Judges Bought By
(J.A.I.L. The Only Obvious
We have heretofore stated that due to the fact
that it is the judges who are now "writing" the new laws for our
country, judicial contests are becoming expensive heated politically contested
battles fueled by corporate influences and contributions just as if running for
a seat on the U.S. Senate. It is this fact that assures the eventual
passage of J.A.I.L., and its certain rise to national esteem. We cite
from two newspaper sources to support our conclusion that American
politics is run by judges as influenced by corporate dollars. First, we
appeal to the February 15, 2002 Los Angeles Daily Journal, one of the most
revered and major legal newspapers in the country.
Jurists, Voters Believe
Money Hold Sway in
By Donna Damino
Daily Journal Staff
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nastier,
noisier and costlier. That's the conclusion of a national study released
Thursday that shows state judges and voters alike are deeply concerned about the
growing effect of money and politics on America's courts.
And when it comes to the conduct and tone of
judicial campaigns, California's judges say the problem has gotten worse, the
The 28-page report was written by the
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University's School of Law and the
National Institute on Money in State Politics, which compiles data on state
The study was issued by the Justice
at Stake Campaign, which includes more than 30 judicial legal and citizen groups
that seek judicial election reform. It was based on surveys of 1,000 voters and
2,428 state judges nationwide.
It said 76 percent of voters now believe
that donors to judges' campaigns get special treatment in court -- and that 26
percent of judges agree.
Moreover, eight in 10 state judges and nine
our of 10 American voters surveyed are concerned that "special interests" are
trying to use the courts to shape public policy to their own ends.
The survey also reported the following
results from interviews with 237 California judges. .... 62 percent say the
conduct of the campaigns have gotten worse over the last five years compared to
55 percent of other state judges. 24 percent feel pressured to raise money
during election years. 80 percent are concerned that
"special interests are trying to use the courts to shape policy to their own
California Supreme Court Justice Ming W.
Chin, who was forced into a reluctant and expensive campaign for his retention
election in 1998, said Thursday that California's judicial races generally do
not descend to the bare-knuckle bouts that regularly occur in other
On his way to a 2000 summit meeting to seek
ways to temper judicial elections, Chin said he recalled thinking, "No judge
should go through what I went through."
But after discussions with 14 other states,
he concluded, "We don't have it bad,".... So I
came away thinking that no one has one answer to solve all the election problems
across the country so I think we have to be careful making proposals," Chin
But campaigns are costly in Los Angeles, and
[Presiding Judge James A.] Bascue does not see an option." ....
The above establishes even from the
perspective of 80% of the judges themselves that they believe that special
interest money is seeking to shape American politics, and these judges should
know better than anyone.
As it is now, a serious judicial
candidate for judge in Los Angeles must have a minimum of $70,000 to spend on
his campaign, and normally must seek the backing of special interest dollars,
and thus incurring the need for "pay-back."
And what is the cure for this admitted
problem? California Supreme Court Justice Chin does not know. Presiding Judge
Bascue sees no option but to proceed on the present course. This means the
problem of corporate dollars influencing judges will only get worse.
Voters tend to concentrate upon the
election of executive and legislative positions, and few have the foggiest idea
about who to vote for judge. J.A.I.L. raises this question satirically, Why
bother with the elections of the executive and legislative offices when it
is the judges who are now passing the laws of our nation -- judges who are
bought and paid for by corporate special interests? (I've got 80% of
California's judges behind J.A.I.L. on this point.) Do you think
corporations give this money not expecting the law to be bent in their
Now J.A.I.L. appeals to another news
"To sustain top
quality, courts must get better funding"
by John Taylor
....A recent study by the Harris Poll,
commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, makes it crystal clear that
Delaware's Superior Court is held in very high esteem across the
country. The chamber ordered the poll because.... [I]t wanted to know
corporate America's view of the situation and what impact that has on business
decisions. Harris polled 824 senior corporate attorneys at companies with
annual revenues of at least $100 million; 44 percent of those interviewed were
from companies with more than $1 billion in revenue.
Those conducting the State Liability Systems
Ranking Study ... asked the
lawyers questions in 10 areas. Delaware ranked
first in every single
category. It was the only state to achieve that."
Above article sent to J.A.I.L. by B.
Delaware Lt. JAILer-In-Chief,
As we know, Delaware is known as the corporate
friendly state. The above article shows how the mega corporate lawyers find a
cozy relationship with the courts, and give the courts their highest ratings.
J.A.I.L. wonders what this same poll would have been were it taken from John Q.
Public instead of the 100 million to billion dollar
The judges don't have an answer to their admitted problem, but J.A.I.L.
definitely does. When J.A.I.L. passes, there will be many vacancies on the bench
by retiring and resigning judges for any honest person who wants to fill them,
for J.A.I.L. will gut the profitability of judicial corruption that is now
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