In 2013, my husband Frederick J. Neroni brought a lawsuit against the clerk of that court Robert D. Mayberger, because of description of Clerk Mayberger's duties posted on the court's website.
The complaint is just 6 pages.
Mr. Neroni stated indisputable facts:
It's a classic accuser-judge conflict.
If the court "oversees" - not adjudicates, but "oversees" attorney discipline, that dubious word may reasonablmeans "handles prosecution".
And because of that, the court became an advocate for the prosecution, which Mr. Neroni expressed this way:
Quite a logical conclusion, isn't it?
On June 11, 2014, on an ex parte application of the defendant in this action, the Professional Conduct Committee of the 3rd Department (COPS), and without notice to Mr. Neroni, Mr. Neroni's case was transferred to the 4th Department.
The order was signed by the same Clerk Mayberger:
But wait - the saga is not over yet.
After the dismissal of the case as lacking merit, the court CHANGED the wording describing the job duties of its Clerk Robert D. Mayberger:
Here is the description of those duties in 2013:
The job description of the court clerk - which triggered a lawsuit of Mr. Neroni - claims that "As Clerk, [Robert D. Mayberger] oversees the daily operations of the Court and its auxiliary agencies, including the admission of attorneys and attorney discipline. He is responsible for supervising and managing all Court functions including motions, appeals, budget preparation, personnel, finance, security, and all other areas of the Court's administration".
So, Mayberger "oversees the daily operations of the Court" including "admission of attorneys" - as daily operation of the court and "attorney discipline" - also as daily operation of the court.
Mayberger, as clerk, signs orders of suspension and disbarment - and at the same time oversees personnel of the prosecuting agency.
Sweet, isn't it?
A lawsuit targeting that language was dismissed as - of course, coming from a Neroni - without merit.
And look what the court NOW posts as Clerk Mayberger's duties. Let's put those descriptions side by side.
So - that Mayberger supervises "attorney admissions" and "attorney discipline" as "daily operations of the court" is now missing from his official court biography and description of his duties.
The section describing who he worked for, is expanded and specified.
And, as a very relevant information to litigants in that court, it was added that Mr. Mayberger obtained awards, in 2011 and 2012 (missing from his above 2013 description) - as a photographer of horse racing.
The question is - does Clerk Mayberger NOT HAVE those duties that were announced in his job description in 2013, overseeing attorney discipline and attorney admissions, or are those duties simply removed from sight, because of that "meritless" lawsuit of that bad person Mr. Neroni?
By the way, in June of 2016, through the case Williams v Pennsylvania, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with Mr. Neroni's "meritless" position in Neroni v Mayberger and struck, exactly on due process grounds, a judicial decision where the judge was both the accuser (only part of the prosecuting office, not the actual prosecutor) and the adjudicator, holding that:
So, let's see if anything will be happening in this case now that it is revived by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Williams v Pennsylvania.
I will follow this case with great interest, and will continue to report on it.