"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.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The spectaculaly fake story of Epstein's death

So, yesterday one court released a massive trail of files regarding civil sexual abuse lawsuit against Epstein, including materials from depositions - the tool not carefully not allowed in criminal proceedings, because it will prevent too many wrongful convictions.  I have written about that tool here.

Within hours, Epstein is claimed dead - by suicide, authorities say, while being on a 24/7 suicide watch during a pretrial detention.

Naturally, given the wealth of the accused and the names mentioned in the press of people who were supposedly frequenting child sex sessions at Epstein's private quarters, not many commentators on social media believe the reports of suicide - or even death - of Epstein.

There are a lot of theories that:

  • he was murdered;
  • he paid his way out of a criminal case and went to enjoy the rest of his life, under an assumed identity and after a thorough plastic surgery, some place nice and remote from the United States; or
  • that he is whisked into Witness Protection Program.
Whichever theory you prefer, be my guest, but the interesting thing that Epstein is not the first accused child sex ring leader who has died in government custody this year.

I wrote about that case here.  

I wonder now whether Christian Maire was also WPP'd or is "doing time" at some tropical island.

Too many high-powered people are involved.

Of course, on the one hand, it may be cheaper to kill off such powerful sources of information.

But, one thing that our government does without fail - is cultivating corruption within its ranks, so, some gut feeling tells me that, for those holding strings to Epstein's - and Maire's - freedom, bribe amounts that child sex ring leaders could generate who were supposedly pandering children for sex to top-rank people in state and federal governments were not to be passed by.

I wonder how many people in high places are sighing a sigh of relief, and how many people, also in high places, are no less happily counting their bribe money.

Some things never change.