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INQUIRY CONCERNING

JUDGE PETER J. McBRIEN

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TRANSCRIPT OF THE

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HEARING BEFORE SPECIAL MASTERS

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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

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APRIL 2,

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VOLUME 2,

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REPORTED BY:
SANDRA LEHANE

REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL REPORTER

CERTIFIED SHORTHAND REPORTER NO. 7372

155 Orr Road

Alameda, California 94502

(510) 864-9645

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MR.

MURPHY:

SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:


need this evening.

staff.

problems,

we'll a

So that's all we ask,

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is if you anticipate

please inform us as early as possible and

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Should we

inquire with Madam Court Reporter?


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That's fine.

SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:

Mr.

Thank you.
Blum,

Exhibit 39

and 40 will be received.

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(Examiner's Exhibits 39 and 40 admitted into

evidence. )

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And,

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Mr.

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you may call your next

witness.

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MR.

BLUM:

Thank you,

Your Honor.

Examiner calls Robbi Joy.


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ROBBI JOY

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having been first duly sworn,

testified as follows:

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SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:

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Please be seated.

State your full name and spell your last name.


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last name is Joy,

SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:

You may examine.

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BY MR. BLUM:

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Good afternoon.

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Good afternoon.

Q.

Ms.

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I am a court reporter.

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And how long has that been your occupation?

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Just a bit over 20 years.

Q.

Where are you currently working?

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In the Santa Clara County court services

Joy,

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Can you briefly tell us what courts you have

previously worked in?


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I began in Los Angeles Federal Court,

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moved north.

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Eldorado County,

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Santa Clara.

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what is your occupation?

system.

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My first name is Robbi,

THE WITNESS:

and

I've worked in Sacramento County,

Amador County_

And,

of course,

Yolo County.

Have you worked in both state and federal

courts?

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Yes.

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Q.

Do you have a security clearance?

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actually have a top secret security

It's expired by this time.

I worked on

clearance.

the Richard Miller spy trial in federal court.

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Sacramento?

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What year was that?

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I'm trying to think.

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When you arrived in Sacramento,

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for a court?

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for?

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did you move to

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Did you freelance?

did you work

Who did you work

freelanced but mostly for courts.

I was

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hired through -- Linda Lucky is the coordinator in

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Sacramento County,

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sent me on the Court assignments more than anything.

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also worked for a couple of agencies,

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Prior to March 2006,

and they also

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Judge McBrien's courtroom?


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had been in his courtroom a couple of times

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but just because he calls the master calendar,

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means he goes through the cases,

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other courtrooms.

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had just been

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judge.

which

then assigns them to

And before this particular case,

the case I was on was sent to another

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did you serve as the court

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(Noise interruption.)

(Discussion off the record.)

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THE WITNESS:
reporter . . . "

BY MR.

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. .. in the case of Carlsson vs.

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Yes,

Carlsson?

I did.

She can do her own

read backs.

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BY MR.

I'm sorry.

MURPHY:

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Did you serve all three days of that trial?

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Yes,

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Do you remember who the attorneys were in the

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Sharon Huddle and

I did.

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finished the

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me.

Her last name is Keeley,

the first name escapes


K-e e-l-e y.

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And who hired you to report that trial?

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The Diamond Court Reporting agency.

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Okay.

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reporter,

So they got a request for a court

and they sent you out to this case?

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A.

Correct.

Q.

Before the Carlsson trial,

had seen her on one other occasion in

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Auburn,

on one of the cases,

so I did remember her name.

Were the two of you friends?

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No.

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Do you have a social relationship?

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No.

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first.

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spoke.

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So she was

it was a law-and-motion calendar.

Q.

I did recognize her.

I wasn't sure at

recognized her out in the lobby,

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Just this afternoon?

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Just this afternoon.

and we

Spoke a couple of

times.

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During the Carlsson trial,

how would you

describe Judge McBrien's behavior towards Attorney

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Huddle?

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Attorney Sharon Huddle?

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Demeaning.

This is hard.

He is a judge.

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have no i l l will toward him.

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me that he seemed to have an amicable relationship

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with Ms.

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Ms. Huddle.

Keeley,

But it was remarkable to

but he seemed so irritated with

In fact,

I asked the deputy

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MR. MURPHY:

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SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:

Objection -

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he was demeaning towards Ms.


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A couple of times she asked for just a brief

break.

restroom,

calls to make," and he said,

repeatedly threatened a mistrial.

frankly,

"I want to use the

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and you've given me a couple of tasks,


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happen.

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already Friday and it seems to be going on and on,

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that the judge may say,

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or "none of us want a mistrial. "

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at least five times said,

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course,

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If you say i t ' s to wrap up Friday and i t ' s

"We're headed for a mistrial"


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I would say,

"Do you want a mistrial?

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let's have a mistrial, " which is something,

Did the judge's poor demeanor towards

Huddle begin on the first day of trial?


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Yes.

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Did it continue throughout the trial?

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Did you observe Ms.

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hearsay.

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Huddle do anything that

would justify Judge McBrien's attitude towards her?


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No.

I felt that she and Ms.

Keeley comported

themselves as professionals.
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or disrespectful to the judge?

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No.

Q.

I think you touched on this,

Judge McBrien treat Ms.

In a much more respectful manner.

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Did Judge McBrien treat you poorly?

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No.

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Were the attorneys rude to each other?

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No.

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ever seen a

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Judge McBrien behaved towards Ms.

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judge behave this way,

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Not to be glib,

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SO that's a no?

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That's a no.

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the way

Huddle?

but not even on television.

if they're consuming time or if it's just

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without

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some prior history of dealing with this attorney or

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for them.

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just seeming to have disdain

During a break in the proceedings,

overhear Judge McBrien speaking to Ms.


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Yes,

did you

Keeley?

did.

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Do you recall about what day of trial that

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And what did you hear the judge say?

was?

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Hearsay.

Overruled.

Ms.

Keeley said to the judge,

Ms.

Huddle

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Objection.

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Hearsay.

Overruled.

She's

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just supplying content to the answer of the judge,

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let's

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It actually got picked up on my

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What did you hear the judge say?

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Keeley say to the judge,

Kee ey" -- I'm sorry.

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does she?"

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"I guess she doesn't see what's happening here."

can't say what that means.


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Okay.

And Ms.

Huddle was not in the

courtroom at that moment?

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She was not.

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that the judge wanted a partial transcript?

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When did she tell you that?

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brief break,

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Ms. Huddle.

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Objection,

Your Honor.

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Overruled.

lawyer opened the door.

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Go ahead.

This was a while back,

but that

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She told me that the judge was

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requesting a particular portion that had to do with

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Mr. Carlsson's employment and that I was not to tell

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not to tell anyone."

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that says,

And she repeated that,


And I

said

"He said

even have a form

"Such and-Such has been transcribed and is

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available to you."

make whatever is transcribed that is now public record

available to all parties.

the opportunity in the lobby,

and told them exactly what he had asked for and asked

if they wanted a copy also.

judge,

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the testimony that the judge requested?

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I did.

sent it the next day_

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sent

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So that,

I did.

The second request you just described,

was

that sometime after the trial?

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and then got the phone call from her probably three

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But you were asked for it a third time?

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Was that some months later?

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And did you send it again that time?

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attaching a file.
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e-mail it?

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e-mailed it probably within a day.

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so I'm very certain of these things and that

I e-mailed it to the address


which was her personal e-mail.

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There is a binder in front of you.

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The transcript from the

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Your Honor,

may I

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Court is in recess."

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Do you recall this happening?

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Yes,

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And he stepped out for a moment?

do.

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didn't really know what EPO meant.

i t ' s an emergency phone call of some kind.

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the room and never did return.

He left

He stuck his head

"This trial is over."

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He stepped out for the duration.

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Just

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So he announced,

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"Pardon me.

"Pardon me.

have an EPO.

have a call"?

Court is in

recess."

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And he stepped out of the courtroom at that

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That's correct.

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And then you indicated he later -- to use

time?

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the Court speaking,

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adjourn this.

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This trial has ended."

at Line 27,

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"We're going to have to

The county operator is on the phone.


Do you see that?

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That's correct.

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Is that when he was near the door speaking?

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reserve over that issue, or you can get a mistrial.

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That's correct.

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Do you remember that exchange?

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What happened next?

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We all sat there.

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being formally dismissed,

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the clerk said

Objection.

Ask your next question,

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Hearsay.
Sustained.

please.

Sure.

So after the judge left,

being near the door he left,

and

after apparently
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That's correct.

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Did the judge ever return?

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Q.

Did you kn

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guess -- I

finally said,

building."

any longer.

he said

"He's gone.

the clerk

So of course there was no reason to stay

Your Honor.

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Sustained.

MURPHY:

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As to what the witness said?

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Go ahead.

Ask your

next question.

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"He's gone."

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after the judge

how long do you think you were there before you

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Could I

clarify something?

Do you mean after

he left to take the phone call?


Q.

The second time,

when he was near the doorway

and left again and never returned.


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Q.

Now,

15 minutes.

20.

if you look back at the transcripts,

Page 463,

room," there is stilJ

attorneys and the witness.

"May I go?"

Ms.

after it says,

at Line 10,

a few recorded statements by the

The witness is asking,

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This exchange was with the attorneys


The judge wasn't in the room.

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the last thing that I wrote,

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and so that was

at 4:29.

You said you stayed for 15 minutes after

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After Line 20,

you stopped

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It was after he said that the trial was

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But,

Did you stay in the courtroom for a while

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over that we stayed there for 15 or 20 minutes.

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not on the record,

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reporting?

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It's

but the clerk announced that "He's

That's when we decided to leave.

That occurred sometime after you stopped

Yes.

They were still -- it was unclear for

me because I'm not accustomed to going off the record


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until someone says,

rather have too much and take it out later than just

stop on my own volition.

conversation after that with them asking the clerk

what to do,

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No further questions.

SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:

MR. MURPHY:

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Joy,

No,

Q.

Ever spo

A.

No.

Q.

Thank you,

Mr.

Your Honor.

my name is Jim Murphy.

We have

we have not.
n?

'm interested in this testimony you gave

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relative to a conversation between Ms.

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Judge McBrien in court when Ms.

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Murphy.

have we?

A.

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Ms.

never met,

have you

have never seen that.

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stopped reporting here.

ever seen a trial end like that?

There was a bit of

Q.

but I

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Keeley and

Huddle wasn't present.

Do you recall that testimony?

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A.

Yes,

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Q.

What day of the trial did that occur?

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A.

I'm not sure.

do.

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Q.

Was it the first day?

A.

No.

Q.

Second day?

A.

Second or third.

Q.

Second or third.

courtroom?

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Yes.

Q.

The judge had called the recess?

A.

Q.

What time of the day was it?

A.

Q.

Morning?

A.

don't recall.

don't recall.

don't mean to be a broken record,

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Ms.

but I

know we were in recess because

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Huddle wasn't in the room.


Q.

Was the clerk present?

A.

No.

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Q.

Was Mr.

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A.

No.

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Q.

Was Mrs.

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A.

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Q.

Was there a witness on the witness stand?

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No.

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During a recess?

don't recall.

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Carlsson present?

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Q.

Were there

A.

No.

Q.

So the only people in the courtroom were you,

A.

Q.

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prepared,

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Ms.

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14
15
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That's my best recollection.

Did you ever note,

this conversation between the Court and

A.

We were not on the record.

Q.

That's not my question.

A.

No,

Q.

How long was the recess when this

did not.

A.

I'd say five minutes.

Q.

And during that five-minute period of time,

Judge McBrien remained on the bench?

A.

Yes.

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Q.

That was his customary practice,

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25

it

in the transcript that you

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don't

Keeley?

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You specifically recall this?

conversation allegedly occurred?

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Carlsson was

was a while ago.

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Keeley.

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and I believe Mrs.

Q.

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The deputy,

sitting there with Ms.

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Keeley?

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the judge and Ms.

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to remain on

the bench during recesses?

A.

Due to the fact that this is the one and only

trial I've ever done with him,

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Q.

Let l s talk about this trial then.

A.

There were few recesses,

Q.

During recesses,

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Q.

Except for this one time,

A.

Ms.

We arrived back in the courtroom before

We had reconvened.

Huddle.

Ms.

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Q.

You had returned to court?

A.

Yes.

Q.

So you went on a recess,

judge was there along with Ms.

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15

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came back,

and the

Keeley?

A.

That l s

Q.

And there was no one else present except for

right.

the bailiff?

Ju

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A.

I believe Mrs.

Q.

Now,

A.

Yes.

22

Q.

If I

Carlsson.

let's talk a little bit about where you

sat in this courtroom.

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All right?

am one of the parties in the Carlsson

23

matter and 11m addressing the Court,

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would you be on?

25

Huddle and her

client were talking in the hallway still.

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correct?

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ambers,

Judge McBrien would leave

the bench and return to

if any.

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his custom and practice.

A.

was

which side of me

it was actually set up in this

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(gesturing):

the witness stand was here,

her being a court reporter,

tell people not to talk.

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A.

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perspective?

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BY MR.

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Q.

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From the judge's

MURPHY:

From the judge's perspective,

you would be to

the judge's left; right?

16

A.

I would be at his 8:00.

Yes,

I would be

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left.

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is that

Yes.

SPECIAL MASTER ANDLER:

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You would be to the judge's left;

correct?

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I'm sorry.

BY MR. MURPHY:

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that she talks the way we

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This is interesting,

SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:

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above me.

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manner,

Q.

And where was the witness stand?

A.

The witness stand was to my right and

slightly elevated.

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Q.

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the witness?

23

A.

And while you report a witness,

That's 50/50.

do you watch

If I'm especially having any

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trouble hearing or understanding them,

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them directly so that I can -- it hel


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understand what they're saying and to see when they're

responding.

Carlsson,

Court or did you face counsel?

A.

did you face the witness or did you face the


Who did you face?

For most of the trial,

I was looking straight

ahead and had full view of counsel table;

judge was off to my right side and,

elevated.

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Q.

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Now,

this particular courtroom,

did it have a

Yes.

Q.

Was the bench elevated?

A.

Yes.

Q.

How high?

A.

I'm not

Q.

Fair enough.

A.

that good at measurements.

would say higher than this bench,

doesn't do the record much good.

which

If this bench is

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of course,

they were in my peripheral vision.

A.

Ju

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I had

and the

bench?

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Carlsson vs.

in this particular matter,

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Q.

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I would say the judge was sitting about four feet

21

above me.

22

Q.

Four feet above you while you were in trial?

23

A.

Yes.

24

Q.

Okay.

25

NOw,

when the judge leaves the bench,

does he walk down stairs?


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A.

He exits to his right and -- so I don't hdve


I

can see him walk

full view since it is elevated.

off to the right and to the back room somewhere.

So you would have the bench between you and

the judge when he leaves the bench?

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A.

I'm not following that.

Q.

If the judge were to leave the bench and walk

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out,

would it not?

A.

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12

in other

Not my Vlew of him standing and walking away,

above the bench.

13

Q.

As he walks down the steps leaving the

bench

14

15

A.

Yes.

Q.

-- was

A.

Yes.

Q.

All right.

your view obstructed by the ben

After he was down off of the bench.


I

want to go to the transcript

Ju

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It's obstructing your view,

words?

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the bench would be in your view of the judge,

and did you accurately record the trial?

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A.

Yes.

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Q.

And when you accurately recorded the trial,

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you did so based upon your court reporter's notes?


A.

No.

I was writing realt

And when you're

24

writing realtime and your writer is plugged into your

25

computer,

just as this reporter

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it is

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automatically translated from your notes to the

English language and your personal dictionary,

dictionary you created for that particular case.

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THE WITNESS:

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I meant when I

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what i t ' s called.

I apologize.

That's what

said my .wav file picked it up.

That's

Was the audio

13

recording device on throughout the course of the trial

14

each day?

THE WITNESS:

15

had you

obtained permission from the Court to audio record the

proceedings?

18

By the way,

Ju

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Yes.

SPECIAL MASTER ANDLER:

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THE WITNESS:

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There was a time where you had to ask.

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Yes.

SPECIAL MASTER ANDLER:

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recording system?

excuse me.

Is your machine equipped with an audio

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for the page,

While you're looking

I would like you to turn to Page ...


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Q.

the job

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record.

No,

because i t ' s now legal to

SPECIAL MASTER ANDLER:

I'm not debating

I'm inquiring whether you

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whether i t ' s legal or not.

23

obtained permission from the Court.

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THE WITNESS:

No.

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recording device operating during this exchdnge Lhdt

you've testified to between the judge and Ms.

allow counsel to continue.

BY MR.

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14

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A.

No.

Q.

Now,

Q.

Do you see where it says "Surrebuttal

Huddle"?

A.

Yes,

I do.

Q.

Surrebuttal examination occurs after the

Ju

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does it not?

A.

Yes.

Q.

That's your language there,

Examination by Ms.
Yes.

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Q.

And Ms.

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A.

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want you to address your attention to

A.

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Did you bring that with you today?

party's case in-chief,

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Examination by Ms.

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Page 457 of the transcript.

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because i t ' s voice

activated.

Yes,

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THE WITNESS:.

Keeley?

Huddle";

"Surrebuttal

right?

Huddle was presenting a surrebuttal

case at that time?


A.

I ' l l have to review this just to be -- I

don't have it memorized.

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Q.

Ms.

apologize.

Huddle;

It's surrebuttal examination by

correct?

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(Witness examines document.)

A.

Yes.

Q.

And that was the surrebuttal examination of

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Carlsson's expert; right?

Mrs.

A.

Yes.

Q.

And let's take a look at Page 461 now.

A.

Yes.

Q.

And this is also testimony that you recorded;

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Ms.

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Yes.

Q.

And it refers to "Rebuttal Examination by

Huddle";

right?

A.

Yes.

Q.

So Ms.

presenting Mr.

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A.

to your understanding,

Shah as a rebuttal witness;

was

right?

Those aren't really my judgment calls.

I put

ia

18

Huddle,

that language in if they say "recalling so and-so on

or
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Then I label it.

rebuttal."

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Q.

That's how you characterized it;

22

A.

No,

I don't characterize it.

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will say,

24

then I

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rebuttal or surrebuttal.

right?

The attorney

"I'm calling this person on rebuttal," and

label it as such.

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Q.

Pardon me?

A.

I don't see it in the transcript.

Q.

So you characterized i t as a

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No.

Q.

I'm trying to find out -- you said you only

Are we arguing here?

use rebuttal when the attorney uses that term.

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characterized it as rebuttal.

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A.

Well,

15

typical.

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witness?"

17

And then I also don't say "Do you solemnly,

Ju

a minute and said,

blah";

19

"Who's your next witness?"

"What are we doing now,

I say "sworn."

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A.

Yes.

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Q.

-- you were hired -

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and who's your next

Joy -

your firm was hired by

Huddle to report this trial;

23

A.

24

called them,

25

Q.

Yes.

blah,

It's not that verbatim.

Ms.

Ms.

It's

"I'm going to call So-and So on rebuttal."

Q.

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You

they could have gone off the record for

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if
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rebuttal

witness?

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calling a rebuttal witness?

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Q.

correct?

I'm kind of a subcontractor.

She

and they just send someone out.

But the organization,

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firm,

was hired by Ms.

Huddle;

right?

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A.

Yes.

Q.

And did you attend court that morning of

March 2,

2006 with Ms.

Hudd e?

A.

No.

Q.

When you went to court,

you go to?

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Let me look at the beginning.

Q.

Was that the Master Calendar Department for

A.

can say I

believe it must have been,

12

really don't want to guess.

13

where he always does preside.

14

in 124,

15

Q.

do believe that that's

And he keeps some cases

and that was the case with this.


Do you know who the presiding judge of the

A.

No.

Q.

Now,

when you went to court that day,

did you

18

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family law courts was in 2006?

Ju

17

124.

the family law courts?

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what department did

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to last?

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A.

Yes.

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Q.

Was it your understanding that it was a

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two-day trial?

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A.

No.

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Q.

What was your understanding?

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Who told you two and a half?

A.

The agency,

the attorneys.

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A.

When they hire

they hire me for a certain period of time.

me,

to work there through the end of Friday.

trial,

days?

MR.

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Objection.

SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:

Misstates the

Sustained.

BY MR. MURPHY:

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was going to be two and a half

testimony.

11
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before trial,

Huddle that the

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So you were told by Ms.

Q.

Did Ms.

Huddle tell you prior to tria

the

trial was going to last two and a half days?

15

A.

I never spo

with Ms.

Huddle.

I was sent

16

out by the agency,

17

out with an estimate that they have been given.

Ju

and I believe they just send you

I'm guessing how it came to be.

But

They just hire me for

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Q.

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X number of days.

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21

Q.

Do you know that the parties estimated the

trial to be two days?

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A.

No,

23

Q.

During the course of the trial,

24
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I don't know that.

recesses taken;
A.

there were

right?

Not every day or every morning or afternoon.

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a break."
Q.

Huddle finally saying,

It was pretty much a push,


Well,

"I have to have


which happens.

would you say that the judge was

working hard to get that case completed?

A.

I'd say everyone involved was.

Q.

vvould you say the judge was?

A.

Q.

Did the judge frequently

10
11
12

there was a day

14

15

A.

Yes.

Q.

And that trial started about 9:00 In the

A.

Yes.

Q.

And went through until about 12:52 in the

afternoon;

16

That sounds right.

Q.

And you took a lunch recess of about 40

minutes?

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right?

A.

Ju

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A.

really don't remember this.

Q.

Would you agree that Judge McBrien was

working hard to get the parties to complete the trial?

22

A.

23

Q.

And you also testified that Ms.

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25

right?

morning?

13

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can't answer that.

that you were in trial for one whole day;

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was being professional;

Huddle,

In

right?

Yes.

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exhibit list?

can only testify as far as her demeanor is

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She would

That has nothing to do with me.

concerned.

have submitted that to the clerk.

Q.

When did you prepare this partial transcript?

A.

The very evening that she requested it.

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would like you to take a look at

Exhibi t

17.

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A.

Oh.

Q.

In the thicker book,

11

12

"McBrien 185,

13
14

15
16

18

which on its spine says,

Exhibits 1-36."

A.

Got it.

Q.

Exhibit 17,

A.

Yes,

Q.

Is this the partial transcript that you

this is a partial transcript?

it is.

prepared?

Ju

17

Here?

Except there's a header on it,

20

Q.

What header is that?

21

A.

It says,

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Judge."

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Q.

Who put that on?

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A.

which I

never

A.

do.

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"March 3,

don't know.

'06,

Carlsson,

Partial For

I don't use headers.

never

have.
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e-mailed it.

Q.

When did you first send the transcript to the


the transcript the Court requested?

A.

believe the 4th.

It looks as if she asked

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It may still be in my computer.

Court,

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I prepared it and sent it to them and then I

or
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for the Court?

Where is the partial transcript you prepared

Q.

.. ---~.

for it on the 3rd.

I did it that evening and sent it

out on the fourth.

10
11

Q.

Do you have any documents to show when you

sent this transcript,

A.

12

know it was the next day.

No.

you said,

I tracked it through UPS.

13

moved about four times.

14

that.

15

17

I wouldn't be able to locate

Did you send it by registered mail?

A.

UPS ground.

Q.

Do you have in your possession any

documentary evidence showing receipt of the first

18

I've since

Q.

Ju

16

to Judge McBrien?

transcript that you sent to Judge McBrien?

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20

A.

No.

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Q.

By the way,

just so that we're clear,

did you

22

ever speak with Judge McBrien about preparing a

23

transcript?

24

A.

No.

25

Q.

And you weren't present when he had whatever

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discussion he had with his clerk ab

A.

That's right.

Q.

NOw,

A.

No.

Q.

You just left i t in the computer?

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Yes.

Q.

And then you were requested -- withdraw that.


Did you advise Ms.

10
11

did

Huddle that you had been

requested to prepare a partial transcript?

A.

12

advised Ms:

Keeley and Ms.

Huddle right

13

after -- that same day that i t had been requested of

14

me,

15

before I
Q.

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even did it.

So you told Ms.

Huddle that you had been

requested to prepare a partial transcript;

right?

And Ms.

Q.

Let's just talk about Huddle first.

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Okay.

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Q.

You told Ms.

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Yes,

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Did she request a copy of the transcript?

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Now,

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Keeley.

Huddle;

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did.

don't recall.
when you advise a

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A.

Not always.

Q.

Don't you have

form that you use that you

give to the lawyers for ordering a transcript?


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have a form that I

mail to attorneys after

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to the other side and let them know that i t ' s been

requested.

no.

Q.

But if they are right there on the spot,

Did you provide a form to Ms.

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No.

Q.

Did you -- you asked Ms.

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Ms.

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transcript?

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Keeley_

Did

Keeley tell you that she wanted a copy of the

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either.
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I don't recall.

just didn't.

So Ms.

I didn't give her a form

I did it verbally.

Keeley and Ms.

Huddle were both told

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Huddle for

requesting the transcript?

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Yes.

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And did you tell them what portion of the

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transcript had been requested?

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I gave them some kind of reference point.

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regard to employment.

remember things like this.

Did you submit a bill to the Court for

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payment?

A.

Yes.

Q.

Do you have a copy of that bill?

A.

No.

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A.

Yes.

Q.

A form bill?

A.

Yes.

Q.

Through Diamond Court Reporting?

A.

No.

I billed the Sacramento Court because

Q.

Did you yourself bill,

or did Diamond

Reporting bill?

A.

No.

Q.

All right.

I did.

When was the second request made

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the judge requested it.

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I believe it was about three weeks later.

I'm not quite sure.

Q.

By the way,

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to the Court,

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transcript?

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A.

when you sent the transcript off

to whom's attention did you send the

sent it to the Administrative Office,

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Linda Lucky's office,

who is the Court coordinator,

and directed it to his department.

But I sent it

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Q.

something directly to a

Administrative Office.

Q.

transcript?

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No.

Q.

Now,

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when the second request was made,

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who

The judge's clerk called and said they never

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did receive a copy;

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chambers.

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Q.

and I

sent it directly then to

And when you sent it directly to chambers,

was that accompanied by any type of a cover letter?

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send it through the

made that request?

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Does the Administrative Office request the

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You sent that

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Yes.

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Q.

Did you keep another copy of the bill?

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Shortly after I

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I'm not accustomed to doing that,

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Judge McBrien?

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through her.

sent another copy of the bill.


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chambers?

moved to San Jose, my house

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was burglarized and my computer was stolen.

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but not

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bills.

Your computer was stolen while you were in

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San Jose?

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A.

Yes.

Q.

Didn't you testify in deposition that your

computer was stolen at Shingle Springs,


A.

No.

It was in Eldorado Hills.

still in existence.

negotiating the sale of the house.

Q.

Didn't you testify your house in Eldorado

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Hills was bro

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your husband's wedding ring,

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stolen?

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A.

Yes.

Q.

That would be the computer that had the

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n into and your laptop computer and

A.

Originally.

Q.

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page of Exhibit 35,

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me.

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binder.

Carlsson case?

But I back up my hard drive.

The transcript,

which is paginated 464 Exhibit 37.

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MR.

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was

would like you to take a look at the last

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and nothing else,

transcript of the Carlsson vs.

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hotel in San Jose.

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excuse

It's a separate

The transcript binder.


The page you're

referring to?
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MR.

SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:

Your Honor.

MURPHY:

Q.

The very last page.

A.

Of the March ...

Q.

The very last page.

A.

~1arch

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Q.

All the way at the back,

A.

Yes.

Q.

}\t 464,

A.

Yes.

Q.

NOW,

the very last page.

the last page.

that reflects that you prepared this

transcript on October 2,

2006.

A.

The whole transcript,

Q.

And did you pr

Correct?

yes.

are this partial transcript,

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All the way at the

back.

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9th?

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BY MR.

464,

MURPHY:

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Exhibit 17, using the original transcript for its

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preparation?

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No.

The original entire transcript hadn't

been produced.

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Q.

Okay.

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A.

I did the partial and then later did the

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Q.

the transcript to the Court?

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When you -- do you recall when you e-mailed

A.

Probably September.

Q.

Did you keep a copy of the e-mail?

A.

No.

Q.

Did your e-mail service have an archival

A.

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Q.

I'd have thousands of

kept everything.

Was the e-mail that you forwarded to the

Court contained in the computer that was stolen?

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I don't even know.

e-mails if I

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system for e mails?

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No.

Q.

So you would have e-mailed separately,

another system,

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A.

the partial transcript;

My computer,

in Eldorado Hills.

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bought a new computer at Best Buy,

was still

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I backed up the hard drive.


I think,

in San

Jose and installed all my records.

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right?

the original computer,

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from

Q.

Including the transcript of the Carlsson vs.

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Carlsson case?

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A.

Yes.

But I

still was living and working

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in

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the partial transcript.

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actually in trial and sent it to them.

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I was living in Eldorado Hills at the time of

Q.

Ms.

Joy,

So I did that while we were

can you tell me why,

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Exhibit 17,

blank space?

It's very unusual looking.

This looks like something that was produced -- printed

from the e-mail because it's all kind of juxtaposed.

Obviously.

Page 1.

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never seen this copy.

Like the top of Page 2 is at the bottom of

So this does not appear to be the partial

transcript that you prepared?

This is the e-mail version of the transcript

A.

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that I prepared,

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printed it just from the e-mail attachment itself.

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It's hard for me to explain this.

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itself correctly.

17

different alignment being from a different source,

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Carlsson,

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didn't put on; right?

25

but it has a

It's your testimony that this transcript is

Q.

something that,

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It doesn't align

It's the transcript,

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They

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email.

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I've

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there are approximately 17 lines of space,

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sorry.
Q.

at least where it says,

"March 3,

'06

Partial For Judge," that's something you

The header,
Correct,

yes,

that is something -

it is something I

I'm

did not put on.

And are you computer proficient?

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Somewhat.
Your Honor,

MR. MURPHY:

I would like to have

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marked as Exhibit J an e-mail string dated November 4,

2006 to Charlene Drummer from Joy,


THE WITNESS:

SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:

THE WITNESS:

MR. MURPHY:

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I'm sorry.

I have three for the Court.

SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:

chance to review this,

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MR.

BLUM:

Mr.

Yes,

Your Honor.

Has the original

been provided to the court reporter?

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MR. MURPHY:

Yes,

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Your Honor.

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I have one for the witness,

Your Honor

it will be,

I don't have enough copies to go around.

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so I ' l l do another copy

the court reporter.

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Have you had a

Blum?

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pending.

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Q.

Ms.

Joy,

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Charleen Drummer,

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is that correct?

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this is an e-mail you sent to


Commission on Judicial Performance;

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A.

I never received this response from her.

Q.

(Counsel examines document.)

SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:

Why don't we take

this opportunity to take our first afternoon recess.

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(Recess taken.)

SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:

We are back on the

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record in the matter of the Inquiry of Judge McBrien,

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in the presence of Judge McBrien and counsel.


And,

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Q.

Mr. Murphy,

MR.

MURPHY:

Ms.

Joy,

you may continue.

Thank you,

Your Honor.

did I hear you correctly,

are you

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presently employed by the Santa Clara County Superior

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Court?

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That's correct.

Q.

Are you assigned to any particular judge?

A.

No.

Q.

And how long have you been employed by the

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understand that.

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I'm floating.

Santa Clara County Superior Court?

A.

It's about -- it will be three years on

September 11.

Q.

Have you ever been employed by the Sacramento

County Superior Court?


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A.

Yes, but on a per diem bas

Q.

Have you ever been an employee of Sacramento

County?

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first moved there,

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as a courtroom c erk.

I wanted to

Let's take a look at Exhibit J.

email that you sent to Charleen Drummer; correct?

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11

A.

Yes,

that's correct.

Q.

And this e-mail related to a claim that you

12

made to Ms.

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you had submitted had,

14

right?

15
16

in some fashion,

A.

That's correct.

Q.

You state in here,

been doctored;

"I asked our IT trainer

yesterday hypothetically if it was even possible for

e-mail to create its own header.

He said he had never

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Drummer that the partial transcript that

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seen such a thing and that it would have taken a

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purposeful extra step."

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Why did you go to the IT trainer?

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A.

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Santa Clara.

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transcript,

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Q.

That's

those are our technology guys in

Because when I
I

saw this header on my

asked how that could possibly happen.

Because that was something that you hadn't

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A.

Yes.

Q.

You state,

to me for an example of howe-mails can be tampered

with,

just delete it.

original message that you sent.

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A.

in capital letters

"PLEASE

I hereby swear that that is not the


Regards,

I do recall that now.

Robbi."

I was demonstrating to

her how I can go back to her original message and just


change it all around.

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13

Q.

You doctored her original message?

A.

Yes.

Q.

So you,

using your computer,

changed her

14

original e-mail message to you to read as follows:

15

"Robbi,

16

falsified Carlsson trial transcript; we don't

no thanks to you for sending that

appreciate this at all."

Those weren't her words,

were they?

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A.

No,

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Q.

You doctored that;

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A.

Yes,

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they were not.


right?

as a demonstration.
"Second,

that's an obvious bogus

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phone number that you provided at 91649699.

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several days,

25

Ms.

For

I have been getting a busy signal."

Drummer didn't say that to you in an e-mail,

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she did not.

Q.

Finally,

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"I would like to ask you

it says:

so could you please try to

keep your story straight this time.

My direct line is

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some follow-up questions,

557-1207."

That's not what Ms.

A.

No.

If this sounds sarcastic,

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I was pretty incensed.
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alteration on my work,

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angry.

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Q.

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do you?

14

A.

15

I have never seen an

and I was pretty shocked and

You have no idea if anyone altered your work,

know that the final product is not the

Q.

Do you know who did that?

A.

No.

Q.

Now,

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I want to go back -- and this is going

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I apologize.

product that I prepared.

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Drummer said to

right?

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to be my last question or two -

to the trial

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transcript and specifically at the conclusion,

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Page 462

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A.

I have it.

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Q.

-- where the judge says,

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recess."
A.

Do you see that?

on

"Court is in

Page 462,

Line 22?

Yes.

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"Court is in recess"?

A.

Yes.

Q.

You continued to report thereafter?


(Witness examines document.)

A.

Yes.

Q.

After the judge declared court is In recess;

Yes.

Q.

And did you watch the judge leave the bench

This is all in a short period of time.

A.

was-

13

leaving.

14

who she was speaking to,

15

Ms. Keeley,

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order," and then the clerk spoke.


Q.

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"We're going to recess"; he was

Ms. Huddle said to

saying,

can't really recall

either her client or

"I think he has a protective

Did you see him leave the courtroom after he

A.

Well,

this is sort of slicing it thin.

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was getting up and walking out.

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what exact moment he was out of the room.

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He

declared a recess?

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he said,

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at that point in time?

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He

don't recall at

you said under Mr. Blum's examination

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that he poked his head around the corner and then said

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"This trial is over"; right?

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Yes.

On Line 27.

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Right.

A.

So this Line 23,

4,

5 and 6 is a really brief

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Q.

But he was outside of the courtroom during

that period of time,


A.

I don't believe so.

Q.

SO he never left the courtroom?

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He left the courtroom.

Q.

Hold on.

He never left the courtroom until

you noted that he exited on Line 10,

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A.

No.

not the most succinct language.

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into the courtroom.

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That was lan9uage you chose,

A.

Sure.

Q.

To describe what happened?

A.

It would be rather awkward to say -

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Q.

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And "exited the courtroom" is probably

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period of time.

Ms.

though;

right?

That could be

Joy.

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I don't know how I would have phrased that.

I'm sorry.

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I've never been through something like that.

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"exited."

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MR.
Q.

MURPHY:

said

Final question.

You specifically recall Judge McBrien

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recessing for one minute to allow Ms.

the bathroom?

"you have one minute."

the duration was one minute.

in fact,

You specifically remember him saying that?

A.

Yes.

Q.

And if he said that,

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it accurately,

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you would have reported

and it would be in the Court record;

right?

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Not everything is said on the record.

A.

didn't record,

13

been writing,

14

have to go to the bathroom."

15

cases,

16

someone is saying something obviously in jest or

17

something that's really not impacting the trial or

I'm sorry,

frankly,
in some

we do use our own judgment a little bit.

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But some things,

MR.

Your Honor.

MURPHY:

If

we don't write it.

I have nothing further,

Thank you.

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SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:

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MR.

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I may have still

when she said,

improper to be on the record,

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I don't recall that,

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Huddle to go to

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BLUM:

Yes,

Mr.

Your Honor.

Blum?
I have another

document that I ask be received as Exhibit 41.

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MR. MURPHY:

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SPECIAL MASTER CORNELL:


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RE CJF NC. 185 -

Okay.

Provide a

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copy of the original to the court r


MR.

apologize,

I'm out of tabs.

(Examiner's Exhibit No.

41 received into

evidence. )

RE-DIRECT EXAMINATION

BY MR. BLUM:

Q.

Joy,

are you looking at what's now been

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received as Examiner's 41?

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A.

Yes,

am.

Q.

When Mr.

Murphy was questioning you about the

11

e-mail to Charlene Drummer,

12

could be changed?

13
14
15

That's correct.

Q.

Is Examiner's 41 the original that you

Yes,

Q.

Mr.

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A.

Drummer?

it is.

Murphy was questioning you about the time

the judge left the bench.

He asked you if your view

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you said you showed how i t

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received from Ms.

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of the judge was obscured by the bench.

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that?

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A.

Yes.

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Q.

As the judge left the bench and went out the

23

door to his right,

24

sight of him?

25

A.

would you ever have completely lost

Not until he walked through the door,

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can you still see the upper portion of him?

A.

Yes.

Q.

You said that you had -

system.

including the Carlsson trial?

you called it a

N
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A.

Yes.

Q.

Did you attempt to locate that record,

A.

Yes,

I have.

looked at the portions of the

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transcript where I did a word find on the word

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just wasn't able to find it.

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the courts.

recess. "

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We're really busy in all

I don't have -

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Please turn to Exhibit 17.

That's the

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You believe this to be a printout of the

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it.

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FURTHER RE-CROSS EXAMINA.TION

BY MR.

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did not.

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Ms.

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you don't have any explanation?


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That is unusual.

We would not

have a second first page.


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that formalized where they say,

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there's colloquy between counsel,

necessarily say "off the record," but if it appeared

that there was an off-the-record discussion,

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How do you

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decide whether you're going to note it or not?

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either of the attorneys begin to discuss something

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that seems informal or someone announces off the

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record,

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parentheses to note that?

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"May we go off the record,

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So you're

scretion in that instance?

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Your Honor.

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MURPHY:

for Judge Mize,

Mr.

Murphy?

call James Mize.


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please feel free stand up and stretch.

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A.

It's actually 920 -

Q.

That's the main Sacramento County courthouse?

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It is.

Q.

And how long were the family law departments

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law department,

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master calendar system?

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what were the problems with this

The trials never got to trial.

So the Bar

the family law bar,

and it was a fairly strong bar

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here in Sacramento,

initiated the concept of a trip to

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Orange County and San Diego County to pick up some

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ideas about how their courts were structured.

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Sacramento County Bar Association back in 1991?

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There was.

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Law Executive Committee?

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There is.

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What is the Family Law Executive Committee?

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And did you work with the Family Law

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in the fami y law practice in Sacramento County?

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first of all,

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good relationship.

We meet -- we still meet monthly.

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we moved to a system

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they go down through the master

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the Family Law Executive

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family law bar.

Q.

County Bar Association?

A.

Correct.

Q.

And you and other judges worked together with

this Family Law Executive Committee in developing the

current system?

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at the time,

there was Justice Raye

Justice Vance Raye of the Third District

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And another individual whose name always

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Dave Sterling?

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Dave Sterling.

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developed

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presented to the Superior Court for its approval?

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or started to develop a plan.

It was.

Was that

And what happened is the Bar culled

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through the various ideas and options,

plan,

what adjustments we felt were appropriate and then

presented the whole of it to the full bench.


And was that plan approved?

A.

It was.

Q.

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You testified that on Mondays,

Tuesdays and

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the week except for Monday.

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So they have four days a
And they try to

have one male and one female,

And are settlement conferences assigned

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dependent upon the length of the trial?


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They are.

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How does that work?

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less trial,

week before the trial date.

two days or less,

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is that something that you as a

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Q.

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The attorneys.

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in developing the estimated time?


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Sacramento Family Law Court whistleblowers
and watchdogs contendthat a "cartel" of local
family lawattorneys receive kickbacks and other
forms ofpreferential treatment from family
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The kickbacks usually consist of "rubberstamped" court orders which are contrary to
established law, and cannot be attributed to the
exercise of judicial discretion.For a detailed
overview of the alleged collusion between judge
pro tem attorneys and family court employees
and judges, we recommend our specialColor of
Law series of investigative reports.

The Color of Law series reports catalog some of


the preferential treatment provided by family
court employees and judges to SCBA Family
Law Section judge pro tem lawyers. Click here
to view the Color of Law series. For a list of our
reports about family court temporary judges and
controversies, click here.

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Sacramento Family Court reform advocates assert that collusion


between judges and local attorneysdeprives financially disadvantaged,
unrepresented pro per court users of their parental rights, community
assets, and due process and access to the court constitutional rights.

The current day Sacramento County Family Court system andattorney operated settlement conference program
was set up in 1991 by and for the lawyers of theSacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section,

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

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according to the sworn testimony of controversial family court Judge Peter J. McBrien at his
2009Commission on Judicial Performance disciplinary proceedings. Click here to read Judge McBrien's
testimony.

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In his own testimony during the same proceedings, local veteran family law attorney and judge pro tem Robert J.
O'Hair corroborated McBrien's testimony and attested to McBrien's character and value to Sacramento County
Bar Association Family Law Section members. Click here to view this excerpt of O'Hair's testimony. To view
O'Hair's complete testimony, click here.

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Court watchdogs assert that the settlement conference kickback arrangement between the public court and private
sector attorneys constitutes a racketeering enterprise which deprives the public of the federally protected right
to honest government services.

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Divorce Corp, a documentary film that "exposes the corrupt and collusive industry of family law in
the United States" was released in major U.S. cities on January 10, 2014. After a nationwide search for
the most egregious examples of family court corruption, the movie's production team ultimately included
fourcases from Sacramento County in the film, more than any other jurisdiction.Judge pro tem
attorneys Charlotte Keeley, Richard Sokol, Elaine Van Beveren and Dianne Fetzer are each
accused of unethical conduct in the problem cases included in the movie. The infamous Carlsson case,
featuring judge pro tem attorney Charlotte Keeley and Judge Peter McBrien is the central case
profiled in the documentary, with Sacramento County portrayed as theGround Zeroof family court
corruption and collusion in the U.S. Click here for our complete coverage of Divorce Corp.

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Judge Thadd Blizzard issued a rubber-stamped, kickback order in November, 2013 for judge pro tem
attorney Richard Sokol authorizing an illegal out-of-state move away and child abduction by Sokol's
client, April Berger. The opposing counsel is an "outsider" attorney from San Francisco who was
dumbfounded by the order. Click here for our exclusive report, which includes the complete court
reporter transcript from the hearing. Click here for our earlier report on the unethical practice of
"hometowning" and the prejudicial treatment of outsider attorneys.

Whistleblower leaked court records indicate that Sacramento Bar Association Family Law
Executive Committee officer and judge pro tem attorney Paula Salinger engaged in obstruction of
justice crimes against an indigent, unrepresented domestic violence victim. The victim was a witness in
a criminal contempt case against a Salinger client. The circumstances surrounding the obstruction of
justice incident also infer collusion between Salinger and controversial Judge Matthew J. Gary. For
our complete investigative report,click here.

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Two "standing orders" still in effect after being issued by Judge Roland Candee in 2006 override a
California Rule of Court prohibiting temporary judges from serving in family law cases where one party
is self-represented and the other party is represented by an attorney or is an attorney. The orders were
renewed by Presiding Judge Laurie M. Earl in February, 2013.Click here for details.

Sacramento Family Court judges ignore state conflict of interest laws requiring them to disclose to
opposing parties when a judge pro tem working as a private attorney represents a client in family
court. Click here for our exclusive investigative report. Click here for a list of other conflict of interest
posts.

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Family court policies and procedures, including local court rules, are dictated by the SCBA Family Law
Executive Committeefor the financial benefit of private sector attorneys, and often disadvantage the
70 percent of court users without lawyers, according to family court watchdogs and whistleblowers.
For example, in sworn testimony by Judge Peter McBrien before the Commission on Judicial
Performance,McBrien described seeking and obtaining permission from FLEC to change a local rule.
Click here and here.

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In November, 2012 Sacramento Family Court Judge Jaime R. Romanissued a rubber-stamped,


kickback orderdeclaring a family court party a vexatious litigant and ordering him to pay $2,500 to
the opposing attorney, both without holding the court hearing required by law. The opposing attorney
who requested the orders is Judge Pro Tem Charlotte Keeley. The blatantly illegal orders resulted in
both an unnecessary state court appeal and federal litigation, wasting scarce judicial resources and
costing taxpayers significant sums.Click here for our exclusive coverage of the case.

Judge Matthew Gary used an unlawful fee waiver hearing to both obstruct an appeal of his own orders
and help a client of judgepro tem attorney Paula Salinger avoid paying spousal support. Click here for
our investigative report.
An unrepresented, disabled 52-year-old single mother was made homeless by an illegal child support
order issued by Judge Matthew Gary for SCBA Family Law Section attorney Tim Zeff, the partner of

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Court reform and accountability advocates assert that the local family law bar- through the Family Law
ExecutiveCommitteeor FLEC - continues to control for the financial gain of members virtually all aspects of court
operations, and have catalogued documented examples of judge pro tem attorney preferential treatment and
bias against unrepresented litigants and"outsider" attorneys,including:

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temporary judge Scott Buchanan. The rubber-stamped, kickback child supportorder, and other
proceedings in the case were so outrageous that the pro per is now represented on appeal by a team
of attorneys led by legendary trial attorney James Brosnahan of global law firm Morrison & Foerster.
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Judge pro tem attorneys Richard Sokol and Elaine Van Beverenhelped conceal judge misconduct
and failed to comply with Canon 3D(1) of the Code of Judicial Ethics when they were eyewitnesses to
an unlawful contempt of court and resisting arrest incident in Department 121. Both Sokol and Van
Beveren failed to report the misconduct of Judge Matthew Gary as required by state law.Van
Beveren isan officer of the SCBA Family Law Executive Committee.Click here for our exclusive
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...Four years later, Sokol and Van Beveren in open court disseminated demonstrably false and
misleading information about the unlawful contempt of court and resisting arrest incident. The
apparent objective of the judge pro tem attorneys was to discredit the victim of Gary's misconduct,
trivialize the incident, and cover up their own misconduct in failing to report the judge. For our follow-up
reports, click here. In 2014, a video of the illegal arrest and assault was leaked by a government
whistleblower. Click here for details.

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In 2008controversial family courtJudge Peter J. McBriendeprived a family court litigant of a fair trial
in a case where the winning party was represented by judge protemattorney Charlotte Keeley. In a
scathing, published opinion, the 3rd District Court of Appealreversed in full and ordered a new
trial. 6th District Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Conrad Rushing characterized McBrien's
conduct in thecase as a "judicial reign of terror."McBrien subsequently was disciplined by the
Commission on Judicial Performance for multiple acts of misconduct in 2009.Click here to read the
court of appeal decision. Click here to read the disciplinary decision issued by the CJP.

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Judge pro tem attorneysCamille Hemmer,Robert O'Hair,Jerry GuthrieandRussell Carlsoneach


testified in support ofJudge Peter J. McBrienwhen thecontroversialjudge was facing removal from
the bench by theCommission on Judicial Performancein 2009.As a sworn temporary judges aware
of McBrien's misconduct, each wasrequired byCanon 3D(1)of theCode of Judicial Ethicsto take or
initiate appropriate corrective action to address McBrien's misconduct. Instead, each testified as a
character witnessin supportof the judge. In theCJP'sfinal disciplinary decision allowing McBrien to
remain on the bench, theCJPreferred specifically to the testimony as a mitigating factor that reduced
McBrien's punishment.Click here. Court records indicate thatJudge McBrienhas not disclosed the
potentialconflict of interestto opposing attorneys and litigants in subsequent appearances by the
attorneys in cases before the judge.Click hereforSFCNcoverage of conflict issues.
Judge pro temattorneysTerri Newman,CamilleHemmer,Diane WasznickyandDonna

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McBrienin 2008. The plan involved helping McBrien defeat the recall by electing him "Judge of the
Year" before the November election.Click herefor theSacramento News and Reviewreport.
Judge pro tem attorney Robert J. O'Hair testified as a character witness for controversial Judge Peter
J. McBrien at the judge's second CJP disciplinary proceeding in 2009.Paula Salinger, an attorney
at O'Hair's firm,Woodruff, O'Hair Posner & Salingerwas later granted a waiver of the requirements to
become ajudge pro tem. A family court watchdog asserts the waiver was payback for O'Hair's
testimony for McBrien.Click hereto read our exclusive investigative report.

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In cases where one party is unrepresented, family court clerks and judges permit judge pro tem
attorneys to file declarations which violate mandatory state court rule formatting requirements. The
declarations- on blank paper and without line numbers - make it impossible for the pro per to make
lawful written evidentiary objections to false and inadmissible evidence. Click here for our report
documenting multiple state court rule violations in a motion filed bySCBA Family Law Section officer
and temporary judgePaula Salinger. To view the pro per responsive declaration objecting to the illegal
filing click here, and click here for the pro per points & authorities.

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Family court clerks and judges allow judge pro tem attorneys to file a fabricated "Notice of Entry of
Findings and Order After Hearing" in place of a mandatory Judicial Council Notice of Entry of
Judgment FL-190 form. The fake form omits critical appeal rights notifications and other information
included in the mandatory form. Click here for our exclusive report.

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Sacramento Family Court temporaryjudgeandfamily law lawyerGary Appelblatt was charged with
13-criminal counts including sexual battery and penetration with a foreign object. The victims were
clients and potential clients of the attorney.The judge pro tem ultimately pleaded no contest to fourof
the original 13-counts, including sexual battery, and was sentenced to 18-months in prison. Court
administrators concealed from the public that Appelblatt held the Office of Temporary Judge.Click
hereto read our report.

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Judge pro tem and SCBA Family Law Section attorneyScott Kendall was disbarred from the practice
of law on Nov. 24, 2011. Kendall was disbarred for acts of moral turpitude, advising a client to violate
the law, failing to perform legal services competently, and failing to keep clients informed, including not
telling a client about a wage garnishment order and then withdrawing from the same case without
notifying the client or obtaining court permission. Court administrators concealed from the public that
Kendall held the Office of Temporary Judge.Click here to view our report.

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Judge pro tem attorneys Nancy Perkovich and Jacqueline Estonin 2008 helped Donna Gary - the
wife of Judge Matthew J. Gary - promote and market ClientTickler, a client management software
program for attorneys. The judge reportedly has never disclosed the conflict of interest as required by
the Code of Judicial Ethics. Click here for our exclusive report on the controversy.
In February, 2013 the website of family law firm Bartholomew & Wasznicky cut off the public from the
only online access to The Family Law Counselor, a monthly newsletter published by the Sacramento
Bar Association Family Law Section. Lawyers at the firm include judge pro tem attorneys Hal
Bartholomew, Diane Wasznicky and Mary Molinaro. As SFCN has reported, articles in the
newsletter often reflect an unusual, collusive relationship between SCBA attorneys and court
administrators and judges.Click here for our report.

Family court reform advocates assert that judge pro tem attorneys obtain favorable court rulings on
disputed issues at a statistically improbable rate. The collusion between full-time judges and judge pro
tem attorneys constitutes unfair, fraudulent, and unlawful business practices, all of which are
prohibited under California unfair competition laws, including Business and Professions Code
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unnecessary appeals burdening the appellate court system, and other, related litigation that wastes
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Watchdogs point out that the court operates what amounts to a two-track system of justice. One for
judge pro tem attorneys and another for unrepresented, financially disadvantaged litigants and
"outsider attorneys." Two-track systems are prohibited by the Code of Judicial Ethics, according to
the Commission on Judicial Performance and the California Judicial Conduct Handbook, the gold
standard reference on judge misconduct.Click here for articles about the preferential treatment given
judge pro tem attorneys. Click here for examples of how pro pers are treated.

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After representing a client in Sacramento Family Court, San Francisco attorney Stephen R. Gianelli
wrote "this is a 'juice court' in which outside counsel have little chance of prevailing...[the] court has now
abandoned even a pretense of being fair to outside counsel." Click here to read Gianelli's complete,
scathing account.

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The Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section is led by an "Executive Committee"
("FLEC") of judge pro tem attorneys composed ofChair Russell Carlson, Vice Chair Elaine Van
Beveren, Treasurer Fredrick Cohen and Secretary Paula Salinger. Three of the four have been
involved in legal malpractice litigation, violations of the Code of Judicial Ethics, or as a defendant in
federal civil rights litigation. Click here to read SFCN profiles of the Executive Committee members.
Click here for otherarticles about FLEC.

Judge pro tem attorneys are by law required to take or initiate corrective action if they learn that
another judge has violated any provision of the Code of Judicial Ethics, or if a lawyer has violated any
provision of the California Rules of Professional Conduct. Family court watchdogs assert that
temporary judges regularly observe unethical and unlawful conduct by family court judges and attorneys
but have never taken or initiated appropriate corrective action, a violation of the judge pro tem oath of

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Sacramento Family Court Newsis conducting an ongoing investigationof published and unpublished 3rd District
Court of Appeal decisions in trial court cases originating from family courts. This page is regularly updated with
our latest news, analysis, and opinion. Our preliminary findings reveal an unsettling link between how an appeal is
decided and the political ideology, work history, and family law bar ties of the court of appeal judges assigned to
the appeal.

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Our investigation indicates that the outcome of an appeal is in large part dependent on the luck of the justice draw
and the undisclosed connections between the trial court judge whose order is appealed, the trial and appellate
court attorneys, and the judges assigned to resolve the appeal.

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The collusive atmosphere falls hardest on unrepresented or "pro per" appeal parties who can't afford to hire a
local appellate attorney. 3rd District appeal outcome statistical data reveals a virtually perfect record of success for
attorneys in cases where the opposing party is a pro per. Appeals taken by pro per litigants rarely, if ever,
succeed.

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In addition, a separateSFCN investigation has uncovered evidence that both trial and appellate court judges,
part-time judges, and court employees deliberately obstruct appeals by indigent, unrepresented parties. Appeal
data from the Third District reveals that most pro per appeals are never decided on the merits and are instead

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

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WHISTLEBLOWERS
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dismissed on legal technicalities, which are often caused by the deliberate acts of government employees.

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Court whistleblowers assert and have documented that the family law division of Sacramento Superior Court and
the 3rd District Court of Appeal effectively operate as a RICO racketeering enterprise that deprives the public
of the federally protected right to honest government services, and includes predicate acts of mail and wire
fraud. Click here to read our full report on the allegations.

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Third District Court of Appeal cases are assigned to three of ten judges. The background of each appears to be
a critical factor in how an appeal is decided.

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The 2014 documentary film Divorce Corp, designated Sacramento County as the most corrupt family court in
the United States. Court watchdogs contend that the scale and scope of the corruption rivals the Kids for Cash
scandal in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, which also became a documentary film.

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Friends in Low Places

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For example, 3rd District unpublished opinions


show that Court of Appeal justices who were
elevated to the appellate courtfrom Sacramento
CountySuperior Court will often effectively
cover for judicial errors in appeals from the same
court.

Third District Justices George Nicholson,


Harry E. Hull, Jr.,Ronald B. Robie, and
Presiding Justice Vance W. Rayepreviously
were trial court judges inSacramento County
Superior Court.

3rd District Court of Appeal watchdogs assert that appeal


outcomesare inconsistent, and in large part determined by
the work history,and social or professional connections
ofthe three judges assignedtodecide an appeal.

Each have personal, social, or professional ties to family court judges and attorney members of the Sacramento
County Bar Association Family Law Section.After his retirement in 2011, 3rd District Presiding Justice
Arthur Scotland described the professional and personal relationships he had with attorneys during his career on
the bench.
"[I] enjoy friendships...I go to all the county bar events. I do that for two reasons. One, I think
it's a responsibility of a judge to be active in the community, and the attorneys appreciate it.
But I really like the people. I really like going to these events. I enjoy friendships and that sort
of thing." Click here to view Scotland's statement.

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Sacramento Lawyer, the monthly magazine of the Sacramento County Bar Association each month publishes
accounts of recent social, educational and charitable events sponsored by the association, its 17 specialty law
sections - including the family law section - and its eight local affiliates, including the Asian/Pacific Bar
Association, and Women Lawyers of Sacramento. Most are well attended by a mix of state and federal judges,
court administrators, supervisors and employees, and lawyers.

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To get a sense of the collusive atmosphere in Sacramento Family Law Court, we recommend reading our special
Color of Law series of investigative reports, which document the preferential treatment provided by family court
employees and judges to SCBA Family Law Section lawyers at the trial court level. Click here to view the Color
of Law series.Financially disadvantaged, unrepresented litigants who face opposing parties represented by SCBA
attorneys assert that the collusive collegiality taints appeal proceedings in the appellate court.

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Pro per advocates contend that under Canon 3E(4)(a) and (c) of the Code of Judicial Ethics, Raye, Robie, Hull
and Nicholson should disqualify themselves from participating in any appeal originating fromSacramento Family
Law Court. Advocates argue that the same conflict of interest principles apply to family court appeals that resulted
in the self-recusal, or removal, of Vance Raye from participating in the 2002 Commission on Judicial
Performance prosecution of family courtJudge Peter McBrien. To view the 2002 Raye recusal andCJP decision
against McBrien, click here.The CJP has disciplined judges for violating the Code of Judicial Ethics rules
requiring judges to disclose conflicts. Click here for examples of CJP conflict of interest disciplinary decisions.

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relationships with trial court judges connected to an appeal or federal court action should disqualify themselves to
avoid the appearance of partiality. Click here to view a recent order issued by a federal judge disqualifying the
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In 1991, as a superior court judge, current3rd District


Justice Vance Raye partneredwith controversial family
court Judge Peter J. McBrien and attorneys from the
Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law
Sectionin establishing the current, dysfunctional Sacramento
Family Courtsystem, according to the sworn testimony of
McBrien at his 2009 judicial misconduct trial before the
Commission on Judicial Performance.

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Behind closed doors and under oath, the judge provided


explicit details about the 1991 origins of the present-day
family court structure. The public court system was built to the
specifications of private-sector attorneys from the SCBA
Family Law Section Family Law Executive Committee,
according to McBrien's testimony.To view McBrien's detailed
description of the collusive public-private collaboration, posted
online exclusively by SFCN, click here. To view the same,
current day collusion, click here.

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The 1991 restructuring plan began with a road trip suggested


by the family law bar:

"[T]he family law bar, and it was a fairly strong bar


Tani Cantil Sakauye worked with Peter J. McBrien
here in Sacramento, initiated the concept of a trip

in Sacramento County Superior Court from 1997-2005.


to Orange County and San Diego County to pick up
some ideas about how their courts were structured.
And myself and Judge Ridgeway and two family law attorneys made that trip and came back
with various ideas of how to restructure the system," McBrien told the CJP.Click hereto view.

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But before his sworn 2009 CJP testimony, McBrien gave the public a different account of the road trip and who
restructured the family court system in 1991.As reported by the Daily Journal legal newspaper
McBriendishonestly impliedthat the system was conceived and implemented by judges alone after they made a
county-paid "statewide tour" of family law courts. The judge omitted from the story the fact that the trip was initiated
by the family law bar, and included two private-sector family law attorneys who took the county-paid trip with
McBrien and the late Judge William Ridgeway.

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"[M]cBrien and a few other Sacramento judges went on a statewide tour of family law courts.
At the time, there were continual postponements of trials. 'This is how we came up with the
system today,' McBrien said. 'It was the best trip Sacramento County ever paid for.' The
judges changed the local system so that family law judges presided over both law and motion
matters and trials..."the Daily Journal reported. Click here to view.

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Under oath, McBrien admitted that the private-sector, for-profit family law bar dictated the public court facility
restructuring plan - conceived to serve the needs and objectives of SCBA Family Law Section member attorneys
- which then essentially was rubber-stamped by the bench.

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"[T]he Bar culled through the various ideas and options, came up with a plan, presented it to
the family law bench. We made what adjustments we felt were appropriate and then presented
the whole of it to the full bench," and the plan was approved. Click here to view.

In essence, McBrien disclosed that the current public court system was set up by and for local attorneys with little, if
any, consideration of theneeds of the 70 percent of court users unable to afford counsel. The system also has
shown it is designed to repel carpetbagger, outsider attorneys, like Stephen R. Gianelli of San Francisco, and
Sharon Huddle of Roseville. Click here and here.
"[T]his is a 'juice court' in which counsel outside Sacramento have little chance of prevailing...
[the] court has now abandoned even a pretense of being fair to out-of-town counsel," Gianelli
said.
According to the Commission on Judicial Performance - the state agency responsible for oversight and

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accountability of California judges - the structure is known as a "two-track system of justice."

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"In this case, we again confront the vice inherent in a two-track system of justice, where
favored treatment is afforded friends and other favored few, and which is easily recognized as
'corruption at the core of our system of impartial equal justice, and...intolerable," the CJP said
in a 2005 judicial discipline decision involving a Santa Clara County judge.To view a list of
similar CJP decisions, click here.

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According to the gold standard reference on judicial ethics, the California Judicial Conduct Handbook [pdf],
published by the California Judges Association, providing preferential treatment to local, connected attorneys
also is known as "hometowning," and is prohibited by the Code of Judicial Ethics.To view this section of the
Handbook, click here.

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One objective of the revamped system was to


keep all family court proceedings in-house: within
the isolated family relations courthouse. Prior to
the change, trials were conducted at the
downtown, main courthouse and before judges
more likely to have a neutral perspective on a
given case, and less likely to have ties to the
family law bar.

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"The judges changed the local system


so that family law judges presided over
both law and motion matters and trials,
which used to be sent to a master
calendar department and competed
with criminal trials for scheduling," the
Daily Journal reported.

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Family court watchdogs and whistleblowers


allege that under the system set up by Raye and
McBrien, the local family law bar - through the
Family Law Executive Committee or FLEC now controls for the financial gain of members
virtually all aspects of court operations, including
local court rules.A cartel of local family law
attorneys receive preferential treatment from
family court judges and appellate court
justicesbecause the lawyers are members of the
Sacramento Bar Association Family Law
Section, hold the Office of Temporary Judge,
and run the family court settlement conference
program, court reform advocates charge.

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Court watchdogs have catalogued and documented examples of judge pro tem attorney favoritism, and
flagrantbias against unrepresented litigants and "outsider" attorneys. Click here for a list of watchdog claims.
Published and unpublished 3rd District opinions indicate that Court of Appeal justices without direct ties to the
same superior court are more likely to follow the law, and less likely to whitewash trial court mistakes.

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Carlsson Case Exposes 3rd District Ideology &


Undisclosed Conflict of Interest Issues

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One of these things is not like the others, One of these things just doesn't belong,
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Third District Court of Appeal Justices Ronald B. Robie, Harry E. Hull Jr., George Nicholson and Cole Blease.
Only Blease (R) has no past connection to Sacramento County Superior Court.

One of the few Third District opinions to critically, and scathingly scrutinize the problematic Sacramento Family
Court system was the 2008 decisionIn re Marriage of Carlsson, authored by Associate JusticesM. Kathleen
Butz, Cole Blease and Rick Sims.The opinion criticized explicitly the conduct of controversial Sacramento
County Family Court Judge Peter J. McBrien. None of the three 3rd District justices who decided the appeal
had ever worked as a judge in Sacramento County.

A fourth outsider jurist,Sixth District Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Conrad L. Rushing subsequently
characterized McBrien's conduct in the Carlsson case as a "judicial reign of terror."In addition to ordering a full
reversal and new trial, the 3rd Districtdecision subjected McBriento a second disciplinary action by the state
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The judge's first go-round with the CJPstemmed from McBrien's 2000 arrest for felony vandalism under Penal
Code 594 in connection with the destruction of public-owned trees - valued at more than $20,000 - at the Effie
Yeaw Nature Center in Ancil Hoffman Park, Carmichael, California. McBrien had the trees cut to improve the
view from his home on a bluff above the park. Click here for the 2001Sacramento News and Review coverage
of the case.Click here to view the original summons charging McBrien with felony vandalism. Click here to view
the report of Sacramento County District Attorney's Office Criminal Investigator Craig W. Tourte detailing the
complete investigation of McBrien's crime, posted online for the first time exclusively by SFCN.

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Less than 48 hours after the judge was charged with the felony, McBrien negotiated a plea bargain, pleading no
contest to a misdemeanor violation of Penal Code 384a,paying restitution of $20,000, and a fine of $500.The
improved view increased thevalue of the judge's home by at least $100,000, according to a local real estate
agent, and the sweetheart deal outraged the Ancil Hoffman Park personnel who originally discovered the
butchered trees and conducted the initial investigation. McBrien's subsequent 2009 sworn testimony before the
CJP recounting his criminal case starkly contradicted Tourte's report and the truth about his criminal conviction.

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In the documentary film Divorce Corp, Ulf Carlsson describes egregious misconduct by Sacramento Family Law Court Judge Peter McBrien. Using

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Among other slight-of-hand tricks, Scotland devised


a clever artifice to make it appear to the CJP judges
assigned to decide McBrien's fate that the trial court
judge had a much lower than average rate of
reversal in the court of appeal.

Scotland's 2009 testimony on McBrien's behalf


also was controversial and may itself have violated
the Code of Judicial Ethics. A critical self-policing
component of the Code,Canon 3D(1) requires
judges who have reliable information that another
judge has violated any provision of the Code take
"appropriate corrective action, which may include
reporting the violation to the appropriate authority."
Click here to view Canon 3D(1).Click here to view
a Judicial Council directive about the duty to take
corrective action, and the types of corrective action
required.

Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Arthur Scotland, George Nicholson and

Peter McBrien all workedfor former California Attorney General

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While under oath before the CJP, Scotland verified

and Governor George Deukmejian.All were appointed to the

Sacramento County bench by Deukmejian.


that he was aware ofMcBrien's misconduct in the
Carlsson case.Scotland essentially defied the selfpolicing Canon and, in effect,the published Carlsson opinion authored by his co-workers Butz, Blease and Sims,
and instead testified in support of McBrien at the CJP. In it's final decision allowing McBrien to remain on the
bench, the CJP specifically cited Scotland's testimony as a mitigating factor that reducedMcBrien's punishment.
Click here.An examination of Scotland's career in government - funded by the taxpayers of California - provides
insight into the tactics, motives, and questionable ethics behind his unusual involvement in the McBrien matter.

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By his own admission, Scotland's career in the Judicial Branch of government was the result of connections and
preferential treatment. The former justice candidly recited his life history in a nearly three-hour interview for the
CaliforniaAppellate Court Legacy Project in 2011. Like other gratuitous "tough-on-crime"conservative
ideologues from a law enforcement background who rose to power in the 1980's, Scotland apparently lived the
cliche of beingborn on third base and going through life thinking he hit a triple. His interest in law developed
when he worked as an undercover narcotics agent for the state Department of Justice.
"[I] bluffed my way through the interview, and I got hired as a narcotics agent in 1969...I was
an undercover narcotics agent. I've bought a lot of dope in my life...all lawfully, but I've
bought a lot of dope," Scotland said. "And I testified in court. And that's what got me
fascinated in the legal process...and it got me involved in the law." Click here to view.

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On his second trip to the CJP woodshed, Judge


PeterMcBrien needed all the help he could get to
save his job, and then-Third District Court of
Appeal Presiding Justice Arthur Scotland
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Presiding Justice Arthur G. Scotland Intervenes in


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Having worked with prosecutors as an undercover cop, Scotland


decided he wanted to be one. But due to his lackluster
performance as a college student, law school presented a
problem, albeit a problem easily solved through a family
connection.
"[I] thought, I want to be a prosecutor. I'm going to go
to law school; I want to be a prosecutor. So I applied
in 1971. I applied to only one school: University of the
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all that great. I did very well on the LSAT test: I did
excellent on that. But I didn't figure I could get
accepted anywhere else, 'cause I really hadn't been a
serious student. So I went to University of Pacific,
McGeorge School of Law," Scotland explained.

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After graduation, but before he was licensed to practice law, Scotland nonetheless practiced law while employed as
a deputy district attorney for Sacramento County. In the outside world, the unauthorized practice of law is a
crime. But in Scotland's protective law enforcement bubble, "laws" are only enforced against drug addicts and the
unwashed masses. As Scotland explained in his own words, laws are actually only "rules" when a sworn peace
officer breaks one.
"Actually, before I even got sworn in in the bar, I was assigned out to juvenile hall and we
prosecuted...I prosecuted cases without any supervision - you know, against...really against
the rules...we were trying cases without any supervision." Click here.

In McGregor v. State Bar, the seminal case on the unauthorized practice of law, the California Supreme Court
explained why a nonlicensed person is prohibited from exercising the special powers and privileges of a lawyer.
"The right to practice law not only presupposes in its possessor integrity, legal standing and
attainment, but also the exercise of a special privilege, highly personal and partaking of the
nature of a public trust. It is manifest that the powers and privileges derived from it may not
with propriety be delegated to or exercised by a nonlicensed person." Click here.

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25 years after he obtained his license to practice law, Justice Arthur G. Scotlandexploited the implied integrity of
his court of appeal office and exercised his special privilege in a way that to many Sacramento Family Court
litigants was a manifest violation of the public trust.

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"I didn't know [McGeorge Dean Gordon D.Schaber],


but my dad did. And my dad had done some life
insurance, estate planning work for McGeorge. And
again, my dad was an influence on my life because he
Arthur Scotland used a family connection to get into
knew people and he set me up with jobs. And I'm sure

a law schoolwith liberal admission standards.


that one of the reasons I got selected for McGeorge
School of Law is my dad's relationship with the dean."Click here to view.

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In his Commission on Judicial Performance sworn character witness testimony for his old friend and law
enforcement co-workerPeter McBrien, Arthur Scotland drew on his training and experience in deceit from his
days as a narc."[Y]ou have to be an actor, you have to play the game," Scotland explained in the 2011 interview.
In front of the three CJP judges responsible for hearing evidence and deciding McBrien's fate, Scotland concocted
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To help his old friend Pete McBrien keep his job, Justice Arthur G. Scotland concocted a clever plan intended to deceive the judges
deciding McBrien's punishment at the Commission on Judicial Performance.

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While testifying for McBrien,Scotland also revealed that his appearance on the troubled judge'sbehalf effectively
was voluntary. Before subpoenaing Scotland to testify, McBrien's defense attorney confirmed that Scotland would
not object to the subpoena. Click here. Judicial ethics Canon 2B restricts use of the prestige of judicial office to
advance the personal interests of the judge or others. Canon 2B(2)(a) permits a judge to testify as a character
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The transcript of Scotland's testimony also showed that -to prepare his CJP testimony - the presiding justice of the
3rd District affirmatively and voluntarily took theinitiative (presumably on his own time) to research 3rd District
family court appeals where McBrien was the trial court judge. His objective was to show the CJP that McBrien had
a low reversal rate in the appellate court.

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[McBrien had] seven reversals in whole or in part, out of 110 appeals, which is about 6%,
which actually is a remarkably good reversal rate. Because our average reversal rate in civil
cases is 20 to 25 percent." Scotland testified at pages 549-553 of the reporter's transcript. Click
here.
Scotland's claim that McBrien had a
"remarkably good reversal rate" was,
at best, a half-truth. Under the legal
and ethical standards applicable to
lawyers and judges, a half-truth is the
same as a "false statement of fact" or
what the general public refers to as a
lie. Click here.

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is the fact that the vast majority of
appeals from family court are never
decided on the merits. Unlike appeals
from civil cases, most family court
appeals are taken by unrepresented
parties who fail to navigate the
complexities of appellate procedure
and never make it past the preliminary
stages of an appeal. In other words,
Scotland rigged his statistics. While
McBrien may have had seven
reversals out of 110 appeals filed, only
a small portion of the 110 appeals filed
were actually decided on the merits.

Arthur Scotland poses with the fruits of a drug bust from his days as an

undercover cop. Trained to lie and deceive in order to make undercover

drug buys, Scotland acknowledged his skill in the role.

"You have to be an actor, you have to play the game," he said in 2011.

Scotland then made a disingenuous, self-serving apples-to-oranges comparison between the reversal rate in civil
case appeals - where both sides are usually represented by an attorney, or team of attorneys, and appeals are
decided on the merits - with the reversal rate in family court cases, where neither qualifier is true.SFCNcurrently is
conducting an audit of 3rd District family court appeals, and will have more on this subject in the near future.

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I've known Judge McBrien for 32 years. I got to know, then, Deputy Attorney General Pete
McBrien. When I left the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office and went to work for
the California Attorney General's Office, he was already a Deputy Attorney General there. So I
got to know him there, mainly professionally. Socially to a relatively minor extent. We had -we had two co-ed softball teams. He played on one; I played on another. Of course, we would
attend office functions together. His -- one of his very best friends was my supervisor in the
Attorney General's Office. So, on occasion -- not frequently, but on occasion we would attend
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"I also, by the way -- when you called me to ask if I would object to being Subpoenaed as a
witness, and I said no, I did research. I looked up -- I knew what this was all about, so I
researched the number of appeals from cases from Judge McBrien's court. And so I -- and I
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In a final act of both flagrant cronyism to his friend and former Department of Justice co-workerPete McBrien,
and disrespect to the work of his fellow 3rd District Court of AppealJusticesKathleen Butz, Cole Blease and
Rick Sims whose published opinion in the Carlsson caseresulted in McBrien's prosecution by the CJP, Scotland

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had the balls to suggest that disciplining McBrien for his conduct in Carlsson would be a "miscarriage of justice,"
that would allow "incompetent attorneys to run the court instead of competent judges."

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"And you haven't asked me this question, but if [McBrien] were, for some reason, to be found
to have violated the canons of judicial ethics, or whatever, I frankly -- I know about these
cases; I know about the Carlsson case. I think it would be a miscarriage of justice. I think it
would send the wrong signal to judges and practitioners that you don't allow -- that you would
be allowing incompetent attorneys to run the court instead of competent judges," Scotland
testified at the CJP.

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However, Scotland's incompetence assertion to the CJP


did, coincidentally, perfectly dovetail with
thecarefullycrafted defense McBrien's legal team
presented during three days of CJP testimony to the
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Like Scotland, 6th District Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Conrad Rushingknew well the Carlsson case,
which he said "developed a certain notoriety."Unlike Scotland, Rushing wasn't an old friend and coworker of
McBrien who would disingenuously suggest the blame for McBrien's "reign of terror" lay with an incompetent
attorney. Scotland's colleagues at the 3rd District,Butz, Blease and Sims reversed and remanded the Carlsson
case for retrial based on extremely rare, reversible per se, egregiousstructural and constitutional error by Judge
McBrien.Aftercarefully scrutinizing the trial court record, the panel made no mention of attorney "incompetence" in
their published opinion.

A key component of McBrien's defense relied on


suspiciously consistent witness testimony portraying Ulf
Carlsson's attorneySharon Huddle as incompetent and
effectively provoking McBrien's multiple violations of the
Code of Judicial Ethics. CJP prosecutor Andrew Blum
mocked the risible defense in a confidential court
reporter transcript leaked to SFCN. Click here to view
the transcript.
Ironically, the time-tested, repugnant but effectiveblame
the victim strategy, was coldly aided and abetted by
Scotland, a justice who rose to power with the backing
and endorsements of victims rights groups
includingCrime Victims United of California, and the
Doris Tate Crime Victims Bureau. To help McBrien's
defense team, Scotland dusted off thedog-eared
playbook of exploiting victims, one way or another, to
advance his personal agenda.

Contrary to the explicit findings by his colleagues at the 3rd District


Court of Appeal, in his deceptive CJP testimony JusticeArthur
Scotland blamed attorney Sharon Huddlefor the egregious
misconduct of his old friend, Judge Peter McBrien.

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Scotland's irony-infusedblame the victim testimony,


misleading appeal reversal data, and theweight of character witness testimonyfrom a sitting Court of Appeal
presiding justice, along with similar character testimony from Sacramento CountySuperior Court Judges James
Mize, Thomas Cecil (currentlyOf Counsel at the family, family law firm Cecil & Cianci) , Michael Garcia and
Robert Hight, and Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section attorneys and judge pro
temsCamille Hemmer, Jerry Guthrie, Robert O'Hair and Russell Carlson all tipped the scale just enough to
enable McBrien to keep his job. Click here to view the complete, 12-page CJP summary of the McBrien character
witness testimony.

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Despite the parade of former law enforcement co-workers, friends, and family court judge pro tem
croniesMcBrien marshaled on his behalf, two of the voting CJP members saw through the ruse and dissented
from the decision to let the judge remain on the bench, stating they would have removed McBrien from
office.Click here.When he referred to McBrien's conduct in the Carlsson case as a "judicial reign of terror," 6th
District Justice Rushingalso noted that "two of the nine participating members [voted] to remove him from
the bench." Click here.
The Carlsson case is prominently featured in Divorce Corp, a documentary film that "exposes the corrupt and
collusive industry of family law in the United States." The production team for the film conducted a nationwide
search for the most egregious examples of family court corruption and collusion, and four Sacramento County
cases are included in the movie. Narrated by Dr. Drew Pinsky,Divorce Corp opened in theaters in major U.S.
cities on January 9, 2014. Following the theatrical run, the documentary will be released on DVD, RedBox, Netflix,
broadcast and cable TV. Click here for our continuing coverage of Divorce Corp.To view trailers for the movie on
YouTube, click here.

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The near-career death experience apparently has had no discernible corrective effect on the ethically-challenged
judge. In subsequent proceedings in his courtroom involving the judge pro tem attorneys (and lawyers at the
same firms as the judge pro tems) whose CJP testimony effectively saved his $170,00 per year job,McBrien
reportedly has never disclosed to opposing parties and attorneys the potential conflict of interest as required by
Canon 3E(2) of the Code of Judicial Ethics. The failure to disclose the potential conflict is a violation of the canon
and other state laws, according to the CJP, Judicial Council, and California Judges Association. For the
exclusive SFCN report on conflict of interest law, click here.

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In addition, unpublished Third District Court of


Appealdecisions indicate that justices who come
from a law enforcement background appear to take
to the bench with them the "Blue Code of Silence"
culture often found in law enforcement agencies.
3rd District Associate Justice George Nicholson
worked as a prosecuting attorney for more than
15 years before being appointed to the bench in
Sacramento County. The first time Governor
George Deukmejian submitted Nicolson's name to
the bar for review as a judge in 1983, he was rated
as "not qualified," according to the Sacramento
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Justice George Nicholson & the Law Enforcement


BlueCode of Silence

"George Nicholson, Republican candidate


for attorney general in 1982, has been
pursuing all manner of public legal
positions: U.S. District Court judge,
California Superior Court judge, U.S. Attorney, public defender in Riverside County. The other
day, when Gov. George Deukmejian appointed him a Sacramento Municipal Court judge, he
finally got one. It's an appointment that ought to cause serious concern both within the State
Bar and in the community. When Deukmejian submitted Nicholson's name to the bar for
review on a possible appointment to the Superior Court in 1983, he was rated 'not qualified.'
The bar now ranks him 'qualified', the lowest acceptable rating of three the bar can give.

Third District Court of Appeal Associate Justice George Nicholson

rode to the benchon a "law and order" agenda.

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No one can be certain precisely why Nicholson received such low ratings, but there is enough
in his public record to raise serious questions about his temperament and judgment. In 1979,
he left a job as director of the District Attorneys Association after an audit showed that the
organization's finances had been badly mismanaged and that it was on the verge of
bankruptcy. Later, as a senior assistant attorney general, he was twice admonished by
superiors for promoting a ballot measure in ways that could be mistaken as an official state
Justice Department endorsement of the measure. More recently, a federally funded $4 million
'National School Safety Center' affiliated with Pepperdine University that he directed was
embroiled in an extended controversy during which 18 of 30 staff members either resigned or
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The U.S. General Accounting Office, which conducted an audit into the management of the
Pepperdine program and into how the federal money was being spent, cleared the center of
fiscal irregularities, attributing the problems to Nicholson's 'combative' personality and
management style. But because of those problems, Pepperdine named a new executive
director, who, the auditors said, restored stability to the management of the program 'while
retaining Nicholson's creative talents,'" the Sacramento Bee said in 1987. Click here.

Nicholson subsequently was elected to both Sacramento County Superior Court and the 3rd District Court of
Appeal with backing from law enforcement, Crime Victims United and other Astroturf "victims rights" and "law
and order" groups. Crime Victims United is funded by - and acts essentially as asubsidiaryof - the California
Correctional Peace Officers Association, the controversial prison guard union.
A principal architect of Proposition 8 the "The Crime Victims' Bill of Rights", after a failed run as the GOP
candidate for attorney general Nicholson rode an anti-Rose Bird, tough-on-crime platform to the bench. Over
several decades, Associate Justice Nicholson played a significant role in giving the United States one of the
highest per capita rates of incarceration in the world. Thanks to Nicholson, the prison guard union, and
Astroturf "victims rights" groups bankrolled by the union, California now spends a significantly larger portion
of the state budget on corrections than on higher education.

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In 1985, Nicholson was demoted from his position as


director of the federally financed National School Safety
Center in Sacramento. The center was administered by
Pepperdine University at Malibu, and established with a
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Under Nicholson's leadership, 20 of the original 30 staff


members who set up the Center resigned or were
dismissed. The Associated Press reported that that the
debacle was rooted in ideological conflicts between
Nicholson and staff whom Nicholson perceived as too
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"Several [staffers] described Nicholson as a


political conservative who mistrusted his
mostly liberal staff members, argued with them
unceasingly about the direction of projects, and
accused them of disloyalty when they
questioned his ideas.
'When it became obvious to him he attracted a
number of us with a different political
philosophy, we were not permitted to do our
work,' said Shirley Ruge, a former principal of
schools for delinquent children and one of
those dismissed. 'We were considered
troublemakers and he wanted to shut us up.'"

Nicholson and former 3rd District Presiding Justice


Arthur Scotland have been close friends and colleagues
for more than 30 years. For the California Appellate
Court Legacy ProjectNicholson conducted an almost
three-hour interview with Scotland on December 8, 2011.
The transcript of the interaction reads like a meeting of the
Nicholson-Scotland mutual admiration society. Nicholson
opened the interview detailing the joint work history of the
BFFs.

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"George Nicholson: We are here with retired
and not particularly qualified to speak on the subject.
Presiding Justice Arthur G. Scotland, who
served on the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate
District, for more than 20 years, from 1989 to 2011, and that...the last dozen of which he was
the Administrative Presiding Justice. I'm George Nicholson, Justice of the Court of Appeal,
Third Appellate District, and I had the pleasure of serving with Presiding Justice Scotland for
20 years on this court. Before that, we served together as trial judges on the Sacramento
Superior Court, and even before that we served together in the Governor's Office during the
Deukmejian administration and in the California Department of Justice. This has been a long
time coming, Scotty, hasn't it?Arthur Scotland: Nick, it has, and it's a delight for me to have you
interview me for this project."

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Indigent and Low-Income Litigants

In addition, the Third District Court of Appealin Sacramento applies a unique and previously rarely used
"judgment roll" standard of review that in virtually every case where applied results in affirmance of trial court
rulings. Appeals brought by self-represented indigent and low-income litigants make up the vast majority of appeals
where the 3rd District applies the judgment roll standard of review. Although the appellate court has authored
dozens of decisions invoking the draconian standard against family court litigants, it has managed to keep the
assembly line, boilerplate process under the radar. The court has not published a single judgment roll appeal
originating from family court. Click here to see a list of unpublished 3rd District opinions archived by Google
Scholar. The judgment roll summary affirmance process helps the court maintain its title as the most
efficientCourt of Appeal in the state. Equal protection of the law is implicated because other appellate court
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Justices of the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento:


Vance W. Raye, Administrative Presiding Justice.
Cole Blease
Ronald Robie
William Murray Jr.
George Nicholson
Kathleen Butz
Elena Duarte
Harry Hull Jr.
Louis Mauro
Andrea Lynn Hoch

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Family Court Services - Sacramento Superior Court - Child


Custody Recommending Counseling, Family Court
Services, Confidential Mediation, and Evaluation

The Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law


Section - Family Law Executive Committee - FLEC Sacramento Family Law Court - Sacramento County

Family Court Self-Help Center: Sacramento Superior


Court - Self-Help Center - Family Law Facilitator
Family Court Records: Sacramento Superior Court - Order
a File and Records
Family Court Resource Referral Program: Sacramento

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Sacramento Family Law Court, Family Court


Sacramento and all California courts are
subject to oversight by Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye
the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of
California, the California State Auditor, the
whistleblower act, also known as the
Whistleblower Protection Act, the Bureau of
State Audits, the Commission on Judicial
Performance or CJP, and the Judicial Council
under the leadership of Chief Justice Tani
Cantil-Sakauye. The Judicial Council operates
the Judicial Branch California Courts website.
The motto of the California Judicial Branch
website is "Committed to providing fair and
equal justice for all Californians." Assertions
by family court watchdogs and whistleblowers to
Sacramento Family Court News indicate that
the motto may not apply in Sacramento Family
Court.

Divorce / Legal Separation / Annulment: Sacramento


Superior Court - Divorce / Legal Separation / Annulment
Child Custody / Visitation: Sacramento Superior Court Child Custody / Visitation
Family Relations Courthouse: Sacramento Superior Court
- William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse
Public Case Document Search - Sacramento Superior
Court
Complex Case Calendar: Sacramento Superior Court
Tani Cantil-Sakauye Supreme Court of California Chief
Justice
Civil Motions and Hearings General: Sacramento Superior
Court
Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse:
Sacramento Superior Court

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Sacramento Family Law Court users and our


readers search for subjects including the
California Supreme Court and Justices
Goodwin Liu, Marvin Baxter, Ming Chin, Kathryn
Werdegar, Joyce Kennard, Carol Corrigan, and
Tani Cantil-Sakauye, and ATTORNEY
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separation, judges and other family court
information. Sacramento Family Court
Judges include Thadd A. Blizzard, Peter J.
McBrien, Matthew J. Gary, Jaime R. Roman,
and SHARON LUERAS, and the Hon. Steve
White. The current SACRAMENTO FAMILY
COURT SUPERVISING JUDGE is JAMES
MIZE. Family Court Sacramento judges are
required to comply with the CODE OF
JUDICIAL ETHICS. The Sacramento County
Superior Court Supervising Family Law
Facilitator is attorney LOLLIE ROBERTS. You
can find an attorney for divorce or attorneys for
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popular search, and so is California legal
separation. A lot of people want to know WHAT
IS A LEGAL SEPARATION. Sacramento
Family Court News reports on changes in
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CA DIVORCE LAW, and Supreme Court of
California. Judge Sharon Lueras has been
implicated in contributing to the deaths of
two children as a result of rulings she
issued. In the baby Ryder Salmen case
Judge Lueras was featured on Nancy Grace.
Click here. Sacramento Family Law Court is
a common search made by court users.

Family Law - Court Appearances: Sacramento Superior


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SACRAMENTO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT


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law judges

3rd District Court of Appeal Justice Vance Raye,


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.

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Most Sacramento Family Court attorneys are


members of the Sacramento Bar Association,
formally known as the Sacramento County Bar
Association. The Sacramento Bar
Association has a Family Law Section and a
Family Law Executive Committee known by
the acronym FLEC. The Sacramento County
Family Law Section Executive Committee is
composed of CHAIR Russell Carlson, VICE
CHAIR Elaine Van Beveren, TREASURER
Fredrick Cohen, and SECRETARY Paula
Salinger. The PAST CHAIR is Judith Winn.
Each member of the Family Law Section
Executive Committee also holds the Office of
Temporary Judge, also known as a Judge Pro
Tem. The Bar Association Family Law
Section publishes a monthly newsletter called

Family
Law Counselor is available at the
Bartholomew & Wasznicky
website. Click here. UPDATE: In February,

The Family Law Counselor.The

2013 Bartholomew & Wasznicky terminated online


public access to the Family Law Counselor

Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye - About the Chief Justice


Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye - Outreach Activities
Joyce L. Kennard Supreme Court of California Justice
Justice Cantil-Sakauye - Civics Initiatives
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye - Chief in the News
Tani Cantil-Sakauye - Chief Justice Speeches
Marvin R. Baxter Supreme Court of California Justice

The Supreme Court of


California is the ultimate
authority on California law.
Justices include Kathryn
Werdegar, Joyce Kennard,
Ming Chin, Carol Corrigan,
Marvin Baxter, Goodwin Liu
and Tani Sakauye.

Kathryn M. Werdegar Supreme Court of California Justice

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Counsel Jayne Kim, 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice


Vance Raye, and U.S. Attorneys Benjamin B. Wagner
and Melinda L. Haag are responsible for the
prosecution of federal crimes, including honest
services fraud. 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.

William R. McGuiness Presiding Justice 1st District Court


of Appeal

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, State Bar of California Chief Trial

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Appeal

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family law court is located at the William Ridgeway
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"So you can hurt, hurt us bad
But still we'll raise, we'll raise the flag"

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