Are bad lawyers and judges born that way? Probably not. Probably formed over time by being involved in a corrupt system where public protection watchdogs, local law enforcement agencies and colleagues in the biz tolerate their conduct, Which gets worse over time.
So, if you had to go to jail for 13 days in order to rid the world of a corrupt judge or lawyer would you do it ? Apparently for Joe Sweeney, court reform advocate, the answer is yes.
This week Judge Bruce C. Mills, of Contra Costa will face the Ninth Circuit against the Commission on Judicial Performance, in the first formal discipline proceeding since the CJP beat down law makers and the State Auditor (who sought to make such proceedings more transparent) lost the legal battle to do so ,
Judge Bruce Mills will face charges and threats of removal from the bench based on retaliating against court reform advocate Joe Sweeney.
Mills is reportedly not going down with the ship gracefully. He has privately threatened to expose the judicial misconduct of former and current presiding judges Austin and Fanin, who allowed Mills to be assigned to Sweeney's case where retaliation against Sweeney was clear. Mills is also reportedly acting like a rat bailing from the judicial immunity ship by threatening to expose Judges Humes and Weil for the role they played in retaliating against Sweeney,
Sweeney is known for his activism in seeking cameras in the court and for demanding transparency and accountability where judicial misconduct is concerned.
Since his 2016 jailing, Sweeney has amassed a following of court reform advocates, and litigants who have been pressuring the CJP to discipline bad California judges. Joe has also worked with multiple mainstream media outlets and investigative reporters to bring mainstream media coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle, East Bay Times and several independent publications brave enough to take on watchdogging the courts, and unethical judges.
Here's to Joe Sweeney , Cynthia Dzikes, Nat Gartrell, Michelle Chan, Tom Peele, Alistair Bland, and Stephen James, our favorite fearless reporters, who cracked the glass of transparency where judicial misconduct is concerned . These folks took on the risk to cover secret courts and rouge judges, A risk Joe Sweeney took all the way to Richmond jail , where jail guards fondly referred to him as "the civil guy". The Editorial Boards at the East Bay Times and San Francisco Chronicle also stepped up (show your support by ordering a subscription! ). Also huge thanks to the anonymous bloggers and websites. The courts tried to silence you to protect their secrecy and crimes , but you could not be silenced,
And here is a pat on the back for all those Jane and John Q folks who helped keep up the pressure. supported Joe and changed the game using social media to do what mainstream media would not. Let's keep going ! There are more criminals on the bench and with Bar cards just waiting for us !
STATE BAR PRESSURED TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC
Rumor has it that after over $1.5 million was infused to the State Bar to ramp up investigations where attorney misconduct is concerned. Similar pressure is building up on bad lawyers who destroyed the lives of people in divorce and custody cases. The nefarious Nancy Perkoivich, Dianna Richmond, Ron Granberg, Bob Blevans, Tom Tuttle, Walter Hammon, David Weinberg, Rory Cortezee, Elise Mitchell, Bradford Baugh, Nat Hales, Jr., Valerie Houghton and Hector Moreno - all are facing federal RICO suits and State Bar complaints that are too many to ignore. Racketeering and Antitrust activity in family court communities and associations up and down the state, TIME IS UP !
The public is watching to see if the Bar will truly protect the public, or continue to act to protect corrupt and unethical lawyers who plague family court cases like a rapidly growing cancer. .