"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 cost.

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.

" I do not believe that the practice of law is a "privilege" which empowers Government to deny lawyers their constitutional rights. The mere fact that a lawyer has important responsibilities in society does not require or even permit the State to deprive him of those protections of freedom set out in the Bill of Rights for the precise purpose of insuring the independence of the individual against the Government and those acting for the Government”. Lathrop v Donohue, 367 US 820 (1961), Justice Black, dissenting.

"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.

“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.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Way to go, Gary Rosa!

A reader has recently pointed out to me that Gary Rosa is not active in his judicial campaign for the position of Delaware County/Family court judge (in New York).

I double-checked on the web - and was pleasantly surprised that the contrary is true.

Judicial candidate Gary Rosa is not only active, but is delivering rightly deserved criticism for the judicial candidate Porter Kirkwood for signing contracts for millions of taxpayer dollars where contracts were never subjected to bidding system, which is the ULTIMATE CORRUPTION.

Here is the newspaper report with a fuller account of Gary Rosa's criticism of Porter Kirkwood - which is all true and all fair, I must add.

As I stated in private and in public before, I know Gary Rosa as a Middletown town justice, through my appearance in front of him.

One thing that must be said about Gary Rosa as a judge is that, unlike his opponent Porter Kirkwood, he is a straight shooter, with an even temperament and rulings on the law, not upon wishes of the judge's buddies.

Porter Kirkwood is a political animal who is corrupt to his core, as more and more evidence of his dealings, as the recent audit of the Delaware County demonstrated, and as the recent news that Delaware County police, probation and prosecution are all financed out of conviction fines, with the blessings of both judicial candidates from the Republican party - Porter Kirkwood and Richard Northrup.

As a Republican myself, I wonder - can't the Republican party find somebody honest to run for a judge?

For shame!

And, by the way, Carl Becker in his campaign where he allegedly "eked" out a victory over Gary Rosa (through fraudulent statements to the voters and, possibly, through manipulation of ballots by the Delaware County Board of Elections controlled by Becker for years to the point that it submitted a false certificate of his prior elections in 2011 when no underlying documents to back up such a certification existed) pounded on his superior experience as a judge.

Yet, as Gary Rosa correctly stated to his electorate, he is the only candidate in the current judicial race who has ANY experience as a judge, and his ANY experience is not one, not two years, but 23 years on the bench and, I must add, unblemished years.

Gary Rosa is an absolutely superior candidate over the corrupt Porter Kirkwood.

As to the corrupt Richard Northrup who runs against nobody, "nobody" is a better candidate for a judge than Richard Northrup.

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