LIGHTNING RELEASES — June 5, 2014 ─ Today, a coalition of good government advocates by its official spokesperson, Zena Crenshaw-Logal, publicized the group’s complaint and exhibits and announced plans to file them with the office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the State Bar of Texas against Cade W. Browning of the Browning Law Firm in Abilene, Texas. Crenshaw-Logal is a long-time legal reform activist and an attorney before the Seventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. She confirms that Browning allegedly encouraged a Mr. George Stokes, Sr. of Abilene “to deny what he believes is the full scope of his compensable injuries and abandon (that part of his lawsuit seeking compensation) for medical care and expenses as well as physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment in the future, apparently because of state-wide jury and judicial bias that would render them futile.”
According to Crenshaw-Logal, “the complainants are focused on Mr. Browning’s insinuation that demographics, as opposed to the veracity and legal merit of a litigant’s contentions, dictate the outcome of civil trials before the District Court for the 42nd Judicial District at Taylor County, Texas, and most if not all Texas juries and judges eligible to preside over such matters.” Their anticipated disciplinary complaint indicates “that the only factors Mr. Browning has hinted, implied, or suggested would trigger . . . judicial and jury biases (against Mr. Stokes are his) race and/or ethnicity as a Mexican American, his socio-economic background (which is that of a high school educated person of modest financial means), and his status as a plaintiff as opposed to a corporate insured defendant.”
Browning’s coalition challengers are National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc. (NJCDLP), a nonprofit legal reform organization that oversees multiple grassroots good government groups, programs, and shorter-term initiatives; POPULAR (Power Over Poverty Under Laws of America Restored), a nonprofit organization committed to helping poor and other disadvantaged people access affordable and competent legal representation, important civil and criminal justice system reforms, as well as appropriate judicial oversight; and two (2) regional good government advocates, the Texas State Community Council – Abilene Division (TSCC-AD) and the Texas State Community Council – Lubbock Division (TSCC-LD).
Crenshaw-Logal is NJCDLP’s Executive Director and its lead judicial accountability strategist. She has authored multiple online and print publications, including “The Official End of Judicial Accountability Through Federal Rights Litigation: Ashcroft v. Iqbal”, published in 2011 by the prestigious American Journal of Trial Advocacy. A portion of that law review chronicles the disciplinary action taken against Crenshaw-Logal when as a seasoned plaintiffs’ personal injury lawyer, she sought investigation of “alleged bias against minority attorneys emanating from courts of Lake County, Indiana”. Noting that experience, Crenshaw-Logal acknowledged the irony of her referenced action against attorney Browning.
“Mr. Stoke’s case prompted the perfect storm of a clear liability claim that most plaintiffs’ personal injury lawyers would gladly handle; a settlement offer that many unsophisticated litigants would unwittingly accept; an experienced victims’ advocate such as Mr. Stokes who understands the implications of settling an auto accident case before all related injuries are clearly resolved and the prospect of residual damages as well as future losses are fairly addressed; and a lawyer such as Mr. Browning who apparently perceives the futility of Mr. Stokes pressing for a reasonable settlement or jury award” says Crenshaw-Logal. She continued, “ironically, just weeks ago, the Supreme Court of Indiana authored an opinion implicitly condemning acquiescence to the kind of legal system biases that attorney Browning seems to believe preempt a fair outcome for Mr. Stokes through settlement or trial.” Crenshaw-Logal also acknowledged “the tragic irony that Mr. Browning could have well faced retaliatory professional discipline had he complied with applicable rules and reported the judicial misconduct apparently thwarting Mr. Stokes’ legal rights.”
The final irony that Crenshaw-Logal noted was that “the coalition action at hand would undoubtedly encourage lawyers to be less forthright than Mr. Browning in confirming legal system biases.” Crenshaw-Logal responded, “the risk of that backlash is one our coalition must take as Mr. Stokes is contending with serious medical problems and up to 6 Texas lawyers, including Browning, who will not push related legal claims.” According to Crenshaw-Logal, “our coalition includes grassroots advocates at the forefront of seeking federal protection for lawyers and judges willing to expose judicial misconduct. Mr. Stokes is among the many Americans who suffer tremendously given the well-documented fear of retaliation among lawyers and judges otherwise inclined to blow the proverbial whistle on judicial misconduct.”
To learn more, visit the Campaign Newsroom at http://www.njcdlp.org/#!texas-challenge/c202
Mr. Lance Voorhees,
219.865.6774 Ext. 1