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Attorney Richard Fine - dissident's false hospitalization in Los Angeles County, California

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Large-scale false imprisonments in Los Angeles County, California, were previously reported. [1] Here, a related practice is reported false hospitalization of attorneys who filed complaints pertaining to the widespread corruption of Los Angeles County judges: Attorney Richard Fine, falsely hospitalized since March 4, 2009, and Attorney Ronald Gottschalk, since released on bail. In both cases, there was no medical justification for the hospitalizations, which were coerced. Conditions in Los Angeles County are a Human Rights disgrace of historic proportions, and direct extension of false imprisonments of thousands, documented in the Rampart scandal (1998-2000), which were never reversed ever since.[[Rampart re]]

Most published reports regarding the false hospitalization of Richard Fine failed to provide the fundamental facts. Starting in 2001, Richard Fine, a former US Prosecutor, exposed and protested the then secret payment to all Superior Court of California judges by Los Angeles County. He also was the first to compile data to demonstrate that in parallel it became practically impossible to win a case in court against Los Angeles County. In October 2008, such payments - today amounting to over $45,000 per judge per year - were ruled "not permitted" by the California Court of Appeals, 4th. By February 20, 2009, the California Governor signed into law retroactive immunities/pardons for all judges who had taken such "not permitted" payments. Less than two weeks later, Atty Richard Fine was taken into false hospitalization by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

However, there was no warrant ever issued for the arrest of Mr. Fine. Likewise, there was neither a valid and effectual conviction, nor was there a valid and effectual sentencing. The March 4, 2009 proceeding, at the end of which Mr. Fine was abducted, never appeared as part of the respective litigation (Marina v Los Angeles County - BS109420) chronology - it was - from court's perspective - an "off the record" proceeding.

Furthermore, in the past 10 months, despite the Habeas Corpus Petition to the US District Court Los Angeles, and the Emergency Petition to the 9th Circuit, the LA Superior Court has denied access to the Register of Actions (California docket) of Marina v LA County - in which Mr. Fine was purportedly arrested. How the US Court engaged in a habeas corpus review with no docket, and how the US Court of Appeal, 9th circuit, failed to notice that there was no docket, no warrant, no conviction, and no sentencing, remains unknown ...

The review of the Habeas Corpus Petition, Fine v Sheriff (2:09-cv-01914), was suspect on additional counts. Donna Thomas, Courtroom Assistant to Magistrate Carla Woehrle, who engaged in transactions in the US District Court docket, which were subject to complaint to FBI, was never authorized as Deputy Clerk. Furthermore, the Clerk of the US Court, Terry Nafisi, has refused to allow access to any of the records in Mr. Fine's case, and likewise, is refusing to answer the questions: (i) Was Donna Thomas authorized as Deputy Clerk at the time she engaged in the transaction in Fine v Sheriff?(ii) Is the docket of Fine v Sheriff an honest, valid, and effectual docket of the US Court in compliance with US law?

In a matching parallel, Lee Baca, Sheriff of Los Angeles County, after over three months of communications, including intervention by the Honorable Michael Antonovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor, has refused to comply with the law, and has continuously denied access to California Public Records, which were the arrest and booking papers of Mr. Fine. Instead, Sheriff Baca office has repeatedly referenced the fraudulent data posted in its online Inmate Information Center. The fraudulent Inmate Information Center falsely stated that Mr. Fine was arrested and booked at the "San Pedro Municipal Court". However, such data were false on numerous accounts: There were plenty of witnesses and newspaper reports that the abduction of Richard Fine took place in the Central District - Judge Yaffe's Courtroom. Furthermore, there were no booking facilities in San Pedro at all. Likewise, the single sheriff Deputy in San Pedro denied that anybody was arrested or booked there anytime in memory. Finally - Municipal Courts ceased to exist in Los Angeles County almost a decade ago.

The fraudulent listing of the arrest and booking of Richard Fine under the San Pedro Municipal Court was, however, employed by the Sheriff's Department. In response to requests to access the arrest and booking papers, public records by California Public Records Act, the sheriff's bureau claimed that the standard policy was that the booking papers were held with the "Booking Agency". In this particular case - this is the non-existent Municipal Court of San Pedro...

Furthermore, since Mr. Fine was never arrested, and never booked, he is not on the "Count List" of the Men's Central Jail. Therefore, Mr. Fine has never even once in ten months participated in the mandatory three times a day "Inmates Counts", which apply to all inmates in the jail. Instead, Mr. Fine was held under false, coercive hospitalization, with no medical reason at all.

The story as a whole, was eerily reminiscent of coercive hospitalizations of dissidents by the KGB under the former Soviet Union. Given the failure of the US justice system to investigate, prosecute, and judge its own corruption, it appeared that the only remedies could come through international intervention.



Petition - Free Richard Fine (anonymous signing available):

Original records in support of the report above, including correspondence with Sheriff Lee Baca's office and with Supervisor Michael Antonovich, and in addition, analysis of the Sheriff's fraudulent Inmate Information Center - hazard for the liberty of all who reside in LA County, can be viewed at:

1) Blog:

2) Scribd:

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Dr Zernik has gained substantial experience in recent years in analyzing fraud in the electronic records of the state and US courts and prisons. His opinions on these matters were supported by official report of the UN Human Rights Council, by the (more...)
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