367* J.A.I.L. Hits The Media -- Again!
- May 1 10:17 AMJ.A.I.L. News Journal
Los Angeles, California May 1, 2001For a beautiful navy blue T-shirt with "J.A.I.L." on the back and www.jail4judges.org large and visible over the pocket, imprinted in a bright yellow-gold lettering, send your check payable to J.A.I.L. for $11.95 plus $4 S&H. (Discounts on volume quantities.) Wear them to your next courthouse function and watch the reaction.J.A.I.L. Hits The Media -- Again!Times UnionApril 30, 2001
Group to watch judgesOne of the people responsible for the censure of state Supreme Court
Justice Joseph Teresi says New York's system for disciplining judges doesn't go far enough, and he's looking to do something about it.
Knox businessman Ronald Loeber is one of the organizers of an upcoming meeting to create NYJail4Judges, a state chapter of a national group devoted to holding judges more accountable.
Accountable, as the name implies, in the sense of sending them to jail like
other citizens when they do wrong.
With an initial meeting set for May 19 at the Rotterdam Motor Inn in
Schenectady, NYJail4Judges' has one major goal: getting the state
Legislature to pass a "Judicial Accountability Initiative Law'' creating a
Grand Jury with the power to fine errant judges and remove three-time
offenders from the bench. It would also be able to indict judges on
Loeber was among several people who complained to the Commission on
Judicial Conduct about Teresi, censured in February for displaying a lack of judicial temperament for being "injudicious, impatient and discourteous'' in trying to force a case settlement. He also held two people in civil contempt of court in 1997 and sent them to jail without holding hearings.
One was Loeber, who spent 45 days in jail for refusing to sign a deed
terminating his water and easement rights on land owned by a developer.
Teresi then gave the county sheriff power to sign the deed. Loeber, 59, said the case has all but ruined him financially and that censure was a "slap on the wrist.'' He sued in federal court, but said Teresi was removed as a defendant because of judicial immunity.
"I just decided, I've got to do something about this,'' he said. Insisting it isn't a one-man, sour grapes crusade, Loeber, who has teamed up with Washington County constitutional activist Bill Gage, said that after news of the censure broke, people from around the region and in Massachusetts called him with their own stories about judges. Since posting a notice about the meeting on the Internet (the main site is
http://www.jail4judges.org) recently, he's heard from more in New York and other states, including, he said, one judge who said he couldn't attend but sent $20 to reserve a spot for someone else.
The group hopes to influence town boards and county legislatures to pass
local resolutions supporting the law, and to take the support to the state
Legislature within several years.
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