DOJ Drops Case Against Woman Who Laughed At Jeff Sessions During His Senate Confirmation Hearing

The Washington Examiner reports:

Justice Department prosecutors dropped their case against the woman who was arrested after laughing during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing, according to a report Tuesday.

Desiree Fairooz, who was set to face a second trial next week, is a 61 year-old veteran activist associated with the organization Code Pink. She was arrested during Jeff Sessions’ conformation hearing in January for loudly laughing after Sen. Richard Shelby, R- Ala., said the now-attorney general had a “clear and well-documented” record of “treating all Americans equally under the law.”

A Capitol Police officer — who had never made an arrest or covered a congressional hearing, according to the report — arrested Fairooz, which she loudly fought. Following the arrest, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia pressed two charges against her.

  • coram nobis

    … because Title 18 of the US Code doesn’t include lèse majesté as an offense.

    • whollyfool

      yet

    • JAKvirginia

      For Trump it’s noblese obese.

      • (((GC)))

        👓 What you did there – I see it 🙂 👓

        • AC

          you and every other sentient being. JFC

      • Mikey

        or paresse oblige.

      • Yixing’s Fluffer

        primae noctis

        • Robincho

          I like my primæ noctis served au jus…

          • Yixing’s Fluffer

            Proper marinating is essential.

      • Bob Conti

        Took a second, but I got it. Kinda slow today.

    • Pluto Animus

      Of course, I had to look up ‘lese majeste’, ‘cuz I’m dumb.
      The crime of offending royalty.
      Wouldn’t that also cover blasphemy (offending imaginary royalty)?

  • Pat Padrnos

    I think this is the first good news I have seen concerning Sessions.

  • bkmn

    One more and she could have sued him back for malicious prosecution or some charge like that.

  • Todd20036

    How big of them. More likely they realized the woman was going to fight this in court and embarrass them publically.

    • Jeffg166

      They’re doing a stellar job of that all by themselves.

    • JackFknTwist

      Now we can all go laugh at Sessions , that jug eared toad.

      • acde

        ….last phrase = brilliant literary english!

      • No More GOP.

        laugh laugh more

  • Kelly Lape

    They only wanted to punish her with legal fees. Job success. At least Sessions accomplished something.

    • Tread

      I hope she sues his fucking ass off in civil court for wrongful prosecution.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
  • boobert

    Counter sue for the legal fees !

    • TrueWords
    • JackFknTwist

      Title of suit for fees : “vexatious litigation” or “Fraudulent and Malicious Prosecution”.

      Sue the jug eared toad.

      • ChrisMorley

        ‘Vexatious litigation’ isn’t something you can sue for. You just have to grit your teeth. You’re on better grounds with suing for fraudulent and malicious prosecution.

        A ‘vexatious litigant’ is an actual legal thing.
        You can seek an order from the courts to block someone who keeps launching hopeless annoying cases, and the court might add them to an official list of vexatious litigants, and then that person is required to always seek the court’s permission before they can start any case.

        • JackFknTwist

          Thanks .I understand your post.

          “Vexatious litigation” is not actionable and is more a halt to existing proceedings.
          Whereas ” malicious prosecution” is actionable by an aggrieved litigant.

        • Bob Conti

          I’ve had a self-represented plaintiff named a vexatious litigant. He can no longer file any claim without prior court approval. So far, since our motion was granted, he’s batting 0 for 5.

    • Bob Conti

      Here are the elements contained in a jury instruction for criminal malicious prosecution. What do y’all think? I’m thinking there’s a shot she could establish them:

      [Name of plaintiff] claims that [name of defendant] wrongfully caused acriminal proceeding to be brought against [him/her/it]. To establish thisclaim, [name of plaintiff] must prove all of the following:1. That [name of defendant] was actively involved in causing [nameof plaintiff] to be prosecuted [or in causing the continuation ofthe prosecution];[2. That the criminal proceeding ended in [name of plaintiff]’s favor;][3. That no reasonable person in [name of defendant]’s circumstanceswould have believed that there were grounds for causing [nameof plaintiff] to be arrested or prosecuted;]4. That [name of defendant] acted primarily for a purpose otherthan to bring [name of plaintiff] to justice;5. That [name of plaintiff] was harmed; and6. That [name of defendant]’s conduct was a substantial factor incausing [name of plaintiff]’s harm.

  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea534eacfd8f53d6773a3c0572de2169bcf012e853412a9f53d834d91be1f2a6.jpg did I, or did I not line up some real desparate twinks for this weekend…hhmmm

    • shellback

      Amazingly, no one has punched him in the face – repeatedly – that we know of.

      • Dagoril

        Give it time. Give it time.

    • Tawreos

      Well, that would explain why I… I mean my friend couldn’t find any.

  • another_steve

    I’m going to send a very ancient Jewish curse Jeff Sessions’ way now.

    The Evil Eye.

    If you are pregnant or expecting to become pregnant in the near future, please divert your gaze.

    Here goes.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4c187c2e782fc6ebebe2abc8a918064e617de279e0d3a2195973bd29a349a9c6.jpg

  • Lazycrockett
  • skyweaver

    But… but…. if you don’t make an example of this woman you will have people laughing at you openly all the time. Wait, never mind, carry on

    • Tawreos

      If they didn’t want people to laugh they shouldn’t have put an icky elf in charge of the DOJ.

      • (((GC)))

        If they didn’t want people to laugh they shouldn’t have selected* a narcissistic, temperamental, incompetent, mercurial, kleptocratic Popular Vote Loser for president.

        * See college, electoral.

        • Tawreos

          I thought he was a sexist egotistical lying hypocritical bigot.

  • Tawreos

    So the DOJ does know how to do the right thing, what a surprise.

    • Adam King

      Only when doing the right thing involves scuttling off back into the shadows.

  • tbj5

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1D728H

    This is likely Trump pushing to get Sessions fired.

    • Halou

      Trump has wanted Sessions gone ever since he recused himself from the Russian investigation and refusing to fire either Comey or Mueller on demand. As hard as it is to accept, Sessions has to stay because if he goes then Trump can nominate a more reliable loyalist as a replacement.

      • tbj5

        He needs to get rid of Mueller ASAP. Trump knows he’s cooked otherwise. Has wanted to for months. Sessions won’t remove him so Trump is looking for any excuse to fire Sessions and get an acting AG who will.

      • John30013

        Nominate, yes. Let’s see how that confirmation hearings would go. (Unless, of course, Trump replaced Sessions with someone who had already been confirmed by the Senate. But I think the Senate might want another crack at the person in that case. Whether they’d get it is another matter. The Constitution is not clear on this circumstance.)

  • Halou

    I suspect that with the ballooning Trump-Russia news Sessions reluctantly made this decision because he is going to need those lawyers for something else real soon. Apparently he has been called in, again, to testify before a committee about his meating with Russian representatives.

    • JAKvirginia

      Meating? Good typo.

      • Lazycrockett
        • Tawreos

          The one by me certainly does, but enough about the employees. =)

          • AJ Drew
          • Comixbear

            As someone who is holding onto an Arby’s job as a way to try and pay some bills, I must say ‘thank you’ for your internet insight.

          • Lazycrockett

            The Fish Sandwich is amazing.

          • Comixbear

            What kills me is the mentality that tawreos commented about the Arby’s workers. I don’t work there because it’s easy work. It isn’t, especially when you’re 54. It’s what I can find right now and it’s my only current source of income.I work my ass off to try and help people and get some more of the ‘fast food workers aren’t worthy’ attitude.

        • Prost Seattle

          I wouldn’t call that processed crap meat.

          • Bj Lincoln

            Thank you.

      • nocadrummer

        Speaking of “meating”, today (Nov. 7) is the anniversary of the passing of “Tom of Finland”. 🙁
        It was 1991.

    • Natty Enquirer

      He’ll just spew a lot of baloney.

  • supasugacrisp

    Ha! Ha!

  • safari
    • Halou

      I thought that sort of thing only happened in porn. An otherwise ordinary event happens and suddenly clothes are gone and every guy within half a mile is sharing a bucket full of viagra.

      • safari

        Except in this case the guy deliberately crashed into the girl and then drove off and raped her.

        • Halou

          Damn, that’s savage. I hope they find him.

  • paganguy

    I guess they realized that if they rounded up everyone who laughed at him, they’d never have time for anything else.

  • GayOldLady

    She who laughs last, laughs loudest. Desiree is a Shero!

    • Tawreos

      She got the first and last laugh, she did it right.

  • Girlgoon

    The amount of tax payer money and resources squandered on prosecuting this woman is no laughing matter

    • John30013

      Nor is the obvious abuse of authority.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        * Nice shoes, John 🙂

        • John30013

          Thanks, Ragnar!

        • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

          Agreed. And I know fine shoes!

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            I believe you !

    • Frostbite

      Drop in the bucket compared to Turnip’s golf outings.

  • alc2018
  • The_Wretched

    Finally. She was legally harassed for the better part of a year and a mistrial.

  • kaydenpat

    I hope she can get her attorney fees paid by the government since they had no business bringing such frivolous charges against her in the first place. I cannot imagine the stress she was under while this nonsense was hanging over her head.

    • kareemachan

      Shit, for a moment I thought you were talking about the twunt Kim Davis. Sorry for the evil thoughts I sent your way.

      • kaydenpat

        Lol!

    • LydiRae

      I wish she had any kind of legal recourse to sue the DOJ over what amounts to a petty harassment charge, but I haven’t heard of many cases where suing the government got a plaintiff anything at all.

  • Leo
  • Ninja0980
    • coram nobis

      Re-election as what? Gauleiter?

    • William

      There was a nice guy working in her office. He could run, if Kim didn’t make his life a living hell for challenging her.

      • Uncle Mark

        I’d vote for the office stapler over her

        • William

          I bet she steals all the staplers on her last day in office.

          • Tread

            Nah, her son, hired through nepotism, will do it.

    • Uncle Mark

      Must be nice to cost your boss $225,000, for refusing to take care of a customer/client…and expect to still keep your job

      • Todd20036

        In that asshole state, she just might manage it

    • HAAAAAAA
  • Tawreos

    OT: It looks like Rand Paul got tackled because of leaves and grass trimmings.

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/senator-rand-paul-apos-ribs-002650676.html

    • coram nobis

      Defending the Marigold Line?

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        He lives in a gated community which comes with its own fiercely guarded Maginot Line. Gotta keep out the peasants and disgruntled taxpayers.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Typo in Boucher’s age. Should be 5.9.

    • Refugay

      It read it was a manscaping dispute. First they trimmed the bush and then they argued over whether or not the tree really did look taller.

      • Tawreos

        I would guess that only being able to see it after the brush was removed would make it appear taller.

    • Friday’s_cat

      So it wasn’t Paul pooch porking?

    • Andymac3

      Sounds like cock fighting to me.

      • Friday’s_cat

        In Paul’s case dick fighting, not the fun dick.

    • greenmanTN
    • Karl Dubhe

      And I thought it was his son shagging the other guy’s daughter…

      I has one track mind.

      • Tawreos

        It is a good track though. =)

  • Refugay

    OT:
    My boss, “I’m worried that we’re going to miss our deadline-what can we do to ensure we don’t?”
    Me, “I was thinking we could send out our prayers.”

    • Andymac3

      You order of ‘thoughts and prayers’ is currently out of stock due to excessive demand.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Guess these racist fascists figured out that prosecuting this sweet and gentle women for laughing made them look like the brutish fascists they are.

    • greenmanTN

      How did they ever get that idea?! 🙄

  • Andymac3

    Department of Snowflakes

  • Friday’s_cat

    Could Jeff Sessions testify for the prosecution after a treason conviction?

    • Natty Enquirer

      No, because he can’t be charged with treason. We weren’t at war with Russia.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Ha HA HA HA
    ( Laughing OUT LOUD at Attorney General Elf Sessions. )

  • Karl Dubhe

    So, they didn’t want to be laughed out of court, did they?

    Ah well, they can be laughed at now. 🙂

  • Tomcat

    A massive case of harrasment by the DOJ and Trump Outhouse.

  • PickyPecker

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mWMcMPy2ZhY/UeWaevrO8gI/AAAAAAAAGVY/-XBGK5_gCfE/s1600/Picking+Peas+I.jpg
    OT: A story that ends well. BBCnews ~ ‘Pissarro’s Picking Peas returned to Jewish owners’

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41906302

    • Boreal

      I love how the ‘owners’ who purchased this somehow think their ‘good faith’ negates the wartime theft of this piece from its rightful owners. More entitlement from the 1%.

      • Karl Dubhe

        If they bought it from someone, they should be able to get their money back from that someone.

        Of course, the ‘someone’ is likely to be Gramps…

        • Boreal

          Exactly. The seller was trafficking in stolen goods. Not like this is some obscure piece of art.

          • Karl Dubhe

            I’ve got my great-grandfather’s art on my walls. 🙂 It’s obscure, but I’d not like it stolen either.

        • Shy Guy

          They bought it in 1995 in New York for $800k. If they didn’t know its history then, they really didn’t do their due diligence.

          • teeveedub

            For art in that price range, the art dealer or auction house ought to be able to provide provenance. If the seller can’t provide that, the buyer shouldn’t buy it.

    • Robincho

      Bless yer pea-pickin’ li’l heart…

  • Leo
    • Karl Dubhe

      A 70+% turnout would be better. Go for it. You can do it, Virginia! 🙂

      • Hank

        Actually, for VA Governor elections, if it hits @ 50% it may be a good sign that the Dems in Northern VA are getting off their asses!

        • Treant

          Now, now, don’t say “get off your asses.” You might hurt their fee-fees and they’ll stay home and not vote. Or vote for Jill Stein or something.

          • Ernest Endevor

            Hey! Don’t write ‘Jill Stein’ without a trigger warning. Now I have to go sit on the bathroom floor!

          • Treant

            Do you need a tissue?

          • Todd20036

            … or a penis?

          • Treant

            I find them equally effective.

          • Ernest Endevor

            I’m trying to heal.

  • fuzzybits

    Her laugh was justified so she should not be charged.

  • Hank
    • Dale Snyder

      That guy laughs about everything!

  • ByronK

    “I started a joke which started the whole world crying
    But I didn’t see that the joke was on me oh no
    I started to cry which started the whole world laughing
    Oh If I’d only seen that the joke was on me”

  • fuzzybits
  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Would love to move there JUST for the privilege of voting against this bitch.

    https://twitter.com/ajplus/status/927993980062707714

  • Treant

    Maybe, just maybe, somebody finally read the First Amendment.

    • AJayne

      Or they always knew they had no case, but pushed it just to inconvenience (and *cost*) her and/or Code Pink with time (and money) spent to defend against it. Now they think they’ve made their point, and know they will be laughed at again if they go to court, so they dismissed it. Can the DOJ be held liable for her attorney fees now? Or does a dismissal of the charge negate collecting?

      • Treant

        I can imagine she can challenge them in court–if they let themselves be sued–for any fees.

  • Karl Dubhe
    • Andymac3

      Richard Spencer reminds me of the holocaust deniers who are convinced of their own viewpoint irrespective of facts and history. He is the definition of a deplorable ignoramus.

      • Karl Dubhe

        I don’t think Richy is nearly as smart as the people who deny the reality of the holocaust, and that lot’s pretty fucking stupid.

        It’d be easier to deny that the Titanic sank.

  • Treant

    OT: I voted! I’m even wearing my sticker. I was voter #214, which is coming up on triple (!) normal for when I get there at 3:45 PM. There was even a wee little wait.

    I don’t remember exactly, but in 2015 I was around #85 or so–I do remember the range because it was low enough to make me shake my head.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Good job! Thank you Treant!

  • Galvestonian

    It wasn’t a crime to begin with … could she sue ???

    • MaryJOGrady

      Golly, I hope so.

  • DaddyRay

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    {{{breath}}}
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Thorn Spike

    Our tax dollars hardly at work.

  • LovesIrony

    If you don’t want people to laugh don’t make jokes

    • robindaybird

      and don’t be a joke

  • Lars Littlefield

    Way Off Topic: Just enjoyed a nice little lunch of Nicoise Salad made from the last of the season tomatoes, our own baby red potatoes, butter lettuce — the whole nine yards from the garden except for the canned Spanish tuna and nicoise olives. As we finished off the d’anjou rose wine I was informed that we will not be hosting Thanksgiving this year.

    “Debes comenzar esta tarde y contarle a todos,” I was informed.

    Instead of hanging out on the farm we’re going to Mexico City and Oaxaca for a couple of weeks. So, no making of that nasty green bean salad crap this year (think you baby black jesus). Anyone else escaping the best country in the world for a bit of respite? Where?

    • MaryJOGrady

      I will have Thanksgiving dinner in the form of a buffet at a delightful Sikh-run Indian restaurant here in Albuquerque. I did that last year too, and loved it.
      After decades in Texas, New Mexico is like a vastly superior foreign country for me.
      Give my regards to Mexico City! I love it there.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Where did you live in Texas?

        • MaryJOGrady

          I grew up in the brain-damaged city of Corpus Christi, got out as soon as I could, and lived in other places including the UK and Mexico, enjoyed an interlude in Dallas (Oak Lawn– the rest was a dead loss) and settled in Austin, taking full advantage of the intellectual amusement park which is the University of Texas.

  • DaddyRay
  • David
  • MaryJOGrady

    It’s about time.

    • Mickey Bitsko

      Agreed, and it’s also about time Sessions did some time.

  • Gianni

    I’d love to hear the prosecution giving the opening statement to the jury. “Members of the jury, this is a most serious matter. The defendant laughed, actually laughed out loud! I know there is no law against laughing, but her laughter hurt the almost then Attorney General’s feefees. Most egregious. You must return a guilty verdict for Laughter In The First Degree!”

  • fuow

    Yeah, they were sticking their toes in the water. Goodbye civil rights. But, hey-her emails-

  • Does she get any compensation for this egregious abuse of power against her?

    • leastyebejudged

      Nope.

      To me though, this WAS a case of malicious prosecution.

  • nocadrummer
  • Andymac3

    Sessions is used to being laughed at, at school, in the changing rooms, in the bedroom. He thought he had the upper hand this time but, no.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    That it ever came to the point of her being charged is reprehensible. That act alone should have been met with a resignation or two at the DOJ, including Sessions.

  • RLK2

    I laugh at this corrupt Russian loving Keebler Elf all the time!

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Well! How magnanimous!

  • No More GOP.

    I should effing hope so.