Continued from Last Week’s Issue: Police Involvement in Conservatorship Issues


By Janet Phelan

While Gettinger maintains that these abuses were visited on his mother by his sister, he directly posits responsibility with Judge Candace Beason and Supervising Probate Judge Aviva K. Bobb in allowing the abuses to continue. He cites a number of decisions issued by Beason at junctures in which the course of events could have been altered but were not, due to what he sees as malfunction of the court.

While Robert Gettinger was released from jail on February 10, his computers and hard drives remain impounded by the Pasadena Police. Numerous requests as to when his equipment (which Gettinger needs for his work in the computer field) will be released have met with delay after delay. The Pasadena Police have now kept his property for nearly three months. According to Pasadena Police Lt. Ibarrra, they are searching for evidence that Gettinger may have committed an as of yet undetected violation.

Gettinger’s plight is not unique. In another ongoing conservatorship battle in Los Angeles, the West Los Angeles police were recently called and requested to arrest Jeannie Tanaka, whose mother is under a conservatorship with local conservator Linda Cotterman. Jeannie Tanaka, who is herself over sixty five years old, was taken into custody during a routine visit with her mother after Cotterman called the police and told them that there was a Restraining Order in place against her. Tanaka, who is an attorney with the State of California, was taken to the police station and subsequently released after the police realized there was no such order in existence.

Joseph Quattrochi, whose father was successfully released from a conservatorship under Southern California conservator Melodie Z. Scott, was arrested by the Redlands Police while waiting for other activists to show up for a demonstration in front of Scott’s office. The police arrested Quattrochi after an employee of Melodie Scott’s alleged that he threatened him outside of the office. All charges against Quattrochi were subsequently dropped.

Gettinger wonders why the police are so eager to step in. He recalls being told by one of the arresting officers, Detective Kevin Okamoto, that there is a special squad of officers whose job it is to protect the judges. As he wrote on the CBS website:

“We need to tell anyone and everyone. We need all victims to come forward, even for cases from years ago as this crime has been going on for many years. If the police or government won’t help us then we need to take justice into our own hands. If the police won’t investigate then we have a right to justice.

“Those who protect these judges and lawyers need to be informed about what kind of monsters these people are. They’re just like Adolph Hitler, they’re putting our seniors in prison, stripping them of their rights, stealing their belongings, drugging them and sending them to a legal gas chamber. The Holocaust is back — right under your nose. Please email your friends: share this story, which is just an example. The woman in this story lost everything; at least she has her life as many victims are dead. Post the names of the lawyers, judges and names of the agencies you contacted who did nothing. Put their names in public light.”

Since being released from jail, Gettinger has been networking with other court victims on a Facebook site.

Sylvia Schmidt did not respond to phone calls or emails from this reporter.

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