17 May 2016

Whistleblower Leak: Court Reform Group Cataloging Complaints Against California Judges - Requests Public Help

Third District Court of Appeal Sacramento Justice Vance Raye, Justice Ronald Robie, Justice Cole Blease - Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Kevin Culhane, Judge James Mize, Judge Matthew Gary, Judge Thadd Blizzard - California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye Judicial Council of California - Judge Morrison England US District Court Eastern District of California Judge Kendall Newman, Judge Troy Nunley, Judge Garland Burrell

The production team for the 2014 documentary film Divorce Corp is assisting Court Reform LLC in compiling and cataloging California judge misconduct complaints, according to an email leaked to Sacramento Family Court Report: 
Are you in California? Have you been the victim of judicial misconduct? If so, please read on.
Court Reform, LLC, an organization based in the San Francisco Bay area, is working to bring increased transparency and accountability to the California government agency responsible for investigating and disciplining misconduct by judges; the Commission on Judicial Performance.
Court Reform is working with investigative reporters at a major news agency and needs cases of documented misconduct in California by judges that were reported to the Commission of Judicial Performance in which no action was taken by the Commission.
If you or someone you know, has a documented case of clear judicial misconduct in California, please contact Joe Sweeney at joe@courtreformllc.com.
Please do not email Divorce Corp. Instead send your information directly to Joe Sweeney at Court Reform using the email address above. Please note that only documented cases reported to the Commission on Judicial Performance, and where no action was taken by the Commission, can be used.
Many thanks,
The Divorce Corp Team
The movie catalogued controversy and corruption in divorce and family law courts throughout the United States, and designated Sacramento County as one of the most corrupt in the nation. 

Government whistleblowers have documented that the family law division of the Central Valley jurisdiction essentially operates as a racketeering organization. The allegations involve collusion between judges and local divorce lawyers who also work as ostensible "volunteer" temporary judges in the same court. 

08 May 2016

Sacramento Superior Court Corruption Victims Take Advocacy to State Level at Commission on Judicial Performance

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Kevin Culhane, Judge James Mize, Judge Peter McBrien, Judge Matthew Gary, Judge Thadd Blizzard, Judge Jaime Roman, Judge Robert Hight Sacramento Superior Court - 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice Vance Raye, Justice Cole Blease, Justice Ronald B. Robie, Justice William Murray Jr., Justice George Nicholson, Justice M. Kathleen Butz, Justice Elena J. Duarte, Justice Harry E. Hull Jr, Justice Louie Mauro, Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch, Justice Jonathan K. Renner Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District Sacramento California

Sacramento County Superior Court whistleblowers this year have expanded their ranks, joined forces with similar groups in other counties, and taken their court reform campaign to the state level, according to Fatima Katumbusi, a group spokesperson. 
"Our local watchdogs have teamed up with the Center for Judicial Excellence, Court Reform LLC, the Commission on Judicial Performance Reform Project and other groups," Katumbusi explained. "We have testified at the State Assembly, raised awareness about court corruption at the Super Bowl, and engaged on social media. Mainstream media, including the Sacramento Bee, Daily Journal and San Francisco Chronicle have reported on several of our issues, and published opinion columns by people in our group," she added.
Yesterday, the San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed criticizing secrecy at the state Commission on Judicial Performance, the government agency responsible for oversight and accountability of judges. The piece was authored by two court reform advocates, one of whom is a victim of alleged corruption in the family law division of Sacramento Superior Court.  

12 April 2016

Sacramento Superior Court Watchdog Group Calls on Presiding Judge Kevin Culhane to Rectify Improper Judge-Clerk Relationship

California Supreme Court Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar, Justice Ming W. Chin, Justice Carol A. Corrigan, Justice Goodwin H. Liu, Justice Mariano Florentino-Cuellar, Justice Leondra R. Kruger Supreme Court of California
Kern County Judge Cory Woodward was punished by the Commission on Judicial Performance for having an improper personal relationship with his courtroom clerk. Sacramento County Judge Matthew Gary reportedly has had a similar relationship with his courtroom clerk, Christina Arcuri, for at least four years. 

"[I]t is time for this charade to end." 

Sacramento Family Court Corruption, a Facebook watchdog group with over 600 followers, has issued an open letter to Sacramento County Presiding Judge Kevin Culhane regarding an alleged improper relationship between a Sacramento Superior Court judge and his courtroom clerk. 

The whistleblower group alleges that Judge Matthew Gary has been in a consensual, personal relationship with his clerk, Christina Arcuri for more than five years. Both Gary and Arcuri also have been involved in a number of controversies involving the alleged mistreatment of indigent, disabled, and financially disadvantaged family court parties who are self-represented.

05 April 2016

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Misconduct Victims Attend, Testify at State Assembly Hearing on Commission on Judicial Performance Problems

In the video clip above, Commission on Judicial Performance whistleblower and court reform advocate Joe Sweeney testifies at a California Assembly Budget Committee hearing on March 28, 2016. The CJP is responsible for judge oversight and accountability in the state. 

Several days before the hearing, Sweeney's court modernization and reform organization, Court Reform LLC, released a 78-page report which raised questions about CJP judicial misconduct statistical data and how the agency spends taxpayer funds.

24 March 2016

Divorce Corp Documentary Team Releases Follow-Up Video on Child Support System

From Divorce Corp:
Divorce Corp Director, Joseph Sorge, interviews renowned economist and lead author of a breakthrough study on the costs of raising a child, Professor William Comanor. Watch this video to learn the shocking facts about how child support costs are currently calculated and why they need to be revised. Then share this interview with your state legislators to support child support reforms. Together we can end unnecessary fighting over one of the most contentious aspects of any divorce; child support.

10 March 2016

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Raises Awareness of Family Court Victim Childhood Trauma

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is part of a growing network of leaders working to increase awareness and understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the need to develop effective innovative interventions. 

Alleged judge-attorney collusion and racketeering in Sacramento Superior Court spanning more than 20 years has traumatized hundreds of children, according to court reform advocates. The documentary film Divorce Corp designated the Sacramento County Family Court system as one of the most corrupt in the United States. 

06 March 2016

Judges Thadd Blizzard and Matthew Gary, and Attorneys Who Aided Criminal Child Abductions Remain Unaccountable

United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner Sacramento Federal Prosecutor - Vance W Raye, Cole Blease, Ronald B Robie, William J Murray, George Nicholson, M Kathleen Butz, Elena J Duarte, Harry E Hull, Louis Mauro, Andrea Lynn Hoch, 3rd District Court of Appeal, Sacramento, Sacramento County, Third District Court,  Judge Thadd Blizzard Sacramento County Judge Matthew Gary, Judge Kevin Culhane, Judge James Mize Sacramento Superior Court - Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert Prosecutor
A child abduction that deprives a parent of a right to custody or visitation is a crime in California.

Watchdogs Charge Preferential Treatment Provided To Judge Pro Tem Divorce Attorneys

After more than two years, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Thadd Blizzard and judge pro tem divorce lawyer Richard Sokol have yet to be held accountable for their role in an out-of-state, criminal child abduction by Sokol's client, April Berger. Read our 2014 investigative report, which includes a court reporter transcript memorializing the allegations. 

After more than five years, Judge Matthew Gary and divorce attorney Timothy Zeff have not been held accountable for their role in the out-of-state, criminal child abduction of Megan Ferris. Zeff is the partner of judge pro tem attorney Scott Buchanan. Read our two reports: 

Government whistleblowers allege that the judge-authorized criminal abductions are additional evidence of racketeering by a "cartel" of judges and local family law attorneys who also work as part-time judges in the same court.