Every year thousands of people contact reporters, editors and publishers desperately seeking help in exposing the horrors of our modern family courts,
CPS workers, foster care programs, parental alienation , domestic violence, lying in court, unethical lawyers and bad judges are topics people once living normally in society suddenly face when they enter a family court case, and many want help telling the world what is going on.
Newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times , San Jose Mercury , Boston Globe and even the New York Times have refused to dive into the waters on family court issues. Last week the San Jose Mercury missed a print deadline, and this on the heels of letting over 80% of their staff and reporters go. Old print and tv media is struggling in our modern world,
Divorce and probate cases are messy. A "he said she said" story can bite a reporter picking the wrong issue to cover. Children die and a story is told here and there, but those stories don't begin to scratch the surface of what is going on in our modern world. On social media the stories are told over and over to thousands on Facebook , Twitter, Blogs and Websites.
People are waking up on social media to realize if a woman or child is beaten in a family law matter, it is tossed to the secrecy of family courts. The DA and the police don't even investigate,
In family court when a spouse hides money or evades child support, only poor and W2 income is addressed by DCSS. Parents hiding money in Silicon Valley LLCs and corporations, get a free pass from the DA while the homeless, mentally ill and poor get imputed for income and jailed for not paying it.
Divorce lawyers now help one spouse hide money and income in a divorce where these unethical lawyers are rewarded with legal fees and sanctions. Biased judges seem ill-equipped to deal with unethical lawyers, but business partners outside of a divorce face juries and criminal changes for the same conduct.
District attorneys, like Jeff Rosen , often build their careers selectively jailing criminals of high campaign value, while ignoring real victims in their own community . In those same communities police misconduct and improper governmental activity runs rampant in family courts. Real crimes are not investigated in family court matters. If victims have no money or political value to a sitting elected District Attorney, they don't even get to file a complaint.
Bill Cosby started the conversation, about Sexual Harassment. The revelation that countless women were ignored by the legal community and the press to advance Bill Coby's career, opened up new ideas and showed the role social media had in breaking barriers previously formed by a mainstream press.
The firing of Bill O' Reilly with Fox news is a result of today's social media, and a struggling mainstream media that has been asleep at the wheel where modern society has come.
The LA times tells how social media put enough pressure on Fox news , along with lawsuits filed buy Lisa Bloom, to accelerate change. This will have a ripple effect on business, media and courts and is a clear social revolution.
Family Courts are next on the horizon. Parents who have been sanctioned and fined to death, or falsely accused of domestic violence so that unethical judges and lawyers can steal their homes, their income , their property, and their children have had enough .
Women who have been beaten and told they have to deal with one crooked judge and an apathetic DA are done. Men like Ray McDonald, and Abhishek Gattani who get off terribly violent crimes against women and children, have to be stopped.
Women like Keri Evilsizor who use men as breeding stock to turn the fathers of their children into criminals using a corrupt legal system and money, have to be stopped,
People who claim harassment and stalking to detract from fraud , abuse and other crimes, have to be stopped.
Courts that jail and impute income to innocent parents to fund a broken family court system, have to be exposed and stopped .
In all of this , the greatest loss is to our children. Children deserve to have communities that support and protect them, not ones that allow one parent to destroy another, and get away with it by paying the more corrupt and unethical lawyer.
Silicon Valley is the next Fox News. The world leader in social and technology revolution has been caught concealing abuse, protecting abusers and funding the corruption of our legal system and now Silicon Valley will be called on the carpet and subjected to sunshine brighter than a California summer day.
We need mainstream media to hear our voice and to bring transparency to what is really going on in communities throughout our country. When main stream media does the job it is intended to do, newspapers won't need to fire reporters and women won't have to continue to be beaten, raped and harassed by rich and powerful men.
Members of Q are starting modern protests. Join us in Contra Costa, Marin, Napa and Santa Clara County for post card parties , mailing campaigns and rallies to show the world what is going on in California's Family Courts.
Email : CalJohnQPublic@gmail.com
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California Publisher Assembles Team to Cover Family Court Issues for Boston Globe's Spotlight Fellowship
SPOTLIGHT ON FAMILY COURTS WOULD CHANGE EVERYTHING
In 2002 the Boston Globe changed the world of reporting forever when it defied what many in mainstream media would not do; Exposed the Sex Abuse of Children Locked in the Secrecy and Sanctimony of the Catholic Church, forever changing how the world saw the church and demonstrating the importance of a Free Press.
A California Publisher is hoping the Globe, along with Spotlight Fellowship supporters OpenRoad, FirstLook and Participant Media will defy the status quo once again and wade into the murky waters of America's Modern Family Courts.
The Spotlight Fellowship was started to address issues of public importance. What could be of greater importance than the courts that address deeply personal and emotional issues related to custody, property and income for 50% of married Americans who find themselves in divorce or probate courts?
With permission Q obtained a copy of the redacted proposal letter submitted on behalf of the team anxious to bring family court issues to the greater public's attention. The team includes highly experienced lawyers , custody experts, activists, researchers and investigative reporters, whose names were redacted for privacy and security purposes.
Each year hundreds of thousands of family court victims reach out to reporters in communities across America ,desperately seeking to have their stories told, and hoping the press will provide transparency for family court issues. Shrinking budgets, consolidated news organizations and underfunded reporters have left few qualified members in the press interested in, or able to cover, the deeply personal and messy issues surrounding family court cases.
Public records and media requests related to family law cases are virtually non existent and a lack of transparency has allowed complete system failure in the monopolistic family court environment.
Over the past 10 years family court reform activistists have been forced online to anonymous emails and blogs to address what mainstream media would not. This shift has led to an underground movement intent on exposing the injustices modern courts inflict on innocent citizens.
In 2016 the Boston Globe's staff writers Nestor Ramos and Evan Allen did a remarkable investigative piece tackling some of the complex issues contained in the secrecy of family courts. But it was not enough. The story got over 466,000 Facebook likes and 86 comments, a great feat for print story.
Few other mainstream media outlets will touch family law issues. The San Jose Mercury has an informal policy that it won't cover family law cases, until children are drugged raped and die, or are found to be being drugged while in foster care programs. And judges will not react unless the press keeps a bright light on what the judiciary is doing in family courts.
A Free Press is needed to shine a bright light on the family court issues facing every community across the nation, Some news outlets are trying to cover the issue, but few have the staff or resources to do the hours of research and interviews family court issues demand.
Please join the underground movement to bring these issues to mainstream media- sign the petition to the Boston Globe and email : Caljohnqpublic@gmail.com to join the movement and stop the madness more commonly known as Modern Family Court Justice.
Tale of Two Cities: Boston's Patriots v. SF 49ers
Boston does it better than Silicon Valley, at least where prosecuting NFL players for domestic violence, murder or rape is concerned.
On March 30, 2017 the testimony of Aaron Hernandez's former fiancée sounded eerily familiar to the details Kendra Scott has described related to the domestic violence she suffered from at the fists of former 49er Ray McDonald.
Victims who are beaten, raped and even killed appear to receive more protection in Boston that in San Jose when one considers the stories of the two former NFL stars ; Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots and Ray Mc Donald of the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears.
The story that unfolded in a Boston criminal court on March 30, 2017, shows the woes of being entangled in love and custody with a NFL player, and how the conduct of police and district attorneys just might serve to protect the violent and nasty men in NFL uniforms more than the women and children they beat and abuse.
In Boston, police diligently investigated two murder cases involving former Patriot tight- end Aaron Hernandez , where his fiancée had to seek prosecutorial immunity to testify against him, a common issue where victims of high profile abusers are concerned. Hernandez is already serving a life sentence for one murder.
In Boston the police appear to have done their job, the DA's office prosecuted fiercely and the courts appear to be functioning as they should.
San Jose, California tells a different story.
Kendra Scott, the former fiancée of former 49er Ray Mc Donald, has waited three years to see justice for the multiple beatings she took at the fists of the father of her child. She is still waiting. Santa Clara County's DA , Jeff Rosen, hasn't even bothered to have Ms. Scott interviewed despite Ms. Scott being a victim of a crime and a witness related to rape allegations, both of which Mc Donald is currently facing in criminal court.
Police reports and grand jury investigations have produced little justice for Kendra who has been; ignored by Jeff Rosen's office for three years, forced into a Santa Clara family court custody case before James Towery (ethically compromised former senior trial counsel at the State Bar, 49er fan, and husband of a prosecutor who refused to prosecute other 49ers), and shamed as a gold-digger by nearly every major media outlet in the country over the past three years. Kendra drives an old Honda, and makes less than a living wage and has never had more than a few hundred dollars to her name.
After three years of being subjected to years of media coverage Mc Donald brought to her door, Ms. Scott has seen 49er fans send her death threats and hate mail after TMZ published her home address, which was reportedly leaked to the press by an unscrupulous court information officer or court staffer after Ms. Scott filed a request for a domestic violence restraining order on her own , with no money to hire a lawyer. The court employee may have been fired as part of a court cover up and conspiracy designed to protect huge Silicon Valley government and financial interests.
Through a series of bumbling police work, DA vote pandering and family court incompetence, Scott's protections just drifted out of sight and all such was left with was a court that increased Mc Donald's visitation and custody time , as he stood facing rape and EPRO violations.
Ironically, just as Scott believed Santa Clara County had abandoned her and her 2 year old son, the county is faced with Mc Donald's criminal and civil cases for rape of a woman he picked up in a bar, and McDonald's old worksite, Levi Stadium is under a sea of corruption , financial and legal claims, and those claims now appear to be reaching into the sparkly new San Jose Family Court, where McDonald is reported to have spent millions on his legal fees, eroding the once flush NFL $20,000,000 contract he flashed all over Silicon Valley.
A police department that sells out a victim for 49er tickets, a family court that protects NFL players over DV victims and children, and a DA that runs around prosecuting Saratoga High school students instead of NFL football players leaves Silicon Valley as the new face of corruption and the " deflate gate " scandal in the dust. .
FAKE NEWS BEGINS In 1897
In 1897, a little eight year old girl wrote to the editor of the New York Times asking if there really was a Santa, because her friends told her , "if it was published in The Sun, it had to be true."
At that moment in time the world came to an ethical crossroads. Parents, unwilling to dash the hope and beliefs of their own children looked to others . Members of the press held their breath with the ethical dilemma facing a prominent editor.
What happened next changed history , and the ethical standards of journalism forever, the editor lied, and sanctioned that lie under the cloak of an "opinion". And in reality , that letter was the first very public evidence , and endorsement of what is now known as "Fake News".
Every week hundreds of people email Q and ask one consistent question: How can they lie like that in court?
After years of research we can confidently provide four answers to factually answer those letters with more journalistic integrity than the prominent editor of the New York Times demonstrated back in 1897:
1. Judges have judicial immunity and are RARELY disciplined for actual crimes, much less illegal orders.
2. Lawyers are paid in divorce proceedings to lie, and are allowed to do so under California's Civil Code 47, which allows anyone to say and do anything during a lawsuit. Other states have similar laws.
3. Highly paid accountants, custody experts and even realtors appointed by courts are also allowed to lie in court. They actually make money in fees by lying and keeping your divorce or custody matter going. Yes, they are paid with your money to make up lies against you and to discredit you .
4. District attorneys never prosecute for perjury, never look at governmental misconduct in the county's family courts and will do anything to protect a corrupt local police force that will harass and arrest anyone who tries to speak up against the family court system, discounting it as a "private matter".
5. Mainstream media will not cover family law issues, and journalists are quick to dismiss the rapidly growing social media news underground, reporting on real stories, as "Fake News".
Sadly, judges used to be the gatekeepers of this conduct. Their job used to be to maintain civility in and outside the court. Today our courts are struggling for funds, so there is incentive to keep you in court forever, Courts are financially rewarded for not doing their job collecting mandatory federally assured child support and judges socialize and have financial relationships with the lawyers, custody experts , accountants and realtors they have the power to appoint an pay in your divorce case.
Public outrage is being fueled by real numbers, not fake news or family court lies.
In the numbers divorce filings are actually down, but because they are such and important revenue source to family courts, these cases are forced to linger for 5-10 years where millions are spent for court reporters, court clerk, judges, public information officers, custody evaluators , supervisor and lawyers for children those lawyers never bother to meet. Even the family courthouses in local communities outstrip the facilities of civil and criminally courts, telling you right where the money is.
Judges, once the respected and valued members of every community are now the crooks with the purse strings and the power to ruin the lives of the children trapped in family courts, where the judges , lawyers and court staff are paid with the equity of the homes and business of their parents.
The only way for all of this to change is for the public to start naming the judges and removing the bad ones from their communities, by way of vote, so that future families are not harmed. Judges who stop paying crooked lawyers and experts to keep the fighting parents in court longer, will succeed in resolving family law issues, not personally profiting from them. Judges have become bullies and villains , not the heroes we once thought them to be. Good judges need to speak up .
Additionally, the media needs to commit journalists with integrity to cover family law issues, and to investigate the thousands of crazy stories that come to them each year from the communities our print and online media claims to serve.
Finally, editors, even like the not so good editors associated with this site, need to admit that the editor of the New York Sun, lied to Virginia back in 1897, because there is no Santa and because people lie in family court.
"If I don't have the moral courage to challenge authority... we don't have journalism." - James (Jim) Foley, who was beheaded in a 2014 video by the Islamic State.
" Q" News & Investigations- March 27, 2017 Updates
Bob Blevans may have wet his suit pants earlier this week when Tracy Hayward showed up to assist her friend in a crooked little Kangaroo court case run by attorney Diana Richmond, the lawyer acting as a private judge who equals attorneys Nat Hales, Brad Baugh, Richard Roggia, Catherine Gallagher, James Cox, Mark Erickson , Elise Mitchell and Nancy Perkovich in topping the list of Q investigations.
As a defensive move, Blevans and Richmond tossed false allegations at Hayward, after Hayward reportedly caught Blevans and Richmond engaging in exparte commucnaitons, in a hallway, as her pro per friend sat in an empty conference room waiting for her sham of a "hearing " under Richmond's 638 appointment to begin.
Blevan's and Richmond's false reports were able to get SF police to remove Ms. Hayward from 1 Embarcadero. Blevans does not appear worried, despite the State Bar opening another investigation on him following the Hayward case being upheld by the Supreme Court earlier this month.
Diana Richmond, another attorney the State Bar has continued to unleash on the public as a private judge is reported to have encouraged her "private" court reporters to change court transcripts, in what would certainly be a violation of the law, and grounds for disbarment. Her rulings appear to continue to thumb her nose at pro per litigants and lawyers who try to report her misconduct and her cronyism is cloaked in judicial immunity from Napa to San Francisco where she appears to be another menace to divorce litigants much like what has been seen with Nancy Perkovich and Nat Hales, where a Bar run by crooks and cronies like James Towery, Sherie McLetchie and now Fox are all asleep at the public wheel but driving off in the latest sports car with their cronies who have created havoc in California's family courts.
Richmond, like Brad Baugh, Nat Hales, James Cox, Richard Roggia, Heather Allan, Rebecca Frye, and Walter Hammon, have been avoiding State Bar discipline since Santa Clara County lawyer James Towery secured a position as top senior trial counsel in 2010.
Towery appears to have been illegally protecting some lawyers, while harshly prosecuting others in a manner that is self serving where he is entrenched with wives, ex-wives and buddies in Silicon Valley's legal community . Even now as a sitting judge, Towery appears to be continuing to use his State Bar connections to go after innocent lawyers, and ignore the crooks who harm the public, in the same manner as Victoria Henley protects crooked family law judges, which now includes James Towery himself. Towery clearly knows where the legal bodies are buried and he has a license to take money , property and children,. while appointing lawyers as "experts " in the cases before him.
Henley, now the subject of both state and federal lawsuits herself. is defending public criticism with public funds, as the state's judiciary is under public attack , at the same time Chief Justice Cantil - Sakayuke is begging for more money to fight the very public she is elected and appointed to serve. There is no evidence the state's current judicial leadership has acted to protect the pubic and clean house, and that may pose a very dangerous position where the state's legal system is concerned. The current state and federal lawsuits show that the Commission on Judicial Performance , led by Henley, failed to protect the public from corrupt judges like Judge Moss, who acted criminally to steal land from senior citizens. Each county has such judges: Mills in Contra Costa, Towery in Santa Clara, but add in these private judges, JAMS and referees, that Towery ignored at the State Bar, the problem eclipses what can be addressed in state courts.
Protecting Judge Moss, Judge Towery and Judge Mills may have a cost of more than state and federal lawsuit that tax payers won't tolerate, and that lawyers and judges might consider before circling their wagons. The pro pers and the Qs have declared war on the dangerous judges and lawyers, and their are more pro pers and Q's than judges and lawyers.
In Santa Clara County , seasoned lawyers like Travis Krepalka , Hector Moreno, Elise Mitchell and Walter Hammon are reportedly acting paranoid in court, assuming everyone is there to watch them and reporting back to Q . CPAs including James Butera, Michael Thomspon and Megan Thompson are reportedly worried as catching the bad lawyers could disrupt a very lucrative flow of business, where CPAs make millions preparing false (or misleading) accountings for certain lawyers and their unethical clients in Silicon Valley's lucrative divorce and real estate deals.
So called custody experts and psychologists are also the subject of investigative reporters, who have been looking into the links between family law custody experts used in divorce cases, funded with Silicon Valley real property equity. CPAs and psychologists appear to be misusing the law, to enrich themselves from community property. Lawyers like Cox, Hales, Roggia Hougthton and Baugh have been allowed to act as trustees and receivers, where Santa Clara has had a known problem since Towery had his hands all over the State Bar discipline files.
On the list of psychologists being investigated, , Sullivan, Houghton, Stahl , Smith , Packard, and Pearlmutter are among the few who have caused the state t0 look at the psychologists involved in family law cases, where they are granted immunity in return for charging parents huge fees and costs. Q investigations has led to Michael Kerner topping the list. Kerner has reportedly had hundreds of complaints, which have been ignored by San Mateo and Santa Clara County judges, counties and Kerner's own licensing board. Orlando Smith, is not far behind Kerner as court files show these men appear to be conspiring with documented abusers and criminals, and awarding them full custody when mothers attempting to protect their children try to speak up. All paid fro with pricy Silicon Valley real estate.
Most alarming is the pattern of using real estate in family law cases. Rather than equally dividing community property in a California divorce , court files show that a core group of lawyers, real estate agents and companies (Terry Houghton, Patty Filice) are using divorce cases and real property equity to drag custody battles out for years. This in turn pays custody experts, CPAs and others to keep fighting and discord going in divorces that now last 7-10 years before couples and their estates are legally divided.
Alarming new evidence also links the Los Gatos Police, the San Jose police and the Santa Clara County DA's office, under Jeff Rosen, to these cases, some dating back 20 years and some including lawyers in the DA's office, including Judge Towery's wife.
In 2011 James Towery viciously charged attorney Michael Pines, disbarring him and chasing him down to silence him at all costs. Pine's crime at the State Bar? He attempted to point clients to the county's illegal foreclosure issues. by encouraging them to stay in their homes.
Towery's conduct came under suspicion when he appeared to go after Pines, but ignored the countless complaints against lawyers in San Jose proper , including those made against his wife's colleagues in DA Jeff Rosen's office.
San Jose's Sixth District Court of Appeal may have been in on trying to block records that connect Towery and other judges to Silicon Valley real estate fraud, where pricy homes in Los Gatos and Santa Clara County were not the biggest, or only, jewel stolen in drawn out divorce cases.
Now that the state's highest court has overturned the Sixth District's Public Records case, important real estate records are fair game, and developers of big Silicon Valley real estate including Lynch of Los Gatos (represented by Nat Hales and Brad Baugh in his divorce case) and may be more connected to the South County giants like the Felice and Sobrato families, than the public was led to believe. Seems James Towery's private email account, and personnel records at the State Bar, might be a little more relevant to Governor Jerry Brown appointing him to Santa Clara County Family Court than the state's legal system, the DA or the Los Gatos police department would want to admit .
Popularized by the 1999 film, The Matrix, the "red pill v. blue pill " option in life supposedly symbolizes the choice between embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red pill) and the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue pill).
Red Pill - Movie Attacks Gender War Myths
On March 7, 2017 , The RED PILL, a movie produced by a feminist journalist covering the Men's Rights Movement shakes gender wars to their point of origin. This brave new film may just finally move men and women from fighting one another in court, and instead focusing on the family courts, and the role the lawyers and judges play in fueling gender bias in courts that are supposed to act as courts of equity.
In divorce court the red pill v. blue pill symbolizes a more disturbing trend in American society: The red pill symbolizing the medication many women often take to combat depression commonly faced in mid life and the blue pill many men in midlife take in an effort to maintain their youthful sex drive and masculinity. use of these medications are used to discredit and marginalize one spouse, for a litigation advantage and that serves to allow courts to continue the discord and fighting between spouses.
Evidence shows that it is not long after medications are brought into the divorce record, that false claims of domestic violence, and character assignations implying mental health instability that should preclude fair custody and property divisions, can rage out of control . Court files show bad, incompetent and biased family court judges mismanage cases such that they effectively become the mental health judges of parents and spouses appearing in divorce court.
Too often, a judge presiding over a case for years, takes one side because of medication bias, thereby taking one side, conduct that fuels unethical lawyers bringing these battles to courtroom instead of allowing people to privately address such matters with their health care providers. This is often done in modern divorce cases as real violence and debilitating mental health problems, formerly concealed in the secrecy of the family and intimate relationships, are sidelined through years of ineffective and biased family court management.
Spouses arrive in divorce court when something goes terribly wrong in a marriage; infidelity, cultural clashes, parenting differences, disability, mental impairment and even sexual dysfunction. Divorce court is the sobering reality that very private matters once contained in the secrecy of the family are suddenly thrust into a public record where courts of equity act more to pit one spouse against another than to fairly and equitably divide and separate them.
When spouses first arrive in divorce court the are often daze and confused at the sight of a courtroom. Many see these courtrooms for the first time in life, and for 70% of people involuntarily forced into a divorce, do so without a lawyer, and with no education or training in the law.
Individuals terrified of public speaking , the most common fear in all humans, are terrified to find that while they needed only a court clerk signature to get married, they need to speak to a judge, in a room full of strangers, and communicate in a foreign language , just to address their most protected rights.
It quickly becomes a sobering reality for school teachers, professors, tech gurus, CEOs, engineers, musicians and community leaders that they don't know their way around a legal pleading or have the faintest notion of what a void order means. Those who have never been to college may even find that in order to assure their time with their children, or their rightful share of a marital estate, they have to get a crash course not only in basic writing, but in legal writing and laws, as they face a represented spouse in control of community funds.
Newcomers to the American legal system, entering through the gates of family courts, enter starry eyed, armed with a third grade understanding of the Constitution and hope, of faith in God, that the single presiding judge in their case will fairly divide their property, act in the best interest of their children, be subject to public transparency and insist on the truth. God and family courts are legally separated.
By a second appearance in court, the sobering reality of the dysfunction of the family court begins to creep in. Overworked court clerks can't give direction on filing out paperwork , self help centers are overcrowded, pro bono services are non existent and understaffed and spacious modern courthouses feel designed more to keep the public out than to conduct the business of the people .
Passing through security screening litigants find that the law enforcement they expected to protect them, act more to obstruct access and transparency to the courts. Courts set local rules designed to protect incompetent government officials more than due process in the court system and tax dollars are spent for inaccessible speaking courthouses , lawyers and judges, and not on the staff who do the majority of the legal work.
The greatest reality check is the legal lying, permitted under Civil Code 47, which allows lawyers and litigants to lie in pleadings , income declarations and never be checked.
As ....."But he is a liar" ......... " She is insane" " echo through family court hallways day in and day out , and these lies , legally permitted, are tolerated by judges to the point that it impacts the outcome of the case. Fueled by unscrupulous lawyers undisciplined by the State Bar, and family courts are the legal disaster of the United States Courts.
Impacted court calendars, blamed on lack of state funding, are responsible for dragging divorce cases out 5- 7 years , when a middle class divorce has real estate or business assets that nefarious lawyers use to convert to millions a year in personal fees and income. Family lawyers, the least regulated and disciplined in the California Bar Association, are now among the highest paid in the legal profession.
Family court fees, charged on the future of our children, are generating the largest component of California's modern court budgets. Courts are covering budget shortfalls on the backs of community property estates.
Lawyers requesting and paying experts, judges continuing hearings for months or years at a time earn more money for local court budgets and lying to keep those fees churning are an important part of the modern legal system's financial plan.
The most alarming trend in the modern family court is the sheer lack of transparency. Guarded by litigation privilege, judicial immunity and court staff refusing to comply with even the most basic public records requests. The deck is stacked against the family law litigant, and the stage is set to literally drive the innocent and reasonable people into permanent depression and mental health impairment.
Q researchers are currently collaborating with medical experts, and obtaining grant funding to investigate the impact the family court process has on the mental health of those having to go through a divorce for longer than a one year period.
If you have a divorce or custody case in Contra Costa , Napa, Sacramento of Santa Clara County and feel you have suffered PTSD, depression or any mental or physical health symptoms are a result of your divorce matter, please contact us to participate in this important research : firstname.lastname@example.org
Study Finds People Are Pissed Off: Elkins Task Force Was a Sham - Cloak for Bad Judges to go UNCHECKED in Family Courts
In 2007 California's Supreme Court recognized that self represented parties were being treated like second class citizens by the state's family courts. A big smoke screen called the Elkins Task Force was formed at tax payer expense and the members of the task force claimed to demonstrate their concern over public outrage and specifically noted they watched videos such as this. It was a farce, a sham and the only one who benefited was Garrett Dailey and all the judges who circled the wagons to spend the next decade treating family court pro pers even worse.
Sanctions that Marriage of Tharp and Marriage of Feldman presented in well known and frequently cited cases are a joke. Judges continue to suppress and ignore discovery. Divorces are dragged out for years, raising billons in fees for court reporters and court costs; all paid on the backs of community property, the future of our children and the most voiceless citizens, those who have no education or training in the law. Those who continue to be forced into corrupt courts with lawyers and judges protecting one another and churning out a living by stealing the livings of hard working families. Theft by FC271 sanctions and judge discretion which is void of reason.
If this video was so shocking in 2010 ,what does the video caught by investigative reporters say about judges and lawyers willing to sing about how much money they steal from family court victims to pay for expensive cars and yachts?
Where are the Elkins Task Force Members now ? Here is what we know- help us find the rest :
# 1- Attorney Anthony Capozzi- He got himself a criminal investigation in less than 10 years. No attorney discipline every imposed by the State Bar before the Sherriff investigated. Fresno crooks circled the wagons and got charges for sneaking contraband into a jail to disappear as Capozzi was appointed to the C JP. Apparently Capozzi is turning the State Bar into Mafia West.
Attorney Garrett Dailey who did the Appeal- He made millions and spent the next ten years of his career becoming a family law insider specializing in litigating against the poor and self represented.
Tani- Cantil - Sakauye- she got herself a nice promotion to the state's highest judicial office where she legally smashes pro per litigants, and turns a blind eye to the thousands of complaints submitted each year by pro pers trying to bring attention to their corrupt and biased family law judges. She rose to power because she was a woman and came from immigrants, so she killed two birds with one stone for the rich white male judiciary as far as appearances go.
Erica Yew- She got herself a Chairperson position at the CJP, as she was appointing attorney Nat Hales to her complex cases in Santa Clara County, despite Nat Hales actually admitting to the State Bar he never filed certifications, and oaths in the county, where he acted in multiple probate and family law cases , stealing millions in fees , without following the law as he did . Santa Clara County DA too busy to investigate.
Patricia Lucas- Said she gave up her $720,000 a year career with Fenwick & West to solve problems , but appears to have used the family courts to ignore attorney misconduct, fee gouging and anything to help her attorney peers. She used the Elkins assignment to launch her court career and was present at the Santa Clara County Bar Association holiday luncheon when her judges and lawyers mocked pro per litigants. And three months into her assignment Q research shows she has ignored complaints against judges with clear signs of dementia ( Mary Ann Grilli ) and those with known incompetence, conflicts and unethical behavior ( James Towery) . Clearly the lesson Ms. Lucas learned from her time on the taskforce was not how to help pro pers, but how to step on them and over them for her own self- serving purposes. Seems she never worried her pretty little head about the millions missing from Santa Clara County trusts because there were billons for her to help steal from family courts and public funds to build a new sparkly family injustice center.
Ms. Linda Daeley- Family Court Manager in Orange County , the same county caught raising fees illegally in traffic courts , a debacle that continues to break California Courts financially. And where David Yamasaki , CEO from Santa Clara County went running as the feds caught up to his misuse of funds building the new sparkly Santa Clara County Family Injustice Center.
Judge Hurwitz of Orange County - Ditto on Traffic Court scandal busting them on stealing from the poor in FBI investigation loaded with fake plea deals and corrupt attorneys judges and court staff.
Joseph Irwin- Promotion from Santa Cruz Court mess to the corrupt and protected Santa Clara County mess, that openly steals money from its citizens.
Judge Barry Goode- Second most corrupt county, Contra Costa, where they jailed court reformer Joe Sweeney and sent hatched judges in to block disqualification motions for the Judicial Council, and same county where Judge Humes doctored a court recording to cover his crimes in the court of appeal .
Ms. Tulin D. Acikalin- Bay Area Legal Aid, where the only aid they give is underrepresenting clients so they get their kids stolen and unlawful support orders when they face celebrities in court.
Judge Alksne - San Diego County- known to be the most corrupt and highest CJP disciplines, before Santa Clara County of course. Judge Alksne avoids discipline , time on Elkins translates to more than judicial immunity .
Judge Kenneth K So - of San Diego - Ditto
Jerilyn Borack - Sacramento County where lawyers and judges like Mathew Gary have sex all over the courthouse with clerks and litigants and where they are all rewarded for protecting the secrets and dirt on now chief Justice Tani Cantil - Sakauye. Tani gives out GET OUT OF CJP COMPLAINTS FOR FREE to all Sacramento court staff and judges.
William Vickery may have tried for the CJP, but the wicked Victoria Henley has increased legal fees and expenses and reduced judge and court staff investigations as she and Tani head off to the mall and private tax payers pay for their security detail.
The recommendations in Elkins are a sham. They served to be a road map for crooked judges and lawyers and family law litigants fell from second class citizens to third world status as they are sanctioned to death, robbed of their children and pickpocketed of their personal property from lazy judges who sit on the benches marking time till their own pensions can be cashed in and private judge assignments like Nancy Perkovich got in the Hayward case. It is beyond unjust. It is beyond criminal and the people are pissed and coming for the crooks!
Family Courts Manufacture False Domestic Violence and Abuse in Divorce & Custody Cases: Paid with Community Property to Help Court Budget Deficits
Budgets of California's legal system are in crisis and the state's highest justice appears to be allowing her budget deficits to be paid on the backs of children and litigants engaged in California divorce and custody cases.
Keri Evilsizor, a lawyer in Contra Costa County, convinced a California Court of Appeal that her former husband, Joe Sweeney, had posted comments on a family court blog that caused her such emotional distress that it justified nailing her ex with a domestic violence label before she had untangled their property issues. Evilsizor, funded by the unethical real estate businesses of her parents, gives women and real victims of domestic violence a bad wrap.
Ms. Evilsizor successfully convinced Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Mills that her ex's conduct was so bad, and she was so distressed by reading her ex's opinion on a family law blog, that it warranted sending the 34 year old father of her young child to jail. Now Ms. Evilsizor is using tax payer funds to parade highly paid experts to support her claims, as a litigation tactic in a custody battle where she seeks to deny Joe Sweeney his 50% timeshare and money he is lawful owed based on the state's strong community property laws..
Experts willing to testify to the credulous are always available for hire in divorce cases , and biased judges are always willing to accept the testimony of these shady experts if they intend to act with bias toward a litigant , or lawyer, they don't like. It has little to do with the law and much to do with courtroom antics and shenanigans, more common than just at St. Patrick's Day.
This conduct is not isolated to her own divorce , Keri is reportedly assisting Santa Clara County lawyers willing to try the same tactics for clients who pay a high enough price, especially when those clients draw the luck of being assigned James Towery, the former senior trial counsel of the State Bar. James Towery has a long history of tolerating, and benefiting, from attorney misconduct.
As Keri Evilsizor destroys her own child's parental relationships in the name of false DV claims, she appears to be developing a resume doing the same for other vindictive parents that courts encourage to keep litigating.
CONTRAST : Many are wondering why Kendra Scott, former fiancée of Ray McDonald, can get the SH*T beat out of her, which police documented included punches to her pregnant stomach, and how Judge Towery could spend two years with a custody case involving Scott and McDonald and not deem that documented abuse warranted any punishment for McDonald, or protection for Scott and her 2 year old child.
As Evilsizor whines about distress caused by a family law blog she had to find , log into and read, Scott has been forced to endure years of media scrutiny , death threats by rabid 49er fans and seeing her home address and police reports plastered all over national and local news stations as Mc Donald was repeatedly arrested for domestic violence, child endangerment and even rape of another woman, which caused Scott to terminate her engagement to McDonald. Evilsizor has consulted on cases before Towery and appears to be influencing him to ignore the facts , and the law.
Was it because James Towery and his DA affiliated wife Karen Towery Sinunu were 49er fans? Was it because the local police were star struck and got 49er tickets and security assignments ? Did Keri Evilsizor turn Towery's head on the bench ? Or was it because the DA knew a trial involving McDonald would bring a bright light to the way the county has been addressing domestic violence issues for decades. Perhaps it is just because Joe Sweeney had no lawyer in his custody case, and McDonald has paid over five lawyers millions of dollars to keep him out of jail and gain custody time , despite being a danger to the public and his own child.
This pay for play results are all to common in our family law cases. Evilsizor is a rookie when compared to the crooks in Santa Clara County, which is one of the most incestuous and corrupt in the country.
The recent ruling in the Hayward case revealed that failures to address disclosures and conflicts in divorce cases could lend to the greatest cost for the legal system of all. Q researchers have found few lawyers, judges, and experts making the proper disclosures of their conflicts of interest , required by law as a matter of public protection.
The Hayward case tells us that judges, private judges , attorneys and experts have grown so accustom to ignoring their duty to disclose conflicts, that orders , including final divorce and custody matters could be rendered void as a result. The financial impact of this could be unsustainable for state tax payers, the society consequences of lack of confidence in the state's judiciary is unconstitutional.
Since lawyers and judges have been remiss in reporting their conflicts, Q researchers , whistleblowers and insiders have begun outing those lists in order to show just what has happened to innocent families in the Santa Clara County for the past three decades. A small sampling:
BRADFORD BAUGH - 15 cases from 1995- 2017- reveal Mr. Baugh acted with undisclosed conflicts and by misrepresenting the existence of waivers and manufactured false DV and abuse claims as a litigation tactic deployed over 3 decades. In c. 1995, as he was court appointed as a children's lawyer for a wealthy Los Gatos real estate developer represented by Nat Hales in 1995, false claims of abuse were lodged by Baugh and Hales as a litigation tactic to help the husband conceal money from the wife. In 1998 a girlfriend pointed the wife to the money she had been robbed of in the divorce , which legally Add alienated her from her children as well. The husband ultimately coughed up a large settlement Baugh and Hales had kept him from doing in the divorce case. It took a civil case to do what over $5,000,000 in legal fees in a family law case could not do. The result was the children and former spouses continue to suffer severe emotional distress , with full PTSD symptoms given Baugh and Nat "Ned" Hales willingness to lodge false DV and abuse claims, supported by paid experts wiling to provide testimony for a judge to adopt,. Baugh continued in cases with Hales for the next 30 years, and used others including James Cox, Richard Roiggia, Walter Hammon , Travis Krepelka , Mark Erickson, Heather Allan, Valerie Houghton, James McManis, the law firm of Hoge and Fenton, and others where they earn unconscionable fees from depleting community property estates and where they engaged in perjury and manufacture domestic violence and false abuse claims as a matter of routine.
JUDGE TOWERY - The obligation to disclose is required by law. Q Research shows that Towery has consistently inlaid to disclose financial and personal conflicts of interest, and where he engaged in patterns and practices from the bench that serve to benefit himself , and others, in a manner that violates the law.
JUDGE PICHON- Complaints complied by Q shows that as Pichon acted as both Chair of the CJP and Presiding Judge of Santa Clara County that she engaged in conduct that failed to protect the public and allowed judges with mental impairment, incompetence, and conflicts of interest to harm thousands of Santa Clara County citizens.
JUDGE ZECHER - Complaints show that Zecher engaged in conduct that was nothing short of cronyism, which was ignored as she was appointed to the bench , and where her fellow judges and lawyers engaged in conduct to suppress individuals from exposing those conflicts, and damage caused by her incompetence.
JUDGE CHIARELLO- Judge Chairello has a long history of misogynist rulings, including those that contributed to the death of the young Allen girl, who was drugged , raped and killed by her father , after a mother tried to protect the child in a custody matter, Chairello denied fees for legal parity to the mother and awarded custody to the father, despite his history and background. After Allen was killed the county claimed they " missed the signs". they did not. Allen's father is currently facing criminal trial, as a self represented party. The county engaged in conduct then as it does now to manufacture false abuse claims and to ignore real claims that are dangerous threats in divorce and custody matters. Silencing women and children is par for the course in Judge Chairello's court, where Chairello was recently moved to replace Persky. and where gender bias, and the misogynistic philosophies that ignore violence and threats to women and children continue to be very real.
After two years of pressure from Q , Santa Clara County recently announced a new "Domestic Violence Court". Judge Bernardini is involved in this new effort, and was the only judge who made a proper ruling in the ray McDonald custody case. However, should Bernardini and others quickly fall into the patterns allowed by recently retired Mary Ann Grilli, and Commissioner Schroder, or by known chauvinist James Towery and misogynistic judicial philosophies like seen with Persky and Chiarello, , then change in our family courts is unlikely and millions of innocent parents and children will continue to suffer years of emotional harm and damage caused by the courts that were supposed to act as courts of equity where divorce and custody cases were at hand.
Lawyer Pat Barry Files Federal Suit Against the State Bar- Towery, Fox, Wagstaffe all Named in Anti-Sherman Suit- Susan Bassi and Joe Sweeney Noted as Victims
Pat Barry, an attorney. who was declared vexatious when she tried to defend her client Michele Fortinos in probate and family law cases, where fraud, domestic violence and child abuse ran rampant, has filed a federal suit against the State Bar, for Sherman Anti Trust violations.
Ms. Barry's suit names attorneys and judges but also appears to be the first real effort to describe to federal courts what is going on in family law cases.
Counties charged with dividing community property and protecting children have been doing anything but. Ms. Barry's suit gives a glimpse into what people are being exposed to as due process is checked at the door when divorce and probate matters are at hand.
Ms, Barry's claims of historic failures to protect the public are not fictional. For the past three decades family court victims have failed to understand how they enter courts of equity and end up losing their children, their property, and their retirement. Parents describe horrific tales of courts using law enforcement to force their children into reunification programs with abusers. Business owners describe incompetent lawyers , CPAs and receivers mismanaging business valuation processes and taking all the money in doing so.
"For Good Cause" is judicial code for judges making up the law to do whatever the hell they want where children and money are involved.
It is a disturbing and unlawful transfer of private community wealth that has been ignored by State Watchdogs like the CJP and State Bar for decades.
Ms. Barry's complaint describes how the Bar's cronyism and failures to discipline have served to be problematic in recent decades, with much of the problem stemming from the failures of individuals like James Towery , James Fox, Joe Dunn, Bonnie Miller and Steve Wagstaffe, whose leadership roles at the Bar set a new bar for grossly unethical conduct.
Good family lawyers have been horrified to watch court processes that legally alienate children and drive one parent to bankruptcy in recent years. .
" It used to be a few issues might not have been fair when a judge divided a community estate. Now you have 50 experts in middle class divorce cases and no thinking judge who often takes a "WINNER TAKE ALL Philosophy". Family Courts are to divide property in half, not use the divorce process to redistribute all the money married couples make over their lifetime to well paid divorce lawyers and custody experts", noted a Santa Clara Family Court certified family law expert, who wished to remain anonymous
In her March 6, 2017 filed complaint Ms. Barry supports her claims by describing how good fathers like Joe Sweeney were jailed for speaking up against the CJP and how productive business owners, like Los Gatos based publisher Susan Bassi, faced massive property loss and due process violations after blowing the whistle on crooked lawyers who act as private judges, as Susan Bassi did on Nat Hales did in the Marriage of Bassi.
Susan Bassi described her experience with the crooked lawyers and judges in Santa Clara County ;
" When Nat Hales refused to award me attorney fees two years into my divorce, I became involuntarily self- represented and my ex, Robert Bassi, was allowed to use my business money to pay Nat Hales and his lawyer Brad Baugh. I had to attend a so called hearing with Hales and Baugh all by myself. I had no education or training in the law, and Nat Hales and Brad Baugh acted like something out of an old mobster movie. The crroked duo threatened me and told me that if I didn't cooperate and sign off civil immunity for experts like James Butera, they would break me and use their legal muscle in Santa Clara County to do so . I thought....' this can't be real , after all it is 2014 and we are in Silicon Valley' . I have spent the last three years seeing just how real their threats could be. They were mistaken in they thought I would let that slip by. I am not going to sit down or shut up until this madness stops."
Ms. Bassi filed complaints at the county and State Bar, which were mostly ignored and where Hales was privately and confidentially disciplined after he admitted to violating the law and never having authority to act in her case, where he also took $100,000 in fees.
" When one of my associates published the Bar response about the crooked conduct of Nat Hales, the floodgates opened and I was contacted by over 200 people who described how Judges in Santa Clara County have worked with Brad Baugh and Nat Hales, assisted by James Butera, to steal money and kids from people in the county just wanting a divorce. Some of these cases date back to 1995, and like in most counties, the DA's office ignored the complaints."
Ms. Bassi added, " Seems they were too busy throwing innocent parents in jail for not paying child support or sending sick kids to visit joined Grandparents to worry about all the money Nat Hales and Brad Baugh were stealing from my kids. "
Ms. Bassi recently filed a $100,000,000 claim against Santa Clara County for knowingly failing to protect her and others from attorneys and judges like Nat Hales and James Towery. She has also filed countless complaints with the county's presiding judges Pichon and Lucas, all of which were ignored dating back to 2015.
Ironically ,or not, Santa Clara County assigned James Towery to the Bassi divorce case, just months before the State Bar issued a response on the Nat Hales complaint. Bassi's lawyer recently filed a disqualification against Towery, citing much of the bias issues cited in Barry's complaint. Towery was afforded a lawyer, at tax payer expense, to respond to Ms. Bassi's motion. Many are wondering just how much Santa Clara County tax payers will have to continue to pay to defend the ethically challenged James Towery, and other judges or private attorney judges just like him,
Bad actors in family courts seem to be the norm these days. Hundreds of innocent parents are being criminalized and robbed and at the center of these crimes are lawyer- judge combos like seen with Pichon- Towery- Baugh - Hales- Hammon- Mitchell- Moreno - Erickson-Zecher- Pfeiffer- Cox- Roggia and Houghton in Santa Clara. Mills- Weil- Austin - Evilsizor- Stevens- Santos- Insalaco- Lambright - Fannin- Landau and Fenstermacher - in Contra Costa; Blevans and Perkovich in Napa and the infamous Matthew Gary and any lawyer in a skirt or court clerk uniform in Sacramento County.
Parents are reporting the latest family court scam is where one lawyer and judge call on law enforcement to physically remove children from one good parent and put them in the hands of an abusive parent, all for the price of costly "reunification programs".
Reunification programs are the court's latest custody fad, funded with tax money and community property. These programs are ordered by bad actors and earn as much as $250,000 to take and "reprogram children " for parents with criminal histories and well paid divorce lawyers and custody experts. Retired judges like David Weinberg work with lawyers like Robert Bruce Dobson to torment children and keep them from one parent , as they hide money and violate the law for the wealthier parent, who gets to keep all the money, and the kids.
Pat Barry's lawsuit is a brave effort to pull back the curtain and bring federal attention to the little men pretending to be the Great and Powerful Oz in California's divorce courts. We commend Ms. Barry for taking a stand, and for doing what the state's watchdogs and public employees failed to do where protecting the public was concerned.
Tracy Hayward. of Napa, just won a huge victory for herself and family court victims all over the state as California's Supreme Court upheld her appeal and DISMISSED a motion to DEPUBLISH the case.
The state's highest court's ruling is proving very embarrassing for the State Bar and CJP who have unleashed bad lawyers and judges on family court litigants for decades. The ruling also tears at the judicial immunity cloak protecting private judges like Nancy Perkovich, of Sacramento, and other attorneys like Nat Hales of Santa Clara, who have been harming people trapped in divorce cases with biased private judges entrenched in cronyism.
The ruling in the Hayward case is a long overdue shot across the state's judiciary to clean up bad judges and lawyers. Combined with a recent ruling slamming JAMS judges for misusing the state's Anti- Slapp laws, the crooks in family courts are getting caught and others are starting to bail like rats from a sinking ship.
A day after ruling to uphold the Hayward case, the Supreme Court also ruled in favor of a case, filed by attorney and First Amendment activist- attorney, Ted Smith , related to public records that San Jose cronies had tried to conceal since 2009. This ruling clears the way for elected officials to have to cough up information on their private email and personal device accounts, which is extremely relevant given cases like Hayward that exist in family courts all over the state.
Ironically James McManis, of McManis and Faulkner is graveling to get his 15 minuets of fame in the mainstream media about the importance of this ruling, while the skeletons in McManis' firm show he has continuously gouged family law litigants and was once investigated by the State Bar, himself. McManis is connected to the Santa Clara County Court's General Counsel, Lisa Herrick, who has acted to protect private judges and referees like Nat Hales in the county ever since she left McManis' firm. ( see threat made by Herrick when Q photographers filmed lawyers and judges singing about all the money they steal in family law cases) . Video loaded here. Anonymous has also assisted Q uncover financial ties to McManis and James Towery that serves as nothing less than RICO like conduct , that the Santa Clara County DA has ignored for years.
During her six year divorce proceeding, stemming from a 15 year marriage, Tracy Hayward endured over five years of inept judges and lawyers who continually threatened to throw her business into receivership while failing to understand any financial issues of that business, other than how much money they could get for their own fees.
Lawyers enriching themselves on community property has been an escalating problem in California in recent years.
" As long as their is money there , family lawyers will keep going and going , until it is all gone " , stated one lawyer who wished to remain anonymous. " It is not surprising this case came out of Napa , that is a good old boy club that has been raking it in as long as grapes have been during into wine."
In Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley and home to tech businesses and homes with huge equity, the problem is especially aggravated where Judges like James Towery , former Senior Trial Counsel of the State Bar, refuses to control or sanction attorney misconduct , allowing divorce cases to drag out for ten years or more until there is nothing left of a community estate. Towery has a long history with his short time on the bench kicking back fees to his Good-Old-Boy Network, where lawyers like McManis, Baugh, Roggia, Allan , Amini, Moreno, Hales, Cox, Houghton, and even his old law firm , Hoge Fenton, get money in indirect fee awards funded by Silicon Valley community property estates.
The Hayward case also shows how in addition to mishandling financial issues, family courts appear to be failing to protect victims of domestic violence where wealthy former spouses are trying to kill, stalk or jail their ex , spouses with the assistance of well paid divorce lawyers and private or corrupt judges.
Divorce cases in all counties show how physical and financial abuse is allowed to flourish in family courts where ineffective law enforcement agencies and judges ignore thousands of complaints made about violence that occurs in the secrecy of homes and family court litigation, Victims of domestic violence are being ignored by a judiciary so focused on awarding fees for a select group of lawyers, they fail to see the real issues in family law cases where safety of litigants and children should be a top concern,
Faced with the reality of dysfunctional state funded watchdogs, like the State Bar and the CJP, many family court victims and lawyers outraged at the state of today's family courts are turning to social media and public advocacy and activists. Mainstream reporters who have traditionally ignored family court cases are finding many complaints that were quickly labeled raised by " disgruntled litigants" , have merit. Now it appears the state's Supreme Court is listening too.
Children who have grown up in these dysfunctional family courts are growing and coming forward to tell their stories . In sharing the impact these cases have had on their lives and their families, these brave adult children may shed light on the true costs dysfunctional family courts and biased judges have on our society.
Along side the Hayward case, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling that state agencies have to give up information contained in emails and personal devices. The ruling specifically applies to elected officials, which includes judges.
Three months ago investigative reporters uncovered a private Gmail account of James Towery, That account is linked to both his use while sitting as a Santa Clara County judge , and also in connection with his former employment at the State Bar. According to new law , Judge Towery's Gmail account is now subject to public disclosure and since Judge Towery is not allowed to have judicial communications that would be protected on a Gmail or private device, all his emails and the communications he had with lawyers and law firms up and down the state from this account are now subject to disclosure. making Santa Clara County's family law community very nervous.
Investigative reporters facing extreme judicial retaliation in recent months , along with members of Anonymous are pointing reporters and activists in the direction of addressing these critical issues in the press and legal system.
The dissenting judge in the Hayward appeal case, which is now law, was correct. People up and down the state are waking up to what unfair judges and corrupt lawyer and experts have done with their children and community property in California's family courts.
The Supreme Court has now legally cleared the way for family court havoc, and the $159,000,000 the courts are asking the state legislature to grant in additional funding this year will not be enough .
IRS Audit: Family Court Reporters, Forensic CPAs, Special Masters, Clerks, Lawyers & Judges Could Be Charged With Fraud or Tax Evasion by Cheating Uncle Sam
QUESTION: What do Al Capone and Family Court Judges, Lawyers and Court Reporters Have in Common?
ANSWER: Maybe a great deal where the IRS is concerned.
See California's Top 500 Delinquent Tax Payers - How many caused by family courts?
Public outrage over escalating fees and costs in family law cases, coupled with judges and lawyers singing joyfully about those fees last December, may be contributing to an increase in complaints against individuals who work in the county's family courts, where many earn huge salaries and kickbacks while others have to go on strike just to make a living wage.
The California Board of Accountancy just tightened laws related to CPAs , who often engage in misconduct in family divorce and probate cases.
A privileged few in the family court arena now make in excess of $10,000,000 a year, with court reporters, in some counties making as much as $500,000 a year, where most of the income is not reported to the IRS.
Insiders and whistleblowers are beginning to point to just how the family law community has managed to allow some to enrich themselves from community property and child support, while others are left with huge tax burdens that can leave them crippled for life.
Since 2012 California's Court Reporters Board has known that court reporters appear to be at the center of family law fraud and tax evasion issues. The Board's website even warns reporters they could lose their licenses for playing fast and loose with Uncle Sam. Yet, little has been done to correct the problem and some individual transcriptionists manage to walk away with not only hefty family court reporting fees, paid by the county, but as much as $5,000 more a week, taken from law firms they offer "preferred service " , or from pro per litigants , whom they demand pay in cash or money orders , too hard to trace to the IRS.
Frustrated that complaints to the Commission on Judicial Performance and the State Bar have failed to address the judicial and attorney misconduct that serves to financially break so many Californians, many are turning in the people who surround the judges and lawyers , and filing complaints with the IRS, where Whistleblower awards can be as high as 15-30%,.
A Santa Clara County CPA, whom wished to remain anonymous, had this to say:
"These family court judges and lawyers are bleeding our clients by stringing out divorce and probate cases for 5-10 years. Year after year we must deal with trying to decide what is community and what is separate property for tax reporting purposes. At the same time our clients in law firms are clueless about their taxes. Many family lawyers charge off expenses they shouldn't or conceal cash payments paid to experts they don't want in their case records. Attorneys also fail to report cash they pay a crony family court network, including court transcriptionists, who often double dip with private and county court money, most of which is not reported on their personal tax returns, as required by law.
Forensic accountants, CPAs, are making 10 times what couples pay their regular accountants and for what many consider to be sloppy work. Once these specialty CPAs are court appointed, they are entitled to immunity , which allows them to play fast and lose for the party hiding the money.
Divorces used to be sad and tough for a year or two , costing the middle class couple $30,000 dollars or so. Today we are seeing the same middle class divorces spending millions on lawyers with a parade of experts who seem less competent than their non- court counterparts.
California real properties and businesses appear to be fuelling the divorce wars where a select few walk away with it all, and the people they are supposedly working for are left with nothing but the tax bill from the IRS for money they never got. It really makes one wonder what the judges are doing in these courts. It really is pure evil and not sustainable. "
IRS Whistleblower complaints may change some of the battle. If you have financial information on a law firm, lawyer, custody expert , realtor, CPA, court transcriptionist , bailiff , of even judge that you can't get addressed through other complaints, contact us for help at: CalJohnQPublic@gmail.com, or use the IRS form to start here.
From Misuse of Public Funds for her Vacations and Private Security to Ignoring Complaints in Traffic and Family Courts lodged on behalf of California's poorest citizens, the state's highest judge has been ignored by elected officials and law enforcement for nearly a decade and is out of control.
Not only has Tani Cantil - Sakyuke failed in her job and violated the law, she has knowingly and willingly allowed state courts to misuse public funds, to charge illegal fees, to waste county funds for courthouses, and now she is ignoring polices and practices of judges and court staff that serve to bankrupt, harm and even kill innocent and middle class tax paying citizens in the state.
Currently she is employing California's State Attorney General, with public funds, to litigate full throttle a lawsuit brought by elderly citizens critical of her failure to discipline judges.
California's Chief Justice, Cantil-Sakauye is also using tax payer funds and a judicial malpractice law firm to defend against a federal case brought by a self- represented father, who was denied Due Process while fighting for custody of his daughter. The father is homeless and has obtained an order to demand the Chief Justice answer for harm the state is causing in family court cases, where the state appears to be violating the due process rights of many family law litigants and using the vexatious litigant statute as a weapon against parents to speak up about unfair judges and corrupt lawyers.
The Chief Justice is also using her legal power and influced to silence business owners speaking out about bad judges in their family cases. A recent appeal demonstrated years of harm and incompetence a bad judge, with undisclosed conflicts of interest related to "exerts" and cronie networks often found in family law cases, could result in tained final settlements where child support, spousal support and property divisiaions are done in violation of due process. In Hawyard v. Superior Court Mrs. Hawyard, the savvy business owner called attention to a biased private judge, fiancnail fraud imposed by experts and lawyers , and void orders of a final divorce settlement. The ruling was a shot fired over the head of the judiary and an appeal was immediately filed., The appeal was immediately taken up by the Supreme Court , by all 7 members, including Chief Justice., They then went to work applying duress and political pressure on both sides of the Hayward case to settle and withdraw the motion, which they did by late January. But the Supreme Court demanded pleadings anyway, a highly unusual demand for a court that takes on so few cases, and then pressure was applied for a motion to DE publish the case, which will certainly be done.
Hayward is the public threat to the judges in family court, where lawyers are often allowed judicial authority and where billions are paid to custody experts, CPAs , relators, vocational examiners and private investigators. If Hayward were allowed to become case law, 80% of the people acting in pro per, or with lawyers not part of a corrupt family law community would win and Chief Justice could not allow that to happen.
Malpractice insurance, often paid by tax payers, seems to be directly correlated with uptick in cases involving lawyers like Sarah Overton of CUMMINGS, MCCLOREY,DAVIS, ACHO AND ASSOCIATES of Riverside , CA . Ms. Overton appears to be willing to lodge pathetic pleadings at homeless seniors and parents, in what appears to be an overly confident legal strategy that implies she is certain of a favorable outcome. Yes. it is clear that as long as Californians are forced to deal with the legal issues related to biased judges in California's legal system, where many judges live in glass houses. Ms. Overton will obtain favorable outcomes that protect the judiciary and continue to see escalations of retaliation and embroilment.
Santa Clara County's James Towery, who has given children to dangerous parents and stolen property from State Bar Whistleblowers, has been let of the hook by the county's presiding judges, and by the CJP, despite his role in arranging a holiday event where judges and lawyers sang about all the money they give lawyers in family court cases and despite his conflicts of interests which include payments from his old firm , Hodge and Fenton. where fellow judges including Mary Ann Grill repeatedly make fee awards so that Hodge and Fenton can make those payments.
Santa Clara County Judge Vincent Chiarlleo who refused to give a poor mom attorney fees in a custody matter, and instead gave custody to a represented father with a criminal background, who later drugged, raped and killed his own child.
Contra Costa County Judge Bruce Mills, who violated due process and threw court reform advocate Joe Sweeney in jail, despite Bruce Mills flaunting a CJP discipline record longer than Unabomber Ted Kaczynski's published Manifesto,
Sacramento County Judge Mathew Gary who has been openly carrying on a sexual relationship with his court clerk , inside the family courthouses of Sacramento County.
Judges like Peter McBrien who has left countless victims in the wake of his judicial docket, as recently reported by Sacramento News and Review, are out of control and now paying for protection of their misconduct, with public funds.
Overton, also represents the Commission on Judicial Performance in a federal lawsuit Patrick Evans has brought against the CJP , appears to be willing to go to the legal mat , even when she knows she is fighting to protect a judiciary flagrantly violating federal laws and Constitutional rights of state citizens.
History may be littered with unsuccessful state and federal lawsuits where discouraged parents tried unsuccessfully to fight a biased and incompetent judiciary, but modern history may tell a different story as more and more lawyers and litigants, facing civil rights violations in family court cases are turning to suing counties, where judicial immunity does not apply.
Lawsuits against counties are far more successful than lawsuits against judges, and many counties move to settle, knowing jury awards will be as much as 10 times that of settlement costs. Cases in point:
Street Fighter lawyer Shawn Mc Millan of Riverside, CA has brought civil rights cases against CPS and social workers like Myshia Hammond.
In 2015 LA County paid a $800,000 settlement after county officials removed children from their parents without a warrant.
In 2016 an $8.5 million dollar judgement against Fresno County for CPS misconduct was settled for $1.35 million, where CPS was once thought to have immunity.
In 2016 Santa Clara county agreed to pay $3.6 million after misconduct of correctional officers imposed civil rights violations that resulted in the wrongful death of a mentally ill inmate.
In 2017 Santa Clara has agreed to a $2,000,000 settlement, after school workers and mandated reporters failed to report abuse of a disabled child.
These cases may just be the beginning. Citizens who are forced into county courts , where the law demands fair hearings , that include juries strand a far better chance that standing before a crooked single judge in a family law or traffic matter.
Under California's Tort Claims Act, people seeking to sue a county or court might first consider filing complaints to alert the county to the problem, and preserve your rights.
Counties and courts are reporting an uptick in such complaints and Q has learned that one woman who faced years of corrupt courts in Sacramento County has lodged a compliant seeking $500,000,000, for the harm she has incurred at the hands of state and county employees during her family law case. This may finally be getting some attention , even if court insiders first dismissed her as crazy , disgruntled , or vexatious.
When our State's Chief Justice, Tani G. Cantil - Sakauye uses tax payer money to sue school teachers, seniors and innocent parents instead of cleaning up the judges on the state's bench, something is very wrong and citizens must act at a county level to demand it is fixed and remind Ms. Cantil- Sakauye she serves at the will, and expense, of California voters.
California's Family Courts Need Mainstream Media
Media coverage is essential in all aspects of America's democracy. It is transparency and the possibility of transparency that keeps a democracy intact. In California Sunshine Laws assure that state agencies and non-profits operate in a manner that is always subject to public view, but California's courts are different.
Every year hundreds of desperate residents reach out to reporters for help. Parents and Grandparents desperately seek coverage of what is going on in California's family courts. Sadly, few reporters call back and most editors and publishers deny assignments and coverage for issues related to family court.
A recent media survey found that the majority of reporters and freelance journalists had encountered publishers and editors who repeatedly deny requests to cover issues involving the state's family courts, despite the fact that 50% of married California's will be forced to deal with those courts in their lifetime.
Unless you are the DV victim of OJ Simpson, or Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie , dealing with custody, support, property and domestic violence in the state's family courts, where there are no cameras, no reporters and no media requests, you will likely be at the mercy of a very problematic judge, who is unconcerned that the media will ever see final rulings.
In California's Family Courts The Media is Never Welcome
Private research indicates that family court judges receive fewer media requests than their criminal and civil colleagues. In most cases, local and "beat" reporters have no interest in diving into the "he said - she said" debate that plagues family court cases. Readers of newspapers will not spring the $1.50 to read about what many consider "private matters" and tv stations are not about to dedicate camera time to family court drama when there are whales to save, Trump protests to cover and dirty politicians to "out". As a result, family court judges sit safely away from the media spotlight, and voter scrutiny.
Trouble is , where media is missing, problems flourish like toxic mold.
A recent Sacramento News and Report Story revealed how many people in Sacramento County had been harmed by just a few ethically challenged judges. Investigative reporters have known for years these troubles exist and judges paid no mind to what was said online. Judge Gary even failed to be deterred by CJP investigations and online blogs as he has continued a sexual affair with his court clerk, which has never been investigated by the CJP.
When Investigative Reporters arrived on the Santa Clara Family Court scene in 2016, they found family court problems were so severe that the issues eclipsed what had been seen Sacramento.
Pressure from online media began to cause the Santa Clara judiciary to deny media requests, delay or ignore public records request and begin a concerted effort to blacklist and blackout certain reporters and publishers who the courts knew to be working on exposing court corruption in Silicon Valley.
Since 2009 Santa Clara County family courts were known to be killing children. Judicial bias, misconduct and incompetence that led to rulings by judges like Vincent Chiarello in the custody case of Alycia Mestiti Allen, where a young 14 year old girl died, were dismissed and the County formally said " they missed the signs".
Judge Chiarello was never disciplined after he failed to assure a mother legal parity and gave custody to a father with a known criminal background. This conduct continues to persist on the Santa Clara County bench as judges like James Towery and Julie Emede give custody and unsupervised visitation to alleged rapists and woman beaters, like former 49er Ray McDonald, while they award fees to an " in crowd of lawyers in what is clearly a PAY- TO- PLAY justice system in Santa Clara's Family Courts. The County's supervising judges, including Erica Yew, who sits on the Commission of Judicial Performance, seems uninterested in serving the community , or assuring public trust in the Silicon Valley judiciary, as complaints against judges are routinely ignored and dismissed without actual investigations.
The problem in family courts has become so dire, and such a threat to the safety and security of journalists, that some publishers are recommending live body cam feed to show how the Santa Clara County judges, court staff and bailiffs are threatening and deterring reporters seeking to cover family court cases and judges.
Members of the media have also reached out to Anonymous for help to find information courts refuse to provide. Members of Anonymous have directed reporters to private email accounts of judges, and have hacked into email accounts of the most corrupt Silicon Valley family law firms, pointing mainstream media in the direction of the worse corruption; where Judges like Mary Ann Grilli, James Towery, Julie Emede, Stuart Scott , Drew Takaichi, Aaron Persky and Vincent Chairello appear to have circled the wagons alongside a core group of corrupt lawyers and experts that provide a barrier of protection from the media scrutiny that has intensified in recent months.
California's State Legislature has found the CJP is ineffective in managing and disciplining the state's judges. People who bother complaining get nothing back but a form letter and the worse judges will receive is a " black mark " that doesn't effect their pay or retirement in anyway.
While a state audit of CJP was demanded by the entire legislative branch back in 2016, the CJP has used its legal might to smother the audit, and any lawsuit that comes their way, with the help of the California Attorney General.
California's Judicial Council, the financial end of California's Family Court Corruption, has been found to be hiring law firms to defend corrupt judges and appointing judges to discipline hearings where those judges to assure a "rigged " , or " fixed " outcome.
These outcomes also point to the role local DA offices and California's Attorney General play in the judicial corruption game , where it appears elected officials are working to protect a corrupt judiciary over the state's residents.
In Humboldt County, Judge Dale Reinholtsen and Christopher Wilson got a little payola when the California's Attorney General decided to not prosecute them for perjury after it was found they were falsifying their payroll affidavits. So while California employees and child support obligators can be thrown in jail for missing visitation or support payments, California judges appear to be not only afforded immunity for unlawful rulings, they appear to get off Scott Free for misusing public funds as well.
MANY ARE QUESTIONING EQUAL PROTECTION ISSUES IN JUDICIAL DISCIPLINE
As judges at one end of the state get a GET OUT OF JAIL FREE PASS, and Santa Clara County Judges continue to openly operate their corrupt family courts and violate law, the Commission on Judicial Performance is cracking down on San Diego Judge Gary Kreep, in what many believe to be a Kangaroo Court setting that is intended to satisfy critics who say the CJP has not been strong on judicial discipline for nearly five decades.
Mainstream media may feel satisfied that it is covering San Diego discipline hearings of a sitting San Diego judge, but reporters who are overburdened with daily deadlines and shoestring budges will miss the significance of the Judge Kreep hearings, and why the media and public have been so welcome by the CJP and courts to cover this hearing.
The CJP has taken tremendous pressure from the state legislature for keeping judge discipline confidential. Only 1 in about 1200 complaints are investigated. For the first time Kreep's hearing will be open to the public, and is expected to take two weeks, many are asking why this one and why so public now? Most know it is a sham as Kreep will be thrown under the bus to protect a much more significant problem.
Whistleblowers and CJP insiders have reported that Kreep is not the worst of the worst. In fact, Kreep is reported to be an "outsider" who never was corrupted by the system. Insiders know Kreep is a sacrificial lamb who is being forced to defend what may be trumped up charges , where he likely faces a certain outcome that will likely see him leave the bench. It is the information that is found in the aftermath of these hearings that will tell the real story. Insiders report that if Kreep's lawyer does his job, he will have an opportunity to show just how California has failed to provide fair judges in every county of the state. Then it will be up to the media to report that story. If Kreep's lawyer doesn't do his job, his alliance with a corrupt judiciary will become more clear.
As the Kreep sham hearings are set to begin February 6, 2017, whistleblowers report CJP insiders and cronies are working overtime to tighten up the legal threats to the judiciary as well. California's Attorney General appears to be defending the CJP in a lawsuit that claims the CJP failed to protect the public from bad judges, and the California Supreme Court appears to be going through legal maneuvers to rid case law of the recent case, Hayward v. Superior Court, that attacked judicial misconduct head on. There is now a motion to depublish that case, that is proving very embarrassing for California's judiciary.
BOTTOM LINE: California tax payers are footing the bill for the state's judiciary to use and abuse the media, the courts and the legislature, all designed to cover up what is really going on in family courts all over the state.
2017 Media to the Rescue: State Legislators Finally Listening to the Cries of Our Children Trapped in Family Courts?
January 2017 Main Stream Media In Sacramento Publishes Story Exposing Family Court Corruption and Consequences ! Alastair Bland launches investigative reporting revolution with the help of Santa Clara based investigative reporter and public records expert Stephen James.
Two decades of legally alienating children from their parents and converting billions of dollars in community property to family court lawyers, experts and judges has finally reached a tipping point - and people are snapping and reporters are finally investigating.
Children who have grown up in California divorce cases are adults and now have voices . These children are speaking up and fueling online and social media protests that are demanding sweeping changes in California's Family Courts.
Maybe it took millions of women marching in American Streets. Maybe it took millions of Americans protesting in airports all over the country, or maybe it took an unprecedented filing of state and federal lawsuits filed by mobs of angry parents , and their adult children, to finally bring attention to what has been going on in California's divorce and probate courtrooms for years, but the attention is finally here and legal system cronies and insiders are not happy. The lawsuits appear to be breaking into billions of dollars.
History of Silence
Every year family court victims flood county district attorneys and local reporters with complaints and stories they hope will receive attention. Few do. Newspapers like the San Jose Mercury and San Francisco Chronicle actually have informal policies prohibiting reporters from covering family court cases.
In the late 1990's Santa Clara County parents, determined to get such attention ultimately succeeded in pressuring courts to get rid of Judge Stewart and corrupt custody experts, but a few years later, Judges like Mary Ann Grilli and James Towery continued the judicial incompetence, misconduct and cronyism, damaging thousands of innocent parents and children in the process. And media attention in family cases vanished.
By early 2000, in Sacramento, as the current Chief Justice Tani Cantil- Sakauye rose to power, people trapped in divorce cases became all to familiar with the dysfunctions of family court. In a county that lacks court reporters, and where judges openly engage in sex with court clerks, hundreds of parents lost custody, property and were sanctioned fees that eclipsed amounts seen anywhere in appeal records of Tharp , Feldman or Davenport.
In Santa Clara, Marin, Contra Costa and Sacramento Counties, family and civil judges are known to deny legal parity awards of Fc2030 fees in family cases, and toss out fees and sanctions of $10,000 to $100,000 as a matter of routine business. Family cases now show fee awards that eclipse costs seen in most civil and criminal matters, especially when one party is involuntarily self represented.
When whistleblowers tried to bring issues of court corruption, and misuse of community property to the Santa Clara County DA, they were threatened , and retaliated against in a campaign that appears to have been led by Jeff Rosen himself, with John Chase , the supposed employee charged in managing the DA's public integrity unit assisting Mr. Rosen at every turn.
As advocates tried to draw media attention for domestic violence and rape victims in the county , they too faced retaliation from Rosen's office, despite Rosen having been reelected under a wave of support he gained while posing to support victims during the Brock Turner Stanford Rape case. Rosen's office appears to be assisted by court insiders, including Joe Macaluso., Public Information Officer, who has a long history of denying certain media outlets public records requests and for improperly speaking about family law cases to discredit litigants the Santa Clara County judiciary seeks to silence.
In 2016 the out of control family courts began to gain public attention after well known investigative reporter Stephen James moved to Santa Clara County to care for his elderly father, and began making media requests in the county's family court cases, as he had done in Sacramento.
Stephen James' reputation as an investigative reporter had been well known to family courts, DA's offices and other public agencies in Sacramento for decades. Santa Clara County Courts appear to have engaged in a coordinated county effort to deter Mr. James, and other activists, from spotlighting family court corruption well known to have existed in Silicon Valley for decades.
Erica Yew , a Santa Clara County Judge, and former Chair of the Commission on Judicial Performance, was keenly aware that Mr. James and other court reform activists had contributed to California's State Legislature demanding an audit of the state agency and Ms. Yew, appears to have allowed her colleagues to threaten and retaliate in a manner that sought to silence Mr. James ', and other media investigations.
By late 2016 Santa Clara County family court victims had evolved to a group of over 1000 parents , children, lawyers , reporters and tax payer watchdogs who placed Santa Clara County Courts at the top of their activism effort. Members were jailed, lost custody, property and businesses, but were not deterred after seeing a holiday video where judges and lawyers appear to have gathered to mock the poor, children and parents who can't afford legal representation in their divorce cases.
In early 2017 investigative journalist Alastair Bland, published a cover story for Sacramento News & Report, highlighting many of the stories that reflect the victims of Sacramento family courts, where Mr. James was essential to helping bring these pages to press.
Within one week of the story's publication, it hit family courts and legislative offices up and down the state. Family Court victims hand delivered hundreds of copies to make sure this time they were not ignored.
A Change. org petition has also be started to support bulk disbarment of family lawyers who engage in misconduct and profit by stealing money and child support from children.
The success of the Sacramento News and Report cover story may not only result in legislative change, it may spark a new era for investigative reporters, an era where reporters are allowed to listen to the troubles that form the issues, not the politicians and pundits who guess what those issues may be, as widely respected NYU journalist Jay Rosen discussed on NPR just last week.
Ding Dong the Witch Is Gone: Santa Clara Family Court Judge Mary Ann Grilli Finally Retires - Victims of Mary Ann Grilli Host Anti- Retirement Party During San Jose Women's March
Over a year ago, Whistleblowers reported to Q members that Family Court Judge Mary Ann Grilli was addicted to pain medication and suffering from dementia, which her court clerk Jaretta Reser helped to conceal. When court insiders leaked that Grilli was being investigated and forced into retirement, Grilli clung to the bench and publically denied the rumors during a case involving a known family court reform activist, on October 29, 2015.
Since that time, and despite multiple formal complaints, Santa Clara County has allowed Judge Grilli to make hundreds of rulings that decimated Santa Clara County parents and children, despite the fact that court administrators, and the Commission on Judicial Performance knew that Judge Grilli had been incompetent and impaired, denying people trapped in divorce cases before her fair hearings and due process.
This was not the first time Grilli has been a liability for Santa Clara residents. Court Administrators have refused to produce payroll affidavits, which court insiders report would show Grilli repeatedly violated the 90-day rule, and misuse of government funds.
In addition to being a financial crook, Grilli's legacy shows that she lacked sensitivity to the indigent , disabled and children over whom she had jurisdiction during her nearly 30 year career as a Santa Clara County Family Court Judge.
What litigants saw in Grilli's court differed from the image Grilli projected professionally, as she sat on numerous boards and committees, including the Violence against Women Education Project in 2012 and 2013, that was supported by a grant #CW13121535. Meanwhile in Grilli's court women and children continued to endure violence inflicted by a former spouse, as Grilli ignored physical, emotional and financial abuse attorneys routinely allowed former spouses to inflict , which Grilli never managed or controlled, often allowing divorces and abuse to continue 10 or 15 years, bankrupting the marital estates she was legally charged to fairly divide.
Grilli's dysfunctional leadership was allowed to permeate to ethically challenged judicial colleagues, including Judge Towery, Judge Takaichi, Judge Scott, Judge Greenwood and countless other judges mentored and influenced by the incompetent and nefarious Mary Ann Grilli , the judge who harmed more women and children in Santa Clara County than any of her predecessors.
As lawyers and experts in the county threw a fancy retirement party , to honor Grilli's career, litigants who had a front row seat to the harm Grilli inflicted on the most innocent, held a week long Anti- Retirement Party for Grilli.
During the Anti- Retirement activities, one litigant described a case where Judge Grilli told a deaf woman , acting pro per , whom Grilli had denied lawful support and custody , that she could "make due " in a hearing where Grilli refused federally required ADA accommodations after the women told Grilli she was legally deaf. It took a lawsuit against Santa Clara County, by famed lawyer Angela Alioto to shape Grilli up on that case.
Lawyers like Elise Mitchell, Brad Baugh, Robert Lewis, Heather Allan, Nat Hales, Rich Roggia , Valerie Houghton, BJ Faden, Rebecca Frye, Walter Hammon, Mark Erickson and so many more, figured out Grilli was demented and incompetent long ago. These lawyers used Grilli's impairment , assisted by her court clerk, to violate the law, conceal fraud, impose fraud on the court , and award them fees that outstripped fee awards seen in other counties, , as opposing counsel of ":out spouses" ( usually women ) had to beg Grilli for fees, that rarely came. The worst was Grilli awarding fees to James Towery's old law firm, Hodge and Fenton, as Towery got between $10,000 and $100,000 annually from that same firm and as he sat across the hall from Judge Grilli. The two never even tried to conceal the sheer corruption, and the Santa Clara County Presiding Judge, Rise Jones Pichon, ignored it.
Pro Per Advocates have noted that Grilli was most notorious for; failing to order lawful child support for the county's children, failing to enforce discovery orders for "out spouses", failing to comply with state law related to attorney fee awards and failing to provide Santa Clara County residents Equal Protection Under the Law. Grilli was especially harmful to the poor and disabled who appeared in her court.
Santa Clara County court administrators have known of Grilli's judicial incompetence and misconduct for at least five years, yet did nothing to monitor illegal judgements, court orders and conduct that has harmed thousands of innocent people in Santa Clara County. In addition to her court clerk, court insiders report that court transcriptionist, Stephanie Estes, has been engaging in misconduct and misuse of government funds to cover up for her old boss.
On Friday, January 20, 2017, Santa Clara family lawyers and court staff, while again misusing government funds, held a retirement party for Mary Ann Grilli , sending her off into the tax payer funded sunset, complete with healthcare and a fat pension. At the same time litigants and lawyers who have endured years of judicial misconduct and abuse before Judge Grilli, planned their own Anti- Retirement party complete with a social media assault on Grilli's legacy and a physical demonstration at the San Jose Women's March, the day following Grilli's official retirement party.
WHAT IS LEFT IN THE WAKE OF GRILLI DISTRUCTION?
For over 100 families still marred by Judge Grilli's involvement in their family law cases, plenty. When some of those families sought to have their message delivered directly to Mary Ann Grilli (during her official court sponsored retirement party -held on the 8th floor of the fancy new Santa Clara County Family Courthouse), over five Santa Clara County Sheriffs harassed and threatened a member of the media who tried to deliver a letter to Judge Grilli on behalf of pro per litigants and domestic violence victims who have suffered from Judge Grilli's appointment to the Santa Clara County Superior Court Bench.
Members of the media, lawyers and other self- represented litigants expressed concern for the children in divorces of:
Jessica Elliot .........and countless others.
Adult children who suffered before Grilli have also come forward and are filming a documentary to explain how judges like Mary Ann Grilli are harmful to society and ruin innocent families, the fabric of America.
Santa Clara County's family law community, doesn't appear to be concerned with the havoc , or financial risk Grilli has brought to Santa Clara County, as they began paying tribute to Grilli, and all the money she has awarded lawyers and experts during her career during a December 2, 2016 holiday luncheon, which was documented by family court reform activists, which caused several lawyers and judges to be investigated and humiliated. ( See video below).
On Saturday, January 21, 2017 during the Women's March in San Jose, countless other lawyers, and pro per litigants, and members of the media held an anti- retirement protest for Grilli, along with Recall Persky , Chiarello and Towery activists who participated in a historic protest that flooded downtown San Jose streets with middle class Silicon Valley residents fed up with dysfunctional county courts.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A POST GRILLI ERA ?
As Donald Trump and courts across America call for war on the media, and specifically journalists seeking to cover protests, seems Santa Clara County already declared war on local media following the Persky ruling in the Brock Turner case and members of the press trying to cover the criminal and custody cases of former 49er Ray McDonald.
Q investigations have produced evidence that shows systemic misuse of government funds by Santa Clara County judges and court staff, likely costing Santa Clara County tax payers millions of dollars. Further research has also shown that the court's public information officer , and General Counsel ( Lisa Herrick), and court administrators have been mishandling media requests and records requests for years, especially in family court cases, which appears to protect the most crooked court employees and judges..
Records requests that are not being lawfully supplied by Santa Clara County Courts appear to contain information that shows systemic misconduct of court staff and widespread misuse of public funds , which could cause court employees who have assisted Judge Grilli , and other local judges , to lose their jobs and be criminally investigated for misusing public funds.
Santa Clara County risk managers are on to the game of the courts as well and county insiders report that public record requests and whistleblowers from the county are now assisting the media in uncovering what could be the largest federal investigation in California's history, an investigation that could reopen thousands of Grilli's cases and have those cases reviewed for fraud.
FAILURE TO PROTECT: Santa Clara County Legal Community Protects NFL, 49ers and Rotten Football Players Over Children
On Friday, January 6th, 2017 Ray McDonald’s legal winning streak came to an end when a Santa Clara County criminal judge denied McDonald’s motion to suppress evidence contained on his cell phone and home security system, evidence McDonald had hoped to keep out of his upcoming January 2017 trial.
Maybe if McDonald had been prosecuted while Karyn Sinunu-Towery darkened the door of the Santa Clara County DA’s office, he would have been more successful, but he wasn't. And now the media is watching and this time not just for Ray , but for Kendra Scott, the mother of Ray's child who has been beaten by McDonald for years , then discarded and ignored by the entire Santa Clara County legal community.
WHY DID RAY MCDONALD WANT TO SUPRESS EVIDENCE ON HIS CELL PHONE AND DVR?
Insiders report that Mc Donald’s cell phone will show that on the night Ray McDonald allegedly raped an intoxicated, injured and unconscious woman, McDonald attempted to obtain "consent" from the woman (on his cell phone), as the NFL secretly advises their members to do. Ray is also reported to have been recorded by his own security system screaming to his workers, drivers and fellow drunken partiers to get the "f*cking b*itch out of my house " , when he believed the woman was dead after she fell and hit her head inside McDonald's home.
JURORS WILL NOT BE PLEASED WITH THE REAL OFF FIELD MCDONALD
As McDonald goes into a criminal hearing later this month, he may find fewer jurors in Santa Clara County willing to ignore his history of abuse against woman, two years after he was fired from the 49ers and as more of McDonald’s victims are coming forward and speaking out.
Ray's past is littered with women he has abused, controlling parents who have used Ghetto-like tactics to advance Ray's NFL career, and even his criminal sister has jumped in the game to intimidate and harass Ray's victims on social media and in mainstream gossip media headlines like TMZ.
Evidence exists from a screen shot taken from Ray's phone that proves Ray's own father tried to teach him how to use the police and his NFL celebrity status to get away with beating the mother of his own child. A family legacy of abuse Kendra Scott has tried in vain to spare from her young son.
WILL SANTA CLARA CONTINUE TO PROTECT RAPISTS AND CELEBRITY ABUSERS?
As Santa Clara Courts continue to face public criticism over Judge Perksy’s light sentencing of Stanford Rapist Brock Turner, the county faces a PR nightmare as McDonald’s criminal case and McDonald’s custody case collide. The custody case is before the notorious Judge James Towery, the man who fled the State Bar under a cloud of ethics issues. And yes James Towery is the husband of alleged evidence suppressor Karyn Sinunu- Towery, who has reportedly tainted the DA’s office for years.
Towery has harassed and threatened individual members of the media who have attempted to cover the McDonald custody matter, especially after main stream media began to investigate why a Domestic Violence Restraining order Protecting Kendra Scott, and her young son, had just vanished. Judge Towery has continued to give an admitted alcoholic and woman beater, more custodial time, including overnight visits with a 20 month old child, and as McDonald stands to face a criminal trial for raping another woman, and violating a restraining order that sought to protect the mother and child back in 2015.
On January 11, 2017, in further demonstration of his abuse of power, and acting under the color of law, Towery closed the custody courtroom in the McDonald custody matter, to silence Kendra Scott once again. Closing the courtroom prevented Kendra Scott's DV advocates from supporting her during hearings she is compelled to attend and repeatedly face her abuser. Then Towery STAYed the proceedings to prevent Scott from addressing McDonald's conduct and history for several more months, as McDonald continues to take the child into his home, where dogs labeled "Dangerous" roam freely , and Ray continues to party with the latest female floozies he picks up in local bars and work out gyms, all as he prepares for his criminal case, fights Kelly Wolfe in a civil case against Gloria Allred, and tries to convince the NFL he is not a washed up 32 year old liability and PR nightmare for the NFL.
Apparently Santa Clara County Family Court Judges believe victims of domestic abuse are not afforded the protection of an open court that victims are Constitutionally assured in criminal and civil matters , even when those matters are being litigated in the same Santa Clara County Court system. Or maybe Judge Towery is trying to block public oversight of the county's judicial officers following the Judge Persky debacle.
Ironically a day after Judge James Towery closed the court in the McDonald custody case, another woman, working in the media to cover rapists and abusers like McDonald. filed a verified statement of disqualification, outlining just some of the judicial incompetence and bias Towery routinely displays toward victims in family cases before him. The statement was filed by family lawyer Robert J Tennant, who has been practicing family law in Santa Clara County for over 51 years and who recently filed a complaint against Judge James Towery with the commission on Judicial Performance, for Towery's failure to report attorney Brad Baugh to the State Bar , despite overwhelming evidence of Baugh's perjury and misconduct.
Towery also appears to be ignoring the misconduct of Elise Mitchell, Ray's attorney in the custody case, where Ms. Mitchell has used the wealth and power of the money of the NFL to impose fraud on the court to obtain custody and visitation fro McDonald. Many members of Q claim that Mitchell is a foul mouthed unethical lawyer, who has brought shame to female lawyers everywhere.
MAYBE BUIDING LEVI STATIUM WASN'T SUCH A GOOD IDEA AFTER ALL
Former 49er Ray Mc Donald is clogging Santa Clara County Courts with two criminal cases, a civil case where Ray's alleged rape victim, Kelly Wolfe, represented by Gloria Allred and a custody case, where Mc Donald sued Kendra Scott for more time with the child he never wanted, and never paid lawful child support for, all designed to keep harassing the women and children he has abused as he obtained a $20,000,000 NFL contract while living in Santa Clara County.
Santa Clara County Courts are also about to become clogged even further, as the 49ers rush out of a losing season and sued the city of Santa Clara related to financial woes connected to Levi Stadium.
The 49ers, and their arrogant owner, might want to think twice before employing the GODLIKE philosophy Roger Goodell has shown in recent years. The Santa Clara fan base, and even the local judiciary, may not be as supportive of the 49ers as they might have been back in 2014, given the 2016 field performance, and the conduct of their players off the field, that continues to negatively impact Santa Clara County’s elite micro communities.
Q MEMBERS SAY : GOOD FOR SANTA CLARA MAYOR LISA GILLMORE FOR NOT ROLLING OVER AS THE 49ER ORGANIZATION THINKS ALL WOMEN SHOULD DO!
Mc Donald is adding lawyers like raindrops to the Santa Cruz mountains this season.
Elise Mitchell, a unethical , trash- talking-gold- digger in her own right, got McDonald to agree to retain Mark Erickson, as additional counsel in a custody case. Erickson appears willing to allow McDonald to lie in open court, lie to appointed custody experts and cry about legal fees related to the custody case as McDonald remains unemployed, gallivanting about town, as he spends millions on his own legal fees. Most respectable Santa Clara County Family lawyers would demand McDonald settle his custody and support issues privately. Elise Mitchell and Mark Erickson are not respectable lawyers, as they are reported to have been boosting about the money Mc Donald is paying them just to keep harassing Kendra Scott.
Financial insiders say McDonald’s fortune is dwindling and at 32, the odds of his NFL celebrity status recovering or attracting endorsements, are slim to none, just like the odds of the 49ers playing in this year’s Super Bowl.
Financial leakers explain that most of McDonald’s money will be gone in the next few years, sending McDonald into the same “washed up ” financial mess of so many before him. And McDonald, the once beloved 49er will go out with a whimper similar to the 49ers 2016 season.
If more civil cases are filed, it will be gone sooner. “ He is just too stupid to see it , and the greedy lawyers he is listening to are all to happy to have it. " says a member of Jane and John Q.
Men and Women involved with Jane and John Q are supportive of Kendra Scott. What Ray McDonald did to her is real domestic violence. The Santa Clara County legal community failed to protect Scott, protecting the image and reputation of a believed sports team instead.
Members of Q have seen people like Mc Donald roam free and throw money to feed the broken legal system, while good parents like Joe Sweeney have gone to jail, for posting text messages and emails already posted in the public domain. And Santa Clara Courts have been clogged by people like litigious and greedy citizens like Lisa and Larry Pott, who attack father's like Michael Lazarin, after Lazarin posted on an entertainment blog, related to a review of a Netflix movie that failed where the Pott's have enriched themselves, their friends and even local politicians and public officials they have duped into believing lies about the biological daughter of Michael Lazarin, Audrie Pott.
Santa Clara County's Court system has passed the tipping point; a point where human decency has been checked at the security screening of the new Santa Clara County Family (In)Justice Center, and where judges like James Towery and Arron Persky have been allowed to enrich themselves and their friends such that they can buy those overpriced 49er tickets at Levi Stadium, a coliseum -ike facility where grown men are paid millions to beat up on other grown men, and where victims are forgotten in the fanfare of games reminiscent of those once played in the Roman Coliseum.
Last month independent reporters who have assisted Jane and John Q Public.com, pro bono, began to look into the custody case involving the young child of former 49er Ray McDonald. Q obtained a 2015 video recorded by the mother of Ray's child in May 2015.
On December 28, 2016, that video was provided to every media outlet in the country, as Santa Clara County Family Court Judge James Towery continued to give McDonald increased unsupervised visits, and allow Mc Donald to pay just $2500 per month in child support.
The mother of Mc Donald's child had spent nearly two years vastly underrepresented by Legal Aid's Nicole Ford, and then later Heather Smith, where Ray used the bully b*tch of the bench, Elise Mitchell, to obtain void orders from Judge Towery and Santa Clara Family Court Judge Julie Emede. Those orders resulted in Ray increasing his time with a 20- month- old- night- breast feeding child. Judge Towery even ordered the mother to fly to Florida and sit in a hotel room for Thanksgiving week, so that Mc Donald would be assured his fatherly time. We have found no other case where Judge Towery has provided favorable custody to father's lacking the celebrity standing of Ray Mc Donlad, leading many to wonder if Towery is benefiting from free 49er tickets or investments related to Santa Clara County's Levi's Stadium.
Judge Towery was also unconcerned that Mc Donald is facing a criminal trial in January 2017, not only for an alleged rape on another woman (that occurred in December 2014) , but also for violating a Domestic Violence Restraining Order that had been issued to protect Kendra Scott , the mother of Ray's child, after the beating that followed this video. Undersimilar circumstances Towery orders fathers facing DVRO violations to be subjected to supervised visits two days a week.
The mother of Ray's child has had her face pounded by the 6'7" former NFL star and the violence against her escalated as McDonald appeared to be "aging out" of the sports culture,in a downward spiral of alcoholism, sex additions and other conduct typical of "has been" NFL players suffering from too many head injuries.
Ray Mc Donald's criminal and custody cases are also shedding some light on the NFL's efforts to silence DV victims who have suffered at the hands of players like Ray. Players like McDonald have been rewarded with $20,000,000 NFL contracts as they beat the **** out of their children, wives and girlfriends behind closed doors.
In Santa Clara media outlets are now demanding to know why the Santa Clara County Grand Jury, headed by the then presiding Judge Rise Jones Pichon, never indicted McDonald for either a 2014 or 2015 DV incident involving Kendra Scott and why the DA's office has failed to even assign a DA to the case. Even more puzzeling is why has the Santa Clara County legal system combined a DRVO violation involving one woman with rape allegations of another woman , when the attacks occured six months apart. Is it discounted justice, a 2 for 1 for poor people in Santa Clara County?
Divorcing families also want to know why parents with no history of abuse are denied visitation with their children as the monster Ray Mc Donald has become is allowed to increase his time in Judge Towery’s courtroom.
It should also not be missed that as the Grand Jury failed to indict on this issue, and the DA failed to prosecute Mc Donald for DV issues, Santa Clara County DA Jeff Rosen was providing a zealous prosecution for Emily Doe in the Stanford Rape case and Judge Erica Yew was Chairperson of the Commission on Judicial Performance, the state agency now being sued by old ladies who were robbed by crooked judges.
The level of either sheer incompetence, or sheer corruption, in Santa Clara County Courts has reached an intolerable level. The time for federal investigations has long past. Maybe failing to protect a young impoverished and uneducated woman and her 20 month old child will do the trick.
Editor's NOTE: Q has reviewed court trasnscripts that confirm Judge James Towery has used a dissolution case before him to repeatedly attempt to discredit, threaten, intimidate and attack members of the media who have been supportive of this website and blog. Multiple Santa Clara County judges have denied media requests for reporters who volunteer for this website, and Santa Clara County Public Information Officers sought to discredit Q reporters as early as Janauary 2016. There appears to be a systemic effort on the part of the Santa Clara County Court system to chill the media's access to the courts and to threaten and intimidate reporters and other members of the press lawfully seeking to address matters of public interest. Q would like to thank every member of mainstream media that provided coverage to the issues involving Ray Mc Donald's cusotdy and DVRO violation criminal case. As of December 28, 2016 the media agencies that provided this coverage included:
TMZ Sports and Entertainment News
New York Daily News
CBS SF BAy Area
San Francisco Chronicle
San Jose Mercury
And so many more...........
Santa Clara County Bar Association Luncheon Song Lyrics Released- Public Demands Removal of All Judges Attending the Holiday Event
CALL TO REMOVE ALL SANTA CLARA COUNTY JUDGES ATTENDING HOLIDAY LUNCHEON HOSTED SANTA CLARA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
On the Monday before Christmas, the Commission on Judicial Performance, in between their lavish holiday parties, revealed that Judge Persky would not face discipline for his sentencing of Brock Turner, the white Stanford felony convicted rapist, whom Persky ordered to spend just six months in jail.
Meanwhile, and unnoticed by mainstream media, a lawsuit was filed in San Francisco, suing the Commission on Judicial Performance for its failure to investigate and discipline Judge Moss, a judge who stole the homes and life savings of elderly citizens, as he confidentially stood behind the cloak of judicial immunity and an emasculated Commission of Judicial Performance, the state funded agency that has been letting crooked judges run amok for decades.
This lawsuit, filed by the highly-respected Patrick Evans, seeks to hold judges accountable for criminal conduct that has likely harmed thousands, if not millions, of Californians.
SHOULD JUDGES ALSO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR CONDUCT OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM THAT VIOLATES PUBLIC TRUST IN OUR LEGAL SYSTEM?
Most people who have faced a judge in traffic court, divorce court, or probate court think the answer to that question should be YES.
Santa Clara County Court Clerks and Whistleblowers who are fed up with the outright criminal conduct of family law judges in Santa Clara County decided to expose crooked judges and lawyers in another way.
Just after the Thanksgiving holiday, Whistleblowers contacted investigative reporters they knew to be covering Santa Clara County divorce cases for the past year. Whistleblowers slipped the media and advocates information and requested they photograph the Santa Clara County Bar Association holiday luncheon, where judges and lawyers were historically in attendance (as confimed in a court hearing on December 21, 2016 by Judge Towery).
On December 2, 2016, when the music started, Santa Clara County judges and lawyers broke out in song and laughed about all the money they earn in Silicon Valley divorce and custody cases. Santa Clara County citizens deal with probate and divorce cases are furious over lyrics, and the judges and lawyers who sang them.
Judges Greenwood, Huber, Weinstein, Emede, Pegg, Rudy, Grilli, Towery, Scott and Judge Persky were celebrated by Santa Clara County lawyers who sang about the pleadings they file from their “expensive yachts”, as the judges get them “to the bank tonight “.
Ironically they song lyrics include Judge Scott helping to get them a Mercedes Benz. Judge Scott was recently disciplined by the CJP, for all the good it did.
Self-represented parents who have been sanctioned and unable to pay their own legal fees based on these same judges were not anused by the song lyrics or by the judges and lawyers who sang them. Many are demanding to know why judges are in attendance at these gatherings.
When the judges learned they had been photographed, an all-out war on the media and local court reform advocates ensued.
Judge Towery, known to be one of the most corrupt and ethically deficient judges in California, and who organizes court staffers and other judges attending such events through his private Gmail account, denied one advocate back child support owed to her for the past two years, and just four days before Christmas, as Brad Baugh (Santa Clara County Bar Association’s newsletter editor) was able to get Judge Towery to rule that a father, Robert Bassi, didn’t have to pay child support on income he earned from passive dividends, just like Brad Baugh had convinced Judge Grilli she didn’t have to award child support for Iris Cheriton on the $542,000,000 Stanford professor David Cheriton held in stock back in the late 1990’s. The Court of Appeal said Judge Grilli was wrong.
As Towery choked down his luncheon on December 2, he did so with little concern over two rulings in cases before him where he rendered one mother and child homeless for the holidays , and sent another 20 month old child to overnight visits with former 49er Ray McDonald, despite McDonald facing criminal rape charges, and charges for violating a restraining order against the child’s mother in Janauary 2017.
See the video of Mc Donald beating the mother of his child in 2015, as she held McDonald's two month old son.
A private investigation, sparked by a whistleblower tips, shows that Santa Clara County judges, specifically Judge Towery, may be using personal Gmail accounts to not only coordinate these “private events” , but also to collect and provide favors, gifts and kickbacks to lawyers and other judges in a manner that may be outright criminal.
It is reported that Towery has accepted free 49er tickets, publishing services and other personal perks using these Gmail accounts, and then issuing rulings in divorce and custody cases without lawfully disclosing conflicts of interests.
Court files show Towery, like other Santa Clara County Judges, repeatedly deny fees to the most needy parents and children, while assuring other lawyers like Elise Mitchell and Brad Baugh make millions in fees, converted from community property or unpaid child support.
Other Judges like Greenwood, are rewarded in other ways. Following the county Bar luncheon, rumors began to fly that Greenwood would soon be appointed to the Sixth District Court of Appeal, where she can ensure the cycle of cronyism persists.
Members of Q Are Demanding Every Judge Attending the Holiday Luncheon Resign or be Removed by the CJP.
Since Canon 3 of the Judicial Code of Ethics requires judges to address attorney misconduct, many are saying these judges should all be disciplined for failing to report lawyers who attended, or were connected to the luncheon, given the violation the of public trust the luncheon appears to have caused.
Q Members are also demanding the State Bar, or the State Auditor Investigate just how much lawyers and law firms involved in this luncheon have earned in fees and sanctions, as awarded by the judges who were in attendance.
Bechtel Family Law Group &TDC ( Table 24)
Carpenter & Mayfield ( Table 8)
Hoover Krepelka ( Table 16 and 17)
BJ Faden (Table 2)
Stephen Penn ( Table 20)
Kathryn Schlepphorst (Table 19)
Travid Whitfield ( Table 23)
Morgan Tidalgo ( Table 30)
Q Members are also demanding an investigation to determine how much tax payers had to pay for the Santa Clara County Sheriffs who were either in attendance as guests for the event, or as security , where the only security they appear to have provided is investigating members of the media covering the event, not the crooked judges and lawyer who attended it.
Please sign the petition demanding the removal of all judges who mocked the poor and our children this holiday season.
Pro Per Naughty List - Judges, Lawyers and Victoria Henley to be Reassigned to North Pole Coal Mines to Help Santa Fill Coal Demand for Stockings
Pro Pers Call for Judges and Crooked CJP Leader Victoria Henley to Be Reassigned to North Pole Coal Mines for Christmas In Order To Meet Santa's increased demand for coal in legal community's stockings.
People embroiled in divorce cases oftern find they must become their own lawyer, or get the cheapest lawyer, simply to deal with property and custody issues. When one must act as their own lawyer against a former spouse who has a lawyer, the legal stage for disaster has been set. Family Courts are no longer courts of equity, they are courts churing fees for corrupt lawyers and judges.
In California, the middle-class divorce used to cost $10-20,000. Divorce Crop reported the average divorce runs about $50,000. Q’s research shows those costs pale in comparison today as judges appear to be using the value of each marital property estate to sanction one side (usually a pro per side) as much as $50,000 for "conduct " in order to keep generating fees for unethical lawyers and their hired gun “experts”.
Pro pers have gotten wise and are beginning to revolt. Social media information is being shared at a staggering rate and many pro pers are photographing and recording crooked judges and lawyers to uncover just how problematic family courts have become. Santa Clara County's worst judges and lawyers were even caught on a holiday video singing about all the money they have taken from children and families in divorce cases.
In Illinois thousands have joined to follow Navy veteran Kash Jackson who roars into courtrooms documenting judges willing to impute innocent parents for support payments that could never be paid, and then jailing , or legally alienated those parents from their own children when payments fall behind.
In California, the ground swell of cases where innocent parents were jailed for posting emails or blogs complaining about family courts, caused Joe Sweeney to start Court Reform LLC ,where he worked to get the state legislature to demand judges be investigated and disciplined for their role in corrupt and unreasonable family court cases. Joe was joined by Kathleen Russell and Center for Judicial Excellence , a group that has focused on bad judges in custody cases for over 10 years after an alarming number of mothers were legally alienated from their children for no reason other than a former spouse had the money and lawyer to do it.
On the surface judges and their crony associations state they welcome transparency of the judicial branch, in reality judges are misusing law enforcement, courts and politics to cover up how problematic family court judges and lawyers have become. The judicial watchdog agency, CJP, even went so far as to hire nefarious James Wagstaffe to sue the state auditor in an effort to block an audit of the Commission on Judicial Performance. Fortuneatley for pro pers every where lawyers like Myron Moskovitz have joined the effort to beat back and expose the corrution residing in California's legal system.
Now Patrick Evans, an ethical lawyer who was enraged after a judge bankrupted an entire elderly community has sued the Commission on Judicial Performance, has joined the pro per parade and sued the Commission on Judicial Performance for not doing its job and not protecting the public, or the state’s legal system.
John Q has matched hundreds of pro pers together to court watch, share filed documents and report judges and lawyers at the center of nefarious conduct. By watching “inside” connections pro per groups are tracking the money and information to uncover systemic court corruption, doing the job the federal government should have done years ago.
In California, lawyer Garrett Dailey appears to be at the center of the largest crony network. A lawyer who initially built his reputation on defending the little guy in the Elkins case, Dailey has now filed at least five lawsuits in the court of appeal, seeking to silence pro pers, especially those who have been declared vexatious in an effort to keep them from telling the truth about what is going on in today’s modern family courts.
Join us in thanking lawyers like Patrick Evans who are speaking up and then tell Garrett Dailey, the pro per turncoat, and James Wagstaffe ,the First Amendment fraud to get out of law and stop stealing money from innocent mothers, fathers, and children.
Pro Pers are Working with Santa's Elves to Finalize Santa's Naughty List This Year, which will Include :
Judge James Towery Garrett Dailey
Judge Mary Ann Grilli James Wagstaffe
Judge Araon Persky Brad Baugh
Judge Vincent Chiarello Valerie Houghton
Judge Emede Elise Mitchell
Judge Folan Walter Hammon
Judge Bruce Mills Heather Allan
Judge Swoope BJ Faden
Judge Tani Catil- Sakayue Nat Hales
Judge Matthew J. Gary Keri Evilsizor
Judge Peter Mc Brien Jeff Rosen
Judge Robert J. Moss Lisa Herrick
Special Delivery for : Victoria Henley- Extra Coal!
Got more? List them in comments below so Santa is sure to get them their coal on Christmas Night ! ( Sung to Santa Baby! )
Santa Clara County Judges, Lawyers and Court Clerks Feed Their Fat Lying Faces as They Mock the Poor and Endanger Children
Readers may recall that Q received information from court insiders and whistleblowers that Judge Grilli was being pressured to retire last April : See Hanging Judge Post Here .
As expected Grilli plans to ride off into he sunset with her tax payer supported pension next month, as all the Santa Clara County Family Lawyers and Judges sing her praises at the Santa Clara County Bar Association Holiday luncheon, where lawyers and judges were gushing over the “yachts” and “Mercedes Benzs” judges like Grilli , Towery, and Scott afford them through unconscionable fees and sanctions, usually applied against the indigent or pro per family law litigants in Santa Clara County.
Litigants who have faced over 20 years of Grilli's judicial incompetence, and retaliation against the poor, women and children are not singing Grilli’s praises this season, in fact many are calling for an audit and federal investigation of Grilli’s cases, and for the stripping of her tax funded pension. A similar call is being made to investigate Judge Towery to explain why Santa Clara County has allowed these judges to continue to act in cases with complete disregard for the law, and for trashing public trust in the legal system.
Court insiders report that Grilli is bailing out in advance of the CJP audit, mindful of what that audit will bring that could jeopardize her pension and healthcare benefits.
Q received thousands of complaints over the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s holiday luncheon , where lawyers and judges joined side by side and sang in what appeared to be a celebration over the excessive fees and sanctions they have gotten on the backs of Santa Clara County families and children in divorce cases.
Litigants who have been jailed and sanctioned by Grilli were additionally offended at the celebratory nature related to Grilli's retirement, made as lawyers and judges mocked pro per litigants, people who make up 70% of the litigants in the state of California, and on the heels of the vastly embarrassing public attention Judge Persky brought to the county.
As reported here in April 2016 Grili has been being monitored by the county since spring of 2016. As recently as 2016 Grilli continues to hand out unreasonable sanctions and set unsuspecting pro pers for sanctions and fees , by allowing the same lawyers captured in video to introduce that all too familiar wording that sets litigants up for sanctions, and ultimately vexatious litigant designations, which tend to include cryptic phrasing from lawyers familiar to Grilli that include " frivolous", "litigious " , "excessively costly ".
Judges like Grilli, and now James Towery , are masters at assisting their crony lawyers, experts accountants and custody evaluators in constructing records to make one side in a divorce case appear problematic, They do this to justify unreasonable sanctions that are not tracked and that act as off- radar- kickbacks to their legal peers , family members and friends.
As Judge Grilli's court clerk plans Grilli's retirement Gala pro pers and children across the county have reason to celebrate, After 30 years Grilli will be gone. She will leave in her wake a legacy rich with judicial incompetence , that served to harm Santa Clara County's most innocent citizens. A very different picture than the one painted at the Santa Clara County Bar Association Holiday Luncheon.
An invitation has been sent out, coordinated by Judge Grilli’s wicked court clerk , Jaretta Reser , for a retirement party for Judge Grilli . The party is reported to be scheduled on Friday January 20th from 11:30 -1:30 . Q members are demanding to know where their invitations are and how much tax payer money is being spent on this event for judges and lawyers to feed their fat faces and celebrate a judge that the majority of pro per litigants consider by the pro per community to be more of a Hanging Judge, than one who should be celebrated at tax payer expense. Call Grili’s clerk at 408-792-4253 and RSVP for this event , that is held in our new tax funded Family Justice Center , which was
Former 49er Tries to Close Courtroom in Custody Case After He Beat Mom - Santa Clara Cops Now Threaten to Boycott the 49ers
Former 49er Ray Mc Donald beat the mother of his child, TWICE, and never went to jail for doing so. Now San Jose police officers are bringing seeded clouds back to the issue of their taking of 49er tickets and obtaining private 49er security detail while investigating NFL players in domestic violence and rape cases.
The same police officers who didn't want the press looking into their conduct during a the Mc Donald investigations are now using the media as a weapon to attack 49er Colin Kaepernick's First Amendment Rights, by threatening to have members of the Santa Clara Police Officers Association (SCPOA) boycott their beloved 49ers and Levi's Stadium, claiming to try to be protecting police.
Who is protecting the women and children Ray Mc Donald, and other NFL players repeatedly continue to harm?
As a small media groups, watchdogs and advocates in Santa Clara attempt to bring issues related to the NLF and Domestic Violence forward, Santa Clara cops appear to be retaliating against the press, causing many to begin to question if cops taking of 49er tickets while investigating Ray Mc Donald led to bumbling investigations that ultimately serve to fail to protect victims.
On December 7, 2016 Santa Clara County Judge Helen Williams denied a media request, lawfully made by a small Q- friendly publisher in Mc Donald's criminal case. Previous media requests by larger media outlets had all been granted.
On December 8, 2016 Judge Towery denied a Q- friendly investigative reporter's request to cover Ray Mc Donald's custody case.
Most alarming is that as Chief Sellers thrust SCPOA into the national headlines related to First Amendment issues, individual police officers assigned in Santa Clara County courtrooms continued to show Mc Donald favoritism, gush over his NLF celebrity status in a manner that appears to be violating Frist Amendment Rights of members of the media and victims who have been harmed by NFL players like Ray Mc Donald.
Are Lawyers Assisting Santa Clara Cops and Judges in First Amendment Right Violations?
On December 8, 2016 in Santa Clara County's new opulent Family Justice Center , members of Jane and John Q Public caught attorney Elise Mitchell, pro tem judge Cathy Erickson, court transcriptionists Stephanie Estes, court clerk Jaretta Reser, Santa Clara County Bar Association employee Angie Loyola and numerous Santa Clara County bailiffs in what appears to be a large scale effort to discredit and harrass members of the media investigating Santa Clara County Courts and Judicial Misconduct.
Dating back to January 2016 an award winning investigative journalist began covering family law cases involving Judge Mary Ann Grilli and family lawyer Brad Baugh. By late 2016 the reporter had expanded coverage to include Judges James Towery, Vincent Chiarello and Mark Pierce. The reporter was no stranger to the courts, yet most of his media requests had been denied. with the exception of one granted by Mary Ann Grilli.
On December 8, 2016 while standing outside Judge Towery's department where Mc Donald's custody matter was set to be heard, a member of "Q "was witness to Elise Mitchell, Ray's family lawyer, and Cathy Erickson, who stormed into the court hallway and began ranting in a hog-like bark:
" Oh hell no they aren’t closing the courtroom " , ....."That little bitch went and hired
Hector Mereno's law firm and thinks she is going to get something done. " ....."She thinks the media from some Q, or P, whatever site will help her sorry ass. ..... " They emailed all the judges, I have a copy, I will forward it to you "......" They are trying to discredit Towery and they won't get away with it "
Mitchell was reported to be talking to Cathy Erickson, an attorney who had worked as a pro tem judge in obtaining a stipulated order in Mc Donald’s custody case , where the mother of Ray's child reported she felt pressured into giving Mc Donald overnights based on the widespread media coverage that led the undereducated, mother to believe Judge Towery might not provide her a fair hearing.
Cathy Erickson had no business engaging in conduct that clearly sought to chill the mother and child's due process rights, as she willfully violated Professional Rules of Conduct, and the law, and made a public spectacle with Ray Mc Donald’s family lawyer in courthouse hallways.
Erickson's engaging in exparte communication Ray Mc Donald's lawyer , is clear misconduct and Q is calling for an immediate State Bar and county investigation.
Erickson's and Mitchell's conduct should require a set aside of the custody agreement where a mother was pressured into agreeing to give Mc Donald overnights with a 15 month old child, after she was unable to have Judge Towery consider Mc Donald’s violent history , police documented abuse, and admitted alcoholism.
On December 8, 2016 the investigative reporter covering Towery's cases had made a media request to cover the McDonald custody matter , which Towery promptly denied.
Later the reporter was repeatedly harassed by a number of Santa Clara County Sheriffs as he remained in the courthouse to cover Mc Donald's custody matter, as a member of the public.
Late on December 8, 2016, Q learned that members of the Santa Clara County Sherriff’s Department, and members of the Santa Clara County Bar Association appeared to be attempting to discredit members of Jane and John Q in connection to photos taken at a December 2, 2016 Santa Clara County Bar Association holiday luncheon where members of the State Bar, and Santa Clara County's family law bench were video tapped and photographed singing songs and distributing highly offensive materials, which Q exposed.
Ironically, as the Q friendly investigative reporter and publisher left the courthouse on December 8, 2016 , they were joined in the long elevator ride by Judge Grilli's court reporter, who may have been the one who took the photo of Mr. Mc Donald, Ms. Erickson and Elise Mitchell in an effort to discredit members of Jane and John Q public.
Formal complaints are being filed with the county, state and federal agencies, copies of which Q will post when available.
Media Circus Around NFL Alleged Rapist Has Packed Up and Left Town
On December 7, 2015, the media circus that had come to Santa Clara County to cover the rape and domestic violence issues surrounding former 49er Ray Mc Donald had vanished, and a lone local media outlet was left to request to cover Mc Donald's criminal hearing, a request Santa Clara County Judge Helen Williams promptly denied.
In Mc Donald's Santa Clara County custody case, Judge Towery has allowed alleged rapist and abuser Ray Mc Donald nearly 50% timeshare with his child, despite expert testimony confirming Mc Donald’s admitted alcoholism and three police reports showing Mc Donald is a liar and more than likely has repeatedly beat the mother of his own child, in between raping drunk women he picks up in area bars.
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What did the NFL, and Key Members in the 49er Organization Know ?
Jane and John Q members were appalled to learn that as Mc Donald faced criminal rape charges, and Domestic Violence Restraining Order Violations, Family Court Judge James Towery allowed Mc Donald more time with a 15 month old breast feeding child, in a related cusotdy case.
In other cases before him, Judge Towery has been on record telling unrepresented fathers, or poor fathers, that children under 5 fall under "tender years" consideration, where it is in the best interest of children to spend most time with their mother.
Towery's judicial mental principle process seems to not apply to celebrity NFL football players, who police officers have documented to be a liar, likely rapists and domestic violence abuser.
The Health & Safety Of A Child is a Matter of Public Interest
Judge Towery's judicial record consistently shows a pandering to wealthy parents, usually fathers, and a complete disregard for women and children, much like the judicial culture that resulted in Judge Chiarello giving custody to a represented father , who then raped and killed his own daughter.
On December 7, 2016 Judge Williams appeared to carefully oversee Mc Donald's criminal hearing, assuring Mc Donald due process while addressing new areas of law with regard to cell phone and security passwords..
Many are wondering if Santa Clara County Judges are capable of protecting children as much as they appear willing to try to protect rapists and mother beaters.
Trained court watchers reported that on December 7, 2016, Judge Williams botched a simple judicial task related to the handling of exhibits for the People ( Exhibits 1 and 2), which may leave the door open for an appeal if a Santa Clara County jury should ultimately convict Mc Donald of rape or violation of a domestic violence restraining order, a result that would give the public a de ja vu experience (Brock Turner Stanford Rape Sentencing).
NLF player blows $20,000,000 as he pays $2500/month in child support
While Mc Donald has not worked formally for the NFL in nearly two years, and appears to be "damaged goods" by the NFL standards, Judge Towery seems to be in no hurry to impute Mc Donald for child support. Towery has even ordered the child's mother to miss work as a hairdresser and customer service representative, to fly to Florida for Thanksgiving to accommodate Mc Donald's visitation time with his 15 month old breast feeding son. Mc Donald was reported to have used that time playing with his phone , as his criminal family members , strangers to the child , bounced the child from stranger to stranger , and his mother and maternal grandma waited in a hotel room down the block.
Many alienated grandparents, aunts and uncles across the country are wondering why families of NFL domestic abusers are allowed to see children, when innocent family members are legally alienated from children in their families by family law judges for no reason at all.
Judge Towery also seemed ill concerned that as Mc Donald's parental rights are assured in family court, his hightly paid lawyers are trying to supress eidence that would prove Mc Donald is an alcoholic rapists and the worst kind of domestic abuser, and certianly until to care for a 15 mlnth old child.
The evidence that seems to be of most concern to Mc Donald and his criminal defense team is reported to demonstrate to a reasonable person that Ray Mc Donald is guilty of rape, domestic violence, sexual assault, and simply a bad dad, looking to "GAME " the system and avoid paying child support. Mc Donald may just be able to legally suppress that information based on the bumbling efforts of the SJPD, which is reminiscent of the police investigations during the OJ Simpson trial.
Ironically, James Towery , entered the State Bar in a formal position on the day the OJ Simpson verdict came in. Towery immediately faced a rash of attorney misconduct complaints that arose from the OJ Simpson trial. James Towery was later run out of the State Bar under a cloud of ethical issues, most involving his repeated failure to address attorney misconduct.
When James Towery landed in a Santa Clara County family court judicial assignment, Towery drew the card of Mc Donald's custody case, and landed the fame he had reportedly long sought throughout his tainted legal career. Many are saying Towery's oversight of this case is further evidence of the systemic judicial dysfunctions found in Santa Clara County's legal system. A system that seems unconcerned with upholding public trust, or protecting children.
Are Police More Concerned with Getting Free 49er tickets than Protecting Women and Children?
On December 7, 2016 members of the SJPD testified as to how they asked Mr. Mc Donald for the passwords to his phone and security camera recorders. SJPD never asked the victim of Ray's crimes about those passwords when she was present in the Petco Parking lot on December 16, 2014, or at Mc Donald's home as she was detained while SJPD spent over 5 hours watching and searching the home. Maybe the SJPD never interviewed Mc Donald's domestic violence victim because if they had , they would have found she had the passwords and would have happily given them to her, along with all the screen shots of conversations Ray had with the SJPD officers he routinely kicked back 49er tickets to .
Santa Clara County's court seemed unconcerned with the exparte like communication between Mc Donald and a SJPD witness on December 7, 2016, where the media agency present observed Mc Donald request for an unscheduled "personal break" , and Mc Donald and sworn in SJPD witness Sean Pierce rushed to the men's bathroom for a little pre- testimony chit chat.
Santa Clara also seems unconcerned with the impact of Mc Donald's 49er celebrity status, which remains strong today and can be seen as bailiffs in his criminal case (Deputy R. Gonzales) take every opportunity to talk football with one so connected to their beloved team.
The mother of Ray Mc Donald's child has reported she has experienced similar experiences with Santa Clara County Sheriffs assigned as bailiffs in the custody matter before Judge Towery.
It seems unlikely that a community that was willing to spend $1.85 billon dollars to build Levi's Stadium and create a strong NFL culture in Silicon Valley, is also capable of caring for and lawfully protecting the victims that culture ultimately creates.
Did SJPD Set Up The Rape and DV case to get Ray Mc Donald a GET-OUT- OF-JAIL- FREE CARD?
Members of John Q Public are wondering if officer Sean Pierce is the same Sean ostensibly giving Ray personal police favors back on August 30, 2014 , when Ray was first formally reported to have beaten the mother of his own child, as she was just weeks into her pregnancy. ( See photo at the top of this post) .
If you have a complaint against an NFL player, or information about the Ray Mc Donald's criminal and custody cases that were ignored by the Santa Clara County DA or law enforcement, please email : Caljohnqpublic@gmail.com- All information provided will be kept confidential if requested.
Media Sting on Family Court Holiday Lunch: Judges and Lawyers Make Songs and Flyers to Mock Litigants- General Counsel Lisa Herrick Threatens Jane & John Q Public
Court Whistleblowers Alert "Q" To Family Law Holiday Luncheon
Court insiders and whistleblowers alerted Jane & John Q Public to the Santa Clara County Bar Association's annual holiday luncheon. Court staffers complained the event was coordinated in part by Judge James Towery, who was reported to have employed favoritism and cronyism when he excluded lawyers, court staff and members of the Santa Clara County Sherriff’s department from the family law event. The Santa Clara County Bar Association also advertised that Towery would coordinate invitations for court staff using a personal Gmail account,
What makes this holiday luncheon newsworthy is what happened when hundreds of Santa Clara County Judges, Lawyers and Court Staffers joined together and sang songs that appeared to mock pro per litigants, and gloat over excessive fees Santa Clara County Judges routinely award a select few of "in" crowd family lawyers.
Just prior to the luncheon, it was reported to Q, that Judge Towery had denied the requests of two mothers appearing before him in family court divorce and custody cases, in what appears to be Towery's continued gender and socioeconomically biased rulings that have plagued his family court bench since he was run out of the State Bar for ethics violations.
One request, Towery was quick to deny, was made by a mother seeking to protect her child from being subjected to overnight visits with the child’s father, Ray Mc Donald, former 49er who is facing multiple criminal charges for sexual assault and violation of domestic violence restraining orders. A case being covered by Jane and John Q reporters and members.
The other request was made by a mother seeking to have Towery reinstate her and her college age child to their Los Gatos residence, which also operated as the mother’s publishing business. Towery was well aware the business operated by the mother had been critical of Santa Clara County Courts and the State Bar. Towery ruled to render the mother and child homless a week before the Thanksgiving break so a realtor ( closely and sexually tied to Towery), could market the property and sell it for a huge commission, in what reporters and court watchers observed as pure judiucal retalation based on the mother's association with the media and groups critical of Towery.
Towery denied both mothers’ requests, just prior to the holiday, in what was more than an appearance of flagrant judicial misconduct and abuse of power, conduct Santa Clara has tolerated in its courts for far too long.
Jane & John Q’s investigative reporters Chase Towery and Crash Luncheon
Seasoned investigative reporters, photographers, and videographers, as well as members of Anonymous, crashed the holiday luncheon expecting an opportunity to photograph the very lawyers sitting at the center of current domestic violence issues in Santa Clara County’s family courts. The highest profile of these cases involves the criminal case where former 49er Ray Mc Donald is facing domestic violence and rape charges, which Judge Towery ignored as he allowed Mc Donald to begin overnight visitation with his 15-month-old breast feeding son, a child Ray had with a woman San Jose Police documented was beaten by Mc Donald on at least two occasions.
The other case, People v. Mark Edward Mesiti, involves the father who drugged, raped and killed his own daughter after multiple Santa Clara County judges, including Vincent Chiarello and Aaron Persky gave custody to the father, while denying the mother legal fees and ability to protect her own child.
The conduct of the Santa Clara County judges and lawyers attending the holiday luncheon appears to intentionally mock the victims of domestic violence and rape contained in family law cases is unconscionable. Many claimed the songs appeared to inidcate lawyers gloating over the excessive fees and costs these victims face as reality in Santa Clara County Courts.
Santa Clara Courts Not Humbled by Media or Public Exposure
Santa Clara County’s judges seem unconcerned with how the fairness of the legal system is perceived in relation to family law cases, perhaps because Santa Clara County has been afforded the long arm of protection provided by the Commission on Judicial Performance, where Erica Yew acted as Chairperson, and where no Santa Clara County judge ever faced discipline or scrutiny, until Yew left and Judge Scott and Judge Persky were forced in the bright public spotlight.
Family Court Victims React to Holiday Luncheon Photos & Videos
When Ray Mc Donald’s victim old saw the photos of her custody case judge, James Towery, juxtaposed with the words of the songs, she became visibly ill and stated she was more terrified for the safety of her child than ever before.
Another mother and Towery victim stated:
"It is the most despicable display of judicial conduct that one could imagine. Towery’s conduct was not just ethically void, it was void of any semblance of humanity and has no place in our legal system. He should he should be removed from all divorce and custody cases and barred from ever dealing with the safety or best interests of children."
The State Bar and Santa Clara County have been sanitizing Towery’s ethically challenged conduct for decades, Towery is not immune for his conduct outside the court and members of John Q are calling for his immediate disrobing and for the removal of his tax funded pension.
Media Personally Disgusted By Santa Clara County Courts
A seasoned video journalist who had been spontaneously called to assist in documenting the holiday event was unprepared for the videos and images he captured, stating:
" How could those judges and lawyers sing about all the money they have made to "take to the bank" or buy new “Mercedes Benz”, when their rulings have left children homeless and hungry “.
Perhaps the most sickening is the depth in which other government employees support these judges, including court clerks like Jaretta Reser and Santa Clara County’s General Counsel Lisa Herrick who have repeatedly attempted to chill media and public scrutiny of the Santa Clara County bench.
Santa Clara County's General Counsel Threatens Members of the Public
Immediately following the holiday luncheon, Ms. Herrick had the audacity to accuse members of Jane and John Q of distributing materials at a court attended event, where Judge Mary Ann Grilli and her court clerk, Jaretta Reser, appeared to be singing songs and distributing materials they then accused innocent members of Jane and John Q of doing, clearly to cover their tracks. (Click here for Herrick’s threating email to Jane and John Q)
Ms Herrick was appointed as the County's General Counsel in 2012 where she had known ties to the law firm Mc Manis & Faulkner, a lawfirm with a nefarious history and State Bar investiations for fee gouging of Santa Clara County dissolution litiigants. These investigations occured as James Towery was senior trial counsel at the state bar and criticrized for not addressing attorney misconduct. John Q has 2015 documentation that shows Mc Manis and Faulkner continue in this pracitce, where their fee awards have been rubber stamped by judges like Towery and Mary Ann Grilli, a fact that now appears to be being concealed by the county's own General Counsel, Lisa Herrick, who has a history of protecting state bar disciplined lawyers like Nat Hales, Jr..
Ms. Herrick would be well served to remember she is paid by the tax payers of Santa Clara County, and answers to the people, not the crooked judges, lawyers and court staff who may give her extravagant holiday gifts and invite her to fancy holiday parties catered by the San Jose Fairmont
Woman Warrior Files Federal Suit on Child Support Issues Faces Loss of Her Children By Retaliating Family Court Judge
Members of the Media Detained and Threatened While Nemick Hearing Set to Begin in Yet Another Contra Costa County Family Courtroom
Members of Jane and John Q know Tanya Nemick as a Woman Warrior, a key voice in speaking out against the unfair judges and lawyers who are attacking innocent parents in Santa Clara and Contra Costa Counties where support and custody matters are at hand.
Nemick, a competent and loving mother, has been systematically reduced to a court-described degenerate, despite operating perfectly well in society for over 40 years before she involuntarily faced family courts in Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties.
Court files and records show that each time Nemick attempted to protest unfair practices or violations of due process in her support and custody matters, the family court judges circled the wagons in an effort to silence her. Such retaliation increased in intensity after Nemick filed a federal lawsuit that sought to expose attorney misconduct of Stacy Stevens, Santa Clara County's DCSS and Commissioners, as well as the Commission on Judicial Performance’s failure to assure proper administration of justice in support and custody matters.
Contra Costa and Santa Clara County Judges Protecting a Corrupt CJP ?
Just like CJP whistleblower and court refomer Joe Sweeney, Nemick has paid a heavy price for her tenacity and efforts to expose family court corruption. She has been subjected to frivilous domestic violence restraining orders (ostensibly for sending emails and text messages about her court case), and shortly after she filed her federal law suit, Judge Landau labeled Tanya as a Vexatious Litigant, making her custody and support battles even more impossible for an ADA designated pro per indigent mother.
On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Contra Costa County Judge Leslie G. Landau continued the retaliatory conduct, as Jane and John Q members witnessed first hand that bailiffs improperly handle a media request in Nemick's case, and repeatedly violate her ADA rights, as baliffs shook down members of the public who had come to observe the hearing, and participate in a Jane and John Q Court Watcher Training Program in support of Tanya.
Judge Leslie Landau's Retaliation and Bias are a Violation of Law
In the case immediately preceding the Nemick hearing, Judge Landau demonstrated patience where two pro per litigants acted in a DV issue, and where it was not disputed the father had been arrested and was subject to a domestic violence restraining order. In that case the judge admonished the father and told him ," You are going to have to learn to be a father if you want to see your children."
The judge plainly told that father that he was going to have to learn to change diapers, feed his children on time and work on cooperative parenting with the mother. Judge Landau further told the parties she was not assigning a supervisor for that father's visitation time, and encouraged the parties to agree on a supervisor, such as a friend or family member, to reduce the financial impact supervised visits would have on father's time with his children. Landau then extended the DV restraining order, giving only vague language on the exceptions of that order related to the father’s visitation, an admitted domestic abuser.
Before Nemick's case was called, Landau's bailiff and his supervising officer, D. Murdock #72906, spent considerable time "shaking down" a reporter and a publisher attempting to cover Nemick's hearing. Officer Murdock applied intimidation tactics in an effort to obtain and search both the reporter's and the publisher's cellphones. When Murdock's police intimidation tactics failed, he resorted to threats to subpoena the phone, in order to view its photos and videos.
The publisher pointed out such would be a violation of the strong policy of the state and California's Shield Laws, under which the publisher affirmed her willingness and intent to protect the Jane and John Q sources and information contained on the phone.
When it became clear that members of the Jane and John Q were willing to go to jail to protect the rights and anonymity of their members, Officer Murdock released the publisher with an "admonishment" to not record in the courthouse. The police's harassing delay caused the publisher to miss the first portion of the Nemick hearing, obstructing Jane and John Q members' right and ability to have full coverage of the critical hearing.
Jane and John Q's Court Watchers Observe Bias and Judical Retaliation
As Nemick's hearing began, Jane and John Q court watchers noted it was more than clear that Judge Landau engaged in prejudgment and bias toward Nemick, which was tempered with very carefully calculated judical langague and conduct. It was obvious the judge and had decided before the hearing that she would grant the father an extension of the Domestic Violence Restraining Order against Tanya, using the wide discretion and immunity she is afforded to do so.
While Landau had patiently guided the two pro per litigants immediately before the Nemick hearing, Landau exhibited a different tone and demeanor when dealing with Nemick, where attorney Stacy Stevens acted as a highly paid legal shield for the father.
Landau’s bias toward Nemick was plainly evidenced as she immediately referred to Nemick's vexatious litigant designation when Nemick attempted to address the impact a DV order had had on her employment prospects and ability to see her children. Landau seemed unconcerned that Nemick, now on welfare and unemployment, was required to pay $50-$75 per hour in supervised visits each hour she wanted to see her kids.
Should the State Permit Judges the Authority to Impose a "Pay to Play" Philosphy in Child Custody Cases?
In the case prior to Nemick's hearing, Landau had sua sponte (on her own without a request from anyone), and without a support or custody order before her, ordered the father to pay $525 of the mother's rent and all of her cell phone bill, and ordered that father would be allowed to use unpaid supervision to see his children, despite having formal police records that show clear and undisputed domestic violence.
Nemick will have to pay $500 to a supervisor for each visit, including to see her own son on his birthday later this month.
Unsettling Use of Domestic Violence and Vexatious Litigant Statue in Family Law Cases
Landau's conduct is not isolated. A few months earlier CJP Whistleblower and Court Reform Activist Joe Sweeney was jailed by Contra Costa Judge Mills for posting text messages to a family law blog, despite those text messages being in the public domain.
The pattern of judges misusing DV orders and civil contempt applied to innocent parents who associate with groups critical of family courts is an alarming trend that can no longer be dismissed as “judicial mistakes." At the same time family court judges appear to be "framing" innocent parents, these same judges appear willing to give a free pass to parents with highly paid lawyers and parental history of alcohol, drug use and physical violence, even when indicted by county Grand Juries.
Jane and John Q members are reporting that judges are all too willing to criminalize parents for emails, or for tossing a piece of paper at a spouse's lawyer, while embroiled in the emotional issues of child support and custody matters, yet unwilling to address conduct of parents who are known to have committed physical assault and abuse, when those parents have money and legal representation. This judical condcut appears to be supported by a by toothless county proceutors in counties like Santa Clara and Contra Costa that exhibit a well documented history of failing to properly address support and property divisions in child support cases, where the poorer parent appears to suffer from lack of legal parity and poverty shaming, is a matter that is long overdue for federal intervention, and it shouldn’t require innocent parents like Tanya Nemick to do the job the federal government is obligated to do.
Equally alarming is the extreme abuse of discretion, judicial incompetence, administrative failures and flagrant violations of due process related to support, abetted by toothless county proceutors in counties like Santa Clara and Contra Costa that exhibit a well documented history of failing to properly address support and property divisions in child support cases, where the poorer parent appears to suffer from lack of legal parity and poverty shaming , is a matter that is long overdue for federal intervention, and it shouldn’t require innocent parents like Tanya Nemick to do the job the federal government is obligated to do.
Do Californians Really Want Good Parents like Tanya Nemick Kept from Their Children While Known Celebrity Domestic Abusers are Allowed to go Scott Free?
When Jane and John Q , and others like them , started websites and blogs , in an effort to expose the reality of family court , most courts dismissed them as "crazy " and disgruntled. Santa Clara County even filed legal documents in federal court calling these blogs and emails "unsubstantiated", in an effort to prevent their use in court cases, while at the same time court staff, judges and lawyers went on a virtual witch-hunt campaign across the county accusing litigants up and down the state of being connected to, or authoring these sites.
Joe Sweeney was jailed in Contra Costa County for his family law blog postings and in Santa Clara County lawyers tried to pin associations with this blog on several female litigants, none whom did more than contact the website .
The Potts have tried to subpoena Facebook records related to this blog, and Santa Clara County Judge Arand appears to be willing to let them, over protecting the law and First Amendment Rights, and perhaps Arand doesn't want anyone diving into her family court or DA connection records.
Pressure did not stop as Santa Clara Court staff and judges secretly hoped after the media circus surrounding Judge Persky caused the county to move him from criminal to civil courts. What courts may have dubbed protests and "inconvenient" free speech movements in past, is now finally getting larger public attention and support and without the help of main stream media.
Judge complaints that were mostly ignored, or nothing more than a speed bump for the judicial immunity GET AWAY car, may look different based on the efforts of Jane and John Q , and the thousands of supporters who are moving this website and others like it to a position to that is bound to cause dysfunctional courts worry.
The "little guys" have evolved. Small groups once cut off by lack of information and connection to others, now have the web, and social media; a place the government can't control and that organically evolves. Powered by the First Amendment.
What mainstream media wouldn't help with, social hacktivists and modern reformers will.
Supporters of Jane and John Q now number in the tens of thousands, the group is organized and is a threat to the back alley Kangaroo justice unleashed in family courts for the past two decades. And Courts are now paying attention to these "unsubstantiated" websites as a real threat to their tax payer gravy train ride.
Jane and John Q Schedule 2017 Pro Per Boot Camps
Mock Family Court Hearings - To benefit a Pro Per Divorce Litigants
Court Watcher Training- Training Witnesses and Watchers of Family Court Judges
Editing Services and Resources- Assistance with Complaints Lodged against judges and lawyers in family court cases.
In 2017 Jane and John Q will also be collaborating with others to assist pro per family law litigants navigate the appeals and complaints process with an eye to reforming family courts to ensure legal parity and fairness in the state's monopoly over property division and custody matters.
2017 Looks to be the year of the revolution that will change our family courts forever.