Tom “Jazzy” Lee,
Utah’s Associate Chief “Justice,”
After summarily dismissing an ethics complaint challenging “Justice” Lee’s behavior, the toothless Utah Judicial Conduct Commission (JCC) de facto issued a license to the Judicial Branch to accept gratuities … in Lee’s case to leech Jazz hoops tickets.
Thanks to Lee and the JCC, all Utah judges, Justices, (and court commissioners) are now held to an even lower standard of conduct than is demanded of Utah’s Procurement Professionals. Utah Judges can PROCURE with impunity, again demonstrating why such notoriously corrupt “pay-to-play” misconduct makes our State known — far and wide — as the Affinity Fraud Capital of America.
There’s another way of putting it. Utah Judges and Justices now have a license to be PROCURERS. Oops … Procurer has another meaning … yet … in this sleazy scenario … somehow it all seems to fit. Our initial exposés of Thomas “Jazzy” Lee can be found HERE and HERE.
Here is the history of our JCC complaint: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox leveraged the linkage between Jazz owner Gail Miller, the Utah Supreme Court (i.e. Thomas “Jazzy” Lee), and himself. By-the-way, Utah’s Lt. Governor, “Loosey Goosey” Cox is the official keeper of Utah Voters’ Crown Jewels. Keep in mind the words “affinity crimes.” Also, another long look at Cox can be found here.
Via his position of trust, Cox co-opted and corrupted the process and participants by arranging coveted Utah Jazz game tickets for “Justice” Lee. The following summarizes our own and key points from an article by Lee Davidson of the Salt Lake Tribune:
1. “Miller has some business before the state. For example, she is one of the leaders (co-chair) of Count My Vote, which is attempting to put an initiative on the ballot to cement in place the election law that allows candidates to qualify for the ballot either by collecting signatures or through the caucus-convention system.” [bold added] In 2020, Miller, as the highest individual donor, has contributed $105,000.00 to Lt. Governor Spencer Cox’s campaign. That plus earlier contributions to Cox from Miller total $155,000.00.
2. “Cox, as the state’s top election cop, will be in charge of verifying whether Count My Vote obtains the 113,000 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.” [bold and some other “stuff” added]
3. “Also, the election law that Count My vote seeks to bolster was previously upheld by the Utah Supreme Court, where Justice Lee serves.“ [bold added]
4. By accepting coveted, front row, Utah Jazz game seats normally reserved for Jazz Owner Gail Miller, “Justice” Lee failed to ensure proper distance from the foregoing fraternization that has enshrouded himself, his office, and the Utah Supreme Court in disrepute.
Amazingly, the cowardly Utah corporate media actually reported and exposed Lee.
We argued that Utah must hold its “highest” elected and appointed officials to impeccable standards, and demand that they conduct themselves in accordance with an innate sense of decorum, honesty, integrity, dignity, and propriety.
On June 8, 2020, we submitted the following complaint to the JCC naming “Justice” Thomas “Jazzy” Lee:
Judge Night at the Jazz
See “Justice” Lee (picture below, left)? See Spencer Cox (picture below, right)? Jazz fans worldwide saw them, too. Both were busted getting cozy while their butts were hanging out in Gail Miller’s front row Jazz seats.
Again, we lodged our complaint on June 8, 2020. It took the JCC roughly 140 days to respond and brush off this flagrant bribery. Their October 20, 2020 response comes just days before the November 3rd General Election and too late to publicize sufficiently. Instead of standing for justice and the rule of law, the JCC did the opposite. Here is the JCC’s “response”:
This pathetic cover-up gives the green light to offer and accept gratuities, gifts, favors, and bribes. Lee and the JCC opened the door wide … not only for the judiciary but also for every rank-and-file Utah State employee to grab and grift.
For “Goodfella” readers who may be tempted to get their nappies in a knot and huff, bellow, and bawl over our characterizations of Tom “Jazzy” Lee, we say, “Suck it up Pilgrim! You may be next.”
For everyone else, just think how it would feel to be on the flip side as a defendant, complainant, defender, prosecutor, juror, or citizen cringing and cowed suspecting that the presiding judge might be gratuitously taking Jazz tickets or other stuff. However, there’s always comfort knowing that, “A Judge is just another damned lawyer who happens to have known a Governor or a President.” (anonymous)
For those on the corruption side, we suggest that …
If in a legal jam with traffic tickets, beating your spouse, kicking the neighbor’s dog, or running a Ponzi scheme, get yourself a Jazzy Judge. If you’re in any kind of a litigation “trick box,” by all means let an old Utah, backroom barrister shop for some front row seats to “procure” favors from a Jazzy Judge.
If the JCC wants to officially sanction flagrant bribery, then it should be required to sponsor a “Judges Night at the Jazz.“ Let all of Utah’s “Jazzy” Judges and their potential elite “clientele” do their shopping in one location.
Make it a reality TV show for everyone’s entertainment. At the end, the JCC could wave their magic “dismissal with prejudice” wand and “en banc” grant “impunity” and “immunity” for all participants.
Why not? “Jazzy” Lee and “Loosey Goosey” Cox already set the public stage. Envision the rowdy, black-robed Judges scrambling to squeeze onto Miller’s front row seats. They could hold up signs like, “I take two tickets for misdemeanors,” or, “I take twelve tickets for felonies.”
Jazzy Judges sometimes get caught with their … but when Utah’s Goodfellas get caught, damage control is always just around the corner. Utahans are heavily impacted and easily influenced by propaganda and psyops. We suspect our ethics complaint against “Jazzy” Lee” triggered a paroxysm of panicked propaganda. Utah’s apologist corporate media rushed to save him from embarrassment.
Running Out the Clock
Did the timing of our complaint have anything to do with the timing of a steady stream of solicitous corporate media press releases? Damage Control for “Justice” Tom “Jazzy” Lee as a “potential” nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) came fast and furious. Were those silly, nonsensical puff pieces a desperation measure to help save Lee’s face … a pander to the public and response to our negative attention?
After all, how would it look if a Harvard lecturer and Utah-preened, potential first SCOTUS Mormon bit the dirt over grifting some Jazz tickets … especially after being bird-dogged by a small handful of bunged up old military veterans from Justice4All?
Although we’re a mere handful of decrepit, disabled, “long in the tooth,” sexagenarian, septuagenarian, octogenarian muckrakers, we still manage to roam Utah’s central cities, venture West of I-15, and stumble down dusty desert and mountain village streets. We poke our blog postings into the warm and welcoming homes and hearts of those who the elite have always disdainfully viewed as unwashed and unclean … commoners like ourselves. Proudly though, we’ve managed to remain, unlike the corporate media, far beyond Goodfella control.
More than three decades ago, this Ole’ Buzzard spent a couple of one-on-one, delightful, and informative mornings jogging with Rex Lee. Lee was a law clerk for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White, a United States Solicitor General who argued 59 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the tenth president of Brigham Young University, the founding Dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, and the man among men who “Jazzy” Tom claims as his father.
From many prior and subsequent observations, there’s not even a faint, comparative, resemblance between the quality of father/son characters and intellects. Tom Lee is not even a remote facsimile of his father’s integrity. Yet, somehow Utah’s intellectually braindead, ethically inbred, and professionally “in bed” (together), legal fraternity and judiciary have anointed each other and Tom “Jazzy” Lee as the beneficiaries of Rex Lee’s matchless intellect, persona, personality, and friendship. Go figure.
Jazz Box … or Jury Box?
We repeat: “A Judge is just another damned lawyer who happens to have known a Governor or a President.”
The JCC has determined that if you get crosswise with the “law” in Utah, have some Jazz tickets handy. They have greased the skids, primed the pump, and paved the way for a front-row seat with a Jazzy Judge.
According to the Judicial Conduct Commission’s Executive Director Alex Peterson, there are 10 members currently “serving” on the JCC.
- Mr. Mark Raymond, Public member
- Ms. Georgia Thompson, Public member
- Michelle Ballantyne, Public member(?)
- Mr. Terry Welch, Attorney member
- Sen. Lyle Hillyard, Legislative member
- Sen. Jani Iwamoto, Legislative member
- Rep. Craig Hall, Legislative member
- Rep. Elizabeth Weight, Legislative member
- Hon. David Mortensen, Judicial member
- Hon. Todd Shaughnessy, Judicial member
It’s time to SACK those JCC members who couldn’t see complicity, compromise, and corruption even if the B-ball hit them right between the eyes. In the meantime ….
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