John B. Thompson, J.D., M.A.
5721 Riviera Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
June 4, 2013
The Honorable Ricky Polston
Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court
Greg White, Inspector General
Office of Inspector General, State Courts System
Supreme Court Building
500 South Duval Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1925
Re: Formal Complaint to the Inspector General of Fraud by Florida Court System Officials
Dear Chief Justice Polston and Inspector General Greg White:
Our nation's citizenry is presently dismayed to find that the Internal Revenue Service has targeted individuals and organizations for harassment on the basis of those targets' politically conservative beliefs. That was the clear, convincing, and unrebutted testimony today before a House oversight committee by the victims of this ideologically-driven regulatory harassment.
This abuse of federal governmental power has rightly brought bipartisan condemnation. What prompts this letter to you two state judicial officials is that this scandal has come to light because a courageous Treasury Department Inspector General did his job investigating allegations of regulatory wrongdoing.
I submit to you, under oath, per the sworn verification at the end of this letter, that certain judicial branch officials have done here in Florida what the IRS has done nationally.
These state judicial officials have a) illegally solicited campaign contributions to improperly influence an election. b) improperly expended monies to deny a judgeship to a Florida resident, and c) illegally, unconstitutionally, criminally targeted whistle blowing lawyers for harm because of what those citizens believe.
More specifically, but not exhaustively, Supreme Court Justices Pariente and Quince appeared before The Florida Bar's Board of Governors in January 2012 and illegally solicited a campaign contribution from The Bar, which they got in violation of state law and Bar Rules by means of false statements they made to the Bar Governors, to help fund their own retention election efforts.
In doing so, Justices Pariente and Quince hypocritically decried the use of money to impact who might occupy judicial office, yet we now know by virtue of the investigative reporting of Eric Giunta of the Sunshine State News that Justices Pariente and Quince improperly and unethically donated nearly $30,000 to an effort to deny Alan Forst a judgeship on the Fourth District Court of Appeals. See article at http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/giunta/130308. No Florida Supreme Court Justices have ever done such a thing, and for good reason: such a brazen political act by these two ideologues demolishes any pretense of "judicial independence," thereby harming the entire judicial branch of government in this state.
Further, I and others can prove that The Florida Bar, with the full knowledge and cooperation of certain Florida Supreme Court Justices, is targeting and punishing certain lawyers based upon what those public-spirited lawyers believe and not based upon what they have allegedly done to violate Bar Rules. A Bar Governor has even stated that lawyers who do not share his pro-gay rights agenda should be disbarred. That is precisely what happened to me, and I can prove it.
Even further, The Florida Bar, through its officials, has bribed and improperly influenced a Bar referee in order to secure and reward a certain result in lawyer disciplinary proceedings. The Bar gave this referee an award thanking her for the result it gave The Bar in a disciplinary proceeding.
I have irrebutable proof of other illegal, fraudulent activities by judicial branch officials. What they have done, and what can be proven, constitutes "fraud" by judicial officials as defined by your own Office of Inspector General of the State Court System. See your own official, controlling document in that regard: http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/oig/SCS_Fraud_Policy.pdf
You will also note, in reading this document, that you have generated, that all allegations of judicial branch fraud "SHALL" be fully investigated, per Section VI (d). The word "shall" is the strongest command verb in the English language. The State Court Systems Inspector General, which is you, Mr. White, has no choice but to investigate this sworn Formal Complaint, now found in the form of this letter.
I further advise, that The Bar has even created a lawyers malpractice insurer one of whose stated purposes is to defeat discipline of its insured lawyers. This constitutes a a lawyer protection racket by The Bar for those who enjoy a commercial relationship with this Bar-created insurer.
Additionally, as if the above were not enough, please be advised That The Florida Bar is now actively, illegally, unconstitutionally, and criminally harassing a lawyer who runs a public-spirited law blog in Broward County. His sin? He has identified and helped remedy corruption within the Broward judiciary. Thus, The Bar, in exercising the lawyer disciplinary power that is SUPPOSED to be overseen by you, Chief Justice, and the rest of the Florida Supreme Court, is harassing a whistle-blowing lawyer simply because he has been effective in serving the commonweal. Thus the Florida Supreme Court/The Florida Bar has become the unholy terror to Florida citizen lawyers in the same way that the IRS has become the American Taliban on the national scene.
Finally, please note that the American Bar Association has officially condemned, through its ABA McKay Commission Report, the lawyer discipline structure of The Florida Bar, because it is hopelessly prone to corruption and improper political influence. So if you don't initially believe me, then believe the American Bar Association as to the rampant fraud to which I alert you.
Therefore, to sum up, I and others have proof of fraudulent, illegal conduct of Justices Pariente and Quince and certain Bar and other judicial officials. The State Courts Inspector General "shall" investigate this Formal Complaint.
I thus demand and await the Inspector General's investigation of this widespread, consequential, and criminal fraud. Put me under oath, as well as others. We have the goods on these judicial branch scofflaws. They are Exhibit A of what Lord Acton noted about the propensity of power to corrupt.
On a personal note, Chief Justice Polston: You of all people ought to understand this problem and do understand this problem. Act on your knowledge. Do the right thing. See to it that your Inspector General does his job instead of sweeping this under the rug.
I solemnly swear, under penalty of perjury, that the foregoing facts are true, so help me God.
Signed, John B. Thompson
Copy: Eric Giunta, Sunshine State News
Representative Scott Plakton, Florida House of Representatives