Thursday, November 9, 2017

Claims of California Pro Pers Vindicated: Prominent Federal Judge Verifies Institutionalized Pro Per Bias in US Courts

United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit, Chief Judge Sidney Thomas, Judge Stephen Reinhardt, Judge Alex Kozinski, Judge Susan Graber, Judge Margaret McKeown, Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, Judge William Fletcher, Judge Ronald Gould, Judge Richard Paez, Judge Marsha Berzon, Judge Richard Tallman, Judge Johnnie Rawlinson, Judge Jay Bybee, Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan, Judge Carlos Bea, Judge Alfred Goodwin, Judge Clifford Wallace, Judge Procter Ralph Hug, Judge Mary Schroeder, Judge Joseph Farris, Judge Harry Pregerson, Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson, Judge William Canby, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, Judge Edward Levy, Judge Stephen Trott, Judge Ferdinand Fernandez, Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, Judge Wallace Tashima, Judge Barry Silverman, Judge Raymond Fisher, Judge Richard Clifton,  United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
ABA Journal: Posner: Most judges regard pro se litigants as 'kind of trash not worth the time.'


United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit, Chief Judge Sidney Thomas, Judge Stephen Reinhardt, Judge Alex Kozinski, Judge Susan Graber, Judge Margaret McKeown, Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, Judge William Fletcher, Judge Ronald Gould, Judge Richard Paez, Judge Marsha Berzon, Judge Richard Tallman, Judge Johnnie Rawlinson, Judge Jay Bybee, Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan, Judge Carlos Bea, Judge Alfred Goodwin, Judge Clifford Wallace, Judge Procter Ralph Hug, Judge Mary Schroeder, Judge Joseph Farris, Judge Harry Pregerson, Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson, Judge William Canby, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, Judge Edward Levy, Judge Stephen Trott, Judge Ferdinand Fernandez, Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, Judge Wallace Tashima, Judge Barry Silverman, Judge Raymond Fisher, Judge Richard Clifton,  United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Posner says friction on 7th Circuit bench led to his retirement.


United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit, Chief Judge Sidney Thomas, Judge Stephen Reinhardt, Judge Alex Kozinski, Judge Susan Graber, Judge Margaret McKeown, Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, Judge William Fletcher, Judge Ronald Gould, Judge Richard Paez, Judge Marsha Berzon, Judge Richard Tallman, Judge Johnnie Rawlinson, Judge Jay Bybee, Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan, Judge Carlos Bea, Judge Alfred Goodwin, Judge Clifford Wallace, Judge Procter Ralph Hug, Judge Mary Schroeder, Judge Joseph Farris, Judge Harry Pregerson, Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson, Judge William Canby, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, Judge Edward Levy, Judge Stephen Trott, Judge Ferdinand Fernandez, Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, Judge Wallace Tashima, Judge Barry Silverman, Judge Raymond Fisher, Judge Richard Clifton,  United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Above the Law: The Backstory Behind Judge Richard Posner's Retirement.

United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit, Chief Judge Sidney Thomas, Judge Stephen Reinhardt, Judge Alex Kozinski, Judge Susan Graber, Judge Margaret McKeown, Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, Judge William Fletcher, Judge Ronald Gould, Judge Richard Paez, Judge Marsha Berzon, Judge Richard Tallman, Judge Johnnie Rawlinson, Judge Jay Bybee, Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan, Judge Carlos Bea, Judge Alfred Goodwin, Judge Clifford Wallace, Judge Procter Ralph Hug, Judge Mary Schroeder, Judge Joseph Farris, Judge Harry Pregerson, Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson, Judge William Canby, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, Judge Edward Levy, Judge Stephen Trott, Judge Ferdinand Fernandez, Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, Judge Wallace Tashima, Judge Barry Silverman, Judge Raymond Fisher, Judge Richard Clifton,  United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

New York Times: An Exit Interview With Richard Posner, Judicial Provocateur. 


United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit, Chief Judge Sidney Thomas, Judge Stephen Reinhardt, Judge Alex Kozinski, Judge Susan Graber, Judge Margaret McKeown, Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, Judge William Fletcher, Judge Ronald Gould, Judge Richard Paez, Judge Marsha Berzon, Judge Richard Tallman, Judge Johnnie Rawlinson, Judge Jay Bybee, Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan, Judge Carlos Bea, Judge Alfred Goodwin, Judge Clifford Wallace, Judge Procter Ralph Hug, Judge Mary Schroeder, Judge Joseph Farris, Judge Harry Pregerson, Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson, Judge William Canby, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, Judge Edward Levy, Judge Stephen Trott, Judge Ferdinand Fernandez, Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, Judge Wallace Tashima, Judge Barry Silverman, Judge Raymond Fisher, Judge Richard Clifton,  United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Above the Law: Judge Posner, Uncensored: 'I Don't Really Care What People Think.'


United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit, Chief Judge Sidney Thomas, Judge Stephen Reinhardt, Judge Alex Kozinski, Judge Susan Graber, Judge Margaret McKeown, Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, Judge William Fletcher, Judge Ronald Gould, Judge Richard Paez, Judge Marsha Berzon, Judge Richard Tallman, Judge Johnnie Rawlinson, Judge Jay Bybee, Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan, Judge Carlos Bea, Judge Alfred Goodwin, Judge Clifford Wallace, Judge Procter Ralph Hug, Judge Mary Schroeder, Judge Joseph Farris, Judge Harry Pregerson, Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson, Judge William Canby, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, Judge Edward Levy, Judge Stephen Trott, Judge Ferdinand Fernandez, Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, Judge Wallace Tashima, Judge Barry Silverman, Judge Raymond Fisher, Judge Richard Clifton,  United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Cleveland State Law Review: Socioeconomic Bias in the Judiciary. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Public Pressure Compels CJP to Charge Contra Costa County Repeat Offender Judge Bruce Mills with New State Law Violations

California 1st District Court of Appeal Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice James A. Richman, Justice Therese M. Stewart, Justice Marla J. Miller First District Court of Appeal California Justice Miguel M. Marquez -Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Jill Fannin, Judge Steve Austin, Judge Bruce Mills, Judge Edward Weil, Superior Court of California County of Contra Costa - Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye
Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Bruce Mills is facing two new charges of misconduct by the Commission on Judicial Performance.

The CJP is the controversial state agency responsible for investigating complaints of judicial misconduct and for disciplining judges.

From the East Bay Times report:
MARTINEZ — A Contra Costa judge with a history of ethics violations was charged with judicial misconduct that could warrant his removal from the bench, records obtained Tuesday show.
The two counts of misconduct include allegations that Judge Bruce C. Mills illegally doubled the sentence of a judicial rights advocate who Mills had found to be in contempt of court. Mills jailed the man for discussing his divorce online, a decision that First Amendment experts called, “outrageous” and a free speech violation.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Disqualification Motion Allegations Include Serial Code of Judicial Ethics Violations Against Judge James Towery

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Judge James E. Towery
An exhaustive, 57-page motion to disqualify controversial Santa Clara County Judge James Towery recently was filed in a family law dissolution case. A court whistleblower provided a copy of the filing to Commission on Judicial Performance Report. The motion is embedded at the end of this post.

The motion includes allegations that Towery engaged in multiple violations of the California Code of Judicial Ethics, and conveyed gender and other forms of bias against Susan Bassi, the respondent in the divorce case. Court whistleblowers assert and have documented that flagrant gender bias against divorcing wives who helped start or run family businesses is common in the Silicon Valley family court system.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mandated Reporter Series: Judge Duty to Report Attorney Misconduct for Failure to Disclose Adverse Law

Supreme Court of California Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Justice Goodwin Liu, Justice Ming W. Chin, Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar, Justice Carol A. Corrigan, Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar,  Justice Leondra Kruger  California Supreme Court - California 6th District Court of Appeal Justice Conrad L. Rushing, Justice Eugene M. Premo, Justice Franklin D. Elia, Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, Justice Nathan D. Mihara, Justice Miguel Marquez, Justice Adrienne M. Grover Sixth District Court of Appeal California

Under state law, California judges are mandated reporters of attorney misconduct. Judicial Ethics Code § 3D(2), Business and Professions Code §§ 6086.7 and 6086.8, and California Rules of Court rules 10.609 and 10.1017 each require judges to report specific types of lawyer misconduct. The reporting duty is mandated by law, and is not discretionary.  

One type of common attorney misconduct is the failure to disclose adverse law in presenting a matter in court. The failure to identify law adverse to an attorneys position in court filings and during oral argument violates the California Rules of Professional Conduct, Business and Professions Code, ABA Model Rules, and decisional law. The document set embedded at the bottom of this post includes these authorities.