June 25 11, 2001
Behinds the scenes of J.A.I.L. For Judges is an interchange
from state to state of questions, comments, and suggestions on how me may work
at prevailing on our cause of judicial accountability. This is a unique
privilege of the JAILers. (Becoming a JAILer is open to all who agree with
J.A.I.L.'s objective of bringing judicial accountability to this
Sometime ingenious comments arise that must not be hidden from the
eyes of all our J.A.I.L. News Journal readers. Below is one of them. Note the
question, followed by the answer, which is one you would not expect from an
attorney at law. (Warning, brace yourself.)
Why Contempt Of
by JAILer Dan Shumaker
Al Johnson, [the JAILer-In-Chief of Texas]
has made some powerful enemies here in Harris County [Texas]. He was arrested on contempt charges
on March 6, while attending a hearing .... O.K., I'm not a lawyer.
Perhaps I'll be showing my ignorance here. Or perhaps we've allowed
lawyers to write the laws in this country for too long. I've always been
confused as to why there is a need for such a charge as "contempt of
As I understand it, this does not mean the accused has contempt for the
court ... it is the court's (i.e. judge's) contempt for the individual
accused. So who made him a god or king that he can jail people whom he
doesn't like or for whom he has contempt? What is the purpose in such a
"crime" even existing in a free society? ....
Daniel E. Shumaker,
by Attorney Alberto Batista
Contempt of Court is how a bunch of closet-popes who
wear "robes" to work empower themselves to feel less impotent.
For some unknown reason, vicious little rich kids who used to
get beaten up when they were in High School need to imprison others in order to
feel like they have made their point.
It is the old question of why you usually never see any of
these nancies at the mall, shopping center, etc. (Show me a judge who is
shopping at the local mall (some do) and I will show you an honest judge who is
not afraid of the public). Mostly they are terrified of their constituents, and
they have their maids, wives, or mommies do their shopping because they
are afraid that someone will recognize them on the street and stomp their
This is what leads to the "Ivory Tower" syndrome; wherein
these pontificating popes lead a bizarre life of being whisked in and
out of Court and then back home and then to the Awards Banquets where their
benefactors (the puppet masters) give them an award and applaud their ability to
ignore reality and piss on the people.