Update: Law Victims Organize

“A revolt of the judiciary is more dangerous to government than any other, even a military revolt. Now and then it uses military to suppress disorder, but it defends itself every day by means of the courts.”

—Tocqueville, “The Viking book of Aphorisms”

Hats off and well done!

These congratulations are directed to the House Judiciary Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner (R.-Wis.) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R.-Iowa), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

On April 27, these two members of Congress came to the American citizens’ aid in our ongoing problem emanating from the judicial branch for far too long. Seeking change, they introduced the Judicial Transparency and Ethics Enhancement Act of 2006 (H.R. 5219).

In a press release, Sensenbrenner said in part: “It’s my hope an independent Inspector General for the Judicial Branch will help restore some of this trust with the public that has been damaged by the actions of some Federal judges who have carelessly ignored the ethical guidelines established.”

The chairman is well supported. After all, here’s what Patrick Henry said on the subject: “If we fail to check the power of the judiciary, I predict that we will eventually live under judicial tyranny.”

“This bill is unprecedented in American history as it relates to the judiciary,” said maverick lawyer David Grossack of the Citizens Justice Institute from the Boston area. “They are being reigned in and it’s about time.”

Grossack, about whom I had written a previous column, contacted Sensenbrenner late last year. His purpose was to seek hearings in Congress for those Americans injured by the acts or omissions of federal Judges. This would, of course, trickle down to state court judges. To Grossack’s dismay, he received no reply from Sensenbrenner after numerous attempts. As a direct result of the lack of recognition of the hearings request by Congress, Grossack undertook the initiative and began to coalesce the many efforts of the numerous legal reform organizations.

To that end, Grossack began a letter, fax, phone, e mail and media campaign directed toward the lack of any response at all from Sensenbrenner and his office. Fed up, Grossack announced a rally to take place on April 17 at the Rayburn building on Capitol Hill, where Sensenbrenner’s office is located.

At the rally, only a small yet very active and vocal group of those currently being harshly injured by the judiciary made it to the Rayburn building. Nonetheless, the totality of Grossack’s efforts seemingly paid off.

“I am refreshed by this outcome,” he said. “I do not believe that a bill of this kind would have emanated but for my previous efforts and those of the many, many others involved to have Chairman Sensenbrenner and now Senator Grassley jointly address this mega-problem by way of their unprecedented bill.

In a related column, I sought to have Justice Samuel Alito queried about whether he believed that congressional hearings were appropriate for judicially injured Americans. The Supreme Court, “wolf pack five” as I previously referred to them, has authorized the taking of private property for private use. These justices need supervision and must be included in this upcoming Inspector General’s duties. 

Notably, to add voice to this need of judicial supervision, here is what Raoul Berger, who retired in 1976 as Charles Warren Senior Fellow in American Legal History at Harvard University had to say: “It is the thesis of this monumentally argued book that the United States Supreme Court—largely through abuses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution—has embarked on ‘a continuing revision of the Constitution, under the guise of interpretation.’ Consequently, the Court has subverted America’s democratic institutions and wreaked havoc upon Americans’ social and political lives.”

I am convinced the whole is, in fact, greater than the sum of its parts. Contact your member of Congress today.