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He is also saying in the pleadings that the Supreme Court of California was late in filing their own motion to dismiss and that his disbarment should be reversed. Hopefully, he regains his practice. This guy could become a cultural hero.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
reply to post by ogbert
The problem with habitual liars is eventually they become so enamored with their ability to tell them, they loose sight of whether they are even remotely believable anymore.
Ironically, Richard I. Fine, a former prominent anti-trust attorney is still sitting in the Los Angeles County Central Men's Jail, in isolation, for more than 70 days. He was held in contempt of court, after he attempted to disqualify Superior Court Judge David Yaffe from sitting on a case that involved the County of Los Angeles. According to Fine , Yaffe failed to disclose to the parties in the case (Marina Strand Colony II Homeowners Association vs County of Los Angeles) that he had been receiving $46,000, on top of his State salary, from the County for years. Yaffe recently defended the practice of "coercive confinement" in contempt cases in response to a Writ of Habeas Corpus for Immediate Release filed by Fine in the Federal Court on March 29, 2009.
Sterling Norris of Judicial Watch had these comments regarding unearned payments to Judges and their failure to disclose.
* "There is no question that the judges should have disclosed they were receiving $46,000 from the County of L.A. , there is no way the judiciary, ethically, could get around it....""
* "$46,000 each year is not a small amount, many people don't make that much all year and this, from the County, is on top their $200,000 State salary. In California they are the highest paid court judges in the nation".
* "If (the Judges) are on the up and up, you go get a declaratory judgment (in court) saying, in spite of court consolidation, we are entitled to the money"
* "We have never seen people excused from liability retroactively"
* "There is a criminal doctrine of law that if you received money you are not entitled to, and you keep it, that is considered theft"
RETROACTIVE IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION Judges were apparently worried about being prosecuted for criminal acts and liability for taking the unearned money. At the urging of the Los Angeles Superior Court, the California Judicial Council quietly authored a provision that was slipped into the State Budget legislation SBX 211, without public debate or awareness. This provision granted retroactive immunity from criminal prosecution to all California Judges and County officials who received or made those illegal payments of public money. Depending on who you talk to the payments are referred to as "unearned benefits" or "Judicial Benefits".
Full Disclosure Network ® inteviewed Judicial Watch attorney Sterling Norris in April 2009 as part of an on going "special series" entitled Judicial Benefits and Court Corruption. We asked Norris what motivated the California Judicial Council to change the law giving retroactive immunity from criminal prosecution to the Judges and the Counties? His response was: "they would not have sponsored the legislation unless they really felt the Judges needed immunity from criminal prosecution and liability".
Originally posted by ziggy1706
CA is a backwards and arrogent state. rich people have made it so lad back and ritzy, its disgusting really.
Where is Amnesty international? Where are the human rights advocates? Where are the legal and judicial oversight committees?
I thought Americans were in favour of liberty and justice..
Had you bothered to read through this thread, rather than make your snap judgments, and followed the links provided, you would know that there is a judicial watch well aware of David Yaffe's outrageous behavior and has been the case of Fine's imprisonment for as long as Fine has been in jail.
You clearly have no intentions of helping Fine
and while you prance and preen, pretending you are enlightened, all you have done is attack
Originally posted by dfens
reply to post by Jean Paul Zodeaux
I love the comment about Immunity is not granted, when no crime has been committed.
At the very least, Yaffe is supremely unethical, more likely he is corrupt as sin.
I have a question, though. Is there anything indicating a blind trust? I do believe that is how public servants can do these kinds of things and still be legal about it.
Originally posted by 933K5T4R
reply to post by ziggy1706
First of all I agree with the general public that this is over the top and the man should be released, his contempt of court accusation and followiong imprisonment is unwarranted and ugly...but please refrain from badmouthing a state you probably never lived in...as an ex california resident for 10 years California has alot to offer the united states and they are definitly far from lazy...California is not a rich state and has contributed tons of effort in making renewable resource energy and appealing many ridicualous laws that our forefathers have instituted, California is actually one of the most free states in our great nation, even though they do have their drawbacks, please remain from posting ignorant statements without any kind of evidance...maybe you should visit Cali and see what she has to offer...by the way where are you from??? take a look at your own states politics before downing another one please