"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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

In the memory of Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley

It is not easy to get tears out of me.  I am in tears now.  I know words are inadequate to translate feelings.  But here it is.

Please, look at this face.

This boy's name was Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley, of Oceanside, New York.

He was 21 years old.  

But, because he died 3 years ago, it does not make his death remote and insignificant.  I've learnt about his death only today.  And I am crying for him today.

He wanted to protect his country, that's why he went into the Marines.

He was honorable.  He did what was right.  He reported to his superiors the rapes of young boys brought to his military base by Afghan officers, while his superiors told him to "look the other way", because that was a "cultural practice" that he was supposed to respect.

Well, it was rape, and Officer Buckley reported it to his superiors instead of "respecting" it, as they did.  In writing.

And he was killed after his report, reportedly by a civilian hired by an Afghani police officer - who could not possibly know about Gregory's report to his U.S. superiors unless those superiors tipped the Afghanis off about the report and identify the reporter.

He was the same age as my middle child is now.  He should be 24 today.  He never will be a day older than when he died at the age of 21, 3 years back.

I remember from when I was a teenager the words of an old friend of the family, an old Jewish woman who said that her daughter told her that she really understood what fascism is when she gave birth to her own child.  It is not so much about fascism, as it is about responsibility that we must feel when we are becoming "the older generation", to those we leave behind.

Well, Gregory left us behind instead, and that's not right.  We should not outlive our children.

Your skin is ripped off when you become a mother and when you see children suffer, especially when those children suffer because they did an honorable thing, something that they are told by their teachers, by us, the older generation, that it is the right thing to do.

The 21-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley did that honorable thing.

Since he reported his concerns to his superiors, it must be his superiors who tipped off the Afghanis who then killed him.

Let's remember this boy.

Let's remember that corruption kills real people, real young people, real honorable people, people who should have lived and enjoyed the sun and the beauty of this world, as Gregory should have.

And let's push for investigation and prosecution for murder and conspiracy to commit murder of those bastards in the U.S. military who tipped off Gregory's killers about Gregory's report to superiors of the rapes of Afghan boys he did not know, but wanted to protect, because that was the right thing to do.

They are more dangerous than those who pulled the trigger.  And, since they are undetected and unpunished, they can do it again.

Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley, 21, went to the Marine Corps to protect us.  

He protected not only our safety.

He protected our good name.  With his life.

The least we can do is stand up for him after his death.

Write to military officials and to federal authorities, to push investigation and prosecution for murder and conspiracy to commit murder of those among Gregory's superiors who may have tipped off the Afghanis who were raping boys on the territory of the U.S. military base and caused Gregory's death.

There is no statute of limitation for murder.

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