The below case regarding a current employer being accused of retaliating for a whistleblower’s past employer (from the Legal Intelligencer article of May 26, 2015,) has the potential to set precedent that can be used outside of whistleblower actions. However, the allegations may not go quite far enough, as currently when you sue an employer for discrimination, the federal courts immediately post it on their website. The implication here is that the courts themselves are guilty of creating this situation. Continue reading “Was the Federal Court Responsible for a Whistleblower Losing His New Job?”
The author is Economic Professor Patrick McPherron formerly of the University of Connecticut
He is a victim of the out-of-control family courts.
Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolfe is still battling the “Right to Know” with the Courts. The continual manipulation of the law, by the amending of court “rules” by the members of the American Bar Association, has been solely to assist court employees in defrauding the citizens of this Commonwealth. There are serious questions as to the integrity of the entire state court system. As the members of the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court are all members of the nonprofit, private corporation of the American Bar Association, and its Pennsylvania Bar Association, all such members have an immense inherent conflict of interest in having authority in any rule-making of the courts. Continue reading “Centre County, PA is Just the Tip of the Iceberg”
OBSTACLES TO REFORM
The Judicial Branch controls the government. Under the doctrine of “judicial review” they have the final say in healthcare policy, taxes, education, banking.. everything. Judges.. i.e. lawyers, are the only profession not licensed by the government. The American Bar Association has that authority. The Judicial Branch is also the only branch that self-regulates.. there is no checks and balance system in place with the other two branches since the 1970’s. This has resulted in an epidemic of corruption.
Removing the monetary incentive in the system is key. There should not be a price on justice. Currently, judges are complicit with the prolonging of cases, to maximize hourly billing in repayment to lawyers who have contributed to their judicial campaigns, either individually or through PACs organized by the bar association. The changes in the table below, will most certainly interfere with this racketeering practice.
If you are not familiar with the legislative process, it is not as democratic as most people imagine. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have Judiciary Committees. A bill can start in either committee, however, each committee has a Chairman. The Chairmen actually filter what bills the other committee members will even see.
For example in Pennsylvania, Senator Stewart Greenleaf has been in control of all of the court reform introduced by the Senate, for approximately 25 years. In the House, Representative Ron Marsico controls which proposals for court reform, will be presented to the other Representatives. As a result, there has been no meaningful reform and the courts continue to deteriorate in every way. This process itself is ripe for change; this is way too much power in the hands of just two people.
In addition, we do not have royalty in this country. All evidence has shown that judicial immunity is a negative factor in the integrity of our government, and it needs to be abolished. The current Judicial Conduct Board has been ineffective and does not represent the public, although half of the members are supposed to be a cross-section of society. Instead, it is staffed with lawyers, judges, magistrates, police officers and people that have contributed to political campaigns
Its Up to You – For the Next Generation
The current system is not a justice system – it is a commerce system. It does not provide due process. The below is a list of reforms that will drastically reduce the injustices now being inflicted on the public by court personnel, judges and officers of the court (attorneys). Inform your elected politicians that you expect similarly focused House and Senate bills to be introduced, to end the unjust incarcerations, and the racketeering currently rampant, by opportunistic lawyers being enabled by judges.
Your local Senators and Representatives need to know you are aware of the problems emanating from the Judicial Branch. These changes will maximize the integrity of our courts. There are many other changes that need to be made, but the below is a good start to putting our elected officials on notice, that the public is retaking control of our third branch of government. It only takes a stamp.
Please sign and print this out , and send to your State Representatives and Senators –
or make an appointment with them and hand it to them personally.
Fifteen years ago, a neighbor came to my door, asking me to watch her son. She had three young children all under the age of six, and was on her way to court. Her husband had left her for another woman, and refused to sign off on their home so it could be sold. Her job alone was not enough to pay the mortgage, and he would have received a portion of the proceeds in equitable distribution. The husband also rarely complied with child support, which would have been reduced had he cooperated in the sale of the property. The home was in foreclosure, however, for no other reason than the misconduct and bias of the judge. He was focused on providing hourly fees to repay campaign contributions, to the fellow bar association member that represented her husband. My neighbor could not afford an attorney, and was representing herself.
A judge does have the power to remove a non-cooperative spouse from the deed, and enforce economic relief. They have a duty to mitigate the harm to the family, that is directly written in the domestic relations statute. At the time, I also had three young children under the age of six. I could not believe what she was telling me; surely we have laws that protect us from this sort of thing. She could put in a complaint regarding the judge, right? My neighbor said to me ,“You don’t know how bad it is until you are in it.”
Ironically, fifteen years later, I had the same judge preside over my own divorce. It has been eight years, and I too, have had to represent myself. The same things have happened to me. My home is needlessly in foreclosure over a simple signature for a modification of the mortgage. Judge Kelly Wall, in Montgomery County, was indebted to the bar for campaign contributions. She let a motion for relief go unaddressed for four years, and failed to disclose it on the Rule 703 reports, which require them report timely disposition of issues. After four years of contacting the Judicial Conduct Board, I managed to get a meeting with them. They did force her to recuse, but apologized that they have no restitution mechanisms. My anger is not so much with my revengeful spouse, as it is with the people who are being paid to control these situations.
Maybe if I had gotten involved fifteen years ago, with trying to repair our severely decayed justice system, I would not be now battling for eight years, still not even divorced. Whether you are involved in family court or just a plain civil matter, the problem is all from the same source. No checks and balances over the Judicial Branch. They are directly responsible for all of the government corruption we are seeing. So I understand the apathy; but I cannot understand when those that are involved, how they still do not participate in trying to stop this from happening to their children in the future.
It took Martin Luther King, Jr. over twenty years, to get enough people to actively participate in the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. This is where our trouble with the courts began. You can learn about it here. Since that time, the bar associations increased their power over the courts, to take away those rights that were fought for during that time. There is a lot of information on how this occurred on Pennsylvania Court Watch – it regards the Open Meeting Laws and Sunshine Act.
But in the interim, I have an historical case – one that no one in the state of Pennsylvania has had as much success on, in suing the opposing attorney in my divorce. If I prevail, it will set precedent for others to use. The reason I was able to get as far as I have, is because ONE judge, did not take campaign contributions, and is not subservient to the bar. For the last four years I have been in litigation against this attorney and it has given me valuable information that I would like to share.
Last week, the defendants attorney made a mistake. He filed what is known as a Motion for Reconsideration, for dismissal of his preliminary objections, by the first judge, from years ago. When he did this, under the collateral judgment doctrine, the decision process went back to the first judge, who had been removed from the case after she allowed my case to move forward. The current judge, who took a large amount of campaign contributions, has been allowing the defendants to use dilatory tactics, and drag the case out for the last three years.
The first judge denied their attempts to dismiss the case again. and it gave me something invaluable. She wrote an opinion, which gives the Pennsylvania Law, to sue an opposing attorney for abuse of process. Only about a dozen states in the country provide for this. You can view the law on the site here: Order of Judge on Attorney Abuse of Process. Use it in your own case; maybe if enough people sue the opposing attorneys, it will help end judicial corruption.
Pennsylvania Court Watch
Court Reform Advocacy
In investigating the massive amount of self-represented litigants, that are denied allocatur by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the statistics were requested for those that were granted a review.
The response from the Administration of Pennsylvania Courts is posted below. The questions is, what are the costs involved in searching a database and mailing a file, in response to a request? The work is presumably done by an employee who is already being paid for administrative services, through our tax dollars.
Perhaps this request intimated them, after my numerous attempts at questioning pro se discrimination by our courts. The requested information should be reported in their annual reports, as it is a very serious problem with the Judicial Branch, which they have avoided addressing for decades.
The American Bar Association, for to long, has controlled access to the courts, by exorbitant, unregulated attorney hourly fees. To add salt to the wound, if you do represent yourself, you will invariable be treated with resentment and hostility.
I encourage others to request the below information from your state court administration. Thus far, I have not been able to find anyone who is not paying an attorney or who is not a member of the bar themselves, that has been granted allocutor with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.