Cancer Cover-Up: Sample Letters
LETTER FOR STATE OFFICIALS
following sample letter is merely intended as a guide that
includes major points to raise with your legislator. It would be
best to use your own words.
[Sen. or Del.] NAME
Dear: [Senator or Delegate]
I am writing to express my outrage at the abuse of power and
denial of Constitutional Protections inherent in the way the
Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings is structured.
I have been shocked to learn that individuals brought before
this quasi-judicial forum can never be tired by a jury of their
peers. They can only take their case to an Appellate Court that
is limited to reviewing procedural matters - not facts or
Worse, the Administrative Law Judges who oversee the hearings
have unprecedented discretion to exclude evidence or to refuse
to qualify witnesses without regard to the prejudicial effect
such actions may have on defendants.
While one might expect such "star chambers" to exist in
dictatorships like Iraq or Cuba, it is an outrage that they are
permitted to exist in a democracy such as ours.
I urge you to introduce legislation to abolish the Office of
Administrative Hearings, or lacking that, at least provide
defendants with recourse to a real court where a jury of their
peers can judge them.
I would point out that just such action was taken in regard to
medical malpractice cases a few years ago because of the same
sorts of abuses that routinely occur at OAH. In taking that
action, the legislature showed its understanding that arbitrary
"Kangaroo Courts" have no place in a democracy. It is time to
apply the same logic to the Office of Administrative Hearings.