If you were a corrupt judge, would you want your misdeeds aired on YouTube minutes after you behaved badly or even criminally while on the bench? That is why judges Texas are fighting against being forced to have audio video recording in their courtroom that is available to anyone who asks.
Texas has no audio-video transcription of court proceedings. Yet, Texas has one of the highest felony conviction rates of judges in the U.S. And there is a real problem, throughout the U.S. It has become so common that there is a name for it, The Black Robe Disease.
And little is being done by the mechanisms set up to keep judges ethical and lawful. A prime example is how Judge William Adams was allowed to return to the bench after his disabled daughter posted a video online.
Three years later at his next election the voters booted William Adams out, but in the three years remaining on his term, he worked hard at retaliating against the man who defeated him in the election and he used the Texas Bar to retaliate against other attorneys who had been working to rid our citizens of the parasite judge.
Court Transcripts are often as false as a hookers claim of virginity. And the lies will always be in favor of making the judge look good.
Most judges appoint their own bailiffs and court reporters. Their choices are often more personal and political than for efficiency of court business, unless you consider the rogue judges consider court proceedings to be their personal self-aggrandizing and enrichment. Rarely do the court personnel report bad judges, the work is too lucrative in these hard times.
This brings us to the real problem of falsified records of court proceedings.
Court reporters lucrative jobs are basically political appointments by the judge for whom they work. Court Transcripts are routinely and regularly edited by the court reporters and often at the judge’s direct instruction to change the transcript to fit the judge’s personal and political needs and wants. The court reporter is a bigger player in the courtroom than anyone outside of the judge in whether or not there is any semblance of due process and a fair chance at appeal. And that has been subverted for decades in Texas.
Court reporters are paid county salaries of between $60,000 and $85,000 a year and are provided their equipment, supplies, and offices at county expense, however the transcripts they make on county time, in the courthouse, with county supplies is considered by the court to be the court reporters personal property and the transcripts the court reporter sells to the litigants and others, again, using county supplies to print work done completely at county expense for personal profit. This can double or triple the income for a court reporter over their county salary. What are the pressures the judge can apply to a reticent court reporter who is making $120 thousand to $300 thousand a year with no overhead and most of it on a cash basis.
Tell me how much you would trust the court reporter to provide a transcript of a judge threatening to murder a litigant, from the bench. Or, telling a desperate parent the someone else’s molestation of the parent’s two year old child was ‘OK and just people being people’. I don’t know who they hang out with to have them believe that child molestation is somehow ‘OK’ by OK people.
Texas judges were being convicted of felonies, through 2013, at rates of two to ten times the rate of the rest of the citizens of Texas. We have been seeing felony convictions at rates of several per hundred judges whereas in a given year in the general public we see about 4 to 6 per thousand. Those judges who were successfully prosecuted were the most blatant of offenders who were caught.
Invariably, most of those convicted judges’ worst and most criminal acts were on the bench. Most stayed on their bench for prolonged periods after the allegations came to light, continuing to lash out at the community and individuals that was attempting to get rid of them. The many escapades of the Texas Judges, William Adams, Henry Schuble, Bobby Galvan and others in a small central Texas Gulf Coast area speak volumes about the lackadaisical attitude of monitoring agencies and other judges ignoring and allowing out of control judiciary to terrorize and destroy many in the community for the fun, profit, and perversions of the corrupt ones.
If a crooked judge is allowed to stay in office by other judges, which judges are worse, the ones acting criminally towards the public, or those allowing it? Shouldn’t we remove those judges made culpable by their own silence in a community?
When there is video of court hearings available to all immediately after the court is adjourned, the removal of judges can be swift. When there is no video it is difficult to quickly remove, or even prove these judges are the criminals their actions belie.
With mandatory 24-7 audio-video (AV) recording of courts we can help protect our courts and our rights from abuses.
These are the people who are making rulings about the lives of our children, our homes, and our futures.
In 2004, the front page of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times had an article about a 2003 Texas survey by the judiciary on the public’s opinion of the judiciary. As it turned out 85% of Texans believed that judges made their rulings based on money, sex, friendship, family, or politics over facts and law. Is your opinion of our courts any different.
There are any number of national surveys and organizations that have pointed out the abuses of the criminals, sociopaths, and tyrants on our courts’ benches. Isn’t it time we began to hold them accountable for their crimes against men, women, children, and even humanity, itself?
Power corrupts, Power without accountability corrupts completely. Our courts have slowly developed for themselves and others within government the old concept of Sovereign Immunity. It is the concept that the King is immune from the laws since he makes the laws. Let that sink in for a minute and then watch these two videos. Keep in mind, I have, personally, seen worse, in open court, including a judge threatening to send a man to jail so the judge could have a lifer murder him in exchange for the lifer getting a prison cell near his family. I have watched judges laugh at children being molested. I have watched judges openly state they are knowingly violating an individual’s Constitutional Rights, and more. Those who have ever spent much time in court will agree, our judges have become ‘Blacked Robed Tyrants’ as I heard the president of an attorney’s association testify before The Texas Sunset Commission when it was reviewing the Judicial Conduct Commission and its failures to rein in the bad judges in Texas.
Without Video, who would have moved forward on this to quickly rid our courts of these men and women infected with the ‘Black Robe Disease’?
Even with video, the power mad sociopaths who inhabit our courts all too frequently, will still hurt and harm. But at least we will have a way to rapidly address and remove judges without it taking years and finally an election.
Not even sexual predation is outside the scope of abuse in court, and family courts are the worst.
The problem is more complex than can be cured by the simple installation and maintenance of cameras in our courts, we must also address the issues of out of control Sovereign immunity. However, AV recording of all hearings or those hearings without AV of both the courtroom and judge available, unedited are void, would quickly begin the process of cleaning up the tyranny of bad and even evil judges. Best of all, it allows the public to see, as with Judge William Adams beating of his disabled child, and take the needed action at the polls if the judicial monitoring agencies fail to protect the public, again, Judge Adams is a great example of that ‘turning a blind eye’ towards the evil of one of their own over the public’s right to fair and SANE judges.