David Daniels is released on weekend bond

The American countertenor, jailed for the past 10 days in Michigan on charges of rape, appears to be facing release on a $15,000 bond under a judge’s ruling.

He has been ordered to appear with his husband, William Scott Walters, to face the charges in a Houston court on Monday morning.

Both men deny the charges.

More here.

San Francisco Opera has named Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen to replace Daniels as Medoro in Handel’s “Orlando” this summer.

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  • But where is their mentor Ruth Bader Ginsburg, of whom there have been no confirmed sightings since Dec 26th? #WheresRuth

    • Regardless of one’s political preference, we should all applaud Justice Ginsburg’s silence in the criminal law case involving David Daniels and William Scott Walters. Her silence is mandatory under Rule 3.3 (“Testifying as a Character Witness”) of the American Bar Association’s Rules of Model Judicial Conduct (February 2007).

      Here is the text of Rule 3.3: A judge shall not testify as a character witness in a judicial, administrative, or other adjudicatory proceeding or otherwise vouch for the character of a person in a legal proceeding, except when duly summoned.

      The official Comment to Rule 3.3 states: A judge who, without being subpoenaed, testifies as a character witness abuses the prestige of judicial office to advance the interests of another. . . . Except in unusual circumstances where the demands of justice require, a judge should discourage a party from requiring the judge to testify as a character witness.

      In addition, it may be helpful to know that Rule 3.3 is part of Canon 3 of the Model Rules. Canon 3 consists of the following text in large capital letters: “A JUDGE SHALL CONDUCT THE JUDGE’S PERSONAL AND EXTRAJUDICIAL ACTIVITIES TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF CONFLICT WITH THE OBLIGATIONS OF JUDICIAL OFFICE.”

    • Silly comment, apparently intended to imply something negative about the justice who married them. You have inside information about a mentoring relationship?

    • She’s Ben recuperating. Besides if you’re expecting she weigh in and say something public about this case then you’re either naive or stupid.

  • So that explains why the In-N-Out Burger in Ann Arbor had to call in double staff to fill one “emergency” order.

    • Reed was an animal, wasn’t he? An insecure and violent man who was also sexually ambivalent and hated himself. Thank god he no longer walks amongst us.

    • Of course, if you read the article, you’ll know that the conspiracy theorists are pushing back on that being evidence of the real RBG being alive.

      Today’s factoid: James Woods, the nutjob actor who promotes so much of this garbage, until recently owned Jascha Heifetz’s old Beverly Hills estate. Fortunately, when he decided to “improve” the property (plans for which included razing the teaching studio, designed by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank), the studio was offered to someone who wanted to preserve it, and it was disassembled, stored, and eventually reconstructed years later inside the Colburn School of Music.

  • Having heard a CD recorded by Cohen recently, I’m quite sure he’ll be a good replacement for Daniels — and probably sing the Medoro part better, actually.

  • Who perhaps may be putting Daniels and Walters up here in town? I live in Houston. Would like to keep my cat safe as well, in case the proclivities of these two gentlemen may extend ….. well, never mind.

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