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THE NOONER for March 12, 2015

 

 

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Happy midday Sacramento! They said it might rain and it actually rained.

In yesterday's Nooner, I talked about the initiative submitted by a Huntington Beach attorney to create a California holocaust against the LGBT community. I used this space as an example of why we need initiative reform in California. Today, it's about the attorney behind the going-nowhere initiative.

My friend Carol Dehman has launched a petition to call for the disbarment of Matt McLaughlin, the author of the initiative. 

That put me in a pickle. Mr. McLaughlin has only offered speech thus far. I am a free speech absolutist. I disagree with words I hear from the furthest left and the furthest right. I frequently find myself with my fingers closing my ears and my vocal cords singing LA-LA-LA when I speech I hear I don't like but observe and protect. For example, I disagree with hate crime enhancements and believe only the undercrime should be chargeable. My liberal friends totally disagree with me on that issue.

However, I got my political start doing women's clinic protection when Operation Rescue was at its peak in Orange County. When protests that were speech entered into a clear and present danger for women seeking medical services, I was willing to engage.

This, the differentiation between speech and action. Mr. McLaughlin's initiative states:

b) Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God's just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method. 

In my reading of that, it would be okay for me to go to the corner gun store, buy a Glock, and start polishing off my gay neighbors (Sorry Jay). No trial necessary. Of course, "any other convenient method" gives me a lot more options. That lake in Southside Park might be fun to drown a bunch of lesbians in. 

Mr. McLaughlin has published, by virtue of California's initiative process, a call to annihilate all LGBT Californians. It is a modern day Mein Kampf. It's calling not just on the state to exterminate members of the LGBT community, but for neighbors to turn on neighbors in the eradication. It suggests all public school teachers shall be imprisoned or fined $1 million--based on existing textbook approval.

Mr. McLaughlin graduated from Virginia's George Mason School of Law, a good public law school (not as good as King Hall!). George Mason, while walking a fine line on slavery, was one of the biggest proponents of the Bill of Rights. Same-sex marriage is legal in Virginia after the United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal to a Fourth Circuit rulling.

The State Bar will be considering whether to oppose the initiative at its meetings Thursday-Friday in Sacramento. However, it should go a step further, and ask Mr. McLaughlin to hand over his bar card.

I don't say that lightly. For a functioning justice system, we need lawyers of all political stripes. DAs become defense lawyers, and others switch sides all the time. However, when a lawyer steps over the line and calls for the eradication of a race or other "suspect class," that is we must consider the effect on the community of law and the state. Here is what the State Bar says in its Statement for Moral Character:

In making its determination whether an applicant presently possesses the good moral character necessary for admission to practice law in California, the Committee considers evidence of candor and honesty, respect for the law and the rights of others, fiscal responsibility, and records of fidelity and trustworthiness in other professions for which he or she is licensed.

Basically, if Mr. McLaughlin has written up his proposed initiative as a law review article, he would have never been admitted to the bar.

After all, what would we say if a licensed attorney filed an official submission of a ballot measure to the attorney general that called for all African-Americans to be "put to death by bullets in the head." Or, someone saying that Selma never happened and Japanese-Americans were housed at the Ahwahnee during World War II, not Manzanar. Not a single member of Congress would be willing to even enter a room with such people.

It's time to disbar Matthew Gregory McLaughlin #198329 from the State Bar of California. At minimum, the Bar needs to take the same actions it did against Clint Parish, the former Yolo prosecutor sanctioned for false mailers against judge Dan McGuire.

BUH-BYE, Mr. McLaughlin. Have fun working at Wal-Mart. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Karla Fung, Tom Lackey, Lisa Maas, and Rudy Salas!

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