9/11 families seek replacement of Berkeley-educated, Clinton-appointed judge

June 20, 2010
federal judge

Judge George Daniels

Judge George B. Daniels, who got his law degree from U.C. Berkeley and his federal judicial appointment from Bill Clinton, has let motions related to terrorist finance lawsuits linger in New York for three years.  The families of the victims of 9/11 have had enough.  They want the case assigned to another judge who can unwind the motions more quickly.

From the New York Times on Jun. 14:

Lawyers for families of 9/11 victims have taken the unusual legal step of asking a federal appeals court in Manhattan to replace a judge overseeing a group of terrorism-financing lawsuits, saying he is moving too slowly in resolving key motions.

The judge, George B. Daniels of Federal District Court in Manhattan, has yet to rule on almost 100 motions by defendants to dismiss the case, the lawyers said in a petition to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The judge’s inaction is “effectively suspending the litigation,” the lawyers wrote, “and immunizing those alleged to have sponsored the attacks from having to answer for their conduct in this nation’s courts.”

Judge Daniels has allowed motions to linger in the past. In 2003, he was found to have 289 motions in civil cases pending for more than six months, easily the highest total of any federal judge at that time. But he has since cleared the backlog, leaving fewer than two dozen such motions pending.

The petition is not related to 9/11 wrongful death and injury claims by families and rescue and cleanup workers that are before another judge, Alvin K. Hellerstein, and appear close to resolution.

The lawsuits before Judge Daniels seek to hold charities, financial institutions and other defendants responsible for providing money and other support to Al Qaeda and for the 9/11 attacks. The suits were originally consolidated before another judge, Richard Conway Casey; after Judge Casey’s death in 2007, the case was transferred to Judge Daniels.

“The simple fact is we put into Judge Daniels’s hands our most important and urgent life issue,” said a plaintiff…

And little has happened since.  The judge’s office has some explanations about details that have delayed the processing of motions, but those excuses are cold comfort to the families.


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    • “Black slack”? SheikYerMami–I haven’t heard that expression before. Are you making a racial comment? If so, that is 1) not appropriate, 2) there is no basis for attributing the judge’s incompetence to race, and 3) I don’t want pingbacks like that on my blog.

  2. Masquerading as a justice, just another clone, and passive apologist?, for the Obama denial of muslim terrorism.

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