Question: How do you get crooked judges to jail?
Answer: Cameras and Media Exposure to the World!
Santa Clara County was unprepared to deal with the social media consequences of Judge Persky's routine sentencing practices in criminal cases, however after millions of people signed change.org petitions and even more millions chatting on Facebook and Twitter began to shine a bight light on judges acting in criminal and family court cases, Santa Clara County Court administrators got a bit more practice, and their gold child, CEO David Yamasaki appears to be running away, bailing from the sinking ship faster than anyone. While mainstream media tells the traditional story of a highly visible court CEO departure, social media and court reform activists are telling what is more likely to be the real story. .
As judges across America begin to realize the impact of family law lit9igants rising up to expose corrupt , biased and unqualified judges in family law cases, Santa Clara County seems to remain asleep at the wheel. That deep slumber appears to be systemic all the way to the SIXTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS.
In 2007 the Sixth District was blasted by a San Jose Mercury News investigation, where Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Fredrick Tulsky , enlisted the assistance of graphic artists, researchers, photographers and copywriters to expose the legal games the SIXTH District was playing in criminal appeals.
The Sixth District is widely known for simply not controlling lower trials courts, which includes Santa Clara County courts, where many judges rise to the appeals bench.
Now, nearly ten years after the San Jose Mercury exposed what the Sixth District was doing in criminal cases, a team of investigative reporters is set to expose what is going on in Santa Clara County family law cases , and related appeals.,
The Sixth District is best known for the Family law case In Re Marriage of Cheriton , after Family Court Judge Mary Ann Grilli, and lawyer for husband , Brad Baugh, appeared to work in harmony to allow wealthy billionaire David Cheriton to get out of paying state mandated child support. The case was so outrageous that it has since been used throughout California to demand courts insist that parents pay proper support for their children , But 16 years after that case, and the very personal chastising from the SIXTH DISTRICT, court rulings and orders found in public files from cases before Grilli, and Judge Towery, show Grilli continues show the disturbing pattern of judges engaged in "hometowning" with lawyers to get wealthy Silicon Valley parents out of supporting their children. Grili and Towery also appear to be misusing the Department of Child Support Services, a state agency funded to collect lawful child support payments,
The practice of avoiding support seems to be reserved for wealthy parents represented by lawyers like Baugh, Roggia, Allan and Houghton, because pro per parents seem to get imputed for income to pay support that they can never afford or left unable to collect state requires support.
ARE APPEALS COURTS PROTECTING BAD FAMILY LAW TRAIL COURTS ?
Famed appeals lawyer, Garrett Dailey, of the Elkins case, which gave rise to state outrage over how trial courts treated self- represented people in divorce cases , is rumored to have told lawyers up and down the state that the Sixth District is so "broken" that trial courts feel emboldened to run amok in divorce cases, impacting people from Santa Clara to Monterey where their children and property issues are at hand.
After the public cried foul when Judge Arron Persky gave Stanford rapist Brock Turner just six months in jail , in a jury convicted rape case, the Santa Clara County Courts may have thought they had weathered the public storm , they were wrong. Attention now turns to what these courts are doing in family law cases.
SOCIAL MEDIA & TRANSPARENCY WILL CHANGE FAMILY COURTS FOREVER
This week, family judges appear to continue to believe their immunity and stature with government protections, will provide individual protection for patterns of bad rulings in family law cases. The judges also are reported to be " circling the wagons " to retaliate against perceived whistleblowers. But they can't hide and transparency is getting too great for them to control. The judges appear to be unconcerned with the pending state audit of the Commission on Judicial Performance, an audit that will reveal what was done with thousands of complaints against family law judges.
Retaliation against people in cases who have brought the unwelcomed audit, and social media attention that supports it appears to be rampant and systemic. In less than on week Judge Towery lashed out and evicted State Bar Whistleblower Susan Bassi from her Los Gatos home and business , giving her no money and 7 days to find a new place to live for her and her three children. This is the second time Towery has evicted a wife's business, which he knows to be a publishing business connected to media outlets critical of the courts. .
As Judge Towery sent the wife in that case away with no community money, he allowed the husband to get off the hook for two years of unpaid child support and allowed the dad's lawyer , Bard Baugh , to violate a court order and give his client $52,000 in community funds that Towery appears to have allowed Brad Baugh to launder from his trust account. Towery , former senior trial counsel at the State Bar appears to be tolerating attorney misconduct unlike any judge in the county's history. Even Judge Persky has disqualified Brad Baugh from cases, but Judges like Towery and Grilli, have given Baugh a pass to harm women and children in divorce cases as a matter of routine, and common knowledge in the family law community.
Towery's bias toward women is not surprising, given his Trumpable conduct and multiple marriages , with stories of infidelity and fraud abound and reach to the office of the district attorney, and the federal bankruptcy courts.
As Baugh helped his client steal the money and avoid child support, the wife's lawyer , Robert Tennant is reported to have presented Judge Towery with a forty page Offer of Proof, showing years of Brad Baugh's misconduct that serves to mislead both Towery and Grilli in the Bassi case. It is uncertain what Towery, , will do , but whatever Towery rules, the world , and the media will now be watching.
Judge Grilli is also being watched, and on October 18, 2016, a pro per dad who had been fighting Grilli's dementia and socioeconomic biased rulings for over five years, found Stephanie Estes, Grilli's long time court reporter, managing and controlling the courtroom. Estes was observed to stand up during an immigrant father's testimony, appearing frustrated by both his heavy accent and criticism of the court , and said " I can't do this anymore', refusing to take further reporting of the proceeding involving the father's argument and testimony.
Estes is not new to the court corruption scene. Estes' peers have reported she is difficult to get along with, feels entitled to more income based on her assignment to Grilli's court and appears to be flagrantly cheating on her taxes by failing to declare cash payments made to her by pro per litigants and lawyers like Brad Baugh.
BIOLOGICAL FATHER WINS BIG ON FIRST AMENDMENT ISSUES
One bright spot in family law stories in Santa Clara is the conclusion of the case : Pott v. Lazarin , involving the biological father of Audie Pott. and important First Amendment Rights issues . Michael had endured years of legal fees and injustice in Santa Clara County, and while the 2012 suicide of his daughter, Audrie Pott will mean that Michael will never be free from the courts to know his own child, Michel did finally obtain justice this week, when Judge Woodhouse threw out the Pott case, and appeared annoyed at Larry Pott, who is reported to have squirmed on the stand for hours trying to justify how he could deny a child access to her real father.
As fathers like Lazarin and Sweeney fight the injustice of family courts violating Frist Amendment Rights , mothers like Dong , Raffa ,. Earls and Bassi are poised to take on the courts and violation of their First Amendment Rights in the Santa Clara County Courts ,
These cases are bringing greater attention to the role the Sixth District may have played for years in Santa Clara County family law cases, with rulings that served to violate the most fundamental rights of people merely seeking equitable divorces.