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Batter Up – Department 65, The Honorable Christine W. Byrd

It has been my specialty for many years of sitting and listening to what happens in our nations courtrooms. (Even as a cop I would sometimes sit and listen, you learn stuff.) I have spent hours in courts both here in California and in numerous states. New York is just wild, there the criminal courts are open 24 hours a day and you will see inmates being brought in, all chained together for their moment in court.

How about this, I remember Municipal Courts and Justice Courts….I loved Justice Courts as I could bring someone that I had just arrested and have them standing in front of a judge within hours of being arrested. (The Honorable Judge Scott, Fresno, Ca.)

So when people who know me assume that I am up to some big case when they see me sitting in the hallways. I always have a reason for much of what I do, and spending time in the hallways and in the courtrooms I always learn something.
(For instance, why would a CHILDREN’s Monitor be flashing a badge and carrying a gun? I swear, this is happening as I type and another HUGE issue is this. It would appear that HIRING a big well dressed smile and getting a third stringer who shows up to “ Monitor”, and it appears with the court’s blessings, I am just saying)

Well the other afternoon I decided to sit in the Honorable Christine W. Byrd’s courtroom, Dept 65. Who do I see looking dynamic in an all black suit and great shoes is Melanie Shornick, Esq. Ms. Shornick is an associate of the Trope and Trope firm, (since 2006 ). Well let me tell you this, she was up against Mark Vincent Kaplan, Esq., Mark has been a lawyer since 1974, (was at one time employed by Trope & Trope, hundred years ago). Mark is as tough as it comes when he is working the court and he is very well versed in all the great lawyer tricks. I always find watching Mr. Kaplan very entertaining, today his voice was very low, not sure why. Mark Kaplan also has a great sense of humor and his years in the DIVORCE racket is obvious.

All I can tell you is this, Kaplan was pitching and Shornick was batting those pitches out of the park. Shornick, obviously has a few tricks up her sleeve and to watch these two champions of L.A. Divorce was fun. Now, keep in mind, the pitching and hitting, the ultimate ‘ump’ is sitting and listening. Better than an umpire is Judge Christine Byrd, and she is smiling as in ‘are you kidding‘, and Her Honor is also catching all of what I love to call is lawyer ‘Shenanigans‘, not a bad thing keep in mind. Judge Byrd is making her thoughts on some of the issues and you can see Kaplan slowing the pitches and Shornick is leaning on her bat……this was some great stuff to listen to and observe in Dept. 65.

Once again to watch and listen to Judge Christine Byrd make comments to these two very capable lawyers, it is very obvious that she is reading between the lines. So much that Judge Byrd corrects some of the testimony with what the facts actually are. LMAO I can only guess that Her Honor did some reading before taking the bench.

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December 6, 2012
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Sam Lutfi Good Guy Screwed Britney Spears and Parents Walk – Money Talks???

Tell me I am not a born again ‘psychic’……remember the ‘mumblings‘… ‘I have this judge in my back pocket‘. A title in a story on the net, ‘Judge to Sam Lutfi (or Lufti, for the record it is LUTFI often misspelled), go away…you have no case ‘…..where is that dam mouse?

For me it seems like poor lawyering and again this is my opinion. First, Sam finds Anne Kiley, Esquire (I am guessing) who it would appear is asleep at the wheel and Miss Spears ended up dropped kick into a conservatorship. Now that took some great lawyering! Then Sam hires his legal team for this event and he gets dropped kicked right out of Judge Goetz’s courtroom! Ooops, I meant to say Judge Bruguerra’s (over 20 years on the bench) courtroom.

Not much question as to the demeanor of Judge Bruguerra and Lutfi, Sam was done before he ever opened his mouth. It almost reminded me of Judge Perry in the Anna Nicole Smith case, you can almost feel it when a judge is holding YOU in contempt. And it was clear that this judge did not care for this case or Sam Lufti. Judges can be a little like an angry doberman pincher, those little eyes get even smaller and that stare!

OUCH!!!

Is Sam Lutfi the bad guy here? HE IS NOT, just look at the system and the MONEY, too many people making TOO much MONEY….easy to understand unless you live under a rock. Sam Lutfi is almost a victim of being at the right place at the wrong time. Please, just look at the situation, parents that were kept at arms length had a need. A need to be close, real close, like in the house close, like money close. If ever there was a scenario that screams, ‘ lets keep the money ‘ this one does. Britney Spears, her life, her career, her children and her money have all been hijacked. Something as powerful as drugs, that is with fear.

This whole case is a mess and did I forget to mention LEAH FRAND? Look at that puss, whoever hired her should be fired. What is it with these hired hands? Nannies and cooks and housekeepers are all potential risk. Why you ask, if you are rich and famous they will be looking for their 15 minutes. Read the following e-mail, I have the original on file:

“Sorry Lea, I can’t help you at the moment, Britney is unwiling to change her mind. I don’t mind asking her to pay you for a full week though, which is better than 72 hours eh? I figured you’d have at least lasted longer than 3 days, but this is a very tough time for her. Hopefully paying you a weeks salary will help. Thanks for returning the gown, I’m sure it was all a misunderstanding. “

“sssammm u mother fucker .. lol aaahhh i am not surprised this is all happening but i am broke as a joke…. ok listen to me buddy ,i wish i can b that way but i dont got the hook ups u do ……. n e way if u hear or see of anything please let me know …. i know u know ppl does paris need an assistant lol or n e one like that ……”

NAME: LEA FRAND
BIRTHDAY: 7/27/87
ADDRESS: HOMELESS
CELL: 773-XXX-XXXX
POSITION: PRO NANNY/ PA
SALARY: BROKE AS A JOKE

“Low life looser” ?? “very desperate“ “lock my door every night” “ I work for a family now “ “ Sam you’re a looser, you’re a low life, you’re a no body “ These are words that this ‘rent a fluff muffin’ used in an online interview about Sam Lufti! How long did she say she worked there? Hello, Look at the e-mail….’Fluff muffin’ is in fact the desperate one here, asking for help and I guess when the ‘Do Re Mio’ did not show up lost her mind and went for the ‘Hate Sam Lutfi‘, that might pay better, eh? You know one must wonder was there any payola on this. Look at that e-mail! Nothing but love for Sam Lutfi the guy she wanted to help her to get a job. “I know you know people “.

The scariest part of this is these words, “I work for a family now“……”family now”, get rid of her, look at what she said in an e-mail to her former employer and then what she stated in an interview! Sam and Britney can you imagine if Lea Frand had worked for more than just a couple of days…..thank god and greyhound that she was gone.

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November 2, 2012
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John J Nazarian’s Report on Levitt & Quinn 31st Annual Awards dinner!

Last Friday night, September 21, 2012 I attended the Levitt & Quinn 31st Annual Awards dinner, the award, Humanitarian Service Award was being presented to someone that I have immense respect for. This year’s recipient, The Honorable Thomas Trent Lewis, when you review what Judge Lewis has done in his life as well as his career, this was no surprise. 28 years practicing law, and the certifications, and the president of this and the president of that, and those accolades go on and on. The event was held at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset Blvd.

You know what hit me immediately, was that Judge Lewis is a family man first, I will go a little further and say that he is ‘blessed’.. Judge Lewis is blessed to have not one, but both of his parents sitting with him at his table last night. Several members of his family were present and to keep his privacy and that of his family, that is all that I will say. What always amazes me is that when you meet the wives (most often) and sometimes the husbands who support and keep the ship on course you immediately understand why some climb to the levels they do. Judge Lewis presented the audience with a speech that was typical, very entertaining, very focused and the best part, it came from his heart. (If you were there you would have understood….if you were not… too bad.) Further, you missed an incredible evening with an incredible man, Judge Trent Lewis!

Mike Feuer, Assembly member, 42 District presented the award to Judge Lewis, he too had words that came from within and not so much from a pre-written speech. Describing Judge Lewis as a “Lawyer’s Lawyer“ and a “Judge’s Judge“. Judge Lewis and Judge Gordon I am convinced, if given the chance would and could fix California’s broken court system. Just look at what Judge Gordon & Judge Lewis have done in the last few years to the Los Angeles Superior Court…..it has to be good, we have received several complaints from DIVORCE lawyers, whining. I could be on to something, ‘Martin & Lewis’ – ‘Gordon & Lewis’, do not think this through too much, just trust ‘Johnfucious‘ on this.

The silent auction was fun too, I ended up with 6 dozen bagels and a very nice coffee maker, thanks to Rick Flam of the Law Offices of Flam & Flam, thanks Rick, great advice! Rick and Carole were present and for me it is always great to hear about there grand child. I also did a bid on a hand made ‘Frigate’ as in BOAT and won that bid. Judge Christine Byrd chuckled as I was trying to get the boat to my Escalade, she made several comments actually. Judge Byrd has become one of our ‘favs’ at Desperateexes.com and showed up looking fabulous…nice to see we have another judge in town with a sense of humor. Talking about humor, ‘The Rock Star of Judges’, my good friend Ken Black, Ret. L.A. Superior Court was also present and some had to wonder what the two of us were laughing about, when you are with Ken Black, the humor, “Rocks“.

Another judge we consider a friend first and also happens to be a judge, Judge Amy Pellman was present looking great and tanned. Judge Pellman now sits in Children’s Court aka Dependency Court, I heard several in passing telling Judge Pellman that they wish she was back in DIVORCE court. (don’t ever try to outrun Pellman, when not making critical decisions from the bench, she is quite and athlete) Judge Marmaro was present and we spoke briefly, it was nice to see him off the bench and being able to relax, DIVORCE court is not a ‘cake walk’. And after spending 8 hours in Judge Marmaro’s court last week, it was great to see him smiling and enjoying himself. (review my comments of ‘The Shower’)

After all was said and done it was a great evening of visiting with people that Nazarian and Associates has worked with for years, Joe Mannis, Lisa Helfend Meyer, (was that another new handbag?) Ron Brot, (see above for a great photo of Ron with his gorgeous date doing some shopping) Anne Slusser, Judy Bogen, Bob Cohen (with his wonderful wife), Mark Gross, Felicia Meyers, Dana Lowy, Michael Trope, James Durant, Soo Kim, (complaining that someone stole her olive oil) Angela Harris, Adam Lipsic (his lovely wife was home with the couple’s bundle of joy), and of course Cary Stockman with another one of our favs’ Law Office of Judith Forman. We may have missed a few of you, no worries you will eventually make it on DESPERATEEXES.com real soon.

For those of you who we ‘don’t work with’, no worries, you won’t be on anytime soon unless you screw up, and THEN, you will memorialized on DESPERATEEXES.com after all, without you we, there would be no DESPERATEEXES.com

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September 28, 2012
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PS: Has Halle Berry found her safe place yet! LMAO…..in France, no less!

Money tightens even in the world of Divorce…for some!

What is one of the toughest things a dentist has to deal with? Getting Paid! And it would seem to be the case at times for the Los Angeles Divorce Lawyers community too. ( Sometimes you take a looser client whose hubby is loaded or the looser sperm donor who banged a starlit and you get the court to order the ‘Rich Victim’ to pay all the legal fees) The later has worked well for lawyers such as Mark Kaplan who is now the principal I understand. It used to be Kaplan and whats his name but is now just ‘Kaplan’. This behavior is not unique to Mr. Kaplan by no means and is a perfectly legal practice and at times a gamble…BUT, if you know how to play and when to approach the court….it pays off better than any jackpot you could ever imagine! Is it a scam, no it is ‘playing’ the system….a little like ‘miners’ counsel….at times it is a total scam, my opinion.

I am guessing that Mr. Fishbein, lawyer is doing very well. Gary’s sperm donor client ( Halle Berry’s X ) has no money to speak of, Halle ‘big bucks’ Berry has loads of the stuff! And will be paying for all of if not most of her ‘mistakes’ legal fees. This is the case of were the position of Ms. Berry is that she needs to take ‘Their’ child to France….were it is safe! LMAO Maybe someone better warn Ms. Berry of the ‘Mulsim Factor’. There is some serious anger brewing as to a recent ‘cartoon’ of the Prophet Mohammed ( last 48 hours ) in “ Charlie Hebdo “….not sure how safe it is going to be for an American Actress. My professional opinion is that she and her child would be serious targets of extremist.

A large valley DIVORCE firm has laid off a few lawyers as well as support staff. Not easy running with the big boys…..( this same firm in the last several months has called my office no less than 3 times asking the “ How Much “ question and has been removed from DEPERATEEXES.com. We are a family run service and being family owned and operated we dont have the luxury of “ laying people off “……WE BILL AT $395.00 PER HOUR PLUS ANY AND ALL COSTS….and again, we too are apart of this mess called DIVORCE. All we want to do is to live like the ‘Fat Cats’ who live like kings, that is all no less and no more.

The former blockbuster firm of ‘Philips, #%&*, @#$*, Lerner ‘ can now promote their firm on a postage stamp. Philips Lerner, this firm still has a nice address, well sorta, it is now as much a player in the world of divorce as the guys in the basement washing cars. However, dont count Stacy out, what she lacks in courtroom presence she certainly makes up in marketing skills.

The word around the courthouse is that a mega firm needs to be careful, as the edge appears nearer and nearer? Hmmm, I hope some of you have checked your parachutes, as for some, when the time comes you will be crashing to the pavement as you attempt to leap to a new career. And for a few you, you will be fine as we here at DESPERATEEXES.com will always have your backs. Now I am just saying, and for some of you, I will be rolling around laughing as you bounce around, as only I can……..just remember all of my other predictions, SPOT ON! Johnfucious say, ‘ be careful as you kick asses on whey up…you may have to kiss dem asses on dah whey down.’

Well the girls at Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers are just kicking ass, others maybe laying off, Ms. Meyers is hiring. M.O.L.M. appears to be the go to firm for the rich and powerful. Interesting thing is that M.O.L.M. keeps quiet and protect their clients privacy, never a firm to show boat. Just a matter of time before “ The” Helfend takes the other half of the 14th floor!!! And did you happen to notice that Ms. Meyer’s shoe collection seems to be expanding too? Congrats to all at M.O.L.M., it is not easy to build a successful and powerful law practice in these times.

Chris Melcher

Another interesting find is Christopher C. Melcher, Lawyer, Walzer & Melcher. Upon meeting this guy the other day I found his ‘all day’
shoes interesting. These are shoes that are not as charming as let say Peter Lauzon’s ‘Pradas’, ( I often wonder if Prada makes that style for men too ) But they are I guess practical…..and they look comfy.
Melcher was fast and furious in his attempt to defend his ‘pervert’ client, and he did try, much to the dismay of those of us who had to sit and listen.
At times it almost looked as if Judge Marc Marmaro wanted to slide under his bench….it was not easy to listen to……( Chris’s client likes showers )
BUT! Still an attorney that has some great verbal skills and speaks well and had my attention. Melcher is a scrapper and you can tell….he grabs the ring and holds on. ( remember, keeping my attention is not easy ) If you are looking for a ‘tough’ lawyer in the valley give Christopher a call, 818-591-3700 or his cell 818-620-8312 …. I would give this guy a shot, 21700 Oxnard Street, suite 2080, Woodland Hills, Calif. 91367, for that if you are looking for a DIVORCE lawyer period, give Chris a call………His practice is successful and he is not laying anyone off….for Chris Melcher things are good ‘in the valley’.

Yepremyan Murder Trial Under Way

Mike Yepremyan was murdered November 2009 and the trial began just a few weeks ago June 2012. The jury selection is always one of the more uninteresting aspects of the process, “Select a Jury.” Let me just say this for the defendants, how the lawyers select a jury can be a crap shoot. On many real big high profile cases there are “specialists” who help with the process. These experts will look at the shoes, shined not shined, the hair, all kind of mannerisms to try and pick the most favorable. Little like how I pick peaches at the market, all by hand!

On the Yepremyan murder case it was the lawyers, Michael Levin, Esq. Alex Kessel, Esq., Levin is representing Zareh Manjikian and Kessel is representing Vahag Jurian. Also present every day is Hovic Dzhuryan and his sister Kat Vardanian, Anthony Brooklier is representing Kat and George Mgdesyan is representing Hovic. Did either Brooklier or Mgdesyan assist in the jury selection? I am not sure, all of these guys are well trained and respected for their work as “Get me off the hook” go to guys. The biggest name in the bunch of course is Anthony Brooklier, one of the biggest names in defense in So. Cal. right up there with Harland Braun, Esq. Kessel and Levin are very good at their craft also, Mgdesyan, I have never heard of until this trial.

I met with Brooklier with one of the defendants in the Anna Nicole Smith trial and after a great lunch of Spaghetti and Meatballs my client “flew the coop.” I was done with her and Brooklier was not retained, I still see that as a big mistake…welcome to my world of making suggestions.

Judge Gregory A. Dohi of the Los Angeles Superior Court is presiding, Dept. E. Judge Dohi has only been a judge since being appointed August 29, 2007. Prior to that he attended a mid level university back East, Harvard!! And then went to Boalt Hall School of Law, one thing we can say is that this guy has educational credentials in the highest categories of law. Judge Dohi was admitted to the bar in 1991 and joined the District Attorney’s office as a prosecutor. Judge Dohi handled the pre-lim of Robert Blake 2.26.2003 after he supposedly “whacked” his wife after a nice Italian dinner at Vittello’s in Studio City. I wonder if they had Meatballs?

When Judge Dohi is not siting on the bench he is a professor at Southwestern School of Law. His honor ran for his bench seat in 2010 and won the election, no one else it appears ran against him, this is often the case for sitting judges. Judge Dohi also sent Jodie Foster’s father to prison for 5 years for scamming home owners. Not bad, Blake, Foster, welcome to being a jurist in Southern California.

The only issue that I have is that with this education, with this employment background he has to know the law backwards and forwards. On paper this guy does not look like he would be easy to sell a bridge to…we will see.

Ani and Art Yepremyan

Some feathers are being ruffled as to having Mike Yepremyan’s parents, Artak and Ani sit outside the courtroom while certain witnesses testify. Former friends of Mike’s that both of the parents had spoken to after the murder of their son. Is this any kind of violation of “victims rights?” I am not sure. What I am hearing and understanding, is a Judge not wanting to make any mistakes that, in the event of a conviction, will start the appeal process. If there are convictions and there is any money left certainly there will be an appeal, that is fairly common in cases like this.

Remember, I promised to do all I could to make this story known around the world. I got it in the Los Angeles Times, Column One front page above the crease, we discussed it throughout the internet, all of the local news channels and the icing on the cake for me is Luce Villareal , taping for what will be a segment on DATELINE. If you will, prior to my participation in this case this was a “two line story” on the L.A. Times webpage…not anymore!

I am not positive as I have not been served yet with a subpoena, maybe when I return from vacation in a few weeks as to my having to testify? We will see! My reason and thoughts on this was last week’s question by Mr. Kessel to Danielle, Mike’s former girlfriend, “Do you know a Mr. Nazarian?” or something along those lines. I am very sure, everyone knows Mr. Nazarian, just google me! Hell, I google myself sometimes when I am bored to see what Mr. Nazarian is doing.

Judge Pellman is watching the LA DCFS and so should we all

Judge Amy Pellman

The Los Angeles Times, in an article by Garrett Therolf dated July 2nd,is reporting that a judge in children’s court “Rebukes child welfare workers for abusing their power.“ Hello! this is no big news, it is about time judges are addressing these atrocities being committed under the color of authority! When is it ever bad when you hear or read that a judge of the superior court realizes something is wrong and states so? Bravo to Judge Amy Pellman and any other jurist who knows the law and will speak his or her mind when they see an injustice. Especially for someone like Judge Pellman, she was a highly trained lawyer who specialized in family and children issues prior to being appointed to the bench.

Children and family issues are what this jurist cut her teeth on. Judge Pellman’s name will forever be attached to the “Alliance for Children’s Rights,” an organization that she once led! Now as a sitting Superior Court Judge and able to make observations that something is not right, is that not what a judge is supposed to do? “County Lawyers” who represent the Department of DCFS are upset. Too bad these very same county lawyers were not upset on April 24 when Vyctorya Sandoval at only 17 months of age was pronounced dead after doctors spent 6 hours trying to save her life?…this was another deadly blunder by the crew of DCFS.

Not a question that being a social worker is thankless and at times overwhelming and are there “social workers” with little or no experience you betcha. The problem for DCFS is that their crazy bat shit behavior is no longer being hidden! Thanks to Presiding Judge Michael Nash and for judges like Pellman who will let you know when something stinks…and the media loves it. When it comes to issues about children and moms and dads no hiding behind curtains…the curtains for DCFS have been pulled. Do not be angry at judges like Judge Pellman, the days of secret crazy shit are over (just google Los Angeles DCFS and sit back and be prepared to be shocked).

The lawyers representing DCFS should be looking at those within the department who are filing fraudulent reports (felonies) and taking their frustrations out on those that cannot fight back. There are some fine employees of DCFS working under tough conditions, and at the same time they should be grateful to have a job. What can even make this even more terrible is when you have a DCFS social worker working in concert with a court appointed monitor (this has been an actual issue for families). For those families who fall under this terror that these people can reign down upon them, we all should be thanking judges like Judge Pellman and Judge Nash. It is very obvious or at least it should be to all employees of DCFS that the old way of doing business is gone and now society and media are watching!

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July 3, 2012
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Opening Children’s Court Is a Good Move in Los Angeles

Judge Michael Nash

Judge Michael Nash

Let’s give Presiding Judge Michael Nash a big round of applause and a standing ovation for having the courage and strength to open the courts to the media. For many years children’s court has been closed to everyone and everything…secretive comes to mind. This secrecy has encouraged INCOMPETENCE to breed and to go unnoticed except to those who sit in judgment..the judges and of course “the silent ones.” What has this “secret” society bred, INCOMPETENCE, and this judge and others are very much aware of this problem. Sure there is no John J. Nazarian with his note pad and Montblanc pen observing the goings on and writing as fast as possible…never ever interested in the children. What I am interested in is the INCOMPETENCE and silliness that I see very often in and around the court house on any given day.

What can one report on, let’s see, a L.A.County Sheriff Security guard aka “clown” or Minors Counsel making fools of themselves or the ever present group of fools known as “Monitors.” John J. Nazarian will listen and observe and report all for the world to read. I have been told that my presence in some courtrooms can make some uncomfortable as to what is “he” (me) going to write…this is just at the Stanley Mosk.

This new openness, if I am understanding this correctly, is what Judge Nash wants, he and other bench officers are seeing things that I think judges are finding disturbing and what is it that is disturbing? INCOMPETENCE of those involved in dealing with children and related issues in the Juvenile Court. INCOMPETENCE being shown by who, Hmmm lets see social workers? Lawyers representing children? and others! This is a little uncomfortable for a whole bunch of people,

“openness is profoundly unsettling in a courthouse accustomed to doing its work in private,“

as reported in the Los Angeles Times (2.12.12).

All I can say is that I am going to be showing up real soon and all I can hope for is that at least one INCOMPETENT player at the Children’s Court makes their presence known and I will make you and your INCOMPETENCE famous. And for all of you who try and get me thrown out of the courtroom…that makes you “subject matter” forever…I promise, and I do have a “Press Pass.”

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February 13, 2012
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