Summary: Lanre Amu is suspended 4 years when he files a complaint about several judges to the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board that (99.9%) of the time never disciplines a judge, no matter how badly they act or how many rules they flagrantly violate. He complains that Judge Egan has a brother and this brother has a law firm and this law firm and/or her brother appear before Judge Egan on a regular basis and she always rules for her brother. Of course, she rules for her brother, because in the words of Mayor Daley, “if you can’t take care of your own family, then who will?”
Accordingly, instead of the Illinois Supreme Court protecting Lanre Amu, Ken Ditkowsky and myself as whistle blowers, they go right after us and continue to cover up scores of valid citizen complaints, particularly in probate where the money flows left and right and up and down, and there are secret lists and secret meetings of which attorneys and which Chicago law firms will be on the receiving end–all the while, grandma and grandpa and the disableds with money are subject to “target, isolate, medicate with chemical restraints, drain the estate, narcotize and eliminate, and then cremate.” And Larkin/Grogin and his crew of letter tossing bureaucrats do not even acknowledge the problem exists. Meanwhile, Mary G Sykes, after numerous valid citizen complaints and 8 days of trial going after Ditkowsky/Denison to cover up the crimes committed against her, is narcotized to death on May 23, 2015 and she is whisked off to be entombed without any obituary, funeral or public announcement other than this blog.
Ken wants to know who is paying the taxes on the $3,000,000 that is missing from the Sykes estate, why no discovery was ever served on Carolyn Toerpe, even though she illegally drilled out a safe deposit box with Gloria’s name on it without a court order, why Mary and her sisters were never served, why all discovery was blocked, why Gloria’s POA was suddenly terminated without notice or hearing, why Carolyn did not have to ever provide a Trust Accounting to Gloria, and the list goes on and on and on.
A lot to cover up and keep track of.
So what does Larkin do? He holds a kangaroo hearing to terrorize me and this blog and suspends my license based upon changed transcripts made by unlicensed court reporters from unlicensed agencies using inactive or non existent corporate names. Then he sends out a fake bill for $18,000+ in “court reporter” services and gets the Illinois Supreme Court to rubber stamp that.
More annoying cover up to keep track of.
But you have to admit, Ms. Karma, a lady of strength and determination is not deterred by ARDC flotsam. She just charges on ahead and reveals that the ARDC uses unlicensed court reporters, and then they ban licensed ones from their hearing rooms (Real-Time reporters tried to set up for me on April 10, 2015 during my oral argument, and they were told “don’t set up, we don’t do that here.” Too funny. Only non licensed court reporters allowed in ARDC hearing rooms.
The Karma? Either licenses in Illinois are important and the fact the court reporters in my case were unlicensed and must be stricken from the record and they have to reinstate my license, or they’re not, which means I can practice law without a license because a license means nothing in Illinois. They’re optional. Way tooo funny. Regardless, the cases say that either all parties have to agree to the transcripts, or they are struck. I looked over the transcripts and there are tons of changes from what I remember, most notably, Judge Stuart denying Gloria was chained in her ante room and Gloria’s pets threatened with euthanization, and then later she says that was the first ti–and asks to change her testimony. Nope, that dog don’t hunt and I’m not agreeing. It was all a pretext in a cover up operation.
Larkin and Grogin had their chance to help Mary. They blew it. Instead they used tons of public funds entrusted to them by the State of Illinois to go after myself and Ken Ditkowsky in an obvious breach of fiduciary duty. Where are the taxes they paid on that waste of money? IRS form 3849 to be sure needs to be filled out for the time billed to the state on that waste of money proceeding. All of Sylvia Rudek, Bev Cooper, Ken Cooper–all experts in journalism, blogging and corruption in Illinois agreed, this was a cover up and waste of time and resources. Mary’s estate was looted and then she was killed off. Narcotized to death when the money ran out just as Ken and I predicted–actually we all predicted would happen.
Then we find out that Ald. “Fast Eddie” Burke channels all judgeships through him, that blogger Russ Stewart says it now costs $150,000 to get a a “crook” county Judgeship. And the list goes on and on and on and on.
Recently we find out the City has to settle yet another whistle blower case (What is with the whistle blowers, demanding the government comply with all state, federal and local laws?) This time, either the Mayor RE had to testify or settle. He chose settlement.
But even the city is apparently tired of paying out massive settlements in order to cover up crime by politicos:
In one video, a beautiful young Polish lady is viciously beaten, choked and kicked to the ground behind the bar by a Chicago Police Officer when she refuses to overserve him. Says the Tribune:
In a landmark verdict in 2012, a federal jury awarded [bartender] Obrycka $850,000 and found that a widespread code of silence had emboldened [police officer] Abbate to beat her because he knew he would not be punished.
The Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates alleged abuses by police, designed a user-friendly website for the public at www.iprachicago.org, making information searchable by incident date, type of case and complainant’s name.
Apparently things are changing. None too soon.
From Ken Ditkowsky
Arrogant and corrupt public servants such as Jerome Larkin, the administrator of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, teaches Continuing Legal Education courses to lawyers on Ethics and appears to be associated with the following, to wit:
As we all know, the particular circumstances surrounding an event play a significant role in determining whether the action in question is ethical or not. However, being ethical is not the same as following the law. The law often incorporates ethical standards to which most citizens subscribe. But laws, like feelings, can deviate from what is ethical, such as in pre-Civil War slavery laws.
Likewise, being ethical is not the same as doing “whatever society accepts.” In any society, most people accept standards that are, in fact, ethical. But standards of behavior in society can deviate from what is ethical, such as happened in Nazi Germany.
For the sake of argument, we’ll define ethics as the well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues; the study and development of one’s standards and beliefs to ensure they’re reasonable and well-founded; and striving to ensure that we, and the institutions we help to shape, live up to standards that are reasonable and solidly-based.
Legal ethics is a term used to describe a code of conduct governing proper professional behavior, which establishes the nature of obligations owed to individuals and to society. In order to maintain a license to practice law, attorneys agree to uphold the Rules of Professional Conduct .
I have underlined Mr. Larkin’s points. We all understand that ‘talk’ is cheap and hypocrisy is even cheaper. Larkin, by his obvious and overt violations of Federal and State law and his assaults on the core values of America illustrates a fantastic example of the type of breach of the public trust of which he is guilty. Few public officials have the opportunity to demonstrate their unfitness for any public office, but Larkin has excelled in such an endeavor when his criminal endeavor (the IARDC) went beyond the call in its 18 USCA 4 obstruction of justice and violations of 18 USCA 241 and 242. Knowing the SCOTUS had made it very clear that all citizens were entitled to speak their minds without government censorship of any king as to political and content related matters, not only did Larkin in legal documents misrepresent the law, but, he unilaterally used his public position to abrogate it as to the crimes of elder cleansings.
A key case in the saga is the Lanre Amu fiasco is an obscene example. Lanre complained pursuant to Rule 8.3 that Judge Egan had a conflict of interest and refused to recuse herself. It appeared that she was on the Board of Directors of the defendant and her brother was an attorney for the defendant. Even though neither Judge Egan or her brother denied the averment and the averment was the essence of conflict of interest not only did Larkin and the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (IARDC) and the Illinois Supreme Court determine that Mr. Amu was lying, but that he was a danger to the public and Amu received an interim suspension of his law license.
Fortuitously, Crain’s Chicago Business, a respected business publication in Chicago independently published the following, to wit:
March 01, 2014
Judge sits on hospital board while her brother represents it in court
For at least 15 years, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Egan has sat on the boards governing a south suburban hospital while it regularly has hired her brother’s law firm.
Chicago-based Pretzel & Stouffer has represented Palos Community Hospital in almost half of the 170 cases involving the hospital filed over that period in the law division of the circuit court, according to a Crain’s review of court record s. From 2011 to 2013, Matthew Egan, a partner in the firm, represented Palos in at least 15 cases before his sister’s judicial colleagues, most of them involving medical malpractice or personal injury.
The nonprofit hospital did not disclose the financial relationship with Mr. Egan in forms filed with the IRS between 1999 and 2011, the latest year for which records are publicly available. It did disclose a separate sibling relationship: payments totaling nearly $56,000 to the sister of its former CEO in 2011.
In a response to questions from Crain’s, the hospital says it plans to review its procedures.
“As it pertains to contracted legal services, we believe all of the required board disclosures have been made,” Palos board Chairman Edward Mulcahy says in a statement. “However, as a precaution, we will again review our internal processes.” Mr. Mulcahy says the administration, not board members, hire vendors.
The independent, 362-bed community hospital in Palos Heights is in the midst of a leadership shakeup. After roughly 30 years under CEO Sister Margaret Wright, who retired in 2013, the board hired Edgardo Tenreiro, chief operating officer at a Baton Rouge, La., hospital system. But with no public explanation, he departed three weeks ago after less than three months on the job.
Greg Paetow, a board member for three years, says he quit for “personal reasons” on Feb. 12, the same day Mr. Tenreiro left. A second person on the 12-member hospital board also resigned in February, as did Thomas Barcelona, chairman of the board of parent company St. George Corp., which solicits donations for the hospital.
Ms. Egan (at right), who also serves on St. George’s board and is on the Palos hospital board’s executive committee, says she disclosed Mr. Egan’s representation of Palos on an annual conflict statement available to the hospital’s auditors and tax preparers.
“I believe that I have performed my service as a jurist and volunteer PCH board member in a responsible and ethical manner,” she says in a statement. “Any suggestion to the contrary is false.”
Ms. Egan did not respond to a request to provide the document. Disclosure statements she filed with the Illinois Supreme Court from 2011 to 2013 do not mention her brother or his law firm.
Mr. Egan says in an email that “no attorney in our firm has ever appeared before Judge Egan in any matter on behalf of Palos Community Hospital.” Notions of a potential conflict of interest are “false, indeed reckless,” he adds.
Even if Pretzel & Stouffer were the best firm for the job, experts say the lack of transparency raises questions.
“I would think in this case you would want to bend over backwards to disclose the conflict to make sure no one makes assumptions,” says David Becher, an associate professor of finance at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
quote|David Becher, professor, Drexel University
I would think in this case you would want to bend over backwards to disclose the conflict to make sure no one makes assumptions.
During Ms. Egan’s tenure on the board, Pretzel & Stouffer has been named only once in the hospital’s available tax returns, as one of the five highest-paid vendors in 2002, making about $163,000. Nonprofits generally must disclose employees who are board members’ relatives if they make more than $10,000 a year, says David Lowenthal, a Chicago-based senior manager at accounting firm Plante & Moran PLLC.
The hospital has disclosed the compensation of board members Thomas Courtney, a lawyer who processes third-party liens for patient bills; Dr. Mark Sinibaldi, the medical director of the psychiatric unit; and Ms. Wright’s sister, who also worked at the hospital.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Having Ms. Egan and fellow law division Judge Deborah Dooling on the hospital board raises other questions. The Illinois Supreme Court’s Code of Judicial Conduct allows judges to serve on charitable boards so long as the service doesn’t interfere with their duties.
The code, however, warns that a judge should not serve if the organization is “regularly engaged in adversary proceedings in any court” and singles out hospitals as a potential trouble spot.
Ms. Egan says she “carefully considered whether my service on the board was permissible” and, after consulting the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee, concluded there was no issue. Ms. Dooling did not return messages.
One past chair of the ethics committee says he would caution judges against serving on a hospital board because hospitals are frequently named in malpractice litigation.
“The fact that Dooling and Egan sit in the law division makes it more obvious that they should not be on the board,” says Warren Lupel, special counsel at Chicago firm Much Shelist PC. “If (cases are) frequent, it’s ‘regularly engaged,’ and certainly for a hospital, it is frequent.”
For complete coverage of Chicago-area health care news, visit ChicagoHealthCareDaily.com.
At hearings involving Mr. Amu’s kangaroo processed ARDC hearings Judge Egan and/or her brother were not required to appear and testify to refute the 8.3 complaint that Mr. Amu made – By Clairvoyance Larkin, his kangaroo panels, and the Illinois Supreme Court determined that Mr. Amu was lying and a danger to the public by his exposure of corruption.
Unfortunately, in an effort to ‘cover-up’ corruption in Illinois Larkin and his 18 USCA 371 co-conspirators regularly violate their public trust and use their position to protect corrupt judges and lawyers who prey on the public. Accusing lawyers who take their responsibility and oath to defend the Constitution and the Rule of Law seriously are defamed, intimidated and if they stand up for the core values of America suspended from the practice of law. Illinois is only one of the States in which this cover-up of corruption is prevalent.
Jerome Larkin teaching Ethics is an oxymoron and about as disingenuous as can be imagined! Even confronted with the fact that he has not told the TRUTH under oath, Larkin is not ashamed to continue to draw his unearned salary = paid by public funds = and to pollute the environment with his perfidy. The public has lost confidence in our leadership – with good reason. The Courts do not command respect, as respect has to be earned and it is not earned when one judge after another is exposed as dishonest. The Judge in the Mary Sykes case 09 P 4585 (Cook County) on page 91 of her evidence deposition admitted that the result of hearings if held would be pre-determined to find Mary Sykes in need of a guardian. We call this “wired!” The public got an excellent lesson as to what happens when a judge admits that she was “fixed,”wired, “etc. She was elevated to the Appellate Court of Illinois. Jerome Larkin who had the burden of proof by clear and convincing evidence had an easy solution to the problem. Keep the file out of evidence in disciplinary proceedings so that the lack of jurisdiction could not be part of the record – and the lack of hearing could be cemented over. If the judge under oath made a fatal admission, the remedy was equally simple – expunge the admission! The ex-part expungment is accomplished by a simple method – the court reporter just alters her notes and transcript.
Indeed, Jerome Larkin, Illinois paragon of ethics, administers the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary commission in his own image, aided and abetted by the Supreme Court of Illinois. It is no wonder that Illinois is known nationally as one of the most corrupt States in the Union. It is no wonder that the State is on the verge of Bankruptcy.
What is to be done? We need HONEST investigations of the criminal activity emanating from our Courts and we need HONEST prosecutions of all the miscreants. As a first step we need to send a message to Mr. Larkin and all his 18 USCA 371 co-conspirators. This message should come from the tax man. Larkin and all his co-conspirators are not engaging in corruption because they have a dislike for America – they are engaging in the avarice for profit. We know from the Chicago Tribune articles by John Kass of the payoff to the political establishment that occurs as a condition precedent to becoming a judge, and we know the massive amounts of money generated by the dishonest elements of the health care industry. The dishonest elements of the health care industry are paying out to the dishonest judicial, political and public official’s large sums of money for their greasing the path of the billions of dollars of illegal health care profits. (Seth Gillman is reputed to have stolen millions – if not billions – in his hospice operation. The Illinois ARDC for years looked the other way, did no investigation (honest or otherwise) and until JoAnn Denison’s blog (MaryGSykes) called it to the attention of the public, Larkin totally ignored the theft of public funds. Apparently according to Ethic’s professor Larkin theft by an attorney is acceptable conduct – the 8.4 reporting is akin to yelling fire in a crowded theater. (I am not making this up – those were the words of Larkin to the Illinois Supreme Court concerning the MaryGSykes blog.
Thus – it is urged that as Larkin is a co-conspirator pursuant to 18 USCA 371 with the miscreants that he gives cover by the misuse of his office, he has joint and several liability for the reporting and the paying of the Federal and State Income taxes incurred. He therefore should be pursued by the Illinois Department of Revenue and the US Department of the Treasury for the hundreds of millions of dollars of unpaid taxes, interest and penalties that have profited the cottage industry of corruption in Illinois by lawyers, judges, **** under the protection of the IARDC and the Illinois Supreme Court.
Please allow me to make one more point. Public service is a public trust. No one forced Larkin and his ilk to take public jobs and public salaries. They actively sought these positions and affirmatively sworn to serve the Law and the Constitution honestly and faithfully. By Larkin’s racism (Amu) and his venality he has disgraced the legal profession irrevocably. At the very least he should pay the taxes due, plus interest and penalties.