Will Cameras Keep Our Judges Honest?
Will Cameras Keep Our Judges Honest?
It is contended that placing cameras in our courtrooms will keep our judiciary honest. Below is a presentation of this contention.
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Letter to the Editor: Cameras should keep lawyers, judges from becoming abusive
Those who hold this position just do not understand the seriousness of our problem. Please do not misunderstand me, as I am not against cameras in the courtrooms. It goes without saying that since our courtrooms are our own public forum paid for by our public funds, we have every right to record everything that goes on within our courtrooms. But if we are going to labor under the delusion that this going to produce honest judges, then our visual perception of the problem is totally misguided.
Take, for example, a lawsuit I maintained within the federal court regarding a fraudulent state court "conviction," having neither notice, nor arraignment on criminal charges, yet containing imprisonment, and a "conviction" upheld on appeal, even though the court reporter signed an declaration testifying of the nonexistence of the proceeding relied upon by the state court of appeal.
This federal action passed through the hands of four federal judges who chose to recuse themselves from the case, and pass it on to the next judge. Upon reaching the fifth federal judge, the case was summarily dismissed with touching the issue of the fraud or the declaration of the court reporter. In fact, I had never seen the judge, nor the defense counsel defending the Los Angeles County defendants.
On appeal to the Ninth Circuit, the Notice of Appeal was summarily denied, and the dismissal affirmed without allowing either an Opening Brief, or a Record on Appeal. Everything was done summarily.
Now suppose we had cameras within each of these courtrooms. We would have a state recording of a nonexistent hearing on an arraignment that never happened, a recording of affirmation of "conviction" on a nonexistent proceeding with no charges, and a federal recording of an nonexistent proceeding in which the case was summarily dismissed, and an recording of a Ninth Circuit summary appeal having neither an Opening Brief, nor a Record on Appeal.
We must understand the nature of the problem, and that is the lack of judicial accountability to the People in the forum of an Independent Grand Jury on the sole issue of Judicial Immunity. Nothing else matters!
Our situation with the judiciary is well described in Isaiah 59:4 & following; "None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
5 They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him."
This is a real picture of our situation, and such picture cannot be cured by installing cameras in our courtrooms. Cameras do not make honest men, only men who hide their evil deeds, to wit; John 3:19 "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."