Judge Joan Lewis serving in San Diego Superior Court and Judge Thomas Trent Lewis serving in Los Angeles Superior Court are to be added to the roster of defendants in Lynn v. Kahia. They are both to be named as individuals.
The causes of action these jurists will face are 42 USC 1983, deprivation of Constitutional Rights under color of law. This means Lynn is making a federal case out of it, literally.
Lynn, the author of this blog, and so probably a bit biased if acting as a judge, but careful to write only the truth and privileged information, is a journalist who had her first fifteen minutes of fame writing about corrupt court commissioner Alan Friedenthal. When Laura’s writing caught on, litigants and attorneys were coming out of the woodwork to tip Laura off to other corruption and just plain disgusting behavior by judicial officers and court collaterals.
Lynn wanted desperately to quit writing about the seedy activity in our judiciary, and swore to her loved ones she would stop. Then an Iraqi-American investor tried to rip off Lynn and her “husband in the eyes of God”. The investor, Vicki Kahia, when caught, basically said “so sue me.” (She literally said “that’s what we have attorneys for” when Lynn suggested they discuss a solution to the case on their own.)
It wasn’t so bad in court. Lynn was in pro per, self represented. Her previous experience with Alan Friedenthal and his gang in Los Angeles had taught Lynn some procedure. Her “husband” Mike is a genius and gave Lynn the right arguments to fit into the forms. And both Lynn and Mike listen to The Holy Spirit. That is the key to success at anything we do here in this life.
Then Kahia and her conspirators heard about Lynn’s reputation amongst corrupt judges. They started playing that for all it was worth. So far, four judges in collateral actions have shown bias against Lynn. Two are Judge Lewis and Judge Lewis. (Hmmmm, wonder if there is a connection beyond just a common surname?)
Both judges might rationalize what they did as “not a significant violation.”
Judge Joan Lewis served on a UD case filed by Kahia. An honest judge presided on the case before her. He signed an order in March 2013 allowing Lynn to retain possession of a property that was part of the dispute. Lynn was to pay $4,000 per month, to be refunded if she prevailed in her suit. Kahia quit allowing quiet enjoyment of the property so Lynn went in ex parte in January 2014. That was when Joan Lewis got involved. Lewis said she could not hear the matter ex parte and set it for hearing six months out. Usually matters that concern possession of property are given expedited hearings. Lynn researched Judge Lewis and found she was close colleagues with Alan Friedenthal. Lynn abandoned her hearing date and just proceeded in the bigger suit that was presided over by Judge Richard Strauss. Judge Strauss seems honest.
In September 2014, Kahia filed an ex parte in the UD case. She claimed Lynn was late with a payment and should be evicted without a trial. Judge Lewis recognized that she could not issue a writ of possession in an ex parte hearing. She set an evidentiary hearing for October 18, 2014, one month later. Judge Lewis said she was going to set the case for trial 10 days later if the evidence showed Lynn was late with payment or any other reason she thought would suffice. Judge Joan Lewis had a trial running on October 18, so the hearing was postponed to December 5.
On November 13, Lynn and Kahia and all the parties in the suit Lynn filed met with a mediator in Los Angeles. One of the insurance companies for the defendants paid for the mediation. An attorney had told Lynn what would happen. He said the insurance company knows what the case is worth. They would offer about 1/10th to make it go away.
With a pending hearing in front of Joan Lewis and the pressures being applied by the defendants, Lynn decided to settle. My thoughts were “Mike is not going to withstand this pressure anymore. The property had intrinsic defects that Mike overcame with his business genius and hard work. He could go anywhere and make a success of things. And I am exhausted. I can live off almost nothing and will inherit lots of money someday, so I’ll give the bulk of the settlement to Mike and the rest to my children. Friedenthal and the court destroyed my children’s lives and I want to help them recover.” So the agreement was signed. Laura Lynn and Mike were taking $365,000 and the promise that Kahia and the other settling defendants would leave them alone.
Kahia did not leave them alone. They had about 45 days before they would receive all the money and move out. They planned to sell everything during a pre-Christmas moving sale. But Kahia would not let them have the parking lot. They rescinded the contract but said if the defendants gave a bit extra, they would reinstate it. they got to court on December 3rd in front of Judge Richard Strauss and agreed to forego the extra payment, turn over the keys and take the checks. Everyone but Kahia handed over checks totaling $290,000. Kahia’s attorney said “the check is in the mail.” Yes. Those were her exact words. So Laura Lynn and Mike signed dismissals and told attorney Veronica Lopez of Garmo and Garmo to hold them. Mike and L.L. were leaving the state. They were going to travel around in Mike’s box truck and hike in remote areas for a year or two, until Mike was ready to start over. Lopez was to file the dismissals five days after Kahia’s check was paid.
On December 5 Mike and L.L. showed up to the UD hearing in Judge Joan Lewis’ courtroom. They were camping in the truck at Cardiff-By-The-Sea and planned to take off right after the hearing. They just wanted to be present to say “possession is no longer an issue, so this court has no jurisdiction.” Judge Lewis said that for them. She said she had read the minutes from the December 5 hearing. Then she allowed Kahia’s UD attorney to present evidence. She did not allow Lynn to cross-examine his witness, one of the defendants. She did not make counsel authenticate or identify evidence. She did not allow Lynn to present any evidence of her own.
Kahia’s attorney told this long story about someone he didn’t name who had trouble when tenants turned over property and then returned later. He thought Lynn, being “sophisticated”, might do something similar. Lynn objected as speculative. Lewis overruled the objection.
Judge Lewis issued a writ of possession against Mike and Lynn. They were evicted.
Something else strange happened that day. Lynn saw her ex-spouse standing half a block from Kahia’s defense attorneys’ office. He lives in Los Angeles or Placentia, according to court documents he filed. He is inconsistent. It was half an hour before the UD hearing.
After the UD hearing, the guy who testified against Lynn yelled “Hide the Money!”
Mike and L.L. didn’t know what he meant by that yet, but think they figured it out now.
Kahia refused to pay the last check for $75,000. The contract settlement agreement was rescinded again based on her continued litigation and her lack of timely payment. Kahia never had any intention of letting Mike and L.L. keep anything for the loss of their home, Mike’s business and their serenity. She was so malicious and greedy, she didn’t even want her victims to have money from an insurance company.
On December 10, CSSD told Lynn there was going to be an ex parte hearing in Los Angeles concerning child support they claim she owes Tim.
On July 21, 2014 Judge Trent Lewis had ordered the family law case transferred to San Diego for all purposes. For some reason the case did not get transferred. Lynn asked the transfer desk, and they said the file was in Trent Lewis’ courtroom. She asked the clerk in Department 79 and she said she already sent it to the transfer desk. Lynn bashed her head against the walls a few more times, but could not make anyone send the file to San Diego. Lynn wanted to file a change of address and a motion to vacate void orders in San Diego.
On December 16, the case was heard in Commonwealth, the usual courthouse child support cases are heard in. The commissioner there denied the ex parte without prejudice and said he was sending the case to Judge Lewis to figure out if it was supposed to be transferred. Today, December 24, 2014, Judge Lewis heard the ex parte. Even though Lynn objected to him hearing the case for lack of jurisdiction, he read the complaint. He wouldn’t let Lynn give reasons that the settlement is exempt from writ of execution. He said he made an order. Lynn was specifically not allowed to record the hearing, so she is not certain exactly what Judge Lewis ordered. But the gist was, she needs to hang on to any settlement money until he hears the matter at a noticed hearing. Lynn didn’t get the date for the hearing, but her response was due December 8. She objected as that was not enough time. She settled the lawsuit because any more litigation is going to send her over the top emotionally. She explained that she was on two anti-anxiety medications. Lewis gave her one more day, only shortening the statutory time by one day. He said he took jurisdiction back because even though there was an order to transfer, the clerk had not complied yet.
Thomas Trent Lewis said that since Lynn was rescinding the settlement agreement, she would not be prejudiced by the temporary order not to spend the check. He also threatened that she “might” have made a fraudulent transfer of the first $290,000 because she gave it to its rightful owner, another plaintiff. So, now being honest is considered possibly fraudulent. Lynn’s intention was to give the rest of the money to the adult children the child support was supposed to help. I suppose Lewis thinks it conniving for a mother to give money to the children he and his chums destroyed, instead of to their father who is a building inspector from a well to do family.
Thank you for listening to my long sad tale. Here is the meat of the story.
Joan Lewis and Thomas Trent Lewis made “orders” of the court without jurisdiction. If a judge makes a really stupid order, or even is caught taking a bribe and making an order based on the bribe, they have judicial immunity. They cannot be sued civilly.
But when a judge has no jurisdiction, he loses the immunity. Otherwise, a judge could summons you to court and tell you to give him your house or all your money. Oh, that is what Judges Lewis & Lewis just did to Lynn. They lacked jurisdiction and ordered her to hand property over without a trial.
Because of the crazy orders of Lewis & Lewis, Lynn is stuck litigating, when she should be recuperating from the intentional infliction of emotional distress by Kahia and the other defendants. And, even if Kahia and her gang came in with a new, improved settlement offer, there would need to be an extra $237,000 in it for Lynn to accept. That is the amount of child support CSSD claims she owe. They are wrong, but being wrong or right in court makes little difference, and she will be stuck fighting Trent Lewis’ orders up through the appellate courts.
If she is going to still be stuck litigating, why not go for for $4,000,000, not $400,000? The work is the same. The insurance companies know what it is worth; ten times what they offered.
So, to Trent and Joan, L.L. says “see you in court”. But it won’t be from the side of the bench they want it to be from.