• Report: #1153305
Complaint Review:

Judge Matthew Gary Sacramento County Superior Court

  • Submitted: Mon, June 09, 2014
  • Updated: Mon, June 09, 2014

  • Reported By: JudicialBranch — Sacramento California
Judge Matthew Gary Sacramento County Superior Court
720 9th Street Sacramento , California USA

Judge Matthew Gary Sacramento County Superior Court Hon. Matthew J. Gary Sacramento Family Court Corruption and Collusion with Attorney by Judge Matthew Gary Makes Indigent, Disabled Mom Without Lawyer Homeless Sacramento California

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Court corruption Ripoff alert: Judge Matthew Gary of Sacramento Superior Court has a documented history of corruption and collusion with attorneys against unrepresented, pro per court users. In one case reported by Sacramento Family Court News, an online nonprofit journalism organization, Gary ordered Susan Ferris - a 52-year-old indigent, disabled mom - to pay her ex-husband $920 of her $1,256 monthly disability income for child support.. [continued below]....


Court records show that Susan's ex-husband, David Ferris, earns $8,089 per month. The unlawful child support order was attributed to collusion between Judge Gary and local divorce attorney Tim Zeff, a partner at the Sacramento family law firm Larscheid, Buchanan & Zeff, who represented David Ferris. Zeff's parter, J. Scott Buchanan serves as a temporary judge in the same court.

Conflicts of Interest and Temporary Judge Corruption and Collusion with Full-Time Judges 


Sacramento family court reform advocates have catalogued an exhaustive list of examples of corruption and collusion between full-time, taxpayer paid judges, and part-time temporary judges who work full-time as for-profit attorneys. Click here to view the list. 

Judge Gary also violated the California Code of Judicial Ethics by not disclosing the judge pro tem conflict of interest to Susan Ferris. In California, superior court judges are required by law to disclose to opposing parties and attorneys when a judge pro tem lawyer, or an attorney who works at a law firm with a judge pro tem appears in court. The failure to disclose judge pro tem conflicts of interest is now a de facto, institutionalized policy of the court, according to this news report at Sacramento Family Court News.  

Gary has been caught in collusion with other judge pro tem attorneys including Paula Salinger, of the controversial Sacramento family law firm Woodruff, O'Hair, Posner & Salinger, Inc., Richard Sokol of the firm Sokol and Bristow, and divorce lawyer Elaine Van Beveren.

Judge Matthew Gary Illegally Orders Disabled, Unrepresented Court Litigant Jailed for Contempt of Court


In one case involving both Sokol and Van Beveren, Judge Gary had an indigent, disabled pro per party, Robert Saunders, illegally arrested and thrown in jail for contempt of court. As sworn temporary judges and eyewitnesses to the misconduct by the judge, both Sokol and Van Beveren had a legal duty to report the misconduct, but did nothing. 

Two outside, independent judges who later reviewed the incident determined that Gary was in the wrong. Saunders was vindicated and cleared of all charges against him. Gary, Sokol and Van Beveren have never been held accountable for the misconduct. Click here to read the complete investigative report published by Sacramento Family Court News

A year later Sokol made self-serving, demonstrably false statements about the incident - and rationalizing Gary's misconduct - during a Sacramento Family Court hearing before Judge Thaddd Blizzard. Sokol's dishonest statements violated the moral turpitude provisions of the State Bar Act, Business and Professions Code section 6106. Under California law, an attorney who makes false statements in court, including half-truths or withholding of material information, commits an act of moral turpitude. Sokol has never been held accountable for the misconduct. 

More Ripoff Alerts About Judge Matthew Gary

For more Ripoff alerts about Judge Matthew J. Gary: 

  • Hon. Matthew J. Gary Misconduct: Susan Ferris and Appeal Front Page News at Sacramento Bee: Click here. 
  • Judge Matthew Gary Misconduct Victim Describes Emotional Trauma of Illegal "No Contact" Child Custody Order: Click here. 
  • Judge Matthew Gary Leaked Court Reporter Transcript Records Flagrant State Law Violations at Unlawful Fee Waiver Hearing: Click here. 
  • Judge Matthew J. Gary Conflict of Interest Misconduct: Wife's Legal Services and Attorney Software Companies Undisclosed: Click here. 
  • Hon. Matthew J. Gary Order for Divorce Attorney Timothy Zeff - Notice of Appeal Illegally Unfiled - Complete Original Document: Click here. 
  • Judge Matthew Gary Demoted by Presiding Judge - Stripped of Supervising Judge Title by PJ Laurie Earl - Judge Jaime Roman Installed as Supervising Judge: Click here. 

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