Richard I Fine was a 70 year old widely respected, taxpayer advocate, California Attorney who filed many cases on the behalf of taxpayers which resulted in taxpayer savings of around $1 billion dollars. Richard Fine has been in prison in solitary confinement in a Los Angeles County jail for almost fourteen months by the order of Superior Court Judge David Yaffe. Judge Yaffe had fined Mr. Fine $47,000 for filing a lawsuit-related paper one day late. Fine considered the fine exorbitant and refused to give the court a list of his assets. Yaffe sentenced Fine to solitary confinement until he produced a list of assets. The sentence listed no release date. “Dr. Fine is expected to lose his family home to foreclosure on May 5th. In addition to economic ruin from being unable to work for fourteen months, Dr. Fine has been unable to care for his ailing wife.” The U.S. Supreme Court has just refused to release the ailing Mr. Fine. He has been unable to find an attorney brave enough to defend him. This fact demonstrates the corruption of the court system and the fear the legal profession has of the judges. The above facts and quote are from the American Thinker article, “The FinePursuit of Exposing Corruption.”
U.S Supreme Court Denies Release from Prison after 13 Months in Solitary Confinement
According to the LA Daily News article, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had called the conference about releasing Mr. Fine immediately, evidently because she thought she had support from the other justices.. This support did not materialize. The court denied Mr. Fine immediate release. He has now spent almost 14 months in solitary confinement. He is a political prisioner. He has not had a trial or even been charged with a crime. According to the Infowars article, Mr. Fine believes the main reason he is in prison is because he, “exposed L.A. Superior Court judges of taking illegal money from the County, in violation of the California State Constitution.” This article also contains a video of a recent interview of Mr. Fine in prison.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges Were Receiving $57,000 Illegal Payments From the County
According to a LA Daily News article, Richard Fine discovered that Los Angeles County Superior Court judges were being paid an extra $57,000 annually by the county in addition to their regular salary of $179,000. He said this resulted in a conflict of interest when suits against the county were being decided by judges whose salary was partly being paid by the county.
His writ of habeas corpus which compels the state to charge him with a crime or release him, was denied. He then appealed this all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court held a conference hearing April 23, to decide whether to release Mr. Fine from jail pending a hearing of the case, which is scheduled for the fall term. The court denied him release.
Fine had been disbarred by the state Supreme Court, seemingly for getting too diligent in trying to get the Superior Court Judges to recuse themselves from hearing cases filed against the county, when the county was illegally paying part of their salaries, The illegality of the payments was not just Fine’s opinion.
According to a PR Newswire article, the 4th District CA Court of Appeals found the county payments illegal but the state legislature passed a bill to legalize them and to give all parties involved immunity from prosecution. The same article states that new judges will not be receiving the extra payments from the county to ‘avoid conflict.’ It seems sitting judges will continue to receive them. I can’t help but wonder why, if it is legally and morally right for sitting judges to receive the payments, the new judges will not receive them. It seems that fact is an admission that it doesn’t quite pass the ‘smell test.’
The Constitutional Right of Habeas Corpus is Being Ignored
Habeas corpus.is defined in “The Constutional Dictionary” as “The basic premise behind habeas corpus is that you cannot be held against your will without just cause. To put it another way, you cannot be jailed if there are no charges against you. If you are being held, and you demand it, the courts must issue a writ of habeas corpus, which forces those holding you to answer as to why. If there is no good or compelling reason, the court must set you free.”
The U.S Constitution Article 1, section 9, Clause 2. says, “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.”
There appears to be a ‘conspiracy of silence’ in the mainstream press with very little coverage of the case. Most coverage comes from online bloggers.
Citizens are Losing their Constitutional Rights and Seemingly Don’t Know or Care.
Regardless of your opinion as to the wisdom of Mr. Fine’s actions, his constitutional right of ‘habeas corpus’ has just been denied by the highest court in the land. People speak of the constitution as being shredded. The U.S. Supreme Court has just shredded one of our most basic rights. As Mr. Fine stated in one of his interviews, if it can happen to him, it can now happen to anyone, even you. A precedent has been set. The sad part is that few people seem concerned.
Janet Levy/”The Fine Pursuit of Exposing Corruption”/American Thinker
The Constitution for the United States/Early America .com
“The Constitutional Dictionary”/US Constitution.net
Troy Anderson/”Supreme Court to Hear Fine Case”/LA Daily News
Cassandra Anderson/”Epic Corruption and the Whistle Blower”/infowars.com
Full Disclosure Network/”Judges to Lose Payments from the County to Avoid Conflicts’/PR News Wire