Monday, August 8, 2016

Federal Courts Abdicating Duty to Protect Civil and Constitutional Rights of Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, Watchdogs Charge

Judge Bruce Mills Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Thomas Maddock - Judge Ignazio Ruvolo 1st District Court of Appeal Judge Anthony Kline - Judge James Richmond - California Commission on Judicial Performance Victoria B. Henley Director - Judge Kevin Culhane Sacramento County Superior Court -California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye - Ming Chin - Goodwin Liu - Kathryn Werdegar - Carol Corrigan - Leondra Kruger - Mariano Cuellar - Supreme Court of California - California Judicial Council - Vance Raye 3rd District Court of Appeal Judge Cole Blease -
An anonymous California court reform organization has released a 50-page catalog documenting what they allege is institutionalized socioeconomic bias in state courts. 

The compilation includes little-known state laws that require judges to perform judicial and administrative duties free of bias based on the socioeconomic status of court users. 

According to the group, the laws, codified in the California Code of Judicial Ethics, are routinely ignored by judges and have never been enforced by the controversial Commission on Judicial Performance, the state agency responsible for judge oversight and accountability. 

The release also includes a letter to all judges and court administrators in the state from the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division outlining federal laws prohibiting bias against the poor in court proceedings. The group asserts that federal courts are hostile to litigation that seeks to protect the civil and constitutional rights of the socioeconomically disadvantaged. The catalog is embedded below:  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eastern District Sacramento Controversy: Chief Judge Morrison England Issues Full-Bench Disqualification Order

Sacramento Federal Court Eastern District of California – United States Courts, US District Court Sacramento, Judge William B. Shubb, Judge Edmund F. Brennan, Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr, Judge Carolyn K. Delaney, Judge Morrison C. England Jr, Judge Gregory G. Hollows, Judge John A. Mendez, Judge Kendall J. Newman, Judge Troy L. Nunley, Judge Allison Claire, Judge Dale A. Drozd, Judge Lawrence K. Karlton, Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner,
Judge Morrison England has issued an unprecedented order disqualifying all judges of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California. 

United States District Court Chief Judge Morrison C. England yesterday issued an order banning every judge of the Eastern District court from hearing a startling motion seeking to undo a 2012 judgment due to elaborate fraud on the court and other egregious misconduct by the government.
"Based on facts alleged in the motion and accompanying Declarations and Exhibits, the impartiality of the District and Magistrate Judges in the Eastern District might reasonably be questioned.
Therefore, on the Court's own motion and pursuant to the Code of Conduct for United States Judges, Canons 2 and 3, in order to avoid the appearance of impropriety, and because a judge has a duty to disqualify him or herself if his or her impartiality could be reasonably questioned, whether or not such impartiality actually exists, the Court recuses itself from the above-captioned case...Accordingly, all District and Magistrate Judges in the Eastern District of California are RECUSED from hearing case number 2:09-cv-02445 and all related matters."
Federal court watchdog Ulf Carlsson was not surprised by the order. "We have been saying for years that virtually every judge on this court has failed or refused to disclose conflicts of interest in civil rights cases, and especially in pro per civil rights cases," Carlsson said. 

"They have finally been forced to admit the obvious. Every judge on this court has professional, social or personal relationships with state court judges, attorneys, and, in this case, federal prosecutors. The relationships constitute a conflict of interest requiring disqualification, which has never happened until now. This is the most corrupt federal court in the United States."

Carlsson and other whistleblowers assert that Eastern District judges have helped conceal a RICO racketeering enterprise operating in Sacramento Superior Court by obstructing civil rights litigation against the RICO conspirators. Federal court judges John A. Mendez, Troy L. Nunley, and Chief Judge Morrison C. England formerly were Sacramento County Superior Court judges.