California court watchdog groups charge that the leadership of the state Judicial Council bears primary responsibility for a string of court scandals compiled in this video from the California Courts News YouTube Channel. An ABC News 10 investigation into misuse of the California Highway Patrol by the chief justice as a taxi and shopping service is included.
In the ABC News report, Cantil-Sakauye was caught on video misusing the California Highway Patrol for routine transportation and security at a cost of $4 million per year. Cantil-Sakauye also used the CHP on junkets to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Pebble Beach, according to the Team 10 investigation.
The chief justice has also been dogged by allegations that she is using her high court and Judicial Council positions of influence to impede or discourage investigation of her former coworkers at Sacramento Superior Court and the Third District Court of Appeal.
Sacramento County whistleblowers have documented the existence of an alleged racketeering enterprise in the family law division of the superior court, and assert that 3rd District judges who were elevated from the trial court are helping conceal the lawbreaking.