| Thanks to
progressive national radio host Thom
Hartmann of the
USA, for calling this article "brilliant", and to the reform group JAIL 4 Judges
for saying this article was "the best and most inclusive article we
have found written on the subject of the cover-up of judicial
Americans Murdering Their Judges,
and the US Crisis of
by Dr Les Sachs
(Dr Leslie Sachs)
In the headlines are
the appalling news stories of
Americans carrying out murderous attacks on judges and their families.
In a matter of days, one judge was shot and killed in his own
courtroom, while another judge had family members brutally murdered in
These news stories are, however, related to another news
story, which is the most taboo subject of the American media - the
expanding crisis of corruption among American judges and lawyers. At
question is whether the deepening despair of Americans about their own
legal system, is fueling some of these violent attacks on judges.
is written now about how America's economy is resembling that of a
banana republic, given how America is sunk in preposterous debt, and
how the US dollar currency is sinking toward a possible collapse in the
But there is another way that America is also like a banana
republic, in that its legal system - contrary to its Hollywood image -
has become a sinkwell of secret proceedings, the jailing of the
innocent, and political misconduct; and how it is sullied with
documented corruption, fake trials and court fraud.
are not generally understood, because of how judicial corruption is the
most un-reported news story in the American landscape. It is the
category of news story which America's newspapers and media are most
afraid to report, even when clear proof is in their hands.
right now, judges - and lawyers who are protected by judges - can
commit felony crimes in broad delight, leave the proof lying around,
and yet avoid being prosecuted or even having their crimes be reported
by the media. The people who work in the media see a lot of material on
court misconduct, and yet they know this is the story of which they
dare not speak. The lack of media coverage, in turn, encourages more
judicial corruption, leaving millions of Americans in anger and despair.
the secrets of US judicial corruption, is a key to understanding
America's whole social crisis, and its role in the world right now.
Here are some elements of this situation that you won't see in
run-of-the-mill news reports:
The innocent in USA
courts: imprisoned, sentenced to death, losing all they have
key statistic to understanding America, is that it has over 2.2 million
prisoners (!) out of about 300 million people. This is 25 per cent of
prisoners, anywhere, in the entire world. By comparison, the most
populous nation, China, with about 1.3 billion people, only has a few
hundred thousand prisoners, despite being denounced by the USA as a
1 out of every 45 working-age males (that is, not counting children or
the elderly) is BEHIND BARS in the United States. With
working-age black males, the figures are about 1 out of 20. This is the
stuff of revolution.
With so many Americans in jail right now, and
many more having been to jail or on the way, the USA now has the
biggest gulag. The United States of America is a giant machine for
jailing people and making them
afraid. With 2.2 million prisoners, America can be very casual about
it throws into prison. Estimates are that at least 5 per cent, or
over 100,000 of these prisoners, are completely innocent. This is well
by the fact that over 100 of the smaller group of prisoners who have
recently been on death row in America - actually sentenced to be
executed - have recently been freed, innocent of the crime for which
they were convicted.
As it is so easy to railroad innocent
people in America on capital murder charges, which have mandatory
appeals, it is even easier to railroad people on lesser criminal
charges, or in malicious lawsuits where victims lose all their money
With judges and lawyers making so many mistakes,
sending so many innocent people to prison, and wrecking so many lives
with lawsuits, the drive to cover-up for judicial mistakes becomes
obsessive. The US legal system cannot function without a cover-up. But
cover-up of judicial misconduct, becomes an invitation for corruption
and bribery and more misconduct, and this vicious cycle keeps
In America's unique political landscape, the lawyers
and judges have supreme power, both over themselves and over the
political process. With the American theory of the "supreme" judiciary
that is supposedly "independent" of politics, the recipe is there for a
kind of "Praetorian Guard" mentality like in ancient Rome. In imperial
Rome, the small army of the "Praetorian Guard" theoretically protected
the emperor. But as the Praetorian Guard realized its power, they were
able to become a law unto themselves, controlling the empire, even
dictating to the emperor, and covering up for any of their own misdeeds.
is the role of the judges in America right now. America needs its
judges to keep order over its own far-flung empire. America's corporate
rulers fear to
expose the misconduct of judges, lest this empire start unraveling.
Since the judges are "supreme" in America, if people realise the judges
are crooked, a revolution would be at hand.
US Judges as Goons for the
In United States regime, most major aspects of public life are now
under the control of the US-based multi-national corporations, who have
effectively and openly bought and paid for everything in the American
- The corporations own most US politicians, including both of the two
tweedledee-tweedledum "political parties", given that both the
"Democrat" and "Republican" parties, and nearly all the politicians,
get their funding from the same US corporate interests, despite a
little bit of pretending to be different;
- The corporations own all the major US media companies, who control
what "news" most people see and read;
- The corporations effectively control most of the well-known
"non-profit organisations", who also depend on the large corporate or
corporate-backed "donations" for their existence and income;
- The corporations own the US elections, determining who is allowed by
the media to be a "major candidate", and the corporations even
manufacture the easily-hijackable "voting machines" that "count the
votes" for people
- And the corporations, above all, own the US lawyers and judges, via
the corporate money and bribes that flow in the billions of dollars
through US law firms, which is why they rarely lose cases among the
"pro-business" US judges.
The judges enforce the "law", which in the United States means the Law
of the Big Corporations. They win, the little guy (or girl) loses.
That's what judges and lawyers call "The Game".
In exchange for controlling things for the benefit of the big
corporations, US judges and lawyers are allowed to act like perverts
with regard to the average person. They can lie, rob, cheat, steal,
kill and destroy any mere average person or US citizen - that is what
the judges and lawyers get, as their "reward" for running things for
the benefit of the really rich people who are big shareholders in the
America needs the myth of the "rule of law", the power of the judges,
to keep control of the political situation. But the trade-off is that
the judges have become a law unto themselves, and the judges and
lawyers in America have built a machine that cannot be reversed by any
power visible on the horizon, except some kind of revolution.
US Media Control Hiding
the Judges' Crimes
The one power that the judges in America
do worry about, is that of news media and publicity, either of the
independent kind or from outside the United States. Recently, the
American Supreme Court judges decided in a close vote, to stop putting
children to death, admitting they were influenced by world public
opinion and international condemnation of this practice.
news media in America - mostly owned by large corporations who own
everything else - has a
guilty conscience about all the evidence of judicial misconduct that
flows regularly through their offices. The media do not report or
investigate most of these stories, even when conclusive proof is
plopped in their lap.
This is partly out of fear of revenge by the
government and the judges, and partly out of a sense of a twisted
theory of "patriotic duty". These media employees think that it is
better to hide the dirty linen of the judges and
courts, so as not to "upset the public" and "destabilise society". In
other words, they know that the truth about the crooked US judges, is
the stuff of revolution.
But really, the situation is that the big media in the United States,
is owned by the same big corporations who own the politicians and
government, the same big corporations who pay the big law firms that
bribe the judges so that the big companies almost always win their
Most big corporations find themselves using American
courts extensively, including the media companies. If any media company
or US organisation were to independently "go after" some
corrupt judges, and speak about judicial corruption, the fear is that
the media company might well find itself being
destroyed by the judges, as billions of dollars worth of lawsuits
suddenly were "decided" against the corporation.
You may not believe this yet, but the fact is that the US judges
operate like criminal gangs. They get together and pick a target, and
they can decide to destroy that target if they feel it is a threat,
either to themselves or to their paymasters at the big corporations.
Such terrors lurk in the
back of the mind of independent and progressive journalists, perhaps
even more than among the big corporate media. In America
you never know whether you might find yourself arrested or sued on some
trumped-up charge or accusation, if you dare to criticise the US legal
system. US journalists have been shot dead in the street, after daring
to write a critical article about the judges. Just "coincidence",
Exposing a dishonest judge in
America, can put you on a "black list" where no lawyer will protect
you, even if you have lots of money to spend. Experience shows, over
and over again, that people in the US who try to
fight judicial corruption simply cannot find lawyers for themselves,
even if they have
money - and even though many US lawyers are desperately unemployed and
eager for money!
It is still (somewhat) accepted in the US, that journalists can
criticize the President and the administrative branches of government,
or complain about legislators. It is part of the function of
politicians, like the President, to "take some political heat" up
front, while the corporations run things behind the scenes.
However, it has
become extremely taboo to say much about dishonest judges, even in the
face of ice cold proof that judges are committing crimes. You have
proof of crimes by judges? Almost no journalist in the United States
wants to talk with you. - That is the
true reality of American life.
Even though the news media in the USA are not
owned by the government, they are not "independent" - far from it. The
power of the judges extends to both direct
and indirect control of media criticism.
Beyond the fear, there
is also a feeling among USA media and lawyers and the government,
that drastic and terrible calamities would occur if judicial corruption
were really investigated and exposed. As one US lawyer said, "If
the American people found out how crooked the judges really are, the
whole house of cards will start to crumble."
that faith in the courts - the Hollywood movie version of American
"justice" - is what is holding the USA together. The fear
is this: If the American people start thinking that the courts are
rigged, and that huge amounts of people in jail are innocent, then
social chaos will be on the horizon, and America will unravel in a mass
US media, corrupted by corporate ownership, or afraid itself of
revenge, pretends it is doing a kind of civic duty, to limit coverage
judicial corruption, to those few cases where the government itself has
already decided to prosecute some wayward judge or lawyer.
Even in cases where US judges engage in absolutely blatant, open and
publicly perverted misbehaviour - like the US judge who used a
penis-pump on himself in his courtroom (quite true story) - the
misbehaviour and crimes usually go on openly for several years, until
the rogue judge finally offends some rich or politically powerful
person, and the system finally slowsly takes action.
FBI and Department of Justice collect files on judicial corruption like
they collect files on everything else, but they hold back from acting,
in cases where they have clear enough evidence to bring an indictment
in minutes. The law enforcement agencies in America blow with the
political winds, and in the absence of media attention, they will cover
up for judges, whose help they require when they need to win
convictions on flimsy evidence. The judges who take bribes are gladly
eager to help law enforcement railroad and convict innocent people. The
mutual back-scratching of cops and
judges is routine.
In the meantime, the anguish of millions of
Americans is increasing: The 2.2 million prisoners and their families
loved ones; all those whose rights have been diminished, or their
fortunes ruined; the increasing number of people forced to flee the USA
to live in freedom and peace; all those living in fear in America,
worried that they might be the next victim of the unfair American legal
system. The frustration of many people with American courts is
building, a huge but hidden story in American life.
Secrecy, gag orders, and
the court files you will never see
is increasingly a closed society, with much of its legal activity
carried on in secret. And I'm not only talking about the secret
detention of so many hundreds of detainees at overseas locations. Even
in America's domestic legal system, much of the important legal
activity is secret and hidden.
The illusion is that America is
an "open" society, because there are 24 hour a day "news" channels on
television, and because there are dozens of reporters and cameras
outside the courthouses that are holding public-circus trials of a
Martha Stewart or Michael Jackson or Paris Hilton. But the gritty
day-to-day reality of
life in American courts, is that much of what really goes on, is
hidden, un-published, under gag order or a judge's ban on freedom of
speech, or simply un-reported by the news media, even though the media
knows it has something important which the American people would love
Much more than people realize, news of American court
proceedings is blocked by gag orders, embargoed documents, and outright
blatant and illegal bans on freedom of speech. Though there are always
some supposed higher purposes in these gag orders, a basic function of
such gag orders is to hide the whole dirty process of how judges and
lawyers do their work. As judges and lawyers run the show, they are
eager to use their powers to make sure that a lot of what they do is
known only to themselves.
The biggest category of judicial
secrecy, is the nationwide American curtain that hides complaints of
misconduct about judges and lawyers. Across the US, tens of thousands
of complaints have been filed about misconduct by lawyers and judges.
You can find many of them on the internet.
While some of these complaints are frivolous, and many of them are
certainly emotional, a lot of these complaints are well-documented or
have conclusive proof attached. But nearly all of these tens of
thousands of complaints are non-published and secret, and almost
nothing is done to act on these complaints, regardless of how valid or
how well proven.
America's secret files of judicial and lawyer
misconduct, are a gold mine of information on the real dirty workings
of the American legal system. But alas, complaints about judges and
lawyers are filed with - you guessed it - other judges and lawyers.
These complaints are read and passed around very eagerly, as I have
found by calling up judges' secretaries. I have tracked complaints all
the way up to the Supreme Court building and the Supreme Court
"judicial ethics" panel
that was appointed in 2004 by USA Chief Justice Rehnquist.
judges read the complaints about their fellow judges, they likely laugh
joke with each other about the people they have harmed, and perhaps
quietly advise each other to behave less
openly like lunatics in the future. But what the judges almost never
do, is respond
in any way to the complaint. They don't answer, and they don't remedy
the situation. They merely make some mental notes in case there is some
publicity down the road.
If there's no publicity, the judges feel they are
home free. The same goes with complaints about American lawyers to the
local Bar which "regulates" lawyers, which typically just covers up for
lawyer misconduct. Unless a judge is already mad at the lawyer, the
local Bar will usually whitewash your complaints about a lawyer, even
if you have written proof of a lawyer committing a felony crime.
are surprised to learn that American judges often don't respond to some
legal filings and complaints, and sometimes even to formal appeals. If
you have expensive lawyers, and have political connections they will
indeed probably answer. But
otherwise, silence is common. Poor people in America have been strapped
to a table and put to death, while an appeal languished unanswered by
Fearful lawyers and fake
few celebrity trials do, indeed, dominate the American news, with all
sorts of tiny details gaining the headlines, like Michael Jackson said
to be coming to court in his pyjamas. But hidden beyond the "detailed
analysis" of the celebrity circus trials, are highly significant and
heartbreaking stories of real trials, whose details you never learn.
You don't find out how someone's human rights were taken away, or how
someone was railroaded on false charges, while media focuses on the
latest "scoop" of some public circus legal proceeding.
who have not endured a court battle, have an entirely misleading sense
of the legal system from two sources: (a) the celebrity circus trials
and (b) fictional television shows and Hollywood movies. Yet the
reality for most Americans in court, especially the poor and
minorities, is something sadly different, far more sleazy and awful and
A key factor in life in America now, is the widespread
moral collapse of the American legal profession. America has about a
million law school graduates, the most enormous gang of lawyers in the
world. And 'gang ' is the right word.
Though a core group of lawyers are wealthy, from the fees
supplied by big corporations or from a few big lawsuits; many other
are unemployed, desperate for work. American lawyers, as a whole, are
in fear of rocking the boat or challenging the political system, lest
they be cast out and put among the unemployed.
US lawyers who
challenge the government or try to expose corruption, will face losing
their jobs, and may get cited on trumped up charges that can lead to
the loss of their ability to practice law, financial destruction, or
even criminal indictments.
result is that there are only a small handful of American lawyers now,
who are willing to (very slightly) politically challenge the American
government. But if
you ask about lawyers who are willing to challenge corruption by other
lawyers and judges, that handful of lawyers dwindles to almost complete
Even unemployed and broke lawyers are afraid to confront judicial
corruption for a paying client. The lawyers will privately explain it
is "career suicide", and just too plain "dangerous", to try to confront
dishonest judges and other lawyers. The US human rights and civil
liberties groups stay away from this area, too. - They don't want to
lose their corporate funding, or suffer financial destruction at the
hands of America's criminally vengeful judges in some bogus "lawsuit".
The betrayal of
clients by lawyers in the USA, is terrifyingly common. An example is
the army of "public defenders" that "represent" poor people as they get
convicted and sent to prison. Some of these public defenders are brave
and good people, at heart.
But many of them are lazy and incompetent, like the
lawyers known to be falling asleep and snoozing in court while their
assigned clients are convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Even
worse, however, are the all-too-common public defenders who actually
government to stage fake trials against their own clients.
"public defender" lawyers are often paid out of government money. If
they do not
help the government, these lawyers can be dropped from the register,
lose their income, and be replaced by other lawyers more willing to be
submissive. Though such lawyers may pretend to be "helping" their
often take another role, terrifying and intimidating their clients into
accepting unfair plea bargains and prison terms, even when the clients
Sometimes the "public defenders" really deserve to
be imprisoned themselves. I am currently working on helping an innocent
French citizen, Leonel Cazaco,
who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder, even though someone
else confessed to the crime. At his trial, Mr Cazaco's "public
defenders" knew that someone else had already confessed to the murder,
but they hid these facts from the court record and from Mr Cazaco
himself, to help the government win the conviction. The French
government has become active for Mr Cazaco, and his release is hoped
for in the future.
But US lawyers are often eager to betray and steal from
clients, even when the clients are paying them. Lawyers will sell out
and manipulate their clients, to benefit either the government, or the
wealthier party that is paying them bribes. This is something lawyers
call "playing The Game".
Actually, even very rich political people get robbed by their own
lawyers, the lawyers pushing the wealthy people into needless legal
cases, just so the lawyers can "milk" them for money. As long as some
of the stolen money makes its way into the hands of the judges, even
the rich victims usually cannot get redress against the lawyers who
have robbed and defrauded them.
of America's rogue judges, intoxicated with their sense of unlimited
and unrestrained power, get quite cocky about committing felony crimes
in broad daylight, leaving a trail of written evidence and even posting
it on the internet. It is remarkable what offences they can commit and
still remain in office, unchallenged by either news media or law
The fake US federal legal proceeding, that forced me to become a
political refugee in Europe back in 2004, is one such set of open
felony crimes. It is a well-known story now, with a US federal judge
instantly banning my freedom of speech and then threatening to jail and
murder me, while conducting a fake legal proceeding with the judge's
friends posing both as my lawyers, and also as lawyers for a
non-existent "first amendment civil rights charity foundation".
The judge and his friends issued fake "court orders" claiming I
"agreed" to the banning of my own freedom of speech for the rest of my
life, "agreed" to the destruction of my media and publishing company,
"agreed" to work for the rest of my life paying several hundred
thousand dollars to the friends of the federal judge with the fake
"Foundation", and "agreed" never to appeal all these illegal orders or
the fraud of the fake "legal proceeding".
- You can find more details at the website about me, and the
central legal presentation in my 125-count 3
2004 US Appeals Court filing exposing the crimes of the US
federal judges. - Needless to say, the US judges never answered my
court filing - My court filing was too crisp and precise, too
well-supported by proof documents, about the crimes the US federal
judges had committed, so the US judges don't dare to reply.
Before the US government gangsters moved in to jail and murder me, and
I was forced to escape to Europe to save my life, I did everything I
could to find a US lawyer to help me. Specifically so I could find a
lawyer, in my final months in the US, I got myself hired into a
$150,000 per year job, just so I could afford good lawyers.
I had thought, with so much written proof in my hands
of judicial corruption, I would be able to find some brave lawyer to
expose all these blatant crimes. I thought I would win back my freedom
strike a blow for justice, just like in some Hollywood movie.
I contacted thousands of lawyers, but no lawyer
was willing to help me, even though I could pay them well. The lawyers
agreed that I had total proof of judicial corruption and felony crime,
and they lusted after my money.
But, as the US lawyers explained to me, there is
no way to "fight a crooked judge that's backed by the Bush government".
The lawyers were too frightened for their own safety, to risk trying to
defend me against a malicious federal judge and his friends. Meanwhile,
judge's friends began to close in on me, demanding extortion money and
carry out their threats to jail and murder me.
Thankfully, I escaped from America, the
fake and phoney "land of freedom", and that's why you can read these
words right now,
written in my safe haven in Europe. And then, in 2007, more
than three years after I took refuge in Europe, the
US judges conducted a new fake "legal proceeding" just for the purpose
of creating false media to slander me, and to try and ban my
popular writings on US legal corruption, like this article you are
reading now, banned by US judges who have served legal papers on Google.
of the most moving documents I collected in the USA, was a heartfelt
note from a gravely ill former Virginia judge, in danger of dying. She
wrote to me to confess that Virginia judges, both state and federal,
were utterly sunk in crime and bribery, and she correctly
predicted that no lawyer would have the courage to help me, despite my
proof of judicial corruption. She herself was scared to help me,
thinking that the stress would kill her if she got up from her sickbed
to try and fight for me.
With these recent deplorable acts of
murderous violence against judges and their families, I can see that
instinct of American judges will be to deepen the cover up of judicial
misconduct, as if quashing the news and truth about themselves will
make them safer. Hence the new 2007 US fake trial to try and ban my
freedom of speech all over again, more than three years after I took
refuge in Europe.
A better course would be to move
toward a more transparent judicial process, with complaints out in the
public and posted on the internet, and with the public impeachment and
prosecution of the more notorious rogue judges. Americans today need
some hope that there is justice at the end of the struggle, and not
just a stone wall of corruption and despair.
But that is not happening, as the corporate forces of the US regime
unite to attack any significant movement at judicial reform, and most
especially the laudably-named JAIL 4 Judges.
The United States needs a return to real democracy and the values of
the Bill of Rights, but it seems that in the face of judicial
corruption, it is only a major revolution that can end these crimes of
horror in which Americans now find themselves.