Monday, July 11, 2005


A woman with a future in Republican politics

Jamie Scher, a lawyer disbarred for her perjury conviction in 2002, sued the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) for $100 million in damages flowing from the conviction and disbarment. According to Anthony Lin of the New York Law Journal,
... Scher claimed that, in taking her sworn testimony in the presence of counsel, the NASD failed to warn her that lying in the interview could result in criminal perjury charges. They warned her only of "possible sanctions" like censure or fines. She argued that the failure to warn her of possible criminal charges violated her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination as well as her right to due process.

Criminal convictions are no impediment to a life of crime as a Republican politician, and a perjury conviction is better than a degree cum laude if you want to be a Bush administration toady. Add to that that Scher was working in the securities industry and you have as fine a candidate for employment as any I've seen.

And chutzpah too

In dismissing Scher's case, the judge noted that "When the apocryphal child murdered his parents and then sought mercy as an orphan, he set a standard for courtroom chutzpah that has not been rivaled until the filing of this lawsuit."

What a resumé! Jamie Scher has a bright future before her.

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