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.