How do you know that a corrupt organization has reached rock bottom? One way, I would submit, is when the crooks no longer make any attempt to hide their unlawfulness. Another way comes when those at the top of the organization turn a blind eye toward the rogues down below, making excuses for them or ignoring them altogether.
That is the sorry state of affairs in our federal courts. How do I know? I've seen it with my own eyes, most prominently in my lawsuit over my wrongful termination at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Not only did U.S. District Judge William M. Acker Jr. rule in a blatantly unlawful fashion, he told me in open court that he was going to cheat me. He also made statements indicating he had engaged in improper communications, outside my presence, with someone connected to the opposing party.
All of this was captured on an official court transcript, so it's not a matter of my word against Acker's. There is no doubt what he said, and what he meant.
Did Joel Dubina, chief judge of the U.S. Eleventh Circuit, take it seriously when I filed a complaint against Acker under the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980? Of course not. In his order, Dubina made excuses for Acker and indicated he saw no problem with a trial-court judge telling a party in open court that he intends to cheat the party--and then does exactly that.
That's what citizens can expect from a system where judges oversee other judges. It's a form of tribalism, the very thing that has made countries like Afghanistan and Iraq so dysfunctional. One member of the legal tribe will not hold another member accountable, and that's largely why our courts--at both the federal and state levels--are cesspools.
What can we do about it? The first step is for citizens to pay attention. The following video is intended to be a step in the right direction.