How Dishonest Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies Hide behind an Image

How Dishonest Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies Hide behind an Image
How Dishonest Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies Hide behind an Image
It was a critical piece of evidence: an inmate’s shirt, bloodied from a jailhouse brawl.

When it went missing, Deputy Jose Ovalle had an idea.

He picked out a similar shirt, doused it with taco sauce and snapped a photograph, which was booked into evidence with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, law enforcement records show.

When confronted later, the deputy admitted to faking the blood.

Ovalle kept his job, but his name was placed on a secret Sheriff’s Department list that now includes about 300 deputies with histories of dishonesty and similar misconduct, a Los Angeles Times investigation has found. The list is so tightly controlled that it can be seen by only a handful of high-ranking sheriff’s officials. Not even prosecutors can access it.

Amid growing public scrutiny over police misconduct, Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to give the names on the list to prosecutors, who are required by law to tell criminal defendants about evidence that would damage the credibility of an officer called as a witness. But McDonnell’s efforts have ignited a fierce legal battle with the union that represents rank-and-file deputies.

The dispute, which the California Supreme Court is expected to decide next year, is playing out in a state with some of the nation’s strictest secrecy laws on police misconduct. California is among 22 states that keep officer discipline from the public, but it is the only one that blocks prosecutors from seeing entire police personnel files.

The Sheriff’s Department’s roster of deputies, known as a “Brady list,” was compiled in 2014 under McDonnell’s predecessor, interim Sheriff John Scott, to keep track of officers with histories of misconduct that might affect their credibility in court. The list has evolved over time, and last fall the department notified several hundred deputies that their names were on the list and offered them the chance to object if they believed there had been a mistake.

Times reporters reviewed a version of the roster, dated 2014, and scoured court and law enforcement records for details of how deputies landed on it.

The documents reviewed by The Times offer the first public glimpse of officers whose misconduct the Sheriff’s Department has decided should be reported to the courts.

The deputies have been identified as potential witnesses in more than 62,000 felony cases since 2000, according to a Times analysis of district attorney records. In many of those cases, the deputies’ misconduct would probably have been relevant in assessing their credibility.

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When a Family Matter Turns Into a Business

Courts Robbing and Abusing Seniors
Helen Jones sits in a wheelchair, surrounded by strangers who control her life.

She is not allowed to answer the telephone. Her mail is screened. She cannot spend her own money.

A child of the Depression, Jones, 87, worked hard for decades, driving rivets into World War II fighter planes, making neckties, threading bristles into nail-polish brushes. She saved obsessively, putting away $560,000 for her old age.

Her life changed three years ago, when a woman named Melodie Scott told a court in San Bernardino that Jones was unable to manage for herself. Without asking Jones, a judge made Scott — someone she had never met — her legal guardian.

Scott is a professional conservator.

It was her responsibility to protect Jones and conserve her nest egg. So far, Scott has spent at least $200,000 of it. The money has gone to pay Scott’s fees, fill Jones’ house with new appliances she did not want and hire attendants to supervise her around the clock, among other expenses.

Once Jones grasped what was happening, she found a lawyer and tried, unsuccessfully, to end Scott’s hold on her. “I don’t want to be a burden to anyone,” she told a judge, almost apologetically. “I just wanted to be on my own.”

Jones’ world has narrowed. She used to call Dial-A-Ride and go to the market, or sit in her driveway chatting with neighbors.

Now she spends her days watching television in her living room in Yucaipa, amid pots of yellow plastic flowers and lamps with no shades. The caretakers rarely take her from her house, except to see the free movie each Friday at the local senior center.

“I’m frustrated, because I don’t know my way out,” she said, sitting within earshot of one of Scott’s aides. “There must be a way out.”

Jones’ conservator is part of a young, growing and largely unregulated trade in California.

Conservatorship began as a way to help families protect enfeebled relatives from predators and self-neglect. As a final recourse, courts take basic freedoms from grown men and women and give conservators sweeping power over their property, their money and the smallest details of their lives.

But lawmakers and judges did not foresee that professionals would turn what had been a family matter into a business.

In the hands of this new breed of entrepreneur, a system meant to safeguard the elderly and infirm often fails them.

The Times examined the work of California’s professional conservators, reviewing more than 2,400 cases, including every one they handled in Southern California between 1997 and 2003.

Among the findings:
Seniors lose their independence with stunning swiftness. More than 500 were entrusted to for-profit conservators without their consent at hearings that lasted minutes. Retired candy company owner Donald Van Ness, 85, did not know what had happened to him until he tried to pay for lunch at a San Diego-area restaurant and was told his credit card had been canceled.

Some conservators misuse their near-parental power over fragile adults, ignoring their needs and isolating them from loved ones. One withheld the allowance that a disabled man relied on for food, leaving him to survive on handouts from a church. Another abruptly moved a 95-year-old woman to a care home and for a month refused to tell her daughter where she was.

In the most egregious cases, conservators plunder seniors’ estates. One took 88-year-old Thelma Larabee’s savings to pay his taxes and invest in a friend’s restaurant. Helen Smith’s conservator secretly sold Smith’s house at a discount — to herself. The conservator’s daughter later resold it for triple the price.

More commonly, conservators run up their fees in ways large and small, eating into seniors’ assets. A conservator charged a Los Angeles woman $170 in fees to have an employee bring her $49.93 worth of groceries. Palm Springs widow Mary Edelman kept paying from beyond the grave: Her conservators charged her estate $1,700 for attending her burial.

Once in conservators’ grasp, it is difficult — and expensive — for seniors to get out. Courts typically compel them to pay not only their own legal fees, but those of their unwanted guardians as well. In the 15 months it took Theresa Herrera’s grandson to unseat her conservator, almost half of the 92-year-old’s $265,000 estate had been exhausted.

“It’s really scary,” said Mitchell Karasov, a North Hollywood attorney who specializes in elder law. “Would you want that to happen to you? This is what we’ll have to look forward to — that we’ll be disposable when we no longer have a voice.”

There are about 500 professional conservators in California, overseeing $1.5 billion in assets. They hold legal authority over at least 4,600 of California’s most vulnerable adults.

Yet they are subject to less state regulation than hairdressers or guide-dog trainers. No agency licenses conservators or investigates complaints against them.

Probate courts are supposed to supervise their work. Yet oversight is erratic and superficial. Even when questionable conduct is brought to their attention, judges rarely take action against conservators.

Three of the past four governors have vetoed legislation that would have provided tougher oversight.

This deeply flawed system is about to be hit by a demographic wave. By 2030, the number of Americans older than 65 is expected to double. Experts predict that as many as 10% of them will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

‘She Was Managing’ Helen Jones said she always dreaded the sort of old age she has now, marked by childlike dependence.

Married only briefly and late in life, Jones said she had always done for herself, even as a child in Nebraska, where she scavenged for coal along the railroad tracks to help keep her family warm.

Before Scott entered her life, she kept her financial records in accordion files, paid her bills promptly and knew how much money she had, down to the penny.

She was nearly deaf, and a rare disorder of the nervous system limited her mobility. But she could still make her way to the bank and take her wash to a local laundromat.

“She was managing,” said Alice Wilson, a neighbor for more than 30 years. “She’s a self-sufficient person.”

As Jones’ conservator, Scott took over her checking account and put her on an allowance, initially $50 every two weeks.

Scott started making improvements to Jones’ pale stucco home, installing central air conditioning, a new refrigerator and a washer and dryer. Scott paid her own sister $1,550 to paint the house.

It pained Jones to see someone else spending her money. So frugal that she still has a red-knit sweater she wore 60 years ago, she even complained when Scott billed her $40 for a Christmas tree. The plastic one in her garage would have done just fine, Jones said.

Decisions about her medical care were another source of contention.

Scott said in court papers that, months after becoming her conservator, she received medical records indicating that Jones had once been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Scott’s staff began taking Jones to a psychiatrist. He prescribed Zyprexa, a drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Jones refused to take it, saying she did not have either condition.

An aide hired by Scott, Gerlie Kirbac, said one of the conservator’s subordinates told her to crush the drug into Jones’ food, but she refused.

Kirbac said she also took Jones to the bank so she could check on her money and was fired for it.

“Melodie told me I can’t handle Helen,” she said. “I said, ‘What kind of handle do you want?’ ”

Scott, 47, whose conservatorship business is the largest in the Inland Empire, said she could not discuss the case because Jones’ medical history is private and her complaints are the subject of litigation.

“It would be horribly unethical to breach Mrs. Jones’ dignity and right to confidentiality,” Scott said in a statement.

In her most recent court filing, a routine list of bills and fees, Scott described Jones as “alert, conversant, obstinate, independent and often paranoid.”

She also said Jones suffered from schizophrenia.

Carefully annotating her own copy of the report, Jones circled “schizophrenia” and wrote a comment in the margin: “BS.”

Early this year, as Jones struggled to reclaim her independence, she lost her younger brother, Frank Janicek.

He was her last bit of family, her Sunday telephone call. A former Douglas Aircraft worker who served in Africa during World War II, Janicek died of pneumonia in January at 85.

Jones wanted him to have a traditional burial. An earlier experience had left her strongly opposed to cremation.

But upon learning that Jones had a conservator, the funeral home called Scott, who made arrangements for the disposal of Janicek’s remains.

In March, a caretaker drove Jones to Riverside National Cemetery, then pushed her wheelchair to a shelter about the size of a bus stop. A bugler played taps. Two women in dress uniform folded an American flag and presented it to Jones.

She was pleased to see her brother put to rest with military honors.

But she noticed that there was no coffin.

Instead, there was a brass urn containing Janicek’s ashes.

Rise of a Profession The concept of conservatorship dates back at least to medieval England, where guardians were appointed to manage the property of people deemed “lunatic.”

In the U.S., California stood for decades as the model for a humane system. The state pioneered legislation in the 1960s and ’70s to protect against arbitrary or needless conservatorships. Adults were guaranteed advance notice of court hearings to appoint a conservator, along with legal representation and the right to a jury trial.

Lawmakers assumed the conservator would be a family member or friend.

In 1969, John M. Mills, an economics professor at El Camino College, rented a room in a downtown Los Angeles church and opened what is believed to have been the state’s first conservatorship business.

Twenty years later, a court banished Mills from the trade after the state attorney general’s office accused him of financial irregularities. By then, he had inspired many others to enter the field.

In most instances, loved ones still act as conservators for incapacitated old people. But professionals now handle about 15% of the cases in Southern California.

Although some have only a few clients, others run thriving businesses, managing the lives of more than 100 adults at once. An elite group focuses on wealthy seniors, employing large staffs and commanding rates of up to $135 an hour.

Conservators hold positions of trust on a par with lawyers, accountants and investment firms. In contrast with those professions, however, they don’t have to earn degrees or pass licensing exams. Anyone with a clean felony record who pays a $385 state registration fee can go into the business.

Only now is the state moving to impose basic standards. Beginning next year, conservators will need a college degree, experience in the field or certain levels of training. Most current practitioners will not be affected, however.

Conservators find clients by sponsoring breakfasts at senior centers and networking at legal luncheons. Nursing homes call when residents become too addled to pay the rent, wanting a conservator to write checks for them. Hospitals call when patients have outlasted their insurance, hoping that a conservator will move them somewhere else.

Once conservators identify a prospect, they can go to court and initiate a case without the client’s approval.

With rare exceptions, they look for people with money. Frumeh Labow, Los Angeles’ busiest conservator, sets a minimum of $300,000 — enough to guarantee her paycheck for at least a few years, if the client lives that long.

Other conservators have a more modest threshold.

“If the person has six months, the doctor tells me she has terminal cancer and she only has $30,000, I’ll take a chance on that,” said Jeffrey Siegel, who runs a large Los Angeles practice.

In many cases, professional conservators have done admirable work. Some have saved seniors from con artists or thieving relatives. Others have ensured that lonely adults lived out their last days in dignity.

Many continue to serve clients after their money has run out.

“We’re in this business to help people and to protect people,” said Ron Patterson, a Bay Area conservator who is president of the Professional Fiduciary Assn. of California. “None of us are here, I believe, to enrich ourselves in any way except the natural way one does in business.”

But even some conservators admit they would not want one themselves.

“I can decide who they see. I can put them in a nursing home,” said Labow. “It’s the biggest imposition on your civil liberties short of being imprisoned.”

Quickly in Control Professional conservators take over with jarring speed.

In many courtrooms, they get emergency appointments on the day they ask for them, based on short forms in which they swear that prospective clients cannot care for themselves.

These hasty hearings are meant for cases in which elderly people are in imminent danger. But professional conservators have made them the norm, The Times found. More than half of their Southern California cases began this way.

Adults are entitled by law to attend emergency hearings. Yet they were not formally notified in more than half the cases The Times examined. Often, judges dispensed with the requirement after conservators told them that prospective wards were too feeble to come to court.

By securing immediate appointments, professionals can gain control over elders before safeguards required in nonemergency cases kick in. For example, in nine of 10 emergency cases, wards were not interviewed by a court investigator before a judge decided they needed a conservator.

The events leading to Jones’ conservatorship began in November 2002, when a chance acquaintance, Cindy Gurrola, gave her a ride to the bank. After Gurrola expressed concern for Jones’ welfare, a bank employee gave her the business card of a Redlands company that serves the elderly.

Gurrola said she called the number and gave an employee Jones’ address. There was no mention of conservatorship or that Jones would be giving up legal control of her affairs, Gurrola said.

About a week later, Jones said, she was napping in her home when a woman walked in and woke her. The woman said she was with “CARE.” Jones said she thought that meant California Alternate Rates and Energy, Southern California Edison‘s reduced-rate program for seniors.

Jones signed a one-paragraph document, not bothering to read it.

In fact, the woman worked for Conservatorship and Resources for the Elderly Inc., the firm owned by Melodie Scott. The document said that Jones nominated Scott to be her conservator.

“I was sleeping here and someone tapped me on the shoulder and said sign this,” Jones said. “And stupid, I signed it, not knowing what I was signing.

“To me, ‘conserve’ means to save and I thought this was a way of saving me money so I wouldn’t have to pay utilities.”

The nomination was dated Nov. 22. Eleven days later, Scott filed an emergency request to become Jones’ conservator. She said Jones could not keep up with her bills, had a house full of clutter and could no longer manage “the activities of daily living.”

Judge Phillip M. Morris granted the petition the next day.

After about a year, Jones decided to fight back. A bank clerk told her that she could not redeem a CD that had matured — only Scott could. Upset, Jones had her caregiver take her to see paralegal Barbara Seifritz at the Yucaipa Senior Center.

Jones appeared so clear-headed and well-informed that Seifritz was surprised to learn she was under conservatorship. So was Bob Roddick, Seifritz’s boss at the nonprofit Inland Counties Legal Services.

At a hearing in March 2004, Roddick told Judge David A. Williams that Jones did not need a conservator.

“She seems perfectly capable of taking care of herself,” Roddick said.

“Well, we already have a conservatorship,” the judge replied.

“I have it, but I would like to terminate it,” Jones told him, confiding her worry that Scott was draining the savings it had taken her 60 years to build.

The judge could have ended her conservatorship on the spot or directed his staff to investigate. He did neither.

He appointed an attorney to review the handling of Jones’ finances, but left her in Scott’s hands.

By then, Jones had gotten a look at Scott’s expense records and saw that her money was going out nearly three times as fast as it was coming in. Scott’s firm is spending Jones’ money at a rate of $84,000 a year, records show. Her income is about $27,000 a year.

At a hearing in August 2004, court-appointed attorney Donnasue Ortiz challenged the conservator’s fees and spending as “excessive.”

Scott sought to justify the expenses by saying that Jones was “near death” when she intervened. She told the court that Jones had left a convalescent home “against medical advice,” that she was “totally dehydrated and malnourished” and that her garage harbored “thousands of rats,” prompting complaints from neighbors.

Jones called Scott’s description “one big fabrication.” She said that she spent several days in a nursing facility after suffering a fall in October 2002 but that a social worker signed her out, saying she did not need to be there. Two friends who drove her home corroborated her account.

As for rats, three of Jones’ neighbors said in interviews that they never saw or complained about any.

In July, with the conservatorship still in place, a frustrated Roddick filed a petition to end it. A judge refused to hear his arguments, saying he had no standing to intervene.

The judge scheduled a hearing for Dec. 2 at which Jones will be represented by Ortiz.

“I don’t know how this is going to turn out,” Jones said outside the courtroom. “My age is against me and my hearing is against me.”

‘Chewing Up Estates’ From the moment seniors are entrusted to a professional conservator, the meter is running.

The law allows conservators to spend their wards’ money as they see fit and requires them to submit periodic reports. Courts must approve their fees, but state law sets no limit on their compensation beyond that it be “reasonable.”

Reports examined by The Times show that conservators have billed elderly people for what one described as “drive-by” property inspections and for moving furniture around a room.

Frances Dell, 90, paid her conservator $715 for accompanying her to parties and informing her that her favorite niece had died, among other services. “She needed someone to cry with and mourn her own mortality,” the conservator wrote in her bill.

Seniors often pay for layers of helpers hired by their conservators — property managers, home-care supervisors, case managers and more. They pay for flowers, chocolates and other gifts that conservators give them on special occasions.

Among the Christmas presents one woman unwittingly lavished on herself: men’s cologne and a stocking with her name embroidered on it, misspelled.

“The word is conserve. You’re supposed to conserve people’s estates,” La Mesa probate attorney Richard Schwering said. “Conservatorship is chewing up estates.”

The bills pile up even faster when seniors or their families challenge conservators’ control.

Wards pay their conservators’ legal bills on top of their own because the court does not consider the parties to be adversaries. Even when conservators oppose their clients’ wishes, they are assumed to be looking out for their best interests.

Street-smart and self-made, Charles Thomas built an $18-million empire by investing in Burger King franchises and real estate in some of Los Angeles’ toughest neighborhoods. After he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s-like symptoms, it became clear he would have to hand over the reins of his businesses.

Thomas had a complex family, with children from several marriages. He picked an outsider — Labow — to be conservator of his estate.

She was appointed in September 1998. Just over a year later, Thomas told his court-appointed counsel that he “wanted Frumeh Labow out of my life.”

Labow refused to go, saying Thomas had chosen her before his illness clouded his judgment.

After five years, Labow remained in charge. Thomas had paid $1.1 million in fees to her, the lawyers his relatives had hired to oust her, and the six attorneys Labow had hired to fend them off and manage his holdings.

Suffering from aphasia, Thomas, 70, is no longer able to speak for himself. His family has come to accept that Labow will be a permanent presence in their lives.

“You can’t fight them if they’re using his money to fight you,” said his son, Michael.

‘Sarah Could Be Trusted’ Court-sanctioned fees are the only compensation to which conservators are entitled for managing the affairs of their clients.

The Times found at least 50 instances in which conservators used their authority over seniors’ assets to benefit themselves or their friends, relatives or employers in other ways. Courts approved many of their actions, though often with incomplete information.

A Sacramento conservator hired his live-in girlfriend’s firm to auction off his wards’ possessions and sell their houses. A San Francisco conservator decorated his apartment with a client’s valuable Chinese paintings.

Melodie Scott acknowledges that she let another professional conservator, Sarah Kerley, live rent-free in a client’s house in Glendale for months. Kerley was married to Scott’s brother at the time.

Scott did not disclose their relationship in her reports to the court. In an interview, she said the three-bedroom, Spanish-style house was in poor condition and that Kerley made repairs in lieu of paying rent and, later on, in exchange for reduced rent.

Scott said she did what she thought was best for the client, Jeanne Ledingham.

“There was no intention ever to take advantage of Ms. Ledingham to the benefit of Sarah Kerley or myself,” Scott said. “I thought I was being a hero…. This charming little house, this beautiful garden — Sarah could be trusted.”

While Kerley was living there, Ledingham paid the utility bills, as well as thousands of dollars to a gardener and a property manager hired by Scott.

Ledingham, who suffered from bipolar disorder, was 51 when Scott took control of her affairs. Scott moved her into a board-and-care and, later, an apartment while Kerley lived in her house.

Ledingham’s daughter, a sophomore at a Louisiana college when the conservatorship began, said she was appalled by what happened.

“There were all these people — conservators, attorneys, judges,” said Candace Ledingham-Ramos. “No one was looking out for my mother.” Marin Support Services for Elders, a nonprofit group for seniors, was supposed to look out for Florry Fairfield.

Fairfield, a retired real estate agent who had never married, lived with her miniature schnauzer, Daisy, in the quiet Bay Area suburb of Fairfax.

Anne Smith, then director of Marin Support Services, became Fairfield’s conservator in March 2001 after telling a court that Alzheimer’s-type dementia had left her “clearly unable to handle her affairs or resist undue influence.”

Less than a month later, Fairfield, then 82, signed a new will. It was drafted by the lawyer representing Marin Support Services in the conservatorship case.

The will made the organization the main beneficiary of Fairfield’s $1.1-million estate and named Smith co-executor.

California law bars professional conservators from inheriting from their wards in such circumstances unless the will was reviewed by an independent attorney or a court. There is no evidence that either step was taken in Fairfield’s case.

The law clearly applies to individual conservators. It is unclear whether it applies in this instance because the beneficiary of the will was Marin Support Services, not Smith. Still, experts said, neither conservators nor their employers should become their clients’ heirs because it creates a conflict of interest.

“What incentive do they have then to keep the client alive?” said Mitchell Karasov, the elder-law attorney. Every penny spent on the ward’s care would reduce the conservator’s bequest, he said.

William Kuhns, the lawyer for Marin Support Services, said he drew up the will at Fairfield’s request. She decided on her own how to divide her wealth, he said.

“Maybe it gives you the appearance of a conflict of interest, but I’ve been an attorney for many years, and I’m very comfortable that this was in accordance with her wishes,” said Kuhns.

Kuhns collected more than $36,000 for his work on Fairfield’s conservatorship and estate.

Four weeks after Fairfield signed the will, a judge deemed her dementia severe enough to disqualify her from voting.

Asked how Fairfield could be too demented to vote, yet able to divide a million-dollar estate, Smith said she could not comment, citing concern for Fairfield’s privacy. Speaking generally, she said that people suffering from dementia could still possess the mental soundness to make such decisions.

“Dementia is not a black-and-white disease,” Smith said. “People can be very clear about some things and very confused about others.”

When Fairfield died, Marin Support Services inherited more than $675,000.

‘Lurking in the Shadows’ Even elderly people who have organized their affairs in advance can be pulled into this broken system.

Robert Mushet thought his mother was set.

Dorothy Mushet had signed papers designating her son, then an engineer with Boeing, to make decisions for her if need be. When she began to show signs of dementia, he arranged for her medical care and managed the money she had inherited from his father and earned as a saleswoman for Joseph Magnin Co.

Then, in September 2002, Robert got a call from his mother’s nursing home. A Santa Barbara court, he learned, had appointed a professional conservator for Dorothy, then 94.

“I hung up the phone and darn near collapsed,” Robert recalled.

His estranged daughter had petitioned for a conservator, saying he had moved Dorothy to the nursing home against her will. The daughter nominated Suzanne McNeely, a leading Santa Barbara conservator. Robert said he moved his mother because it was dangerous for her to live at home in her weakened state.

With court permission, McNeely moved Dorothy Mushet back into her house and hired her own firm to provide round-the-clock aides for four months, for which she later tried to charge $68,000.

Robert ultimately persuaded a court to make him his mother’s conservator, as she had wanted, and to cut McNeely’s total bill from $80,600 to about $24,000.

“You brought a matter to court that shouldn’t even have come here,” Judge J. William McLafferty told McNeely and her attorney.

Though victorious, Robert Mushet said he ran up $50,000 in legal fees. McNeely appealed the judge’s reduction in her fee, ultimately settling for a $5,000 increase.

Dorothy died in March 2003. Her son said he felt strangely grateful to her disease for shielding her from the nasty tug of war that poisoned her final months.

“It would’ve killed my mom if she knew anything about this,” he said.

Gerardine Brown, a state parole officer, had little notion what conservatorship was until she retrieved a letter from her mailbox one night in May 2000.

It said a stranger had asked to become her 86-year-old mother’s conservator. A judge was set to hear the case 12 hours later in Los Angeles — 375 miles from Brown’s home outside Sacramento.

Brown got into her car and sped south, driving through the night. “I didn’t have time to hire an attorney,” she said. “I’m standing there in front of the judge with no idea of what I’m going to face.”

Brown’s mother, Charlotte Shelton, was a retired biochemist whose work for the Navy broke ground for a woman of her era. Brown — her only child — said she called Shelton regularly, trying to persuade her to move closer to her remaining family as her health failed. Shelton clung stubbornly to her home in Eagle Rock.

Sarah Kerley, the same conservator Scott had let live in a client’s house, told the court that Shelton’s doctor had asked her to step in. Kerley arranged for a psychiatric evaluation that led to Shelton’s involuntary hospitalization in a mental ward. Then Kerley filed papers to become her conservator.

The judge appointed Kerley temporarily while a court-appointed attorney assessed Shelton’s condition. The attorney reported three weeks later that he saw no reason why Brown should not assume responsibility for her mother, as long as she did not move her from Southern California. When the judge approved the change, Brown figured the conservator was gone.

Not so. Kerley fought for a continuing role in Shelton’s life, challenging Brown on who should pick her mother’s doctors and who should be her permanent conservator.

Eventually, Brown said, she agreed that her mother would pay Kerley’s fees and those of her attorney if Kerley would stay out of the family’s affairs. Just as the settlement was being finalized, Shelton died.

The conservator and her attorney later collected almost $18,000 from Shelton’s estate.

Kerley did not respond to requests for comment.

“These people are just lurking in the shadows,” Brown said. “It’s just chilling to think it can happen to anybody.”

Postier vs. Marshall Over 13 days beginning in September 2002, the rarest of scenes played out in a San Jose courtroom.

Lawyers for an elderly woman named Ruth Postier took a professional conservator to trial, accusing him of violating her rights and wasting her money.

Russell Marshall, a well-known Santa Clara County conservator, had secured an emergency appointment to look after Postier, then 77, and her husband, Ed, 80, in August 2000.

Until then, the Postiers had eked by, relying on friends for help. Married since they were teenagers, they had no children or surviving close relatives. They had only Social Security for income, having exhausted their savings from an upholstery business.

Their house was their one real asset, worth more than $500,000 despite its crumbling roof and exposed wiring. It held decades of memories, including a wall of ribbons won by Stardust, their champion Doberman.

In the eight months that Marshall was their conservator, the Postiers chafed at his authority.

After Ed allegedly threatened Ruth during an argument, Marshall moved him into a locked nursing home without the necessary court permission. He later moved the Postiers into separate apartments in an assisted-living complex and put their home up for sale.

Marshall also exhausted their meager resources, incurring more than $50,000 in unpaid bills. He hired a family therapist, paying her $65 an hour not only to counsel the couple, but also to shop for pillowcases, wastebaskets and other household items.

After two months, a court investigator came to check on the Postiers. They complained bitterly about Marshall. Public Defender Malorie Street was assigned to represent the couple and objected when the conservator asked to have his temporary control over their affairs made permanent.

Marshall, in an interview, defended his conduct.

“They wanted me to be their conservator because they wanted to move,” he said. He said he had planned the Postiers’ expenses carefully and would not have run up debts if Street’s opposition had not delayed his efforts to sell their house.

In April 2001, Ed died and the county public guardian took responsibility for Ruth.

After Marshall submitted his final report, Street demanded that the court sanction him for abusing her clients.

When the matter went to trial, a videotape deposition Ruth had given months earlier was shown in court. She could not testify in person, having suffered a stroke that left her speech almost unintelligible. Instead, her worn face appeared on a TV screen, oxygen lines running from her nose.

“Did you want Ms. Street to sue Russell Marshall?” the conservator’s attorney asked her.

“Well, he sure didn’t do right by me,” Postier replied. “He made a mess of my life.”

She described how the conservator began removing her belongings from the house as she ate dinner one night.

“Just hauled it out, whether I liked it or not,” she said.

Postier said she had never wanted to leave the home she had shared with her husband for so many years. Though they argued often, she once told a friend she wanted their headstone to say, “Ruth and Ed Postier, Together Forever.”

She raised trembling, papery hands over her eyes.

“I went through hell,” she said.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Hansen found that Marshall had increased the Postiers’ indebtedness and moved Ed without proper authority. Nonetheless, he decided Marshall’s conduct did not constitute elder abuse.

Hansen awarded Ruth nominal damages of $1, saying it was impossible to measure monetarily what harm, if any, Marshall’s actions had caused her.

The judge awarded Marshall and his legal team $75,000. Later, Postier’s own lawyers collected more than double that amount, swallowing what was left of her estate.

Street came away stunned.

“That case sent me around the bend,” she said. “The statutes designed to protect my clients didn’t.”

Shortly before Ruth Postier died on May 29, 2003, her caretakers deposited Marshall’s check to her.

It was for $1.02.

Damages plus interest.

Times researcher Maloy Moore contributed to this report. *

Emergency appointments

More than half of all conservatorships filed by professionals in Southern California between 1997 and 2003 were granted by the courts on an emergency basis, often bypassing initial assessments by court investigators and other safeguards designed to protect wards’ rights. In all, there were 1,160 emergency appointments.

Granted without notice to senior or family: 56%

Granted before an attorney appointed: 64

Granted before court investigator’s report: 92%

Sources: Probate records for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Data analysis by Maloy Moore

An aging population

The proportion of Americans 65 and older is expected to grow between now and 2030, as is the number 85 and older.

Percent of population, 2000-2030:

United States

– 65 years and older

2000: 12%

2030 projected: 20%

– 85 years and older

2000: 2%

2030 projected: 3%

California

– 65 years and older

2000: 11%

2030 projected: 17%

– 85 years and older

2000: 1%

2030 projected: 2%

Southern California

– 65 years and older

2000: 10%

2030 projected: 17%

– 85 years and older

2000: 1%

2030 projected: 2%

Source: Census Bureau, California Department of Finance, Times reporting. Graphics reporting by Maloy Moore

Planning ahead

To avoid a conservatorship, or to ensure that someone you trust is put in charge of your affairs, attorneys recommend one or more of the following steps.

A durable power of attorney designates someone to manage your finances. It does not have to be drafted by an attorney, but must be notarized if real estate is involved. If you don’t plan on using an attorney, ask for a “statutory” form at stationery stores or look for it on the Internet.

An advance healthcare directive authorizes a friend or loved one to make medical decisions for you. A kit for creating one can be ordered online through the California Medical Assn. (www.cmanet.org).

An advance nomination designates someone to serve as your conservator if a court deems one necessary.

A revocable trust, also known as a living trust, designates an individual to manage your assets outside court jurisdiction while you are alive and after you die, thereby avoiding the cost of probate. Trust documents must be filed with your bank and other financial institutions.

Be sure to inform the people whom you have designated to make decisions for you. Give them copies of the appropriate documents and tell them where the originals have been filed.


Source: California Medical Assn; Irell & Manella; Mitchell A. Karasov; American Bar Assn. *

About this series

Caring for the aged and infirm was once a family affair. Now, it is a business. In documenting this change, reporters Robin Fields, Evelyn Larrubia and Jack Leonard and researcher Maloy Moore examined records of more than 2,400 cases handled by California’s professional conservators since 1997. They also conducted hundreds of interviews — with probate lawyers, judges and independent experts as well as people under conservatorship and their loved ones.

Monday: How probate courts have failed the elderly.

Tuesday: One conservator’s troubled career.

Wednesday: L.A.’s public guardian — a canceled promise.

This is still going on today by a corrupt court system which breeds criminals, perjury, elder abuse and embezzlement MORE HERE

Stop Abuse of Power Criminals and Predators hide behind Images Silence is Complicity

Silence is complicity Victoria B Henley is a predator who used her power and the courts to help criminals get away with crime


Stop Abuse of Power Criminals and Predators hide behind Images Silence is Complicity

Many people who’ve gone to court looking for justice were shocked when they found out courts don’t care about justice or even evidence. There are many scams and dirty tactics judges and lawyers use and abuse in our courts. One of them is to simply ignore the facts, evidence or witness statements. They just rule in favor of the party who lines their pockets which sometimes is done in the form of county payments such as done by Los Angeles County or bank loans.

With the Harvey Weinstein exposure America has gotten a glimse into the world of predators and the abuse of power. Power comes in many forms, it comes with government jobs such as police, judges and politics. It’s not just about big money, it’s about immunity and being able to influence law enforcement. People with big money can buy big lawyers which can use their connections to influence judges.

We must all look at the 14th Amendment
All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The Game has been exposed, people with money or power abuse our legal system by bribing judges to ignore the facts or evidence. This silence is complicity and they then become accessories to the crimes. Anyone who take part should be held equally and personally liable.

43 California judges were reprimanded for misconduct last year

Two judges had sex with women in their chambers, one with his former law students, the other with his court clerk. A traffic court judge delegated his job to his clerk. While the judge was in chambers, the clerk heard pleas and imposed sentences.

A family law court judge excoriated two parents who appeared before him as “rotten” and the mother a “train wreck” and a “liar.”

The judges, among 43 disciplined last year by California’s Commission on Judicial Performance, received rebukes ranging from public censure or admonishment to a confidential “advisory” letter. The state watchdog agency documented the transgressions in an annual report that provides a behind-the-scenes look at errant behavior on the bench and how it is addressed.

Sexual transgressions are likely to be viewed with gravity, as are repeated remarks from the bench that belittle and humiliate lawyers and litigants, the new report suggested. The vast majority of complaints against judges result in no discipline, and most misconduct is resolved by sending judges private letters.

“Engaging in sexual intercourse in the courthouse is the height of irresponsible and improper behavior by a judge.” Commission on Judicial Performance

UC Berkeley law professor Christopher Kutz said a judge’s conduct must be extreme before the system metes out discipline. The state has about 1,800 judges, and generally fewer than 50 each year receive some form of reprimand.

“Certainly,” Kutz said, judges disparage lawyers and litigants “much more often than the number of disciplinary cases would suggest. There is a lot of latitude for judicial misbehavior.”

Judicial misconduct may be underreported because few people know there is even a mechanism for filing complaints, said Victoria B. Henley, director and chief counsel for the watchdog agency. FULL STORY HERE

Is the California Commission on Judicial Performance just a front to pretend something is being done?
Most people who file complaints are ignored when they get the standard return letter “We investigated ourselves and found nothing wrong”.
Don’t think this is so, File a complaint and find out GO HERE

Corrupt justice: what happens when judges’ bias taints a case?
When Margaret Besen, a 51-year-old nurse from East Northport, Long Island, filed for divorce from her husband in March of 2010, she believed justice was on her side.

Judge William Kent’s preliminary ruling seemed like a first step toward compromise. Margaret and Stuart Besen, who agreed their marriage was beyond repair, would remain in their suburban Suffolk County house, living in separate rooms – and keeping away from each other – while sharing custody until a resolution could be reached.

But within weeks, the situation deteriorated. Stuart Besen, a politically connected attorney for the town of Huntington, had an anger problem, Margaret told authorities. The couple’s screaming matches left Margaret feeling intimidated and their children – a daughter, 11, and son, 7 – terrified, she said. So in August of that year she obtained an order of protection prohibiting Stuart from harassing her. Three weeks later, Stuart entered Margaret’s bedroom and hovered over her as she slept, she told police. They arrested him for violating the order, reporting that Stuart had stared down at Margaret with his arms folded on three consecutive nights. She got temporary possession of the family home.

In the years that followed, Besen’s hopes for an equitable settlement dwindled as she battled a series of harsh and hard-to-explain decisions against her. Though she could never prove anything, she suspected that the scales had tipped for reasons unrelated to the evidence in her case. If true, Besen faced what experts say is one of the most troubling threats to our nation’s system of justice: judges, who, through incompetence, bias or outright corruption, prevent the wronged from getting a fair hearing in our courts. FULL STORY HERE

How to Bribe a judge
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What happens to lawyers when they expose the system?
How those who are suppose to protect the public help dishonest judges

Report slams the quiet way California judges are disciplined
California’s judicial disciplinary agency is too lenient and too secretive, an advocacy group charged Monday in a report submitted to the Legislature.

The Commission on Judicial Performance, established in 1960 as the first agency in any state with the power to investigate judges for ethical violations, dismisses nearly 90 percent of the public complaints it receives and imposes discipline much less often than similar agencies in Arizona, Texas and New York, the report said. It was issued by Court Reform LLC, a nonprofit headed by Joseph Sweeney, an East Bay mathematician who said he was partly motivated by his encounters with family law courts. FULL STORY HERE

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Removal of Judges

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The California Cesspool of Judicial Corruption is Inconceivable

Bullies with Badges James Tracy and Jeff Payne Claim Police Punishment Excessive

Bullies with Badges James Tracy and Jeff Payne Claim Police Punishment Excessive


Bullies with Badges James Tracy and Jeff Payne Claim Police Punishment Excessive
It’s obvious to victims today that police punishment is a joke if anything and also the reason why so many bad cops get away with crime. They prove beyond a doubt that there are in deed two classes of people in America. Those forced to obey or else and those who don’t need to respect the people the law. Had it not been for the video evidence both officers would have gotten away with their violations and abuse by lying about it. Lying and perjury by police has become accepted and rationalized. Notice how the handling of the nurse has been labeld “manhandled” imagine if someone did this to one of these officers? The key here is what they really are going to do after saying “violated department policy and undermined public trust”. The department will rehire them and reinstate them after all the media attention goes away. Business as usual with typical “Imaginary justice” which is all for show and just a smoke screen. Why is it we’re sold a bill of “American’s all have rights” when it’s really just a select few who benefit from these so called rights?

Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Payne was fired and his supervisor James Tracy demoted for their roles in the arrest of a nurse who was manhandled and shoved screaming into a squad car as she tried to protect the legal rights of an unconscious patient.

Detective Jeff Payne was fired and James Tracy, his watch commander, was demoted two ranks from lieutenant to officer after an internal review by the Salt Lake City Police Department found their actions toward the nurse violated department policy and undermined public trust.

“I have lost faith and confidence in your ability to continue to serve as a member of the Salt Lake City Police Department,” Chief Mike Brown wrote in a termination letter to Payne that was posted by the Deseret News.

“I am deeply troubled by your lack of sound, professional judgment and your discourteous, disrespectful and unwarranted behavior, which unnecessarily escalated a situation that could and should have been resolved in a manner far different from the course of action you chose to pursue,” the letter read.

Jeff Payne is a 27-year veteran of the department, and James Tracy has worked in law enforcement for 22 years, spending nine years as a lieutenant in Salt Lake City. Attorneys for both men told local media that they plan to appeal the decision. (How many other incidents are there that were not on video or audio which did not get media attention should be the question) How many times to you need to get caught being dishonest for it to matter? How many victims are needed to stop a bad cop?

“I do think that Salt Lake City did a fair job of doing the investigation, and I think that their findings are, by and large, accurate,” Jeff Payne’s attorney, Greg Skordas, told the Salt Lake Tribune. “But I think the chief reacted to a lot of public pressure and scrutiny in making a decision that doesn’t fit the conduct.” How many times is it Ok to commit domestic abuse and can Jeff Payne’s actions be compared to the same?

Police body camera footage captured Payne erupting at nurse Alex Wubbels of the University of Utah Hospital on July 26 after she refused his request to draw blood from an unconscious truck driver who was involved in a head-on collision with a suspect fleeing police in another vehicle. FULL STORY

POLICE UNIONS ARE GANG LEADERS WHO HELP POLICE GET AWAY WITH CRIME
The Salt Lake City Police Association last week criticized the city’s handling of misconduct investigations for officers involved in the widely publicized arrest of a hospital nurse who properly refused to allow a warrantless blood drawing on an unconscious patient.

In a letter addressed to Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Police Chief Mike Brown, the union specifically denounced what it called the “premature release of body cam footage,” which it claimed “corrupted” the investigations of two Salt Lake City officers. ( Actually the truth is it helped get justice and stopped a cover up)

Given that police unions are often the most vocal opponents of body camera use in general, it is hardly surprising the Salt Lake City Police Association is less than thrilled with the video’s release. What is surprising, however, is the association’s decision to argue about body cameras in this particular case.

Make sure you view the first video below before you take sides. Lets not forget the part about what they’ll do if she or the hospital does not do what they say? Is this extortion or again is this good police work and behavior?

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Police Union Complains About Release of Body Camera Footage in Controversial Blood Draw Incident
SLC police lieutenant demoted after nurse’s arrest appeals, says discipline was ‘excessive’
Utah police officer fired after manhandling, arresting nurse who was doing her job
Utah officer wants to apologize for nurse’s controversial arrest

VIDEOS
Detective Jeff Payne body cam excerpts

Nurse Arrest Leads To Utah Police Lieutenant Demotion

Detective Jeff Payne fired over nurse Wubbles arrest

Utah Mall Cop Jeff Payne Is Begging To Keep His Job: The Decision Will Come Soon

The unseen video of officer Jeff Payne saying he will bring the hospital all of the transients.

Police Killed 1163 People in 2016 Alone How Many Must Die Before We Put a Stop to This?

Police Killed 1063 People in 2016 Alone How Many Must Die Before We Put a Stop to This?


Police Killed 1163 People in 2016 Alone How Many Must Die Before We Put a Stop to This?

KILLED BY POLICE AS OF TODAY
2017 997
2016 1163
2015  1218
2014 1114
2013 779
Total 5271 People Killed

Death by Officer: An American Epidemic of Police Shootings and Brutality

Unarmed White Man Shot 8 Times & Killed By Police…Officer Cleared Of All Charges

What Do Harvey Weinstein and Tani Cantil-Sakauye Have in Common? Abuse of Power

What Do Harey Weinstein and Tani Cantil-Sakauye Have in Common? Abuse of Power


What Do Harvey Weinstein and Tani Cantil-Sakauye Have in Common? Abuse of Power
“California Judges Are High on the Predator Scale”

A must read article how we’ve exposed just the tip of the iceberg in “Abuse of Power” and victimizing people with money and power.
CORRUPTION WATCH-The most compelling words in Ronan Farrow’s article about the predator Harvey Weinstein in the October 23, 2017 issue of The New Yorker magazine are its first three: Abuses of Power. The salacious aspect of the story may initially attract public attention, but the essence of the it revolves around power – the abuse of power. And that is where the focus should remain. A predatory abuse of power permeates our entire society – a society that has made a lying pussy-grabber its Predator-in-Chief. 

The largest class of people who have been victims of these predators have been women and they have served notice on the nation that they are removing themselves from the victim category.

Ronan Farrow’s article details how Weinstein used his power to enlist the aid of others to hide his behavior and make sure his victims would be silenced. Everyone around him was corrupted; some actively helped Weinstein; others pretended not to know. By using the threat of ruining peoples’ careers and imposing confidentiality agreements, he forced his victims to be silent. One interesting aspect of these confidentiality agreements is that many of the victims seem not to have brought lawsuits, but were merely telling people.

Did Weinstein’s lawyers initiate the contact with these victims knowing that confidentiality agreements would be the end result? Such behavior would seem to destroy any confidentiality between Weinstein and his attorneys since they would be aiding and abetting him to cover-up his criminal behavior.

There is a world of difference between a criminal coming to his attorney because he is being civilly sued — in which case the attorney-client confidentiality privilege attaches — and a client’s coming to an attorney so that the attorney will proactively conceal evidence of a crime. Predators are adept at polluting everyone around them. Bribery occurs when the attorney (1) gives or offers a witness, (2) cash or something of value, (3) with corrupt intent, (4) to influence the testimony of that witness. Penal Code § 137(a).

Like Harvey Weinstein’s friends and associates, many court personnel also jettison their ethics and support predators. As Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis wrote:

“Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”

As the disinfecting sunlight of #MeToo shows, predators and their victims are everywhere. Just recently, women in Sacramento spoke out about the predators in and around state government.

California Judges Are High on the Predator Scale

Some of the nation’s worst predators are found in the California judiciary. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal court) has accused the state courts of having “an epidemic of misconduct.”   

Listening to a direct link to that 9th Circuit Hearing, it is apparent that the persons that the three federal judges are pointing to are both women: former CA Attorney General Kamala Harris and California State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. This highlights the important fact that all power abuses.

Then Attorney General Harris had done nothing to the prosecutor who not only used a lying jail-house informant but who had also taken the stand and committed perjury to bolster the lying informant’s credibility. As Tani Cantil-Sakauye had been California Chief Justice for four years, the indictment that the entire California judiciary had a “epidemic of misconduct” was directed at her, the person who presided over the entire system. As the federal judges made clear, a state does not have an epidemic of misconduct without the complicity of the judges and justices.

But wait, doesn’t California have a Commission on Judicial Performance (CJP) to ferret out judicial misconduct? Not really. Don’t judge a book by its cover. (Harvey Weinstein would only wish he had such an effective system as CJP to intimidate his victims.) From its current machinations, the CJP continues to champion California’s judicial predators.

The CJP is Actively Shields Judicial Predators

A lot can be learned about the CJP’s predatory ways by examining its fight to prevent the State Auditor from conducting an audit of its activities. Government Code § 8545.2 requires public agencies — “whether created by the California Constitution or otherwise” — to grant the Auditor access to all agency documents for purposes of an audit or investigation, including documents that “may lawfully be kept confidential as a result of a statutory or common law privilege or any other provision of law.”

To protect judicial predators from sunlight, the CJP has sued the State Auditor in the case: Commission on Judicial Performance v Elaine M Howle, San Francisco Super Court # 16-515308.  The grounds are that its files are “confidential,” ignoring the fact that the statute authorizes the Auditor to review confidential files.

The CJP invents a special form of confidentiality for itself which it terms “absolute immunity.” This claim of absolute confidentiality is typical behavior of abusers like Harvey Weinstein who also thought that he was special and he could continue doing what he was “used to doing” – being a sexual predator. The CJP Rule 102 which sets forth the scope of its “confidentiality” does not use the word “absolute.” In fact, Rule 102 contains sixteen confidentiality exceptions, among them, “information (to prosecuting authorities) which reveals possible criminal conduct by the judge or former judge or by any other individual or entity.” Rule 102(g)

The State Auditor does not publish these files; it reviews them in order to conduct its audit of how the CJP is behaving. The only people who can be “harmed” by the auditor’s review are the CJP personnel and cohorts and judges and justices who may have received special favors. How many complaints against the Chief Justice have been squelched? 

Evidence That CJP Covers-up for Predatory Judges

When CJP receives thousands upon thousands of complaints with virtually no removals, something is amiss (11 judicial removals since 1995). After the federal courts have found an epidemic of misconduct which it attributes to the judges, the handwriting is on the wall. The CJP has been protecting the judicial predators who have been preying upon the public for decades. There cannot be an epidemic of misconduct without wrong doers.

What are the State Auditor’s duties when it uncovers criminal behavior?

Traditionally, one reason to audit a public agency like the CJP is detection of criminal behavior.  When the Audit finds evidence of bribery, does the Auditor turn a deaf ear? When the Audit finds that the CJP allows serious charges to be dismissed without investigation, does the Auditor say nothing?  When the Audit shows that the CJP accumulates multiple complaints against a judge and then waits until the judge retires before conducting an investigation, does the Auditor turn a blind eye? If the State Auditor remains deaf, dumb and blind, what is the role of the State Auditor?

No, the Auditor should take action. Allowing the State Auditor to see the CJP records will expose the decades long cover-up of the epidemic of predatory behavior which the federal court has decried.  And just like with Harvey Weinstein we know how the house of cards falls when confidentiality finally falls.

Louis Brandeis’ “sunlight of publicity is the best disinfectant” proclamation must make him the CJP’s most disliked jurist.

(Richard Lee Abrams is a Los Angeles attorney and a CityWatch contributor. He can be reached at: Rickleeabrams@Gmail.com. Abrams views are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of CityWatch.) Edited for CityWatch by Linda Abrams.

ORIGINAL STORY CAN BE FOUND HERE

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Contra Costa Judge Bruce Mills unfit to serve

RECENT ARTICLE CONCERNING THIS STORY HERE
Judge Bruce C. Mills
California is well known for corruption and fraud which takes place in our courts by criminals like Judge Bruce C. Mills. A poster child for how you can take a dishonest person and drap them in a black robe and call them honorable when in fact they have no honor at all. What’s worse is what a joke the Commission on Judicial Performance is, how they ignore valid complaints and refuse to protect the public.

In a decision First Amendment experts have dubbed “outrageous,” a Contra Costa Superior Court judge Bruce C. Mills jailed a San Ramon man for writing about his divorce on the internet — even though his writings were based on material publicly available in court files.

The judge Bruce C. Mills, insisted in his decision that “matters that are put into court pleadings and brought up in oral argument before the court do not become public thereby” — a position that lawyers say fundamentally misunderstands the nature of court records.

Joseph Sweeney, a judicial reform advocate, served 13 days in County Jail in August after Judge Bruce C. Mills’ ruling, which found that Sweeney’s web postings had violated another judge’s restraining order not to disclose the contents of his ex-wife’s cellphone or computer. The postings described Sweeney’s realizations about her medical history and contact with others that led to the collapse of the marriage.

The information became publicly available in court documents when it was filed without seal by his ex-wife, and in an online appellate court decision upholding the order. As a result, “the cat is out of the bag and the general presumption that publicly filed documents may be read by all carries the day,” said Floyd Abrams, considered among the top First Amendment lawyers in the United States, in an email to this newspaper.

Several other free speech experts also said Judge Bruce C. Mills’ assertion that the information was not public record is flatly wrong. Martin Garbus, widely considered one of the top trial attorneys in the United States, said court documents filed without a sealing order are legally just as public as newspaper articles.

A report cataloging serial acts of misconduct spanning more than 10 years by Judge Bruce C. Mills has been leaked to the public by a court watchdog and whistleblower group.

The 51-page dossier collected both public and “secret” discipline prosecutions against judge Bruce C. Mills  by the Commission on Judicial Performance, the state agency responsible for judge oversight and accountability. The report is embedded at the end of this post.

The report reveals that in addition to two well known public disciplinary actions taken against the veteran Contra Costa County jurist, Mills was also found guilty in three additional incidents where the type of discipline and name of the offender were “private” and not revealed to the public.

The group identified judge Bruce C. Mills as the offending judge in the secret proceedings by reverse engineering details from the public disciplinary actions and cross referencing the information with old CJP annual reports. The acts of public and private misconduct occurred in 2001, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2013.

Contra Costa County judge Bruce C. Mills who has previously been disciplined
five times by a judicial commission now faces two new charges of ethics violations.

The San Francisco-based California Commission on Judicial Performance said Tuesday it initiated formal proceedings against Superior Court Judge Bruce Mills in connection with his conduct in two cases.

judge Bruce C. Mills, 62, a judge since 1995, has until Oct. 31 to file a written answer to the administrative charges. The agency will then schedule a hearing before a panel of special masters appointed by the California Supreme Court.

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Contra Costa judge slapped for action in son’s case
East Bay judge jails judicial reform advocate who discussed divorce online
Controversial East Bay judge charged with illegally doubling sentence
Damning Report Cataloging Career Spanning Misconduct by Judge Bruce C. Mills Leaked by Whistleblower Group
Whistleblower Report Reveals Serial Misconduct by Contra Costa County Judge Bruce Mills Resulted in Repeated CJP Wrist Slaps
East Bay Judge Faces More Misconduct Charges
Sweeney v. Contra Costa County Superior Court(Bruce C Mills)

 

 

All Over America Proven Incidents of Lying Can’t Be Wrong, Do Cops Lie?

All Over America Proven Incidents of Lying Can't Be Wrong Do Cops Lie?


All Over America Proven Incidents of Lying Can’t Be Wrong, Do Cops Lie?
We’ve all seen it on TV or witnessed it the fact is “perjury” by public servants is out of control.

“Why do they do it? The main reason they do it, historically and now, is they can get away with it.”
“Cameras prove cops lie, and there are more cameras out in the world today than ever before.”

A cop’s word is often the difference between a person’s freedom and imprisonment. In many cases, an officer and a defendant tell diametrically opposed versions of the same incident — a “swearing contest,” lawyers call it — and a judge or jury is left to decide whom to believe: the professional law enforcement agent who has testified in dozens of trials or the undereducated, underemployed, probably black or Latino guy from an “area known for narcotics trafficking” accused of breaking the law? The scale is even more unbalanced when the word of the defendant is lined up against the words of not one but two, three, four, five professional law enforcement agents. “The words of the police officers would always prevail over the words of poor black and brown folks,” said Craig Futterman, a professor at the University of Chicago law school.

Police aren’t supposed to take sides in court, but of course they do. It serves their purpose to defend the legitimacy of the arrest and the evidence they gathered and handed to prosecutors. They do the investigative legwork for prosecutors and meet with them to discuss case strategy. It’s no surprise, then, that cops often emerge as the prosecution’s best witnesses, their experience on the stand contrasting with a defendant’s understandable nervousness, their veneer of neutrality hiding their personal belief in a defendant’s guilt.

“In criminal cases officers are given a higher degree of credibility,” said Tom Grover, a former Albuquerque Police Department sergeant who now works as a defense lawyer. “They are seen as having no stakes in the matter, of just doing their duty.”

Some jurors see right through this veneer. An officer’s usual aura of credibility doesn’t hold up as well in cities with large black and Latino communities filled with residents who have long distrusted police, said Futterman. Derwyn Bunton, chief public defender in New Orleans, can recount many occasions when, during jury selection, the judge would ask the roomful of prospects, “Who would you trust more: your neighbor or a police officer?” “Very often people chuckle out loud,” he said. “And this was before video evidence became as big as it is today.”

Definition of Perjury
:The voluntary violation of an oath or vow either by swearing to what is untrue or by omission to do what has been promised under oath :false swearing

Perjury is considered a serious offense as it can be used to usurp the power of the courts, resulting in miscarriages of justice. In the United States, for example, the general perjury statute under Federal law classifies perjury as a felony and provides for a prison sentence of up to five years. The California Penal Code allows for perjury to be a capital offense in cases causing wrongful execution. Perjury causing the wrongful execution of another is normally punishable by death in countries that retain the death penalty. Perjury is considered a felony in most U.S. states, as well as most Australian states.

Why is nothing done when public servants commit perjury via false statements or writing false police reports?

SOLUTION: All Tax paid public servants should be digitally recorded for their own protection and should be tax payer accessable in case any information or evidence comes into question. Millions will be saved in lawsuits, injustices, abuse of power and crimes by dishonest public servants.

LOS ANGELES POLICE AND LYING
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Legislation making it harder to punish police officers accused of lying isn’t happening this year

5 Proven cases Police Lied
1. Tamir rice
2. Sandra Bland
3. Walter Scott
4. Laquan McDonald
5. Sam DuBose

How many events, murders and injustices need to take place before something is done? How many innocent people will suffer in prison or be sent to death row?

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What Do Harvey Weinstein, Sheriff Lee Baca and Officer Ray Tensing Have In Common?

What Do Harey Weinstein, Sheriff Lee Baca and Officer Ray Tensing Have In Common?


What Do Harvey Weinstein, Sheriff Lee Baca and Officer Ray Tensing Have In Common?
What Americans need to see is how a calulated, manipulated system is used for Police and the Rich to avoid punishment. There is no equal justice in America, there never was. Lawyers and money are in the fact the root to all evil and if you have government (power) or money (enough to buy justice) . There is a game being played in America at the cost of justice, lives, tax dollars and every American’s rights.

The game and delays done on purpose (Money and Courts) use common catch phrases like:
We’ll investigate ourselves
This is a disease not my fault
It’s our training not my fault
Spread false information
Destroy Victims characters
Don’t believe what you see or hear the courts will decide
He’s in treatment

Innocent until proven guilty is a big lie.
When you do it, police treat you as guilty without a trial, full evidence or the facts. However when they do it none of that matters they get protected, privelages and allowed ANY excuse such as “I fear”. The Triade of our system, Police, Courts and Lawyers are totally biased by money and their own thus can not equally judge.

They want to forgo accountability, place blame on anything but themselves. When in any other case (no money or power) you go straight to jail even if you are in fact innocent. How many people have spent decades in prison or were executed while being innocent by a broken system?

Have Money of Power (Part of Government)?
The truth is, they already know they’re guilty. Yet they’ll most likely never spend a day in jail. They’ll keep their benefits, right to get hired again. Homes, life and freedom. Things none of us get when we commit the same crimes or abuses. There is in deed two classes in America. Those who MUST OBEY and those who do not. Laws and justice should be about equality and all however because money and lawyers make create our laws, they’re designed to be manipulated.

We can look at people like OJ Simpson, Bill Cosby and now Harvey Weinstein and the justice they were able to buy to make what they did go away. To minimize it, ignore it, blame is on others. Big business like banks and corporations have the same power and even when CEO’s are to blame or at fault they’re rarely accountable.

With the advent of video and audio via cell phones, undeniable evidence has exposed just how much police and government lie. Yet even with video evidence we don’t get justice. Because the triad of the courts, police and government twists the truth, manipulates the facts, jury and outcome. In the end even the judges don’t give the same sentences as they should to the rest of us. Why would a judge who relies on police to protect them hold them to the same level of accountability? They’ll always blame it on law which they’re part of the same system which created it and influenced it. A selective system, an unjust system and most of all a broken system which must be exposed for what it is. A fraud, a lie and a tool used by government and the rich. Justice should never be based on money.

Why is one man sent to prison for posting on Facebook while another because he’s a cop and kills never spends a day in jail? WHY IS CARY-ANDREW CRITTENDEN IN PRISON? Because he lacks money or power (part of government)

Now it’s all about MONEY, NOT JUSTICE and how much lawyer (Justice) you can buy. Or as in police it’s your biased relationship with the court.

“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck”.
Listen to the victims, especially if there are several.

THE VICTIMS
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Why was Harvey Weinstein fired from the company he co-founded with his brother Bob?

The board of directors said it was due to mounting allegations of misconduct by the famously volatile Harvey Weinstein. But privately Harvey Weinstein suspects something else.

“Harvey Weinstein is convinced this was a takedown,”.

Specifically, Weinstein has been telling confidants that he believes Bob is behind last week’s damaging New York Times investigation and the board’s subsequent decision to fire him.

“He feels betrayed by his brother,”. But it strikes some onlookers as nothing more than an excuse by Weinstein — a convenient alternative to the prevailing view that decades of improper behavior has finally caught up to him.

Bob was one of the board members who voted to terminate Harvey Weinstein on Sunday.

Bob and the company’s chief operating officer and president David Glasser are now jointly running the imperiled studio. Harvey Weinstein has told friends that he blames both Bob and Glasser.

Related: Harvey Weinstein has been fired. So what’s next? Harvey Weintstein is “humiliated” by the stories about his alleged pattern of harassment.

Harvey Weinstein is not the only figure under scrutiny. There are a row of outstanding questions about how much the company’s board members — including his brother Bob — did or did not know about his conduct with women.

The Times story last Thursday cited “two company officials” who said Weinstein had paid at least eight settlements to women over the course of decades.

Chapman, the fashion designer who has been married to Harvey Weinstein for 10 years, announced Tuesday that she was leaving Harvey Weinstein, hours after The New Yorker published a harrowing exposé in which multiple women accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and, in three cases, of rape. Last week The New York Times published its own account of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged assaults across several decades.

Chapman said in a statement, “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband Harvey Weinstein. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”

Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife, Georgina Chapman, is leaning on fellow scorned spouse Huma Abedin after announcing that she is leaving the movie mogul.

A well-placed source tells Page Six that Marchesa co-founder Chapman reached out to Abedin, the soon-to-be ex-wife of convicted sex offender Anthony Weiner, as the scandal engulfing her movie-mogul husband intensified and more women — including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow — came forward with allegations that Harvey Weinstein had sexually assaulted or harassed them.

Chapman and Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s top aide, have known each other for some time because of Harvey Weinstein’s numerous fundraising events for the former presidential hopeful. Plus, the Clintons rented a Hamptons house next door to Harvey

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Utah Police Officers Jeff Payne and James Tracy Assault, Terrorize and falsely arrested Nurse Alex Wubbels

Utah Police Officers Jeff Payne and James Tracy Assault, Terrorized and falsly arrested Nurse Alex Wubbels


Utah Police Officers Jeff Payne and James Tracy Assault, Terrorize and falsely arrested Nurse Alex Wubbels

What took place in Utah July 26, 2017 actually is more common than some people want to accept. Police lying or abusing their power to get things done even if illegal or immoral. The recent case of Cary-Andrew Crittenden is an example of what happens if there are no cameras. The courts go along with the perjured police evidence which result in the victim being incarcerated and their lives are destroyed. All while dishonest police like Detective Jeff Payne and Lietenant James Tracy end up getting paid vacations for their crimes. The system is in need of huge change and removing immunity and rights of all police officers who lie, commit crime or injure anyone.

What happened:
Salt Lake City Utah Police detective Jeff Payne arrested nurse Alex Wubbels after she refused to let officers draw blood from an unconscious patient.

Alex Wubbels, a nurse at the hospital and former champion skier, is accusing Salt Lake Police detective Jeff Payne of using excessive force when he handcuffed her for refusing to draw blood from a patient who suffered severe burns following a fiery crash in northern Utah.

Officer Jeff Payne said he wanted to obtain a blood sample from the man, who was unconscious due to the crash, to see if he had illegal substances in his system when it took place.

The Gold Cross Ambulance said in a statement: ‘Although Officer Jeff Payne was not working for Gold Cross Ambulance at the time of the incident, we take Officer Jeff Payne’s inapproriate remarks regarding patient transports seriously.

‘We acknowledge those concerned individuals who have contacted us regarding the incident and affirm out commitment to serving all members of the community with kindness and respect.’

No charges were ever brought against Officer Jeff Payne following the July incident, though he’s been taken off the blood draw program.

Nurse Alex Wubbles said at a recent press conference: ‘I just feel betrayed, I feel angry. I feel a lot of things. And I am still confused. I’m a health care worker. The only job I have is to keep my patients safe. A blood draw, it just gets thrown around there like it’s some simple thing. But blood is your blood. That’s your property. And when a patient comes in in a critical state, that blood is extremely important and I don’t take it lightly.’

People are sick and tired of idiots, morons, bullies, thugs, criminals, losers, liars, con-artist, sociopaths and mentally disturbed people police departments hire. Giving such folk authority and deadly force must be stopped and hiding it behind a tin badge and uniform is how they get away with it. The public must stop believing in a broken image and start holding each officer personally liable and accountable for their actions. No more paid vacations, slaps on the wrists and immunity for lying, pejured reports, crime, abuse and terrorizing people. No more killer cops who are allowed to escape prosecution with the lame excuse “fear”.

Parties involved
Victims Nurse Alex Wubbels
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Criminals Involved

Salt Lake City Police Dectective Jeff Payne
Detective Jeff Payne: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Salt Lake City Police Lieutenant James Tracy
Lieutenant James Tracy: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Drew Peterson Hid behind the Badge for 30 years

drew peterson serial killer cop who hid behind a badge for over 30 years


Drew Peterson Hid behind the Badge for 30 years. Having grown up with a sister who is a sociopath I’m very familiar with their traits and skills. The ability to be charming, convincing and cunning as just a few of the abilities they possess. The problem is when victims report their crimes and abuse Police often fail to act, fail to believe that someone in their role could commit crime, abuse or even murder. Thus scum of the earth people such as Drew Peterson find their way up the chain of authority. What’s worse is many sociopaths get into even higher authority roles. It’s just too easy to hide behind an image.

Police sergeant Drew Peterson was convicted in the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He was also named a suspect in 2007 in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

Convicted killer Drew Peterson was born on January 5, 1954. After high school, he married and went into the U.S. Army. Drew Peterson went through several more marriages after joining the Bolingbrook Police Department in Illinois in 1977. He became a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, and was later convicted in the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Drew Peterson served in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1976, spending most of his time as a military police officer. While in the army, Drew Peterson married his high school sweetheart Carol. The couple had two sons together. He joined the Bolingbrook Police Department in 1977. Three years later, Carol and Drew Peterson divorced, amicably by all accounts.

Drew Peterson’s marriage to Connolly fell apart in 1992 over his infidelities. He was having an affair with Kathleen Savio, and he and Connolly divorced that year. Not long after the divorce, Savio and Drew Peterson married and eventually had two sons together, Thomas and Kristopher.

The union did not remain happy for long, however. Savio got an order of protection from Drew Peterson in 2002, claiming that he had physically abused her. The couple divorced in 2003, without finalizing their financial arrangements. That October, Drew Peterson married for the fourth time. He wed Stacy Cales, who was 30 years younger than him. Drew Peterson and Cales had been having an affair during his marriage to Savio.

Drew Peterson and Savio were set to resolve their outstanding issues regarding their divorce in April 2004. But Savio never made it to the hearing. She was found dead in her bathtub on March 1, 2004. Her hair was damp, but the bathtub was dry. At the time, Savio’s death was ruled an accidental drowning. Many of her family members, however, believed that Savio had been murdered. The full story 

My point here is just how easy it is for sociopaths, bullies, losers, thugs and generally problematic people to get hired in roles of authority. Then how almost impossible it can be to expose them and get police of government to hold them liable or invesitgate them. In my case my sister was quick to perjure a document to be assigned conservator of our mother. Via lies, fraud, abuse and even crime, yet several judges ignored petitions and letters exposing her. Yet the nightmare continues and the abuse gets worse as well as the grand theft and embezzelment of our mothers estate.

I’m here to tell you there are more Drew Peterson’s many more but it’s rare they get removed.
Police, Lawyers and Civil Servants are among the highest positions and most infected. Guess who we rely on to prosecute them?
Guess why the people who should change the probelm don’t many are in fact sociopaths.
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