August 16, 2001
Daily News - August 16, 2001
Inquiry Urged of Judges'
State Audit Would Determine Propriety of 'Coffee and Flowers' Account
by Tony Anderson, Staff Writer
State Sen. Sheila Kuehl called Wednesday for an
official state inquiry into whether Los Angeles County judges operated a special
account partly supported by child custody and support cases as a slush fund for
their own benefit.
Details of the fund, supported by lawyer contributions,
court monitors and legal seminar fees, emerged out of a legal battle between the
judges' association and a group of parents who claim they were victimized by the
family court system because of the financial interests of the
Superior Court spokesman Kyle Christopherson said
judges pay a fee for events such as Marina Del Rey cruises and the fund pays
"That doesn't happen with the golfing tournaments, but
with the cruises when they come up short, then money may be taken out of the
fund to make up for whatever small difference there may be," he said.
Kuehl said a "number of troubling issues" have been
raised and asked the auditor to review records since 1990 for possible
La Crescenta resident Marvin Brier, a retired computer
analyst who spent several years and more than $100,000 investigating the fund
while helping his daughter with a child-custody issue, said the investigation is
long overdue and could help clean up the child custody system.
"Parents have had no remedies when their children are
taken away," Brier said. "When you find out the other side is wooing the judge
with corporate money, it totally destroys the integrity of the whole process."
Christopherson said Presiding Judge James A. Bascue has
ordered his own audit of the fund, ....
In the letter to Kuehl, NOW Executive Director Helen
Grieco wrote.... "The appearance... is that a group of judges within the Los
Angeles Superior Court are operating a checking account and a business that is
essentially 'off the books' with no oversight from any regulatory agency, and
receiving money from attorneys who are practicing in their courtrooms," Grieco
"To those of us on the outside, this appears highly
improper, if not illegal."
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