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Roberts Must Restore Integrity to the Federal Judiciary in 2018

Roberts Must Restore Integrity to the Federal Judiciary in 2018
Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts sits for an official photo with other members of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., June 1, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 January 2018 10:26 AM

In 1994 I conceived of and founded Judicial Watch to be in effect a people’s bar association and also a Justice Department to watch over the judiciary. As I wrote about in my autobiography, “Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment!,” in my then 17 years of legal practice I had encountered many judges, particularly on the federal bench, who were prone to wear their politics on their sleeve. Among the most egregious at that time was the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Over my next 23 years of legal practice, I have encountered many more federal judges of this ilk, but I have also experienced, regrettably a minority, those who are a credit to the bench.

In just the last few days, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, issued a statement that in the New Year he and his fellow justices would be conducting a review of sexual harassment in the federal judiciary — triggered by just one allegation against the Honorable Alex Kosinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In his statement, issued on New Year’s Eve, Roberts proclaimed, without any underlying credible factual basis other than his politically correct inclinations to pander to winds of the times:

“Events in recent months have illuminated the depth of the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, and events in the past few weeks have made clear that the judicial branch is not immune.” ("Chief Justice Roberts says courts will examine protections against sexual harassment," The Washington Post, December 31, 2017.)

Clearly, Roberts , the highly political and pseudo-conservative jurist who rubber stamped unconstitutional Obamacare, is prone to go with the flow of our times, when nearly all men are presumed, without due process, guilty of charges of sexual harassment, and many women accusers, who frequently sought to exploit their sexuality but did not get the reward they expected, become disgruntled. These women frequently get a free pass to destroy the careers and personal lives of the males they now — frequently decades after the alleged atrocities — resent and loathe. Of course there are legitimate sexual harassment cases, but the current “Salem Witch Trial” environment has now made its way to the desk of this very political chief justice, whose primary desire in legal life appears to be designed to maintain his social status in the boudoirs of Georgetown.

Roberts would be better advised to not only investigate real and concrete sexual harassment claims rather than going on this all-encompassing “witch hunt,” but also the rampant politicization on the federal bench. His Obamacare affirmance a number of years ago cements his title as perhaps the most politicized judge of the decade. But there are others who I have encountered who must also must be exposed and ethically dealt with.

To be positive in the New Year, I am listing a few — the Honorable Royce Lamberth, who made many fine rulings holding Bill and Hillary Clinton to account to the rule of law in the 1990s, and Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia who ruled that the NSA’s mass surveillance was unconstitutional, and Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas who ruled against and invalidated Obama’s immigration amnesty executive order, who are worthy to wear their judicial robes.

But I am also calling out many others who wear their politics on their judicial sleeve, a grave disservice to their oath of office and the American people they were supposed to protect from the tyranny of the other two branches of government.

Roberts and his band of merry men and women on the Court should train their sights on the likes of these federal judges, not the imagined politically correct claim of an epidemic of sexual harassment based on one judge on the Ninth Circuit, who has not been proven to have done anything wrong. Ironically, Kosinski was one of the few good judges on the Ninth Circuit, that is, before he was forced to resign.

The federal judges who win my award as the most politicized in 2017 include but are not limited to the Honorable Amy Berman Jackson who is presiding over the Paul Manafort and Rich Gates prosecution, confined them to house arrest despite adequate bond being proposed as security and also imposed an illegal and unconstitutional gag order on them, but continues to resist addressing the illegal and criminal grand jury leaks of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, G. Murray Snow, and Susan Bolton, who did a number on America’s sheriff Joe Arpaio for enforcing the immigration laws; James Boasberg and Emmet Sullivan who ran interference for their Democrat benefactors by slow rolling Freedom of Information Act requests during the Obama administration and the 2016 presidential campaign; and Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has who has furthered the cover-up of government misconduct of Cliven Bundy and his family. There are many more too numerous to list in this blog. For more information about these highly political jurists go to www.freedomwatchusa.org and www.clivenbundydefensefund.org.

In short, it's high time that in the New Year Chief Justice Roberts relinquish his membership in the politicized social clubs of Washington, D.C., and work with his fellow justices to restore unbiased integrity to the federal judiciary.

Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, is known for his strong public interest advocacy in furtherance of ethics in government and individual freedoms and liberties. To read more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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