Complicity of Lawyers and Law Firms

The complicity of lawyers and law firms from 1982 to 2005 in a series of sham lawsuits acted toand were surely intended tohalt the attempts by former federal agent Rodney Stich and his coalition of other former government agents and insiders exposing high level corruption related to a series of major aviation disasters and other harm to major national issues.

Scheme Started by CIA-Front
San Francisco Law Firm

The start of the sham legal actions against the former federal agent was 1982, and continued without letup until 2005. That scheme required the cooperation and complicity of over a dozen California judges, and then, a large number of federal judges. The massive violations of state and federal civil and constitutional protections, of dozens of federal and state statutes and controlling case law, and violation of virtually every procedural due process right, indicated the scheme was orchestrated from a high position in the federal government. The evidence indicates that was in the U.S. Department of Justice. The initial California involvement continued from 1982 to 1986.

Complicity of South Carolina Law Firm,
Using Possible Wife Murderer

Twenty years after the start of the sham legal attacks upon Stich, and after the 9/11 attacks, made possible by lawyers that impeded the attempts to report the corruption that made 9/11 possible, another sham lawsuit was filed against Stich and the publishing firm of Diablo Western Press by the Charleston, South Carolina, law firm of Smith and Collins, and their attorneys, David Athell Collins and Steven L. Smith. The lawsuit was filed in a small county court, where judges are even more corrupt than in the larger city courts where there is more attention to what judges do.

The allegations in the lawsuit were immediately disproved by the facts to which they referred. The lawsuit used as the plaintiff a former resident of Elko, Nevada, whose wife was murdered a wife after she confided to her doctor that if she were found dead, her husband will have done it. A week later she was murdered. Her husband, Steve Gratzer, left the state, and at the time of the lawsuit against Stich, he was reportedly a prison guard in South Carolina

False Claim of Libel

Among the many people who provided Stich with information about corruption in government was a former physician from Elko, Nevada, who was also a Lt. Col. in the Idaho National Guard: Dr. Geza Cserno, M.D.

While discussing retaliation by Justice Department prosecutors against him, as a result of his position as the medical director in the Idaho National Guard and the refusal of the Guard Unit to join in the attack upon the Ruby Ridge family, the doctor described a conversation he had with a patient, Doris Gratzer.

Dr. Cserna described to Stich the retaliatory actions taken against him by Justice Department prosecutors after the Idaho National Guard, in which he was a medical officer, refused to provide a helicopter to attack the Ruby Ridge family. In the book, Drugging America, Stich included this reference to Doris Gratzer to complete the contents of his discussions. Nowhere in the book was it stated, or implied, that Steve Gratzer murdered his wife since that was not the nature of the subject being discussed. (However, based upon what the doctor told Stich, Steve Gratzer should be a prime suspect in the murder of Doris Gratzer.) The following is what was stated in the book:

In 1997 I started receiving information from a physician who had been targeted in a similar gun-charge. Dr. Jed Cserna was an MD with a private practice in Ely, Nevada, and a Lt. Colonel in the Idaho National Guard, with 16 years of military service behind him. His problems started in Ely, Nevada, where he was a physician. Cserna told me how it appeared to start. While he was treating a patient, Doris Gratzer, she told him, "If I'm ever shot, Steve [her husband] did it." Dr. Cserna told this to the hospital staff and they said that she always had problems, and this occasion was no different than others. A week later, she was found dead, killed by a bullet wound to the head.

Cserna said her husband, Steve Gratzer, was influential in the town, especially with the sheriff, who was responsible for conducting an investigation into his wife's killing. Cserna was now a danger to Gratzer. According to Cserna, false statements were made by a government informant, seeking to justify his position and pay, that resulted in a raid by ATF agent Doreen on his doctor's office. His home was broken into and possessions disappeared. Participating in the ATF raid was the sheriff who he referred to as Burnie (Ronero), who would soon participate in sham charges filed against the doctor.

Cserna said her husband, Steve Gratzer, was influential in the town, especially with the sheriff, who was responsible for conducting an investigation into his wife's killing. Cserna was now a danger to Gratzer. According to Cserna, false statements were made by a government informant, seeking to justify his position and pay, that resulted in a raid by ATF agent Doreen on his doctor's office. His home was broken into and possessions disappeared. Participating in the ATF raid was the sheriff who he referred to as Burnie (Ronero), who would soon participate in sham charges filed against the doctor.

Government agents arrested Cserna a short time later and charged him with possession of a machine gun and a short-barreled rifle. The guns in question were an AR-15 that was not an automatic, and a Uzi 9mm that had been sold to him with a folding stock and various barrels. He had used both guns two and three times a week at the local police firing range and was never questioned about their legality.

DOJ Retaliation for Refusing Ruby Ridge Participation?

Cserna told me about an event that happened in Idaho while he was the physician assigned to the Idaho National Guard air wing. During the Ruby Ridge attack that killed Mrs. Weaver and her son, ATF agents had gone to the Idaho National Guard base and told the Commander of the helicopter division, "We are ordering you to activate your choppers to go north and strafe Ruby Ridge." The colonel refused, stating, "This is against the law, the constitution, and finally, Randy Weaver is an Idaho Citizen. Either you get out or I'll have you thrown out."

The quotation by Dr. Cserna that was in the book, Drugging America, was privileged under law. Also, in no way did the statements imply that Steve Gratzer murdered her (although the information Stich obtained raised a strong probability that Steve Gratzer did in fact murder his wife).

It is common for prosecutors to threaten people with punishment if they don't cooperate in giving testimony, fabricating testimony, or to join a lawsuit against a particular target, and the question arises whether Steve Gratzer, who may have been threatened with being charged with his wife's murder, did not cooperate. This is only speculation, but it is entirely possible.

An interesting question arises as to whether Department of Justice employees threatened Gratzer with murder charges if he did not cooperate in the sham lawsuit.

Massive Legal Attacks, Knowing
No Possibility of Money Damages

Before the South Carolina law firm of David Collins filed their lawsuit against Stich, the law firm knew that neither Diablo Western Press, nor Stich, had any assets that could be seized, nor insurance. The only assets were the books, and taken from the publisher, these would be virtually valueless. Despite this knowledge, several dozen attorneys and half a dozen law firms had put hundreds of hours into this action during the past several years. The latest attorney was John Guerrini and his law firm. The most probable reason for the enormous expenditure of time and money was to halt the distribution of books, which exposed the corruption and the many people implicated―including dozens of lawyers, law firms, California and federal judges.

A description of the various schemes can be found in a various legal filings, including lawsuit filed by Stich in the federal courts at Reno, Nevada.  (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Absence of Assets Made Only Possible Motive:
Cover-Up for Corruption Making 9/11 Possible

The Smith and Collins law firm knew that Stich had no assets to pay for legal counsel 3,000 miles from his home near San Francisco, before a judge who is often in the pocket of certain law firms and attorneys. They knew that the publishing company had no assets other than the books, and that it was literally a non-profit operation. Their goal apparently was to obtain a default judgment and then seize control of the books and the name of the books. This scheme would protect the California and federal judges, the legal fraternity whose involvement in the corruption goes back 40 years, as stated in each of Stich's books, would protect Justice Department personnel, members of Congress, and the corruption at United Airlines that caused such brutal consequences for the victim of its fraud.

Stich had no connection to the State of South Carolina. Neither did Diablo Western Press. It had no office there and solicited no business there. And the charges were clearly disputed by the clear wording in the book. 

Although the lawsuit was directed at Stich and the publishing company, people who would be harmed by it would be those who are victimized by the corruption Stich seeks to publicize through his book publishing. That includes the victims of fraud related to air safety; the victims of the arrogant and corrupt was on drugs; the victim of the bankruptcy court fraud; and the victims of the many other criminal activities implicating people in key government positions, federal and California judges, and many others.

Attorney David Athell Collins first contacted Stich through a June 8, 2000 letter, falsely stating that "Stich makes certain accusations against my client. Essentially, Mr. Stich has accused my client of killing his ex-wife and that the murder was covered up." The book clearly did not make any such statement or insinuation. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Stich responded with a June 29, 2000 letter, making it clear that no such charge was made by the clear wording in the book. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Disregarding the absence of jurisdiction over a California resident, the South Carolina judge rendered a $3 million default judgment against Stich and Diablo Western Press.

Smith and Collins law firm then paid California lawyers to file an action in the California courts to enter the South Carolina default judgment as a local California judgment, which would enable them to seize the books exposing the corruption detailed between their covers. Collins knew that federal judges had seized all of Stich's assets and that he had none to seize; only the books.

For more details of this legal scheme, click here.

Proposed statement of decision in the California court opposing the entry of the California judgment as a local judgment. April 15, 2001. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Objection to entry of the South Carolina $3 million default judgment as a local California judgment. April 14, 2002. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Index to involvement of Pasadena law firm, Guerrini, representing Gratzer and the South Carolina law firm. June 29, 2002. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Notice of appeal filed in the California courts. February 13, 2003. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Federal complaint showing the scheme that commenced in South Carolina using as the plaintiff a former resident of Elko, Nevada, where Stich obtained evidence strongly implicating the South Carolina plaintiff with the murder of his wife.

Interrogatories sent to Steve Gratzer via the South Carolina law firm of Smith and Collins. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Reentry of California Judges in the Cover-Up Scheme

The same California judicial system that had played key roles to silence Stich, in unison with a CIA-front law firm, then refused to recognize California law that barred the filing of the South Carolina default judgment.

One of the protections was the anti-SLAPP legislation, that provides defense against lawsuits retaliating against people exposing misconduct or corruption in government offices. Further, the South Carolina judge had not personal jurisdiction over a California resident who never appeared in South Carolina. California judges then entered the $3 million default judgment as a California judgment.

Stich first sought relief against the SLAPP action in the California courts, encountering the same massive judicial block that he had previously encountered. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Stich then filed a lawsuit in the federal courts at Reno, Nevada (March 28, 2002), and again, encountered the same judicial block as in prior years. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Among those involved in that scheme were the lawyers David Collins, Troy Guerard Knight,  Jerome M. Yalon, Irwin J. Eskanos, Barry Adler, and Jeff Daniel; the law firms of Smith and Collins in South Carolina, and Eskianos and Adler; and the person used as the Plaintiff in the action, Steve Gratzer, who moved from Nevada to South Carolina, where he was a prison guard, and whose wife warned that her husband was threatening to kill her.

The Collins law firm hired numerous local attorneys to collect on the judgment, several of whom refused to proceed.

Law Firm Had CIA and Other Government Ties

An article in the San Francisco legal newspaper, Daily Journal, strongly indicated that Collins and his law firm were acting for unknown sources in government, not only against Stich, but against those who were exposing President George Bush's delinquent air national guard record. Similar acts were done to discredit Operation Tailwind. That operation is described in Stich's book,
Defrauding America, and consisted of a scheme to hunt down defecting American GI's during the Vietnam War.

Joining of Los Angeles Area Lawyers in the Complicity

On January 3, 2007, Pasadena lawyer John Guerrini entered the scheme. He filed a motion for a court order seizing the books written by Rodney Stich, exposing decades of corruption implicating key people in government.  The motion was the latest tactic in the scheme initiated in a South Carolina court.

Stich filed an objection to the seizure of the books (January 3, 2007). (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

On January 3, 2007, Stich filed an objection to the seizure of the books, knowing that the same California judicial fraternity that had become involved with the CIA-front law firm would continue denying and violating every defense existing in law. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Stich had earlier filed a lawsuit against Guerrini in the California courts at Martinez, California, but due to failing health he had to cancel it before Guerrini was served. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF) The lawsuit, at least, made a judicial record of the charges in the event anyone ever wanted to know the sordid history of events that had such grave catastrophic consequences.

The latest Guerrini scheme reminded Stich that he had information, from Dr. Cserna, that implicated the plaintiff that had been used to initiate the law suit: Steve Gratzer, who may have murdered his wife, Doris. Stich then sent several letters (Jan. 1, 2007) to Nevada law enforcement personnel advising them that he had information showing that Steve Gratzer may have murdered his wife in Elko, Nevada (before Gratzer moved to South Carolina, where he is reportedly a prison guard). (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

The Smith and Collins law firm, that had been orchestrating four years of continuing legal actions against Stich, the sole purpose being to halt the available of the books exposing widespread corruption. That same law firm filed a lawsuit seeking to discredit CBS 60-Minute exposure of President George Bush II Texas Air National Guard record, suggesting a connection with some government source.

Evidence of a Powerful Force in the Federal Government

Tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, half a dozen law firms, and dozens of lawyers, were spent just in these latest actions to silence Stich. Before that, continuous legal actions, since 1982, against Stich, had involved over 100 lawyers, law firms, California and federal judges. Apparently the urgency of silencing Stich supported the Herculean efforts. The evidence, including the repeated violations of large numbers of state and federal laws and constitutional protections, thee total denial of all procedural defenses, and the involvement of state and federal personnel, strongly indicated that a powerful force somewhere in government had been orchestrating these events from the beginning, using the CIA-front law firm of Friedman, Sloan and Ross in San Francisco and their lawyers.

The most probable location of this power, strange as it may seem, and based upon the control over state and federal judges and lawyers nationwide, is the federal judiciary. Whatever the source, it would add still another area of corruption subverting the United States from within.

Years of continuous complicity by lawyers and law firms—some with CIA connections—have been parallel efforts to halt the efforts by a former federal agent from reporting and exposing the corruption in certain government offices. By their documented acts of deception, massive civil rights and RICO violations, attention was diverted from these federal crimes, enabling to continue the corruption that had tragic, sometimes catastrophic, and sometimes deadly consequences. In one area, the ripple effects were felt on September 11, 2001.

Great American Tragedies Enabled by Lawyers, Judges,
Department of Justice Personnel's Simultaneous Attacks on Whistleblower

As a result of the widespread corruption in overt and covert government operations, the systemic cover-ups that treat high-level corruption as the "third-rail," and the retaliation against whistleblowers, great American tragedies have repeatedly occurred, and will continue to occur.

Sampling of Early Consequences





TWA Flight  800

U.S. Embassy Bombings

9/11 Easily-Preventable Multiple Hijackings


These few examples of the horrors associated with airline disasters enabled to occur by documented corruption withheld from the American people. The standard culture of cover-ups in the United States enabled the corruption, cover-ups, to mutate into different areas. In the aviation area, although the continuing series of airline disasters eventually came to a halt for other reasons, the culture continued, and enabled to occur a number of easily preventable airline disasters. The inbred culture created the conditions that enabled four groups of terrorists to easily hijack four airliners within a few hours of each other and kill nearly 3,000 people.

One of Over 200 Victims Choosing This Way to Die—
Made Possible by Many Enablers in United States

Consequences of Corruption, Cover-Ups, And
Retaliation Felonies Not Limited to Aviation

There were many other forms of victims from the systemic high-level corruption. These included for instance victims of the:

  • Department of Justice prosecutorial misconduct, people being falsely charges with crimes in order to improve the prosecutors' career.

  • The explosion of violent crime related to drug smuggling into the United States, in which CIA assets were major players.

  • Series of financial frauds appearing every few years, with the latest housing and financial implosions surfacing in 2008.

  • Seizure of assets from innocent people.

  • And many other forms.

These offenses are described in the books written by insiders.

Corruption of the Type Described at this site does not occur in a vacuum. High-level corruption in one area is simply one tentacle of a widespread culture of corruption. And the consequences of that corruption−and the endemic cover-ups−have consequences in other areas. The culture of corruption affects the people and the nation in many other ways, That includes the latest series of financial frauds that has occurred in the housing and financial sectors. Also, the effect of the endemic corruption and endemic cover-ups−major parts of the culture in the United States−that enablers successful terrorist attacks upon U.S. interests.

Harm to People Overseas From Culture Of
High-Level Corruption and Lies in the United States

In addition to the decades of harm resulting from the systemic corruption of key people and groups in the U.S. government, affecting aviation safety, financial, human rights, in the United States, there is the harm from outside sources brought about by the actions of U.S. politicians affecting people in other countries—such as the history of invading and killing foreigners—there are the successful "terrorist" attacks made possible by high-level corruption, and then there are the foreigners who are also victims from the same high-level corruption that adversely affects the American, but in a different form.

Remains of a girl—about the age of the 9-year-old Killed in Tucson in January 2011.

In criminal law, people are accomplices, and guilty, if they know of a criminal act and fail to report it to proper authorities and also to take efforts within their capability to halt their continuation. And there are endless numbers of accomplices that are complicit in these crimes and enablers of the consequences.

Suggestion to people outside the United States. Become familiar with the documented systemic corruption in the United States and show the outrage lacking of people in the United States, and:

  • Help expose the endemic corruption that seem to be acceptable to the American people, and maybe wake them up.

  • Help to protect yourselves against the decades of ham inflicted upon people of other countries by the actions of U.S. politicianssupported by much of the American public. Examples:

    • Serial lying by U.S. politicians to use as a pretense to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, killing tens of thousands of innocent people.

    • U.S. politicians shifting enabling blame from their own corrupt actions that encouraged and enabled four groups of terrorists to simultaneously hijack four airliners, and shift the blame to the people of Iraq and Afghanistanwith the help of a dumbed-down American public that is mostly too lazy to learn the truth.

Books for Serious People by Serious Professionals







All of the books are available at, in print and on the Kindle, and at many other Internet sites. They bring together the various pieces of the puzzle to better understand the overall picture, and why the same conditions continue year after year. Information on the books by former government agent Rodney Stich

Sampling of early books reviews

Sampling of complimentary letters/faxes to author/activist Rodney Stich.

More information about these books by clicking here.

Thanks to the Very Few Who Care Enough

Thanks are given to those very very few who have contributed funds to the non-profit organization that helps to fund these exposure activities.






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