Merle says being in a nursing home for a stint was the worst thing that ever happened to him, so his wife Stella, age 95 took him home.
Merle says being in a nursing home for a stint was the worst thing that ever happened to him, so his wife Stella, age 95 took him home.
while I still don’t know all the details, this woman is in jail for failure to pay $11k. Her assistant says she had no money to pay $11k to some probate attorney because they took all her money.
Please write, call and fax the parties involved and here they are:
Linda Aters, false arrest/imprisonment Maricopa County, Arizona
Sheriff Penzone 602-876-1000
Community Outreach 602-876-1685
Professional Standards Bureau 844-887-4483
Chris De Rose is clerk of the Superior court
email him: firstname.lastname@example.org
clerk of court phone number
Matthew E. Delinko, SBN 030540
BAUMAN LOEWE WITT
& MAXWELL, PLLC
8765 East Bell Road, Suite 210
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Telephone: (480) 502-4664
4 Facsimile: (480) 502-4774
and the judge’s name is Steven Holding in probate. Phoenix AZ
(This includes questions about Wills, Guardianship, and Affidavits of Real and Personal Property) To view information on the website you may click here, or you may call (602)37-CLERK, or (602)372-5375 for assistance.
Clerk’s office chris de rose:
case no. CASE NO.: CV2017-054872
court media relations: email@example.com
Public Information Officer
her attorney is
Brent M. Gunderson
Gunderson Law Group, P.C.
1839 S. Alma School Road, Suite 275
Mesa, AZ 85210
TelephonelFax: (480) 750-7337
Attorney for Defendant Linda B. Arters
Also, Barb Stone is still in prison for protecting her mother and embarrassing the shizzola out of the lawyers and judges involved. I will be getting more info on her case this week to write, fax and call.
We have to stick together on abusive probate guardianships and demand that they end.
ON 16 OCTOBER, 1995 Audrey Edmunds was minding a neighbour’s, 7-month-old daughter Natalie at her home in Wisconsin in the US.
Edmunds had left Natalie alone in a bedroom for half an hour, but when she came back the child appeared to be choking and was unresponsive.
Emergency services were called, however by then Natalie’s condition had deteriorated and she died soon after.
An autopsy revealed extensive brain damage, and a forensic pathologist determined the cause of death to be shaken baby syndrome.
Edmunds was later convicted of murder. A court ruled that she had killed Natalie by shaking her to death.
Shaken baby syndrome (also known as abusive head trauma) is a term used to describe a number of conditions which when taken together are thought to show that a baby has been violently shaken.
Diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome has been the determining factor in a large number of murder, manslaughter and child abuse cases in the US.
However, the science behind the condition has long been questioned by experts, and convictions are increasingly being challenged across the US with the help of the Innocence Project.
The Innocence Project
After years of failed appeals and parole hearings Edmunds – who always maintained her innocence in Natalie’s death – had her case taken up in 2003 by the Wisconsin Innocence Project.
The Innocence Project was first set up in 1992 and it aims to exonerate the wrongly convicted. This is done through DNA testing and reforms to the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
Shaken baby syndrome cases have increasingly become an increasing part of Innocence Project cases as the science behind convictions becomes more and more questioned.
With the help of the Innocence Project, Edmunds was able to challenge the expert opinion that had led to her conviction in 1996. She was eventually fully exonerated.
It was another shaken baby case that Irish junior barrister Mark Curran spent the majority of his time focussed on when he worked with the Wisconsin Innocence Project over the summer.
Curran was one of five Irish barristers to be awarded a scholarship from the Bar of Ireland last year to travel to different states in the US and work with Innocence Projects there.
Speaking this week at the launch of the Bar’s 2017 scholarships, Curran said he didn’t know what to expect when he went over.
“I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I arrived in Wisconsin and what the day to day life as an innocence attorney would be like,” said Curran.
He said that a senior colleague sent him a link to the David and Goliath Wikipedia page as an example of the quintessential innocence project case.
“That’s what it is to be an Innocence Project attorney,” said Curran.
“It’s small very dedicated, underfunded group of individuals who are seeking to exonerate inmates.”
These inmates would in many cases have exhausted the appeals process and be near the end of having any chance of proving their innocence.
Curran said that 99% of the time he spent working in Wisconsin was on a single case of a child who died from shaken baby syndrome.
His case involved a man who was convicted in 2006 for the reckless homicide of his 11-week-old son and had been sentenced to 40 years in prison without parole.
“A huge amount of cases are being taken by Innocence Projects right across the United States challenging shaken baby syndrome cases,” said Curran.
As the last five to 10 years in particular show the science behind shaken baby syndrome… just isn’t as solid as was previously thought.
Up to five Irish barristers will travel to the US this year to help exonerate wrongfully-convicted individuals with support from The Bar of Ireland.
Paddy Armstrong of the Guildford Four, who was falsely convicted of carrying out bombings in 1975, spoke at the launch of The Bar of Ireland’s 2018 Innocence Scholarships in the Law Library.
Since 2010, The Bar of Ireland has sponsored junior members to travel to the US to work on Innocence Project cases.
Mr Armstrong, who spent 15 years in prison after being convicted of helping carry out the Guildford and Woolwich bombings in 1975, commended The Bar for for supporting access to justice.
He said: “It’s a sad state of affairs that in 2018 people the world over are still being robbed of their human rights and spending years in prison for crimes they did not commit.
“People working in the legal profession gain very valuable insights by both witnessing this injustice and in working to counter it first-hand. I commend The Bar of Ireland for supporting these scholarships on an annual basis, and in particular I thank the barristers who travel each year. I am very confident your efforts and commitment mean the world to the people at the centre of the innocent projects cases you represent.”
Also speaking at the launch were two barristers who were awarded Innocence Scholarships in 2017: Maria Watson BL, who travelled to Wisconsin, and Patrick Crowe BL, who travelled to Florida.
Paul McGarry SC, chairman of the Council of The Bar of Ireland, said: “Every year we are reminded of the importance of our Innocence Scholarships when participants return home and share their experiences with us. The experience they gain both professionally and personally working on cases of such importance is invaluable.
“As barristers, advocating for access to justice on behalf of our clients is central to our day to day work. Doing so on behalf of wrongfully convicted and imprisoned individuals heightens that mission even further.”
This is a very nice young man, age about 30, who has filed a federal court lawsuit regarding a false corrupt guardianship case. Since he is a targeted individual (by police and authorities), it is best his location and information should be kept confidential.
Call or email me if you some room for this nice young man. He has suffered quite a bit. he is Christian.
Posted: 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 05, 2018
A confidential investigation into controversial professional guardian Elizabeth “Betsy” Savitt contains “allegations or suggestions of wrongdoing by sitting judges,” an administrative judge revealed on Wednesday.
The revelation surfaced during a first-of-its-kind hearing into whether Savitt should face sanctions for conflict of interest with judges involved in her guardianships, including her husband, former Circuit Judge Martin Colin.
The action against Savitt by the state Office of Public and Professional Guardians is based on the report by the Inspector General of the Clerk of Court in Palm Beach County. The new guardianship office is asking for sanctions against Savitt. Those sanctions could effectively bar her from practicing in this county and may include repayment of up to $190,000 in guardianship fees.
Savitt, as a professional guardian, was a so-called “member of the judicial community,” dining with judges and even going on vacation with one. The former chief judge felt it necessary to move all her cases out of the South County Courthouse, concerned with the appearance of coziness between Savitt and judges there.
Savitt’s attorney, Ellen Morris, tried in vain to exclude the investigative report, with its judicial allegations of wrongdoing, from Wednesday’s proceeding. Morris in a pleading said the report contains “statements and conclusions that are highly objectionable throughout.”
But Administrative Law Judge Mary Li Creasy said she found nothing in the report that makes it confidential under state law — no Social Security numbers or medical information of incapacitated seniors or disabled adults. Palm Beach County Clerk Sharon Bock has refused to turn over the report despite a public records request filed by The Palm Beach Post on June 20.
Creasy said Morris’ concerns about the allegations against judges was also not a basis to bar the report as evidence against Savitt.
2012 investigation of Savitt
Anthony Palmieri, the clerk’s deputy inspector general, testified at the hearing that in May 2012 the clerk’s office alerted then-Chief Judge Peter Blanc about a conflict of interest involving Savitt and Colin. He didn’t know what Blanc did with the report but Blanc told The Post last week that he cautioned Colin to be careful not to preside over his wife’s cases.
Savitt testified she didn’t know until recently that her husband signed orders in her cases. She said if she had known, she would have alerted her attorney to “a mistake.”
However, she also repeatedly said she had no conflict of interest despite the fact that her husband sat as a guardianship judge who at times ruled on her cases and granted fees in other cases to attorneys who worked for her. Morris argued state guardianship statutes don’t specifically say that a guardian married to a guardianship judge has a conflict of interest.
“I don’t have a conflict of interest arising from my marriage,” Savitt said. “I didn’t appear in front of Judge Colin. He wasn’t presiding over any of my cases. He wasn’t the judge on any of my cases.”
The Post reported Sunday that Colin’s was an invisible hand in Savitt’s guardianship cases. He asked Delray Beach elder law attorney Sheri Hazeltine in the fall of 2009 to represent his wife as the tennis instructor aimed to enter the lucrative field. A professional guardian is appointed to oversee the affairs of seniors who are found incapacitated by the court. They can handle all financial, health care and residency decisions for the ward.
At least twice, Colin appointed Hazeltine, who took action that led to Savitt becoming a guardian.
Savitt, in testimony, denied Hazeltine’s account that Judge Colin pegged her to represent Savitt. Hazeltine at the time had numerous cases in front of Colin and told The Post that being a sole practitioner with a disabled child that “there was a natural measure of fear involved” in being asked to do something for her home-court judge.
Hazeltine said she quit as Savitt’s attorney when she learned that the guardian was taking fees prior to judicial approval.
Savitt also testified that there had never been any complaints from family members of her ward about a conflict of interest.
‘Never said a word’
However, James Vassallo said Savitt never disclosed that she was married to a guardianship judge and if he had known, he would have never allowed her to be guardian to his father, Albert Vassallo Sr.
“Never ever did she say a word to me about that,” Vassallo said. “I would never have hired her. I found out later. She told me that it didn’t matter what I said, she was married to a judge and that she could do whatever she wanted.”
Vassallo said Wednesday that he spent $20,000 fighting Savitt over his father’s trust and to keep her from funneling money to his sister, who had previously taken money from his dad and was the reason he sought the guardianship in the first place.
“And I’m still getting bills that my father owes, like from the hospital and stuff, that she never paid.”
Thomas Mayes, son of Savitt ward Helen O’Grady, said in The Post’s 2016 investigation, Guardianships: A Broken Trust that Savitt never disclosed her conflict with her husband.
The Mayes family learned that Savitt was married to a judge when Circuit Judge Rosemarie Scher, then presiding over their case, said she’d been out to dinner with the couple and described the judge’s wife as “part of the judicial community.”
“Savitt never told us beforehand, which I thought she should have,” said Mayes. “The lawyers never told us.”
Savitt testified she disclosed her marriage by identifying her husband as “Martin Colin” on her guardianship applications. However, Savitt didn’t identify him as a sitting judge, saying that the court or the clerk of court would automatically just know.
Palmieri testified that just putting Colin’s name under spouse in the guardianship applications did not go far enough.
One easily refutable statement by Savitt, under oath, at Wednesday’s hearing was that no other judge but Colin recused himself from her cases. In fact, Circuit Judge John Phillips recused himself routinely. Also, after The Post’s investigation, then-Chief Judge Jeffrey Colbath required south county judges to recuse themselves from Savitt’s cases. He also removed all of Savitt’s cases from the South County Courthouse out of concern of conflict of interest.
A large swath of time at Wednesday’s hearing was spent delving into when Savitt took money from the life savings of her wards prior to a judge’s approval.
Savitt admitted she wrote checks out of the wards’ accounts prior to judicial approval and deposited them into a personal checking account but insisted she was serving the wards’ best interest.
Palmieri testified that of the 2,000 guardianship cases he has investigated, only Savitt has taken retainers. The Post found Savitt took $20,000 in retainers in at least seven guardianship cases.
Savitt testified she took retainers at the advice of her counsel at the time.
Palm Beach County’s judicial circuit prohibited the practice after The Post reported on Savitt and Colin.
Morris argued at the hearing that Savitt eventually disclosed the retainers to the judges presiding over her cases and that they were all approved.
Vacationed with judge
Savitt also addressed her relationship with Circuit Judge David French, who oversaw the majority of her cases. Michael McKeon, senior attorney for the Department of Elder Affairs, asked Savitt whether she was “friendly” with French.
“I’m friendly to all the judges,” Savitt said.
Savitt said French is a friend and that she vacationed with him in the Bahamas in 2006 or 2008 before he was a guardianship judge. She couldn’t remember the last time she visited his home.
When asked whether she believes she has a conflict when it comes to French, Savitt said no. “Judge French takes an oath. He would recuse himself,” she said.
Despite an order from the chief judge to recuse himself from Savitt cases, French appointed the guardian to a pro bono case in January 2017 — her last guardianship appointment. The appointment allows Savitt to remain on the wheel for random appointments under new rules.
The latest case, involving senior Mavis Samms, includes accusations from the family that Savitt allowed the senior’s home to go into foreclosure.
“Savitt has made a mess of my mom’s finances,” according to an emergency motion filed by Samms’ daughter, Paula, in May 2017.
McKeon asking Savitt to be declared “unfit to serve as a guardian” due to the conflict of interest and acting in bad faith toward her wards.
Morris, representing Savitt, said the guardianship office brought the complaint in bad faith and that she would be seeking attorney fees.
The hearing will continue today. Judge Colin and Hazeltine are listed as witnesses.
What The Post Found
The savings of incapacitated seniors flowed into the household of Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Martin Colin courtesy of Colin’s wife — professional guardian Elizabeth “Betsy” Savitt. Fees in most of her cases were approved by another judge who is a friend of her husband’s. See the stories from the beginning at myPalmBeachPost.com/guardianships-colin-savitt/
Polypharmacy occurs when a patient takes too many medications for their own good. It is most common among seniors and individuals with multiple medical issues. Because older people metabolize drugs differently, the combined effects of numerous medications can be especially harmful.
Being on too many medications can lead to potentially dangerous drug interactions and exposure to many side effects at once. Keep in mind that this applies not to just prescriptions, but also to over-the-counter (OTC) medications and dietary supplements, which patients often use as needed without informing their doctors.
Treating only one chronic medical condition may require several prescriptions, but for seniors who often have several ailments, their medication regimens can be very complex. It can get to the point where the patient doesn’t know all the drugs they are taking, why they’re needed, or how to take them properly. What’s worse is that even their physicians may not be aware of all the medications they’re taking.
The average older adult takes four or more prescription drugs each day. While each one was created to treat or correct a specific medical problem, each comes with its own risks and side effects. The more medications a person takes, the higher the chances are for experiencing adverse reactions, negative side effects and even life-threatening conditions.
“Polypharmacy is a huge problem in our society,” says Stephen Sinatra, MD, internationally renowned cardiologist and author of, The Great Cholesterol Myth. According to Sinatra, elderly patients are often put on five or more medications at once and it’s no surprise that they develop serious side effects. This is especially true for people who have been diagnosed with heart disease or recently suffered a heart attack or stroke. “Unfortunately, many doctors attribute these side effects to just getting older,” Dr. Sinatra notes, but age isn’t always the culprit.
If a loved one takes multiple prescriptions, OTC medications and/or supplements each day, it’s important to keep an eye out for the following red flags:
The first and most important step is to inform every physician involved in your loved one’s treatment of every medication and supplement your loved one takes. The easiest way to do this is to collect every pill bottle/container and make a detailed account of their medication regimen. The list should include each drug’s name, strength (in milligrams or international units), recommended dosage and instructions (such as frequency and timing), and any cautions stated on the bottle or package.
Retain a copy for your own records and provide each of your loved one’s physicians with a copy. Each time a drug is added, removed or changed, be sure to update the document. This tool allows all doctors to get a complete and accurate picture of your loved one’s health and medications before making any treatment decisions. Having a copy on hand in the event of an emergency can be extremely useful as well.
Whenever a new drug is prescribed, it is crucial to read the printed medication guide that comes in the package. This insert will provide information about the medicine, how to take it, possible interactions with certain medical conditions, other drugs, and foods, and tips for avoiding adverse effects while taking it.
As another line of defense against medication related problems, make your loved one’s pharmacist a larger part of their care team. Some people like to shop around for the best prices on their prescription medications, which often means filling them at several different pharmacies. Unfortunately, this prevents pharmacists from gathering information about all the medications a patient is taking and detecting possible side effects and interactions. It’s best to use one pharmacy for all prescriptions to minimize the chances that potential risks are overlooked.
Depending on how frequently a senior’s regimen changes, it’s wise to attend a “brown bag” checkup with your loved one’s physician or pharmacist at least once a year. Traditionally, this involves bringing all a senior’s medications in a brown bag (or you can use a current copy of your loved one’s medication list) to discuss improvements that might be made to their regimen. Of course, a doctor will have more insight into and control over these changes, whereas a pharmacist can only make minor alterations to a prescription after receiving approval from the prescribing physician.
Vik Rajan, MD, president and founder of Houston Patient Advocacy in Texas, recommends asking these questions during a medication check-up with a doctor:
It may be wise to schedule a doctor’s appointment specifically dedicated to answering these questions to ensure you have time to address all your concerns. It’s difficult to squeeze everything into a generic 15-minute appointment.
A pharmacist can run a database analysis of each drug your loved one is taking and the overall combination. This service identifies possible side effects and drug conflicts, often at no additional cost. While consumers can usually walk in and consult with a pharmacist, making an appointment with the pharmacy for a full medication review will help ensure you won’t be kept waiting.
Polypharmacy may be the biggest threat to seniors’ health, quality of life and longevity. As a caregiver, you can work with your loved one’s care team and spearhead efforts to prevent medication issues. Following all the suggestions above can help you get started.