Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter
Attorneys at the Department of Labor (DOL) have just hit the panic button in the case of Secretary of Labor, United States Department of Labor v. United Airlines, Inc.
Trying to conceal corruption within the agency, Dept. of Labor attorneys David Rutenberg, Allen Bean and Christine Heri have filed an absurd motion asking Administrative Law Judge Dennis Phillips to rule against himself and ignore his previous decision that the asbestos case against United Airlines would go to trial.
This desperate act on the part of DOL attorneys is due in part to the fact that they are in possession of documents and other material evidence that, if made public, would expose their complicity in committing fraud on the court.
So the DOL certainly does have good reason to panic.
But their sheer audacity may backfire on them.
Not only are they asking Judge Phillips to rule that his previous decision to go to trial was a mistake. They are also asking Phillips to completely ignore the overwhelming evidence that perjury and fraud have been committed by government officials in his very own courtroom.
Wow! That's a lot to ask of an OSHA Review Commision judge whose sole purpose as designated by Congress is to keep government powers in check.
In essence, DOL attorneys are asking Judge Phillips to commit fraud on his own court.
Bet that hurt to ask!
However, since that's what they did, perhaps the prudent thing for Judge Phillips to do at this point is to take the DOL's assertion that he lacks jurisdiction over fraud in his own court seriously, and request that the Department of Justice (DOJ) assist him in investigating the crimes being blatantly committed by the DOL right under his nose.
After all, the DOL attorneys are right about one thing: In public corruption cases, the DOJ does have jurisdiction.
What do ya say, U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon?
Are you ready to take down some corrupt government officials?
Or is public corruption no longer a top priority?