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http://www.arcticbeacon.com/articles/article/1518131/31285.htm Some background on Sherman. Crime Busting, Judge Busting Tough Chicago Investigator Talks About 40 Years Of Putting Government Crooks Behind Bars
Sherman Skolnick, who spearheaded the investigation into largest judicial bribery scandal in U.S. history in 1969, is now back again to finger crooked judges on the U.S. Supreme Court. Saying the Bush administration wants him arrested as a domestic terrorist, Skolnick claims Bush and his cronies are in hot water involving the Chicago grand jury investigation headed by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.
August 10, 2005
By Greg Szymanski
Some people say Sherman Skolnick has gone over the edge more than once during his 46 year career of investigating judicial bribery, mafia payoffs, CIA hit squads, pedophilia in the Bush administration and whatever else falls on the table in his self-imposed quest to keep the corrupt honest.
And some people say Skolnick is falling over the cliff once again with his recent article, pinning indictments on Bush and his cronies based on what he calls credible sources, telling him they have been nabbed for perjury and obstruction of justice in the Chicago grand jury investigation about the Valerie Plame-CIA leak case.
“I knew I would be called a liar for this one, but it won’t be the first time or the last,” said the tough talking investigator, nicknamed the “judge buster,” from his home on Chicago’s south side, a place he has called home for the last 54 years.
And, in the face of adversity and doubt, Skolnick would be the first to crack a smile and scoff at his detractors, saying “it goes with the territory” since dealing with dark, back alley payoff type stories brings dark, back alley comments about most anything he writes and investigates.
But, on the bright side, there are many others who know his work well, swearing on a stack of holy bibles about Skolnick’s analytical approach, incredible energy and a 40 year data base of sources he uses in order to finger the bad guys who are swimming like sharks and feeding off the people’s money.
And to those who know the ‘judge buster” even better, know him as a friend or colleague, he is considered nothing less than a national treasure and a man who will stop at nothing to find out the truth, even if it means stripping the robes off the country’s most powerful and corrupt judges, even if it means taking on the Bush administration right square in the belly where it hurts with accusations of homosexuality and pedophilia running rampant right in the halls of the White House.
In this shady world of backroom deals, syndicate payoffs, and well-oiled corruption, Skolnick has somehow over the years found his place, a place on the outside looking in, a place where he is always staring in very closely with a watchful eye and a finely tuned ear able to spot a crooked judge or a politician as quick as a dog can sniff out a bone.
It would take several book volumes to detail all the investigations Skolnick has been involved in and all the judges and crooked politicians he’s been responsible for putting behind bars since the early 1960’s. But like any good baseball hitter, only as good as his last at bat, Skolnick prefers to talk about his last investigation first, working his way back to when he was a young man in Chicago who represented his parents before the Illinois Supreme Court for being bilked by a shady broker for $7,000, the family’s entire life savings.
Besides breaking the story about the Bush indictments by the Chicago grand jury last week, Skolnick is in the midst of a five-year investigation of corruption within the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Bush v. Gore and the 2000 election. He said he initiated his investigation over what he calls a ruling that is a travesty of justice and a demonstration of corruption at the highest level of the judiciary.
But before rolling up his sleeves and putting on his gloves to fight the likes of Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justice Antonin Scalia, who he calls the “go to hell’ judge, Skolnick took time out to recall the his parent’s struggle with the Illinois Supreme Court, the case that got Skolnick started along time ago in the tireless and often-times thankless business of uncovering corruption among the rich and powerful.
“I trained myself in the law,” recalls Skolnick, who prepared all the legal documents and arguments every legal step of the way, the case ending up in the state’s high court. “I told the judge right there in open court if my parents were not treated fairly, I would one day come back and put every one of the crooked judges on the high court in jail where they belonged.
“And that’s what I did when they came down with their crooked decision against my parents. Honest judges are the most endangered species in our country and one rule of thumb I have used over the years is to look for a the closest bank near the courthouse to find the black-robed criminals.
“It’s not in the back alleys with a bag of money where the judges are bribed. It’s usually right in the bank owned by the judges, a bank owned also by underworld and criminal types. This is where the bribing goes on and where all the dirty money is transferred.
“Not all the judges are corrupt, mind you, there are some good ones. And I would also like to say that I am always fair with who I am accusing. In fact, when I have the goods on let’s say a corrupt politician or judge, I usually tell them what I have and that if they come clean to the public, admitting what they did, I’ll put in a good word to the DA in order that he go a little easier on him.
“But in all the years, not one of them took me up on the offer. I remember telling that in the hallway in a Chicago courthouse to former Illinois Governor and U.S. Appeals Court Judge Otto Kerner, who went to jail when I found out he took bribes involving horseracing cases”
Skolnick In 1969 Uncovers Biggest Judicial Bribery Scandal In U.S. History
After promising his parents and vowing to come back to investigate the wrongdoings on the Illinois Supreme Court, Skolnick made good on his word, creating a public judicial watchdog group called the “Citizens’ Committee To Clean Up The Courts” in an effort to stamp out corruption.
Setting his investigative sights on his own home turf first, Skolnick uncovered unknown documents in the basement of a Cook County building, showing and eventually proving that two Illinois Supreme Court Justices took bribes from a banker and former chief tax collector of Illinois, Theodore Isaacs, to wipe out criminal charges against him.
In August of 1969, Time Magazine featured a story about Skolnick and the Illinois case, the largest judicial bribery scandal in the country, a scandal that eventually put the former director of the Illinois Department of Revenue in jail along with one of his accomplices, a sitting federal appeals court judge.
Besides catapulting Skolnick into the national limelight, the case also began a lasting relationship with U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who was then acting as special counsel to the commission investigating the corrupt judges.
Stevens’ work on the commission also catapulted him into the public eye, beginning his rise to fame in the U.S. Supreme Court. In fact, Skolnick still keeps in touch with Stevens, calling him an honorable and honest man, who also wrote the introduction to Skolnick’s most recent book titled “Ahead of the Parade,” which in part looks at the lives of three honest high-level judges who were banished from the bench and then terrorized for, of all things, making honest and fair decisions.
“This one particular judge in my book was a chief judge in the federal courts who made a decision against a major oil company,” said Skolnick, adding that he learned through investigating the judge’s story about a secret judicial tribunal where judges who try to buck the system are dealt with in an underhanded and mafia-like manner.
“I get a call from the judge one day and he says, ‘Sherman, you can’t believe what’s happened? My brother in law who is a lawyer was just disbarred and then one day I came into my office, an office under tight security, and everything was gone. I mean everything. Including my files, my file cabinets, everything cleaned out!’”
Skolnick’s book goes on to talk about other honest judges with similar stories, one having his court room taken over by mafia figures and another quitting the bench and relocating thousands of miles away after ruling against the president of a state bar association caught with perjured affidavits in a million dollar probate case.
“This other judge calls me and tells me that his court has been taken over by the mafia, but when he goes to the FBI to investigate, agents instead begin to investigate the judge and not the mafia. After having his family threatened, the judge finally resigned,” said Skolnick, adding that these examples prove his point about honest judges being the most endangered species in America.
Skolnick Uncovers A Nationwide Network Of Secret Judicial Tribunals
Taking on the corrupt judicial system like a bull in a china shop with no qualms about leaving a dirty mess in his wake, Skolnick claims few people in and out of the law trade even know or understand the inner workings of this secret judicial group.
Skolnick claims the tribunals are organized with one being formed in each of the federal judicial circuits but all acting above the law, leaving no public records regarding the course, scope, direction and outcome of any decisions being made.
“In Chicago, for example, they are the Judicial Council of the Seventh Circuit, involving the federal courts of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Each Judge on the U.S. Supreme Court actually wears two hats. First, they are, of course, a justice on the high court. Secondly, they are the supervising Circuit Justice of one or more of the federal court circuits. They are more or less the "orchestra leader" of the secret tribunals, apparently operating outside the regular court system, known as Judicial Council,” instructs Skolnick about the corruption within a purportedly honest justice system.
“I have been a court reformer more than forty six years. For more than forty years, I have been the Founder/Chairman of a court-reform group, Citizen's Committee to Clean Up the Courts. Among other things, through volunteer associates and investigators worldwide, we compile data on financial and espionage matters. Why? Because we are about the only ones who use the label Banker-Judge to describe important judges who are interwoven with the financial system and aristocracy, and some, who are entangled with the espionage cartel, the American CIA, and other spook agencies.”
Talking about an ongoing investigation into corruption in the judiciary and the Coca-Cola Co., Skolnick wrote in a series of articles titled “Coca-Cola, The CIA and the Courts” about the use of the secret tribunals and its relationship to the rampant corruption involving an unholy triumvirate of corporate America, spook agencies and the judiciary.
“I seem to be one of the few who understands something about this secret Gestapo, the Judicial Council. They operate beyond the Bill of Rights,” said Skolnick. “Some years ago I confronted the dictators operating as the Judicial Council of the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago, Illinois. My detailed court papers, setting forth their crimes, completely disappeared from the U.S. Supreme Court officially listed as Sherman H. Skolnick, petitioner versus Judicial Council of the Seventh Circuit, respondents.
“Our group did much of the investigations and research that on September 22, 2003, was filed as Motion to Investigate Fraud Upon the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Perpetrated by the Judges Themselves. As shown in the detailed document, among other things, I was a key sworn witness in the matter.
“I obtained the confession of a local attorney who was apparently a spy in the camp of the one who sued Coca-Cola. He admitted his sister was "media buyer for Coca-Cola". Among the details was the matter of cocaine, a by-product of the massive processing in the U.S. of coca leaves for the secret base of Coca-Cola. Some of the cocaine in the U.S. actually is not smuggled in but is created within the U.S. There is "leakage" into non-legal channels of cocaine and implicated in the same has been George Herbert Walker Bush, a director of a pharmaceutical firm, and a federal appeals judge, later chief Judge, installed on the bench by Bush in Chicago.
“There has been a Coca-Cola connection to bribery of judges and espionage, as stated in the court papers. For example, this was the route for corrupting at least two U.S. Supreme Court Judges of the 5-Judge majority that arbitrarily installed George W. Bush as the occupant and resident of the White House. Some call it the infamous Bush versus Gore litigation.”
Skolnick Investigates Bribery And Malign Influences To Obtain A Five-Judge Majority On The U.S. Supreme Court To Install Bush As President In 2000
Once Bush was installed and appointed President by a narrow five to four decision, Skolnick began taking a lose look at the dealings of the court. For five years he has been compiling data in what he calls “an arbitrary and corrupt ruling,” adding a “fictitious President has been put in the Oval Office.”
Skolnick notes that his longtime friend, Justice Stevens, issued one of the most blistering dissenting opinions ever made by a high court judge while another dissenter, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, deleted certain “choice revealing matters” after being subjected to what amounted to threats by some of the five majority justices.
Without even blinking an eye, Skolnick claims four of the five who authored the Bush majority are sitting on the bench in direct violation of federal law for conflict of interest and mandatory annual judicial income disclosures related to ties with major corporations, whose litigation is ruled upon by the judges without disqualifying themselves.
“The kingpin of the infamous five was Judge Antonin Scalia. He and three judges in the federal appeals court in Chicago, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, one step below the high court in Washington, three were professors together and one was law school dean at Rockefeller's University of Chicago Law School,” said Skolnick about the similar judicial and educational past of present-day members of the Supreme Court.
“These four Rockefeller judges, while on the bench, continue to represent the several billion dollar investment portfolio of Rockefeller's University of Chicago. Included are stocks of major corporations whose litigation is ruled upon by these judges who do not disqualify themselves. Further, by failing to reveal this, these judges violate a federal law requiring a mandatory annual judicial disclosure of income which these judges sign subject to the penalties of perjury.
Moving to some of the dirty particulars behind the scenes of the Bush v. Gore decision, Skolnick added:
“Particularly arrogant is Judge Scalia. In the law trade he is known as a "go to hell judge". In December, 2000, presenting the position of George W. Bush in the high court case of Bush versus Gore, was Theodore B. Olson, at the time, a private law partner of Eugene Scalia, son of Judge Scalia. Some contend Olson is a "court bagman" in Washington and in the Federal Courthouse in Chicago.
“After George W. Bush was thus installed, Olson was made the Solicitor General. In that capacity, he perverted an intellectual property case in the High Court which benefited Mickey Mouse---Disney---by extending their copyright 75 years, worth many billions of dollars. And funds from Disney and Coca-Cola were involved in corrupting the unholy five on the high court.”
Going even deeper into the web of corruption and influence peddling involved in the Bush v. Gore decision, Skolnick draws attention to some mysterious circumstances involving Olson and his estranged wife, Barbara Olson, allegedly killed on one of the four doomed 9/11 flights.
“In the 9-11 matter, there is a serious controversy whether Olson's estranged wife Barbara, with whom he apparently had not spoken to for some time, actually spoke from a supposed hi-jacked plane directly to Theodore B. Olson. Was it actually a conversation with a call center operator? Was the American CIA involved? Some think so,” wrote Skolnick in a recent article on the subject.
“Some continue to aver that Barbara Olson did not perish and has a plastic surgeon new face and a wig. And. moreover, that she is parked in seclusion in an Embassy in Sweden. If so, her emergence some day would pulverize the fake story of 9-11 "Moslem terrorists" like the internal planted explosives that took down the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.”
For those more inclined to read and analyze an in depth look the Coca-Cola, CIA and Supreme Court connections, Skolnick provides an in depth series of articles on his personal web site at www.skolnicksreport.com.
In the Coca-Cola reports, Skolnick claims he has documented solid evidence how Homeland Security and the FBI run a separate warehouse near the Supreme Court where documents are secretly stored. In one case, Skolnick recently sent a box of incriminating documents by registered mail to one of the dissenting Supreme Court judges that never made it to its destination.
“A box of documents sent by registered mail and addressed to one of the dissenting Judges was unlawfully there blocked by the American Gestapo,” said Skolnick. “Instead the documents were sent to a secret federal tribunal supposedly considering misdeeds and corruption of federal judges.
“A tiny portion of our investigation of the high court corruption, without mentioning us at all by name, became the subject of a lengthy story in Vanity Fair Magazine, October, 2004 issue. Following this was a forty minute segment about this on the Terri Gross Show on National Public Radio.
“Also, risking their future career, some of the law clerks of the dissenting four judges in Bush versus Gore reportedly stole private secret records of the infamous five showing the malign influence worked on the Judges in installing Bush. Instead of investigating the five high court judicial criminals, Homeland Security and the FBI have been threatening and inflicting harm on the dissenting four judges and their brave law clerks.”
Skolnick Investigates Bush Indictments Of The Chicago Grand Jury Assembled In 2003 To Investigate The Valerie Plame-CIA Leak
Skolnick recently stuck his neck out again with a story saying perjury and obstruction of justice indictments have been vote out by the grand jury in a host of related wrongdoings by Bush and his cronies in a spill over of the Valerie Plame investigation, spearheaded by Chicago U.S. Federal Attorney and Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.
Skolnick claims a ‘true bill’ has been voted by the grand jury, indicting Bush and others as well as naming Justice Scalia and justice Rehnquist as un-indicted co-conspirators, adding the indictments have been suppressed from the public due to the sensitivity of issues involved, similar to way indictments against Richard Nixon were suppressed during Watergate.
Skolnick also reported last week that the situation has become so serious that his longtime friend Justice Stevens arrived in Chicago to try and work out a deal in the country’s best interests, considering the gravity and sensitivity of a sitting President being indicted.
“Stevens is in town to try and arbitrate a solution,” said Skolnick. "One or more of the grand juries have concluded their probe and have voted True Bills, Federal Criminal indictments, against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, "Scooter" Libby, Condoleeza Rice, and Theodore B. Olson; and several media people not previously mentioned in the monopoly press as implicated,"
For His Pioneering Judicial Reform Efforts, How Has The Establishment Reacted To Skolnick?
During his long career of throwing crooked lawyers and judges in jail, Skolnick has been sent to jail himself eight times for contempt of court, each time the judge who put him behind bars eventually spending time in jail himself.
“That’s a record I an extremely proud to have,” said Skolnick, adding authorities at times found it hard to fit his wheel chair in a squad car since Skolnick has been handicapped since childhood.
Besides being found in contempt of court, Skolnick is also officially barred from attending federal court proceedings in his home state of Illinois as well as neighboring Indiana and Wisconsin, even after trying to legally protect his civil rights through what he a calls a “CIA corrupted American Civil Liberties Union.”
And regarding his latest investigations into Bush v. Gore, the grand jury indictments and the pedophilia ring connected to the White House, Skolnick said he along with his journalistic internet partner, Lenny Bloom, who together run www.cloakanddagger.de have been officially put on Bush’s hit list.
“I heard that Chief of Staff, Andrew Card, called me a domestic terrorist and Bush wants me and Lenny, a Canadian citizen living in Toronto, arrested,” said Skolnick, adding he heard Bush claiming he didn’t even care about the legal stumbling blocks of incarcerating a Canadian without having proper legal jurisdiction.
“It’s ridiculous, but recent federal court decisions, one even handed down in a federal appeals court by the new Supreme Court nominee, John Roberts, gives Bush unlimited Gestapo-like power when it comes to domestic terrorism. In short, I think Bush is a megalomaniac and extremely dangerous to this country.”
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