The indefatigable Emily Miller tells us that Media Maggot David Gregory is still getting away with committing a criminal act in Washington DC – knowingly and willingly, in fact. As you may remember, Gregory asked DC officials permission to use the high capacity magazine on his show as a prop to push his odious gun control agenda, and losing any pretense of objectivity in the process.
DC officials refuse to prosecute Gregory, even as they ruined the life of a young military veteran. And the saga continues today. Emily says her requests to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Office of Attorney General (OAG) to turn over the documents in the Media Maggot’s™ case were ignored, so she used a Freedom of Information Act request, which yielded nothing but public documents.
So I wrote separate extensively-detailed FOIA request to the attorney general, MPD and Mayor Vincent Gray. The police and prosecutor responded with a large amount of documents — 75 percent of them were useless to me (every public email and news story) and seemed to be an effort to bury me in paper. The rest was heavily redacted with big black marks.
On Monday, I got a press release from Judicial Watch announced it has filed a FOIA lawsuit against MPD and OAG on behalf of the Legal Insurrection blog. In reading through the documents that were not turned over, I noticed there was one that I had gotten — the Jan. 9 letter from the NBC’s lawyer Lee Levine to D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan.
I called William A. Jacobson, the lead author of the legal blog, to tell him I had that letter. “I am shocked that the D.C. attorney general would withhold from us the letter from David Gregory’s attorney using a claim of FOIA exemption, and force us to go to court, when they already gave the letter to another person,” Mr. Jacobson, a clinical professor at Cornell Law School, told me.
I emailed him the Levine letter. He sent back a Feb. 20 email from Victor Bonett in the attorney general’s office that said, “OAG is withholding the Jan. 9, 2013 letter from Lee Levine and certain responsive emails between OAG and MPD, pursuant to D.C. Official Code Section 2-534(a)(3)(A)(i), (a)(4) and (e).”
So new information revealed that the Media Maggot™ “borrowed a magazine from a private citizen who lives outside DC, and that he supposedly returned the item to its owner.
It’s interesting to me that a private citizen who owns such a magazine would let the Media Maggot™ borrow it to promote its ban.
But what’s even more interesting is that the claim that the magazine was returned to its owner immediately following the show is a blatant lie. A January 9 a police “property record” document says “a Kay Industries 30-round magazine was recovered from Mr. Gregory (at a redacted address) as part of an active investigation.” January 9, 2013 is two days after the magazine supposedly had been returned to its owner.
Other lies are also cropping up in this case, and still the Media Maggot™ goes free, with not a single stain to his pristine record, while regular citizens get slammed by the law for exercising their rights.