Tani Cantil-Sakauye Schleps Code of Silence Policy from Third District to Supreme Court
Sunday Satire by RoadDog
Thanks Arnold: On Monday a new chief justice of the California Supreme Court was sworn in. Compliments of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the new CJ is the ethically-challenged Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, a former Sacramento County Family Court judge.
Tani has been knee-deep in the documented Sacramento Family Court corruption that began in the early 1990's, and has run unchecked ever since. After her elevation to the Third District Court of Appeal in 2005, she partnered with other Sacramento County Superior Court and Deukmejian administration alumni - including Art Scotland and George Nicholson - to keep a lid on the continuing scandals generated by her former coworkers across town.
Tani, Art and George all come from a law enforcement background and culture, and rode to the bench exploiting their faux tough-on-crime credentials. In published, and especially unpublished 3rd District decisions, the trio have shown they still swear allegiance to the cop Blue Code of Silence. Any appeal with a claim that a Sacramento Family Court homie committed misconduct is whitewashed with two coats.
During Cantil-Sakauye's ticket-punching tour at the 3rd, the appellate court's hostility to appeals by the 70 percent of family court litigants who can't afford lawyers was legendary. Due to the hurdles thrown up by the court, few appeals were ever decided on the merits, and no family court appeal was ever won by a financially disadvantaged, unrepresented litigant who faced off against an attorney.
Can you say rampant cronyism? Keep an eye on the special SFCN 3rd District Court of Appeal page for all the sordid details. Click here. RoadDog sez: Time to Occupy.