Magistrate Judge Wayne E. Brazil released Lakireddy Reddy on 10 Million Dollars bail on Tuesday, January 25, 2000. Reddy is worth at least $58 Million Dollars in property holdings in Berkeley. How much money Reddy has stored in Switzerland or India really cannot be ascertained. Judge Brazil relied upon Reddy’s word under oath regarding his holdings outside of the U.S. Reddy makes 1 Million per month in rental income alone. Reddy faces federal charges of brining young Indian women into the U.S. via fake visas to have sex with them. Reddy’s son Vijay Reddy was arrested yesterday and is free pending bail hearings on Friday, January 28, 2000.

The bottom line is that Reddy will only pay 10 Million bail which is only the income he would earn by collecting rents for 10 months at 1 Million per month. When Reddy was arrested, he had $50,000 cash and travel tickets to India and gold bars in his possession.

HERE COMES THE CORRUPT JUDGE! Magistrate Judge Wayne D. Brazil, sitting in the federal court in Oakland, is handling the bail and preliminary proceedings in the Reddy case. For many years Judge Brazil collected his U.S. paycheck while his wife Rebecca Byrnes Brazil collected her check from Alameda County where she worked as an assistant Alameda County Counsel in the juvenile division. Since he took the bench in 1984, Judge Brazil has heard many cases involving the interests of Alameda County, who was represented on the record or off the record by his wife and her boss the Alameda County Counsel. Judge Brazil committed a direct conflict of interest in violation of 28 U.S. Code Section 455 (b)(5) which requires a judge to DISQUALIFY HIMSELF FOR CONFLICT OF INTEREST when his wife is acting as a lawyer in the proceeding. Judge Brazil’s wife, via her employer the Alameda County Counsel was the lawyer in many well-known cases. Judge Brazil covered up the Emery school molestation case, by recommending that the lawyer for the children be removed. "Deprive molested children of counsel" is his mantra. Almost all of these children were minorities, including East Indian children. Judge Brazil destroyed any public perception of integrity in the federal judicial process when he let the child molesters in the Emery school case 92 C 2972 FMS, walk free by removing their attorney. In the Emery case, the school children were suing the Alameda County Board of Education and Emery School District, represented by the Alameda County Counsel, for whom Judge Brazil’s wife was an Assistant County Counsel.

Judge Brazil ran a beautiful little racket for decades, as his wife, an Alameda County Deputy counsel (juvenile division) collected her paycheck while Judge Brazil drew his U.S. paycheck as he decided cases involving Alameda County. Judge Brazil DID NOT INFORM LITIGANTS OR DEFENDANTS that his wife was an Alameda County lawyer. The Alameda County Counsel represents, by law, the Alameda County District Attorney, the Alameda County Board of Education, and all Alameda County school districts, and almost all Alameda County agencies and personnel. How many people in cases involving Alameda County found themselves before Judge Brazil, and never knew about his wife’s paycheck.

Brazil is now "handling" preliminary proceedings in the Reddy case, which may also involve Alameda County interests and also involves sexual abuse of young minority people. With Judge Brazil hearing the matter, no wonder Reddy’s bail is a drop in the bucket and a virtual get out of jail free ticket! Lakireddy may stick around and go through the trial proceedings hoping for a good outcome, but at any time he has the resources to flee. The federal seizure of his passport can easily be overcome by a man who has dodged INS enforcement for a decade.

JUSTICE BY PILLOW TALK!  Justice administered by drawing checks from the U.S.A. and the County of Alameda and hiding it, as decisions, i.e. deals, are made form the Bench. What a neat idea!

Read the latest news about the Reddy case. Is Lakireddy Reddy still a flight risk? (c) San Jose Mercury News

January 26, 2000.

DO YOU OBJECT!  If anyone objects to Judge Brazil remaining on the bench to continue his sneaky brand of both the appearance and reality of corruption, write your objection to Clerk Wieking. Deliver your letter by February 7, 2000 to the Federal Court House, Clay Street Oakland, 4th Floor, or to the Federal Court house, 16th Floor, 450 Golden Gate Avenue San Francisco. Have it stamped received by a Clerk. Your letter will count. The federal judges will decide after February 7, 2000 whether Judge Brazil should be granted another eight year term as Magistrate Judge. Your letters will be referred to a federal citizens panel considering Judge Brazil’s re-appointment.


Published Wednesday, January 26, 2000, in the San Jose Mercury News

Landlord's family now suspect

Son charged in scheme to bring Indian girls into country illegally

BY ALEXIS CHIU Mercury News Staff Writer

OAKLAND -- Federal authorities released a wealthy Berkeley landlord on a $10 million bond Tuesday but tightened their grip on his family, charging his son with encouraging foreigners to illegally enter the United States.

The day brought bittersweet victory for 62-year-old Lakireddy Bali Reddy, who is accused of fraudulently bringing teenage Indian girls into the country and using them for sex and labor.

Reddy was freed after spending more than a week at Oakland's North County Jail despite opposition from prosecutors, who argued he could use his money and influence to escape and avoid trial. But now his son, Vijay Kumar Lakireddy, 30, faces charges as authorities appear to be casting a wider net in the investigation.

``God and truth are on my side,'' said Vijay Lakireddy of Berkeley, who will remain free pending a detention hearing Friday. His father left the jailhouse late in the afternoon, shielding his face from photographers and reporters as he was whisked away in a white car.

Investigations in the Reddy case are ongoing both in the United States and in his home state of Andhra Pradesh in south India, where Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has ordered a police probe into the businessman's activities. The Indian investigation is in part an attempt to protect Andhra Pradesh's growing reputation as a burgeoning high-tech hub and reliable source for the supply of thousands of software engineers into the United States.

At the bail hearing in Oakland on Tuesday, the courtroom was packed to capacity with relatives, South Asian women's activists and reporters, and many were forced to wait outside.

Hidden holdings alleged

Magistrate Wayne D. Brazil last week postponed Reddy's detention hearing until Tuesday so he could learn more about the defendant's global assets. Prosecutors have said Reddy owns more than $50 million in Berkeley property alone, and suggested he could have hidden holdings.

But Reddy swore under oath Tuesday that outside the United States, his only major assets are properties in India -- including a college he founded -- that are worth an estimated total of less than $1 million.

Still, Brazil took a number of steps to ensure Reddy would not leave the country:

He asked Reddy and a dozen family members to surrender their passports.

He asked family members to sign the bond, which includes $6 million in property owned by Reddy and his relatives. The judge told them that if Reddy disappeared, each would be responsible under the law for the full $10 million.

He froze the assets of Reddy and his extended family, ordering that none of their vast holdings be sold or transferred while Reddy's criminal case is pending.

He ordered Reddy to remain in the custodial care of his brother, Hanimi Reddy Lakireddy, a doctor who lives in Merced. Reddy must abide by a nightly curfew that begins at 10 p.m.

He forbade Reddy from visiting his East Bay homes or businesses, which include the popular Berkeley restaurant Pasand.

Berkeley City Attorney Manuela Albuquerque, who has served as a liaison for police and the alleged victims, submitted to the court a list of 87 properties apparently owned by Reddy, his sons and brothers. But Assistant U.S. Attorney John W. Kennedy told the judge that Reddy's holdings were really more extensive because he had enlisted his relatives to serve as puppet owners for numerous buildings.

For instance, Hanimi Reddy Lakireddy is listed as owner of 17 properties -- two in Merced, where he lives, 14 in Berkeley and one in Clovis -- worth an estimated $14.3 million. Vijay Lakireddy, who runs a company called Active Tech Solutions, is also listed as owner of six Berkeley properties worth $3.4 million, according to Albuquerque.

Albuquerque also said eight young Indian women employed by Reddy as cleaners have not showed up for work since his arrest on Jan. 14, according to a tip that came in via a phone hotline.

The Reddy investigation was sparked by the accidental carbon monoxide death of a 16-year-old girl -- and the non-fatal poisoning of her 15-year-old sister -- at one of his Berkeley apartments.

Police unravel scheme

After the girl's death, an anonymous tip led police to question her purported parents, who allegedly admitted they were actually a brother and sister brought to the United States and compensated by Reddy for posing as the sisters' parents.

Further questioning revealed an alleged scheme in which Reddy brought workers into the country using high-tech H-1B visas and then put them to work in his restaurant and other businesses.

He is accused of having sex with three teenage girls, including the one who died. The surviving girls, whose true ages have not been established, told authorities they were sold by poor parents to Reddy in his native town of Velveddam in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

Reddy's attorney, Ted Cassman, declined to comment Tuesday, other than to say he believed the protracted bail argument was a product of a ``hysteria'' created by the media's coverage of the case.

Son implicated

Although court documents in Reddy's case mentioned the name of his son several times, Tuesday was the first time authorities officially implicated Vijay Lakireddy in the scheme.

Few details were available on the government's allegations against Lakireddy, who was born and raised in Berkeley. His mother, divorced from Reddy, now lives in India.

Vijay Lakireddy has had a previous brush with the law: Court records show the married father of 1 1/2-year-old twins pleaded guilty to felony possession of crack cocaine in 1991. He received a suspended prison sentence and successfully completed an 18-month diversion drug treatment program.

Lakireddy's attorney, George J. Cotsirilos, did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment.

Correspondent Rama Alam contributed to this story from India.