10 October 2014

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Misconduct: Hon. Matthew J. Gary Abuse of Disabled Parent Detailed in Appeal Opening Brief

Judge Matthew Gary Illegal Child Custody Order, Approval of Criminal Child Abduction for Judge Pro Tem Partner Among Issues in Landmark Appeal

Friday Document Dump

The opening brief filed in an appeal from orders issued by Judge Matthew Gary documents misconduct by the controversial judge in the Susan Ferris case. For our complete coverage of the trial court proceedings which resulted in this landmark appeal, click here. For Sacramento Bee coverage of the case, click here.  For complete coverage of Judge Matthew J. Gary, click here.

28 August 2014

Judge Matthew Gary Misconduct: Illegal Arrest and Assault of Disabled Pro Per Video Gets National Coverage - Generates Record View Count at SFCN YouTube Channel

Leaked Sacramento Superior Court Security Video Goes Viral After Blurb by National Legal News Site Above the Law  

This blurb by the national legal news website Above the Law significantly spiked the view count of the whistleblower leaked courtroom security video posted at the Sacramento Family Court News YouTube Channel. 

A whistleblower leaked courtroom security video posted on YouTube by Sacramento Family Court News has logged a record shattering 800 views in less than a week. The view count is attributed to New York-based legal news website Above the Law coverage of our Aug. 21 article, which included the embedded video. By comparison, most videos at the SFCN YouTube Channel generally take a year or more to clock 800 views. SFCN Google Analytics statistical data show that the bulk of the Above the Law referrals originated at East Coast law offices in New York, Washington D.C., Boston, and Chicago. The Washington D.C. readers also included employees at federal government agencies, according to Google. The graphic security tape records the illegal courtroom arrest and assault of disabled, self-represented litigant and family court reform activist Robert Saunders. 

Controversial Judge Matthew J. Gary, responsible for ordering the unlawful arrest, has not been disciplined or otherwise held accountable by the Commission on Judicial Performance, the state agency responsible for the oversight of California judges. 

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21 August 2014

Judge Pro Tem Misconduct: Temporary Judges Richard Sokol and Elaine Van Beveren Fail To Report, Help Cover Up Judge Matthew Gary Misconduct

Whistleblower Leaks Disturbing Video of Illegal Assault and Arrest of Family Court Litigant Ordered by Judge Matthew J. Gary



A startling courthouse security video leaked by a government whistleblower records the illegal 2009 assault and arrest of indigent, disabled pro per litigant and family court reform activist Robert Saunders. During a March 9, 2009 court hearing, Judge Matthew Gary ordered the self-represented Saunders arrested and jailed for contempt of court. Two outside, independent judges who later reviewed the incident determined that both the contempt charge and arrest were illegal. 

One of the two reviewing judges also issued an order removing Gary from the case for bias and violating state contempt law. The new video leak appears to reinforce the review findings, showing Saunders sitting passively at the courtroom counsel table until a painful "control hold" is applied to his arm by a deputy sheriff. When Saunders reacts to the pain, a wrestling match ensues until additional deputies arrive to subdue and apply handcuffs to the illegally arrested victim. The pro per is then shuffled off to the county jail through a rear exit in the courtroom. Saunders is 5' 8" tall, weighs 162 pounds, relies on a cane to walk, and, at the time of the arrest, was 57-years-old, according to the police report from the incident. 

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15 July 2014

Judge Robert Hight Misconduct: Supreme Court Committee Confirms Systemic Judge Pro Tem Conflict of Interest Disclosure Law Violations

Family Court Judges Continuing Failure To Disclose Judge Pro Tem Conflicts Violates Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions Directive


In May, 2013 Sacramento Family Court News reported that family court judges were violating state law by failing to disclose to opposing parties when a judge pro tem represents a client in court.  The violations remain ongoing. 
An attorney and Sacramento Family Court News reader provided the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions Formal Opinion embedded at the bottom of this post. The opinion provides yet another legal reference specifying that family court judges must disclose potential conflicts of interest on the record. At court hearings where no court reporter is present, the disclosure must be in writing, according to the CJEO.

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07 July 2014

Woodruff O'Hair Posner & Salinger Inc Criminal Conduct by Partner Paula D. Salinger Alleged and Documented in Leaked Court Records - All Firm Partners Hold Office of Temporary Judge

Obstruction of Justice Crimes Alleged Against Judge Pro Tem Attorney Paula Salinger, Sacramento Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee Officer

State Bar Office of the Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim Chief Trial Counsel - Supreme Court of California – Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye – Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan – Associate Justice Joyce L. Kennard – Associate Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar – Associate Justice Ming W. Chin – Associate Justice Marvin R. Baxter – Associate Justice Goodwin H. Liu – Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar - Justice Cantil-Sakauye –California Supreme Court
Allegations that judge pro tem lawyer Paula Salinger committed obstruction of justice crimes against an indigent, unrepresented pro per have gone viral throughout family court reform social media.

Whistleblower leaked records from a Sacramento Family Court case indicate that criminal acts were committed by family law attorney and temporary judge Paula Salinger against an indigent, unrepresented, pro per family court party. The pro per was a victim and witness in a family court criminal contempt case filed against a Salinger client, and the pro per also is a domestic violence victim, according to court records. Family court reform advocates say the case is another example of the complete lack of oversight and accountability of attorneys who engage in egregious misconduct against disadvantaged, pro per litigants who can't afford legal representation.  

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02 June 2014

Sacramento Family Court News Surpasses 100,000 Pageviews with Readers from 94 Countries - Top 10 Lists Published

Worldwide Interest In Sacramento Family Court Corruption and Controversy Generates 100,000 Pageviews at SFCN

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner - Commission on Judicial Performance Victoria Henley Director -Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim State Bar of California Office of the Chief Trial Counsel, Joseph Robert Carlucci Deputy Chief Trial Counsel, Patsy J. Cobb Deputy Chief Trial Counsel, Michael John Glass Deputy Chief Trial Counsel, Alan Bernard Gordon Assistant Chief Trial Counsel, Melanie J. Lawrence Assistant Chief Trial Counsel, Kristen Lyn Ritsema Senior Trial Counsel, Kimberly Gen Kasreliovich Deputy Trial Counsel, California State Bar,
The frequency of worldwide visits to Sacramento Family Court News are reflected in this map from Google Analytics.
Sacramento Family Court News has reached another readership milestone: 100,000 pageviews from visitors in 94 countries. The pageviews resulted from a total of 29,107 visits from readers in the United States, with additional visits from readers in 93 other countries, according to statistical data provided by Google AnalyticsThe Top 10 countries by number of visits are:

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28 May 2014

Sacramento Superior Court Corruption: Judge Robert Hight and Judge James Mize Allow Attorney Misconduct to Continue Unabated

Attorney Fee Churning Tactics Revealed in the Documentary Film Divorce Corp: Includes Interviews with Two Sacramento Family Court Litigants




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