"[California Senate President] Darrell Steinberg. Fearless proponent? Or lapdog."
"Steinberg co-authored Senate Bill SBX2-11, the 'smoking gun' proof of judicial corruption in Los Angeles County. SBX2-11, you'll recall, forgave the commission of (literally) ten million felonies committed by Superior Court Judges and County Supervisors under a scheme specifically forbidden by the Constitution. The scheme involved counties illegally giving judges (who are well-paid state employees) monies under the table, hidden from the public for at least twenty years. 'Smoking gun proof' in the sense that there was no need to retroactively immunize an act unless a crime had been committed."
"By the end of this month, at least eight judges will have been sued, as individuals not judicial officers (meaning no immunity), as a result of their having received County monies while ruling in cases in which the County has an interest, a clear denial of due process and an obstruction of justice. Thousands of such cases will be filed before this is over. (The geniuses who crafted SBX2-11, which included former Chief Justice Ronald George, neglected to immunize the guilty for every crime committed, just the first three, apparently, that came to mind. Viewed in a different light, major malpractice occurred. This legal exposure no doubt contributed to George's sudden decision to 'resign', presumably hoping that doing so would stave off the inevitable indictments.) In the two lawsuits against individual judges that have already been filed and served, the entire court has recused itself, meaning the matter will ultimately be heard by judges in different counties ... one of the three counties where judges did not receive the payments, many of whom are jealous as hell."
"Will Steinberg again be able to cover Antonovich, Knabe and the judges' backsides? One would think that Antonovich and Knabe already have enough to worry about, what with the collapsing [Shores] marina development / leasing deal as HUD panics and the U.S. Attorney's Office refers the matter to the FBI for investigation."
"Why are these things never reported by the Times? Is somebody pulling strings that shouldn't be? Does anyone over there have any integrity anymore? (sigh) These shenanigans have cost L.A. County taxpayers, including Times employees, over a billion dollars. And that's just the part that's known for sure. The unknown losses could well have neutralized the current financial "crisis". Instead, the fatcats just keep getting fatter ... while the folks that could actually do something about it pretend to be looking in a different direction, oblivious to the impact of the crime of the century."
"Shame on those folks. Shame."
Savannah S. Winslow
The Times' response? Crickets. When will the media's malpractice end? Are they somehow benefiting from the corruption?