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I am not a Hacker. My obsession is in data mining and analysis of public records.

I am here primarily to introduce the hacker community to my type of work, for comments and corrections on my type of analysis, and out of hope that the subjects that I am interested in would gain interest in Def Con and the Hacker community.

Following are two press releases, pertaining to:
1) Supreme Court of the State of Israel.
2) US District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan)

Joseph Zernik, PhD
Human Rights Alert.
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Events Surrounding the Death of the Clerk of the Israeli Supreme Court Shmaryahu Cohen Should be Thoroughly and Publicly Investigated.

Survey of the electronic decision forms of the Supreme Court over the past two decades shows continuous erosion in their validity and integrity. Key events took place under the tenure of former Chief Justice AHARON BARAK (1995-2006). Irregularities are particularly noted around the untimely death (March 2002) of Clerk of the Court SHMARYAHU COHEN from an on-the-job heart attack. Further investigation may establish that in the months prior to his death, the Late Clerk SHMARYAHU COHEN created permanent internal and public records of his protest against the corruption of the electronic record systems of the Supreme Court. The matter should be thoroughly and publicly investigated.

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Clerk Shmaryahu Cohen z”l; Former Chief Justice Aharon Barak; Supreme Court of the State of Israel

View as PDF with Summary Table: http://www.scribd.com/doc/78494386/
View PDF with full Appendix: Summary Table, Notes, Records: http://www.scribd.com/doc/78494051/

Jerusalem, January 17 – in a previous study, Joseph Zernik, PhD, Human Rights Alert (NGO), documented that the issuance of simulated decisions and conduct of simulated case reviews are enabled and practiced through the electronic record systems of the Supreme Court of the State of Israel. [1,2] In a supplemental study, released today, Dr Zernik provides detailed review of the evolution of the electronic decision form of the Supreme Court, and noted material irregularities in this respect around 2001-2002, and beyond. [3]

The supplemental study was based on review of Writs, Decisions, and Judgments from the online public access systems of the Supreme Court: Elyon1 (1988-2010), Elyon2 (1999-~January 1, 2002 and ~February 20, 2002-2010), and records found through Google searches (1997-2011)

The results were compiled and posted online, a) Summary Table, b) Survey Notes, and c) Survey Records (Writs, Decisions, Judgments). [3]
The survey shows:
Continuous erosion in the validity and integrity of the electronic decision forms, relative to the attestation by the Clerk of the Court, particularly under the tenure of Chief Justice Aharon Barak (1995-2006), and
Inexplicable irregularities in court records in the months surrounding the untimely death of Clerk of the Court Shmaryahu Cohen from an on-the-job heart attack in early March 2002.
Of note:
On November 13, 2001, Sarah Lifschitz attested a judicial record as Clerk of the Court, albeit using a new attestation form that should be considered compromised, and is similar to the one used today. Shmaryahu Cohen continues to sign as Clerk of the Court almost until his last day, in early March 2002.
New Court case files are missing from the index of the contemporary system, Elyon2, corresponding approximately to the Case Filing Dates of January 1, 2002 and February 20, 2002. Some, but not all of the files are found on the legacy system Elyon1.
Further investigations may establish that in the months prior to his death, the Supreme Court Clerk Shmaryahu Cohen created permanent internal and public records of his protest against the corruption of the electronic record systems of the Supreme Court.

The matter should be thoroughly and publicly investigated.

In studies published and presented in international, peer-reviewed computer science and criminology conferences, Dr Zernik showed that similar systems, which had been implemented in the US courts a decade earlier opened the way for widespread corruption of the courts and failing banking regulation. [4,5]

The 2010 submission of Human Rights Alert to the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations was reviewed by the HRC professional staff and incorporated in the official HRC Professional Staff Report with a note referring to “corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California.” [6]
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Joseph Zernik, PhD
Human Rights Alert (NGO)
Bio: http://www.scribd.com/doc/46421113/
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LINKS:
[1] 11-12-04 Simulated Records, Simulated Litigation Enabled by the Electronic Record Systems of the Supreme Court of the State of Israel (English)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/73239491/
[2] "Simulated litigation", "simulated decisions", "simulated service" here refer to conduct defined in the Texas Criminal Code as follows:
Texas Penal Code §32.48. SIMULATING LEGAL PROCESS.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person recklessly causes to be delivered to another any document that simulates a summons, complaint, judgment, or other court process with the intent to:
(1) induce payment of a claim from another person; or
(2) cause another to:
(A) submit to the putative authority of the document; or
(B) take any action or refrain from taking any action in response to the document, in compliance with the document, or on the basis of the document.
(b) Proof that the document was mailed to any person with the intent that it be forwarded to the intended recipient is a sufficient showing that the document was delivered.
[3] 12-01-17 Evolution of the Electronic Decision Forms of the Supreme Court of the State of Israel
Instant paper and its Appendix: Summary Table, Notes, Records:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/78494051/
[4] 10-08-18 Zernik, J: Data Mining as a Civic Duty – Online Public Prisoners’ Registration Systems, International Journal on Social Media: Monitoring, Measurement, Mining 1: 84-96 (2010)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/38328591/
[5] 11-08-01 Zernik, J: Design and Operation of Information Systems of the US Courts are Linked to Conduct of a Simulated Banking Regulation Litigation
http://www.scribd.com/doc/44663232/
[6] 10-04-19 Human Rights Alert (NG0) submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2010 Review (UPR) of Human Rights in the United States as incorporated into the UPR staff report, with a note referring to "corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California".
http://www.scribd.com/doc/38566837/
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Fraud and Corruption in the US Courts are Tightly Linked to Failing Banking Regulation and the Global Economic Crisis – presentation in the 16th World Criminology Congress, Japan

US Judge Jed Rakoff, Clerk Ruby Karjick, SEC, and Bank of America colluded in conducting simulated litigation for the unlawful taking of $5.8 billions from shareholders by banking executives. Review of the US District Court records shows that the litigation was fraud from the start. At the end, no person was held accountable, no money was paid back, and the shareholders were ordered to pay to themselves a penalty of $150 millions. Corruption of the courts is a central cause of the financial crisis, which is often overlooked. Conditions in the United States destabilize civil society and socio-economic development worldwide.


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Jed Rakoff Ruby Krajick
US Judge Clerk of the Court

Kobe, Japan, August 8 “Corruption of the US courts is a central cause of the financial crisis, which is often overlooked,” says Joseph Zernik, PhD, of Human Rights Alert (NGO), [1] who presented in the 16th World Criminology Congress analysis of fraud in civil litigation in the US District Court, Southern District of New York, under Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) v Bank of America Corporation (BAC). [2, 3]

The main topic of the Congress was criminality underlying the current global financial crisis.
SEC v BAC is of particular significance, since the case was:
· Litigated in the US District Court, Manhattan key court in corporate regulation;
· Widely reported by media, and
· Was staged as restoration of enforcement of US banking regulation.

The underlying matter was the unlawful taking of $5.8 billions by banking executives during the merger of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch in late 2008, and charges of Securities Fraud.
The presentation at the World Criminology Congress used the case to demonstrate:
· The inherent fraud in the electronic record systems of the US courts (PACER & CM/ECF), [4,5] and
· The role of the US courts in undermining banking regulation and permitting criminality by financial institutions.

The study was based on analysis of electronic record systems, as implemented in the US District Court in NYC, and litigation records in the specific case, derived from the court itself, through FOIA requests on SEC, and from the Fair Fund Administrator.

The Court itself denied access to the summons, to the minutes, and to the electronic authentication records in the case, in apparent violation of the law. However, the summons, discovered through FOIA request on SEC showed that no valid summons was issued, executed, or waived. SEC also confirmed that no records existed for the minutes of the proceedings in this case. Court records showed that the case docket was opened without the required Civil Cover Sheet, and rulings were made on matters, where no motions were docketed (e.g. for the proposed settlement agreement).

Initially, SEC and BAC sought a settlement, where the victims the shareholders would have paid $33 millions in penalty to the US government, while no executive were to be held accountable, and no moneys were to be returned to the shareholders. The final settlement agreement still held no executive accountable, and required no executive to return moneys that were unlawfully taken. However, the victims the shareholders were eventually ordered to pay $150 millions to themselves.

In contrast, investigation of the same matter by State of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, as summed up in letter to the US Congress, [6] prompted independent financial analysts to call for criminal indictments of BAC executives, then US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke.

Mainstream media, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Times of London, covered the litigation dozens of times, falsely reporting that Judge Jed Rakoff was determined to get to the bottom on the matter, and that SEC was determined to prosecute the perpetrators.

“US Judge Jed Rakoff, Clerk Ruby Karjick, SEC, and Bank of America colluded in conducting simulated litigation,” [7] concludes Dr Zernik.

In a separate presentation, Dr Zernik provided evidence of racketeering by California judges in Los Angeles through financial institution, real estate and foreclosure fraud, [8,9] and close ties between the LA-JR (Los Angeles Judiciary Racket), the Los Angeles-based Countrywide, and later Bank of America. [10]

Combined, the two presentations demonstrated the central role of corruption in the state and US courts in criminality underlying the current financial crisis - the main subject of the 16th World Criminology Congress.

The presentations proposed that the United States has entered an unprecedented constitutional crisis, in which the executive and the legislative branches are undermined by the judiciary.
The crisis is highlighted by:
· Unprecedented deprivation of life, liberty and property with no due process of law; [11]
· The recent blocking of access to the US courts by the US Supreme Court in a wide range of cases, [12] and
· Immunity provided to financial institutions for large-scale criminality against the People in return for “settlements” paid to the US government. [13]

The resulting conditions were compared to the Robber Baron Era, where the Robber Barons were immune from prosecution.
Accordingly, it was proposed that:
· The current financial crisis was unlikely to be alleviated unless corruption of the justice system in the United States was addressed, and
· The United States faced an increasing risk of social unrest.

Conditions in the United States were pointed out as destabilizing civil society and socio-economic development worldwide.

LINKS
[1] 11-02-12 Dr Joseph Zernik Bio
http://www.scribd.com/doc/48763278/
[2] 11-08-01 Zernik, J: Fraud and corruption in the US courts is tightly linked to failing banking regulation and the financial crisis, 16th World Criminology Congress presentation
http://www.scribd.com/doc/61351562/
[3] Zernik, Joseph: Securities and Exchange Commission v Bank of America Corporation - Simulated Litigation and Simulated Banking Regulation in the United States
http://www.scribd.com/doc/44663232/
[4] 10-08-18 Zernik, J: Data Mining of Online Judicial Records of the Networked US Federal Courts, International Journal on Social Media: Monitoring, Measurement, Mining, 1:69-83 (2010)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/38328585/
[5] 11-07-06 Request filed by Windsor and Zernik with US Attorney General Eric Holder for Review of Integrity of Public Access and Case Management Systems of the US Courts
http://www.scribd.com/doc/59480718/
[6] 09-04-23 RE: SEC v BAC (1:09-cv-06829) State of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Letter to US Congress and analysts' responses:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/41079990/
[7] Simulated litigation
Texas Penal Code ˜32.48. SIMULATING LEGAL PROCESS.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person recklessly causes to be delivered to another any document that simulates a summons, complaint, judgment, or other court process with the intent to:
(1) induce payment of a claim from another person; or
(2) cause another to:
(A) submit to the putative authority of the document; or
(B) take any action or refrain from taking any action in response to the document, in compliance with the document, or on the basis of the document.
(b) Proof that the document was mailed to any person with the intent that it be forwarded to the intended recipient is a sufficient showing that the document was delivered.
The practice is widespread in both the state and US courts.
[8] 11-08-08 PRESS RELEASE: Los Angeles Superior Court - Widespread Corruption and Refusal of the US Government to Take Action_Presentation in the 16th World Criminology Congress
http://www.scribd.com/doc/62137835/
[9] 11-01-07 Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California: Widespread Public Corruption and Refusal of US Department of Justice to Take Action
http://www.scribd.com/doc/46460640/
[10] 10-05-05 Countrywide, Bank of America [NYSE:BAC], and its President Brian Moynihan: Compilation of Records, Evidence of Racketeering
http://www.scribd.com/doc/30975368/
10-05-05 Chairs of US Congress Committees of the Judiciary and Banking are Requested to Join Senator Feinstein's Inquiries on Comptroller of the Currency
http://www.scribd.com/doc/30979882/
11-03-20 PRESS RELEASE: Lomas v Bank of America (KC059379) - Bank of America Continues Racketeering in the Los Angeles Superior Court-
http://www.scribd.com/doc/51160102/
[11] 11-06-14 Corruption of the Courts and Failing Banking Regulation in the United States: Dred Scott redux?
http://www.scribd.com/doc/57707808/
[12] 11-07-06 Chemerinsky, Erwin: the Supreme Court Closes the Door to Justice, Los Angeles Times
http://www.scribd.com/doc/60031276/
[13] 11-07-21 Banks to Pay $25 Billion Bribe for Immunity _Information Clearing House_ ICH
http://www.scribd.com/doc/62136091/
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