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Leo Haffey, Nashville TN district attorney, Judicial misconduct, Judge Gloria Dumas, New bond hearing, Disciplinary Counsel for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary, Joseph S. Daniels, Officers of court, Justice

I was encouraged to discover recently that a formal complaint was filed against Judge Gloria Dumas on September 21, 2009 by the Disciplinary Counsel for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary. We will await the results and hope for justice in that matter. However, what is protecting defendants such as attorney Leo Haffey, from statements and rulings by Judge Dumas? I contacted the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary and spoke to Mr. Joseph S. Daniels about this problem. He informed me that it was not their duty. I spoke to a friendly press liason from the Nashville District Attorney’s office today. She was not aware of the complaint filed against Judge Dumas. Well, now they have no excuse. From the Nashville District Attorney’s office, headed by Victor S. (Torry) Johnson III.

 

Victor S. (Torry) Johnson III

District Attorney General

20th Judicial District

NashvilleDATorryJohnson

 

“He is to judge between THE PEOPLE and the government; he is to be THE SAFEGUARD of the one and the advocate for the rights of the other; he ought not to suffer the innocent to be oppressed or vexatiously harassed, anymore than those who deserve prosecution to escape; HE IS TO PURSUE GUILT; he is to protect innocence; he is to judge the circumstances, and, according to their true complexion, to combine the public welfare and the safety of the citizens, preserving both, and not impairing either; he is to decline the use of individual passions, and individual malevolence, when he cannot use them for the advantage of the public; he is to lay hold of them where public justice, in sound discretion, requires it.”

Catherine Fout vs. State of Tennessee, 4 Tenn. 98 (1816)

http://da.nashville.gov/portal/page/portal/da/home/

The district attorneys and prosecutors are officers of the court and their duty and obligation is to seek justice.

From a legal dictionary:

“officer of the court n. any person who has an obligation to promote justice and effective operation of the judicial system, including judges, the attorneys who appear in court, bailiffs, clerks, and other personnel. As officers of the court lawyers have an absolute ethical duty to tell judges the truth, including avoiding dishonesty or evasion about reasons the attorney or his/her client is not appearing, the location of documents and other matters related to conduct of the courts.”

 

The Nashville District Attorney’s office is now aware of the formal complaint filed against Judge Gloria Dumas on September 21, 2009 by the Disciplinary Counsel for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary. I notified them today, Friday, October 9, 2009. Joseph S. Daniels of the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary, is now aware that Judge Dumas presided over Leo Haffey’s hearing a few days before the complaint was filed. Once again, here is the handwritten motion written by Leo Haffey in jail.

LeoHaffeyJailMotion2

 
  

Here is the formal complaint filed by the Disciplinary Counsel for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary against Judge Gloria Dumas for judicial misconduct.

 “1. Following a full investigation authorized under the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated 9 17-5-304(b)(3), the three judge investigative panel composed of the Honorable Pamela Reeves, the Honorable Jean A. Stanley, and the Honorable Dwight E. Stokes found, pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 5 17-5-304(d)(2)(A), that there is reasonable cause to believe that the Honorable Gloria Dumas has committed judicial offenses alleged herein in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated 5 17-5-302, and directed disciplinary counsel to file formal charges pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 17 -5-304(d)(2) (A).”

Read the entire complaint

http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/geninfo/COJ/documents/DumasGloria%20Formal%20Charges.pdf

The more I read and experience the judicial system in Nashville and Tennessee, the more concerned I become for this nation and for citizens like Leo Haffey.

From the Chattanooga times Free Press, June 21, 2008:

“Study: State low in judge disciplineARTICLE TOOLS”
“Tennessee’s system of evaluating judicial misconduct is too secretive and does not include enough ordinary citizens in the process of disciplining judges, according to a new study by a legal watchdog group.

“Judges are being allowed to judge other judges in Tennessee when it comes to ethical breaches,” said attorney Suzanne M.

Blonder, senior counsel for Halt Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based, nonpartisan group that monitors accountability in the

judicial system. “That gives the appearance of impropriety and makes the system seem self-protective.

Tennessee’s commission responsible for overseeing judicial ethics is a 16-member panel called the Court of the Judiciary.

Halt’s 2008 judicial accountability report card, released this week, ranked the state’s procedures for disciplining

judges as 31st in the nation based on criteria such as public participation and transparency. Washington state’s system

of judicial oversight ranked first in the study, while those in Maine and Mississippi tied for last place.”

“Ms. Blonder said the problem with Tennessee’s private letters of reprimand is that “they’re so lenient that they do not

adequately deter judges from abusing their power on the bench.”

The most egregious actions, however, lead to public reprimands, Judge Daniel pointed out. In rare instances, a judge may

elect to go through a trial to dispute allegations of misconduct.”

Read more:

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2008/jun/21/study-state-low-judge-discipline/
The District Attorney of Nashville, TN has an obligation, as an officer of the court, to promote justice.

Once again, to quote the Nashville District Attorney’s office:

“He is to judge between THE PEOPLE and the government; he is to be THE SAFEGUARD of the one and the advocate for the rights of the other; he ought not to suffer the innocent to be oppressed or vexatiously harassed, anymore than those who deserve prosecution to escape; HE IS TO PURSUE GUILT; he is to protect innocence; he is to judge the circumstances, and, according to their true complexion, to combine the public welfare and the safety of the citizens, preserving both, and not impairing either; he is to decline the use of individual passions, and individual malevolence, when he cannot use them for the advantage of the public; he is to lay hold of them where public justice, in sound discretion, requires it.”

The Nashville District Attorney’s office must immediately grant attorney Leo Haffey an emergency hearing to set bond and promote justice. Anything short of this is abject hypocrisy and dereliction of duty.

Larry Sinclair, Delaware, Attorney General, Richard R Wier, Jr, Attorney General Biden, Joe Biden, Obama, Justice, Conspiracy, Weir backs out

What do Larry Sinclair, Obama, Joe Biden, Attorney General Biden, Richard R Wier, Jr and Delaware have in common. Miscarriage of justice. Larry Sinclair entered into an agreement with Richard R Wier, Jr, former Attorney General of Delaware, for legal representation. Mr. Sinclair is to be arraigned in Superior Court in delaware today, Thursday, July 3, 2008. Mr. Sinclair was notified at 5:15 PM, Wednesday, July 2, 2008 that Mr. Weir would not be representing him. According to Mr. Sinclair, this is the reason given by Mr. Weir:

“I cannot represent you knowing that you are saying the things you are saying about Senator Barack Obama and the Bidens.”

What does Larry Sinclair’s allegations and statements about the Bidens have to do with receiving legal representation?

Tomorrow is July 4. What is happening to American Justice?

What would the founding fathers think?

Read more about this story here:

http://larrysinclair0926.com

John Stuart Mill, War, Good cause, Liberal Parliament member, War quote

John Stuart Mill was a British philosopher, political economist, civil servant and liberal Member of Parliament. He was also a  influential liberal thinker of the 19th century and a teacher of utilitarianism, an ethical theory developed by Jeremy Bentham. Mill was an advocate for Ireland, and the first Parliament member to propose that women be given the right to vote. Mill was a strong advocate of women’s rights. He believed that in some cases, war is the lesser of evils. Here is John Stuart Mill’s  famous quote concerning war:
“But war, in a good cause, is not the greatest evil which a nation can suffer. War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice – a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice – is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.”

Citizen Wells, truth, justice, righting wrongs

I have been meaning to do this for some time. I hate injustice. I despise inaccurate or biased news. I don’t like it when innocent people are wronged or taken advantage of. You get the picture, when it affects me the stakes go up. I don’t know where this is headed. I do have lot’s of ideas. Maybe a combination of crusader and accurate news reporter. Sounds good to me. And, oh yes, it is a play on words.