Early in his legal career divorce attorney Brad Baugh carved out a special niche to connect lawyers and judges in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. As editor of the family law newsletter, judges and lawyers read what Baugh wrote in newsletters delivered directly to mailboxes in the most affluent California communities.
Each newsletter brought ads for office space, paralegals and fire sales in law firms up and down Silicon Valley. Baugh controlled the messages and the information, elevating himself and his legal career in the process.
These newsletters had another purpose that could not be seen on the surface. The newsletters were used to gather information, but also to engage in what was arguably antitrust activity. With the typing of each newsletter, Baugh got lawyers appointed as referees, Special Masters, private judges and minor's counsel while he also worked to get lawyers elvated to the bench, where they would owe him and his associates favors.
Baugh's newsletters are said to have sent signals to judges as to how to rule in divorce cases to earn more in fees for the lawyers in Baugh's network.
Baugh used the Newsletter to promote fundraising, and kickbacks to therapist willing to write reports that would provide judges with evidence to justify stealing children and family assets in divorce cases. He was said to be providing kickbacks to Santa Clara County Counsel Ann Ravel for a ghost children program. Ravel , arranged for children taken in divorce or custody cases into foster programs that brought in funding from the federal government. This illicit activity was covered up by the county's Department of Child Support Services, and CPS.
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