The politicians have been kneeling in mass with African American protesters throughout the State of Connecticut. Because of COVID19 these shameless politicians are not allowed to kiss babies but they can kneel all day in the hot sun while protesters yell at them. The protesters are wasting their breath. The politicians are not offering to reform the criminal justice system or the penal system in the State of Connecticut. The power brokers are still feeding at the taxpayers’ trough up in Hartford, with Governor Lamont awarding millions of dollars in coronavirus no bid contracts to his buddies at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Boston Consulting Group, 1Life Medical and Sema-4. See link.
Lamont’s great grandfather founded J.P. Morgan Bank. Lamont has degrees from both Harvard and Yale, and resides in Greenwich, CT, the wealthiest town in the USA. Lamont spent $40 million of his own money to pay off the powerful Democratic Party to get the top spot on the ballot. Lamont promised to take on the powerful State unions and regionalize the outdated home rule system of government. The 169 independent Connecticut towns are City-States no different than ancient Athens and Sparta. Each City-State has its own mayor, board, dog catcher, fire department, police department, etc.., even if there are no dogs to catch in town. This inefficient system hasn’t changed since the 1800s, and also exists in the State of New York, another State teetering on bankruptcy.
After Lamont won the election he reneged on his promise at regionalization and his promise to break up union contracts. He kicked the can, allowing the power brokers in Hartford to continue to eat at the taxpayers trough. Democrat Joe Aresimowicz is the Speaker of the House, and has a side job with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Democrat Bob Duff is the Senate Majority leader and a former real estate agent. Democrat Matthew Ritter is the House Majority Leader and a partner at the powerful law firm of Shipman and Goodwin, which has lucrative contracts with the State of Connecticut and towns throughout the State of Connecticut. The Board of Education of the Town of Westport threatened to fire Shipman and Goodwin because a lawyer from Shipman and Goodwin represented a developer who attempted to build affordable housing in Westport. See link.
The protesters don’t realize that nothing will change while the current politicians remain in power in Hartford. The powers in Hartford have no interest in regionalizing police departments, reforming the police, and training the police in social work. The power brokers have no interest in giving the public oversight over guys who walk around with deadly weapons in their holsters every day. There is no point in having cops and firemen rescuing cats from trees in the suburban City-States while the cities burn. A complete waste of tax dollars. Have you checked your tax bill lately? Your tax dollars are lining the pockets of the millionaire politicians, the policemen and the firemen while you sit home all day watching YouTube videos waiting for your stimulus check.
The Greek City-State system of Connecticut government has produced the most racially segregated States in housing and education in the entire country. In Sheff v. O’Neill, decided in 1996, the Connecticut State Supreme Court found that the State of Connecticut failed to provide a “minimally adequate education” for students in the Hartford Public Schools. The Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to “provide diversity in public schools where people of all races and ethnic groups are struggling to find acceptable and feasible ways to reach that goal and, at the same time, improve the quality of their children’s education.” Little has changed since Sheff v. O’Neill was decided in 1996. City schools are still racially segregated, and continue to fail to provide a minimally adequate education to poor minorities. The Plaintiffs in Sheff filed motions a few years after the 1996 decision and argued that the State of Connecticut failed to comply with the Sheff order. The Supreme Court told the poor, African American elementary school students, “FUHGETABOUTIT!” The Supreme Court didn’t use those exact words, I translated from legalize to make it easier for laymen to understand.
Supreme Court Justices throughout the country have recently issued statements speaking out against racial injustice in the USA and in the justice system. These are the same Justices who have upheld lengthy prison sentences, death sentences, and convictions based on flimsy evidence. These are the same Justices who rarely overturn appeals of police brutality and prosecutorial misconduct. These are the same Justices who rarely grant habeas corpus review. The only habeas corpus that was granted in Connecticut in recent history was the one filed by Michael Skakel, who had millions to spend on his lawyers. Suddenly these Justices are kneeling with the protesters. The entire panel of the Supreme Court of the State of Massachusetts and the entire panel of the Supreme Court of California issued statements to the public decrying racism in the system. Mere words. Mere prayers. No action.
Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court Richard Robinson recently issued a letter addressed to judicial employees about racial injustice in the judicial system. What about the public? Why didn’t Justice Robinson address the pubic? Why didn’t the other Justices of the Connecticut Supreme Court sign Justice Robinson’s letter? Were they unable to connect to Zoom?
Justice Robinson began his letter with the following disclaimer: “I must make it clear that I am not disparaging law enforcement or our judicial systems, but I am saying that they are not perfect institutions.” Justice Robinson had to be careful with his language. He cannot speak out against the marshals who protect him in the courtroom every day, and the police who protect his family in the town where he resides.
Justice Robinson urged judicial employees to work harder to “fulfill the mission of the Branch to serve the interests of justice and the public by resolving matters brought before it in a fair, timely, efficient and open manner.” Most judicial employees could care less about the interests of justice. Most judicial employees are concerned about their weekly paycheck. Bailiffs, court clerks, judges, attorneys, marshals, secretaries, court reporters, and support staff spend eight hours a day in dusty offices under florescent lights buried in paperwork. When they take their heads out of their files they are accosted by irate members of the public who berate them.
Justice Robinson seemed to be addressing White judicial employees when he stated in his letter: “People who do not believe that we have a racial injustice problem are entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts. Simply put the facts are with me.” Justice Robinson seemed to be addressing African American employees when he quoted Martin Luther King and wrote the following: “America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked insufficient funds. But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity in this nation. So, we have come to cash this check – a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”
Justice Robinson ended his letter with the following words: “As President Barack Obama once said: Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Obama did nothing to change the criminal justice system or address police brutality. Mass incarceration continued throughout the Obama Administration. The Democrats, and Obama, should be embarrassed that the first sentencing reform law passed in decades, ie., the First Step Act was signed by a Republican, the Donald of all people. Talk about humiliating! The Democratic Party should be defunded, disbanded and deported to a penal colony.
The entire letter penned by Justice Robinson is printed below. The peasants of the City-State Confederation of Connecticut are still waiting for a letter signed by the entire Supreme Court Panel, almost all of whom are Democrats, and almost all of whom hail from powerful Connecticut law firms with backgrounds in law enforcement: Justice Richard N. Palmer (former Shipman & Goodwin attorney & former US Attorney), Justice Andrew J. McDonald (former partner at Pullman & Comley), Justice Christine S. Vertefeuille (Gov John “two time felon” Rowland appointee), Justice Maria Araujo Kahn (former US Attorney), Justice Gregory T. D’Auria (former Shipman & Goodwin Atty), Justice Raheem L. Mullins (former assistant State’s Attorney) and Justice Steven D. Ecker.
Dear Judicial Branch Family,
I am writing to you in response to the recent events in our country that are affecting each one of us. I believe that in some ways the pain being felt by the members of our Judicial Branch family is unique because of the nature of our work and for what I hope is a commitment of every one of us to provide equal justice to all. These are very troubling times. Our senses have been bombarded with a constant stream of scenes of horrific injustices that have been and still are occurring across this nation. It was fifty-five years ago that Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr., came to Middletown, Connecticut, to deliver a sermon at Wesleyan University. During that sermon, Dr. King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I know that there are some people who do not believe that there is racial injustice in the United States. However, as events in my own life, as well as events in this country throughout the years have informed me, indeed there is. People who do not believe that we have a racial injustice problem are entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts. Simply put the facts are with me. I love this country enough to speak out when it is not living up to its ideals. I love this country despite its imperfections, but that does not mean that I am willing to accept them. In fact, I am ready, willing and able to do the work to eradicate them. To paraphrase Albert Camus, I can love my country and still love justice. I must make it clear that I am not disparaging law enforcement or our judicial systems, but I am saying that they are not perfect institutions. I am outraged by some of the things that I have seen and heard. With each new revelation my heart breaks even more and like many of you, I have long since reached the point that, as Fannie Lou Hamer once said, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” The existing imperfections in our justice systems have profound and lasting effect on all of us, but it is more severe on those of us who are the most vulnerable. There is a need for real and immediate improvement. America can – and must – do a better job of providing “equal justice under law,” the very words that are engraved on the front of the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. I believe that our justice system is one of the best in the world, however, to quote Victor Hugo “Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.” Worse yet the problems that we are facing today are not ones. During his speech at the 1963 March on Washington, Dr. King said it far better that I ever could: “In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring the sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.’ But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity in this nation. So, we have come to cash this check – a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.” Like many of you, when I was child, I believed that that check would soon be cashed. I believed that we would be past moments like the crises that we are facing today. I believed that Dr. King’s dream would have been long since fulfilled. I believed that my two boys would be living in a nation where they would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I still believe in the promises of that dream even though they have been deferred. We must not let that dream “dry up like a raisin in the sun.” (Harlem, by Langston Hughes) As I have publicly said before, we have come a long way, but there is still a long way to go. My life is bookended by the torture and killing of Emmett Till, and the election of America’s first Black president. We are a better country than we have ever been, but there is still a lot of work to do. Every one of us can make a difference in the fight to eradicate racial injustice. Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time [someone] stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, [they send] forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Many of you have heard me talk about race, implicit bias and my own life experiences facing these issues. Many of you have attended Judicial Branch training and programs that were designed to help us deal with these issues in our own lives and in order to fulfill the mission of the Branch to serve the interests of justice and the public by resolving matters brought before it in a fair, timely, efficient and open manner. I am proud of the work that we have started, but there is so much more to do. I know that I am asking a lot of you. I know that you are tired, you are weary and maybe even rightfully disillusioned, but this is a battle for the nation’s soul. We must double and even triple our efforts to provide equal justice for all those whom we serve. We have but two choices: to keep working hard and succeed; or to quit and fail. As for me, the latter is not an option. As President Barack Obama once said: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” -Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson
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