Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 1
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
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
On 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 were both their mother's and my concerns.)
I 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 Buschio, 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
During 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.
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.
Although 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
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 11, 2003.
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.
OrignalIy, 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 were 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
In 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 Certificiations, Vice-Chairman Robert Correale was allowed to
openly mock my military PTSD disability in his Certification. EVIDENCE: "HIDING IN THE BACK OF THE
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
A 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.
WHEN 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?
Theft of MY constitutional rights and due process under the
law, by deception.
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…
Like I already wrote, it has been a six (6) year battle.
But I won’t give up until I get my DUE PROCESS.