Judicial Corruption in Chicago, Illinois how to fix cases in and out of the 1st appellate dist.

January 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

 
HOW CANDYLAND IS USING AN INNOCENT FAMILY MEMBER WITH INCARCERATION WITH A NOTED MENTAL ILLNESS TO KEEP HIM FROM POSTING FACTS ABOUT CHICAGO CORRUPTION INVOLVING ALDERMAN EDWARD BURKE AND OTHER MACHINE
DEMOCRATS.
chicagotribune.com REPORTS

The agent was inside a car stationed on the 5000 block of South Greenwood Avenue on Dec. 29 when Kevin Lawrence approached the vehicle, according to police records.
Lawrence spit inside the car, hitting the agent’s face and neck, police records state.
Lawrence, 46, of the 5200 block of South Harper Avenue, was charged with aggravated battery of a peace officer.
He was arrested Saturday near his home, which is less than a mile away from Obama’s house. Chicago police could not say Sunday why there was a two-week lag between the alleged incident and the arrest.

YIDDISH PROVERB “A HALF TRUTH IS A WHOLE LIE”

STATE PROSECUTORS FAILED TO INFORM THE MEDIA AND ALL JOURNALIST  THAT KEVIN LAWRENCE WAS IN FACT TRANSPORTED TO ST. BERNARD HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE SECRET SERVICE.

HE WAS RELEASED FROM ST. BERNARD THURSDAY JAN. 10, 2013, SECRET SERVICE INTERVIEWED THE OLDEST BROTHER EXTENSIVELY AND MENTIONED THE CHILD SUPPORT CASE ALONG WITH THE FACT THERE WAS A PRETTY BIG BLOG ON THE MATTER, THEY WAS ALLOWED TO ENTER HIS APARTMENT TOOK A SERIES OF PICTURES OF HOW HE LIVED AND THE PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS THAT WAS PRESCRIBED ALONG WITH HIS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINES.

THEY RECEIVED A THOROUGH HISTORY OF A NUMBER OF ACCOUNTS THAT DEMONSTRATED A DETERIORATION OF HIS CONDITION MOSTLY THE CITY CUT BACK MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES OF HIM SEEING HIS REGULAR THERAPIST WHO WAS QUITE INSTRUMENTAL IN MAKING SURE HE WAS COMPLIANT TAKING HIS MEDICATION PRIOR HE WAS IN INTENSIVE CARE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO HOSPITAL THAT SAME YEAR.

THE SECRET SERVICE NOTED HE WAS CRYING OUT FOR HELP AS A FAMILY MEMBER AN APOLOGY WAS EXTENDED TO THE OFFICER FOR THE ALLEGED INCIDENT.

BECAUSE ALLEGEDLY ALDERMAN EDWARD BURKE CONTROLS THE ENTIRE CITY AND JUDGES THERE IS NOT ONE PERSON WITH INTEGRITY WOULD STAND UP TO HIM AND HE DOES NOT LISTEN TO ANYONE AND BECAUSE HE CONTROLS THE APPOINTMENT OF JUDGES, THEY DO WHAT THEY ARE TOLD AND NOT WHAT THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION COMPELS.

NOW AN INNOCENT MAN WITH A NOTED MENTAL ILLNESS IS BEHIND BARS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DID NOT FILE CHARGES AGAINST HIM SO THE STATE WHO IS COMPLICIT IN A NUMBER OF CRIMINAL CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IGNORED ALL OF THE NOTED CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS RECORDED IN ALL POSTS.

THE STATE CAME AFTER A HELPLESS MAN MISLED THE MEDIA WITH THE FACTS AS THEY USED THEM TO FURTHER EXPLOIT THEIR RACIST CONTROL AND THE NECESSARY CRIMINAL ACTS THEY ARE WILLING TO EXECUTE PROVING AND CORROBORATING THEIR CONTROL OVER CORRUPTION AND ALL NOTED PARTICIPANTS DETAILED IN SAID POSTS OF THIS BLOG.

FOR STARTERS ANY JOURNALIST CAN GO TO ALDERMAN EDWARD BURKE AND QUESTION HIM ON ANY ACCOUNT HE WILL NOT DENY HIS AFFILIATION OR CONTROL OVER ANY ASPECT OF THE CITY.

RAHM EMMANUEL MAY BE THE MAYOR BUT HE HAS NO CONTROL, TIMOTHY EVANS MAY BE THE CHIEF JUDGE BUT HE HAS NO CONTROL, ANITA ALVAREZ THE SAME ETC. EVERYONE IS AWAITING THE GOVERNMENTS DISPENSATION ON ALL OF THE NOTED TERRORISTS ACTS RECORDED ON ALL LEGAL DOCUMENTS AND POSTED.

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE STILL MISLEADING THE PUBLIC AND CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.

SUNDAY UPON VISITING KEVIN LAWRENCE WHICH HAS BEEN MET WITH MANY OBSTACLES FOR THE FIRST TIME, AN PERSON FROM THE COUNTY JAIL REPORTED HE WAS IN DIVISION 8, VISITING HOURS WERE 8:30AM-1:30PM, UPON ARRIVAL AT 8:30AM WITH MOTHER AND 2 BROTHERS FOR THE FIRST TIME, THEY WERE INFORMED HE WAS IN DIVISION 2 AND VISITING HOURS WERE FROM 3:30-8:30PM.

IT WAS EXPLAINED TO THE DEPUTY OF ALL OF THE NOTED INCONSISTENCIES AS THE SARGENT A HEAVY SET GENTLEMAN WHO WAS QUITE PLEASANT AND RESPECTABLE STATED THEY WAS NOT GOING TO MAKE ANY EXCEPTIONS WE WOULD HAVE TO COME BACK, THE DEPUTY STATED, OPENLY “WE CAN NOT GO BY WHAT THE COMPUTER SAYS BECAUSE THEY ARE ALWAYS PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION WE HAVE TO GO ONLINE AND FILE A COMPLAINT”

WHEN THE FAMILY RETURNED THE CONDITIONS WERE HORRIFIC AND THE WHITE DEPUTIES ON THE DOOR WERE QUITE INSENSITIVE AND RUDELY RACIST PLAINLY STATED, THE WHITE DEPUTY WITH HAIR NOT COMBED ASKED A HISPANIC LADY WHICH APPEARED TO BE DIRECTED AT EVERYONE IN LINE, WHY ARE YOU ALL STANDING OUT HERE LIKE THIS LIKE THIS IS A CONCERT, I WOULD NOT BE STANDING IN LINE FOR NO ONE IF I AM NOT GETTING PAID”

IT WAS RAINING AND SNOWING MOTHER (72 YEARS OLD) WAS STANDING ON THE EDGE OF CURB OF SIDEWALK BECAUSE GROUND WAS COVERED WITH SNOW AND PUDDLES, THE SIDE WAS CLEAR, SHE WAS NOT OBSTRUCTING ANY WALKWAY THE SHORT DEPUTY WAS RACIST BELLIGERENT COMPLAINED SHE WAS NOT SUPPOSE TO BE STANDING ON THE SIDEWALK, HE WAS GOING TO STOP EVERYONE FROM COMING IN IN THE SIDEWALK WAS NOT CLEAR.

THERE WERE BABIES BEING HELD A LADY TRIED TO STAND WHERE SHE COULD RECEIVE SOME SHELTER DEPUTY ASKED THE OTHER DEPUTY WHY WAS SHE STANDING THERE?

EVERYONE STANDING IN THAT LINE WERE TREATED LIKE CRIMINALS SOMETHING YOU WOULD SEE IN GERMANY DURING THE HOLOCAUST AS MANY JEWS WERE FORCED IN TO CONCENTRATION CAMPS.

A WOMAN WAS SOAKING WET AS DEPUTIES TOOK HER CELLPHONE SHE DID NOT HAVE $3.00 FOR A LOCKER TOOK PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION HAD 2 OR 3 LITTLE CHILDREN.

VISITING ANYONE IN COOK COUNTY IS A NIGHTMARE IT IS NOT LIKE CSI, LAW AND ORDER ETC WHERE YOU TALK TO A LOVE ONE RESPECTFULLY, IT IS A HUMILIATING EXPERIENCE, YOU HAVE TO SCREAM THROUGH A HOLE EVERYONE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE COMMUNICATING, THE ONLY THING CLEAR BROTHER WAS TAKING HIS MEDICATION BEHIND BARS AND HE HAD NOT SPOKE TO ANY PUBLIC DEFENDER.

IT’S OK FOR JUDGES TO LOCK UP THE BIG BROTHER ALLEGEDLY FOR OWING CHILD SUPPORT!

IT’S OK FOR COOK COUNTY SHERIFF TO USE FORCE AND ILLEGAL ENTRY TO A HOME AND ALLOW A MAN WHO CLAIMS TO BE THE LANDLORD WHO DOES NOT OWN THE PROPERTY AS ALL OF HIS BELONGINGS ARE HELD HOSTAGE BY THE MAN CLAIMING TO BE A LANDLORD!

IT’S OK FOR SECTION 8  OFFICIALS IN CHICAGO TO ILLEGALLY SELL VOUCHERS ALLEGEDLY FOR $2500.00, NOTIFIED HUD CHRISTINE JENKINS IN WASHINGTON DC 202 402-4133 OF ALL ILLEGAL ACTS WHERE SECTION 8 REFUSED TO HOUSE ME IN ANOTHER UNIT JAN. 22, 2013, BEFORE MY VOUCHER EXPIRED, HER REPLY SHE NEVER HEARD OF ANY VOUCHERS EXPIRING, SAID SHE WAS GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON, CALLED BACK JAN 28 OR 29, LEFT MESSAGE FEB 4, 2013, WOW! STILL NO ONE HAS RESPONDED FROM HER OFFICE, WHY IS THAT?

IT’S OK FOR COOK COUNTY SHERIFF TO USE A BATTERING RAM TO UNLAWFULLY ENTER MY HOME, NO LOCKSMITH NO POLICE SUMMONED TO THE SCENE, THERE WERE POLICE AND OTHER NEIGHBORS WITNESSING THE EVENTS;

IT’S OK FOR ALL INFERIOR ASSOCIATE JUDGES TO IGNORE THE LAWS AND ALLOW CRIMINALS A PASS ON ALL CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS!

IT’S OK FOR APPELLATE JUDGE THOMAS HOFFMAN TO VIOLATE ALL CANON LIES COMMIT PERJURY AND ASSIST IN TREASON AS HE UNLAWFULLY DISMISSED A LAWFULLY FILED INJUNCTION NOT CHALLENGED BY ANYONE!

IT’S OK FOR ASSISTANT STATES ATTORNEYS TO USE THEIR OFFICES TO FALSIFY PAPERS AND CORROBORATE THEIR ROLES WITH JUDGES AS A PATERNITY CASE WAS FIXED AS MANY TRIED TO PROTECT A CORRUPT POLICEMAN WHO ALLEGEDLY IMPREGNATED HIS BIOLOGICAL DAUGHTER!

NOW AFTER READING THE EVENTS ARTICULATED WHAT MAN OR WOMAN CAN PRESENT A BETTER ARGUMENT OR TRAP FETTERING OUT CORRUPTION AND STILL MAINTAIN SANITY AFTER EXHAUSTING ALL AVENUES OF SUPPORT TRYING TO KEEP FAMILY TOGETHER?

IT WAS EXPLAINED TRYING TO DEAL WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AND MAINTAIN YOUR OWN LIFE AND DEAL WITH THE TOILS OF YOUR OWN LIFE IS INDICATIVE TO CARRYING GIANT LAUNDRY BAGS ON YOUR SHOULDER, HE COUNTERED BY SAYING NO! “TRY THIS IT IS LIKE PUSHING A LAUNDRY TRUCK YOU CAN ONLY PUSH IT FOR SO LONG”

THE AGENTS WERE MEN OF IMPECCABLE INTEGRITY AND PROVIDED THEIR NUMBER WHILE THE BROTHER HAS BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO INFILTRATE CITY GOVERNMENT AS A PAUPER AND TRAP ANY AND ALL JUDGES ATTORNEYS WHOM SO EVER RELATED TO GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION WITH SUPPORT.

TRAPPING JUDGES IS AN HONOR AND PLEASURE BECAUSE THE WORLD CAN SEE HOW CHICAGO USES CORRUPT POLITICAL CONNECTED JUDGES IN VARIOUS VENUES TO CONTROL AND MAINTAIN TERRORISM UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE CANDYMAN WHO IS QUITE SIMILAR TO PHAROAH EVEN HE LOST HIS ARMY TO THE RED SEA.

THE DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL MACHINE IS DEFEATED BUT AN ORDER IS OBVIOUSLY UNDER WAY HOW TO REPLACE THE CORRUPT JUDGES CAUGHT AND TRAPPED SO AS TO KEEP AND MAINTAIN CIVILITY IN THE GOVERNMENT–THE CORRUPT JUDGES THINK THIS IS A JOKE BUT THE REAL JUDGES WHO ARE ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION REALIZE THE SEVERITY OF THIS MATTER.

IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DID NOT THINK THIS MATTER WOULD BE A SUCCESS THEY WOULD HAVE ABORTED THIS OPERATION YEARS AGO, THE ONLY UNEXPECTED REALITY TO THIS WAS THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS THIS CAN HAVE ON THE FAMILY.

Divorce CORP :The appearance Jacklyn Birnbaum talked to Judge, and might have explained to the judge that “this is the capitalism”!!!

January 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

Family Law January 2014
.pdf///// vol 57 6  THE ISBA TAKE ON CONDONING THEIR MOST PROFITABLE AND CORRUPT COTTAGE INDUSTRY.
THEY COUNDN’T NAME ALL THREE LIARS  THAT SAW THE MIRRORED MOVIE DIVORCE CORP.

The thought it referanced  Jacklyn Birnbaum she is one of the main players that makes over the appearance of 1mil or better for this cottage industry . 

 

Oh, gee, this Judge seems to be upset that the filmmakers did not end up blaming the disgruntled litigants for the protracted litigation!!!

Then, she sort of suggests if you don’t agree, expect to be devoured.  That’s what I read between the lines.  She does not even ask herself as to why the general public believes that the systems is corrupt. Could it be because it is true???  It appears that Jacklyn Birnbaum talked to her, and might have explained to the judge that “this is the capitalism”!!!

Like they say you spot it you got it . The appearance that well not all of them are gods isn’t true some are just dam greedy and bat shit crazy.

 ILLINOIS Citizen

Quotes:

“Interestingly, the film is silent on what, if

any, responsibility should be attributed to

the parties in divorce proceedings. Instead of

the parties, it is the lawyers and judges that

are blamed for the delay in resolution of cases

and increased expenses as a result of the

parties failing to agree on issues”.

“It does not have to take years to finalize

a divorce proceeding if the parties can

responsibly agree to resolve it. Katie Holmes

and Tom Cruise were divorced in 11 days. Our

system is not perfect and can always be improved.

What most depressed me about this movie

is the realization that the general public

believes that the family law system is broken

and that the failure to fix this system is the

result of corrupt, sleazy, greedy attorneys,

judges, and expert evaluators.”

The appearance we will give these scumbags more money that families don’t have ?

January 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

FAMILY LAW

Task force considers whether guardians ad litem are helpful in custody disputes, given the costs

By Stephanie Francis Ward

Jan 29, 2014, 03:49 pm CST

A Connecticut task force on custody disputes is considering whether appointing guardians ad litem to represent children is in families’ best interests, considering the costs involved.

Peter Szymonik, a single father, told the task force that he paid two guardians ad litem more than $20,000 in his divorce, the Hartford Courant reports. He supports tracking payments to guardians ad litem

Comprised of politicians, lawyers with child custody experience as well as attorneys who serve as guardians ad litem, the task force is also studying whether state judges comply with a statute that requires they consider children’s best interest in custody cases.

“We’re here to look for solutions and see if we can improve the system that everybody is complaining about,” said state Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, who is also a task force member.

Another issue being considered is whether Connecticut should adopt a presumption that shared custody is in a child’s best interest. While some testified that children need two parents, others expressed concern about shared custody in relationships with domestic violence histories.

Recommendations from the task force are slated to go the state legislature’s Judiciary Committee by Feb. 1.

 

links of more apparent appearance of being scumbags for the monies the fed gives out thats all the state wants not about the best interest of what happens to the children .

January 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Indian Children ‘Forced Into Illegal Adoption’ In Australia Claim

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 11:24 AM PST

Indian Children ‘Forced Into Illegal Adoption’ In Australia Claim

Three Indian children have been forced into illegal adoption and brought to Australia in the past year, an organisation representing families of trafficking victims has alleged.

Sisters of Nazareth evidence ‘haphazard and piecemeal’

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 10:51 AM PST

Sisters of Nazareth evidence ‘haphazard and piecemeal’

Sisters of Nazareth nuns have given their evidence to Northern Ireland’s Historical Abuse Inquiry in a “haphazard and piecemeal fashion”, the inquiry has been told.

Patrick to speak on DCF crisis

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 10:13 AM PST

Patrick to speak on DCF crisis

Gov. Deval Patrick told a gathering yesterday that he spent all day dealing with the crisis at the embattled Department of Children and Families, and plans to address the press on the issue today.

Increased information about Arizona’s child welfare agency will continue, new boss says

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 08:35 AM PST

Increased information about Arizona’s child welfare agency will continue, new boss says

Arizona’s child welfare crisis is providing residents with a glimpse of something rarely seen from the agency charged with protecting kids in the state: transparency.

Editorial: Learn from child welfare failures

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 08:29 AM PST

We hope that Handle with Care, Leader-Post reporter Barb Pacholik’s six-part series on Saskatchewan’s child welfare system, has made for uncomfortable reading this past week.

Social services reopening cases after child was handcuffed to porch

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 08:23 AM PST

Social services reopening cases after child was handcuffed to porch

North Carolina officials say Union County’s social services department will have to reopen or review a handful of cases of possible child abuse and neglect to make sure workers didn’t mishandle them.

Trial starts Tuesday in mother’s lawsuit against DHS

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 08:17 AM PST

Trial starts Tuesday in mother’s lawsuit against DHS

A mother who is suing the Iowa Department of Human Services for placing her child in foster care based on a false allegation takes her case before a Johnson County jury Tuesday, arguing the policy used for removal is a violation of Iowa law and unconstitutional.

Albertans to debate child death review system

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

Albertans to debate child death review system

More than 80 Albertans will come together Tuesday to debate the future of the province’s tangled child death review system and the provincial law that makes it illegal to publish the name of a child who has died in government care.

Note: This is apparently the face of Alberta’s Child Welfare System.
Velvet Martin should be allowed to participate in this round-table.
And…

Anybody want a kid?

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 06:48 AM PST

Time to liquidate the assets.  Gotta make room for more.

New PSAs Raise Awareness of the 31,000 Older Youth Awaiting Adoption in the U.S. Foster Care System

Today, nearly 102,000 children (under 18 years of age) are available for adoption from the foster care system in the United States; more than 30 percent (31,000) are between the ages of 11 and 17, according to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Report System (AFCARS 2012). To encourage prospective parents to consider adopting an older youth from foster care, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council are unveiling new public service advertisements (PSAs) today.  

 

The appearance no one follows the judiciary act about what they have to do to be a judge ,Our fore fathers knew what scumbags these people would turn out to be if un watched…

January 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

CIVIL RIGHTS

Woman lost in system serves 154 days instead of 48 hours; prosecutor filed motion to get her out

By Martha Neil

Jan 28, 2014, 08:25 am CST

Ordered to spend 48 hours in jail in August for violating test rules for her drug program, an Indiana woman was released last week, 154 days later, after becoming lost in the judicial system.

A series of mistakes led to what the special judge who released Destiny Hoffman last week called “a big screw-up,” the News and Tribune reports. The 34-year-old was swiftly freed once a prosecutor reviewing old files on Wednesday noticed that Hoffman was in jail. She filed a motion the same day saying Hoffman’s civil rights had been violated and moved for an immediate court hearing.

“According to the record, no hearing was conducted to determine the validity of such sanction and the defendant was not represented by counsel,” wrote deputy county prosecutor Michaelia Gilbert of Hoffman’s incarceration.

A bond order by another judge in the Clark County Circuit Court case resulted in what was supposed to be a 48-hour jail stay for Hoffman, pending drug evaluation and treatment, “until further order of the court.” But no evaluation occurred and no further order was issued. Because there was no court hearing before Hoffman was jailed, she wasn’t represented by counsel, the newspaper explains.

Nathan Masingo, a Jeffersonville attorney who has served as Hoffman’s public defender in the past said he had no idea she was behind bars. Standard procedure would be to appoint a lawyer and hold a hearing before anyone is jailed, he told the newspaper.

“It is something the court should have known about. Obviously, it fell off their docket, and they just forgot about it,” he said of Hoffman’s five months in jail. He said he expects Hoffman, who has “been sitting in jail without counsel and without knowing what is going on” to file a civil rights lawsuit. He also expects the criminal case against her to be dropped.

The judge who issued the 48-hour hold order could not be reached for comment by the News and Tribune.

Hat tip: Daily Mail.

The appearance this has deep roots of no qualified personal just patronage appointees.

January 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Nearly half of workers in department that manages foster care lack confidence in leaders

BY DARCY HENTON, CALGARY HERALD JANUARY 29, 2014 6:02 AM
Nearly half of workers in department that manages foster care lack confidence in leaders

Wildrose MLA Kerry Towle says the results of a survey showing nearly half the staff in Alberta Human Services don’t have confidence in their bosses indicates the department “is badly in need of a shakeup.”

Photograph by: Shaughn Butts

EDMONTON — While experts gather at a two-day roundtable to discuss ways to improve child death reviews and lift the veil of secrecy from the child welfare system, a survey of government employees who care for children suggests there are major concerns about the leadership in the department.

The 2012 corporate employee survey — part of an annual governmentwide study — indicated nearly half the staff in Alberta Human Services didn’t have confidence in their bosses.

Only 51 per cent of nearly 3,700 employees surveyed in the department expressed confidence in the senior leadership and 48 per cent felt their bosses demonstrated an interest in their well-being.

Only 46 per cent felt their bosses provided clear direction and 38 per cent believed their bosses made timely decisions.

Human Services spokeswoman Zoe Cooper said the department is already acting on the survey results to address the issues raised.

“Managers were generally provided with tools and supports to help them in communicating with their staff more clearly,” she said.

Cooper said supervisors are being trained through a series of forums that will also include sessions on bullying and harassment.

“The real focus between 2012 and now has been on reaching those supervisors and managers and helping them better connect with the staff that they work with on a day-to-day basis, and ensuring there is a positive workplace culture that is developed that supports all employees to do their best,” she added.

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith said the survey results show the government needs to improve staff working conditions, rather than focusing solely on changes to the death review system and the publication ban.

“If that’s the only focus of this roundtable, then they are missing the point,” he said.

“Children who are dying in care is a very serious issue . . . but I think the whole department and the way services are being provided needs to be looked at seriously — maybe through an independent review so you look at everything.”

Liberal Leader Raj Sherman, who attended the roundtable prompted by a Calgary Herald-Edmonton Journal investigation into deaths of children in care, said that’s why his party still believes the government must call a wide-ranging public inquiry into the deaths.

“The ministry and the front-line staff need not only moral support, but they need financial support . . . and more support staff.”

Wildrose MLA Kerry Towle said the survey results suggest the department “is badly in need of a shakeup.”

“Front-line staff fear for their jobs, have no whistleblower protection and lack the resources and leadership they need,” she said.

NDP critic Rachel Notley, who also attended the roundtable at the University of Alberta, said the results aren’t surprising considering front-line workers who will be affected by the changes weren’t part of the panel drafting them.

“Nobody was there to talk about the way the front-line worker would contribute to, or be affected by a robust fatality investigation system,” she said. “We just completely forgot to include the people who are actually tasked on the front line with doing this job. . . . That’s how you end up getting the kind of measurements you see in this survey.”

Do you not think they are watching in ILLINOIS as well

January 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Dying for custody (Part 1): DOJ announces investigation into Connecticut court programs

By , Communities Digital News

January 25, 2014

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WASHINGTON, January 24, 2014 — On January 9th, Pedro Garcia III toldConnecticut’s Legislative Task Force on Family Courts that in 2009 he was worried about his children’s safety, and begged the Connecticut family courts for help protecting them. In response, the court’s Family Services Counselor told him “Pedro, you sound like a jealous ex-husband.” 

Just months later, Garcia’s ex-wife’s new boyfriend was arrested for brutally murdering his son.

Garcia is not alone.  Over 100 parents and professionals packed the same hearing to voice similar concerns that the court’s programs and services are not working for consumers, and in some cases, have shut them out of their own children’s lives while allowing pedophiles and murderers to access their kids.

Several parents explained to the task force how their life savings was diverted to family court industry insiders who routinely fail to disclose or resolve conflicts of interest on their cases. Many speculated that the State’s family court’s programs and industry professionals are working together to arbitrarily revoke their custody rights, only to have family court industry professionals sell them their parenting time back in what Michael Nowacki called “pay-per-view” doses of therapy, assessments, court dates, and supervised visitation programs prescribed by the courts.

Parents also say their cases are being inappropriately handled by current mediation and domestic violence screening protocols used by the Connecticut family courts, which are based in part on a DOJ funded study conducted by Jessica Pearson and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Pearson was a Judicial Branch contractor who co-founded the controversial family court industry corporation with the court employees she worked with.

Following the hearing, some parents received letters from the US Department of Justice confirming the agency has initiated an investigation into the Connecticut Judicial Branch’s handling of cases involving disabled litigants.

Parents without disabilities want the DOJ to do more, and wonder whether there is a corrupt federally funded policy driving so many troubling case outcomes?

ACCESS AND VISITATION DENIED, INDUSTRY SUPPORT GRANTED

Each year, the Connecticut Judicial Branch received federal funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and the Department of Justice to fund the court’s programs and services. The purpose of OCSE’s Access and Visitation program and Responsible Fatherhood Initiative (also funded by special legislation on the State level), is allegedly to enforce child support orders and help noncustodial fathers like Garcia gain access to their children.

Torrington father Ron Tolmoff told task force members that while the court efficiently addresses the financial concerns of the professionals assigned to his custody case, no one appears concerned by the fact that he has not seen his son in years.

Tolmoff says that the court was initially inefficient [at best] at assisting him when Robert Zaslow, the guardian ad litem appointed to his case, repeatedly obstructed his access to his son’s educational records. Upon obtaining the records, Tolmoff was distraught to discover that accused prolific pedophile priest Richard McGann was on the pick up list—but he the father was not.

In 2011, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)  discovered the accused pedophile living at a Hartford daycare center. SNAP reported McGann’s whereabouts to Department of Public Health after it was reported to them that the archdiocese suspended McGann from the priesthood and paid out “a substantial amount” in connections with allegations McGann had repeatedly raped and exploited children during his tenure as a priest.

Tolmoff reports he has paid out over $50,000 to questionable family court industry professionals for questionable services that often times were unnecessary and always fruitless in his quest to convince the court to require his ex to allow him to spend quality time with his son.

“It only took 30 days to enforce child support and a fraudulent arrearage amount of $20,000 when I only owe $5,000 with lack of fair hearing or verification. They collect more from my paycheck that what the order states…” says Tolmoff. “They have attached my wages, income tax returns, and threaten me with many aweful remedies that harm my family…but not once have they enforced visitation orders.”

PROFIT V. EVIDENCE

Since taking office in 2008, President Barack Obama has made controversial OCSE initiatives a top priority for his administration, yet experts say that in many cases, the programs may not be helping good fathers, but arbitrarily decreasing the number of fit fathers and mothers who have custody in order to meet the federal funding mandates. The programs then provide these noncustodial parents (some of whom are recruited from prison) with “technical assistance” (legal assistance, supervised visitation, waived criminal penalties, reunification therapy) in gaining custody of the children they may or may not be fit to raise.

Records show that in 2002, a Washington based demonstration projectoverseen by Pearson used the OCSE funds to help Beltway Sniper John Muhammad sue his ex wife for custody. Mildred had only recently located her children after John kidnapped them, moved into a shelter, and enrolled them in school under fake names. When Mildred took the children into hiding, John embarked on a cross-country shooting spree that left 9 people dead.

In Connecticut, the court’s AV program grants are partnered with Fatherhood programs and overseen by Task Force member Joseph DiTunno, who is a manager in the Court Support Services Division. The funding is used to sponsor the court’s mediation programs, supervised visitation, and court operations.

At last week’s hearing, several mothers testified that judges often awarded sole custody of their children to violent criminals, then ordered fit mothers with no history of abusing or neglecting their children to purchase parenting time from supervised visitation centers. They say the courts refused to allow them to utilize the federally subsidized services, essentially starving them out of their parenting rights.

In 2010, the Judicial Branch signed a multi-agency agreement between the Judicial Branch, the Department of Corrections, Department of Parole and other agencies which requires signatories to use State resources to promote the Responsible Fatherhood industry, or rather, to deliberately discriminate against parents on the basis of gender in various government services affecting the outcome of custody cases. DiTunno is listed on the agreement as the CSSD contact liaison.

Michigan based Father’s Rights activist Doug Dante also questions what the grants are being used for.

“It does not appear that there is meaningful federal control or supervision which would prevent fraud, waste, and abuse at the parenting time program,” says Dante. “In at least one state other than Connecticut there is significant evidence of grossly inflated fees, serious financial conflicts of interest, and underhanded activities by parenting time coordinators.”

PARENTS QUESTION AFCC INFLUENCE

Tolmoff testified that Zaslow failed to disclose his conflict of interest that he is an AFCC member, and he founded and operates a trade association for family court industry professionals together with some of other professionals assigned to his case. Parents like Peter Szymonik testified to similar experiences with AFCC proprietors and speculated that the Judicial Branch’s own investment in the corporation’s services may be the reason why so many complaints about AFCC affiliates were dismissed by authorities without proper investigation.

In 2001, CSSD Director and AFCC past President Robert Tompkins received an award from the AFCC, and CSSD manager Steven Grant was elected to AFCC’s board of directors. According to AFCC member/donor/CSSD Regional Manager Debra Kulak, the Judicial Branch subsequently awarded the AFCC a contract to “research” and set up the court’s case screening protocols.  The “research” team includedDiTunno and AFCC affiliated CSSD employees Grant, Kulak, and Catherine Ceruti.In 2009, Judicial Branch Operations Manager Marilou Giovannucci won an award from AFCC for her “behind the scenes efforts in helping the association reach new audiences and expand its reach.”

Controversy arose in 2013 when several Connecticut judges and court employees founded a State chapter of the trade association together with some of the professionals who appear before them on family court cases. The Judicial Branch then paid the corporation to conduct trainings usually allocated to said AFCC affiliated employees.

In 2013, the Commission on Judicial Ethics ruled that judicial membership in such organizations is a violation of professional codes of conduct, yet the Judicial Review Commission subsequently dismissed all complaints filed by parents against AFCC affiliated judges who heard cases involving other AFCC proprietors. The Secretary of State’s office has not recorded any changes to the corporation’s board of directors since the corporation’s establishment.

What are AFCC proprietors training the Judicial Branch to do?

Most parents testified that they initially agreed to joint custody, only to have their rights revoked for arbitrary reasons. This could mean CSSD’s programs are working as intended, as the grants can only be justified if offenders and noncustodial parents increase their time with children. While the programs may decline to assist fathers like Tolmoff, the system appears to be working extremely well for predators like [ex] Father McGann.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Live video of the hearing:

http://www.ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=9782

Written testimony:

http://www.cga.ct.gov/jud/ldcc/Testimony.asp

 

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