Karma Zaike Blackmail Letter

Seattle area Family Law Lawyer Karma Zaike works at the Law Office of Michael W. Bugni  (Bugni in the past has served as a Pro Tempore Family Law Commissioner in King County) is well known in the Puget Sound legal community as a high conflict specialist, more aptly a creator of high conflict.

What is her secret for success? Since fall of 2011 it could all be related to the fact she and/or the Law Office of Michael Bugni maintain incriminating evidence of Judicial Misconduct possibly rising to the criminal level against the leadership of King County Superior Court, including Chief Presiding Judge Richard McDermott, Chief UFC Judge Deb Fleck, Assistant Presiding Judge Susan Craighead, Judge James Doerty (ret.), Judge William Downing, to name a few.

In a recent communication with the actors of King County Superior Court this fact was once again spelled out for them-

6-27-13 KCSC McDermott Zaike Blackmail Letter

In 2011 Judge James Doerty, then KCSC Assistant Presiding Judge, was assigned by UFC Judge Deb Fleck to hear a motion for Revision on a DV Protection Order. On October 14th, 2011 Zaike fearing judge Doerty would dismiss her bogus petition filed for a change of Judge, not only citing RCW but demonstrating cause for prejudice

10-14-11 Declaration for Change of Judge

10-14-11 Motion to Change Judge

10-14-11 Prejudice Hearing Calendar Motion

Washington Case law is clear concerning the ability of litigants to prejudice a Judicial Officer, State v. Dixon 1968, Prejudice is deemed to be established by the affidavit and the judge to whom it is directed is divested of authority to proceed further into the merits of the action” The leadership at King County had other ideas however. Sometime the afternoon of October 14th, 2011 Judge Doerty emailed a letter to the LOMWB, this letter was obtained from a Public Disclosure Request from the City of Renton Police Department in native word format and the metadata of the document show paralegal Grace Olsen opened and saved the document that afternoon. Days later a version was delivered via the USPS however this version was signed and on KCSC letterhead.

11-03-11 RPD PRR 3 Letter from Judge Doerty

10-17-11 KCSC Doerty Letter

10-21-11 KCSC Doerty Envelope

While these letters are similar they are each unique. At this point it is still unknown what Judge Doerty wrote in the accompanying email message to Zaike and/or Bugni, several requests have been made to KCSC only to go unanswered.

Even after the Prejudice was filed, the actors of the court notified the parties late in the afternoon of October 14th that there would be a hearing Monday October 17th, at 9am in Judge Doerty’s courtroom.

Also obtained from the Renton Police Department is a transcript prepared by Zaike of the October 17th, 2011 hearing.

11-03-11 RPD PRR 2 Doerty Transcript Page 91-97

In the transcript Doerty states he is acting at the direction of the Presiding Judge (KCSC Chief Presiding Judge Richard McDermott), he goes on at length about subject matter he has no jurisdiction over, the unlawful practice of law involving a party not joined to the action, me.

The irregularities are rampant in this hearing Doerty at one point provides documentation to the lawyers present (Karma Zaike and Eric Engel) but these documents have been either withheld or removed from the Official Court Docket maintained by KCSC Clerk Barbara Miner, so the content of these can never be verified.

According to the Washington State BAR Association (WSBA) no complaint of any kind had been made concerning the Unlawful Practice of Law against me, possibly because the the actors of the Court had became aware the “Blackmail” letter had become part of the official public record or more appropriately because it was Judge James Doerty and Richard McDermott who had engaged in the unlawful practice of law.

Whatever the content of the October 14th, 2011 email from KCSC to Karma Zaike and/or LOMWB it is safe to assume the Court provided enough information that she felt comfortable attending a hearing in front of a Judge she so adamantly prejudiced off the case.  By communicating with the lawyer Doerty/McDermott provided legal advice to Zaike and her client, this is the only act of unlawful practice of law in this case.

Fast forward to June 2013, long time associate of Karma Zaike, Douglas Bartholomew petitioned Snohomish County District Court for a Anti Harassment Protection Order against me, contained in this petition is a copy of the “blackmail” letter dated October 14th, 2011.

6-14-13 Doug Bartholomew Anti Harassment

The ex parte petition was granted by SCDC Presiding Judge Patricia Lyon.

Bartholomew declared he was seeking relief based on several factors:

1. The respondent engaged in unlawful activity at a US Federal Court (quazi Federal Building) during a Bankruptcy 341 Hearing Examination.

This argument fails many ways, The Federal Trustee Virginia Burdette presided over the hearing and never objected or stopped it. The Debtor Bartholomew counsel Jeffrey Wells a seasoned BK veteran never objected to the examination, in fact responded to email about dates he was available for Debtors examination under USC BR2004. Judge Lyon has ZERO jurisdiction over alleged acts committed during Federal Court Proceedings.

2. The respondent is NOT a Creditor to the Bankruptcy Proceedings

Judge Lyon has ZERO jurisdiction over making determinations for the Federal Bench.

3. Bartholomew presented a letter he claimed was authored by KCSC Judge James Doerty which was a Judicial ruling and finding

This letter was NOT accompanied by any certification of fact, was unsigned, not on official letterhead. He provided no detail as to the provenance of this exhibit, how did he get this letter? did Judge Doerty also send it to him? did Zaike send it to him?

This letter is very damaging to Judge McDermott and Doerty, could possibly cost them their seat on the bench (Doerty his retirement plan). Judicial misconduct is a serious act. Is the inclusion of this document sending a signal to the bench? Blackmail? is the issuance of this order Judge Lyon way of keeping Bartholomew from turning on those who once provided his revenue stream?

4. Bartholomew is restrained by the Automatic Bankruptcy Stay, covering all acts pre-petition

The debtors are required to seek relief from stay via the US Federal Court all of the allegations except for the allegations under the sole jurisdiction of the BK Court during the 341 Hearing predate the filing. As of July 1st, 2013 no order has been signed by the Federal Bench providing such relief.


18 USC Sub Section 242- Deprivation of rights under color of law

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.


The conspiracy surrounding the “Zaike Blackmail” letter continues to grow and each time my rights are trespassed even further.

Judge Lyon maintains her bond with the Hartford Insurance Company in the amount of $20,000, I suspect this may not be enough to indemnify conduct in this matter.


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