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Judicial Conflict of Interest
Adjunct professorships, board memberships, paid travel to resort locations, and scholarships to their families create a blatant conflict of interest for judges who preside over Tulane cases.
Investing in Judicial Loyalty
Paid travel for judges may facilitate favorable treatment for Tulane University by the courts.
Friends in High Places
Good relationships with judges may help secure favored treatment for Tulane.
Judge Berrigan and Tulane
Bernofsky explains why Judge Ginger Berrigan had a material conflict of interest in his case against Tulane.
Censorship of News Questioned
After Chief Judge Carolyn D. King of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals questioned the impartiality of Judge Berrigan, the front-page story carrying this information quietly disappeared from Internet databases.
Tulane's Scholarship Scandal
How a scheme involving scholarship gifts to judges and legislators in Louisiana can be a corrupting influence.
Tulane's Scholarship Scandal – Continued
Twenty years after the scandal first broke, legislators remain indebted to Tulane for the privilege of handing out valuable scholarships.
On Judicial Misconduct and Discipline
A critique by noted judicial activist, Elena Ruth Sassower, on the current status of judicial discipline.
Contemporary Judicial Discipline
Misconduct complaints against federal judges are shrouded in secrecy and generally dismissed with little or no explanation or regard to merit.
Judicial Immunity
"In the American judicial system, few more serious threats to individual liberty can be imagined than a corrupt judge."
Democratizing the Judiciary
How judicial sovereign immunity and unaccountability can thwart citizens from attaining justice (Part 1).
How the Judiciary Stole the Right to Petition
How judicial sovereign immunity and unaccountability can thwart citizens from attaining justice (Part 2).
Immunity, Duval Style
"The immunity that federal judges have granted themselves also extends to agencies of the federal government."
A Legacy of Betrayal
How Tulane engaged in subornation of perjury to obtain false testimony from a witness.
Betrayal of Taxpayer Support
Tulane opens a branch in nearby Biloxi, Mississippi, to teach "gaming-related courses" despite Biloxi's competition with Louisiana's ailing casino industry.
The Louisiana Decision
Part 1:  Louisiana legislators are asked to reconsider Tulane's legislative scholarship program and its status as a private institution.

Part 2:  A reminder to legislators to take a stand on a program that primarily benefits out-of-state students at the expense of public education in Louisiana.

Part 3:  A White Paper is sent to Louisiana legislators, media outlets, political organizations, concerned citizens and gubernatorial candidates urging a public debate of Tulane's legislative scholarship program and its status as a private institution.

Part 4:  Suggestions are given to a state legislator who questioned where the state would find the financial resources to accomplish a takeover of Tulane University.

Part 5:  A state takeover and incorporation into the Louisiana State University System can prevent the collapse of Hurricane Katrina-damaged Tulane University.

Act 43 of 1884
The constitutional amendment that established the Tulane University of Louisiana and the legislative scholarship program.
Judge Frank B. Ellis
Part 1:  A family history of slave ownership and allegiance to the Confederacy helped shape his views on civil rights issues.

Part 2:  As a politician, he championed construction of the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway, which helped facilitate white flight from New Orleans during school integration.

Part 3:  His failure as a bureaucrat in the Kennedy Administration led to his appointment as a federal judge in New Orleans.

Part 4:  As a federal judge, Ellis ruled in favor Tulane's right to exclude black students from being admitted to the university.

Johnson Controls
How an engineering company plans to "rescue" Hurricane Katrina-damaged New Orleans.
Saving Public Schools, Tulane Style
Why Tulane's self-praise over the status of public education in post-Katrina New Orleans is unwarranted.
When is a Flood Not a Flood?
Thousands of property owners whose facilities were destroyed by the floodwaters that accompanied Katrina had insurance policies with clauses that excluded liability from flood damage, yet Tulane with a similar policy managed to collect.
A Tale of Three Schools
A church school is gutted by the National Guard, FEMA upgrades an exclusive charter school, and a formerly flourishing public school lies abandoned.
Teach For America: Not a Solution
Veteran educators cite Teach For America recruits for their lack of training and experience, and imply they contribute to the failure of America's public schools to educate the children of its poorest citizens; Leading experts agree.
Robbin' da 'Hood
Giving to the rich and taking from the poor is a New Orelans tradition.
Letter to Judge Ginger Berrigan
Bernofsky asks Judge Berrigan to recuse herself after learning that she is teaching a Tulane course in Greece during the summer of 2000 for which Tulane paid her $5,500.
Should Judge Ginger Berrigan Be Censured?
Presiding over Bernofsky's retaliation lawsuit against Tulane while preparing to teach a course in Greece for which she was paid $5,500 by Tulane may make Judge Berrigan a candidate for judicial discipline.
Recognition of Judicial Error
A judge's disclosure of his Tulane University affiliation suggests the recognition of judicial error in Bernofsky's lawsuits, where disclosure was withheld.
Case-Fixing Roulette
A judge involved in fixing a case for a defendant is called upon to pass judgment on another caught doing the same.
Recusal Statutes
The "Codes of Conduct" standard for judges who are adjunct faculty at law schools, and a proposed amendment to 28 U.S.C. § 455.
Faculty Judges Should Recuse in University Cases
The Faculty Rights Coalition argues that adjunct professor judges should agree, as a precondition of employment, not to hear cases that involve the institution where they teach.
University Board Member Judge Forced to Recuse
A judge who was a member of a Vanderbilt University board was forced to recuse herself, and had her orders favoring the university vacated.
Squeezing Ambiguity from a Rock of Clarity
Split hairs, parsed words, and misquoted canons are not a legitimate basis for non-recusal.  Analysis of Judge Berrigan's Order and Reasons.
Guidance from Above
The recusal of Justice Antonin Scalia from two Tulane cases puts pressure on Judge Berrigan to follow suit.  Both were paid by Tulane to teach in Greece.
Law School Teaching
While it is permissible for judges who hold faculty positions at academic institutions to be compensated for their service, they should be prohibited from adjudicating lawsuits in which those institutions are a party.
Judicial Misconduct
A law school dean expresses concern that the conduct of judges is destroying faith, trust, and confidence in the legal system.
When Judges Fight Judicial Corruption
The wife of duly-elected Judge Matthew E. McMillan describes how Judge George K. Brown Jr., the defeated incumbent, conspired with lawyers, politicians, and other judges to unseat her husband and destroy his career.
When Attorneys Fight Judicial Corruption
Attorney Roger Weidner recounts his attempt to obtain justice for the rightful beneficiary of an estate that was wrongfully seized by an unscrupulous attorney who had friends in high places.
When Citizens Fight Judicial Corruption
Anne Morrow documents in her book, A Case of Injustice, the horrendous events that nearly ruined her life when she turned to the judicial system with a complaint against a well-connected landlord who refused to honor a provision of a lease agreement.
Legal Abuse Syndrome
This variant of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been traced to protracted, bruising litigation in which the affected party ultimately fails to receive justice because his or her ability to fully present their case in a fair, due-process hearing was denied or blocked by a prejudiced court, untrustworthy lawyers, or both.
Round-Robbin' Debt Collectors
Eleanor Schiano was surprised to discover that the courts were unwilling to help her redress her grievance against the lawyers who fraudulently seized the money she had raised to pay-off her credit card debt and the card issuer who refused to cancel the debt.
Fraud on the Court
Karin Huffer outlines eight stages through which unscrupulous attorneys and obliging courts defrauded her family of its business and personal assets and left it desperate, demoralized, and vulnerable to disease.
When Activists Fight Judicial Corruption
For attempting to present her objections to the Senate Judiciary Committee over the confirmation of a judicial appointee, judicial activist Elena Ruth Sassower was arrested, tried, and imprisoned for six months for "disruption of Congress."
Citizen Journalists Under Attack
Citizen Journalist Crystal L. Cox was sued $2.5 million for defamation after exposing corruption in a bankruptcy case on her blog.
Misguided Prosecution of Judge Joan Benge
Judge Joan S. Benge was unjustly prosecuted for having received, although not following, advice about a case from a courthouse colleague who, unknown to her, was being investigated for criminal activities for which he later pleaded guilty and was sentenced.
Becoming a Judge, Part 1
A newspaper editorial describes the corrupt political process by which judges are selected in New York.
Becoming a Judge, Part 2
An ambitious lawyer, eager to become a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, sought the assistance of a well-connected but criminal lobbyist who was later sent to prison for his crimes.
Becoming a Judge, Part 3
In New Jersey, most of the judges appointed to the bench had donated thousands of dollars to the senators who decided the fate of their candidacy.
Becoming a Judge, Part 4
An attorney with political connections had a Mississippi state judge considered for the federal bench after receiving a favorable ruling in a dispute over legal fees.
Becoming a Judge, Part 5
The failure of Frank B. Ellis as a bureaucrat in the Kennedy Administration led to his appointment as a federal judge in New Orleans.
Becoming a Judge, Part 6
When former U.S. Senator David Vitter made it clear that he wanted his wife Wendy to be nominated for a federal judgeship, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, a friend whom Vitter helped to elect, felt obliged to comply.
Learning the Judicial Ropes
In Florida, new judges were directed by their established peers to show deference to certain favored litigants and were ostracized when they refused.
Judicial Endorsement of Attorneys, Part 1
An attorney is disciplined for using a sitting judge's compliments to help solicit business.
Judicial Endorsement of Attorneys, Part 2
Judge Greg Mathis' paid endorsement of New Orleans attorney Morris Bart in TV commercials.
Judicial Discipline
A Florida appellate judge faced harsh discipline for criticizing a fellow judge for having a conflict of interest in a case.
Justice as a Staged Illusion
Attorney Linda L. Kennedy likens the courtroom to a Star Trek "Holodeck," where nothing is as it appears, and the judges and attorneys are mere images of justice.
In the Eye of the Judicial Storm
Attorney Linda L. Kennedy explains what plaintiffs can expect when they are drawn into the "Litigation Vortex."
The Inns and Outs of Court
Receptions, retreats, and exclusive meetings provide opportunities for privileged attorneys to discuss the business of litigation with judges.
Summer School for Judges
Summer school for judges at resort locations often turns out to be a day at the beach — with taxpayers footing the bill.
The Fruits of Judicial Non-Accountability
Police officer Richard Lindberg recounts Operation Greylord and Operation Gambat, the 1980s judicial corruption scandals in Chicago's Cook County courts.
Justice: An Impossible Dream?
Many legal scholars have predicted the current crisis and loss of public confidence in the U.S. judicial system, but few have acted to prevent it.
Law Day 2008
The American Bar Association opposes an Inspector General for the judiciary despite public support for increased judicial accountability.
Summary Judgment Abuse
The misuse of summary judgment threatens the steadily decreasing number of civil suits being tried by U.S. juries.
Judicial Dismissal of Jury Verdicts
A judge's sympathy for a confessed killer led her to exercise her authority to invalidate the decision of a legally-constituted trial jury that had sentenced him to death.
Global Judicial Corruption
Corruption has undermined judicial systems around the world, denying citizens access to justice and the basic human right to a fair and impartial trial, or even a trial at all.
Foreclosure Fraud
Why the U.S. Department of Justice has been reluctant to prosecute bank officials responsible for the wholesale fraud behind the 2008 mortgage crisis.
A Veteran's Lament, Part 1
An Air Force veteran defends his support for ballot initiatives to curb judicial immunity and hold judges accountable for illegal conduct.
A Veteran's Lament, Part 2
Charles Heckman explains how government agencies avoid laws intended to give preference to veterans who seek government employment.
A Veteran's Lament, Part 3
Arguments by judicial apologists who favor judicial independence are exposed as fallacious by testimony taken from real life experiences with corrupt judges.
A Veteran's Lament, Part 4
Massive job discrimination to which veterans have been subjected since the Vietnam War guaranteed that some would wind up homeless and die of hunger and exposure in the streets.
A Veteran's Lament, Part 5
The military's use of secret code numbers on veterans' discharge papers can unfairly prejudice employers against hiring them, and no law exists to prevent the dissemination of false and stigmatizing code numbers or allow veterans to dispute them.
Robbing Veterans of Their Future
A passion for justice propeled former Air Force pilot Charles W. Heckman to break through the barriers of discrimination faced by veterans of the Vietnam War.
Systematic Discrimination Against Veterans
Job discrimination is largely responsible for the prolonged destitution, illness and premature death of many Vietnam Era veterans whose Seventh Amendment right to a jury has been preempted by self-serving government agencies that have cloaked themselves with sovereign immunity as a shield against accountability.
Secrecy is In, Disclosure is Out
Larry Bolin explains the private dealings among judges, lawyers, and other involved parties that comprise secret "chambers papers" that are never revealed to the public.
Secrecy in Courts
Law professor Anthony D'Amato argues that courts are almost never justified in withholding information from the public.
Secrets in Seattle
Sealed court records hold secrets of potential dangers in our medicine cabinets and refrigerators; of molesters in day-care centers, schools and churches; of unethical lawyers, negligent doctors, dangerous dentists; of missteps by local and state agencies; and of misconduct by publicly-traded companies into which people risk their savings.
Evading Judicial Scrutiny
Joe Stephens describes how judges can hide portions of their annual financial disclosure reports from the public.
Judicial Non-Disclosure
By classifying paid hunting excursions and football tickets as "reimbursements" instead of "gifts" on Financial Disclosure Reports, judges are able to conceal the monetary value of those gratuities.
Another Conflict of Interest Uncovered
In violation of ethics rules, federal judges remain free to serve on the boards of lobbying groups that host judicial seminars and promote particular points of view on controversial public issues that frequently come before the courts.
Judge Above the Law
Fifth Circuit Judge Frank J. Polozola, involved in an automobile accident while under the influence of OxyContin, ordered the evidence in his case transferred from state court to federal court and sealed.
Sex in the Chambers
Judge Wade McCree, Jr. had sex in his chambers with the plaintiff in a proceeding, but was immune from being sued by the father of the plaintiff's child.
The Oil-Soaked Judge
Fifth Circuit Judge Martin L. C. Feldman, with financial ties to the oil industry, struck down President Obama's six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling following massive oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Finest Judges Money Can Buy
This 1973 book by Charles R. Ashman documents 74 cases of judges whose decisions were bought, whose appointed cronies bled the resources of vulnerable estates, and who engaged in other criminal conduct.
Juice & Justice in Vegas
Some Nevada judges routinely rule in cases that involve their friends, former clients and business associates, and favor lawyers who contribute to their reelection campaigns.
The Purloined Election
How political appointees in the Department of Justice conspired to unseat and imprison an opposing party state governor.
Tilting the Scales
Ohio Supreme Court justices routinely sit in cases involving parties who contribute to their election campaigns and generally favor them in judicial decisions.
Judges for Sale
Increased spending by special interests to elect judges in state judicial elections has grievously compromised the integrity and impartiality of the nation's courts.
How to Bribe a Judge
By taking out large sums of money in property loans and later paying them back, a judge can conceal the fact that he was enriched from an outside source.
Toxic Justice in Mississippi
A former schoolteacher injured by toxic fumes recounts a long trail of corruption in her quest for justice.
Who Judges the Judges?
In New York State, an attempt by the legislature to exercise meaningful oversight of the state's judicial system ended with a wimper.
Judges Judging Judges
A convicted judge gets his felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor.
Whistleblowing from the Grave
Jerrold Peterson, a dutiful court employee, committed suicide over the nefarious and illegal tasks that judges assigned to him, and he left notes that blew the whistle on the corrupt Louisiana 5th Circuit Court of Appeal in Gretna.
The Judge Who Sued Her Colleagues
A judge who became frustrated with courthouse misconduct at Louisiana's 4th Judicial District in Ouachita Parish was driven to sue her fellow judges in Federal Court.
"Equal Justice Under Law"
A well-connected murderer is sentenced to probation while a petty thief with few resources receives life imprisonment.
The Double Standard
A judge's wife, guilty of a felony theft, had her conviction reduced to a misdemeanor, her penalty reduced to probation and a trivial fine, and was permitted to continue receiving a government salary as an assemblywoman.
Who Killed Sunny Sheu?
A Taiwanese immigrant who lost his home to an illegal scam, pressed the judicial system to restore his property but in the end found only death.
Who Killed Sunny Sheu? Part II
Many unanswered questions remain about the suspicious death of whistleblower Sunny Sheu.
Police State Comes to New Orleans
A New Orleans attorney is arrested and brutalized after protesting against a government order to vacate his undamaged home following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Dishonest Prosecutor Hardly Punished
For 25 years, Michael Morton languished in prison for a murder he did not commit, while the prosecutor who secured his conviction by concealing exculpatory evidence advanced to a judgeship.
Disciplined for Prosecutorial Misconduct
A Texas prosecutor is merely disbarred for sending Anthony Graves to death row for murders he did not commit.
The Exonoree and the Prosecutor
Part 1:  Glenn Ford released after 30 years on death row at Angola for a murder he did not commit.

Part 2:  The denial of compensation.

Part 3:  The prosecutor admits to wrongdoing and is remorseful.

Disciplined for Prosecutorial Misconduct
A Texas prosecutor is disbarred for sending Anthony Graves to death row for murders he did not commit.
Prosecutorial Misfeasance and Misconduct
Baltimore prosecutors wrongly sent Sabein Burgess to jail for 19 years for a murder he did not commit.
Deceptive Prosecutors Ruled Immune from Accountability
Part 1:  Prosecutors who wrongfully sent John Thompson to death row receive immunity for their misconduct.

Part 2:  John Thompson reflects on his 18 years in prison, including 14 years on death row, for a murder he did not commit.

Prosecutorial Misconduct Examined
Judge Alex Kozinski speaks out on the origins and consequences of prosecutorial misconduct and offers steps that can be taken to reform it.
Prosecutorial Misconduct Rampant
Prosecutors who bend or even break the rules to win a conviction almost never face any punishment.
Civil Asset Forfeiture and its Abuse by Law Enforcement
Part 1:  Policing for profit in Iowa.

Part 2:  Reforming civil asset forfeiture laws.

Part 3:  Defending victims of asset forfeiture abuse.

Part 4:  Momentum builds against civil asset forfeiture abuse.

Arrested for "Protected Speech"
For criticizing probate judges on a CBS Web site, one surprised Californian was visited by a SWAT team and spent two days in jail.
Political Prosecution of Dissident Attorney
Ashton R. O'Dwyer, Jr. was an outspoken critic of the government's response to Katrina who later became disaffected with the conduct of litigation on behalf of the storm's many victims.
The Imperial Judiciary
The Connecticut Supreme Court strikes down a legislative statute designed to regulate court procedure.
Judicial Plunder
For ignoring the will of an elderly widow and transferring her property to a lawyer eager to sell it, Connecticut probate judge Bryan F. Meccariello received a mere censure from the Council On Probate Judicial Conduct.
More Judicial Plunder
For stealing $1 million from the estate of Lee and Anne Nutting, trusting neighbors he promised to help, California Judge Paul D. Seeman was sentenced to mere probation in lieu of jail time.
The Hon. Thomas J. Maloney
He was one of many corrupt judges exposed and convicted through Operation Greylord, a comprehensive federal investigation of judicial misconduct in Chicago's Cook County courts.
Criminal Judicial Misconduct
Former New York State Supreme Court Justice Gerald P. Garson faces criminal prosecution for acts stemming from a violation of the Rules of Judicial Conduct.
Extorting Convicts for Personal Benefits
As a condition of probation, convicts were ordered to pay into a Judicial Expense Fund which was used to fund the supplemental health and life insurance benefits of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court judges.
Military Style Justice: The New Status Quo?
A Virginia attorney shows that some courts are biased and functionally similar to military courts, and she faults the media for failing to report this outrage.
The End of Justice
With the passage of the Patriot Act in 2001 and the National Defense Authorization Act in 2011, Congress has undermined the civil and human rights guaranteed to citizens by the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Erosion of First Amendment Rights
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that public employees no longer have a First Amendment right to free speech, and can be disciplined or fired for bringing the wrongdoing of other public employees to the attention of their superiors.
Defending the Right to Free Speech
Louisiana's First Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that a sheriff's search and seizure warrant against a police officer suspected of helping to expose his questionable connection with a business receiving state funds was unconstitutional.
Punishing Judicial Critics
Revoking the licence of attorneys who criticize judges is an effective deterrant and a means of safeguarding the immunity that exempts judges from accountabilty for wrongdoing.
The Supreme Court's Conflict of Interest
U.S. Supreme Court justices can set their own recusal policy and exempt themselves from laws that require recusal in situations where they would have a conflict of interest.
Judicial Refugee
Dr. Les Sachs, an American writer, sought refuge in Europe following judicial reprisals for speaking out against a politically-connected ally of the Bush Administration.

Part 1:  The Flight to Europe

Part 2:  The Crisis of Corruption

Revolting Judges
Government sponsored training seminars and manuals provide judges with step-by-step methods for depriving pro-se litigants of equal access to the courts.
Intimidation of Pro-Se Litigants
An investigative reporter describes how court officers can intimidate pro-se litigants.
The Demise of Justice in the U.S.
About 12 judges are removed each year in the U.S. for offensive conduct while hundreds more continue their corrupt practices unabated.
A Call for Judicial Reform
A discussion of legal scholar Leslie Abramson's views on judicial disqualification, and how they relate to Tulane University.
Election versus Appointment of Judges
A study of Louisiana Supreme Court justices shows they tend to favor litigants who contribute to their election campaign (Part 1).
Louisiana Supreme Court
A study of Louisiana Supreme Court justices shows they tend to favor litigants who contribute to their election campaign (Part 2).
Vying for Judicial Influence
In Louisiana, big oil wants to disqualify a Supreme Court Justice whose election was bankrolled by an organized group of environmentalists and their attorneys, now suing the oil companies for damage to the state's waterways and large tracts of land in connection with decades of onshore oil production activity.
How to Obtain a Favorable Court Ruling
A close relationship with the judge will generally secure a favorable ruling, but there is one caveat.
Special Justice for Connected People
Instead of jail time for attempting to make illegal contributions to two senatorial election campaigns, Arlen "Benny" Cenac received little more than a slap on the wrist from a judge involved with his close personal friends.
West Virginia Supreme Court
Justice Brent D. Benjamin, who won his seat in a campaign funded by a litigant, has aroused the attention of judicial advocacy groups by refusing to disqualify himself and ruling in favor of that litigant.
Caperton v. Massey Coal Co.
The U.S. Supreme Court will determine whether a justice should be required to disqualify himself when a major financial contributor to his election campaign subsequently comes before him as a litigant.
Non-Impeachment of Judge Walter Smith
By retiring from the bench before being investigated for impeachable offenses involving sexual advances against female employees, Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr. escaped accountability and instead was rewarded with a lifetime annuity.
Impeachment of Judge Thomas Porteous
Fifth Circuit Judge G. Thomas Porteous is facing impeachment in 2009 for receiving money and gifts from attorneys who came before him, filing false statements in his personal bankruptcy case, and engaging in fraudulent and deceptive conduct concerning his debts and gambling losses.
Impeachment of Judge Robert Collins
Fifth Circuit Judge Robert F. Collins faced impeachment in 1993 after he was convicted and sent to prison for accepting money from a twice-convicted drug dealer who was attempting to obtain a lighter sentence for his crimes.
Impeachment of Judge Samuel Kent
Part I  Fifth Circuit Judge Samuel B. Kent faced impeachment in 2009 for obstruction of justice in connection with sex crimes against two of his female employees, for which he was sentenced to federal prison for 33 months.

Part II  With an impending trial by the U.S. Senate, impeached Judge Samuel B. Kent submits a letter of resignation effective immediately.

Impeachment of Judge Walter Nixon
Fifth Circuit Judge Walter L. Nixon was impeached in 1989 for lying to a Grand Jury about using his influence to have drug charges dropped against the son of his business partner.
Impeachment of Judge Helen "Ginger" Berrigan
Draft articles of impeachment that justify congressional discipline of Judge Helen "Ginger" Berrigan for high crimes and misdemeanors in connection with her adjudication of cases from 1995 to 2001 in which Dr. Carl Bernofsky was Plaintiff and Tulane University the Defendant.
Impeachment Despite Judicial Retirement
In 2015, the U.S. Judicial Conference indicated a willingness to take a hard line approach toward judicial misconduct, even against judges who have left the bench.
Fixing the Judiciary
Recommendations to improve accountability through an inspector general and special grand juries, to assure impartiality with more specific legislation, and to increase public interest in judicial elections through an independent, non-partisan agency.
Fixing the Judiciary - Another Perspective
Alternative recommendations to improve accountability, assure impartiality, and increase public confidence in the integrity of the judicial process.
Honest Services Fraud
Since 1988, an increasing number of government officials, including judges, have been indicted for depriving citizens of the right to their honest services.
Letter to Congress
A request to senators of the 107th U.S. Congress for judicial reform.
"There Ought to be a Law. . ."
Letter to the House Judiciary Committee for an amendment that would prevent partisan judges from violating plaintiffs' due process rights to impartial tribunals.
Help Balance the Scales of Justice!
Send an e-mail to the Senate Judiciary Committee requesting an amendment to existing recusal statutes.
Abridging the Right to Petition
A petition to amend the recusal law was forced offline after being submitted to a judicial committee investigating how complaints against judges were handled.
Exercising the Right to Petition
See Tulanelink's petitions to members of the U.S. House and Senate judiciary committees.
Members of the House Committee on the Judiciary
Names and addresses of members of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary.
Members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Names and addresses of members of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
Schwarz v. Tulane
How four judges with ties to Tulane ruled against a faculty member who brought charges of discrimination against the University.
Hartz v. Tulane
How an acclaimed Tulane professor's pursuit of justice for injury to her career became time-barred.
Karcioglu v. Tulane
A tenured professor, fired after Hurricane Katrina, settles after disputing Tulane's claims of "financial exigency."
Patient Beware
A 2014 survey by Consumer Reports ranks Tulane Medical Center as one of the unsafest hospitals in the country.
A Legacy of Discrimination
The Federal Fifth Circuit has ruled that Tulane is free to discriminate because it is a "private individual" to whom "the Fourteenth Amendment does not apply."
Confederate Heritage
Founded in 1884 by Confederates seeking to escape desegregation, Tulane remains mired in arrogance, intolerance, and hypocracy.
The Case for Reparations
The descendants of slaves held by Tulane's founders should be offered the educational opportunities their predecessors were denied when the doors of the University of Louisiana were closed to them in 1884.
Leland University
Charted in 1870 primarily to serve black students, Leland was pressured by fiscal and political forces to abandon its St. Charles Ave. campus in Uptown New Orleans and relocate to a remote, pastoral setting in Louisiana, where it declined and closed in 1960.
Confederate Museum
Tulane conspired with UNO Foundation to close the Confederate Museum, but it was rescued by Governor Mike Foster.
Controlling Behavior
How secret mind-control experiments, funded by the military and the CIA, were conducted on black patients and prisoners by Tulane's Department of Psychiatry and Neurology.
U.S. Government-Sponsored Mind Control Experiments
Part A:  Interview with Valerie B. Wolf, March 15, 1995.

Part B:  Testimony of Valerie B. Wolf, March 15, 1995.

Part C:  Tulane's early involvement in mind control.

A Word of Advice to Professors
What aggrieved faculty should consider when filing a lawsuit against a university.
Tenure, Tulane Style
How Hurricane Katrina led to the largest de-tenuring in the history of American higher education.
Employment Discrimination in Louisiana
A 1999 state law gives Tulane immunity from claims of employment discrimination.
Faculty Rights Coalition
Part A:  Lawsuit to secure first amendment rights for adjunct faculty at U. of Houston.

Part B:  Summary judgment in favor of U. of Houston (PDF).

Interviews with Dr. Bernofsky
Audio Clip 1:  The Justice Hour, June 26, 2006.

Audio Clip 2:  Late Night with D'Anne, July 29, 2006.

Video:  Citizens' Forum on Judicial Accountability, May 15, 2008.

The Struggle Against Judicial Impropriety
Judicial Accountability Ballot Initiatives

South Dakota's Amendment E


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Selected documents from Civil Action No. 95-0358, submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana,
the Hon. Ginger Berrigan, Judge, Presiding



Selected documents from Case No. 97-30575, submitted to the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit



Brief from Case No. 97-1844, submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court
(October Term, 1998)


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Selected documents from Civil Action No. 98-1577 in
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana


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Selected documents from Civil Action No. 98-1792 ("Retaliation") combined with 98-2102 ("Defamation"), submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Hon. Ginger Berrigan, Judge, Presiding



Selected documents from Case No. 00-30704, submitted to the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit



Briefs from Case No. 01-249, submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court
(October Term, 2001)



Complaint of Judicial Misconduct, submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
(Docket No. 99-05-372-0118)



Petition for Writ of Mandamus to recuse Judge Ginger Berrigan, submitted to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
and the U.S. Supreme Court
(Fifth Circuit Docket No. 99-30614; Supreme Court Docket No. 99-372)



Petitions to Congress to make it illegal for judges who are faculty members of academic institutions
from adjudicating lawsuits in which those institutions are a party
(See: The Right to Petition)



Documents Justifying an Investigation of Judge Berrigan for Criminal Abuse of Authority



Documents Relating to Bernofsky's Qualifications

Curriculum Vitae
Bernofsky's background, publications, and grant funding as of June 30, 1995.
Testimonials
What scientific experts, the former chairman, the former dean, and reviewers for the Louisiana State Board of Regents said about Bernofsky.
Finances
Bernofsky's grant income made him a financial asset to Tulane University.
Air Force Grant
Tulane's announcement of Bernofsky's new Air Force grant.


Background and Documents Relating to the Jewish Question

Schwarz v. Tulane
Letters to the Editor, published in a New Orleans area newspaper, demonstrating how four judges with ties to Tulane ruled against a Jewish faculty member who brought charges of discrimination against the University.
About Bernofsky
Overview of circumstances surrounding discriminatory discharge of Jewish professor by Tulane University.
Tulane and the Jewish Question
Excerpt from correspondence that examines contradictions within the Tulane community.
Damage Control, Tulane Style
Since being accused of anti-Semitism in 1995, the Tulane administration has taken some extraordinary measures to improve its public image.

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