Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Problems with Family Court: Power of the Judge

As ABC affiliate KXTV in Sacramento, California reported a few years ago, the main reason corruption in family court is so common is the extraordinary power judges hold over the litigants and children along with their near immunity from scrutiny.  

(Near) Absolute Power Brings (Near) Absolute Corruption

Thursday, July 21, 2022

KidsMatter Denounces San Diego Family Court System

KidsMatter, a non-profit group in San Diego, has denounced the local family court system for putting profits before parents and children. The specific evidence-based changes made include:

  1. Judges who have been recused backdating orders to before their recusal;
  2. Judges permanently removing children from their parents based upon unproven or hearsay allegations;
  3. Frivolous and fraudulent restraining orders based on false allegations;
  4. Violations by Minors' counsels, with one even admitting the San Diego Family Law courts are corrupt;
  5. Multiple and frequent ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) violations;
  6. Suppression of exculpatory evidence (evidence that would tend to exonerate);
  7. Attorney sponsored blackmail;
  8. Blocking older children from testifying despite there being specific Family Law codes allowing their testimony;
  9. Numerous documented Child Protective Services and Family Court Services abuses, resulting in the removal of children from good parents;
  10. Court sanctioned child abduction as punishment for litigants not agreeing with a judge's unconstitutional ruling 
  11. Frequent and institutionalized due process and civil rights violations of parents and their children;
  12. Intentionally blocking public access to the courts or removing of courtroom observers without cause;
  13. Conducting secret hearings without notice (euphemistically known as "Star Chambers") that result in the removal of children from their parents.

The exploitation of parents and their children stems from the deeply flawed ecosystem that attorneys and judicial officers have created for themselves in the management and litigation of divorce cases. These Family Law participants are acutely aware that a parent's love for their children is unconditional, where a mother or father will make great sacrifices and go to the ends of the earth to protect their bond and relationship with their children.

Unfortunately for these parents, the Family Court ecosystem is designed and managed by the members of the California State Bar, which was recently hit with a scathing report on April 14, 2022 from Michael S. Tilden, California's State Auditor.  In the report, Tilden outlines several issues with the State Bar, including: undisclosed conflicts of interest between judges and attorneys; misappropriation of client funds; and improper handling of judicial complaints; among other egregious violations of the letter and the spirit of justice.

What people need to understand is that this is the norm across the county. Our legal system, the very system designed to ensure justice, has become the center of crime and corruption in our country. Especially in family court. 

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Women In The MIlitary

Vox has an interesting article on some of the first female combat fighter pilots in the 1990s. The struggles they went through just to be able to have the same opportunity as a man is both historically epic and inspiring. 

I have always found it so strange that anyone would think it inappropriate for women to be in combat. Such attitudes just scream sexist. Sexism which hurts women because they are denied positions many want and sexism which hurts men because they are obligated to take on dangerous roles they may not want. 

It’s about being an individual and realizing your potential as an individual, not being a man or woman.

You cannot convince me that women can be protected from the horrors of war. … No one seems to care if I get raped on the way to my local grocery store. I’m just not allowed to get raped by the enemy.

Yet even today, we see very little outrage over sexism in the military. Nearly all combat deaths are male and draft registration is still male only.  

Allowing women to serve in all role in the military and obligating them to the same extent as men do so when required is not only right and fair but makes for a much stronger military. Those who disagree are simply blinded by their sexism. 

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Random Justice

I always feel a pang of irritation when I see stories such as this one about a beekeeping company which won a $370,000 settlement agaisnt a customer for libel. 

The irritation I feel has nothing to do with the merits of the case but are due to my inability to get back even the money I lost due to obvious and clear crime let alone damages for pain and suffering, especially as experienced by my children.  

Justice should be about the law, the facts, and the evidence. But it is not. It is about who you are, who you know, money, and a good deal of randomness.

 There is no consistency in our legal system and without consistency we cannot have a just society.  

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Judge Judy

In last week's post I mentioned a quote in the embedded video Judge Judy made regarding family court. I tracked down the video with her actual words:

What Judge Judy's actually said about family court is that it is, "the dumping ground for morons and political hacks."

I'll admit I do not know much about Judge Judy but I have to admire someone who is willing to tell it like it is even if the truth illuminates corruption and incompetence in their own profession. I really wish more lawyers and judges would realize pointing out crime, corruption and unethical behavior in there profession is an obligation and the right thing to do rather than trying to cover it up in a misguided attempt to protect their industry's reputation.