Hon. James E. Towery See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30710
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Would you have given up if that was your daughter?

Is not giving up a good reason to take away someone's health?

Do you have a soul?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30699
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Before we were sent into the courtroom for the paternity hearing, the mediator wrote that mother agreed to my motion in the memo to the court.

The court acknowledged the memo by referring to the defect and waiver of service.


You might as well said, "Jeff, have fun!"

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30696
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
What did my youngest daughter ever do to you?

What did any of my other kids ever do to you?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30629
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
There seems to be some confusion.
J
Just for clarrification:

By using the word "defend", I meant acting a in legal fashion.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30618
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I just got threatened again.

Damned if you do, damned if you dont.

I've kept silent for months. I have tried to limit your liability.

It hasn't achieved anything.


You are set on getting my daughter raped.

I am not going to give up.

I am never going to get an attorney.


I would like to ask you again to please leave me alone and to spare daughter.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30614
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I, Ben Zimmerman, am the poster of the messages below.

I can confirm that by email at zimmermanben@yahoo.com

Accusing Judge Towery, Valerie Houghton, and Carlos Gonzalez of attempted murder and sex trafficking is a serious matter.

Ms. Houghton has recently sued a psychologist for falsely stating that she misappropriated $10,000.

If any of the people who I am accusing would like to defend themselves, please do so.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30587
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I dropped the state bar complaint and filed a voluntary dismissal on 2018 after the acute poisoning.

Before the Oct. 30th hearing of last year to establish paternity, I took down the district court complaint from the internet and promised to keep quiet.

But none of that was good enough for you.

You are entitled to destroy my body.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30582
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
To take away my health to achieve this is the most disgusting part.

Taking away my due process wasn't enough.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30569
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
People would be surprised to find out how many local officials have intimate details.

Judge towery is the Teflon Don.

He and his agents can threaten, harass, kill, and sex traffick children without repercussion.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30568
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I get threatened on a daily basis. I get by mr. Gonzalez's thugs that I will be "shot" , "put in the ground", "beaten with a baseball bat" among many other things.

He has threatened to kill my daughter.

He has threatened to kill my other children.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30536
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I had strong reason to believe that my ex-wife was also involved in sexually abusing my other children. I expressed this to the Court.

My son initially confirmed the abuse that he endured during the separation.

I told him to go to the police. About a week later, without a hearing a motion, you filed an order that I must have supervised visitation (November 13, 2019) with my then 18 year old son.

The only interests that matter are your own.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30523
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Here are the cases:

Zimmerman v Zimmerman superior court

Zimmerman v towery district court

Zimmerman v Munoz CP case superior court

The people v zimmerman superior court




I cant make this up if I tried. Anyone can see the record.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30522
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is going to do the same to my daughter as he did to the mother.

You are a terrible man.

I hope that you get removed from your office.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30521
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
There is no ambiguity this time. I submitted to the court a 4 page handwritten letter from the mother to the rapist. The letter contains details of rape and abuse.

It wasn't enough what you did to my
other kids.

You have to destroy all of my children.


Here is my previous review of your behavior involving my other kids:


https://www.change.org/p/judge-towery-judge-james-e-towery-please-recuse-yourself-from-my-case

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30520
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
We were about to stipulate on the issue of paternity. She knows the danger posed to the child, but before we could sign something we were rushed into the courtroom where I was subsequently denied.

It was our right to make an agreement.

It was none of your business.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30511
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
My heartrate drops below 60 when I walk. Most if the time walking it won't go above 65.

I have been blacking out and am constantly out of breath.


I don't deserve to die for telling the truth.

I don't deserve to die because I did not "obey" your demand to give up on my daughter.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30450
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I discovered last Feb. That I was being poisoned.

I immediately went to the district attorney's office and spoke with an investigator. In an attempt to de-escalate the situation, I asked that immunity be given to Ms. HOUGHTON for any of the allegations that I previously reported.

The poisonings only started to become more acute at that point.

I have been poisoned so much of the poison that I no longer recognize my own face. Other people have made similar comments about the difference in my appearance.

I can no longer remain quiet.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30441
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Everyone needs to know that you are a murderer.

I won't stop emailing.

I won't stop posting.

Litigant

Comment #: CA30436
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear crisis poster,
Let me clarify...the judges and attorneys don't read these postings. Rather, the ones who read this are fellow litigants. So please stop your unending emails to judges and attorneys because you are wasting your time and hurting those who use the board for good purposes.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30428
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
How many years did you take from me?

How am I supposed to be there for my kids?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30427
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I can't empty my bowels.

My urinary output is significantly decreased.

My heart does not beat right.

I have lost facial and body hair.

I have lost muscle.

I wish you would have just shot me or beat me up like Mr. Gonzalez had threatened.

At least I could have recovered.

What you did is despicable and disgusting. You are supposed to be an enforcer of law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30423
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
You guys are the ones who did that during my divorce.

All I did was complain and sue for a recusal.

Does that mean that I deserve to get poisoned?

Does that mean that my daughter deserves to get raped?

Where do you draw the line?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30422
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I told Ms. Houghton while she represented me that my ex wife let my 13 year old son be molested by an older man. She mostly ignored me.

A couple of weeks later at the subsequent hearing my ex wife (without notice) not only disclosed that she was in possession of $130,000 of gold coins, but also agreed to divide said gold.

She was trying to take away the kids and all the money. Why would she disclose the hidden asset?

It was after that hearing that I fired Ms. Houghton and she went on to represent my ex wife without disclosure to me.

If Ms. HOUGHTON knew, so did judge Towery.

He subsequently ordered that I not contact my children for three years without a hearing or stipulation.

After he renewed said order I asked him to tell me why I couldn't speak to my children. He couldn't give me a reason of ANY kind.

Now he is trying to wash his hands by taking away a fifth child and giving a documented rapist parental rights.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30421
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
For comment CA30418

Judge Towery, Valerie Houghton, and Carlos Gonzalez are killers, extortionists, and sex traffickers of children.

You guys are the only ones losing credibility by behaving in the same manner for a second time.

Litigant

Comment #: CA30418
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear recent poster (CA30411, 30370, 30369, 30360, 30359, 30358),

We hear your pain and feel for you. However, this board is not Facebook.

Please make only one post of reasoned criticism.

Why? This board about this judge is rapidly losing any credibility and reach because you seem to have 1) lied about being a criminal defense attorney, and 2) are having an emotional breakdown. New and old readers won't come here when there is are pages of crying before we come to practical help. Don't ruin this board for the rest of us who need it.

For emotional support, please see other avenues: a licensed therapist, a DV clinic, and relevant Facebook groups.

It would also be wise to see your GP to get your physical health on the mend so that it can help your mental health.

By getting appropriate emotional support, you will be able to better help your child. It's like what the flight attends taught us, put your air mask on first before your child.

I'm cheering for you and your child to get your respective situations turned around. Best wishes.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30411
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I went to the district attorney's office and asked to be part of Cal WRAP.

The officer on duty declined. He told me to go to the police after I already told him were unable to assist.


You destroy the whole system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30370
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Everything is yours

The money

The kids

The kidneys

The liver

And

The heart

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30369
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I told my son to go to the police to report that he had been molested.

A week later I am ordered to have supervised visitation with him.

No one even motioned the court.

Why can't you just take reposinsibilty?

Don't you care about children?

Why does my daughter need to pay for your sins?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30360
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
You are a terrible person to take away my health.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30359
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Since last week my heart beats at least 15 times less per minute.

What did I do to deserve that?

Why can't you take responsibility for your own behavior?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30358
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I should be able to participate in court proceedings without fearing for my life, without harrassment, and without being stalked.

I don't understand why it is so hard to understand that I cannot let my daughter be raped.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30315
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Valerie Houghton harasses, threatens, blackmails, and extorts to maximize her profits and interests. She will work to cut you out of your children's lives without a second thought. She could care less if your children are sexually molested, raped, or otherwise abused.

Ms. Houghton works with a private investigator named Carlos Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzalez has a gang of street thugs who have been hacking me, stalking me, threatening me, and POISONING me.

I've been forced to quit 3 jobs in four months.

I have also lost urine function, bowel function, and now my heart beats less than my normal resting rate when I am engaged in physical activity.

Ms. Houghton is not only an attorney and therapist, but also a Registered Nurse who used to specialize in medical malpractice.

Poison control says that it is likely that arsenic is one of the toxins used, but I cannot get my doctor to confirm.



Ms. Houghton is demanding that I give up on my youngest daughter and let a rapist have parental rights. She also threatens to continue poisoning me if I don't tell the Court that I am mentally incompetent in order to wash her hands of what she did to four of my other kids. (please see previous review)

Ms. Houghton is DANGEROUS person. I CANNOT recommend her services. Anyone who deals with her should be extremely careful.

I can understand if this review sounds crazy. Just remember that it is commonly stated that when a person does something crazy to someone, the victim is usually never believed.

Other

Comment #: CA30028
Rating:1.0
Comments:
No positive value to the people, court or society yet.

Litigant

Comment #: CA29301
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Former CEO of Hoge Fenton
He was aware that opposing counsel
- works at Hoge Fenton
- had worked for him
I was the only person of color.
Under oath stated he would not be biased and prejudicial.
He lied under oath and is very racist!
All rulings were in favor of opposing counsel and her client. Awarding opposing counsels client for domestic violence committed in front of her child, abuse of process to commit fraud, hiding assets to commit fraud, perjury to commit fraud, perjury of court order, causing duress (threats of job and immigration risks) to have a settlement agreement signed, changed hearing dates with opposing counsel on custody matters without any notification, aiding in financial destruction where I could not afford counsel, child support assessment without any legal basis or support.

Other

Comment #: CA28423
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Releasing dangerous armed repeat criminals right back out on the street to commit more crime.

Other

Comment #: CA26430
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Towery ignores evidence of abuse by the dad, assigns joint custody, and assigns visitation according to the dad's interests rather than our child's best interests. Oh, so many tears by oh so many.

And his reputation is horrid. Towery seems to always put fathers' interests ahead of children's interests...including where there is evidence of abuse.

Other

Comment #: CA25772
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I don't understand how someone can become a judge with a character like his. He is extremely cruel and definitely don't deserve to be in that position and destroy lives. Since I am an immigrant, I believe he may be hired to torture some of the selected people so may be he is not entirely at fault.

Other

Comment #: CA25207
Rating:1.0
Comments:
James Towery was the lawyer for ValleyCare Hospital of Pleasanton a few years ago when the [then] Hospital CEO (MF) hated a certain obstetrician (MB) with such passion that she conspired with the [then] Chief-of-Staff (SW) to strip the hapless doctor of his staff privileges and deprive him of his livelihood. At the time, I (FS) was Chief of the Ob-Gyn Department and mounted a vigorous defense via letters to all and was prepared to defend him in the next meeting of the MEC (Medical Executive Committee) where the “jury” would be the heads of all the hospital departments. When I walked into the board room, I instantly recognized the ambush that had been prepared for me, as the meeting was NOT being chaired by the Vice-Chief of Staff but by Jimmy T himself, a flagrant violation of the medical staff bylaws (most of which I myself had written some years back). Mister T immediately ripped into me and accused me of violating Section 1157 of the California Evidence Code and advised me to stand down and resign from the Chairmanship of the Department, a ludicrous charge as 1157 only exempts medical peer review from discovery and prohibits compelled testimony, meaning it is not metaphysically possible for an individual doctor to violate it. Long familiar with the perfidy of CEO MB, I was prepared for the attack and threw down a copy of 1157 and explained the nature of the code section to the other doctors and in typical lawyer fashion, Towery acted like I hadn’t said anything and came at me again, so I fired back this time a little more aggressively, at which point he turned the meeting back over to the Vice-Chief and left. Not surprisingly, two days letter I received a letter from—yes, Towery—blandly reitierating everything he said in the meeting and demanding I resign from the Chairmanship, so I responded with my own letter telling him to cease and desist or hear from my own attorney. I never heard from Towery again. So Commenter CA11346 who called Towery “morally and ethically bankrupt is right. Epilogue: ValleyCare CEO MB, Chief of Staff SW and, of course, James T have all been ousted from ValleyCare but I am still there, so all you folks who have reason to stand up against bad people like Towery, take heart—sometimes we can win! Oh yeah, as to the Ob Towery was attempting to assassinate, my defense was successful and the doctor went on to retire a few years later.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19892
Rating:1.0
Comments:
James Towery, a longtime trial attorney who served as president of the State Bar in 1995-96. FAILED TO PROSECUTE ERRANT JUDGES.
CJP must do its job and remove Towery, who is clearly not fit to serve the public.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15898
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Absolutely the worst judge I have come across in 20 years. Picks favourites, doesn't follow the law, does everything he can to generate an inequitable, unfair outcome. Seems to think certain petitioners are entitled to "speedy litigation."

Litigant

Comment #: CA12918
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I have experienced something different as most. I actually am happy to have him as my judge. He’s the first judge I’ve had that values fathers. He has given the mother many lectures about how important a father is to the child. He’s not bullied by moms unprofessional attorney. He’s given me everything I’ve asked for. He has given me a relationship with my child after mom tried to keep child away for no reason. I am self represented and I’ve found him fair. He actually reads our filings before court.

Other

Comment #: CA12849
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Can not help disputes parties to understand the procedures. Failed to consider children interest at first priority. He should retired immediately for the best interest of USA as a whole.

Litigant

Comment #: CA12835
Rating:2.0
Comments:
J. Towery easily succumbs to hysteria proffered by the father...and without evidence. He is quick to tsk, tsk, tsk the mother while simultaneously not letting mother's attorney have a chance to speak. Towery is lazy and wants to push issues to a custody evaluator, where such is likely not warranted given evidence against the father and our situation. In a situation of selecting an expert, Towery chose a "hometown" expert who was clearly and grossly underqualified for the situation. Towery has yet to acknowledge the mother's clear evidence and father's lack of evidence and only hysterical allegations.

Other

Comment #: CA12752
Rating:1.0
Comments:
An frightening example of cronyism and why people have lost faith in the judiciary. An empty bench would have more intellectual and moral capacity and do far less harm.

Litigant

Comment #: CA12343
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge should always think about the interest of children being protected as first pripority or prior consideration.
Also, some lawyer abuse the civil procedure and providing false information in some family case without any legal consequences.
Over emphasis on procedure and ignorance of the very important principle that protecting the best interest for children in family case is always ranked first.
Pay particular attention to those lawyer who are unwilling to seek private settlement and often use complicate way to solve simple problem, aim at making more money,

He should zero tolerate to those bad prepared lawyer over the court.

James has a lot of room for further improvement in helping clients with or without lawyer represented.

I am so sorry to give him such low ranking but it is good to remind him perform better in future.

The worst is no more expectation from him.

Thanks a lot

God bless you

Litigant

Comment #: CA12325
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Before he was a judge (1994/95 I hired James as my attorney in a employment case. After approximately one year into the case I was told to settle for next to nothing or get another attorney. I was surprise since up to this time he assured me we hit the lottery with our case.
Unable to fine a new attorney in time we settled.
I later was asked to return to the company we were up against (new owners investment group purchase) The opposing attorney we were up against Dave Solinger took me aside and told me we had them by the balls (excuse the expression please) but he happened to be in Las Vegas at a lawyers convention and won the case from James Towery in a poker game. He was not kidding and very serious about it. I attempted to find an attorney from San Jose to Santa Rosa to go after him. No one would accept due to his BAR position. I never did regain my company status. I was with that company as a leader for 20 years and terminated over a religious issue.

Other

Comment #: CA11346
Rating:1.0
Comments:
How this individual is still allowed to have to title "Honorable" is beyond me! It is KNOWN and has been KNOWN for many years that he is morally and ethically bankrupt!!! He is a predator that has and is destroying the lives of many California residents!!! It's time someone stand up and hold the governor accountable for putting him in the position to destroy good human beings!!! In addition....allowing him to continue his terror on innocent people - it's clear premeditation!!!
No legal codes neeeded...there is right and wrong!!! THIS IS WRONG!!!

Litigant

Comment #: CA11120
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Very conservative judge, he does not like self-represented people which is a mistake giving too much power to incompetent and manipulative lawyers. When respectfully challenge he is willing to consider hence not a 1 for performance.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA10942
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge uses court staff to break the law. He was formerly at the State Bar and is connected to bad and unethical lawyers and judges. He is very gender biased and a social and political climber. He is on his third wife, who worked for over 30 years. Karen Sinunu Towery helped James Towery bury the bodies as they steal all they can in family court kickbacks to lawyers, custody and real estate experts. He is in bed with criminally indicted Valerie Houghton.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10502
Rating:4.0
Comments:
While some of the rulings that I've seen him make were questionable, I do appreciate that he prepares for each session. He often starts by stating based on his review of the file and the various pleadings, he would tentatively make certain rulings. Every time I have a court session I hope that Judge Grilli is unavailable and that Judge Towery takes over that day.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA10247
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have observed this judge not acting fairly to women and poor people. He was a lawyer and head of the State Bar and he protects certain lawyers and gets them tons of money, on the backs of children and child support.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA10050
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Egotistical Judge who himself is 3x divorced. He is crooked and thinks he is smarter than any federal judge who will find his mistakes and fine him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA9639
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Like the hog, the EGO eventually takes over. To be in a position with such an intoxicated EGO, is so wrong on all levels. Shame on those who Judge, especially a Judge who should remember Karma visits everyone eventually..

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7769
Rating:1.3
Comments:
This judge is terrible. He fled the State Bar for misconduct and got planted in family court where he issues unlawful orders and gives kickbacks to other fellow cronies from his legal buddy days in Santa Clara County . The State bar didn't take care of this crook and now he is the problem of all litigants in family court in Santa Clara. Awful.