TLR's readers should be familiar with Mike Nisperos, a former Crack-addict and the former Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar of California.
Mike Nisperos Jr. Delusional and under the influence of crack opened fire at an imaginary intruder for which he was fired from his INS position. He sued the INS despite receiving "Minimally Satisfactory" rating in the category of "Productivity, Problem Solving Ability, Motivation" based on a below-average quantity of written work. (Photo:Courtesy)
Nisperos, a truly despicable human being whose multidimensional involvement in State Bar scandals was documented extensively by TLR, as applied to both himself and others.
To his defense, he is not malicious per se. Only weak, and lacking any conviction and principles. He did, however, declare to the press that he "enjoy" being a prosecutor.
As we have observed, it appears that Nisperos is easy to manipulate. As lacking healthy self-esteem, he wishes to please others, especially white men. Feeling inferior, he feels important and equal socializing and sharing a good hearty laugh with them. I am no longer a Filipino, now I am one of the good old boys.
Nisperos's latest excited utterance of July 2010 "Thomas Girardi's a good friend of mine. He got tickets for my son and I to see a playoff game for the Lakers" should serve as an example to support our point. In essence, Nisperos is telling the world, look at me I am a somebody, I am a friend of Girardi (The latter friendship with the former is an entirely separate can of worms).
On the other hand, Nisperos still feeling vulnerable, insecure, and aware of his shortcomings, always sought to be protected by an organization, either the federal or the state government, where he spent his entire legal career. Even while working for the various governmental agencies, he was eventually let go, or was asked to leave.
After his term as Chief Trial Counsel has ended, the State Bar of California made a decision not to extend his contract, among other things, because of a conflict between him and Ms. Johnson on issues relating to budget. That conflict grew personal, and as was reported, the all powerful executive director of the State Bar, the home-grown Judy Johnson, always win.
Today, Judy Johnson, is executive director only on paper, and is due to leave at the end of the year.
Judy Johnson, after 2 Governors' vetoes and endless scandals, was ousted and is due to leave by the end of the year. (Photo: Courtesy Bar Journal)
Nonetheless, the public was made to believe that Nisperos left on his own volition. He was quoted as saying Although it is tempting to seek another four-year term, I feel the Bay Area calling me back, back to my roots."
Back in the Bay Area, Nisperos ran for a public office along with 6 other contenders. Nisperos lost by finishing last. This, despite an endorsement from his good friend, Thomas Girardi.
Shortly thereafter, uprooted, he left for a position in Saipan to "fight white collar crime" as a prosecutor. After only nine months, uprooted again, he moved to Guam to defend criminals as a public defender, where he is today.
Mr. Nisperos was the subject multiple stories we published here.
For example, you may recall the story regarding the unlawful discharge of a weapon.
Delusional, Nisperos fired a shot at an imaginary intruder whom he believed to have entered his home in Oakland. The following day, he was arrested and charged with possession of narcotic paraphernalia and for being under the influence. At that time, Nisperos admitted that he moved from cocaine to crack, and was "cooking" the cocaine at his Oakland home.
Nisperos, who was employed with the INS, received "Minimally Satisfactory" rating in the category of "Productivity, Problem Solving Ability, Motivation" based on a below-average quantity of written work.
Upon learning of the arrest and the drug use, Nisperos's supervisors at the INS decided to terminate his employment. Defiant, Nisperos sued the INS for reinstatement. Nisperos v. Buck, 720 F.Supp. 1424
Nisperos, hoping to advance his career, neglected to properly prosecute an attorney who shared bodily fluids and otherwise terrorized attendees of a religious institution. (Photo: California Bar Journal)
Later, Nisperos was appointed as Oakland "Drug Czar". A position which pre-qualified him to serve as the chief prosecutor of the State Bar, at least in a world according to Johnson.
Upon being retained by the State Bar to police its 200,000 lawyers, both the State Bar and the Bar Journal mislead the public into believing that Nisperos had independently realized that he had a drug problem, and checked himself into a rehab center as an act of heroism. Not quite true, and not as pretty.
It was only after his arrest that he took such an action in order to save face, his job, and for the purpose of diverting the criminal charges.
Incidentally, the Bar Journal never mentioned the crack-addiction and the length of the addiction; as well as the fact that Nisperos use of alcohol and drugs begun while he was a teenager. In a similar fashion, when reporting about Gattschalk, the Bar Journal never mention the name of Girardi & Keese, instead generic terms are used such as opposing counsels.
Other story describes Nisperos attempt to board an airplane while in possession a dangerous weapon. This took place after his tenure as Chief Trial Counsel had ended. Attempting to board an airplane from the Burbank Airport to Oakland he was arrested, and later criminally prosecuted. Yet, he stated, "I am not a criminal" while trying to shift responsibility to his son.
Despite the above, Nisperos was never disciplined by the State Bar of California.
So unimpressed we were of Nisperos , we had no choice but to name the "Michael Nisperos Scandal" after him. This, despite his passive participation in the decision to appoint him to the position of Chief Trial Counsel who polices California's 200,000 lawyers.
TLR's readers should be familiar with Thomas Girardi and Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese. Mr. Miller incidentally, is the current president of the State Bar of California.
Stories and investigations by TLR about Girardi and Nisperos never intercepted each other. Much to our chagrin, this is no longer the case.
Giradi's involvement manifested itself to TLR yet again. This time it was vies a vie Nisperos. It also now appears that Mr. Thomas Girardi has turned from an infrequent guest to a regular.
Thomas Girardi, once a "Champion for Justice," is now a regular at TLR.
The friendship between Girardi and Nisperos is of an extreme concern to TLR, not the least of which because it supports our prior contention as to Girardi's grips of the State Bar.
After U.S. District Court judge, Nora Manella, raised a red-flag over the litigation against Dole, and for an additional period of two-years, Nisperos did not fulfill his duties as chief trial counsel as to the firm of Girardi & Keese , other than to provide a safe corridor for Walter Lack to try and defraud the Ninth Circuit into enforcing a $500 million judgment which Lack knew to be invalid.
Walter Lack, a ferocious litigator and a pilot, sent an urgent email to the Nicaraguan law firm (on which Girardis firm was cc:d) stating that the JUDGMENT IS AGAINST THE WRONG ENTITY (Photo:courtesy of Chancery Club)
Girardi, by the way, is a friend of Nisperos. A good friend, as we learned in an article published in the Recorder on July 30, 2010. Additionally, in 2006 Thomas Girardi endorsed Nisperos for public office.
Nisperos, a "good friend" of Thoams Girardi, failed to intercept Lack's in his mission against Dole by providing a safe corridor for a period of two years.
(If this were a novel, the fact that Nisperos is now a public defender in Hagatha, Guam would be portrayed as a plan by Girardi to exile Nisperos to Guam. Girardi, by the way, is very familiar with the law of Guam; having been involved in the DHL litigation, and having been named a defendant in a suit. Guam courts, Girardi knows, have no jurisdiction over California residents, and vice versa. TLR is not a novel, however.)
Speaking of exiles, TLR asks:
1. Is Sean Topp in exile? TLR will publish the story next week.
2. Why Judge Nora Manella, after dismissing the suit and raising a red-flag, did not sanction her Chancery Club friends, Girardi and Lack?
3. Why was a "curtain" placed (as other reporters also so stated) on the Dole case for several years?
4. What was/is the involvement of of Scott Drexel?
5. Why part of the Dole case placed under seal?
6. What is the nature of the friendship between Girardi and Nisperos? Was it proper for Girardi to endorse Nisperos when he vie for office shortly after his departure from the State Bar?
Back to the article which appeared in the Recorder, it dealt with the new Chief Trial Counsel, Mr. James Towery, and the potential conflict the State Bar faces in advancing charges against Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack, for misconduct the two had committed during the Dole litigation.
James Towery, Chief Trial Counsel (Photo:Courtesy)
The conflict stems from the fact Mr. Howard Miller, the current State Bar president is a partner at the firm of Girardi & Keese
Feeling ashamed, Howard Miller looks the other way
Like in the case of Shalant and Gottschalk, which were only one side of the coin, and Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese the other side.
In the case of Nisperos's friendship with Girardi, and the lack of investigation or prosecution should also be viewed as only one side of a coin. The other side, which TLR is currently investigating, is Nisperos's potential role in the attempted cover-up of a new State Bar scandal. The scandal involves the the punishment of a man because of his past mandatory service in the IDF(Israel Defense Forces).
TLR is in receipt of documents that provide, in no uncertain terms, that the man was framed. At the moment, it is unclear to TLR if Nisperos was involved in the original framing, or only in the subsequent cover-up.
During a hearing at the State Bar Court, the man testified that during an altercation, he was pushed and fell down onto the sidewalk and potentially, into traffic. Panicked, he used a pepper spray to defend himself.
The victim, who was also called to testify at the State Bar Court hearing, offered testimony that the man, out of nowhere, begun to push, beat, kick, and pepper-spray without any provocation.
TLR possesses a sworn testimony and transcripts, in which the victim, prior to testifying at the State Bar Hearing, previously had testified that the man was indeed pushed, that he had fallen down, and only later he had gotten up and used pepper-spray.
Public medical records also provide that the victim only suffered injuries that were as result of being pepper sprayed. This, in marked contradiction to testimony procured by Donald Steedman, that the man had punched and otherwise delivered 8-9 blows to the victim's face.
The judges of the State Bar Court, in addition to ruling against the man as to what had transpired, also branded the man a liar and a perjurer.
The judges found it to be "implausible" that a man who had been a solider in the IDF would have fallen down. The judges wish for the man to recant his testimony, and admit that he had committed perjury. The man refuses, as the charade continues.
Nisperos's unwillingness to investigate and prosecute Girardi and Lack , while providing a safe corridor for a period of two-years in which they made made an attempt to defraud the Ninth Circuit, is and should be viewed in connection with Nisperos's action in the case of the former Israeli soldier, and in many other cases where there is a claim of State Bar injustices while Nisperos was in office. Nisperos, after all, had to show results.
The article in the Recorder in which Nisperos admit his friendship with Girardi can be viewed below.
The article published July 30, 2010 stated:
Nisperos said that when he came into office he immediately compiled a list of friends and acquaintances from whose cases he would recuse himself in the unlikely event they ever were hit with discipline charges. In fact, he said he would have had to take himself out of the mix on the Girardi case if he was still at the State Bar.
"He's a good friend of mine, too," Nisperos said. "He got tickets for my son and I to see a playoff game for the Lakers."