Thursday, December 30, 2010

RICHARD FINE WINS HIS FREEDOM: EXCLUSIVE FULL DISCLOSURE® INTERVIEW

Watch Exclusive Interview Here 6 segments (8 min ea)

Segment #1 Richard Fines' Struggle, Survival & Eventual Victory (8 min): Leslie Dutton interviews Richard Fine at home just two days after he was released from 18 months in solitary "Coercive Confinement" in the L A County Central Men's Jail. He explains How he was treated by the jailers and Judge David Yaffe who had vowed to never release him (without charge or trial) and then reversed himself the next day. He gave Full Disclosure Network this exclusive one hour interview so that the public could learn the truth about what it was really like for him in the L A County Jail

Segment #2 Jail Conditions and Harassment Tactics (9 min): In this segment Richard Fine describes his jail conditions as a political prisoner. and how he had to wear a "Felony" Orange jumpsuit . He tells Leslie Dutton of the harassment tactics that placed him in "suicide Watch" to make things miserable for him and to impede his self-defense as an "In Pro Per" litigant, as no lawyer would take his case against the "Judicial Corruption in Los Angeles, so he relied on volunteers to help him.

Segment #3 Why Lawyers & ACLU Won't Challenge Judicial Corruption (8 min): Why did Richard Fine defy Judge Yaffe's Order? The struggle to prepare the legal documents needed to win his freedom was difficult without an attorney, or help from the ACLU. Richard Fine describes how the ACLU turned him down, when he had no where else to turn. He tells Leslie Dutton why he refused to obey the Order of the Judge at the risk of "solitary Coercive Confinement"

Segment #4 How Judicial Corruption Results in Obstruction of Justice (8 min): Richard Fine describes the corruption in the California Justice System that reached all the way to the U S Supreme Court. Starting in 1999, Richard Fine personally encountered corruption in the Judiciary. He describes the escalating corruption that let to his persecution due to the Taxpayers Issues he was taking on, that included misappropriation of funds by the County that was being protected by the Judges.

Segment #5 Judges Refused to Disclose Illegal Payments (8 min): The California Constitution prohibits Judges from taking payments from other than their employer . Richard Fine describes how $300 million in illegal payments from L A. County to the Judges had corrupted the California Justice System. He talks about the "widespread" abuse of the Justice System and Judge Yaffe's explanation as to why he released him when he had refused to obey the Judge's Orders and why the Judge Resigned from office before his term of office expired.

Segment # 6 Judicial Corruption Reaches U S Supreme Court (8 min): The revelation that the U S Supreme Court was protecting the corruption in the California Justice system was the darkest moment in the 18 months of jail for Richard Fine. He talks of his resolve to carry on and return the system to integrity once again.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

L A Court Shake-Up In Richard Fine Case Judge Recuses...New Judge Assigned

Leslie Dutton & Superior Court Judge Robert H. O'Brien
Appeared in 1994 Full Disclosure Series "Who Controls The Courts?"

Los Angeles, CA-- The latest developments in the Richard I. Fine civil contempt case are that Presiding Judge Elihu M. Berle on December 16, 210 reassigned the Marina Strand Colony II Homeowners v. County of Los Angeles case to Judge Robert O'Brien. See the Minute Order here. This reassignment took place following the October resignation of Judge David P. Yaffe and when on December 6, 2010 Richard I. Fine filed a notice for hearing to be set January 14, 2011 on his Motion to "Null & Void" all of Yaffe's orders in the case. This action prompted Yaffe's replacement Judge Ann I. Jones in Department 86 (Writs and Receivers) to recuse herself from the contentious case that pitted Judge David Yaffe against Richard I. Fine who maintained the Judge had accepted illegal payments from the County a party to the case and failed to disclose this to the litigants in the courtroom.

COURAGEOUS NEW JUDGE?
Known for his courage and not one to shy away from difficult cases, Judge Robert O'Brien at one time Ordered the shut-down of the California government when he ruled that the California Legislature could not be paid until there was a budget in place. Ironically, Richard Fine represented the plaintiff in that case Howard Jarvis Taxpayers vs. Connell that was combined with another case White vs Davis when before the California Supreme Court in 1999. Known for his courage, Judge Robert O'Brien Ordered the shut-down of the California government when he ruled that the California Legislature could not be paid until there was a budget in place. Ironically, Richard Fine represented the plaintiff in that case Howard Jarvis Taxpayers vs. Connell that was combined with another case White vs Davis when before the California Supreme Court in 1999.

ABRUPT RESIGNATION
After holding Richard I Fine for eighteen months in solitary "coercive confinement" for civil contempt of court, Judge David Yaffe abruptly resigned from office prior to the expiration of his term. Read the Report




DID JUDGE YAFFE TRY TO INFLUENCE HIS SUCCESSOR?
In the
Minute Order dated December 16, 2010 ,Judge Jones RECUSED herself from sitting on the Marina Strand Colony II vs County of Los Angeles case because, as stated in the Order, she had discussed the case with her predecessor and in the interests of assuring a fair and unbiased trial she removed herself from sitting on the case.



RESPONSE FROM RICHARD I. FINE
When contacted for a comment regarding the Recusal and Reassignment, Richard Fine told Full Disclosure "Now the County and the Judge are under obligation to disclose any payments by the county to the Judges."



Saturday, December 11, 2010

Developers Relent in 18-Month Jailing Of 70-Year-Old Attorney Richard I. Fine

PROSECUTIONS OR PERSECUTIONS?

Jerry & Pat Epstein
Del Rey Shores Developers
Fourth of July 2010


Los Angeles, CA - Multi-millionaire developers Jerry and Pat Epstein have apparently decided to back away from their previously unrelenting pursuit of prosecution (that has been described by some as "persecution") of 70-year-old taxpayer advocate attorney Richard I. Fine, Ph.D.


DEVELOPERS’ ATTORNEY DODGES HEARING

Full Disclosure Network has obtained a copy of the letter (attached here) from Joshua Rosen, Esq., an attorney representing the Epsteins, that was faxed to Dr. Fine the night before he was to appear at a December 6, 2010 Judgment Debtor's Examination in the case Marina Strand Colony II Homeowners Assn. vs. County of Los Angeles, et al (including as defendants properties under development by the Epsteins), Los Angeles County Superior Court case no. BS109420. Ironically, the letter indicated the proceeding was to be taken off calendar, but, according to the Court’s website, no request to remove the proceeding from the calendar had been submitted to the Court. (Review the Marina Strand homeowners' Petition for Writ of Mandate here.)


JUDICIAL REVENGE?

Dr. Fine had been held in L. A. County Men's Central Jail from March 4, 2009 to September 17, 2010 (i.e., over a year and a half) in solitary confinement for civil contempt of court, by order of Judge David P. Yaffe, in an action brought by the Epsteins with respect to their Del Rey Shores development in Marina del Rey, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles. Read Full Disclosure’s blog post here.


JUDGE IGNORED SUPREME COURT PRECEDENT

Under U. S. Supreme Court precedent cases, an individual cannot be held for more than five days for civil contempt of court. Dr. Fine was arrested following his attempt to disqualify Judge Yaffe from sitting on the case for having accepted substantial illegal payments from L. A. County, a party to the Marina Strand case before him. (Dr. Fine represented the Marina Strand homeowners.) The Epsteins' Del Rey Shores development is a partnership with L. A. County, and the Epsteins and their associates are major contributors to the re-election campaigns of several L. A. County Supervisors, all of whom are required to abstain from voting if contributions are received within a year prior to any votes being taken on their political supporters’ projects.


CLEAN-UP OF JUDICIAL/COURT CORRUPTION BEGINS

In preparation to appear at the December 6, 2010 Debtor’s Examination Hearing, Dr. Fine drafted a Notice of New Hearing Date for his "Motion to Void and Annul All Orders and Judgments, Including those in the Contempt Proceedings, in the Case Made by Judge Yaffe, Previously Set for September 16, 2010". Here are a few quotes from this filing that, as you can see by the conformed copy (attached here) was filed on December 6, 2010, yet this four-page document is mysteriously missing from the Court website, along with others listed below. Dr. Fine alleges that the partnership between L.A. County and the Epstein Family Trust have imposed a "fraud upon the Court" as follows:


  1. The County and Judge Yaffe did not disclose that Judge Yaffe had been paid $500,000.00 in illegal payments from L.A. County since 1987, when Judge Yaffe first became a State Superior Court Judge who sometimes presided over cases where L A County was a party to a case before him for consideration, including the Marina Strand case.

  2. L.A.. County and Epstein Family Trust did not disclose to the Court that L.A. County’s approval of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which was the subject of the case, was illegal due to improper votes cast by L.A. County Supervisors who had received political contributions from the Epsteins and their Chief of Staff, David O. Levine, and committed "fraud upon the Court" by not disclosing" such.

  3. Judge Yaffe knew that he committed "extrinsic fraud upon the Court" by not disclosing that he was receiving $500,000.00 from L.A. County and committed obstruction of justice by sitting on the case.
In addition to the above Motion, in January 2010 Richard Fine filed a Fraud Action against the State Bar Association, naming as a "necessary party" the California Supreme Court (which oversees the State Bar) for failure to disclose that another attorney representing the Epstein Family Trust, Sheldon H. Sloan, was the President of the State Bar Association at the time the disbarment proceedings were brought against Dr. Fine and while he was serving as the attorney for the Marina Strand homeowners, who were suing L.A. County regarding the Del Rey Shores development. Read the entire document here.


EPSTEIN ATTORNEY PRESIDENT OF STATE BAR

More recently, Dr. Fine filed an "Objection" (posted here) with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on November 29, 2010, in which he described the Epsteins' connection to his disbarment proceedings.


DEVELOPERS ARREST WARRANT FOR RICHARD FINE QUASHED

Judge Pro Tem Matthew St. George issued an Order dated December 6, 2010 noting that Dr. Fine appeared and that the Judgment Debtor Examination was being taken off calendar. But shockingly, the first action referenced in the Order was that a bench warrant issued for Richard Fine’s arrest for failing to appear at a June 14, 2010 Judgment Debtor Hearing was QUASHED. (Review Order here) Ironically, and as everyone concerned knew, Dr. Fine was in solitary confinement in L.A. County Men's Central Jail at the time the bench warrant was issued, and further, the Court and the Sheriff had refused to transport Dr. Fine from the jail to the Court so that he could appear. See Full Disclosure's July 20, 2010 Report for details.

MISSING DOCUMENTS FROM SUPERIOR COURT WEBSITE

Mysteriously, there are several important documents missing from the Superior Court files regarding this controversial case that have not been addressed nor resolved. There is no record available, but, based upon the Court's Order of
December 6, 2010, the Court had apparently been requested by someone, somehow, without holding a hearing. The docket only references the following:


  1. A Bench Warrant For the Arrest of Richard I Fine for failing to appear on June 14, 2010. (Review Bench Warrant here)

  2. Notice To Court of Non-Appearance at Judgment Debtor Examination, by Joshua Rosen (an attorney for the Epsteins).

  3. Notice To Take Off Calendar Judgment Debtor Examination Hearing, by Joshua Rosen, Esq.

  4. Dr. Fine’s Notice of New Hearing For Motion to Void and Annul All Orders and Judgments. Including those in the Contempt Proceedings in the Case Made by Judge Yaffe, Previously Set for September 16, 2010.

Dr. Fine informed Full Disclosure that the December 6, 2010 Court Order was issued without a hearing by Judge St. George. Judge St. George also, without formal written notice, took the case off calendar and issued orders to quash the "false" bench warrant for Dr. Fine's arrest for failing to appear at the June 14, 2010 hearing.

As reported previously by the Full Disclosure Network, there were numerous instances throughout Dr. Fine’s saga with the judicial system where documents were not posted to the docket for the public to review. Circumventing the various Courts’ attempts to keep the public from learning the true nature of Dr. Fine’s battle against judicial corruption, Full Disclosure posted those documents to its own website so that the public could see for itself just how far the corruption extends.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Airport Security Exposed: Online Video (7 min)

Los Angeles, CA - Airport insecurity persists while passenger harassment is escalating during the so-called “battle” to make U.S. airports and air travel safe and free from terrorist plots. The question arises, are TSA workers at Los Angeles International Airport (“LAX”) screened for their immigration status, criminal backgrounds and weapons on their persons? Watch this seven minute online video exposing the conflicting policies of United States Law Enforcement, L A County Sheriffs Department, the Courts and the L A County District Attorney.

INVASIVE TSA “PAT DOWNS” COMPARED TO PASSIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT PRACTICES

TSA’s highly invasive passenger screening procedures distinctly differ to the passive law enforcement and prosecution practices in California. The striking contrast in policy and attitude is revealed in the Full Disclosure Network® online Video featuring the United States Attorney, Los Angeles County Sheriff Sergeant and officials with the L A Superior Court and County District Attorney’s office. As noted in the video, the airlines and TSA internal employment policies and background checks have long been recognized by law enforcement.

U.S. ATTORNEY ON LAX AIRPORT SECURITY IMPOSTERS:

In 2004, eighty security personnel at LAX were found to be either felons, criminals and or illegal immigrants who should have been prohibited from working in the security areas in the airport. U.S. Attorney Debra Yang explains in the video why she did not prosecute some of the imposters who worked in airport security jobs at Los Angeles International Airport. She describes how they submitted false information on their job applications and what actions resulted in the U. S. Attorney’s Office.

L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF AWARE OF THREAT:

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Richard Valdemar describes in the video how gang members work the airline baggage handling areas on airplanes and on the tarmac, noting rival gang graffiti inside the cargo holds where gang members had not been screened for weapons and prior gang activity.

The Full Disclosure Network® brings "the news behind the news" as it happens.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Veteran Editor: Exposes Corruption in L.A. (Online Video)

Ron Kaye, Editor L A Daily News (1984-2008)
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Los Angeles, CA Veteran newsman and long time editor Ron Kaye describes the role of the Department of Water and Power and current city leadership that has presided over the rapid decline of the nation's second most populous city. From 1982 to 2008 as Editor of the L. A. Daily news Kaye acquired first hand knowledge of the inner workings of Los Angeles, a city that was at one time thought of as "the shining city by the sea."

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The interview with Kaye is part of an on-going Full Disclosure Network® cable television series covering the politics and policies behind California's urban decline. The series is featured on community cable channels throughout California and in major U. S. Cities and on the Internet. DVDs of the full half-hour programs are available upon request here.
Americans Decline and Fall is symbolized by what is happening in the City of L A where the Department of Water and Power has been exploited by public employee union leaders and politicians resulting in inefficiency and higher rates.
Income and expenditures for the Dept. of Water and Power. Increase of discounts for low income persons, then rate increases, then expand "hardship" discounts passing on the cost to homeowners, small businesses and renter controls
How to save City workers jobs? Raise the rates of Department of Water and Power to keep the spending going. L A City Council is looking for revenue rather than serving the public. Ron Kaye exposes government policies that are self serving for government and not the people. Rev. Jeff Carr the Chief of Staff for LA Mayor is running the rate increase policy as are other General Managers in the City.

Segment #4 "Corruption Institutionalized in Los Angeles"
Leaders have no integrity and that is corrupting the L A City Government. Ron Kaye describes how the city workers are honorable but are sinking into the corruption because of the lack of integrity at the top. The system in LA is "Go along to get along" where people are feeding on grants and must go along with City Hall. Where are the "Ethics" or is there just "Municipal Socialism" by providing vast sums of money to advocates for homeless is not helping the homeless. Non profit bureaucracies are the beneficiaries. Green Energy is nothing more that "feel good" propaganda when the programs have not even been implemented and are impractical.
Ron Kaye former LA Daily News Editor, describes how the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has bought into a "Solar Power" scheme to buy Chinese solar panels to line the Owens Valley floor and is unproven, risky and costly but will benefit the public employee unions in the Department.
Ron Kaye describes the failure of the two party system that is no longer functioning. He says a rebellion can reclaim our democratic system and describes how to do just that. The debate on public policies has been taken over by self serving politicians. He says it is up to the people to turn around their cities, starting in L A. He says L A is the leading edge of the American economic crisis.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Are Judicial Double Benefits Constitutional? Judges To Rule on Judges Benefits Round II



San Diego, CA Watch the unbelievable Court hearing where three Appellate Court Justices try to avoid making a decision on whether or not the Superior Court Judges in Los Angeles can continue to receive hundreds of millions of dollars illegally from the County of Los Angeles above and beyond their State salaries. Features Sterling Norris, Lead Attorney, Judicial Watch, Jones-Day AttorneyElwood Lui (former Appellate Court Justice) Paul Orfanedes, Director of Litigation for Judicial Watch, Appellate Court Justices Gilbert Nares,Judith Haller and Presiding Judge Tricia Benkeand Full Disclosure Network's® Leslie Dutton.

The California Court of Appeal 4th District in San Diego heard oral arguments on October 13, 2010 for the second time in ongoing case brought by the non-profit public interest law firm Judicial Watch known as "Sturgeon II" originally filed in 2006 as Sturgeon v County of Los AngelesThe case has been a hot potato bouncing back and forth from Superior Court where Judges recused themselves to Appellate Court and to the California Supreme Court. Who had refused to re-hear the case that resulted in Sturgeon vs County becoming case law. In an unusual move, the Los Angeles Superior Court Judges decided to intervene and take the issue to a second round battle.

Judges Judging Judges:
This awkward court fight has judges pitted against judges. The Los Angeles Superior Court hired Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher one of the nation's most prestigious lawfirms to fight to overturn the previous decision in November 2008 that found the double benefits of $300 million paid to L A Judges since 1987 were illegal. And, L A County would not take no for an answer, they hired Jones-Day one of the largest lawfirms in the world to continue the fight to give double benefits to the highest paid judges in the nation. Apparently the costly court fees for retrying the case is not an issue. There appears to be unlimited funds for the top legal beagles.

Related Video LInks:
The Fight For and Against Illegal Judicial Benefits ( 6 min summary)
Judges Fighting Judges Over Double Benefits (11 minutes)

Sunday, November 07, 2010

PARKING METERS ARE ROBBING CITIZENS IN PUBLIC PARKS................ (Video 10 min)

Los Angeles, CAFull Disclosure Network® held its 19th Anniversary Brunch in the Community Room of L A County's Burton Chace Park on Saturday, October 30th. Here is the video of documented proof of what happened to the visitors who came from all over Southern California who were abused by the County's aggressive revenue-generating policies.

PARKING ENFORCEMENT TRAPS THE PEOPLE
A fleet of parking enforcement attendants was lying in wait to issue the $60 tickets. Watch this video and see what happened and how the public reacted, featuring guests attending the event who became unsuspecting victims of parking enforcement.

Most visitors did not have the quarters and those who went to an overflow parking lot found there was a malfunctioning ticket machine with confusing and conflicting instructions, as demonstrated by the Division Chief for LA County Beaches & Harbors.

Just A Few of The Many Parking Victims on Oct. 30th 9 a.m.
Althea Shaw,Tommie Shaw, Bill Edwards, Fred Sotille T. J. Johnston Leslie Dutton, Tony and Danute Mazeika, M.D.Romney, B. Blinderman

DEFENDERS OF PARKING METER ABUSE:
L A County Dept. Beaches & Harbors
Paul Wong, Division Chief, Planning Division
Debra Talbot, PR/Marketing Dept

Friday, October 15, 2010

L A Times Endorsements Spark Challenge On Judicial Criminal Immunity, Obstruction of Justice EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


Los Angeles CA. The Los Angeles Times endorsement of sitting California Judges has sparked a formidable challenge to the judicial candidates. Those wishing to seek the highest office of Judges are being challenged to prove their integrity by acknowledging the receipt of and pledging not to accept illegal payments in the future.

COURT CRITIC CHALLENGES JUDGES TO DEBATE
Dr. Richard I. Fine a former U. S. Prosecutor who was recently released (video) from the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail after 18 months of solitary "coercive confinement" for accusing Superior Court Judge David Yaffe of being "on the take" while sitting on cases that involved L.A . County where the County was a party to the case. Judge David Yaffe took $500,000 over the past twenty-two years in payments ruled illegal by the 2008 decision in Sturgeon vs County of L.A. .

L A TIMES ENDORSED JUDGES
The L A Times endorsed these candidates while ignoring the fact that most, if not all, of them have been given retroactive criminal immunity from prosecution for taking the illegal payments.

California Supreme Court
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye,
Associate Supreme Court Justice Ming W. Chinn
Associate Justice Carlos R. Moreno

Division 1 Second District Court of Appeal
Justice Robert M. Mallano
Justice Victoria G. Chaney
Justice Jeffrey W. Johnson

Division 2 Second District Court of Appeal
Judith Ashmann
Division 4 Second District Court of Appeal
Justice Steven Suzukawa
Division 6 Second District Court of Appeal
Justice Paul Coffee
Justice Steven Z. Perren
Division 7 Second District Court of Appeal
Justice Laurie D. Zelon
Justice Frank Y. Jackson
Division 8 Second District Court of Appeal
Justice Tricia A. Bigelow
Justice Elizabeth Annette Grimes

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES FOR SUPERIOR COURT OF LOS ANGELES
Office No. 28 Randy Jammock
Office No. 117 Alan Schneider

PARTICIPATE IN OUR VOTER SURVEY ON
JUDICIAL CRIMINAL IMMUNITY

Question #1 Do you think the L A Times endorsements of the Judges have any credibility? Yes or No

Question #2 The Courts have ruled that these payments are illegal. Do you think judges should return the money and be prosecuted for their crime? Yes or No

Question #3 Do you think that the judicial candidates should declare in their campaign statements that they will not take the illegal funds? Yes or No

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

California-Global Environmental Politics: Prop. 23 Who Wins...Who Loses? Video Debate (7 min)



Los Angeles, CA - The Full Disclosure Network ® presents a seven minute video debate over California's Proposition 23, the initiative to suspend implementation of the "Global Warming Solutions Act" (AB 32) enacted in 2006. The video debate features the following:

  • Jesse Marquez, Appointed to the California Global Warming Solutions Act EJ Advisory Committee and who is the founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for a Safe Environment is a UCLA trained Community Organizer.
  • Alex Alexiev, a former Rand Corporation Senior Public Policy and National Security Analyst with 32 years experience, is currently with the Hudson Institute.
  • Leslie Dutton, Moderator and Emmy Award winning Producer of the Full Disclosure Network cable TV and Internet productions.
Alexiev points out that California’s Proposition 23 on the 2010 November ballot was designed by to temporarily stop implementation of "the Global Solutions Act" (AB32) which was signed into law in 2006. The law has come under scrutiny by public policy experts, who warn that the California economic crisis will be worsened by massive job losses created if the legislation is allowed to be implemented during a time of budget cuts, layoffs and fiscal crisis.

Marquez counters the negative claims that AB32 will be harmful and urges Proposition 23 to be defeated so that the new law can be implemented immediately to stop global warming and other public health related problems.

Please cast your vote on the questions at the end of the video. CLICK HERE

  • Considering the crippled economy of California, do you think it is the appropriate time to attempt to solve a global problem?

 -- YES or NO
  • Do you think that California should dedicate itself to resolving the immediate danger of climate change?

 -- YES or NO
  • Do you think global warming is a serious man-made problem that needs immediate and extensive action?

 -- YES or NO

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Richard Fine On His Coercive Confinement in L A County Jail for Challenging Judicial Corruption EXCLUSIVE VIDEO (10 min)

Los Angeles, CA Two days following his unexpected release from L A Central Men's Jail On Friday September 17, 2010 Richard I. Fine described the conditions in "coercive confinement' and his eighteen month ordeal waging a legal battle for freedom from his solitary jail cell without an attorney. Full Disclosure Network® presents a ten minute video preview from a three hour exclusive interview featured on the Internet Websitehttp://www.fulldisclosure.net.

Richard Fine who holds a Ph.D in International Law and was a former U.S . Prosecutor in Washington D. C. tells of his darkest moment during his incarceration, and the reasons why he was never tempted to give in to the illegal order of State Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe.

The full interview is to be released to Public Access Cable channels throughout California and on Community Cable channels in major cities throughout the United States a and the Internet. The Full Disclosure Network is billed as "the news behind the news", an independent public affairs cable TV show produced by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and Producer T J Johnston since 1992.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Richard I. Fine Is Free: Result of Judicial Conscience or Confusion?

JDr. Richard I Fine, Court Critic
Former U. S. Prosecutor, Dept. of Justice Washington D.C.


Los Angeles, CA -- On Friday, September 17, 2010 at 10 p.m. Richard I Fine was released from his solitary "coercive confinement" cell in L A County Mens Central jail where he spent the last 18 months. He was unexpectedly released by Order of California Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe who had just posted a Minute Order on September 16, 2010, one day before, where he restated that Fine should continue incarceration, setting a hearing date for six months in the future. Although Richard Fine was never charged with a crime or convicted he was incarcerated after attempting to disqualify Judge Yaffe from sitting on his civil contempt of court case due to a conflict of interest.


Yom Kippur Turn-Around?:

Why would Judge Yaffe reverse himself the very next day on September 17th on Kol Nidre, the first day of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement in the Jewish religion. Judge Yaffe apparently had a change of heart, issuing an Order that Sheriff Baca release Dr. Richard Fine from jail. It should be noted that the U.S. Supreme Court precedent in the 1974 case of L.A. Times reporter William T. Farr (In Re Farr) held that a person should not be held for more five days in “Coercive Confinement” for civil contempt of court. Was this the reason Judge Yaffe had a change of heart?

Yaffe Explains His Confusion:

Judge Yaffe took pains to explain his frustration in his September 17, 2010 Minute Order releasing Dr. Fine from jail:


“For reasons known only to himself, Fine is attempting to obtain his release from this court and from the appellate court at the same time. He filed a motion for such relief in this court, and then, before it could be heard, he requested the same relief from the Court of Appeal. It is unclear what he expects this court to do in light of his petition to a higher court.”


Full Disclosure contacted Dr. Fine By Telephone For Response:

“Judge Yaffe was confused because he could not determine the difference between a Writ of Habeas Corpus filed in the Appellate Court to obtain my release and a Motion filed in his court to Void and Annul All Orders and Judgments in the (case of) Marina Strand Colony II Homeowners Assn. Vs. L A County .”


Editors Note: View the document here that was before Judge Yaffe (Notice of Motion to Null & Void All Orders in the Marina Strand Colony II vs County of Los Angeles) No. BS109420 Richard Fine's Motion is based upon the court documents filed with the higher courts by Yaffe and his lawyer Kevin McCormick which he has now admitted were based on false information and a non-existent court order. These documents were filed in opposition to releasing Richard I. Fine from jail.


Judge Yaffe Admitted Taking Payments From LA County

Judge Yaffe had admitted in court testimony that he was receiving illegal payments from L. A County who was a party to the case. In 2008 the Sturgeon vs County of Los Angeles case held that the County payments to State Judges was illegal and unconstitutional. It has been estimated that State Superior Court Judges have received over $300 million in illegal payments from the County since 1987 and have failed to disclose this fact to litigants in the courtroom.


On October 13, 2010 the Fourth District Califorinia Court of Appeal will hold Oral Arguements in the Sturgeon vs County of LA case where the Judicial Watch organization is seeking Injunctive Relief to stop the illegal County payments to State Judges that are now $57,000 per judge per year on top of their State Salary of $180,000. These developments have caused considerable tension within the Superior Court and Judge David Yaffe especially regarding the handling of the Richard I Fine case. The announcement a few weeks ago that Yaffe was going to retire in November before his term of office was to expire led to speculation that Yaffe was "resigning" rather than retiring from office.



Why Did Judge Yaffe Reconsider Fine's “Coercive Confinement”

When writing his release Order, Judge Yaffe questioned “whether Fine’s continued confinement serves any useful purpose.” He went on to justify his original Contempt Order and indefinite sentence of Dr. Fine with the following statement:

“By keeping him incarcerated for 18 months, the court has deterred others from defying its orders to the extent that it is possible to do so given the facts of this case.” Judge David P. Yaffe

Read Entire Order Here



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State Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe

Resigned From Office Effective November 1, 2010



Judicial Obstruction of Justice Prosecution Demanded

Richard Fine submitted a September 3, 2010 letter to California Attorney General Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown, Jr., Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, U. S. Attorney Andre Birotte, Jr., and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting Grand Jury Investigations and Indictments of Yaffe and 21 other State and Federal Court Judges.



The Concluding Statement Of Richard Fine's Investigation Demand 9-23-10:

“Since the judiciary has clearly shown itself both incapable and unwilling to root out the corruption within its ranks, the responsibility falls upon each of you as the respective leaders of our law enforcement agencies to prosecute the wrongdoers. Rid our Federal, State and Municipal Governments of corrupt politicians and remove all corrupt judges from office.”

“At the present time, our judiciary is akin to one which has been ‘purchased’ by the cartels in Mexico or subject to the corruption in Iraq, Iran or Afghanistan.”

“The State trial court judges in LA County have been ‘purchased’ over the last 23 years for $300 million. Judge Yaffe has been ‘purchased’ for $500,000. Ninety percent of the California trial judges in 55 of the 58 counties have been ‘purchased.’ The federal judiciary, up through the U.S. Supreme Court, has been complicit and has allowed this to happen, irrespective of all Supreme Court precedent forbidding such.”

“I have provided you the facts to start your grand juries. As a former Justice Department lawyer who indicted GM and Ford for price fixing and investigated international pulp, paper and newsprint cartels through the use of grand juries, I have complete confidence that, with a concerted effort, each of you will be successful.”

“Once that success is achieved, the United States will again have the finest judicial system in the world.” View Entire Document Here


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Monday, September 13, 2010

SAVING THE PUBLIC ACCESS TV CHANNELS IN AMERICA


Los Angeles, CA The loss of all the public access cable channels in Los Angeles shocked the entire community including many of the Hollywood personalities and industry professionals got their start on the public access television. Many of them have come together with local cable producers to restore what was lost following an ugly legislative battle in Sacramento in 2006, where the telecom and cable companies in collusion with government officials killed the public access channels Los Angeles.

The Full Disclosure Network® presents a six minute preview of a four-part special series featuring prominent luminaries and civic leaders who describe reasons why they have joined the battle ahead to bring back public access channels in L.A. they are: Seven time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner, Vin Di Bona the Executive Producer of America's Funniest Home Videos, Stanley Sheinbaum Former U C Regent & ACLU First Amendment Advocate, Ron Kaye, a long-time Editor L A Daily News and B. Scott Minerd Chief Investment Officer Guggenheim Partners and David R. Hernandez, Civic Activist. The series is hosted by Emmy Award winner Leslie Dutton.

The documentary series also features the never reported testimony of L A City officials and public access producers in as they appeared in the official debate prior to the City's decision to shut down the channels.Others appearing in the are community cable producers and operators across the nation who tell Full Disclosure Network the benefits of public access programming to the community, they are: Ron Cooper of Sacramento Access,
, Elaine Alston, James Caviness and Robert Sherreta of DCTV and Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Arthur Poma and Steve Creeger all former cable company operatives.

There are twelve segments in the Documentary that explain the purpose of Public Access television, the history, the battle ground and hope for the future battle to save this valueable public asset.

TWELVE SEGMENTS COMING SOON:
Segment #1 (8 min) "LA Public Access TV Fight Gains Interest Across America"
Segment #2 (8 min) "Unique Content and Issues Ignored By Commercial Media"
Segment #3 (8 min) "Cities Drop Public Channels But Keep Franchise Fees Intended For PEG Channels"
Segment #4 (8 min) "Public Access TV Was Training Ground For Industry"
Segment #5 (8 min) "Public Access Programming Inspired Youth & Community"
Segment# 6 (8 min) "PEG Public, Educational & Government Channels Threatened"
Segment #7 (8 min) "Public Access TV Funds Diverted By City Government"
Segment #8 (8 min) "City Officials Blame State for Los of Local Public Access TV"
Segment #9 (8 min) "Federal Legislation For Cable Fees Use In Operations Funding Stalled in Congress"
Segment #10 (8 min) "Internet Is No Replacement for the Public Access Audience"
Segment #11 (8 min) "Why Politicians Aren't Interested In Restoring Public Access TV"
Segment #12 (8 min) " Restore LA Public Access TV: Public Television Industry Corporation (P-TIC) To"

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Obstruction of Justice: California Judges Target of Indictment & Grand Jury Demand

California Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe
Resigned Before Term Expires




Washington D.C. Since March of 2009, the Full Disclosure Network® has been reporting on the issue of Corruption in the California Courts and Judiciary. Throughout 2009 to date, we have produced an on-going cable television series and Internet news reports of the breaking developments. Here is the latest:


FEDERAL & STATE INDICTMENTS OF CALIFORNIA JUDGES SOUGHT
Dr. Richard I. Fine, a prominent 70-year-old former U.S. Prosecutor who served with the Department of Justice in the Anti-Trust Division in Washington D. C., has filed a demand for Grand Jury indictments, naming twenty-two California Judges whom he claims have been obstructing justice in the U. S. and California Courts. The demand was submitted to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, California's A.G. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown, Jr. , Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte, Jr. View Document Here


Richard Fine's Call For Citizen Action: Please Download & Print Flyer Here



NEVER CHARGED OR CONVICTED OF A CRIME
Richard Fine has been held in solitary "Coercive Confinement" for over eighteen months in L.A. Men’s Central Jail after State Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe held him in civil contempt of court on March 4, 2009. His crime? He attempted to disqualify the Judge who had admitted taking illegal payments from a party involved in the case before him. That party was the County of L.A., where the County Counsel's website reports that, since 2005, Judges always ruled in favor of the County except for three cases. Fine also reveals in his indictment demand that, since1987, State Superior Court Judges in L.A. have received $300 million in illegal payments from the county. (Read Yaffe's Court Transcript Here)




JUDICIAL OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

The Demand submitted by Fine cites specific cases where illegal payments to Judges led to obstruction of justice, including one such case where State Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe admitted in court testimony to taking the illegal payments. Fine also cites where Judge Yaffe admitted in his Minute Order on July 13, 2010 that he lied to the higher courts when ruling against him following Fine’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court citing "Fraud Upon the Court"


YAFFE RESIGNS UNDER FIRE
It is believed the unexpected resignation of State Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe a few weeks ago was prompted by both the Richard I Fine case and the Sturgeon vs. County of L.A. case won by the Judicial Watch organization. The November 2008 Sturgeon ruling held the County payments to State Judges was illegal. The California Judicial Council quietly slipped through state legislation (Senate Bill SBx2-11) in February 2009 at the height of the budget crisis attempting to legalize the payments. The questionable law calls for retroactive immunity from criminal and civil prosecution for all California Judges and government officials involved in the scheme.



WATCH VIDEOS ON THE CORRUPTION STORY:

Richard Fine Jail House Interview Preview (4 Min)


Summary: Richard Fine & Sturgeon Case (6 min)

Update: On Fine Case & Judge Yaffe Admission (5 Min)

Why Can't the ACLU Help Richard Fine? (7 min)

Please Download Richard Fine’s Call To Action: PRINT Flyer Here








Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Should L A's Billion Dollar Schools Be Investigated, Prosecuted?


Belmont Learning Center
aka Vista Hermosa aka Edward R. Roybal High School


Los Angeles, CA Recent news reports shed light on the world’s most expensive high schools located in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Cost estimates range from a billion to two billion dollars for just two high schools. The Belmont Learning Center, cost reaching a billion in construction and financing and the Robert F. Kennedy High School over half a billion without financing. The reports set off alarm bells reaching across the nation as School Districts in California were notified this week the State has deferred some $6 billion in subsidies to schools and counties, to assure payments to bondholders will be met. The subsides of $2.9 billion deferred starting September in addition to $3.5 billion deferred in July.

SCHOOL OFFICIALS TOUT BILLION DOLLAR SCHOOL

The 2008 opening of Belmont High School is presented in a Full Disclosure Network seven minute video preview of an on-going cable TV series. Critics describe the billion dollar project built atop an oil field where new and never occupied buildings were demolished (watch 5 min video) and then rebuilt but remains only partially finished. The school is now, named Edward R. Roybal High School, to avoid association with the Belmont construction.

BELMONT FRAUD INVESTIGATED BUT NOT PROSECUTED

District Attorney Steve Cooley, the Republican candidate for California Attorney General spent over a million dollars investigating what was described as “fraud, waste and abuse” of taxpayer dollars at Belmont and in 2003 declined prosecution and issued a report entitled “ Lessons Learned” that investigators involved in the process said was a “whitewash”. Watch this Full Disclosure video (7 min) featuring clips of D A investigators describing the fiasco that is part of an series of eleven interviews with those involved.

WHO WILL PROSECUTE BILLION DOLLAR SCHOOLS IN CALIFORNIA?

Critics have suggested that Steve Cooley declines to prosecute big dollar crimes and investigates only the easiest corruption cases such as the tiny City of Bell where the L A Times did all the investigation and exposed the players that Cooley is only now “investigating.” And observers are wondering if elected as California Attorney General if Cooley will take a more aggressive stance in prosecuting corruption, waste, fraud and abuse than he has in the past?“fraud, waste and abuse” of taxpayer dollars at Belmont and in 2003 declined prosecution and issued a report entitled “ Lessons Learned” that investigators involved in the process said was a “whitewash”. Watch this Full Disclosure video (7 min) featuring clips of D A investigators describing the fiasco that is part of an series of eleven interviews with those involved.

Critics have suggested that Steve Cooley declines to prosecute big dollar crimes and investigates only the easiest corruption cases such as the tiny City of Bell where the L A Times did all the investigation and exposed the players that Cooley is only now “investigating.” And observers are wondering if elected as California Attorney General if Cooley will take a more aggressive stance in prosecuting corruption, waste, fraud and abuse than he has in the past?

RELATED LINKS ON L A SCHOOLS:

Bloomberg News: State Delays School Subsidies (Tuesday)August 23, 2010
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-23/california-delays-2-9-billion-school-county-payments-amid-budget-impasse.html

LAUSD Belmont: Toxic School Site?
http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Program_Details/416-417_Toxic-Site-Belmont.htm

The Black Hole of School Construction: Belmont (video 3 min)
http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/444-5_belmontblackhole_preview.php

What is The Full Disclosure Network®?
http://fulldisclosure.net/Documents/OnePagerForReleases7-19-10.pdf