Over the weekend, rumors spread that Washington Supreme Court justice Sanders heckled Attorney General Michael Mukasey during a speech Mukasey was giving at the Federalist Society. Eyewitnesses reported Sanders disrupted the speech, shouting “Tyrant!” Media in Washington picked up the story, including McClatchy's The Olympian. Adam Wilson at The Olympian contacted Sanders, and bought Sander's non-denial denial, publishing on Tuesday:
I talked to Sanders today, and he said he was at the gathering of the Federalist Society at which Mukasey collapsed mid-speech (he was released from a hospital and returned to work). But Sanders said he went back to his hotel before Mukasey spoke.
I asked him specifically about Malkin's suggestion that he heckled Mukasey.
"As to that, I don’t have any comment. But I wasn’t there when he collapsed. I heard it on television the next morning, I was very sorry to hear it," Sanders said.
Wilson bought Sander's Clintonesque denial, and implied Malkin was a rumor-monger. OK, most of us would assume a judge would tell the truth. Michelle Malkin didn't buy it, and kept pressing. Finally, after days of spinning and parsing and lying, Sanders emailed his confession to Malkin Tuesday night:
"... I stood up, and said, “tyrant,” and then left the meeting..."Sanders should apologize for heckling the Attorney General, and he should apologize to Malkin and Adam Wilson and the other reporters he lied to. And his judicial temperament should be reviewed.
UPDATE 11/26: Adam Wilson updates but doesn't give credit to Malkin for rooting out the truth.