Every day I ask myself, how can such blatant violations of law and ethics, committed by lawyers and judges, continue to go unpunished? Day-in and day-out I get emails about another case of legal misconduct. And in my own experience, I’ve only encountered one judge who fits my idea of a ‘judge’ – Stephen Holman.
Is the system this corrupt? …. or, hmmmm … are the lawyers and judges, in general, that incompetent? Either way our society has a serious problem. However “corruption” can be cured, but incompetence? … not so sure.
What if there are so many incompetent judges and lawyers, the dishonest judges and lawyers simply blend in or take advantage of the target-rich environment? Clearly if the regulatory bodies – the WA State Bar and the Commission on Judicial Conduct – are faced with wide-spread incompetence, what are their options? Remove or disbar them all? Who will solve our problems? Or, lower the ‘standard of conduct’ required of lawyers/judges? When ‘government’ is the employer, and we, the people, want government to solve our problems, it is always ‘lower the standards’ to accommodate the incompetence/corruption that permeates government service.
There needs to be an ‘alternative’ … of course one alternative is for people to solve their own problems, or better yet, prevent problems from taking root. If there are no problems for government to fix, the issue of incompetence/corruption in government begins to go away.
However this is the planet Earth and we like problems. We crank out problems like Henry the VIII goes through wives. But, we want others to fix our problems. So what to do? If government isn’t the answer, and prevention isn’t the remedy, what other ‘system’ may work? I’m not sure, but the ‘Common Law Grand Jury‘ movement bares watching. It may offer a quick, efficient and “fair” alternative to our failing justice system.