Incompetent administration of law is oppressive in itself, as bureaucratic reflex replaces legal reasoning, but usually the oppression turns corrupt. In my case, the prosecutrix resorted to fraud on the court by pilfering documents submitted for filing. Thus, a second way incompetence breeds oppression occurs because of the inability of the incompetent to defend their acts honestly. A third way is that incompetence limits the reasons for eschewing oppressive or corrupt practices. It matters little whether one acts for good or bad reasons, if the results are wrong in either instance. A fourth way, their sole means to career advancement, the incompetent curry favor.
I started this blog, subtitled "How Legal Incompetence Engenders Oppression," because my case illustrated in pure form the most generic variant of legal oppression, bureaucratic reflex. Because of the case's direction, these Installments have digressed into the second route from incompetence to oppression, the prosecutrix's inability to win cases honestly, and, somewhat the third, in the court's indifference to the prosecutrix's misconduct. I have traveled the fourth, financially self-aggrandizing corruption, only briefly here. While there are pure cases of bureaucratic reflex—mine was at its inception—there are no pure cases of juridical corruption by currying favor for material reward because such corruption requires generalized incompetence, an environment unable to rebut error.
An all-sided view of incompetence and oppression must take account of scenarios where greed joins ineptitude in the engenderment. The Richard Fine disbarment is such a case. (See http://tinyurl.com/38ek9h) Attorney Richard I. Fine has practiced for some 40 years, gaining a reputation for successfully litigating citizen actions against government entities. His career trajectory eventually led to collision with the judicial system itself when he demanded the disqualification of judges in citizen litigation against the
The State Bar Court doesn't ordinarily disbar without a showing of greed or dishonesty. Judge Honn needed allegations of moral turpitude, and such allegations the good judge did propound. Judge Honn accused Fine of making frivolous motions out of corrupt motive, the corrupt motive implying moral turpitude. Even if the court could justify discipline for good-faith motions the court considered frivolous, it remains hard to see what Fine's corrupt motive might be. Allegations of greed — the substance of true moral turpitude — are absent from the charges and Judge Honn's opinion. The moral turpitude may be invisible, but Judge Honn is not one deterred by implausibility. According to Judge Honn's opinion, the corrupt motive served by Fine's allegedly frivolous filings was to coerce the judges, and failing that, to wreak revenge!
Judge Honn does not clarify how he surmised Fine's motives. The
In the next Installment, you can learn how the Fine Hearing Department failed even to establish the alleged facts on which it dwelled and relied.