Hon. Michael Lief See Rating Details
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Court Staff

Comment #: CA38390
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Litigant,

This judge needs to be trauma informed. The fact that he commits so many abuses of discretion and gets away with it shows how biased the appeals courts are on the side of judges who misbehave.

It’s really shocking to hear that a family court judge cheated on his wife. Despicable. He needs to step down from this role. Of course he’s going to rule on the side of abusers when he is one himself…

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Litigant

Comment #: CA38329
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I’m also a victim of Mike Lief. He ran a kangaroo court for my rapist and let him do whatever he wanted in trial, even following me out of the courtroom directly behind and touching me before we got out the doors. The message was, “I can do whatever I want to you and get away with it.” Lief didn’t care when my lawyer brought the incident up later. Lief protects rapists, and from his sexual behavior while getting a divorce from his first wife in 2014, I’m not surprised. He forced me to pay tens of thousands of dollars to my rapist after denying my TRO. The betrayal trauma from being treated this way by the court feels like being raped a second time.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA38284
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Hi [redacted],

I’m sorry that you’re having to deal with this mistreatment from Judge Michael Lief. As you’ve seen on TRR, I’m covering the case of a rape victim who was repeatedly fined by judge Lief despite having trauma to the genitals and medical evidence of the abuse documented by both an emergency clinic and the victim’s family physician. He is a biased judge who favors abusers and disbelieves victims. Four different attorneys have reached out to me with their own stories, including one with a close friend and colleague who was badgered by the abuser’s council for hours while testifying as an expert witness. The colleague who was badgered is also an attorney with dual license as a psychologist who regularly defends victims and testifies in Lief’s court. Lief made no attempt to stop the misconduct toward this attorney by opposing council and it left a strong negative impression on other attorneys who witnessed this in Lief’s courtroom.

Unfortunately, the 170.6 petition won’t work in your case because a first decision has already been made.

I wish you the best and if there is anything I can do to help please let me know. I’m maintaining anonymity, and I can only communicate through email for now.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

"When presented in full brilliance, the brightest light casts the longest shadows. The Truth Will Be Radiant."


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On Sat, Sep 11, 2021 at xx:xx PM, [redacted] wrote:
Hello, thank you for posting my comment about my daughters being placed with their abuser by Judge Leif’s careless ruling. My daughters are suffering immensely, being tortured and sexually abused. I see them one hour a week and their attorney Amy Van Sickle is covering up the crimes and making excuses for the children’s abuser every chance she gets when he violates or clearly neglects the children. I would love to speak with someone to further publicize the horrific circumstances my children are enduring at the hands of the same Judge Leif, Doctor Adams, and minors counsel Amy Van Sickle attempting to shame and humiliate me and my children along with the dozen prior accusers. Judge Lief even issued a restraining order for me in 2018 and most recently denied a new restraining order after denying my children examinations and switching father to sole custody after the pedophile father spent the past three years on supervised visits. My children are suffering and I’m not willing to stand by quietly. I will be filing out the 170 form ASAP. Thank you for the advice and I hope to hear back. [redacted]

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA38236
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Bully misogynistic child rapist apologist. He’s complicit in every instance of child abuse his reckless family law decisions have enabled. I don’t know how he sleeps at night

Litigant

Comment #: CA38195
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is absolutely terrible I have had many problems with the mother of my son and her unwillingness to coparent despite the fact my sons mother has had repeated encounters with the law and exposing our son to domestic violence and a number of abuse/neglect complaints to dcfs he rewards her with primary custody just because I was put in jail for battery that is not a reason to completely take away most my rights and offer me a temporary order of supervised visitation when I havent been convicted of anything even and it being a misdemeanor

Litigant

Comment #: CA38184
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I agree 100% with these comments on judge lief. He was BIASED against me as a black man. He wouldn’t let me speak and disallowed all my evidence. I had a lawyer, but it didn’t matter. He allowed the respondent to berate me on the witness stand for HOURS with totally fabricated accusations that were meant to cast him as the victim instead of me. I was stabbed, do you think I did it to myself? Dishonorable Lief allowed it all to happen and then ruled in his favor… respondent is a White male. He ordered me to pay attorneys fees at the end of it all and wouldn’t say why. Total bullshit. Thank you to other posters for their stories. It is all true and I lived it.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA38170
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
In Lief’s court and among other Ventura family law judges, attorneys have witnessed a pattern.

These cases start out firmly on the side of survivors, with victims winning their restraining order cases. However, as the case continues to develop, like flipping a switch, the survivor is no longer believed and starts losing *every* hearing. The survivor is forced by the court to pay their perpetrator over and over and over again with judgement amounts that are impossible to pay.

Debt is a form of social control. Several family law judges, including Judge Walsh, are handing control to victim’s perpetrators, placating the perpetrator at the expense of the victim’s freedom. This is not justice. Women have a right to be believed!

False judgements obtained through fraud upon the court are a form of oppression. This oppression must be resisted, and it is this truth that drives the radicalization of survivors to join Radiant Truth in exposing corruption in our courts. The court only brought this upon themselves.

If the court wishes my advocacy to stop, they will need to demonstrate a fundamental reform in their behavior and support survivors and victims of violent crime. Until that happens, I will never rest in my pursuit of justice for victims.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Court Staff

Comment #: CA38070
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Public,

Our network of attorneys have confirmed that the rumors about Judge Mike Lief are true. His history has been known among his regular courtroom attorneys for quite a long time.

We are targeting this judge for accountability because of the many legal abuse victims who have come forward. We will expose this judge for the abuse of discretion he has committed, which really shocks the conscience.

If you have information on Judge Lief, we want to hear from you. Contact us at RadiantTruth@pm.me.

Very Truly,

Ventura County's Radiant Truth

Other

Comment #: CA37889
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
37886 Who says "I've been a *trial lawyer?" There is one creepy lawyer, who says this a lot.

Other

Comment #: CA37887
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
CA37886

And, you know all of this how, 'counsel'? You seem to be getting your own "sins" and secrets, off of your chest.

And, people have said a very similar things, about my abusive ex's lawyer, the well known flirting and alleged infidelity, while some women call him creepy and many call his wife a fool,for blindly trusting him and helping him with his criminal activity, making her an accomplice,for compromising herself, to help this creep engage in wrongdoings, while doing a substantial amount of her own wrongdoings, when he is always embarrassing her, even more than she is an embarrassment to herself and her own transgressions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA37886
Rating:2.0
Comments:
I've been a trial lawyer in Lief's courtroom since he first began in Ventura in 2015. Lief is one of the worst judges in Ventura when it comes to being evenhanded. He picks a side and awards everything to that party. It is true that he routinely denies restraining orders, and I've seen him award very large cash judgements to criminal perpetrators. He seems to have a chip on his shoulder against victims from his time as a deputy DA. He also doesn't like to be questioned by attorneys and lets ego get in the way of real justice. My experience with him was that he's very pro-defendant. I'm appalled, but not surprised that he has family issues and infidelity toward his first wife. It is important that a Family Law judge set a good example for the litigants he rules over, and it's shocking that he doesn't practice what he preaches.

My advice is to 170.6. There are better judges in Ventura such as Michele Castillo who will fight for both sides to get real resolution in a case. That is what a real judge looks like in my opinion. We need less ego in the courtroom.

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: CA37772
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Justice for Yvonne and Harrison. Michael Lief took advantage of his position in the DA office and the courts in 2014 to gain advantage in his bitter divorce. He was "controlling" and "domineering" toward his ex-wife and family. His infidelity in marriage makes him unfit to be a family law judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA37610
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
To the Residents of Ventura County:

Today I have learned of Judge Michael Lief's recusal from the 6-year old's rape case. Our advocacy has proven to be effective and successful. However, there are still other victims of Lief's judicial bias and abuse of discretion. Our litmus test is not completed simply because Lief threw in the towel on a single case.

According to the mother, "This is good news as it wouldn't have happened without your assistance. Thank you. Lief is losing sleep over his responsibility for my girls... I told him he is solely responsible for their suffering now."

Judge Lief, you have a general duty to show evenhandedness toward litigants in your court for exactly this reason, just in case you could be wrong. You made an error that severely affected a young girl's life. Bunting on this, although a step in the right direction, hardly redeems your prior behavior toward this mother and other legal abuse victims.

We will hold off on your disclosure for now, but only if we are satisfied that you have learned evenhandedness, which is our general goal. To avoid further disclosure, we highly recommend you practice evenhandedness in all your cases going forward.

They are Here. We are They. We are Anonymous. Ventura County, you should have expected us.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA37599
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Judge Lief,

We have been investigating you for the past several months. Your victims are numerous, but we are also numerous.

Each one of your victims has sent me a deluge of supporting material proving the legitimacy of their case. I'm in possession of medical records proving rape and a 6 year old girl's video interview detailing rape including describing bleeding from penetration and using carnal language.

Anonymous is giving you one last chance to prove yourself before we pass judgement. Fail in our litmus test, and we will expose what we have learned.

Every bitter divorce comes loaded with a treasure trove of information, and we have it all. Infidelity is often a result of a failed marriage, but "she did it first" is not an excuse. Our source described you as being "domineering" and "controlling" toward your ex-wife.

Again, I offer you an olive branch. Will you accept responsibility, learn evenhandedness toward litigants, and change your behavior? Or will you suffer at our hand now and into the future? The choice is yours.

We cannot be stopped. You cannot arrest an idea. We are Anonymous. Expect us.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA37571
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A reminder that we are watching!

We have information on Lief’s bitter divorce, provided by an attorney who knows Lief well since before he became a judge. It was disclosed in group therapy. Don’t tempt Anonymous and what we can uncover!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA37442
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Judge Lief,

No one wants to see a child's CSA interview exposed on the internet, but it is important information of public concern and I will expose it if I must.

However, I am reasonable and I wish to offer an alternative. I want to discuss with you the general policy of your court and encourage you to exercise more evenhandedness in your decisions. I am assuming you are not reaching out because it could create a potential ex-parte communication.

Therefore, I propose the following litmus test: demonstrate your capacity to show evenhandedness in the upcoming cases I am following, and I will respond in kind. There are several victims of rape and domestic violence that have reached out, including the victim of child rape I have mentioned, and I will be watching the outcome of their cases.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA37371
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
To mslief@hotmail.com:

Since you feel above reproach and won’t even talk to prevent this information from being released, I will assume you consent to full disclosure and have no objection to release of the information whatsoever. I have a network of attorneys backing me, many of whom have already offered this woman assistance pro-bono. These are people you see daily on the job, and they know what you’ve done. Things are going to get very tough for you. My goal is to totally destroy your court’s legitimacy and get you papered with so many 170.6’s you will have nothing to do but twittle your thumbs. You might as well retire because I’m not going anywhere. All because you wouldn’t let go of hubris. Shame on you and let your reputation be damned in the name of the child you harmed. You indirectly caused her rape, but you’re directly responsible. I will make sure everyone knows.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA37348
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
It’s an intentional misspelling. Kompromised as in “Kompromat,” a Russian word meaning that damaging information is available on this judge that calls his court’s legitimacy into question. It is the biggest insult a former submariner can face and he earned it. We have information on this judge that can ruin his career.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA37341
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A Kompromised judge. Protects and defends child rape. Always a devil’s advocate.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA37267
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Judge Lief,

Despite the time you spent on a submarine, your COB would be ashamed of you and your actions. You are a disgrace to your office and to the United States Government. We are going to expose you in the name of Anonymous. We have the dirt and we’re coming for you.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA37142
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
See my comments on Judge Jo Ann Johnson

Other

Comment #: CA37140
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
See my comment on Judge Jo Ann Johanson

Court Staff

Comment #: CA37097
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Christopher Borkovek,
DA Office, Special Victims Division,

I’ve received video of a very young child, 5-6 yrs old, describing rape by her father. In this video the child is playing while describing being assaulted with needles and suffering injury from penetration until she was bleeding from the vagina. It is my understanding that Judge Lief awarded sole legal custody to the abusing parent to punish the protecting parent for bringing the matter to court, a disgusting act by this judge.

I offered to speak with Michael Lief about the issues, but he feels he is above reproach and hasn’t made contact. You do realize that leaves me no choice but to post the video to the internet. I would rather not take away power from a victim by posting a video, but the family is desperate and I will assist. Lief has only one day remaining before I start putting the video together. I suggest he get over his ego and contact me.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Court Staff

Comment #: CA37070
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Judge Lief,

I have received video of a very young child describing the sexual abuse including bleeding from her vagina after being penetrated by the abusive father.

Your bad decision to place sole custody in the hands of the abuser was without conscience and morally disgusting.

You have 72 hours to contact me or I will make the video public. Email me at RadiantTruth@pm.me to discuss the issues. I’m not kidding around here.

Return custody to the mother NOW!

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Court Staff

Comment #: CA37052
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The mother also writes,

“Thank you for the response. I am disheartened to hear of the horror stories involving this judge. I’m sorry to hear of her circumstances. My daughters have also been severely molested, groomed, tortured with scissors and tweezers and even forced water down their throats and had pillows piled on them, sex trafficked, medicated with needles and pills, threatened with death and have come forward! He doesn’t find me credible despite this not even being my truth. He won’t allow medical evaluation and disregards evidence of abuse or anything the children have been brave enough to tell. I’m pretty sure to not incriminate the abuser. He’s limited my time to 1 hr supervised the past five months. As all I can do is ask my supervisor to take note of my girl’s track marks and deterioration.”

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Court Staff

Comment #: CA36945
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Judge Lief,

I have been following the cases of several victims of legal abuse and injustice in the Ventura courts, and this case stands out as the worst I’ve seen. The abuser is taking advantage of the court’s bias against victims of rape and sexual assault to repeatedly bring his victim back to court and consistently win wrongful judgements against the victim.

Only you can end this by showing evenhandedness. Don’t reward this perpetrator, who brags about having millions of dollars and doesn’t need his victim’s money.

It has come to our attention that the latest tactics of this perpetrator has been to demand over $20,000 in attorney fees for simply writing a 9 page brief and to attend a 5 minute hearing. This kind of work deserves only $2,000 maximum in the very best light, not 10X that amount. That represents thousands of dollars per hour in fees, which truly shocks the conscience. It is unfair and unjust.

The perpetrator’s attorney has lied repeatedly and committed fraud upon the court according to motions filed by the victim’s attorney. The victim’s attorney cited court transcripts proving fraud upon the court, blatant gamesmanship, and misconduct such as the filing of emergency ex parte motions while the victim’s attorney was on noticed travel outside the United States.

This rape survivor has our full support. We will see whether evenhandedness or bias and corruption rules the day. This responsibility rests 100% on you to choose the right outcome, which is to be fair and fight for real, proven victims such as this survivor who has medical records with physical injury proving rape.

However, if you revictimize this rape survivor again, expect us to reject your ruling and fully expose it.

Let this be a litmus test of your moral character and the legitimacy of your court. We will be watching.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Litigant

Comment #: CA36897
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
My genitals were mutilated by my rapist, but Judge Lief denied my medical records into evidence, then ruled against me and awarded my rapist a 5 figure judgement. My attorney feels Lief was biased, sexist, and that the result was “shameful and despicable.” 170.6 this judge ASAP. Don’t wait and see how he will turn out.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA36888
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The following post was made on RadiantTruth.com on 8/26/2021 concerning abuse of discretion by Michael Lief:

“ This judge carelessly assigned sole custody of my three little girls to a serial child abuser after they were placed in foster care and provided details of their abuse, simultaneously ordering an investigation into the sexual abuse allegations. This judge repeatedly abused his discretion and violated family law codes that protect victims of abuse. Showed clear bias foe his past employer, the DA office. He is an example of an abuse of power and how the system gets in wrong in protecting children and mothers of sexual abuse and domestic violence.”

If you have information on Michael Lief, we want to hear from you. Email us at RadiantTruth@pm.me.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Court Staff

Comment #: CA36751
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Judge Lief,

We urge you to reject recent tactics by this victim’s perpetrator. The victim offered a settlement for no exchange of monies and to drop litigation in exchange for an agreement to forever leave the victim alone. The perpetrator refused, instead threatening that if the victim didn’t pay a sum exceeding $200,000 he would prosecute the victim for malicious prosecution.

This threat is completely preposterous, without merit, and an act of intimidation meant to deny the victim rights of due process. The victim has medical records proving rape with physical injury. The perpetrator also made incriminating admissions on the record in trial and in deposition. The notion that the victim was malicious and not defending themselves is totally baseless.

The perpetrator has a criminal history, being charged with “crimes against property” in the early 1990s. He has also been the subject of litigation for sexual harassment by another victim in the mid 2000s.

Judge Lief, your bad decisions emboldened this longtime criminal and sexual predator to further attack his victim using the courts where he has faced no consequences. Your continued support of this proven rapist will not go unnoticed.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Court Staff

Comment #: CA36683
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Public,

The prior poster, CA36643, is one of three attorneys who have reached out to me about judge Lief so far. She describes how judge Lief allowed an expert witness psychologist in a DV case to be badgered and berated on the witness stand for over half a day by the perpetrator’s counsel, overruling any objection to the abusive misconduct by the respondent’s attorney.

Multiple attorneys have expressed concern about this judge, with one prominent attorney noting that Judge Lief “routinely shows bias against her clients.” I have withheld the name of this attorney because she fears retaliation by this judge.

We call litigants and attorneys to action: continue filing 170.6 petitions to disqualify this judge from your cases. You must petition the court for a new judge before a first decision is made on your case.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA36643
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He has no idea what he's doing and does what is easy, and he will not do the hard word of figure out what is going on in a case. He also does not understand or apply evidence appropriately. I asked witness a question and the witness turned and told me I should ask a different question, and judge Lief overruled my non responsive objection.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA36486
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Public,

I’m currently seeking to collaborate with an investigative journalist on this case. This is a horrific case of rape revictimization perpetrated by members of our court. Anonymous has received overwhelming feedback proving rape and DV are huge problems that our community cares deeply about. If interested, please contact me at RadiantTruth@pm.me and I will put you in contact with the victim.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Court Staff

Comment #: CA36181
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Public,

This video sums up how victims are treated in Michael Lief’s court:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUqewhwY3lY

If you make an accusation of abuse, this court will systematically disbelieve the victim and protect the perpetrator.

Parents and crime victims, beware this judge and file your 170.6 on the day of your very first hearing to disqualify him from your cases.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Litigant

Comment #: CA36004
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I was revictimized in Michael Lief’s courtroom, and judge Lief did nothing to protect me from the lies told by my perpetrator. He misquoted my testimony and then stretched incorrect “facts” to justify a preconceived decision. These incorrect, revisionist assumptions were later used against me, which compounded lies upon lies. He showed bias against me as a victim and abuse survivor. I wasn’t believed despite the existence of medical records by two separate doctors detailing my physical injuries from the abuse. Judge Lief either knows or should have known that he made a mistake, yet he hasn’t taken any steps to correct it.

Judge Lief, I understand that you were a new judge at the time you made this decision, but it is time for you to use the wisdom you’ve gained over the years and show evenhandedness, to right wrongs, and acknowledge the court’s role in my revictimization.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA35957
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Judge Lief,

Truth is always self evident, and every victim that reaches out to me sends me a deluge of supporting evidence proving their case. Such is the case here, and your court clearly screwed up this victim's life.

We have verified this rape victim's evidence and we believe them. Rape is so hard to prove, but when it can be proven - such as when victims have medical evidence as this victim clearly does - judges have a legal, moral, and ethical responsibility to protect TRO petitioners from harm.

If you couldn't bring yourself to believe the victim, then perhaps you should believe the perpetrator's other accusers:

https://anonfiles.com/t2z6q82buc/Combined_Convo_Censored_pdf

Strikingly, the victim's attorney noted judicial misconduct issues such as Kent Kellegrew holding ex-parte meetings with the perpetrator's council to discuss a related civil case. The victim kept detailed notes, including screenshots of text messages with their attorney detailing the ex-parte communications and the attorney's response to it. The attorney noted that when Kent Kellegrew was confronted about the communications, "he went white in the face."

Judicial misconduct and corruption is a very real problem in Ventura, and Judge Lief is not immune. The amount of fines levied against this victim shock the conscience at $16,000. Usually when a TRO petitioner loses at a hearing, the amount awarded is around $2,000. Shockingly, the victim was awarded only $4,500 after a restraining order hearing against this same perpetrator 5 years ago, a reduction of almost 4x. Judge Lief's outrageous decision told the victim that the insolence of complaining of the abuse was 4 times worse than actually committing abuse in the first place. It was wrong.

Therefore, we will release all of the doxx the victim has sent us in due time as appropriate to protect the victim. You can expect us to release:

1) Medical records showing physical injury
2) Deposition transcripts
3) Expert witness reports detailing the victim's proven PTSD
4) Video evidence
5) Evidence of stalking including packages mailed to the victim's employer and family
6) Much, much more.

Judge Lief, I hope you learn from this experience and realize that you can't rule with impunity forever. Eventually the truth comes out.

Very Truly,

Ventura County's Radiant Truth

Court Staff

Comment #: CA35805
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Public,

The editor continues to wrongfully censor this victim of crime. We have verified the victim's claim of multiple accusers against the perpetrator going back as far as 2007. Of particular concern is the alleged sexual harassment of a minor victim, then only 13-15 years of age, by a then 53 year old man.

This link contains redacted conversations between the victim and two other accusers. We have redacted information to protect the victim from further legal abuse by the perpetrator:

https://anonfiles.com/t2z6q82buc/Combined_Convo_Censored_pdf

Judge Lief needs to realize that he cannot censor his way out of this grave injustice. We will persistently pursue this case and expose those responsible, including judge Lief who unfairly punished a rape victim for seeking a restraining order. Victims of rape have a right to be believed.

Perhaps Judge Lief will learn from this exposure and be more evenhanded in the future, just in case he could be wrong as he clearly was in this case. Judge Lief fined the victim over $16,000 simply for the insolence of seeking the court's protection from the abuse. The victim also has medical records from multiple providers showing physical injury, which we will post next if the censorship does not stop.

Very Truly,

Ventura County's Radiant Truth

Court Staff

Comment #: CA35710
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Victim of Crime:

Thank you so much for speaking truth to power. We need to hold judges accountable when they fail to protect victims and perpetrate further abuse onto already vulnerable survivors.

We have noticed the editor's continued censorship, and we find it abhorrent considering that you are simply telling your story, quoting real, verifiable evidence of the abuse. We find it telling that the editor jumps to conclusions rather than reaching out to you first to verify your claims.

We respect your decision to decline our help at this time, but the offer still stands and always will. You have our eternal support and gratitude. Judges need to realize that they are not immune to criticism.

If the Editor removes your post again, we will take appropriate action.

Very Truly,

Ventura County's Radiant Truth

Litigant

Comment #: CA35391
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Radiant Truth, thank you. I can prove that I'm a victim of crime, and I have medical records that absolutely prove it. It's so revictimizing being fined over and over and over again when I don't deserve it. I just don't know what to do. I'm a good person, and I never imagined being treated this way when I asked for the court's help.

Other victims get it, how the lies in court snowball until the court’s rationale for their decisions defies all notion of reality. I don’t deserve any of these judgements, and I shouldn’t have to pay my perpetrator.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA35335
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Public,

The RR Editor has censored the story of a litigant who was mistreated by judge Lief. This judge unfairly disparaged this petitioner’s case by claiming that the petitioner was in a relationship with their abuser. The petitioner pointed out an age difference with the abuser of over 30 years, yet judge Lief still made the assumption that a relationship existed despite no evidence that this was so. The petitioner was a victim of acquaintance rape and commented about the TRO hearing experience, “this betrayal felt like being raped a second time.”

Censorship by TRR editor needs to end. This is important information that the public needs to know. We will continue posting this information day and night if the censorship does not stop.

Dear Victim: I feel your pain and wish you the best. I advocate for victims of legal abuse by giving light to their stories, holding accountable those that perpetrated the fraud and abuse. I wish to help. Contact me at RadiantTruth@pm.me.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Litigant

Comment #: CA34755
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Lief does not support Women's rights. Beware of this judge.

Litigant

Comment #: CA33331
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
My perpetrator kept stalking me and my family and Judge Lief not only refused to stop the behavior, he actually encouraged it. Judge Lief ordered me to pay my perpetrator tens of thousands of dollars in attorney fees despite holding evidence in his hands proving that I am a victim of violence by my perpetrator (before disallowing it into evidence).

This is what Legal abuse looks like. The litigation and abuse seems to never end and it leaves you feeling hopeless. Judge Lief believed my perpetrator and granted him free reign to continue the stalking and harassment except now under the color of law.

Please 170.6 this judge. He does not deserve your trust and will find any excuse to justify his pro perpetrator, anti victim bias. He definitely has a chip on his shoulder against victims of crime.

Other

Comment #: CA33202
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Radiant Truth :
I realize that a lawyer is not court staff, but you seem to be lawyer. No need to answer, confirm , or deny.

--I know what you are implying, never blindly trust someone, who wears a black robe, or a cheap suit , who comes into court, with their 2 business cards in their hand, but very empty in the cranium and moral compass.

-- I couldn't agree more. When due process and civil liberties have been violated, victims must challenge the court , the enablers, and fight for justice and accountability.

--Example, this is just common sense and does not involve civil liberties---but, it is curious how people blindly trust Fauci and even challenge Biden , or Press Sec. who have failed to properly to explain, what they mean by 100 million vaccines, in 100 days.

--Because even on the premise that people received the vaccines, that required 2 doses, (to achieve a higher rate of efficacy) -- this does not mean that everyone will choose to get the second dose. Or, if they get first dose , at the end of the 100 days, then 2nd dose would not be given, with in first 100 days. There will also be some vaccines out soon, that only require one dose.

--So even an explanation of 50 million people and 2 doses each --within 100 days, would not
add up, in that timeline, or any explanation .

--Also, if Pharma. can keep up with the demand, the Feds can try to distribute that many doses, but the states still need to make sure, they have proper set ups, staff, in order to get the vaccinations in the arms, of those who consent to receive it.--There are so many other variables.

--But agree, don't blindly trust,. Don't blindly trust those in positions of power . Question everything, especially when something does not make sense.Ask for explanations.

--Now when dealing with certain jlawless, udges and lawyers, who also violate civil liberties, question everything and demand justice and accountability .

Litigant

Comment #: CA33053
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Lief is biased against victims. 170.6 is your best defense against this judge if you are a victim of violent crime. I can't go into more detail, but trust Radiant Truth on this one. He speaks the truth about this judge.

Other

Comment #: CA32987
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
"It is not about winning cases, it is about trying to uncover the truth..." - Michael Lief, when working in capacity, as Deputy DA, Ventura-

==I would like Judge Lief's- correct message, when he was deputy DA, in Ventura, to be emulated-- by certain LA county, family law division judges and lawyers, "It is not about winning cases, it is about trying to uncover the truth..." -Lief- ( a mantra all judges and lawyers, should emulate.)

--- -The fact that Michael Lief, was open to listening to California Innocence Project's argument, who had fought for Michael Hanline's release, when Lief was a Ventura, Senior Deputy DA, is something, all should emulate.
--

Litigant

Comment #: CA32964
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Lief’s bias and wrongful decisions severely hurt me and my family. He has our blood on his hands. 170.6.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA32804
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The poster in the prior comment, [Redacted], has also posted 10/10 glowing reviews on several other judges that have had negative information recently come to light. Her postings may be attempts to curry favor from several judges by attempting to counter damaging information. She included her initials in one post. According to her website, “Anyone with a legal matter here needs to understand that Ventura County is different than other counties” meaning that you need an attorney who knows everyone in Ventura’s court to increase your odds of success in litigation here. The reader should beware of toxic positivity that some local attorneys express, as if the courts never make a mistake and injustice doesn’t exist at all in our court!

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA32799
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have appeared before Judge Lief in criminal matters and one family law matter. He has always been prepared and has consistently rendered thoughtful decisions. He is a former DA so I was skeptical about his assignment to family law. But he is very good there. The Evidence Code is alive in Ventura County family law!

Court Staff

Comment #: CA32780
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
If you have information on judge Lief, I want to hear from you.

RadiantTruth@pm.me

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Other

Comment #: CA31786
Rating:1.0
Comments:
170.6. Use it.

Litigant

Comment #: CA28269
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Attorneys, you need to add Lief to your “170” list. Biased.

Other

Comment #: CA12363
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Biased. I had records in a small "text communication prohibited while driving" case. He completely disregarded evidence, elected not even to review phone bill showing no texts received/sent within full hour of time of infraction. He ignored the fact officer could not say he witnessed me "reading texts." He ignored the law at the time which did not prohibit "handling of device," which was the cause to plug into charger. He ruled merely because he "felt officer was more credible." What a joke! And I saw him give the same unprofessional, rude treatment to others in the courtroom. He seems like your typical stick up his robe, white privilege elitist. As a taxpayer, law-abiding citizen, I resent having to subsidize this poser's salary and fat pension.