Consequences of Altered Family Court Transcripts
After years of parents being called "crazy " and "disgruntled" for claiming transcripts in custody and divorce cases have been altered, an underground sting has revealed that crazy parents deprived of their children and property may very well be on to something.
For the past five years litigants in Sacramento, Santa Clara, Contra Costa and Orange County have been secretly recording hearings and comparing them with the actual transcripts in their case. Word by word these recordings are being compared to the transcripts that serve as the permanent historical record of a court proceeding.
The worst abuse appears to occur in private attorney offices where depositions, or hearings involving a 638 or 639 private judge, referee , Special Master is involved.
Some counties employ court reporters as a matter of routine, others including Sacramento and Santa Cruz do not. This can have a great impact on an appeal. No court record, no appeal, that is likely to work,
Initial research shows that court reporters regularly employed in family court cases appear willing to alter and change transcripts which may have serious implications for court orders and appeals. These court reporters, often women, appear to be willing to change transcripts at the private request of a judge, or at the request of a seasoned lawyer who brings in steady business, for which court reporters are able to earn additional income.
Santa Clara County Court insiders, fed up with fancy court houses and high pay to court reporters, are reporting that a few court reporters regularly assigned to family court cases have been engaging in tax fraud, and assisting judges and lawyers in altering transcripts for a steady flow of income, as court clerks face furlough and pay freezes.
Court management is worried as records request related to the court reporters have also been reportedly delayed , buried or altered to prevent mainstream media from exposing mass corruption that impacts legal outcomes and court budgets.
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