Lev Tsitrin, a Brooklyn, New York author and small press publisher who had lost his battle with the Library of Congress over his eligibility in the Cataloguing in Publishing Program, has filed another lawsuit.
This one alleges that the carvings, statues, and images of Lady Justice, are misleading and deceptive, and create the illusion that due process is something that can be found in courts of law across the land.
He seeks to have all these removed and replaced with accurate depictions and statements regarding the judicial process.
Tsitrin’s original lawsuit challenged The Library of Congress’s longstanding requirement that a publisher must publish the works of at least three different authors before its books will be catalogued by the Library of Congress.
Tsitrin was very unhappy with how judges arrived at the outcome, first in the Court of Federal Claims and later in the Federal District Court which said that he did not have a right to participation in the program, and left the Library of Congress decision to have a three book minimum in place.
So he sued to have the District Court’s decision reviewed in the Court of Appeals saying that the Judge substituted his legal arguments with its exact opposite right in the decision.
Tsitrin’s appeal was rejected and the decision was affirmed by the US. Court of Appeals. The Appeals Court found that the Judge in the District Court made no errors as a matter of law.
Tsitrin then filed suit against the judges personally but this suit was also denied by Summary Judgment, saying that Judges are not personally liable for the decisions they make.
Frustrated by the outcome of all these efforts, Tsitrin is now filing another lawsuit. This one seeks to require that Lady Justice and other statues and murals should be removed.
Tsitrin said, “If federal judges have the right to take off their blindfold of impartiality and to pile on the trays of the scale of justice their own imaginings, removing from them facts and law adduced by the parties, than why are there images of impartial judging in our courthouses? Just to fool us?”
Tsitrin’s lawsuit states, “Being tools of deception, those statues and murals should be removed, and replaced with statements on the portals and walls of the courthouses describing the actual, substitutionary judicial process like: “Judges have the right to substitute parties’ argument with judges’ own imaginings;” and “Judges have the right to substitute parties’ argument with its exact opposite.”
The lawsuit is Docket No. 13-CV-5900 in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.