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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Holocaust Survivor Ties Madoff and Dreier to NY Ethics Scandal

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

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GIZELLA WEISSHAUS,     Plaintiff  
FILED December 29, 2008  
-against-
      AFFIRMATION
08C Civ 4053 (DLC)
THE STATE OF NEW YORK; THE OFFICE OF COURT 
ADMINISTRATION OF THE UNIFIED COURT SYSTEM;
THOMAS J. CAHILL, in his official and individual capacity;  
ALAN W. FRIEDBERG, in his official and individual capacity;
JUDITH N. STEIN, in her official and individual capacity;
HAL R. LIEBERMAN, in his official and individual capacity;
SAUL E. FEDER; MEL URBACH; EDWARD D. FAGAN; and
JOHN and JANE DOES, 1-20,  Defendants.
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Gizella Weisshaus, pro se, makes the following affirmation under the penalties of perjury:

1.  I am the plaintiff in the above entitled Complaint (attached as Exhibit “A”), and I respectfully move this Court to order defendants to show cause why an order should not be issued:

(a) appointing a federal monitor to oversee the day-to-day operations of defendants’ Office of Court Administration’s, and State of New York’s, Departmental Disciplinary Committee located at 61 Broadway, New York, New York, for an indefinite period of time;

(b) referring all herein allegations for investigation to the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Attention: Boyd M. Johnson III, Chief, Public Corruption Unit, for investigation;

(c) enjoining defendants, pursuant to Rule 65 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, from destroying, concealing, discarding, secreting or in anyway altering any portion of any files or ethics complaints involving plaintiff;

(d) granting such other legal and equitable relief as the court deems just and proper; and

(e) pending the hearing of plaintiff’s application for a preliminary injunction, temporarily restraining and enjoining defendants from destroying, concealing, discarding, secreting or in any way altering any portion of any files or ethics complaints involving plaintiff.

2.   There is now evidence of criminal action by defendants including recent threats upon a federal witness, physical intimidation by “state actors,” and on-going ethics whitewashing.

$1.25 Billion Holocaust Fraud Now Pales Against Madoff’s $50 Billion

3.   I am a 79-year-old Holocaust survivor who has been fighting to recover my father’s stolen assets since shortly after my entire family was exterminated during the Holocaust. I submi this affirmation upon personal knowledge as to my own facts and upon information and belief as to all other matters. I was the person who first filed the historic “Swiss Banks” lawsuit in 1996 against various Swiss banks for looting my family assets. My case eventually became a class action, and that class action was settled on behalf of Holocaust survivors for $1.25 billion in 1998. I opted out of the settlement because involved attorneys were paying themselves millions of dollars when some Holocaust survivors and class plaintiffs had not received a penny, and others had only received a few thousand dollars.  

The Common Denominator is the DDC and its 
Whitewashing of Ethics Complaints

4.   I respectfully move this court for an order temporarily restraining and enjoining defendants from destroying, concealing, discarding, secreting or in anyway altering any portion of my files or ethics complaints concerning any herein defendants or any other attorney disciplinary files under the jurisdiction of defendants’ “ethics” body, the Departmental Disciplinary Committee (hereinafter “DDC”). I am extremely concerned over the DDC’s long-practiced improper manipulation of ethics complaint case files. I am well aware that I am not the lone victim of buried ethics complaints. The time has come for immediate and decisive judicial intervention.

Plaintiff Weisshauss and Victims of Madoff and Dreier are Defrauded
by Defendants’ On-Going Whitewashing of Ethics Complaints


5.   It is of no surprise to me that the gross unethical misconduct and failings of Manhattan’s so-called “ethics” committee, the DDC, that I have witnessed, is the same “ethics” body that has ignored and whitewashed the outrageous conduct of legal, financial and business leaders, assisting in the current financial collapse. This court needs to know how many complaints have been filed with the DDC against our so-called financial and legal leaders over the last ten years. The refusal of the DDC to properly oversee the ethics failings of attorneys under its jurisdiction has harmed me greatly over the last ten years. And the knowing failure by the DDC to uphold ethics of any kind not only continues to harm me but the stability of the world’s financial, legal and business communities. Unless this order is issued, I will suffer immediate and irreparable injury, loss and further damage in that my constitutional right to fair proceedings will not be possible if defendants are allowed to continue their practice of altering and “cleansing” file documents to support whatever improper purposes may be served in furtherance of defendants’ manipulated “findings” involving complaints against select attorneys.

Federal Witness Tampering

6.   I recently learned that in a case now pending before the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin, Anderson v. The State of New York (S.D.N.Y. 07cv9599), a federal witness was physically intimidated just prior to giving testimony. The plaintiff, Christine Anderson, is widely regarded as the courageous whistleblower who, as a DDC staff attorney, exposed the criminal actions of the so-called DDC “ethics” committee. I am informed that the federal witness, who was another
DDC staff attorney, was threatened by a DDC Supervising Attorney! I am also informed that the NYS Office of Court Administration Inspector General, Sherril Spatz, investigated the matter and that the DDC Supervising Attorney who threatened the federal witness was transferred out of the DDC’s Broadway offices to another location.

Referral to US Attorney, Subpoenas and Public Testimony Needed

7.   I request a public hearing before this Honorable Court because I believe testimony will support my request for this Court’s appointment of a federal monitor. Given the facts that: (1) Anderson (an attorney) alleges the “whitewashing of ethics complaints” at the DDC where she was employed; and (2) another DDC attorney has complained of “witness intimidation,” I respectfully submit that this Honorable Court must officially refer these allegations to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for investigation.

State Judges Want to Testify in Federal Court as to “Ethics” Corruption

8.   In another DDC case related to Anderson, Judge Scheindlin So Ordered a request to file:

“An affirmation, dated June 8, 2008, from a retired elected judge of This state, and who sat on the bench for more than 20 years (3 pages); and  An affirmation, dated June 3, 2008,  from a sitting, elected justice of the NYS Supreme Court (11 pages)”

The document says, in part:

“Both affirmants want to personally testify before this Honorable Court…as to their first-hand knowledge of the systemic corruption…within the New York State attorney grievance committees…”

(See attached Exhibit “B” from McKeown v State of NY (08cv2391 SDNY)

9.   I believe testimony by elected judges of this state at a public hearing before this Honorable Federal Court will clearly show, and fully support, the urgent need for this Honorable Court’s immediate appointment of a federal monitor over the Manhattan DDC “ethics” committee.

DDC STANDARD PRACTICE IS OF SELF-DEALING ACCEPTANCE AND ADVANCEMENT OF FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS


10.   I learned that defendants Fagan and Urbach, working together against me, participated in a scheme to perpetrate a fraud upon the court involving a document purporting to be a 1997 “amended complaint in the Swiss Banks action, but it was actually a document backdated and improperly manufactured in or about 2000. I also provided evidence to the DDC that defendant Fagan committed gross attorney misconduct regarding conversion of escrow account in the amount of $82,583.04 in another matter involving my role as a fiduciary in The Estate of Jack Oestreicher. The DDC’s improper whitewashing of ethics complaints cannot await another Madoff-size disaster- this court must, I respectfully submit, take action now. I will be irreparably harmed, and further damaged, if the defendants are allowed to further “cleanse” my attorney ethics complaints now before the DDC.

11.   The defendants’ collective failure to oversee or correct attorney misconduct confirms their inability, or lack of desire, to perform their trusted duty of attorney ethics oversight. Witness attorneys at the Dreier Law firm. Upon information and belief, the Dreier Law firm was a large “protected” Manhattan law firm, immune from any real ethics accountability. Clearly, the state defendants are not capable of overseeing the misconduct of any attorney under its charge. In addition, and because the involved attorney misconduct was by select members of the bar, the defendants have little time, and less desire, to address any attorney misconduct. The defendants’ collective continuation of neglecting their duty requires the immediate appointment of a federal monitor.

12.   The defendants have knowingly acted to allow the DDC to disregard their state mandated duty to handle ethics complaints against attorneys whose offices are located  within Manhattan and the Bronx. The DDC has long abandoned their duty to conduct full, fair and balanced investigations. The DDC is a division of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, and is therefore part of the New York State court system. As part
of the New York State court system, the DDC is obligated and duty-bound to administer justice in a fair, honest and lawful manner. They have failed this obligation and in doing so have, and continue to, violate federal laws.

TWENTY YEARS OF DDC CHAOS REQUIRES FEDERAL INTERVENTION

13.   I recently became aware of the fact that the pattern of improper acts within the DDC has been the rule and not the exception-- egregious violations that continue to harm my right of due process and equal access, and actions that only serve to further the improper and selective enforcement of attorney ethical investigations.

14.   As a result of flagrant abuse and neglect of duty in and about the DDC in 1988, according to The Murphy Report (attached hereto as Exhibit “C”), the DDC office locks were changed, and the two top DDC administrators were forced to resigned by then Appellate Division, First Department Presiding Justice Francis T. Murphy.

15.   The Murphy Report tells of practices at the DDC from two decades ago that chillingly mirrors Madoff and Dreier neglect and current DDC operating procedure:

“In unlawfully closing the file, Mr. Gentile, wrote a servile letter to that political figure, inviting him to contact Mr. Gentile, and a letter  to the complainant chastising him for having filed the complaints.” 

16.   The 20 year old Murphy report also, and prophetically, speaks of current-day conditions at the DDC:

“It was apparent to me that a chief counsel whom we could rarely locate, who seemingly tried no cases, whose backlog seemed permanent, whose staff lawyers fell from the masthead with an awe-inspiring frequency and whose unethical conduct in certain cases had caused alarm, and who 
was lacking in professional courage, was not a chief counsel of anything.”

17.   The collection of filed cases in the Southern District of New York alone tells of the continuing, and too-long accepted, “unethical conduct” of the DDC, and it speaks loudly to the urgent need for this Court’s immediate intervention by appointment of a federal monitor over all day-to-day operations of state actors at the DDC. The continuing inaction of DDC’s duty to properly oversee attorney ethics requires this court’s immediate action of appointing a federal monitor over the DDC so that the violations of federal laws harming me and all others similarly situated may, finally, come to an end.

18.   I have a Constitutional right to a fair, lawful and honest judicial system, free from corruption, oppression, self-dealing and bias, with impartial arbiters of the law. I have no other adequate remedy of law, and have not previously sought the relief herein requested.

19.   I respectfully request that a hearing being held on the herein sought relief and, further, that I be permitted to present the brief testimony of approximately ten credible witnesses.

WHEREFORE, I respectfully request that the court grant the within relief as well as such
other and further relief that may be just and proper. 

The undersigned declares under penalty of perjury that she is the plaintiff in the above action, that she has read the above and that the information contained in the complaint is true and correct, 28 U.S.C. § 1746; 18 U.S.C § 1621. 

Dated: Brooklyn, New York 
December 28, 2008

GIZELLA WEISSHAUS, Pro Se
203 Wilson Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211
(718) 387-0026

Here's the Order to Show Cause:

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
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08cv4053 (DLC)
GIZELLA WEISSHAUS,  Plaintiff,  
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR
PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AND
TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER
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THE STATE OF NEW YORK;
THE OFFICE OF COURT ADMINISTRATION    
OF THE UNIFIED COURT SYSTEM;
THOMAS J. CAHILL, in his official and individual capacity;        
ALAN W. FRIEDBERG, in his official and individual capacity;       
JUDITH N. STEIN, in her official and individual capacity;
HAL R. LIEBERMAN, in his official and individual capacity;
SAUL E. FEDER;
MEL URBACH;
EDWARD D. FAGAN; and
JOHN and JANE DOES, 1-20,     Defendants.

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Upon the affirmation of Gizella Weisshaus, pro se, executed the 28th day of December, 2008,
it is ORDERED, that the above named defendants, or any party, appear and show cause before a motion term of this court, at Court Room 11B, in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 500 Pearl Street, in the City, County and State of New York on January ______, 2009, at ___________ o’clock in the _______noon thereof, or as  soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, why an order should not be issued:

(a) appointing a federal monitor to oversee the day-to-day operations of defendants’Office of Court Administration’s, and State of New York’s, Departmental Disciplinary Committee, located at 61 Broadway, New York, New York, for an indefinite period of time;

(b) referring all herein allegations for investigation to the Office of the United States Attorney
for the Southern District of New York, Attention: Boyd M. Johnson III, Chief, Public Corruption Unit, for investigation;

(c) enjoining defendants, pursuant to Rule 65 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, from destroying, concealing, discarding, secreting or in anyway altering any portion of any files or ethics complaints involving plaintiff; and

(d) granting such other legal and equitable relief as the court deems just and proper;

and it is further,

ORDERED, that sufficient reason having been shown, therefore, pending the hearing of
plaintiff’s application for a preliminary injunction, pursuant to FRCP Rule 65, the defendants are temporarily restrained and enjoined from destroying, concealing, discarding, secreting or in anywayaltering any portion of any files or ethics complaints involving plaintiff; and it is further

ORDERED, that no security be posted by plaintiff, and it is further,

ORDERED, that personal service of a copy of this order and annexed affirmation upon the defendants or counsel on or before _________ o’clock in the ____________noon  ____________,  200__ shall be deemed good and sufficient service thereof.


DATED: December _____, 2008
New York, New York

_____________________________
Hon. Denise L. Cote
United States District Judge




18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good Luck. Is there honor among the swine? The trough was full and the swine very hungry. The committee looks out for its own; they know how great the temptation is and excuse their fellow swine if at all possible.

poof said...

Of course there were ethics complaints filed against lawyers at Dreier's dirty law firm.... a bunch from what I heard. (My friends complaint got booted) And Marc had the connections to make those complaints disappear. It didn't make sense then, but it does now. And now we've learned that Marc had a direct line to Sherry Cohen, the DDC magician- the bitch who could make ANY COMPLAINT vanish.... poof!

Anonymous said...

All of the "Powerful Attorneys" are insulted from any Attorney Grievance Complaints...They just have to pay their DUES...and puff the complaint disappears, isn't that right Sherry Cohen? BTW, ADA's also have special privileges at the DDC.

Anonymous said...

GO GIZELLA! From Upstate Hudson Valley Region!!

watching closely said...

I attended yesterday's hearing and I can tell you that Judge Cote kept eying the 15 plus people watching her every move. It was nice to see Fagan make an ass out of himself.... again. Judge Cote caught Fagan in at least two lies. Can a disbarred lawyer get double-disbarred? Does anyone know where the reporters were from?

Anonymous said...

This lawyer Fagan is just as bad as Madoff and Marc Dreier.

Anonymous said...

The high point of the hearing was when Fagan stood up and said: "I CAN'T BE GUILTY, I WAS JUST DISBARRED!"

Its called the "I can't be guilty, I was disbarred" defense.

Go Fagan!

P. Stephen Lamont, CEO - Iviewit/Lead Appellant 08cv4873/Weisshaus Hearing Eyewitness said...

Ms. Weisshaus marches into discovery under Judge Cote, but the Related Cases, all with identical claims in part, under Judge Scheindlin (or persons acting on her behalf) get dismissed (some sua sponte). What's wrong with this picture? Talk about judicial discretion; more like the total ignorance of the rule of law (a.k.a. if those later plaintiffs make it to discovery, "game, set, match")!!!

Victim of Ditrict Court said...

I hope Judge Denise Cote plays by the rules and does the right thing with Gizella's case. What happened Judge Scheindlin, why did you dismiss the 6 related cases for lack of JURISDICTION? Some of these cases are currently pending on Appeal at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.. Wow...All EYES are watching now, seems a little fishy that Scheindlin dismissed those cases and Anderson and Weisshaus are still pending in the District Court.

Anonymous said...

as far as the scheindlin decision goes, it is inherently illogical to mark cases as "related" and then sua sponte dismiss without permitting appropriate discovery and brief of the issues, including discovery on the jurisdiction issues especially since the seminal whistleblower case of Anderson has not been dismissed.

in the claims against State Supreme Court Judge Marilyn Diamond brought around 2004 or so the claims survived in federal court with the federal Judge ordering settlement with no dismissal on jurisdiction grounds

Scheindlin appears to have been either directly inviting a strong Appeal for perhaps specified reasons presently unknown or just completely botched it after being "touched" by someone if you know what i mean. i like to think the first scenario myself as the second is too bothersome.

either way, break thru the door Gizella and related cases but after you do, don't forget there is an Upstate NY that needs help too

get ed a bed said...

Fagan should be put in a mental hospital, and prevented from filing any more 500 million dollar claims against his own former clients. Who would EVER want a lawyer who sued his own client for 1/2 a billion dollars like Fagan did to Gizella, and only AFTER she rightly sued him. Little surprise he got his law license yanked.

You have to give Ed credit. He makes a bigger ass out of himself almost every other day; he's very creative (a thug and dirt bag, but very creative)

get ed a bed said...

Fagan should be put in a mental hospital, and prevented from filing any more 500 million dollar claims against his own former clients. Who would EVER want a lawyer who sued his own client for 1/2 a billion dollars like Fagan did to Gizella, and only AFTER she rightly sued him. Little surprise he got his law license yanked.

You have to give Ed credit. He makes a bigger ass out of himself almost every other day; he's very creative (a thug and dirt bag, but very creative)

former DDC worker said...

There was and is corruption at DDC and its not only the 1st Dept. From what I've heard from the inside they are in the coverup and whitewash mode. Who ever these folks are, the related case scared the shit out of them. Then the fix when to work on the sua sponte deal. Get them press and the DDC and their helpers will run like rats. I hear that Hal L. is not happy, he has much to worry about with the Fagan coverup/fix.

Anonymous said...

Something really smells stinky about that Judge Scheindlin- Today's New York Post Newspaper:

GOTTI WANTS SAME JUDGE
By BRUCE GOLDING

December 31, 2008 --
John Gotti Jr. wants a familiar face behind the bench for his racketeering retrial.

In court papers filed yesterday, the mob scion asked to transfer his case to Manhattan federal Judge Shira Scheindlin, who presided over his three previous trials, which ended in hung juries.

Defense lawyer Seth Ginsburg wrote that Scheindlin's "familiarity with the facts and the attendant legal issues . . . will greatly streamline the process."

Gotti's case is currently before Judge P. Kevin Castel, who inadvertently made hip-hop star Kanye West drop the F-bomb during testimony at a 2006 copyright-infringement trial.

Gotti was indicted in Florida, but a judge there ordered the case back to New York.

Anonymous said...

I became seriously concerned about ethics whitewashing back in 2005in of all places... provincial UPSTATE NY....spearheaded by downstate judiciary connected to NYC.

The blatant and cruel actions of the 8th district judge and her close supervisors and their butt kissing employees, made me cognizant that something horribly criminal was festering downstate and flowing upstate towards me! No one who takes an oath to uphold the law and administer justice, participates in acts that are worthy of long prison terms and which pale in comparison to the labeled criminals that law enforcement arrests and the same judges, lawyers and employees of whom I speak about above, sentence to prison and fine drmatically!

With my intuition extracted from my suspicions, I began to carefully observe and document OCA.... to expose them and exonerate myself, from the scandal they illegally imposed upon me. What I learned...with some excellent and indisputable sources, I have secured some potent material...which I have spread throughout many venues...for safety purposes.

You could believe that OCA thought that UPSTATE NY was too country to ever desire or possess the ability to unlock their corrupt pandoras's box.

The reality is certain, that the near future holds some very telling circumstances that OCA has allowed themselves to become intertwined with and will soon reveal their nasty deeds.... to the state and the world.

How arrogant of those judicial people in WNY, to think that their crimes would never be addressed and certainly addressed by someone who they viciously and joyfully set out to ruin! The tables shall be turned.

HAPPY NEW YEAR...WNY...8TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT!



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Anonymous said...

To the Upstaters in Western NY, always horrible to hear this goes on anywhere but the Good side is that this Blog exists to bring folks together and share Info to help break this Wide Open Statewide.

There is a Lot of the Same in the Third Dept too where favored attorneys do not even get asked questions and those who file CJC complaints or raise even "possible" improprieties are targeted and decimated.

If you wish to share info, you can write to changecourtsnow007@gmail.com as OCA Info out of NYC exists here too and CJC NYC info as well!

To Gizella, Related cases and Madoff Watchers, here is a Link to a MAJOR UPSTATE MADOFF FRAUD Connection in the Horse Industry in the Saratoga area:

http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=755477&category=REGION

Scooby-Doo said...

Al D'Amato is a big player in the Gizella Weishaus Swiss Bank cases and he knows where the bodies are. D'Amato, Madoff, Dreier & the small group of attorneys from the elite white shoe law firms that control the DDC have major problems that can no longer be papered over. If a major newspaper or TV network picked this up the clean up of the snake pit of corruption in the American legal system can begin. Lets all pray that this clean up starts soon before its too late.

Anonymous said...

Let's do it Scooby Doo and thanks for the info! and let's get you some more Scooby Snacks if that is what it takes to break this wide open!!

from hudson valley region

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