About Mark Adams
Mark Adams: Judicial, Election and Media Reform Activist; Political and Legal Commentator; Investigative Journalist; and Campaign Consultant
These are just a few of the hats that Mark Adams has worn during the last five years since he exposed that some of Florida’s judges will ignore the law and the facts to fix cases for connected law firms and that some of Florida’s court clerks will also engage in illegal conduct by entering orders and removing documents from court files without legal authority to do so.
Mark earned his Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Florida where he also served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Economics Department. Mark went on to pass the bar exam with top scores without taking a “prep course.” Mark served as a law clerk for a highly respected Federal judge.
Mark’s legal practice focused on helping everyday Floridians seek redress, both in court and through mediation and arbitration. Mark’s favorite accomplishment was when he represented Max Linn, the Reform Party candidate for Governor of Florida in the 2006 election. Mark was joined by Ellis Rubin and other respected attorneys in bringing lawsuits against the media to require Linn’s inclusion in the Gubernatorial debates. These were the first injunctions won getting a third party candidate into debates.
Mark Adams is best known for handling more Congressional election contests than any other attorney. He represented John Russell, Clint Curtis, Frank Gonzalez, and others in contesting the official results of the 2006 elections in Florida state court and before the U.S. House of Representatives. Mark’s team gathered affidavits from voters which showed that the computers had not counted the votes accurately.
Mr. Adams then founded Project Vote Count to expose the fact that using computers to count our votes in secret was not only inaccurate, but could and was being used to manipulate election results. Mark fought to end secret vote counting and published a number of articles showing that secret vote counting was unconstitutional.
Project Vote Count conducted exit polls in 11 counties in Florida in 2008 and gathered over 10,000 affidavits from voters in these exit polls in an effort to detect and deter election fraud. In spite of these efforts, the State of Florida still “counts” all votes in secret and the only way to ensure an accurate count is by conducting exit polls on election day.
As part of Mr. Adams’ advocacy in the judicial reform movement, he was a co-founder of POPULAR, an organization which works for judicial reform. Mark states, “Most people do not know that they have very little input regarding which judges are appointed to the bench, that it is primarily the Florida Bar’s good-old-boy network that places judges on the bench, and that complaints about judges are handled in secret.”
Commentator and Journalist
Mark Adams has been taking on the issues that plague our society using one of our greatest rights, the First Amendment. Mark became involved in journalism in an effort to enlighten the masses. Some of Mark’s speeches and op-ed pieces appear in his article archives on Daily Censored, on OpEdNews, and on other news outlets as well as his channel on Blip.tv.
The Grand Jury System
Mark Adams believes that so many good people experience injustice in the court system and other branches of government because our most basic right has been taken away from us, the right to present evidence of criminal conduct by corrupt government officials to the citizens on the grand jury. Instead of bringing evidence to the grand jury, the prosecutor, a gate keeper for the establishment, decides who gets to present evidence and what, if any, evidence will be presented. Between the protection afforded by the prosecuting princes and the unconstitutional doctrine of judicial and prosecutorial immunity, it is nearly impossible for any citizen to obtain redress for any harm inflicted by any corrupt government agent or those who can illegally influence them.
The Florida Bar
Although the Florida Bar is supposed to protect the public from unscrupulous and incompetent lawyers, the Florida Bar has instituted the Florida Lawyers Assistance Program which grants immunity to lawyers and judges who are addicted to drugs or suffer from mental illnesses so they can continue to practice law and rule over cases. The Florida Bar’s discipline is governed by John Harkness who also sits on the board of Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance, insuring Florida Bar members against malpractice lawsuits and defending against bar complaints. The Florida Bar claims that it is exempt from Florida’s Sunshine laws and public records laws so lawyer discipline is done in secret, and as a result, many lawyers who commit crimes are never held accountable. The Florida Bar is unsupervised by the people, is the only branch of government whose budget is unaccountable to the people, the only branch of government that cannot be sued by the people, and uses this power to cover up the illegal and unethical acts committed by connected lawyers and judges. Even the American Bar association has condemned how the Florida Bar is operated.
Fixing Florida’ Legal System Means Your Freedom
From Mark Adams, “I have been involved in the judicial reform movement since 2003, the media reform movement since 2004, and the election reform movement since 2006. I have come to realize that none of these measures will have any value until we bring back the people’s right to present evidence to the Grand Jury. Until then, like most Americans, I believed that judges followed the law, that our media told us the truth, and that our votes were counted, beliefs that most of us once held and that many still hold on to. Unfortunately, like so many of us who have any experience with the legal system, the news media or elections, I learned that these beliefs were no longer true. I believe that we can counteract the forces which have destroyed these institutions if we face reality and take action before it is too late.”
- Educate ourselves in the law, our constitutions, and court procedure.
- Learn to speak publicly.
- Learn to write petitions.
- Take The Florida Bar back from the Supreme Court with a constitutional amendment.
- Take away the Florida Bar’s influence and control over appointing so many judges and elect our own judges.
- Either prohibit lawyer’s from serving in the executive or legislative branches or reduce the power of the Florida Bar by requiring a jury trial before any license is suspended or revoked.
- Make the sunshine and public records laws apply to the Florida Bar and the Judicial Qualifications Commission so that the foxes can no longer guard the hen house in the dark.
- Restore the power of voters to throw bad representatives out of office by restoring election integrity through the use of paper ballots which are counted in public.
- Allow the People to present evidence directly to the citizens serving on the grand juries.
- Fight for the rights endowed to us by our creator.
- Get to know our neighbors and get involved in our community.