May 24, 2001 A.D.

Hon. John Ashcroft

Attorney General

U.S. Department of Justice

10th and Constitution, N.W.

Washington, D.C.


Subject:  Criminal Conduct by Federal Judges

          and one specific case to pursue


Dear Mr. Ashcroft:


Congratulations on your appointment to the Office of Attorney General.  I am writing because your office gives you power and authority over a cancer which is gripping this whole nation -- judicial corruption.  I wish to illustrate this cancer with a very specific example, to which I was an eyewitness, and victim.  See 18 U.S.C. 4, 241, 242, 371, 1510, 1512, 1513, 1623 and 1702.


In 1996, I was appointed to the office of Vice President for Legal Affairs of a small business trust in Tucson, Arizona.  That business had been served with a federal grand jury subpoena for the company’s books and records.  The federal judge in that case authorized me to represent the company, after my appointment to that office.


We commenced our defense by transmitting a written reply to the Foreperson of the grand jury via Registered U.S. Mail, with restricted delivery and return receipt both requested.  Our written reply never made it.  We soon learned that our Registered U.S. Mail had been intercepted by the federal judge;  the green card was signed by his secretary.


We ended up filing more than 25 different pleadings in that case, all of which were likewise intercepted by the same federal judge.  At a later hearing, he even complained of having “fourteen inches of pleadings” to read.  At that precise moment, the courtroom clerk turned around, flashed some inaudible, and the judge called an immediate recess.  Then, both of them went rushing out of the courtroom.  When he came back on record, he said, “I just want to correct something I said earlier.  There are not fourteen inches of pleadings;  only six or seven inches.  But, I assure you:  if you filed it, I have read it!”


Since I had become an eyewitness to obstruction of correspondence (a federal offense), and also a victim whose legal mail had been posted but never delivered, I diligently investigated to make sure there was not some hidden statute giving federal judges authority to intercept U.S. Mail.  The results of that investigation were consistent and emphatic:  every single postal worker I asked, from counter clerks to postmasters, confirmed that there is no such authority anywhere in federal law.  One route carrier even said, without hesitating, “That’s mail fraud!”


I have since filed a formal Complaint of Judicial Misconduct with the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 372(c).  I later followed with a CRIMINAL COMPLAINT against Judge John M. Roll, who presided over the case in question.  Pursuant to my duty under 18 U.S.C. 4, that COMPLAINT itemizes over 100 felony federal offenses by Mr. Roll.  I have requested the Congress to institute impeachment proceedings against Mr. Roll, but got no replies.  The FBI in Phoenix informed me that this matter was not one of their investigative “priorities” [sic].  In other words, nothing ever happened and, to my knowledge, John M. Roll still occupies a bench in the U.S. District Court in Tucson, Arizona.  This is not right.


Mr. Ashcroft, I believe that you can do wonders for the morale of freedom fighters all across this country (and there are lots of us), if you will please take it upon yourself and your staff to investigate our Complaint of Judicial Misconduct, and bring this matter before a lawfully convened federal grand jury.


In the alternative, I am convinced there is sufficient documentary evidence to serve upon the proper Congressional Committee, as a prelude to drafting articles of impeachment against Mr. Roll.  I am, of course, ready, willing and able to testify to such a Committee, or federal grand jury, if that is your wish in this matter.


Please feel free to contact me at any time.  I have an excellent professional reference in the Hon. Norman L. Vroman, elected District Attorney for the County of Mendocino in Northern California, with offices in Ukiah, California.  Mr. Vroman, by the way, has been separately victimized by yet another corrupt federal judge;  you will need to hear that story directly from him, perhaps as part of the same criminal investigation we are urging you to commence without delay.


I am also open to discussing a professional role assisting and advising you with any special task force you may decide to assemble –- The Task Force on Judicial Excellence.


Mr. Ashcroft, thank you kindly for your special consideration in this matter of judicial corruption, which is gripping our nation with an iron fist.


Sincerely yours,


/s/ Paul Andrew Mitchell


Paul Andrew Mitchell

Private Attorney General

c/o Forwarding Agent

350 – 30th Street, Suite 444

Oakland 94609-3426


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