Activists Seek International Rebuke of Persecution and Torture Through U.S. Legal System Abuse

The United Nations Human Rights Committee may investigate allegations that the U.S. legal system is regularly used to persecute or torture U.S. whistleblowers and judicial critics/gadflies. A proposed international class action for the group was mailed this week from the U.S. to the Committee in Geneva, Switzerland.
CROWN POINT, Ind. - May 30, 2015 - PRLog -- At a time when some Americans, including many women and members of the LGBT community, are looking to U.S. courts for help in defining and protecting their legal rights, there is a diverse group of people who apparently believe the U.S. legal system is regularly used to violate their rights.  The United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) may investigate the matter as part of a proposed international class action mailed for its consideration this week from the U.S. to Geneva, Switzerland.  The three (3) named complainants are Rodney A. Logal, his wife attorney Zena Crenshaw-Logal*, and Dr. Andrew D. Jackson.  They are co-founders of National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc. (NJCDLP), a non-profit legal reform organization challenging what has been dubbed “The Third Degree”, reportedly  “a persistent, consistent pattern of persecution and torture imposed through U.S. legal system abuse.”

The Logals and Dr. Jackson explain that “(i)n describing violations of their rights . . . , (they) attest to a persistent, national pattern of persecution which for innumerable Americans is torture proscribed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Elements of the offense are detailed for the HRC and on The Third Degree website which launched officially today.  This language is from the proposed HRC complaint:  “When the goal is persecution or torture and the instrument is U.S. legal systems, the complainants submit that a pattern will emerge distinct from garden variety due process/equal protection denials and selective prosecutions.”  The HRC document also notes that prime targets are U.S. whistleblowers and judicial critics/gadflies, emphasizing that any attempt to protect personal rights can morph into whistleblowing and judicial reform advocacy.

On a personal note, complainant Crenshaw-Logal stated that “our HRC submission and the information attached as well as linked to it are virtually my autobiography.  They set out nearly twenty (20) years of my husband, Dr. Jackson, countless people across America, and me trying to survive without the genuine benefit of U.S. constitutional rights.”  The HRC pleading indicates that the Logals are being set-up for unfounded criminal prosecution and Dr. Jackson is poised to lose his family home based on a dubious municipal code enforcement.  They ask the HRC to establish a body of fair and impartial adjudicators before which any American can arrange for “patent . . . perpetrators of their alleged PTUSLSA (persecution/torture imposed through U.S. legal system abuse) to show cause as to why they should not be disciplined and/or subjected to corresponding liability.”

Complaints from private people submitted to the HRC are considered “communications” under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, unless and until they are “registered”, that is formally listed as a case under consideration by the HRC.  A big hurdle for the Logals and Jackson is to convince the HRC that pursuing their complaint and seeking related relief in the United States of America would be futile.  They anticipate that the HRC will exempt them and their class from its exhaustion of domestic remedies requirement if swayed by their expertise on the pathology of PTUSLSA.  Supposedly “persecution and torture imposed through U.S. legal system abuse is unrelenting; serial and substantial or total denials of relief are part of its pathology.”

According to the complainants, through various machinations, U.S. government makes it impossible for average Americans to provide international tribunals irrefragable proof that domestic remedies are ineffective for targets of PTUSLSA.  Their HRC communication adds, “(t)o resign that class of beleaguered Americans to its own devices and domestic remedies as a result, is to facilitate invariably severe and occasionally gross, persistent and consistent human rights violations.”  The Third Degree catalogues relevant examples.  To learn more, visit

*Bar admissions limited to the 7th Cir COA

Zena D. Crenshaw-Logal


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