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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

September, 2004

Judge Sutro Evicts Sick Elderly Man
 81 Year Old Woman Evicted From Hospital
By Jim Scanlon

 

   At a brief ex parte hearing in June Superior Court judge John A Sutro, after explaining that he was not heartless, and that it was his duty to act fairly and responsibly to both sides ordered that a 67 year old man, who uses a wheel chair and suffers organ paralysis from multiple sclerosis, be evicted from Marie Freitas Senior Housing in Terra Linda.
  The judge took only testimony from a representative of Mercy Housing Services, which manages the federally funded housing project not allow testimony from the disabled elderly man who was present. The man's attorney, Carl Shapiro who was representing him pro bono, without charge made a brief statement but was interrupted by the judge when Shapiro said that putting the man on the street was the equivalent to signing his death warrant.
   The the eviction order is under appeal. It is postponed until September 8 when the State Court of Appeals will decide whether the eviction should be stayed pending the appeal which is expected to be heard in November 2004.
   In a separate action, on August 19, judge Sutro, without comment, authorized an attorney for Kaiser Permanente to proceed with the eviction and dispossession of an 81 year old woman from the foundation's hospital in Terra Linda. The woman's daughter was present at the ex parte hearing that was not listed on the judge's calendar. He refused to allow the daughter to speak as she was not a lawyer and had no standing in the court.
   After ordering the eviction, the judge authorized Kaiser to seize the woman's family home worth, perhaps, a half million dollars.
(More on both these cases, and perhaps others, next month)

 

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