Glimmer of Hope: Can a Fair Judge Be Found in Los Angeles Family Law?
No. That is my initial response to the question: “Can a fair judge be found in Los Angeles family law?”
My children were both raised by a flawed system. There was no one willing to rein in rogue judges and their college fund was spent on worse than useless attorneys like Kenneth P. Sherman, Gary Weyman, Linda Grillo and now suspended Barbara St. Ours. My younger son Buddy’s car money was given to Commissioner Alan Friedenthal’s neighbor, Michael Howard, under the guise of needing a monitor to watch me during visits. Mr. Howard, ex LAPD on disability mostly just watched football with my dad and chatted with my mom. Then he stopped providing the service all together, so mother and son had no contact for four years.
Most of the time the record in the case was missing. Pleadings would be added, subtracted and changed at the whim of the judicial officer or the ex.
Finally, now that the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights is looking at the case, there seems to be a movement toward correcting the problem (without ever determining why there was a problem in the first place. ie, did Linda Grillo swap sexual favors for rulings from Commissioner Robert Zakon? Did Friedenthal take a bribe, do a favor for my sister Mary Sherman’s family (in which she and her kids inherit a heck of a lot more money than they would if Tim Lynn did not gain sole legal custody of my children)? Or, was it simply that Fredenthal and his wife Commissioner Steff Padilla are just the sickest, most pathetic things on the face of the planet, and get off on separating children from their parents, leaving the children vulnerable to pedophiles and abusers? We may never know.
But on January 13, 2014 Judge Thomas Trent Lewis presiding made the following comments, caught on transcript:
BUT, WHATEVER YOU DO, PRACTICALLY SPEAKING, YOU SHOULD START SEARCHING FOR YOUR DOCUMENTS STARTING NOW BECAUSE, AT SOME POINT IN TIME, SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SAY, “WHERE IS THE LYNN FILE?” AND WHETHER THE MORE FAIR JUDGE THAT YOU HOPE FOR OR ME, IT’S GOING TO BE THE SAME THING. “wHERE THE HECK IS THE FILE?” OKAY.
Okay with me. I’ve been saying “Where the heck is the Lynn file?” for the better part of two decades.
It seems a more fair judge than Zakon, Friedenthal or Feffer would have asked that same question, especially before separating children from their mothers.