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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is reported to have
recently complained about the concept of a "guardian" for the judicial
branch.  It seems she was referencing the separate proposals for a
federal court, Inspector General of Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)
and House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-
Wis).  Justice Ginsburg is not the first Supreme Court Justice to
reportedly proclaim that "the judiciary is under assault" in response to
such action.  This website goes beyond orchestrating an "assault" on
the judiciary and even seeking judicial accountability.  

The fact of the matter is that:

a panel of doctors successfully defended the prescription of
Bactrim for Sylvia despite her expert's affidavit and the
recommendation by LaRoche ". . . that initial episodes of
uncomplicated urinary tract infections be treated with a single
effective antibacterial agent rather than the [TMP-SMZ]
combination.";

Sylvia and her mother may well have received a new trial if
their attorney, Zena Crenshaw, established that any portion or
aspect of their case was negatively impacted by an unlawful
bias;

The effectiveness of judges in flushing out such unlawful bias
through self-regulation is far from clear and has become a
matter of high profile, national debate;

Also, at least one scholarly article suggests that an attorney
may be punished by lawyers and judges for criticizing the
judiciary and/or a judge such as when Zena publicly proclaimed
her belief that she was sanctioned with Sylvia and her mother
due to unlawful race and/or sex discrimination;

Zena's local association of African American attorneys
supported her requests for a thorough investigation of the
matter to no avail;

In contrast, Zena went from being a reasonably accomplished
attorney with no record of professional discipline to one
repeatedly investigated and with limited bar admissions due to
her recent suspension for impugning judges on grounds the
state has yet to fully investigate;

On October 22, 2004, Zena petitioned the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Seventh Circuit at Chicago to recuse ". . . all
justices, judges and magistrates, regularly sitting for the U.S.
District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of
Indiana to allow for the assignment of a district judge otherwise
within the Seventh Circuit to preside over trial below by
designation";

The Seventh Circuit denied her petition without comment in
less than a week;

On March 29, 2005, a judge of a federal court directly
implicated by Zena's case, acknowledged that it ". . . and cases
related to it, have a convoluted history . . .". (p1).  He notes
that her ". . . complaint outlines a complicated series of
interlocking events and lawsuits", (p1), but concludes without
discovery or expert testimony that "the behavior Crenshaw
alleges was not procedurally or substantially improper", (p12),
her repeated characterizations of it as "without probable cause"
and untenable, notwithstanding.  While suggesting the
complaint is miserably obscure, the judge supposedly gleans
from it that ". . . Crenshaw's entire case is made up of nothing
more than being on the losing end of several lawsuits and bare
allegations of joint action and conspiracy". (p9).  In fact, he
finds ". . . it is even difficult to make out what the broad
contours of [Zena's] alleged conspiracy are or its general
purpose . . .", (p9), but is somehow persuaded without the
benefit of trial that Zena ". . . has been blinded by her
passionate, if mistaken, belief that the system is arrayed against
her".  (p14);  

Unavailing was the fact that Zena's contentions were obviously
plausible to her trial counsel of record as well as to the attorney
for a legal reform organization that unsuccessfully sought to
file an amicus brief in support of the case advancing to jury
trial;

As Zena noted to the Seventh Circuit, her ". . . case alleges a
tentacular scheme to, [among other things], deprive [her] of
fair and impartial judges and quasi-judicial officials, utilizing
mail and wire services";

Had her allegations advanced in accord with applicable rules of
civil procedure, Zena would have determined through discovery
and investigation whether Sylvia's near death experience was
likely an isolated incident and/or the result, at least in part, of
inadequate product warnings;

Instead her claims have largely stalled for nearly ten years,
though they intimate serious, unacknowledged, and avoidable
health risks for children.
News Advisory
Link to Article

"Culture of Quiescence"
James Kimbrough
Bar Association

Resolution w/o exhibits
October 22, 2004

Petition for Mandamus
October 28, 2004

Order Denying Petition

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    'Two years ago, I
    expressed my concerns
    before the U.S. Judicial
    Conference regarding the
    Judicial Branch's lack of
    effort in recent years to
    police its Members'
    behavior'


    Quote attributed to
    House Judiciary
    Committee Chairman
    James Sensenbrenner
    (R-Wis) on April 27,
    2006.

Press Release:  "Sensenbrenner,
Grassley Introduce Legislation
Establishing an Inspector General
for the Judicial Branch"



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H.R. 5219

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