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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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

06 February 2014

Judge Pro Tem Attorney Fredrick Cohen Yolo County Judge Candidacy Targeted by Court Reform Advocates

Yolo County Judge Candidate Rick Cohen Declared Unfit for Judicial Office by Family Court Reform Group

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Sacramento Family Court reform advocates have initiated a campaign to defeat divorce attorney Fredrick Cohen's campaign to be elected to a vacant judge seat in Yolo County. The opposition campaign was launched with this post at the Davis Patch website.
A group of family court reform advocates have launched a campaign to defeat Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee officer Fredrick Cohen's candidacy for election to the Yolo County bench. Late last month, Cohen announced he would be a candidate for a Yolo County Superior Court seat being vacated by Judge Stephen L. Mock, who will retire next January. The watchdog opposition group asserts that Cohen's conduct as a family court attorney, SCBA officer, and Sacramento County Superior Court temporary judge indicates that he lacks the ethical integrity required to be a judge. The group says they plan to use social media and other online sources to disseminate information about Cohen's misconduct as an attorney, including the judge pro tem lawyer's failed federal court attempt to extract $17,000 in attorney fees from an indigent, unrepresented litigant. Sacramento Family Court News previously reported that Cohen violated the Code of Judicial Ethics by using his status as a judge pro tem for advertising and promotional purposes. After our investigative report was published, Cohen removed from his website the references to his temporary judge service. The watchdog group kicked off the campaign against Cohen with a post at the Davis Patch website. Click here to view the post.

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