Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Documentary Filmmaker Plans to Train His Lens on Judicial Corruption in Alabama
A filmmaker in New York is planning to shoot a documentary about judicial corruption, focusing on the South in general and Alabama and Florida in particular.
I'm pleased to report that Legal Schnauzer has served as an inspiration for the project, which is in its infant stages. The filmmaker said he plans to focus on at least two of our major storylines and has asked me to send him relevant documentation. I'm gathering information for him at this moment.
The filmmaker first contacted me on January 25, and during our communications over roughly the past two weeks, here is what I've learned:
He has an insider's view of the law and once considered becoming a card-carrying member of the legal "profession." But a personal courtroom experience, one that is pretty similar to mine, convinced him that, in too many cases, the law amounts to nothing more than an elaborate form of taxpayer-funded organized crime.
Rather than joining the criminals, he decided to expose him, via his background in film. He plans for the project to begin as a law-review article, focusing on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Specifically, he plans to examine cases where judges and lawyers have conspired to fix cases. We, of course, have written about numerous such cases here in Alabama.
Prosecutors and the mainstream press often are afraid to tackle judicial racketeering. But our blog has shown that it is a common problem, and we have discovered a kindred spirit in New York.
Can the power of film help clean up corruption that is rotting our democracy to its core. It looks like we are about to find out. And I am pleased that Legal Schnauzer might be able to help make it happen.