Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:28:14 +0300
Carol Williams, Reporter
Los Angeles Times
RE: With overcrowding, budget shortfalls, and court orders, Los Angeles Superior Court and Los Angeles County never considered releasing the large number of falsely imprisoned persons
The June 12 report of the LA Times "Who should control California's prison budget?" - failed, as usual, to mention that a material part of the problem is related to large-scale false imprisonments derived from corruption of the courts and the justice system in Los Angeles County, California.
During the Rampart scandal investigation (1998-2000), the false, long-term imprisonment of the Rampart-FIPs was confirmed. They were estimated at anywhere from 8,000-30,000. The 2006 Blue Ribbon Panel report reaffirmed such conclusions, stating "innocent people remain in prison." Moreover, it documented the role of the judges of the Los Angeles Superior Court in preventing the release of those who were falsely imprisoned. 
More recently, review of the Inmate Information Center data of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department revealed large scale alleged fraud and false imprisonments, continuing as a routine. 
The April 2010 Human Rights Alert's submission for the first ever review by the United Nations of Human Rights in the United States alleged widespread corruption of the courts in Los Angeles County, California, the hallmarks of which are large-scale false imprisonments and real estate fraud under the guise of court actions. 
Joseph Zernik, PhD
Human Rights Alert (HRA), NGO
* "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):
10-10-01 Corruption of the California courts noticed by the United Nations
10-10-01 United Nations Human Rights Council Records for 2010 Review (UPR) of Human Rights in the United States
Sunday, June 13, 2010
10-06-12 Los Angeles County refuses to release those who are falsely imprisoned // Condado de Los Ángeles se niega a liberar a aquellos que son falsamente encarcelados // Los Angeles County weigert sich diejenigen, die fälschlicherweise inhaftiert sind, freizulassen
Please Sign Petition - Free Richard Fine // Por favor, Firme la petición - Liberar a Richard Fine
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.
Please sign the petition: Free Richard Fine -