Corrupt Judge David Yaffe Jails Political Prisoner Richard FineWritten by: Rob Print This Article
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Judicial failure to file financial disclosures can be an indicator of a serious problem. The judges involved may be attempting to hide payments they received that could bias them. This at the heart of the controversy over judicial corruption involving allegedly illegal payments by the County of Los Angeles, California, to judges in the county. In that case, judges are being paid money directly by the county as “bonuses” in a manner viewed as subverting their objectivity. Despite the payments of around $46,000 per year per judge, the judges in Los Angeles County have allegedly systematically failed to file financial disclosure form 700 required by state law. One of these judges, David Yaffe, has also jailed Richard Fine, a leading critic of corruption in California courts. He’s been in jail for nearly a year, without any charges or trial, in apparent retaliation for his campaign to clean up the Los Angeles courts.
Some of these Los Angeles judges rule on law suits against the county or other matters involving the county government. According to Richard Fine, since this started these judges never rule against the county. Whether there is real bias or not may be a matter of debate, but these kinds of financial improprieties create an appearance of corrupt courts.
Reinforcing that appearance of bias is how Judge David Yaffe threw Richard Fine into prison in solitary confinement in an apparent move to shut him up. You can find more on this disturbing story on California court corruption at Full Disclosure Network’s web page “COERCIVE CONFINEMENT” Judicial Benefits and Court Corruption that includes a video featuring civil rights activist Fred Sottile, also active in family law reform, speaking to a reporter Leslie Dutton about the wrongful imprisonment of Richard Fine without reasonable due process.
Full Disclosure Network® compiled an eight minute video revealing the essence of what happened and demonstrated the growing unrest among the citizens over Court Corruption in Los Angeles. Specifically, the citizens kept focusing on the jailed attorney Richard I Fine and the controversial State Senate Bill SBX2 11 that was approved by the Legislature during the budget session that gave retroactive immunity from criminal and civil prosecution to Judges, Courts, and government officials who had accepted and or given illegal public funds from the County to the Judges. Richard Fine was jailed on March 4, 2009 after he attempted to disqualify Judge Yaffe who had accepted the illegal payments from the County, he remains in L.A. County Jail.
David Hernandez, an activist in Los Angeles who recently lost a court case against Los Angeles County, spoke with Leslie Dutton about how the money the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors pays to judges ruling on cases involving the county creates a perception of bias. In his view, it is little different than if he decided to pay judges because he liked what they were doing and then those judges made decisions beneficial to him.
Richard Fine To Die In Jail?
As of early 2010, Richard Fine is apparently still rotting away in jail without a trial or being charged with any crime. There is apparently no time limit to how long he will be there, nor any intent to charge him with a crime or provide a trial. The Los Angeles Superior Courts and Judge David Yaffe, one of the judges taking allegedly illegal payments, apparently wanted to shut him up and has thrown him in jail on contempt of court accusations over what Fine contents is an illegal court order which he is opposing on principle.
Law enforcement has wrongly followed Judge Yaffe’s direction by executing his improper orders to incarcerate Richard Fine without reasonable due process for what are apparently political reasons. Yes, even in supposedly “free” America we have political prisoners. Richard Fine is on the hit list because he’s been poking away at corruption in California for years and recently started going after the corrupt Los Angeles Superior Court with increased intensity.
Richard Fine Discusses How California Counties Have Corrupted Courts
But this isn’t the first time California judges have struck back at Richard Fine. Shortly before being tossed in jail by Judge Yaffe, Fine was disbarred by the California Supreme Court in what also looks like a move to shut down his ability to continue to challenge judicial corruption in the state.
The now-disbarred lawyer is also suing the State Bar in federal court, arguing that the statute that permits disbarment for acts of moral turpitude not amounting to crimes violated the Due Process Clause. That suit, pending before Judge Dale Fisher in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, has been on hold pending the outcome of the State Bar proceedings, Fine said.
“This is political payback for my having exposed the corruption in the judicial system,” Fine said yesterday. “….I would have to question whether the California Supreme Court ….even read the papers….This is on one of the greater travesties of justice…They want to take the lawyer who has saved the taxpayers more than $1 billion dollars and put him out of the bar when they have done nothing about the corruption in the judicial system.”
California Government Out for Revenge
Fine has been a thorn in the side of the government for years. Now the government is out for revenge.
During the 1998 California budget crisis, Richard Fine got an injunction that shut down the entire State of California government for a day, terminating pay for all state employees including judges. The legislature had to pass an emergency funding bill to get the government running again.
As another example relevant to many of our readers, Richard Fine worked to force the County of Los Angeles government to pay out $14 million in child support payments that they collected from parents paying it to the county as required by law. These child support payments that were supposed to go to families were being held by the County of Los Angeles and not being distributed. Amazingly, even though this is illegal, the county courts approved the action. Later, it was discovered that Judge James Chalfant who approved this illegal hoarding of funds was being illegally paid under the table by the County of Los Angeles.
(from transcript at Attorney Richard I. Fine Speaks Out on Judges, Corruption, Circumstances, video at Full Disclosure Network Interviews Richard Fine and David Hernandez on Judicial Benefits & Court Corruption)
RICHARD FINE: Well, this — this all started in a very innocent type of way. It started back in 1999, and in 1999, I brought a lawsuit called John Silva vs. Garcetti — Gil Garcetti, Los Angeles District Attorney. And that lawsuit was based upon the fact that John Silva had paid money as part of his divorce — child support money. And child support money was being paid into the County of Los Angeles because the County of Los Angeles, as you know, collects child support money. Now, what we found out is that he had paid his child support money in, but the child support money wasn’t going to his wife. The County was not distributing it. And the County wasn’t distributing about $14 million of child support money. What the County was doing is, the County was taking this money in and it was holding it. Now, there’s a law that says that the County must distribute the child support money within six months or give it back to the father. And they will only give it back to the father if they can’t find the wife or the children. Now, in John’s case, he knew where his wife was, and he knew where the children were, because his wife was friendly. You know, he was giving the money to the County support system; the County wasn’t giving it to his wife. His wife knew that the money was going in, so she was cooperating with us, and we found out that all these other women and children were not getting their money.
So I sued the County to have this money distributed. The County answered and told me how much money was there, where the accounts were. All they had to do was distribute it. They were refusing to do it. I went into court, and we got to the end of the trial. The County moved to dismiss, and the judge dismissed the case. And I was astounded. And I went up into the appeal, and after the trial was over and before I filed my first brief, I found out that the judge, Judge James C. Chalfant, had received money from the County of Los Angeles. That’s how it started. That was one case.
Most of California Judiciary Is Corrupt
Richard Fine believes that all judges in the State of California have been receiving these illegal payments except for Superior Court judges in Yolo County, Mendocino County, and San Francisco County, and judges on the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. In his view, nearly the entire judiciary of the State of California is corrupt and biased and beholden to the interests of county governments.
Citizens Campaign to Free Richard Fine
Supporters of Richard Fine have set up a website called Free Richard Fine to help defend the man from the government that is intent on silencing him.
Others angered over the apparent willingness of the government and judiciary to unconstitutionally trample all over political opposition have set up the web site Right Trumps Might to push for court reform. Their view is that the spreading corruption in American courts jeopardizes the rights of all citizens.
Report Your Judge, Check Before You Vote For A Judge
If you’ve got experience with a judge, fill out the surveys and comments at the web sites RateTheCourts.com and CourthouseForum.com. Your experiences can help others determine how to vote. An uninformed electorate is often incapable of eliminating problematic politicians which is exactly what these judges appear to be.
The next time you’re voting for a judge in elections in your area, do some investigation before casting your vote. Unless the public votes out of office judges like Texas Judge Suzanne Stovall and California Judge David Yaffe, the public should be expecting the corrupt courts of this nation to continue to subvert public intent and to harm public interests for their own benefits.
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