Silicon Valley judges have become disgruntled with their $200,000 annual pay. So family lawyers decided to do something about it in order to get in judges' favor. Fueled with client money pouring in from Facebook, Paypal , Google and Twitter executives, divorce lawyers are using Bitcoin or crypto currencies as well as equity in family homes and investment properties to bribe judges and rig divorce cases. The blueprint is being repeated all over the state as these well funded lawyers and corrupt judges operate what has become California's most dangerous criminal organizations.
Police officers willing to write bogus reports of domestic violence while ignoring serious white collar crimes play a critical role in the operation. Crooked cops are getting special loans and below market houses in exchange for the role they play in the scam. Children whose parents are involved in divorce or custody disputes are being used by the enterprise to incite conflict and generate fees that justify the selling off of the family home or rental properties that generate family wealth.
Judges rotated through family, civil and criminal courts are the most likely to be dragged into the network. These judges issue orders that are critical for the organization. It has worked like a well oiled machine for 20 years, as property values in Silicon Valley skyrocket.
The pandemic however, disrupted the corruption and leaked information to outsiders. Meetings through local bar associations have been disrupted due to the pandemic . No longer can the lawyers rub shoulders with judges or others in the enterprise in hallways such they they are able to overhear other cases in a manner that invites illegal, or exparte, communications.
During the COVID crisis, attorneys in the San Francisco Bay Area used the pandemic to record public court hearings, meetings with private judges and attorneys court appointed to represent children. Some of the recordings were made illegally to help lawyers and judges make more money on ghost real estate transactions and inflated legal bills that are always ordered in favor of lawyers assuring a steady stream of bribes.
The existence of these illegally recordings only is revealed when I judge is involved, as was the case in a Santa Clara County Superior Court earlier this month:
"Judge Roberta Hayashi needs another apartment complex in Santa Cruz and someone has to chip in for more remodels on her Los Gatos house " , attorney Mark Erickson is heard telling attorney Jim Hoover in an illegally recorded call made on special software Erickson keeps on his office computer. Erickson, like most other lawyers, reportedly does poor legal work, charges unconscionable fees, spies on his own clients and makes backroom deals with opposing lawyers to stay in the good graces of the local judges. This is especially true in cases where he opposes attorneys associated with Hector Moreno, David Patton, James McManis or Jim Hoover from Hoover Krepelka, all of whom assure outright bribes to judges, cops and court appointed experts to get desired legal outcomes that keep the flow of clients coming into their legal practices.
The pandemic has caused trouble for divorce lawyers who find it difficult to conceal their criminality when other lawyers, and unknown members of the public, or a jury, may be listening. After moving her troubled career as a family court judge to civil court, Judge Hayashi was more than humiliated during a hot mic moment on a Zoom where the jury was present and an attorney in a auto accident case was heard calling Judge Hayashi a
"Fucking Idiot". A sentiment divorce lawyers Mark Erickson, Hector Moreno, Nicole Ford, Liz Goodley and Elise Mitchell expressed when they were recorded outside the family courthouse back in 2020.
The LA Times and the San Jose Mercury recently reported on the hot mic incident and social media is mocking attorney Vincent Sal Filipo for calling Judge Hayashi a " fucking idiot" in ear shot of a jury and recorded Zoom hearing. Judge Hayashi is said to be fuming and planning to make sure Sal Filipo never wins a case in Santa Clara County again.
Illegal recordings have also revealed how Los Gatos based attorney Carlos Martinez, Capitola based attorney John Hannon and lawyers from San Jose; James McManis, Rhonda Edgar, Walter Hammon, Richard Roggia, James Cox, Tracey Duell Cazes and Bill Dresser are connected to real estate scams designed to take family homes and convert the equity to attorney fees during a divorce, custody or domestic violence case in family court.
Converted fees are laundered through attorney trust accounts , title companies and escrow accounts where the funds are used to bribe judges up and down the state, where the bribes assure civil cases are buried and claims are returned to family court. Houses sold below market value through private judges, referees or " Special Masters" are funding the criminal enterprise that incites conflict, harms children and seizes family homes in order to continue to operate.
Family courts do not have jurors. Cases are heard by a single court judge. Torts such as fraud, domestic violence, concealment, and conversion can not be litigated in family court as the claims must be in heard in civil court where a jury is entitled to hear the claims. Judges who have been earning money on side hustles from rigged divorce cases do not want these cases heard by jurors who go home and tell about what is really happening in family courts. Looking through civil court filings against attorneys can reveal the players in involved in the corruption.
The pattern of the most corrupt lawyers show that they work closely with the police departments in Morgan Hill, Gilroy, San Jose, Los Gatos and Santa Clara to assure reports are written in a manner that will allow lawyers to raise false domestic violence claims in and around the time a divorce case is filed. Further, individual police officers and police chiefs are accepting bribes that prevent clients willing to pay the criminal organization from being charged for tax evasion, fraud and other crimes that could be exposed during a divorce case.
Police chiefs who have been paid bribes through local police associations include police chiefs from Gilroy, Los Gatos, and San Jose , all but Los Gatos Chief DeCena have resigned as they knew police records laws and new snitches could expose their corrupt deeds. Scott Smithee , the chief in Gilroy, was known for his long corrupt history with drugs and sex trafficked, and more recently for bribes he took that included special loans and real estate deals assured by Intero Real Estate agents who agreed to who assured home remodels and tax accounting favors through the CPA firms of Greco, Filice and Thompson and MHTB, where Angelo Pezzoni, Mike Schumway, James Butera and Marcy Nunez have worked for powerful members of Silicon Valley's legal community in exchange for court appointments that offer them immunity.
According to information provided to family law attorneys Valerie Houghton, Elise Mitchell, Liz Goodley, and Heather Allan, by now deceased Santa Clara County Sheriff Deputy Jack Solario , the most corrupt judges, lawyers and cops, get off the books accounting advice and should they ever face a DUI, false DV claim or personal divorce, free legal advice from attorney James McManis , and his former associates including, Carolyn Helwick, who uses her former relationships at the local DA's office and as an associate in the McManis Faulkner law firm where Helwick was known as the go between when it comes to bribing local judges or getting clients to agree to use private judges. Helwick's name appears in the Mitchell papers as having assured over $5 million in bribes to Judges Patricia Lucas, James Towery. Roberta Hayashi , Mary Arand, Julie Emede, Beth McGowan, Stuart Scott and Carol Overton ( the judge in the county protecting big landlords in unlawful detainer and civil harassment cases) . Overtime's ties to real estate has made her one of the most corrupt judges in the county.
San Jose police Chief Ed Garcia, moved to Texas , where he reportedly continues to cover up human trafficking crimes. Scott Smithee, the former Gilroy Chief is reportedly getting into private security for Silicon Valley's tech and social media companies where he is reportedly consulting on how to conceal the most serious white collar crimes connected to SEC violations and real estate fraud.
Judges have a legal obligation to disclose their social, personal and professional relationships with lawyers or others they appoint in a case, they rarely do. Judges also have a duty to report attorney misconduct, they rarely do . Judges know everyone lies in family court, yet they look the other way when it comes to the criminality of clients paying the criminal enterprise and assuring bribes to local judges. Those clients and their lawyers will never be sanctioned or disciplined by the state bar. In fact the corruption at the bar, revealed by the Thomas Garardi case works to protect the most corrupt lawyers in Silicon Valley These corrupt lawyers are never prosecuted by a local district attorney whose political campaigns are funded by the monies these lawyers and judges pay to keep them in office.
Divorce cases that are " fixed" or " rigged" involve the same lawyers and the same pattern and practice when it comes to public corruption. These cases, regularly assigned to a specific judge, often find a judge working for the criminal operation, come into their case at a hearing where no legitimate reason for the judge switch has occurred. Judge James Towery's cases show the most corruption, where Towery has injected himself in other cases where the corruption could be revealed.
The lawyers in Silicon Valley are no different than those in LA and Organge County, where it was recently revealed how corrupt attorney Thomas Giaradi had become, right under the nose of the State Bar. Giarardi was known for screwing his clients. Now in his final years of life, he is facing disbarment, bankruptcy and his own divorce from celebrity Erika Jane of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Turns out their plush lifestyle was supported on the backs of women and orphans Girardi represented in class action lawsuits, never got paid. Girardi's corruption and influence include bribes and kickbacks to Governor Gavin Newsom, who appointed Girardi to approve judges Newsom would appoint over his political career. Bribes to Shelia Sonenshine, Judge Moss, Judge Lucas, Judge Yew. and countless attorneys acting as private judges independently, David Weinberg, or through the private business known as JAMS are also documented in the Mitchell Papers.