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

Court reform advocates attribute Mills' ability to remain on the bench - despite the five, and now seven strikes against him - to help from current and past Contra Costa County presiding judges, including Steve Austin and Jill Fannin. In fact, more than a year ago, Austin received a complaint against Mills for the misconduct he is now formally charged with.

At that time, Austin defended Mills and, in violation of state law, dismissed the complaint:
"In reviewing the transcript [of the court hearing at issue] I saw nothing to indicate that Judge Mills was biased or prejudiced against Mr. Sweeney or that he committed any ethical transgressions," Austin wrote in his response to the complaint
"The presiding judges have helped cover up Mill's outrageous conduct from the public," said whistleblower and court watchdog Ulf Carlsson. "In addition, Mills has connections at the First District Court of Appeal who have helped hide the judge's incompetence and rogue disregard of the law when his cases inevitably end up on appeal. All the checks and balances that ostensibly ensure accountability have failed," Carlsson added.

"Appellate judges Jim Humes, Anthony Kline, William McGuiness and Ignazio Ruvolo reportedly have ignored their duty as mandated reporters under state Judicial Ethics Code § 3D(1) to report Mills' serial misconduct," Carlsson said. "The code of silence is alive and well in the 1st District."

Court watchdogs also allege that embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is responsible for protecting Mills and other unfit judges, and vigorously enforcing a code of silence to keep Judicial Branch scandals from the media.
   

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.
"Judge Posner has admitted what no active judge in California will ever admit in public. From the trial courts to the Supreme Court, the poor who can't afford to pay for an attorney and are forced to represent themselves in court are treated as second class citizens," said whistleblower Ulf Carlsson. "California courts are pay-to-play." 

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  - California 6th District Court of Appeal Justice Conrad L. Rushing, Justice Eugene M. Premo, Justice Franklin D. Elia, Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, Justice Nathan D. Mihara, Justice Miguel Marquez, Justice Adrienne M. Grover Sixth District Court of Appeal California  - California Commission on Judicial Performance Director William Dresser Chief Counsel -CJP Chairperson Anthony P. Capozzi, Vice-Chairperson Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo,  Chairperson Judge Erica R. Yew, CJP

ABA Journal: Posner: Most judges regard pro se litigants as 'kind of trash not worth the time.'

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 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 - California Commission on Judicial Performance Director William Dresser Chief Counsel -CJP Chairperson Anthony P. Capozzi, Vice-Chairperson Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo,  Chairperson Judge Erica R. Yew, CJP

Above the Law: The Backstory Behind Judge Richard Posner's Retirement.


California 6th District Court of Appeal Justice Conrad L. Rushing, Justice Eugene M. Premo, Justice Franklin D. Elia, Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, Justice Nathan D. Mihara, Justice Miguel Marquez, Justice Adrienne M. Grover Sixth District Court of Appeal California  - 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 California Commission on Judicial Performance Director William Dresser Chief Counsel -CJP Chairperson Anthony P. Capozzi, Vice-Chairperson Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo,  Chairperson Judge Erica R. Yew, CJP

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Posner says friction on 7th Circuit bench led to his retirement.


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 - 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   California Commission on Judicial Performance Director William Dresser Chief Counsel -CJP Chairperson Anthony P. Capozzi, Vice-Chairperson Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo,  Chairperson Judge Erica R. Yew, CJP

New York Times: An Exit Interview With Richard Posner, Judicial Provocateur 


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 - 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 Commission on Judicial Performance Director William Dresser Chief Counsel -CJP Chairperson Anthony P. Capozzi, Vice-Chairperson Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo,  Chairperson Judge Erica R. Yew, CJP

Above the Law: Judge Posner, Uncensored: 'I Don't Really Care What People Think.'

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 Scribd document embedded with this post.

Judge Jaime Roman Disqualification for Bias: Verified Answer to Challenge for Cause from 2013