04 April 2019

Horrific Facts of New York Divorce Case Mirror Tactics Used by Many Sacramento County Divorce Lawyers and Judges, says Whistleblower

The federal lawsuit embedded with this post originates in a state court divorce case in New York. It describes illegal or unethical litigation tactics often seen in Sacramento County divorce and family court cases, according to local court watchdogs.

"The allegations in this new federal lawsuit, including misconduct by the judge, are virtually identical to what we've seen in Sacramento County for more than 20 years," said California judicial branch whistleblower Ulf Carlsson. "It is so bad here they made a documentary about the corruption. And Presiding Judge David De Alba has played deaf, dumb, and blind to the problems."

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03 April 2019

District Attorney Jeff Rosen Facing Recall Campaign in Santa Clara County: Unpunished Public Corruption in Family Court System Cited

Brian Welch #154586 Assistant District Attorney, Alison Filo #183894 Deputy District Attorney, Jay Boyarsky #154387 Chief Assistant District Attorney, David Angel #164656 Assistant District Attorney, Stacey Capps #187246 Assistant District Attorney
Jeffrey Rosen, District Attorney for Santa Clara County is facing a recall campaign for failing to prosecute white collar crime and public corruption in connection with family court corruption. 
From recallrosen.org:
A group of Santa Clara County taxpayers are exploring the feasibility of a campaign to recall Jeff Rosen, the district attorney for the county. The group alleges that Rosen has engaged in waste, fraud, abuse of authority, and violation of law, as those terms are defined in the California Government Code.
Among other issues, Rosen has failed or refused to prosecute public corruption and white collar crime, has failed to comply with crime victim laws, and has botched rape and domestic violence cases. Rosen’s office is rife with sexism, he protects his personal friends who work in the office from accountability, and he retaliates against whistleblowers.
Sacramento County family court watchdogs say they are considering a recall against district attorney Anne Marie Schubert for the same reasons. "Schubert has ignored white collar crimes by lawyers and public corruption crimes by judges for a long time," said court reform advocate Ulf Carlsson. "The Sacramento County district attorney effectively has given lawbreaking attorneys and judges immunity from prosecution. We need to seriously consider this recall option."

The Santa Clara County campaign has a website at recallrosen.org

13 November 2017

Sacramento Superior Court Whistleblowers Report Family Law System Remains Infected by Cronyism, "Hired Gun" Psychologists, Therapists, and Evaluators

The report embedded with this post is by investigative reporter and attorney Karen Winner, and is provided by the California Protective Parents Association. Court watchdogs assert that the problems highlighted 17 years ago in this 2000 report have not been corrected. A subsequent audit by the California State Auditor found additional problems, many of which the court refused to fix, according to follow up reports from State Auditor Elaine Howle.

Whistleblowers allege that the Sacramento Family Court system continues to operate as what amounts to a racketeering enterprise which deprives the public of the federally protected right to honest government services.

20 October 2017

16-Year Run of Serial Misconduct by Contra Costa County Judge Bruce Mills Blamed on Code of Silence, Cover Ups by Colleagues

California 1st District Court of Appeal Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice James A. Richman, Justice Therese M. Stewart, Justice Marla J. Miller First District Court of Appeal California Justice Miguel M. Marquez -Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Jill Fannin, Judge Steve Austin, Judge Bruce Mills, Judge Edward Weil, Superior Court of California County of Contra Costa - Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye
Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Bruce Mills is facing two new charges of misconduct by the Commission on Judicial Performance.

The CJP is the controversial state agency responsible for investigating complaints of judicial misconduct and for disciplining judges.

From the East Bay Times Report:
MARTINEZ — A Contra Costa judge with a history of ethics violations was charged with judicial misconduct that could warrant his removal from the bench, records obtained Tuesday show.
The two counts of misconduct include allegations that Judge Bruce C. Mills illegally doubled the sentence of a judicial rights advocate who Mills had found to be in contempt of court. Mills jailed the man for discussing his divorce online, a decision that First Amendment experts called, “outrageous” and a free speech violation.
Mills has an apparently unprecedented five prior misconduct actions against him, bringing his running total to seven separate offenses over 16 years. The first incident occurred in 2001 when Mills refused to appoint an attorney for a criminal defendant, and "made comments that disparaged the defendant's version of the case and fostered the appearance that the judge was attempting to pressure the defendant into pleading guilty," according to the CJP

18 October 2017

Judge Matthew Gary Reportedly in Sights of State Judicial Oversight Agency for Illegal Jailing of Family Court Parents

Supreme Court of California Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Justice Goodwin Liu, Justice Ming W. Chin, Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar, Justice Carol A. Corrigan, Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar,  Justice Leondra Kruger  California Supreme Court - California 3rd District Court of Appeal – Sacramento Justice Vance W. Raye – Justice Jonathan K. Renner - Justice Coleman A. Blease – Justice Ronald B. Robie – Justice William J. Murray Jr. – Justice George W. Nicolson – Justice M. Kathleen Butz – Justice Elena J. Duarte – Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. – Justice Louis R. Mauro – Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch – Justice Jonathan K. Renner Third District Court of Appeal
Sacramento County Superior Court watchdogs assert that Judge Matthew Gary is under investigation by the Commission on Judicial Performance and California State Auditor for ordering the illegal imprisonment of self-represented court users. In a similar case, Contra Costa County Judge Bruce Mills  recently was charged with ethics violations by the CJP. Gary reportedly has delayed his own day of reckoning with help from 3rd District Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Vance Raye, who has intervened to cover for Gary in the appellate court. 

05 October 2017

Institutionalized Bias by Sacramento County Judges Against Financially Disadvantaged, Self-Represented Litigants Confirmed by Federal Judge

California 3rd District Court of Appeal – Sacramento Justice Vance W. Raye – Justice Jonathan K. Renner - Justice Coleman A. Blease – Justice Ronald B. Robie – Justice William J. Murray Jr. – Justice George W. Nicolson – Justice M. Kathleen Butz – Justice Elena J. Duarte – Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. – Justice Louis R. Mauro – Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch – Justice Jonathan K. Renner Third District Court of Appeal California

A federal judge has broken the code of silence and confessed what self-represented court users in California - and Sacramento County Superior Court - have asserted for years.

In multiple interviews, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner disclosed that most judges regard pro per litigants as "kind of trash not worth the time."

The California Supreme Court, courts of appeal and trial courts have always operated a two-track system of justice, according to court whistleblowers. One for those who can afford to hire a lawyer, and a separate system for those who can't.

12 August 2017

Justice Arthur G. Scotland Confesses to Practicing Law Without License, Moral Turpitude Acts: 3rd District Court of Appeal History

Justice Arthur G. Scotland with Justice George Nicholson from the controversial 3rd District Court of Appeal: Scotland admits to acts of moral turpitude, including serial unauthorized practice of law violations and disregard of the law as an employee of the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

Retired from the 3rd District Court of Appeal, Scotland now is Of Counsel at Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP Sacramento office. For more information, visit the document embedded with this post.