[Mark Rey] threatened with jail

It looks as if more has developed in the Mark Rey contempt of court case. It is being reported that a judge decided Friday that the Forest Service is indeed in contempt of court for not properly assessing the environmental impacts of the fire retardant ammonium phosphate by its deadline. The Forest Service had dragged its feet the whole way through court, ignoring court orders and deadlines to the point of igniting the ire of the federal judge. Official threatened with jail (link broken – i.e. registration required) in the Sacramento Bee :

Agriculture Secretary Mark Rey could be forced to wear a monitoring bracelet until the U.S. Forest Service complies with an order to evaluate the chemical, ammonium phosphate.

New LinkJudge ready to hold Forest Service in contempt The Oregonian :

“The Forest Service, throughout these proceedings, evidenced a strategy of circumventing, rather than complying with,” the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, [Judge Mollow] wrote. “The apparent pattern suggests a strategy of looking for ways to avoid the law’s mandate as opposed to looking for a means of complying with the law.”

New LinkMolloy orders feds to explain fire retardant policy The Missoulian :

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Bush top forestry official could be jailed for contempt of court

Call me mean-hearted or whatever you will, but anyone who’s sifted through Mark Rey’s resume knows that this former timber lobbyist appointed top forester is one of the top environmental obstructionists and public land profiteers in our government – It sort of brings a smile thinking about Larry Craig’s point man in Executive with an ankle bracelet.






  1. Robert Hoskins Avatar
    Robert Hoskins

    I’d have a bigger smile if the judge threw Rey into the clink, where he belongs!

  2. Brian Ertz Avatar

    I’m right there with you, but that space in my mind where hope for justice resides is so atrophied as to prevent me from entertaining that wonderful idea …

  3. JB Avatar

    This is great news! Now, let’s move on to the Department of Interior–they’ve been contemptuous since Bush took office.

  4. jerry b Avatar
    jerry b

    I wouldn’t miss this hearing for anything…it’s only 5 minutes from where I live.

  5. Brian Ertz Avatar

    apparently, the judge has asked Rey to be there … jerry b, maybe if you decide to go, you might take a camera and get a good picture of rey that i can crop into a mug shot for follow-up posts ?

    either way … just a thought 😉

  6. jerry b Avatar
    jerry b

    Brian….I thought about video taping the hearing…do they allow cameras in federal court?

  7. JB Avatar

    Jerry b-

    Please let us know how the hearing goes!

  8. Maska Avatar

    Sorry to rain on your parade, but they don’t allow you to bring in video cameras and tape the proceedings in federal court. Outside the building, of course, is another matter.

  9. kt Avatar

    You gotta love it – both Mark Rey and his old boss Larry Craig both in trouble with law …

    They don’t have any photos of the Top Dogs on the USDA Website?

    Here’s an older article that pretty well describes the villain:


  10. jimbob Avatar

    He’ll get out of it…you can mark my words here….

  11. Sanford Avatar

    Mark Rey is too busy making special “easy access” rules for Rainbow Family to be concerned with protecting the environment or abiding by court decisions.

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