Thanks to Shakespeare's tongue-in-cheek infamous quote, we have become desensitized to the dishonesty of lawyers, but it's no joke. They now populate the majority of the Legislature, the Executive and the Judicial Branches, and all lawyers belong to the same labor union – the State bar associations. This has effectively removed the separation of powers necessary to maintain democracy. With power no longer divided, this closed club has created a lingering obligation and dependency between the legal industry and politicians, turning the civil courts into little more than a funding generator for election campaigns. The magnitude and seriousness … Continue Reading ››
Updated May 31, 2017
When former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane received a campaign contribution from billionaire, twice convicted mobster Louis DeNaples, she returned it. But that did not stop the media in Pennsylvania from heavily reporting on it. The media further made a huge deal that District Attorney Stephen Zappala also got donations from DeNaples, resulting in his withdrawing from his candidacy for Pennsylvania Attorney General last year.
However, Pennsylvania media outlets did not seem to have a problem with seven Appellate judges who also have donations from … Continue Reading ››
The renowned journal the Legal Intelligencer recently revisited an embarrassing industry topic in an article entitled "Why Do Pennsylvania's Courts Suffer From Chronic Scandal?" While the author included its numerous infamous scandals as evidence, they fell short in answering their own question. It is answered here. The failure to remedy the situation itself speaks volumes, with an obvious aversion to interfering with the status quo... the reason is simple and not unique to Pennsylvania.
The legal industry is by far the largest source of political campaign funding and it is dependent upon the judiciary … Continue Reading ››
We are all familiar with the shameful Pennsylvania state court scandals- but the Federal Courts have managed to stay under the radar.