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"Disruption of Congress" Case

 

CHAMPIONING BASIC CITIZEN RIGHTS,
THE VITAL IMPORTANCE OF CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
IN FEDERAL JUDICIAL SELECTION -- & JUDICIAL ACCOUNTABILITY

"The elementary proposition to be championed in the case...is that
a citizen's respectful request to testify at a congressional committee's public hearing
is not -- and must never be deemed to be -'disruption of Congress'".
    

          -- CJA's June 16, 2003 memo to Ralph Nader, Public Citizen, & Common Cause, at p. 3


"Mr. Chairman, there's citizen opposition to Judge Wesley
based on his documented corruption as a New York Court of Appeals judge. 
May I testify?"
 


FEATURING:

The "CELLULOID DNA":
Video Clip & Still-Frame Analysis
of US Senate Judiciary Committee's May 22, 2003 hearing

 

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Letters to the Editor:
 

             ROLL CALL (May 10, 2004): "Correcting the Record"
                  --   PAPER TRAIL (TO JAIL)
                      --  Analysis of Video & Transcript
          
            
NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL (May 19, 2004): "Portrayal in News Item Found Denigrating"
                  --   PAPER TRAIL (TO JAIL)
                  --  CJA's March 26, 2003 written statement

          
   VILLAGE VOICE (February 16, 2005)  "Activists, Judges"
                  --   PAPER TRAIL (TO JAIL)
                  --  CJA's March 26, 2003 written statement          

 

                               
SEE 
What the Media Did --  


Bringing accountability to The New York Times --
& other media that has suppressed, obscured, and falsified the "disruption of Congress" case

CJA's July 29, 2005 letter to New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller

  with accompanying analysis of the knowingly false, defamatory, & cover-up NYT column,
               "WHEN THE JUDGE SLEDGEHAMMERED THE GADFLY"
                (Front Page, Westchester Section, November 7, 2004)

                             -- SEE: Press Suppression - The New York Times   
                            
    SEE Suing the New York Times
 
      
CJA's August 9, 2005 memo to Legal Times, New York Law Journal, Roll Call, The Philadelphia Inquirer, with copies to The Washington Post
                                     
                                 
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PAPER TRAIL TO JAIL

Documenting the corruption of federal judicial selection and the bogus & malicious "disruption of Congress" case it spawned, covered up by the congressionally-funded D.C. Superior Court and D.C. Court of Appeals

        See, in particular: CJA's June 16, 2003 memo to Ralph Nader, Public Citizen, & Common Cause as to the significance and potential of the case -- as well as CJA's June 8, 2004 and June 9, 2004 memos to Mr. Nader and the panoply of "public interest" organizations, left, right, and "non-partisan" which purport to promote citizen participation and/or to involve themselves with issues of judicial selection.
        -- CJA's June 10, 2004 draft memo of law to Mr. Nader & the organizations on the unconstitutionality of the "disruption of Congress" statute, as written & as applied

           

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PAPER TRAIL FROM JAIL

Documenting the corruption of the judicial process by the congressionally-funded D.C. Court of Appeals during Elena Sassower's six-month incarceration for "disruption of Congress", denying her the release pending appeal to which she was entitled AS A MATTER OF LAW 


     See, in particular:
Elena Sassower's EXHIBIT "C" affidavit, written June 29, 2004-July 6, 2004 -- as well as her July 16 - August 12, 2004 Motion for Reargument, Reconsideration, Renewal of Denial of Stay Pending Appeal & Other Relief.

 

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THE APPEALS (to the D.C. Court of Appeals & U.S. Supreme Court)
Documenting the corruption of the judicial process by the congressionally-funded D.C. Court of Appeals on the appeal of the "disruption of Congress" case & the lawlessness and betrayal of the public by the U.S. Supreme Court.

            See, in particular: Elena Sassower's PETITION TO THE D.C. COURT OF APPEALS FOR REHEARING & REHEARING EN BANC, Motion to Vacate for Fraud & Lack of Jurisdiction, Disqualification/Disclosure & Transfer, filed January 3, 2007

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REACTIONS OF WE, THE PEOPLE
TO ELENA'S INCARCERATION:

Sampling of comments from Petition signers
from across the country& abroad:

     
  
       
Page 1; Page 2; Page 3; Page 4; Page 5


                   Signatures
Over 500   

Illustrative Outreach Efforts & Letters of Support of CJA members & supporters  

 

petition

Elena is free -- free at last! 
Citizen Activist CJA Founder & Coordinator
is released on December 23, 2004 from D.C. jail, after serving 179 days for respectfully requesting to testify at a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Public Hearing.

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Ms. Sassower Goes to Washington

As coordinator of the Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc. (CJA), New Yorker Elena Sassower went to Washington, D.C. to attend the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's public hearing to confirm President Bush's nomination of New York Court of Appeals Judge Richard Wesley to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The presiding chairman was Senator Saxby Chambliss.  At the conclusion of the hearing, he announced:

"if there are no further questions or participation from anyone on the Committee, we will stand adjourned.    Thank you very much."

Only then did Elena rise from her seat in the back row of the hearing room and state:

"Mr. Chairman, there's citizen opposition to Judge Wesley based on his documented  corruption as a New York Court of Appeals judge. May I testify?"

Senator Chambliss did not answer this question.  He replied instead:

"I will issue a warning that we will have order. The Committee will stand in recess until the police can restore order. Everyone remain seated."

 Elena then responded: "Are you directing that I be arrested?" 

 

Again, Senator Chambliss did not answer-- and so, a second time, Elena asked, " Are you directing that I be arrested?"

Senator Chambliss' only reply was: "I am directing that the police restore order."

Elena then asked a third time, " Are you directing that I be arrested?"

Again, Senator Chambliss would not answer this question -- and Capitol Police removed Elena from the hearing room.  Thereupon, Senator Chambliss -- who had put on reading glasses -- read from a prepared statement:   

 "Outside witnesses are welcome to submit letters supporting or opposing nominees for the Committee's consideration, but it is not our usual procedure to invite outside witnesses to testify either in support or in opposition to the nomination. I realize that this lady is  disappointed that she is not able to make any statement this afternoon, but her disappointment in no way condones any disruption of this hearing.  Again, we will stand adjourned.  Thank you very much."

Upon being taken into the hallway, Elena was arrested and put in handcuffs.  Moments later, Senator Chambliss exited from the back door of the hearing room and walked past her.  Once more, Elena asked, "Do you wish me to be arrested?  Are you directing me to be arrested?".   Senator Chambliss would not respond.

Elena was incarcerated for 21 hours until her arraignment the next day for "disruption of Congress".  The police report she received purported that Senator Chambliss was the "complainant".  However, at trial, the prosecution did NOT call Senator Chambliss to testify -- and Elena's subpoena for his testimony was quashed by Judge Holeman.

 

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"The elementary proposition to be championed in the case...is that a citizen's respectful request to testify at a congressional committee's public hearing is not -- and must never be deemed to be -'disruption of Congress'".

Page 698 of Elena Sassower's opening statement at trial, April 14, 2004 - halted after the words, "The elementary proposition", by D.C. Superior Court Judge Brian Holeman, who had previously called in a marshal and threatened to lock her up

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