The Los Angeles Times has an article in the OP-ED section titled, A Victory for Sunshine by Jim Newton. The gist of the piece is what I was talking about in my previous article regarding the opening of childrens court in Los Angeles…”No Mo’ Secrets.” if you are not doing your J.O.B. you might get some bad press. Not the children but the adults whose job it is, is to “do right” by the children.
Funny thing about people in the legal profession many like medical institutions like to hide behind the secrecy or as is often stated, “shield” those who work with children from any real scrutiny. Problem is this, just like a dampness hiding in the walls of a house with a leak, all may seem to be fine but a “mold” begins. Likewise when you have this secret society of the “well”-meaning you get the very same thing. The level of incompetence I have witnessed in my four years of covering the courts is frightening. I have watched lawyers screw up cases and I have watched some who acted like buffoons. I have documented this very behavior every time I have crossed paths with those who I saw as buffoons, much to the dismay of those “buffoons” I have written about.
Having the press in the courtroom is a good thing and much to the group of lawyers in Judge Pellmans court it would have seemed that scalding water had been poured on a bunch of angry rats. The “scalding” occurred when it was announced that a reporter from the L.A. Times would be sitting in. One lawyer, Thomas Wayne Pichota was unhappy and stated that “Nash was wrong” and went on to discuss the issues of law. I called Mr. Pichotas office and left a message for a comment and as of 2.15.12 no call back! Pretty soon the other lawyers decided to jump on the bandwagon and protest too. Judge Pellman is the ultimate bandwagon smasher, she told them it is reported “No.” “No” as to any delays and other legal shenanigans, (I use the word SHENANIGANS often talking about legal stuff, is is such an appropriate word). Here is a thought for some of these lawyers, good work can get some good attention! However being a gas bag and sucking on the public tit for fees representing children should be under review by those of us in the media and press. Taxpayers have a right to know, right? Someone in the audience (a lawyer) wanted to be sure no childs name was mentioned…this is funny. I never mention kids by name if ever at all, but I do like to comment on the actions and behavior of lawyers!!! Judge Pellman was having none of it…note to the gang in childrens court, Pellman is tough and knows the laws pertaining to children as well or better than many in California and maybe the entire United States.
This system does not have to be private and secretive, some of these very same cases end up in the news and we all read about the disasters of the system. Having the media present may bring a more positive light to a group of lawyers and social workers who like having No Sunshine in the courtroom…Pellmans court is going to be court of Truth, Justice and for the children.
Note: For all of those public servants who do a good job and the professional whose practice is in the interest of children, this is all good stuff. It is those who like to be assured that any blunders will just disappear in time…the time has come!
Straight Talk with John J. Nazarian, private investigator, security consultant, reporter
February 16, 2012
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