William John Cox
William John (Billy Jack) Cox (born 1941) is an American public interest lawyer, retired prosecutor, author and political activist.
The eighth and last child of an American pioneer family, William John Cox was born on a cotton farm near Lubbock, Texas to Samuel Hubert and Minnie Irene (Oswalt) Cox. Orphaned at age 10, he was raised by siblings until he attended New Mexico Military Institute, from which he graduated in 1958.
After a four-year enlistment, Cox was honorably discharged as an United States Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class in 1962.
Joining the "New Breed" movement to professionalize the American police service in the early Sixties, Cox served as president of El Cajon, California Police Officers Association and the San Diego County Chapter of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), which was instrumental in establishing the first Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission and drafting the national Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.
Graduating with top honors from the San Diego Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department Academies, Cox received an associate degree in Police Administration from Rio Hondo College in 1969.
Promoted to Investigator and Sergeant, Cox authored the Los Angeles Police Department Policy Manual and the introductory chapters of the Police Task Force report of President Nixon's National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals, which defined the role of the police in America.
In 1973 and 1974, Cox was the special assistant of the Director of the Office of National Priority Programs in the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration of the United States Department of Justice, which implemented national criminal justice standards and goals.
While working full-time on the LAPD, Cox attended evening classes at the Southwestern Law School on the G.I. Bill and academic scholarships. He served on the staff of the Law Review for two years and published a proposal for a statutory alternative to the Exclusionary Rule. The article was cited to the California Conference on the Judiciary, U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Senate. Cox was awarded a Juris Doctor degree cum laude in 1973 and was administered his attorney's oath by Justice Tom C. Clark in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Appointed a Deputy Los Angeles County District Attorney in 1974, Cox prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases in the Municipal and Superior Courts for the next three years.
In 1977, Cox opened a public interest law practice in Long Beach, California in the historic Skinny House (Long Beach). He primarily represented indigent juveniles accused of serious crimes and received court appointments in death penalty and major felony matters.
Holocaust denial case
Among the cases Cox handled was a pro bono publico matter in which he represented Mel Mermelstein, a Jewish survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp. He investigated and sued a group of radical organizations, including the Liberty Lobby and Institute for Historical Review, that engaged in Holocaust denial and which had offered a reward for proof of Nazi gas chambers.
The primary legal issue in the case was resolved in October 1981, when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Thomas T. Johnson took judicial notice of the fact that Jews were gassed to death at Auschwitz in the summer of 1944.
Between 1984 and 1988, Cox served as general counsel and operations officer of a private security consulting and investigation firm, whose clients included a number of Fortune 500 companies and nuclear weapons sites operated by the United States Department of Energy.
Cox recommenced a restricted practice of law in Long Beach, California and primarily provided investigative forensic services to other law firms for the next ten years. One of the leading cases he worked on was the successful litigation involving the heirs of The Three Stooges in support of attorney Bela G. Lugosi.
Publication of the suppressed Dead Sea Scrolls
In 1991, Cox secretly represented an "undisclosed client", pro bono, and contracted with the Biblical Archaeology Society to print almost 1,800 photographs of the Dead Sea Scrolls that had been suppressed for more than 40 years. A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls was published in November 1991.
As a witness for Professors Robert Eisenman and James M. Robinson, who had written an introduction and prepared an index for the book, Cox testified at a trial held in Jerusalem in January and February 1993, during which he refused to identify his secret client.
State Bar prosecutor
Between 1999 and 2007, Cox served as a supervising trial counsel for the State Bar of California, where he led a team of attorneys and investigators that targeted the prosecution of attorneys accused of serious crimes and misconduct and criminal gangs engaged in the unlawful practice of law.
Alleging that control of the United States government had been seized by corporations and special interest groups, Cox filed a class action lawsuit on July 9, 1979 on behalf of every American citizen. As a remedy, Cox petitioned the Supreme Court to order the President and Congress to conduct a National Policy Referendum to restore political power to the voters. The "motion for leave to file a petition for writ of mandamus" was denied.
To publicize the National Policy Referendum and to introduce a law enforcement alternative to making war against the people of other nations, Cox conducted a write-in campaign for President in 1980.
In 2004, Cox's election-year book, You're Not Stupid! Get the Truth: A Brief on the Bush Presidency, was published by the Progressive Press.
Since retiring from the State Bar of California in 2007, Cox has dedicated himself to the promotion of a "peaceful political evolution" known as Voters Evolt. The political movement focuses on: holding a National Policy Referendum every four years coincident with the presidential election; using a national paper ballot to allow voters to personally answer the 12 most critical policy questions; a national paid holiday for federal elections; and encouraging voters to write in the name of the candidate they most trust to effectuate their policy.
In February 2012, Cox drafted and commenced circulation of a proposed Voters' Rights Amendment (USVRA) to the U.S. Constitution. The USVRA incorporates the proposed corporate personhood amendment by Move to Amend; however, it goes further to clearly establish that the right to cast an effective vote is an inherent right under the Constitution. In addition, the USVRA provides for a national paid voting holiday, a national hand-countable paper ballot, and a process for the people to have a more direct role in the formulation of public policy. Finally, it mandates voter registration and prohibits voter suppression.
Cox's books in the genre of brief eBooks on critical political subjects include:
- Mitt Romney and the Mormon Church: Questions provides a brief review of the Mormon corporate empire and the power it holds over high priest and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whose family has been a part of the Mormon Royalty since the Church's creation.
- Target Iran: Drawing Red Lines in the Sand contains a history of Iran and its conflict with the United States and Israel over its uranium enrichment program, a discussion of the likelihood of war between the parties and a peaceful solution that offers a comprehensive nuclear weapons policy for all nations.
In 1978, writing under the pseudonym of Thomas Donn, Cox published Hello: We Speak the Truth, an exploration of the dynamics of the mind, the origin of consciousness, the reality of existence and personal transformation.
Over the next three decades and building on the concepts first explored in Hello, Cox conceived the philosophy of Mindkind. Essentially, the philosophy proposes that humans are members of a universal Mindkind who live on Earth until such time as they overcome the diseases of deception, hatred and violence that infects them, individually and collectively. Moreover, Mindkind on Earth will never be able to develop the knowledge, wisdom and power to ever travel to any significant place in the universe or to explore adjacent dimensions until every child, irrespective of class or culture, has equal access to nutrition, health care and education.
In 2012, Cox published three books that incorporated and developed the philosophy of Mindkind:
- Mindkind: Math & Physics for the New Millennium interweaves alternative theories of physics, mathematics and geometry with the nature, origin and destiny of humanity in the universe.
- Time Travel To Ancient Math & Physics examines ancient civilizations and the science and mathematics they used and the collective consciousness they shared.
- The Man Who Ate His Fingers: War & Justice is a fact-based political philosophy which implements the philosophy of Mindkind. It is narrated by fictional characters, including a homeless Army veteran, who bites off and swallows a finger a day to demonstrate the "stupidity of war and the idiots who glorify it."
- (1978), Hello: We Speak the Truth, (As Thomas Donn) CLS Publishing Company; (2012) electronic version, Mindkind Publications, ISBN 978-0985785000
- (2004), You're Not Stupid! Get the Truth: A Brief on the Bush Presidency, Progressive Press, ISBN 093085232X; ISBN 978-0930852320.
- (2012), Mindkind: Math & Physics for the New Millennium, Mindkind Publications, ISBN 978-0985785017.
- (2012), Time Travel To Ancient Math & Physics, Mindkind Publications, ISBN 978-0985785031.
- (2012), The Man Who Ate His Fingers: War & Justice, Mindkind Publications, ISBN 978-0985785024.
- (2012), Mitt Romney and the Mormon Church: Questions, Mindkind Publications, ISBN 978-0985785048.
- (2012), Target Iran: Drawing Red Lines in the Sand, Mindkind Publications, ISBN 978-0985785055.
- Cox, Stanley Medford, Joseph Cox, ancestors and descendants.
- The Hussey Manuscript, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/husseyms_040.html
- "Cox Leads EC Police Association", The Valley News, July 20, 1966.
- "El Cajon Cop Roles Pondered", Daily Californian, July 29, 1967.
- Enforcement Groups Plans Installation, Daily Californian, November 9, 1967
- Peace Officers Research Association of California, http://www.porac.org.
- Hooper, Michael, PhD, California Law Enforcement, California Department of Justice, p.5, http://www.mhhe.com/ps/cjustice/ap/pdf/ap_ca_supplement.pdf; IADLEST Model Minimum Standards, International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards & Training, http://www.iadlest.org/modelmin.htm; Grank, J. Kevin, "Ethics and Law Enforcement", The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, December 2002.
- "City Officer No. 1 at Police Academy", The Valley News, March 10, 1963.
- "Patrolman Tops In Academy Test", San Diego Union Tribune, March 10, 1963.
- Los Angeles Police Department Manual, Volume I, Policy
- Report of the Task Force on Police, National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals, Government Printing Office, 1973.
- National Program Strategy for Criminal Justice Standards and Goals, (LEAA Office of National Priority Programs, 1974).
- "Scholarships Awarded", Los Angeles Times, February 1971.
- Cox, William J., "The Decline of the Exclusionary Rule: An Alternative to Injustice", Southwestern University Law Review, Volume 4, Spring 1972, Number 1.
- Court Reform Blue Ribbon Committee Report, Delegate Recommendations to the California Conference on the Judiciary 1972, Exclusionary Rule Task Force, p 9-10.
- Petitioner's Opening Brief, pp 40-41, California vs. Krivda, 409 U.S. 33, (1972)
- Hearings on the Federal Criminal Law, Subcommittee on Criminal Laws and Procedures of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, July and September 1973, (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 27-292, 1974) p. 6544, fn 3.
- State Bar of California, http://members.calbar.ca.gov/search/member_detail.aspx?x=58998.
- Kelly, Erin, "Built on Dare, It's Only 10 Feet Wide", Los Angeles Times, June 28, 1980.
- LaRiviere, Anne, "Skinny House Not for Everyone", Los Angeles Times, January 30, 1983.
- "Two Reversible Errors Shown in Juvenile Proceedings", Daily Journal, November 8, 1978.
- "The Private World of Willis Carto", The Investigator, October 1981.
- Liberty Lobby, Inc. vs. Jack Anderson, et al., U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 746F.2d1563, November 2, 1984.
- Brin, Herb, "Inside Liberty Lobby -- a Network of Hate", Heritage, June 12, 1981.
- "Thomas T. Johnson dies at 88; judge ruled that Holocaust was a fact", Los Angeles Time, December 31, 2011.
- "Mermelstein Victory", Heritage, October 23, 1981.
- "Footnote to the Holocaust", Newsweek, October 19, 1981, p. 73.
- Lipstadt, Deborah, "Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory", (New York: Plumb, 1994), pp. 138-141
- Shermer, Michael and Grobman, Alex, "Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It?" (Berkeley|Los Angeles|London: University of California Press, 2000), p 43.
- Kahn, Robert, "Holocaust Denial and the Law: A Comparative Study", (Palgrove Macmillan 2004) pp 22-31.
- Rubin, Ronald, "Never Forget", Turner Network Television, produced by Leonard Nimoy & Robert B. Radnitz.
- O'Connor, John J. "Certifying the Holocaust's Horrors", New York Times, April 8, 1991.
- Pack, Susan, "A Promise Fulfilled", Long Beach Press-Telegram, April 6, 1991.
- Nimoy, Leonard and Radnitz, Robert B., "'Never Forget' Did Tell the Truth About History", Los Angeles Times, April 22, 1991.
- Nimoy, Leonard, "I Am Spock", (New York: Hyperion, 1995), p. 306.
- Solomon, Steve, "Stooge Law", INC., September 15, 1995, http://www.inc.com/magazine/19950915/2619.html
- Conklin, Mike, "Son of Dracula: Bela Lugosi Jr. Legally Sinks His Teeth Into Show Business", Chicago Tribune, April 6, 1999.
- Wilford, John Noble, "Dead Sea Scrolls To Be Published", New York Times, November 20, 1991
- Chandler, Russell and Goldman, John J., "Final 20% of Dead Sea Scrolls To Be Published", Los Angeles Times, November 20, 1991.
- "Dead Sea Scrolls photographs to be published", New Straits Times, November 22, 1991.
- A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls. (Washington, D.C.: Biblical Archaeology Society, 1991).
- Silberman, Neil Asher, The Hidden Scrolls: Christianity, Judaism and The War for The Dead Sea Scrolls, (New York: Grosset/Putnam, 1994), p. 136.
- Shanks, Hershel, "Freeing the Dead Sea Scrolls: And Other Adventures of an Archaeology Outsider", (Continuum, 2010) p. 155.
- Wilford, John Noble, "Israel Court Bars Access to Scroll", New York Times, January 23, 1993.
- Rabinovich, Abraham, "Dead Sea Scrolls Trial Continues In Jerusalem", Jerusalem Post, February 3, 1993.
- Thompson, Joy, "Book on Scrolls violated copyright, Israeli court says", Press-Telegram, August 2000.
- "Dead Sea Scrolls copyright upheld; damages awarded for infringement", The New York Times, August 31, 2000.
- Shanks, Hershel, "Lawsuit Diary", Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1993, p. 71.
- Cohen, David L., "Copyrighting the Dead Sea Scrolls: Qimron v. Shanks", Maine Law Review, Vol. 52:2, 2000, p.380.
- State Bar Initiates Fast Track for Egregious Cases of Attorney Misconduct, State Bar of California, September 10, 2002, http://www.calsb.org/state/calbar/calbar_generic.jsp?cid=10144&n=36181
- Curtis, Diane, "Bar Goes After Phony Lawyers", California Bar Journal, March 2006.
- Blackwell, Savannah, "State Bar Starts Taking Over Fake Law Firms", Daily Journal, January 28, 2007.
- McCarthy, Nancy, "'Bad apples' now face fast discipline", California Bar Journal, September 2002.
- Houston, David, "Legal Community Reels From Attorney Theft Scandals", Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 2, 2004.
- "L.B. Attorney Files Class Action Suit in U.S. Supreme Court", The Grunion Gazette, July 12, 1979.
- Brennan, Mary, "L.B. Lawyer Vs. Uncle Sam", Uncle Jam, p. 44, August 1979
- William J. Cox, a citizen of the United States, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, Petitioner, vs. Jimmy Carter, President of the United States, ... et al., Respondent, Supreme Court of the United States, October Term, 1978, No. 79-31, July 9, 1979.
- Editorial - L.B. Lawyer's Proposal: Let Nation Vote on SALT, Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram, July 4, 1979, p. B8.
- "Untitled", Eastham, Tom, Hearst Papers, July 5, 1979
- Supreme Court of the United States, Office of the Clerk, Order in Case No. 79-31, October 1, 1979.
- "Mr. Cox goes to Washington -- and finds a predictable lack of interest", p 1, Independent/Press-TelegramJuly 29, 1979.
- "A win here and a loss there in Cox's quixotic crusade", Independent/Press-Telegram, October 2, 1979.
- Smith, Helen Guthrie, "Attorney's drive for national policy referendum faltering", Independent/Press-Telegram p B4, November 9, 1979.
- Houser, Bob, "Long Beach lawyer runs for president", Independent Press-Telegram, November 22, 1979.
- Houser, Bob, "Yen for Oval Office lurks in L.B. lawyer", p. B1, Long Beach Press Telegram, August 18, 1980.
- Belcher, Jerry, "Campaign Launched From War Plank", Los Angeles Times, November 22, 1979.
- Houser, Bob, "L.B. lawyer tells why we should vote ‘Zero’ for president", Long Beach Press-Telegram, August 18, 1980.
- Cox, William John, You're Not Stupid! Get the Truth: A Brief on the Bush Presidency (Joshua Tree: Progressive Press, 2004).
- Yarbrough, Amy, "Lawyer, Writer, Activist – and Now, Web Site Creator", Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 15, 2007.
- Cox, William John, "Political Transformation in America: Effectuating Real Democracy by a Voters' Rights Amendment", Global Research, February 12, 2012, http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29246.
- Foerster, Charles, "Voters' Rights Amendment and War", Nation of Change, May 6, 2012, http://www.nationofchange.org/voters-rights-amendment-and-war-1336313338.
- Stapleton, Richard John, "Voting: Duty, Privilege or Right?" Media Monitors Network, July 22, 2012, http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/96598.
- Cox, William John, Mitt Romney and the Mormon Church: Questions (Mindkind Publications, 2012).
- Cox, William John, Target Iran: Drawing Red Lines in the Sand (Mindkind Publications, 2012).
- Donn, Thomas, Hello: We Speak the Truth (CLS Publishing Company, 1978).
- Cox, William John, Mindkind: Math & Physics for the New Millennium (Mindkind Publications, 2012).
- Cox, William John, Time Travel To Ancient Math & Physics (Mindkind Publications, 2012).
- Cox, William John, The Man Who Ate His Fingers: War & Justice (Mindkind Publications, 2012).