#MeToo Movement Hits the Legal System
As the San Jose Mercury and other mainstream media outlets reported on Sixth District Court of Appeal Judge Rushing's resignation after a commissioned report cited years of bigotry and sex abuse scandals while Rushing sat on the Santa Clara and Court of Appeal bench, the media missed the real story that had been crafted by some of the state's most powerful women judges in the state.
At the age of 80, Rushing is not atypical of a modern male judge. Rushing is typical of the extreme sense of entitlement, power and retaliation judges routinely abuse as did Rushing's own wife.
Elaine Rushing, a Sonoma County Judge had a history of DUIs and abuse of power herself. Like Stuart Scott she only received a mild punishment from the CJP, where many believe she should have lost her job and been put in jail. Rushing's wife did not lose her job, and she went on to harm hundreds of litigants and is currently facing a lawsuit for failing to disclose as a JAMS mediator.
Court insiders report Conrad Rushing was targeted by the women managing California's courts, as his wife was let off the hook because a #METOO movement would be more critical of discipline against women judges.
Santa Clara County Superior Court managing Judges Patricia Lucas, Mary Arand, Rise Jones Pichon and Erica Yew are known to have played a role in the report that sealed Rushing's fate. It is believed the report was commissioned to deflect attention from the county's superior court conduct, that includes; delaying and causing the dismissal of appeals, misappropriation of over $100,000,000 during the building of a new family courthouse, overcharging of fees , misuse of state and federal grants and its own Harvey Weinstein like scandal that involve Patricia Lucas, James Towery, and Mark Pierce, Arron Persky, Stauart Scott and Vincent Chiarello.
Family court judges in Santa Clara have enjoyed years of socializing with area lawyers where free alcohol flows like water, DUIs are tossed out by Santa Clara County Sheriffs , extramarital relations are openly pursued and kickbacks and nondisclosures are so routine that they are no longer recognized as problematic where justice is concerned.
Short articles on Rushing focus on things he said or did that were offensive, however insiders know that Rushing created a culture of abuse toward women lawyers and litigants that is present in nearly every Santa Clara County trial court ruling and appeal, Men who were not in Rushing's crony group don't fair too well either. And Rushing is part of a financial network that has led to fees for select law firms that profited from tainted court rulings.
Following a 2016 court staff strike, Patricia Lucas issues faux orders seeking to silence picketing, protesting and leafleting to make the press and public aware of the financial issues plaguing the court.
Court clerks who are poised to strike in January 2018 have been leaking information for months about judges and crooked lawyers that have been facilitated by corrupt court clerks including Jaretta Reser.
Reser is known to have delivered cash payments to judges, arranged secret meetings, and calendared sexual encounters for judges in their chambers. Reser became alarmingly connected to the judiciary while acting as Judge Grilli's court in the Sunnyvale Courthouse, where she began to elevate her lifestyle and employment in a manner inconsistent with court clerk wages, causing friction with other court staffers.
Reser was frequently invited to lunches with Grilli and James Towery where she acted as a liaison to assure select lawyers fee awards and rulings, in exchange for cash, gifts and kickbacks that weren't reported on disclosure forms.
Ms. Reser would routinely accept envelops disguised as orders or sealed documents. She was also known to backdate files and delay appeals with the help of Grilli's court reporter Stephanie Estes. In 2015 Reser began working similarly for James Towery in anticipation of Grilli's eventual retirement. Reser knew Towery had sex with lawyer Valerie Houghton in his chambers and would often let lawyers offering sexual favors to Towery, and Scott into closed courts known to be out of camera view.
Most recently Reser delivered 49er tickets and gifts to Towery as had been promised by Elise Mitchell, a lawyer who represented Ray Mc Donald in a custody matter before Towery.
Reser, colluded with judges for lawyers she knew were willing to pay cash to judges and court reporters including Bradford Baugh, Valerie Hougton, Nat Hales, James Mc Manis, Hector Moreno, Marilyn Moreno, Heather Allan, Elise Mitchell, Kathryn Schlephorst, Lynne Yates Carter and Mark Erickson . In return Reser would see to the backdating of court files, delay transcript delivery and control calendars for judge's social and professional appearances to lock out other lawyers and litigants.
When the 49er Stadium was being built, Reser was reportedly working with San Jose and Santa Clara police officers to facilitate cash payments, tickets and other perks for judges and large law firms. In return cops give judges and lawyers a pass for DUI and Domestic Violence charges.
Lucas, who has received complaints about sexual harassment involving Judge James Towery, and Judge Stuart Scott, has not only dismissed the complaints in violation of her duties, she has worked with Reser and court PIO Joe Macalauso and Benjamin Rada to silence the press and retaliate against those who made the complaints.
Reser herself is known as the Gehtto Gal from James Lick High where she has used her court employment to help judges and assure herself immunity with the cops and judges.
Up and down the state this conduct has occurred from the trial court to the court of appeal, the conduct is well known and apparently being covered up in advance of an anticipated audit of judge discipline proceedings, as was ordered by California's State Legislature back in 2016.