Police hire the wrong people giving them authority and deadly force

Police hire the wrong people giving them authority and deadly force

Growing up you’re taught to respect and look up to others, especially police officers and judges. However as life goes on and you’re exposed to the truth you find out it’s all a false image. An image often abused by the wrong people who hide behind a role to steal, lie, cheat and even kill.

We’re told going to court you’ll get justice but when you find out the hard way that the judge is nothing close to honorable you understand how the American public is lied to and tricked into going along by false words like “Rights, freedom, law, justice and equality”.

To make matters worst both the law enforcement and legal fields are infected with totally corrupt and dishonest management. Their intent is to keep their fields dishonest and controlled based on greed and profit not to “protect or serve”.

Self serving and protecting law enforcement has become a joke and way to protect criminals who have no business with any authority or deadly force.

Judges on the other hand who should be honorable and fair are commonly bribed and often ignore crimes or rights violations,

We’ve given them too much power and immunity. As they say “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely” and most of the time judges and police show obvious signs of this abuse.

Unarmed victims are killed by the thousands each year, nothing compared to the paltry number of  police killed. We’ve allowed them to make deadly force the only solution. The prosecution rate is an obvious sign of how they get away with murder.

I’ve run into my own personal real experiences with judges and police. One totally ignorant and stupid cop once told me “You were being elusive by not answering your telephone”. What you notice with dishonorable judges is how they ignore crime, perjury and abuse that goes on before them. Most are too cowardly to do anything obvious and most just hide it all behind courtroom walls.

Judges are no different and in bed with police judges will never prosecute fairly nor will police prosecute judges even if guilty. Until police and judges realize the same fear the public has when committing a crime nothing will change. No one is above the law and everyone must be prosecuted equally.

The public also needs to be warned about the common practice and scam made famous by the churches. If exposed for a crime like molestation of a child, have them resign then move them to another church. Police and judges use this old scam often today. Keeping their lucrative benefits and retirement plans they just change departments or locations going on to commit more crime and abuse.

At least one police department in Connecticut deliberately and officially refuses to hire people who are too smart.
As a police officer in a small Oregon town Sean Sullivan was caught kissing a 10-year-old girl on the mouth.

Mr. Sullivan’s sentence barred him from taking another job as a police officer. But three months later, in August 2005, Mr. Sullivan was hired, after a cursory check, not just as a police officer on another force but as the police chief. As the head of the department in Cedar Vale, Kan., according to court records and law enforcement officials, he was again investigated for a suspected sexual relationship with a girl and eventually convicted on charges that included burglary and criminal conspiracy.

“It was very irritating because he should never have been a police officer,” said Larry Markle, the prosecutor for Montgomery and Chautauqua counties in Kansas.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel “opened the door to allowing candidates with minor drug and criminal offenses to become Chicago Police officers

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department acknowledged that it hired about 80 officers who should have been disqualified because of problems in their backgrounds including criminal convictions and poor job performance.

“I’m a retired officer from the East Coast, and I can honestly say that I wish I never became a police officer. I did my best to do good during my career, but the administration kept bringing me down. I think I only made a dent in the world. I never moved mountains like I dreamed I would when I was a kid.

I had always wanted to be a police officer. I watched all the cop shows and movies, read cop books, and even dreamed about being a police officer when I slept at night. I think I just fell in love with the movie version of a cop, not the real version. Give it some real thought before you sign the dotted line.”

Then there’s that old question “Why don’t the good police officers do something about the dishonest ones?” It’s because the system does not support honesty or a whistleblower, all the so-called protections are nothing more than false protections and lies to cover up what is really going on.

Chiefs have a stake in selecting future law enforcement officers. During the study interviews, one chief stated that leaders could be fired for something they personally did not do because they ultimately are responsible and held accountable. Consequently, when police chiefs go to sleep at night, they must have 100 percent faith and trust in their officers. However having said that, is that what’s taking place as often when police do wrong nothing is done, there is no accountability if you think a paid vacation and a few days no pay are punishment befitting murder?

When asked what qualities today’s officers should possess, the chiefs agreed on unblemished character; high-quality work ethic; excellent communication skills; technical expertise; capacity to think independently and evaluate a situation; first-rate problem-solving aptitude; exceptional interpersonal skills; analytical and customer-service abilities; and common sense. Individuals do not necessarily acquire these traits through formal education and training. Many of the police chiefs emphasized that life experience matters.

Having read that when you come across officers who have no respect and ego and attitude issues you know that’s a bunch of BS. How often do you think management ends up hiring family or friends even if they’re totally unfit for the job? Worse when a problem officer is dropped by one department and hired by another. We have ignorant management hiring the worst candidates. Why because there is in fact no personal accountability, they take credit for any good and always run from their bad decisions leaving the burden to the tax payer who in the end is also victimized.

What’s worse is when a police officer does wrong who investigates? A friend or someone totally un-objective who works with that officer. It’s a broken system that they refuse to allow you to use when you commit crimes but demand they use it when they do.

“When people work with each other week to week, it’s highly unlikely that they’re going to be as aggressive” in an investigation, said Tim Lynch, director of the CATO Institute’s Project on Criminal Justice. A lawyer with the libertarian think tank, Lynch also oversees its National Police Misconduct Reporting Project.

No one tracks bad officers similar to the public getting a record even for non-proven events or investigations. It’s too easy and common  for a problem or dishonest cop or judge to just move to another city when exposed.

Ever wonder why so many innocent people are prosecuted? Fact is if they even think you’re guilty (forget about evidence or truth) they often do anything even dishonest hiding evidence or witnesses to prosecute in their rush to judgment and seeking fame among others having solved a crime. It’s all ego and attitude based instead of evidence, truth, witness statements, justice or law. Ever hear about some of their concepts of solving crime? Note all the 10 below are FALSE

  • 1.“When people lie, they look up and to the left.”
  • 2. “The death sentence is an effective way to deter criminal activity.”
  • 3. “We never forget the source of our knowledge.”
  • 4. “Eyewitnesses are always the most reliable source of case-related information.”
  • 5. “Most mentally ill individuals are violent.”
  •  6.  “Memory is like a video camera.”
  •  7.  “The ultimate goal of any interrogation should be gaining a confession.”
  • 8.  “Accurate memories of childhood sexual abuse usually arise years after the abuse”
  •  9.  “Police can tell when a suspect is lying.”
  • 10. “People cannot have memories of things that never actually happened.”

The fact is Police and judges have too much power, that needs to be removed and put in the hands of the public, the tax payer. It never should be in the hands of government. When you research and find out who they hire as police officers or how bad lawyers are made into judges it does not take much to see the system is broken and has been for decades.

Police and judges will deny this as it exposes who many of them really are and they want to keep that false image to hide behind collecting huge salaries and benefits doing really nothing for public safety or the people they claim to serve.

It’s far too easy for ANYONE and I mean anyone to get hired. Want proof just look at all the documented cases. Why do you think so many police are against dash-cams and body cams? Only a dishonest person would object to such evidence. Think again our courts need digital recording of all audio and video which should always be public. Judges love to seal records, commit violations behind courtroom walls. Police above all are almost always turning off cameras when they should not.

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The Unforgivable Truth

People don’t understand how simple it is to do this to the elderly. I was a police officer for the city of Los Angeles and used to think our courts were about justice. Around 2006 my sisiter Sylvia Schmidt who was disinherited by our father Franz L. Gettinger because she had not spoken to him for over 35 years. Caused by her own sociopath actions Sylvia began a scheme to rob her mother of her rights and live savings.

This is where I discovered what Conservator and Guaridanship is. They’re terms that the courts use are suppose to be about protecting the weak however their false images used and abused by Judges, lawyers, government and family. It all starts with Perjury, fraud, abuse and removing all the rights of the victim.

One would think going to court and filing a petition exposing the fraud and perjury would expose the criminals and stop everything. To my surprise nothing changed and (3) petitions with evidence were all ignored. The game now was to stall and create false legal fees. All approved by the bar and commission of Judicial performance. Once the wheel of crime starts no one wants to stop it because Judges and lawyers are making money.

The fact that over $200k in bank accounts was never reported to the probate department was ignored. That the petition to creat the conservatorship was perjured and family was never notified meant nothing to the judge.

The goal then is to stall, lie and create huge legal costs in the end they will hide behind “Statute of limitations“. Even admitting they committed crimes all while the judges and courts do nothing. Full story

1. Over $200,000.00 from bank accounts
2. Over $3000.00 in cash removed from Gertrude’s home
3. Home deed
4. Banking statements, credit cards, Passport, INS info, identification (Identity theft)
5. Family jewelry of 80 years, rings, bracelets, watches, necklaces
6. Family Gold and Silver, coins
7. Home and personal items liquidated, stolen or sold
8. Gertrude is billed approx $40,000 a year for fraudulent billing

1. Perjury
2. Failure to notify Family
3. Mailing court documents to the incorrect address
4. Theft of property, identity
5. Burglary used spare key to access home
6. Embezzlement, used banking info and accounts to transfer funds
7. Fraud, used ID, name and personal info only known by family to access finances
8. Identity Theft
9. Mail Fraud (Mail forwarding) for access to banking info and to create problems
10. Conspiracy (C. Overgaard, S & G Schmidt) conspired to form a conservatorship.
11. Elder Abuse, isolation, over medication, fear and threats, no privacy or safety in her room
12. Medication abuse to cause harm, abrupt changes of medications to cause complications

Hear Sylvia Schmidt call Robert in 2003 via a telephone number she told court she did not have.
She is angry because she has been disinherited and does not want to accept its due to no contact with her father for over 35 years
Note the two calls only seconds apart how she changers her tactics to pull at my emotions. One moment she says she really, really loves me and the next she is going to pull the trigger. Typical social-path and psychopath tactics
Original Audio left on my answering machine
Second call seconds later

1st Judge Coleman A. Swart Bar 41592 (Did nothing when notified)
2nd Judge  Candace Joan Beason Bar 93497 (did nothing)
3rd Judge Mary Thornton House Bar 81942 (did nothing)
4th Judge David S. Cunningham III Bar 108252 (did nothing)

Presiding judge Aviva K. Bobb PDF letter avivakbobbpresidingjudge
Assistant Presiding Judge Charles W. McCoy Jr. judgecharleswmccoyjr

Attorneys for Sylvia Schmidt 
Attorney Christopher Edward Overgaard Bar 114330 conspiracy, perjury
Attorney Philip Barbaro Jr. Bar 96317 Knowledge of crimes
Attorney PVP for Gertrude Gettinger
Attorney Violet M. Boskovich Bar 115362 Refuses to act evidence of crime

Sylvia Schmidt, aka Sylvia Gettinger, aka Sylvia Velasco San Diego County CA
Gary A. Schmidt (Husband of Sylvia) San Diego County CA

Sylvia forced her mother into a home in Pasadena CA in 2006 with the reason she would be 5 minutes away where Sylvia and Gary A. Schmidt resided, however soon there after Sylvia moved over 3 hours away to San Diego County and her husband Gary A. Schmidt created a company San Marino Wealth Management to invest the estate of Gertrude Gettinger without court permission. The court and probate department was given evidence and notified of this crime and nothing was done.

Now comes yet another documentary about how Conservatorship and Guardianship are used and abused to take advantage of the elderly. Full Story

The Unforgivable Truth

The Unforgivable Truth from Sharon De Lobo
AAAPG’s documentary: BROKEN-The Fallout from Guardianship Abuse

Guardianship Under Fire

ABC Action News, Sarasota FL: Guardianship Complication

The Guardianship Epidemic

The Guardians Documentary Trailer

Last Will and Embezzlement

Mickey Rooney’s emotional testimony on elder abuse

Elder Guardianship is the Oldest Form Of Human Trafficking?

Is Elder Guardianship A New Form Of Human Trafficking?

Elder Guardianship is the Oldest Form Of Human Trafficking?

The biggest problem in America today is peoiple trusting images. Often the worst criminals, sociopaths, liars and con-artists get away with the use of a FAKE IMAGE. It’s the oldest trick in the book known to some as the “Wolf in Sheep’s clothing”.

The problems start when police or authorities believe the better liar or con-artist instead of checking facts and evidence. More often than less Probate investigators fail to check evidence in favor or believeing lies and a more convincing sociopath.

Remember the last thing criminals want is you to know what they’re doing or who they really are.

For instance when victim came forward with evidence of perjury, elder abuse and fraud the court did nothing, the lawyers all looked the other way knowning that exposing the real criminal means the money train ends. So it continues and the elder abuse is ignored as well as the crimes and violations.
See the full story HERE

Is Elder Guardianship A New Form Of Human Trafficking?

As the 71st session of the General Assembly of the United Nations begins this week to discuss international issues that affect the lives of millions throughout the world, the United States needs to step up its commitment to safeguard human rights and promote the rule of law in its own backyard — specifically, escalating abuse in the U.S. Elder Guardianship system.

It’s legal, but is it right?

Imagine you’ve worked hard all of your life and suddenly you are deemed incapacitated and are stripped of your dignity and basic individual rights. You have been abducted from your home, isolated from your family, and “placed” somewhere to be medicated while your assets are being pillaged. The authorities that should be protecting you are the ones committing these heinous acts. It sounds like Nazi Germany, but this is happening in the United States today.

The victims are seniors. The partners in crime are financial predators and agents of the Elder Guardianship system — attorneys, professional guardians, medical experts, and others who are paid out of the senior’s assets. There are some good judges but many are overworked and some are actively aiding the exploitation. Anyone can file to deem you incapacitated. The entire process from filing an incapacity petition to plenary guardianship where all rights are removed can happen within days. Yet, once you’re caught in the web, it’s almost impossible to break free… AND you are forced to pay your abusers in the process.

2013 AARP report gave a “best guess” estimate of the number of adults under guardianship nationally at 1.5 million. Idaho and Minnesota are the only states that track the amount of money being controlled by guardians or conservators; the combined total for just two states is over $1 billionGuardianship is supposed to protect older citizens. However, what happens when the system is broken? A 2010 federal study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified hundreds of allegations of physical abuse, neglect and financial exploitation by guardians in 45 states and the District of Columbia between 1990 and 2010. In 20 cases, the GAO found that guardians stole or improperly obtained $5.4 million in assets from 158 incapacitated victims.

It’s not just one city or state it’s nationwide, judges being paid off in property loans and lawyers bilking hundreds of thousands in legal fees for doing little to nothing. The truth comes out as they only do this to victims with savings or assets, once sucked dry they all disappear into the dark cracks from which they came. These are the lowest form of scumbag lawyers who steal from grandma and grandpa, They perjure petitions, bribe judges and even come in the form of PVP lawyers who all have the same thing in common. “They hide behind a false image of pretending to help or protect.

Most of the judges and lawyers involved abusing these defenseless, helpless and vulnerable victims never see them. They just pretend nothing is wrong while they fill their pockets with the blood money.

1st Judge Coleman A. Swart Bar 41592 (Did nothing when notified)
2nd Judge  Candace Joan Beason Bar 93497 (did nothing)
3rd Judge Mary Thornton House Bar 81942 (did nothing)
4th Judge David S. Cunningham III Bar 108252 (did nothing)
5th Judge Mary Thornton House Bar 81942

Presiding judge Aviva K. Bobb PDF letter avivakbobbpresidingjudge
Assistant Presiding Judge Charles W. McCoy Jr. judgecharleswmccoyjr

Attorneys for Sylvia Schmidt 
Attorney Christopher Edward Overgaard Bar 114330 conspiracy, perjury
Attorney Philip Barbaro Jr. Bar 96317 Knowledge of crimes
Attorney James P. Drummy Bar 56918
Attorney Daniel C. Drummy Bar 266675

Attorney PVP for Gertrude Gettinger
Attorney Violet M. Boskovich Bar 115362 Refuses to act evidence of crime

These lawyers have the evidence of perjury and fraud but do nothing
Bond Attorney’s Patty Lei Chen 221997
Bond Attorney Susannah M Dudley 182939

Sylvia Schmidt, aka Sylvia Gettinger, aka Sylvia Velasco San Diego County CA
Gary A. Schmidt (Husband of Sylvia) San Diego County CA

It’s that easy, perjure a petition, lie to the court telling them there’s no family or they live on another planet. Drug the victim so they appear mentally ill, Isolate them and lie to the probate investigators who never follow up on evidence or facts. In fact the criminal Sylvia Schmidt and her husband Gary A. Schmidt formed a company so they can invest all the estate funds without the courts knowledge because not one penny was ever in a blocked account
Gary A. Schmidt San Marino Wealth Management

Think it happens to only normal people look into Mickey Rooney’s Elder Fraud Legacy

They use police to terrorize anyone who tries to expose them, they use law to bankrupt anyone coming forward, In this case law is abused all while the judges
do nothing to help the statute of limitations run out.

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It’s Time For Some Fucking Accountability

“It’s time for some fucking accountability”

STEPHON CLARK SHOULD BE ALIVE, Former Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes on Saturday led demonstrators in California’s capital in a protest rally over the police killing of an unarmed black man who — an independent autopsy found — was shot multiple times in the back. More

For decades Police and the courts have worked together to hide and distort the truth, to cover up murder (nothing to do with protecting or law). The fact is law is being used against us to help dishonest, mentally problematic people who want to kill where there is no threat or fear. These cowardly con-artist when facing murder charges and the loss of their job then abuse the “I fear” excuse. The real problem is we’re hiring control freaks, sociopaths, pyshopaths, insecure people seeking power and control, egomaniacs, bullies and murderers who all hide behind a badge and fancy uniform which gives them immunity and a liscense to commit crimes, abuse, terror and murder. They hide behind a false image selling themselves as “I want to help people” which is a lie. The commone tactic of socio and psychopaths is to use images (acting with the tactic “wolves in sheeps clothing”). Often Doctors, Judges, Lawyers and police are the false images.

A uniform, badge, robe or title are nothing when the person wearing them is a liar and fraud

Delay autopsys, investigations, prosecution
Destroy the character of the victim with false or misleading info, leak false info to media
Hide Evidence about for person committing the crime, their history, previous crimes and records
Destroy evidence (video, audio, witness) terrorize witnesses, Delete videos and audio
Twist and manipulate law, grand jury and the jury, Get coronor to manipulate results
Refusal by prosecuters, judges and the courts to use law or prosecute
Delay for statute of limitationProtect the criminal no jail time
Allow criminal extended amounts of time to fabricate a story, perjure reports
Allow criminal to use tax paid legal services
Failure to notify family or those involved as to miss court hearings
Out of control tax payer paid Police Unions (taken from officer tax paid salaries)
Manipulated Police officers Bill of RIghts abused to help commite murder and crime

You do it you are in jail day one, Police do it and nothing happens

Ultimately nothing is done and these monsters are rewarded with PAID administration leave or posh desk jobs. They’re allowed to resign instead of being fired to retain their POST certifcation and full benefits paid by tax payers (Felons can’t posses guns or be hired). Many go on working and are even promoted and further infect and promote their socio and psyhcopath behaviors.

AMERICA MUST LEARN TO STOP TRUSTING AN IMAGE, People must earn respect by their actions not the uniform, badge, robe, bar license or degree they possess. Morals, Integrity no longer means anything with the invasion and epidemic of problem people getting hired and promoted.


The protests came one day after a forensic pathologist retained by the family of Stephon Clark said police shot the 22-year-old eight times, including six wounds to his back.
“It’s more than color,” Barnes told the crowd at the second of two rallies Saturday. “It comes down to wrong and right.”

Stephon Clark’s death in Sacramento: ‘You watch a human being executed — for what?


The Police Officers’ Bill of Rights Creates a Double Standard

There is only one Bill of Rights and ‘it protects us all’ from police violence

National Police Accountability Project

BECAUSE NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, not even those sworn to enforce it, judges, police and government

REMEMBER there IS NO video of Stephon Clark committing any crime, never any threat, never acted agressive orcharged anyone, Had nothing that remotely looked like a tool or gun

Police Pointing guns at innocent people

Maryland Prince George county Police officer Jenchesky Santiago gets 5 years for holding a gun to a innocent mans head

Police Pointing guns at innocent people

How many people were victimized by Prince George County Officer Jenchesky Santiago before they finally listened? This is actually very common that bad people get hired because they seek authority and power (deadly force) to which they abuse that power. Being “above the law” which no one should be the public trusts in a false image. Similar to a wolf in sheeps clothing scenario, this also takes place in other areas of our legal system, judges, lawyers, prosecuters all who often play with people’s lives and send the innocent to death row. More and more we see people being released from long prison sentences who were railroaded by egotisical police or prosecutors who ignore evidence and fact in pursuit of selfish control and rightousness. THe problem is when it’s discovered that the wrong person was indeed railroaded nothing is done to those who committed the crime.

Here we have Prince George County Officer Jenchesky Santiago who pointed a gun at an innocent man’s head and he’s not even remorseful about his actions.

Prince George’s County, Maryland, police officer, was sentenced to five years in prison without parole Friday after being caught on camera holding a gun to the head of a Bowie man who had been trying to enter his own home.

Jenchesky Santiago, 26, was convicted in December of first- and second-degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and two counts of misconduct in the office related to a May 2014 incident. He was sentenced to the mandatory minimum prison term of five years after having faced upwards of 45 years behind bars.

“Mr. Santiago violated the rights afforded to Mr. Cunningham and every citizen of Prince George’s County and no citizen should ever suffer such disrespect,” said Angela Alsobrooks, the state’s attorney for Prince George’s County. “Mr. Santiago’s actions that day and the fact that he continues to show no remorse for what he did and believes that the victims should actually apologize to him, shows that he had no business serving in our police department.”

Cellphone video of the 2014 altercation showed Santiago drawing his department-issued handgun and holding it to the head of William Cunningham, a Bowie resident who had been parked outside of his own home.

“I dare you to [expletive] fight me, son,” the officer was heard saying in the video.

In a recorded phone conversation that took place after last month’s conviction, Santiago told his mother that Mr. Cunningham should have to apologize, “because all he wanted was a payday.” FULL STORY

Nine out of ten times Police point guns where there is NO THREAT even at children and nothing is done, Take Ken Sheppard of Los Angeles for example. These are the acts of Totally irresponsible people who should never have been hired. Lets not forget the Sonora County Sheriff Child Killer cop Erick Gelhaus who had a history of pointing guns at people’s heads. The problem is when Police mangement ignores reports and even promotes problem cops.

P.G. County cop gets 5 years for pointing gun at man
Md. cop who held gun to man’s head gets 5 years
Cop Who Pointed Gun at Man’s Head Gets 5 Years in Prison


Bad cop: Officer who pointed gun at man’s head to impress friends faces prison

Cop Points Gun At Man’s Head, Threatens Him

Cop Points Gun at Man’s Head for No Reason

Stop the Corruption Los Angeles Superior Court Petition

Stop the Corruption Los Angeles Superior Court Petition

Stop the Corruption Los Angeles Superior Court Petition

The Superior Court system in Los Angeles has become a joke for a city that has so much,yet so little,California is ranked F, at present and the Superior Court system here is next to third world as far as fraud,corruption,and justice for profit.This system is denying its residents/Taxpayers their due process on so many levels,Banks,Escrow companies and title companies own the courts and they are attempting to own the land.Lawyers wont take a stand against these courts and their judges thats how bad it has become.Please do the right thing and investigate and replace those who dont want to play fair.

California doesn’t quite have the reputation of Illinois or New York when it comes to public corruption. Same with the city of Los Angeles and its counterpart in Chicago. However, the City of Angels has a long history of public corruption itself. Many public officials stole from the people’s trough for their own enrichment. Here we take a look at some of the larger examples and their wider ripple effects on the city’s history.


LA Corruption is Not Just a Recent Phenomenon

The history of corruption in Southern California is well documented. The Cal Watchdog has a list of some of the more infamous cases.

One of the more recent examples is the 2016 resignation of South El Monte, Luis Aguinaga after taking bribes for seven years. Another LA Times expose found that in 2010 the city of Bell was run through some corrupt actions. Its former City Manager Robert Rizzo was found guilty of 69 corruption charges, and five city council members were also found guilty.

In the city of Carson Mayor Al Robles faced investigation over serving both as Mayor and a board member of the Water Replenishment District– as well as campaign finance questions for each.

In the city of Lynwood, two former City Council members, Louis Byrd and Fernando Pedroza were convicted of raising their pay by almost a combined half-million dollars. They took stipends for working on city commissions without any responsibilities. Reportedly, city officials also used city credit cards to pay for a night out to a Mexican strip club — including sexual favors. The Mayor Paul Richards II was slapped with a 16-year sentence for embezzlement in 2007.

Of course, there is the public corruption in the 1990s Rampart Scandal, which saw over 70 police officers implicated in corruption over the city’s Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums program. The police chief Bernard Parks was not hired back in 2001.


Exposing corrupt prosecutors
Los Angeles County plagued by local corruption


Uncovering Judicial Corruption In Los Angeles County – Richard Fine

Corruption at Los Angeles Airport Police

The LAPD Rampart Scandal

Wanted for Killing 3, Christopher Dorner’s Claims of Racism, Corruption Resonate With LAPD’s Critics

Foster Care Corruption in L.A., Children Given to Illegal Immigrants

It’s Too Easy To Hide Behind a Badge 8 Officers found Guilty

It's Too Easy To Hide Behind a Badge 8 Officers found Guilty

It’s Too Easy To Hide Behind a Badge 8 Officers found Guilty
American’s need to accept getting a badge does not mean someone is honest or law abiding in fact scandels such as what took place in Baltimore and the Rampart Scandal in Los Angeles are proof the corruption and ABUSE OF POWER is far worse than they want us to know. The bigger problem is the lack of government action when vitims come forward to report these criminals. They are protected while the real victims have their characters assisnated again and again to put the focus on the victims not the real criminals. This common practice is called “Don’t like the message, kill the messenger” and is commonly used against court victims in America.

  • Thomas Allers
    Momodu Gando
  • Maurice Ward
  • Markus Taylor
  • Jeme;; Ryan
  • Evodio Hendrix
  • Dainel Hersl
  • Wayne Jenkins

Baltimore Police officers were indicted on charges of committing robberies, extortion, filing fake police reports and overtime fraud.

In today’s news conference federal and local law enforcement officials were flanked by poster boards of the damning evidence on one side and the code we expect from our officers on the other.

“I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith,” the code begins; a badge today tarnished, illustrated in the tense face and terse words of Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.

Most of the officers were part of the specialized Gun Trace Task Force using their badge to commit robberies and extortion.

The indictments also allege the seven officers made fake police reports and even deliberately turned off their body worn cameras to conduct their business.

The outgoing U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein called it a “pernicious robbery scheme,” and that the indictments read like a slow but steady fleecing of public trust through power.

“It shows you what is going on behind the scenes, what these defendant allegedly are talking about…how they conduct themselves when they think nobody is listening and what you see is a lack of respect for the system,” Rosenstein said.

Lack of respect and flying in the face of a reform the Baltimore Police commissioner has been championing.
Of Officers Momodu Gondo, Evodio Hendrix, Daniel Hersl, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, Jemell Rayam, Marcus Taylor and Maurice Ward, some already had personnel smears on their records. FULL STORY

To make matters worse and confirm the problem is as bad as we claim this is not the first time:

Among days of explosive allegations in the corruption trial of two Baltimore police officers, there emerged the name of a sergeant little known to the public.

A bail bondsman and admitted drug dealer testified that Sgt. Thomas E. Wilson III once provided security as he met with a drug supplier at a Baltimore strip club.

But Wilson has long been known to the police department’s Internal Affairs division.

Documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun show that the unit recommended in 2005 that then-Officer Wilson be fired for allegedly entering and searching a home without a warrant, getting a warrant after the fact, and then falsifying paperwork to suggest that the warrant had been obtained before entering the home. A trial board found Wilson guilty of misconduct and neglect of duty, and recommended a 15-day suspension without pay.

Wilson remains a city officer. The allegations against him, and the recommendations that he be disciplined, did not prevent the Baltimore Police Department from promoting him to sergeant, or from assigning him to supervise and teach officers in the Western District.

The department says it put Wilson on administrative duties after his name emerged in the testimony this month of bail bondsman and drug dealer Donald C. Stepp pending an internal investigation. Stepp did not testify that Wilson committed any crime. Wilson has not been charged with any offense.

In a separate case in 2003, Wilson was accused by a federal judge of lying in court. A police trial board recommended he lose five days of leave and be trained in search and seizure. And in a third case, in 2012, he was criminally charged with perjury. He was acquitted by a city jury.

Wilson is the latest example of a police officer with a troubled past remaining on the force to emerge amid the federal prosecution of Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force.

Det. Jemell Rayam, who has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges in the corruption case, was charged with lying to Internal Affairs in a 2009 case in which $11,000 was stolen from a Baltimore man. And in 2015, a city judge questioned Rayam’s credibility and prosecutors asked Internal Affairs to investigate.

Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, who has also pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges in the Gun Trace Task Force case, came under scrutiny in a separate case in 2014. Then-Assistant State’s Attorney Molly Webb said surveillance footage of a suspect appeared to conflict with the accounts that Jenkins and another officer gave in charging documents. She dropped the case and reported the incident to her supervisors and Internal Affairs.

Detective Daniel Hersl amassed dozens of complaints, and the city paid three settlements to resolve claims against him. A jury is deliberating charges against him in the gun task force case.

Wilson has not been charged in the task force case, and did not appear in court during the trial. FULL STORY

Baltimore Police corruption trial reveals deep reach of city’s drug economy

One target drove a Mercedes and lived in a waterfront condo on Boston Street; another was homeless, essentially living out of a storage unit where he kept his money balled up in a sock. One lived with his extended family in a house he bought with a lead poisoning settlement; yet another had a half-million-dollar home on two acres of land in Westminster.

The circumstances of the people who were targeted for robbery by the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force ranged widely, according to witnesses in the federal trial of two of its former members. The sums allegedly taken went from three figures up to six.

But the unifying factor, as so often is the case in Baltimore, was drugs.

The focus of the sweeping racketeering case was corruption. Eight former members of the elite unit robbed citizens under protection of their badges and claimed massive amounts of overtime for unworked hours. Six pleaded guilty; a jury convicted the other two on Monday.

But the case also provided a window into the pervasive reach of the drug economy in Baltimore.

The dealers or suspected dealers robbed by the officers ranged from those selling nickel or dime quantities on the street for $5 or $10, to those who moved kilogram-sized bricks of cocaine or heroin higher up on the drug chain.

The picture that emerged in testimony was of a Willie Sutton logic — the cops robbed drug dealers because that’s where the money was.

Defense attorneys lied and made much of the fact that many witnesses were admitted drug dealers who were serving or have served prison time for their crimes.

Prosecutors countered that the dealers weren’t the ones on trial.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise, speaking of one witness, said robbery is robbery, whoever the victim.

“It doesn’t matter whether he made money,” the prosecutor said, “from selling drugs or selling Girl Scout cookies.”

A jury convicted two Baltimore police detectives Monday for their roles in one of the biggest police corruption scandals in recent memory.

Daniel T. Hersl, 48, and Marcus R. Taylor, 31, were found guilty of racketeering conspiracy, racketeering and robbery. Prosecutors said they and other members of the city’s Gun Trace Task Force had acted as “both cops and robbers,” using the power of their badges to steal large sums of money from residents under the guise of police work. Full Story

Two Baltimore police officers were found guilty of robbing, extorting and defrauding those they were sworn to protect.

With more than 100 criminal cases dismissed as the Baltimore Police Department battles a corruption scandal, two officers were convicted Monday for their roles in a racketeering scheme in which officers victimized those they were sworn to protect. Detective Daniel Thomas Hersl, 48, of Joppa, and Detective Marcus Roosevelt Taylor, 31, of Glen Burnie, were found guilty of racketeering conspiracy, racketeering and Hobbs Act robbery by a jury Monday evening.

Each guilty count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Hersl and Taylor were acquitted on the charge of using a gun in the commission of a crime.

The two former detectives were members of the Baltimore Police Department’s now defunct gun trace task force, which was a special unit within the department to take guns off the streets.

They stole money, property and narcotics through various means: detaining victims, entering their homes, conducting traffic stops and swearing out false search warrant affidavits, according to the Maryland district attorney. The officers also submitted false reports, including charging documents and property seizure documentation, officials said.

Several members were indicted on federal racketeering charges in March 2017, and except for Hersl and Taylor, they pleaded guilty to a conspiracy that involved using their positions as police to rob people and commit overtime fraud. Full Story

The cost of Baltimore police corruption grows

t’s not every day that a federal judge steps down from the bench to shake the hands of the two criminal defendants before him, offer an apology and vacate their convictions. That U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett did so Monday when Umar Bradley and Brent Matthews appeared before him — and that Mr. Burley said afterward that, nice though the gesture was, it will not undo the wreckage done to his life during the seven years he spent in prison on a wrongful conviction — just begins to reveal the damage caused by the massive corruption scandal in the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force.

essrs. Burley and Matthews were the two men who pleaded guilty after a member of the task force, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, planted drugs in Mr. Burley’s car after a high-speed chase that resulted in the death of an 87-year-old man, police and prosecutors say. Mr. Burley spent seven years in prison before he was released in August, and Mr. Matthews was incarcerated for nearly four. More exonerations may well be on the way — federal public defenders are seeking to overturn the conviction of Levar Mullen, a Safe Streets worker who accepted a plea deal on a handgun charge after task force officers arrested him in 2014. He said at the time that the officers lied about the justification for stopping and searching him, and that claim must be given new weight after the revelations about the task force members’ own illegal acts. City prosecutors have taken steps to drop charges or release 175 people as a result of the task force’s corruption, and the Maryland public defender’s office says more than 2,000 cases are “irreparably tainted.”

Some of the people who will be freed as a result are probably innocent and have been wrongly accused. Others may well be guilty, meaning that dangerous criminals will be back on the street. Baltimore juries, already famously skeptical of police, will now be that much less inclined to take officers at their word, and witnesses will now be even more reluctant to cooperate with cops who have now been tarnished by association.

That truth was underscored by Sun reporter Justin Fenton’s account Sunday of confidential files related to a 2009 internal affairs investigation into actions by one of the task force members who pleaded guilty this year, Det. Jemell Rayam. Years before he joined the task force, Mr. Rayam took part in a traffic stop downtown after which a Baltimore man accused officers of stealing $11,000 in cash. In the initial investigation, Mr. Rayam claimed that he did not know the officer who initiated the stop and who was accused of taking the money. But he later acknowledged that the officer, Michael Sylvester, was an old friend, and investigators discovered that the two had communicated by cell phone 500 times in the four-month period around the alleged theft and 34 times on the day of the traffic stop.

He lied. No question about it. But while Mr. Sylvester would agree to resign rather than be fired, Mr. Rayam would be cleared by a police trial board, reinstated and, later, promoted.

Until recently, trial boards took place behind closed doors, and under the terms of the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights, they provide a notoriously friendly audience for officers accused of wrongdoing. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Mayor Catherine Pugh are certainly right to push for a change in state law that would require civilian participation on the boards. Perhaps civilians would have been less likely to give a police officer a pass for making a false statement, knowing what would happen to an ordinary person who did so under those circumstances. We also certainly hope Mr. Davis’ spokesman is right that the internal affairs division has been substantially upgraded since the 2009 investigation and that the department is now better able to identify and deal with problem officers. Full story

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Fraud Upon the Court

Fraud Upon the Court

“Fraud upon the court” has been defined by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to “embrace that species of fraud which does, or attempts to, defile the court itself, or is a fraud perpetrated by officers of the court so that the judicial machinery can not perform in the usual manner its impartial task of adjudging cases .

When all the lawyers, investigators and judge are aware of crime, fraud, abuse and do nothing and then it continues and the guilty say “well the court approved it (because they did not act)”

A case or lawsuit; a legal and formal demand for enforcement of one’s rights against another party asserted in a court of justice. The term action includes all the proceedings attendant upon a legal demand, its adjudication, and its denial or its enforcement by a court.

void judgment is a judgment, decree, or order entered by a court which lacks jurisdiction of the parties or of the subject matter, or which lacks the inherent power to make or enter the particular order involved, State ex rel.

Fraud upon the Court

Fraud Upon the Court is where the Judge (who is NOT the “Court”) does NOT support or uphold the Judicial Machinery of the Court. The Court is an unbiased, but methodical “creature” which is governed by the Rule of Law… that is, the Rules of Civil Procedure, the Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Rules of Evidence, all which is overseen by Constitutional law. The Court can ONLY be effective, fair and “just” if it is allowed to function as the laws proscribe. The sad fact is that in MOST Courts across the country, from Federal Courts down to local District courts, have judges who are violating their oath of office and are NOT properly following these rules, (as most attorney’s do NOT as well, and are usually grossly ignorant of the rules and both judges and attorneys are playing a revised legal game with their own created rules) and THIS is a Fraud upon the Court, immediately removing jurisdiction from that Court, and vitiates (makes ineffective – invalidates) every decision from that point on. Any judge who does such a thing is under mandatory, non-discretionary duty to recuse himself or herself from the case, and this rarely happens unless someone can force them to do so with the evidence of violations of procedure and threat of losing half their pensions for life which is what can take place. In any case, it is illegal, and EVERY case which has had fraud involved can be re-opened AT ANY TIME, because there is no statutes of limitations on fraud. This is a trillion dollar “justice industry” just waiting to be tapped.

“Fraud On The Court By An Officer Of The Court”
And “Disqualification Of Judges, State and Federal”

1. Who is an “officer of the court?”
 A judge is an officer of the court, as well as are all attorneys. A state judge is a state judicial officer, paid by the State to act impartially and lawfully. A federal judge is a federal judicial officer, paid by the federal government to act impartially and lawfully. State and federal attorneys fall into the same general category and must meet the same requirements. A judge is not the court. People v. Zajic, 88 Ill.App.3d 477, 410 N.E.2d 626 (1980).

2. What is “fraud on the court”?
Whenever any officer of the court commits fraud during a proceeding in the court, he/she is engaged in “fraud upon the court.”In Bulloch v. United States, 763 F.2d 1115, 1121 (10th Cir. 1985), the court stated “Fraud upon the court is fraud which is directed to the judicial machinery itself and is not fraud between the parties or fraudulent documents, false statements or perjury. … It is where the court or a member is corrupted or influenced or influence is attempted or where the judge has not performed his judicial function — thus where the impartial functions of the court have been directly corrupted.”
“Fraud upon the court” has been defined by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to “embrace that species of fraud which does, or attempts to, defile the court itself, or is a fraud perpetrated by officers of the court so that the judicial machinery can not perform in the usual manner its impartial task of adjudging cases that are presented for adjudication.” Kenner v. C.I.R., 387 F.3d 689 (1968); 7 Moore’s Federal Practice, 2d ed., p. 512, ¶ 60.23. The 7th Circuit further stated “a decision produced by fraud upon the court is not in essence a decision at all, and never becomes final.”

3. What effect does an act of “fraud upon the court” have upon the court proceeding

“Fraud upon the court” makes void the orders and judgments of that court. 
It is also clear and well-settled Illinois law that any attempt to commit “fraud upon the court” vitiates the entire proceeding. The People of the State of Illinois v. Fred E. Sterling, 357 Ill. 354; 192 N.E. 229 (1934) (“The maxim that fraud vitiates every transaction into which it enters applies to judgments as well as to contracts and other transactions.“); Allen F. Moore v. Stanley F. Sievers, 336 Ill. 316; 168 N.E. 259 (1929) (“The maxim that fraud vitiates every transaction into which it enters …”); In re Village of Willowbrook, 37 Ill.App.2d 393 (1962) (“It is axiomatic that fraud vitiates everything.”); Dunham v. Dunham, 57 Ill.App. 475 (1894), affirmed 162 Ill. 589 (1896); Skelly Oil Co. v. Universal Oil Products Co., 338 Ill.App. 79, 86 N.E.2d 875, 883-4 (1949); Thomas Stasel v. The American Home Security Corporation, 362 Ill. 350; 199 N.E. 798 (1935).
Under Illinois and Federal law, when any officer of the court has committed “fraud upon the court,”the orders and judgment of that court are void, of no legal force or effect.

4. What causes the “Disqualification of Judges?
Federal law requires the automatic disqualification of a Federal judge under certain circumstances.
In 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court held that “Disqualification is required if an objective observer would entertain reasonable questions about the judge’s impartiality. If a judge’s attitude or state of mind leads a detached observer to conclude that a fair and impartial hearing is unlikely, the judge must be disqualified.” [Emphasis added]. Liteky v. U.S., 114 S.Ct. 1147, 1162 (1994).
Courts have repeatedly held that positive proof of the partiality of a judge is not a requirement, only the appearance of partiality. Liljeberg v. Health Services Acquisition Corp., 486 U.S. 847, 108 S.Ct. 2194 (1988) (what matters is not the reality of bias or prejudice but its appearance); United States v. Balistrieri, 779 F.2d 1191 (7th Cir. 1985) (Section 455(a) “is directed against the appearance of partiality, whether or not the judge is actually biased.”) (“Section 455(a) of the Judicial Code, 28 U.S.C. §455(a), is not intended to protect litigants from actual bias in their judge but rather to promote public confidence in the impartiality of the judicial process.”).
That Court also stated that Section 455(a) “requires a judge to recuse himself in any proceeding in which her impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” Taylor v. O’Grady, 888 F.2d 1189 (7th Cir. 1989). In Pfizer Inc. v. Lord, 456 F.2d 532 (8th Cir. 1972), the Court stated that “It is important that the litigant not only actually receive justice, but that he believes that he has received justice.”
The Supreme Court has ruled and has reaffirmed the principle that “justice must satisfy the appearance of justice,”Levine v. United States, 362 U.S. 610, 80 S.Ct. 1038 (1960), citing Offutt v. United States, 348 U.S. 11, 14, 75 S.Ct. 11, 13 (1954). A judge receiving a bribe from an interested party over which he is presiding, does not give the appearance of justice.
“Recusal under Section 455 is self-executing; a party need not file affidavits in support of recusal and the judge is obligated to recuse herself sua sponte under the stated circumstances.” Taylor v. O’Grady, 888 F.2d 1189 (7th Cir. 1989).
Further, the judge has a legal duty to disqualify himself even if there is no motion asking for his disqualification. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals further stated that “We think that this language [455(a)] imposes a duty on the judge to act sua sponte, even if no motion or affidavit is filed.” Balistrieri, at 1202.
Judges do not have discretion not to disqualify themselves. By law, they are bound to follow the law. Should a judge not disqualify himself as required by law, then the judge has given another example of his “appearance of partiality” which, possibly, further disqualifies the judge. Should another judge not accept the disqualification of the judge, then the second judge has evidenced an “appearance of partiality” and has possibly disqualified himself/herself. None of the orders issued by any judge who has been disqualified by law would appear to be valid. It would appear that they are void as a matter of law, and are of no legal force or effect.
Should a judge not disqualify himself, then the judge is violation of the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution. United States v. Sciuto, 521 F.2d 842, 845 (7th Cir. 1996) (“The right to a tribunal free from bias or prejudice is based, not on section 144, but on the Due Process Clause.”).
Should a judge issue any order after he has been disqualified by law, and if the party has been denied of any of his / her property, then the judge may have been engaged in the Federal Crime of “interference with interstate commerce.”The judge has acted in the judge’s personal capacity and not in the judge’s judicial capacity. It has been said that this judge, acting in this manner, has no more lawful authority than someone’s next-door neighbor (provided that he is not a judge). However some judges may not follow the law.
If you were a non-represented litigant, and should the court not follow the law as to non-represented litigants, then the judge has expressed an “appearance of partiality” and, under the law, it would seem that he/she has disqualified him/herself.
However, since not all judges keep up to date in the law, and since not all judges follow the law, it is possible that a judge may not know the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court and the other courts on this subject. Notice that it states “disqualification is required” and that a judge “must be disqualified” under certain circumstances.
The Supreme Court has also held that if a judge wars against the Constitution, or if he acts without jurisdiction, he has engaged in treason to the Constitution. If a judge acts after he has been automatically disqualified by law, then he is acting without jurisdiction, and that suggest that he is then engaging in criminal acts of treason, and may be engaged in extortion and the interference with interstate commerce.
Courts have repeatedly ruled that judges have no immunity for their criminal acts. Since both treason and the interference with interstate commerce are criminal acts, no judge has immunity to engage in such acts.


Court finds evidence of ‘fraud on the Court’ in one of the missing-defendant libel takedown cases
Statute of Limitation and Fraud upon the Court
Attorneys, Judges, and Clerks of the Court all commit Fraud Upon the Court
Can a judge commit “fraud upon the court”? One might quickly
Siegelman Judge Committed Fraud on the Court


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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.

Inside a secret 2014 list of hundreds of L.A. deputies with histories of misconduct
We’re investigating L.A. deputies with histories of serious misconduct. Submit a tip here.

Secret List Protects Bad Cops

Lie, Abuse. how Los Angeles has landed on a secret list of 2014 problem officers

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%


– 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.

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