Cathy Cohen 
Member since Feb 5, 2017

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Re: “Judged

Don't be fooled by the terminology used by the Commission on Judicial Performance to describe the "punishment" of judges. "Private admonishment," "public admonishment, and "public censure" are all serious sounding phrases that mean nothing substantive. No judge ever is placed on administrative leave, docked pay or the loss of vacation time, or had their generous pension reduced or otherwise jeopardized.

Thank you for pointing out that the false affidavits submitted by Wilson and Reinholtsen were signed under penalty of perjury. That means that in signing the affidavits, they committed multiple acts of perjury, which is why the Humboldt County DA made the referral to the attorney general. But the DA could, and should have prosecuted the judges.

The AG referral is a shell game where no state or local law enforcement agency dare prosecute a judge for criminal conduct. The AG often continues the buck passing to the CJP, which doesn't prosecute crimes by judges, and in fact has a documented track record of concealing the crimes of judges from law enforcement agencies, both state and federal.

As Professor Levine notes in the article:

"Signing these affidavits, that's troublesome," he said. "It's one thing to miss deadlines, it's another to sign the affidavits. It's something of a technical violation. But on the other hand, you're signing something under the penalty of perjury and, of all people, to a judge that ought to mean something." That sure should ought to mean something. But it doesn't.

The bottom line is judges have been, and continue to be above the law. The laws that apply to the public don't apply to judges. Judges effectively have immunity from prosecution for criminal conduct. We invite anyone outraged by this to join the movement to reform the CJP and replace CJP Director Victoria Henley: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CommissionOnJudicialPerformance/

Posted by Cathy Cohen on 02/05/2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “AG: No Criminal Charges Against HumCo Judges

"The admonishments constitute black marks that threaten to forever stain the careers of Wilson and Reinholtsen..."

Don't be fooled by the terminology used by the Commission on Judicial Performance to describe the "punishment" of judges. "Private admonishment," "public admonishment," and "public censure" are all serious sounding phrases that mean nothing substantive. No judge ever is placed on administrative leave, docked pay or the loss of vacation time, or had their generous pension reduced or otherwise jeopardized.

The false affidavits submitted by Wilson and Reinholtsen were signed under penalty of perjury. That means that in signing the affidavits, they committed multiple acts of perjury, which is why the Humboldt County DA made the referral to the attorney general. But the DA could, and should have prosecuted the judges.

The AG referral is a shell game where no state or local law enforcement agency dare prosecute a judge for criminal conduct. The AG often continues the buck passing to the CJP, which doesn't prosecute crimes by judges, and in fact has a documented track record of concealing the crimes of judges from law enforcement agencies, both state and federal.

The bottom line is judges have been, and continue to be above the law. The laws that apply to the public don't apply to judges. Judges effectively have immunity from prosecution for criminal conduct. We invite anyone outraged by this to join the movement to reform the CJP and replace CJP Director Victoria Henley. Visit the Commission on Judicial Performance Reform Project Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CommissionOnJudicialPerformance/

Posted by Cathy Cohen on 02/05/2017 at 1:03 PM

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