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Divorce-Court Judge Faces 74 Charges of Corruption

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"The other twenty-seven appellate opinions all pointed out major flaws requiring reversal in Judge Warner's handling of each case. In most cases, Judge Warner's legal errors were clear and obviously warranted reversal," according to the report.

We had three reactions upon hearing that an Alabama judge might actually be held accountable for gross misconduct:

(1) Hallelujah!

(2) What took you so long?

(3) When are you going to start inquiring into the dozens of other Alabama judges who can match Warner step for step in the corruption department?

Our delight at seeing a bad judge outed is tempered by several doses of reality. The Alabama JIC is a notoriously toothless watchdog. I have filed multiple complaints with the JIC, only to receive a form letter stating that my allegations would not even be investigated. I know of numerous individuals who have received similar responses. So why is the JIC taking action against Patricia Warner? Our guess is that her corrupt acts were simply over the top, she pushed the wrong political button at the wrong time, or she ticked off the wrong person or institutional body. Let's address these three possibilities:

Warner was "over the top"--I've read the entire complaint against Warner, and while she is an abominable judge, she is not all that unusual in Alabama. In fact, we've written about other domestic-relations cases where judges have behaved at least as bad as Warner--if not worse.

We have the Jefferson County case of Joseph Blackburn, who was victimized by a hunting club  where corrupt lawyers and judges cook domestic relations cases; former judges Charles Calhoun and R.A. "Sonny" Ferguson cheated Blackburn and many others.

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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...)
 
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