July 23, 2011
Honorable Peter D. Blanc, Chief Judge
PALM BEACH COUNTY COURT SYSTEM
c/o Sharon R. Bock,
Clerk & Comptroller
or Stephanie Lee
RE: Case: 502011CA001121XXXXMB DAVID JOHNSON V ALLEN H LIBOW
I respectfully request the court to issue an administrative order to make all the filings on the docket in the above-captioned case electronically accessible to the public free of charge.
Johnson v. Libow is of significant public interest inasmuch as its subject matter appertains to the ability of officers of the court to pervert judicial process to intimidate, silence, and punish members of the public who file complaints against them with The Florida Bar. And the case is significant because it appertains to the Bar's failure to restrain all attorneys from doing so, despite the Bar's opinion, in one case of selective enforcement,that such conduct is unethical inasmuch as its interferes with the administration of justice.
Broad public access to court records is increasingly limited to the minute portion of the public that have the means to visit the courthouse, Most often that would be members of the so-called legitimate press.
I have called attention to this important case to mainstream newspaper reporters in Florida, including but not limited to reporters with the Miami Herald and the South Florida Business Journal.
My effort to elicit "legitimate" coverage in this case has been in vain. Mainstream media reporters have informed me that, since this subject may very well involve criticism of The Florida Bar therefore the Florida Supreme Court of which the Bar is part and parcel, and since the Bar itself is notorious for its past prejudice in favor of influential attorneys, coverage would alienate a major source of "legitimate" news and would furthermore be a waste of time inasmuch as the court has "inherent powers" over lawyers that cannot be influenced by the press or public opinion not to mention the legislative and executive branches.
As for the judicial opinions the organized media does cover, I have often found its reports misleading, and sometimes plainly wrong in fact and law, when I did manage to recover a copy of the judicial action reported on.
Additionally, I have not always been able to get a complete case file in some cases because of costs, particularly where attorneys are involved whose practice is to file hundreds of pages at a time in hopes of bewildering the court and running up litigation costs.
I have done my best, as a member of the traditional Press, that being a "press of one" or "pamphleteer" sometimes critical of the judiciary, i.e. the "Press" for which the Constitutional Amendment was drafted, to cover this particular case, but at present can say nothing about it because the records are not available and the parties are silent due to pending litigation and my lack of status as a "legitimate" reporter.
It is with all that in mind that I reiterate my prayer for an order providing that the filings in this case - at least the pleadings themselves - be made electronically available to the general public free of charge.
David Arthur Walters
aka "The Miami Mirror"
Director of Lawyer Regulation
Note to Readers: A copy of this letter was sent along to veteral political report Marc Caputo at the Miami Herald in hopes he would take an interested. He was not interested, "unsubscribing" to the issue.