Court Operations Oversight

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I started this project mainly as a placeholder right now, to record any issues we notice about court procedures that may need further investigation.

MOST JUDGES NEVER HAVE TO RUN FOR THEIR SEAT! See more below!

Jovan Jackson "obfuscation"

Jovan Jackson was involved in operating a dispensary, Answerdam. He was arrested for selling marijuana, although he did not actually sell it himself, it was from a "legal" dispensary and only to people with physician paperwork. He was cleared in a first case (from the same evidence but a day earlier, so it was not "double jeopardy" since it was the next day), but then brought back to trial in a second case (based on the fact that although he was acquitted for the violation from the prior day, they would do it again). In the second case, they did not allow the defense to mention that running a dispensary is legal in California, and was when he was arrested.

I went to the courthouse to see this case but I did not have the department where the case would be heard.

I first walked down the hall and looked for paperwork next to the door of each hearing room. It was actually in Dept. 15, but at that courtroom they had installed metal detector screening equipment so it would not be possible to get to the display case next to the door or look in without going through the secondary screening, so I did not go through that to see the list or look in.

I went to the clerk of the court to look up the case. I had Jackson's name. The clerk first asked me if I knew his birthday. Huh? I was able to look at the screen (remarkably) and give her the birthday that was listed. Then, she said she found it, but there was nothing listed except 5 days earlier. I checked with my assistant by phone and she gave me the case number, and they still could not find it. I walked around for a while, but did not look into the courtroom where it was being held because of the security on the outside. I was leaving the courthouse and I noticed a fellow in the wheelchair who I had met at the ASA meeting the day before, and I recognized him and asked him about the case. He said it was in Dept 15 and we walked (and rolled) up together.

The judge in this case was judge Shore.

Later, I went back down to ask the clerk about it. First, I asked if they had a list of all the cases being tried that day. "We don't have that sort of list, our computers are very old and we just can't make a master list." Okay, so I then asked for the supervisor. She said that again, the case was not being heard. Then she went back, talked on the phone and worked on the computer, came back, and said that indeed, it was in Dept. 15. I asked the first woman why she could not find it, and she said that maybe she didn't go to that screen, but now it shows up.

I asked the security guards if there was any conceivable way anyone could get a weapon into the facility, since there is security at the main entrance... why do they have the extra level of security? They said they did not know, they just do what the judge wants.

It is clear to me that they desperately want to limit the number of people that show up for this case.

I was a bit disappointed also that the judge took the entire discussion of the jury instructions off the record, and proceeded to carry on lengthy discussions with the attorneys about what they wanted in and out, only opting for one detail to be put on the record, and then dismissing the court recorder completely. I have a feeling that was to limit the Judge's liability in the case regarding what the instructions were, because the discussion about what to put in or out would be very important for any challenge to the case in an appeal. The attorney for Jackson should not have agreed to taking it off the record, in my opinion, and I think it limits the ability of the public to review the cases if they do this, plus do not allow any recording devices, etc.

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List of Judges and their term expiration.

These judges are NOT listed on the Registrar of Voters website. We asked them in 2012 for their term expiration dates. For known BAD JUDGES, we need to have good judge candidates RUN AGAINST THEM!

ID Name Location Dept Case TypesSorted ascending Term Ends Notes
27 DAVID J. DANIELSEN Main Courthouse SD-24 ASSISTANT PRESIDING Jan-15 Good
145 LEE C. WITHAM Main Courthouse SD-3 CITY JAIL ARRAIGNMENT    
1 LORNA ALKSNE Hall of Justice SD-64 Civil Jan-13  
7 JEFFREY B. BARTON Hall of Justice SD-69 Civil Jan-15 Good.
11 JAY M. BLOOM Main Courthouse SD-33 Civil Jan-13  
25 GONZALO CURIEL Hall of Justice SD-60 Civil Jan-15  
28 WILLIAM S. DATO Hall of Justice SD-67 Civil Jan-13  
29 CINDY D. DAVIS Main Courthouse SD-5 CIVIL    
31 STEVEN R. DENTON Hall of Justice SD-73 Civil Jan-15 Retired
36 KEVIN A. ENRIGHT Hall of Justice SD-74 Civil Jan-17 Great (Republican)
41 LISA A. FOSTER Main Courthouse SD-57 Civil Jan-17  
59 JUDITH F. HAYES Hall of Justice SD-68 Civil Jan-15 Not favorite, hit or miss. Negative.
79 JOAN M. LEWIS Hall of Justice SD-65 Civil Jan-13  
83 FREDERIC L. LINK Main Courthouse SD-26 Civil Jan-15 Best judge in the world, fabulous.
94 KENNETH J. MEDEL South County SB-7 CIVIL Jan-13  
95 JOHN S. MEYER Hall of Justice SD-61 Civil Jan-15 Plaintiff's Lawyer, not much patience. OK. Ruled against Ballot Acess Lawsuit
100 WILLIAM R. NEVITT, JR. Main Courthouse SD-52 Civil Jan-15 Bad. Possible target.
108 RONALD S. PRAGER Hall of Justice SD-71 Civil Jan-15 Good.
110 JOEL M. PRESSMAN Hall of Justice SD-66 Civil Jan-17  
116 LISA C. SCHALL Main Courthouse SD-46 Civil Jan-15 Has had some problems, like DUI, etc.
126 RICHARD E. L. STRAUSS Hall of Justice SD-75 Civil Jan-15 Can't stand him. Must be close to retirement. "Weird" D
127 EDDIE C. STURGEON East County EC-14 CIVIL Jan-15 Fabulous, but ruled against contest handled by Moot regarding ballots tossed out due to address.
128 RONALD L. STYN Hall of Justice SD-62 Civil Jan-15 Good. Smart. But conservative.
130 TIMOTHY B. TAYLOR Hall of Justice SD-72 Civil Jan-13  
132 RANDA TRAPP Hall of Justice SD-70 Civil Jan-13  
135 LUIS R. VARGAS Hall of Justice SD-63 Civil Jan-13  
146 JOEL R WOHLFEIL East County EC-15 CIVIL Jan-17 Fair judge, ruled in favor of our claims in Election Audit Lawsuit
21 TIMOTHY M. CASSERLY North County NC-31 CIVIL IC Jan-15 Very good judge.
26 ROBERT P. DAHLQUIST North County NC-29 CIVIL IC Jan-13 Horrible
86 EARL H. MAAS III North County NC-28 CIVIL IC Jan-15 Good
101 THOMAS P. NUGENT North County NC-30 CIVIL IC Jan-13  
124 JACQUELINE M. STERN North County NC-27 CIVIL IC Jan-15 Not brightest bulb, unpredictable. C-
123 MARTIN W. STAVEN North County NC-7 CIVIL/CRIMINAL/DOMESTIC CALENDAR    
2 EDWARD P. ALLARD III South County SB-10 CRIMINAL Jan-15  
5 JAMES T. ATKINS East County EC-1 Criminal    
9 LAURA J. BIRKMEYER Main Courthouse SD-4 Criminal Jan-15 Unknown
14 JOSEPH P. BRANNIGAN East County EC-16 Criminal Jan-17  
16 FRANK A. BROWN Main Courthouse SD-23 Criminal Jan-13  
17 Gary George Kreep Main Courthouse SD-34 Criminal Jan-15 Rated Unqualified by Bar. Elected in June 2012 election.
18 GARY BUBIS East County EC-18 Criminal Jan-17  
20 YVONNE ESPERANZA CAMPOS Main Courthouse SD-10 Criminal Jan-13  
22 GEORGE W. CLARKE Main Courthouse SD-25 Criminal Jan-13  
24 PATRICIA K. COOKSON East County EC-10 Criminal Jan-13  
30 PETER C DEDDEH Main Courthouse SD-38 Criminal Jan-13  
32 FRANCIS M. DEVANEY South County SB-9 CRIMINAL Jan-13  
34 JOHN S. EINHORN Main Courthouse SD-58 Criminal Jan-15 Decent
37 CHARLES W. ERVIN East County EC-2 Criminal Jan-13  
38 ANA L. ESPANA South County SB-15 CRIMINAL Jan-17 Good
39 HERBERT J. EXARHOS East County EC-17 Criminal Jan-13  
40 EUGENIA A. EYHERABIDE Main Courthouse SD-31 Criminal Jan-13  
42 JEFFREY F. FRASER Main Courthouse SD-37 Criminal Jan-13  
45 PATRICIA GARCIA East County EC-3 Criminal Jan-13  
47 CHARLES R. GILL Main Courthouse SD-18 Criminal Jan-15  
48 DAVID M. GILL Main Courthouse SD-28 Criminal Jan-15 Ancient, but good.
51 ALVIN E. GREEN, JR. South County SB-8 CRIMINAL Jan-15  
55 LAURA W HALGREN Main Courthouse SD-29 Criminal Jan-15 Okay but conservative
57 LOUIS R. HANOIAN Main Courthouse SD-54 Criminal Jan-15  
58 ALBERT T. HARUTUNIAN III Main Courthouse SD-6 Criminal Jan-13  
60 ESTEBAN HERNANDEZ South County SB-17 Criminal Jan-15  
61 MARSHALL Y. HOCKETT North County NC-14 CRIMINAL Jan-15 Pretty good.
68 GALE E. KANESHIRO Main Courthouse SD-40 Criminal Jan-13  
70 KERI G. KATZ Main Courthouse SD-44 Criminal    
75 ROGER W. KRAUEL East County EC-19 Criminal Jan-13  
76 WILLIAM H. KRONBERGER, JR. Main Courthouse SD-39 Criminal Jan-13  
77 KIMBERLEE A. LAGOTTA North County NC-6 CRIMINAL Jan-13  
78 MELINDA J. LASATER Main Courthouse SD-32 Criminal Jan-17  
80 KATHLEEN M. LEWIS South County SB-14 CRIMINAL Jan-15  
81 LANTZ LEWIS East County EC-8 Criminal Jan-17  
87 FREDERICK MAGUIRE Main Courthouse SD-53 Criminal Jan-13  
89 SHARON B. MAJORS-LEWIS East County EC-4 Criminal Jan-13  
92 WILLIAM J. MCGRATH East County EC-9 Criminal Jan-13  
96 AMALIA L. MEZA Main Courthouse SD-19 Criminal Jan-17  
98 RICHARD R. MONROY Juvenile SD-J8 Criminal Jan-17  
99 DWAYNE K. MORING Main Courthouse SD-30 Criminal Jan-17  
102 ROBERT F. O'NEILL Main Courthouse SD-56 Criminal Jan-17  
105 LAURA H. PARSKY Main Courthouse SD-27 Criminal Jan-15 "Bad."
109 ALLAN J. PRECKEL East County EC-12 Criminal Jan-17  
112 ROBERT C. RICE Main Courthouse SD-2 Criminal    
114 CHARLES G. ROGERS Main Courthouse SD-48 Criminal Jan-13  
119 HOWARD H. SHORE Main Courthouse SD-15 Criminal Jan-15 Jovan Jackson trial: defense could not say that dispensaries are legal in CA. Jeff Olson: Would not allow any mention of First Amendment or Freedom of Speech in sidewalk chalk case.
120 MICHAEL T. SMYTH Main Courthouse SD-50 CRIMINAL Jan-15  
121 KENNETH K. SO Main Courthouse SD-55 Criminal Jan-13  
122 STEPHANIE SONTAG South County SB-16 CRIMINAL Jan-17  
129 DAVID M. SZUMOWSKI Main Courthouse SD-12 Criminal Jan-15 Blind but bright, not bad.
131 JOHN M. THOMPSON East County EC-11 Criminal Jan-17  
134 LEO VALENTINE, JR. Main Courthouse SD-49 Criminal Jan-17  
137 TIMOTHY R. WALSH Main Courthouse SD-11 Criminal Jan-15 unknown
138 THEODORE M. WEATHERS Main Courthouse SD-14 Criminal Jan-13  
139 JOAN P. WEBER Main Courthouse SD-51 Criminal Jan-13  
140 KERRY WELLS Main Courthouse SD-36 Criminal Jan-17  
148 MARGIE G. WOODS Main Courthouse SD-35 Criminal Jan-15 Good.
73 K. MICHAEL KIRKMAN North County NC-5 CRIMINAL MASTER CALENDAR Jan-17  
44 PETER L. GALLAGHER Main Courthouse SD-17 CRIMINAL/DRUG COURT Jan-15  
104 ADRIENNE A. ORFIELD North County NC-1 CRIMINAL/PC 1210 Jan-13  
33 KELLY C. DOBLADO Main Courthouse SD-43 Family    
46 WILLIAM C. GENTRY, JR. East County EC-5 FAMILY Jan-17  
49 CHRISTINE K. GOLDSMITH Family SD-F3 Family Jan-13  
52 MICHAEL S. GROCH South County SB-4 FAMILY Jan-13  
56 MAUREEN F. HALLAHAN Family SD-F5 Family Jan-17  
62 SUSAN D. HUGUENOR Family SD-F1 Family Jan-17 Good
66 GERALD C. JESSOP Madge Bradley SD-F8 Family Jan-17  
74 EVAN P. KIRVIN East County EC-6 FAMILY Jan-15  
82 MARGO L. LEWIS Family SD-F2 Family Jan-13  
84 ROBERT C. LONGSTRETH Family SD-F4 Family Jan-17  
91 WILLIAM H MCADAM Madge Bradley SD-F9 Family Jan-13  
93 EDLENE C. MCKENZIE Family SD-F6 Family    
115 DAVID M. RUBIN Main Courthouse SD-41 Family Jan-13  
118 RODERICK W. SHELTON South County SB-6 FAMILY Jan-13 Good, Democrat.
125 STEVEN E. STONE Main Courthouse SD-45 Family Jan-13  
141 ADAM WERTHEIMER Main Courthouse SD-42 Family    
15 DAVID G. BROWN North County NC-17 FAMILY IC Jan-13  
85 JEANNIE LOWE North County NC-18 FAMILY IC    
106 GREGORY W. POLLACK North County NC-16 FAMILY IC Jan-17  
111 PATTI C. RATEKIN North County NC-19 FAMILY IC    
147 WILLIAM Y. WOOD North County NC-15 FAMILY IC    
142 DARLENE A. WHITE East County EC-7 FAMILY LAW    
6 KATHERINE A. BACAL South County SB-12 FAMILY, CRIMINAL Jan-17  
4 CARLOS O. ARMOUR Juvenile SD-J7 Juvenile Jan-17  
8 CYNTHIA A. BASHANT Juvenile SD-J1 Juvenile Jan-15  
13 BLAINE K. BOWMAN North County NC-10 JUVENILE Jan-17  
19 CAROLYN M. CAIETTI Juvenile SD-J2 Juvenile Jan-15  
43 RONALD F. FRAZIER Juvenile SD-J6 Juvenile Jan-17  
63 MICHAEL J. IMHOFF North County NC-9 JUVENILE    
65 CAROL ISACKSON Juvenile SD-J5 Juvenile Jan-15  
103 DAVID B. OBERHOLTZER Juvenile SD-J9 Juvenile Jan-17  
117 POLLY H. SHAMOON Juvenile SD-J10 Juvenile Jan-17  
144 BROWDER A. WILLIS III Juvenile SD-J4 Juvenile Jan-15 Unknown.
54 GARRY G. HAEHNLE South County SB-11 JUVENILE DEPENDENCY Jan-15  
133 ROBERT J. TRENTACOSTA Main Courthouse SD-P PRESIDING Jan-15 Fabulous. Best ever.
12 JEFFREY S. BOSTWICK Madge Bradley SD-PC1 PROBATE Jan-15 Unknown.
72 JULIA CRAIG KELETY Madge Bradley SD-PC2 PROBATE Jan-13  
53 ERNEST M. GROSS North County NC-8 SMALL CLAIMS/UNLAWFUL DETAINERS    
69 AARON H. KATZ North County NC-24 SUPERVISING Jan-13  
10 GARY S. BLOCH South County SB-1 TRAFFIC, UNLAWFUL DETAINERS, SMALL CLAIMS Jan-13  
90 FRANCISCO P. MARTY, JR South County SB-2 TRAFFIC, UNLAWFUL DETAINERS, SMALL CLAIMS    
113 TERRIE E. ROBERTS South County SB-5 TRAFFIC, UNLAWFUL DETAINERS, SMALL CLAIMS    
3 DONALD F. ARMENTO North County NC-33 TRAFFIC/MINOR OFFENSE    
67 LARRY W. JONES North County NC-32 TRAFFIC/MINOR OFFENSE    
35 HARRY M. ELIAS North County NC-25 TRIAL Jan-15 Good
50 DANIEL B. GOLDSTEIN North County NC-22 TRIAL Jan-15  
64 TAMILA E. IPEMA North County NC-4 TRIAL Jan-17  
88 RUNSTON G. MAINO North County NC-26 TRIAL Jan-13  
97 RICHARD E. MILLS North County NC-21 TRIAL Jan-13  
71 ROBERT J. KEARNEY North County NC-20 TRIAL/CRIMINAL LAW & MOTION Jan-17  
107 HARRY L. POWAZEK North County NC-23 TRIAL/DRUG CT Jan-17  
136 SIM VON KALINOWSKI North County NC-3 TRIAL/MISC CIVIL CALENDAR Jan-17  
23 RICHARD G. CLINE North County NC-2 TRIAL/PROBATE Jan-15  
143 RICHARD S. WHITNEY Main Courthouse SD-47 TRIALS Jan-15 Sentenced Andrew Fischer to 30 days even though the prosecution only sought time served.

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Project Name Court Operations Oversight
Project Description Track Judicial Operations, Judges, etc.
Project Founder Ray Lutz
Project Curator Ray Lutz
Project Type Govt Oversight
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