When I discovered that I was being victimized by judicial corruption, I decided to fight.
I am not an attorney, and I am not giving legal advice.
This is the twelfth in a series of articles that detail the things that I have done in fighting judicial corruption.
Most of this applies to fighting any form of government corruption....
Always have Witnesses at Hearings!
Always have courtwatchers. ALWAYS. If you have to run an ad in Craigslist and pay someone, do it.
ALWAYS try to get several people to come and sit in the courtroom. Unfamiliar faces will cause the judges to be SLIGHTLY more honest. That's your primary goal in having people there. At the one hearing I participated in where there were a bunch of people in the courtroom waiting for another hearing, the wickedly corrupt judge was better behaved.
You may need these people to testify for you at a later date about the unfair practices of the judge, so ask them to pay attention. After one hearing, the transcript produced was clearly falsified. Fortunately, I had six witnesses in the courtroom, and I was able to obtain sworn affidavits from them that the transcript was false.
If you can record the proceedings, do it. iPhone apps include a spy recorder. You can have your ringer turned off so you comply with the requirements of the court, but it can sit there and silently record. The program I have also has a spy camera that silently takes photos.
I make it a routine practice to file a motion seeking to record the proceedings. Here's an example of one such motion.
It is outrageous that courts do not automatically record everything. They donâ€™t because they can commit more wrongdoing when their words and actions are not on tape. There is no valid excuse to deny recording.
Always have a Court Reporter!
Always, always, always have a court reporter transcribe what takes place. Insist on a court reporter at any and all conferences, hearings in chambers, and hearings in court. I made specific arrangements to have a court reporter once, and there was no reporter when the hearing was to begin. One of the judge's assistants reminded him that I had requested a court reporter, and he said we wouldn't have one. I SHOULD HAVE objected and refused to go on without one. A month or so later -- before rendering a decision -- the judge was appointed to a higher court, and a new judge came in and ruled against me without the benefit of a transcript of the hearing in which I wiped out the other side.
I have experienced that the courtâ€™s own court reporter will allow transcripts to be falsified. So, if you can afford it, hire your own court reporter to come in and transcribe what takes place.
Please realize that the court you are in most likely is not fair. The abuses and violations may be small, or the court may simply be out-and-out corrupt. Always expect the worst. Assume that your judge is a crook and that the opposing counsel, the court reporter, and the clerks of the court are all crooks who will conspire with the crooked judge. While this may not be the case for you, I believe you will be better prepared if you always have your guard up. Plan to protect yourself in every way possible. Witnesses and recordings of anything and everything can prove invaluable.
Part 1 in this series is "Go in with Your Eyes Open."
Part 2 in this series is "Fire Your Attorney."
Part 4 in this series is "Know How Judges Commit Crimes."
Part 5 in this series is "Document Everything -- Take Notes â€“ Put it in Writing."
Part 6 in this series is "Always abide by the Rules."
Part 7 in this series is "Prepare Everything Very Carefully."
Part 8 in this series is "Get Your Facts and Evidence Together."
Part 9 in this series is "Get Help from Others."
Part 10 in this series is "Take Advantage of Every Opportunity to Generate Proof of Corruption."
Part 11 in this series is "File Motions for Conferences and Hearings"
Part 12 in this series is "Always have Witnesses at Hearings"
Part 13 in this series is "Check the Orders in Your Case"
Part 14 in this series is ""Put your Proof on a Website"
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