Chief Justice John Roberts has been recently quoted as saying that the nation’s federal courts are doing a better job of policing themselves which he called essential for the ability of the judicial branch to maintain its independence. Roberts also said that the judiciary’s power to manage its own internal affairs “insulates courts from inappropriate political influence and is crucial to preserving public trust in its work as a separate and co-equal branch of government.” https://nypost.com/2022/01/01/chief-justice-john-roberts-warns-against-inappropriate-political-influence-in-federal-courts/. Roberts must be delusional if he thinks what the courts are doing are “preserving public trust” since the same article in which he was quoted pointed out that the latest Gallup poll showed only a 40 percent approval by the public of the court’s performance, which is down 20 points from two decades ago and a new low for that survey.
Roberts then went on to say that the federal courts need to do a better job at spotting potential conflicts that should require judges to take themselves off cases involving companies in which they or members of their families own stock. The article pointed out that a recent Wall Street Journal analysis found that 131 judges participated in 685 such matters for a certain time period. Roberts’ excuse was that many likely were the result of “unintentional failures” in checking for financial conflicts. However, in asserting the “unintentional failures” defense, Roberts simply averred that the judges violated an ethics rule but he conveniently failed to mention that the 131 judges broke the law in doing so, and of course, weren’t prosecuted for breaking the law. https://www.wsj.com/articles/131-federal-judges-broke-the-law-by-hearing-cases-where-they-had-a-financial-interest-11632834421. The fact that Roberts conveniently omitted this very important fact speaks volumes about his lack of integrity and his propensity to sugar coat improprieties by federal judges.
Who does Roberts think he is kidding when he suggests that the federal judiciary should police itself and manage its own internal affairs in order to be able to maintain its “independence”? The evidence overwhelmingly shows that there are many corrupt federal judges who go undisciplined and remain on the bench. The record is very clear that most complaints against federal judges are dismissed outright. In 2015, there were 1,214 complaints filed against federal judges, and not a single one of them resulted in remedial action against the judge. Even our so-called attorney general, Merrick Garland, was a complicit player in that game when he was a judge. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/03/time-merrick-garland-was-accused-protecting-fellow-judge-charged-ethics-violations/. That is simply mind-boggling and ridiculous and borders on the ludicrous. A record of 0 for 1,214 hardly does much to preserve the public’s trust. Not even one single case resulted in remedial action against a judge! That alone pretty much tells us what we need to know about the integrity of Roberts’ insistence that the federal judiciary be allowed to manage its own internal affairs and “police itself” so it could maintain its “independence” as he put it. We should take heed to the words of wisdom by Amanda Gorman “What just is, isn’t always Jus-tice.
Roberts then went on to commend the efforts by the federal court to recognize and deal with inappropriate conduct in federal courthouses saying that “New protections could help ensure that every court employee enjoys a workplace free from incivility and disrespect.” This implies that there is a problem in the federal courthouses with court employees being inappropriately being subjected to incivility and disrespect, but Roberts doesn’t give any information about how serious of a problem that it is. The public needs to know how much of a problem we are experiencing in our federal courthouses with employees being abused by court officials and judges. Roberts needs to fess up on this. Also, it is interesting that Roberts didn’t say anything about non-employees who are being inappropriately subjected to incivility and disrespect. What about regular people who are non-employees, such as the litigants, who are being abused by court officials and judges? Why aren’t they also protected from incivility and disrespect? Roberts should explain why he chose to leave that part out. This is what happens when we are subject to a “secret society” type court, and make no mistake about it, that is exactly what we have in this country. http://www.stloiyf.com/blog/post/the-scales-of-injustice/, https://www.yahoo.com/news/robed-secrecy-judges-accused-misconduct-093021560.html.
Secrecy in the American courts is the worst kept secret that the courts don’t want the people to know about. According to an article by The Millennium Report, America is like a banana republic, in that its legal system has become a “sink-well of secret proceedings” in how it is sullied with documented corruption, fake trials and court fraud. http://themillenniumreport.com/2019/04/u-s-criminal-injustice-system-crooked-judges-corrupt-lawyers-and-criminal-corporation/. The article points out that secrecy, gag orders, and the court files you will never see is a judiciary that is an increasingly closed society, with much of its legal activity carried on in secret and hidden.
Don’t be fooled by the fake smile Roberts uses when he is hoodwinking the public such as when he not long ago stated “I ask my judicial colleagues to continue their efforts to promote public confidence in the judiciary, both through their rulings and through civic outreach. We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability. But we should also remember that justice is not inevitable. We should reflect on our duty to judge without fear or favor, deciding each matter with humility, integrity, and dispatch. As the New Year begins, and we turn to the tasks before us, we should each resolve to do our best to maintain the public’s trust that we are faithfully discharging our solemn obligation to equal justice under law.” https://www.supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/year-end/2019year-endreport.pdf. Roberts says this with a straight face and fake smile all while knowing that the federal judges in this country shamefully overwhelmingly rule in favor of rich corporations and government agencies and against the people. As they say, “money talks” and that certainly seems to be the case when it comes to the federal judiciary. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/07/big-business-keeps-winning-at-the-supreme-court/564260/, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/06/26/why-big-business-keeps-winning-at-the-supreme-court/.
The Millennium Report article pointed out that the corporations, above all, own the lawyers and judges in America by way of the corporate money and bribes that flow in the billions of dollars through U.S. law firms, which is why they rarely lose cases among the “pro-business” United States judges. The article points out that the judges enforce the “law”, which in the United States means the “law” of the “big corporations.” According to the article, in exchange for controlling things for the benefit of the big corporations, U.S. judges and lawyers are allowed to act like perverts with regard to the average person where they lie, rob, cheat, steal, kill and destroy any mere average person who doesn’t have the money or means to fight back. According to the article this is what judges and lawyers call “The Game”.
Roberts also stated in his so called report that “…In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public’s need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital. The judiciary has an important role to play in civic education, and I am pleased to report that the judges and staff of our federal courts are taking up the challenge.” I would remind Chief Justice Roberts that while it is true that social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, that it is equally as abhorrent when the Chief Justice of the United States spreads rumor and false information on a grand scale by way of public reports that are nothing more than mere propaganda designed to mislead the public.
Unfortunately for Roberts, his used car salesman smile can only carry him so far when he tries to sell his bill of goods to the public. Retired Judge Richard A. Posner, a longtime highly distinguished and highly respected judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, gave the country the straight scoop when he publicly stated that America has a “very bad” judicial system and that “we have a very crappy judicial system…that contaminates much of government.” https://promarket.org/2017/03/28/richard-posner-real-corruption-ownership-congress-rich/. And also unfortunately for Roberts, during an oral argument on December 1, 2021, Justice Sonia Sotomayor let the cat out of the bag when she succinctly asked “Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the Constitution and its reading are just political acts? I don’t see how it is possible.” The fact that a longtime and highly respected member of the federal judiciary, Richard A. Posner, and even a current member of the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, publicly cast doubt on the integrity of the federal judiciary, to which John Roberts leads as Chief Justice of the United States, speaks volumes as to just how infected the federal judiciary is notwithstanding Roberts’ propaganda, which the public isn’t buying based on the recent Gallup Poll, which is showing an all-time low public approval rating for that survey .
While I believe that Roberts is a very mediocre chief justice, and while I basically have no trust in Roberts’ public statements, which are mere sound good propaganda calculated to give the public a false positive impression of the federal judiciary, I do believe with that used car salesman smile and with his ability to hoodwink people into believing things that he says, that he would be qualified to be a top tier used car salesman. There’s no doubting that his used car salesman smile works. Now, if he would simply be more honest with the public, perhaps he could be bumped up to new car salesman.