January 9, 2013: If you want your comment to be publicly posted, please indicate that in the text of your comment.
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Attorney Jill Clark did not set out to be a judicial reformist. She did her job as an attorney, which, at times, meant reporting in official court documents, her observations about judges and other system insiders.
Over time, Clark realized that refusal to hold judges accountable to the law (which they were supposedly enforcing impartially), was a big problem in the Minnesota courts. At first, Clark worked within the system. She and her clients gave the Minnesota courts many chances to do the right thing. This included filing documents with the appellate courts, filing lawsuits that exposed the problem, and filing complaints with the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards (supposedly charged with enforcing judicial ethics rules).
Some of the judges Clark complained about went after her, claiming she’d violated her ethics. Hmmm. Not very imaginative. In fact, as Clark was to learn, part of a well-worn groove in Minnesota – punishing lawyers who spoke the truth about judges.
That lawsuit is discussed in this blog. Go to page ‘Minnesota matter.’ You can track how the authorities treat Clark as she moves through the process. Clark will comment on various aspects of it.
Based on evidence of judicial misconduct that Clark had amassed over the years, but also on some alarmingly evidence that Clark received within the past year, Clark and her clients have been trying, since January of this year, to file a lawsuit in federal court against the Minnesota state courts. We’ll cover that lawsuit (see page ‘Our Federal case‘) and comment on it.
When Clark was working to get the lawsuit against state judges filed, the Chief Judge of the federal court (the District of Minnesota), who used to be a state court judge, started a disciplinary case against Clark.
That will also be covered on this blog. See Federal foray page. There will likely be articles about that case, too.
ABOUT OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM.
Clark also covers issues that arise in our justice system, as the public strives to hold their public officials accountable. See the categories.
REPORTING JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT.
If you’ve experienced what you believe to be judicial misconduct, you may leave a brief note. Please understand that this is not an invitation to inquire about becoming Attorney Clark’s client (and no attorney-client relationship is formed). And the note is not an official complaint to any official investigating agency. It’s merely a place to tell a brief version of your story. In Attorney Clark’s opinion there are few ‘safe’ places to report judicial misconduct. So if you want to talk about it – feel free. It’s possible that some of the notes will receive follow up. The note will not publicly post.