EVOLUTION OF JUDICIAL TYRANNY:

"If the judges interpret the laws themselves, and suffer none else to interpret, they may easily make, of the laws, [a shredded] shipman's hose!" - King James I of England, around 1616.

“No class of the community ought to be allowed freer scope in the expression or publication of opinions as to the capacity, impartiality or integrity of judges than members of the bar. They have the best opportunities of observing and forming a correct judgment. They are in constant attendance on the courts. Hundreds of those who are called on to vote never enter a court-house, or if they do, it is only at intervals as jurors, witnesses or parties. To say that an attorney can only act or speak on this subject under liability to be called to account and to be deprived of his profession and livelihood by the very judge or judges whom he may consider it his duty to attack and expose, is a position too monstrous to be entertained for a moment under our present system,” Justice Sharwood in Ex Parte Steinman and Hensel, 95 Pa 220, 238-39 (1880).

“This
case illustrates to me the serious consequences to the Bar itself of not
affording the full protections of the First Amendment to its applicants for admission.
For this record shows that [the rejected attorney candidate] has many of the
qualities that are needed in the American Bar. It shows not only that [the
rejected attorney candidate] has followed a high moral, ethical and patriotic
course in all of the activities of his life, but also that he combines
these more common virtues with the uncommon virtue of courage to stand by his
principles at any cos
t.



It is such men as these who have most greatly honored the profession of the
law. The legal profession will lose much of its nobility and its glory if it is
not constantly replenished with lawyers like these. To force the Bar to become a
group of thoroughly orthodox, time-serving, government-fearing individuals is to
humiliate and degrade it.”
In
Re Anastaplo,
18 Ill. 2d 182, 163 N.E.2d 429
(1959), cert. granted, 362 U.S. 968 (1960), affirmed over strong
dissent
,
366 U.S. 82 (1961), Justice Black, Chief Justice Douglas and Justice Brennan,
dissenting.



“Because the law requires that judges no matter how corrupt, who do not act in the clear absence of jurisdiction while performing a judicial act, are immune from suit, former Judge Ciavarella will escape liability for the vast majority of his conduct in this action. This is, to be sure, against the popular will, but it is the very oath which he is alleged to have so indecently, cavalierly, baselessly and willfully violated for personal gain that requires this Court to find him immune from suit”, District Judge A. Richard Caputo in H.T., et al, v. Ciavarella, Jr, et al, Case No. 3:09-cv-00286-ARC in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Document 336, page 18, November 20, 2009. This is about judges who were sentencing kids to juvenile detention for kickbacks.

"The legal profession must take great care not to emulate the many occupational groups that have managed to convert licensure from a sharp weapon of public defense into blunt instrument of self-enrichment". Walter Gellhorn, "The Abuse of Occupational Licensing", University of Chicago Law Review, Volume 44 Issue 1, September of 1976.

Monday, August 8, 2016

An update on #ThiefJudgeBrenda Weaver: the Weaver supporters are skipping church for research to badmouth Mark Thomason, but instead reveal that Mark Thomason and other whistleblowers in Fannin County, Georgia, were and still are targeted for exposing racist and corrupt government officials to the media and the FBI investigations

I wrote on this blog about efforts of the government at various level to block people's access to public records exposing governmental misconduct, and about tools that the government uses to prevent such access - and dissemination - of records about the government:  from blocking access to intimidation, retaliation against whistleblowers, up to the point of a murder.

I also wrote about a specific case in Georgia where a judge arranged with her former law clerk to file felony charges against a lay individual (a publisher) and his attorney for as much as seeking records of a court's operating account to show that a certain judge (or judges) released large amounts of money from that account to private individuals illegally.

After these two individuals, Mark Thomason and his attorney Russel Stookey, were actually charged, arrested, spent a night in jail, were released on bail on humiliating conditions - including random drug tests - and after a national media and social media attention, charges were dropped, "at this time", as the instigator of the charges, Judge Brenda Weaver mentioned in her letter asking her accomplice, prosecutor Sosebee, to withdraw charges because the prosecutor has other things to do.

County attorney Lynn Doss was actually investigated because there was as suspicion - fanned by the pro-Weaver press - that Lynn Doss allegedly talked to the FBI about the court operating accounts.

The pro-Weaver article - published long time after charges against Mark Thomason and Russel Stookey were dropped - raises issues of the conflict of interest of county attorney Lynn Doss, but not the glaring conflict of interest of judge Weaver and district attorney Sosebee.

The pro-Weaver article also published an interesting letter from prosecutor Chase G. Queen, with copies to the Dishonorable DA B. Alison Sosebee, Judge Weaver's accomplice and former employee of Judge Weaver and for Judge Weaver's husband




Chase G. Queen is an assistant district attorney to DA Jeffrey Langley:




Jeffrey Langley is the DA of another district.  His assistant DA Chase G. Queen, in his letter to Sosebee's investigator, first, apologized that he did not get to DA Sosebee earlier - ADA Queen and DA Langley's office were obviously in hiding and waited how the case turns out before responding to Sosebee, and now used a zillion excuses as to why his own office is a mess and why nobody follows any kind of procedure to create records of contacts or messages in his office:



Then, Mr. Chase engaged in some mud-slinging against Mark Thomason:



Then Assistant DA Chase Queen suggests to the already disgraced DA Alison Sosebee to contact ADA Queen at the undisclosed cell phone number (even though official cell phone numbers of prosecutors, where such cell phones are funded by taxpayers, are not private or secret) - for "more details" (more dirt) against Mark Thomason.

That was on July 11, 2016, after the charges against Mark Thomason was dropped.

ADA Queen indicated in his letter that:



and that


What constitutes the "questionable character" and "bad reputation" of Mark Thomason, for which witnesses are to be rounded up urgently and new criminal charges need to be drummed up against Mark Thomson (and that's after Judge Weaver coached witnesses against Mark Thomason ahead of even DA Sosebee's "investigation"), was explained later by the establishment insider-journalist Brian Pritchard.

By the way, the "expert" on Mark Thomason's "bad character" and "questionable reputation", ADA Chase Queen, still has on his LinkedIn profile that he is still a student and an Assistant District Attorney INTERN:



ADA Chase Queen is actually admitted to the State Bar of the State of Georgia - on July 2, 2015,





so at the time he wrote the above referenced letter he practiced law for 1 year only - the establishment chose the last-to-be-hired-first-to-be-fired person to engage in dirty games in a highly politicized case, possibly exposing ADA Chase Queen to federal criminal charges of tampering with witnesses and interfering with an FBI investigation.

But, when you are giving such a formidable task - to badmouth a political whistleblower - to a completely "green" person - embarrassing things may happen.

And the thing that happened with ADA Chase Queen's letter is that prosecutor Chase Queen has injected himself and his office into the whole mess as a character witness on Mark Thomason's reputation and character, thus:


  1. practically acknowledging politically motivated surveillance upon Mark Thomason, and
  2. completely tainting Jeffrey Langley's DA's office - as well as Alison Sosebee's DA's office who was provided the "details" and help in her own tainted investigation - as neutral investigators and prosecutors against Mark Thomason.

It is apparent that, after the charges were dropped against Mark Thomason, because of public outrage in the media, at the "request" of Judge Weaver, "at this time" - which is a direct threat of renewal of charges - DA Alison Sosebee continued to "work" with the DA of another judicial district digging dirt against Mark Thomason, and, possibly, intimidating witnesses and compromising evidence of the FBI investigation.

Since DA Queens letter contains yet another direct threat against Mark Thomason - that Mark Thomason should have been charged with yet another crime, and that was immediately after criminal charges against Mark Thomason and his attorney Russel Stookey were dropped - yet another criminal prosecution against Mark Thomason may be in the works.

Why?

The pro-Weaver and pro-establishment media person (an elderly white ruddy-face male) Brian Pritchard seen here advertising some merchandize including beer mugs will tell you why, precisely - just rewind the file to about 6:53:




"the witness said that Scott Kiker ... [probate judge - T.N.] Scott Kiker was aware and told him that Mark Thomason brought the FBI to Fannin County.  Remember, Mark Thomason brought Fox5 when the "N-word" started - I wonder who helped that out, ah? Wonder who's pushed this cart ALL the way from the beginning?  I wonder who that person who was pushing this cart from day one, since the "N-word" story started, ok?  Now, why did Mark Thomason call the FBI?  Because he's brought them up here, that's what Scott Kiker says, and they had to sign a paper before they would come up, and Mark wanted representation. It is my understanding from the witness, it is possible that Scott Kiker is Mark's representation with the FBI.  Well, the FBI says that Lynn Doss, the County Attorney, has spoken to the FBI three times.  Three times!  Ha! Wonder if Scott Kiker knew she spoke to the FBI. "

Note that ruddy-faced Brian Pritchard -

whose dog and wife (and, it would be safe to suggest, probably, some bar tenders, too) can testify that he puts over 30 hours of research into every article instead of going to church -

was very upset that the media made so much about:


  • those pesky 1st Amendment issues in politicized criminal charges against a publisher and his attorney, and
  • the media focusing on the "N-word story" (what of it? right? so, a white judge used an "N-word" in the courtroom in the State of Georgia, where African Americans represent a large portion of the population and where that word smacks back to the "happy" old times of slavery - why "push the cart all the way" about it, why invite the press? it's no big deal - right?).

The ruddy-faced Brian Pritchard blasted the media to do no research before piling accusations against officials involved - as compared to Brian Pritchard who forgoes church to do "hours and hours" of research, which we can verify with his wife, his dog (and his bar tender - that's a lucky guess, judging by his puffed-up ruddy face and advertised bear mugs suggests).

Brian Pritchard did not give names of the allegedly irresponsible media, only claiming "one" especially irresponsible media source, without naming it.

Well, there is a saying in Russian (my native tongue): "what is on a sober's person's mind, is on a drunk's tongue".

Brian Pritchard, the guy who skipped church over research at least did not withhold the truth - that Mark Thomason and other people who participated in the FBI investigations are targeted by the local establishment because of their whistleblowing.

Even though Brian Pritchard withheld the name of the "witness" who allegedly reported that it was Mark Thomason who was the bad person who "pushed the cart all the way" and brought "Fox5" and the FBI into the Fannin County, he claimed that he got the name of that witness from public records.

So, Mark Thomason, a white guy, is blasted by Brian Pritchard, another white guy for being disloyal to the "white brotherhood" - for bringing Fox5 upon a racist white judge - and for bringing the FBI upon another racist white judge and a racist white DA who were trying hard to cover up the cooking of the court records to eliminate the mentioning of the "N-word" by the first racist white judge.

An interesting detail: Brian Pritchard who claimed free access to records right after Mark Thomason and his attorney Russel Stookey were charged with felonies, arrested and thrown into jail for making a public records request, refused to disclose the name of the "witness" who reported that Mark Thomason is the alleged "culprit" "who pushed the cart all the way".

Brian Pritchard invited the public to make their own public records request to learn about the name of that "witness".

Knowing full well that, after charges against Mark Thomason and attorney Russell Stookey, even though the charges were dropped "at this time", the public will be intimidated to file such public records request - for fear of being charged with a felony, arrested and going to jail.

I wonder who Brian Pritchard drinks beer with so that he has free immediate access to public records while other people get arrested and criminally prosecuted for the same requests.

As to the alleged FBI investigation, I hope that it is not meant for show and will result in actual charges against Judge Weaver, prosecutor Sosebee and against their accomplices in this dirty mess - not in total exoneration of the rogue judge, as it happened in the case of Judge Shirley Kornreich in New York, where the judge was not disciplined as an attorney, as a judge, was not taken off the bench and continued in her corrupt ways, now thinking she has the badge of approval from the FBI - and even got her son-in-law employed with the U.S. Attorney's office investiting and prosecuting high-echelon corruption in the New York State government, as an insurance that an FBI investigation will never happen to her any more.

Of course, the FBI recently discredited itself as to investigations of high-echelon governmental misconduct where its director testified before Congress and told the Congress that he made a decision not to seek criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, without even considering to recommend a grand jury investigation - while Hillary Clinton talked to the FBI agent secretly, without a record, and while the FBI director did not even talk to all agents who talked to Hillary Clinton - some kind of a "procedure" smacking more of a desire of the FBI to exonerate Clinton rather than truly investigate her.

That "recommendation" of no charges happening within days of Bill Clinton "accidentally" bumping into the family's former attorney Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney General, "in an airport" (apparently, a closed-off VIP zone) and having small talk (see an article that Loretta Lynch worked for a law firm that represented the Clintons and thus, under the law of partnership, also represented Clintons personally), and after Loretta announcing that she will endorse anything that the FBI will recommend - and the FBI, lo and behold, recommended no charges - has corruption written all over the "investigation".

Of course, no reasonable person would believe that Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch accidentally met at the time of FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton at the height of her election campaign in a closed-off VIP zone of an airport to discuss family and grandchildren - as it was presented to the press, but the fact is that the meeting did thwart an FBI investigation.

If an FBI investigation can be thwarted by status of the investigated person, the only thing that Judge Weaver has to do to thwart the FBI investigation against her is to find a person high enough to push the necessary buttons.

After this, FBI investigations of corruption in the government do not sound extremely encouraging, but we have what we have.

As to Judge Weaver's case, new details recently appeared indicating that:

1) Judge Weaver, the complaining witness and the alleged victim, reportedly coached her former law clerk and the former employee of her husband prosecutor Sosebee as to how to handle criminal investigation and prosecution, whom to investigate and how, which charges to file and how - and that included not only attorney Russel Stookey (for whom a felony conviction could mean also an automatic disbarment, of which both Judge Weaver and prosecutor Sosebee were well aware when bringing the charges), but also the County attorney Lynn Doss who had the audacity of doing her duty and releasing public records sought in a public records request - without consultation with Judge Weaver, where attorney Lynn Doss did not have to consult with Judge Weaver about such release;

2) Judge Weaver reportedly recused from cases where attorney Lynn Doss appeared, but not before advising public officials that Lynn Doss is "against judges" and thus arranging bias against Lynn Doss or cases where she represents the County; but

3) Judge Weaver did not resign so far from her position as a chairperson of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, even when a complaint in front of that same Commission is pending - so the "Commissioners" are put by Judge Weaver into an awkward situation where they have to decide the fate of their own boss.
Instead, the executive director of the Judicial Quaifications Commission, attorney Mark Dehler, the one who likely was supposed to make a disciplinary decision about Weaver, resigned - possibly for fear that if he takes Weaver off the bench, that will be a career suicide move for him.

Unfortunately, Judge Weaver is not even the most corrupt of judges I know about, read about and/or have written about.

The culture of immunity/impunity created in this country for judges, where judges are not held accountable for malicious and corrupt acts on the bench - not through individual lawsuits (absolute immunity), not through disciplinary process, unless there is a significant media attention, and not through criminal process where prosecutors, the usual breeding pool for judges, are reluctant to go against judges, turned the nation's courts into corrupt organizations and judges into mafia Godfathers (and Godmothers, in Judge Weaver's case).

Moreover, the Godfathers/Godmothers' are so sensitive to even a possibility of criticism or exposure that they immediately seek to discredit and destroy attorneys who are simply doing their jobs - here, Russel Stookey who:

1) filed a lawsuit seeking access to an audio tape of court proceedings to compare it with the transcript of the same proceedings;

2) filed a subpoena of bank records seeking to see records of money paid out of taxpayer-funded court operating account to a private law firm representing a private individual who filed a counter-claim in that lawsuit aimed at killing it, and effectively killed the lawsuit;

3) filed an access-to-records request with the County for copies of records in the court operating account, which, as far as I understand the mechanism, is in the custody of the County Treasurer - like it is in New York.

and County attorney #LynnDoss whose only "offense" is that she satisfied the access-to-records request in a neutral manner, without considering the status of individuals whose potential misconduct may be exposed through release of the records, and allegedly "spoke to the FBI - three times", according to the apparent government insider Brian Pritchard.

Yet, when a request for public records is made, the government is not allowed to ask what is the reason to seek those records or how the records are going to be used.  And, there is nothing wrong for a person to speak to the FBI.  In fact, it is a crime not to report a federal felony to the FBI - and grand theft from a court operating bank account is a federal felony, wire fraud.

Judge Weaver complained to a criminal prosecutor, her own and her husband's former employee DA Sosebee, about Lynn Doss, specifically because attorney Lynn Doss did her job and did not act as brown-nosing courtier to Judge Weaver.

Of course, Judge Weaver did not dare to have a County Attorney thrown in jail for satisfying an access-to-records request, as she did with private attorney Stookey, but she did turn the attention of criminal prosecutor and her subordinate judges upon attorney Lynn Doss claiming that Lynn Doss is somehow "against judges" because of release of public records to Mark Thomason and Russel Stookey.

In other words, Judge Weaver clearly used criminal prosecution as a step towards a disciplinary investigation of two attorneys doing their jobs, and ultimately used the system of attorney regulation (which was created, ostensibly, to help consumers of legal services) to intimidate and tamper with witnesses in a criminal proceeding against herself and her potential accomplices.

And, the establishment appears to continue to tamper with the supposed FBI investigation until now.

We'll see whether the FBI will do its job this time or whether it will use a "Hillary Clinton/ Shirley Kornreich" procedure on Brenda Weaver and sweep Judge Weaver's criminal conduct under the rug.

I will continue to cover this story.

Stay tuned.

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