Memorandum to Andrew Cuomo, Senator John Sampson, and the NY Times:
The system stinks. We need remedy now.
See ExposecorruptCourts.blogspot.com for enlightenment.
Andrew Cuomo, what hiding under your TARP that fears video exposure? Why doesn't NY Times demand videos of all court proceedings? Senator Sampson, doesn't your black community want video recording of all court proceedings and don't they know the courts cannot be trusted? Wasn't OJ Simpson's “not guilty verdict,” in part because the black community wanted to send a message about untrusted courts? Why shouldn't the people see what goes on in their courts? Why is youtube, or “Acorn like” exposure feared?
Maybe paraphrasing old wisdom would help: “The fear of the the Lord (the People seeing the video) is the beginning of wisdom (honest courts).”
Honest judges and equitable court actions have been a concern since Moses said over 3,000 years ago, "At that time I instructed the judges, 'You must hear the cases of your fellow Israelites and the foreigners living among you. Be perfectly fair in your decisions”
Translated for our NY lawyers and judges: “no favoritism for fellow judges or fellow lawyers and respect and treat fairly the foreigners, i.e. non-lawyers or non- judges.”
NY Supreme Court Judge David Demerest in Essex County action 974/2006, said from the bench, “If you want the law, the rules, and the Constitution followed you have to go the Court of Appeals. In his court the law, the rules and the Constitution are not followed.” A video of Judge David Demerest, on line would end his arrogance. So many groups have cried out for court watchers to sit in on court sessions to protect vulnerable victims from brazen judicial misconduct in courts. Replace these court watchers with video.
Video all NY court appearances with time displayed and make it necessary for the jurisdiction and validity of all court proceedings that such videos exist and are available. The videos of protected proceedings under our present law could be kept protected, but those videos must be kept available for Appellate proceedings, continuing proceedings by same parties or criminal proceedings if required.
First have a good laugh about our present system: A NY judge reviews his own court transcripts for appeals and makes “corrections” and removals as (s)he sees needed before appellate review
Then, since none of the above, Cuomo, Sampson or NY Times have acted, I'll show how we can change our NY Laws:
Here is present law: § 4. Sittings of courts to be public. The sittings of every court within this state shall be public,and every citizen may freely attend the same, except that in all proceedings and trials in cases for divorce, seduction, abortion, rape, assault with intent to commit rape, criminal sexual act, bastardy or filiation,the court may,in its discretion, exclude therefrom all persons who are not directly interested therein, excepting jurors, witnesses, and officers of the court
Here's the Revised law (changes in red): § 4. Sittings of courts to be public. The sittings of every court within this state shall be public,and every citizen may freely attend the same and must be recorded on publicly available time stamped video where the words of each participant can be clearly heard and such video be part of the records of said court, except that in all proceedings and trials in cases for divorce, seduction, abortion, rape, assault with intent to commit rape, criminal sexual act, bastardy or filiation, the court may,in its discretion, exclude therefrom all persons who are not directly interested therein, excepting jurors, witnesses, and officers of the court, and also public access may be excluded to such videos, except for Appellate purposes or use in continuing litigation by the same parties in all proceedings and trials.
a. the loss of public access to videos required hereunder shall render any such unrecorded proceedings as not part of the record of the court
b. any court proceedings without video recording as required in this law would remove the jurisdiction of any court in this State and would be official misconduct by those who so acted.
Please Andrew Cuomo, Senator John Sampson and the NY Times move into the modern age, remedy the corruption, and change the law. Now.