Crown Point, IN (PRWEB) September 15, 2005
As John G. Roberts positions himself to replace the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, another unprecedented event emerges from his home state.
Indiana headquarters the recently created nonprofit corporation known as National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc. or NJCDLP which sponsors WHEAG, Whistleblowers for an Honest, Efficient, and Accountable Government. On September 23, 2005, the two organizations will host their "First Annual Fall Summit" at The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D. C. The event will mark the first formal alliance between legal reform activists and government whistleblowers on a national scale.
NJCDLP is a legal reform organization that combats abuses of the American legal system and particularly those facilitated by judicial misconduct. That work is stymied by an American judiciary that is essentially final arbiter of whether it has been corrupted and exclusive regulator of any attorney or judge who would object, according to Zena D. Crenshaw, a founding director and acting executive director for NJCDLP.
Armed with anecdotal evidence of a national problem more in the enforcement than the statement of First Amendment rights for lawyers and judges, NJCDLP submits they need procedural safeguards emanating from Congress Â protection for lawyers and judges "blowing the whistle" on judicial misconduct. Both NJCDLP and WHEAG propose that federal whistleblower protection in the form of what they coin "The Weinstock Act."
Namesake of the proposed legislation is Israel Weinstock, a former New York attorney disbarred after 42 years of an unblemished legal career without even an evidentiary hearing. NJCDLP and WHEAG advance his case to prove that disbarred and suspended lawyers face a government imposed, conclusive presumption of disbelief that substantial evidence cannot or is not allowed to dispel.
Attorneys blowing the whistle on judicial corruption are accordingly neutralized by the expedient of having their law licenses revoked, leaving WHEAG members, among others, hard pressed to aggressively challenge courts that repeatedly fail to protect them.
WHEAG Chairman, Dr. Charles Heckman, explains that whistleblowers need more effective laws, but even these will not solve the problem. He notes there are excellent laws on the books, ignored by the agencies charged to protect whistleblowers and essentially repealed through precedent setting decisions of appellate judges for the Federal Circuit. Dr. Heckman contends that judges do more than anyone to institutionalize the standards of organized crime within AmericaÂs civil service. The anticipated presentations of speakers slated for his organization's summit and the debut of "Diogenes," a quarterly magazine to be published by NJCDLP, should make it hard to dispute his contention.
Attorney Jesselyn Radack of Washington, D. C. will be the keynote speaker for NJCDLP and WHEAG at their first annual fall summit. Upon graduating from Yale Law School, Radack joined the Department of Justice through the Attorney GeneralÂs Honor Program. She was later forced out of the Professional Responsibility Advisor Office for her advice in the case of "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, the Justice Department's first post-September 11 terrorism prosecution. Radack now teaches, writes, and speaks on legal ethics, national security, and counterterrorism. She works with the ABA Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants and the D. C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee.
Responding to and supplementing Radack's remarks will be a distinguished panel including Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo of the D. C.-based NO FEAR Coalition and Institute as well as Chief Deputy U. S. Marshal Matthew Fogg and attorney Michael Kohn of the National Whistleblower Center. To correct an earlier release it should be noted that Mr. Fogg, a leader or member of various national and international reform organizations, is a former member of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition which will not be participating in the Fall summit.
Formal invitations to hear summit speakers were extended to each member of the U. S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees as well as the House Working Group on Judicial Accountability and the congressional Committee On Government Reform; Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce and Agency Organization; Subcommittee on Government Management, Finance, and Accountability; and Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Scores of activists and organizations were similarly invited from government whistleblowers, legal reform, and civil as well as constitutional and human rights communities. Some of them are featured in the pilot issue of "Diogenes," touted as a must have for anyone pursuing the American Dream while awake.
The magazine reveals reported mismanagement and various abuses as described by government insiders and watchdogs.
For additional information on the "First Annual Fall Summit" of NJCDLP and WHEAG, please visit http://www.njcdlp.org/Fall_Event.html or contact Zena D. Crenshaw of NJCDLP.
National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc. is an Indiana-based, nonprofit organization that develops in whole or part and helps implement customized, multi-discipline advocacy strategies on a case by case basis for victims of apparent judicial collusion. It sponsors WHEAG, Whistleblowers for an Honest, Efficient, and Accountable Government which is a coalition of government whistleblowers.
Zena D. Crenshaw, acting executive director
NJCDLP and co-managing editor of "Diogenes"