2016
Geoff Shepard presented his Case Study Regarding Ex Parte Communications to three dozen federal judges of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania at their November 15th Retreat. The study documents eight examples of secret meetings which Watergate trial judge John Sirica had with prosecutors prior to the Watergate cover-up trial. Also participating in the panel were District Judge Paul Diamond, author of Federal Grand Jury Practice and Procedure, and NYU Ethics Professor Stephen Gillers.
Here are the background materials used in connection with the case study, which will also be presented to the Ninth Circuit’s Mid-Winter Workshop for judges in Tucson on January 30th.