Social Media & WikiLeaks: Divorce Lawyers Violating Antitrust - Unfair Business Practices and Federal RICO Laws
Allegations of Divorce Lawyers Engaging in Crimes
About those "fees" on a divorce lawyer's bill ?
Why a single court transcript can cost upwards of $1,000?
Why courts are selling homes in divorce cases that don't need to be sold?
Why your ex made false allegations about domestic violence against you ?
How one spouse can declare another vexatious in a divorce case?
If pedophilia accusations in divorce cases are real?
Social Media and determined Hackers have revealed that decades of complaints to the State Bar, District Attorney Offices and the Commission on Judicial Performance, show that divorce lawyers in particular are the cornerstone of Antitrust and RICO activity.
Family law attorneys charged with equitably dividing community property and protecting children during custody disputes are being found to be devouring community property for their own personal gain.
In response to public pressure, California's Supreme Court attempted to fire a warning shot in late September by filing an Admisntrative Order , forcing the State Bar to reorganize as pressure mounts. The State Bar has been found to have dismissed and ignored piles of attorney complaints that show family law attorneys routinely engaging in unfair business practices, violations of Business and Professions Code 17200, conduct that can be connected to criminal claims.
Days after the order was issued, the Bar appointed Gregory Dresser to the State Bar Court, despite Mr. Dresser working with James Towery and others to let lawyers off the hook from discipline as Dresser acted as Interim Chief of the State Bar for over a year, where attorney misconduct raged out of control like a California Wildfire. Secret memos from Dresser's office show his corrupt political and financial ties that will continue to plague the Bar and fail to protect the public.
Citizen reporters have been investigating and secretly recording lawyers during client meetings and in family law proceedings in Santa Clara , Napa, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Alameda , San Diego, Monterey and Orange Counties, the recordings have lawyers and judges on edge.
Media agencies have acted as collection buckets for judge and lawyer complaints, exposing issues the Bar and Commission on Judicial Performance had concealed from the public based on internal confidentiality and immunity protections.
Secret recordings made by litigants and disgruntled law firm employees have also been sent to the media and appear to show criminal conduct imposed by the most notorious family law attorneys: Bradford Baugh, Tom Tuttle, Dominic Porrino, Merritt Weisinger, Nat Hales, David Weinberg, Walter Hammon, Heather Allan, Rebekha Frye, Elise Mitchell, Matt Erickson, Valerie Houghton, Jennifer Mello, Carrie Helwick, Lisa Herrick, James McManis, John Kesecker, Michele Insalaco, Paula Grohs, Paula Salinger, Nancy Perkovich, Diana Richmond, Danielle Morgan, Debra Crawford, Katherine Dorest , Carrie Helwick, James Hoover, Marilyn Moreno, Hector Moreno, Stacey Stevens and Daniel Cantrell.
The recordings were made despite the fact that most lawyers believe such recordings would be inadmissible in court , protected by the security of legal offices , or subject to attorney client privilege. Recordings date back over the past 10 years as clients and employees secretly made recordings as a form of insurance and protection against unethical attorneys that clearly demonstrated a will to impose fraud on the court during divorce litigations and impose repeated violations of Antitrust laws and RICO activity.
Attorney emails and correspondence documents are also being leaked to the press and show clear patterns of regular violations of law, Rules of Professional Conduct and ex parte communication with family law and criminal judges.
Psychologists, CPAs and other experts used in family law matters appear to be desperately grasping for prosecutorial immunity by holding their own recordings, voicemails and email communications as rumors of RICO and Antitrust sweeps by the FBI and Department of Justice grow more likely each day. Top of the list likely to be taken in a sweep: Dr. Rebecca Bailey, Elizabeth Braunstein, Dorcy Pruter, Leslie Packer, Phil Stahl, Susan Stahl, Michael Kerner, John Orlando, Ken Perlmutter, and CPAs that include Sally White, Michael Thompson, James Butera, and Drew Hunt,
Court Reporters also appear to be entangled in unlawful activity where divorce cases are concerned. Secret recordings and audits of court reporter fees show court reporters including Kris Case, Kris Tressidder and Stephanie Estes routinely over billed , delayed transcripts and engaged in activity benefiting certain family law attorneys and judges including Raj Chatterjee, Mary Ann Grilli and James Towery. An audit of court reporter invoices for transcripts has led to more than an appearance of corruption and Antitrust activity imposed in family court proceedings.
ANTI TRUST AND UNLAWFUL LITIGATION TACTICS OF DIVORCE LAWYERS EXPOSED
Domestic violence is a very real threat to families and children. However, recent unconstitutional court of appeal decisions have fueled a new gold rush for family law attorneys and financially strapped family courts, as lawyers now use a rush to get a 3044 finding against the other spouse to avoid child support and other financial obligations. Courts too benefit with state and federal grants that reach millions in each county.
Divorce court files show that for the past 20 years lawyers like Bradford Baugh, Debra Crawford , Dominic Porrino and Stacey Stevens have repeatedly used false claims involving domestic violence and fraud on the court in an effort to terminate child and supposal support obligations for his clients. The allegations also serve to discredit one spouse and gain the favor of a family court judge.
Debra Crawford took DV to a new level after marrying her client's husband and colluding with Katherine Dorset , who threatened reporters attempting to investigate collusion between Dorset and Crawford in a divorce case.
Brad Baugh has used false domestic violence claims in his cases for nearly 30 years. Baugh has had uncomfortably close relationships with the Santa Clara County Sherriff and the Los Gatos police , which he has used to place opposing spouses under heightened scrutiny to gain an advantage for a client wishing to continue to harm a former spouse, or take all their money.
MENTAL ILLNESS OR VEXATIOUS LITIGANT CLAIMS WHEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FAILS
Brad Baugh, Stacey Stevens and Dominic Porrino , like other unscrupulous lawyers, appear to be informally advertising an ability to abuse the vexatious litigant statue in family law cases, in order to gain litigation advantages . Baugh has reportedly had 3 of the last 12 vexatious litigants in Santa Clara County placed on the state list. Baugh earns millions and clogs Santa Clara's family courts and Sixth District Court of Appeal with more cases than any other lawyer. Bradford Baugh even brazenly declared he billed client Oliver Garbe $65,000 to have Garbe's ex declared vexatious during a post dissolution custody matter, insidious legal dealings rubberstamped by Judges Mary Ann Grilli and James Towery, that had no proper application of law.
Attorney Dominic Porrino appears to be attempting to assist Apple employee Matthew Laycock declare his ex wife vexatious, and mentally ill.
Attorney Stacey Stevens wind top unethical award as she has used the courts to assist her client, Brain Krippendorf, declare the mother of his children; mentally ill, vexatious and subject to a domestic violence restraining order.
Krippendorf, an employee of big law firm WSGR, Wilson, Sonini, Risotti and Goodrich, is reportedly a hacker, who has illegally hacked into an array of legal and financial systems for his own personal gain and advancement, which appears to have assisted him in California's family courts after he hired Ms. Stevens. Krippendorf has sued the courts to essentially local the mother of his children from his children's lives and from the courts, after a third party accused him of storing drugs and abusing his own child. When the mother tried to speak up , Krippendorf used the courts and his tech skills to silence her.
Judges including Judge Haynes, Chatterjee and Towery, all family court judges connected with these lawyers, appear to be allowing this conduct as they have connections to financial and political connections obtained through the State Bar, where they engaged in Antitrust and RICO activity, but are now shielded by judicial immunity and a dysfunctional Commission on Judicial Performance.
The combination of domestic violence, mental illness and vexatious litigant statutes are the cornerstone of corrupt lawyers making millions in fees to drag divorce and custody matters out for decades in California's family courts, which may well be the undoing of unethical and greedy lawyers willing to abuse the broken and dysfunctional family court system for their own financial gain.
NON- PROFITS ROLE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE- WEAVE MAY SPELL TROUBLE
While there are good organizations attempting to assist the societal issues related to DV, those often to not get the funding or court endorsements as others do, which is also being investigated as having a role in RICO and Antitrust activity in family court arenas.
In Sacramento a non-profit group known as WEAVE appears to be receiving state and federal grant funding, while reportedly training (primarily women) to make false DV claims , then representing those same women in court. Weave also appears to be engaged in training judges on domestic violence issues, as they appear before those same judges while accepting state grants, conduct that appears to indicate Antirust and RICO activity.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE : CASH COW FOR FAMILY COURTS
Family Courts appear to be benefiting from unethical lawyers bringing false DV charges in divorce cases, as state and federal funds connected with DV cases can bring millions to bankrupt courts and empty county cash registers.
Most alarming is the recent ground swell in lifetime DVROs being issued in Santa Clara, Marin, Napa , Contra Costa and Orange Counties. perhaps based on financial incentives provided in the form of state and federal grants. .
Individuals subjected to DVROs during a divorce or custody matter lose their 2nd Amendment Rights and often face lifetime employment challenges, as Judge Haynes noted in a Pittsburg family courtroom just last month.
While domestic violence cases are often handled in family courts, they remain quasi - criminal matters, where litigants are not entitled to representation, and where a DV finding under Family Code 3044 can have significant impact on custody and support during a divorce case , giving unethical lawyers incentive to use domestic violence as a tool to earn more in fees.
If lawyers are unable to obtain DV orders, they often try to have ex spouses declared vexatious , or declared mentally ill, to gain a litigation advantage and prejudice a judge in a divorce case , which allows the earning of more fees.
California real estate fraud appears to be the cornerstone of RICO and Antitrust activity. An increase in fees to real estate agents, developers, foreclosure firms, lenders and investors are privately funding family law attorneys to convert home equity in dissolution actions where a select few gain fees, and judges receive kickbacks in deferred real estate holdings.
Judges in multiple courthouses across the state appear to be struggling to contain court watchers, protestors and litigants outraged over gross miscarriages of justice where family lawyers, CPAs, custody experts and even realtors are making obscene fees in what should be simple divorce cases.
Santa Clara , Alameda and Contra Costa have reportedly sent law enforcement after protestors and members of the press to prevent social media coverage of family court corruption which includes Antitrust and RICO crimes.
UNDERGROUND LEGAL REFORM
A number of lawyers, retired judges and court reform activists appear to be organizing
Grassroots Investigations that have uncovered records pointing to serious criminal activity including real estate fraud, tax evasion, price fixing, involving family lawyers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano, Sacramento, Santa Clara , San Diego, Riverside and Orange Counties.
WikiLeaks files have revealed confidential complaints to District Attorney Offices, Commission on Judicial Performance and the State Bar, that seek to expose Antitrust and RICO, have been snuffed out , or dismissed, as state watchdogs protect criminal conduct. Private watchdogs and underground legal networks appear to be investigating what state employees will not.
Family law attorneys appear to be the link to a few bad actors that include court employees and judges that show clear and convincing violations of fair business practice laws. including Business and Professions Code 17200 and federal Antitrust laws. In the most extreme cases, RICO activity appears to involve the most corrupt family law players, as seen in a recent federal RICO lawsuit that is going viral on the internet.
Courts that have allowed corruption to seep into family law cases with false claims of abuse, astronomical attorney fee bills and litigation tactics that belong in an OJ Simpson trial are struggling to contain social media exposure , and are reportedly worried that government employee involvement that could be exposed could pierce immunity for judges and public officials.
Clusters of family law attorneys, judges, court staff and court reporters connected with criminal activity in the state's divorce proceedings, are reporting an escalation of ambush interviews outside courthouses, hacked emails and breaches in office security as disgruntled litigants angered over attorney billings are investing in private investigators and spy equipment to capture unlawful conduct.
Court the clusters of corruption appear embedded in county Bar Associations, and groups that are protecting real estate fraud, pedophilia and conversion of community property in sham foreclosure and real estate deals , unlawful lending and tax evasion schemes and other criminal activity are desperately seeking their own immunity and protection.
False claims of domestic violence, mental illness and vexatious litigant designations appear to be the trendy litigation tactics being used by corrupt lawyers. Court reform activist aren't waiting for the feds to catch them.
Ultimately divorce lawyers may go to jail, but clients who paid these lawyers may pay an even bigger price.