News Release from Judicial-Discipline-Reform.org
Summarize For Newspaper
Your Judicial Misconduct Complaint in 350 or Fewer Words
Last September 27, the Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability of the
Judicial Conference of the United States, held its one single hearing in
the whole nation to receive public comment on its draft rules governing
judicial misconduct complaint proceedings.
I presented graphs based on official statistics of the federal judiciary
showing that between October 1996 and September 2006, the number of
complaints against federal judges/magistrates filed with U.S. chief
circuit judges was 7,462, but the judges disciplined only 9 of their
This proves systematic dismissal of judicial misconduct complaints by
judges that have compromised their integrity to protect their peers while
disregarding their duty "to administer justice without respect to
persons". (28 U.S.C. §453) They have turned the complaint process into a
sham and will disregard the draft rules as they have the current ones,
thus placing themselves above the law.
At the hearing, I met New York Post Reporter Janon Fisher, who expressed
interest in exploring judicial misconduct complaints. This opens an
opportunity for you to tell your complaint to a newspaper in a SUMMARY of
350 WORDS OR LESS. Make every word count. Do not ramble. Do not argue the
First write what comes to mind to get a draft; then identify the most
important FACTS OF MISCONDUCT and order them in short paragraphs; check
them against your documents for accuracy. Write to convince, not your
friends or group members, but jurors, as it were, who do not know or trust
you. Appeal to their common sense to show that what happened in your case
is not how a judge should behave or is evidence of wrongdoing engaged in
or tolerated by the judge.
Rewrite to eliminate unimportant details. Revise to get rid of grammatical
errors. Run a spell-check and a word count until you have 350 or fewer
words. If your complaint matters to you, SWEAT OVER IT to get a polished
Use this template
I am Name, of City, State,
[party type: parent, divorcing spouse, debtor/creditor in bankruptcy, etc.],
in Case Name/Docket #, in Court Name,
which concerns [case type: bankruptcy, child support or custody, probate,
This case came before Judge Name, who showed [misconduct type: abuse of
judicial power, biased or prejudiced conduct, conflict of interests,
bribery or corruption, disregard for the rule of law or the facts, abusive
language, mental or physical disability].
State the most revealing FACTS of misconduct: No opinions or mere
accusations, no exaggerations, no arguments on the merits. Just ACCURATE
FACTS OF MISCONDUCT, with dates, names, and numbers. Be as fair to
everybody as you are asking them to be to you. Be a responsible advocate
of judicial reform, for your own good and that of all those who seek
"Equal Justice Under Law".
If you filed a judicial misconduct complaint, state docket # and disposition.
State why Reporter Fisher and the New York Post should join Dr. Cordero in
investigating judicial misconduct in our courts.
Send your polished complaint SUMMARY to jfisher@... and
DrRCordero-summary @... .
Forward this e-mail to everybody that may have a judicial misconduct