Saturday, March 27, 2010

California, U.S. Courts Torturing L. A. Political Prisoner......Video (4.27 min)

Larry John, discusses the UN "Torture" complaint
filed with on behalf of Richard I Fine, Ph.D. with FDN

Los Angeles, CA The Full Disclosure Network®presents a four minute video preview of an hour-long interview with Lawrence John, II a decorated former military and civilian police officer who filed a Human Rights Commission complaint with the United Nations on behalf of political prisoner Richard I. Fine who has been held in the L.A. Central Men’s jail for over a year in solitary “Coercive Confinement” for civil contempt of court.

DEMAND FOR A HEARING
The complaint filed was made public by Richard I. Fine on March 25, 2001 in his Superior Court “Demand for an Immediate ‘Farr Hearing’” that includes the U. N. Complaint, a declaration by Fine describing how the California and United States Courts have intentionally violated Court Rules, legal ethics and his basic civil and human rights.

TORTURE EXPOSED
In the interview Mr. Johns describes the “Torture” and conditions under which Dr. Fine has be forced to live for over a year. He was jailed on March 4, 2009, without being convicted of crime, without a hearing date, release date. When Dr. Fine’s upper dental place broke on Jan. 5, 2010 his ability to eat was severely impaired. L.A. County Sheriff’s Department refused to respond for almost two months, claiming they could not repair it and would not replace it. Only after Dr. Fine filed numerous “ inmate complaints” received media attention did the Sheriff's Department act to fix the dental plate.

The complete two-part interview is to be featured on public cable channels in major cities across the country and on the Internet. DVDs are available from this website here.

RELATED VIDEOS & LINKS

Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee Syndicated Column On Politics of Fine Case 3-11-10

Why Can't The ACLU Help Richard I. Fine?

U. S. Ninth Circuit Court Covers Up Corruption

Monday, March 22, 2010

RON KAYE REFLECTS ON THE RICHARD I. FINE CASE: Where Has Los Angeles Politics and Justice Gone Wrong?


Los Angeles, CA Full Disclosure Network® presents a unique television interview with Ron Kaye, former Los Angeles Daily News Editor (1984-2008) as a part of an on-going cable TV series covering the criminal persecution of attorney Richard I. Fine who has been in solitary “coercive confinement” in the Los Angeles County since March 4, 2009.

Full Disclosure Network’s® nine minute video preview of the one hour interview with Ron Kaye is featured here. The complete interview is to be released soon on cable TV stations in major cities across the nation, and online. In this interview Ron Kaye shares his observations regarding the treatment of Richard Fine and the political circumstances in City and County of Los Angeles that have fostered abuse of the justice system and individual civil rights.

A veteran newsman and long time editor Ron Kaye has become a community activist and organizer, helping to found the Saving LA Project. He also writes on Los Angeles issues on his own Blog http://www.RonKayeLA.com/. He is a frequent speaker at community groups on the need to get informed and involved in the effort to make L A a city of great schools and neighborhoods, a city with a healthy business climate and good jobs, a city where the people are respected and have a seat at the table of power. His website http://www.OurLa.org/ is a clearinghouse for community activist journalists to share information and promote government accountability.

DVDS OF RON KAYE SERIES AVAILABLE HERE

Friday, March 19, 2010

FULL DISCLOSURE FINDS OUT WHY SHERIFF BACA OK’d INMATE INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD FINE


Los Angeles, CA. Learn the real reasons why L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca granted an inmate interview on March 10, 2010 with attorney Richard I Fine who has been held in L.A. Central Men’s Jail for over a year in solitary “coercive confinement” for civil contempt of court. Having never been convicted of a crime, with no release date, no hearing date and no bail, Full Disclosure was determined to get an in person interview, in the jail to learn how he was doing. Watch five minute video here

Full Disclosure Network® had been denied access to interview the 70 year old Mr. Fine many times over the past year, but suddenly, the Sheriff changed his mind. Watch this 7min video news report to find out why.

Featured in this video Full Disclosure’s Leslie Duttonand Senior Media Advisor to Sheriff Baca, Steve Whitmore as he explains the concerns, hazards and dangers posed to reporters who want access for interviews with inmates being held in the jail.

The full one-hour interview with Richard I. Fine is to be release soon to cable channels and on the internet. Fine will describe the year in solitary confinement and how he has been treated and the problems and challenges encountered.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Jailed Attorney Richard I Fine Reveals Cause of Court Corruption............ Interview Excerpt (2 min)

Leslie Dutton & Richard I. Fine L.A. County Jail March 10, 2010












CLICK ON AUDIO PLAYER TO HEAR EXCERPT (2 min)
Los Angeles, CA. Was it just a coincidence that L. A. County never lost a case decided by a judge in the Los Angeles Superior Court over the last two decades? According to prominent anti-trust attorney Richard I. Fine, all but two cases, decided by judges where the County was a litigant in the case, were ruled in favor of the County. He cites this fact was reported on the County Counsel's own website in the anual litigation reports. When Fine discovered the judges were receiving huge sums of money from the county illegally over the past two decades he understood what was happening. He raised the issue in the court room asking Judge David Yaffe to disqualify himself from hearing the case. Fine was held in civil contempt of the Court and ordered held in jail in solitary "coercive confinement" on March 4, 2009 and has been there ever since.

AUDIO PREVIEW: RICHARD FINE ON "CAUSE OF CORRUPTION"
The Full Disclosure Network® presents a 2 minute audio clip from our jail interview with inmate Richard I. Fine where is pinpoints the source of corruption in L. A. County Courts. The entire one-hour is to be released to cable stations throughout California and in major cities across the country in April.


FEDERAL LAWSUIT PROMPTED SHERIFF TO OK INTERVIEW ?
On March 11, 2010 County Sheriff Leroy Baca reversed his long standing opposition to an interview with judicial corruption fighter Richard I Fine who has been held in L.A. County Central Men’s Jail for over a year, without a conviction, a jury trial, a release date or even a hearing date. Baca’s decision to let Full Disclosure Network® Producers Leslie Dutton and T. J. Johnston video record a one-hour interview with Fine in the jail came almost two months after Sterling Norris of the Judicial Watch, the public interest legal organization filed a lawsuit in the U.S. California Central District. The complaint requested declaratory relief asking the court to hold the Sheriff’s policy regarding media requests for inmate interviews unlawful on the basis of violations of First Amendment Rights of the Press.


RADIO, TV NEWS ASSN. ENDORSED LAWSUIT
Within days of filing the lawsuit on behalf of the Full Disclosure Network® the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles based Radio Television News Association (RTNA) passed a resolution supporting the litigation challenging the Sheriff's exclusionary policy.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Early Prisoner Releases, County Audit Expose L A County Incapable In Public Safety Crisis?

L A County Sheriff Leroy Baca..."I left it up to my Chiefs to decide"

Los Angeles, CA In an Audit of the County Sheriff's Department dated December 2009, L.A. County Auditor-Controller Wendy L. Watanabe's office found that 348 Sheriff deputies worked more than 900 hours of overtime between March 2007 and February 2008. This would equal an extra six months of full-time work. Sheriff Baca's management style has come under scrutiny for excessive overtime and 60 bonus payments that were unsubstantiated. The audit found that over the last five years, the department had exceeded its overtime budget by an average of 104 percent for each year.

WHO IS IN CHARGE?
On Thursday March 5, 2010 the L.A. Times reported that out of the anticipated 1,100 L A County Jail inmates to be released, 200 had been early released that week and "Baca said he had not been informed about the releases" and "I left it up to my Chiefs to decide" and as reported that Baca said his staff moved forward without consulting him. According to Alexander Kim, LASD Chief of the division in charge of releases "his staff had been discussing the possibility of early releases for some time and had decided to move forward without consulting Baca."

OVERTIME & BONUS COSTS vs RELEASING INMATES.
So in response to the acellerating pressure of the fiscal crisis, The Sheriff'f staff released 200 inmates with 900 more to go soon, all serving only 50% of their sentences, to help with the budget Those released had been serving time for such offenses as forgery, petty theft, identity theft, drunk driving and drug and substance abuse related crimes. In an interview on Public Radio Baca declined to speculate on whether the early release of convicted criminals would increase crime.“I don’t know if I can fully answer whether it will or not," Baca said. "I don’t think it will. Watch 7 min video debate on Early Releases featuring high ranking L A Sheriff's Officials.


CRISIS IN LOS ANGELES? NOT PREPARED FOR 8000 PLUS CONVICTS
L A County Probation Commissioner Gabriella Holt who also serves on the Los Angeles Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee provided the following reaction to this week's developments. "The compound effect of the state's early release of un-supervised criminal offenders with the additionally released county prisoners, places an additional 200 non violent offenders on Los Angeles County streets swelling the early released criminal population to nearly 8000 countywide with another 900 to be released soon. The impact to pubic safety at this time is unknown. Add in the downsizing of sheriff's on patrol and decrease in overtime, Los Angelenos will be inordinately vulnerable to increased crime and be placed in public safety peril of unknown magnitude.

"Citizens need to be aware of this increased potential for crime and take extra measures, and precautions, to protect themselves, their families, their homes and their businesses." According to Commissioner Holt, there was no notice or preparation to the county prior to release of the 200 L.A. County Jail inmates this week."

WARNING: CRIME TO INCREASE WITH REPEAT OFFENDERS
Steve Ipsen, President of the L.A. County Deputy District Attorney's Association told Full Disclosure that "Early Inmate Release goes completely against the ruling of the voters in California when they approved a Constitutional Amendment enacted in 2008 . Known as Marcy's Law , it prohibits early releases to protect the public and to deter criminal behavior. Early releases create more expense not less, when considering the cost for law enforcement, jails, courts and police who are faced with repeat offenders and who must be re-processed," He pointed out that "The County Board of Supervisors funds the county jail system as a constitutional right to victims to make certain that early releases do not occur. (Article1 Section 28)," he said." Watch 8 min Video on Politics & Prisoner Releases featuring Steve Ipsen.

EARLY RELEASES TO SAVE $26 MILLION
According to Steve Whitmore, Media Advisor to Sheriff Leroy Baca the Department expects to save approximately $26 million dollars by early releasing some 1,100 convicted criminals. He says "the figure is based on the assumption that each of them who are housed in the North Facility, L. A. County jail dormitories are costing approximately $82 each per day".

Related Video: '06 Sheriff Candidates Debate Issues & Early Releases in L A County (28:30 min)

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS CRY FOUL AT SHERIFF'S PLAN
In reaction, Ipsen said "What the citizens of L A County know well is that the cost and the damage these criminals will do is far more than $82 per day and the cost to the justice system is far greater to the Police Department and the Court system to gain a conviction only to face early releases again. This is the beginning of the catch and release process that encourages criminals to commit crimes because there is no punishment."

POLITICAL PRISONER FINE & HIPOCRISY OF EARLY RELEASE POLICY

When Full Disclosure asked Steve Whitmore how much it was costing the Department to hold 70 yr old attorney Richard I. Fine in solitary "Coercive Confinement for civil contempt of court for this past year, 368 days, his response was that we should use the same figure to compute the total cost. $82 per day for 365 days equals $30,000. But the prisoners being released were staying in dormitories, not a solitary cell, so this could be easily be disputed.

Even though Fine has never been convicted of a crime, nor had a jury trial, he is always accompanied to the showers to the visitors area and to the infirmary, everywhere, by Sheriff's personnel at all times. and this costs the County money. Being a senior citizen, he has experienced health problems visiting the jail infirmary and dental clinics numerous times during the year. He has been treated for swelling in the legs and feet, infections, skin rash and "jail house" fungus, high blood pressure, tooth abscesses and upper denture replacement. If and when Fine is finally released, cost to the county could possibly match the entire savings gained by early release of the 1,100 convicted inmates.

AT GREAT COST TO COUNTY SHERIFF BACA CONTINUES TO HOLD RICHARD FINE
Could it be that Sheriff Baca has overlooked the need for "Risk Management". Mr. Fine has continually raised the issue in his complaints to the Sheriff and the courts that he is being held unlawfully by the Sheriff. The Sheriff has refused to respond to Mr. Fine's Writ of Habeas Corpus even though the U. S. District Court ordered him to do so as the Respondent. T

U S SUPREME COURT PRECEDENT IN WILLIAM FARR (L.A.Times Case)
In light of the U.S Supreme Court precedent (In Re Farr, 1974) that held no person should be held in "coercive confinement" for civil contempt of court more than five days and Fine is now starting into his second year. The only reason Mr. Fine is in the County jail is that he attempted to disqualify Superior Court Judge David Yaffe for having taking illegal payments from the L A County who was a party to the case involved. This has to be and should be a concern for the Sheriff, there is a likelihood for extensive litigation once Mr. Fine is free. The Sheriff and the County will have to explain why they ignored the U.S. Supreme Court precedent cases and have held him for more than a year without a conviction.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Sheriff & Judge Holding Richard I. Fine, Now One Year In Solitary "Coercive Confinement (Video 7 minutes)


Los Angeles, CA. On March 4, 2010 it will be one year in the L.A. County Jail for Richard I. Fine, who accused Superior Court Judge David Yaffe of corruption for taking illegal payments from the L.A. County in a case involving the County of Los Angeles. The ACLU has been called in to prevent inmate abuse by the L. A. County Jailers who are holding Fine in solitary “Coercive Confinement” in Central Men’s jail for contempt of court by order of Superior Court Judge Yaffe. Watch this seven minute video interview

Having never been convicted of a crime, Richard I. Fine is a 70 year old anti-trust attorney, who holds a Ph.D in International Law, who has been held without a trial and without bail and no hearing or release date. These circumstances are in violation of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, In Re Farr (1974), where the five day limit on holding a person in “coercive confinement” for civil contempt of court cases must apply.

The ACLU had previously informed Mr. Fine’s family and Full Disclosure that they were unable to assist him. But when his upper dental plate broke on January 5, 2010 he complained to his jailers that he could not eat without them, he realized he desperately needed their help.

Full Disclosure called Actor Ed Asner, long known as a humanitarian and who was recently honored by the ACLU for his devotion to preserving Civil Liberties. Mr. Asner unhesitatingly offered to call Ramona Ripston executive director of the ACLU and wife of prominent Ninth Circuit Court Judge Steven Reinhardt, to request help for Mr. Fine. For years the ACLU has served as court appointed monitor for the L. A. County jails to prevent inmate abuse and assure attention to inmate health care complaints.

Watch this 7 minute video news update report featuring:

· Mary Tiedeman ACLU Jail Project Coordinator
· Peter Eliasberg ACLU Managing Attorney
· Richard I. Fine by collect telephone call from his jail cell



Related Links:

Ed Asner, Requests Medical Updates On Richard Fine

L A Sheriff Denies Full Disclosure Interview of Richard Fine

Inmate Complaint Claims Sheriff Guilty of Unlawful Imprisonment