Wednesday, September 20, 2006

So that's what he's got under his fingernails!

If I should have an unfortunate accident or find myself charged with an obscure offense, where all witnesses happen to work for the state court system of New Jersey, please see "Is New Jersey Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz unethical or only incompetent?"

David Kocieniewski, "University Gave No-Show Job To Legislator, U.S. Reports," in The New York Times, September 19, 2006, at p. B1.

"One of New Jersey's most powerful legislators had a no-show job at the state's medical and dental school that paid him $35,000 a year 'to lobby himself,' according to a report by a federal monitor, an accusation that could lead to a possible criminal investigation on corruption charges."
"The legislator, State Senator Wayne R. Bryant -- a Democrat from Camden who is the Chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee -- worked at the School of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey from 2003 to 2006. During that time, the school's financing from the Legislature rose to more than $4 million annually from $2.8 million."

"Mr. Bryant, 58, has for many years been unapologetic about the fact that he has held as many as four government jobs simultaneously -- in addition, family members, including his wife, sister-in-law, two brothers and a son, who died this year, were on the public payroll at various times -- but he resigned from the medical school this year after federal investigators began examining his role at the university."

Allegedly, Mr. Bryant's deceased son continues to draw a salary from the state. Mr. Bryant is a New Jersey attorney. Yet the Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE) either did not know or care that Mr. Bryant was receiving funds -- probably public money -- for a job as a lobbyist, while he was a state legislator. This is what is known in legal circles as a tiny "conflict of interest." But what the hell. It's only our old buddy, Wayne. ("Let's see what he's got under his finger nails" at Philosopher's Quest.)

Presumably (and allegedly), Mr. Bryant would show up at his own office wearing two hats: first, as a lobbyist, he wore a bowler hat. He would then take off this bowler, run around to the other side of his own desk, put on a top hat and tails, as a legislator. This way he would get two wallets. One wallet to go with each outfit. Each of these wallets happened to be filled with your cash. That's what I call "sweet and low down."

Such a conflict of interest is similar to a physician who, in violation of his oath, serves not a victim's interest but a secret and illegal information-gathering role for the state or others, while billing for services unsought by his victim that are then imposed on this incapacitated person, who is further exploited and violated by having his Constitutional rights ignored, by being denied his own records or the truth concerning the tortures to which he has been subjected. Ideally, sexual exploitation or humiliation of this victim, for which the "therapist" can also bill the state, will be added to the experience. A little theft doesn't hurt, right Terry Tuchin? ("Terry Tuchin, Diana Lisa Riccioli, and New Jersey's Agency of Torture.")

Does the family in Ridgewood know what you're up to, Terry? How about Diana's victims? Does Diana fill them in on the sexual thrills she plans to get out of them? Is Diana still claiming to be a Lesbian? Or has she changed her mind about that again? Is your daughter in on the scams, Terry?

Inquiring minds want to know. The public moneys that were received for his non-job, evidently, do not concern the OAE which is focused, like a laser beam, on whether solo practioners charging $1,500.00 for a small claims matter, where expenses exceed $500.00 and two court appearances are required, charge too much. OAE attorneys actually chuckle when they say, "we have to protect the public." Yeah, right.

What does New Jersey's impressive Supreme Court have to say about this?

Nothing. Nada. They are too busy gleefully opting in favor of the death penalty for urban minority males, who they know will be its only victims. What better way to get rid of the "little people"? Hey, take a look at this picture and ask yourself whether they played the slot machines after they spoke at this little chit-chat club at Bally's in Atlantic City. Got enough quarters?

Wait, boys and girls. There is much more to come. The legislature finally got rid of the death penalty. This was a disappointment to Debbie Poritz and Sybil R. Moses.

Mr. Bryant performed zero work for this no show job, for which he received mucho compensation, public money (probably). This is (allegedly) what is known as a "criminal fraud." This is a little, tiny, itsy-bit "unethical" under the Rules of Ethics for New Jersey Attorneys. Don't you think so? I do.

Guess what? Nobody saw a thing at the OAE. I wonder why? Are they (OAE) being greased? Where is New Jersey's new Attorney General? He has not been confirmed yet. They will get around to doing that sometime before Christmas. Maybe. When asked about all this, will Mr. Rabner respond: "On the one hand, but then on the other hand ..." Stuart Rabner did not a give a shit about this scam until the feds popped this guy.

It is too soon to tell how good a "prosecutor" Stuart Rabner will be. Can imagine a worse judge than this Stuart Rabner guy? I can't. You wear a price tag, Stuart? ("Stuart Rabner and Conduct Unbecoming to the Judiciary in New Jersey.")

"The harshly worded report about Mr. Bryant's involvement with the troubled medical school comes just three days after former State Senate president John A. Lynch, Jr., once the most influential Democratic Party boss in the state, pleaded guilty to corruption charges. Mr. Bryant is one in a long line of New Jersey officials accused of using a public position to enrich himself."

In the words of Hoboken's own Frank Sinatra, "the best is yet to come." I can hardly wait.

"It is also the most striking example yet of the role politics played in the financial irregularities at the medical school. After federal officials threatened to prosecute the university for Medicaid fraud, officials there agreed to let a federal monitor investigate its finances. That inquiry, led by Mr. Stern, a former federal judge and United States attorney [sic.], has found evidence of tens of millions of dollars in Medicaid fraud, wasteful spending and no-bid contracts awarded to vendors with ties to elected officials or former trustees."

At the same time, former Governor James "Jim" McGreevey is doing a book tour to promote a memoir entitled Confession. Mr. McGreevey hopes to be ranked with St. Augustine and Rousseau, but seems to be falling into the category of memoirists like Donna Rice and Monica Lewinsky, fallen from grace by passion. What a miniseries this might be. What is the Irish Catholic equivalent of schlock?

David Kocieniewski, "Ex-Governor is Back in Public, This Time as an Author," in The New York Times, September 20, 2006, at p. B5:

"Although Mr. McGreevey's administration was marred by an assortment of corruption scandals, his book offers only vague acknowledgment" -- Confession? -- "that some of his staff members and associates -- whom he refuses to identify -- delivered favors to campaign contributors in exchange for donations."

No way, not in New Jersey!

"In an interview on Tuesday morning at his home here, he declined to provide specifics about the political favors done for fund-raisers, and would not say whether he was surprised that the man who was once his mentor, former Senate President John A. Lynch, Jr., pleaded guilty to corruption charges last week in federal court."

Mr. McGreevey lives in a nineteen room house, with gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and a circular driveway, according to the Times, which leads me to wonder: How much is the Governor of New Jersey paid? Mr. McGreevey is also an attorney in New Jersey.

Students at state colleges and universities in New Jersey will not be able to afford new tuition rates required in response to post-McGreevey budget "short-falls," medical services for the poor will suffer, teachers' salaries will remain low or even inadequate by comparison with other professionals, the courts will continue to render incompetent and ill-informed decisions, hacks and political whores will litter the judicial bench, politics will control the corrupt attorney disciplinary process, which will be incompetent at least 50% of the time, thus producing further richly-deserved embarassments and humiliations to the state's higest court.

New Jersey -- Come and See for Yourself!

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