Former US prosecutor Richard I. Fine exposed and rebuked the taking by Los Angeles judges of “not permitted” payments, which were labeled by media “bribes”. Consequently, the State Bar of California disbarred Fine in 2007. From March 4, 2009 to September 17, 2010, he was jailed in solitary "coercive confinement" in the Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail, albeit with neither warrant nor valid and effectual conviction nor sentencing records.
His efforts to gain his own release through habeas corpus petitions to the US District Court, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and the US Supreme Court were repeatedly denied. However, all judicial reviews in the US courts were characterized by the falsification of court records.
The case reflects widespread corruption of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, the largest county court in the United States, and cover-up of the same by the US courts. Report regarding corruption of the Superior Court, including, but not limited to, the imprisonment of Richard Fine, was incorporated by reference into the 2010 UPR (Universal Periodic Review) Staff Report of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, with a note regarding “corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California”.
Coverage of the case was mostly left to off mainstream media. Large corporate media outlets reports were incomplete and at times partial.
One of the central recommendations of the 2010 UPR report on the United States pertained to restoration of the right for habeas corpus, with reference to detentions in Guantanamo Bay. As documented in the case of Richard Fine, the right of habeas corpus was effectively denied also on a US citizen, former US prosecutor, in the territorial United States, through effective denial of access to honest courts.
Perhaps the most important insight gained from the case of Richard Fine pertains to the key role of false and deliberately misleading computerized records in the courts and prisons in the United States in the abuse of Human Rights.
Due to the unusual cast of characters, the number of court cases filed by Richard Fine, and the meticulous documentation, the case as a whole provides unparalleled study of the justice system, Human Rights, and civil society conditions in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century.
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 11-04-23 Habeas Corpus in the United States - the case of Richard Isaac Fine