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Richard I. Fine's Judicial Lynching

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

 

 

April 18, 2010

The Law Offices of Richard I. Fine & Associates (richardfinelaw.com) web site says he established the firm in 1974. His credentials include a Doctor of Law from the University of Chicago, a Ph.D in International Law from the London School of Economics, a Certificate from the Hague Academy of International Law, among his many other awards, including Lawyer of the Decades 1976 - 2006.

He's also been widely published in legal journals with regard to antitrust, comparative and international law. Fine's resume is long and impressive.

Before entering private practice, he "founded and was chief of the first municipal antitrust division in the United States, for the City of Los Angeles." He was also Special Counsel to the Government Efficiency Committee of the LA City Council, and a member of the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division.

In addition, he practiced law in London and with another firm before establishing his own. He was also Norway's Southern California Consul General.

Background on Fine's Case

Detailed information can be found on Home (Free Richard fine)....(sites.google.com/site/freerichardfine/Home), established by his friends and associates seeking justice in return for Fine's years of public service as a taxpayer-advocate attorney.

From the early 1990s until his illegal disbarment and March 4, 2009 jailing, Fine challenged and corrected state corruption, returning about "$350 million to California taxpayers which state, county and municipal governments (unlawfully took from) 'special funds' and 'trust funds' in a series of taxpayer cases filed in federal" and state courts, specifically:

-- $6 million returned to the Tidelands Trust Fund (TTF) in Malibu Video, et al. v. Wilson, et al.;

-- in other cases against California cities and ports, another $350 million prevented from being unlawfully spent from TTF;

-- the class action Lido v. State of California returned funds not paid to small and minority businesses during California's budget crises;

-- in Shinkle, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, Fine got the city to change its "sewer service charges" calculation method, saving residents "tens of millions of dollars" annually;

-- in Amjadi and LACAOEHS v. LA Board of Supervisors, et al., LA County had to establish a special environmental inspection fee fund from wrongfully deposited funds in its General Fund; also freeze its environmental inspections fees until an initial $11 million deposit was spent, as well as deposit about $40 million annually into a "special fund" for environmental inspection fees; and

-- many other legal victories against corrupt state officials saving California taxpayers about "$1 billion," illegally "enrich(ing) developers, and blatantly trampl(ing) the people's rights;" Fine calls it "a true story....wrapped up in one man's personal nightmare."

Overall, he stopped "Twenty-Six Years of California's Annual Budget Crisis," and was the first lawyer to "Challenge, In Court, The Unconstitutional Payments Given By Los Angeles County (Supervisors) To The Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges," over $300 million since the late 1980s.

Over the same period, these "judges decided cases and made orders in favor of the County to the exclusion of the opposing parties in cases before them." For example, from 2005 - 2007, no one won a case against the county in courts presided over by LA Superior Court judges. Over many years, as a result, Californians were swindled out of hundreds of millions of dollars, and most troubling of all, county judges knew "taking payments from LA County was unconstitutional," in violation of the Code of Judicial Ethics and Political Reform Act for not disclosing them.

The same practice was common around the state, but not like in LA County, where state legislators exempted judges and county supervisors from prosecution.

For his many years of crime fighting, Fine was charged with "contempt of court" and "moral turpitude," disbarred by California's Supreme Court and jailed by Superior Court Judge David Yaffe "in retaliation for bringing the cases and exposing the unconstitutional payments," ones later held to be unconstitutional.

Fine's case is currently before the US Supreme Court. The California Bar waived its right to respond, meaning his appeal is unopposed. Also in his favor was a late 2009 decision in Sturgeon v. LA County (brought by Judicial Watch) deciding that county payments to judges are illegal.

Yet, with the help of California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George, state-paid lobbyists got legislators to pass "a midnight bill" (SBX2-11) at the peak of last year's budget crisis, changing the law to make the payments appear legally authorized to continue, besides giving everyone involved retroactive immunity from criminal prosecution.

Note: immunity is never given when no crime was committed.

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