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Monday, February 21, 2011

Governor Cuomo's Big Gift- Lippman's FBI Inquiry

Cuomo's Big Gift- Lippman's FBI Inquiry

The Committee on Public Integrity has formally asked Janice K. Fedarcyk, FBI Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office, to personally intervene in the investigation of New York's Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. The correspondence will be posted here at 9am on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. The Committee on Public Integrity, by copy of the correspondence to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and all members of New York's Assembly and Senate, also asks the state's leaders to review the pending FBI inquiry.

NY's Financial Crisis Requires Appropriate Leadership of $3 billion Judicial Enterprise

Governor Cuomo has been specifically asked to immediately appoint a commission to look into the troubling allegations of a $40 Million Judicial Scam involving Judge Lippman and Judge Charles Ramos.

Highlights include......

....Our research has revealed, and fully documented, a troubling state court “ethics” oversight structure that is itself corrupt. We have documented countless examples where the law, attorneys, litigants, state employees and, in fact, judges have been targeted for annihilation simply because of a political whim or from 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 overlooked for no other reason than their favored position or political affiliation.

CRIMES AGAINST FAMILIES

We take all allegations very seriously, but especially when they involve New York State’s Chief Justice, Jonathan Lippman, and an Appellate Division Associate Justice, Charles Ramos. We are most troubled by the apparent common denominators of “greed of money” and “thirst for power.” The sad result of these crimes against families, state employees and citizens is outrageous, and must end.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

OVERVIEW: New York State Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Ramos received a "waiver" of the Rules Governing Judicial Conduct from then-Chief Administrative Judge Lippman based upon information he (Ramos) provided in writing. The “waiver” pre-approved Judge Ramos to be co-executor of two estates of a couple who were alive; the “waiver” also approved Judge Ramos’ in a role over various family trusts.

DOCUMENTED FACTS: The highly unusual "waiver" of the State Judicial Rules was given by then-Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman on May 7, 2003. The May 7, 2003 dated letter from the Administrative Judge allowed Judge Ramos "to be named and to serve as a co-executor and trustee under the Wills of Ruth and Herb Weissberg.” (see attached) However, on May 7, 2003, Ruth and Herb were very much alive. And though Herbert Weissberg would die about 2 months later, on July 3, 2003, it was known that Herb had had a stroke and couldn’t speak, due to dementia and aphasia, for well over one year prior to his death.

While Judge Lippman's letter reiterates Justice Ramos' contention that he "had a longstanding relationship of trust and confidence with the Weissbergs going back 36 years"(see attached), there is no mention as to why the original March 24, 2002 dated Will did not name Charles E. Ramos as an executor or trustee but, instead, the Last Will named trusted accountant Andrew Rubin and long-time friend attorney Paul Herman as co-executors. It was only by virtue of a subsequent Codicil, purportedly by the long-incapacitated and dying Herbert Weissberg that Andrew Rubin and Paul Herman were removed as named co-fiduciaries, and replaced with Judge Ramos and the frail, soon-to-be-widow, Ruth Weissberg as the newly named co-fiduciaries. Witnesses confirm that Herb could barely say “yes” or “no” and was in a fetal position during the last year of his life. People who knew the Weissberg family for decades were shocked to hear that Judge Ramos had presented himself as a long time "dear friend" of Herbert Weissberg.

It appears that other plans to wrestle control of Herb's millions were in the works. It is also alleged that in October of 2001, Herbert Weissberg’s attorney, Paul Herman, went to the hospital to visit Herb, who was at that time extremely ill and unable to speak due to dementia and aphasia. While it cannot be determined exactly how many documents, purportedly signed by Herbert Weissberg, emerged from that hospital visit, or exactly from whom, what is certain is that Herb’s signature varies significantly from one writing to another on papers with the exact same date. One document, supposedly prepared by Herb, misspells the word “Gramercy” – as in the Gramercy Park Hotel- the place Herbert Weissberg had run for decades. Out of thin air, but with a judicial waiver in hand, Judge Ramos then appeared and became a paid trustee. The question remains that if Judge Ramos was such “a close, personal friend of the family” and as was presented to Judge Lippman, then Judge Ramos surely would have known that Herb Weissberg had been very ill, could barely scribble a signature, and could not communicate or understand anything complex- all long before the codicil giving him (Ramos) so much was even drafted. Simply, people with Dementia and Aphasia do not initiate complex estate changes.

THE ALLEGATIONS: (1) Judge Ramos, in early 2003, filed papers within the New York State Court system containing knowingly false information, so to advance a scheme where he would improperly, and financially, gain; and (2) Judge Lippman, since at least mid-2007, has been aware of the false presentation of information by Judge Ramos, and he has failed, and he continues to fail, to take appropriate action as required by law.

The FBI correspondence will be posted here at 9am on Tuesday, February 22, 2011.

28 comments:

Sick of NY's System of INJUSTICE said...

Good Bye Judge Lippman. Don't let Andrew slamming the door hit you in the rear. Move on to some other victims. Maybe justice is finally being returned to New York by Governor Cuomo. Maybe, finally, the injustices spit on the citizens of New York by the cronies of Lippman and Silver are coming to an end. Finally, a leader in New York can put an end to the schmucks within New York's INJUSTICE system.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Judge Charles E. Ramos presides over the below listed lawsuit involving the Fen-Phen Case. This case has been pending since 2001.

New York Civil Supreme

Index Number: 605388/2001

Case Name: PARKER & WAICHMAN vs. NAPOLI, PAUL J.

Anonymous said...

Lippman also made him another one of those phony "Acting Supreme Court Justices" until he could figure out how to slip him into an easy election.

Anonymous said...

Simply, people with Dementia and Aphasia do not initiate complex estate changes

maybe Lippman has this, will someone make up some paperwork saying he does, get him out of this one!

Anonymous said...

Simply, people with Dementia and Aphasia do not initiate complex estate changes

maybe Lippman has this, will someone make up some paperwork saying he does, get him out of this one!

T Finnan said...

Andrew Cuomo could act to charge Chief Judge Lippman with a crime and seek his removal from office through the courts by his AG, Scheiderman. Or, Cuomo could follow NY Constitution and ask for the removal of Lippman by the Legislature.
The applicable laws and procedures are all described in today's post on www.CuomoTARP.blogspot.com
What will Cuomo do or not do?

Anonymous said...

Enough is Enough...load up the PADDIE WAGON...lock up all the CORRUPT Lawyers, CORRUPT Judges, and CORRUPT Politicians for life!!!!!

UGH!!!! said...

Welcome to PLANET MARS (NYC)...where they have the most CORRUPT Judges, Lawyers, Politicians, and Court System in the COUNTRY!!!!

tip of iceberg said...

Getting rid of Lippman would be a good start toward cleaning up the corruption in OCA. But there'd be a lot more work to do. And many, many more corrupt insiders that would have to go also.

drowned by Lippman said...

A ship is only as good as its captain. The New York Judicial Ship has been sinking for years, led by a bunch of power-hungry, justice-denying fools. Lippman wouldn't know a train wreck from a ship wreck because he's blinded by one cover-up after another. Captain Cuomo needs to again step up to the plate and do something. I agree. Start with OCA's top criminal: Jonathan Lippman. Get rid of him.

Disgusted said...

Where's the NYT reporter? Where are the feds and FBI about Fraud by Lippman and Ramos? Has Ramos reported all the income from his Trusteeship? What was distributed and to whom and were 1099's given to all those who did work on the Estate? All should be in the public record. Would the NYT reporter need help in investigation and exposure? Andrew, this about the lack of Public Integrity. What would Lippman tell a jury about his waiver that would be believed?

Quietly Smiling said...

Hmmm... now let me get this straight, and please bear with me. Ramos, the judge on the Phen-Phen case, replete with controversies, is buddy's with Lippman, who in turn grew up with and is buddy's with Silver? Allen Isaac, of Esposito sexual assault and battery fame never arrested, supposedly speaks of a high powered lawyer in "Caught on Tape" as he claims 1st Appellete Dept. judges are close to him...Ramos to Lippman to Silver, and are there any guesses as to that high powered lawyer is?????? ;)

Anonymous said...

This is great. You can take almost any dead person (or near dead, or whatever), just changed their Last Will, and as long as you know the lawyer who knows the judge you can commit the perfect crime...... PERFECT.

Insider said...

Herb Weissberg couldn't do anything, he was out it and everyone knew it. Charles Ramos handled many HOT cases, he's the go-to-guy and the people in the know are aware.

Greylord said...

Too funny... my recusal theft has a foundation of law related to the FBI operation Greylord..

With respect to defendant's further contention that the eventual recusal of Justice Stander created an appearance of impropriety and tainted everything that preceded the recusal, we note that a court's decision to withdraw from a case after previously declining to do so will not transform a "worthless recusal claim into one with merit" (Bank of Tokyo Trust Co. v Urban Food Malls, 229 AD2d 14, 34 [1996]). Moreover, it is well established that, absent a showing of actual bias or a statutory basis for recusal, proceedings conducted prior to a motion for recusal, or prior to a voluntary withdrawal from the case, remain valid (see Hudson View II Assoc. v Miller, 282 AD2d 345, 346 [2001], lv dismissed 96 NY2d 937 [2001]; Bank of Tokyo Trust Co., 229 AD2d at 33-34; Matter of Kurz v Justices of Supreme Ct. of N.Y., Kings County, 228 AD2d 74, 76 [1997]; People v Willsey, 148 AD2d 764, 765-766 [1989], lv denied 74 NY2d 749 [1989]). "Judicial acts taken before the 1009*1009 motion may not later be set aside unless the litigant shows actual impropriety or actual prejudice; appearance of impropriety is not enough to poison the prior acts" (United States v Murphy, 768 F2d 1518, 1541 [1985], cert denied 475 US 1012 [1986]).

GreyGrey said...

[8] During the 1980's, federal indictments alleged that the Circuit Court of Cook County was a corrupt enterprise in RICO prosecutions of Chicago judges. See U.S. v. Glecier, 923 F.2d 496, 498 (7th Cir.), cert. denied, ___ U.S. ___, 112 S.Ct. 54, 116 L.Ed.2d 31 (1991). Cook County Circuit Judges were the target of the FBI's Operation Greylord, which resulted in the fraud, bribery, and RICO convictions of many circuit court judges. See e.g. U.S. v. Holzer, 840 F.2d 1343 (7th Cir.), cert. denied, 486 U.S. 1035, 108 S.Ct. 2022, 100 L.Ed.2d 608 (1988); U.S. v. Reynolds, 821 F.2d 427 (7th Cir.1987); U.S. v. Murphy, 768 F.2d 1518 (7th Cir.1985), cert. denied, 475 U.S. 1012, 106 S.Ct. 1188, 89 L.Ed.2d 304 (1986).

Anonymous said...

but somehow they missed New YOrk??

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2004/march/greylord_031504

Investigations of Public Corruption
Rooting Crookedness Out of Government

03/15/04

Operation Greylord collageToday marks an important anniversary in the annals of public corruption investigations in the U.S.

Twenty years ago today, in a federal courtroom in Chicago, a jury found Harold Conn (top center in photo) guilty on all 4 counts of accepting bribes to be passed on to Cook County judges as payment for fixing tickets. The evidence? He had been caught live on FBI tapes.

This "bagman" had been Deputy Traffic Court Clerk in the Cook County judicial system, and he was the first defendant to be found guilty in a mammoth sting investigation of crooked officials in the Cook County courts.

It was called OPERATION GREYLORD, named after the curly wigs worn by British judges. And in the end--through undercover operations that used honest and very courageous judges and lawyers posing as crooked ones... and with the strong assistance of the Cook County court and local police--92 officials had been indicted, including 17 judges, 48 lawyers, 8 policemen, 10 deputy sheriffs, 8 court officials, and 1 state legislator. Nearly all were convicted, most of them pleading guilty (just a few are shown in our photo). It was an important first step to cleaning up the administration of justice in Cook County.

That's really the whole point. Abuse of the public trust cannot and must not be tolerated. Corrupt practices in government strike at the heart of social order and justice. And that's why the FBI has the ticket on investigations of public corruption as a top priority.

How'd that happen? Historically, of course, these cases were considered local matters. A county court clerk taking bribes? Let the county handle it.

But in the 1970s, state and local officials asked for help. They didn't have the resources to handle such intense cases, and they valued the authority and credibility that outside investigators brought to the table. By 1976, the Department of Justice had created a Public Integrity Section, and the FBI was tasked with the investigations, focusing on major, systemic corruption in the body politic.

Who's investigated? Public servants: members of Congress and state legislatures; members of the Administration and governors’ offices; judges and court staffs; all of law enforcement; all government agencies. Plus everyone who works with government and is willing to pay for "special favors": lobbyists, contractors, consultants, lawyers, U.S. businesses in foreign countries, you name it.
What kind of crimes? Bribery, kickbacks, and fraud. Vote buying, voter intimidation, impersonation. Political coercion. Racketeering and obstruction of justice. Trafficking of illegal drugs.

How serious of a problem is it? Last year the FBI investigated 850 cases; brought in 655 indictments/informations; and got 525 who were either convicted or chose to plead.

Last words: Straight from Teddy Roosevelt: "Unless a man is honest we have no right to keep him in public life, it matters not how brilliant his capacity, it hardly matters how great his power of doing good service on certain lines may be...No man who is corrupt, no man who condones corruption in others, can possibly do his duty by the community."

RepectfulColleagueNot said...

So.. who prepared and filed it??

2007 NY Slip Op 51923(U)

Despite receiving a copy of the order to show cause and temporary restraining order, Judge Kent signed the judgment of divorce on September 5, 2007 and said judgment was entered on September 11, 2007. That judgment of divorce is however, technically a nullity and should not have been signed after this court issued a temporary restraining order staying the divorce action.

The action by Judge Kent in ignoring the temporary restraining order issued by this court staying the matrimonial proceedings in Suffolk County pending the hearing of the motion before this court, was improper and inappropriate as Judge Kent did not have the power to overrule this court's temporary restraining order

BetterYet said...

Who "Certificated" him after this DooooooZY???

Kent's motto..??

Sever them property rights...

y'all come back now...

ya hear??

3BlindMice said...

Hey.. CJC...

when you investigated..

How did you miss that recusal Order "Entered" in the record?

shouldn't that have lead you to the unlawfully appointed "RECEIVER"?

ergo.. where was my sua sponte relief???

ummm.. duh....

Miss Cleo said...

Re-establish Mari's HOUSE or perish!!

Anonymous said...

Sadly we all know that Jonathan Lippman and his buddy Charles Ramos are birds of a bad feather. But sadly we also know that the FBI will do nothing. Once the feds get their hands on this it goes in to a black hole, "it's under investigation" forever!!! What a way to run a country!!!

Anonymous said...

http://www.realecontv.com/videos/banking-malfeasance/straight-from-the-horses-mouth-.html

Anonymous said...

Did Judge Lippman and Judge Ramos both sign their oath's of office? Where would we be able to see a copy of same if it indeed exists?

Anonymous said...

Show Lippman the door, Andrew. ASAP

Anonymous said...

Lippman's mess will be covered up - Trust Me! The Federal robots talk alot but do nothing! Wait and see!

Anonymous said...

Hope that Cuomo gets Lippman before Lippman and his friends get Cuomo

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened with this....?

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