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Lawrence John, a former career military and civilian Police Officer, has filed a Torture complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Commission regarding the unlawful imprisonment of attorney Richard I. Fine. Fine has been held in solitary "coercive confinement" with no trial, no bail, and every appeal denied since March 4, 2009 The complaint alleges that Richard I. Fine has been denied due-process and that basic human rights have been denied by the United States, the Judiciary body of the democratic government eleted therein and the State of California and the Judiciary Body of the democratic government elected. therein" Numerous violations of Articles of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights are specifically cited, including "Torture" under Article 1 ,Lawrence John, a former career military and civilian Police Officer, has filed a... more
Richard Fine is an attorney with a 40-year track record of being an advocate for taxpayers.
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to consider the case of a 70-year-old taxpayer advocate from Tarzana who has languished in jail for more than a year in what he claims is retaliation for his efforts to cut the pay of Los Angeles County judges.
Attorney Richard I. Fine, 70, has been held in the Men's Central Jail for contempt of court in what is legally termed "coercive confinement" ‐ an effort by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to force him to divulge financial information.
Fine contends the jailing is revenge for his campaign to force Los Angeles County to stop paying judges an extra $57,000 per year on top of their state salaries of $179,000.
"The fact the Supreme Court is involved in any way is a big deal," said Brooklyn Law School Professor Jayne Ressler, an expert in coercive confinement cases.
"It certainly speaks volumes to the importance of this case, and it's quite intriguing."
While the main issue before the high court is whether a person can be held in coercive confinement for such a long time, Fine remains hopeful the justices will also consider the issue of judges' pay.
If Fine succeeds, potentially thousands of cases involving Los Angeles County could be thrown into question, because attorneys could claim the judges were biased in favor of a
party in the case that was paying some of their salaries.
"That would mean we would finally after 23 years be cleaning up the California court system," Fine said in a telephone interview from his jail cell.
Fine's appeal of his confinement was rejected by the 9th Circuit Court before he appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The issue of judges' pay is currently pending in a separate case before the California Supreme Court.
Meeting in private, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider Fine's appeal in a conference hearing on April 23.
A Supreme Court spokesperson confirmed that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg placed the case on the calendar, but the court generally does not discuss why it chooses to take up certain cases.
The court receives about 10,000 applications and petitions a year and only considers about 80 to 90 of them.
On the verge of losing his Tarzana home to foreclosure and suffering from deteriorating health, Fine has spent more than 13 months in solitary confinement.
In the last decade, Fine has alleged in various lawsuits that the county's payments made it nearly impossible to get a fair shake in cases involving county government.
In one of those cases, Fine represented residents suing over development in Marina del Rey.
While the case was still pending, a California State Bar Court judge recommended that Fine be disbarred, accusing him of filing meritless complaints against judges.
The state Supreme Court subsequently disbarred him.
On March 4, 2009, Superior Court Judge David Yaffe ordered Fine jailed indefinitely for allegedly practicing law while being inactive and refusing to answer questions about his personal assets relating to an order to pay more than $50,000 in attorneys' fees in connection with the Marina del Rey case.
Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said Yaffe has not released Fine "because he has not answered those questions."
In his appeal to his confinement, Fine cites the precedent of a Los Angeles newspaper reporter who was held in jail in 1972 for contempt for refusing to divulge sources relating to the Charles Manson court case.
After six weeks of confinement, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered his release while his case was being considered by the 9th Circuit. Lower courts later determined that lengthy confinements for contempt simply serve to punish the person – rather than force them to talk – and that violates legal limits on punitive sentences for contempt.
http://www.dailynews.com/ci_14856670?source=most_viewedRichard Fine is an attorney with a 40-year track record of being an advocate for... more
A June 7, 2009 Los Angeles Times article entitled “LAWYER TAKES A STAND FROM HIS CELL” provoked response and criticism from supporters of jailed Anti-Trust Attorney Richard I. Fine who is being held in civil contempt of court for over 100 days following his attempt to disqualify L. A. Superior Court Judge David Yaffe from hearing a case where Fine contends he was biased. Featured in the video are taking the L. A. Times to task, is Fred Sottile, John RizzoNEWSPAPER SLANTED?
A June 7, 2009 Los Angeles Times article entitled “LAWYER... more
While Attny Fine is still in jail for fighting the corruption in the family court system, yet another person who helps the victims of this corrupt system is jailed......
Claiming civil rights violations, British citizen and father Amir Sanjari hasn't eaten for two weeks. Sanjari, who sits in the Sacramento County jail, was picked up for a warrant out of Indiana. He was arrested at a bus station where he and his adult daughter were about to say "Good bye" after their first visit in years.
Both were hoping their reunion would be permanent, but neither had the financial means. Once a successful nuclear physicist, Sanjari hasn't been able to return to the UK to continue his carreer or get a job in the US. Instead, he's been helping other parents who are faced with civil rights violations in family court.
According to Sanjari, and documented on his website the warrant stems from his divorce case, which is rife with injustice and corruption. Bob Norton, a MA advocate for reform of divorce courts said, "I know Amir. He ran this up the appeals court but it seems the judge is very politically connected and influenced decisions by making contact with appeals court and other gov’t agencies. Sanjari has learned enough 'real' law to be dangerous, expecting that the courts would honor this law."
Sanjari's website tells a story of one injustice after another, and how he has tried to fight back. As an example: he was once ordered to pay a thousand dollars a month in child support, even though at the time he and his wife shared equal custody and had similar incomes. Another: Sanjari took his daughters on a pre-arranged and agreed upon vacation to the UK. He didn't return with them, but had plans to follow shortly. When the terrorist attacks on 9/11delayed his return, their mother fraudulantly claimed abandonment and filed for sole custody of the two girls.While Attny Fine is still in jail for fighting the corruption in the family court... more
Listen, and learn about what American jails do to people who stand up to political prisoners.Listen, and learn about what American jails do to people who stand up to political... more