Washington State Bar’s Racketeering, Corruption, Organization, Influence for Profit; Enterprise members includes WSBA counsel Linda Eide, Lin O’Dell, and Joseph Nappi Jr., RICO Complaints follow

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First I’d like our readers to know that the WSBA has been contacted over and over again seeking comment for our articles.

Since the publication of this article, the Washington State Bar’s lead counsel Linda Eide, Scott Busby, Doug Ende, Lin O’Dell, Joseph Nappi Jr., Seth Fine, and Geoffrey Gibbs have all been sued for RICO violations.  All were contacted for comment, and all as of today have refused.  As such, we stand by our articles as being ” right on target.”

Welcome to Washington State, where corruption inside government offices seems to be the way of life.  But not so fast because the Gold Bar Reporters are here.

Over the last twelve months, we have been investigating several corrupt government officers including but not limited to Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe and Sean Reay, and Washington State Bar’s counsel Linda Eide and Lin O’ Dell after phone records link the Enterprise gang members to much bigger corruption scandal up here in Snohomish County.

It all started when Snohomish County’s unqualified bum , appointed by Aaron Reardon, John E. Pennington ran illegal backgrounds in violation of RCW 10.97 on several open government supporters in Snohomish County.  John Pennington lost his Homeland Security Clearance as a result of such activity.

Last week another blogger from Snohomish County informed the Gold Bar Reporter that she found records between Senator Tracy Eide and pedophile John Pennington documenting that each were unlawfully using government resources to communicate electronically ( via email).  This new find is “damaging” and will be released as Exhibits in John Pennington’s 42 USC 1983 complaint ( filed on Feb 18, 2014 in Washington Federal District Court).

Senator Tracy Eide is also related to RICO member and WSBA lead counsel Linda Eide.  Ms. Linda Eide has been involved in at least 20 RICO related conspiracies involving criminal covering ups for pedophiles like John Pennington.  According to another blogger ” she’s doing Senator Tracy Eide a huge favor because Pennington is like J. Edgar Hoover; he gains illegal access into a person’s personal files and then attempts to extort them with the information.”

This was not new news.  We’ve been investigating pedophile John Pennington for the last five years, and here’s what we believe to be true:

John Pennington is the prime suspect in child rape case of a 5 yr old in Colwitz County; Pennington was kicked out a church in San Diego California after two boys stated that Pennington molested them during a church camping trip; Pennington hospitalized his ex-fiance ( thank you for following the Gold Bar Reporter Ms. Becker), Pennington beat up his pregnant wife # 3 in her third trimester of pregnancy, and misuses his position to run illegal background checks on citizens – a felony in Washington.

Mr. Pennington had his Homeland Security Clearance REVOKED after he illegally gained access into his ex-wife # 3 boyfriend’s “sealed” court records and then used Snohomish County fax machines to disseminate the illegally obtained files into his King County Washington divorce proceedings.

Last month we promised our readers that we would issue our findings after the Gold Bar Reporters researched 20 disbarred or suspended Washington State attorneys. In each case, all but one attorney who have been disbarred or suspended crossed paths with a small group of Washington State Bar Board of Governor members, mainly from the Law Office of Anderson Hunter, located in Everett, Washington and Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, and/or the Washington State’s Attorney General Office (AG).

Because we are planning to file a RICO complaint in this matter, we will only post the names of 5 disbarred or suspended lawyers who have been retaliated against after they complained about an agency employee or a member of WSBA’s elite Board members ( who use WSBA counsel Linda Eide when they cannot win cases on their own merit or ethically).  The remaining 15 WSBA members who were disbarred or suspended who came in contact with lead counsel from the WSBA, Linda Eide and Doug Ende, will also be named as witnesses. But at a much later date.


Attorney John Scannell disbarred only after he filed a WSBA complaint against former Attorney General Christine Gregoire.  John Scannell is running for WA State Supreme Court against Christine Gregoire’s friend, Debra Stevens.


In 2000, Ms. Gregoire was the Washington state Attorney General who missed a simple deadline for filing a lawsuit costing  Washington State taxpayers 19 million dollars.  This was the largest legal blunder ever caused by a sitting AG in United States history.  Instead of Gregoire accepting responsibility for her legal malpractice, she blames the insurance company  and blames attorney Janet L Capps.

In a press statement regarding the largest legal blunder ever committed against the taxpayers, Attorney General Gregoire stated:  ” I’ll never miss another deadline…” However, then sitting Governor Gary Locke said  “She’s taken a lot of corrective steps to make sure that never happens again and I applaud her for that.”

But just three years later, and after spending over $1.2 million dollars to install a calendar system to prevent such blunders, another assistant Attorney General Scott Lockwood was disciplined for blowing another Attorney General  filing deadline. This legal blunder assisted specifically attorney Michael Kenyon’s client, the City of North Bend, win a default judgment eliminating a nearby North Bend parcel of land  from the state’s short list of potential halfway-house sites.  A favor or Racketeering?

See http://snohomishcountycorruption.wordpress.com/tag/pridemore/

Because Christine Gregoire is a licensed Washington State Bar member who is mandated by Rules of Professional Conduct to supervise junior associates, attorney John Scannell, filed a bar complaint against Christine Gregoire.  A complaint that was mainly ignored, only after Office of Disciplinary Counsel and Board of Governors learned that Christine Gregoire was running for governor.

Once Ms. Gregoire become Washington State’s new governor, the Washington State Bar’s investigative file of her disappeared, and she used her new political capital to go after attorney John Scannell for filing a bar complaint agianst her.

At the time the Washington State Bar decided to assist Governor Gregoire’s retaliation against attorney John Scannell for filing a bar complaint  ( for Gregoire’s gross legal malpractice that should have resulted in an immediate disbarment),  three of Snohomish County’s top political players were on Washington State Bar’s Board of Governors.

The 3 WSBA Board Members who illegally profited from quashing the WSBA complaint against Christine Gregoire are:

1. Snohomish County Commissioner Geoffrey Gibbs, an attorney from the law firm of Anderson Hunter.

2. Attorney Robert Leach, from the Law Office of Anderson Hunter.

3. Robert Leach’s wife, attorney Vicki Norris, another employee from the law firm of Anderson Hunter.

Once Christine Gregoire became Washington State ‘s Governor in 2004, Robert Leach received a political appointment from Ms. Gregoire to an open seat inside Snohomish County’s Superior Court.  As a result of Robert Leach’s loyalty in assisting Gregoire with dismissing a valid Washington State Bar complaint, in 2010, Governor Gregoire appointed Robert Leach to an open seat on the Washington  Court of Appeals Div. I.

At the time of Robert Leach’s appointment, he had almost no experience in the practice of law. Leach remains Washington State’s least qualified political judicial appointment in Washington State’s history.

Attorney Geoffrey Gibbs received a permanent appointment as a Snohomish County Commissioner for his efforts in assisting Governor Gregoire with disposing of a valid  bar complaint.  This conduct equates to one of the largest RICO scandals in Washington State’s history.


Attorney Robert Grunstein disbarred only after he filed a WSBA complaint and sued a WSBA Board member named attorney Ronald Meltzer.

In 2007, Robert Grunstein’s mother was sick and dying. Attorney Ronald Meltzer was Ms. Grunstein’s legal administrator.  A legal administrator is hired to look after their client’s best interests.  When Robert Grunstein started investigating where his mother’s money disappeared to, he rightfully went to attorney Ronald Meltzer with questions. Instead, Grunstein was stonewalled and Meltzer refused to answer any questions as it related to thousands of dollars missing from his mother’s accounts.  As a result, Grunstein sued Meltzer for breaching his fudiciary duties to his mother.

Attorney Meltzer used his friends inside the WSBA’s elite Board of Governors to go after Mr. Grunstein claiming he was practicing law without a license. At the time Robert Grunstein filed suit his WSBA license was ” inactive.”  Meltzer never denied stealing thousands of dollars from Mr. Grusntein’s mother, but instead he used his friend and WSBA’s lead RICO attorney Linda Eide to go after Grunstein’s WSBA license.

It’s gets even better, so hold onto your seat!  WSBA’s LInda Eide then used Attorney Meltzer as a prime witness against Mr. Grunstein inside a WSBA disciplinary proceedings. That’s right, the WSBA’s lead RICO attorney Linda Eide called her friend and thief Ronald Meltzer to testify against a non-active attorney whose only crime was trying to stop Linda Eide’s friend and WSBA Board member Ronald Meltzer from stealing his mother’s money.

WSBA’s lead criminal counsel Linda Eide refused comment.


Attorney Paul Simmerly disbarred only after he had the audacity to represent another attorney against the criminals inside the WSBA ODC.


Mr. Simmerly represented an attorney, Larry Botimer, who was eventually suspended for 6 months for trying to help an elderly woman being taken advantage of by one of her sons. Of course, Attorney Botimer was a sole-practitioner.  The WSBA’s disbarment rate against solo practitioners is 99.7 %.   There is no evidence that the WSBA has ever taken any action against an agency attorney in the last 25 years.
Mr. Simmerly sued this woman and her evil son on behalf of her other son ( the good son). The good son was trying to help his mother who claimed an interest in the business. The evil son had convinced the mother to transfer her stock in the business to him, as well as stock promised to the good son.  The mother was legally competent, so the only way the good son and the mom could get control of the business that had been taken over by the evil son was to sue her and the evil son.

Mr. Simmerly subpoenaed Botimer as a witness. Botimer wrote a will for the mother and was a longtime family friend. The judge overruled opposing counsel’s objections and required Botimer to testify. The WSBA Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) did not like the fact that attorney Botimer obeyed the Court’s subpoena and erroneously claimed that Botimer disclosed confidences and secrets (Much like the Schafer case).  Mr. Simmerly then took on Botimer’s discipline case as well.

The WSBA ODC did not like Mr. Simmerly’s aggressive style in defending attorney Botimer from the WSBA ODC criminals.  The ODC just could never be bothered with closely examining the facts of the underlying civil case.  Simply put, WSBA lead counsel Linda Eide is a lazy fuck.

Mr. Simmerly was also trying to help the elderly woman. During the course of the Botimer disciplinary proceeding, the WSBA ODC filed a Bar Grievance on Mr. Simmerly alleging that he filed a motion in the underlying  civil case, where Botimer was a witness, to add to the findings and he gave notice to the defendant’s attorney instead of directly to the defendant in violation of a court rule.

Of course, you can’t contact a party directly when that party is represented by an attorney, but this was beyond the ODC’s comprehension. Simply put, the WSBA ODC members are not the sharpest tools in the shed.  But after Mr. Simmerly pointed out many examples of how the court rule is universally ignored by all practicing attorneys in the Puget Sound area and judges, the ODC dismissed its Grievance against Mr. Simmlery.

Then the WSBA ODC, Linda Eide, illegally contacted the elderly woman to “solicit” the old frail elderly woman to file a WSBA Bar grievance against Mr. Simmerly because had encouraged the underlying litigation.  Strike two!!!!  That Grievance was also dismissed.

Then, a King County jury after a week-long trial awarded damages to Mr. Simmerly’s client and the elderly woman half.  The elderly woman and her evil son were represented by the same attorney. The WSBA ODC determined that there was no conflict of interest. The trial Judge took  the absolutely unprecedented action of taking the stock away from the evil son and awarding half of it to the elderly woman even though the evil son and the elderly woman were represented by the same attorney and there was no request for that relief that had been made in the case! If that is not a conflict of interest, there is no such thing. But it gets better.

After the trial, the elderly woman transferred her stock back to the evil son (they were still represented by the same attorney), and he continued to run the business into the ground. The WSBA ODC had inexplicably convinced the elderly woman that the evil son, and not Simmerly’s client, was the one who had her best interests at heart. So thanks to scums at the WSBA ODC, the elderly woman lost her million dollar business and her life’s work and life savings; she died penniless and she had nothing to pass on to her grandchildren. Attorney Botimer tried to help the frail elderly woman and she got fucked by the WSBA ODC RICO thugs.

More mindless conduct on the part of the ODC, but hey what’s new.  Yet another case where the Hearing Officer merely rubber stamps the ODC’s allegations and another chapter for my book.

WSBA ODC Joseph Nappi Jr., Linda Eide, and Doug Ende refused comment about their illegal conduct as stated herein.


Marja Starczeski was suspended from the practice of law after defending a women who was in a land dispute with Snohomish County Commissioner Geoffrey Gibbs. Geoffrey Gibbs was on the WSBA Board of Governors at the time he managed to get his WSBA ODC RICO gang to suspend Ms. Starczewski.

Robert Leach, also a WSBA Board of Governors member, represented Commissioner Gibbs and made an illegal contract with the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office for duel defense against a Snohomish County citizen that Gibbs stole land from.

A RICO complaint has been filed against Geoffrey Gibbs, Judge Robert Leach and the WA State Bar in US Federal District Court. Depositions will start soon.

UPDATE: More documents from the WSBA confirm that Geoffrey Gibbs’s had exparte contact with the WSBA as it relates to Marja Starczeski. This violates the WSBA Rules of Professional Conduct; Gibbs filed another WSBA complaint against Marja Starczeski with his WSBA ODC RICO thugs hoping to get her disbarred for asking a question during a CLE class.

Geoffrey Gibbs must have a large car, because the size of his brain appears to be small. We will not comment on Gibbs’s other body part because that would be a “low blow.’ But according to Gold Bar’s current Mayor Linda Loen, former Gold Bar Mayor Crystal Hill Pennington would be to the person to ask.
Marja Starczeski is one of the most ethical lawyers we ever had the pleasure of speaking with.  Marja Starczeski represented a neighbor of Snohomish County Commissioner Geoffrey Gibbs’s tenants. Goeffrey Gibbs first lied about owning the diputed property and even violated WSBA basic conflict of interest rules prohibiting representation in any issue that a lawyer may personally and financially stand to receive a pecuniary interest.

But this is not the first time we caught Commissioner Geoffrey Gibbs engaging in illegal conduct up here in Snohomish County.  In December 2012, Commissioner Geoffrey Gibbs held an exparte hearing on a Gold Bar Reporter without notice while she was out of the state visiting her dying father. If that wasn’t illegal enough, Geoffrey Gibbs also failed to state that he was a personal friend to Gold Bar’s city attorney Michael Kenyon.

Kenyon frustrated that he is losing the Gold Bar cases, enlisted his RICO friends inside the WSBA ODC to go after Gold Bar Reporter Block after public records she received documented that Michael Kenyon overbilled the City of Gold Bar residents over $50,000.00 for services never rendered.

In February 2013, Kenyon Dissend illegally billed Gold Bar residents over $1200.00 to file a frivolous WSBA complaint. According to public testimony by WSBA ODC’s lead criminal and Michael Kenyon’s friend Linda Eide’s statement to the ODC Chief Hearing Officer Jospeh Nappi Jr ” Ms. Block has NO prior complaints….”  Ms. Eide filed a false statement, a matter for she will be sued under the Supreme Court’s holding in Kalina.

Laying a little foundation as it relates to Geoffrey Gibbs.  Gibbs attempted to bully Marja Starczeski’s into settling the land dispute ( land that belongs to Carolyn Ryggs).  Marja Starczeski represented Carolyn Ryggs. Ms. Ryggs, by and through her attorney, Marja Starczeski filed a federal RICO complaint against Commissioner Geoffrey Gibbs, Snohomish County Prosecutors, and Judge Robert Leach.  All three attorneys had connections to the WSBA Board of Governors. All three refused comment.

When Marja Starczeski rightfully filed a RICO complaint against Gibbs, Robert Leach, and several others, the chicken shit little squirt Goeffrey Gibbs filed an anonymous  WSBA complaint against Marja Starczeski. Simply because Marja Starczeski had the audacity to file a RICO suit against several agency employees who are engaged in stealing land from a life long Snohomish County elderly resident.

Once Geoffrey Gibbs filed the WSBA complaint with his friend and former Snohomish County Prosecutor Craig Bray (a WSBA ODC disciplinary counsel thug), Marja Starczeski was suspended from the practice of law for three years. Inspite of havng a direct conflict of interest in this case, attorney Craig Bray refused to recuse himself.  A crime in Washington.

But how our good friends at the WBSA and Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office managed to get a complaint to stick was by offering one of Marja Starczeski’s clients a great plea deal if he agreed to file a WSBA complaint alleging that she did not call him with updates.

This same man was also charged with crimes inside Snohomish County that mysteriously disappeared after he assisted Snohomish County Commissioner Geoffrey Gibbs with getting Marja Starczeski suspended for three years.

Seems to be a pattern of conduct that if a lawyer refuses to settle a case by throwing their clients under the bus, Snohomish County enlists their RICO gang members at the WSBA ODC.  Geoffrey Gibbs past legal record leads us to believe that he is not the sharpest tool in the shed.  A man, like Michael Kenyon, who cannot win on his own merits/efforts. Kind of reminds us of a little child who loses at Monopoly and then flips the board game upside down so no one wins.

Two years later (2014), Marja Starczeski attended a CLE class in Wenatchee Washington taught by guess who?  You got it, Geoffrey Gibbs. Again, an anonymous complaint was filed, and this time Geoffrey Gibbs’s friend Linda Eide and Doug Ende are seeking disbarment against poor Marja Starczeski for simply defending her client.

WSBA ODC’s lead criminal Linda Eide was contacted for comment this week and her response was to simply laugh. Yes, Ms. Eide laughed – a real salt of the earth sociopath, hence why she has gone out of her way to defend a pedophile, John E. Pennington ( the man who is responsible for causing the deaths of thousands of huricane Katrina residents and 44 Oso mudslide residents here in Snohomish County, Washington).


The WSBA ODC rubber stamped ODC Hearing Officer’s recommendation that attorney Kathryn Abele be suspended from the practice of law for one year for simply filing a criminal complaint against a police office in Seattle that “tripped” her.

Kathryn Abele is a very large and tall woman.  She towers over 6 ‘ 4 ” tall, weighs over 250 pounds, and is severally hearing impaired.  Ms. Abele is loud and abrasive.  This three attributes are disbarrable under the current WSBA ODC’s old fucks who hold seats on the WSBA ODC, mainly appointed by Washington State’s most notorious RICO thug, attorney Joseph Nappi Jr.

We only mentioned Ms. Abele’s size because our source, who wishes to remain anonymous, stated ” Ms. Abele was always teased and tournamented by the Seattle PD when she appeared in King County.”   A statement that took the Gold Bar Reporters a whole ten minutes to obtain, but the WSBA ODC refused to call this witness back when she called stating that “the Seattle PD was trying to frame Ms. Abele as a liar.”

Nothing new for our friends in blue.

The WSBA ODC prosecuted attorney Abele for filing a false report. Laughable shit!  Since we here at the Gold Bar Reporters love public records, we sent the Seattle PD several records requests. What we received left us believing for the first time during the middle of the summer  (2014) that the WSBA ODC is GUILTY of gross RICO violations, both criminal and civil, and the Seattle PD and Vanessa Norman should be criminally prosecuted for Brady violations.

The Seattle PD confirmed that Vanessa Norman illegally solicited WSBA complaints from over 50 members of the Seattle PD. This conduct is criminal and amounts to RICO violations. Ms. Norman refused comment.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brady_disclosure

The WSBA ODC illegally withheld several videos and records from Ms. Abele’s attorney in violation of Our Supreme Court’s holding in Brady.  Our friends should not worry because we did not.

Kathryn Abele’s case is being appealed, and lets hope her attorney throws in “procedural misconduct” as grounds to obtain a new investigation by a fair, honest and impartial WSBA ODC members ( who are NOT connected to WSBA ODC gang members Doug Ende, John Nappi Jr., and/or Linda Eide).

Immediately after we requested the Seattle PD’s communication which relates to Ms. Abele, the officers involved resigned and moved to California.

We hope that Ms. Abele sues the shit out of the City of Seattle and the WSBA ODC for violating her civil rights, as we believe retaliation to be against the law.
The five above attorneys who the WSBA ODC retaliated against will be witnesses in the Gold Bar Reporters RICO complaint.

We did contact the Washington State Bar ODC Officer Joseph Nappi Jr, Linda Eide, Vanessa Norman, Doug Ende, and the Seattle officers who filed false reports against Ms. Abele. All six chicken shit liying agency employees refused comment.

Based on the totality of the evidence we reviewed, the Seattle PD and the WSBA ODC counsel filed false reports in direct retaliation for Ms. Abele’s filing a police report against an officer that tripped her simply because she is a large and voicetorious woman over the age of 50.

The above five WSBA members were all solo practitioners that the WSBA ODC went after to justify their existence.

Based on our extensive investigation including emails from Joseph Nappi Jr to a hearing officer telling him to teach others how to fix hearings prior to trial, Linda Eide’s destroying evidence in the Grunstein matter, Lin O’Dell using her convicted killer boyfriend to intimidate disabled clients and then setting up a US Post Office Box three blocks from so called grievants John and Crystal Hill Pennington’s home in Duvall ( while O’Dell and Plivilech live in Spokane County. From federal records, it appears that O’Dell and Plivilech enjoy those eight hour round trip drives from Spokane to Duvall to retrieve their US mail), and good ole Geoffrey Gibbs using his friends inside Snohomish County Courts to trump up criminal charges on poor Carolyn Ryggs, there’s ample evidence to call the WSBA ODC members mentioned herein “criminals.”

This report is being disseminated to over 36,000 WSBA members. Members who have a right to know how their monies are being misused and amount to RICO violations, both criminal and civil, in my opinion.

Our friends inside Snohomish County can thank John Pennington for our investigation.

There is a disclaimer on ” About me” icon listed on the front of my site. As stated on ” about me”  nothing on this page should be taken as legal advice but just our opinion based on our years of investigative journalism.  Some minor edits have been made because there were some clerical errors and we thought we explain with a little more detail their crimes against society.


  1. WSBA has a history of treating women harsly when it comes to aggressive or assertive conduct either in the courtroom or outside the courtroom. Conduct that would never get any attention if the attorney were male and that the bar would totally ignore if anyone complained about. I just read the court’s decision in Abele and it is laughable, and so transparent, that “something else” is going on. I don’t know if it is RICO, or just an antiquated attitued that women should shut up and sit in a corner, but I wish I knew how badly that decision makes the judge’s look to the public. Attorneys who have purposefully stolen, lied to, and treated clients like crap get a slap on the wrist, where as Abele voiced her dissatisfaction WITH A JUDGE (more important than the police BS) and they are on her like white on rice. Reading how a one year suspension, and basically fining her out of her ability to reenter law, is appropriate, it makes me wonder if these judges get how bad it make them all look. Good luck to Abele.


    • It’s been than just disciplinary actions based on gender. In this case, we know from RCW 42.56 ( public emails) records request that once Kathryn Abele had the audacity to file a criminal complaint against a police officer that tripped her, instead of investigating the criminal complaint the Seattle Police department decided the best way to handle Kathryn Abele was to file a WA State Bar complaint against her license.

      From emails between the Seattle Police Dept and WA Investigator Vanessa Norman ( who has a bogus online diploma mill degree) solicited a whole group of Seattle officers to file complaint against Abele as well. And that wasn’t good enough, our wonderful friends from the Seattle Police Dept also picked up the phone and asked Snohomish County Sheriff’s Officer Dave Hayes to spy on Abele while she was practicing in Snohomish County Court.

      Dave Hayes then enlisted our Judge Farris to gather and conjure up additional charges on Kathryn Abele. Based on the totality of the evidence i reviewed from King and Snohomish County Washington under the Public Records Act, I believe those involved should be prosecuted for criminal RICO and Sherman Anti-Trust violations.

      Next time Judge Farris runs for her seat, we are planning a political protest in front of Snohomish County Superior.

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  2. Reblogged this on Snohomish County Corruption and commented:
    I have seen records that broke my heart & made me sick to my stomach over the past week. I wish I could explain how deep the corruption runs in this POS county. Yesterday morning there was a home invasion robbery one street over with the same address as my mailing address, the only way someone could’ve gotten that info is through a state access computer. I’m heading back east but this just got personal…. very personal & I DON’T go down easy. What you are reading is just a fraction of what has been uncovered & I’ve got about 10 days & I will release all of it, I am sick of playing the games & hiding like I did something wrong. My friend could’ve been hurt & an innocent family was pistol whipped that will come back to haunt these people: I promise that.

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