October 11, 2000 A.D.
Rep. Tom Campbell, M.C.
15th Congressional District
910 Campisi Way, Suite 1-C
Subject: proposal for new federal legislation
in re: judicial oaths of office
Dear Representative Campbell:
The U.S. Copyright Office now has adopted a model procedure for publishing -- on the Internet -- a list of Agents for Notification of Copyright Infringement claims. This procedure is an excellent model also for publishing the Oaths of Office required of all federal judges (copy attached).
We have performed a diligent search of the pertinent federal laws, and we simply cannot find any law which identifies the legal custodian of judicial Oaths of Office. If we have overlooked it, would you please cite it for us, so that we may contact the legal custodian?
Compare, for example, 5 U.S.C. 2902, which expressly identifies the office of Attorney General as the custodian of the commissions of judicial officers, United States attorneys, and marshals appointed by the President (copy attached).
We recommend that the AO Director be identified as the legal custodian by amending 28 U.S.C. 604(a) (Duties of Director generally), by adding subsection (25): “Archive registered copies of all judicial oaths required by section 453 of this title, and publish same at the Administrative Office Internet website established for this purpose by the Director”.
Rep. Campbell, My Counsel, a Private Attorney General, is standing by to assist your office with timely fulfillment of this request.
/s/ Donald E. Wishart
Donald E. Wishart, D.M.D.
c/o 5150 Graves Avenue, Suite 12-C
San Jose 95129
copies: U.S. Copyright Office, Washington, D.C.
Director, Administrative Office of U.S. Courts
Judge Alex Kozinski, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals