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"...it's difficult to find a fraud of this size on the U.S. court system in U.S. history... where you have literally tens of thousands of fraudulent documents filed in tens of thousands of cases." Raymond Brescia, a visiting professor at Yale Law School

* "Los Angeles County got the best courts that money could buy". KNBC (October 16, 2008) * "Innocent people remain in prison" LAPD Blue Ribbon Review Panel Report (2006) * Los Angeles County is "the epicenter of the epidemic of real estate and mortgage fraud." FBI (2004) * “…judges tried and sentenced a staggering number of people for crimes they did not commit." Prof David Burcham, Loyola Law School, LA (2000) * “This is conduct associated with the most repressive dictators and police states… and judges must share responsibility when innocent people are convicted.” Prof Erwin Chemerinksy, Irvine Law School (2000) * "Condado de Los Angeles tiene las mejores canchas que el dinero puede comprar".KNBC (16 de octubre de 2008) * "Las personas inocentes permanecen en prisión" LAPD Blue Ribbon Panel de Revisión Report (2006) * Condado de Los Angeles es "el epicentro de la epidemia de bienes raíces y el fraude de la hipoteca." FBI (2004) * "... Los jueces juzgado y condenado a un asombroso número de personas por crímenes que no cometieron." Prof. David Burcham, Loyola Law School, LA (2000) * "Esta es una conducta asociada con los dictadores más represivos y los estados de la policía ... y los jueces deben compartir la responsabilidad, cuando es condenado a personas inocentes." Prof. Erwin Chemerinksy, Irvine, la Facultad de Derecho (2000)

Thousands of Rampart-FIPs (Falsely Imprisoned Persons) remain locked up more than a decade after official, expert, and media report documented that they were falsely prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced in the largest court corruption sandal in the history of the United States...

Blue Ribbon Review Panel report (2006):


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10-10-01 Corruption of the California courts noticed by the United Nations

In summer 2010, the staff report of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, as part of the first ever, 2010 UPR (Universal Periodic Review) of Human Rights in the United States, noticed and referenced the Human Rights Alert April 2010 submission, pertaining to "corruption of the courts, the legal profession, and discrimination by law enforcement in California".

10-10-01 United Nations Human Rights Council Records for 2010 Review (UPR) of Human Rights in the United States

Monday, May 31, 2010

10-05-31 LA Times Deficient Reporting - Case of Alfred Villalobos // Los Angeles Times deficiente presentación de informes - Caso de Alfred Villalobos // LA Times Mangelhafte Berichterstattung - Der Fall Alfred Villalobos

To: william.hennigan@latimes.com, marc.lifsher@latimes.com, letters@latimes.com
From: joseph zernik
Subject: May 29, 2010 deficient reporting by LA Times in the case of Alfred Villalobos - conduct of John Reid as Judge, and David Pasternak as "Receiver"
Cc: victoria.kim@latimes.com, "Holland, Gale" , "Petruno, Tom" , metrodesk@latimes.com, timothy.rutten@latimes.com, "McGreevy, Patrick" , matt.lait@latimes.com, scott.glover@latimes, "Ware, Diedre" ,

To the Editors:

Your May 29, 2010 article, Judge refuses to unfreeze Alfred Villalobos' assets, states:  "In the end, the judge said that the receiver, David Pasternak, should remain in place." [copied below - jz]  The report remained incomplete and deficient on critical details:
·                     Was David Pasternak ever appointed by Judge John H. Reid as Receiver in the case, as required by law?
·                     Was his appointment order as Receiver, if any, ever entered by Judge John H Reid in the manner required pursuant to the California Code for such orders, in order to make them "effectual for any purpose"?
Conduct of David Pasternak, as purported Receiver albeit with no valid and effectual appointment order, as required by California Code, and grant deeds generated by him under such circumstances were previously opined by fraud expert James Wedick as fraud being committed. [1]  James Wedick, an FBI veteran, is a fraud expert second to none - he was decorated by US Congress, US Attorney General, and FBI Director.

Review of conveyances of titles by David Pasternak, linked below, [2] which were collected during a rapid search at the office of Registrar/Recorder of LA County,  revealed numerous other cases that should be deemed upon review as real estate fraud by David Pasternak, under the guise of court actions. 

Therefore, it is alleged that David Pasternak was uniquely instrumental in propelling Los Angeles County already in the early 2000s to be distinguished by FBI as "the epicenter of the epidemic of real estate and mortgage fraud." 

David Pasternak is former President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, former President of Bet Tzedek a prominent Jewish charity providing free legal services and specializing in assisting real estate fraud victims, and also current Secretary of the Los Angeles Chancery Club.  Therefore, David Pasternak’s conduct should be viewed as reflecting on integrity, or lack thereof, of the legal profession in Los Angeles County as a whole. Likewise, the continued employment of David Pasternak as "Receiver" by the Santa Monica Superior Court judges raises serious questions regarding integrity of the Court and its judges. [3] [4]

The Los Angeles Times would provide valuable service to all who reside in Los Angeles County, by asking the Los Angeles Superior Court for a copy of the appointment order of David Pasternak as "Receiver" by Judge Reid in the case of Villalobos, and evidence of the entry of such order as required by law to make it "effectual for any purpose."

Joseph Zernik, PhD
Human Rights Alert (HRA), NGO

07-12-17 Samaan v Zernik (SC087400) David Pasternak's Grant Deeds, opined as "fraud being committed" by fraud expert James Wedick
[2] http://www.scribd.com/doc/32247617/
09-12-23 Collection of grant deeds alleged as real estate fraud cases by David Pasternak under the guise of court actions
[3] http://www.scribd.com/doc/32247118/
Of note: Presiding Judge of the San Bernardino County, California Superior Court was tied in newspaper reports to numerous cases of real estate fraud under the guise of court actions.
10-05-27 Los Angeles Times deficient reporting in the case of Richard Fine
One should note the similarity between deficient reporting in the case of Villalobos, and deficient reporting regarding alleged false imprisonment of Richard Fine, where the Los Angeles Times repeatedly reported the Richard Fine was imprisoned pursuant to "Judgment" for contempt by Judge David Yaffe. No such judgment was ever discovered that was entered in a manner that would make is effectual for any purpose. In parallel - the Sheriff insists on fraudulently holding Richard Fine under the false claims that he was arrested and booked on location and pursuant to authority of the non-existent "San Pedro Municipal Court." In both cases, LA Times reporters entirely rely on words spoken by judges of the Superior Court, and neglect to inspect that corresponding court records were ever executed and entered as required by law.

Alfred Villalobos, center, leaves Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica after a judge ruled that his assets would remain frozen. Villalobos’ attorneys said he needed his assets unblocked to get the money he needs to defend himself in a lawsuit by the state. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times / May 27, 2010)

Judge refuses to unfreeze Alfred Villalobos' assets

A history of high-stakes gambling losses is cited as the main reason. Villalobos is accused in a state lawsuit of using his influence with CalPERS officials to win investment deals for his clients.

By W.J. Hennigan and Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2010
Reporting from Santa Monica and Sacramento

A state judge on Friday cited a long history of high-stakes gambling losses as a principal reason for denying a request from Nevada pension fund marketing intermediary Alfred R. Villalobos to lift a court-ordered freeze on his assets.

Villalobos, who attended the hearing but did not speak, is a central figure in state and federal investigations of the role of investment go-betweens at public pension funds. His assets were frozen, through a court-appointed receiver, as part of a fraud lawsuit filed against him by the California attorney general's office.

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Villalobos' attorneys said he needed his assets unblocked to get the money he needs to defend himself in the lawsuit. But the state opposed the move, saying he is a heavy gambler and could lose the money betting.

The judge agreed. "This isn't your normal type of gambler," said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John H. Reid during a morning hearing in Santa Monica. "It's highly improbable" that he would stop gambling.

This mirrors the attorney general's arguments that the Incline Village, Nev., resident has a history of high-stakes gambling. He was "such a good customer that Harrah's Casino provided a complimentary penthouse suite to him for 20 months" in Stateline, Nev., while repairs were being made to his mansion in nearby Zephyr Cove, the state said.

The judge said he was particularly troubled to find out that Villalobos ran up a $670,000 gambling debt with the El Dorado casino in Reno. "That's more than I make," he said.

The civil case against Villalobos, which seeks up to $70 million in restitution and $25 million in penalties, also names as a defendant Federico Buenrostro Jr., the chief executive of the California Public Employees' Retirement System between 2002 and 2008.

The lawsuit alleges that Villalobos, aided by Buenrostro, lavished CalPERS officials with gifts, free trips and expensive entertainment to influence them to award billions of dollars' worth of pension fund investments to his clients, including such major Wall Street private equity managers as Apollo Global Management. Villalobos was paid more than $47 million in commissions for his activities as a so-called placement agent. The suit also accuses Villalobos and his company, Arvco Capital Research, of fraudulently engaging in securities business without licenses.

Villalobos denied the accusations in the lawsuit, saying he took no money from CalPERS and did no harm to the pension system or its members. Wearing a dark pinstriped suit, Villalobos was visibly upset with the state's allegations, at times shaking his head in disagreement during the proceedings.

His attorneys attempted to convey to the judge that the receivership is overly restrictive. One of his lawyers, Daniel S. Ruzumna, said the freeze on Villalobos' possessions, such as bank accounts, 15 homes, a fleet of Bentley, BMW and Hummer automobiles and an extensive art collection, was "unprecedented" in California law.

"I don't think there's a basis to continue these onerous restraints," Ruzumna said. "If you freeze all of a person's assets, they don't have enough money to survive."

The judge, however, said that the receivership allowed Villalobos' relatives to continue living in the homes. "I think that's appropriate. It's a concession that allows him to live a fairly normal life," Reid said.

In the end, the judge said that the receiver, David Pasternak, should remain in place. The ruling, said Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, allows the state to "now move forward to recover the millions of dollars Villalobos made as part of his fraudulent scheme to improperly influence public pension fund investments."

When the proceedings wrapped up, Villalobos left the courtroom wearing dark sunglasses, refusing to speak to anyone other than the lawyers who flanked him.

"Obviously, the judge didn't agree with us," said Ruzumna, on his way out of the courthouse. "But hopefully he'll see things differently next time."

The next hearing is slated for Aug. 23 in Santa Monica.

The continuing scandal over alleged influence peddling by Villalobos and possibly other placement agents at CalPERS has spurred proposed legislation aimed at curbing gift giving and the payment of huge commissions by placement agents.

A CalPERS-backed bill that would require placement agents to register as lobbyists and ban fees that are based on a percentage on investment deals is slowly making its way through the Legislature in the face of strong opposition from the securities and banking industries.

On Friday, the bill, AB 1743 by Assemblyman Edward Hernandez (D-West Covina), was approved bythe Assembly Appropriations Committee with Democratic support on a party-line vote. The measure now moves to the full Assembly.

Copyright 2010, The Los Angeles Times

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Please Sign Petition - Free Richard Fine // Por favor, Firme la petición - Liberar a Richard Fine

RICHARD FINE was arrested on March 4, 2009 and is held since then in solitary confinement in Twin Tower Jail in Los Angeles, California, with no records,  conforming with the fundamentals of the law, as the basis for his arrest and jailing.

Richard Fine - 70 year old, former US prosecutor, had shown that judges in Los Angeles County had taken "not permitted" payments (called by media "bribes"). On February 20, 2009, the Governor of California signed "retroactive immunities" (pardons) for all judges in Los Angeles. Less than two weeks later, on March 4, 2009 Richard Fine was arrested in open court, with no warrant. He is held ever since in solitary confinement in Los Angeles, California. No judgment, conviction, or sentencing was ever entered in his case.

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