Judge Henry Hudson. Just sayin’ . . . .


    Ol’ Cletus has been giggling (or whatever it is) around the Intertubes for info on Judge Henry Hudson.  What a piece of work.

    Rightwing dingbats across the nation today are singing the praises of Judge Henry  Hudson, the Bush-appointed federal judge in Virginia who

    declared a small section of the health care law to be unconstitutional.

    Rightwingloons might want to slow down the coronation parade.


    Because this is the same Henry Hudson who was head of the U.S. Marshal Service at the time of the murder of Randy Weaver’s wife and son during the stand-off at Weaver’s Ruby Ridge, Idaho,  cabin.

    After Congress started investigating Ruby Ridge, Hudson attempted to cover up his involvement in the Weaver killings.

    According to a Congressional report on the Ruby Ridge incident, “based on his desire to avoid creating discoverable documents that might be used by the defense in the Weaver/Harris trial and his understanding that the FBI would conduct a comprehensive investigation of the incident, [Hudson] decided to conduct no formal internal review of USMS activities connected with the Weaver case and the Ruby Ridge incident.”


    Interesting that the same rightwing that considers Randy Weaver to be one of the Twelve Apostles is now canonizing one of Weaver’s attackers.  But, then, I guess consistency of logic has never been a strong suit among rightwingers.



    Judge Hudson also stands by some of his most controversial decisions, including his prosecution of a man with mental retardation in Arlington for

    the rape and murder of a woman in 1984. The man, David Vasquez, served five years in prison before DNA and circumstantial evidence exonerated him.

    Hudson reflected: “I certainly wish him the best and regret what happened. However, I offer no apologies.”

    “During my early years as a prosecutor I was narrow-minded and at times offensively self-righteous,” [Judge Hudson] writes … “I lied to the General Assembly and the Fairfax County Bar Association when I told them unequivocally that I had no intention of seeking a federal judgeship,” the former Fairfax judge writes. “Perhaps lied is too strong a term.”

    Judge Hudson’s financial disclosure forms show that from 2003 through 2008, Judge Hudson received “dividends” from Campaign Solutions Inc., among other investments. A Republican online communications firm, Campaign Solutions,

    has done work for a host of prominent Republican clients and health care reform critics, including the RNC and NRCC (both of which have called, to

    varying degrees, for health care reform’s repeal). The president of the firm, Becki Donatelli, is the wife of longtime GOP hand Frank Donatelli, and

    is an adviser to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, among others. Another firm client is Kenneth Cuccinelli, the Attorney General of Virginia and the man who is bringing the lawsuit in front of Hudson’s court. In 2010, records show, Cuccinelli spent nearly $9,000 for Campaign Solutions services.

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