Vermont Bar Journal, Vol. 40, No. 2 Vermont Bar Journal, Spring 2017, Volume 43, No. 1 - Page 48

BOOK REVIEWS B ad M inds , H igh P laces A merica ’ s A rchipelago of L egal F ailure by Robert Grundstein Reviewed by Ken Ditkowsky, Esq. I persistently call for honest investiga- tions of defective state legal systems. The prevailing question remains: what state ac- tor or agency will conduct them? Mr. Gr- undstein’s book provides an answer: None of them. In his experience, Ohio and Wash- ington proved that it is possible for a re- gion to deteriorate into a criminal enter- prise from the smallest municipal court to the local Federal District. He believes that without a federal intervention, Cleveland, Ohio would have continued to operate like a benign version of Albania. The “sog- gy white people” of Washington State, as Mr. Grundstein refers to them, have estab- lished the courts as a private means of in- come distribution. Mr. Grundstein has written an entertain- ing first-person account of how he believes he was persistently prosecuted, pursued and jailed for exercising his First Amend- ment rights to expose this happenstance. He was extradited from Vermont to Ohio on what he calls falsified charges to a Grand Jury after being exonerated by the same panel. It took an allegedly illegal represent- ment in Cleveland for the County sheriff to get desired results after the author pub- lished an editorial about a Cleveland subur- ban judge. The author has not been wrong yet. In his account, which reads like a crime drama, the FBI confirmed his claims by con- ducting a huge corruption investigation us- ing 125 agents over 10 years. Arrests are still being made. Not only was the judge about whom Mr. Grundstein wrote subject to investigation and removal, the law direc- tor and associate judge in that court were convicted of bribery and activities related to prostitution. The County Sheriff was put 48 in jail as was the docket clerk who he claims falsified the Mr. Grundstein’s court record. The prosecutor was forced to resign and another prosecutor related to his Ohio case was put in jail. From Grunstein’s perspective, the state made sure he had no voice. ɑȁ݅)ѕɕձѡЁ݅́ЁݕѼ)=иQє)ݽձЁɕ٥܁́፱ͥɽѡ)хє쁅ѡ]ݕЁѼ)Ʌ аѡɅЁ)ѕ䁥͕ɵЁ)Ё)!́́хЁȁ͕ٕɅ)ɕͽ쁙аЁ́͡ѡɅ́ɽЁȴ)ѕȁɔɥéѡ̸͕)=ɝ镐ɕ́ѡ͍́ɕeЁ)ѼȁݥѡЁѡե͍ѥɔ)Ʌѥ́ѡȁѥՕ̸M)5ȸչѕ́͡܁ѡ)́ɽѕѥѕ́ѡ)ݕȁ́ѕ͕ѥٔ)̸ͥQɔ́ѥɕѕѡ͔ݥѠ)Ёѡх́ͽЁ)٥́́ݕȵѥɕȸAͽ)́ѕͥѡͥ́ȴ)ѥͅѥݕȁɕȴ)ѥͽѥQɐѡ͡)܁ѥ镐Ցѕ́)ɔͥ ѥٔɔ́)ͅɥ䁍Ʌ丁%ЁхЁݥѠ)ɕ̰ЁЁ́ЁѼ)ٽٔՑ̰ɽ͕ѽ́ͥд)ѥɽ)չѕɝՕ́ѡЁѡɔ́ȴ)Ёȁ܁ѕՑɥ́)չȁѕ́ ѥٔɔ)ȁݡѥ́ݹɕѼ)ٕЁɔݥѠѡ͕Օ́)ɅѥȁЁɅѥݥѠѡ)ݡхѕٕиQٕ́́)ѕՑɥ̸)Ց̰)ɽ͕ѽ́ѽɹ́eЁѼ)ݕəհ䁕ͥɽ)ȁ́ɕ̸%ӊéЁͅȴ)䁍Ʌ䁉ЁɅѡȁѡՑѥ)٥ȁѕѠչ)ѕ́͡ѡɽ䁽܁Ё)ٔѡѕ́ɕ䁽ѡ)䰁Ё݅ɹ́ѥ)ѕ́ɕ́ͥȁѼ ٕe)Aمɥ齹]͡ѽ)5ȸչѕ݅ɹ́ѡЁѡձѠ) ɕЁ͔ѡ ѥѥ́)͕ѼЁɕѡɔ)͔ѡ́ѕ́ѡЁݗeɔɽՉ)Q́ѕхݥѠ)ɑЁյȰɕչɕ䁅ɽ)5Ё͠Ёȁݼͥѥ̸)%ɽ䰁Ё́ոѼɕٕѡ՝)ѡѽ䁽ɽ啐٥ՔЁ)ѡٕѕѼɽѕЁѡ́٥Ք)Q!YI5=9P H)=UI90MAI%9)Ё́եєѡͥє!ݕٕȰ)Ё́Ѽѽ5ȸչѕ)ɔѡхѕ́]͡ձ)хи)}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}|)-ѭͭ䁡́Ʌѥ܁)ٕȀ̰她͕́хє)Ʌ̰Ց她ѡ͔Qȴ)Ʌ̸́YɔѡULMɕ) и!́́ ܹд)ͭ居ݽ)dȁ Ȁ́48Ё\ѹ̀$) P@ɽЀH٥܁P)$٥dչȁ ѥ( 1ѥѥMѥ)I٥ݕ5AȰĸ)Mѱ䁅ѕȁɕѱ䁽ɑ)ȁ͕䁽Q%٥eչȁ )ѥ$ݽɕ胊q]ЁͽЁ)͕́ȁ䁽ѡٕ́́Ѽ)͕ѽɔAɽ䁄t$)ѡ՝иqȁѡхєՍܴ)ˊQݡ́ȁϊP)ݽձݥɕե͠ѡ́t)̰eչȁ݅́)9Ё䁑܁ѡ܁٥)܁ѡ̸!ձи)ЁͼѡЁԁչѽиЁͼ)ѡЁԁձѡЁչх)ѡɽ՝䁕ѕхԁѡɽ՝и)eչȁ䁹ٕȁٔݸѡЁ)݅́ѡѡȁѡЁ)ɕЁѕمѼ́)ȁЁ݅́ѡ٥х́eչ)ȁ٥ѡЁЁQI)́́́٥͔Ё!مɐ)ѕѼѕ͕̤ѡ)ѕȁɕѼչQQ) )%܁͍$ɥͥ)ȁѼѡЁḬѡ՝$ݕЁѼ̸)]Ё͵ɽݥѠ)́ѕɹ$ɐͽչ̰)ܹщȹ