If a state court official is found
to have bypassed the law, then all his or her judgments should be made void.
In June 2017, Jack Cunningham and his wife Joan had the chance to clean a Vietnam
vet war buddy's grave that was located in a private cemetery.
NO VETERAN SHOULD BE ABANDONED
The Congressman's below
initial comments were clear, simple and to the point.
"Veterans, who return home from serving our nation should not face discrimination and must receive equal protection
under the law." Congressman Josh Gottheimer initial comments to the DOJ...
I hope and pray, the Federal DOJ, and The State Of New Jersey
sees it too. 17 years is a disgraceful denial of justice for any citizen, and especially a veteran, who bled for Justice and
Freedoms of ALL American.
New Jersey Corruption a Vietnam Veterans Fight
By Faye Higbee Posted October 14, 2017
Cunningham is a US Marine Vietnam War Veteran (Purple
Heart recipient) from Sussex, New Jersey.
For over a decade, he has battled for justice in the State of New Jersey, but has continually come up against a system
that appears to protect itself against intrusion. His complaint has been in the hands of the
Department of Justice since May, 2017.
What happened that he needed to file a complaint? He had been served
with a divorce after 25 years of marriage. He was threatened with loss of custody of two of his children, which
for someone with a 100% disabled rating from PTSD, caused panic. He hired Edward Buschico, an
attorney from the Maynard and Truland law firm. But neither the attorney nor his law partner
Joe Truland, ever responded to the court or to Mr. Cunningham, which caused Mr. Cunningham
to end up in “divorce default,” and a court hearing was set.
After attempting to obtain a response from the law firm, Jack contacted the
State District 10 Committee on Ethics, who simply responded just a few days before the court hearing: ‘
we can’t help you, go get another law firm.’ Too late to do so based on his
income and the proximity of the court hearing. He would have to represent himself, since
he had not received any information from the law firm.
Here is an excerpt of his narrative:
When the court case was
announced, Jack was about to move up to the defendant chair when a lawyer introduced himself
to the court as Maynard & Truland attorney Robert Correale and he was representing John Cunningham in the Case
management appearance. Jack was completely dumbfounded, who was attorney Robert Correale and what
happened to the divorce default? What happened to the divorce attorney Edward Buschio and
why were the attorneys switched, and when? He had received no written or verbal communications
from the firm that his representation was officially switched and wondered if the law firm
was allowed to switch attorneys like that without notifying him or asking for permission.
the end of the case management hearing, Jack tried to get some answers from Correale, but
was brushed off by him claiming that he had no time to talk. (Two years later, Jack would
receive some misleading, vague and even perjurious statements from Robert Correale about
many of his questions when Correale was forced to swear in New Jersey Supreme Court Certifications.
It was also in Robert Correale’s Certification that Jack would learn how Correale described this day’s
first meeting between the two of them. Jack was even mocked for his PTSD in Correale’s
New Jersey Supreme Court Certification.)
Corruption- Conflict of Interest
digging into Robert Correale’s background, Jack determined a giant sized conflict
of interest, and corruption. It should be noted here that the law firm of Maynard and Truland has been dissolved.
Have to wonder if it had anything to do with the scrutiny Jack has brought to it. You can read
his journey in the attempt to take on the NJ system here.
Here is a
portion of a letter he wrote to Attorney General Sessions:
“Robert Correale was a general-practice attorney for
the Maynard & Truland Law Firm of Morristown, New Jersey. While practicing law at Maynard & Truland,
Robert Correale was also serving as an assistant district attorney in a number of different New Jersey
towns and counties.
According to the attached Maynard & Truland
webpage dedicated to him, besides wearing all of these impressive and influential hats, he was listed as the local
Vice-Chairman of the New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics District X committee.
This position allowed him almost god-like influence around the state as well as his fellow
attorneys of Maynard & Truland. Attorneys and even judges’ careers could end
from his, and his committee’s judgments and decisions. Correale understood the influence he had around
New Jersey, and his law firms’ partners Joe Truland and James Maynard were ready to use it to
their advantage, and for one of their own client’s disadvantage.
Robert Correale and his fellow Maynard & Truland lawyers were able to use his considerable powers to block Superior
Court Legal Malpractice charges and official NJ Supreme Court Attorney Ethics charges against
them, but this was minor compared to the New Jersey’s Supreme Court, which openly
allowed this unethical behavior and even openly protected them in the process. In
the past 16 years, ‘Reasonable Court Accommodations’ from the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) could have helped me; instead, I was even mocked for my PTSD in sworn New Jersey Supreme Court Certifications…
…Besides a Superior Court transcript disappearing into thin air, perjury
was permitted in Supreme Court Attorney Certifications and the evidence goes on.”
early 2017, Mr. Cunningham was able to send enough letters to finally get the attention
of New Jersey Representative Josh Gottheimer.
“Veterans who return home from serving our nation should
not face discrimination and must receive equal protection under the law.” Rep Josh Gottheimer, D-NJ
On October 13, Mr. Cunningham was advised by Rep Gottheimer’s office that
the DOJ was still looking into his case, but had not given them a timetable for response. He stated that his office has
called the DOJ every two weeks for updates. Mr Gottheimer has stepped out on an extremely
short limb to help Jack Cunningham battle the New Jersey Supreme Court.
“Congressman Gottheimer can lose his attorney
law career just as easy to New Jersey’s Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics as any other New
Jersey State Attorney. But he stands up with his ideals and for the rights of his people… even a PTSD
disabled vet, who has been fighting painfully-alone for his Due Process against New Jersey’s
Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics for 17 years.” Jack Cunningham
As Jack and Rep Gottheimer wait for the Department
of Justice to respond, one things stands out: for the first time in over a decade, Jack has an advocate.
Rep Gottheimer is a Democrat.
support is giving me hope that I have not had in many years. that means a great deal to
this PTSD survivor.” Jack Cunningham
photo (provided): Jack Cunningham and his youngest daughter.
Mr. John Jack Cunningham,
I just got off the phone with DOJ and they told me
that your case is being reviewed by the Civil Rights Division.
Office of Congressman Josh Gottheimer
click here to download file
"PTSD Veterans who return home from serving
our nation should not face discrimination and must receive equal protection under the law."
Dear Mr. John "Jack" Cunningham
The DOJ is reviewing your information and have given us no
timeline for response. Our office has been calling once every two weeks to check status. Please be patient as things at this
level take time. I can assure that both you and our office will receive a response.
Office of Congressman Josh Gottheimer
Dear Honorable Congressman Gottheimer,
Please bare with me. I’m a
PTSD disabled combat veteran from the Vietnam War. I’m not looking
for any pity and any notoriety. And I already
receive VA health care and benefits.
I’m just looking for Federal Justice that is legally-guaranteed to every American citizen under
the U.S. Constitution. Nothing more and nothing less...
For the last 16 years, I have
been looking for state justice, but I finally realize that for
various and clear reasons, I’m NOT going to get it in New Jersey.
(As you read, you will find out why no attorney in New Jersey would
have a career if they openly supported me on this.)
I have been under the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) care
for a number of years. I am looking to bring federal justice to the State of New
Jersey Supreme Court's Office of Attorney Ethics, and those
Supreme Court justices, who have illegally protected those involved in this federal, state
criminal cover-up and fraud. (PTSD disabled PRO SE veteran plaintiffs deserve
‘reasonable court accommodations’ not denial
of their constitutional civil rights.)
letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions only explains
a small part of this redress to Congress and the federal government. I have hundreds
of webpages on the internet that detail facts and hold actual , clear evidence. (I
also have numerous boxes of hard-copy evidence at various
sites among family and friends‘ households.) Why on the internet…
Over the years, I have used the kind and supportive opinions
of tens-of-thousands of internet patriots from across the nation to keep me going
The fact that the Federal Veterans Affairs
Department (VA) has assigned me a rating of 100% permanent
and total evaluation effective March 13, 2000 can only explain part of how
they accomplished their fraud. My charges go much farther
beyond harassment and discrimination of a disability. Answers are needed
on… How easily this was criminally accomplished by the State of New Jersey at the
time, and how easily they criminally covered up this
for all these years. Also, how so many government officials had to get involved
in the overall cover-up.
You will read in my attached letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions,
why I have the ability to reach hundreds of thousands of patriots across America
on computers. My issue with New Jersey corruption is well-known
on Facebook, Causes.com, City-Data forums, Delphi forums
and other internet social platforms. You could say I use my computer as a weapon of choice-communications,
just like I used my M-16 rifle, M-60 machine gun and
M-79 grenade launcher as weapons, serving in my Vietnamese peasant-farming
village under the Marine Corps’ Combined Action Program (CAP).
(I used all three weapons in the same firefight.)
Please help me get some federal justice on this. Not every PTSD disabled
veteran has 22 years of working experience with computers
and yet, they deserve to be heard too.
John “Jack” Cunningham
ROBERT JAMES PIERCE
Died August 11, 1970
On a recent road trip to New Orleans, on the return trip
to New Jersey, John "Jack" Cunningham and his wife, Joan took a detour into Georgia
to visit the grave of Jack's Marine buddy who was killed in Vietnam War. As Jack
paid his respects to his Vietnam War buddy, Joan cleaned 47 years of mold that had covered the honorable veteran's
headstone. Above is the 'before and after' pictures of Joan's care.
Please reach out and do the same to forgotten veterans' graves. They deserve to be remembered...
Vietnam veteran Jack Cunningham asks if YOU would forward
a copy of this below letter to the federal Department of Justice (DOJ).
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics misuse of power to protect one of their
own Robert Correale
With doing this, they openly denied
a PTSD Disabled Veteran his Due Process and even allowed him to be openly mocked for his disability
in New Jersey Supreme Court Sworn Certifications that were filled with perjury.
Honorable Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
for writing to you and the Federal Department of Justice (DOJ) are twofold One, to
protect current and future, disabled PTSD veterans’ civil rights as plaintiffs in state courts and from discrimination
of any kind. Secondly, my hope is for the Federal Department of Justice (DOJ) to file criminal
charges against all involved in this government fraud and New Jersey State Cover-up.
My charges center around New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics, NJ Superior
Court and government officials attempts to deceive, using acts of fraud and manipulation of
my Due Process as a plaintiff against a corrupt (former) NJ Supreme Court Official Robert Correale and his Law Firm,
Maynard and Truland.
Robert Correale was a general-practice
attorney for the Maynard & Truland Law Firm of Morristown, New Jersey. While practicing
law at Maynard & Truland, Robert Correale was also serving as an assistant district attorney
in a number of different New Jersey towns and counties. According to the attached Maynard & Truland webpage
dedicated to him, besides wearing all of these impressive and influential hats, he was
listed as the local Vice-Chairman of the New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics
District X committee. This position allowed him almost god-like influence around the state
as well as his fellow attorneys of Maynard & Truland. Attorneys and even judges' careers could end from
his, and his committee's judgments and decisions. Correale understood the influence he had around
New Jersey, and his law firms' partners Joe Truland and James Maynard were ready to
use it to their advantage, and for one of their own client's disadvantage.
Robert Correale and his fellow Maynard & Truland lawyers were able to use his considerable powers
to block Superior Court Legal Malpractice charges and official NJ Supreme Court Attorney Ethics
charges against them, but this was minor compared to the New Jersey's Supreme Court,
which openly allowed this unethical behavior and even openly protected them in the process.
In the past 16 years, ‘Reasonable Court Accommodations’ from the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) could have helped me; instead, I was even mocked for my PTSD in sworn New Jersey Supreme Court
I am considered by the federal
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to be 100% "Permanent and Totally" disabled
with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), due to my combat service during the Vietnam war.
Please do not make light of this letter and my charges because of my PTSD disability which has already caused
me considerable difficulties in both my personal and public life. PTSD is a nervous
disorder, but it does not make you lose your intelligence.
16 years of battling the State of New Jersey for my Due Rights as a plaintiff, I have a tremendous
number of facts and evidence which will back up the charges I'm laying out in this letter, attachments, and
internet links. Before going out on disability for PTSD, I was a very successful
project manager in data processing with a staff of 17 computer programmers, analysts, and
project leaders at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in Manhattan. Documentation and major analysis
were keys even back then.
I know I can file a federal civil suit, but like
in the past in NJ State courts, I would be forced to handle the federal case as PRO SE,
because no New Jersey lawyer wants to go up against New Jersey's Supreme Court Office
of Attorney Ethics. Win or lose, it could be a career-ending event for an ordinary attorney. Besides after 16
years, based on how these state officials used their state positions to illegally protect themselves
and stifle Justice, federal criminal charges should be brought up. I want to make
sure this never happens to another PTSD veteran now or in the future. It’s
taken a major toll on my health and mental-well-being according to my VA medical records.
VA, Congress and the American taxpayers pay billions of dollars a year to care and treat
disabled vets suffering from PTSD. I appreciate all of the care and treatment that I have
received over the years. It has saved my life but I'm upset and disgusted by
the unnecessary harassment and discrimination that exacerbates veterans' PTSD disabilities. Americans
constantly hear about the discrimination and harassment cases of sex, race, and the physically disabled,
but we never discus the discrimination and harassment cases of the PTSD disabled which
can be just as harmful.
Besides a Superior Court transcript
disappearing into thin air, perjury was permitted in Supreme Court Attorney Certifications and the evidence goes
I'm begging you. Yes, I'm actually begging
you to please review everything that I'm stating in this letter. I admit I've dedicated
a great deal of time and effort with bringing these corrupt government officials to justice.
This should never happen to another PTSD vet, disabled individual, or average citizen in the United States of America.
Thank God for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
and the great staff that have helped me during this time, and now I'm asking for my
Due Process from you that the State of New Jersey has denied me for over a decade.
John "Jack" Cunningham
Proud Vietnam Veteran
Sussex, New Jersey
Below is a actual copy of Robert Correale's webpage bio on the Maynard
& Truland website. Since he is no
longer an attorney at Maynard & Truland, this page is not on their website. In
fact, Maynard & Truland is no longer an
active law firm. The partners went their separate ways.
note how this webpage below lists Robert D. Correale as the Vice-Chairman of New Jersey's
Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics
District X committee. The page also lists him as Assistant New Jersey
Somerset County Prosecutor and Jefferson Twp. Prosecutor.
All three positions carry a great deal of power and influence around
the State of New Jersey. (If Robert Correale himself, was found guilty of Attorney
Ethics violations and/or legal malpractice
all or some of the cases that he sat over in those three positions might have to be reviewed
Below is the series of letters between Senator Steve Oroho's office
and the New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics to get details about one of
their own corrupt Supreme Court Attorney's that they were (And still are currently)
doing an active cover-up for, Robert Correale: (More Details About These Letters
Will Be Soon Posted)
note the above list of Cc:s Senator Oroho had to send copies of the above letter to in order to just get simple
Correale Carried Almost 'god-like' Influence Around The State Courts Of New Jersey
Fraud, Federal RICO (I.e. racketeering crimes) are involved in this below case due to the
fact that a number of New Jersey state officials and even politicians have acted together
to obstruct justice and deny John "Jack" Cunningham his constitutional rights.
Robert Correale was
a general-practice attorney for the Maynard & Truland Law Firm of Morristown, New Jersey.
While practicing law at Maynard & Truland, Correale was also serving as an assistant
district attorney in a number of different New Jersey towns and counties. According to the Maynard
& Truland webpage dedicated to him, besides wearing all of these impressive and influential hats, he is listed
as the local Vice-Chairman of the New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics District
X committee. This position allowed him almost god-like influence around the state as well
as his fellow attorneys of Maynard & Truland. Attorneys and even judges' careers
could end from his, and his committee's judgments and decisions. Correale understood the influence
he had around New Jersey, and his law firms' partners Joe Truland and James Maynard were ready to use
it to their advantage, and for one of their own client's disadvantage.
Correale and his fellow Maynard & Truland lawyers
were able to use his considerable powers to block Superior Court Legal Malpractice charges
and official NJ Supreme Court Attorney Ethics charges against them, but this was minor
compared to the New Jersey's Supreme Court which allowed this unethical behavior and even protected
them in the process.
the thorn in their side was never going to disappear. They picked the wrong client to
abuse Correale's influence on. At first, they thought the client was an easy target,
because he was a Vietnam veteran with PTSD. They never would have believed that after
tag-teaming the PTSD veteran with law firm lawyers, and throwing every possible legal obstacle at him,
the former Marine would be bringing them to federal court 17 years later along with the whole New Jersey Supreme
Court Office of Attorney Ethics for fraudulently and malfeasancely protecting them from
there is no Statute of limitations in federal court when it comes to state government fraud.
And based on all the clear evidence that Jack Cunningham has on the New Jersey Supreme
Court Office of Attorney Ethics and New Jersey governors' office, they have been committing fraud, malfeasance,
obstruction of Justice, denial of a citizen's due rights based on deception as well as harassment
of a PTSD veteran's disability and disability discrimination.
Some of Jack Cunningham's
clear evidence of New Jersey courts and NJ government fraud:
Correale and his law firm Maynard & Truland took Jack Cunningham
to Superior Court for an open bill but Jack counter sued against Correale and his law firm for Legal Malpractice.
Correale represented his law firm. Jack was forced to handle his case as PRO SE (on his own),
because no New Jersey lawyer wanted to go up against Correale, because of his obvious influence
as the Vice-Chairman of New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics District X committee.
Win or lose, it could be a career-ending event for an ordinary attorney. Because Jack
was both representing himself and effectively disabled with PTSD due to trauma in Vietnam, he asked the court for "Reasonable
Court Acommodations for his disability". After reviewing Jack's detailed evidence,
Honorable Superior Court Judge Ronald Graves threw out Robert Correale's open bill
charges and, against Correale's obections, Judge Graves added that Jack's charges
of Legal Malpractice and his evidence warranted the law division for damages.
However, strangely enough, two
months later when Jack tried to get a copy of Judge Ronald Graves court transcript where
the judge said Cunningham's Legal Malpractice charges were valid, that portion of the
transcript audio was missing. Jack's Law Division Superior Court civil case was then
thrown out for lack of merit. Neither could he use Judge Graves court transcript in formal attorney ethics violation charges.
This helped pave the way for Correale and Maynard & Truland to perjure themselves
in sworn NJ Supreme Court certifications.
these same sworn, Supreme Court Attorney Ethics Certifications, Robert Correale disgracefully and openly mocked
Jack Cunningham's PTSD disability without question.
When Jack Cunningham first started bringing formal Attorney Ethics Violation charges
against Robert Correale and his law firm, the New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics refused
to answer the PTSD veteran's letters. Jack sent out another round of letters to them,
this time Cc:ing the NJ governor, the NJ Attorney General and key officers of the state
legislature. Finally, the Supreme Court Office answered them and assigned the investigation
of Correale and Maynard & Truland to the same committee that Robert Correale was listed to be the Vice-Chairman
of District X. In words anyone could understand, the complaint about Correale and his
firm was to be investigated by Correale which is a clear violation of attorney ethics as
it pertains to conflict of interest. This assignment was done by the second highest official
in this important NJ Supreme Court office but it all just led to another round of battles for Jack Cunningham to
get them to recognize their major Conflict of Interest. The battles continued until Correale and
his fellow Maynard and Truland lawyers were all cleared of all charges but not before perjuring
themselves in Supreme Court Certifications.
Jack Cunningham's current goal is to get federal criminal
charges brought against everyone involved in the New Jersey State Government cover-up.
HOW IT ALL STARTED: The Cover-up is
worse than the crime
After nearly 25 years of marriage and five children, Vietnam
veteran John "Jack" Cunningham was served with divorce papers. The veteran, considered 100% permanently disabled
by federal Veterans Affairs (VA) due to PTSD, was worried that his disability would be
used against him in custody rights for his two minor children, which was a common practice
for various reasons in divorce cases against PTSD vets. The Marine hired the law firm
Maynard & Truland. At the first two meetings Jack drove home in a near-panic-like fear of losing his
children's custody due to his disability. However, law firm partner attorney Joe Truland and the firm's
divorce attorney Edward Buschico repeatedly highlighted that they were professionals and
would do their jobs.
During the next few weeks, the client called a number of times
to both the law firm's partner Joe Truland and divorce attorney for an update on the firm's response to the
court and his wife and her attorney. Although he was promised by the office manager that he
would get returned calls from the attorneys, he never did. Twenty-two days later, the
PTSD veteran was notified by Superior Court - Family Division that he was now in Divorce-Default
for his lack of response to the initial divorce papers. Based on now being in divorce-default
for his lack of response to family court, the family court judge could make her ruling for loss of all custody rights.
Jack's PTSD worsened dramatically as his greatest fear of losing his two children
could now be made by a simple decision of the judge.
The veteran's weekly PTSD therapy sessions
(well-documented) with a Veterans Affairs (VA) doctor were filled with talk of his fear of the loss of
his children and triggering intense memories from the war, living 24/7 in an isolated peasant-farming
village defending against Viet Cong terrorist fighters. Meanwhile, Jack made repeated attempts
to get the firm's partner Joe Truland and divorce attorney Edward Buschio on the phone,
but he still didn't receive the promised returned calls. Between the lack of communication from the law firm that
he hired and getting notices about the default from the court, he thought the worst and it
was triggering his most painful memories.
Out of desperation and total frustration, Jack wrote a heated
letter to Joe Truland and Edward Buschio in the hope that they would start acting professional
and communicate with him, the family court and his wife's attorney. Even after writing the letter,
he still did not get any return communications from his own law firm. However, He continued to receive notifications
that he was still in divorce default for lack of his activity to the court and his wife's
attorney. More phone calls to the law firm were never returned.
to attend his VA therapy sessions where the impact of the divorce and his frustrations with his law firm was well-documented
in his official Veterans Affairs medical progress records. It was even recorded that he
should have his medicine adjusted so that he could cope better and that he might have to
be VA hospitalized for the exacerbation of his PTSD.
Sixty-nine days into the contract Jack Cunningham signed with
the law firm, he finally received a very brief letter from a Maynard and Truland attorney Robert Correale; a name he
did not recognize. Robert Correale's letter briefly stated that he was starting on the
work on his divorce removal; was an Invoice listing that the client was being charged for
this divorce-removal at an extra $25 inflated hourly rate. He was being charged for their
gross neglience at an inflated rate by a law firm attorney that he knew nothing about. What happened
to the law firm's partner and their divorce attorney Edward Buschio?
With no answers to his prior questions
and a growing number of new questions to ask, the client wrote another letter to Joe Truland
and addressed it to Robert Correale a lawyer Jack had not known before. Once again, there
wasn't a response to this letter or his continued phone calls. Whoever Robert Correale was, he was
apparently just as bad in communicating back as the previous divorce attorney Ed Buschio was. Even worse,
Jack received another notification from family court stating that he was still in default
because there hadn't been a response from him.
Jack felt like he was losing his mind out of frustration, but
he also felt strongly that he had to fight back against this gang of incompetent lawyers. There was custody of his two
young children was at stake. Jack wrote a third letter to the Maynard & Truland lawyers.
Again, when he received no response for his third letter, he wrote to the local New Jersey
Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics District X committee and attached supporting evidence.
In his letter he highlighted the divorce-default Maynard & Truland, LLC. placed him
in and the extra stress they were causing him. When Jack received yet another notification from Family Court that he was
still in divorce default and there was to be a final court hearing on it, he wrote to the
Family Court judge explaining his facts and presenting his evidence.
A few days before
the final divorce default court hearing, the local District X committee of New Jersey' Supreme Court Office
of Attorney Ethics wrote back and said that they could not help him; however, they simply recommended
that Jack obtain another law firm without any other suggestions. It would be Two years
later when Jack learned that Robert Correale was the Vice-Chairman of this same NJ Supreme
Court Attorney Ethics District X committee. Again, this District X recommendation to get a new lawyer
was just days before the final default hearing that Maynard & Truland, LLC. caused. Living off only his
monthly disability payments from the federal government, there was no additional money
to retain another lawyer even if it was a good idea and changing law firms just days before
the default hearing was insane even to this "crackpot" veteran. He knew that
he had to attend the hearing himself, plead for some type of reasonable court accommodations for his PTSD disability, and
expose the lack of professionalism of the firm he had hired.
The day of the default hearing, with no responses
back from his letter to the Family Court judge or any communications from Maynard &
Truland's attorneys, Jack went to Superior Court to represent himself and hoped for
some type of understanding or mercy. After notifying the court that he was there for the default hearing,
he sat in the second row of the small 2 row courtroom and waited for his turn to be heard. In the back
of his mind, he was hoping that the law firm divorce attorney Edward Buschio would attend,
but he wasn't counting on it. The divorce attorney fell off the face of the earth
as far as he knew. He had neither seen nor heard from Buschio since the day he signed signed
the contract and paid the retainer. That same day, Buschio nastily stated that he know how to do his job. Extremely
anxious, Jack didn't have the slightest idea what to expect during the default hearing,
but at least he had made it there.
When the court case was announced, Jack was about to move up
to the defendant chair when a lawyer introduced himself to the court as Maynard & Truland attorney Robert Correale
and he was representing John Cunningham in the Case management appearance. Jack was completely
dumbfounded, who was attorney Robert Correale and what happened to the divorce default?
What happened to the divorce attorney Edward Buschio and why were the attorneys switched,
and when? He had received no written or verbal communications from the firm that his representation
was officially switched and wondered if the law firm was allowed to switch attorneys like that without notifying
him or asking for permission.
At the end of the case management hearing, Jack tried to get
some answers from Correale, but was brushed off by him claiming that he had no time to
talk. (Two years later, Jack would receive some misleading, vague and even perjurious statements from
Robert Correale about many of his questions when Correale was forced to swear in New Jersey Supreme Court
Certifications. It was also in Robert Correale's Certification that Jack would learn
how Correale described this day's first meeting between the two of them. Jack was
even mocked for his PTSD in Correale's New Jersey Supreme Court Certification.)
Although Jack never
received any sort of response from the Family Court judge about the letter that he sent
the week before, he was sure it had some impact in releasing him from the divorce-default
that the lack of action from his own law firm put him in. He was actually feeling somewhat optimistic
for the first time since hiring Maynard & Truland to represent him. However, Jack would soon learn just
how corrupt the firm and Robert Correale was.
were a number of future situations, but this was really highlighted during the most important, final
court arbitration. Flamingly-narcissistic Robert Correale came to court totally
unprepared. For over two hours in a small court house room, he sat
silent next to Jack as Jack spoke to his ex-wife and her attorney. The misrepresentation
given by Robert Correale was so poor that Jack's own ex-wife later wrote to the courts
about Correale's woeful, unprofessional behavior saying that Jack was, for all intents
representing himself. In the end for that day, Correale charged Jack hundred's
of dollars for his own representation at Correale $25 inflated rate per hour over the contract.
Veteran is fighting to help end the 'Stigma
fighting back against New Jersey Supreme Court's Malfeasance,
Fraud, Deception-Denying Of Due Rights
FRAUD, RICO I.e. racketeering is also
involved in this case due to the fact that a number of people have acted together
to obstruct justice and deny you of your constitutional rights.
John "Jack" Cunningham always wanted
to serve in the Marines and served he did. Just one month
after he graduated from the revered New York
City's Power Memorial
Academy he volunteered
for service. He had grown up watching patriotic films on
television about the heroism of
America's military in conflicts like
World War II
and Korea; his older brothers had served in the
military: one in the US Army, the other
in the Navy.
A brother-in-law, who Jack was close to, served in the Marines during the
Korean War in the 1st Marine
Division at the Chosin
Reservoir - "The Frozen Chosin".
18 years old, the skinny New York
City boy thought he knew so much. His high school,
had boys from around the city and from around the
world. He was about
to learn more though; much of it things that no eighteen years-old should
never know. Jack knew
the battle was going to be intense, with many
hardships and violence, but he didn't know it was going to
be as traumatic, rewardless, and somewhat disgraceful when
he came home. This was
a different and especially unique time for America's
fighting men and women.
The parades of honor and respect
were no more. This type of negative attitude toward
our military would last
for many decades... And Jack,
like so many other Vietnam Era vets, were about to learn it
way. They were going to fight this war alone.
Jack's dream of serving in the
Marines came true and he went
to boot camp at Parris Island (famous
for its depiction in Kubrick's take on Vietnam
Metal Jacket). After his training,
Jack, who was now nineteen, was sent
to California where he received orders from the Combined
Action Program (CAP): he was to go to special
training school in Da Nang. Jack had watched
war movies when he was younger
but this wasn't a movie on tv; this
was Vietnam. He
had no idea that he would endure a number of life-altering
experiences that would be jammed into one
short year, but he wanted to serve for America like so many brave and honorable
Americans before him and,
like all Marines, he was extremely proud of his Marine uniform
picture that he earned while
in Parris Island Marine
The small CAP units- the ones he served
with- served round
the clock in Vietnamese villages where they defended
the villagers from various levels
of terrorist attacks. The young American Marines
used their weapons of war, but they also
used friendship and kindness just as much and at times, even more.
The warriors treated the people using
fundamental human instincts
and character and were aptly nicknamed
"the Peace Corps volunteers with rifles."
The goal of these
American Marines were to teach the
peasants a better way to fish and farm, not hand them fish and rice. This
truth was the complete
opposite image of our military, what the American
news media was highlighting every night.
Eventually the truth about the Marine Corps' Combined Action Program became far more
ominous: many times, CAPs
were killed almost as soon
as they were replaced. The tiny units consisting of only a
handful of Marines and a U.S.
per village were attacked often and without warning.
The U.S. Navy Corpsman were special and unique.
They were there for
caring for the Marines, but also the daily,
long line of Vietnamese villagers needing regular health care.
The Marines, including
Jack, helped with bandaids and giving babies soap baths. Villagers
with more complicated
health conditions would be sent to a Marine base by
helicopter or Jeep.
Regardless of the health condition, payment
was nothing more than a smile.
For the young Americans supplying the health
care, it was like a
new TV episode of MASH everyday. No Vietnamese
peasant was ever turned away, and many friendships on both sides were formed. The
States Navy Corpsmen became popular village celebrities.
Jack even heard years after
the war that one Navy CAP Corpsman, Doc O'Brien personally
paid for his village's school to
At first the CAPs
consisted of Marines who volunteered for the units, but as more
and more horrifying stories of violence, brutal conflict,
and high casualties began
to spread, Marines had to be
assigned. For some CAP Teams,
they were known as Suicide Squads and for most
CAP units, they did not
even have a full squad of Marines living
in their village. On paper, the teams
were a little more than a fortified squad.
was assigned to the Duc Duc resettlement
where conflict almost immediately greeted him. There
were many times where death was certain-
times that many of us who have
never been in the
heat of battle could ever understand. There is no question of Jack's and the other CAPs bravery.
in all wars, for most Americans
in Vietnam bravery was routine. Unfortunately, stories of Cap
units stretched far too
thin, beating the odds, and saving the lives of villagers
are hardly told. Far more people
know of the tragedies like the massacre of
My Lai village where it
was the atrocities of Americans rather than the many stories of those like Jack's.
The American News
Media and Hollywood became extremely
rich from pushing fake news stories and lies about the military's
callous treatment of the Vietnamese. Most American
people would believe what ever the news media
and Hollywood put out. After all,
why would they lie...
Cong terrorists loved using the tools of extreme violence
village people. To the communists, everything
was terrorism. The more vicious, random and heartless the
attacks were on innocent people, the more
control they had over the families of the
village, and only the small American
Marine CAP Teams stood in their way.
Duc Duc Resettlement (Refugee) Village
CAP 2-9-2 unit defended had a population in the thousands
while, with the exception of a handful
of villagers who fought alongside
there were just on average of eight marines and as few as four at any given time. Four teenage
a Vietnamese peasant-farming village
of thousands. There were no 'safe-places' for these
kids. But the Marines were not looking for any
safe places. They were
there to help and protect innocent people like American
service men and women
have always done throughout our country's
villagers were sympathetic to the US
forces and which were sympathetic to the Communists
created a situation rife
with paranoia. There were constant rumors of communists infiltrating the village.
Communications between the CAPs and the
villagers was often mangled
by language barriers.
Enemy propaganda circulated constantly exploiting the CAPs obvious
the size of the units.
Threats of the units being wiped out were almost daily. Intelligent
of hundreds of communists coming to attack the Marines
and village kept everyone on extreme edge.
Regardless of the bigger odds facing them,
the village-Americans were there to protect
the innocent people. They were true to their
motto: "Semper Fi- Always
Faithful". By then, it was
in their blood.
was wounded three different times
in and around
his village of Duc Duc. He received one Purple
Heart, because the other two wounds were
minor. During one of his
patrol's, he stepped on a large booby trap that never exploded. During one intense
outside the village,
Jack's buddy George Dros of Burlington Flats, NY credited Jack with
saving his life and
that of two other Marines when Jack intentionally made himself
a target for Viet Cong terrorists
in order to save his three buddies. During
the attack, Jack switched
weapons between his M-79 grenade launcher
to his buddy's M-60 machine gun and another buddy's
M-16 rifle. He did this in the hope
of giving the terrorists the illusion that he was the better target.
It worked. The terrorists concentrated all
their fire on Jack, and his buddies were
able to be saved.
His brothers made it. That is all
that Jack cared
However many times, Jack's worst moments weren't
during heat of battle but the rare moments of calm when
he could actually process what
was going on: the fear of attacks at any
moment and the paranoia that the enemy might be
hiding amongst the same people he was trying
to protect. Beyond that was
the bigger picture: he didn't know who he was fighting or why he
was fighting. Back home, his generation and many others
were divided between
those who had their doubts but didn't voice disrespect
and those who protested
violently. In May 1970, the
shooting deaths of four anti-war protesting students at Kent State made
this same mental conflict even worse as
the line between countrymen and enemies
blurred even further.
extreme stress and pressure at such a vulnerable time left a permanent
impression on Jack.
The fact that the local communists had a bounty
on each of the Americans' heads added to it.
The uncertainty of enemy attacks, the frustration
with the treatment of his own countrymen, and- most importantly-
the confusion over what the ultimate goal was with the war
created the perfect storm in
his head. At this time, Jack's unit was shocked
to find a Viet Cong tunnel that contained
$5,000 in American green currency, $3,000 in military
currency, and- most painful
of all- boxes
of clothing donated by students from the Berkley University in California. Students the same age
as Jack were
protesting and supporting the very enemy
killing off Marines and Vietnamese peasants left and
right. As small a gesture as
the clothing was, it was the worst stab in the back Jack could
have ever gotten from his peers
back home in America. He felt
that he and his buddies were being betrayed
by those who should have been supporting them. Jack felt
very alone. He wondered how World War
II veterans felt, when they
were battling in their war.
On July 17, 1970,
Jack was part of a five
Marine patrol outside his village that got pinned
down and surrounded for hours.
Another CAP Team from another
village had to come to their rescue. However, it too got pinned
down. Marine helicopter
gunships and two Navy F-4
fighter jets were forced to bail out both CAP Teams.
In August 1970, an event would
occur that would create the 'Survivors Guilt' which would never leave him the
same again. After switching patrols
one morning with another Marine, Robert J. Pierce,
a surprise attack
would result in his replacement losing his legs then
dying from the blood loss. Before
dying, Robert was calling out to his mother
and his brother Marines. With his tour
of duty almost over, Robert was scheduled to leave Vietnam in a week.
The tragic death would be one
that stood out amongst the many
other bloody incidents during Jack's time
in Vietnam. In his mind, he was at fault rather
than the enemy. If he
hadn't switched patrols, Robert Pierce would
be alive. Jack would remain haunted by the death long after
he was safe from the
daily horrors of the war.
Around the time of Pierce's
death, Jack would receive news and clippings
that the Vietnam War veteran memorial in his hometown
of Rosedale, Queens had been vandalized twice
by protesters. The
anti-military protesters attacked by night like
communist the Viet Cong terrorists. The names
of the town's eight Vietnam War dead
were desecrated with tar and black paint.
Like all of the other anti-military, and
anti-veteran attacks that Jack was
hearing about while serving in
his village, the attack on his hometown's veteran memorial
was taken personally.
He had attended the dedication of this same memorial himself on Memorial
Day 1968 less than two years before serving. Later
in 2002, Jack built
a simple website to the Rosedale Vietnam
Veteran Memorial showing the newspaper pictures of the
bitter, this information served to only rub
more salt in Jack's wounds.
Many of today's patriots would almost feel the pain he was under.
Jack was still alone. But he knew he
to do his job even while conditions
worsened when word began to spread that the CAPs were going to
pull out of the area.
The villagers felt betrayed and
their relations with the Marines cooled considerably. Night watches consisting of constant
wakefulness left Jack and his
Marine buddies perpetually exhausted. Any wrong move meant death;
any wrong action meant further
ostracizing from the villagers.
His very sanity became a delicate tightrope
as the extreme conditions weighed down
everyone around him.
President Nixon's withdrawals
of the troops freeing Jack from his torment. He left in February 1971
but leaving the battlegrounds would be bittersweet.
A few months later
in March and April, successive Viet
Cong attacks destroyed to ashes the Duc Duc resettlement village
hundreds of the same villagers Jack had previously been
tasked to protect. The massacre of
Duc Duc left him with another lasting
impression. He had many Vietnamese
friends in the village and some good Marines died over the
years to protect it.
He wanted people to know the real truth.
Years after the war Jack would build a number of
webpages dedicated to the village and the Marines who died.
Although the physical wounds that he received
protecting the village were minor, he left
a major part of himself in Duc Duc.
to the United States with
the memories of the war, and stupid questions of how
many babies he was forced to kill and did he ever have to burn
down, but as time went on, they seemed to fade away. There were some events in the
future that would create even more
emotional turmoil: the fall of
Saigon in 1975 would
be especially painful as he recounts how he felt when he learned the
news: "A lot
of sadness and a lot of anger, even rage. I felt everything
was a pure waste." To put the 1975 fall of Vietnam
into perspective, just thirty years before, America was celebrating
the triumphant victory of
the Allied forces against
the Axis. Now, nearly forty
years after the fall, many veterans of the Iraq War
know a similar bitterness when the
country they fought to liberate fell
into the hands of ISIS.
Life began to slowly
go back to normal. Jack settled on Long Island,
eventually moved to northwestern New Jersey, started
a family, and began a career programming,
analyzing and, later, managing computer
systems at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
in Manhattan. His experience with the military proved to be
useful for him
as he became increasingly more successful. By
the 1980s, life was good for Jack. He was thought highly of by his
management, his peers and was responsible for
up to 17 employees. Although he had more employees on his computer
staff than in his CAP Team, Jack
began to think of his team of computer programmers
and analysts as his own
CAP Team. His Subscriber Data Processing Team were now his
And he protected them just like he did
his CAP buddies.
His co-workers were like
his brothers and sisters.
a project manager making
a great salary. To
many in the large company of over 10,000 employees,
he was Mr. Cunningham. To himself, though,
he was still just
Jack. The job was somewhat stressful but he handled it well before
things began to change unexpectedly in 1985.
Stress from the job was starting
to trigger some intense memories
of the village and 'Survivors Guilt' started drawing
its ugly head.
1980, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was added to
the DSM-III by the American Psychiatric Association. PTSD
has since become closely associated with veterans from
Vietnam and for good reason: 31%
are believed to suffer from it. While
the severity of the condition can vary from
patient to patient,
it can be debilitating for those who have
it worst. PTSD can manifest
in minor ways for years as anxiety or intrusive flashbacks with very little effect on
a patient's day to day life. Sometimes,
years can pass before it causes
serious issues as was the case with Jack, who began
serious problems around 1985 but managed
to keep working for sometime while
his condition slowly deteriorated.
At the time, like many other Vietnam vets, Jack
kept his thoughts,
memories and feelings to himself. Socially,
he started to isolate, but he still was
able to work at a high level. Since he was
having memories of the war
almost everyday, Jack started
writing down his experiences from serving in the Combined Action Program (CAP).
In a short
period of time, he ended up writing 8 short stories
of his village life. He was writing
about war, but more importantly, he felt
he was writing about family- his brothers.
the stigma of PTSD was extremely
no one really wanted to talk to Vietnam vets about the war and Vietnam
vets did not want to talk to people
who could not understand or relate.
Thanks to Hollywood, certain news-hound-celebrities, the news
media and even some politicians, the image of PTSD
Vietnam vets scared many in the general
public. The caricature of Vietnam
lunatic baby-killers and village-burners was still fresh
in many Americans' minds. Jack's feelings of being
became stronger. To fight the negative
feelings and images, Jack started letting family and friends at work read
his short stories. To his utter
amazement people liked them
and found them extremely interesting. Many
people asked to read all 8
stories. Based on the feedback
he started to think that maybe he could help change
the negative image of
Vietnam vets. Jack wanted to fight back.
He didn't think that he was a hero, but
he strongly felt
that he served with heroes. There were over two
million real heroes that served in Vietnam.
Besides, having people
read the experiences and stories was much easier than talking about
With the grace of God
and prayer, Jack
finally reached out to the Department
of Veterans Affairs (VA). Using federal Veterans Administration's
(VA) medications and therapy to
cope, Jack carried on with life as usual, but with
each year his memories weighed him
down further. Finally, in 1989, he was
no longer able to work. It is common with many who
suffer from PTSD- like symptoms
including severe forms of anxiety
or depression- to become chronically unemployed due to the
difficulties their condition imposes on
them. In this day and
age, there is far more leeway for someone with a mental illness to get
help and recognition. In 1989,
however, many people's knowledge of PTSD
came from movies like First Blood where the
main character John Rambo suffers from
a psychotic break due to his experiences in Vietnam.
PTSD veterans had been stereotyped as crazy and
able to snap at any
time. This belief caused many sufferers
to remain in the shadows because of the fear of being ostracized for their shortcomings.
Far to often, brave and honorable veterans
with PTSD were judged for the false and
weak images of the stigma of PTSD.
Many professional people
say that tens-of-thousands took their own lives, because of it.
Jack did seek help,
he didn't get better. However, he continued his writing
about his Vietnamese village life and his brothers-in-green.
felt that Hollywood needed to tell the truth about
Vietnam veterans. He started to write to Hollywood
movers and shakers.
Although he received a number of autographed pictures from
stars, he did receive two very promising responses from two of
his heroes: Actor Jimmy Stewart
and Movie Director John Huston.
Jack started calling his writing project
He added it to the internet in
March 2001. He wanted it all non-profit. He wanted the truth
out about America's Vietnam vets and that is all
he cared about.
hospitalized at VA facilities in 1986 and 1987
for PTSD; both times, he was sent gifts and support
by his employees and friends. He seemed
to have good support but in 1989, the memories
of friends' deaths during the war created intense
survivor's guilt. This, along
with life's stresses, created the perfect storm. Oftentimes, those with PTSD will not
symptoms until they've gone
through an extended illness like pneumonia or influenza; others won't
have symptoms until
they enter a period of extreme stress like having issues at work
or with family. With Jack,
his own thoughts became his worst enemy.
As the good memories started flooding back into Jack's
head, the bad memories came
just as fast. He had no switch or filters
to regulate his thoughts.
He could no longer function.
Jack would continue in this way until
1996 around the time of the birth of his fifth child.
During this time, he wrote four movie
scripts to keep
busy. His first one was about his
experiences in Duc Duc, about the loss of
his friend and his own survivors guilt dealing with it.
His second script
was about a Vietnam vet dealing with PTSD during the 1st Gulf War.
His third and fourth scripts were
total fiction about young
teenagers and ghosts who come to their rescue. He did the
last two to were get away from war,
but writing them did not help at all.
He had to be again hospitalized
in a VA hospital for nearly four
months because of PTSD which obviously
caused problems in his personal life. The loss of two older sisters each
to cancer within two years did not
help. As his mental state tore him apart, his domestic
life caused him further pain.
In 1999, Jack's wife
filed for divorce. The divorce suit would
be only the beginning of his struggle for justice as
lawsuit after lawsuit exposed the corruption of the New
Jersey justice system.
the 9-11 terrorist attacks, most
hearts and minds were open to the sacrifices and truths of America's
Vietnam Veterans. Jack's
writing goal of trying
to improve the image of Vietnam vets was no longer necessary.
The truth was coming out
on its own. But Jack still
wanted to follow through.
He loved writing, especially young fiction dealing with ghosts
and totems. Stories
of hope, family, communities, inspiration, history and inner
strength. His last script he
called "The Spirit Lives On."
as the plaintiff, the Marine vet was facing a
with the New Jersey courts as the defendant.
even more intense than he ever fought in.
In the end,
Jack would want federal criminal corruption
and fraud charges brought against a number
of high level New Jersey Supreme Court
protecting one of their own
To handle his divorce suit, Jack hired a locally well-known, law firm
of Morristown, New Jersey, Maynard
& Truland, LLC.
When he hired Maynard & Trumand he did
not know they were
so well-known, powerful and state-wide influential (for
themselves). Like most fathers,
he informed the law firm partner Joe Truland and
his divorce attorney that his greatest concern was
to get fair custody rights for his two minor
He also informed them in detail that he was PTSD-disabled
from heavy combat in the Vietnam
War. He told the law
firm's lawyers about his disability because it was a major
part of his life and hoped that they would
give him a little more courtesy (Jack would
be totally wrong
about getting extra courtesy, even though they were his own law firm). He also
told them about his PTSD because he did not want it to be used
against him in custody rights,
which was common practice
in veterans with PTSD divorce proceedings.
He signed their contact, paid
them an agreed upon retainer check
that the law firm cashed within
three days. He expected a routine
handling of his case, but things only fell apart from there.
It was as if his lawyer
and law firm did not care he had
PTSD. Sometimes, it felt like that they were even
trying to take advantage
own disability. Eventually, the law firm Maynard & Truland even mocked his disability
in sworn attorney ethics
certifications to the New Jersey Supreme
Court. But it all
just made him angry and motivated that much more.
From the beginning there was no action
from the law firm, court-required deadlines
were missed, and Jack's
needs were ignored. Jack's
lawyer was not even returning his phone calls. For whatever reason, the firm was grossly
inadequate in their handling
of the divorce suit even allowing for it to enter into default;
a fact they neglected to tell
Jack until it was too late.
On the way out the door to visit his older sister (the
third to have cancer
and was about to undergo a major operation) at
a NYC hospital, he was
notified by mail from family court that he was now in divorce default for no
on the case. The misrepresentation given by the firm
was so poor that Jack's own ex-wife wrote to the courts
complaining about their woeful behavior
saying that Jack was, for all intents and purposes,
All that the firm managed to do
was overcharge him an extra $25.00 an hour
over the contracted rate
that they had agreed
on. What made it even more disgraceful was Maynard &
Truland law firm's own printed
Invoice which stated that they were billing
Jack for their own Divorce Default removal.
The Maynard & Truland law firm was completely
acting without attorney ethics.
To Jack, he felt that they were acting
above the law and could not understand why they
were doing this. Again, he even
thought that they might be taking advantage
of his PTSD disability. This was his
own law firm that he already had paid.
His stress was building, and it no longer had anything to do
with the divorce but with
his own law firm's unprofessionalism.
He wanted to fight back. PTSD vets were not there to be
taken advantage of. Just like
he fought to save the innocent people of the
Duc Duc Refugee Village, Jack felt
he was battling to save future PTSD vets and even average
New Jersey citizens
from discrimination and fraud. No one should
be above America's laws.
was rightfully angry over how he had been treated and took his case
to the New Jersey Supreme Court local,
State Attorney Ethics Committee. This would lead to even further problems for Jack
since a lawyer of Maynard
& Trudell actually served on the Ethics
board: Robert Correale. Correale's firm's
website listed him as not only being on the
same committee, but as their Vice-Chairman.
This was the same lawyer who was supposed
to serve on Jack's behalf in court
but never once spoke and was clearly
unprepared. Jack now faced an enemy far more stealthy and ruthless than that
of the Viet Cong decades before. He
was now going to take on the cold, faceless
courts of New Jersey and, later, the Federal justice
In total, Jack was in 'Divorce
Default' for almost 4 months,
because of lack
of any activity from
his law firm. It was up to the judge, but he
could lose all custody rights to his children, because of
this default. To say
that he was worried would be an understatement.
He was terrified about losing his children. That is
why he hired the law firm in the first
reached out to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) repeatedly for advice
but they could not give him legal advice. His doctor
documented it all very well in medical
records and recommended
hospitalization. In spite of
how he was feeling, the disabled vet felt that he could not go
into the VA hospital. His children's
custody was more at skate.
Jack felt he had to battle his own law firm. His VA doctor increased
The first response Jack received
from the State Ethics
Committee was one that
simply stated he should get a different attorney. Get a different
attorney while in a divorce
default that his first attorney got him
into. This, of course, was far from satisfactory: what about
the horrible representation Jack
received by the law firm and, by extension, Robert Correale? A document,
by Correale to the same Ethics committee that he was
on the board of, defended his
law firm. The ethics violations that Jack
alleged were to be investigated by- of all people-
Robert Correale and the other lawyers on the
committee, who Correale supervised!
any other setting,
this would be considered an extreme violation of the legal system, a major Conflict of Interest in
the very least. However,
it was permitted. A series of questionable
events would occur which illustrates
the grave injustices
that Jack has faced for over 17 years. Correale would use his influence
on the Ethics committee to remove himself and his
law firm, Maynard & Truland from blame
and, later, court recordings related to a future law suit (mentioned
before they could be officially transcribed.
that weren't enough, Correale mocked Jack's
struggle with PTSD and
brought a lawsuit claiming that he owed
his law firm an additional
Superior Court Judge Ronald
Graves, who handled Maynard & Truland's open bill lawsuit,
their suit out but not before adding that Jack gathered enough evidence
to warrant his own lawsuit for Legal Malpractice against
and his law firm Maynard Truland.
Jack felt it was like a dream. He was going to get justice
against this gang of corrupt lawyers.
And he did it; at least
his evidence did. He felt, "Not bad for a PTSD
A few months later, Judge
Graves' remarks could not be recovered for
the court transcript when Jack
was preparing for his
legal malpractice suit. The part of the court audio where Judge Graves said
warranted the law division for damages had apparently gone missing. Supreme
Court Attorney Robert Correale
and his law firm Maynard & Truland
had friends in high places.
How all of this occurred seems like a wild conspiracy
that could only be pure fiction but
it's all true and it plagued Jack daily.
His mental state was badly deteriorating
and Jack's VA doctors wanted to hospitalize
him for the exacerbation. Already reeling from a divorce
his ongoing struggles with PTSD, he had to deal
with the bureaucratic nightmare of
the New Jersey legal system. He had to continue
who would ever believe this was happening
to him. He was a PTSD vet.
He was all alone in this
fight just like so many times thirty years
before in his CAP unit in Vietnam.
though, Jack wouldn't be alone. Many are familiar with the Marine Corps motto: Semper
Fi or Semper Fidelis which is Latin
Faithful". Indeed, the Marines were always
faithful to Jack as a number of the Marines
he served with in the past-
and a number of other
vets who learned of his struggle- reassured him that he was NOT alone in his fight.
led a letter writing campaign that went all the way up to then-governor
James Mcgreevey, who
a return letter. Jack's letter stated that if the Office
of Attorney Ethics had Robert Correale own
State Attorney Ethics board
investigate Jack's case it would be a major Conflict
of Interest and ethics violation.
After months of writing and
Ccing everyone in the New Jersey
State Government, Jack finally received a letter from New Jersey's
Supreme Court Director of Attorney
Ethics that they realized there was a Conflict of Interest if Correale's
own attorney ethics committee
investigated him and the Maynard & Truland law firm. This
was a small victory for
Jack, but he went on even further.
The investigation was moved
to another nearby ethics committee and a few of
the involved lawyers
were told to write up sworn certifications of
what was their version of Jack Cunningham's
charges against them.
One of the law firm's partners, Joe Truland was strangely excused from
writing up his own sworn certification.
about two weeks, the Maynard and Truland sworn certifications
were released to the NJ Supreme Court
Office of Attorney
Ethics, along with copies
to Jack. These Certifications were filled
with perjuries, vague, misleading and contradicting
Robert Correale had
the most detailed certification,
which was filled with the most of these vague and misleading
statements. Being a NJ Supreme
Court Attorney Ethics committee member himself, he was
probably used as the biggest liar
a reason. In two areas of his sworn certification,
Correale even openly mocked Jack's
was questioned. Strangely,
were accepted by the committee supervisors without question and with
or evidence as well. What made it
even more bizarre was the fact that Jack himself
detailed evidence and documents:
the firm's own contract, invoices, court
filed letters, court filed
documents, and even official-federal
Veterans Affairs Medical Records that
the impact the corruption and fraud
was having on Jack's PTSD. All
the committee supervisors
had to do was review Jack's evidence and compare
it to the
certifications. The committee
sat on their decision for months. In
a shocking twist, Robert Correale and
his law firm were
cleared of any wrongdoing despite obvious perjury
in their certifications.
The fact that Superior
Judge Ronald Graves' transcript
went missing was never addressed
by the Office of Attorney Ethics and all of the evidence
presented was never mentioned.
letter writing campaign did
not die down. He would write and send
key pieces of evidence to New Jersey
Richard Codey, Jon Corzine, and the current Governor
Chris Christie, but he never
received a return letter from any of their
Like all politicians, before news cameras, each of these
New Jersey governors praised veterans
and highlighted the importance of giving
veterans the rights, respect and benefits that
they so rightly earned but they could
not even return a letter to Jack addressing New Jersey's denial
of his due
life has not been all bad,
though. He remarried and has been with
his wife Joan for fourteen years.
family only grew both in strength and in numbers during
Jack's legal battles: he has five
children and three step-children along with
nine grandchildren. He and his ex-wife Alice- who herself
recognized the overwhelming odds Jack is up against-
remain on friendly terms. Their
children, now adults, are all successful.
As strange as it may sound to many, Jack and
Joan have even been on a number of family vacations with
his adult kids,
their children and with his ex-wife; so much
so that people have often teased
him that he has two wives. He has even stayed close with his ex-wife's family and
always be known as Uncle Jack. He still goes
to regular VA therapy sessions for PTSD and now resides
in Sussex, New
Jack is something of a celebrity both locally
and on the Internet because of all of his successful
veteran advocacy causes.
Using his data processing skills, he runs a
number of websites. He still keeps mostly
causes he is especially proud of:
Helping to save the USS ARIZONA Marine Remembrance Memorial
Pearl Harbor. (See Below) Writing a
poem and getting it produced addressed
to all Vietnam veterans from America.
day, some Vietnam veterans have asked
to be buried with a copy of it. The third and fourth
are helping to push every
year for a Welcome
Home Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29 and getting a song 'Welcome Home' by Eric
Greenwood (God Bless The USA - Proud To Be An American fame) written and
Jack does is nonprofit- sometimes, his causes actually cost him
money. But he says
that he does them, because
he gets more out of it than
money can bring.
In February of
this year, Jack finally received
even more support for his efforts when a veterans foundation agreed to connect
him to a team of pro bono lawyers
for his future
court case. But for reasons beyond Jack's control,
the pro bono lawyers were
unable to supply Jack with
their support. Once again, he's
forced to represent
himself to bring justice to New Jersey Supreme Court Office
of Attorney Ethics. However,
Jack has a history of fighting alone, or with a few tough
supporters. He remains just as
and strongly believes that this type
of fraud and corruption coming from this extremely
state agency can be triggered against any
and all average New Jersey citizens,
or any citizen across
our nation, who do not have connections
to power and corrupt
influence. Jack does not consider himself a
PTSD veteran who is looking
for pity; just an average,
Patriot fighting against injustice in government.
The proud, Marine Vietnam
the federal civil court battle will be even more intense
and complicated than he ever fought.
him as PRO SE and his strong evidence
up against the name and reputation
of the New Jersey Supreme Court. In the
federal criminal corruption and fraud charges against a number of high level
New Jersey Supreme Court
lawyers for protecting one of their own.
He would also like federal charges brought against the tag-team
lawyers who started it all.
all, there is no argument about
Jack's heroic military service.
His actions were above and beyond the line
and he should be recognized for it rather than discredited
as a crazy,
old man. The VA's motto comes from the words of Abraham
Lincoln: "To care for him who shall
borne the battle"
and these words should influence all of our attitudes to the soldiers who have returned
home with even greater
personal struggles in their future. Should
our government- who swore
to take on the responsibility of caring for every
last soldier living or dead- be allowed to throw Jack to
the curb? His story is just
one of many other struggles that veterans
have been forced to face , and it's a grave injustice
that we can allow this to happen in this great
country. So ask yourself
this: Should outrages like
these be covered up and forgotten, or
should they be used to open our country's
our country's finest can be helped in the future?
Constitutional Attorney's Comments:
John "Jack" Cunningham's case
against the State of New Jersey is interesting.
Statute of limitations issue
is bogus… fraud has no limitation
in federal court, and Statute
of limitations runs from the time the fraud is found…
It is an
act to deceive, an act of
act to manipulate due process, - sanctions should be
implemented – One of many cases
spell this out… Referring both to the objective and
subjective elements, we have held that qualified
be defeated if an official "knew
or reasonably should have known that
the action he took within
his sphere of official responsibility
would violate the constitutional rights
of the [plaintiff], or if he took
the action with the malicious intention to cause
of constitutional rights or other injury." Harlow et
al v. Fitzgerald,
457 U.S. 800; 102 S. Ct. 2727; 73 L. Ed. 2d 396; (1982).
File a civil suit in the
United States District
Court for the District of New Jersey
(federal court) - file
this Civil Complaint under U.S.C. 28
§1331, federal question, civil actions arising under
the Constitution, under U.S.C.
42 §1983, a civil action for deprivation
of rights, and U.S.C. 42 §1985 a
civil action for Conspiracy to interfere with civil rights against
all Defendant’s you
can list (growing list below)… you can do it
pro se and file an application
to proceed indigent… all documents are on the District of
New Jersey (federal court)’s
courts have concurring jurisdiction over this type
of civil suit, it can
be filed in state
BUT Federal Courts are more easygoing with
Pro Se writings, minor errors in format and rules etc…
And if a state attorney represented anyone,
the challenge here would
be if he was authorized to do so… i.e. an application
filed for their service, defendant
within the scope of employment…
etc… if not..
it was fraud…
out the principles of the Noerr-Pennington
Doctrine… first Amendment Rights…
you may have further elements
to build your case…
Void Judgments, move
to vacate previous judgments for harmful
errors, constitutional violations, fraud…
etc… all forms and docs you need are on
the court web sites.
USS ARIZONA Marine Remembrance
Memorial at Pearl Harbor
Band of Marine Brothers,
One of our own needs your
help. He has mine.
As you obviously know if you
are reading this, Jack Cunningham's "Proud CAP Marine" blog and e-info
efforts reach a great number of Marines,
friends and families of Marines as well many active
duty Marines from the past. I've
found it to be a powerful tool.
A couple of years ago,
I was the Operations Officer for the Pearl Harbor
Visitor Center, on the waterfront between the USS ARIZONA and
the USS BOWFIN. The Commandant
of the Marine Corps was the featured speaker at the dedication
of the USS ARIZONA Marine Remembrance, 10 November 2006.
The National Park Service, which administers the
USS ARIZONA Memorial is renovating all
of Halawa Landing, the site of the Marine Remembrance.
The Regional Director of the Natl Park Service
Western Region, Jon Jarvis, stated on the local TV news that the Marine
Remembrance would be removed. I
challenged him on that statement and convinced him that
would not happen without a fight. I passed the word
to Jack, who in turn asked his readership to email Jarvis
that the entire USMC would make every
effort to have him relieved of his duties
if he moved that monument. I was copied on many of the emails
to him from Marines, their friends and their families that it
nearly fried my computer. And...it
worked. In order to save his job, Jarvis backed down. The Remembrance
now belongs to the USMC and
has its' rightful place in direct view of the USS ARIZONA.
showed me the power of the
internet when focused on a meaningful issue.
As I'm sure you also know, Jack has had an ongoing
battle with the State of New Jersey
regarding the way he was treated by corrupt politicians. We can help him.
Marines take care of Marines. I ask you to
join me in a vigorous e-mail campaign (And
phone call campaign) to Congressman Scott Garrett as well as
Gov Jon Corzine (And now Governor Chris Christie) to
demand an investigation. The contact addresses are listed below.
We never leave a Marine on the battlefield
- lets not leave one to the criminal
politicians. Join me in protest.
Colonel John R. Bates USMC (ret)