[Ppnews] Update on Case of Alex Sanchez - Judge Manual Real is Removed

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Mon Jan 16 19:38:43 EST 2012

Arresting Alex Sanchez: Part 10 - Judge Manual Real is Removed

January 13th, 2012 by  Celeste Fremon

On Wednesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made the surprising 
decision to remove
controversial Judge Manual Real from the federal RICO case that 
involves Alex Sanchez.

This news shocked nearly everyone who is closely tracking the Sanchez 
matter. Yanking
a federal judge from a case is anything but business as usual.

As most longtime WitnessLA readers know, Alex Sanchez is the 
Salvadoran-born, former
MS-13 gang member turned highly respected gang violence reduction 
activist who has
been accused of a long list of Federal racketeering and conspiracy 
charges. According
to the government's case, the supposedly reformed Sanchez never 
reformed at all,
  but remained, in reality, a MS-13 shot caller who ordered at least 
one murder.

(For the rest of the backstory click here - 
and then scroll down a bunch and read from the bottom up.)

The judge assigned to his case, U.S. District Court Judge Manual 
Real, was appointed to the federal bench in 1966 by Lyndon Johnson.

At nearly 88 (his birthday is Jan. 27), Real is what we used to call 
a character.
He has spent 45 years on the same bench and, in his court room, he 
projects an image
that combines the demeanor of an irascible uncle who mutters loudly 
and tyrannically
over his soup at Thanksgiving dinner, with that of a glowering bird of prey.

Yet, unlike your irascible uncle, Real wields enormous power over the 
lives of those
who come before him. According to his critics, who are many and 
varied, he is a
bully on the bench who often makes up his mind on a case before it 
goes to trial
  and then may visibly telegraphs his opinion to all in the 
courtroom. He once threatened
to throw then California Attorney General Dan Lungren into jail for 
contempt and
  used to be known for telling lawyers "This isn't Burger King. We 
don't do it your
way here."

Real's reversal rate is estimated to be 10 times the average for 
sitting federal

He has had at least ten cases outright snatched away from him by 
appeals courts.

In 2006, there was serious talk of impeaching him.

Even in the Sanchez case, it took four separate hearings and the 
interference of
the 9th Circuit, before Real would allow Sanchez' attorney to fully 
present arguments
for setting bail for Sanchez. (However, to Real's credit, in January 
of 2010 Real
called for a special closed door hearing, after which he did set 
Sanchez's bail
at $2 million, anamount that friends and supporters had already 
raised in the form of surities and property.)

Since Sanchez was originally arrested on the RICO charges in June 
2009, this means,
had thee been no bail he would have spent, as of this writing, 2 
years and 7 months
in jail, with no trial as yet in sight.

The change in judges will, of course, push Sanchez' trial back still further.

Yet, with the alarming wild card presence of Judge Real now removed, 
no one in either
the Sanchez or the prosecution camps, appears to be complaining.

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