Ethics Corruption Attorney Asks New Jersey Governor to Request Federal Intervention
An Ethics Rouser EXCLUSIVE by Abe King - July 6, 2012
Governor Chris Christie Asked to Seek a Federal Monitor Over Troubled Court
Anderson is very familiar with how nasty the world of questioning any state's ethics oversight can be. She was physically assaulted by a supervisor, and ultimately fired, after she exposed widespread corruption in the New York State Court office that monitors the ethics of all attorneys in The Bronx and Manhattan. Public hearings then exposed the lack of any ethics in the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct- the state group charged with monitoring the ethics of all judges in the Empire State.
Ms. Anderson is part of a national group of professionals, including attorneys and former judges, that have been reviewing hot spots of what the group officially calls "ethical meltdowns." One member of the group, a former state court employee who asked for anonymity is more direct. "Certain attorneys and judges have been allowed to completely corrupt certain courts and the rule of law simply because of their political friends and overlooked state-court-sponsored bullying."
The ethics oversight failings of Monmouth County, New Jersey have been under review for about a year, but only recently the subject of mainstream media coverage when the New York Post published an article, by Gary Buiso on June 24, 2012, "NJ ex-wives say divorce judge favors rich hubbies."
Anderson's group decided to publicly weigh in on Monmouth County, New Jersey after it was confirmed that various inquiries were underway by the FBI. "Unfortunately, federal prosecutors must take extraordinary steps- and that takes a long time. But while those investigations continue, you have litigants- families including young children- being destroyed," says the former state court employee. "We don't necessarily point to any specific judge, knowing that many acts of corruption involve lawyers and clerks, but you must ultimately go up the 'ethics ladder of oversight' - and accountability lands in the lap of supervisory judges, administrators, legal ethics entities and, in New Jersey, the Governor."
The New York Post article focused on Monmouth County Judge Paul X. Escandon, a former criminal defense attorney. "It's important to be fair," says another member of Anderson's group noting that family court cases are always "highly-emotionally charged." One judge, and group member, has a wider perspective, saying, "Every decision I make leaves me with one enemy for life, and one temporary friend- until the next decision doesn't completely go his or her way."
But everyone agrees that somethings appears to be really, really wrong in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Supervisory judges are not taking charge and, according to current Monmouth County court employees, folks have been guiding FBI agents along the "follow-the-money" trails. The New York Post article mentioned one case- especially disturbing to Anderson's group- involving a known mobster, Nicholas Pisciotti, who admitted his involvement in a murder but who somehow then regained custodial standing from Judge Paul Escandon. Investigators reviewing the true motivations behind Judge Escandon's rulings have recently uncovered the New York case of Joseph Carulso against the same Nicholas Pisciotti (NY County Supreme Court Case 06-112432) where Carulso was awarded $2 Million Dollars in damages from the physical beating he received from Pisciotti and his friends. That New York court judge noted the victim's "extensive and ongoing medical, neurological and psychological and rehabilitation treatment" - all from the beating by Pisciotti upon victim Carulso, a former New York Times employee.
Anderson's Ethics Oversight Review group believes any inquiry into the Monmouth County court will, at a minimum, find improper decisions to favored insiders- including connected law firms- and without regard to the rule of law. And while they applaud Governor Christie's bold initiatives in New Jersey, they believe that even he (Gov. Christie) doesn't realize exactly how badly corrupt certain courts in the state have become. The former court employee is clear, "the public deserves a full, complete and open review of what appears to be widespread violations of federal laws in the Monmouth County court system- and Governor Christie should lead the way by publicly asking for the appointment of a federal monitor. Governor Christie has a proven record in attempting to help restore the faith of the people in their government." MORE ON THIS SOON......