Powerful Friends Support Judges On Illegal Benefits: Full Disclosure Network® Online Video Preview (7 min)
Los Angeles, CA The Full Disclosure Network® presents a seven minute preview video featuring excerpts from Part 3 and 4 from an on-going series entitled “Judicial Benefits & Court Corruption.” These two new episodes feature Sterling Norris, Judicial Watch attorney, whose 2008 successful lawsuit found the L.A. County’s payments of double benefits to Judges was unlawful. (Sturgeon vs County of Los Angeles). DVDs of the series and transcripts are available. View the online video preview here: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Programs/540.php
In the preview Norris describes the behind the scenes court maneuvers conducted by the California Judiciary. An unprecedented move by the Superior Court to Intervene, asking for a re-hearing, is described by Norris as the Court is apparently determined to retain the illegal benefits, while serving as employees of the State of California
The San Diego Superior Court decision in favor of the Judicial Watch lawsuit was upheld at the Appellate and Supreme Court level.
Here are few of the points made by Norris in the two new episodes:
* Powerful legal and law enforcement organizations go on record defending double benefits for judges: L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley, County Public Defender, All Bar Associations, big law firms who appear before the Judges. Norris asks, did the Court stop to think about a resulting bias and prejudice?
* L. A. Superior Court hired a lobbyist for $60,000 to sponsor SBX211 legislation. to legalize the payments, Norris asks; Has the Superior Court hired lobbyists before? Has the Superior Court ever intervened in a lawsuit before?
* SBX211 (part of the Feb. 2009 Budget Bill) legalized, retroactively, the judicial double benefits and provided retroactive criminal and liability immunity from prosecution to the Judges and County officials involved in the payments and receipt of unauthorized public funds. Norris asks why, speculating “They must have thought crimes were involved.”
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