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Just like the "Kentucky Woman" Neil Diamond sang about, Melissa Harvick "shines with her own kind of light," you could say. Earlier this week, Harvick appeared at a family court hearing as the defendant in a dispute with her husband, who had filed a domestic violence order against her.
While her husband tried to explain his side of the story to the presiding judge, Harvick allegedly interrupted him and wouldn't stop talking. This prompted the judge to sentence Harvick to ten days in jail for contempt of court. The jail sentence did not please Harvick very much, as you will soon come to understand by watching the video above.
Harvick now faces more jail time and more charges. Lunge and learn.
http://gawker.com/5821924/kentucky-woman-angered-by-sentencing-attacks-judgeJust like the "Kentucky Woman" Neil Diamond sang about, Melissa Harvick... more
Three years into an excruciating search for her abducted son, Susan Lau got such a tip. Her estranged husband, who had absconded with their 9-year-old from Brooklyn, had apparently filed a tax return claiming the boy as an exemption.
Investigators moved quickly to seek the address where his tax refund had been mailed. But the Internal Revenue Service was not forthcoming.
“They just basically said forget about it,” said Julianne Sylva, a child abduction investigator who is now deputy district attorney in Santa Clara County, Calif.
The government, which by its own admission has data that could be helpful in tracking down the thousands of missing children in the United States, says that taxpayer privacy laws severely restrict the release of information from tax returns. “We will do whatever we can within the confines of the law to make it easier for law enforcement to find abducted children,” said Michelle Eldridge, an I.R.S. spokeswoman.
The privacy laws, enacted a generation ago to prevent Watergate-era abuses of confidential taxpayer information, have specific exceptions allowing the I.R.S. to turn over information in child support cases and to help federal agencies determine whether an applicant qualifies for income-based federal benefits.Three years into an excruciating search for her abducted son, Susan Lau got such a... more
2 years ago
SS Title IV-D is the legislation that gives states funding by collecting Child support.... Did anyone ever wonder how this program went from helping subsidize welfare recipiants to this??SS Title IV-D is the legislation that gives states funding by collecting Child... more
For many years Andrew worked in construction. He married and the couple had four sons (who now range in age from 8-13). In his 40s he realized he would not be able to work construction for long and wanted to make a career change and become a Children's Book writer. He wrote and published one book (Amazon link below). His wife was not happy with this career change and sought divorce.
The divorce began in 2006 and almost immediately the Judge ordered "supervised visits" and Andrew could only see his four sons every other weekend, from 10am - 5pm, in a visit supervised by someone acceptable to his wife. There had been no type of threatening conduct on his part.
The divorce decree was issued in Nov of 2009 and no change was made to the visitation schedule or procedure. There was NO extra time for any vacations or holidays. Andrew had hoped for a return to more normal contact with his children -- this triggered his plan of action.For many years Andrew worked in construction. He married and the couple had four sons... more
Parents nationwide have complained for decades that their families were destroyed and children seized by corrupt child protection agencies for no other reason than to obtain federal funds for State governments. They have been telling the truth all along. Clear evidence has been discovered documenting how organized crime methods and procedures are integrated into juvenile and family courts. This documentation has been assembled through the combined efforts of independent researchers in California, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, researchers for the American Family Rights Association, and document research conducted by THE SOCIOLOGY CENTER.
Instructions for shaping judicial child and family protection decisions to maximize child protection system federal fund claims have been documented in the CALIFORNIA JUDGES BENCHGUIDES: BENCHGUIDE 200: Juvenile Dependency Initial or Detention Hearing (2004). The instructions are scattered throughout the Benchguide emphasized by the label "Judicial Tip." One example states:
"JUDICIAL TIP: Failure to make this finding (of abuse or neglect) may cause permanent loss of federal funding for foster care. See discussion of other required findings in §100.36. The court may make this a temporary finding pending the continued detention hearing."
(In the judge's bench guide, family judges are told to make a finding of abuse or neglect harming the parents and children even though no evidence was presented so DCF can get their funding. So judge's rulings are funding driven, not whether some is guilty or not. When money determines the outcome of a case in favor of DCF, that's called corruption. DCF's funding should NEVER play a factor in a judges ruling. Judges are no longer impartial they have become corrupted. Connecticut DCF Watch)
The full text of JUDGES BENCHGUIDES: BENCHGUIDE 200: Juvenile Dependency Initial or Detention Hearing is available at http://thesociology center.com/ EvidenceBooks/ Bench%20Guides% 20SmallFile. pdf (35.1Mb)
A publication of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges titled RESOURCE GUIDELINES: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse & Neglect Cases provides additional evidence that this represents national judicial policy and that strategies using juvenile and family judicial decisions to maximize child protection system federal fund revenue is a well known corrupting influence on the judicial system. Two example state:
Appendix C, Page 158, Note 15
15. Two commentators summarize the barriers facing judicial oversight:
[T]he authority of judges in these matters is often limited; they do not have the power to order the agency to provide services to an individual. In some states, the courts will make a positive “reasonable efforts” determination regardless of agency efforts in order to ensure federal funding. Judges are not trained in matters over which the juvenile court has jurisdiction and, because of rotation schedules, remain in the assignment for a short period of time. Consequently, they do not acquire the experience needed to handle these sensitive cases. While judges in some localities make a good faith effort to determine whether adequate services have been offered to the family, in many localities a positive finding is merely a matter of checking a box on a preprinted form.
Appendix C, Note 110, Page 162
110. In many jurisdictions the trial judge must merely check a box on a preprinted court form to indicate that reasonable efforts were provided in the case. Shotton, supra end. 3. In some other jurisdictions the court order forms simply include a preprinted statement that reasonable efforts were made, thus making the finding possible without the judge’s even checking a box. Id., at 227. In some states, courts and agencies have taken a cynical approach, seekParents nationwide have complained for decades that their families were destroyed and... more
"This story is far too true, and far too common. Soldiers returning from war, only to be oppressed by the same system they swore allegiance to protect. This film chronicles the last day in the life of one soldier - or many - as countless veterans every month end their lives in desperation. Join the fight against the injustice visited, not just on veterans, but all capable parents robbed of their rights to see their children.""This story is far too true, and far too common. Soldiers returning from war,... more
16 July 2009: Category: News Posted by: Toon
A demonstration was staged today outside Harrow crown court after M25 protester Geoff Hibbert was jailed for six months.
After already spending a month on remand in Wormwoods Scrubs Geoff is expected to be incarcerated for at least another ten weeks before becoming eligible for early release, his appeal has been lodged and is ongoing.
Judge Alan Greenwood drew gasps from the gallery as he concluded that these type of protests were not justified as there is; "no problem with family law" and that the sentence was a "deterrent" to future protests.
Rffj believe that if you are a UK citizen you now have no rights to carry out a peaceful protest under this police state, sponsored by a failing Labour government who have continued to erode our civil liberties with rafts of new legislation aimed at silencing those who dare to question.
In our criminal courts we regularly see shoplifters, burglers, muggers and fraudsters walk free or receive a token slap on the wrist despite having previous criminal records.
Yet here we see a hard-working peaceful father, who had no previous police record, criminalised and jailed for his first offence.
Geoff has spent over fifty thousand pounds in legal fees trying to secure a relationship with his daughter, he has not seen her for around two years.
He simply wished to highlight the injustice he encountered by staging a peaceful protest - after fully exploring every other legal avenue what other option was available to him?
Rffj pledge that the protests will continue with increased frequency and to ensure maximum disruption to the workings of family courts and all of their associated agencies, the war against fathers has reached a new level today, we must all stand together and fight the injustice then hit back hard after the treatment of our brother Geoff Hibbert by the state.16 July 2009: Category: News Posted by: Toon
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Court knew man jailed for a year for non-support was not child's father
By BILL RANKIN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Frank Hatley has languished in a South Georgia jail for more than a year.
The problem? Hatley is not the biological father -- and a special assistant state attorney general and a judge knew it but jailed Hatley anyway.
“I feel bad for the man,” Cook County Sheriff Johnny Daughtrey said Tuesday. “Put yourself in that man’s shoes: If it wasn’t your child, would you want to be paying child support for him?”
Daughtrey said he hopes a hearing Wednesday will resolve the matter. Hatley has been held at the county jail in Adel since June 25, 2008, costing the county an estimated $35 to $40 a day.
Even after learning he was not the father, Hatley paid thousands of dollars the state said he owed for support. After losing his job and becoming homeless, he still made payments out of his unemployment benefits.
Hatley’s lawyer, Sarah Geraghty of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, said two independent DNA tests -- one nine years ago and one just a few days ago -- prove he is not the biological father.
“This is a case of excessive zeal to recover money trumping common sense,” she said. “What possible legitimate reason can the state have to pursue Mr. Hatley for child support when he does not have any children?”
It may be difficult for Hatley to get out from under the court order, said Atlanta family lawyer Randall Kessler, who is not associated with the case. “It’s definitely unfair,” Kessler said. “But at the same time, he’s dealing with a valid court order.”
Russ Willard, a spokesman for the state attorney general, said if Hatley can show at the hearing that he is indigent, the state will not oppose his release.
Willard said Hatley could have applied to the state Office of Child Support Services to request that he be relieved of his obligations. He said Hatley has not made such a request.
According to court filings, Hatley was never told that he could have a court-appointed lawyer if he could not afford one. Geraghty said she only recently took on Hatley as a client after the sheriff asked her to talk to Hatley about his predicament.
Geraghty said Hatley had paid a total of $9,524.05 in support since April 1995, but records of payments before that time are not available.
In the 1980s, Hatley had a relationship with Essie Lee Morrison, who became pregnant, had a baby boy and told Hatley the child was his, according to court records. The couple never married and split up shortly after Travon was born in 1987.
In 1989, Morrison applied for public assistance through the state Department of Human Resources. The state then moved to get Hatley to reimburse the cost of Travon’s support, and Hatley agreed because he believed Travon was his son.
But in 2000, DNA samples from Hatley and Travon showed the two were not related, according to a court records.
With the help of a Georgia Legal Services lawyer, Hatley went to court and was relieved of his responsibility to pay future child support. But he still had to deal with being a deadbeat dad when it was assumed that he was really the dad.
Homerville lawyer Charles Reddick, working as a special assistant state attorney general, prepared an order requiring Hatley to pay the $16,398 he still owed the state for child support.
The Aug. 21, 2001 order, signed by Cook County Superior Court Judge Dane Perkins, acknowledges that Hatley was not Travon’s father.
After that, Hatley paid almost $6,000. But last year he was laid off from his job unloading charcoal grills from shipping cCourt knew man jailed for a year for non-support was not child's father
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The state of Oklahoma paid $525,000 Monday to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit over the murder of Kelsey Smith-Briggs, and a private agency paid $100,000.
A federal judge Monday approved the $625,000 settlement but will decide later how to split the money.
The girl’s father filed the lawsuit and represents her estate, but her mother, who is in prison for enabling Kelsey’s abuse, wants half.
Kelsey, 2, died from abuse on Oct. 11, 2005, at her home near Meeker.
The slaying became a high-publicity case that exposed serious flaws in how the Department of Human Services protects abused children. An oversight agency found DHS made a series of mistakes in the abused child’s case, such as failing to contact police when she broke both legs. The case led to reforms.
Girl’s killer still is unknown
Who killed the girl remains a mystery. Her stepfather, Michael Lee Porter, 29, was charged with first-degree murder and child sexual abuse but pleaded guilty instead to enabling child abuse. He is serving a 30-year prison sentence. He blamed the girl’s mother for her death.
The mother, Raye Dawn Smith, 29, was never charged with murder. She was convicted at trial of enabling child abuse and is serving a 27-year prison sentence. "Kelsey was my best friend in the entire world and it hurts so bad for people to say the things they do. ... I didn’t hurt Kelsey and ... I didn’t sit back and let it happen,” she said after her trial.
Kelsey died even though DHS workers, a private child-welfare worker and a judge were overseeing her care because of evidence she had been repeatedly abused. Her death came four months after the judge returned Kelsey to her mother despite accusations the mother was the abuser.
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Prodded by Sen. Mark Leno and other lawmakers, the state Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted Wednesday to investigate the family courts in Marin and Sacramento counties.
The audit will focus on the use, and potential misuse, of court-appointed specialists in family-law disputes, such as mediators, investigators and therapists.
Critics say such appointees can form incestuous and incompetent networks more concerned with generating fees than helping children through painful custody fights.
"It becomes a service mill, a cottage industry of sorts," Leno said in an interview Wednesday. "Maybe state law needs to be changed."
Marin and Sacramento counties were chosen for the audit because of the number of litigants reporting problems
Sen. Mark Leno said family courts can become a "cottage industry" for paid consultants. (IJ photo)and filing complaints, said Ali Bay, a spokeswoman for Leno. But any changes recommended by the auditors could inspire new statewide legislation.
The audit is expected to take four months and cost about $160,000. The start date has not been determined.
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July 1, 2009
Erin Pizzey is a genial woman with snow-white hair, cherubic cheeks, and an easy smile. It wasn't always that way. The daughter of an English diplomat, she founded the world's first shelter for battered women in 1971. To her surprise, she discovered that most of the women in her shelter were as violent as the men they had left.
When Pizzey wrote a book revealing this sordid truth, she encountered a firestorm of protest. "Abusive telephone calls to my home, death threats, and bomb scares, became a way of living for me and for my family. Finally, the bomb squad asked me to have all my mail delivered to their head quarters," she would later reveal.Carey Roberts
July 1, 2009
Erin Pizzey is a genial woman with snow-white hair,... more
Social workers said because I was a soldier, I was more likely to be violent to my own children
By Antonia Hoyle
Last updated at 10:16 PM on 04th April 2009
Sitting in his mother-in-law's living room, Matthew Dean's eyes widened in shock as he listened to what his social worker was telling him.
Because he was a man and a soldier - accustomed to fighting for Britain in war-torn countries - he was, they said, more likely to be of a violent disposition, and therefore more capable of abusing his baby son, Louie.
'I was furious,' says Matthew. 'To be told that my occupation and gender should have any bearing on my parenting skills and sense of decency was absolutely beyond belief.'Social workers said because I was a soldier, I was more likely to be violent to my own... more
Agency charged with monitoring judges in peril
Legislature’s action worries legal experts
By CARRIE TEEGARDIN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, April 05, 2009
WANT TO BE A JUDGE?
• Superior Court, State Court, Juvenile Court judges: law degree
• Magistrate Court, Probate Court; Municipal Court judges: high school diploma or GED* in most jurisdictions, law degree in some jurisdictions.
• Non-attorney Magistrate Court judges: two 40-hour training sessions during their first two years on the bench.
• All Magistrate Court judges: 20 hours annually and mentoring program for new judges.
• Probate Court judges: Orientation for new judges plus 12 hours of training annually. No special training for non-attorneys.
• Municipal Court judges: 20 hours of training for new judges, 12 hours annual training thereafter. No special training for non-attorneys.
• Superior and State Court judges: orientation for new judges, 12 hours annual training.
• Juvenile Court judges: 12 hours annual training. No orientation required.
*Most non-attorney judges are in rural areas of the state, but some smaller metro counties have non-lawyer judges.
Source: Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, Judicial Qualifications CommissionAgency charged with monitoring judges in peril
Legislature’s action worries... more
VOL. 11, NO. 2
March 27, 2009
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How Judges are Winning the Culture War: “Defining and Destroying” “Personhood,” I.
“Our American institutions and culture are being undermined today by judicial supremacists. They are carrying out a revolution in our system of government . . . .” So wrote Eagle Forum Founder/President and the “First lady of American Conservatism,” Phyllis Schlafly, in her highly acclaimed book, The Supremacists: The Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It.VOL. 11, NO. 2
March 27, 2009
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Laurie Lee , CPS coward. Helps kidnap babies?
On Second Thought Producer, William Wagener
March 13, 2009
CPS worker, one of several, get caught on TAPE after a hearing to TERMINATE a married Couples parental rights. Laurie Lee, of Vandenberg Village, in Santa Barbara County runs from the Camcorder...
CPS worker, one of several, get caught on TAPE after a hearing to TERMINATE a married Couples parental rights.Laurie Lee , CPS coward. Helps kidnap babies?
On Second Thought Producer, William... more
Authorities in Colorado said they have located three teens whose mother allegedly violated a court order in a custody battle when she took them from Florida in 1997.
Teller County, Colo., sheriff's Deputy Mikel Baker said the 15-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl were in protective custody after they were found at a Colorado Springs hotel following an investigation into a note left at a Woodland Park bank.
The three children have been on "missing" posters for 12 years. They were identified on the posters as Bjorn Baumgardner, 19; Kaitlyn Baumgardner, now 17; and Brett Baumgardner, now 15.
The three were expected to be reunited with their father, Denny Baumgardner, whose hometown in Florida wasn't available.
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There is a gender war now brewing over the reality and consequences of Parental Alienation after divorce.
Rather than taking sides, author Rosalind Sedacca, CCT, is appealing to all divorced mothers and fathers to stop the gender-based blaming, spiting and accusations and focus instead on creating a Child-Centered Divorce.
Sedacca says despite their best efforts, family courts have been failing our children in post-divorce settlements. To compound that, parents are poorly prepared for the challenges of co-parenting or single parenting facing them once the divorce is over.
Recognized as The Voice of Child-Centered Divorce, Sedacca is imploring parents and divorce attorneys to make decisions based on maturity and sanity rather than vindictiveness. She has been fighting to raise parental awareness about the consequences of alienation-based behaviors through her Child-Centered Divorce Network.
“When you mix two egos with dramatically differing perspectives, you’re bound to get an entanglement of emotions compounded by allegations, defensiveness and self-righteousness,” notes Sedacca. “Unfortunately, no one wins when parental alienation runs its course during and after a divorce. And it’s the children in particular who lose in a big way. Many of them are affected for life.”
Sedacca is the author of How Do I Tell the Kids about the Divorce? A Create-a-Storybook Guide to Preparing Your Children -- with Love! The customizable ebook has been acclaimed by psychotherapists, attorneys, mediators, financial planners and other professionals throughout the world for its innovative approach to breaking the news about separation or divorce to children. Her Child-Centered Divorce Network has become a trusted resource for information on creating cooperative, peaceful divorces.
A Certified Corporate Trainer and divorce coach, Sedacca is an Expert Contributor to major divorce organizations and websites world-wide, including: www.divorce360.com, www.divorceinteractive.com, www.parentalwisdom.com, www.childsharing.com, www.mommymentors.com and the National Association of Divorce for Women and Children. She is also the 1st Place winner of the 2008 Victorious Woman of the Year Award, based on the first chapter of her book!
Sedacca addresses many timely topics including:
• What is Parental Alienation Syndrome?
• Why are so many men’s groups rallying around this issue?
• Why are women's groups like the National Organization for Women so opposed to PAS?
• What’s in the best interest of our children?
• What can parents do to emotionally safeguard their children after divorce?
• What is a Child-Centered Divorce?
• How can parents avoid legal disasters from the divorce court system?
To learn more about Sedacca’s new ebook, Child-Centered Divorce Network and subscribe to her free weekly ezine, visit her website http://www.childcentereddivorce.com. To schedule an interview with Rosalind Sedacca, call her at
Child-Centered Divorce Network
Boynton Beach, FL
Phone : 561-742-3537There is a gender war now brewing over the reality and consequences of Parental... more