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FINALLY - A DOCUMENTARY THAT IS GOING TO BE IN NATIONAL THEATERS --BEGINNING JANUARY 10, 2014



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Pennsylvania CourtWatch: Follow the Money.. who contributed to your Judge

Pennsylvania CourtWatch: RESEARCH WHO GAVE $$$ TO YOUR JUDGE: SITE TO RESEARCH CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS TO JUDGES PREMIER SITE TO RESEARCH YOUR JUDGES MONEYTRAIL FEDERAL SITE FOR CAMPAIGN $$ TRAILS ...

The PRO BONO MYTH


THE MYSTERY OF THE PRO BONO MYTH
The biggest problem litigants often have is Pro Se (representing oneself) discrimination.  We often hear that people lose their homes and life savings from lawsuits.  The illusion here is that one party in a lawsuit loses, and has to pay the other party.   The fact is that people are financially devastated from attorney’s fees- not from the opposing parties.  Without a lawyer, no matter how skilled you are at writing and research, you will be victimized by unavoidable bias and collusion.  This is inevitable in a system that allows judges to serve in courts where they have already worked for decades. 

What it was....

"Prior to 1968, the Pennsylvania Constitution contained no explicit grant of rule- making authority to the Supreme Court.[ 482 Pa. 527 ]  While judicial rule-making power may well have been inherent in the constitutional scheme, the explicit grant of rule-making authority to the judiciary came from the General Assembly. (See 17 P.S. § 61.5) Under this statutory grant the rule-making power of the Supreme Court within covered areas was absolute. As distinguished from the situation in other jurisdictions in which statutory provisions articulated schemes explicitly envisioning joint legislative and judicial activity in rule promulgation, see, e. g., 28 U.S.C. § 2072, the Pennsylvania provision delegated the entire procedural rule-making authority with respect to civil actions to the Supreme Court.

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