UPDATED with Capture: Federal Judge David O. Carter Orders Posse to Find Fugitive Brad Keith Lee

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A peeved Carter: Bring Lee to me now!
UPDATE: Acting on the orders of a pissed off federal judge in Orange County, law enforcement officials this month arrested Brad Keith Lee in Washington state for probation violations; now he'll face the unhappy judge at a future date.

ORIGINAL POST: 3/7/2012: David O. Carter is undoubtedly Orange County's most colorful federal judge.

Inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse this week, the quick-minded Carter made a joke about being submissive to his wife, whined (repeatedly) about his abhorrence for pontificating experts from academia, expressed frustration with Kaiser Permamente insurance bureaucracy, told a story about a risky mission to a Middle East combat zone and showed lawyers a photograph he'd stored on his cell phone of a deadly snake that threatened him during a trip.

The 1998 President Bill Clinton appointee to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and a decorated Vietnam War combat veteran (1968 battle of Khe Sahn) also made clear that, like Texas, it's not wise to mess with him.

If your name is Brad Keith Lee and you're reading this story, several hefty drops of sweat should have just appeared on your forehead because Carter believes you've dissed him and he'd like to see you in his courtroom in handcuffs and surrounded by snarling U.S. Marshals.

Lee--a onetime San Diego County resident--pleaded guilty in January 2010 to federal conspiracy and wire fraud for his role in schemes that included targeting the Fort Peck Indian Tribe in Montana. Lee's downfall? He unwittingly stole the fake, undercover Newport Beach identity of an FBI agent who was posing as a billionaire businessman looking for off-the-book, high yield investments that avoided IRS detection. (Lee's co-conspirators included Stephen T. Hard and Norman Edward Kurban.)

Carter ordered Lee to pay $1 million in restitution, serve 24 months in prison and then undergo three years of supervised federal probation.

The felon got out of prison and now can't be found.

"I think he's in the wind," Carter said to two U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors.

The judge then looked at a middle-aged man wearing a suit and sitting in the audience. He stared at the man, apparently a federal agent, and squinted his eyes.

"Find him," Carter said.

"Yes, sir," the man replied quickly.

The judge said he's had only one convicted felon successfully escape serving his full punishment--a man who fled beyond the reach of the U.S. Government to Iran.

"[Mr. Lee] won't be my second one," said Carter. "Bring him back to me."

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dustinpuddles
dustinpuddles

The Republicans are engaged in mass voter fraud. Carter condoned it by dismissing the case that sought remedy for the issue. He needs to step down.

R3volution
R3volution

Lee looks like a twin to George W. Bush - I pity him for this>

Artist Lover
Artist Lover

Isn't this the same judge who threw the book at blogger Art Pedroza?  Has Pedroza paid his legal judgement yet?  If not,l I hear Carter wants him dragged to jail in handcuffs.

Jr
Jr

Ok NationofCursingTattooHaters, I get it.

I am pretty mad too. I haven't resigned myself yet to believe that we can't right this ship through civil discourse. I am getting close!

I think what Dr Namecaller was trying to say is that perhaps this judge, if he were sitting on more meaningful cases, might just be the kind of guy that would make you proud!  We all have to do our part where we can.  This judge is certainly an ass-kicker.  Maybe if he were one of the Supremes............

Dr. Patrick Rodgers
Dr. Patrick Rodgers

Dipshit, Clearly you do not know David Carter. A former Marine and a no nonsense person, he continues to do a great job on the bench. I just wish we had more judges of his calibre? 

ANationOfTattooedSycophants
ANationOfTattooedSycophants

Blah, blah, blah.

I need a federal judge that wants to crack down on WALL ST CRIME, BANKSTER MORTAGE FRAUD, VIOLATIONS OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, INSIDER TRADING, HIGH-FREQUENCY TRADING and ILLEGAL FOREIGN MILITARY INVASIONS. I need a federal judge who wants CITIZENS UNITED v FEC overturned, who wants GLASS-STEAGALL re-imposed, who wants a judicial review of TORTURE.

THESE are the problems that are sinking the United States of America, NOT some petty probation violator.

As soon as you finish SUCKING OFF ol' fudge Carter ..TELL HIM TO GET CRACKIN' on REAL shit.

Assholes. 

Jr
Jr

I liked everything you said, A.N.T.S., until the last line.  Why did you have to write the last comments?  They were completely unnecessary and only detracted from your thoughtful tirade.

What a shame that you lowered yourself to that level!

NationThatTiptoesThruTheTulips
NationThatTiptoesThruTheTulips

Sorry Jr, but just as you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs you also can't express FURY without pushing the limits of civility. There is NO such thing as a POLITE revolution.

And believe me, if you want REAL "Hope & Change You Can Believe In", it WILL take another REVOLUTION.

Goddamn it! 

dustinpuddles
dustinpuddles

The Republicans are engaged in mass voter fraud. It really bothers me that Carter condoned it by dismissing the case that sought remedy for the issue. He needs to step down.

Buttercup
Buttercup

Now THAT'S my kind of judge...

Can we nickname him "Hang 'em High Carter" ?

ANationOfTattooedDipshits
ANationOfTattooedDipshits

NO we CAN'T, because the only thing he "hangs high" is his LAUNDRY after washing it.

Judge Andrew Napolitano ..now THAT'S a judge worthy of adulation!

BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

NO dude. No stupid nicknames.

Duke
Duke

Why not? You have one ...

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