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Part Three of a Three-Part Series about Corruption

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Readers who have been following us and our posts and those who have read our book, Stack the Legal Odds in Your Favor: Understand America's Corrupt Judicial System—Protect Yourself Now and Boost Chances of Winning Cases Later, know that corruption is rampant within our legal system, a central theme in our book. Most recently, corruption has paid yet another visit to our own back yard here in southern California.

Part One of a Three-Part Series about Corruption

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Corruption is rampant in the U.S. legal system. As we mention in our book, Stack the Legal Odds in Your Favor: Understand America's Corrupt Judicial System—Protect Yourself Now and Boost Chances of Winning Cases Later, it would take at least a multi-volume series of tomes to cover all cases in U.S. history.  Last month, the Orange County Register brought to light one instance of the widespread corruption by publishing an article about an Orange County Superior Court clerk who ran an illegal network that collected bribes to fix more than 1,000 traffic cases over a five-year period. Federal prosecutors say Jose Lopez Jr. turned ticket-fixing into a profitable side business during an otherwise unblemished career as an Orange County Superior Court clerk. Sadly, stories such as this one are just the tip of the iceberg with respect to exposing unbelievable tales of corruption that span the entire system from local courts to the United States Supreme Court.

A Closer Look at Police Shootings

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One of the basic questions many Americans are likely asking themselves lately is: why are there so many police shootings and killings of unarmed and non-threatening individuals? This question can partially be answered with another question: what do you think would happen if there was no video footage in these publicized cases? This second question has been completely overlooked by the mainstream media. In times past, when no such footage was available—a time prior to cell phones with the ability to record video—there was absolutely nothing to stop police from contriving a story in place of factual events.

How a Judge's Bias Can Taint a Case

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Many legal experts agree that one of the biggest threats to our nation’s system of justice are judges, who, through a lack of proficiency, bias or corruption, prevent a litigant from getting a fair hearing in our courts. Judges in local, state, and federal courts across the country oftentimes hide their connections to litigants and their lawyers. These links can be social, political, financial, or ideological. In some instances the judge may have mutual investment interests with a litigant or lawyer. The judge might be related somehow to one of the parties. Although such situations cannot always be avoided, when they do create a perception of bias, a judge has the duty to at least disclose that information. If the situation creates an actual bias, the judge should allow a different judge to take over.

Interview with <em>Stack the Legal Odds in Your Favor</em> Authors

In this interview, Sara and Tom discuss the genesis of their book, Stack the Legal Odds in Your Favor: Understand America's Corrupt Judicial System—Protect Yourself Now and Boost Chances of Winning Cases Later. They touch upon several topics that they cover in it and that affect many U.S. citizens: traffic tickets, criminal defense, divorce, small claims, and much more. They explain their overall approach in the book.

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