Media Sting on Family Court Holiday Lunch: Judges and Lawyers Make Songs and Flyers to Mock Litigants- General Counsel Lisa Herrick Threatens Jane & John Q Public
Court Whistleblowers Alert "Q" To Family Law Holiday Luncheon
Court insiders and whistleblowers alerted Jane & John Q Public to the Santa Clara County Bar Association's annual holiday luncheon. Court staffers complained the event was coordinated in part by Judge James Towery, who was reported to have employed favoritism and cronyism when he excluded lawyers, court staff and members of the Santa Clara County Sherriff’s department from the family law event. The Santa Clara County Bar Association also advertised that Towery would coordinate invitations for court staff using a personal Gmail account,
What makes this holiday luncheon newsworthy is what happened when hundreds of Santa Clara County Judges, Lawyers and Court Staffers joined together and sang songs that appeared to mock pro per litigants, and gloat over excessive fees Santa Clara County Judges routinely award a select few of "in" crowd family lawyers.
Just prior to the luncheon, it was reported to Q, that Judge Towery had denied the requests of two mothers appearing before him in family court divorce and custody cases, in what appears to be Towery's continued gender and socioeconomically biased rulings that have plagued his family court bench since he was run out of the State Bar for ethics violations.
One request, Towery was quick to deny, was made by a mother seeking to protect her child from being subjected to overnight visits with the child’s father, Ray Mc Donald, former 49er who is facing multiple criminal charges for sexual assault and violation of domestic violence restraining orders. A case being covered by Jane and John Q reporters and members.
The other request was made by a mother seeking to have Towery reinstate her and her college age child to their Los Gatos residence, which also operated as the mother’s publishing business. Towery was well aware the business operated by the mother had been critical of Santa Clara County Courts and the State Bar. Towery ruled to render the mother and child homless a week before the Thanksgiving break so a realtor ( closely and sexually tied to Towery), could market the property and sell it for a huge commission, in what reporters and court watchers observed as pure judiucal retalation based on the mother's association with the media and groups critical of Towery.
Towery denied both mothers’ requests, just prior to the holiday, in what was more than an appearance of flagrant judicial misconduct and abuse of power, conduct Santa Clara has tolerated in its courts for far too long.
Jane & John Q’s investigative reporters Chase Towery and Crash Luncheon
Seasoned investigative reporters, photographers, and videographers, as well as members of Anonymous, crashed the holiday luncheon expecting an opportunity to photograph the very lawyers sitting at the center of current domestic violence issues in Santa Clara County’s family courts. The highest profile of these cases involves the criminal case where former 49er Ray Mc Donald is facing domestic violence and rape charges, which Judge Towery ignored as he allowed Mc Donald to begin overnight visitation with his 15-month-old breast feeding son, a child Ray had with a woman San Jose Police documented was beaten by Mc Donald on at least two occasions.
The other case, People v. Mark Edward Mesiti, involves the father who drugged, raped and killed his own daughter after multiple Santa Clara County judges, including Vincent Chiarello and Aaron Persky gave custody to the father, while denying the mother legal fees and ability to protect her own child.
The conduct of the Santa Clara County judges and lawyers attending the holiday luncheon appears to intentionally mock the victims of domestic violence and rape contained in family law cases is unconscionable. Many claimed the songs appeared to inidcate lawyers gloating over the excessive fees and costs these victims face as reality in Santa Clara County Courts.
Santa Clara Courts Not Humbled by Media or Public Exposure
Santa Clara County’s judges seem unconcerned with how the fairness of the legal system is perceived in relation to family law cases, perhaps because Santa Clara County has been afforded the long arm of protection provided by the Commission on Judicial Performance, where Erica Yew acted as Chairperson, and where no Santa Clara County judge ever faced discipline or scrutiny, until Yew left and Judge Scott and Judge Persky were forced in the bright public spotlight.
Family Court Victims React to Holiday Luncheon Photos & Videos
When Ray Mc Donald’s victim old saw the photos of her custody case judge, James Towery, juxtaposed with the words of the songs, she became visibly ill and stated she was more terrified for the safety of her child than ever before.
Another mother and Towery victim stated:
"It is the most despicable display of judicial conduct that one could imagine. Towery’s conduct was not just ethically void, it was void of any semblance of humanity and has no place in our legal system. He should he should be removed from all divorce and custody cases and barred from ever dealing with the safety or best interests of children."
The State Bar and Santa Clara County have been sanitizing Towery’s ethically challenged conduct for decades, Towery is not immune for his conduct outside the court and members of John Q are calling for his immediate disrobing and for the removal of his tax funded pension.
Media Personally Disgusted By Santa Clara County Courts
A seasoned video journalist who had been spontaneously called to assist in documenting the holiday event was unprepared for the videos and images he captured, stating:
" How could those judges and lawyers sing about all the money they have made to "take to the bank" or buy new “Mercedes Benz”, when their rulings have left children homeless and hungry “.
Perhaps the most sickening is the depth in which other government employees support these judges, including court clerks like Jaretta Reser and Santa Clara County’s General Counsel Lisa Herrick who have repeatedly attempted to chill media and public scrutiny of the Santa Clara County bench.
Santa Clara County's General Counsel Threatens Members of the Public
Immediately following the holiday luncheon, Ms. Herrick had the audacity to accuse members of Jane and John Q of distributing materials at a court attended event, where Judge Mary Ann Grilli and her court clerk, Jaretta Reser, appeared to be singing songs and distributing materials they then accused innocent members of Jane and John Q of doing, clearly to cover their tracks. (Click here for Herrick’s threating email to Jane and John Q)
Ms Herrick was appointed as the County's General Counsel in 2012 where she had known ties to the law firm Mc Manis & Faulkner, a lawfirm with a nefarious history and State Bar investiations for fee gouging of Santa Clara County dissolution litiigants. These investigations occured as James Towery was senior trial counsel at the state bar and criticrized for not addressing attorney misconduct. John Q has 2015 documentation that shows Mc Manis and Faulkner continue in this pracitce, where their fee awards have been rubber stamped by judges like Towery and Mary Ann Grilli, a fact that now appears to be being concealed by the county's own General Counsel, Lisa Herrick, who has a history of protecting state bar disciplined lawyers like Nat Hales, Jr..
Ms. Herrick would be well served to remember she is paid by the tax payers of Santa Clara County, and answers to the people, not the crooked judges, lawyers and court staff who may give her extravagant holiday gifts and invite her to fancy holiday parties catered by the San Jose Fairmont
12/6/2016 07:53:32 pm
I am a licensed child and family therapist and a psychoanalyst. This party is an inflamatory act of defiance in the face of a pending audit of the Commission on Judicial Performance and the recent audit of the State Bar for their failures to remove or discipline misconduct.To mock citizens, especially where there identities are not disguised, and pat each other on the back for the highest attorney awards and awards of sanctions in the state is deplorable and shameful, yet the participants seem invulnerable to shame. Will it take an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and prosecution by the U.S. Attorney General to clean up Santa Clara County Family Court? Any attorney or judge in the county with a shred of commitment to the law and the principles of due process is called upon to public disassociate themselves with this 'celebration'.
This was a public rape of all of the innocent parents family courts have sanctioned, legally alienated from their own children , or discredited merely for getting a divorce. Family Courts havce become the financial engine of California's legal system , funding these unethical crooks on the backs of our property and our children's future. It must stop and yes, it will take a federal investigation- how much more do they need, these bastards were caught on video , they didn't even try to hide- they asked for copies of the photos ! And there are so many more not even posted here!
1/6/2017 07:13:22 pm
Breaking news; CJP is now outsourcing investigations into complaints. They asked private citizen to find out lyrics to songs and names of judges at party FOR THEM. FYI Legislature can reduce budget for CJP and we will just direct bill the state for our work? Shout out to Anne Hunter, Staff Counsel for the job opportunity.
1/6/2017 07:24:18 pm
Please make this more clear.
1/6/2017 07:29:32 pm
thank you for speaking out. please keep going.
1/6/2017 11:33:11 pm
Contra Costa is as CORRUPT! PROBATE JUDGE, JOHN H SUGIYAMA CARTEL, FEATURING RON K MULLIN and the ring of connections to law enforcement.
12/7/2016 06:03:55 am
It's an epidemic. It is not solely contained in Santa Clara County. I've posted negative reviews on the Better Business Bureau website and have been stalked by lawyers for doing it. "They" even got into my medical records and started making up false diagnosis. "They've" gotten to everyone I know. Ten people people in my case have disappeared from the face of the Earth. It's dangerous to complain and they want to scare us AND our children and suppport circle then they get their children go to work for them. But they need to be outed and the stories need to be told. These miscreants threaren our lives and the lives of our loved ones and get away with it laughing all the way to the bank$$, Country Club, prep schools, European Vacation, and I'm sick of it. The Department of Justice understands what's going on. It's a land grab. It'll take a pitchfork rebellion.
12/7/2016 05:37:36 pm
I sued for damages and breach of charter rights Mcivor v et al police prosecution two lawyers the law society of British Columbia and the dirtiest judge in bc Pearson dismissed it buried it...as well as CanLl the legal reporting...gone!! It's filed in the salmon arm law courts...
Tressie DuPont Paytas
12/7/2016 06:46:41 am
It makes me sick how all over the US the so called CPS have their own MSW therapist claiming that children are being abused and lying in court Trust me I was the Loving grandmother they GUTTED in court They make the GOOD Ones LOOK BAD and this has caused PTSD for me poor people do not stand a chance or are able tho afford to fight these monsters they steal children from families for Federal Funding IV fraud and Adoption Safe Family Act
12/7/2016 08:50:47 am
Its going on here in Northern Utah's Weber County and beyond. My Special Needs Son, who is developmentally disabled, has been cruely punished for 8 months now for pulling the hair of another child. Isolated over a hundred miles from his home. Denied family contact of any sort for months at a time. Treated like some sort of wild animal. Also denied his right to a basic public education. Now they are pushing to do an experimental brain implant on him, looking at all they've done to My only live birth out of 5 pregnancies I have to question if My child is being used for medical research. Its horrifying that all rights of the parents are entirely ignored, and actually due process is a complete joke. You have a whole court room on the same side, for profit, to themselves team, whether your lawyer is privately paid by the parents, or appointed by the court, the agenda is the same. Its criminal the destruction done. Its a misappropiation of federal funds. From what I know of other victims, I fear it is the same in Salt Lake City. Our Son's destruction continues, his well being, happiness, and future, stolen from him. As I fear soon his life may also be stolen from him.
12/7/2016 05:19:14 pm
Its going on in Arizona on an epidemic level that can only be viewed as satanic
12/7/2016 06:53:08 pm
Jufges Not worthy of public office
12/8/2016 09:46:06 am
it's happing In Alabama & all over nation wide unconstitutional stealing our children without court order from me and my
No More Kids for Cash
12/8/2016 10:19:55 am
Hello from Pennsylvania, the "Kids for Cash" state. Children are being destroyed in our state by judges and lawyers engaged in illegal collusion, diabolical disregard for due process, and greed of enormous proportions. The higher courts, rendered inaccessible for most of us due to their exorbitant fee, has as it's only purpose, shielding these evil people from the truth. My once-healthy grandchildren have been destroyed by a five-year-long "custody" battle against neglegant mom's demand for sole custody on the basis of false allegations of abuse. The seven professionals who testified in Father's behalf were all ignored by the court. The result is terrifying. Thank you for your excellent investigative journalism. The media is well aware of this problem, but refuses to touch the subject. Secretive family courts protect judges and attorneys involved in schadenfreude.
12/8/2016 07:42:35 pm
I gave birth in July of 2014 too twin my son 5.9 and my daughter 3.7 Arianna was taken to the nic unit and Luke was taken to nersery. June 27th obyn put me on viciddin and so when I rush to emergency c section I had postive test. My babies didn't and the hospital doctor put them on mophine. Then they called cps. Then cps investor showed up and started asking questions if drank me no so he says you had a problem before. Then he says that my doctor was the one that called saying I used meth. No sir. He removed my 15yr old from me. He also threatened me and my partner that would make it where I would never see my children and the same for him. I haven't seen my babies since mothers day. They took my perentel rights away they said I failed a drug test but was never allowed to see the results. I was with my twins the first four months of there life's. We started over night visit but the foster would always have something negative to say. I had 9 case workers. When we went to trial my lawyer told me that they can't supena out of the county. So I called every one I could they denied my nephew which I helped raise because his mother wasn't around. They denied everyone but my nephews father. I left apart out the cps came we went the same day and did a hair folic test and a UA. The only thing in my semstem was viciddin. My family has been destroyed. I'm under apeal. Never knew there was so much evil in our system. The empty feeling the heart ach never gets easier. Depression , anxiety.
12/8/2016 09:22:50 pm
James Towery is allowed to profit from ruining people's lives.
12/9/2016 08:41:01 am
Only in this county does a dirty judge mingle publicly with the attorneys who appear in front of him.
12/13/2016 11:56:07 am
That James Towery picture is exactly him. He always has that disgusted look on his face in court.
1/1/2017 07:33:57 pm
Droves of Californians are exiting the state. This state has been destroyed by unrelenting grappling for rose colored glasses utopia. Most everyone is deluding themselves that this state and its infrastructure is on borrowed time.
7/6/2017 08:48:26 am
A correction: Judge Persky was not one of the judges who awarded custody of Alycia Mesiti to her father . Judge Dolores Carr was the other judge who was on the case and gave aTRO to Mark Mesiti against Alycia's mother. When he was arrested for Domestic Violence and her mother contested the TRo, she cancelled it. Judge Chiarello was the primary and deciding judge who gave custody to Mark Mesiti (trial to start July 10, 2017).
10/15/2017 03:44:14 pm
Hi, I am filing a complaint against the Bar for putting bad judges, including Persky, on the bench. I used your website as the source for alleging that Persky also awarded custody of the children. to the killer Edward Mesiti I am wondering what your source is. I can't seem to access the custody case (Santa Clara probably took it off public access.) Thanks Pat Barry
6/16/2021 03:28:12 pm
The Better Business Bureau is my First trusted resource. The FBI investigates and reports to the IRS, as it has its duty to find hidden $$ and reported to Uncle Sam. A petition must be added to the voters. This can be promoted via Social Media. Imagine the noise this would cause all over the World. CPS, Judges, Lawyers and corrupted DA should be shame in public for their horrific actions against innocent children.
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