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Is there Election Fraud Being Committed by Some of Our Temporary California Gubernatorial Appointees to the Superior Court Bench?
My name is Lawrence Mendoza and I live in Santa Barbara, California. I was a victim of law enforcement stalking and judicial corruption starting back in late 2005 and all of 2006. Based on my own experiences and research into others it has become apparent that our Santa Barbara Superior Courts often abuse us the public with illegal and unjust judgments and convictions. I feel we must always demand ethical behavior from those who practice and administer the law. So I continually examine and expose inappropriate and often illegal activities by law enforcement, judges and elected officials here in Santa Barbara.
In an attempt to protect myself I created a blog so that I could share my investigative results on it. My blog can be found @ http://www.santabarbaracriminalcourtcorruption.blogspot.com
My concern today is that some of our Temporary Gubernatorial Appointees to the California Superior Court have committed election fraud, when they intentionally failed to seek election to their first full term as mandated by our State Constitution. The Constitution states clearly that if a vacant Judicial seat in Superior Court was filled by a temporary gubernatorial appointee in a non-election (odd) year. The appointee must then seek election to their first full term of six years in the following (even) year’s general primary. Now if the temporary judicial vacancy was filled in an (even) election year, the appointee must wait for the next even year’s June general primary or roughly two years.
Over the last six years I have spent countless hours researching issues and events so that I could intelligently share my findings with you. I know that this may seem like a complicated subject matter but honestly after you view the side by side comparisons it is all pretty simple. Today I will present to you six different examples of when odd year Gubernatorial Appointees sought election to their first full term. By the end of this posting it will be quite obvious that 3 judicial appointees followed the law and three did not.
So let’s start with Judges Overton and Bondonno who were both appointed to the Santa Clara Superior Court bench in July of 2005.
First the Appointment Announcement
Posted on Tue Jul 12 2005 22:41:42 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
“Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Franklin E. Bondonno and Carol W. Overton to judgeships in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Filling the vacancy created when former Superior Court Judge William Danser was ousted as a result of his criminal conviction in a ticket-fixing scandal. Both newly appointed Superior Court Judges can seek their first full six year term in the June 2006 primary elections”
Now let’s review when these two odd year Gubernatorial Appointees (July2005) initially sought election to their first full term. My research shows that Judge Bondonno did indeed seek election in the next even years June Primary of 2006, thus keeping him in complacence with our State Constitution. (http://www.smartvoter.org/2006/06/06/ca/scl/judicial.html )
However, the other 2005 appointee Judge Overton failed to seek election in June 2006 like Judge Bondonno. Instead Judge Overton chooses to wait two additional years finally seeking her first full term in the June 2008 primary. Consequently I think we can all agree that she failed to comply with our Constitution and that is our problem!
Let’s look at one more example an odd year Gubernatorial Appointee and when he ran for his first full term. Richard B. Ulmer Jr. was appointed to the Superior Court of San Francisco by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in June of 2009. Judge Ulmer Jr, Judge Overton and Bondonno were all odd year appointees to the bench. The records show that Judge Ulmer Jr ran for his election in the next even numbered primary which for him was June 2010. So based on these three examples the simple question we have to ask is what was it that allowed Judge Overton to wait an additional two years before she ran for her first full term?
Now my next three examples all come from the Santa Barbara Superior Court and just as in the first three examples all three were appointed in odd numbered years. In August of 2003 Governor Gray Davis appointed both Arthur A. Garcia and George C. Eskin to the Santa Barbara Superior Court bench as temporary judges. Unfortunately my research shows that neither Judge Garcia nor Judge Eskin ran for their first full term in the June 2004 Primary. Instead it appears they both waited an additional two years for the June 2006 primary. As I have already shown their actions as odd year appointees of 2003 dictated that they run in 2004 thus both of them broke the law.
Now for my finale example proving an inconsistency with both Judge Garcia and Eskin’s actions we get to Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge James Herman, who was first appointed to the bench by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2005 (odd year). Now Judge Herman like Bondanno and Ulmer Jr. did run for his first full term in the next even years Primary of 2006. Once again it seems obvious that some appointees are in compliance with our States Constitution and others are not. By the way Judge Herman’s wife is Denise de Bellefeuille who was also a sitting Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge in 2005.
The Santa Barbara bench is a relatively small one having any where from 19 to 21 seats. In order for Judge Eskin and Judge Garcia to get away with the crime of not seeking election in 2004, I feel it literally required the approvals of Judge Herman his wife Judge de Bellefeuille and the rest of the seating Santa Barbara Superior Court Judges.
I think we can all agree that we have a very serious problem if judges chose to ignore the States Constitution upon which is a foundation document of California law. Furthermore that lack of adherence to the California Constitution automatically “forfeits their right to the Public's Trust.” Without doubt the keeping of Public Trust requires a higher standard than that of you or me. This standard dictates that because integrity is indispensable to those positions, anyone whose misconduct undermines that integrity no longer deserves to serve the public or our trust.
-In closing I leave you with these two question;
1-what happens now that I have proven there are some temporary judicial appointees who did in fact fail to seek election when mandated by law and still occupied the bench?
2-and what happens to all the Civil and Criminal cases that these Judges presided over when they illegally retained their seat on the bench?
S.B.C.C.C. The place where COMMON SENSE never goes out of style!