WASHINGTON, May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a six minute video report former U.S. Prosecutor Richard I. Fine Ph.D., and Deputy District Attorney Steve Ipsen reveal a developing threat to the Justice System when State Superior Court Judges do not disclose to litigants that they are receiving bonus payments from the County while sitting on cases where a County is party to a case before them. In California there are 1600 Judges, 90 percent of whom received County bonuses who now have received retroactive immunity from criminal prosecution and disciplinary action for taking the money. A 2009 Senate Bill SBX2 11 was quietly enacted without any public discussion or debate to protect the Judges and government officials involved in the scheme that was held illegal in the Sturgeon v. County of L.A. 2008 case. Yet the conflict still exists and the bonus payments continue to this day. Watch video here: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Blogs/98.php
Judicial Wall of Resistance Broken?
To date six Superior Court Judges have resigned, recused, side-stepped or been disqualified from sitting on the Richard Fine case (Marina Strand Colony II Home Owners Association v. County of L.A.). The latest Judge to "Recuse" himself was State Superior Court Judge James Chalfant who has received $608,000 from L.A. County according to the County Auditor's Report obtained by Richard I. Fine who said, "The Judge had no choice but to recuse himself from sitting on my Motion to Null and Void all of Judge David Yaffe's Orders, including his Civil Contempt Order." That Order held Fine In solitary "coercive confinement" for eighteen months in the L.A. County Jail. Read the court documents below.
Related Video (4 min):
Related Court Documents On Judicial Conflicts:
Contact: Leslie Dutton, 310-822-4449, www.fulldisclosure.net
SOURCE Full Disclosure Network