"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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Delaware County, NY - hiring relatives into positions of power without credentials, without application, but by invitation

I am continuing to publish portions of the deposition of the former NY Delaware County (alleged) Deputy Sheriff Derek Bowie, nephew of Delaware County District Attorney's investigator Jeff Bowie, who is being sued by two look-alike women, both for assaults, while Derek Bowie, after assaulting them, fabricated criminal charges against both of them, and both of those criminal charges were dismissed.

There are also numerous other members of the Bowie family "toiling away" in Delaware County, the land of clans.

Local press wrote - twice in 2013 - about the little fact that Jeff Bowie did not even pass the civil service test while working for Delaware County District Attorney's office forever.

Yes, that's right.

A person who "earned" $77,700 in the year 2013, did not have on file evidence that he passed a civil service test.

Usually, a person cannot even be hired without such evidence.

Not in Delaware County, obviously.

Now let's see how Derek Bowie, Jeff Bowie's nephew, was hired for the position of Delaware County Deputy Sheriff in - he said at the deposition in Kylie Smith's case, November of 2009.

Here is Derek Bowie's "educational background" - a dropout of the Broome County Community college after an incomplete year at that community college:

New York state "Deputy Sheriff's exam" does not require more than a high school to take the exam, so that may be ok.

With one exception - in answers of the Delaware County to FOIL requests, it was not revealed that Derek Bowie took or passed that exam.

Here is Derek Bowie's work experience, according to his own sworn statements at the deposition on April 14, 2015:

So, on April 14, 2015, Derek Bowie was 33 years old.

He dropped out of Broome Community College at the age of 19 or 20, which makes it 2001 or 2002.

At that time, Bowie worked at a Chi Chi's Restaurant in Johnson City - a Thai food restaurant which reportedly is closed by now.

 Bowie worked at Chi Chi's "for 3 or 4 years" from 2001 or 2002 - up to 2004.

Bowie worked at Chi Chi's until 2004 at the same time as working at Deposit Computer Services, Incorporated, or DCSI.

Here is what DSCI is, does and contact information of its managers.

"Providing application server provider (on-line ASP) services. Involved in Carbon Processing Services, Financial Services, Logistics, and all other forms of information capture, manipulation and storage outsourcing services"?

So, Derek Bowie worked, for 3 or 4 years, in a place that captures, MANIPULATES and stores information for other people?

Gets more and more interesting.

While police personnel records are sealed by Civil Rights Law 50-a, records or prior employment are perfectly subpoenable, so where Derek Bowie worked puts out a trail of places that can provide information about him and people who can be subpoenaed to testify about him.

So, Derek Bowie, worked in Chi Chi's and in DCSI at the same time until 2004, when he was "laid off" by DCSI - or fired?  That is up for grabs in any civil lawsuit for discovery to verify.

The company still exists. 

After Bowie was allegedly "laid off" by DCSI, he claims he collected unemployment.

Unemployment is not usually collected if a person is fired for cause, but it needs to be verified whether Derek Bowie told the truth or lied whether he collected unemployment - given that Derek Bowie lied about other things, and fabricated evidence in his submission to Workers' Compensation (presented what was described in his medical records a bruise, possibly a self-inflicted bruise, according to the video provided in discovery in Barbara O'Sullivan's case, as a bite, which is a materially different injury), it will not be beyond him to lie on this topic, too.

While collecting unemployment, Derek Bowie practiced martial arts and received a purple belt in karate.

Ok, after Derek Bowie was allegedly laid off from DCSI, allegedly collected unemployment - he did not say what happened with his parallel employment at Chi Chi's, by the way - he wouldn't be able to collect unemployment if he continued working at Chi Chi's - Derek Bowie allegedly got hired, for two weeks, by a "Val Blue Associates" in Binghamton, NY.  I did not find such an organization on the Internet.

After two weeks at "Val Blue", Derek Bowie allegedly got a "better job" at James Cammer Building Contractor, as a carpenter and carpenter assistant, where Derek Bowie allegedly worked until 2007.  

So, in addition to working for a company that "captured, manipulated and stored" information, and holding a purple belt in karate, Derek Bowie is also an accomplished carpenter.

Here is information about James Cammer Building Contractor available on the web:

In 2007, at the age of 25, according to his own statement of his age (33 in 2015), Derek Bowie got hired full time by the Deposit Village Police, while he started working there part-time on March 15, 2005 (at the age of 23), while also working as a carpenter/assistant carpenter at James Cammer Building Contractor.

Derek Bowie worked for the Deposit Village Police - including part time - for 4 years, from 2005 to 2009.

Then he was "invited for an interview" by Delaware County Sheriff's Department (while his uncle Jeff worked as an investigator for the Delaware County District Attorney's office) - and, without even filling an application, without verification of his credentials or residency, he got hired as a Deputy Sheriff of Delaware County since November 1, 2009.

Nowhere in the deposition there appears a question - or answer - whether Derek Bowie has passed two tests:

1) a civil service tests - necessary for such an employment, or
2) a Sheriff's Deputy test - also necessary for such an employment.

But, his uncle Jeff Bowie worked for the same county without any petty formalities for years, such as:

  • without being properly appointed from a civil service registry (meaning - only people who first passed a civil service test and, after passing the test, got on the civil service registry, can be hired for civil service jobs);
  • without ever taking a civil service exam - for his current position or any other; and
  • with an expired certification as a deputy sheriff (without an indication when the certification ended)

As I said before, Delaware County, NY, according to its own answers to my FOIL requests, does not have an anti-nepotism policy (a policy prohibiting close relatives from working for the County).

What the County apparently has, as we see, is an unwritten policy of hiring relatives into positions of power without ANY applications, without the necessary credentials, and obviously not "out of civil service registry" - BUT BY INVITATION.

And that little policy exposes the County - and all of us captive cash cows, the taxpayers feeding that County's coffers - to a huge liability for civil rights violations.

Make your County officials accountable.

Demand impeachment and criminal prosecution of those who, for years, continued to engage in this little corrupt scheme of "my clan is my best credential (even when I commit a crime)" - and that little policy is funded at your expense, Delaware County taxpayers.

Demand change from the County.

I certainly will.

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