Mitchell Ehrlich Openly Mocks Women, Gays and Victims of Domestic Violence on Social Media Then Tries to Destroy Evidence When Caught on Social Media
Update: One day after this post, Ehrlich removed the video from YouTube, destroying evidence of his crime. Five victims had captured the video before it was destroyed, one version is reposted here.
Silicon Valley divorce lawyers have become so confident that they will be ignored by the State Bar that they are now taking to social media in demonstrations that violate every aspect of lawyer ethics and duties. Shame on Ehrlich. This video only had 203 views when Q posted it, demonstrating the Mitchell Ehrlich isn't even very good at illegal advertising. There are other pornographic videos Ehrlich has produced as well, leading to demands that he be immediately disbarred.
Two years ago a group of photographers captured divorce lawyers associated with the Santa Clara County Bar Association mocking people emotionally embroiled in Silicon Valley divorce cases. Lawyers and judges openly sang about all the money they steal as they separate and destroy families across the county.
The culture these lawyers have created, has allowed them to emotionally abuse, sexually harass and outright steal from clients in one of the most corrupt family courts in the state.
Judge James Towery, former Chief Trial Counsel, of the State Bar, is responsible for much of this culture. Known for having three divorces himself, Towery was caught at a law firm cheating on his wife, when her father owned that firm. That divorce was silently and quickly settled. Towery has been retaliating against women ever since.
Female lawyers are consistently awarded less in legal fees before Towery, and if they refuse his sexual advances, they earn even less.
Judge Stuart Scott, a close friend of Towery's, was seen taking cash payments from Deputy Jack Solario, payments concealed as court reporter fees, but designed for special protection, and sexual favor payouts.
Fed up with these harassing Judges, a group of court staffers have secretly recorded James Towery calling women lawyers, and litigants " sluts" , " gold-diggers " and other disparaging names. These recordings are being secretly slipped to trusted family court reform advocates.
Towery's gender bias is so flagrant that women litigants and lawyers report dressing provocatively to get favorable rulings, and attorney fees awards, in his court.
Towery has also been caught taking bribes of 49er tickets, loan refinancing on his homes through money laundering schemes and kickbacks through Hoge Fenton, criminal activity that has been protected by the district attorney, who used Towery in his reelection campaigns.
Attorney Mitchell Ehrlich, of Lonich & Patton, has been receiving "protection" from Towery and the State Bar, after Ehrlich was known to draft private settlement agreements that concealed Towery's , and other judicial officer's misdeeds.
Ehrlich has been seen in local bars owned by lawyer John Conway, where lawyers reportedly arrange " dates " for James Towery, Stuart Scott, Mark Pierce, and other male lawyers, with women Ehrlich knows are being used in sex trafficking rings.
Q has learned that a group of female clerks, paralegals and lawyers are joining forces to bring a sexual harassment law suit that may snare hundreds of law firms, and lawyers, in litigation that could not only get these lawyers disbarred, but stands to permanently damage their careers.
Divorce Lawyers Caught in Case Rigging and Election Fraud Schemes
A so- called public meeting where Judge Lucas was scheduled to speak was canceled last month and has yet to be rescheduled as judges and local lawyers dig in to try to influence local elections and stop the embarrassment they faced following the recall of Judge Aaron Persky last June.
As the Santa Clara County Courts prepare to announce new judicial assignments in family court, members of the local Bar association are abuzz with the usual gossip and brown- nosing that will earn them more in fee awards.
Controversial Judge Pegg is flagged to take over from Judge Emede when it comes to presiding over the county's family court. Judge Emede began withdrawing from county political committees as members of the pubic began to protest the court and blast judges during public comments.
Judge James Towery is not scheduled to be rotated out of family court, despite an active investigation into judicial misconduct underway with the Commission on Judicial Performance. Towery is also named in connection with an Antirust complaint with the California Supreme Court, where documentary evidence suggests Towery has been using the bench to help lawyers launder money through their trust accounts.
Divorce attorneys Lynne Yates Carter, and Bradford Baugh have reportedly been working backroom deals with Silicon Valley tech executives to scrub the internet in order to help improve Towery's image, and income from the law firm Hoge Fenton.
Towery is also being sued by a father who claims Towery helped felony indicted attorney Valerie Houghton with an underground scheme designed to steal money from parents involved in custody cases.
Judge Mary Ann Grilli is reportedly continuing to haunt the hallways of the Santa Clara County family courthouse, [osing as a settlement conference officer, whom Judge Cynthia Lie reported has been " ineffective in managing the lawyers".
Judge Weinstein is returning to family court, and is reportedly taking notes from James Towery on how to make money by rigging divorce cases that Weinstein could not do in his prior criminal court assignment.
Judge Patricia Lucas is reportedly cracking after her two years as the county's presiding judge. She told fellow judicial officers, and local lawyers, that public pressure and the mounting criticism she got following Scott Largent's comments as she sat on the Judicial Council, has ruined her career and ability to continue to allow the rigging of divorce cases that benefited so many local lawyers.
Divorce lawyer Walter Hammon, who was disbarred for stealing client money, and who reportedly has a drug addiction problem, is banking on the election of Susan Ellenberg, a close friend of Hammon's who is running for Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and who would likely block efforts to prosecute Hammon if he were caught up in the current antitrust activity that is being reported to the California Supreme Court.
Ellenberg reportedly had a hand in canceling the public meeting where Walter's son, Patrick Hammon, was slated to speak after rumors indicated protestors planned to heckle the meeting and the judges who appeared.
Judge Hayashi was reportedly ranting in court after she learned she would not get the assignment she requested.
At a recent cancer fundraising drive at the residence of a prominent tech exec on Daves Avenue in Los Gatos, Hayashi was overheard complaining how protestors had tarnished her political image, based on her connection to Judge Drew Takaichi through the Korean community.
Judge Drew Takaichi is being investigated for case rigging in cases involving certain lawyers, including Richard Falcone, whom Takaichi acted with on the Santa Clara University Law Review. Takaichi also has issued rulings in cases that involved public corruption connected to Los Gatos real estate, as a kickback to area lawyers, and Judge Hayashi, a Los Gatos resident.
Lawyers Bradford Baugh and Liz Goodley are also reportedly connected to real estate scams through Red Carpet Realty , where Valerie Houghton had connections as she acted as custody expert under the radar for Bradford Baugh's partners.
Judge Amber Rosen, who has decorated her juvenile court with stuffed animals, has reportedly settled into the new courthouse with a warm welcome from fellow family court judges, as her prior contacts at the Department of Justice, and her marriage to District Attorney Jeff Rosen continues to assure family court judges that they will be free from criminal prosecution.
Litigants outside Rosen's court have begun complaining of further appearance of judicial corruption and many report Rosen appears to be wiling to protect Judge Tondreau, who has destroyed so many local children in his court, using relationships with divorce attorney Rebekah Frye to do so.
Commissioner Irwin Joseph has been heard spying on litigants in private judging cases he obtained through Donelle Morgan's firm. Morgan has been known to tell clients she could get Joseph to do anything she wants. Irwin Joseph has been part of the family court corruption since he reportedly became related by marriage to former Santa Clara County prosecutor Alan Nudelman.
Judge Rudy and Judge Huber are reportedly being shuffled out based on their connection to case culture that is being viewed as intolerable in the #metoo movement.
Judge Franco, who made some fair rulings, has reportedly bucked to pressure from the gang led by Judge James Towery, and is out of family court next year.
Judge Stuart Scott is reportedly lying low under the protection of Jeff Rosen. Judge Scott will remain in family court where he is reportedly continuing to rig divorce cases initially heard by Judge Mary Ann Grilli.
Cindy Hendrickson, who was elevated to the bench after Judge Persky was recalled, is reportedly stuck in family court, as a punishment for not supporting the NO RECALL efforts of her fellow judges. Many claim she will be hard-pressed to shed her prosecutor culture as she presides over family court issues.
The court's top management will boast Judge Ryan, a judge who told Patricia Lucas she didn't even know how to use the court's computer system just last year. Ryan will be supported by Judge Zayner, a judge who has been known to be assigned to cases involving local protestors, and those critical of the courts.
Earlier this week, Zayner failed to comply with the Code of Judicial Ethics, after county Counsel Michael Rossi failed to make an appearance in a case where a self-represented father appeared in a civil matter . In that matter taxpayers have paid for Supervisor Cindy Chavez, and Supervisor Dave Cortese, to obtain restraining orders against a father, to prevent him from speaking out about how his family was destroyed by the rulings of Judge Aaron Persky and the misdeeds of DA Jeff Rosen.
Sadly, Judge Zayner appears to already be onboard with letting lawyers break the law, while parents seeking a simple divorce are punished for violating the smallest rule.
The corruption in Santa Clara County divorce courts is being exposed as divorce lawyers with lose lips, secret relationships with judges, and a history secreted from the public gradually begins to become known.
Thank you Valerie Houghton, Donelle Morgan, Elise Mitchell, Nicole Ford, Heather Smith, Walter Hammon, Bradford Baugh, Sharon Roper, BJ Fadem, Nat Hales, Lynne Yates- Carter, James McManis and Heather Allan, for helping to contribute information used in this post.
For decades the leadership in California's court system has labeled people critical of the courts as " disgruntled", or unhappy with their legal outcomes. Turns out those disgruntled parents were right, the system was corrupt.
After years of focusing on the He Said. She Said aspect of divorce cases, public attention is now turning to what individual judges, CPS workers and private divorce lawyers are doing to families in the name of the law.
Supervised Visitation Scam & Scandal
Most disturbing is a finding that several judges appear to be investing in Supervised Visitation Centers, and Reunification Camps, and then funding those business with referrals from court orders by judges and lawyers who have a financial interest in those businesses.
Whistleblowers employed with private divorce lawyers have been leaking information for months. This information includes attorney letters, secret recordings, and fraudulent billings that reveal trust account violations and investments in these centers.
In a divorce case it is becoming more common that parents, with no criminal history, are bring ordered to see their children only under supervision. This supervision can cost $50-150 per hour, making it cost prohibitive for most parents and putting a price tag on a fundamental right.
Parents are not Backing Down
From protesting in Silicon Valley in the 1990s to recalling judges in multiple counties, these parents are mad and using social media, recalls and complaints to the CJP that is now being audited by the State Auditor based on parent reform groups.
Reform groups that used to be divided , are now joining forces . Protective Moms, father's Rights and concerned grandparents are turning their attention to state bar and judge complaints. Newsletters and social media continues to provide for the main source of communication, as mainstream media remains reluctant to take on the courts.
For 30 years family courts have operated more like playgrounds, where the popular kids prevail and the bullies get their way. But with domestic violence claims soaring, and an unprecedented number of parents being put on supervised visitation, the injustice in the state's family courts may have reached a tipping point.
In Contra Costa County taxpayers are about to foot the bill for the next round of judge recalls. The recall effort has already established an underground social media news network to stay informed and connected. Judges Fannin,
After successfully recalling Judge Persky in June of this year. Santa Clara County divorce lawyers are the subject of a new antitrust complaint. That complaint reveals how Jeff Rosen, the District Attorney, has prosecuted mothers for taking $1 from a frozen bank account, as Rosen drove the get away car for favored divorce lawyers who stole millions of dollars from families through fraudulent transactions connected with attorney trust accounts.
In Solano County the DA continues to prosecute perjury in family court cases and in San Diego County, court reformers continue to rallying to remove judges for public corruption.
Dr. Ford v. Judge Kavanaugh
The recent hearings in Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings brought the media to understand that it is not if women are believed, or if Judge's should have immunity from their personal conduct, it is more about what are we going to do about it when these same issues reach our family court judges.
Political upheaval that reached the Supreme Court in recent months, just may be the best thing going for court reform advocates.
Judge Lawsuits Continue to Cost Taxpayers Millions
Santa Clara County continues to lead the way in lawsuits filed against judges and divorce lawyers. Judge Patricia Lucas, and Judge James Towery rank top in costs to taxpayers. Many of these taxpayers have tired of paying the costs for bad judges.
While many of these lawsuits will eventually be tossed out of court, the impact on social media and in the public domain will likely haunt judges long after they leave public life.
James Towery is also the subject of a criminal complaint, along with private divorce lawyers Lynne Yates Carter, Margret Patrick, James Mc Manis, Donelle Morgan, Hector Moreno, Bradford Baugh, Valerie Houghton and Leah Amini. Towery and his cronies could face indictment by a federal grand jury for violating the civil rights of litigants, and for acting with a corrupt motive to misuse his power as a judge for personal gain and profit. James Towery's wife, Kayrn Sinunu Towery, is also reportedly being eyed for her alleged criminal activity. Ironic given her connections to Santa Clara University's Innocence Project.
Divorce is Hard Enough on Children Why Are Judges Now Threatening Kids with Justice League Happy Meal Toys?
Judge Lucas Poised to Arrest Children with Happy Meal Toys Going to Family Court
Victims who have endured years of intimate partner violence, emotional abuse and financial harm got a little justice last week after the Department of Justice got an Executive Director of a Fairfield Non-Profit to plead guilty to stealing money from victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and dating violence.
Solano County residents and victims have fought hard for public integrity in their courts and local law enforcement community. Judges have been recalled and pressured to resign and the district attorney has started a perjury unit that investigates false claims of domestic violence.
Sadly, Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties have more money and are tougher nuts to crack , but there are breaks in the dam.
In Contra Costa Judge Jill Fannin, who is on the recall and impeachment hit list, reportedly has been using court staff and members of the grand jury to investigate protestors and those circulating petitions to remove her from the bench. Such conduct is not only improper governmental activity, it is criminal, and could be charged as a misdemeanor, Parents are now calling on the Contra Costs County DA to investigate.
Federal Government to Investigate Silicon Valley Courts and County Lawyers
A deep investigation has found that Lucas has teamed up in pods of government lawyers, including James Gibbons- Shapiro, Jeff Rosen, Steve Mitra, Danielle Goldstein and Cheryl Stevens, to rig elections for local sheriff and for divorce cases in family law cases that generate millions for the courts. One Whistleblower noted that Judge Lucas recently assured that Hirokawa's writ was before Judge Zayner, making sure Hirokawa's name would not be left off the 2018 ballot.
The FBI and DOJ are now reportedly looking at $100,000,000 of state and federal money that failed to reach victims since 2010. Irregular accounting audits, and judges siting on local political committees for domestic violence and human trafficking, show a concerning link to how state and federal money has been misused, misdirected or outright stolen through non- profits including LIFT 3, that was named in the Solano County indictment, as well as Silicon Valley Faces, and the Victim- Witness Services program housed in the Santa Clara County DA's office since 2015.
Recently it was learned that Judge Patricia Lucas' issued orders that had Scott Largent arrested on May 1, 2018, Largent has been a vocal critic of how family courts are issuing domestic violence restraining orders, and orders that place parents on supervised visitation, where they must pay $50-150 per hour to see their own children.
Lucas' order could see thousands of children arrested for using toy megaphones found in the newest Happy Meal Toys and offered for sale to parents at McDonald's,
Ironically, as Judge Lucas continues to issue orders aimed to punish parents who protest family courts, or victim who protest light sentencing in sexual assault and DV cases, Fox News has published an Ohio State opinion that describes an in-depth audit that shows just how toxic judges in family courts have become. The report notes family courts are putting children in serious danger.
Scott Largent, one of the most recognizable family court advocates, and backpack journalists, is calling on lawyers from DC Comics, and McDonalds to help children who are being victimized in California's family courts.
Facebook Groups Take Out Judges More Than CJP
In just two years, a group of fake Facebook names became California's family court's worst nightmare.
After Joe Sweeney was jailed in August of 2016, for posting online about his divorce, social media went nuts and the CJP audit passed and the State Auditor took on California's Judicial Watchdog to see why they are not doing their job.
Joe's Jailer, Judge Bruce Mills, took the Chicken Shit way off the bench and retired just moments before state tax payers ripped his pension,
Now, Judges who once sought to silence and mock the self represented and "disgruntled litigants groups, suddenly saw the possibility of recall, removal and replacement!
Solano moms swiftly removed two judges.
Then the groups march straight down Main Street in Walnut Creek and Martinez, only to turn their summer months to remove Contra Costa's Judge Fannin, Judge Haight and Judge Hardie, Parents are determined to gather signatures and see these judges go just as Santa Clara County's Judge Persky was recalled on June 5, 2018,
Add in that Judge Fannin, who has ruined more moms and self- represented moms and dads than other Contra Costa judges, is also being sued for not following the law.
Enter Writer- Mom and Megaphone Wonder Michelle Chan
Now what all judges fear most is the little mom with a megaphone, and her CPS groups that are regularly stocked by judges on Facebook.
That megaphone mom, Michelle Chan, is marching south, having started in San Francisco , swept through Contra Costa and has taken direct aim at Santa Clara County's Judge James Towery, Judge Stuart Scott, Judge Drew Takaichi , Judge Vincent Chiarello and Judge Patricia Lucas, all who will be on the recall ballot by early 2019.
With Bruce Mills retired, Judge Persky recalled, and six California Judges in two counties on recall lists, seems Joe Sweeney's report on the failures of the CJP, the little groups on Facebook, and the little mom with a megaphone, have a better track record of taking care of dirty, incompetent and corrupt judges than the CJP.
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