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Top FBI Official in Los Angeles Connected to Tom Girardi


Corruption runs deep in Los Angeles.  It appears that the investigation into Tom Girardi is starting to peel back the layers of inside involvement by a government official and private individuals who conspired with Girardi and his law firm.  Last week, the head of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office formally recused himself from the federal investigation into fraud and corruption by Tom Girardi and others at his now defunct law firm.

The California Bar’s Failure to Stop Corrupt Attorneys


The system wonders why the public does not trust lawyers.  Case in point—the California bar’s abject failure to stop corrupt and disbarred attorney Tom Girardi.  The State Bar of California has failed to discipline corrupt attorneys, allowing lawyers to repeatedly violate professional standards and harm members of the public, according to a long-awaited audit the agency recently released.

Ohio Court Says Judge Cannot Add Years to a Prison Sentence Because the Defendant Called Him Names


You can’t make this stuff up.  This case highlights one aspect of the injustice found in our criminal "justice" system.  Criminal defendants have a right to curse at judges without getting years tacked on to their prison sentences.  That seems like it should go without saying, right?  But somehow the matter went all the way to the Ohio state Supreme Court after an appeals court upheld a trial judge's decision to add six years to a man's sentence for calling the trial judge names.

Department of Justice Launches Investigation into Police Response to Uvalde School Shooting


It is just another day in America where a mass shooting occurs.  This last mass shooting took place in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24th.  Americans were faced with the grim reality that the local police delayed its response to the gunman.  Inquiry comes amid anger over why officers waited over an hour outside the classroom where the gunman killed twenty-one people.

Corrupt Prosecutor’s Side Hustle


Ralph Petty worked as an assistant district attorney in Midland County, Texas, for 20 years.  Like any prosecutor, he aggressively advocated for the government.  But he wasn't just any advocate, because he wasn't just a prosecutor.  Each night, Petty took off his proverbial DA hat and re-entered the courthouse as a law clerk for the same judges he was trying to convince to side with him by day.

Supreme Court Scandal: Justice Thomas


Justice Thomas ruled on election cases.  Should his wife’s texts have precluded him?  The nature of the text messages was enough to require his recusal.  But, the Supreme Court has traditionally left such decisions to the discretion of the justice in question.  Herein lies the problem.  Judges cannot be left to judge themselves—it’s human nature for anyone to deny his or her bias.  This is why we so desperately need all judges—and certainly Supreme Court judges—to be regulated by a neutral third party.  But will it ever happen?  I won’t hold my breath.

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