May 17, 2002
To Be A Real
A report by Scott Thurston,
Idaho JAILer-In-Chief, lazarus@...
A huge round of applause on behalf of all
JAILers goes to Scott Thurston and all Idaho JAILers who really got J.A.I.L. off
and running in Idaho. Let's let them know how much we appreciate what they
[Scott writes the
An editor of a prominent local newspaper here in Northern Idaho wrote
the following in an editorial:
"The initiative creating a citizen grand jury to go after Idaho Judges
does not deserve a place on the November ballot, but the state's secretive
system for disciplining errant judges deserves revision just the same. If that
revision does not happen, an extreme response like the Judicial Accountability
Initiative Law will return, with more steam behind it than this attempt
apparently has.... Any measure purporting to establish a fairer system for
reviewing judicial performance that is circulated under the acronym JAIL should
never leave the starting gate... They do have a fat target, however.
Under Idaho's system of judicial accountability, complaints against judges are
deposited in a black hole never to be heard of again this side of formal, and
rare charges brought before the Idaho Supreme Court."
The editorial concludes with the following statements: "How can
voters hold judges accountable when voters are not told how their judges are
performing? That is a question not for judges, but for legislators. It is they
who need to reform a system that is too cozy for its own good. If they do not,
voters might take the job away from them with an initiative like JAIL. As the
executive director of the Idaho Judicial Counsel, Robert Hamlin, concedes, 'When
people don't have full access, they can be suspicious.' "
response to the newspaper was as follows:
I am responding to Jim Fisher's article of April 26, 2002, entitled "Black
hole for complaints on judges needs light." First of all I would like to
commend you Mr. Fisher for your recognition of the fact that there does need to
be a change in this state's secretive system for disciplining errant judges.
In response to your aversion to the acronym for our Judicial
Accountability Initiative Law, I can say with much assurance, after having
talked with thousands of people all over this state, that your opinion is in the
minority. The acronym J.A.I.L. has been largely responsible for the tremendous
growth in the national organization known as "J.A.I.L. 4 Judges", of which
I am a part. We now have chapters in 48 states and recently have organized
chapters in Canada and Australia.
J.A.I.L 4 Judges is a cry being heralded all over this land in response
to what people feel is a lack of justice and protection of their God-given
rights in the courts of this country. Remember the purpose of Government is to
secure rights to men. Needless to say, the ideas espoused by our organization
have moved from the minority to the mainstream here in Idaho in just a short few
In light of the fact that our petition drive was only commenced in
February and we were unable to take advantage of the full eighteen months that
other initiative organizers enjoyed, we don't feel as though we failed. To the
contrary, we feel our efforts were very successful in raising the awareness of
the people of this state to the need for some change in our judicial system and
especially with regard to the way complaints filed against judges are reviewed
and processed without being open to public scrutiny.
The U.S. Supreme Court stated in its decision in a case entitled "Yik
Wo vs. Hopkins" and I quote: "When we consider the nature and the theory of our
institutions of government, the principles on which they are supposed to rest,
and review the history of their development, we are constrained to conclude that
they do not mean to leave room for the play and action of purely personal and
arbitrary power." Mr. Fisher, it is my opinion and that of a myriad of others
across this land that one would be hard pressed to sit and and not observe the
play and action of purely personal and arbitrary power by judges in courtrooms
in this country.
Our goal is to see to it that judges are held to the same standard of
accountability as citizens when it comes to the Law of the Land. What's good for
the goose is good for the gander. We who support such an initiative are here to
stay and our numbers are growing exponentially.
In every failure lies the seed of success. We'll be back!
battle for Liberty,
JAILer-in-Chief, Idaho Chapter
For more particulars, contact
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.
JAIL is powerful! JAIL is
dynamic! JAIL is America's ONLY hope!
JAIL is spreading across America like a
fast moving wildfire!
JAIL is making inroads into Congress for federal
JAIL may be supported at P.O. Box 207, N. Hollywood, CA
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"..it does not require a majority to prevail,
but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's
minds.." - Samuel Adams
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of
evil to one who is
striking at the
-- Henry David Thoreau <><