Sacramento Superior Court watchdogs have initiated a campaign to publicize what they allege is cronyism between judges who work at the Third District Court of Appeal and Sacramento Superior Court.
The group has catalogued personal, social, professional, and political connections between the two groups that they assert result in the appellate court effectively doctoring appeals to conceal judicial misconduct by trial court judges.
In March, 3rd District Justice Cole Blease dismissed an appeal that, among other allegations, documented criminal conduct by controversial Judge Matthew Gary. Court records show that Gary may have acted as an accessory after-the-fact to a criminal child abduction by the client of a local divorce attorney with ties to the controversial family court temporary judge program. The details are outlined in briefs from the case, which are catalogued and viewable at the Scribd document publishing website.