Press coverage on family court rally

The rally in front of the Department of Justice on Friday, Oct. 1 was covered by Ch 9 news:

Mothers demand changes in family courts

 http://www.wusa9.com/video/default.aspx?aid=94535&storyid=113776#/WUSA%2DNews/Mothers+Demand+Changes+In+Family+Courts/46371336001/45927990001/622782249001

http://www.wusa9.com/video/default.aspx?aid=94535&storyid=113776#/WUSA%2DNews/Mothers+Demand+Changes+In+Family+Courts/46371336001/45927990001/622782249001

DC rally and press conference on family court corruption

Please attend if you’re in the area!

Protective Parents

Friday, October 1st at 11:00 AM

US Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC

We will assemble to demand an investigation of family court corruption across the nation, which places our children in the custody of batterers and molesters. 

After an hour long rally and press conference, we will march at noon to the Senate Hart and Senate Russell Buildings to meet with Senate staff. We will insist that they reschedule 1994 Congressional hearings on the abject failures of family court and child protection systems to protect children from physical and sexual abuse, and the systematic attack on victims and mandated reporters of child sexual abuse.

We’ll finish the march at the Sewall-Belmont House at 144 Constitution Ave, headquarters of the Suffragists.

Bring your white Tshirts with “Mothers of Lost Children” on the front. Wear white skirts or pants if you have them. Take a look at the signs carried by the Suffragists. Make signs like those, so everyone will understand that we are marching to keep children safe from violence and rape.

Contact us to connect with others in your region who plan to come. 

www.mothers

oflostchildren.com

Press release

For Immediate Release:                                                         Contact: Kathleen Russell
August 4, 2010                                                                              Cell: 415-250-1180
 
Outraged Parents Take Action Against Janelle Burrill
 
Criminal Complaints Against Custody Evaluator to be Filed at 10AM Thursday, Followed By 11:30AM Picket at Her Office
 
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SACRAMENTO- A number of local parents who have lost custody of their children during local divorce proceedings are seeking an official criminal investigation of the professional that they claim is responsible. Multiple parents will file criminal complaints against custody evaluator Janelle Burrillthis Thursday August 5th at 10am at the Sacramento Police Department (5770 Freeport Blvd) followed by an 11:30am picket at Burrill’s 915 University Ave office.
 
The California State Auditor is currently investigating the Sacramento Family Court’s use of court appointees such as Burrill in divorce proceedings. As we understand it, Janelle Burrill is also currently under investigation by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences because of multiple, longstanding complaints against her. We have also seen written confirmation that her board certification was revoked by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work this past Spring for failing to report an existing complaint against her.
 
Parents allege that Burrill has engaged in serious misconduct during the course of her investigations, which in one case reportedly led to the handcuffing, hospitalization and drugging of a gifted 14-year-old boy because he allegedly refused to visit with his mother.
 
Parents have also raised questions about the veracity of Ms. Burrill’s pr imary psychological and legal credentials, given the unaccredited status of some of the educational institutions she reportedly graduated from, and her non-listing with the California State Bar Association. She is reportedly also unlicensed by the California Board of Psychology.
 
“If these claims are true, then the children of Sacramento deserve a proper investigation. Appointees like Burrill make life-altering recommendations to the courts, which are often routinely accepted by the courts. The welfare of children and the rights of parents to parent their children are often literally in the hands of appointees like Burrill. We are aware of reported negative allegations about Burrill that date back years. These parents deserve to have a formal investigation of their claims, to determine whether state laws have been broken and codes of professional ethics violated,” said Kathleen Russell, the Executive Director of the Center for Judicial Excellence.
 
“If laws have been broken, then appropriate action must be taken,” Russell said.
 
A growing frustration with family court appointees who violate state laws and codes of professional conduct around the country has led to recent arrests and lawsuits against court appointees, which is a relatively new occurrence for a once untouchable and politically powerful industry.
 
See links below for related stories on this subject:
 
Therapist’s arrest may mean a review of cases
http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Therapist-s-arrest-may-mean-a-review-of-cases-556589.php
 
Custody Evaluator’s Credentials Questioned In Lawsuit
Dr. Stephen Doyne Has Been Involved In 3,000 To 4,000 San Diego Custody Cases http://www.10news.com/news/19985926/detail.html
http://10newsblogs.com/iteam/?p=657
 
Teen sues county for placing her in custody of sex offender grandfather http://www.whas11.com/news/Teen-sues-county-for-placing-her-in-custody-of-sex-offender-grandfather-90358309.html
 
Questions surround methods, credentials of drug screener
Family Court relies on Robert Bennett’s findings to decide crucial issues of custody and divorcehttp://www.truthinjustice.org/drug-screener.htm
 
Mothers Interrupted These women entered mediation in family court thinking they would retain primary custody of their children. Mediator Janelle Burrill thought otherwise.http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=11355

Custody catastrophes

Remember the case involving 9-month-old baby Wyatt? His mother Katie Tagle was denied a restraining order 3 times. The 3rd judge, Judge Lemkau, called Katie a liar and handed the infant over to the ex-husband. Ten days later, both were found dead. Here’s an article by Cara Tabachnick about judges’ virtual impunity:

Disciplining the judge

Advocates contend that many family court judges are not properly trained or ignore abuse guidelines.  And such judges tend to view protective mothers as not trustworthy and overwrought, making biased decisions on which they have no true recourse, according to Darby Mangen , chapter president of the San Bernardino National Organization of Women (NOW). “No matter how exiguous the case there is no help for the victim,” added Mangen, who was active in the campaign to remove Judge Lemkau.

Furthermore, since so much of the decision making in custody cases relies on the judge’s discretion, litigants are fearful of bringing any motions against the judge.

“Family judges have so much power over cases that you can not afford to challenge the judge,” says Tony Tanke, a former senior judicial staff attorney for the Chief  Justice of the California Supreme Court, who advises on family court cases pro-bono.

Moreover, the often tight relationships between local bar associations and judges make it difficult to find an attorney who wants to take on a complaint against a powerful judge, according to Tanke. Indeed, in the Lemkau v. Hoskings election, Lemkau received endorsements from the local Family Law Bar association and other area attorneys, who supported his decision in baby Wyatt’s case

The result:  parties who feel victimized by a judge’s biased decision are left with nowhere to turn.

Read the rest of Cara’s article to find out about the appeals process and court watch programs. We need the media to highlight these cases, as well, in order to raise awareness and reform the courts.

Custody catastrophes

In the Custody Catastrophes department, we have a father convicted of child sexual abuse. I’m sure if this story involved a mother, it would have made national news. The father got visitation rights (which indicates the mother must have made allegations if he didn’t get shared parenting). He sexually abused the baby girl the first visitation he got. He dumped the baby in the woods and reported that she was snatched while he wasn’t looking. Luckily, she was found and taken to a hospital. This story could have had a worse ending – and all because women’s claims are not taken seriously – and abuse could have been prevented in the first place – if she was believed and he was given supervised visitation.  

Clark gets 50 years to life for attempted murder, sexual assault on his child
Cory Clarke was sentenced to 50 years to life Friday for sexually abusing his 7-month old daughter and then leaving her in the woods to die on July 4.

Clark was convicted in March of attempted murder, first-degree predatory sexual abuse on a child, incest and other first-degree felony sex crimes.

Clarke reported the baby missing to a Walmart employee. He maintained that the baby was snatched while he was changing her brother in a bathroom.

In Australia, they’re having the same problems in their Family Court system. Women’s claims of abuse go unheeded. Here is an article about a recent study from Sydney University called “No way to Live.” The study interviews 22 women.

Act aids abusive fathers, imperils children

Here’s the report, No Way to Live

And to give you an example of the misogynist Fathers Righters, here’s a link I got when I searched for the report. I’m unable to open it though.

Malicious mothers demanding changes to Australia’s Shared

Jun 24, 2010 The study, No Way to Live, will add pressure to the federal Attorney-General, Blog Directory for Sydney, New South Wales
http://www.fathers4equality-australia.org/…/law-fails-children-exposed-to-harm?…AustraliaCached

76…and counting

Check out this recent post on Dastardly Dads – http://dastardlydads.blogspot.com/2010/02/76-killer-dads-fathers-who-ended-their.html She’s counted 76 cases of Dads murdering their children during visitation or custody. According to the Leadership Council on Child Abuse over 58,000 children go into unsupervised visitation or custody each year. These days family courts hand over the kids because, well, parental rights trump safety, don’t they? When women allege abuse, courts think they’re being ‘manipulative’ in order to get a favorable decision. They turn their backs on these women and readily hand over the kids–to abusers and murderers.

Check out these RECENT cases:

Stephen Garcia-

http://hidesertstar.com/articles/2010/02/09/news/doc4b6d247ecb7a5449445741.txt

Nicholas Bacon-

http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/Police-Man-kills-baby-then-self-83886922.html

Jesus Roman Fuentes-

http://www.hesperiastar.com/news/son-3182-shoots-san.html

Timothy Frazier-

http://www.wlky.com/news/22370318/detail.html

Murder-suicide of 7-year-old boy in Greece, NY-

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20100213/NEWS01/100213001

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/201002140500/NEWS01/2140327

Danielle Horvat/David Aguilar

http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2010/01/23/news/doc4b5a726799a99802477841.txt