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"The only good nigger is a dead nigger and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other nigger from coming in the area."
-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.
Updated at: Prosecutorial Misconduct: Corruption, Racism, Nepotism & Cronyism!
Posted: 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 ~ Updated: October 12, 2015 @ 07:45 PM PT
Oakland, CA -- Alameda County (Traffic Court) Commissioner Taylor Culver has resigned from the bench. Superior Court judges appointed Culver in 2005 as a commissioner with the authority to judge traffic cases. The state’s judicial disciplinary agency accused Culver of deriding defendants in his courtroom; making sexual and racial comments to court clerks. The commission also alleged Culver failed to notify a number of defendants of their rights before accepting their guilty pleas. The state commission filed its disciplinary charges in October. The commission accused Culver of mistreating defendants in dozens of cases since 2012.
The majority of the allegations involved verbal rebukes to defendants contesting traffic charges. The commission alleged in one April 2015 case a defendant objected to one of Culver’s comments. The defendant told him: “I’m a person like you.” The Commission alleged Culver told her to: “keep your mouth shut.” He is later to have allegedly said: “I wish I didn’t have this robe on.” He told two other defendants that police would show up in court and “call you a liar.”
Culver allegedly referred to another defendant as “madame politician.” He allegedly told another defendant that she was “running your mouth when you should be running your ears.” The commission alleged that when an earthquake was felt in his building in October 2011, Culver allegedly told his two female clerks that if this were his last day on Earth, he would jump into the courtroom well, where they worked, and “get some kissing done.” Culver is black. He also allegedly referred to a female clerk as “white girl” and “honorary black girl.”
The Commission on Judicial Performance said that it had dismissed its misconduct case against Commissioner Culver after his resignation Nov. 30, 2016. The commission said Culver has agreed not to accept any future judicial assignments. Culver’s lawyer said that Culver had “determined that he wanted to retire from the bench prior to entering into any stipulation,” or agreement, with the state commission. He said Culver was “satisfied with the manner in which the formal proceedings were resolved.”
Posted: October 2, 2015 ~ Updated: October 12, 2015 @ 07:45 PM PT
OAKLAND, CA -- Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Sharmin Bock, who was placed on administrative leave in August after a reputed San Francisco Chinatown gang leader alleged she laundered campaign donations with a disgraced former state senator, has returned to work and been cleared of any wrongdoing in an internal probe, a department spokeswoman said Friday.
"While on administrative leave, the office conducted a thorough and comprehensive investigation to determine whether any ethical violations were breached when she ran for San Francisco District Attorney," Alameda County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said. "We have concluded that no ethical rules were violated. Agreeing to ask for contributions from respective donor bases was in compliance with the local campaign finance laws. There was no violation of any federal, state or local law."
In a statement, Bock said she was honored to return to work and felt vindicated.
"It is unfortunate that the false and reckless accusations of a criminal defense attorney caused this situation, but this case demonstrates the justice system does work," she said. "An investigation by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office cleared me of any illegal or unethical behavior."
Bock was swept up in the FBI wiretapping investigation that led to the arrest of more than 20 people in March 2014, including Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and former state Sen. Leland Yee. The indictment alleged that Yee conspired to illegally further his political campaigns and that Chow headed an organized gang in Chinatown. Yee has since pleaded guilty to racketeering and other charges, but Chow continues to fight his case.
Allegations against Bock surfaced when Chow's attorney Curtis Briggs filed a motion claiming federal prosecutors selectively prosecuted his client when evidence showed wrongdoing by individuals who were not charged. Briggs alleged that wiretapped recordings of phone calls between Yee and Bock described money laundering during Bock's unsuccessful 2011 bid to become San Francisco District Attorney.
The defense motion was rejected and Bock said she did nothing wrong in her attempts to retire campaign debt.
A news release by her public relations firm said: "Bock was in compliance with campaign finance laws when she and then-State Sen. Leland Yee solicited contributions from their respective contributors to retire campaign debt after they both lost their races. Bock was also completely unaware that Yee was involved in criminal activity."
According to the motion, on Nov. 30, 2012, Bock called Yee and their conversation about soliciting campaign donations was recorded. In the FBI report, the investigator wrote: "I believe this conversation related to Yee swapping donation checks with Bock is part of his larger scheme to circumvent state and local campaign finance laws."
Bock is a nationally recognized expert in human trafficking who created the Human Exploitation and Trafficking Unit in Alameda County. In 2009, she received the Fay Stender Award by the California Women Lawyers, an annual honor given to a female attorney who has demonstrated her commitment to disadvantaged people.
"It is my privilege to work at the Alameda County District Attorney's Office which has the very highest of ethical standards," she said Friday. "I have always and will continue to always uphold these standards with pride."
Posted: December 16, 2010
Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Sharmin Eshraghi Bock (pictured left) is one of the Corrupt Attorneys considering throwing their hats in to the ring to succeed state Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris as San Francisco District Attorney. “A lot of people from the community are encouraging me to run and I’m seriously considering it,” she told media sources late yesterday, confirming a rumor we’d heard. Bock, 48, has been a prosecutor for 21 years and is a nationally-recognized expert in human trafficking who created and leads the Human Exploitation and Trafficking Unit in Alameda County, prosecuting complex human trafficking cases with a focus on sexually exploited minors. She is also directs a H.E.A.T. Watch program, providing communities, prosecutors, and police departments with the blueprint that has made Alameda County a role model (except for when the judge or cops solicit minor prostitutes in Oakland) in combating these crimes.
Posted: May 23, 2012 - Updated: May 24, 2012 09:49 PM PDT
“Sheriff of the Year!”
“Number one, I am bisexual. Number two, I have smoked … I never injected meth.”Arapahoe County, CO -- In Colorado, the Denver Post correctly reported that "Human Trafficking" is the legal definition that has been given to most cases involving both drugs and prostitution where addicts are moved from motels and hotels to various locations and sexually exploited in exchange for drugs. If you study human trafficking, you will learn very quickly that Denver is considered a "hub" for this activity. Human trafficking usually involves the kidnapping or luring or young women or men in parts of the world that are poverty stricken and then the youth are drugged to become addicted to such a degree that it can be used against them, manipulatively, for sex. This is not something new, in fact, from pimps and prostitutes to brothels in 3rd world countries, this kind of criminal activity is practiced often. The movie "Taken" with Liam Neeson explored the dark world of international human trafficking.
-- Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan, who was once dubbed the “Sheriff of the Year,” during a police interview after his arrest, after an undercover sting set up by a gay lover of his and another gay man, all of whom had previously smoked meth together.
Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan, once dubbed the “Sheriff of the Year,” was arrested in November 2011, after an undercover sting set up by a gay lover of his and another gay man, all of whom had previously smoked meth together. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office released the video and transcript of the police interview. During a three-hour interview with deputies, Sullivan admitted to smoking methamphetamines, giving an at-risk adult the date rape drug, then taking advantage of the man sexually.
(YouTube Video Published: Apr 5, 2012)
“Number one, I am bisexual. Number two, I have smoked … I never injected meth,” Sullivan (pictured right) said during the interview. During the interview Sullivan, 69, maintained that he never knowingly sold the drug. He also said he was “ashamed.” Before admitting to using the drug GHB to take advantage of the man, Sullivan said the he and the man would talk about having sex. “Sure we would chat about it, but he’ll never do it,” Sullivan said. “I’m not his type.” Sullivan later said that he took advantage of the 34-year-old, who has a cognitive brain disorder, four or five times. When the investigator asked Sullivan if he performed oral sex on the man, he originally answered, “Maybe. Maybe not.” After the investigator asked him to clarify his answer Sullivan admitted to performing sexual acts with the man. “Let’s say I did. I don’t think I’d pass that up,” Sullivan said.
On April 4, 2012, Sullivan was sentenced to 30 days in jail, two years of probation and a fine of $1,100 after he pleaded guilty to felony possessions of methamphetamine and soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor. He was released after being held 17 days in the jail that is formally named after him.
At the exact same time the Penn State scandal was breaking, Sullivan was arrested. How many people put it together that almost immediately following that arrest, the city of Denver put a new Police Chief in charge and the state experienced a massive sweep of arrests involving meth for sex, Internet luring and sex abuse with minors? From a CU track star to a youth hockey coach, a famed Sheriff, other sheriffs and even many figures in high society all started to go down in Colorado for the same things. Is there a connection between all of this?
Posted: 09/05/2012 03:11:49 PM PDT - Updated: 09/06/2012 03:14:30 PM PDT
Orange County, CA -- Former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer (pictured above-center) estranged wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, faces drug and child-endangerment charges after her arrest last week in Orange County. Lockyer was arrested and charged with felony methamphetamine possession and three misdemeanors: being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse.
The arrest marks the latest chapter in a sad, very public soap opera of sex, drugs and bizarre behavior that has cost Nadia Lockyer, 41, her political career, her marriage and now, perhaps, her ability to be with her 9-year-old son. The child abuse charge was lodged because the drug was found in the room Lockyer was sharing with her son, Emami said.
Police went to the Orange home where Lockyer and her son, Diego, were staying with a relative on Aug. 28 after a caller tipped them that she might have drugs there, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney's Office. She said officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia -- tubular aluminum foil with a burned end -- at the house. "When they later contacted the defendant, she showed objective signs of being under the influence of a drug," Emami said.
Lockyer entered not guilty pleas to all the counts on Aug. 30 and was released on her own recognizance to National Therapeutic Services, an Orange County drug rehab center offering mental health and addiction services. She's due back in court Monday for a pre-trial hearing. Lockyer's attorney said Wednesday "she recognizes her error and she intends to take all appropriate actions to regain her health."
Lockyer resigned her District 2 supervisorial seat April 20, months after a Feb. 3 incident in a Newark hotel room brought her extramarital affair and her drug addiction into the public eye. She had told police that Stephen Chikhani of San Jose -- her lover since 2010 -- had attacked her in the room she had rented for herself and her son following an argument with her husband. After a lengthy review of the evidence, the state Justice Department announced April 30 that no charges would be filed against Chikhani.
Lockyer this summer sought a restraining order to keep Chikhani away from her and her family; a hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning in Pleasanton. The Attorney representing her in that matter, couldn't immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. Chikhani has denied stalking, bothering or wanting anything to do with Lockyer, though he has made inquiries about selling sex tapes he made with her.
The Lockyers had wed in 2003. One veteran political operative at the time called it "a match made in political heaven." Sharing a home in the Hayward hills, they became a prominent Democratic power couple from whom many local candidates sought blessings and support. Bill Lockyer transferred about $1.5 million from his campaign committee to his wife's 2010 campaign for supervisor, allowing her to swamp her rivals in a blizzard of direct mail and advertising. Bill Lockyer, 71, filed for divorce in July, citing "irreconcilable differences" and seeking joint physical and legal custody of their son. His spokesman, Tom Dresslar, said Wednesday that "Bill hopes Nadia has a successful recovery, and he also wants to make clear that Diego is living with him in the Bay Area and he's safe and sound."
The same day her husband filed the divorce papers, Nadia Lockyer was involved in a car accident near the couple's home. Police said she was talking on her cellphone when she made an "unsafe turning movement," veered off the road and hit a light pole and a tree. She suffered some facial cuts and complained of pain in her arm and was taken to a hospital by ambulance, but she was not seriously injured. Police said alcohol wasn't a factor in the crash, and she wasn't cited or arrested.
Posted: April 21, 2012 - Updated: April 21, 2012 10:38 PM PDT
"i want to and will tell you my full story, the story of steve and i, bill and i, the night of the assaund imy treatment, my recent decision this week ..."
-- E-mail from Alameda County supervisor Nadia Lockyer attempting to explain her decision to resign.
See: Nadia's XXX Photo/Video (Still) Shots
Alameda County, CA -- Messages from Nadia Lockyer (pictured above, center) came in a barrage of lurid and disjointed emails, texts and photos week after week. The messages indicated a confusing attempt to explain her tortured, drug-fueled affair with a meth addict and her crumbling marriage to state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who is thirty years her senior. One email that ended "Goodbye to everyone" seemed so desperate, so disturbing that a local newspaper called police to rush to her home. Then, in an effort to be believed and understood, the woman who had held office as an Alameda County supervisor for little more than a year sent us one more email: "i want to and will tell you my full story, the story of steve and i, bill and i, the night of the assault, my treatment, my recent decision this week ..."
On the eve of her 41st birthday and just days after disgraced San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi recounted his domestic violence saga in public, Nadia Lockyer on Friday sat on the living room couch at the home in the Hayward hills she still shares with her husband and 8-year-old son, apologizing for "all the drama" swirling around her traumatic relationship with Steve Chikhani, a 35-year-old convicted felon from San Jose. She then resigned from office, promising to focus on her family and recovery from addiction. When the interview moved to a San Rafael cafe near the rehab center she still visits, she explained her layered and destructive journey -- including a near-death car accident and a more recent miscarriage -- that "led me to a place of a lot of emptiness and loneliness that made me connect with Steve and not run as fast as I could away from him."
Nadia's story included additional shocking revelations and allegations:
•» She explained that she was running for office in June 2010 when she met Chikhani at a chemical-dependency program and began her relationship with him. She was dealing with chronic pain and wasn't an addict then, she said.
•» She said that Bill Lockyer was so upset about her obsession with Chikhani that he told her over the phone during a heated argument one night in February to "go ahead and commit suicide." "He asked me, 'Why have you been talking to him? Why don't you just go ahead and commit suicide?' " she said in an account that was not disputed by Bill Lockyer's staff. His spokesman, Tom Dresslar, said: "It's not the appropriate time to get into the details, but suffice to say they had a heated argument and they both said hurtful things that they regret." She packed bags for herself and son and checked into the Homewood Suites in Newark to find "a peaceful place." Chikhani called, insisted on coming over as her "protector." Within hours, however, police were called to the hotel and she was left with traumatic memories, she says, of Chikhani's "eyes staring like stones straight into mine," and feeling his hand clench around her neck. "It haunts me to this day," she said. Chikhani has denied attacking her.
•» She said Chikhani promised to be her protector, but he instead taunted her with his "sex buddies." The night she fought with her husband and he made the suicide remark, she took her son to a Newark hotel, where she says Chikhani grabbed her neck and "bashed my head into the stone floor" -- an allegation authorities are still investigating.
•» "Drugs and alcohol contributed to the drama and chaos of the relationship," she said, refusing to disclose her drug of choice. After initially claiming Chikhani had hacked into her email, she admitted she was the author of an email to a reporter last week blaming Bill Lockyer for buying and supplying her with drugs years ago -- an allegation his office called "utterly false."
"It did come from me and I made the mistake of regretting sending it," she said Friday. "I ask the public not to hold anything against my husband for actions that happened a long time ago." A call and text Saturday to Bill Lockyer were not returned. However, he issued a statement Friday saying the last year had taken a great toll on his wife and their son, Diego, and it was best "that she leave public office."
•» Despite their tempestuous and public unraveling, Chikhani called her Thursday night from a San Jose rehab facility, begging for forgiveness and imploring her to divorce her husband and re-imagine a new life with him. "When we first met, I saw a young man who had lost all hope in his life entirely -- and for some reason I took it upon myself to restore it," she wrote in an email she prepared before the interview. "Steve and I would have never lasted as long as we did had my altruism not turned masochistic along the way. In the end I wasn't just a bleeding heart, I was a bleeding deer unable to healthfully navigate through Steve's forest of deceit and deception." Chikhani's lawyer said that her client still denies that he hurt her in the hotel room. As far as Chikhani calling Lockyer to apologize, she said he was "soul searching" and reading a letter he wrote to her as part of his recovery. "It was an apology for the entire relationship. There was no admission of any wrongdoing of a criminal nature."
Posted: April 21, 2012 - Updated: April 21, 2012 10:38 PM PDT
(pictured left, Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer attends a special meeting of the board of supervisors to discuss health care in Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. She announced her resignation April 21 following a series of incidents and a stay in alcohol rehabilitation.) Oakland, CA -- Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer abruptly resigned Friday. Battling addiction, the humiliation of a highly publicized altercation in a Newark hotel room with a former lover she met in a rehab program, Lockyer's resignation is the latest chapter in a lurid and murky tale containing allegations of sex tapes, blackmail, drug use and violence. It started with a Feb. 3 incident in a Newark hotel room in which she called police saying her former boyfriend, Stephen Chikhani, assaulted her. She checked into an inpatient rehab center shortly afterward. In her resignation letter Friday addressed to "constituents, colleagues and friends," Nadia Lockyer, 40, said she could be a "great mom" and a good supervisor but not while dealing with "early recovery from addiction and the aftermath of interpersonal violence." Chikhani remains under investigation by the state attorney general's office in connection with the alleged assault. "In AA and NA, days of sobriety are counted," Lockyer wrote. "In motherhood, the number of days with a healthy level of stress and tears should be too. While I can boast 77 days of sobriety to this day, I can barely count to ten in the latter category. For this, I owe my family, constituents, staff and colleagues a huge apology." Lockyer, the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, was a political unknown in the Bay Area before her influential husband funded most of the record $1.6 million spent on her 2010 supervisorial campaign. Nadia Lockyer did not mention her husband in her resignation letter, saying she was leaving office in part to "focus on the well-being of my child" and her recovery. Bill Lockyer, 70, is one of California's leading Democrats. He was elected to the state Legislature in 1973 and later served as state attorney general. He is exploring a run for the state controller's office in 2014 when he is termed out of the treasurer's job. "I fully support Nadia's decision to step down as county supervisor and focus on completing her recovery and caring for our son," Bill Lockyer said Friday in a statement. Lockyer's tumultuous last few months and increasingly bizarre behavior, preceded her announcement Friday. Lockyer's brief political career has been pockmarked with controversy. She ran for supervisor in a bitter race against former state Sen. Liz Figueroa, who had casually dated Bill Lockyer a decade earlier, before Nadia and Bill Lockyer were married. Nadia Lockyer told media sources during the race that, "whenever I went anywhere, there were a lot of negative things she would say about me," she said. "I have no idea what she's talking about," Figueroa responded. "Anyone who knows me knows that's just not me." During that race, campaign materials were circulated in which Nadia Lockyer falsely stated that she was a prosecutor. She worked as the executive director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center, a one-stop center for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The root of Lockyer's recent trouble, however, stems from the encounter with Chikhani, a man she met in 2010 while both were in treatment, she for alcohol dependency and he for chemical dependency. Nadia Lockyer went back to rehab again after that incident. But after a month, she returned to work. "I got myself in a place called addiction all by myself," Nadia Lockyer wrote in her resignation letter Friday. "A decade of nonstop trauma, pain and loss are my personal excuse. But this time, this recent trauma is just too much and something I can't ignore." Her chief of staff, Ruben Briones, was listed as the contact person on her resignation letter, which was circulating on Internet news sites, but when media sources asked Briones for comment, he could not confirm the letter's authenticity and had to make a few calls to see if his boss had indeed resigned. County officials and her colleagues on the Board of Supervisors also were caught off guard by Lockyer's resignation. Board President Nate Miley said he asked Lockyer on Tuesday to resign. She replied that she'd consider it over the next week. "I told her the status quo is unacceptable," Miley said. "There has been a lot of drama and a lot of distractions, and she needs to focus on her personal life. She was doing a disservice to her constituents, her staff and her family." Media sources reported in February that Bill Lockyer was sent a sex tape of his wife with Chikhani some weeks before the hotel incident. He concluded he was being blackmailed to allow their relationship to continue and went to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, a friend, to try to get a stay-away order imposed.
February 29, 2012 Bill & Nadia Lockyer. Alameda County, CA -- The man at the center of the sex and substance-abuse scandal engulfing Nadia Lockyer is "not a stalker" and never assaulted the Alameda County supervisor, contrary to what her state treasurer husband has told the press. That was the assertion Tuesday of the attorney representing Stephen Chikhani in a recent arrest for allegedly being under the influence of methamphetamines. Chikhani, 35, a construction worker who lives in San Jose and has a long record of drug arrests, broke his public silence about his relationship to Lockyer on Tuesday - blurting out to reporters after a court appearance in San Jose that "there's a way bigger story than the sex tapes" that we're told star him and the 40-year-old county supervisor. What Chikhani meant, according to his lawyer, was that there was more to his relationship with Lockyer than is being portrayed in the media. "This is a young man with no political power, facing some serious allegations by people with lots of political clout," his attorney said. Chikhani met Lockyer in 2010, when they were both in rehab - he for meth and she for alcohol. The two had an off-and-on affair that became public after she called police to the Homewood Suites in Newark early Feb. 3, 2012 to report that he had assaulted her. Lockyer's husband, state Treasurer and longtime Democratic Party powerhouse Bill Lockyer, says his wife was trying to help Chikhani that night. He has alternately described Chikhani as being a stalker or suicidal and in need of help. Bill Lockyer's argument was that his wife was being stalked by Chikhani, a 35-year-old San Jose resident whom he portrayed as a former boyfriend of Nadia Lockyer. The investigation went nowhere, however, because prosecutors came to believe that Nadia Lockyer, 40, and the man were engaged in a consensual relationship, based partly on text messages and X-rated photos found on her computer. O'Malley's chief assistant, Kevin Dunleavy, confirmed only that the first official contact came when "our office was contacted by Nadia Lockyer's office back in early January, and that Nadia felt she was being stalked" by the man. "So we assigned a couple of inspectors from our office to do a threat management assessment," he said, which included interviewing Nadia Lockyer but not the man. "At the end of that interview, our inspectors came back and reported their evaluation that there was no stalking going on" - at least, nothing that could be legally construed as such, he said. Bill Lockyer was sent a sex tape of his wife with Chikhani six weeks before the hotel incident. After watching the sex tape and viewing a string of text messages between his wife and the man over the past three months, Bill Lockyer concluded he was being blackmailed to allow their relationship to continue. He privately contacted Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley - a personal and political friend of the treasurer and his wife. Lockyer was at wit's end as to what to do about his wife, and he hoped to persuade prosecutors to seek a court order barring the man from approaching Nadia Lockyer. Prosecutors declined, saying the relationship between Chikhani and Nadia Lockyer appeared to be consensual. The story might have died had police not been called to the Homewood Suites in Newark in the wee hours of Feb. 3, where they found Nadia Lockyer suffering from head and neck injuries. She told police she had been assaulted by Chikhani, the man her husband described as her ex-boyfriend. But even that incident has taken another twist. Sources familiar with the case say the man gave a story of self-defense during the hotel encounter. Chikhani says there is nothing "ex" about the relationship, and that he's not the stalker or potential suicide case that Bill Lockyer has characterized him as being. He says his relationship with Nadia Lockyer has lasted more than a year, beginning when the two met at a Kaiser outpatient rehab program in 2010. As for the current state of the Chikhani-Nadia Lockyer relationship: Chikhani says he and Nadia Lockyer have communicated with each other since the hotel incident. As he tells it, Nadia Lockyer invited him to visit her at the Homewood Suites on Feb. 3, where records show she had checked in. He also says it was Nadia Lockyer who instigated the fight that night, because she suspected he was involved with other women. Police, who answered a 911 call from the hotel about 2:40 a.m., have repeatedly interviewed Nadia Lockyer about the alleged attack. Police referred all questions about the case to the attorney general's office, which isn't commenting. It was only after the Newark hotel incident went public, several days after it happened, that O'Malley handed off the criminal assault investigation to the state attorney general. In addition to her personal ties to the Lockyers, O'Malley worked with Nadia Lockyer in setting up a domestic violence unit in the D.A.'s office. Chikhani has not been charged in the Newark case. Chikhani's attorney wondered why O'Malley hadn't recused herself right away. "It looks like there are some unusual things happening here," she said. On Feb. 27, a video purporting to be Lockyer engaged in a sex act, was posted on YouTube but was soon removed. A spokesman for Bill Lockyer, who also served eight years as attorney general, said his boss had nothing further to say about the case. Efforts to reach Nadia Lockyer were unsuccessful Both Nadia and Chikhani are back where they met in 2010, in rehab.
Bill's Naughty Nadia!
Nadia Lockyer, 40, recently issued a statement saying that she had entered rehab. When Nadia Lockyer ran for a seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in November 2010, she looked about 120 pounds. But as 2011 wore on she grew increasingly gaunt (a symptom of methamphetamine use). People questioned whether she had an eating disorder or addiction. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, a former colleague and political ally, said she was concerned about Lockyer's health. She also got text messages from Lockyer suggesting that she was "in a downward spiral -- in crisis." Chikhani, who has been arrested numerous times on suspicion of methamphetamine use, claims the couple had lied about what happened between him and Nadia Lockyer at the motel. According to Alameda County spokeswoman Teresa Drenick, a staff person from Nadia Lockyer's office first contacted the D.A. in January to report that Nadia felt she was being stalked. Which begs the question of why she would assign this private matter to someone on her staff rather than making the call herself. Before her election, Nadia Lockyer headed the D.A.'s Alameda County Family Justice Center, which helps victims of domestic violence obtain stay-away orders. Meanwhile, Bill Lockyer continues to vigorously defend his wife's suitability for office -- which is itself indefensible. He gave her $1.5 million, which had been donated to his campaign. That bought her the seat at a time when she surely must have already begun having serious problems with alcohol. She started treatment one month after her election -- which is where she reportedly met Chikhani. Yet Bill Lockyer has portrayed his wife's addiction as something that suddenly became apparent in the weeks and months after she assumed office. A person does not become a substance abuser overnight.
December 10, 2010 The Northern California Innocence Project has published an illuminating and somewhat discouraging report on prosecutorial misconduct in California. The report analyzed 4,000 cases of alleged prosecutorial misconduct from 1997 through 2009 and found that in 707 of those cases there was a judicial finding of prosecutorial misconduct; 3,000 rejected the allegation; and 282 did not make any finding. The report emphasizes that the totals are probably much greater because instances of misconduct may not have been discovered or brought to the courts' attention.
Corruption in the Courts!
The report stresses the lackadaisical approach of the courts and the state bar to such misconduct. In most cases, despite a finding of misconduct, convictions were permitted to stand, and rarely was the misconduct reported or disciplined, even though some prosecutors were repeat offenders. The authors (Prof. Kathleen Ridolfi of Santa Clara University School of Law and Maurice Possley serving as Visiting Research Fellow at the NCIP) contend that this problem is increasing - not diminishing. Report: Prosecutorial Misconduct Often Unpunished in California Posted: October 5, 2010 6:32 pm Judges in California are “casting a blind eye to prosecutors who place their thumbs on the scale of justice,” according to a report released yesterday by the Veritas Initiative, a new investigative arm at the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara University Law School. The report, “Preventable Error: A Report on Prosecutorial Misconduct in California 1997–2009,” examined 707 cases in which courts had found prosecutorial misconduct in the 11 year period. Of all of those cases, only six prosecutors were disciplined. Maurice Possley, an award-winning journalist who worked on the study by the Northern California Innocence Project, told the Los Angeles Times, “Prosecutors aren’t held accountable. Absent that, why should they change their habits?" The misconduct covered in the report ranged from failing to turn over evidence to presenting false evidence in court. As a response to their research, the Northern California Innocence Project is calling for legal reforms requiring courts to report all findings of misconduct to the state bar, which they currently are not required to do. When a court decides the misconduct was harmless, those cases often go unreported.
July 23, 2010Update:
July 23, 2010Update "I am especially proud to be the first female District Attorney in the history of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. Upon being appointed DA by the Board of Supervisors in 2009, I was honored to have a diverse and broad base of support throughout Alameda County, including the overwhelming support of the employees of the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff, Chiefs of Police, victims rights groups, civil leaders and legislators, as well as support of former Alameda County District Attorneys D. Lowell Jensen (1969-1981), Jack Meehan (1981-1994) and Thomas J. Orloff (1994-2009)." (Image (left to right): D. Lowell Jensen, Nancy O'Malley, Tom Orloff and Jack Meehan.)
New Corrupt Lackey! Judicial Elections
Occupation: Administrative Law Judge • Only professional judge in race • Over 4 years experience as judge and over 20 years experience as lawyer • Former senior government lawyer • Former general counsel for publicly traded company • Member, National Association of Women Judges Priorities: • Experienced and fair judgments • Make courts more accessible for self-represented individuals and jurors •Increase the diversity of the court...only 29% of Alameda Co. judges are women, and none are visibly LGBT
Victoria S. Kolakowski
Corrupt Justice™ Recommendation: Corrupt Justice™ recommends that the People of the State of California, County of Alameda NOT vote for Victoria S. Kolakowski for Judge of the Superior Court. There are too many individuals being appointed to the courts simply because they are Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, or Transgendered. As a result, sex abuse is rampant against our children in schools, churches, daycare centers and even on college campuses. NO MORE GAY JUDICIAL AGENDAS. VOTE "NO" ON VICTORIA S. KOLAKOWSKI for Judge!
Occupation: Attorney • Alameda County Deputy District Attorney 1981-87 • Judge Pro-Tem, 1987 - Present • Dean of Academic Affairs, East Bay Law School • Past President - Hayward South Rotary • Continuing Legal Education Chair - SACCDAA • UC Hastings, JD, 1980 Priorities: • Justice for All - Balancing Public Protection and Constitutional Rights • Efficient and Effective Use of Courtroom Time • Commitment to Fairness, Integrity, and Impartiality
Corrupt Justice™ Recommendation: Corrupt Justice™ recommends that the People of the State of California, County of Alameda NOT vote for Louis Goodman for Judge of the Superior Court. There are too many individuals being appointed to the courts simply because they are related to other Judges, or high ranking political officials. Louis Goodman is a member of the 'good ole' boys' network in Alameda County. He is a former member of the Corrupt Alameda County District Attorney's Office. NO MORE UC REGENT JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS. VOTE "NO" ON LOUIS F. GOODMAN for Judge!
September 8, 2009Update Today, September 8, 2009, Corrupt Justice Celebrates its one (1) year anniversary. We celebrate our first anniversary with news of the "sudden resignation" of Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff. Longtime Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff surprisingly announced his retirement at the county's board of supervisors meeting Tuesday afternoon. Orloff, 66, who has been the county's district attorney for 15 years and has served in the office for 40 years. Orloff asked the supervisors to appoint a new district attorney as early as next week. He recommended Chief Assistant District Attorney Nancy O'Malley (pictured above left). "Nancy will not only be a very capable leader of the office, she is also the only person prepared to manage the remainder of this year's budget process and to navigate through the next very difficult budget year," Orloff wrote in a letter to the supervisors, which he read Tuesday. O'Malley — who is 55 and has been in the District Attorney's Office for 25 years — called Orloff's decision to retire "a great loss" and said he has had a "spectacular career." Orloff had one year remaining on his term and would have been up for re-election in June. Now the county supervisors must appoint a district attorney to serve the remainder of Orloff's term until a replacement is elected in June. Tom Orloff's choice to succeed him is no better than he was, or will ever be. However, Good Riddance Tom. [Emphasis added.]
July 12, 2009 "O'Malley comes from a nepotic legal family. Her father, Bill O'Malley, served as Contra Costa County's district attorney for 15 years and later was a judge there. Her brother, Bill O'Malley, a former prosecutor and judge, is running to be Contra Costa County's next district attorney in the election in June. And Contra Costa County Presiding Judge Mary Ann O'Malley is Bill O'Malley's wife and Nancy O'Malley's sister in law."
Posted: July 12, 2009
Thomas J. Orloff - District Attorney
Tom Orloff (pictured left) began his career in the District Attorney's Office in 1970 after graduating from Boalt Hall (A U.C. Regent School of Law, controlled by Dianne Feinstein and her Husband Richard Blum.). In 1989, Tom was appointed Chief Assistant DA by District Attorney John J. "Jack" Meehan. When Jack Meehan retired in 1994, Tom ran unopposed for District Attorney. He also ran unopposed in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Born and raised in Pleasanton, Tom Orloff is a third generation resident of Alameda County. His grandfather served as mayor of Pleasanton and foreman of the Alameda County Grand Jury during the tenure of D.A. Earl Warren (U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, an avid, viral [racist] segregationist). Mr. Orloff's father served on the local school board and as vice mayor of Pleasanton. Tom and his wife Pamela live in Oakland. They have two children, Christopher and Catherine.
The Oscar Grant Case D.A. Orloff's office (deputy district attorney David Stein) is prosecuting B.A.R.T. Police Officer Johannes Mehserle in the January 1, 2009 B.A.R.T. shooting death of Oscar Grant. On November 15, 1992 "Jerrold Hall, 19 (An African-American male), is fatally shot in the back of the head by a B.A.R.T. police officer Fred Crabtree [...]." The Alameda County District Attorney [at the time], District Attorney John J. "Jack" Meehan (Orloff's former boss, mentor, and predecessor, refused to prosecute) refused to prosecute Officer Crabtree. Meehan later handpicked Orloff to succeed him. The San Leandro Officer Nels Dan Niemi Case Orloff, elected to his post in 1994 and unopposed since, tried his first case in more than a decade in February  the murder case against Irving Gotti Ramirez, accused of slaying a San Leandro police officer Nels Dan Niemi. "Thats what I signed on to do in the first place," Orloff said in his distinctive baritone. "I get a lot of satisfaction out of it, and have been looking for a case for a while, just the right case." "We need to do what we can to support (police officers)," Orloff said. "When something like this happens, it affects the whole department. Its a crime against a whole group of people." However, Orloff refuses to press charges against OPD for any killings -- six citizens murdered in 2008, five in 2007, and 45 shot in all between 2004 and 2008. Orloff Seeks and Wins the Death Penalty District Attorney Tom Orloff, trying his first case in 12 years, said Ramirez deserved the death sentence because of the way the crime was committed and the impact it continues to have on the community. ``He realized he was going to go to jail, he chose to kill Dan Niemi for his own selfish reasons,'' Orloff said during closing arguments. ``It was more important for him to shoot Dan Niemi.'' For the first time since the death penalty was reinstated in California 31 years ago, an Alameda County jury issued a death sentence June 11, 2007 for a cop killer. Irving Alexander Ramirez, 26, should be killed for shooting San Leandro Police Officer Nels ``Dan'' Niemi killing him instantly in July 2005, the jury said. The Rider's Case Oakland police officers known as the "Riders," were accused of beating and framing suspects in West Oakland. After two long-running trials, no convictions and deadlocked juries, Orloff decided not to go for round three.
Cop Killers v. Killer Cops
February 1, 2007 OAKLAND - Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff runs a male-dominated office that refuses to promote women and frequently berates them for a host of issues including taking maternity leave, a lawsuit filed by one the county's top prosecutors claimed. Angela Backers, a 22-year veteran of the office and one of its top death penalty prosecutors, said in the lawsuit Orloff routinely works to undermine her, has called females disparaging names and routinely has promoted men with lesser qualifications to positions Backers and other women sought. "Defendant Orloff has made disparaging, unwelcome and offensive remarks about female prosecutors in the office, including offensive remarks to and about Plaintiff," the gender discrimination and harassment lawsuit states. "Such comments include, for example, referring to a highly-experienced, well-respected female attorney in the office as a ('cunt')." "The gender discrimination that Plaintiff has experienced and which is alleged in this complaint is part of a pattern and practice of discrimination against women in the Alameda County District Attorney's office," the lawsuit states. Such practices include lower visibility assignments, lower pay, less frequent promotions, and a lack of appointment of women to supervisory positions, the lawsuit states. "The promotion process in the District Attorney's office is handled almost exclusively by male managers and is a completely subjective system," the suit claims. "While nearly one-third of the office's attorneys are female, one out of eleven branch heads is a woman," the press release states. "And only one woman is a member of the highest level policy-making `senior staff.' "Orloff effectively runs the office with the assistance of a group of all-white male cronies," the release continued. In fact, the District Attorney's Office was sued in 2004 by a woman with similar claims, court records show. In that case, a secretary who worked in the District Attorney's juvenile division office in San Leandro claimed she was the victim of gender-based and racial harassment, the lawsuit states. The case was settled last year for an undisclosed amount.
Thomas J. Orloff - Sued
(Alameda County deputy district attorney Paul Hora gestures during a media conference Tuesday, July 8, 2008, in Oakland, Calif. Human remains found on a steep hill off a deer trail between Redwood Regional Park and the Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve were in fact those of Nina Reiser, who had been missing and presumed murdered by her husband Hans Reiser, who has been convicted in the case.) The Alameda County District Attorney’s office is also famous for nepotism, cronyism, racism and corruption. D.A. Orloff, did not start this tradition, but he certainly has continued it. John "Jack" Quatman alleged that as an Alameda County prosecutor in 1987, he colluded with a judge to exclude Jews from a death-penalty jury. [E]ven though prosecutors had tried to discredit Quatman, notes from the trial supported his allegations that jurors with apparently Jewish names had been struck. Jack Quatman alleged that, because it was believed they never would vote for the death penalty, African-American women and people of Jewish descent were routinely taken off Alameda County juries.
Nepotism, Cronyism, Racism and Corruption
Quatman (pictured above) described a private conversation in which Judge Stanley Golde (Orloff has hired both sons of Judge Golde) allegedly said, "Quatman, what are you doing?" and asked why the prosecutor had not tried to exclude a potential juror who was Jewish, Quatman said. Golde, who died in 1998, was also Jewish and presided over more death cases than any judge in state history.
"Judge Golde said no Jew would vote to send a defendant to the death chamber," Quatman said in his declaration. Golde presided over many notorious murder trials and pronounced more death penalty verdicts than any judge in the county, perhaps in the state. Judge Golde received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the school's Boalt Hall School of Law.
In 1993, he was criticized as being too lenient in sentencing sex offenders (most child molesters got probation during Judge Golde's tenure).
The California Supreme Court discounted Quatman's testimony, in part because of a long-running grudge Quatman had against Orloff and the District Attorney's Office (or could it be that Orloff has a history of hiring the children of judges? ). "The guy was basically a liar, and the court agreed with that sentiment," Orloff said. Orloff said a sound moral base and a sense of right and wrong are two of the most important qualities for a prosecutor to have.
Quatman, who resigned in 1998 [worked] almost 26 years as an Alameda County prosecutor.
George Williamson, representing the state attorney general's office, said Quatman is a devious, bitter liar who made up the story to embarrass his former boss, Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff. "You can't believe Mr. Quatman when his lips are moving," Williamson said.
C.J. Question: How many people did "lying Jack Quatman" convict during this 26-year period? Here at C.J., we've heard of no person being exonerated after being convicted under cases tried by Mr. Quatman.
Some people related to VIPs/Judges hired or promoted by Orloff:
1. Nadia Lockyer, wife of Bill Lockyer [former Calif. Atty. Gen] (hired);
2. Lisa Lockyer, daughter of Bill Lockyer [Current Calif. State Treasurer] (hired);
3. Chistopher Bates, son of Tom Bates (hired);
4. Jeff Stark, son of Pete Stark (promoted);
5. Erin Kingsbury daughter of Alameda County Judge Kenneth Kingsbury (Ret.);
6. Paul Hora son of Alameda County Judge Peggy Hora;
7. Paul Delucchi son of Alameda County Judge Alfred Deluchhi (Dec.);
8. Maya Ynostroza, daughter of Alameda County Judge Yolanda Ynostroza;
9. Catherine Horner Dobal, Mother of Alameda County Judge Jeffrey Horner;
10. Jason Chin, son California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin; and
11. Judge Stuart Hing, Son of Alameda County Administrator Mel Hing (Stuart Hing and Kenneth Kingsbury were employed together as D.A.'s by Orloff.
There are other judge’s relatives who are working of did work in the DA’s office, but we are not sure if Orloff hired or promoted them, as we say, nepotism, cronyism, racism and corruption is a tradition Orloff has followed:
12. Mattew Golde, Appointed head of D.A. Juvenile Division in 2007, son of Judge Stanley Golde (Dec.);
13. Ivan Golde, son of Judge Stanley Golde (Dec.); and
14. Amilcar Ford, grandson of Judge Judith Ford.
There are many more judge’s kids who got hired, but I believe they pre-date Orloff. By hiring Chris Bates and Lisa Lockyer, Orloff had the kids of both the local assemblyman, Tom Bates, and the local Senator, Bill Lockyer (later became the Attorney General of the State of California), working for him. He already had the local Congressman’s kid, Jeff Stark, working for him, and he prmoted Stark. None of this would matter, except that the same kind of favoritism is shown by the fact that Orloff never prosecutes a politician or connected person for corruption unless that person has already been caught by the media, and sometimes not even then.
Desley Brooks was essentially defrauding the taxpayers by having a full time staffer who was out of the state most of the time. God knows how many laws Don Perata has broken. No prosecutions at all.
"We have an ethical duty to go over each case, to not waste time and money if it won't result in a conviction," Orloff said. "It's not fair to the public or the person facing trial."
In September , [a] number of Oakland Police Officers [...] misstated facts in sworn affidavits to Alameda County judges [stating] they had tested substances bought on the street to determine if they were drugs. The officers made the statements even though no test was ever conducted on the substances. The sworn statements later were used by judges to issue search warrants on homes and apartments that, in most instances, resulted in the arrest [and convictions] of residents in a variety of felony crimes including drug possession with the intent to sell and, in one case, possession of illegal ammunition. Orloff's office pursued and won the convictions, which resulted in prison terms for some.
September 10, 2010
OAKLAND -- A 22-year-old Oakland man could spend the rest of his life in state prison after being convicted today of first-degree murder for the shooting death of another Oakland man two years ago. Dressed in brown pants and a brown shirt, Dimario Pickford put his hand over his face and bowed his head when the jury announced it found him responsible for the death of 22-year-old Desmond Thomas in the 2200 block of Seminary Avenue shortly after midnight on Oct. 18, 2008. Thomas was hit by four bullets and died from massive bleeding as he lay on a concrete driveway across the street from the J & M Grocery and Liquors store.
Pickford faces 50 years to life in state prison when he's sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Cecilia Castellanos (daughter of Alameda County Judge) on Nov. 5, 2010.
In addition to convicting Pickford of first-degree murder, which carries a term of 25 years to life, jurors, who deliberated for the equivalent of two full days, found him guilty of using a gun to kill Thomas, which carries another 25 years. They also convicted him of possession of an assault weapon. Prosecutor James Meehan (son of Jack Meehan, pictured above) said the motive for the fatal shooting wasn't clear, but he said there had been "ongoing bad blood" between Pickford and Thomas. Meehan said two witnesses identified Pickford as the man who killed Thomas, cell phone records placed Pickford at the scene of the crime, and Pickford was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an assault weapon in his backpack when he was arrested 12 days after the shooting.
However, Thomas' lawyer, Darryl Stallworth (former Alameda County D.A. turned Criminal defense attorney) said he was "particularly disappointed" by the verdicts against Thomas because he believes the prosecution's case was weak and was based on witnesses who had "credibility issues." Stallworth said the testimony of a woman who said she saw Pickford shoot Thomas was contradicted by the physical evidence in the case, such as where the shots were fired and the sequence of the shots. He also said the woman was drunk when she gave her statement to Oakland police and alleged that she might have been trying to protect her son, who has had some disputes with Pickford and might have had a motive to kill him.
Stallworth also said an informant who testified that Pickford admitted to him to killing Thomas wasn't credible, claiming that the informant had been arrested for auto theft and might have implicated Pickford so he could get a favorable deal in his own case. In addition, Stallworth said the informant admitted that he was high on drugs when he testified against Pickford at his preliminary hearing and at his trial. "It's particularly sad that this level of evidence is enough to convict someone of murder," Stallworth said.
Meehan countered, saying: "I can say without any hesitation that the jury got it right." Meehan said jurors told him that the case was difficult and they tried to give Pickford the benefit of the doubt but when they analyzed the case, including "discrepancies" in the woman's testimony. They concluded, however, there was enough evidence to prove Pickford "was in fact the person responsible for the shooting," Meehan said. He said the woman and the informant didn't know each other, and jurors were struck by the fact that they independently provided incriminating evidence against Pickford.
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