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San Diego, CA     Watch Full Disclosure Network's ® video coverage of unbelievable Court hearing where three Appellate Court Justices try to avoid making a decision on whether or not the Superior Court Judges in Los Angeles can continue to receive hundreds of millions of dollars illegally from the County of Los Angeles above and beyond their State salaries.  Features  Sterling Norris, Lead Attorney, Judicial Watch,  Jones-Day Attorney  Elwood Lui (former Appellate Court Justice) and  Paul Orfanedes, Director of Litigation for Judicial Watch, Appellate Court Justices Gilbert Nares, Judith Haller and Presiding Judge Tricia Benke and Full Disclosure Network's  Leslie Dutton.   Judges Judging Judges:    This awkward court fight  has judges pitted against judges.  The Los   Angeles  Superior Court hired Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher one of the nation's most prestigious lawfirms to fight to overturn the  previous  decision in November 2008 that found the double benefits of  $300  million paid to L A Judges since 1987  were illegal.  And, L A County  would not take no for an answer, either. They hired Jones-Day, one of the largest lawfirms in the world, to continue the fight to give double  benefits to the highest paid judges in the nation.   Apparently the costly court fees for retrying the case is not an issue.   There appears to be  unlimited funds for the highest priced  top legal beagles.     

The California Court of Appeal 4th District  in San  Diego heard oral arguments on October 13, 2010 for the second time in  an ongoing case known as  "Sturgeon II" originally filed in 2006 as Sturgeon v County of Los Angeles  The case brought by the nonprofit public interest law firm Judicial Watch has been a hot potato bouncing back and forth from Superior Court where Judges recused themselves including the 2nd District Court of  Appeals  and  the California Supreme  Court refused to re-hear the case that resulted in  Sturgeon vs County becoming case law.  In an unusual  move, the Los Angeles Superior Court Judges decided to intervene, after the fact, and were granted  unusual  permission, by another judge, to file objections to the  outcome taking the case to a second round of  court hearings .   


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