Crime Does Not Pay: Easy Come, Easy Go.

Crime does not pay. Attorney Eric C. Conn recently found this out the hard way. Conn was a millionaire only a few months ago. Now he is broke and behind bars convicted of fraud and bribery. He collected more than $7 million in payments for filing bogus Social Security Disability Claims from 2004 to 2011. This former millionaire was brazen enough to ask for a public defender. That is about as brazen as a man who murders his parents, and then throws himself upon the mercy of the Court on the grounds that he is now an orphan. Conn filed Court documents saying the U.S. Government had seized all of his property. A judge ruled that Conn violated the terms of his Bond when he escaped to Honduras. He has been forced to forfeit the property put up for his Bail. That includes his Floyd County law complex, valued at $659,100.

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When Judges Break the Law, Should Judges Go to Jail?

When Judges break the Law, Society comes apart. A Judge must maintain a high standard of conduct or be prepared to go to jail A Court-room deprived of its Judge is like a soldier in battle who looses his horse because his horse looses a shoe. Society’s war against crime is jeopardized.
An independent and honorable judiciary is indispensable to Justice in our society. The Code of Conduct for United States Judges state that a judge should maintain and enforce high standards of conduct and should personally observe those standards, so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary may be preserved.
A Judge is a Judicial Officer, charged with enforcing the Law, and maintaining the Temple of Justice. The Law is a Spirit. It is a Process. If the Law is perverted then the Temple of Justice is defiled, the Temple must be cleansed. Cleansing the Temple may require that a Judge who violates his Oath of Office be punished.
If a Judge breaks the Law, he cannot be treated like an ordinary criminal. Sometimes it may be necessary to send a Judge to jail. The Judge must be held to a higher standard.
The Judge knows the Law, and what a sacred trust it is to be the Keeper of the Flame of Justice. For a Judge to transgress the Law, it requires a greater Specific Intent than a Layman needs to commit a crime. The Judge knows how important it is in a civil society for everyone to respect and obey the Law. So, the Judge must be held to a higher standard.
A Judge can break the Law in many ways. A Judge break the Law inside the court room. One way is to simply ignore the Law.
A Judge can use his position as a Judge to further his own personal philosophy. He can hide under the cloak of Judicial Immunity all the while perverting Justice in the name of The Greater Good.
One can hardly think of a crime a Judge could commit more egregious than Bribery. For a Judge to use his position for personal gain is unforgivable. For a Judge to extort bribes from the lawyers that appear before him is a crime worthy of going to jail. Judge David Black Daugherty is such a Judge.

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