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From: joseph zernik
Subject: Deficient Los Angeles Times reporting on the case of Richard Fine
Victoria Kim, Reporter
Editors, Los Angeles Times
RE: Deficient Los Angeles Times reporting on the case of Richard Fine
To the Editors:
Your most recent report on Richard Fine May 25, 2010 - like your coverage in the past year, never mentioned the key facts in the case:
It is indisputable that Richard Fine was arrested on the morning of March 4, 2009 at the Court of Judge David Yaffe, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, at the Mosk Courthouse, on North Hill Street, City of Los Angeles.
However, no warrant for the arrest was ever discovered. For over a year Sheriff Lee Baca insists on denying access to the California public records, which are the arrest and booking records of Richard Fine. Instead, the Sheriff repeatedly produced false and deliberately misleading records - claiming that Richard Fine was arrested on location and pursuant to the authority of the "San Pedro Municipal Court".  As you surely know, no such court has existed for almost a decade. Sheriff Deputy at the Superior Court of California, San Pedro Annex, insisted that Richard Fine was never booked there, and that no booking facilities existed at the place at all.
Richard Fine is only one person, but survey of the inmate data in Los Angeles County jails demonstrated that about half the inmates - thousands of persons - are held by Sheriff Lee Baca under false and deliberately misleading records. 
Such conduct of the justice system in Los Angeles County, which the US Supreme Court refused to hear, was suggested to the US Senate Judiciary Committee as subject for discussion in the confirmation hearings of Elena Kagan.  It was also listed as one of the hallmarks in submission to the United Nations,  as part of the first ever UPR (Universal Periodic Review) of Human Rights in the United States, scheduled for November 2010.
The Los Angeles Times could provide great service for the people of Los Angeles County, and for the public at large by asking Sheriff Lee Baca to produce the California public records, which are the warrant and booking record of Richard Fine.
Conditions prevailing in the Los Angeles justice system are a Human Rights disgrace of historic proportion!
Joseph Zernik, PhD
Human Rights Alert (HRA), NGO
Please notice the petition: FREE RICHARD FINE:
1) Los Angeles Legal Community
2) United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights.
3) Media and others of interest.
 Alleged False Imprisonment of Numerous Other Inmates in the Los Angeles County Jails, Revealed
in Data Surveys of Los Angeles County Jails
 April 19, 2010 Human Rights Alert submission for the 2010 UPR (Universal Periodic Review) of
Human Rights in the United States by the United Nations: