Saturday, April 24, 2010

When plunder becomes a way of life

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."….. FREDERIC BASTIAT

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Group gathers to urge freedom for taxpayer advocate Richard Fine
By Troy Anderson, Staff Writer
Updated: 04/20/2010 06:00:44 PM PDT

Chanting "This is America, not Russia," about 75 people gathered Tuesday morning outside the downtown Stanley Mosk Courthouse to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to free former taxpayer advocate attorney Richard I. Fine from jail.

In Washington, D.C., about 50 people staged a similar protest on the steps of the high court, which is scheduled to meet Friday to decide whether Fine should be released.

Fine, a 70-year-old Tarzana resident and former U.S. Department of Justice attorney, has spent more than a year in Men's Central Jail for contempt after refusing to divulge financial information. Fine was placed under "coercive confinement" following a series of cases in which he alleged judges received an extra $57,000 in pay from the county on top of their $179,000 annual state salaries. Fine alleged that these "undeclared bonuses" render judges biased in cases where the county is a defendant.

"Richard Fine has been cruelly, unjustly punished for bringing to light a judicial issue that affects each of us as Los Angeles residents and U.S. citizens," said Chatsworth resident Janette Isaacs, co-organized of "Free Richard Fine," a grassroots, community organization committed to ending judicial corruption in California.

"This could happen to anyone."

Retired Sheriff's Department Sgt. Richard Valdemar, who served as the "jailer" in the case of Los Angeles Herald-Examiner reporter William Farr who was held in jail in 1972 for contempt for



refusing to divulge sources relating to the Charles Manson case, said a person has a right to actually be charged with a crime if they are held in jail for more than a year.
"We don't even house our misdemeanor people in jail for more than a year," Valdemar said. "Yet Mr. Fine is being held longer and it's not like Mr. Fine is a kook or something. This is a man who is an expert on the law and is trying to do the right thing. He's basically a whistleblower and he's being punished for that."

In a letter to the Supreme Court, Fine's daughter, Victoria Fine, an editor with The Huffington Post, asked the justices to release her father "from the horror he and my family have endured during the last 13 months of our lives."

"He has raised me to trust in our country's justice system to uphold freedom, democracy and moral right," she wrote. "I admit that as today, as my father sits in solitary confinement, I have very little faith left in our American system. But now, as I write to you, I place that faith in your hands to make the decision that will free my father and send him home to my mother and me."


We request that the President Obama to stop this corruption and violation of our Constitutional Rights and hold these Judge's, Attorney's and Guardian's responsible for their crimes against the elderly and their family's.

Like many of us in Guardianship cases fight for the right to care for our parents, the more we fight, the more these Judge's abuse and violate the laws. Who's watching these corrupt Judge's, who gave them all this power, I think its time that this power should be taken away from them.

My mother Yvonne Sarhan was murdered by Judge Celeste Muir on February 2, 2010 she allowed the Guardian Vicki Brail and Dr Steven Leslie Kaplan to poison my mother with 400 mg of Seroquel a day until she was dead, why because the guardian and attorney's already took all the money from our family.

We believe since our since our Governor Charlie Christ has allowed this to happen in our State, our Congressmen the Balart brothers have allowed this to continue for years, we believe the President of the United States through the chain of command must stop these Human Rights and Constitutional Rights Violations against our American Citizens young and old.

This is a request to meet President Obama as soon as possible to stop the abuse and exploitation of the elderly and their family's......Robert Sarhan, MD

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Elder Law

Elderly Millionaire Is Destitute After Payment of Fees for Lawyers and Care

Posted Apr 13, 2010 5:59 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

Marie Long was worth $1.3 million when she suffered a stroke and came under protection of a Maricopa County, Ariz., probate court in 2005.

Today the 88-year-old woman, Marie Long, is destitute after a judge approved $786,000 in attorney, guardianship and companion-care fees for the woman, columnist Laurie Roberts writes in the Arizona Republic. The woman’s onetime guardian, the Sun Valley Group, had assigned itself as Long’s caregiver, charging $235,000 for companion care and $182,000 for guardianship duties, Roberts wrote in a separate column last month.

Itemized charges included $32.50 to go to the bank for Long, $106 to pick up hearing aid batteries, and $62 to discuss a kitchen grease fire caused by a Sun Valley employee, Roberts says.

Judge Lindsay Ellis blamed Long’s court-appointed lawyer, as well as two lawyers for Long’s sisters, for driving up costs, Roberts says. The judge said the lawyers’ "venomous" and "hateful" attacks on the trustee, the guardian and their attorneys resulted in costly litigation.

But Roberts says it’s wrong to blame the three lawyers challenging the fees and instead points the finger at Ellis.

“The court that is supposed to be protecting people like Marie Long is doing no such thing,” Roberts writes. “Instead, the court is allowing a cozy group of lawyers and fiduciaries who are appointed to help vulnerable people help themselves to a nice pile of cash—until the money is gone, at which time the ‘ward’ is dumped onto the taxpayers.”

Now the Sun Valley Group is seeking sanctions against the two lawyers who represented the sisters, alleging they had no standing to sue for breach of fiduciary duty. The lawyers' suit had contended Sun Valley had a duty to investigate whether the Arizona Department of Veterans Services could have served as Marie's guardian, at a cost of only $75 a month.

Roberts decries the turn of events, especially since the lawyers worked for free. “This, apparently, is what you get in probate for trying to advocate for a defenseless widow,” she writes.