Newman on Bloomberg Podcast: I Was Told ‘Go Quietly or We’ll Make Your Life Miserable’

“The things that have been said are the most extraordinary fabrications and exaggerations that I can imagine.”- Judge Newman

Pauline NewmanAs we await a transcript of the July 13 hearing that took place in the Special Committee of the Judicial Council of the Federal Circuit’s investigation into Judge Pauline Newman’s alleged unfitness to remain on the court, Newman spoke with Bloomberg this week as a guest on its “On the Merits” podcast. She recounted for host David Schultz that she was told when confronted with the allegations, “Just go quietly or we’ll make your life miserable’; that was exactly the way it was presented to me.”

Newman called U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Chief Judge Moore’s claims that Newman had a heart attack, that she was hospitalized, had two stents put in and fainted in the courthouse “absolutely false.” She said “it’s hard to tell” where any of Moore’s allegations came from, really: “The things that have been said are the most extraordinary fabrications and exaggerations that I can imagine,” Newman told Bloomberg.

While Bloomberg said they invited Moore to participate in the podcast as well, she declined.

The podcast also provides a glimpse into Newman’s extraordinary life—she was a bartender in Paris, a pilot and a race car driver, among the many other hats she has worn in her 96 years.

Ultimately, Newman said, if she felt incapable of doing her job, she would happily quit. “When you are not intellectually capable of doing the job, one should have the sense to step down, and I think it’s important to be objective about one’s capability.”

A closed hearing was held on July 13 to determine whether Newman’s refusal to comply with requests to undergo medical examinations amounts to judicial misconduct.

A June 15 letter from Newman’s counsel asked for clarification of the narrowed scope of the investigation and also asked that the July 13 hearing be open to the public, which the Committee refused. Instead, the Committee said that the ordinary rule of confidentiality established by the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980 and by the Rules for Judicial-Conduct and Judicial-Disability Proceedings will apply, and a redacted transcript will be released following the argument. It is not yet clear when that transcript will become available.

Separately, in the district court case brought by Newman against Moore, at the urging of Judge Christopher Cooper of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Moore and Newman agreed to have Retired Judge Thomas Griffith informally mediate the case.

Newman filed a complaint in May in the District Court for the District of Columbia against Moore and Judges Prost and Taranto, as members of the Special Committee. The complaint called Moore’s March 24 Order characterizing Newman as being unfit to carry out her duties on the court “riddled with errors” and cited 12 counts warranting claims for relief.

The first mediation hearing is reportedly scheduled to take place on August 3.

Newman’s interview with Bloomberg is part of an effort to counter the reputational harm Moore’s investigation has resulted in, she told Schultz. “I’m trying to speak just as plainly as I can about what I think and what’s going on.”

Retired Federal Circuit Chief Judges Paul Michel and Randall Rader have recently both openly criticized Moore’s handling of the matter.

Aliza Schatzman, President and Founder of the Legal Accountability Project, who testified to the House Judiciary Committee about being harassed and retaliated against by a former D.C. Superior Court judge, told Bloomberg she has been “enthralled” with the Newman investigation because usually judges are too unwilling to discipline their colleagues and cases are transferred to other circuits due to too much perceived leniency, and also because it’s rare that such cases play out in public.

IPWatchdog was the first news outlet to make this story public.


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  • [Avatar for Model 101]
    Model 101
    July 23, 2023 04:10 pm

    I love both Kimmy and Pauline. Two honest girls. We need more of them. I wish you two would just kiss and make up.

    This is very upsetting to me as an inventor.


  • [Avatar for B]
    July 22, 2023 08:15 pm

    “The things that have been said are the most extraordinary fabrications and exaggerations that I can imagine.”

    I think the same thing every time I read an opinion by Judge Chen

  • [Avatar for Josh Malone]
    Josh Malone
    July 20, 2023 11:19 pm

    Inventors are suffering while Judge Newman is unjustly removed from the bench.

    I a very perplexed. Judge Moore was a sensible judge while I was at the CAFC against the pirate Telebrands.

  • [Avatar for Jen Wallace]
    Jen Wallace
    July 20, 2023 05:23 pm

    Listening very carefully to Judge Newman in the recent podcast (, I find full confidence in her as a Judge and as a human.

  • [Avatar for Pro Say]
    Pro Say
    July 20, 2023 04:57 pm

    Ode of the CAFC:

    “When the facts are on our side, we pound the facts.”

    “When the law is on our side, we pound the law.”

    “When neither are, we pound the table and lie.”

    “Lie. Lie. And lie some more.”

    The feckless CAFC has become a malignant cancer on the American judiciary.

    A cancer only its disbanding will cure.

  • [Avatar for Julie Burke]
    Julie Burke
    July 20, 2023 04:45 pm

    As the nation watches this sick spectacle—the CAFC’s attempt to cannibalize one of their most revered leaders— I hope Chief Judge Moore and team do not in any way mistake the IP community’s general reticence as support for her/their outrageously bullying actions.

    Instead, the nation should know that the IP community’s generally muted response arises from well founded fear that one day the Judge(s) could/would retaliate against any patent attorney or patent agent, along with their law firms, companies, inventors and clients, should they dare express their opinions.

    Thank you, Judge Newman, for valiantly standing your ground to bravely show the world how to appropriately respond to bullies.

    And thank you, IPWatchdog, for continuing coverage on this important story.

  • [Avatar for B]
    July 20, 2023 02:59 pm

    Judge Newman is apparently more hated at the CAFC than I am.

    Badge of honor