Protesters demand criminal probe of Marin divorce court

Escalating their relentless campaign against Marin Superior Court, critics of the county's divorce court are calling for a criminal investigation into a document purge by court personnel last year. Full Story
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Koalabear2525

United States

#1 Oct 12, 2010
remember to votefor Jerry Brown
Louise L Mathews

San Anselmo, CA

#2 Oct 12, 2010
State legislature order an audit of family court records and Marin County Court officials destroy family court mediation and hand-written notes 90 days later.

Aren't mediation notes part of the court's decision-making process and a crucial area of interest to all parties? Isn't is given that often often legal notes are not integrated into a typewritten form in order to shade pertinent discovery? Why would the Mediation Records not have been made part of the legislative audit request? Aren't the actions of the mediators themselves being called into question?

At best, Marin County officials should have made accessible the mediation records and notes (in any form) to the legislative auditors. Does the State have a Destroy Authorization Form in critical situations like family court?

Any Destroy Authorization form probably would not quieten those persons revaged by Marin Family Court and it shouldn't. Routine destruction is based on a set timelime for record destruction and it would be reasonable in the case of an ongoing investigation and audit only Enron (and its banks) would be so arrogant.

llm
contractor

San Rafael, CA

#3 Oct 12, 2010
The County needs to recall Judge Adams. Visit the Center for Judicial excellence web site to learn the sad facts of court abuse in Marin County. Judge Adams is a disgrace to the bench. Recall most of the supervisors while you're at it. County government has lost touch with the taxpayer. County government is Disney Landia.
Patti Penning

New Richmond, WI

#5 Oct 12, 2010
"The court is an impenetrable institution that resists oversight.

They're surrounded by a tube that you can't break through"

This applies to all family courts throughout the entire country. They all operate at the same level and consistency. They all protect each other and they do not have any consequences for their corruption and law breaking.
Koalabear2525

United States

#6 Oct 12, 2010
I am voting for Jerry Brown no matter what your a** says Fire Essman . How much did Ms money bags Meg pay youto vote for her ?
Batman

San Rafael, CA

#7 Oct 12, 2010
sure glad I never got married
In Favor

Novato, CA

#9 Oct 12, 2010
I support Judge Adams.

Is someone going to be upset at the end of a difficult divorce/custody trial? Probably. Don't blame her.

I have worked with her on a Civil level (not family) and I found her to be fair, practical, and compassionate.

Recall her and the supervisors is just silly. Angry people seem to sound off on these boards.

Instead, work to support the system and if you don't agree with your elected judges and supervisors, then change things on voting day.

In the meantime, I'll say it again. Judge Adams is a decent, hard working judge who does a good job. I'll vote for her as long as she's willing to deal with the ingrates ans keep running.
courtwatch

Mill Valley, CA

#10 Oct 12, 2010
A few comments.

First, the AOC and Marin Court were actively blocking the state auditor's access to Marin Court records and personnel at the same time they undertook the destruction of the court mediation files.

Second, the AOC report states that prior to this document purge, the Marin Court's practice was to keep records for five years. The AOC, Judicial Council member/Marin Court Executive Officer Kim Turner, and Presiding Judge Verna Adams hastily abandoned this practice and fired up the shredders right after the audit was announced.

Third, it wasn't just old case mediation files that were shredded. The mediator who testified in April 2010 about her destroyed files was involved in an active case, and because her notes were gone, as she was being cross-examined she didn't remember who had filed the custody motion she had made a recommendation about, what documents she had reviewed, or what she had asked the parents. Further, child custody cases continue through a child's minority, and mediation recommendations are constantly revisited. We know from cross-examination of the mediators that they rely on their mediation files to review what happened during prior mediation proceedings.

Fourth, parents have a legal right to cross examine mediators about their mediation recommendations. That means that mediators and the entire court system knows mediators are going to be witnesses, and their files will be subpoenaed. A review of the mediation file allows the court, parents and attorneys to see exactly what information the mediators had and reviewed, and what they did or did not do, and whether they followed state mandated laws and procedures. Therefore, what the AOC and Marin Court did was destroy evidence involving court employees (with highly problematic histories, I might add) involved in ongoing litigation, whose work was about to be reviewed by the state auditor due to claims about mediation misconduct.

Fifth, Marin's Judge Boren asked the AOC to investigate the document destruction, apparently knowing full well that the AOC took part in the document destruction. Does anyone expect the AOC or the Marin Court to admit they committed a crime, or seek a bona fide criminal investigation of what they did?

In fact, John Judnick of the AOC performed the AOC "investigation" of the document destruction. He failed to discuss the shredding with the longtime former mediation supervisor, Leo Terbieten, or Judge Verna Adams, both of whom were involved in the destruction. Mr. Judnick issued his conclusory opinion that no crime "appears" to have been committed. Odd. Mr. Judnick does not appear to be any type of lawyer( he is not listed on the state bar website), let alone an experienced criminal lawyer or prosecutor capable of analyzing all of the incredibly complex federal and state legal issues raised by top court leadership's participation in the destruction of evidence while a state audit and ongoing litigation was pending. The AOC has lots and lot of lawyers. Why didn't the AOC's Office of General Counsel issue a proper formal legal opinion stating that no crimes had been committed?

A little food for thought....
Anonymous

Dixon, CA

#11 Oct 12, 2010
As a person with pending litigation relevant to Family Court Services documents that have been destroyed. I find both Terrence Boren, Ed Berberian and Beth Jordan's responses evasive, dishonest and disgusting.

This was not a "routine document destruction." It was destruction of documents that has not been done before with current court records involving children who are still minors. It is hard evidence that the court is running from the investigation.
SF Whistle

Napa, CA

#12 Oct 12, 2010
This coverage of the launch of Verna Adams retirement is interesting...

I like very much to read that court critics have "escalated their relentless campaign"---Verna please read and pay attention to RELENTLESS----there is no excuse for your conduct in this matter and the effort to see that you are no longer able to harm children and families is RELENTLESS--

It is tragic to read that criminal activity is explained away as "an innocuous effort to save storage space"...

What a surprise--the court examines their own criminal acts and can't find anything wrong with their shredding?---Please---if this was not so sad their response would be funny---we should all select the fox to guard the hen house--

I am pleased to see Terrance Boren go on record as he has---He refers to today as "just silliness"---he will find out how serious this is and may earn a place in the Hall of Shame himself---

Boren states that shredding files is a "routine part of any business"...sadly we learn that his "business" is denying due process and ripping families apart----Shame on you MR. Boren (no honor found here)
Well

United States

#13 Oct 12, 2010
One: These court documents should have NEVER been destroyed. Period and end of story. No arguement. Should have never happened.

Two: All of their salaries are over-inflated.
4 year prison sentence

San Pablo, CA

#14 Oct 12, 2010
While in full swing and understanding of audit, Marin County Court destroyed case files, time for justice to unfold.. here in Marin, for court employees who violate the law and harm children and families in so doing.

We love you CJE, keep sharing the truth, eventually Marin County Family Court officials and hired affiliates, will be held accountable for their crimes.

We the people are watching.
4 year prison sentence

San Pablo, CA

#15 Oct 12, 2010
So where are the police.. do they file criminal action, or is it the DA?
We know Marin County Family court isn't going to admit, nor do the right thing..(because they shredded the evidence already), mean while children are in harm's way..rally Marin and Ca., this audit was state ordered.. hello?? Is MCFC above State law??
Is it really a non-profit

San Diego, CA

#16 Oct 12, 2010
Of course the courts resist oversight. All courts do. This is nothing new. However, if the Center for Judicial Excellence is a non-profit, why don't they say so on their website? They used to, and then pulled it off. Currently the Site just says, "Donate." And why don't they file the appropriate paper work associated with non-profits?

Has anyone thought of checking into that?
courtwatch

Mill Valley, CA

#17 Oct 12, 2010
Silly is not a word I would use to describe what is going on in the Marin Family Court.

I wonder how Judge Boren, Verna Adams, Kim Turner, and Marin County Bar Association president Beth Jordan are going to explain away the fact that Beth Jordan's former client, a millionaire, just had minor's counsel appointed by the Marin family court for his child, at taxpayer expense. Yep, the court made a finding that the millionaire couldn't afford to pay any portion of minor's counsel's fees, so the public is going to pay.

Is that "legal" too? It isn't the first time.

Just another dirty little court secret.

By the way, that millionaire's first lawyer was Ali Quam, of the Freitas McCarthy law firm, before Quam was hired by the Marin Family court to be the Marin Family Law Facilitator.

You remember Freitas McCarthy. Marin Judge Lynn Duryee's husband, and Marin Commissioner Beverly Wood's husband, are partners at the Freitas McCarthy law firm. Beverly Wood worked at the Freitas McCarthy law firm before she was hired by the Marin Court to serve as a Court commissioner.

Funny how these corrupt little stories just keep repeating themselves.

Stop court crimes.
11miles

Novato, CA

#18 Oct 12, 2010
Disgruntled parents with personality disorders - no wonder you lost your children. It's sad. Look inside first.
SF Whistle

Napa, CA

#19 Oct 12, 2010
Is it really a non-profit wrote:
Of course the courts resist oversight. All courts do. This is nothing new. However, if the Center for Judicial Excellence is a non-profit, why don't they say so on their website? They used to, and then pulled it off. Currently the Site just says, "Donate." And why don't they file the appropriate paper work associated with non-profits?
Has anyone thought of checking into that?
This post is emblematic of the epidemic in the politics of today---As a Nation we are giving new meaning to the politics of personal destruction-----

ALL incumbants are unable to run on their record so they attack their opponents==

This pathetic posting dismisses oversight or accountability as "nothing new"----resisting oversight is just fine with this person----

And now this person can find nothing better to do than attack the CJE----perhaps you can put together a protest and demand a Federal investigation?---and it would be perfectly acceptable for CJE to shred their evidence???

Shame on you----
corruption at every level

Santa Clara, CA

#20 Oct 12, 2010
Verna Adams played dirty while operating as a divorce attorney in this county. See www.sfweekly.com/2000-10-18/news/odor-odor-in... This practice continued after becoming “judge” in this county. Just because a dirty lawyer becomes judge does not automatically change into someone honest. Any attorney who defends her is one of her favored attorneys. This Verna Adams is as corrupted as they come. She is a hardnosed woman who will use any means to keep her prized courtroom seat. These issues of corruption will never go away until corrupted judges are replaced not only in this county but national.
This Verna Adams, no surprise, is always at the center of corruption charges because she perpetuates corruption. Off course, Boren, the AOC will protect other judges; it is a guild/brotherhood. The character Ronald George, top guy of the State Supreme Court is head of AOC. Corruption breeds more corruption. It will not change until the public gets more involved in the three branches of government.
SF Whistle

Napa, CA

#22 Oct 12, 2010
11miles wrote:
Disgruntled parents with personality disorders - no wonder you lost your children. It's sad. Look inside first.
IT IS CLEAR THAT CRIMINAL CONDUCT IS FINE WITH YOU....

Was it just a matter of "disgruntled parents" that caused an AUDIT to be ordered?----

Was it really just a matter of "just silliness"---or "routine business" that the Marin Court felt compelled to destroy documents while they were being audited?

LOOK INSIDE YOURSELF----you obviously represent the darkest side of the dark side....
Marin resident

San Francisco, CA

#23 Oct 12, 2010
In Favor wrote:
I support Judge Adams.
Is someone going to be upset at the end of a difficult divorce/custody trial? Probably. Don't blame her.
I have worked with her on a Civil level (not family) and I found her to be fair, practical, and compassionate.
Recall her and the supervisors is just silly. Angry people seem to sound off on these boards.
Instead, work to support the system and if you don't agree with your elected judges and supervisors, then change things on voting day.
In the meantime, I'll say it again. Judge Adams is a decent, hard working judge who does a good job. I'll vote for her as long as she's willing to deal with the ingrates ans keep running.
You are completely out of the loop and reality! We pretty sure if your child got beat up and rape, you will be outrage not just angry.

In Marin Family Court, Children are subjected to the abusive parents.

Attorney: Did you look at the court files?
Marin Court Mediator "Gloria Wu": NO
Attorney: Did you read the court file?
Marin Court Mediator: NO
Attorney:(The mother) declaration filed on (date)?
Marin Court Mediator: I don't recall this one
Attorney: Did you try to find out if there were any CPS reports made since (year)?
Marin Court Mediator: NO
Attorney: Did you read it while it was the case was going on, during the trial, do you recall?
Marin Court Mediator: I don't recall
Attorney: Are you aware of CA rules of court 5.215?
Marin Court Mediator: NO
Attorney: Do you have any knowledge of whether this case involve domestic violence?
Marin Court Mediator: I do not
Attorney: Do you know what the first CLETS restraining order was issued in this case?
Marin Court Mediator: NO
Attorney: Did you take any steps to contact (the mother) to talk about it?
Marin Court Mediator: NO
Attorney: Did you go look at the trial, at what (the mother)was talking about?
Marin Court Mediator: No, I did not
Attorney: Have you read the pleadings file before you interviewed mother?
Marin Court Mediator: I don't recall
Attorney: Did you read it?
Marin Court Mediator: I didn't read it
Attorney: At any point in time since you got that motion, have you read the court file?
Marin Court Mediator: NO
Attorney: FCS 1814, 1815, 1816, as you sit here today, are you familiar with them?
Marin Court Mediator: I don't know
Attorney: Did you look at the court file?
Marin Court Mediator: NO
Attorney: Have you read the file?
Marin Court Mediator: NO

Marin Court Mediator: most of them don't look familiar to me.
Attorney: and you said they don't look familiar?
Marin Court Mediator's attorney: Objection, misstates testimony
Marin Family Judge "Verna Adams": Sustained

J. Verna Adams covered up this incompetent mediator and found that Dr. Gloria Wu's malpractice were fair and appropriate. The child is subjected to the abusive father and suspended from school. Marin Court Mediator Department should be shut down for good. We hope Board of Psychology suspended their license so these criminal stop giving children to the abusive pervert mentally ill parents.

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