Ten of thousands of American’s are now realizing they are not alone in being victimized by their own government, that is supposed to protect and provide justice for them. From the weakening of our immigration policies, to having homes forced into foreclosure on a massive scale, the self-regulation of our most powerful branch, has allowed policies that have weakened our economy and security. This is no more apparent than in the current condition of our judicial branch, which has appointed themselves as having the final say in the passage of laws.
We cannot blame all of our current instability on undesirables entering the country, when our own laws are being perverted to allow them to come here. This problem has grown like a virus predominantly through the bar associations, whose members make up the common thread of the majority of our government officials. For example, while many special interest groups manipulate and navigate the legal system unscathed, the vast majority of citizens are forced into the system, and spend years by design, trying to escape what should be brief civil proceedings, with the court’s goal of draining their assets. And there is virtually nowhere to go for protection or help.
The record shows that bar association members are being allowed to operate outside the law on many levels, and creating havoc. It is not just a cliché …there really is a “license to steal” issued of course, by the American Bar Association (ABA) and their state and county subsidiaries. Obscure organizations, often entitled “lawyers’ fund for client security” under the The National Client Protection Organization, Inc. has branches in almost every state in this country. These funds are supposed to provide restitution for theft perpetrated by attorneys, but the lack of transparency in the procedure gives little relief to the public. The ABA put out this directory in 2010, which may allow you to find such a fund in your state.
Rather than being encouraging, experience has shown these funds to lean more towards a money-making ploy, which also allows lawyers to continue operating outside the law, under the pretext of an “independent judiciary.” Instead it appears to be hard evidence of lawyers stealing tens of thousands of dollars and most of them never see the inside of a prison cell. In the world of the Judicial Branch of our government, it is called “conversion.” For the rest of us it is called felony theft. One attorney in Pennsylvania, according to their 2013-2014 annual report, had 64 claims against him, before the Disciplinary Board decided to act. The records show that the entire judicial branch functions with impunity, and is evidence that the Judiciary cannot be allowed to continue to police itself.
The United Nations “Set of Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights Through Action to Combat Impunity” it as:
“Impunity arises from a failure by States to meet their obligations to investigate violations; to take appropriate measures in respect of the perpetrators, particularly in the area of justice, by ensuring that those suspected of criminal responsibility are prosecuted, tried and duly punished; to provide victims with effective remedies and to ensure that they receive reparation for the injuries suffered; to ensure the inalienable right to know the truth about violations; and to take other necessary steps to prevent a recurrence of violations.”
Investigations into complaints of the “conversion” of money entrusted to lawyers, through various functions such as estate or escrow management of retainers, are by their own rules, conducted in secrecy. As an example according to Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement Rule 521. Investigation and payment of claims. it states that the Supreme Court Disciplinary Board “shall preserve the confidential nature of any information which is required to be kept confidential under these rules.” While normal citizens are paraded in front of the media for theft, the people never know which lawyers are most likely to steal their money, until it is too late.
It is very difficult to get a claim approved. Since 1982, only 800 attorney-actions resulted in payouts from the fund, even though in 2014 alone, Pennsylvania had over 4100 misconduct complaints. Only 84 of those resulted in disbarment or suspension. Not only is the Disciplinary Board reluctant to find fault with their own, but in reviewing these claims, by lawyers themselves, it appears that they will not provide restitution for misconduct outside of acts regarding trust or escrow accounts. Although the Attorney Disciplinary Board in the State of Pennsylvania had over 4000 complaints during 2014, the Pennsylvania Lawyer’s Client Security Fund claims that only 394 claims were received. This is likely because they do not advertise the existence of the fund. They paid out on less than half of those claims.
The money they receive from lawyers gradually making repayments for their theft, goes into these funds. This “nonprofit” organization, who are supposed to oversee repayment, shows on their IRS 990 form that Pennsylvania generated $614, 230 in investment income and showed over $10,000,000 in assets, from their fund in 2014. The Board spent $26,000 for traveI and close to $50,000 for bank fees.
The annual report in Pennsylvania does not report how much was actually stolen and only paid out approximately $3,000,000 in restitution. Approximately 77% of restitutions were provided to people who had estate and trust accounts, and were most likely already wealthy, for a total of $1,814,094. Less than 10% of the awarded claims were for non-performance and fraud, which totaled approximately $250,000, whereby there are no statistics on how many complaints were directed at this misconduct. The remainder went to claims for theft of lawsuit awards never reaching the parties. If your lawyer over-billed you or intentionally complicated and prolonged your case, caused your home to go into foreclosure or your business to close down, they will most likely not approve your claim.
One advantage these funds do provide, is in their annual reports, some states actually publish a list of the miscreant attorneys, that may be found at the links above. It has only been since 2007, that Pennsylvania has published these attorneys names in their reports which can be found here. In researching the list of names in the 2013-2014 report, only the most egregious of cases could be found under federal criminal dockets at pacer.gov, whereby there were multiple victims before the Disciplinary Board took actions. In all fairness, it must be taken into account that law firms for too long in our rogue legal system, have been allowed to impose profit quotas on attorneys, creating pressure to rip-off clients to retain their employment. You may be able to find reports on your state through here.
The public is not allowed to participate in any disciplinary actions against lawyers or judges- they are completely self-regulatory. Not even the Governor or Congress has been allowed to intervene since the late 1960’s when the lawyers managed to change the State Constitutions, and then in 1996, the U.S. Constitution to reinforce immunity for the legal profession.
In many cases, the lawyers merely have to pay back a portion of what they “converted”- and may take years to do so. If you robbed a bank and got caught, it is doubtful that by giving the money back, you would avoid prosecution. Some lawyers are even allowed to continue to practice law. In theory, restitution is to be provided to the victims, however, they do not necessarily recover all of their money-the fund has a general cap of $100,000 per victim. And the attorney maybe reinstated to the practice of law, after they pay the fund back only for the amount that the fund paid out to the victim, whether or not it was the full amount that they stole.
You have to ask yourself, if this is such a problem that they need this fund, why are they not doing anything to stop it? Prison may be a very strong deterrant. This is just another aspect of judicial corruption and how our courts are nothing more than a crime syndicate at this point in our history. It stands to reason, that if we really had any integrity to our justice system, this “fund” should not even exist or the disciplinary process would be conducted by the citizens, and not the peers of the perpetrators. If America wants to become great and secure again we must start with taking back control of our legal system.
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