Comment Re: Yes, 1st Amendment Right to Criticize, But Not Too Much!
- Comment Re: Yes, 1st Amendment Rightto Criticize, But Not Too Much!
By Stan Antlocer
From: antolak@... [mailto:antolak@...]
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007 8:30 AM
Subject: Re: Yes, 1st Amendment Right to Criticize, But Not Too Much!
.... The judges in Las Vegas are so out of control that they do not even follow their own statutes, or read the pleadings. They stop people from defending themselves by stopping them in the middle of a sentence. They do not obey the Constitution ... make racist remarks, prevent fair and speedy trials, rule against the facts and the law. They deny well written motions which cite to the law, and then lie on the bench. They allow their practicing attorney's to lie and ruin peoples lives.
I sent out two judicial misconduct forms, one on October 26, 2006 and the other one on December 17, 2006. I just received a letter from them on December 11,
2007 stating that the forms were not signed. I sent them my copies with a stinging note. Oh! and by the way, they had to be in by November 29, 2007 to be heard before the Judicial Commission. [They waited to respond over a year later. - j4j] What a joke.
Remember this as the Supreme Court that ruled in Schware v. the Board of
Examiners, "No state/State can license attorney's. Oh yes, and a person on
trial cannot have a Power of Attorney signed and notarized be represented
by that person, even though Blacks Law dictionary states to the contrary.Stan Antlocer
> Yes, 1st Amendment Right toCriticize,
> But Not Too Much!~
> ~ ~
> Lawyer may lose license for blog entry on Broward
>South Florida Sun-Sentinel
> By Tonya Alanez |
> December 13,2007
> A defense attorney's law license is at risk because heposted an angry
> description on the Internet of embattled Broward CircuitJudge Cheryl
> Alemán, calling her an "evil, unfair witch."Last week, asAlemán was on
> trial for alleged misconduct before the JudicialQualifications
> Commission, The Florida Bar signed off on its findingthat Sean Conway may
> have violated five bar rules, including impugningthe judge's
> qualifications or integrity.Halloween 2006 posting on a blog, Conway denounced Alemán for what
> In the
> hesaid was an "ugly, condescending attitude" and questioned her mental
>stability after, he says, she unlawfully forced attorneys to choose
>between unreasonable trial dates or waiving their clients' rights to a
>now in private
> Conway, a former Broward assistant public defender
> practice, said Wednesday he feels justified in hiscomments.
>and as soon as the
> "She was giving people one week to prepare for trial
> blog exposed it through powerful words she stoppedit," he said. "And
> that's why I stand by what I did. Sometimes thelanguage the bar approves
> of doesn't get the job done."Conway, 36, also filed a complaint against Alemán with the Judicial
>Qualifications Commission, the state agency that polices judicial conduct,
> citing her "deliberate refusal" to follow the law and insolentbehavior.
> Conway says he hasn't heard from the commission since a May 29letter
> acknowledging his complaint.unavailable for comment Wednesday.
> Alemán was
>awaits the outcome of her three-day trial for
> In the meantime, the judge
> allegedly threatening tohold defense attorneys in contempt and refusing
> to remove herself fromcases in which she had an acrimonious relationship
> with the defenseattorney.
>public reprimand to
> If she's found guilty, she could face anything from a
> removal from the bench. Likewise, if Conway is foundguilty of violating
> bar rules, he could face discipline ranging from areprimand to
> disbarment.position and knows not what it means to be a
> "She is clearly unfit for her
> neutral arbiter," Conwaywrote in his commentary.
>weblog created a year ago to examine
> That posting on Jaablog, a courthouse
> Broward County judges' performancesand legal issues, is protected speech,
> says Conway's attorney, FredHaddad.
>that's all judges are
> "There's absolutely no reason that politicians, and
> here in Broward County, aren't open to criticism,"Haddad said. "We've got
> a [Florida Bar] grievance committee that can'teven conceptualize the
> First Amendment. You're dealing with a group ofpeople that are entrenched
> in protecting each other."a Nov. 21 letter to the bar, Haddad cited a federal case, which found
>that Michigan bar rules restricting attorneys' criticism of judges to be
>overly broad and vague and unconstitutional.
>U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow, of the Eastern
> In that opinion,
> District ofMichigan, wrote: "Limiting an attorney's extrajudicial
> criticism of abranch of government in the name of preserving the
> judiciary's integrityis likely to have an unintended, deleterious effect
> upon the public'sperception, since attorneys are often the best suited to
> assess theperformance of judges."
>Bruce Rogow, a constitutional lawyer and professor at Nova Southeastern
> That case is on appeal.
>University, agrees that bar rules are overly broad and vague but thinks
>Conway may have overstepped boundaries.
>any excuse for that kind of crude and cruel
> "I don't think there's
> language," he said. "Thetrouble with blogs is that people get carried
> away and sometimes go overthe top. There's just some good judgment that
> needs to be used incriticizing a judge."
>complaint and submit it to the
> The Florida Bar will now write a formal
> Florida Supreme Court, which will assigna judge to referee Conway's case.
> Tonya Alanez can be reached at
> <href="mailto:tealanez@...">mailto:tealanez@...> or 954-356-4542.
> Copyright © 2007, South Florida