Whispers about a remonstrance project swirl this week in Nashville as the senate clerk refuses to answer press questions about his rejection of senate rules and a TV station airs a salacious story about Tennessee judges whoring and toking in the tropics.
By David Tulis / 92.7 NoogaRadio
Senate clerk Russell Humphrey ignores repeated efforts to interview him about his refusal to give senators copies of the petition for remonstrance on judicial misfeasance and his ignoring senate rules requiring remonstrances to be read to the entire body.
At issue is a 70-plus page citizen indictment of the state’s judiciary prepared by a Goodlettsville CPA, John Gentry, a former Marine who has amassed a study of more than 700 pages showing that judges routinely abrogate the people’s right to due process, to confront accusers and to have their arguments and motions heard in court.
Nanette Mitchell, journal clerk for the senate, in two phone calls says she will take a message requesting an interview about the remonstrance to Mr. Humphrey. She says he is not available. Mr. Humphrey makes no return call to tell his side of the story.
Sunny fraternization among judges, attorneys
Nashville TV station WSMV TV4 obtained travel records from the government of Costa Rica showing that legal personalities in Davidson County visited that country at the same time as did a corrupt judge, Casey Moreland of sessions court.
The vacationing was highlighted by prostitutes and narcotics, the report says. “According to those documents, in 2013, General Sessions Judge Aaron Holt entered and left Costa Rica on the same dates as Moreland.” Lawyers and a Davidson County district attorney, Glenn Funk, also were in the country at the same time as Judge Moreland, who is under a prison sentence.
Mr. Gentry says the fraternization among judges and attorneys runs far more deeply than mere holiday hijinks. “The depredations of corrupt attorneys in black robes, fraternizing with attorneys, are used to finance illicit activities, and while issuing orders for drug tests they themselves would fail.
“This is why I’m demanding drug testing for judges and attorneys in my petition of remonstrance presently before the house and senate,” he says.
“The Tennessee General Assembly has been made aware of crimes in progress by more attorneys in black robes, in my petition of remonstrance, and thus far the Tennessee General Assembly takes no action.”
Mr. Gentry says his treatment at the hand of clerks and attorneys who hold elected office in the legislature shows why judicial reform must be ordered by the general assembly. Unequivocal rules are simply ignored and phony excuses for disobedience are offered, he says.
Refusal to follow rules called criminal
Mr. Gentry says Mr. Humphrey “has intentionally and willfully subjected petitioner to deprivation of rights under color of law” which is a federal crime under 18 U.S. Code, § 242. House and senate rules require remonstrances to be “received and read at the table,” but Mr. Humphrey on Jan. 18 put the remonstrance in the category of “unfinished business and notices” to avoid it being read aloud and in toto before the body.
“In violation of House and Senate Rules and due course of law,” Mr. Gentry says, “Petitioner’s Petition of Remonstrance has yet to be ‘read at the table’ in either house.”
“Every mechanism that has been put in place [for representration and remonstrance and appeal] has been taken over by members of the bar andthe judiciary, and they will no longer protect the people,” Mr. Gentry says in an interview.
“Our last hope is our general assemblies, to go to the house and the senate,” he says. Across the U.S. activists are following a similar procedure, and “millions of us” may end up appealing to the U.S. congress for redress in Tennessee and elsewhere.
Mr. Humphrey cited court cases indicating that “reading” does not mean “reading,” Mr. Gentry says, “but, actually, courts have no opinion, they have no jurisdiction over the legislature, and with this, I believe this is a false statement by Russell Humphrey. He said, ‘reading doesn’t mean reading,’” citing Rule 42 of the Tennessee senate. Mr. Russell has “refused to provide me with the citations, I believe because Russell Humphrey is a liar,” made to hide his crime of violating Mr. Gentry’s rights under federal law.
Mr. Gentry says Mr. Humphrey is in violation of the federal oppression statute. But even here, the complainant is wary of making appeal, because that puts relief in the hand federal judges; it ought to come from the people’s representatives.
“Enactment of 42 USC 1983 was a confidence scheme tricking us that we need to go to the judiciary for oversight of the judiciary,” Mr. Gentry says. “The proper means to redress grievance against state officials like corrupt judges is in the General Assembly, not the courts that protect other judges. ALL constitutions affirm that the house of representatives has the sole power of impeachment.”
Our corrupt judiciary seldom if ever enforces 42 USC § 1983. Judges hold other judges above the law.”
Mr. Gentry’s website is wethepeoplev50.com, and he is an increasingly familiar source for people in other parts of the country who have run out of options in facing corrupt judges, cavalier treatment in courts and routine denial of due process.