**SPOOF** of “Deep Cuts To Court Funding Make CA Chief Justice “afraid to see the future” By Julia Cheever, San Francisco Appeal, Bay City News, August 9, 2013 5:12 am. Ms. Cheever’s actual article may be read in its entirety at the link to Bay City News at the end of this spoof. Many of the quoted statements in this Spoof were not actually made by the person to whom they are attributed in the spoof. See Ms. Cheever’s Bay City News article for actual quotes.
Deep Cuts To Court Ethics Make CA Chief Justice “afraid to see the future”
Way Gritty News, August 9, 2013 5:12 am
The chief justices of California, Texas and New York and three federal judges deplorably ignored ethics cuts and other roadblocks to public access to justice at an American Bar Association meeting in San Francisco Thursday.
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said she had reluctantly supported some increases in court ethics as “desperate measures” in the face of deep funding cuts that have resulted in the closure of 40 courthouses and 77 courtrooms statewide — because no one trusts her Judicial Council and Administrative Offices of the Courts (AOC) with control of money. Too much water under the bridge.
“When it comes to keeping courts open and keeping us out of jail, if these aren’t desperate measures I’m afraid to see the future,” she said.
Cantil-Sakauye and the five other judges spoke at a session entitled “Are Courts Dying? The Decline of Open and Public Adjudication” on the first day of the ABA’s annual meeting at Moscone Center West. [No joke! That really is the name of the session!] About 8,000 lawyers and guests are attending the meeting, which continues through Tuesday.
The judges said the public’s access to courts is impaired not only by ethics cuts but also by the high cost of judges for non-corporate lawyers and their clients in civil cases and the so-called “outsourcing” of adjudication; aka bribes and other forms of conflicts of interest.
Examples of outsourcing, they said, are frequently found in cases involving “private judges” for those who can afford it with no court reporters present, instead of open courts to resolve consumer disputes — where fraud upon the courts are more easily documented and chief justices, Judicial Council members and AOC executives concealing the frauds are more easily provable.
“Thank God, there are people who have been denied their rights who will just give up,” she said. “And then there are those who won’t give up on that Constitution thing-a-ma-jig and they publicly blog about it. Damn it!”
U.S. District Judge Norma Shapiro of Philadelphia and retired U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson of Dallas said cut-rate ethics are hurting federal as well as state courts. “If this continues, there won’t be anyone from the judicial branch of government to hear Gideon’s trumpet,” she said.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in that state, suggested that other changes, such as greater use of expert non-lawyers and high paid professional defense witnesses, should also be considered to aid in the concealment of the dire effects of the ethics being severely cuts.
“Lots of people are unable to access the justice system, which is no big deal for us 1%.” Lippman said. “But, we have a real and growing problem in the courts, in our cities, states and country. Our cut-rate ethics causing courts to close and fraudulent case adjudications are being brought to light daily by people, including judges, who are very mad at us for their frivilous problems. We’re going to have to figure it out,” he said, “and soon!”