The senator hit with bar complaint ‘openly threatening” the Supreme Court

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Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch has accused Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Dr. I., of the “open of the U.S. Supreme Court” in a case before the Rhode Island judiciary threatens.

The complaint refers to a strongly worded letter that he and other senators recently filed for the high court’s warning to the judges to “heal” or face the possibility of restructuring. The Judicial Watch filing raises Whitehouse incorrectly performing legal work, while the status of his license is inactive, as well as participation in misconduct with the warning that it is addressed to the court.


“[T]he submitted was a short, Senator Whitehouse, unworthy of the legal profession, as it is nothing more than an attack on the Federal Department of justice and an open threat to the US Supreme Court,” Judicial Watch lawsuit said.

The short — which also bore the name of Sens. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Richard Durbin, D-Ill.; and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, named Whitehouse as a “champion of record.” Judicial Watch in the Appendix a copy of the Rhode Island judicial record that lists Whitehouse lawyer’s status as inactive. Fox News has confirmed that the current record still shows the inactive status.

As a result, the claimed organization, Whitehouse engaged in the unauthorized practice of law when he filed the brief.

Judicial Watch pointed out that Whitehouse is not licensed to practice law anywhere else, but he did list a Washington, DC, the address on the letter. The organization claims that, if the Whitehouse is to show that he would be his role as a lawyer in DC and not in Rhode Island, this is also an unauthorized practice of law.

A representative of Whitehouse’s office told Fox News, “Senator Whitehouse is a member of the Supreme Court bar, and stored nothing in Rhode Island,” adding, “This attack group has no credibility.”


On the upper side of the allegations on the basis of the status of Whitehouse’s law license, the complaint is a Problem with the substance of the letter has, in the Judicial Watch alleged “violation of the Rhode Island Rules of Professional Conduct by an attack on the Federal Department of justice, and openly threatened the U.S. Supreme Court.”

The letter accused the Supreme court of the issuing of decisions based on politics and not the law. You came to the conclusion, by claiming, “The Supreme court is a good one. And the people know it. Maybe the court can heal itself before the public demands it, to be restructured”, in order to reduce the influence of the policy.'”


This was widely seen as a warning that if the Supreme court does not change their habits, the Congress, the court could extend by increasing the number of judges through a process known as court-packing Several democratic presidential candidates this concept is supported, although Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, came out against you, say, NPR in July, “Nine is a good number seems.”

“A threat against the spirit if not the letter, of the Rhode Island Rules of Professional Conduct,” the complaint said, citing the rules,” preamble, which prohibits harassing the law “or to intimidate others,” and says, “A lawyer should demonstrate respect for the legal system and for those who serve it, including judges.”


Whitehouse’s order was met with condemnation from figures at both ends of the political spectrum. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., promised to make sure that the Democrats will never reach your goal, expand the court.

“When you hear the Democrats talk about an extension of the Supreme Court……..You talk about the court, liberal,” Graham said in a tweet. “This is a dream of the Left for decades. I will do everything in my power to ensure that dream will NEVER be fulfilled!”

Harvard law Professor Laurence Tribe, a well-known liberal voice, and a sharp critic of Trump administration, also came out against the Democrats in this issue, call the Whitehouse short “is inappropriate — and stupid — threat,” even though he is “normally a fan of” the senator.

To investigate the Rhode Island judiciary should decide the disciplinary Board, and measures against Whitehouse, he could ban discipline, ranging from public rebuke, professional, although the latter is generally reserved for serious violations.

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