Candidate for Governor (D) 2018
Friends, sometimes the smallest steps have the most powerful repercussions. The Connecticut Judiciary has evolved into a predatory organization. We desperately need judicial reform. This list is growing.
LEE BILL #13 - Criminal defendants who are charged with a misdemeanor should not be subjected to the Statewide Prosecutor’s Office. They will be on the local docket with the local prosecutor. This prevents powerful people from the state, or powerful private parties from sending a hand-picked prosecutor.
LEE BILL #11 - Trickery, gamesmanship and/or lies - by a judge is subject to a strike toward impeachment. This comes in so many forms including: selective blindness of what is on the page in front of them, lies about statutes, scheduling you to be in two places at once, phony judicial indignation, requiring impossible bench marks like producing a process server before capias can be issued, pretending evidence was not submitted, etc. These games and overall trickery come in many forms in order to throw the case.
LEE BILL #10 - No denial of due process. Judges purposefully effect the outcome of cases by denying due process; they do this in a variety of ways. Any denial of due process can be a strike toward impeachment, but a denial without an objection from the other side is a definite ground for impeached.
LEE BILL #8 - All Judges must rotate – even judge trial referees. The rotation every four years was supposed to prevent fiefdoms and tiers of power. The old guys come back as Judge Trial Referees and they don’t have to rotate. They never leave and their power is unchecked.
LEE BILL #18 - Currently a judge can refuse to step down. This bill allows a litigant to remove a judge, in civil or criminal matters, believed to be biased, or for any reason, within 20 days of being assigned to the case. The presiding administrative court judge, shall at once, and without requiring proof, assign the action to another judge. This is similar to Alaska statute 22.20.022.
LEE BILL #12 - Gratuitous adding on behind the scenes of harassment charges by prosecutors is abuse of the mental health statutes. Currently in the State of Connecticut, two or more convictions of harassment and the State can order a psychiatric evaluation. Worse than the penal code is the prospect of being confined to a mental institution. This is the modern day witch hunt. Gratuitous adding on of harassment charges by prosecutors or anyone other than the arresting police agency will NOT lead to psychiatric evaluation.
LEE BILL #16 - The Vexatious Litigation cause of action can only be decided by trial by jury - not by a judge, and definitely not by the judge presiding on the original case. This bill will prevent lawyers and their powerful judge friends from abusing the Vexatious Litigation statutes.
LEE BILL #14 - Revision of the Guardian Ad Litem statutes. It is relatively easy to learn the law, it is next to impossible for some lawyers to development the necessary sensitivity to deal with children. Therefore, a Guardian Ad Litem does not have to be a lawyer, but can instead be a specially trained therapist. This reduces the cost to the parent by about $400 an hour. This also prevents a judge from demanding an ADL in order to line the pockets of their lawyer friends.
LEE BILL #2 - No denying a Motion for Clarification or Articulation - A Motion for Clarification or Motion for Articulation must be answered with a reason grounded in the law or common sense. To deny, without explanation either of these two motions is the face a strike toward impeachment. Every litigant deserves an answer and every judicial decision must be based on the law. This simple change in an existing statute would eliminate behind the scenes deals. This change includes the Appellate Court. They currently answer only 21% of briefs received, this new rule could force them to answer all.
LEE BILL #9 - Restore the Grand Jury in Connecticut. We have a Constitutional right to a Grand Jury – then why don’t we have one? We need a full 24-person grand jury of members of the public. News flash: A jury of one, who happens to be a judge, is not a jury.
LEE BILL #6 - The Probate Courts and the Criminal Courts must finally get an electronic docket (most are currently hand written). In both of these types of matters the State is a party. When the State stands to gain, they want the upper hand. Those litigants appealing from a ruling are forced to create their own docket - a next to impossible task. Also, the elimination of hand-written dockets prevents document from disappearing. Computer dockets are backed-up so the unscrupulous can't claim you didn't file or ignore your motion.
LEE BILL #5 - When you Order a transcript you get the audio - This is to prevent the tweaking of the transcript by unscrupulous judges, lawyers and litigants.
LEE BILL #15 - Keeping a parent completely from a child is prohibited. A judge doing so may be subject to a strike toward impeachment. If there is no corroborated proof of abuse or neglect, there should be no reason to keep a parent completely from a child - ever. This is a sadistic, purposeful ploy to feed the system as judges know a parent will spend every dime they have to get to their loved one. It must stop. This includes Judges ordering that a parent in this situation be precluded from filing motions. In addition, free-range parenting should be adopted in this state. This gets the state in the form of DCF out of our families.
LEE BILL #4 - In criminal court: A Motion to Dismiss is given a full hearing on the merits within 60 days. How are innocent people supposed to get out from under unlawful charges if they cannot have a motion to dismiss heard? A criminal court judge who refuses to hear a motion to dismiss will face a strike toward impeachment.
LEE BILL #7 - Redefine Sovereign immunity - the State currently has more than 215 lawyers at the Attorney General’s office. Instead of thanking a litigant for pointing out a state employee who has run amok, they send a team of lawyers to defend that employee’s right to not do their job and screw you over. With this bill run amok employees can be held personally liable and accountable. The state will not pay for your defense.
LEE BILL #17 -The State of Connecticut, as a defendant, has very few lawsuits on the Judicial website. That is because the powerful: the state and other VIP players have the ability to remove cases. You and I cannot as we are denied "for the interest of justice" and public's right to know. Okay back at you: the People have a right to know. This bill prohibits removal by the State of any filed lawsuits, makes it a strike toward impeachment of a state employee to remove a case from the judicial website for any party.
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LEE BILL #20 - Fairness at our Capitol : Lobbying is part of our government. At the Hartford Capitol in 2017 Jewish Groups and pro-Israel groups dominated the feeder rooms that our legislators use for refreshments. This is very strong access and an effort should be made to grant access fairly over all religious, ethnic and political groups. This bill would require that the person (or staff) booking the room make an effort toward fairness in access. Additionally the opening religious convocation at our Capitol should include groups other than the traditional Christian and Jewish religious leaders. How about a convocation from an American Indian, a Buddhist, a Sikh, a Greek Orthodox, an Armenian, a Hindu, Muslim, Agnostic, Atheist, Chinese traditional, Primal-indigenous, Juche, Spiritism, Bahai, Jainism, Shinto, Cao Dai, Zoroastrianism, Tenrikyo, Neo-Paganism, Unitarian-Universalism, etc.
LEE BILL #19 - The Glen Campbell Bill: This bill is being adopted across the country. The conservator cannot keep a senior isolated from other people.
LEE BILL #1 - Give the Judicial Review Council (JRC) the power to fire - With this bill, the JRC will have the power to impeach judges, and judicial staff on a rolling basis. Three legitimate strikes toward impeachment from The People and a judge or a judicial employee will be called to a hearing and, if guilty, disciplined or fired; there is no appeal. This bill, overnight, would make Judges do it by the book. Currently the JRC is a useless appeasement organization that only makes "recommendations" on whether a judge should be reappointed. The JRC makes those recommendations every 8 years. The legislators and the Governor basically ignore them and so judges get a job for life. No more. A bad judge can do a lot of damage to a lot of people in 8 years. This bill will change that. Also, a State Employee Review Council with similar rolling firing power will be established. We want dedicated, honest state employees and all our judges to be Solomons, to do that we need to routinely clean out the corrupt, and sadistic. Also, the JRC currently has a one-year time limit for complaints - 75% of complaints are dismissed as untimely as litigants are fearful to complain about a judge while in litigation. This time rule is designed to thwart complaints. With this new bill there is no statute of limitations for bad behavior by a judge. So dust off your transcripts and send them; we are firing judges.
LEE BILL #3 - Phony judicial indignation – including the abuse of the marshal service is strike one for impeachment. Judges will act like you did something wrong and take issue of your behavior but what they are really doing is displaying phony indignation so they don't have to answer the motion in front of them. It is a ploy to throw the case - usually to deny due process.
Lee Whitnum's 20 Step Plan to clean up the Connecticut Judiciary and the State.