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IMPORTANT UPDATE — In Re State Bar of California Board of Trustees Public Members George Davis and Jeannine English

TLR’s previously published article “BREAKING NEWS… Developing… Members of State Bar of California Board of Trustees Alleged Fraudulent Misrepresentation Re Public Members George Davis and Jeannine English” is no longer relevant.

The Leslie Brodie Report has learned that “George Davis and Jeannine English, remain members of the Board of Trustees because they have not been replaced on the Board.  Pursuant to Government Codes 1302 and 1774, these members are required to remain on the Board until they are replaced, and the Governor has 60 days after the expiration of their terms to appoint replacements.”

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BREAKING NEWS… Developing… Members of State Bar of California Board of Trustees Alleged Fraudulent Misrepresentation Re Public Members George Davis and Jeannine English — Spouse of Howard Dickstein

IMPORTANT UPDATE –TLR’s previously published article (BELOW) “BREAKING NEWS… Developing… Members of State Bar of California Board of Trustees Alleged Fraudulent Misrepresentation Re Public Members George Davis and Jeannine English” is no longer relevant.

The Leslie Brodie Report has learned that “George Davis and Jeannine English, remain members of the Board of Trustees because they have not been replaced on the Board.  Pursuant to Government Codes 1302 and 1774, these members are required to remain on the Board until they are replaced, and the Governor has 60 days after the expiration of their terms to appoint replacements.

DEVELOPING STORY…… DETAILS SOON……

The Leslie Brodie Report (TLR) is carefully following a major developing story relating to State Bar of California Board of Governors / Trustees (“BOG”) Public Members George Davis and Jeannine English.

According to knowledgeable sources, speaking on condition on anonymity, both Davis and English (spouse of Howard Dickstein, both defendants in two separate RICO suits) are under scrutiny for seeking to mislead and defraud the public.

Specifically, despite the fact that Davis and English exited the BOG in October of 2012 (see resolution below), executive and directors of State Bar of California conspired to engage, and did in fact engage, in further acts of racketeering through and by means of fraud in seeking to create a false appearance that Davis and English are presently member of the BOG.

See below  or  @: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/BoardofTrustees/Roster.aspx

TLR is gathering and analyzing data concerning the complaint, and will post update as they become available, including recent revelations dealing with Jeannine English, Gwen Moore, CPUC, Lehman English Kelly & O’Keefe, AT&T, Hanson McClain, Pride Foundation and Pride Industries.

2012-13 Roster  — source : http://www.calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/BoardofTrustees/Roster.aspx

Officers

PresidentPatrick M. Kelly (formerly District 7)Patrick Kelly
Wilson Elser et al LLP
555 South Flower Street, #2900
Los Angeles, CA  90071
Phone: 213-443-5100

Vice PresidentLuis J. Rodriguez  (formerly District 7 )Luis Rodriguez
Division Chief
Office of the Public Defender
320 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-974-2992
Fax: 213-626-3519

TreasurerGretchen M. Nelson (formerly District 7)Gretchen Nelson
Kreindler & Kreindler LLP
707 Wilshire Boulevard #4100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-622-6469
Fax: 213-622-6019

Members

Alec Y. Chang (formerly District 3)
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
525 University Avenue, Suite 1100
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-470-4684
Fax: 650-798-6500
Michael G. Colantuono (Assembly Appt.)
Colantuono & Levin, PC
11364 Pleasant Valley Road
Penn Valley, CA 95946
Phone: 530-432-7357
Fax: 530-432-7356
George Davis (Public Member)
Davis Broadband Group, Inc.
6245 Bristol Parkway, Suite 297
Culver City, CA 90230
Phone: 310-877-0925
Jeannine English (Public Member)
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-538-2170
Nancy Fineman (formerly District 4)
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP
840 Malcolm Road #200
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: 650-697-6000
Fax: 650-697-0577
Karen M. Goodman (formerly District 2)Craig Holden
Goodman & Associates
3840 Watt Avenue, Building A
Sacramento, CA 95821
Phone: 916-643-0600
Fax: 916-643-0605
Craig Holden (formerly District 7) Craig Holden
The State Bar of California
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-538-2170
Loren Kieve (formerly District 4)
Kieve Law Offices
The Presidio of San Francisco
5A Funston Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone: 415-364-0060
Dennis Mangers (Public Member)Dennis Mangers
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 916-425-8167
Pearl Mann (formerly District 8)Pearl Mann
Law Office of Pearl Gondrella Mann
2501 E. Chapman Ave. #225
Fullerton, CA 92831
Phone: 714-992-4045
Gwen Moore (Public Member)Gwen Moore
4201 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 615
Los Angeles, CA  90010
Phone: 323-954-3777
David J. Pasternak (Supreme Court Appt.) David Pasternak
Pasternak Pasternak et al
1875 Century Park E #2200
Los Angeles, CA 90067-2523
Phone: 310-553-1500
Fax: 310-553-1540
Heather Linn Rosing (formerly District 9)
Klinedinst PC
501 W. Broadway #600
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-239-8131
Mark ShemMark Shem (District 6)
Borton Petrini LLP
95 S. Market St. #400
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-535-0870
Christopher W. Todd (District 4)Christopher Todd
Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie LLP
600 W. Broadway 7th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 232-8151
Fax: 619-232-4665
David A. Torres (District 5)
Attorney-at-Law
1318 K St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 661-326-0857
Fax: 661-326-0936

Keker & Van Nest’s Jan Little — Spouse of Hastings College of Law’s Rory Little (In Re Girardi Special Prosecutor Accused of Criminal Conduct) Launches New Website As YR Prepares to Picket a Beach in San Francisco

Keker & Van Nest partner Jan Little has launched a new website.

Little, who is married to Rory Little — a professor at UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, handled high-stakes criminal and complex civil litigation for more than 25 years, and was previously recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers In America” for bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense according to Keker & Van Nest.

The address of the new website is http://jannielsenlittlekeker.net/

UC Hastings Prof Rory Little

Rory Little, spouse of Jan Little of Keker & Van Nest.  Professor Little is a Ninth Circuit judicial aspirant and professor of law at U.C. Hastings. He  was appointed special prosecutor in the matter of In Re Girardi by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski.


Judge William Fletcher, a member of the Ninth Circuit panel that adjudicated the matter of In re Girardi, 08-80090, rejected the lenient recommendations of Rory Little. He stated: “with any competent lawyer if you’re omitting part of a document, that is not accidental. That is intentional.” The court adjudicated that the grave misconduct by Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi included “the persistent use of known falsehoods,” and that the “false representations” were made “knowingly, intentionally, and recklessly” during years of litigation.

Peviously, in papers submitted to federal court, a party not associated with TLR/YR accused Ninth Circuit Judicial Aspirant Rory Little of compromising his ethics in exchange for a promise of judgeship. (see above)

Unfortunately, Keker & Van Ness questionable method of operating through a diverse proxy in various matters, including in the matter of In Re Girardi, ipso facto created a scenario by which the interests of Jan and Rory Little are inconsistent with those of The Leslie Brodie Report and YR — who exposed the scheme in the matter of In Re Girardi / Howard Rice.


Tom Girardi of Girardi & Keese. Per the Ninth Circuit, Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi have resorted to employing “the persistent use of known falsehoods” and “false representations” were made “knowingly, intentionally, and recklessly” during years of litigation. Subsequent to those findings, the State Bar of California appointed Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk to serve as special prosecutor against Girardi, Lack, and their respective firms. None mentioned that Girardi and Lack are actually clients of Jerome Falk and Howard Rice. See story here. For additional allegations of misconduct leveled against Girardi, please see here, and here , and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here. For the latest on Walter Lack, please see here. (Image: courtesy photo)

As such, consistent with the efforts to obtain publicity for the cause, YR is mulling, reluctantly,  a peaceful assembly to expose the antics of Rory Little/ Keker & Van Nest in front of Hastings College of the Law, in the rotunda known as “The Beach.”

Other alternative methods to expose Little may include the use of leaflets, which will be placed in the SIC folder of each student.

Three-Card Monte Game Over as John Keker and Diverse Proxies Jon Streeter, Chris Young Reinstate Profile of OBAMA FOR AMERICA Chris Young on Keker & Van Nest Website

Three-card Monte, also known as the Three-card marney, Three-card trick, Three-Way, Three-card shuffle, Menage-a-card, Triplets, Follow the lady, Les Trois Perdants (French for Three Losers), le Bonneteau, Find the lady, Bola bola or Follow the Bee is a confidence game in which the victim, or mark, is tricked into betting a sum of money, on the assumption that they can find the money card among three face-down playing cards. It is the same as the shell game except that cards are used instead of “shells”.  (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-card_Monte )

3 card monty

These old school hustlers brought out the 3 Card Monty setup and got this dude for his grip. This is a variation on the ‘shell game’ where a pebble is hidden under a shell and the confidence man managing the game moves the pebble around discreetly so that you never correctly guess the shell it is under. (Image and nerrative credit: http://dallaspenn.com/weblog/?p=2564 )

gambling pictures

The tosser shows the player all three cards. So is there any way to win these games? In most cases, no — the games are rigged so you can’t win. (credit: http://www.howstuffworks.com/question590.htm  )

Three Card Monte in Las Vegas

There was the three card monte on the pavement. (source: http://adventureivan.com/2010/12/hitchhiking-las-vegas-and-surrounds.html )

https://i1.wp.com/affordablehousinginstitute.org/blogs/us/wp-content/uploads/imagesthree-card-monte-small.jpg

Just put down 3% and you’ll make a fortune (source: http://affordablehousinginstitute.org/blogs/us/2008/06/seller-paid-down-payments-fundamentally-flawed.html  )

KEKER’S DIVERSE PROXIES REVEALED AS JOHN KEKER LOSES THREE CARD MONTE


Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest (image: courtesy)

Christopher Jacob Young, commonly known as “Chris Young,” is currently listed on the State Bar of California’s database as an associate with Keker & Van Nest. Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young was an associate at Morrison & Foerster.

Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young served as “Northern California Deputy Finance Director” for OBAMA FOR AMERICA.   Dereck Anthony West, who goes by the name “Tony West,” presently serves as third in command within the Department of Justice below Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer.  Around 2007-2008, West served as Chair of the “California Finance Committee” of OBAMA FOR AMERICA .


Tony West, Chris Young

 

Sir James J. Brosnahan
MORRISON & FOERSTER TEAM: JAMES BROSNAHAN, TONY WEST,
ANNETTE CARNEGIE, CHRIS YOUNG —
Brosnahan, the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Democratic Party and spouse of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carol Brosnahan, gained fame after his own psychiatrist — Berkeley-based Scyzophrenia specialist Dr. Bruce Africa — threaten to kill him due to an alleged sexual affair between Brosnahan and Dr. Africa’s wife —  Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa. In September of 2009, once Ruthe Ashley existed CaliforniaALL, Dunn (with the help of Escutia, Girardi and Brosnahan) launched online publication “Voice of OC.” Dunn is also a trustee of UCI Foundation — an entity which absorbed most of the grants CaliforniaALL collected from utility companies Senator Dunn officially investigated during California energy crisis.(Image: courtesy photos)


Martha Fay Africa (AKA Marty Africa), managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa. Formerly Director of Law Placement at the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, and a founder of ABA Women Rainmakers, she is Co-Chair of the ABA LPM Section’s Management Core Group Standing Committee on Diversity. According to Schizophrenia specialist — Berkeley-based psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Africa — former patient James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster and Marty Africa were involved in an illicit love affair.  Recently Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac was nominated by Marty Africa as Rainmaker of the Year.  Incidentally, both Brosnahan and Mac Cormac are under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL for the alleged suspicious activities of laundering money to State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn of Voice of OC and OBAMA FOR AMERICA via California Bar Foundation — Please see HERE and HERE for additional information. (image: courtesy of Major, Lindsey & Africa)

James Brosnahan is presently a senior partner at the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster. He considers himself to be the “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.” CaliforniaALL was created by Morrison & Foerster, under the supervision of Mr. Brosnahan. Specifically Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate assisted with the legal aspects of creating the entity.

Carnegie is presently employed at the Kaiser Foundation. Around 2007-2008, she was a partner at Morrison & Foerster and served as a director of the Foundation. In 2007-2008, the Foundation poured into CaliforniaALL the large sum of $774,247; by comparison, most other donations were around $10,000 to $20,000. As shown below, the transfer of said money appears to be imbued with fraud and secrecy, especially in connection with four utility companies (Verizon, PG&E, Edison, and AT&T)

In 2007, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson launched and co-chaired the national finance committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA. Other attorneys from law firms representing utility companies seeking to place Obama in office because they hoped he would support the Smart-Grid and clean energy initiatives followed suit , including James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” ) Tony West (OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s Chair of California Finance Committee) Chris Young (“OBAMA FOR AMERICA” Northern California Deputy Finance Director) Annette Carnegie (former director with the California Bar Foundation) Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, OBAMA FOR AMERICA ; member of CaliforniaALL) Steven Churchwell ( DLA Piper, Treasurer, draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA )

Bleich — while serving as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors and as director of the California Bar Foundation (alongside another attorney from Munger Tolles, Bradley Phillips) — was a man on a mission.

Ruthe Catolico Ashley served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors alongside Jeffrey Bleich,  came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey).

CaliforniaALL was conveniently housed free of charge at the offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, alongside the draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA, where Steve Churchwell of DLA Piper in Sacramento served as Treasurer of the draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA.

Subsequent to the election of Barack Obama, CaliforniaALL was dissolved.

Once CaliforniaALL was exposed as sham entity, including on and by The Leslie Brodie Report, Keker & Van Nest abruptly removed Chris Young’s name from its web-site.  In seeking to conceal Young’s present association with Keker & Van Nest, John Keker sought to protect his own pecuniary interests and was clearly motivated by the totality of the circumstances surrounding Young, especially around 2007-8.

 

 Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

Pleadings submiited by Keker & Van Nest bearing the name of Chris Young

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

State Bar of California profile of Chris Young

 

Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

See original story @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/06/26/scrutiny-of-keker-van-nest-s-jon-streeter-intensifies-as-shocking-revelations-further-implicate-keker-van-nest-s-chris-young-doj-s-tony-west-13946817/

See also subsequent ethics complaint @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/08/08/copy-of-superseding-ethics-complaint-against-keker-van-nest-john-keker-jon-streeter-chris-young-in-re-events-subsequent-to-alleged-embezzlement-f-14415974/

However, in an almost unprecedented turn of events and somewhat ironically, within the last few days, Keker & Van Nest reinstated the profile of Chris Young on its website.

Said profile reads: Chris Young devotes himself to his client’s success, ushering them through confounding and often overwhelming situations where personal freedom, reputations, and significant damages are often at stake. Whether handling white collar, intellectual property, professional liability, class action or commercial litigation, he works alongside his clients to achieve their short and long-term goals.   Please see @: http://kvn.com/Lawyers/Young-Chris

As to John Keker’s other diverse proxy, see below:

Jim Brosnahan, Jon Streetr, Jeff Bleich



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)

 

Profile of Non- Profit Entity Known as “ZeroDivide” (TLR Note: TLR’s Devotees Should Know ZD Launched by State Bar of California Board of Governors Public Memebr Gwen Moore AKA ShakeDown Artist AKA FBI’s Shrimpscam; Moore Major Player in CAL Bar- CPUC $$

ZeroDivide was founded in 1998 as the result of groundbreaking advocacy work and coalition building by 134 community organizations during the merger of two telecommunications companies: Pacific Bell and SBC Communications. Originally called the Community Technology Foundation of California, the foundation invested almost $50 million in about 400 nonprofit organizations working with underserved communities.

To help build community assets, ZeroDivide developed a social enterprise program to nurture and support community entrepreneurs dedicated to creating jobs, building skills and cultivating broad-based community wealth.

In 2010, ZeroDivide became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and ramped up its work with partners from the philanthropic, business and government sectors to expand its efforts to close the digital divide. While continuing to make strategic community investments, ZeroDivide also serves as an intermediary, consultant and partner to other foundations, as well as businesses and government agencies, to help develop and implement innovative technology programs that support underserved communities.

Source:

http://www.zerodivide.org/our_story

TIMELINE 2008: State Bar of California President — Jeff Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson — Ratified, Yet Again, A New Director of CaliforniaALL — Freada Kapor Klein

Do you know a good pro bono lawyer? The State Bar of California is seeking nominations for the 2012 President’s Pro Bono Awards and the Loren Miller Legal Services Award

Do you know a good pro bono lawyer?

The State Bar of California is seeking nominations for the 2012 President’s Pro Bono Awards and the Loren Miller Legal Services Award. Both recognize extraordinary efforts to provide high-quality legal services to low-income Californians. The nominations deadline is Thursday, March 15, 2012, and the awards will be presented during the 2012 State Bar Annual Meeting scheduled for October in Monterey. For more information about both awards, please visit Loren Miller Award or Pro Bono Awards; or contact Joilene Wood Grove, awards chair, at jgrove@wsgr.com or 415-305-4651, or Sharon Ngim, State Bar staff liaison at sharon.ngim@calbar.ca.gov or 415-538-2267.

The Loren Miller Legal Services Award, named after the late Loren Miller, an African American lawyer and judge who was a leader in the civil rights movement, was established in 1977 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the State Bar of California. It is considered a life-time achievement award and is given annually to a lawyer admitted to practice in California who has demonstrated long-term commitment to legal services and who has personally done significant work in extending legal services to the poor. Previous award recipients include staff of legal services organizations such as directors of litigation and executive directors, and private bar attorneys. 

GUIDELINES, ELIGIBILITY, AND CRITERIA

General criteria to be used in the selection of the award recipient include one or more of the following:

  • Demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services
  • Community organizing to increase access to the legal system
  • Performance of legal services with a demonstrated long-term commitment to providing legal services
  • Successful precedent-setting litigation which benefited the poor
  • Successful legislative advocacy on behalf of under-represented persons

Members of the State Bar Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (SCDLS) are ineligible to receive the award during their service on the committee, and for one year following their departure from the committee.

 

Sources:

http://www.calbarjournal.com/February2012/YouNeedtoKnow.aspx

 

http://www.calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/Awards/LorenMillerLegalServices.aspx

 

The State Bar of California
STANDING COMMITTEE ON THE DELIVERY OF LEGAL SERVICES
2011 – 2012 PUBLIC ROSTER
OFFICERS
Catherine Bennett, Chair (2012)
Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper,
Rosenlieb & Kimball LLP
4550 California Ave., 2nd Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93309
661-395-1000
cbennett@kleinlaw.com
Rev. 11.9.2011
S. Lynn Martinez, Vice-Chair (2012)
Western Center on Law and Poverty
3701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 208
Los Angeles, CA 90010
213-235-2630
slmartinez@wclp.org
MEMBERS
Ugochi Anaebere (2013)
Inland Counties Legal Services
82632-C U.S. Highway 111
Indio, CA 92201
323-270-3281
uanaebere@icls.org
Eileen Bissen (2013)
Neyhart, Anderson, Flynn & Grosboll
369 Pine Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94104
415-677-9440
ebissen@neyhartlaw.com
Elizabeth Bluestein (2012)
Public Counsel
610 South Ardmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005
213-385-2977, ext. 131
ebluestein@publiccounsel.org
Seth Davidson (2013)
Law Office of Seth Davidson
20355 Hawthorne Blvd., 2nd Floor
Torrance, CA 90503
310-371-2500
seth@sethdavidsonlaw.com
Ana de Alba (2012)
Lang, Richert & Patch
5200 North Palm Avenue, Suite 401
Fresno, CA 93704
559-228-6700
ada@lrplaw.net
Howard Fine (2014)
Baker & McKenzie
Two Embarcadero Center, 11th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
415-576-3023
Howard.fine@bakermckenzie.com
Ana Maria Garcia (2012)
Neighborhood Legal Service of
Los Angeles County
1104 E. Chevy Chase Drive
Glendale, CA 91205
818-291-1788
anamariagarcia@nls-la.org
Joilene Wood Grove (2012)
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
650-493-9300
jgrove@wsgr.com
Maria Cervenka Livingston (2013)
Superior Court of California
County of Orange
341 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
657-622-5085
mlivingston@occourts.org
Suma Mathai (2014)
Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice
1241 S. Soto Street, Suite 102
Los Angeles, CA 90023
323-980-3500
suma@laclj.org
Dianne Jackson McLean (2013)
Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
1300 Clay Street, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
510-836-6336
dmclean@goldfarblipman.com
Christine Page (2012)
Gilchrist & Rutter
1299 Ocean Avenue, Suite 900
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-393-4000
cpage@gilchristrutter.com
Mary Kelly Persyn (2014)
The James R. Browning Courthouse
95 – 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
617-285-0842
mkpersyn@gmail.com
Rachel Kronick Rothbart (2014)
University of Southern California Law School
699 Exposition Blvd., #110
Los Angeles, CA 90080
213-740-7397
rrothbart@law.usc.edu
Laura Smolowe (2014)
Munger, Tolles & Olson
355 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
213-683-9113
Laura.smolowe@mto.com
William Tanner (2014)
Legal Aid Society of Orange County
2101 N. Tustin Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705
714-571-5204
btanner@legal-aid.com
Phong Wong (2014)
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
1550 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213-640-3859
pwong@lafla.org
BOARD LIAISON
Loren Kieve
Kieve Law Office
The Presidio of San Francisco
5A Funston Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
415-364-0060
lk@kievelaw.com
STAFF
Sharon Ngim, Program Developer
The State Bar of California
Office of Legal Services
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-538-2267 FAX 415-538-2552
sharon.ngim@calbar.ca.gov
Rodney Low, Program Developer
Address and FAX same as above
415-538-2219
rodney.low@calbar.ca.gov
Kimberly Warmsley, Admin. Asst.
Address and FAX same as above
415-538-2176
kimberly.warmsley@calbar.ca.gov

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: California Supreme Court Appoints David Pasternak as Member of State Bar of California Board of Trustees

The California Supreme Court appointed has appointed David Pasternak of Los Angeles-based Pasternak Pasternak & Patton to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California, the state agency which regulates the practice of law in California.

Pasternak, a somewhat controversial figure, served as court Receiver since 1982.  He currently serves as the federal court Receiver in a $150 million mortgage fraud case in which he has possessed some 85 expensive homes in California and Wyoming, as well as an array of other assets, including fine wines, art, jewelry, home furnishings, firearms, and various interests in high-end West Los Angeles home developments.

He is an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club. 

Recently, Pasternak has been named as one of the defendants in a RICO suit advanced by Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar Dan Dydzak.  According to the suit, Pasternak uses Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “Receiver.” 

Also named as defendant was Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services . Dydzak maintains that Samuels 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 lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.   The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — 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 alleges, were later embezzled.

According to the California Supreme Court it “anticipates appointing individuals to the board over the next three years, following legislation (SB 163) changing the composition of the board.

The legislation took effect in January and will gradually reduce the current 23-member board to 19 members by October 31, 2014. The new board will include six elected lawyers, one from each of the state’s six appellate court districts; five attorneys appointed by the state Supreme Court; six nonlawyer members chosen by the Legislature and the Governor’s Office; and two attorneys appointed by the Legislature and the Governor’s Office. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Noreen Evans, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Supreme Court appointees will be chosen after the court considers recommendations and ratings of applicants by the court’s Committee on the Application and Evaluation of Nominees Committee (AENC). The AENC currently reviews applicants for the State Bar Court. Because of time constraints for this first appointment, the court requested that the AENC assist it. The court is considering a new rule and appointment of a separate committee to review applicants for the court’s appointments to the Board of Trustees.

The existing AENC, appointed by the court, generally comprises seven members, four active attorneys, two active or retired judges, and one public member. Two of the attorneys are members of the State Bar Board, and in this process, the court has requested that the AENC act without their participation. By statute, staff of the State Bar assists the AENC in processing the recommendations for the court.

Applicants must be active members of the State Bar and have their principal place of business in California. The term of the appointment is three years and the appointment may be extended by the Court for an additional three years.”

Sources: Disappointment in Joseph Zernik of Human Rights Alert (NGO) In Re: Berkshire Hathaway, Charlie Munger, Sustain/ Daily Journal, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, State Bar of California, Bet Tzedek

The Leslie Brodie Report has learned from sources seeking anonymity that a Yolo County-based Rabbi (“YR”) is “disappointed” in Joseph Zernik’s alleged failure to report on matters relating to Charlie Munger and Ron Olson of Berkshire Hathaway — an entity  which owns substantial shares of Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank.

Specifically, according to the sources. YR’s disappointment stems from the fact that Joseph Zernik failed to include in his massive reporting of alleged corruptions dealing with Bank of America, Bet Tzedek, Daily Journal/Sustain that the second-in-command at Berkshire Hathaway (Charlie Munger of Munger Tolles & Olson) is also the owner the Daily Journal/ Sustain.

According to these sources, YR declared: “While I respect Dr. Zernik and the work he has done in exposing the alleged corruption dealing with Bet Tzedek , Daily Journal/Sustain, and Bank of America in connection with the mortgage crisis, at least based on preliminary and ongoing research, I could not find any article published by Dr. Zernik where he connects the dots which will point a finger at Charlie Munger and Berkshire Hathaway.”

” Dr. Zernik deserves great credit as the pioneer in exposing Bet Tzedek, Daily Journal/Sustain, and Bank of America as far as the alleged corruption in the Los Angeles Superior Court in general, and as far as corruption relating to the mortgage crisis in particular,” YR continued. 

“However, since Berkshire Hathaway is a large stakeholder of Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank, and since Charlie Munger is Warren Buffett’s sidekick at Berkshire Hathaway, and since Charlie Munger owns the Daily Journal/Sustain, and since Munger Tolles & Olson  and Charlie Munger exercise great deal of control over the State Bar of California and Bet Tzedek, I am hard pressed in understanding why Dr. Zernik never took the time to show those connections,” YR stated.

“In the likely event that I was remiss in researching this issue, I will be delighted to hear from Dr. Zernik.  He may contact me at yoloanrabbi@gmail.com,” YR concluded.

YR’s disappointment comes in the midst of separate revelations involving Munger Tolles & Olson named partner Ron Olson, Southern California Edison, Obama for America, and CaliforniaALL.

According to Wikipedia, Charles Thomas Munger (born January 1, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American business magnate, lawyer, investor, and philanthropist. He is Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation, the diversified investment corporation chaired by Warren Buffett; in that capacity, Buffett describes Munger as “my partner.” Munger served as chairman of Wesco Financial Corporation from 1984 through 2011 (Wesco was approximately 80%-owned by Berkshire-Hathaway during that time). He is also the chairman of the Daily Journal Corporation, based in Los Angeles, California, and a director of Costco Wholesale Corporation.

 

 

October 2007 State Bar of California BOG Operations Committee Jeff Bleich, Jeannine English, Judy Johnson, Holly Fujie Emergency Appointment of CPUC’s Peter Arth as Council Member (TLR Note: 1- Why the Rush? 2- Presumably, Excuse to Meet Arth Regularly)

BREAKING NEWS: Jeff Dal Cerro — Assistant Chief Trial Counsel at State Bar of California — Fired

As the State Bar of California looks to radically shake up its business in face of internal corruption, State Bar of California Executive Director Joseph Dunn has fired yet another senior executive.

Lawrence Jeffrey DalCerro (ALA Jeff Dal Cerro), a widely-known but controversial figure, is the latest casualty. He served as Assistant Chief Trial Counsel in San Francisco.

Dal Cerro gained notoriety  as a result of a suit advanced by former prosecutor Alan Konig which  exposed the inner working and politics within the Office of Chief Trial Counsel.

The Leslie Brodie Report memorialized DalCerro’s lengthy and persistent trail of misconduct, including his involvment in  the “60 Day Suspension Scandal”, the “OS Scandal”, and culminating in the egregious misconduct in matters relating to nationally-renowned lawyer’s lawyer Philip Edward Kay.

Previously, in a swift firing  — Russell Weiner, Victoria Regina Molloy, Djinna Gochis, and Nancy Watson were all dismissed  from their employment with the State Bar of California.

State Bar of California Member Record of Richard Tom of Southern California Edison (TLR Note: Notice Inactive Status Since January of 2012)

Richard S. Tom – #127292

Current Status:  Inactive

This member is inactive, but is eligible to become active.

See below for more details.

Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

Bar Number: 127292    
Address: SCE/Law Dept
2244 Walnut Grove Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770
Phone Number: (626) 302-4430
Fax Number: (626) 302-1926

e-mail:

 

Not Available 

 

 

tatus History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Inactive
1/20/2012 Inactive  
12/11/1986 Admitted to The State Bar of California

 

Source @:

http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/127292

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman’s Patrick Kelly Elected State Bar of California President as Kreindler & Kreindler’s Gretchen Nelson (Ex-Business Partner of Fraudster Susan Friery AKA Susan Mowbray) Elected Treasurer

Embattled president of the State Bar of California —  Jon B. Streeter of Keker & Van Nest — will soon retire his position. 

Patrick M. Kelly, a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, was elected as president of the State Bar of California. In addition, under a new governance structure that took effect this year Gretchen Nelson, 58, of Los Angeles, was elected treasurer.

Upon learning of his election as president, Kelly Stated: ““We are in a severe economic crisis that threatens our courts, other institutions of government, and even this Bar. Perhaps more troubling, there is an ever growing lack of public trust in our institutions of government, our legal system and our lawyers.” he said in his candidate statement. “The challenges we face also create a tremendous opportunity that calls for the very best in leadership and commitment to service each of us can bring,” California Bar Journal reports.

According to Wilson Elser, Patrick Kelly is a member of its executive committee and is regional managing partner of the firm’s Western region and Los Angeles office. He is a veteran trial lawyer who focuses his practice on advising and representing insurance carriers in coverage matters and defending individuals and companies in high-stakes professional liability and commercial cases. His practice also encompasses insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, product liability, premises liability, employment litigation, ski resort liability and railroad liability matters. He has particular experience with class actions involving directors and officers (D&O) liability, product liability, employment and consumer fraud claims.

Pat has tried numerous cases to verdict and has briefed and argued dozens of appeals. He is an accomplished negotiator who seeks an economical and satisfactory resolution to disputes whenever possible. When a matter does proceed to trial, he draws upon his strong organizational and oral advocacy skills to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. Pat is a fellow of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Among his many leadership roles, Pat was elected by his peers to serve as president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He also was appointed by the Governor of California to serve as one of 11 members of the Commission on Judicial Performance, which disciplines California state judges and has the power to remove them from the bench. In his legal practice and his leadership positions, Pat brings a sincere commitment to improving the organization and delivering with hard work. He has achieved success as a litigator and a manager by respecting the position of his colleagues, clients and adversaries and treating their needs with importance and competence.

Kelly’s regularly scheduled election coincided with the aftermath of revelations concerning CaliforniaALL – Obama for America involving MoFo’s James Brosnahan, USDOJ’s Tony West, Keker & Van Nest’s Chris Young, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, Kamala Harris, Annette Carnegie, and Ruthe Catolico Ashley.

As matters presently stand, it appears that in 2008 Morrison & Foerster attorneys James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.), Tony West (Barack Obama’s Chair of California Finance Committee), Chris Young (“Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director) and Annette Carnegie (former director with the California Bar Foundation) in conjunction with Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, Obama for America ; member of CaliforniaALL), Jeffrey Bleich (president of the State Bar of California, director with the California Bar Foundation, founding member and Chair of Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee) may have executed a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse all or part of the “hush-hush” $780,000.00 originating from the California Bar Foundation by improperly transferring the money to Barack Obama’s coffers via a separate foundation created ad hoc by MoFo’s Susan Mac Cormac, CaliforniaALL.

Source credit:

http://www.wilsonelser.com/lawyers/Detail.aspx?attorney=584

AND @:

http://calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/News/ThisYearsNewsReleases/201215.aspx

For additional coverage dealing with Jon Streeter, please see @:

http://tinyurl.com/kvnjonstreeter

Shrimpscam’s Gwen Moore, Howard Dickstein’s Spouse, Proxies of Democratic Party Operatives John Keker /Joe Cotchett, Silk-Mafia Godfather, Fraudster Susan Friery’s Ex Partner Are All Set to Vote on New State Bar of California President Amid Controversy

Members of the State Bar of California Board of Trustees (formerly known as the Board of Governors) will be casting ballots today to elect a new State Bar of California president.

According to California Bar Journal, the Board of Trustees will vote by secret ballot to determine whether Wells Lyman, Patrick Kelly or Loren Kieve will succeed Jon Streeter as president.

“There were so many problems when I was on the board that first year,” said Lyman, a past president of the San Diego County and Foothills bar associations who is in his third year on the Board of Trustees. “I’ve just seen the board move towards such progress that I want to be involved in it and see it through.”

“Shakedown Artist” Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam ; Jeannine English — wife of controversial gambling attorney and Democratic Party operative Howard Dickstein; “Gay Godfather” Dennis Mangers; Democratic Party operative Joseph Lawrence Dunn (aka Joe Dunn) of Voice of OC; Nancy Fineman — proxy of Democratic party operative Joe Cotchett; Gretchen Nelson of Kreindler & Kreindler — former business partner of fraudster Susan Friery; and Jon Streeter, President of the California State Bar Board of Governors and proxy of Democratic Party operative John Keker are among twenty-one members eligible to vote.

The casting of ballots comes on the heels of growing controversy surrounding embattled Streeter and attorney Chris Young — both of Keker & Van Nest. 

As public service to the community, TLR publishes an ethics complaint YR  recently submitted naming John Keker, Jon Streeter and Chris Young, below:

 

RE: ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA MEMBERS CHRIS YOUNG ( # 239518) ; JON STREETER (#101970) ; JOHN KEKER (# 49092)

Dear Ms. Kim:

Please register a formal ethics complaint against Keker & Van Nest attorneys Chris Young (# 239518), Jon Streeter ( # 101970), and John Keker (# 49092) for conspiring to defraud myself and others through a failed attempt to conceal attorney Chris Young’s current employment with Keker & Van Nest.

Not surprisingly, just as I managed to unearth the potential involvement of Tony West in the scheme known as CaliforniaALL, respondents quickly arranged for the removal of Young’s profile from the web site of Keker & Van Nest (KVN.COM). Even to date, official records of The State Bar of California reflect that Chris Young is associated with Keker & Van Nest. However, this representation is not in agreement with misleading records found on KVN.COM.

Unfortunately, as matters presently stand, it appears that in 2008 Morrison & Foerster attorneys James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.), Tony West (Barack Obama’s Chair of California Finance Committee), Chris Young (“Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director) and Annette Carnegie (former director with the California Bar Foundation) in conjunction with Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, Obama for America ; member of CaliforniaALL) , Jeffrey Bleich (president of the State Bar of California, director with the California Bar Foundation, founding member and Chair of Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee) may have executed a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse all or part of the “hush-hush” $780,000.00 originating from the California Bar Foundation by improperly transferring the money to Barack Obama’s coffers via a separate foundation created ad hoc by Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster, CaliforniaALL.

In seeking to conceal Young’s present association with Keker & Van Nest, respondents were clearly motivated by the totality of the circumstances surrounding Young, especially around 2007-8. Specifically, similar to Tony West, Mr. Young was associated with Morrison & Foerster, as well as serving as Obama for America, Northern California Deputy Finance Director.

In addition, respondents’ zeal in seeking to conceal Young’s present association with Keker & Van Nest was also motivated by the totality of the circumstances surrounding a conspiracy by which members of the State Bar of California Board of Governors (including president Streeter) knowingly agreed to press false criminal charges against me with the Yolo County District Attorney alleging, among others, that an ethics complaint I had filed (dealing with CaliforniaALL – UC Davis law student Sara Granda) was “false and malicious.”

Since at the time members of the board of governors conspired to knowingly file false criminal charges (around January of 2012), they were operating under the assumption that my inquiry into CaliforniaALL was headed in the wrong direction (which it was), the identity and past actions of Chris Young were irrelevant. As a matter of fact, I myself was unaware of Chris Young, or his past involvements.

However, once I managed to unearth the identity of Tony West, respondents and members of the Board of Governors sought to further mislead myself and others in hope none would be able to unearth the identity of Young, including his past involvement with Morrison & Foerster (and by extension, CaliforniaALL) , his involvement with Obama for America, his current association with Keker & Van Nest, as well as his association with Jon Streeter (also a 2008 “bundler” for Obama for America). As such, Young’s profile was abruptly removed from KVN.COM for the additional purpose of covering-up members of the Board of Governors’ own misconduct.

In summary, respondents’ conspiracy to defraud by seeking to conceal Young’s association with Keker & Van Nest was motivated by:

1. An overall desire by Keker & Van Nest and respondents to suppress the truth concerning Young’s past involvement with Obama for America, Morrison & Foerster, and CaliforniaALL. Including , but not limited to, Jon Streeter own potential misconduct as “bundler” for Obama for America.

2. A specific desire by respondent Streeter and members of the Board of Governors to suppress the truth in order to cover-up their own misconduct.

Please note that pursuant to specific instructions and representations made by your office, this complaint is submitted through the use of electronic mail. In the event a new policy was implemented, please let me know ASAP, that I shall submit the complaint through the use of traditional mail.

Thank you for your time.

 

State Bar of California Wants a Do-Over on Two Dozen Discipline Cases (TLR Note: How Unfortunate for Joe Dunn of Voice of OC and Others There was No Do-Over in “60 Days Suspension Scandal” — TLR’s Original Raison D’être)

Joseph Dunn, executive director of the State Bar of California

Joseph Dunn, executive director of the State Bar of California
Image: courtesy photo

SACRAMENTO — Attorneys for the State Bar have asked the California Supreme Court to return 24 pending discipline cases, saying the Office of Chief Trial Counsel needs to reconsider whether the recommended punishments comply with the appropriate standards.

The motion, filed on Tuesday, follows a vague single-sentence order issued by the state Supreme Court in June remanding to the bar a different pool of 24 cases “for further consideration of the recommended discipline in light of applicable attorney discipline matters.”

“We believe these additional 24 are very similar to the 24 the court sent back two weeks ago,” said Joseph Dunn, executive director of the State Bar.

Please continue @:

http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202561994675&Bar_Wants_a_D…

 

TLR’s original objectives, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/07/23/californiaall-part-16-tlr-denies-a-…

AND @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2010/06/17/breaking-news-state-bar-court-judge…

 

 

Update #1 on President of the State Bar of California — Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest — In Prima Facie Showing of Embezzlement from California Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s Coffers Involving USDOJ’s Tony West, James Brosnahan, Jeff Bleich

Jim Brosnahan, Jon Streetr, Jeff Bleich

 

 

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

We are carefully following a major developing story out of California relating to president of the State Bar of California — Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest.

Sources close to the inquiry, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain the multi-prong inquiry into Jon Streeter is rapidly expanding and encompasses broader inquiries than had been acknowledged, with “major breakthroughs” the sources describe as “alarming.” 

More specifically, TLR has learned that special consideration is afforded to the examination of the relationship between Jon Streeter and the campaign for Barack Obama around 2007-2008, as well as subsequent actions (and/or lack thereof)  taken by Keker & Van Nest and Jon Streeter.

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 Keker & Van Nest’s Chris Young (formerly of Morrison & Foerster) , as well as others to misuse the “hush-hush” sub-rosa $780,000 originating from the California Bar Foundation.

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).

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

 

 

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/Advisory Council 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

 

 

 



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)

 

BREAKING NEWS: Scrutiny of State Bar of California President — Keker & Van Nest’s Jon Streeter– Intensifies As Shocking Revelations Further Implicate Keker & Van Nest’s Chris Young, DOJ’s Tony West

A recent abrupt move by a politically connected litigation boutique is the subject of a comprehensive examination, TLR Has learned.

According to sources seeking anonymity, the very recent sudden and abrupt departure of associate Christopher J.  Young (AKA Chris Young) from San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest is viewed with intense interest in seeking to further solve the mystery surrounding a sub-Rosa “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to now defunct non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

According to the sources, Chris Young (who in 2008 served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director ) prior employment with Morrison & Foerster at around 2008 is a very important piece of the puzzle, indeed, as in 2008 Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster created the entity known as CaliforniaALL; Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster served as California Bar Foundation board member which had transferred the funds to CaliforniaALL, sub-rosa ; Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) of Morrison & Foerster served as Barack Obama’s Co-Chair, California Finance Committee; and lurking in the background was James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster — a self-described mastermind behind the Democratic Party.

Per the sources, in addition to the above, other suspicious and unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL may cause one to entertain thoughts quartet Brosnahan/West/Young/Carnegie were instrumental in causing money to be moved from Cal Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s election campaign, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL, unlawfully.

In particular, the sources 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 Belief 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.

 

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.

 


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

 

 

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

Copy of Motion to Disqualify State Bar of California’s Danielle Lee in Matter of Dydzak v. Dunn

6.22.12 Conformed Copy of Motion to Disqualify Danielle Lee in Dydzak v. Dunn.pdf Download this file

 

 

President of the State Bar of California — KVN’s Jon Streeter – Hereby Asked to Admit Failure to Inform Yolo County DA Jeff Reisig Re: Involvement of KVN’s Chris Young with CaliforniaALL In Connection with Criminal Complaint Re Sara Granda

Consistent with The Leslie Brodie Report commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of a story; State Bar of California President – Keker & Van Nest’s Jon Streeter — is hereby asked by The Leslie Brodie Report to admit failure to inform Jeff Reisig and the Yolo County District Attorney that an employee of Keker & Van Nest (Mr. Chris Young) was involved in the circumstances surrounding sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL while he was employed at Morrison & Foerster.

In addition, please admit that the criminal complaint you had filed with the Yolo County District Attorney (alleging that the ethics complaint in re Sara Granda was “false and malicious” and causing a search warrant to be executed in home of YR for the purpose of confiscating his computers) was in fact to hide your own misconduct, your firm’s misconduct, and Chris Young’s misconduct relating to prima facie showing Chris Young and DOJ’s Tony West were part of a scheme to embezzle funds from Cal Bar Foundation,  vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL, to the election campaign of Barack Obama.

For more about the execution of the sham search warrant, please see:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/03/06/in-letter-to-ninth-circuit-judges-c…

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Ethics complaint filed against Mark Torres-Gil, Larry Yee, and Rachel Grunberg in connection with UC Davis law student Sarah Granda, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/05/06/california-all-part-13-a-judge-and-…

AND @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/06/01/californiaall-part-13-c-ethics-comp…

 

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Moreover, please admit or deny that the recent abrupt removal of Chris Young’s name from your firm’s website was an act in furtherance of the concpiracy to abstruct justice, see below:

 

Keker & Van Nest’s web site mysteriously does not list the name of Chris Young as a lawyer who is associated with the firm, see below:

 Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

 

State Bar of California membership record provides that Chris Young is still embloyed by KVN, below:

Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

 

 

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Prima facie showing of scheme to embezzle funds From Cal Bar Foundation vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL to campaign of Barack Obama, see below:

 

 

Tony West, Chris Young


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.

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.


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

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.

Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

 

 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

Sir James J. Brosnahan of MoFo — Self-Proclaimed “Mastermind Behind the Democratic Party” — Hereby Asked to Admit or Deny Laundering Money Vis-A-Vis Foundation of State Bar of California with Assistance of Tony West / Chris Young to Obama’s Campaign

Consistent with The Leslie Brodie Report commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of a story; James J. Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster — is hereby asked by The Leslie Brodie Report to admit or deny whether money was laundered and/or embezzled from the Foundation of the State Bar of California DBA California Bar Foundation vis-a-vis sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

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.”   According to Raiders lawyer Ken Hausman Brosnahan “is definitely strong and does what he wants to do, I’d say he’s very aggressive, very quick-tempered and a very determined adversary – you never count him out.”  Presently, Brosnahan is under extreme scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL for the alleged suspicious activities of laundering money to State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC vis-a vis the California Bar Foundation, see HERE and HERE (Image:courtesy BASF-VLSP entity co-founded by Brosnahan)

Additionally, should you answer in the affirmative, please admit or deny whether Tony West and/or Chris Young were part of the scheme purpose of which was to funnel funds to the election campaign of Barack Obama.

 


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 both events surrounding Lance Armstrong and sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

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, whom California Governor Jerry Brown — cousin of Geoffrey Brown — appointed to a judgeship in the Contra Costa County Superior Court.  See below:

 

 

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 

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.

 

 

 

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;

 

Please observe that, rather than contacting Mr. Brosnahan directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any comments,opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

 

 

 

Leonard Julius Sawyer – Member of the State Bar of California – Admits to Exposing Himself Aboard Flight

A 33-year-old lawyer who exposed himself multiple times aboard a Los Angeles-to-Houston airline flight has pleaded guilty to two counts of making lewd acts.

Leonard Julius Sawyer of Houston entered the plea Thursday before a federal magistrate in Houston. A Justice Department statement says Sawyer was in the middle seat of a Continental Airlines flight in February of last year when he exposed himself to the woman in the window seat next to him.

Please continue @:

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_20910226/lawyer-admits-exposing-h…

Starr Babcock, Jerome Fishkin Argue Unlawful Resident Sergio Garcia Can Practice Law as “Independent Contractor”

Lawyers for Garcia and the Committee of Bar Examiners said laws barring the would-be attorney from working should not stop the state Supreme Court from granting him a law license. Garcia can legally perform pro bono work or act as an independent contractor, the lawyers said.

 

Jerome Fishkin Making Fun of Redneck. - Copy

Mr. Jerome Fishkin of Fishkin & Slatter who presently represents Sergio Garcia.  Fishkin, not a stranger to the Leslie Brodie Report given his involvement in the 60 Days Suspension Scandal, was previously the subject of an ethics complaint for engaging in discriminatory practices and speech that demonstrate invidious animosity toward a group different from that to which he belongs, namely White Christians — which is otherwise an irritant to him. Fishkin often uses pejorative and demeaning stereotypes to describe them. For example, “REDNECKS” are lower-class, beer-drinking idiots. He mocks women from Virginia, their virginity and their vaginas. By taking such cheap shots, Mr. Fishkin amuses himself and some of his Facebook friends, including Susan Margolis (former spouse of Arthur Margolis), another ethics lawyer who practices in Los Angeles. (Image: courtesy photo)

 

“Mr. Garcia’s current ’employability’ should not be tied to his licensure,” the Bar Examiners wrote in their brief. “What Mr. Garcia, or any other foreign applicant, does with his license after licensure must comport with federal regulations and that is a matter strictly between him and the federal government.

 

Please see complete story @:

http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202559963703&Bar_Examiners…

 

State Bar’s Committee of Bar Examiners’ brief written by Starr Babcock, Larry Yee, and Rachel Grunberg, below:

 

 

Amid Mistrust in Judgment of USDOJ’s Lanny Breuer, The Leslie Brodie Report Mulls Contacting Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and WND’s Joe Ferah In Re Sham Non-Profit Entity CaliforniaALL, DOJ’s Tony West

In the aftermath of accusations leveled at USDOJ’s Lanny Breuer by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and World Net Daily’s Joseph Farah — which came on the heels of a crisis of confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder — The Leslie Brodie Report mulls contacting Senator Grassley and Joe Farah for the purpose of ensuring that Lanny Breuer did not, is not, and will not engage in any form of  shenanigans whatsoever in connection with the on-going investigation of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL, and the circumstances surrounding DOJ’s Tony West, Kamala Harris, Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn, and the San Francisco-based Morrison & Foerster.

CaliforniaALL

CaliforniaALL was a non-profit entity headed by former State Bar of California Board of Governors member Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a long time friend of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue.

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $780,000.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation.)

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA California  Bar Foundation)  in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns.

Likewise, the Foundation never acknowledged this transfer to CaliforniaALL — the largest grant it ever bestowed — via publications issued by 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.

 

JOE DUNN

 As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, ” Voice of OC.”

 

Voice of OC's Joe Dunn
Mr. Joe Dunn (image:courtesy photo)

 

Events surrounding the State Bar of California, California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, Voice of OC, and UCI Foundation, as well as the fact that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL (i.e. Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL and Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL, as well as Morrison & Foertser Annette Carnegie as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the transfer of $780,000  from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL ) were also involved with the creation of Voice of OC (Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC) created the appearance of suspicious activities that funds were misappropriated by Voice of OC, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL.

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 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.

Additionally, the belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Mr. Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed).

Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it receive from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce the suspicion. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges in the matter of In Re Girardi), the friendship Mr. Dunn shares with Mr. Girardi, as well as Voice of OC’s refusal to comply with IRS rules mandating  that it makes available upon request Forms 990 it had submitted to the IRS within the last three years.

 

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;

 

 

Geoffrey F. Brown
Mr. Geoffrey Brown, professor of law at JFK School of Law. Between 2001 to 2007 served as Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009 Brown serve as director with the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA “California Bar Foundation”). In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $780,00.00 to sham entity CaliforniaALL — which also obtained additional 1.5 Million from utility companies.  In reaction to complainant’s request for an inquiry to the State Bar of California Board of Governors, Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.  Brown is still under extreme scrutiny by TLR/YR in matters relating Judy Johnson’s CCPF and the saga known as “Bribing Pat.”
(image:courtesy photo)

 

For more about CaliforniaALL, please see @:

http://californiaall.posterous.com/

And @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/tags/californiaall/

Legal Scholar Dan Dydzak Weighs In On Recall of California Ex- Chief Justice Rose Bird Amid Growing Mistrust in Current Chief Justice Tani-Cantil Sakauye

In the aftermath of revelations of numerous scandals involving the integrity of judges and executives of the AOC, Judicial Council, and the State Bar of California — which came on the heels of a crisis of confidence in California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue — Dan Dydzak, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar, recently offered commentary on the recall process, and specifically in connection with the sucsseful recall of former chief justice, the late Rose Bird.

According to Dydzak, “Rose Bird got recalled because a large part of the population disagreed with her judicial view of the death penalty. I witnessed a magnificent speech by Rose Bird years ago where she quoted philosophy and talked about the Rule of Law being observed. Rose Bird’s decisions were generally well-reasoned, and supportive of individual rights. After leaving the bench through the recall, without fanfare, she used to work pro bono for a legal aid office in the Bay area unannounced and taught some courses at law school. She was indeed, apparently, a public servant of the highest order and was not mired in any financial or criminal activitiy. Her legacy was not one of financial transgressions in any manner. Her mindset was not egotisical and she did not care one iota if a building was named after her, or that she made a lot of money.”

“During her tenure, there was no AOC scandal–no massive layoffs–no insinuations or allegations of misconduct or financially questionable actions taken by her or the California Supreme Court. She did not have an enemies list targeting certain disfavored attorneys or judges. Bird would not have condoned out-of-control spending on computer systems that didn’t work,” Dydzak continued..

Dydzak further stated: “I leave it up to the readership of Judicial Council Watcher to analyze and contrast the situation at hand today.  Bird certainly would not have been happy that we could not have court reporters. The less financially disadvantaged are denied due process when they cannot afford a transcript. And Bird, whatever one thinks of her judicial legacy, would not have condoned a heavy AOC bureaucracy with a retinue of attorneys apparently doing very little, especially ones giving advice from Switzerland and other exotic locales outside of CA.

Persons who misuse the public trust and convert funds could take a page out of the humble character of Rose Bird. Yes, certain people may vehemently disagree with her view of the death penalty, and that is the main reason she was recalled. When I first arrived as a young man in the Golden State, during Bird’s tenure, there was no discussion of abuses of the AOC or Judicial Council.

How things have changed…it is fortunate that Judicial Watcher and others have pointed out that the sails need to start going in a fair and more democratic way. This may call for some quite draconian measures, as many on this site have pointed out,” Dydzak concluded.

Source:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/3754/#comment-9655

U.S. AG Eric Holder, DoJ Head Lanny Breuer Linked To Covington & Burling and Banks Accused of Foreclosure Fraud (TLR Note: Similar to nefarious events surrounding sham non-profit CaliforniaALL, Morrison & Foerster, and DOJ’s Tony West)

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who’s Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows.

The firm, Covington & Burling, is one of Washington’s biggest white shoe law firms. Law professors and other federal ethics experts said that federal conflict of interest rules required Holder and Breuer to recuse themselves from any Justice Department decisions relating to law firm clients they personally had done work for.

Both the Justice Department and Covington declined to say if either official had personally worked on matters for the big mortgage industry clients. Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said Holder and Breuer had complied fully with conflict of interest regulations, but she declined to say if they had recused themselves from any matters related to the former clients.

Please continue @:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/20/eric-holder-banks-lanny-breuer_n_121…

 

CaliforniaALL

CaliforniaALL was a non-profit entity headed by former State Bar of California Board of Governors member Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a long time friend of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue.

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $780,000.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation.)

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA California  Bar Foundation)  in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns.

Likewise, the Foundation never acknowledged this transfer to CaliforniaALL — the largest grant it ever bestowed — via publications issued by 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.

 

JOE DUNN

 As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, ” Voice of OC.”

 

Voice of OC's Joe Dunn
Mr. Joe Dunn (image:courtesy photo)

 

Events surrounding the State Bar of California, California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, Voice of OC, and UCI Foundation, as well as the fact that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL (i.e. Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL and Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL, as well as Morrison & Foertser Annette Carnegie as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the transfer of $780,000  from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL ) were also involved with the creation of Voice of OC (Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC) created the appearance of suspicious activities that funds were misappropriated by Voice of OC, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL.

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 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.

Additionally, the belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Mr. Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed).

Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it receive from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce the suspicion. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges in the matter of In Re Girardi), the friendship Mr. Dunn shares with Mr. Girardi, as well as Voice of OC’s refusal to comply with IRS rules mandating  that it makes available upon request Forms 990 it had submitted to the IRS within the last three years.

 

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;

 

 

Geoffrey F. Brown
Mr. Geoffrey Brown, professor of law at JFK School of Law. Between 2001 to 2007 served as Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009 Brown serve as director with the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA “California Bar Foundation”). In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $780,00.00 to sham entity CaliforniaALL — which also obtained additional 1.5 Million from utility companies.  In reaction to complainant’s request for an inquiry to the State Bar of California Board of Governors, Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.  Brown is still under extreme scrutiny by TLR/YR in matters relating Judy Johnson’s CCPF and the saga known as “Bribing Pat.”
(image:courtesy photo)

 

For more about CaliforniaALL, please see @:

http://californiaall.posterous.com/

And @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/tags/californiaall/

 

Allegations of Grave Misconduct Leveled by WND’s Joseph Farah Against Eric Holder / Lanny Breuer Re Credit Suisse / Yucaipa’ Ron Burkle Source of Monumental Concern Due to Circumstances Surrounding DOJ’s Tony West Re Sham Non-Profit CaliforniaALL

WND has obtained several hundred pages of documents alleging that Holder and Lanny Breuer, the assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s criminal division, have intervened to block recommended federal prosecutions in an ongoing dispute involving the exclusive Yellowstone Club, a private golf and ski resort now owned by supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle and international bank Credit Suisse.

Holder is being accused of shielding from federal criminal prosecution Credit Suisse, a client of the Washington-based law firm Covington & Burling, as well as key Democratic Party operatives suspected of playing a role in allegedly fraudulent mortgage financing and bank lending practices. Now, get this: Before joining the Department of Justice in the Obama administration, Holder and Breuer were partners at Covington & Burling.

“I know how Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer operate,” said Mike Flynn, legal counsel for Tim Blixseth, the founder of the Yellowstone Club. Holder and Breuer are protecting Credit Suisse, he charged.

“In my 42 years of trying high-profile cases, I have never seen such corruption,” Flynn said. “The American people need to know what is happening inside the Holder-controlled Justice Department. The fox is now truly guarding the hen house.”

WND has obtained an affidavit signed by Blixseth Feb. 27, in which he alleges a federal task force investigated the case and recommended prosecution.

Here’s what this scam is all about.

Credit Suisse AG, one of the world’s biggest financial giants, marketed a variety of exotic loans during the boom real estate years of the mid-2000s. They included what were known as “equity recapitalizations” designed to allow the developers of high-priced real estate, including the Yellowstone Club luxury resort destination in Montana, to realize anticipated profits years before the profits were actually earned.

Instead of holding the equity in the luxury developments, Credit Suisse, after making the equity recapitalization loans, typically sold the equity to a syndication of institutional investors, including hedge funds and foreign investment entities.

One of the hedge funds purchasing the Yellowstone Club was Boston-based CrossHarbor Capital Partners, operated by Sam Byrne, now a partner of Ron Burkle in the ownership and operation of the Yellowstone Club.

Please continue @:

http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/attorney-general-above-the-law/

 

CaliforniaALL

CaliforniaALL was a non-profit entity headed by former State Bar of California Board of Governors member Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a long time friend of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayu.

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $780,000.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation.)

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA California  Bar Foundation)  in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns.

Likewise, the Foundation never acknowledged this transfer to CaliforniaALL — the largest grant it ever bestowed — via publications issued by 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.

 

JOE DUNN

 As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, ” Voice of OC.”

 

Voice of OC's Joe Dunn
Mr. Joe Dunn (image:courtesy photo)

 

Events surrounding the State Bar of California, California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, Voice of OC, and UCI Foundation, as well as the fact that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL (i.e. Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL and Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL, as well as Morrison & Foertser Annette Carnegie as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the transfer of $780,000  from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL ) were also involved with the creation of Voice of OC (Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC) created the appearance of suspicious activities that funds were misappropriated by Voice of OC, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL.

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 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.

Additionally, the belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Mr. Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed).

Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it receive from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce the suspicion. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges in the matter of In Re Girardi), the friendship Mr. Dunn shares with Mr. Girardi, as well as Voice of OC’s refusal to comply with IRS rules mandating  that it makes available upon request Forms 990 it had submitted to the IRS within the last three years.

 

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;

 

 

Geoffrey F. Brown
Mr. Geoffrey Brown, professor of law at JFK School of Law. Between 2001 to 2007 served as Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009 Brown serve as director with the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA “California Bar Foundation”). In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $780,00.00 to sham entity CaliforniaALL — which also obtained additional 1.5 Million from utility companies.  In reaction to complainant’s request for an inquiry to the State Bar of California Board of Governors, Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.  Brown is still under extreme scrutiny by TLR/YR in matters relating Judy Johnson’s CCPF and the saga known as “Bribing Pat.”
(image:courtesy photo)

 

For more about CaliforniaALL, please see @:

http://californiaall.posterous.com/

And @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/tags/californiaall/

 

 

 

Amid Unsettling Revelations Concerning Bet Tzedek, Holly Fujie, Eric George, Thomas Girardi, Alan Rothenberg, and Bonnie Rubin — Ronald George Will Be Asked to Explain Source of Funds to Purchase Estate in Beverly Hills and Nob Hill Condominium

Ronald Marc George — the former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court who stand accused of embezzling funds — will be asked to produce documentation relating to his ownership of an estate in Beverly Hills, as well as his ownership of a condominium located in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.

A suit filed in the Orange County Superior Court alleges that 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 alleges, were later embezzled.

Map image of 1333 Jones St #706, San Francisco CA 94109
Pictured above is the building at Nob Hill, where sources maintain Ronald George owns a condominium.  The actual address is 1333 Jones St #706 San Francisco, CA 94109 (Image:courtesy photo)

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.

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Ronald George at a bondage club party. Also present was the dancer Monique Jenkinson with her drag queen alter ego,Fauxnique; along with a potpourri of BYPS (beautiful young people) and “guests in all manner of costumed finery, wearing mysterious masks to hide their identities.”During the party, a semi-nude woman was dancing in the shower. (Image:courtesy photos)

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Separately, TLR has learned that an examination is still underway relating to the relationship between Eric George and the San Francisco based law firm of Howard Rice Nemerovsky Canday Falk and Rabkin in matters relating to multimillion dollar litigation against the Walt Disney Company regarding unpaid royalties involving fictional character Winnie the Pooh.

Amid Allegations of Improprieties Free Legal Services Provided by State Bar of California’s Danielle Adoracion Lee (AKA Danielle Lee) Subject of Scrutiny

Danielle Adoracion Lee (AKA Danielle Lee), In-house attorney employed by the State Bar of California office of  General Counsel, is under heavy scrutiny for moonlighting while on government time even though her office’s rules appear to prohibit such an arrangement.

According to sources familiar with the situation, despite the fact that Lee’s moonlighting does not involve additional  monetary compensation, she is nevertheless improperly using government time and resources in representing the embattled publisher of an online news magazine. 

Per  the sources, Lee’s unauthorized legal employment is a source of grave concern, especially in connection with issues dealing with professional responsibility and civil liability — such as the identification and avoidance of conflicts of interest, as well as the appearance that public resources are being misappropriated by Lee’s clients.

 

Cortez Quinn — Sacramento’s Twin Rivers Unified School District Trustee — Under Scrutiny Amidst Improper Financial Transactions with School Employee Sherilene Chycoski (TLR Note: Twin Rivers Associated with CaliforniaALL’s Torie Flournoy – England)

Money orders, bank statements and credit card bills are among the documents Twin Rivers Unified School District officials turned over to authorities as evidence trustee Cortez Quinn allegedly accepted $55,000 in illegal loans from a school district employee.

Documents obtained Tuesday by The Bee in a California Public Records Act request indicate Sherilene Chycoski, the district’s visual and performing arts director, loaned most of the money – nearly $35,000 – to Quinn on Feb. 24, 2011.

Quinn did not report any loans or gifts on the state’s annual Form 700 conflict of interest filings, which he most recently filed in April.

Please continue @:

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/23/4509771/trustee-klj-asdfk-alksdjf-asdf.html

Separately, TLR has learned the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris will be asked to step aside in the pending matter of Dydzak v. Dunn.  Sources maintain the request stems from an alleged impermissible conflict of interest due to Harris direct involvement with controversial non-profit CaliforniaALL. 

As was mentioned previously, Torie Flournoy-England — an employee of the Twin Rivers Unified School District — served as director with the now defunct entity.

CaliforniaALL was a non-profit entity headed by former State Bar of California Board of Governors member Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a long time friend of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayu.

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $780,000.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation.)

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA California  Bar Foundation)  in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns.

Likewise, the Foundation never acknowledged this transfer to CaliforniaALL — the largest grant it ever bestowed — via publications issued by 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.

JOE DUNN

 As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, ” Voice of OC.”

Voice of OC's Joe Dunn
Mr. Joe Dunn (image:courtesy photo)

Events surrounding the State Bar of California, California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, Voice of OC, and UCI Foundation, as well as the fact that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL (i.e. Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL and Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL, as well as Morrison & Foertser Annette Carnegie as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the transfer of $780,000  from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL ) were also involved with the creation of Voice of OC (Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC) created the appearance of suspicious activities that funds were misappropriated by Voice of OC, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL.

 

 

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 

Additionally, the belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Mr. Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed).

Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it receive from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce the suspicion.

This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges in the matter of In Re Girardi), the friendship Mr. Dunn shares with Mr. Girardi, as well as Voice of OC’s refusal to comply with IRS rules mandating it makes available upon request Forms 990 it had submitted to the IRS within the last three years.

Executive and Directors of The State Bar of California / California Bar Foundation Failure to Protect the Public and Mitigate Misleading Statements by Leslie Hatamiya Sparks Concern

Nearly six months after her abrupt departure from the California Bar Foundation amid controversy related to sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL, the former executive-director of the California Bar Foundation Leslie Hatamiya continues to falsely maintain that she holds the position of executive-director. Please see @: http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/193803

Records examined by The Leslie Brodie Report provide in no uncertain terms that one Sonia Gonzales — a former confederate of Maya Harris (sister of Kamala Harris and spouse of Tony West ) is in actuality the current executive director of the embattled foundation.

As was previously mentioned, Hatamiya (alongside Holly Fujie, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Douglas Winthrop, and Judy Johnson) was part of a scheme to maintain secrecy over  the unlawful transfer of $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

CaliforniaALL was a non-profit entity headed by former State Bar of California Board of Governors member Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a long time friend of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayu.

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $780,000.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation.)

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA California  Bar Foundation)  in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns.

Likewise, the Foundation never acknowledged this transfer to CaliforniaALL — the largest grant it ever bestowed — via publications issued by 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.

 

JOE DUNN

 As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, ” Voice of OC.”

 

Voice of OC's Joe Dunn
Mr. Joe Dunn (image:courtesy photo)

Events surrounding the State Bar of California, California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, Voice of OC, and UCI Foundation, as well as the fact that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL (i.e. Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL and Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL, as well as Morrison & Foertser Annette Carnegie as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the transfer of $780,000  from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL ) were also involved with the creation of Voice of OC (Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC) created the appearance of suspicious activities that funds were misappropriated by Voice of OC, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL.

 

 

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 

Additionally, the belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Mr. Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed).

Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it receive from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce the suspicion. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges in the matter of In Re Girardi), the friendship Mr. Dunn shares with Mr. Girardi, as well as Voice of OC’s refusal to comply with IRS rules mandating  that it makes available upon request Forms 990 it had submitted to the IRS within the last three years.

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;

 

 

Geoffrey F. Brown
Mr. Geoffrey Brown, professor of law at JFK School of Law. Between 2001 to 2007 served as Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009 Brown serve as director with the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA “California Bar Foundation”). In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $780,00.00 to sham entity CaliforniaALL — which also obtained additional 1.5 Million from utility companies.  In reaction to complainant’s request for an inquiry to the State Bar of California Board of Governors, Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.  Brown is still under extreme scrutiny by TLR/YR in matters relating Judy Johnson’s CCPF and the saga known as “Bribing Pat.”
(image:courtesy photo)


The Leslie Brodie Report is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of any new developments relating to Leslie Hatamiya.

 

 

Demurring Carlos Moreno Asked Court to Dismiss Suit

Attorneys for controversial former associate-justice of the California Supreme Court Carlos Moreno asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar.

The attack on the suit — which has become the talk of Los Angeles legal community, where lawyers avidly debate its merits — came in the form of a motion for demurrer by Moreno’s attorneys claiming the defendant is entitled to judicial immunity.

Sources familiar with the situation, however,  expressed skepticism over Moreno’s request as the suit does not seek to impose any monetary liability on the errant Moreno.

The suit came after alleged financial irregularities were discovered implicating, among others, Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

The suit also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — 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 alleges, 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, 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.

As an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, Justice Moreno gained famed as the only  justice who voted against Prop 8 and believed the rights of minorities should never be enshrined in the constitution by a simple majority vote.

Following his retirement from the California Supreme Court, Carlos Moreno assumed an of-counsel position with Los Angeles-based Irell & Manella.

Attorney Patricia Barry Has Informed TLR, State Bar of California’s Agnes Mina and Others Re: Billboard Campaign to End US aid to Israel Hits LA — Thanks to CBS (TLR Note: Is J Street PAC Against or in Favor of Campaign?)

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Stop30Billion Billboard at Melrose and Walnut, Los Angeles

From:
“Patricia Barry” <patbarrylegal@yahoo.com>

 

>Billboards have been erected in Los Angeles and surrounding cities with the message >Tell Congress: Spend Our Money At Home, Not on the Israeli Military >They are described in a Mondoweiss.net article     >There is already opposition pressuring the billboard company to take these billboards down.   >Jeff Warner >562-694-1637 >La Habra Heights, CA 90631

 

To:
SAMIR TWAIR <pamir7133@sbcglobal.net>
“karen anderson” <kandersonpt@yahoo.com>
“Art/Molly Hanson” <3hansons@sbcglobal.net>
“Lisa Anderson” <lisa.anderso@gmail.com>
“Anthony Farraj” <anthony_farraj@hotmail.com>
“Ada Lai” <hiadalai@yahoo.com>
“Ana Maria” <isadreaminc@gmail.com>
“Cynthia Anderson-Barker” <cablaw@hotmail.com>
“Agnes Mina” <agnes.mina@calbar.ca.gov>
“Ann Bellows” <chopp155@yahoo.com>
“Andre Smart-Bey” <clockent@aol.com>
“Leslie Brodie” <lesliebrodie@gmx.com>
“Catharine MacKinnon” <camtwo@umich.edu>
“Carole Georges” <carole.georges@verizon.net>
“Valisa A. Carney” <VAC@ffslaw.com>
“Dorothy Ferrington” <djf44dot@sbcglobal.net>
DrshirleyM@aol.com” <DrshirleyM@aol.com>
“Cyndy” <designsbycyndy@yahoo.com>
“Don Loftus” <donloftus@sbcglobal.net>
“DANILO YAP” <kabkgy@msn.com>
“Dana Mazur” <danamazur@sbcglobal.net>
“Dianne Post” <PostDlpost@aol.com>
“Dolores Leal” <dleal@amglaw.com>
“Susanna de Falla” <susdefalla2005@yahoo.com>
“Francine Mcdermott” <fmcdermott@pvusd.us>
“YOLANDA A GARCIA” <yoli6@verizon.net>
“Joe Georges” <joe.georges@gmail.com>
“Gene Ramos” <genoramos@yahoo.com>
“Susan Hartley” <susanhartleylaw@gmail.com>
hartleylaw@earthlink.net” <hartleylaw@earthlink.net>
“Isa Meksin” <meksin@meksin.cnc.net>
“Irena” <irenav@mail.com>
“Sam Wells” <info@swellslaw.com>
“Jeff Lustman” <jefflustman@yahoo.com>
“Jeff Belmont” <belmontje@aol.com>
Justice4court@aol.com” <Justice4court@aol.com>
“Jackie Kamel” <jkamel53@gmail.com>
“Judy Lawrence” <judy91792@yahoo.com>
“shelley lynn” <pismoshell@gmail.com>
“Lesley Montion” <lmontiong@yahoo.com>
“Nancy Lemon” <nlemon@berkeley.edu>
“Ann Leader” <ann.leader@hotmail.com>
“Kevin McDermott” <warlawyer@aol.com>
“Margaret England” <englandmlmd@sbcglobal.net>
“Nick Dibs” <maxiview@gmail.com>
“Sandy McCrary” <smccrary@theallstarconsulting.com>
“Terry Miklas” <tmiklas@stewart.com>
“michele fotinos” <michele.fotinos@sbcglobal.net>
“Kathy Miklas” <kathyslp@cox.net>
“Osama mukahal” <sammukahal2000@yahoo.com>
“Victoria Nelson” <Vicnel@aol.com>
“Naomi Neufeld” <ndneufeld@yahoo.com>
“Jim Otto” <jaotto@msn.com>
“Phil Kay” <philkay5@gmail.com>
“Pat Spellman” <pspell@juno.com>
“Thomas Pratt” <thomas.pratt@sbcglobal.net>
“Sarah Roper” <sarah8r4@cs.com>
“Rana Ziaee” <rsz@mzllp.com>
“Susan Lindauer” <slindauer2008@yahoo.com>
“TODD WARREN” <stephntodd99@yahoo.com>
“Marty Schneider” <Martysrealty@aol.com>
“shelley lynn” <shelleylynnsfitnes@sbcglobal.net>
villanuevalawoffice@gmail.com” <villanuevalawoffice@gmail.com>
“James DeSimone” <VJDeSimone@aol.com>
“Will Leader” <lukalea@aol.com>
“Yael Korin” <ykorin@ucla.edu>
“zuma dogg” <zumadogg@netzero.com>
“zumadogg” <zumadogg@gmail.com>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) Has Contacted YR In Re CaliforniaALL; Circumstances Involve Joe Dunn, Martha Escutia, Tom Girardi and James Brosnahan of Voice of OC; Geoffrey Brown, DOJ’s Tony West and Sister-In-Law Kamala Harris

voice of oc

 

* The Leslie Brodie Report (TLR) urges the readers to exercise caution and not jump to conclusions regarding misconduct by anyone.We are carefully following a major developing story out of California, and will provide around-the-clock coverage and post updates as they become available.

According to sources seeking anonymity, the complainant —  a Yolo County-based rabbi who exposed the scheme in conjuction with The Leslie Brodie Report — has been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) in connection with a complaint previosuly submitted to the agency relating to sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

CaliforniaALL was a non-profit entity headed by former State Bar of California Board of Governors member Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a long time friend of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayu.

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $780,000.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation.)

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA California  Bar Foundation)  in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns.

Likewise, the Foundation never acknowledged this transfer to CaliforniaALL — the largest grant it ever bestowed — via publications issued by 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.

 

JOE DUNN

 As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, ” Voice of OC.”

 

Voice of OC's Joe Dunn
Mr. Joe Dunn (image:courtesy photo)

Events surrounding the State Bar of California, California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, Voice of OC, and UCI Foundation, as well as the fact that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL (i.e. Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL and Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL, as well as Morrison & Foertser Annette Carnegie as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the transfer of $780,000  from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL ) were also involved with the creation of Voice of OC (Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC) created the appearance of suspicious activities that funds were misappropriated by Voice of OC, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL.

 

 

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 

Additionally, the belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Mr. Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed).

Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it receive from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce the suspicion. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges in the matter of In Re Girardi), the friendship Mr. Dunn shares with Mr. Girardi, as well as Voice of OC’s refusal to comply with IRS rules mandating  that it makes available upon request Forms 990 it had submitted to the IRS within the last three years.

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;

 

 

Geoffrey F. Brown
Mr. Geoffrey Brown, professor of law at JFK School of Law. Between 2001 to 2007 served as Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009 Brown serve as director with the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA “California Bar Foundation”). In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $780,00.00 to sham entity CaliforniaALL — which also obtained additional 1.5 Million from utility companies.  In reaction to complainant’s request for an inquiry to the State Bar of California Board of Governors, Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.  Brown is still under extreme scrutiny by TLR/YR in matters relating Judy Johnson’s CCPF and the saga known as “Bribing Pat.”
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The Leslie Brodie Report is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of any new developments.

For more about CaliforniaALL, please see @:

http://californiaall.posterous.com/

And @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/tags/californiaall/

Leslie P. McElroy — Kamala Harris Deputy Attorney General / Alleged Relative of California State Bar Court Judge Patrice McElroy — Under Scrutiny For Alleged False and Malicious Civil Prosecution of Legal Eagle Extraordinaire Ronald Gottschalk

Leslie P McElroy, the lead attorney in a civil suit filed by the People of the State of California against Ronald Gottschalk, is under heavy scrutiny, The Leslie Brodie Report has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation expressed disappointment over McElroy’s failure to dismiss the suit, pursuant to a promise she had allegedly made to Gottschalk. 

Specifically, and according to the sources, McElroy had indicated that if Gottschalk — Tom Girardi’s former co-counsel and current nemesis –  can provide expert testimony vouching for the authenticity of Mrs. Wilson’s signature, the suit would be dismissed altogether. 

Nevertheless, and despite the availability of such an opinion, McElroy chose to add Mrs. Wilson as  defendant, rather than dismiss the suit against Gottschalk.

State Bar Court Patrice McElroy
Pictured above is Judge Patrice McElroy, who is either unwilling or unable to recognize the seriousness of her anti-social behaviour. Her involvement in the “Bribing Pat” saga alerted TLR, McElroy’s integrity is amiss. (Photo: Courtesy of Bar Journal.)

Leslie McElroy, per the sources, is the alleged cousin of Patrice McElroy who serves as judge with the State Bar Court of the State Bar of California.

The allegations of improprieties against Gottschalk followed on the heels of a dispute between plaintiffs’ attorneys, namely Wilkes & McHugh, Girardi & Keese, and Ronald Gottschalk.

 

Specifically, Gottschalk and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi were co-counsel representing plaintiffs in various actions. Once a dispute erupted between Gottschalk and Girardi, the State Bar of California came knocking on Gottschalk’s door.

Patrice McElroy's Misconduct
Gottschalk’s lawyer– Mr. Stanley Arouty– submitted a sworn statement to the California Supreme Court accusing McElroy of intentionally destroying an audio tape which serves as the official court record. (See excerpts from Arouty’s declaration above)

The State Bar of California, realizing that the evidence against Gottschalk is weak and not credible at the extreme, obtained a default judgment against Gottschalk during a time period which the State Bar knew Mr. Gottschalk was unavailable. Participating in the scheme against Gottschalk were Mr. Paul O’Brien from the Office of Chief Trial Counsel and Judge Patrice McElroy.

In another instance, during a hearing presided over by Judge McElroy, she disclosed that Peter G. Keane — who was then Dean of Golden Gate University School of Law and was representing an adverse witness (Ms. Sara E. Raymond) — had been her supervisor when she was previously employed as an assistant Public Defender.

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However, Judge McElroy failed to disclose that at or about the time the hearing in question was taking place, she accepted as a gift from Mr. Keane an overseas trip.

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Even more troubling is the fact that at or about the time the trip took place, Golden Gate University and the student in question were in the midst of litigating a civil case the student had filed in San Francisco Superior Court.

In yet another instance, McElroy’s penchant for destroying the official records of her own courtroom also manifested itself during the proceedings against Respondent Khanna.

Feeling victimized, Mr. Khanna advanced an action against McElroy in federal court. Below is part of an order authored by Magistrate Judge Edward M. Chen. The order alluded to the alleged destruction of the court official record.

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In yet another instance of McElroy’s misconduct is the case of William G. Wells. In addition to McElroy’s complete disregard to a specific and detailed order issued by Judge JoAnn Remke– the presiding judge of the court.

McElroy’s was accused of being biased and hostile. Below is an excerpt of pleadings prepared by attorneys from the firm of Christa & Jackson which represents Mr. Wells

“The coming weeks are a crucial time for completion of the work,” said a source from California. “We will continue to expose the massive corruption which infected the State Bar.”

McElroy's Hostility toward Wells

California Bar Journal Columnist Diane Karpman of Karpman & Associates Hereby Asked to Opine If Repetitious Misleading and Vexatious Advertisement Disguised as News by Kerr & Wagstaffe’s Ivo Labar Violate Rules of Professional Conduct

Language of press release issued on June 12, 2012, below:

“SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Samsung CEO Choi Gee Sung were ordered to meet in person to discuss a possible resolution regarding their claims over certain mobile device patents. According to a Bloomberg article, the action ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh will not likely lead to a full resolution. While Apple fights to block Samsung from releasing further updates of Android devices, the former company believes that it did not “copy” any applications from iPad or iPhone products. Kerr & Wagstaffe is one law firm based in the bay-area that has observed the San Jose, California legal proceedings and notes that these trends in mediation are becoming more and more common.

The article states that the matter has resulted in over thirty lawsuits in over ten different countries. Some officials believe that the extent of this legal battle is too complex for jury members to come to a proper decisions; Koh adds that bringing such a debate to trial would be “cruel and unusual punishment” to the jury members. The professionals at Kerr & Wagstaffe believe that protecting intellectual property is an essential part of the law, and the importance of this issue should not be neglected, no matter how complicated it is.

The San Francisco law firm recently won a patent dispute in favor of the Australian inventors of Wi-Fi technology. Although the case involved international parties and complex technological characteristics, Kerr & Wagstaffe were able to establish where credit was due. The organization believes such innovations, like that of Samsung and Apple, are essential to progressing society, but sometimes companies can use intellectual property law for less distinguished reasons. Ivo Labar, a partner at the firm, states, “More and more, the goal of such efforts is to intimidate would be competitors, rather than increasing innovation.”

The Bloomberg article adds to this topic of discussion by stating that Apple may not back down to achieve a mutual settlement as a point of pride. Steven J. Henry, an intellectual property lawyer at Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks in Boston, says, “It would take a very good sales job to come up smelling well from the settlement on Apple’s side. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but the appearance is going to have to be that they were victorious.”

Observing a similar, but failed, mediation attempt in a case between Google and Oracle, Labar states, “It is not unusual for a judge to order the parties to a settlement conference on the eve of trial.  In high stakes cases, more and more federal judges are ordering high level executives to attend such conferences.” Despite this trend, Kerr & Wagstaffe professionals believe that such matters will not typically be resolved this way, for the matter of intellectual property is too important for many companies to consider a compromise. 

ABOUT:

Kerr & Wagstaffe is a San Francisco-based law firm that represents clients in several practice areas, including patent law and intellectual property. Defined by seasoned and skilled litigators, the firm is committed to providing unparalleled legal representation by following the principles of quality, integrity, client service, client value, and teamwork. To learn more about the firm’s services, visit www.kerrwagstaffe.com.”

 

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Rule 1-400 Advertising and Solicitation

(A) For purposes of this rule, “communication” means any message or offer made by or on behalf of a member concerning the availability for professional employment of a member or a law firm directed to any former, present, or prospective client, including but not limited to the following:

(1) Any use of firm name, trade name, fictitious name, or other professional designation of such member or law firm; or

2) Any stationery, letterhead, business card, sign, brochure, or other comparable written material describing such member, law firm, or lawyers; or

(3) Any advertisement (regardless of medium) of such member or law firm directed to the general public or any substantial portion thereof; or

(4) Any unsolicited correspondence from a member or law firm directed to any person or entity.

(B) For purposes of this rule, a “solicitation” means any communication:

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      (a) delivered in person or by telephone, or

    (b) directed by any means to a person known to the sender to be represented by counsel in a matter which is a subject of the communication.

(1) Concerning the availability for professional employment of a member or a law firm in which a significant motive is pecuniary gain; and

(2) Which is:

(C) A solicitation shall not be made by or on behalf of a member or law firm to a prospective client with whom the member or law firm has no family or prior professional relationship, unless the solicitation is protected from abridgment by the Constitution of the United States or by the Constitution of the State of California. A solicitation to a former or present client in the discharge of a member’s or law firm’s professional duties is not prohibited.

(D) A communication or a solicitation (as defined herein) shall not:

(1) Contain any untrue statement; or

(2) Contain any matter, or present or arrange any matter in a manner or format which is false, deceptive, or which tends to confuse, deceive, or mislead the public; or

(3) Omit to state any fact necessary to make the statements made, in the light of circumstances under which they are made, not misleading to the public; or

(4) Fail to indicate clearly, expressly, or by context, that it is a communication or solicitation, as the case may be; or

(5) Be transmitted in any manner which involves intrusion, coercion, duress, compulsion, intimidation, threats, or vexatious or harassing conduct.

(6) State that a member is a “certified specialist” unless the member holds a current certificate as a specialist issued by the Board of Legal Specialization, or any other entity accredited by the State Bar to designate specialists pursuant to standards adopted by the Board of Governors, and states the complete name of the entity which granted certification.

(E) The Board of Governors of the State Bar shall formulate and adopt standards as to communications which will be presumed to violate this rule 1-400. The standards shall only be used as presumptions affecting the burden of proof in disciplinary proceedings involving alleged violations of these rules. “presumption affecting the burden of proof” means that presumption defined in Evidence Code sections 605 and 606. Such standards formulated and adopted by the Board, as from time to time amended, shall be effective and binding on all members.

(F) A member shall retain for two years a true and correct copy or recording of any communication made by written or electronic media. Upon written request, the member shall make any such copy or recording available to the State Bar, and, if requested, shall provide to the State Bar evidence to support any factual or objective claim contained in the communication.

[Publisher’s Note: Former rule 1-400 (D)(6) repealed by order of the Supreme Court effective November 30, 1992. New rule 1-400 (D)(6) added by order of the Supreme Court effective June 1, 1997.]

Standards:

Pursuant to rule 1-400(E) the Board of Governors of the State Bar has adopted the following standards, effective May 27, 1989, unless noted otherwise, as forms of “communication” defined in rule 1-400(A) which are presumed to be in violation of rule 1-400:

(1) A “communication” which contains guarantees, warranties, or predictions regarding the result of the representation.

(2) A “communication” which contains testimonials about or endorsements of a member unless such communication also contains an express disclaimer such as “this testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.”

(3) A “communication” which is delivered to a potential client whom the member knows or should reasonably know is in such a physical, emotional, or mental state that he or she would not be expected to exercise reasonable judgment as to the retention of counsel.

(4) A “communication” which is transmitted at the scene of an accident or at or en route to a hospital, emergency care center, or other health care facility.

(5) A “communication,” except professional announcements, seeking professional employment for pecuniary gain, which is transmitted by mail or equivalent means which does not bear the word “Advertisement,” “Newsletter” or words of similar import in 12 point print on the first page. If such communication, including firm brochures, newsletters, recent legal development advisories, and similar materials, is transmitted in an envelope, the envelope shall bear the word “Advertisement,” “Newsletter” or words of similar import on the outside thereof.

(6) A “communication” in the form of a firm name, trade name, fictitious name, or other professional designation which states or implies a relationship between any member in private practice and a government agency or instrumentality or a public or non-profit legal services organization.

(7) A “communication” in the form of a firm name, trade name, fictitious name, or other professional designation which states or implies that a member has a relationship to any other lawyer or a law firm as a partner or associate, or officer or shareholder pursuant to Business and professions Code sections 6160-6172 unless such relationship in fact exists.

(8) A “communication” which states or implies that a member or law firm is “of counsel” to another lawyer or a law firm unless the former has a relationship with the latter (other than as a partner or associate, or officer or shareholder pursuant to Business and professions Code sections 6160-6172) which is close, personal, continuous, and regular.

(9) A “communication” in the form of a firm name, trade name, fictitious name, or other professional designation used by a member or law firm in private practice which differs materially from any other such designation used by such member or law firm at the same time in the same community.

(10) A “communication” which implies that the member or law firm is participating in a lawyer referral service which has been certified by the State Bar of California or as having satisfied the Minimum Standards for Lawyer Referral Services in California, when that is not the case.

(11) (Repealed. See rule 1-400(D)(6) for the operative language on this subject.)

(12) A “communication,” except professional announcements, in the form of an advertisement primarily directed to seeking professional employment primarily for pecuniary gain transmitted to the general public or any substantial portion thereof by mail or equivalent means or by means of television, radio, newspaper, magazine or other form of commercial mass media which does not state the name of the member responsible for the communication. When the communication is made on behalf of a law firm, the communication shall state the name of at least one member responsible for it.

(13) A “communication” which contains a dramatization unless such communication contains a disclaimer which states “this is a dramatization” or words of similar import.

(14) A “communication” which states or implies “no fee without recovery” unless such communication also expressly discloses whether or not the client will be liable for costs.

(15) A “communication” which states or implies that a member is able to provide legal services in a language other than English unless the member can actually provide legal services in such language or the communication also states in the language of the communication (a) the employment title of the person who speaks such language and (b) that the person is not a member of the State Bar of California, if that is the case.

(16) An unsolicited “communication” transmitted to the general public or any substantial portion thereof primarily directed to seeking professional employment primarily for pecuniary gain which sets forth a specific fee or range of fees for a particular service where, in fact, the member charges a greater fee than advertised in such communication within a period of 90 days following dissemination of such communication, unless such communication expressly specifies a shorter period of time regarding the advertised fee. Where the communication is published in the classified or “yellow pages” section of telephone, business or legal directories or in other media not published more frequently than once a year, the member shall conform to the advertised fee for a period of one year from initial publication, unless such communication expressly specifies a shorter period of time regarding the advertised fee.

(Amended by order of Supreme Court, operative September 14, 1992. Standard (5) amended by the Board of Governors, effective May 11, 1994. Standards (12) – (16) added by the Board of Governors, effective May 11, 1994. Standard (11) repealed June 1, 1997)

Source:

http://rules.calbar.ca.gov/Rules/RulesofProfessionalConduct/CurrentRules/Rule…

 

 

 

Lori Lowenthal Marcus, Esq. — Is Hereby Asked to Opine on Financial Atrocities Against Native Americans by “J Street PAC” Board Member Howard Dickstein; Spouse Jeannine English — Member of State Bar of California Board of Governors/Trustees


The Elliott Building, 1530 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. The building is owned by Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Properly Group.  Currently, the Elliott Building is occupied on separate floors by the offices of Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman, Arlen Opper, Doug Elmets, Paula Lorenzo of Cache Creek Casino, and The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA).
Dickstein, Friedman, and Opper were all named defendants in the matter of Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians / Cache Creek Casino v. Howard Dickstein. The penthouse unit is the official residence of California’s first couple — Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.  and his wife. (Image: courtesy photo)

The abuse and financial atrocities by attorney Howard Dickstein (on behalf of himself, as well as others) against his clients — Native Americans who are members of various Indian tribes operating casinos in the State of California — are well documented.

Hard hit were the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation which operates the Cache Creek Casino in Yolo County, the Pala Band of Mission Indians which operates the Pala Casino Resort & Spa in San Diego County, and the United Auburn Indian Community which operates the Thunder Valley Casino in Placer County.

One such incident resulted in the emotionally distressing injustice inflicted on the bona fide founder of Thunder Valley Casino, the ex-chair of the tribe, Jessica Tavares.

Jessica is a proud visionary who was the force behind the economic and cultural revival of the tribe — as well as the revival of surrounding communities.  Sadly, Jessica was ultimately betrayed by a fellow member of the tribe and placed on the proverbial iceberg because she chose honor, integrity, and dignity for herself and for the tribe over the greed and divisiveness promoted by Howard Dickstein in his quest to obtained millions for himself and by extension for his wife,  Jeannine English.

Since 2006, Jeannine English has served as a “public member” of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, an otherwise governmental entity primarily responsible to disciplining errant lawyers.  Despite allegations that Dickstein has committed countless acts of grave misconduct and ethical breaches, Dickstein has never been disciplined by the State Bar of California.  English’s appointment as a public member was courtesy of her California Democratic Party confederates who control California’s legislative branch.

Unfortunately, the two U.S. Senators from California refuse to become involved in these issues despite the fact that  tribal matters fall primarily within federal oversight. Dickstein, in his role as counsel for the tribes, has overseen the tribes’ contributions of millions of dollars to the coffers of the Democratic Party.

Fortunately, Republican Arizona Senator John McCain recently stepped in and called for an investigation of Howard Dickstein.  Similarly, a few months prior to Senator McCain’s announcement, a Yolo County-based rabbi asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to investigate English and Dickstein.

The J Street Gang of Greed

In approximately 2004, as part of an effort to revitalize its downtown area, the city of Sacramento poured three million dollars into subsidies for the renovation of the “Elliott Building” located at 1530 J Street in Sacramento.  The project was initiated by Mark Friedman of Sacramento-based Fulcrum Property Group and a few of his business partners.

Howard Dicstein, Jerry Brown, Mark Friedman, Doug Elmets
(L-R) California Governor Jerry Brown, Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property and Doug Elmets (Image:courtesy photos)

Friedman, a man of despicable character, may be a stranger to readers, but he is no stranger to The Leslie Brodie Report given that he was one of the  named defendants in the case of Rumsey vs. Dickstein, which deals primarily with allegations of years of fraud and deceit by Dickstein against his client, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

One example of such a scheme allegedly perpetrated by Dickstein and Friedman against the tribe deals with a parcel of land situated in West-Sacramento  known as “The Triangle,” an otherwise prime location facing the Sacramento River.

The tribe was urged by defendants Dickstein and its financial advisor Arlen Opper to enter into yet another business relationship with Friedman, through which a parcel of land in “The Triangle” was purchased.  The tribe would own 50% and Friedman and his extended would own 50% of the property.

At one point, Mark Friedman asked the tribe for a favor (or as he put it, an “accommodation”), by which the tribe would sell and Friedman would purchase the tribe’s 50% share in “The Triangle.”

Friedman’s excuse  for seeking the “accommodation” was very simple — he wanted to reduce the amount of money he would  owe the Internal Revenue Service.  Friedman had just sold a different piece of real estate, and  needed to quickly invest the money in real estate (or as he referred to it, to “park” the money ) in a separate property for a period of several years as is allowed by IRS rules; at the period, the tribe would be allowed to buy the property back for the same price for which it was sold to Friedman per a “buy back option.”

Dickstein and Opper recommended that the tribe “accommodate” Friedman, and Friedman consequently purchased the property from the tribe.

Per their written agreement, the tribe was given the option to buy back the property within one year.  However, the tribe did not buy back the property within one as  a result of a failure by Arlen Opper and Howard Dickstein — the attorney for the tribe who was in possession of the written agreement — to inform the tribe when the time period expired so that the tribe could buy back the property.  Notably, the property had increased in value “exponentially” during this period.

Later,  after the “buy back option” had expired, the tribe realized that it had missed the deadline to buy back its 50% share of the property, and sought to do so at that time.  However, Mark Friedman refused to sell it back, claiming that the tribe had missed its deadline.

Separately, and as was reported earlier, Howard Dickstein, a widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry, has been named a defendant in a suit seeking unspecified monetary damages. Also named as defendant is Dickstein’s wife, Sacramento-based lobbyist Jeannine English.

The lawsuit alleges that Dickstein and English executed a scheme that caused injury to the Plaintiff, a Southern California resident who claims his privacy and constitutional rights were “egregiously violated.”

Specifically, the suit alleges that in order to camouflage a scheme and make it appear as though it is purely a mundane action by a governmental agency and was not designed to conceal Dickstein’s and English’s own acts of malfeasance, greed, and betrayal, defendants resorted to abusing their considerable “political and legal clout.”

This clout was presumably obtained as a result of the funneling of hundreds of millions of dollars from myriad Tribal Casinos to various state and local governmental agencies/officials, as well as from English’s position as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and the fact that the president of the State Bar of California, Jon Streeter, and his firm of Keker & Van Nest, represent Howard Dickstein. This , the plaintiff alleges, shows “malice and oppression” on the part of defendants sufficient to justify an award of punitive damages.

Dickstein , who is no stranger to litigation, has been previously named a defendant in a suit advanced by his client, members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nations (formerly known as the Ramsey Band of Wintun Indians), which owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California, an unincorporated community in Yolo County.

In that action, the plaintiffs — who were represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and legal ethics expert Michael Boli — alleged that Dickstein engaged in myriad fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion (i.e. a non-criminal term referring to the act of theft), breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and unjustly enriching himself with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

While the suit was pending, further allegations of grave misconduct were leveled against Dickstein and his attorneys of San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest including claims that evidence was “manufactured.” Later, Dickstein and his lawyers of Keker & Van Nest (presumably, John Keker, Elliot Peters, and Jon Streeter) falsely advertised and misled the public into believing that the Yocha Dehe tribe had only sued Dickstein for conduct which was “negligent” in nature. Dickstein and his legal team neglected to reference the allegations of defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade through fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion, breaches of fiduciary duties, and misrepresentations which the tribe had leveled against their own attorney.

In nearby Placer County, situated between the cities of Roseville and Lincoln, 50 miles east of Yolo County, where the United Auburn Indian Community operates the Thunder Valley Casino, allegations of greed and betrayal were also leveled against Howard Dickstein by the former chairwoman of the United Auburn Indian Community, the Honorable Jessica Tavares and long-time tribal council member Dolly Suehead.

According to media reports, Tribal Administrator Greg Baker — a Dickstein confederate — disallowed a tribe-funded mailing of a campaign mailer that claims the United Auburn Indian Community has been “bamboozled by an attorney [Howard Dickstein] more interested in filling his garage with Ferraris than serving the interest of our tribe, and the greed of a tribal council that rubber stamps his decision and no longer looks after our best interests.”

Baker, who as it turned out was involved in a separate and unrelated financial scheme, was recently suspended following on the heels of an IRS investigation into allegations of fraud and money-laundering. In affidavits filed by an IRS investigator, it was alleged that Baker was part of a scheme to over-bill the casino/tribe by more than $18 million, which would later be “kicked-back.”

Roman Porter — a long time ally and confederate of California Democratic Party operative Joseph Dunn of embattled online publication Voice of OC who now serves as the executive director of the State Bar of California — was recently hired as Thunder Valley Casino’s new tribal administrator.

Please observe that rather than contacting Lori Lowenthal Marcus, Esq. directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any comments,opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

 

J Street’s Colette Avital, A Victim of Sexual Assault / Adulterer For 14 Years, Hereby Asked To Opine On J Street PAC BOD Member — Controversial Gambling Attorney Howard Dickstein’s Denials Re Sexual Assault at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, CA

Howard Dickstein on Sexual Assaults in Casino

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Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski [file]

Labor Party presidential candidate Colette Avital revealed in an interview with Channel 2 on Thursday that one of her bosses when she worked in the Foreign Ministry tried to attack her sexually.

“It happened many years ago and I defended myself,” Avital said. “We women are not defenseless if you know how to object and push people away.”

Avital considered (Shimon) Peres her mentor, but in the Channel 2 interview she denied rumors of an affair with Peres when she was Israel’s consul-general in New York. “There never was an affair, just like Peres never had an Arab mother,” Avital said, dismissing another well-known rumor about the vice premier.

Please continue @:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=51697

 

Admission by Colette Avital to a 14 year extramarital affair with a married man, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.posterous.com/orly-taitz-american-patriot-former-resident-o

 

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Howard Dickstein, a widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry, has been named a defendant in a suit seeking unspecified monetary damages. Also named as defendant is Dickstein’s wife, Sacramento-based lobbyist Jeannine English.

The lawsuit alleges that Dickstein and English executed a scheme that caused injury to the Plaintiff, a Southern California resident who claims his privacy and constitutional rights were “egregiously violated.”

Specifically, the suit alleges that in order to camouflage a scheme and make it appear as though it is purely a mundane action by a governmental agency and was not designed to conceal Dickstein’s and English’s own acts of malfeasance, greed, and betrayal, defendants resorted to abusing their considerable “political and legal clout.”

This clout was presumably obtained as a result of the funneling of hundreds of millions of dollars from myriad Tribal Casinos to various state and local governmental agencies/officials, as well as from English’s position as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and the fact that the president of the State Bar of California, Jon Streeter, and his firm of Keker & Van Nest, represent Howard Dickstein. This , the plaintiff alleges, shows “malice and oppression” on the part of defendants sufficient to justify an award of punitive damages.

Dickstein , who is no stranger to litigation, has been previously named a defendant in a suit advanced by his client, members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nations (formerly known as the Ramsey Band of Wintun Indians), which owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California, an unincorporated community in Yolo County.

In that action, the plaintiffs — who were represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and legal ethics expert Michael Boli — alleged that Dickstein engaged in myriad fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion (i.e. a non-criminal term referring to the act of theft), breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and unjustly enriching himself with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

While the suit was pending, further allegations of grave misconduct were leveled against Dickstein and his attorneys of San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest including claims that evidence was “manufactured.” Later, Dickstein and his lawyers of Keker & Van Nest (presumably, John Keker, Elliot Peters, and Jon Streeter) falsely advertised and misled the public into believing that the Yocha Dehe tribe had only sued Dickstein for conduct which was “negligent” in nature. Dickstein and his legal team neglected to reference the allegations of defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade through fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion, breaches of fiduciary duties, and misrepresentations which the tribe had leveled against their own attorney.

In nearby Placer County, situated between the cities of Roseville and Lincoln, 50 miles east of Yolo County, where the United Auburn Indian Community operates the Thunder Valley Casino, allegations of greed and betrayal were also leveled against Howard Dickstein by the former chairwoman of the United Auburn Indian Community, the Honorable Jessica Tavares and long-time tribal council member Dolly Suehead.

According to media reports, Tribal Administrator Greg Baker — a Dickstein confederate — disallowed a tribe-funded mailing of a campaign mailer that claims the United Auburn Indian Community has been “bamboozled by an attorney [Howard Dickstein] more interested in filling his garage with Ferraris than serving the interest of our tribe, and the greed of a tribal council that rubber stamps his decision and no longer looks after our best interests.”

Baker, who as it turned out was involved in a separate and unrelated financial scheme, was recently suspended following on the heels of an IRS investigation into allegations of fraud and money-laundering. In affidavits filed by an IRS investigator, it was alleged that Baker was part of a scheme to over-bill the casino/tribe by more than $18 million, which would later be “kicked-back.”

Roman Porter — a long time ally and confederate of California Democratic Party operative Joseph Dunn of embattled online publication Voice of OC who now serves as the executive director of the State Bar of California — was recently hired as Thunder Valley Casino’s new tribal administrator.

 

 


The Elliott Building, 1530 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. The building is owned by Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Properly Group.  Currently, the Elliott Building is occupied on separate floors by the offices of Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman, Arlen Opper, Doug Elmets, Paula Lorenzo of Cache Creek Casino, and The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA).
Dickstein, Friedman, and Opper were all named defendants in the matter of Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians / Cache Creek Casino v. Howard Dickstein. The penthouse unit is the official residence of California’s first couple — Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.  and his wife. (Image: courtesy photo)

The abuse and financial atrocities by attorney Howard Dickstein (on behalf of himself, as well as others) against his clients — Native Americans who are members of various Indian tribes operating casinos in the State of California — is well documented.

Hard hit were the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation which operates the Cache Creek Casino in Yolo County, the Pala Band of Mission Indians which operates the Pala Casino Resort & Spa in San Diego County, and the United Auburn Indian Community which operates the Thunder Valley Casino in Placer County.

One such incident resulted in the emotionally distressing injustice inflicted on the bona fide founder of Thunder Valley Casino, the ex-chair of the tribe, Jessica Tavares.

Jessica is a proud visionary who was the force behind the economic and cultural revival of the tribe — as well as the revival of surrounding communities.  Sadly, Jessica was ultimately betrayed by a fellow member of the tribe and placed on the proverbial iceberg because she chose honor, integrity, and dignity for herself and for the tribe over the greed and divisiveness promoted by Howard Dickstein in his quest to obtained millions for himself and by extension for his wife,  Jeannine English.

Since 2006, Jeannine English has served as a “public member” of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, an otherwise governmental entity primarily responsible to disciplining errant lawyers.  Despite allegations that Dickstein has committed countless acts of grave misconduct and ethical breaches, Dickstein has never been disciplined by the State Bar of California.  English’s appointment as a public member was courtesy of her California Democratic Party confederates who control California’s legislative branch.

Unfortunately, the two U.S. Senators from California refuse to become involved in these issues despite the fact that  tribal matters fall primarily within federal oversight. Dickstein, in his role as counsel for the tribes, has overseen the tribes’ contributions of millions of dollars to the coffers of the Democratic Party.

Fortunately, Republican Arizona Senator John McCain recently stepped in and called for an investigation of Howard Dickstein.  Similarly, a few months prior to Senator McCain’s announcement, a Yolo County-based rabbi asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to investigate English and Dickstein.

The J Street Gang of Greed

In approximately 2004, as part of an effort to revitalize its downtown area, the city of Sacramento poured three million dollars into subsidies for the renovation of the “Elliott Building” located at 1530 J Street in Sacramento.  The project was initiated by Mark Friedman of Sacramento-based Fulcrum Property Group and a few of his business partners.

Howard Dicstein, Jerry Brown, Mark Friedman, Doug Elmets
(L-R) California Governor Jerry Brown, Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property and Doug Elmets (Image:courtesy photos)

Friedman, a man of despicable character, may be a stranger to readers, but he is no stranger to The Leslie Brodie Report given that he was one of the  named defendants in the case of Rumsey vs. Dickstein, which deals primarily with allegations of years of fraud and deceit by Dickstein against his client, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

One example of such a scheme allegedly perpetrated by Dickstein and Friedman against the tribe deals with a parcel of land situated in West-Sacramento  known as “The Triangle,” an otherwise prime location facing the Sacramento River.

The tribe was urged by defendants Dickstein and its financial advisor Arlen Opper to enter into yet another business relationship with Friedman, through which a parcel of land in “The Triangle” was purchased.  The tribe would own 50% and Friedman and his extended would own 50% of the property.

At one point, Mark Friedman asked the tribe for a favor (or as he put it, an “accommodation”), by which the tribe would sell and Friedman would purchase the tribe’s 50% share in “The Triangle.”

Friedman’s excuse  for seeking the “accommodation” was very simple — he wanted to reduce the amount of money he would  owe the Internal Revenue Service.  Friedman had just sold a different piece of real estate, and  needed to quickly invest the money in real estate (or as he referred to it, to “park” the money ) in a separate property for a period of several years as is allowed by IRS rules; at the period, the tribe would be allowed to buy the property back for the same price for which it was sold to Friedman per a “buy back option.”

Dickstein and Opper recommended that the tribe “accommodate” Friedman, and Friedman consequently purchased the property from the tribe.

Per their written agreement, the tribe was given the option to buy back the property within one year.  However, the tribe did not buy back the property within one as  a result of a failure by Arlen Opper and Howard Dickstein — the attorney for the tribe who was in possession of the written agreement — to inform the tribe when the time period expired so that the tribe could buy back the property.  Notably, the property had increased in value “exponentially” during this period.

Later,  after the “buy back option” had expired, the tribe realized that it had missed the deadline to buy back its 50% share of the property, and sought to do so at that time.  However, Mark Friedman refused to sell it back, claiming that the tribe had missed its deadline.

 

Colette Avital of J Street – Entity Associated with Jeremy Ben Ami and Controversial Gambling Attorney Howard Dickstein – On Comprehensive Two State Solution( Note: Avital an adulterer who carried on an affair for 14 Years – rumored with Shimon Peres)

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Colette Avital

Colette Avital: “I think that without a comprehensive peace plan in the Middle East it will be very difficult to deal with the Iran issue so I do welcome the thinking of the current administration in Washington that everything has to be addressed on a regional basis.”

Please see complete story @:

http://jstreet.org/supporters/profile/1/Colette-Avital

Separately, and was reported  here earlier, Howard Dickstein of J Street PAC, who is  widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry, has been named a defendant in a suit seeking unspecified monetary damages. Also named as defendant is Dickstein’s wife, Sacramento-based lobbyist Jeannine English.

The lawsuit alleges that Dickstein and English executed a scheme that caused injury to the Plaintiff, a Southern California resident who claims his privacy and constitutional rights were “egregiously violated.”


The Elliott Building, 1530 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. The building is owned by Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Properly Group.  Currently, the Elliott Building is occupied on separate floors by the offices of Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman, Arlen Opper, Doug Elmets, Paula Lorenzo of Cache Creek Casino, and The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA).
Dickstein, Friedman, and Opper were all named defendants in the matter of Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians / Cache Creek Casino v. Howard Dickstein. The penthouse unit is the official residence of California’s first couple — Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.  and his wife. (Image: courtesy photo)

Specifically, the suit alleges that in order to camouflage a scheme and make it appear as though it is purely a mundane action by a governmental agency and was not designed to conceal Dickstein’s and English’s own acts of malfeasance, greed, and betrayal, defendants resorted to abusing their considerable “political and legal clout.”

This clout was presumably obtained as a result of the funneling of hundreds of millions of dollars from myriad Tribal Casinos to various state and local governmental agencies/officials, as well as from English’s position as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and the fact that the president of the State Bar of California, Jon Streeter, and his firm of Keker & Van Nest, represent Howard Dickstein. This , the plaintiff alleges, shows “malice and oppression” on the part of defendants sufficient to justify an award of punitive damages.

Dickstein , who is no stranger to litigation, has been previously named a defendant in a suit advanced by his client, members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nations (formerly known as the Ramsey Band of Wintun Indians), which owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California, an unincorporated community in Yolo County.

In that action, the plaintiffs — who were represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and legal ethics expert Michael Boli — alleged that Dickstein engaged in myriad fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion (i.e. a non-criminal term referring to the act of theft), breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and unjustly enriching himself with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

According to media reports, Tribal Administrator Greg Baker — a Dickstein confederate — disallowed a tribe-funded mailing of a campaign mailer that claims the United Auburn Indian Community has been “bamboozled by an attorney [Howard Dickstein] more interested in filling his garage with Ferraris than serving the interest of our tribe, and the greed of a tribal council that rubber stamps his decision and no longer looks after our best interests.”

Baker, who as it turned out was involved in a separate and unrelated financial scheme, was recently suspended following on the heels of an IRS investigation into allegations of fraud and money-laundering. In affidavits filed by an IRS investigator, it was alleged that Baker was part of a scheme to over-bill the casino/tribe by more than $18 million, which would later be “kicked-back.”

Roman Porter — a long time ally and confederate of California Democratic Party operative Joseph Dunn of embattled online publication Voice of OC who now serves as the executive director of the State Bar of California — was recently hired as Thunder Valley Casino’s new tribal administrator.

The J Street Gang of Greed

In approximately 2004, as part of an effort to revitalize its downtown area, the city of Sacramento poured three million dollars into subsidies for the renovation of the “Elliott Building” located at 1530 J Street in Sacramento.  The project was initiated by Mark Friedman of Sacramento-based Fulcrum Property Group and a few of his business partners.

Howard Dicstein, Jerry Brown, Mark Friedman, Doug Elmets
(L-R) California Governor Jerry Brown, Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property and Doug Elmets (Image:courtesy photos)

Friedman, a man of despicable character, may be a stranger to readers, but he is no stranger to The Leslie Brodie Report given that he was one of the  named defendants in the case of Rumsey vs. Dickstein, which deals primarily with allegations of years of fraud and deceit by Dickstein against his client, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

One example of such a scheme allegedly perpetrated by Dickstein and Friedman against the tribe deals with a parcel of land situated in West-Sacramento  known as “The Triangle,” an otherwise prime location facing the Sacramento River.

The tribe was urged by defendants Dickstein and its financial advisor Arlen Opper to enter into yet another business relationship with Friedman, through which a parcel of land in “The Triangle” was purchased.  The tribe would own 50% and Friedman and his extended would own 50% of the property.

At one point, Mark Friedman asked the tribe for a favor (or as he put it, an “accommodation”), by which the tribe would sell and Friedman would purchase the tribe’s 50% share in “The Triangle.”

Friedman’s excuse  for seeking the “accommodation” was very simple — he wanted to reduce the amount of money he would  owe the Internal Revenue Service.  Friedman had just sold a different piece of real estate, and  needed to quickly invest the money in real estate (or as he referred to it, to “park” the money ) in a separate property for a period of several years as is allowed by IRS rules; at the period, the tribe would be allowed to buy the property back for the same price for which it was sold to Friedman per a “buy back option.”

Dickstein and Opper recommended that the tribe “accommodate” Friedman, and Friedman consequently purchased the property from the tribe.

Per their written agreement, the tribe was given the option to buy back the property within one year.  However, the tribe did not buy back the property within one as  a result of a failure by Arlen Opper and Howard Dickstein — the attorney for the tribe who was in possession of the written agreement — to inform the tribe when the time period expired so that the tribe could buy back the property.  Notably, the property had increased in value “exponentially” during this period.

Later,  after the “buy back option” had expired, the tribe realized that it had missed the deadline to buy back its 50% share of the property, and sought to do so at that time.  However, Mark Friedman refused to sell it back, claiming that the tribe had missed its deadline.

 

Neil J. Gillespie of Ocala, Florida Comments on RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 12:16:08 -0400

From: Neil Gillespie

Hello Everyone,

RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, may be a remedy for the lawlessness that is sweeping our courts and nation. Last week I moved for reconsideration in the U.S. Court of Appeals under RICO, as set forth below.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Florida attorney Mary Alice Gwynn who sued The Florida Bar under RICO in April 2008, see Lanson v. The Florida Bar, case no. 9:08-cv-80422-WJZ, U.S. District Court, S.D. of Florida. Although the case was voluntarily dismissed, it was a brave first step. Ms. Gwynn was recently suspended from practice by the Florida Bar in retaliation. But since Ms. Gwynn sounded the alarm in 2008, Florida attorney Scott Rothstein was prosecuted for a $1.2 billion ponzi scheme under RICO, and Florida attorney David J. Stern improperly dumped 100,000 foreclosure cases on the courts, points made in my motion for reconsideration in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Some of you reading this may also have a civil cause of action under RICO, see the links below.

On May 22, 2012 the Florida Supreme court denied without comment my motion for reconsideration in case SC11-1622. That ended any hope that the Florida courts would lawfully adjudicate this matter. The order and motion are on Scribd at the link. http://www.scribd.com/doc/96198449

On May 7, 2012 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a related case denied my motions to consolidate two related appeals, denied leave to proceed in forma pauperis, denied appointment of counsel, etc. The order in C.A.11, 12-11028-B is on Scribd at the link http://www.scribd.com/doc/96197551

In response to the above, I moved for reconsideration in the U.S. Court of Appeals May 30, 2012 arguing that the federal courts have jurisdiction under the RICO act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. The motion is on Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/95369974

A related notice of May 31, 2012 as to in forma pauperis is on Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/95571084

All told there are 18 related cases in the matter of Gillespie v Barker, Rodems and Cook PA. A list of the cases is on Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/95369691

As set forth in my motion for reconsideration (paragraph 9), governmental units, such as the New York City Civil Court, may be “enterprises” within the meaning of RICO. United States v. Angelilli, 660 F. 2d 23 (C.A.2 1981). A court may be an enterprise within the meaning of RICO. United States v. Bacheler, 611 F.2d 443, 450 (3dCir.1979) (Philadelphia Traffic Court). Judges and lawyers may be “enterprises” within the meaning of RICO. U.S. v. Limas, 1:11-cr-00296, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Brownsville (Indictment of Judge Abel C. Limas March 29, 2011). http://www.scribd.com/doc/95369974/

I encourage anyone interested to read about RICO on Wikipedia, and the Cornell Legal Information Institute site. Again, some of you reading this may have a civil cause of action under RICO. Here are some highlights.

According to Wikipedia, “RICO provides for criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for racketeering acts performed as part of an ongoing enterprise.” “Under RICO, a person who is a member of an enterprise that has committed any two of 35 crimes – 27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes – within a 10-year period can be charged with racketeering.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racketeer_Influenced_and_Corrupt_Organizations_Act

According to Wikipedia, “RICO-related charge is considered easy to prove in court, as it focuses on patterns of behavior as opposed to criminal acts.”

According to Wikipedia, “There is also a provision for private parties to sue. A “person damaged in his business or property” can sue one or more “racketeers”.” “Both the federal and civil components allow for the recovery of treble damages (damages in triple the amount of actual/compensatory damages).”

The Cornell Legal Information Institute has the hyperlinked text of RICO here http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/part-I/chapter-96

Attorney George Robert Blakey originally drafted RICO, and he is currently a law professor at Notre Dame. According to Wikipedia, “G. Robert Blakey remains an expert on RICO” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._Robert_Blakey

Here is a link to Professor Blakey�s page at Notre Dame. Last week I emailed Professor Blakey with a link to my motion to reconsider under RICO but he did not reply. http://law.nd.edu/people/faculty-and-administration/teaching-and-research-faculty/g-robert-blakey/

Under 18 USC � 1965(a), a RICO civil action or proceeding against any person may be instituted in the district court of the United States for any district in which such person resides, is found, has an agent, or transacts his affairs. As I argued to the U.S. Court of Appeals, the ends of justice in this matter may require RICO civil proceedings instituted in a venue outside Florida and the Eleventh Circuit.

As of the time of this email, both my cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals are active, and no decision has been made as to a cause of action under RICO. The cases are appeal number 12-11028-B, and appeal number 12-11213-C.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Neil J. Gillespie
8092 SW 115th Loop
Ocala, Florida 34481
Telephone: (352) 854-7807
email: neilgillespie@mfi.net
Justice Network website: http://yousue.org/
Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/ngillespie

 

Please see source @:

http://www.liveleak.com/e/a7a_1339236641

Separately, and was reported here earlier, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

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 alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains 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 asserts 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.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — 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 alleges, 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, 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.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

 

 

Neil J. Gillespie of Ocala, Florida Comments on RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 12:16:08 -0400

From: Neil Gillespie

Hello Everyone,

RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, may be a remedy for the lawlessness that is sweeping our courts and nation. Last week I moved for reconsideration in the U.S. Court of Appeals under RICO, as set forth below.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Florida attorney Mary Alice Gwynn who sued The Florida Bar under RICO in April 2008, see Lanson v. The Florida Bar, case no. 9:08-cv-80422-WJZ, U.S. District Court, S.D. of Florida. Although the case was voluntarily dismissed, it was a brave first step. Ms. Gwynn was recently suspended from practice by the Florida Bar in retaliation. But since Ms. Gwynn sounded the alarm in 2008, Florida attorney Scott Rothstein was prosecuted for a $1.2 billion ponzi scheme under RICO, and Florida attorney David J. Stern improperly dumped 100,000 foreclosure cases on the courts, points made in my motion for reconsideration in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Some of you reading this may also have a civil cause of action under RICO, see the links below.

On May 22, 2012 the Florida Supreme court denied without comment my motion for reconsideration in case SC11-1622. That ended any hope that the Florida courts would lawfully adjudicate this matter. The order and motion are on Scribd at the link. http://www.scribd.com/doc/96198449

On May 7, 2012 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a related case denied my motions to consolidate two related appeals, denied leave to proceed in forma pauperis, denied appointment of counsel, etc. The order in C.A.11, 12-11028-B is on Scribd at the link http://www.scribd.com/doc/96197551

In response to the above, I moved for reconsideration in the U.S. Court of Appeals May 30, 2012 arguing that the federal courts have jurisdiction under the RICO act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. The motion is on Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/95369974

A related notice of May 31, 2012 as to in forma pauperis is on Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/95571084

All told there are 18 related cases in the matter of Gillespie v Barker, Rodems and Cook PA. A list of the cases is on Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/95369691

As set forth in my motion for reconsideration (paragraph 9), governmental units, such as the New York City Civil Court, may be “enterprises” within the meaning of RICO. United States v. Angelilli, 660 F. 2d 23 (C.A.2 1981). A court may be an enterprise within the meaning of RICO. United States v. Bacheler, 611 F.2d 443, 450 (3dCir.1979) (Philadelphia Traffic Court). Judges and lawyers may be “enterprises” within the meaning of RICO. U.S. v. Limas, 1:11-cr-00296, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Brownsville (Indictment of Judge Abel C. Limas March 29, 2011). http://www.scribd.com/doc/95369974/

I encourage anyone interested to read about RICO on Wikipedia, and the Cornell Legal Information Institute site. Again, some of you reading this may have a civil cause of action under RICO. Here are some highlights.

According to Wikipedia, “RICO provides for criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for racketeering acts performed as part of an ongoing enterprise.” “Under RICO, a person who is a member of an enterprise that has committed any two of 35 crimes – 27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes – within a 10-year period can be charged with racketeering.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racketeer_Influenced_and_Corrupt_Organizations_Act

According to Wikipedia, “RICO-related charge is considered easy to prove in court, as it focuses on patterns of behavior as opposed to criminal acts.”

According to Wikipedia, “There is also a provision for private parties to sue. A “person damaged in his business or property” can sue one or more “racketeers”.” “Both the federal and civil components allow for the recovery of treble damages (damages in triple the amount of actual/compensatory damages).”

The Cornell Legal Information Institute has the hyperlinked text of RICO here http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/part-I/chapter-96

Attorney George Robert Blakey originally drafted RICO, and he is currently a law professor at Notre Dame. According to Wikipedia, “G. Robert Blakey remains an expert on RICO” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._Robert_Blakey

Here is a link to Professor Blakey�s page at Notre Dame. Last week I emailed Professor Blakey with a link to my motion to reconsider under RICO but he did not reply. http://law.nd.edu/people/faculty-and-administration/teaching-and-research-faculty/g-robert-blakey/

Under 18 USC � 1965(a), a RICO civil action or proceeding against any person may be instituted in the district court of the United States for any district in which such person resides, is found, has an agent, or transacts his affairs. As I argued to the U.S. Court of Appeals, the ends of justice in this matter may require RICO civil proceedings instituted in a venue outside Florida and the Eleventh Circuit.

As of the time of this email, both my cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals are active, and no decision has been made as to a cause of action under RICO. The cases are appeal number 12-11028-B, and appeal number 12-11213-C.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Neil J. Gillespie
8092 SW 115th Loop
Ocala, Florida 34481
Telephone: (352) 854-7807
email: neilgillespie@mfi.net
Justice Network website: http://yousue.org/
Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/ngillespie

 

Please see source @:

http://www.liveleak.com/e/a7a_1339236641

Separately, and was reported here earlier, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

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 alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains 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 asserts 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.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — 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 alleges, 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, 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.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

 

 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has promoted Scott Packman — Board Member of Controversial Bet Tzedek — to Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

MGM Scott Packman

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has promoted Scott Packman to Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and appointed Cheryl Rodman as Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. The announcement was made today by Ken Schapiro, Chief Operating Officer of MGM.

Prior to joining MGM’s legal affairs department, Packman served as General Counsel, EVP of Business and Legal Affairs, and Corporate Secretary with entertainment software company Creative Planet, Inc. where he was a member of a five-person Executive Committee responsible for making all major business and strategic decisions for the company. Previously, Packman was with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, where he was responsible for negotiating and drafting agreements ranging from motion picture, television and video game distribution, intellectual property, Internet and product placement, to executive employment contracts.

Packman began his career at the law firm of Rogers & Wells in New York. He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves as Board Member and Secretary of Bet Tzedek, a pro bono legal services organization, is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Honors Business Program at The University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the Steering Committee for the UCLA School of Law’s Annual Entertainment Law Symposium.

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Separately, and was reported here earlier, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

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 alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains 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 asserts 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.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — 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 alleges, 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, 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.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

Jon B. Streeter of Keker & Van Nest Record of Contributions to Controversial Nevada Senator Harry Reid — Member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee — in Hope of Being Confirmed as Federal Judge, Unqualified Notwithstanding


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.

 

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Orly Taitz Assails Dianne Feinstein / J. Street PAC — Entity Associated with Jeremy Ben-Ami and Controversial Gambling Attorney Howard Dickstein of Sacramento, California

Prominent California attorney, Rancho Santa Margarita-based Dr. Orly Taitz has declared in no uncertain terms her opposition to left-wing Israel advocacy group J Street.  The announcement came on the heels of Dianne Feinstein’s acceptance of an  endorsement from the highly controversial J Street — an entity headed by Jeremy Ben-Ami. 

In reply to Feinstein’s endorsement, embattled gambling attorney Howard Dickstein of Sacramento-based Dickstein & Zerbi J stated to the media: “Her (Feinstein) views were very close, if not identical, to J Street’s,” said Howard , a board member of J Street’s political action committee .

Taitz, who is running against Feinstein adamantly opposes the J-Street/Feinstein position, stated:

“J-street is a far Left organization which advocates cutting up Jerusalem and giving a big part of Jerusalem to Palestinians, dismantling all of the Jewish settlements and towns in Judea and Samaria. They are more radical than many Palestinians. The fact that Feinstein accepted their endorsement speaks volumes. Feinstein is the chair of the Senate Intelligence committee. Endorsing such radical views will not promote peace and doesn’t mesh with her position as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.”

Separately, and was reported  here earlier, Dickstein, who is  widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry, has been named a defendant in a suit seeking unspecified monetary damages. Also named as defendant is Dickstein’s wife, Sacramento-based lobbyist Jeannine English.

The lawsuit alleges that Dickstein and English executed a scheme that caused injury to the Plaintiff, a Southern California resident who claims his privacy and constitutional rights were “egregiously violated.”


The Elliott Building, 1530 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. The building is owned by Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Properly Group.  Currently, the Elliott Building is occupied on separate floors by the offices of Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman, Arlen Opper, Doug Elmets, Paula Lorenzo of Cache Creek Casino, and The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA).
Dickstein, Friedman, and Opper were all named defendants in the matter of Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians / Cache Creek Casino v. Howard Dickstein. The penthouse unit is the official residence of California’s first couple — Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.  and his wife. (Image: courtesy photo)

Specifically, the suit alleges that in order to camouflage a scheme and make it appear as though it is purely a mundane action by a governmental agency and was not designed to conceal Dickstein’s and English’s own acts of malfeasance, greed, and betrayal, defendants resorted to abusing their considerable “political and legal clout.”

This clout was presumably obtained as a result of the funneling of hundreds of millions of dollars from myriad Tribal Casinos to various state and local governmental agencies/officials, as well as from English’s position as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and the fact that the president of the State Bar of California, Jon Streeter, and his firm of Keker & Van Nest, represent Howard Dickstein. This , the plaintiff alleges, shows “malice and oppression” on the part of defendants sufficient to justify an award of punitive damages.

Dickstein , who is no stranger to litigation, has been previously named a defendant in a suit advanced by his client, members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nations (formerly known as the Ramsey Band of Wintun Indians), which owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California, an unincorporated community in Yolo County.

In that action, the plaintiffs — who were represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and legal ethics expert Michael Boli — alleged that Dickstein engaged in myriad fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion (i.e. a non-criminal term referring to the act of theft), breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and unjustly enriching himself with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

According to media reports, Tribal Administrator Greg Baker — a Dickstein confederate — disallowed a tribe-funded mailing of a campaign mailer that claims the United Auburn Indian Community has been “bamboozled by an attorney [Howard Dickstein] more interested in filling his garage with Ferraris than serving the interest of our tribe, and the greed of a tribal council that rubber stamps his decision and no longer looks after our best interests.”

Baker, who as it turned out was involved in a separate and unrelated financial scheme, was recently suspended following on the heels of an IRS investigation into allegations of fraud and money-laundering. In affidavits filed by an IRS investigator, it was alleged that Baker was part of a scheme to over-bill the casino/tribe by more than $18 million, which would later be “kicked-back.”

Roman Porter — a long time ally and confederate of California Democratic Party operative Joseph Dunn of embattled online publication Voice of OC who now serves as the executive director of the State Bar of California — was recently hired as Thunder Valley Casino’s new tribal administrator.

The J Street Gang of Greed

In approximately 2004, as part of an effort to revitalize its downtown area, the city of Sacramento poured three million dollars into subsidies for the renovation of the “Elliott Building” located at 1530 J Street in Sacramento.  The project was initiated by Mark Friedman of Sacramento-based Fulcrum Property Group and a few of his business partners.

Howard Dicstein, Jerry Brown, Mark Friedman, Doug Elmets
(L-R) California Governor Jerry Brown, Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property and Doug Elmets (Image:courtesy photos)

Friedman, a man of despicable character, may be a stranger to readers, but he is no stranger to The Leslie Brodie Report given that he was one of the  named defendants in the case of Rumsey vs. Dickstein, which deals primarily with allegations of years of fraud and deceit by Dickstein against his client, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

One example of such a scheme allegedly perpetrated by Dickstein and Friedman against the tribe deals with a parcel of land situated in West-Sacramento  known as “The Triangle,” an otherwise prime location facing the Sacramento River.

The tribe was urged by defendants Dickstein and its financial advisor Arlen Opper to enter into yet another business relationship with Friedman, through which a parcel of land in “The Triangle” was purchased.  The tribe would own 50% and Friedman and his extended would own 50% of the property.

At one point, Mark Friedman asked the tribe for a favor (or as he put it, an “accommodation”), by which the tribe would sell and Friedman would purchase the tribe’s 50% share in “The Triangle.”

Friedman’s excuse  for seeking the “accommodation” was very simple — he wanted to reduce the amount of money he would  owe the Internal Revenue Service.  Friedman had just sold a different piece of real estate, and  needed to quickly invest the money in real estate (or as he referred to it, to “park” the money ) in a separate property for a period of several years as is allowed by IRS rules; at the period, the tribe would be allowed to buy the property back for the same price for which it was sold to Friedman per a “buy back option.”

Dickstein and Opper recommended that the tribe “accommodate” Friedman, and Friedman consequently purchased the property from the tribe.

Per their written agreement, the tribe was given the option to buy back the property within one year.  However, the tribe did not buy back the property within one as  a result of a failure by Arlen Opper and Howard Dickstein — the attorney for the tribe who was in possession of the written agreement — to inform the tribe when the time period expired so that the tribe could buy back the property.  Notably, the property had increased in value “exponentially” during this period.

Later,  after the “buy back option” had expired, the tribe realized that it had missed the deadline to buy back its 50% share of the property, and sought to do so at that time.  However, Mark Friedman refused to sell it back, claiming that the tribe had missed its deadline.

Howard Dickstein of J Street Gang of Greed — also member of J Street’s PAC– a left-wing Israel advocacy group which endorsed Dianne Feinstein (Note: 1- Google connection as is KVN 2- As alluded earlier,Dickstein-Feinstein Connection 3-Cotchett ?)

 This year, 23 neophytes have paid $3,480 each for the opportunity to challenge incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the doyenne of Congress’ Jewish contingent, who has held the seat since 1992. Under new rules, the top two vote-getters in today’s primary will proceed to the general election in November—regardless of party registration. With the opposition candidates all polling below 5 percent, that opens up a window of opportunity for long-shot gadflies to make it to the general election ballot.

The list includes Orly Taitz, the Soviet Jewish émigré who styles herself the queen of the birther movement, and Nachum Shifren, formerly known as Norm, a native Malibu surf rat and Hasidic rabbi who, according to London’s Jewish Chronicle, once worked as a driver for the extremist leader Meir Kahane and more recently traveled to Britain to rally with the English Defence League, a nationalist, anti-Islam group. “Many of the other candidates,” said Jack Pitney, a political-science professor at Claremont McKenna College, “are an organic mix of nuts and vegetables.”

The likelihood that Feinstein will actually be unseated is accordingly negligible. She is one of the most popular politicians in the state, and despite being the victim of a $4.5 million campaign-funds embezzlement scam, she holds a cash advantage of $2.5 million over the official candidate of the state Republican Party, an autism activist named Elizabeth Emken. All of which explains why the announcement late last week that Feinstein had accepted the endorsement of the left-wing Israel advocacy group J Street was met not with the vitriol many pro-Israel groups heaped on Democrat Joe Sestak, J Street’s candidate in Pennsylvania’s 2010 Senate race, but with silence.

 

J Street, which launched in 2008 with ambitions to act as a progressive counterweight to the behemoth American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has struggled to find entree with Congress’ senior players. Feinstein lends them much-needed gravitas. “J Street is establishing itself as an element of the mainstream Jewish community,” said J Street’s head, Jeremy Ben-Ami.

J Street made its approach in April, after Feinstein wrote an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle defending Obama’s diplomatic approach toward Iran. “Her views were very close, if not identical, to J Street’s,” said Howard Dickstein, a board member of J Street’s political action committee and Sacramento lawyer who made his fortune representing Indian tribal gambling interests. “I don’t think she has to be fearful of any kind of retaliation or pushback.” Dickstein was joined in making the ask by J Street advisory board member Carol Winograd, a retired Stanford University professor of medicine and biology whose husband, Terry, served as a Ph.D. adviser to Google co-founder Larry Page. (Together, the Winograds have given more than $600,000 to Democratic causes in the past three cycles.)

 

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Separately, and was reported  here earlier, Howard Dickstein, a widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry, has been named a defendant in a suit seeking unspecified monetary damages. Also named as defendant is Dickstein’s wife, Sacramento-based lobbyist Jeannine English.

The lawsuit alleges that Dickstein and English executed a scheme that caused injury to the Plaintiff, a Southern California resident who claims his privacy and constitutional rights were “egregiously violated.”


The Elliott Building, 1530 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. The building is owned by Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Properly Group.  Currently, the Elliott Building is occupied on separate floors by the offices of Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman, Arlen Opper, Doug Elmets, Paula Lorenzo of Cache Creek Casino, and The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA).
Dickstein, Friedman, and Opper were all named defendants in the matter of Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians / Cache Creek Casino v. Howard Dickstein. The penthouse unit is the official residence of California’s first couple — Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.  and his wife. (Image: courtesy photo)

Specifically, the suit alleges that in order to camouflage a scheme and make it appear as though it is purely a mundane action by a governmental agency and was not designed to conceal Dickstein’s and English’s own acts of malfeasance, greed, and betrayal, defendants resorted to abusing their considerable “political and legal clout.”

This clout was presumably obtained as a result of the funneling of hundreds of millions of dollars from myriad Tribal Casinos to various state and local governmental agencies/officials, as well as from English’s position as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and the fact that the president of the State Bar of California, Jon Streeter, and his firm of Keker & Van Nest, represent Howard Dickstein. This , the plaintiff alleges, shows “malice and oppression” on the part of defendants sufficient to justify an award of punitive damages.

Dickstein , who is no stranger to litigation, has been previously named a defendant in a suit advanced by his client, members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nations (formerly known as the Ramsey Band of Wintun Indians), which owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California, an unincorporated community in Yolo County.

In that action, the plaintiffs — who were represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and legal ethics expert Michael Boli — alleged that Dickstein engaged in myriad fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion (i.e. a non-criminal term referring to the act of theft), breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and unjustly enriching himself with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

According to media reports, Tribal Administrator Greg Baker — a Dickstein confederate — disallowed a tribe-funded mailing of a campaign mailer that claims the United Auburn Indian Community has been “bamboozled by an attorney [Howard Dickstein] more interested in filling his garage with Ferraris than serving the interest of our tribe, and the greed of a tribal council that rubber stamps his decision and no longer looks after our best interests.”

Baker, who as it turned out was involved in a separate and unrelated financial scheme, was recently suspended following on the heels of an IRS investigation into allegations of fraud and money-laundering. In affidavits filed by an IRS investigator, it was alleged that Baker was part of a scheme to over-bill the casino/tribe by more than $18 million, which would later be “kicked-back.”

Roman Porter — a long time ally and confederate of California Democratic Party operative Joseph Dunn of embattled online publication Voice of OC who now serves as the executive director of the State Bar of California — was recently hired as Thunder Valley Casino’s new tribal administrator.

The J Street Gang of Greed

In approximately 2004, as part of an effort to revitalize its downtown area, the city of Sacramento poured three million dollars into subsidies for the renovation of the “Elliott Building” located at 1530 J Street in Sacramento.  The project was initiated by Mark Friedman of Sacramento-based Fulcrum Property Group and a few of his business partners.

Howard Dicstein, Jerry Brown, Mark Friedman, Doug Elmets
(L-R) California Governor Jerry Brown, Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property and Doug Elmets (Image:courtesy photos)

Friedman, a man of despicable character, may be a stranger to readers, but he is no stranger to The Leslie Brodie Report given that he was one of the  named defendants in the case of Rumsey vs. Dickstein, which deals primarily with allegations of years of fraud and deceit by Dickstein against his client, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

One example of such a scheme allegedly perpetrated by Dickstein and Friedman against the tribe deals with a parcel of land situated in West-Sacramento  known as “The Triangle,” an otherwise prime location facing the Sacramento River.

The tribe was urged by defendants Dickstein and its financial advisor Arlen Opper to enter into yet another business relationship with Friedman, through which a parcel of land in “The Triangle” was purchased.  The tribe would own 50% and Friedman and his extended would own 50% of the property.

At one point, Mark Friedman asked the tribe for a favor (or as he put it, an “accommodation”), by which the tribe would sell and Friedman would purchase the tribe’s 50% share in “The Triangle.”

Friedman’s excuse  for seeking the “accommodation” was very simple — he wanted to reduce the amount of money he would  owe the Internal Revenue Service.  Friedman had just sold a different piece of real estate, and  needed to quickly invest the money in real estate (or as he referred to it, to “park” the money ) in a separate property for a period of several years as is allowed by IRS rules; at the period, the tribe would be allowed to buy the property back for the same price for which it was sold to Friedman per a “buy back option.”

Dickstein and Opper recommended that the tribe “accommodate” Friedman, and Friedman consequently purchased the property from the tribe.

Per their written agreement, the tribe was given the option to buy back the property within one year.  However, the tribe did not buy back the property within one as  a result of a failure by Arlen Opper and Howard Dickstein — the attorney for the tribe who was in possession of the written agreement — to inform the tribe when the time period expired so that the tribe could buy back the property.  Notably, the property had increased in value “exponentially” during this period.

Later,  after the “buy back option” had expired, the tribe realized that it had missed the deadline to buy back its 50% share of the property, and sought to do so at that time.  However, Mark Friedman refused to sell it back, claiming that the tribe had missed its deadline.

 

The Alliance of California Judges Assails AOC over Telecommuting Policies; Jayne Kim — Who Refuses to Process Complaint Against Joe Dunn in Matters Involving Tani Cantil-Sakauye’s friend — Ruthe Ashley — Appointed California Bar Chief Prosecutor

In an article recently published on Judicial Council Watcher, Hon. Dan Goldstein —  Chair, The Alliance of California Judges —  stated the following:

“Some troubling information has come to our attention concerning the AOC and its liberal telecommuting policy. The SEC report noted that the AOC failed to follow its own personnel policies in a number of areas, including the telecommuting policy. For example, the report noted:

While the AOC personnel manual encompasses the personnel practices to be followed by the organization, the policies are not enforced. For example, there is a policy limiting the number of days per month employees can work remotely, away from AOC offices. This telecommute policy has been ignored. At the time this review was undertaken, at least three employees worked all of their hours on a long-term basis outside the State of California and, in one case, outside the United States. (SEC Report, page 12.)
In another instance, a supervising attorney in the Office of General Counsel has telecommuted from Monterey County several days per week. Granting special exceptions to the personnel rules, or disregarding them altogether, undermines an effective personnel system. (SEC Report, page 67.)
The Alliance has been interested in AOC telecommuting policies for quite some time, and we have made several information requests of our own in this area over the past several weeks. Likewise, we believe the press has been interested in these matters, also seeking information from the AOC.

Last month, one high-ranking AOC director was asked in writing whether the two full-time telecommuting attorneys (one in Switzerland) were the only two people working from home. The answer was, “No, while Mr. Torr works remotely full-time, several other AOC employees in multiple divisions work remotely for some percentage of the time, pursuant to the AOC’s Personnel Policy 8.9.“

Our dictionary says that the word “several” means “more than two, but not many.” Apparently at the AOC, it means 98 (not counting the Swiss).”

Please see complete article @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/aoc-telecommuting-when…

Jayne Kim, the interim leader of the State Bar of California’s prosecution unit, “officially became the agency’s newest chief trial counsel”, according to the Cal Bar Journal

As was reported previously, The State Bar of California and Jayne Kim continue to deny receipt of  a formal ethics complaint against its own executive director Joe Dunn — creator of online publication “Voice of OC.”

The complaint alleged that a request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the U.S. Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests.  As such, the failure of Senator Dunn to comply with the law, as well as his utter and complete indifference to the law of the land, mandates that discipline be imposed.

Moreover, and according to the complaint, the fact that Senator Dunn is the Executive Director of the State Bar of California should only serve as a factor for enhanced discipline, as his conduct should be beyond reproach and he should fully comply with all laws and regulations. This is particularly true because those documents were sought as part of an inquiry into circumstances involving a charity known as CaliforniaALL, in the context of events surrounding Voice of OC.

The State Bar of California, which controls and operates the California Bar Foundation, quietly transferred $780,000 to CaliforniaALL, a charitable entity created by former BOG member Ruthe Catolico Ashley. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns.

Likewise, the Foundation never acknowledged this transfer to CaliforniaALL — the largest grant it ever bestowed — via publications issued by 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.

As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Senator Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That month, Senator Dunn publicly launched his online publication, ” Voice of OC.” Public sources have stated that the Voice of OC was financed by various foundations, unions, and the like.

Events surrounding the State Bar of California, California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, Voice of OC, and UCI Foundation, as well as the fact that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL (i.e. Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac and Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL) were also involved with the creation of Voice of OC (Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi ) created the appearance of suspicious activities that funds were misappropriated by Voice of OC, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL.

Additionally, the belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Mr. Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed).

Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” ( as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it receive from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce the suspicion. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges), and the friendship Mr. Dunn shares with Mr. Girardi.

 

Ethics Complaint,  Joe Dunn, Voice of OC,


The above is an image of the complaint which was electronically mailed  to the Intake Office of  the State Bar of California, Ms. Jayne Kim as well as to Mr. Robert Hawley.  Below are images of various prior communications between the complainanat and the State Bar of California confirming a new policy by which ethics complaints may be submiited via electronic mail.  For more about the complaint against Voice of OC and  Joe Dunn, please see Here and Here

 

Intake Office

 

 

Intake Office

 

TLR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of any new developments.

 

 

The Emotionally Distressing Story of Injustice Inflicted On Jessica Tavares — Ex-Chairman Of United Auburn Indian Community As Reputation of Thunder Valley Casino At Stake – Part 1

The Elliott Building , 1540 J St. Sacramento
The Elliott Building, 1530 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. The building is owned by Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Properly Group.  Currently, the Elliott Building is occupied on separate floors by the offices of Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman, Arlen Opper, Doug Elmets, Paula Lorenzo of Cache Creek Casino, and The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA).
Dickstein, Friedman, and Opper were all named defendants in the matter of Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians / Cache Creek Casino v. Howard Dickstein. The penthouse unit is the official residence of California’s first couple — Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.  and his wife. (Image: courtesy photo)

The abuse and financial atrocities by attorney Howard Dickstein (on behalf of himself, as well as others) against his clients — Native Americans who are members of various Indian tribes operating casinos in the State of California — is well documented.

Hit hard were the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation which operates the Cache Creek Casino in Yolo County, the Pala Band of Mission Indians which operates the Pala Casino Resort & Spa in San Diego County, and the United Auburn Indian Community which operates the Thunder Valley Casino in Placer County.

One such incident resulted in the emotionally distressing injustice inflicted on the bona fide founder of Thunder Valley Casino, the ex-chair of the tribe, Jessica Tavares.

Jessica is a proud visionary who was the force behind the economic and cultural revival of the tribe — as well as the revival of surrounding communities.  Sadly, Jessica was ultimately betrayed by a fellow member of the tribe and placed on the proverbial iceberg because she chose honor, integrity, and dignity for herself and for the tribe over the greed and divisiveness promoted by Howard Dickstein in his quest to obtained millions for himself and by extension for his wife,  Jeannine English.

Since 2006, Jeannine English has served as a “public member” of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, an otherwise governmental entity primarily responsible to disciplining errant lawyers.  Despite allegations that Dickstein has committed countless acts of grave misconduct and ethical breaches, Dickstein has never been disciplined by the State Bar of California.  English’s appointment as a public member was courtesy of her California Democratic Party confederates who control California’s legislative branch.

Unfortunately, the two U.S. Senators from California refuse to become involved in these issues despite the fact that  tribal matters fall primarily within federal oversight. Dickstein, in his role as counsel for the tribes, has overseen the tribes’ contributions of millions of dollars to the coffers of the Democratic Party.

Fortunately, Republican Arizona Senator John McCain recently stepped in and called for an investigation of Howard Dickstein.  Similarly, a few months prior to Senator McCain’s announcement, a Yolo County-based rabbi asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to investigate English and Dickstein.

The J Street Gang of Greed

In approximately 2004, as part of an effort to revitalize its downtown area, the city of Sacramento poured three million dollars into subsidies for the renovation of the “Elliott Building” located at 1530 J Street in Sacramento.  The project was initiated by Mark Friedman of Sacramento-based Fulcrum Property Group and a few of his business partners.

Howard Dicstein, Jerry Brown, Mark Friedman, Doug Elmets
(L-R) California Governor Jerry Brown, Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property and Doug Elmets (Image:courtesy photos)

Friedman, a man of despicable character, may be a stranger to readers, but he is no stranger to The Leslie Brodie Report given that he was one of the  named defendants in the case of Rumsey vs. Dickstein, which deals primarily with allegations of years of fraud and deceit by Dickstein against his client, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

One example of such a scheme allegedly perpetrated by Dickstein and Friedman against the tribe deals with a parcel of land situated in West-Sacramento  known as “The Triangle,” an otherwise prime location facing the Sacramento River.

The tribe was urged by defendants Dickstein and its financial advisor Arlen Opper to enter into yet another business relationship with Friedman, through which a parcel of land in “The Triangle” was purchased.  The tribe would own 50% and Friedman and his extended would own 50% of the property.

At one point, Mark Friedman asked the tribe for a favor (or as he put it, an “accommodation”), by which the tribe would sell and Friedman would purchase the tribe’s 50% share in “The Triangle.”

Friedman’s excuse  for seeking the “accommodation” was very simple — he wanted to reduce the amount of money he would  owe the Internal Revenue Service.  Friedman had just sold a different piece of real estate, and  needed to quickly invest the money in real estate (or as he referred to it, to “park” the money ) in a separate property for a period of several years as is allowed by IRS rules; at the period, the tribe would be allowed to buy the property back for the same price for which it was sold to Friedman per a “buy back option.”

Dickstein and Opper recommended that the tribe “accommodate” Friedman, and Friedman consequently purchased the property from the tribe.

Per their written agreement, the tribe was given the option to buy back the property within one year.  However, the tribe did not buy back the property within one as  a result of a failure by Arlen Opper and Howard Dickstein — the attorney for the tribe who was in possession of the written agreement — to inform the tribe when the time period expired so that the tribe could buy back the property.  Notably, the property had increased in value “exponentially” during this period.

Later,  after the “buy back option” had expired, the tribe realized that it had missed the deadline to buy back its 50% share of the property, and sought to do so at that time.  However, Mark Friedman refused to sell it back, claiming that the tribe had missed its deadline.

Aviva Bobb, Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court Unsettling Relationship with Ronald George; Misuse of the State Bar of California — Propaganda Abound Amid Investigation by The Los Angeles Times — Part 1

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aviva Bobb was elevated to the Superior Court in 1994.  In 1998 she moved to family law and served as Supervising Judge of both the family law department (2000-2004) and the probate department (2005-2009), where she presided over many high-profile and celebrity cases.

In 2005, it became wildly known that investigative reporters from the Los Angeles Times various alleged improprieties.  Indeed, the Los Angeles Times would later publish a series of articles “GUARDIANS FOR PROFIT.” 

Please see @

http://articles.latimes.com/2005/nov/16/local/me-will16

AND @:

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-conserve14nov14,0,1488986,full.story

AND @:

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-conserve15nov15,0,2739791.story

Yet, despite the countless controversies surrounding Bobb, in 2005 she received the Benjamin Aranda III Access to Justice Award honoring the longtime advocate of fairness and access in the state’s family courts. Bobb accepted the award from California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George during a September 10 luncheon at the Statewide Judicial Branch Conference. 

The award was co-sponsored by the Judicial Council, the California State Bar, and the California Judges Association, in association with the California Commission on Access to Justice.

The highly controversial Aviva Bobb — who admires Ronald George, and vise versa —   was also the subject of a flattering article published by Diane Curtis of the California Bar Journal. 

Please see @: http://archive.calbar.ca.gov/Archive.aspx?articleId=72389&categoryId=7230…

Bobb, who is also known for playing the violin with the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra,is rumored to be one of George’s favorite violinist.

According to the California Bar Journal, during the State Bar’s annual meeting in Monterey, Girardi & Keese and Thomas Girardi had  the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra, along with singer-songwriter Paul Anka, flown in to perform at a special reception for retiring Chief Justice Ronald George.

Please see @: http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/09/30/muslim-community-of-orange-county-m…

Yolande Erickson, a Bet Tzedek attorney: “It’s a nasty world out there, and there’s always a new scam.”

Yolande Erickson, a Bet Tzedek attorney, said that developmentally disabled adults can easily become targets of scams and abuse without their families’ continued protection.

Erickson noted cases in which families discovered that their adult children had signed contracts for cellphones and even car purchases. Others have been approached with marriage offers by suitors wanting legal immigration status or have been taken to hotels and sexually abused.

And without the ability to make sound medical decisions, disabled adults can at times endanger their health.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-conservator-20120521,0,3229651.story

 

Seperatly, and as was reported earlier, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

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 alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains 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 asserts 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.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — 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 alleges, 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, 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.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

Washington, DC-based investigative journalist Susan Bradford’s article about Howard Dickstein / Thunder Valley Casino contains false and inaccurate Information

Susan Bradford is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author, and columnist. During her four-year investigation of the Abramoff scandal, Bradford interviewed over 400 sources who participated or were otherwise privy to the key events at hand, including lobbyists, attorneys, tribal leaders and dissidents, agency and elected officials, reporters, Committee members, activists, corporate executives, among many others.

She also acquired substantial corroborating paperwork from Indian tribes and other former clients and associates of superlobbyist Jack Abramoff. At the invitation of tribal members, Bradford lived on Indian reservations and attended tribal gatherings. In 2007, Bradford became the first journalist to uncover that the Abramoff scandal had been manufactured by tribal dissidents and their lobbyist allies, including Scott Reed. She has been breaking new ground on the Abramoff investigation ever since.

Unfortunately, in a recent article about a complaint filed by John McCain with the National Indian Gaming Commission against controversial gambling attorney Howard Dickstein, Susan Bradford falsely reported (false information underlined) :

“Reminiscent of a pattern established during the Abramoff investigation, McCain’s letter to the NIGC followed a scuffle within the Tribal Council in which disgruntled dissidents running for office were accused of leaking false information to the public in order to challenge their rivals and lay the foundation for a corruption probe.

The Auburn dissidents distributed a mailer alleging that the tribe was “bamboozled by an attorney more interested in filing his garage with Ferraris than serving the interest of our tribe, and the greed of a Tribal Council that rubber stamps his decision and no longer looks after our best interests.”

The Tribal Council reportedly countered that the mailer incorporated false information which “makes it appear the tribe is legitimizing this type of gutter politics and giving the allegations credibility.”

The mailer accused the Tribal Council of closing the tribe’s privately funded middle and high school classrooms while paying a lawyer $25 million.

Despite having made these claims, the Auburn dissidents reportedly served on Tribal Council when Dickstein’s percentage fee was established and revoked. If the fees were improper, why didn’t they blow the whistle then?

Dickstein has since been fired, and the California Tribal Business Alliance, whose leadership consists of representatives from the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of California, the Pala Band of Luiseno Indians, and the Lytton Rancheria of California Indians (represented by Rodgers), also reportedly severed ties with him.”

Please see source @:

http://smartgirlpolitics.ning.com/profiles/blogs/mccain-s-complaint-against-t…

Speaking of Dickstein — a widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry — he was recently named as defendant in a suit seeking unspecified monetary damages. Also named as defendant is Dickstein’s wife, Sacramento-based lobbyist Jeannine English.

The lawsuit alleges that Dickstein and English executed a scheme that caused injury to the Plaintiff, a Southern California resident who claims his privacy and constitutional rights were “egregiously violated.”

Specifically, the suit alleges that in order to camouflage a scheme and make it appear as though it is purely a mundane action by a governmental agency and was not designed to conceal Dickstein’s and English’s own acts of malfeasance, greed, and betrayal, defendants resorted to abusing their considerable “political and legal clout.”

This clout was presumably obtained as a result of the funneling of hundreds of millions of dollars from myriad Tribal Casinos to various state and local governmental agencies/officials, as well as from English’s position as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and the fact that the president of the State Bar of California, Jon Streeter, and his firm of Keker & Van Nest, represent Howard Dickstein. This , the plaintiff alleges, shows “malice and oppression” on the part of defendants sufficient to justify an award of punitive damages.

Dickstein , who is no stranger to litigation, has been previously named a defendant in a suit advanced by his client, members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nations (formerly known as the Ramsey Band of Wintun Indians), which owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California, an unincorporated community in Yolo County.

In that action, the plaintiffs — who were represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and legal ethics expert Michael Boli — alleged that Dickstein engaged in myriad fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion (i.e. a non-criminal term referring to the act of theft), breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and unjustly enriching himself with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

While the suit was pending, further allegations of grave misconduct were leveled against Dickstein and his attorneys of San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest including claims that evidence was “manufactured.” Later, Dickstein and his lawyers of Keker & Van Nest (presumably, John Keker, Elliot Peters, and Jon Streeter) falsely advertised and misled the public into believing that the Yocha Dehe tribe had only sued Dickstein for conduct which was “negligent” in nature. Dickstein and his legal team neglected to reference the allegations of defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade through fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion, breaches of fiduciary duties, and misrepresentations which the tribe had leveled against their own attorney.

In nearby Placer County, situated between the cities of Roseville and Lincoln, 50 miles east of Yolo County, where the United Auburn Indian Community operates the Thunder Valley Casino, allegations of greed and betrayal were also leveled against Howard Dickstein by the former chairwoman of the United Auburn Indian Community, the Honorable Jessica Tavares and long-time tribal council member Dolly Suehead.

According to media reports, Tribal Administrator Greg Baker — a Dickstein confederate — disallowed a tribe-funded mailing of a campaign mailer that claims the United Auburn Indian Community has been “bamboozled by an attorney [Howard Dickstein] more interested in filling his garage with Ferraris than serving the interest of our tribe, and the greed of a tribal council that rubber stamps his decision and no longer looks after our best interests.”

Baker, who as it turned out was involved in a separate and unrelated financial scheme, was recently suspended following on the heels of an IRS investigation into allegations of fraud and money-laundering. In affidavits filed by an IRS investigator, it was alleged that Baker was part of a scheme to over-bill the casino/tribe by more than $18 million, which would later be “kicked-back.”

Roman Porter — a long time ally and confederate of California Democratic Party operative Joseph Dunn of embattled online publication Voice of OC who now serves as the executive director of the State Bar of California — was recently hired as Thunder Valley Casino’s new tribal administrator.

Bonnie King Avers Controversial Gambling Attorney Howard Dickstein and Mouthpiece Doug Elmets Engage in “Heinous Action” and “Tribal Terrorism” Against Native Americans

In a desperate plea for help, activist Bonnie King is asking members of Congress to bring an end to “tribal terrorism” Howard Dickstein and Doug Elmets inflict on members of various Indian tribes located in California.

According to King, unscrupulous tribal leaders engage in a scheme to “kick out enrolled members without just cause to increase their own wealth and power.” 

King further alleges that the scheme is supported by Howard Dickstein and political consultant Doug Elmets who “are encouraging tribal committees to execute this heinous action. While they drive their nice sports cars, live in huge mansions, and fly in private jets the executive committees are sending disenrolled members into bankruptcy and a loss of sacred heritage. They use false excuses for reasoning, but the disenrollments have only taken place post Indian Gaming. Federal and state governments will not intervene, calling it intertribal issues, so the disenrolled members have no say or recourse”, King stated.

“Something desparately needs to be done about this corruption,” King concluded.

See complete story @:

http://www.change.org/petitions/all-united-states-senators-and-congressmen-am…

Dickstein, a widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry, has been named recently as defendant in a suit seeking unspecified monetary damages. Also named as defendant is Dickstein’s wife, Sacramento-based lobbyist Jeannine English.

The lawsuit alleges that Dickstein and English executed a scheme that caused injury to the Plaintiff, a Southern California resident who claims his privacy and constitutional rights were “egregiously violated.”

Specifically, the suit alleges that in order to camouflage a scheme and make it appear as though it is purely a mundane action by a governmental agency and was not designed to conceal Dickstein’s and English’s own acts of malfeasance, greed, and betrayal, defendants resorted to abusing their considerable “political and legal clout.”

This clout was presumably obtained as a result of the funneling of hundreds of millions of dollars from myriad Tribal Casinos to various state and local governmental agencies/officials, as well as from English’s position as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and the fact that the president of the State Bar of California, Jon Streeter, and his firm of Keker & Van Nest, represent Howard Dickstein. This , the plaintiff alleges, shows “malice and oppression” on the part of defendants sufficient to justify an award of punitive damages.

Dickstein , who is no stranger to litigation, has been previously named a defendant in a suit advanced by his client, members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nations (formerly known as the Ramsey Band of Wintun Indians), which owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California, an unincorporated community in Yolo County.

In that action, the plaintiffs — who were represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and legal ethics expert Michael Boli — alleged that Dickstein engaged in myriad fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion (i.e. a non-criminal term referring to the act of theft), breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and unjustly enriching himself with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

While the suit was pending, further allegations of grave misconduct were leveled against Dickstein and his attorneys of San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest including claims that evidence was “manufactured.” Later, Dickstein and his lawyers of Keker & Van Nest (presumably, John Keker, Elliot Peters, and Jon Streeter) falsely advertised and misled the public into believing that the Yocha Dehe tribe had only sued Dickstein for conduct which was “negligent” in nature. Dickstein and his legal team neglected to reference the allegations of defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade through fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion, breaches of fiduciary duties, and misrepresentations which the tribe had leveled against their own attorney.

In nearby Placer County, situated between the cities of Roseville and Lincoln, 50 miles east of Yolo County, where the United Auburn Indian Community operates the Thunder Valley Casino, allegations of greed and betrayal were also leveled against Howard Dickstein by the former chairwoman of the United Auburn Indian Community, the Honorable Jessica Tavares and long-time tribal council member Dolly Suehead.

According to media reports, Tribal Administrator Greg Baker — a Dickstein confederate — disallowed a tribe-funded mailing of a campaign mailer that claims the United Auburn Indian Community has been “bamboozled by an attorney [Howard Dickstein] more interested in filling his garage with Ferraris than serving the interest of our tribe, and the greed of a tribal council that rubber stamps his decision and no longer looks after our best interests.”

Baker, who as it turned out was involved in a separate and unrelated financial scheme, was recently suspended following on the heels of an IRS investigation into allegations of fraud and money-laundering. In affidavits filed by an IRS investigator, it was alleged that Baker was part of a scheme to over-bill the casino/tribe by more than $18 million, which would later be “kicked-back.”

Roman Porter — a long time ally and confederate of California Democratic Party operative Joseph Dunn of embattled online publication Voice of OC who now serves as the executive director of the State Bar of California — was recently hired as Thunder Valley Casino’s new tribal administrator.

 

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