Domestic Violence: How to Ruin Your Ex's Life and Make Your Lawyer Rich

Nicole Ford (above), Elise Mitchell (right), depicted in new art display for failing victims of Domestic Violence. 

Journalists and Victims Threatened by 49ers to Stay Silent on Domestic Violence. 

Silicon Valley artists target Santa Clara County divorce lawyers: Nicole Ford, Elise Mitchell, Hector Moreno, Leah Amini, Walter Hammon Valerie Houghton,  and Bradford Baugh  for failing to protect victims of domestic violence and falsely prosecuting innocent parents in divorce cases to earn more money. Complaints  allege these lawyers have also been threatening the press to keep the 49er brand, and themselves, from becoming “tainted” in the local legal community.  

Domestic Violence in Silicon Valley is at an all time high. Not because parents are more violent, but because divorce lawyers have colluded to grab more money in a divorce case cases using DV as a litigation tactic and local district attorneys have let them. 

Divorce Attorneys Nicole Ford and Elise Mitchell were recently overheard talking about ” arm  reduction surgeons”  and laughing about the fees they took in the Domestic Violence case involving former 49er Ray McDonald. A case that is getting a new look after the 49ers fired Ruben Foster following a Florida arrest for domestic violence. 

 District Attorney  Covered Up Domestic Violence to Protect 49er Image

Recently released Santa Clara police body cams show that 49er Ruben Foster got favorable treatment after the Santa Clara County DA refused to prosecute Foster for interfering with the police during a recent DV call.  Jeff Rosen when soft on similar claims that were pending against former 49er Ray McDonald, claims Rosen dragged out for three years and then let slip off into the golden plea deal Rosen is famous for offering high profile abusers. 

Josh Bentley, the lawyer for 49ers,  has reportedly been giving Jeff Rosen kickbacks to keep 49er DV issues out of Rosen’s office,  and out of the  media , including by ” fixing” stories that appear in the San Jose Mercury. 

Elise Mitchell, Ray McDonald’s family law attorney, is a divorce lawyer (who sits on fee arbitration panels for the Santa Clara County Bar Association) was  reportedly using secret deals in fee arbitrations to kickback favors to area lawyers. Mitchell  is also charged with  giving information and kickbacks to keep former 49er  Ray McDonald, out of jail. after he  beat the mother of his child in 2014 and in 2015.

Elise Mitchell reportedly crafted the legal culture of slut shaming victims by threatening the  media to not cover Kendra’s story in 2016, after it hit on ABC, NBC, TMZ, and CBS as McDonald was getting favorable treatment before Judge James Towery, a close friend of Elise Mitchell. Kendra Scott is one more high profile victim failed by Jeff Rosen, as Rosen took over the county’s Victim Services and panders to his political allies in lieu of serving victims. 

DA Jeff Rosen, and his former assistant,  Kayrn Sininu- Towery have a long history of letting 49ers out of serious charges of physical violence against others,  especially  intimate partner violence. That history led to Sinunu -Towery resigning in July 2013  before she was disbarred. It is no surprise her husband, James Towery, gave favorable treatment to these players in divorce and custody cases. 

Even now Jeff Rosen is reluctant to arrest a 49er who was already arrested in another state, as the San Jose Mercury reports. 

Another link to Rosen, is criminal lawyer Dan Jensen, a lawyer who gets regular referrals from the DA’s office and is reportedly is on the referral list for Silicon Valley’s high tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google


                                     ACTIVELY KILLING MEDIA COVERAGE 

Independent news agencies and reporters have been reporting that 49ers, private divorce lawyers  and DA have been using the media to cover up the potential harm NFL players impose in a local community. ( See Tweet of Tim Kawakami back when he tried to cover McDonald back in 2014) .

Retired  49er players report that the 49er management  took  an active role in threatening the victim of 49er Ray McDonald, and regularly trains their players to get consent on their phones so that lawyer Josh Bentley, or Dan Jensen,  can get them out of charges of domestic violence or sexual assault. 

                                  JEFF ROSEN FAILS VICTIMS PROSECUTES PARENTS 

Court papers charge that Jeff Rosen, and the Santa Clara County Independent Defense Office (IDO), have been working to secret domestic violence and false claims of domestic violence back to 2010, when Rosen was running for office. More recently antitrust documents charge that Jeff Rosen has been using domestic violence victims to build his career and cover up real harm.  

                             Violence that Makes Divorce Lawyers Rich

Divorce Attorneys Sharon Roper and Bradford Baugh have been reportedly colluding to use domestic violence to earn more attorney fees, claiming they can earn over $100,000 in a single divorce case simply by adding in a false DV claim. 

DDA Allison Filo (who was charged with trying to send an innocent man to jail for rape), knew of this collusion back to 2013, but was told to cover it up as the Santa Clara County DA’s office as the office was under pressure in a high profile DV case, and as the Audrie Pott suicide was being used to make money for some of Jeff Rosen’s divorce lawyer friends.

Sharon Roper, a highly controversial court appointed lawyer for children, was recently hired by the Santa Clara County Courts and is charged in court documents as using false claims of domestic violence to profit herself. 

These same court  files charge that lawyers are acting in criminal conspiracies using  domestic violence as a profit opportunity. Recordings and emails that document  this conduct have been being presented to the State Bar for over 20 years, and the Bar has done little  discipline divorce lawyers who are getting rich by claiming DV in divorce cases.

While many people seek to use the legal system and fairly execute their divorce, a small number of people appear to be hiring divorce lawyers to draw out litigation and weave a false domestic violence claim, or pressure real victims to remain silent.  Sadly, good parents who may have had atypical emotional responses during a separation, are facing life time sentences that can impact their ability to work and pay support, none of which is good for children.  

                                        Can Your Divorce Lawyer Go To Jail? 

Most district attorneys refuse to prosecute perjury and criminal conspiracies in divorce cases, which has given divorce lawyers an invitation to violate the law and steal more than just outrageous fees.

An indictment of controversial divorce lawyer, Valerie Houghton, is one of the few criminal indictments charging a lawyer with felony white collar crimes, which include enhancement for stealing from a senior. Houghton was charged in 2016 and has still not gone to trial. Rumors abound that Jeff Rosen has directed the charges against Valerie Houghton to be dropped as a favor to James Towery, a sitting family court judge and close personal friend. Towery reportedly worked on Jeff Rosen’s political campaigns , including when Towery was Chief Trial Council at the California State Bar.  

The Houghton indictment is a cancer on the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. It shows how Jeff Rosen has consistently failed to prosecute lawyers and 49ers as a form of protection and collusion with private divorce lawyers. An illegal protection  that fails victims over and over again.