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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, October 11, 2010

10-10-02 Tennessee attorneys say they fear retribution if they file complaints against judges


State lawmakers learned Tuesday that attorneys are afraid to complain about some Tennessee judges, fearing retaliation from the judicial system. They also heard stories about judges refusing to step down from cases even though those judges had conflicts of interest.

The revelations stunned state Sen. Dewayne Bunch, R-Cleveland, who is chairman of a committee that is studying Tennessee's system for investigating complaints against judges and disciplining judges.
"They shock my conscience," he said. "It causes reasonable people to question the court system. … It leads me to conclude that some members of the judiciary have no respect for the Court of the Judiciary."
The Court of the Judiciary is a 16-member panel of judges appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court that hears complaints and decides the proper punishment — if any — for judges. Critics have called for more transparency in how judicial complaints are resolved. Most of its records and deliberations are kept secret unless formal charges are pursued.
Witnesses testified Tuesday that complaints are not being filed at all, in some cases, because of fear.
Middle Tennessee attorneys Connie Reguli and Jim Roberts said they had been retaliated against for asking a judge to step down on different cases.
"We know who the honest judges are. We know who the dishonest judges are. We're deathly afraid of being retaliated against," Roberts said. "This is a persistent problem. Lawyers don't want to file motions to recuse."
Roberts and Reguli said retaliation took the form of their cases being dismissed, accusations of civil contempt and complaints filed against them with the Board of Professional Responsibility — the body that disciplines lawyers in Tennessee.
Court of the Judiciary Presiding Judge Don Ash said most of the issues raised Tuesday were unproven allegations, and he said he is confident most judges behave. He also expressed confidence in the Court of the Judiciary to correct those who don't.
Ash said recusal is a problem that the state's legal community is looking into, but he does not believe Tennessee has a systemic problem of judicial retaliation.
"If we do, I would hope people are filing complaints," Ash said.
But Reguli said retaliation has a chilling effect on lawyers who don't want to stick their necks out for one client only to have a future client punished.
"You can't stand up," she said. "You can't fearlessly represent your clients."
Many witnesses testified that without a lawyer to help guide a complaint through the Court of the Judiciary, it would most likely get dismissed. Ash said he believes the court's complaint form is simple enough for laypeople but said he is open to looking at ways to improve it, such as listing ethics rules for judges on the form so citizens can cite specific concerns.

90 Percent Dismissed

Of the hundreds of complaints the court receives against judges each year, more than 90 percent are dismissed. Of 344 complaints received last year, only one resulted in a public reprimand, according to the court's most recent annual report.
Legislation that would have substantially opened the court stalled in committee last year but may be resurrected in the next session.
Critics also said the court doesn't have the teeth it needs to change behavior. The court often takes private disciplinary action. When a public reprimand is deemed necessary, a letter summarizing violations and discipline is released to the public.
"That's not very scary," said Janice Johnson, a Nashville activist for judicial reform.
Solutions put forth included making more discipline public and giving the court the power to assess civil penalties such as monetary fines. Currently, when the court suspends a judge, that judge still gets paid because the state Constitution prevents judges' salaries from being altered mid-term.
"We are opening ourselves to grave and intentional miscarriages of justice," said Christopher Savoy, a Williamson County man who is suing Judge James Martin for lifting a restraining order against his ex-wife, who fled with their children to Japan. "All they do is write letters. They're not going to get my kids back."
Court officials defended the private sanctions.
"We wouldn't do that in a real serious case. … Private reprimands allow a judge to at least have an opportunity to amend their behavior without serious political consequence,'' said Timothy Dicenza, disciplinary counsel for the court. Bunch said the study committee plans to reconvene in a few weeks to discuss potential remedies, which could include legislative action. Ash said Court of the Judiciary members also plan to meet before the end of the year to discuss improvements.

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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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