Film Director Calls for End of Court Crimes by Voting “NO” Re-election of Justices.

AndyOctober 20, 2014.  According to the website of DivorceCorp.Com, “Director Joe Sorge interviews LA attorney Richard Fine, who explains how he revealed bribes being taken by Los Angeles Superior Court judges and the consequences he suffered for exposing these bribes.” Dr. Fine spent over a year in solitary confinement in the LA County Jail without ever even being charged with a crime. This is part 1 of a two part interview. http://youtu.be/pDjwmH7kYZY  #stopcourtcrimes! #endjudicialcorruption #endcaliforniacourtfraud

Mr. Sorge would like to know, “Are you voting in November? Are there any candidates talking about judicial corruption? Family Law?” To understand the reason for this important question, see the trailer for the Divorce Corp documentary: http://www.divorcecorp.com/

To our knowledge, Andy Ostrowski, U.S. Congressional candidate for the 11th District of Pennsylvania, is only candidate in the entire country who is speaking out of the gross fraud, waste and abuse in the courts – and the retaliation one experiences for exposing it.  See Mr. Sorge’s interview with Mr. Ostrowski: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9nfCtLa5XM

DivorceCorp.Com says that, You can help end judicial corruption by voting No for any balloted Supreme & Appellate Court judges. We want to hear from you on the Divorce Corp YouTube channel.”   

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Please help with the CAMPAIGN FOR JUDICIAL INTEGRITY  http://www.campaignforjudicialintegrity.org

Nov 4th exercise your right to end California’s judicial corruption.

Vote “NO” to all balloted Supreme & Appellate Court Justices.

Not voting or voting ‘yes’ reinforces corruption. Spread the word!

Richard I. Fine, Ph.D., Chairman (310) 622-6900 richardfine@campaignforjudicialintegrity.org

Handouts stating the above in printable and electronically sharable format: CAMPAIGNFORJUDICIALINTEGRITYFLYERS

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On October 27th, our friends at the CENTER For JUDICIAL EXCELLENCE are Heading out to San Francisco to #StopCourtCrimes!  Please support their efforts, too!

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Help Dr. Fine & CFJI to End California Court Corruption

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 (above Flyer in sharable pdf format)
Last week we blogged of just a few of the many organizations who are working through various efforts to stop systemic crime in California’s judicial branch — Center for Judicial Excellence (CJE), Judicial Council Watcher (JCW) and the Campaign For Judicial Integrity (CFJI).  Toward that end, one can read HERE & HERE why it is important to Vote “NO” public-office re-election for the 45 balloted California justices.
Please help CFJI Get The Word Out to your friends, family, neighbors and associates to Vote “NO”. Distribute the below mini-flyers over the Internet and in-person.
In printable & electronically sharable format: CAMPAIGNFORJUDICIALINTEGRITYFLYERSCAMPAIGNFORJUDICIALINTEGRITYFLYERS-page-001
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Heading out to San Francisco to #StopCourtCrimes!

Are you going to San Francisco on October 27th & 28th to #StopCourtCrimes! ?  I am!!!  
Many people are going to San Francisco to attend and/or speak at the Judicial Council meeting  Re: rampant corruption in the California courts and the Judicial Council’s deliberate indifference to end it. 
As I understand it, the issue is: Harm done when California’s judges, justices and clerks falsify court documents; and California court officers along with the Commission on Judicial Performance, et.al., circle the wagons to cover up the fraud upon the court.*  Additionally, the issue of jurists refusing to disqualify themselves from cases where they clearly have demonstrated conflicts of interest — and no one policing that, by law, they should be disqualified.
*When jurists and their clerks falsifying court documents, it is legally defined as “fraud upon the court” which is a criminal act.  The jurists have immunity from prosecution for the criminal acts unless they act while knowing their courts do not have jurisdiction.  Even then, when caught in the act sans jurisdiction, no one in California government, including California’s Attorney General, does anything to punish the jurists and clerks, or to mitigate the damage caused by the fraud upon the court. Quite frequently if the harmed party seeks redress of grievance for damages caused by the fraud; they are retaliated against and further harmed by those whose jobs it is to protect the public from crimes. Concealment of fraud upon the court is also criminal. It happens with fairly regular frequency in the California judicial branch in courts throughout the state. 
CENTER FOR JUDICIAL EXCELLENCE
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Center for Judicial Excellence (CJE) is leading the charge in San Francisco.  These people are awesome!  Here’s the Judicial Council’s October 7th reluctant invite for CJE members and associates to speak at the upcoming Judicial Council meeting: The Judicial Council’s 10/3/14 Written Response  Here’s CJE’s September Demand Letter which triggered the reluctant Judicial Council invite: http://www.centerforjudicialexcellence.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/CJ-Demand-Letter-PDF.pdf
Here’s the rules & deadline to submit your request to speak at the upcoming Judicial Council meeting.  Join us Mon. Oct. 27 & Tues. Oct. 28 at the Judicial Council – Sign Up Now to Stop Court Crimes
 
CAMPAIGN FOR JUDICIAL INTEGRITY
 In another effort to #EndJudicialCorruption  Campaign For Judicial Integrity (CFJI) is urging all California voters to check “NO” on their voting ballots by the names of the 45 California justices who are running for office retention. This will remove nearly half of the biggest cogs in the dysfunctional judicial machinery. Forty-five of the total 111 California justices are subject to voter ousting on Nov 4th by checking “NO” next to their names on your ballot.  Dr. Richard Fine, Chairman of CFJI, was held in an Los Angeles county jail for eighteen months (2009-2010) without ever being charged with a crime — for exposing LA county judges taking money from litigants who come before them. To date, no one has been punished for the conflicts of interests this causes in court rulings; and the illegal judicial income continues in counties all across the state. In the words of Dr. Fine,

These justices are protecting corruption and bribes. Voting NO ends it.”

 

JUDICIAL COUNCIL WATCHER
And in a third effort to #EndCaliforniaCourtFraud  Judicial Council Watcher (JCW) is urging voters to check “NO” on Nov 4th, by the names of all California justices who sit on the Judicial Council and are subject to voter ousting.  JCW is a blog that is widely followed and contributed to by many current and former Judicial Council staff employees; along with several of the state’s judges. It is backed by Michael Paul. Mr. Paul is a former Judicial Council staff employee who blew the whistle on $500 million missing from the court construction fund in 2010, only to be retaliated against and fired. To date, no one has been held accountable for the missing millions of tax dollars, nor has it been recovered.  The following are the Judicial Council member justices who are dubbed by JCW as “Team George – the Players” and who are subject to voter ousting on Nov 4th:
Justices Terence Bruiniers, Ronald Robie and Judith Ashmann-Gerst.  Justice Ignazio Ruvolo of the Commission on Judicial Performance is also on the ballot.

SHAKE-UP the MAKE-UP of California’s broken judicial branch. On Nov 4th, vote “NO” retention of California’s justices; and ask your friends, family and associates from California to do the same.

If you’re going to San Francisco be sure to wear a red tee-shirt. You can order one with the logo “STOP COURT CRIMES” from the Center for Judicial Excellence.  Please let CJE know if you are planning to attend as the Judicial Council has requested an estimated head-count from them. Their contact email is: info@centerforjudicialexcellence.org  
Hope to see you there!
SHARON NOONAN KRAMER  Cal-court-harassed Whistleblower of how federal contractors got a scientific fraud mass marketed into U.S. public health policy that it was proven Toxic Mold harms no one; and how it continues via unabated fraud upon the California courts — including by hands of named “Team George” justices, one of whom is the former Chairwoman of the Commission on Judicial Performance and another is the former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Council.

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Could a “NO” Vote for ALL California Justices Save the Judicial Branch? Seems it could!

by Sharon Noonan Kramer
           On November 4, 2014, California voters will have the opportunity to tell the state’s judges, justices, legislators, attorney general and governor; that elitist, unconstitutional and illegal acts in the state’s judicial branch will no longer be tolerated by California’s citizens.
          Toward that end, the bi-partisan group Campaign For Judicial Integrity (CFJI) is urging all California voters to vote “NO” retention of all supreme and court of appeal justices who are on the November ballot.
          California state justices are originally appointed to office by the governor. Opportunity for voters to retain or remove justices from office arises only every four years. This is because each supreme and appellate court justice must run for voter re-election at the end of their twelve-year term after first being appointed. Newly appointed justices must also run in the first four-year election cycle after their initial appointment.
Voters decide the justices’ employment futures in the nation’s largest state court system, California’s, by simply checking “Yes” or “NO” in the box next to their names on the ballot.
         According the CFJI Chairman, Dr. Richard Fine
“November 4, is crucial as so many justices seeking re-election may never occur again. ….we can change California’s corrupt judiciary by voting out 3 of the 6 current California Supreme Court justices and 42 of the 105 Court of Appeal justices…The November 4 election is a “Yes” or “No” vote on each justice. A majority of votes cast determines whether each justice is re-elected or voted out.
On November 4, we vote ‘no’ to California Supreme Court Justices Werdegar, Liu, and Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, who was recently appointed by Governor Brown to replace retiring Justice Baxter. On November 4, we vote ‘no’ to [ ] California Court of Appeal justices in the six Court of Appeal Districts. 
          In 2009, Dr. Fine, a California licensed attorney and former federal prosecutor, was ordered by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to spend 18 months in a county jail cell without ever being charged with a crime — let alone found guilty of one. While Dr. Fine was incarcerated, the State Bar of California revoked his law license. 
          What he had done that so angered the compromised powers that be, is expose a double-dipping judicial salary scheme which causes conflicts of interest in court rulings favorable to California county governments.  The judge who ordered the incarceration, Judge Jaffey, has since retired with full pension and no punishment for his abuse of judicial office.
          According to the national non-profit, Judicial Watch, which has filed another lawsuit over the matter in April of 2014, the double-dipping scheme continues in California’s superior courts to this very day, much to the detriment of the citizens of California. For a greater understanding of the illegal compensation that the California judges are receiving and what the judicial branch leadership has done to assure it continues; visit the Emmy award winning Full Disclosure Network and watch their mini-documentaries on the subject.
SOUND LOGIC BEHIND THE BLANKET “NO” VOTE
          The sound logic behind the blanket “NO” vote as encouraged by CJFI, is that if all 45 of the state’s 111 justices, who are currently subject to re-election for twelve more years, are ousted by the voters; then the governor will have to appoint nearly half of all the state’s justices in his upcoming term.
          As newly appointed justices, voters will then have the ability to vote to retain or oust the 45 new appointees in the next election cycle of 2018, along with the additional justices whose twelve-year terms expire in 2018.  
          This means that California’s judicial branch would have a substantial turnover and its leaders would have four years to clean up their act — or an even greater ousting will occur by will of the voters in 2018.  The governor’s office and its committees which recommend the judicial appointments, would have a second chance to better vet new judicial appointees with the goal being the restoration of fair and impartial courts in the state of California. 
           If the urgently needed branch reform does not occur within the next four years after the 2014 blanket judicial ousting, the voting public will again be able to vote to remove any and all appointed politicians masquerading as fair and impartial judicial officers of the California courts.  Peer motivation to turn blind eyes to the criminal and unlawful elements among the state’s judiciary will be eliminated by the elimination of  jurists from branch leadership and vetting processes, who are too deeply embedded in the systemic dysfunction, to address the rampant ethics problems themselves. 
          In other words, removing half of the worn-out large cogs from the dysfunctional judicial machinery and replacing them with brand-new functioning parts, would go a long way toward overhauling the entire system for the good of the people of California.  The blanket “NO” vote is similar to rebuilding an engine.
          Like CJFI, Judicial Watch, and Full Disclosure Network; Center for Judicial Excellence (CJE), is another organization which works to stop the mass cronyism and corruption in California’s judicial branch.  CJE has been diligently working to force someone (anyone!) in California government to clarify who is the ultimate responsible party when jurists and their clerks are caught abusing the judicial process by falsifying court documents.  So far, the run-around that CJE has received from various government bodies has proven to be an astounding collaborative feat of willful blindness and deliberate indifference. 
          According the CJE,
“Members of the judicial branch are supposed to be guardians of the law, but who is guarding the guards?…For decades the California Judicial Council has been the recipient of ongoing reports of misconduct and waste within the Judicial Branch. Yet, misconduct and waste continue unabated. Governor Brown and Attorney General Harris have denied they have the authority to act on complaints of misconduct within the branch, and have referred complainants to the Judicial Council. Complaints have been made to the Judicial Council, but have gone unanswered…
Our own concerns include but are not limited to judges, court administrators, and court experts who refuse to follow the law, with impunity and immunity; abuse of the CCP section 170 et seq. disqualification statutes; the elimination of court reporters who provide an official record of substantive court proceedings, notwithstanding Commission on Judicial Performance concerns and recommendations about the need for an official record; ongoing branch waste while court fees and penalties are operating to deny the public access to the courts; rampant document destruction by branch members with Judicial Council approval; improper record-keeping within the branch; the withholding of court records by court personnel; the thwarting of legislative investigative and oversight efforts; record tampering and backdating by members of the Judicial Branch; abuse of the assigned judges program; the lack of adequate data collection and management by the Judicial branch, notwithstanding the expenditure of millions on court computer systems; the abuse of ex parte procedures such that judges are having secret non-emergency hearings with one side of the case, and issuing secret non-emergency orders withheld from the other side of the case, thereby repeatedly denying basic due process rights to notice and an opportunity to be heard by an impartial decision maker, and equal protection of the laws; the denial of affordable legal resources and adequate fee orders for financially disadvantaged litigants; cronyism within the branch; the lack of diversity of viewpoints and public representation on the Judicial Council; the practice of judges picking judges, via the assigned judges program, and the selection of Court Commissioners who exercise full judicial powers and are then often converted to judges; the improper delegation of judicial power; and the lack of adequate oversight of the Judicial Branch as a whole.
          According to yet another bi-partisan organization formed to combat the systemic corruption in California’s courts,  the California Coalition for Families and Children (CCFC),  
The rank and file judges [of California’s family courts] are plagued with horrific personality defects of their own far more serious than any parent in their courtroom–personal and professional misconduct, multiple divorcees, serious domestic violence perpetrators, addicts, some near perversions, financial misdealing, abundant disregard for the rule of law–and disdain for anyone who disagrees.  Good old-fashioned thuggery by a rogue gallery of unethical lawyers, judges, and psychologists in what has become a free-for-all crime ring.
COURT & OTHER CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES BEG FOR OVERSIGHT
          The website of Judicial Council Watcher (JCW) is followed and contributed to, primarily by California judicial branch employees and former employees. The site is backed by Michael Paul, a former administrative office court employee who was fired in 2010 for exposing that there was $500,000,000.00 missing from the court’s construction fund. The website focuses on egregious ethics problems at the helm of the California courts — namely the Judicial Council and its staff (formerly known as the Administrative Offices of the Courts (AOC)).  Many court employees frequently share tales on JCW which would cause one to think they are discussing Mafia dons, rather than the leadership of the largest state court in the United States, California’s.
          This past week, the employees of California’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) held a meeting. The turn-out was massive.  It was regarding their outrage of the recent scandal of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) successfully judge-shopping within the PUC for appointment of an administrative law judge who would rule favorably to their case. There is a proposed $1.4 billion penalty against PG&E for the deadly San Bruno explosion. The 2010 blast killed eight people and leveled 38 homes. The case will decide how the cost of post-San Bruno pipeline improvements will be divided between customers and shareholders. PG&E is seeking to have its customers pick up nearly $1.3 billion in costs.
             At the recent meeting, an informed PUC employee eloquently stated the problem and that a band-aid approach will not solve it.  The PUC employee is quoted as saying:
“Are we just going to throw a couple of people under the bus, or are we going to look at the real causes in our culture that create this kind of corruptness and basically sleazy environment? I want to be proud to work for the state of California….Who is giving us our marching orders to behave this way?”
          In response to the PUC scandal, Nick Pacilio, a spokesman for California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris, stated, 
        “The attorney general takes allegations of improper behavior by public officials very seriously”
          This appears to be a misstatement of fact.  As many California citizens and state employees will attest, over the years since Harris first became California’s attorney general in 2011, she has received uncountable complaints accompanied by mountains of evidence from many different sources, of criminal acts occurring by numerous public officials within in the California courts. Rarely, does her office even bother respond. And when they do, it is typically a response which deflects responsibility to another department of government — while sending the complainant on a wild goose chase, as the frauds upon the court[1] play on.
          The fact of the matter is, if Attorney General Harris really took “allegations of improper behavior by public official very seriously“; at the very least,  she would have long ago prosecuted several California judges, justices and clerks for the felonious acts of falsifying court documents[2], sometimes while knowing their courts have no subject matter jurisdiction[3]. 

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[1] “Fraud upon the court is fraud which is directed to the judicial machinery itself..It is where the court or a member is corrupted or influenced or influence is attempted or where the judge has not performed his judicial function — thus where the impartial functions of the court have been directly corrupted.” Bulloch v. United States, 763 F.2d 1115, 1121 (10th Cir. 1985)
[2]  California Penal Code 134 states, “Every person guilty of preparing any false or ante-dated book, paper, record, instrument in writing, or other matter or thing, with intent to produce it, or allow it to be produced for any fraudulent or deceitful purpose, as genuine or true, upon any trial, proceeding, or inquiry whatever, authorized by law, is guilty of felony.”
[3]  “in a jurisdictional vacuum (that is, absence of all jurisdiction) the second prong necessary to absolute judicial immunity is missing.”  Stump v. Sparkman, id., 435 U.S. 349
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          Had Harris and branch leaders done their jobs in the past, and judicial appointees were better vetted by the governor’s appointment committees; there would be no need now for voters to remove ALL California justices in an effort to save the decaying branch from the spoilers of the bunch.
 We agree with the Campaign for Judicial Excellence.  VOTE “NO” on ALL California Justices  
On November 4th, your “NO” vote for each of the following California supreme and court of appeal justices, is a “YES” vote for future justice in all of California.
California Supreme Court
 Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar                        NO
Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar                            NO
Justice Goodwin Liu                                                      NO
 
First District Court of Appeal
Justice Stuart Pollak                                                     NO
Justice Terence L. Bruiniers                                       NO
Justice Mark Simons                                                     NO
Justice Kathleen M. Banke                                          NO
Justice Ignazio Ruvolo                                                  NO
Justice James M. Humes                                             NO
Justice Anthony Kline                                                  NO
Justice Martin J. Jenkins                                            NO
Justice Therese M. Stewart                                         NO
 
Second District Court of Appeal
Justice Laurence Rubin                                               NO
Justice Nora Manella                                                   NO
Justice Kenneth Yegan                                                NO
Justice Jeffrey W. Johnson                                        NO
Justice Frances Rothschild                                        NO
Justice Madeleine Flier                                               NO
Justice Dennis Perluss                                                 NO
Justice Audrey Collins                                                NO
Justice Brian M. Hoffstadt                                         NO
Justice Lee Smalley Edmon                                       NO

 

Third District Court of Appeal
Justice Elena J. Duarte                                              NO
Justice Vance Raye                                                      NO
Justice Andrea L. Hoch                                              NO
Justice William J. Murray, Jr.                               NO
Justice Ronald Robie                                                   NO
Justice Louis R. Mauro                                               NO
Justice Jonathan Renner                                          NO
 
Fourth District Court of Appeal
Justice Richard Aronson                                           NO
Justice William Rylaarsdam                                   NO
Justice David A. Thompson                                     NO
Justice Richard Fybel                                                NO
Justice Kathleen O’Leary                                          NO
Justice Thomas Hollenhorst                                    NO
Justice Terry O’Rourke                                             NO
Justice Alex McDonald                                              NO
Justice Gilbert Nares                                                 NO
Justice James McIntyre                                            NO
 
Fifth District Court of Appeal
Justice Rosendo Peña, Jr.                                         NO
Justice Donald R. Franson, Jr.                               NO
Justice Dennis Cornell                                              NO
Justice Gene Gomes                                                   NO
Justice Stephen Kane                                                NO
 
Sixth District Court of Appeal
Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian                NO
Justice Adrienne M. Grover                                    NO
Justice Franklin Elia                                                 NO
Justice Eugene Premo                                               NO
Justice Miguel Márquez                                            NO
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Public Invited to Speak @ 10/27-28 Cal Judicial Council Meeting Re: Statewide Court Corruption

StopCrtCrimes-copy“Members of the judicial branch are supposed to be guardians of the law, but who is guarding the guards? It is time for the public’s concerns about this to be heard and addressed by the Judicial Council, via a public hearing. Very Truly Yours, Kathleen Russell, Executive Director Connie Valentine, California Protective Parents Assn. Barbara Kauffman, Family Law Attorney
 
September 19, 2014
The Honorable Tani Cantil-Sakauye
Chair, Judicial Council, and
Judicial Council Members
455 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Re: Request for Meeting with the Chair of the Judicial Council
Request for Public Hearing Re Public Concerns About the Judicial Branch
Dear Judicial Council Chair and Members:
For decades the California Judicial Council has been the recipient of ongoing reports of misconduct and waste within the Judicial Branch. Yet, misconduct and waste continue unabated. Governor Brown and Attorney General Harris have denied they have the authority to act on complaints of misconduct within the branch, and have referred complainants to the Judicial Council. Complaints have been made to the Judicial Council, but have gone unanswered. This happened most recently in connection with a June 9, 2014 letter complaint about the involvement of former Judicial Councilmember Kim Turner and Marin Judge Beverly Wood in the backdating of a register of actions and minute order. The Governor, Attorney General, and Marin County Counsel have all referred the complainant to the Judicial Council. Yet, although Judicial Council Chair Tani Cantil Sakauye has been in receipt of that complaint since June 12, 2014, and follow- up calls have been made seeking a response, as of last week, the Judicial Council still had not responded.
Accordingly, today we are requesting that an appointment be scheduled for an audience with the Chair of the Judicial Council, to discuss the situation and to set a date for a public hearing before the Judicial Council similar to that held by the Judicial Council’s Elkins Task Force in April of 2009. We are requesting that the hearing be open to everyone in the State of California who wishes to voice concerns and opinions about the California judicial branch, and that the press be allowed to attend and record the hearing.
Our own concerns include but are not limited to judges, court administrators, and court experts who refuse to follow the law, with impunity and immunity; abuse of the CCP section 170 et seq. disqualification statutes; the elimination of court reporters who provide an official record of substantive court proceedings, notwithstanding Commission on Judicial Performance concerns and recommendations about the need for an official record; ongoing branch waste while court fees and penalties are operating to deny the public access to the courts; rampant document destruction by branch members with Judicial Council approval; improper record-keeping within the branch; the withholding of court records by court personnel; the thwarting of legislative investigative and oversight efforts; record tampering and backdating by members of the Judicial Branch; abuse of the assigned judges program; the lack of adequate data collection and management by the Judicial branch, notwithstanding the expenditure of millions on court computer systems; the abuse of ex parte procedures such that judges are having secret non-emergency hearings with one side of the case, and issuing secret non-emergency orders withheld from the other side of the case, thereby repeatedly denying basic due process rights to notice and an opportunity to be heard by an impartial decision maker, and equal protection of the laws; the denial of affordable legal resources and adequate fee orders for financially disadvantaged litigants; cronyism within the branch; the lack of diversity of viewpoints and public representation on the Judicial Council; the practice of judges picking judges, via the assigned judges program, and the selection of Court Commissioners who exercise full judicial powers and are then often converted to judges; the improper delegation of judicial power; and the lack of adequate oversight of the Judicial Branch as a whole.
Members of the judicial branch are supposed to be guardians of the law, but who is guarding the guards? It is time for the public’s concerns about this to be heard and addressed by the Judicial Council, via a public hearing.
Very Truly Yours,
Kathleen Russell, Executive Director
Connie Valentine, California Protective Parents Assn.
Barbara Kauffman, Family Law Attorney
Plus dozens of manual signatures from Californians who live in 16 different counties
Also on September 19th, a peaceful protest was held in San Francisco regarding the need for California’s court leaders to address the severe and systemic ethics problems within the judicial branch.   The following is a report of what occurred at the rally.  Apparently, the public is now invited to attend and speak at the next Judicial Council meetings which takes place in San Francisco on October 27th and 28th. (We’ll keep you posted on the details as soon as we have them)  Begin forwarded messages:
Message #1 as posted on Judicial Council Watcher California’s 9.1 billion dollar reality check, “Protest Rally today at ‘Dysfunction Junction’ – Judicial Council Staff Offices – 350 McAllister Street, San Francisco
JCW, thank you for this post.
Hello everyone. The dust has settled after Friday’s rally/protest which was very productive.
Security was careful to tell us what we could and could not do, and what would get us arrested. We went from the outside speaking event to the cafeteria, where some of us convened with the intention of taking the elevators to the Judicial Council. (Some rally participants remained outside, fearful of retaliation. Indeed, several of the lawyers who spoke described the personal retaliation they had suffered for speaking out, and various other protest participants also described retaliation they had suffered. Geez, what country do we live in?) Anyway, Security told us if all of us in the cafeteria went up to the Judicial Council, people would be arrested, so they took 8 or 10 of us up to Floor 3 (where they hold the JC meetings), telling us that the Judicial Council had someone waiting to speak with us. The person they had waiting to speak with us was the Director of Reception. LOL. We said we wanted a meeting with the Chair of the Judicial Council and he said we had to request that in writing. We told him a June 9, 2014 letter had been written to the Chair of the Judicial Council along with various others governmental officials, and that we had been directed by the Governor and Attorney General to take our concerns to the Judicial Council, but three months later the only person/entity we had not heard back from was the Judicial Council. We told them that the Judicial Council had received the letter on June 12th, and the chief’s personal secretary had reported it was sent to the Office of General Counsel, and that she would call and tell them we were waiting for a response. We told them follow up calls had been made to OGC, but we got no response at all, so here we all were, in person, people from 16 California counties, taking our issues to the Judicial Council as directed by the Governor and Attorney General, and we wanted to set a meeting with the Chair of the Judicial Council to discuss our concerns. We asked the Director of Reception to get someone from OGC. After a time Robert Buckley, managing attorney of the OGC arrived, and told us we could not set a meeting with the Chair (Tani) but we were at the right place (the Judicial Council) and that we should go to the October Judicial Council meeting and she would be there.
Yes indeed.
We asked Mr. Buckley to go downstairs to speak with the people waiting in the cafeteria who had traveled from 16 counties, which he did. In response to a direct question about who had oversight authority of the judicial branch, if not the Governor or the Attorney General, he said the Chief Justice. He reiterated, over and over, that we were in the right place and that we needed to go to the October Judicial Council meeting. We asked if the concerns set forth in the June 9, 2014 letter were only going to be addressed at the meeting, and not in writing earlier, and he said he had not even seen that letter (notwithstanding Tani’s secretary stating it had been sent to OGC, and that she would make a call to let them know we were awaiting a response). He was provided a copy of that letter, and a Center for Judicial Excellence letter stating its very broad concerns about the branch, and asking for a meeting with the Chair of the JC and a public hearing open to the press, at which people from around the state could come and testify to the JC about their issues with the branch. He kept saying we had to go to the October JC meeting.
We will be there. And that, my friends, is when everyone should show up en masse. We got the invitation to the party, and we should all show up.
Message #2
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152672568611508&set=vb.368122691507&type=2&theater
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152672522756508&set=vb.368122691507&type=2&theater
‘It’s Official! We’ve been personally invited to the next Judicial Council meeting by Bob! We tried to arrange a time to talk quietly with the Chair of the JC yesterday (see video), but heck, if they want us to air all of this filthy laundry in public, with the media in the room, then by God, we can certainly do that. The gloves are off, folks. It’s our Year to Demand Justice for all Californians. Won’t you please join us in SF again on Oct. 27 and 28? Get your red t-shirt to show our strength in numbers at the CJE [Center for Judicial Excellence] website today. We CAN DO THIS!’ Kathleen Russell, on Center for Judicial Excellence Facebook page.”
 
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