The first claim that TE Rayburn makes concerns the makeup of the panel of the SJC that was appointed to hear the PNW case. I have emailed RE Duncan. I am not at liberty to divulge the details of that email, but I am satisfied that the makeup of the committee was not rigged to ensure a particular result. Notice that TE Rayburn does not come out and say that it was rigged. He more asks the question of whether it was above reproach. Certainly, one can agree with TE Rayburn that the conduct of a juridical body in such a high-profile case ought to be above reproach. One can also wonder whether, in such high-profile cases, it would behove TE Rayburn to ensure that he knew the inner process of the SJC proceedings before making an innuendo public regarding its behavior. Why throw the question out there, if one is not aware of the entire proceedings? TE Rayburn’s comments could be viewed as an attempt to delegitimize the panel entirely. Now, I have been convinced that the ending makeup of the committee was not rigged. But since I am not aware of any members of the SJC who are favorable to the FV error, I really question whether the result would have been any different had there been a completely different makeup to the panel.
An Answer to TE Rob Rayburn, Part 1
January 26, 2010 at 10:10 am (Federal Vision)