Monday, August 8, 2016

Federal Courts Abdicating Duty to Protect Civil and Constitutional Rights of Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, Watchdogs Charge

Judge Bruce Mills Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Thomas Maddock - Judge Ignazio Ruvolo 1st District Court of Appeal Judge Anthony Kline - Judge James Richmond - California Commission on Judicial Performance Victoria B. Henley Director - Judge Kevin Culhane Sacramento County Superior Court -California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye - Ming Chin - Goodwin Liu - Kathryn Werdegar - Carol Corrigan - Leondra Kruger - Mariano Cuellar - Supreme Court of California - California Judicial Council - Vance Raye 3rd District Court of Appeal Judge Cole Blease -
An anonymous California court reform organization has released a 50-page catalog documenting what they allege is institutionalized socioeconomic bias in state courts. 

The compilation includes little-known state laws that require judges to perform judicial and administrative duties free of bias based on the socioeconomic status of court users. 

According to the group, the laws, codified in the California Code of Judicial Ethics, are routinely ignored by judges and have never been enforced by the controversial Commission on Judicial Performance, the state agency responsible for judge oversight and accountability. 

The release also includes a letter to all judges and court administrators in the state from the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division outlining federal laws prohibiting bias against the poor in court proceedings. The group asserts that federal courts are hostile to litigation that seeks to protect the civil and constitutional rights of the socioeconomically disadvantaged. The catalog is embedded below:  

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