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Judicial And Legal Misconduct And Ethics And Civil Rights Violations Committed By Judge Mary Lisi In Rhode Island Courts

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For your information:  Before becoming a jurist in 1994, Mary Lisi was chief disciplinary counsel for the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  She also became a judge without having any trial experience.   "Mary Lisi has no meaningful trial experience whatsoever, and she has not gained experience elsewhere to equip her for the federal trial court," Stephen Fortunato, now a judge, said in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Joseph Biden.

Complaint One

Since it is commonly spoken amongst lawyers in Rhode Island that if they go against Rhode Island Judges their practices will be ruined by these judges, more people that can afford to do so are hiring out of state attorneys.  Now we seem to be hearing more and more that these high powered attorneys are thrown off cases for things that the courts routinely overlook otherwise.  For an example, see the case of Sgt. Cornel Young Jr. and Leisa E. Young where Mr. Mahone  of DARE pointed out that Lisi told Attys. Scheck and Brustin: "Don't ever come back on one of my cases."  Also read the rest of this page. note:  Slowly but surely, laws have been passed and legal procedures put in place that make it practically impossible to hold governments liable for any wrongdoing. The courts will play and make you pay until the case goes away.

Complaint Two

From the Prov. Journal 10-25-03 - Those familiar with Lisi's judicial demeanor compare her to a nun in a classroom with a ruler in her hand.  She won't let members of the public take notes in her courtroom.  She requires some members of the working press to show identification before they are allowed to take notes.  Even if she has known a reporter for years, her courtroom security officer has demanded to see identification before the reporter can take out a notebook.  The year after she took the bench, in what may have been an unprecedented action, she held a juror in contempt and fined him $500 for failing to report for a trial.  Lawyers who have tried cases before her say that if you get on her wrong side, her demeanor towards you and your witnesses takes on a decidedly icy tone.

Complaint Three

From Projo in 2006: Lisi presided over the first of two civil trials stemming from the death of Providence police Sgt. Cornel Young Jr., who was off duty when he was shot by two on-duty officers who mistook him for an armed suspect.  From the outset, Lisi clashed with Barry C. Scheck, the nationally known lawyer who was representing the slain officer’s mother, Leisa E. Young. Lisi booted Scheck and his associate, Nick Brustin, off the case nine days into the trial, saying, “Let me suggest to the both of you, don’t ever come back on one of my cases.” Lisi ended up censuring Scheck after concluding that all three of Young’s lawyers had violated a federal rule by making false statements in a legal memo concerning an agreement about a shooting scene diagram.

The Rhode Island Bar Association wrote a scathing critique of Lisi’s actions against the lawyers, calling them an example of “vindictive pursuit by an offended judge.” And the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals later overturned the actions Lisi took against the lawyers, saying that when read as a whole, the legal memo could not be considered false.  The trial’s first phase concluded with a jury concluding that Cornel Young’s constitutional rights had been violated by one of the two on-duty officers. But five days later, Lisi threw out all the claims, saying that as a matter of law the evidence presented had not crossed the high threshold needed to hold the city of Providence and police supervisors liable.  The 1st Circuit later restored a portion of the lawsuit. Another judge presided over that trial, and another jury found the city was not liable for the violation of Sergeant Young’s constitutional rights. note:  Slowly but surely, laws have been passed and legal procedures put in place that make it practically impossible to hold governments liable for any wrongdoing. The courts will play and make you pay until the case goes away.

Complaint Four

From Projo in 2006 - Lisi also presided over the trial and retrial of Lincoln Park and two of its executives — Nigel Potter and Daniel Bucci — who were convicted of conspiring to bribe former Rhode Island House Speaker John B. Harwood.  In sending Bucci and Potter to prison, Lisi said the sentencing “brings to a close perhaps one of saddest chapters in Rhode Island history.” As a lifelong resident, she said, “I speak for all Rhode Islanders in saying that when these things happen, it’s an embarrassment to us all.”  The Lincoln Park defendants appealed, but the 1st Circuit upheld the convictions, saying, “The trial was well conducted and the outcome is not a surprise.”

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