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Ming Chin -- California Supreme Court Associate Justice -- Abruptly Quits Controversial Entity Amid Probe by California Commission on Judicial Performance

Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Ming W. Chin abruptly quit his position with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment. The resignation took place amidst an ongoing investigation by the California Commission on Judicial Performance.

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Hon. Ming W. Chin

A formal ethics complaint filed with the California Commission on Judicial Performance alleged that Chin’s involvement with CAUSE is prohibitive due to CAUSE’s invidious discrimination against those who are non Asian-American. The complaint further alleged that the associate justice must be disciplined due to CAUSE involvement in the political-process, conduct that Chin is otherwise prohibited in engaging in pursuant to Canon 5.

In Addition, Justice Chin’s clandestine nature and undisclosed involvement was particularly troubling based on facts as they relate to Mr. James Hsu – CAUSE’s treasurer as well as a board member of a (now defunct) sham charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL – as matters relating to sham charity CaliforniaALL would soon be considered by the California Supreme Court.

According to the complaint, records were sought pertaining to CaliforniaALL from the California Bar Foundation as well as from the State Bar of California to no avail. As such, and based on the blatant refusal to produce these records, a petition for relief will shortly be filed with the California Supreme Court seeking an order to compel the State Bar and its Foundation to make these public records available.

The complaint further alleges that without the “fortuitous discovery ” by the Petitioner, he would not have known that Justice Chin and Hsu are involved with CAUSE as to seek the recusal of Justice Chin in matters relating to CaliforniaALL.

Similarly, the complaint alludes to a State Bar of California petition in the matter of Sander vs. State Bar of California which is currently pending before the California Supreme Court. In that case, the State Bar seeks review of a decision that established a common law right of access to data concerning minorities which the State Bar possesses.

Hence, the complaint alleged, there is an impression that Justice Chin may exercise his power in such a way which would benefit minorities, much like his involvement with CAUSE conclusively establishes that he stands united with APIA and otherwise wishes self-improvement for APIA more so than he does for the population as a whole.

Subsequent to the filing of the complaint, CAUSE quickly removed Justice Chin’s name from its rolls for 2011 and 2010, retroactively. See CAUSE 2010 roll. In contrast, see TLR’s own records, which clearly show that Justice Chin was a member of CAUSE’s Advisory Council in 2010.

CAUSE’s legal counsel, Mr. Victor King, has confirmed the resignation, which went into effect shortly after the complaint was filed. See below.

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This latest development comes in the aftermath of revelations of numerous scandals involving the California Supreme Court and the State Bar of California. Most notable among these is the forced departure of Executive Director Judy Johnson and her secret control of CCPF ; the bribery of Judge Patrice McElroy; the “friendship” between Ronald George and Thomas Girardi; Judge Lucy Armendariz/Antonio Villaraigosa Connection; as well as State Bar cover-up of Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk deceitful actions as special prosecutor on behalf of the State Bar against two of his and his firm’s clients (Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack) as part of a scheme to exploit his authority as special prosecutor for financial gain.

Pacific Legal Foundation's Robin Rivett, Meriem Hubbard, and James Burling Asked to Opine on Matters Relating to Judy Johnson's CCPF and CAUSE's Ming Chin

Sacramento-based  Pacific Legal Foundation President Robin Rivett, as well as staff-attorneys Meriem Hubbard and James Burling have been publicly asked by TLR to opine on events relating to CAUSE’s Ming Chin and Judy Johnson’s CCPF

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California Supreme Court Associate-Justice Ming W. Chin and CAUSE

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As was previously reported, Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Ming W. Chin has recently abruptly quit his position with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”). The resignation took place amidst an ongoing investigation by the California Commission on Judicial Performance.


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The formal ethics complaint filed with the California Commission on Judicial Performance alleged that Chin’s involvement with CAUSE is prohibitive due to CAUSE’s invidious discrimination against those who are non Asian-American. The complaint further alleged that the associate justice must be disciplined due to CAUSE involvement in the political-process, conduct that Chin is otherwise prohibited in engaging in pursuant to Canon 5.

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Hon. Ming W. Chin

In Addition, Justice Chin’s clandestine nature and undisclosed involvement was particularly troubling based on facts as they relate to Mr. James Hsu – CAUSE’s treasurer as well as a board member of a (now defunct) sham charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL – as matters relating to sham charity CaliforniaALL would soon be considered by the California Supreme Court.

According to the complaint, records were sought pertaining to CaliforniaALL from the California Bar Foundation as well as from the State Bar of California to no avail. As such, and based on the blatant refusal to produce these records, a petition for relief will shortly be filed with the California Supreme Court seeking an order to compel the State Bar and its Foundation to make these public records available.

The complaint further alleges that without the “fortuitous discovery ” by the Petitioner, he would not have known that Justice Chin and Hsu are involved with CAUSE as to seek the recusal of Justice Chin in matters relating to CaliforniaALL.

Similarly, the complaint alludes to a State Bar of California petition in the matter of Sander vs. State Bar of California which is currently pending before the California Supreme Court. In that case, the State Bar seeks review of a decision that established a common law right of access to data concerning minorities which the State Bar possesses.

Hence, the complaint alleged, there is an impression that Justice Chin may exercise his power in such a way which would benefit minorities, much like his involvement with CAUSE conclusively establishes that he stands united with APIA and otherwise wishes self-improvement for APIA more so than he does for the population as a whole.

California Consumer Protection Foundation and Judy Johnson

Johnson, who until recently served as the Executive Director of the State Bar of California, secretly headed CCPF for the past 7-8 years.  During this period, she used her “clout” as the head of the agency to arrange for “cy pres” from class action settlements, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies, totaling close to $30 million to be funneled to CCPF, which then  forwarded those funds to various other non-profits, and mostly questionable ACORN-like entities located in South Los Angeles.

In 2010 Johnson left the State Bar of California in disgrace after a prolonged embezzlement of close to $800,000 by employee Sharon Pearl was discovered, and after California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed State Bar related legislation as a result.

Johnson was recently also the subject of a complaint to the IRS for alleged noncompliance with various laws and regulations.

The complaint alleges CCPF and Johnson defrauded and mislead the public by intentionally omitting various data from CCPF’s web-site.  Specifically, data concerting financial transactions between CCPF and an entity known as  Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (“CARS”).  In addition, the complaint also point to various alleged inconsistencies in the reporting of grants from CCPF to CARS.

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Ms Judy Johnson

CARS is a non-profit entity located in Sacramento, California. It was established and is headed by Rosemary Shahan. In addition to heading her own non-profit entity (CARS), Shahan also serves as an “adviser” to CCPF.  See http://consumerfdn.org/advisors.php

According to sources familiar with the situation, CCPF professes and declares that it lists on its website all the grants it has issued and all the corresponding grantees going back to 2001. When visiting CCPF’s website, one is given the option to search by year or the name of the grantee. A search for grants funneled to CARS yields only 2 results – a grant in 2006 in the amount of $60,000, and another in 2009 in the amount of $7,400.

One can also visit http://consumerfdn.org/granteesList.php for a list of all the grantees. (See also here.)

Each of the above search options yields the same result – to wit, only 2 grants are listed that were made to CARS.  Unfortunately, however, this allegedly is not the case, as CCPF’s own tax returns provide otherwise. For example, page 28 of CCPF’s IRS Form 990 for 2004 lists a $60,000 grant.

This misrepresentation is allegedly the fruit of an unlawful conspiracy between Judy Johnson and Rosemary Shahan, and is very troubling on its face. This is particularly true given that Ms. Shahan, who serves as an adviser to CCPF, and presumably is familiar with the content of the website, should have alerted CCPF that the information presented is inaccurate and false, by omission and otherwise.

In addition, sources allege that various inconsistencies were discovered in connection with two types of grants from CCPF to CARS: the first is the Consumer Auto Advertising Fund (“CAAF”) grant and the second is the Bank of America (“BA1”) grant.

In 2004, CARS reported to the IRS revenues from all sources in the amount of $91,009. (See page 28 of CARS 2004 IRS 990 return.) By comparison, CCPF reported that it had funneled to CARS $60,000 from the CAAF grant, and $61,215 from the BA1 grant.

Also in 2004, CCPF reported a leftover “payable” of $61,212 from the BA1 grant which it holds in reserve for future payment to CARS.

In 2005, CARS reported to the IRS revenues from ALL SOURCES in the amount of only $58,212. (See CARS 2005 IRS 990 returns.)

By comparison, in 2005 CCPF reported funneling $60,000 to CARS out of the CAAF grant. This, according to the sources, already raises a red flag as it shows that CARS under-reported its revenues for 2005 by the difference of $1,788. (See here on page 22.)

Most importantly, however, in 2005 CCPF also reported an additional $48,970 distributed to CARS from the BA1 fund, leaving only $12,242 in reserve as “payable.” (See entry on page 22.)

Unfortunately, the sources maintain, no corresponding reference to the $48,970 was found on CARS’ 2005 tax returns.

TLR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of the opinions, if any, of Pacific Legal Foundation’s President Robin Rivett and staff-attorneys Meriem Hubbard and James Burling.

American Civil Rights Institute's Ward Connerly Hereby Asked to Opine on Matters Relating to Judy Johnson's CCPF and CAUSE's Ming Chin

Amid controversy relating to CAUSE’s Ming Chin and Judy Johnson’s CCPF,  The Leslie Brodie Report hereby asks American Civil Rights Institute’s Ward Connerly to opine on recent recent developments.  

California Supreme Court Associate-Justice Ming W. Chin and CAUSE

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As was previously reported, Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Ming W. Chin has abruptly quit his position recently with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”). The resignation took place amidst an ongoing investigation by the California Commission on Judicial Performance.


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The formal ethics complaint filed with the California Commission on Judicial Performance alleged that Chin’s involvement with CAUSE is prohibitive due to CAUSE’s invidious discrimination against those who are non Asian-American. The complaint further alleged that the associate justice must be disciplined due to CAUSE involvement in the political-process, conduct that Chin is otherwise prohibited in engaging in pursuant to Canon 5.

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Hon. Ming W. Chin

In Addition, Justice Chin’s clandestine nature and undisclosed involvement was particularly troubling based on facts as they relate to Mr. James Hsu – CAUSE’s treasurer as well as a board member of a (now defunct) sham charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL – as matters relating to sham charity CaliforniaALL would soon be considered by the California Supreme Court.

According to the complaint, records were sought pertaining to CaliforniaALL from the California Bar Foundation as well as from the State Bar of California to no avail. As such, and based on the blatant refusal to produce these records, a petition for relief will shortly be filed with the California Supreme Court seeking an order to compel the State Bar and its Foundation to make these public records available.

The complaint further alleges that without the “fortuitous discovery ” by the Petitioner, he would not have known that Justice Chin and Hsu are involved with CAUSE as to seek the recusal of Justice Chin in matters relating to CaliforniaALL.

Similarly, the complaint alludes to a State Bar of California petition in the matter of Sander vs. State Bar of California which is currently pending before the California Supreme Court. In that case, the State Bar seeks review of a decision that established a common law right of access to data concerning minorities which the State Bar possesses.

Hence, the complaint alleged, there is an impression that Justice Chin may exercise his power in such a way which would benefit minorities, much like his involvement with CAUSE conclusively establishes that he stands united with APIA and otherwise wishes self-improvement for APIA more so than he does for the population as a whole.

California Consumer Protection Foundation and Judy Johnson

Johnson, who until recently served as the Executive Director of the State Bar of California, secretly headed CCPF for the past 7-8 years.  During this period, she used her “clout” as the head of the agency to arrange for “cy pres” from class action settlements, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies, totaling close to $30 million to be funneled to CCPF, which then  forwarded those funds to various other non-profits, and mostly questionable ACORN-like entities located in South Los Angeles.

In 2010 Johnson left the State Bar of California in disgrace after a prolonged embezzlement of close to $800,000 by employee Sharon Pearl was discovered, and after California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed State Bar related legislation as a result.

Johnson was recently also the subject of a complaint to the IRS for alleged noncompliance with various laws and regulations.

The complaint alleges CCPF and Johnson defrauded and mislead the public by intentionally omitting various data from CCPF’s web-site.  Specifically, data concerting financial transactions between CCPF and an entity known as  Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (“CARS”).  In addition, the complaint also point to various alleged inconsistencies in the reporting of grants from CCPF to CARS.

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Ms Judy Johnson

CARS is a non-profit entity located in Sacramento, California. It was established and is headed by Rosemary Shahan. In addition to heading her own non-profit entity (CARS), Shahan also serves as an “adviser” to CCPF.  See http://consumerfdn.org/advisors.php

According to sources familiar with the situation, CCPF professes and declares that it lists on its website all the grants it has issued and all the corresponding grantees going back to 2001. When visiting CCPF’s website, one is given the option to search by year or the name of the grantee. A search for grants funneled to CARS yields only 2 results – a grant in 2006 in the amount of $60,000, and another in 2009 in the amount of $7,400.

One can also visit http://consumerfdn.org/granteesList.php for a list of all the grantees. (See also here.)

Each of the above search options yields the same result – to wit, only 2 grants are listed that were made to CARS.  Unfortunately, however, this allegedly is not the case, as CCPF’s own tax returns provide otherwise. For example, page 28 of CCPF’s IRS Form 990 for 2004 lists a $60,000 grant.

This misrepresentation is allegedly the fruit of an unlawful conspiracy between Judy Johnson and Rosemary Shahan, and is very troubling on its face. This is particularly true given that Ms. Shahan, who serves as an adviser to CCPF, and presumably is familiar with the content of the website, should have alerted CCPF that the information presented is inaccurate and false, by omission and otherwise.

In addition, sources allege that various inconsistencies were discovered in connection with two types of grants from CCPF to CARS: the first is the Consumer Auto Advertising Fund (“CAAF”) grant and the second is the Bank of America (“BA1”) grant.

In 2004, CARS reported to the IRS revenues from all sources in the amount of $91,009. (See page 28 of CARS 2004 IRS 990 return.) By comparison, CCPF reported that it had funneled to CARS $60,000 from the CAAF grant, and $61,215 from the BA1 grant.

Also in 2004, CCPF reported a leftover “payable” of $61,212 from the BA1 grant which it holds in reserve for future payment to CARS.

In 2005, CARS reported to the IRS revenues from ALL SOURCES in the amount of only $58,212. (See CARS 2005 IRS 990 returns.)

By comparison, in 2005 CCPF reported funneling $60,000 to CARS out of the CAAF grant. This, according to the sources, already raises a red flag as it shows that CARS under-reported its revenues for 2005 by the difference of $1,788. (See here on page 22.)

Most importantly, however, in 2005 CCPF also reported an additional $48,970 distributed to CARS from the BA1 fund, leaving only $12,242 in reserve as “payable.” (See entry on page 22.)

Unfortunately, the sources maintain, no corresponding reference to the $48,970 was found on CARS’ 2005 tax returns.

Please observe that, rather than contacting Mr Ward Connerly directly , the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.  Any opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

TLR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of the opinions, if any, of American Civil Rights Institute’s Ward Connerly.

Meet Senator Carol Liu -- Spouse of CPUC President Michael Peevey (Source CAUSE --Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment)

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CAUSE is a 501©(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan community-based organization with a mission to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific Islander American community through voter registration and education, community outreach and leadership development. About Us
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Article Re CPUC's Michael Peevey and Spouse Carol Liu Problems with the Internal Revenue Service (TLR Note: Notice attitude of IRS will not be able to find scheme)

“They are learning their trusted advisors and accountants and
lawyers sold them a bill of goods,” he said. “They weren’t told a
lot of information they should have been told.”

Peevey and Liu paid Andersen $225,000 for their tax plan.

In many cases, tax officials say, the firms created shelters they
knew were abusive but sought to paper them over with various
complicated accounting maneuvers.

“It was clear these firms were banking on us not finding these
schemes,” said Rossotti, the former IRS chief. “The logic was, the
IRS will never find out about it, and if they do find out it will
take years to litigate, and you will only have to pay part of the
taxes back.”

The accounting firms say the tax code is extremely complex and much
of it is open to interpretation. The firms note that clients were
told upfront that these strategies were merely an interpretation of
the tax code, one that the IRS and state tax officials could
ultimately reject.

Signs of trouble for Peevey didn’t come until two years after the
energy executive moved his money into the shelter in 1999. By then,
federal regulators were investigating Anderson as part of the Enron
scandal, and they came across the tax plan sold to Peevey and about
a dozen other clients.

By spring of 2002, the plan Peevey had locked himself into began to
fall apart. The IRS informed Peevey he was being audited.

The news came to him as he was diagnosed with lung cancer and he was
undergoing a tough confirmation process for his appointment to the
utilities commission. Consumer groups charged that his background as
former president of Southern California Edison made him too cozy
with industry.

via groups.yahoo.com

Source @:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/asianamericanartistry/message/5378

CAUSE -- CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN UNITED FOR SELF EMPOWERMENT

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CAUSE is a 501©(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan community-based organization with a mission to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific Islander American community through voter registration and education, community outreach and leadership development.

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