** Before The U.S. Sup. Ct. (PT. II - The Speach)
- J.A.I.L. News Journal
Los Angeles, California May 15, 2001Before The U.S. Supreme Court(PT. II - The Speech)JAIL4Judges participated in a major demonstration in Washington, D.C. on May 6th in front of the United States Supreme Court. Below is the speech given by military Captain Dennis M. Hatcher, now JAILer-In-Chief of Georgia, and since promoted to serve as our Associate J.A.I.L. Commander-In-Chief.
JUSTICE RALLY SPEECH
Washington DC May 6, 2001
Dennis M. Hatcher representing JAIL4Judges
Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. I thank all of you for coming here today for this important rally for the cause of justice. My name is Dennis Hatcher, and I represent an organization called JAIL 4 Judges. I am here today at the behest of the founder of JAIL, Ron Branson, who is in Los Angeles and could not be with us. But be assured his spirit is among you, whispering the message of change in your ears.
I am the JAIL4Judges Chairman for the State of Georgia, where it is often heard, "When it comes to justice, the "yoke's" on us... y'all".
What is JAIL4Judges? For many of you, this is the first time you have heard the name, but I assure you, we've been around for a few years. JAIL stands for "Judicial Accountability and Integrity Legislation" and as it's name implies it demands that the corrupt and inept judges in this country be held accountable for their misdeeds. Very simply, it means that the People of this nation are demanding the same standards of accountability from the judiciary as the judiciary demands of us. It means that We the People are taking back the power and authority that we have granted them for far too long. It means we will wield the sword of justice on those who have for so long used that sword to defend abuse and corruption. (Some shouts of "yes, yes!")
Everyday, in nearly every city, in every state, across this nation good and innocent citizens feel the sting, feel the agony of the lash called "Justice." If any one of you here today decided to go out and play with the life of the person next to you; if you had black uniformed thugs behind you as you took your neighbor's life savings and through the use of extortion told them they must continue to pay you their hard-earned money; and just to show that person you meant business you tied his or her hands, threw them in to a freezing room with no water, toilet, bed or food, subjected them to unspeakable humiliations; if you told them they could not speak to you let alone protest what you were doing to them; and then, when you were through toying with them, you tell them that the real reason you are doing this is for their own good, or even more importantly for the good of society, how long would you get away with it? Well, I tell you now, if you just happen to be a judge in the United States, you will always get away with it! (Shouts of support, "Yes, yes!" and "That's right!").
Now, some of you might be thinking to yourselves, "No, judges can't do that, because if they did, there are methods of punishing them." For those of you who think that organizations such as the State Bar for attorneys and Judicial Qualification Commissions for judges are there for you, you are sadly mistaken.
The truth is these institutions of American jurisprudence are instruments not of self discipline, but rather, no discipline! These organizations send the message that what the judiciary does to us, the People of this nation, is OK. Of the thousands of complaints received each year by the State Bars and Judicial Commissions, less than 3% result in disciplinary action. And of that tiny percentage, how many result in anything more than a letter of caution? Less than one half of one percent! What does this tell us about the state bars' and judicial commissions' opinion of We the People? That 97% of us are wrong! That when 97% of us smell a stinking diaper, that we are not smart enough to know what it is! (Laughter and applause from the crowd)Two weeks ago, this (Pointing to the building) Supreme Court upheld the right of police to handcuff and arrest citizens for minor traffic violations. This means you will have your life turned inside out because you forgot to signal a lane change, or forgot to buckle your seat belt, or, God forbid, you forgot to turn your headlights on during a rainstorm. What on earth were our justices thinking? What was on the minds of these bastions of logic? Someone needs to tell all of us why these (Still pointing at the Supreme Court building) protectors of rights didn't say, "No way will we allow the police to ruin the lives of people because of a burned-out taillight bulb! We will not subject our citizens to humiliation and abuse at the hands of an out-of-control police force!" Where was the voice of reason that said, "This is ridiculous; our prisons are too full already!"? Instead, we are shackled with one more link in the chain of total subjugation! I ask you what's wrong with this picture?
Well, if we stand here and complain about the system and can't come up with a solution, then we are simply part of the problem. JAIL4Judges has a solution. J4J has proposed legislation to make judges answer the very questions I just asked. By setting up boards of ordinary citizens before whom questionable jurists must pass the common sense test and by empowering those citizens with the same punitive discretion jurists have now, we put the power of justice back into its rightful hands: the hands of We the People as guaranteed by our Constitution!
JAIL4Judges recognizes that there are, even now, some honest members of the judiciary who have truly dedicated themselves to truth and the cause of real justice. Those exemplary men and women have nothing to fear from J4J- on the contrary, J4J supports and defends these fine souls. But those jurists who walk a fine line of doing just enough of the right things to make the wrongs go unnoticed; those jurists who are filled with prejudice and those who are just plain evil and corrupt have everything to fear from J4J legislation.
There are those who scoff at the J4J proposals. I invite all of you, here, take one of my yellow cards and investigate our website. Read the proposed legislation in its entirety and decide for yourself.
In closing, I want to ask all the judges and attorneys who may be hearing my words today, who may see my face and see my determination: What have you done in your lifetimes to correct the wrongs in this country? When did you ever defend a client or sit before an accused citizen and say to yourself, "This is not right...the law is wrong!" You have failed miserably and now its time to let We the People give it a try! After all, it worked in 1776 with a group of folks who knew something was wrong. It will happen again, if we want it bad enough.Dennis can be contacted at (770) 682-6220 for a telephonic communication on his speech.Dennis M. HatcherGeorgia JAILer(Be sure to read Part I of this series for the Washington, D.C. event surrounding this speech by Hatcher)
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