California Supreme Court Controversy: Sacramento Superior Court Judge Misconduct Illegal Arrest
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An unsettling courthouse security video leaked by a government whistleblower records the illegal 2009 assault and arrest of indigent, disabled pro per litigant and family court reform activist Robert Saunders. During a March 9, 2009 court hearing, Judge Matthew Gary ordered the self-represented Saunders arrested and jailed for contempt of court. Two outside, independent judges who later reviewed the incident determined that both the contempt charge and arrest were illegal.
One of the two reviewing judges also issued an order removing Gary from the case for bias and violating state contempt law. The new video leak appears to reinforce the review findings, showing Saunders sitting passively at the courtroom counsel table until a painful "control hold" is applied to his arm by a deputy sheriff. When Saunders reacts to the pain, a wrestling match ensues until additional deputies arrive to subdue and apply handcuffs to the illegally arrested victim. The pro per is then shuffled off to the county jail through a rear exit in the courtroom. Saunders is 5' 8" tall, weighs 162 pounds, relies on a cane to walk, and, at the time of the arrest, was 57-years-old, according to the police report from the incident.
Judge Matthew J. Gary has a long, documented history of bias and abuse of authority against financially disadvantaged litigants who cannot afford an attorney and are forced to represent themselves in court. A right-wing ideologue, Gary also reportedly despises what he refers to as the "entitlement mentality" of indigent court users who obtain fee waiver orders, which allow them to file court documents without paying filing fees. Most pro per litigants rely on fee waivers to ensure their access to the court.
The California Commission on Judicial Performance and Director Victoria B. Henley have not disciplined or otherwise held Gary accountable for the misconduct against Saunders.
The illegal arrest was witnessed by attorneys Richard Sokol (left foreground), and Elaine Van Beveren (off camera). Both attorneys also serve as temporary judges in the same court and under California law were required to report the misconduct by Judge Gary. Neither attorney reported the misconduct, and in subsequent proceedings in the same case before a different judge lied about the incident, portraying Saunders as being at fault. The State Bar of California and Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim have not disciplined or otherwise held either attorney accountable for the violations of state law.
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California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is a former Sacramento Family Court judge. California Judicial Branch oversight and accountability is the responsibility of Commission on Judicial Performance Director Victoria B. Henley, California State Auditor Elaine M. Howle, Judicial Council Director Steven E. Jahr, Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice Vance Raye, State Bar of California Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim, and U.S. Attorneys Benjamin B. Wagner and Melinda L. Haag. The officers of the Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee are Elaine V. Van Beveren, Fredrick S. Cohen, Paula D. Salinger, and Gregory W. Dwyer.
Sacramento Superior Court whistleblowers also assert that federal judges at the US District Court for the Eastern District of California are collectively responsible for the concealment of systemic civil rights violations, honest services fraud, and RICO racketeering by Sacramento Superior Court family law judges and judge pro tem attorneys against indigent, financially disadvantaged and disabled pro per litigants. For more than 10 years, USDC EDCA judges have obstructed, impeded, and dismissed federal civil rights litigation against the RICO enterprise members. EDCA judges include Chief Judge Morrison C. England, Jr., a former Sacramento Superior Court judge; Senior Judge Garland E. Burrell, Jr.; Judge John A. Mendez, a former Sacramento Superior Court judge; Judge Troy L. Nunley, a former Sacramento Superior Court judge; Senior Judge William B. Shubb; Chief Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd, Judge Edmund F. Brennan; Judge Carolyn K. Delaney; Judge Gregory G. Hollows; Judge Kimberly J. Mueller; and Judge Kendall J. Newman.
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