Guest Column: (Legal) corruption in high places

Guest Column: (Legal) corruption in high places

By Barbara Wells

It is disappointing, but not unexpected, to hear that Winnebago County State’s Attorney Paul Logli suggests that private citizens seek justice by filing civil suits against those accused of violating the law. This pattern repeats itself in federal agencies, such as the Department of Justice. In response to numerous complaints of extortion and embezzlement committed by bankruptcy trustees, the Department of Justice advises victims to hire private attorneys to file civil lawsuits against parties accused of committing federal crimes. Of course, it is impossible to pursue justice in civil court against certain parties, when attorneys refuse cases as a conflict of interest. In addition, lawyers taking civil cases look for the amount of damages. Some white-collar criminals know how to nickel and dime their way into riches by violating numerous victims. This makes it impossible for individual victims to pursue justice through the civil court, because the monetary damage in one case is not enough for an attorney to benefit from one-third of the award.

Our state and federal law enforcement heads are attorneys. They know that civil law seeks monetary damages, and not criminal convictions. They want citizens to think of justice in terms of dollars. This new wave of relinquishing responsibility and passing it to private citizens obstructs justice.

I personally met with an employee of the Attorney General’s Office for Illinois and mentioned the report of how some obtain their positions through appointment, and then run in elections unopposed due to agreements between the Republican and Democratic parties. The employee for the highest law enforcement office in the state of Illinois replied that such agreements are not illegal. My opinion is that in a nation where citizens have the right to vote, to deny them a choice of candidates is unconstitutional. It’s a legal way of establishing, and retaining, a monarchy.

From the FBI and Department of Justice field office in Rockford, that in my opinion refuses to recognize hate and white-collar crimes, to the State’s Attorney Office of Winnebago County, we must remember—the real dimension of corruption is measured by the number of people and institutions that turn a blind eye and refuse to investigate or correct corruption.

Barbara Wells is an independent researcher investigating judicial corruption.

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