portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article reporting united states

political theory

Doctor of Deception: Howard Dean at it Again

Howard Dean Lies
Simultaneously on 12/23/03,

Defendant Howard Dean managed to state to that he "completely pulled ourselves out" of the Judicial Watch lawsuit where Dean is named as a defendant,


and Defendant Howard Dean, through counsel, appeared and filed an answer to the Judicial Watch lawsuit calling for dismissal of the same.


Huh, how does a defendant to a civil lawsuit "pull out" and wash their hands of the matter? Answer: they can't.

Deception, smoke and mirrors will not hide the plain truth that Defendant Dean filed an answer to the Judicial Watch complaint on the same day he stated that he was distancing himself from the suit. Defendant Dean's papers requested that the suit be eventually dismissed.

The fact is that defendant Howard Dean can not lawfully "pull out" of this dispute and, in fact, regardless of what lawyer filed Dean's pleadings in Vermont Superior Court on 12/23/03, the filings belong to Dean not to his counsel on the case. These papers have the same legal force and effect as if they were penned by Dean's hand. They were filed with the consent and authorization of Defendant Dean.

Dean's lawyer, William Sorrell, is prohibited from filing anything on Howard Dean's behalf that is not consented to by Dean himself pursuant to attorney ethical considerations.

Dean's contradictory statements and conduct on 12/23/03 are the ultimate test of just how gullible are his supporters and how long the media will overlook his deceptive conduct.

See Also, Howard 'no comment' Dean,


It seems as avoidance and deception are Dean's preferred methods of handling tough issues. Under a legal analysis, Dean's concurrent "pull out" and court filing, move his rhetoric to the classification of a common lie.

The irony of Dean delegating to the Vermont Attorney General, William Sorrell, is the vast conflict-of-interest between these two cronies who have been friends and allies for the last quarter century. See Affidavit below... ...

State of Vermont
Washington County, SS.

Washington Superior Court
Civil Action, Docket No. 656-12-03 WnCv



HOWARD DEAN, Defendants.


NOW COMES, Scott Huminski ("Huminski"), pro se, under oath and hereby deposes and swears as follows:

1) Attached hereto as Exhibit "A" is a true and correct excerpt from a Boston Globe article of 9/22/2003 entitled A Meteoric Rise in Vermont Politics.
2) Attached hereto as Exhibit "B" is a true and correct excerpt from a
transcript of Howard Dean's Burlington, Vermont speech of 6/23/2003. In Exhibit "B", Howard Dean acknowledges and thanks the Sorrell family prior to his own mother and brother.
3) Attached hereto as Exhibit "C" is a true and correct excerpt from the Vermont government website regarding Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell.
4) Attached hereto as Exhibit "D" is a true and correct excerpt from the Brattleboro Reformer article of 1/04/03 entitled Dean Bids Adieu.
5) Attached hereto as Exhibit "E" is a true and correct excerpt from the George Washington University, Democracy in Action, July 7, 2002, Peter Freyne interview.
6) Attached hereto as Exhibit "F" is a true and correct excerpt from the Rutland Herald article of 7/12/03 entitled Supreme Court Process is Less Bruising in Vt..
7) Attached hereto as Exhibit "G" is a true and correct excerpt from the Rutland Herald article of 6/11/03 entitled Six on Short List to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy.
8) In September of 2002 Howard Dean agreed to review the report concerning the 2001 police shooting of Robert Woodward produced by William Sorrell's Vermont Attorney General's Office at the request of the Friends of Woody organization and Howard Dean also agreed to read a similar second report generated by the Friends of Woody contradicting the Attorney General's report.
9) In 2002, upon accepting the task of reviewing William Sorrell's office's report on the Woodward shooting, Howard Dean failed to alert Justice for Woody members that he had a very long-term and close relationship with William Sorrell and Sorrell's family.
10) Howard Dean chose to endorse William Sorrell's report concerning the Woodward shooting for the reason stated in Exhibit "E" that Dean had respect "for the attorney general as a human being and as a really smart lawyer. He is not somebody who has ever been afraid of prosecuting the police when it was necessary to do so, so that's why I do have confidence in the attorney general."
11) Upon information and belief, in the Woodward matter, Howard Dean's duty to support and promote his long-term friend William Sorrell (see above paras. 1-7) conflicted with; (1) his duty to the people of Vermont, (2) his duty to his oath of office, and (3) his duty to further the cause of justice and fair play as set forth in both the Vermont and federal constitutions.
12) Upon information and belief, William Sorrell and his Vermont Attorney General's Office will return the favor(s) from Howard Dean set forth above in the instant litigation conflicting with his duty to; (1) The people of Vermont, (2) the Vermont and Federal Constitutions, and (3) State and Federal law.
13) Upon information and belief, William Sorrell's duty to Howard Dean conflicts with and exceeds his duties to the people of Vermont and the State of Vermont.
14) This affidavit will be followed by the appropriate moving paper after an appearance for the defendants has been filed with the Court.

Dated at Cary, North Carolina this 19th day of December, 2003.

Scott Huminski, pro se

SWORN AND SUBSCRIBED to before me this 19th day of December, 2003

Notary Public Exp. ______

Exhibit "A"

Boston Globe
A meteoric rise in Vermont politics
Younger sibling's death may have been catalyst
By Sarah Schweitzer and Tatsha Robertson, Globe Staff, 9/22/2003


It seems clear that Dean was always intrigued on some level by politics. He was an elected prefect at St. George's and in 1977, shortly before entering medical school, Dean scouted office space for Ed Koch's first New York City mayoral run, though neither Koch nor his campaign workers remember him.

Yet he could never fully immerse himself. Something, it seems, held him back -- until he left New York. Midway through his second year of residency in Vermont, shortly after Judy joined him in the same program, Dean plunged in, starting with a phone call to Jimmy Carter's local organizer and a neighbor, Esther Sorrell.

Sorrell was the doyenne of Democratic politics in Burlington, credited with helping to revive the Democratic Party in Vermont after more than a century of Republican governorships. Sorrell, who died in 1990, was a state senator with a vast array of supporters, many drawn from the ethnic base of onetime mill workers.

Dean's connection with Sorrell was magnetic. She was taken with the smart young doctor who stuffed envelopes for her political causes and, upon occasion, attended Catholic Mass with her. "It was just like having another son," said Lorraine Graham, a Sorrell friend.

Dean was awed by Sorrell's political instincts and connections. Soon Dean was leaving Judy on her own Friday nights to spend them at Sorrell's salon, camped in her living room in the turreted corner of her modest home. There, Dean and Sorrell, and a handful of party stalwarts, ate cherry pie and watched "Washington Week in Review" and "Vermont This Week," the women offering critiques and sharing war stories while Dean listened.

"He was a sponge for that stuff," said Bill Sorrell, Esther's son, whom Dean would later appoint state attorney general after failing in an effort to have him named to the state Supreme Court.

Exhibit "B"


George Washington University Online Transcript,

"The Great American Restoration"
Gov. Howard Dean
Burlington, VT
June 23, 2003


Thank you! You are unbelievable. Thank you. Thank you. You are unbelievable. Five thousand people here and they had to shut--the fire marshall shut the place down; there's people behind us. I appreciate your sticking with us; I know the sound system doesn't go that far back. Thank you so very, very much. I really appreciate it.

Let me thank Peter Clavell, who's been a great friend, a parent and a great mayor for many, many years. I think it's 14. Let me thank Jim Jeffords. I am so proud of Jim Jeffords' courage. The courage to stand up for what's right in America and put his principles before party.

And let me thank the senior Senator from this incredible state, Patrick J. Leahy, who has stood up, who has stood up for civil rights before it was fashionable and stopped right wing judges from being appointed to the Supreme Court. Patrick Leahy, thank you so very, very much.

And I want to thank Gray. Isn't he unbelievable? Gray, your generation is fueling this campaign to take back this country so that your generation will inherit an America that we were taught to believe in.

It is great to be home. It's where Judy and I got our start as parents and doctors. It's here in Burlington that our children Anne [phon.] and Paul were born. Just up the street is where I first met Esther Sorrell, my mentor, who gave me so much guidance and without whom I would not be standing here today. And I wonder, somewhere in this audience, is her granddaughter McKenzie [phon.] Sorrell and her daughter McKaila [phon.] Sorrell Wallace. Are they here anyplace? Alright. Thank you so very, very much.

And it's from here that I drove to Montepelier in August of 1991 to become the governor of this proud and remarkable state.

I thank Judy, my children, my family for their unconditional love and support: my father and my brother Charlie for their inspiration and eternal presence in my life, my mother and brothers Jim and Bill, who sustain me to this day.

(click on the above link for the remainder of this piece)

Exhibit "C"


Attorney General William H. Sorrell

A native and resident of Burlington, Vermont, Attorney General William H. Sorrell graduated from the University of Notre Dame (AB, magna cum laude, 1970) and Cornell Law School (JD, 1974). Bill served as Chittenden County Deputy State's Attorney from 1975-1977; Chittenden County State's Attorney, 1977-78 and 1989-1992; engaged in private law practice at McNeil, Murray & Sorrell, 1978-1989; and served as Vermont's Secretary of Administration, 1992-1997. As State's Attorney, he personally successfully prosecuted several significant matters, including the first case allowing the admissibility of DNA evidence in a Vermont State Court and a ten-year-old homicide in which the victim's body had never been found.

Governor Howard Dean appointed General Sorrell to fill the unexpired term of now Vermont Chief Justice Jeffrey Amestoy, commencing May 1, 1997. He has enjoyed strong voter support in standing for election in November 1998, 2000 and 2002. His current term of office will expire in January 2005.
Exhibit "D"


Brattleboro Reformer

Dean bids adieu

Reformer Staff
Saturday, January 04, 2003


This community continues to be divided over the Dec. 2, 2002, police shooting of Robert Woodward. William Sorrell exonerated police in that incident. But at least two different analyses have found fault with the Sorrell report. As governor you resisted calls to intervene. Do you continue to stand by the attorney general's findings?

I've read one of the analyses of the report and I thought it was very good, it was by the friends of Woody ... It is impossible for me, as someone who wasn't there, to know what went on in the church. I have a long association with the attorney general and I have an enormous amount of respect for the attorney general as a human being and as a really smart lawyer. He is not somebody who has ever been afraid of prosecuting the police when it was necessary to do so, so that's why I do have confidence in the attorney general.

Exhibit "E"


George Washington University,

Democracy in Action, July 7, 2002


Peter Freyne Interview

FREYNE: He was a co-chairman of that group with a fellow named Rick Sharp, who's a lawyer, who's still around but pretty much beneath the radar since. Rick ran for the State Senate eventually in the '80s and got creamed. But Howard went and became chairman of the [Democratic] county committee, which he did.

QUESTION: When did that happen?

FREYNE: That would have been around 1980... It's the party job. Perfunctory thing. You run a meeting. There's not a whole lot of activity on it. You get together at election time... They're always looking to find someone for those jobs--who wants to do it? But then I guess he went to the Democratic Convention, became a delegate, the whole story about him and Esther Sorrell...has already been written up. Billy Sorrell's now the Attorney General; Howard tried to appoint him Supreme Court Chief Justice but it didn't fly. Sorrell didn't get through the committee. They had set up a mechanism for judicial review of some kind and Sorrell didn't make the cut.

Exhibit "F"


Rutland Herald

Supreme Court process is less bruising in Vt.
July 12, 2003
By DAVID MACE Vermont Press Bureau


That doesn't mean there aren't tiffs. Douglas recently rejected the board's list of candidates and asked for more, joining Richard Snelling and Dean in doing so. In 1997, Dean hoped to tap his administration secretary, William Sorrell, for the chief justice slot but couldn't convince the board that Sorrell's lack of experience as a judge didn't disqualify him.

Dean ultimately chose Republican Attorney General Jeffrey Amestoy, and Sorrell became attorney general, a post he's held ever since.

Exhibit "G"


Rutland Herald

Six on short list to fill court vacancy

June 11, 2003
By TRACY SCHMALER Vermont Press Bureau


The nominating board is made up of six lawmakers - three from the House and three from the Senate - three lawyers elected by the Vermont Bar Association and two lay people appointed by the governor.

Its function is to screen interested candidates and send a list of finalists to the governor to choose from. A governor can only appoint someone to the bench from that list. A governor can reject the finalists and ask the board to submit a new list.

That's what former Gov. Howard Dean did the last time a vacancy came open on the high court. Dean, a Democrat, had wanted to appoint William Sorrell to the bench. Sorrell, who is now the state attorney general, was Dean's administration secretary.

But the board did not include Sorrell's name on any of its lists. Finally, after a public and controversial back-and-forth between Dean and the board, Dean appointed Amestoy, who was the Republican attorney general at the time.


I hereby certify that on this 19th day of December 2003, copies of the foregoing affidavit were sent by United States mail, postage prepaid, to:

Vermont Attorney General's Office
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609

Andrew D. Manitsky, Esq.
Gravel and Shea
76 St. Paul Street, 7th Floor
P. O. Box 369
Burlington, VT 05402-0369

Scott Huminski
image for this and future devious dean articles 24.Dec.2003 12:11

pdx indy graphics drone #6082

dean = liar liar pants on fire

Wow 24.Dec.2003 12:38


Nice graphic. Maybe it could be improved by adding a crimson tint and putting some devil horns on it. "Dean Watch." That's classic. So very Ashcroftian. Do your best to tear down Dean. We wouldn't want him unseating our Fearless Leader now, would we?

to spudnuts 24.Dec.2003 13:00

pdx indy graphics drone #6082

Bush ain't MY fearless leader. that you consider him yours is quite sad for you.

as for unseating Bush, y'all better come up with something better than Dean. this is a case where we're not even talking about the lesser of two evils, but just another evil. wake up! change will come from the bottom up or not at all! replacing one corporate puppet with another corporate puppet won't help at all.

I disagree 24.Dec.2003 13:44


I have been watching Dean for a while, unmotivated to voice any support. However, I'm starting to see more and more that I like. Not because I think Dean will put forth any progressive changes, but because of his rhetoric. Sure, he may not believe it, and it may be a ploy to get himself elected. But, it almost doesn't matter. Despite Bush's unprecedented expansion of presidential authority the president still has more value as a figurehead than as a policy maker. If we want voting machines with a verified paper trail the democrats will have to regain control of congress (not that I expect the democrats to support such a measure, but at least it could get out of committee and be put to a vote). If Dean keeps running as he has, attacking the DLC, calling out the republican tendencies and members of the democratic party, informing people about the republican agenda to completely undermine all social service programs by willfully bankrupting the country, and telling people that he doesn't have all the answers and that government can't solve all your problems, he very well might get my support if he gets the nomination.

We know that all politicians are liars so let's not discuss something so trivial and move to something more important: what rhetoric would have the best effect on the people of this country? Plus, even I don't end up supporting Dean, I do look forward to his thrashing Bush in any debates. Even though I find it misguided and inaccurate for the media to paint Dean as some sort of progressive (his record is of a fiscally conservative, social policy centrist with a bit of Vermont style libertarianism) I also feel that in the end, with a Dean victory this could backfire. Imagine, a candidate criticized as a "leftist-militant" winning office and what effect that would have on the nature of debate in this country. Just something to be thinking about...

You feel good about four more years of conservatives calling themselves liberal? 24.Dec.2003 14:33

kucinich supporter

Howard Dean is a Progressive in the same way that the Media is "Liberal"

How has the establishment pretending the media is "Liberal" helped anything?

The real danger of dean is that he has convinced so many radical and progressive people that he is their candidate.

OK, so what if he wins?Suddenly, it is "liberal" to keep the troops in Iraq. It is "liberal" to maintain the power of the corporations, etc, etc?

You're right 24.Dec.2003 16:16


kucinich supporter,

You are correct. It's hard to argue with your assertions. In fact, I am a Kucinich supporter as well. It's just that I won't be voting for him. Basically, I am a Kucinich supporter-who-will-vote-for-Dean-because-he-is-electable. That may seem pretty shitty, but I really don't want to see Bush in office again. I mean really, really. Really, really, really.

One thing you need to realize though is that Dean is only going to get more "conservative" as the general election grows closer. But this is just the same as Bush getting more "moderate" when he ran. But the far right knew his moderate opinions were just wink-wink bullshit to placate the center. So, they made a little noise, but they knew in the end they were going to get theirs.

And they did.

It would be fantastic if Dean could just speak the glorious truth and all would flock to his banner. But he is going to have to massage some shit to get some votes from the center and center-right. Those are just the breaks when you're competing for 100 million or so votes. Try getting 10 people on this site to agree on a single issue. Try getting them to agree on a single snack food at a get-together.

And then you understand the enormity of Dean gaining the presidency.

Basically, Dean is a big-time underdog and if you're most worried about a Dean presidency, I'd say don't get too worked up. Chances are Bush's couple hunnert million and his compliant pocket media plus some surprise October capture of Bin Laden will put him back in office for four years.

So, don't worry.

Dean isn't going anywhere.

Sleep tight.

Numbnuts 24.Dec.2003 22:49

your mom

If we are arguing on who is electable, why not just vote for Bush? I mean, if progressives vote for him, maybe he will throw us a bone in return. It certainly was the case with Bill "NAFTA/bomb brown people for 8 years" Clinton.

SO LET'S HAVE BUSH INSTEAD???????????? 25.Dec.2003 22:16

Ger-fromEugene rempelg@comcast.net

Welcome to moron Hell!! The logic seems to be, bring the "evil" Dean down as if you are on some kind of noble and ethical quest! Get a fucking clue! Bush must be defeated and Dean is the one candidate who just might be able to do it! Dean's platform is nowhere near the Bush Neocon cabal's intention of endless global warfare, not to mention the endless litany of patriot act's and dismantling of the Bill of Rights. The stakes are very, very high in this next election. If the Bush neonazi criminal gang stays in power there will be no more United States of America, the experiment will be over. I would much rather take my chances with Dean, and would think you would have the brain cells to agree.

Ger-fromEugene: it's already over 26.Dec.2003 19:02

your mom

Typical emotional on line outburst from a liberal. This is an occupation government, always has been, always will be, and will always get worse. Jesus fucks, thinking that the government can be reformed makes as much sense as Jews joining the KKK to make it more progressive. This grand "experiment" has cost millions of lives over the years. If you cast a vote for Dean, be willing to take responsibility for what he does.

message for Democrats: 27.Dec.2003 03:32

if Dean is 'The ONE' . . .

why not vote for Kucinich until Dean "inevitably" becomes the party nominee?

at that point Kucinich will have no choice but to endorse him--or become his running mate--anyway.

Kucinich probably the *most* electable 29.Dec.2003 18:46


Hey Spudnuts-

I actually think Kucinich is the *most* electable of the existing candidates when it comes to going up against Bush. The man radiates integrity, which is such a rarity in politics that when people see it they respond. Dean talks the good talk, but it's very obvious that he's just another politician. As "air" put it in an earlier post, "We know that all politicians are liars...." And we know that half the eligible voting population doesn't bother casting their vote for the lesser liar of two evils. There's nothing about Dean to prompt any change to that, which means Dean will probably be beaten by Bush's team and will fail to get out the vote to make any meaningful change in Congress, either. The "start left and move right" tactic is, I think, a big part of why people get turned off of politics.

Kucinich talks the good talk *and* has a track record of walking the walk and fighting for what he said he would. People who learn about him and his history are blown away by that. I have several friends who haven't bothered voting in years but will vote for Kucinich. Kucinich volunteers include both seasoned Democrats and people who have never been involved in politics before, because Kucinich is so appealing in a field so filled with politicians in the worst sense of the word that they're drawn to help his campaign however they can.

Kucinich also has a track record of defeating incumbent Republicans in his fairly conservative, "Reagan Democrat" midwest region. (Mayor, Ohio state senator in a year when Republicans took control of Congress and won every statewide election in Ohio, and again two years later to become a Congressman.) Damned good qualification for knocking out Bush.

So if you like Kucinich's views better, and you want Bush out, your best bet in my opinion is actually Kucinich. It's not even a matter of voting your conscience--it's also just plain practical.