On Sunday, for some reason, both Ken and myself were in the office and what did we each receive? A notice from the SCOI (Supreme Ct of Illinois) that they had dismissed our petition for a supvervisory order.
Well, being the eternal optimist, I hope that SCOI might promulgate a new rule that attys 1) are allowed to blog; and 2) blogging regarding content based (non commercial) speech will be afforded the greatest and widest protection; and 3) commercial speech where lawyers claim only victories and no losses will require only one disclaimer on the front page “results not typical, consult a lawyer for greater details on your particular case.”
I talked to KDD, and he says we should just wait and see. But I already have my Summary Judgment Motion file for when the ARDC allows dispositive motions (for some reason the ARDC rules are backwards. In the rest of the nation’s courts, dispositive motions only have a deadline so they don’t interfere with the work load required for trial prep, and further they are welcome even at an early stage of the proceeding. The rule was recently changed coincidentially when KDD started filing a number of dispostive motions in his case. I’m just noticing. I’m just saying.)
While my case was dismissed at SCOI, I hope they will take a long, hard look at blogs, esp. those that want to stop and root out corruption in the courts at all levels–and give us some well needed protection.
I still can’t get a copy of KDD’s transcript from his 2 day hearing were allegedly his hearing panel found him guilty of “misconduct” (but nothing official yet), and all for just writing one letter to Mary’s doctor Patel and on the reasonable belief 1) that the court lacked jurisdiction because Mary and the sisters were never properly served and 2) the younger daughter held a valid POA of atty granting her the right to allow KDD to ask for this information. The rest of the accusations against KDD were for merely calling for an investigation–clearly protected by the US and Illinois constitutions.
Let’s hope that the SCOI will DO THE RIGHT THING and issue some good rules protecting attorneys — an especially those that protect attorneys that speak out against corruption in the Illinois court system and
From: kenneth ditkowsky
Sent: Apr 2, 2013 9:41 AM
To: GLORIA Jean SYKES , richard busse indiana attorney , JoAnne Denison , probate sharks , NASGA , “firstname.lastname@example.org” , matt senator kirk , Janet Phelan , AARP , states attorney , Cook Sheriff , “email@example.com” , Michigan Advocacy Project
Cc: H Heckert , j ditkowsky , Ron Keller , Joseph Hosey , GLORIA SYKES , scott evans
Subject: Re: TRO — Sykes
Unless I missing something very basic we have a scenario that has been approved that is very un-american – i.e. the Courts have abdicated to a small group of individuals their jurisdiction. These people are allowed to seize the property and the liberty of any senior citizen they desire. If any friend, relative, or other person intervenes that person is also stripped of his/her rights as an American citizen. All statutory and constitutional protections are forfeit! If that person happens to be a lawyer – disbarment or other disciplinary proceedings are commenced.
It is apparent that if Nasga, probate sharks and all the other groups seeking to protect elderly and disabled persons from being explited and/or abused by “judicial officials” and their cronies do not get together and seek an immediate remedy everyone will be ‘fair game.’
The Illinois Legislature has decreed that it is jurisdictional to require notice to be given to new (close) relatives before an individual can be guardianized. The Courts of last resort in the State of Illinois have ruled that it is indeed jurisdictional however, Mary Sykes for 3 1/2 years has been denied her property, her liberty and her civil rights. Gloria Sykes cannot even obtain the protections of the Bankruptcy Court, and when she is beaten up by the guardian’s husband and files a criminal complaint she is told to bring the matter to the probate court!
Ok – my friends – this is the Warsaw ghetto all over again! It is also Birmingham and Bull Connor! The distinction is that they pick us off one at time rather than in group, but it is just as insidious.
The fact that the victims are chosen not because of their religion or the race is not an exculpation. The fact that we are not inclined to take up arms is not an exculpation. The fact that we appeal to chorus and are all talk and no action is an exculpation and empowers those who would and are separating us from our basic American Rights.
I purpose that the leaders of NASGA, Probate Sharks, et al set a time and place for a meeting which we can be Syked (or whatever) and we can prepare action. Our opinions are:1) The ballot box is a weapon against the miscreants and those who support them. 2) The Courts are an escape value which have been reluctant to protect ‘senior citizens’ and their friends who are being victimized, but, they have to be addressed. 3) force of numbers. Every one is a potential victim. Senator Kirk – who suffered a stroke and is now recovering will face opposition in the next election – he is vulnerable to the miscreants. If we can get him to examine the Sykes case if he is 1/2 the man I believe him to be he will have empathy and recognize – like each of us does – there but for the grace of God there go I.
(Of course if I was the guardian and I did not inventory a million dollars in assets you can bet your bottom dollar that the IRS would have filed a jeopardy assessment against me. If I was responsible for an old lady’s teeth being removed and her estate being reduced by a 1.5 million dollars I would see so much of the States attorney investigators that my neighbors would be gossiping that I was having an affair with her etc. however – with the Clout no one is interested!)
Right now the exploiters and abusers recognize that they have the ‘clout’ and we are all talk. It is time that we are a group fight back.
The first step is to meet, the second step is to organize, the third step is to articulate the issues, the fourth step is to determine which issues are most important, the fifth step is to reach an agreement as to how to address the issues, the sixth step is determine the costs of addressing the issues and raising the funds, and the seventh step is to actually do what we say we are going to do.