"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 13, 2017

On the death of yet another "trouble-maker". It is dangerous to address judicial corruption in the United States: a disbarred and detained California attorney Patrick Massud is dead, and the government attorney Massud accused of corruption is claiming a suicide

I reported at least two suspected murders that nobody wants to investigate - of Sunny Sheu in New York who reported judicial corruption (somebody sold a home from under him, and, even when that person was caught and convicted, a judge refused to cancel his eviction, and Sunny Sheu found some information on the judge shortly before his suspicious death that raised questions about the judge's role in the eviction situation and in Sunny Sheu's death), and of Adam Rupeka, a vocal critic of New York police.

Sunny Sheu actually made a video shortly before his death expressing his concern that he will be killed shortly for his investigation of corruption.  Still, nobody is investigating his apparent murder, and it was reported that medical witnesses quickly changed their statements and the body was quickly disposed of.  And, questions whether Sunny Sheu was murdered for investigating judge Joseph Golia remain.

A disbarred and detained California attorney #PatrickMissud,

was reported dead in jail by the jail system (Santa Clara County jail) where he was held without bail awaiting trial.

And, of course, it was reported by the jail authorities that he committed suicide.

Yet, it is apparent that there may be more to that story than just a simple solution of a suicide.

As a former intern for New York Prisoners Legal Services, I do know how inmates are battered by prison guards or prison gangs outside of the reach of cameras in retaliation for reporting misconduct against public officials, and then are accused of beating their own torturers and locked up in solitary confinement for years.

And, by the way, it was reported in correctly that Patrick Missud was an "inmate" in a correctional facility.

In fact, he was a detainee, detained before trial and presumed innocent.

In view of his standoff with the judicial system, he should have been placed in protective custody, but apparently, he wasn't, and then he was conveniently found dead to prevent his trial where he could make further statements against judicial corruption.

And this is happening in the blessed state of California, where attorney Dr. Richard Fine was incarcerated for over 14 months for CORRECTLY claiming judicial corruption - that Los Angeles Judges received an addition to their salaries from Los Angeles County of over $50,000 a year while the County appeared in front of those judges.

The State of California finally came up with a "solution" of this "problem":
and then
Makes a lot of sense.

By the way, as another piece of interesting information on the subject of judicial corruption in California that supposedly does not exist (because attorneys are viciously persecuted when they heretically raise the issue of the presumed-honorable with a self-given gift of immunity for corruption judges) - recently, a court clerk was convicted in federal court, on a plea bargain, just 6 months after the start of criminal proceedings, for fixing over a 1000 DWI cases.

Just read the book "Operation Greylord"

written by a then-prosecutor and mole for the FBI who brought about that sting against over 100 judges and lawyers in the Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, for corruption and fixing cases - to see how big that business is and how it works.

There was simply no possibility that such a vast operation was handled just by a court clerk, and did not involve judges.

The plea bargain struck with the court clerk means that there will be no trial, and the local judiciary will be spared the testimony about possible involvement of judges in that same scheme.

There was no hope to strike any plea deals with Patrick Missud who, I am sure, was looking forward to a trial forum to address the issue of judicial corruption.

And, under a U.S. Supreme Court case Dennis v Sparks, even if a judge is covered by absolute immunity for corruption in a civil lawsuit against himself, he can still be called to testify about that corruption.

Patrick Missud could make that happen.

Now he can't.  Because he is conveniently dead.

A person who, for years, asserted issues of corruption in the government, dies in the hands of the government.  And the government claims he committed suicide.  As I said, how convenient.

Looks like silencing of a critic to me.


    BOOK 2018-

  2. Babylon will fall in a single hour.