When a call from a friend came requesting some coaching on the topic of how to bring the questionable conduct of a judge to the attention of a reporter from the New York Times, we replied that it would be best to take some preliminary fact finding steps and to try to use some community resources first. Our pal of about three and a half decades then asked additional questions about how precisely that phase of her attempt to bring things out in the open should be conducted. We replied that we would have to do a bit of our own research to answer those questions and suggested that she call back on the weekend.
We intended to relay her questions to some of the journalists and lawyers we know in the Los Angeles area. The next morning, we received a call from the President of the Marina (del Rey) Tenants Association (MTA) and indulged in some small talk about political issues in both the San Francisco bay area and the greater "Hollyweird" metropolitan urban sprawl. Before we could ask what our friend back East should do, we were asked if we would like to get away from the numerous issues of concern in the Berkeley activists community and take a working vacation closer to the MTA offices where their efforts to focus on rent control and defining "fair rate of return" and refining the definition of "grounds for recusal " are continuing. Thus we can provide them with a new installment of our ability to perform volunteer work.
Maybe, if we get some extra free time in L. A., we could start a blog for the MTA organization.
While we are in the L. A. area, maybe we can get some tips and information from the Ful Disclosure Network about doing journalism concerned with judicial matters and then relay that information to our friend in New York.
We have been noticing a series of editorials in the New York Times about aspects of the judicial branch of government and we have been sending the links to those editorials to the MTA and Full Disclosure's management, so maybe the New York Times would be open to a story suggestion from a New York state resident.
Earlier this year, we had noticed a large amount of political punditry that questioned the potential for conflict of interest regarding U. S. Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas and his wife who is active in some national political issues. We didn't think that there was any possibility that we could add a substantive column to the debate and sat on the sidelines for that topic.
We noted a recent flurry of political commentary about the news updates on the West Memphis Three.
Doing a round-up of the prisoners who have been freed by DNA evidence is way beyond our limited resources. Isn't that also an example of outdated news?