"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.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Do not criticize Cuomo during the pandemic!

Governor Cuomo has started to show frustration with "irrational outbursts" of "some individuals" who, as a result of "cabin fever", are attacking the flawless performance of public officials and "undermining public tranquility".

 Doesn't like criticism, this one.

After all, what is there to criticize about Cuomo's performance as a public official?

Disbanding the public corruption (Moreland) commission when it started to investigate his surroundings.

Giving lush jobs to his criminal friends who have saved his sorry ass from a public corruption investigation (Exhibit 1 - Chief NYS Judge DiFiore and her hubby awarded a seat on cushy Gaming Commission).

Giving himself a 40% raise during the pandemic, budget crisis and economic disaster for individual New Yorkers and small & medium-sized businesses. Suffocating the upstate seniors because billionaires in NYC need their vents.

Indeed, what is there to criticize.

Cabin fever.

Irrational outbursts.

Heroes maintaining public tranquility.

Cabin fever like this, eh?

3 senators so far contracted the "cabin fever".

Senator Stefanik is "cabin-feverish" to the point of starting online petitions against the executive order "to share".

So, after all of this "cabin-fever" irrational activity of legislators undermining Cuomo's efforts in maintaining public tranquility he has finally addressed the issue of seizure by National Guard of ventilators from the upstate for NYC at the press-conference.

In the only way he knows how.

He lied.

He is a l(iar)awyer, remember?

He has been taught how to maintain a certain legal position without regard to its truth or falsity.

Because -

 1. He said that 0 vents were seized from upstate, while

 2. In comments, people report that vents were sanitized and turned over to the National Guard pursuant to his (kind sharing) eugenic seize-order.

 Now, Andrew Cuomo as a liar?

 No way...

Of course, Cuomo's own former senior staffers say - "yes, way".

And, an interesting question asked by a New Yorker re reports by Cuomo that upstate NY does not have a surge of CV cases.

Probably, another case of irrational carbon fever to ask such questions, don't you think?

Yet, I have reports from people who were denied testing in upstate NY while having symptoms - and I don't know whether that was for

  1.  lack of test kits, or because of
  2.  Government policy - 
So that it would be easier to present #NYlivesdonotmatter as #letsshare because #NYCneedsitmore.

Because Cuomo's voting base is there.

And, a wholly different amount of financial support is needed to put duce Cuomo into the White House to be the de facto President over the obviously demented and declining Biden.

Hence - #UpstateNYlivesdonotmatter.

The " playbook" does.

And, people with, supposedly, a cabin fever, ask questions like this

Which, after having lived and worked in the NY legal community for 16 years, I would consider quite a legitimate question.

And questions like this - what was the Governor doing at a secret posh fundraiser on March14, 2020?  Was preparing for the pandemic?  Discussing production of ventilators that today he lamented requires more than 2 weeks, logistically,  to produce?

He had those 2 weeks then.

How many lives could have been saved from a horrible death by suffocation had duce Cuomo been doing his job,  not just lining his own and his friends' pockets?

Many watchers of his press-conference from outside NY said - "we envy you, New Yorkers", "such an intelligent man", "Cuomo first President".

I am sure,

1. New Yorkers would let other states borrow Andy and will pay them to keep him, knowing his true history and essence,

2. As to his Presidency - no, thank you.

No more l(ia)awyers for President, especially corrupt ones.