Los Angeles County judges (and ~140 Commissioners). [
] The payments, now some $57,000 per judge per year, have been made since the late 1980s, costing taxpayers over $300 million over adecade, and figuring prominently in County's "budget crisis". [
]Fine also revealed that it had become practically impossible to win a case against the County at theSuperior Court during the same period. [
]Litigation, which originated from taxpayer objections to such payments, and where plaintiff HaroldSturgeon was represented by Judicial Watch,
Sturgeon v County of Los Angeles
(BC351286) resultedin a October 2008 decision by the California Court of Appeal, 4th District (San Diego) that thepayments were constitutionally "not permitted", as judges were to be paid only by their employers, theState of California. [
] To counter potential civil and criminal liabilities to the California judges, andthe County supervisors who approved the payments, a bill was passed and signed into law byCalifornia Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on February 20, 2009, providing “retroactive immunity”to all involved. [
]It should be noted that the California Constitution prohibits retroactive laws. Effectively, the“retroactive immunity” amounted pardons to all involved.
4. March 4, 2009 arrest and jailing
Two weeks later, on March 4, 2009, Richard Fine was arrested by the Warrant Detail of LosAngeles County Sheriff's Department, at the end of a dramatic proceeding, represented as"Sentencing" - in the presence of media - by Judge David Yaffe. Richard Fine was attempting todisqualify Judge Yaffe. The basis for affidavits of disqualification for a cause was Judge DavidYaffe's accepting of such payments from a party to the litigation then at bar –
Marina Del Rey Home Owners' Association v County of Los Angeles
The entire proceeding later failed to appear in the publicly available litigation chronology, publishedonline by the court. Likewise, the court record that was the March 4, 2009 Judgment and Order of Contempt, including what was representedas sentencing, which was widely reported by media, was
later discovered to be invalid on its face. [
]. The record was also lacking authentication. [
]Throughout the habeas corpus petitions of Richard Fine, and to this date, the Los Angeles SuperiorCourt denies access to the Register of Actions (California civil docket – the official record of thelitigation) in the case of
Marina Del Rey Home Owners' Association v County of Los Angeles.
Therefore, there is no way to tell whether the March 4, 2009 proceeding was at all listed as a courtproceeding by the court itself. The March 4, 2009 Minutes (protocol), remained unsigned, andnever mentioned any sentencing hearing at all.
Richard Fine was later held in the Men's Central Jail facility in Los Angeles - part of the Twin TowersJail complex, under unusual, possibly unprecedented conditions. [
] He was held under continuoussolitary confinement, in a hospital room in the jail, albeit - no disease or disability were ever claimedby jail authorities.
5. Failed petition for a writ of habeas corpus and an emergency petition tothe US courts
Richard Fine was held all along with no warrant at all. [
] The information provided by the Sheriff'sDepartment of Los Angeles County in this matter on its
Inmate Information Center
was false and3/9