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Attorney Richard Fine's Self-Inflicted Wounds

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Many OPED reporters have taken up the case of Richard Fine who has been imprisoned by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Yaffe for 15 months for civil contempt, and who remains in jail. The most recent coverage is a May 25, 2010 OPED essay by Roger Shuler, "Is California Prisoner a Victim of Judicial Retaliation?" Like most others, it argues that Fine is in essence a victim of retaliatory judicial discrimination, if not an outright political prisoner, held for his bold and courageous stand against institutional judicial corruption. I too have followed the Fine case, mostly through a local independent TV news program, "Full Disclosure Network," that has served as Mr. Fine's advocate. The deficiencies in this coverage finally led me to do my own research, which is summarized in the letter below to Leslie Dutton who owns and operates Full Disclosure Network. The letter shows that to his own detriment, Mr. Fine has done almost everything possible to sever the grounds of his imprisonment from the broader issue of his alleged exposure of judicial corruption that he claims is the true and only source of his imprisonment.

Richard Fine rots in jail for a very simple legal reason. As the attorney for Marina Strand, Fine launched a major real estate civil lawsuit against Los Angeles County and Del Rey Shores, but miscalculated the calendar and failed to file timely for a hearing. In order not to prejudice his client's right to proceed, Fine filed an affidavit of fault that automatically made him liable for reasonable compensatory legal costs and fees. But, instead of participating in the process to determine costs, Fine who was by this point ordered inactive by the State Bar and was no longer an attorney-of-record demanded that Judge David Yaffe disqualify himself from the case. At the time Fine made this demand he no longer had standing to do so (because he was neither a party nor current counsel), and contrary to law he used grounds that were known to him eight months before when the case-in-chief began. Fine refused to participate in the proper proceedings to determine the amount that he owed, and specifically refused to answer questions or produce documents in a debtor's examination that is standard procedure for assessing ability to pay. Fine's refusal to cooperate with the debtor's examination is the ground for the contempt charge that keeps him incarcerated until he complies with it. The entire matter would be a tempest in a teapot but for what it reveals about the sad state of Mr. Fine's psychiatric functioning, and also about the terrifically obscure and wasteful self-important machinations of the Court that permitted Fine to give the appearance of transforming his stubbornly deluded refusal to pay what he owes into a vast, but imaginary, Constitutional issue.

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The claim urged so passionately by Fine's followers, viz., that he is being crucified for his crusading role in exposing judicial corruption, plays no obvious part in his incarceration whether or not Fine's allegations of judicial corruption are true. Mr. Fine is in jail because he refuses to comply with standard court procedures to assess his ability to pay the money that he admittedly owes.

Leslie Dutton

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Full Disclosure Network

337 Washington Blvd, Ste. #1

Marina del Rye, CA 90292

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