March 13, 2002
Nothing for Honest Judges
BURLEY-- A statewide petition signature drive tour promoting judicial
accountability stopped in at the city hall here last night to address
concerned Mini-Cassia citizens.Tour organizers have scheduled 13 stops
throughout the state in an effort to gather the 43,685 petition signatures
needed to place the Judicial Accountability Initiative Law (J.A.I.L.) on the
ballot for elections next November.
The Idaho Judicial Council (IJC), comprised of two judges,
three attorneys, two Republican Party delegates and a Shoshone county
commissioner, is the entity that currently addresses complaints
of judicial abuse.
J.A.I.L. proponents believe that the current system in place
to oversee the actions of the state's judges is not working. JAILers cite IJC
records to prove their point. Out of 1,100 complaints the IJC has received since
1995, only three resulted in any disciplinary action. The public has no way
of knowing the results of an IJC investigation because all proceedings are
"sealed" and secret.
If passed, a 25-member citizen's Grand Jury would convene to
address complaints of judicial abuse. If the Grand Jury determined the
complaint had merit it, would either return a criminal indictment or
recommend civil action. At that time judicial immunity would be lifted and
judges could be prosecuted for their actions.
"All J.A.I.L. intends to provide is a remedy for judicial
abuse that the IJC does not provide. J.A.I.L. will protect judicial immunity
during times of good behavior only. If it is determined that a judge has engaged
in criminal or unethical behavior from the bench, his immunity will vanish
and he can be held to the same standard of lawful conduct as demanded of
ordinary citizens," said J.A.I.L. tour member Scott Thurston.
Local activist Angie Vasquez vasquez@... is the J.A.I.L.
contact in Burley. Vasquez spent the last several weeks promoting the event
here. She addressed the city council, posted flyers and encouraged local radio
stations to air public service announcements.
"There is nothing for honest judges to fear from J.A.I.L.
if it passes. The only people who need to fear J.A.I.L. when it becomes law are
those judges who have abused their authority to injure people or abuse the
process for personal gain," said Thurston.
The Idaho State Attorney General's office is fighting hard to
claim that the Initiative is unconstitutional. We believe his
arguments can and will be used against the system, and will actually
fuel our agenda. We intend to keep the A.G.'s Office scrambling, as their
position is really quite weak according to our Constitution and our (human)
We are in need of sponsorship of this signature
drive, and have been advised that Corporate sponsorship is direction to
investigate, as well as private investors. Private investment, is, of course,
tax-deductible; that aside, the purpose of the agenda should be the paramount
concern for anyone who might be looking at investment.
Once the J.A.I.L. Initiative is law in Idaho,
chances are then magnified at least 10-fold to open the doors for the rest of
this country to establish a better grip of control over each individual state's
government. I believe victory is at hand if we can just get the petitions in
front of the people in a timely fashion. I understand professionals can
'harvest' the State of Idaho in two weeks. We are looking at about
$50,000 for this project. Imagine, our entire country starting a turn-around for
such a small sum.
For those who are interested in signing the J.A.I.L.
petition, contact Vasquez at (208) 677-2481, or by donating, call (208)
J.A.I.L. is an acronym for Judicial
Accountability Initiative Law
JAIL's very informative website is found at www.jail4judges.org
JAIL proposes a
unique new addition to our form of government.
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JAIL is spreading across America like a
fast moving wildfire!
JAIL is making inroads into Congress for federal
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