Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Imperial Judiciary in Massachusetts Strikes Again


It appeared to be an architecture review of the $150 million renovation of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court building in Boston. But the Boston Globe story gave vent to deep resentments by other judges in the state. ("Split Decision: Renovations done for SJC divide buildings, officials", 2-22-05.)

It seems that we, the riffraff-citizens denied our voice, are not alone in resenting the IMPERIAL JUDICIARY headed by Empress Margaret. Superior Court judges, attorneys, and their assistants have also been insulted by their newly restricted access to the Imperial Palace (full of eunuchs?).

"The Supreme Judicial Court, sharply criticized by some elected officials for the extravagance of its august new $150 million quarters, is now under fire from state trial court judges who say the high court has isolated itself from its less-elite brethren. Literally.

"In renovating the John Adams Courthouse in Pemberton Square, the SJC eliminated passageways that once provided a physical and symbolic link between the 1894 building and the soon-to-be-reopened Suffolk Superior Courthouse next door.

"In an unusual display of discord, some Superior Court judges and officials are denouncing the severing of the two buildings. And some see it as a deliberate effort by the SJC to cut itself off from more lowly courts and from the public.

" 'They don't want us to come into their building,' said one judge, who like other Superior Court judges interviewed insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisal. 'What are we, the riffraff?' "

To add insult to injury, the courthouse has been named after John Adams, who wrote the Constitution of our Commonwealth (long before becoming President). Of course, the Constitution is a living document, and surely Adams would not have intended that Article 8 ("how to remove tyrants") be applied to Empress Margaret.

The building looks great. What a nice backdrop for a demonstration. Let's see, the building dedication is set for Thursday, March 31. See you there?