J.A.I.L. News Journal
Los Angeles, California January 10, 2007
The Inherent Right of ALL People to Alter or Reform Government.
The Right Upon Which All Other Rights Depend
The Looming War
For The Minds of Americans
(By Ron Branson - National JAIL4Judges Founder)
Whether one recognizes it or not, there is rising to the surface a war in America - not one of guns and bullets, (although that may not be far behind), but one of the truth vs. the lie. To be more specific, it is a war of the nation's judiciary vs. the truth of JAIL4Judges. In this warfare either the judiciary will dominate the political future of America, or J.A.I.L. (Judicial Accountability Initiative Law) will - there shall be no neutral ground.
Aside from external physical aggression upon a nation, every country has reached its ultimate demise and internal collapse as the direct result of its judiciary. That is to say that every evil and political corruption in America which you can think of is the result of some judge, either state or federal, at some level, that has sponsored it, whether wittingly or unwittingly.
When J.A.I.L. was first founded in 1995, there was little to no attention paid to the judiciary of this country. The political front lines were limited to which of the two parties was going to dominate the various state legislatures, the Congress, and the Executive. But those times have changed, and I have watched it happen.
At that time I was informed by a computer technician, Mr. Greg Brown, that a thorough search of the internet revealed only one website dealing with the judiciary; and that was one put up by the judges complaining that they were not getting paid enough for the great work they were doing. But no judicial expose` websites could be found. Today, judicial expose` websites are all over the net by the thousands; and one can hardly miss JAIL4Judges.org. (A Google web search, or any search engine, will easily reveal J.A.I.L's influence on America's political scene today.)
It is because of J.A.I.L's national influence that it has drawn public fire from numerous Chief Justices of the various states such as Missouri, Kansas, Pennsylivania, California, South Dakota, etc., as well as from the recently retired United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. It is getting difficult to keep up with the publicity that this issue of judicial accountability is generating. If this subject, as sought to be established by J.A.I.L., is so evil and wrong as it is being projected by its enemies, then why is all the public hullabaloo sought for its defeat?
I have been watching the looming warfare rising to the surface among the various State Bar Associations defending their fellow lawyer comrades dressed in black robes, that before I can report on one, two more State Bars are jumping into the fray to lie and deceive all residents of their respective states about J.A.I.L. These Bar Associations are getting bolder and bolder in coming out so fast that it is depriving J.A.I.L. of the opportunity of exposing their plans. Gee, they have publicly pulled the veil off their plan of action to deceive every American before we even have the time to unveil what is under the sheet.
The following is a real-life experience. A secretary in the District Attorney's Office approached a Deputy District Attorney using the copy machine, where she asked, “Why is it that everything in law is so complex and so confusing? Why can't matters be spelled out plainly?” He was honest enough to say, “We lawyers make it that way on purpose. It is called job security. If we made things simple and easy to be understood, the people would not need us lawyers, and you and I wouldn't have a job.” This Deputy District Attorney advanced to become the head deputy over a branch office of the largest District Attorney's Office in this nation, Los Angeles County.
One of my self-made riddles goes this way. “What is it that everybody hates, but wants one?” The answer is, “A lawyer.”
As the head of the JAIL4Judges organization, I am being constantly bombarded with, “Excuse me, but do you know where I can find a good lawyer?” And these requests are coming from those who hate lawyers and want nothing to do with them. Ask anyone about their lawyer experiences. They are considered among the lowest and most despised professions on earth. There are few professions specifically condemned in the Bible. Two of them are lawyers and prostitutes. Both do the same thing to their clients - screw them. Of lawyers Christ said, “Woe unto you also ye lawyers! For ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. … for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.” Luke 11:46 & 52. But of prostitutes, Christ said, “Verily I say unto you, That … harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.” Matt. 21:31. One could humorously make an argument that America would be better off if it stoned its lawyers, and let the harlots write the laws.
There we have it, folks; the Scriptures pronounce a specific curse upon the profession of lawyers which take away the key of knowledge, neither enter into the way of truth, and hinder those who would. They are ministers of lies and masters of deception, farming out their wares of evil, fraud, and hypocrisy. They plot to overthrow the truth - the Good Book tells us so. That is their profession!
Now don't get me wrong, not all lawyers are evil. Frankly I am surprised at all the lawyers who have come to join JAIL4Judges. We are filled with them. They are people disenchanted with their own profession, and I can truthfully say that it could have been just as possible for them to have written this very J.A.I.L. News Journal. And the flow of lawyers to J.A.I.L. is increasing. And believe it or not, even judges are having their eyes opened and made bold enough to express their sympathies with J.A.I.L., even though they may not openly publicize their affinities with us. Right here in Los Angeles County, a Superior Court judge secretly called me and told me just that.
Okay, here is the plan to deceive America respecting JAIL4Judges. These Bar Associations around America know that people do not like attorneys at all, whether in black robes, or not. Therefore they must draw J.A.I.L's objective of holding judges accountable off judges and redirect it towards other matters of which the public is concerned. One of those goals is to convince the people that J.A.I.L.'s objective is to punish jurors. After all, most everyone at some point serves jury duty. If they can convince America that J.A.I.L.'s objective is to allow convicted criminals to go after jurors for the decisions they made, then they have gained the concern of every American. No American wants to find themselves sued, tried or convicted of a crime because they were called upon to serve jury duty. This is the Bar Associations' planned plot as ministers of lies. They are hoping they can pull this off again and again in all states.
Their goal is to employ subtlety so as to not disclose to the public that this ploy is designed, engineered, and crafted by lawyers. After all, people hate judges and lawyers. If the public found out that it was the lawyers that were pulling the strings in the background, it might very well backfire on them.
In order to maintain their distraction away from themselves working in the background, they must succeed in convincing the people that it is them, themselves, engineering the defeat of JAIL4Judges. They are proposing, for instance, working though bankers, beauticians, barbers, and bartenders, and every matter in which people naturally find themselves in their day-to-day activities.
This “Mission Impossible” plot may be likened to “Operation Deception,” deceiving all America about JAIL4Judges. They are starting with Florida and the State of Georgia. I will be covering this plot in Georgia in an upcoming publication. This plot in Florida started in April, 2006 during the “show-election” that was placed into operation in South Dakota on November 7.
Should their plot succeed, America will become like third-world nations without a viable or honest election process. Here we are fighting in foreign nations to secure their rights to vote; but all the while seeking to overthrow honest elections here in America! No wonder they are drawing the lines against JAIL4Judges, determining that the message of judicial accountability in America MUST be defeated at all costs!
To borrow a quote from our Founding Fathers re: the shot heard ‘round the world, if these lawyers, both in and out of black robes, mean to have a war, then let it begin here, and let it begin now! We accept their challenge.
The Florida Bar
651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
January 15, 2007
Despite SD loss, J.A.I.L.4Judges targets Florida
Attorneys urged to be prepared for the fight
By Gary Blankenship
If backers of an amendment known as J.A.I.L.4Judges succeed in getting their constitutional amendment on the Florida ballot, the state's lawyers should be ready to lead a campaign to defeat it.
The public face of that campaign should not be judges and lawyers, but rather regular citizens who would be adversely affected by the amendment that nominally seeks to strip civil and criminal immunity from the judiciary in cases where a special grand jury decides they have acted improperly.
Tom Barnett, executive director of the State Bar of South Dakota, gave that advice to the Bar Board of Governors at its December meeting. Barnett led the campaign last year that resulted in the defeat of a J.A.I.L.4Judges initiative in South Dakota that wound up failing by an 89-to-11 percent margin.
“When we planned our campaign, we immediately decided that the worst people to talk about attacks on judges were judges and the second worst people were lawyers,” Barnett said. “What we needed were people on the street.”
He identified those people as the “four B's” - bankers, beauticians, barbers, and bartenders, or “people who talk with people every day.”
“The whole central theme to this campaign was to build coalitions and for the good of us all, let's try to maintain those coalitions,” Barnet said. “Build your coalitions now, because J.A.I.L.4Judges has announced that the next two target states are Nevada and Florida. Michigan is third.”
The Florida chapter of the organization (its Web site is http://floridajail4judges.org ) is already trying to get signatures for an initiative petition. It provides that judges and those who act in a judicial capacity can lose immunity from civil and criminal prosecution in some cases. Under the amendment, the losing party in a case, civil or criminal, can file a petition with a special statewide grand jury once all appeals have been exhausted. The grand jury can overturn the outcome of the case and, if it decides a judge acted improperly, make the judge subject to civil or criminal liability.
While judges might be unpopular, Barnett noted the amendment would have far-reaching impacts. One is that many locally elected officials, including city and county commissioners and school board members, can have judicial duties, and hence be covered under the amendment. So can ordinary residents when they serve on juries a fact the South Dakota anti-amendment campaign highlighted as ad after ad hammered that criminal defendants would be able to harass or sue jurors.
Barnett said one poll showed that allowing jurors to be sued was opposed by 86 percent of the voters. “It's a very, very powerful message,” he said. “That's why we used that.”
In seeking support for its campaign against the amendment, he said opponents looked to the users of the court system, particularly the business community.
Barnett said he explained the consequences of the amendment, including that relatively simple matters like repossessions of cars and mortgage foreclosures could become much more complicated and expensive if the debtors decided to fight their cases through the special statewide grand jury. That jury, he added, would be able to nullify contracts which could leave lenders with an empty bag.
The consequences? Car dealers might find lenders unwilling to finance automobile purchases and banks might be unwilling to issue mortgages, he said.
Hence, the anti-amendment campaign was able to get financial and political support from bankers, insurance companies, car dealers, and even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and tort reform groups that recognized the potential mayhem from the amendment, Barnett said.
In Florida, Barnett said a key factor will be whether the J.A.I.L.4Judges campaign hires professionals to gather signatures to get its initiative on the ballot. In South Dakota, he said the effort was headed nowhere until backers hired professional signature gatherers. The same is likely to happen in Florida.
He advised the Bar to begin preparing early for the potential campaign, and outlined how the anti-amendment campaign was waged in South Dakota.
The first phase of the campaign, when resources were scarce, was a public outreach that paired lawyers and judges with laypeople for appearances at civic and community groups. The emphasis, Barnett said, was on having the nonlawyers speak, with the legal professionals available to provide detailed answers if needed.
“Lawyers are very poor explainers of legal issues,” he said. “People expect the lawyer to be very glib and polished . . . But the hardware store owner they listened to, he's not very polished, but people leave persuaded.”
Early last year when Barnett geared up the campaign against the amendment, initial polls showed that voters had a favorable impression of the measure by a 3-1 to 4-1 margin.
Initially short on funds, Barnett launched the local outreach program and began building coalitions with various groups. By the early fall, when more money began coming in, the local outreach program had shifted sentiment to 3-1 against the amendment, but still with over half the voters undecided.
With more money, Barnett was able to begin television and radio ads. Those emphasized that convicted criminals could use the amendment to harass jurors and try to get out of jail, and that the amendment did not spring from South Dakotans but rather was imported from a California group.
In building coalitions, Barnett said he got every major town and city in the state to pass a resolution opposing the amendment. He reached out to doctors, hospitals, bankers, insurance companies, accountants, and others and explained how the amendment could upset the legal system and even allow the reopening of previously settled and decided cases since the amendment applied retroactively.
“When it comes to a full-scale attack on our court system, they have to be on our side because they use the court system,” Barnett said.
He estimated that the personal outreach campaign got 60 percent of the voters to oppose the amendment, and the media campaign raised that to nearly 90 percent. Indeed, the campaign was so successful that while it required 47,000 signatures to get the amendment on the ballot, it got only about 36,500 votes even though 72 percent of the state's voters went to the polls.
Even if it appears the J.A.I.L.4Judges organization is weak in Florida, Barnett advised gearing up for a campaign because of the seriousness of the issue.
“Start building coalitions today,” he said. “Who uses the court system? Business. Who has the money to do appeals? Business. Tell them this will hurt the court system.”
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