- civil rights plaintiffs in litigation-related matters;
- civil rights plaintiffs in employment-related matters;
- disciplinary proceedings against judges.
- protect people of the State of New York from crimes, no matter who commits them;
- investigation and prosecution of crimes, such as corruption of public office;
- oust usurpers of public office by initiating writs of quo warranto
In the situation where judges in Ohio (the same Supreme Court of Ohio that participates in the Joint Task Force) appoint the Board that handles complaints against judges, the number of prosecuted complaints, 0.66% (remember, I put the number at 1.3% when I calculated the comparative cost of litigation in disciplinary proceedings in Part I of the analysis, so I will have to go back and recalculate that) indicates the appearance of the influence of the judiciary on the disciplinary board, and a policy of non-prosecution of judges, not the quality of complaints.
Also, under the law of the State of Ohio, once a formal charge is filed against the judge, the proceeding remains public.
So, the Board spared 99.34% of judges against whom complaints were filed in 2005 from being exposed as judges complained about for misconduct.
Since 99.34% of complaints against judges remained sealed, the Ohio Supreme Court, or, and especially, a private organization of judges called the Ohio Judicial Conference, same as everybody else in Ohio, should have had no access to the sealed information in order to claim that the vast majority of the 99.34% of the complaints were from "disgruntled litigants".
When judges claimed that the "disgruntled litigants" used grievance process instead of an appeal, that only shows how deep is the judicial bias and how prepared are judges to serve themselves in protecting themselves from any liability, because it is the Supreme Court of Ohio who not only
- appoints the Board that rejects 99.34% of complaints against judges, and
- appoints it in such a way that the majority of members of the Board are attorneys licensed by the Ohio Supreme Court and dependent on it for their livelihood (24 out of 28 members of the Board are attorneys and judges who are also attorneys), but also it is the Ohio Supreme Court that hears - and mostly rejects - appeals.
The Ohio Supreme Court calls rejection of complaints against judges by the supermajority of lawyers licensed by judges at the rate of 99.34% as the result of the quality of the complaint, and, based on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission decided in February of 2015, it can be called as a result of operation of the Board as a criminal antitrust cartel, by the members of the regulated profession - 17 attorneys who are dependent for their livelihood upon the good grace of the investigated and prosecuted judges, and 7 judges (acting or retired) who will not say anything against their own brethren.
The voice of the public, 4 lay members in a 28-member disciplinary board, is drowned by the voices of the industry, and the claim of protection of the public by such a Board from misconduct of judges is an astounding monument of hypocrisy of the judiciary and the legal profession.
As to "disgruntled litigants" using complaints against judges as an improper alternative to appeal, these two avenues are not mutually exclusive.
- precluded suing themselves by giving themselves absolute judicial immunity for MALICIOUS and CORRUPT acts on the bench,
- disregard issues of judicial bias on appeals and sanction attorneys and parties who raise those issues, attorneys are sanctioned by up to revoking their licenses and livelihoods; and
- shape the disciplinary boards in such a way that they dismiss 99.34% of complaints against judges - it is clear that judicial remedies and access to TRUE IMPARTIAL courts is non-existent in Ohio - as it is in New York, and many other states where the judiciary operates with the legal elite as an anticompetitive cartel.
Elena Sassower, director of the Center of Judicial Accountability in New York, has written a brilliant article several years ago about the myth of judicial remedies in the American Justice system, called "The Empty Promise of Judicial Discipline". It remains true today, as on the day it was written.
The subsections of Elena Sassower's article are called:
- Intellectual dishonesty - the frequent misapplication of laws and misrepresentations of the law and the record in judicial decisions; intellectual dishonesty of the Ohio judges is also shown by the fact that they first appoint 17 puppets into the disciplinary board whose livelihood depends on the Ohio judiciary, and then claim that the 99.34% rate of dismissal by those puppets of complaints against judges is explained by the quality of complaints;
- The Myth of Recusal, where the process must be objective and not dangerous for the challenger of judicial bias, in order to insure litigants' constitutional rights to access to court and to an impartial judicial review, but instead the process is dominated by the challenged judge, who most often retaliates against challengers and their attorneys, see also here; Elena Sassower describes the virtual unavailability of recusals in federal courts, but the same happens in state courts;
- The Chimera of Judicial Discipline - Elena Sassower describes judicial discipline in federal court, but the process or results are not much different than in the Ohio State court system;
- The Illusory remedy of appeal - where all issues of judicial bias and judicial decisions motivated by bias are collectively rejected as either not preserved for appellate review (because the litigant and his attorney were afraid to raise the issue by a motion to recuse or objection in the court below), or do not have "merits" (without any explanation why), or because to recuse or not to recuse is now considered by judges as a matter of absolute discretion of the presiding judge, not as a constitutional right of a litigant to access to court and to impartial judicial review.
The Ohio judges complain that in 1999 coverage in disciplinary matters was made contingent on exoneration of judges:
Then, in 2002 judges were given a gift of $20,000 cap and $25,000 "outside limit" on insurance payments, even if judicial misconduct was found:
For some inexplicable reason, the Supreme Court of Ohio claims that judges are entitled to be protected from all financial costs of defending themselves in disciplinary actions, no matter what the outcome - and while the same Supreme Court of Ohio appoints the Board that investigates and prosecutes those same judges, and populates the supermajority of the Board by people completely dependent with their livelihoods on the good grace of the judges they investigate and prosecute.
One cannot get a more corrupt scheme to begin with, but even that scheme is not enough for the Ohio judges, and they want to be absolved of any liability, and any costs of legal representation, even if they did commit disciplinary misconduct that even the puppet board could not swallow.
And, of course, the report concludes with some chest-pounding that the outrageous self-serving entitlements that the Ohio judiciary claimed for themselves in the report, on top of the corrupt way in which the Ohio judiciary handles complaints against itself, is somehow needed to ensure, for the benefit of the public, independence of the Ohio judiciary.
Judges must start realizing that the public is not a bunch of idiots to buy such cheap tricks.