Pennsylvania Bar is Buying Votes – Here is a List Who Purchased PA Legislators

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·         It is August 26 and there still is no state budget!

·         A broadening of the sales tax, including a tax on legal services, is still on the table!

·         It is time for attorneys to stand up for our profession!

·         Please Contribute to the PABAR-PAC, so we can support legislators that support us!

·         For more information on this subject click here.

Engineering PACs (top ten combined)

$638,150

State Corrections Officers

$635,485

PA Bankers

$596,083

PA Realtors

$557,912

PA Orthopedic Surgeons

$440,881

PA State Troopers

$301,875

PA Certified Public Accountants

$300,382

PA Medical Society

$270,707

PABAR-PAC

$152,230

PA Optometrists

$151,735

 

Other professions are supporting their PACs!

Please support the PAC that represents you!

 

Jihad by the Judiciary: The Rogue American Courts Weaken the Country

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Ten of thousands of American’s are now realizing they are not alone in being victimized by their own government, that is supposed to protect  and provide justice for them.   From the weakening of our immigration policies, to having  homes forced into foreclosure  on a  massive scale, the self-regulation of our most powerful branch, has allowed policies that  have weakened our economy and security.  This is no more apparent than in the current condition of our judicial branch, which has appointed themselves as having  the final say in the passage of laws.  

We cannot blame all of our current instability on undesirables entering the country,  when our own laws are being perverted to allow them to come here.  This problem has grown like a virus predominantly through the bar associations, whose members make up the common thread  of the majority of our government officials. For example, while many special interest groups manipulate and navigate the legal system unscathed, the vast majority of citizens are forced into the system, and spend years by design, trying to escape what should be brief civil proceedings, with the court’s goal of draining their assets.  And there is virtually nowhere to go for protection or help.

The record shows that bar association members are being allowed to operate outside the law on many levels, and creating havoc.   It is not just a cliché …there really is a “license to steal” issued of course, by the American Bar Association (ABA) and their state and county subsidiaries. Obscure organizations, often entitled  “lawyers’ fund for client security” under the The National Client Protection Organization, Inc. has branches in almost every state in this country. These funds are supposed to provide restitution for theft perpetrated by attorneys, but the lack of transparency in the procedure gives little relief to the public. The ABA put out this directory in 2010, which may  allow you to find such a fund in your state. 

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Rather than  being encouraging, experience has shown these funds to lean more towards a money-making ploy, which also allows lawyers to continue  operating outside the law,  under the pretext of an “independent judiciary.”  Instead it appears to be  hard evidence of lawyers stealing tens of thousands of dollars and most of them never see the inside of a prison cell.  In the world of the Judicial Branch of our government, it is called “conversion.”  For the rest of us it is called felony theft.  One attorney in Pennsylvania, according to their 2013-2014 annual report, had 64 claims against him, before the Disciplinary Board decided to act.  The records show that the entire judicial branch functions with impunity, and  is evidence that the Judiciary cannot be allowed to continue to police itself.

The United Nations “Set of Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights Through Action to Combat Impunity”  it  as:

“Impunity arises from a failure by States to meet their obligations to investigate violations; to take appropriate measures in respect of the perpetrators, particularly in the area of justice, by ensuring that those suspected of criminal responsibility are prosecuted, tried and duly punished; to provide victims with effective remedies and to ensure that they receive reparation for the injuries suffered; to ensure the inalienable right to know the truth about violations; and to take other necessary steps to prevent a recurrence of violations.”

Investigations into complaints of the “conversion” of money entrusted to lawyers, through various functions such as estate or escrow management of retainers, are by their own rules, conducted in secrecy. As an example according to Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement  Rule 521. Investigation and payment of claims. it states that the Supreme Court Disciplinary Board  “shall preserve the confidential nature of any information which is required to be kept confidential under these rules.”  While normal citizens are paraded in front of the media for theft, the people never know which lawyers are most likely to steal their money, until it is too late.  

It is very difficult to get a claim approved.  Since 1982, only 800 attorney-actions resulted in payouts from the fund, even though in 2014 alone, Pennsylvania had over 4100 misconduct complaints. Only 84 of those resulted in disbarment or suspension.  Not only is the Disciplinary Board reluctant to find fault with their own, but in reviewing these claims, by lawyers themselves, it appears that they will not provide restitution for misconduct outside of acts regarding trust or escrow accounts. Although the Attorney Disciplinary Board in the State of Pennsylvania had over 4000 complaints during 2014, the Pennsylvania Lawyer’s Client Security Fund claims that only 394 claims were received.  This is likely because they do not advertise the existence of the fund. They paid out on less than half of those claims.

The money they receive from lawyers gradually making repayments for their theft, goes into these funds.  This “nonprofit” organization, who  are supposed to oversee repayment, shows on their IRS 990 form that Pennsylvania generated  $614, 230 in investment income and showed over $10,000,000 in assets, from their fund in 2014.  The Board spent $26,000 for traveI and close to $50,000 for bank fees.

The annual report in Pennsylvania does not report how much was actually stolen and only paid out approximately $3,000,000 in restitution. Approximately 77% of restitutions were provided to people who had estate and trust accounts, and were most likely already wealthy, for a total of $1,814,094. Less than 10% of the awarded claims were for non-performance and fraud, which totaled approximately  $250,000, whereby there are no statistics on how many complaints were directed at this misconduct.  The remainder went to claims for theft of lawsuit awards never reaching the parties.  If your lawyer over-billed you or intentionally complicated and prolonged your case, caused your home to go into foreclosure or your business to close down,  they will most likely not approve your claim. 

One advantage these funds do provide, is in their annual reports, some states actually publish a list of the miscreant attorneys, that may be found at the links above.  It has only been since 2007, that Pennsylvania has published these attorneys names in their reports which can be found  here.  In researching the list of names in the 2013-2014 report, only the most egregious of cases could be found under federal criminal dockets at pacer.gov, whereby there were multiple victims before the Disciplinary Board took actions.  In all fairness, it must be taken into account that law firms for too long in our rogue legal system, have been allowed to impose profit quotas on attorneys, creating pressure to rip-off clients to retain their employment. You may be able to find reports on your state through here.   

The public is not allowed to participate in any disciplinary actions against lawyers or judges- they are completely self-regulatory. Not even the Governor or Congress has been allowed to intervene since the late 1960’s when the lawyers managed to change the State Constitutions, and then in  1996, the U.S. Constitution to reinforce immunity for the legal profession. 

In many cases, the lawyers merely have to pay back a portion of what they “converted”- and may take years to do so.  If you robbed a bank and got caught, it is doubtful that by giving the money back, you would avoid prosecution.  Some lawyers are even allowed to continue to practice law.  In theory, restitution is to be provided to the victims, however, they do not necessarily recover all of their money-the fund has a general cap of $100,000 per victim.  And the attorney maybe reinstated to the practice of law, after they pay the fund back only for the amount that the fund paid out to the victim, whether or not it was the full amount that they stole. 

You have to ask yourself,  if  this is  such a problem that they need this fund, why are they not doing anything to stop it?  Prison may be a very strong deterrant.  This is just another aspect of judicial corruption and how our courts are nothing more than a crime syndicate at this point in our history. It stands to reason, that if we really had any integrity to our justice system, this “fund” should not even exist or the disciplinary process would be conducted by the citizens, and not the peers of the perpetrators. If America wants to become great and secure again we must start with taking back control of  our legal system.

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Try Your Luck – The Lawyers Client Security Fund

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lawyers fundOne of the lesser known provisions of the U.S. legal system is a “safety net” called Lawyers Fund for Client Security, which comes under the The National Client Protection Organization, Inc.   There are branches in almost every state in the country.   These funds are supposed to provide restitution for theft perpetrated by attorneys, however like everything in the American courts, you have to jump hoops to have any success. 

As with everything in our capitalist regime,  experience has shown these funds to lean more towards a another revenue generating maching for the Judiciary, with a duel purpose to allows lawyers to operate outside the law.  While the Judiciary consistently proclaims their “independence” from outside discipline is necessary for their integrity,   one has to wonder if that is working so well, why do they need such a fund.  It  appears to be  hard evidence of lawyers stealing tens of thousands of dollars and most of them never see the inside of a prison cell.  

In the world of the Judicial Branch of our government, it is called “conversion;”  for the rest of us it is called felony theft.  One attorney in Pennsylvania, according to their 2013-2014 annual report, had 64 claims against him, before the Pennsylvania Attorney Disciplinary Board decided to act.  As with the Judicial Conduct Board, another black hole of impunity, that will open for any litigant trying to escape the courts unscathed.  

The United Nations “Set of Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights Through Action to Combat Impunity”  it  as: “Impunity arises from a failure by States to meet their obligations to investigate violations; to take appropriate measures in respect of the perpetrators, particularly in the area of justice, by ensuring that those suspected of criminal responsibility are prosecuted, tried and duly punished; to provide victims with effective remedies and to ensure that they receive reparation for the injuries suffered; to ensure the inalienable right to know the truth about violations; and to take other necessary steps to prevent a recurrence of violations.”

Investigations into complaints of the “conversion” of money entrusted to lawyers, through various functions such as estate or escrow management of retainers, are by their own rules, conducted in secrecy. As an example according to Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement  Rule 521. Investigation and payment of claims. it states that the Supreme Court Disciplinary Board  “shall preserve the confidential nature of any information which is required to be kept confidential under these rules.”  While normal citizens are paraded in front of the media for theft, the people never know which lawyers are most likely to steal their money, until it is too late.  

It is very difficult to get a claim approved.  Since 1982, only 800 attorney-actions resulted in payouts from the fund, even though in 2014 alone, Pennsylvania had over 4100 misconduct complaints. Only 84 of those resulted in disbarment or suspension.  Not only is the Disciplinary Board reluctant to find fault with their own, but in reviewing these claims, by lawyers themselves, it appears that they will not provide restitution for misconduct outside of acts regarding trust or escrow accounts. Although the Attorney Disciplinary Board in the State of Pennsylvania had over 4000 complaints during 2014, the Pennsylvania Lawyer’s Client Security Fund claims that only 394 claims were received.  This is likely because they do not advertise the existence of the fund. They paid out on less than half of those claims.

The money they receive from lawyers gradually making repayments for their theft, goes into these funds.  This “nonprofit” organization, who  are supposed to oversee repayment, shows on their IRS 990 form that Pennsylvania generated  $614, 230 in investment income and showed over $10,000,000 in assets, from their fund in 2014.  The Board spent $26,000 for traveI and close to $50,000 for bank fees.

The annual report in Pennsylvania does not report how much was actually stolen and only paid out approximately $3,000, 000 in restitution. Approximately 77% of restitutions were provided to people who had estate and trust accounts, and were most likely already wealthy, for a total of $1,814,094. Less than 10% of the awarded claims were for non-performance and fraud, which totaled approximately  $250,000.  The remainder went to claims for theft of lawsuit awards never reaching the parties.  If your lawyer over-billed you or intentionally complicated and prolonged your case, caused your home to go into foreclosure or your business to close down,  they will most likely not approve your claim. 

In Pennsylvania it states under Rule 514.   Reimbursable losses.

(a)  General rule. For the purposes of this subchapter, reimbursable losses consist of those losses of money, property or other things of value which meet all of the following requirements:

   (1)  The loss was caused by the Dishonest Conduct of a Covered Attorney when acting:

     (i)   as an attorney-at-law;

     (ii)   in a fiduciary capacity customary to the practice of law, such as administrator, executor, trustee of an express trust, guardian or conservator;

     (iii)   as an escrow agent or other fiduciary, having been designated as such by a client in the matter in which the loss arose or having been so selected as a result of a client-attorney relationship

One advantage these funds do provide, is in their annual reports, some states actually publish a list of the miscreant attorneys, that may be found at the links above.  It has only been since 2007, that Pennsylvania has published these attorneys names in their reports which can be found  here.  In researching the list of names in the 2013-2014 report, only the most egregious of cases could be found under federal criminal dockets at pacer.gov, whereby there were multiple victims before the Disciplinary Board took actions.  In all fairness, it must be taken into account that law firms for too long in our rogue legal system, have been allowed to impose profit quotas on attorneys, creating pressure to rip-off clients to retain their employment. You may be able to find reports on your state through here.   

The public is not allowed to participate in any disciplinary actions against lawyers or judges- they are completely self-regulatory. Not even the Governor or Congress has been allowed to intervene since the late 1960’s when the lawyers managed to change the State Constitutions, and then in  1996, the U.S. Constitution to reinforce immunity for the legal profession. 

In many cases, the lawyers merely have to pay back a portion of what they “converted”- and may take years to do so.  If you robbed a bank and got caught, it is doubtful that by giving the money back, you would avoid prosecution.  Some lawyers are even allowed to continue to practice law.  In theory, restitution is to be provided to the victims, however, they do not necessarily recover all of their money-the fund has a general cap of $100,000 per victim.  And the attorney maybe reinstated to the practice of law, after they pay the fund back only for the amount that the fund paid out to the victim, whether or not it was the full amount that they stole. 

The ABA put out this directory in 2010, which may or may not allow you to find such a fund in your state. Go ahead- try  your luck. I tried it.. I still have my hand- but that’s about it. 

 

 

 

 

 

Publicly Funded Justice Reform Agency Refuses to Address Court Corruption- Sends funds to Europe

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The below email was a response to an inquiry through their website regarding their progress in addressing the most abusive area in civil law – the family courts.The National Center for State Courts receives millions of dollars in public funding. If you have never heard of this organization, it is not suprising because they have accomplished little more than creating jobs for dozens of lawyers- on your tax dollars.  They determined that the below email content violates the “code of conduct.”  You be the judge.  You can contact them here – the below email address is non responsive of course.

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Class Action Scams

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Why You Should Opt-Out

If you have ever received a notice in the mail inviting you to join in a class action lawsuit, or received an unexpected check for some negligible amount, please read on. These lawsuits are being generated not by the public, but by the lawyers. While they claim they perform a public service by controlling corporate corruption, the regulations are designed by the bar associations specifically to cycle money into their political machine and pockets, rather than for maintaining social order.  Instituting your own lawsuit would, if you prevailed, be substantially more rewarding.

Websites make class actions convenient with one-stop shopping, such as classaction.org. which has a whole cornucopia of topics you can search, to join in a lawsuit which you never would have thought of  yourself. These lawsuits are so commonplace in the news, which places them in a false positive light, society assumes they have little effect on their lives.  But while approximately 42% of all adults are now unemployed, this may be one of the reasons.

While they may sometimes seem like a nice little windfall, it is nothing compared to the fees generated for the attorneys.  One recent class action was based on “non-emergency telephone calls from Capital One’s dialer(s) to cellular telephones through the use of an automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or prerecorded voice in an attempt to collect on a credit card debt ..”   This did not sound like misconduct so egregious as to have caused much damage.

The outcome of the case is rather stunning, considering the cause of action.   The final order of the lawsuit stated that 1,378,534 people were “Plaintiffs” in this class action against Capital One Bank and its vendors. Five of those people were “class representatives” that received “incentive awards.”  The settlement total was a whopping $75,455,098.74. The “class representatives” each got $5000 – for a total of $25,000.  The other 1,378,529 “plaintiffs” got $39.10 each, for a total payout of $53,900,679.40.  But as far as individual benefits,  it was lawyers who by far reaped in the rewards.

Doing More Harm Than Good

Without a doubt, the most astounding (or disturbing) part is the attorney fees in the amount of $15,668,265.00, for litigation that lasted only a few months and never went to trial.  And it is  a mystery of what happened to the remaining $5,861,154.30?

It is clear that justice is not the objective here, to allow such a frivolous action to cause such a huge debt;   the attorneys on both sides went through the motions of advocating for clients.  Damages, if there were any,  are not going to the injured party, but into the pockets of racketeering “officers of the court.”  These “officers” are keeping an elite group in power. It is no secret that lawyers are the largest contributors to judicial campaigns, so the judge has this on his mind when allowing a case to move forward.  Whether or not it is an appointed federal judge or an elected county judge, they all are members of the inter-related national and local bar associations.  These bar associations lobby heavily in congress at the state and national levels.

The settlement agreement reveals a few other questionable items.  If you don’t cash the check within 180 days- where does it go? It states that it goes to a currently “unnamed nonprofit” organization.  It settled with amazing speed -in about three months, considering individual pro se litigants average five years(self-represented litigant). I  have seen how people are treated when money is not readily available for re-circulating to the courts and lawyers; the tactic is to drag out the litigation creating installment payments.  If you refuse to pay an attorney, you will most likely receive no justice at all.

The terms of the agreement also stated that no identities may ever be revealed as to the “plaintiffs” (other than the “class representatives”).  So therefore, it is not possible to determine if these people really had a claim or if they were ever mailed or received their payments.  There is a clause that this class action cannot be released to the news media.    It also stated that the Defendants never agreed to any wrongdoing or liability and merely agreed to the settlement under threat of being dragged through litigation and bad publicity,  for years.

But who really pays in the end and is this just a backend method of funding politics?   It decreases corporate ability to employ people and increases  lay-offs. Since Capital One is a bank, you can be sure the costs are passed on to the consumer through increased overdraft fees, credit card interest rates and other bank fees. Actually in 2012, Capital One paid out another $210 million in settlements- with two  million consumers getting about $70 each.  Assuming it was again ~20% for the attorneys  that’s about $40 million in legal fees.  Total securities settlements last year were  $1.1 billion, the largest settlement amount in 2014 was $265 million, compared with $2.5 billion in the prior year.  At 20-30% fees for attorneys, do the math.

The effects are even more damaging to society from medical malpractice and product liability class actions, driving up the cost of healthcare, prescriptions and just about every commodity you can think of. Of course, you can always jump on the bandwagon, and maybe get picked as a “class representative.” A few thousands dollars may give you temporary relief for all the unemployment and inflation caused by these scams, that really only benefit the courts and lawyers.  Or you can exempt yourself, so that this money does not go into the hands of political parties whose agenda you do not support. Clearly, this practice must be outlawed; there is no benefit to society whatsoever.

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Message Sent to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Committee

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“Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rulemaking or legislation which would abrogate them.”

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