14 November 2015

12 November 2015

Judge Matthew J. Gary Involved in Fatal Traffic Collision with Cyclist - CHP Incident Report Questioned

Truck Driven by Judge Matthew Gary Collides with 66-year-old Female Cyclist - Inflicts Fatal Head Injuries 

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UPDATE: The Sacramento Bee has published an investigative report about the questions surrounding this incident: click here

The California Highway Patrol has issued a press release announcing a fatal traffic incident involving Judge Matthew Gary: 
On November 2, 2015, at 8:05 am, Margaret Bengs-McReynolds (66) of Carmichael was riding a bicycle eastbound Fair Oaks Blvd., south of Kenneth Ave., and crossing the roadway from the west curb. Matthew Gary of Sacramento was driving a 2014 Toyota Tundra southbound Fair Oaks Blvd., south of Kenneth Ave. at a speed less than 35 mph.
Bengs-McReynolds failed to clear the traffic lane by lane and as she reached the two-way left turn lane, she was struck by the front of the Toyota Tundra. Bengs-McReynolds was knocked to the ground and struck her head. She was transported to Mercy San Juan Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries on November 4, 2015. Bengs-McReynolds was not wearing a helmet.

Mr. Gary was wearing his seat belt and did not sustain any injuries as a result of this collision.
A court employee whistleblower and several family court watchdogs have questioned the CHP account of the incident and suggest the press release may reflect a whitewash because of Gary's status as a superior court judge. 
"I'm not saying he deliberately ran over this woman, but knowing his personality and history of anger management problems, it is feasible that this tragedy occurred because he refused to yield to a cyclist who had the right-of-way," said a court watchdog who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Last year, the CHP was accused of providing preferential treatment to California judges by allowing Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to abuse a state law authorizing the chief justice to request the CHP provide chauffeured transportation and security service to high court judges.
A court employee whistleblower also was skeptical of how the CHP reported details of the traffic death involving Gary: 
"The CHP report does not give Gary's birthdate or age. In fact, they are very silent about who Matthew Gary is," the employee said. "How could the CHP possibly know that Gary was driving less than 35 mph? How do they know he was wearing his seat belt? If really driving at a speed less than 35 mph, you would think you would see a cyclist and be able to stop before hitting her," the employee added. 
Gary has a documented history of anger management issues and retaliation against unrepresented "pro per" litigants who the judge perceives as questioning his authority. In one case, a 57-year-old disabled pro per was assaulted and arrested by courtroom bailiffs on Gary's orders. Two outside, independent judges who subsequently reviewed the incident determined Gary was at fault, dismissed the criminal charges and ordered Gary removed from the case

The judge has a track record of embroilment and using demonstrably illegal "no contact" child custody and visitation orders to punish unrepresented, pro per parents, depriving them of having contact with their own children. In a disproportionate number of cases, the parents also are indigent and disabled

Gary also has displayed intemperate conduct against coworkers. In 2012, Presiding Judge Laurie Earl removed Gary from a position as supervising family court judge for undisclosed misconduct. The successor to the post, Judge Jamie Roman, resigned several months later due to harassment by Gary, who was disgruntled at losing the title and authority, according to a court employee

For additional Sacramento Family Court News articles about Judge Matthew Gary, click here. 

02 November 2015

Sacramento Superior Court Controversy: Facebook Family Court Watchdog Group Reaches Landmark, Continues Growth Trajectory

Sacramento Family Court Corruption Facebook Community Logs 500 Follower "Likes" 

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Sacramento Superior Court Supervising Family Law Judge James Mize is featured on the home page of the Sacramento Family Court Corruption Facebook group. 

A Facebook group that catalogs examples of Sacramento Family Court problems and scandals, and acts as a de facto support group for unrepresented, pro per family court victims of the alleged racketeering organization operating in the court has just reached a Facebook milestone of 500 "Likes." The achievement was announced by group facilitator and veteran court watchdog Ulf Carlsson
"Our outreach to family court victims continues to deliver results," Carlsson said."The egregious corruption in this court continues because the responsible parties assume that the victims will never come together and exchange information. This Facebook group enables victims to connect, share experiences and be able to show oversight authorities and law enforcement that the problems are systemic, and not one-off, isolated events," Carlsson explained.  
To visit the Sacramento Family Court Corruption Facebook page, click here. Family court victims can also contact group facilitator Ulf Carlsson directly by email by clicking here. Carlsson was featured in the 2014 documentary film, Divorce Corp. View the Carlsson Divorce Corp video clip at the SFCN YouTube Channel. The full movie is now available on Netflix.  

02 September 2015

Sacramento Superior Court Controversy: Divorce Corp Documentary Featuring Sacramento County Court Corruption Now Streaming on Netflix

Documentary Film Cataloguing Sacramento Family Court Corruption Now Available to 65 Million Netflix Members 

Judicial Council of California Chair Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

The 2014 documentary film Divorce Corp is now available on Netflix, an on-demand Internet streaming media service with 65 million subscribers. The movie chronicles family court corruption throughout the United States and designates Sacramento County as one of the most corrupt. 

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30 July 2015

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Misconduct: Indigent, Disabled Pro Per Sanctioned Attorney Fees Based on "Body Language"

Judge Matthew Gary Makes Credibility Assessment, Issues Sanctions Against Disabled Pro Per Based on Body Language

Sacramento Federal Court Eastern District of California – United States Courts, US District Court Sacramento, Judge William B. Shubb, Judge Edmund F. Brennan, Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr, Judge Carolyn K. Delaney, Judge Morrison C. England Jr, Judge Gregory G. Hollows, Judge John A. Mendez, Judge Kendall J. Newman, Judge Troy L. Nunley, Judge Allison Claire, Judge Dale A. Drozd, Judge Lawrence K. Karlton, Judge Kimberly J. MuellerHon. Matthew J. Gary Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Robert Hight, Judge James M.Mize
Judge Matthew Gary assessed draconian attorney fee sanctions against a disabled, indigent family court parent without an attorney based on her "body language," according to court records from the case. 
The appellate brief excerpt embedded at the bottom of this post recounts one instance of Judge Matthew Gary's misconduct in the Susan Ferris case, in connection with an illegal attorney fee sanctions order. The appeal in the case is pending at the controversial 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento. 

The embedded document package also includes the court reporter transcript from a hearing in the case recording that Gary ordered Ferris to pay $2,500 to the opposing attorney, Timothy Zeff, based on Ferris' "body language." Zeff's partner, Scott Buchanan, is a part-time judge in the same court. 

Court records indicate that the judge pro tem conflict of interest was not disclosed as required by state law. The conflict disclosure violation has occurred in hundreds of other cases involving temporary judge lawyers.

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24 July 2015

Judge Robert Hight Controversy: "Lifetime Porker, Lying Loser" Says National Court Watchdog Group

Sacramento Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert C. Hight Earns Recognition by Committee to Expose Dishonest and Incompetent Judges

Hon. Robert C. Hight Sacramento Superior Court Judge James Mize, Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie – Judge David De Alba – Judge Steve Lapham – Judge James Arguelles – Judge Bunmi Awoniyi – Judge Steven Gevercer – Judge Robert Hight – Judge Laurie Earl - Judge Thadd Blizzard – Judge James Mize – Judge Tami Bogert – Commissioner Peter J. McBrien – Commissioner Scott P. Harman – Judge Matthew Gary – Judge Paul Seave – Judge Jerilyn Borack – Commissioner Danny L. Haukedalen – Judge Eugene Balonon – Judge Kevin McCormick – Judge Kevin Culhane – Judge Sharon Lueras – Judge Raymond Cadei – Judge Michael Virga – Judge Maryanne Gilliard – Judge Trena Burger-Plavan – Judge Marjorie Koller – Judge Steve White
Judge Robert Hight has received an unfavorable
review by a national court watchdog group.

A national court watchdog group has published an unflattering report about Sacramento County Presiding Judge Robert Hight.  
"The state of California presented Robert Conner Hight with a law license in 1972. Since receiving his law license, Bobby has had his significant snout firmly implanted in the public trough for the past 43 years (1972-2015).
Prior to ascending to the bench, Bobby worked at the Dept. of Fish and Game and the California Lands Commission. It's apparent that no self-respecting law firm in the Sacramento area was about to offer Bobby a good paying job," begins the profile. 
The Hight report was recently published by The Committee to Expose Dishonest and Incompetent Judges, Attorneys, and Public Officials, a national government whistleblower website with over 1.3 million visits. 

Height earned the distinction for his 2009 testimony during the Commission on Judicial Performance misconduct prosecution of Judge Peter McBrien. Hight testified for the McBrien defense team as a character witness. "What kind of Judge would voluntarily testify as to the good character of a convicted criminal?," the Committee report reads.      

To read the full report click hereTo view Sacramento Family Court News articles about Judge Hight, click here.

The Committee previously published profiles of other Sacramento County judges, including
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