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Thursday, January 4, 2018
Felony Case Complaint Summary: Santa Clara County Criminal Case Against Controversial Divorce and Family Law Attorney Valerie Houghton
Labels: Attorney Misconduct, Child Custody, Child Support, Criminal Law, District Attorney Jeff Rosen, Divorce, Family Law, Judge Patricia Lucas, Santa Clara County, Terry Houghton, Valerie Houghton
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Prominent Court of Appeal Judge Breaks Code of Silence: Discloses Pro Per and Socioeconomic Bias Are Systemic and Institutionalized
A federal judge has broken a long-established code of silence among judges and court workers, and confessed what self-represented court users in California have asserted for years.
In multiple interviews, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner disclosed that most judges regard self-represented litigants as "kind of trash not worth the time." In court, a self-represented litigant without an attorney is referred to as a "pro per" or "pro se" party. The terms are interchangeable and mean the same thing.
Labels: Court of Appeal, Justice Anthony Kline, Justice Brad Hill, Justice Conrad Rushing, Justice Frances Rothschild, Justice Jim Humes, Justice Judith McConnell, Justice Vance Raye, Pro Per Bias, Socioeconomic Bias
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Bay Area Newspaper Calls for Judge Bruce Mills Resignation: Serial Misconduct Shielded by Court of Appeal and Federal Judges
East Bay Times editorial board calls on controversial Contra Costa County Judge Bruce Mills to resign.
For the second time in five years, the Commission on Judicial Performance has initiated formal disciplinary proceedings against him. Those proceedings are rare; only two to three are launched each year.
It’s time for Mills to step down, to spare everyone the time and expense of another drawn-out proceeding. This isn’t the first time he abused his authority as a judge. Not even close.
...Mills’ attorney, Jim Murphy, says the Commission on Judicial Performance should have never brought the current case, that it has a conflict because it has been criticized by the man jailed in the contempt case.
Murphy’s argument seems pretty weak, but it might have some weight if it were taken in isolation. The problem is that Mills’ abusive behavior has been going on for nearly two decades.
Murphy told this newspaper 11 years ago that his client, the judge, had learned his lesson and would change his ways.
“He is not going to ignore this,” Murphy said as he discussed the commission’s findings in a 2006 case. “I trust that he will never have any further complaints from the commission.”
That proved to be wishful thinking. Mills needs to go.
Labels: 1st District Court, Judge Beth Labson Freeman, Judge Phyllis Hamilton, Judge William Alsup, Justice Anthony Kline, Justice Barbara Jones, Justice Ignazio Ruvolo, Justice Jim Humes, Justice William McGuiness
Friday, July 1, 2016
California Traffic Court Judges Remain Unaccountable for Serial State Law Violations Against the Poor
Statewide traffic courts scandal news reports expose institutionalized socioeconomic bias against the poor by California courts and judges. Bias based on socioeconomic status is prohibited by state law in four separate sections of the Code of Judicial Ethics, covering both the adjudicative and administrative responsibilities of judges.
Labels: Civil Rights, CJP, Code of Judicial Ethics, Commission on Judicial Performance, Judge Misconduct, Judicial Council, Socioeconomic Bias, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Victoria Henley
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Controversial Contra Costa County Judge Bruce Mills Public Misconduct Report Released by Whistleblower Group
A report cataloging serial acts of misconduct spanning more than 10 years by Judge Bruce C. Mills has just been released by a court watchdog and whistleblower group. The report 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 reveals that in addition to two well known public disciplinary actions taken against the veteran Contra Costa County judge, Mills was also found guilty in three additional incidents where the discipline issued was "private" and not revealed to the public. The acts of 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.