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Laws belongs to the people
not to the attorney or the judge

Without liberty,
law loses its nature and its name,
 and becomes oppression.
Without law,
liberty also loses its nature and its name,
and becomes licentiousness. 

James Wilson

not candor or frank, not straightforward; crafty 

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"All the extravagance and incompetence of our present government is due, in the main, to lawyers, and, in part at least, to good ones. They are responsible for nine-tenths of the useless and vicious laws that now clutter the statute-books, and for all the evils that go with the vain attempt to enforce them. Every Federal judge is a lawyer. So are most Congressmen. Every invasion of the plain rights of citizens has a lawyer behind it. If all lawyers were hanged tomorrow, and their bones sold to a mah jong factory, we'd be freer and safer, and our taxes would be reduced by almost half."

H.L. Mencken, "Breathing Space," The Baltimore Evening Sun (Aug. 4, 1924)

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The Butchered Law

Few professions are based upon the skill of becoming a wordsmith. Even less are adept at using logic, analysis and reasoning. And fewer still are able to pursue the cause of noble purpose. Our view of the legal calling has been shaded with visions of esteem and respect since childhood. We have been taught that honor and duty were tenants that advocates of the civil law took to heart and aspired to follow in their occupation. But at some point in our lives, we are brought into direct contact with the reality of the legal trade and are left with a foul taste from the experience.
Just ask Dick the Butcher, his endorse tell the tale
A man we may not know, but he surely knew his foe
They call him a killer and part of the plot
Joining another more famous than not
That pretender to the throne who toils at his trade
Banding together those rabble rousers he made
Most think he was the one who spoke those words
But Dick was the man who said no more lords
Even though another wears the coat, it was but a fad
Is the Butcher really the one who is the Cade?
What is the cause for this disappointment? When the allusion is uncovered and the image is unveiled, we are confronted with the compromise of values. The standard of right from wrong adopts a secondary position to precedent. Upholding what can be done from what should be rendered constitutes a path that all too often abandons the purpose of the 'Law'.
Advocacy for the sheer reason that the precedent allows, is a perversion of the noble purpose for law. When 'Truth' is abandoned, 'Justice' is denied. Civilization is created and maintained through an arbitration of disputes that respects the 'Rights' of ALL Individuals. The 'Law' is the guide to settle and judge adherence to criterion of conduct. But it is left to the realm of morals, ethics and values to establish those principles. 'Equity' suffers not a right without a remedy, is based upon moral standards of conduct and ethical codes. The 'Law' is NOT meant to make those mores, but to apply them. Judges are the umpires of the rules. Lawyers are the presenters of the evidence. And the Jury is the determiner of guilt.
When the parts of this drama fail to conform to their proper role, the system deserts its legitimacy. At the core of administering 'Justice' is the TRUTH . . . When lawyers forsake veracity for victory, they destroy the ideal. And the 'Ideal' is the only force that unleashes willful consent of each citizen. Without 'belief in the fairness' of the process, only force remains for compliance. The Law is not complicated by its nature. Certainly, not any more difficult to understand than knowing 'right from wrong'. The mystique that the legal profession attempts to attribute to its practice, is meant only to serve the interests of that occupation. There is no intrinsic superiority for this 'so called' esquire class. The position of excessive influence, that they have assumed, has been achieved because the citizens of the Republic have abdicated their correct role as sovereign citizens. The result of this renunciation has been the rise of repression and injustice.
The conduct and behavior of the barrister abandons their counselor function. They refrain from the documentary role of a solicitor, and seek to alter the outcome or verdict. The first causality, is usually the truthfulness of the presentation. The result of these actions destroys the process. And the final consequence ultimately, reduces the 'Rights' and options of the individual, who is called the 'client'. More properly, he or she should be addressed as the person in charge, and the attorney as the hired hand to file the papers and relate their understanding of procedure. When these roles are distorted or become non existent, the public is led down the path to second class status. Put the attorney in charge of legislating the passage of laws, and you enter the domain of the plantation. And slavery is the real commodity that is produced within the province of this arrangement.
William Shakespeare introduced Dick to us in Henry VI, part 2   and told what can be done.
Cade: Be brave, then; for your captain is brave and vows reformation. There shall be in England seven halfpenny loaves sold for a penny. (Cheap bread) the three hooped pot shall have ten hoops, (Pots will hold much more liquor) and I will make it felony to drink small beer. All the realm shall be common; (the same) and when I am King there shall be no money; all shall eat and drink on my score; (at his expense) and I will apparel them all in one livery; (all dress alike) that they may agree like brothers and worship me their lord.
Cade: Nay, that I mean to do. Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment, being scribbled o'er, should undo a man: Some say the bee stings; but I say, "tis the bee's wax: for I did but seal once to a thing, and I was never mine own man since."
When the Law is stripped away from the control of the populace, and conferred through the offices of an elite; the dispensing of 'Justice' becomes rare. The significance and respect for the process is diminished. And when perceived righteousness is lost, Society vacates their support for the execution of its practice. So when the question is posed, where did the law go wrong? The answer is, it went the way of all other tyranny. It was surrendered without much of a fight, by the people who were blessed to receive it as a gift, through the suffering and sacrifices of all prior generations. And all the time, that capitulation was rendered nice and legal, and certified by a judge . . . Just ask Dick, he knows what to do, when the slaughter reaches close to home, his trade might well yield relief.
SARTRE - July 11, 2003

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The right to be let alone is the underlying principle of the Constitution's Bill of Rights. - Erwin N. Griswold

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James Madison - Memorial and Remonstrance, 1785

Because we hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, "that religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence." The Religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right. It is unalienable, because the opinions of men, depending only on the evidence contemplated by their own minds cannot follow the dictates of other men: It is unalienable also, because what is here a right towards men, is a duty towards the Creator. It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage and such only as he believes to be acceptable to him. This duty is precedent, both in order of time and in degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society. Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governour of the Universe: And if a member of Civil Society, do it with a saving of his allegiance to the Universal Sovereign. We maintain therefore that in matters of Religion, no man's right is abridged by the institution of Civil Society and that Religion is wholly exempt from its cognizance. True it is, that no other rule exists, by which any question which may divide a Society, can be ultimately determined, but the will of the majority; but it is also true that the majority may trespass on the rights of the minority.

Complete Text of Speech - James Madison: His Legacy

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"You seem . . . to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all Constitutional questions: a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one, which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy."

- Thomas Jefferson

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Supreme Court Protects the State

Articles of Confederation was Preferable

Justice for Me But None for You

Above the Law for Some - Means Justice Denied for Us

Justice Is The Real Hope To Restore Conservatism

A Jury That Is Meant To Convict


Matthew 23:13 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to." (NIV)

The Declaration of Independence

Articles of Confederation

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The jury has a right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy. - John Jay

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United States Constitution Search

US Constitution Online

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DAILY CARTOON click to enlarge

It would be an absurdity for jurors to be required to accept the judge's view of the law, against their own opinion, judgement, and conscience.
John Adams

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Hammurabi's Code of Laws

1300 BC: The Ten Commandments

Roman Law-related Internet Project

Magna Carta and Its American Legacy

1689: The English Bill of Rights

The Five Original Napoleonic Codes


Law School Projects

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The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School

Resource and Search Sites

Free Legal Documents

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Jury Rights Project

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Law Notes - William R. Thornton

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA)

Articles and Essays

Our American Common Law by Howard Fisher and Dale Pond

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What is hateful to thyself do not do to another. That is the whole Law, the rest is Commentary.

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Sherman Skolnick's Report

"What is a bag Man" - Skolnick TV Segment






The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law. - Aristotle

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real differences - left and right - is a myth
the scales of justice are never balanced
when lawyers practice their trade of privilege

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Matthew 5:25,26: "Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny."

Quotes on the Powers and Duties of Juries

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NYS Article 78 outline

NY CPLR Article 78 Procedure

What- Used to challenge action (or inaction) by agencies and officers of state and local government.

When- Maximum time to file an Article 78 is 120 days from the date you actually receive the decision, not the date of the decision itself. Save the envelope the decision came in to prove date of receipt.

Where- In the supreme court of the county in which you reside. Most counties provide sample paperwork and information if you are filing pro se.

How- There are two methods to begin an Article 78:

a. Order to Show Cause - use this if you have reason to believe that the agency/officer may soon take further action against you. You will be asking the judge to grant an order preventing the agency/officer from taking any further action while the Article 78 is pending. If you proceed this way you will be before the judge as soon as you need to be. Therefore, you must have all your documents in order before you begin. NOTE- you must give the legal representative of the agency/officer that made the decision you are contesting at least 24 hours advance notice in person or by phone preferably followed up by fax.

b. Notice of Petition—Using this method you can determine the Article 78 hearing date. That date must be more that 20 days from your filing date in order to give the defendant time to respond.

Using either method, you must file, a verified petition, a verification, exhibits, a Request for Judicial intervention ($95.), and an application for Index Number ($210.).

Service—After you file your Article 78 papers with the court you must serve a copy to the proper agency/officer authorized to receive such service. Call the agency/officer well in advance to determine the authorized recipient of service. Bring the original with you. Serve the copy and have the agency/officer authorized to receive service place the agency/officer's stamp and received date on the original that you retain.

Now What Happens—If you filed an Order to Show Cause, be prepared to argue for your preliminary relief even on the same day. If you filed a regular Article 78 you will have some wait for a court date. Motions for adjournment by the opposing party are the rule rather than the exception.

Above All Remember that most Article 78 proceedings are decided by the judge on the basis of the merit of the arguments and evidence presented on paper (even though you can request oral argument).

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Left Right, Up and Down - Where Is The Justice?

Government is beating into submission, imprisoning, and killing...The authority of man-made law is entirely due to weapons of the constables who enforce obedience to its provisions.  Ludwig von Mises


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