In a blatant and partisan abuse of power, The House Oversight and Government reform Committee approved a contempt of Congress
If ever the saying "Justice delayed is justice denied" has applicability, it is in this strange case. Defendants who may be innocent and whose constitutional rights were likely violated sit in prison.
Certainly no judge would direct a criminal defendant to testify against his or her own will, but it is conceivable that something was said by the judge in U.S. v. Banks that reasonably led the defendants to that conclusion. The answer lies in the record, which apparently does not exist, for reasons that seem to be elusive.