Saturday, June 24, 2006

Why did CVESD protect Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz?

Susan Fahle
Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
Chula Vista Elementary School District

Dear Ms. Fahle:

I am trying to find out why CVESD defended Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz regarding my obstruction of justice lawsuit, when CVESD was not involved in the case.

When a public entity defends its lawyers for obstruction of justice, one begins to wonder just how corrupt that public entity is. It would appear that you, Ms. Fahle, as Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, authorized this action. Your actions do not pass the smell test.

Pursuant to the California Public Records act, I request that I be allowed to view the contract or contracts entered into by Chula Vista Elementary School District and Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz (STUTZ) or Stutz, Gallagher, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz, during the years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.


blahhster said...

One such contract with Stutz, Artiano etc. participation can be viewed at:


blahhster said...

This firm helps unscrupulous schools get away with abusing disabled children:

On the bright side, they are not invincible - here's the one they recently lost:

Maura Larkins said...

Thanks for the web addresses. Here are links to those addresses.

Jury: No abuse of discretion when student was restrained

This article notes, “…jurors told him outside court that they didn't approve of the way the boy was treated, but were concerned about hurting school finances. “

Perhaps the jury did not realize that the school district may end up paying more to lawyers than they would pay to victims as a result of Stutz’ refusal to settle cases, and the resulting tendency of schools not to fix problems.

This article says, “A 10-year-old classroom helper saw Priest grab Austin out of a swing by the arm and shake him, Leavitt said. And still another will say they saw Priest bend Jessica's fingers back to her wrist to get her to color, the attorney told the jury. Leavitt told jurors that parents and teachers reported their concerns to the school principal, Jan Zelasko, but that no action was taken.”

Jack Sleeth and Escondido Union School District

Stutz Loses Grossmont Cuyamaca College case
The jury in this case couldn’t see its way clear to condoning the school’s actions.

blahhster said...

I was directly involved in one of these cases and have documented more blatant misconduct by Stutz-Artiano lawyers.

Ms. Larkins, is there a way we can get in touch? I'm also in San Diego County.
Please feel free to email me at

This is not a hoax.

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