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Courts In Crisis: Judge To Stop Illegal Payments To Judges? Video (11 min)


Los Angeles, CA. The Full Disclosure Network presents an eleven minute video news blog of a July 13, 2009 a Superior Court hearing held regarding the Judicial Watch motion for Injunctive Relief in the Sturgeon vs County of Los Angeles case BC351286, this taxpayers lawsuit was heard in the Fourth Appellate Court District that found Los Angeles County payments to the Judges in L.A. Superior Court were illegal. The decision was upheld by the California Supreme Court when a petition for rehearing was denied to the Los Angeles Superior Court who had hired Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, one of the most powerful and influential legal firms in the country.

Specially appointed Appellate Court Judge James A. Richman from San Francisco presided on this July 13th hearing and after oral arguments, took the matter into submission. His decision on the Judicial Watch motion for an injunction is expected in 30 to 60 days.

This Video News Report provides first hand reports on the hearing for Injunctive Relief, with interviews conducted by Full Disclosure’s Leslie Dutton with Judicial Watch attorneys Sterling Norris and Paul Orfanedes who describe what happened in the court room and the background of the case.

During the oral arguments an attorney for Superior Court claimed that the emergency legislation inserted into the February 11, 2009 Budget Bill, known as SBX 2 11 had retroactively made the County’s payments to the Judges legal. According to the wording of the legislation, the bill also provided for Judicial criminal immunity from prosecution and liability and to the County officials involved in the transfer of what has been estimated to be almost $300 million dollars over the past twenty years.

Full Disclosure Network® contacted the following Court officials to interview them on this matter but has been informed that the Judges and their legal counsel do not want to be interviewed on this case.

* Judge Mary Wiss, Pres. California Judges Assn.
* Michael Belote, Lobbyist for CJA on SBX 2 11
* Presiding Judge Charles McCoy, L A Superior Court
* J. Frederick Bennett, L.A. Superior Court Legal Counsel
* Theodore J. Boutrous,Jr. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Court Counsel

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