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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Table of Contents and List of Questions for this FAQ on American Judicial and Legal Corruption (F.A.Q., Frequently Asked Questions)

Here is the complete internet FAQ, or Frequently Asked Questions with Answers, on American judicial and legal corruption - the most hidden and ugly secret about life inside the modern United States.

Information for the many victims of USA legal injustice, and for anyone seeking to understand America's terrifying legal system, and how America really works. Why American lawyers and judges are destroying families, sending innocent people to prison, and why average working people and minorities often cannot get justice in American courts.

This FAQ is needed because USA major news media are afraid to talk about wrongdoing by lawyers and judges. Here is the truth that US media knows, but hides from the public. This information in this FAQ may be re-published without charge, even in full, by anyone, anywhere, with acknowledgement of author and source.

Here's the table of contents, a list of just the questions - Click on the question to read the answer:

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1. I've been a victim of wrongdoing by a judge or lawyer - where do I start in getting help?

When you have been a victim of wrongdoing by a judge or lawyer, you have joined the ranks of what are now millions of victims of sleaze and corruption in the American legal system.

But you need first of all to realise that you are in a situation where it will be very difficult for you to get help, despite your being surrounded by well something like 1.3 million lawyers in the USA, and living in a society obsessed with law and lawyers, with courts and with lawsuits.

You are victim in need of legal help, yet it is mostly forbidden to USA lawyers and judges to help you. I will try to explain why.

This FAQ explains what will likely happen, as you try various avenues of seeking help and justice, and try to defend yourself against powerful forces who are set up against you.

You have begun a road that is probably long and lonely, as well as dangerous. You or a loved one may be threatened with jail and prison, with losing everything you have or own, with being mentally and even physically tormented, and even being murdered or put to death.

You may be completely innocent, and even have complete proof that a lawyer or judge or their friends have committed major felony crimes.

But still, you may have a terribly difficult time getting anyone to help you, or getting the news media to cover your story, or even getting someone to listen to you.

The first step is to face and confront the situation, and know exactly what you are facing in America's strange legal system. This FAQ will help you understand the evil games played at a USA courthouse, and in a USA society that hides the truth about this horrid system.

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2. I thought America was a "free country" with the "greatest legal system in the world" - so why is my situation such a difficult problem?

If you are a new victim of judicial or legal corruption, you start to see that the USA is a very different kind of place, than how you used to think of it. You are now confronted with the most hidden and terrible secret about life in modern America.

The American legal system is not like what they told you in schoolbooks when you were a child. It is not like the way they picture it in Hollywood movies, or on USA television shows.

It is not like what you see in the news media, in a few cases when famous people are on trial, and millions of dollars are being spent, and TV cameras are rolling, and reporters from around the world are watching everything that happens. Judges and lawyers behave very differently in those small number of legal cases that get high publicity.

Amidst the vast majority of American legal cases, below the media radar screen, what happens is often sordid and sleazy. Sometimes judges and lawyers commit crimes in broad daylight. Judges ignore the facts, ignore the law, ignore the truth, and ignore justice. Lawyers cut sleazy deals and sell out their own clients. Bribery is commonplace.

There are courtrooms where judges and lawyers scream like lunatics at their victims, where judges and lawyers tell lies and plant false evidence, and no one says a word to fight them. Innocent people get sentenced to prison, or even to be strapped to a table and put to death; or people are told they will be sent to jail unless they pay extortion money to friends of the judge. Judges are hiring thugs to engage in extortion and intimidation of other people, to cover for their own bribery corruption. Fake 'show trials' are held, where both 'sides' of lawyers collude with the judge against the target victim - someone perhaps like yourself.

The best way for rich people to get away with committing felony crimes in America, is to bribe and induce judges to be part of their criminal gang. This makes the crimes harder to pursue, because they almost never prosecute a judge, even when there is clear proof the judge is a criminal, out of their wish to hide that the whole system is crooked.

Yes, it is really that bad.

Unlike what people imagine, most legal cases are never even allowed to get to a jury - the judges make sure of that. People are crushed and destroyed, threatened and sentenced, denied access to their families and children, and lose everything they have and own, without any jury ever hearing what they had to say.

America brags about having the 'rule of law', but this does not mean that the law is taken seriously. All it means is that there are people with the title of 'judges' and 'lawyers' involved, whilst you are being railroaded and denied your rights, whilst your family is destroyed, whilst your life is ruined, and your freedoms are trampled by a court. The 'rule of law' is just a propaganda phrase that covers for rule by lawyers who are often gangsters.

The reality of American courts is an immense tragedy and catastrophe, a tragedy mostly un-reported in the news media. (See below on why USA media are quiet about crooked judges and lawyers.) There are millions of victims, with stories that are largely hidden, their suffering suppressed or obscured by big news media organisations. Some of these victims are under gag orders or bans on their freedom of speech, but many of these stories are out on the internet for you to see, sometimes even despite the gag orders. But don't expect to find these stories easily, the internet search companies often hide the truth for their own purposes, and judges are quickly tempted to issue 'orders to Google' to hide their own wrong-doing.

Because these stories are not prominent on the TV news or in the major newspapers, most people who are not yet victims - maybe like yourself, before you became a victim - because of that, most people tend to believe what they have been told, about living in a 'free country' with 'justice in the courts', supposedly the 'greatest legal system in the world'.

It is natural to believe this propaganda, it is human nature for Americans to accept these stories. But it is not the truth about the USA legal system. It is scary to confront that truth, to face the real facts about fraud and injustice in America's courts. But if you dig deeper, you come to find many particular cases and examples, which show you the real truth about what is going on in USA courts these days.

Judges in America are obsessed with controlling media about themselves, and hiding their misconduct. Via their decisions and decrees and orders, and also their rantings and ravings of malicious anger, are tools of propaganda against people who are victims of the legal system. Whatever courts and judges declare - however lying and false - is what everyone is allowed to talk about and repeat. No matter how dishonest, criminal, slanderous, or unjust, statements made by the judge are 'okay to publish' over and over again, particularly in major media. On the other hand, statements of a private person - especially if critical of a judge or court - are things that carry much less weight. Media often refuse to publish such statements, out of fear the judges will hit back at those media or their owners. With big Western internet search and social media companies mostly USA-centred, USA courts are able to dominate the picture of reality presented by media, who easily fall into the role of being USA judicial corruption partners and enablers.

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3. What about the grievance procedures for dishonest and criminal judges?

For both federal and state courts in the USA, you find some theoretical grievance procedures for misconduct by judges. You can often even find instructions as to what forms to file and where to file them. But, in the end, nearly all of this is a joke, a farce, and a fraud on American people.

Nearly all such complaints are kept secret, permanently. Some jurisdictions have even made it an offence to talk about the fact that you have filed a complaint against a judge. Angry judges often itch to show their power with a 'contempt of court jailing' - which in cases in the USA have lasted as long as 14 years.

The judges read these complaints, and pass them around to each other, and maybe even laugh and joke about them. Sometimes the judges have little private talks with each other, and suggest strategies so as to not be so blatantly obvious in their offences in the future.

The judges almost never take any official action on these complaints, regardless of how much evidence you have submitted. The complaints are rejected, and they tend to not even reply to the victim. If a reply is made, it is to dismiss the complaint, with a remark that the complainant is a "disgruntled litigant", or with some technicality or other being invented to jettison the complaint.

Also, it can be nearly impossible to get a lawyer to help you file such misconduct charges - see below on why lawyers are afraid of revenge by the judges. But even with a lawyer making the complaint for you, the outcome would be the same: Nearly all complaints ignored or dismissed.

In 2004, there was even appointed a national judicial ethics panel of the United States Supreme Court, with a Supreme Court judge as chairman. This became yet another group stonewalling on judicial corruption, so you could send in complaints and have them ignored right at the very top.

USA judges look out very nicely for each other. On the other hand, judges who would dare to expose bribery and misconduct by other judges, can be attacked and driven out of office on trumped-up accusations. That is one reason the judges and government collect all those complaints - they are permanent blackmail, a 'control file', a weapon that can be deployed at any time to destroy a judge who does not accept the corruption of fellow judges and the rich oligarchy.

Judges are jealous of their own sense of power, which is diminished every time a judicial scandal is exposed. So judges think it is better to cover up for any crimes by fellow judges, lest they lose whatever respect they have remaining, amongst people who don't know any better.

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4. What about the local Bar or Bar association - Aren't they supposed to go after crooked lawyers and judges?

In each U.S. state you can also locate the procedures on how to file a complaint against a dishonest lawyer, a complaint usually filed with your local Bar, or lawyers' supervision body. Just as with the complaint procedures about judges, these procedures are largely a joke, a farce and a fraud on the American people.

You may be amazed to see how fast the Bar sends you a letter back, claiming there is "no action warranted" on your complaint, even though you have submitted total clear proof of felony crimes by a lawyer. Across America, such "lawyer complaint procedures" are known for covering up for felony crimes and serious offenses by lawyers. These "Bar legal ethics" people are an important part of maintaining the American culture of bribery and judicial misconduct.

It is important to understand that, in the United States of America, the lawyers are under the direct personal control of the judges, not their fellow lawyers. This is different from other advanced nations, where lawyers are admitted to practice by their fellow lawyers. So, in other countries, lawyers are not directly under the thumb of judges who may be crooked. This is the difference between what is usually called the 'Bar' (a government body controlled by the judges in America), and the 'Bar Association' (the union or guild or private organization of lawyers).

Given that the judges in America are widely involved in misconduct and fraud and bribery, and that these judges also control the Bar, that means your complaint about dishonest lawyers, are going right to the same judges who are involved in bribery with the crooked lawyers. Ha-ha-ha, the judges laugh, because the joke is on the public.

The lawyers who are "disciplined" by the Bar are mostly lawyers who have made the judges angry in some way - lawyers who dared to expose corruption; lawyers involved in bribery without giving the judges their proper share; political radicals or minority lawyers who have caused trouble for the judges and politicians; or lawyers whose other crimes become so well known that the Bar feels it has to pretend to do something.

But it is usually an empty hope of getting justice, by means of filing a Bar complaint against a lawyer. The law, the truth, the facts, the evidence, and justice itself, are all usually irrelevant. What matters is the way the lawyer in question is politically and financially connected to the judges.

The Bar Associations, or lawyers' unions, do not have power independent of the judges. They accept the system as it is, and join in the cover-up of offenses by other lawyers.

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5. Why is it so hard to find a lawyer to fight legal or judicial corruption, why are all the lawyers afraid to help me?

One of the several things you will discover in your battle against judicial or legal wrongdoing, is that it can be almost impossible to find a lawyer who will help you file lawsuits and complaints against judges, or against other lawyers.

One reason for this is because the judges generally control the Bar in your state, which means they have total instant control over whether a lawyer is even allowed to continue working as a lawyer.

With the judges' direct personal control over the Bar, not only does the Bar ignore the complaints about dishonest lawyers who are involved in crimes with judges, the Bar can also take instant revenge on the lawyers who dare to question corruption. As you will find in numerous documented cases, lawyers who file complaints have been quickly stripped of their right to practice law, denied their livelihood and income and financially destroyed, and sometimes even criminally charged and sentenced to jail.

Sometimes the local Bar will even admit that talking about legal corruption, is a specific reason for taking away a lawyer's license to practice. The revenge can be quick and instant.

Judges have many other ways to take revenge too. American judges love to abuse their "contempt of court" privileges, and send a lawyer or other person to jail right on the spot there in the courtroom, if the judge decides that person has been insufficiently submissive.

What this means, is that America's army of nearly a million lawyers, is submissive to the control of some thousands of judges, who operate the game that is known as America's legal system. Lawyers are genuinely in fear. You will find that even the many lawyers who are unemployed, the lawyers who are broke and desperate for money, are afraid to fight a case if it involves exposing judicial or legal corruption.

The small group of rich lawyers who make big money, and who run the various Bar and lawyers' associations, have accepted the way that the "game" is currently played by the lawyers who have direct contact with judges. There is a feeling among lawyers that the current structure of bribery and fraud, is what maintains the high incomes of some lawyers, and helps lawyers to earn fees as high as $500 per hour. Rich people and companies pay this money because they are afraid of injustice, and they know that the fees are big enough to include the money for bribes to the judges.

Many other lawyers, privately, don't like the system, but individual lawyers will not speak out about particular cases of bribery and fraud, because they know that revenge will likely be quickly taken against them.

Lawyers will line up by the dozen to help other crooked lawyers, and to help judges play bribery games and do personal harm to you. But if you have proof of lawyers or judges involved in crime and wrongdoing, lawyers in general will avoid you as if you have the plague.

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6. Aren't there lawyers who specialize in "legal malpractice" or misconduct by lawyers?

Theoretically, there are a few lawyers who advertise among their specialties, that they are interested in "legal malpractice" cases. But you will almost certainly find this to be another dead end, as you search for a lawyer to help you.

Many of the lawyers interested in "legal malpractice" are only interested in defending and protecting lawyers who are accused of crimes and offenses - they are not interested in exposing any wrongdoing by other lawyers.

The lawyers who say they are willing to sue other lawyers, are basically only willing to file such lawsuits if it is all right with the judges first - they are not willing to sue lawyers who are committing crimes in collusion with the judges.

These lawyers first want to know if some judge is already angry at the lawyer in question, and wants to take revenge on the lawyer - in that case the "legal malpractice" lawyer might be willing to help you. A few narrow types of cases fall into this category - like lawyers who have missed a filing deadline in a personal injury lawsuit, thereby depriving other lawyers and judges of legal fees and bribery money.

The lawyers, and the judges supporting them, will also tolerate a few lawsuits about legal misconduct, where the lawyers have engaged in malpractice or misconduct that hurts the big corporations or their shareholders. The judges and lawyers don't care about average citizens, but they do care about big corporations, shareholders, and wealthy people, so they might consider evaluating whether a lawyer has provided good service to big corporations and wealthy people.

As far as the average citizen goes, you can pretty much forget about even the so-called "legal malpractice" lawyers. No matter how clearly you can prove felony crimes by other lawyers and judges, the "legal malpractice" lawyers will almost never help you.

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7. I read about crazy lawsuits for trivial reasons where people win money - so why can't I find a lawyer to fight serious issues of legal corruption?

It's true that there are lots of bogus, malicious, and perverted lawsuits filed in America, for all sorts of trivial and dishonest reasons. And it's true that some of these lawsuits even win money, where somebody gets a big pile of money for some silly complaint.

But that doesn't mean you will be able to get legal help to fight a crooked lawyer or judge, even though you have massive proof of misconduct and felony crime by the lawyers and the judges.

The legal profession likes the media to tell all those general lawsuit stories. They like the way these stories create terror among people and small businesses, and help induce people to pay more money for lawyers.

The legal profession also likes the media to tell the stories of a few people who win millions of dollars in lawsuits. It is just like in gambling casinos, where the casino very proudly announces that someone has won a huge jackpot. A few people win big, but most people will lose, and the stories of a few people hitting the "jackpot" give false hope to all the many people who lose money. Also, many people who win lots of money in a lawsuit, are people who have serious injuries and medical problems, and who need to spend all that money on America's hugely expensive medical care system.

The lawyers also like to create the impression that, "You can find a lawyer to sue anybody for almost anything." This, however, is a lie. It's true that you can find lawyers to file all sorts of silly, worthless and dishonest lawsuits, but only against certain targets.

If you want to make up some lies and sue a doctor or a hospital, lawyers will jump out of the woodwork to help you. If you want to make up some lies and sue a small business, that doesn't have any political connections, lawyers will be glad to take your money and play this game with you. If you want to harass your poor neighbor down the street, and your neighbor doesn't have political connections, lawyers will be glad to take your money and play the lawsuit game.

But if you want to sue a big powerful company with political connections, lawyers start to slow down a bit. They might take your money and file a lawsuit against that kind of company, but they will start to be a little timid about what they do. And they might steal your money, and then take a bribe from the lawyers for the big company to sabotage your case.

If you want to file a lawsuit against some politician or the government, now things really start to slow down. Lawyers, even broke lawyers desperate for money, will start to walk on eggshells here. They might be willing to file some sort of general administrative lawsuit about this or that, but they also will be very hesitant to expose wrongdoing by some powerful official, politician or government agency. Lawyers are very careful about taking legal action against the government in general.

But if you want to sue another lawyer, or file some lawsuit that exposes the misconduct of a dishonest judge, then you will likely hear: No way, buster! This is the territory of career suicide for a lawyer. He might end up losing his license to practice law, and both the lawyer and you might wind up in jail on phony charges. You can keep on asking several thousand lawyers, like other people have done, and yet never find a single lawyer who is willing to file a lawsuit against other crooked lawyers. You can have lots of money, and total proof of crime by the guilty lawyers, and yet you may never find a lawyer to help you.

That's the reality of "how the game is played" in the American legal system.

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8. I had a lawyer in my original legal case, but he acted weak, timid and stupid in the courtroom, he didn't try to strongly defend me - Why was that?

The lawyers' fear of judges also changes their legal behavior in regular legal cases, too, even cases that don't seem (at first) to involve legal corruption.

When you talk with a lawyer in his office, you may hear him talk about all sorts of wonderful things he promises to do for you - all sorts of countersuits he will file, all sorts of things he will say to defend you. He sounds like a smart guy or girl.

But then you may find, when it comes to the actual legal filings, or the lawyer's performance in the courtroom, your lawyer is suddenly a wimp and an idiot. He only argues about trivial matters, and forgets to mention the most important evidence about why you are innocent or right.

The reason for this is that much of what goes on in American courtrooms is phony or fake, with the outcome decided in advance by the judge and the lawyers. Lawyers don't really work for their clients in many cases; their real allegiance is channeled through the judges, and their loyalty is to the government, or to the rich people or corporations who pay the big bribes.

Even though you might have given a lot of money to "your" lawyer, the judge might have gotten a really big bribe from the other side. This is part of why the big corporation usually wins their cases against the little guy.

Your lawyer is often like a crooked pro wrestler who gets paid to take a dive in a rigged wrestling match. He pretends to fight a little bit, then he lays down while the judge/referee counts to 10.

Lawyers are submissive to the judges in the way that they present their cases. If the judge doesn't want to hear something, the lawyer will try to avoid presenting those facts or arguments. So the truth is never spoken, the motion is never filed, the claims are not made, the facts are not presented. The person whom you imagine is "your" lawyer, trims and narrows his presentation to make it pleasing to the judge, and to the forces of wealth, power and government that the judge represents. Your lawyer may well be bribed by the other side's lawyers, to help him along in betraying you.

If the lawyers don't play along with this game, they may suffer the destruction of their careers, or even be railroaded into prison.

This is also how so many poor people and minorities are sent to prison, even though they are completely innocent. They are shoved into accepting a "plea bargain", with no jury trial, by the lies and deceptions of a "public defender lawyer", who is trying to hold onto his job. If the "public defender" does not cooperate with the judge and prosecutors in railroading poor people into jail, he can be pushed out of work, or even suffer worse revenge, like being disbarred or jailed on false charges himself.

In lawsuits between people and big companies, the big corporations and rich people who pay for the bribes may not even specifically talk about bribery with their lawyer. They hire a lawyer with "connections", pay him $500 an hour or whatever he asks, and don't ask any questions about the details. The lawyers themselves have lots of cash floating around in their pockets, and wait for a discreet moment to pass it to the judge. Occasionally an ex-judge will even reveal that this is how the system actually works, that bribery is commonplace.

Often, the judge and the lawyers agree among themselves about how it's all going to "go down", with the end result decided in advance, and you merely hear the result of "the best deal possible", according to "your" lawyer, whose job is to sell the deal to you, and make you take it - or else. "Your" lawyer will start to threaten or intimidate you, if you do not go along. If a lawyer tries to fight this system, he and his client may both be quickly crushed and destroyed. American lawyers learn quickly that they must "play the game" if they are to survive at all.

Lawyers who wish they could help people, find themselves too afraid to take the actions they know should be taken to really defend and fight for their clients. America's lawyers are themselves in fear, well-trained in being submissive and timid to America's judges.

It is almost impossible to find radical, bold, brave lawyers like there were in an earlier day, or like you imagine from television and movies. The judges don't allow such lawyers to survive very long. Such lawyers have been successfully suppressed, disbarred, jailed, or otherwise intimidated and constrained. That is why when you try to confront judicial and legal corruption, you are usually very much alone and without any legal help.

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9. What about prosecutors and police - won't the prosecutors or the FBI go after crooked lawyers and judges?

This is another frustrating dead end in your search for justice. In theory, the local district attorney, or the police, or the federal prosecutors and the FBI, should all be going after crooked lawyers and judges.

But you will find that these people usually have no interest in going after crooked lawyers and judges, no matter how clear and devastating the proof of crime that you present to them. They may even give you back the evidence and refuse to accept it, so they can pretend later that they never saw it and don't have it.

One of the sad things about life in America, is that average citizens are usually denied the right to bring criminal complaints against other people. You aren't allowed to yourself bring criminal charges of extortion and fraud against a lawyer, unless a prosecutor or other magistrate or official "approves" of prosecuting your accusations.

And what you will find is that the public officials cover up for crimes by their special friends, the lawyers and judges. This is all part of the "game". The police and prosecutors, after all, depend on crooked lawyers and judges to succeed in their own work. Many of Americans 2 million prisoners who are now in America's jails, are innocent, railroaded into jail on flimsy evidence, on unreliable testimony from criminal snitches, or by a plea bargain backed by extortion threats.

Lawyers and judges are the people who help the police and prosecutors do their dirtiest work. There is lots of mutual back-scratching here. Judges and lawyers help cover up for crimes and misconduct by police and prosecutors; in return, police and prosecutors help cover up for crimes by judges and lawyers. It is an old, ancient game, and the players are all familiar with the rules.

Occasionally there is a prosecution of some lawyer or low-level judge for some crime, but this is usually when that person has become a wild card, who went too far, or didn't play by the established rules, maybe got too greedy in exceeding the quiet system of influence and bribery. But sometimes it is exactly because that lawyer or judge tried to fight the system or not play along, that they are being railroaded on some accusation. The news reports rarely tell the real story of what is going on behind the scenes.

But for the average person who has clear proof of felony crimes by a lawyer or judge, the police and prosecutors and FBI are usually not interested. They will simply put the material in their files, and not do anything about it.

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10. Is it true that once I become a victim of judicial and legal corruption, I basically become an "outlaw" to the whole legal system in America?

Yes. There is no person more isolated in the American legal system, than someone who is a victim of legal and judicial corruption and who has started to complain about it, or shown any signs that he is aware of the crooked game that is being played.

By complaining about dishonest lawyers and judges, you may no longer have any shred of safety left in your life inside America. The judges and lawyers and police will make you, in the ancient sense of the word, an "outlaw", outside the law, where it is open season for anyone to do harm to you, and no lawyer or judge or police will ever protect you.

Murderers and rapists can find a lawyer - no problem at all. Lawyers love to have clients who are guilty of serious crimes, sleazy clients who want to cut "a deal" with the system.

But if you are an innocent person who has complained about a lawyer or a judge, or who has shown signs of even being aware of dishonesty or corruption in the legal system, then you are in great danger, and may already be an "outlaw" to America's lawyers and courts. You may be an outlaw not only in the particular legal case where you complained about corruption, but in any future legal case of any kind at all. You might find yourself totally without legal help in unrelated legal matters, and have now become fair game for all gangsters and criminals as well as the government.

You might be arrested on false criminal charges, and find that no lawyer wants to help you. Other people can wreck your house and steal money from you, and you may find that no lawyer will dare come forward to help protect your rights.

If you had a past record of robbing banks or harming children, sure, lawyers will help you, no problem. But if you have a past record of complaining about lawyers and judges, then you are alone, and lawyers and judges will sat back and watch and laugh while you are victimized. And lawyers themselves may start lining up to cheat you and steal your money, knowing that you are helpless to fight back.

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11. Is it just a question of money - could I fix things if I had some money?

You may be surprised that even fairly large piles of money, are not enough to fight legal corruption.

You may initially have become a victim of legal corruption, in part because you didn't have much money. Lawyers told you they couldn't help you, because you didn't have money. But you will find that even if you win the lottery and get a large pile of money later, you often still cannot hire any lawyers to fight legal corruption.

It is an iron wall of corruption with America's judges and lawyers. The lawyers are totally scared to represent you or help you, if you are someone who has exposed or criticized wrongdoing among the judges, and that doesn't change because you can afford to pay legal fees.

If you do come into some money, you may only find lawyers who will steal your money, but not actually represent you and fight for you. One way they do this is by the common "research and review" scam. A lawyer says first you have to pay him to "evaluate the issues". He takes a large pile of money, and writes a short and useless "legal memorandum", telling you there is this issue and that issue and blah-blah-blah, but in the end he refuses to help you, and all you have is a useless "memorandum".

Another way a lawyer will steal your money is by making false promises to you, even giving you a phony written contract, and then just pocketing your money. Once he cashes your checks, the lawyer then begins abusing you and backing out on his promises. He refuses to do work for you or file the lawsuits he promised, he suddenly tells you that you must keep quiet about bribery and corruption, and meanwhile he keeps all your money because of all his "legal work" and "research" on your case.

America really has two legal systems using the same courts. One system is for rich people and big corporations, and those who can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees and bribes. The other system is for everybody else, who are simply pawns in the big legal "game". The average middle class or poor person, simply doesn't matter very much to the judges and lawyers.

But even people who are wealthy, or big wealthy corporations, cannot directly fight the legal culture of bribery and corruption. Even the lawyers for big corporations, are too scared to expose bribery and fraud by other lawyers and judges.

Even a big corporation, confronted with bribery, will simply file complex appeals on technical issues, and hire other expensive lawyers who may bribe other judges, so as to get the initial bad results reversed or limited in some way. A business knows that if it speaks up about dishonest judges, it will have a bad time in the courts from other judges in the future. It will start losing big lawsuits, and may even be wiped out or destroyed, as the judges take revenge on the company.

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12. Why doesn't someone fight this whole big crooked system - What is keeping all of this going?

To understand American legal corruption, it's necessary to go into a deeper understanding of how the machinery of American society really works - who has power, and why they use it that way. This is a big and complex question, about which many books can be written, and which can be looked at in different ways. But here are some short summaries to help you initially understand why the American judicial system has gotten into this mess.

As for "someone" to fight this system, right now there are many little "someones" trying to fight this crooked system, you can find such people on the internet, even though you may not have heard about them before. There is a growing movement across the country seeking to do something about America's terrifying and catastrophic legal system.

But as of now, there is no big powerful "someone", with money and power and lawyers and media coverage, who is willing to fight this system as it now stands.

In America right now, two giant institutions are breaking down at the same time. One is the legal and court system, with the moral collapse of America's lawyers, now submissive to America's judges and to the culture of legal corruption.

The second institution that is breaking down, is that of the big news media organizations, now very timid, and not covering much of the news that people need and want to hear. The lawyers are afraid, and the reporters are afraid, and so the real story about America's courts is not getting told. America is now the land of fear. This needs to be understood in more detail, so you can understand why the judges have such power and control, and why judicial corruption is so rampant.

A good question to start analyzing power and corruption, is to ask: Who benefits from it?

With judicial and legal corruption, clearly the judges and the rich lawyers benefit from it. An unfair system that involves bribery and influence peddling, makes the judges and the leading lawyers richer. They get a lot more money than they would in a fair system. The more injustice in America, the more fear that clients have, the more money they will pay to lawyers. Fear and injustice equals money for lawyers and judges.

By being able to bribe judges and influence court results, this is also an inducement for people to pay large money for lawyers. It means that paying big money is a reliable way to get the results that you want. If the system was fair, the little guy or victim would win more often. On the other hand, a bribery system, will tend to give more reliable results for the people who are paying the big fees and bribery money.

And partly it is just the ancient human emotion of the quest for power. A dishonest judge feels more powerful than an honest one. It is one thing to decide a legal case; it is another all together, to fix and rig the system for yourself and your friends. It can make people feel like a god, to twist and pervert the system and America's Constitution. Pride and the lust for power, are ancient human emotions, especially for people who are drawn to politics, like judges.

In America, people grow up thinking that judges are the ultimate power. So people who seek power, want to become judges. And then how much more powerful you can feel as a judge, to twist and rig the whole game. Especially when you know that other judges are twisting and rigging the game too.

But we need to look more deeply, beyond the judges and lawyers themselves, to see who is benefiting from the current crooked USA legal system, and why the system keeps going. See the following questions for more on this topic.

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13. But with the judges so out of control in America, aren't there rich people and political groups that have even more power than the judges?

To understand the reasons for the abuse of judicial power in America, it's necessary to talk a little about the politics of America itself - who is powerful in America, and how America is really run. This discussion is necessarily controversial, and many people will have differing perspectives. But there is no way to discuss the root of the problem of judicial and legal corruption, without at least partially discussing the problems of American politics.

Also, it's necessary to say a little bit about American politics, before we discuss why various other groups and entities - like the political parties, non-profit groups and organizations, and the media -- won't help you fight or expose legal corruption either.

So here in this FAQ is a brief political discussion that will at least explain what is holding up the current environment of judicial corruption and bribery, and why nobody powerful is trying to stop the judges and lawyers.

You don't have to agree with this discussion, to appreciate that there is a terrible problem in America with injustice; with dishonest, crooked and political biased judges; and with lawyers who regularly abandon, sabotage and betray their own clients. But for those who want to understand why this is happening, the political discussion here will provide one framework of reference, and an initial explanation for why this terrible tragic "game" is still being played, with no powerful group out there calling "Stop" to these terrors.

In America there are said to be three "branches" of government: the judiciary branch of judges, the executive branch under the president and the governors, and the legislative branch under congress and the various state legislatures. Two main political "parties", the Democrats and Republicans, control nearly everyone in government throughout America - with just a handful of exceptions, all judges, the President and the governors, and all legislators, are members of these two big parties.

Of these three branches of government in the USA, the judges are the highest or supreme branch. The President has more raw power in his hands, but he is still somewhat under the courts in the way the government is structured. Weaker still are the legislators. The Congress passes laws, but is not as powerful as the President, or the courts, since the judges can nullify or re-interpret the laws.

The weakest branch of government, the bodies of individual legislators, is the one closest to the people. The President is more distant, and the most distant of all are the judges. The highest powers, in other words, are the most distant from the public.

This is all very different from other advanced countries, where the parliaments or legislators are really supreme, because they directly represent the people. In other countries like on the continent of Europe, the parliament is usually more powerful than the executive (usually the prime minister), or the judges. But in America, like no where else, the judges are on top of the heap, not the parliament or congress.

In America the judges hold the highest political power, and yet the judges are the government group that people are supposed to be afraid to criticize. People are allowed to talk politics about the President or Congress, but are fearful and timid of saying things about the judges.

But the real biggest power in America, worth trillions of dollars, are the big corporations, and the very wealthiest billionaires and multi-millionaires, the big investors who own those corporations. These corporations are more powerful than any individual or any branch of the government, and if they wanted, they could change the way the government works.

These big corporations, with the billionaires and multi-millionaire investors, have effective ownership and funding and control of the important institutions in the United States. They own almost all of the major news media, nearly all the television and radio and newspapers and even many internet sites, that most Americans read as sources of news and information.

The corporations and wealthy people provide most of the money for both political parties - both the Democrats and the Republicans - yes, they are the sources of most of the money used by BOTH of these two parties in their billion dollar election campaigns. Both political parties really get their money from largely the same people, who give to both parties, so they have influence no matter who wins any election.

The big corporations and billionaires and multi-millionaires, also supply the money for most of the big "non profit organizations" and think tanks, the organizations you see that have good funding, paid employees, and money to spend on fancy internet sites, fundraising and advertising. Wherever you turn in America for established information, or to observe well-funded political activity, you are usually running into something ultimately funded by America's biggest corporations and wealthiest people.

The power of the corporations and billionaires and multi-millionaires, are the real force behind the judges, and the current environment of unlimited judicial power. See the following questions for more details as to why.

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14. How is the power of the big corporations in America, connected to the abuse of power by judges and lawyers?

So why don't the rich people and corporations keep the judges under control, and force them to be honest?

In talking about the power of the big corporations, the billionaires, and the multi-millionaires, it is not necessary to take sides on issues like free-market capitalism versus leftist social democracy, or the old-fashioned debate about what Americans call the "conservative" versus "liberal" viewpoint.

What is being talked about here, is the monopoly power of rich companies and a few rich people, so concentrated that is so huge and dangerous, and stifles free competition. It is what former American President Teddy Roosevelt warned about as the dangerous power of "trusts", or cartels and monopolies. It is also what former American President Dwight Eisenhower warned against as the power of the "military industrial complex", the big corporations and wealthy people whom he said might eventually control all branches and aspects of government, if people were not vigilant.

It is that kind of concentrated, monopoly power that is at issue here - not just the power of the judges and lawyers themselves as a monopoly, but the power of the corporations behind them.

Clearly it benefits the judges themselves to operate a culture of almost naked and unrestrained power, where complaints about judges are only reviewed by other judges. It benefits the judges themselves to have a system where the lawyers themselves must submit to the judges, and not dare expose corruption, or else instantly lose their ability to practice law, and maybe face jail and prison themselves. Where judges can commit crimes and develop a culture of bribery, secure in the knowledge that they themselves can cover up for fellow judges who engage in bribery and misconduct.

The current game benefits the judges, and it benefits the group of wealthy lawyers who play dirty games with the judges and who buy influence with them. But all of that may not be enough to explain why the game keeps going on.

Over and over again, people cry out in private: Why doesn't "somebody" do something about these crooked judges and lawyers? Why won't anyone help me? Why do the politicians, the police and everybody else, stay silent why all of this is going on?

Yes, theoretically, the legislators have the power to go after the judges. The media could start publicizing on the front page of the newspapers, and in the headlines of news broadcasts, all the terrible crimes being committed by judges and lawyers, all the stories of so many victims, with so much proof in written documents. If it wanted, the media could publicize all those stories that are usually only found by people on the internet, after they themselves have become victims, and go looking on the internet for help, only to find that there are hundreds of thousands of other victims, too.

But nonetheless, all the millions of victims of the legal system are suffering, and finding that no one in power, no big political party or influential media organization is taking up their cause. Why not?

The answer ultimately lies in the power of the big corporations, and the billionaire and multi-millionaire investors. These powers, ultimately, like the current system as it is. It works for them, even though the average common person often gets run over by the big bus known as the American legal system. These big corporations, who also own the media companies, and who also supply the money for your congress-people and legislators, like the system as it is. So the people who get their money - the media and the legislators - stay quiet about legal corruption, because they know that the current legal system is what is wanted by those big corporations and investors.

A "fair" legal system, which made the little guy equal to the big corporation, is obviously something dangerous to the corporations, that would cost them money. An unfair legal system - where only the richest can afford to play the game well - benefits the corporations greatly.

Almost no one in America can pay lawyers $500 an hour for months and months. But this is small chump change for big companies or billionaires, to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers.

And it is not just lawsuits and legal claims, that the big corporations and rich investors are worried about. It is control of all the machinery of government, control of democracy itself, that is secured by owning the legal system.

America is the only developed nation in the world whose political system, is so well controlled and owned by the big corporations and investors. An unfair legal system, with lots of influence-buying and bribery, not only lets companies win their particular legal battles, in taking away the rights of the little guy. It also prevents other kinds of protest and political activity that could threaten the big companies' profits and power. The working class and middle class people, can be kept submissive and in fear, afraid of ever trying to ask for their rights either in the court or in politics.

America's unfair legal system is an important tool to keep people shut up and quiet and fearful. Similarly, the monopoly ownership of America's media by the big companies keeps many Americans ignorant of things that are going on, if it is not what the corporations want them to hear.

Americans are in terror of the law and the legal system. If the average American is arrested, he already fears that he will be railroaded and sent to jail if he is not rich, and if he does not have several hundred thousand dollars to spend. If he is sued by a big company, the average person expects to lose everything he owns, and go bankrupt.

The legal system is used to quash, silence and destroy, and even imprison, little people who try to criticize big companies, rich people, or (of course) judges and lawyers. The legal system is used to attack and harass people who try to start independent political parties or reform movements, or engage in protest activity, or to crush independent writers and critics.

One big tool of crushing democracy, is the whole farce of American courts on divorce and family law, the custody of children and alimony and divorce property disputes. By keeping millions of Americans tied up in years of legal hell and losing money to this system, working Americans are kept poor, and drained of energy and resources they could use for other political activity.

In a general demoralization of the working and lower classes, America has built a giant gulag of prisons, with more than 2 million prisoners - this is one-fourth, twenty-five percent, of all the prisoners in the entire world. America is now a big jailhouse. More than 1 out of 140 Americans is currently in prison. Hardly anybody is in jail in Europe, and the crime rates are much lower. America imprisons a much higher percentage of people than China, Cuba or other countries that America likes to criticize.

Working class and minority Americans live in fear of being sent to jail on false and bogus charges, with fake evidence from crooked jailhouse snitches, who tell lies just to get a lighter sentence for themselves. Sometimes you learn that an innocent man was strapped to a table and put to death, on the basis of such flimsy crooked evidence.

The average person is already at least subconsciously aware that the legal system is a terrifying monster. Indeed, it is a frightening iron fist, or iron curtain, of corruption.

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15. What kind of a deal is in place between America's judges and lawyers, on the one hand, and the corporations and multi-millionaires?

The legal system works well for the big corporations and investors and multi-millionaires and billionaires - they can play the legal "game" and often get what they want. On the other hand, the legal system works badly for the average person, the innocent man or woman who is getting financially destroyed or jailed, or banned from seeing children that they care for and love.

Some long time ago in America, the decision was firmed up by the big powers of wealth that control America, to make the legal system the tool of control and fear of the American people. It has worked very well in that way. It is an implicit deal of quiet understanding. You don't need to believe in a conspiracy, or any central control, to realize that slowly over time, a natural convergence of interest has come about, between the judges and lawyers on the one hand, and the corporations and wealthiest people on the other.

The deal goes something like this. The big corporations said, "Look here, judges, we will give you nearly total control over life in America. You will be supreme, in charge, you will get to bend and twist the law around any way you want. You will get to bend and twist the Constitution or any laws passed by the legislature, and the facts of any particular case, to suit your whims and preferences. You judges and lawyers can get filthy rich from all sorts of lawsuits. You will even get to totally control America's lawyers, who will even be afraid to file papers or say things in court, without advance approval from you judges. You will be able to get instant revenge on lawyers who dare to question you, or who don't play along with your bribery games."

The corporations continued: "Everyone will be afraid of you judges, and no one will be able to question you and your lawyer friends, even when you commit crimes of fraud and extortion and bribery in broad daylight, and conduct fake trials. Even the legislators (whom we corporations also control through the money we give them) will not dare to impeach you. Everyone will spout little schoolbook phrases about 'the rule of law' and 'respecting the judgement of the court'. The big media organizations (whom we corporations also own and control) will be afraid to print news stories that expose the real workings of the law or the courts. You judges, and many lawyers who play the game with you, will be very rich, and very powerful. You will be the ultimate guardians of the American empire."

The corporations went on: "All you need to do is make sure that the American people stay under your thumb, and that you judges serve the big corporations and rich people on the really important big issues. You can sometimes let people win some lawsuits, especially some of those personal-injury cases that create such good legal fees and opportunities for bribery. The American people can look at the courts as a kind of casino, where they might win a million dollars, even though most people will really lose money and get destroyed. You judges will be in charge of this whole game. But on the really big issues, you judges will take sides with the big companies, or with the government and politicians, who also work for the big companies and multi-millionaire investors."

The corporations continued: "You judges will do everything you can to see that democracy is kept limited and under control. You will see that the courts make the big decisions, not the people, and not the legislators who can be influenced by people visiting their offices. You will see that the highest power remains in the hands of federal judges, who cannot even be fired or transferred out of a job. In general, you judges will work to see that the common people are afraid and terrified of the legal system. You will use your powers to keep people in check, and hinder political parties or political movements that are not owned by the big companies. Sometimes you will see that critics are shut up and jailed."

The corporations continued: "You will send millions of people to prison, and some thousands of people to death, you judges will be in charge of the biggest gulag prison system in the entire world. You will be in charge of the jail and the terror of the American people. You will destroy the lives of so many little people, making them broke and separating them from their families and making them worry about money and going to jail and losing their children, so they will not be able to organize themselves and fight the big companies. You will encourage fear and hatred, you will help make the middle class to be afraid of the poor, you will help stir up fear between different races and religious groups."

The corporations concluded: "The American people will be deceived and manipulated and fearful and helpless to fight you. You judges and we corporations, we will maintain power together, and we will be rich together. You judges will be the most powerful people in the most powerful country in the world. And we corporations will gladly pay you well for it. Together we will inhibit and limit democracy, we will stop whatever laws and lawsuits and political movements, that will threaten to limit the profits and power of the corporations, or which try to limit the power games of you judges and lawyers. We will rule America together, because it is the only way to rule America to our maximum benefit. We will laugh and call it 'democracy' and the 'rule of law', even while American people live in fear, and become powerless and have their rights taken away. The rule of law will become the rule of lawyers, under the judges who exercise supreme power for the big corporations."

No conversation like this ever took place, most likely. But it is a fairly good statement of the quiet understanding that exists, between America's corporate powers and wealthy investors, on the other hand, and the judges and lawyers who control America's legal system.

If the legal system did not control, manipulate, and divide the American people, there would be more popular democracy, more political parties, less abuse of the average person, and smaller profits for the richest people and big corporations, as Americans won back their rights that they have lost.

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16. I couldn't get help from my political representative, about my battle with a crooked judge or crooked lawyer - Why won't the politicians help me?

Next to the initial shock of realizing the crooked nature of American judges and courts, the next biggest shock for the typical victim is finding out that the politicians of both major parties, have no interest in helping the victim or confronting the injustice.

Often you hear a victim of legal corruption say, "I've been a Republican/Democrat all my life, but when I asked for help about how I was victimized by a judge or lawyer, all I got was the run-around. They slammed the door in my face. My legislator just told me, 'We don't interfere with the courts, that's a different branch of government.' I told them about all the crimes I saw committed, but they didn't care. They just abandoned me, even though I voted for those people for years."

It's often the same story. If you have some problem with an executive branch government agency, not getting some permit you need or some issue like that, your legislator might help you. But raise an issue about crooked lawyers and judges, then Whoa! You find that your legislators and their staff look at you like some criminal, who has just tried to get away with armed robbery. They don't want to talk to you, they don't want to hear about your problems, and they almost certainly won't do anything about it.

The political party that you imagined was on your side all those years you voted for them, now suddenly has no time for you. You will find that both political parties are the same.

Even if you have a strong political angle, they won't help you. If a Republican judge has committed a felony crime against you, don't expect the Democrats to help. If a law firm of Democrat lawyers has robbed you, don't expect the Republicans to help.

You are confronting something very deep and dark about American life here. Your legislators will not help you about legal corruption and wrong-doing, not only for the reason that the legislator and leading staff members may well all be lawyers. Of course that is a factor, too. Sometimes even the majority of legislators are lawyers, the same kind of politically-hungry lawyers who become judges. They start their careers playing the familiar dirty games with judges and other lawyers, and they do not want to start fighting that dirty game just because they won an election as the supposed "people's representative".

The legislator knows it is very dangerous to talk about crime and wrongdoing by lawyers and judges. Legislators who start talking like that, are quickly attacked by the legal profession, by the judges and by their fellow legislators. If they don't shut up quickly, their political careers, and maybe their private ones, will be sabotaged. They might find themselves suddenly themselves facing trumped-up "corruption charges", and there will be lots of snickering as to how they only complained about judges and lawyers because they were crooks themselves.

Ultimately, legislators are loyal to the people who pay their bills - the richest people and the biggest corporations. Nearly all legislators belong to the two major political parties, and they have benefited financially and in many other ways from these parties and related political-action groups, which are mostly funded in turn by the rich people and big corporations.

The big money behind the two political parties, do not want to see legislators rocking the boat, going on a crusade against crooked lawyers and judges, when the American legal system is exactly the main tool that is being used to keep the whole American "system" the way it is, the way that is most profitable for the big companies. A legislator who makes trouble here, has a very difficult road, and will usually not be allowed to stay in politics very long, and be lucky not to get jailed before it is all over.

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17. So the current state of legal corruption, is really supported by both political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans together?

Yes, sadly this is true. Though it may take a while for you to accept and digest this, especially if you have lived a lot of your previous life imagining that one of these two parties really "represented" you, or represented your views.

To real understand why American legal corruption is so entrenched, it's also necessary to understand the political fakery and illusions that are helping to hold it up.

As you look for help for your situation in being a victim of America's crooked legal system, you have run smack into another ugly truth about American life. Not only does America have a basically fake legal system, pretending to be fair while really working for the big corporations. America also has a basically fake political system - two big "political parties" that pretend to be different, but they are really "two wings on the same airplane".

This is already known, subconsciously, by a large segment of the American people. It's why so few people vote in America, why sometimes even the majority of people don't vote. Many people feel, down deep, that the two big parties are really the same; there's no other parties to pick from that have any realistic chance or hope; so people feel better not voting at all. People feel better not voting, so as to not give any legitimacy to politicians, whom they know don't care about the common people.

If you vote for a smaller, third-party, or independent candidate, the media often won't even report such votes, so as to help discourage the independent voters. And the media tries to do very little news reporting about independent candidates - otherwise people might vote for them.

Of course many millions of Americans still have the impression that "their party", that of the Democrats or Republicans, is really "different" in some way. But this is largely smoke and illusion. The fact is that both parties really agree on most all issues that are important to the rich people and big corporations. That's why you often see legislation get passed on near-unanimous votes, if it affects big corporations and wealthy investors.

On the other hand, there is a certain game being played, a game of illusion about certain issues which excite a lot of emotion with some voters, but where the big corporations either don't really care, or in which the results are pre-managed despite the heated debate. These are issues like abortion, prayer in the schools, ownership of assault weapons, gay rights, flag burning and so on.

Such issues inflame the passions of millions of people, and make them vote passionately for either Republicans or Democrats. Such issues help people to imagine that one of the two big parties "represents" them. But such issues are smoke and mirrors, designed to deflect and detour the average person's mind, from the bread-and-butter issues, that are important to the profits of the big corporations.

You will notice, too, that with regard to such "hot button" issues, very little changes regardless of who is elected. America has elected a number of "anti-abortion" Presidents and congresses since 1980, and yet the abortion laws don't really change, despite all the promises and all the millions of people who gave money and voted, voted in the hope there would be a new Constitutional amendment about abortion. Every four years, the same story works all over again, even though nothing has changed.

The same goes for gay rights, or gun laws or many other issues - the only changes made are minor, despite all the promises. And in many cases the politicians throw up their hands and say, "Well, the courts decided, and we can't do anything about it just yet . . ." The politicians claim they are helpless before the courts, so of course the average person feels even more helpless. Every election, the same issues get paraded around to inflame people's passions, and meanwhile the same powers keep running America: The big corporations, and the judges and lawyers, who get what they want. And not much is ever said by any politician about the dominance of big companies, and the crimes of judges and lawyers, most especially the latter.

The two parties also cultivate images that are different, even though their basic policies are quite similar. The Republicans appeal more to people who identify with evangelical religion, "traditional" values, or who think of themselves as "conservative", while the Democrats appeal more to people who lean toward leftist or social-democracy government programs. (Americans use the word "liberal" to describe leftist views, though in other countries "liberal" often means pro-capitalist. Americans often call Democrats the "more liberal" party, but this label can be confusing overseas.)

Both parties try to be like blank computer screens for their voters, so that people can imagine whatever they like on the screen. Perhaps about half of Americans are fooled by this game; the other half realize, on some level, that the two parties "are both playing the same crooked game", but don't know what to do about it.

So it should not be a mystery that the Republican President Bush family, are friends with former Democratic President Clinton. The friendship there, is a symbol of how the two American "political parties" are really partners in running America.

The two big parties in America make sure now that little third parties, that might make a difference, never get off the ground. Such parties don't get money from the big corporations, they don't get media coverage, and they get attacked by the big parties with all sorts of legal challenges, so they have to spend whatever little money they have in the courts, fighting lawsuits just so they can get on the ballot. And the voters are regularly reminded that voting for anyone except the two big parties is a "wasted" vote. So real voters are made to feel helpless and hopeless, unless they imagine that one of the two big political parties "represents" them.

It is very different in Europe for example, where there are often many distinctive political parties, and because of proportional voting, even a small political party can get seats in a parliament, and become a part of government or at least parliamentary debates. But that's not allowed in America, where the two big parties control everything, and third parties will not get represented even if they get huge percentages of the vote.

For millions of Americans who try to get involved in politics, they may spend their entire lives trying to make either the Republicans or the Democrats a little different, trying to influence the policies of the big party a little bit on some issue. But much of this energy is wasted. In the end, most legislators of the two big parties vote in the way that the lobbyists for the big corporations tell them to vote.

People in America cling desperately to one of the two big parties, despite the evidence, because otherwise they may feel really hopeless and depressed. It is a comfort to imagine that one of the political parties really does care about you. But when you become a victim of judicial or legal corruption, you will find out how much the big parties really don't care, about corruption, about injustice, or about you.

It may indeed be a mistake to think that America is a "democracy with two big political parties", as it is no longer fully a democracy at all. It's really a country with only one political party, but a party that has two factions or branches, the Democrats and Republicans. The big corporations pay for both political parties, to keep the show and the illusion going. But the two parties represent the same big corporations and the same policies.

Somewhat hilariously, there are opinion polls in America showing that people are 50 per cent or even 80 per cent in favor of something, but yet such policy has "no support" in either the Democratic or Republic party in Congress. It is getting very obvious that the two parties are at odds with the American people.

And the subject of judicial and legal corruption, with millions of victims, is one of those issues where the two big parties basically won't do anything.

That's why you hit the brick wall when you go to your politicians with clear-cut evidence and total proof of felony crimes that have been committed, by some lawyer or judge. The politicians won't touch it, they won't help you. They just refer you right back to lawyers and judges.

But, you tell the politicians, you already went to the lawyers and judges, and the judges are ignoring you and no lawyer will help you.

Too bad, say the politicians, they never "interfere with the courts". The politicians just won't help you either. You are alone and abandoned, and the politicians will ignore you just like they ignored the many other victims who approached them before.

There's no effective opposition to the judges in America, because there's no effective political opposition, period. The two supposed "political parties" are really factions of one party, a party that belongs to the big corporations and the wealthiest investors, who are backing the judges and lawyers.

In any country with only one political party, the judges end up being a tool for servicing that one party, and maintaining its power over the people. And that's what has gone wrong in America. America needs more than reform of its judges and legal system. America needs more democracy, so that there is real political opposition, not just the fake "battle" between two parties that get their money in the same place, and which basically have the same policies.

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18. Is the problem of judicial and legal corruption, the same as the problem of "political activist judges", or is that a different issue?

These problems are related, but very different. The problem of judicial and legal corruption, is a much wider and deeper problem, of which the problem of "political activist judges" is only one aspect.

It is important to understand the difference, as the political discussion about the smaller problem of "political activist judges" is often used to confuse and distract the debate about needed judicial reform.

In America people worry when they pick a judge for the U.S. Supreme Court, and they are all scared about what will happen. Even the people who pick him worry about him, given he might be in the job for another 35 years, and might later change his views in some screwy direction.

The power of the judges in America, however, really shows the weakness of American democracy. Why is a Supreme Court judge a kind of "king for life", with unlimited powers to make political policy, and no one can over-rule these judges or remove them?

The power of judges in America, is quite ridiculous from the point of view of democracies in Europe, where people decide policies in a parliament they have recently elected. In Europe, there is no particular worry about choosing judges. In Europe judges might secretly be communists or capitalists or anything in between, but people don't worry that they will destroy the country if they pick a judge with the wrong political position.

In Europe, the judges tend to stay out of politics - they leave the political questions to the elective government, as their job is to just apply the law and seek justice. In Europe, countries have multiple political parties across the spectrum, who will speak out if the judges get political. There is no political fear of unelected judges-for-life who are making policy for the people.

When Americans complain about "political judges", it's funny to observe, that the voters who still think they are Democrats or Republicans, each look at the judges as biased the other way. The Democrats see America's judges as "too right wing, too conservative"; the Republicans see America's judges as "too Democrat, too liberal", even though most American federal judges now are Republicans. But both sides are actually right, and also wrong at the same time. The judges are just plain arrogant, and are constantly twisting the laws in a way to increase their own unlimited power as judges. Just pick your preferred filter to look at the biased decisions one way or the other.

There are a few cases where American politicians do tap a little bit, into the public feeling of anger about judges. However, this is almost never about the really big issues of outright fraud, corruption, bribery and extortion by the judicial branch. The complaints that you do sometimes see by politicians, are about the more narrow problem of judges who are openly bending their decisions on one of the emotional issues usually associated with one political party versus the other.

The problem of political judges, versus judicial corruption, has the same basis - arrogant judges out of control, ignoring the law and doing what they want - but the politicians stick to a very narrow script about a few controversial decisions, and they ignore the more general problem of bribery and court fraud, innocent people getting railroaded, and families getting destroyed.

There has long been a great problem in America, even going back more than a century, of judges who end up twisting the law and re-interpreting the law in some way to meet a preconceived political objective. In such cases the judge often goes to the extent of ignoring the Constitution or the laws as clearly written, and just making up his own rules or laws, using the terrifying power that American judges possess over the people appearing in their courtrooms.

If other judges do not move quickly to overturn or overrule such bad rulings, a lot of damage can be done. And judges are nearly always inclined to cover up for each other, especially if the victim is not wealthy or powerful.

But this is only one aspect of the far bigger problem, that "the law" in America has become almost infinitely devious in the hands of judges and lawyers. Nowadays, lawyers do not see the law or the Constitution as what is clearly written and understood by most people; the law is whatever the judges say it is.

And if the judges get together to say the Constitution means something else, then the original Constitution is effectively dead, if the judges won't honor it, and if the lawyers won't even fight for it, because they are too afraid of contradicting the judges.

The process of bending and twisting the law for political purposes has been accelerating over the last century. It has been accelerating extremely rapidly since the 1960s and 1970s, with the rapid expansion of lawsuits, prisons, and the power of lawyers and judges in America. Nowadays, lawyers just laugh at the "stupid Americans" who still read the old Constitution, or some written law, and expect to be protected by those laws or provisions. To an American lawyer, now, what is legal or not, just depends on what judges say is legal. What is written in the law, are just some words that the judge will use as a starting point as he plays the "legal game" in his courtroom.

Very clearly, over the last several decades, judges have made all sorts of politically-oriented rulings on controversial issues that tend to be very emotional for the American people - putting children on busses to integrate schools, or abortion for example. It is very strange to watch for other countries, because in other countries, such controversial issues are usually decided by a political debate in their parliament. In America, however, such issues, over and over again, are decided in the courts, by judges elected by nobody.

Some of these cases are in that very narrow realm of issues that politicians use as emotional footballs - abortion, gay marriage, school prayer, displaying passages from the Bible, things like that. Yes politicians do talk about judges, and accuse them of twisting the law one way or the other, about such issues.

This does help to distract many people into believing that one or the other political parties cares about "dishonest" judges, because they talk about a few judicial decisions on these high-heat emotional issues.

But what politicians, of any party, still avoid discussing, is the general problem of the wide corruption in American courts, the total violation and denial of rights to the average person, the railroading of innocent people, the destruction of families, and courts that favor the rich people and big corporations over the little person.

About such real issues, all of a sudden the politicians become very reverent, like they are talking about a god in heaven, and they mumble about "respect for the courts" and "not interfering with the great American legal system".

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