Over the last two months members from Anonymous, WikiLeaks and other civilly rebellious groups have lent a hand to a deep investigation into Santa Clara County Family Courts . It now appears that investigation has opened up much larger issues for Santa Clara County.
Public outrage over #JudgePersky letting a Stanford University swimmer off after he was convicted of rape by a jury, then set free by Judge Persky has brought even more attention to the Santa Clara County bench, known for protecting white , well funded litigants, at the expense of the county's children , poor and most voiceless citizens. Known for mismanaging family law cases with bias.
Rape victims are dismissed in Santa Clara , as are countless of domestic violence and children abuse claims once the abuser sports some money and retains well know lawyers.
Judge Scott, a Santa Clara Country criminal judge, only received a slight tap on the wrist after he engaged in exparte communication with one side in a criminal case. Judge Scott was back running criminal cases in no time, where prosecutors who reported him now have to side step the constant appearance of bias where Judge Scott acts as judge in criminal cases.
Santa Clara County has known about its rotten judges dating back to 1995, and has done little , and has acted on no complaints filed from lawyers, other judges or members of the public.
Recently , millions of documents and secret recordings obtained in " creative " ways to compile a report on family court corruption show systemic due process and civil rights abuses imposed on Santa Clara citizens that have been ignored by state agencies, district attorneys and court administrators for decades. ADA violations, Medicare Fraud, Child Support Fraud, Racketeering , Money Laundering and Human Trafficking connected to custody and foster care programs. you name it Santa Clara Family Courts appear to be enabling it .
Anonymous is " seeding " information collected to the public domain, and breaking the rules to take the evidence to the Court of Public Opinion. Much of the information was provided by whistleblowers , disgruntled litigants and court insiders , who have had enough of witnessing what elected officials and people in power are doing under the cloak of immunity in the county's family court system.
To assist in the investigation, rebels have smuggled court documents , recorded judges and lawyers in secret conversations and kept notes written by judges that evidence misuse of court staff and resources through negligence, fraud and systemic patters of abuse designed to use family courts to harm poor people, provide profits to a family court crony network and raise false revenue from private and public sources.
A group of children , known as The Brave 20, are coming forward, now that they are adults, to tell of pedophiles and abusers unleashed on them as their parents endured a divorce in Santa Clara County.
As state watchdog agencies (Commission on Judicial Performance and California's State Bar) admit to a systemic lack of oversight of judges and lawyers in the state's court system, Anonymous Family Court finds these agencies , asleep at the wheel , have allowed corruption to flourish on the county's most vulnerable citizens.
In March 2016, the Chief Justice gave her 5th report to State Legislature , assuring lawmakers that California's courts are fair and open to all citizens. As the Chief Justice made those statements , she was under fire for her own personal use and mismanagement of millions of dollars in public funds ( see video below) .
As California's Chief Justice comes under fire, so does David Yamasaki, the Court Executive Officer for Santa Clara County. In 2015 California's Judicial Council awarded Mr. Yamasaki the Distinguished Service Award . As Mr.. Yamasaki was praised at a state level, records in Santa Clara reveal he grossly mismanaged the county's judicial bench, court staff and county resources.
Also from the information secretly obtained is evidence that points to Santa Clara County's systemic misuse of public and private fee collections. As Mr. Yamasaki was praised for his management of the county's court system and spending of state funds used to operate that system, reality supports that Santa Clara County Courts have been falsely raising revenue on the backs of pro pers , 75% of litigants in family court, and through fee waiver abuse that involves state and federal funds.
Santa Clara County has a monopoly on family law issues, including divorce, child support, probate and custody cases. It now appears the county has engaged in policies and procedures , that not only violate local. state and federal law, but allow family law judges like Mary Ann Grilli, and James Towery, to violate federally protected rights of county citizens and misuse county, state and federal funds, which Mr. Yamasaki knew dating back to at least 2014, as he dashed off to collect his 2015 award.
Whistleblowers have pointed to false court document filing by favored lawyers, that judges never address, despite Judicial Cannon 3( D) (2) , requiring them to. False documents and orders also appear to have been filed and submitted by judges including payroll affidavits of family law judges like Mary Ann Grilli and James Towery that do not appear to comply with Government Code or state law as required of a judge in the execution of their administrative duties. Mr Yamasaki is responsible for the management of just these issues, which he also appears to have swept under the rug as he collected his own state funded wages and his 2015 Distinguished Service Award.
As California's Commission on Judicial Performance comes under fire for failing to control misconduct of the state's judges, some movement on judicial discipline appears to be breaking lose. Judge Jamie Roman was recently disciplined for far less severe conduct than has been reported to Santa Clara County with regard to Judge Mary Ann Grilli and James Towery ..
Mr Yakaski , by way of county complaints, has known about judicial misconduct in Santa Clara County's family law bench , and appears to be working to keep those complaints from moving forward.
One county complaint in 2015 showed that Mary Ann Grilli was awarding fees and sanctions in divorce cases, to benefit Judge Towery's former law firm, for fees James Towery earned when he was a lawyer in Santa Clara County, a clear conflict of interest. Mary Ann Grilli responded to that complaint that she had forgotten about that conflict, and discipline action against her was dismissed.
Members of Anonymous then captured Mary Ann Grilli engaging in judicial retaliation against the lawyer who had brought the complaint to the county's attention.
In another 2015 complaint to the county, a self represented litigant complained about Grilli's failure to manage a referee for 18 months, where Grilli allowed that referee to take over $100,000 in fees from funds needed to support a minor child. The county also knew that in that same case Grilli had ignored her obligation to provide notice to Department of Child Support Services before she proceeded in addressing child support issues, that complaint was also ignored by the county and the child aged out of the system without ever receiving lawfully mandated child support .
Judge Grilli also retaliated against the pro per who brought this complaint to the county , which Mr. Yamasaki knew and ignored as he dashed off to collect his 2015 award from the Judicial Council.
Lawyers and litigants subject to extreme judicial misconduct imposed on their cases by judges in Santa Clara's Sunnyvale Family Courthouse have been moving cases, and part of cases, to downtown San Jose settings in unpresented requests since 2014. The lawyers anonymously describe the need to do this to escape clear bias and misconduct imposed on their clients from the Sunnyvale bench. . Mr. Yamasaki knew such practices to be burdening county and state tax payers , which he also swept under the rug on the way to collect his 2015 award.
Worst of all appears to be Mr. Yamasaki's misuse of state funds, awarded under the State Bill 1407, which granted Santa Clara County part of the $5 Billion the state dished out to remodel county court facilities.
Insiders report that as Mr. Yamasaki managed those funds, he assured bids, kickbacks and benefits to his close friends, family members and others connected to family law cronies. It is even alleged that Mr. Yamasaki used favor with courthouse landscape contractors to improve his personal residence, and the residences of people in his network, with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of exotic landscaping and trees.
Court insiders express frustration that Yamasaki appears to be getting away with mismanaging state funds as he was praised by the states' highest court authorities. Court staff struggle with the reality of watching Mr. Yamasaki spend state and county funds on building a new state- of- the- art courthouse, while he ignores their frozen wages and frozen county services that have resulted in outlandish wait times and impacted court calendars.
As salaries for county court executives and administrators such as Mr. Yamasaki have soared in recent years , and as San Jose will soon sport a new state- of- the- art courthouse paid with tax payer funds, wages for court staff have been frozen and services to county residents trapped in family court cases have declined by as much as 300% .
For that result California's Judicial Council decided Mr. Yamasaki deserved an award.