Press Release For More Information Contact: Nancy Grant , Florida J.A.I.L. for Judges Director (863-494-0363) Montgomery Blair
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, Feb 21, 2007
For More Information Contact: Nancy
Grant, Florida J.A.I.L. for Judges Director (863-494-0363) Montgomery Blair Sibley, Attorney
for Florida J.A.I.L. for Judges (301-251-5200)
February 21, 2007 For Immediate
J.A.I.L. for Judges files suit Against the Florida Bar To Enjoin Illegal
Arcadia, Florida - Florida J.A.I.L. for
today filed in the Florida Supreme Court a petition to enjoin the
Florida Bar from engaging in activities related to the drive by Florida J.A.I.L.
for Judges to amend the Florida Constitution. Florida J.A.I.L. for Judges
seeks to amend the Florida Constitution by a amendment that would be a check
against judicial misconduct and abuse of power. The Judicial Accountability Law
(J.A.I.L.) creates two statewide Special Grand Juries in Florida for the sole
purpose of investigating complaints against judges. The Special Grand
Juries will have the power to sanction judges by levying fines and forfeitures
against them, and for third-time offenses, removing them from the bench. The
Special Grand Juries will also have the power to indict judges and subject them
to criminal proceedings before special trial juries who may sentence as well as
convict the offending judge.
The suit against the Florida Bar makes four
claims. First that the People never delegated to the Judiciary the right to set
up a mandatory bar which acts as the "arm" of the Florida Supreme Court engaging
-- on behalf of the Florida Supreme Court -- in political activities that the
Florida Supreme Court is barred from engaging in. Second, given the
monolithic prestige, power and purse of the Florida Bar, it has confiscated the
"marketplace of ideas" to such and extent as to deny citizens of this state the
fundamental right to petition for redress of grievances. Third, it is
unethical for the Florida Supreme Court's arm to engage in political activity
when the Justices of the Florida Supreme Court cannot engage in that same
activity. Last, Florida J.A.I.L. for Judges has alleged that
the Florida Bar is violating Chapter 106 of the Florida Statutes by engaging in
political activity without registering with the Department of Elections and
reporting its expenditures.
The lawsuit in its
entirety is posted as a pdf file at the below URL for all to
You will find thereon three documents, 1) "Petition Final," 2) "Motion for
Limited Discovery," and 3) "Motion to Disqualify." This lawsuit
presents unprecedented issues.
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