Monday, September 18, 2017

Two-Track Justice: Judge Confirms Second-Class Status of Self-Represented, "Pro Per" Court Users, Regarded as "Trash"


A federal judge has broken a long-established code of silence among judges and court workers, and confessed what self-represented court users in California have asserted for years.

In multiple interviews, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner disclosed that most judges regard self-represented litigants as "kind of trash not worth the time." In court, a self-represented litigant without an attorney is referred to as a "pro per" or "pro se" party. The terms are interchangeable and mean the same thing.

The admission also effectively confirms, and vindicates the charge by court whistleblowers that the California judicial branch operates an illegal two-track system of justice. One for those who can afford to hire a lawyer, and a separate system for those who can't.
"Judge Posner has admitted what no active judge in California will ever admit in public. From the trial courts to the Supreme Court, the poor who can't afford to pay for an attorney and are forced to represent themselves in court are treated as second class citizens," said whistleblower Ulf Carlsson. "California courts are pay-to-play." 

California 3rd District Court of Appeal – Sacramento Justice Vance W. Raye – Justice Jonathan K. Renner - Justice Coleman A. Blease – Justice Ronald B. Robie – Justice William J. Murray Jr. – Justice George W. Nicolson – Justice M. Kathleen Butz – Justice Elena J. Duarte – Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. – Justice Louis R. Mauro – Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch – Justice Jonathan K. Renner Third District Court of Appeal California  - California 6th District Court of Appeal Justice Conrad L. Rushing, Justice Eugene M. Premo, Justice Franklin D. Elia, Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, Justice Nathan D. Mihara, Justice Miguel Marquez, Justice Adrienne M. Grover Sixth District Court of Appeal California  - California Commission on Judicial Performance Director William Dresser Chief Counsel -CJP Chairperson Anthony P. Capozzi, Vice-Chairperson Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo,  Chairperson Judge Erica R. Yew, CJP

ABA Journal: Posner: Most judges regard pro se litigants as 'kind of trash not worth the time.'

Supreme Court of California Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Justice Goodwin Liu, Justice Ming W. Chin, Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar, Justice Carol A. Corrigan, Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar,  Justice Leondra Kruger  California Supreme Court - California 1st District Court of Appeal Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice James A. Richman, Justice Therese M. Stewart, Justice Marla J. Miller First District Court of Appeal California Justice Miguel M. Marquez - California Commission on Judicial Performance Director William Dresser Chief Counsel -CJP Chairperson Anthony P. Capozzi, Vice-Chairperson Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo,  Chairperson Judge Erica R. Yew, CJP

Above the Law: The Backstory Behind Judge Richard Posner's Retirement.


California 6th District Court of Appeal Justice Conrad L. Rushing, Justice Eugene M. Premo, Justice Franklin D. Elia, Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, Justice Nathan D. Mihara, Justice Miguel Marquez, Justice Adrienne M. Grover Sixth District Court of Appeal California  - California 3rd District Court of Appeal – Sacramento Justice Vance W. Raye – Justice Jonathan K. Renner - Justice Coleman A. Blease – Justice Ronald B. Robie – Justice William J. Murray Jr. – Justice George W. Nicolson – Justice M. Kathleen Butz – Justice Elena J. Duarte – Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. – Justice Louis R. Mauro – Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch – Justice Jonathan K. Renner Third District Court of Appeal California California Commission on Judicial Performance Director William Dresser Chief Counsel -CJP Chairperson Anthony P. Capozzi, Vice-Chairperson Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo,  Chairperson Judge Erica R. Yew, CJP

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Posner says friction on 7th Circuit bench led to his retirement.


California 1st District Court of Appeal Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice James A. Richman, Justice Therese M. Stewart, Justice Marla J. Miller First District Court of Appeal California Justice Miguel M. Marquez - California 3rd District Court of Appeal – Sacramento Justice Vance W. Raye – Justice Jonathan K. Renner - Justice Coleman A. Blease – Justice Ronald B. Robie – Justice William J. Murray Jr. – Justice George W. Nicolson – Justice M. Kathleen Butz – Justice Elena J. Duarte – Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. – Justice Louis R. Mauro – Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch – Justice Jonathan K. Renner Third District Court of Appeal California   California Commission on Judicial Performance Director William Dresser Chief Counsel -CJP Chairperson Anthony P. Capozzi, Vice-Chairperson Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo,  Chairperson Judge Erica R. Yew, CJP

New York Times: An Exit Interview With Richard Posner, Judicial Provocateur 


California 1st District Court of Appeal Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice James A. Richman, Justice Therese M. Stewart, Justice Marla J. Miller First District Court of Appeal California Justice Miguel M. Marquez - Supreme Court of California Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Justice Goodwin Liu, Justice Ming W. Chin, Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar, Justice Carol A. Corrigan, Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar,  Justice Leondra Kruger  California Supreme Court -California Commission on Judicial Performance Director William Dresser Chief Counsel -CJP Chairperson Anthony P. Capozzi, Vice-Chairperson Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo,  Chairperson Judge Erica R. Yew, CJP

Above the Law: Judge Posner, Uncensored: 'I Don't Really Care What People Think.'

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sacramento Colleagues and Former Coworkers of Chief Justice Swept Up In Dual Court Controversy

California Supreme Court Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar, Justice Ming W. Chin, Justice Carol A. Corrigan, Justice Goodwin H. Liu, Justice Mariano Florentino-Cuellar, Justice Leondra R. Kruger Supreme Court of California
Kern County Judge Cory Woodward was punished by the Commission on Judicial Performance for having an improper personal relationship with his courtroom clerk. Sacramento County Judge Matthew Gary reportedly has had a similar relationship with his courtroom clerk, Christina Arcuri, for at least four years. 


"[I]t is time for this charade to end," from the letter to Judge Kevin Culhane.

Sacramento Family Court Corruption, a Facebook watchdog group with over 600 followers, has issued an open letter to Sacramento County Presiding Judge Kevin Culhane regarding an alleged improper relationship between a Sacramento Superior Court judge and his courtroom clerk.

The whistleblower group alleges that Judge Matthew Gary has been in a consensual, personal relationship with his clerk, Christina Arcuri for more than five years. Both Gary and Arcuri also have been involved in a number of controversies involving the alleged mistreatment of indigent, disabled, and financially disadvantaged family court parties who are self-represented.


Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye worked with both Gary and Arcuri during the latter portion of her tenure on the Sacramento County bench from 1990-2005. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

California Assembly Budget Committee Hearing Reveals Improper Collaboration Between Chief Justice and Commission on Judicial Performance, Other Significant CJP Problems



In this video clip, Commission on Judicial Performance whistleblower and court reform advocate Joe Sweeney testifies at a California Assembly Budget Committee hearing on March 28, 2016. The commission is solely responsible for oversight and accountability of judges in the state. 

Several days before the hearing, Sweeney's court modernization and reform organization, Court Reform LLC, released a 78-page report which raised questions about CJP judicial misconduct statistical data and how the agency spends taxpayer funds. 


The report, Why a Spotlight must be put on the Commission on Judicial Performance, also charged that CJP operations are shielded by an excessive and unprecedented level of secrecy for a government agency. In this four minute video, Sweeney explains to the committee the methodology and results of Court Reform LLC's six month investigation into the policies and practices of the CJP.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Socioeconomic Bias and Two-Track Justice: Whistleblower Leaked Appellate Attorney $650 Per Hour Fee Agreement Affirms Meaningful Appeals Out of Reach for Indigent

Employment agreement for prominent appeal attorney Garrett Dailey, of Elkins v. Superior Court. Dailey bills at $650 per hour, according to this agreement with Olivier Garbe. Garbe is the CEO of Winnov Inc., in Silicon Valley. 

The agreement is for representation in an appeal in a contentious divorce case, Marriage of Dong & Garbe, case number 608-FL-000101, Santa Clara County Superior Court. Controversial Judge Mary Ann Grilli is the trial court judge, and attorney Bradford Baugh represents Garbe in the trial court. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Government Whistleblowers Attribute Statewide Court Corruption Problems to Tani Cantil-Sakauye Judicial Council Leadership



California court watchdog groups charge that the leadership of the state Judicial Council bears primary responsibility for a string of court scandals compiled in this video from the California Courts News YouTube Channel. An ABC News 10 investigation into misuse of the California Highway Patrol by the chief justice as a taxi and shopping service is included. 

Indifference and incompetence by Judicial Council Chair Tani Cantil-Sakauye and senior management at the agency has resulted in an epidemic of court corruption in California, including a Los Angeles County court clerk accused of stealing $6,000 from people filing name changes, a case fixing scheme uncovered by the FBI in Orange County, and a massive, statewide traffic courts scandal

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Supreme Court Controversy: Chief Justice Linked to Sacramento County Judge Misconduct, Delayed Appeal in 3rd District


The pending Ferris v. Ferris appeal alleges misconduct by Sacramento County Judge Matthew Gary and seeks to establish a constitutional right to counsel in civil cases involving basic human needs.

An appeal from a high-profile Sacramento Superior Court case has languished in the 3rd District Court of Appeal for more than 39 months. Court watchdogs allege that the appellate court has deliberately delayed resolution of the appeal because it involves egregious and embarrassing misconduct by a prominent Sacramento County Superior Court judge with a history of similar conduct.

"This case represents one of the most unsettling examples we've seen of what we believe is cronyism between the Third District and Sacramento Superior Court," said Ulf Carlsson of the Family Court Accountability Coalition, a court watchdog organization."The trial court judge has personal connections in the appellate court, and the 3rd District is delaying this case in the hopes that the publicity will die down and the issues raised will become moot."