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Because the AntiShyster goes into all fifty states, I get calls, letters and pleadings from folks all over the USA. Early on, I realized that most of my calls (and therefore the strongest concentrations of legal reform activists) came from states along the ocean or along the border with Mexico. Considerably less activity seemed to emante from the interior states like Kansas or Indiana.
At first, the geographic disparity of legal reform activity was perplexing. But after a while, I concluded tha since just courts give little cause for reform, legal reform must be strongest in those states whose judicial systems are most corrupt.
I believe the geographic disparity in legal reform activism is based on drug smuggling. Those states with the most drug smuggling also have the most judges bribed by the irresistible piles of drug money. Once the other judges (in divorce, probate, traffic courts, etc.) see the drug court judges getting rich, their greed and envy quickly put the entire judicial system up for sale (corruption is contagious). Likewise, as corruption flourished in all the state's courts and began to victimize non-criminal litigants, the legal reform movement began to flourish among laymen.
Florida fits my hypothesis nicely. It is certainly home to one of the ----liest, most widespread drug smuggling operations, America's most corrupt judicial system, and strongest legal reform movements. Consistent with this hypothesis, Florida legal reform has now officially crossed over from the "constitutionalist" and "patriot" communities of laymen into the ranks of the Florida lawyers. In 1993, Florida lawyers created an alternative bar association.
This next article is written by an attorney who is a principal in that alternative Bar. Although I find the author's use of "Esq." (Esquire) "politically incorrect" (legal reform and the Constitution do not embrace titles of nobility), I am otherwise delighted to give my readers a glimpse of the organized anti-bar sentiment that is growing among attorneys themselves. Note Ms. Hendrick's comparison of the official bar to "Nazism" and the "Cosa Nostra", as well as her use of the term "extortion". Her language is not only identical to my own, she's representing the sentiments of an organzied group of 600 Florida attorney's That's extraordinary.
What we see today in Florida, we shall soon see in other similarly corrupt states (Texas, New Jersey, New York, California, etc.). The organized Bar has become so oppressive that even lawyers are organizing against it.