Judge Corruption in Palm Beach County
The Palm Beach Post has now written many articles since January 14, 2016 on the rampant Judge corruption in the Palm Beach Probate Court at the South County Courthouse. Most of the articles on Judge corruption were written by John Pacenti – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer. I had originally had links to the articles that were posted on the Palm Beach Post website, but unfortunately they are no long available online. If you would like copies of these articles, please contact the Palm Beach Post directly.
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(The estate sale was at the address of Palm Beach County circuit Judge Martin Colin)
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Editorial: Who’s making sure guardians don’t prey on the vulnerable?
In an effort to shed more light on the Judge corruption, inappropriate and distasteful behavior going on in the South County Courthouse of Palm Beach County, I wrote a letter to the Honorable Judge Colbath on January 25, 2016 and sent a copy to John Pacenti at the Palm Beach Post.
The letter read:
The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath
Chief Judge, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
205 N Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Re: Judge David E. French, South County Courthouse
Case No: 502011CPOO5095XXXXSB
Dear Judge Colbath,
I applaud the work of John Pacenti of the Palm Beach Post for bringing to your attention the corruption caused by Judge David French. His actions have ruined people’s lives or at the very least he has engaged in behavior that diminishes the confidence of the public and the regard they have for your Honorable Court.
In my case before Judge French, I was a qualified beneficiary of a Florida Trust. No person ever disputed that fact. The Trust document clearly called or an immediate distribution and termination of the Trust in 2007. No person ever disputed that fact either.
I alleged that two of the opposing attorneys, from the Richman Greer law firm, committed fraud upon the court which is very well documented. Judge French refused to grant me an evidentiary hearing as prescribed by Florida law to prove my allegations. He did not allow discussion of it during hearings. Instead Judge French acted on the false information of the attorneys and dismissed my case with prejudice.
The opposing attorneys had been aiding their client, the defendant Peter Halle, to violate about a dozen Florida statutes during an eight-year period. They had been representing him since 2008. After dismissing the case without giving me an opportunity to correct any deficiencies, Judge French then awarded his friends at Richman Greer $183,811.48 in legal fees.
There had not been any previous dismissals of my complaint or any of the causes of action before the hearing where Judge French dismissed the complaint with prejudice. I will be happy to provide a copy of the transcript plus any other documents to corroborate any statements I am making.
When Judge French started prejudging motions, telling me how he was going to rule in future hearings, I filed a motion for him to recuse himself. He denied that motion and then ruled on my motions exactly as he had said he would weeks earlier before hearing them or reading the pleadings.
Judge French ruled in favor of a defendant that was in violation of the law, ruled against a qualified beneficiary that no person had disputed, and rewarded the lying attorneys that are his friends $183,811.48. I know Judge French was friends with the Richman Greer attorneys due to an article on the internet and because before hearings they would openly discuss personal things. If nothing else this was very intimidating and created an uneven playing field.
I still have not received any of the money my father put in Trust for me. Judge French told me the Trustee (the defendant) could run the trust however he pleased (even if it was contrary to Florida law – my comment).
I had asked Judge French what would happen if due to his ruling the Trustee never distributed my portion of the Trust. He told me that would never happen. But, Judge Colbath, that is exactly what did happen.
Corrupt judges have no place in a democracy that depends upon them to maintain law, order, justice and the principles of the constitution of the great United States of America.
One last thing Your Honor, I am enclosing a comment that was posted on my website on January 7, 2016 by Peter Davis. If the allegations in his post have any validity at all, then you can add depraved morals to the other allegations against Judge French.
I am a disabled senior citizen and my life has been ruined by Judge French’s inappropriate actions. I even had to sell my home.
Very respectfully yours,
cc’s: John Pacenti – via email
Peter Davis – via email
This was posted on my website www.jasonhalle.com on January 7, 2016.
I spoke with Mr. Davis and he said this happened around February of 2015. He told me his ex-wife’s name is Leslie Rea. I have done no further investigation regarding Mr. Davis’ shocking allegations.
Mr. Davis wrote:
I HAD AN EXPERIENCE WITH JUDGE DAVID FRENCH AS WELL
HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE UNTIL I FOUND HIM HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH MY NOW – EX-WIFE – WHILE THE AFFAIR WAS GOING ON – HE WAS MY ACTING JUDGE FOR MY DIVORCE – HE WAS ADVISING ME AS TO WHAT TO DO AS I DID NOT HAVE AN ATTY – ONCE I DISCOVERED THE AFFAIR HE RECUSED HIMSELF
I WENT TO THE DISIPLINARY BOARD FOR JUDGES – AND ASKED FOR AN INVESTIGATION – THEY ARE AN “OLD BOYS “CLUB AND SAID THAT IF I DID NOT HAVE VIDEO TAPE OR RECORDINGS THEY WOULD NOT PROCEED EVEN THOUGH I TOLD THEM THERE WERE MANY WITNESSES
JUDGE DAVID FRENCH IS THE LOWEST FORM OF HUMAN AND IS THE MOST DISHONORABLE JUDGE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EMAIL ME ABOUT ANY OTHER IMPROPRIETIES THIS SLUDGE HAS DONE MY EMAIL IS CHONNEY@AOL.COM