Spokane County, ‘Where the cockroaches roam “

In July 2017, Jill Fergusson’s ( aka Fleck) teenage daughter, AF, ran away from home after suffering years of abuse by her father’s live in girlfriend, Karie Travis ( aka Karie Fleck).   Ms Travis is a convicted drunk driver, and who according to three sources, has been in engaged in a bi-sexual relationship with Spokane County Judge Annette Plese.

Source also state that Karrie Travis brags that Judge Annette Plese is fixing cases as favors to Karrie in exchange for Ms. Travis’s silence.  Sadly, Spokane County court records support this post.  More on this topic soon.

In my past articles, my readers should remember two things.  Spokane County has been stealing children with the assistance of one Superior Court Judge, Annette Plese, and two Spokane County Commissioners, Rachelle Anderson and Nichole Swennumson.  These political appointees list their bios in https://www.spokanecounty.org/1608/Commissioners and before their names they use the word ” honorable.”

From the next blog one thing should be clear, there is nothing honorable about stealing from Washington State’s elderly, stealing children and fabricating evidence to ensure convictions for money, sex and drugs.


Those who have the knowledge and skills to fight corruption  who do not have no backbone and are part of why America will be become a 3rd World country unless Judicial Immunity for fabricating evidence is abolished 

As a former domestic violence coordinator and a Washington State Bar attorney, I know a drug addict by voice. I can spot them a mile away.   I can also spot an abuser by listening and watching behavior.  For those who know me, know one thing, I despise people who abuse our children and our elderly.  Sitting idle while this happens is not something my parents taught me to do, regardless of the cost.

A colleague said to me ‘the answer to corruption is sunshine, open government.” How right she is, however, we cannot do it without the assistance of the federal courts stepping in when injustice occurs.  However, lately, the federal courts have been slow to respond to why Washington State judges and prosecutors should not enjoy judicial immunity when they fabricate evidence and commit crimes against citizens.

Hopefully, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will take the bull by the horns by agreeing that here in Washington State, Our State Constitution actually prohibits  immunity to anyone not enjoyed by all.

Block v Snohomish County et al.,  Block v WSBA et al., and  William Scheidler v WSBA et al., will determine this issue soon.

If America is going to survive, the federal courts must step in to stop the racketeering and Sherman Anti-Trust violations committed against those who speak out against the countless malicious prosecutions committed by the Washington State Bar Association, by and through its elite members associated with the Washington State Bar Office of Disciplinary Counsel.  If not, America will become a 3rd World country soon.

 

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Spokane County, Racketeering Exposed

 

In April 2015, after hearing from a Spokane County mother named Jill Fleck about a horrific story about how Spokane County Judge Annette Plese and a Commissioner named Rachelle Anderson stole her child, I contacted Judge Plese and spoke with her on the phone for about 45 minutes.  In the 45 minutes I spoke with Judge Plese one thing was clear, the judge was “high as a kite.”  Bigger question for those of us trying to rid Washington State of the criminals ruining our political system,  who is Spokane County’s  supplier is a much bigger story.

First, I’d like my readers to know I’ve spent the last twenty four months sorting and sifting through hundreds of Spokane County files and public records, listening to countless 911 calls and reading countless police reports before publishing this story.


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In 2014, the Washington State Bar Association decided to violate my civil rights on behalf of the known pedophile, wife beater, and a fired/disgraced Snohomish County employee who killed 43 people in the Oso mudslides, John E. Pennington, my reports were really dedicated to exposing local corruption in Snohomish County Washington.

Why the Washington State Bar Association decided to assist racketeering member John E. Pennington is because he knows of the racketeering scheme involving Washington State Bar members, including, but not limited to, convicted killer Mark Plivilech, attorneys Lin O’Dell, Doug Ende, and Linda Eide theft and looking the other way on prosecutors who maliciously prosecute our citizens with fabricated evidence to protected their stealing from our elderly scheme and drug trafficking.

My readers will be happy to know that Mark Plivilech is married to a Washington State Bar hearing officer Lin O’ Dell ( who was recently convicted of guardian fraud thanks in part to my investigation of her).  A source stated that Lin O’ Dell and Mark Plivilech are trying to flee across as the Texas Mexican U.S. Border as of late last week.

In many ways, I am thankful for the Washington State Bar Association for helping me see and shed light on the massive organized crime ring involving many public officials inside Washington State government. Had the Washington State Bar not come after me, government criminals like John E. Pennington, his convicted bank frauding wife Crystal Hill Pennington ( convicted of bank fraud 2000, and 2005 using an aliases of Chris Hill and Crystal Berg), and convicted thief and Washington State Bar Hearing Officer Lin O’Dell would have stayed under the radar. Instead, John E. Pennington was fired for his crimes against me and Lin O’Dell has fled Washington State and criminal fraud charges are mounting. Stayed tuned.


Washington State Judiciary,  ‘ Children and our elderly for sale, to the highest briber or those who can barter for drugs.”

Our entire Washington State judiciary should hold up signs saying “ For sale to highest bidder, but if you’re poor, you’re out of luck, and your kids stolen, and we allow Washington State Bar members like attorney Lin O’Dell to steal from our elderly with no oversight. Criminals who are drug dealers and wife and child abusers who lander money to pay off the judges.”

Washington State is great place to raise kids and do business as the criminals have taken over our government offices.

Spokane Judge Annette Plese, and Spokane County Commissioners Anderson and Nichole Swennumson are just two cockroaches who need a lot of sunshine.  Sooner rather than later before our Medicaid system is bankrupt in favor of an elite few who have known ties to organized crime ring.”


Racketeering, Spokane County Superior Court Judges exposed

Two years ago, I met a sane mother of two , Jill Fleck, who just like pedophile and wife beater John E. Pennington’s ex-wife here in Snohomish County, lost custody of children to a criminal because of judicial corruption.  In Ms Fleck’s case, Judge Annette Plese ( who with no surprise is also a personal and dear friend to corrupt Washington State homophobic Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen) knowingly gave custody of Ms Fleck’s children to a convicted drug dealing car thief, Chuck Fleck, and his convicted drunk driving live in girlfriend, Karrie Travis (who often lies claiming to be married to Chuck Fleck, and uses an alias of Karrie Fleck).

At the time Judge Annette Plese gave custody of Jill Fleck’s two minor children to a convicted felon drug dealer and thief, Ms. Fleck’s only crime was shoplifting when she was younger.  Since that time Judge Plese and attorney Susan Embree have misused their political influence to have Ms Fleck charged with receiving stolen goods, a case that was tossed out by the Court of Appeals. Why?  Thanks to RCW 42.56, the Public Records Act we were able to obtain public emails illegally withheld from Jill Fleck during her trial.

Discovered in public emails, Spokane County Detective Stacey Carr, lied on the stand and was caught forging a police report. Why?  As a political favor from udge Annette Plese to discredit Jill Fleck, who has been extremely out spoken about Spokane County involving a pay off system in Spokane County Superior Court and to justify the stealing of Jill Fleck’s two minor children.  Clear racketeering.

As early as two weeks ago, attorney Susan Embree intentionally lied to Commissioners Rachelle Anderson and Nichole Swennumson again lying to the court claiming that Jill Fleck was a convicted felon involving the case that was tossed out by WA Court of Appeals III for fabricating evidence against Jill. Remember, the case against Jill Fleck’s, in part, thanks to my ability to obtain public records amounting to Spokane County’s malicious prosecution of Jill Fergusson ( aka Fleck) was overturned over a year ago.


Stealing children for drugs and bribes, Welcome to Spokane County

While Jill is still fighting for custody of her children, Jill’s ex Charles Fleck convicted during her custody battle of stealing cars and transporting them across state lines for the purpose of supporting his car- chop- shopping and drug businesses.  A business Charles Fleck ran on EBay until he was chastised by a Montana federal court judge for lying on his financial indigence form obtaining a public defender on false pretenses.

Chuck Fleck’s criminal activity was captured on video by a good Samaritan and  confirms beyond any shadow o a doubt that Charles Fleck was transporting stolen cars from Montana to his home in Spokane.  Charles Fleck plead guilty to felony charges in US federal court, Great Falls Montana. Evidence Judge Annette Plese knew about before she decided to give a convicted felon custody of two minor children.

In 2016, three sources confirmed that Judge Annette Plese was engaged in an bi-sexual relationship with Chuck Fleck’s live in girlfriend Karrie Travis ( aka Karrie Fleck), and Chuck Fleck was dealing drugs from his Spokane County garage with his attorney Susan Embree’s convicted felon drug dealing son.

My readers should be happy to know that Judge Annette Plese not only stole Jill’s two minor children to assist Spokane County’s racketeering drug and stealing from our elderly schemes, Judge Plese also granted full custody to attorney Susan Embree ( whose son is known drug dealer using Susan Embree’s home in Spokane and is within one block of an East Valley Elementary. Embree’s son continues to deal drugs inside Embree’s home) of  her grand children.

Public pictures document that Judge Annette Plese and attorney Susan Embree are drinking buddies.  For this, Judge Annette Plese should have never been on any case involving Susan Embree in any. But those silly little WA State Bar rules don’t apply to judges, prosecutors and government officials. In fact, we could find no Washington State Bar prosecution involving prosecutors and/or public defenders ( another topic coming soon).

Chuck Fleck’s personal racketeering Enterprise assistant attorney Susan Embree, is a twice convicted drunk driver whose Facebook pictures look more like a thug running for the Mafia than that of an attorney; she also has extensive federal tax liens and refused to file her federal income tax returns. So much so that Susan Embree was sued in US federal Court by the IRS and the Washington Attorney General. Ms Embree is a stellar  convicted criminal with a WA State Bar license with known ties to convicted thief and Washington State Bar hearing officer Lin O’Dell.

For those of you who haven’t read this story, see below link

https://goldbarreporter.org/2016/10/30/washington-state-bar-hearing-officer-lin-odell-racketeering-stealing-from-elderly-allowed-to-continue-her-criminal-activity/


Washington State Bar Association “fixing cases”

In July 2009, Gold Bar’s then Mayor Joe Beavers bragged to a council member that e are going to get Block’s Washington State Bar license . . . and the Washington State Bar was fixing cases inside Washington State Courts.

Presumably for exposing corruption inside Washington State using public records access as that avenue.

Sound familiar?

Since 2010, attorney Susan Embree and Judge Plese’s bi-sexual lover Karrie Travis brag  that they have the fix in with Spokane Superior Court Judges.  Spokane Country attorney Susan Embree, Karrie Travis, and Chuck Fleck criminally stalk Jill Fleck on a regular basis. I have countless false 911 calls to support each should be in prison for filing false 911 phone calls.


Enterprise gang leaders, all associated with Gonzaga Law School

Judge Annette Plese, Washington State Bar hearing officer Lin O’Dell,  and Washington State Bar Chief Hearing Officer Joseph Nappi Jr. are the gang leaders of this little racketeering Enterprise operating from Spokane County.

According to several sources, when attorney Susan Embree enters the court, providing almost free legal services to drug dealer Chuck Fleck and Karrie Fleck ( who is guilty of physically, verbally and mentally abusing Jill’s daughter, AF) she reeks of booze and files countless and frivolous motion after frivolous motion always with the same judges and two specific Commissioner Rachelle Anderson and Nicole Swennenson (Spokane).

Up until recently, Ms Embree shared an office at 1312 Monroe St Spokane Washington with another criminal, attorney Lin O’Dell. But what I learned is that Susan Embree and Chuck Fleck and Karrie Travis are part of drug trafficking ring operating inside Spokane County.  This operation involves several Spokane County Sheriff’s Officers, Turner and Chamberlain ( more on Spokane County Sheriff’s Officers drug trafficking scheme soon).


Gonzaga Law School, graduating the majority of the criminals inside Washington State

In December 2014, the Honorable Stevens County Superior Court Judge Patrick Monasmith caught Washington State Bar Hearing Officer, Lin O’Dell stealing thousands of dollars from her client, Fowler ( nee Shank) using her convicted killer husband Mark Plivilech.

If attorney Lin O’Dell had not accepted financial bribes from terminated/ disgraced Snohomish County employee John E. Pennington, I would have never learned that the Fowler/Shank case in Stevens County was not an isolated incident documenting Washington State Bar hearing officer/attorney Lin O’Dell’s stealing from our elderly and Spokane County Judges involvement in the ” Spokane County corruption scheme.”  So in some ways, my readers have the Washington State Bar and attorney Lin O’ Dell to thank for helping rid Washington State of the criminals running our judiciary.


 

In 2016 the Honorable Justice Alex Kozinski issued a scathing opinion in the Joshua Frost case involving government misconduct.  Sadly, Jill Fleck’s case uncovered much much more, involving a pay off system inside Spokane County Superior Courts using drugs , stolen cars, and a dangerous convicted felon, Charles Fleck and his convicted drunk lawyer, Susan Embree and her convicted drug dealing felon son.

Today, I take notice with the New York Times for starting their first story on the malicious prosecutions happening all over America.  Bravo to wonderful reporters who uncovered Shelby County Tennessee for what I consider to be racketeering.

 

In 2010, Jill Fleck’s attorney suggested to her that if she could come up with $60,000.00 Judge Plese would give back custody of her two children. The attorney knew that Jill Fleck’s relative was a sports star.  After learning this,  I personally picked up the telephone and called Judge Plese asking her for comment as to a series of stories coming as it relates to her decision to give custody to a violent convicted felon named Charles Fleck and in his live in girlfriend Karrie Travis ( whose live in daughter was recently charged with aiding criminal assistance to a Spokane County murderer who with no surprise Judge Plese gave complete immunity to for testifying against him but not before commiting countless judicial ethics violations by the accused forcing Judge Plese off this case.)

Judge Plese spoke to the Gold Bar Reporter for an hour sounding more like a drug addict than that of a member of the judiciary.  Judge Plese acted like she knew nothing of Charles Fleck’s extensive criminal history of assaulting women and children ( CPS records which I have but since records involve minor children I do not feel comfortable posting as children are always the innocent victims of their mentally adults), drug trafficking and his chop shopping federal conviction from Montana even though public records confirm Judge Plese knew of Chuck Fleck’s extensive criminal history since 2011 and prior to awarding him custody of Jill Fleck’s kids.

Attorney Susan Embree and Commissioner Rachelle Anderson and Nichole Swennumson refused comment, but public records are clear that a violent convicted criminal Chuck Fleck and his live in mentally ill girlfriend Karrie Travis ( who was abused as child her self and issue I will not posted) was given custody because he was able to meet the pay off demand using Fleck’s drug dealing and car-shop shopping business. A business Chuck Fleck has yet to pay any federal income tax on). Something Jill Fleck could not do because she is poor;  Jill’s income’s amounts to less than $12,500.00 per year.

I’d like my readers to know this story is just one of a series of articles (with public records ) I intend to post involving Spokane County’s racketeering schemes.

I promise a good read that supports a criminal racketeering investigation of Spokane County Judge Annette Plese, Commissioner Rachelle Anderson and attorney Susan Embree.  So much so that I am asking for Honorable Justice Kozinski to send the National Guard to protect Washingtonians  from the criminals who have hijacked our government.

Late last summer, a person close to Karrie Travis and attorney Susan Embree threatened me via email and by voice message. As a result, I posted a story.

https://goldbarreporter.org/2017/01/27/extortionist-threats-spokane-county/

One last fact:  Judge Plese and Commissioner Rachelle Anderson are not totally without a heart, they did allow Jill supervised visitation, once a month.

According to Jill’s lawyer, ‘convicted pedophiles have more access to their children than Jill does.”

This fact leaves me to conclude that Judge Annette Plese was worried that Jill’s children might start singing. Well I am happy to report that Judge Annette Plese’s fears are coming true and its music to my hears, so stay tuned.

More soon on this story as we have more evidence to post involving two Spokane County Prosecutors and Sheriff’s Officers involved in Spokane County’s ‘ little racketeering scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spokane County attorney Lin O’Dell and her convicted killer husband stalking Gold Bar Reporter

On June 28th, 2017, attorney Lin O’Dell set up a fake Facebook account. Purpose, to stalk the Gold Bar Reporter Anne Block and her friends.

My readers will be disgusted to know that Lin O’Dell is a hearing officer for the Washington State Bar Association in charge of attorney discipline.  More importantly, Lin O’Dell is using her convicted killer husband Mark Plivilech to steal from her elderly clients, Theft includes SSA monies, threatening our elderly residents, and stealing their trust accounts.

Lin O’Dell isn’t stealing alone, she has a lot of help from the Washington State Bar Association’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel, mainly Doug Ende and Linda Eide.

One resident has outlined a “kickback system” and said ” we can only hope that the federal government starts looking at Ende, Nappi, O’Dell and Eide’s retirement portfolio”.

In 2007, Spokane attorney Lin O’Dell was assigned by Spokane attorney and Washington State Bar Chief Hearing Officer Joseph Nappi Jr.  Lin O’Dell is a close business associate of Nappi Jr and the law firm of Ewing and Anderson in Spokane.

Lin O’Dell’s convicted killer husband Mark Plivlech and Joseph Nappi Jr had quite the little guardian scam.  When I first stated investigating  Lin O’Dell and Mark Plivilech’s racketeering crimes, I learned that Mark Plivilech worked as a case manager inside a Spokane County nursing home.  As an insider, Mark Plivilech had access to elderly clients personal information, including SSA numbers and asset information.

Once Mark Plivilech would learn how much money the elderly person had, Lin O’Dell and Joseph Nappi Jr would misuse that information to obtain guardianship over the elderly person.  In many cases, forging trust records.

If family would complain, Lin O’Dell would move for restraining orders against the family members using one Spokane County Judge, Annette Plese ( linked to drug trafficking attorney and stealing children), a Stevens County Judge, Neilson, a Spokane County Commissioner, Grovdahl, and one medical doctor, Dr. Zimmerman ( who always overruled the elderly victim in protest to treating doctors).

Our readers should be happy to know that once we started reporting on Lin O’Dell’s fraud, Dr. Zimmerman is believed to have fled Washington State for Denton Texas.   But not before he managed to assist Lin O’Dell, Joseph Nappi Jr and Mark Plivilech with depleting over ten of Lin O’Dell’s elderly clients trust accounts.

Our readers should note that Lin O’Dell being caught red handed in the largest racketeering scandal in Washington State Bar history has trained her daughter, a person charged with countless thefts, to operate O’Dell’s new guardian scam.

More on O’Dell’s daughter soon.


How the Washington State Bar Association’s guardian scam works

Joseph Nappi Jr is the Washington State Bar Association’s Chief Hearing Officer who gets to assign attorneys of his choosing to hear complaints against lawyers from their clients.  Nappi Jr does this with no oversight.

In the case of Gold Bar Reporter Anne Block, Joseph Nappi Jr.  worked with convicted frauder and Everett Washington attorney, G. Geiffrey Gibbs who gave thousands to Snohomish County’s terminated pedophile/wife beater John E. Pennington while he was in the Washington State Legislature.  Public Disclosure records support that Goeffrey Gibbs was huge contributor to John E. Pennington’s re-election campaign.

Washington State Supreme Court Clerk Ron Carpenter told another Washingtonian in an email letter ” the Supreme Court doesn’t concern themselves with the Washington State Bar Association.”  In a nutshell this means the Washington State Supreme Court gave full authority to regulate lawyer to “free market participants” who decide who to go after and who they had no authority to monitor.

The Washington State Supreme Court’s blatant disregard for the rule of law continued  until the United States Supreme Court’s decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiner v North Carolina case held that anytime there are free market participants on the Board, they must be supervised and not allowed to dictate the delivery of professional services.  If they are not supervised, the US Supreme Court held,  Board and its members ( including the Bar) can be sued and held liable.

In Washington State, the Bar association is not a state agency, but controlled by private members, most, if not all, who have heavy ties to organized crime, public agencies, and in the case of G. Geoffrey Gibbs, who was convicted of fraud ( stealing clients monie sand then filing false statements with the Washington State Attorney General).
G. Geoffrey Gibbs was also involved in scamming the taxpayers of Snohomish County out of millions, from controlling the Snohomish County Public Defenders Association, to the Whispering Pines Housing scam involving attorney Lin O’Dell and being suspended for life after he was caught frauding the Washington taxpayers ( see WA State archives below).

 


 

 

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Attorney Geoffrey Gibbs has been sued for racketeering five times in the last two years.  But every time a case is filed against him or member of the Enterprise, Geoffrey Gibbs manages to get his friends assigned to fix the cases.

In July 2009, Gold Bar’s appointed Gold Bar Mayor Joe Beavers bragged to Gold Bar council member Chuck lie that the County was helping Joe Beavers fix cases against the Gold Bar Reporter Anne Block.

That same year, Joe Beavers even bragged ” We are going to get her Bar license for exposing the corruption.”

Joe Beavers is guilty of racketeering and theft of over 1.5 million dollars of Gold Bar’s water funds to hide his criminal racketeering crimes. Crimes he disseminated in email from Joe_Beavers@hotmail.com and Joe_Beavers@outlook.com

Geoffrey Gibbs, John Pennington, Crystal Hill Pennington and Joe Beavers are being sued for racketeering.  Beavers, John Pennington and Crystal Hill Pennington ( convicted of bank fraud 2005) are also being sued for deceptive trade practices with depositions to start at the end of the summer.

Both John E. Pennington and Crystal Hill Pennington have defaulted on the deceptive trade complaint, with a judgement of $125,000.00 to applied against the Penningtons’ federal FEMA grants.

A source said ” John has been desperately trying to get work with President Trump, but with his criminal history, there’s no way they can have him any where the President of the United States.”

What is clear is that the White House spent days looking up John Pennington, and even reviewed his deposition in the Oso mudslides – and that’s where they stopped. We assume its because Pennington lied about his termination from FEMA Region 10 in October 2005 and the feds already knew it.

 

 

President of Washington State Bar Association resigns hours before criminal warrant issued

“When honor and the Law no longer stand on the same side of the line, how do we choose[?]”  Anne Bishop


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On June 23, 2017, Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) President Robin Lynn Haynes was notified of pending criminal charges for theft.

Some of you may not have known this since the  Seattle Times (Washington’s most circulated newspaper) assisted the WSBA by not reporting.

In 2015, the Gold Bar Reporter contacted Seattle Times Editor Mike Carter, after having ample evidence that WSBA Hearing Officer Lin O’ Dell was using a convicted killer, Mark Plivilech, to steal from O’Dell’s elderly clients, but instead of reporting on WSBA O’Dell theft and fraud, Seattle Times Editor Mike Carter wrote ” Who cares.”

With no surprise, the biggest story involving WSBA corruption, President of WSBA resigns after her arrest warrant is issued, and the Seattle Times does what any embedded ( reporters who are spoon fed stories to look the other way on behalf of advertisers) journalist would do, not report the real news.

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Not only was WSBA Hearing Officer Lin O’ Dell found guilty of stealing from her clients using a convicted killer to harass them inside their homes, the duo also  unlawfully diverted money to Mark Plivilech, a convicted killer, and Lin O’Dell’s fraudulent companies. Companies the duo started so that Lin O’ Dell could transfer client’s money from the elderly person’s trust account to pay Mark Plivilech and mafia friends to make home repairs on elderly clients homes ( many who are over 80 and bed ridden).

In December 2013, Judge Monasmith Steven County Washington found Lin O’Dell guilty of trust embezzlement. The WSBA has yet to take any disciplinary action against O’Dell ( June 24, 2017).

From sources, the WSBA received twelve complaints against Lin O’Dell over the last twenty years for stealing and the WSBA broomed every single one.  An insider from the WSBA said ” it’s common knowledge that lead counsel Linda Eide worked with Lin O’Dell inside the guardian scam” hence why so many complaints were dismissed.

Since 1993, attorney Lin O’Dell has been stealing from Washingtonians, almost all elderly and vulnerable adults. In one case from Pierce County, the Simpson case, the daughter who was caring for her father ended up dead, their house burnt down and a Caboose was stolen by Lin O’ Dell.

Over the last four years, we found at least ten clients Lin O’Dell has been stealing from and committing SSA fraud ( diverting clients SSA funds into her own bank account).  One fact is clear, Lin O’Dell and Mark Plivilech didn’t steal by themselves, they had a lot of help, including one Spokane County Commissioner, one Spokane County Superior Court Judge, one Stevens County Superior Court Judge, and one Dr Zimmerman ( who fled to Denton Texas once we started reporting on Lin O’Dell’s fraud).

However, WSBA Hearing Officer Lin O’Dell didn’t steal without the assistance of the Washington State Bar Association, and the Washington State Supreme Court.

Joe Patrice, a reporter with “Above the Law” wants to know ” What in the World is going on in Washington?”   Joe its simple, the WSBA has been taken over by scammers and fraudsters to further their agenda ( stealing with no accountability).

The 39-year-old Robin Haynes, who last year became the youngest lawyer to hold the President position.   Gonzaga Law School brags that she is a mentor.  This begs a question: Is Ms. Haynes teaching racketeering 101 or how to steal with the assistance of the WSBA?


Sadly Ms. Haynes has been replaced by WSBA Brad Furlong who has ties to more WSBA criminals, Geoffrey Gibbs and his co-conspirators Lin O’Dell ( Gibbs and O’Dell scammed taxpayers out of thousands on the Snohomish County Housing Authority scam of Whispering Pines).

Robin Haynes is well connected with Supreme Court Justices Debra Stephens, Barbara Madsen, Mary Yu and Mary Fairhurst. So much so that Haynes funneled public monies to their campaigns.   The next time our readers decided to contribute to Justice for All, think twice.

 

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How we know this is simple: Robin Haynes bragged about it on her Instagram account.

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So Joe Patrice, you ask ” What in the World is going on in Washington State? ‘ Well it’s called racketeering, fixing cases, forging and withholding evidence to ensure convictions, fraud, and WSBA elite few members stealing with the assistance of the WSBA Office of Disciplinary Counsel ( Linda Eide and Doug Ende).

Washingtonians need not worry but we’re going to abolish the Washington State Bar Association. They are making criminals out of non-criminals and we must do everything in our power to stop them with as much sunshine as possible.  Stay tuned.


STOP CORRUPTION NOW

If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse.

Cory Booker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why the Washington State Bar Association will be abolished

If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse.  Cory Booker


 

A couple of years ago, I decided to the best way to fight this massive racketeering organization, also known as the Washington State Bar Association, was to network with like minded open government residents.  One fact is clear, we can’t do it alone.

I can think of no better gift to leave behind than exposing corrupt government officials, forcing change where change is needed.

A few weeks ago, I heard my judicial hero, 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Justice Alex Kozinski, gave an interview to 60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stall.  I have been following many of Justice Kozkiski’s decisions, and each and every decision he writes I found myself agreeing with him.

In 2015, Justice Kozinski wrote a scathing opinion against King County Prosecutor Dan Satterburg and Mark Larsen’s deliberate withholding of evidence until after a person’s trial.  King County did this with the assistance of a career criminal/employee, Kelli Williams.

King County’s withholding of evidence to ensure convictions, making criminals out of non-criminals, was well stated by Justice Kozinski in the Joshua Frost decision.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, violated a well settles rules requiring the disclosure of information material to the case “ by willfully withholding evidence of Shaw’s domestic-violence plea deal and permitting Shaw to lie on the stand… they kept Shaw’s plea agreement secret until two days after Frost was convicted even though they had been signed well before the start of his trial ” Kozinski wrote.

Kozinski also wrote “the prosecution’s tactic was deliberate, not an oversight.”

Anyone who has been dealing with any County in Washington attempting to seek access to public records knows one thing, the agencies have placed criminals inside to answer citizens public records request.


 

For me, Alex Kozinski represents “justice’ and the only reason why this single mother spent thirteen ( 13) years in higher education, while working as a machinist on 3rd shift.  Strangely, Alex Kozinski was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, a man I viewed as demented way before the press finally decided to report it.  My point in stating this is fact is that I was not a supporter of the late Ronald Reagan, but in fact casted my first vote against him.  However, I do admire him for appointing the Honorable Justice Kozinski to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Justice Kozinski was born to a Jewish family from Bucharest, Romania, in July 1950.  In 1962, when he was 12, his parents, both Holocaust survivors, brought him to the United States. The family settled in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, where his father, Moses, ran a small grocery store. Kozinski, who had grown up as a committed communist in Bucharest, became what he described as “an instant capitalist” when he tasted gum and bananas.

We Americans are all immigrants unless you’re native American.  That’s what makes America unique, but the best part of America is what Thomas Jefferson dragged back with him from Europe, the First Amendment.

The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.  It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices.  It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.  It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.

Source: https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment

Hence why I admire and respect Alex Kozinski, as he understands that the First Amendment of U.S. Constitution’s provision of writing and speaking freely without interference is essential to any free society.  Without it, we are no better than China or Saudi Arabia.

At the center of rotten onion is the Washington State Bar Association monopolized by criminals withholding evidence to ensure convictions and to assist Association Washington Cities ( AWC) and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office with going after honest lawyers to limit liability.  It’s a racketeering organization controlled by free market participants like convicted frauders like attorney G. Geoffrey Gibbs ( see story below).

Interesting to note that G. Geoffrey Gibbs has been sued for racketeering six times. But instead of being disbarred like any criminal would be, Washington State illegally assigned him as a Commissioner Pro Tem and his law firm heads of the Snohomish County Public Defenders Association.  This to ensure Snohomish County’s racketeering scam is hidden from Washington State’s public disclosure laws.


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead.

This year We will have our first annual meeting, and are now linked up with like minded people in almost every county in Washington State.

We must do everything in our power to make sure criminals misusing our public offices are brought to justice regardless of the cost to ourselves.  Our children’s children deserve to live in a democracy free from corrupt government officials, not under Hitler’s regime.

Stay tuned, as we are going to abolish the Washington State Bar Association, as the center of the racketeering criminal ring is the Washington State Bar Association.


Here’s just one example of a high ranking Washington State Bar Association members crimes against Washingtonians.

 

attorneys, Sister Sara Di Vittorio and Geoffrey Gibbs, all things evil inside Washington State Bar

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Above picture of attorney Sara Di Vittorio compliments of www.snocoreporter.com


 

UPDATE: It’s been a very long eight years to piece together why Gold Bar Washington is going broke hiding public records. . . this week, we finally have the missing link to the largest corruption scandal in Washington State history.

With no surprise, it involves former Washington State Attorney General “Sister Sara” Di Vittorio tampering with public records inside the Department of Corrections (DoC) and at Snohomish County Dept. of Emergency Management, according to a whistleblower who came forward last week “ Crystal Hill disseminated your Washington State Bar application and investigative file to John Pennington and Dept of Corrections employee Lonn Turner…”

But then the WSBA got involved in helping Geoffrey Gibbs and Seth Fine cover up their criminal racketeering conduct – quashing criminal sabotaging of the city’s water system as a favor to then Executive Aaron Reardon- a US Federal attorney, now working for the WSBA, was able to misuse her connections with the fusion center.

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The racketerists herein illegally gained access into a “spider” of information on Block’s family members attempting to extort Block just like they did to former council member in 2007.  But by now, Crystal Hill ( convicted of bank fraud using an alias of Berg in 2005) had illegally possessed and disseminated medical files via Washington State emails in March 2009, the Washington State Bar to hide their criminal racketeering ( wire) crimes hired Scmipff to help conceal public records/files. Files that were illegally obtained ( without a warrant) and illegally disseminated via electronic means. Dissemination of medical files for a Mass residents is prohibited and is a federal felony, amounts to Rackeetering, punishable by 20-30 years in federal prison.

A file that Geoffrey Gibbs and Seth Fine both members of the Washington State Bar Boards in 2009 stole then disseminated the stolen file to Gold Bar’s then lawyer’s paralegal Barbara Johnson ( Weed Gaafstra, Benson) who then disseminated the stolen files to Crystal Hill, who then disseminated the stolen files to former Gold Bar council member Lonn Turner ( at LTurner@DoC.wa.gov) and disgraced Snohomish County political appointee John E. Pennington  (man responsible for the rape of a 5 year old child from Cowlitz County, Washington).

While working at the DoC, Sister Sara tampered with public records as a ” risk management” a felony in Washington State and certainly Racketeering.  According to a whistleblower, to wire crimes for high ranking WSBA members and disgraced former Washington State lobbyist G. Geoffrey Gibbs ( see below).

Unfortunately for the WSBA, Crystal Hill, John Pennington, Lonn Turner, G. Geoffrey Gibbs, and Sister Sara Di Vittorio, Gold Bar had a clerk ( who was caught via hidden camera stealing from Gold Bar resulting in her termination in 2012) who wasn’t sharpest tool in the shed. . .  it will be interesting to see if the Courts are going to help us abolish the WSBA or just simply reform it?

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Everett attorney and WA State Bar Board member Geoffrey Gibbs caught red handed via public records filing false statements with Judicial Ethics Commission, and violating Sherman Anti-Trust to assist Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office in going after any lawyer who exposes corruption involving attorney Geoffrey Gibbs, the criminals inside the WA State Bar ( Linda Eide, Lin O’Dell, and Doug Ende), and Snohomish County criminal Racketeering outfit (an RICO Enterprise operating from Snohomish County Judicial and Prosecutor’s Office).

In 2009, attorney Geoffrey Gibbs misused his political offices to assist Crystal Hill Pennington, John E. Pennington, Aaron Reardon, and Joe Beavers to cover up the Karl Marjerle sabotaging the City of Gold Bar’s water system.  Racketeering captured in public records.

Attorney Geoffrey Gibbs has been sued for Racketeering five times in the last two years for his criminal conduct.  An email from Everett Prosecutor Michael Fischer from G. Geoffrey Gibbs has  Gibbs sending an email to a Prosecutor demanding that he file criminal assault charges against Carolyn Ryggs so that she will have to expend a very large retainer to hire counsel. Because Gibbs was in a land dispute with the Ryggs after public records confirmed that was using Judge Michael Downes to steal Carolyn Ryggs’s land.

Geoffrey Gibbs’s fraud in the 1990s as illustrated by the Washington Public Disclosure Commission is well documented below.

Now, Geoffrey Gibbs criminal Enterprise and public records confirm that Gibbs and Prosecutor Seth Fine are the main reason why Snohomish County yields over 40 % of disciplined lawyer inside the WA State Bar, while the highest populated county, King County ( Seattle) , only yields 12 %. According to our counsel, clear Sherman Anti-Trust violations; a federal felony.

We’re also working on a story linking the Klan to the ” Ok Boys Home” a story worth waiting for.

Just another stellar example of why the Washington State Bar will be abolished.


 

 

Republished with permission from www.snocoreporter.com


My step-grandpa in his later years was getting a little less coherent, when I was younger he was a very prejudiced man, he only loved one black man and that was Robert, but once a black family moved into the neighborhood he sold his house and built a new one in Valparaiso, in Sherwood Forest no less. Although I never once heard him use a derogatory term, the message was clear.

He owned the Hy-Speed car wash in Gary Indiana close to the Jackson home, yes as in the Jackson 5, Janet, and the creepy parents. I would go over and play with them and it drove my Grampa Joe nuts, he’d make me take a shower before I got in the car and I was never allowed to eat anything there or go inside their house.

One day when I was back home visiting I walked into the den and Grandpa was sitting there with the biggest smile on his face. He was watching Michael Jackson. I said Grandpa whatcha watching, he looked at me and said. This is a great country, do you know how I know that? I said no Grandpa I don’t. He points to the TV and said there is that little boy you used to play with. I said I know Grandpa but what does that have to do with anything? He said only in America can a poor little black boy grow up to be a rich white woman and then he smiled. As much as I didn’t like the message he had a point.

It’s like that with G. Geoffrey Gibbs, only in Washington can a convicted lobbyist, grow up to be on the Board of Governor’s and treasurer of the Washington State Bar Association, then become a Snohomish County Commissioner and get some of the most lucrative contracts in the county

Waste management would be foaming at the mouth if they truly understood the amount of trash just rolling around our county

George “G.” Geoffrey Gibbs. a lobbyist took many a politician, lawyer and judge on trips to Sunriver resorts, fishing trips in BC and on bus rides down to Jubitz Truck Stop/Ponderosa Lounge where having a hooker or a “lot lizard would simply be redundant. A reporter said as much but I checked with a former trucker and he immediately got embarrassed, turned red and told me to never go there. I’m going to take that to mean the reporter was telling the truth.

Looking at Pennington’s divorce records it shows that his then wife also complained to the courts that she has gotten a sexually transmitted disease from him 3 times during their marriage, I guess we know why now.

Remember, Pennington and Appelwick were “Dear Friends” since the 90’s

So… behold the power of the newspaper archives:

We found numerous stories about Mr Gibbs, Judge Appelwick, Joe King and few other power players in this state. Stories that have basically been “washed” from the internet which is a common ploy used by many politicians and lawyers to hide the truth.

Seems our school super Randy Dorn was one of his recipients (which might explain why so many disgraced senators, and state legislators end up in the Education system: some midterm

Other power players include but are not limited to:

Senator Al Bauer who oddly enough is out and about filing ethics complaints I guess he would know…

Representative Joe King who left Olympia to start his own lobbying company or political strategy company.

Although Appeals Court Judges seems to have gotten the most benefit from this relationship, even today…

Not only does Gibbs have an Appelwick in his pocket he has learned well and placed people from his current law firm on:

The Public Disclosure Commission,

The Commission on Judicial Conduct,

The Washington State Bar Association,

Anyway here are some of the newspaper clippings we have gotten so far. I have literally 1000’s more documents thanks to the hard work of someone who spent the day gathering the records… There are more records but I am still trying to put them in albums so that they can follow some type of pattern and are better understood.

On that note, sorry I have been AWOL but please remember I am working on quite a few huge stories, and I write this paper mostly by myself but trust me when I say: It will be worth the wait.

 

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Washington State Bar violating Washingtonians civil rights, sued again

Washington attorneys, Steve Eugster, Robert Caruso and Sara Ferguson join our fight against the Washington State Bar, exposed again for corruption, violating constitutional laws of Washingtonians.  But this time, on behalf of all Washingtonians, as the Washington State Bar trying to rewrite the Washington State Bar Act.

A close ally inside the Washington State Legislature was contacted and he would say is   “the Washington State Bar does not have the legal authority to regulate and dominate free market participants.”

 

 

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Washington State Bar Hearing Officer Lin O’Dell racketeering, stealing from elderly, continues her criminal activity with assistance of WA Bar

UPDATE:  Washington State Guardian Board Found Attorney Lin O’Dell GUILTY 

Republished with permission from http://snocoreporter.com/wsba-hearing-lin-odell-officer-given-letter-reprimand-guardian-board/

WSBA Hearing Lin O’Dell Officer Given a Letter of Reprimand By The Guardian Board

According to the Washington State Guardian Board this is their “Mission”

Certified Professional Guardianship Board

Mission

The Certified Professional Guardianship Board develops, adopts and implements regulations governing certification, minimum standards of practice, training, and discipline of professional guardians, to protect the public and facilitate the delivery of competent and ethical guardianship services.

They are another “agency” that enjoys the protection of the Washington State Supreme Court, as a matter of fact the guardianship board has a member of the Washington Sate Bar Association on it. A woman named Barbara West.

We have reported on a Guardian that is also a hearings officer for the WSBA, a woman named Lin O’Dell

WSBA Hearing Officer’s Guardianship Racket – Lin O’Dell Stealing Client’s Money

 

Along with these 2 stories

Lin O’Dell Bad Business,Murder, Undue influence (Part 1)

Lin O’Dell Mark Plivelich & ALL of their associates (Part 2)

The complaints against this woman have been piling up for years, but all the discipline board did was to put a letter of reprimand in her file

They did not address the fact that PF’s account had 4 million dollars but in just a few years she is down to less then 1 million dollars. None of the money went to care for her except for monthly stipends of about 1000.00 but many months she went without even that.

They did not address the fact that she “bought” one of her clients property for pennies on the dollar. A property she now lives at with her convicted killer of a husband.

Most disturbing is the fact that all they did was give her a letter when she had her husband caring for vulnerable people and threatening them.

This woman Lin O’Dell is still a hearings officer for the WSBA. A woman who steals from her clients, threatens them, lies to the courts on a regular basis is still a person standing in judgement of other lawyers.

The moral of this story is that you can lie steal and destroy others as long as you are under the protection of the WSBA & the Supreme Court. Also keep in mind that these 3 years of complaints they did nothing about are only the one’s they had to acknowledge, there were countless more that they swept under the rug. Watch out for your seniors Washington,

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Last year the Gold Bar Reporter was first to break a story about a Washington State Bar Association Hearing Officer was found guilty of stealing from her client, using a convicted killer named Mark Plivilech to threaten and intimidate vulnerable and elderly disabled Washingtonians.

This story is an update on what the Washington State Bar Office of Disciplinary Counsel did as relates to countless complaints filed against attorney Lin O’Dell and her convicted killer boyfriend Mark Plivilech, after the Gold Bar Reporter exposed her racketeering crimes against Washingtonians.

Several Washington State Bar complaints have been filed against Lin O’Dell, which the Bar refuses to give us access to or even where those complaints are in the process. Let’s keep in mind that The Honorable Judge Monasmith already held that attorney Lin O’ Dell breach her ethical duties as a guardian, stole money and misappropriated trust monies by making payments to her convicted killer boyfriend Mark Plivilech.

One year after this story, hoping to that we could report that attorney Lin O’Dell is behind bars where she belongs. Sadly, we just learned from the Washington State Bar public records officer Nicole Gustine, Lin O’Dell is still serving as a hearing officer for the Washington State Bar Association.  A hearing officer hears ethical complaints filed against attorneys in Washington State. This two years after the Honorable Judge Monasmith, Stevens County Washington held that Lin O’Dell was guilty of stealing from her client’s trust account, and breach her duties to her client by misappropriating money to her convicted killer boyfriend.

As of today, the Washington State Bar Association Office of Disciplinary Counsel has taken no action against O’Dell, allowing her to continue stealing from our elderly.  But has in fact allowed Lin O’Dell to continue serving as a hearing officer  making decisions on complaints filed against other attorneys.

Rightfully we label Spokane County attorney Lin O’Dell as a thief, guilty of racketeering.

RICO and 1983 complaints have been filed against Lin O’Dell with more RICO and 1983 coming.  Knowing what was uncovered ( as detailed in the article below) that Lin O’Dell and her convicted killer Mark Plivilech are not yet in prison where they belong, the Gold Bar Reporter contacted the Washington State Bar Association two weeks asking them for a list of the hearing officers for the Bar as of today, and we were shocked and disgusted to know that the Washington State Bar Office of Disciplinary Counsel took no action against O’ Dell for her criminal racketeering conduct outlined below.

Since reporting on Lin O’Dell racketeering, we heard that several people filed complaints against her for the same reason, stealing from clients and threatening our elderly.

Governor Jay Inslee has yet to order a federal grand jury to investigate Lin O’Dell’s crimes against our elderly.

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What should be noted from the above Washington State Bar Hearing Officers list is that each of the hearing officers are either Washington State government employees and/or engaged in the private practice of law. Keeping in mind that Washington State Bar Association keeps falsely asserting into court filings that they are a ” state agency.”

Perhaps the Washington State Bar cannot read RCW 36.27.060 prohibiting serving as a judge ( Hearing Officer) while at the same time engaged in the private practice of law.

The Washington State Bar’s turning a blind eye to thief Lin O’Dell criminal conduct as outlined below illustrates just how far the corruption in Washington State’s Bar Association has reached, extending up through our federal court system as well.


“License to steal” with the assistance of the Washington State Bar

How Guardians from the Washington State Bar Disciplinary Officers

are given a license to steal from Washington State’s most vulnerable adults


Forward:

When lawyers steal from their clients, It’s We the taxpayers that end up paying the bill.

Attorney Lin ( Linda) O’Dell ( aka Worthington), an attorney handpicked by the Washington State Bar Association  (WSBA) Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) to hear complaints filed against lawyers by clients ( non clients should have no forum) uses a convicted killer named Mark Plivilech to intimidate vulnerable adults, while she uses WSBA influence to continue stealing and depleting elderly clients trusts.

But O’Dell doesn’t do this alone, she gets a pass from the WSBA ODC.

Once Lin O’Dell and other attorneys involved in the same conduct as stated herein deplete the clients’ trust accounts, they place the client on Medicare and/or on the Medicaid system.

Our elderly deserve to die with dignity, and without the elite few WSBA members associated with the Office of Disciplinary Council and WSBA Boards lining their pockets with the gold of others, stealing with the assistance of a few Commissioners’ and Judges, at the expense of the United States taxpayers.

We have drafted a “Brady List” of Judges, Commissioners, and attorneys we know are involved in criminal conduct as outlined herein and will be posting names soon to our “ Brady List.”

Sadly, attorney Spokane attorney Lin O’Dell is not the exception, but she is part of the Racketeering scandal exposed over the past year involving what we call the center of the rotten onion, the WSBA ODC.

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The WSBA ODC is using police officers, attorneys and judges to trump up criminal charges on honest hard working citizens and attorneys who speak out against corrupt government officials, and we ( Americans) must do everything in our power to peacefully and legally stop them. Their actions of going after honest lawyers and whistleblowers who attempt to expose corrupt judges, attorneys and police officers stifles our free market economy, and as in my case, violates Sherman Antitrust laws.

We the people are the checks and balances to an honest and clean government. As a person who grew up with two activist parents, who were no parents of the year by any stretch of the truth, I was brought up to believe there is no greater sacrifice or greater good on Mother Earth then helping the sick, elderly, abused, exposing corrupt government officials, and helping the wrongfully convicted. I value the First Amendment to US Constitution as the greatest gift Thomas Jefferson’s gave to America, more valuable than a Bar license.


 

If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse. Cory Booker

 

Attorney Lin O’Dell, a thief, an attorney, a nurse, and a guardian  

Washington State Bar (WSBA) Disciplinary Hearing Officer Lin (Linda) O’Dell (aka Worthington) is stealing from Washington State vulnerable adults, manly over the age of 60, and being aided by the WSBA’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) members, Scott Busby and Linda Eide, and her partner, a convicted killer named Mark Plivilech ( Spokane).

Attorney Lin O’Dell’s Linked In page:

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Attorney Lin O’ Dell brags about her days as an administrative hearing officer for the Department of Health, she worked as a nurse and is now a guardian overseeing elderly clients trust accounts.

Lin O’Dell is not licensed in Idaho, only Washington. A relevant issue discussed later.

Does being a nurse or a guardian, especially one that has never engaged in the practice of law constitute qualifications under the WSBA guidelines for hearing officers?

Simply put, no.  I ‘ve researched the WBSA rules on appointing hearings officers and discovered that in order for the WSBA member to be appointed as a hearing officer one must have been engaged in the practice of law.  Here, Ms. O’ Dell appears to be the exception to this rule, since she never practiced law.

This begs the question on who appointed an unqualified attorney to hear issues relating to violation by WSBA members?

According to the WSBA public records officer, Ms. O’Dell was handpicked by another shyster from Spokane, attorney Joseph Nappi Jr. Mr. Nappi’s investigative file and his cash only deals with clients will be discussed in another investigative blog coming soon.


Attorney Lin O’Dell, using convicted killer Mark Plivilech to intimidate elderly vulnerable clients 

Now, on its face this may not seem too bad in the scheme of things, but lets add in this bit of facts.  Lin O’Dell’s background was searched extensively, and what we yielded was that she shacked up with a convicted killer named Mark Plivilech and extensive IRS and other financial problems.  YES our readers are reading this correctly; WSBA attorney and hearing officer Lin O’Dell’s partner of choice is a convicted killer.

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If a WSBA hearing officer having a convicted killer as her partner of choice doesn’t sound bad enough, hold onto your seats because we have some more wonderful news.

According to internal court declarations and an extensive background check our investigators ran on Mark Plivilech, Lin O’Dell acting as a guardian for elderly vulnerable adults – many bed ridden elderly Americans- listed killer Mark Plivilech as a “case manager” on twenty (22) of her elderly clients’ accounts.

Once I learned that a convicted killer was acting as a case manager on vulnerable adults accounts, I called the Washington State Attorney General’s Office asking one simple question ” Can a convicted killer serve as a case manager on vulnerable or elderly Washingtonians trust account s or as a guardian ad litem?”

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office started laughing, for which I said  ” No, I am serious.”  The phone became silent for a minute and the attorney general said ” NO, absolutely not !” very loudly.


Attorney Lin O’Dell has stolen  $3,000,000.00 + from the Shank Trust Account, and was caught forging documents

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Court documents show that at the time of Norma Shank’s death, The Shank Trust had almost $4,000,000.00, at the end of 2011.

Paula Fowler is from Idaho, and how and why she came into contact with a thief and attorney named Lin O’ Dell can best be described by one of her closest friends who said ” Paula went into Colville attorney Pruitt Hamm’s office for a divorce, and came out with as a guardian ward. But not before Pruitt Hamm made exparte contacts with Lin O’Dell’s attorney in Idaho, Pamela Massey. Soon thereafter, Massey and O’Dell forged documents claiming that  Ms. Fowler’s mother, Norma Shank, had revoked the first Shank Will written in 2000, and only after Norma Shank was diagnosed with dementia, did this new Will appear with the assistance of attorney Lin O’Dell, attorney Richard Wallace, and Idaho attorney Paula Massey.”

We reviewed the both Wills and believe all attorneys involved should be charged with criminal Racketeering as the Will’s metadata has been stripped ( to hide when and who wrote it)


Exploiting and stealing from our elderly vulnerable adults

The only living Will of Norma Shank was signed in 2000, leaving her entire estate worth well over $5,000,000.00 to Paula Fowler, with no trust. No trust until after Paula Fowler went into attorney Pruitt Hamm’s office for a divorce and came as a guardian of Lin O’Dell, and only after attorney Pruitt Hamm made phone calls to an attorney from Idaho named Pamela Massey. An attorney hired by Lin O’Dell to help siphon elderly and vulnerable clients trust accounts through nursing homes in Spokane and drug rehab centers in Idaho.

Attorney Pamela Massey and Lin O’Dell were contacted for comment. As of today, both have refused.

According to attorney Pruitt Hamm’s attorney bills in the Fowler matter; no sooner did Paula Fowler leave Pruitt’s office seeking a divorce, Pruitt Hamm was on the phone with Idaho attorney Pamela Massey ( an Idaho attorney who represents Lin O’Dell).  Once Pruitt Hamm learned that Paula Fowler was worth well over $5,000,000.00, he conspired with attorney Lin O’Dell and Pamela Massey to steal from a vulnerable adult.

Over the last three years, attorneys Lin O’Dell and Pamela Massey have stolen over $3,000,000.00 + from Paula Fowler, but not without the assistance of the Washington State Bar lead counsel Linda Eide.


Lin O’Dell forging documents, and has stolen over $3,000,000.00 +, but Lin O’Dell did not act alone

Court records from Pamela Massey’s Office in Idaho confirm that Lin O’Dell depleted non-Washington resident Paula Fowler’s trust accounts ( known as a Shank Trust, Wells Fargo, Idaho) to provide ” legal fees, at legal representation.”

There’s only problem for attorney Lin O’Dell, she is not an Idaho attorney.  Our counsel said ” a non attorney cannot provide legal representation without a license.”

From records we retrieved from Stevens County Court, in December 2011, the Shank Trust had $3,900,000.00 plus dollars in the account with no forensic accounting ever given to Ms. Fowler or the Court, even though Lin O’Dell was ORDERED to provide such documents to the Court by. A court order  Ms. O’Dell continues to thumb her nose at, while she continues to steal from Ms. Fowler but not without the assistance of the Washington State Bar lead counsel Linda Eide.


Lin O’Dell stealing Ms. Fowler’s assets, using convicted killer to intimidate Ms. Fowler

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As we correctly stated, attorney Lin O’Dell is crossing state lines, from Washington to Idaho, using her convicted killer Mark Plivilech to steal and threaten vulnerable clients.

As the alleged “trustee” Lin O’Dell is supposed to be paying Paula Fowler’s bills, housing, car, and food.

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For nearly four months in early 2014, Lin O’Dell refused to provide basic shelter for Ms. Fowler ( as the Shank Trust mandates) leaving Ms. Fowler living in a truck at a truck stop.

Imagine your parents leave you a $5,000,000.00 trust, and the alleged trustee refuses to provide you shelter, leaving you homeless, because several outstanding members of the Washington State Bar forged documents and stole millions, what would you do?

File WSBA complaints for fraud and theft?  And that’s exactly what Paula Fowler did, and who received that WSBA complaints was WSBA lead counsel Linda Eide.  Ms. Eide’s criminal conduct as exposed by attorney Robert Grunstein was exposed in his book ” Vendetta” and will be discussed in detail in another investigative blog coming soon.

Linda Eide’s criminal conduct against the Gold Bar Reporter will be discussed at length in my book ” No sunshine where the cockroaches roam” in my last chapter ( still being written) ” Reforming the Washington State Bar, taking politics out of the practice of law.”



Judge Patrick Monasmith, a man with integrity, orders court officer Joseph Valente to investigate attorney Lin O’Dell

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Court mandated investigator Joseph Valente findings against attorney Lin O’Dell

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Just to make sure our readers understand fully what’s going on here, see above. Lin O’Dell tells the Court that Paula Fowler needs a guardian because she has an abusive ex-husband who controls her, but then writes a check to attorney Clark Peterson ( now Judge Clark Peterson, Idaho),  to defend Ms. Fowler’s soon to be ex-husband in a criminal felony vulnerable adult charge filed in Idaho for abusing Paula Fowler’s ( nee Shank) mother Norma Shank.

But hold onto your seats because it’s much better – if you can believe it !

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Not only did attorney Lin O’Dell write a check to Ms. Fowler’s soon to be ex-husband’s private attorney to defend against criminal felony charges for elder abuse of Ms. Fowler’s mother ( the one who started the 5 Million dollar trust for Paula Fowler also known as Shank Trust ), but Lin O’Dell uses Norma Shank’s trust account to write a $5000.00 check to attorney Clark Peterson, Idaho, and $250.00 to attorney Dick Sayre ( for a consultation, pretty harmless on Sayre’s and Peterson’s part more likely than not) to defend the man who was just charged with felony elderly abuse.

We’re not sure about our readers, but we’re just not sure how paying an Idaho attorney to defend against elder abuse of Paula Fowler’s mother, Norma Shank, benefited the Norma Shank Trust.  But if our readers have any idea, please email those to us at GoldBarReporter@Comcast.net

Imagine someone steals from you and then having the court order you to pay for the defendant’s criminal defense counsel. With no surprise this is exactly what attorney Lin O’Dell did in this matter.


Lin O’Dell, a criminal with a license to steal, a stellar example in favor of reforming the WSBA

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The fact that Lin O’Dell and killer Mark Plivilech were using a USPS Post Office Box in Duvall Washington to accept financial pay offs from Snohomish County’s bum who killed 43 Oso residents, John E. Pennington, and his convicted bank frauding wife Crystal Hill ( nee Berg, bank fraud 2005), is coming to a US Federal Court soon.   

Thank you retired USPS Postmaster, you’re a fine lady


Coming soon, more public records on corrupt cops, Batiot and Coblantz


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corrupt cops from City of Shoreline, Cary Coblantz, and Duvall cop, Lori Batiot, caught via public records (RCW 42.56) in a RICO scandal

This report is just the tip of iceberg, because over the last four weeks we’ve had three Washington State Whistleblowers give us mounds of evidence documenting that Snohomish County Prosecutors and corrupt cops, one from City of Shoreline and other from the City of Duvall, are involved in the largest RICO scandal in Washington State’s history.

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Washington State Bar Association hides its report on racism since 2007; “Let the sunshine in”

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In 2007, a Seattle newspaper managed to obtain the Washington State Bar Association’s 2007 Report on Racism. When the newspaper published it, the Washington State Bar Association threatened to sue, forcing the little weekly newspaper to remove it or fight the Bar’s government racket.

The WSBA’s report below confirms beyond any shadow of a doubt countless articles published by the Gold Bar Reporter confirming that racism is alive and well in Washington State, and deeply embedded inside the Washington State Bar Association itself.

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This report only solidifies our findings/reports that the Washington State Bar Association has placed attorneys inside Washington State agency as “risk management” as a way of stopping good attorneys from exposing the massive corruption, racketeering, Anti -Trust, and discrimination inside Washington agencies all over the state.

Another blogger at www.snocoreporter.com managed to obtain a copy of the below Bar report from another source.

What should be noted is that when the Reporter requested a copy of this report from the Washington State Bar Association last year, the Bar untruthfully claimed that it did not exist. I always said ” at the center of the rotten onion is the Washington State Bar Association.”

The report stated that the Washington State Bar’s Board of Governor refused to take a stand against racism, probably because the Washington State Bar Association disciplined 80 % more minorities, thus is guilty of racism too.

The Board of Governors is the WSBA’s governing body directed by the Washington Supreme Court to determine the general policies of the Bar and approve its budget annually. The Board consists of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, members elected from each of the state’s congressional districts and three at-large members.

The Board meets seven times each year at locations across the state. Except for executive sessions, Board meetings are open to the public. The Board has several committees, and governors serve as liaisons to WSBA committees.

 

Robin Lynn Haynes | President (2016-2017)

Robin HaynesRobin Lynn Haynes is president of the Washington State Bar Association, the Bar’s youngest president to date. She was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in June 2012, representing new and young lawyers. Since then, she has been active with the MCLE Task force and the MCLE Board, the Washington Young Lawyers Committee, the Committee for Professional Ethics, the Board’s Legislative Committee, and the Washington State Bar Foundation.

She practices employment and commercial litigation with McNeice Wheeler in Spokane and Seattle. She was previously the first woman partner at Reed & Giesa, P.S. in Spokane (2011), and spent two years as a litigation and employment principal at Witherspoon Kelley in Spokane.

Haynes is a past president of the Spokane County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division and a former board member for the Spokane County Volunteer Lawyers Program. In 2012, she was named the WSBA’s Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. She also is a founding Board member for the Washington Vets Will Clinic; a Moderate Means attorney; and an active member of Planned Parenthood’s Women’s Leadership Circle.

Finally, she is a “Triple Zag,” having earned her undergraduate, master’s, and law degrees from Gonzaga University, where she remains an active mentor.

 

Bradford E. Furlong | President-Elect (2016-2017)

 

Bradford E. Furlong is president-elect of the WSBA. He was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2013. He concentrates his practice on healthcare, municipal, real estate and land-use law. He is a member of the Washington Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Committee and teaches professional ethics for the WSBA. He is the Skagit County hearing examiner pro tem and has served as judge pro tem in both superior and district courts.

Furlong also serves as general counsel to Skagit Valley Hospital and Skagit Regional Clinics, the Port of Skagit County, and the Skagit County Public Facilities District. He has been town attorney for La Conner since 1988, city attorney for Anacortes since 2008, and general counsel for the North Sound Regional Support Network and the Skagit Land Trust.

He graduated from the University of Puget Sound Law School in 1982 after attending the University of California, Davis, and received his undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from The Evergreen State College.

 

William D. Hyslop | Immediate Past President (2016-2017)

William-D-Hyslop William Hyslop is the immediate past president of the WSBA. He was elected president-elect in September 2014 and served as president September 2015–September 2016. He practices in civil litigation and dispute resolution for Lukins & Annis, P.S., in Spokane, where he is a principal. He has practiced for the firm since 1980, with the exception of 1991-1993, when he served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Washington. An active member of Washington’s legal community, Hyslop has been involved in many WSBA activities and served on the Board of Governors in 2000–2003.

In 2006, he was awarded the WSBA President’s Award in recognition of his work in the Spokane community and service to the legal profession. He is a past president of the Federal Bar Association of the Eastern District of Washington and a former co-chair of the WSBA Committee on Public Defense. He is a past president of the Spokane County Bar Association and of the Washington State University Alumni Association.

Hyslop earned his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington, and his undergraduate degree from Washington State University.

 

G. Kim Risenmay | Governor, District 1 (2015-2018)

WSBA Gov. G. Kim Risenmay G. Kim Risenmay was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He is licensed in Washington as both an attorney and a certified public accountant. For nearly 30 years, he has practiced in multistate tax services for major law firms. He served as the state tax consulting partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Seattle. Prior to that, he was a partner in the Seattle law firm of Bogle & Gates. He served as senior of-counsel attorney in charge of state and local tax services for the Seattle office of the Stoel Rives law from 2008 until 2014, when he opened his own boutique law firm in Redmond.

He has testified before the state Legislature, served on state-agency stakeholder committees to draft regulations, and taught for four years at the University of Washington School of Law.

Risenmay is a military veteran who began practicing law at age 34. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude. And he received an LL.M in taxation from the University of Washington School of Law.

 

Rajeev Majumdar | Governor, District 2 (2016-2019)

Rajeev MajumdarRajeev Majumdar was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016, replacing Brad Furlong, who now serves as the WSBA’s president-elect. Majumdar focuses his practice on civil litigation and business-oriented law at the Law Offices of Roger Ellingson, PS in Blaine, Washington.

He serves as prosecutor in jurisdictions including Blaine, Bellingham’s Mental Health Diversion Court, and the Nooksack Nation. As an adjunct professor at Western Washington University, he teaches rights, liberties and justice in America. He previously worked for the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C., helping to establish protocols of cooperation between the U.S. and other nations to ensure the containment of weapons of mass destruction technology.

In 2015, Majumdar received the WSBA Local Hero Award for his work in improving public access to civil legal aid and advocating for homeless youth. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and philosophy from the Albertson College of Idaho; master’s degrees in international affairs and public administration from the University of Washington; and his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

 

Jill A. Karmy | Governor, District 3 and Treasurer (2014-2017)

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Jill Karmy was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2014. She is the managing member of Karmy Law Office, PLLC, in Clark County. Her practice consists of representing injured workers before the Department of Labor and Industries, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, and superior and appellate courts. Karmy has been an Eagle member of the Washington State Association for Justice since 2006 and previously served on the WSBA Board of Bar Examiners.

She received her undergraduate degree from Pacific Union College in California and her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School.

 

William D. Pickett | Governor, District 4 (2015-2018)

WSBA Gov. Bill Pickett William Pickett was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He is a solo practitioner in central Washington, where he focuses his practice on trial advocacy in personal-injury and wrongful-death matters, civil rights and police misconduct, and medical malpractice. He is a frequent guest speaker on trial advocacy, police misconduct, and medical negligence issues. He is licensed to practice law in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.

Pickett serves as an adjunct faculty member in the LL.M. Trial Advocacy Degree Program for Temple University School of Law. He is a member of the National Police Accountability Project, which monitors law enforcement misconduct across the country.

Born and raised in Yakima, Pickett received his B.A. degree in society and justice from the University of Washington in 1994, and his law degree in 1997 from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He later earned an LL.M. degree in trial advocacy in 2007 from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. In addition, he is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College in Dubois, Wyoming.

 

Angela M. Hayes | Governor, District 5 (2015-2018)

WSBA Gov. Angela HayesAngela Hayes was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. She serves as in-house legal counsel for Associated Industries in Spokane, where, among other work, she provides training and advising on a variety of employment- and labor-related issues.

She previously was a managing partner of Randall & Danskin, P.S., where her practice areas included civil litigation, trust and estate dispute litigation, guardianship, and medical negligence defense. She has served on the WSBA Board of Bar Examiners since 2003 and was a trustee at the Spokane County Bar Association 2003–2005 and 2009–2011.

A Spokane native, Hayes earned her undergraduate degrees in English and communication at the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in nursing at Washington State University. She graduated summa cum laude in 1998 from Gonzaga University of School of Law.

 

Keith M. Black | Governor, District 6 (2014-2017)

Keith-M-BlackKeith Black currently serves as a pro tem hearing examiner in land use and environmental matters. A former law clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals Division II, he was an associate at the Tacoma law firm of Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell; served under five elected prosecuting attorneys for Pierce County; and was appointed chief civil deputy, serving for 20 years in that position. Black is active with the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, having served as its president, on its board of trustees, and on its editorial board.

He received his law degree from the Gonzaga University School of Law, where he was associate and senior editor of its law review.

 

Ann Danieli | Governor, District 7-North (2014-2017)

Ann-M-DanieliAnn Danieli was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2014. She has been an attorney in King County for more  than 30 years. She has served the public as a prosecutor, a public defender and a judge pro tem.

Danieli received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

 

James K. Doane | Governor, District 7-South (2015-2018)

James K. Doane James Doane was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He serves as corporate counsel for Costco Wholesale, and previously was a partner at Preston Gates Ellis (now K & L Gates) for 15 years. He is a former chair of the WSBA Corporate Counsel Section and chair of the Diversity/Pro Bono Committee for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Washington Chapter. He also serves as vice-president and trustee of The Rainier Club.

Fluent in Japanese, Doane studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, and received his undergraduate degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University. He received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

Andrea S. Jarmon | Governor, District 8 (2014-2017)

Andrea-S-JarmonAndrea S. Jarmon was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2014. She is the managing attorney of Jarmon Law Group, PLLC, in Tacoma. Her practice focuses on criminal defense and family law, including representation of children and parents in dependency actions.

In addition to her law practice, Jarmon is an adjunct instructor at Green River Community College. She has previously served as an assistant attorney general for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, a city prosecutor for Auburn and Seattle, and a full-time paralegal instructor.

She received both of her undergraduate degrees and her law degree from the University of Washington. She is a member of the Loren Miller Bar Association and the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association.

 

Dan Bridges | Governor, District 9 (2016-2019)

Dan BridgesDan Bridges was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016, when he replaced Elijah Forde as District-9 governor. Bridges is a partner with McGaughey Bridges Dunlap, PLLC. He has tried over 50 jury trials in state and U.S. District Court and argued more than 30 appeals in Washington Supreme Court, all three divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. And he serves as a superior court arbitrator in four Washington counties.

Bridges received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Washington and his law degree from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University School of Law).

 

Christina Meserve | Governor, District 10 (2016-2019)

Chris MeserveChristina Meserve was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016. She is a family law attorney and has been with Connolly Tacon & Meserve for 36 years. Her practice focuses on arbitration, divorce, custody and support, mediation, and prenuptial agreements. A former president of the Thurston County Bar Association, Meserve also served on the board of trustees of The Evergreen State College.

Meserve has served on the WSBA’s Judicial Recommendation, Character and Fitness, and Legislative committees. Early in her career, she was president of Washington Women Lawyers and served as its liaison to the WSBA Board of Governors.

She received her undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College and her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

 

Athan Papailiou | Governor, At-Large and Treasurer (2016-2019)

Athan PapailiouAthan Papailiou was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016. He is a litigator at Pacifica Law Group in Seattle. Before entering private practice, Papailiou served as a judicial law clerk for Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the QLaw Foundation.

Papailiou received his law degree from the University of Arizona and undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. As a member of UA’s Law & Behavior Research Group, Papailiou investigated the efficacy of jury instructions addressing the unreliability of eyewitness identification evidence.

 

Mario M. Cava | Governor, At-Large (2014-2017)

Mario-M-CavaMario Cava was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2014. He is a senior litigation auditor with Enterprise Legal Services at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. Previously, Cava was field counsel with the Law Offices of Sweeney Heit & Dietzler, and was a trial attorney at Associated Counsel for the Accused. He previously served on the WSBA Editorial Advisory Committee and was a member of the 2012 class of the Washington Leadership Institute.

Cava received his undergraduate degree in psychology and politics from Whitman College and his law degree from American University Washington College of Law.

 

Sean Davis | Governor, At-Large (2015-2018)

WSBA Gov. Sean Davis Sean Davis was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He practices as a tort litigator for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office. Previously, he served as an assistant attorney general in Washington, practicing in the Torts and Labor and Industries divisions.

Davis was part of the 2014 Washington Leadership Institute, a program that recruits, trains, and develops minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the legal community. He serves as a captain in the United States Air Force Reserve, working in the legal office of McChord Field.

Born and raised in Tacoma, Davis received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

” May the sunshine where it never shinned before”


 

 

 

 

Washington State Bar Association, to be abolished over felonious conduct

Late last summer, the Gold Bar Reporter was first to break a story about the Washington State Bar Association’s dropping the word ” association.”

Our source, an insider close to Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen stated ” the WSBA is trying to come up with a plan to push liability off on Washington State taxpayers, because it’s clear that the Bar is going to lose Scannell v WSBA et al. and Block v WSBA et al. over felonious racketeering and anti-trust violations. ”

We just learned that Washington State Bar  Association has officially voted to drop the word association, in an effort to push liability of 50 Million plus onto Washington State taxpayers, instead of pushing liability to its’ members the above two cases.

In Block’s cases, public records from Snohomish County and the United States Post Office documented that John Pennington ( man who killed 43 people in the Oso mudslides, only suspect in the rape of 5 year old girl from Cowlitz County Washington, and is now working for Pierce College), set up a post office box in Duvall Washington to pass  financial bribes to attorney Lin O’Dell and her convicted killer boyfriend  Mark Plivilech, while at the same time, John Pennington is the  man, according to the lead detective on a Cowlitz  County case from 1992, the man who is responsible for the rape of a 5 year old girl.   Instead of suing Block, John Pennington enlisted his friend Linda Eide, Washington State Bar’s lead counsel, and Washington State Bar Board member Geoffrey Gibbs, to go after Block, a journalist who held a WSBA Bar license, for reporting on John Pennington criminal conduct.

In John Scannell ‘s case, Washington State Bar counsel members Scott Bugsby and Linda Eide tried to gain access into John Scannell’s attorney client files in an effort to go after a Board member’s political foe and Scannell’s client Paul King.

A source said ” The Bar knows that once you two win, you’re coming after them personall to collect damages, starting with members of the WSBA Office of Disciplinary Counsel.”


Washington State Bar’s letter to its members

 

IMPORTANT – if you want the WSBA to continue as your professional association, you should attend one or more of three upcoming meetings at the Seattle WSBA offices, discussed more completely below:

  • Public meeting of the WSBA Bylaws Workgroup on August 8
  • Special Meeting of the BOG on Aug 23
  • Regular Meeting of the BOG on Sept 29/30.

I attended the WSBA BOG meeting Friday in Walla Walla, having recently realized (through my work on theSections Policy Workgroup) that the BOG is now starting to implement a comprehensive series of sweeping changes to (i) the WSBA Bylaws, (ii) Court Rule 12.1 and to (iii) the Bar Act.

These changes are being implemented incrementally for tactical reasons, but are designed and intended ultimately to:

  • Substantially reduce the ability of Members to influence WSBA governance – in violation of the Bar Act,
  • Eliminate the WSBA’s role as its “Members” professional association,
  • Wholly and unambiguously convert the WSBA into a public entity/government agency with the singular and exclusive mission of serving the public, and
  • Enhance and expand the scope of the Washington State Supreme Court’s influence and control over all aspects of the WSBA (including setting Member dues), not just matters relating to licensing, regulation, attorney discipline and other such areas.

These changes are part of a longer term and little known Strategic Plan that is the product of these and other key WSBA leaders:

  • Executive Director Paula Littlewood,
  • Immediate Past President Anthony Gipe,
  • President William Hyslop,
  • WSBA General Counsel Jean McElroy

The full scope of the changes and the underlying justifications for them are detailed in:

For your convenience, here’s a link to the Public Materials for the Walla Walla meeting (all 656 pages):

I then identified four of the proposed Bylaw Amendments most concerning to me:

  • First, I strongly objected to changing the name of the WSBA after 128 years to drop the word “Association,” emphasizing that this change is explicitly intended clarifythat the WSBA is not actually a professional association of attorneys. I said I thought most WSBA Members would find this highly objectionable and would be quite surprised to learn that they weren’t really part of a professional association for lawyers.
  • Second, I objected to putting the Washington Supreme Court in charge of determining members’ dues and said I thought others would too.
  • Third, I described the creation of three more appointed Board seats as undemocratic and bad from a governance perspective because appointed seats are subject to abuse by vesting too much power in the hands of too few. [Note: these changes to the BOG composition would also directly violate RCW 2.48.030of the Bar Act regarding the “Board of Governors.” The BOG is arguably illegally constituted currently based on that RCW.]
  • Fourth, I objected to giving limited license practitioners a greatly out-sized percentage of the Board seats relative to their de minimis numbers – i.e., 2 Board seats from a total of fewer than 20 limited license practitioners. [In my view, these folks should have to run within their Districts just like other Bar Members. At best they should be entitled to only a single designated seat.]

A reporter who was present at the Washington State Bar’s meeting said ” I added that I had read through the Governance Task Force Report twice in recent days and that I wasn’t too enamored with it, and that I had found much of its key analysis conclusionary and unpersuasive.”

He further stated “My comments stirred up quite a few folks, including current and former BOG members, several of whom said essentially that these issues had already been debated and discussed for a long time and that it was time to move forward with all of the recommendations in the Governance Report, including the first group of Bylaw Amendments under consideration.  These Governance Report recommendations have strong momentum. One gentleman even said he didn’t necessarily agree with the decisions made but that a lot of time and effort had going into them and it was time to start passing them because folks had done a lot of work and he wanted to see the results. So much for not being pushed into bad decisions by undue focus on sunk costs. ”

 

Mr. Gipe is currently running for King County Superior Court Position #52 – a position that could be the first step on a path to the Washington State Supreme Court, where he could ultimately exercise the control over the WSBA that he currently seeks to vest in that body. I personally feel it is very important to prevent this and thus to keep Mr. Gipe out of the judiciary. That is why I have gone to great lengths to support his opponent in the race. If you share my concerns…. Proposed Policies Eliminating or Restricting Religious (Cultural) Practices During the morning discussion of the WSBA’s proposed restrictions on religious practices, members of the Indian Law Section EC and many others from varied backgrounds advocated strongly that the Indian Law Section should be allowed to continue whatever religious and cultural practices they thought were appropriate, both for reasons of ensuring those who practice


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