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San Mateo County DDA Ben Blumenthal is prosecuting Jody Williams. Just when you thought “Operation Dollhouse”was yesterday’s News.

SMCDA prosecutor Benjamin Germain Blumenthal is handling one of the most important criminal cases in San Mateo County History. Honorable Judge Robert Foiles issued the arrest warrant August 13, 2018 for failure to appear in court to face charges by some unknown person. In order to fail to appear one would have to receive an invitation, not just send a letter to an address that’s no longer used with no signature of receipt required. Unless the intention was to get the warrant on the record in the first place which causes harm to Jody Williams.

Illegally appointed and recently elected but not sworn in yet Sheriff Carlos Bolanos is going to hate this criminal case. He has been refusing to answer any questions about his detainment and being transported to LVMPD that night of April 21, 2007 in Las Vegas. He has admitted the obvious (he was detained) but refuses to admit to being transported. Sheriff Deputy Heinz Puschendorf who was the President of the DSA that night says they were both transported to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department holding cell.

Jody Williams who was there that night confirms UnderSheriff Carlos Bolanos was Transported from 3474 Eldon St. just as SMCSO Deputy Heinz Pushendorf has been saying.

Jody Williams was the first person to report that the 24 women and a minor did NOT arrive at the Salvation Army facility for 72 hour protection as was required.

Jody Williams was the person that caused the raid that night that caught SMC Sheriff Greg Munks and UnderSheriff in FBI Sting Operation Dollhouse.

The voters of SMC will remember this last election that Sheriff Candidate Mark Melville told all editors and reporters that “Carlos Bolanos is a Liar.”

Back to this huge criminal case, it is a single count Misdemeanor practicing law without a license.

09/13/2018 Arraignment
Judicial Officer Foiles, Robert D
Hearing Time 8:30 AM
Result Held
09/13/2018 Failure To Appear
09/13/2018 Arrest Warrant ordered
Judicial Officer Foiles, Robert D
09/13/2018 Case sent to D.A. for affidavit.
09/13/2018 Bail to be set by judge.
10/02/2018 Warrant issued
10/02/2018 Declaration in support of Criminal Complaint filed
10/02/2018 Order to seal police report pursuant to PC 964 / local rule
Comment9.8 filed
10/02/2018 Police Report ordered sealed per PC 964

What they are calling the Police Report is really the San Mateo County District Attorney Investigative report. There was no other police agency involved. You will also see the Declaration in support of the Criminal Complaint filed ….has been SEALED. Why?

Remember this is a Misdemeanor.

It is common for a DDA to lie to a judge in San Mateo County, just look at the Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez case it’s consistent from the very beginning. Next court date October 17, 20018 SMCSO Lt. Andrew Armando hopefully on the witness stand.

San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office has a new Standard of Practice. I recently assisted a single mother of two file a criminal complaint against her ex a SMCSO Deputy for filing a false Instrument with the Family Law Court a PC115A violation. Rick Decker asked the mother to take a polygraph test, she jumped at the offer and passed. This was pretty funny she is not the person who committed a crime.

I hope the District Attorney’s has had the Unknown Person take a Polygraph test.

To recap: A notice to appear not served, an arrest warrant issued, no idea who the complaint party is, and no idea of what the criminal complaint is it’s SEALED.

Update: Hon. Judge Gerald J. Buchwald signed a Search Warrant prepared by Inspector Jamie Draper the date was July 12, 2018, and it was subject to an order delaying notification for up to 90 days. That is why the case records don’t have that secret information.

DDA Ben Blumenthal refuses to answer questions about his case.

Ben Blumenthal <bblumenthal@smcgov.org>

To:

Michael Stogner

Oct 11 at 1:42 PM

Mr. Stogner,

Please direct any questions you have about this case to Mr. Wagstaffe or Ms. Guidotti.

Thank you,

Ben Blumenthal

Deputy District Attorney

San Mateo County

(650) 599-7383

 

From: Michael Stogner [mailto:michaelgstogner@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:59 PM
To: Ben Blumenthal <bblumenthal@smcgov.org>
Subject: Jody Williams case.

Hello Ben,

I’ve known Jody Williams for many years, I look forward to reporting on this case. If you have any comments or press releases in the future please include me in your e-mail lists.

Are you allowed to comment on what the actual charge is right now?

Have you asked the complainant to take a Polygraph test?

Thank You

Michael G. Stogner




That sounds pretty fair and honest doesn’t it.

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2 California Judges Removed for Misconduct. It’s about Time

California Residents should say Thank You to Good and Concerned Citizen Joe Sweeney.

This article is from the LA Times 8/8/2018

State censures and bans two judicial officers
Court commissioner is rebuked for social media rants; a judge, for misconduct.
By Joseph Serna
One man was cited for posting far-right memes on Facebook, railing against immigrants, gays and Muslims and saying that former President Obama was trying to convert the nation to Islam.
The other was admonished multiple times for improper conduct and for making “discourteous, demeaning and belittling comments” in various court cases.
Both were longtime judicial officers in Kern and Contra Costa counties.
Not anymore.
A state judicial watchdog agency recently censured both men on the condition that neither of them ever run for or hold a judicial post again. It’s unusual for a judge to be censured and even rarer to be banned from the bench for life — the commission’s online database shows only 18 such instances since 1998.
On Tuesday, the Commission on Judicial Performance announced that Contra Costa County Judge Bruce Clayton Mills had been cited for willful misconduct stemming from three incidents in 2016. The panel said Mills, who retired May 30 and had been disciplined multiple times over his 23-year career, was barred from ever holding office again “in order to protect the public and maintain confidence in the integrity and independence of the judicial system.”
In the most recent incidents, Mills communicated with a defense attorney about his client’s sentencing outside of the presence of prosecutors — which is improper — and then modified the defendant’s sentence based on the threat of litigation instead of the letter of the law, the commission said. In another instance, he improperly communicated with a prosecutor about his case before the court without the defense present, which is also prohibited.
The panel cited other improprieties:
In 2013, Mills was publicly admonished for improperly speaking with the judge overseeing his son’s traffic infraction case.
In 2006, he was publicly admonished for a series of improper communications in a criminal case, assuming the role of a prosecutor in a different case and engaging in a “pattern of making discourteous, demeaning and belittling comments in criminal cases,” the commission’s decision said.
In 2001, he was privately admonished for making remarks suggesting a lack of impartiality and for attempting to obtain a guilty plea from a defendant who wanted an attorney.
Given “the judge’s failure to appreciate the impropriety of his conduct, and his lack of candor as evidenced by his shifting explanations for his conduct, the commission concluded that there was a strong likelihood that Judge Mills will engage in subsequent misconduct if he were to serve in a judicial capacity in the future,” the commission concluded.
Jim Murphy, Mills’ attorney, said his client was “a good guy” and that he was “extremely disappointed” in the commission’s decision. He said Mills is now seeking a career outside the law.
In the case of retired Kern County Court Commissioner Joseph Gianquinto , who began serving on the bench in December 2007, the state commission said that his social media posts undermined the public’s confidence in the judiciary and brought the office into disrepute. Court commissioners are similar to a judges, though with less power, and handle mostly traffic tickets, family cases and arraignments.
The commission voted to censure Gianquinto on Aug. 22.
Commission documents outline dozens of Facebook posts Gianquinto published or shared in 2016 and 2017 that reflected “anti-Muslim sentiment, anti-immigration sentiment, anti-Native American sentiment, anti-gay marriage sentiment, a position on the controversial issue of shooting deaths by police officers, strong opposition to then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, contrasting praise for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, an accusation that President Obama was trying to transform the United States from a Judeo-Christian nation into Islam, a lack of respect for the federal justice system and contempt for the poor.”
The commission pointed to numerous statements and memes Gianquinto shared through Facebook, where he identified himself as “Jj Gianquinto,” a Kern County employee, with a photo of himself included.
He claimed Obama was trying to convert the nation to Islam and that he “lost respect for the federal justice system” after Clinton was not prosecuted by the FBI.
On Jan. 30, 2017, Gianquinto posted an item that read, “For the Indian Rez that will not permit the wall built on 75 miles of border on their land — how about building the wall around that rez, fencing them into Mexico? That should please them.”
He shared a photo of a group of Muslim men with the words, “They suck the western welfare system dry, outbreed to become a majority, lobby for their own laws and takeover.” He also shared a post that called liberals “America’s cancer” and another that advocated arresting immigrant rights protesters.
When the court’s presiding judge raised concerns about the posts, Gianquinto attempted to take them down but failed because of a lack of technical prowess, the commission said. Regardless, the damage had been done, the panel concluded.
“Mr. Gianquinto’s conduct on Facebook was egregious, and is the type of conduct that inherently undermines public confidence in the judiciary and that brings the judicial office into disrepute,” the commission said.
Gianquinto, who retired March 30, agreed to stay out of office in exchange for not being barred.
“He is looking forward to putting the matter behind him,” his attorney said.
joseph.serna@latimes.com
Twitter: @JosephSerna

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