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South Texas Judge Charged With Accepting Bribes for Favorable Rulings

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The FBI has charged a South Texas judge with accepting bribes after a lawyer working as a confidential informant helped agents record the jurist allegedly accepting $6,000 in cash in exchange for favorable rulings.

Federal agents arrested 93rd State District Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado of Edinburg on Feb. 2. Delgado was charged with “bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds,” and released on $100,000 bond. The criminal complaint filed against Delgado alleges the FBI worked with an unnamed lawyer, who confessed he had a history dating back to 2008 of bribing Delgado.

The lawyer-turned-informant, listed in the complaint under the initials CHS, worked with the FBI for over a year and participated in numerous recorded phone calls and meetings with Delgado.

The attorney provided Delgado with pre-recorded government funds on two occasions, according to the complaint. In each instance, Delgado allegedly accepted a bribe to place the attorney’s clients on bond.

The attorney wore a recording device as he met with Delgado at a restaurant to hand off an envelope containing the bribery money on Jan. 17, according to the complaint. Delgado allegedly accepted the bribe and then asked for the client and case number. Delgado placed the attorney’s client on bond the next day.

However, on Jan. 29, Delgado sent a text message to the attorney, which stated, “Good evening, please call me. The campaign contribution needs to be by check. I need to return that to you so you can write a check. Sorry about the confusion, I though you knew and I did not open the envelope till today.”

The complaint alleges the text message was an attempt by Delgado to cover up the bribe.

“Delgado had solicited contributions from CHS in the past, but when CHS offered Delgado the bribe, he did not say that it was a campaign donation. Furthermore, CHS offered and Delgado accepted a thick white envelope full of prerecorded government funds,” the complaint alleges. Delgado did not return a call for comment. Neither did his attorney, Adolfo “Al” Alvarez.

Eric Vinson, executive director of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, said Delgado will automatically be suspended from the bench upon indictment.

The commission normally suspends judges without pay automatically if they are indicted for a felony or a misdemeanor involving official misconduct. Judges are allowed to petition the commission to resume their pay or to return to the bench after an indictment, Vinson said, but the commission has historically not allowed indicted judges to sit in Texas.

“The Feds have 30 days to indict and we’re going to kind of watch and see what happens and go from there,” Vinson said.

Delgado has a history with the commission. He was suspended from the bench in 2005 after a grand jury indicted him in connection with a driving while intoxicated incident. That suspension was later lifted by the commission in 2007 after the criminal charges against Delgado were dismissed by a visiting judge—a decision that was later upheld by Corpus Christi’s 13th Court of Appeals.

 John Council

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South Texas Judge Enters Not-Guilty Plea to Bribery Charges

In Minnesota $150 a day `gifts` (bribes) For Judges Is Acceptable

Under a rule judges made for their benefit only, they can take $150 `gifts` (bribes) from lawyers, special interests and anyone else. They can keep these `gifts` (bribes) secret – they do not have to report them to anyone. They can take an unlimited number of these `gifts` (bribes) – as many as they want.

The rule is part of the Canons of Judicial Conduct. The paragraph that states the rule is very convoluted. In simplified language it states that a judge can accept:

`Any other gift, loan, bequest, or other thing of value not exceeding $150, if the source of person is not a party or other person who, directly or indirectly, has come or is likely to come before the judge, or whose interests have come or are likely to come before the judge.` 

The rule allows a lawyer or person to appear before a judge even if a partner or associate gives the judge $150 gifts (bribes). Thus, law firms commonly designate a `DE` (designated entertainer) to give judge gifts up to $150 in value. DEs do not appear in court.

To see the rule, go to Minnesota Canons Judicial Conduct  3.13 (C) (2) to see the language quoted above. A judge must report the gift only if it is more than $150 in amount or value.

`That is scandalous` former Governor Quie said when he learned that judges can take up to $150 gifts from lawyers, special interests, and others. It is more than that – it is outrageous. Judges know they can take $150 `gifts` – as many as they want – and keep it a secret. They are well aware of their rules of judicial conduct. Many judges accept these secret gifts. If they do not, the rule would obviously be unnecessary and could be eliminated.

Legislators, legislative employees and employees of the executive (governor`s) branch of state government cannot accept `gifts` (bribes) in any amount over $5. This is because a code of ethics exists for the legislative and executive branches of state of government. There should be such a code for the judicial branch of government but there is not.

The legislature should outlaw `gifts` by anyone to judges except from members of their immediate family as other states have done. Judges should be required to publicly disclose all gifts received from anyone other than their immediate family. `Gifts` to judges promote judicial corruption and undermine justice. 
~Dale Nathan~


Recalling Rogue Judges

Recalls on Family Court Judges Continue

 By CPPA Website  24 Feb, 2018

Santa Clara and Solano Counties have been in the news regarding the recall of judges.  One recall has made it to the ballot, the first recall for a judge in CA in 86 years.  Other recalls have made a point:  protective parents and the #MeToo movement will not stand for bad judges.  It is unclear if these recalls are all a product of the lack of transparency and discipline from the Commission on Judicial Performance since most of the complaints made about judges are dismissed regardless of the validity of the complaints as we have seen.

The Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky recall has made it to the June 5, 2018 ballot after collecting 95,000 signatures.  Judge Persky has previously sat on the family court bench, including being a judge for part of the family matter of  Alycia Mesiti-Allen who was forced into custody with her abusive father who later murdered her.

Another recall that we are just hearing about is for Judge Cynthia Lie in Santa Clara.  It appears the first papers were filed in this matter and more information will be forthcoming.

Solano County has a history of recalls though.  In fact they have had five recalls in the past five years.  The Solano protective parents are calling this their “Five in Five.”  Here is a list of their recalls:

  • 2013 – Judge Daniel Healey, who was subsequently publicly admonished by the Commission on Judicial Performance and moved out of family court
  • 2014 – Judge Cynda Riggins-Unger, who still serves on the family court bench
  • 2017 – Judge Christine Carringer, who still serves on the family court bench
  • 2017 – Judge Garry Ichikawa, who immediately announced his retirement
  • 2018 – Judge Cynda Riggins-Unger, served again and may be leaving family court

The 2017 recall of Judge Carringer did not get enough signatures to get on the ballot with the deadline being this past week.  The process to get a recall on the ballot is cost prohibitive, but the point is made regardless.  Protective parents are tired of abuse being dismissed in family court and children being forced into the custody of a named abuser.

See the full Persky Recall article here .

See the full Solano County recall article here .

The Corruption of the Best Things Gives Rise to the Worst

Baltimore Police So Corrupt, Lawmaker Pushing to Disband The Entire Department

Baltimore, MD — After a recent corruption trial exposed just how bad things were at the Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland state delegate Bilal Ali suggested that the whole department should be “disbanded and reorganized from the ground up.”

In a proposal that he made this week to Mayor Catherine Pugh and Commissioner-Designate Darryl De Sousa, Ali pointed to the example of Camden, who disbanded their police department just a few years ago.

“In 2013 Camden [New Jersey] disbanded its police department in response to record-breaking levels of violence and an extremely inefficient police budget. Four years later, Camden hit its lowest homicide rate in 30-years,” Ali said.

Meanwhile, this past year the city of Baltimore saw its worst ever homicide rate, with a total of 342 killings.

“I’m aware that considering such enormous action may give City residents reason to pause, but the level of corruption and mismanagement at BPD has created a crisis of public confidence that simply cannot foster the productive relationship between community and police that public safety depends on. We now face a once-in-a-lifetime level of dysfunction that requires us to seriously consider once-in-a-lifetime solutions. Of course, the first step to any solution that the City embraces must be an honest and open dialogue with the public, so that Baltimore residents can inform the policies that will define public safety in the City for years to come. The time for platitudes and vague statements is over. The time for bold action and concrete ideas is now,” Ali said.

During a press conference on Wednesday morning, Mayor Pugh quickly disregarded the idea of disbanding the force.

“I’m not disbanding the police department. We’re trending downward. I think we’re headed in the right direction. We’ve appointed a new police commissioner, we have a 163-page report by the Department of Justice that requires us to reform the police department, and those are the things that we’ll continue to do,” she said.

The recent federal probe of the city’s Gun Trace Task Force unit exposed some of the worst police corruption in recent memory, including carrying around bags filled with BB guns to plant on people they shot.

The fact that this case could potentially bring down the whole department casts more doubt on the official story of Sean Suiter, the Baltimore Police Officer turned whistleblower who was mysteriously shot and killed just before he was set to testify.

This is the longest that a manhunt for the killer of a Baltimore police officer has gone on without an arrest or viable suspect. Previously, the record was held by a suspect who fled to Oklahoma over 50 years ago, before the introduction of big brother cameras and tracking technology, and he was caught in just five days.

It has now been roughly 3 months since Suiter’s murder and there has still been no leads or suspects.

Baltimore police have a reputation for using strong-arm mafioso tactics to intimidate fellow officers out of turning on the gang. As we reported back in 2014, Baltimore Detective Joe Crystal became a target of intimidation for his entire department after testifying against other officers in a misconduct case. Following his testimony, he received threats from other officers and even found a dead rat on his car one day.

John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page.John just won a 3-year-long battle with cancer, and will be working to help others through his experience, if you wish to contribute to his treatments consider subscribing to his podcast to support . This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.


Paradigm Shift: City Now Forcing Bad Cops to Pay Victims Out of Their OWN POCKETS—Not Taxpayers

Deadliest city in America plans to disband its entire police force and fire 270 cops to deal with budget crunch

Punished 4 Protecting

Punished 4 Protecting: The Injustice System of Family Court


Petitioning Congresswoman Honorable Jackie Speier and 4 others


This is the second petition that I have created for Civil Rights Attorney, Patricia Barry. Ms. Barry was unlawfully disbarred on June 30, 2017 and she is now suing the State Bar.  She has not engaged in any illegal or any kind of unethical misconduct. Ms. Barry was the attorney who successfully argued the first sexual harassment case in the United States Supreme Court in 1986. She is being discriminated against due to bias because she chooses to represent the protective parents which are mostly women/mothers who have been victims of domestic violence who are trying to protect their children from child abuse by the fathers. Ms. Barry has been under attack by the State Bar throughout her career (41 years) for “bucking the system” and taking action against the corruption and bias within our Family Law Courts and Child Protective Services (CPS). Let us ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ stand UNITED to fight the State Bar so that Pat Barry will have her license reinstated to practice law again. Thank you for your help and support in this very important and urgent matter. Pat has selected a few particular cases which explains the reasons for her disbarment.  Here are the following cases she has chosen to share:

WHEREAS, the California State Bar relied on three cases spanning a period of almost seventeen years to disbar Ms. Barry in all three of which she represented a domestic violence victim trying to regain custody of her children from their abuser, the father. The client did not complain to the Bar.

WHEREAS, FIRST OFFENSE, JULY 2000: CAROL MARDEUSZ sought ex parte order to regain custody of her daughter from the abuser LEO MAGERS. The mother was criminally prosecuted for doing so with Barry acting as co-counsel in Carol’s criminal case. Barry was held in contempt by Marin County Judge Verna Adams in July 2000. Judge Adams found Barry in contempt in part and put her in a jail cell because Barry stated in front of the jury that Mardeusz was a victim of domestic violence and for the prosecutor to stop badgering Mardeusz as she testified. The Bar waited five years and then in June 2005, the Bar ruled that the matter was not serious and issued only a private reproval. Then 16-1/2 years later, The Bar Review Court declared the matter serious and wanted Barry disbarred.

WHEREAS, The Bar indirectly and Judge Adams and prosecutor Vieira directly supported MAGERS, violent, alcoholic, drug addiction and his repeated DUI’s, along with arrests for felony child abuse, and possibly the murder of his wife. .

WHEREAS, OFFENSE NO. 2, 2002:  Barry represented DARLA ELWOOD in two federal civil rights law cases filed 2001 and 2002. Six years later the Bar prosecutor accused Barry of moral turpitude for filing frivolous lawsuits. Barry never knowingly filed a frivolous lawsuit in her 41 year career. The Prosecutor Tady knew this and did not dismiss for lack of probable cause in violation of his ethical duty.

WHEREAS, The Bar championed JOSEPH MORIN, father of two of Darla’s children. He is a child batterer (declarations of older children); a violent racist (Darryl Austin lawsuit) – called Darryl a “sand nigger” (he is Indian from Trinidad) while he beat him up, and Morin made a death threat against Darryl Austin and Morin paid a substantial settlement to Austin. Morin also made a death threat against a lesbian because of her sexual orientation and otherwise harassed her by stalking, carving threats on her door and other malicious acts. The woman obtained a two year restraining order against him. Barry signed a stipulation because she was trying to collect a judgment she had won in a jury trial for a black man who was impoverished, and she could not afford legal representation to fight the Bar case while she was trying to collect the $98,000 judgment for her client.
WHEREAS, OFFENSE NO. 3, 2009-present : Barry represents MICHELE FOTINOS and her two children RACHEL and AUSTIN in various lawsuits, both federal and state including a legal malpractice lawsuit against SAN MATEO ATTORNEY STEPHEN MONTALVO who had committed gross malpractice and fraud against Michele during her family law court proceeding in San Mateo County.

WHEREAS, The Bar and Supreme Court both want Barry disbarred because she did not pay discovery sanctions to Montalvo and judicial sanctions to San Mateo court. Barry did not have the money because Montalvo stole $70,000 from Michele and left her with no kids, no community property, and having to pay child support. Michele had no money to pay Barry.

WHEREAS, Montalvo has caused grave harm to Michele and her two children and to at least two other mothers and their children, including Susan Navratil and her daughter Sarah. The third mother has a Bar complaint pending against him. He has been sued for legal malpractice three times. The San Mateo judges and the Bar are protecting Montalvo who continues to live a wealthy lifestyle while disbarring Barry because she had no money to pay Montalvo discovery sanctions.

WHEREAS, The Bar also championed JOHN FOTINOS, Michele’s Ex husband; a violent, child battering felon with access to guns. The Bar forced Barry to defend the flier she used to get John Fotinos arrested and the 14 guns, 2 assault rifles, 10 high capacity magazines, and 10,000 rounds of live ammo in his possession confiscated. The San Mateo judges and District Attorney WAGSTAFFE who used to work for CURRENT BAR PRESIDENT JAMES FOX when he was the District Attorney let Fotinos off, and he walks free while Michele and Rachel are in hiding because San Mateo judges will not issue restraining order against Fotinos. He had threatened Rachel that her life would be over if she ever reported that he had guns which she did. Michele’s daughter showed the deputies where the guns were, and now Rachel is terrified that Fotinos will locate her and her mother and will kill them. Michele and her daughter Rachel remain in hiding.

THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED respectfully request that the Supreme Court of California reinstate the license of PATRICIA BARRY so that she can continue to represent mothers and children who are victims of domestic violence and who have children that have suffered from abuse.

KRISTIN HANSON on behalf of Attorney, Patricia J. Barry – Article- High Court, Washington Supreme Court Rules that victims can protect their children from abuse, June 29, 2017.

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The FBI. . .Where Truth Goes To Die


“They’re terrified, they’re frantic”

Report: The FBI is "Threatening" Trump Over the FISA Memo

The FBI is “threatening” Donald Trump over the imminent release of the FISA memo, according to Judicial Watch director of investigations Chris Farrell.

The FBI is desperately trying to prevent the release of the FISA memo, which reportedly contains evidence that the Obama administration spied on members of the Trump campaign.

The agency issued a rare statement yesterday declaring it had “grave concerns” about the accuracy of the classified document, which is set to be released today.

Appearing on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs, Judicial Watch’s Chris Farrell said, “The FBI is threatening the president of the United States.”

Farrell says the FBI is desperate to prevent Trump, “Revealing all the criminality that’s going on in the organization” and that’s why they brokered a meeting with Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly which should never have happened.

The FBI is trying to “intimidate” Kelly and Trump “in order to cover up for their criminality,” according to Farrell.

“These political operators are threatening the president of the United States, they’re betraying their oath to the Constitution,” said Farrell, adding that the FBI is sitting on a huge surveillance cover-up involving the mass monitoring of U.S. citizens.

“They’re terrified, they’re embarrassed, they’re frantic,” said Farrell

“This is another grave threat, not just on Mr. Trump personally, but it’s a threat on the Constitution,” he added, urging Trump to release the memo.

As we reported last week, according to a high level FBI agent, the 50,000 missing FBI text messages which went “missing” but were subsequently recovered, contained threats of violence aimed at President Trump.

According to the official, the messages included “frightening conversations” that went further than just harming Trump politically.

The notion that the deep state would seek to physically harm Trump for his efforts to “drain the swamp” is no far-flung conspiracy theory.

During an appearance on CNN, counterterrorism analyst and former CIA agent Philip Mudd said on air “the government’s gonna kill” Donald Trump because he disrespected the deep state.

Even before Trump was inaugurated, Senator Chuck Schumer warned the president he was “really dumb” for picking a fight with the intelligence agencies and “they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you”.


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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor at large of and Prison

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