After a short delay in being officially placed on the ballot, Don Bailey has met all conditions for filing, and the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has accepted his nomination petition as candidate for the Office of Attorney General. PCRLN is proud to be the first to offer its endorsement of Don’s candidacy. He will be on the ballot as one of three democrat candidates vying for the position as Pennsylvania’s highest law enforcement officer in the April 24, 2012 primary.
Our endorsement of Don comes from the fact that he alone appears to have the courage, and the institutional understanding, to attack the problems in Pennsylvania politically at their real source, as we have discussed them here. The real problem is the courts and their utilization as instruments of political control and favoritism to establish and maintain cultural and political climates that lay beneath the general feeling of unfairness that more and more Pennsylvanians are coming to experience in the courts, and the insidious effects these things are having on our society, vis. the Penn State scandal, etc..
As we make this endorsement, Steve Conklin and his 84 year-old father are moving from room-to-room looking for relief from their mistreatment by the by the courts, with new federal judge Mariani unbelievably saying that a federal court does not have jurisdiction over a sheriff taking property without due process of law, and the Centralia eminent domain case has been dismissed by a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court panel upon which one of the judges sits, Judge Bernard McGinley, who is the son of an Eckert Seamans attorney John R. McGinley, who is in a personal relationship with Judge Yvette Kane, and believed also to be involved in the disciplinary maneuverings we have discussed.
There is an urgent agenda picked up upon recently, and being forced through by Judge Kane to remove Don Bailey from the role of attorneys in the federal courts, where he has represented hundreds of individual Pennsylvanians in actions against state and local officials pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, which is a constitutional law enforcement statute itself, and has had the courage to do so in the face of a specific agenda to hurt and harm him for doing so. The plan clearly appears to be to whitewash the record of Don Bailey and all of his cases quickly. The fact that something like this can even be conceived of being done is why we need an attorney general with the historical perspective to understand and address these things. In the American system of justice, the people police the police, and the judges, and the politicians, and that is what Don Bailey has been doing for his entire career.
Fairness in the courts themselves, and the control they have over attorneys through the disciplinary process, and over fair and open access to justice, are the principles that have affected dozens of specific individuals as set out in this site, and the correction of these problems is our primary political agenda. The courts are proving unable to discipline themselves.
We have already reached out to Senators Casey and Toomey, and understand that other efforts to do so are underway. This is an institutional problem that exists in Pennsylvania, and the Attorney general is uniquely situated to address these matters of public corruption at their true sources. Don Bailey is uniquely qualified to address the real, longstanding political problems that have allowed the current state of affairs to exist, and that is why we endorse him for attorney general.
We have reviewed the credentials, and the campaign messages of Don’s opponents – Assistant Lackawanna County District Attorney Kathleen Kane, and Bucks County lawyer, and former Congressman Patrick Murphy, and believe both are fine candidates. Kane is a tough prosecutor who appears to know the criminal laws of Pennsylvania and has a command of the criminal process, and Murphy draws upon his experience as an army JAG attorney and Congressmen, and his apparent political ambition to lead. Each appears to be a fine candidate; however, it does not appear that either of the other candidates have the unique insights, vision, and independence that Don does, and we believe that Don is by far the best suited to be Pennsylvania’s next attorney general.