L.A. Court Shake-Up In Richard Fine Case Judge Recuses…New Judge Assigned

Leslie Dutton & Superior Court Judge Robert H. O’Brien
Appeared in 1994 Full Disclosure Series “Who Controls The Courts?”

Los Angeles, CA— The latest developments in the Richard I. Fine civil contempt case are that Presiding Judge Elihu M. Berle on December 16, 210 reassigned the Marina Strand Colony II Homeowners v. County of Los Angeles case to Judge Robert O’Brien. See the Minute Order here. This reassignment took place following the October resignation of Judge David P. Yaffe and when on December 6, 2010 Richard I. Fine filed a notice for hearing to be set January 14, 2011 on his Motion to “Null & Void” all of Yaffe’s orders in the case. This action prompted Yaffe’s replacement Judge Ann I. Jones in Department 86 (Writs and Receivers) to recuse herself from the contentious case that pitted Judge David Yaffe against Richard I. Fine who maintained the Judge had accepted illegal payments from the County a party to the case and failed to disclose this to the litigants in the courtroom.

COURAGEOUS NEW JUDGE?
Known for his courage and not one to shy away from difficult cases, Judge Robert O’Brien at one time Ordered the shut-down of the California government when he ruled that the California Legislature could not be paid until there was a budget in place. Ironically, Richard Fine represented the plaintiff in that case Howard Jarvis Taxpayers vs. Connell that was combined with another case White vs Davis when before the California Supreme Court in 1999. Known for his courage, Judge Robert O’Brien Ordered the shut-down of the California government when he ruled that the California Legislature could not be paid until there was a budget in place. Ironically, Richard Fine represented the plaintiff in that case Howard Jarvis Taxpayers vs. Connell that was combined with another case White vs Davis when before the California Supreme Court in 1999.

ABRUPT RESIGNATION 
After holding Richard I Fine for eighteen months in solitary “coercive confinement” for civil contempt of court, Judge David Yaffe abruptly resigned from office prior to the expiration of his term. Read the Report

DID JUDGE YAFFE TRY TO INFLUENCE HIS SUCCESSOR?
In the Minute Order dated December 16, 2010 ,Judge Jones RECUSED herself from sitting on the Marina Strand Colony II vs County of Los Angeles case because, as stated in the Order, she had discussed the case with her predecessor and in the interests of assuring a fair and unbiased trial she removed herself from sitting on the case.

RESPONSE FROM RICHARD I. FINE
When contacted for a comment regarding the Recusal and Reassignment, Richard Fine told Full Disclosure “Now the County and the Judge are under obligation to disclose any payments by the county to the Judges.”

 

 

 

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