Judges Cut Deal with Silicon Valley Billionaires to Save Santa Clara County Family Courts from Bankruptcy
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Are Silicon Valley Billionaires Too Cozy with California Judges?
Following in the footsteps of PayPal founder Peter Thiel, who funded Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Magazine, Silicon Valley's newest billionaires appear to be using their money and power to buy the state's judiciary, Middle class families in Silicon Valley may be caught in the cross fire as a result.
Silicon Valley insiders report that it is now commonplace for billionaires in the Valley to invest in litigation funds that support lawyers, judges and experts who can cook books, or recommend custody in divorce cases, or swing a star struck jury to get the best outcome in a patent infringement case. Even domestic violence appears to be up for grabs as Silicon Valley billionaire Clyde Berg was able to pay a legal team to convince a Silicon Valley jury that beating his pregnant wife was not a problem.
Google , Apple, Netflix, PayPal and yes, even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appears to be connected to judges like family court judge James Towery and a number of judges in the Sixth District. But the reach appears to go all the way up to the Ninth Circuit, giving an appearance that California's legal system is up for sale to the richest tech or social media billionaire in Silicon Valley .
Most alarming is that top executives and shareholders at Apple, Google, Netflix, PayPal and EBay, as well as Silicon Valley venture capital firms are betting on Silicon Valley divorces by paying off and offering sweetheart settlements, that ultimately serve to rig the courts in the county's most high profile divorce cases.
Other pathways for judge corruption stems from the use of private arbitration and mediation , where court appointments of receivers and 730 experts are a matter of routine. A recent study in UC Hastings found that most of these firms are not even legally operated.
Huge financial incentives for Silicon Valley Judges
Days after the San Jose Mercury's Tracy Kaplan got the county's presiding judge, Patricia Lucas, to admit a shiny new $283,000,000 family law courthouse is financially unsustainable, a group of anonymous hackers and technology activists uncovered grave conflicts in the county's judiciary that not only leaves a MORAL STAIN on Santa Clara County, it raises questions as to the financial interest many judges and lawyers have in the outcome of the average divorce case, where no jury can influence an outcome.
Leaked documents, and data files indicate that the county has been concealing sheer bankruptcy for months , as they cut the most essential court staff and services. The leaked information proves that as Silicon Valley courts are plainly bankrupt, and have been rigging cases and fixing verdicts to benefit Silicon Valley titans for years.
Anonymous sources found court CEO David Yamasaki is reported to have worked with court PIO Joe Macalusco in assisting in the misuse of state and federal funds where Domestic Violence and Child Support issues are of concern. Further, in the building of the new Family Justice Center, court clerks reported , off the record, that Yamasaki used contractors and landscapers to steal palm trees and improve the his own residence with materials paid for by the Judicial Council and Santa Clara County tax payers.
Court reporters also appear to be in on the action. As the county slashes the budget for court reporters, claiming they have no money, a five year investigation indicates that a handful of court reporters, acting as employees for the court, were additionally allowed to make millions in cash from divorce cases where certain lawyers including Bradford Baugh, Nat Hales, Walter Hammon, Nicole Ford, Heather Smith, Valerie Houghton (criminally indicted), Mia Mosher , Heather Allan , Elise Mitchell, Matt Erickson, Richard Roggia, Lynne Yates Carter, , Danielle Morgan and James McManis appeared to be able to delay transcript deliveries to the other side, and influence appeals, tossing other lawyers and pro per litigants out of justice in their divorce cases.
A deep investigation shows these lawyers not only influenced judges against pro per litigants, they worked with court reporters to change transcripts that impacted appeals and outcomes in most of Silicon Valley's most affluent divorce cases, benefiting the billionaires and millionaires like David Cheriton , Steve Wozniak, Oliver Garbe , Evan Brooks, Don Woodward, Lisa and Larry Pott, Sheila Pott and real estate titan Thomas Lynch. Former NFL stars like Ray McDonald and marijuana big wigs like Rooney who appear to be benefiting from the money being thrown to judges and most elite divorce law firms, where Kids for Cash is a matter of routine business in Silicon Valley's divorce and custody cases.
730 experts and private judges appear to be in on the financial game as well. The investigation shows that private law firms are being used to convince unsuspecting spouses to keep messy divorce details out of the public spotlight, giving lawyers and private4 mediators and judges immunity to engage in RICO like conduct with Silicon Valley real estate, children and businesses. Financial investigations show these private judges are making millions on fraudulent real estate liens and business property transfers they can cash in on in their personal retirement, none of which is lawfully disclosed to litigants. And where divorce outcomes, and private tech settlements are RIGGED, with immunity and stipulated agreements entered into by the unsuspecting underdog litigant.
Much like the now famous case involving Hulk Hogan and Gawker magazine, financial records indicate that many Silicon Valley VC firms are banking on Silicon Valley divorces and legal settlements, where public judges are reportedly awarding fees and appointments as part of a complex scheme to rob Silicon Valley businesses and properties engaged in divorce and probate cases.
Perhaps the most morally deficient fact is that Silicon Valley family courts appear to be being funded by Silicon Valley titans, where the end result is the legal kidnapping of children and the theft of family homes and childhoods, all because their parents' divorce took place in California's excessively wealthy and powerful Silicon Valley.