"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.

Friday, April 22, 2016

An interesting development in the Mokay saga - Richard Harlem wants to strike a perfected appeal because Richard Harlem stole part of the record

In an amazing display of stupidity - and belief in his own impunity no matter what he does, because he is a son of a judge, Oneonta, NY attorney Richard Harlem asked the Appellate Division 3rd Judicial Department, to dismiss my husband's already perfected appeal in the Mokay case because - gasp - Richard Harlem stole the trial exhibits, in collusion with trial judge Kevin Dowd.

Kevin Dowd specifically prohibited me, as my husband's attorney in the court below and in preparation of the appeal (I was doing that until my suspension on November 13, 2015) to see the trial exhibits, and ordered their release, without ever showing them to me or my husband, to Richard Harlem.

Right now Richard Harlem claims to the appellate court that my husband's Record on Appeal is "incomplete" because it lacks the trial exhibits - which Richard Harlem himself stole.

And, because Richard Harlem stole the exhibits, the remedy is to strike my husband's appeal, not to reverse the case summarily because, again, Richard Harlem stole the exhibits and made them unavailable for appellate review.

That's the logic of sons-of-judges in the State of New York.

And, Richard Harlem made another submission under oath claiming that he represents David Mokay.

The original affidavit of David Mokay was provided to the court by Mr. Neroni in opposition to that submission to show that Richard Harlem NEVER represented David Mokay in the 8.5 years of litigation in the Mokay saga, and that he knowingly proceeded on a forged retainer agreement.

Let's see how the 3rd Department will rule - how much it can stomach from a "son-of-a-judge", without finally doing what is right - dismissing the case with sanctions and attorney fees against Richard Harlem up to the point when I was suspended, from June 2007 to November 2015.

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