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Clifford Johnson is a semi-academic naturalized Brit. He first entered the U.S. as a rah-rah Harkness Fellow. For theater, language, and also as a questionable ex-Brit, Johnson adopts a Tom Paine II persona. His activist credentials comprise serial terminations of employment and pro se litigations raising public policy questions.
Johnson claims to be the only person who has sued the Comptroller of the Currency for a failure to regulate a national bank -- the Bank of America -- which he did in the early 1980s.
Johnson's 15-minutes of fame came in the mid-1980s. Then a manager of computing at Stanford University, he sued the Pentagon, challenging the constitutionality of its nuclear hair-trigger "launch on warning" posture, for riskily and unconstitutionally delegating the decision to initiate nuclear Armageddon to a 3-minute computer-governed military drill.
Johnson is currently challenging the Treasury and GAO in federal court, for misrepresentations as to Federal Reserve versus United States currency. The case raises novel issues of law re the government's right to lie.
California's Death Penalty: Mike Ramos v. Kevin Cooper and Proposition 62
In obtaining Kevin Cooper's controversial capital conviction, San Bernardino D.A. Mike Ramos raised unresolved but resolvable doubts as to the integrity of his office. Already campaigning to become the state A.G. in 2018, Ramos raises further doubts by categorically misrepresenting that Proposition 66, to accelerate the death penalty, redirects first appeals from the state supreme court to regular courts of appeal.
Friday, October 14, 2016(3 comments)
California's Death Penalty: The California Supreme Court's Carefulness Con
In California, competing death penalty ballot initiatives both stress that since 1977 only 13 of 951 death sentences have been carried out. But neither side recognizes that the exoneration rate is also scandalously low--at 3 in 951, it is one seventh the rate in other states. In conjunction with in-depth analysis, this statistic squelches the California Supreme Court's "careful examination" excuse for extreme delays.
Monday, January 18, 2016(5 comments)
California's Death Penalty: Dysfunctional Review Dysfunctionally Reviewed
In Jones v. Davis, a lack of articulated "sua sponte" standards caused the off-point reinstatement of California's death penalty. An en banc Ninth Circuit panel should restore Judge Carney's Order Declaring California's Death Penalty System Unconstitutional. The case is a poster-child for Supreme Court review of the constitutionality of the death penalty. Series: Death Penalty doctrine (3 Articles, 3403 views)
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Overdue Process And The Death Penalty
In light of systemically dysfunctional appellate processes increasingly at issue in death penalty cases such as Jones v. Davis, it is necessary that the federal courts promptly retire McKane v. Durston, by declaring that today's Fourteenth Amendment due process guarantee incorporates an adequate criminal right to appeal. Series: Death Penalty doctrine (3 Articles, 3403 views)
Monetary Sovereignty? Give Me A Break! (Part I)
The TPP's failure to set a standard for deciding in which currency to award lost profit damages against governments is a grave threat to the public fisc, but not to monetary sovereignty. Joe Firestone et alia do disservice by affirming that the United States now exercises full monetary sovereignty by issuing its own currency. Series: Monetary Sovereignty (2 Articles, 3061 views)
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Monetary Sovereignty? Give Me A Break! (Part II)
The US is cognitively incapable of exercising monetary sovereignty even in issuing its very own $1 coin. Restoring full monetary sovereignty re $1 denominations by eliminating the $1 bill would result in prompt multi-billion dollar seigniorage gains--even after fully paying for the change--and would restore monetary sovereignty more broadly, if only by curing Fed-fed ignorance. Series: Monetary Sovereignty (2 Articles, 3061 views)
Tuesday, July 15, 2014(3 comments)
Ninth Circuit Leaves Door Open To Suit Against GAO Re Coins Act
In affirming dismissal of a suit alleging Treasury misrepresentation impairing the right to petition for new issues of United States currency versus Federal Reserve currency, the Ninth Circuit left open the door to a suit against the GAO re its Coins Act benefit estimates. The Coins Act proposes to replace all $1 Federal Reserve notes with $1 United States coins.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
A dialog re usury and fraud, drafted in 2009, and drawing on particular mortgage frauds, two of which are described in notes.
Monday, July 29, 2013(3 comments)
S. 1105: Dollar Coins or Paper Dollars?
Reflections on Senate bill S. 1105, introduced June 6, 2013, assigned a 0% chance of passage. It proposes to replace all $1 FEDERAL RESERVE notes with $1 UNITED STATES coins.
How The One-Dollar Coin Can Cure The Economy
This article, written for those well-informed re monetary policy, supports a longstanding proposal to replace all Federal Reserve one dollar bills with one dollar United States coins. It quotes at length a related lawsuit against the Treasury now before the Ninth Circuit court of appeal. The complaint and briefs on appeal are available under the Treasury menu at commondada.com.