Skip to comments.Secret Govt. Settlement in Rep. Hastings’ Sexual Harassment Case Filed by Judicial Watch
Posted on 12/13/2017 4:15:54 PM PST by jazusamo
It turns out the government secretly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to resolve a sexual harassment case filed by Judicial Watch against a Florida congressman with a long history of unscrupulous behavior. The veteran Democrat, Alcee Hastings, is most famous for getting impeached by Congress as a federal judge following a scandal involving the solicitation of a $150,000 bribe in return for favorable treatment for defendants in a racketeering case before him. The disgraced judge was an unindicted co-conspirator, but there was enough evidence against him for Congress to boot him from the bench. Hastings is one of only six federal judges to be impeached by Congress and removed from the bench.
Judicial Watchs lawsuit against Hastings was on behalf of a female employee that he regularly harassed. Her name is Winsome Packer and she was repeatedly subjected to unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome touching and retaliation by Hastings when he chaired the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. For over two years, from January 2008 through February 19, 2010, Packer was forced to endure unwelcome sexual advances, crude sexual comments, and unwelcome touching by Hastings while serving as the Representative of the Commission to the United States Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Although Packer repeatedly rejected Hastings sexual attention and complained about the harassment to the Commission Staff Director, Fred Turner, Hastings refused to stop sexually harassing her. Instead, the congressman and Turner retaliated against Packerincluding making threats of terminationbecause she continued to object to Hastings conduct.
Filed in 2011 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judicial Watchs lawsuit got dismissed a year later but led to a House Ethics Committee investigation of Hastings. Not surprisingly, the notoriously remiss panel absolved the congressman after a laughable, two-year probe. Charged with investigating and punishing corrupt legislators, the committee instead has a long tradition of letting them off the hook. In Hastings sexual harassment case, the panel found that the most serious allegations were not supported by the evidence, though Hastings admitted to certain conduct that is less than professional. For instance, the lawmaker admitted hugging Packer, asking her about her underwear and telling her he doesnt sleep well after having sex.
For all these years, the American taxpayers that unknowingly doled out the cash to settle the case believed it was over. Hastings was absolved by a federal court and the Ethics Committee. Turns out there was an undercover deal in which the Treasury Department paid Packer $220,000 to settle the sexual harassment lawsuit against Hastings, who represents Floridas 20th District, which includes portions of south Floridas Broward and Palm Beach counties. A Washington D.C. news outlet dedicated to covering Capitol Hill broke the story last week after obtaining documents about the covert arrangement. The 2014 payment to settle the case involving Hastings was not apparently included in a breakdown of payouts to settle discrimination complaints against House lawmakers from the past five years released last month by the Office of Compliance , which approves the payouts, the article states. That total included only one payment to resolve a sexual harassment claim $84,000 paid to settle a complaint against Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold .
This indicates that theres no telling how much the government, through various accounts and agency divisions, is spending to settle sexual harassment cases. The public may never know the magnitude of the problem, especially since most politicians will never come clean. Even after his secret settlement was exposed, Hastings denied harassing Packer and told a newspaper in his south Florida district that he knew nothing about the settlement. I am outraged that any taxpayer dollars were needlessly paid to Ms. Packer, the congressman says. In the meantime, the legislators unscrupulous behavior hasnt changed. Earlier this year Hastings was in hot water after a watchdog revealed he gave his girlfriend the maximum taxpayer salary for five consecutive years to work in a field office. Top congressional salaries are supposed to go to the Washington D.C.-based chief of staff.
What a slimeball bastard. “Didn’t know they paid her a QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS to make it go away.” Illegally giving his useless “girlfriend” the max salary for FIVE YEARS. Wanna bet this was a no-show job and she spent a lot of the money on him?
GD swamp will never be drained.
Impeached by Congress and removed from the bench, yet sits in the House of Representatives.
Until he’s gone, there will never be any Rule of Law.
Slimeball pretty much describes him and even if his girlfriends job wasn’t a no-show I’d she spent very few hours a week there.
The thing that fries me is that government workers covered for him in the Winsome Packer case, they should all be fired.
You really can't make this stuff up, can you?
"ALL da b*tches be mine, nome sayin'...?! DASS what AHM talkin' 'bout..!"
“What a slimeball bastard.”
Let’s be really honest and call him for what he really is, a BLACK Slimeball bastard!
just like Conyers, Green, Jackson-Lee, Cummings, et.al. Black citizens undoubtedly have within their ethnic group, stellar people who could provide valuable leadership, but instead, they are conned into electing this $hit. And just think, would they have elected Clarence Thomas to the SCOTUS, or Ben Carson to the Presidency? NFW!
Couldn’t agree more. The only credible, smart, ethical blacks in Congress I recall are Allen West, JC Watts, and Mia Love. They are all “R.” Dems attract the most inept, most corrupt blacks imaginable.
Ah, a black gentleman, is he? Just like Mr. Conyers.
“They are all R. Dems attract the most inept, most corrupt blacks imaginable.”
I really think it comes right down to racism. Blacks have been sold a bill of goods from as far back as LBJ, that they are incapable as a group ( which isn’t necessarily the case) and therefore need to be kept as “wards of the state” ( really a nice word for slaves) for the whole of their lives, just existing on the crumbs the government throws their way in exchange for their voting “the right way.” And I believe that they have also been “told” that they are really incapable of learning in the traditional sense, leaving them with a few people who are smart enough not to believe that BS or who find themselves able to be “performers” ( kinda like modern day court jesters) in professional sports, and as actors.
This particular incident dates back to 2006 when the dems won congress. Hastings and the notorious Spencer Oliver who was the executive director of the Helsinki engineered the firing of Alcee Hastings’ victim Winsome Packer.
By the way, Alcee Hastings original criminal trial for bribery involved, as a witness, the DC mob boss Joe “The Possum” Nesline who ran rackets in DC that included prostitution and sexual blackmail. Nesline was connected to Heidi Rikan, the Madame who ran a call-girl ring across from the Democratic HQ at the Watergate in 1972.
It was Alcee Hastings’s close friend and colleague Spencer Oliver whose phone was tapped in May-June 1972.
Here are some links to provide some background including a story by the late, great Bob Novak:
“The commission’s new chairman, Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, began the firings under oversight of Spencer Oliver, a longtime Democratic operative famed as a victim of the Watergate burglary. Oliver, secretary general of an international body dealing with human rights, was assisting the U.S. commission as an observer. Under the commission’s founding laws, three of the committee’s four lawmakers must concur in any staff firing.”
Alcee Hastings’s corrupt lawyer friend William A. Borders was president of the “National Lawyer’s Association” and was very close to Jimmy Carter like so many figures connected to the DNC office during Watergate. Ida “Maxie” Wells, whose desk was the target of the Watergate crew, would become Jimmy Carter’s traveling secretary from 1975-76 and then become Carter’s secretary 1977-78 at the White House.
I forgot mention that Packer charged Hastings with sexual harassment stemming from incidents up to her firing in 2006.
The education establishment reinforces that and sets it in motion from an early age. “Black score should aren’t very good? Lower standards.”
Five years later: Black performance hasn’t improved? Lower the standards.
Five years later? Black admissions to college haven’t improved and they are arriving unprepared? Remedial classes at the sixth grade level for two years.
Repeat, repeat, repeatand repeat again. My sister has taught math for almost forty years and has seen it all. As you say, it is the “soft bigotry of low expectations.”
“Repeat, repeat, repeat and repeat again.”
Well, while the government has been both nefarious and disingenuous with Blacks, I am left wondering just who is to blame for the destruction of the nuclear Black family?
I forget who postulated that the raising of the Black population from their humble beginnings would rest on ten percent of Blacks becoming successful, that they would “pull” the rest along, and after a couple of generations, voila!, everything would be hunky dory. Well that hasn’t happened, and who’s to blame? Well for openers, successful Blacks, by and large, have not “helped” the less fortunate of their number in any meaningful way. Then you top that failure with the government’s “Great Society Programs,” which really were set up to “warehouse” Black people rather than really help them. Take your pick.
The veteran Democrat, Alcee Hastings, is most famous for getting impeached by Congress as a federal judge following a scandal involving the solicitation of a $150,000 bribe in return for favorable treatment for defendants in a racketeering case before him. The disgraced judge was an unindicted co-conspirator, but there was enough evidence against him for Congress to boot him from the bench. Hastings is one of only six federal judges to be impeached by Congress and removed from the bench.
The best fiction can never come close to the real truth of any matter.
I want my damn money back from this POS!
Absolutely, with interest.
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