Sunday, May 8, 2016

Controversial Trial Court Judge Allegedly Shielded by 3rd District Charged in Improper Relationship with Court Clerk

California Supreme Court Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar, Justice Ming W. Chin, Justice Carol A. Corrigan, Justice Goodwin H. Liu, Justice Mariano Florentino-Cuellar, Justice Leondra R. Kruger Supreme Court of California
Kern County Judge Cory Woodward was punished by the Commission on Judicial Performance for having an improper personal relationship with his courtroom clerk. Sacramento County Judge Matthew Gary reportedly has had a similar relationship with his courtroom clerk, Christina Arcuri, for at least four years. 

"[I]t is time for this charade to end," from the letter to Judge Kevin Culhane.

Sacramento Family Court Corruption, a Facebook watchdog group with over 600 followers, has issued an open letter to Sacramento County Presiding Judge Kevin Culhane regarding an alleged improper relationship between a Sacramento Superior Court judge and his courtroom clerk.

The whistleblower group alleges that Judge Matthew Gary has been in a consensual, personal relationship with his clerk, Christina Arcuri for more than five years. Both Gary and Arcuri also have been involved in a number of controversies involving the alleged mistreatment of indigent, disabled, and financially disadvantaged family court parties who are self-represented.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Source of 3rd District Court of Appeal Judge Misconduct Accountability Immunity Partly Revealed at California Assembly Hearing

In this video clip, Commission on Judicial Performance whistleblower and court reform advocate Joe Sweeney testifies at a California Assembly Budget Committee hearing on March 28, 2016. The commission is solely responsible for oversight and accountability of judges in the state. 

Several days before the hearing, Sweeney's court modernization and reform organization, Court Reform LLC, released a 78-page report which raised questions about CJP judicial misconduct statistical data and how the agency spends taxpayer funds. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

3rd District Delay Controversy: Appeal Alleging Egregious Sacramento County Judge Misconduct Still Not Heard After More Than Three Years

The pending Ferris v. Ferris appeal alleges misconduct by Sacramento County Judge Matthew Gary and seeks to establish a constitutional right to counsel in civil cases involving basic human needs.

An appeal from a high-profile Sacramento Superior Court case has languished in the 3rd District Court of Appeal for more than 39 months. Court watchdogs allege that the appellate court has deliberately delayed resolution of the appeal because it involves egregious and embarrassing misconduct by a prominent Sacramento County Superior Court judge with a history of similar conduct.

"This case represents one of the most unsettling examples we've seen of what we believe is cronyism between the Third District and Sacramento Superior Court," said Ulf Carlsson of the Family Court Accountability Coalition, a court watchdog organization."The trial court judge has personal connections in the appellate court, and the 3rd District is delaying this case in the hopes that the publicity will die down and the issues raised will become moot."

Friday, November 6, 2015

3rd District Systemic Bias Allegations: Conflicts of Interest, Ideology Influence and Corruption Questions

Corruption Sacramento Judicial Misconduct – California Commission on Judicial Performance Director Victoria B. Henley Chief Counsel – Government Misconduct – California State Auditor Elaine Howle Bureau of State Audits - 3rd District Court of Appeal Sacramento Justice Jonathan Renner – Justice Andrea Lynn Koch – Justice Louis Mauro – Justice Harry Hull Jr. – Justice Arthur Scotland - Justice Elena Duarte – Justice Kathleen Butz – Justice George Nicholson – Justice William Murray Jr. – Justice Ronald Robie – Justice Cole Blease – Justice Vance Raye Third District Appellate Court Sacramento
California courts are engulfed in controversy and the judges of the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento are no exception:Vance Raye, Arthur Scotland (ret), Cole Blease, Ronald Robie, William Murray Jr., George Nicholson, Kathleen Butz, Elena Duarte, Harry Hull Jr., Louis Mauro, Andrea Koch and Jonathan Renner. Among other scandals, reviewing courts have turned a blind eye to egregious exploitation of the poor by trial courts.  

Third District Court of Appeal Cronyism, Pro Per Bias & Judicial Misconduct Cover Up Allegations

Sacramento Family Court News, an online, nonprofit journalism organization is conducting an ongoing investigation of published and unpublished 3rd District Court of Appeal decisions in trial court cases originating from family courts. The dedicated webpage is periodically updated with new information.

The latest findings reveal an unsettling link between how an appeal is decided and the political ideology, work history, and family law bar ties of the court of appeal judges assigned to the appeal. The investigation indicates that the outcome of an appeal is in large part dependent on the luck of the justice draw and the undisclosed connections between the trial court judge whose order is appealed, the trial and appellate court attorneys, and the judges assigned to hear the appeal...