Caroline Rice on Trial Today for “Aiding and Abetting”

by Julia Fletcher
Does anyone know of any good investigative reporters who might be willing and able to look into this case and publish what they find?
Please share this with friends in and around Minnesota today. Thank you.
“Wednesday, December 14th Caroline Rice is on trial for aiding and abetting a minor, A. Rice, her 13 year old daughter. There is a 45 minute DVD of Carole Cole (unlicensed CPS worker) interrogating and badgering …A. Rice into making false claims about her mother and why she ran away – of which A. Rice (who is used to the abuse from Carver County) never allowed Carole Cole to force her into any such false claims.
This DVD exonerates Caroline Rice of all charges. Judge Richard Perkins berated Caroline Rice for entering the DVD into evidence.
Perkins also appointed a public defender, Steve Walburg. Perkins stated on the record that he wanted to `speak` to Steve Walburg personally before he represents Caroline Rice. Steve Walburg has not been representing his client at all, Steve Walburg is only there to represent the courts, he has made that very obvious in emails and treatment of Caroline Rice.
This is typical in these rigged cases.Carver County court held Caroline Rice for 53 days because her daughter ran away and desperately wanted to find and see her own mother. Bail for Caroline Rice was set at $15,000 – this is an insane amount for the charge she was being held on.
Bail was paid by a kind older man wanting to help Caroline and her kids. When the man stood in court and offered to bail Caroline out of jail the courts tried talking him out of it right in the courtroom, calling Caroline a `criminal` and asking why he wanted to help. The man refused to be talked out of the decision and insisted on bailing Caroline out. The county made it near impossible for the man to make her bail, upping her bail $700 and taking 8 hours to process the payment and release Caroline. This kind man will lose his savings if the courts refuse to drop the charges, as they should be dropped.

A. Rice and her brother (two youngest Rice children) are still living with their father. Caroline has not had contact with the two kids in over three years – other than when A. Rice ran to her mother last year.

Trial Wed, December 14th, 2011 at 8:30 am. We will keep you updated as to what Judge Perkins does and rules during the proceedings. Legally, all charges should be dropped against Caroline Rice. But we know this Judge does not abide by law – in any way shape or form.”

See related posts: Letter to Caroline from Annie and You Always Stand for the Truth

For Anyone Anywhere: Request for Help…


For Anyone Anywhere: Request for Help…


by Julia Fletcher

November 30, 2010


Dear friends,

Another mother is asking for help.

If there were local, state and/or federal investigators handling the crisis in family courts, I’d tell her and the wonderful husband and father from Ohio, and the moms in Hawaii and Florida and California and all the other protective parents asking for help, “No worries. There are plenty of government offices available to protect your precious children in family court cases involving child abuse.” 

If I could, I would tell this mother, “Even though there are no government offices to help your child in this situation, at least there are effective laws enforced in every state to help parents protect children from abuse in custody cases.” But that’s not true either.  

I can tell her about the court watch programs, Justice for Children, the Protective Mothers Alliance and the Battered Mothers Custody Conference. The Office of Violence Against Women was looking into this situation a few months ago so maybe they can help. It seems as though some people working in our Justice Department want to help and might be looking for the revenue,  resources and an effective course of action to take.

I think for now, I have to tell this desperate mother that she’ll need to turn to the non-profit, grass-roots organizations who provide help for children by providing guidance for the mothers who are placed in the position of having to fight the system in order to protect their children. Does anyone else have other suggestions? 

I hope I can help by posting her request here. I’ll send it to the Facebook friends and Twitter followers I’ve gathered these last few months. I’ll hope and pray that someone will be the anyone who’s willing and able to help:

“I am a mother that is in desperate need of help and I do not know who to turn to. I have recently gone through a horrifying divorce and have found in the middle of it that my ex-husband sexually abused my sister and my 3 yr old son. Both have told counselors and law enforcement, but it seems as though no one believes any of us. I want only to protect my son, and my sister will never see him again. I do not know how to protect him, except taking him and running. I know that is a last resort and there are severe consequences for this choice. Anyone that can help, please let me know. Thank you to anyone”

Update on case in Hawaii…




Update on Maria Styke-Marquez’s hearing

Written by AngelGroup | David & Goliath Blog | 23 November 2010

Maria Styke-Marquez, a domestic violence survivor on Maui, lost custody of her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter in September 2010 in contradiction of Hawaii State Statute 571-46(9), to the man who killed her 4-month-old unborn baby, put her in the hospital, and served 40 days in jail for the violence he used against her.

Judge Keith Tanaka gave full physical/legal custody of a 2-1/2-year-old little girl to this convicted DV perpetrator, despite Maria being an appropriate and protective parent to their daughter. The last visitation pick-up/drop-off between Maria and her ex on Friday, 11/19/10, resulted with yet another Criminal Contempt charge against him for his use of intimidation and harassment against her, something that has directly contributed to a decline in Maria’s health.

Maria tried to file a Continuance before court began for medical reasons, but Second Circuit Court Clerk, Wilma, would not allow Maria to file her document with the court.  When Maria went upstairs to the courtroom and presented her Continuance and a hospital doctor’s medical note to Judge Tanaka, he DENIED her request because she didn’t file these before the hearing. He said that he would not look at an Ex Parte motion for Continuance until it had been served on the opposing counsel – HOWEVER – without being noticed, the opposing counsel (Mimi DeJardins) then served Maria with an Ex Parte motion that had already been granted by Judge Tanaka saying that her perpetrator’s parents could testify in today’s hearing by Skype or phone conference!

The Ex Parte motion Judge Tanaka had signed, directly contradicted the previous testimony of the perpetrator’s parents. In the parent’s first testimony, they had money and resources to more than adequately provide for their grand-daughter, but in this Ex Parte, they’re too poor to appear before the court.

Overwrought with stress and anxiety from the prospect of PERMANENTLY losing her daughter – because today’s hearing was about the perpetrator asking permission to permanently leave the state for Minnesota with the little girl – Maria was in the hospital briefly this weekend where she was told she absolutely HAS to steer clear of situations that will cause her any form of stress; Judge Tanaka ruled to go forward regardless. Shortly into the hearing, Maria’s compromised medical state got the best of her and she was taken away BY AMBULANCE from the courthouse after courthouse security called EMTs to respond to Maria’s condition.

When the EMTs arrived to render assistance to Maria, (3) sheriff’s officers were seen talking to the perpetrator’s attorney (Mimi) and another unknown man. The (3) sheriff’s officers were overheard sharing confidential medical information about Maria with Mimi and the unidentified male, itself a violation of law. My DV Survivor Advocate at the scene got the sheriff officers’ names and said the outcome of the hearing is not presently known, but that after Maria was taken away, the hearing resumed and continued for another 20 minutes before Mimi, the unidentified man and the perpetrator quickly left the courthouse; Maria is now at the hospital where medical staff are working to stabilize her condition.

Does ANY of this sound like “justice”, a correct application of laws or even human decency?


“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must ACT.”

~ Tenzin Gyatso (1992, the 14th Dalai Lama)

Please forward this information to all who can help…


A Loving Mother’s Cry For Help

I’m a 25-year-old loving mother of two girls. My case started in November 2008. Two months after moving to Virginia with my Navy husband, my oldest girl’s biological father filed for visitation. The short time her biological father and I were together he had a history of explosive anger and violence toward me even in front of my baby, he also used to physically abuse me when I was pregnant. In March of 2008, my three-year-old daughter told me she was molested by her biological father’s stepfather while in his care.

In January 2010, I returned to Cincinnati to address the visitation issue in Butler County. If the child’s biological father lived in Sunman, Indiana all this time, why was the issue brought up in Butler County? My father helped me retain a Butler County attorney. We informed the attorney of the history of violence and sexual abuse. My first hearing on 2-9-10 was cancelled due to the weather. That same day my mother and I were stalked by two Fairfield police officers and my 51-year-old mother was locked in Butler County jail with no explanation. The next day she was told she was arrested for failure to appear in Butler County juvenile court.

The next hearing was 3-30-2010 at which my attorney came out of the courtroom and said, “My hands are tied.”. That was it, he presented no argument or discovery. The judge ordered my child to have overnight visits in the home where she had been sexually abused. At the next hearing on 6-30-2010 I brought my father, and a long-term friend of my daughter’s biological father as witnesses, we also brought my 5-year-old daughter thinking the Magistrate would talk to her about the violence and sex abuse, instead the magistrate forced her to go with her father and his family for four hours. my daughter screamed violently outside the courthouse for 45 minutes begging us all to save her, she threw up twice.

My present attorney witnessed her behavior and said,”If anything bad happens let me know and we will file an appeal”. The next day my daughter informed us that she had been raped and beaten while in their custody for four short hours. She was also threatened with death if she told anyone. We informed our attorney and his demeanor changed 180 degrees. He refused to do anything including return our calls.

In the ensuing months my family has bounced from Butler, Dearborn and Hamilton County begging for help to protect our lives to no avail. My parents, who live in Fairfield have received numerous death threats, home invasions, stalkers, and vandalism. All that because my father filed a grievance in Butler County on our behalf. My parents have recently fled their home of 9 years in fear of their lives.

Please someone help our innocent family, as our lives and most importantly my daughter’s life is at stake. I have another one-sided hearing in Butler County on Wednesday, November 24th when the judge apparently intends to throw me in jail and send my daughter to live in the home in where she said she was abused in terrible ways.


A loving and desperate mother. Please call me if you can help.

Editor’s note: Please contact Family Court in America at for contact information if you can help this brave mother who is desperately trying to protect her child in what appears to be another “Parental Alienation” set-up:

1. Child speaks of abuse
2. Mother believes her child
3. Mother attempts to protect her child from further abuse
4. Family Court does not protect child from alleged abuser / forces child to “visit” with abuser
5. Mother and child threatened by court / Gardner’s “threat therapy”
7. Mother, unable to protect her child and threatened if she does protect her child becomes desperate
6. Mother said to be “alienating”, not “protecting”
7. Custody “flipped” to alleged abuser
8. Mother incarcerated / allowed only supervised visits with child / or no contact with child

Please forward this information. Thank you.

Julia Fletcher
Family Court in America

Family Court in Bowling Green, Kentucky…


Here is Elaine Barnes Bateman’s interview with Christian Coffey’s mother, stepfather and best friend. The judge in this case has threatened Christian’s mother and supporters with jail.


The next scheduled hearing is on October 19, 2010

Warren County Justice Center
1001 Center St.
Bowling Green, Kentucky


Here are excerpts from documents in this case:

“…You will find the order states the above-named Respondent Steven Coffey be restrained from committing further acts or abuse of threats of abuse…”

“…For the Petitioner against the above named Respondent in that it was established, by a preponderance of the evidence, that an act(s) of domestic violence or abuse has occurred and may again occur…”


  • Did the judge hold Mr. Coffey accountable for those acts of domestic violence or abuse?
  • Did the Judge list a 14-year-old child on a DVO without prior notice of that hearing to guardians of that minor child?
  • Is the judge and/or her family affiliated socially and/or politically with any attorney or litigant in this case?
  • Was the cabinet worker who testified about abuse in October 2009 the investigator at that time?
  • Did Judge Holderfield allow perjury of  the cabinet worker or require proof of statements made in court?
  • Did the judge deny the victim’s attorney’s requests to submit evidence regarding the Cabinet worker’s testimony?
  • Did the judge accept as facts, the testimony of witnesses in this case – without supporting evidence?
  • Are any newspaper or television reporters looking for the answers to those questions?


Petition For Christian:…

More information about this case at:…

“Stop the Abuse of Christian Coffey”:…


Please share this information. Thank you!

More Great News from California Protective Parents Association

More great news from the California Protective Parents Association… 

Dear Friends, 

1. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) conference is in Anaheim, CA  the end of July and beginning of august 2010. 

 NCADV gets it – they are presenting an entire track on family court!

On Monday, August 2 the Plenary Session is on Child Custody and Domestic Violence:  

Protective Mothers Were Right-They Are Being Mistreated by the Courts

Opening remarks from Ms. Joye E. Frost, Director, Office for Victims of Crime.  

The new book, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ABUSE and CHILD CUSTODY establishes that the routine use of outdated and discredited practices has resulted in thousands of children being sent to live with abusers.  The research is now readily available to challenge and prevent the common mistakes that so often harm children.  The success of the abuser tactic seeking custody to maintain control over their victims and failure of the courts to recognize this tactic undermine the work of our movement and have led to an increase in domestic violence homicides after many years of declines.  Mo Therese Hannah will discuss the research available to help protective mothers.  Judge Mike Brigner will explain how judges are getting it wrong so often.  Garland Waller exposes the failure of the media to report this scandal.  You will want to stay until the end because Barry Goldstein will explain how to use this information in your home communities as we use the research in the book to reform the broken custody court system, prevent the unfair attacks on protective mothers and make sure no child has to cry herself to sleep because a court separated her from her safe, courageous, protective mother.  
On Tuesday August 3 CA Protective Parents Association and Center for Judicial Excellence will present a workshop titled “Action: Let’s Roll” from 10:15 to noon.   
2. Kathie Justi, a wonderful protective mom who was instrumental in bringing down a judge and changing the culture of the Santa Clara California family court to better protect battered women and children, is interested in compiling testimonials about your journey through this ordeal. Let me know if you would like her contact information.
Her vision: “Many mothers have lost custody, some regained their child(ren), some didn’t until they were 18, and able to try to establish a relationship.  Many mothers have written their custody story, but this is about you!  Not about your dear children.  This story is about your own journey, your struggles, your successes, your triumphs, your losses.  Coping, not coping.  You didn’t give up, because you are here now.”
3. New resource: Safe Child International:

 4. Sexual Sabotage by Judith Reisman, PhD 

A new book about Alfred Kinsey’s early junk science that underlies the current junk science that encourages sex offenders to get custody of their victims.

5. September 12-15, 2010. The International Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) Conference is being held in San Diego There is an excellent training from September 10-12 by Child Abuse Solutions  in the Affiliated Training section which is designed for evaluators and other court related professionals.  

6. Keep Friday October 1, 2010 open for another exciting demonstration at the White House with a parade to the U.S. Dept of Justice and the U.S. Senate!



For the purpose of clarifying the situation of the Spanish minor…

By Julia Fletcher 

Why haven’t we seen this case saturating the morning and evening news?

 We must do our part to help by re-posting this letter. Please click on the following link for the original post:


  David Nordlund, wrong again 

  Letter that had to be sent to David Nordlund by burofax


Consular Agency of the United States of America in Valencia

Dear Mr. David Nordlund, 

For the purpose of clarifying the situation of the Spanish minor, Victoria Solenne Innes Carrascosa, as she in the United States is registered as missing , and therefore wanted, and as she in the future will have the possibility of choosing her nationality both concerning the Spanish and US nationalities, although from her birth and to date she has been using the Spanish nationality, the only currently in force, and resides as you have yourself been able to verify presenting yourself in our home on the 9th of July in the last year, 2009, we contact you to ask you, please, for a copy of the report which you told us that you yourself would issue after your visit, to the US authorities; this being of vital importance due to the conflict of jurisdictions existing in this case between both countries. Likewise, if you at any moment would like to visit our family again, advise you that this should be done accompanied by Spanish authorities, and that of course you would be very welcome as long as you provide a copy of the mentioned report as well as any future reports which might be made after the solicited visits.  

We beg you to please understand our situation as well as that of the minor herself, as she is now 10 years old and soon will start navigating on internet as her schoolmates already have been doing for some time. Our family begs you humbly to please mediate to inform to the private centers for missing children in the US notifying that you yourself have verified where Victoria Solenne Innes Carrascosa is to be found and that they please do not infringe the laws of other countries such as the “violation of the rights of minors”, to not show and distribute images of a minor and much less when the whole world knows where she is, including the father who is the one who has registered her as missing although he recently sent a letter knowing perfectly well where she is living. The details of the centers where the minor appears as missing, so that you could please contact them are: 


National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Charles B. Wang International Children’s Building
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3175
The United States of America 


Phone: 703-274-3900
Fax: 703-274-2200
24-hour Hotline: 001-800-843-5678 


The responsible for these matters in this center for missing persons is named Elena Corona; please, we ask you to contact this lady and to explain to her the issue so that she might also ask the other private centers for missing persons where the issue is spread to that they withdraw it. Permit us to advise that this is inconceivable, even more while it is the Valencian Mayoralty itself who has the guardianship and the Carrascosa family are the caregivers of the minor. 











Please withdraw all this, it is harmful to the child. 


Carefully, in Valencia for May 3, 2010 


Victoria Carrascosa Peñalver
Carrascosa family 


Do the Math: AB 939 + SB 1253 = 2(No Oversight + No Consent)

  Legislative updates from the Center for Judicial Excellence:


SB 1253–Veto Letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
SB 1253 is a deeply flawed bill and we are urging everyone to call, write, or fax Governor Schwarzenegger urging him to veto SB 1253! SB 1253 would allow convicted sex offenders who reside in the same household as their victim to potentially continue their abuse of the child or children. The bill severely endangers victims of child sexual abuse.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – Click here to download a sample letter to Governor Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
PHONE: 916-445-2841
FAX: 916-558-316

AB 939–Opposition Letter to Judiciary Committees
AB 939 would remove litigants’ rights to stipulate to case management or to the assignment of court appointees – creating a dangerous precedent because such appointees lack adequate oversight, a problem that is currently being investigated by the State Auditor. This bill is an affront to due process rights and would place additional restrictions on litigants by codifying this infringement.

Phone, Fax & Email Your Opposition for AB 939
Please fax, e-mail or call in your opposition to this legislation right away to the State Senate Judiciary Committee members listed below and the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Click here to view a copy of CJE’s opposition letter to AB 939

Senator Ellen Corbett
State Capitol, Room 5108
Sacramento, CA 95814
PHONE:(916) 651-4010
FAX: (916) 327-2433

Senator Tom Harman
State Capitol, Room 3070
Sacramento, CA 95814
PHONE: (916) 651-4035
FAX: (916) 445-9263

Senator Loni Hancock
State Capitol, Room 3092
Sacramento, CA  95814
PHONE: (916) 651-4009
FAX: (916) 327-1997

Senator Mark Leno
State Capitol, Room 4061
Sacramento,  CA  95814
PHONE: (916) 651-4003
FAX: (916) 445-4722

Senator Mimi Walters
State Capitol, Room 3082
Sacramento, CA 95814
PHONE: (916) 651-4033
FAX: (916) 445-9754

Assembly Judiciary Committee
1020 N Street, Room 104
Sacramento, California 95814
PHONE: (916) 319-2334
FAX: (916) 319-2188

AB 1050–Support Letter to State Senator Ellen Corbett & Assemblymember Fiona Ma
AB 1050 would allow children, 14 years of age or older, to testify in family court proceedings that have a tremendous impact on their lives. AB 1050 is a first-of-its-kind bill, allowing children to openly express their views regarding their own custody or visitation arrangements.

Phone, Fax & Email Your Support for AB 1050
Please fax, e-mail or call in your support for this legislation right away to Senator Ellen Corbett, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Assemblymember Ma, author of AB 1050. If you are an organization, church, or any other group that supports family court reform, then please be sure to send your support on your organizational letterhead.

Senator Ellen Corbett – Click here to download a sample letter to Senator Corbett
State Capitol, Room 5108
Sacramento, CA 95814
PHONE:(916) 651-4010
FAX: (916) 327-2433

Assemblymember Fiona Ma – Click here to download a sample letter to Assemblymember Ma
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0012
PHONE: (916) 319-2012
FAX: (916) 319-2112

Hearings Set for AB 1050 & AB 939 Next Tuesday, June 29th!
We may need people in Sacramento next Tuesday, June 29th, to show our support for AB 1050 and our opposition to AB 939. The hearing will start at 1:00 p.m. in room 112 of the State Capitol Building. We will send out another update so please stay tuned for further information.

For more information, contact CJE at 415-256-9606, or at



Together, we can rebuild public trust in our courts, reinforcing the judiciary as a well-managed model of integrity, justice and equality.



Courtwatching in California

From the Center for Judicial Excellence:


WHAT: Family Court Hearing – Assawasuksant v. Heierle
WHEN:Thursday, June 10th at  9:00 AM
WHERE:Marin County Superior Court – Courtroom K, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael 94903 WHAT: Family Court Hearing – Zucconi v. Zucconi
WHEN: Thursday, June 10th at 2:00pm & Friday, June 18th at 9:00 AM
WHERE: Marin County Superior Court – Courtroom K, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael 94903

WHAT:Family Court Custody Hearing – Barnett v. Heflebower
WHEN: Tuesday, June 8th at 8:30 AM
WHERE: Napa County Superior Court: Courtroom N
820 Brown Street, Napa 94558


WHAT: Family Court Hearing – Kuhlman v. Tjoelker
WHEN: Thursday, June 17th at 8:30 AM
WHERE: Santa Rosa Family Law Courts at Empire College (law school), Courtroom 22, 3055 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa 95403


WHAT: Family Court Trial – Tessema v. Begashaw
WHEN: Thursday, June 10th & Friday, June 11th at 9:00 AM
WHERE: Dept. 123, Ridgeway Family Relations Court, 3341 Power Inn Road 95826


WHERE:Dept. 104, Ridgeway Family Relations Court, 3341 Power Inn Road 95826
WHEN: Thursday, June 10th at 1:00 PM
WHAT: Family Court Hearing – Karres v. Rapton

*Please note that we cannot guarantee attendance as Courtwatch is a volunteer program. However, as a means of increasing turnout, you can feel free to forward the eblast to anyone on your personal contact list that may be interested in attending.

Check the CJE website often for breaking news & action opportunities. We’ll be posting updates on CJE’s other legislative priorities & related hearings soon!

For more information, contact CJE at 415-256-9606, or at

Together, we can rebuild public trust in our courts, reinforcing the judiciary as a well-managed model of integrity, justice and equality.