Family Law Attorney and Whistleblower: On Hunger Strike for Justice

October 1 -31, 2015  Louisiana family law Attorney Nanine McCool is on a hunger strike. Click on the photo of the Starving for Justice t-shirt above, read the letter to the US Attorney General, and SIGN the petition to vote NO CONFIDENCE in the family and juvenile court systems.

October 2015

Petition to:

U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

“We are submitting our vote of NO CONFIDENCE in the Family and Juvenile Court Systems, and the judiciary that rules them like tyrants from a throne.

Our family and juvenile courts are completely broken. Every day, judges abuse their immense power to bully, intimidate, and coerce absolute submission from parents and children under the guise of the “best interest of the child” doctrine, but in truth, simply because they can. There is no justice in these courts – only tyranny. And the lives of  thousands of parents and children are being ruined at the pleasure of judicial discretion, protected by judicial immunity. We the people are STARVED for justice and we look to you, the chief law enforcement officer, and the chief lawyer of the United States, to shine a bright light on these broken courts; to investigate the many cases of overreaching and violations of fundamental principles of justice, like due process and the 1st Amendment, that are committed by officers of the court, sworn by oath to serve the people and submit to the Rule of Law.

We look to you to initiate congressional hearings and other scrutiny on and of this devastating cancer of judicial tyranny that is eating away at our republic, and subjecting parents and children to nothing short of torture through the arbitrary, vindictive and senseless use of children as income streams and trophies.

We’re starved for justice and we look to you to serve your oath and fulfill the promise that defines the U.S.A: Liberty and Justice for ALL. “

 

From Communities Digital News:

 

 CONNECTICUT, April 8, 2014 — According to Massachusetts attorney Maureen Martowska, her son Matthew Martowska was going through a difficult custody case for several years when she noticed something irregular on guardian ad litem Barry Armata’s bills in 2012.  Attorney Martowska could not understand why the Connecticut State Comptroller would purportedly cut a $988.12 check to Armata  for his work on the case, when the family had been following court orders to pay Armata thousands of dollars out of their own pockets.

While Martowska does not rule out the possibility that Armata’s bill may have been a clerical error, she said the mistake raises serious questions about how GALs in the State of Connecticut are paid.

Last week, the Judiciary Committee approved RB-494, which if passed by the State Legislature, would set limits on the way the State’s out of control guardian ad litem system does business.

During public hearings on the bill, dozens of parents and professionals alike explained that they were targeted by unethical family court industry professionals and scams which involved the family court’s programs and vendors, many of which are paid and overseen by the State’s Public Defender’s office.                                                                                                      

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This post was originally published April 1, 2014. Updated April 10, 2014.

League of Women Voters Boston Chapter Hosts: Spring Speaker Anne Stevenson

March 20, 2014 . . .

From The League of Women Voters, Boston Chapter:

You are cordially invited to meet and listen to Pulitzer Prize contender author and Huffington Post columnist Anne Stevenson. The League of Women Voters Boston Chapter Hosts: Spring Speaker Anne Stevenson on March 20 2014, Thursday evening 6:30-7:30pm, Brighton Public Library, MA

Anne Stevenson is a Boston based political analyst and freelance journalist whose Washington Times series on the Connecticut courts is an accepted contender for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Stevenson is a graduate of Tufts University who attended Suffolk University School of Law. For over a decade, Stevenson has worked on various social justice initiatives, helping to facilitate constructive and productive communication between government and everyday families using media and policy directives. This work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Washington Times, Boston Globe, Community News, NECN and other media outlets.

Read Anne’s Articles: 

Connecticut Courts Impose Outrageous Costs on Disabled Families.  Communities Digital News,  March 11, 2014.

Connecticut Task Force Hears Accounts of Victimization by Family Court.  Communities Digital News, March 1, 2014.

Connecticut Court failure: The deadly rebranding of Joshua Komisarjevsky.  Communities Digital News,  February 25, 2014.

CT Task Force Spars with Parents Over Billing Fraud in Family Court. The Washington Times, December 26, 2013.

CT Court Employees Face Tough Questions Over Conflicts of Interest. The Washington Times,  May 20, 2013.

Top 5 HHS Programs Endangering Women and Children. The Huffington Post, May 14, 2012.

Is Judicial Activism the Panacea for Legislative Inaction?.  The Huffington Post, May 9, 2013.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy. A grassroots organization, the League’s enduring vitality and resonance comes from its unique decentralized structure that works at the local, state, and national levels. LWV Boston is committed to opening the doors of government to all of Boston’s citizens. We strive for a representative system of government that is accountable, responsive, and supportive of citizen participation, with membership open to both men and women. Throughout each year, the League provides objective information on critical public policy issues and candidates seeking office, promotes voter service programs, and works to keep the public well-informed on government and social policy issues.

“Women need to know the strategies that are implemented by lawyers such as myself who represent alleged perpetrators." Attorney Herb Viergutz

Q: Do Family Courts Use a Controversial Theory? A: Yes.

by Julia Fletcher

This past January, Al Jazeera America published the article entitled,

Do Courts Use a Controversial Theory to Punish Mothers who Allege Abuse?” 

The answer is: “Yes!” And, here’s an even more important question:

“Where’s the United States of America’s

mainstream media’s investigation and coverage of the family court crisis?”

(Refresh the page if the video clip doesn’t load right away.)

Domestic Violence Continued: Contested Child Custody. Producer Dr. Sharon K. Araji, University of Colorado Denver, 2010, DVD.

Wendy Murphy. (2007) And Justice For Some: An Expose of the Lawyers and Judges who Let Dangerous Criminals Go Free.

BEFORE YOU STEP ONE FOOT INTO FAMILY COURT …

Wendy Murphy. (2007) And Justice For Some: An Expose of the Lawyers and Judges who Let Dangerous Criminals Go Free.

Wendy Murphy, And Justice for Some. (2007).

From Wendy Murphy, JD :

 

“A colleague of mine, Anne Stevenson, recently testified before the Connecticut legislature on behalf of good parents and ethical court employees who feared retribution if they spoke up themselves against the corruption, fraud and shady deals in Connecticut’s family court system.

 

 The content of her testimony is critically important, and not widely understood, so I agreed to post it here to provide folks with a better understanding of how the “divorce industry” in Connecticut is ruining families financially, and subjecting children to dangerous custody arrangements.

 

 Her proposed changes for reform, set forth below, were provided to the Connecticut legislature but are applicable to other states as well because the problems in Connecticut are systemic in American family courts.”

 

To find an upcoming screening, visit: divorcecorp.com

Dr. Drew: Get This Conversation Going

“What bothers me more than anything as a physician,

if this sort of chummy relationship existed

between doctors

and any other providers of services, 

there would be outrage.”

                                                                                                                        – Dr. Drew Pinsky

And so, the public conversation begins.  . . . 

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@Sbuden1Buden Outrageous lack of accountability in the family court system, “the players” ie judges, appointees know it! #divorcecorpchat
— Kathleen Russell (@MarinKat) January 8, 2014 
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#divorcecorpchat#divorcecorpchat CT AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation of Courts) chapter is headed by 3 Superior Court Judges
— Scott Buden (@Sbuden1Buden) January 8, 2014 
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@drdrew@DoctorKarin Fulton court is asked to consider the needs of a child making outcries #DivorceCorpChatpic.twitter.com/s77YR4ibI1
— My Advocate Center (@MyAdvocateCentr) January 8, 2014 
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#divorcecorpchat Fooling yourselves. Nothing can be done. Judges in league w/ guardians and lawyers, all about $. Ex parte de rigueur.
— stacey_hudson (@stacey_hudson) January 8, 2014 
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IN AMERICA!! “@drdrew: .@divorcecorp one father ended up in prison for 5 yrs for simply criticizing the judge on his blog. #divorcecorpchat
— Michael Brigante (@MichaelBrigante) January 8, 2014 
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@divorcecorp anyone thinking about marriage or divorce needs to educate themselves about the realities of family courts #divorcecorpchat
— Dr Drew (@drdrew) January 8, 2014 
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#DivorceCorpChat on Twitter . . .