10 December 2015

Sacramento Superior Court Controversy: Institutionalized Socioeconomic Bias by Family Court Judges Alleged in Federal Class-Action Lawsuit with Sacramento Plaintiff


Systemic socioeconomic bias by family court judges who misuse state vexatious litigant law against financially disadvantaged parents in child custody disputes is alleged in a federal class-action lawsuit filed by attorney Archibald Cunningham. 

Cunningham's rebuttal argument in the case at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on December 8, 2015 is recorded in the video above. The case was heard by circuit judges Alex Kozinski, Jay Bybee and Morgan Christen. To view video of the complete oral argument at the Sacramento Family Court News YouTube Channel, click here. 

Sacramento Family Court litigant Andrew Karres - who without a court hearing was summarily declared a vexatious litigant by Judge Jaime Roman - is a plaintiff in the case. Related SFCN coverage includes: 
  • Judge Jaime Roman Designates Party Vexatious Litigant, Sanctions $2,500 and Makes 13 Other Rulings - Without Court Hearing Required by Law, click here
  • Appeal Filed of Unprecedented Orders Issued by Judge Jaime Roman for Judge Pro Tem Charlotte Keeley,click here
  • Controversial Order for Judge Pro Tem Attorney Charlotte Keeley by Judge Jaime Roman Challenged in Federal Class Action Lawsuit - Taxpayers Face Financial Liability, click here
  • Judge Jaime Roman Misstates Law, Uses Overruled Case to Justify Vexatious Litigant and Other Orders Without Court Hearing, click here.  
  • Judge Jaime R. Roman Vexatious Litigant Order for Attorney Charlotte Keeley Shows Judge Pro Tem Monopoly - Unfair Competition at Work, click here
For a complete list of all articles about the Karres case, click here. 

06 December 2015

Sacramento Superior Court Controversy: 9th Circuit Oral Argument in Case Alleging Judge Jaime Roman Ruling Unconstitutional

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Judicial Council chair and former Sacramento Superior Court Judge Tani Cantil-Sakauye is a defendant in a federal civil rights class action alleging systemic misuse of vexatious litigant law against family court parents in child custody disputes. 

Oral argument in Pierce v. Cantil-Sakauye will be heard this week in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. The class action civil rights case challenges the use of state vexatious litigant law against family court parents involved in child custody disputes. The plaintiffs include Sacramento Superior Court litigant and parent Andrew Karres.

In 2012, without the court hearing required by law, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Jaime Roman issued an order declaring Karres a vexatious litigant.  The issuance of a vexatious litigant determination without a court hearing was, and is unprecedented, and the ruling remains controversial. 

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04 December 2015

Sacramento Superior Court Controversy: Divorce Corp Documentary Cataloging Sacramento Family Court Corruption Now Available on Google Play

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The Divorce Corp production team has just announced the availability of the documentary film on Google Play. 

The 2014 documentary film Divorce Corp, which includes the troubling stories of several Sacramento County Family Court corruption victims, is now available on Google Play, the official app store for the Android operating system. A digital distribution platform operated by Google, Google Play offers music, magazines, books, movies and television programs. Divorce Corp can be purchased for $7.99 or rented for $2.99.   

The movie catalogs judge and attorney misconduct and corruption in family courts throughout the United States, and designates Sacramento County as one of the most corrupt in the nation. 

A clip from the movie featuring an interview with Sacramento Family Court corruption victim and whistleblower Ulf Carlsson, is posted at the Sacramento Family Court New YouTube Channel. Divorce Corp is also available on Netflix, at the iTunes store, and on DVD and Blu-ray at the Divorce Corp Store.   

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02 December 2015

Highway Patrol Refuses to Release 911 Tape from Cyclist Death Incident Involving Judge Matthew Gary

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Sacramento Bee investigative reporter Brad Branan has published a new article about the traffic fatality involving Judge Matthew Gary and cyclist Margaret Bengs. The California Highway Patrol declined a request by the paper to release the 911 recording from the incident, according to the Bee:

Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, said the CHP is not required to release the recording, but added that nothing in the law prohibits its disclosure. Given the public interest in how the CHP is handling the investigation of a judge, he said the agency should release the recording, especially since the investigation does not appear to involve criminal activity.
“Unless there’s some particular reason other than just trying to save the judge from personal embarrassment, some specific legal reason, they should be releasing it, because it is a matter of public interest,” he said. “The people will want to know if he’s getting preferential treatment.”
Gary has repeatedly declined to discuss the crash, and the CHP has said it is conducting an impartial investigation.
To read the full article at the Sacramento Bee, click here. For a list of Sacramento Family Court News articles about controversial Judge Matthew Gary, click here.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article47636890.html#storylink=cpy

28 November 2015

Highway Patrol Admits Errors in Initial Account of Traffic Fatality Involving Judge Matthew J. Gary

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. Mueller, United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner, Anne Marie Schubert Sacramento District Attorney – Monica Miller Special Agent in Charge Sacramento Field Office FBI Sacramento Division, Benjamin Wagner United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California US Department of Justice
A new investigative report by Sacramento Bee reporter Brad Branan has revealed that the California Highway Patrol released incorrect information about the traffic fatality involving cyclist Margaret Bengs and Sacramento Superior Court Judge Matthew Gary:
Family members and bicycle advocates say the California Highway Patrol botched key details in its investigation of a fatal bicycle crash this month involving a Sacramento Superior Court judge, deepening their skepticism about the agency’s handling of the case.
On Nov. 2, Judge Matthew Gary was driving his Toyota pickup truck on Fair Oaks Boulevard when he hit a bicycle ridden by Margaret Bengs, 66, who died the next day. Shortly after her death, a CHP spokeswoman said Bengs appeared to be at fault, in part because she was not wearing a helmet.
But a witness who stayed with her until paramedics arrived said she was wearing a helmet, and Bengs’ family says she had two helmets among her belongings at the hospital. Her relatives also note that Bengs died the day after the crash, not two days after, as the CHP had first reported. 
Anne Bengs Maffucci said her sister suffered a crushed skull, two broken arms and a shattered kidney in the crash, and was taken off life support at the family’s request.
“The CHP seems a bit negligent,” Maffucci said. “I hate to say this is a cover-up, but it seems like they are trying to slough this off like everything is OK.”

To read the full report at the Sacramento Bee, click here.  For a list of Sacramento Family Court News articles about controversial Judge Matthew Gary, click here. 
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article46790980.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article46790980.html#storylink=cpy

17 November 2015

Sacramento Superior Court Controversy: Blame for Death of Cyclist by Judge Matthew J. Gary Spurs Debate on Reddit

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Judge Matthew Gary's role in the death of Margaret Bengs has sparked a debate on the Reddit social media site.
A Sacramento Bee investigative report questioning the CHP account of a fatal traffic incident involving Judge Matthew Gary and 66-year-old cyclist Margaret Bengs has been posted to Reddit, an entertainment, social networking and news website. The article was posted to the Sacramento "subreddit," a category featuring news, information and commentary about the city. The Sacramento subreddit has over 10,000 followers.

The post generated 31 comments, some of which expressed skepticism at how the CHP has handled the investigation of the incident. "This story is so fucked up. CHP trying to blame the victim," said one commenter, whose user name is NXNW83. "[I]t's pretty obvious that they're starting by making assumptions of the guilt of the victim," NXNW83 added in a follow-up post.    

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