Solano County Law is the end justifies the means.
To understand this, we need to look at Vallejo as an example and starting point. During the 1990’s, Vallejo made headlines for the number of murders and its rampant drug problems. In response, the police cracked down hard. Sometimes it was just easier to plant evidence than to collect evidence. Many believe that Vallejo PD often carried bags of drugs to plant. Most of the people busted probably were criminals—but it’s possible that a few were not. And certainly, police planting evidence is a criminal act in itself. But crime did subside—perhaps because of the crackdown and perhaps because of an improving economy. But regardless, the police accepted the end justifies the means.
During the late 90’s domestic violence became a hot button political item. Bill Clinton was president and Hillary had an agenda. Domestic violence was and is a problem. Money flowed from Washington to cities and counties to create and enforce domestic violence programs. The programs were new and powerful with prosecutors given monetary incentives (of more funding) for prosecuting domestic violence. The Solano County District Attorney’s Office whole heartedly jumped in and even had some young attorneys with a passion for this (one even is a Judge now). These young attorney’s had notions of the perpetrators they were after—males. It was a targeted program. The District Attorney’s office used discretionary power to create a tiered system of proof with virtually no proof needed in the case of the male. One young female attorney used the criterion of a finger touching the other person—when the finger belonged to a male. This same attorney actively dissuaded complaints from males. This district attorney’s office practiced open discrimination with the backing of women’s rights groups and money from the White House. The end justified the means.
Now we have Judges like Judge Jones on the bench. The doors are wide open and justice system is complete in becoming the end justifies the means.
Judges use their discretionary power to make it difficult to follow anything but an assembly line justice system. The Court sets up a system using mediators to make recommendations to the Court and requires you attend mediation. They take away your right to challenge who the mediator is and of course the Court hires mediators that reflect its views of the world and in particular, the relative importance of a father. They even hire mediators that will lie under oath and file false reports. All of this is couched in the context that you have the right to challenge any decision and are free to take the whole process one step further. This gets back to the arrogant attorney view of the legal system—it is not practical. Once the mediator makes a faulty recommendation, you as a father are one step behind. Now what if you had an entanglement with the police over false domestic violence charges? If you did, you will be two steps behind. These events will cascade and eventually make it not practical to challenge biased decisions as these negative events give Judges cover. If you don’t believe this then ask the question why are Court rules designed to prevent you from challenging the Court selected mediator?
The whole process favors mothers over fathers. It favors the liar over the non-liar. It favors the unethical attorney over the ethical attorney. When you combine all these various factors, the possible imbalances are enormous. There is no justice because there is no such thing as overcoming false steps with the truth–in the Solano Courts. The Judges tend to follow the status quo once there is a disagreement. So wherever you started with the biased Court mediator, that’s probably where you will end up.
The Judges couch everything in terms of the best interest of the children (if there are children). They will never explain their reasoning because there is none. Lawyers talk about this arbitrariness all the time. But everyone who uses the Court system is expected to accept and repeat the propaganda. Judges rule in favor of their best interest which may be things other than the children (your children!).
The Solano County Court system is dishonest, biased, and uses the framework of self-justification. Of course you can challenge decisions and this is very difficult—practically and the Judges know it. That is why you will see so many lazy lawyers and so much lying at the Court. I have never seen a Court where Judges are so arbitrary and spend more time trying to avoid addressing real problems. The system is corrupt and a disgrace.