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Ring Around the Rosie, Part 2

Today, December 14, 2011, I received a letter from The Commission on Judicial Performance (CJP). Letter states that CJP has determined “not to take further action with respect to complaint dated August 17, 2011…“.

The said complaint was against Santa Clara Family Court judge Neal Anthony Cabrinha for failure to prosecute perjury and for staging fake disqualification hearing involving Marine County judge Lynn Duryee and possibly Supreme Court’s Justice Ming Chin. (link1) (link2)


Commission member Honorable Erica R. Yew was recused.

So, question arises… why? …who is she?


Closer look at what is available on the web reveals:


1.   Hon. Erica R. Yew was appointed to CJP by the Supreme Court of California. (link)

2.   Hon. Erica R. Yew is at the same time a member of the Supreme Court’s Judicial Council. (link)

3.   According to the Judicial Council’s website:  “The council carries out this mission primarily through the work of its advisory committees and task forces…” (link)

4.   Again, according to the Judicial Council’s website, Task Forces and Other Advisory/Working groups include (link):

……….a.   Commission for Impartial Courts, whose members are Justice Ming Chin and Lynn Duryee. (link)

……….b.   Domestic Violence Practice and Procedure Task Force, Hon. Erica R. Yew is a member. (link)

……….c.   Self-Represented Litigants Task Force, Hon. Erica R. Yew is also a member . (link)


Commission’s decision to recuse Hon. Erica R. Yew seems appropriate, but it also means that Commission acknowledged that at least one of their members had conflict of interest in this case.


What about recusing Honorable Judith D. McConnell, Committee’s Chairperson? She is a member of the Commission for Impartial Courts Steering Committee, where Justice Ming Chin is the chairman (link).  Judge Lynn Duryee is also a member of the Commission for Impartial Courts.


Further discovery is needed to find out what really happened. Stay tuned; update will be available soon.


December 14, 2011 Posted by | Family Law, Law, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments