This is a CIVIL TORT ABUSE story.
THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT AT ANY TIME!
(CASE# RG11604322 COUNTY OF ALAMEDA)
I am Robert Briganti. Just a regular citizen who ended up trapped and harassed by the very powerful John Burris and Dewitt Lacy in a completely frivolous civil law suit.
decided to take this case against me, pro bono (at no charge) when it was obviously totally frivolous. Burris Law, decided to use money from his fees from other settlements to bulldoze my elderly father and I with total disregard for the validity of the case. His client's case was completely thrown out 4 times but the final judge, Ianu Petreau, in fear of Burris's political influence, ordered the case to trial with no aledged actions on my part to support the claims in the complaint. Also, when they filed the complaint the third time, they added my 93 year old father because Burris and his minion DeWitt Lacy knew adding my father would give their clients more leverage even though they included no actions on the part of my father to justify including him in their already frivolous complaint. The reason they added him was because they knew I had no assets to drain. The only thing my father did to Burris's clients was loan them $10,000 with a contract that they violated and defaulted on. My father was eliminted as a defendant on the next demurrer hearing.
After a very expensive, $130k, three-year fight, My father was coerced into settlement to stop the drain of his life savings. The settlement conference went on for over 10 hours over two days, which was extremely oppressive to my father, while in pain, due to a recent car accident. The people who sued me ended up getting her way and Burris and Lacy could add another notch to their legal bulldozer blade. We are out around $130k due to the unfair backing by Burris and bad rulings by two corrupt judge's who kept allowing them to re-file it and a third corrupt settlement judge Paul Herbert who helped convince my father that they were "judgment proof", where two of Burris's clients defaulted in my father's countersuit for fraud and elder financial abuse.
I am sure Burris and lacy were Pro Bono, since their clients could not afford a Burris attorney. They claimed indigence in settlement negotiations and also had all the court filing fees waived due to lack of income and assets. Burris Law would be the last firm they could afford.
Case Thrown Out 4 Times!
The case was thrown out 4 times and was allowed to go to trial after the fifth re-filing where the Burris attorney added the accusation that I had "tricked" a third party into sending his clients property to me. Property that my father loaned them the money to purchase where they diverted money that was supposed to be used for a specific purpose, into their own pockets. This pilfering lead to underpayment default on what the loan was supposed to pay for. They lost the property due to lack of payment and I acquired it by paying the balance. That would have been the end of it excepting that Burris chose to take the case even with no merits.
There were two judges in this case. Judge Hunter threw the case out twice and then judge Ianu Petreau threw the case out another two times before ordering it to trial. The judges were biased in favor Burris's clients even though there was no improvement to the complaint and the complaint remained deficient for the same reasons each time. Specifically, no alleged actions on my part to support the claims. On our fifth attempt to have the case thrown out, Judge Petreau ruled against my father and I even though the Burris attorney and his clients DIDN'T EVEN BOTHER TO SHOW UP and didn't even call with an excuse. I find this highly suspect and this judge needs to be investigated. They were not required to show any due cause for missing the hearing, which is always required by parties that show contemptuous disrespect to the court and the opposition by not showing up. This should have lead to dismissal and the case was ordered to trial and there were no consequences at all enforced or even mentioned again by Judge Petreau for the no-show.
Lacy Needed To Avoid Gross Legal Negligence
From Appearing On His Record
In order for the plaintiffs to avoid legal fees, two of the plaintiffs elected to default on my father's countersuit so the husband could go on representing himself. Then, while under the representation of lacy, the deadline to have the defaults set aside lapsed, meaning Lacy was liable of gross negligence. Great for our side since Lacy's insurance company would have had to pay the default damages. The tables were turned at that point, which was a great relief to my father and I. This also meant Lacy badly needed to get the case to settlement, since he then had a personal stake in the case. The defaults included fraud against an elder, which were not erasable by bankruptcy. This meant Lacy, due to malpractice, would have been liable for the $1.6 million default damages calculated by my lawyer.
Settlement Judge Changed!
As the trial date approached, there was a first settlement hearing schedule where neither the plaintiffs nor their council DeWitt Lacy bothered to show up. (No-show #2) And again with no call or excuse claimed. The settlement judge was not happy and issued a due-cause order, which was totally ignored by Lacy and his clients. The settlement hearing was rescheduled but, to my surprise, It was now a Judge Herbert who had no problem with them missing the previous hearing and proceeded to push for a settlement which was completely favorable to the Burris clients, totally ignoring the defaults. I think this judge was selected by Burris and replaced the other judge he didn't like and knew the no-show would go unpunished. Judge Herbert also needs to be investigated for favoritism to Burris law clients. How the judge was changed also needs to be investigated.
Burris Somehow Recruited My Lawyer
Burris Law is a high profile "civil rights" law firm and the attorneys often appear in press conferences speaking publicly as a pundit in racism, police brutality and many high profile civil cases involving racial overtones. He has been involved in litigating high profile cases including Rodney King in his suit against the Los Angeles Police Department as well as the BART Police/Oscar Grant shooting.
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Is Burris Racist?
In my opinion, Burris took this case for racial reasons regardless of its merits since the plaintiffs are minority race and I am white. This makes Burris a hypocrite claiming to be anti-racism. I claim that Burris is actually racist against whites, which would be shown by auditing his pro bono cases. Has he taken a case representing a white person against a minority? That's the question that needs to be answered in order for him to maintain his integrity as an unbiased attorney and someone concerned with racial equality rather than revenge against white people.
Pro bono cases he takes should be chosen based on merit and balancing resources for the underdog and not on race. He must have known that my father and I are just regular citizens and my actions were absolutely necessary to protect my father from elder financial abuse and fraud.
Both Burris and Lacy are public figures who need to have the truth about their unethical and belligerent activities exposed. Lacy is also a greedy self interested opportunist who was probably collecting full bilabial rate while pursuing a totally frivolous case. Hopefully, we can see justice served in this disastrous abuse of the civil courts.
See also: RMKB-Treason.com