Court CEO and PIO Departures Shine a Bright Light on Court Financial Abuse and Case Mismanagement
David Yamasaki was the golden child of California's legal system. He was given awards and praised up and down the state as Santa Clara County's Court CEO, he was also given broad authority to manage Santa Clara County Court's Public Information Officer, Joe Macaluso.
Yamasaki was well liked by the judges and executives in the court system, but not by the court staff that does the primary work for Santa Clara County Courts. In December 2016 Yamasaki abruptly announced he was leaving for Orange County, the home of the traffic court scandal , where a court clerk brought federal attention for bribery and RICO violations, and where the amnesty programs arising from the scandal caused federal investigations that cost California tax payers millions in amnesty programs.
Court insiders report that as Yamasaki grossly mismanaged court budgets and funds in Santa Clara, while he assured Macaluso received "perks" and kickbacks through a travel budget that took Macaluso to Settle , San Diego and other places where he got far more than training from the conferences he reportedly he attended.
On court clerk said :
" We have to commute for hours to get to work everyday because we can't afford to live close to the Courthouse and Joe is running around getting pay raises and doing bogus press releases to help Yamasaki conceal misuse of tax payer money. They even took palm trees from the new courthouse construction site for their own homes and homes for judges and big shot lawyers".
Court insiders claim that as their pay was frozen for years, Macaluso and a number of select court staff, transcriptionists, private corporations and law firms began to receive obscene pay raises and perks to conceal misappropriations and misuse of public funds that not only surrounded the building of the courthouse , but also funded law firms that were beginning to bet on divorce litigations and attorney fees in those divorces as part of a new Silicon Valley investment scheme that is not regulated by the SEC.
Macalsuo reportedly boasted about his ability to influence legal outcomes in the county's divorce, custody and probate cases by intimidating members of the press, ignoring media and public records requests, and lobbying judges to take certain actions in divorce and probate cases or be assigned to civil cases that had favorable outcomes for large law firms and private industry.
Santa Clara County's Bar Association insiders report that Macalsuo also acted as a front man for policies and practices whereby judges assured huge financial awards to lawyers in divorce cases, where the mainstream media never provides press. Macalsuo may have additionally assured favorable legal outcomes in Silicon Valley's criminal and civil cases as he assured grant payments and governmental contracts to large law firms whose clients were served by Macaluso's misconduct.
In August 2016, court staff went on strike as Macaluso and Yamasaki went on a PR campaign to promote the county's new $283,000,000 family courthouse, As Yamasaki claimed there was no money for court staff, he had been giving Macaluso obscene pay raises and approving Macaluso travel to0 San Diego, Seattle and beyond. See payroll records of Macaluso here.
Court staff who had pay frozen, and reduced, were outraged that during the same time Macaluso went from from $44/hr. to $63 /hr, in just four years, He was making well over $100,000 a year and doing a really poor, job. But it was more than that.
As court clerks went on strike, Macaluso and Yamasaki were charged with migrating paper files to electronic documents and consolidating family court houses into the new monstrosity in San Jose. Without an experienced staff, havoc broke out , Court staffers report that Macalsuo was charged with distracting the press with warm fuzzy photo opportunities as court administrators knew that hundreds of thousands of court documents went missing, Whistleblowers report that staff and temporary staff were told to shred and dispose of court documents and as press and litigants looked for filed copies , unfiled judgements and orders, staffers were instructed to stall and delay , blaming missing paperwork on the move to the new courthouse.
One insider reported that during the court staff strike, that an overwhelmed administration instructed staff and temporary workers to shred, or "lose court files " , One insider said judges were assisting the misconduct by failing to sign documents and altering court filed endorsements. DVROS , judgements and appeals , to the harm of thousands of cases and victims forced into Santa Clara County courts.
Whistleblowers claim Macaluso's "fundraising " tasks, and influence over grants, may have been responsible for millions of dollars being improperly diverted for his personal use, and kickbacks to private industry , big law firms, where legal outcomes are being bought and paid by a core group of insiders.
Maclauso is reported to have used the Santa Clara County Bar Association and Silicon Valley Law Foundation to assure certain award fees, assignments and judicial kickbacks to firms like Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Cooley, LLP, DLA Piper , LP, Wilmer Culter Pickering Hales and Dorr, Mc Manis Falukner , Morrison Forrster , Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Alston & Biurd, Bowman & Brooke, Sheppard Mullin, Compton Anti Trust Law Office, Latham Watkins, Wilcon, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati , Hoge Fenton and individual lawyers including : Valerie Houghton, Nat Hales, Walter Hammon, Elise Mitchell, Mark Erickson, Hector Moreno, Brad Baugh, Heather Allan, Travis Krepelka and Katherine Schlepphorst, all of whom have personal and professional ties to Santa Clara County Family Court Judge James Towery and Julie Emede.
Macalsuo may also have used : Apple, Inc, VMC Foundation, Sobrato Family Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, eBay , Facebook , Symantec Corporation, Yahoo! , LinkedIn, HP and Intel to engage in improper fiscal management of the courts, while giving an appearance of assisting non- profits and foundations that include token donations to the area's foster children and $160,000 in benefits to mental health disabilities.
Law Foundation CEO Allison Brunner was " appointed to a jail reform commission tasked with investigating the Santa Clara County jail after three guards were charged in the beating death of an inmate with a mental health disability last year." It appears Brunner did little more than help the county courts bury details and settle out problematic cases, where again large law firms from the area made millions.
In January 2017, Joe Macalsuo reportedly was caught using a personal phone for what could only be improper government activity. Joe mysteriously left the county court employment days later, and the courts offered no information about his departure, and the local media appeared uninterested in asking.
Early in the morning on April 8 , 2017, another Santa Clara County inmate, Patrick Missud , died in a Milpitas jail. Santa Clara County Sherriff claim the death was a suicide, before an autopsy or official report could be made. Missud was well known for his clashes with Santa Clara County Law enforcement and Santa Clara County judges and lawyers. The courts had declared Missud a vexatious litigant, to legally silence him.
California's State Bar , influenced by James Towery , worked to disbar Missud after he began to speak up about Santa Clara County judges and lawyers.
When legally shutting Missud up did not work, county Sheriffs arrested him and jailed him in the Milpitas detention facility, a Santa Clara County jail that has been highly scrutinized in recent years, and thorough a disturbing policy and practice that has been applied to other litigants and media outlets trying to investigate claims of court corruption. police misconduct and misuse of public funds.
Missud appears to have gone crazy as the system he tried to expose worked to silence and kill him. Many litigants in Santa Clara County are beginning to see that Missud was not as crazy as court dockets and law enforcement would like to make him appear to be.
Over the past ten years thousands of hard working and productive citizens have entered the Santa Clara Courts, only to leave with criminal records, vexatious litigant designations and all of their money , property and children taken by judges and lawyers who appear to be running Silicon Valley's new financial empire, not a functioning legal system.
On anonymous staffer claimed, " We are tired of watching a few bad apples ruin our entire legal system and this has to stop".
The staffer does not appear to be alone, other lawyers critical of California's State Bar and Santa Clara County judges and lawyers, like Michael Pine, and Dydzack were also disbarred after speaking up and the state's judicial guardians appear to be threatening media , You Tube and Facebook to take down any and all information critical of lawyer and judge misconduct connected to the state's legal system.
Shortly before Joe Macalsuo mysteriously disappeared from the county's informal payroll, court insiders report he was working with the Santa Clara County Sheriffs and court judges to suppress the information related to a video captured by Q reporters at an event organized by former Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar, James Towery. At the same time State Bar and Judicial Council administrators began to pressure a small online video news station to take down the interview with Dydzak, who outlined the State Bar Corruption that included connections to Thomas Girardi, Howard Miller, who had assured James Towery's position at the State Bar. Towery continues to use his current role as a Santa Clara County Judge to protect attorney misconduct and safe keep huge profits of law firms like Hoge Fenton, where Towery continues to receive income as he sits as a Santa Clara County Family Court Judge.