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Resources Promoting Judicial Reform

"Most of us maintain vague notions of justice, but its precise meaning escapes us until we are deprived of it."   Gerry Spence


Television Programs, Documentaries

  • Justice for Sale,
    PBS Frontline
  • Justice for Sale: How should we select judges?, PBS Frontline.
  • Biloxi Confidential, Dominque Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice.  Highlights the murder case of Mississippi judge Vincent Sherry and his wife Margaret Sherry.
  • The Insider (Blue Lion Entertainment 1999) movie, a true story about a whistle-blower in the case against Big Tobacco, set in Mississippi's legal system.
  • The Changling (Imagine Entertainment 2008)  movie based on a true story about a mother takes on the LAPD after refusing to accept an impostor as her missing child.

Agencies, Organizations, Websites, Promoting Legal and or Judicial Reform and Accountability

  • Amnesty International  "Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. Supporters are outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world - so we work to improve human rights through campaigning and international solidarity. We have more than 2.2 million members and subscribers in more than 150 countries and regions and we coordinate this support to act for justice on a wide range of issues."
  • GRIP: Government Reform and Integrity Platform (UTube video presentation)
  • HALT: An Organizations of Americans for Legal Reform "Dedicated to providing simple, affordable, accountable justice for all, HALT's Reform Projects challenge the legal establishment to improve access and reduce costs in our civil justice system at both the state and federal levels."
  • Judicial Watch, "Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation's public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. "
  • Justice At Stake:Appleseed Foundation, "Justice at Stake is a nonpartisan campaign with more than 50 national partners, working to keep state and federal courts fair and impartial. Justice at Stake Campaign partners educate the public and work for reforms to keep politics and special interests out of the courtroom—and to protect what Chief Justice Rehnquist called one of the "crown jewels" of our democracy. JAS is currently funded by grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Joyce Foundation, the Moriah Fund and the Open Society Institute."
  • Lawless America - a website to expose corruption in our government and the federal judiciary.
  • Overlawyered " explores an American legal system that too often turns litigation into a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, erodes individual responsibility, rewards sharp practice, enriches its participants at the public’s expense, and resists even modest efforts at reform and accountability.
  • Transparency International  "Transparency International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world.
    TI’s mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption"


Books about Legal Misconduct and or Judicial Corruption and Accountability

Note: Yall Politics, a nationally respected blog and news source, announced that Kings of Tort, a book on the Dickie Scruggs and Paul Minor scandals will be published December 2009.

FFiction books about judicial misconduct and accountability

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