More on gross human rights violations and a need to push to change these laws. Raif Badawi is hero!

How to make Raif Badawi a hero for free speech!

From: kenneth ditkowsky
Sent: Mar 28, 2015 6:45 AM
To: “tips@abajournal.com” , “ABAJournal.com”
Subject: WHERE DOES THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION STAND ON THE ISSUE OF FREE SPEECH TO COMPLAINT CONCERNING JUDICIAL CORRUPTION.

On April 10, 2015 JoAnne Denison, a lawyer, who has edits a blog designed to expose corruption and in particular the corruption that has occurred in the Circuit Court of Cook County case of In re: Mary Sykes 09 P 4585, will appear at a hearing designed to suspend her license for speaking out in her blog.    It appears that Ms. Denison’s blog offends the clout heavy lawyers and jurists who have (reportedly without jurisdiction) reduced a two million dollar estate to virtually zero – tax free.    Mr. Jerome Larkin of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has decreed that it is unethical for lawyers to expose judicial corruption.
Where is the American Bar Association and what, if anything, does it stand for?  
 
 
Saudi blogger Badawi views survival of 50 lashes as miracle – magazine
ReutersBy By Michael Nienaber | Reuters – 10 hours ago
By Michael Nienaber
BERLIN (Reuters) – Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi described in his first letter from prison how he “miraculously survived 50 lashes” as part of a conviction that sparked an international outcry, according to German weekly Der Spiegel in a report to be published on Saturday.
Badawi was arrested in 2012 for offences including insulting Islam, cyber crime and disobeying his father, which is a crime in Saudi Arabia. He was sentenced last year to 10 years in jail, a fine of 1 million riyals (US$266,000) and 1,000 lashes.
In his letter, Badawi recalled how he received the first round of lashes in January when he was surrounded by a cheering crowd that yelled “Allahu akbar”, according to Der Spiegel.
“All this cruel suffering happened to me only because I expressed my opinion,” Badawi was quoted as writing in what the magazine said was his first letter since being jailed.
“He’s in a poor condition,” the magazine quoted his wife Ensaf Haidar as saying, adding that her husband suffered from high blood pressure and that he was mentally very stressed.
Badawi’s letter is part of a book titled “1,000 Lashes: Why I Say What I Think” due to be published in Germany on April 1. Der Spiegel reported that the German government has warned against publication of the book because it could put the blogger’s life at risk.
A German diplomat told Reuters when asked about the report that Badawi was free to publish in Germany whatever he liked. But, she added, “The ministry cannot predict the consequences of such a publication for him.”
Publisher Siv Bublitz from Ullstein Buchverlage said in a statement on Friday that the company had “confidential contacts” with the German government regarding the Badawi book project.
“At no time we have felt that the exchange was an attempt by the foreign ministry to prevent our publication or to complicate it,” Bublitz said.
Human rights groups and several western governments have called on Riyadh to cancel the sentence of 1,000 lashes .
Earlier this month, Germany’s economy minister and vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said during a visit in Riyadh that he had discussed human rights issues in Saudi Arabia and suggested a pardon for Badawi.
(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Toni Reinhold)
I hope the legal profession of the United States feels superior.    We of course are not.    Our distinction is that we are bigger hypocrites.    Right here in Chicago Attorney JoAnne Denison is being denied her Civil Rights by a venal Illinois political operative who was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to administer the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.     Attorney Denison, as a private citizen, publishes a blog that discloses the various felonies of elder cleansing.    
 
The American Bar Journal and other publications have reported the outrage that Ms. Denison is having to endure because she spoke out against blatant and open corruption as if such were common place in America.     The core values of America that have endured for over two centuries are treated by the legal profession as abstracts concepts to be mouthed but not enforced.    Congress passes laws to protect against gross abuses of Free Speech and petty bureaucrats (and lawyers) dream up excuses and rationalizations for ignoring them.    47 USCA 230 in particular was enacted to protect bloggers from governmental abuse.   18 USCA 242 and 18 USCA 371 were designed to make certain the every citizen was protected by government from corrupt public officials who zest for CYA and graft could not be controlled.
 
The stench is overwhelming!       How does a free society and in particular America tolerate the abuses that Administrator Jerome Larkin of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has openly and notoriously committed?     How are his blatant assaults on the Bill of Rights (and in particular the First Amendment tolerated?)      How can we as a Nation hold our heads up high when we have so little respect for ourselves or our heritage?     Why are lawyer organizations such as the American Bar Association not hysterical that one of their own is being punished for ‘speaking out’ against organized corrupt practices that pollute the reputation, honor, and credibility of the legal profession?      
 
Right now, the silence of the American Bar to the outrage of American Lawyers being punished for speaking out against corruption and in particular elder cleansings forces the public to say unequivocally – the Second oldest profession has no courage of its convictions and stands for nothing!    SHAME!

Ken Ditkowsky

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