Los Angeles, California August 21, 2001
Judge McMillan Joins J.A.I.L.
In Part I of this three Part series we told you that JAIL4Judges received
a simple request that said, "I'd like to
subscribe and my husband (a lone, honest judge) and I would like to become members. How do
we sign up? Susan McMillan Sssswm@aol.com"
informed you in Part I that in Part II we were going to report on some shocking facts that
would defy all that we are taught to believe about our fair and open elective processes
that the best man wins, and the man with the greatest votes prevails. Here we shall show
you that the hub of our political process is run more by a mafia type mentality of
threats, intimidation, and criminal acts of terrorism than by the ballot box.
foundation, we would like to pose some questions to our readers. Let's suppose you
received a personal visit from a candidate chairman who disagreed with your political
views and threatened you and told you not to go to the polls on election day? And let's
suppose that nonetheless this threat, you went to the polls anyway to vote. But when you
arrived, you found guards who further threaten and intimidated you to not even try to vote
because you are a non-supporter of their political candidate? And let's suppose you
insisted, despite their "admonition" and got past them and voted for the
candidate of your choice.
let's suppose your candidate won the election, and because your candidate won, you were
again visited in the middle of the night the night after the election with bricks thrown
through your windows, your tires flattened, and other frightening terrorist acts committed
upon you. Would you not say that this was an tolerable felonious criminal act of the most
heinous nature that undermines the integrity of our entire elective process? Yes! We would
all agree. Proof of this conduct would be the outrage of this nation.
we have only one more "suppose" to make this reality to what you are about to
read. Suppose this candidate you wanted to vote for was yourself, and you wanted to place
your vote for your candidate who was challenging a long established incumbent judge who
orchestrated this type of behavior. Would the same criminal conduct outrage apply?
here is the story of Judge Matt McMillan, the judge of Manatee County Florida for the past
three years, and his life of hell for daring to run his candidacy and win against the
previous sitting judge of Manatee County, Judge George Brown.
Our Judicial Horror Story (from the wife's point of view) as
edited by Ron Branson.
Our life has been a nightmare since my husband decided to run for judge in our town where
no lawyer had challenged an incumbent judge in over 30 years. He had no life-long
aspirations of being a judge, but saw a system that was broken and thought he could help
He challenged Judge George Brown for his seat by a common sense legal
reform platform. As the political campaign picked up steam, The Good Old Boy Club of
Manatee County (a real club with an official membership consisting of local judges and
politicians) sent a "messenger" to threaten my husband. That messenger was Paul
Sharff, president of the Manatee County Republican Executive Committee, Jeb Bush's
On that visit Sharff informed McMillan that his life would be ruined if he
broke the "unwritten rule" that you don't run against a sitting judge. He told
us that the entire political forces would rally behind Judge Brown and use their positions
to insure Brown stayed in office. We were informed up front that we were not just running
against Judge George Brown, but against every judge in town because sitting judges must be
assured their jobs for life. He explained that they would not allow Matt to start a trend
of judicial elections, and that they would destroy both of us if he did not withdraw.
told us that The Good Old Boy Club and Judge George Brown would call in every political
favor, pressure people, politicians, and businessmen, including the sheriff and law
enforcements, to ensure Brown's campaign victory and our defeat. He told us it would be
"down and dirty" and that they would stop at nothing, including drugs planted on
us, our phones tapped, and both our businesses ruined. He told us that they would use
their contacts with the newspapers to discredit us, and that truth would be irrelevant. We
would never work in Manatee County again.
suggested an alternative, that we might get the Good Old Boy's
Club's support if we chose another position, such as county commissioner, or waited for a
judicial appointment. But running against a
sitting judge was totally out of the question.
naive kids that we were, we ignored his advice and chose to knock on doors, (5,600 in
all). Our opposition did everything to get us to quit
except to burn a cross on our front lawn. Spray painting obscenities on our front door,
pelting eggs at our vehicles, middle of the night threatening phone calls, slashing our
supporters' tires, a brick through our office windows twice, frivolous bar grievances, and
local media smears like you wouldn't believe.
as Sharff stated, truth became irrelevant. We were permitted no interviews, no media
coverage and Judge George Brown received the endorsement of every organization, every
politician, every newspaper, and every organization, including the Fraternal Order of
Police and the PBA. We were not even interviewed before the endorsements were granted,
violating many of the organization's written by-laws. We neither solicited nor raised a
dime from attorneys, while the Judge George Brown made his phone calls and raked in the
legal community's bucks. The only supporters we had were the common people.
The day of the election, the incumbent and his supporters in the Good Old Boy Club and the
Bar Assoc. spent the day blowing up balloons for his victory party. To their shock and
amazement, Matt we won the election. They were beside themselves, as The Good Old Boys had
never lost control of an election. As the election results were coming in, witnesses
overheard them vowing "We'll see to it that McMillan never takes the bench."
Yes, and they got to work right away. They filed grievances with the Judicial
Qualifications Commission (JQC) and the State Bar the day after the election and even
before taking the bench, and have never ceased.
the help and assistance of all the local judges, my husband has been accused of everything
in the book, namely using "deceitful campaign rhetoric that has impugned the
integrity of the judiciary and eroded the public's confidence in the judiciary." That
he is "beyond rehabilitation and unfit to hold office."
Never mind that in the three years he has been on the bench, he implemented all of the
legal reforms he promised, and that the public has been absolutely thrilled with his
conduct on the bench, and that he has received unprecedented praise from courtwatchers,
Crimestoppers, homeowners associations, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims,
defendants, their families, and a variety of citizens groups. All that was irrelevant.
They set up a star chamber kangaroo court like no other. (There is no jury in a Judicial
Qualification Commission proceedings). The charges
bore little resemblance to the actual campaign literature they relied upon.
The leaps of logic and twisting of words has to be seen to be believed.
courtroom citizen observers were stunned at the guilty-on-almost-all-charges verdict with
recommendation for removal from the bench in spite of no evidence whatsoever of unfitness
to serve, and the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Matt presented a stream of lawyers who regularly practiced in front of him
which testified what an outstanding judge he has been and that they
have never had reason to question his impartiality or fairness. The
prosecution could produce not a single witness to testify that he was unfit.
Chief Judge Tom Gallen, also a member of the Good Old Boy Club, who also had threatened my
husband and I, admitted he had never observed my husband in Court, was the Judicial
Qualification Commission's only witness as to his "lack of fitness."
Talk about corrupt. When the Rule of Sequestration was invoked and Chief
Judge Gallen was excluded from the courtroom during the trial as a witness, he ordered a
county telecommunications worker to run secret microphone and video wires directly from
the courtroom to his chambers so he could observe the trial before his testimony. The
county worker who did the job came forward in the midst of the trial and testified of his
orders by Chief Judge Gallen to run the wires to Gallen's office.
But did that stop the Judicial Qualification Commission from relying on
this justice-obstructing Good Old Boy member as their only witness to McMillan's
"lack of fitness?" Of course not. Even after Judge Gallen was impeached on
almost every statement he made, perjury and all, he remained their star witness. Truth and
justice had no relevance, their minds were made up to railroad Matt. It was a "What
need we of further witnesses" proceeding.
If anyone compared the record and trial transcripts with the findings,
conclusions and recommendations of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, they would sit
in utter amazement, and their mouth wide open.
Of course, if you had been following the newspapers' version, whose
editors also belong to the Good Old Boy Club, you wouldn't be the least bit surprised.
They portrayed Matt McMillan worse than Timothy McVeigh, Ted Bundy, and Danny Rollins all
rolled into one for trying to clean up the legal profession and our impeccable judiciary.
I forget to mention that we later discovered that the threats delivered by the Good Old
Boy messenger early in the campaign were actually accidentally caught on audio tape
because my husband had been practicing a campaign speech into a tape recorder when Paul
Sharff, the messenger, unexpectedly arrived at our office to deliver his message?
After the campaign, when we found the tape and gave it to the US
Attorney's Office. The entire threat was on the tape, and an investigation into Manatee
County public corruption is ongoing.
Paul Sharff has taken the fifth amendment to every question asked, except name and
Thus far, over 1000 citizens have filed amicus briefs with the Florida
Supreme Court demanding that they allow Matt to retain his judicial seat and condemning
the corruption of the local judiciary. These briefs decry the illogical and unfair
findings and tactics used by the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which has ignored all
other sorts of judicial misconduct, no matter how egregious, showing a double standard and
a political agenda against Matt. You won't find mention of this unprecedented public
outcry in the media and the newspapers. Only editorials like "McMillan should
go." "The High Court must Restore dignity to the bench." "Unfit to
Serve." "Good Bye McMillan."
The Florida Supreme Court has never once disagreed with the Judicial Qualifications
Commission. We know they are not about to start now, even though a group of citizens
calling themselves Florida Supreme Courtwatchers drove the 8 hours to Tallahassee and sat
in the courtroom wearing "Keep Judge McMillan" tags the day of his oral
We should get a ruling any day. After he is disrobed, then the disbarment
proceedings will begin. The story just wouldn't be complete unless they
ended his legal career entirely for daring to run against a sitting judge.
These are only the highlights. If I gave you the details, you wouldn't
believe it. We have the tape, photographs, answering machine tapes, and the trial
transcripts to document everything, lest people say "No. Not in America. This
couldn't happen here."
It is the Judicial Qualification Commission, that is designed to be a
check against judicial corruption, that allows the corruption to continue. As long as they
are in power, serving as the lapdog for powerful judges, whose misconduct they ignore,
they will remove any political challenger who ever is naive or foolhardy enough to run
against an incumbent judge and upset their cozy little Judge Club fraternity in the
future. The Judicial Qualifications Commission has unchecked power, unlimited resources,
and no obligation to be even remotely truthful or reasonable. Their secrecy enables them
to get away with their corruption.
read this expose about our so-called "elective processes" that claims to afford
equal opportunity to all, we ask you to join the nationwide demand for a criminal
investigation and a publicity blitz that will never quit. JAIL4Judges has been called upon
to spearhead this publicity, and Judge McMillan is now advancing JAIL4Judges. He is
publicly demanding a trial before a citizens' jury after the order advocated by J.A.I.L.
for publicity, instead of the insider judges of the Good Old Boy network. He fully expects
the establishment media to deride him publicly for demanding this. The more he is derided,
the more publicity he expects to receive on behalf of JAIL4Judges. If you are an
independent newspaper source, give Judge Matt McMillan a call. Everyone, report on this
travesty. Schedule him on your radio shows, get him on your cable network shows. Let's
keep this fire hot! Let his voice be heard! May he shake the foundations of our entire
political system! (Stay tuned for Part III of "Judge McMillan Joins J.A.I.L.)
Judge McMillan may be contacted for interview at (941) 751-0475, or by
email at Sssswm@aol.com.
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