Justice Department warns local courts about illegal enforcement of fees and fines. ~ ABA Journal

I would have not needed nine pages and $2.5 million in grants to write that letter.
Dear Colleagues:

We’ve at the US Department of Justice (yes “Justice” is in our name) observed that many of your, particularly judges municipal and local JP courts have been violating the US Constitution US Supreme Court precedent (which given your position, you should already know) by incarcerating and/or extorting the indigent for fine money to fill your jurisdictions coffers, and doing so without proper legal, constitutional hearing, or providing legal counsel to the accused.

AS OF NOW YOU ARE ON NOTICE THAT THAT WILL STOP IMMEDIATELY !!!!!

Outlined in items 1-7 are various precedents which we at the DOJ have become aware that you may be violating. Being a “judge” you can look up the case cites yourself. (Again something that you should already be aware of and know how to do.)

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