…working in suspected collusion to create deliberate conflict for cash?
One of Researching Reform’s interests is judicial bias – the extent to which judges allow their personal sentiments to dictate the way they handle their cases – so the recent furore over Justice Pauffley’s remarks about hitting children and cultural…
Justice Pauffley’s remarks, in which she told the court that foreign families who hit their children should be made allowances for due to cultural norms, seem odd given that hitting a child is still not illegal, and applies to all families, both foreign and not, residing here. But bias is a varied and often unpredictable phenomenon and doesn’t always guarantee a linear pattern of thought.
Justice Pauffley’s comments have always been direct and searingly honest – she has openly criticized the flaws inside the justice system and takes a no nonsense approach to poor professional practice. Her comment in this most recent case though, suggests a deep-seated attitude towards hitting children.
These sorts of difficulties are echoed in the slow nature in which family law judges have taken to trying to grasp the Voice of the Child. Many judges, despite having children of their own, seem completely at sea with children and unable to engage with them when it matters most – to help amplify their wishes and feelings, so they can be seen as well as heard. That children are still so misunderstood, or not understood at all in most cases, is testimony to the fact that our judicial system remains wanting.
It’s time for the Bar to select individuals who are experienced, plugged in and in touch with the world around them. And just as importantly, to find those who are passionate about children and helping to ensure the best possible outcomes for them. Better training too is needed for our current family law judges, so that they can learn to keep any biases in check and carry out their work in a professional and competent manner.
From: Are Family Law Judges Fit For Purpose?
The FBI has requested a list of New Jersey people who have been defrauded by family court judges, lawyers and experts working in suspected collusion to create deliberate conflict for cash. Please forward: Name, Address, Email, Phone, County, Judge
We need this no later than December 15th. Thanks. Groberts@fclu.org
Family Law Report – Susan Settenbrino- Misconduct by Judges – Part 2
Joe Sorge interviews NYC attorney Susan Settenbrino about the damage done by biased and corrupt judges. In Part 2, judicial misconduct is discussed in depth. Consider registering for the family law reform conference this November: http://www.divorcecorp.com/reform-2/. People from around the country will be there to discuss how we can work together for meaningful change.LeMieux forgot confirming judge — On Saturday, the four front-runners in the race to unseat Bill Nelson in the US Senate participated in a debate hosted by the Florida Family Policy Council and Central Florida Tea Party Council. One of the topics discussed was judicial activism. Javier Manjarres from the Shark Tank reported: See MorePaul Evans, convicted of murder by due process beyond reasonable doubt, pictured here with Judge Martinez who protected his life. Not pictured is Alan Pfeiffer, killed by Evans for cash. In 1991 Connie Pfeiffer asked several of her friends to help her carry out the murder of her husband. After several refusals, one of h… Continue Reading
Overturning Elections — Does the Florida Supreme Court think that it has the power to overturn an election? According to current Justices Pariente and Lewis, it does. Justice Quince seemed not committal in 2000, but willing to do so in 2010 (see the Health Care Freedom Act). In 2000, the Florida Supreme Court overturned a ballot initiative tha… Continue ReadingAccountable Judges — A response to Florida Bar President Mayanne Downs
Last week we announced a voter education effort to help provide voters information about judges so that they can make informed decisions on Election Day. For far too long the court system has been cloaked in a shroud of secrecy that makes it difficult for voters to decid… Continue Reading
The Florida Supreme Court has been on a concerning activist trajectory for the last three decades. Colleen Pero of the American Justice Partnership prepared an excellent report that outlines different types of judicial activism and the decisions made by the Florida Supreme Court which is, in her opinion, evidence of judicial activism.
Of special not… See More
Here is a copy of a report on the Florida Bar Board of Governors meeting. The most interesting things to note are the legislative agenda items and the paragraph on court funding.
- NEW LOBBYING RESO… See More
Several judicial heavy-hitters, including four former Florida Supreme Court justices and former governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, will hold a press conference Thursday to oppose sweeping changes to the judicial branch advocated by House Speaker Dean Canno… See More
Who chooses the judges?
The public perception is that when a vacancy appears on an appellate court such as the state Supreme Court, that the governor selects the person to fill the vacancy.
In reality, it’s not the governor who makes the determination, it’s a group of unelected individuals, half of which are selected dir… Continue ReadingRogue Bar Spin Operation — A few lawyers on the Florida Bar leadership board have sent out a rogue press release to spin public perception about a conversation they had with Dean Cannon on the judicial reforms being proposed by the Florida House of Representatives. Supposedly, in one conversation the Bar negotiators were able to get the Speaker to abandon one of this legisla… See More
REMOVE THE JUDGE! Keep US LAW, BUT LET THE JUDGE GO!
FL Bar Opposes Court Reforms — Elected representatives statewide are facing opposition as they attempt to implement some reforms to the judicial system. The opposition is coming from the leadership of the Florida Bar association.
Supreme Court backs Governor — The Supreme Court of Florida ruled on a request made by two state representatives to require Governor Rick Scott to accept federal funds appropriated for the High Speed Rail project. See More
Obamacare Is Unconstitutional, but it can be implemented anyway — Judge Roger Vincent followed his very good decision(that Obamacare is unconstitutional) with a very bad one. Even though it’s unconstitutional, the administration will be allowed to implement it anyway. By the time the Supreme Court hears it, the health care system could be damaged beyond repair.
Fear and secrecy-how the Supreme Court uses the Florida bar to control the legal system — As the November elections fade farther into history, voters statewide are busy evaluating one of the most interesting post-election subplots: Florida’s judicial system. Each election voters go to the polls and often replace candidates or even displace political parties from power. Judges, however, always maintain their… Continue Reading
What is an activist judge? — Howard Troxler, writing for the St. Pete Times, raises a good question. Although we disagree with the rhetorical nature of his question and the conclusions he draws in his opinion, his question is a good one, worthy of discussion. He writes:
Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga won the highest score in a Bar Association poll, but got the lowest retention vote of any high court judge in state history l… Continue Reading
The election of President Obama created the phenomenon called the Tea Party. Our biggest concerns were bailouts, Obamacare, and a government headed down a path toward socialism. With the help of God and the spirit of our Founders We the People rose against the government, reminded them not to tread on us, and fixed the Congress in … See More
Roosevelt said, “One’s dignity maybe assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right” Justices for mother and son plz like and share to free our children from injustices. yes we passed SB594 child custody report, just like that The members are the members we listed in our email. The senate judiciary committee members. This is how legislation goes… We put forward a bill that would’ve made things way better by creating a form for custody evaluations to ensure the state laws for evaluations are followed. However, FLEXCOM (family law attorneys assn), AFCJ, (family court specialists assn) the CA Psychological assn and the Judicial Council (Ca courts) all opposed it and made the committee staff require Us and Sen wieckowski to water the bill down to the point that it doesn’t really help anything. So rather than pass a bill that does nothing to help the problem – and in some cases, would make things worse – we may decide to kill the bill. We’re working to make the bill good again, but if we can’t, we may allow it to die in committee just so that we can get on the public record that the courts aren’t following the laws that they are supposed to (which is the reason all of the groups are opposing the bill). This is how politics and legislation work. Those organization have waaaaay more power than we do. So we have to continue to be strategic to get good laws passed. This was a short version of the situation, but hope it helps.
Here’s an example I think you can relate to: the affordable care act. The original version of the ACA was a single payer, universal system. What it wound up being is a car insurance model that required people to have insurance, and be penalized if they don’t. That was not obama’s original vision, but the current ACA made sure that millions of people who did not have insurance under the old ways, no do under the ACA. It’s always a compromise. Pisses me off that we have to compromise over things like universal healthcare and child protection, but unfortunately, that’s politics. Which is why you should support H. Clinton for president next
After my son saw the news, showing your picture (California Supreme Court Chief Justices Tani Cantil-Sakauye )and saying that $30 million is missing, he said, “Mom, you do not want to go there. You are telling one fox that another fox raided the hen house. What are you thinking?” I told him, “I agree with you, but they are still researching there. Would you like to send them a message? You never know – maybe someone will hear you.” And he wrote, “. I am Saam, I am a child who put up with all of your abuses I have no vote, no say or voice, yet i think i matter. will you tell them that child abuse destroys our future? Now would you listen to me? i have more scars than friends.” the rage is on, tell your story too, Official oppression occurs where a public servant acts pursuant to his office or employment and:
intentionally subjects another to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment, or lien that he knows is unlawful; or intentionally denies or impedes another in the exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, knowing his conduct is unlawful. The crime of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence occurs where a person, knowing that an investigation or official proceeding is pending or in progress: alters, destroys, or conceals any record, document, or thing with intent to impair its verity, legibility, or availability as evidence in the investigation or official proceeding; or makes, presents, or uses any record, document, or thing with knowledge of its falsity and with intent to affect the course or outcome of the investigation or official proceeding. mayday
COPY THE FOLLOWING:
Dear Honorable Chief Judge Bertila Soto:
I am disturbed about the injustice perpetrated on Mr. David inguanzo. I am further disturbed about the anger directed at this innocent man by Circuit Court Judge Valerie Manno-Schurr, captured on court transcripts, and her complete lack of sympathy for a man who is the proven victim of lies, including a lie by Ms. Nixa Rose to a Miami-Dade Police Officer, which is a felony in the State of Florida.
I demand that: Judge Manno-Schurr recuse herself from Mr. Inguanzo’s case (Case Number: 2008-029595-FC17). And that she be demoted from her post as Presiding Judge of the Family Division of the Eleventh Judicial Court of Florida. And that Mr. Inguanzo be reunited with Zoraya Inguanzo WITH an ORDER allowing “Normal and Reasonable Timesharing” IMMEDIATELY.
[Put in Your Name] [Put in Your State of Residence]
One of Researching Reform’s interests is judicial bias – the extent to which judges allow their personal sentiments to dictate the way they handle their cases – so the recent furore over Justice Pauffley’s remarks about hitting children and cultural norms fascinated us.
Judicial bias is a very real, and present problem. All of us are prone to bias, and research suggests that even judges are not immune, regardless of how bright or how well educated.
Last year, one of our favourite judges, Baroness Hale, observed that judges lead sheltered lives and that this could in turn jeopardise their ability to adjudicate impartially, and with the necessary kind of life experience.
Justice Pauffley’s remarks, in which she told the court that foreign families who hit their children should be made allowances for due to cultural norms, seem odd given that hitting a child is still not illegal, and…
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