August 21, 2001
Judge McMillan Joins
In Part I of this three Part series we told you
that JAIL4Judges received a simple request that said, "I'd like to subscribe
and my husband (a lone, honest judge) and I would like to become members. How do
we sign up? Susan McMillan Sssswm@..."
We informed you in Part I that in Part II
we were going to report on some shocking facts that would defy all that we are taught to believe about our
fair and open elective processes that the best man wins, and the man with
the greatest votes prevails. Here we shall show you that the hub of our
political process is run more by a mafia type mentality of threats,
intimidation, and criminal acts of terrorism than by the ballot
As a foundation, we would like to pose some
questions to our readers. Let's suppose you received a personal visit
from a candidate chairman who disagreed with your political views and
threatened you and told you not to go to the polls on election day? And
let's suppose that nonetheless this threat, you went to the polls
anyway to vote. But when you arrived, you found guards who
further threaten and intimidated you to not even try to vote
because you are a non-supporter of their political candidate? And
let's suppose you insisted, despite their "admonition" and got past them
and voted for the candidate of your choice.
Now let's suppose your candidate won the
election, and because your candidate won, you were again visited in
the middle of the night the night after the election with bricks thrown
through your windows, your tires flattened, and other frightening
terrorist acts committed upon you. Would you not say that this was an
tolerable felonious criminal act of the most heinous nature that undermines
the integrity of our entire elective process? Yes! We would all agree. Proof of
this conduct would be the outrage of this nation.
Now we have only one more "suppose" to make this reality to what you
are about to read. Suppose this candidate you wanted to vote for was
yourself, and you wanted to place your vote for your candidate who
was challenging a long established incumbent judge who orchestrated
this type of behavior. Would the same criminal conduct
Now here is the story of Judge Matt McMillan, the judge of Manatee
County Florida for the past three years, and his life of hell for daring to run
his candidacy and win against the previous sitting judge of Manatee
County, Judge George Brown.
Judicial Horror Story (from the wife's point of view) as edited by Ron
Our life has been a nightmare since my
husband decided to run for judge in our town where no lawyer had
challenged an incumbent judge in over 30 years. He had no life-long
aspirations of being a judge, but saw a system that was broken and
thought he could help fix it.
He challenged Judge George Brown for his seat by
a common sense legal
reform platform. As the political campaign picked up
steam, The Good Old Boy Club of Manatee County (a real club with an
official membership consisting of local judges and politicians) sent a
"messenger" to threaten my husband. That messenger was Paul
Sharff, president of the Manatee County Republican Executive
Committee, Jeb Bush's Campaign organizer.
On that visit Sharff informed McMillan that
his life would be ruined if he broke the "unwritten rule" that you
don't run against a sitting judge. He told us that the entire political
forces would rally behind Judge Brown and use their positions to insure Brown
stayed in office. We were informed up front that we were not just running
against Judge George Brown, but against every judge in town because
sitting judges must be assured their jobs for life. He explained that
they would not allow Matt to
start a trend of judicial elections, and that they would destroy both of us
if he did not withdraw.
He told us that The Good Old
Boy Club and Judge George Brown would call in every political favor,
pressure people, politicians, and businessmen, including the sheriff and
law enforcements, to ensure Brown's campaign victory and our defeat. He
told us it would be "down and dirty" and that they would stop at nothing,
including drugs planted on us, our phones tapped, and both
our businesses ruined. He told us that they would use their contacts
with the newspapers to discredit us, and that truth would be
irrelevant. We would never work in Manatee County again.
He suggested an alternative, that we might get
the Good Old Boy's
Club's support if we chose another position, such
as county commissioner, or waited for a
judicial appointment. But running against a
sitting judge was
totally out of the question.
Silly naive kids that we were, we ignored his
advice and chose to knock on doors, (5,600 in all).
Our opposition did everything to get us to quit
except to burn a cross
on our front lawn. Spray painting obscenities on our front door, pelting
eggs at our vehicles, middle of the night threatening phone calls, slashing our
supporters' tires, a brick through our office windows twice, frivolous bar
grievances, and local media smears like you wouldn't
Just as Sharff stated, truth became
irrelevant. We were permitted no interviews, no media coverage
and Judge George Brown received the endorsement of every
organization, every politician, every newspaper, and every organization,
including the Fraternal Order of Police and the PBA. We were not even
interviewed before the endorsements were granted, violating many of the
organization's written by-laws. We neither solicited nor raised a dime from
attorneys, while the Judge George Brown made his phone calls and raked in
the legal community's bucks. The only supporters we had were the common
The day of the election, the incumbent and his supporters in
the Good Old Boy Club and the Bar Assoc. spent the day blowing up balloons
for his victory party. To their shock and amazement, Matt we won the
election. They were beside themselves, as The Good Old Boys had never lost
control of an election. As the election results were coming in, witnesses
overheard them vowing "We'll see to it that McMillan never takes the
Yes, and they got to work right away. They
filed grievances with the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) and
the State Bar the day after the election and even before
taking the bench, and have never ceased.
With the help and assistance of all the
local judges, my husband has been accused of everything in the
book, namely using "deceitful campaign rhetoric that has
impugned the integrity of the judiciary and eroded the public's
confidence in the judiciary." That he is "beyond rehabilitation
and unfit to hold office."
Never mind that in the three years he has been
on the bench, he implemented all of the legal reforms he promised, and that
the public has been absolutely thrilled with his conduct on the bench,
and that he has received unprecedented praise from courtwatchers,
Crimestoppers, homeowners associations, prosecutors, defense attorneys,
victims, defendants, their families, and a variety of citizens groups. All
that was irrelevant.
They set up a star chamber kangaroo court like
no other. (There is no jury in a Judicial Qualification Commission
proceedings). The charges
bore little resemblance to the actual campaign
literature they relied upon.
The leaps of logic and twisting of
words has to be seen to be believed.
The courtroom citizen observers were stunned at
the guilty-on-almost-all-charges verdict with recommendation for removal
from the bench in spite of no evidence whatsoever of unfitness to serve,
and the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Matt presented a stream of lawyers who regularly
practiced in front of him which testified what an outstanding judge he has
been and that they
have never had reason to question his impartiality or
prosecution could produce not a single witness to
testify that he was unfit.
Chief Judge Tom Gallen, also
a member of the Good Old Boy Club, who also had threatened my
husband and I, admitted he had never observed my husband in Court, was the
Judicial Qualification Commission's only witness as to his "lack of
Talk about corrupt. When the Rule of
Sequestration was invoked and Chief Judge Gallen was excluded from the
courtroom during the trial as a witness, he ordered a
county telecommunications worker to run secret microphone and video wires
directly from the courtroom to his chambers so he could observe the trial
before his testimony. The county worker who did the job came forward
in the midst of the trial and testified of his orders by Chief Judge Gallen
to run the wires to Gallen's office.
But did that stop the Judicial Qualification
Commission from relying on this justice-obstructing Good Old Boy member as
their only witness to McMillan's "lack of fitness?" Of course
not. Even after Judge Gallen was impeached on almost every statement
he made, perjury and all, he remained their star witness. Truth and
justice had no relevance, their minds were made up to railroad Matt.
It was a "What need we of further witnesses" proceeding.
If anyone compared the record and trial
transcripts with the findings,
conclusions and recommendations of the
Judicial Qualifications Commission, they would sit in utter amazement, and
their mouth wide open.
Of course, if you had been following the
newspapers' version, whose editors also belong to the Good Old Boy Club,
you wouldn't be the least bit surprised. They portrayed Matt
McMillan worse than Timothy McVeigh, Ted Bundy, and Danny Rollins all
rolled into one for trying to clean up the legal profession and our
Did I forget to mention that we later discovered
that the threats delivered by the Good Old Boy messenger early in the
campaign were actually accidentally caught on audio tape because my
husband had been practicing a campaign speech into a tape recorder when
Paul Sharff, the messenger, unexpectedly arrived at our office to deliver
After the campaign, when we found the tape
and gave it to the US Attorney's Office. The entire threat was on
the tape, and an investigation into Manatee County public corruption is
Paul Sharff has taken the fifth amendment to every
question asked, except name and address.
Thus far, over 1000 citizens have filed amicus briefs with the Florida Supreme
Court demanding that they allow Matt to retain his judicial seat
and condemning the corruption of the local judiciary. These
briefs decry the illogical and unfair findings and tactics used
by the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which has ignored all other
sorts of judicial misconduct, no matter how egregious, showing a double
standard and a political agenda against Matt. You won't find mention of
this unprecedented public outcry in the media and the newspapers. Only
editorials like "McMillan should go." "The High Court must Restore dignity
to the bench." "Unfit to Serve." "Good Bye McMillan."
Supreme Court has never once disagreed with the Judicial Qualifications
Commission. We know they are not about to start now, even though a
group of citizens calling themselves Florida Supreme Courtwatchers drove
the 8 hours to Tallahassee and sat in the courtroom wearing "Keep Judge
McMillan" tags the day of his oral arguments.
We should get a ruling any
day. After he is disrobed, then the disbarment
begin. The story just wouldn't be complete unless they
ended his legal
career entirely for daring to run against a sitting judge.
only the highlights. If I gave you the details, you
believe it. We have the tape, photographs, answering
machine tapes, and the trial transcripts to document everything, lest
people say "No. Not in America. This couldn't happen
It is the Judicial Qualification
Commission, that is designed to be a check against judicial
corruption, that allows the corruption to continue. As long as they
are in power, serving as the lapdog for powerful judges, whose misconduct
they ignore, they will remove any political challenger who ever is naive or
foolhardy enough to run against an incumbent judge and upset their
cozy little Judge Club fraternity in the future. The Judicial
Qualifications Commission has unchecked power, unlimited resources, and no
obligation to be even remotely truthful
or reasonable. Their secrecy enables
them to get away with their corruption.
Having read this expose about our so-called "elective
processes" that claims to afford equal opportunity to all, we ask you
to join the nationwide demand for a criminal investigation and a publicity
blitz that will never quit. JAIL4Judges has been called upon to spearhead this
publicity, and Judge McMillan is now advancing JAIL4Judges. He is publicly
demanding a trial before a citizens' jury after the order advocated by J.A.I.L.
for publicity, instead of the insider judges of the Good Old Boy network. He
fully expects the establishment media to deride him publicly for demanding this.
The more he is derided, the more publicity he expects to receive on behalf of
JAIL4Judges. If you are an independent newspaper source, give Judge Matt
McMillan a call. Everyone, report on this travesty. Schedule him on your
radio shows, get him on your cable network shows. Let's keep this
fire hot! Let his voice be heard! May he shake the foundations of our
entire political system! (Stay tuned for Part III of "Judge McMillan Joins
Judge McMillan may be contacted for interview at
(941) 751-0475, or by email at Sssswm@....
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