July 20, 2002
Three years ago, Friday, August 13, 1999, the
largest legal newspaper in the country, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, reported
in their article entitled, "Three Strikes For Law-Breaking Judges Proposed,"
that they interviewed the California Judges Association about JAIL4Judges.
Their response, according to reporter Peter Blumberg, was, "We're not going
to be lying awake worrying about this," said Constance Dove, executive director
of the California Judges Association. "I think the voters have more sense than
The article continues with, "The J.A.I.L.
proponents fully expect the establishment to fight back and that's exactly
what they hope for to jump-start their low-budget campaign. 'Once we get
them to holler 'ouch,' they've done our advertisements for us,' Branson
Well, the following is an "ouch" from the
Ron Branson, National J.A.I.L.'s
Commander-In-Chief, standing in front of Federal Judge Stephen Reinhardt's
home while airplane flies overhead pulling banner on Saturday, July 13th.
Demonstrators are to his left. Over Ron's left shoulder a reporter is taking
a picture of the back of Ron's shirt that says, "J.A.I.L." in large 6" gold
Los Angeles Daily Journal
Thursday, July 18, 2002
Pledge-Ruling Reaction Surprises Circuit
CORONADO- When a plane trailing a banner declaring "One
Nation Under God" flew over the home of an appellate judge and demonstrators
surrounded the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the two jurists who sparked
the reaction were surprised.
"It's the noisiest thing I've ever experienced," said
Judge Alfred T. Goodwin, who with his colleague, Judge Stephen Reinhardt, heard
plenty of feedback about their Pledge of Allegiance decision at this week's
annual 9th Circuit conference.
"I think it's a bit excessive," said Reinhardt, who was
at his office last Saturday when he heard about crowds of demonstrators and a
plane with a banner flying over his home.
Reinhardt quipped that the controversy may be more
heated because "it's the middle of the summer and there are no scandals."
But he and Goodwin said that politics, notably the
upcoming congressional elections, are fueling the controversy.
"I can't think of any decision where the entire
Congress immediately rushed to condemn a decision by the court," Reinhardt said.
"It's getting to be election time, and this gives everyone in Congress a chance
to prove they are patriotic."
Goodwin noted, "The climate of public opinion is
different after 9/11. There's anxiety. There's fear and it's an even-numbered
year, so you have a political reality."
Goodwin, who wrote the decision, said criticism also
was exacerbated by misleading news reports.
Right now, J.A.I.L. is receiving many calls from media and talk shows
on which to appear. We are very pleased to be gaining the attention, to the
chagrin and dismay of the judges, of America.
J.A.I.L. is an acronym for Judicial Accountability Initiative
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