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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.
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San Mateo County Sheriff Lt. Andrew Armando is a Brady Officer at the very least, Criminal at most.

Lt. Andrew Armando is currently in charge of the Internal Affairs of the Sheriff’s Office. That is a bad thing. He is dishonest and has committed criminal acts in the Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez Criminal case. In order for him to be convicted of a crime, San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office Steve Wagstaffe, Karen Guidotti, John Warren would have to file charges and currently they are refusing to do so. Who else is aware of the criminal conduct allegations filed May 1, 2018 in the Lopez case. Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, many Sheriff Deputies, San Mateo County Counsel, Judges include Hon. Judge George Miriam, Hon. Judge Mark Forcum.

The public is counting on, hoping that all people in position of Authority will do their job, which is to protect the public not a small group of “Those Who Matter.”

Why are the people mentioned above protecting a “Dirty Cop”? They have all known since May 1, 2018 of the allegations. What actions have they taken besides delaying?

A recent DA Steve Wagstaffe quote: “I still believe that one of the key components of a good criminal justice system is faith that judges do the right thing,” 

The same can be said for the Sheriff Office and the District Attorney’s Office do the right thing.

The Sunny Day Murder case had 80 Search Warrants alone.

How many cases or Search Warrants has Lt. Andrew Armando been involved in since 2013? A Brady Officer can not testify for good reason.

Juan Lopez’s first Attorney Stuart Hanlon to reporter Katie Utehs 2/23/2015:

“This interview is going to make it harder to practice there, but it’s the truth and I’m willing to deal with it because I think this man is being falsely charged.”

Mr. Hanlon is right as of today 8 Felony charges have been dismissed. San Mateo County Government leadership could care less that the DA’s Office and Sheriff’s Office is dishonest. Look no further then Good and Concerned Citizen Therese Dyer who has been reporting corruption in those offices for many years and the Supervisors refuse to conduct an Audit.

Elected Official Jack Hickey is the only SMC politician to question the DA’s Office.

Here is the Lopez Motion with the criminal allegations.

By Michael G. Stogner

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San Mateo County Sheriff Election 2018

By Michael G. Stogner

 

 

Link to the Palo Alto Daily Post I was talking about:

http://padailypost.com/2018/05/03/sheriff-talks-about-vegas-incident/

 

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Congresswoman Anna Eshoo Endorses Don Horsley for Supervisor. Why?

By Michael G. Stogner

The Congresswoman has personal knowledge that Sheriff Don Horsley lied under oath August 2, 2004 and Ignored her warning to him on July 12, 2016 to open the appoint process to fill the Sheriff position. Why on earth would she endorse him?

Our Elected Officials should be endorsing Honest people.

In 2004 she was on a Congressional Hearing in San Mateo where I Michael Stogner asked her to ask my Sheriff Don Horsley if all explosives stolen were recovered. The ATF agent on pg. 39-40 had just testified under oath that 30-35lbs of C-4 had been stolen. Sheriff Don Horsley testified under oath that 10lbs of C-4 was recovered pg.76. The Congresswomen looked at me in the audience as I shrugged my shoulders to imply How can he say 10lbs of C-4 when just minutes before the ATF agent said 30-35lbs of C-4. So on pg. 109 she asks my question again, and again.

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-108hhrg98210/pdf/CHRG-108hhrg98210.pdf

July 12, 2016 BOS Meeting Agenda Item 7

Supervisor Don Horsley led the Illegal Violent Coup which appointed Carlos Bolanos to Sheriff when he had not applied to be appointed, as a matter of fact nobody had applied because the Supervisors had not opened the application process. Congresswoman had her letter to the BOS read at the beginning of Item 7 where she warned the Supervisors not to appoint Carlos Bolanos without the appointment process.

Text of the letter by Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, and Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo:

July 12, 2016

The Honorable Warren Slocum, President

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

County Center

Redwood City, CA 94063

Dear President Slocum and Members of the Board:

We are unaccustomed to weighing in on County matters outside of measures and initiatives or local policy discussions, such as the recent ones about housing or sea level rise, that involve broad federal and local policies. Many of you, from time to time, have asked us to join you in support of these and other public policy efforts.

Some of you, independent of each other, have also recently asked us to comment on the decision before you today—whether to appoint or to call for an election in the matter of a replacement for the Sheriff. For a long period of time, there have been rumors that Sheriff Munks would retire early and pave the way for the Undersheriff to take this position. Whether these rumors are true or not, this has been a perception. We believe that our mutual constituents support a decision making process that is absent a perception of a pre-ordained outcome.

The office of the Sheriff is a critically important job, as we all know. We know that you share our belief that the public has a right to be heard. The question is whether an election within such a short time frame, and with one announced candidate — the Undersheriff who has been working for more than a year to become Sheriff, would allow for an even playing field on which to compete. We are not sure.

We do know that there are members of law enforcement who would be willing to compete for an appointment but who feel severely disadvantaged to compete in an election under the present circumstances. We therefore believe an appointment process should be undertaken which allows for candidates to openly apply and to be reviewed. This seems especially important in light of the recent public concerns about policing practices throughout the country.

We believe that a way to build public confidence would be for the Board to conduct an open and transparent search for a successor. We also realize that the timeframe for appointment is very short and would require you to either extend it (which may not be allowed under the charter) or to add additional board meetings to your schedule in the next month so that the public is able to participate through those meetings and perhaps, if permissible, the selection process itself.

We realize that selection of the Sheriff is customarily made by voters and have for decades always supported this process. In this instance, the voters themselves may best be served by a method that increases competition for the position and that creates a zone of evaluation that is informed by rigorous, public analysis of multiple persons.

As we all seek to increase the confidence of the public in the administration of justice, we also seek ways to demonstrate to the public that its interests are at the heart of our decisions. Inviting applications, establishing a public interview and discussion with applicants, and assuring the public of a transparent selection process will, in our judgment, help to increase confidence in the administration of justice in San Mateo County.

All the best,

Jackie Speier Anna G. Eshoo

Member of Congress Member of Congress

Almanac Article: Eshoo sees swift appointment of new sheriff as an affront.

https://www.almanacnews.com/news/2016/07/18/eshoo-sees-swift-appointment-of-new-sheriff-as-an-affront

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San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom does it again. She talks to the perp instead of the Whistleblower.

By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil

Good and Concerned Citizen Mark De Paula offers Carole Groom the data from the recently acquired CD-ROM from the FBI, she declines it and says she’ll talk to Carlos Bolanos. Why on earth would a representative of the residents of San Mateo County do that?

Mark De Paula posted this comment on an Almanac thread.

Posted by De Paula
a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2018 at 11:55 am

De Paula is a registered user.

Carole Groom of District 2 Supervisor of San Mateo County called me over 4 weeks ago to tell me she voted not to appoint Carlos G. Bolanos for Sheriff in July 12, 2016, but now endorses him. I said why? Carole’s response was ” Carlos is doing a good job”. I said I would like to show you the FBI data that was sent to me on January 8, 2018. Carole’s response was I will talk to to Carlos, and I said I have the FBI data. This conversation was by her private phone 6 weeks ago.

The readers might recall that Samtrans Whistleblower Ling La was directed to contact Supervisor Carole Groom with her $2.5M FRAUD allegation, and Carole Groom went to the management of SamTrans instead of taking the FRAUD complaint. She later lied to an editor and reporter right in front of Mark De Paula. She then lied about the lie.

San Jose Mercury News article.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2014/05/07/whistleblower-says-san-mateo-county-supervisor-lied-about-offer-to-talk/

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SMC Sheriff Carlos Bolanos Abuses his Authority. Political Persecution of Sabrina Brennan a SMC Elected Official.

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Sheriff Carlos Bolanos kept a criminal investigation open way to long after they knew there was ZERO evidence of a crime being committed by Sabrina Brennan.

He than had his office forward a criminal charge recommendation to the District Attorney’s Office, again knowing there was no evidence of a crime. That was a Vicious Act that demonstrates a Moral & Integrity Void.

Background stories

https://sanmateocountynews.com/2016/11/20/its-illegal-to-file-a-false-police-report-in-san-mateo-county/

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San Mateo County Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos should have been fired on the spot. Abuse of authority.

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January 2011, Carlos Bolanos got a phone call while at home from his son Mike who was at the Pioneer Bar/Saloon in Woodside, California. He asked his dad for help. Carlos left his home and went directly to the Bar where several Sheriff Deputies were investigating a fight/assault allegation. Bolanos stopped that investigation and then made comments to the Palo Alto Daily Post, claiming his son was the victim. He wasn’t there, How would he know, plus this was an abuse of authority and his office.

Here is the front page of the Palo Alto Daily Post article which doesn’t mention the Abuse of Authority at all. You Mike Bolanos had recently been hired at the Mt. View Police Department and might have still been on Probation. Dad kept his record clear so he could remain employed.

Link to the Palo Alto Daily Post article

 

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