Citizens' Forum on Judicial Accountability
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Some of the world's most prominent government
whistleblowers and human rights activists gathered
during the week of May 11-18, 2008 in Washington,
D. C. to lobby Congress and alert the public to the
need to support whistleblower protection.  Part of the
momentous occasion was a historical,
Citizens'
Forum On Judicial Accountability
which took place at
the Stewart Mott House on Capitol Hill, Thursday - May
15, 2008.  The one (1) day event entailed an academic
debate on the proper scope of judicial accountability
for U. S. state and federal judges; testimony from a
pre-selected panel of American citizens, apparently
deprived of a fair and impartial forum for addressing
their judicial misconduct allegations and/or impacted
by a corresponding chilling effect;  and the viewing of
a videographed call for congressional investigation of
plights facing judicial whistleblowers in America by
former constitutional law professor and renowned civil
rights activist, attorney Thomas N. Todd.
The Presiding Panel with morning moderator,
Betsy Combier - founder, the E-Accountability Foundation
Pictured from left to right above:

1.  Jim Holrizchter - Founder of the Taxpayers Against
Fraud Mentoring Project;

2.  Adam Miles - Legislative Representative,
Government Accountability Project (GAP);

3.  Attorney Beth Slavet -  Private lawyer and former
Chair, U.S. Merit System Protection Board;

4.  Jim Murtagh, M.D. - Co-chair, International
Association of Whistleblowers;

[ Betsy Combier, morning moderator ]

5.  Marcel Reid - President, D.C. Chapter ACORN
(Association of Communities for Reform Now);

6.  Matthew Fogg -  International Human Rights
Advocate and EEO/Diversity Counselor.
The Forum Debate
Resolved:  Adequate judicial oversight is generally
available in America through well-established
government processes.

Negation:  Government processes for judicial
oversight in America generally lack adequate
procedural protections to vindicate the substantive
rights of complainants alleging judicial misconduct.

Stipulation:  Both sides to the debate stipulated to the
relevant government processes.   
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Arguing for the Affirmative:

Pictured to the left -
Attorney Michael R. McCray

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Arguing for the Negative:

Pictured to the right -
Attorney Zena Crenshaw

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Attorney Thomas N. Todd

To see the pre-recorded
interview of Attorney Todd
(approx. 30 mins).

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The Panel of Witnesses
Evelyn Johnson  (rt) -  
former federal judiciary
career-tenured employee
of 22+ years with the
Administrative Office of
the U.S. Courts (AO) and
the Eleventh Circuit U.S.
Court of Appeals, Staff
Attorneys' Office (SAO),
Atlanta, Georgia.
Katherine Moore  (lft)
- former Mayor Pro Tem
in Wilmington, North
Carolina

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Betsy Combier
(rt) -  founder of
Parent Advocates.org

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Nancy Swan  (rt) -
author of Toxic Justice: A
Conspiracy of Silence

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H. Christina Pak, J.D.
(rt) -
former Maryland
attorney

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Dr. Carl Bernofsky -To hear the pre-recorded statement
of Dr. Bernofsky in favor of expanded judicial recusal
legislation (approx. 20 mins):   
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