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Protecting the Blue
by Roger Marsh
Sunday Apr 13th, 2014 6:59 PM
Cal graduates, students and supporters are launching a protest down south against an attempt to seize the funds of a top Cal graduate student
Cal students from the Bay area are teaming up with Southern California Cal graduates and students to join a protest at Orange County's Central Justice Court in Santa Ana on April 21, 2014.

An elite one-percenter is trying to convince a Southern California judge to grant him control over money belonging to one of Cal's most popular graduate students. According to all those close to the case, the man's reasons for demanding the funds defy logic. The funds had been assigned by the student's grandmother to her six years ago and were ordered distributed to the girl a month ago. But the proceedings were interrupted when the wealthy businessman's attorney entered and demanded the funds for his client. What the attorney didn't mention was any legal reason the man should receive those funds. The decision is expected on April 21, 2014, in Santa Ana CJC Courtroom C-14 at 1:30 P.M.

"We must stand together," Keith, a Southern California student who is joining the protest, stated. "Just because someone is in the top one-percent doesn't give him the right to steal. He is trying to rip away graduate funds from a really sweet girl who has inspired me and other students. She shouldn't be forced to go down to Southern California to protect her funds from some crook."

It would not be the first time this man seeking the funds has gotten his hands on funds meant for Cal students. He previously seized a trust fund designed to provide students with tuition. Did he have a right to the trust fund aimed at helping students fund their college? Not according to those who have looked at the documents. Odd though it may seem, he reportedly has pricey attorneys and the ability to buy rights to the money of universities, such as Cal's, and access to the money of their students. The businessman also has reportedly twice been convicted of extensive violence against women but continues to seize funds due to his financial ability to force litigation.

A little more about this case is posted in one of the berkeley Blogs:Banding together for the Blue