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The preliminary hearing for former attorney Michael T. Pines was suspended on Friday, August 26, and a subpoenaed witness — San Diego County district attorney Bonnie Dumanis — did not make an appearance.

Instead, superior-court judge Runston Maino ordered all parties back for a hearing in one week, during which the judge will decide if the defendant needs a mental competency hearing. The judge ordered a public defender be assigned to Pines, who represented himself on Friday.

Before he halted the hearing, Judge Maino listened to Pines speak on his own behalf for more than 45 minutes. Pines confirmed that he intends to produce a Hollywood movie and distribute it through Netflix.

“I’m hearing a lot of rambling,” said Judge Maino. The judge said he heard Pines say things “that defy common sense” and found that Pines was “non-responsive” to his questions; that Pines “cannot focus” on points of law.

At one point, Pines seemed to suggest that the attorney general of the State of Arizona would represent him.

“It’s disturbing, Mr. Pines, some of the things you’re telling me,” said Maino. Pines spoke of conspiracies and murder plots against judges and attorneys.

“He has murder plots that are abounding,” confirmed prosecutor James Romo.

Pines is charged with 5 felonies and 20 misdemeanors. The prosecutor alleges felony stalking and harassment of two persons who moved into a home they purchased after Pines’s clients were forced out of the same home in a foreclosure.

The California State Bar declared Pines “not eligible to practice law” in May of this year.

The next hearing for Pines is scheduled for Friday, September 2, at the Vista courthouse.

The subject of this piece, Michael T. Pines, is not to be confused with Michael Pines, a San Diego attorney.

Pictured: Judge Runston Maino

Photo credit: Nick Morris

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TerrieBest Aug. 28, 2011 @ 7:34 p.m.

Bonnie Dumanis’ culture of corruption must end. Vote no on Dumanis, don’t let her be rewarded for the tyranny she wields from her DA seat on medical cannabis patients. Join Not Dumanis on Facebook today.

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SlimeyPiney Aug. 29, 2011 @ 11:37 a.m.

Please correct this article and the article from the 24th on Pines titled “Bonnie Dumanis Subpoenaed in Michael Pines Case” and use Pines’ middle initial “T” in the title and body of the article. His name is Michael T. Pines.

There is another attorney in San Diego, named Michael Pines getting bad publicity from the criminal acts of Michael T. Pines and his name is being further dragged through the mud when Michael T. Pines should be the individual getting the bad publicity from his actions, not Michael Pines, who has a clear record with the State Bar of Califiornia, unlike Michael T. Pines.

Further, your article does not show up in search results when someone puts “Michael T. Pines” in the Google or Yahoo Search Bar. Therefore, the many victims of Michael T. Pines can’t find articles pertaining to his additional criminal acts.

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 29, 2011 @ 7:35 p.m.

Therefore, the many victims of Michael T. Pines can’t find articles pertaining to his additional criminal acts.

Has Pines been convicted yet???? Did we go through a tiem space contimuim leap?

These are ALLEGED criminal acts.

Coem on, if you're the other Pines you should know this!

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SlimeyPiney Aug. 30, 2011 @ 9:30 a.m.

Hey clueless, if you were a VICTIM of Michael T. Pines' CRIMINAL ACTS you would now they are not ALLEGED. You would know because you suffered at the hands of Michael T. Pines.

So if you really are Michael T. Pines then YOU KNOW and YOUR VICTIMS KNOW you committed CRIMINAL ACTS. THE DA has the proof and it will come out in trial. Then you’ll finally have a clue.

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 8, 2011 @ 2:59 p.m.

So you're the OTHER Michael Pines, will you must be one incompetent lawyer because in America we have certain constitutional protections, one of which is the right to the presumption of innocence, I guess they forgot to teach you that one in Con Law I. Last time I check Pines had not been convicted of crime (although he is on trial right now in OC).

I feel sorry for anyone that actually pays you for legal advice.

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SlimeyPiney Aug. 30, 2011 @ 9:31 a.m.

Thanks for the update in the title and body for accuracy.

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Twister Aug. 29, 2011 @ 8:57 p.m.

I know nothing of this case, but the symptoms resemble those consistent with a brain tumor. Do the courts, particularly the judges, ever suggest that people exhibiting such symptoms be evaluated and tested by competent medical professionals?

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 30, 2011 @ 8:38 a.m.

Do the courts, particularly the judges, ever suggest that people exhibiting such symptoms be evaluated and tested by competent medical professionals

All the time. I thnk that wioll happen here too;

"Instead, superior-court judge Runston Maino ordered all parties back for a hearing in one week, during which the judge will decide if the defendant needs a mental competency hearing."

I must say the behaviour of Pines is certainly a bit on the edge.

I remember back in grad school we had this very nice girl who had a mental break down, we were all students far from home, and her family needed to get their act together and take her home for treatment, which they finally did AFTER it was laid on all her friends the first week or so. Felt very sorry for her.

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Ponzi Aug. 30, 2011 @ 7:38 a.m.

Bonnie is afraid of the dirt that will be raised if she brings justice to certain people. Bonnie is corrupt. Here's another story about how Dumanis will not bring charges against a lawyer (who happens to have worked for Bonnie Dumanis in the past). Former lawyer, Patricia Gregory (now disbarred) stole over $120,000 from at least two client trust accounts in 2008 and has not paid either client a dime back. Gregory is getting away with unethical conduct and grand theft because Bonnie will not do HER JOB!

http://www.ahharsfnews.com/2011/08/09/bonnie-russell-on-dumanis-continued-reluctance-to-prosecute-inactive-attorney-p-gregory

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 31, 2011 @ 12:58 a.m.

Patricia Gregory WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just read her disbarrment decision. She stole the money out of the client trust sccount.

Dumbass could have filed grand theft chsarges-and should have, Patricia Gregory stole over $100K.

Now she is disabrred and that money she stole is long gone, it iwll never be repaid.

Patricia Gregory should go to prison. she stoll someones life savings.

. http://www.ahharsfnews.com/2011/08/09/bonnie-russell-on-dumanis-continued-reluctance-to-prosecute-inactive-attorney-p-gregory .

. http://members.calbar.ca.gov/courtDocs/09-O-12766-4.pdf .

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Twister Aug. 30, 2011 @ 9:25 a.m.

If Pines' behavior was ok before something like a tumor, and the tumor was the cause, he should not be guilty of crimes arising from the tumor or other medical condition, but should have the tumor removed post haste. I knew a guy who went off the deep end like this and died after a prolonged period of very goofy behavior. All that could have been prevented if he had been diagnosed properly and early enough. Physicians are often too presumptive in these kinds of cases, and misdiagnosis is common. Maybe the guy needs an MRI.

There was a case several years ago where a guy killed his own children (Fresno area?). It turned out that his psychosis was induced by the prescription meds he was on; he got off at the last minute, but had to live with his act anyway. I once experienced a near-suicide because of a prescription drug, and a guy was sent up for murder over the same drug.

We don't do a very good job of evaluating the physical/chemical causes of behavior. Prevention is always the best option.

Maybe all politicians should literally have their heads examined?

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Gail Powell Aug. 30, 2011 @ 2:31 p.m.

After I wrote a scathing Yelp on the D.A.'s office on Yelp, I received a message from a woman in Chula Vista who asked me to call her. Since she didn't speak good English, her daughter translated. I could not believe the story I heard.

This lady had her own home stolen from her by crooked banks and real estate agents in the South Bay. She told me that they sent her a letter in the mail and said there was some kind of problem with her paperwork and that the bank would be taking repossession of the house. Since this was a relatively unsophisticated widow without much money or connections, eventually she did lose her home. I asked several times if she didn't pay her mortgage or property taxes and she claimed she did.

The women went to D.A. Bonnie Dumanis's office and asked to speak with someone in the Fraud division. They were promptly shown the door. Bonnie would not prosecute the case or the crooks. Now I can only imagine Bonnie had probably been paid off. It seems like there are so many other stories like this out there. And Bonnie Dumanis wants to be Mayor?

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GuestSpeaker Sept. 1, 2011 @ 10:20 a.m.

Attorney Patricia Ann Gregory of Carlsbad is indeed a —— according to the State Bar. Bonnie Dumanis is the worst district attorney in the country. Gregory [allegedly] stole over 112K from a couple of her clients, and the DA turns a blind eye!!?? I think the good people of San Diego should staand up and prosecute this lawyer thru common law citizens arrest! After reading the court documents on the State Bar website it was chilling to think this lawyer is still walking the streets! And Dumanis wants to be mayor? We Think NOT!

http://ca-state-bar-disbarred-attorneys.tripod.com/

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GuestSpeaker Sept. 3, 2011 @ 6:25 p.m.

Patricia Gregory: Patricia Gregory's website claims she teaches graduate courses in Business Law and Ethics. However on March 16, 2011, the State Bar's recommendation as found in this Opinion, was disbarment.

The court finds the facts involved in the instant case to be more egregious than those of Spaith. Here, respondent,[Gregory] in two separate matters, misappropriated a total sum of over $112,000. This amount is almost three times the amount misappropriated in Spaith. The court also notes that, unlike the attorney in Spaith, respondent still owes money to the victims of her misappropriation.

Significant Harm:

Respondent"s conduct significantly harmed her clients. (Std. 1.2(b)(iv).) By misappropriating funds, respondent caused both of her clients to suffer significant financial harm.

This court recommends that respondent Patricia Ann Gregory be disbarred from the practice of law in the State of California and that her name be stricken from the roll of attorneys in this state.

Judge Richard Honn

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 4, 2011 @ 12:12 a.m.

Judge Richard Honn

========= Honn is a dork, he will rubber stamp anything the Bar puts in front of him, he is to the State Bar what Dumbass is to the County of San Diego.

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GuestSpeaker Sept. 4, 2011 @ 3:12 p.m.

Being as humble as I can be, I could not disagree more about this poster's comment about Judge Honn. Reading the state bar court decision document. this judge gave more of his time in making a decision, then any other state bar judge, and is the hardest judge to give a disbarment decision. No rubber stamps here. You can only hope to go before Judge Honn if you are being prosecuted in State Bar Court. Impo Patricia A Gregory got what she deserved, from a very honest judge. "The Disbarment Decision"... Look at the alleged Grand Theft Misappropriation document amount. Over $112,000.00 misappropriated according to the State Bar. Doesn't that mean stolen? Grand Theft? You can only feel for these two clients losing their life savings. The BIG question is .... WHAT is Dumanis goint to DO about it?

The general public can only hope justice will prevail in a criminal prosecution.

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 5, 2011 @ 1:16 a.m.

I am referring to Honn generally, in most cases-99.999% of his cases- not specifically to his decision in this action.

Patricia Gregory would have been disbarred -rightly so-with a small claims commissioner with no experience!

Honn is a pathetic judge not versed in the law, or just ignores the law, specifically constitutional protections, and is ALWAYS biased in favor of the State Bar, who pays his salary. And to claim one can "only hope" to go before the buffoon shows your complete and total ignorance of this clown.

"...this judge gave more of his time in making a decision, then any other state bar judge...".....errrr.. Honn gave his time because he was the judge in the case and that is his job- what did you expect an intern or his clerk to write the decsion????? Ridiculous comment.

The real question is why isn't Honn recommending Bonnie Dumbass have her law license revoked for failing to prosecute her old friend and buddy Gregory??????.... an obvious violation of the equal protection clause.

These State Bar clowns are more interested in protecting themselves and their buddies than keeping the law profession safe and clean. Dumbass not being prosecuted for her violating EQ is just one example. I will NOT even go into Dumbass and her conduict in the Sommers case, which Judges Hayes has allowed to go FORWARD in federal court. Judge Hayes is one of the better judges in town, and certainly one of the better federal judges where giant ego's and incompetence seem to be the norm. The difference between a guy like Hayes and Honn is night and day, good and bad, evil and good.

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dynamo1943 Sept. 6, 2011 @ 4:05 p.m.

Everyone has their opinion and is entitled to it. However, SurfPuppy seems to have a grudge with some judges, namely the one above.

"... These State Bar clowns are more interested in protecting themselves and their buddies than keeping the law profession safe and clean..."

Just who and how many are clowns with your first hand experience SurfPuppy?

Had much experience with the state bar court system?

"... The real question is why isn't Honn recommending Bonnie Dumbass have her law license revoked for failing to prosecute her old friend and buddy Gregory??????.... an obvious violation of the equal protection clause..."

Obviously the million dollar question, but as you must know there needs to be a filing, investigation, then assignment to one of your clowns.

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 7, 2011 @ 12:17 a.m.

By dynamo1943 4:05 p.m., Sep 6, 2011

Joined: Sept. 6, 2011 Comments posted: 1 (view all)

Hi Honn, glad to see you have joined the site, and mentioned ME on your very first post....... and here is my response to you Honn, the truth hurts buddy!

Any how, it really has nothing to do with "grudges", just stating a fact, and I understand how public comments on your work-if you can call it that-can get you upset.

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dynamo1943 Sept. 7, 2011 @ 8:39 a.m.

SP, you must be delusional to think I am this judge. Ridiculous comment. Let's just say I work with the 'shiny bracelets' and have an extreme dislike for lawyers in general. Especially dirty ones. I happen to have stumbled onto this page by accident. Or maybe now I see maybe it was not an accident.

Without the state bar there would be no protection from dirty attorneys who steal clients money and commit felonies against the unfortunate. Furthermore, without the DA there would be no justice. 'Every dog gets it's day'. If you truely believe in what you post against these good people at the state bar, who are protecting the public from these dirty lawyers, why not use your real name next time.

If I were an attorney, I would try and give you advise as to the comments on this page. Over-and-Out.

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 8, 2011 @ 2:48 p.m.

So it looks like I have mistaken a stoopid cop for a stoopid judge. My bad.

The next question is why you would contest my comments about birdbrain when you have no knowledge of him, either direct or indirect?????? …..since 99% of the Bar Court's actions are confidential. While I on the other hand have seen more than one of his decisions, putting me in a direct position to comment?????????????????

The State Bar is filled with idiots-at all levels, just like all gov agencies, especially LE agencies. And it shows. Just my opinion, don't like it-too bad. I didn't comment for you.

Now, if you want to cheerlead the Bar-be my guest, but don't try to come on here and claim contrary to my position with NO facts -or even indirect knowledge- to support your uneducated comments.

Over and out!

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dynamo1943 Sept. 8, 2011 @ 2:45 p.m.

SurfPuppy said,

"...Any how, it really has nothing to do with "grudges", just stating a fact, and I understand how public comments on your work-if you can call it that..."

Hey SurfPuppy, are you a sour-grapes disciplined ex-attorney with no license? You sure sound like one. Do you have a name to back up your facts above?

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 8, 2011 @ 2:53 p.m.

If I were an attorney, I would try and give you advise as to the comments on this page.

And IF I were an idiot like you I would go back to third grade and learn how to spell "advice" ....LOL...too funny!

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dynamo1943 Sept. 9, 2011 @ 10:03 a.m.

Your are indeed diversionary SurfPuppy .... your quote:

"...…..since 99% of the Bar Court's actions are confidential..."

Wrong again SurfPoopy ... uhh I mean Puppy ... All documents of disciplined dirty lawyers are public record on the state bar. In fact the state bar now has a "Misappropriation Team" for lawyers who steal over $25,000. These attorney's records will be put on display on the internet for all the public to see. Are you worried about something SP?

California State Bar Misappropriation Team ...

“The Major Misappropriation Team’s commitment is to swiftly remove from practice those attorneys who steal from their clients,” said Joseph Carlucci, head of the task force.

The team was created in February by Chief Trial Counsel James Towery in concert with a proposal to post a consumer alert – in big, bold letters on the top of a lawyer’s State Bar profile page – when bar prosecutors file charges against lawyers for stealing more than $25,000 from their clients. Although only a handful of lawyers steal large amounts of money from their clients, Towery said bar prosecutors currently have 113 pending investigations of misappropriation charges against some 55 lawyers.

“Of all the types of lawyer misconduct, this is the clearest breach of ethical duties capable of causing client harm,” Towery said. “The degree to which we can identity these cases and quickly remove these lawyers from practice is the best kind of public protection.”

If you feel you are a victim of theft from any attorney contact the "California State Bar." The State Bar will investigate and prosecute, at no cost to you, if they see any wrong doing by your hired lawyer.

Founded in 1927 by the state legislature, The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, serving the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. By June 2010, membership reached more than 227,000.

Attorney Complaint Hotline: 1-800-843-9053 or 1-213-765-1200 (outside California

All state bar displinary records are public . Now ... with given dignity to all of Pine's and Gregory's alleged ripped off clients, I am done with a amature like you SurfPuppy, and give respect to the editor of this page and the ex clients of these dirty lawyers. If you want I can forward your Judge in question all of your comments if you like.

Your pretty popular on this site SP. Almost 6000 comments by you, and mostly all flagged for removal. Impressive. Have a nice day.

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 9, 2011 @ 4:21 p.m.

All documents of disciplined dirty lawyers are public record on the state bar. In fact the state bar now has a "Misappropriation Team" for lawyers who steal over $25,000. These attorney's records will be put on display on the internet for all the public to see. Are you worried about something SP? / OMG are you the fool of the century. WRONG, all bar proceedings are confidential, until and unless there are charges PUBLCI brought or PUBLIC discipline is given out and even then MOST of it is PRIVATE-and confidential, such as private admonishment. You moron! Very FEW discipline proceeding become public. / In fact the state bar now has a "Misappropriation Team" for lawyers who steal over $25,000. These attorney's records will be put on display on the internet for all the public to see. Are you worried about something SP? / Hahhahahahahaa.......and that is a FRACTION of the discipline proceedings. OMG, you truly are dumber than a bag of rocks!!!!!! / All state bar displinary records are public . / Wrong again fool, see above^^^^. / If you want I can forward your Judge in question all of your comments if you like. / Please do, Honn is an idiot and everyone knows it-so this will not be earth shattering news! /

I am done with a amature like you SurfPuppy / I think it is correctly spelled "...with AN amature..."

Junior, if you want another public spanking, please stop back again!

And learn how to spell "advice", as with a C and not an S :)

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dynamo1943 Sept. 9, 2011 @ 2:59 p.m.

SurfPuppy said, Quote:

"...And IF I were an idiot like you I would go back to third grade and learn how to spell "advice" ....LOL...too funny!.."

Perhaps we can continue in Latin SurfPoop. Now we will see who the incultus really is. LOL!

Invenire rem peto a te fatuus surf catulus job. Nullam porta imperdiet surf puppis furandi? Si quis misericordia innocentem pro his noxiis potecting maybe vos could nocte dormiunt. Ius iuris defensionis tuae?

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GuestSpeaker Sept. 12, 2011 @ 8:13 a.m.

California is the only state in the nation with independent professional judges dedicated to ruling on attorney discipline cases.

The State Bar of California investigates complaints of attorney misconduct. If the State Bar determines that an attorney's actions involve probable misconduct, formal charges are filed with the State Bar Court by the bar's prosecutors (Office of Chief Trial Counsel).

The independent State Bar Court hears the charges and has the power to recommend that the California Supreme Court suspend or disbar attorneys found to have committed acts of professional misconduct or convicted of serious crimes.

For lesser offenses, public or private reprovals may be issued by the State Bar Court.

Also, it can temporarily remove lawyers from the practice of law when they are deemed to pose a substantial threat of harm to clients or the public.

Lawyers may seek review of State Bar Court decisions in the California Supreme Court.

The State Bar Court conducts hearings and makes decisions and formal recommendations on disciplinary matters.

Since 1989, the court has used full-time judges appointed by the California Supreme Court, legislature and governor. The court is divided into two departments — a Hearing Department and a Review Department, headed by a presiding judge.

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 13, 2011 @ 11:30 p.m.

"California is the only state in the nation with independent professional judges dedicated to ruling on attorney discipline cases."

Nice "cut and paste" job thereguest speaker.

If you THINK the State Bar Court judges-like idiot Honn- are "independant" then you need to put the crack pipe down. Seriously.

Judges in the DGS and the State Bar are highly bias in favor of the ones who cut their checks- and that is a well known fact.

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GuestSpeaker Sept. 16, 2011 @ 10:21 a.m.

The general public should thank the state bar for their fantastic laws over california lawyers. Even if a few do try and get away with felony theft of their clients funds. I proposed "a new law" for the state bar, concerning "the client trust fund"

My proposal is simple. There should be no client trust fund that is avaiable to any lawyers control. All of the client's money should be held at the state bar with a governing bank account to protect the client's interest and funds. All State Bar Judges would be in charge of releasing any funds to a client with a court order.

This simple and effective measure and law would protect most clients at least from client trust fund theft. Simple and effective. Also concerning lawyers fees? The state bar Judges and Court system should regulate fees charged by attorneys and leave a open window for clients to have more control over their hired attorney.

Thank God for the State Bar, and all their wonderful Judges.

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