Another hunted whistleblower of LAPD drug corruption and LA court system, the Human Rights Alert head said this week that corruption in Los Angeles has increased and diversified, making the Chris Dorner violent event and his demise unsurprising.
The Christopher Jordon Dorner event has reportedly ended with more violence and his death where he was holed up in a cabin. His legacy for further exposing LA high-level corruption is unlikely to die if civil and human rights defenders continue risking their lives peacefully exposing it.
The LAPD/Court hunted whistleblower escaped and alive
Hunted whistleblower of LAPD’s undercover narcotics officers controlling LA’s wholesale drug markets and its court system bedfellow, Dr. Joseph Zernik, head of Human Rights Alert, discussed with Deborah Dupré Monday in an email the worsened LA corruption and the Chris Dorner event.
After blowing the whistle, intimidated and hunted by LAPD and related agencies involved in high-level corruption, Zernik escaped and sought refuge in Jerusalem.
“I always give credit for my escape to Les from Belgium, an American in exile, who to wrote me a year in advance, out of the blue, telling me that I must plan my escape route, given what I had by then written,” Zernik told Dupré.
Zernik’s investigation on the LAPD corruption and Rampart scandal was central to his United Nations Human Rights Council report for the first international review of United States human rights.
That report, incorporated into the professional Staff Report, referenced “Corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California.”
“My passports both expired, and I immediately renewed them and made other plans. Therefore, when my neighbors told me that the agents had been there during the night, I entered and exited the place in less than 30 minutes, and I had not been carrying a cell phone for years.”
At that time, Zernik was obviously shaken, noted in a telephone call to this author. He’d also been exposing bank fraud tied to LA courts.
A Las Vegas notary whistleblower and key witness of the nation’s massive bank fraud, Tracy Lawrence, 43, had just been found dead, days before an Attorney General filed the first fraud lawsuit against five large Wall Street banks,
Earlier that month, Lawrence became a targeted individualafter blowing the whistle, reporting to Nevada AG’s Office that she notarized 25,000 fraudulent documents for Lender Processing Services, the Florida-based company most major banks use to process home repossessions. The documents were filed with Clark County Recorder’s Office between 2005 and 2008,Los Angeles Times reported.
In January, Zernik had also blown the whistle on massive bank fraud involving false instruments for recording. He was advocating for approximately 30,000 Falsely Imprisoned Persons (FIP) in the Los Angeles prison system plus millions of homeowners robbed by banks, both injustices due to court corruption. Subsequently, he alleges that unidentified armed federal agents threatened him with violence.
In 2010, as a Bank of America (BofA) shareholder, Zernik claimed to possess evidence of securities fraud by BofA President, Brian Moynihan and that SEC v BAC (1:09-cv-06829) litigation was a bogus litigation.
“These are securities fraud that would bar a person from the financial industry for life,” stated Dr. Zernik.
(Watch Evidence of Bank of America fraud video)
Later, threats of violence against Dr. Zernik followed his revelation of invalid litigation of cases in the US District Court, Central District of California, and publication of void judgments in PACER dockets. His investigation led to discovering that due to ongoing fraud, innocent people imprisoned.
Zernik’s smoking gun was absence of NEFs, Notice of Electronic Filing, making incarceration decisions and other rulings fraudulent. He then discovered and reported other high-level LA court corruption.
Zernik named other names, saying in the former case mentioned above, US Judge Virginia Phillips appeared as presiding judge. In the latter, US Judge John Walter presided as judge. In both cases, US Magistrate Carla Woehrle also appeared. Evidence showed neither judges nor magistrate appeared with a valid Assignment/Referral Order.
“Without a valid Assignment/Referral Order, judges and magistrates lack judicial authority in a case,” Zernik had said.
Zernik had asserted, “Absent valid authentication/attestation by the clerk, a judgment is void. However, the online PACER dockets would mislead a reasonable person to conclude that the judgments were valid and effectual court records.
“In both cases, the Clerk of the Court refuses to certify the PACER dockets. In both cases, no corrective actions have been taken to this date regarding the false and deliberately misleading online PACER dockets.”
Threatened with violence and fearing for his life, Zernik fled the LA area.
Expert opinions in these matters also include:
- “Innocent people remain in prison “LAPD Blue Ribbon Review Panel Report (2006)
- “…judges tried and sentenced a staggering number of people for crimes they did not commit.” Prof David Burcham, Loyola Law School, LA (2000)
- “This is conduct associated with the most repressive dictators and police states… and judges must share responsibility when innocent people are convicted.” Prof Erwin Chemerinksy, Irvine Law School (2000)
Zernik phoned Dupré and requested that, if his postings were not seen for a few days, she reach out. He feared being kidnapped or disappeared in prison, justifiable fears few knew as well as he.
Drones deployed on behalf of the LAPD were not an issue as in the Dorner manhunt.
“I went to the airport and bought by cash a ticket out. I was positive that they would stop me at the gate, and had some alternative plans. But they let me go.
“The long arm of Uncle Sam tried to get me here as well, and Israeli high level officers like Stanley Fischer were just too compliant with the U.S. government in this matter.
Considering himself of the People of LA, despite renouncing his US citizenship, Zernik admires the Occupy movement.
“I have never dreamed that such progress would be made so fast,” Zernik said from Jerusalem. “Their communications are becoming increasingly focused and professional. The Occupy Marines Press Release following last summer’s NatGat, is a key historic document of our era, and I wish I could participate in person in Occupy LA 2013.”
Considering LAPD brutality and covert operations, Zernik said he is “not surprised at all” someone has resorted to taking matters into his own hands in retaliation.
Punnishing the Innocent
“Dorner refers to the Rampart Scandal as a scandal of the LAPD corruption,” Zernik said. “On this issue, I believe that he may not have ‘gotten it’ himself.”
In Dorner’s 6,000-word Manifesto, he allegedly wrote:
The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse. The consent decree [see beloe] should never have been lifted. The only thing that has evolved from the consent decree is those officers involved in the Rampart scandal and Rodney King incidents have since [been] promoted to supervisor, commanders, and command staff, and executive positions.
Asked to comment on that and explain the Consent Decree, Zernik said, “The Rampart scandal (1998-2000) was distinguished already in the early 2000s as the largest county court corruption scandal in the history of the United States, or corruption of the justice system in general, not only the LAPD.
“In a nutshell: Corrupt undercover narcotics officers of the LAPD in fact controlled/control the wholesale drug markets in LA, probably in collusion with FBI and/or CIA.”
The CIA was into wholesale drug trafficking to LA already in the 1980s, as part of the Iran-Contra Scandal, as documented in US DOJ report in 1997.
“The core finding of the Rampart scandal investigation was that the same narcotics officer caused the false imprisonment of an estimated 10-20,000 persons, a third of them still juveniles. They were framed by LAPD, falsely prosecuted, falsely convicted and falsely sentenced to long prison terms, most of them probably by a group of judges considered close to the LAPD, first and foremost – Judge Jacqueline Connor.
Gary Perez was known as Conner’s favorite cop, says Zernik.
“A couple of years earlier, she provided him an excellent promotion recommendation letter, marking in particular his stellar performance on the witness stand. Later, he confessed it was all made up testimonies.
“Judge Jacqueline Connor later appeared as the judge in the First Rampart Trial (2000), of 4 corrupt LAPD cops, who were prosecuted largely on Perez’s plea bargain deal.”
The jury convicted three of the four police and they were sentenced to prison.
“Judge Connor then on Friday night before Christmas, from home, reversed the jury conviction of the three corrupt Rampart officers, claiming that she prejudiced the jury in her faulty jury instructions – con woman at her best,” exclaimed Zernik.
“And Rafael Perez, the key witness and plea bargainer (which Judge Connor graciously warned him publicly in advance not to do), was later charged under federal law, was convicted, served prison time.
“Repeated public committees were appointed to investigate the matter over and over again, and they all pointed out: “Innocent people remain in prison.”
Regardless, practically none of the Rampart FIPs (Falsely Imprisoned Persons) were ever released. The reason, which was provided by an unnamed senior member of the Los Angeles Superior Court in the Blue Ribbon Review Panel Report, was that it would cause ‘collapse of the justice system,’ Zernik said.
“I believe that the level of corruption in Los Angeles increased, but also diversified. The collapse of the housing market is a huge court corruption scandal, where the judges and the bankers are acting as a racket.
“And Los Angeles was identified already in the early 2000s in FBI reports as ‘the epicenter of the epidemic of real estate and mortgage fraud.’ In my reports I documented that at least as early as 1998 they had a routine for real estate fraud in the court in collusion with a straw purchaser.
“The fraud being perpetrated on the people of the United States in recent years through the financial crisis is unprecedented in human history, and it results in dispossession of the people on a scale typically seen only in war,” Zernik said.
He also said that he believes Dorner is also naïve about the Consent Decree:
“If Dorner believes the Consent Decree did anything significant to address corruption and abuse, he is fooled by the system,” wrote Zernik.
“Under the Consent Decree a federal judge was appointed ‘Overseer of Civil Rights’ for the people of Los Angeles, against the government of Los Angeles.
“Three such ‘Overseers’ were appointed under President W Bush – for the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, for Prisoners in the California State Prisons, and for the People of Los Angeles. Therefore, we were in good company. However, in all three cases the Overseers were just a fig leaf.
“For example, around 2008 I filed request on the Overseer, to name any of the Rampart FIPs that were freed under his tenure. They could not name one. Similarly, one of the key provisions in the Consent Decree applied to the maintenance of valid computerized filing systems and sharing the systems with oversight bodies.
“However, while the Overseer was still in office, from 2003-2006 the Rampart Scandal Blue Ribbon Review Panel could not access such valid filing system, and therefore refused to opine on how many Rampart-FIPs remained confined.
Zernik asserts that corruption of the federal courts is key to corruption of the justice system and the socio-economic crisis in the United States today.
“In my case, it was exposing corruption in the US District Court, Central District of California, that triggered the actions of the US Marshals against me, which resulted in my escape from the United States.
In contrast with Dorner, Zernik said he always made a rule of publishing in record speed any new documents or reports that he generated, so that there would be no secrets kept on him in person.
“In case Dorner has additional information on LAPD corruption and he is announcing it, he is only decreasing his chances of survival.
Asked what led to Zernik further exposing the Rampart scandal, he names two: Jacqueline Connor and Richard Fine.
“Jacqueline Connor was the first judge, whose corruption, through falsification of her own court records, I documented,” Zernk said. “But FBI refused to accept any complaint against her. It became clear that she was immune.
“Then I got in March 2008 an anonymous letter that directed me to her role in the Rampart Scandal. In my reports to the UN, I claimed she was one of the key figures in the LA-JR (Los Angeles Judiciary Racket).
“Her conduct in the First Rampart Trial was unbelievable. TV crews from all over the world were in LA to cover the case, and she flaunted her corruption in front of it all.”
Richard Fine, the 70-year-old former US prosecutor, a “people’s attorney,” was taken by Sheriff Lee Baca and put into solitary confinement, eventually lasting 18 months.
“By international standards, it is considered torture,” Zernik said about Fine’s abuse in LA. “The arrest of Richard Fine came a couple of weeks after Governor Schwarzenegger signed “retroactive immunities” (also called by media “Pardons”) to all judges in LA.
“The pardons were necessary after Fine showed they all took ‘not permitted’ payments, also called by media ‘bribes.’”
Zernik said, “When I came to investigate how Fine was imprisoned, it turned out that he was held on false booking records: The Sheriff insisted on producing booking records that claimed that Richard Fine was arrested and booked on location and by the authority of the ‘Municipal Court of San Pedro.’”
Through Zernik’s investigations he found, however, that by 2009, there had been no such court for almost a decade.
“I then started systematic study of the electronic booking records in Los Angeles County and also in Marin County, and showed that about 50% of the records were falsified.
“In short, at least since the late 1990s, the Los Angeles justice system was involved in large-scale false imprisonment of the People. Such conditions are medieval in nature.
What is Zernik’s opinion on using drones to track and assassinate Dorner?
“Obviously, using drones to hunt down and kill Dorner is unconstitutional,” he replied, in agreement with other constitutional and human rights defenders.
“Then again, the US Constitution is of no significance in protecting the People any longer,” Zernik concluded.
Note: If LAPD and/or LA courts have negatively impacted you or a loved one, please email [email protected]
Human Rights news reporter Deborah Dupré is author of “Vampire of Macondo, Life, crimes and curses in south Louisiana that Powerful Forces Don’t want you to know,” 450 pages packed with censored stories about the BP-wrecked Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico that continues causing hidden catastrophic human and environmental devastation.
Follow Dupré on Twitter @DeborahDupre. For interviews, email [email protected]
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