Now it’s time to play “Pick Your Jerky Judge.”
Now the way we play our game is simple.
First you read the article from the Associated Press that you find below. We get our news from the “AP” because our own investigative journalism has become too expensive so we out-source. You know, sorta’ like what we do with tech support, manufacturing and other stuff that we can no longer handle.
Back to our game. Now, both the accuser and the “accusee” are Judges. Only one of them can be telling the truth or maybe both aren’t. Go below, read the article and with no real knowledge of the facts, come up with your own conclusion. In my case it’s tough because I know that both parties have taken bribes from the County Supervisors. These Judges are so used to getting things done with bribes that they’ve started trying to bribe each other. OR, has the press just got it all wrong and we are being fed lies. This is normal for them, so do we believe any part of the story or not?
Either way, one of these Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges is less than “honorable.” My guess? My guess is that they’re both crooked and both are trying to lie their way out of some undisclosed “trick bag” involving a third party that is being protected. Usually in cases like this both sides tried some stunt and the whole thing back-fired. Main-stream-media will eventually give us some story. The truth? We’ll never get that, so go ahead and make up something. You know, like the guy who talks to the press does. Pick Your Jerky Judge. Your guess is as good as mine.
LA judge charged in campaign bribery case
The Associated Press
Posted: 07/09/2009 11:30:42 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES—A Los Angeles county judge has been indicted on allegations of trying to bribe his opponent to drop out of last year’s race for a judicial seat, prosecutors said Thursday.
Superior Court Judge Harvey Silberman, 52, and two political consultants are accused of offering a bribe to Deputy District Attorney Serena Murillo to back out of the municipal election, according to the indictment unsealed Wednesday. The grand jury transcript detailing the alleged scheme has not been released.
Silberman, Evelyn Jerome Alexander and Alan Randall Steinberg, were charged with solicitation of money or valuable consideration to induce a person not to become a candidate for public office, said state Attorney General’s office spokeswoman Christine Gastarac. Each face up to three years in state prison if convicted.
Alexander and Steinberg, who are partners of the public affairs firm SJA Strategies, have pleaded not guilty. Arraignment for Silberman, who’s on paid leave pending the outcome of the case, has been postponed until a judge from another county is assigned to the case, Gastarac said.
Silberman’s lawyer, Dan Nixon, said his client was also charged with solicitation to commit a crime, specifically offering accepting or joining in the offer or acceptance of a bribe. Nixon said the judge will plead not guilty.
“He maintains that he is innocent of these charges and has done nothing wrong,” Nixon said.
Steinberg’s attorney insiste his client was innocent.
“Randy’s a person of outstanding character and high morals and in this case, truth and justice will be synonymous with his complete vindication,” said attorney Steve Meister, who declined to comment on the specifics of the case.
Alexander’s attorney said he intends to raise the “credibility and reliability” of prosecution witnessess, including Murillo, when trial begins.
Silberman, a former court commissioner, was elected a judge in June 2008 by about 5 percentage points over Murillo. He oversees family law cases and presided over the highly publicized child custody battle between Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards.