Potential Section 1503 allegations against Jason Goodman held under seal en camera in SDNY slander, libel and defamation lawsuit

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OPINION AND EDITORIAL

 

New documents filed in the civil litigation (apparently held en camera and under seal by the court) against the purported founder of CrowdSource The Truth — Jason Goodman — allege his involvement in an obstruction of justice scheme that may have violated 18 U.S.C. § 1503.

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Many observers believe that a criminal Section 1503 charge for conduct in a civil lawsuit hearkens back to another infamous Southern District of New York (SDNY) lawsuit:

United States v. Lundwall, 1 F. Supp. 2d 249 (SDNY 1998)
“…  Cases analyzing § 1503 reinforce an understanding that § 1503 reaches an extensive range of misconduct. “The broad scope of the statute and the evils it sought to combat … was the `outgrowth of Congressional recognition of the variety of corrupt methods by which the proper administration of justice may be impeded or thwarted … [which are] limited only by the imagination of the criminally inclined.'” United States v. Solow, 138 F. Supp. 812, 815 (S.D.N.Y.1956) (Weinfeld, J.), (quoting Catrino v. United States, 176 F.2d 884, 887 (9th Cir.1949)). ..”

 

The new allegations of corruptly influencing federal judges dates back to the fall of 2018 when Jason Goodman created and distributed podcasts on the 13 social media CrowdSource The Truth outlets called the “COUNTER LAWFARE REPORT“.

This podcast series featured Goodman side-kick Brian Vukadinovich, a pro se litigant with a mysterious connection to a retired judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit — Hon. Richard A. Posner.

The “COUNTER LAWFARE REPORT” usually featured Vukadinovich re-hashing purported corruption of federal judges, in particular the Hon. Philip P. Simon of the Northern District of Indiana.

Questions are orbiting the Jason Goodman libel, slander and defamation case about the techniques, tools and practices (TTPs) used by Vukadinovich to win his federal lawsuits in Indiana.

Questions remain if some of these unorthodox  TTPs could be viewed in the light of Section 1503 as “corruptly influencing” the administration of justice.

 

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Vukadinovich also self-published a book of his experiences with Judge Simon.

 

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L to R:  Vukadinovich and Hon. Richard A. Posner (retired)

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Retired federal judge Richard A. Posner

 

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18 U.S. Code § 1503.   Influencing or injuring officer or juror generally

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Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, endeavors to influence, intimidate, or impede any grand or petit juror, or officer in or of any court of the United States, or officer who may be serving at any examination or other proceeding before any United States magistrate judge or other committing magistrate, in the discharge of his duty, or injures any such grand or petit juror in his person or property on account of any verdict or indictment assented to by him, or on account of his being or having been such juror, or injures any such officer, magistrate judge, or other committing magistrate in his person or property on account of the performance of his official duties, or corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b).

 

 

 

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To be continued….

 

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