15 July 2014

Judge Robert Hight Misconduct: Supreme Court Committee Confirms Systemic Judge Pro Tem Conflict of Interest Disclosure Law Violations

Family Court Judges Continuing Failure To Disclose Judge Pro Tem Conflicts Violates Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions Directive


In May, 2013 Sacramento Family Court News reported that family court judges were violating state law by failing to disclose to opposing parties when a judge pro tem represents a client in court.  The violations remain ongoing. 
An attorney and Sacramento Family Court News reader provided the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions Formal Opinion below. The opinion provides yet another legal reference specifying that family court judges must disclose potential conflicts of interest on the record. At court hearings where no court reporter is present, the disclosure must be in writing, according to the CJEO.

In our original May, 2013 investigative report, we provided the legal authority, including Judicial Ethics Updates and Ethics Opinions from the California Judges Association requiring judges to disclose to opposing parties and attorneys when a judge pro tem attorney represents a client in court. As we reported at that time, in violation of state law family court judges were failing to make the required disclosure. The violations remain ongoing, and hundreds of cases are tainted by the error. Sacramento County Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert Hight is responsible for the oversight of temporary judges, according to the CJA, the Code of Judicial Ethics and other authority. Click here to view our 2013 report.

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07 July 2014

Criminal Conduct by Woodruff, O'Hair, Posner & Salinger Inc Partner Paula D. Salinger Alleged and Documented in Leaked Court Records - All WOPLAW Partners Hold Office of Temporary Judge

Obstruction of Justice Crimes Alleged Against Judge Pro Tem Attorney Paula Salinger, Sacramento Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee Officer

State Bar Office of the Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim Chief Trial Counsel - Supreme Court of California – Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye – Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan – Associate Justice Joyce L. Kennard – Associate Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar – Associate Justice Ming W. Chin – Associate Justice Marvin R. Baxter – Associate Justice Goodwin H. Liu – Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar - Justice Cantil-Sakauye –California Supreme Court
Allegations that judge pro tem lawyer Paula Salinger committed obstruction of justice crimes against an indigent, unrepresented pro per have gone viral throughout family court reform social media.

Whistleblower leaked records from a Sacramento Family Court case indicate that criminal acts were committed by family law attorney and temporary judge Paula Salinger against an indigent, unrepresented, pro per family court party. The pro per was a victim and witness in a family court criminal contempt case filed against a Salinger client, and the pro per also is a domestic violence victim, according to court records. Family court reform advocates say the case is another example of the complete lack of oversight and accountability of attorneys who engage in egregious misconduct against disadvantaged, pro per litigants who can't afford legal representation.  

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02 June 2014

Sacramento Family Court News Surpasses 100,000 Pageviews with Readers from 94 Countries - Top 10 Lists Published

Worldwide Interest In Sacramento Family Court Corruption and Controversy Generates 100,000 Pageviews at SFCN

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner - Commission on Judicial Performance Victoria Henley Director -Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim State Bar of California Office of the Chief Trial Counsel, Joseph Robert Carlucci Deputy Chief Trial Counsel, Patsy J. Cobb Deputy Chief Trial Counsel, Michael John Glass Deputy Chief Trial Counsel, Alan Bernard Gordon Assistant Chief Trial Counsel, Melanie J. Lawrence Assistant Chief Trial Counsel, Kristen Lyn Ritsema Senior Trial Counsel, Kimberly Gen Kasreliovich Deputy Trial Counsel, California State Bar,
The frequency of worldwide visits to Sacramento Family Court News are reflected in this map from Google Analytics.
Sacramento Family Court News has reached another readership milestone: 100,000 pageviews from visitors in 94 countries. The pageviews resulted from a total of 29,107 visits from readers in the United States, with additional visits from readers in 93 other countries, according to statistical data provided by Google AnalyticsThe Top 10 countries by number of visits are:

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28 May 2014

Judge Robert Hight and Judge James Mize Allow Attorney Misconduct to Continue Unabated

Attorney Fee Churning Tactics Revealed in the Documentary Film Divorce Corp: Includes Interviews with Two Sacramento Family Court Litigants




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20 May 2014

Judge Sharon Lueras Misconduct: Renewed Worldwide Interest in Sacramento Family Court Child Death Cases

International Interest in Ryder Salmen and Matthew Hernandez Deaths Remains Strong


In this KXTV Sacramento News10 broadcast about the Ryder Salmen and Matthew Hernandez deaths, reporter Gabriel Roxas credits Sacramento Family Court News for its exclusive coverage of a protest targeting Judge Sharon Lueras.

Recent readership data compiled by Sacramento Family Court News and Google Analytics indicates that worldwide interest in the Sacramento Family Court-related deaths of 8-month-old Ryder Salmen and 9-year-old Matthew Hernandez remains strong. In the past week, readers from cities in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa, Spain, Estonia, Nigeria and other countries have all viewed articles about the case posted at SFCN. The parents and families of the victims blame Judge Sharon Lueras for the deaths. 

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28 April 2014

Judge James Mize Apologist Blames Rampant Family Court Corruption on Judicial Council Forms

McGeorge Law School Professor John E.B. Myers Risibly Attributes Lack of Family Court Justice To Too Many Forms

Special Guest Editorial: Opinion by Cathy Cohen


Judge Robert Hight – Judge Bunmi Awoniyi – Judge Steven Gevercer – Judge Tami Bogert – Judge James Mize – Vance Raye - Victoria Henley CJP - Judge Thadd Blizzard McGeorge School of Law Professor John Myers - Hon. Stacy Boulware Eurie – Hon. David De Alba – Hon. Steve Lapham – Hon. James P. Arguelles – Hon. Bunmi O. Awoniyi – Hon. Steven M. Gevercer – Hon. Robert C. Hight – Hon. Laurie M. Earl - Hon. Thadd A. Blizzard – Hon. James M. Mize – Hon. Tami R. Bogert – Hon. Matthew J. Gary – Hon. Paul L. Seave – Hon. Jerilyn L. Borack – Hon. Eugene L. Balonon – Hon. Kevin J. McCormick – Hon. Kevin R. Culhane – Hon. Kevin J. McCormick – Hon. Sharon A. Lueras – Hon. Raymond M. Cadei – Hon. Michael G. Virga – Hon. Maryanne G. Gilliard – Hon. Trena H. Burger-Plavan – Hon. Marjorie Koller – Hon. Steve White
McGeorge School of Law Professor John E.B. Myers attributes
family court corruption to Judicial Council forms.
In a laughably inaccurate editorial published by the Sacramento Bee, McGeorge School of Law family law professor John E.B. Myers redefined the meaning of the out-of-touch, ivory tower academic. Among other clueless assertions, Myers made the epic LOL, demonstrably false claim that:

“Sacramento’s family court, under the wise leadership of Judge James Mize, serves the community well.”

Family court watchdogs have collected and catalogued overwhelming evidence that Judge Mize provides anything but “wise leadership,” and that the court – which operates essentially as an organized, criminal enterprise – serves only a select, exclusive group of judge pro tem lawyers. The community at large, and especially those financially disadvantaged family court users without an attorney, are subjected to second-class status under an illegal two-track system of justice

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18 April 2014

Sacramento Family Law Court Parents Hold State Capitol Candlelight Vigil for International Parental Alienation Awareness Day

Family Court Reform Advocates Hold Candlelight Vigil for International Parental Alienation Awareness Day 

A coalition of family court reform groups on April 25 will hold a candlelight vigil at the California State Capitol for International Parental Alienation Awareness Day. According to Wikipedia:
"Parental alienation is a social dynamic where one parent sabotages the relationship of the other parent with the child - sometimes euphemistically called 'aggressive parenting', generally occurring after divorce or separation. This happens physically by boycotting or 'hijacking' any contact between them, but also psychologically by bullying the other parent away and by brainwashing the child. This will lead up to a situation where ultimately the child itself expresses unjustified hatred or unreasonably strong dislike of one parent, making access by the rejected parent even more difficult or impossible. The alienating parent can now hide very well that he/she was solely responsible for this destruction of the relationship with the other parent, and the crime is complete: the child has lost a parent and grandparents. To the child, this siding with the perpetrator feels like the only option to avert the loss of the second parent too. Characteristics with the child, such as lack of empathy and warmth between the rejected parent and child are other indicators."
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