Monday, May 31, 2010

California Officials Caught On Tape In DC: Dodge Open Meeting Law (Video 10 min)

Top Row: Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky, Mark Ridely-Thomas
Bottom Row: Supervisors Michael Antonovich, Don Kabe, Gloria Molina


Washington DC
The public and the press was barred from attending five of the ten official public meetings called by the L A County Board of Supervisors on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on May 5th and 6th 2010, Traveling with the Board was the County's Chief Executive Officer, the County Counsel and at least a dozen of the highest ranking administrators all of who were on hand to discuss agenda items such as the Obama Health Care Plan, Funding for needy families and criminal alien assistance programs. But when the Full Disclosure reporter and camera crew showed up all hell broke loose.



PRIVATE MEETINGS FORBIDDEN BY LAW

County Supervisors had ten meetings scheduled in the Senate and Congressional offices and the White House for the two day event. Full Disclosure's Reporter Janet Levy and the three-man camera crew were prohibited from entering the public noticed meetings by county staff and were told that it was the members of Congress who objected to having the public and camera crew in the meetings. However as Federal officials they are not subject to the California Brown Act that prohibits a majority (three or more) of the County Supervisors from meeting in private under the "Open Meeting Law".



CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION MEMBERS INVOLVED?

Full Disclosure
showed up to the Capitol Hill offices of Senators Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Congress Members Henry Waxman, Judy Chu, Jane Harman, Maxine Waters, Linda Sanchez and Xavier Becerra and they were met by L A County staff objections, restrictions and outright
cancellations and were completely barred from the White House meeting although the White House meeting had been noticed as "public". Reporter Janet Levy was told on camera that two Supervisors would be meeting "privately" with the Congress Members. However in the case of the White House, Supervisors apparently all attended while the public was barred.


Watch this ten minute video preview of what happened. Featuring reporter Janet Levy and Ron Kaye, Editor L A Daily News (1984-2008) as a guest commentator.



DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO INVESTIGATE?
Full Disclosure Network
has submitted a request for public documents and assistance from public interest lawfirm as part of our series on Government Accountability, to include a referral to for L A County District Attorney Steve Cooley who is charged with enforcing the open meeting laws. Starting in June, the first of two-half hour Full Disclosure Programs covering Government Accountability and "open meetings" will be shown on community cable channels throughout California and in major cities across the United States, including Washington D.C.and on the world wide Internet. DVD copies of the two-part series covering the meetings and events can be ordered from the Full Disclosure website here.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Update: Jailed Attorney Richard Fine's Judge Confirmed Conflicts In Court Testimony (Video 5 min)

JUDICIAL TESTIMONY ADMITS CONFLICT & REMORSE

Los Angeles, CA The U S Supreme Court twice denied a hearing to court corruption fighter and jailed attorney Richard I. Fine (Fine vs L A County Sheriff Leroy Baca Case No. 09-A827 and No. 09-1250) During a four week period in April and May 2010 the Court denied the two appeals without comment indicating they are disposed to ignore the long held U S Supreme Court precendent case IN RE FARR, where in 1974 Justice William O Douglas limited to five days the time that a person can be held in solitary "coercive confinement" for civil contempt of court. Fine has been held in those conditions since March 4, 2009.

JUDICIAL CONFLICT ADMITTED IN COURT TESTIMONY
Although Fine has never been charged or convicted of a crime he was jailed following an attempt to disqualify Judge David P. Yaffe from sitting on a case where he had accepted payments from a party ot the case. The fact that Judge Yaffe refused to step down from the case and instead presided on the case where he himself was invovled and then ordered Fine to jail has been verified by the Judge's on Court Testimony citing the conflict, and stating that he was "troubled" by the fact that he was being called as a witness in Fine's contempt case where he himself was sitting as the judge.


ATTORNEY PERSISTS AGAINST COURT CORRUPTION
Here is an exclusive Full Disclosure Network five minute video update on developments in the Richard I Fine "coercive confinement" case. Appearing in the video is Professor Daniel Henry Gottlieb, who reads from the court transcript and Leslie Dutton providing a summary of the developments.

DUE PROCESS & CIVIL RIGHTS THREATENED
Richard I. Fine, holds a PhD in International Law, and a former U S Department of Justice Anti-Trust attonrey who became a successful Taxypayer Advocate. He has been representing himself from his jail cell in the notorious L. A. County Central Men's Jail which has been described as "worse than Gitmo" where the U. S. government has held convicted terrorists. The video covers abuse of court procedures and the failure of Civil Lilbertarians organizations to come forward in defense of the Constitutional right to "Due Process" and "Civil Rights" in America.

ATTORNEY PLANS TO WIN HIS FREEDOM
Described in the video are the circumstances that led up to Dr. Richard Fine's decision to keep on fighting from his jail cell even after the Supreme Court refused to consider the illegal payments made to Judge David Yaffe who ordered Fine held indefinitely in contempt of court following Fine's exposing the court's corruption. Confident in his moral position Fine remains in jail and dedicated to what he believes is a moral and principled position.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

California Judges Losing Ground In Fight To Save Their Illegal Payments: Video (9 min)

DAVID & GOLIATH


Los Angeles, CA Full Disclosure Network® presents a nine minute video news update on the long protracted legal battle involving a David and Goliath fight to stop judicial, bias, bribery, conflict of interest and corruption in the California Courts.

FEATURING TWO DAVIDS WHO TOOK ON JUDICIAL GOLIATH

Richard I. Fine, jailed taxpayer advocate Attorney
Sterling Norris, Judicial Watch public interest attorney
and activist Fred Sottile who describes the circumstances of the two cases both involving Los Angeles County.
Richard I. Fine vs Sheriff Leroy Baca, L A County and Sturgeon vs County of Los Angeles that have now reached the highest courts and are expected to be resolved within the next few days after an extraordinary legal battle against all odds. Here are some of the particulars:


THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010

U S SUPREME COURT CONFERENCE HEARING

Richard I. Fine vs Sheriff Leroy Baca, L A County

Petition for Writ of Certiorari (Re: Appeal on Writ of Habeas Corpus)

U S Supreme Court Justices 2009

SHERIFF BACA THROWS IN THE TOWEL AT U S SUPREME COURT
Both Richard Fine and Sterling Norris are very positive regarding the new developments that hold promise they will win in both their cases based on the following two documents:

  • Sheriff Baca declined to respond (see waiver here) in the U S Supreme Court on Richard I. Fine's Petition for Writ of Certiorari that could free him from solitary "Coercive Confinement" in the L A County Men's Central Jail. He has been held there for fourteen months even though he has never been charged or convicted of a crime.
  • L A County and Superior Court Judges Association failed to respond in the Judicial Watch Sturgeon vs County of L. A. case causing the California 4th District Court of Appeals send this notice to respond that the case will be decided on the opening brief and oral argments presented by Judicial Watch if they do not respond by Friday May 21, 2010.


RELATED BACKGROUND LINKS & VIDEOS:

The Fight Against Illegal Judicial Benefits (6 min video)

AG Jerry Brown Ignores Judicial Crimes

Why Did Judge Yaffe Seek a Lawyer ?

Saturday, May 08, 2010

LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL ENERGY IMPLOSION LOOMS AS POLITICIANS DENY REALITY


Los Angeles, CA Corporate turn-around executive H. Andrew Thornburg is featured in new cable TV and Internet series on the Full Disclosure Network® addressing the issue of a national energy disaster that he says is being generated by politicians who are out of touch with reality. Thornburg describes how the current fiscal crisis now raging in Los Angeles, California and the nation is about to force elected officials and policy makers to change policies or face bankruptcy.

This five minute video preview of the first segment in an on-going series, focuses on the cause and effect of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's proposed 28% rate hike and points out the failure of past practices. He contends that unproven energy proposals to use solar panels on all municipal buildings are an impending disaster. He describes a widespread leadership failure to understand the basics contributing to a national energy emergency.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

L A POLITICAL PRISONER RICHARD FINE TREATED WORSE THAN TERRORISTS AT GITMO

Los Angeles, CA Full Disclosure ® presents a preview of a unique two-part interview with former LA Sheriff Sergeant Richard Valdemarand then contrasted with the actual experience of freelance journalist and national security expert Janet Levy who toured Guantanamo Bay's infamous detention center. Also included are Full Disclosure's exclusive clips from an interview with jailed attorney Richard I Finefrom L A County Central Men's jail. You'll learn first hand of the severe treatment of Dr.Richard I Fine in the custody of L A County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca.

LASD Sgt. Richard Valdemar was the supervising Sergeant during the custody of newspaper reporter William T. Farr during the Charles Manson case who worked for both the Los Angeles Times and Herald Examiner during the trial. He was held in "coercive confinement" for civil contempt of court for 47 days and won a 1974 U S Supreme Court Decision held that no person could be held over 5 days in "Coercive Confinement" for civil contempt of court."

This two-part series reveals the contrasting jail policies and conditions that existed when William T. Farr was jailed versus those of Richard I. Fine who has been held illegally for fourteen months and details how the elected officials and judges can abuse their power to selectively punish political prisoners.