March 10, 2002
Here is the meeting report for the Vermont
Chapter of JAIL4judges held on March 1, 2002. We all decided to join with
Vermont Citizens for Constitutional Government in a rally at the state capital
This started around 11 a.m. in front of
Washington County Superior Court on State Street, just a block from the State
House and Vermont State Supreme Court.
Some in the group took the initiative of making
hand outs by cutting and pasting information from the State's page of the
National J4J web site providing basic information along with the website
address. The time
and place of our meeting scheduled for 4:30 pm later that
afternoon was included to notify passers-by they were welcome to attend. When we
ran low on these notices we all chipped in and had more copies made.
One reporter for the Vermont Times interviewed a
couple of the
participants and agreed that the courts do not ensure the
"general welfare" so much as the business interests of the Vermont Bar
Association. This is not idle rhetoric, it is empirically
documentable FACT as all too many newspaper articles
indicting Vermont's Judiciary can attest.
Vermont's Supreme Court (In)justice Jeffrey
Amestoy walked past, but
declined to accept any handouts or notices (one way
to maintain plausible deniability, act like an ostrich and bury your head in the
sand) he did give us a sardonic smile though when he saw the
banner. His reaction reminded me of a newspaper article, "Why
Palmissano Smirks" which informs of how a once reputable bankruptcy attorney
(considered Vermont's best) was able to embezzle millions of
while there were complaints pending with the Professional Conduct board about
Another article, "Amestoy's Inaction Questioned"
published in the Burlington Free Press (B.F.P.) on May 12, 1995 informs that as
General, Amestoy was informed by one of his former assistant
attorneys that, "simply based on the vast sums of money stolen and the numerous
victims, there appears to be no reason why this criminal's (Palmissano's)
violation of state statutes should not give rise to state charges,...." The
attorney, Eric Parker, also questioned the obvious impropriety of
hiring (as a deputy A.G.) a law partner from Palmissano's firm, one Mike
Zimmerman, while Palmissano's firm was being investigated by the federal courts.
Amestoy's reaction was to berate and disparage the complaining attorney for
having the gall to state the obvious.
Everyone said Att. Joe Palmissano had
been embezzling from clients for years through complaints to the Board,
which went unheeded until Joe was sued civilly in federal court and
subsequently indicted and convicted
for criminal offenses in federal court.
Even then the Professional Conduct Board took
its time in relieving him of his license to steal. Palmissano saw prison before
he saw license revocation, little comfort to the many retired folks that lost
their life savings to the miscreant.
As the reporter noted in the article, "Amestoy's
performance has hardly been reassuring." If one were to read the various reports
about Vermont's judiciary it would not take long to realize the
Board's policing (protecting) the legal profession, and being more concerned
with protecting the image of the profession than the Constitutionally mandated
Many of us feel the basic criterion for
positions on the boards and courts in Vermont is an allegiance to the Fraternity
first and foremost above any oaths to client, Constitution, or Country.
Associate Justice Dooley also happened by our
demonstration with a scowl that could have turned milk sour. One of our crowd
gave him copies of the JAIL4judges Legislation, so you know they are aware of
After making our message known to the public in
front of the court house, we went up to the State House where several of us went
in and handed out copies of the legislation to various Senators and
Every time we were able to get the attention of
a legislator and discuss
Vermont's judiciary, the Chair of the House Judicial
Committee Margaret Flory (D), a lawyer, would come over and ask the legislator
if she could speak with them. We of course realized she was
"rehabilitating" them and asserting the "separation of powers" argument along
with whatever propaganda, threats and intimidations they do to keep the sheep in
This was done time and again after which the
legislator would come over and excuse him or herself. One Legislator, Kevin
Goodridge (R), was never dissuaded by her. He always remained at the table we
were all at. I
asked him, "You know what she's doing, right? Discouraging the
Legislators from talking with us. Why hasn't she done that to you
yet?" "Oh they used to, but they know it doesn't do any
At that point, I gave him copies of the Judicial
Accountability Legislation along with copies of the Massachusetts Law Review
article, "Without Merit: The Empty Promise of Judicial Discipline" from
VOL.4, NO.1: Summer 1997, pp.90-97.
I like to provide legislators with this article,
as it is written by an attorney and it details how the judiciary frustrates
every attempt to create
accountability. Also, they seem to place an
inordinate amount of trust in lawyers, and the few in Vermont that would speak
out on behalf of the "general welfare" are retaliated against and threatened
There is a B.F.P. article of May 3, 2000
entitled,"The Judges Error"
about Vermont JAILer Scott Huminski's case. It
quotes a Vermont Deputy Attorney General stating, "When there's speech that
impugns the integrity of the judicial system, that speech can be regulated," as
contrary to the intent of the First Amendment. That is the prevailing
attitude of Vermont's judiciary.
At 4:30 pm a few blocks away, our third meeting
of the Vermont Chapter of JAIL4judges attracted a lot of new people from every
walk of life; businessmen, doctors, former law enforcement officers, activists,
etc .... Two people showed up with their kids. One man brought his
whole family and was so charged, I let him go off like a teapot as I know the
feeling, and saw that many others could relate, while the uninitiated
wagged their heads in shame and disbelief that our halls of justice are really
nothing more than money mills and business ventures dealing in man-made
It is incredulous what happens in court, often
as repugnant to the sensibilities as it is to the Constitution. This one man was
still in shell shock at how the truth can be so misconstrued and distorted in a
court of law.
We appointed "Wardens" for the counties of
Washington, Franklin and
At each meeting we reiterate the importance
of using the tools provided us all by the www.jail4judges.org website such as
downloading the Legislation and providing copies to other potential advocates
legislators. It is noted that the library stacks and information on
the site is useful for persuasive reasoning. There are articles exposing the
corruption in every venue from family courts to probate courts, and we should
utilize them to promote public awareness and support our position that the
complete lack of accountability for the courts allows the many "legal abuses"
occurring every day.
Additionally, I advocate two
websites, http://www.cpswatch.com/stats/, and http://www.nccpr.org/about/index.html. They
provide good articles that inform how child protective services is more
concerned with protecting the bureaucracy than children.
We concluded our
meeting with the resolve that we will have our next meeting in Rutland Vermont
at the end of the month.
Financing and recruitment are of course a
priority, though I am
concerned with finding a web master willing to take on
the project as a labor of love. We have been contacted by a first-year law
student motivated by the distressing loss of his home at the hands of
Vermont State Supreme Court. I am sure we will have much to
discuss and formulate. He is raring to go, as are many, many
David A. Donley,
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