The Gold Bar Reporters are first to report on Washington State corruption. This time its pretty juicy stuff and its involves several Spokane attorneys linked to stealing, elder abuse, fraud and WA State Bar hearing officer Lin O’Dell and her partner Mark Plivelich. Mark Plivelich is a man convicted of murder in 1988.
As we correctly reported last week, the Washington State Bar Office of Disciplinary Counsel is in this shit pretty deep. Specifically, Washington State Bar’s lead counsel Linda Eide, Chief Hearing Officer Joseph Nappi Jr., and Washington Bar Hearing Officers Lin O’Dell ( who also used an alias of Lin Worthington) and James Spurgetis.
Here’s why we began investigating the WA State Bar for corruption.
In April 2013, and after the Snohomish County Daily Herald uncovered part of the story about Executive Aaron Reardon, Kevin Thomas Hulten, and Jon Rudicil were criminally harassing Anne Block on the county’s lucrative welfare system, Anne Block filed a 10M tort claim upon Snohomish County on April 22, 2013. In her tort claim, Block noted that Gary Haackenson, former Deputy Director, turned over Kevin Hulten’s files on his desk directly linking Gold Bar’s Mayor Joe Beavers and John E. Pennington to criminally harassing private citizen and county reporter Anne Block.
John E. Pennington was no stranger to Anne Block. Block has been investigating John Pennington for four years after public records from King County ( Redmond) District confirmed that John Pennington had a prior conviction for criminal harassment and had violently assaulted his pregnant wife Ann. Police reports from the City of Duvall (WA) confirm that John Pennington kicked and punched his pregnant wife in uteral area just three weeks prior to her delivery. Pennington was charged with criminal assault, his guns were removed from his home in Duvall and he lost his Homeland Security Clearance.
In May 2013, and within one month of County Prosecutor Sean Reay and Margaret King receiving that tort claim, Reay and King began writing a series of 32 WA Bar complaints against Block. WA State’s Constitution prohibits the use of public resources and funds for private use. John E. Pennington was never a client of Block’s only a political appointee who Block had been investigating for five years.
What we wont discuss here is a future RICO suit that its in the works against Reay, Hulten, Beavers, Eide, O’Dell, Nappi, Reardon, Hill, King, Kenyon, and Pennington. The purpose of this blog is to outline how we uncovered one of the largest corruption scandals in Washington State’s history and how the Washington State Bar’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel is involved or as we correctly reported ” In the eye of the storm there sits a rotten onion.”
So here’s a layer of the rotten onion we uncovered over the last six months. It all began after being criminally harassed by John Pennington, Crystal Hill, Kevin Hulten, Aaron Reardon and Gold Bar’s Mayor Joe Beavers on a county controlled blog spot titled The Sky Valley Chronicle, reporter Anne Block began requesting public records from the Washington State Bar’s counsel Kristian Schimpff. Instead of Ms. Schimpff answering public records requests ( as mandated under new WA State Supreme Court rules), Ms. Schimpff did what most cockroaches do when the light goes on, she obstructed access to our records.
Knowing that Snohomish County was involved in criminally harassing Anne Block, we requested records from various agencies all over the stat. our request sought “ all records sent between and among any agency employees or contractors and the WA State Bar.” What we got back from King County flipped the light switch, and resulted in the first series of many more investigative reports to follow.
In 2013, a Seattle Police Officer hired to screen visitors to the King County Court house located on 2nd Ave in Seattle “ Tripped” an attorney named Kathryn Abele. Ms. Abele is a large abrasive woman who towers over most men. She weighs over 255 pounds, she is approximately 6 ‘ 4 ‘ and she is severally hearing impaired. According to Ms. Abele she is often verbally harassed by government officials as she enters the court house. One day as she entered to the courthouse for a hearing, a Seattle Police Officer tripped her. Ms. Abele rightfully exercised her constitutional rights to file a criminal complaint against the officer, but instead of investigating Ms. Abele’s criminal complaint the Seattle Police Department decided the best way to deal with Ms. Abele’s criminal complaint was to solicit the assistance of WA State Bar’s investigator Vanessa Norman.
From email communication retrieved from King County, we know that Vanessa Norman solicited at least fifty Seattle Police Officers to file WA Bar complaints against Ms. Abele. From emails it’s clear that the Seattle PD did exactly what Ms. Norman requested of them, like they had been through this before – a pattern exposed. Emails going back and force look more like a porn movie than that of law enforcement or ethical attorneys. In one case, an officer appeared to be having an organism over soliciting other Seattle officers to file complaints against Ms. Abele as well.
The emails were an eye opener, and certainly one layer of the rotten onion, but it wasn’t the big clincher. The clincher was the emails between and among Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, the WA State Bar, and the Seattle PD conspiring to harm solo practitioner Kathryn Abele.
What’s transpired as a result of a citizen filing a police report should not have happened. Snohomish County Prosecutor Dave Hayes assisted the WA State Bar in violating Ms. Abele’s civil rights. Hayes illegally used public resources to spy on Ms. Abele all in effort to assist the WA Bar State to go after poor attorney Kathryn Abele for exercising her constitutional right to file a police report.
As our readers can imagine, we were curious to know what really transpired so we made some phone calls including a phone call to Kathryn Abele. Ms. Abele’s first words to us were “ I did not lie. That Seattle police officer tripped me.” Our response was simple: “We’ve seen enough email communication to state that we believe you 100%, because we’ve seen the email communication between the WA State Bar, King and Snohomish County to know who the liars are.”
After talking to Ms. Abele, we decided to make a public records request for all records turned over to the WA State Bar as a result of their complaints against Ms. Abele. King County turned over 5 videos of a police officer tripping Kathryn Abele. And of course we turned copies over to Ms. Abele. According to Abele the WA State Bar did not turn over 2 of the five videos during her discovery request. The two videos that the WA State Bar counsel Collin Farrell and Sachia Powell withheld exonerated Ms. Abele. From videos four and five it’s clear that the Seattle Police Officer did in fact trip her.
With no surprise, the cockroaches from the WA State Bar, Ms. Sachia Powell, Vanessa Norman, and Mr. Colin Fallin were contacted for comment both refused. But since we are open government supporters, we decided to shine a little light on the cockroaches who decided to violate Ms. Abele’s civil rights.
But that night around 3 AM I woke up from a good dream thinking “ what if the WA State Bar actively solicits complaints in this same fashion from other government agencies and its employees?” And what we got back from various agencies suggests that our suspicions that the WA State Bar is running a racketeering for profit organization are “right on target.”
Once Gold Bar Reporter Anne Block had reason to believe that the WA State Bar was guilty of racketeering, and Snohomish County Prosecutor’s phone records and City of Gold Bar’s law firm’s attorney bills were involved as members of their Enterprise, Gold Bar Reporter Anne Block “disassociated” with the WA State Bar by refusing to renew her license in 2014.
At the time, Block wanted to know why the WA State Bar would involve themselves in the pile of shit Snohomish County and the City of Gold Bar created by hiding records, but after an initial search, we found the golden egg, emails between WA State Bar lead counsel and John E. Pennington. The emails were sent from John Pennington to WA State Bar lead counsel Linda Eide suggesting an extramarital affair between the conspirators. We later learned that WA Bar Linda Eide is the sister-in-law to Senator Tracey Eide, a good friend to John Pennington. This probably explains why Linda Eide and John Pennington’s emails suggest that a close personal relationship exists because it does.
Block hired private investigators to dig deeper. What they uncovered about John Pennington was not surprising. Mr. Pennington’s criminal conduct includes but by no way is limited to these facts: John Pennington is one of two prime suspects in the rape of 5 year old child from Cowlitz County, WA; he plead guilty to hospitalizing his ex-fiancé () Ms. Becker) in Oregon in the early 90s; he fled the State of California after two boys from church in San Diego claimed that Pennington had sexually abused them; Pennington created fake companies in Santa Cruz California, Pennington falsified his time sheets in Snohomish County; Pennington created a company titled JOHN E. PENNINGTON to avoid paying WA DOR taxes on; police reports from the City of Duvall, Washington, document that Mr. Pennington has major anger management issues; and the best for last, declarations from King County confirm that Pennington ( age 40 at the time) took inappropriate showers with his six year old child. According to King County court records, John Pennington was caught exiting the shower with his six year child while his penis was eye level with the victim/child.
At the time Block thought “ why would the WA State Bar lead counsel Linda Eide put her career on the line to violate the civil rights of a member for issues that the WA Bar has no legal jurisdiction over such as protected First Amendment protected activity?” What we uncovered is best illustrated as a uncovering layers of a rotten onion.
This post is just a part of many series to come on this subject. Here’s what we discovered after investigating the following WA State Bar employees Linda Eide, Joseph Nappi Jr., Lin O’Dell, and James Spurgetis. All of the coconspirators were contacted for comment but all refused.
Linda Eide and John Pennington knew one another well. Linda Eide is the sister-in-law to one of John Pennington and Senator Steve Hobbs’s closest Olympian allies, Senator Tracy Eide. Senator Eide is not from Snohomish County but public records confirm that she was a frequent visitor to disgraced former Executive Aaron Reardon. How we know this is simple: emails received via Washington State’s Public Records Act confirm that on January 13, 2013, Senator Tracy Eide ( who is not from our District) was having meetings with convicted criminal harasser Kevin Thomas Hulten, Senator Steve Hobbs and disgraced Executive Aaron Reardon.
One month later, two reporters from the Snohomish County Daily Herald exposed part of the story. Why they did not finish the story is best described by one of the reporters for this reason “ the county is fucked.” We agree. Had the Daily Herald actually reported on what was inside King County’ Major Crimes files as it relates to Snohomish County’s posting on the county employees’ blog spot the “Sky Valley Chronicle” the county would have collapsed. But we say “ so what. The only way to clean up this shit is to expose it; let the sun shine and let it shine with a dam flood light.”
So this brings us to what we learned about the WA State Bar’s lead counsel Linda Eide, Hearing Officer Lin O’Dell, and Chief Hearing Officer Joseph Nappi Jr. “ Little RICO gang.” Hearing Officer James Spurgestis’s conduct will be exposed in the very near future, but his conduct certainly ties back to Chief Hearing Officer Joseph Nappi Jr.
We’d like our readers to know that we tried countless time to contact Linda Eide, Joseph Nappi Jr., and Lin O’Dell to no avail. Ms. O’Dell’s boyfriend Mark Plivelich’s shady shit which includes WA State Bar hearing officer Lin O’Dell will be discussed at length.
Lin O’Dell is a nurse with extensive ties to Spokane Washington. According to O’Dell Linked In page, she never really practiced law. See Lin O’Dell _ LinkedIn
It’s our understanding that to be a WA State Bar hearing officer one must have been engaged in the practice of law for ten years prior to appointment. Lin O’Dell appears to be the exception. What we do know is O’Dell is personal friend of Chief Hearing Officer Joseph Nappi Jr.
O’Dell’s Linked In page clearly documents that she is not qualified to litigate a dog bite case let alone grievances filed against bar members. This begs to question: who picked her and why?
That answer came last week from one of our records request sent to the WA State Bar. Emails between the WA Bar and the Law Firm of Ewing and Anderson in Spokane confirmed that Chief Hearing Officer Joseph Nappi Jr. handpicked Lin O’ Dell as the hearing officer. In fact, Joseph Nappi used the law firms computers and resources to further the efforts of their Enterprise. We suspect this was a big mistake for Mr. Nappi’s law firm, but won’t address that issue at this point.
I suspect by now our 6,000 readers would like to know how Joseph Nappi Jr. fits into all of this. Well its simple!
Lin O’Dell and her partner Mark Plivelich’s property records search shows a real pattern of misconduct and fraud.
One example taken from Spokane County property records show the duo enjoys purchasing homes from hearing officer Lin O’Dell’s terminally ill clients. O’Dell serves as their guardian, depletes their trust accounts, leaves the client penniless and then her and Mark Plivelich purchase the terminally ill clients’ homes. In one Spokane County record, O’Dell purchased one of her client’s homes for $15,000 even though the property was valued at $208,000.00. We have been in contact with the family members, and will be posting a separate blog with their statements very soon.
This is just a taste of what we found as it relates to Lin O’Dell. Since Chief Hearing Officer Joseph Nappi Jr. practices in Spokane probate, and since he handpicked Lin O’Dell and James Spurgestis from Spokane, our readers can make your own assumptions about what his involvement is. But we are investigating Mr. Nappi’s involvement by cross referencing his cases. As for Lin O’Dell cases; Washington taxpayers can be assured that we are cross referencing every client she has. Our findings as of today, suggest that her convicted killer boyfriend and Lin O’Dell are involved in a lot of shady shit. Shady shit we intend to shine a heck of a lot of sun shine on, so stay tuned for more of ” As the cockroaches scatter, part II.”
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