Call for Judicial Reform to Protect Fundamental Human Rights

Call for Judicial Reform to Protect Fundamental Human Rights

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PETITION TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE’S Subcommittee on the Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia

Whereas: This Subcommittee has been authorized by the U.S. Senate to provide oversight over integral aspects of the District of Columbia and

Whereas: The Court System of the District is indeed a central component of the very fabric of the community’s life and

Whereas: The Subcommittee has responsibility in ensuring that the District’s Court System is manned by competent judges and

Whereas: The important instrument for properly evaluating the competency and worthiness of the judges within the District is the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure and

Whereas: The Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure (the Commission) was called on this April to evaluate Judge Laura Cordero of the DC Superior Court in consideration of her bid for reappointment and

Whereas: Judge Cordero submitted the case “Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) v. Hyun Jin Moon et al” (2011 CA 003721 B) to the Commission as an “exemplar” of her work and

Whereas: The official report of the Commission is replete with errors of fact about the above case and

Whereas: The Commission ignored the pleas from over 5,000 emails to consider Judge Cordero’s mishandling of the above case and to deny her reappointment and

Whereas: The Commission, in spite of clear errors by Judge Cordero, and the charge of religious bias against her by 5,000 submissions, presented Judge Cordero with its highest rating and automatic reappointment and

Whereas: An examination of the Commission’s record shows that in the last 13 years, the Commission has given its highest rating to every single judge that has come before it (31 and counting) and

Whereas: This practice of always giving its highest rating to every judge, seems to be the willful action of the Commission to prevent the Executive Branch from joining in the decision if a lesser rating is given, as proscribed by law and

Whereas: There currently is NO oversight body for the Commission, not under the auspices of the Mayor, the Congress or the President of the United States; THEREFORE:

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, CALL UPON THE SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE OVERSIGHT OF GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT, THE FEDERAL WORKFORCE AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TO INITIATE AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE PRACTICES OF THE COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL DISABILITIES AND TENURE TOWARD THE DESIRED GOAL OF MUCH NEEDED AND NECESSARY REFORM AND THE APPOINTMENT OF AN OVERSIGHT BODY