is a passionate national and international advocate against torture by the legal system in the United States.
Yes, torture by the legal system, that follows a pattern described in Mrs. Crenshaw-Logal's articles and on the websites of her organizations - OPT-IN USA and thethirddegree.net.
In 2009, Mrs. Crenshaw-Logal contacted the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of the United Nations with this letter stating that the U.S. is politically persecuting whistleblowers of judicial misconduct and is denying them effective legal remedies.
In 2015, Mrs. Crenshaw-Logal, a trained civil rights attorney and an experienced advocate for human rights, has filed a class-action complaint against the United States of America in with the United Nations Human Rights Committee claiming that the U.S. is denying its citizens, us average Americans, effective remedies to protect us from retaliation if we raise our voices against misconduct of the government, and especially misconduct within the judicial system.
I encourage my readers to read Mrs. Crenshaw-Logal's complaint to the United Nations.
It not only lists violations of articles of international treaties that the U.S. is part of - and which are part of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution (even if the Treaties are ratified only with the so-called RUDs, "reservations, understandings and declarations", and without giving Americans a right to sue the U.S. in the United Nations, as other member countries allowed their members to do).
The complaint also cites to interesting precedents, for example, to:
- Morton Nesses v Randall T. Shepard, et al., 68 F.3d 1003 at 1005-1006 (7th Cir., 1995) (providing that a litigant cannot prevail in the legal system he or she contends is corrupt if that contention is true); and
- Ward v Village of Monroeville, 409 U.S. 57 at 61-2 (1972) ("Nor, in any event, may the State's trial court procedure be deemed constitutionally acceptable simply because the State eventually offers a defendant an impartial adjudication. Petitioner is entitled to a neutral and detached judge in the first instance.")
- "disparage and discredit targets through legal process;
- intimidate and perhaps terminate witnesses and/or targets;
- neutralize and eventually preempt the target's acces to courts;
- impoverish the targets; and, perhaps...
- incarcerate the targets".
In her complaint to the United Nations, attorney Crenshaw-Logal lists the ways of how those goals are achieved by the judicial system bent on revenge, and I quote from her complaint to the UN:
- "Procedural irregularities (particularly hearing requests denials, ultimately notice, and/or evidence tampering/destruction);
- one or more questionable departures from well-established precedent;
- undisclosed grounds for adverse credibility determinations;
- personal character disparagement;
- total or substantial denial of relief through Judicial Activism, i.e., an arguable usurpation of legislative powers;
- judicial proscriptions that are functional, civil equivalent of ex post facto law; and/or
- Total or substantial denial of relief pursuant to some form of Judicial Engineering".
I have been documenting just what attorney Crenshaw-Logal described in her complaint to the U.N. over 2.5 years in this blog and through my practice as Family Law, criminal law, defense of foreclosure, defense in consumer debt cases, and in civil rights litigation - that is, until the Third Degree was applied to me and my law license was taken in November of 2015 for making motions to recuse a judge.
So, I was punished - and the judge I sought to recuse, as well as his supporters were rewarded - exactly following the pattern described in attorney Crenshaw-Logal's complaint.
And that is happening not only to me. That is happening to people who are not attorneys and whose only "fault" is that they want an impartial judge to decide their court cases.
Such people cannot find attorneys who would make a motion to recuse - because the judiciary holds attorneys, through attorney licensing, in deadly grip and suffocates their independence in advocacy and their ability to provide proper services for their clients and protect their rights in court.
Attorney Crenshaw-Logal is doing an important work for all of us.
She is on Andy Ostrowski's radio show tonight at 6:00 pm discussing her advocacy.
Thank you for your work, attorney Zena Crenshaw-Logal.