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Judge found dead ahead of Michael Avenatti trial
Washington Times ^ | 2-3-2020 | Associated Press

Posted on 02/04/2020 1:10:20 AM PST by Jaysin

NEW YORK — Deborah A. Batts, the nation’s first openly gay federal judge, has died. She was 72.

Batts was found dead on Monday, three months before she was set to preside over a trial of California lawyer Michael Avenatti on charges that he cheated porn star Stormy Daniels, a former client, of proceeds of a book deal. No cause of death was immediately released.

In June 1994, Batts was sworn in after a smooth confirmation process following her appointment to the bench by President Bill Clinton. During her confirmation proceedings, it was never mentioned that she was a lesbian.

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But, at that time, she told the New York Law Journal that she did not want to be known as the “gay judge.”

“I’m a mother, I’m an African American. I’m a lesbian,” she said.

“Deborah Batts was a trailblazer in every respect: an openly gay African-American woman who became a United States District Judge after a distinguished career as a federal prosecutor and law professor,” Chief Judge Colleen McMahon said in a statement. “It will be difficult to replace her. Our hearts are broken at her premature passing.”

McMahon said one of the judge’s greatest contributions to the court was her last, when she provided oversight to a unique program that enabled people convicted of crimes to earn reductions in their period of supervised release by participating in a special rehabilitative program under intense judicial supervision.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: deborahbatts; judges; judiciary; rapinbilljudge
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She was appointed by the Clintons, so I wonder what dirt she had on them.

joking aside, this is very good news. It gets rid of a hard-left partisan Clinton hack on the NY southern district court (Manhatten) which is a cesspool of leftists.

The court has 15 Obama appointed judges, 4 clinton judges, 3 Bush, and 2 Trump appointees with 4 vacancies that Trump can fill with the best that Schumer/Gillibrand will return blue slips for.

She was a senior judge so Trump doesnt get to replace her BUT at least we get rid of 1 more hard-left judge on the bench instead of letting them pollute our country with their "rulings"

1 posted on 02/04/2020 1:10:20 AM PST by Jaysin
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Mitch needs to nuke the blue slip rule.


2 posted on 02/04/2020 1:12:55 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (A Leftist can't enjoy life unless they are controlling, hurting, or destroying others)
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“No cause of death was immediately released.”

All gerbils accounted for?


3 posted on 02/04/2020 1:20:01 AM PST by Jaysin (Trump can’t be beat, if the Democrats don’t cheat)
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[ “I’m a mother, I’m an African American. I’m a lesbian,” she said. ]

O.K.


4 posted on 02/04/2020 1:22:08 AM PST by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: Jaysin
During her confirmation proceedings, it was never mentioned that she was a lesbian.

“Deborah Batts was a trailblazer in every respect: an openly gay African-American woman who became a United States District Judge...

5 posted on 02/04/2020 1:22:48 AM PST by Cowboy Bob ("Other People's Money" = The life blood of Liberalism)
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[Deborah Batts was a trailblazer in every respect]

I preferred the 1975 Chevy K-5 TrailBlazer myself. But that's just me.


6 posted on 02/04/2020 1:25:11 AM PST by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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>> She was 72

Too young these days.

>> an openly gay African-American woman

Arbitrary characteristics, and certainly not an automatic badge of honor.

FWIW, don’t assume the qualities of the average Trump supporter.


7 posted on 02/04/2020 1:26:58 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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an openly gay African-American woman , the only primary thing that is important to them


8 posted on 02/04/2020 2:04:06 AM PST by ronnie raygun (nick dip .com)
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To: Jaysin

Another involuntary assisted suicide?


9 posted on 02/04/2020 2:25:21 AM PST by jazminerose (Adorable Deplorable)
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To: SaveFerris

I liked Ramcharger best among these.


10 posted on 02/04/2020 2:44:24 AM PST by NorseViking
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I knew Judge Batts when I worked at the US Courthouse. Personally she was a very nice lady and respectful of the older judge that I worked for. May she rest in peace.


11 posted on 02/04/2020 2:58:26 AM PST by LottieDah
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To: SaveFerris

I have the 79.


12 posted on 02/04/2020 3:06:52 AM PST by wally_bert (Your methods were a little incomplete, you too for that matter.)
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To: LottieDah

Thank you for your insight.


13 posted on 02/04/2020 3:17:41 AM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Jaysin

Suffocated by muff.


14 posted on 02/04/2020 4:13:08 AM PST by wetgundog
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In June 1994, Batts was sworn in after a smooth confirmation process following her appointment to the bench by President Bill Clinton.

Clinton giveth and Clinton taketh away.

15 posted on 02/04/2020 4:27:26 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Kill-googl,TWTR,FCBK,NYT,WaPo,Hwd,CNN,NFL,BLM,CAIR,Antfa,SPLC,ESPN,NPR,NBA,ARP)
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To: LottieDah

Great to hear from someone who actually knew her.

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

—John Donne


16 posted on 02/04/2020 4:32:45 AM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: LottieDah

She was lucky to escape association of her name with Avenetti.


17 posted on 02/04/2020 4:36:45 AM PST by cnsmom
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To: LottieDah

She was lucky to escape association of her name with Avenatti.


18 posted on 02/04/2020 4:37:15 AM PST by cnsmom
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To: Jaysin
Patrioticide!🤔
19 posted on 02/04/2020 4:49:58 AM PST by DarthVader (Not by speeches & majority decisions will the great issues of the day be decided but by Blood & Iron)
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"Deborah Batts was a trailblazer in every respect: an openly gay African-American woman who became a United States District Judge..."

"... she made her blazing gavel a torch to light the way!!!!"

20 posted on 02/04/2020 5:11:37 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (You can vote your way into socialism but you have to shoot your way out of it.)
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