With the daily bombardment by the media of the quintessential collapse of Executive and Congressional ethics, the Judiciary seems to be getting a free pass. Yet it is the most covert, and most powerful branch of our government, with lifetime appointed, unsupervised, unelected people, controlling the law in this country.
Federal judges consistently override Congress, redefining statutes after they are passed , and they have unilaterly eliminated jury trials, changing your Constitutional rights and access to justice. Even more defiant of democracy, they have created for themselves, an impenetrable, self-serving franchise, that has become steeped in secrecy and corruption.
One federal judge that most people never heard of, is in control of all of the judicial misconduct complaints that come from across the country. Pennsylvania Federal Judge Anthony Scirica, an Italian American, has been Chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Conduct, located in Washington, DC. since its inception in about 2008. He is fighting against Congressional oversight of the Judiciary.
In the video below, at approximately 12 minutes in, you can listen to Scirica’s assault on Democracy, as he continues to fight against a bill that Congress has introduced every year since 2006. This ongoing effort to install an Office of Inspector General over the Judicial Branch, has never passed because so many members of Congress have law firms whose revenue depend upon the favor of these federal judges- and Judge Scirica is there to remind them. It has been a huge conflict of interest at the expense of the public welfare. Herein lies the reason the Judiciary is being exempted from scrutiny.
It is ironic that Scirica hails from the most corrupt state in the nation, whose courts are known to be infested with organized crime, allowing the Kids for Cash Scandal and the Penn State Sandusky cover-up to continue for almost a decade. The Commonwealth also holds the national record for having the most Supreme Court judges removed. So it is no wonder 99.99% of judicial complaints are dismissed. There is no protection or restitution whatsoever, for the public against rogue judges.
Scirica’s own 2012 Financial disclosure, improperly redacted the source of a free “teaching” trip to Florency, Italy. Yet in the video, he pontificates about while other judges may improperly accept au gratis accommodations, his Conduct Committee has been effectively self-monitoring these problems.
Scirica was a State Representative and then appointed as Common Pleas Judge in Montgomery County- where he was friendly with the late U.S. Senator Arlen Specter. Like so many federal judges, they are political appointments gained by paying into campaign funds. Scirica is certainly one of at least 20, who obtained their positions from Specter, who was the second longest running Senator in the nation’s history. This created a petri dish for corruption in the state of Pennsylvania.
It is no wonder Specter’s son’s law firm of Kline Specter, LLC is the wealthiest in Pennsylvania from dubious insurance cases with outragous settlements- which they dutifully share with politicians. This association with so many judges has not gone unnoticed. You will be hard-pressed to find similar successes, except for their former partner and son of a former governor, the law firm of Matt Casey. If you want to know why your health and other insurance is so high, go knock on the doors of one of their multiple million dollar vacation and primary home mansions.
America is clearly ignorant that, in fact, contrary to this diatribe about the need for “independence” by Judge Scirica, it is the Judiciary that has continually encroached on the power of the other two branches of government. It is not Russia or Putin that is the problem- it is the legal industry and its unrestrained assault on this country. It is time to demand a Congressional Inquiry into the federal judiciary, to see exactly what terrible transgressions against Americans they have been hiding.