"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 7, 2016

The phenomenon of a crying judge

Here is what you rarely see nowadays - a crying judge:

This is Passaic County Superior Court Judge Joseph A. Portelli, of New Jersey.

Judge Portelli is crying because the disciplinary counsel asked for his removal - reportedly, for "insulting and sexual remarks to attorneys and witnesses who regularly appeared in his courtroom".

Note the word "regularly".

Here is the formal complaint against Judge Portelli.

I can tell you that many judges I know made similar remarks in New York - and are still on the bench, and instead, complaints against them are tossed by the NYS Commission for Judicial Conduct and complainants are viciously persecuted.

In Judge Portelli's case, the word "regularly" denotes that what Judge Portelli was doing, was happening for a long time, and it requires courage to finally turn the judge in.

Before Judge Portelli started to cry, Judge Portelli fought to deny the allegations - even though such things happen with multiple witnesses.

Now he is crying.

He was not crying when he was insulting people.

He is crying because he is about to lose his power and his paycheck.

And that's all there is to his "honor" - and to the honor of many others who are not reached or reachable by judicial discipline.

They are just contemptible cowards, hurting those who are weaker then them in status, abusing their power to insult people - and crying crocodile tears at the prospect that such power is about to be removed from them.

No sympathy.

1 comment:

  1. I was tried by that buffoon in a divorce, he scumbag ordered the return of my business equipment, and then wouldn't enforce it, he let me go to prison over and over again, found 3 words in a row on paperwork in my favor, but sought out one liners to make his point, which was tomscrew me. I wonder what motivates a judge to seek out reasons to screw someone, railroad them into prison, while admitting evidence that even he admitted was tampered from his bench. Someone should check his overseas finances, wouldn't be surprised.��