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Behind the Black Robes: Failed Justice Paperback – August 20, 2009
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About the Author
Johnson lives life her way. An unconventional 74-year-old, she has long been a fierce advocate for fathers' rights in family courts. She is an outspoken critic of the Massachusetts court system, which she says is rife with corruption. In 2002, she ran a quixotic campaign for governor, campaigning in an antique fire truck and promising to use creativity, compassion, and a willingness to listen to the People to mend an ailing government. In 2006, Johnson was barred from practicing law in Massachusetts. "The disbarment by a kangaroo court was an effort to silence my criticism of the courts," she said, adding laughingly, "I'll have to write a series of judicial murder mysteries and kill off a judge in the prologue of every one." A newspaper wrote, "While we don't fully agree with either her politics or her methods, Johnson is a character in a humdrum world sorely in need of more characters. She's the thorn in the side, the thumbtack on the chair. . . . Johnson speaks her mind, and loudly."
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Unfortunatly the organized institution that passes for justice and law is so controlled, so corrupt, and so unbelivable ,...I wish all of us luck with our corrupt and caprecious system. Kudos to her for stepping out with this information. This was a very brave act. And this book is currently underapreciated.
Unfortunatly I don't think the American public is ready to fully grasp the depth and scope of this corruption and malase. Too many want to belive that our system is unfailable and just,....it isn't.
As a twenty-plus year paralegal I was riveted to this book, its storylines, and the legal strategies. Barbara should be proud of, and honored for, this informative work and all it represents. It is time the suffering end and the public's confidence in the integrity of our judiciary be restored. Absolute power corrputs absolutely, and no judge, prosecutor, or minion of the court, is above the supreme law of our land.
Thank you to the author. I was given your book as a birthday present. The best gift I have received since I got my Black's Law Dictionary some eighteen years ago. I will be recommending your book to every advocate for justice I know.
You see the t.v. and newspaper stories and wonder what kind of nut case picks up a gun and shoots a judge, a lawyer, a spouse, maybe even the children and oneself in a divorce or child custody case. You wonder what happened to old Fred, from work, who used to be a strapping young middle-class professional husband and father, and how, since his separation or divorce, he has withered and degenerated into a sickly, miserable failure living in a rat hole. You don't comprehend it because it's not happening to you. But if you want to understand it, this is your chance. In her years as a practicing family law attorney, Johnson will take you by the hand and show you how things like these can happen, are happening, and how, in large part, it all goes to the old but still growing problem of judicial abuse in the courts, on a very local and personal level, and the complicity of the federal government in nurturing and funding this constitutional and social catastrophe that has the potential of victimizing any one of us at any time in our life.
Loaded with anecdotal support from real life cases, the stories alone, though disturbing, are worth the read. It'll leave you feeling like the only thing missing from the image of the judge sitting high on the bench in the black robe is the black hood.
Johnson writes in an expository, and not at all bitter, fashion of her experiences, observations, and problems in the legal system while representing her clients. She expresses a sincere respect for the law, our constitution, and especially of the need to be vigilant and to insure that all players, in this case the judges and courts, abide by the rules as is required by the rest of us.
This is a good read. It should be required reading for every law and criminal justice student, judge, prosecutor, policeman, and anyone with legal authority over others. It is an excellent oppositional perspective but from the inside the system.