Alameda County D.A. earns respect fro...

Alameda County D.A. earns respect from all corners

There are 23 comments on the Contra Costa Times story from Oct 17, 2006, titled Alameda County D.A. earns respect from all corners. In it, Contra Costa Times reports that:

In his office on the ninth floor of the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, District Attorney Tom Orloff deliberates for a moment and delivers a concise answer to a question.

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Steve White

AOL

#1 Nov 15, 2006
Tom Orloff may have most of the good traits they claim in this article, but he's got plenty of faults, too.

I reported several crimes of a local VIP lawyer to him, all many serious felonies, and he did nothing to prosecute the man, probably because he was a local Judge's older brother.(Martin Nakahara, older brother of Judge Vernon Nakahara)

When I took my complaints public, I was threatened repeatedly, and finally prosecuted, on entirely spurious legal grounds, to shut me up.

So, I can't agree with Sheriff Plummer's "gentleman" assessment. I would say more like thug.

Of coures, Plummer's opinion does not have a lot of value to me Plummer is part of the old Alameda County crowd, which has such a legacy fo corruption. Most recently, Plummer was in the news for giving his kid a $118,000 per year "terrorism coordinator" job.

Of course, Plummer tried to tell the newspapers that it did not matter it was his son, he simply picked the most qualified applicant -- but then they discovered the job opening had been kept secret, at Plummer's orders -- I guess in a sense it's true, Plummer picked the most qualified applicant -- he picked the ONLY applicant. Plummer made sure of that.

So much for Plummer's personal recommendation.

Nepotism, by the way, is rampant in Alameda County, generally, and the District Attorney's office,(and according to some people, the Sheriff's office, though I don't know that personally)

Tom Orloff has given out and very large, but still unknown, number of jobs to the close relatives of VIPs -- politicians and judges primarily.

The Alameda County Human Relations Department won't give out employee names -- that's a blatant violation of state law --so we don't know how much nepotism there is, but the place is notorious for it. Read a short list,(I've found several more examples since putting this online, and need to update it) on this web page:

www.alamedacountyda.com/Nepotism.html

Orloff filing phony charges to silence whistleblowers like me,(and I've been told he's done it to others) is a lot worse than hiring some deadwood into the organization, but they are related, I think.

Orloff does everything he can to make other VIPs happy, becuase that's the best thing for him politically.

Not filing charges against VIPs,(which is absolutely typical for him, he either does not file charges, or, if a case has already made the newspapers, he will file very light charges) and hiring their relatvies, are two sides of the same coin- keep the privileged people happy. The rest dont' count so much.

My main web page:

www.alamedacountyda.com

Thanks for reading. This guy is a crook, if you don't believe me, try to get some comment from that office as to why they did not prosecute that judge's older brother. You'll get the runaround, but that's an answer in itself.
Steve White

AOL

#2 Feb 9, 2007
An update on the nepotism theme:

Recently, Tom Orloff hired the wife of Attorney General Bill Lockyer as head of the Alameda County Family Justice Center.

Nadia Lockyer does have qualifications in her own right, she is a lawyer who was on the school board somewhere in SoCal, but her resume did not fit the stated job requirements very well, they seemed to want a Master of Social Worker type, but according to Nancy O'Malley, after they took all the applicatrions, they decided only a lawyer would do.

You might think they would re-advertise the job, with the new requirements, but they did not, they they just accepted Lockyer as the best applicant out of 30.

You can see the original job announcment and the statement of Lockyer's background cached on my web page:

http://www.alamedacountyda.com/da2swpranadial...

http://www.alamedacountyda.com/nadialockyer.p...

The hiring of Nadia Lockyer seems to violate state law. Under California Government Code Section 87100, an elected official is not allowed to "influence" a decision which will benefit a member of his immediate family financially.

Under the California Constitution, Tom Orloff is subordinate to Bill Lockyer. How can any subordinate not be "influenced" by the fact that one applicant is his boss' wife?

Also, the Family Justice Center Nadia Lockyer was hired to receives Federal grant money. It appears the rules for spending that money may also have been violated. The applicable rule is one which requires any decision made by a state official which will effect him or his immediate family financially shall be "an arm's length transaction" where he does not have any direct influence over it.

But again, Bill Lockyer is Tom Orloff's boss, so how can Tom Orloff be at "arm's length" from Lockyer?

Anyone wishing to contact me for updates should email [email protected]
Steve White

AOL

#3 Feb 27, 2007
Yet one more update, the DA's office had me arrested last week.

There is not much doubt that this is harassment. Nancy O'Malley, the number 2 in the DA's office, is quite upset that her pet project, the FJC, is getting press for possible nepotism, and this is her way of fighting back. These tactics are not surprising, O'Malley has lied repeatedly, in court, to support her boss, who she probably hopes to succeed in a few years.
Steve White

AOL

#4 Mar 14, 2007
The latest on this story -- I am being harassed for it, probably because I got a newspaper reporter interested, and his paper,(The Daily Journal, a legal newspaper in San Fran) ran a story related to it.

I got arrested on phony charges on February 16, and they are not dropping them, even though they know beyond any doubt they are spurious. The reason is simple, Nancy O'Malley, the number 2 in the DA's office, is pissed off that I am criticizing her pet project, and she's going to lie and cheat, as she's cheated and lied in the past,(I have proof of that, in fact, she made false representations to Judge Julie Conger in a hearing. Her statements were proven false during the next hearing, but she won't get in trouble for it, who's going to prosecute her?)

The bad news is, the DA's office is run by people who would instantly set up a police state, if that's what it took to protect them from public criticism or losing their jobs.

The good news is, the phony charges are a venue for me. With Subpoena power.
Steve White

AOL

#5 Aug 16, 2007
In case anyone is reading this still.

I guess the phony charges against me are being dropped, but it took six months, and a lot of hell raising.

I think the final action by me which made them want to drop the charges was a motion for the DA to turn over all the documents they have on me.

Those documents, some of them, might reveal misconduct by the DA's office.

So, it looks like, rather than deal with that issue in court, they are going to drop charges.

Typical. Try to abuse me with phony chares, as soon as it looks like you are getting the better of them, drop the case.
nobody but us clams

Pleasanton, CA

#6 Sep 10, 2007
Lots of people are reading and interested...can you discuss the charges specifically please, now that they are dropped? What were they charging? Whats the story?
Steve White wrote:
In case anyone is reading this still.
I guess the phony charges against me are being dropped, but it took six months, and a lot of hell raising.
I think the final action by me which made them want to drop the charges was a motion for the DA to turn over all the documents they have on me.
Those documents, some of them, might reveal misconduct by the DA's office.
So, it looks like, rather than deal with that issue in court, they are going to drop charges.
Typical. Try to abuse me with phony chares, as soon as it looks like you are getting the better of them, drop the case.
Steve White boatbrain

AOL

#7 Sep 16, 2007
I may have spoken too soon. I thought the charges were being dropped, because the DDA who had the case got taken off it, and the judge who had it seemed to think it was not Constitutionally valid. He did not actually rule that, but he made statements like that in court.

But, now they have me back in another judge's courtroom, and they have a new DDA on it, so I am just not sure.
Steve White

United States

#8 Oct 4, 2007
I thought about it and decided to go public with my complaints against Orloff and O'Malley.

But first, I should mention, the ACFJC, Nancy O'Malley's baby, recently put out a press release which made false claims about how much they have accomplished. Most likely, the lies were told by Nancy O'Malley herself, she writes most of their press releases, or has in the past.

They gave out two false statistics:

1. They had helped, "20,000 victims and their families"

2. They had reduced the domestic violence death rate from 26 to 6 in 2005.

The death rate actually has been going down for many years, and the 26 per year number they used as a base is very misleading. The last time the number was that high was 1996, but the Center opened in 2005. They took credit for a long term credit which had been going on at least nine years before they even existed.

As for helping "20,000 victims and their families", in their corrected press release, they have provided 20,000 SERVICES, not helped 20,000 actual people. They do not define "services" so it could be just answering the phone counts in that total.

This kind of lying is typical for O'Malley. I am trying to use the Public Records Act to determine who actually wrote the release.
Steve White

United States

#9 Oct 4, 2007
Now, about my case. In August 2004, I went to court and negotiated, with Nancy O'Malley, acting as attorney for Tom Orloff, a stipulated restraining order requiring me to keep away from Orloff and his family.

But, since all parties recognized the need for any person to come to the courthouse on occasion, O'Malley agreed I would be allowed to come to the main courthouse, where Orloff has one of his offices, with some prior notice to the Sheriff's deputies who guard that courthouse.

About six months later, my lawyer contacted the deputy in charge, Lt. Kevin Hart, and Hart allowed me in the courthouse.

About two weeks after that first visit, my lawyer contacted Hart again and told him I had to come back to the courthouse, but this time, having seen I was researching corruption, Lt. Hart refused me entry. He left a message with my lawyer saying he would not let me in, even though his refusal was clearly contrary to Judge Conger's instructions,(but not to any formal order she had issued)

So, I wrote to Judge Conger to tell her the agreement was not being honored by Deputy Hart, and Judge Conger in turn forwarded my email to Nancy O'Malley, so that O'Malley knew the agreement was not being honored, but, since the party refusing me entry was not technically a party to the agreement, the agreement was between me and the DA, not me and the Sheriff's dept, Nancy O'Malley did nothing to rectify the situation.

Whether or not O'Malley was colluding with the deputy to keep me out, I do now know, but there is no doubt she knew I was not getting my due under the agreement she made.

Then a few months after O'Malley knew I was being treated unfairly, I got arrested for going to the courthouse, and O'Malley has been prosecuting me since then.

So, she makes a bargain, then, when she can, reneges on it with no thought that her actions are dishonest or dishonorable.

But, what do you expect from a schemer like this, who bends or breaks the rules and laws to hire Nadia Lockyer, who lies to the public on her web page?
Steve White

United States

#10 Oct 4, 2007
I anticipate that my defense will be, essentially, that my lawyer and I tried to work this thing out with Deputy Hart, but in the end he would not cooperate, and so, I did not violate the order becuase I did what I was supposed to, the failure was in the third party, Kevin Hart.

To try to overcome the obvious conflict of interest in prosecuting me,(Orloff is the alleged victim in the crime which his office is prosecuting me for) the DDA who first had the case told the judge who had it that the crime was not in getting too close to Orloff, but in being in the building itself.

In other words, the victim in the crime is not any person, but the building itself.(no Tim Wagstaffe did not say that, because it would have sounded too absurd, but if Orloff is not the victim, what other victim is there?)

Judge McGuiness kind of blanched at that one, and said he was not sure such a charge could be Constitutionally valid. I was not fully aware of it at the time, but it was obvious to Judge McGuiness, and to Wagstaffe, that Wagstaffe was trying to find any way, no matter how ludicrous, to avoid Orloff being the victim, becuase then Orloff's subordinates could not prosecute me.

For some reason, Wagstaffe was taken off my case, or took himself off it. I don't know if he was disgusted, or feared some kind of bad fallout, but he was suddenly off the case, when he told my former lawyer he had been told he had to try the case himself.

It may be that Nancy O'Malley put Wagstaffe in a bind. I was asking him for exculpatory evidence, that is, my letter to Judge Conger, forwarded to O'Malley. I wanted to prove that O'Malley had received the letter, thereby proving that O'Malley knew the agreement was not being honored.

If Wagstaffe did not give me the letter, and it was later found to be exculpatory, that would be an ethics violation on Wagstaffe's part, and my hunch is, O'Malley would not give him that letter, or let him see her file on me, and he started to worry that his ass would be on the line for an ethics violatoin, due to O'Malley's stubborness, and he got himself out of the middle of the dispute by getting removed from the case.
Steve White

Fremont, CA

#11 Oct 20, 2007
Maybe no one is reading this, and maybe no one cares about it anyway, but i just wanted to point out the kind of BS Orloff lets his staff pull.
About six weeks back, the Alameda County Family Justice Center got a $1 Million grant from the US DOJ.
They put out a press release to brag about the grant, but it containted two very misleading statements about the ACFJC helping "20,000 victims and their families: and "reducing DV deahts in the County from 26 per year to 6 in 2005"
Truth is, they have not helped 20,000 victims at all, nor reduced the death rate that much. They used 1996 for the deaths per year number, but that was nine years before they opened. Also, the "20,000 victims" turned out to be "20,000 services", and "services" is not defined.
I contacted Nadia Lockyer, who is the Exec. Direc. of the Alameda County Family Justice Center, and an Alameda County DA employee, with a Public Records Act request, to ask her who wrote the misleading press release, and what a "service" is, and how many people they actually helped.
No response so far, even though it's long past the ten days they have to respond, and I have sent them reminders. They simply don't obey the law when they don't feel like it.

Since: May 07

Alameda, CA

#12 Oct 20, 2007
Keep posting... we're reading. Shed light in these dark corners!
Steve White

AOL

#13 Dec 6, 2007
Charge dismissed last Friday, Nov. 30, 2007.

My charge was supposed to go to trial in the latter half of November, but I made a motion for the disqualification of the DA's office, and a hearing was scheduled.

For that hearing, I subpoenaed Tom Orloff and Nancy O'Malley, and after getting the subpoena, my case was dismissed by the DA assigned to take it over, Michael O'Connor, who is the head of the Law and Motion division in the office.

I begged the judge who let them dismiss it not to allow that. Sandra Bean was sitting in Law and Motion that day. But she went ahead with it.

The bottom line was, the DA and his Chief Asst were not willing to be sworn and answer any questions about their misconduct in my case, so they had to dismiss.

The reason given by Mr. O'Connor for the dismissal was "insufficient evidence" but this was total BS, they had four eyewitnesses and a videotape to get me with.

So, having lost out in criminal court, they are taking it back to civil court, with Judge Julie Conger.

I don't dislike Judge Conger, but it's become very clear they have her in their pocket, at least in my case. I've heard a rumor someone in her family was in legal trouble, and the DA is letting that person off easy, but I have no idea if that rumor is true. ANyone who knows, please let me know with details.

Whatever the reason, she is in their pocket, and, though she lacks jurisdiction to issue any new orders, it's clear she intends to do precisely that.

“Living the dream!”

Since: Nov 07

Pleasanton, California

#14 Dec 10, 2007
Steve White wrote:
Most recently, Plummer was in the news for giving his kid a $118,000 per year "terrorism coordinator" job.
Wait a minute... we're paying someone $118,000 a year to COORDINATE TERRORISM?????

(sorry, I couldn't resist!)
Steve White

Castro Valley, CA

#15 Dec 11, 2007
It would be interesting to know what these folks really do, wouldn't it? But we are not allowed, since it all comes under "security".

Charles Plummer, the Dad, was on 60 Minutes showing a remote control anti-mine device he got to protect the Port, from Homeland Security money. Granted, the Port of Oakland is important enough to be a target, but unless you know someone has put a limpet mine on a ship, the thing seems pretty useless.

Plummmer also got a gunboat from the Feds, and named it after the County Administrator, Susan Muranishi,(The "Susan M" is the name).

The thing is, the boat was "free" as US surplus, but the cost of upkeep is substantial, and the Coast Guard has a base right at the end of the estuary, so the truth is, it's a toy, unless we have some kind of shooting war with terrorists right in the Port that is too big for the Coasties to handle alone.(I should also mention, there is a Coast Guard station on Yerba Buena, and there are a couple of full size cutters in Alameda, I don't think the Sheriff's office will make much difference)

Sure, Charles Plummer made $200K as Sheriff, enough to afford his own boat, but why buy your own if the Feds will give you one, and the County will pay the upkeep?

“Living the dream!”

Since: Nov 07

Pleasanton, California

#16 Dec 11, 2007
You know what politicians say:

"A billion here, a billion there...pretty soon it adds up to real money!"
Anonymous

United States

#17 Mar 29, 2008
Steve - did you know that Kevin Hart will be running for the Dublin city council this November?
Steve White wrote:
I anticipate that my defense will be, essentially, that my lawyer and I tried to work this thing out with Deputy Hart, but in the end he would not cooperate, and so, I did not violate the order becuase I did what I was supposed to, the failure was in the third party, Kevin Hart.
To try to overcome the obvious conflict of interest in prosecuting me,(Orloff is the alleged victim in the crime which his office is prosecuting me for) the DDA who first had the case told the judge who had it that the crime was not in getting too close to Orloff, but in being in the building itself.
In other words, the victim in the crime is not any person, but the building itself.(no Tim Wagstaffe did not say that, because it would have sounded too absurd, but if Orloff is not the victim, what other victim is there?)
Judge McGuiness kind of blanched at that one, and said he was not sure such a charge could be Constitutionally valid. I was not fully aware of it at the time, but it was obvious to Judge McGuiness, and to Wagstaffe, that Wagstaffe was trying to find any way, no matter how ludicrous, to avoid Orloff being the victim, becuase then Orloff's subordinates could not prosecute me.
For some reason, Wagstaffe was taken off my case, or took himself off it. I don't know if he was disgusted, or feared some kind of bad fallout, but he was suddenly off the case, when he told my former lawyer he had been told he had to try the case himself.
It may be that Nancy O'Malley put Wagstaffe in a bind. I was asking him for exculpatory evidence, that is, my letter to Judge Conger, forwarded to O'Malley. I wanted to prove that O'Malley had received the letter, thereby proving that O'Malley knew the agreement was not being honored.
If Wagstaffe did not give me the letter, and it was later found to be exculpatory, that would be an ethics violation on Wagstaffe's part, and my hunch is, O'Malley would not give him that letter, or let him see her file on me, and he started to worry that his ass would be on the line for an ethics violatoin, due to O'Malley's stubborness, and he got himself out of the middle of the dispute by getting removed from the case.
Antivenal

San Jose, CA

#18 Sep 22, 2008
Hello Steve White.
Is there a way to contact you?
Steve White

United States

#19 Nov 2, 2008
Hi,

I can always be reached at my email address, [email protected] About Kevin Hart running for Dublin City Council, I did not know that. But one caution, I was told there were two Kevin Harts in the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. The person running may not be the same Kevin Hart. As far as "my" Kevin Hart goes, I do not know of him covering up any wrongdoing per se, but there is no doubt at all that he disobeyed direct court orders issued by Judge Conger. Not just once, but many times. The unfortunate fact is, and I like Judge Conger so don't get me wrong, but I don't think anyone is scared of her, she's simply too nice.
Mr Weiss

United States

#20 Nov 10, 2008
Amazing...I just thought I was by myself in defending myself against ULTRA VIRES, which is a latin word for OverPowering, however I should add the word Nepotism at the end of this word.
I was falsely arrested 3x in 1 year, after I complained to Chief Hamilton and the Marty Brown, the charging D.A. of why they have not questioned Assistant City Manager Daughter, Sophia Chakos-Leiby as a witness or suspect to my burglary of $25K. The mother, Arrietta Chakos has been getting Fed Grant money for Berkeley for almost 15 years now.
My background is a video documentarian, for over 15 years I had filmed the reality of weddings & bar mitzvahs, and produced High School Videos, as well a corporate, and dabbed in indy films.
So for 3 years now, I have been documenting the lies told to me...I have just backed up my 1st terabyte of lies and is stored outside of the United States on a small remote island.
Take a look at lies documented
http://peterweiss.googlepages.com/videoindex....
any comments email me at
[email protected]

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