From Ken Ditkowsky and the Vermont Bar Journal Spring 2017–A great review of R. Grundstein’s Book–Bad Minds, High Places

If you thought that Ken and I and Mr. Amu were railroaded by the State of Illinois ARDC, wait until you read this book.  I have and I found it to be a must read to understand corruption in the court system in the US.

So very sad.

by Robert Grundstein
Reviewed by Ken Ditkowsky, Esq.
I persistently call for honest investigans of defective state legal systems. The
prevailing question remains: what state actor or agency will conduct them? Mr. Grumdstein’s book provides an answer: None of them. In his experience, Ohio and Wash-
ington proved that it is possible for a region to deteriorate into a criminal enterprise
from the smallest municipal court to the local Federal District. He believes that
without a federal intervention, Cleveland, Ohio would have continued to operate
as a benign version of Albania. The “soggy white people” of Washington State, as
Counselor Grundstein refers to them, have established the courts as a private means of income distribution.
Mr. Grundstein has written an entertaing first -person account of how he believes
“he was persistently prosecuted, pursued, and jailed for exercising his First Amend-
ent rights to expose this happenstance.  He was extradited from Vermont to Ohio
based on what he calls falsified charges to a Grand Jury after being exonerated by the same panel.  It took an allegedly illegal representment in Cleveland for the County sheriff to get the desired results after the author published an editorial about a Cleveland suburban judge. The author has not been wrong.  Yet in his account, which reads like a crime drama the FBI confirmed his claims by conducting a huge corruption investigation
using 125 agents over 10 years. Arrests are still being made. Not only was the judge
Mr. Grundstein wrote about subject to this investigation and removal, the law director and associate in that ourt were convicted of corruption and bribery.  The  County Sheriff was put in jail as was the docket clerk who he claims falsified the Mr. Grundstein’s court record.
The prosecutor was forced to resign and another prosecutor related to his Ohio
case was put in jail.
From Grunstein’s perspective, the state made sure he had no voice. An order was
entered ruling that he was not allowed to file in any Ohio court. The appellate courts
would not review his exclusion from their state courts; all of them. When he went to
Federal Court, the local federal court immediately imposed a permanent filing ban
against him.
His book is an important book for several reasons; first, it shows the grass root character
failure of America’s ethical consensus.  Organized failures of this scale aren’t likely
to occur without the acquiescence of entire administrations and their constituents. Second, Mr. Grundstein shows how the benefits and protection of legal systems and the
police power is extended on a selective basis.  There is a tiered system and those without
the status of personhood get legal behaviors as a lower-tiered member. Personhood
is often assigned on the basis of partisan affiliation, income, power and preferential
association. Third, the book shows how politicized judicial systems make le gal
failure possible. Collective failure is not necessarily conspiracy. It can start with illegal
agreements, but it is not likely to involve 20 judges, prosecutors and police sitting
in a room planning an illegal agenda.
Grundstein argues that there is a different model for how elected judiciaries and
unified bar systems fail. Collective failure can occur when parties downstream to an
event are faced with the consequences of contradicting or not cooperating with the
people who started an event. This is very common in elected judiciaries. Judges,
prosecutors and attorneys don’t like to offend powerful people by exposing improper
agendas and failures. It’s not necessarily conspiracy but rather the prudential behavior
of a failed system. Fourth, Grundstein shows the irony of how corrupt people
love ethical systems and rely on them.
Finally, it warns of a national decline and cites alleged failures similar to Cleveland’s
in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Washington.
Mr. Grunstein warns that the Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution is being
used to export regional ethical failure and because of this notes that we’re in trouble.
The book is entertaining and filled with mordant humor, surreal unreality and irony.
Most people finish it in one or two sittings.
Ironically, it is fun to read even though the story of dest royed virtue and trust in
the very system paid to protect this virtue and trust is quite the opposite. However,
it needs to be told. Mr. Grundstein made sure the medicine tastes good. We should
all take it.
Ken Ditkowsky has practiced law for over 50 yes, trying cases in state and federal
courts, including trying the case of Terrazas vs. Vance before the US Supreme
Court. His office is in Chicago.


You can order the book here on Amazon:

As far as I am aware, Mr. Grundstein was disbarred for his activism in eliminating tons of corruption and being part of a huge FBI investigation resulting in the removal of scores of public officials, including judges , attorneys and clerks of court.

I do not believe he has received back his law license yet.

Please write the Vermont State Bar and demand that he receive his law license back and an apology and award for his crucial activism.

Office of Bar Counsel

Michael Kennedy, Esq.
Costello Courthouse
32 Cherry Street, Suite 213
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: 802-859-3000

Office of Disciplinary Counsel

Sarah Katz, Esq.
Costello Courthouse
32 Cherry Street, Suite 213
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: 802-859-3000

Professional Responsibility Board

Deb Laferriere, Program Administrator
Vermont Supreme Court
Professional Responsibility Program
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
Phone: 802-828-3204

Also write to the Chief Judge, Vermont Supreme Court

Honorable Paul L. Reiber

Chief Justice

Vermont Supreme Court

111 State St, Montpelier, VT 05602

1 thought on “From Ken Ditkowsky and the Vermont Bar Journal Spring 2017–A great review of R. Grundstein’s Book–Bad Minds, High Places

  1. I am so glad to hear that others besides you two heroes are also calling out corrupt and failed US legal practices whenever it occurs. And thank goodness for our judges who actually try to administer Justice.

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