Friday, July 1, 2016

Whistleblower Report Reveals Serial Misconduct by Contra Costa County Judge Bruce Mills Resulted in Repeated CJP Wrist Slaps

Judge Bruce C. Mills
A report cataloging serial acts of misconduct spanning more than 10 years by Judge Bruce C. Mills has been leaked to the public by a court watchdog and whistleblower group.

The 51-page dossier collected both public and "secret" discipline prosecutions against the judge by the Commission on Judicial Performance, the state agency responsible for judge oversight and accountability. The report is embedded at the end of this post.

The report reveals that in addition to two well known public disciplinary actions taken against the veteran Contra Costa County jurist, Mills was also found guilty in three additional incidents where the type of discipline and name of the offender were "private" and not revealed to the public.

The group identified Mills as the offending judge in the secret proceedings by reverse engineering details from the public disciplinary actions and cross referencing the information with old CJP annual reports. The acts of public and private misconduct occurred in 2001, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2013. 

Judge Bruce Clayton Mills was appointed to the bench by Governor Pete Wilson in July, 1995. Mills worked as a Contra Costa County prosecutor from 1985-95, and was in private practice from 1984-87. The judge is a 1984 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Complaints Against California Judges Sought for Court Reform Group CJP Investigative Reporting Project

Third District Court of Appeal Sacramento Justice Vance Raye, Justice Ronald Robie, Justice Cole Blease - Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Kevin Culhane, Judge James Mize, Judge Matthew Gary, Judge Thadd Blizzard - California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye Judicial Council of California - Judge Morrison England US District Court Eastern District of California Judge Kendall Newman, Judge Troy Nunley, Judge Garland Burrell

The production team for the 2014 documentary film Divorce Corp is assisting Court Reform LLC in compiling and cataloging California judge misconduct complaints, according to an email leaked to Commission on Judicial Performance Report: 
Are you in California? Have you been the victim of judicial misconduct? If so, please read on.
Court Reform, LLC, an organization based in the San Francisco Bay area, is working to bring increased transparency and accountability to the California government agency responsible for investigating and disciplining misconduct by judges; the Commission on Judicial Performance.
Court Reform is working with investigative reporters at a major news agency and needs cases of documented misconduct in California by judges that were reported to the Commission of Judicial Performance in which no action was taken by the Commission.
If you or someone you know, has a documented case of clear judicial misconduct in California, please contact Joe Sweeney at
Please do not email Divorce Corp. Instead send your information directly to Joe Sweeney at Court Reform using the email address above. Please note that only documented cases reported to the Commission on Judicial Performance, and where no action was taken by the Commission, can be used.
Many thanks,
The Divorce Corp Team
The movie catalogued controversy and corruption in divorce and family law courts throughout the United States, and designated Sacramento County as one of the most corrupt in the nation. 

Government whistleblowers have documented that the family law division of the Central Valley jurisdiction essentially operates as a racketeering organization. The allegations involve collusion between judges and local divorce lawyers who also work as ostensible "volunteer" temporary judges in the same court. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Calls Commission on Judicial Performance Sleeping, Toothless Watchdog, Secretive as the CIA

California Judiciary's Toothless Watchdog, San Francisco Chronicle:
"The Commission on Judicial Performance is as secretive about its operations as the CIA. In response to a public records request from First Amendment Coalition, a nonprofit that has greatly improved Californians’ access to government records, the panel refused to disclose complaints or even the number of complaints filed by judge or by county.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Court Watchdog Group Invokes Canon 3D(1), Demands Sacramento Superior Court Presiding Judge Kevin Culhane Rectify Improper Judge-Clerk Relationship

California Supreme Court Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar, Justice Ming W. Chin, Justice Carol A. Corrigan, Justice Goodwin H. Liu, Justice Mariano Florentino-Cuellar, Justice Leondra R. Kruger Supreme Court of California
Kern County Judge Cory Woodward was punished by the Commission on Judicial Performance for having an improper personal relationship with his courtroom clerk. Sacramento County Judge Matthew Gary reportedly has had a similar relationship with his courtroom clerk, Christina Arcuri, for at least four years. 

"[I]t is time for this charade to end." 

Sacramento Family Court Corruption, a Facebook watchdog group with over 600 followers, has issued an open letter to Sacramento County Presiding Judge Kevin Culhane regarding an alleged improper relationship between a Sacramento Superior Court judge and his courtroom clerk. 

The whistleblower group alleges that Judge Matthew Gary has been in a consensual, personal relationship with his clerk, Christina Arcuri for more than five years. Both Gary and Arcuri also have been involved in a number of controversies involving the alleged mistreatment of indigent, disabled, and financially disadvantaged family court parties who are self-represented.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Embattled CJP Director Victoria Henley Gets Earful at California Assembly Budget Committee Hearing

In this video clip, Commission on Judicial Performance whistleblower and court reform advocate Joe Sweeney testifies at a California Assembly Budget Committee hearing on March 28, 2016. The commission is solely responsible for oversight and accountability of judges in the state. 

Several days before the hearing, Sweeney's court modernization and reform organization, Court Reform LLC, released a 78-page report which raised questions about CJP judicial misconduct statistical data and how the agency spends taxpayer funds. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Florida Judge Punished For Rudeness in Legally Jailing Family Court Witness - California Judge Who Illegally Jailed Family Court Parent Remains Unaccountable, Unpunished

 3rd District Court of Appeal Judge Cole Blease, Judge Ronald Robie, Judge George Nicholson Third District Court - Victoria Henley Commission on Judicial Performance Director CJP Victoria B. Henley Chief Counsel - Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin Culhane, Judge James Mize,

In August 2014, Commission on Judicial Performance Report posted an article about a government whistleblower leaked courtroom security video from Sacramento County. The video recorded controversial Judge Matthew Gary ordering the arrest and incarceration of family court reform activist Robert Saunders in 2009. 

As we reported, two outside independent judges who reviewed the incident determined that the arrest was illegal. The criminal charges against Saunders, including resisting arrest, were dismissed by Judge Richard Gilmour. 

Despite both video and documentary proof that Judge Matthew Gary's actions were illegal, and a violation of multiple sections of the Code of Judicial Ethics, after seven years the Commission on Judicial Performance has failed or refused to discipline the judge.