* Inquiry Urged Of Judges' Fund
- J.A.I.L. News Journal
Los Angeles, California August 16, 2001Daily News - August 16, 2001Inquiry Urged of Judges' FundState Audit Would Determine Propriety of 'Coffee and Flowers' Accountby Tony Anderson, Staff WriterState 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 judges.Superior Court spokesman Kyle Christopherson said judges pay a fee for events such as Marina Del Rey cruises and the fund pays part."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 misconduct.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 wrote."To those of us on the outside, this appears highly improper, if not illegal."* * *
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