"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

Porter Kirkwood's financial supporters are not the same people who are going to appear in front of him in Family Court

Bruce Maxson is one of the Otsego County Public Defenders.

Deputy Delaware County Clerk Debra Goodrich donated to Porter Kirkwood's campaign 3 times so far.

James Eisel is the Chairman of Delaware County Board of Supervisors.  He is much obliged to Porter Kirkwood as Delaware County Attorney to protect Mr. Eisel, and may be expecting benefits from Porter Kirkwood when Porter Kirkwood gets on the bench.

Sharon O'Dell is the Delaware County Clerk.

Richard Ucci is the Delaware County Coroner.

Cheryl Barr is a Corrections Officer in Delaware County Sheriff's Department.

John Hubbard is Chief Assistant Delaware County District Attorney.

Christa Schafer is the Secretary of Delaware County Board of Supervisors.

Sylvia Armanno is Delaware County Deputy Commissioner of Social Services.

Mark Tuthill is the Town Supervisor of the Town of Delhi and a member of Delaware County Board of Supervisors.

John Vickers is or recently was, as the scan above shows, a Division Chief of Western Operations of the NYC DEP.

Kurt Holcherr is a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Middletown.

Carl J. Mugglin is a retired appellate judge and a supporter of Carl Becker, the former County judge.

Liz Arehart is the wife of Dave Arehart, SUNY Delhi golf course manager.

Linda Blocker is a visiting instructor in SUNY Delhi.

Seth Blocker is a chiropractor who testified as a source of information for Delaware County Department of Social Services against his own former patient who stopped using Dr. Blocker's services and gave evidence to investigation against Dr. Blocker for certain authorities.

I will next provide information about contributions to Porter Kirkwood's campaign finance from wealthy professionals, business people and landowners.

Yet, I can say already now that people who are financially supporting Porter Kirkwood in his judicial election campaign are not the same people who are going to appear in front of him in Family Court, but people who may look for future benefits from Porter Kirkwood in some commercial or negligence litigation in the Supreme Court, since County/Family Court judges are always appointed as Acting Supreme Court justices.

And the fact that mostly rich people support Porter Kirkwood is a matter of concern.

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