In conduct that feels oh so familiar with the McCarthy Era, Santa Clara County Court insiders continue to try to lash out at reporters and members of the media critical of the courts and their use of pubic funds.
As previously reported, individual judges in Santa Clara County, especially in family law cases, appear to be abusing their power and authority to retaliate against litigants who are suspected of being critical of the Santa Clara County Courts, especially when those litigants are believed to associate with the media, or other groups supportive of First Amendment Rights.
When the Judge Persky controversy exploded on the national stage, Santa Clara Court officials went to work attempting to seek out and silence reporters and media outlets critical of the courts or the many programs the courts oversee.
Santa Clara County's public information officer, Joe Macaluso, (JMacaluso@scscourt.org ), appears to not have worked merely to provide public information about the county's courts, during that time. Instead Mr. Macaluso appears to have , on his own, or as directed by his court bosses, attempted to thwart public records requests and media requests, in an attempt to deter the media from exposing systemic problems in Santa Clara County Courts.
Mainstream media has not been deterred . The Metro News just published a scathing article on the court's misuse of interpreters. In a county with the language diversity issues Santa Clara County faces, this is simply disgraceful.
Interpreters are just the tip of the iceberg. The practices and policies Santa Clara County Courts are employing are so harmful to the integrity of our legal system.
Since 2010 , Santa Clara County residents became outraged after a trustee of a disabled man was allowed by the Santa Clara County Courts. To silence the criticism, the county formed committees with politicians like Jim Beall, and included judges like Mary Ann Grilli. Santa Clara County presiding judges and top court administrators knew Santa Clara was one of the worst in the state where probate and receiver issues were at hand.
After the county formed a committee, placating the public, Santa Clara County courts went immediately went back to their old policies and practices , using unscrupulous trustees, referees, custody experts , CPAs and vocational examiners , who continue to impose court corruption on the county's elderly, poor, undereducated and children who are trapped in the probate and divorce cases, where the county has a monopoly.
When litigants speak up, judges retaliate more. In a 2015 case before Judge Towery , a women tried to speak up about the money her husband was stealing in a business as he sent her into bankruptcy and dragged out the divorce.
Judge Towery, in every abuse of power and discretion imaginable, defined the couple's date of separation ( when it was not legally before him ) , and ran with the date claimed by husband and his lawyer, 8 years earlier than the date claimed by the self represented mother. No notice, no trial , no evidence, and with the bang of his corrupt little gavel and in violation of every family code imaginable, Judge Towery singlehandedly terminated the wife's right to long term support or proper business valuations, sending her to bankruptcy and her ex husband to the country club.
In case after case, Santa Clara County Courts consistently demonstrate a willingness to impose gender bias, financial misconduct and gross violations of due process on local litigants. The county's judges do with such zeal , that the public trust in the legal system has been vacated .
Judges who have forgotten they serve the people , and our greater society, have abandoned their oath with such an effervescence that they must be stopped and reeled in by media scrutiny which serves the public interest. .
A federal case is set to be heard in San Francisco later this month. where the issue of media and litigant rights to free speech and association with groups critical of Santa Clara County courts will take center stage. In that case Santa Clara County Courts have gone to extraordinary efforts and legal expense to keep "emails and blogs " that disparage the courts, out of the public record and away from the prospective jury.
Now that the Judge Persky controversy involving the Stanford rapist sentence is in every mainstream outlet in country, as well as thousands of emails and blogs, we wonder just how Santa Clara County Court arrogance will continue to keep the corrupt mismanagement and decades of misconduct out of the media, and away from federal court oversight .
The Unknown Victims
7/9/2016 02:17:10 pm
I'm a victim of the Santa Clara Superior Family Court. Many years of sacrificing everything I have and don't have to find out that there is no justice and no accountability for the judges. Judges change frequently for cases where new judges make decision on cases that they do not have a clue about. My child unfortunately is going to have mental issues for the rest of their life due to the family court system only looking out for their own well being and not that of the child. Good for them they they keep perpetuating the development of screwed up children that will grow up so unstable due to court's negative influences as adults they will facility more revenue for the court system. Their is no motivation or desire for the Santa Clara family court system to reduce family conflict because then they would lose their budget if no need to help anyone.
7/9/2016 02:54:24 pm
Contra Costa Superior Court is guilty of same Gang Raping of the innocent by misogynistic, run amok judges and attorneys in concert, not scrutinized by CJP or Gov. agencies and industries w/special interests because it's intentionally set up for Financial/Emotional/Physical/Psychological R A P E!, not only of independant women of their children, inheritance and futures, but ignorant tax payers hard earned CASH.
7/9/2016 05:10:29 pm
In 2011, I filed a judicial council form requesting permission to file an appeal of a VL order and denial of motion to vacate order void for lack of jurisdiction. THE FILED REQUEST DISAPPEARED FROM THE COURT, then I was noticed that my appeal was denied for failing to seek permission to file. On 5/28/16 again on 6/19/16 I ordered transcript of that hearing and still no response about costs for it. Worried it will be stalled until 5yr date and destroyed while I wait. Worried this post will cost me bias in SC FC.
you can complain until the cows come home but the system is rigged and the complaining process is nothing but a black hole created to keep us compliant while the statute of limitations run out. it will disappear and your documentation will be thrown out and mean nothing. documented anyway.
7/9/2016 08:01:22 pm
Unfortunately, The court system's M.O. nowadays is to deny self represented litigants Due Process in the Exclusive Country Club known as Sup. Court.
7/10/2016 12:38:17 am
Complaint really does not get anywhere until the criminal organization is taken down.
We didn't say we support Persky and the sentencing of Brock Turner, we said he is not the worst. In Santa Clara County Courts judges sit every day and so outrageously abuse their discretion and power , it is criminal . They take children for made up reasons, they criminalize parents merely seeking a divorce and they drag out cases and churn fees to rates that are the highest in the country.
7/11/2016 07:20:36 pm
Your are a disgrace Jane Q. What more do you want. PERSKY TRAFFICKD A LITTL GIRL TO A PEDOPHILE SO SHE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED OVER AND OVER. WTF IS YOUR PROBLEM ???
8/7/2016 12:19:19 pm
I believe the point is there are many many horrific occasions to accuse a judge of being the worst. simply stated it indicates judges have a premeditated plan. it's organized and it's criminal and has been ongoing and just recently brought to real light with the persky case, and you are right, it is an entrance as well, thankfully and with that said it can also be looked on as a distraction. rape, child trafficking, murder, pilfering, bankrupting and leaving good Americans destroyed is nothing to sneeze at. everyone has a valid story of devastation who is posting here. this site is a service to you, to me and whomever wishes to not remain silent as these players would like us to be. my own daughter was sexually exploited as a baby. as the grandson of a California mayor he was let free and never spent a day in jail for his obscenity and criminal pathology. decades later, as planned, his first born is a real estate attorney who moved to my home town of Danville California, cosy-corners with Terence Doyle, the Mayor of that town's son, and my former attorney I had used against her father then fired because he tried to sell me out and feed my child back to the wolves(no offense to wolves). it took me years of True Grit alone to keep my family safe and yes get my hard one child support order enforced- I needed to feed them. Currently 28 yrs later both claim family bragging rights to historic houses with their family namesakes, one in Placerville and one in Danville and no coincidence in my view. These people ruin lives, they go to prominant law schools and are alumni at prominant universities and come out psychopathic predators and they're all guilty. and yes money and power are at issue. we all deserve the right to tell our stories and get Justice and if not do what we want to remain current and not forgotten while the persky case is gleaning most of the media attention unfairly keeping focus away from The Bigger Picture which is Rampant Corruption Exposure and ALL others who have been screaming out for help and justice for themselves, their families and want their own precious children safe have been virtually ignored for decades. kudos to this sites creators, and kudos to all who have been instrumental and stalwart during all issues regarding judge persky, judge Sugiyama, the governor and the rest who are all culpable. ALL the rest of the corrupt judges who commit any kind of crime or misconduct for profit OR POWER on the taxpayers dime deserve equal and swift scrutiny. ALL need to be flushed out and their corrupt enterprises exposed and dissolved, and quicker than any California divorce or Probate case.
7/12/2016 12:25:20 am
All I read about in your weekly newspaper is about money probate people bankrupt. You must be a very materialistic person.
7/12/2016 01:19:58 pm
If you want to win a case in either Judge Grilli's courtroom or in front of Judge Towery, you hire Brad Bough or Leah Amini.
7/12/2016 03:02:07 pm
Brad Baugh is the ultimate sleaze lawyer. All he cares about is collecting fees. He does NOT care what happens to children. He does NOT care what the aftermath looks like.
1/23/2018 10:00:18 pm
I am a Whistle blower, I use to work as a public employee who was injured while performing my work duties at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in 2011, injuring my spine and left shoulder and arm. Leaving me disabled my workers compensation attorneys corrupt, and I was clueless to Process. My injuries prevented me from ever returning back to work at VMC. after surgery to the should in January, 2012 six months later I was reasonably accommodated to work at Evans Lane Wellness and Recovery Center as a community worker.
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