To: The Honorable New Jersey Governor
John “Jack” Cunningham Grievance against NEW JERSEY’S OFFICE OF ATTORNEY ETHICS
Theft of MY constitutional
rights and due process under the law, by deception.
Office of the Governor
Trenton, NJ 08625
Dear Honorable Governor Jon S. Corzine,
I’m requesting that the State of New Jersey investigate
my Ethics Complaints against New Jersey's Office of Attorney Ethics, their own Vice-Chairman Robert Correale, his political
and legal supporters for a possible cover-up; and his Law Firm Maynard & Truland. It’s been a five (5)
year battle for me trying to receive my DUE PROCESS.
The NEW JERSEY SUPREME COURT's Office of Attorney Ethics can not
properly investigate my complaints due to a major Conflict of Interest. They have already proven that they
can not fairly judge one of their own Vice-Chairman. Currently, there are no active court cases going on in the
State of New Jersey over my Ethics Complaints against New Jersey's Office of Attorney Ethics, their Vice-Chairman Robert Correale
and his Law Firm.
Vice-Chairman Robert Correale and his law Firm,
Maynard & Truland were able to use their tremendous influence and power to their advantage in both a New Jersey Supreme
Court Office of Attorney Ethics investigation as well as a Civil case for Legal Malpractice. My evidence is clear
about their use of their tremendous influence around the State of New Jersey.
Former Governor James McGreevey personally thought enough about my evidence
that he even supplied me with the phone number of the Director of New Jersey
Supreme Court's Office of Attorney Ethics. Governor McGreevey’s Attorney General Office also sent communications
to Director Johnson asking that I receive DUE PROCESS for my ethics complaints. Please read Governor McGreevey's
letter to me at: EVIDENCE: GOVERNOR JAMES McGREEVEY AND NEW JERSEY ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id11.html
September 6, 2000, I hired the law firm Maynard & Truland, LLC of Morristown, NJ to represent me in a divorce case
initiated by my former wife. I was informed by the firm’s partner Joe Truland, Esq. that he had recently hired
a divorce attorney. (Custody of our two minor children was both their mother's and my concerns.)
signed the Maynard & Truland Contract and paid the accepted $750 retainer http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id9.html . Six days later, my $750 Retainer Check cleared my checking account. Twenty-two (22) days
later, due to the Gross Negligence of the Maynard & Truland divorce attorney Edward Busichio, I was placed in a divorce
default for lack of activity on my Law Firm's part. (My own Law Firm placed me in default, where I could actually
lose custody of my two daughters. I was extremely worried... I'm sure most fathers or mothers would be extremely
At the time of the default, the Sussex County Superior Court and my former-wife's attorney didn't even know I had retained a Law Firm. My Law Firm,
which had cashed my $750 retainer-check weeks earlier, failed to send out the required document to the concerned parties.
(HOWEVER IN A SWORN CERTIFICATION TO NEW JERSEY'S
SUPREME COURT OFFICE OF ATTORNEY ETHICS, ROBERT CORREALE, ESQ. STATED
THE PROPER DOCUMENTS WERE PREPARED. THIS LIE WAS SO IMPORTANT
TO ROBERT CORREALE THAT HE LISTED IT AS HIS HISTORY EVENT
6. PRESS HERE TO READ THIS PIECE OF PERJURY, ALONG
WITH HIS OTHER PERJURIOUS STATEMENTS TO NEW JERSEY'S SUPREME COURT.) http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id3.html
those twenty-two (22) days leading up to the default, I phoned Maynard & Truland’s divorce attorney Edward Busichio
a number of times reminding him of the approaching Default Deadline. Each call, I spoke to the Maynard & Truland
office manager and I requested a return phone call. However, no calls were returned by Maynard & Truland.
This is all well-documented in both New Jersey Supreme Court and Superior Court filed letters and documents as well as in my Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) official medical records. http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id5.html
After I was placed in Divorce Default, in spite
of my letters and phone calls to Partner Joe Truland and his divorce attorney Edward Busichio, the law firm did not start
work on my case until sixty-nine (69) days after I signed their contract and paid them the $750 Retainer. The evidence of this fact is found on three different formatted Maynard & Truland Invoices. The first work the firm billed me for was 69 days (11/14/2000)
after the contract was signed, which was, believe it or not, Default Removal. http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id2.html
The default was due to the Maynard and Truland divorce attorney's negligence for not filing
the necessary papers to New Jersey's Superior Court. Why the law firm was charging me, I was not sure. I questioned
these charges (At the over-charged rate) even in my first letter to New Jersey's Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics.
Sometime after the Default and before
the start-work-date (69 days into the contract ), the Maynard & Truland supervising partners, without my prior approval
or my notification, switched my divorce case representation from their divorce attorney Edward Busichio to one of the law
firm’s general practice attorney Robert Correale. EVIDENCE: MAYNARD & TRULAND SWITCH REPRESENTATION TO VICE-CHAIRMAN OF ATTORNEY ETHICS http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id20.html
What made this so secretive switch, so interesting is that Robert Correale was the Vice-Chairman
of New Jersey’s Supreme Court Attorney Ethics. I never did receive notice why this switch took place, so eventually
through evidence, I started thinking that the switch was to use Vice-Chairman Robert Correale’s influence around the
State of New Jersey, if I brought up ethics complaints against the Maynard & Truland law firm. I was
up against the reputation of a distinguished attorney and state government official, and the reputation of the New Jersey’s Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics.
SOME OF THE ETHICS PROBLEMS:
New Jersey’s Supreme Court Attorney Ethics Vice-Chairman Robert Correale did the
billing for Default Removal at an over-charged rate. Although the Divorce Default was due to divorce attorney Edward
Busichio’s gross negligence, the Vice-Chairman of Attorney Ethics felt that I should be charged at a $175 an hour rate.
The Maynard & Truland Contract states that the first 10 hours of attorney work was to be charged at the $150 per hour
rate. All work after the first ten hours were to be charged at the $175 rate.
I brought these two billing problems to Maynard & Truland partner Joe Truland and Robert Correale’s attention in
writing, Robert Correale continued to over-charge me and never removed the charges for Default Removal. The three
different formatted invoices in conjunction with the Maynard & Truland Contract are all extremely clear.
In December 2000, I first started complaining about Maynard & Truland’s ethics
problems to New Jersey’s Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics. I wrote to their District X Ethics Committee that
covers both Morris and Sussex Counties of New Jersey. My letter and the evidence I attached to it, clearly
highlighted the amount of pain I was under due to ongoing ethics violations. However, I got no where, since Vice-Chairman
Robert Correale was the Vice-Chairman of that same committee. EVIDENCE: LETTER ONE TO NEW JERSEY'S OFFICE OF ATTORNEY ETHICS (CORREALE'S DISTRICT X ) http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id8.html
A Conflict of Interest was never mentioned in their return letter to me.
They must have known that the Morris County New Jersey Law Firm, Maynard & Truland
was the same law firm of their Vice-Chairman Robert Correale. Two of my evidence letters that were attached to
my complaint letter to District X Attorney Ethics were addressed to Robert Correale, himself. EVIDENCE: LETTER TWO AFTER MAYNARD & TRULAND'S NEGLIGENT DEFAULT http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id6.html
One of my favorite ethics violations of Robert Correale was the day of Divorce Arbitration
in Sussex County Superior Court on February 14, 2001.
Robert was a general-practice attorney and he gave me the impression that he had not served on too many divorce cases. EVIDENCE: DIVORCE ARBITRATION STATEMENT http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id4.html
The last time I received
DUE PROCESS from the New Jersey Court Systems was March
Maynard and Truland, LLC brought me to New Jersey Superior Court for a Civil
Case for refusing to pay the remainder of their open bill of $1,600. The Law Firm served their papers for this
Superior Court Civil case to me in December 2002, a few days before Christmas. Within days, I
counter-claimed on the same docket for Legal Malpractice.
Originally, the Maynard & Truland
firm had a collections law firm representing them in their open bill collections case. However, I sent the collections
law firm some of my legal malpractice evidence I had against the Maynard & Truland firm.
March 11, 2003 was the court date in New Jersey Superior Court in Sussex County. Vice-Chairman of Attorney Ethics Robert Correale, Esq. was there representing himself and his Law
Firm MAYNARD & TRULAND, LLC. The collections law firm was no longer part of the case.
I had to represent myself PRO SE, because no attorney wanted to go against the local Vice-Chairman of Attorney Ethics
without big money up front.
I was a nervous wreck that day, but Honorable
Superior Court Judge Ronald Graves had much of my evidence before him. My evidence is what beat Vice-Chairman
Robert Correale, Esq. and his law firm. He couldn't go against his own Law Firm's own contract, invoices, court documents;
court filed letters and statements, my VA medical records, etc. (He had supplied the court no evidence to prove me wrong.)
After Robert Correale’s objections, Judge Graves decided that my Malpractice Counter-claim
warranted the New Jersey Superior Court Law Division for damages.
That same day, in a Sussex County hallway, Robert Correale informed me that I should NOT bring my Ethics
Claim through District X due to a CONFLICT OF INTEREST. I informed him that I did not have a choice. The decision was
NOT mine. I asked Correale to please inform Trenton’s Office of Attorney Ethics about his Committee’s Conflict of Interest.
Sometime after Honorable Judge Ronald Graves made his decision that my Legal Malpractice complaints warranted the Law Division
for damages; strangely the court transcript went missing within Sussex County’s
Superior Court before it could be typed. EVIDENCE: SUPERIOR COURT HONORABLE RONALD GRAVES' COURT TRANSCRIPT GOES STRANGELY-MISSING http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id18.html
Since there was no record of Superior
Court Judge Graves’ Law-Division-Merit-Decision, the Maynard & Truland attorneys were able to perjure themselves
verbally in open court; as well as perjure themselves in official court documents. EVIDENCE: MAYNARD & TRULAND ATTORNEY COMMITS
PERJURY IN SUPERIOR COURT http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id19.html
Serving as PRO SE, my Legal Malpractice
civil case against Maynard & Truland went all the way up to New Jersey’s Appellate Division in Trenton, but was
thrown out for lack of merit since Honorable Judge Graves’ decision in my favor couldn’t be used. The transcript
was still lost within Sussex County Superior Court and was never found by the court stenographer.
Also, since I could not use Honorable Superior
Court Judge Ronald Graves civil court decision as an outside opinion on my Office of Attorney Ethics complaints against Correale
and his Law Firm, I did not have much chance of DUE PROCESS. The New Jersey’s Supreme Court Director Johnson’s
Office assigned the complaint case to Robert Correale’s own committee that he was Vice-Chairman of. The
Conflict of Interest was not admitted by the Office of Attorney Ethics until hundreds of my letters went out.
Both Governor McGreevey and the New Jersey Attorney General office sent written correspondence and some of my evidence
to Director Johnson. Governor McGreevey even supplied me with Director Johnson’s direct phone line and I called
him a couple of times, but Johnson never returned my phone calls.
After hundreds of my letters, the Office of Attorney
Ethics finally switched the investigation from Correale’s District X to his neighbor in District XI.
District XI went through some minor motions.
early May 2003, MAYNARD & TRULAND attorneys Edward Busichio, Robert Correale (Vice-Chairman of DISTRCT X) made sworn
CERTIFICATIONS to District XI, Secretary Robert Stober. James Maynard supplied a cover letter with his own type of certifications.
For unknown reasons, Joe Truland, Esq. (defendant and junior partner) did NOT supply a CERTIFICATION to District XI. EVIDENCE: MAYNARD & TRULAND'S OWN CERTIFICATIONS TO NEW JERSEY'S SUPREME COURT http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id3.html
Although these Supreme Court CERTIFICATIONS were sworn to, they were vague,
misleading and at times, perjurious. None of the Maynard & Truland attorneys attached any evidence to their sworn
Certifications. Their written words were stronger than their Law Firm's own Contract and Invoices,
Court filed documents, letters, statements and Federal Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Records.
Instead of supplying evidence to their Certifications, Vice-Chairman Robert
Correale was allowed to openly mock my military PTSD disability in his Certification.
EVIDENCE: "HIDING IN THE BACK OF THE COURTROOM" http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id21.html
On the other hand, I had sent to the District XI Ethics Committee, Maynard & Truland’s own contract, their
own invoices, my Federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical records, court filed documents, court filed statements,
court filed letters, etc. It was pretty much the same evidence that I sent the Honorable Sussex County
Superior Court Judge Ronald Graves, which he determined my Legal Malpractice evidence warranted the Law Division for damages.
Since one of my ethics complaints is related to MAYNARD & TRULAND,
LLC over-charging for the first ten hours of the CONTRACT, both District X Vice-Chairman Robert Correale and Senior Partner
James Maynard addressed MAYNARD & TRULAND, LLC billing procedures. Although both their interpretations were perjurious
statements, their CERTIFICATIONS were accepted and NOT questioned by Secretary Robert Stober in spite of my sending a great
deal of follow-up evidence. However, they did supply me with needed communications. Prior to these CERTIFICATIONS, MAYNARD
& TRULAND, LLC never addressed my letters of October, November and December 2000. Also, Busichio’s CERTIFICATION
was the first time I heard the reason for my DIVORCE DEFAULT was “A SURPRISE.” EVIDENCE: CERTIFICATION OF EDWARD BUSICHIO TO NEW JERSEY
ATTORNEY ETHICS http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id15.html
professional divorce attorney admitting the reason why I fell into Divorce Default was a surprise to him. His law firm
did not start work until sixty-nine (69) days into the Contract. Edward Busichio, Esq. has been lucky that the general-practice
attorney, who replaced him on my representation in my divorce case, was a Vice-Chairman of New Jersey’s Supreme Court of Attorney Ethics.
VICE-CHAIRMAN ROBERT CORREALE WAS TRYING HIS FELLOW NEW JERSEY
ATTORNEYS FOR ETHICS VIOLATIONS... WAS HE SO LAX WITH FOLLOWING
SUPREME COURT GUIDELINES FOR TELLING THE TRUTH?
Isn’t five years
too much to ask a PTSD Disabled Vet to battle for his DUE PROCESS?
Even in New Jersey, Deception should only go so far…
I already wrote, it has been a five (5) year battle. But I won’t give up until I get my DUE PROCESS.
Theft of MY constitutional rights and due process under the law, by deception.
Governor Corzine, you promised to fight corruption.
Please start with the top of New Jersey’s
Office of Attorney Ethics.
John “Jack” Cunningham