Los Angeles, CA Supporters of jailed anti-trust attorney Richard I. Fine launched the first of several planned protests across the nation today in front of the Superior Court building. Fine has been held in solitary, "Coercive Confinement" in the Los Angeles County Central Men's jail at the order of State Superior Court Judge David Yaffe who had accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal payments from the County of Los Angeles. Fine has been held for over a year, without charges being filed, without conviction, without bail, hearing date or release date.
At the request of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg, the Supreme Court Justices will have Fine's application for "Stay of Execution" submitted before them on Friday, April 23, 2010 and announce their decision on Monday, April 26th, as to their decision whether deny his application, act immediately,= to release him, or to take up matter for a full court review. There is long standing Supreme Court precedent IN RE FARR 1974 that held no person shall be held more than five days in "coercive confinement" for civil contempt of court. In the case of William T. Farr, an L. A. Times and Herald Examiner reporter at the Time, refused to divulge his sources, under Judicial order, on moral grounds. Richard Fine contends that Judge Yaffe's Order was illegal as he refused to recuse himself from the case where he had accepted illegal payments from a party to the case (County of L.A.)