As the wide network of Asian Pacific Islanders ("API") operatives allegedly involved in myriad financial schemes on behalf of utility companies and their law firms continue to grow, a new wrinkle was recently added as Information obtained by The Leslie Brodie Report points to the appearance that Pasadena-based Center for Asian-American United for Self Empowerment ("CAUSE") has ceased to exist.
This latest development comes in the aftermath of recent revelations of the alleged bribery of California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming Chin - a former member of CAUSE's advisory council - by Edison International ("EIX"), Southern California Edison ("SCE"), the law firm which represents them, Munger Tolles & Olson ("MTO"); and culminating in the egregious misconduct in matters relating to CaliforniaALL's original director and CAUSE's treasurer, James Hsu.
Mr Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Ming, not a stranger to The Leslie Brodie report, partook in the "60 Days Suspension Scandal," (See Part 1 and Part 2) wherein a lawyer with a prior criminal history engaged in a pogrom in a San Francisco synagogue, yet was only suspended for 60 days due to his political connections within the Democratic party, and courtesy of Judy Johnson, former crack-addict Mike Nisperos, and JoAnn Remke. (Photo:courtesy)
As was mentioned here previously, a source familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintained that "overwhelming and undisputed" evidence shows that for a period of several years, both SCE and MTO poured large amounts of money into CAUSE, while Justice Ming Chin served as an official adviser -- albeit secretly so.
While Justice Chin's clandestine involvement with CAUSE began in approximately 2004, the source maintained the inquiry is focused on the years prior to the recent election by which Justice Chin was up for re-election, and during the time period one alleged wrongdoer - API Fred Rowley of MTO - served as the middleman and conduit of bribes in his capacity as director of CAUSE. This, according to the source, creates not only the appearance of improprieties but actual misconduct as bestowing anything of value on a judicial officer by SEC and MTO to sponsor an entity which will register as many as APIs as possible who would, in turn, vote for the retention of Chin in the upcoming election, is prohibited.
Ronald Leroy Olson (AKA Ron Olson) of Munger Tolles & Olson. Olson sits on the boards of Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, Southern California Edison, City National Corporation, The Washington Post Company, Western Asset Trusts, RAND Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, and the Council of Foreign Relations. The Law Offices of Munger Tolles & Olson and attorney Ron Olson represent Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, Southern California Edison, Western Asset Trust, The Yucaipa Company, Hollywood studios, and other major banks and utility companies.(Image: courtesy photo)
As was previously reported, Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Chin has abruptly quit his position with "CAUSE amidst an ongoing investigation by the California Commission on Judicial Performance. The formal ethics complaint filed with the California Commission on Judicial Performance alleged that Chin's involvement with CAUSE is prohibitive due to CAUSE's invidious discrimination against those who are non Asian-American. The complaint further alleged that the associate justice must be disciplined due to CAUSE involvement in the political-process, conduct that Chin is otherwise prohibited in engaging in pursuant to Canon 5.
Fred Rowley of Munger Tolles & Olson who allegedly served as middleman and conduit of bribes in his capacity as director of CAUSE. Once caught, Rowley conspired with Justice Chin, MTO, SCE, and others to defraud and mislead the California Commission on Judicial Performance. According to MTO, Rowley is a member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He also serves on the boards of directors of CAUSE, a non-profit that promotes Asian-Americans in politics. (image: courtesy of MTO)
In Addition, Justice Chin's clandestine nature and undisclosed involvement was particularly troubling based on facts as they relate to Mr. James Hsu -- CAUSE's treasurer as well as a board member of a (now defunct) sham charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL -- as matters relating to sham charity CaliforniaALL would soon be considered by the California Supreme Court.
According to the complaint, records were sought pertaining to CaliforniaALL from the California Bar Foundation as well as from the State Bar of California to no avail. As such, and based on the blatant refusal to produce these records, a petition for relief will shortly be filed with the California Supreme Court seeking an order to compel the State Bar and its Foundation to make these public records available.
The complaint further alleges that without the "fortuitous discovery " by the Petitioner ("YR"), he would not have known that Justice Chin and James Hsu are involved with CAUSE as to seek the recusal of Justice Chin in matters relating to CaliforniaALL.