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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):


Nuestro derecho a acceso los expedientes publicos, nuestra libertad y nuestros derechos humanos fundamentales están todos conectados en las caderas!

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, December 6, 2010

10-12-06 TIKKUN's Rabbi MICHAEL LERNER is asked and ANSWERS re: Immediate Moratorium on the Death Penalty in California // Moratoria sobre la Pena de Muerte en California


Tikkun Magazine - to heal, repair, and transform the world

1) Joseph Zernik wrote:

Dear Rabbi Lerner:

Thanks again for your response on a previous question, pertaining to conduct of Bet Tzedek and the Los Angeles Jewish Federation.

Here is another question, which I believe you should and could opine on:

Should California declare an immediate moratorium on the death penalty? 

  • A recent United Nations Human Rights Council referred to "corruption of the courts and the legal profession" in California.
  • Opinions by top US legal scholars support the same opinion.
  • Conditions that were documented through the ongoing refusal of California and federal justice agencies to free the Rampart FIPs leave little doubt regarding competence of the California justice system as we see it today.
  • For example: Los Angeles Judge JACQUELINE CONNOR - The Central Figure both in court corruption of the Rampart scandal and its cover-up - has sentenced an unknown number of criminal defendants to death.
Posing questions to leading rabbis of the day has been a traditional form of Jewish discourse, going back some 1,500 years.

The US Jewish community historically has been committed for Civil and Human Rights, and members of the Jewish community are vastly over-represented among judges and attorneys in California and the United States.  Therefore, it is proposed that the Jewish community should hold itself accountable for conditions of the justice system in California and beyond, and initiate reform efforts.

Your response in this matter may help to heal, repair, and transform California.

Happy Hanukkah to you and your family!

Joseph Zernik, PhD

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"On July 26, 2010, Laurence Tribe, Senior Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Access to Justice Initiative, delivered an important speech to the Conference of Chief Justices, challenging them to halt the disintegration of our state justice systems before they become indistinguishable from courts of third world nations."Prof Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School (2010), per National Defender Leadership Institute
"Innocent people remain in prison"*     "...the LA Superior Court and the DA office, the two other parts of the justice system that the Blue Panel Report recommends must be investigated relative to the integrity of the system, have not produced any response that we know of..."LAPD Blue Ribbon Review Panel Report (2006)
"...judges tried and sentenced a staggering number of people for crimes they did not commit." Prof David Burcham, Dean, Loyola Law School, LA (2001)
"This is conduct associated with the most repressive dictators and police states... and judges must share responsibility when innocent people are convicted."     Prof Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Irvine Law School (2001)
"...corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California." http://www.scribd.com/doc/38566837/

2) At 10:24 PM 12/6/2010, Rabbi Lerner wrote:
Dear Joseph,
While I could not get very much into your previous question, since it required knowing facts about a specific situation of which I was ignorant, this question calls for an ethical principle. I totally oppose the deaith penalty and believe it should be suspended immediately.

Rabbi Michael Lerner
Editor, Tikkun Magazine www.tikkun.org
Chair, the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives  www.spiritualprogressives.org
Rabbi, Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in Berkeley www.beyttikkun.org
3) Joseph Zernik wrote: 
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2010 23:13:51
To: Michael Lerner
From: joseph zernik
Subject: Re: TIKKUN's Rabbi MICHAEL LERNER is asked re: Immediate Moratorium on the Death Penalty in California

Dear Rabbi Lerner:

I am grateful for your response, and hope that you pursue action in this matter as well.

Joseph Zernik

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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.

Please sign the petition: Free Richard Fine -