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December 29, 2004


Horrace Jones

RE: "wanting to see more Federal Judges nominated who will interpret the Constitution more strictly"

No matter what side of the political spectrum you are on, all sides generally agree that a judge must have character and integrity and a respect for non-controversial "black letter law". Nobody likes a rogue judge committing criminal or near criminal acts. To this end, I give you U.S. District Judge Donald L. Graham who exemplifies judicial activism on STEROIDS.

I found some interesting links which will conclusively prove that the present system of judicial discipline is a joke. These links describe a well-known problem that needs to be addressed. There is no "judicial discipline" with respect to the federal judiciary and that is a terrible mistake. "Absolute power corrupts." Every other branch of government is subject to some type of discipline except federal judges.

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who recently appointed a six member commission to study judicial discipline, knows full well that complaints of judicial misconduct are routinely dismissed and NEVER acted on, no matter how bad the alleged and proven misconduct is. Moreover, complaints [section 372(c)] are kept in total secret. Additionally, complaints of judicial misconduct lodged through the appellate process are ignored as well. Judges, or law clerks, give themselves permission not to publish cases, consequently acts of misconduct never reach the light of day. There is no effective way to discipline a rogue federal judge and everybody in the legal profession is keenly aware of this fact. If you want to see how bad the current system is, then read the links provided below. These links will demonstrate every thing that is wrong with the current system. Congressman Sensebrenner and his committee should look into this matter.

For really outrageous behavior, read the links below and the documents referenced by the links. Download the documents and save them.

These links generally discuss the misconduct of Judge Donald L. Graham

These links discuss the efforts of the US Court of Appeal, Eleventh Circuit to conceal the misconduct.

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