01 May 2013

Divorce Attorneys and Family Law Industry Called Corrupt and Collusive in Groundbreaking Documentary Film To Include Sacramento Family Court Case

Divorce Corp Documentary Film Nationwide Search for Corrupt Family Court Cases Hits Paydirt in Sacramento County 

SACRAMENTO FAMILY COURT NEWS EXCLUSIVE

Hon. Robert C. Hight – Hon. Bunmi O. Awoniyi – Hon. Steven M. Gevercer – Hon. Tami R. Bogert – Hon. James M. Mize – Vance Raye - CJP Victoria B. Henley – Hon. Thadd A. Blizzard -Elaine M. Howle State Auditor Bureau of State Audits - Victoria B. Henley Director Chief Counsel Commission on Judicial Performance – Steven Jahr Administrative Director of the Courts - Phillip J. Jelicich Principal Auditor Bureau of State Audits - Janice M. Brickley Legal Advisor to Commissioners Commission on Judicial Performance - Judicial Council and Court Leadership Services Division Jody Patel Chief of Staff - Doug D. Cordiner Chief Deputy State Auditor Bureau of State Audits - Bradford L. Battson Senior Attorney III Commission on Judicial Performance - Judicial and Court Operations Services Division Curtis L. Child Chief Operating Officer – Donna L. Neville Staff Counsel IV Bureau of State Audits- Sei Shimoguchi Senior Attorney III Commission on Judicial Performance - Judicial and Court Administrative Services Division Curt Soderlund Chief Administrative Officer -
Click here for updated news about Divorce Corp.

Divorce Corp, a scathing, full-length documentary film about family court corruption produced by Joseph Sorge and Candor Entertainment reportedly will include a Sacramento Family Court case study. The film "exposes the corrupt and collusive industry of family law in the United States," according to a plot summary posted at the Independent Movie Database. Sorge's production team conducted a nationwide search for the most egregious family court cases and apparently found what they were looking for in Sacramento County Family Court. A local case will be prominently featured in the movie, according to a person with direct knowledge of the project but not authorized to speak on the record. According to the storyline posted at IMDb
Divorce Corp exposes the corrupt and collusive industry of family law in the United States. While the system is intended to effect marital dissolution, it instead escalates and prolongs the conflict. Judges tout 'the best interests of the child standard' as their rationale for using children to extort families with limited assets to feed an increasingly voracious corps of lawyers and experts. The tabloids are full of epic divorce battles of the ultra wealthy, but the middle class are truly the grist for the mill. Divorce, now cited as the number four cause of bankruptcy in the US, has become a $50 billion a year industry that often destroys family ties in its wake. 
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Judge Robert Hight – Judge Bunmi Awoniyi – Judge Steven Gevercer – Judge Tami Bogert – Judge James Mize – Vance Raye - Victoria Henley CJP - Judge Thadd Blizzard -Sacramento County Bar Association – Family Law Section – Family Law Executive Committee – FLEC – family law attorney Russell Carlson Judge Pro Tem Chair – family law attorney  Elaine Van Beveren Judge Pro Tem Vice Chair – family law attorney Fredrick Rick Cohen Judge Pro Tem Treasurer – family law attorney Paula Salinger Judge Pro Tem Secretary – family law attorney Judith Winn Judge Pro Tem Past Chair – Sacramento Bar Association – Temporary Judges – Family Law Settlement Conference -
The upcoming documentary Divorce Corp., asserts that family court judges
and lawyers collude and use children to extort money from parents.
 
The documentary currently is in post-production in Los Angeles and is expected to be released by Candor this Fall. James Shurlock, writer/director of the critically acclaimed feature length documentary Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders is the director of Divorce Corp., according to editor Will Torbett. Sacramento Family Court whistleblowers and watchdogs have for years sounded alarms about issues similar to those covered in Divorce Corp. The local court reform advocates assert that family court judges and attorneys from the Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section - who also serve in the same court as temporary judges - illegally collude, working hand-in-glove for the financial benefit of the lawyers. The absence of effective family court oversight and accountability by local, state and federal law enforcement, court administrators, Presiding Judge Laurie Earl, the Third District Court of Appeal, California State Auditor, Commission on Judicial Performance, Judicial Council, State Bar, and Sacramento County Bar Association allows the corruption to run unchecked, they charge.

UPDATE: Divorce Corp is scheduled for release in early 2014. Sacramento Family Court News will have continuing coverage of the film. Click here for updated articles about Divorce Corp.

Sacramento Family Court News has reported on many alleged family court corruption and collusion issues. Our reports include: 
  • A variety of illegal tactics used by court employees, judges, the Family Law Facilitator Office and judge pro tem attorneys to obstruct family court appeals by unrepresented, financially disadvantaged litigants. Click here.
  • Full-time family court judges failure to disclose judge pro tem conflicts of interest to opposing parties and attorneys. Click here.
  • Judge pro tem attorneys promoted a software program sold by the wife of a family court judge. Click here.  
  • Court administrators concealing from the public judge pro tem attorney misconduct, including sexual battery against clients. Click here 
  • Illegal use of California vexatious litigant law by family court judges. Click here
  • Waiver of judge pro tem qualification standards. Click here
  • Failure to adequately train family court judges. Click here
  • Allowing courtroom clerks to issue incomplete, useless fee waiver orders which prevent indigent and financially disadvantaged litigants from serving and filing documents. Click here
  • Preferential treatment provided to judge pro tem attorneys by family court judges, administrators, and employees. Click here.
  • Unfair competition and monopolistic practices by family court judges and attorneys who also hold the Office of Temporary Judge which may violate state unfair competition laws. Click here
  • Judges cherry-pick state law and court rules to rewrite established law to reach a predetermined result to benefit judge pro tem attorneys. Click here. 
  • The waste of scarce court resources and taxpayer funds caused by unnecessary appeals and other court proceedings. Click here and here.  
  • Allowing judges with a documented history of misconduct and mistreatment of unrepresented litigants to remain in family court. Click here.
  • Concealing from the public but disclosing to the family law bar the demotion of problem judges. Click here 
  • Failing to enforce the Code of Judicial Ethics provisions applicable to temporary judges. Click here
  • Allowing court clerks to commit perjury without apparent consequences. Click here
  • Permitting Family Law Facilitator Office staff to dispense false information to unrepresented, financially disadvantaged litigants. Click here.   
Hon. Robert C. Hight – Hon. Bunmi O. Awoniyi – Hon. Steven M. Gevercer – Hon. Tami R. Bogert – Hon. James M. Mize – Vance Raye - CJP Victoria B. Henley – Hon. Thadd A. Blizzard -Elaine M. Howle State Auditor Bureau of State Audits - Victoria B. Henley Director Chief Counsel Commission on Judicial Performance – Steven Jahr Administrative Director of the Courts - Phillip J. Jelicich Principal Auditor Bureau of State Audits - Janice M. Brickley Legal Advisor to Commissioners Commission on Judicial Performance - Judicial Council and Court Leadership Services Division Jody Patel Chief of Staff - Doug D. Cordiner Chief Deputy State Auditor Bureau of State Audits - Bradford L. Battson Senior Attorney III Commission on Judicial Performance - Judicial and Court Operations Services Division Curtis L. Child Chief Operating Officer – Donna L. Neville Staff Counsel IV Bureau of State Audits- Sei Shimoguchi Senior Attorney III Commission on Judicial Performance - Judicial and Court Administrative Services Division Curt Soderlund Chief Administrative Officer -