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March 1, 2011,  Oakland, CA:

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Resigning Oakland City Attorney Wants OUT!!! Can’t Dodge Fraud, Corruption Charges!
    Crooked, soon to be former crooked Oakland City Attorney John Russo, being forced to resign from a constant three year barrage of fact laden reports of fraud and corruption by Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim, is one of three finalists for the Alameda city manager position sources have confirmed. You can view the 2009 video of  Oakland City Attorney John Russo’s Political Suicide- Must Resign at:

    For years Russo has been avoiding criminal and civil charges of extrinsic fraud and corruption, among others in the al-Hakim insurance case, has been dodging rumors for weeks that he is feuding with new Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and looking for ways to leave his post. Now, however, it turns out that at least part of that rumor is true: Russo applied for the Alameda job after the recruitment period opened Feb. 1. Alameda City Council interviewed six candidates and unanimously selected three finalists during a closed-door session Feb. 19. The candidates will be reviewed by three advisory panels that will help the council make its final decision.

    Russo, whose annual salary in Oakland is about $214,000, would probably get a pay raise. Alameda’s most recent interim and acting city managers made about $250,000, including benefits, and that could go up. The job in Alameda would thrust Russo into the contentious issue of developing the former Alameda Naval Air Station, now known as Alameda Point. The property was expected to be a boon to the city after the base closed in 1997, but it has languished unused and remains federal property. The new city manager in Alameda would also have to hire both a police and fire chief, positions currently being held down on an interim basis.
Russo, was a contributor to Marie Gilmore’s mayoral campaign and also the city council campaign of Councilwoman Lena Tam, whose innocence he proclaimed at a fundraiser for Tam shortly after she was accused of leaking confidential information to then-Alameda Point developer SunCal and Alameda’s firefighters. He donated $1,750 in the last election to a new council majority of Gilmore and council members Lena Tam and Rob Bonta according to campaign finance records. The three have the power to select the next city attorney.
Oakland City Attorney Fraud, Solicitation Perjurious Testimony in Affidavits for Gang Injunction!
    The leak of information on Oakland City Attorney John Russo’s extrinsic fraud, subornation of perjurious testimony and solicitation of perjurious testimony in witness affidavits for the Oakland Gang Injunction litigation is turning into a flood as there appears to be truth in the allegation. It has been rumored that witnesses complained that the affidavits were prepared for their signature without their approval containing inaccurate information, misleading facts, and mis-characterizing statements that were maliciously, willfully and intentionally false. Witness could not change the affidavit and felt they were slighted and perhaps retaliated against when they complained about it. There were other complaints about Russo’s tactics in recent matters as well.
The shyster City Attorney was involved in fabricating and planted that fabricated evidence in the al-Hakim insurance case file, gave the case file to the defendants for nearly a year, and then gave the altered case file to a judge for trial without notifying the court!
al-Hakim filed a complaint with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, State Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, Alameda County Supervisor Kieth Carson, Oakland California Mayor Ron Dellums, Oakland City Administrator Dan Lindheim, Oakland City Auditor Courtney Ruby, Oakland City Councilpersons Desley Brooks and Larry Reid’s offices against Oakland City Attorney John Russo, Mark Morodomi, Randy Hall, Janie Wong, Anita Hong, Sophia Li, Demetruis Shelton- current President of the National Bar Association, Elizabeth Allen, Erica Harrold, Michele Abney, Eliada Perez; former Oakland and current San Leandro City Attorney Jayne Williams; former Oakland City employee Pat Smith; Stephan Barber and others of the law firm Ropers, Majeski; Ronald J. Cook, Randy Willoughby, Alex Stuart, Annette Bening’s brother Bradley Bening and others of the law firm Willoughby, Stuart & Bening; for constructing fraudulent fabricated evidence in 1999 and planting that evidence favorable to the defendants in the case files SIX years AFTER the case was closed; engaged in spoliation of remaining evidence in the court files from 1991; and fostered witness testimony based on this planted evidence in the al-Hakim v CSAA and the underlying Rescue Rooter case that was created thru EXTRINSIC FRAUD with accompanying testimony procured thru admitted suborned and solicited perjurious acts by John Russo and others, they engaged in actions to destroy the litigation of al-Hakim’s legal case; they engaged in actions to coverup their unlawful acts.
“Video of Oakland City Attorney Gives Defendants Case File, Doesn’t Tell Court or Plaintiff’s- Given To Stephan Barber and Law Firm Ropers Majeski”

    This comes on the heels of a very embarrassing, very public spat with new Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Russo taking personally abusive verbal shots at each other with Russo scorning the mayor for what he called a risky legal relationship with another attorney and Quan firing back at Russo for releasing his legal advice to the media before discussing it with her.

“Russo Tends to Attack by Press Release” Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
    “The problem is that John Russo tends to attack by press release,” Quan said, and complained that he issued his letter while she was still in Washington, D.C., where she attended U.S. Conference of Mayors meetings and also met with White House officials.
Quan said Russo had created a conflict of interest by releasing his advice to the media when he did. “As the City Attorney giving advice to the Mayor, he has the duty of confidentiality and the duty of loyalty to his client. He broke that confidentiality by his actions,” Quan said in a written statement. “This is exactly why the Mayor’s Office and the City Council Offices have considered seeking independent, outside counsel. The City Attorney is the City’s only attorney,” Russo wrote in the letter he released.
Quan denied sharing any confidential city information with an attorney and friend who has been advising her, saying City Attorney John Russo’s suggestion that she may be spilling secrets was “frankly, insulting.”
That claim is false according to him, as
Russo did not bring his concerns to Quan privately before alerting the media — Russo argued in a letter he sent to Quan, other city leaders and local media that the city attorney is the mayor’s only permissible attorney, so any information Quan shares with anyone other than Russo and those in his office — is not protected and can be subpoenaed, threatening the city’s standing in a host of legal scenarios and taking on another attorney, especially one connected to a fight against the city, is breaking the City Charter and creates a conflict of interest.
“We have a city attorney who is elected and so sometimes has his own political agenda,” Quan said.
“I’m caught in the middle, and I’m sorry about that.”
“This is a uniquely obnoxious violation of the charter because he’s in the middle of this,” Russo said. “I should be able to brief (Quan) on the strengths and weaknesses of our cases. If she’s going to turn around and give that to our opponents, how am I supposed to do my job?” “What the mayor has done here,” Russo added, “is put my office in a very awkward position where we’re not sure we can give confidential information to Mayor Quan. You should never be in that position with the CEO of the corporation.” “Violation of the City Charter is a crime,” Russo wrote in closing. “It is now incumbent on you to uphold your oath to defend the Charter.”
Quan, a longtime adversary of Russo from his days on the Council, feels concerned as the public see’s Russo has overstepped his boundary by pursuing the injunction without endorsement from the city council or the mayor in his continuing quest to be the De-Facto mayor. There is a question about what is the authority of the city attorney to bring these cases without the authorization of city council and the Mayor.”

    Russo declined to sign a City Council ordinance that would have set regulations for large-scale pot growing. Russo, who supports legalization of marijuana, refused to represent the council on the issue after the Alameda County district attorney and the U.S. Attorney’s Office each sent letters to the city saying the ordinance is illegal. In the aftermath, Quan and council members Rebecca Kaplan, Desley Brooks and Nancy Nadel each criticized Russo, saying he baited federal rebuke by asking for legal advice. His office says he acted at the council’s direction

Video of Oakland City Attorney John Russo’s Political Suicide

Link’s to articles mentioned:
Quan Responds to Russo Attack
Russo Siegel Dispute
Russo Open Media Letter to Quan
Quan Responds to Russo on Gang Injunction
Russo Attacks Quan’s Conflict of Interest
City Manager Deborah Edgerly v. City of Oakland

al-Hakim, Marshawn Lynch and Leon Powe to Help Poor, Under Served Youth

al-Hakim has mobilized attorney’s to represent these poor, under served youth and secured ALL-Americans, NFL All-Pro, NBA World Champions, North Oakland residents, Oakland Tech High School and U. C. Berkeley classmates Marshawn Lynch and Leon Powe along with several native Oakland celebrities to join national celebrities in this fight! Through the collaboration of the individuals, Powe’s “Fresh Start Oakland”, Lynch’s Fam1ly F1rst”, the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation, and others, we will provide the much needed alternatives to these profiled youth to succeed in life and not be eliminated from it because some developers want their families property and them out the neighborhood.

Here’s some links to Leon Powe’s “Fresh Start Oakland”

and Marshanw Lynch’s “Fam1ly F1rst”

Here’s a link to Marshawn’s run in the Seahawks upset NFL Western Division Playoff game victory between World Champion New Orleans Saints against Marshawn’s Seattle Seahawks that has been called the GREATEST RUN IN NFL PLAYOFF HISTORY!

Not to be out done, here is Leon’s Boston Celtics Championship Special on ABC-TV


WE MUST ACT NOW to end this travesty ASAP!

Oakland Marijuana Ordinance
There’s also a marijuana ordinance in front of city council that is endorsed by “Johnny Potty” Russo. He picked up that handle because of his penchant for doing video interviews in the restroom “potty” with another man, not to mention the weed endorsement. Does the citizens of Oakland really want a crooked City Attorney who drives around with his kids in the car without their seat belts on, wants to legalize smoking weed and gives video interviews in the bathroom with another man? The unfortunate part about this episode is Mayor Quan’s adviser has also been busted for marijuana so everything is up in smoke!
    A court hearing that could result in the implementation of the injunction is scheduled for February 16, 2011 before admitted and convicted liar, the embattled Judge Robert Freedman.

Judge Robert Freedman’s Misconduct Warranted His Removal from Office
    al-Hakim filed a formal complaint on April 11, 2008 and April 14, 2008 with both the Judicial Council and Superior Court against Judge Tigar for his attempt at provoking al-Hakim at a side bar during trial. al-Hakim received a one sentence response dated September 26, 2008 from Victoria Henley stating that “your submission does not provide a basis for commission proceedings”. al-Hakim received a letter dated April 15, 2008 from then Presiding Judge Yolanda Northridge acknowledging receipt of the complaint referring the matter to the Supervising Judge, Robert Freedman for review but has gotten no response as promised.
No one should be surprised because Judge Freedman has had his own well documented problems with honesty by willfully and intentionally filing false, perjurious and deceiving documents and affidavits regrading the timeliness in the administration of his duties in order to get paid and was issued a public reprimand.
In June 2007 The Commission on Judicial Performance publicly censured Alameda Superior Court
Judge Robert J. Freedman for violating rules of conduct by failing to decide cases on time and falsely swearing that he was keeping up with time limits.
Judge Freedman’s misconduct was of such gravity as to warrant his removal from office, the commission said, but the presence of mitigating evidence justified reducing the punishment to a “severe public censure.” You can read and/or download the article on Judge Freeman’s Censure at:
The commission adopted factual findings made by a panel of special masters, who found by clear and convincing evidence that Freedman delayed rulings in 21 of the 23 cases over which he was charged in a notice of formal proceedings last May.
It also agreed with the panel that Freedman, as accused in the notice, regularly signed and submitted false salary affidavits to the county during times when he was aware his rulings were overdue. He has a checkered past in al-Hakim’s case as well.
At one hearing in that matter he openly stated bias, prejudice, voiced a fixed opinion of
al-Hakim and having an improper ex-parte communications regarding
al-Hakim and his case while using such information to hold al-Hakim to a higher legal standard than that of the opposing counsel in the case as a guise for sanctioning al-Hakim for it. al-Hakim is convinced and Freedman’s three years of delay demonstrate that he will not seriously review nor is he capable of impartially or fairly judging this matter, even for review.

Russo’s Interest in Real Estate Firm
Is there any truth to the allegation that Russo has an interest in a real estate firm? It is widely acknowledged that the Gang Injunctions are nothing but another tool for developers to continue exercising gentrification of the Black/Latino Communities unopposed because of the apathy and lack of leadership in defending their rights from the so-called leaders! Where are the national groups that alleges to stand for Civil Rights when the minority communities are being raped and “Okey Doaked” by the “white liberal” defenders of the public trust?
 The Merits of The Gang Injunction
    The University of California, Berkeley – School of Law’s Center for Criminal Justice cites nationwide statistics that overwhelming prove Gang Injunctions are ineffective in all jurisdictions.
The following are but a few reasons cited by the legal community on why Russo’s proposed injunction should not be granted:
·        At a time when California’s budget is in a record crisis, does Oakland have resources to waste on an injunction that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to enforce yet will not bring about positive crime reduction results?
·        The injunction would increase the distance between police and communities, does not focus on rehabilitation, reasons why youth join gangs, jobs or education which youth of our state so desperately need. Study after study has shown that rehabilitation is over ninety percent effective for this age group.
·        A federal judge who is monitoring Oakland police reforms heavily criticized the police department at a hearing and threatened to take it over, the Tribune reported. Judge Thelton Henderson, who is monitoring the OPD because of the Riders scandal, threatened to put the department in “receivership.” If that were to happen, the judge would appoint an overseer who would have power over Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts. The judge is upset that the Oakland Police Department has still not instituted the police misconduct reforms that it agreed to several years ago. A Legal Settlement is a contract – breach of which by OPD opens the city up to even more money damages.
·        In light of the above, if Russo has his way, the police will undeservedly regain power; usurping Federal power, creating a “Fiefdom” for Russo. A failed police department does not deserve to continue down a path of destruction – that is why the Federal Government stepped in to begin with. If the Rider’s Settlement is not given effect – the entire trial was for naught -yet another waste of taxpayer dollars.
·        The named defendants in the injunction are guilty until proven innocent. This turns the US Constitution upside down. An injunction is simply not necessary because Police need only a reasonable suspicion to stop and frisk a suspect – not the higher level of probable cause. Reasonable suspicion and closer ties to the community is what is needed to bring about crime reduction and community building. An injunction is lazy police work; overkill – unnecessary and has a counter-effective result by tearing down the very community it is supposedly there to clean up.
·        The injunction will not result in safer streets but creates unfettered power in John Russo’s office. Further, an injunction opens the communities up to profit mongers such as real estate developers like John Russo’s family business owners. At a time when Oaklanders are losing their homes to foreclosure at record numbers, their interests rather than big business should be put first.
  D. A. & Oakland City Attorney Fraud Victim Forcibly Removed from Courthouse Building Threatened With Arrest

    The following letter is from Alameda County District Attorney and Oakland City Attorney fraud victim Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim to an over 40 year personal friend and family client, the Honorable Judge Leo Dorado regarding an encounter with District Attorney henchman Bob Connor whom forcibly removed al-Hakim from the Rene Davidson Courthouse building and threatened to arrest al-Hakim if he ever returned. Connor is very well known to both parties.

    al-Hakim has filed a formal complaint against the Alameda County District Attorney office and the City Attorney’s John Russo of Oakland and Jayne Williams of San Leandro and their City Attorney’s office administrations including the law firm of Meyers Nave, on June 7, 2010. After several conversations with the Alameda County District Attorney office, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley assigned the case to Assistant District Attorney Kevin Dunleavy. After his review and several more conversations with al-Hakim, Dunleavy decided to assign the case for investigation. You can read more on the filing of the complaint and the District Attorney Investigates City Attorneys John Russo, Jayne Williams, Meyers Nave Corruption Complaint.pdf

al-Hakim also filed the complaint with Oakland City Auditor Courtney Rudy, long rumored to be Russo’s love interest, only to have her refuse to investigate  the complaint, though she is compelled to do so by the passing of Russo’s “Oakland ROAR” anti-corruption program. The program was alleged to revive the confidence of the citizens of Oakland in the City Administrators. She received the 200 page complaint with audio CD as witnessed by the voice mail message left for al-Hakim by her assistant Joe Macaluso. You can view, listen to, and/or download the letters to Ruby and Macaluso’s voice mail here:

City Auditor Courtney Ruby Responds to Russo Formal Complaint.pdf

City Auditor Courtney Ruby’s Second Respond Russo Formal Complaint.pdf

Macaluso’s voice mail




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    al-Hakim will petition President Obama and U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder to expand the initial investigation of a complaint filed in 2005 by demanding a change in this criminal, tactical policy of isolation, victimization, criminalization and the attempted entrapment of the victim, including the use of government initiated, Nixon era “White House Plumbers” and CoIntelpro style dirty tricks! This civil conspiracy has brought into play County and Sate Agencies to further it’s continued investigation of al-Hakim whom the defense admitted in 1998 has been surveilled for years and continues today with the compromising of many agents and informants covers due to their sloppiness. These actions of Dunleavy, and Connor are just the latest example of the continuing efforts of law enforcement to silence and eliminate al-Hakim as their adversary when he has caught and exposed them as they have been entrapped in their own crimes!

After the encounter with Connor, al-Hakim spoke with District Attorney Matt Golde and Dorado regarding his treatment and called O’Malley to voice his extreme concern wherein he received a return call from Dunleavy. The recorded conversation with Dunleavy regarding the encounter with Connor and the investigation can be listened to and/or downloaded  at:

Here’s Dunleavy’s second call stating the he will speak with the Department of Child Support Services attorney that had to admit in court several times that they and the D. A.’s office had committed fraud, embezzlement, and theft against al-Hakim and his family. When al-Hakim refused to pay for the D. A.’s fraud, they attempted to extort the money from him by suspending his drivers license and revoking his passport!

    After no response from the D. A.’s office, the following letter of today ensued.


TO:          The Honorable Leo Dorado                    FAX #: 510 891-6336
Judge of Superior Court                                           NO PAGES: 2
County of Alameda
1221 Fallon St., Department #5
Oakland CA 94612

cc: Matt Golde (510) 667-3146, Ivan Golde (510) 444-1369

FROM:     Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim
DATE:     December 27, 2010
RE:         District Attorney Forcibly Removing Me from Courthouse Building, Threatened with Arrest if Returned and Response to Formal Complaint Served and Filed June 7, 2010

Dear Judge Dorado,

First, let me say “Happy Holidays” to you and the family! I know that everyone must be doing great, and since the kids are not getting any younger, I guess you and I can not be 21 any longer! What’s this I hear about you having hip replacement and moving to Juvenile Court? We have some catching up to do, which was part of the reason I was coming to see you when I was removed from the courthouse building!

I have awaited your response to our last conversation and the results of your inquiry into the District Attorney’s actions wherein hopefully we could meeting to discuss the above very serious concerns.

It is unfathomable that such a thing could happen in today’s highly charged racial, political, and law enforcement versus community interactive environment, especially in Oakland and Alameda County where deadly force seems to be the rule rather than the exception. We have also discussed my previous interaction with officer Bob Connor during my Oakland Police Burglary case which you are aware of and know that he is not someone I trust or would interact with in any manner. He clearly tried to put me in harms way where I could/would have been killed! I made it clear then that I never intended to speak or have any contact with him ever again in life.

To allow the D. A.‘s office to handle me and my complaint in such a Gestapo fashion and to use you as a ruse is unacceptable, needs to be investigated, the responsible parties held accountable and punished. I have yet to receive any response from Nancy O’Malley.     Clearly something must be done as I have waited for you to get back to me to move this process forward. There is no circumstance or law that can justify this use of force, intimidation, and threat of imprisonment under the guise and color of law!. You know that I will not allow this continuing injustice to go on unnoticed so, what time is best for you since I want to meet as soon as possible!

We are all very busy, and especially this time of year, but I have been speaking to the D. A.’s office about this matter since June of this year with the above results. The matter of the fraud and corruption committed by the District Attorney and Oakland City Attorney and I are not going to magically disappear so let’s address it and move on.

I have litigation that was to be filed in November the day of my being forcibly removed from the court house and threatened with arrest if I returned. I was unable to complete that filing, wherein the D. A.’s office has compromised these suits and this issue also must be corrected ASAP!

Please respond with a time ASAP and I will accommodate that time and it can be after working hours or the weekend, if it’s best for you. We have some catching up to do anyway.

Thank you and I welcome and look forward to your immediate response with the furthering of the litigation and resolution of this ongoing case.


Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim

    al-Hakim has over 70,000 signatures and implores everyone to click on any one of the links and sign the Petition To The Honorables President Barack Obama and United States Attorney General Eric Holder to raise it’s investigation of corruption involving Attorney General Jerry Brown, Oakland City Attorney John Russo, former Oakland and current San Leandro City Attorney Jayne Williams, former District Attorney Tom Orloff, and current District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley.


You can view, listen to, and/or download the following related documents or audio files:

Judge Dorado Responds to D. A.pdf

City Administrator Dan Lindhiem Respond Russo Formal Complaint.pdf

City Administrator Dan Lindhiem Post Russo Complaint Meeting.pdf

D. A. O’Malley Responds to Russo Formal Complaint.pdf

County Presiding Judge Rolfenson Responds to Russo Formal Complaint.pdf

County Presiding Judge Rolfenson Discards Formal Complaint- Maggie Takeda Voice mail

County Presiding Judge Rolfenson Receives Formal Complaint Maggie Takeda email

City Auditor Courtney Ruby Responds to Russo Formal Complaint.pdf

City Auditor Courtney Ruby’s Second Respond Russo Formal Complaint.pdf

al-Hakim’s Notice to Russo of Action.pdf

Russo Responds to Formal Complaint.pdf


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