Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 14:05:59 -0700
To: "US agencies, law school faculty, NGOs, media, and others"
From: joseph zernik
Subject: TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE: Human Rights Alert (HRA) - request for Government, Scholarly Journals, NGOs, or Media Reports of Human Rights violations in the US Pertaining to Integrity, or lack thereof, of the justice system, for submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
Human Rights Alert (HRA) is a Los Angeles, California, based NGO, dedicated to the cause of generating, reviewing, archiving, and disseminating and/or publicizing credible evidence or Human Rights violations, or rulings by competent panels of jurisdiction regarding Human Rights violations by the US, state, or local governments on the people of the United States. HRA is particularly focused on documenting and disseminating information regarding integrity, or lack thereof, of the US, state, and local justice systems.
In November 2010, the United Nations would conduct its first ever review of the Human Rights record of the United States, as part of the UPR (Universal Periodic Review).  The deadline for submissions to the United Nations for the review process is coming up shortly. In view of the time constraints, the planned HRA report, would almost entirely hinge on existing Government, NGOs, Scholarly Journals, and Media reports. Examples are provided below 
Your help in requested in providing references, or copies, of any Government, NOGs, scholarly journals, or media reports of Human Rights violations in the US pertaining to integrity, or lack thereof, of the US, states, or local justice systems.
Joseph Zernik, PhD
Human Rights Alert
Los Angeles, California
 Sample articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which pertain to integrity of the Justice System.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
 United Nation Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Basic Facts regarding the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
 Examples of Government, NGOs, Scholarly Journals, and Media reports that were intended as part of the HRA report to the UN.
a) Blue Ribbon Review Panel Report (2006) - official government report of a panel commissioned by the LAPD, which documented the ongoing false imprisonment of the victim of the Rampart corruption scandal (1998-2000). The report concluded "innocent people remain in prison", and recommended "external investigation", singling out the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, as requiring an examination.
b) Erwin Chemerinsky - The Criminal Justice System of Los Angeles County (2000) - report by the founding dean of University of California, Irvine Law School, and acclaimed constitutional scholar, regarding the Rampart corruption scandal. Prof Chemerinsky concluded This is conduct associated with the most repressive dictators and police states and judges must share responsibility when innocent people are convicted.
c) David Burcham and Katherine Fisk - Loyola Symposium: The Rampart Scandal - Policing the Criminal Justice System. (2000) - report by then Dean Burcham and Prof Fisk, of the Los Angeles Loyola Law School, which concluded: judges tried and sentenced a staggering number of people for crimes they did not commit."
d) Public Broadcasting Service - Frontline: Rampart False Imprisonments (2001) - transcript of one installment from the acclaimed PBS series LAPD Blues, which provided estimates of the numbers of the victims of the Rampart corruption scandal - the Rampart FIPs (Falsely Imprisoned Persons) ranging between 8,000-16,000. Other estimates indicate that to this date only 100-200 of the Rampart FIPs were released.
d) Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice - Special Report (1997) regarding CIA trafficking of illicit drugs to Los Angeles. It is alleged that such conduct by US agencies could never have taken place without mutual acknowledgment and patronizing of each other's conduct by local, state, and US agencies. Drug sales by law enforcement was the underlying theme in the Rampart scandal as well. Concerns regarding ongoing drug sales by law enforcement were acknowledged in the provisions of the Consent Decree (2001), which required periodic financial disclosures by undercover narcotic officers. However, such provisions were never enforced by the Los Angeles Overseer for Civil Rights during his long tenure (2001-2009).