Bad, bad news. In the latest sellout from the AOC, today California judges will consider a move to accept an offer centralizing management the court’s document management system, (which most counties don’t want) from South African drug-mogul, LA’s Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong.
The judges seem eager to ignore Soon-Shiong’s earlier actions, which demonstrated profits over integrity, (even Soon-Shiong’s brother sued him). As such, the title of this piece could have been:
“Is Judge Bert Pines the only judge on the Judicial Council looking out for Californians?”
The story began with disturbing rumblings at the Court Technology conference in Long Beach a few weeks ago. Rumblings California’s AOC’s next plan to “save” Justice Ronald George’s pet flop, CCMS – California Court Management System, unwanted by most of California’s 58 counties, which quickly became the AOC’s pet project.
Returning to San Diego we telephoned Mike Roddy, an enthusiastic AOC supporter. Twice. Our calls have not been returned. His number is 619-450-5500. Maybe you’ll have better luck.
Today, Courthouse News reported, “Medical mogul Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a South African of Chinese descent, would host the information and the court network through his own data center, thus putting himself in a position to control the information and potentially profit from it.”
Potentially profit? Courthouse News pulled its punches.
CN did note Soon-Shiong’s Letter of Intent was not provided to media. Only judges. Who fairly tripped over themselves lining up in support. Can this get any worse?
As expected, long time AOC sycophant, Marin’s Kim Turner gushed praise at a meeting unveiling the offer, which apparently had been in the works for quite a while, typically behind-the-scenes. Turner’s over-the-top handing waving, “Pick me, pick me” to pour sugary praise has long been the tell-tale signal of AOC’s extremely poor judgment.
Only LA Judge Bert Pines was skeptical. Since Pines and Soon-Shiong share LA, judges should consider Pines might be privy to information they don’t have. But separately, only Judge Pines seems able to beyond the page.
It’s worrisome the current crop of judges lining up in support, who rule on cases daily, do not.
The short version is the AOC and the Judicial Council seems intent on continuing to burden Californians with a so-called data management system that’s already cost Californians billions from inception. While not working. (Thank you Deloitte.) Click the video on the article. Disappointingly, the report was minus the key question: What would Californian’s be charged for their so-called, “Access to Justice?”
Previously, legal publishers considered court documents and the release of information, a veritable, cash cow. A brief history of the AOC debacle, is here.
Why every court reporter in the state isn’t asking this question is even more troubling as media gushes forth the latest Michael-Lindsay Lohan arrest, while journalism goes wanting.