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Marty Singer’s Demand Letter Not Extortion Court Says

Heavyweight Hollywood attorney Marty Singer’s infamous blistering letters on behalf of his clients won’t be changing their tune or tone anytime soon thanks to a trio of judges on a California Court of Appeal. Yesterday the Second District overturned a trial court’s ruling over a 2011 letter from Singer to former Big Brother contestant Mike Malin accusing him of embezzlement over $1 million from a client and promising to reveal the money was spent on sexual dalliances.

“Singer’s demand letter is a protected speech or petitioning activity under the anti-SLAPP statute,” wrote Justice Steven C. Suzukawa for the panel Tuesday (read it here).

See complete story @:

http://www.deadline.com/2013/07/marty-singer-escapes-extortion-claim/

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Thursday with Legal Scholar Dan Dydzak: 1. Dydzak High on Ronald Goerge’s/ Girardi Syndicate “Hit List” 2. Copy of Dydzak’s Complaint Against Judge Ellen Huvelle

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Ronald and Eric George. Disquieting ties to Tom Girardi, Girardi Syndicate, Howard Rice, Bet Tzedek, Alen Rothenberg, 1st. Century Bank. Eric George part of Mel Gibson extortion scheme.Charachteristics of MO: rely heavily on misuse of Asians, misuse of Tom Layton, vindictive, radioactive, my way or the highway. High on Ronald Goerge’s “Hit List” are: Judge David Lampe, Judge Maryanne Gillard, Yolo County-based Rabbi, Michael Paul, Leslie Brodie, Judicial Council Watcher, Peter Dion-Kindem and Dan Dydzak. Separately, when examining the circumstances surrounding the California Supreme Court Historical Society (“CSCHS”) and discovering the presence of PG&E; PG&E’s Ophelia Basgal of CaliforniaALL, who served as the “Treasurer” of CSCHS; Amy Margolin, and private judge Joseph Grodin, whose legal opinion Bill Lockyer and Jerry Brown relied upon in deciding to dismiss the case against PG&E, it is difficult not to question whether any misconduct has taken place in this setting given the prior history between Howard Rice and PG&E. Adding fuel to the fire is the recent discovery that CSCHS — while headed by the embattled Ronald George — seeks financial donations, some of which it later forwarded to an entity known as the Institute of Governmental Studies (“IGS”), where Eric George (son of Ronald George) serves as a director.  Previously, a RICO suit alleged that Ronald George unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century,  a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleged, were later embezzled.  As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.  According to sources, Tom Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Cynthia Pasternak of Pasternak Pasternak & Patton
David and Cynthia Pasternak of Pasternak Pasternak & Patton. Despite the fact that David Pasternak has been sued countless times (including twice for being an alleged “Racketeer”), The Leslie Brodie Report (“TLR”) urges the readers to exercise extreme caution and not jump to conclusions regarding misconduct by Cynthia and David Pasternak. In addition, to date, TLR hasn’t been made privy to any real evidence whatsoever which would tend to show Pasternaks engaged in any acts of misconduct. Nevertheless, Mr. Pasternak’s association with Bet Tzedek, as well as the appearance that he is part of the Girardi/George Syndicate is a source of concern.  In connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, a RICO suit by Dan Dydzak maintained that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.  The suit also asserted that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”


David, Justice Kay and Matt Werdegar. RICO defendant David Werdegar is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Institute on Aging and husband of California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar (aka Kay Mickle). Prior to the commencement of the RICO action by Dan Dydzak, David Werdegar abruptly quit his position following reports on TLR of alleged improprieties involving himself, his wife, and his son Matt Werdegar – a partner at the litigation boutique Keker & Van Nest, headed by controversial litigator John Keker. Matt also part of Three-Card-Monte conspiracy by Keker & Van Nest to remove profile of degenerate associate Chris Young (of CaliforniaALL, to wit, Obama for America, Mark Friedman-Alison Turner-Kevin Johnson’s Mayoral Campaign, USDOJ’s Tony West, White-House Special Counsel Jeff Bleich) from firm’s web site. (images and narrative: courtesy)

Timeline 2010 – Stand Up for California: Cache Creek Casino: Traffic, crime, but oh the money [ TLR Note: 1- Practically speaking, Cache Creek Casino – controlled by Howard Dickstein and UC Davis Foundation’s Tribal Chairman Marshall McKay of Beverly Hills — pays salaries of Bruce Naliboff, Michael Cabral and RICO Defendant Jeff Reisig 2- If tribe a sovereign entity — what, if any, constitutional provision gives Yolo County power to seek payments in mitigation? 3- Are payments reason Bruce Naliboff / Jeff Reisig did not criminally charge fraternity members for hate crimes / attempted extortion of Ryan Clifford — attempted extortion in re subsequent alleged threat of violence against Ryan Clifford if will not remain quiet]

Cache Creek Casino: Traffic, crime, but oh the money

Cache Creek Casino has brought some prosperity to the region, but the grand jury noted the negatives in its report. By ERIN TRACY / Daily Democrat 07/09/2010

The Cache Creek Casino Resort attracted patrons who fueled the economy, which led to improved emergency services, but ultimately traffic congestion, noise, and crime beyond remediation, according to a 2009-10 Yolo County grand jury report.

The grand jury, which released its report last week, found better communication between Yolo County and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, as well as stronger oversight of tribal mitigation dollars, would likely improve the situation.
It’s hard to deny the economic impact of the 414,110 square-foot facility, which is the county’s largest employer. The tribe annually awards $200 million in vendor contracts, $40 million in payments to the county and state, and $3 million in donations to local civic organizations, the report stated.
The casino’s annual earnings, which go to YDWN members, are kept confidential by the sovereign nation but the grand jury estimated the reservation is home to fewer than 25 members and their children.
“These individuals are the direct and highly-compensated beneficiaries of the profits from the casino,” the report states.
Representatives of the Tribe declined to be interviewed or answer written questions submitted by the grand jury, citing sovereignty rights. Representatives also did not respond to inquires about the report before deadline.

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UC Davis Foundation

UC Davis MIND Institute

Chris Young -- Mark Friedman, Kim Mack,  Kevin Johnson
Sacramento Mayoral Campaign: Chris Young, Mark Friedman, Kim Mack, Kevin Johnson

Chris Young, Mark Friedman, Alison Turner, CaliforniaALL
CaliforniaALL: Chris Young, Mark Friedman, Alison Turner, 1600H / F65

Chris Young . McGeorge School of Law
McGeorge School of Law – “Pacific Pathways” – Make Believe Launching of SAL – Manoa Law School Hawaii Summit June 2007: Chris Young, Kevin Johnson, CaliforniaALL’s Sarah E. Redfield, CaliforniaALL’s Judge Morrison England, CaliforniaALL’s Torie Flournoy-England, CaliforniaALL’s Ruthe Catolico Ashley, CaliforniaALL’s Larissa Parecki.
See HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE . Manoa Law School Hawaii Summit See HERE (Judy Johnson – not shown)


Chris Young - Mark Friedman, Kim Mack, Sacramento for Obama

OBAMA FOR AMERICA: Chris Young, Mark Friedman, and Kim Mack

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Three-Card-Monte: John Keker, Elliot Peters, Jan Little, Matt Werdegar, Jon Streeter, Chris Young.  Hoping to conceal the identity and past actions of Chris Young , Keker & Van Nest removed Chris Young’s attorney profile from its website.  Only after YR managed to unearth Young’s identity and only after YR filed an ethics complaint against John Keker, Jon Streeter, and Chris Young in connection with the attempt to defraud the public by concealing Young’s association with Keker & Van Nest, Young’s attorney profile has been restored to the firm’s site. See story HERE

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John Keker, Jon Streeter, District Attorney of Yolo County Jeff Reisig, Twice Rico defendant Jeannine English.   Hoping to retaliate against Yolo County’s YR and to otherwise sabotage his inquiry into CaliforniaALL, subsequent to the removal of Chris Young’s attorney profile from Keker & Van Nest website —  and allegedly acting in their capacity as members of the State Bar of California Board of Governors  — Jon Streeter, Jeannine English, Gwen Moore, Dennis Mangers, Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn, as well as others conspired to press false criminal charges against YR with the District Attorney of Yolo County. See story HERE

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Increased road use

Perhaps the biggest complaint among residents in the Capay Valley is the increase in traffic along Highway 16. Saturdays are the busiest day for travel, with more than 13,000 travelers heading to the casino, the report stated, which is a 69 percent increase between 2002 and 2006.
All casino feeder roads meet capacity limits established by the state and county and studies conducted for the 2030 General Plan and by the citizens group, Capay Valley Vision, expect traffic on the roads will exceed capacity by 2013.
In a 2002 Memorandum of Understanding between the tribe and county, YDWN promised to implement a shuttle service to mitigate traffic issues. The tribe agreed to pay the county to construct a park and rides facility for patrons and employees, and make the use of its service mandatory for workers. Neither the service nor the policy has been implemented and only 18 percent of employees currently use public transportation, according to the report.
The influx of casino visitors yielded a doubling of Sheriff’s deputies in the area, but the majority of casino related crimes continue to increase. According to the report, between 2002 and 2006 DUI arrests increased 1,050 percent, assaults and weapons arrests increased 2,900 percent and Felony Burglary increased 900 percent.
How the cash is divided

The sheriff’s department has received the lion’s share of mitigation funding to county department, with $3.46 million since 2002. Despite this majority funding, the county estimates its law enforcement related workload — comprised of efforts from the Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney and Public Defender’s office — is under-funded by about $600,000.
In total, the tribe has paid $32.9 million to the county: $10.6 million has gone to specific departments, $15.5 million to the general fund, $6.4 million to community residents and specified projects along the Highway 16 corridor, and $.4 million to reserves. The department allocations also include $1.2 million for negotiations and arbitration over the tribes proposed 2008 expansion, which was abandoned in October 2009.

The distribution and oversight of those funds for community projects were called into question by the Yolo County grand jury.
The Advisory Committee on Tribal Matters was established by the Board of Supervisors to recommend applications for tribal mitigation. The grand jury found questionable spending and conflicts of interest among its nine members.
At least two of the board members voted on proposals either because they, or their spouse, “held a leadership role in a recipient organization.”
The Board of Supervisors also took recommendations that limited funding to residents between Interstate 505 and the casino, precluding mitigation for many other towns along the Highway 16 corridor, including Woodland. The majority, 38 percent, of the funds went to Esparto and the were increasingly used for economic and community development rather than mitigation like road repair.
According to the report, the committee’s board minutes reflect that its members, “inaccurately believe ACTM funds are theirs to control … ignoring other county priorities or other casino-related mitigation needs outside the valley.”
County Tribe Coordinator Christopher Lee said, “The county is taking the findings of the grand jury seriously and will respond the them in full and we will have more information at that time.”

Please continue @:

http://www.standupca.org/tribes/Rumsey%20Rancheria/cache-creek-casino-traffic-crime-but-oh-the-money/

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Jeff Reisig:

In an almost unprecedented turn of events and somewhat ironically, a local official in the State of California who represents the government in the prosecution of criminal offenses is now accused of criminal conduct.

Jeff Reisig
Shown above is Mr. Jeff Reisig — an alleged “accomplice” to both a criminal and civil conspiracy who cooperated, jointly and severally, in the commission of two or more RICO activities (image: courtesy photo)

Court documents filed with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia reveal that the highly controversial District Attorney of Yolo County Jeff Reisig is accused of violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit, filed as a civil-racketeering action by Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar Daniel Dydzak, alleges that Jeff Reisig and his deputies/investigators engaged in an “unlawful search and seizure” and that Mr. Reisig and State Bar of California employee Tom Layton (who according to sources is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira) shared with third parties materials obtained during the search.

The suit further alleges that Reisig conspired to participate in a RICO enterprise, as well as participated in the commission of two or more racketeering activities acting as “accomplice.”

Bruce Naliboff:

* The Leslie Brodie Report urges the readers to exercise caution and not jump to conclusions regarding misconduct by anyone.

A big red flag has been reluctantly raised over Yolo County District Attorney Chief Investigator, Bruce David Naliboff.

The rapidly expanding multi-prong civil inquiry, conducted by Yolo County’s YR, views Naliboff  —  an Ex-Lieutenant  of  UC Davis Police Department — as someone who may potentially have a played a greater role than had been perceived up to now.

Bruce Naliboff and Jeff Reisig of Yolo County District Attorney
Yolo County District Attorney Chief Investigator Bruce Naliboff and Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig — an alleged “accomplice” to both a criminal and civil conspiracy who cooperated, jointly and severally, in the commission of two or more RICO activities according to court documents filed with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (image:courtesy Daily Democrat)

YR maintains that one aspect of the inquiry into CaliforniaALL /  University of California  involves 4 subparts:

1) Circumstances surrounding events relating to UC Davis / UC Davis Foundation operatives Cruz Reynoso, Mark Friedman , Gilles Attia.

2) Circumstances surrounding events relating to UC Irvine / UC Irvine Foundation operatives Joe Dunn of Cal Bar/ Voice of OC, Judicial Council’s Mark Robinson, Erwin Chemerinsky of Voice of OC, Michael Drake, and Karina Hamilton.

3) Circumstances surrounding events relating UC Berkeley / UC Berkeley Foundation operatives Freada Kapor Klein and Gibor Basri.

4) Circumstances surrounding prima-facie evidence of criminal conduct by Bruce Naliboff, Michael Cabral, and Jeff Reisig.

In connection with Sub-Part  #4, special attention is being paid to the examination of fraud on the court, obstruction of justice, aiding and abetting in the obstruction of justice, and related irregularities.

Per YR, Sub-Part #4 is being carefully reviewed because it involves “Public Corruption,” which poses a fundamental threat to our way of life. Such wrongdoing impacts everything from how well our community is protected to verdicts handed down in courts, as well as the quality of governmental services. This, YR maintains, can take a significant toll on the American way of life.

Orly Taitz : How to Contact The Public Integrity Section (PIN) of United States Department of Justice

The Public Integrity Section oversees the federal effort to combat corruption through the prosecution of elected and appointed public officials at all levels of government. The Section has exclusive jurisdiction over allegations of criminal misconduct on the part of federal judges and also monitors the investigation and prosecution of election and conflict of interest crimes. Section attorneys prosecute selected cases against federal, state, and local officials, and are available as a source of advice and expertise to other prosecutors and investigators. Since 1978, the Section has supervised the administration of the Independent Counsel provisions of the Ethics in Government Act.

During the year, the Section maintained a staff of approximately twenty-nine attorneys, including experts in extortion, bribery, election crimes, and criminal conflicts of interest.

Source @:

http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/?p=7177

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The Public Integrity Section (PIN) oversees the federal effort to combat corruption through the prosecution of elected and appointed public officials at all levels of government. The Section has exclusive jurisdiction over allegations of criminal misconduct on the part of federal judges and also supervises the nationwide investigation and prosecution of election crimes. Section attorneys prosecute selected cases against federal, state, and local officials, and are available as a source of advice and expertise to other prosecutors and investigators.

Source @:

http://www.justice.gov/criminal/pin/

Leadership
Jack Smith
Chief, Public Integrity Section
Contact
Public Integrity Section Direct Line
(202) 514-1412
Department of Justice Main switchboard
(202) 514-2000

More alleged factual background on coordinated assault inflicted on person of Christian-American Ryan Clifford by Jewish members of Chi Delta — UC Davis Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Jewish fraternity [TLR Note: Did El Dorado County / Yolo County District Attorneys investigate the matter for violation of Penal Codes dealing with hate-crimes – attempted extortion – battery – sexual assaults – mayhem – concpiracy ? and if not, why not? Does UC Davis control Jeff Reisig?]

At the conclusion of the drinking game, Danny Sacher, charged at Ryan and
tried to grab him but fell on chairs in the room. Ryan told him he didn’t want to
get hurt. As Ryan headed toward the front door to leave the fraternity house,
Sacher grabbed Ryan from behind, began to choke him, stomped on Ryan’s right
foot and knocked him to the floor. Ryan screamed for him to stop, however, the
assault continued, severely injuring Ryan’s foot. Sacher continued to choke and
attackRyan. The night’s events constituted hazing, and in fact caused Ryan serious
bodily injury. Ryan was targeted for the harshest form of hazing because of his
religious affiliations. Ryan was targeted for the harshest form of hazing because
his parents had reported to AEPi national headquarters of hazing, sexual abuse,
drugs and drinking and because parents of pledges had given notice to the
University of same.
17. Ryan was left by the fraternity members with his foot crushed,
incapacitated, and unable to walk.
18. Ryan’s parents took Ryan to the emergency room where he was treated for
serious injuries to his foot.
19. Ryan was directed to an orthopedic specialist. He suffered multiple
fractures in his foot that required two surgeries, including a fusion of the joints.
The result of this injury included lost range of motion, permanent limp, severe
pain, and increased susceptibility to arthritis.

Sergio Alvarez — West Sacramento police officer accused of rape appears in Yolo County Superior Court [TLR NOTE: EXTORTION? ]

The West Sacramento police officer accused of kidnapping, rape and a raft of similar charges appeared in court Wednesday, although no plea was entered and bail remained set at $26.3 million.

Sergio Alvarez, 37, was brought into a Woodland courtroom for his arraignment Wednesday afternoon, but the proceeding was delayed a week while attorneys analyzed information in the case.

In a 35-count indictment, Alvarez is accused of sexually assaulting six women in West Sacramento over a one-year period. Charges filed against him include kidnapping, sexual penetration, oral copulation and sodomy against the victims’ will. The indictment claims he used his position as a uniformed police officer “by threatening to use his authority as a public official to arrest and/or incarcerate” his victims.

Please continue @:

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/ci_22681203/west-sacramento-police-officer-accused-rape-appears-yolo

 

Was Orly Taitz a Victim of Attempted Extortion As Obama Attorney Attempts To Silence Opposition In RICO Case

Obama Forward SC 690x1024 Obama Attorney Attempts To Silence Opposition In RICO Case

Barack Obama’s attorneys attempted to intimidate an attorney in a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) case regarding Obama’s forged Hawaii birth certificate, forged Selective Service Registration (Draft Card), and Obama’s use of a social security number never assigned to him according to federal database (E-Verify).  See here and here.  The next hearing on this case is Friday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. at the federal court house at 245 W. Capitol St. in Jackson, MS (open to the public.)

Scott Tepper, Esq (attorney for Obama) sent an email threat to sanction Orly Taitz, Esq. (the plaintiff representing herself in the federal RICO case) because she filed an affidavit that shows that the “Obama birth certificate” that Tepper filed with the court was further altered from the original forgery at whitehouse.gov.  This case was filed in the Southern District of Mississippi with the Honorable Henry Wingate, a Ronald Regean appointee, now presiding.

From a pleading filed by Taitz –

Tepper e-mailed Taitz and other plaintiffs a proposed settlement offer, where he wanted Taitz not to make any “defamatory remarks” about defendants and their attorneys and pay $25,000 attorneys’ fees to Attorney Begley or otherwise defendants will go after Plaintiffs seeking a much higher amount. Considering the fact that neither Taitz nor any of the Plaintiffs have stated anything defamatory, that all of their statements were true statements based on sworn affidavits and neither have done anything frivolous to warrant any award of fees, Taitz believes that this “offer” was a form of intimidation, particularly an intimidation of coplaintiffs and desire to silence Taitz and co-plaintiff’s regarding modifications in the image of the alleged birth certificate, which was sent by Tepper to the director of Health Loretta Fuddy. Further Tepper and Begley engaged in a campaign of harassment and intimidation, appeared on the radio, specifically RCR blogtalk radio, where they threatened that they will be going after the house of Taitz. This was done with a clear desire to intimidate and harass not only Taitz, but her whole family, her husband and her 3 children. 

In light of all of the tyrannical vote fraud nationwide in this recent presidential election, this could be one of the last opportunities to bring Obama to justice.  This could be the last line in the sand against complete tyranny in the federal government and our elections systems.  Showing up will let the judge know that there is great importance and public interest in this case and that the American people will not let this denial or rights regarding the usurper President Barack Obama stand.

Source: http://www.westernjournalism.com/obama-attorney-attempts-to-silence-oppositio…

United States filed a fraud lawsuit against Bank of America In Re Countrywide Scheme(TLR Note:1- BofA- Berkshire Hathway-MTO2- Bet Tzedek-Samuels – Extortionist Eric George Connection)

The United States filed a fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of causing taxpayers more than $1 billion of losses by selling thousands of toxic mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

 Wednesday’s case, originally brought by a whistleblower, is the U.S. Department of Justice’s first civil fraud lawsuit over mortgage loans sold to the big mortgage financiers, which were bailed out in 2008.

 It also compounds the legal problems that Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan faces over the second-largest U.S. bank’s disastrous 2008 purchase of Countrywide Financial Corp, once the nation’s largest mortgage lender.

 According to a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Countrywide in 2007 invented a scheme known as the “Hustle” to speed up processing of residential home loans.

 Operating under the motto “Loans Move Forward, Never Backward,” mortgage executives tried to eliminate “toll gates” designed to ensure that loans were sound and not tainted by fraud, the government said.  Please continue @: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-bankofamerica-fraud-lawsuit-idUS…

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A former partner of Los Angeles-based Bushmaster Nemer — who California Governor Jerry Brown appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench under questionable circumstances involving his cousin, former California Public Utility Commissioner Geoff Brown — is accused in federal court of committing myriad financial crimes and acts of fraud.

Documents filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia reveal that Holly Fujie of Los Angeles allegedly engaged in predicate acts of racketeering through and by means of money laundering, mail and bank fraud, as well as conversion of funds.

The lawsuit, filed as a civil-racketeering action by Marina Del Rey-based community activist Daniel Dydzak, also names as a defendant Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles and Eric George — the son of the controversial former chief justice of California, Ronald George.

Both Holly Fujie and Eric George were directors of Bet Tzedek, an entity which obtained millions of dollars from the various trusts funds maintained and operated by the State Bar of California, as well as funds from the California Bar Foundation, where Holly Fujie presently serves as the vice-president.

Both the State Bar of California and the California Bar Foundation are under the direct control of the California Supreme Court.

The various legal trust funds maintained by the State Bar of California are overseen by the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission where, coincidentally, Holly Fujie also served as director.

Heading the commission is David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers, another lawyer who is a director of Bet Tzedek, and Bonnie Rubin of 1st Century Bank — a bank owned by former president of the State Bar of California Alan Rothenberg. Coincidentally, Eric George is part owner of 1st Century Bank.

Dydzak alleges in his lawsuits that part of the millions originated from the State Bar of California and its foundation headed to Bet Tzedek were embezzled by the various actors and were siphoned to off shore bank accounts.

Bet Tzedek is headed by CEO Sandor “Sandy” Samuels — former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — who according to Dydzak was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

According to confidential sources familiar with the situation, Dydzak filed the suit in Washington DC, because he is extremely concerned that given the caliber of the defendants and the fact that they are in control of the justice system in California, they will seek to injure him in various ways, including in seeking to somehow derail the suit.

According to these sources, Tom Layton, investigator from the State Bar of California who is well connected with Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, in the past paid a visit to Dydzak’s neighborhood, and sought to convince his neighbors to falsely accuse Dydzak of various acts of misconduct, including providing improper and unlawful legal counsel.

Source: http://www.free-press-release.com/news-los-angeles-county-superior-court-judge-holly-fujie-accused-of-misappropriation-of-funds-1350971970.html

 

EXTORTION BY ERIC GEORGE

As was reported earlier, Det. Rodney Wagner of the Sheriff’s Department stated his view that the department’s six-month investigation turned up evidence of “implied threats” against the actor by Oksana Grigorieva and her lawyers.

He wrote that he found support for three separate extortion charges in Grigorieva’s e-mails to Gibson and in a March 2010 meeting in which her lawyers, Eric George and Sonia Y. Lee, talked with Gibson’s representatives about how disclosure of the tapes and photos would “ruin” his career.

“By discussing the potential damage to Mr. Gibson’s career if the ‘evidence’ were to be released to the public … it was my opinion, that constituted an implied threat,” Wagner wrote.

George, who was Grigorieva’s lead attorney in the negotiations, is the son of the state’s former chief justice and a campaign fundraiser for Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. He hosted a $500-per-person cocktail party at his Beverly Hills home in August for Cooley’s unsuccessful race for attorney general and donated $6,500 to his campaign. He declined to comment.

Grigorieva’s current attorney, Daniel Horowitz, said Wagner had mistaken bare-knuckles legal negotiations for a crime.

“Lawyering is a very tough business,” he said.

See source @: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/22/local/la-me-0322-gibson-extortion-201…

 

 

Examination Underway to Explore Viability of Suit Against Eric George for Penal Code Violation for Alleged Extortion of Actor Mel Gibson

A “painstaking” examination into “standing” has begun in seeking to hold Eric George of Browne George & Ross civily liable for the crime of extortion/attempted extortion inflicted on actor Mel Gibson.

Said suit will be civily prosecuted pursuant to holding in the case of Stop Youth Addiction, Inc. v. Lucky Stores, Inc.

AN OVERVIEW OF THE LAW:

Source: http://www.dailyjournal.com/cle.cfm?show=CLEDisplayArticle&qVersionID=121…

California’s unfair competition law prohibits “any unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business act or practice and unfair, deceptive, untrue or misleading advertising.” (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200.)  And under this law, a practice can be prohibited as unfair or deceptive even if not unlawful, and vice versa. (Cel-Tech Communications, Inc. v. Los Angeles Cellular Tel. Co., 20 Cal. 4th 163 (1999).)  For example, a plaintiff’s allegations that a defendant used incomplete and misleading illustrations to sell universal life insurance policies may be actionable under the unfair competition law absent any claim that such conduct violated any regulation or statute. (Wilner v. Sunset Life Ins. Co., 78 Cal. App. 4th 952 (2000).)

An unlawful business practice can be “anything that can properly be called a business practice and that at the same time is forbidden by law.” (Summit Tech., Inc. v. High-Line Med. Instruments Co., 933 F. Supp. 918 (C.D. Cal. 1966) and Wilner, 78 Cal. App. 4th 952.)

This prong of the unfair competition law allows a plaintiff to enforce a broad array of state and federal statutes, including consumer-protection statutes (Walker v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 98 Cal. App. 4th 1158 (2002) (Cal. Civ. Code § 2954.4); antidiscrimination statutes (Reese v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 73 Cal. App. 4th 1225 (1999), (Unruh Civil Rights Act, Cal. Civ. Code §§ 51-51.4)); criminal statutes (Stop Youth Addiction, Inc. v. Lucky Stores, Inc., 17 Cal. 4th 553 (1998), (Cal. Penal Code § 308); and environmental statutes (Hewlett v. Squaw Valley Ski Corp., 54 Cal. App. 4th 499 (1997), (Cal. Pub. Res. Code § 4511).)

Source: http://www.dailyjournal.com/cle.cfm?show=CLEDisplayArticle&qVersionID=121…

See also @: http://scocal.stanford.edu/opinion/stop-youth-addiction-inc-v-lucky-stores-in…

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According to the Los Angeles Times, Det. Rodney Wagner of the Sheriff’s Department stated his view that the department’s six-month investigation turned up evidence of “implied threats” against the actor by Oksana Grigorieva and her lawyers.

He wrote that he found support for three separate extortion charges in Grigorieva’s e-mails to Gibson and in a March 2010 meeting in which her lawyers, Eric George and Sonia Y. Lee, talked with Gibson’s representatives about how disclosure of the tapes and photos would “ruin” his career.

“By discussing the potential damage to Mr. Gibson’s career if the ‘evidence’ were to be released to the public … it was my opinion, that constituted an implied threat,” Wagner wrote.

George, who was Grigorieva’s lead attorney in the negotiations, is the son of the state’s former chief justice and a campaign fundraiser for Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. He hosted a $500-per-person cocktail party at his Beverly Hills home in August for Cooley’s unsuccessful race for attorney general and donated $6,500 to his campaign. He declined to comment.

Grigorieva’s current attorney, Daniel Horowitz, said Wagner had mistaken bare-knuckles legal negotiations for a crime.

“Lawyering is a very tough business,” he said.

See source @: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/22/local/la-me-0322-gibson-extortion-201…

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Eric George — the son of the controversial former chief justice of California, Ronald George, is presently a defendant in a civil-racketeering action by Marina Del Rey-based community activist Daniel Dydzak.  Also named as defendant are Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles and Holly Fujie.

Both Holly Fujie and Eric George were directors of Bet Tzedek, an entity which obtained millions of dollars from the various trusts funds maintained and operated by the State Bar of California, as well as funds from the California Bar Foundation, where Holly Fujie presently serves as the vice-president.

Both the State Bar of California and the California Bar Foundation are under the direct control of the California Supreme Court.

The various legal trust funds maintained by the State Bar of California are overseen by the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission where, coincidentally, Holly Fujie also served as director.

Heading the commission is David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers, another lawyer who is a director of Bet Tzedek, and Bonnie Rubin of 1st Century Bank — a bank owned by former president of the State Bar of California Alan Rothenberg. Coincidentally, Eric George is part owner of 1st Century Bank.

Dydzak alleges in his lawsuits that part of the millions originated from the State Bar of California and its foundation headed to Bet Tzedek were embezzled by the various actors and were siphoned to off shore bank accounts.

Bet Tzedek is headed by CEO Sandor “Sandy” Samuels — former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — who according to Dydzak was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

According to confidential sources familiar with the situation, Dydzak filed the suit in Washington DC, because he is extremely concerned that given the caliber of the defendants and the fact that they are in control of the justice system in California, they will seek to injure him in various ways, including in seeking to somehow derail the suit.

According to these sources, Tom Layton, investigator from the State Bar of California who is well connected with Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, in the past paid a visit to Dydzak’s neighborhood, and sought to convince his neighbors to falsely accuse Dydzak of various acts of misconduct, including providing improper and unlawful legal counsel.

Source: http://www.free-press-release.com/news-los-angeles-county-superior-court-judge-holly-fujie-accused-of-misappropriation-of-funds-1350971970.html

BREAKING NEWS: Extortion / Attempted Extortion in Yolo County — Copy of Threatening Letter

A letter was sent to a home in the city of Davis which the writer threatens property damage, according to a school board candidate.

A Davis resident received a letter last week in which damage was threatened to the resident’s home if he didn’t take down his “No on Measure E” sign.

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Please see complete story @:

http://davis.patch.com/articles/threatening-letter-to-measure-e-opponent-we-l…

 

California Penal Code 518 punishes you for extortion when you obtain property (or an official act) from another through force or fear. “Fear” (as it applies to blackmail), refers to one of four types of threats:

  1. a threat to injure a person or property,
  2. a threat to accuse the targeted individual (or any of his/her relatives) of a crime,
  3. a threat to connect the targeted individual (or any of his/her relatives) with a disgrace, deformity, or crime, or
  4. a threat to reveal a secret affecting the targeted individual (or any of his/her relatives).

Source:  http://www.shouselaw.com/extortion.html

 

California Penal Code Cection 519 reads:

Fear, such as will constitute extortion, may be induced by a threat, either: 1. To do an unlawful injury to the person or property of the individual threatened or of a third person; or, 2. To accuse the individual threatened, or any relative of his, or member of his family, of any crime; or, 3. To expose, or to impute to him or them any deformity, disgrace or crime; or, 4. To expose any secret affecting him or them.See @: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=pen&group=00001-01000&file=518-527

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betsy Andreu and Frankie Andreu Hereby Ask To Comment on Prima Facie Showing Keker & Van Nest’s Chris Young and USDOJ’s Tony West Part of Financial Scheme Rendering West Susceptible to Extortion by Lance Armstrong’s Legal Team of Keker & Van Nest

Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu
Betsy and Frankie Andreu.  Betsy, who with her husband and former Armstrong teammate, Frank, accused the cycling champion of doping, said she was shocked by Birotte’s decision.  “Our legal system failed us,” she said. “This is what happens when you have a lot of money and you can buy attorneys who have people in high places in the Department of Justice.” (Image:courtesy photo)

Prima Facie showing of financial scheme involving Keker & Van Nest’s Chris Young and USDOJ’s Tony West, below:

Tony West
Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. West’s sister-in-law — Ms. Kamala Harris — is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.  Suspicious and unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL have caused some to speculate about the possibility that the quintet of Brosnahan/West/Young/Carnegie/Bleich was somehow involved in improperly transferring money from Cal Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s coffers, via CaliforniaALL

TLR has learned that a recent abrupt move by a politically-connected litigation boutique firm is the subject of an intense and comprehensive examination that the quintet of Brosnahan/West/Young/Carnegie/Bleich was somehow involved in improperly transferring money from Cal Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s coffers.

According to sources seeking anonymity, the recent sudden departure of associate Christopher J.  Young (aka Chris Young) from San Francisco based Keker & Van Nest is viewed as a further attempt to conceal evidence in the mystery surrounding a sub rosa “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to the now defunct non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

As matters presently stand, prima facie evidence creates the appearance of a sophisticated financial scheme executed in 2008 involving Democratic party operatives James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tulles & Olson (the current U.S. Ambassador to Australasia and friend of President Obama), Assistant Attorney General Derek Anthony West (aka Tony West), and Chris Young, as well as others to misuse the $780,000 originating from the California Bar Foundation.

The California Bar Foundation is maintained and controlled by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California — which is largely comprised of California Democratic Party operatives such as Shrimpscam’s Gwen Moore; Jeannine English — the wife of controversial gambling attorney and Democratic Party operative Howard Dickstein; “Gay Godfather” Dennis Manger; Democratic Party operative Joseph Lawrence Dunn (aka Joe Dunn) of Voice of OC; Nancy Fineman, a partner at the firm of Democratic party operative Joe Cotchett; and Jon Streeter, President of the California State Bar Board of Governors and a partner at the firm of Democratic Party operative –  John Keker, the former prosecutor of Oliver North.

The State Bar of California — which is largely dominated by the California Democratic Party via Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese — has been involved in numerous financial scandals, the most notable of which involved the prolonged embezzlement of close to $900,000 by employee Sherri Pearl (who many believed was in cahoots with Executive Director Judy Johnson) , as well as the scandal involving Geoffrey Brown (former CPUC Commissioner) and Judy Johnson, as a result of which close to $30 million in  fines and settlements the CPUC imposed on utility companies was funneled to the California Consumer Protection Foundation (“CCPF”), an entity for which Judy Johnson secretly served as its president.

From there, CCPF funneled most of the money to ACORN-like entities in South Los Angeles — Gwen Moore’s territory — and to an entity associated with Michael Shames in San Diego which is presently under grand jury investigation.

According to the sources, in 2007-2008:

–James Brosnahan, the self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” (and former prosecutor of Caspar Weinberger), while associated with  Morrison & Foerster executed from behind the scenes a scheme known as CaliforniaALL, which collected “hush-hush” sub rosa funds totaling approximately $780,000 from the Foundation of the  State Bar of California.

–Chris Young, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director.

–Tony West, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s California Co-Chair of the California Finance Committee.

–Susan MacCormac, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, legally created the entity known as CaliforniaALL and served as its legal counsel.

–Annette Carnegie, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as a board member of the California Bar Foundation during the period of the sub rosa transfer of the above-referenced $780,000.

–Jeffrey Bleich, while associated with Munger Tolles & Olsen, served as a member of both the Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation’s board during the period of the sub rosa transfer of $780,000.  Bleich is a friend of President Obama who presently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia.

Per the sources, and in addition to the above, other suspicious and unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL have caused some to speculate about the possibility that the quintet of Brosnahan/West/Young/Carnegie/Bleich was somehow involved in improperly transferring money from Cal Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s coffers, via CaliforniaALL.

In particular, sources have referenced as examples of suspicious circumstances the false and misleading claim by CaliforniaALL that it was the force behind the creation of the Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine known as SAL UCI.  (This claim has been refuted by The Leslie Brodie Report.  Please see “The Make Believe Launching of SAL,” HERE).

Moreover, the source alluded to the fact that CaliforniaALL sought around 16,000 of deduction in its tax-return for “occupancy,” where in fact CaliforniaALL was housed pro-bono at the Sacramento offices of DLA Piper.  Please see HERE and HERE.


Mr. Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest. During the 2008 election, while employed as an associate with Morrison & Foerster, Chris Young served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director and as National Campaign’s Northern California representative. USDOJ’s Tony West (also of Morrison & Foerster) served as Co-Chair, California Finance Cmt. Recently, Keker & Van Nest abruptly removed Young’s name from the roll of lawyers associated with the firm. Similar to Tony West, Young is under scrutiny in connection with events surrounding both Lance Armstrong and sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.


CaliforniaALL — entity created by Morrison & Foerster obtained “hush-hush” sub-rosa award of $774,247 from the Foundation of the State Bar of California (AKA California Bar Foundation)

Cal Bar Tax

2008 Scott Wylie

 

(L-R) Honoring Jeffrey Bleich 2007 Dinner Chairman James Brosnahan, Mark Bostick, Honoree Jeffrey Bleich (AKA Renaissance Superman), Ninth Circuit Judge William A. Fletcher

Mr. James J. Bronsnahan of Morrison & Foerster: “I was suddenly elevated from an infrequent contributor to Demo­cratic politicians to being the mastermind behind the Democratic Party.”

MoFo Team
Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R)
Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice which represented PG&E ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of MoFo’s legal team which created CaliforniaALL. Mr. Tony West – a “mentee” of Willie Brown and CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris brother-in-law; Mr. James J. Brosnahan — original member of the BOD at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC. Brosnahan represented El Paso Corp during California Energy Crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi who also served as original BOD member at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC, alongside Martha Escutia. Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo.

In 2008, KVN’s Chris Young was employed (as his confederate Tony West) at San Francisco-based Morrison & Foerster , please see below:
Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

 

Interestingly, Keker & Van Nest’s recently saw fit to remove the name of Chris Young from its web-site, please see below:

 Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

Nevertheless,  State Bar of California membership record provides that Chris Young is still an employee of KVN, please see below:

Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

 Keker & Van Nest - Elliot Peters -- Chris Young -- March 2012



Above (L-R) Mr. David Werdegar of IOA; State Bar of California BOG Member Jeannine English; Mr. Thomas Girardi of embattled Voice of OC; Executive Director of State Bar of California Joe Dunn of embattled Voice of OC; California Supreme Court Associate Justice Hon. Kathryn Werdegar; really special prosecutor in matter of In Re Girardi and controversial judicial aspirant Prof. Rory Little; controversial gambling attorney Howard Dickstein (spouse of Jeannine English and a client of Keker & Van Nest), MoFo’s James Brosnahan of embattled Voice of OC; Keker & Van Nest partner Matthew Werdegar – son of David and Kathryn Werdegar; Keker & Van Nest partner Jan Little (spouse of Rory Little); Keker & Van Nest partner Elliot Peters — attorney for Howard Dickstein; California Democratic Party operative and mentor to Willie Brown’s former paramour — Mr. John Keker; Keker & Van Nest partner, attorney for Howard Dickstein, controversial judicial aspirant, and President of the State Bar of California — Mr. Jon Streeter. (Image:courtesy photo)

In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

See below Cal Bar Foundation newsroom which makes no mention of the subrosa transfer of funds.

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines?” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

Serving on the board of directors of CaliforniaALL (which was in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California) were State Bar employee Patricia Lee, Kamala Harris, CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon, as well as Judy Johnson. See below:

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

MoFo Legal Counsel

Ray R. Marchan — South Texas Lawyer in Racketeering Case re Judicial Bribes — Found Guilty

The government scored a resounding victory in the first case to go to trial concerning a South Texas judge who admittedly took bribes from lawyers.

Ray R. Marchan was found guilty Monday by a federal jury in Brownsville on all seven counts in a racketeering and extortion case concerning former state District Judge Abel C. Limas, reports the Brownsville Herald. Marchan, who is in his mid fifties, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years on each count when he is sentenced in September.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/federal_jury_convicts_south_texas_lawy…://www.abajournal.com/news/article/federal_jury_convicts_south_texas_lawyer_in_racketeering_conspiracy_case_re/

Keker, Peters, Little, Werdegar Suffer Major Setback as Judge Lewis Kaplan Upholds Chevron RICO Complaint Against Client RICO Defendant Steven Donziger

SAN RAMON, Calif., May 14, 2012 – The Southern District of New York today issued an order upholding Chevron’s complaint for racketeering, fraud, conspiracy and New York Judiciary Law 487, which provides for civil damages against an attorney who engages in deceit or collusion with intent to deceive a court, against U.S. plaintiffs’ lawyer and RICO defendant Steven Donziger, related to the long-running environmental case against the Company in Ecuador.

As the Court noted in its opinion, Chevron “alleges that the RICO defendants are executing a multi-faceted, extortionate scheme that included not only bringing the Lago Agrio case, but also intimidating of Ecuadorian judges, fabricating evidence, making false statements to U.S. courts, Congress, the SEC, and the media, and bringing false criminal charges, all for the purpose of coercing Chevron ‘into paying to stop the campaign against it.'”  Judge Kaplan, in his order, also ruled that “Chevron’s extortion allegations are more than sufficient.”  Furthermore, the order rejected all of Donziger’s challenges to Chevron’s allegations under the federal RICO statute, finding that Chevron had adequately stated claims for mail and wire fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering.  The Court also held that Chevron had stated valid claims under common law fraud and the New York Judiciary Act, which creates civil liability for lawyers who attempt to deceive courts. 

 “Chevron is pleased with the Court’s order, which upholds the core of Chevron’s RICO claim on every predicate criminal act asserted by the company,” said Hewitt Pate, Vice president and General Counsel. “We are eager to move forward with our racketeering case to hold the perpetrators of this unprecedented fraud and misconduct accountable.”

In a separate order also issued today, the court declined to grant Chevron’s motion to attach the defendants’ assets. In response to this order Pate continued, “Chevron will continue to use all means at its disposal to defend against the fraud being perpetrated by the plaintiffs’ lawyers.”

 

Source of press release, please see @:

http://www.chevron.com/chevron/pressreleases/article/05142012_southerndistric…

Lawyer: Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen may be extortion target (TLR Note: Highly misleading article by AOL Sport as Birdman is main suspect in sex scheme involving a minor)

DENVER— An attorney for Chris “Birdman” Andersen says he believes the allegations that led to a search of the Denver Nuggets player’s home this week involve a spurned female fan.

Denver attorney M. Colin Bresee confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday a statement he gave to the Denver Post, saying the woman asked Andersen for “financial remuneration” after traveling to Colorado last year.

Bresee’s statement says he expects that a Douglas County sheriff’s task force that investigates allegations of cybercrime against children will find no criminal wrongdoing by Andersen. Bresee also said he expects the investigation will take about three weeks.

Authorities confirm that the cybercrime unit began investigating Andersen in February after a law enforcement tip from California. Sheriff’s officials, citing the ongoing investigation, declined to comment about Bresee’s statement.

“A female fan in 2010 mailed Mr. Andersen multiple letters and included several photos in which she was scantily clad,” Bresee’s statement reads. “Chris and this woman communicated with each other and in 2011, this woman, who represented herself as 21 years of age, flew to Colorado, showing her required identification.”

The statement continued: “After leaving Colorado, she became upset at his lack of interest. In 2012, she threatened to retaliate if he did not provide financial remuneration.”

Someone claiming to be the woman’s mother wrote in an email that “‘i (sic) want him to pay for everything on her Amazon wish list, 5K for her bedding stuff and her victoria secret wish list,” according to the statement.

Bresee, who was not at his office, declined to further comment when reached by cellphone. Andersen’s agent and attorney, Mark Bryant, did not return multiple messages.

Douglas County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ron Hanavan said property, including electronic devices, was seized at Andersen’s Larkspur, Colo., home Thursday as part of the investigation.

Andersen has not been arrested or charged, and no arrest is imminent, Hanavan said.

“We’re sifting through property recovered to figure what, if any crimes, have been committed,” Hanavan said.

Items generally collected during such investigations include computers, hard drives and thumb drives. Hanavan said the items from Andersen’s home have been sent to the multi-agency Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory in suburban Denver. The lab has a backlog of computers awaiting analysis by investigators who retrieve information, find out where additional information may be stored on other servers, as well as determine who used the computer.

An application for a search warrant, where authorities explain to a judge their reasons for searching a home, as well as the return warrant, which contains details of what items have been seized, have been sealed by a judge. Such a move is standard during ongoing investigations, according to court and sheriff’s officials.

Sheriff’s officials also don’t usually provide information about searches or ongoing investigations, but did in this case because of a rush of inquiries.

Hanavan said the sheriff’s office will also announce the results of their investigation, including whether investigators decide to recommend charges against Andersen.

 

Please continue @:

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2012-05-11/chris-andersen-birdman-inves…

 

Related stories Re extortion / threats of litigation, please see @:

 

http://tinyurl.com/3onycco

 

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http://tinyurl.com/6neoc5z

 

AND @:

 

http://tinyurl.com/7njot8o

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Texas Democrat District Attorney Armando Villalobos Indicted by Federal Grand Jury (TLR Note: Similar to corruption within operatives within California Democratic Party who usually conduct business vis-a-vis a Black/Asian/Latino proxy)

Armando Villalobos indicted Democrat CD 34 candidate

By Bob Price

 

In the past couple of weeks, I have been looking at politics in South Texas and the changing demographics as more and more people in the Rio Grande Valley have been moving away from the Democrat party to the Republican Party. This is partially because of the shift in values of the national Democrat party, but also because of the long-standing corruption of certain Democrats in this region.  

This was again illustrated in today’s indictment by a Federal Grand Jury of Cameron County District Attorney (and Democrat candidate for the newly formed Congressional District 34) Armando Villalobos for receiving bribes and other violations of Federal Racketeering Acts.

The indictment contains 12 counts that include bribery charges, fixing trials and several violations of the Hobbs Act. Through the indictment, the US Attorney’s Office will also seek forfeiture of Villalobos’ property obtained from the proceeds of these alleged criminal acts.

Villalobos admitted this morning that he was the subject of the federal investigation. The investigation is believed to have come from an investigation of a murder case involving Amit Livingston according to an article by “The Monitor” today.

According to “Valley Central”,

According to the 34-page indictment, Villalobos is accused of, ‘favoritism, extortion, improper influence, personal self-enrichment, self-dealing, concealment and conflict of interest.’

Villalobos is accused of 12 charges ranging from racketeering and extortion to mail fraud by accepting and soliciting bribes for favors in forfeiture and civil lawsuits.

His former private law practice partner Lucio is accused of seven charges of racketeering, extortion and mail fraud as part of the same indictment. The indictment alleges that some of the bribes were allegedly submitted in the form of “campaign contributions” to Villalobos.”

As I am writing this article, Villabos and his alleged partner, Eduardo “Eddie” Lucio, have been arrested and will be arraigned this afternoon in a Federal Court.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.texasgopvote.com/2012-republican-primary/south-texas-democrat-dist…

 

Breaking ….. Cache Creek Casino — Under the Tight Control of Howard Dickstein — Funnels Millions to Yolo County District Attorney (TLR Note: See Below)

During the investigation, tribal representatives refused to participate in the process or respond to the grand jury’s findings, citing their status as “a sovereign governmental entity that is immune to the jurisdiction and process of state and local authorities.”

Representatives from the Yocha Dehe tribe also refused to provide up-to-date membership figures when requested for this story, but the grand jury report estimated adult membership at fewer than 25 people.

While tribal casinos present challenges to rural counties, some believe their value as an economic engine can’t be denied.

Steve Smith, the human resources director for the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians — the Sonoma tribe operating River Rock —said that the casino employs roughly 600 people, making it one of the top 20 employers in the county.

Cache Creek employs more than 2,300 people, said Mike Traum, the casino’s communications manager. The figure makes the casino the second largest employer in Yolo County, behind only the University of California, Davis.

Noting the effects that such large-scale gaming operations can have on rural areas, the tribes operating  Cache Creek and River Rock have entered into intergovernmental agreements with Yolo and Sonoma counties, respectively.
Both agreements resulted in multimillion-dollar windfalls of mitigation payments for the two counties.

In Yolo County, the Yocha Dehe tribe has shelled out more than $32 million in mitigation between 2002 and 2010, with healthy portions going toward the sheriff’s department and the district attorney’s office.

 

Please see source:

http://www.standupca.org/tribes/Rumsey%20Rancheria/rural-indian-casinos-bring…

 

TLR Note:

Howard Dickstein — a Sacramento-based Indian gambling attorney is highly corrupted, greedy at the extreme, and has been compared by many to Jack Abramoff. 

Dickstein two main clients are Cache Creek Casino / Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation located in Yolo County, and Thunder Valley Casino/ United Auburn Indian Community located in Placer County.

Only recently, Arizona Senator John McCain has called for an investigation concerting Dickstein ‘s alleged unlawful business practices.  Similarly, Madame Jessica Tavares — former chair of  United Auburn Indian Community which owns Thunder Valley Casino — accused Dickstein of duping the tribe into paying his firm $26 million in fees over six years. 

Previously, the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians which owns Cache Creek Casino had sued Dickstein.  The lawsuit ( http://tinyurl.com/cs77wqm) alleged “Greed & Betrayal” vis-via causes of actions for:

(1) BREACH OF CONTRACT
(2) BREACH OF CONTRACT
(3) NEGLIGENCE
(4) BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY
(5) AIDING AND ABETTING AND PARTICIPATING IN BREACHES OF FIDUCIARY DUTY
(6) FRAUD/CONCEALMENT
(7) CONSTRUCTIVE FRAUD
(8) NEGLIGENT MISREPRESENTATION
(9) CONVERSION
(10) VIOLATION OF BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS CODE SECTION 17200
(11) UNJUST ENRICHMENT
(12) DECLARATORY RELIEF
(13) NEGLIGENCE
(14) CIVIL CONSPIRACY

While the above mentioned suit was being litigated,  not surprisingly, wholly separate allegations of grave misconduct were leveled against Howard Dickstein, as well as against the firm which represented him — Keker & Van Nest. 

Specifically, attorneys from the law offices of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy,  and ethics expert Michael Boli alleged that Howard Dickstein and/or Keker & Van Nest manufactured evidence, and engaged in myriad violations of professional ethics.  See @:    http://tinyurl.com/bom2va2

Shockingly, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy,  and ethics expert Michael Boli  did not allege that Howard Dickstein and/or Keker & Van Nest engaged in extortion/attempted extortion or otherwise violated ethics rules which prohibit — even indirectly —  the threat of criminal prosecution for the purpose of gaining an advantage over an adversary in a civil dispute,  in reply to false allegations advanced to the court by Howard Dickstein and/or Keker & Van Nest that the plaintiffs (the clients of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy and ethics expert Michael Boli ) had “clearly committed a felony.”

Subsequent to the conclusion of the litigation, and in order to conceal the fraudulent and egregious misconduct perpetrated by Dickstein against his client — the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians — Dickstein had conspired with Keker & Van Nest to mislead the public into believing that the plaintiffs had only alleged that he was “negligent.”   See @   http://tinyurl.com/cp989dq

Dickstein is married to one Jeannine English — a lobbyist from Sacramento who serves as “Public Member” of the State Bar of California Board of Governors/Trustees.  Jeannine English, not surprisingly, is as greedy and corrupt as Dickstein, and then some. 

She is a former member of the California’s  “Little Hoover Commission” (as is State Bar of California “Public Member” Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam. )  

Interestingly, while Jeannine English was part of the Little Hoover Commission, Howard Dickstein was appointed to purvey legal services to the commission.  Conversely, Dickstein  had arranged that his client — the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians — would hire his wife Jeannine English to act as “Lobbyist” for the tribe.

Jeannine English was positioned as BOG “Public Member” to primarily ensure that her husband Howard Dickstein will not be disciplined by the State Bar of California, despite the well documented trail of fraudulent and egregious misconduct he had perpetrated against several  of his clients.  This had the net benefit of unjustly enriching  both  herself and her husband at the expense of Dickstein ‘s client, the People of the State of California, and the fair administration of justice. 

Further seeking to escape justice and in order to apiece other law enforcement agencies, Dickstein also arranges for huge sums of money to be donated to Jerry Brown, California attorney general Kamala Harris,  and other California Democratic Operatives from the coffers of his clients.  See example @    http://tinyurl.com/cftq5ye

Incidentally, Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam (as is  “Public Member” Dennis Mangers – also a California Democratic Party operative)  primary goal as BOG public members is also  to ensure that certain law firms such Girardi & Keese, Engstrom Lispcmomb & Lack, Cotche Pitre & McCarthy, Kreindler & Kreindler, Morrison & Foerster, Skadden Arps, Kerr & Wagstaffe, Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, and many others known as “State Bar Royalty” are not disciplined by the State Bar.  For example, Gwen Moore, Jeannine English, Alec Chang, Jon Streeter , Starr Babcock, Robert Hawley, Joe Dunn, and others are part of an ongoing highly unlawful conspiracy to obstruct justice in the matter of In Re Girardi.

 In consideration of allowing to operate with impunity by the state Bar of California , those  law firms contribute handsomely to members of the California Democratic Party vis-vis political donations and /or class-actions Cy Pres award and/or diversity money — either directly or indirectly. 

Moore is also involved in various other adventures which mainly consist of  “leaning” on the CPUC/Utility companies for the purpose of extracting money under the guise of Diversity pursuant to General Order 156.  According to sources close to YR,  General Order 156 is nullity given the passage of Proposition 209.  Consequently, those sources maintain,  a declaratory judgement action will soon be filed in the Sacramento Superior Court seeking to declare General Order 156 null and void.

In furtherance of the above mentioned unlawful activities, and in order to compensate for the lack of discipline imposed on State Bar Royalty; sources familiar with the situation maintain a policy was put in place by Judy Johnson, Jeannine English, Thomas Girardi, Robert Hawley, Howard Dickstein, Alec Chang, Starr Babcock, Howard Miller, Holly Fujie and others — on their behalf and on behalf of others — to frame innocent lawyers and/or impose unusually harsh discipline even for minor violations. 

For example, on one hand, Walter Lack and Pierce O’Donnell — who despite a well documented trail of repeated acts of misconduct — have no or  very little displined imposed by the State Bar of California, respectively.   On the other hand , Phil Kay , Ron Gottschalk, Dan Dydzak , and many other were treated unjustly, and in accordance with said policy.

 

 

 

 

 

Qualified Source: Demand Letter Sent by Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi to DLA Piper Does Not Amount to Extortion/Attempted Extortion

See original story @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/11/03/tom-girardi-lashes-out-at-victim-as…

 

Per the qualified source, Girardi’s demand letter did not include any threat of criminal prosecution such as in the case of Flatley v. Mauro.

“Normally, conduct of the type engaged in by Mr. Mauro falls within the protective provisions of section 425.16.  (See Briggs v. Eden Council for Hope & Opportunity, supra, 19 Cal.4th at p. 1115 [“communications preparatory to or in anticipation of the bringing of an action or other official proceeding” are protected under section 425.16]; Kashian v. Harriman, supra, 98 Cal.App.4th at p. 908 [filing a lawsuit]; Shekhter v. Financial Indemnity Co., supra, 89 Cal.App.4th at p. 153 [attorney’s use of the media is entitled to protection under section 425.16].)  The problem is that Mr. Mauro went further than threatening to file a lawsuit and then disseminate the information about the complaint to journalists.  Rather, in addition to the threatened lawsuit and media exposure, Mr. Mauro threatened criminal prosecution or publication of defamatory matter about the rape as a means of obtaining leverage in the proposed civil action if “seven figures” was not paid. “

Source @:

http://www.ilawdictionary.com/California_Law_Dictionary_Vol_0000_Ch_001_Sec_0…

 

See also California Supreme Court decision,  Footnote 16 which reads:

“We emphasize that our conclusion that Mauro’s communications constituted criminal extortion as a matter of law are based on the specific and extreme circumstances of this case.   Extortion is the threat to accuse the victim of a crime or “expose, or impute to him · any deformity, disgrace or crime” (Pen.Code, § 519) accompanied by a demand for payment to prevent the accusation, exposure, or imputation from being made.   Thus, our opinion should not be read to imply that rude, aggressive, or even belligerent prelitigation negotiations, whether verbal or written, that may include threats to file a lawsuit, report criminal behavior to authorities or publicize allegations of wrongdoing, necessarily constitute extortion.   (Philippine Export & Foreign Loan Guarantee Corp. v. Chuidian, supra, 218 Cal.App.3d at p. 1079, 267 Cal.Rptr. 457 [“a person, generally speaking, has a perfect right to prosecute a lawsuit in good faith, or to provide information to the newspapers”].)   Nor is extortion committed by an employee who threatens to report the illegal conduct of his or her employer unless the employer desists from that conduct.   In short, our discussion of what extortion as a matter of law is limited to the specific facts of this case.”

 

Source:

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ca-supreme-court/1251110.html

 

 

When is a demand letter extortion or blackmail? – Avvo.com

The simple answer is that it is a criminal offense to threaten to go to the law enforcement folks unless a person or entity pays you hush money. It is perfectly OK to demand a payment and to state that if payment is not made you will pursue your legal remedies. That is done all the time. Often, enforceable contracts allow for the recovery of attorney’s fees and costs of collection.

Under CA law, four types of threats may be the basis for an extortion prosecution:
(1) The threat to do unlawful injury (as opposed to, for example, a football player saying he is going to beat up on an opposing lineman in the Sugar Bowl)

(2) The threat to accuse of a crime unless something you want is done (usually that is the payment of money)

(3) The threat to expose or impute any deformity, disgrace, or crime (e.g., unless you pay me, I will expose the fact that you have molested my son)

(4) The threat to expose a secret of the victim (e.g., unless you pay me, I will expose the fact that you were once charged with check forgery in Delaware)

These threats are the only ones on which a conviction of extortion may be predicated in CA. Threats not listed are not indictable on this charge. Although a threat may be implied in a proper case, the actual making of a threat is an essential element of the crime, and a mere proposition or offer is not sufficient. For example, demanding money for letters, supposedly of damaging character, is not extortion in the absence of any threat to make them public, even if the defendant has such a threat in mind. And, the threat may be oral.

Please see complete article @:
http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/when-is-a-demand-letter-extortion-or-blackm…

D.A. Steve Cooley Gets Financial Help From Oksana’s Lawyer — Eric George TMZ- 3/2011

TMZ has learned Eric George, a prominent Beverly Hills civil lawyer, hosted both campaign fundraisers last year, while the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department was conducting its investigation. 

And documents reveal … George contributed more than $8,000 to Cooley in 2010 …  of that, George contributed $1,992 in August … while the Sheriff’s investigation of Oksana was going full bore … we do know, however, George has had a long-standing friendship with Cooley and has made contributions to him in the past.

As TMZ first reported, George negotiated a $15 million package for Oksana during her mediation in May, 2010.  Law enforcement sources tell us … Sheriff’s investigators believe there’s “strong evidence ” that Oksana extorted Mel by threatening to release the explosive tapes unless she got the money.

Please continue @:
http://www.tmz.com/2011/03/02/oksana-grigorieva-eric-george-steve-cooley-15-m…

March 2011 — Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Investigator alleged extortion against Mel Gibson by Oksana Grigorieva and Lawyer Eric George

In a letter sent Thursday to the prosecutor who declined to file charges, Det. Rodney Wagner of the Sheriff’s Department stated his view that the department’s six-month investigation turned up evidence of “implied threats” against the actor by Oksana Grigorieva and her lawyers.

He wrote that he found support for three separate extortion charges in Grigorieva’s e-mails to Gibson and in a March 2010 meeting in which her lawyers, Eric George and Sonia Y. Lee, talked with Gibson’s representatives about how disclosure of the tapes and photos would “ruin” his career.

“By discussing the potential damage to Mr. Gibson’s career if the ‘evidence’ were to be released to the public … it was my opinion, that constituted an implied threat,” Wagner wrote.

George, who was Grigorieva’s lead attorney in the negotiations, is the son of the state’s former chief justice and a campaign fundraiser for Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. He hosted a $500-per-person cocktail party at his Beverly Hills home in August for Cooley’s unsuccessful race for attorney general and donated $6,500 to his campaign. He declined to comment.

Grigorieva’s current attorney, Daniel Horowitz, said Wagner had mistaken bare-knuckles legal negotiations for a crime.

“Lawyering is a very tough business,” he said.

See complete story @:
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/22/local/la-me-0322-gibson-extortion-201…

Gwen Moore – “Shakedown Artist” Focus of Prior FBI Sting Operation — Now a Named-Defendant in Federal Civil Action

Controversial former California assemblywoman  Gwen Moore has been named a defendant in an action recently filed in federal court, TLR has learned.

Also named as defendants, amongst many, are Douglas Winthrop, managing partner of embattled Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin; former Sacramento lobbyist Jeannine English; State Bar of California Deputy Executive Director Robert Hawley; and Judy Johnson, president of the California Consumer Protection Foundation (“CCPF“).


From left, Gwen Moore of GeM Communication (who, according to confidential sources, was known in Sacramento as a “Shakedown Artist”), Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, and CCPF’s Judy Johnson.

Moore, not a stranger to The Leslie Brodie Report, was “the author of special-interest bills to benefit phony companies set up by the FBI in the sting. They passed but were vetoed. Moore received $10,500 in campaign contributions from the businessmen, including $3,500 funneled through a lobbying firm and a $5,000 contribution, which she promptly returned,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

The sting operation in question was conducted by the FBI’s Bribery and Special Interest unit, which was investigating corruption in the California State Legislature. The operation was also known as “Shrimpscam” because FBI agents posed as representatives of a West Sacramento-based shrimp processing company who gave campaign contributions to lawmakers in exchange for favorable legislation. A couple of the bills were actually passed by both the Assembly and Senate, but were ultimately vetoed by the Governor, who was tipped off in advance. (Source: Wikipedia.)

The operation sent Board of Equalization member Paul Carpenter to prison. Three other members of the state legislature also spent time in jail: Pat Nolan, minority leader at the time of the raid; State Senator Joseph Montoya; and Assembly Member Frank Hill. (Source: Wikipedia.)

According to media reports, the “scandal has shaken the political world in Sacramento and ignited new criticism of the way California’s “third house” – lobbyists – routinely doles out millions to open-handed legislators. The FBI scheme came to light after 30 FBI agents, armed with seven search warrants and accompanied by David Levi, the U.S. attorney for eastern California, descended on the Capitol.  The agents went through the offices of four Southern California lawmakers: Assemblyman Patrick Nolan of Glendale, the leader of the house’s Republicans; Assemblyman Frank Hill, a Republican from Whittier and a former aide to former U.S. Sen. S.I. Hayakawa; Assemblywoman Gwen Moore, a Los Angeles Democrat who was the sponsor of the FBI’s bogus legislation, and state Sen. Joseph Montoya, an El Monte Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Business and Professions Committee.”

In a nine-count indictment, a federal grand jury charged Tyrone Netters, Moore’s former aide, with extortion, conspiracy, racketeering, money laundering and income tax evasion. Netters was later convicted of one count of violating RICO, three counts of extortion in violation of the Hobbs Act, four counts of money laundering, and one count of subscribing to a false tax return.

More specifically, the conviction included charges of conducting an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering in violation of 18 U.S.C. section 1962(c); (2) conspiracy to affect commerce by extortion under color of official right in violation of 18 U.S.C. section 1951; (3) extortion under color of official right and aiding and abetting in violation of 18 U.S.C. sections 1951 and 2; and (4) extortion under color of official right in violation of 18 U.S.C. section 1951.

TLR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of any developments in this civil action, entitled Baldwin v. State Bar of California.

Meet Ronald Burkle – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Ron Burkle, November 2006

Ronald Wayne Burkle (born November 12, 1952) is an American business magnate and investor. A major political fundraiser, he is listed on the Forbes 400, with an estimated net worth of $3.2 billion in 2011.[1]

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[edit] Life and career

Burkle was born in Pomona, California. He got his start in the supermarket business as a bag boy at his father’s grocery store. He later dropped out of college and founded Yucaipa Companies, a private equity firm[2] which invests in retail, manufacturing, and distribution. He also founded the Ronald W. Burkle Foundation[3]

Burkle has served as Chairman of the Board and controlling shareholder of numerous companies, including Alliance Entertainment,[4] Golden State Foods, Dominick’s, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, and Food4Less. He is currently a member of the board of Occidental Petroleum Corporation,[5] KB Home,[6] and Yahoo![7]

Burkle is a well-known Democratic supporter and fundraiser who has raised more than $1,000,000 for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Bill Clinton is employed by The Yucaipa Companies to help identify possible investment opportunities.[8] He has supported California State Treasurer Phil Angelides and employed former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, both of whom are former California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) board members, but has also made contributions to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.[9] Robert Novak reported in June 2007 that 98 percent of Burkle’s $1.5 million political contributions to date have gone to Democrats.[10] Burkle helped finance Al Gore‘s cable Current TV network.[11]

Burkle is also known for a tussle with the New York Post which tagged him the “Billionaire Party Boy”.

[edit] Pittsburgh Penguins

He is part owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins[12] National Hockey League team, although his current share is unknown. He co-owns the franchise with Penguins legend Mario Lemieux. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009.

[edit] Wild Oats

Wild Oats Markets was an operator of natural foods stores and farmers’ markets in North America. Burkle started buying Wild Oats stock in February 2005. By the time Whole Foods Market, a natural-foods grocer, agreed to pay $565 million for Wild Oats, Burkle was the largest shareholder of Wild Oats.[13]

[edit] Golden State Foods

Burkle sold his majority stake in supplier Golden State Foods to St. Louis-based Wetterau Associates for about $110 million. Golden State, one of McDonald’s biggest suppliers, operates 11 distribution centers in the United States and abroad and two U.S. processing plants.[14]

[edit] Follieri and the Vati-Con scandal

On April 30, 2008, a Delaware judge dismissed Burkle’s lawsuit against Raffaello Follieri, ex-boyfriend of actress Anne Hathaway, after he agreed to repay Burkle more than $1.3 million Burkle loaned him, a small amount of the money Burkle lost in the Vati-Con Scandal.[15]

[edit] Investments and transactions

Burkle’s investments and transactions include:

[edit] Payola scandal

In April 2006, Burkle accused New York Post columnist Jared Paul Stern of attempting to extort money from him in exchange for stopping the publication of stories in Page Six, the paper’s gossip column, about his private life.[22] Burkle secretly videotaped two private meetings between himself and Stern, with the second meeting orchestrated and monitored by the FBI. Stern allegedly asked Burkle for a $220,000 investment in his clothing business in exchange for better coverage. Stern was subsequently fired by the Post.[23]

[edit] Relationship with Organized Labor

Ron has received numerous honors and awards from labor including the AFL-CIO Murray Green Meany Kirkland Community Service Award [24] and The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Man of the Year.[25]

[edit] Personal

Ron is the divorced father of three adult children.

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ “Forbes Billionaire profile Ron Burkle”. forbes.com. 2011-03-09. http://www.forbes.com/profile/ron-burkle. 
  2. ^ “The Complete Ron Burkle”. The New York Observer. 2006-04-12. http://www.observer.com/node/32454. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  3. ^ “The Ronald W. Burkle Foundation”. http://burklefoundation.com/ron_burkle. 
  4. ^ “#112 Ronald Burkle”. Forbes 400. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2005/54/TTQT.html. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  5. ^ “board of directors”. Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. http://web.archive.org/web/20070930225732/http://www.oxy.com/Corporate+governance/board.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  6. ^ “Ronald W Burkle”. Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/finance/mktguideapps/personinfo/FromPersonIdPersonTearsheet.jhtml?passedPersonId=935159. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  7. ^ “Board of Directors”. Yahoo!. http://yhoo.client.shareholder.com/press/directors.cfm. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  8. ^ “The Rise Of Ron Burkle – Forbes.com”. Forbes. 2006-11-12. http://www.forbes.com/free_forbes/2006/1211/104.html. 
  9. ^ Murdoch Donates $250K to Schwarzenegger
  10. ^ “#117 Ronald Burkle – Forbes.com”. Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/54/biz_06rich400_Ronald-Burkle_TTQT.html. 
  11. ^ Said, Carolyn (2006-03-16). “Newspapers may have an angel / Billionaire Burkle emerges as possible buyer, union says”. The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/03/16/BUG6VHOO661.DTL&feed=rss.business. 
  12. ^ Solomon, Deborah (2007-03-18). “Questions for Ron Burkle: Friend of Bill and Hill”. New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/18/magazine/18WWLNQ4.t.html?ex=1331870400&en=1d29f577103d2c5c&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  13. ^ “Ronald Burkle Harvests His Wild Oats”. The New York Times. 2007-02-22. http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/02/22/ronald-burkle-sows-his-wild-oats/. 
  14. ^ “Burkle sells 51% stake in Golden State Foods”. Nation’s Restaurant News. 2004-02-16. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3190/is_7_38/ai_113682735/pg_1. 
  15. ^ “Side Dish”. Daily News (New York). 2008-04-30. http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2008/04/30/2008-04-30_side_dish.html. 
  16. ^ Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. (2010-03-01). “Burkle Presses Barnes & Noble on Stake”. The Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703940704575089513721935270.html. 
  17. ^ http://sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/890491/000110465910004168/a10-2792_1ex99d2.htm
  18. ^ http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/02/01/burkles-yucaipa-funds-targets-barnes-noble-asks-ok-to-boost-stake-to-37-matching-riggio-family/
  19. ^ Shwiff, Kathy; Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. (2010-02-02). “Burkle Targets Barnes & Noble”. The Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703422904575039713084867850.html. 
  20. ^ Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. (2010-02-19). “Barnes & Noble Won’t Let Burkle Raise Stakes”. The Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703444804575071321192509934.html. 
  21. ^ Holmes, Elizabeth (2010-06-25). “Ron Burkle Reports 6% Stake In American Apparel”. The Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704911704575327221644960384.html. 
  22. ^ “HOW HE MADE HIS MOVE. Shaking down a billionaire”. Daily News (New York). 2006-04-09. http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/2006/04/09/2006-04-09_how_he_made_his_move___shaki.html. 
  23. ^ “Joe Tacopina To Testify About Bernie Kerik’s Liesh”. http://gawker.com/news/bernie-baby-bernie/joe-tacopina-to-testify-about-bernie-keriks-lies-328534.php. 
  24. ^ “AFL-CIO Murray Green Meany Kirkland Community Service Award”. Burkle Center for International Relations. http://www.international.ucla.edu/burkle/about/article.asp?parentid=37088. 
  25. ^ “Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Man of the Year”. The Getty. http://www.getty.edu/news/press/leaders/burkle.html. 

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Stephen Larson of Arent & Fox to Represent Jeffrey Scott Burum– a Real Estate Developer Charged with Bribery.

Former Judge Stephen G. Larson is the lead counsel for Jeffrey Scott Burum, one of four people identified last month in a 29-count indictment stemming from an investigation into allegations of bribery, embezzlement, extortion and misappropriation of funds.

http://www.swrnn.com/2011/06/30/former-judge-now-lead-attorney-for-real-estat…

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