Thousands of divorced fathers are eliminated from their children’s lives because of the ‘implacable hostility’ of mothers with custody, writes Neil Lyndon
From The Telegraph…
The story made headlines last October. Left-field events like this happen so rarely that they almost always get onto the front page.
A High Court judge in London ordered that a 10 year-old girl should be removed from her mother’s care because the girl had been systematically estranged from her father by her mother’s “ranting” against the man.
Ruling that the mother’s conduct was manifestly harmful for the daughter and contrary to her long-term interests, Mrs Justice Parker observed that the child had been manipulated into believing that her father did not want her; and she ordered that the girl should be taken into the care of social services as a half-way measure towards placing her in her father’s care. The court heard that the girl was likely to be resistant to being reunited with her father without such interim measures.
To the national media, this story stood out as an extraordinary moment, reversing normal prejudiced assumptions that a mother will give children kindly care while a feckless father swaggers off over the horizon.
Men’s and fathers’ groups saw the case in a different light, however. To them, it reflected a phenomenon that they see all too frequently – the elimination of fathers from their children’s lives by unmitigated, unscrupulous demands on the children’s loyalty on the part of the mother with custody, along with the unremitting denigration and belittling of the father.
Valerie Manno-Schurr has made a habit of being reversed in her first term as Miami-Dade Circuit Judge. The latest instance was on Feb. 29, when the Third District Court of Appeal determined that she erred in a dispute over a homeowner’s insurance claim. Judge Manno-Schurr has been reversed many times on cases taken to appeal. As of late 2011, about 45% of her decisions were sent back to her to fix a legal mistake.
Does she deserve re-election this fall?
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America‘s children suffer when speech is censored in family courts. Enough!It’s a trillion dollar industry getting more barbaric by the day, and we have to join together nationwide to save lives. Here’s the proof:
November 28, 2015
5496 Woodlawn Place
Marcy, New York 13403
State of New York
Commission on Judicial Conduct
400 Andrews Street
Rochester, New York 14604
Re: Family Judge Daniel King
Dear Members of the Commission:
I am formally lodging a complaint against Lewis County Family Judge Daniel King. I was incarcerated for a maximum period of six months in the Lewis County Jail for back child support and nearly died as a result. I will do my best to explain this shocking but true story. Before being released this past June, I was severely mistreated by Judge King and prison guards as a “city slicker.” I was placed in solitary confinement for five days for defending other abused inmates. It was so cruel in there that I suffered tremendous psychological pain and trauma.
In August, I was rushed to the hospital where I was held for five days. They discovered a large tumor pressing into the back of my lungs and a growth on my Thyroid gland. It produced bleeding internally and externally from all openings of my body with the exception of my eyes and ears. It was traced to all the stress I suffered from my six month imprisonment by Judge King. One of my fellow inmates, Justin Hurley, was gay and abused for that reason. I did my best to protect him time and again. That is why he confided in me personal information about working on Judge King’s home and camp. He explained how he got special treatment as a result.
For example, Justin was given drug treatment instead of prison time and released while I was there. He had been convicted of multiple felonies with a long record of crimes back to 2007, this time for operating a meth lab in Lowville, New York. When I got out I also shared this information with Leon Koziol because I wanted him as my attorney for winning a criminal jury case many years ago that kept me out of jail. If he could have represented me in an impartial court, instead of the one operated by Judge King, none of this would have occurred. I also knew what happened to Leon by the same judge and all the harm it caused to his family, health and professional career.
So a group of us travelled to the Lowville courthouse during the last week of October, 2015 to get public records verifying the information I received while in prison. We also went to Judge King’s clerk to get information on my case because I had never come before him at any time before, during and after my six month incarceration. Two of the inmate files obtained next door at county criminal court backed up the information I was told. One of them was this Justin Hurley. Leon needed a statement from him for a federal case he filed against Judge King on November 13, 2015. But Justin committed suicide in the same jail this past Wednesday after being returned since the time we went out to see him at his apartment. Also I was returned to the hospital for three weeks before he went back in.
When we went around Lowville looking for Hurley, we learned that his mother had just died so he was going to get back to us after a grieving period about doing an affidavit for Leon. Before we could get it from him, Justin committed suicide in the same Lewis County jail where I spent six months protecting him. It occurred on the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 25, 2015. The other file was Robert Campany, who was convicted of Grand Larceny, Fourth Degree, involving firearms. He was given the same period I was, six months on a split sentence. He was brought before Judge King a number of times while I was there for back child support and released from jail without any time served for it. This is because locals get preferential treatment from what I was told.
Robert Campany bragged to me how Judge King would make positive remarks about his family members in court. We tried to get statements from him which he promised but he is employed out of state on contract jobs. I had a terrible time making sense of all this special treatment. Despite my own requests to come before Judge King like Campany did, I did not even get the courtesy of an answer. I read a case about another family judge named David Jung who was removed from office for this sort of thing. I am attaching a warrant for my arrest signed by Judge King which required me to be brought before him. It never happened to this day. I was taken straight to Lewis County jail after as many as six U.S. Marshals and police showed up at both my workplace and my home to arrest me on it.
I was told by a state police officer that my sentence of three months was increased to the maximum by Judge King. He was surprised by this, and inmates or CO’s in the jail were even more surprised based on what they were used to seeing. I am attaching a copy of his commitment order showing this. I could not understand how two guys with long criminal records and serious felony convictions could do the same or less time in jail when all I did was find myself unable to get a good enough job to pay a debt. I love my daughter and was deprived six months contact with her including time spent at the hospital. After coming out of my five day hospital stay in August, 2015, with recommendations for recovery and no stress or court appearances, I was summoned back to Lowville Family Court for the money I could not pay while in jail. I was threatened with another warrant if I failed to show up.
Shortly after that appearance, I nearly died from further complications when I became non-responsive to my brother while staying at his home. He tried to wake me up after two days of sleep thinking I was sick. If it wasn’t for my mother calling him and making sure I was alright, I would not be making this complaint today, and Leon would be without another important witness to King’s abuses of fathers in his court. I spent three weeks in the hospital this time. Blood was spilling out into my body from that tumor on my lung, my systems were shutting down, a tube had to be placed into my neck to my heart just to keep me alive, and I had to be placed on kidney dialysis.
My support hearing is set to occur three weeks from now, and I want to assure this commission that I will not be alive to survive another six months by Judge King. For me it’s a matter of life and death just so that Judge King could get money out of me that I cannot earn. According to the attached paper, I owed about $7,000 with a $5,000 purge amount. You will see how Judge King raised the term from three months to six months without explanation and no input from me under that warrant. I believe he is trying to make a name for himself by abusing his office as a judge. This is family court not criminal court but as you can see I was treated far worse than the criminals.
While in Lowville tracking down witnesses we could not obtain from confidential family court files, we stopped into a local tavern/restaurant. Judge King had been making an issue of (parents who use alcohol around their children). We asked the barmaid there if any important people come to that bar. The first person she answered was Judge King, and she even knew what he drank. She also informed us without prompting that Judge King brought his own children there. It is only the tip of an iceberg, and I am asking this commission to remove Judge Daniel King as it did to David Jung. I can be reached anytime unless I’m in the hospital, in jail or court at (315) 534-5960.
Thank you for your concern.
Very truly yours,
The state may not interfere in child rearing decisions when a fit parent is available. Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000).
A child has a constitutionally protected interest in the companionship and society of his or her parent. Ward v. San Jose (9th Cir. 1992)
Dr. Leon Koziol with 60 Minutes host Morley Safir in Leon’s office when courageous stories were aired worldwide. Will a documentary crew return ? By Dr. Leon R. Koziol
Within 24 hours of getting a gag order against this site from Family Judge Dan King, I filed a challenge while refusing to shut it down. See yesterday’s post. We’ll keep you “posted” if this form of government allows it.
Hopefully you’ve been following developments so you know how we’ve been exposing corruption and assisting victims of family court abuses. Yesterday we explained how our work saved another dad from suicide. Now for the mom side.
During the same weekend I got an incoming call from a mother threatening to do herself in as a result of the criminal type targeting she sustained for 15 years. Yeah that’s how long they’ll hound you for money. It’s too long a story here…
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By Gary Blankenship
After years of discussion followed by four years of hard work, the Bar’s Family Law Rules Committee is putting the finishing touches on a complete rewrite of family law procedural rules.
The rewrite ends all references to the Civil Procedure Rules, by incorporating all of those passages into the family rules and tweaking some to meet the unique demands of family practices. The rewrite does not change references to the Rules of Judicial Administration that cover topics common to all practice areas.
Elizabeth Blackburn, immediate past chair of the Family Law Rules Committee, and one of several committee members who chaired the redrafting subcommittee, said the goal was to make the rules easier to use, both for practitioners and pro se litigants who are common in family law cases.
The effort, though, has sparked a discussion about whether the committee went too far in eliminating all references to civil rules and whether procedural rules should have as many common elements as possible or be more specialized.
Blackburn said one of the concerns leading to the rewrite is that family practitioners had to keep on hand three sets of procedural rules: family law rules for issues specific to family law cases; Civil Procedure Rules for when the family law rules say an issue will be governed by civil rules; and the Rules of Judicial Administration for items common to all practice areas, such an e-filing, court procedures, and protection of confidential information.
“If the Civil Procedure Rules Committee makes a change and the Supreme Court ultimately approves the change, then family law rules are automatically bound by that change,” Blackburn said. “What has happened over time is sometimes those changes have not been suitable for family. What we have done in this proposed amendment package of rules is we are not making changes willy-nilly. In many instances the language of the existing civil rule is carried over in its entirety.”
What the subcommittee did, she said, is take all of the civil rules that were referred to in the family rules and put them in the family rules, ending all civil references.
“It gives us the ability to not have to react when another rule body makes a change that impacts us,” Blackburn said. “In family law, some things are unique.”
As an example, she cited discovery issues, where family law had some of its own rules and others still referred to civil rules.
“We have unique discovery obligations,” Blackburn said. “We already had a rule over what has to be disclosed. We also have general discovery rules that govern our practice. We had to be careful and cautious about what, if any, changes we made.”
Another concern was self-represented parties, who make up a large portion of family law cases.
“Our practice more than any other is impacted by pro se litigants and it will continue to be impacted,” Blackburn said. “Perhaps the goal isn’t to make sure every pro se litigant knows what to do, but we do have to be mindful to make the process accessible. . . .
“Now [except for the RJA matters] you don’t have to keep flipping back and forth between a family law rule and a civil rule. It’s all going to be in one place. We are hoping it makes it easier.”
The rewrite effort has earned the endorsement of the Family Law Section, which made suggestions for minor improvements and were accepted by the rules committee, when the tentative rewrite was published for comment in the August 1 Bar News. The revised rules will be published again for comment in the News before the rules are submitted to the Bar Board of Governors. Any comments the board makes will be submitted with the rules rewrite when it goes to the Supreme Court, and it will again be noticed for comment.
“It’s been a really collaborative effort,” said Family Law Section Chair Maria Gonzalez. “We’re pleased with all of the hard work that’s been put into this. I do believe it’s going to be a good and favorable product for all of the practitioners in the field. It gives more clarity. Any time it gives more clarity to specific rules, I think it can only assist practitioners.”
Two outside issues may draw extra attention to rewrite of the family law rules. One is an interest expressed by the Supreme Court in reducing the size of procedural rules, perhaps by as much as 50 percent. The Board of Governors Program Evaluation Committee is studying procedural rules and ways to simplify them and could have a report by the end of the year.
The second issue is an ongoing debate over how specialized specific procedural rules should be, as opposed to having more rules in common between the various rules sets.
Both issues were discussed at the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee meeting when it met September 18 at The Florida Bar’s Fall Meeting – immediately after the Family Law Rules Committee met and adopted its modifications to the new rules.
The RJA Committee discussed an ongoing review by the Board of Governors Program Evaluation Committee on the procedural rules and ways of simplifying them and rejected a motion to recommend that the Board of Governors appoints a special committee with “knowledgeable members” to explore that issue. The RJAC instead took no action beyond its discussion.
The committee had an extensive discussion about the revised family rules directly incorporating civil rules and ending the references to civil rules.
RJA Committee member Paul Regensdorf said what the new family rules do is “with the absolute best of intentions take about 15 to 20 basic rules of procedures, contexts that every lawyer uses, and copy them or tweak them. . .and now they’ve put them in a whole new rule.”
That rule, he said, will inevitably be interpreted by judges and differences will creep in between the family rules and similar rules in other practice areas, ultimately creating a more complex rule structure for lawyers who practice in several areas and for judges who handle different kinds of cases.
“The civil rules are a basic set of concept rules,” Regensdorf argued. “A deposition is a deposition is a deposition. In the motion rules, a motion is a motion is a motion. It doesn’t need to be written in a second place.”
In a computerized world, he added, it’s easy for practitioners to flip back and forth between electronic family, civil, and RJA rule sets.
The RJAC rejected a motion to develop a committee response to the new Family Law Rules and instead voted to instruct Chair Amy Borland to prepare a comment, based on a subcommittee’s review of the new rules and how they deviate from past practices, for when the rules are submitted to the Supreme Court.
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