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Being a middle-aged college student during the pandemic felt degrading being labelled as “non-essential.”
Especially when those of us in the college classroom evolved virtually by the second. During the 11th hour before the world went into lockdown, college administrators declared all campuses closed with “stay at home” orders.
Teachers scrambled and students with no means of accessing laptops or technology dropped out. Being labelled non-essential was the reward they received while the students with wealth pioneered on.
Technological poverty played a huge part in college attrition based on access alone.
The best way to define being a “Non-Essential American” would depend upon where each person was when the world stood still. A great place to start would be retrieving livestream footage.
The footage would share the non-essential seeking socialization from their living room on the scene of COVID-19. Fear and loathing set the pandemic stage. The non-essential waited while confined to quarters scared to leave the house.
The non-essential would be viewed wearing fleece pajamas while being glued to the T.V. wondering when the two-week “stop the spread” fallacy would end. The best way to describe the feeling of being considered non-essential could be summarized with one word—useless.
Being a journalism major prepped me for being labelled “non-essential.” We get labelled non-essential in our field by our viewership who disagree our field is needed.
The journey through the non-essential desert of Nevada began in August of 2020. Although I was nowhere near Barstow, the world was batty from being stuck indoors for what seemed like nothing short of eternity.
The purgatory from “stopping the spread” messed the world up in the head. At least in Nevada anyway.
The story of evolving into being non-essential happened after traveling into the void of no return aboard United Airlines on a trip to Las Vegas. The self-funded trips began surveying the damage of the national lockdown for journalism research.
The pandemic segregated Americans between vaccinated, pronouns, and essential versus non-essential categories, which disenfranchised many who work hard for their paychecks.
The categories listed reflect upon the feelings and observations witnessed as a field reporter working remotely from home during the pandemic.
The only means for reporting the news came from staycations and blogging in virtual courtrooms. Convergent media styles began.
The reporter had to get creative by reaching audiences without meeting with their subjects on the beat.
Non-essential is not breaking news. No rhyme or reason.
Only people stuck at home loathing in their pajamas and dealing with the virtual blues.
The month of Nevrurary spanned during the months of March, April, May, and June in 2020. 2022 recalibrated us from a war in Ukraine to a new way of existential virtue.
The existential non-essential worker stayed home while the essential were recognized through empowerment during a pandemic of the commercial industry.
The back labor from sitting in the recliner all day was met with dust and remote-control lust. Being labeled as non-essential did not produce robust reward yet, the non-essential received a stimulus and those who were Las Vegas sex workers traveled the desert without reward.
The brothels and bordellos sat vacant. No patrons or guests visited them there.
Just the empty feeling of not having love. No government caring whether they lived or died.
The Nevada homeless residents went unvaccinated while suffering from delirium tremens with no passersby to feed their fix.
The non-essential vagrants living on the streets of Las Vegas migrated to the water tunnels. That was until the bi-annual desert deluge arrived.
The locals say the floods are nothing. No big deal. No thriving only living day-to-day. The non-essential of the pandemic were washed away.
Sitting in my hotel room staring out the window, I looked over at the television where the non-essential water tunnel dwellers were crying at City Hall for the city to warn them.
The drains of Las Vegas end up getting plugged during floods. The homeless who live below the city appeared dead and bloated when their corpse surfaced on the streets.
No welcome committee greeted them, and no Raiders football player wrote their name on their cleats.
The non-essential of Las Vegas dance on Fremont Street who break dance to dubstep on YouTube.
Most of all, the non-essential flew the friendly skies masked all day. Flights were cancelled without notice or repayment. The non-essential still pressed on with their meaningless life.
No corporation recognized their strife other than scraping data from their phone. For the first time in human evolution history, the human became a corporate commodity. Artificial intelligence made them feel restless and alone.
Non-essential Americans appeared like drifters coming out of cybernation.
The micro aggressive 45th president was on the television barking right there greeting them. The president lashed out violently come the election through the platform of Capitol Hill insurrection.
His voice sounded like a boil or an ulcer spiraling with infection shouting across the nation during a colonoscopy. The non-essential witnessed the prosecution during the second impeachment alter media evidence claiming their submissions as credible exhibits.
The prosecution exploited truth with no Constitutional consideration. Being a non-essential disabled protected class veteran has plagued me for 25 years.
The hardship of being non-essential tasted in my tears. The college journalism venture launched my non-essential documentary platform on the virtual stage.
The documentary has captured the vantage point of America during fits of rage. Loneliness and trauma from social isolation was not felt by the essential who worked through the pandemic.
What about my professors who taught in front of empty classes? Labelling them as non-essential would be classless.
Grace appeared during times of despair.
The divine and her energy meet us on the non-essential origin of error. She gave us this day of compassion. Her heart sees no human as disposable.
The non-essential label turned human bodies into digital avatars instead of providing the ends with merit. Merit no longer mattered. Human life is of the highest degree.
How could our America do this to me?
Grieving and gnashing of teeth fill the minds of those who experience non-essential grief. May we all unite as one.
The enlightenment of humanity happens with unity.
The pandemic refugee stuck at home tells the story. The non-essential Americans of COVID-19 took their cybernation into uncharted destinations from feeling useless while stuck at home on staycation.
Never had we witnessed anything like what happened March 2020. The non-essential are now the leaders of this nation.
Writer’s note: I hope the reader gains a sense of appreciation for those who are labelled as non-essential. The insight regarding my personal experience as a field reporter helps spark advocacy for those who need love. The use of stoicism, the cold truth about tragedy and the scientific value of being left behind, set the editorial tone. The project was abstract and needed to take off my reporter hat and really think colorfully. I hope to use this practice in future writings as a method of brainstorming flow with my fact-infused magazine copy submissions in Las Vegas and Hollywood where I write freelance under my pen name Robert Cobert. Journalists cannot write creative editorials under their published names, nor can they receive perks. I write creative nonfiction for my side hustle and find differentiating between two entities bleeds into each form of writing.
50 years of heavy metal music making watched singers come and go.
Halford was not the band’s original front man though. Halford’s debut happened when his sister introduced him to her partner at-the-time, Ian Hill, who was Judas Priest’s long-standing bass player and cofounder, where she scored him the job.
50 years later, Halford set out with his band on tour commemorating their debut and played songs from their earlier album, “British Steel,” which was noted by Halford as one of their all-time greatest achievements. On March 13, 2022, I turned 47, and witnessed the tour at Zappo’s Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Overcoming the Impossibility of Stigma
Growing up, Halford’s overcoming of impossibility with being secretly attracted to men, led him through a hidden life due to hetero dominant metal hard-edged norms between the ‘70s and ‘80s, which started when Halford was a boy.
I later learned he had a secret. Little did I know growing up that while Judas Priest won hearts and blew minds, Halford was about to begin his journey of coming out with his sexuality, which led to advocating for equal rights as a “homosexual” in 1998, according to Blabbermouth.net.
Looking back in time for the 50-year heavy metal reflection, the hard driving heavy metal retrospective viewpoint of Halford, provided stories about twists and turns that could have ended the band.
The band dealt with controversial issues during the ‘80s. Nonetheless, Halford was my saint growing up in a divorced home listening to Judas Priest while drowning the fact that my parents split.
The song would lead me to places on my dirt bike like the railroad tracks where we would hang out with junior high kids.
We would wear our Judas Priest logos on our jean jackets. We all kept our cigarettes in the inside pocket next to the black permanent marker we used while proclaiming our rebellious stake as troubled youth.
I grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, as an alderman’s son, who’s community shunned those who were open about their sexuality during sermons on Sunday.
While sitting in church anxiously awaiting listening to Judas Priest after, we never suspected Halford was hiding himself to protect his fame and fan following.
Halford was a gifted singer with a golden voice, which does not stand in the way of his talent.
The hetero dominant society we grew up in did not allow us the freedom to wear our jean jackets in the basement of church gatherings, who warned us about listening to Judas Priest and “getting high.”
At the time, the band was dealing with parental advisement over a suicide pact claiming Priest influenced the ordeal. The incident almost ended the band.
Defenders of the Faith was my first cassette I bought at Exclusive Company on College Ave. “The Sentinel” drove my pre-teen cigarette smoking angst into sipping booze in my parent’s liquor cabinet and sneaking out to wonder College Ave. on the weekends.
Notably, the angst of Halford’s manifestation of fame, started with the “British Steel” album during the cold war and performed events like “Live Aid” and raised awareness about oppression that eventually witnessed the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
50 Years of Heavy Metal: The Halford Legacy
From introspect, Rob Halford was my Archangel growing up and looked up to him for being a bad ass. Halford fueled my rebellion.
One thing fans love about Rob Halford is his falsetto screams and his stage presence with his motorcycle, which his fans adore.
He is also notorious for reinventing fashion with his biker attire on stage. He is tall, veering around 6’8.
I met him at Ozzfest. His screams were heard for miles that day at Alpine Valley.
From a triumphant standpoint, this year, Halford brought back his friend and songwriter from the ‘80s, Glenn Tipton. Tipton played three songs at the end of the show in Vegas for Parkinson’s disease awareness.
Tipton was also the other cofounder. Tipton’s condition took him away from the band. Seeing him play was like being a part of a victory celebration. The show was one of the greatest birthday gifts a Judas Priest fan could ask for.
Halford is notorious for beating the odds and overcoming impossibility of performing in a hetero dominant entertainment field. Musicians and fans in the ‘80s flashed sex appeal.
The band transformed their sound and style when new drummer, Scott Travis, made his debut on the “Painkiller” album. He replaced drummer Dave Holland due to a rape incident involving a 17-year-old boy. On January 16, 2018, Holland died at age 69, according to Rolling Stone.
The band quickly snapped back after the Holland controversy. The British Steel legacy remained.
Stephen Hill of Metal Hammer shared Halford’s words during an interview on March 2, 2022, whose headline states, “We’ve never made a record like British Steel, and we never will.”
The author’s feature shared insight about Halford’s sexuality during the interview. The story style is a “Q and A” format that provided Halford’s responses.
Hill asked, “When was the first time you became aware of your sexuality?”
Halford’s partial response noted, “you start to question yourself: ‘What’s wrong with me? Am I a freak?’ because you hear people saying you should be locked up for it. As a young person, it does your head in. You have to learn to deal with all of that.”
By 1990, the album “Painkiller” opened many opportunities for Halford’s sexuality and image.
The ‘aha’ moment occurred when the band toured after the album’s release. Halford told Kerrang according to the “Song Facts.com” website that “Painkiller embodies what metal is – it’s everything a full-on screamy metal track should have. Everybody is going a million miles an hour on it, and yet the melody still comes across. That statement that ‘He is the Painkiller’ – you get 30,000 metalheads chanting it at a festival and it’s a great feeling. It’s become a very important song for Priest, and for metal too, I think.”
“Painkiller” became the opportunity to build a second empire and did. The album’s success with Travis opened a portal to audiences young and old.
Surprisingly, the major choices Halford and Judas Priest needed to make led to finding the right drummer.
From an entertainment addition, Travis provides commentary and drum solos that built the second empire into an icon.
Between sexual identity and following the bad press with the Dave Holland scandal, the band had to reinvent itself.
Travis opened the door and the band celebrated 50 years of success as a well-oiled heavy metal machine. The group acted by delivering on their word each time a new album was released. Halford stands up for what he believes and his band backs him for his sexuality.
The awareness required for the band’s success was trusting Halford’s intuition with coming out.
The secret would not have to stay hidden for long and helped those dealing with stigma locate resources along with fundraising for Africa with Live Aid. The band became resourceful by sticking together and forging what they believed.
As a front man, Halford’s reliability provided a solid voice with each performance through self-care and adversity over oppression from a hetero dominant society.
Halford’s advocacy opened many new doors for the oppressed by coming clean about his sexuality and staying true to his convictions. The miracle of the 50-year iconic feat revels in the truth that fans stayed true throughout the duration.
50 years of heavy metal mastery resulted from fan loyalty, which drives the band’s legacy and success.
On August 22, Rev. Ras Jesse invited the Jaded Patriot Press to his status conference hearing at Branch 12 in Madison, Wisconsin at the Dane County Courthouse.
A request for recording devices was sent within one week to Judge Chris Taylor. The first item of business read into the State of Wisconsin v. Jesse Schworck case questioned the validity of creating a documentary sharing Schworck’s experience representing himself pro se.
The Jaded Press obtained redacted transcripts but could not authenticate the truth.
The truth? Judge Chris Taylor refuses to perform her duties in the best interest of jurisprudence, like Judge Hoffman, who oversaw the Chicago 7 trial with Bobby Seale.
The Wisconsin Court system binds and gags the Constitution. No different than 1968.
The deputy chief of police and his Spring Splash task force in Whitewater, Wisconsin ended the month of May event-free due to Coronavirus.
Ordinance violations found in the 2019 Whitewater Police Blotter Reporttotaled over 90 pages ranging from throwing a football over the street to felony convictions. One year later, the statewide stay-at-home order forced the event to go virtual on Facebook. Deputy Chief Dan Meyer opened the books during an interview to unveil the 2019 Spring Splash aftermath expressing concerns for his community.
The Whitewater community pays for the aftermath when Spring Splash comes to town. Spring Splashers in 2020 went virtual saving the city from another year of a burnt-out task force who stayed at home instead. The city of Whitewater will now have a surplus going into 2021 due to the COVID-19 quarantine.
The American judicial system witnessed the dissolving of segregation during the Vietnam War draft. African Americans, who served in wars leading up to Vietnam, did not receive equal honor for their time spent defending their nation. The African American community spoke up through its leaders.
One man, Bobby Seale, stood up to a judge who sought to destroy him in the name of prejudice. Judges like the one Seale faced oftentimes scorned the valor of African American servicemembers in court and in the press.
The Vietnam War draft sparked a heavy-handed blow to free speech by the federal government through the Anti-Riot Act of 1968, which cracked down on the African American press starting with the Black Panther by gagging Seale.
The federal government did all it could to ignore due process by indirectly administering a gag order that not only silenced Seale, but symbolically administered prior restraint, abridging Seale’s Sixth Amendment right by assigning counsel without due process (Seale, 26-27).
Abuse of process happened the moment co-founder Bobby Seale of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense received Honorable Julius Hoffman’s three-day torture standing up for his rights. As an American prior service member, Seale used his platform to publicly speak on behalf of his fellows serving in Vietnam through his press speaking historical truth. Seale, as a social justice advocate, stood up to the federal government through jaded patriotism.
Seale was not a militant. He was a jaded patriot. Jaded patriotism resulted from scorned valor, which hardened the heart and soul of those receiving less than honorable discharges like Seale. The scorned advocate of the ‘60s laid down their life to fight the system of oppression with rigor and might, instead of accepting defeat, who protected the people.
Abuse of Process
The First Amendment should never tolerate gagging any person who served in the military under any circumstances despite their discharge when appearing before a judge. Those who serve deserve fairness in court and equal mobility.
Scorn valor happens, which leads to oppression, and results in resistance. The riots of the ‘60s were the artistry of scorn valor.
The African American press spoke truth by spotlighting corruption instead of accepting abuse of process. Scorn valor fueled the jaded patriotism platform. Jaded patriotism turned pride into anger and the American people were left to deal with the aftermath.
Abuse of process happened when Seale was denied his liberty by the deplorable absolutes of contempt and prior restraint in the aftermath of the 1968 Democratic Convention.
Judge Julius J. Hoffman’s balking from the bench with the “Chicago 8” was one that not only ended up in mistrial, but wasted time and money with appeal, which ended up costing the American people valuable resources pertaining the safeguard of the First Amendment (Alonso, 49-88).
Hoffman refused to honor the request to postpone his high-profile trial so that a political party attorney could be excused for gall bladder surgery and wait until a later date (Seale, 44-45). Hoffman committed the deplorable act of scorn valor with his mistrial in the case of United States v. Bobby Seale (1968).
Throughout history, judges like Hoffman would instruct Americans about their due process rights in one breath and then apply a loosely governed gag order for contempt flexing their muscle with the other.
Gag orders and contempt of the ‘60s did not require accountability that almost cost America the restriction of free speech. Physical restraint gag orders allowed judges free reign with Anti-Riot Act of 1968, enabling abuse of process without punishment.
The casualties of the war on free speech oftentimes intersect with the First and Sixth Amendment through contempt and gag orders. During the Vietnam War, America challenged the validity of dodging and speaking out against the draft with cases like Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971).
Social justice became the platform of advocacy through civil rights demonstrations, by seeking justice as the protestor and peacekeeper, which challenged its government through jaded patriotism. Jaded patriotism as an advocacy faced discrimination and degradation commonly found in the independent press, which reported about the African American post-military servicemember in court.
Gag orders and contempt charges became a method to wield authority over the community and silence the African American press, which corrupted American history. Judges like Hoffman simply viewed African Americans and the press as a threat, which enabled contempt prior to investigation through abuse of process.
Court authorities exercised their heavy hand during trials and blocked the press from reporting through prior restraint. The corrupting of the Constitution through abuse of process and prior restraint wasted America’s resources with unnecessary procedures, such as appeals.
The American justice system needs to invest in governing judges who prolong unnecessary trials like Seale’s. Ethically, Seale had every right to stand up to his oppressor, especially when the defendant spoke on behalf of an entire political organization during a time when the African American was forced to be seen and not heard.
Being African American in Times of War
The federal government during the ‘60s favored restraint and obedience. The federal government despised African Americans who spoke out against the war by categorizing them as “militants,” which allowed deadly force during riots. Celebrities like Muhammed Ali refused to fight in a war for a nation who treated his descendants as disposable casualties of war.
Seale supported Muhammad Ali’s stance. The only casualty was the African American servicemember fighting a war for those who prejudiced them in wars past. Conscientious objection drove the heart of the Vietnam War Jaded Patriot during a time when segregation lifted, and the federal government enforced the draft. Tension rose to new heights and Americans were looking for change with equal rights.
Many evaded to Canada or sought asylum to other countries to avoid the draft. Scorn valor became their means to recover as refugees, who avoided society, instead of hanging onto hope of ever finding the means to end the draft. Their protector, the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, defended them in the press by reporting about equity and fairness for African Americans on the home front.
The ongoing struggle with oppression in the African American community dealt with being treated second rate due to segregation from previous wars. Seale sought to set the record straight by standing up as the resistance, to a war that cost America its children, who were forced beyond their will to engage in the Vietnam conflict because of the draft.
The Black Panther Protection from the Draft
During the Vietnam War, veterans returned home from deployment receiving ridicule and shame from Americans. The Black Panther Party Ten-Point Plan sought to stop African Americans from serving and being drafted, which played a major role with Hoffman’s perception and abuse of process.
Seale would not tolerate drafting African Americans in a war that mistreated his people, who spoke publicly to address his oppressive government. Seale used the Black Pantherto warn the people of his discoveries as a party leader. Seale did not waiver. Many would witness Americans waiting to spit on them and disrespect them while wearing the uniform.
Scorn valor became their reward for their sacrifice. Degradation was their thanks viewed on the television set.
The argument, presented by the Jaded Patriot Press, reports from the scene of transparency, while profiling the misuse of American justice in the ‘60s with Bobby Seale.
Through the jurisprudent inspection of Bobby Seale’s appeal and mistrial, the truth of jaded patriotism surfaces through the slamming of Hoffman’s gavel, who abused his prior restraint and contempt powers, which proliferated his unethical agenda. Revisiting Julius Hoffman’s infractions to the Black Panther and the African American press avails scorned valor.
Jaded patriotism presents the argument that the federal court committed several undermining acts, which sought to disrupt the Black Panther community in support of Seale, thus cheapening free speech through the independent press and unlawful actions to control the leader of the Black Panthers.
Hoffman used his authority to abuse the Constitution, through charges against the Anti-Riot Act of 1968, which enabled corruption and witnessed the unbecoming of judges.
The Jaded Patriot Profile
The jaded patriot profile of Bobby Seale clashed with the concepts of segregation, who stood before Judge Julius Hoffman with truth, and Hoffman did not respond with due process. Seale was armed with extensive knowledge of legal self-defense and demanded his judge stand down from contempt (Seale, 121-128).
Hoffman’s exchange with Seale would not give an African American his or her due process rights without prejudice. Seale’s contempt sentences created prior restraint of the African American press, and the Black Panther survived while its co-founder sat in confinement after mistrial (United States v. Bobby Seale, 1968).
Hoffman did not follow his sworn allegiance to act morally, as the moral agency of the court, and perpetuate Americanism in the presence of those who served, being the fulcrum of justice without prejudice.
Hoffman was an immoral judge. Hoffman’s first responsibility was to act in accordance with transparency and justice for all Americans in court. Hoffman was hired to be a man of virtue, not deceit.
Integrity did not take the bench the day Bobby Seale asked to have his representation be his party’s attorney. Seale scoffed at his judge’s “conspiracy 8” media hyperbole, while sitting in his chair pondering how Huey P. Newton would move the party forward while Seale sat in jail (Seale, 121).
The trial disrupted the communication of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Bobby Seale went all in for the sake of preserving free speech.
The jaded patriot did time for no committed crime because his judge sought to throw the book at him. Judge Hoffman did not act with maxim, which would honor “A general rule or pattern or behavior that one act in accordance with” (Burner, Raley, 343). Had he done so, the Doctrine of Double Effect would have proven him solvent based on the good effect being the postponing of the trial.
Philosophy Professors Dr. Richard Burner and Dr. Yvonne Riley, authors of “Ethical Choices: An Introduction to Moral Philosophy with Cases,” define Dr. John Rawls’ Doctrine of Double Effect as: “When an act will lead to both a good and a bad effect, it is permissible to perform that action only if all four of the following conditions are satisfied:
Moral Principal Condition: The act cannot itself be of a kind that violates a principle, for that would make the act wrong.
Means-end Condition: The bad act cannot itself be the means for achieving the good effect.
Right Intention Condition: One must intend only the good effect, not the bad effect.
The Proportionality Condition: The good effect must be at least as great as the bad effect (Burner, Riley, 183-184).
“We must clearly distinguish between the act itself—what someone does—the intention, and the two effects. Condition one applies only to the act; condition three to the intention, and conditions two and four to the effects of the act” (Burner, Riley, 184).
When Hoffman issued contempt and paraded his courtroom through a trial that should have been postponed, Hoffman’s choice became the deliberate bad end. Hoffman’s reverence to both the First and Sixth Amendments were the good end.
Instead, Hoffman violated rule number three which states, “One must intend the good effect, not the bad effect” (Burner, Riley, 183). Hoffman flexed his authority with malice to make Bobby Seale submit stating, “Shut up sir” (Seale, 111). The heated exchange began when Seale requested his lawyer, Attorney Charles Garry, stating clearly, “There’s just one lawyer that I want; no sub will do” (Seale, 111).
Had Hoffman respected decorum, he would have held himself accountable by considering principal number three of the Doctrine of Double Effect, representing the best interest of Constitutional fairness as a priority.
Hoffman went off the grid taking matters into his own hands, whose choice produced a bad effect by applying restraints to Seale. Meanwhile, the trial continues, and the bad effect decision maliciously administers contempt charges, which punished a man standing up to an authority of justice who was supposed to be fair and impartial.
Hoffman willfully committed the penalty of allowing the jury to weigh the evidence when the trial should have respected Seale’s wishes to allow his representative to appear. In retrospect, the infractions committed by Hoffman gagged both Bobby Seale and the African American press.
The jaded patriotism resistance became an underground medium communicating through the free press, which allowed for the African American press the ability to send papers to the troops who served.
The press showcased protestors stepping back from freedom, instead of blindly following an unjust war, which was protected by the First Amendment, and the troops were made aware. Freedom fighters like Seale and Ali led the jaded patriot charge.
Muhammad Ali’s Supreme Court overturning of convictions provided the African American community with hope of being free from discrimination through the course of his draft appeal. Appeals awarded the jaded patriot with fervor to continue to speak truth in the African American press.
History displays the heart of the jaded patriot who does not step aside. They are a social justice advocate who deserve fairness in court.
The Defense and the Vexatious Absolutes (Hoffman’s Motives)
In the case of United States v. Bobby Seale (1968), African American history could not turn its back. From introspect, Seale defended his position while protecting the integrity of the Constitution, who stood in the presence of Hoffman’s violations. Bobby Seale’s trial pivoted democracy over the cliff.
The courtroom broke out into disruptions, which tolerated the unethical behavior of a high-ranking authority in federal court, and the undermining of jurisprudence. The prosecution provided the jury with speculation that led to the judge moving forward with the trial (Seale,45-49).
The law ignored the requests of the defendant (Seale, 45). Judge Julius Hoffman was not concerned about the delicate relationship between the First and Sixth Amendment. Hoffman’s first job as an ambassador of justice should have been to acknowledge his conflict of interest.
The Constitution maintains the original position and moral code of judges. Judges who commit infractions through gag orders bypass the Constitution with their authority to restore order in the court. Hoffman manipulated Seale’s trial with a litter of contempt charges.
Harvard Law Review Editor Norman Dorsen commented on the trial stating, “For Judge Hoffman himself to rule on the contempt charge is to permit him to be a judge in his own cause—to lay down the law, to prosecute those he believes violated it, to sit in judgement on his own charges, and then, within broad bounds, to punish as he sees fit. A Wisconsin court described this as ‘perhaps, nearest akin to domestic power existing under one government’” (Seale 21-22).
The vexatious and deplorable absolute: Judge Hoffman ruined Seale’s life without restriction. Ultimately, Hoffman’s trial landed in mistrial, which manifested the deplorable absolutes of Hoffman’s abuse of process (Alonso, 73-80).
In retrospect, Hoffman’s subpar decision-making requires a logical explanation. Unfortunately, there is none. The Jaded Patriot Press mistrial and appeal inspection draws the line in the sand requiring tougher enforcement on abusive judges like Hoffman. Hoffman abused the Black Panther Party for Self Defense the day he ignored the request of defense attorney’s representation—the vexatious absolute.
The vexatious and deplorable absolutes of the African American press during the Vietnam War showcased the undeniable truth that an African American could not possibly be treated as a patriot in court. The judge viewed them as jaded and treated Seale and the African American press as such.
For Seale to allow the judge’s abuse of process in federal court during a time when America spit on those returning home, would scorn the valor of Seale’s sacrifice. Seale could not be silent.
Seale spoke up saying, “Your Honor, I would like to correct something for the record that Mr. Kunstler here has just stated. He said that on the 29th he was informed that I didn’t want him for my attorney. Correct that, because it was a Friday, the 27th, if I am not mistaken, that I filed a written statement firing all of these other lawyers who represented me on pretrial motions and proceedings” (Seale, 44).
Seale stood up to his oppressor to preserve the power of the people and set the record straight. The trial should have been over. The right end would have been to grant Seale his request and pass the trial onto someone else who did not have a vested interest.
Hoffman knew Seale’s speech outside the 1968 Democratic Convention symbolized a nation on the verge of unrest, and Bobby Seale played a key role in protecting the people. Seale could not back down to intimidation.
Hoffman represented the government, who was hell bent on enforcing decorum instead of due process and free speech. Had Hoffman won, democracy would have failed.
The 1968 Democratic Convention
The year was 1968 and the war on the home front with Vietnam hit new heights to end the draft and stop the war. For the first time, America saw a presidential campaign being marauded by angry citizens. Seale was one of the eight speaking out against the war.
Seale was asked to speak as a last-minute replacement at Grant Park who was not at the demonstrations in Chicago ’68 to defy a Federal Anti-Riot Act, he was speaking on behalf an entire political party to include a working press (Alonso, 33).
The Mayor of Chicago Richard Daley ordered his police task force to “be tough on looters and rioters,” and to “shoot to kill” anyone who threatened Chicago’s peace (Alonso, 25).
Protestors came to demonstrate the Democratic nomination of Hubert Humphrey.
Yippies, hippies, peacekeepers, and “clean-cut supporters” backed Sen. Eugene McCarthy.
Protestors showed up to display their dissatisfaction with the present condition of the war in Vietnam.
Young Americans largely supported McCarthy, who opposed Americans being involved in the war (Alonso, 27). In summary, Alonso writes, “months before the Convention, the radicals advertised their promise to ‘turn the city upside down’” (Alonso, 27).
Prior to the convention, a similar occurrence broke out on a Wisconsin university campus. On Oct. 24, 1967, a riot broke out at Library Mall of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Students began organizing against the government when the Central Intelligence Agency began recruiting at the Commerce Building.
Students formed anti-war protests against DOW Chemical Co., which sparked upheaval. Riots and protesting of the Vietnam War became commonplace, thus the need to enact an anti-riot legislature. The UW Madison chancellor dealt with DOW Chemical protests, fueling the fire prior to the Chicago ’68 Democratic Convention (Maraniss, 77-90).
The war’s use of napalm and the harsh chemical side effects troubled peace protestors to break out in rage. The home front captured each event in the press and the Black Panther was no stranger to spreading the word taking action to stop the war. Riots offered the Black Panther Party resistance a venue, who reported from the riots as a literary force through the African American press.
In 1968, Chicago was nominated as the host for the convention, and the streets became packed with protestors standing firm with ending the Vietnam War, which witnessed an explosion on August 25, 1968 (Alonso, 29).
The Democratic Convention during the heat of the Nixon era sparked animosity, required an 11 p.m.curfew, a “Festival of Life” that turned ugly, a police show of force to prevent protestors from sleeping in parks, and three men “in nearby Grant Park, Bobby Seale, David Dillinger, and Tom Hayden addressed a crowd” of 10,000 people, where Hayden announced, “Make sure that the blood is going to flow, let it flow all over the city (Alonso, 27-33).
“The Chicago 8” were cited for inciting the Grant Park riot and became the scapegoats for the mess from the convention in federal court. “The mere fact that the United States Government chose to prosecute carefully selected political leaders in the aftermath of the 1968 Democratic Convention suggested that no ordinary trial would ensue” (Seale, 16).
Judge Julius Hoffman was selected to be the referee overseeing a zoo in his courtroom, which could not be tamed, and ended in mistrial.
Bobby Seale converged both due process and free speech during his trial. The press of the ‘60s focused on the war, not so much on the war at home. The independent African American press published the truth about the war at home.
In the case of United States v. Bobby Seale (1968), America would view a judge hell-bent to deny Bobby Seale the right to represent pro se or utilize his party’s attorney during the trial of the Chicago 8 (Alonso, 49). Seale called out Hoffman on every turn seeking due process and the ability to speak pro se (Alonso, 51). Bobby Seale, demanded America respect the African American and their service in all wars.
The Trial of the Chicago 8
Seale represented the Black Panther Party for Self Defense and was not about to settle for anything other than a mistrial or acquittal, which eventually happened, landing him three days of inhumane treatment and 16 charges of contempt (Alonso, 73-80).
The gag order authorized by Judge Julius Hoffman robbed Seale of his right to appear pro se, on the count of his political lawyer’s absence, who “always saw the ‘defense in any criminal case as the enemy and his duty to help put them away’” (Alonso, 37). Hoffman cited contempt each time Seale spoke up, who stated “Sit down, Mister.
You will defend with that attorney” (Seale. 44). Seale would not entertain Hoffman’s jaded due process. Hoffman assumed the position as the decision-maker regarding who would defend Seale (United States v. Bobby Seale 1968).
“The Chicago 8 were to have been the first test of the 1968 Conspiracy Act, passed as a rider attached by Senator Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) to the Civil Rights Act” (Seale, 8). Hoffman’s historical trial required an ethical judge, not a ringmaster of a circus, who should have postponed the trial in accordance to establishing a standard to act as a judge indiscriminately.
Judge Julius Hoffman dishonored Seale on the premise that his logic did not meet the test of the Doctrine of Double Effect. Hoffman’s background as a representative of justice overstepped his boundary in reverence to jurisprudence. Hoffman wanted to punish Seale for making a mockery of his court.
Hoffman knew his authority need not be backed up by virtue when applying Seale’s gag order. He abused his authority as a court official, which affirms the judge was corrupt. Hoffman made clear his motive to lead by example, tolerating the shameful display of scorn valor, which witnessed the jaded patriot being denied freedom. Hoffman’s decision-making ability became prejudice.
His past reputation should have been taken into consideration during the judge selection process of the trial. The likeness of scorn valor appeared in the press the day of the mistrial of the “Chicago 8.”
Seale was not made whole because Hoffman refused to reschedule a dead trial. Hoffman did not follow protocol. He followed the bad end. His trial got the best of him with prejudice. Hoffman forced a man who served the Air Force to sit silently in court, against Seale’s morality, receiving prior restraint.
Hoffman did more than defame Bobby Seale. He disenfranchised the entire independent press. Hoffman followed a double motive ignoring maxim with all counts of contempt. History shows due process got the best of Honorable Julius Hoffman.
Clearly, Honorable Julius Hoffman’s motives would not honor Seale’s request to receive his Sixth Amendment rights (United States v. Bobby Seale, 1968). The judge, using whatever means possible to establish decorum, made clear the defendant could not go peacefully forward into his sentence, as a co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense (United States v. Bobby Seale, 1968).
Gag orders give judges too much power by allowing them the power to suppress the independent press and press executives. The Doctrine of Double Effect focuses on the taproot of judicial decision making and court reporting.
The Doctrine of Double Effect would quickly reveal Hoffman’s infraction tainted the need to continue the trial. Hoffman sadistically carried out his wrath and his mistrial spotlighted his abuse. Jaded patriotism featured the infractions during the events by reporters and protestors.
Had America followed due process in Hoffman’s court, ethics would have played a primary part. Hoffman knew that jaded patriotism was developing outside his courtroom through mass communication.
African American history survived in the independent press. African American history develops an absolute of truth through its accounts of abuse of process. When the federal government stifles the independent press through heavy handed threats met with contempt charges, American historical accuracy flounders.
The facts of African American history during the Vietnam War draft pinpoint where scorned valor began. Fundamentally, scorn valor is a measure basing the performance of the oppressor. The American people cannot govern gag orders and ruthless judges. Jaded patriotism carries the liability justice cannot afford.
The selection process of trial judges must conduct conflict of interest investigations based on the track record of the judge and their authority of the court. In Chicago of 1968, the Vietnam War riot story showcased the absolutes of the federal government jamming the African American press.
The Black Panther Party lost its ability to speak and print through Hoffman’s gag order. Charles Garry was Seale’s attorney representing a co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Garry made decisions based on the party as Seale’s attorney, who was the only responsible person arguing on Seale’s behalf.
Hoffman did not bother to excuse himself from prejudice. Bobby Seale stood before a judge ignoring jurisprudence playing pickle with the prosecution ignoring both the First and Sixth Amendment.
The judge stacked the deck unfairly by balking when the trial began. The decision to postpone the trial would have been the good end in the eyes of jurisprudence. The judge forcefully handed down 48 months of prison time over contempt charges that took away Seale’s life and forced America to excuse his excessive gagging of Seale to his chair (United States v. Bobby Seale, 1968).
In essence, from the vantage point of objectivity, Judge Julius Hoffman goes down in history as a ruthless villain who scorned the valor of the African Americans deployed to the Vietnam jungles.
When upholding the law, Hoffman ignored logic. Logically, an unbiased judge would favor the postponement of the trial, or allow Bobby Seale to represent himself pro se. The infractions of prior restraint became the words of the Black Panther, and at no time should have been allowed to continue the trial further.
The tug-of-war with the printed voice of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense and the power grab by Judge Hoffman in a federal court did not play it safe by doing the next right thing. Instead, the federal court appointee fought for the wrong reasons when free speech was at stake.
A panel of superior judges should be required to authorize gag orders through a three-to-four-party signature to include sanctions. To quell jaded patriotism in the justice system, a panel of Constitutional advocates ought to be appointed, especially when historical truth is on the line.
Free speech applies to both journalists, defendants, and lawyers as a mutual vested interest. Hoffman could not stand disorder of any kind in his court despite being a hypocrite with his abuse of process.
From the vantage point of reputation, Hoffman did want to view the receipt of his misdeeds by the Black Panther (Seale, 112). In the end, jaded patriotism is Hoffman’s legacy. Hoffman’s decisions sparked the jaded patriotism resistance through his prior restraint with Seale.
In 1976, a similar case of prior restraint opened the floor of the Supreme Court to begin the process of creating due process regulation of gag orders in court.
The Vietnam War ended, and America began to inspect abuse of process during the ‘60s. Seale’s cries through his gag allowed the free press to respond in favor of reform. The press examined:
Who was harmed by the good end when the doctrine of double effect impacted African American liberty and respect to freedom?
The over punishing of African Americans on trial for crimes against the Anti-Riot Act of 1968.
Their defense appeals.
The costly mistake of mistrial (Camp, 427-430).
Seale’s restraints were not necessarily unauthorized, just unmonitored, and excessive, like someone receiving two lethal injections for a death sentence. Gag orders are equally damaging as lethal injections, which must be monitored.
Unmonitored gag orders are above the law. Hoffman as a moral agent should have taken the position of protecting both a good and bad end of his trial. Instead, Hoffman led his trial all the way to the end knowing Seale was not represented by his lawyer. Had Hoffman followed jurisprudence with integrity, he would have postponed the trial.
He allowed the African American press to forcefully accept his prior restraint to silence Seale’s Ten-Point Plan from its protected First Amendment rights.
Hoffman’s misuse of justice crumbled as Seale’s appeal unloaded Hoffman’s abuse of power, which led to an end with due process governance of unruly gag orders.
Seale represents the scorn valor of the African American press during the Vietnam War.
Hoffman created jaded patriotism and the African American collective body would not remain silent when sending their children off to fight the draft. Gag orders kept the press and Seale silent to avoid embarrassment.
Gag orders are both political and physical. Prior restraint can be administered freely without a writ because of Hoffman. Gag orders get away with dissolving the independent press. Whether gag orders be written or silenced with chains and a rag, the African American press advocated against abuse of process, which is ongoing.
Spotlighting corruption through the lens of political philosophy, contained in Dr. John Rawls’ Doctrine of Double Effect, allows the weighing of the merits of jurisprudence, which cannot weigh in favor of a dirty judge.
Seale got a raw deal and now the African American press is tarnished for life. Scorn valor of African American servicemembers of the Vietnam War cannot be any justified ends. Like a two-headed coin, Hoffman is corrupt on his face.
Law Professor John D. Zelezny defines abuse of process as “the improper use of any legal procedure—that is, the use of legal procedure for some ulterior purpose” (Zelesny, 163).
To inspect the misuse of legal procedure, the weighing of the merits with Judge Hoffman’s decision making would clearly show he prevented a good end by forcefully binding a member of the press. His First Amendment prior restraint ended in an ugly three-day ordeal (United States v. Bobby Seale, 1968).
Bobby Seale, reflecting on his stance, states, “The fascist state representation (what has been done to black America for countless years) was seen being done to even white youth who are demanding and protesting rightfully, for the same just society that the hearts, minds and souls of black people, and brown, red, and other oppressed, have been crying out for and demanding for years” (Seale, 128).
The trial was Seale’s platform for abolishing fascism and would have had the trial been postponed. The trial was the mark of an era of political leaders being denied their Constitutional rights.
Hoffman’s abuse of process began when he made the decision to pursue the trial despite Seale’s lawyer’s life-or-death surgery. Hoffman and the prosecution played “Who’s on First,” a parody by Abbott and Costello, stating “Your honor, this is a ploy. It’s just a simple, obvious ploy. At first, we were told by the defendants that they had a trial team of four men” (Seale, 45).
On Nov. 6, 1969, Chicago Tribune Reporter Joseph Boyce observed Attorney Charles H. Garry filing a notice of appeal while recovering from surgery. Upon interview, Garry stated, “The multiplicity of punishment for the same act is not only barbaric but ludicrous and the judge knows it or should know it.
He should have been entitled to an arraignment, the right to have counsel, and a jury trial. He should have a judge who is not already prejudiced against him to decide the contempt citation. I think the judge is out to circumvent the due process of law” (Boyce, 2).
At no point should the prosecuting attorney have argued that the defendant be forced to accept the court’s decision, or to forcefully adhere to the abuse of process with their First and Sixth Amendment rights, but to be allowed to speak on their behalf and select the attorney of their choice.
Hoffman balked and misrepresented justice, which allowed an evil end to fully manifest manipulating the jury. Hoffman should have set the standard of due process as the authority of the court.
On November 11, 1969, Chicago Tribune Reporter Robert Enstad wrote, “Judge Hoffman said the federal court has rules of conduct for criminal proceedings and Seale had reportedly violated the rules during the trial, even including the first day. He said he had done everything he could to maintain decorum in the courtroom and even found it necessary, last week, to order Seale bound and gagged to keep him from shouting” (Enstad).
Hoffman did all he could to keep the trial moving forward even though he forgot to allow the defense the opportunity to postpone the trial. Hoffman ignored his responsibility to ensure the Constitution remain intact, which cost him a mistrial.
Scorn valor began with Hoffman. Jaded patriotism developed in the press. Ultimately, Hoffman’s refusal to see past his nose and recognize his conflict of interest in complicated trial, damaged courtroom ethics by defending decorum, and ignored his responsibility to protect due process.
Hoffman failed to cultivate justice, who barbarically kept the trial going to make waves with the African American press covering his trial. His 16 counts of contempt warranted the Black Panther Party for Self Defense to act and did.
In 1972, the United States v. Bobby Seale (1968), 461 F. 2d 345 (7th Cir. 1972) appeal offered insight with Hoffman’s trial appearing before United States Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit. Judge Hoffman committed the deplorable act of contempt prior to investigation, which scorned the valor of the African American servicemember through Bobby Seale as their advocate.
His prosecution co-conspired against Seale by inflicting “the certificate of contempt.” Seale’s appeal documented the occurrence for his 16 contempt charges stating, “In the certificate of contempt, the trial judge found that each the 16 acts of contempt constituted:
A deliberate and willful attack upon the administration of justice.
To attempt to sabotage the functioning of the federal judicial system.
That the misconduct was of so grave a character as to continually disrupt the orderly administration of justice.
Declaring the mistrial severance of Seale were the emergency measures taken to ensure a fair and orderly trial of the other defendants” (United States v. Bobby Seale, 1972). The abuse of process happened to promote the means of punishing Seale beyond human measure and wield power over those who defied the draft. The appellate court ruled:
It was their duty to consider Seale’s desires and predicaments with each appeal and his intent.
Seale requested to discharge counsel and represent pro se be voiced mid-trial.
Considerable weight was given according to Hoffman’s balancing of interests with all parties involved.
Ruled against Hoffman stating, “The trial judge must make his determination on the basis of ‘the facts and circumstances of the case’” (United States v. Bobby Seale, 1972).
The final ruling of Seale’s appeal stated, “The issue, one of first impression in the federal courts, is fraught with difficulty, be we resolve in favor of the appellant” (United States v. Bobby Seale 1972). The court “articulated the scope of judge’s authority to punish under the contempt statue in derogation of regular due process procedure” (United States v. Bobby Seale 1972).
“The appellate court noted that the defendants’ behavior in the courtroom required correction from the judge. However, a panel of judges went on to state that there was a high standard for the behavior of judges, and improper actions by defendants and their attorneys does not give the judge any reason to behave with less dignity” (Alonso, 86).
Law Review (Due Process Rules)
By 1976, University of Nebraska Law Student Laurie Smith Camp, who later became a Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Nebraska, began dissecting and inspecting gag orders to provide insight regarding applying due process with gag rules and orders (Camp, 1).
The American Bar Association met in August at the ABA House of Delegates to discuss new court procedures to ratify due process application and the issuance of gag orders. The meeting proposal sought to “reduce the current glut of judicial restraints by providing more specific procedural guidance than was offered by the Supreme Court in Nebraska Ass’n v. Stuart 1976” (Camp, 427).
The American Bar Association discussed two major pressing issues: “When does the Constitution allow a judge to gag a journalist, lawyer, or other individual interested in the trial? Should one who violates an improper or erroneous gag order be punished?” (Camp, 428).
The American Bar Association’s proposal sought to inspect the power of judicial restraints with three major respects:
The use of due process standards preventing the issuance of unnecessary gag orders.
The use of due process would not offend the First Amendment freedoms of speech and press as gravely as does the current use of no-notice prior restraints, and yet would not be as expensive as other alternatives in the present system.
The uncertainty of the system should be rectified by the “standing guidelines—special order approach” of the American Bar Association proposal (Camp 429-431).
Camp states, “The Constitution provides protection against possible abuse of power by judges but does not contemplate the effects of joint action by attorneys and journalists during trial proceedings” (Camp, 432).
Camp cited the United States v. Dickinson appeal of 1972, which appeared before the Fifth Circuit to address a gag order that was issued without due process.
Camp wrote, “Under the Dickinson rule, if a judge erroneously restrains the publication of any trial information, attorneys and journalists must abide by the unconstitutional court order until an appellate decision is in an effect. Otherwise, they must go to jail” (Camp, 438).
Seale went to jail. Seale received an appeal. Camp’s law review outlines the troubling abuse biased judges enforce that needed attention during the trial of Bobby Seale.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press issued a newsletter in 2001 titled, “Secret Justice: Gag Orders.” Contributor Ashley Gauthier’s “Good judges, denying gags” column discussed the liability of being a reporter.
Gauthier states, “Gag orders may sometimes seem like an inevitable part of a reporter’s life. A judge has many less restrictive alternatives to choose from, including extensive voir dire, changes of venue and admonishments to the jury to sway the news reports. Nevertheless, many judges choose to impose gag orders” (Gauthier, 6).
Gauthier noted several honorable attributes pertaining to judges who have been persuaded to move past the use of gag orders. Gauthier states:
Judges in at least eight states have moved away from the common practice of issuing gag orders.
The small number of them based on these members make decisions based on making members of the bench noteworthy.
Florida holds the largest number of gag order denial found in Gauthier’s search (Gauthier, 6).
The conflicting points of interests with gag orders depend upon the abuse of process. A contempt gag order results in restraint of the defendant. A press gag order, as outlined by Gauthier, pertains to the reporter.
In the scorn valor case of Bobby Seale, Hoffman allowed the trial to continue until mistrial. The judge needed to be reprimanded. Both forms of gag orders were used to wield power. Gauthier notes, “Martin Reader, an attorney for the Palm Beach Post, attended the hearing in West Palm Beach and told the Reporters Committee that the judge did not believe it was necessary to issue a gag order when the parties could, on their own initiative, simply refuse to answer questions of the press” (Gauthier, 6).
Seale was an ambassador for African American servicemembers. Both physical restraint and press gag orders applied to Seale’s testimony. He had both his First and Sixth amendment rights tampered with by Hoffman.
For the sake of jurisprudence, judges like Hoffman are the reason why sanctions should be established between both defendant and the press. The First Amendment protects the press while the Sixth Amendment allows the right to act in a sovereign state (moral agency) making decisions on the outcome of the jury’s decision.
Hoffman tampered with both the press and jury with Seale. Without due process, judges like Hoffman are not required to act as moral agents, which makes gag orders an unethical practice.
By 1997, Paul L. Hoffman of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review shared the lessons to be learned regarding the gag order in the O.J. Simpson civil trial. Like in Seale’s case, a gag order was applied that did not “withstand the First Amendment scrutiny and given the unique nature of the Simpson case, should not be used as a precedent for issuing such orders in future civil cases” (Hoffman, 333).
Author Paul L. Hoffman writes, “On August 13, 1996, when Judge Fujisaki issued a draconian gag order directed against all lawyers, parties, and certain other trial participants, prohibiting them from speaking publicly about the trial” (Hoffman, 334). The judge enforced an order that silenced a high-profile case. Gag orders shut the door to social injustice debate.
Seale, like O.J., drew national attention. The only difference, the O.J. Simpson civil case sought punitive damages instead of criminal charges. The civil case enforced a gag order with a strange twist. “The gag order issue in the Simpson civil proceedings arose from an unusual procedural posture. On August 13, 1996, without advance notice, Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki issued a sweeping gag order” (Hoffman, 335). Fujisaki’s order stated:
No public awareness that the order was being considered.
Proceedings took place in an undisclosed chamber for conference.
The lawyers for Goldman later stepped back upon further reflection.
No motions made, no briefs filed, no evidence submitted.
No factual findings were made (Hoffman, 336).
Judge Fujisaki enforced a gag order without due process. Hoffman states, “News of the order spread quickly, and lawyers representing television, radio and print media, joined by the ACLU challenged the order” (Hoffman, 336). The American Civil Liberties Union and the media challenged:
The need for any gag order.
The volume of Simpson’s coverage of his proceedings.
The coverage over the course of 26 months was highly publicized.
The ACLU amiscus curiae brief, presenting a pressing argument that the August 13 order constituted prior restraint.
The order could not meet strict requirements that governed restraints (Hoffman, 336).
Paul L. Hoffman’s law review offers less restrictive suggestions starting with admonitions. Applying admonitions according to Hoffman, “would be ineffective to prevent prejudice at trial. A court must determine that such an order is both ‘necessary’ and the ‘least restrictive means’ of achieving the objective of avoiding prejudice at trial. If admonitions are effective, then a gag order is both unnecessary and overly restrictive” (Hoffman, 349).
Admonitions are warnings issued prior to contempt. Through admonitions, court decorum and freedom of the press are monitored with integrity and support the claims made by the Doctrine of Double Effect.
Gag orders flex their muscle on the press, jail the defense in contempt, and restrict the people from truth. Gag orders require reform. Gag orders patronize the people, especially those who are African American in court. Jaded patriotism becomes the aftermath.
On February 7, 1996, the Boston Herald reported about a similar outlandish gag order case. Bobby Seale’s trial became the topic of discussion during a murder trial involving two secretaries of an abortion clinic, which became a high-profile case. The defendant, John C. Salvi III, became disruptive like Seale.
A civil trial lawyer from Boston and former Superior Court Judge Rudolph Pierce weighed in on the gag order threats from the bench with the Boston Herald. Pierce states, “Nobody likes to do that, because every time you do it someone is going to say you prejudiced the defendant’s rights” (Talbot, 6).
Talbot citied the exact nature of Seale’s jaded patriotism, who agrees with the governing of gag orders stating, “Some judges have gone to extremes to silence defendants, memorably the Chicago Seven trial in 1969 and 1970, when seven men were tried for rioting at the 1968 Democratic Convention.
But it was Bobby Seale, then the Black Party chairman, who was tried separately from his seven comrades, who received the harshest treatment after derisively calling Judge Hoffman and ‘old man’ and demanding the right to defend himself” (Talbot, 7).
The fact that Seale was met with force substantiates the origin of jaded patriotism. Scorn valor tolerates stacking the deck in favor of the prosecution eliminating due process responsibility to the Constitution. The African American press protects the historical truth as an independent reporting source.
When a judge abuses the people’s trust, the people should be allowed to ask them to be excused.
Gag orders are oftentimes appealed and overturned. Gag orders cost money with appeals. Gag orders are a waste of resources and need to be ratified to bind the powers of abusive judges in court. Gag orders handed down by biased judges are the reason why journalists must never abandon the position of the independent press.
Alonso, Karen. Headline Court Cases: The Chicago Seven Political Protest Trial, A Headline Court Case. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2002, pp. 16-89.
When painting the portrait of the model judge for a murder trial, one could select from a palette of attributes like meticulous calculation, attention to detail, objective listening, fair-minded reasoning, problem solving, and critical thinking blended with hues of virtuosity in contrast to decisiveness.
Society paints portrait judges based on their ability to effectively discern the weight of the merits with justice.
Democratic societies paint portraits of their judges at their courthouses who exhibit dedication to protections of freedom and jurisprudence not media prestige.
From the portrait vantage point of Judge Peter A. Cahill, the picture painted an authority figure who flip-flopped his decision to allow broadcast media in the courtroom, which opened the flood gate to new ways of covering murder trials. Cahill’s reverse decision landed Court TV over 22 million viewers the day of Derek Chauvin’s verdict.
The State of Minnesota selected Judge Peter A. Cahill as their Court TV world ambassador. Cahill resided over the Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin Trial viewed across the globe.
As Minnesota’s top pedigreed judge, Cahill’s career portrait showcases all forms of law demonstrating decades of dedication to his profession as a lawyer, professor, and critical thinker. Cahill, with grey splendor, did not anticipate biased trial coverage, setting the precedence of the United States Constitution’s discourse, which skated on the thin ice of juror exposure to Court TV ‘s commentary that exploited the fourth estate.
Court TV’s coverage appeared more like a sheriff of the wild west wrangling a runaway bandit wanted dead or alive. Cahill’s venue turned a blind eye to biased coverage and Constitutional ignorance.
Court TV’s trial by media sought to bring down Derek Chauvin like a town sasquatch on the run. Court TV anchors made sure to bring the opinions of expert witnesses to seal Chauvin’s fate during sidebars and deliberation.
In the meantime, Judge Cahill’s reverse decision painted the self portrait of second guessing across the globe. The only means to save face with justice would have been to only allow closed circuit view and no media at all.
From the vantage point of textbook decision-making, Cahill’s last-minute decision to allow courtroom coverage took high-stakes risks in a high-profile trial by endorsing Court TV’s subsidized commentary.
The George Floyd Murder Trial coverage painted the future of courtroom past practice line-by-line. Cahill’s social distanced portrait of a judge during a pandemic ruminated around second guessing where the trial was heading.
Cahill sat behind plexiglass, masked, and robed, mumbling into a microphone. Cahill’s selection of Court TV tolerated a broadcast service with a reputation for favoring the prosecution.
The State of Minnesota selected Judge Peter A. Cahill to oversee the George Floyd murder trial at the Fourth District Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis.
Cahill grew up outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin graduating from Oconomowoc High School in 1977. His father, Jerome Cahill, served twice as District Attorney as both Republican and Democrat.
Judge Cahill was appointed May 30, 2007, elected in 2008, 2014 and 2020 whose current term expires in January 2027.
Cahill received his Juris Doctorate Degree through the University of Minnesota Law School graduating magna cum laude in 1984.
Cahill also received his Bachelor of Arts through the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts in 1981.
Cahill’s resume portfolio exuberates a variety of experience ranging from teaching, serving as a public defender, Domestic Abuse Prosecution Clinic Supervisor, County Attorney for the Violent Crimes Division, Managing Attorney for the Juvenile Prosecution, Chief Deputy Hennepin County Attorney, who taught legal writing, and lectured trial practice in Criminal Procedure and Advanced Trial Advocacy.
Cahill’s selection meant his career hung in the balance of public opinion as an elected official, while following in the footsteps of his father, which spotlighted his decisions, especially with jury selection.
Judge Cahill’s weighing of the merits over jury selection and the bystander footage risked exposing potential jurors to Court TV commentary. Although Cahill carefully examined each witness, their response to social media bias, their affiliation with groups, and their stance in the community, Cahill forgot to check the manual on screening for an unbiased media source for coverage.
Jury selection made for difficult decisions after realizing the impact of the bystander footage.
From a balanced and merit-weighted measure of integrity, the judge centers the defendant’s right to a fair trial as the fulcrum of jurisprudence.
From the examination of a citizen journalism vantage point, the Cup Foods bystander footage argued the national riots were justified by the media as “violent protests.” Reporting riots as “violent protests” would be considered unethical based on the virtues of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The SPJ Code of Ethics states, “never deliberately distort fact or context. To be accountable and transparent. Journalists should explain ethical choices to audiences.” Violent protesting defuses all forms of moral code in a society.
Judge Cahill made decisions centered on social media organizations and their alliance with bystanders demanding justice.
Had Judge Cahill dismissed bystander footage as evidence, the fulcrum of justice could have favored the defense. Bystander footage became the fulcrum of jury selection.
Jury selection by Judge Cahill carefully examined the potential of social media influence affecting his trial as his second job.
The defense argued that jury selection would be too difficult with the bystander footage zooming in on Officer Derek Chauvin with a biased view. The defense spent each day questioning potential jurors regarding their stance with bystander footage.
Attorney Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s defense attorney, cross-examined jurors regarding the bystander footage.
The likelihood and stakes were high that potential jurors had been exposed to the ballooning of the footage by social media.
Prior to the trial, the media rarely disclosed the nature of the arrest stemming from Floyd purchasing cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill, which started the chain-of-events. Judge Cahill’s jury selection faced the uphill battle of a hyper politicized trial, which made for a lengthy jury selection.
Judge Cahill made clear the jury would be required to view civil unrest as wrongdoing and those who believed violent protests were justified would be excused.
Rioting is civil disobedience and should never be tolerated according to the scholars of philosophy.
From a judicial vantage point, the decision to allow coverage assumed Court TV would cover their end as the means with their social contract with viewership. In retrospect to the national riots, the judge’s stance not to allow the broadcast of his trial was ironclad.
The decision to allow media coverage began with the defense’s request to petition the judge’s original order not to allow coverage, which changed the trial’s historical outcome. The defense’s request eventually argued the televised trial would not allow fairness.
Attorney Eric Nelson is responsible for his client’s decision and ultimately his future law practice. Judge Cahill remined jurors routinely that bias would not be allowed in his courtroom.
“Bias can affect our thoughts of who and what we see and hear,” Judge Cahill expressed to the jury unaware of the commentary happening on Court TV.
From the vantage point of viewers, watching through Court TV, Cahill was not about to let anything slide on his watch.
His job directed both the prosecution and defense to ask pertinent questions, limiting the scope of the cross-examination of jurors, and to dismiss potential jurors who would demonstrate a biased view towards police. Jury selection ended on March 29, 2021.
From a jurisprudent vantage point, once a judge commits to a ruling, the decision seldom gets overturned. Cahill’s reversing of his order affected trial coverage, evidence submission, media viewpoints, sidebars, and historical moments, allowing Court TV commentary lacked objectivity.
The judge’s primary job weighed the merits of expert opinions, witness testimony, and evidence to ensure Derek Chauvin received a fair trial, which required his focus, not inspecting journalism ethics.
Ironically, the defense’s request for trial coverage persuaded the judge to think twice. All parties of the trial were unaware of media coverage ethics. Court TV was their aggregating medium as the ends in their social contract to remain unbiased as a journalism normative standard.
Upon thoroughly investigating the background of Cahill, an open records request revealed on June 29, and September 11, 2020, the defendants brought motions before the court requesting audio and video broadcasts of the trials.
The state would not concede nor allow any audio or video coverage. After careful consideration, Cahill released his report to allow broadcast coverage. Cahill was not about to allow the jury to be scrutinized by a packed courtroom.
“Bias can affect our thoughts of who and what we see and hear,” Judge Cahill expressed to the jury unaware of the commentary happening on Court TV.
Court TV’s coverage of the trial did not offer an objective view, due to Judge Cahill’s decision, which dismissed journalism integrity.
The judge’s disregard to the fourth estate of the Constitution did not protect the journalistic interest of the viewer. Commentary tainted the altruistic view of the press.
Judge Cahill’s third job weighted the decision whether or not to sequester the jury daily. Cahill’s decision not to sequester until the end of the trial ran the risk of juror exposure. Jurors willfully admitted when questioned that family viewers watching Court TV had messaged them.
From the argumentative inspection of the defense attorney’s viewpoint, the trial was highly publicized, which would not allow his client a fair trial.
Nevertheless, the trial pressed forward once jury was selected by Judge Cahill. The court allowed three cameras: one in the back with the vantage point facing the witness stand, one mounted to the wall behind the jury box, and one “on or near the bench facing lectern where counsel examines witnesses,” as noted by Judge Cahill’s order.
The judge examined evidence through slide presentations during trial coverage. Aside from slides, the courtroom camera vantage points outlined by Cahill restricted viewers to a limited view.
Vantage points from bystander, body worn cameras, security cameras, and cell phone footage entered as evidence required Judge Cahill to determine their fitness in relation to the cause of Floyd’s death recorded on the scene.
Vantage points from bystander cameras provided jurors with a biased view of Officer Derek Chauvin allowing for prosecution and defense to recall through instant replay, which ran the risk of mistrial.
Watching George Floyd die over-and-over felt like backing up and running over roadkill. Where is the jurisprudence in that?
Judge Cahill’s decision to allow the prosecution to call several experts who recalled the footage led to the prosecution’s beating of the dead horse of redundancy called out by Cahill.
The security camera footage from inside the Cup Foods market told a different story. The security camera showed Floyd putting something in his mouth.
Cahill’s job sought to determine whether to allow evidence, to examine interpretations, and to call out any opinions presented by either party overruling objections that presented speculation.
The defense claimed Floyd put a pill in his mouth, whereas the prosecution objected, stating the footage would be too hard to tell, which Cahill sustained.
Upon deliberation, Cahill decided to convene for the day. Cahill appeared stoic at times, concerned with the statistic of a mistrial while dismissing the jury.
On April 5, 2021, at 4:53 PM Eastern, Judge Cahill stated, “just remember, don’t talk to anyone from the media about the case,” laughing after removing his battleship grey face covering.
The media’s viewpoint through Court TV, anchor Vinnie Politan examined the weighing of the verdict throughout the trial as a columnist. Politan brought in experts to weigh in on Cahill daily anticipating a mistrial.
The jury continued to remain free from sequester despite several close calls. Did Cahill make the right choice?
The court teetered at times over the consideration to sequester regarding the role social media played outside the courtroom. As protests formed throughout Minneapolis, crowds anticipated the judge’s decision to call a mistrial standing at the ready to develop into civil unrest.
From the authoritative vantage point, the judge shoulders the crux of accountability in the media for acquittal and mistrial sought to paint him as a failure. Judge Cahill’s decisions determined the outcome of a “blue-on-blue” controversy, which bared the weight to assign sentencing of a former police officer upon guilty verdict.
During the trial, citizen journalists on social media continued to comment to the world what they believed was unjust, which opined based on what was heard from Court TV, who acted as instigators. Citizen journalists use cell phone vantage points to skew their Facebook live view to persuade viewers to act.
Media reporting sources like the Star Tribunespotlighted Cahill’s dismissal of requests from state Attorney General Keith Ellison advising him not to stream the trial. Ellison argued forcing witnesses to expose themselves would invade their privacy leading to controversy.
Ellison felt threats and intimidation would result. Ellison argued, “Cahill’s order sets a wider precedent that could require the broadcasting of all high-profile criminal trials.”
Vantage points become viewpoints. Viewpoints influence the masses through the media. The masses organize protests. Protests develop into civil unrest.
Judges face harsh criticism by the media as a part of their vocation. Public opinion and public approval determine the length of the judge’s career.
Vantage points by the media during trial coverage limited the amount of exposure members of the media would be allowed.
On April 14, 2021, WCCO 4 CBS Minnesotareported Cahill denied the request to acquit Derek Chauvin sharing vantage points from the trial. The reporter outlined key points regarding the odds of acquittal, which were presented by Attorney Eric Nelson on day two.
The spotlight shined on the opinion of Chauvin’s training steering away from Cahill’s decision-making ability. The coverage of the case provided viewpoints of the prosecution and defense who argued over the relevance to establish the use of force and whether it was reasonable.
Attorney Nelson attempted to raise ongoing concerns regarding media exposure through sidebar. Sidebars address the bench to cross-examine courtroom protocols during the discovery phase of the trial.
Trial coverage on Court TV presented a social distance view. One view showcased the judge, the next was the defense, and the third view shared the prosecution. When Cahill called for sidebar, all parties covered their mouths, as if they were calling an audible like a fourth down last-minute decision.
Side bars from trials in the past showed the attorneys approaching the bench. The George Floyd murder trial presented many new ways of approaching the bench.
This new method of sidebar changed the future of court vantage points by the media. Sidebars consider items off the record. Minnesota Court Rules require protocols when approaching the judge’s bench.
After the final sidebar, the defense called for another mistrial, which Cahill overruled. Derek Chauvin invoked his fifth amendment and Judge Cahill had the Hennepin County Court transfer evidence to laptop computers prior to closing statements.
The decision to sequester the jury came into play after the breaking news revealed Duante Wright had been murdered accidentally by Minneapolis police, which led to sequestering the jury finally.
The judge left jurors free to leave for the weekend who would be sequestered the following Monday.
Controversy broke out in the media with Congresswoman Waters demanding a guilty verdict. Cahill continuously cautioned jurors not to watch the news when they went home for the weekend.
Sequestering in the beginning would have shielded the jury from making biased decisions based on the probability of media exposure.
Judge Cahill’s job as an authority figure from his bench and plexiglass vantage point observed the pressure to finish the trial. From the media viewpoint, Cahill’s decision to allow media coverage tolerated the skewed view of his trial with Court TV viewers through commentary, which tampered the outcome.
Cahill’s decision to trust that his jurors would avoid the media after being called out several times walked the tightrope of mistrial. Cahill’s dismissal of the fourth estate tolerates courtroom paparazzi according to the Society of Professional Journalists.
Was commentary even considered when selecting Court TV?
Judge Cahill’s media selection indirectly exposed him to biased decision-making. One could argue and say Cahill would be protected under the Veil of Ignorance. The original position of Judge Cahill’s decision would not entertain any request to broadcast his trial.
Had he known about biased commentary examination by the Society of Professional Journalists, he could be liable. Ultimately, Cahill’s decision entertained the defense’s motion through Attorney Eric Nelson.
He was not advised of journalism ethics as a decision maker for the court. The broadcaster is responsible.
Court TV’s trial by media corrupts the Constitution, the justice system, and denied Derek Chauvin a fair trial. Judge Cahill’s leniency with commentary indirectly endorsed the double standard of Court TV’s biased coverage.
Weighing the merits of justice would rule Derek Chauvin could be considered the Court TV media’s Nelson Mandela. Shackled before the world like David Walker, masked like Bobby Seale, intimidated by Rainbow Push through Jesse Jackson by Congresswoman Waters, and put on trial by the Court TV expert commentary, paved the road to contempt without due process as a televised event.
Chauvin responded to a dispatch call reporting Floyd to the police for purchasing convenience store items with a counterfeit $20 bill. The security camera vantage point spoke the truth about Court TV’s trial by media, which wasn’t released when America began protesting with scattered incidents of rioting and looting.
Judge Cahill’s job from the slam of the first gavel sought to give Derek Chauvin a fair trial who let everything go ruling not to sequester. When one protected class attacks another there is a cancellation of civil rights when the media edits footage and dismisses objectivity, which is the Society of Professional Journalism Ethics perspective of the fourth estate’s vantage point in reverence to protecting the doctrinal authority of the Constitution.
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We, Autumn Landmine Productions and the Jaded Patriot Press, have been asked to create a video slide show for Mark Kelderman. If you would like to contribute, please subscribe to the You Tube channel and thank Mark’s sister Carole for allowing us this privilege.
We are starting up the “Prohibition Special Report” gonzo column in Mark’s name as a smut writers philanthropy naming Heide Hall, “Hustler Hall,” in the name of free speech and honest journalism.
Larry Flynt delivered happiness to American soldiers through Hustler Magazine in the combat zone. Flynt’s passion for free speech oftentimes went misunderstood.
Flynt’s published magazines in the ’70s pushed the envelope of appropriateness.
Flynt’s impact on Jaded Patriotdeployed soldiers, like me, through mail order brought hope and comfort in times of grief.
We always had a ruck sack or duffle bag stashed for morale that brought our minds comfort and ease away from home. In many ways, Larry Flynt represents the lonely soldier.
After witnessing countless servicemembers receive letters that their partner was seeing someone else, Flynt’s Beaver Hunt knew just exactly how to lift our spirits.
We would joke and laugh at Hustler Magazinecomics while pulling guard tower duty, which brought me to check out his Las Vegas establishment out of reverence for saving lives in dark times.
Flynt worked hard for decades on the frontlines keeping pornography alive standing firm as the federal lobbying resistance. Flynt’s efforts with keeping soldier’s morale high fought in federal court on the frontlines of pornography.
Flynt understood the value of fear and loathing with the reputation of the adult entertainment industry in America. His brand lives on long after he is gone.
Hustler as a brand works to provide the ultimate experience for both patron and performer.
Larry Flynt’s Hustler Clubs bring prosperity through adult entertainment entrepreneurship. Flynt’s clubs offer opportunities to all pursuing a lucrative career through the Hustler brand’s development as dancers.
Hustler as a brand carried many of my counterparts through combat by publishing calendars, centerfolds, short stories, and smut cartoons that built morale in the combat zone.
Just like on base at the local strip club, I knew I was in for an unforgettable experience visiting the establishment in Las Vegas for the first time.
The Jaded Patriot Stands at Full Attention
The Jaded Patriot Press review sought to relive the glory days of deployment by purchasing a $100 two-drink pass, which included one lap dance.
My first impression of Flynt’s Hustler Club had me completely in awe—like a tractor beam of purple haze met with plumes of irresistible perfume.
I was introduced to a sassy little number. Her name was Strawberry.
Her invitation to join her jellied my soul with delight who jammed along to some house music while inviting me to join her on a house VIP tour while we interviewed each other.
Upon meeting Strawberry, one thing became clear with our icebreaker conversation—I was about to be fully entertained with full arousal.
The Elevator Doors Opened to the Second Floor
Strawberry’s VIP guided tour, her persuasive sparkling smile, and her seductive voice provided the highest standard of customer service as a top-notch brand representative.
She sat down and interviewed me and asked what my fantasy was. After feeling delightfully nervous, I picked up folded piece of paper and wrote her a poem while she spoke with her manager about bringing me on a house VIP tour.
Dancers like Strawberry unlock the key to the labyrinth of Flynt’s Hustler Club elevator, which allowed a chance for me to check out her moves and grooves before spending my lap dance card.
I punched the ticket and took the ride and viewed an entirely new world never witnessed before. We headed down the corridor.
The poem went something like this:
Strawberry Loves the Ivory Pole
I was the first person in the club.
The door greeters welcomed me with kindness and respect
I punched the ticket and took the ride of my life
The moments of ebony artistry I would never forget
The universe and the greatest gift I could never expect
I felt awkward at first
Being the only one watching women dance
After talking to a dancer, I felt a weird vibe and began heading for the door
I grabbed my ticket and smart phone to exit stage left
I felt Strawberry approach me raising goosebumps on my neck
The ticket was a $100 for a two-drink minimum to include a lap dance show
Strawberry’s VIP Experience opened every window of her soul
Being in the moment felt like a trance watching her glow
The ride was about to begin
Strawberry greeted me with her radiant adorable face gleamed with her grin
No hesitation she knew she wanted to show me around
I felt like the luckiest man in town
She turned my frown upside down
The taste and sample of Strawberry’s VIP tour
Her Aura Had Me Hooked
From the moment we met, I could see into her eyes. A world of perfection and artistry caught me by surprise.
Every curve, contour and angle met with her breath tickling my neck.
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Could this be the dream come true needing a pinch?
Strawberry took me to heaven and back. Her lap dance and tour ended with a treat. The limo ride home could not be beat.
She gave me a world never viewed before. Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club Experience will take you on a ride of inclusion and respect. From the punch of the ticket to the desert oasis. Strawberry gave me all she could. I woke up the next day with morning wood.
The following pdf from Schworck’s hearing on August 26, 2022, cannot be authenticated and is being redacted by Judge Chris Taylor.
Taylor has denied our press the right to record in her courtroom, yet allowed WKOW 27 of Madison, Wisconsin the opportunity to record the hearing.
Upon conversing with the camera operator after the hearing, the representative of WKOW agreed the judge restrained the free press. Schworck has attempted to express his concerns.
The judge refuses his right to receive courtroom audio.
The Op-ed merges multimedia documentary expose into a law review examination of recording device restriction while tracking the transfer of power between two judges for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
The inspection of the First and Fourth amendment violations restrain the press without gag order documentation.
The judge did not provide copies of her courtroom gag order and prejudices our reporting agency.
We are moving to file a writ of certiorari with Branch 12 of Dane County and seeking counsel for examination of impeachment with Gov. Tony Evers.
Evers has yet to respond for interview requests. The request was filed and seek legal action with violations and infractions, no different than Judge Julius Hoffman against Bobby Seale.
Taylor supported Alan Robinson as a speaker at Harvest Fest 2019, who was present the day of the raid on behalf of Madison NORML. The judge has a conflict of interest as both law maker and law representative.
Evers knew Schworck’s case was assigned to Branch 12 and placed a biased judge overseeing his case.