the grassroots good government and legal reform advocate known as
POPULAR, Inc. (POPULAR) announced the year-end recipients of its
bi-annual "Restore Integrity Award". The award program administrators
state “we are delighted that judges comprise half of our year-end award
recipients,” noting “judges Lackey, Schack, and Spinner resisted
powerful private interests without waiting for a groundswell of public
support for their actions.”
Washington, DC (PRWEB)
December 22, 2009 -- Today, the grassroots good government and legal
reform advocate known as POPULAR, Inc. (POPULAR) announced the year-end
recipients of its bi-annual "Restore Integrity Award".
Katherine Moore and Nancy Swan co-administer the award program as
POPULAR’s Advisory Board President and Vice President, respectively. In
June of this year they characterized the program as “an urgent measure”
given a report by Transparency International that overall perception of
corruption had increased 8 percent worldwide.
POPULAR’s 2009 year-end “Restore Integrity Award” recipients are as follows:
Public Sector Category:
- Judge Henry L. Lackey for reporting
the bribery overture to federal authorities that derailed a seemingly
invincible, corrupt segment of the Mississippi legal system led by
various “Kings of Torts,” certain powerful lawyers who sullied the
noble mission of the plaintiffs’ bar for personal gain.
- Judge Arthur M. Schack for his appropriately strict scrutiny of
foreclosure cases before him and corresponding mantra, “(i)f you are
going to take away someone’s house, everything should be legal and
- Judge Arlen Spinner for his bold step of preempting $525,000 in
mortgage payments demanded by a California bank “so as to deter it from
imposing further mortifying abuse” on a Long Island couple appearing
before him in the underlying foreclosure dispute.
Private Sector Category:
- Retired U.S. Chief Deputy Matthew
Fogg for his unique insights and public speaking on America's failed
War On Drugs, contending "(d)rug prohibition helps the U.S. maintain a
racial apartheid prison industrial complex."
- Mr. Alan Lange for his balanced expose´ on the Mississippi judicial
bribery and racketeering cases of Paul Minor and Dickie Scruggs, now
chronicled and published with Lange’s coauthor as the book “Kings of
Grassroots Advocacy Category:
- Captain Dan Hanley of the “Whistleblowing Airline Employees
Association” for his relentless advocacy to ultimately keep the skies
safe for millions of air travelers, culminating with a recent
commitment by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to consider
alleged improprieties attendant to the United Airlines Chapter 11
Moore and Swan add, “we are delighted that judges comprise half of our
year-end award recipients.” Swan explains, “judges Lackey, Schack, and
Spinner resisted powerful private interests without waiting for a
groundswell of public support for their actions. Such quiet, brave
displays of integrity are particularly refreshing in our society of
Terri-Schiavo-Jena-6-like quests for justice.”
Moore emphasized that "all of POPULAR's award recipients have taken or
otherwise pursued one or more specific acts or measures to eliminate
significant inequity, waste, fraud, abuse, or other public and/or
private sector corruption in America." POPULAR reportedly defines
corruption as "any illegal or unethical conduct contributing to the
systemic malfunction of government, commerce, and/or democracy in
America as contemplated by the U.S. Constitution."
POPULAR will mail its year-end award recipients an encased
certificate, commemorating their award. All but the judges were emailed
prior notification of and congratulated for receiving the award.
POPULAR will announce its third round of award recipients in June 2010.
To learn about prior “Restore Integrity Award” recipients, visit http://www.popular4people.org/Restore_Integrity_Awards.html
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