Santa Clara County court files show that Judge James Towery issued an unlawful order in a family law case, that seeks to defraud home buyers in Gilroy, California and may let big agriculture off the hook for polluting drinking water and organic farms in the Salinas Valley.
Pleadings in the family court case indicate the wife was concerned that her former husband had improperly used pesticides on couple's rental property; contaminating water that runs into a church and preschool area.
The wife also alleges that she observed her former husband and business partners illegally dumping toxic pesticides into Soledad's recycled drinking water and when she tried to speak up, they locked her out of the business. The husband filed for divorce shortly thereafter. The property where the illegal dumping occurred is now on the commercial market for $1,400,000 and is next to an organic farm, owned by one of the husband's former partners .
Judge Towery ignored the wife's allegations and ordered her property sold, and ordered the court clerk to sign wife's disclosures, attempting to keep the information from potential buyers.
In that same case, Judge Grilli has refused to allow wife to access the corporation's books and records in the husband's control , where wife knows evidence of fraud , environmental pollution and other crimes would be found.
A court clerk would have no knowledge of what was used on the property and therefore would have no legal ability to make the disclosures necessary in the sale of a home in California. Judge Towery's order serves to order the court clerk, a county employee , to violate the law and defraud potential home buyers in Santa Clara County .
Calls are going out to California's Governor , the EPA and other environmental groups to support the wife who will present a water / pesticide expert in her family law case. The expert is expected to testify in February as to the environmental impact the alleged misconduct in the family law case could have on public heath and safety in the Salinas Valley, the largest commercial farming area in California.