The virtues of a “Corruption Tax”
We all know that the legal establishment of judges and lawyers operates as a racketeering enterprise. That is why we are drafting a RICO complaint against the WA State Bar Association (WSBA). But such a lawsuit needs to be “litigated” in the very system that is controlled by the WSBA that we are suing. So the problem is in finding a solution that doesn’t take a constitutional convention to solve and isn’t fought in the courts that are controlled by the WSBA – the defendant.
It seems to me that the most efficient way to fracture the relationship between lawyers and judges is to get them fighting each other. And the easiest way to get them fighting each other is to attack their “pocket book” … Judges are paid with TAX dollars, Lawyers are paid with government jobs, contracts, both of which are funded by TAX dollars, and use government facilities (courthouse, clerks and court personnel) in their business for profit.
More importantly, EACH judge and EACH lawyer has an obligation to society under their respective codes of conduct to “self-regulate” to insure lawyers and judges obey the law and behave in a honorable manner. By finding a misappropriation of TAX $’s by any one lawyer/judge proves their failure to ‘self-regulate’ and implicates all WSBA associates in this failed system. See RCW 9A.08 — for example, 9A.08(1)(b) assigns liability when, “His or her conduct is expressly declared by law to establish his or her complicity.” When an association is self-regulated, they assume the legal liability to “self-regulate” for the benefit of society, not to rape society for their power and wealth.
[Since every judge is a bar associate they should be taxed at twice the rate — under each code of conduct]
If you penalize each WSBA associate for the collect failure of their association to self-regulate — i.e., refund TAX money misappropriated…. they may understand the consequence in turning a blind eye to judicial/lawyer misconduct committed by their colleagues.
Making a case for misappropriation of TAX dollars by this ‘judicial/lawyer’ orgy fest and hold each liable for the conduct of the other, one Esq. will start pointing fingers at the other Esq and the ‘system’ will function as intended.
Right now the state’s budget and school funding are 1 and 2 on the legislatures table…. get the legislature to look at finding money, as in restitution, fines, a “corruption tax” upon lawyers, usage fees in that the legal profession uses government facilities to earn money, whatever, to recover all the TAX money illegally taken, earned, or facilities used by the judicial/attorney syndicate. (Now is the best time to point the legislature in this direction because the WA Supreme Court is holding each legislator in contempt of the McCleary decision — legislator’s are pissed for one, and they need to find revenue, for two .. seems the solution is found in the very entity throwing stones – the judicial/lawyer entity).
For example of such a “corruption tax”…. it could be based on the total number of grievance filed against judges and lawyers in a year. Use the number of WSBA grievances filed in a year divided by the number of lawyers licensed in that year and that would be the percent tax assessed on each lawyer and law firm. Judges would be assessed based upon the number of CJC (commission on judicial conduct) complaints divided by number of judges and assessed a “corruption tax” based on that percentage PLUS the WSBA amount.
In holding WSBA associates – regardless in what role they occupy, to their oath and ethical duty by making them ‘each liable’, as the law provides, for the TAX money misappropriated, it will bring them into compliance without the need for a constitutional convention or revolution. It may even restore the ‘separation’ between the three branches of gov.
This problem requires a nimble “model” not some myopic approach … opportunities must be taken advantage of and all of our tools need to be utilized if judges and lawyers will be held to the law as we the people are held to the law.