"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.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Montana Judge Jeffrey Langdon's sanctions against Attorney Robert Myers are unconstitutional in view of two U.S. Supreme Court precedent

I've just posted a blog about the witch-hunt by the Montana attorney disciplinary authorities against judicial candidate, attorney-whistleblower of judicial misconduct Robert Myers, orchestrated by alcoholic vengeful #JudgeJeffreyLangdon.

The media jumped upon the sensational opportunity to describe sanctions imposed upon Robert Myers by the very judge who he challenged with a motion to recuse, a complaint to judicial conduct authorities, and who he subpoenaed to testify (and the judge quashed his own subpoena).

Yet, I do not see the media discussing that, in view of two recent U.S. Supreme Court precedents, sanctions imposed by Judge Jeffrey Langdon upon attorney Robert Myers are invalid - under a 2015 1st Amendment precedent and under a 2016 due process precedent:

Reed v. Town of Gilbert (June 18, 2015) - content-based regulation of speech is subject to strict scrutiny, and discipline imposed upon an attorney for truthful criticism of a judge was never subjected to strict scrutiny and could never pass strict scrutiny, and

Williams v Pennsylvania (June 9, 2016) - it is a violation of due process, voiding the judicial decision, when a judge acts also as an accuser, and Judge Langdon imposed sanctions upon attorney Myers based on Judge Langdon's own order to show cause where Judge Langdon acted as an accuser, prosecutor and judge.

Judge Langdon also had the audacity of determining credibility of Attorney Myers in his claim against the judge himself, for purposes of sanctioning him (and his wife, since sanctions were based on her income, too), $10,000.

Apparently, Montana disciplinary authorities do not read U.S. Supreme Court precedent, otherwise they wouldn't have started the wasteful and unconstitutional disciplinary investigation in 2016 after Reed (2015) and they would definitely have stopped such an investigation had they read and properly applied Williams v Pennsylvania (June 9, 2016).

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