Perverting the Law?
By Don P. Hurley
February 19, 2006
Law and Justice are the same thing, as it is the
very purpose of the law to preserve
The Law is the Law. Except and unless you are speaking
about Deadwood, Atlantic City with Craig Callaway, Rosemary Adams, Bob Levy and
now the Atlantic County Clerk, Michael Garvin, too.
For purposes of background, Deadwood is a real-life
town in South Dakota of the 1800's, wherein a town was established by
politically criminal purposes.
The town was run in the form of a puppet
government, consisting of a useful idiot-Mayor, who is the only person in town
who really believes that he is actually running things.
Behind the scenes of Deadwood is a maniacally,
sadistic political/criminal thug, who exercises all power behind the throne
of the clueless, idiot-Mayor.
The only thing missing in the comparison
of Deadwood and Atlantic City, would be the honest corruption-busting
Sheriff. We still need one of those.
No matter what an individual or individuals
collective preferences of the meaning and intent of the law might be,
you can not make the law be something it is not, just to suit your own personal
The law is in place to preserve and protect individual
rights and liberties. However, the public officials in Atlantic City and
now in Atlantic County, are perverting the law in an effort to achieve an end
for their own political desires.
The people of Atlantic City have submitted a valid
Petition in protest of an arrogant and greedy attempt by Craig Callaway and
Bob Levy to reward themselves and their political cronies, friends and family
members with outrageous increases in salaries, ranging from 26% to 100 % per
So now, the citizens have organized to use their
force, their will, to preserve the justice of law. And, what result
has befallen them? Atlantic City Public Officials have attempted to pervert
the law into what they would like it to be, and not what it really intends
to be, by denying them justice.
I have worked with Rosemary Adams for more than two
decades. She knows the real law. She was involved with the Petition effort that
was led by my PBA, and Champ Hoffman, Jim Thomas, and yes....even Craig
Callaway, himself as a circulator of my Petition in 1997.
Back in 1997, we were required to submit approximately
1500 signatures for our Petition to save the Chief of Police in Atlantic City.
This number represented 15% of the voters who had voted in the previous
election, where members of the General Assembly were elected, and not any
convoluted formula which assigned 10 individual votes to every person
who had voted only once.
Rosemary Adams was well- involved with this
Petition effort and others through the years, and is fully aware of the real
requirements of the law. However, in the case of the petitioners of 2006,
Rosemary Adams, with help from Atlantic City Lawyers, and now County Clerk
Michael Garvin, have collectively defined what brilliant Attorney
Fred Bor has declared to be "The Adams-Garvin Doctrine".
County Clerk Michael Garvin has gone as far as to
disagree with himself now, and what he clearly represented as the real law
just last Friday. Shame on you Michael!
The Adams-Garvin Doctrine would require more
signatures on a valid Petition than people who voted in the elections
involved, and would also require more signatures in some towns in Atlantic
County, than there are even citizens of those towns.
Therefore, the Adams-Garvin Doctrine is both a foolish
and illogical interpretation of any law on the books of the State of New Jersey
or in the entire United States.
What Adams, Garvin, city lawyers and other public
officials have done in Atlantic City should be prosecuted to the fullest extent
of the law. They should face the harshest action for
their misconduct and whatever other actions may apply to this
reckless and unethical conduct, in their effort to pervert the law for their own
Some of the perpetrators of this atrocity against the
law and the people, will have to soon face the scrutiny of the voters in
election. I am happy about this, as this foolish stunt will long be remembered
as a true defining moment in illustrating the character of these elected
As for the appointed public officials involved, it is
my hope that they will also soon experience the full extent of the real
laws of this state and country.
These are true laws, which will not require the
need for perversion, in order to bring these political scoundrels to
Please remember... Law and Justice are the same thing.
It's time for the public officials in Deadwood Atlantic City to be reminded of
this simple truth. I believe that a Superior Court Judge in Atlantic
County, will make this clear to them this week.
Don P. Hurley