Thursday, November 9, 2017

Prominent Court of Appeal Judge Breaks Code of Silence: Discloses Pro Per and Socioeconomic Bias Are Systemic and Institutionalized

California 1st District Court of Appeal Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice James A. Richman, Justice Therese M. Stewart, Justice Marla J. Miller, Justice Jim Humes, Justice Ignazio Ruvolo, Justice Peter Siggins, Justice William McGuiness,  Justice Sandra Marguilies, Justice Robert Dondero, Justice Kathleen Banke, Justice Stuart Pollak, Justice Martin Jenkins, Justice Timothy Reardon, Justice Maria Rivera, Justice Jon Streeter, Justice Barbara Jones, Justice Mark Simons, Justice Henry Needham, Justice Terrence Bruiniers,  First District Court of Appeal California - California 1ST District Court of Appeal Justice Jim Humes, Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice William R. McGuiness, Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo, Justice Barbara J.R. Jones, First District Court of Appeal California –  California 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Frances Rothschild, Justice Roger W. Boren, Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, Justice Norman L. Epstein, Justice Paul Turner, Justice Arthur Gilbert, Justice Dennis M. Perluss, Justice Tricia A. Bigelow Second District Court of Appeal California  California 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice Vance W. Raye Third District Court of Appeal California California 4th District Court of Appeal Justice Judith McConnell, Justice Manual A. Ramirez, Justice Kathleen E. O’Leary, Fourth District Court of Appeal California California 5th District Court of Appeal Justice Brad R. Hill Fifth District Court of Appeal California California 6th District Court of Appeal Justice Conrad L. Rushing Sixth District Court of Appeal California - 3RD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL: California 3rd District Court of Appeal – Sacramento Justice Vance W. Raye – Justice Jonathan K. Renner - Justice Coleman A. Blease – Justice Ronald B. Robie – Justice William J. Murray Jr. – Justice George W. Nicolson – Justice M. Kathleen Butz – Justice Elena J. Duarte – Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. – Justice Louis R. Mauro – Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch – Justice Jonathan K. Renner Third District Court of Appeal California

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.

The admission also effectively confirms, and vindicates the charge by court whistleblowers that the California judicial branch operates an illegal two-track system of justice. One for those who can afford to hire a lawyer, and a separate system for those who can't.
"Judge Posner has admitted what no active judge in California will ever admit in public. From the trial courts to the Supreme Court, the poor who can't afford to pay for an attorney and are forced to represent themselves in court are treated as second class citizens," said whistleblower Ulf Carlsson. "California courts are pay-to-play." 

California 1st District Court of Appeal Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice James A. Richman, Justice Therese M. Stewart, Justice Marla J. Miller, Justice Jim Humes, Justice Ignazio Ruvolo, Justice Peter Siggins, Justice William McGuiness,  Justice Sandra Marguilies, Justice Robert Dondero, Justice Kathleen Banke, Justice Stuart Pollak, Justice Martin Jenkins, Justice Timothy Reardon, Justice Maria Rivera, Justice Jon Streeter, Justice Barbara Jones, Justice Mark Simons, Justice Henry Needham, Justice Terrence Bruiniers,  First District Court of Appeal California, California 1ST District Court of Appeal Justice Jim Humes, Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice William R. McGuiness, Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo, Justice Barbara J.R. Jones, First District Court of Appeal California –  California 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Frances Rothschild, Justice Roger W. Boren, Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, Justice Norman L. Epstein, Justice Paul Turner, Justice Arthur Gilbert, Justice Dennis M. Perluss, Justice Tricia A. Bigelow Second District Court of Appeal California  California 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice Vance W. Raye Third District Court of Appeal California California 4th District Court of Appeal Justice Judith McConnell, Justice Manual A. Ramirez, Justice Kathleen E. O’Leary, Fourth District Court of Appeal California California 5th District Court of Appeal Justice Brad R. Hill Fifth District Court of Appeal California California 6th District Court of Appeal Justice Conrad L. Rushing Sixth District Court of Appeal California

ABA Journal: Posner: Most judges regard pro se litigants as 'kind of trash not worth the time.'

3RD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL: California 3rd District Court of Appeal – Sacramento Justice Vance W. Raye – Justice Jonathan K. Renner - Justice Coleman A. Blease – Justice Ronald B. Robie – Justice William J. Murray Jr. – Justice George W. Nicolson – Justice M. Kathleen Butz – Justice Elena J. Duarte – Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. – Justice Louis R. Mauro – Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch – Justice Jonathan K. Renner Third District Court of Appeal California  - California 1ST District Court of Appeal Justice Jim Humes, Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice William R. McGuiness, Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo, Justice Barbara J.R. Jones, First District Court of Appeal California –  California 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Frances Rothschild, Justice Roger W. Boren, Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, Justice Norman L. Epstein, Justice Paul Turner, Justice Arthur Gilbert, Justice Dennis M. Perluss, Justice Tricia A. Bigelow Second District Court of Appeal California  California 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice Vance W. Raye Third District Court of Appeal California California 4th District Court of Appeal Justice Judith McConnell, Justice Manual A. Ramirez, Justice Kathleen E. O’Leary, Fourth District Court of Appeal California California 5th District Court of Appeal Justice Brad R. Hill Fifth District Court of Appeal California California 6th District Court of Appeal Justice Conrad L. Rushing Sixth District Court of Appeal California

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


3RD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL: California 3rd District Court of Appeal – Sacramento Justice Vance W. Raye – Justice Jonathan K. Renner - Justice Coleman A. Blease – Justice Ronald B. Robie – Justice William J. Murray Jr. – Justice George W. Nicolson – Justice M. Kathleen Butz – Justice Elena J. Duarte – Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. – Justice Louis R. Mauro – Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch – Justice Jonathan K. Renner Third District Court of Appeal California - California 1ST District Court of Appeal Justice Jim Humes, Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice William R. McGuiness, Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo, Justice Barbara J.R. Jones, First District Court of Appeal California –  California 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Frances Rothschild, Justice Roger W. Boren, Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, Justice Norman L. Epstein, Justice Paul Turner, Justice Arthur Gilbert, Justice Dennis M. Perluss, Justice Tricia A. Bigelow Second District Court of Appeal California  California 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice Vance W. Raye Third District Court of Appeal California California 4th District Court of Appeal Justice Judith McConnell, Justice Manual A. Ramirez, Justice Kathleen E. O’Leary, Fourth District Court of Appeal California California 5th District Court of Appeal Justice Brad R. Hill Fifth District Court of Appeal California California 6th District Court of Appeal Justice Conrad L. Rushing Sixth District Court of Appeal California

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


3RD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL: California 3rd District Court of Appeal – Sacramento Justice Vance W. Raye – Justice Jonathan K. Renner - Justice Coleman A. Blease – Justice Ronald B. Robie – Justice William J. Murray Jr. – Justice George W. Nicolson – Justice M. Kathleen Butz – Justice Elena J. Duarte – Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. – Justice Louis R. Mauro – Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch – Justice Jonathan K. Renner Third District Court of Appeal California  - California 1ST District Court of Appeal Justice Jim Humes, Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice William R. McGuiness, Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo, Justice Barbara J.R. Jones, First District Court of Appeal California –  California 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Frances Rothschild, Justice Roger W. Boren, Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, Justice Norman L. Epstein, Justice Paul Turner, Justice Arthur Gilbert, Justice Dennis M. Perluss, Justice Tricia A. Bigelow Second District Court of Appeal California  California 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice Vance W. Raye Third District Court of Appeal California California 4th District Court of Appeal Justice Judith McConnell, Justice Manual A. Ramirez, Justice Kathleen E. O’Leary, Fourth District Court of Appeal California California 5th District Court of Appeal Justice Brad R. Hill Fifth District Court of Appeal California California 6th District Court of Appeal Justice Conrad L. Rushing Sixth District Court of Appeal California

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


 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 , California 1ST District Court of Appeal Justice Jim Humes, Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice William R. McGuiness, Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo, Justice Barbara J.R. Jones, First District Court of Appeal California –  California 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Frances Rothschild, Justice Roger W. Boren, Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, Justice Norman L. Epstein, Justice Paul Turner, Justice Arthur Gilbert, Justice Dennis M. Perluss, Justice Tricia A. Bigelow Second District Court of Appeal California  California 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice Vance W. Raye Third District Court of Appeal California California 4th District Court of Appeal Justice Judith McConnell, Justice Manual A. Ramirez, Justice Kathleen E. O’Leary, Fourth District Court of Appeal California California 5th District Court of Appeal Justice Brad R. Hill Fifth District Court of Appeal California California 6th District Court of Appeal Justice Conrad L. Rushing Sixth District Court of Appeal California

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

6TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL:  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 - California 1ST District Court of Appeal Justice Jim Humes, Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice William R. McGuiness, Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo, Justice Barbara J.R. Jones, First District Court of Appeal California –  California 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Frances Rothschild, Justice Roger W. Boren, Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, Justice Norman L. Epstein, Justice Paul Turner, Justice Arthur Gilbert, Justice Dennis M. Perluss, Justice Tricia A. Bigelow Second District Court of Appeal California  California 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice Vance W. Raye Third District Court of Appeal California California 4th District Court of Appeal Justice Judith McConnell, Justice Manual A. Ramirez, Justice Kathleen E. O’Leary, Fourth District Court of Appeal California California 5th District Court of Appeal Justice Brad R. Hill Fifth District Court of Appeal California California 6th District Court of Appeal Justice Conrad L. Rushing Sixth District Court of Appeal California

Cleveland State Law Review: Socioeconomic Bias in the Judiciary.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Bay Area Newspaper Calls for Judge Bruce Mills Resignation: Serial Misconduct Shielded by Court of Appeal and Federal Judges

California 1st District Court of Appeal Justice J. Anthony Kline, Justice James A. Richman, Justice Therese M. Stewart, Justice Marla J. Miller, Justice Jim Humes, Justice Ignazio Ruvolo, Justice Peter Siggins, Justice William McGuiness,  Justice Sandra Marguilies, Justice Robert Dondero, Justice Kathleen Banke, Justice Stuart Pollak, Justice Martin Jenkins, Justice Timothy Reardon, Justice Maria Rivera, Justice Jon Streeter, Justice Barbara Jones, Justice Mark Simons, Justice Henry Needham, Justice Terrence Bruiniers,  First District Court of Appeal California - US District Court Northern District of California Judge Phyllis Hamilton, Judge Joseph Spero, Judge William Alsup, Judge Charles Breyer, Judge Edward Chen, Judge Maxine Chesney, Judge Vince Chhabria, Judge Susan Illston, Judge William Orrick, Judge Richard Seeborg, Judge Jon Tiger, Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, Judge Haywood Gilliam, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Judge Phyllis Hamilton, Judge Jeffrey White, Judge Claudia Wilken, Judge Edward J. Davila, Judge Jeremy Fogel, Judge Beth Labson Freeman, Judge Lucy Koh, United States District Court - Judge Bruce Mills Contra Costa County Superior Court
Judge Bruce Mills has been shielded from accountability for serial misconduct spanning 17 years by 1st District Court of Appeal Justices Jim Humes, Anthony Kline, William McGuiness, Ignazio Ruvolo, and Barbara Jones, according to whistleblowers. Federal judges Phyllis Hamilton, Joseph Spero, William Alsup, and Beth Labson Freeman protected Mills at the federal level.  

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.

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.  

Over one year later, no disciplinary action taken against a single judge by the California Commission on Judicial Performance.  Read, download, and share the special 38-page compilation below: 

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.