July 4, 2009
Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, 1st Dept.
27 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10010
RE: Call for Immediate Action to Address Systemic Corruption at the Manhattan
Attorney ‘Ethics’ Committee, the Departmental Disciplinary Committee (the “DDC”)
Dear Judge Gonzalez:
Your appointment as Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, 1st Department, has renewed the promise of hope to the great people of New York and, indeed, the many beyond our borders. Scores of people- attorneys, judges, litigants and just regular people- seek the restoration of a broken faith in their judicial branch of government. You, it is respectfully submitted, Judge Gonzalez, have the sole authority to immediately address the long-practiced and improper actions of the DDC.
We request that you immediately suspend all DDC activity until such time that you have appointed a special panel to fully investigate, and report to you, recommendations for the correction of the gross failings at the DDC, and for new leadership with integrity so the DDC may return to its stated mission.
To be specific, it is requested that you direct the immediate closure of the DDC offices on the 2nd floor at 61 Broadway in Manhattan, and that you direct that the locks be changed-- just like the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, 1st Department, did in January of 1989 amid a list of corrupt practices in and about the DDC. (Please see the attached, The Murphy Report, dated January 31, 1989)
Barely one month ago in Albany, on June 8, 2009, New York State Senator John L. Sampson held the first of numerous planned public hearings on the corruption that exists in and about the four statewide Appellate Division attorney ethics oversight committees. The videotaped testimony reveals a startling series of allegations specifically involving the DDC: (a) the existence of dozens of complaints that have been “white-washed”; (b) horrifying acts of retaliation by DDC superiors to chill certain individuals, including respected attorneys; (c) an 80-year-old Holocaust Survivor who had to wait over ten years to see any action on her DDC complaint; (d) a woman who has been ignored and procedurally defrauded by the DDC after her lawyer, who was recorded on tape wanting sex in return for a favorable outcome in court, was found to be one of the “protected” Manhattan attorneys, and who even boasted of his juice with sitting Associate Justices of the 1st Department; (e) the violation of Judiciary Law where non-court personnel- policy committee members- are provided with confidential case material; (f) the mathematical impossibility that attorneys from large law firms are never held accountable by the DDC; and (g) the outrageous presumption by the current DDC leadership that if a complaintant, or complaining family member, is incarcerated or a member of a minority, then any complaint to the DDC is automatically void of sufficient grounds for any legitimate disciplinary inquiry.
We invite you to review Senator Sampson’s June 8th hearing. In a Google search, enter “Corrupt Courts” – click: www.ExposeCorruptCourts.blogspot.com; and view Part 1 and Part 2 in the upper right corner.
The evidence is clear: the DDC is corrupt. The growing outcry, volume of lawsuits and complaints from every corner of this state represents the serious condition of wholesale corruption and lawlessness by those charged with “ethics oversight.” The time for action is now, and the most capable person is you. We respectfully request that you take immediate, and public, action.
Our two-year-long research has revealed a troubling state court “ethics” oversight structure that is itself corrupt. We have documented dozens of examples where the law, attorneys, litigants, state employees and, in fact, judges have been targeted for annihilation simply because of a political whim or the vengeful, misguided desires of a few. Conversely, we have evidence of many outrageous and criminal acts by certain individuals within and about the state court system that have been substantively ignored for no other reason than their favored position or political affiliation.
We also ask that you publicly support the New York State Senate hearings as started on June 8th.
True “ethics oversight” must be restored, and the current system of destruction and cover-up must end. We are confident that future generations will echo our gratitude of your restoration of our faith in our government and in our system of law.
Very truly yours,
Frank N. Brady
Integrity in the Courts