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."



2 comments:

  1. Let's all hope that the practice of paying these judges bonuses for ruling on behalf of the city in court cases will come to an end as a result of Mr. Fine's courageous actions. The Judge who put him in coercive solitary confinement should be jailed himself...preferably, for 1 months in solitary confinement.

    Yaffe's actions are so incredibly malicious, vindictive, and predatory, it's truly amazing. He basically sentenced an innocent man to 18 months in the "hole" for exposing Yaffe's participation in an illegal program of bribes, which is ongoing. Then in an act equally outrageous, the city and the judges conspired with the state legislature to pass a statute which supposedly legalizes this unlawful program of paying bribes to judges in exchange for preferential treatment in lawsuits the city is a party to.

    This whole affairs demonstrates the depraved condition of our so called courts system.

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  2. The longer the D/A's look the other way on this serious issue, the more harm and damage the courts inflict on the people of California. Our courts are a criminal cabal, the new world Mafia. There is NO HONOR in our just-us cesspool anymore, it's all just a dog and pony show.

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