Judge Peter McBrien and Sacramento County Family Court System Disemboweled in Divorce Corp Documentary
|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 - built 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 store. Click here to order the movie at the Divorce Corp web page. To download the film from the iTunes store, click here. In 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 glory. Sacramento 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.
|Andrew Karres recounts his own hellish experience in Sacramento Family Court in the documentary Divorce Corp.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Elena Haskins and her Sacramento Family Court case play a prominent role in Divorce Corp.|