Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Legacy of Chief Justices Cologero and Moon & Chief Judge Bell

Some years ago, I complained, confidentially, to the Judicial Council of the Federal Fifth Circuit about the documented misconduct of a United Stated District Judge. 

At the Fifth Circuit Judicial Council, my complaints were either dismissed or ignored - without investigation. 

Unjust as this outcome was, I ought not to have been surprised or even bothered to file my complaint. I did not know then that over 99% of complaints about the misconduct of judges are dismissed - by other judges.

But matters did not end for me.

Two years later, I was prosecuted for misconduct by the Disciplinary in three states - none of whom would (1) acknowledge the evidence of judicial misconduct which I presented nor (2) would transfer my complaint about the judge to a US attorney or some other entity empowered to investigate or prosecute. 

Appearing before a committee in Louisiana, whose chair was a member of the organization that had facilitated gifts to the miscreant judge, I was suspended from the practice of law - until I "apologized" - for coming forward.

The three judges, who supervised the ridiculous procedures instituted against me, have each retired. 

They are Pascal Cologero, Ronald Moon and Robert Bell.

Pascal Cologero Jr

Chief Justice
Louisiana Supreme Court, 1991-2009

Photo - Loyola University of New Orleans, Office of Public Affairs


Ronald T. Y. Moon
Chief Justice 
Hawaii Supreme Court, 1993-2010
Photo Credit: Legislative Newsline April 18, 2008

File:Robert M. Bell (2008).jpg

Robert Bell, Chief Judge
Maryland Court of Appeals
Photo: Public Domain


Cologero, Moon and Bell protected a Federal Judge from Having to Face the Consequences of his 
own Serious Misconduct.


Cologero, Moon and Bell destroyed the career 
of an honest lawyer - a necessary consequence of these judges' decision to protect a federal judge who:
- failed to follow mandatory judicial 
complaint rules 

- failed to transfer complaints 
about his financial affairs to another court

- publicized the name of a confidential 
judicial complainant

- accepted gifts from litigators in his court


Memo to Mr's Cologero, Moon, Bell and your successors: 

I will NEVER apologize for telling the truth about a federal judge who used his judicial position to enrich himself with gifts from litigators. 
I will NEVER apologize for expecting supervising judges to actually investigate and also regulate the behavior of a berobed miscreant.. 
I will NEVER again believe your courts are free from the shameful consequences of judicial application of two sets of investigative and legal standards:
1. one for litigants, who expect but do not get evenhanded justice in court
2. another for judges who receive a wink from you, when they are the subjects of complaints about their misbehavior.

You just look the other way. 
Good riddance to each one of you in your retirement.

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