Date: Tue, 15 Nov
2005 23:38:09 -0000
From: "ROBERT G. LASHEFF"
Subject: Committee on the Judiciary
ILLINOIS FAMILY ADVOCACY
Chairman Arlen Specter
United States Senate
Sept. 10, 2005
Committee on the Judiciary
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senator Specter;
We are writing you
this letter with a matter that not
only concerns us as individuals but
a matter we feel
is of great National Concern and is
currently affecting a very large number
of Americans negatively that have
committed no crime greater
then seeking Justice and Redress in
our Courts......."Power is the
great evil with which we are contending.
We have divided power
between three branches of government
and erected checks and balances to
prevent abuse of power. However, where
is the check on the power
of the judiciary? If we fail to check
the power of the judiciary, I predict
that we will eventually live under
- Patrick Henry-
Mr. Henry's concerns for our future
are now prophetically a reality and
must be addressed with all due diligence
if our Nation is to
survive. " We the People"
cannot, will not, must not tolerate
the growing assaults on our American
Constitution. Courts that run
innocent American Families into total
ruin with reckless abandon through
attorneys that have no
ethical values as they are in reality
answerable to no one. Judges that
have absolutely no respect for Constitutional
Code or even State Statute as they
in reality have no one that they are
Accountable too other then a group
of their peers, and as they
often are fond of stating "Well
it's My Court Room" Our courts
have no -respect for those that have
been driven to act in pro-per because
their prior council has striped then
financially; Arrogant threat, insult
and intimidation have become routine
in our family courts.
Many otherwise good parents are being
driven to suicide, murder or other
acts of violence which is directly
incited, induced or even
promoted by long term abuses and violations
in our Family Courts.
Sir; there is a great
deal of pain and suffering here all
in the name of Profit.& Power.
An extreme measure of Anger, Resentment
Activism is steadily growing toward
our Judiciary and the ABA in general
and we feel certain that this issue
is rapidly becoming one
of the greatest single threats to
this Nations Security. THEREFORE,
it is with the utmost urgency that
we request a full Congressional
Investigation and Hearing into these
Robert G. Lasheff Jr I.F.A. N.F.R.A.
Judicial Reforms Called For By Boston
FOR INVESTIGATION OF U.S. LEGAL ABUSE
The Citizens Justice Institute, a
legal reform outreach initiated by
Boston lawyer and human rights
activist David Grossack, has begun
lobbying the House Judiciary Committee
for the purpose of holding hearings
on the existence of widespread dysfunction
of the state and federal courts.
THE SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM
The problems faced by litigants include
the excessive cost of legal counsel.
When the average cost of a lawyer
approaches $200.00 an hour and the
average worker earns about $19.00
an hour, it is not very hard to see
why most people cannot afford a lawyer.
Naturally, if the courts were user
friendly, if the laws were simple
and the process scrupulously fair,
the lack of a lawyer would not be
so critical. Unfortunately,
the laws are needlessly complex, the
courts are not user friendly, and
the System is badly broken.
Corruption, cronyism and dirty pool
are also fairly widespread.
Judges have been arrested in Brooklyn,
New York for widespread fixing of
divorce cases for lawyers who were
‘ in the loop."
Allegations of judicial misconduct
and reprisals have also surfaced in
Massachusetts divorce courts.
Similar complaints are heard from
coast to coast.
Public confidence has been long shattered
in the legal profession and the courts.
handed abuse of litigants is common.
Cases brought by pro-se litigants
are often dismissed even when
they are meritorious. One federal
judge in New Jersey dismissed a case
brought by a pro-se litigant who had
been wrongfully imprisoned for nearly
two years. He appealed to the
Court of Appeals, which said the lower
court had "abused its discretion",
which is quite strong language.
The judge permitted the case reinstated,
then dismissed it again on rather
spurious grounds. The case is
back in the Court of Appeals.
Lawyers who blow the whistle are rare.
Reprisals are taken out on lawyers
who fight the System or who criticize
the judiciary or the bar. In
Indiana, there are rules which call
for the discipline of lawyers who
criticize the judiciary.
WHY A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION ?
Congress can do things to make the
Courts a more level playing field.
By bringing attention to the problem,
and by their control of the purse
strings over both the state
and the federal courts, they can force
changes, like making the courts user
friendly by forcing laws to be rewritten
in to plain English. Amazingly,
Congress supported SEC legislation
to make prospectuses for investors
written in "plain English"
but never the laws of the land.
Try reading the Internal Revenue Code
or SEC regulations or some federal
Congress can enact relief mechanisms
for people who have been victims of
legal abuse. By making lawyers
subject to the federal civil rights
act as officers of the court, by eliminating
judicial immunity, and by requiring
federal judges to be elected rather
than appointed, Congress can improve
the quality of justice. Moreover,
the doctrines of qualified immunity,
abstention and collateral estoppel
have made many wrongdoers at the state
and local level immune from their
actions and have shielded corrupt
or unfair state court proceedings
from a monitoring system over state
courts would also be helpful.
Lack of accountability breeds corruption,
inefficiency and incompetence.
Cases are dragged out, files are lost,
needed documents are never issued.
Tapes of cases disappear. Lawyers
now have saying " Judges can
hurt you but clerks can kill you!"
The effects of this on litigants has
been noted and documented. The
book "Legal Abuse Syndrome"
chronicles the post traumatic stress
disorders experienced by many parties
to a lawsuit.
All you need
to do is to contact members of House
Judiciary Committee and ask them to
hold hearings on legal abuse as suggested
by the Citizens Justice Institute.
Contact Committee Chairman Sensenbrenner
through his contact website at
Tell him that you support a Congressional
investigation of legal abuse in the
United States. And please write
to Citizens Justice Institute and
let us know about your support.
Our address is Post Office Box 90,
Hull, Massachusetts 02045
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