Today on Felony Friday host John Odermatt is joined by Anthony Pappas. Anthony shares a remarkable personal story of a judge, accountable to nobody, who completely fabricated a story. In a written decision this judge labeled Anthony a terrorist, comparable to the perpetrator of the Fort Hood massacre, and as a violent Class B felon. However, Anthony is none of these things and on this show he shares how this injustice occurred.
Most people would be shocked that a judge has the unchecked power to operate in this manner, without any checks and balances. However, in the U.S. there is no effective accountability over the Judiciary branch of the government. The precedence for this judicial immunity is granted by the ruling in the case of Stump v. Sparkman, which we discuss in-depth during the podcast. This means that in family courts and civil courts a single judge can make capricious and arbitrary decisions regarding a person’s children, property, and well-being, including incarceration.
Anthony was gracious enough to share his story and we hope to have him back on in the future to discuss some other cases where judicial immunity has led to some catastrophic results. Anthony is a man with a long and downright impressive life. He was born in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant H.S. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from M.I.T. in 1965 with a major in Economics and minor in Mathematics. Anthony went on to earn a Master’s Degree and a Ph. D. in 1971 from Yale University in Economics. He has been a college professor in Department of Economics & Finance at St. John’s University since 1976, and continues today. Anthony also, has owned and operated securities brokerage firms spanning 1975 to 2013.
Anthony recommended these relevant readings as a means to gain more knowledge on the topic of judicial immunity:
– Judicial Immunity vs. Due Process: When Should a Judge be Subject to Suit? – Robert Craig Waters.
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