03 April 2014

Sacramento Family Law Court: Divorce Corp Documentary Alleges Judge Peter McBrien - Attorney Charlotte Keeley Collusion

Dr. Drew Discusses Divorce Corp and Divorce Industry Problems with Ashleigh Banfield on CNN's Legal View

In this CNN, Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield broadcast, Dr. Drew Pinsky discusses Divorce Corp, a documentary that "exposes the corrupt and collusive industry of family law in the United States." The movie features analysis of family court cases and interviews with local family court litigants Ulf Carlsson, Andrew Karres, Robert Saunders and Mike Newdow, and portrays Sacramento Family Court as the most corrupt family law court in the country. The Carlsson case gets the most screen time in the film, and the analysis includes alleged collusion between controversial Sacramento Superior Court Judge Peter McBrien and judge pro tem divorce lawyer Charlotte Keeley. Keeley is a long-time member of the Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section and has been involved in several controversial cases involving child custody and financial disputes.  
  


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26 March 2014

Hon. Matthew J. Gary Misconduct: Susan Ferris Case and Appeal Front Page News at Sacramento Bee

Judge Matthew Gary Abuse of Disabled, Unrepresented Mom Results in Landmark Appeal to Establish Constitutional Right to Counsel in Civil Cases 

The Sacramento Bee today published a front page story about the pending appeal in the Sacramento Family Court Susan Ferris caseSacramento Family Court News has been covering the case for more than a year and has published several articles, including an exclusive video interview with Susan Ferris. Ferris is represented on appeal by a team of lawyers led by prominent San Francisco attorney James Brosnahan of the international law firm Morrison & Foerster.   
"This is at the point where a lot of us think it's a disgrace," Brosnahan said. "You can't take someone's child and that person doesn't have an attorney when you do it...It's an outrage," Brosnahan explained to Sacramento Bee reporter Brad Branan.  
Click here to read the full article at the BeeFor a list of SFCN articles about the case, including our exclusive Susan Ferris interview, click here  

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24 February 2014

Woodruff, O'Hair & Posner & Salinger, Inc., Family Law Firm Sued For $1 Million in Legal Malpractice Case

$1 Million Legal Malpractice Case Against Woodruff, O'Hair & Posner: First Amended Complaint Filed 

Divorce Lawyer Tom Woodruff Temporary Judge - Divorce Lawyer Bob O'Hair Temporary Judge - Divorce Lawyer Jeff Posner Temporary Judge - Divorce Lawyer Paula Salinger Temporary Judge Sacramento County Superior Court - A Sacramento law firm specializing in family law Woodruff, O'Hair, Posner & Salinger, Inc. - attorney misconduct lawyer misconduct State Bar of California State Bar Court Rules of Professional Conduct Judge Peter J. McBrien Sacramento Family Law Court Judge James Mize Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Robert Hight - Judge Matthew Gary - Commission on Judicial Performance California Supreme Court Tani Cantil-Sakauye
Prominent family law firm Woodruff, O'Hair, Posner & Salinger, Inc., is being sued for more than $1 million in damages for legal malpractice in connection with a family court case. Divorce attorneys Thomas Woodruff, Robert O'Hair, Jeffrey Posner and Paula Salinger are partners at the firm, and all hold the office of temporary judge in Sacramento County Superior Court.

Nationally recognized legal malpractice attorney Edward Freidberg last week filed a first amended complaint in a malpractice lawsuit alleging more than $1 million in damages against well known Sacramento family law firm Woodruff, O'Hair & Posner, Inc., and firm partner D. Thomas Woodruff. The alleged malpractice occurred in 2001 and the firm is now known as Woodruff, O'Hair, Posner & Salinger. Partners Tom Woodruff, Bob O'Hair, Jeff Posner and Paula Salinger have been involved in a number of other controversies, including filing counterfeit court documents, attempting to obtain a final dissolution judgment while an appeal in the same case was pending, filing documents not in compliance with state law, and, according to family court watchdogs, collusion with family court judges. Woodruff, O'Hair, Posner and Salinger each hold the office of temporary judge in Sacramento County Superior Court. Family court whistleblowers charge that in exchange for running the court's settlement conference program, judge pro tem attorneys receive preferential treatment from full-time judges, and that the arrangement deprives the public of the federally protected right to honest services, a federal crime. For our coverage of the firm and partners, click the corresponding labels below the first amended complaint for legal malpractice. 

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20 February 2014

Judge Peter J. McBrien Misconduct: Divorce Corp Documentary Reveals Sacramento Family Court Most Corrupt In Nation

Judge Peter McBrien and Sacramento County Family Court System Disemboweled in Divorce Corp Documentary 

Chief Counsel Victoria Henley Commission on Judicial Performance - Victoria B. Henley Director Commission on Judicial Performance – Janice M. Brickley Legal Advisor to Commissioners Commission on Judicial Performance – Bradford L. Battson Senior Attorney III Commission on Judicial Performance – Sei Shimoguchi Senior Attorney III Commission on Judicial Performance- Janice M. Brickley Legal Advisor to Commissioners - Ulf Carlsson
Sacramento Family Court litigant Ulf Carlsson's startling story is central to the documentary Divorce Corp

Movie Review and Opinion by PelicanBriefed

It is now difficult to dispute that the Sacramento County Family Court system - rebuilt more than 20 years ago to the specifications of local judge pro tem family law attorneys by Judge Peter McBrien, then-Judge Vance Raye, divorce attorney Robert O'Hair, and others - has become the most corrupt family court in the nation. The proof is now available to anyone for $20: the cost of the documentary film Divorce Corp, recently released on DVD, and also available by download at the iTunes storeIn his first, full-length documentary film, director Joe Sorge meticulously documents the epidemic of corruption and collusion in family courts throughout the United States. And the Sacramento County system rises to the top of the toxic slurry pond. 

A parade of litigants from Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, California and other locales recount their nightmare experiences in child custody and other divorce-related court disputes. Retired judges, active attorneys, child custody evaluators and court reform advocates are interviewed over the one hour, 33 minute run time of the film. In one compelling segment, Nevada County Superior Court whistleblower Emily Gallup reveals that state-level oversight and accountability of California family courts is effectively nonexistent. In a tacit admission, the Judicial Council and Administrative Office of the Courts declined Sorge's request to be interviewed and respond to Gallup's documented accusations. 

But the local, well-known Ulf Carlsson case takes center stage and is woven throughout the movie, overshadowing the horror stories of other litigants. Judge Peter McBrien's clinically sociopathic, personal vendetta against Carlsson - which in 2012 6th District Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Conrad Rushing called a "judicial reign of terror" - is chronicled in all its perverse glorySacramento family court litigants Elena Haskins, Andrew Karres, Mike Newdow and Robert Saunders also make appearances criticizing virtually every aspect of local court operations. Judges, attorneys, custody evaluators, the family law facilitator, and even the "child's best interest" legal standard are all held under the microscope and come away nakedly exposed and tarnished. Sometimes, only a cliché will do: Must be seen to be believed. Missing only interviews with family court child victims. Four and a half stars.  

Click here to order the movie at the Divorce Corp web page. To download the film from the iTunes store, click here.

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Doug D. Cordiner Chief Deputy State Auditor Bureau of State Audits – Donna L. Neville Staff Counsel IV Bureau of State Audits – State Auditor of California - California State Auditor Elaine M. Howle Bureau of State Audits – Phillip J. Jelicich Principal Auditor Bureau of State Audits - Andrew Karres
Andrew Karres recounts his own hellish experience in Sacramento Family Court in the documentary Divorce Corp

Jody Patel Chief of Staff – Judicial and Court Operations Services Division Curtis L. Child Chief Operating Officer – Judicial and Court Administrative Services Division Curt Soderlund Chief Administrative Officer – California Judicial Council  -Judicial Council of California Steven Jahr Administrative Director of the Courts – Judicial Council and Court Leadership Services Division - Robert Saunders
Sacramento Family Court litigant Robert Saunders is interviewed for Divorce Corp during a protest demonstration at the courthouse. Saunders' case is ongoing. Last November, Judge Thadd Blizzard inexplicably authorized an illegal, out-of-state child abduction in the case at the request of judge pro tem opposing attorney Richard Sokol

attorney Yasmine S. Mehment CFLS San Francisco Legislation Chair – attorney Naghmeh Bashar CFLS – attorney Vanessa Kirker-Wright CFLS – attorney Robert “Paul” Bonnar Pleasant Hill – attorney John A. Lazor CFLS Los Angeles – attorney Laurel B. Brauer Irvine – attorney John E. Manoogian CFLS Walnut Creek – attorney Raymond R. Goldstein Culver City – attorney Ana M. Storey Los Angeles – attorney Ronald Scott Granberg CFLS Salinas – attorney Edward J. Thomas CFLS Bakersfield – attorney Diane M. Goodman Encino – attorney Deborah Hannah Wald San Francisco – attorney Minouche D. Kandel CFLS San Francisco – California State Bar -State Bar of California Board of Trustees – President Patrick M. Kelly – Vice President Luis J. Rodrigez – Treasurer Gretchen M. Nelson – State Bar of California Office of the Chief Trial Counsel - attorney Jayne Kim Chief Trial Counsel – attorney Joseph R. Carlucci Deputy Chief Trial Counsel – Patsy J. Cobb Deputy Chief Trial Counsel – FLEXCOM – Family Law Section State of California – State Bar Family Law Section – attorney Mark Ressa San Ramon Chair – attorney Andrew M. Cain San Jose Vice Chair – attorney Michael J. Kretzmer CFLS Beverly Hills Secretary – Michael Newdow
Sacramento Family Court reform activist, attorney and doctor Mike Newdow mocks the "child's best interest" standard, attorney fee awards, and other issues in Divorce Corp.

Judicial Council and Court Leadership Services Division Jody Patel Chief of Staff - Doug D. Cordiner Chief Deputy State Auditor Bureau of State Audits - Bradford L. Battson Senior Attorney III Commission on Judicial Performance - Judicial and Court Operations Services Division Curtis L. Child Chief Operating Officer – Donna L. Neville Staff Counsel IV Bureau of State Audits- Sei Shimoguchi Senior Attorney III Commission on Judicial Performance - Judicial and Court Administrative Services Division Curt Soderlund Chief Administrative Officer – Elaine M. Howle California State Auditor - Bureau of State Audits Elaine Howle - Victoria B. Henley Director Chief Counsel Commission on Judicial Performance – Steven Jahr Administrative Director of the Courts - Phillip J. Jelicich Principal Auditor Bureau of State Audits - Janice M. Brickley Legal Advisor to Commissioners Commission on Judicial Performance - Elena Haskins
Elena Haskins and her Sacramento Family Court case play a prominent role in Divorce Corp.

14 February 2014

Hon. Peter J. McBrien Leaked $1 Million Statement of Economic Interests for 2010 - Redacted

Judge Peter McBrien Whistleblower Leaked $1 Million Statement of Economic Interests for 2010

Friday Document Dump

Click here to view our recently expanded collection of whistleblower leaked documents about Judge Peter McBrien at the Sacramento Family Court News Scribd page