May 26, 2002
A Stand Before Its
I was visiting today with a dear friend and a long-time
supporter of J.A.I.L. dating back to its inception, Kay Garcia. While I was
there to pick up a couple of photos of her modeling our JAIL4Judges T-shirts for
the camera and our website, she went to her file cabinet and drew out one of her
archive files containing her activates back in the 1970s.
She showed me several letters she had
received from the judges in Los Angeles after she sent out a letter
to 134 judges, and to certain state legislators and to the public. I
selected only two and had her copy them for me so I could write this
J.A.I.L. News Journal.
The first response is a friendly one from then Senator
John L. Harmer approving of her activities. The second response is a
"not-so-friendly" one from a judge, which is fairly representative of her other
responses from the judges. What shocked me was that the judges of Los Angeles
even bothered at all to respond to her call for "Judge Watching." I guess
those were the days when judges did not feel so secure with the public watching
their activities and spreading their perceptions around.
Soon, you will be seeing Kay with her usual
cheerful and beautiful smile, wearing her JAIL4Judges T-Shirt prominently
displayed on our National www.jail4judges.org website. (Kay is
always the life of the party.)
I am going to ask our webmasters to be sure to post an
asterisk with Kay's picture referring to her below early experience
with the judges of Los Angeles, which was long before I had even thought
about a general judicial
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JOHN L. HARMER
April 22, 1970
Mrs. Kay Koury, Chairman
Republican Women's Club
2942 Honolulu Avenue
La Crascenta, California 91214
I wanted to formally thank you for sharing with me your
copies of the letters you have received from various judges in response to you
intention to render, as a public service, a program of keeping track of judges
and the degree to which their decisions conform to the written law. I noticed
that several of the letters you received were written in terms of a haughty
attitude and expressed contempt for the program you have undertaken. I wish to
commend you with all sincerity for what you are doing; to assure you that it has
my fullest respect and cooperation, and that I am certain the peoples of our
community will benefit by virtue of what you are doing.
It was a pleasure to see you in Sacramento, and I wish
you every success in all that you are doing.
With best wishes
John L. Harmer
Los Angeles, California
Jerry Pacht, Judge
31 March, 1970
Your recent letter regarding "Judge
Watching" I am sure was well intentioned. However, it would seem to be an
attempt to intimidate judges even if you did not intend it so.
If we are to have equal justice for all
& a courageous judiciary, our judges must not be glancing back over their
shoulders to see if the voters approve of their decisions. They should &
must obey the law & the Constitution even though their decisions may be
Ahhhhh, so now we see that Judge Jerry Pacht
thinks that the voters of Los Angeles want their judges to disobey the law and
to violate their oaths of office to uphold and defend the Constitution.
Those nasty, nasty voters. How dare they sit in the courtrooms to
watch the judges in an attempt to "intimidate" them into disobeying the
Our hats are off to Kay Garcia for taking a
stand before its time. If you would like to write Kay, send it to me
and I will forward it to her. -RB
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