* * * Mafia, or the Courts: Which is Worse? * * *
- J.A.I.L. News Journal
Los Angeles, California May 22, 2007
The Battle Lines are Drawn: J.A.I.L. versus The Foreign Power
A Power Foreign to Our Constitution
Mafia, or the Courts:
Which is Worse?
By Ron Branson - National J.A.I.L. CIC
Above, I ask the question, "Mafia, or the Courts: Which is Worse? But is there really a difference? I can think of a few. When the mafia pulls off its heists, no one argues that their acts are criminal. Further, when the mafia hits a home, they do not alter records to assume legal ownership of the property, nor do they sell the home off to the highest bidder. Further the mafia never holds anyone in contempt, or throws anyone in jail for speaking out for their rights. The mafia merely takes what they came for and leaves.
And there is one other good distinction about dealing with the mafia. If you have the guts to do so, you can always shoot back! But, I ask, where is one's redress of grievance when the courts alter and falsify court records in pulling off their heists? Then there is the comforting factor that the mafia is never shielded by "judicial immunity," nor even "mafia immunity," and can be sued.
Let there be no doubt that everything our country has stood for, namely "Liberty and Justice for All," is being underminded slowly but surely by our nation's judiciary. Hear the testimony of one principled attorney when the judge was challenged that he was being unfair; the judge leaned over the bench, looked down, and responded, "Counselor, whoever informed you that a judge has to be fair?" In a similar vein, a judge told this author, when a plaintiff in court, "Mr. Branson, I have never read a single paper you have filed in this court." And here, it is the complaint that establishes the jurisdiction of the court. Another judge retorted in a case, "If you bring up the Constitution one more time in my courtroom, I am going to hold you in contempt!" This kind of vulgar attitude is expressed time and time again all over this country by judges, and is a far cry from what one observes on TV with the entertainment judges.
This nation faces an emergency and is in dire need of judicial accountability that will come about as a result of the passage of J.A.I.L., state by state. It's time all Americans get serious and see to it that it is passed! Read the below Miami Herald article which just a sample of similar reports made to J.A.I.L.
Posted on Sun, May. 20, 2007COURTS
No wrong found in false court records
Secret dockets, missing files and deleted records play into investigation of judicial misconduct.
An investigation into the planting of false court records by two Miami-Dade judges found no wrongdoing, even though the phony information remains on the public docket in one case.
The Judicial Qualifications Commission's inquiry also missed evidence of false records in another case after the clerk's office deleted it from the public docket.
A spokeswoman for the JQC, an independent agency that investigates complaints of judicial misconduct, declined to comment.
The JQC opened an inquiry into the actions of Miami-Dade Circuit judges Daryl Trawick and Victoria Sigler after receiving a complaint from a Broward circuit judge in February.
The complaint alleged ''judicial misconduct based on the falsification of records,'' according to a Feb. 21 letter written by JQC Executive Director Brooke Kennerly. In Florida, it is a crime for anyone, even a judge, to falsify court records.
In the case handled by Trawick, 10 phony docket entries purported to show that criminal charges were dropped against a defendant who was cooperating with prosecutors and police. In fact, the informant pleaded guilty to laundering drug money.
In the case handled by Sigler, an informant pleaded guilty to attempted murder and kidnapping, but the plea was not docketed.
And for nearly a year, misleading entries were added to the docket that made it appear that a trial was pending.
Through a court spokeswoman, Trawick and Sigler acknowledged last month that they approved altering the court dockets. They explained the secrecy was supposed to be temporary and wasn't intended ``to arbitrarily conceal case activity.''
''In both instances, both the defense and the prosecution approached the court and jointly requested the placement of temporary entries on the docket to protect defendants cooperating with law enforcement,'' said court spokeswoman Eunice Sigler, who is not related to the judge.
The JQC began to check out the Feb. 13 complaint against the two judges, but its inquiry went nowhere fast, according to a letter that offers a rare glimpse of how the secretive JQC does its job.
''A review of the dockets for the two cases you listed does not reveal any factual basis for action by the commission,'' Kennerly wrote to the complainant, Broward Judge Robert Lance Andrews.
By then, the phony records in Trawick's case had been erased from the public docket.
Eunice Sigler said the false entries were deleted by ``a supervisor within the Clerk of Courts, most likely after receiving notice of an error in the docket.''
Still, the JQC could have found the records if it had requested access to the clerk's non-public docket.
Mike Henderson, a top assistant to clerk Harvey Ruvin, said the deleted false entries in the case of Salim ''Johnny'' Batrony still exist on a non-public side of the clerk's electronic docket.
He gave a copy of that information to reporters.
The JQC, which can issue subpoenas, has the authority to obtain such information, but never sought access to it, according to Ruvin and Henderson.
The false information was on the public docket for more than four years before it was deleted between late August and October after The Miami Herald asked about it.
Now the case file also is missing.
According to court spokeswoman Eunice Sigler, clerks typically insert into the file a written explanation as to why docket changes were made.
''But because the original file cannot be located, the clerk's office has no way of giving us further information,'' Sigler said.
'PHONIED UP' DOCKET
Batrony's Miami lawyer, Paul Petruzzi, has said the clerk's office ''phonied up'' the docket at the direction of Trawick and an assistant state attorney to allow Batrony to work undercover. Trawick now is assigned to the civil bench.
The JQC's inquiry regarding Judge Sigler involved the docket in the case of Michael Scott Segal. Kennerly's letter said the JQC found no evidence of false docket entries. But a recent review by The Miami Herald shows the false entries remain on Segal's public docket.
Segal, who cooperated with authorities, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and kidnapping at an unusual secret hearing at a Miami-Dade police station on May 13, 2003, according to a transcript obtained by The Miami Herald.
Segal's plea, taken by Sigler, was not docketed.
Kennerly declined to be interviewed because JQC investigations are confidential until formal charges are filed. If no charge is filed, they remain confidential forever. Andrews, the judge who filed the complaint, did not comment.
The Florida Supreme Court has said it is examining the falsification of court records to protect informants -- a practice Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle's office said has gone on quietly for decades.
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