Richard I. Fine: County Influences Judges With Double $ Benefits, Developers Pay To Play #VB95

March 6, 201114 Comments

Los Angeles, CA In an 8 minute video news report former U.S. Prosecutor Richard Fine describes his strategy for returning integrity to the California Court system and the reasons why State Superior Court Judges cannot sit on cases where they have received money from parties who appear before them. At a hearing on March 10, 2011 he is asking the Supervising Judge Elihu Berle, in Department 1 to rule on his Motion to Null and Void all Court Orders issued by Judge David Yaffe in the controversial Marina del Rey development case Marina Strand Colony II Homeowners Association vs. County of Los Angeles.

Motion To Null And Void Is Hot Potato
Since September 2010 three other Judges have refused to hear Fine’s motion: Judge Yaffe abruptly resigned from office after refusing to hear the matter, Judge Ann Jones, recused herself because she had discussed the matter with Yaffe and Judge O’Brien refused a hearing and but denied the motion. According to L A County Auditor’s Records attached to Fine’s Motion to Null and Void JudgeYaffe has taken over $850,000 in double benefits payments from the County while sitting on cases where the county is involved, Judge Berle has taken $637,000 and Judge O’Brien almost $300,000. Fine contends that by taking these payments from the County, the Judges are disqualified from hearing the case based on the Judicial Canons of Ethics and the State Constitution prohibits such payments.

Pay To Play Influencing Supervisors On Redevelopments?
Fine’s Court documents point to an alleged “Pay to Play” political contribution scheme between the Del Rey Shores Developers and the elected County Board of Supervisors who have given over $350 million in double benefits to all the L A. County Judges since 1987. He states that Marina del Rey Developers Jerry and Pat Epstein and their development partners, Hollywood Icon, Kirk Douglas and his wife Ann Douglas have given Supervisors thousands of dollars in contributions since 2008 a fact that he contends makes the votes in favor of the controversial project were illegal. Richard Fine was the former attorney representing homeowners who oppose the development, at the time he landed in L A County jail in solitary “coercive confinement” for 18 months for “civil contempt” of court. This was an unusual occurrence for a prominent former U. S. Prosecutor who served in the Department of Justice in Washington D.C.

What Will Judge Berle Do?
A total of three Superior Court Judges, have refused to hear Richard Fine’s ten page Motion to Null and Void all Orders issued by Yaffe in favor of the Del Rey Shores development. Now a fourth, Judge Berle, is faced with the same decision. Will he refuse to hear the matter too? Is there any Superior Court Judge who is not conflicted by the County double benefits that can hear this case?

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14 comments to “Richard I. Fine: County Influences Judges With Double $ Benefits, Developers Pay To Play #VB95”

  1. Greg | August 23, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Pull the judges oaths of office that they are supposed to have sworn according to the US Constitution and the California Constitution and Statute and bring title 42 lawsuits against them for violations of 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, amendment rights, they violated their oaths in many ways, if they don’t have their oaths then they are imposters and anything they would have done would be null and void. The people are on your side

  2. bob | September 16, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Thank God for men and women of integrity, of conscience.

  3. [email protected] | September 21, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Yes former US prosecutor Fine should continue with his case. We believe that this corruption is rampant throughout the United States and is impossible to get justice in the courts right now. Until the American people wake up and demand change our courts will remain corrupt. We applaud FIne’s service to the American people. We believe more people should take on this fight because until the courts are free of corruption there will be no justice in America. When the politically connected can get immunity the people suffer. Once again we applaud Fine’s stance and encourage more people to follow this courageous man’s lead. We must take back our courts. Joe Barton via Paula Gloria

  4. [email protected] | October 21, 2012 | Permalink Reply


  5. James Farrell | November 8, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    illegal payments?! if they are illegal, how were the payments made? where is the system of checks and balances, or at least an audit or oversee department. i say screw all these “entitled bureacrats” to the wall with malice! the experts say punishment doesn’t serve as a deterrant, i say we need more data to verify that hypothesis—SCREW THE RATS!!

  6. Corporate Entity | November 28, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    This site is very informative, and after done researching and confirming validity of information being relayed I will spread this like wildfire. Thank you sir for your contribution to us and for a better quality of life.

  7. | January 30, 2013 | Permalink Reply

    […] GOOD LAWYERS are silenced by bad judges for reporting THEIR CRIMES. The Majority of Los Angeles Superior Court judges have been proven to accept bribes.  SEE FULL STORY […]

  8. Corey | February 1, 2013 | Permalink Reply

    I just posted information from my investigation into the Los Angeles DA office. Potentially devestating issues at the District Attorney Office in Los Angeles due to lack of and incorrect oaths, unfiled at the County Recorder office. I would be honored if you had the time to give some feedback . Blog article is :


    • Oath of office | January 16, 2015 | Permalink Reply

      How can I find out if the following judges have an oath of office on file.

      Judge Philip S. Gutierrez
      Judge Manuel E. Real
      Judge Julia W. Brand

      All from Los Angeles, I don’t live in LA right now so I need to see if there is a way to find this out online or by mail and if so where?


  9. Tom | July 14, 2013 | Permalink Reply

    Go get-em Dr. Fine, let them have it. Run them out of office. The corrupted people are not qualified to judge or mete out justice. I support your fight 110%

  10. Brett | August 5, 2013 | Permalink Reply

    I need to know if we report the corruption in court to our State Attorney Generals office U.S Attorney General or Federal Attorney General or to some other Agency…Knowing this would be a big help.

  11. sonia | February 22, 2014 | Permalink Reply

    Great stuff. Where can I get hold of the template, please?

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