J.A.I.L. News Journal
Los Angeles, California                                            December 22,, 2003

A Judge With Salt,
Takes a Stand!

Dec. 20, 2003

Judge: I saw police commit felonies

A judge who said he witnessed some of the anti-free trade protests
complains in open court about how police handled the demonstrations.


A judge presiding over the cases of free trade protesters said in court
that he saw ''no less than 20 felonies committed by police officers''
during the November demonstrations, adding to a chorus of complaints
about police conduct.

Judge Richard Margolius, 60, made the remarks in open court last week,
saying he was taken aback by what he witnessed while attending the

''Pretty disgraceful what I saw with my own eyes. And I have always
supported the police during my entire career," he said, according to a
court transcript. "This was a real eye-opener. A disgrace for the

In the transcript, he also said he may have to remove himself from any
additional cases involving arrests made during the Free Trade Area of
the Americas summit. ....


Margolius, appointed to the bench in 1982, retired as a circuit judge in
2001 but said he still hears cases 15 to 20 weeks a year when courts are

On Friday, he chose not to elaborate on the remarks he made from the
bench Dec. 11.

''I can't comment on pending cases," he said. "It was inappropriate for
me to make the comments I made. A reasonable person could question my neutrality because of statements I made in open court."

The judge did not single out a police department. More than three dozen
agencies were part of the FTAA security effort. The Miami Police
Department coordinated most police operations. ....
During the Dec. 11 hearings, the judge asked an assistant state attorney, "How many police officers have been charged by the State Attorney so far for what happened out there during the FTAA?"

None, the prosecutor replied.

''None?" asked the judge. "Pretty sad commentary. At least from what I

The judge also wondered aloud how much the ''whole episode'' had cost

''I know one thing. There were police officers from every agency -- I
couldn't believe the sheer numbers," he said. ....

Two citizens' panels plan to hold a joint meeting Jan. 15 to hear
comments and complaints about police conduct during the FTAA, and both Miami-Dade and Miami police are conducting internal reviews. ....
Herald staff writer Charles Rabin contributed to this report.

J.A.I.L.= Judicial Accountability Initiative Law - www.jail4judges.org
JAIL is a unique addition to our form of gov't. heretofore unrealized.
JAIL is powerful! JAIL is dynamic! JAIL is America's ONLY hope!
JAIL is taking America like a wildfire! AddRemove@jail4judges.org
JAIL is making inroads into Congress for federal accountability!
E-Groups sign on at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jail4judges/join
Get involved at JAIL_SALE_USA-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Send donations to J.A.I.L., P.O. Box 207, N. Hollywood, CA 91603
"Those who say it cannot be done should not interfere with those of us who are doing it."                                       --S. Hickman
"..it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.." - Samuel Adams
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is
striking at the root."                         -- Henry David Thoreau    <><

Return To JNJ 2003

To JNJ Library Index for All Years