The Third Degree is a project of National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc. (NJCDLP), also known as The Law Project. NJCDLP is a nonprofit legal reform organization founded in late 2004. Inspired by Shreya Mandal, JD, LCSW and her article, Why Calling It Trauma Minimizes American Torture, NJCDLP administrators set out to define the elements of persecution and torture imposed through U.S. legal system abuse. When the effort began, their primary focus was on validating the thousands of Americans subjected to serial violations of their federal rights under color of law, including but not limited to court action. It seemed that describing their experiences as the persecution if not torture they appear to be, would help establish that related trauma was not self-imposed or reflective of some character deficiency on the part of those tortured. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on perspective . . . or perhaps the better term is unexpectantly, NJCDLP's featured evidence derived from escalating persecution of its co-founders and primary benefactors, Dr. Andrew D. Jackson, Rodney A. Logal and, his wife, Dr. Zena Crenshaw-Logal.*
Shift From 2010 Focus On Corruption
NJCDLP and its affiliates spearheaded submission to the United Nations a Joint Stakeholders' Universal Periodic Review of human rights in the U.S. as of November 2010. Amazingly, concerns addressed by that report persisted and
aligned with discernible patterns of persecution, torture, and U.S. legal system abuse. After all, the 2010 report introduced or referenced a prospect of U.S. legal system corruption that should have been somewhat deterred through exposure:
All these are prerequisites for an environment promoting access to justice: the capacity of (usually) disavantaged groups of citizens to gain access to courts (or alternative resolution mechanisms) by removing various institutional as well as corruption related barriers within the legal system. ~ Transparency International 2007 Global Corruption Report. [Learn More]
The U.S. signed the United Nations Convention against Corruption in December 2003 and ratified it in October 2006. Article 33 of the convention provides that “(e)ach State Party shall consider incorporating into its domestic legal system appropriate measures to provide protection against any unjustified treatment for any person who reports in good faith and on reasonable grounds to the competent authorities any facts concerning offences established in accordance with (that) Convention.” This project, The Third Degree, evidences a lack of those measures among other things. NJCDLP co-founders note in their corresponding international complaint:
The complainants are co-founders of multiple nonprofit good government advocacy groups in America. Together these groups challenge every seriously questionable aspect of America's legal system except that some are international human rights advocates. Undoubtedly the most controversial of their initiatives seeks appropriate, but dramatic expansion of U. S. state and federal judicial accountability. See, Crenshaw-Logal, Zena. Exploring the Vitality of Stare Decisis in America. Boca Raton, Florida, USA: Universal Publishers, Inc., 2012. Print; National Forum On Judicial Accountability (NFOJA), ; and Judicial Engineering Documented and Impeded, Not only are U. S. civil court and municipal code enforcement proceedings used to deprive the
complainants of money for this cause but, of late, judicial rulings in an otherwise mundane civil lawsuit are being contrived to position the Logals for specious criminal prosecution. That an American court could even conjure such a prospect evidences the susceptibility of U.S. legal processes to abuse. Given the Logals are essential benefactors of aggressive, sound measures to curb that abuse, any government threat to their liberty and well-being is counter-intuitive, suspicious, and could be part of a template for repression and oppression through U.S. legal system abuse. The complainants submit that it is in their case. (footnotes from original text omitted).
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Of course persecution and torture through U.S. legal system abuse are not reserved for only professional legal reform/anti-corruption activists. Hence the I am NOT silent campaign and its focus on persistent, extreme U.S. legal system abuse.
Dressed in black for a 2014 commemoration of the U.S. Black Lives Matter campaign are from left to right, NJCDLP co-founders Rodney A. Logal, atty. Zena Crenshaw-Logal*, and Dr. Andrew D. Jackson.