The legal industry designed for themselves, a faux Judicial Conduct Board whose operating procedures make no mention of protecting the public from judicial criminality. It states their only responsibility to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is “preservation of the reputation of the judiciary,” and no judge has ever been removed or prosecuted for damages against an individual citizen. The “government,” which is just people with their own agenda, deliberately omitted a mechanism for restitution for victims of judicial corruption. There are thousands of people bankrupted and homes foreclosed upon as a result, which is of course the point; this is how politicians are funded..
While complaints to the Judicial Conduct Board more often than not allege some sort of collusion and extortion, no one ever seems to correlate it with millions of dollars that magically appear in campaign contributions from law firms. Those millions do not come from their personal piggy banks. The abundance of free money comes from judges deliberately allowing lawyers to prey on civil litigants – in a highly visible quid pro quo. The hardest hit in this feeding frenzy are the most vulnerable members of our society– families and the elderly, in the $2 billion a year family court industry of Pennsylvania.
The Brennan Center for Justice reported that Pennsylvania set a new spending record in an election that was ironically the result of three Supreme Court Judges being removed from the bench. The 2015 judicial campaigns to fill those three seats saw 31% from law firms, of the $21.4 million contributed, with the top three spenders winning. Many of those law firms employ members of our legislature, who are preserving the outrageous conditions that allow judicial criminality to continue. What is tantamount to money laundering, amounted to approximately $45 million from the legal industry in the general state elections, with $3 million going to Governor Wolf and $1 million to Attorney General Josh Shapiro, all from lawyers.
This is why the Judicial Conduct Board has a farcical, covert, self-disciplinary process operated by monetarily connected friends and co-workers, that continues to dismiss 99.9% of complaints. It defies logic that campaign contribution to judges are not considered a threat to judicial integrity, while at the same time they pontificate that secret disciplinary proceedings are essential for their independence. They have given themselves the best of both worlds- just as in any other Banana Republic.
People have no way of knowing if the public members of the Board even see their complaints, as they are screened by the Chief Counsel. The Board sees no problem when they receive a complaint that a litigant has been trying to get out of family court for ten years, or that a judge is ordering them to hire another lawyer even if it means liquidating their home. According to the operating procedures- everyone gets a dismissal letter and no one is told if any actions are taken.
The whole system is an obvious scam by a network of dubious characters, many of whom are still in the legislature today, that really took Pennsylvania for a ride in 1993 when the Judicial Conduct Board was created. Their names are in the pdf file posted below on pages 9-12. You will see Senator Stewart Greenleaf, who has been Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 30 years – as a primary author, and also current Federal Judge D Michael Fisher. Below that is another document of the public hearings held, and in particular where there was opposition to the secrecy and immunity on P. 15.
It seems they have learned nothing nor even made one change in the Board – after their Chief Counsel Joseph Massa was terminated for his role in the Kids for Cash disgrace. The current Chief Counsel, Robert Graci, is the same one who dismissed the complaint against former Justice Michael Eakin- in the Porngate debacle. When it was discovered Graci had been Eakin’s campaign manager, he was supposed to have been investigated by the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission. If anyone is wondering why that never happened, maybe it is because the Director of the Ethics Commission is Robert Caruso,, and the Chief Counsel’s Administrator is Paula Caruso.
No matter how many judicial scandals there are, the great American hoax of absolute immunity continues to be represented as for the benefit of society. The only people it benefits are criminals, as it stands to reason that only criminals on the bench would have anything to fear of a process they claim is so truth worthy and infallible. As a result the entire Judiciary has become entrenched in organized crime, with Pennsylvania as the poster state for bad behavior.
Even though the Commonwealth holds the national record for the most Supreme Court justices impeached, removed and/or forced to resign, it’s just business as usual. When will the people of Pennsylvania say they have had enough and take real action? One way is to demand term limits in our legislature – as of now we have had the same Chairs of the powerful House and Senate Judiciary Committees for over two decades, who personally filter what bills will be voted on. That is the definition of insanity.ARTICLE V, SECTION 18 JCB Referendum
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