2014
07.29

Fireworks!

Oh, there’s going to be fireworks (fireworks!)
On the Fourth of July (red, white, and blue!)
Red, white, and blue fireworks
Like diamonds in the sky. (diamonds in the sky!)
We’re going to shoot the entire works on fireworks
That really show, oh yeah
We declared our liberty 200 years ago

Yeah!

In 1776 (fireworks!)
There were fireworks too (red, white, and blue!)
The original colonists
You know their tempers blew (They really blew!)
Like Thomas Paine once wrote:
It’s only common sense (only common sense)
That if a government won’t give you your basic rights
You’d better get another government

And though some people tried to fight it
Well, a committee was formed to write it:
Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston
John Adams, Roger Sherman, Thomas Jefferson
They got it done (Oh yes they did!)
The Declaration, uh-huh-huh
The Declaration of Independence (oh yeah!)
In seventeen hundred seventy six (right on!)
The Continental Congress said that we were free (we’re free!)
Said we had the right of life and liberty
. . . And the pursuit of happiness!

Oh, when England heard the news (kerpow!)
They blew their stack (they really blew their cool!)
But the colonists lit the fuse
There’d be no turning back (no turning back!)
They’d had enough of injustice now
But even if it really hurts, oh yeah
If you don’t give us our freedom now
You’re going to see some fireworks!

And on the Fourth of July they signed it
And 56 names underlined it
And now to honor those first 13 states
We turn the sky into a birthday cake
They got it done (oh yes, they did!)
The Declaration, uh-huh-huh
The Declaration of Independence (oh yeah!)
In seventeen hundred seventy six (right on!)
The Continental Congress said that we were free (we’re free!)
Said we had the right of life and liberty
. . . And the pursuit of happiness!

We hold these truths to be self-evident
That all men are created equal
And that they are endowed by their creator
With certain inalienable rights
That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

And if there’s one thing that makes me happy
Then you know that it’s (oh)
There’s going to be fireworks!

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2014
07.29

The Governors of the United States have received a letter updating them on the effort and asking for their assistance where their Attorneys General were not permitted to default in the Constitutional Challenge of Rule 1.6.

Many Governors are NOT lawyers obligated to follow Rule 1.6. As such, they are not involved in the conspiracy to prevent this issue from being presented.

The NON-LAWYER Governors have the power to lawfully address the situation and take immediate action in their state.

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Governor Robert Bentley of Alabama
Governor Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga
Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona
Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado
Governor Jack Markell of Delaware
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo of Guam
Governor Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii
Governor C.L. Butch Otter of Idaho
Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana
Governor Paul LePage of Maine
Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland
Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota
Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi
Governor Dave Heineman of Nebraska
Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina
Governor Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota
Governor Eloy Inos of Northern Mariana Islands
Governor John Kasich of Ohio
Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma
Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon
Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island
Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina
Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee
Governor Rick Perry of Texas
Governor Gary Herbert of Utah
Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont
Governor John deJongh, Jr of the US Virgin Islands
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin

The following Governors are lawyers OBLIGATED under Rule 1.6 to ignore the Constitutional Rights of citizens while ignoring judicial corruption, crimes and misconduct, and the failure to prosecute crimes of the judiciary and of the legal professionals who might implicate the judiciary.

Governor Sean Parnell of Alaska (Puget Sound School of Law)
Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas (University of Arkansas)
Governor Jerry Brown of California (Yale)
Governor Dan Malloy of Connecticut (Boston College)
Governor Rick Scott of Florida (Southern Methodist University)
Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia (Walter F. George School of Law)
Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois (Northwestern University)
Governor Mike Pence of Indiana (Indiana University)
Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas (University of Kansas)
Governor Steven L. Beshear of Kentucky (University of Kentucky)
Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts (Harvard)
Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan (University of Michigan)
Governor Jeremiah W. Nixon of Missouri (University of Missouri)
Governor Steve Bullock of Montana (Columbia University)
Governor Bruce Sandoval of Nevada ( )
Governor Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire (Northeastern School of Law)
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey (Seton Hall University)
Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico ( )
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York (Albany Law School)
Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania (St Mary’s University School of Law)
Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla of Puerto Rico (Interamerican University)
Governor Denis Daugaard of South Dakota (Northwestern University)
Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia (Georgetown Law School)
Governor Jay Inslee of Washington (Willamette University)
Governor Matt Mead of Wyoming (University of Wyoming)

Having a lawyer for a governor places a state under the control of the American Bar Association’s Rule 1.6 with all branches of the state government – executive, legislative and judiciary – under the mandate of Rule 1.6 – Confidentiality of Information.

It makes the unconstitutionality of the rule IMPOSSIBLE to lawfully address.

It makes judicial crimes and corruption ILLEGAL to lawfully address. PREVENTING THOSE WHO HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DO IT AND HAVE TAKEN AN OATH TO THAT EFFECT.

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2014
07.29

July 28, 2014

The Senators of the 113th Congress
Washington, DC 20510

Senators,

Please permit us to update you with a document sent to President Barack Obama. You may have also been informed of this issue by Senator Toomey and Senator Casey of Pennsylvania.

In August 2013, a Constitutional Challenge to Rule 1.6 was filed and served upon the Attorney General for every state, fifty six in all, to address a law enacted by the state supreme courts without benefit of the state legislature or the signature of any governor. The unconstitutional aspects were not taken into consideration during construction of the law.

Every state attorney general failed to respond to the summons and challenge by the deadline, yet the district court refused to accept or acknowledge their deliberate default action. The Challenge was concealed and then dismissed based on unsubstantiated doctrine and fictional misinformation. That decision only served to harm the integrity of the court. The very integrity which the Challenge had sought to restore while re-securing the constitutional rights of all Americans.

The national foreclosure crisis is an example of Rule 1.6 confidentiality undermining the judiciary and removing people from their homes based on fraudulent and robo-signed documentation. Pennsylvania’s Kids for Cash scandal demonstrated Rule 1.6 even more cleanly.

The judiciary is mandated to follow the very law which is being challenged and to protect the integrity of the court by sacrificing the integrity of the court. A seriously flawed logic which prevents lawyers and law enforcement from addressing judicial corruption and injustice within the state and federal judicial system. The federal courts follow the local (state) Rules of Professional Conduct where Rule 1.6 Confidentiality of Information is an indirect law which undermines the government and trumps EVERY law including the US Constitution.

Addressing the injustice of Rule 1.6 is an inevitability. Facing it responsibly will affect the public reaction to this realization. We ask your involvement, or where your direct action is ‘unlawful’, whatever assistance of support and resources which will permit us to succeed for the betterment of the nation in the best interests of every American.

Sincerely,

Terance Healy
Todd M. Krautheim

PDF Letter to President
PDF Attachment

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2014
07.29

July 28, 2014

Dear Governor,

Please permit us to update you with a document sent to President Barack Obama.

In August 2013, a Constitutional Challenge to Rule 1.6 was filed and served upon the Attorney General for every state, fifty six in all, to address a law enacted by the state supreme courts without benefit of the state legislature or the signature of any governor. The unconstitutional aspects were not taken into consideration during construction of the law.

Every state attorney general failed to respond to the summons and challenge by the deadline, yet the district court refused to accept or acknowledge their deliberate default action. The Challenge was concealed and then dismissed based on unsubstantiated doctrine and fictional misinformation. That decision only served to harm the integrity of the court. The very integrity which the Challenge had sought to restore while re-securing the constitutional rights of all Americans.

The national foreclosure crisis is an example of Rule 1.6 confidentiality undermining the judiciary and removing people from their homes based on fraudulent and robo-signed documentation. Pennsylvania’s Kids for Cash scandal demonstrated Rule 1.6 even more cleanly.

The judiciary is mandated to follow the very law which is being challenged and to protect the integrity of the court by sacrificing the integrity of the court. A seriously flawed logic which prevents lawyers and law enforcement from addressing judicial corruption and injustice within the state and federal judicial system. The federal courts follow the local (state) Rules of Professional Conduct where Rule 1.6 Confidentiality of Information is an indirect law which undermines the government and trumps EVERY law including the US Constitution.

Addressing the injustice of Rule 1.6 is an inevitability. Facing it responsibly will affect the public reaction to this realization. We ask your involvement, or where your direct action is ‘unlawful’, whatever assistance of support and resources which will permit us to succeed for the betterment of the nation in the best interests of every American.

Sincerely,

Terance Healy
Todd M. Krautheim

PDF Letter to President
PDF Attachment

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2014
07.29

July 28, 2014

Barack Obama
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

Please permit us to officially bring this national issue to your attention.

Operation Greylord – An undercover federal investigation of judicial corruption of an unprecedented magnitude has lead to a conspiracy of incomprehensible scope and magnitude where the judiciary is undermined and justice is denied to millions of Americans while and entire profession of lawyers and law enforcement is mandated to silence/confidentiality which prevents exposure and resolution of the unconstitutional injustice by the government.

The surviving victims of nationwide state and federal judicial corruption and injustice are relegated to (1) BEING HOMELESS/DESTITUTE, (2) INCARCERATION UNDER FALSE PRETENSES or (3) SUICIDE.

An unaffected majority does nothing. A responsible minority witnesses and reacts to the ‘broken’ condition of the government. We SEE the cause. We CAN fix this. There IS a resolution.

The response to Operation Greylord, perpetrated by the American Bar Association and enacted into law by state Supreme Courts in every state over a 25 year period from 1984 (New Jersey) to 2009 (Maine), was a level of corruption by an unchecked and self-policing judiciary giving rise to injustice of a scope and magnitude that ANY government would be unwilling and hesitant to admit.

The United States, the world leader of democracy, has denied the most basic rights of millions of Americans and controlled the media preventing the exposure of the government’s corruption… while doing nothing to address the corruption. There can be no effective reform while Rule 1.6 remains.

Even after presentment to the Judiciary and Government Representatives at state and federal levels, the Government continues to perpetrate a fraud of unfathomable proportions… and continues to deny the citizens of their most basic rights.

Addressing the injustice of Rule 1.6 is an inevitability. Facing it responsibly will affect the public reaction to this realization. Continuing to ignore this national issue is not an alternative. We ask your involvement, or where your direct action is ‘unlawful’, whatever assistance of support and resources which will permit us to succeed for the betterment of the nation in the best interests of every American.

Sincerely,
Terance Healy
Todd M. Krautheim

PDF Letter to President
PDF Attachment

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2014
07.29

July 28, 2014

U.S. Senator Patrick J. Toomey
Eight Penn Center
1628 JFK Blvd, Suite 1702
Philadelphia, PA 19103

U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
2000 Market Street, Suite 610
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Senators,

Please permit us to update you with a document sent to President Obama. A draft of which had already been provided to you on June 18, 2014.

While we can never be certain that our correspondence reaches the President, we again ask that you present the issue directly to the President and to the U.S. Congress.

We would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you both to discuss the matter.

We do understand that Senator Casey, as an attorney obligated to take no action in this matter, may continue to deny any meeting requests. One would hope that Senator Casey would be eager to be involved considering his fathers involvement as the Governor of Pennsylvania when the law was improperly and unconstitutionally enacted. In any case we will continue to keep Senator Casey informed so that he is permitted to make his own decisions in regard to taking action to address judicial corruption and injustice.

A meeting to update status of your actions and further actions we are taking would be appreciated. Please contact Todd Krautheim at (215) 290-XXXX.

Sincerely,

Terance Healy
Todd M. Krautheim

Cc: Philip Innamorato
Kurt Imhof

PDF Letter
PDF Letter to President
PDF Attachment

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2014
07.28

A copy of the letter sent to the President, The US Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States was delivered to Pennsylvania Senator Chuck McIlhinney.

Senator McIlhinney has been aware and updated regarding the Constitutional Challenge of Rule 1.6 since 2013 when his involvement was requested to inform the Pennsylvania Legislature of the issue.

We have met on several occasions with the Senator and his Chief of Staff and have kept their Doylestown office informed and copied on documents filed in the matter.

We will continue to keep the Senator informed and will share his responses with his Bucks County constituents through this web site.

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The package delivered to Senator McIlhinney today included the following: (PDF Version)
Letter To US Government
This is NOT A TEA PARTY
Proposed Disclaimer (Attorney General Kathleen Kane & the Sandusky Report)
Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice
The Rule 1.6 Problem – in two sentences
Marbury, Madison and Rule 1.6
Heroes and Villains

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2014
07.28

Witness the reality.

Operation Greylord – An undercover federal investigation of judicial corruption of an unprecedented magnitude… leads to the

CONSPIRACY OF INCOMPREHENSIBLE SCOPE AND MAGNITUDE
WHERE THE JUDICIARY IS UNDERMINED AND
JUSTICE IS DENIED TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS
WHILE AN ENTIRE PROFESSION OF LAWYERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
IS MANDATED TO SILENCE/CONFIDENTIALITY
WHICH PREVENTS EXPOSURE AND RESOLUTION OF
THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL INJUSTICE BY THE GOVERNMENT.

The surviving victims of nationwide state and federal judicial corruption and injustice are relegated to (1) BEING HOMELESS/DESTITUTE, (2) INCARCERATED UNDER FALSE PRETENSES or (3) SUICIDE.

An unaffected majority does nothing.

A responsible minority witnesses and reacts to the ‘broken’ condition of the government.

Clearly, the response to Operation Greylord, perpetrated by the American Bar Association and enacted into law by state Supreme Courts in every state over a 25 year period from 1984 (New Jersey) to 2009 (Maine), was a level of corruption by an unchecked and self-policing judiciary giving rise to injustice of a scope and magnitude that ANY government would be unwilling and unable to admit.

The United States, the world leader of democracy, has denied the most basic rights of millions of Americans and controlled the media preventing the exposure of the government’s corruption… WHILE DOING NOTHING TO ADDRESS THEIR CORRUPTION.

Even after presentment to the Judiciary and Government Representatives at state and federal levels, the Government continues to perpetrate a fraud of unfathomable proportions… AND CONTINUES TO DENY THE CITIZENS OF THEIR MOST BASIC RIGHTS.



THIS IS NOT A CALL FOR ANOTHER TEA PARTY OF RHETORIC, MISINFORMATION and MISDIRECTION.

THIS IS A CALL TO REMEMBER WHERE WE HAVE COME FROM AS A COUNTRY.

THIS IS A DEMAND FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITS CORRUPTION AND RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.



When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

- He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
- He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
- He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
- He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
- He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
- He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
- He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
- He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
- He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
- He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
- He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
- He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
- He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
     For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
     For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
     For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
     For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
     For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
     For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
     For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
     For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
     For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
- He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
- He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
- He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
- He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
- He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

If the words of the Declaration of Independence give cause for alarm… then history must truly be repeated by those who failed to learn from it.
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2014
07.27

Lawyers` `Code Of Silence` On Greylord Assailed
November 23, 1985 By Maurice Possley.

U.S. Atty. Anton Valukas Friday sharply criticized the legal profession for tolerating the corruption uncovered in the Operation Greylord investigation shortly after a federal judge cut the prison terms of three former Chicago police officers to reward the “brave step“ he said their cooperation in the case represented.

In a speech before the Chicago Bar Association`s Judiciary Committee, Valukas said he was “unaware of any single lawyer who has voluntarily come forward to simply complain about . . . misconduct or corruption within the Circuit Court of Cook County“ during the Greylord investigation.

“I believe that most lawyers and, certainly, most judges take very seriously and sacredly the admonition that they will neither lie nor cheat. But I also believe that many do not accept as their responsibility the requirement that they not tolerate those who do,“ Valukas said.

This seems very similar to the reaction to the Kids For Cash Scandal where the law enforcement and legal community in Luzerne County maintained a conspiracy of silence. There is one great difference though.

Because of Operation Greylord, the law was enacted which MANDATED the silence of lawyers where it would adversely affect the integrity of the judiciary. In KIDS FOR CASH, SILENCE/CONFIDENTIALITY WAS THE LAW. A very very unconstitutional law.

Earlier Friday, U.S. District Judge Charles R. Norgle reduced the prison terms of three former Chicago police officers whose testimony led to the Greylord conviction of former Cook County Circuit Judge Richard F. LeFevour on corruption charges.

Norgle cut the terms of James LeFevour, Arthur McCauslin and Lawrence McLain after Asst. U.S. Atty. Candace Fabri urged the judge to “place a premium“ on the cooperative efforts of the three men.

“There truly is a code of silence out there,“ she said. “These three men have indeed been branded by society.“

Norgle concurred, saying, “I`m concerned . . . with the code of silence. These three men have taken a brave step. It should be called a coward`s code of silence.“

In his speech to the bar association, Valukas said that the only individuals who were involved in court corruption and who testified in a Greylord trial were those who agreed to cooperate after being indicted or were confronted with allegations of wrongdoing and agreed to testify with a grant of immunity from prosecution.

“It must be made specific and clear that in any and every instance that you believe that some improper or illegal act has occurred that you have an obligation to do something about it. And that obligation is something more than refusing to participate yourself in criminal activity,“ he said.

“Greylord occurred because people believed that they could get away with it and because others let them,“ Valukas said.

The U.S attorney referred to comments made during a Greylord case sentencing by U.S. District Judge John F. Grady about society`s “strange view of justice“ in which “we look with favor upon those who know about wrongdoing and who remain silent about it. . . . We call them good guys.“

Valukas also told the bar group that the judicial selection process, in which judges must run “time and time again for retention or election“ is “fraught with danger“ because judges are required to raise funds to campaign.

The individuals who support the judges financially also appear before them as litigants, Valukas said. “We should be wary of any system which puts a judge in a position to decide matters other than on their merits.“

The reduction in sentences by Norgle came as federal prosecutors prepared for another round of indictments in the Greylord investigation.

Former Judge John Devine, former Court Clerk Harold Conn and former Chicago Police Officer Ira Blackwood, all convicted in Greylord and now serving prison terms, have been returned to Chicago for appearances before the Greylord grand jury.

Norgle reduced the sentence of James LeFevour, 57, first cousin of the former judge, to 18 months from 30 months. The former police officer is in the Terre Haute federal prison camp in Terre Haute, Ind.

The sentence of McCauslin, 57, was cut to 12 months from 18 months, and the sentence of McLain, 49, was reduced from 15 months in prison to 12 months in a work-release program in which he will work during the day and spend nights in jail. The two former police officers were ordered to begin serving their sentences Jan. 3.

Richard LeFevour, 54, was convicted last July 13 on 59 counts of taking bribes to fix drunken-driving cases and parking tickets over 14 years. He was sentenced by Norgle to 12 years in prison. He remains free on appeal bond.

Fabri told Norgle that the three former officers, all admitted bagmen for Richard LeFevour, “have been fully cooperative and truthful“ and all were expected to testify in future Greylord trials.

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07.27

Questions On Greylord Still Remain
May 03, 1987 By Joseph R. Tybor, Legal affairs writer.
Maurice Possley contributed to this report.

When the first round of indictments in the Operation Greylord investigation was announced 3 1/2 years ago, then-U.S. Atty. Dan Webb said that when the investigation was completed it would be viewed “as one of the most comprehensive, intricate and difficult undercover projects ever undertaken by a law-enforcement agency.“

The conviction last week of Judge John H. McCollom and testimony during his trial underline the grim truth in Webb`s prophecy. There has been no investigation into official corruption on the state or federal level that can match its scope or prosecutorial success.

Although the investigation appears far from over–with reports of grand-jury investigations underway into the Domestic Relations Division of Cook County Circuit Court–the success and character of the trials to date have largely muted questions raised by many at the beginning about unprecedented undercover tactics used by government agents.

These methods included penetrating the traditional sanctity of a judge`s chamber with a wiretap and the use of contrived court cases by FBI agents posing as corrupt lawyers, drunken drivers and defendants giving false statements under oath in court.

Imagine that. An undercover investigation of judicial corruption of an unprecedented magnitude… leads to the CONSPIRACY OF INCOMPREHENSIBLE SCOPE AND MAGNITUDE WHERE THE JUDICIARY IS UNDERMINED AND JUSTICE IS DENIED TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHILE AN ENTIRE PROFESSION OF LAWYERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IS MANDATED TO SILENCE/CONFIDENTIALITY WHICH PREVENTS EXPOSURE AND RESOLUTION OF THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL INJUSTICE.

THE SURVIVING VICTIMS OF THAT NATIONWIDE STATE AND FEDERAL JUDICIAL CORRUPTION AND INJUSTICE ARE RELEGATED TO (1) BEING HOMELESS/DESTITUTE, (2) INCARCERATED UNDER FALSE PRETENSES OR (3) SUICIDE.

Clearly, the response to Operation Greylord was a level of corruption by an unchecked and self-policing judiciary giving rise to injustice of a scope and magnitude that ANY government would be unwilling and unable to admit.

The United States, the world leader of democracy, has denied the most basic rights of millions of Americans and controlled the media preventing the exposure of the government’s corruption… WHILE DOING NOTHING TO ADDRESS THEIR CORRUPTION.

Even after presentment to the Judiciary and Government Representatives at state and federal levels, the Government continued to perpetrate a fraud of unfathomable proportions… AND CONTINUED TO DENY IT”S CITIZENS OF THEIR MOST BASIC RIGHTS.

Terrence Hake and David Ries were the two FBI agents who posed as corrupt lawyers and carried eavesdropping equipment to record conversations with judges and lawyers in washrooms, hallways, restaurants, chambers and courtrooms.

The investigative tactics were used with a good deal of care, according to those who once were wary of their implementation. Their validity also has been upheld by a federal appeals court against arguments that they represented frauds on the court and were an overextension of federal power.

“The phantom cases had no decent place in court,“ wrote Judge Frank Easterbrook of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in upholding the conviction of former Associate Judge John Murphy, who like McCollom was guilty of bribe-taking in Traffic

Court.

“The government offered Murphy opportunities to sell the powers of his office and disgrace himself,“ Easterbrook said. “He accepted with alacrity.“ Easterbrook pointed out that these tactics were used throughout the investigation. “The FBI and prosecutors behaved honorably in establishing and running Operation Greylord. Operation Greylord harmed only the corrupt.“ Large questions still linger, however. Controversy persists over who and what are to blame and what some regard as the apparent failure of lawyers and judges and their institutions and regulatory agencies to cope with the causes.

Testimony at McCollom`s trial implicated with bribe-taking not only him but 25 other current or former judges and a state representative who works part-time as a court officer.

It seemed to put to rest any doubts that–although there are a high number of honest judges–corruption and its causes are systemic in the nation`s largest single-court system.

Among the witnesses at McCollom`s trial, which he ended with his guilty plea Friday, were 12 lawyers and police officers who said they paid hundreds of bribes in Traffic Court.

“What this trial shows more than any other Greylord trial to date is the depth and breadth of corruption at the Traffic Court,“ said Sheldon Zenner, who prosecuted the case with Lawrence Rosenthal, both assistant U.S. attorneys.

“It wasn`t just one bad lawyer or one bad judge or one bad cop,“

Zenner said. “It was hundreds of cops and scores of lawyers and packs of judges.“

“What this case does is leave no one who can say there were just a few people who were casually engaged in casual wrongdoing,“ said U.S. Atty. Anton Valukas.

“It was not just the number of people involved, but they were paying these bribes on a day-to-day basis over an extended period of time.“

Evidence in the convictions of Judge Raymond Sodini, who also pleaded guilty in midtrial, and 19 other defendants earlier this year for massive bribery in branch and Traffic Courts shows that the “corruption is ingrained, systemic and obviously pervasive,“ Valukas said.

So far, according to Valukas, Operation Greylord has yielded 65 indictments of judges, lawyers, police officers, deputies and court clerks.

Eight judges have been convicted; the case of one is still pending. Of those indicted, there have been 55 convictions, 8 cases are pending and 1 involves a former city attorney who has fled to Greece. There has been one acquittal: Associate Judge John Laurie.

In addition, the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission reports that 30 lawyers and judges have been disbarred or suspended because they were convicted or implicated in Operation Greylord proceedings.

An additional 27 are being prosecuted by the commission, and the Greylord-related activities of about 350 others are being investigated.

Despite these statistics, Thomas P. Sullivan, credited with beginning the Greylord investigation after he became U.S. attorney in 1977 and laying the groundwork to ensure that it was carried out ethically, takes a less than sanguine view of its impact.

“It is naive to believe that all of the corrupt judges have been identified and rooted out,“ he said.

“Most lawyers who practice here will not speak of this for publication, because they fear reprisals by the judges, but the existence of judicial corruption has been discussed among knowledgeable lawyers in Cook County for as long as I can recall.“

Sullivan believes that prosecutions alone cannot end criminal conduct and that their deterrent effect is “transient and minimal.“ Like many, he calls for a change from electing judges.

Indeed, calls for an appointive system based on merit have increased with the progress of the investigation, but there are those who fear such a system may be dominated by members of large law firms and result in an “elitist“ judiciary, cutting out minority groups and women.The investigation also has produced concern in the legal profession over failure to restore public confidence in the system.

Appearing at a Greylord panel last week marking the centennial of the Harvard Law Society of Illinois, Richard Phelan, former president of the Chicago Bar Association, criticized the Illinois Supreme Court for failing to act on a request made nearly three years ago by the association and the Chicago Council of Lawyers to conduct its own investigation and come up with proposals for changes in the Cook County courts.

Others blame the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, although that agency last week filed with the Supreme Court its annual report showing more cases and successful prosecutions of attorneys in 1986 than before.

The report also said that the commission was notified of Operation Greylord by Sullivan`s office in 1977 and later turned over records from its independent investigations into court corruption. The commission believed that federal authorities had greater resources to investigate such matters, the report said.

Since February, 1986, the report said, the U.S. attorney`s office has been giving the commission investigative information after trials are complete that result in “more complete disciplinary prosecutions“ of those implicated in Greylord.

There are many who believe that before corruption is rooted out, lawyers and judges who suspect misconduct must change their long-held views about protecting their colleagues.

“It`s real simple,“ said Robert P. Cummins, chairman of the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board and chairman of the American Bar Association`s Committee on Professional Discipline. “Lawyers and judges have got to have the guts to call misconduct into question because it seems the epidemic of improper conduct we`ve seen in Greylord was aided and abetted by people who believed they had to `play the game` and simply disregarded their professional responsibility.“

IT WOULD SEEM THAT THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CORRUPTION WAS IGNORED AND SPREAD TO LAW ORGANIZATIONS AND COURT DIVISIONS. AS A RESULT, THE PLAN TO MAKE SURE IT NEVER HAPPENED AGAIN WAS DISGUISED. BY ENACTING THE RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT INTO LAW – A JUDGE WOULD NOT BE PROSECUTED FOR JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT OR INJUSTICE. … AND IT WOULD TAKE DECADES BEFORE THEIR EFFECTIVE UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW TO CONCEAL CORRUPTION WOULD COME TO LIGHT.

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