The Supreme Court Is Corrupt

Citizens of the USA are prone to repeat what they have heard, namely that their “system” is full of “checks and balances”. It’s not like Iran, where progressives are prevented to run for office by the theocrats (instead in the USA, progressives are prevented to be elected for office, by the plutocrats).

Question: The Supreme Court Of The USA (SCOTUS) acts as a Constitutional Court (that was not its initial mission). What checks and balances are exerted on it? Answer: none. The French Republic has a Constitutional Court (“Court Constitutionelle“, and not “Constitutional Council” as Wikipedia has it!). It has checks and balances.

Not Just California Is Corrupt. Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely, Especially When A One Is A Judge.

Not Just California Is Corrupt. Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely, Especially When A One Is A Judge.

A few year back, Mr. Roland Dumas, head of the court, was accused of conflict of interest, he had to resign. More precisely: accused in the Elf affair, Dumas resigned from the Presidency of the Constitutional Court in January 1999. Dumas’ conviction for criticising a public prosecutor in his book was found unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights in 2010, by five votes to two.

In May 2007, Dumas received a 12-month jail sentence (suspended) for funds he mis-appropriated acting as executor of the will of the widow of Alberto Giacometti.

The New York Times censored all my comments on “Justice” Scalia, so far. And also on other “Justices”. I guess, the idea is that one should not saw through the branch on which US plutocracy is perched. The US Supreme Court is above any suspicion. I did mention the corruption of the Court in some of these comments, both philosophically, and in some explicit detail. Now, February 26, AFTER my essay of February 25th was published, and after my sedate comments were read, and censored, the New York Times mentioned part of what I called its attention on February 26, 2016, in “Scalia Took Dozens of Trips Funded by Private Sponsors“. It’s not just that: the trips were paid by clients the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) judged. The same situation as in 2001, when the SCOTUS decided who would be president (several “Justices” had closest family involved with the Bush campaign, so they gave the presidency to the one (Bush) they were entangled with, business-wise).

New York Times (after it read and blocked my comments on the subject):

“WASHINGTON — Antonin Scalia was the longest-tenured justice on the current Supreme Court and the country’s most prominent constitutionalist. But another quality also set him apart: Among the court’s members, he was the most frequent traveler, to spots around the globe, on trips paid for by private sponsors.

When Justice Scalia died two weeks ago, he was staying, again for free, at a West Texas hunting lodge owned by a businessman whose company had recently had a matter before the Supreme Court.

Though that trip has brought new attention to the justice’s penchant for travel, it was in addition to the 258 subsidized trips that he took from 2004 to 2014. Justice Scalia went on at least 23 privately funded trips in 2014 alone to places like Hawaii, Ireland and Switzerland, giving speeches, participating in moot court events or teaching classes. Just a few weeks before his death, he was in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Many of the justices are frequent expenses-paid travelers, a practice that some court scholars say is a minor matter, given that many of the trips involve public talks that help demystify the court. But others argue that the trips could potentially create the appearance of a conflict of interest, particularly when the organizations are known for their conservative or liberal views. Some groups at times use the presence of a Supreme Court justice as a way to pull in members or other paying guests.”

It is getting known, by now, that the health care system of the USA is highly non-performing. However, it is 50% more expensive, relative to GDP, than the most expensive health care systems in the world, located in Europe, which happen to be universal, and single payer for life-saving health care. Why is the US health care system so expensive? Corruption.

The prison system of the USA is the world most extensive, relative to the population, the most expensive, and the only one with private companies, for profit, which one can buy and sell on Wall Street. Why? Corruption.

Politics in the USA is, arguably, the most corrupt. Certainly the most expensive. Why? Corruption. Much of it legal, and that is even worse.

Now we see American “Justice” is rotting by the head.

See a pattern? The leading nation is leading the world in corruption.

New York Times:

“John Poindexter, who invited Justice Scalia to stay at his West Texas ranch… is the owner of J. B. Poindexter & Co., a manufacturing firm based in Houston with more than 4,000 employees. One of his companies, the Mic Group, was a defendant in an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee who unsuccessfully petitioned the Supreme Court for a review last year.

Mr. Poindexter, according to a former general manager at the ranch, is also a leader in a group known as the International Order of St. Hubertus, a worldwide organization of hunters, as, apparently, were several other guests during Justice Scalia’s visit. The Washington Post first reported the guests’ ties to the hunting group.”

But this is all OK, says the New York Times, because, as long as it happens in the USA, it’s not corruption:

…”legal experts said they saw nothing wrong with Mr. Scalia’s accepting a free room at Mr. Poindexter’s lodge. While the Ethics in Government Act, adopted after Watergate, requires high-level federal employees, including judges, to fill out disclosure reports for reimbursements worth more than $335, the visit to the ranch might not have required a formal disclosure, because accommodations provided by a private individual are exempt under current rules.”

What would plutocracy do, without rules? Although Scalia was a rogue, as a world citizen, he was not a rogue, as a member of the Supreme Court. Luxury and corruption are the rule there. Plutocracy is all about rule. Who rules who. New York Times:

After Justice Scalia, the second most active traveler on the current court is Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who took 185 privately paid trips from 2004 to 2014, according to a database built by the Center for Responsive Politics, based on individual reports filed by the justices.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., based on a yearly average, had the fewest of these privately funded trips — a total of 48 from 2005 to 2014, the last year for which records are available. Over all, Supreme Court members disclosed 1,009 paid trips between 2004 and 2014.

The destinations often are luxurious, including the Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic, where Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. was listed as a speaker for an event last February, or Zürich, where Justice Scalia traveled at least three times on privately funded trips.

In 2011, a liberal advocacy group, Common Cause, questioned whether Justice Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas should have disqualified themselves from participating in the landmark Citizens United case on campaign finance because they had attended a political retreat in Palm Springs, Calif., sponsored by the conservative financier Charles G. Koch. Mr. Koch funds groups that could benefit from the ruling.

The disclosure report filed by Justice Thomas made no mention of the retreat. It said only that he had taken a trip, funded by the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group, to Palm Springs to give a speech.”

Plutocratic justice is nothing, if not rendered by liars.

But relax! Plutocracy is all about celebrities. The famous plutocrats who rule over you, shall fill your hearts with desire and possibility. You shall live through them. And the New York Times to conclude, indeed:

“Richard L. Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, said that society could benefit when justices — who are paid about $250,000 a year, far less than they would earn in private practice — leave Washington to speak about how the court works… Dr. Hasen also found that in part through their travel, justices have increasingly gained a celebrity status, with websites like SCOTUS Map  tracking their trips, based on public announcements, long before they show up in any disclosure report.

“Justice Sonia Sotomayor runs into Hillary Clinton at a Costco, and that makes national news,” Dr. Hasen said. “Now they are celebrities, so we just hear about them more.”

So don’t worry. Learn to live through celebrities, and you will feel good about yourself. The USA? With the present mindset? Leading us down the abyss. Learn to live as a bottom feeder.

And what should progressives do? Work at changing the national mindset. The world will follow, as it often does.

Patrice Ayme’

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20 Responses to “The Supreme Court Is Corrupt”

  1. indravaruna Says:

    Who is the Plutocracy?

    The answer:

    “At least a third of the most generous 50 mega-givers were Jewish. In fact, contributions from Jewish billionaires and multi-millionaires dominated the top 10 spots on the list.”


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Well, if plutocracy was reduced to Jewish crats, we would be doing well. Amusingly, the “list” forgets some major, most major plutocrats of Jewish origin complete with Bar Mitzvahs, etc. (although I agree there is a connection, I can see how it works, and we have bigger worries than that: it’s really barking at the wrong bush instead of the right tree…)


  2. Gmax Says:

    Didn’t you point out in the past that some Supreme Court Judge had a fancy mansion on a paradise island?
    Also how did you know Scalia had his trip paid for frèe? The MSM mentioned that only the next day.


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      I forgot which Supreme Court judge has a fancy mansion on a treasure island. It’s in one of my essays somewhere. He got burglarized, and it made the local news, etc. For Scalia, I recognized the names of some known plutocrats in the police reports


  3. Gloucon X Says:

    Are there any other countries that have unelected supreme courts that can nullify laws passed by an elected Congress and signed by an elected President? I don’t think so. The problem of corruption is that we have such undemocratic and unaccountable institutions built into our system by our Constitution. They are also virtually impossible to get rid of because we have a Constitution that is the most difficult to amend. It is the Constitution that makes change so difficult in the US, it is like a tyrannical King or even a God, and many of our most conservative people worship it as God for that reason.


    • Gmax Says:

      Yes, and the US Constitutionwas vaguely written in the eighteenth century, in a few lines really, so it has been open to interpretation by ultraconservatives


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      the French Constitutional Court (which does only that) can declare a law “unconstitutional”. But that’s not a huge problem, as France modifies her Constitution continually, be it only because of European CONSTRUCTION (“ever closer union”). Right now a striking “Constitutional Revision” is under way (since November, and will finish in late Spring). To handle terrorism. This implies the executive (which proposes the changes), and then Parliament and the Senate (both at supermajorities). They end up sieging together (“Congress”). The Cour Constitutionelle and the Conseil d’Etat give their inputs.


  4. SDM Says:

    The George W Bush election to the presidency is perhaps the most egregious act of the SCOTUS decision – why there has been no criminal prosecution is very telling.


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      There is nobody to prosecute the so-called “Justices”. In the French Republic judicial mandates are bounded in time, even at the highest level, and that enables prosecution. So does having specific courts, for specific activities. In France one has:
      France’s Court of Cassation, Conseil d’Etat, Constitutional Council of France
      Plus: The European Court of Justice and the famous Cour Europeenne des Droits de L’Homme.
      That’s five, where the USA has just one.
      Great Britain did not have a Supreme Court, until recently, so British citizens were using the European Supreme Courts, instead.

      In the case of the Bush election, it seems that Gore was bought off (he got the Nobel Peace Prize and an immense fortune, very quickly, in exchange for not insisting on a recount). And, of course, the top democrats were also bought of. That does not mean they went to a cashier. But the “donors” aka plutocrats told them what to do. I saw this with Obama: Clinton plutocrats appeared, and told Obama, even before he became president, what to do, in excruciating detail, including which friends to keep…


  5. John Rogers Says:

    Just excellent.
    It’s amazing how heavy handed the plutocracy can be when cant doesn’t get the job done. Install Bush as President in the face of the popular vote; send in Jack Ruby to take care of the Oswald problem; enable Wall Street’s fraud with trillions from the Fed, and don’t prosecute the fraudsters; gut the campaign finance laws in the face of a century of decided precedent.
    I’m starting to wonder if Trump may have one of those aircraft accidents (a CIA speciality) which seem to afflict troublesome politicians. He’s a fraud too, but he seems to be giving them agita.


  6. Kevin Berger Says:

    Re the institutional corruption, and I apologize to again come back to the same pet peeves, one might add the very notable fact of the regal powers of the USA being consubstantial with corruption; you mentioned justice, and this could be extended AFAIK down to lowest level of elected justice officials, but you may well add police enforcement (from the 3-letters agencies maze, down to the byzantine arrangements of ancient Regime-style local law enforcement tiers and particularities), and, above all, the armed forces.
    The US military complex *is* corruption boiled down to its essential components, if one just look at the F35 boondogle, and the occupation of Iraq. The Pentagon is a thing unto itself, like no other on earth (that I am aware of), it is a leviathan of biblical proportion, a bottomless pit where money flows (in what proportions? No one knows actually, even after the Pentagon tried to audit itself, to no avail), with ever shrinking effects; it cannot win wars, and it even seemingly cannot fight them anymore.
    (For fun, and I may well be misremembering that tidbit, the 9/11 Pentagon attack targeted the still non-hardened and explosion-proofed section of the building that housed the hoard of files needed by the then-ongoing investigation into billions of “disappeared” money; Rumsfeld, whose self-declared task at the time was to “clean up” the Pentagon, something he likened to chasing Moby Dick IIRC, was I believe in a meeting about that very matter when the plane struck the general area).


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Memories, memories… Ah, where did you go…I thought it was just the opposite: the plane struck a part which HAD been considerably reinforced (not all the Pentagon was, the reinforced part was just a fraction and conspiracy theorist on drugs then used that fact as a “proof” that it had all been planned, etc…)


  7. Kevin Berger Says:

    Anyway, if Prussia was an Army with a State, the USA are organized crime with a State – only, we’re talking about the OG of organized crime here, not the two-bits pissants of the LCN or the mob or any other kind of low-brow leg breakers.
    That is not even a slur of the Nation’s character, that is just that; the country is a for-profit project to begin with, it grew organically from that seed, for the best, and for the worst.


  8. Kevin Berger Says:

    Still for fun :


  9. Melody Ermachild Says:

    This is one of your better posts. Excellent. I’m sorry to see that some quite strange and anti-Semitic commenters have found you.


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Thanks for the appreciation, Melody. The funny thing is that the essays I, personally, esteem the most, and which required from me the most thinking, and originality, are generally those with the fewest comments. The essay which had by far the most comments ever, was about a fighter plane (that is a sort of Freudian slip…)

      I could block anti-Judaic commenters. But I think that’s short sighted. From my forays in the jungles, I know it’s best to know where predators are, and what they think. Then, if I block some for this, or that… I had Putin goons writing their stuff, I made an essay in reply, they did not resurface. I had a similar experience with some Muslim Literal Fundamentalists (long ago). I replied with the longest essay of the site:

      The honorable Islamist mental Terrorists gave up (in spite of the taunting of an Israeli friend, born in Israel who happened to be a conscientious objector in Israel).
      I subscribe to the thesis of the French “RESPECT ZONE”. (As far as I am concerned, I invented the doctrine.) Publish sewage, but then contradict it. The rules are that there is to be some argument, and not completely insane. As I am very censored, or even completely blocked by some publications, I would be an hypocrite to do the same (to start with).

      I did block an apparently insane commenter (I “moderate” him), after publishing him dozens of times, he was taking too much of my time. I also blocked potential new commenters whose “comments” consisted only of insults.

      So I think it’s wise to do as I am doing now. However, should I get five times more comments (say), I clearly could not reply to every single insanity, or hate-filled system of thought.
      The main problem with the Nazis is that they understood way too late how wrong they were. Rommel committed mass murder in France, on his own, in May-June 1940 (that was before the Nazis had started to kill Jews, but after they had secretly started to mass-murder Poles). However, by June 1942, finally capturing the fort at Bir Hakeim, after three weeks of terrible combat, Rommel had completely changed. The battle at Bir Hakeim made the Great Reich lose the WAR. Rommel knew this. So did Hitler guess. Hitler ordered Rommel to summarily execute those of the prisoners who were Nazi-haters of non-French birth (and had come into the French army through the French Foreign Legion; some elements of the Foreign Legion were engaged at BH).

      However, Rommel secretly refused to do so. All the prisoners got classified as French birth. Nobody got executed. Only two years earlier, on the Somme, Rommel had mass executed French troops, including officers, because they had stopped his Seventh Panzer Division for just three days, until the French had run out of ammunition.

      Learning comes from debate. Closing the debate, when the situation is real bad, means war. For example, Israel should talk to Hamas, and ask why is it that the Hadith which orders to kill all Jews is in their “constitution”. Repeating the question 10,000 times, or until it gets answered, is fair.


  10. Darko Mulej Says:

    Just some recent news about Scalia …
    The first borders on comically absurd, Hans von Spakovsky, a Heritage Foundation fellow, basically says he should be allowed to cast votes from heaven (sorry, hell):

    I think the chief justice has an absolute obligation to give credit to Scalia’s vote in those cases that have already been decided, even if he didn’t write his opinion yet, because they know how he would have voted

    The other is Dow Chemical settlement where company

    agreed to pay $835 million to settle an antitrust case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death reduced its chances of overturning a jury award.


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