On January 5, 2015, Plane-ly Spoken announced it was accepting nominations for the winner of The 2014 Plane-ly Spoken Award.
We have received several nominations from our readers. While all were worthy of consideration, none matched the statements made, on the record, by a federal judge in New York.
Plane-ly Spoken was tempted to limit consideration for the award to only plainly spoken words associated with aviation. After all, we are focused on all things aviation. However, we kept getting drawn back to Judge Duffy’s statements directed to a government lawyer appearing in his court as embracing the very essence of the being plainly spoken.
At a hearing in a criminal case, United States v. Little, Judge Kevin Duffy, on December 4, 2014, made the following statements to the lawyer representing the United States:
“… On the front hall of the Department of Justice is engraved the whole section of United States against Berger [United States of America v. Richard I. Berger] about how the job of the Justice Department is to see justice is done. Justice is founded in truth.
Most of the time the judges of this court depend upon the U.S. Attorney’s office to tell the truth. I have now caught you flat-out in a lie. I want you to know that. I would prefer henceforth that you advise your superiors that you are not to come to this court alone, you are to come with supervision. If they don’t mind you lying, then the whole office is going to pay for it. I have made known to the other judges of this court my findings in connection with you, sir.”
. . . . . . . .
“ . . . You are playing games with me, but I caught you. You’re not going to get away with it. That’s all there is to it. You can talk from now until Sunday and try to spin out some story, but as far as I’m concerned, you’re branded as a liar and you will remain a liar for the rest of your life. That’s that…
“…By the way, I would recommend that you read the quote from Berger that [is] in the front hall of the Justice Department.”
While not related to aviation, there is nothing left to say after such plain speaking.
And so, to The Honorable Kevin Duffy, we award The 2014 Plane-ly Spoken Award.
(Originally posted January 26, 2015)