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Texas Bar and Bench Scoff at Alleged Suppression of Rights

The troubling implication of the state action at issue is that in Texas, officers of the court need not “remain vigilant to eradicate any last vestiges of the days in which a person’s (race, ethnicity, socio-economic background, and/or party status) defined their access to justice”.

 
Texas State Community Council - Abilene Division
Texas State Community Council - Abilene Division
PRLog - Jul. 7, 2014 - ABILENE, Texas -- “It is not a foregone conclusion that Texas’ legal system is impermissibly biased” says Zena Crenshaw-Logal, an attorney before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, “but Abilene, Texas attorney Cade W. Browning suggested as much to dissuade a former client of his, who is a colleague of mine, from insisting on trial of some serious personal injury claims.”  Crenshaw-Logal is Executive Director of National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc. (NJCDLP), a nonprofit legal reform organization with a variety of good government advocacy as well as human rights groups, programs, and initiatives under its corporate umbrella.  “Attorney Browning has the self-imposed misfortune of being poster-lawyer for our national campaign to disrupt what has been called a ‘Culture of Quiescence’ among lawyers with regard to government misconduct” explained Crenshaw-Logal.  The public awareness and reform effort launched on June 5th, 2014 with this press release:  “A LAWYER'S CHOICE:  Combat Overt Legal System Bias or Face Disciplinary Complaints”.

NJCDLP and a coalition of its affiliates in fact filed disciplinary complaint #201403327 against attorney Browning before the State Bar of Texas, Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel.  According to U.S. priority mail tracking #9114 9010 7574 2856 9808 20, the Chief Counsel received NJCDLP’s complaint against Browning on June 6, 2014.  A subsequent Notice of Appeal suggests the complaint was perfunctorily dismissed on June 11, 2014.  “I hoped Texas’ Chief Disciplinary Counsel would humor us with some semblance of serious consideration given the U.S. Constitution, related rights, and government constraints”, quipped Crenshaw-Logal, “but scoffing at the disciplinary complaint at hand merely compounds its seriousness.”

In addition to the June 16th, 2014 notice of their disciplinary complaint dismissal plus their corresponding appeal, NJCDLP coalition members posted in their online “Campaign Newsroom” a related investigation request addressed to Texas State Representative Susan King (House District 71, R-Tx).  The request indicates that “the troubling implication of the state action at issue is that in Texas, officers of the court need not ‘remain vigilant to eradicate any last vestiges of the days in which a person’s (race, ethnicity, socio-economic background, and/or party status) defined their access to justice’.”  Representative King is asked to “initiate a state legislative investigation, recommend a state as well as federal executive branch (i.e., Department of Justice) investigation, and request a congressional investigation of Mr. Browning’s insinuation (if not express indication) that demographics, as opposed to the veracity and legal merit of a litigant’s contentions, dictate the outcome of civil trials before the District Court for the 42nd Judicial District at Taylor County, Texas, and most if not all Texas juries and judges eligible to preside over such matters.”

Crenshaw-Logal emphasizes a so far “undisputed contention that Browning encouraged Abilene, Texas resident George Stokes, Sr. to deny what he believes is the full scope of his compensable injuries and abandon his related legal claims for medical care and expenses as well as physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment in the future, because of state-wide jury and judicial bias that would render them futile.”  She further notes “that the only factors Browning hinted, implied, or suggested would trigger such judicial and jury biases are Mr. Stokes’ race and/or ethnicity as a Mexican American, his socio-economic background (which is that of a high school educated person of modest financial means), and his status as a plaintiff as opposed to a corporate insured defendant.”  According to Crenshaw-Logal, “these circumstances suggest criminal violations of federal rights are an integral part of high stakes trials in Texas.”

Reportedly a slight variation of the referenced letter to King has been or will be sent to U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz (R-Tx) as well as U.S. Representative Randy Neugebauer (R-Tx).  “While our coalition is appealing to Texas’ Board of Disciplinary Appeals, the matters at hand are not within the exclusive prerogative of the state’s bar and bench”, Crenshaw-Logal interjects. She continues, “combating undue deference by lawyers and judges to legal system biases is a just cause all of America should embrace, but the case at hand directly affects Mr. George Stokes, Sr., a constituent of State Representative King, U.S. Senators Cornyn and Cruz, and U.S. Representative Neugebauer.” Crenshaw-Logal explains, “our request for intervention by these legislators is premised on the plight peculiar to Mr. Stokes in addition to the troubling implications for similarly situated Texans as well as liberty loving Americans in general.”

To learn more, visit the Campaign Newsroom at http://www.njcdlp.org/#!texas-challenge/c202

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219 865 6774 x 1
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