[UPDATED with Possible Victim I.D., Easters' Past:] Kent Wycliffe Easter and Jillianne Bjorkholm Easter, Attorney Couple, Allegedly Planted Drugs on School Volunteer

See end of the post for victim possibly identified in lawsuit Kent Easter filed against her and his wife Jill's legal and crime-thriller background.

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ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 19, 2:23 P.M.: Kent and Jill Easter are accused of being very bad eggs.

The husband and wife attorneys face charges today of planting a bag containing Vicodin, Percocet, marijuana and a used pot pipe in the vehicle of a volunteer at their kid's Irvine elementary school.

Why? To allegedly get the parent arrested to teach her a lesson about not properly supervising their boy.

Kent Wycliffe Easter, a 38-year-old listed online as working for Yocca Carlson & Rauth Attorneys of Newport Beach, and his wife Jillianne Bjorkholm Easter, who is also 38 but has let her State Bar of California license expire, could get three years in prison each if convicted of the charges against them.

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Kent Wycliffe Easter
The counts are one felony count each of conspiracy to procure the false arrest and charging of Jane Doe [the volunteer], false imprisonment and conspiracy to falsely report a crime, according to a joint statement from Irvine Police and the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).

Jill Easter is accused of becoming angry with the parent volunteer over proper supervision of the couple's son and conspiring with her husband to get the woman arrested as retaliation.

Kent Easter allegedly drove to the volunteer's home around 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 16, 2011, and placing the drug bag behind the driver's seat of her unlocked vehicle. He intentionally left the bundle in plain sight and a conspicuous location, according to the joint statement, which makes it clear this was no early Easter gift.

The couple are accused of being in constant cell phone and text message contact during the plot, which continued around 1:15 that afternoon when Kent Easter allegedly called a non-emergency Irvine Police number, under a false name and number of his own, to report witnessing an erratic driver who then parked at the elementary school and hid a bag of drugs behind the driver's seat. He is accused of identifying the parent volunteer by name, describing her vehicle and firing off her ride's license plate number.

As it was later determined Jill and Kent Easter maintained cell and text contact, cops arrived at the school parking lot, zeroed in on the volunteer's vehicle and saw the bag out in plain sight before finding the woman on campus and asking for consent to search her vehicle. When the woman was shown the bag of drugs, police say, she adamantly denied it belonged to her and claimed not to know how it got into her vehicle.

She was detained at the Irvine Police station for two hours before investigators determined she was inside a classroom at the exact time the "witness" supposedly saw her stowing the drug bag. The woman also gave police consent to search her home, where no evidence was found of drug possession or use.

This changed the case to an investigation into whether the drugs were planted, and Kent and Jill Easter were identified by detectives as people of interest. It was then discovered Kent Easter had made the original call to Irvine Police from a phone in the business center of a Newport Beach hotel near where he worked, according to the statement, which claims the call was recorded via the hotel's video surveillance system.

Kent and Jill Easter were originally held in lieu of $20,000 bail. The OCDA expects them to be arraigned July 17 in Santa Ana.

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Booking photos courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
Kent Wycliffe Easter's booking photo
UPDATE, JUNE 20, 5:26 P.M.: The identity of the Jane Doe accused of being victimized by an illegal drug plant by Kent and Jill Easter may be revealed in a lawsuit he filed against a volunteer at his son's school.

According to this complaint, Kent Easter sued Kelli Peters in 2010 on behalf of his son, claiming she falsely imprisoned and intentionally inflicted emotional distress on the boy in an "intentional and malicious" by locking him out of the school building after a tennis class.

The case was dismissed.

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Jillianne Bjorholm Easter's booking photo
We were able to retrieve Easter's photo in the original version of this post from the website for Yocca Carlson & Rauth Attorneys of Newport Beach, where the 1998 UCLA Law graduate serves as chairman of the firm's Recruiting and Summer Associates program. But, as Above the Law reports, most of his biographical information was wiped clean from the law firm site after news broke of the felony charges he is facing. Google cache finds this much of his former bio.

He may have met his wife at his previous law firm, Wilson Sonsini, where Jillianne Bjorkholm Easter worked after graduating in 1998 from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall. As indicated in the original post, she has since let her State Bar license lapse.

Not that she hasn't kept busy. Besides hassling school volunteers (allegedly), Jill Easter has written a crime novel titled Holding House under the name Ava Bjork. Here is the book description on Amazon:

Ever dream about the perfect crime? Sean Howser and his friends have discovered it. Sean is a rising mixed-martial arts star with a troubled past and a major gambling problem. When his debts and his life spin out of control, two of his college friends offer him a solution: act as the muscle in a foolproof international kidnapping. The crime is shockingly simple and one hundred percent possible-no one will get hurt, and there's no way they can get caught. Sean and his friends can't wait to start living the good life. But, when unforeseen events cause their dream crime to unravel into a nightmare, the friends soon become the subjects of an international manhunt. Worse, Sean finds himself falling for their beautiful hostage. Can Sean redeem himself, even if it means risking his friendships, his freedom and possibly his life?

It'll be interesting to see which story gets made into a Lifetime movie first, that one or the Easters' real-life drama.

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16 comments
terry290
terry290

The answer to what atty are being taught. Win the case no matter what. I find that disturbing. If your innocent you hope you have a good lawyer to prove it.  if your guilty you hope you have a good enough lawyer to get you off. Getting a criminal off on a technicality just isn't right.. It seems to me that most crimes committed are by repeat offenders. what does that tell you. be it rape, murder or robbery. 

tatuml789
tatuml789

With all dew respect to the rest of the Easter family - Jill and Kent by virtue of being Attorneys put themselves in an elitist position. After all attorneys are some of the most influential and powerful people in American. They become our leaders: Judges, Politicians so on and so on. Because of that fact alone that Profession rightfully so should be held to a higher standard, a standard which must begin with proper ethical training in Law School. Jill and Kent are no exceptions. Whether or not the “Peters woman” as you refer to her had it coming or going is irrelevant. Furthermore it was the Easters own peers – profession the saw fit to put an end to the Easter court pursuit of the “Peters woman,” by making it fail. To me that suggest to any reasonable person that maybe just maybe they had a weak case to start with.  

 

Having been a practitioner in the legal field for 27 years I have time and time again seen Attorneys with an” attitude of superiority.” Ones who have no qualms about threatening and throwing their weighted law school diploma around and hitting people over the head with it? I have personally known Attorneys and Judges alike who have no business being Attorneys or standing in Judgment of others. Some of those people are and where just plain sick. Using your own words you say “though I don't know them that well,” I know them even less than you. However I know all too well the mentality of such people. In this instance it doesn’t take a theologian to recognize the evil behind their actions. The fact that they being in a position of trust and responsibility one in which the average citizen look up to demand they be held to a higher standard. Maybe the Legal Profession should do more of what other professions are doing an require applicants to pass a psychological exam before becoming a practitioner.  

 

I also think it unfair of you to think or say the Easter name will be sullied forever. I feel there are some really great and worthy Easters one who I would be honored to associate with or just plain hang with! I send out positive thoughts and prayer to the Easter family who has to deal with the fallout of Kent and Jill’s actions.

 

Beaster27
Beaster27

We don't know that this peters woman didn't have it coming! It sounds to me like jill tried to fix the situation legally and was ignored. I'm an easter, kent is my a cousin of mine and though I don't know them that well they always seemed like put together and family oriented people, I have a hard time with people calling this evil when they aren't aware of the circumstance. Also enough with the easter puns! I hope these two haven't sullied the easter name forever!

CURIOUS
CURIOUS

The Stradling Yocca website at www.sycr.com has now REMOVED Kent Easter's name from the firm attorney list.... easy come... easy go.... am haunted by the fact that this was not the one and only time a Stradling Yocca and/or other politically connected attorney pulled one of these QUID PRO QUO arrangements.... where these attorneys actually trying to create a SHAM case with SHAM facts to use else where?

Pamnbob
Pamnbob

Good post Judy. That is very accurate,

Pamnbob
Pamnbob

Follow the trial. You'll find this allegation is totally false.

Laurice M. Tatum
Laurice M. Tatum

  You know -there is nothing that makes me sicker or wanting to vomit more than Officers of the Court, the “Easter,” in this instance, allegedly trying to set up a volunteer school worker on drug charges. That’s just evil!  More importantly it does not inspire faith in our judicial system. Equally as bad and making me break out in hives is the fact that they are arrogant enough to think they can get away with it. Their actions lead me to have serious concerns about what they were taught in “Liars” “oops” Law School.  It suggests an ingrained lack “Professionalism in their training.” What are Law student being taught, by who and how?  Are they even being taught about ethics or ethical conduct? Or are they being taught how to cover their butts, throw their weight around and intimidate the “great unwashed masses.”  I guess the title of that course should be, “How to frame, intimidate and throw your weight around for fun and profit.” Lord save us from the want a be with more money than sense. Seriously I hope that the Easters are disbarred. They have no business being Attorneys at Law. Further I hope the victim files a tort and is awarded a substantial punitive award.

soocnow
soocnow

@Beaster27   We are, indeed, aware of the "circumstances" given that there have been two full jury trials in which the relevant facts were made public. Mr. Easter has now been convicted (at long last).  It has no bearing on your family name.  Its about two criminal individuals who purposely did really bad things to another person and got caught.    

melindam
melindam

@Beaster27 Peters did nothing wrong, at any point, to their son or thereafter. With Jill's conviction, and Mr. Easters on the way, I hope you now see the light of the situation. Jill was just an attoerney-turned-homemaker miserable with her life and needed the drama. Well...looks like she picked the wrong person for prey. 

fumugu
fumugu

Your cousin is a dope.

wtalley
wtalley

I hope you're not serious.  How is this not evil?  Whatever Peters did, she didn't deserve to be falsely arrested.  No one does.

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@Pamnbob what happend to "the allegation is totally false...no deal"...sweetheart you believed in her lies didn't you.  She pleaded guilty.  o btw did you find out why she was late picking up her son that day?  Yeah she was with her lover aka not her spineless husband.  

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