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State Comptroller Yosef Shapira has called for an umbrella organization to be set over the non-profit organizations that are fighting government, corruption in Israel.

At tonight's (Thursday) OMETS (Citizens for Good Governance and for Social-Legal Justice) awards presentation in Tel Aviv, Shapira said that his door would always be open to representatives of all of the NGOs.

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State Comptroller Joseph Shapira confers with his predecessor, Micha Lindenstrauss, at the Knesset, January 8, 2014.. (photo credit:Yonah Jeremy Bob)

Two state comptrollers, current and former, on Wednesday signaled their determination to face down corruption at a meeting of a Knesset lobby, in the wake of reports stating Israel has a bad record fighting money-laundering and related crimes.

The meeting of the Lobby for the Struggle Against Corruption in the Public Sector was attended by Joseph Shapira (current comptroller), Micha Lindenstrauss (former comptroller), Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, opposition leader (Labor) Isaac Herzog, Labor MK Shelly Yachimovich and other top officials.

The two reports, which came out last month, were from a monitoring body of the Council of Europe, Moneyval, which harshly criticized Israel for being its only member country failing on certain obligations in fighting both money-laundering and terrorism financing, and a report by the Israeli chapter of the International Transparency NGO (run by Lindenstrauss) placing Israel 23rd out of 34 OECD countries in fighting corruption.

During the hearing, Shapira announced that he had “decided to start a new beginning in checking the claims of Rafi Rotem,” a former top tax official who has been claiming for years that he was fired improperly for trying to serve as a whistle-blower regarding illegalities by the Israel Tax Authority.

Rotem has had supporters from many corners calling for some time for the state to grant him a special whistle- blower status and to compensate him for alleged retaliation against him that reportedly was a factor leading to him being ruined financially.

Shapira also cited a number of his efforts to fight corruption and ensure ethical conduct, including an initiative for the state to finance legal defense costs for whistle-blowers when those whom they blow the whistle on try to sue and silence them.

Another initiative was to obtain protective court orders to prevent firings and other retaliation against whistle-blowers, he said.

Channel 10 journalist Raviv Drucker briefly had a spat with Shapira in which he implied that Shapira had been weaker in hunting down corruption by top officials than Lindenstrauss had been.

Shapira took exception to Drucker’s comments and, sitting next to Lindenstrauss, emphasized that “Lindenstrauss and I are together [in fighting corruption], and if the press or someone says we disagree, they are wrong.”

Turning to Lindenstrauss he said, “What you are doing is very important.”

Lindenstrauss said the work of organizations attending the meeting against corruption was “further praise of Israeli democracy” and sounded a positive note in fighting corruption despite the problems described in his report.

Livni said that the reports showing problems with Israel’s efforts against corruption were valuable, but that whether the data is not ignored, but is used to fix the problem, is important.

“Not everyone is ready to fully” address corruption, she warned. “We need to do more things in the open and not behind closed doors.”

Livni further noted that those who were corrupt were “very strong, and it is hard to get to them and to deal with the real issues.”

Shapira had sounded a similar theme, saying, “Corruption now wears different clothes, and evolves, becoming more sophisticated all the time.”

Other actions Shapira said he was pushing for to fight corruption, particularly surrounding elections, were heavy fines for election-related violations, publicizing the names of guarantors of contributions for candidates and not only their donors, and calling on the state to finance primaries to even the playing field between richer and poorer potential candidates.



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Corruption In Israel

By Stephen Lendman
12-6-12

Israel ranks among the world's most ruthless states. It qualifies for rogue state status.

It spurns the UN Charter, major treaties, and other international law. It violates its own. It gets away with murder because world leaders mattering most do nothing.

It's contemptuous of anyone not Jewish. Arabs are considered subhuman. Militancy, belligerence, and institutionalized racism reflect official policies.

Israel is also a failed state. Separate and unequal is official policy. One-fifth of its population is considered a fifth column threat.

Neoliberal harshness harms most Jews. Arab citizens fare worst of all. Wealthy and powerful elites run Israel for their own benefit. Most others lose out.

International laws and standards are spurned. Israel does what it pleases with impunity. World opinion is ignored. Democracy exists in name only. Hypocrisy reflects official policy.

Israel is unfit to live in. Many Jews vote with their feet and leave. Others consider doing it. One day perhaps most Israelis no longer will want any part a nation threatening humanity.

Corruption reflects Israeli society. On October 26, 2010, Haaretz headlined "Israel ranks among Western world's most corrupt countries."

Transparency International's (TI) assessment was cited. It rated Israel number 30 on its 178-nation list. Number one ranking reflects least corrupt.

Compared to OECD countries, Israel fared much worse. Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore scored best. TI's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) rated Israel 6.1 out of 10.

It ranks countries according to perceived public sector corruption. Israel placed 22nd out of 33 OECD members.

TI calls itself "the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world."

Its own transparency is lacking. Its reports are predictably politicized. They consistently understate Western corruption. Other parts of the world score worse. Independent nations are unfairly targeted.

Washington and other Western governments provide most funding. They get what they pay for. Suspect information is used. Countries like Venezuela are grossly mistreated.

In 2008, TI falsified information about PDVSA. It claimed the state-owned oil company failed to disclose important financial information relating to revenues and royalties paid. It also said proper audits weren't conducted.

It rated PDVSA lowest among oil companies in 42 countries. Data TI said was withheld was publicly available. Proper audits were conducted. Claiming otherwise was false.

Anti-Chavista information was used. The Cundacion Momento de la Gente group provided it. Washington's National Endowment for Democracy (NEW) funds the organization. It gets what it pays for.

In May 2010, the OECD accepted Israel as a member. It did so despite its deplorable human rights record, gross wealth disparity, eroding social justice, and extreme belligerence.

Haaretz said Israeli corruption hadn't improved since 2007. Compared to other countries, its position is deteriorating. TI CEO Galia Sagy said:

"As opposed to Israel, other countries are improving, and that is a problem."

"Even though corruption is discussed and condemned, politicians are not doing enough to deal with it. If the political leadership does not prioritize this issue, nothing will change."

On December 1, 2011, Haaretz headlined "Corruption in Israel drops to record depths, new survey shows," saying:

TI's Sagy said Israel's ranking was affected by the number of high officials indicted. "The accrual of corruption allegations filters down and affects perception," she said.

TI first ranked Israel in 1997. At 5.8, it scored lowest last year. It ranked 36th out of 183 nations surveyed. The higher the number, the greater the corruption.

Israel ranked 25th out of 34 OECD states. Its score either replicated or slightly bettered St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bhutan, Malta, and Puerto Rico.

New Zealand, Denmark and Finland scored best. Somalia was worst. Sagy wasn't optimistic about Israel improving. "We don't see actions designed to halt the downward slide," she said.

"The ties between wealth and government need to be severed, as corruption is one of the main causes of inequality."

It's true throughout Western societies. America by far is most corrupt. Funding Washington provides TI gets what it pays for.

Its reports downplay US corruption, extreme wealth disparity, eroding social justice, deplorable human rights record, and war it wages on humanity.

Israel goes all out to replicate the worst of its paymaster partner. On December 22, 2011, Haaretz headlined "Corruption in Israel must be uprooted," saying:

An end of year State Comptroller's report raised concerns. It said rules applying to central governance with respect to money and power ties also affect local authorities.

Israel's cabinet and Knesset decisions affect all Israelis. At the same time, their main contact with government is local. "Everyday life is determined by the decisions made by the local authority or municipality council, and especially by its head."

The State Comptroller's report raised red flags. Corrupt mayors were named. They're "good to those who have been good to them, at the expense of the public and public funds."

Conduct reflecting criminality, approaching it, or skirting it was suggested. Security issues were raised. Local authorities have flawed measures in place to handle them.

Corruption and negligence issues were discussed. Ordinary Israelis lose out. The comptrollers report discussed what's ongoing. Little is being done nationwide to change things.

On December 5, Haaretz headlined "Israel ranks 39 on list of most corrupt countries," saying:

Its score keeps falling. Year-over-year, it dropped from 36 to 39.

TI said malfeasance forced several leaders from office last year. Little changed. Corruption and abuse of power persist globally.

Two-thirds of the countries ranked reflect extreme corruption. Distorted measures excluded America, Israel, and other Western states among the world's worst.

Independent states Washington targets scored poorly. Rankings were grossly distorted. Somalia ranked 174, North Korea 174, Afghanistan 174, Sudan 173, Venezuela 165, Syria 144, Russia 133, Iran 133, Lebanon 128, Belarus 123, Ecuador 118, Bolivia 105, China 80, and Cuba 58.

Most major Western countries got undeserved high rankings. EU states affected by financial crisis ranked poorly. Greece was 94. Italy scored 72.

Israel scored lower than Slovenia, Taiwan, Puerto Rico, Estonia, Botswana, UAE, and Qatar. It should have ranked much lower on TI's list.

Its managing director, Corbus de Swardt, called corruption "the world's most talked about problem. The world's leading economies should lead by example."

They should "mak(e) sure that their institutions are fully transparent and their leaders are held accountable."

He didn't explain their involvement in massive corruption. As a result, their high rankings distort reality. America is the world's largest economy by far. US corruption is worst of all.

London may be the world's most corrupt city. It's an international financial center. It's the world's largest. Over 20% of all international bank lending occurs there and more than 30% of all foreign exchange transactions.

Over 240 of the world's largest banks operate key parts of their international business there. Economist Jack Rasmus calls it the world's "cowboy finance capital."

It's the epicenter of libor rigging. Binary Economics Professor Rodney Shakespeare told Progressive Radio News listeners that amounts involved exceed global GDP 15 or 20-fold.

Multi-trillions of dollars are manipulated. Liborgate reflects massive fraud. It persists because nothing is done to stop it.

Government and business collude. Doing so facilitates massive corruption. It reflects business as usual on Wall Street and in other financial capitals.

Israel is mired in corruption. So are other Western states. TI rankings exclude reality. They downplay extreme corruption where it most needs exposing.

Money buys influence. Washington, major Western states, and Israel get the best rankings money can buy.




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By Karuna Madan, Correspondent
Published: 19:30 August 27, 2014

A security personel walks in front of the Indian Supreme court in New Delhi on August 27, 2014. India’s top court said lawmakers with criminal backgrounds should not serve in government. Image Credit: AFP

New Delhi: The ruling by the Supreme Court on ministers with criminal background in the government has put the spotlight on Narendra Modi and his cabinet after the prime minister swept to power this year pledging clean governance.

The court said that lawmakers with criminal backgrounds should not serve in government, with 13 ministers in the current administration facing charges for attempted murder, rioting and other offences.

“We leave it to the wisdom of the Prime Minister whether to appoint people with criminal background or not. The PM and the CMs should not include people with criminal antecedents in their cabinet. Those in conflict with law and involved in offenses of moral turpitude and corruption should not be allowed to discharge duty as ministers,” the apex court said in its judgement while dismissing the petition filed by Manoj Narula, who had sought direction against criminalisation of politics.

It was a unanimous ruling by the bench comprising Lodha, Dipak Misra, Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and SA Bobde. While all five judges stood by the verdict passed, two of them — Justice Kurian and Justice Lokur — strongly insisted that if a person with dubious integrity is barred from civil services, then politicians with criminal background should also be barred from the cabinet.

“We are saying nothing more, nothing less and it is left on the wisdom of the PM to decide. PM and CMs will be well advised not to include such people in their ministry. Corruption is an enemy of the nation. As a trustee of the Constitution, the PM is expected not to appoint unwarranted persons as ministers, no disqualification can be prescribed,” the judges ruled on a 10-year-old petition that sought the removal of chargesheeted ministers from the UPA government at the time.

Modi’s cabinet has 13 ministers with police cases, but Wednesday’s ruling will have a bearing on them only if charges have been framed by a court.

Earlier, the Centre had argued that the dismissal of ministers would be against the Constitutional prerogative of the PM and the will of the people, and that “once a person is a Member of Parliament (MP), he is entitled to be in the council of ministers.”

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) welcomed the ruling.

“The apex Court is wise in going by the spirit of the law. They have done the second best thing of appealing to the conscience of the PM,” BJP leader Subramanian Swamy told the Gulf News.

Reacting to the Court ruling, the Congress urged the PM to come clean on this.

“The Supreme Court has made a very critical observation. Hope the PM does not include tainted leaders in his Cabinet. The PM has to now come up and state clearly what he plans to do, whether he agrees or disagrees with the verdict. In politics, one is bound to morality and ethics,” Congress leader Manish Tewari told the Gulf News.

“It is a very strong message to the PM. Indirectly, the Supreme Court has advised the PM to drop ministers with criminal background. There is a need on the part of the PM to be very serious now. Before elections, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by BJP promised to root out corruption, now there are 13 ministers in the government with criminal background. In the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, there were no ministers with criminal background. The PM must be serious and act on the advice of the Supreme Court,” Congress leader Rashid Alvi told the Gulf News.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader DP Tripathi said those with criminal background should not be made ministers. If the chargesheet is filed against a minister, he must lose the right to be in the Cabinet.

In an earlier hearing, it was argued that those with a criminal past should not be made a part of the Cabinet. This was limited to people who had criminal chargesheets filed against them and were taken into consideration by a criminal court.

The government, however, argued that only Parliament can decide the threshold of what would constitute as being a criminal past. The court also ruled that it cannot pass directions for disqualification of ministers facing criminal and corruption charges.


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Please read the article and understand that what's written is so true of those holding positions as public servants.

Public servants do seem to be taking their positions of power to extremes, and inflict harm when and where they can. It takes those who are repentant, remorseful and/or regretful in these positions that make fine public servants.

Arm yourself with video and audio recording devises and catch them in the act if they're dirty! But, remember, not all are dirty. So, please don't stereotype them as they may you. Be better, and maybe, just maybe, they will learn how to correct and not follow their wrongs.

Search the internet for articles, video and audio of those public servants who forget their postion and over step their authority. The occurrences of them going wrong is increasing.

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Guilty as charged: Illinois State Police Trooper


Truck driver Brian Miner turned the tables on a trooper for the Illinois State Police who pulled him over for “unlawful use of horn.”

That’s because Miner noticed the officer was driving at a high rate of speed, cellphone in hand, on wet pavement, and decided to “voice” his displeasure with the officer’s reckless driving in the only way that he could.

The officer, who goes unnamed but clearly seen in the video that Miner posted to YouTube following the event, decides to pull the truck driver over.

Big mistake.

Miner lets the officer know right away that he’s being recorded and things get pretty contentious from there with Miner going off on the reckless driving of his potential ticketer.

It does seem, for a moment, that the Illinois State Trooper is bound and determined to find something he can “get” Miner for — unfortunately for him, he finds a pretty spotless record and has to come back to the vehicle ready to eat crow.

At the end of the video, Miner gets away without a ticket and even an apology, and then turns the camera on himself: “And that’s what happens when they know you’re recording.”

For any truck driver — or anyone — who’s ever been furious at police officers who think they’re above the law, this is must-see stuff:


Naturally, YouTube nation loved it: “Police (aka terrorists) wise up really fast, once they realize they’re being recorded,” said one commenter. “It’s too bad that we have to rely on recordings to keep them honest. That’s what happens when you put corrupt humans into positions of ‘authority’ over other people.”

Another: “Thank God Americans are catching these lying supremacist predators in the act.”

And this: “This video is simply trying to bring light to the fact that there are countless public servants, be they cops, legislatures [sic], bureaucrats, politicians and government officials, who believe they are above and exempt from the law. The problem has gotten completely out of control as more and more high-ranking individuals within state and federal governments continue to violate state and federal law to push their own agendas without being held accountable.”

To be fair, the officer here does not represent all police officers. Many are great at their jobs, and we’re all better off that they’re there protecting us.

But they also must be held accountable to the same standards as the rest of us, and this truck driver did it beautifully.

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Norfolk, CT does hold answers to: Will the real Barack Hussien Obama aka Barry Soetoro please stand up?

All around the world these days, maybe due to availability to the news, a person who is out and about can't stop from knowing about one form of corruption or another.

In the United States of America there seems to be so much more Corruption these days that it takes a full time secretary to keep a person abreast.

The man who holds probably the most influential position in all of the modern world, has all, if not more than most, of the markings of being the all time worlds greatest corrupt person, next to Lucifer.

Many want to know his past, yet he refrains from allowing that to be known. Others just don't care to know since they seem to be benefiting - at the moment - from the widespread chaos taking place in the USA & around the world.

What ever your stand on who Barack Hussien Obama aka Barry Soetoro is, for him to not be clear and transparent should be a red flaming flag for nay blind person to see and want to know! A truly compassionate person would come clean just to put to rest any and all speculation, conspiracy and/or confusion. That is, unless unrest is what he actually seeks to play out his part in the horrors ruling the world today

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Bill Ayers’ Parents Put a “Foreigner” Named Barack Obama Through Harvard



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Barack Obama's political career was launched at a fundraiser held at Bill Ayers home. Yet, through the course of the last 6 years, Barack Obama has acted like Bill Ayers is nothing but a casual acquaintance
It is understandable that Barack Obama would try to hide any ties to the infamous co-founder of the Weather Underground. Bill Ayers is bad news. However, I think most of America realizes that Bill Ayers is much more central to the Obama story than we have been told. 

Obama supporters tend to think that the Ayers' connection is either inconsequential or simply a thing of the past. 

His detractors think this relationship is vital to who Obama is and to exposing his real goals for America. Many believe that Bill Ayers was, and possibly still is, Barack Obama's mentor. 

Before I get into the Ayers' family connection, I want to play a short video interview of Larry Grathwohl. Larry was an "undercover" member of the Weather Underground. The Weather Underground was not simply a second-rate terrorist organization that set off a few bombs. The stated goal of the leadership was to take over America and subsequently kill 25 million people:

Larry Grathwohl on Ayers' plan 4 USA re-education camps & the need to murder millions


Scary stuff, isn't it?

It is also important to note that Bill Ayers' father, Tom, was a very wealthy and well-connected man.
Thomas G. Ayers (February 16, 1915, Detroit, Michigan – June 8, 2007, Chicago, Illinois) was president (1964–1980), CEO and chairman (1973–1980) of Commonwealth Edison.[1]

Ayers served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, the Erikson Institute, the Bank Street College of Education in New York City, the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Community Trust, the Chicago Urban League, the Community Renewal Society, the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry, Chicago United, the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, and Dearborn Park Corp.,[1] and served as vice president of the Chicago Board of Education.[2]
Ayers also served on the board of directors of SearsG.D. SearleChicago Pacific Corp.Zenith Corp., Northwest Industries, General Dynamics Corp. of St. Louis, First National Bank of Chicago, the Chicago Cubs, and the Tribune Co.[1]

Source: Wikipedia
I think it would be safe to say that Thomas Ayers was one of those men who got what he wanted in life.
In 2012 investigative reporter Jerome Corsi uncovered a witness named Allen Hulton, who was the Ayers' family mailman. He spoke of many conversations with Mary Ayers, one with Thomas and claims to have met a young Barack Obama. 

In the below video you will hear talk of the Ayers' family supporting a young foreign student which is presumably Barack Obama. Hulton also claims to have met Obama outside of the Ayers' home. In that conversation Barack Obama confidently told Hulton that he was going to be president.

If this account from Hulton is to be trusted, not only did Obama know Ayers' and his family well, he was practically Bill's brother. Either way, this could be just one of the reasons that
Obama will never unseal his college records.

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I really wish Bill Ayers coming out with this information actually MEANT something of substance. Unfortunately, there are several issues with thinking anything COULD or EVEN SHOULD be done about it. First, as it was explained thoroughly in the post: OBAMA MUST BE ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING A PUBLIC OFFICER, Obama is NOT ELIGIBLE for the Office of President, so therefore, any attempt to Impeach Obama would only validate a Presidency he is not entitled to have in the first place. In legal terms, he is an USURPER… aka a TERRORIST who holds the all time record for ransom: He hijacked a COUNTRY. 
The article goes on to explain the BIGGEST problem with the Obama citizenship scandal is not even where Obama was born. The problem is NO ONE, not a Democrat nor a Republican is going to address it, even if Obama came out and ANNOUNCED  he was not eligible for President.
Why? Because every last sitting member of Congress knew in 2008 & 2012 Obama was not eligible, but due to his overwhelming popularity, for anyone to try addressing it then would have been their own political suicide. So instead, Congress ratified the electoral votes without objecting to his ineligibility, and made themselves accomplices. Don’t count on anyone being quick to admit that!!! 
As the article in OBAMA MUST BE ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING A PUBLIC OFFICER says, for the members of Congress to come to the conclusion NOW that Obama is a usurper would be like putting the rope around their OWN necks. So, I doubt that they will change direction now. I believe that if they unlawfully try to impeach Obama it will not be for usurpation, but some other reason. They want the American people to think they are working for and representing them, when in fact they are avoiding the fact that Obama is a usurper and therefore willfully violating our representative form of government. 
Our Constitution specifically provides that a president can be impeached. It does NOT provide for the impeachment of a usurper. Obviously a usurper is NOT a president. Dr. Vieira in Thought Must Precede Action states:
“Although Mr. Obama may have succeeded in gaining physical access to the office-space a legitimate President of the United States occupies in the White House, he never acquired legal access to “the Office of President,” because, not being “a natural born Citizen,” he was never constitutionally eligible, and is not now eligible, for that “Office”. For Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution declares (in pertinent part) that “[n]o Person except a natural born Citizen * * * shall be eligible to the Office of President”. If words have any meaning, a “Person” whom the supreme law of the land declares not to be “eligible to the Office of President” can never “gain access to” that “Office” in the sense of legally holding it or asserting any claim to it.”
Definition of “Office”
“Office” is defined to be a right to exercise a public or private employment, and to take the fees and emoluments thereunto belonging.
NOTE: We know that Obama’s father was never an American citizen, so the evidence proves that Obama is not a natural born Citizen and therefore he does not have the right to be a president of the United States of America. We need go no further to prove that Barack Hussein Obama II was never constitutionally eligible, and is not now eligible for the “Office of the President.”
SO…. LONG STORY SHORT… 
THIS REVELATION BY AYERS IS JUST A TEASE…
NOT THAT IT MATTERS…
Obama has broken so many laws that are NOT in question that we KNOW OF, and the Legislative Branch choses to be helpless while he and the rest of the Executive Branch steamroll Congress at every opportunity. One look into the I.R.S. email scandal should demonstrate that exceptionally. It's pathetic. 
With TREY GOWDY AS SPECIAL PROSECUTOR IN THE BENGHAZI scandal, there is a chance Obama might get taken down THAT way… a pretty good one I think! After all, Trey has NEVER lost a case. The only other way we are taking Obama down is if we get a Special Prosecutor named to the I.R.S. scandal too. Eventually one of the two will get him. 
OTHERWISE, LIKE I SAID… 
THIS IS JUST A TEASE!


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Judge John C. Murphy, a judge in Brevard County, Florida who lost it...

What you will view and listen to accompanied herein is becoming a more prevalent occurrence in the United States of America Corrupted Judicial system. It has come to seem that Law Enforcement officials on all sides of the bench think they can put themselves above any sort of  the once existent "Rule of Law" in the USA.

Here a so-called "judge" seems to have no problem violating law and/or others rights. What should also be disturbing is that Judge John C. Murphy seems to coerce public defender Andrew Weinstock to not allow his client a right to a speedy trial.

So-called "judges", all across the USA, use different tactics to make their job easier and to make more profit, gain and/or control for a system that has long been operated by evil. They are merely people who make mistakes and as with us all, must be held accountable.

Most of those sitting some sort of bench of justice in the US follow a version of a faith.

The day after the nasty assault, outside the courtroom, people were abuzz about the recording showing part of the incident. Some said they watched the video on a national news morning show. The video of the confrontation received substantial play on national news outlets.

Just inside the entrance to the courthouse, a framed copy of the "Principles of Professionalism for Florida Judges" hangs on the wall. First on the list: "A judge should be courteous, respectful and civil to lawyers, parties, witnesses, court personnel, and all other participants in the legal process."

All too many USA citizens are being herded up and treated far less than common cattle via the widespread CORRUPT judicial system in the United States of America. "Rule of Law" and for "protect and serve" sake, have become more like: If you have money, assets and/or we can use you in our cold, cold cells, then you're needed to fuel the CORRUPT system of justice. Shut up, you're ours now, they seem to think! That seems to be the way it is for those roped into the Corrupted US Judicial system.

How will John C. Murphy repent, be remorseful and/or be made to give unto restitution as he has surely imposed on those he cast judgment upon during his time on the seat of "justice"?

The ordeal is listed below beginning with the most recent details first and the video of the ordeal towards the end.


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Since the firestorm from John C. Murphy's assault, oh so many have been calling for him to be removed.


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Greg Priest
Having had the privilege of serving a three-year term on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 18th Judicial Circuit, I can state with some certainty that this type of behavior is unacceptable to the legal community, and rightly so. Whatever bad blood existed between Judge John Murphy and Assistant Public Defender Andrew Weinstock should have been settled in a more professional manner.

Charles A. Kohler
Lawyers, when they address a judge, should use their title as judge or the term "your honor." When a judge asks a lawyer if he would like a trial or a docket sounding, the lawyer should give the judge a straight answer. When a lawyer is told by the judge to sit down, he should. When a lawyer refuses — after the third time — that lawyer might expect to be taken into custody by the court deputy and taken to a holding cell. When a lawyer agrees to go fight a retired Army colonel, instead of stating unequivocally, "No sir, I do not want to fight, I want a trial date," then that is just wrong. I am surprised the public defender announced his approval of this conduct.

Pat Pasley
Yes, Judge Murphy could have shown more restraint, but the attorney willingly accepted the challenge and met with the judge. This implies mutual consent. The camera angle does not show who made the first move out of the courtroom. The judge is now on leave and has to take anger-management classes. I would expect no less to be assigned to the attorney. I have known Judge Murphy for some time and he is a good and honorable man who normally uses good judgment. Something had to trigger this incident , which I am sure he now regrets.

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Nancy Corderman
No judge is above the law. Taxpayers are being forced to pay his salary after video, audio and eyewitness evidence proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that this judge not only violated judicial canons, he demonstrated his own mental instability, committed assault and disturbed the peace in a matter of minutes. If he is not prosecuted for his premeditated crimes, it serves as indisputable proof that judges are allowed to violate the very same laws they are duly sworn to abide by and decide within the court system.

Marcus Hochman
I understand that he might be a good judge, served in the military for 30 years and has helped out numerous vets. But this is not about the man; instead, this is about the position he swore an oath to. This is about an expectation of excellence. I truly hope that this judge holds himself accountable and resigns. This would be an act of honor for Lady Justice.

David Smith
No one has all of the facts, yet most want to hang him high ... He is on paid leave. That means he has vacation time coming. Instead of vacation, he will be going to anger management classes. Again, for all of you who can't wait for your pound of flesh, he will be punished. Even judges have the right to due process … If it makes you feel better, file your complaints … There is no prosecution of anyone, including county court judges, if there is no criminal complaint filed. It is "assault" in Florida if you approach someone in a threatening manner with the means to inflict harm. It is criminal "battery" if you strike another person. It appears from the video and sound both were in violation. I didn't see what actually occurred when they left the room.

William Worsham
It actually is not about extracting a pound of flesh or any of the other things. It is about maintaining some kind of reasonable courtroom decorum and serving the people who are in court. That said, there is another side to this, which is the actual problem they were discussing. There are cases stacked up on these judges because the state doesn't want to pay more money to expand courtroom functions. This is causing this kind of stress. That problem is a political one. What you are seeing is those frustrations play out in a ridiculous way.



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Matt Reed: You can't do that, your honor

Matt Reed, FLORIDA TODAY 10:08 a.m. EDT June 5, 2014

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Judge John C. Murphy

A Brevard County judge called out and attacked a defense lawyer Monday in front of at least one sheriff's deputy and within earshot of a prosecutor. Then, he walked right back to the bench to schedule a suddenly lawyerless defendant for trial on two counts of assault.


Judge John C. Murphy hasn't received even a ticket after allegedly grabbing and beating Assistant Public Defender Andrew Weinstock in a courthouse hallway for "pissing me off." Video and audio of the courthouse fracas have played on TVs and mobile phones across America.

But I suspect the Florida Supreme Court, which disciplines attorneys and judges, will not be as blind to Murphy turning his courtroom into the Viera version of "The Jerry Springer Show." The commission has long sanctioned other judges for rude or sexist comments or showing favoritism — mild problems compared to what Judge Murphy caused in court this week.


Meantime, I'd be surprised if the Bar does much more than reprimand the assistant public defender. On the video, Weinstock's biggest sin was some arrogance in defending his client's Constitutional right to a speedy trial.

"The attorney had every right to be irritated," his boss, Public Defender Blaise Trettis, said Wednesday. His deputy felt pressured to waive his client's rights to aid scheduling. On video, he suggests prosecutors filed charges at the last minute, causing whatever "crisis" Murphy perceived.

"If I had a rock, I would throw it at you," Murphy tells the lawyer from the bench. "Sit down. I'll take care of it. I don't need your help."

"I'm the public defender, I have the right to be here and represent my client," Weinstock responds.
"I said, sit down," Murphy shouts before calling Weinstock "out back" ... for something.

"Let's go," Weinstock says, marching to the hallway, file folder in hand.

The attorney had "no earthly idea" what to expect, Trettis said.

Coercive courtroom?

"It's completely unexplainable, as I see it," Trettis said.

Murphy is an otherwise respected judge who launched a special court for combat veterans and conceded in an application for higher office that impatience is a weakness. His job in misdemeanor court is to adjudicate thousands of defendants accused of petty theft, domestic violence and drug problems.

He took a paid leave of absence Tuesday to seek anger-management counseling.

What led to the blowup? I've heard plenty of speculation.

But the key moment Monday — and a potential problem for the judge — may have come during an appearance by another Weinstock client minutes earlier. That client, too, had declined a plea deal and requested a speedy trial.

Murphy responded by scheduling the trial for Monday June 9, allowing less than four work days for attorneys to swap witness lists and prepare. If that was too little time, the defendant could always waive her right to a speedy trial.

That seems coercive.

"You don't want to be late that day," Murphy told the woman, charged with domestic violence and disorderly conduct.

I won't speculate on Murphy's thinking.

But Trettis told me some judges get testy when clients request speedy trials. It's the one situation in which defendants' rights force judges to give up some control. Speedy trials trump judges other scheduled trials and hearings, forcing them to rearrange calendars.

Still, your right to a speedy trial is fundamental, like owning a gun or praying in your choice of churc. And public defenders are among the most idealistic (if worst paid) advocates for criminal suspects' rights.

Who's next?

During the off-camera beat-down, video shows the gallery of defendants laughing and hooting in the courtroom. They smile and clap nervously for Murphy as he returns alone and collects himself on the bench.

In response to their cocky attorney, Murphy had resorted to violence, abandoned control of his courtroom and thrown of any semblance of impartiality to the wind.

Imagine if your case was next with that judge.

Looking dazed at the lectern was Weinstock's client, William Rounicles of Cocoa, whose counsel had just disappeared.

Murphy pressed ahead, asking Rounicles what he wanted to do next.

"I want to get it done as soon as possible," the defendant said.

"That doesn't help me," Murphy responded, expecting the man to pick a trial date.

Then he set Rounicle' trial for Monday at 8:30 a.m., the same time as for Weinstock's other client.

Both trials would be impossible. Murphy was either flustered by the fight — or knew he had just forced one of the defendants to cave.





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Complaint filed against judge accused of punching lawyer

Judge John Murphy could be reprimanded or removed from bench

6:25 PM EDT Jun 04, 2014
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TRANSCRIPT: LIVE IN ORANGE COUNTY, MICHELLE MEREDITH, WESH 2 NEWS. IT'S COURTHOUSE SHOWDOWN BETWEEN JUDGE AND ATTORNEY THAT'S BEEN SEEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW CALLS ARE MULTIPLYING FOR THE OUSTER OF A BREVARD COUNTY JUDGE REPORTED TO HAVE BEATEN UP A LAWYER IN A COURTROOM DISPUTE. WESH 2 HAS LEARNED A FORMAL COMPLAINT HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST JUDGE JOHN MURPHY. WESH 2'S DAN BILLOW LIVE AT THE BREVARD COUNTY COURTHOUSE. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? STATE OVERSIGHT COMMISSION WILL INVESTIGATE NOW AND COULD RECOMMEND JUDGE MURPHY'S REMOVAL. IF I HAD A ROCK I WOULD THROW IT AT YOU. THIS IS PISSING ME OFF. JUST SIT DOWN. I'LL TAKE CARE OF IT. SIT DOWN. JUDGE JOHN MURPHY'S OUTBURST HAS DRAWN A FORMAL COMPLAINT FROM A SOUTH FLORIDA ATTORNEY. JOHN B. THOMPSON WROTE... MURPHY'S ACTIONS MAY VIOLATE A PART OF FLORIDA'S CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT THAT SAYS... PRESUMABLY NOT BY THRASHING THEM IN THE HALLWAY. [ BLEEP ]. ARE YOU ALL RIGHT? IT WAS THE BEST ENTERTAINMENT THEY'VE SEEN SINCE THE END OF THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW. THE COMPLAINT ABOUT MURPHY GOES BEFORE THE JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS COMMISSION WHICH MEETS IN SECRET. IT CAN RECOMMEND A REPRIMAND TO A REMOVAL FROM THE BENCH. THE STATE SUPREME COURT MAKES THE DECISION. THE JUDGE COULD ALSO EVER CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR BATTERY IF AN INVESTIGATION SHOWS THAT HE DID HIT THE ATTORNEY AND THAT IT WAS WITNESSED. THAT INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY.


VIERA, Fla. —A formal complaint has been filed against a judge accused of punching a public defender in Brevard County.

Calls are multiplying for the ouster of Judge John Murphy, who is reported to have beaten attorney Andrew Weinstock in a courtroom dispute.


"Stop pissing me off. Just sit down. I'll take care of it. I don't need your help," Murphy is seen saying on courtroom video.

"No. You know what. I'm the public defender. I have a right to be here, and I have a right to stand here and represent my clients," said Weinstock.

"If you want to fight, let's go out back and I'll just whoop your (expletive)," said Murphy.

The two are seen leaving the courtroom, and the audio from the scuffle was captured on Murphy's microphone.

Murphy's outburst has drawn a formal complaint from South Florida attorney John B. Thomas.

"Is this state to issue robes made by Everlast?" Thomas wrote in the complaint. "The Florida Supreme Court must remove this judge from the bench immediately."

The judge's actions may violate a part of Florida's Code of Judicial Conduct that says, "A judge shall be patient, dignified, and courteous ... and shall require similar conduct of lawyers."

The complaint about Murphy will go before the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which meets in secret.

It can recommend anything from a reprimand to a removal from the bench. The state Supreme Court makes the final decision.

The judge could also be charged with misdemeanor battery if an investigation reveals he hit the attorney and it was witnessed.  The investigation is underway.

Brevard County Judge John Murphy will take a leave of absence and seek anger management counseling following a scuffle in his Viera courtroom Monday morning, officials said today.

Chief Judge John M. Harris issued a written statement this afternoon related to an incident and alleged fight that occurred between the judge and assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock.

Harris' statement says Murphy's cases have been reassigned to other judges.

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"Moreover, Judge Murphy has agreed to seek anger management counseling and treatment during a temporary leave of absence," the statement says.
Also today:
  • The Florida Bar, which handles attorney discipline, confirmed it has a "file open" related to the courthouse brawl.
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  • The Judicial Qualification Commission could not confirm whether it was investigating Judge Murphy's role in the incident. However, officials said it was the kind of thing the JQC would investigate.
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  • The criminal investigation continued, but no charges were filed. Brevard County sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Maria Fernez said deputies "weren't able to get statements, that I'm aware of," from the judge and attorney.
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  • The involved attorney, Weinstock, took the day off. Public Defender Blaise Trettis said Weinstock would be out for several days.



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Letter: Remove judge from bench for his conduct

Nick Wynne, Rockledge 5:36 p.m. EDT June 3, 2014

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Judge John C. Murphy giving some sort of explanation

I was appalled, but not surprised, to read about the awful conduct of Brevard County Judge John Murphy and his decision to take the law in his own hands in court on Monday.

I am appalled because this so-called judge apparently knows nothing about courtroom conduct, has apparently never heard of the majesty of the law and apparently doesn't know the days of judges like Roy Bean are over.

It is a sad day for Brevard County jurisprudence when Murphy, a former Special Forces colonel, decides that brute force is the answer for imposing courtroom decorum, but perhaps that is the only law he really understands. He should be removed from the bench and disbarred from the legal profession.

However, I would not be surprised if nothing comes of this, just as I am never surprised when Brevard County judges are accused of breaches in decorum (search out information from the Judicial Qualifications Committee). Just because he is an officer of the court/law does not mean he is above the law.

I can only hope that the Florida Bar Association and the Florida Supreme Court will view the judge's conduct in the same light as I do, and that citizens of our county will demand he leave the bench before he does something more drastic.

To resort to violence, even if he is provoked, does not indicate a fair and impartial ability to administer the law. By the way, what were the bailiffs doing in this case? Are they not present to enforce order in the courtroom?



And now, below is a bit of what took place:


inside the Brevard County, Florida coutroom
Inside the Brevard County, Florida coutroom

A fight between a judge and a public defender broke out in a courtroom in Brevard County, Florida on Monday the 2nd of June, 2014.


Judge John C. Murphy
Judge John C. Murphy

Judge John C. Murphy was allegedly trying to get public defender Andrew Weinstock to waive his client’s right to a speedy trial.

Weinstock's boss, Public Defender Blaise Trettis, said the judge became angry because Weinstock refused to waive his client's constitutional right to a speedy trial. Under Florida law, defendants have the right to a trial within 90 days for a misdemeanor and 175 days for a felony.

Video footage shows Murphy telling Weinstock, “You know, if I had a rock, I would throw it at you right now. Stop pissing me off. Just sit down.” Weinstock responds, “You know I’m the public defender. I have a right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my client.” Both Murphy and Weinstock can be heard via the video from the courthouse in Viera on Florida's east coast.

After Weinstock refused to sit or waive his client's rights, the judge Murphy issued his challenge to Weinstock to go out to a hallway in the back so they could settle their dispute with fists. Murphy is heard saying, “If you want to fight, let’s go out back and I’ll just beat your ass.”
  
Weinstock can be seen on the video walking out of frame toward the courtroom's back door.


Video from inside the Brevard County, Florida courtroom where it began

Public defender Blaise Trettis said Weinstock thought Murphy just wanted to talk, but was unpleasantly surprised. Trettis told WFTV, “The attorney said that immediately upon entering the hallway he was grabbed by the collar and began to be struck. The lawyer said he just tried to stop the blows. There was no discussion, no talk, not even time for anything. Just as soon as they’re in the hallway, the attorney was grabbed.”

Deputies pulled judge Murphy off of the lawyer, and Murphy went right back into the courtroom, Murphy returned to the bench and said he needed a moment to catch his breath. He then finished up. Murphy was not charged with anything, but the incident will be reported to the Florida Bar Association.

"Judge Murphy has agreed to seek anger management counseling and treatment during a temporary leave of absence," 18th Circuit Chief Judge Harris said in a statement.

Trettis said he would not file charges, but he expected the Florida Supreme Court to take action against the judge.

"It's really out of character," Trettis said of the judge's behavior. "He's really got a good reputation."

"Hopefully it won't hurt either career," said Melbourne Attorney Eric Morgan, who wondered if the incident was the result of a medical issue or a misunderstood prank by the judge. He spoke highly of both men, but noted they both expressed a willingness for a confrontation.

"In a sense you can say they had a consensual encounter," he said.

Public defenders are typically assigned to cases in a single judge's courtroom. Trettis said Weinstock had worked in Murphy's courtroom for about six months and that he wasn't aware of a dispute that lead to the fight.

Trettis said he had watched the courtroom video and didn't see anything that warranted disciplining Weinstock.

Weinstock has been an attorney for about 15 years, some in private practice. Before working in misdemeanor court with Murphy, he worked felony cases.

In the past year, two clients filed complaints against Weinstock, according to The Florida Bar.

In January and October, two separate clients claimed Weinstock violated rules regarding communication, saying he did not return their calls, for example, and one claimed Weinstock violated his rights for speedy trial by not properly handling his case.

Weinstock presented evidence to the contrary, and documents released to FLORIDA TODAY show that The Florida Bar's counsel found insufficient evidence in both cases to pursue further investigation. Weinstock has no disciplinary history on record, according to the Bar.

Last year, Murphy, who earns $138,020 annually as a county court judge, applied to be nominated as a judge in the Fifth District Court of Appeal, but he was passed up for the position.

In his application, he wrote: "Judicial temperament includes patience, open-mindedness, courtesy, tact, firmness, understanding, compassion and humility. Patience was the toughest for me. I work very hard to ensure that I do not become impatient."

Murphy, a retired Army colonel who served 30 years in the military, helped to start and presides over Veterans Treatment Court, which seeks to help veterans suffering from mental health issues or substance abuse by keeping them out of jail. Efforts are made to get veterans in treatment that they might not seek on their own or for which they don't know they are eligible.


Mikhael Love, IIO



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