Welcome to Judges Gone Rogue
This website was created in February 2009. This page was last updated May 9, 2013
This website introduces a book, Judges Gone Rogue, intended to expose the corruption that plagues the justice system in the United States both at the state and federal levels.
Every year, several judges are prosecuted and convicted of various crimes by the Public Integrity Section of the United States Department of Justice or by state authorities. For instance, in the 1980s, the FBI mounted Operation Greylord, named after the curly wigs worn by British judges, which resulted in the indictment of 92 officials in Cook County, Illinois, including 17 judges, 48 lawyers, 8 policemen, 10 deputy sheriffs, 8 court officials, and one state legislator. Nearly all were convicted, including 15 judges, most of them pleading guilty. It necessitated the use of undercover operations that used honest judges and lawyers posing as crooked ones, and the strong assistance of the Cook County court and local police.
In more recent years, there was a rash of judges—at least sixteen—stepping down in Georgia after scandals or outright criminality, after being investigated by Georgia’s Judicial Qualifications Commission. One sent a message over Facebook to a criminal defendant, saying he’d give her behind-the-scenes advice on her case. Another was caught having sex in a parked car with the public defender assigned to his courtroom. Another inappropriately touched a prosecutor and investigator after they sat in his lap posing for a photo.
Judges Gone Rogue exposes judicial corruption on a wider scale through the story of a physician who fell victim to a conspiracy between a hospital, its attorneys and a state-court judge, aimed at defeating him in court. After suing the conspirators, including the judge, in federal court and after being denied due process in that forum as well, the author became determined to continue his quest for justice in various fora, including other state courts, federal courts and federal circuits, reaching the Supreme Court. In total, the author filed thirteen lawsuits, some of which are still alive, but was repeatedly denied due process by various judges who were either directly corrupted by the hospital and its attorneys or were in direct agreement with other judges never to allow discovery and to dismiss the suits in bad faith.
Exposure of the corruption did not require the assistance of law enforcement—the author simply learned how to become a litigator without the luxury of going to law school. This provided him with an edge: he could go where no lawyer would ever dare. He could challenge or even sue a corrupt judge without being concerned about losing his license to practice law—he has none. Watchdogs monitoring judicial corruption are aware of the magnitude of the problem across the Nation, yet suits against judges and their co-conspirators are rare. That is because a lawyer attacking a judge, even rightly so, is at risk of being disciplined. This is the territory of career suicide for lawyers—they might end up losing their license to practice law.
Judges Gone Rogue shows, through a story of judicial conspiracy of unprecedented magnitude that spanned more than eight years, that judicial corruption and dishonesty are widespread in the United States. It is a story about crime, deception, treachery, shock, surrealism, disappointment, humiliation, despair, patience, hope, clairvoyance, determination and perseverance. The story may at first seem to be a figment of someone’s vivid imagination, but it is one that will emerge as a surreal pictorial of what really goes on quietly every day inside our courts of justice, both at the state and federal levels. This story will come as a shock to most lay citizens, law students and young lawyers. It will even shock the minds of many seasoned lawyers, including litigation attorneys, and will drive many to rethink their systems of belief about the law, order, justice, and life itself. Judges Gone Rogue reveals how easily the criminal world intersects with the supposedly legitimate world of law. It demonstrates how in many courts the law, the truth, the facts, the evidence and justice itself are all usually irrelevant. Judges Gone Rogue will radically change the way you look at justice forever.
The book is expected to have a sobering effect similar to Confessions of an Economic Hitman, by John Perkins (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). Shocking revelations showing widespread corruption and corruptibility and detailing the tactics used by various judges to deny litigants due process are made in the book. The author was able to unveil these tactics because he was most often unrepresented in court and dared challenge the system in place by persisting in his pursuit of justice, providing numerous judges with the opportunity to deny him due process. Tactics often used include intimidation, muzzling, ignoring court rules, creating new rules, fabricating facts, testifying for a party, issuance of absurd legal opinions, torturing the law as well as other creative means that have boggled the minds of numerous laypeople, lawyers and even judges. Judges Gone Rogue also narrates stories of judicial corruption lived by other individuals that the author interviewed over the years. The details remove the halo of honorability that surrounds many “respectable” judges and demonstrate how, for many judges, the Canons of Judicial Conduct were just created for public consumption. It also demonstrates how certain judges, when challenged to explain their decision or stance, act no different than the same common criminals they were appointed to judge. Most importantly, the book demonstrates that corrupt judges act with the knowledge that their decisions will surely be affirmed by fellow judges on appeal, pursuant to a tacit “fraternity” code. In other words, trial court judges openly utter absurdities in their opinions with the knowledge that they have the blessing of the appellate court. They also act with the knowledge that any commission charged with investigating judicial misconduct at the state level will not move a finger and will summarily dismiss any complaint against a judge, sometimes on the same day its “investigation” starts.
The number of corrupt judges involved in the events narrated in Judges Gone Rogue is staggering and keeps growing. The lawyers involved in conspiring with them, Deborah Baum, Karen-Faye McTavish and Patrick Potter, are all associates or partners at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, a major international law firm that claims integrity as a core value. Judges Gone Rogue shows how some law firms, when unable to win a case, resort to corrupting judges and can do so often and with ease. Other names are likely to be implicated and will be revealed later as events unfold.
Excerpts from Judges Gone Rogue are published on this website. A chapter intended to simplify the legal jargon and explain the way state and federal courts as well as the legal system in general function will be included in the book to make it accessible to the majority of individuals, not just the legal community. The excerpts on this website are, however, mainly addressed to the legal community because of their technicality.
Some of the judges involved include:
Judges Alfred Swersky and Benjamin Kendrick of the Arlington County Circuit Court, Virginia.
Judge Leonie Brinkema of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division.
Judge Claude Hilton of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division.
Judge Louise Scrivener of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, Maryland.
Judge Alexander Williams Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Greenbelt Division.
Judge Brian Holeman of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Judge Reggie Walton of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Additional judges will be added to the list in due time.
The top menu provides links to narratives of the events as related to specific judges.
Judges Gone Rogue was set to be released in the fall of 2010, but certain events necessitated a delay in its release to include additional events.