"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, April 12, 2016

The un-retire-able Carl Becker and his hatchlings - Richard Northrup, Porter Kirkwood and John Hubbard

Delaware County Judge Carl F. Becker who retired at the end of July, 2015, seems to have a difficulty accepting his retirement - as does the Delaware County court system.

Despite announcing his "official" cause for early and abrupt retirement as needing more time with his pregnant daughter - who lived in Seattle, as far as I know, and, according to reports, was going to go to Australia, Becker, according to my information, hovers around the courthouse in Delhi, NY all the time.

Moreover, Becker is engaged in affirmative conduct of judge impersonation - long after retirement, which is public fraud.

In September of 2015, two months after retirement, Becker was caught parking in "court employees-only" parking lot, and driving a car with judicial license plates still on - a violation of the state law allowing only sitting judges to have license plates on their vehicles designating them as judges.

In January of 2016, Becker was portrayed by local press wearing his judicial robe and swearing in - into his own position that he left in July of 2015, Richard Northrup, the former Delaware County District Attorney.

The system also has a problem letting Becker retire.

As of today, the website of the Delaware County Drug Treatment court, lists Becker as its judge.

Judge Becker already has one of his close friends - Richard Northrup take his place (he wanted TWO - Porter Kirkwood was not elected, you can word-search Porter Kirkwood on this blog in the search window on the left, I have a lot of information about that guy and his relationship with Becker, his misconduct is as legendary, as is Becker's).

Becker is about to get another of his buddies - and his employee, which was not disclosed by anyone until 2016 - John Hubbard, run for elections for the position of Delaware County District Attorney.

I will dedicate a separate series of blogs to this "worthy" individual.

And, with two hatchlings following in his footsteps, who learnt at the knee of the Master of Misconduct - Becker still cannot sink into oblivion.

Even though on his attorney registration website he says - exactly NOTHING.

Becker does not work anywhere, not in Drug Court, as the Drug Court site indicates, not anywhere.

Nobody wants to employ him?

I wonder why.

And, as his recent picture that a reader sent to me as of Easter time, shows, he has lost a LOT of weight and looks extremely unhappy.

I also wonder why.

Wife does not allow to drink lunch away from home? (there were such witness reports when Becker was a judge).

No more opportunities - or power - to command "very good relationships" with female employees - of the court and of Delaware County?

I was a personal witness of attentions of one female employee to Becker, in a public setting - my acquaintance who was with me and was not aware of the relationship, asked if it was his wife, because of the nature of attention the employee was lavishing upon Becker, and Becker accepted it as if he is used to it.

In any event, the Beast is gone, and only the ghost of his name lingers on the Drug Court website.

People of Delaware County should be alert not to allow Becker's one hatchling, Northrup, to develop the same King mentality as his mentor, and should definitely not saddle themselves with Becker's second hatchling, Hubbard.

As I said above, I will run a separate series of blogs about John Hubbard and his complete lack of integrity making him ineligible to run for any public office, especially as important as a District Attorney's position.

Stay tuned.

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