Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Let's Ask Jaynee La Vecchia About Corruption in New Jersey.

"Four men [have been] charged ... with operating a corrupt $4.6 million enterprise to harvest human tissue from funeral homes and sell it for use in transplants and research." The matter was brought before State Supreme Court in Brooklyn. Justice John P. Walsh set bail of $1.5 million for the former Dentist, Michael Mastromarino of Fort Lee, New Jersey, described by prosecutors as the ring leader, and lesser bail amounts for [four] other men."

Michael Brick, "4 Men Charged in What Officials Call a $4.6 Million Trade in Human Body Parts," in The New York Times, Friday, February 24, 2006, at p. B4.

Such an enterprise could only thrive on the basis of contacts between these traders in (possibly "diseased") body parts and officials in local medical facilities in at least one state in which the group operated, probably New Jersey. Criminals no doubt acted together with New Jersey's battalions of corrupt political and judicial figures. Diseased body parts is a fitting metaphor for New Jersey's role in the United States. New Jersey is America's cancerous organ. New Jersey's legal cancer must be removed by a skilled surgeon from the U.S. Justice Department.

It is highly plausible to infer the existence of a relationship between this investigation and other on-going inquiries involving "medical facilities" in New Jersey. So why did the case wind up in Brooklyn? Probably because the feds want to avoid New Jersey like the plague, which it may be.
This indictment may be viewed as part of a continuing effort by the Feds to "connect the dots." (See "Same Old, Same Old," "Cement is Gold," and "Da Jersey Code.") Such a criminal enterprise must have involved the cooperation of legal officials or the indifference, at best, of the legal system of at least one state. Guess which one?

Elected officials and judges in New Jersey are believed by many to have been in on this caper, probably sharing in the lucrative proceeds. Until now, only the federal authorities have pursued vigorously these matters involving alleged Medicaire and Medicaid fraud in New Jersey to the extent of $70-100 million or more. Perhaps this is merely a coincidence, but I doubt it.

Another charming local custom affecting judges in the Garden State concerns the overly broad power to seize property for public purposes. By "seizure" is meant giving the property to friends -- who are usually developers -- at below market prices, and getting a kickback under the table. Politically connected developers are good at getting spouses appointed to the bench, for example, who will then "judge" such seizures to be entirely appropriate and in the public interest, which looks a lot like their interest. How about it Jaynee? Any real estate developers and construction people close to your heart? Anybody seen Bob Torricelli?

Jaynee is notoriously stupid and abrasive on the bench, adding to her reputation for corrupt associations, rarely displaying a minimal awareness of the issues under discussion. Jaynee probably does not read much of what comes across her desk. This is not unusual for New Jersey judges. A friend who drives a cab in north Jersey said, with a weary sigh: "They [judges and politicians] think we're stupid." As a matter of fact, yes they do. See David W. Chen, "New Jersey Public Advocate Says Power to Seize Land is Too Broad," in The New York Times, May 19, 2006, at p. B1.

Responsibility for pervasive and repugnant corruption must be placed at the doorstep of the highest tribunal in New Jersey, whose energies and efforts seem "misdirected" at best. Take another look at the portrait of Justice "Jaynee" LaVecchia (that's how she spells her name, folks) accompanying this post, unless the image is blocked by Jersey hoods. So many expensive portraits of judges have been provided to the residents of New Jersey -- delighting one and all -- making recent tax increases worthwhile.

It isn't only citizens who detest that state's highest court. "Off the record" members of the bar can't stand the "justices" who are seen as living in an unreal world, often failing to appreciate the problems of small firms and solo practitioners. I concur. "Jaynee" is one of the worst offenders, who is said to insist on one of her law clerks following her every movement, then unrolling a red carpet whenever she walks into a room.

No price is too high to pay for citizens to be enriched by owning wonderful portraits of these distinguished jurists. Curiously, however, corruption only increases every day within the legal profession and among politicians in New Jersey -- most of whom are lawyers -- whose shenanigans escape the eagle-eyed attention of the OAE, while disciplinary efforts by that agency are directed at minority and other solo practioners, especially if they refuse to "play ball" with the official and unofficial powers that be. It is important to bribe the right people in New Jersey in order to be a successful lawyer or judge -- preferably legally; if necessary, illegally. (See the films "The Verdict" and "Bullworth.")

I appreciate readers' concerns for my welfare. However, I am past the point of such concerns for myself. Time to speak a little truth to power. One Latino professional, Dr. Oscar Sandoval, refused to "play ball" with the hoods, opting instead to cooperate with the FBI in order to put away the former Hudson County Executive and several of his goons, only to find alleged cronies of the disgraced and jailed politician suing him. (See "More Problems for Menendez -- Tapes!")

For some reason, it was never the State authorities who went after the crooked Hudson County Executive, until it became academic. In other words, New Jersey only does so when it no longer matters. I wonder why? Dr. Sandoval has also refused to "play ball" with County bosses by going public with allegations of "murder and/or criminal negligence" in Hudson County's jail, where "torture" may have gotten a little out of hand. The Hoboken Community Activist reports that: "Dr. Sandoval was silenced regarding the death of a prisoner he thought might have been a homicide."

Dr. Sandoval is represented by a Dominican-born, brave, intellectual and highly ethical attorney, Thomas Espinoza, Esq. It is likely that reprisals by the powers that be in Hudson County or New Jersey state government will also get him, eventually. At the very least, he will probably be investigated, secretly. Most things done to people selected for harassment or destruction in New Jersey are done secretly in violation of basic Constitutional principles.

I fear that Mr. Espinoza may also be questioned some day, under hypnosis, by torturers and/or psychiatrists affiliated with the authorities in that dismal jurisdiction. Maybe he won't be tortured and raped, however, since these are horrors reserved, for those insisting publicly, as I do, that their rights be respected and that corruption be punished. If Mr. Espinoza is indeed interrogated under hypnosis, then he may never know it:

"... light dosages of drugs coupled with hypnosis ... to induce a complete hypnotic trance. This trance was held for approximately one hour and forty minutes of interrogation with a subsequent total amnesia produced by post-hypnotic suggestion."

Alfred W. McCoy, A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, From the Cold War to the War on Terror (New York: Henry Holt, 2006), p. 27. (Ridgewood, New Jersey's Terry Tuchin's specialty is such methods of interrogation, while Clifton's Diana Lisa Riccioli relishes abusing people in that condition -- "allegedly.")

Nearly two hours of interrogation of a person in a highly suggestible, weakened and impaired state should do the trick. Damaging information can be extracted, then the entire ordeal can be erased from the victim's memory. Most of the events will be unprovable anyway. The authorities will always deny these crimes publicly, happily lying about it, then they speak of "ethics" to others. New Jersey's OAE and Supreme Court will demand truth, in other words, only after lying about what they've done to victims of such methods of inquiry or saying nothing at all. The life-long psychological harm that may result for victims is also not a source of concern because most victims are minorities anyway. Right, Jaynee? Who cares about them? Jaynee doesn't.

What does your schedule indicate, Terry? Can you accomodate one more victim this month? You like to put drugs in a person's Diet Coke, I believe? Does your family know what you do, Terry? Are you really a Jew, as you said you were? And if so, then how did you become "Dr. Mengele"? How about Diana? Is she "booked" yet? How's the torture business these days? How are things in "white man's" territory? You said: "We can learn from you." I hope you will, Terry. Face-to-face. Where are those videos? Reports? You don't want to hide them from me, right Terry? Are you planning to make money off of them, Terry? Or to use such records for your professional "enhancement"? Is that "ethical," Terry? Who are you, Terry, to judge me?

How does it feel to be addressed in these terms, Jaynee? You like it? No, right. It's a lot better when people say, "your Honor." But I don't see too much "honor" in 200 convictions and a lot more on the way. I don't see too much honor in questioning people under hypnosis about matters that could expose them or others to liability -- right, Terry? -- in the presence of unidentified adversaries and in violation of basic Constitutional and human rights. You betrayed your oath as a physician and therapist, Terry. I don't see too much honor in the cover-up of these atrocities by New Jersey's cowardly and corrupt legal establishment. Talk to me about ethics. Go ahead.

Did you have sex with Marilyn while she was unconscious, by the way, Terry? Or was that only Diana? Is that a perk? Sex with unconscious victims? Is that part of being a "connected" forensic psychiatrist-torturer in the Garden State? (See "An Open Letter to My Torturers Terry Tuchin and Diana Lisa Riccioli.") How about it "Jaynee"? Is torture hunky-dory with you? Or is it only O.K. when victims are members of despised minority groups? One more time! Where are those reports secretly "filed with the court," Terry? I bet they were a million laughs for Jaynee, huh?

I know what the response will be: 1) Hackers will alter the spelling of words in this post or otherwise attack my computer; 2) Mumia Abu Jamal's picture was blocked in my msn group. So was Barack Obama's photo. Coincidence? KKK? Swastikas? Ethics? 3) A smear campaign will be directed against me, preferably anonymously. (See my essay on "Censorship and Chomsky's Turkish Publisher.")

Michael J. Garcia of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York was quoted in the Times anouncing indictments of 32 persons charged with racketering. Julia Preston, "32 Indicted on Racketering Charges in Manhattan," in The New York Times, February 24, 2006, at p. B3.

The persons indicted on these charges were active, allegedly, in the Bronx and Westchester, but may also have acted "elsewhere." It is suggested by some observers, regrettably, that the U.S. Attorney's Office wishes to avoid actions brought in any New Jersey state forum or contacts requiring information-sharing with New Jersey state agencies, together with a reluctance to appear in ANY New Jersey courtroom. It is anticipated that there will be further developments in these, possibly related stories, also in investigations still taking place "elsewhere." (See "The U.S. Attorney and the Jersey Boys.")

Whenever you read about the U.S. Attorney's Office alleging that criminal actions took place "elsewhere," it is likely that they mean New Jersey. They may want to change the name of the Garden State soon to "elsewhere." It could only improve the image of that unforgettable territory of marshes and aromatic swamplands, surrounded by industrial parks. The most offensive stench in New Jersey is the smell of moral corruption escaping from the Supreme Court's chambers. Whenever you see one of those portraits of New Jersey's Supreme Court justices, remember the blood that is on their hands -- smile, like they do -- then hold on to your wallet.

Now the "justices" are (allegedly) secretly arranging ethics complaints against each other. That is called "civility" and "collegiality" -- both of which are mandated by New Jersey's Rules of Ethics -- only in Trenton are exceptions allowed for Supreme Court justices acting secretly to damage one another professionally. Of course, rules apply only to some people in the Garden State, not everyone. "Hey, whadda-ya want? You a trouble maker?" I hope so.

"Governor Jon S. Corzine ... selected Bruce C. Vladek, a national health care policy expert, to be interim president [of the university of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey] ... The university [is still] under scrutiny in an investigation of alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud." The New York Times, February 28, 2006, at p. B6.

Two university presidents and $100 million later, U.M.D.N.J. is still called the "cash cow" of organized crime and corrupt politics in New Jersey. Yes, these are overlapping categories: "... prosecutors [state?] want a former administrator at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey who was convicted of witness tampering in a pollution case to go to jail." Guy Sterling, "State Seeking Jail Time for ex-UMDNJ Administrator," Star Ledger, March 4, 2006,

Perhaps the presence of so much medical waste in New Jersey waters is somehow related to events under investigation. Traditionally, organized crime and corrupt politics in New Jersey meet at the point where medical and other hazardous waste needed "to be disappeared," cheaply, in violation of federal anti-pollution legislation. It appears that, in Hudson County, people can also be "disappeared." Cheaply? Be especially careful around Bradley Beach, which is only ethically (not geographically) located in Hudson County, which is home base for the mob in America.

One is reminded of Argentina's reign of terror under the Generals. Yes, I know that I should be careful. "Disappear" has become both a transitive and an intransitive verb in New Jersey. It is both something that one does and that is done to one, often against one's will, especially in the Hudson County jail. I worry for Mr. Espinoza because I no longer worry for myself.

Is it a coincidence that some areas of New Jersey lead the country in the incidence of cancer? Perhaps not. The residents of "cancer alley," however, need not fret over the circumventing of safety laws by some local medical facilities -- with the possible cooperation of New Jersey's politicians and legal officials, right Jaynee? -- since there are all of these lovely portraits of judges for people to admire from a suitable distance, which makes any financial or health sacrifice worthwhile for working people.

If you disagree and wish to express your concerns about corruption in New Jersey, feel free to contact the courts and tell them what you think. Give 'em a buzz. I'm sure they'd love to hear from you. After all, this is still a free country. (How you doing with the ethics charges, amigo? You should think twice about turning your back on your colleagues at the New Jersey Supreme Court, especially Jaynee.)

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