Ding Dong the Witch Is Gone: Santa Clara Family Court Judge Mary Ann Grilli Finally Retires - Victims of Mary Ann Grilli Host Anti- Retirement Party During San Jose Women's March
Over a year ago, Whistleblowers reported to Q members that Family Court Judge Mary Ann Grilli was addicted to pain medication and suffering from dementia, which her court clerk Jaretta Reser helped to conceal. When court insiders leaked that Grilli was being investigated and forced into retirement, Grilli clung to the bench and publically denied the rumors during a case involving a known family court reform activist, on October 29, 2015.
Since that time, and despite multiple formal complaints, Santa Clara County has allowed Judge Grilli to make hundreds of rulings that decimated Santa Clara County parents and children, despite the fact that court administrators, and the Commission on Judicial Performance knew that Judge Grilli had been incompetent and impaired, denying people trapped in divorce cases before her fair hearings and due process.
This was not the first time Grilli has been a liability for Santa Clara residents. Court Administrators have refused to produce payroll affidavits, which court insiders report would show Grilli repeatedly violated the 90-day rule, and misuse of government funds.
In addition to being a financial crook, Grilli's legacy shows that she lacked sensitivity to the indigent , disabled and children over whom she had jurisdiction during her nearly 30 year career as a Santa Clara County Family Court Judge.
What litigants saw in Grilli's court differed from the image Grilli projected professionally, as she sat on numerous boards and committees, including the Violence against Women Education Project in 2012 and 2013, that was supported by a grant #CW13121535. Meanwhile in Grilli's court women and children continued to endure violence inflicted by a former spouse, as Grilli ignored physical, emotional and financial abuse attorneys routinely allowed former spouses to inflict , which Grilli never managed or controlled, often allowing divorces and abuse to continue 10 or 15 years, bankrupting the marital estates she was legally charged to fairly divide.
Grilli's dysfunctional leadership was allowed to permeate to ethically challenged judicial colleagues, including Judge Towery, Judge Takaichi, Judge Scott, Judge Greenwood and countless other judges mentored and influenced by the incompetent and nefarious Mary Ann Grilli , the judge who harmed more women and children in Santa Clara County than any of her predecessors.
As lawyers and experts in the county threw a fancy retirement party , to honor Grilli's career, litigants who had a front row seat to the harm Grilli inflicted on the most innocent, held a week long Anti- Retirement Party for Grilli.
During the Anti- Retirement activities, one litigant described a case where Judge Grilli told a deaf woman , acting pro per , whom Grilli had denied lawful support and custody , that she could "make due " in a hearing where Grilli refused federally required ADA accommodations after the women told Grilli she was legally deaf. It took a lawsuit against Santa Clara County, by famed lawyer Angela Alioto to shape Grilli up on that case.
Lawyers like Elise Mitchell, Brad Baugh, Robert Lewis, Heather Allan, Nat Hales, Rich Roggia , Valerie Houghton, BJ Faden, Rebecca Frye, Walter Hammon, Mark Erickson and so many more, figured out Grilli was demented and incompetent long ago. These lawyers used Grilli's impairment , assisted by her court clerk, to violate the law, conceal fraud, impose fraud on the court , and award them fees that outstripped fee awards seen in other counties, , as opposing counsel of ":out spouses" ( usually women ) had to beg Grilli for fees, that rarely came. The worst was Grilli awarding fees to James Towery's old law firm, Hodge and Fenton, as Towery got between $10,000 and $100,000 annually from that same firm and as he sat across the hall from Judge Grilli. The two never even tried to conceal the sheer corruption, and the Santa Clara County Presiding Judge, Rise Jones Pichon, ignored it.
Pro Per Advocates have noted that Grilli was most notorious for; failing to order lawful child support for the county's children, failing to enforce discovery orders for "out spouses", failing to comply with state law related to attorney fee awards and failing to provide Santa Clara County residents Equal Protection Under the Law. Grilli was especially harmful to the poor and disabled who appeared in her court.
Santa Clara County court administrators have known of Grilli's judicial incompetence and misconduct for at least five years, yet did nothing to monitor illegal judgements, court orders and conduct that has harmed thousands of innocent people in Santa Clara County. In addition to her court clerk, court insiders report that court transcriptionist, Stephanie Estes, has been engaging in misconduct and misuse of government funds to cover up for her old boss.
On Friday, January 20, 2017, Santa Clara family lawyers and court staff, while again misusing government funds, held a retirement party for Mary Ann Grilli , sending her off into the tax payer funded sunset, complete with healthcare and a fat pension. At the same time litigants and lawyers who have endured years of judicial misconduct and abuse before Judge Grilli, planned their own Anti- Retirement party complete with a social media assault on Grilli's legacy and a physical demonstration at the San Jose Women's March, the day following Grilli's official retirement party.
WHAT IS LEFT IN THE WAKE OF GRILLI DISTRUCTION?
For over 100 families still marred by Judge Grilli's involvement in their family law cases, plenty. When some of those families sought to have their message delivered directly to Mary Ann Grilli (during her official court sponsored retirement party -held on the 8th floor of the fancy new Santa Clara County Family Courthouse), over five Santa Clara County Sheriffs harassed and threatened a member of the media who tried to deliver a letter to Judge Grilli on behalf of pro per litigants and domestic violence victims who have suffered from Judge Grilli's appointment to the Santa Clara County Superior Court Bench.
Members of the media, lawyers and other self- represented litigants expressed concern for the children in divorces of:
Jessica Elliot .........and countless others.
Adult children who suffered before Grilli have also come forward and are filming a documentary to explain how judges like Mary Ann Grilli are harmful to society and ruin innocent families, the fabric of America.
Santa Clara County's family law community, doesn't appear to be concerned with the havoc , or financial risk Grilli has brought to Santa Clara County, as they began paying tribute to Grilli, and all the money she has awarded lawyers and experts during her career during a December 2, 2016 holiday luncheon, which was documented by family court reform activists, which caused several lawyers and judges to be investigated and humiliated. ( See video below).
On Saturday, January 21, 2017 during the Women's March in San Jose, countless other lawyers, and pro per litigants, and members of the media held an anti- retirement protest for Grilli, along with Recall Persky , Chiarello and Towery activists who participated in a historic protest that flooded downtown San Jose streets with middle class Silicon Valley residents fed up with dysfunctional county courts.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A POST GRILLI ERA ?
As Donald Trump and courts across America call for war on the media, and specifically journalists seeking to cover protests, seems Santa Clara County already declared war on local media following the Persky ruling in the Brock Turner case and members of the press trying to cover the criminal and custody cases of former 49er Ray McDonald.
Q investigations have produced evidence that shows systemic misuse of government funds by Santa Clara County judges and court staff, likely costing Santa Clara County tax payers millions of dollars. Further research has also shown that the court's public information officer , and General Counsel ( Lisa Herrick), and court administrators have been mishandling media requests and records requests for years, especially in family court cases, which appears to protect the most crooked court employees and judges..
Records requests that are not being lawfully supplied by Santa Clara County Courts appear to contain information that shows systemic misconduct of court staff and widespread misuse of public funds , which could cause court employees who have assisted Judge Grilli , and other local judges , to lose their jobs and be criminally investigated for misusing public funds.
Santa Clara County risk managers are on to the game of the courts as well and county insiders report that public record requests and whistleblowers from the county are now assisting the media in uncovering what could be the largest federal investigation in California's history, an investigation that could reopen thousands of Grilli's cases and have those cases reviewed for fraud.