Becker sanctioned me for "harassing him" personally with motions to recuse, commenced, prosecuted, provided unsworn testimony in and adjudicated disciplinary proceedings against me.
I am not alone in how I was sanctioned.
All across the country attorneys are subjected to judicial retaliation for criticism of judges.
Just how thin a skin to criticism top judges have, was demonstrated in two mutually quoting "law review articles" (which had nothing with the law, but everything with lamentations about criticism and not-so-thinly veiled threats against critics) - by the then-Chief Judge of New York Court of Appeals Judith Kaye and by the Court of Appeals judge and friend of prior Chief Judge Sol Wachtler (who was convicted of a federal felony just 3 years prior to the time of the law reviews) Joe Bellacosa.
I wrote about Bellacosa's "law review article" here.
By the way, Bellacosa was an invited guest at the swearing-in ceremony of the present Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals Janet DiFiore that looked like a fraternity gathering.
Chief Judge DiFIore, of course, started out by, saying all the correct words and doing all the corrupt deeds - like her predecessors.
On the one hand, she has started an "Excellence Initiative"
where DiFiore, a former career prosecutor, asks you to submit "anonymously" your "thoughts and comments" about how the New York court system works.
Of course, when considering that, you need to know that those who submit such "thoughts and comments" not anonymously, like I did against DiFiore to the New York State Senate
- asking to impeach her as the Westchester County DA and investigate her for commission of multiple crimes, including public corruption when she was Chairperson of the Commission for Public Ethics and rescued Governor Cuomo and his powerful donors (who nominated her to her current position, and appointed her husband Dennis Glazer to another high-standing and lucrative position, to the Commission of Betting games after that) from an investigation for public corruption
It is very obvious that you cannot make a good product (be it a pie or a judge) from rotten initial materials.
So far, I see that two attorneys in New York criticizing judges in motions to recuse are suspended (John Aretakis in 2008 and myself in 2015), an attorney who opposed cross-endorsement in elections of judges has been indefinitely suspended in 1992 (Doris Sassower), and the attorney who exposed the mechanism of cross-endorsements in judicial elections in New York in a book, is apparently forced to stop practicing (Susan Settenbrino, see her registration information not featuring her contact address).
Note that the victims of judicial retaliation in New York are mostly women (3 out of 4).
- squeezed Fuchsberg out of that court into an early retirement by nasty pranks:
- having court personnel put melting ice-cream into his file cabinets,
- exiting an elevator where Judge Fuchsberg remained and sending it into the basement,
- making impersonations at an all-men club that Fuchsberg was there when he wasn't and had a stance against other judges patronizing that establishment - all of that was described in the book about Wachtler that Wachtler acknowledged reading, acknowledged talking to the author and did not oppose any statements in the book as untruthful) and
- disciplinary proceedings, and
- lobbied his friends in the Senate and his friend the Governor Mario Cuomo (father of the present Governor Andrew Cuomo) to abolish elections into "his" court and replace them with nominations by his friend the Governor. That is how Wachtler got his friend Bellacosa appointed to the court without any judicial experience - for which Bellacosa was criticized by legal scholars, which criticism of legal scholars Bellacosa (friend of DiFiore) bitterly attacked in a "law review article".
And, let's also consider the response of DiFiore's court to the death of their own colleague, African-American and Muslim female Judge Sheila Abdas-Salaam.
Her family rejects any possibility that Judge Abdas-Salaam could commit a suicide, there is no reported cause of death, so the other alternative is homicide.
Yet, the police investigation into the death is reportedly closed.
My question is - with the corrupt public official at the helm of the court, was Judge Abdas-Salaam murdered, and is her murder being covered up with the help of DiFiore?
After all, DiFiore was already reported for covering up a murder of another African American public official - police officer Christopher Ridley - and got away with it, I will publish materials from that lawsuit, with my comments, in one of my next blogs, but I already have those materials on file.
And, DiFiore's DA's office was involved in racial profiling in drug stops on Route 17, which was both common knowledge in the legal community, and was reported to me by my own clients stopped on Route 17 as to the circumstances of the stops.
And, DiFiore personally was accused of dragging her feet with the grand jury investigation in a police slaying of an African-American 69-year old former Marine Kenneth Chamberlain after he allegedly accidentally set of his LifeAid alert device. DiFiore's police officers were alerted, came and killed him.
Moreover, DiFiore, the "legal advisor" of that grand jury, presented the evidence in such a way and advised that grand jury in such a way, that it did not return an indictment against the slayers of Kenneth Chamberlain. Since grand jury proceedings are secret, we do not know whether the grand jury DiFiore convened was all-white or not.
And, Westchester County, which DiFiore was an officer of for years, the county where DiFiore, Governor Cuomo and the Clintons live, was just blasted by the 2nd Circuit for their 13-year battle with HUD on the County's obstructionist, racist policies for segregation in housing.
In this context, the death, out of the blue, of the otherwise healthy, happy and accomplished only African-American Muslim judge on the Court of Appeals, and the abrupt closing of investigation into her death by NYPD right after the self-praising Law Day publications by Judge Abdas-Salaam's boss and her subordinates, sounds downright sinister to me.
DiFiore comes from a county with a history of racial profiling, has a history of using her power to cover up TWO apparent murders of African-Americans.
And, just a year after her installment on the top New York Court, the very first African American Muslim female judge, who is health, happy, recently married, accomplished, having grandkids and no mental health issues, "coincidentally" ends up in the Hudson River, dead.
Don't we have to have a little bit more scrutiny into this case than was given to it.
And shouldn't a special FEDERAL investigator be appointed to look into that case?
Or, will federal investigators and prosecutors be afraid to pursue the case given the possible rank of the people who can be involved in the death of Judge Abdas-Salaam?
And, will we EVER know the truth about the death of Judge Abdas-Salaam?
I doubt it.
I doubt that NYPD will dare to explore a cover-up that may go all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, given that DiFiore's husband is on "firsts name basis with all U.S. Supreme Court justices and has their direct phone lines".
After all, NYPD was timid enough not to investigate the Chief Judge Sol Wachtler, even when he stalked and harassed a personal friend of the presidential couple and her minor child, George and Barbara Bushes, requiring a federal investigation and prosecution in a New Jersey federal criminal court.
And, after all, NYPD was also accused of participating in the murder of a critic of judicial corruption in New York, Chinese immigrant Sunny Sheu. They are, of course, the best choice to investigate the potential murder of a top state court's judge.
- the hush-hush way the investigation is handled,
- the history of NYPD investigating - and closing - a case where NYPD was, according to allegations of witnesses, an accomplice;
- the racist history of the County where DA DiFiore was raised and mentored;
- the racist history of DA DiFiore's own prosecutorial office;
- the racist history of DA DiFiore's cover-ups of two murders of African-Americans;
- the implausible theory of suicide it spawns about a woman who recently re-married, and, according to her friends, was happy and contented with her life;
- the previous history of non-investigation and non-prosecution by NYPD of Chief Judge Sol Wachtler,
- the extremely fast closing of the investigation into the death of Judge Abdas-Salaam, and just after DiFiore and her crew published a self-praise as to how good, clean and fair they are
As to the super-sweet and nauseatingly self-praising publications on Law Day by:
- Chief Judge Difiore;
- Chief Administrative Judge Marks;
- 4 heads of all 4 State Appellate Divisions
But, remember - the State of New York has a history that if a Chief Judge of that State wants something that is illegal, his subordinates cannot say "no", will never pursue him, and will always forgive him and embrace him.
As to U.S. Supreme Court justices fixing court cases, we have:
- Ruth Ginsburg's little all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii Law School in February of 2017 and private talk to the "faculty" of that school, counting among it 3 clerks of the federal judge of the 9th Circuit deciding/fixing the court case of President Trump's immigration order;
- Ruth Ginsburg's former clerk at whose wedding Ruth Ginsburg officiated is - voila - listed as the most successful female litigator (and part of the so-called Echo Chamber of lawyers whose cases are always taken by the U.S. Supreme Court)
- Sonya Sotomayor and her April 2017 trip to Albany Law School (NY), her private talks there also with the "faculty" of that school, which includes an Assistant NY Attorney General, and her later voting the same month of April, 2017 not to take the case of a New Jersey attorney against New York for discriminating against out-of-state attorneys admitted in New York, to the detriment of the public, where NY Attorney General was a party.
|Anthony M. Kennedy||McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||$ 12,500.00|
|Anthony M. Kennedy||Colonial Williamsburg Foundation|
|Clarence Thomas||Horatio Alger Association|
|Clarence Thomas||Creighton University School of Law||$ 15,000.00|
|Clarence Thomas||George Washington University School of Law||$ 10,000.00|
|Clarence Thomas||J. Reuben Clark Law School - Brigham Unviersity||$ 2,225.00|
|Clarence Thomas||The Daily Caller||Salary|
|Clarence Thomas||Liberty Consulting, Inc.||Salary and benefits|
|Ruth Ginsburg||Trust Article Fourth U/W Martin D. Ginsburg, Trustee|
|Ruth Ginsburg||University of Michingan - Tanner Lecturer||$ 10,000.00|
|Samuel Alito||ABA Advisory Committee on the Law Library of Congress|
|Samuel Alito||Member Honorary Board of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in the United States|
|Samuel Alito||University of Kentucky||$ 6,000.00|
|Samuel Alito||Duke University Law School||$ 15,000.00|
|Elena Kagan||Harvard Law School|
|Elena Kagan||President and Fellows of Harvard College||$ 15,000.00|
|Stephen Breyer||Dana-Farber Cancer Institute|
|Stephen Breyer||The Pritzker Architecture Prize|
|Stephen Breyer||Penguin Random House LLC, Royalty Income||$ 116,774.61|
|Stephen Breyer||The authors Registry, Inc; Royalty Income||$ 384.93|
|Stephen Breyer||Penguin Random House LLC, Nonemployee compensation||$5,000|
|South Korea||1||Ginsburg||foreign sponsor|
|Austria||1||Kennedy with spouse||University of the Pacific|
|U.K.||3||Ginsburg||American College of Trial Lawyers|
|Dominican Republic||1||Alito||Federal Bar Council|
|7/7/2015||7/16/2015||Tuesday to Thursday of next week||0||University of Tokyo||Tokyo, Japan||Teaching||$ 13,559.11||John Roberts||air, transportation, meals and lodging|
|1/23/2015||2/10/2015||Friday + next week + Monday, with spouse||7||Annenburg Foundation||Palm Springs, CA||Seminar on civics and teaching||n/a as to value of gratuities||Anthony Kennedy||Lodging, food, and transportation (self and spouse)|
|4/24/2015||4/25/2015||Friday and Saturday, with spouse||1||Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where the judge is a member of the Board of Trustees||Williamsburg, VA||Attend board meetings||n/a as to value of gratuities||Anthony Kennedy||Lodging, food, and transportation (self and spouse)|
|5/7/2015||5/10/2015||Thursday through Sunday, with spouse||2||Stanford Law School||Stanford, CA||Speaking||n/a as to value of gratuities||Anthony Kennedy||Lodging, food, and transportation (self and spouse)|
|7/2/2015||7/19/2015||2.5 weeks - a tour to California and Austria, with spouse||0||University of the Pacific||Salzburg, Austria; Los Angeles, CA||Teaching and speaking||n/a as to value of gratuities||Anthony Kennedy||Lodging, food, and transportation (self and spouse)|
|7/29/2015||7/31/2015||Wednesday through Friday, with spouse||0||Utah State Bar||Sun Valley, UT||Speaking||n/a as to value of gratuities||Anthony Kennedy||Lodging, food, and transportation (self and spouse)|
|10/9/2015||10/11/2015||Friday through Sunday, with spouse||1||State Bar of California||Los Angeles, CA||Speaking||n/a as to value of gratuities||Anthony Kennedy||Lodging, food, and transportation (self and spouse)|
|10/21/2015||10/24/2015||Wednesday through Saturday, with spouse||3||Harvard Law School||Cambridge, MA||Speaking||n/a||Anthony Kennedy||Lodging, food, and transportation (self and spouse)|
|11/20/2015||11/21/2015||Friday and Saturday, with spouse||1||Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where the judge is a member of the Board of Trustees||Williamsburg, VA||Attend board meetings||n/a||Anthony Kennedy||Lodging, food, and transportation (self and spouse)|
|2/2/2015||2/6/2015||Monday through Friday||5||Creighton University School of Law||Omaha, NE||Teaching||$ 15,000.00||Clarence Thomas||Transportation, meals, accommodations|
|2/11/2015||2/13/2015||Wednesday through Friday||3||Yale Law School||New Haven, CT||Meetings||n/a||Clarence Thomas||Transportation, meals, accommodations|
|5/3/2015||5/6/2015||Sunday through Wednesday||3||New York Federal Bar Council||New York, NY||Meetings and Award Ceremony||n/a||Clarence Thomas||Transportation, meals, accommodations|
|10/18/2015||10/21/2015||Sunday through Wednesday||3||J. Reuben Clark School of Law - Brigham Young University||Provo, UT||Teaching and meetings||$2225 for teaching, n/a as to value of gratuities||Clarence Thomas||Transportation, meals, accommodations|
|2/1/2015||2/2/2015||Sunday through Monday||1||The University of Chicago Law School||Chicago, IL||Speech||n/a||Elena Kagan||Transportation, meals|
|2/3/2015||2/3/2015||Tuesday||1||Northwestern University School of Law||Chicago, IL||Speech||n/a||Elena Kagan||Hotel, meals|
|2/4/2015||2/5/2015||Wednesday through Thursday||2||Stanford Law School||Stanford, CA||Speech, Moot Court||n/a||Elena Kagan||Transportation, hotel, meals|
|17-Jun-15||6/17/2015||Wednesday||1||Harvard Law School||Cambridge, MA||Speech||n/a||Elena Kagan||Transportation|
|8/29/2015||9/5/2015||Saturday through next Saturday||0||Hebrew Univeristy of Jerusalem Faculty of Law||Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem||Speech||n/a||Elena Kagan||Transporation, Hotel, Meals|
|9/8/2015||9/12/2015||Saturday through next Saturday||0||Harvard Law School||Cambridge, MA||Teaching, Speech||$15,000 + n/a||Elena Kagan||Transporation, Hotel, Meals|
|9/29/2015||9/30/2015||Tuesday through Wednesday||0||The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law||Columbus, OH||Speech||n/a||Elena Kagan||Transporation, Hotel, Meals|
|11/15/2015||11/18/2015||Sunday through Wednesday||3||Harvard Law School||Cambridge, MA||Moot Court, Speech||n/a||Elena Kagan||Transporation, Hotel, Meals|
|2/2/2015||2/2/2015||Monday||1||New York City Bar Association||New York, NY||Participation in Ruth Bader Ginsburg lecture||n/a||Ruth Bader Ginsburg||transportation, lodging, food|
|2/6/2015||2/6/2015||Friday||1||University of Michigan School of Law||Ann Arbor, MI||Participant in Tanner Lecture||$10,000 for teaching + n/a as to value of gratuities||Ruth Bader Ginsburg||transportation, lodging, food|
|5/29/2015||5/29/2015||Friday||1||Radcliffe Institute||Cambridge, MA||Radcliffe Medal recipient||$10,000 for teaching + n/a as to value of gratuities||Ruth Bader Ginsburg||transportation, lodging, food|
|8/3/2015||8/7/2015||Monday through Friday||0||Supreme Court of Korea||Seoul, Korea||Participant in Legal Exchange Program||$10,000 for teaching + n/a as to value of gratuities||Ruth Bader Ginsburg||transportation, lodging, food|
|9/7/2015||9/10/2015||Monday through Thursday||0||American College of Trial Lawyers||London, England||Partipant in Legal Exchange Program||$10,000 for teaching + n/a as to value of gratuities||Ruth Bader Ginsburg||transportation, lodging, food|
|9/11/2015||9/15/2015||Friday through Tuesday||0||European Institute at the University of Zurich||Zurick, Switzerland||Participant in conversational program||$10,000 for teaching + n/a as to value of gratuities||Ruth Bader Ginsburg||transportation, lodging, food|
|9/29/2015||9/29/2015||Tuesday to Thursday of next week||0||Roosevelt Institute||New York, NY||Four Freedoms Award recipient||$10,000 for teaching + n/a as to value of gratuities||Ruth Bader Ginsburg||transportation, lodging, food|
|12/17/2015||12/17/2015||Thursday||1||New York Historical Society||New York, NY||Participant in conversational program||n/a||Ruth Bader Ginsburg||transportation, lodging, food|
|2/14/2015||2/21/2015||Saturday through next Saturday||5||Federal Bar Council||Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic||Conference participation||n/a||Samuel Alito||Transportation, lodging, meals|
|3/27/2015||3/29/2015||Friday through Sunday||1||Fordham Law School Moot Court||New York, NY||Irving Kaufman Memorial Moot Court||n/a||Samuel Alito||Transportation, lodging, meals|
|9/4/2015||9/11/2015||Friday through next Friday||0||American College of Trial Lawyers||London, England||UK-US Legal Exchange||n/a||Samuel Alito||Transportation, lodging, meals|
|9/18/2015||9/21/2015||Friday through Monday||0||Federalist Society||Dallas, TX||Speech||n/a||Samuel Alito||Transportation, lodging, meals|
|9/23/2015||9/25/2015||Wednesday through Friday||0||University of Kentucky||Lexington, KY||Teaching, Lecture||6000 + n/a as to value of gratuities||Samuel Alito||Transportation, lodging, meals|
|10/18/2015||10/24/2015||Sunday through Saturday||5||Duke Law School||Durham, NC||Teaching||15000 + n/a||Samuel Alito||Transportation, lodging, meals|
|11/13/2015||11/15/2015||Friday through Sunday||1||New York Historical Society||New York, NY||Film Program & Panel Discussion||n/a||Samuel Alito||Transportation, lodging, meals|
|11/18/2015||11/19/2015||Wednesday through Thursday||2||Notre Dame Law School||South Bend, IN||Book Presentation & Discussion||n/a||Samuel Alito||Transportation, lodging, meals|
|2/2/2015||2/2/2015||Monday||1||Palm Beach County Bar Assn. & Forum of the Palm Beaches||West Palm Beach, FL||Address||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Transportation and meals|
|3/12/2015||3/13/2015||Thursday through Friday||2||Davidson College||Davidson, NC||Discussions with groups of faculty and students||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Transporation, Lodgings and meals|
|3/13/2015||3/13/2015||Friday||0||New York University School of Law||New York, NY||Panel discussion on Burtn Neuborne's book "Madison's Music"||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Transportation and meals|
|4/10/2015||4/10/2015||Friday||1||Columbia University School of Law||New York, NY||Discussion with faculty and meeting with Latino Law Students Association||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Transportation and meals|
|4/17/2015||4/17/2015||Friday||1||Bryn Mawr College||Bryn Mawr, PA||Address accepting Katharine Hepburn Medal||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Transportation and meals|
|5/7/2015||5/8/2015||Thursday through Friday||2||Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Medicine||New York, NY||Address accepting honorary degree at commencement||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Transportation and meals|
|5/7/2015||5/7/2015||Thursday||0||Association of the Bar of New York||New York, NY||Address to New Lawyers Institute||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Meal|
|7/23/2015||7/23/2015||Thursday||0||Bronx Children's Museum||Bronx, NY||Participaption in Dream Big Day events||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Meal|
|9/1/2015||9/3/2015||Tuesday through Thursday||0||University of Notre Dame||South Bend, IN||Address, question and answer conversation, meeting with studens, meeting with faculty||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Transportation, Lodging and Meals|
|9/8/2015||9/8/2015||Tuesday||0||Amherst College||Amherst, MA||Question and answer conversation with faculty and students||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Transportation, Lodging and Meals|
|9/9/2015||9/9/2015||Wednesday||0||Springfield Public Forum||Springfieldl, MA||Moderated interview||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Transportation, Lodging and Meals|
|10/21/2015||10/22/2015||Wednesday through Thursday||2||Pomona College||Claremont, CA||Question and answer conversation with faculty and students||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Transportation, Lodging and Meals|
|10/22/2015||10/23/2015||Thursday through Friday||1||University of the Pacific||Stockton, CA||Participation in Advancing Women Leadership Conference||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Transportation, Lodging and Meals|
|11/16/2015||11/17/2015||Monday through Tuesday||2||University of Richmond||Richmond, VA||Question and answer conversation with faculty and students. Meeting with Virginia Supreme Court Justices||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Transportation, Lodging and Meals|
|12/11/2015||12/11/2015||Friday||1||University Club||New York, NY||Moderated interview||n/a||Sonya Sotomayor||Transportation, Lodging and Meals|
|1/16/2015||1/17/2015||Friday through Saturday||1||Pritzker Foundation||New York, NY||Pritzker Prize Jury Meetings||n/a||Stephen Breyer||Round-trip train fare, meals and lodging|
|3/12/2015||3/12/2015||Thursday||1||Bloomberg View||New York, NY||Bloomberg View Interview||n/a||Stephen Breyer||One-way airfare, return train fare|
|3/12/2015||3/12/2015||Thursday||0||University Club||New York, NY||Luncheon Speaker||n/a||Stephen Breyer||Lodging|
|4/3/2015||4/8/2015||Friday through Wednesday||4||Marshall and the Commemoration Commission||London, England||60th Anniversary Marshall Alumni Lecture||n/a||Stephen Breyer||one-way airfare|
|4/9/2015||4/16/2015||Thursday through Thursday||5||Conseil D'Etat||Paris, France||Participant in a conference||n/a||Stephen Breyer||one-way (return) airfare|
|14-May-15||16-May-15||Thursday through Saturday||2||Pritzker Foundation||Miami, FL||Pritzker Ceremony||n/a||Stephen Breyer||roundtrip airfare, lodging|
|28-May-15||28-May-15||Thursday||1||Massachusetts Historical Society||Boston, MA||Lecture||n/a||Stephen Breyer||roundtrip airfare, lodging|
|4-Jun-15||4-Jun-15||Thursday||1||DANA-Farber Cancer Institute||Boston, MA||Annual Dinner||n/a||Stephen Breyer||roundtrip airfare, lodging|
|28-Jul-15||31-Jul-15||Tuesday through Friday||0||Magna Carta Trust||London, England||Magna Carta Mock Trial||n/a||Stephen Breyer||Round-trip airfare, lodging|
|7-Sep-15||10-Sep-15||Monday through Thursday||0||American College for Trial Lawyers Legal Exchange||London, England||ACTL event||n/a||Stephen Breyer||Round-trip airfare (self and spouse)|
|16-Sep-15||16-Sep-15||Wednesday||0||KNOPF||New York, NY||Book event||n/a||Stephen Breyer||one-way airfare|
|18-Sep-15||19-Sep-15||Friday through Saturday||0||Yale Law School||New Haven, CT||Yale Global Symposium||n/a||Stephen Breyer||Lodging, meals|
|21-Sep-15||25-Sep-15||Monday through Friday||0||Huntington Library, LA||Los Angeles & San Marino, CA||Speaking at Wallis Theatre (LA) and Huntington library/ Book event||n/a||Stephen Breyer||roundtrip airfare, lodging|
|25-Sep-15||25-Sep-15||Friday||0||SF Arts & Leisure||San Francisco, CA||Book event||n/a||Stephen Breyer||roundtrip airfare for spouse|
|16-Oct-15||24-Oct-15||Friday through the Saturday next week||7||Odile Jacob French Publisher||Paris, France||Book event - various speaking events||n/a||Stephen Breyer||rountrip airfare|
|19-Nov-15||19-Nov-15||Thursday||1||Kennedy Foundation||Washington, D.C.||Book event||n/a||Stephen Breyer||one-way airfare|
|20-Nov-15||20-Nov-15||Friday||1||Pilgrims Club, NYC||New York, NY||Book event||n/a||Stephen Breyer||one-way train fare|
|16-Dec-15||16-Dec-15||Wednesday||1||Foreign Policy Association||New York, NY||Book Event||n/a||Stephen Breyer||one-way train fare|
|17-Dec-15||17-Dec-15||Thursday||1||Council on foreign relations||New York, NY||Book Event||n/a||Stephen Breyer||one-way train fare|
As to an overview of some of lawsuits against DiFiore over the years, and her statements in those lawsuits, as well as the contrast those lawsuits pose with DiFiore's current attempts to create a public image of a squeaky clean public official, I will post a separate blog.
Update as of May 10, 2017:
Here are the blogs about two lawsuits against DiFiore, for election fraud and press intimidation.