Cable TV Series: New Judicial Criminal Immunity Law Impact & U S Supreme Court Nomination
Los Angeles CA The Full Disclosure Network® is featuring an on-going special cable television and Internet video series entitled “Judicial Payments and Court Corruption” with the major players involved in exposing the unlawful taking of money by Superior Court Judges in California from County governments, above and beyond their lucrative state salaries of $200,000 plus.
Sterling Norris, Judical Watch attorney featured in the series, tells Full Disclosure about how his organzation’s lawsuit prevailed in the Sturgeon vs County of Los Angeles case that held the $46,000 annual payments to each Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge was unlawful. It has been estimated the Judges in L.A. County have received $300 million in illegal payments over the last two decades over and beyond their State salaries, that are the highest in the nation.
JUDGES FIGHTING BACK
Superior Court Judges, apparently worried about being prosecuted for criminal acts and liability for taking the unearned money from the County, urged the California Judicial Council to author a provision known as SBX 211,was slipped into the comprehensive State budget legislation February 2009. Approved without any public debate or public awareness, this provision granted retroactive immunity from criminal and liability prosecution to all California Judges and County officials who received or made those illegal payments of public money. When asked why the California Judicial Council wrote the law, Sterling Norris replied.... “they would not have sponsored the legislation unless they really felt the Judges needed immunity from criminal prosecution and liability”.
IMPACT ON JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS?
A complicating factor associated with the illegal payments to Judges, is that a number of those Judges have been appointed to higher courts during the past two decades. They now sit on the Supreme Court and the Appellate Court. Former attorney and court critic, Richard I Fine says this creates a serious problem for Judicial appointments to higher courts. Fine, who was disbarred and jailed indefinitely when attempting to disqualify by L. A. Superior Court Judge David Yaffe from hearing a case involving the county. Fine contends that Supreme Court JusticeCarlos Moreno received illegal payments and failed to recuse himself from cases where the issue of unlawfaul payments were involved. The L. A Times is reporting that Moreno is being considered for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Obama.
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