FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED against CLARK COUNTY JUDGE

FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED against CLARK COUNTY JUDGE

Clark County Nevada

April 8, 2021

 

On April 5, 2021, a federal lawsuit was filed against family court judge, Mathew Harter.  [Shahrokhi, et.al. vs. Harter, 2:21-cv-00557-APG-BNW].  The lawsuit seeks a court order removing Harter from the bench—for violating Plaintiffs’ 14th Amendment right to expect a “fair judiciary.”

GROUNDBREAKING LAWSUIT

The lawsuit contends that the 14th Amendment guarantees the people’s fundamental right to expect a “fair judiciary,” and, where judges commit crimes—such as fraud and perjury—there can be no “fair judiciary.”

The lawsuit alleges that Harter committed bankruptcy fraud, perjury, and concealment of assets; and, because of these crimes, Harter’s mere presence on the bench “offends traditional notions of a fair judiciary,” which violates Plaintiffs’ 14th Amendment rights.

According to Plaintiff, Ali Shahrokhi, “We have no hope in family court—especially when we see a family court judge get away with fraud and perjury—and still remain on the bench—to sit in judgment on others—operating a cash-for-kids operation.  It is beyond disgusting how they think they can violate our constitutional rights under the color of law.  I refuse to allow thieves to affect my son’s life.”

The lawsuit alleges that Harter’s mere presence on the bench is a “daily reminder of the pall of corruption that hangs over Clark County courts.”  The lawsuit demands that “Harter must go.”

JUDICIAL COMMISSION DROPS the BALL

In fall 2020, Veteran In Politics, Int’l, (VIPI), filed a complaint with Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline.  However, on Jan. 19, 2021, the Commission denied the VIPI complaint—citing the statute of limitations.

But Commission attorney, Paul Dehley, misunderstands the statute of limitations.  According to the lawsuit, the statute of limitations may have expired on Harter’s failure to “comply with the law,” [NCJC Rule 1.1], however, the statute of limitations never expires on Harter’s “appearance of impropriety,” [NCJC Rule 1.2].

Co-Plaintiff, T. Matthew Phillips, explains: “Yeah, Harter’s failure to comply with the law may now be a stale-dated ethical violation, however, the sun never sets on Harter’s appearance of impropriety.”

EFFORTS to REMOVE HARTER

Veterans in Politics, Int’l, for some time, has been trying to remove Harter from the bench.  But it has proved a daunting task.

Unfortunately, “recall” is not an option because the Nevada Supreme Court—in the name of “job security”—declares that the People cannot recall judges.

Veterans in Politics, Int’l, recently lodged a complaint with Nevada Attorney General, Aaron Ford.  But sadly, Aaron Ford refused to act making claims in a generic letter that was not part of the complaint.

The U.S. Trustee’s Office was made aware of Harter’s bankruptcy fraud; however, for reasons not entirely clear, the U.S. Trustee fails to act.

Despite multiple complaints to state and federal agencies, Harter still sits on the bench.  But how can this be?  Is Harter super well-connected?  Or is Clark County corruption so pervasive that no gov’t official can legitimately point a finger at Harter?

HARTER’S BANKRUPTCY

On Dec. 21, 2015, Mathew Harter, (and his wife, Brandie P. Harter), filed for Ch. 7 bankruptcy in U.S. District Court, Las Vegas, [Public Case No. 15-17012-LEB].

According to the lawsuit—

  • Harter submitted a fraudulent income statement to the bankruptcy court, falsely declaring an income of $-0-;
  • Harter committed perjury in his income statement to the bankruptcy court, lying about his monthly income;
  • Harter failed to disclose to the U.S. Trustee that he had come into possession of a single-family home worth over $300,000;
  • Harter committed mortgage fraud on a V.A. home loan.

Harter committed bankruptcy fraud in “plain view” of the general public—and under the nose of a federal judge.  One shudders to imagine the biting atrocities that take place in the private sphere of Harter’s tortured courtroom—where sealed family court cases lay beyond public scrutiny.

On a more somber note, should the reader pause to consider, where public officials are underwater in their personal finances, it makes them more susceptible to bribery.

BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN

VIPI member, Giano Amado recently disqualified Harter from his own family law case in the Nevada Supreme Court case# 81098-COA and 79122-COA NV.  (“OO-rah!”)  Determined to remove Harter from the bench, Amado and Veterans In Politics sponsored several billboards shedding light on Harter’s notorious bankruptcy fraud.  These billboards caused a public outcry and made a tremendous impact on public opinion.

Phillips explained: “Harter’s continued presence on the bench is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of parents, a kick in the pants to truth, justice, and the American way.”

STATUTE of LIMITATIONS

The statute of limitations for bankruptcy fraud and perjury is five (5) years, [18 U.S.C. § 3282].  However, where debtors conceal assets, the 5-year limitations period begins to run on the date the court grants discharge, [18 U.S.C. § 3284].  In Harter’s bankruptcy, the discharge happened in Nov. 2016—which means the statute of limitations on “concealment of assets” will not expire until Nov. 2021—which means it’s not too late to indict Harter.

THE STAIN of JUDICIAL CORRUPTION

The lawsuit alleges that Harter “violates every moral precept of what it means to be a judge.”

Plaintiff Shahrokhi stated, “I came to America from Iran for constitutional freedoms, not a bottom-feeder judge to decide how I and my son live our lives.  I don’t need a bankrupt, criminal to decide my son’s future.  I am a fit parent and I decide what takes place in my son’s life.”  Shahrokhi added, “That man does not deserve to be called “Your Honor.”

Steve Sanson President of Veterans In Politics International stated the following: “It’s a shame that our own state and local government cannot and will not protect the public from this type of behavior in our judiciary. Instead protects each other and screw the voters who put them in office.”

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Criminal Judge-committed Fraud & Perjury, nobody bats an eye!

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A CORRUPT JUDGE IS A GREAT VERMIN!!

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Is Your Divorce Lawyer a Crook or Part of a Criminal Organization ?

Lawsuit Uses A.I. To Catch Divorce Attorneys Stealing From Women, the Elderly and Independent Tech Guys

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If you have to ask if your attorney fee bills look right, it’s probably too late.  Divorce attorneys Hector and Marilyn Moreno along with a number of judges, cops and dirty divorce lawyers were sued in federal court during the 2020 pandemic related to COVID-19. The Plaintiff in the case used artificial intellegence, “AI”. to show the relationship between domestic violence and divorce cases and how attorneys in Santa Clara County are using those cases to  fund a criminal organization that opoerates in California  by selling the family homes and getting cops to write false police reports about domestic violence. The suit names the legal legacy Moreno siblings and Hector Moreno’s  son, Micheal Moreno, who left the Santa Clara County DA’s  office to set up shop with his aunt Marilyn with cases being funneled to them  through Campbell’s Home Church, non- profits and police officers working for the Gilroy , Los Gatos and Los Altos police.  

Former Santa Clara County prosecutor, Cindy Hendrickson, who conspired with  DA Jeff Rosen and Stanford University law professor Michele Dauber  to rig the Santa Clara County 2018 election such that she replaced Judge Aaron Persky on the local bench,  is related to the Morenos through marriage and since she was elected, Hendrickson has been sitting in the county’s domestic violence court where she appears to be part of a criminal organization trafficking children and rigging divorce cases based on Hendrickson’s connections to the DA’s office and the founder of a charity, Ruth Pattrick Darlene, who runs a scam charity that  serves  only ” affluent ” vicitms , and that really operates to dragnet divorce cases for attorneys working for what appears to be a criminal organization operating in plain sight with impunity. 

Brent Ostler’s federal case reveals a pattern and practice cops,  divorce lawyers and judges engage in to rig divorce cases and fund bribes, fines, fees and sanctions for the benefit of the operation. These illegal payments and public corruption is funded with equity from  the family home, where court ” Settlement Conference Officer” Sharon Roper uses her power to appoint  Intero Real Estate agents and lock in home equity that is express delivered  to the IOLTA trust accounts of lawyers working for the enterprise,  while engaging in antitrust activity that is prohibited by state and federal law. 

Ostler’s  federal lawsuits name the Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, the Gilroy Police Department and private judge Sharon Roper who works as an attorney for the courts, in addition to the divorce lawyers and Intero agents Roper reguallry appoints to assure a flow of illegal commissions to Intero Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway.  Roper also feeds the enterprise referrals as the court’s ” Settlment Conference Officer” , where James Cox is appointed to the most corrupt cases, including the divore case of Intero founder John Thompson and retired judge Mary Ann Grilli, who appointed more cusotdy evaluatiors, referees, special masters, private jduges and minor’s counsel for the enterprise than any other judge in California’s history, where Judge Hendrickson, Judge Towery and Judge Scott are closing in fasted based on being enternched in the court and public corruption based on connections to the DA’s office. Following the death of her husband, Roper has reportedly carved out a new lookout postion inside the court where she funnels referrals, but also made up the title of temporary judge for ” Real Estate” , which is ourely made up.  

Discovery in Osteler’s federal case has reportedly found government attorneys  working overtime to shred  documents , complaints and emails in order  avoid discovery in the case. These governmetn attorneys and elected officials ( Susan Ellenberg, Mike Wasserman and Cindy Chavez) have been telling insiders Ostler’s case was brought in pro se, and will not survive in a manner that will ever be dicovered. Ward Penfold, Kim Hara, Micheal Rossi and risk managerment employee for the county, Matt Fisk, were captured on a recordings reportedly held  in the offices of tax attorney Ronda Edgar, scheming  to destroy evidence and deflect criminal investigations that include investigating money laundering and tax evasion scehemes connected to real estate transactions and divorce cases. 

Intero Attorney Heather Wang Linked to Weed , Sex & Corruption- LA & OC

    In a related case,  Ostler filed against Intero Real Estate agents, a company  affliated with Berkshire Hathaway. The suit names Intero attorney  Heather Wang, who is  reportedly running  blackmarket real estate scams  connected to the LA and Organge County’s drug and sex trafficking rings operating through private judge cases before Keith Dolnick, Shelia Sonenshine, Tom Tuttle and David Weinberg.

Dolnick links the enterprise to out-of-state crimes discovered in Arizona, Texas and Florida, where the Santa Clara County DA employee Kasey Halcon  is known to traffic vicitms  so they can not be found and brought to  testify against police officers, lawyers , judges and other ” justice partners” operating the enterprise with the knowledge and assistance of court insiders.

Dirty cops,  divorce lawyers, CPS workers, private businesses  and even non- profit or charity organiations , along with court clerks, judges, private paraleagals and top ranking employees at the state bar  are the gatekeepers allowing  this criminal conduct to persist over the past 20 years, leaving families bankrupted and homeless, and divorce attorneys , dirty cops and judges wealthy with secret assets and ghost properties that never make to to their form 700 disclosures to the public. 

Acting under the color of law, dirty divorce  attorneys  funded their criminality with home equity found in family homes, charity donations to Women SV and  state and federal grants paid under the Violence Against Women Act. San Jose and Los Gatos police officer associations reportedly use paralegals, attorneys and bookkeepers to “manage” the day to day operation and money laundering scheme , according to recordings found on attorneys Elise Mitchell, Mark Erickson, Carlos Martinez, Michelle Hales, Christina Adames, Jason Pintar, Richard Roggia, Laura Perry, Annie Fortino, David Patton, Walter Hammon, Hector Moreno, Natalie Depril, Rebekha Frye, Lynne Yates Carter, Tracey Duell Cazes, Heather Allan, Sean Onderick, Ronda Edgar, John Hannon,  and Bill Dresser as secreted by attorney Sydney Hall. These recordings  are the blueprint for  the criminal organization operating in plain sight in the state’s family court cases and filings. 

Over the past 10 years, as trained by attorney and MFT, Valerie Houghton,  attorneys are known for  secretly and illegally  recording in their offices,  and in  court, in order to line out bribes owed to judges, cops, court staff, court reporters  and court appointed experts that result in  court orders and fees that fuel the operation in Santa Clara . As it has since 20002, when Judge William Danser got caught for doing it with Los Gatos Police in traffic court cases.

 
MOVING CORRUPTION TO ORANGE COUNTY MONEY AND HOME EQUITY SCAMS


The operation  expanded to Organge County in 2012, after  attorney Keith Dolnick and court CEO David Yamasaki formally joined forces. The enterprise became  unstoppable its players got Judge Persky Recalled, and Judge Hendrickson appointed to replace him as she also maintained  her position on the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council. These public positions provided for the rigging of legal outcomes and kept the flow of state and federal money pouring in to county coeffers as the pandemic dried up tax income that supports the count courts and DAs office. 

Also on the council are attorney Nicole Ford and Victim Witness ” Director” Kasey Halcon, who have assured bribes for local cops and judges that keep them in a quasi political office and their boss, and head of the mob, DA Jeff Rosen, in office. Ford , and Halcon have personally acted to protect bad cops with the Gilroy, Los Gatos and San Jose police department who are known to be beating spouses, selling child porn and covering their criminality up in the county’s divorce courts, as is a common practice for dirty cops, judges, and lawyers. 


Dirty Lawyers – What they Look  Like To Families, Children and Orphans: Attorney Rebekah Frye Killed Her Client , Collects Fees, And Told Her Cleints: 
                                           “We Own the Los Gatos Police” . 

Frye was the attorney known for causing her client to jump off an overpass, then collecting $800,000 in fees from her estate with imposter Vietnam Veteran  and now retired attorney Brad Baugh, who continues to be paid from the operation. 

When attorney Frye handled the divorce case of powerful tech executive Don Henja in the early 2000s , she slipped the case directly into the enterprise. She got her own client on paid supervised visitation, and racked up nearly $800,000 in legal fees in no time at all, eyeing the Los Altos home equity that throwing the case in Don’s favor would seek to assure. But in March  of 2003, Gloria suprised the criminal attorneys she had gotten mixed up with when she climbed onto a Silicon Valley overpass  and took her own life by jumping on to Highway 101. Shortly before she jumped, she was heard  telling a friend she had been fired to from her tech job at Oracle. Without it , she would not be able to afford to keep her attorney, or pay the supervised visation and court appointed custody evalautors to see her own children, as the enterprise demanded. 

Even in death Gloria had no peace. Frye had her heirs rummage through the house the night Gloria died, and Frye came along for the break in, taking all evidence that could expose the enterprise before Gloria’s husband Don could return to the family home. Frye then hired attorney Brad Baugh to drag the case out in divorce and probate court another 5 years. When it was finally moved into private judging before Neville Spadafore, Baugh and Frye got ever dime of the $800,000 in fees from the estate Gloria had anticipated would go to her children.  

State Bar Ignores Attorney Crime 

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​Court files in the federal case brought by  Ostler claims to have been prepared using  Artificial Intellegence and scapping  court dockets  to reveal the uselessness of the state bar and the willingness of state bar officials to allow attorney crime to harm families and children.with impunity. State Bar executives Suzanne Grant and Vanessa Holton have reportedly been shredding complaints and diverting attention from the criminal organziation operating in Santa Clara county with the help of Judge James Towery, former chief trial counsel at the state bar. According to recordings, and papers leaked by attorney Elise Mitchell through local process servers and preists operating pedo rings in local San Jose private Catholic  schools, the enterprise expanded to Organe County where Judge Dolnick works behind the scenes with appeallate attorney Garrett Daily and Keith Dolnick, his brother, to  assure deposits in attorney IOLTA trust accounts that pay off the state bar insiders to bury their complaints and misdeeds as was done for Thomas Giardi over the past 10 years. 

Ostler however could never detect all the cases that would evidence the pattern he alleges, as the courts have secreted the dockets and information from the public domain that Ostler would need to have access to. The most secreted cases appear to come from the enterprise, as plotted and planned by attorney Elise Mithcell, WomenSV Founder Ruth Patrick Darlene, and Judge Hendrickson , who has accepted bribes through her Moreno family connections, as arranged by attorney Sean Onderick and an network of paralegals, bookkeepers and legal secretaries working legtimately in the family law community to conceal their criminality from being discovered by the press, or public. 

How they Get Away With It: The Lawyers & Paralegals 


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Divorce attorneys commit terrible crimes and are never criminally prosecuted. They abuse, bilk and cheat their clients  and rarely will a   local DA, Judge or    State Bar do anything about it.  

Divorce attorney Carlos Martinez stole from clients, botched their cases, and violated court orders. But Martinez, much like other divorce lawyers across the state, acted as an informant for the DA,  and supported Jeff Rosen’s political career, so he was able to engage in criminality with immpunity. When the bar had evidence of Martinez’s unethcial and criminal conduct, they offered him a permanent vacation, or rather confidential discipline designed to conceal his criminality through a bogus probation period where he continued his criminality cases up and down the state. 

As a civil, family law and appeal attorney,  Carlos Martinez has represented some of the county’s biggest criminals. He is connected to  cases through attorney,   Brad Baugh, whose perjury was ignored by the Santa Clara, Contra Costa and Alameda County District Attorneys. Papers found during the investitaiton of DA Mark Peterson, revealed the criminal organization, but protestors at the time were just happy to see Mark Peterson indicted, disbarred and stripped of his pension, 

Walnut Creek based forensic CPA Charles Burak, operates through the local bar in Contra Costa  and Santa Clara County where he has joined the organzation with  forensic CPAs Mike Thompson, James Butera and Sally White. These CPAs make up false reports for the benefit of the enterprise, where and  court appointments give them qualified immunity  and protection from California’s toothless consumer protection agencies such as the state bar, the Department of Real Estate, the Board of Psycology and the Board of Accountancy. The work of the CPAs and the criminality of the lawyers is concealed from the taxing authorities by attorneys including  Sean Onderick and tax attorney Ronda Edgar, who handles money laundering for lawyers working in Santa Clara , Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Sean Onderick , who works in Edgar’s offices, but does not hang out his shingle, connects the tax issues with the real estate  and malpractice civil cases brought by attorneys Bill Dresser, John Hannon and Sydney Hall , where Onderick appears to have immunity from being sued for malpracitice. Nonetheless , he has demanded clients pay him in cash, money orders and even sex that is secreted from his second wife, a former client who allegedly broke up his first marriage. 

While operating out of the building that houses private judge and mediation busienss  JAMs , the offices of private judge Richard Roggia and the law firm Hoge Fenton, Martinez reportedly provides paralegals and investigators to the organization when he is comfortable these professionals are willing to  launder  money to  attorneys, court reporters and private security firms with funds coming from cash, gift cards, Bitcoin deposits or liens on equity familes have in their homes such that they are untraceable.

San Martin resident, Margie Russo, worked as a paralegal in the law offices of Richard Roggia, a Gilroy based attorney who moved to the San Jose JAMS building to funnel business for the organization to  B-level attorneys in the form of  private judge appointments JAMS attorneys did not want.   Russo, used her position to get ” secondary employment  as a ” bookkeeper ” for the clients connected to  Roggia’s firm. Margie’s job was to deflect media attention by  monitoring  mainstream and social media accounts for potential leaks and new business for the organization, while secretly recording court hearings  and hacking  the phones of their client’s former spouse in a manner that  assured a steady stream of income flowed  off the books in the form of ghost income benefiting the organization and its players.  Margie also reportedly did the books for Intero Real Estate’s black market transactions, and for Tanimura and Antle’s farming operatings where seed counterfiting  and human trafficking rings operated through farmers located up and down the Salinas Valley and in Yuma , AZ. where  divorce cases were rigged by Hoge Fenton’s sister firm.  Fenton Keller.   

Mitchell Papers and secret recordings  leaked by attorney Elise Mitchell through  local process servers and clients doing ” free consults”  reveal Margie  helped develop  a string of B-list attorneys, real estate investors  and other professionals  willing to look the other way, as she arranged bribes that would come in the form of equity in the family home, cash payments or ” special loans” arranged through lending expert Shelia Pott, in Saratoga, or John and Tim Filice down in Gilroy, all protected in their criminality by Jeff Rosen, the state’s most corrupt DA, who is always on the take.  By 2018,  judges on the take got special home equity lines that were paid off by attorneys appointed  by public judges to act as private judges or attorneys appointed to  represent children, where they incited conflict and assured payments to the enterprise would continue.

Margie (Burbank) Russo assured  payments to labor contractors, real estate agents and contractors  working in a blackmarket for Intero , private security companies  capable of spying on vicitms seeking help from  adovocates,  and local charities claiming to assist  alleged domestic violence vicitms, while operating a criminal organization and moving millions out of the home equity belonging to California families, and to attorney fees or payments benefitting  the organization.

According to sources close to Margie Russo’s former husband “special bookkeeping services” Margie offered,  include arraging sex favors for high paying  clients,  and other  invaluable services  to the organization. Russo’s help and that offered from secretary Michelle Harper, wife of vocational examiner Tim Harper,  as well as  paralegals in Walter Hammon’s office , reportedly  paid for the operation of  Gilroy’s blackmarket  real estate scams, human trafficking and pedo rings that operated out of rental properties managed by Filice and  that was funded with hard money loans assured by prominent real estate dedvelopers  Tim and John Filice , as well as Tim Fortinio who reportedly used  “Edward Jones Investments” in Gilroy to launder large sums of undisclosed investments for the enterprise. Powerful real estate developer John Sobrato took lead on funding pedo operations through Santa Clara University as connected to family courts. where SCU ” Innocence Project ” attorney Karyn Sininu Towery serves as lookout to protect the organzation from any possible threats. 

Settlment offers  related to another federal claim against  the  enterprise appears to indicate imposter Intero real estate broker associate Patty Filice and John Filice’s neice , Courtnee Westendorf,  used  Gilroy’s Glen Loma  real estate project to secret ghost real estate transactions and launder money through  labor contractors connected to Gilroy wineries and Salinas Valley’s agricultural market. In 2020 the organization took in PPP loans made by the federal government  during the pandemic as the organization was stealing family homes, bankrupting spouses and profiting from the abuse of children living in Silicon Valley and surrounding farming towns. 

Russo is reportedly continuing in her criminality based out of the San Jose firm of Richard E. Glaze. 


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Mitchell Papers and notes from Russo show that from 2002  through 2020, the organization first used Sheila Pott’s connections at Washington Mutual and Bank of America for their operation, but then moved to  Pinnacle Bank , in order to assure loans to judges  were paid off by attorneys who demanded Intero real estate agents give them 30% kickbacks after judges ordered the sale of a family home during a divorce case. and appointed Intero real estate agents to manage those  sales. In 2017 unlicsensed Intero agent Patty Filice was appointed to the Pinnacle Board, where insiders at the SEC and Department of Real Estate knew Filice was operating without proper licensing to assure tranactions on the black market would not be revealed to the public, or regulatory authorities in a manner that would result in investigations that could reveal the organization. This all occured as Ostler filed his fededral case in pro per and caught them all off gaurd, 

Prior to the filing of Ostler’s federal case, . Pinnacle Bank openly assisted in laundering loans, fees and home equity through the  community bank as funds were brought to the organization through the  bank’s board member and top ranking blackmarket sales agent, Patty Filice, who joined the operation with the help of John Thompson’s connections to the LDS church back in 2015. Thompson, founder of the Cupertino Intero franchise,  has been protected by insiders in the federal government who act as special invesgtigators and prosecutors for the DOJ, When these insiders are involved in their own divorce cases, the organization quickly moves them into private judging  before B-list attorneys James Cox, Ed Mills, Richard Rogga, Micheal Smith and court attorney Sharon Roper, who effectively act for the sole purpose of  concealing asssets from an innocent spouse and converting the home and business equity of community estates to the profits of what has become a criminal operation acting in the state’s wealthiestcommunities during divorce, probate and custody proceedings.  

James Cox worked for the courts back in the early 2000s and while he was there he pretended to operate  as the court’s Settlement Conference Officer. In actuality  Cox  was  setting up Silicon Valley’s blackmarket divorce lists. This means middle -class divorce cases went to B list attorneys, and the wealthier families were ushered through the A list of attorneys which includes retired superior court judges. such as Catherine Gallager, Barbara Spector and Mark Pierce, all contracted with JAMS. 

Cox was  appointed in the divorce case of Intero Founder John Thompson, where Thompson  racked up millions in unreported fees from commissions, and PPP loans fradulently taken during the global pandemic. And while he charged excessive fees to the organziation’s “clients”, the organization’s participants, including court attorney Lisa Herrick, former city attorney in San Jose, where she protected bad San Jose cops,  got special deals and protections for their children that were secreted by the court in secret dockets. 


Court Attorney Lisa Herrick Benefits From Criminal Organization Leader James Cox  in Divorce From William Rice 

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Santa Clara County  Family Court Presiding Judge Julie Emede has been protecting absuive cops since she worked in the local Sheriff’s Department for the county’s “family violence” programs. She protected cops who wrote bad police reports, cops who abused their spouses and cops who molested their own children when those cops landed in the county’s family courts. Since that time , Emede has been protecting the judicary  and the Los Gatos police, while  working to keep anyone who questions a judge, dismissed as being either “crazy” or “disgrunted”. Emede also is known to refer  the ex wives of cops to the  non- profit WomenSV, an organization decribed by a number of DV “clients” as operating more like  a training program for divorce attorneys getting more in fee awards just as  they were taught by Judge Towery and now Justice Mary Greenwood back on April 28, 2017.  

” When we got reffered to Women SV , we found ” therapy” sessions run by this super creepy looking woman who was always passing out a wooden donation box and getting referrals for a private judges and DV case scams that landed in court assignments  before  Judge Emede, Judge Towery, Judge Arand, Judge Grilli, Judge Stewart, Judge Chiarello, Judge Hyashi, Judge Pierce and Judge Drew Takaichi in public court.  

Years before she became the first openly gay judge in Santa Clara County, Julie Emede was protecting dirty cops, celebrity sports figures, real estate agents and Silicon Valley tech executives willing to pay for justice. One Santa Clara County Sherifff Deputy, and former San Jose Police Officer got caught with child porn on his computer, and Emede helped cover it up as the cop entered into his own personal  divorce case. 

As former president of the local bar, Emede pronounced early on she would protect judges , no matter how dirty, from ” disgruntled ” litigants and lawyers who questioned the competency of any judge. Emede was involved in the second divorce case of Judge James Towery, and she knew his secrets, which elevated her power as  the county’s family court presiding judge. 

Judge Emede reportedly  told divorcing couples to use Intero agent Terry Houghton to sell the family home. She thwarted the media when Judge Chiarello appointed  corrupt and incompetent minor’s counsel that  sent a young girl to live with the father who raped, drugged and killed her ,afterwhich  Judge Emede told reporters from the San Jose Mercury it was fine, “we just missed the signs”.

Attorney Kathryn  Schlepphorst , Emede’s former law partner, continues to act as the biggest asset for the criminal enterprise operating in the county’s local courts. She whispers in the ears of judges, keeps watch over referrals of cases, and looks for leaks that could expose the outright racketering that has harmed countless California families with the full knowledge of the state’s most powerful lawyers and judges. 

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COVID-19’s Effect on Child Support and Alimony Payments – Men’s Divorce Podcast

Can I pause child support arrears during the pandemic?

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Question:

I lost my job due to the pandemic and already owe child support arrears. I know I can modify my child support order for payments moving forward but can I have those arrears paused during this time?

Answer:

I do not practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state, but I can provide you with general tips for this sort of issue.

You are correct regarding the fact that you can request a modification of your support payments moving forward. However, I do believe it is important that you are aware that, unfortunately, although a reduction in income is considered a change in circumstance, the court may not modify the amount or duration of support if it appears that the change in circumstance is considered temporary.

For example, there is case law that states that a 20-month reduction in income only was temporary, therefore a reduction in child support was not warranted. Further, the family court generally will not modify a support order, including pausing arrears, even during a modification time.

Additionally, the court puts the burden on the person requesting a change to notify the court of any change which could impact support. As such, the court will not know you have lost your employment until you file your modification petition. Therefore, your arrears balance will continue to accrue at the current level unless and until a modification is filed and granted, and I would recommend you file to modify your support as soon as possible.

However, if payment will become an issue for you, I would suggest contacting the enforcement unit and advising them of the change in your circumstances. You need to see if they would stay an enforcement proceeding against you, until your employment and income return to pre-pandemic levels.

While arrears still will accrue on the original amount, if the enforcement department is willing to stay any enforcement proceedings, this should mitigate any other actions against you, such as lack of payment being reported to credit agencies or incarceration for lack of payment.

However, please note this completely is within the discretion of the court, so I cannot guarantee that enforcement will not be sought against you. Also, I would strongly suggest that if you are able, you continue to pay the alimony at the level awarded, so you ensure that no enforcement proceedings are initiated.

Another alternative is to attempt to privately negotiate a temporary reduction in your arrears. If you and the opposing party can come to a private agreement, a stipulation, preferably prepared by an attorney, can be submitted to the court encapsulated the terms of the temporary agreement. Any stipulation modifying support/suspending arrears must be filed with the court. Otherwise, the original support order will continue to be in full force and effect, and the court will not know that the terms have been modified.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Pennsylvania divorce attorney Caroline Thompsoncontact Cordell & Cordell.

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COVID-19 And Divorce: Effective Child and Spousal Support Strategies

COVID-19 And Divorce: Effective Child and Spousal Support Strategies

Many guys across the United States are facing a severe economic strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Divorced fathers, in particular, are being hit hard as they try to figure out how they are going to make their child support payments.

 Cordell & Cordell’s latest Virtual Town Hall reviewed strategies men can utilize during this time to modify child support or alimony.

File quickly

In the town hall, Cordell & Cordell’s divorce attorneys explained the vital importance of filing quickly as to set a retroactive date that will lead to relief.

“They really should be looking county to county,” Cordell & Cordell Mississippi Litigation Attorney Jerrod Rayborn said. “Initially, with the filings for support or divorce, there was a big slowdown, but that has started to speed up.

“Depending on what county you are in, some counties you can go directly into the clerk and file it, and it’s done that day. Other counties, you have to leave it in a Dropbox.”

Gathering important information

When seeking a modification, it is your responsibility to help your divorce attorney as much as possibly by gathering relevant financial records.

“Whenever you file a motion to modify, whether you’re modifying alimony or modifying child support, you’re going to want information on not only your own finances, but what your ex is going through during this pandemic,” Cordell & Cordell Oklahoma Litigation Attorney Carly Haiduk said. “Issuing, even if it’s just a few discover requests, can be beneficial.”

Although the discovery process might seem a little invasive, it is important for proving to the court why a modification is necessary.

“Discovery is just the process for getting information from the other side,” Ms. Haiduk said. “For example, in Oklahoma, when you file a motion to modify, you can ask 30 questions under oath. You can ask your ex if she’s earning any extra income at this time. Is she on furlough? Did she get some sort of severance package?

“Getting all of that information, so you can use it in negotiations and present it to the court in your motion to modify.”

Modifying spousal support

The attorneys also noted that the process for modifying spousal support can sometimes be a little more difficult than child support.

“Your first step is going to be taking a look at the language in your marriage settlement agreement, in order to see if it’s modifiable or not modifiable,” Cordell & Cordell New Jersey Senior Litigation Attorney Michael Prasad said. “Even if the language in your agreement indicates that it is nonmodifiable, it’s still a good idea to consult with an attorney.

“Alimony obligations are modifiable based on the showing of a change in circumstance, and judges operate very differently from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and even from county to county. Some judges may look at that and say ‘Well, you have a contract you entered into,’ and some judges and courts may look at the circumstances and see that the change in circumstances was unforeseeable.”

More information

Cordell & Cordell is continuing to produce weekly Virtual Town Halls and daily podcasts to answer your questions about how the pandemic is impacting family law. You can find a full library of content on this topic on the Cordell & Cordell COVID-19 and Divorce Information Hub.

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As a Nurse Amid COVID-19, How Can I Protect My Parental Rights?

As a Nurse Amid COVID-19, How Can I Protect My Parental Rights?

Question:

As a nurse amid COVID-19, how can I protect my parental rights?

Answer:

Michigan attorney
Jeffrey Worosz

I am only licensed in Michigan, so my answer may vary from the particular state that you reside in.

Until recently, being a nurse would not have much of an effect on custody and did not put a parent at risk for losing custody. The only issue with such a career, would have been the unconventional work hours nurses can have. However, the COVID-19 situation has certainly changed that since some parents will use whatever they can to their advantage in a custody battle. They also may be overly concerned about the safety of their children.

Making matters worse is a recent national news story, where judge in Florida stripped an emergency room doctor of her parenting time due to concerns over COVID-19, which undoubtedly emboldened some parents to seek to do the same. 

The best way to protect yourself and reduce the chance that a judge can do this is with strong evidence to show that your career has not created a danger for your children. Displaying evidence that you are not infected is necessary. It is hard for the court to say you are a danger if you do not have the virus.

Beyond that, it also is helpful to show the court what the realistic risks of contracting the virus are. Obviously, working as a nurse the risks would be higher than a parent that is working from home and not leaving their house, but that does not mean you have a 100 percent chance of contracting COVID-19.

A nurse can show that they are not at risk by noting what kind of safety precautions they use at work, how often they are tested at work, the extent of their possible exposure to COVID-19 at work, and any other measures that are taken to reduce risk. Showing the court that you are more aware than the average parent about exposure and protection will help show them that you are cognizant of the risks and are working to minimize them.

Another issue results from the misinformation and constantly evolving facts about the virus. Nurses and other medical professionals also come into contact with all sorts of illnesses by virtue of their job. Only recently, with the COVID-19 pandemic, has one’s profession become an excuse for parties to try and restrict their parenting time.

Working in the medical field, having access to more accurate information can be beneficial. If your hospital provides updates and information regularly to its employees, you can use that information to your advantage. Most judges and attorneys do not have backgrounds in the medical field and need to be educated as well from solid sources that can be trusted, such as hospitals and medical professionals. That information can allow the court to make a more informed decision regarding parenting time.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Michigan divorce lawyer Jeffrey Worosz, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Disbarred Divorce Attorney DIED of Coronavirus in Santa Clara: Contact Tracing  Begins

 
​Nearly  three years after Lynne Yates Carter taught lawyers how to earn more in fee awards at a lawyer training led by Judge James Towery and Justice Mary Greenwood at the Santa Clara County bar association , Lynne Yates Carter was disbarred and has now reportedly died. Her death is rumored to be connected to COVID-19 and contact tracing of the county’s  dirtiest divorce lawyers has begun.

Yates- Carter was celebrated in the local family law community for getting the wife of lawyer Richard Falcone sanctioned over $1 million dollars and declared vexatious in the Falcone v Fyke divorce case.  This case became the flagship for divorce lawyers and family court judges operating a criminal enterprise out of the area’s family courts where lawyers who are part of a criminal enterprise convinced clients to use a fake judge, claiming a lawyer overseeing a divorce instead of a duly elected judge ”  will be cheaper, faster and more private”, Minor’s counsel appointments are pimped out to local judges in return for appointments to act in the best interest of the children whose parents get caught in crosshairs of this criminal enterprise.. Lynne Yates Carter and her corrupt associate,  Tracy Duell Cazes.  wrote the playbook on this corrupt practice. Duell- Cazes continues to benefit by acting as a private judge where she can earn $5 million a year doing very little work..   

Contact tracing related  to Lynne’s death has turned up far more than coronavirus super spreaders.. Emergency orders in the county  have closed the courts  and county buildings.  These closures have reduced opportunities for lawyers to hold secret meetings that historically have provided an important tool for the most corrupt lawyers using the public courthouse to conduct their criminal conduct.  This conduct has now drawn the   attention of federal investigators who  are now looking into  family court cases where Yates Cater and her associates,  including Duell Cazes and Kathryn Schlepphorst,  appear to be at the center of the scandal.  

In what appears to be a deathbed confession, Yates Carter revealed corruption where divorce lawyers and family court judges have  turned a blind eye to child abuse and money laundering in attorney trust accounts. . Once she was disbarred Lynne Yates Carter reportedly warned  Elise Mitchell and Sharon Roper that the COVID-19 crisis could significantly impact the enterprise as  real property equity in the area dries up and court business  essentially grinds to a  halt. Further, Shelia Pott , a loan manager, recently lost an important appeal and is worried the loans she wrote for area lawyers and judges as kickbacks for favorable rulings in her own divorce case are now on the  radar of federal investigators at the DOJ. 

Jason Pintar has also been exposed for his role in the darkest part of the  enterprise after  it was discovered that cases Pintar was involved in with Constance Carpenter, Nat Hales, Richard Roggia , Laura Perry and Annie Fortino appear to be related to  sex trafficking rings revealed in cases before Judge Mary Ann  Grilli in 2014 and Judge Towery in 2017. Pintar appears to have  teamed up with Laura Perry and Annie Fortino  who have connections to the Gilroy Police and local politicians.   

 Twenty years ago, attorney Ed Mills  was  appointed in the Falcone v, Fyke divorce case as a referee/ Private Judge.  Ms. Fkye had to represent herself,  Over 20 years,  Lynne  Yates Carter,  is believed to have brought in cases that have generated  millions of dollars in fees to benefit  private judges James Cox, Ed Mills, Nat Hales, Sharon Roper, Michael Smith, Richard Roggia, Ed Berra and, Tracy Duell- Cazes..  

An attorney,  believed to be David Patton.  was recently overheard speaking to a staffer claiming Yates Carter’s death was timely as her recent disbarment threatened to expose private judging, attorney trust account abuses   and minor’s counsel appointments in the county. 
A whistleblower who contacted this website noted that family law attorneys are worried COVID-19 will expose mass corruption in the family courts in a manner that will result in the termination of what surely was the golden era for corruption in California’s courts. 

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LIVE Square table Primary Election discussion on the Nevada Supreme Court & the Civil/Criminal Court Judicial Candidates

Clark County Nevada
May 5, 2020
The Veterans In Politics International Inc. will hold a “Live Streamed” square table
discussion on all the Judicial Candidates on the Primary election ballot for Nevada Supreme
Court and the Civil/Criminal Bench.
Monday, May 11th at 7 PM until.
Again LIVE STREAMED on Facebook Page: Steve Sanson click onto the link www.facebook.com/steve.sanson.3
At the end of each department, we will provide our recommendations.
We will discuss all the candidates below:
Nevada Supreme Court, Seat B
Pickering Mary Kristina Pickering, Kristina
Christensen Thomas Frank TF Christensen
Rodriguez Esther Christine Rodriguez, Esther C.
Nevada Supreme Court, Seat D
Fumo Osvaldo Fumo. Osvaldo
Herndon Douglas W. Herndon, Douglas
Nelson Erven Tebbs Nelson, Erv
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPARTMENT 2
(6-YEAR TERM)
Candidate
Party
Contact Information
Date Filed

KIERNY, CARLI LYNN

Ballot Name:
Kierny, Carli Lynn

NONPARTISAN
C/O LETIZIA AGENCY 410 SOUTH RAMPART STE. 390
LAS VEGAS NV 89145
(702) 546-8775 (PHONE)
CARLI@CARLI4JUDGE.COM
WWW.CARLI4JUDGE.COM
01/06/2020

MARCELLO, DUSTIN R

Ballot Name:
Marcello, Dustin R.

NONPARTISAN
601 LAS VEGAS BLVD. SOUTH
LAS VEGAS NV 89101
(702) 546-6256 (PHONE)
(702) 474-4210 (FAX)
DUSTIN@DUSTINMARCELLO.COM
WWW.DUSTINMARCELLO.COM
01/06/2020

SCHIFALACQUA, BARBARA FLORENCE

CANDIDATE WITHDREW

NONPARTISAN
2520 SAINT ROSE PARKWAY, STE 112
HENDERSON NV 89074
(702) 236-1106 (PHONE)
BARBARA@BARBARASCHIFALACQUA.COM
WWW.BARBARASCHIFALACQUA.COM
01/07/2020

SCOTTI, RICHARD FRANK

Ballot Name:
Scotti, Richard

NONPARTISAN
REGIONAL JUSTICE CENTER DEPT 2 200 LEWIS AVE
LAS VEGAS NV 89155
(702) 232-0170 (PHONE)
REELECTJUDGESCOTTI@GMAIL.COM
01/08/2020
Total: 4
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPARTMENT 3
(6-YEAR TERM)
Candidate
Party
Contact Information
Date Filed

GANZ, SR., ADAM

Ballot Name:
Ganz, Adam

NONPARTISAN
8950 W TROPICANA #1
LAS VEGAS NV 89147
(702) 546-9141 (PHONE)
GANZ4JUDGE2020@GMAIL.COM
WWW.GANZ4JUDGE.COM
01/06/2020

MICELI, MICHAEL JUSTIN

Ballot Name:
Miceli, Michael J.

NONPARTISAN
601 LAS VEGAS BLVD., SOUTH
LAS VEGAS NV 89101
(702) 860-7394 (PHONE)
(702) 474-4210 (FAX)
MIKEMICELI4JUDGE@GMAIL.COM
WWW.MIKEMICELI4JUDGE.COM
01/17/2020

TRUJILLO, MONICA

Ballot Name:
Trujillo, Monica

NONPARTISAN
C/O LETIZIA AGENCY 410 S. RAMPART BLVD. STE. 390
LAS VEGAS NV 89145
(702) 530-8605 (PHONE)
MONICA@TRUJILLO4JUDGE.COM
WWW.TRUJILLO4JUDGE.COM
01/06/2020
Total: 3
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPARTMENT 4
(6-YEAR TERM)
Candidate
Party
Contact Information
Date Filed

AURBACH, PHILLIP SANDFORD

Ballot Name:
Aurbach, Phil

NONPARTISAN
10001 PARK RUN DR
LAS VEGAS NV 89145
(702) 942-2155 (PHONE)
PAURBACH@GMAIL.COM
WWW.PHILAURBACHFORJUDGE.COM
01/15/2020

FRIEDBERG, CRAIG BENNETT

CANDIDATE WITHDREW

NONPARTISAN
4760 S. PECOS RD., SUITE 103
LAS VEGAS NV 89121
(702) 530-8740 (PHONE)
FRIEDBERGFORJUDGE@GMAIL.COM
WWW.FRIEDBERGFORJUDGE.COM
01/13/2020

KRALL, NADIA

Ballot Name:
Krall, Nadia

NONPARTISAN
9811 W CHARLESTON BLVD 2-634
LAS VEGAS NV 89117
(702) 385-1600 (PHONE)
NADIA@NADIAFORJUDGE.COM
01/09/2020

MOREO, KERRY L

CANDIDATE WITHDREW

NONPARTISAN
410 S RAMPART BLVD. STE.390
LAS VEGAS NV 89145
(702) 524-1224 (PHONE)
VOTEEARLEYNV@GMAIL.COM
WWW.JUDGEKERRYEARLEY.COM
01/06/2020

SCHIFALACQUA, BARBARA FLORENCE

Ballot Name:
Schifalacqua, Barbara

NONPARTISAN
2520 SAINT ROSE PARKWAY, STE 112
HENDERSON NV 89074
(702) 236-1106 (PHONE)
BARBARA@BARBARASCHIFALACQUA.COM
WWW.BARBARASCHIFALACQUA.COM
01/13/2020
Total: 5
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPARTMENT 5
(6-YEAR TERM)
Candidate
Party
Contact Information
Date Filed

ABBOTT, ERIC LAURENCE

Ballot Name:
Abbott, Eric

NONPARTISAN
P.O. BOX 35156
LAS VEGAS NV 89133
(702) 720-9803 (PHONE)
EABBOTTFOR JUDGE@GMAIL.COM
WWW.ABBOTTFORJUDGE.COM
01/16/2020

BARISICH, VERONICA M

Ballot Name:
Barisich, Veronica

NONPARTISAN
2505 ANTHEM VILLAGE DR E 194
HENDERSON NV 89052
VERONICAFORJUDGE@OUTLOOK.COM
WWW.VERONICAFORJUDGE.COM
01/17/2020

COFFING, TERRY A

Ballot Name:
Coffing, Terry

NONPARTISAN
C/O LETIZIA AGENCY 410 S RAMPART BLVD, SUITE 390
LAS VEGAS NV 89145
(702) 942-2136 (PHONE)
TERRY@COFFING4JUDGE.COM
WWW.COFFING4JUDGE.COM
01/06/2020

PARKER, BLAIR COWAN

Ballot Name:
Parker, Blair C.

NONPARTISAN
375 E WARM SPRINGS ROAD SUITE 104
LAS VEGAS NV 89119
(702) 823-3500 (PHONE)
(702) 823-3400 (FAX)
PARKERBLAIR4JUDGE@GMAIL.COM
WWW.COHENJOHNSON.COM
01/17/2020
Total: 4
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPARTMENT 15
(6-YEAR TERM)
Candidate
Party
Contact Information
Date Filed

BREEDEN, ADAM J

Ballot Name:
Breeden, Adam

NONPARTISAN
376 E. WARM SPRINGS RD. #120
LAS VEGAS NV 89119
(702) 508-0052 (PHONE)
(702) 819-7771 (FAX)
ADAM@BREEDENANDASSOCIATES.COM
WWW.BREEDENANDASSOCIATES.COM
01/17/2020

HARDY, JR., JOSEPH PAUL

Ballot Name:
Hardy, Jr., Joe

NONPARTISAN
200 LEWIS AVENUE
LAS VEGAS NV 89101
(702) 339-6948 (PHONE)
JOE@JUDGEJOEHARDY.COM
WWW.JUDGEJOEHARDY.COM
01/06/2020

MACHNICH, TEGAN CHRISTINE

Ballot Name:
Machnich, Tegan Christine

NONPARTISAN
C/O DAWSON & LORDAHL PLLC 8925 WEST POST ROAD STE. 210
LAS VEGAS NV 89148
(847) 644-4155 (PHONE)
TEGANCHRISTINE4JUDGELV@GMAIL.COM
WWW.TEGANCHRISTINE4JUDGELV.COM
01/17/2020
Total: 3
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPARTMENT 19
(6-YEAR TERM)
Candidate
Party
Contact Information
Date Filed

ELLER, CRYSTAL LYN

Ballot Name:
Eller, Crystal

NONPARTISAN
104 SOUTH JONES BLVD
LAS VEGAS NV 89107
(702) 685-6655 (PHONE)
(702) 804-5090 (FAX)
CRYSTAL@CRYSTAL4JUDGE.COM
WWW.CRYSTAL4JUDGE.COM
01/17/2020

KEPHART, WILLIAM DAVID

Ballot Name:
Kephart, William “Bill”

NONPARTISAN
7435 S EASTERN AVENUE SUITE 105 BOX 420
LAS VEGAS NV 89123
(702) 281-8949 (PHONE)
KEPHART2020ELECTION@GMAIL.COM
01/06/2020

MILLER, FIKISHA LIKI

Ballot Name:
Miller, Fikisha Liki

NONPARTISAN
438 E. SAHARA AVE
LAS VEGAS NV 89104
(702) 994-4912 (PHONE)
INFO@ITISTIMEFORMILLER.COM
WWW.ITISTIMEFORMILLER.COM
01/09/2020
Total: 3
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPARTMENT 21
(6-YEAR TERM)
Candidate
Party
Contact Information
Date Filed

ALMASE, CAESAR VICENTE

Ballot Name:
Almase, Caesar

NONPARTISAN
526 S 7TH STREET
LAS VEGAS NV 89101
(702) 326-3814 (PHONE)
(702) 463-8595 (FAX)
CAESAR@CAESARALMASE4JUDGE.COM
WWW.CAESARALMASE4JUDGE.COM
01/06/2020

CLARK NEWBERRY, TARA DEE

Ballot Name:
Clark Newberry, Tara

NONPARTISAN
438 E. SAHARA AVE.
LAS VEGAS NV 89104
(702) 751-2171 (PHONE)
TARA@CLARKNEWBERRYFORJUDGE.COM
WWW.CLARKNEWBERRYFORJUDGE.COM
01/06/2020

GALE, BRUCE L

Ballot Name:
Gale, Bruce L.

NONPARTISAN
830 LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD SOUTH
LAS VEGAS NV 89101
(702) 526-2161 (PHONE)
ATTYBRUCELGALE@AOL.COM
01/17/2020

REYNOLDS, JACOB ALVIN

Ballot Name:
Reynolds, Jacob

NONPARTISAN
10080 W. ALTA DR. SUITE 200
LAS VEGAS NV 89145
(702) 381-3323 (PHONE)
(702) 385-2086 (FAX)
JACOB@JACOB4JUDGE.COM
WWW.JACOB4JUDGE.COM
01/06/2020
Total: 4
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPARTMENT 23
(6-YEAR TERM)
Candidate
Party
Contact Information
Date Filed

ARMSTRONG, KARL WESLEY

Ballot Name:
Armstrong, Karl W.

NONPARTISAN
3753 HOWARD HUGHES PKWY #200
LAS VEGAS NV 89169
(702) 245-7652 (PHONE)
KARLATTORNEY1@GMAIL.COM
WWW.ARMSTRONG4JUDGE.COM
01/06/2020

FRIEDBERG, CRAIG BENNETT

Ballot Name:
Friedberg, Craig

NONPARTISAN
4760 S. PECOS RD., SUITE 103
LAS VEGAS NV 89121
(702) 530-8740 (PHONE)
FRIEDBERGFORJUDGE@GMAIL.COM
WWW.FRIEDBERGFORJUDGE.COM
01/17/2020

LILLY-SPELLS, JASMIN D

Ballot Name:
Lilly-Spells, Jasmin

NONPARTISAN
438 E SAHARA AVENUE
LAS VEGAS NV 89104
(702) 907-5565 (PHONE)
JASMIN@LILLY-SPELLS.COM
WWW.LILLY-SPELLS.COM
01/06/2020

SWEETIN, JAMES ROBERT

Ballot Name:
Sweetin, Jim

NONPARTISAN
7995 BLUE DIAMOND ROAD STE. 102- #184
LAS VEGAS NV 89178
(702) 656-2015 (PHONE)
JIM@JIMSWEETIN.COM
WWW.JIMSWEETIN.COM
01/06/2020
Total: 4
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPARTMENT 24
(6-YEAR TERM)
Candidate
Party
Contact Information
Date Filed

BALLOU, ERIKA DANIELLE

Ballot Name:
Ballou, Erika D.

NONPARTISAN

(702) 405-7373 (PHONE)
ERIKA4JUDGE@GMAIL.COM

01/17/2020

BOHN, MICHAEL F

Ballot Name:
Bohn, Mickey

NONPARTISAN
C/OF LETIZIA AGENCY 410 S RAMPART #390
LAS VEGAS NV 89145
(702) 642-3113 (PHONE)
(702) 642-9766 (FAX)
MICKEY@BOHN4JUDGE.COM
WWW.BOHN4JUDGE.COM
01/06/2020

GILLIAM, DANIEL ROBERT

Ballot Name:
Gilliam, Dan

NONPARTISAN
2340 W. HORIZON RIDGE PKWY SUITE 100
HENDERSON NV 89052
702-378-2442 (PHONE)
DAN@GILLIAM4JUDGE.COM
WWW.GILLIAM4JUDGE.COM
01/06/2020

RINETTI, DENA IRENE

Ballot Name:
Rinetti, Dena

NONPARTISAN
2520 SAINT ROSE PKWY STE. 112
HENDERSON NV 89074
(702) 998-2693 (PHONE)
DENA@DENARINETTI.COM
WWW.DENARINETTI.COM
01/06/2020

VADALA, JOSEPH

Ballot Name:
Vadala, Joe

NONPARTISAN
438 E SAHARA AVENUE
LAS VEGAS NV 89104
(702) 338-7969 (PHONE)
JOE@VOTEVADALA.COM
WWW.VOTEVADALA.COM
01/17/2020
Total: 5
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPARTMENT 28
(6-YEAR TERM)
Candidate
Party
Contact Information
Date Filed

CAVANAUGH, JAMES EARLY

Ballot Name:
Cavanaugh, James E. “Jim”

NONPARTISAN
8605 LINDERWOOD DR
LAS VEGAS NV 89134
(702) 493-6989 (PHONE)
(702) 255-2858 (FAX)
JIM.CAVANAUGH@OUTLOOK.COM
WWW.JIMCAVANAUGH4JUDGE.COM
01/15/2020

ISRAEL, RONALD J

Ballot Name:
Israel, Ron

NONPARTISAN
9360 W FLAMINGO STE. 110-450
LAS VEGAS NV 89147
JUDGERONISRAEL@GMAIL.COM
WWW.JUDGERONISRAEL.COM
01/06/2020

MCLEOD, ALEXANDRA BETH

Ballot Name:
Mcleod, Alexandra Beth

NONPARTISAN
438 E. SAHARA AVE
LAS VEGAS NV 89104
(702) 751-1450 (PHONE)
ALEXANDRA@MCLEODFORJUDGE.COM
WWW.MCLEODFORJUDGE.COM
01/17/2020
Total: 3
LIVE Square table Primary Election discussion on the Clark County Family Court Judicial Candidates – Veterans In Politics International
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIV DEPARTMENT A
VOY, WILLIAM OAKS Recommendation
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIV DEPARTMENT I
CHEVALIER, YVETTE Endorsement
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIV DEPARTMENT J
MACDONALD, JOHN SCOTT Recommendation
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIV DEPARTMENT M
HUGHES, LYNN NEVILLE Recommendation
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIV DEPARTMENT P
PAGE, FRED C Recommendation
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIV DEPARTMENT S
SZYC, LISA MARIE Recommendation
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIV DEPARTMENT T
CUTTER, NADIN J Recommendation
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIV DEPARTMENT U
THRONE, DAWN RENEE Recommendation
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIV DEPARTMENT V
FLEEMAN, JACK WESLEY Recommendation
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIV DEPARTMENT Y
CHARTER, STEPHANIE ANNE Recommendation
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIV DEPARTMENT Z
PEREZ, ROMEO RUIZ Recommendation

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Unemployment & Slowdown: COVID-19’s Impact on Divorce and Dads

Unemployment & Slowdown: COVID-19’s Impact on Divorce and Dads

The COVID-19 pandemic has left more than 30 million people unemployed. The financial hardship is even tougher if you are going through a divorce during this tumultuous time.

There are millions of divorced dads who can no longer afford
their child support or alimony payments because the pandemic has wrecked their
finances. Perhaps even more concerning is the number of fathers losing access
to their children because of custody exchange complications during stay-at-home
orders.

On April 30, Cordell
& Cordell
hosted a Virtual Town featuring a panel of divorce lawyers
from across the United States who answered questions from viewers about the
divorce issues they are facing during this unprecedented time.

How to file for
divorce during COVID-19

The Coronavirus has closed many family courts, but that does
not mean there is no way to move forward with divorce.

Although you might not be able to appear in court for
in-person hearings and court appearances, you should still be able to file.

“In Florida, the courts are closed to the general public,
meaning that you can’t walk into the court and file an action, unless it’s an
emergency,” Cordell & Cordell Florida Litigation Manager Marc
Cohen
said. “But they are open, in terms of us [attorneys] being
able to file actions, being able to get hearings before judges.”

How to modify support
orders during COVID-19

One of the biggest problems divorced fathers are encountering
is that their income has been dramatically reduced because of the pandemic and
they can no longer afford child support or alimony.

In those instances, it is important to file for a
modification as soon as possible.

“Whether you are looking to modify support or maintenance,
due to a job loss or you’re just starting out on a divorce, it becomes
especially important to modify if you’re now collecting unemployment and you
have had a significant decrease in your income,” Cordell & Cordell Regional
Partner Bridget Landry
said.

“In Minnesota, the support modification, which includes
spousal maintenance or alimony, and child support, are retroactive from the
date they are served. So, if already have a decrease in income, it’s very
important to get that motion served, as soon as possible, because even though
your court date may not be a month, or two, or three from now, the
retroactivity will go back to the date of service.”

The courts are unlikely to cut you any slack if you fall
behind on payments, even if it was because of the pandemic.

“When you say to judges ‘Well, it was Coronavirus. I didn’t
do anything,’ it’s not going to be an excuse,” Cordell & Cordell
CEO/Managing Partner Scott Trout
said. “We want to give the judge the maximum latitude across the country, where
ever you may be, to make that order retroactive and apply toward payments that
you couldn’t make.”

Extramarital affairs
during COVID-19

The Virtual Town Hall also briefly touched on the topic of
infidelity during the pandemic and how that can impact the divorce process. An
affair can potentially affect how much alimony is owed. At a time when the
economy is reeling, and employment is tough to come by, that determination can
end up being very costly.

“New York, like many states, is considered no fault, which
means you don’t have to show that somebody had an affair, in order to get a
divorce,” Cordell & Cordell New York Litigation Manager Asa
Neff
said. “But it is certainly taken into consideration for a lot
of purposes. It can have a financial impact, certainly if you are spending
money on an extramarital affair. If that’s found out, a judge can order that
that money come back in and have to be redistributed and repaid to the marital
estate.

“If there are issues of custody in a case, a judge is going
to look at your behavior and make a decision about whether or not that should
impact the time you’re going to have with your children.”

Child custody during
COVID-19

The top issue divorcing men are struggling with during the
Coronavirus might be sorting through child custody exchanges while still
following quarantine and stay-at-home orders.

Some dads fear traveling with their children for custody drop-offs
will risk exposing them to the virus. Other fathers are missing out on parenting
time because their ex is withholding custody and using the virus as an excuse.

During the Virtual Town Hall, Cordell & Cordell Regional
Partner Erica Gittings
explained steps to take when debating whether to withhold your child and refuse
to give up custody during the pandemic. She suggested providing written
communication expressing your worries to the other parent and documenting your
actions during this time.

“Document what you are doing to make sure that you are
following all of the Governor’s orders for your state and making sure you’re
following all of the social distancing requirements,” Ms. Gittings said. “Also
make sure to document any evidence you may have that your co-parent is not
following the isolation orders or the social distancing orders.”

She also emphasized the importance of consulting with your
divorce attorney before proceeding with any actions outside the guidelines laid
out in your custody order.

“In the state of Wisconsin, we have the statute, a motion to
enforce placement, and if you withhold the children and the court finds out
that it was intentional and unreasonable, you could be subjected to paying the
other side’s attorney’s fees,” she said. “So it is important to put all of your
ducks in a row, in order to show the courts your concerns, which are real and
are expressed appropriately, and that you’re taking the right steps.”

Proactiveness is key

Repeatedly, the attorneys stressed the importance of being
proactive on family law matters during this time.

Always document any interactions you might have with your ex
regarding co-parenting. Pay what you can in child support and alimony. Stay up
to date on the guidelines your state and local governments provide – especially
as it relates to custody exchanges and modification issues. And contact your divorce attorney
when you are uncertain how to proceed.

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Spousal support in Texas: What it means

Originally published by On behalf of Laura Dale.

After a marriage ends, spousal support in Texas is not a guarantee. Even then, it is limited to whatever is necessary to provide for the receiving spouse’s minimum basic needs.

What does that mean? Well, for starters, spousal support is limited to no more than $5,000 per month or 20% of the paying spouse’s income — whichever is smaller. However, the exact definition of what equals a spouse’s “minimum basic needs” isn’t clearly defined. That gives judges — and dependent spouses — a little leeway.

Some of the most common factors a judge might consider when setting a spousal support payment include:

  • A mortgage or rent payment
  • Utility payments
  • Car notes
  • Health insurance premiums
  • Medical expenses
  • Monthly groceries

Spousal support is generally designed to be temporary relief while the dependent spouse tries to gain their financial footing. It’s generally only awarded for five, seven or 10 years (depending on the duration of the marriage) — and only so long as the dependent spouse is still unable to meet their own basic needs.

Exactly what makes a dependent spouse unable to meet their own basic needs can vary from situation to situation, but some common examples include spouses who have put aside their own career developments to take care of the home or family. A spouse who develops a physical or mental disability during the marriage may also reasonably expect support. Other spouses may be awarded support so that they can more easily return to school or develop a trade.

If you hope to receive spousal support after your marriage ends, it’s smart to talk over your expectations and hopes with an experienced advocate.

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Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 27, 2020

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 30, 2020

Originally published by Amy Starnes.

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community.

Important links

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources Page — Texasbar.com/coronavirus

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Public Resources Page — Texasbar.com/COVIDHelp

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Well-being Resources page — Texasbar.com/remote-well-being

Texas AG helped donor fight virus lockout — Records reviewed by The Associated Press show that an exclusive group of Texans stood to benefit when Attorney General Ken Paxton urged a small Colorado county to reverse a public health order during the coronavirus outbreak. — The Associated Press

Texas voters sue over age restrictions for mail-in ballots — Citing the threats of the coronavirus, six Texas voters filed suit in federal court Wednesday challenging restrictions that limit age eligibility for voting by mail to those 65 and older. — The Texas Tribune

Many law firms that applied for paycheck protection loans are still waiting; Texas lawyer sues — One Houston lawyer was so frustrated by delays that he filed would-be class action lawsuits against three banks on behalf of himself and other clients. — ABA Journal

Small Business Administration temporarily limits stimulus loans to small lenders — The Small Business Administration briefly closed applications for emergency small business loans to all but the nation’s smallest lenders on Wednesday. — UPI

Tips for minimizing law firm liability during COVID-19 — As with any significant upheaval, this sudden and radical transformation of the legal profession creates new risk management challenges for law firms. (Subscription required) — Law360

Big Business wants immunity from Covid-19 lawsuits — At issue is how to balance protecting businesses from lawsuits, while enabling justice for customers and workers who in a time of rapidly rising unemployment may not have the option of leaving their jobs for something safer. — The Associated Press

Texas Supreme Court approves July Bar Exam, sets alternative September testing date — The Texas bar examination set for July will continue as scheduled, but an additional testing date also will be offered in September. — Texas Bar Blog

McLennan County judges, court officials prepare for return of jury trials — As Texas and county officials prepare to resume more work under whatever the new normal will look like, judges are realizing McLennan County courtrooms were not built with social distancing in mind. — Waco Tribune-Herald

Supreme Court to begin live oral arguments; here’s how it works — For the first time in its history, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments by telephone conference. All nine justices and counsel will participate remotely starting Monday, May 5. — Court TV

COVID-19: Are your constitutional rights quarantined too? — The leading case about restrictions during public health emergencies is the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1905 decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts. — Tilting the Scales blog

Shared custody in the time of COVID-19: A Q&A with Susan Myres — Houston attorney Susan Myres, president of the AAML, discusses shared custody and the challenges divorced/separated parents face during the time of COVID-19. (Subscription required) — Texas Lawyer

Working from home does not excuse employers from safety responsibility — It is imperative that all employers who employ home workers understand that they still have an obligation to keep all workers safe and they also must keep their Workers’ Compensation insurance in force. — Workplace Safety blog

How opening businesses again will impact your unemployment. Q&A with Texas Workforce Commission (video) — BoShould you go back to work if you fear getting sick? Here are 17 questions we asked the man in charge of Texas unemployment benefits. — KVUE – Austin

Federal government sued for denying stimulus checks to Americans married to undocumented immigrants — The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, is alleging that a provision in the $2.2 trillion stimulus package known as the CARES Act that denies the benefit to mixed-status families in unconstitutional. — The Texas Tribune

Judge affirms White House plan to suspend visas for child migrants — A U.S. district judge in Oregon declined late Wednesday to block a White House plan to suspend immigration visas for children of permanent migrant residents due to the coronavirus crisis. — UPI

While volunteering in a NYC pop-up hospital, this Texas law grad learned he had passed the bar — For three weeks, John Kiraly, a May 2019 graduate of the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, has volunteered with a Florida-based private humanitarian company, Comprehensive Health Services. (Subscription required) — Texas Lawyer

Google zooms in on Zoom with a freebie — Google on Tuesday made its business videoconferencing service free to all users, ramping up competition for Zoom as people flock online to stay connected during the pandemic. — Agence France-Presse

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