Santa Clara County Family Courts are reeling from recent attacks that were launched with the help of members from groups like Anonymous and Wiki Leaks.
For months family law judges have been trying to chill a movement that has been critical of American Family Courts. Litigants who dared to speak up lost property, children and rights. This has happened before in every court in the country , but this time it is different.
This time there is help and a greater mission. Lawyers, former judges, court insiders and tenacious litigants went to work. They got help from Anonymous members and Wiki Leaks folks. They used social media and recruited media investigators empathetic to the cause.
People in Contra Costa County focused on judges. People in Sacramento focused on CJP and the larger network and people in Santa Clara County focused on the State Bar and dirty family lawyers, CPAs and custody evaluators.
Retaliation has been huge and many have paid the price. But those who spoke up will not sit down and the movement swells to an unstoppable force.
One woman, with a complaint against an administrative branch of Santa Clara Superior Courts has emailed nearly every politician , media outlet and administrative agency , after, while represented by Jim Towery ( Now Family Judge James Towery) , her family run preschool was unfairly shuttered by a corrupt arm of Santa Clara County Courts.
Her lawyer at the time , Jim Towery , told her essentially tough break, scolded her for using his legal time based on a flat rate agreement and basically told her he knew a writ for appeal was virtually impossible to win. Now with that knowledge demonstrated in 2008 James Towery sits at tax payer expense, making rulings he knows are " virtually impossible" to pursue in family law cases.
Towery, now a family court judge, carries the same attitude , convinced litigants will not overthrow even his most crooked decisions.
James Towery has a long history of questionable ethics along his career path. Towery was run out the state Bar after he acted as senior trial counsel and refused to prosecute his former legal cronies.
Today, Towery continues to let attorney misconduct in his court flourish, including allowing a referee to disparage a woman, after Towery had concluded the hearing, and the woman had left the court, where other litigants were present. This conduct was disclosed by the DA to the Commission on Judicial Performance, when Judge Scott of Santa Clara County faced discipline. Apparently Towery is able to violate the due process rights of family law litigants, but Santa Clara County criminal litigants get help from the DA and local prosecutor.
The mess Towery left after kicking his client to the curb, is now being investigated by the FBI and others for potential connections to political corruption.
Towery in the meantime continues to use the bench for his former buddies like Brad Baugh and James Mc Manis. Baugh has been covered extensively in these pages, but Anonymous uncovered misconduct of James Mc Manis' firm , and a cover-up to avoid scrutiny from the State Bar as well . Details of misconduct connected to James Mc Manis and his very profitable firm will be published shortly.
Out- of-the area lawyers have been overheard complaining about Towery for the past three years. Seasoned local lawyers refuse to take cases with Towery for his clear tolerance of the " good old boy legal network " and where a clear intolerance for women and pro per litigants persists in nearly every case.
A courtroom betting pool is reportedly going on inside the Sunnyvale Courthouse as investigators evaluate who showed more bias in family law cases; Mary Ann Grilli or James Towery.
As Mary Ann Grilli took the reigns of the family law court corruption from Judge Stewart in the early 2000's , James Towery appears to have been well groomed by Mary Ann Grilli to take over the reign of terror in the Sunnyvale Family Courthouse as Mary Ann Grilli faces greater scrutiny with a plan to slip off into retirement, just like Judge Stewart.