wpeA.jpg (5395 bytes)

 

Win Child Custody.jpg (3531 bytes)

custody research.jpg (3525 bytes)

custody 911.jpg (2746 bytes)

Family Law Button.jpg (2646 bytes)

State Forumsb.jpg (2720 bytes)

Custody Attorney.jpg (2949 bytes)

child custodyorgb.jpg (3049 bytes)

custodyconsultantb.jpg (3164 bytes)

Free Child Custody Newsletter Click Here

Click buttons above for custody websites

Tel 202-241-8000

arrow1.gif (923 bytes)Click Here for Custody Attorneys

[ Home | Contents | Search | Next | Previous | Up ]

Child Custody

From: Lisa
Date: 06 Jun 2002
Time: 21:41:45
Remote Name: 65.102.233.132

Comments

CUSTODY BATTLES IN AMERICA

These are some little known basic facts about

Contested child custody: The general public and the media have the notion that mothers always get custody. However when cases are contested, the father has a 70% to 84% chance at winning. Statistics vary. People who read this often ask, how can this be? It's simple. Many women don't have the money (thousands of dollars) to retain lawyers. Legal Aid has had most of it's funding cut and does little to nothing for women in the majority of cases. Men, who are normally the breadwinner have money to hire an attorney. Frequently these men will receive free or low cost attorneys through Fathers Rights groups. Typically men will file motion upon motion and drag the case out over the course of a year or more until they wear the woman out financially and emotionally. Excessive vexatious litigation is a common tactic utilized by Father's Rights attorneys. Batterers (emotional and or physical) are the largest segment of men who fight for custody: According to a 1996 report by the American Psychological Association (APA), custody and visitation disputes are more frequent when there is a history of domestic violence. Further, fathers who batter mothers are twice as likely to seek sole custody of their children and they may misuse the legal system as a forum for continuing abuse through harassing and retaliatory legal actions. Quite often, the husband as a means of maintaining the control over his wife goes for custody. "It's effective because nothing in this world matters more to a woman than her child." --Beth Owen. --National Coordinator for The Committee For Mother and Child Rights. Most states, with provisions that the tender age of the children should be a consideration awarding custody to the mothers, have removed these: Infants and young children are taken away from perfectly fit mothers and given to the father. Even though, it will be his mother, new wife/lover or a day care center who will be the one actually caring for the child. "Frequently men are told by their attorneys that if they have sole custody, joint or significant visitation, (the percentage of visitation being equal to the amount of child support required) they will pay no child support or very little. Instead their ex wives will often, with her 72 cents to the man's dollar, if they work, pick up the slack." --Beth Owen Most states now order geographic/domicile restrictions: Another common control tactic utilized by abusive fathers seeking custody of their children is to petition the court to order a geographic restriction on the spouse awarded Sole or Physical Custody. This means, that the custodial parent must remain in the county or sometimes even the school district in which they reside at the time of final hearing or until your child is 18 unless both parties agree otherwise. However, there is no restriction placed on the non-custodial parent preventing them from moving away from their children. Sometimes the courts are generous and allow the custodial parent to live in contiguous counties (counties that touch/border the county in which you reside). Even though, there have been cases where a father has tried to prevent a move as short as 35 miles. A good job offer, moving home to live with or be near relatives or even remarriage isn't a valid reason to grant permission to move in the mind of many judges. There have been cases in which a woman's new husband was transferred to another city by his employer. Meanwhile, the mother had to stay behind to petition the courts to allow her to relocate with her husband and their new baby. Judges will switch custody to the father in many cases in retaliation for the mother's asking for permission to move. There appears to be gender bias in considering move away laws. Frequently if a father asks permission to relocate, his request is granted. Mothers are left with the choice of keeping their children, or moving away and leaving them behind to the care of the ex mother-in-law, the ex husband's new wife/lover (quite possibly who happens to be the woman who broke up your marriage), or a day care center of your ex husband's choice. An even far worse scenario are the battered women and children fleeing from an abuser to another city or state. Particularly after he has beaten her and threatened to kill her. Commonly the abuser is granted Sole Custody (usually through an ex parte hearing). A hearing where only the father and his attorney are present and the other side isn't even notified. (This is legal) A sworn affidavit (perjury is common) is presented to the court. Frequently the mother is charged with felony kidnapping or interference with custody (also a felony) and accused of suffering from http://www.feminista.com/v1n2/wilson.html PAS (Parental Alienation Syndrome) a disorder not recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) but used against mothers successfully time and time again. A writ of attachment is issued along with a warrant for the mother's arrest. (quite often with no knowledge to her or her attorney if she has one) Typically the outcome of this ex parte hearing is that the father gains Sole (not joint) Custody and the mother is ordered into therapy for PAS, to pay child support, court costs and fines and to visit her children at http://motherandchildrights.org/realsupervisedvisits.htm These visits often cost in the range of $50 to $100 per visit. MORE LINKS: http://www.smalljustice.com http://www.myagape.com/rikki/ http://www.thelizlibrary.org/ http://www.jfcadvocacy.org/ http://www.familylawcourts.com/ http://www.rightsforchildren.org/ http://APA4KIDS@APA4KIDS.ORG www.mothersrights.com

My name is Lisa and I’m an activist and if you are going through a nasty custody case or already had one and you are the non-custodial mom or dad then contact me at (970) 962-9032 or email me at kodiak2@qwest.net) (YOU ARE NOT ALONE!) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

MY SON BRADLY HAS BEEN MISSING FOR 3 YRS. HE WAS TAKEN BY HIS ABUSIVE FATHER ON DEC. 18, 1998.

MY NAME IS LISA AND THIS IS MY STORY.

“LIVING IN FEAR”

November 15, 1986 I got married to a wonderful, loving man, also that was the same day my life would end. We lived with his mother while we were going to high school. My husband graduated in 1987 and he went out and got a job. We went and found our own apartment. I had our first son on September 4, 1987, 1 month and 12 days later I lost him to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). We had to attend SIDS meeting so in the future none of us would blame each other for Michael’s death. My husband decided to join the Army. When he got done with Basic Training and also AIT he was sent to Ft. Hood, Texas for a year, within that year he sent for me and I was already pregnant with Bradly. On September 6, 1988 Bradly was born. When he was born my husband came up to me and told me “ you’re going to take care of this bastard not me” I said “fine”. This is when all the abuse started. He reenlisted for five years for Germany. I was so excited and I asked when are we leaving and he said, “ you and Bradly are not going with me” “ both of you are going back home” (Washington State) So I felt unwanted and depressed. He left me all alone with the baby and an unpacked apartment. The Platoon he belonged to before he left for Germany had to help me pack all our stuff so I can get home to Washington State. When all the packing was done I had some garbage to dump, so I picked up Bradly and the garbage and went down stairs and dumped it, we came back and my $500.00 was stolen! The Platoon Sergeant paid for Bradly and my plain ticket. We finally arrived to Washington State and started our own lives! 6 months later my husband got lonely and wanted us to pack and get on the plane to Germany. I put my foot down and said no! Few months later my husband took 2 weeks leave and came home. I ask him for a divorce and he flipped. He tried to commit suicide in front of me! Stupid me fell for it! He wanted to go to the mall so I got a babysitter. While we were at the mall I told him I still want a divorce! He dragged me to the truck and I tried to get away and he grabbed my hood on my coat and choked me while he is telling me that he will kill us both so none of us can have Bradly! I got away and called the police and I made it to the apartment to get to my baby. I told my babysitter (Rob) what happened and so Bradly and I ran to the bedroom to hide! He showed up and kicked the door down and assaulted my babysitter and ran! The police finally caught him and he was arrested for Domestic Violence. He took off to Germany after his court hearing. My husband soon after arriving in Germany he tried to commit suicide again by using dull knives. He told me why he did that, he wanted to get out of the five years in Germany but he wanted an honorable discharge. (To get to me). Stupid me stayed. From 1986 until 1996 this man has choked me off the floor, punched my son in the face many times, called him stupid, pulled my son by his hair and dragged him down the stairs, brung him home from a visit with Scarlet Fever because he took him out in the woods with out a coat in the dead of winter, he came home beat up by his father, this man would stand at my bedside and watch me sleep with this evil look on his face. (I still can’t sleep with out a pillow hiding my face). He cut me up with a 10” survival knife, (he told me that he will kill me if I told the doctor that he did it). This man also put me through booby traps in the woods, (him and his friend set up a trip wire and dug up a pit and put stakes inside. My husband came home and said come with me I want to show you something. He took me to the woods and told me to stand here at the end of the trail he took off and said come on through, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I tripped over the wire and a log came down and I fell into the pit full of stakes) this isn’t a movie! I had 4 to 5 restraining orders on him; he tried doing the suicide thing many more time, he spent 3 days in the hospital for suicide watch, and today my son is missing and I have the Sheriff’s telling me to get a conceal weapons permit, I went to see how much a 9mm hand gun is, knowing I have to get one.

I finally got my divorce and custody of my son in 1996. During the divorce he was ordered to pay the house payments until the divorce is final. He quit his job. I got custody because he told the judge he didn’t want him. The house foreclosed on February 19, 1997. I was forced to move out of State. I had some friends down in Limon, Colorado that wanted us to be safe from fear! I asked my lawyer if I could and he said yes! We ended up moving to Loveland, Colorado. December 18, 1998 was the last day I will ever see my son again! The Sheriff’s Dept called me at work telling me that my ex husband is here to pick up his son and I have the court papers that states he has custody. I said” what, were my son”? He said, “ He is here in my office,” I told him I’m on my way and he said by the time you get here he would be on his way to DIA (Denver International Airways) I asked him “ can I talk to him”? He said sure, my son got on the phone crying saying” I’m sorry mommy” and I said “it’s not your fault” I told him “I love him and I will get you back” July 2, 2001 I finally got the change of custody order from Washington State (it was changed on September 17, 1997) they wouldn’t give me the papers no matter how many calls I made to try and get them! Now here I am not knowing if my son is dead or alive! I got a call from CBI (Colorado Bureau of Investigations) on December 18, 2001 because they found a dead boy that fits my son’s description bounded up in duct tape. That is one phone call every mother dreads! I guess my son has to die for us to get help! I love my sons and I will die for them. I guess you might call us mothers animals because we will protect and kill our pray that hurts our babies! Women and children die everyday! The only way we can lower the % rate of their deaths is to put our story in the paper or on the air! I got a call from Colorado Bureau of Investigations telling me they might have found my son bounded up in duct tape dead! I want this mad man that took my son over 3 years ago put away for life for what he has done to the both of us for 16 years!!!!!

Our ex abuser got custody behind our back! HIS CUSTODY IS FRAUDULENT!!!!

Here are some web sites everybody should see!

My email address is: kodiak2@qwest.net http://www.myagape.com/rikki http://mothersrights.tripod.com http://www.mnadvocates.org/children/exec-us.htm http://www.smalljustice.com/ CLICK ON DOCUMENTARY http://www.familiesagainstabuse.com/ http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/momluzvanja/ http://leadershipcouncil.org/Research/PAS/pas.html http://APA4KIDS@APA4KIDS.ORG http://members.tripod.com/~zoogipoequay/Tiffanni.html http://www.familylawcourts.com/

THIS IS MY SON’S WEB PAGE http://www.geocities.com/lisap80537/bradlyshomepage.html

If you want my ex abuser’s criminal record I will send it by mail, fax, or email! --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Message sent to the following recipients: Governor Davis Message text follows:

January 31, 2002

[ Please pardon Debra Schmidt, the Northern California mother sentenced to jail for taking her two young daughters to Texas to keep them away from her ex-husband, a convicted sex offender. Schmidt was sentenced Jan. 11 to a year in jail. She was convicted in December of felony child abduction and has been ordered to return the children to California. She was also sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay more than $44,000 in fines and attorney's fees to the children's father, Manuel Saavedra, who has had a variety of custody and visitation arrangements since the couple divorced in the mid-90s.

Schmidt, 43, has said she feared for the children's safety, as their previous visits with her ex-husband were not well supervised.

Schmidt arrived in California in September from Austin, Texas to face charges after the state of California filed a federal lawsuit forcing her extradition. The Texas governor had initially refused to extradite Schmidt to California, but eventually did so under court order.

Saavedra, 44, pleaded guilty in 1992 to lewd conduct with a 13-year-old female relative. Saavedra was granted custody of his daughters after he completed a sex offender program and a counselor deemed he was no risk to children as long as he did not drink alcohol.

Schmidt simply did what was necessary to protect her children. The greatest tragedy is that two young girls have been separated, perhaps indefinitely, from the parent who was trying to protect them.

Please grant a pardon to Debra Schmidt. Her sentence sends a message to society that men can harm children and get away with it, but women who try to protect their children go to jail.

Sincerely,

LISA ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- J.A.I.L. News Journal ____________________________________________________ Los Angeles, California February 1, 2002

The Jig Is Up! An editorial by Barbie inspired by Henry Jake Morgan, henrymorgan1@juno.com

"Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found the exact amount of injustice and wrongdoing which will be imposed on them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." - Frederick Douglas, 1857

The below information is illustrative of Frederick Douglas' quote above. I am convinced, now that we have the Judicial Accountability Initiative Law and the Judicial Accountability & Integrity Legislation (J.A.I.L.) bills proposed in writing and ready for passage in each state as well as in Congress, that we have reached that point where the "injustice and wrongdoing" is in fact being resisted at least with words at this time. Through J.A.I.L., the people are stating that they can no longer endure the oppression put upon them by the judicial system.

The people demand judicial accountability-- i.e., the truth behind the plague of corruption that has overtaken this country. And with J.A.I.L., the people will hear the truth from the oppressors themselves and allow the people a solution to the problem. Whatever that truth is, IT MUST BE BROUGHT OUT ON THE RECORD-- the people demand it, through J.A.I.L. The "limits of tyrants" has come-- The Jig Is Up!

J.A.I.L. continually receives arguments such as below (in bold) and the response follows thereafter.

"The Legislative Act of February 21, 1871, Forty-first Congress, Session III, Chapter 62, page 419, chartered a Federal company entitled "United States," a/k/a "US Inc.," in accordance with the so-called 14th Amendment, which the record indicates was never ratified.....

What is called the "United States Government" is a bankrupt corporation underwritten by, in receivership in favor of, and a mere front for the Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund (IMF), et.al. This private government functions in its own commercial, military, international jurisdiction under the "law of necessity" characterizing the "state of emergency" that has prevailed since the Civil War. The law of necessity is actually "no law," i.e. the suspension of law for the purpose of dealing with the "emergency". In the law of necessity the "law of the jungle" prevails, in which anything goes, i.e. one may survive at the expense of the lives , rights, and property of others. This is a state of war, and truth, ethics, and compassion are the most serious casualties. All that matters is winning by any means, there are no rules except "just eat baby". "All's fair in love and war", and all governments (no matter how structured, dressed up, and disguised) function in a perpetual state of war between the government and the people. This is now codified in law, whereby every "citizen of the United States" is classified as an enemy of the private commercial, corporate government (US Inc.) based upon the Amendatory Act re the Trading With The Enemy Act of March 9, 1933."

We are told the above "illustrates a starting point for understanding why judges act with impunity. Judges are not alone. There are those in government who also have given oaths when they enter public service but yet their actions belie the foundations on which this country started. The corporate structure protects all parties within from being found personally responsible for anything short of murder ... " (Al Kusy akusy@rmci.net)

[Response] We are beginning to see the limits of just what people will submit to. If the above is indeed true, (the following is taken from Henry Jake Morgan, henrymorgan1@juno.com) unless and until we hear it from a judge, under oath, before a jury, with his position, property, and liberty on the line, it's all propaganda. There isn't one single jurist in this country who would dare tell the American people, officially on the record, that their Constitution is a dead letter, obsolete, irrelevant, defunct.

The only way judges can keep on doing what they are doing is to keep giving lip service to the Constitution while they silently ignore it. If they ever admit to what they are doing - the jig is up. The game is over. The only way judges derive any legitimacy is through their Oath. If the Constitution is defunct, their Oath is meaningless, they have no legitimate power and they are simply fraudulent actors. If THEY (the tyrants) say publicly before the Special Grand Jury what is stated above, the people will then know truthfully that the judiciary are imposters, traitors, perjurers and dissemblers.

If judges won't disclose to the Special Grand Jury why they are ignoring the Constitution, then they don't have a defense. The silence must be blown. The facts must be stated OPENLY, PUBLICLY, SPECIFICALLY, AND CONSPICUOUSLY, by the actors themselves in defense of their actions/failures to act.

I thank Henry Jake Morgan for his thoughts which I have adopted immediately above. I close by sharing the following scenario which Henry also sets forth:

"Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I am not, as you might suppose, a judge with authority under the Constitution for the United States of America. I just took that Oath as a matter PR to fool you idiots. It is meaningless. I am not really a judge. I am simply an enforcer for the international bankers who swindled you out of your rights, country and property. You are all slaves. Do not try to leave or ignore my orders or I will have the bailiff shoot your a--."

And in closing, as Henry says, "Get behind J.A.I.L, put 'em on the stand and make 'em put-up, or shut-up."

Yes folks, The Jig is Up-- J.A.I.L. Is Here! -Barbie- victoryusa@jail4judges.org

J.A.I.L. is an acronym for Judicial Accountability Initiative Law JAIL's very informative website is found at www.jail4judges.org JAIL proposes a unique new addition to our form of government. JAIL is powerful! JAIL is dynamic! JAIL is America's ONLY hope! JAIL is spreading across America like a fast moving wildfire! JAIL is making inroads into Congress for federal accountability! JAIL may be supported at P.O. Box 207, N. Hollywood, CA 91603 To subscribe or be removed: add-remove-jail@mindspring.com E-Groups may sign on at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jail4judges/join Open forum to make your voice heard JAIL-SoundOff@egroups.com Ask not what J.A.I.L. can do for me, but ask what I can do for J.A.I.L.

"..it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.." - Samuel Adams

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." -- Henry David Thoreau <><

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Custody expert charged with illegal law practice Ronald Lais disputes allegations he acted as a lawyer while lacking a license. December 22, 2001 By JOHN McDONALD The Orange County Register

A controversial Santa Ana international law expert and child-custody consultant was charged this week with five felony counts of practicing law without a license. The arrest of Ronald Lais, 59, on Wednesday is the latest development in a long-running dispute over services he offers on the Internet. He has been suspended twice by the State Bar of California since 1999, and he resigned his law license in March 2000 while he was under investigation. "I'm licensed to practice law in India and I hold myself out as an international lawyer," Lais said. He resigned while being investigated in cases including a 1994 incident in which two children of one of his clients was snatched from the father's farm in Minnesota. Lais paid a $14,000 fine in Minnesota in connection with the incident. Lais briefly represented the parents of Nicole Simpson in their custody fight with O.J. Simpson. He faces a prison term if convicted, but he said he expects to be acquitted. "I don't appear in court. I put people together, I don't act as a lawyer," he said. "I'm going to accelerate the process. I'm going to start an advertising campaign to promote what I do." His Internet site says he is not a lawyer, but it includes information about his legal experience and previous legal cases. "He continued to practice law while he was suspended and after he resigned," said Orange County Deputy District Attorney Ray Armstrong, who filed the charges that led to Lais being arrested Wednesday. "His advertising on the Internet is tantamount to his placing an ad on the lawyers page in the Yellow Pages."

Bonnie Russell 858.259.4546 www.1st-pick.com We only link with the best. It's simpler that way.

-------------------------------------------- J.A.I.L. News Journal ____________________________________________________ Los Angeles, California February 9, 2002

New America- An Idea Whose Time Has Come (An attorney responds to "Due Process Is Broken") by Jon Galt justicus@gci.net

One nation, no longer under God, with liberty for none and justice for some. There is no using the system to fix the system. Get that message, once and for all. It is too late to bail water. It is time to abandon ship. -- Jon Galt

I don't often forward things written by others. Heaven knows our emailboxes overflow with enough forwardings as it is. However, the piece below (re "Due Process is Broken" posted at end) is so important that I am making an exception today. I don't have a clue who the author, Henry Jake Morgan, is [re "Due Process Is Broken] and I don't much care. What he says is so true and so well said that it deserves to be spread around. You'll notice that it sounds a lot like what I say from time to time.

Let me say it again. I'm a lawyer. I'm inside the system and have been here for a long time. Everybody has the impression that the legal system is broken. As I am fond of saying - you don't have any idea how bad things really are. It is broken...irretrievably broken...irremedially unfair, unjust and inaccessible. Trust me - I know what I am talking about.

I take the cases that I do in order to make a statement to as many people as possible. No way can I change anything one case at a time. I realize that. What I can do, however - what my unique contribution can be - is to use a politically-incorrect case to illustrate just how bad things are. Go to jail for saying the "N" word is one example. Go to jail for "kidnapping" your own kids is another. There are many others, but those are my current obsessions.

In the process, I get tarred and feathered along with my clients. A small price to pay. But, this I can do. Therefore, I must do it. And I will do it. Until finally, as it inevitably must, as it has done with so many other lawyers who buck it, the system decides to dispense with me.

I do my best to help the individuals involved in those cases, of course, and I like to think that I make a very serious difference in their lives. That gives me immense satisfaction. However, the major thing I look for in the flood of cases that come at me every day is a mix of facts and circumstances calculated to outrage even the most somnolent lemming. That is what wakes up the fence sitters, and there are so many of them. I hear from them every day. Our ranks are growing, rest assured.

And, I am only one man. I must also earn a living for my family. I can really only handle one high-profile case pro bono at a time. That means I must pass on a great many cases involving injustice and good people. A great many. That disturbs me. But, remember, the system is broken.

Those individuals that float by me, doomed to be sucked under and devoured, are the flotsam and jetsam from the shipwreck that our society has become. Meanwhile, the great masses of lemmings who have not yet become tyrannized are living on borrowed time while they continue to rearrange the deck chairs on a ship which has not yet fully sunk. They are the ones to whom I am shouting.

It's not just the legal system, though it is the glue that holds all of society together. Everything is broken now. Government at all levels. Religion. Family. Everything. At some point, you have to step back and see the pattern that emerges. Could all of this have come to pass by accident? Think about it. Broken? Yes, from the perspective of so many. But from the viewpoint of many minority interests, the system is only somewhat dysfunctional. Kenneth Lay is among them. To a very small, select group, everything is just as it should be. Bush the Second is one of them.

I see so much CRAP that passes for "solutions" being offered up by every stripe of patriot, rebel, malcontent, religious zealot - crap that masquerades under legal mumbo jumbo. You see it all the time. UCC filings to protect our children and our assets is a current fad. That one doesn't even pretend ever to have been functional. Trust me - it is an absolute and total waste of time and energy. The most deceiving are those that actually used to work or still work when wielded by the "right" people or for the "right" causes (hate crime law enforcement, for example). In fact, the entire legal system fits in this category.

One nation, no longer under God, with liberty for none and justice for some. There is no using the system to fix the system. Get that message, once and for all. It is too late to bail water. It is time to abandon ship.

New America. An idea whose time has come.

Attorney Jon Galt justicus@gci.net ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On behalf of National J.A.I.L., we thank Attorney Galt for this much-needed message to the American people. Yes, J.A.I.L. is the way to get the "New America" we so desperately need. We must abandon ship and climb into the Life Raft called J.A.I.L. (For those of you who haven't received "Due Process Is Broken" we include it below.) Thanks. -Barbie-

Due Process Is Broken (A response by Henry Jake Morgan, henrymorgan1@juno.com)

You bet I'm berating the "so-called" "patriots." They are, while their hearts may be in the right place, as a rule, being so meatheaded about this as to be virtually useless in effecting a viable solution. They are generally so enamoured of their pet theories that they refuse to see the forest for the trees. They each have a pet tree that they think is "the real deal", the net result of which is that they wind up in jail where they can't help even if they wanted to.

Virtually ALL of the "patriot" theories dictate solutions which demand the use of due process and "DUE PROCESS IS BROKEN." How many times are you going to beat your head against the wall (get screwed over by a judge) before you wake up to the fact that DUE PROCESS IS BROKEN and it can't be fixed by using BROKEN DUE PROCESS?

Wake up and smell the coffee. GOVERNMENT IS BROKEN. And you can't fix broken government with broken government any more than you can fix a broken car with that same broken car. You've gotta fix a broken car with something senior to that broken car, like a wrench (that built the broken car to begin with.)

You guys keep on running up the same cattle shute to a dead end over and over and over and over. (I've been there and done that.) You keep trying new and more esoteric theories; you do research upon research, upon research. You think that you MUST be making some minor technical mistakes. You keep tweaking your paperwork, sharing "new and novel" "discoveries." Then you put together your ULTIMATE ULTIMATE package ......and do what?

You put it right into that same broken cattle shute again and charge up san juan hill with all of your guns blazing and go right down the shute into the garbage bin again.

When are you going to realize, it's not your cases that are lacking. IT'S THE SHUTE THATS BUSTED. Your "employees" have converted the due process shute into a garbage shute. Go ahead, keep jumping in the garbage shute if you want to. KNOCK YOURSELF OUT.

Most so-called patriots have their heads so far up their butts that all they can see is their own teeth and tonsils. So much so that trying to get them to get behind a real solution (Like J.A.I.L. or FIJA) is not only a waste of time, but an actual obstruction (a rock in the road) to actually getting something worthwhile done. I don't even try to recruit them. (And I AM one, and know quite a few.) For every "patriot" out there, there are a thousand pissed off non-patriot folks who have been victimized by the courts and who are thunderstruck and overjoyed to just entertain the thought of putting some judge behind bars. I can recurit 100 of them while I'm arguing with one BULLHEADED PATRIOT.

Their ("patriots") unwillingness (or inability) to recognize a viable solution when it comes along is MONUMENTAL. They've all been looking at the problem for so long with a microscope that they have tunnelvision and can't or won't step back and look at the big picture. (Or they really, deep down, like things the way they are and actually don't want the problem solved at all.)

The big picture is that the problem isn't a legal one. It is a political one. The constitutions must be amended. The People made the Constitution, and only The People can fix it. The plaintiff or defendant can't. It's that simple.

So if you must insist on spending your life digging in lawbooks and living in jail cells - GO FOR IT. But quit whining about it. Shut up and let the rest of us get on with fixing the problem.

LEAD,.......FOLLOW,.........OR GET ... OUT OF THE WAY!!!!!!!

Love, Jake

J.A.I.L. is an acronym for Judicial Accountability Initiative Law JAIL's very informative website is found at www.jail4judges.org JAIL proposes a unique new addition to our form of government. JAIL is powerful! JAIL is dynamic! JAIL is America's ONLY hope! JAIL is spreading across America like a fast moving wildfire! JAIL is making inroads into Congress for federal accountability! JAIL may be supported at P.O. Box 207, N. Hollywood, CA 91603 To subscribe or be removed: add-remove-jail@mindspring.com E-Groups may sign on at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jail4judges/join Open forum to make your voice heard JAIL-SoundOff@egroups.com Ask not what J.A.I.L. can do for me, but ask what I can do for J.A.I.L.

"..it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.." - Samuel Adams

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." -- Henry David Thoreau <><

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- J.A.I.L. News Journal ____________________________________________________ Los Angeles, California February 28, 2002 JAILphoneCards

The Death of Justice - An Obituary

Today we mourn the passing of a dear old friend by the name of Justice. Ms. Justice tried to live a good, selfless and devoted life but she was, at an early age, forced into the life of a professional meretrix.

In recent decades her waning strength provided no match for the ravages of Judicial Activism. Finally, Justice lost her will to live the day that the Ten Commandments were ousted of the Court room. In final agony, Justice reportedly drifted in and out of logic as the legal corruption took a total hold and was spread everywhere in her body.

Justice was preceded in death by her parents, Truth and Reality; her husband, Republic, her son, Common Sense, and her daughter, Reason-Faith Freedom. The two surviving sisters-in-law are Judicial Accountability-Law and American Constitution. Very few attended the funeral, just because few knew of her untimely departure. This is from her life's memories diary: It could have been a Kafka or a Stephen King's novel, about the "Suitcase People." An army of people that exist forever carrying each a suitcase full of legal papers, in the hopes to find "Justice." ....

If you are still one of the few that has never been touched by the legal system, consider yourself the true prize winner. As it is, our legal system is like a mighty Vortex, a machine designed for the main purpose of gulping down money. Our lawyers incredibly charge outrageous "retainers" (typically $5,000, often more) just to even look at your papers. After that you get billed by the hour, on an average of about $300 per hour. That makes the lawyer a very rich man. He will think of you on his way to a party and write a slip to charge you for that time, plus some.

He will talk to the adversary attorney for 10 minutes, gossip for 20 more, and charge you for an hour. You have no way of checking on him. He considers you "a pain in the behind," (a statement overheard from a lawyer.)

If you try to send a complaint to the "Bar," it will be dismissed. The Bar is made of lawyers too. It is called the "Bar" to indicate the original bar of separation in a Court room between the Lawyer and Judge on one side, and the lay person on the other. It's "us" against "them." It is a perverted system. It promises to help you while pick-pocketing at will.

The "beauty" of the legal system is that it operates on a set of rules and its own dialect aimed to make it nearly impossible for anyone but a Lawyer to play the game 'for you'.

People are confused by the system. They know they have been taken, but they can't quite figure how. There is nearly nothing they can do to recover the resources taken from them. Every other day there's front page news of some corrupt Lawyer or Judge. Yet they mostly get away with a slap of the wrist and continue on, or resign of their own will.

Enters J.A.I.L. It stands for Judicial Accountability Initiative Law. It promises to work on passing a Bill by which the system will be made finally accountable and liable for their action.

Frankly, I do not understand how this was not set up from the start. .... Someone must watch the watcher. The abuse must stop. J.A.I.L. is at a puppy stage, but its large size is already evident. It will soon grow into a mighty watchdog and strike at the very roots of the Judicial grapevine, until their sap is dry.

"We the People" are the Sovereign as designed by the Founding Fathers of this country. In the words of Thomas Jefferson: "I do not charge the judges with willful and ill-intentioned error; but honest error must be arrested where its toleration leads to public ruin. As for the safety of society, we commit honest maniacs to Bedlam; so judges should be withdrawn from their bench whose erroneous biases are leading us to dissolution. It may, indeed, injure them in fame or in fortune; but it saves the republic, which is the first and supreme law." --Thomas Jefferson: Autobiography, 1821

Sent by Zaradee - zaradee@aol.com New Jersey JAILer.

J.A.I.L. is an acronym for Judicial Accountability Initiative Law JAIL's very informative website is found at www.jail4judges.org JAIL proposes a unique new addition to our form of government. JAIL is powerful! JAIL is dynamic! JAIL is America's ONLY hope! JAIL is spreading across America like a fast moving wildfire! JAIL is making inroads into Congress for federal accountability! JAIL may be supported at P.O. Box 207, N. Hollywood, CA 91603 To subscribe or be removed: AddRemove@jail4judges.org E-Groups may sign on at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jail4judges/join Open forum to make your voice heard JAIL-SoundOff@egroups.com Ask not what J.A.I.L. can do for me, but ask what I can do for J.A.I.L.

"..it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.." - Samuel Adams

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." -- Henry David Thoreau <><

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- and told us that the documents were signed and were on their way back. After another half hour, Rollie inquired again, this time they told us that Debra was waiting for Rollie to talk about the papers. Rollie stunned, that suddenly it appeared that he would be allowed to meet with her, headed down the hall to see his client. After sitting Dear Friends and Family, Just received this update on Debra Schmidt who is in prison for "kidnapping" her children from a husband who is a convicted child molester. Her children are with her family in Texas (George Bush, bless him, when he was Governor, would not extradite her) and safe for now. As long as Debra will not turn her children over to the state of California.......she may be in jail for many years. She was sentenced to one year but the court is angry that she will not give her children to her ex-husband (an illegal alien who molested his niece) and may keep her in prison until she complies with the court's orders. She is a mother. She will not sacrifice her children. She will stay in jail until they are grown, if necessary. I know. I understand. She and I are sisters in our motherhood. I go to trial in ten days. Please pray for me. Love in Christ, Mary

(from a wonderful man, Mark Evans, whose sister protected her children from abuse)

I doubt that Mitch would mind me disseminating his responses to some questions I asked about Debra Schmidt, the mom in California serving what sounds like a life sentence for keeping her children away from their father.

Message: 1 Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 03:52:57 -0000 From: "mitchsmckenzie" <mitchsmckenzie@yahoo.com> Subject: Re: Debra

Dear Mark,

I'll try to answer these not dumb at all questions as best I can. I am sitting in a motel in Central California working with Debra's lawyer out here, trying to change the legal picture. I will post the next filing here for all to see, it will hopefully be effective... As they say, we are taking the lemons dealt and making lemonade... Your questions answered:

How is Debra doing? As well as can be expected based on the idea that the courts have now found her in contempt in San Joaquin with what amounts to a life time sentence. She doesn't recommend the jail house diet though it appears extremely effective, Debbie has lost 30- 40 pounds. Yes, I am concerned.

How are the kids? They are doing extremely well under the circumstance. They are of course with people who love them very much and they are still going to the same school, playing with the same friends, going to the same church, but very much in need off and missing their Mother. The Father, who has had safe supervised visitation orders in place for years in Texas, hasn't visited the children in over a year.

What do the kids think about their mom and what she is going through? They are frankly sheltered from the stark,dark reality at what the system has done to their mother. We just believe that if the children were to concieve that mom was in jail 'because' of them that it might impact their psyche. The father has in fact in his last 2 phone calls placed the burden of Debra's incarceration squarely on the 10 year olds shoulders. We have taken the children to the therapist just to help her deal with this disturbing change of events. The fathers last words to the childrens guardians is that they too, shall go to jail. Just sick. I pray for Manuel. I Pray for a just God.

Are they communicating with each other? They are in contact with Debra when she isn't in lockdown, which seems to happen quite regularly at that facility. Don't really understand why they find it necesary to keep everyone in nap time but they do. They also corespond in writings and pictures. Today in fact is the eigth birthday of the younger child. No call allowed as of yet that I am aware of.

Has Debra made friends on the inside? Some and even some with badges who know the story. Though last Thursday and Friday Debra's attorney and I were refused a visit because "Prisoner # BCJ-531 has already been convicted"... We were stunned, asked to speak to the officer in charge, and was told no one was in charge... Imagine that... We finally got them to take Debra some papers to sign regarding her lawsuits and they refused to bring her any papers that didn't require a signature and refused to take her case law and other information so she could make sense of thye suit. After waiting for nearly three hours for the documents to come back signed, Rollie, Debra's attorney inquired. They called the POD

there for another 30 minutes in a visiting booth, a guard walked in, handed Rollie the papers and said, here you go, we got her to sign them for you. We were stunned. Upon close inspection of the papers we found notes from Debra begging Rollie to see her. She wrote, "they say you are refusing to see me, I'm confused, something doesn't seem right in what they are telling me?" You think Debra was confused! It should be noted to those with and interest that Rollie is handicapped and the facility is basically built like and obstacle course for handicapped people. Rollie has been in practice for 30 years and has never been refused access to a client before, never. We have no choice but to take this issue to a higher level. Just another obstacle to justice in this case, intentional or not, effective.

I pray no enemies. A few, and a fat lip a few months back to prove it.

How does Debra spend her days? Debra has been a POD worker for most of her time in jail. She says it makes the days go by faster then just sitting and reading and dodging the worst that humanity has to offer. She is going stir crazy though, I won't lie.

Is she keeping a journal? She has been, of course the last time they moved her they threw everything away, including her commisary items. When they returned her 2 days later she was forced to start all over with no comforts whatsoever. Thats policy.

Does she have good books to read? She does read lots, you can send her worthy titles but they have to be sent from the publisher directly, otherwise, they get trashed. Thats policy.

Has she reconsidered trading children for freedom? They have jailed her, they have made her indigent, they have convicted her of a felony that means she can never work with children again, they have cruelly kept her away from her babies, they have given her an indeterminate sentence, they have no clue what they are dealing with, a mothers love and concern is stronger then they ever reckoned. The Prosecutor wishes to drive a stake in her heart, literally, they haven't laid a glove on her yet, I hope they read this, I pray for a just God. She had just been accepted to school to train as an occupational therapist for autistic children. The world is a darker place, I pray for these judges and this misguided prosector.

I pray for a just God. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hello group, as you know all of you have watched me cry and whine for the past few weeks, well I lost custody modification yesterday. I was so scard. The judge listened to the drug tester that said my ex was dirty for pot, and that his home should be condemed. He heard from my children's chool, saying that the kids were being neglected, there clothes didnt fit, and their homework was never done. The judge heard from the children's councelor saying that they had been traumatized from being kept from me, and that they have seperation anxiety. The judge saw my wonderful husband, and liked him. I told the truth, my ex lied, and so did his wife. I had great character witneses, that said I'm a great mommy. My ex is un employed, and is dirty for marijuana, he kept my kids from me for over two years, that he has a truency report from my children's school. The judge saw it all. My ex testified for about 40 minutes in all. I testified for over 5 hrs. The judge said my ex was credible, and that I wasnt. I barley escaped his leagel fees, which were in excess of over 15,000 dollars. The judge staired at me and made me tell him why I shouldnt pay for my ex's bills. He felt sorry for my ex. In the testimony, the judge found out that my kids have access to live amo.( bullets ) he knows u guys, and now I must go on with my life, I've been treated like I have a deadly disease from many people in my town, and even in our group, and in my last group. I am the woman with no children, and must start my life today. Actually, I'm excited about letting go. I was shocked when I heard the judge say that my kids wernt around when my ex smoked pot, so it was ok. What the hell did that mean, and how did he know, the councelor held up a picture of a bong that my little girl drew for her, it was her daddy's bong. I must be dreaming. I must tell their sister today, that her brother and sister wont be comming home. I barley escaped "supervised visitation" I'm done you guys. I'm done, and there is no justice in this lawless land. I need to define myself differently now, and God knows, he does.......he keeps the truth for me. kelly

--------------------------------------------------------------------- WELCOME TO SMALL JUSTICEE.COM Small Justice: Little Justice in America's Family Courts explores the American family court system which routinely takes children away from the protective parent and puts them in the care of the person the children have named as their abuser. By following the life of Diane Hofheimer as she fights the system, how fathers use and sacrifice their children in order to control and punish the mothers will be seen. How the courts, often unwittingly, help those men will be examined. Small Justice will expose a systematic legal failure to protect those who need protection the most by focusing on three of Diane's clients. (The fact that children in homes where domestic violence occurs are physically abused at a rate 1500% higher than the average population is generally not considered in custody determinations.) READ THE STORIES... SMALL JUSTICE::THE STORIES DIANE, a one time interior designer, became a self-taught paralegal, then a child advocate, after agreeing to help her attorney husband, Charles Hofheimer at Hofheimer Law Offices. He was overwhelmed by calls from women who had lost custody to men with lengthy histories of domestic violence and substantial support for allegations of child sexual abuse. While the names were different, each story was frightening similar to the one that followed. Now she and her husband work full time with women who, after being encouraged by the system to leave violent fathers, are forced by the family courts to turn their children over to those men. |Hofheimer Law Offices| KATHY:After leaving her husband who beat her and threatened to kill her, Kathy took her daughter to a therapist to help her deal with the violence she had seen in her home. It was from that therapist that Kathy learned of her daughter Suzi's molestation. Despite a mountain of evidence, a judge awarded custody to the father J., having promised to keep her safe. Molestation continued according to a doctor and a social worker, Kathy ran with Suzi. Caught and jailed, her daughter was turned back over to the father. A jury found Kathy not guilty of kidnapping because she was acting in the best interests of her child. Because of the family court ruling, Suzi remains with her father. MORE STORIES... PAM,The day after Pam married Martin, he beat her so badly she had to be hospitalized. Her parents told her she should stay and make the best of it. She stayed until her then three year old daughter Jessie told how her daddy took her pants off and used his "pee-pee in her bottom." Jessie, in her childlike way also told of the knife her dad used as he did the same thing to her two year old brother. (Jessie tells us this story on camera.).While martin is registered in NY as a sexual perpetrator, he currently has custody of both boys. ELAINE:As a good Christian woman, it never occurred to her that Jim would sexually abuse his kids. Sure, he might hit her every once in awhile, but she could cope with that. Money was scarce so it seemed that staying together was just something she's have to do for the good of her children. Neither verbal disclosures by the children of physical and sexual abuse by their father, nor the fact that this father is listed as a perpetrator of child abuse in the North Carolina state registry, nor pictures that the children drew of their life with their father, swayed the judge who awarded full custody of all children to their father. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inquiry urged of judges fund

By Troy Anderson Staff Writer

State Sen. Sheila Kuehl called Wednesday for an official state inquiry into whether Los Angeles County judges operated a special account partly supported by child custody and support cases as a slush fund for their own benefit. The Daily News disclosed abuses by judges in the so-called "coffee and flowers fund" last Feb. 28, including harbor cruises, retirement dinners and gifts and flowers for deceased judges' families. The National Organization for Women recently wrote to Kuehl, D-Los Angeles, asking for an investigation because of concern that funds from attorneys and clients involved in child custody and child support cases were being abused. "There are copies of checks that have been written to a jewelry store and to a country club," Kuehl said. "I don't personally know of any uses that relate to cruises or any other improprieties but that is precisely why there needs to be an audit." The fund, which started in 1962 and has had balances running as high as $121,423, was operated under the county's tax number without filing tax returns until the Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Association incorporated as a tax-exempt organization in 1997. Details of the fund, supported by lawyer contributions, court monitors and legal seminar fees, emerged out of a legal battle between the judges association and a group of parents who claim they were victimized by the family court system because of the financial interests of the judges. Superior Court spokesman Kyle Christopherson said judges pay a fee for events such as Marina del Rey cruises and the fund pays part. "That doesn't happen with the golfing tournaments, but with the cruises when they come up short, then money may be taken out of the fund to make up for whatever small difference there may be," he said. Kuehl said a "number of troubling issues" have been raised and asked the auditor to review records since 1990 for possible misconduct. La Crescenta resident Marvin Brier, a retired computer analyst who spent several years and more than $100,000 investigating the fund while helping his daughter with a child-custody issue, said the investigation is long overdue and could help clean up the child custody system. "Parents have had no remedies when their children are taken away," Brier said. "When you find out the other side is wooing the judge with corporate money, it totally destroys the integrity of the whole process." Christopherson said Presiding Judge James A. Basque has ordered his own audit of the fund, which is expected to be released in September. In the letter to Kuehl, NOW Executive Director Helen Grieco wrote that the judges association put on seminars and events with the County Bar Association and fees went into the judges' miscellaneous fund. "The appearance ... is that a group of judges within the Los Angeles Superior Court are operating a checking account and a business that is essentially 'off the books' with no oversight from any regulatory agency, and receiving money from attorneys who are practicing in their courtrooms," Grieco wrote. "To those of us on the outside, this appears highly improper, if not illegal." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Account created to support judges By Troy AndersonStaff Writer The Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Association fund was created in 1960 with judges' personal contributions as a way to pay for judges to attend luncheons and other events. At the time, Los Angeles County's chief administrative officer had taken the position that such expenses must be personally borne by county officials and judges, according to a report by Court Counsel Frederick Bennet. In 1961, money from the fund was used to provide certificates and plaques to retiring judges. By 1967, judges were given engraved gold cuff links worth $60. Medallions and gold chains were added as alternatives later. The fund was also used to furnish the judges' lounge and in the days before ATM machines, the fund was used to enable judges to cash personal checks. Until 1997, the funds were maintained in a separate bank account and administered by court staff. Because the bank required a tax identification number, the county identification number was used. Prior to 1991, the fund rarely had a balance or more than a few hundred dollars and did not exceed $5,000. But in 1991, since the county was not providing any money for the association, alternative means of funding were considered and additional programs and activities were added. The court joined with the Los Angeles County Bar Association in providing "walk-through" programs for new attorneys. Training programs were developed and provided to family law facilitators and mediators, and funded through the fund, Bennett wrote. Judges devoted time to writing articles for and participating as speakers at educational training seminars sponsored by the bar, which, in return, donated a portion of the program fees to the fund. In response to complaints, the county auditor-controller conducted an investigation and found that in 1991 and 1992 the bar to paid $6,750 to the court as proceeds from the annual child custody colloquium, sponsored by the bar and court. The money was deposited into the judges' association fund and used to pay for various training seminars and classes for Family Court Services and Conciliation Court employees. THe auditor-controller said the money should have gone to the court. In 1998, the practice of crediting revenue from judicial seminars and workshops to the fund ended and formalized a structure to ensure the separation of funds contributed by judges from funds that should be deposited to the court's general fund. The association applied for formal recognition as a tax exempt organization, opened a separate bank account for funds contributed by the judges using a taxpayer identification number, employed an attorney, bookkeeper and staff to minimize commingling of funds that should be deposited with the court. "Although the association uses its own stationary, postage, supplies and staff, it is likely that court stationary, postage and supplies is mistakenly or occasionally used," Bennett wrote. "While it is the better practice to separate such resources, the use of small amounts of court resources for such purposes which further the morale and efficiency of the court and its judges are legitimate uses of the court's resources."

Judges' fund criticized in audit

By Troy Anderson Staff Writer

Party time for Los Angeles judges -- golf tournaments, dinner cruises, horse races, baseball games and theater events -- partially funded by fees that should have gone to the court system has finally ended. For decades, Los Angeles County's judges have treated themselves to the lifestyles of the rich and famous with money in an obscure fund created in 1960. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were funneled into what became an entertainment fund from fees judges charged for conducting child custody training seminars and "walk-through" programs for new attorneys. Now the long-awaited audit of the Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Association fund reveals that some of the proceeds used for entertainment events should have been deposited to the court's account, not what critics call the judges' "slush fund." But the independent audit, ordered by Presiding Judge James Bascue in February 2001, found there was no practical way to determine how much money was deposited to the fund in 1960 and recommended the court not seek to recoup the money. It also found the judges were not improperly influenced in legal cases by the money from lawyers. The association's board of directors voted 3-0 in December to turn the nearly $60,000 left in the fund over to the court and end the practice of accepting contributions from lawyers and others and only use judges' $10-a-month association dues for group events, Court Counsel Frederick Bennett said. Bascue declined to be interviewed. "My gut reaction is very simple," said taxpayer advocate and Beverly Hills attorney Richard I. Fine. "This is a typical misuse of funds case. Should the taxpayers pay for judges to go on (ocean) dinner cruises? Should the taxpayers pay for judges to have golf tournaments? "Should the taxpayers pay for retirement parties? Should the taxpayers pay for wine and cheese get-togethers? An accounting should be done and deduct the amount of dues judges paid from the amount of money paid for events and the difference is the amount the association has to pay back to the court." Bennett said the court made the right decision in December to ensure the proper separation between the court and the judges' association accounts, but it did not want the money repaid because of the difficulty separating funds commingled together for decades. "They froze all the funds and relinquished all rights to them and started with new funds entirely from volunteer contributions from judges," Bennett said. "Things that occurred in the past, when placed in a historical perspective, were understandable and appropriate, but probably not done in the best way. Bennett said the county's court system is the world's largest with about 600 judicial officers located in more than 60 different courts and the entertainment events they participate in are appropriate government activities. "It's an important thing in this unusually diverse group to have a number of activities to bring them together. It looks like there is about eight or 12 of the events a year. Maybe it's a golf tournament, a dinner dance, a wine and cheese tasting -- whatever it is that brings them together so they become better team players." The Daily News disclosed abuses by judges in the so-called "coffee and flowers fund" a year ago. Judges use it for a variety of purposes, including harbor cruises, retirement dinners and to pay for 14K gold cuff links as retirement gifts and flowers for deceased judges. In August, state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Los Angeles, called for a state audit into whether judges operated the special account partly supported by child custody and support cases as a slush fund for their own benefit. The state auditor questioned whether she had authority to conduct the audit of a private judges association. On March 19, Kuehl wrote a letter to Bascue asking for a copy of the independent audit he ordered. The Daily News obtained the audit last week. Among its findings was that judges' fund records showed a large number of checks from judges were made out to "Cash." The audit also found the fund has a large number of checks written by attorneys and others as program fees for attending training seminars judges sponsored, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Kuehl was vacationing in Hawaii and could not be reached for comment. The National Organization for Women had asked Kuehl to call for the inquiry because of concerns that funds from attorneys and clients involved in child custody and child support cases were improperly influencing cases before the judges. The fund, which the audit by the Los Angeles accounting firm of Simpson & Simpson showed took in $101,097 in 2000, was operated under the county's tax identification number without filing tax returns until the association incorporated in 1997. Details of the fund, supported by lawyer contributions, court monitors and legal seminar fees put on by judges, emerged out of a legal battle between the judges association and a group of parents who claim they were victimized by the family court system because of the financial interests of the judges. La Crescenta resident Marvin Brier, a 63-year-old retired bank computer analyst who spent several years and $100,000 investigating the fund while helping his daughter regain custody of her 13-year-old son, said the audit shows collusion between lawyers and judges in family court cases. "I'm stunned," Brier said. "Basically, the lawyers bought this stuff for the judges and then they got favorable judgments. The judicial canons and state bar ethics strictly prohibit this. "I think all the people who lost children in the family court system have a right to go back and look at who gave money to the association in their cases. My daughter lost legal custody of her son and we attribute this to the money. We regained custody by using this evidence in various court cases." Irene Jensen, 47, who maintains residences in the San Fernando Valley and Salt Lake City, said she hasn't seen her daughter in 19 months. "We are paying for these judges to have a good time on our misery," she said. "Where is my money going? In the last nine years, I've spent well over $100,000 fighting for my daughter's life. Does this mean my money helped these judges go on cruises?" Bennett said the audit puts to rest speculation that money from inappropriate sources exerted improper influence on the judges. "All those things were reasonably found not to have a basis," Bennett said. "The complaints, whether real or imagined, justified or unjustified, have caused the court to look at this very closely and they have come up with a structure that is a much better one for accomplishing these purposes." Fund expense records for 2000 showed money was used for golf tournaments at El Caballero Country Club, Brookside Country Club and Braemar Country Club, Fantasea Charters & Event Production ocean dinner cruises out of Marina del Rey, Los Angeles Turf Club, Inc., horse races and tickets for L.A. Dodger games and the Lion King theater production. One entry in December 2000 for former Presiding Judge Victor Chavez's retirement dinner at the Omni Hotel lists a dinner price of $17,664 and includes a Stone Canyon/Starlite Limousine charge of $258. "I've not been able to track down what the limousine was used for, although the speaker at the dinner was a very famous comedian -- Shelly Berman," Bennett said. "I think there were 1,000 people at that event. There were lots of politicians and the chief justice of the California Supreme Court." The audit found the association's funds consisted of annual dues from judges, attendance fees to golf tournaments, dinners, luncheons and other special events and participation fees for training workshops and "walk-through" programs for new attorneys, where judges provide presentations to assist new attorneys in becoming familiar with the courts. Program fees were collected from attorneys and others who attended these events. These fees were either collected by the judges' association or the Los Angeles County Bar Association, which remitted the program fees to the association, according to the audit. For Jan. 1, 1992, through Dec. 31, 2000, the total receipts and expenses for workshops amounted to $278,799, the audit found. However, the expenses did not include any administrative expense and the judges and staff time spent in preparing and hosting the "walk-through" programs so the auditors were unable to determine the total expense for the workshops. In March and September 1995, the court hosted two child visitation monitoring training workshops. According to judges' association records, the association took in $15,350. The expenses did not include any administrative expenses and the judges and staff time spent in preparing and giving the workshops. In a Dec. 13 memo to Bascue, court Executive Officer John A. Clarke wrote that while steps need to be taken to ensure that receipts and expenditures related to court seminars and training programs are handled through the court's budget rather than through the association, it's not practical to seek recovery of the funds. "Since the association acted as a nonprofit organization performing legitimate governmental activities on behalf of the court, these funds were expended in furtherance of legitimate government activities," Clarke wrote. "There is no federal or state tax liability or obligation for the court to file tax returns for periods prior to the formal incorporation of the association." In a memo to Clarke, Bennett wrote that neither the county auditor-controller nor the independent auditor found any inappropriate activities that should be reported to other agencies. Bennett wrote the remaining unencumbered funds that can be traced to the training programs are relatively small and there may be no practical way to determine the amount of the excess over the "legitimate, but difficult to calculate administrative overhead expenses that should have been deposited to the court's account. "Both the Los Angeles County auditor-controller and the auditing firm of Simpson & Simpson determined that because court staff time and facilities were used to conduct a number of training seminars and programs sponsored by the association, proceeds from those events should have been deposited to the court's account rather than to the association."

Dearly loved friends and family,

Some of you have already heard the bad news. Even though the pediatrician for Emily and Sarah (as well as others) took the witness stand to say that the girls were being sexually abused by their father...the jury decided to rule against me.

The punishment for trying to protect my little ones is $10,000 and five years in prison for each court of "custodial interference." There are two counts against me.

So many of you have sent up prayers on behalf of the girls and myself. I want to thank you with all of my heart for your love and support. I know that our heavenly Father heard every one.

My faith is God's love and mercy is not diminished. I know that He has a plan for my babies and me. If this were being written on paper you would see the tear stains as I write this letter. I am broken and my heart bleeds tears of fear and sadness for my little girls. I am not afraid for myself. I can survive.....but the damage to my six and seven year old daughters will be permanent and horrible.

One of the ironies of this whole thing is that at the VERY hour that closing arguments were taking place in Criminal Court in Maui.....the Hawaii State Senate Judiciary Committee was voting to send to the House of Representatives Resolutions 48 and 82 which are to request an investigation of the Family Court in Maui. The very court which failed me and my children and from which I ran away.

Too late for me, it looks as though the corruption in Family Court may be cleaned up. Thank God that other parents may not now find it necessary to hid their children.

I will be returning to Maui on June 13 for sentencing. If any of you wish to write a letter to the judge on my behalf.....I would be extremely grateful.

I have the form that tells how to write to the judge and will print it out in another e-mail when I unpacked my suitcase.

Also, if any of you wish to e-mail or write to the legislators regarding Resolutions 48 and 82 (requesting the Family Court corruption by investigated) I will also send the appropriate names and addresses.

Thank all of you that have already heard the news about my trial and have sent messages. As I cried and read them.....I felt God's presence around me. He has not abandoned me, any more than I will ever abandon Emily and Sarah. How much greater is His love than a mortal mother. He will keep me through this time because He hears our prayers and knows our pain.

Love in Christ, Mary

The Win Child Custody and Custody Evaluation Videos will prove invaluable for your case.

Order Form:  Select Video Option Below and Click the "Buy Now" Button for Secure Order

Select Video Option for Order

Child Custody Network Tel 202-241-8000
Last changed: January 21, 2013   © Child Custody Network