Linked below are the actual documents filed by Don Bailey (with slight revisions to the ODC response for readability) in response to both the state court and federal court disciplinary proceedings. The documents will speak for themselves, as they should, and we will not comment significantly on their contents at this point.
There are a few contextual matters to consider, however. First, the real genesis of this site centered around the very efforts as to which these responses relate, and have involved countless hours of Don's time, and that of his staff, in getting together. It was an unpaid job undertaken by Don Bailey for all of the clients he has represented over the years, indeed for all American citizens, and the effort cannot be measured in dollars in any case. It was undertaken amidst an onslaught of abusive efforts to magnify his workload, and compromise the justice of the many clients he has continued to represent, and expects to continue to represent. It is impeccable work product.
For relevant background, we commend our readers to our August 9, 2011 Bailey under attack article. It provides what proved to be a fair summary of these … Continue Reading ››
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Bailey "shit storm" article
Thanks to one of our readers, we have located the public comments of Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate proceedings that led to former Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher’s appointment to the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals in October 2003.
Earlier that year, Fisher, who failed in a gubernatorial bid to Ed Rendell in 2002, had been found to be a civil rights violator in a lawsuit filed by Don Bailey on behalf of two former attorney general narcotics agents in Philadelphia. We discussed this story at greater length in our
Central to that article was the appointment of former Attorney General Mike Fisher to the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals right after the verdict. In a recent comment, one of our readers linked us to comments that Senator Patrick Leahy made for the record of the Fisher nomination proceedings. Senator Leahy discussed some questionable Republican procedural maneuverings, and commented specifically on the nomination of Fisher as follows:
The hearing on the nomination of Michael Fisher to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is also unprecedented. Never before to my knowledge has a President nominated to a lifetime position on a … Continue Reading ››
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Calamitous Shapp years bring an end to the appointed AG
In what he calls part 3 in of his essay on Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Governor Tom Corbett, author Bill Kiesling has pubished a very thoroughly researched, and engagingly written history of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - the appointed years. The essay is a chronology of the history of interrelationship between governors and attorneys general over the years, and the following excerpt covers the short period in the Shapp administration that immediately preceded the constitutional amendment making it an elected office.
Bill's essay provides a great historical perspective as we begin to cover the 2012 election for attorney general, and is useful to anyone interested in the office. You can see the full article
After Fred Speaker's tenure, a true calamity would befall the appointed office of Pennsylvania Attorney General. The calamity was arguably a man named Milton Shapp.
Milton Shapp served two terms as governor of Pennsylvania from 1971 to 1979. He was a self-made millionaire who made his money as a pioneer in the cable television business. Cutting corners in the cable business in Philadelphia made Shapp his fortune, but it turned out to be a bad … Continue Reading ››
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Bailey Election Affidavit
In a bold and reckless attempt to coerce Don Bailey to give up his bid for attorney general, Patrick Murphy threatened to go after Bailey’s family for some sort of bogus allegations of fraud in the circulation of Bailey’s nominating petitions. The allegations were nothing but bald-faced threats, and were completely baseless, and have not been followed through upon. In pulling such a dirty political trick, Patrick Murphy has conclusively shown that he lacks the discretion and judgment to be Pennsylvania’s next attorney general.
While this site has endorsed the candidacy of Don Bailey, this article cannot be mistaken as a mere opportunist counter-attack. It just so happens that the core of everything that this site and the record of Mr. Bailey stand for are summarized as opposition to the abuse of power for political purposes. Nothing can more offend that principle than a threat by an aspirant for the position of highest law enforcement office of this Commonwealth to engineer a political result by suggestions that family members of candidates will be gone after. This is extortionist conduct. The declaration Bailey filed with the election commission follows:
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The campaign slogan of candidate Kathleen Kane is “we need a prosecutor, not a politician” as attorney general. We disagree. We need both. Of course we need strong law enforcement and tough prosecutors for the protection of the public and vigorous enforcement of the criminal laws of the Commonwealth, but we also need a strong and trusted political leader with proven integrity, and Don Bailey is best qualified by far to serve both roles.
The systemic issues that have corrupted Pennsylvania politics need extensive political reform. There need to be calls for investigations into, and oversight of, the courts and their control over attorneys, and to the conditions that have allowed whistleblowers to be scuttled, and
to flourish. There may even need to be a call for a constitutional convention to address some of the problems endemic to the Pennsylvania Constitution.
We need a seasoned politician – a professional who knows how to work within the constitutional political process - to take these issues to the executive and the legislature, and to work in cooperation with federal authorities as well, and to be prepared to go toe-to-toe with the courts over attorney discipline and judicial discipline issues.
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first federal case
We sadly announce the passing of Miles Thomas at the Holy Spirit Hospital on Wednesday, February 15, 2102, at the age of 75. John Luciew of the Patriot followed the
, and the reunion, and published an article in the Patriot News
announcing Miles’ death, and giving a kind tribute to Miles, and his efforts to be reunited with his dog named Baron. John did a great job covering what was a very real and uncomplicated public interest story, and Miles remained specifically grateful to John until the end.
Miles lived the most dignified of lives by all measures. Miles had a successful career as a stockbroker and investment banker, and was a devoted husband. He was a member of the Harrisburg School Board who was known for his commitment to the community, and served for years on the Dauphin County Republican committee. Miles spent the last of his life’s saving’s, including his house and most of his personal possessions, in the care of his wife of many years, who had suffered with alzheimers until her death.
After his wife’s passing, Miles had experienced brief periods of homelessness, living, at times, out of his car, with his collie … Continue Reading ››
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motions to open judgment
“I thought justice didn’t work for me in my case.”
“I figured that the judge just didn’t see it the same way.”
“The system just failed me in my case.”
These are some of the refrains heard from the numerous frustrated and disenfranchised clients and former clients of Don Bailey who have filed
, and others such clients who haven’t. None have said “my attorney failed me”, “my attorney just didn’t care about my case”, “my attorney just wanted the money”, or other such things that are more commonly attributed to those who have received unfair and unjust results through the legal process.
What has become clear, as has been pointed out in other articles, is that many individuals have come to Don Bailey feeling those things that only can be felt by those whose civil rights - inherent and inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness - have been violated in the course of their daily pursuits, and then are subjected to another, less easy to define, less easy to understand, deprivation of their rights by the courts, and the judges who are the stewards of our access to justice. By engaging in the course of … Continue Reading ››
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motion to open judgment
Among the Bailey clients who have filed a
are Angela and Johnny Robinson, a mixed race couple, and their child, who live in Harrisburg. Until they became involved in the Central Pennsylvania Youth Soccer League, the Robinson's considered themselves a normal American family – both Johnny and Angela come from families with war veterans, going back to World War 2, and were proud of their family, and the values they were trying to instill in their child.
That all changed when their daughter was placed on a team coached by a racist City of Harrisburg employee, Eric Hicks. Before at least one game, Hicks told his team “let’s go kick those white girls’ butts”, and at other times told the team to not shake the other teams' hands because their race, and to not tell their parents things that he had said or done. The Robinson’s reported Hicks’ racist and otherwise inappropriate conduct to the City and to the league, and that is when the saga really began, ultimately ending with the Robinson’s suspension from the league – for daring to speak out about racist misconduct.
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