Los Angeles, July 2 - Human Rights Alert (NGO) and Joseph Zernik, PhD, filed request with Andre' Birotte, US Attorney Office, Central District of California, for due process in acceptance, acknowledgement, and review of complaints in the recently re-established public corruption and civil rights unit.  On June 12, 2010, news was published that the public corruption and civil rights unit had been re-established by the newly appointed Andre' Birotte, Jr - US Attorney, Central District of California.  The news report cited a memo by the US Attorney stating that "he hoped to have the unit operational by July 1. "
Following the news, Human Rights Alert (NGO) filed complaints with the re-established unit, alleging large-scale false imprisonments by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Superior Court, and real estate and financial institution fraud under the guise of litigations at the same court. Consequently, Dr Zernik attempted to document the process established by the US Attorney Office for acceptance, acknowledgement, and review of complaints. On all three measures, the process established by the US Attorney Office appeared deficient. For example - no contact information for the US Attorney Office, Central District of California, was found on its web site at all, in contrast with all web pages of other similar offices in the United States, which were examined, including, but not limited to all other US Attorney Offices in California. No acknowledgement and no ID numbers were issued on complaints filed with the office, and it was not clear that review of the complaints would result in a signed statement by an authorized person. Moreover, the re-established public corruption and civil rights unit was never mentioned on the US Attorney Office, Central District of California web site, not even in the organizational chart.
Widespread corruption of the justice system in Los Angeles County, California, was the core of the April 2010 report filed by Human Rights Alert (NGO) with the United Nations for the first ever review of human rights in the United States by the United Nations, scheduled for November 2010. The letter to US Attorney Briotte stated that there was no expectation that his office would fully address the widespread corruption in Los Angeles County in time for the review. However, it was expected that due process would be immediately established in accepting, acknowledging, and reviewing complaints. "Absent due process, the re-establishment of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Unit may be seen as only a pretense," said Dr Zernik, "surely the unit cannot be considered operational at this time".
Human Rights Alert (NGO) copied its letter to Chairs of the US Congress Judiciary Committees, to the United Nations, and to the State Department.
Response by the US State Department to the United Nations on human rights in the United States is due by August 2010.
 July 1, 2010 request for due process at the US Attorney Office, Central District of California
 June 12, 2010 Los Angeles Times news report of re-establishment of public corruption and civil rights unit at the US Attorney Office, Los Angeles
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