Ignorance is bliss in some scenarios, and as a father having been involved in a contentious divorce and custody ordeal it was a luxury I found myself longing for at times. Facing a situation where one’s back is against the wall, in a court environment overtly hostile towards those who represent themselves, as a pro se litigant is a place parents should venture with extreme caution. In my situation it came to a point where in keeping up with my own case at times I began to become curious and observe what I knew to be odd behavior and activity within the court and its players.
Flipping through the channels one evening, while taking a break from preparing for a hearing, I stopped on the movie The Untouchables starring Sean Connery (Jimmy Malone) and Kevin Costner (Elliott Ness) where a scene was playing out where Ness wants to stop Al Capone by finding the booze and busting him. Malone takes Ness to a post office across the way from a police station indicating it was where the booze were thus the law being broken in plain, and obvious, sight. Ness responds with utter disbelief to which Malone replies,
“Mr. Ness, everybody knows where the booze is. The problem isn’t finding it, the problem is who wants to cross Capone.”
While thinking about that scene, so much was there that echoed many stages of what goes on in divorce and custody cases as pertaining to the roles of lawyers, judges and players in the industry. Narrowing down on this aspect of these ordeals and investigating a Judge’s campaign dollars can reveal a treasure trove of information in ascertaining which attorneys perform in different ways with different outcomes in front of different Judges. The examining of this type of data exposes who knows who and most importantly identifies the “regular” players of the courts as they tend to contribute not to only one, but several campaigns with varying amounts on a regular basis.
Once the picture starts to emerge as to the courts “regulars” and their patterns of making contributions to specific judicial campaigns it starts to beg the question of whether these contributions influence behavior and treatment akin to favoritism and preferential treatment within cases. In making these contributions, it is curious that sometimes these lawyers do it as individuals, or if they want to find loopholes on contribution limits, they make them under the firm’s name as a separate entity.
In seeing who contributes to whom the next step is to access and examine the court’s docket system online to determine the number of cases, per election cycle, contributors were assigned to judges each year. What is interesting are those trends of observing those who contribute higher amounts of money having a larger number of cases before that judge they contributed too! While a lot of curious anomalies can be observed when examining this type of data in this way, the next element is to tabulate the data to include the numbers of hearings and motions filed.
Most interesting is when you have an attorney with the same type of case (i.e. contested matrimonial) and approximately the same number of such cases before a Judge they contributed a lot too, and by comparison one they didn’t give a lot too. By examining one can see the long and lucrative drawn out motion practice and hearings in front of those Judges they have supported and by contrast much shorter and more abrupt litigation history before the judge they didn’t contribute anything too.
CHART: Follow the Money, cross-referencing campaign dollars with numbers of cases assigned to judges and average number of motions filed.
When this type of data and information is scrutinized (keeping in mind family courts do not make this type of information readily or easily available) and these occurrences happen once, it is curious. When these incidents repeat a second and third time, perhaps that’s a coincidence. When it is happening a lot more than that and among the same players and judges…that indicates something else!
In trying to figure out why this type of thing isn’t investigated much or brought up for public consumption I defer back to the movie, The Untouchables, where the following dialogue transpires:
Malone: You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I’m saying is, what are you prepared to do?
Ness: Anything and everything in my power.
Malone: And *then* what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way…
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To the people,
We as parents, have to do better. For our children.
Let me tell you about my testimony. So that it my help others.
I am a victim of domestic violence. Where are witnesses of it and that the other parent was arrested and plead guilty and put on probation and order to take anger parenting classes, CPS reports of abuse to the other child by that parent. Were after 3 years of raising my child basically alone and having two restraining orders on the other parent.
Then my daughter being kidnapped illegally using fraudulently backdoor conspired tactics with Family Court Services, with Deborah Hunter, D.A.W.N. advocacy and numerous judges helpped with this and all documented are in the court records my child was still kidnapped from me. And only was able to see her for the first year about maybe 10hr. And to this day Ive seen or had her for about a month and half hr wise. Sence 2011-2012.
So the Parental plan says I’m only to get 6 hours supervized per week which I can’t pay for cuz it cost 150$ every visit. Child support payments of about $770 per month. Plus there’s a restraining order on me that has been in effect since they kidnap my daughter. Not to mention emails, that saying if I don’t pay child support to see my child, the mom is going to leave the state.
Now let me tell you what I do have now. I get my daughter every Sunday unsupervised all day about 10-12hrs and just started I get to get her every other Saturday unsupervised 4-6hrs. I get to go to her functions like gymnastics practice. I got my daughter a phone and she gets to call me anytime she wants. I can talk with the other parent without arguing in front of her or saying mean things. The other parent took us out to the movies and brings food over.
You asked how is this possible. I’ll tell you, I lost the hate and anger and malice I had for that parent because of what they did to our child and me. And I started to show the other parent love and kindness and compassion. Putting the child first and all the conversations and not thinking about myself but thinking about our child.
I also stopped going to courts because they are not for us, they are for themselves and making money. I encourage you parents to stop arguing about what he said she said and just focus on your child or children.
To all the other parents that are still fighting. I strongly encourage you to still tell people your stories, tell the #media, tell your #Congressman or #congresswoman, tell the #Senators, tell your #governor, tell the #FBI., tell the #WhiteHouse and any other Outlet so to get your story out or heard. And make a record that you tried so that your children will see that you did not just “walk out” their lives but you were “pushed out”.
Jon R. Butler
Single Fathers Association of America
The conspiracy involved to get away with denying peoples rights has been very elaborate. Right in front of a distracted American public, the American Bar Association – the lawyers and the judges – executed a plan which resulted in the loss of rights for American Citizens. They wrote themselves into a corner they could not lawfully escape.
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The Complaint Meeting I attended on Thursday had one huge point- File complaints with the federal offices even if you think there will be nothing done because if the complaints are never filed, there can never be an INVESTIGATION.
I wrote letters to President Obama. He sent letters to the Children’s Bureau office in Washington, DC telling the office to help our family. I received letters stating Children’s Bureau does not handle complaints I had written to President Obama. I kept those letters. I shared them with Deborah Smith from the Children’s Bureau. Her office is in Kansas City. She is now doing what the President asked. The big mistake most people make is writing the compalints to the Washington, DC office. You need to submit the complaint to the federal office located in your state. The US Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights and Children’s Bureau is in Kansas City.
You can file your complaint before your case goes to court or before your case is closed in court. Here are the websites for US HHS OCR and Children’s Bureau and the link to US HHS OCR complaint form:
You want change. Start filing the complaints. Ask your US HHS OCR and Children’s Bureau to attend a meeting with concerned parents, grandparents, family members, and advocates. Hopefully your offices will be willing to do what the Kansas offices were willing to do.
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