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 .