The former head of the Department of Justice Civil Rights division, Vanita Gupta, sent out a bold letter (below) before her resignation in 2016. What many courts consider a “routine administrative matter” of forcing defendants to pre-pay a “bond” or “bail” before they’re allowed to schedule a court date, or incarcerate a person for nonpayment of fines or fees without first conducting an indigency determination and establishing that the failure to pay was willful, is actually unconstitutional, Gupta wrote. This is especially applicable to family court and support issues.
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 for … Continue Reading ››
We are all familiar with the shameful Pennsylvania state court scandals- but the Federal Courts have managed to stay under the radar.
Without the Seventh Amendment, which guarantees the right to civil jury trial, we cannot defend our rights under the First, Second, or any other Amendments of the Bill of Rights. Jury trials are the institutional check against judicial criminality. Because relatively few people become involved in litigation, the fact that civil jury trials have almost completely disappeared has gone unnoticed.The average citizen assumes that should they become entangled in a lawsuit, the problem will be resolved by a jury of their peers. They are sorely mistaken; more often than not, they will be at the mercy of one … Continue Reading ››
An epidemic of government corruption in America has led to economic decline, and social unrest. Evidence increasingly points to a major source as the Judicial Branch - the most powerful part of the government, expected to have the most integrity. It is no longer just conjecture, as citizen complaints of racketeering and misconduct by members of the Judiciary, are rampant across social media. A study published by Yale University Law School supports this reality, that judicial corruption is a major U.S. problem.
Over the course … Continue Reading ››
While most mainstream media outlets are still on the judicial bandwagon, it appears that rather than get caught in the crossfire, some are starting CYA campaigns. More journalists are exposing each day, that the lives of millions of Americans over the last fifty years, have been destroyed because of abuse of power and collusion by judges and attorneys. A shadow government appears to have formed in the judicial branch via what is essentially a lawyers union, -the American Bar Association with its state and county subsidiaries- that have continually manipulated court rules to block all avenues of … Continue Reading ››