Deposition in Francis Shivers restraining order abuse case sheds light on Threat Management Unit

When I decided to start a blog, last week, I did so with the desire to talk of some of the corruption I witnessed as  a court insider who had seen and heard enough.  Little did I know that I’d uncover a Pandora’s box.

A recent tip given me by a litigant (unrelated to my work,) really intrigued me. This individual sent me a link to a deposition and I read it with some interest. It is a deposition of an LAPD Detective by the name Jose Viramontes. Detective Viramontes works as a detective for the world famous Threat Management Unit, or TMU.


  I had often heard rumors of this unit. Yet, the rumors became persistent enough to inspire my interest only recently. There were rumors of this unit misappropriating tax payer monies and federal funding, as a means to keep their cushy positions as “defenders to the stars.”   Discussion of them railroading “nobodies,” seemed too farfetched. There was talk of pay offs and perks. I simply couldn’t believe it.  When I heard that Detective Martha Defoe had not only retired at the age of forty four, but that her husband, Scott Defoe, had worked regularly for CBS as an actor I began looking into this unit.


Sadly, it appears that the rumors of this Unit’s highly questionable approach to law enforcement are well founded. By all indications, the LAPD’s Threat Management has functioned as the law enforcement arm of Martin Singer’s growing empire.  I am guessing that after Anthony Pellicano was sent to federal prison, celebrities, and their lawyers, had to look elsewhere to close such high stakes deals.

Please refer to my last post for some perspective on Martin Singer and his lawfirm, Lavely and Singer. In other words, Viramontes, Martha Defoe, and a  Jim Gregozek. are working under the guise of public servants.


However, the reality is that they are not acting as public servants at all. Rather, these sworn officers are working to assure that Mr. Singer is able to sell his 800 dollar an hour services to desperate and very well compensated celebrities. I have information that convinces me that other TMU detectives are involved, as are Detectives from the Hollywood Division, but I’ll save that until more evidence is presented me.


When such celebrities fear that their reputation is worth millions, and that the multi millions are at risk, it isn’t hard to imagine that a few hundred thousand dollars in retainer fees is a wise investment when trying to insure their brand.  Enter Martin Singer and those of similar dispositions.

 Clearly, this occurred with the super wealthy actress Pauley Perrette.  And, as history has shown, her investment in one of the top entertainment lawyers(Ronald Lisk) was a wise one. She is thriving with even concrete proof of perjury made available to the public record.


Do read this depo. It is both frightening and enlightening. It appears that the LAPD’s Consent Decree needs to be re-evaluated.