Good news on Tim Lahrman–disability rights activist

>> Tim is in great spirits!  The email I received indicated that he was in court at 6am with the public defender, whom had not previously even met him and knew nothing about his disabilities or the case. so she was admonished or instructed to go meet with her client and prepare for the next hearing April 11. She is apparently going on vacation tomorrow?  Tim said sucks to be her and the joke was on her when  the judge suggested she best meet with Tim BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE LETTERS THEY HAVE RECEIVED AND PHONE CALLLS OF INDIVIDUALS WANTING TO KNOW ABOUT HIS WELLBEING.
>> from Tim “jackassery at its finest”  We move forward.
>> Candice L. Schwager
>> T: 832.315.8489
>> F: 832.514.4738

Protecting the Disabled–a Cry for help and Tim Lahrman

As many of you are aware by now, Tim Lahrman, a champion for the disabled who has written scores of pleadings for people victimized by corrupt courts and with no place to turn because they take all the victim’s money, has been picked up by the Indiana police for 17 year old warrants and a DSL or driving on a suspended license.

We have heard that 17 years ago, he was arrested for an MJ charge he never showed up for, well, it’s been 17 years and the limitations period is over.  Even if that is not true, the reality is, most states have medical MJ so if Tim is using that to self medicate depression, again, who cares.  It is well known right now that MJ is an excellent treatment for pain, seizures, depression, anorexia, cancer and a whole host of medical conditions and that is why most likely it was banned.

Tim needs our support right now.  I’m not sure how the State of Indiana can pick up someone who is a ward of the state and then not contact the guardian and not have the guardian present during an arraignment and all hearings. That is what a guardian is for because Tim is  legally a non entity.  The State of Indiana has not done that.  Pretty much, his guardian hasn’t shown up for anything and he lingers in jail because the State doesn’t know what to do with a ward of the state.

And if you don’t think that screwing up people’s human and civil rights never happens in the US, take a look at this case:

and my favorite, an Oregon man held for 900 days without commiting any crime whatsoever:

Please write, call and hound the authorities to release him on his old warrant and get the guardian to do his job and get Tim out of there.

Tim recently filed briefs at the 7th circuit to demand ADA compliance for persons facing foreclosure and give them more time and more assistance with their cases.  He is a known activist, and like Bettie Jones, the activist from Chicago, shot in the neck “accidentally” by the police, we want to keep him safe.

Everyone pretty much knows that being an activist in this field is dangerous.  There are a lot of people who don’t want to shut off the money stream and/or go to prison.  Many of you have voiced your concern for Tim being picked up on a bogus, outdated warrant was due to the fact that to provide assistance to the elderly and disabled during foreclosures would cost the banks dearly and they don’t want that.

Tim wrote a  great brief so let’s make sure he stays safe.  Phone numbers and more information is below:

Dear Mr. Maley,
The saga of Tim Lehrman is well known in your county as one of the dark moments.   It started with a business take=over.   Rather than use the conventional method of dissolving a partnership, Mr. Lahrman’s partner used a version of the Chicago method.   Using clout and a little grease Tim was declared incompetent.  A guardian was appointed and the business was sold.  When the economic incentive disappeared the guardian abandoned his ward without a properly noticed finally accounting and an order terminating the guardianship and restoring Tim to being a “person.”     
Thus, Tim became the youngest person to be ‘elder cleansed.’   Stripped of his substantial estate, Tim fought to protect the elderly and the disabled from similar outrages such as he was and is enduring.
About a week ago, friends who Tim had assisted in resisting the American Holocaust and the great American cover=up once again was victimized.   He was picked up by the local police department on what appears to be illegal warrants relating to offenses that occurred 17 years ago.   As Tim at all times relevant has been a resident of the county, it is obvious to us that 18 USCA 241, 242, 371 were violated (see also 42 USCA 1983).   The details of Tim’s incarceration are still being investigated but we do know that Tim was seized, placed in jail, denied competent counsel, denied bail, and denied the reasonable accommodations required under the Americans With Disabilities Act.   (The fact that Tim is competent means nothing as the Indiana Court has corruptly declared him to be incompetent)
We have appealed to the local authorities to do what is right and to re-mediate what appears to be a serious assault on Tim’s Constitutional Rights.
For you information, I’ve copied a portion of the blog MaryGSykes, to wit:

Why is Tim Lahrman a “disabled adult” in Indiana–read his press release!

Posted on  January 22, 2015
Tim Lahrman is one of the most intelligent, thinking and philosophical persons I know.  His cognitive skills are excellent and have been through the many years that I and others have known him.  But, back when he was young, he built up a very successful and profitable electrnoics business.  He ran it successfully.  Bad news for him, he had an evil greedy brother with an evil greedy attorney and a rubber stamping court. So despite his prowess and business accumen, that meant nothing to a probate judge and next thing he knows, at approx. age 21, he is stamped a “disabled adult”, primarily due to the fact that the court was told he uses cannibis setiva for recreational purposes.  Now coming to the age when medical marijuana is starting to become a right and a recognized and effective treatment and cure for problems from depression and anxiety to cancer, and it it generally perceived as quite safe in use, the faud on the court of Tim Larhman being adjuicated disabled is fairly absurd and bespeaks very little about the Indiana probate system as being a massive, decades long fraud on the court.  Since his brother stripped every dime out of that business, together with court connected attorneys, and drove the business into the ground quickly,   Tim has dedicated his life to writing briefs, complaints, grievances and other advocacy items for probate victims and their terrorized families.
Recently, he has filed an Americans With Disabilities complaint in Federal Court in Indiana, an excellent pleading that even many highly skilled attorneys would be jealous of.  I will try to publish the complaint so that it helps other court victims in similar situations.
Here is his intelligent, well written Press Relase concerning his case.  Whatever the
State of Indiana thinks about him is “disabled” is light years from reality.  It bespeaks the ramapant corruption of probate laws when used in probate court where black can be white and all the judges and court connected attorneys will pat themselves on the back making such a superior agreement between themselves.
Tim L. and I am here to say the corruption of probate law usage has no clothes.
January 21, 2015
Not many people want to be named in a lawsuit but such is not the case for Elkhart County resident Tim Lahrman — he has sued to be included. That’s right, he has sued because he wants to be sued and in an odd twist of justice Lahrman, who is disabled, has sued the Elkhart County Superior Court No. 2 (Stephen R. Bowers, Judge) for excluding him from participating in an ongoing lawsuit involving Lahrman’s Elkhart home and residence of twenty-two-plus (22+) years.
Title II of the Americans’ With Disabilities Act 1990* (“ADA”) prohibits state and local governments from discriminating against the disabled and excluding the disabled from an equal opportunity to access, participate in, benefit from and effectively communicate with, any of the “services, programs and activities” of a public entity – the state and local courts included. In a 2011 Title II ADA case involving the City of LaPorte, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. agreed with those disabled plaintiffs, who were suing over access to city sidewalks, and found that “everything government does is a program, service and activity of a public entity.” The ADA is not so completely one-sided however and there are exceptions and affirmative defenses recognized by the ADA which in fact limit a public entity’s liability under the ADA but, by and large, the U.S. Supreme Court has said, “[I]n sum, Title II requires … special accommodations for disabled persons in virtually every interaction they have with the State.”
Filed on January 20, 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division, Lahrman’s lawsuit did not stop with just Judge Bowers and the Elkhart Superior Court No. 2, Lahrman likewise sued the Elkhart County Circuit Court and Judge Terry Shewmaker who Lahrman says in his lawsuit – excluded Lahrman, because of his disability, from equal access to participate in equally, benefit equally from and effectively communicate equally effectively with, the services programs and activities of the public entity Elkhart County Circuit Court. The lawsuit also names defendant the Chief Judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals, the State of Indiana, the Office of Indiana Attorney General and the Indiana Supreme Court Division of State Court Administration which, according to Lahrman’s lawsuit, “serves the public in a consumer protection capacity by administratively regulating Indiana attorneys and judges so as to ensure for the Indiana public an educationally qualified and professionally competent judiciary” – a responsibility that according to Lahrman the state of Indiana as a public entity is failing miserably where disability discrimination and ADA compliance are involved.
In the ninety-plus (90+) page federal lawsuit filed by Lahrman who has no attorney and is appearing pro se in representation of himself, in addition to the Title II disability discrimination claims against state and local public entities Lahrman also sued the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”), Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC and Green Tree Servicing LLC (as successors of GMAC Mortgage LLC) for; violations of the Fair Housing Act; violations of both
federal and state consumer protection laws; and, as relating to Fannie Mae, for violations of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act 2008 (“HERA”).
The case of Timothy J. Lahrman v. Elkhart County Superior Court No. 2, Stephen R. Bowers, Judge, et al. [Case No. 3:15-cv-026] will be one worth watching for it may well have far reaching implications for both the community of disabled individuals and American homeowners all across the nation. Residing quietly in the Michiana community since 1989 Lahrman has dedicated his retired life to the study and research of both the history and law of guardianship/conservatorship. Lahrman is among the nation’s leading advocates working for reform and accountability in the law and practice of guardianship/conservatorship which according to Lahrman is an experience he would not wish on his own worst enemy. According to Lahrman more than a million American adults are under guardianship/conservatorship is every state in the country and in ever y state in the country families are crying foul – just as are the shareholders in Fannie Mae crying foul — about the conservatorships/guardianships that are so negatively impacting the lives of millions of Americans.
Pursuant to 18 USCA 4 I have forwarded the information concerning the Tim Lahrman affair to the Justice Department and the Federal Law Enforcement authorities (FBI).

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: ginny johnson <>
To: Candice Schwager <>; kenneth ditkowsky <>; RosANNa Miller <>; Bev Cooper <>; Cynthia Stephens <>; “” <>
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2016 1:00 PM
Subject: Fwd: Public Records
Would Someone answer Mark Maley Please-
 Read below the email I just received FYI
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Mark Maley <>
Date: Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 1:55 PM
Subject: RE: Public Records
To: ginny johnson <>

I would be nice if someone told us what this is about….
Mark Maley
Elkhart Truth
From: ginny johnson []
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2016 1:36 PM
To: Pete VanBaalen <>; Melodie Halvorsen <>; Mark Maley <>; Dan Spalding <>
Cc: mhdecoursey . <>; kenneth ditkowsky <>; Candice Schwager <>; JoAnne M Denison <>; Robert Grundstein <>; HAR Justice <>; Gene <>;; Bill Scheidler <>; Jeffrey Norkin <>; Katherine Hine <>; Paul Ogden <>; Angela <>; Attorney Dr Richard Fine <>; Glen Fallin <>; janhaagensen <>; Bridge to Justice <>; Glenda Martinez <>; Bev Cooper <>;; SnoCo Reporter <>;; Mr. Lanre Amu — Honest Atty Unfairly Persecuted By ARDC <>; laurie wagner <>; Dr. Richard Cordero,Esq. <>; tokrichevsky1@yahoo com <>; Mario Jimenez <>; Carol DeCoursey <>; Zamboni John <>;; lifeisgood357@comcast net <>; Dr. Richard Cordero. Esq. <>; Anne Block <>; Barbara Stone <>;; Cole Stuart <>; neil price <>; Leon Koziol <>; Tatiana Neroni <>;; Zena Crenshaw-Logal <>; Lauren Paulson <>; Paul Simmerly <>; legal abuse syndrome <>; Eliot Bernstein <>; Andy Ostrowski <>; Janet Phelan <>; Cynthia Stephens <>; Dr. Sam Sugar <>
Subject: Public Records
From Roanna –
Subject: RE: Did you see this? Re: Tim L. media contacts from your list Rosanna. Here is what I found. All here!
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:43:56 -0400
OK FOLKS make those phones light up, see below… Call everyday ask why we were refused public records. This is the way it is done. Thanks Cynthia for the leg work!!!! If we did this for Dad he would be alive today. I guarantee it.
Remember the battle of Athens???? Or the Hangman????
BTW so far I PICK Tim, Linda, Candice, Cynthia, Pete, Keith, Kev, Ginny (and other et.als) to be on MY team. 
The other team can have Gloria….lol…..
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Sidney Powell’s Book Licensed to Lie–problems in FBI

Sidney Powell Discusses New Book “Licensed to Lie” on Chad Hasty Show

Former assistant attorney Sidney Powell, appeared on the Chad Hasty Show to discuss her new book Licensed to Lie that exposed corruption in the US Department of Justice through true stories and personal accounts.

Before becoming an author, Sidney Powell was a federal prosecutor for more than ten years in the U.S. justice system for three different districts and nine district attorneys covering both republican and democrat parties.

In the book, which she describes as a legal thriller, Powell discusses the corruption she personally witnessed while involved in the U.S. justice system and what she calls “cruel, illegal, and unethical” practices being used by prosecutors in the  Justice Department.

“It’s a book a prayed I’d never have to write- I did have to write it, because despite ten years of litigation, basically. . . we could not get the system to work like it should have. And injustice is something I have no tolerance for.”

With the new book, Powell hopes to bring national attention to the wide-spread corruption of the U.S. Justice Department. In the interview, Powell discussed the various cases that she covers in her book that demonstrate wide spread corruption in high profile court cases. She also explained how the book covers the extreme and devastating personal tolls that federal criminal prosecution can have on individuals and families involved.

She accounts her attempts to meet with various Department of Justice officials such as Attorney General Eric Holder, to try and bring those responsible for corruption to justice, but Holder is said to have ultimately ignored her, despite previous promises that Holder was going to clean up the department. When recalling interactions with Holder on a specific case, Powell said,

“I went to DC for a meeting with his[Holder] subordinates. . . he refused to meet with us, of course. . . They treated us with such hostility in the meeting that it was clear nothing was going to be done about it.”


Powell also discusses an important legislative bill brought to the U.S. Congress back in 2012, called the Fairness and Disclosure of Evidence Act.  She says that despite wide-spread support of the bill by many organizations, it’s been pending in Congress for years only because the Justice Department openly opposes it. She also said the current politicization of the U.S. Justice Department is the worst she’s seen, and that it may be the most corrupt in American history.

“I just think the truth has to be told. The only way to make this country better is to face the truth, identify what our mistakes are and correct them. . . You’ve got to own up to whatever is wrong and fix it.”

Sidney Powell will have a book signing event at the Barnes and Noble in the South Plains Mall in Lubbock today, May 28th from 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. At the event, Powell will sign copies of her book that are purchased and answer questions.

For more information on Sidney Powell and her new book, visit her website.

Listen to the full interview:

(Click on the link to be taken to the interview and see what’s really up with the DOJ and why it seems that they’re not listening to the uproad on this blog, NASGA, Catherine Falk, Probate Sharks, etc.
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Special Sale–John Howard Wyman’s Bood Against her Will — $15 Paypal/Quickpay

A cautionary tale of elder abuse and the system that perpetuates it. Two years ago John Wyman’s mother Carol walked out of a nursing home in Rockford, Illinois. She had been placed there for the convenience of others, not for her own well-being and had suffered mentally, physically and emotionally. When she ended up at John’s home outside of Aspen, Colorado his journey began. Hairdresser by trade, rebel at heart, John took on the challenges of dealing with nursing homes, courts and family members to provide the best possible situation for his mother. What he experienced woke him up to the inequities and injustices lurking in the systems which have been established to help our older population. He decided to share his story to make us all aware of the catastrophic possibilities that lie in wait if we don’t take action to change these systems. A must read for all who may become old.

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The book is an excellent read and below is my review:

on August 18, 2012
I just got done reading Mr. Wyman’s book and I am utterly amazed at how much he was able to accomplish in the Illinois Probate System. On the 18th floor of the Daley Center in Chicago, it is equally corrupt. Far too many GAL’s and probate attorneys churn the bill, create conflict and agony in a family rather than bringing them all together and obtaining a consensus on care for grandma and grandpa.
The nursing home and elder care services are often wired in and corrupt, charging excessive fees and sometimes whatever they want to churn huge profits. The judges get campaign contributions from the attorneys and wired in nursing homes and elder care services appearing before them.
Mr. Wyman is completely correct in saying that a family home should NEVER be sold to pay for any attorney fees, elder care services required by the probate court, and I have a list of oh so much more on my blog at […] From the get go, that pot of cash creates a huge incentive for the GAL’s and the nursing homes to churn up discord which directly relates to fees for all the attorneys.
You need to protect yourself from Probate and the evil that happens there too frequently. Use advance directives and get a skilled attorney. Watch out for the relative that petitions first but is greedy and estranged from the family.
There should be more, so much more, put in place to protect the elderly from the nursing home business and ensure they can stay in their homes without fear of a sale until both husband and wife pass and all other dependents such as grandchildren and disabled persons they were caring for.
Today, you walk into Probate court and you see a whole lot of evil. Judges summarily ordering out dependent relatives in wheel chairs (totally illegal), judges appointing family members as guardian who were actually estranged from the senior! Judges that never ask prior to an appointment, “did you serve notice of the Motion to Appoint a Guardian on all close relatives-adult siblings and children-14 days prior to this hearing.” How about, do you even know who all the adult siblings and children are? You can’t appoint a guardian without proper service and notice, but it happens.
All kinds of evil and greed goes on and the wolves are guarding this chicken house.
Mr. Wyman gives a lot of good tips and tricks on how to make your life easier in Probate, so it’s an excellent read to anyone facing Probate and a disabled senior.
Highly recommended and 90% accurate–which is excellent for a layperson.
The real key reason Mr. Wyman did so well in Probate 1) his father (the guardian) was infirm himself and had no way to fight a probate proceeding because he was in a nursing home himself, otherwise an extended fight between siblings could go on for years; and 2) he researched, researched, researched anything and everything. As in all cases, if you go to court by yourself, expect to do hours and hours of research to be successful.
Good for you Mr. Wyman, you are true inspiration for change in the Probate system and in federal laws to protect grandma and grandpa.

Against Her Will by John Howard Wyman

Business as Usual: Lawyer Lies Kill and the Bar Excuses them

From the Wall Street Journal today, where thousands of faulty ignition switches failed and GM lawyers did not inform the public or authorities of this dangerous product in a dangerous condition:

Jay Gass, a Tennessee retiree, asked Michigan’s Attorney Grievance Commission to launch the probes and suggested the former employees be stripped of their state law licenses, the documents show. Mr. Gass’s 27-year-old daughter died in 2014 in a car with the faulty switch after GM failed for more than a decade to recall vehicles with the safety defect, now linked to 124 deaths.

The back-and-forth is part of the fallout from GM’s ignition-switch crisis that continues to reverberate, even after the Detroit auto maker reached settlements with the U.S. Justice Department, shareholders and thousands of consumers totaling more than $2 billion. Jurors will deliberate as soon as this week in an ignition-switch trial under way in a New York federal court, and GM faces other probes two years after recalling roughly 2.6 million older vehicles with the defective part.

GM’s safety crisis sparked debate over lawyers’ obligations to sound alarms on the defective switches, which can slip from the run position and disable safety features including air bags. Some GM lawyers reviewed and settled cases involving the switch that didn’t reach senior executives’ desks for years, according to a company-commissioned report by former U.S. attorney Anton Valukas.

Deciding to Settle

GM lawyers and other employees for years reviewed numerous fatal car-accident cases linked to a defective ignition switch and air bags that failed to deploy.

  • GM paid a $900 million penalty in September to settle a Justice Department criminal investigation and admitted to misleading regulators and consumers about the switch.

Since when do GM lawyers get to lie to government authorities about the quality of their products?  When did this change in the law occur.  Of course, lawyers can make reasonable statements zealously to aide their clients, but if you look at the Model Code of Professional Conduct, where is it written that lawyers can lie to the authorities, especially when it results in thousands of dangerous car crashes and at least 124 reported deaths?

From the Illinois Code of Professional Responsibility:






[1] A lawyer, as a member of the legal profession, is a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system and a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice.
[2] As a representative of clients, a lawyer performs various functions. As advisor, a lawyer provides a client with an informed understanding of the client’s legal rights and obligations and explains their practical implications. As advocate, a lawyer zealously asserts the client’s position under the rules of the adversary system. As negotiator, a lawyer seeks a result advantageous to the client but consistent with requirements of honest dealings with others. As an evaluator, a lawyer acts by examining a client’s legal affairs and reporting about them to the client or to others.
[3] In addition to these representational functions, a lawyer may serve as a third-party neutral, a nonrepresentational role helping the parties to resolve a dispute or other matter. Some of these Rules apply directly to lawyers who are or have served as third-party neutrals. See, e.g., Rules 1.12 and 2.4. In addition, there are Rules that apply to lawyers who are not active in the practice of law or to practicing lawyers even when they are acting in a nonprofessional capacity. For example, a lawyer who commits fraud in the conduct of a business is subject to discipline for engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation. See Rule 8.4.
[4] In all professional functions a lawyer should be competent, prompt and diligent. A lawyer should maintain communication with a client concerning the representation. A lawyer should keep in confidence information relating to representation of a client except so far as disclosure is required or permitted by the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law.
[5] A lawyer’s conduct should conform to the requirements of the law, both in professional service to clients and in the lawyer’s business and personal affairs. A lawyer should use the law’s procedures only for legitimate purposes and not to harass or intimidate others. A lawyer should demonstrate respect for the legal system and for those who serve it, including judges, other lawyers and public officials. While it is a lawyer’s duty, when necessary, to challenge the rectitude of official action, it is also a lawyer’s duty to uphold legal process.
[6] As a public citizen, a lawyer should seek improvement of the law, access to the legal system, the administration of justice and the quality of service rendered by the legal profession. As a member of a learned profession, a lawyer should cultivate knowledge of the law beyond its use for clients, employ that knowledge in reform of the law and work to strengthen legal education. In addition, a lawyer should further the public’s understanding of and confidence in the rule of law and the justice system because legal institutions in a constitutional democracy depend on popular participation and support to maintain their authority.
*** probono service to others ***
[7] Many of a lawyer’s professional responsibilities are prescribed in the Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as substantive and procedural law. However, a lawyer is also guided by personal conscience and the approbation of professional peers. A lawyer should strive to attain the highest level of skill, to improve the law and the legal profession and to exemplify the legal profession’s ideals of public service.
[8] A lawyer’s responsibilities as a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system and a public citizen are usually harmonious. Thus, when an opposing party is well represented, a lawyer can be a zealous advocate on behalf of a client and at the same time assume that justice is being done. So also, a lawyer can be sure that preserving client confidences ordinarily serves the public interest because people are more likely to seek legal advice, and thereby heed their legal obligations, when they know their communications will be private.
[9] In the nature of law practice, however, conflicting responsibilities are encountered. Virtually all difficult ethical problems arise from conflict between a lawyer’s responsibilities to clients, to the legal system and to the lawyer’s own interest in remaining an ethical person while earning a satisfactory living. The Rules of Professional Conduct often prescribe terms for resolving such conflicts. Within the framework of these Rules, however, many difficult issues of professional discretion can arise. Such issues must be resolved through the exercise of sensitive professional and moral judgment guided by the basic principles underlying the Rules. These principles include the lawyer’s obligation zealously to protect and pursue a client’s legitimate interests, within the bounds of the law, while maintaining a professional, courteous and civil attitude toward all persons involved in the legal system.
[10] The legal profession is largely self-governing. Although other professions also have been granted powers of self-government, the legal profession is unique in this respect because of the close relationship between the profession and the processes of government and law enforcement. This connection is manifested in the fact that ultimate authority over the legal profession is vested largely in the courts.
[11] To the extent that lawyers meet the obligations of their professional calling, the occasion for government regulation is obviated. Self-regulation also helps maintain the legal profession’s independence from government domination. An independent legal profession is an important force in preserving government under law, for abuse of legal authority is more readily challenged by a profession whose members are not dependent on government for the right to practice.
[12] The legal profession’s relative autonomy carries with it special responsibilities of self-government. The profession has a responsibility to assure that its regulations are conceived in the public interest and not in furtherance of parochial or self-interested concerns of the bar. Every lawyer is responsible for observance of the Rules of Professional Conduct. A lawyer should also aid in securing their observance by other lawyers. Neglect of these responsibilities compromises the independence of the profession and the public interest which it serves.
[13] Lawyers play a vital role in the preservation of society. The fulfillment of this role requires an understanding by lawyers of their relationship to our legal system. The Rules of Professional Conduct, when properly applied, serve to define that relationship.


From Ken Ditkowsky — the US is under attack from within!

To: Glenda Martinez <>, Cynthia Stephens <>, Eliot Bernstein <>,………
Subject: DOES ANYONE KNOW OF AN ATTORNEY WHO CAN HELP Glenda Martinez (Florida) or Tim Lahrman (Indiana) or Angelina Woodhull – or any of the other victims and/or family members of this elder cleansing scandal.
Date: Mar 27, 2016 3:39 PM
Help is needed NOW! 
 America is under attack!   Citizens are being deprived of their liberty, property and human rights by corrupt judges, judicial officials etc
Ms. Woodhull, Mrs. Martinez, Mr. Lahrman’s ******cases are bizarre!   It is amazing that such atrocities could occur in the United States of America.   These cases indicate an gross breakdown to the RULE OF LAW and demonstrate to the world that America in the 21st Century has little respect for the Constitution, propriety, or honor!    
I am calling on all honest public officials to join with us and drive the miscreants from the courthouse and restore America’s core values.    
It is amazing that calling attention to the felonies of elder cleansing (i.e. elder abuse/exploitation/isolation and forfeiture of human and civil rights of a senior citizen by a corrupt court acting unconstitutionally) should be equated to yelling fire in a crowded theater.  (This is exactly what Jerome Larkin administrator of the Illinois attorney disciplinary commission (IARDC) did – and was supported by the Illinois Supreme Court).     
Let me make it clear –  America is in real trouble and we all stand to lose our freedom if we as a Nation to not act now to obviate the cover=up and the felonies being perpetrated against the elderly by corrupt judges, their appointees, co-cooperating lawyers, judicial officials and public officials.    Our law provides remedies, but prohibits ‘self help!’    An emergency exists!    Anyone can be targeted by the miscreants and forfeit all the rights and benefits of citizenship!    Col Smith and his wife (Glenda Martinez) appear to be rule – not the exception.    Mary Sykes lost her life, her property, her humanity **** without due process and every criminal act was ‘covered’ by Court orders signed by dishonest judges who knew or should have known that their actions were wrong, ultra vires, without jurisdiction, and felonies – in violation of ADA    The GAO has exposed in its reports just how widespread this American holocaust has become but so far no government official or agency has come out strongly in favor of the Constitution of the United States of America being the protection of all citizens.    Even admissions by Omnicare, Seth Gillman, Dr. Rothstein **** of severe wrongdoing are surpressed by the media and corrupt government officials.
As a Happy Easter present to America did our government surrender to North Korea and/or ISIS? 
Ken Ditkowsky

Quote from Justice Sherwood 1880 Lawyers must have Free speech and First Amendment Rights

“No class of the community ought to be allowed freer scope in the expression or publication of opinions as to the capacity, impartiality or integrity of judges than members of the bar. They have the best opportunities of observing and forming a correct judgment. They are in constant attendance on the courts. Hundreds of those who are called on to vote never enter a court-house, or if they do, it is only at intervals as jurors, witnesses or parties. To say that an attorney can only act or speak on this subject under liability to be called to account and to be deprived of his profession and livelihood by the very judge or judges whom he may consider it his duty to attack and expose, is a position too monstrous to be entertained for a moment under our present system,”
Justice Sharwood in Ex Parte Steinman and Hensel, 95 Pa 220, 238-39 (1880).

Fake lawyer helped clients for 10 years, made partner at firm, led county bar association

Fake lawyer helped clients for 10 years, made partner at firm, led county bar association

Now you and I know the only way this can happen is if this lady had some very excellent professional help in some high places to cover up her strings of felonies as a fake attorney.

Dean Loren, a wrongfully disciplined lawyer who runs a close cable TV program and blogs about corruption in NY, has alerted me to the fact that the NY atty general was issuing fake law licenses to clouted individuals to go to court against honest litigants and do dirty work when they could not find attorneys that were willing to engage in unethical conduct, lies and smear campaigns.

Fake lawyer helped clients for 10 years, made partner at firm, led county bar association

Kimberly Kitchen
Kimberly Kitchen, 46, of James Creek, center, leaves the Huntingdon County Courthouse, in Huntingdon, Pa., with her husband, Edward, and her lawyer, Caroline Roberto, after being found guilty of posing as an attorney for nearly a decade. (Shelly Dietz/The Daily News via AP)

The Associated Press By The Associated Press
on March 25, 2016 at 1:15 PM, updated March 25, 2016 at 3:22 PM



HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — A former president of a county bar association has been convicted of using forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade even though she didn’t have a law license.
Kimberly Kitchen was convicted Thursday on charges of forgery, unauthorized practice of law and felony records tampering in Huntingdon County.
Kitchen fooled BMZ Law, a Huntingdon firm, by forging a law license, bar exam results, an email showing she attended Duquesne University law school and a check for a state attorney registration fee, prosecutors said.
The James Creek resident handled estate planning for more than 30 clients despite never attending law school, and she even served as president of the county bar association for a time. She made partner at BMZ before the fraud was discovered.
The judge on the case was brought in from another county, and the state attorney general, not county prosecutors, handled the case because Kitchen had been a fixture in the county courthouse for years.
BMZ officials testified at her two-day trial but haven’t commented publicly since issuing a statement in December 2014, when the Huntingdon Daily News first reported that Kitchen was being investigated. The firm’s voicemail said its offices were closed for Good Friday.

Ken Ditkowsky and Joanne Denison on Cooper’s Corners tonight!

From 7:30 to 8:30, local access cable show serving the North Shore community of Chicago.

I believe it is the nation’s longest running weekly cable access show for community interests.

Bev Cooper is a wonderful, kind and caring host that wants to spread Truth and Justice in “crook” county, if that is at all possible.

If you do not have cable access and live in the North Shore, the program will be on Youtube some days later.

You may be interested in the past shows that Ken and I have done.  I know they’re still being watched because my blog fans still call, email and discuss these shows they just saw recently and they are amazed that there are some human being attorneys out there that care and do great work for truth and justice.


2-15-11 Ken Ditkowsky and Operation Greylord


2-17-15  Ken Ditkowsky on Greylord and Elder Cleansing

1-7-15 Ken Ditkowsky and Elder Cleansing of decorated Veteran

3-10-14  Wrongful Discipline of atty Ken Ditkowsky for speaking out against corruption in Illinois Probate courts

6/19/13 Ken Ditkowsky and JoAnne Denison Wrongfully Disciplined for speaking out against Corruption in the Courts and Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

12/17/14 Joanne Denison on the wrongful Discipline of 3 attorneys – Lanre Amu, Ken Ditkowsky and herself for speaking out against court corruption in “crook” county Illinois

6-11-14 Joanne Denison wrongfully Disciplined Lawyer is now Illinois’ Most Dangerous Blogger for asserting her First Amedment rights in a Corrupt Court System that abuses the Elderly

1/15/14 Joanne Denison — Illinois Most Dangerous Bloggers reveals truth in Illinois probate court system

2/6/13 Joanne Denison speaks the truth about elder abuses in probate — Wyman, Sykes, Tyler, Gore

12/10/14 Joanne Denison Blogs and Speaks out against Corruption in the Illinois Court System

2/25/15 Joanne Denison speaks out against corrupt Illinois Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission for violating her First Amendment Rights and those of lawyers Ken Ditkowsky and Lanre Amu who speak out against corruption in the courts and write to the authorities about string of felonies in probate

If you can’t watch the show tonight, have yourself a private corruption marathon where we as the essential questions:  1) why does the Illinois ARDC cover up dissent and corruption with a sledge hammer pounding attorneys that dare to speak out; 2) where is the FBI and the Illinois state’s attorneys Lisa Murray Madigan, Diane Saltoun and Anita Alvarez in all of this.  The beds are burning! (Nursing home beds that are, with elders forced into a nursing home by the corrupt probate courts, all assets liquidated and  provided to attorneys, court tied in vendors (psychiatrists, visiting nurses, case managers, etc.) and then the elder is narcotized to death when the money runs out!

From Ken Ditkowsky–now the cover up is obvious with the non discipline for Atty Seth Gillman

Every time an attorney is indicted with a good record, you know that there were consumer complaints and other lawyer complaints about him or her. The question is, why is the ARDC hiding it.

We all know that Jerome Larkin has massive payoffs of hundreds of thousands of dollars on his property records, why won’t he make those public.  Who is paying off all those loans.

Read on. Ken asks a whole lot more pertinent questions.

From: kenneth ditkowsky <>

To: Gene <>, JoAnne M Denison <>

Cc: Katherine Hine <>………………..

Subject: Re: Justice Served with Andy Ostrowski – disciplined lawyer series – lawyers for judicial reform

Date: Mar 23, 2016 3:51 PM

JoAnne –

What is amazing to me is the fact that the ABA, IARDC, Supreme Court of Illinois, the media, and our friends have not raised a hue and cry over the fact that you were suspended from the practice of law for disclosing criminal activities of judges in your blog.   The exact words equating the said disclosures as being akin to yelling fire in a crowded theater!

Interestingly enough Seth Gilman pleaded guilty to stealing a large sum of money from medicare, etc.   The government pegged the theft at about a billion dollars.   Employees who paid into their pension funds also suffered breaches of fiduciary relationship.   Today the IARDC site discloses:


ARDC Individual Attorney Record of Public Registration and Public Disciplinary and Disability Information as of March 23, 2016 at 1:19:50 PM:

Full Licensed Name: Seth Gillman
Full Former name(s): None
Date of Admission as Lawyer
by Illinois Supreme Court:
November 4, 1993
Registered Business Address: vivere, inc
320 West Ohio Street 3w
Chicago, IL 60654-7887
Registered Business Phone: (857) 702-5720
Illinois Registration Status: Active and authorized to practice law  – Last Registered Year: 2016
Malpractice Insurance:
(Current as of date of registration;
consult attorney for further information)
In annual registration, attorney reported that he/she does not have malpractice coverage. (Some attorneys, such as judges, government lawyers, and in-house corporate lawyers, may not carry coverage due to the nature of their practice setting.)
Public Record of Discipline
and Pending Proceedings:

Check carefully to be sure that you have selected the correct lawyer. At times, lawyers have similar names. The disciplinary results displayed above include information relating to any and all public discipline, court-ordered disability inactive status, reinstatement and restoration dispositions, and pending public proceedings. Investigations are confidential and information relating to the existence or status of any investigation is not available. For additional information regarding data on this website, please contact ARDC at (312) 565-2600 or, from within Illinois, at (800) 826-8625.

ARDC makes every effort to maintain the currency and accuracy of Lawyer Search. If you find any typographical errors in the Lawyer Search information, please email For changes to contact information, including address, telephone or employer information, we require that the attorney submit a change of address form. Please consult our Address Change Requests page for details. Name changes require the filing of a motion with the Supreme Court. Please consult ourName Change Requests page for details.

THUS IT IS CLEAR – IF YOU DISCLOSE CORRUPTION  you are an ethically challenged lawyer; however, if you participate your meet the Illinois criteria for practicing law!    Where are our friends!   Why have the civil libertarians amongst us been so silent!     The silence is deafening!   

I would like to know how such conduct as referred to supra  is reconcilable with American Democracy!    

Ken Ditkowsky

Kickbacks, bribes and Cal. medical fraud scandal

Kickbacks, Bribes, and the Horrifying Truth Behind California’s Largest Medical Fraud Scandal
Long Beach hospital owner Michael Drobot spent decades bilking the state of millions for unnecessary surgeries with allegedly bogus hardware, and plenty of doctors went along with him

March 21, 2016 Steven Mikulan Business, Crime 1 Comment

Ron Calderon sat alone in the New Deal-era federal courthouse at Spring and Temple streets in downtown Los Angeles. Moments before, this scion of a California political dynasty had strolled through the room’s big Wizard of Oz double doors, his suit jacket open to expose a generous girth, as though he were casually stepping onto the floor of the state senate, where he had once been a power broker. Nobody paid attention to him, and he had a whole row to himself. On this morning last April Calderon had nothing to do but fuss with his glasses and await the appearance of a judge. At the podium Mark Geragos, the theatrically affable celebrity lawyer, was playfully straightening the tie knot of an unsmiling Doug Miller, an aggressive assistant U.S. attorney who sported a shaved head.

They were all gathered for one of a string of hearings that might eventually lead to Calderon’s trial on bribery and conspiracy charges. A conviction could, if only theoretically, put the Montebello Democrat in prison for the rest of his life. If, as Calderon sat in court, he wondered how he got here, he might have begun with his first handshake with a Long Beach hospital owner named Michael Drobot.

Drobot, then 70, was not there that day. He had pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in 2014 in exchange for his future testimony against the man he was charged with bribing: Ron Calderon. Drobot had been accused by the Justice Department of masterminding a byzantine web of kickbacks that were paid to dozens of doctors, chiropractors, and others to steer spinal fusion patients to Drobot’s Pacific Hospital or to three other medical facilities in Southern California involved in the conspiracy. Most of the patients had back problems stemming from work-related injuries, and many were low-income Latinos who spoke and read little or no English. Their operations might have been paid for by any of several taxpayer-supported insurance systems available to Californians, including the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, the state’s workers’ compensation system, or—for low-income residents, seniors, and the disabled—Medi-Cal. The surgeries may have also been covered by various private insurance carriers. The four hospitals allegedly stuck the carriers with invoices that were stratospherically higher than the actual value of their billed services.

Calderon is not charged in connection with the medical fraud itself but with taking Drobot’s money in exchange for the senator’s help in ensuring that a highly lucrative law covering spinal surgeries remain unmolested by reform impulses in Sacramento. The broker for these bribes was Drobot’s legislative consultant and a former assemblyman, Tom Calderon—Ron’s brother.

But there is more to the story than kickbacks and creative accounting. Drobot and his associates are also being accused in a cascade of civil lawsuits of supplying surgeons with substandard, knockoff hardware that sometimes broke apart in patients’ bodies. A whistle-blower suit further claims that some of the thousands of patients who had entered Drobot’s hospital and others since 1998 went under the knife “for surgeries that were not medically necessary.”

L to R: Michael Drobot, Tom Calderon, and Ron Calderon
L to R: Michael Drobot, Tom Calderon, and Ron Calderon
The FBI raided Ron Calderon’s offices in June 2013; by November he was suspended from the senate until his term expired. He and Tom were indicted together on February 20, 2014. Calderon’s fall was spectacular, but then, Drobot’s scam was so vast, so brazen, and involved so much money that it would become California’s largest case of medical fraud—a category of criminal deceit that has experienced white-hot growth over the past few decades. Half a billion dollars had been paid out to Drobot’s hospital by government and private insurers between 2008 and 2013; the scheme’s kickbacks alone may have amounted to $50 million. While Calderon’s trial is scheduled for May 10, the suits against Drobot, who already faces up to ten years in federal prison, are drifting along in slow motion. Given the animosity between Drobot and his accusers, however, there’s little doubt of the courtroom acrimony that lies ahead. “This is going to be World War III,” a plaintiff’s attorney, Brian Kabateck, promised me.

Spinal fusion operations, intended to alleviate severe chronic back pain, have been around since the early 1900s. Doctors first used them to treat the spinal deformities associated with tuberculosis infections and scoliosis. The 1960s saw the development of special screws that allowed bracing plates and rods to be secured to the ridges of a patient’s spine called pedicles. Suddenly a range of stabilizing hardware could be implanted in patients’ backs, and corrective surgeries that in the past had spotty success rates became more common. With subsequent refinements in the pedicle screws, recovery times were cut dramatically—and the spinal fusion industry exploded. Operations jumped nationally by 70 percent from 2001 to 2011, when they reached 488,300 procedures; the most recent estimates say that more than 600,000 fusion operations are performed annually.

Although the procedure has evolved, the general approach has not: Often it involves a surgeon replacing a damaged disc in the lower back (the lumbar region) or neck (the cervical structure) with a sliver of bone. Sometimes it will first go into a threaded cylinder known as a cage. As it grows, the bone graft fuses with the vertebrae above and below it to stabilize that portion of the spine. For added support the surgeon will install plates or rods, which in the latter case are routed through small loops at the top of pedicle screws that have been drilled into bone. Once implanted, the instrumentation is there to stay—removal can lead to serious injury or death. That is why such parts are made from surgical steel or titanium, which is able to withstand the lifetime of stress a patient’s body will place on them.

The operation usually lasts at least three to four hours and is followed by up to a week’s hospital stay. The typical tab paid by insurers (inevitably more than what hospitals actually charge) is between $80,000 and $150,000, making spinal fusion not only a complex medical procedure, but one of the nation’s most expensive, according to the federal Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. An elective surgery, it’s normally not the kind of operation the average wage earner can afford, but in California spinal fusions have been available for decades through workers’ compensation to people who have suffered job-related back injuries (the procedure accounts for about 40 percent of in-patient bills charged to workers’ comp in the state) and through Medi-Cal. That may be an additional reason for the proliferation of such surgeries. In fact, a considerable number of medical experts believe the procedures are no more effective than physical therapy and can result in permanent postoperative pain. There is even a term for this condition: failed back surgery syndrome.

If injured California workers wanted their backs fixed, the state did its best to guarantee their operations were paid for in full. Until January 1, 2013, Section 5318 of California’s Labor Code mandated that the state should reimburse providers for the individual devices, instrumentation, and pieces of hardware implanted in patients. Providers could bill for the cost of each item, including shipping, handling, and taxes. They could also tack on a 10 percent surcharge, as long as that little bonus didn’t exceed $250 for each item.

The provision was known as the “pass-through allowance.” Its fundamental flaw was that hospitals were already able to charge this same amount when they included costs for pedicle screws and other hardware in their invoices for the surgeries themselves. So hospitals that were willing could double-bill for their hardware costs and inflate them in the process. As it turned out, the pass-through allowance wasn’t a license to print money; it was an ATM card to Fort Knox.

Drobot had begun his hospital management career during the Vietnam War, when as a Navy officer he had run the thousand-bed Oakland Naval Hospital’s outpatient services. Spinal surgeries were not the house specialty of the 29 other hospitals Michael Drobot had managed prior to his purchase of Pacific Hospital. Nor had they been at the seven he had previously owned, including medical centers in Tustin and Rosemead. The Long Beach facility he bought for $4.1 million in 1997 was bankruptcy-bound and catered to Medi-Cal patients. Earlier that decade he left the 15,000-square-foot home he and his wife, Patricia, owned near Seattle (asking price: $17 million) and wound up in posh Corona del Mar in Southern California.

In Washington State Drobot had maintained a low profile, and in California he remained just as inconspicuous. The single published photo of him shows a bald executive in his sixties, looking for all the world like a man trying to overcome a bout of heartburn as he has his picture taken at the DMV. Drobot surfaced briefly in the news in 2008, when he built 18 luxury condominiums in Bandon, Oregon. The coastal site had belonged to the Oceanview Care Center, which was demolished at the order of the local health district. Drobot then bought and developed the property. According to the California Secretary of State’s office, Ron Calderon’s Diversity Political Action Committee spent $104,443 on fundraising events at the nearby Bandon Dunes Golf Resort between 2008 and 2013.

One place Drobot was not low-key was in the hearing rooms of the state’s workers’ compensation board, where he became an assertive—some have said arrogant—presence as he and a bodyguard of experts fought to keep the pass-through allowance. And while avoiding court appearances whenever possible, Drobot has shown an unflinching combativeness by countersuing patients and their lawyers who’ve filed legal complaints against him. He’s also sued dozens of unindicted doctors and business associates with whom he has worked. His lawsuits had a possibly desired chilling effect: For much of last year plaintiffs and their attorneys would not talk to the media.

The hospitals named in the whistle-blower and patient lawsuits are alleged to be linked to Drobot through shell companies that manufactured, distributed, and marketed counterfeit screws and rods. Many of the doctors he is accused of bribing to perform surgeries at Pacific Hospital stand accused of accepting kickbacks to the other three hospitals as well.

Drobot would not speak to me but did, via intermediaries at a crisis communications firm, respond to written queries. Since Pacific had been losing about $21 million per year through its services to charity patients, according to a statement from the firm, “Mr. Drobot had to make changes.” Those changes included pumping up the Medi-Cal trade so that it accounted for 95 percent of Pacific’s business. “He also started,” the statement continued, “a Workers Compensation service to help offset the loss. The workers’ comp business provided a stream of revenue that helped the hospital to stay open and keep its 1,000 employees working.” That is, Drobot tapped a state money hydrant intended to give medical care to injured workers and the state’s poor.

Shortly after he began performing his economic turnaround, though, Drobot was faced with a threat to his back-surgery profits: The workers’ comp rule that had allowed hospitals to charge the state for the cost of the spinal fusion hardware was set to expire at the end of 2001. Drobot started sinking big money into lobbying efforts to maintain that allowance and the loophole that went with it.

The point man for this campaign was Tom Calderon. In 2001, the Los Angeles County Democrat received $65,000 in campaign donations from Drobot and his business ventures; as Calderon’s Assembly Bill 1177, designed to renew the existing reimbursement schedule for spinal fusions, headed to Governor Gray Davis, Drobot ponied up at least $200,000 for Davis’s reelection campaign. Davis signed the bill, which allowed the old reimbursement provisions to be extended until new regulations could be formulated by the state.

Those new regulations came soon enough: That same year Tom Calderon introduced Assembly Bill 749, a massive overhaul of the state’s workers’ compensation system. Among other things, the legislation created the pass-through allowance with the loophole that legislators were slow to grasp and even slower to reform.

For Tom Calderon, the next year proved to be mixed. He had come through brilliantly for Drobot but couldn’t get voters to elect him as their insurance commissioner, despite having received an eyebrow-raising $1.5 million in campaign donations from the insurance industry. Drobot would not permit his champion in the assembly to enter political exile; instead he hired him as his Sacramento consultant. In 2004, Calderon received $1 million from Drobot for helping him browbeat $27.5 million in disputed reimbursements out of the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF). Public records suggest that for the next decade Drobot and his associates worked along two tracks: to defeat any attempt in Sacramento to close California’s hardware pass-through loophole and to find new ways of making more money off the backs of patients.

Few people driving past Drobot’s little hospital tucked on a dowdy stretch of Long Beach’s Pacific Avenue would have imagined that behind its brick and stucco walls operated a surgical assembly line that carried out more workers’ comp spinal fusion procedures than Cedars-Sinai. Now sold and transformed into College Medical Center, Pacific Hospital was a split-level complex of one- and two-story wings built in a midcentury Legoland style, too far away to see the ocean, close enough to hear gulls wheeling overhead. The neighborhood’s cluster of rehabs, pharmacies, and medical offices marks it as a place where the old or injured go to recover or die: “Wound Management…Falls Prevention” announces the nearby Royal Care Skilled Nursing Center.

Pacific Hospital’s former Long Beach campus
Pacific Hospital’s former Long Beach campus
By the time Drobot had built his Oregon condos, he had turned the 184-bed medical center around, and with the help of Ron Calderon’s skill at beating back reform measures from the likes of state senators Ted Lieu and Kevin De León, he succeeded in retaining the pass-through allowance. Under Drobot, Pacific reaped industry praise for curbing hospital-generated infections.

There was even a brief moment in 2008 when Pacific seemed poised to take over Martin Luther King, Jr./Drew Medical Center, the troubled giant that served low-income neighborhoods ten miles to the north in depressed Willowbrook. With Los Angeles County supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke’s blessing, Pacific Hospital was tapped as the outside agency that could restore King/Drew to a semblance of functionality. In fact, through the county’s vetting process, Drobot’s hospital was declared the only facility to completely qualify as King/Drew’s savior, partly because larger, marquee-name hospitals preferred to keep their distance from the controversy-racked medical center.

Doubters, however, questioned how such a small hospital could be chosen to provide administrative triage to King/Drew and protested the closed-door secrecy of the board’s negotiations with Pacific. Those talks fizzled, and the hospital’s candidacy was withdrawn. Then in 2012, a Wall Street Journal report on suspicious billing charges for spinal fusions at Pacific would throw an unwelcome glare on the hospital until it was sold in 2013.

Drobot’s 2014 plea deal closed the door on only one problem, and he entered 2016 free on $5,000 bond while facing several major civil lawsuits. One was filed in federal court under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, in which the SCIF claims Drobot and a list of doctors, business associates, and hospitals massively overbilled the state. A separate whistle-blower suit claims that Drobot and the three other accused hospitals—Tri-City Regional Medical Center in Hawaiian Gardens, Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, and St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino—fraudulently overcharged the SCIF and gave kickbacks to doctors who performed back surgeries at these facilities. The suit was filed by Mark Sersansie, who had been employed by one of Drobot’s associates, and by William Reynolds, an insurance fraud investigator who also alleges that Drobot and company illegally manufactured, marketed, and used counterfeit hardware in spinal fusion surgeries.

Until last November Drobot was the only person in the case known to have cut a deal with the federal government. (His sentencing date has continually been postponed, presumably until after he testifies against Ron Calderon.) “Right now the defendants are operating in a pack,” plaintiff’s attorney Brian Kabateck told me last summer. “Nobody’s peeling off yet, but they will.”

Sure enough, on November 24 the Justice Department announced that five key suspects had entered plea agreements with the government. The defendants were James Canedo, Pacific Hospital’s chief financial officer, who admitted his involvement with mail fraud and money laundering; Mitchell Cohen, a spine surgeon who faces a single count of filing a false income tax return; Philip Sobol, another orthopedic surgeon, who pleaded guilty to mail fraud and other charges connected to his receiving kickbacks from Drobot’s hospital; and Alan Ivar, a chiropractor, who admitted to receiving kickbacks in return for referring his patients to surgeons who would then recommend spinal fusion surgery at Pacific Hospital. A fifth defendant, Paul Randall, had been an important marketer for a couple of the implicated hospitals and was accused of paying doctors to steer patients to their operating rooms.

Derika Moses, one of Drobot’s victims
Derika Moses, one of Drobot’s victims
In a third civil complaint, 106 former surgery patients sued Drobot, his former associates, and the four hospitals on the grounds they were harmed by substandard hardware that was not approved by the Federal Drug Administration and that broke off in their bodies.

One of those patients was Derika Moses. She was working for Pepsi, delivering sodas to a Riverside County supermarket on Labor Day 2007 when her problems began. “I lifted a case of two-liter bottles when I heard pops in my back and felt it. It took a while for me to leave the store, and when I did, I was still bent over.” Despite months of steroid injections, ice packs, MRIs, and X-rays, her pain persisted. “ ‘The only way I can get you feeling 85 to 95 percent better is with spinal fusion surgery,’ ” Moses recalls her orthopedist saying. She was terrified at the thought of having her back opened up but wanted to be free of her pain. “He went through my workers’ comp insurance and got the clearance. Eight months later I was in for spinal fusion.”

Moses is telling me this in the living room of her Riverside tract home, owned by her parents, where she lives with her 16-year-old daughter, 13-year-old son, and an in-home caregiver who carries her groceries and helps her cook. She says she has remained in pain ever since her spinal fusion. Perhaps that would have been the case without the surgery. Still, in 2013, after more X-rays and MRIs, her surgeon told her a screw had come loose and was hitting a nerve, which explained the constant numbness in her toes.

“Then he said, ‘Well, we can take them out,’ ” she says. “He told me he could never take the cage out because the bone has fused through it. He couldn’t take three pins out because they were holding everything in. But he took out the screws, connectors, and rods.”

Now those 20-plus pieces of fusion hardware might become evidence in the patient suits against her orthopedist and others. Because her operation was not performed at Pacific Hospital, Drobot was severed from Moses’s case last year by a judge, who concluded the same for dozens of other complaints. After that ruling, Drobot still faces 16 patient complaints about substandard hardware.

It’s unclear why the federal government isn’t pursuing the claim that Drobot used knockoff screws. Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Robbins declined to comment when asked, while SCIF spokeswoman Jennifer Vargen replied by e-mail to say, “As an insurance company, we wouldn’t have a direct cause of action for issues stemming from counterfeit medical hardware allegedly harming a patient.”

The counterfeit hardware charge remains an important accusation in two other complaints. The whistle-blower suit, for example, contends that “plaintiffs are in possession of the counterfeit screws and rods that Defendants have knowingly implanted in hundreds, likely thousands, of California workers.” But the screws were not confined for use in California; they were also sold to hospitals throughout the country.


Crowder Machine and Tool Shop occupied space within an anonymous business park in the Riverside County town of Temecula. That’s where, according to lawyers, William Crowder, an octogenarian, fabricated screws and rods that were copies of those manufactured by two legitimate medical equipment suppliers: South Korea’s U&I Corporation and a South African company, Ortho Sol Development. He was working for Roger Williams, a Drobot codefendant who operated a Murrieta, California, distribution company called Spinal Solutions.

The allegedly bogus hardware removed from Moses’s back
The allegedly bogus hardware removed from Moses’s back
To an undiscerning eye, the pedicle screws allegedly used by the implicated hospitals might appear legitimate. But not only was U&I’s logo in the wrong font, the screws’ manufacturing lot numbers didn’t correspond with actual serial numbers. In addition, the patients’ suits claim, the screws came with varying thread sizes. One person familiar with Crowder’s work, speaking on condition of anonymity, told me the screws were so roughly executed that their threads bore tiny metal fragments. Citing poor health, William Crowder declined to return phone calls and e-mails requesting comment for this article.

The two whistle-blowers, Sersansie and Reynolds, claim that he billed Drobot’s associates $65 to produce a single screw for which a legitimate surgical hardware manufacturer might charge $400. To be sure, the four hospitals named in the civil complaints are not the only medical centers to use “alternative” hardware. The high price of pedicle screws has motivated some to explore the possibility of manufacturing their own, according to Alan Hilibrand, the director of medical education for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Rothman Institute at Philadelphia’s Jefferson Medical College. “It’s really gaining more and more traction as a concept,” he says of house-brand spinal hardware. “People are talking about doing it because [the hardware] is so expensive and there’s less money to pay for these surgeries. Some places—not many—are trying to manufacture their own implants. Whether that’s OK or not depends on if they’ve been tested mechanically to show they can stand the stresses required to do the operation.”

Crowder’s screws, though, do not seem to have been made with lowering surgical overhead in mind. At least they didn’t save the state’s health insurance funds any money. Tri-City Regional Medical Center would bill California’s workers’ comp $12,000 or more per screw in an operation that would often require half a dozen screws. But the price wasn’t only jacked up nearly 200 times, according to complaints. The screw was also laundered through a chain of “distributors” and “marketers” that were really shell companies run by Drobot and his confederates. It might ship from Crowder’s shop to Spinal Solutions. Spinal Solutions would then “sell” the product to the Drobot-owned International Implants, which sold the hardware to Drobot’s hospital or to one of the other three defendant medical centers.

An anonymous source familiar with the charges against Drobot and his associates says the alleged counterfeits began rolling out of Crowder’s shop at least by 2008 and possibly earlier. The scheme came to light in 2009, when Spinal Solutions defaulted on its payments to Ortho Sol, the South African company from which it had been purchasing pedicle screws for resale in the United States. “Spinal Solutions,” Ortho Sol’s CEO, Richard Walker, said in an e-mail to me, “not only counterfeited our products but as our distributor stole over a million dollars of our consignment stock.” Ortho Sol dispatched a company auditor to California, who recovered about 5 percent of the screws for which it was owed money. But most of those, Walker said, turned out to be counterfeit.


Fridays may be the busiest day of the week for bank robbers, but medical insurance scams occur with metronomic regularity in California. Over the past year eight people in Los Angeles were accused of Medicare grift totaling $66 million, while three Orange County women were convicted of bilking insurance companies out of $71 million in claims for medically unnecessary procedures. Then there were the 16 Glendale residents convicted of running a $20 million bogus prescription-drug racket involving the recruitment of homeless people from Los Angeles’s skid row.

The figures involved Lotto-size jackpots, but the stories barely scratched the news cycle. They are part of an expanding phantom zone of crime seldom reported by the media. Adam Weintraub, a spokesman for California’s Department of Health Care Services, told me that while state agencies are making strides to catch and analyze more quickly the warning signals that go up almost every day from health care providers, staying ahead of scammers is an almost Sisyphean task. “It’s a little like an arms race,” he says. “Criminals are clever and innovative. We have to be the same to keep up.”

In the case of Drobot and his cohorts, what’s amazing is the large number of warning signs there seemed to be. Among them was the fact that many patients, as the Justice Department charges, were encouraged to travel hundreds of miles to Pacific Hospital for their surgeries, even though they could have had them performed closer to home. From 1998 to the end of 2013, Drobot admitted, he offered money to doctors in exchange for their referral of thousands of spinal fusion patients to Pacific Hospital—a transaction that the other three hospitals also allegedly engaged in. Surgeons were typically kicked back $15,000 for a lumbar operation and $10,000 for each cervical fusion surgery performed at Pacific Hospital. Paul Randall, one of the five who’d entered a plea agreement last November, admitted to recruiting chiropractors and doctors to refer patients to the Hawaiian Gardens hospital; the government claimed he had given one chiropractor alone $30,000 in cash.

The kickbacks didn’t exactly arrive in anything so obvious as bags of money. At least not all of them did. According to one of the civil lawsuits, “flights were provided to a large number of spinal surgeons…and transported medical devices and/or instruments, cash, and prostitutes or other ‘adult entertainers’ for the spinal surgeons’ enjoyment.” The doctors’ payments were also allegedly cloaked by invoices for sham consulting agreements, marketing deals, research and development agreements, overinflated pharmacy reimbursements, lease and rental contracts, management arrangements—even rare coins.

All three civil suits allege that the accused hospitals vastly “upcharged” their billing for surgery and prescription drugs by “unbundling” traditional surgical costs. A spinal operation involves an array of medical services (doctors, imaging systems, blood-saving processes, et cetera) that are discounted when they are bundled for an individual operation. Yet Pacific Hospital is accused of billing SCIF separately for each service and at the highest rate possible. It was the equivalent of a car dealership charging for each individual part of an automobile instead of just for the car. And for several years the state paid, but not just for unbundled services and marked-up screws. The hospital also had a habit of billing the state and other insurers for attending nurses who should have been included in the basic surgery bill but who were additionally itemized as “assistant surgeons”—an exaggerated job description that allowed the hospital to claim the nurses cost it more than they did.

What seems to have put Drobot and his schemes on the federal radar were the extraordinary consultant fees he was paying Tom Calderon (who wasn’t a registered lobbyist) and the suspicion that his brother, Ron, was running interference for Drobot in Sacramento. Drobot allegedly supplied the senator with entrée to luxury golf courses, bought him expensive dinners, and flew him around the country on private planes—all in violation of state ethics laws. Ron Calderon returned Drobot’s favors by setting up meetings between himself, Drobot, and a director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, as well as with state senators and others whose ears Drobot was eager to bend on the subject of the pass-through allowance. The senator had been able to spike legislative attempts to close the pass-through loophole in 2011 and then again in 2012. But later that year a third bill came up in Sacramento, and this time Calderon could not stop the pressure for reform. By then, an FBI investigation of Ron Calderon was well under way.

The Bureau started in 2011 with an undercover investigation called Operation Spinal Cap, to dig up enough incriminating evidence to obtain a search warrant for Calderon’s office that would look for, as the document would later state, “all records relating to the spinal surgery legislation” from January 1, 2008, onward. In 2012, three undercover agents set a honeytrap for the senator, posing as people connected to an independent film company based in downtown L.A.’s Arts District. The agents told Calderon they were seeking inclusion in a newly expanded version of the state’s film tax credit program. The cover story made sense—in 2009, California, alarmed by the number of film and TV productions being shot elsewhere, launched a tax credit program aimed at keeping the movie business in state. After all, the author of the bill creating the tax credits had been Ron Calderon, who chaired the state senate’s Film and Television Industries committee.

In order to qualify for a credit, a project has to have a minimum $1 million budget. The FBI “filmmakers” told Calderon they were seeking legislation to lower that threshold to a level that seemed more reasonable to them: $500,000. The senator expressed sympathy for the indie producers before he added that lowering the cutoff to $750,000 would make it easier for him to move it out of his committee.

As part of the alleged bribe, Calderon persuaded the FBI agents to hire his daughter, Jessica, for a $3,000-a-month job that didn’t exist, for more than a year. The FBI was seeing a pattern: Between 2010 and 2012, Drobot had spent about $30,000 bribing Calderon by paying the senator’s son, Zachary, for summer jobs in which the son appears to have been a ghost employee. What had worked for the son was being proposed to the indie filmmakers as a way to grease the legislative wheels.

Sprinkled throughout the affidavit of one undercover agent are snatches of conversation with Calderon. In several instances Calderon sounds like a man trying to cover his tracks. Especially when he explains his contractual precautions while instructing the FBI agent on how to set up payments for his daughter’s ghost job: “The second problem I have…that…um…and again this is an uncomfortable thing to do, OK, but because of my position, you cannot…we cannot have a conversation we just had. We cannot have a quid pro quo conversation.”

A moment later he tries to clarify things: “What…what…what I have to say…what I have to say…is…that I cannot guarantee that I can help you. I can’t. And I cannot take payment…or…uh…negotiate payment for Jessica in any way with the…with the…with the understanding that I’m gonna do this for you, and it’s gonna be deliberate.”

The FBI had no trouble understanding what the senator was hemming and hawing about. “Ronald Calderon,” the undercover agent wrote, was telling him that “you never take money directly from people and you have to be careful about a tit-for-tat relationship.”

Calderon didn’t deliver on lowering the project budget threshold for the FBI’s movie people. He failed to keep the pass-through allowance from being terminated in 2013, too. In the year following closure of the loophole, California’s billing costs for spinal surgeries plunged 56 percent, saving the state $110 million. That figure is only a slight indicator of how much medical fraud bleeds taxpayers.

“Health care fraud and waste costs somewhere in the tens of billions of dollars, but no one knows the real figure,” says Louis Saccoccio, the CEO of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group. “Many of these providers started off completely honest and went down a road they should not have.”

Lawyers aren’t complaining—Drobot’s business activities have practically created a legal employment agency in Los Angeles. During a pretrial hearing in the Superior Court Building near Lafayette Park, about half of Department 323’s seating capacity was taken up by attorneys. There were so many, it was not possible to divide the court between plaintiff and defendant lawyers. Those attorneys who could not find table space immediately before Judge Elihu Berle had to fill the jury box so that one of Drobot’s lawyers, former chief deputy city attorney Terree Bowers, sat next to lawyers who were suing his client. The last time I’d seen such an attorney cattle call was at a hearing for Bernie Madoff’s Los Angeles accomplice, Stanley Chais.


The legal complaints against Michael Drobot and the doctors and hospitals associated with his business model stagger the imagination not only because of the money or the number of people involved or even its audacity. What may be most disturbing of all is the notion that those we entrust our health to will harm us for profit—that suspicion may surface only as we drift off on a surgery table counting backward from 100. It’s a reality, however, that Derika Moses, like other patient plaintiffs, awoke to in 2007.

The medication Moses has been prescribed since her surgery
The medication Moses has been prescribed since her surgery
“A good day is when I’m not falling over every five seconds,” she says, her smile evaporating as she leans to one side at her dining table. Against a wall behind her stand a walker and a back brace. As a teenager at Riverside’s Arlington High School, Moses reigned as the school softball team’s Most Valuable Player for three years and held track and field records in discus, shot put, and running. Since her surgery, she has become a recluse, rarely allowing old friends or even family members to visit and see her in her handicapped state.

Moses hadn’t heard the first fleeting news reports about Ron Calderon or Michael Drobot, but in March 2014 she got a letter from one of the law firms searching for spinal fusion patients who may have received counterfeit hardware. “Normally I’d throw it away,” Moses recalls, “but it said, ‘You might be a victim of counterfeit screws.’ I never suspected this was going on—not a clue.”

She joined the dozens of other former patients in their complaints and is among those who were sued last year by Drobot. He alleged that all the patient plaintiffs and their attorneys were defaming him with their charges. Drobot’s complaint was thrown out in court, and Moses hopes the people involved in his purported enterprise of kickbacks and counterfeit hardware will be “prosecuted or held accountable for what they did. I want to see them lose their licenses.”

Drobot’s plea agreement required him to surrender his passport, but in late September the government handed it back to him so he could travel to Vietnam. The reason he gave to the federal court was his desire to participate in another business venture—specifically, to help his son Greg expand his Oregon-based cheese business. (Another son, Michael Jr., is a defendant in the RICO Act complaint.) None of the doctors accused of having knowingly used counterfeit hardware or who persuaded their patients to undergo unneeded surgery have had their licenses suspended. When I’ve spoken to people connected with this case on or off the record, each has focused on one specific corner of it—screws, prescriptions, kickbacks—leaving the impression that it is too vast to fully comprehend and might yet produce allegations of even more crimes.

Regardless of the outcome of her lawsuit or of what happens to Drobot, his business associates, the doctors, or Ron Calderon, Moses will be in pain for the rest of her life. She says she must go to three or four doctor’s appointments each week and that she has been diagnosed with major depression. Her tone remains stoic when I ask what she regrets most about her life after her accident and surgeries. “I wish I could teach my daughter softball,” she says.

Contributing writer Steven Mikulan is the editor of the online publication Capital & Main. He wrote about the arrest of Whitey Bulger in the October 2013 issue of Los Angeles.

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From Headache to Hostage: Terror in Houston against 87 year old woman

From Headache to Hostage: Elderly Black Woman Forced into Guardianship and Home Being Taken After Complaining of a Simple Headache


Ms. Doris Davis, 87,  has lived in her southeast Houston home since she had it built in 1959. In speaking with the Forward Times (FT),  Ms. Davis shared her stories about her upbringing in Houston.  She was one of the founding members of Pisidia Missionary Baptist Church when it started in 1972. For over 37 years, she worked her way up from housekeeping all the way to becoming a licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) at Jefferson Davis Hospital.

Ms. Davis knows a thing or two about medicine and about working in a hospital, which is why she called her primary doctor when she felt something strange going on with her health.

According to Ms. Davis, her church mission had gone to a home where she had just taught a Bible lesson when all of a sudden her head began to hurt really badly.  Ms. Davis states that she called her Primary Care Physician, Dr. Sandra Scurria, and told her that she was not feeling well and that her head was hurting, to which Ms. Davis states that Dr. Scurria told her that she would call an ambulance to take her to Park Plaza Hospital.  Ms. Davis says she never made it to Park Plaza, but was instead taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, and didn’t know why.  Ms. Davis doesn’t remember much of what happened at Memorial Hermann, but states that one day she woke up and was no longer there. This time, she found herself at Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence in Houston on May 6, 2014, and had no idea why she was there either.

Because she was regularly given drugs and heavily sedated the majority of the time, Ms. Davis vaguely remembers how she got to Garden Terrace, which on their website prides itself as a premier Alzheimer’s and dementia-focused nursing home in Houston; but she says it has nothing to do with her suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. Her recollection of that day’s events and past events were as crystal clear as if they had happened a few minutes prior. Ms. Davis does, however, remembering the frustration she had with the staff who she says refused to allow her to call her family or her pastor.  She kept a book with important phone numbers in it, including her pastor, but states she was denied use of the phone and no staff members would make any calls for her.  She felt like a prisoner and was terrified, she recollects.

“No one knew where I was and how to come visit me,” said Ms. Davis.  “All I can remember is one day an elderly tall lady with blonde or gray hair came in to check on me and I was so happy she did because she told me I could call my pastor, so I did.”

Ms. Davis states that she was given medication by needle on several occasions, as soon as she asked the hospital staff to call her family or her pastor, and that she was knocked out after receiving every shot.  This happened for about 2-3 days, she recollects. After a few weeks at Garden Terrace, Ms. Davis was then moved to La Hacienda Nursing Home on West Orem, where she currently resides.

It was during this entire time that Ms. Davis’ nightmare became even darker.

Monica D. Shaw has served as the president of the Bayou Terrace Civic Club for over ten years.  She has had the responsibility of looking out for the interests and protection of all residents in her community over that period, especially the most vulnerable – the elderly.

On May 10, 2015, Shaw went to visit Ms. Davis and deliver her some Mother’s Day flowers when she received some disturbing information involving Ms. Davis’ situation which forced her to jump into action on behalf of this senior citizen.  Shaw has been aggressively seeking to stop the actions that have displaced Ms. Davis from her home; allowed her money to be spent and made her an unwilling “ward” of state through the Harris County Guardianship Program (HCGP).

According to Shaw, Ms. Davis had been forcefully removed from her southeast Houston home, and legally ordered into the HCGP by a judge. She contends that not only has Ms. Davis been taken from her home against her will, her house has been placed on the market and is in the process of being sold as part of a cash sale orchestrated by the HCGP. Shaw has been on a mission to find out how this elderly 87-year old African American female could feasibly be in this situation when she has all of her wits about her and is still able to walk and care for herself.

People are generally referred for Guardianship services by Adult Protective Services, physicians, hospitals, family members or friends.  According to Shaw, it was Dr. Chris Merkl, a known Psychiatrist, who initiated a Guardianship referral request on May 16, 2014 for Ms. Davis to be placed in the HCGP.  Another doctor is listed as having seen Ms. Davis, but he did not complete the referral.  Interestingly, Dr. Merkl  is also an “Appointed Doctor” in Probate Court #1 for the same HCGP that he made the referral concerning Ms. Davis to. Dr. Merkl has also been mentioned in an article from April 2015, called “Guardianship in Texas Qualifies the Disqualified and Disqualifies the Qualified,” written by Attorney Candice Schwager that appeared on, where she talks about the issues she witnessed surrounding the Guardianship process here in Texas and specifically highlights Dr. Merkl’s role in certain cases.

The FT reached out to Dr. Merkl to find out more about his initial assessment of Ms. Davis and his recommendation she be placed in the HCGP, but was unable to reach him or hear back from him after leaving a message with his office prior to this story going to print.

Because these doctors are deemed credible professionals, it is not uncommon for a judge to accept a referral from them and move forward with their recommendation. Such was the case involving Ms. Davis, as she was placed in the HCGP and her case has been handled by Judge Mike Wood in Probate Court #2.  Ms. Davis was deemed Incapacitated in July 2014 and a Guardianship (Person/Estate) was established with the HCGP. Upon entering the HCGP, the process of liquidating all of Ms. Davis’ assets began and several of her accounts were closed at different respective banks, and a single new account was opened in her name under the HCGP.

On July 29, 2014, the court ordered that Attorney Chris Forbes be appointed Guardian Ad Litem.

The FT did speak with Judge Wood, who indicated that the case was still pending and that he was not at liberty to speak on the status of pending cases or could not discuss any medical and other health information with us due to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws which keeps that information private and protected.

Going even further, Attorney Valerie Milholland, Asst. County Attorney for the Office of Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, went before the judge and insisted that Ms. Davis’ house be sold, along with its contents, in order to take care of Guardianship expenses and her personal needs.

To date, Ms. Davis states the HCGP has not spent a dime on her, with the exception of paying some select Guardianship expenses, legal expenses and nursing home expenses. According to court records, thousands of dollars have been expended and several thousand dollars are consistently being spent from funds of her estate every month. Per Shaw, the following funds have been ordered to be distributed from her estate to date:

05-19-2015      Ordered to pay Attorney Chris Forbes $1245.00

06-08-2015      Ordered HCGP to Expend $5422.00 per month

10-22-2015      Ordered HCGP to Expend $3715.00

10-22-2015      Ordered HCGP to Expend $6592.00 per month

The FT reached out to Attorney Milholland and spoke to a representative from the Harris County Attorney’s Office to get more information on the status of Ms. Davis’ home and why she was placed in the HCGP, but did not hear back from them prior to this story going to print.

When the order was given to allow HCGP to spend that amount of money from the estate, Monica Shaw knew she had to do something more, so she had an application to Appoint Successor Guardian filed by Attorney Andrew McGee on her behalf.  It was then that Attorney Milholland, on behalf of HCGP, sought to sell her home in order to pay for these Guardianship expenses ordered by the court. On Aug. 6, 2015, an order was signed by Associate Judge Ann Green to sell Ms. Davis’ personal property, including her home, at a private sale for cash.

Soon after the order, an Application to Sell Real Property was executed by Aline Kyle-Taylor, the appointed Harris County Guardian who has the Power of Attorney to act on Ms. Davis’ behalf.  Ms. Davis was served with a Notice of Sale by a Precinct 7 Constable, although she states no prior notice had been given. The process to sell her home was well on its way.

The FT spoke to Aline Kyle-Taylor to discuss Ms. Davis’ case, but she declined comment and indicated her supervisor would reply, but did not hear back from them prior to this story going to print.

Shaw immediately filed an Objection to Sell of Property in order to stop the sale of Ms. Davis’ home, and started to see that things had seemingly gone from bad to worse.

“The way this situation has gone down, I feel like Doris (Ms. Davis) is being legally abused and taken advantage of because of her age,” said Shaw. “I want to give Doris what she wants, and that is to live in her own home and be out from under a program that she doesn’t even know why she was placed in the first place. The community needs to be aware that families and concerned citizens have to stand firm, because being involved in the daily lives of our senior citizens is imperative. This is terrifying and should concern us all.”

On Feb. 23, 2016, Shaw took Ms. Davis to court for a hearing on the Objection to Sell her property.  Upon hearing the case, Shaw states that Judge Wood gave her one week to have Ms. Davis seen by a doctor that would state that she is “Not Incapacitated” and submit a report to court indicating that by Mar. 2, 2016.  Shaw helped Ms. Davis schedule an appointment the very next day, Feb. 24, 2016, to visit Dr. Ivan Spector, who had previously treated Ms. Davis from 2007 to 2010.  Dr. Spector performed an exam to determine her incapacity, and it was determined, per a letter submitted to courts by Dr. Spector on behalf of Ms. Davis, that she was “Not Incapacitated” as initially reported by the initial referring doctor.

To date, the case is still pending in Judge Wood’s court.  Per Judge Wood, the letter was received from Dr. Spector and is being reviewed.  In the meantime, he also indicated that the Ad Litem Attorney has requested another doctor re-evaluate Ms. Davis to determine her status.

The HCGP was organized in 1992 by the Harris County Commissioners Court to provide management and monitoring services to indigent persons who were deemed incapacitated by the Probate Courts and to serve as a last resort service for poor adults who are unable to care for their own physical needs or financial affairs because of physical or mental conditions.  Currently, the HCGP provides Guardianship services to over 1,400 wards and is the largest Guardianship program in the entire state of Texas. About 40 percent of Harris County wards are 40 to 59 years old and 28 percent are 60 to 79. The majority of them have mental illness, a developmental disability or mental deterioration, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

The HCGP is also designed for poor adults who have been exploited, neglected or abused, and have no family members or friends willing or able to care for them. This is not the case concerning Ms. Davis.  Her nephew lived with her at the time of her forced removal from her home, and he had no say concerning the Guardianship decision.

Ms. Davis states that she is being forced to be in a Guardianship program and pay for a nursing home that provides nothing but a roof over her head.  She has been under constant worry about the status of her house, because she doesn’t know if it has been sold to someone else.  She is being given psych meds regularly; makes her own bed; changes her own sheets; bathes herself; feeds herself; never sees the doctor assigned to her care; takes walks alone; dresses herself; and her church members wash her clothes for her.

Ms. Davis has a home that is paid for, where she was peacefully living prior to this fiasco, and she wants this nightmare to end so that she return to the only place she has called home for over 50 years. Shaw is seeking to become Ms. Davis’ legal guardian and has several concerns that she hopes to see addressed and several questions she is seeking answers to.

One of the most pressing questions she has is, “If there are reliable and competent individuals, including family members, who are interested in caring for their loved one, why would they deny them that ability and force them to be a “ward” of the state?”

The FT will continue to monitor this situation and seek answers to the question that Shaw has, as well as the many other questions surrounding how Ms. Davis, who appears to be of sound mind with a near spotless recollection of things, ended up in the HCGP in the first place.

Exactly what we need in probate for our victims the DOJ did for family court victims

Now, this was 2 years ago, but take a look:

US Department of Justice calls for examples of outrageous child custody outcomes

US Department of Justice proceeds at request of families and Congressional Briefing
US Department of Justice proceeds at request of families and Congressional Briefing

Penn. RCC church scandal continues–where was law enforcement?
Via Andy Ostrowski:
Tonight on Justice Served – Catholic Church Abuse Scandal – 6 p.m. (eastern time)
In light of the recent Pennsylvania grand jury report which is “the latest case in the global sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church worldwide,” I will have courageous advocate Mike Ference on Justice Served to talk about his decades-long efforts to reveal the decades-long cover-up of these matters in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.
There appears to be something intrinsic to law enforcement in Pennsylvania that has allowed these matters to go uninvestigated and prosecuted, through “instances in which law enforcement officers and prosecutors failed to pursue allegations of child sexual abuse within the diocese,” and Mike and I will be focusing significantly on these issues.
Hundreds of children were sexually abused over a period of 40 years by priests or church leaders in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, a grand jury investigation has…

How low can the Probate court system go? Marriage and Love annulled in court

Of course, we all know from Eliot Bernstein’s troubles in Florida and from the absolutely horrendous miscarriages of justice for Attorney Barbara Stone, the court system can reach the 7th level of Dante’s Inferno and just keep on digging together with the back hoe from Satan comes this truly terrifying article.

For sure Satan never sleeps.

Appeals court allows marriage to be annuled in guardianship


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Senior Glenda Martinez’s quest to reverse a Palm Beach County judge’s decision annulling her marriage in a controversial guardianship case took a hit Wednesday when an appellate court ruled against her.

A blistering dissenting opinion, though, might fuel the issue right up to the Florida Supreme Court.

Appeals court allows marriage to be annuled in guardianship photo

Richard Graulich

The annulment of the 2011 marriage between Martinez and 85-year-old J. Alan Smith, formerly of Boynton Beach, came at the urging of a court-appointed guardian. The judge in the case had initially ignored Smith’s preneed health directives naming Martinez as his health surrogate.


Both issues underscore the great power the courts have over seniors found to be incapacitated.

Martinez set legal precedent last year when the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach ruled in her favor and ordered a judge to return Smith — sent to a nursing home by the guardian — to her care. On Wednesday, a three-judge panel ruled against her in upholding Circuit Judge David French’s annulment of their marriage, saying Smith failed to ask the court’s permission to exchange vows.

Appeals court allows marriage to be annuled in guardianship photo

Damon Higgins

Appeals Judge Martha Warner, who authored the first opinion on the pre-need directive, wrote an 8 1/2-page dissent that sets the stage for a review by the whole 4th DCA and maybe the Florida Supreme Court.

“This frail gentlemen has been deprived of his fundamental right to marry, in proceedings which violated his fundamental rights to due process and without a consideration of his best interest,” she said.

Warner wrote the right to marry is a fundamental right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, stating that French could easily have ratified the marriage. She said French’s ruling violated the legislative intent of lawmakers that the rights of seniors in guardianships be protected.

Warner also noted that the lawyer appointed to represent Smith cooperated with the guardian to petition the court to annul the marriage even though Smith couldn’t speak.

The majority opinion of the panel — Judges Dorian Damoorgian and Melanie May — reiterated the guardianship statute, which says that incapacitated seniors who have lost their right to enter into contracts cannot marry unless the court approves.

Martinez’s attorney Jennifer Carroll said she has 15 days to ask the panel of three judges or all of the judges on the 4th DCA to review the case. She can also ask the Florida Supreme Court to look at it, as well.

“This gentleman was deprived of this fundamental right,” Carroll said. “He was also deprived of other fundamental constitutional rights, including his right to be represented by independent counsel. I believe this case has serious constitutional ramifications, and I believe the opinion raises issues of great public importance.”

An annulment in guardianship can have a domino effect after the incapacitated senior dies in determining the benefits for the surviving spouse. The Palm Beach Post reported how annulment proceedings initiated by a guardian can drain the estate of the senior in its series Guardianship: A Broken Trust.

The Post wrote how the judiciary appears to do little to stop the funnelling of the life savings of incapacitated seniors into the pockets of guardians and their attorneys — even when families believed they’d found evidence of malfeasance. Numerous statewide complaints about professional guardians taking financial advantage of incapacitated seniors in guardianship spurred the state Legislature to pass regulatory reform last month.

After The Post’s series, Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath announced guardianship reforms, including training, a new system of appointing guardians and the transfer of Circuit Judge Martin Colin, whose wife works as a professional guardian.

Martinez now takes care of Smith at her home in Miami, but said the guardian left Smith’s finances in ruins and she has trouble paying his medical bills. She called the DCA’s decision upholding the annulment, “a horrible, horrible thing.”

Her case is particularly unsettling, Carroll said, because a previous judge told professional guardian John Cramer that Martinez and Smith’s marriage was valid and for him to back off. Instead, he aligned with the attorney who was supposed to represent Smith’s interest: Lynne Hennessey.

Warner was particularly perturbed at Hennessey’s role in the annulment.

“As there is not evidence on the record that Smith himself expressed any wish to annul his marriage, there is nothing to support Hennessey’s filing of this petition,” Warner wrote.

Hennessey could not be reached for comment.

Dr. Sam Sugar, who is co-founder of Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship in Aventura, said court-appointed attorneys for incapacitated seniors are often co-opted by the professional guardian. If they don’t cooperate, they may have their fees opposed by the guardian, he said.

“If they rock the boat to actually represent the best interests of the ward rather than the system, their income will suffer,” Sugar said. “The ward’s interests are always secondary to that.”


The savings of incapacitated seniors flow 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. Colin approved the fees of her lawyers in other cases.

HOA program on fraud and deceit 3/19/14

From Cynthia Stevens Homeowner’s accountability advocate:

From: Cynthia Stephens <>
Sent: Mar 18, 2016 8:36 AM

Subject: OTC with Shu and Bill Davis – Saturday, March 19th, 2016 at 2:00pm, or anytime thereafter, on, or!

“The veil needs to be lifted” and the truths need to be told!
I trust this will be another incredible On the Commons with Shu Bartholomew and Bill Davis!

“The earliest deed restricted communities were exclusionary and were honest enough to admit the reason of their existence.  It wasn’t until we got to the mass production of these neighborhoods that we see the entire HOA house of cards was built on a foundation of deceit.  It started as a way of allowing local municipal governments to collect “free” tax money while the homeowners ended up paying twice for the same services.  At one point Declarations started off by saying, “The purpose of this association is to protect property values”.  Unable to substantiate that claim, I don’t think they include that statement any more.  But the “purpose for HOAs” was out there.  And once you start off by telling a lie, more and more lies will have to be told to cover up for the first one.  And of course, every lie will need some form of enforcement mechanism.

Dismantling this house of cards before the entire system collapses and millions of people are hurt financially and emotionally is a tough job. It is, however,  something that will need to be done. ” Shu Bartholomew,

The entire show announcement for Saturday, March 19th, 2016 with Shu and Texas HOA homeowner attorney, Bill Davis:
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The earliest deed restricted communities were exclusionary and were honest enough to admit the reason of their existence.  It wasn’t until we got to the mass production of these neighborhoods that we see the entire HOA house of cards was built on a foundation of deceit.  It started as a way of allowing local municipal governments to collect “free” tax money while the homeowners ended up paying twice for the same services.  At one point Declarations started off by saying, “The purpose of this association is to protect property values”.  Unable to substantiate that claim, I don’t think they include that statement any more.  But the “purpose for HOAs” was out there.  And once you start off by telling a lie, more and more lies will have to be told to cover up for the first one.  And of course, every lie will need some form of enforcement mechanism.
Dismantling this house of cards before the entire system collapses and millions of people are hurt financially and emotionally is a tough job. It is, however,  something that will need to be done.
Bill Davis joins us On The Commons.  Bill, an attorney in Texas, switched his practice to representing homeowners and consumers.  And having made that switch, he has been very busy ever since.  I love listening to his stories about some of his cases.  I am not sure if the “interesting” cases just naturally gravitate towards him or if Bill has a natural talent for zeroing in on the absurdities of HOAs, board members and the attorneys and managers who spend their time propping them up.  I always enjoy talking to Bill and listening to his theories and his stories and this interview is no exception.
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From Atty Candice Schwager–Granny, get your gun!

Granny Get Your Gun! Guardians coming?


Homeland Security! Love it! Don’t think I’m joking Granny. It’s not if, but when..

The most sacred thing Americans have been willing to die for since the beginning—is FREEDOM—and that is no where more true–than during the time of the Revolutionary War in America. The founding fathers picked up their guns and fought a tyrannical government, seeking to enslave them all over again—because they had just a taste of freedom.  Thomas Jefferson reminded the people of the dangers of big government to individual liberties, stating that a government big enough to give you everything is strong enough to take everything you have.

Our fathers learned these truths through personal suffering and giving their lives to change it for future generations. Our founding fathers were PATRIOTS who loved this Country and Freedom with everything they had and some gave just that much. Why? Death was preferable to returning to slavery in an oppressive government of tyrants where they were involuntarily made slaves to the monarchy. For them, death was preferable than going back, leading Patrick Henry to shout, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!”

Jefferson was painfully aware of this truth, stating “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance,” [because] “when the people fear the government, there is tyranny, [but] when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”  He insisted that inevitably, freedom would demand more bloodshed, stating “the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants”—on occasion. He believed America had two enemies: “criminals and the government; so let us tie the Second down with the chains of the Constitution so the Second will not become a legalized version of the First.”

Benjamin Franklin similarly could not fathom returning to bondage and said “those would would give up an essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” This is because, as John Adams warned, “Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” Our founders “understood” and joined in unity—facing death to find life. George Washington, said “it is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones,” stating “the thing that separates the American Christian from every other person earth is the fact that he would rather die on his feet than live on his knees.” Oh, that men and woman had even a clue of that kind of honor anymore.

Patrick Henry helped motivate those with lingering doubt, saying, “We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British Attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists.” He then famously said, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” and charged ahead win or lose.

 After the founders risked their lives—for our freedom, we find ourselves bound in chains all over again with the Obama Administration proposing that our guns be seized. The Supreme Court is now dissecting the meaning of ordinary words to determine that our 200 year understanding of the Second Amendment was wrong and convince us that ordinary citizens are not granted the right to bear arms but only “well regulated militia.” See Heller vs. District of Columbia, 2008

The few rights we still have as American citizens hang by a thread—in the form of one swing vote on the Supreme Court that could go either way. In this climate, I am not hopeful after reading the Heller case. Though the case was a victory for those who cherish their right to protect their families by the use of firearms, one vote and we would all be wondering “what happens next, without guns to protect ourselves”—or headed straight into another American Revolution.

Truly frightening is that realization because for the founding fathers who authored the Declaration of Independence and Constitution’s Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment was never remotely ambiguous.

Samuel Adams said “the Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”  Somehow, that statement is not clear to Barack Obama or the Supreme Court, 4 of whom actually sided with Obama. For the time being, the five justices who authored the majority opinion have bought us time.

It’s high time to go shopping, guys.  You coming granny?


from Joanne:

Thanks for posting this! It is excellent.

From Ken Ditkowsky to Atty Gen. Loretta Lynch

To: Eric Holder <>,
Subject: Fw: Book review on new guardianship book
Date: Mar 17, 2016 7:43 PM
Attorney General Lynch –
I am forwarding this e-mail to you to demonstrate that my e-mails are not lone Cries in the Wilderness.   Nationwide, the elderly and the disabled who have a few dollars in their jeans are being exploited.   Elder Cleansing is a way of life for the corrupt and amoral political and judicial elite who prey on the aforesaid elderly and disabled and their families.
Florida, Illinois, Texas, Arizona, California, Pa, Ohio ***** all have the same problem.   As I live in Illinois, I’ve had the opportunity to witness some of the most disreputable of the miscreants including Jerome Larkin, the administrator of the Illinois Attorney Disciplinary Commission (IARDC).    The GAO has written four reports to congress and they all can be found on the NASGA website.    Probate Sharks blog and MaryGSykes blogs detail some of the most horrendous civil rights violations by sitting judges and their corrupt co-conspirators.
Only the Nazi war criminals invaded the mouths of their victims for the gold in their teeth; however, Alice Gore was victimized right in Cook County, Illinois.   Anguished cries of horror from her family were met with Larkin informing the family that the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission found the infamy perfectly ethical, and when Attorney JoAnne Denison exposed the corruption on her blog the Illinois Supreme Court issued an interim suspension of her law license and accepted Larkin’s thesis that reporting corruption in compliance with Rule 8.3 and 18 USCA 4 was akin to yelling fire in a crowded theater!
Criminals such as Larkin belong in jail – his claim to be a lawyer is ‘akin to a material misrepresentation of fact! and consumer fraud.’
Enjoy to book review and the book!

GUARDIANSHIP: How Judges And Lawyers Steal Your Money

MARCH 17, 2016
Book Review: GUARDIANSHIP: How Judges and Lawyers Steal Your Money M. Larsen, Ed., 2016; Pub: Janet Pipes; ISBN: 9780692586211. Price: $13.38. Available HERE
Setting the stage for Michael Larsen’s collection of personal accounts of escalating crimes against the elderly in probate courts, one typical story from the reference manual,  GUARDIANSHIP, describes the techniques probate judges, attorneys and predatory guardians use to plunder the wealth of the elderly, destroying their remaining years:
Kevin Gallagher had a trusted, long-standing pact with his beloved parents. When the time was “right” he would make arrangements for their safe return to Maine where they would reside in assisted living. That “right time” came unexpectedly one day after Sunday services when Robert and Elsa Gallagher became slightly disoriented in traffic when they happen chanced upon orange cones in a road detour. Kevin and Lisa, delighted to hear that their parents were ready to journey home, began making all the necessary arrangements. Kevin even phoned his estranged Orlando-based sister, Lori, and asked if she would simply “telephone” Mom and Dad during the interim. The sister, however, consulted the Yellow Pages and telephoned a company, Geriatric Care Management, that specializes in elder care. . . . [p. 31]
Within 48 hours, a woman armed with a court order and accompanied by law enforcement, announced she was the “emergency temporary guardian” while she and her crew forcibly removed Kevin’s parents from their home and placed them in separate nursing facilities. Kevin’s first notification of this was a phone call from his mother, crying, her speech slurred from forced drugging. The time had become ripe for quick psychiatric evaluations of both parents. Suddenly the “emergency temporary guardian” was the “permanent, plenary guardian” – over both Elsa and Robert. The fleecing and the feasting began. Instead of having his parents closer to him, Kevin’s next 3 years were filled with frantic scrambles to find Florida attorneys who would or could make the nightmare stop. The guardian hotly contested the Gallaghers’ desires to be together and was rewarded with generous attorney fees from the Gallaghers’ assets, courtesy of the probate judge. Eventually, once the assets were gone, the nightmare did stop. When his parents finally arrived in Maine with a single suitcase, Kevin found that inside it were “tattered clothes with the names of other people in Magic Marker inside the clothes. Everything they had owned – even their clothes – had been sold or trashed by the guardian.” Elsa and Robert died soon after their move to Maine. [pp. 31-32]
Larsen, the editor of  GUARDIANSHIP, is a businessman whose family experienced similar frustration and despair in probate court. He states that “elder cleansing,” a term coined by attorney Kenneth Ditkowsky, “has escalated since the last Governmental Accountability Office’s report published in 2010.” With additional inspiration from Charles Pascal’s interview on  View From the Bunker, Larsen organized contributors to address the GAO’s request for a summary, resulting in this unique resource book for families, citizen activists and the general public, not to mention journalists and attorneys. It is written from the point of view of family members who have given their all to stop the torture, thievery, and often the killing of their elderly. This important reference work adds to what is already known about the greed of corrupt judges, attorneys, guardians and psycho-social hucksters on display in other judicial venues.
Stories included in the book follow the same basic sequence of events: (1) allege that the target is in imminent danger – to justify emergency temporary guardianship and the isolation of the target from his or her family – all without even a pretense of a due process hearing; (2) employ a willing psychiatrist or other MD to prescribe the contra-indicated psychotropic drugs to propel the ward into a stupor just in time for the “competence evaluation;” (3) begin the feast by liquidating the target’s non-liquid assets and looting everything in sight; and (4) continue looting until the target is killed by the premeditated over-drugging topped off with opiates. On occasion guardians can and do continue looting even after their victim’s death.
Many of the contributors are also attorneys, professional journalists, and various other professionals, most of whom were powerless to stop the devastation in their own families. All seem to be deeply committed activists. Investigative journalist Janet Phelan describes the retaliation against attorneys Joanne Denison and Kenneth Ditkowsky – both having been suspended from the practice of law for their truthful disclosures. Both had advocated for Mary Sykes and Alice Gore and exposed the fact that a guardian was even allowed to order Alice’s teeth to be mined for gold. [pp. 16-17] When another activist, Rebecca Schultz, tried to move her father home to be with her, she was arrested for “kidnapping” him. [p. 70]
I found an unmistakable ring of truth in the horror stories, particularly the retaliations and judicial disregard of law. The experience of watching judges refuse to even read the pleadings or the statutes in black and white in front them resonated with my own experiences. As one contributor explained, when she questioned 5 separate instances of double charging during a California guardianship proceeding, Commissioner Carlos Velategui, a judicial officer, would not acknowledge the double charges existed, although they were
right in front of him, undeniably so. In the absence of any kind of explanation from the guardians, what he was really saying was that he wasn’t going to be bothered with details. [p. 145]
The accounts in the book portray a certain inevitability as each contributor takes the reader through the formula that enables judges, lawyers, and guardians to “isolate, medicate, take the estate”– often killing the “ward” in the process – a seemingly additionally desired outcome. Some readers may find the steady drumbeat of outrage upon outrage repetitious – certainly depressing, but I also found the commonalities to be essential to include in this work in order to drive home the enormity of the $36.48 billion dollar yearly “tragedy for Americans individually, as families and for us as a country in that the [now destroyed] intergenerational transfer of assets has historically helped to strengthen our social and economic fabric.” [p. 52]
Each contributor’s story reveals through its personal, state-specific details that what we are seeing in guardianship court is no anomaly created by a “few bad apples.” Some 64% of probate courts responding to a federal agency survey indicated that guardianship abuse had become so flagrant they admitted having taken action against at least one guardian for misconduct in the previous three years. [p. 156] The National Association to Stop Guardianship Abuse [NASGA] estimates that some five million elders lose their life savings to the financial crimes of guardianship every year, a national tragedy that translates to an annual theft of some 2.6 billion. [p. 142].
The federal government has known about guardianship abuse at least since its “1987 report by a House subcommittee of the Select Committee on Aging.” [p. 166] Yet to this day the problem seems to be barely studied. The statistics continue to not be kept consistently– thus providing a further excuse for a “court system that provides no oversight.” [p. 166]
A very few times a contributor’s style of writing yields a less than clear understanding of who did what and when. But in those instances a careful re-read usually resolves the confusion. Overall the impression that stuck with me after reading the book in two sittings was a sense of oppression and futility, but also hope that the enormity of the losses is such that more of the public will finally wake up, get off the couch, and get organized.
The only inaccuracy or slight misinterpretation I found was the reference to the belief that ethics rules for lawyers require that they cover for each others’ crimes. [P. 129] Certainly this is the conduct that usually occurs, in the experience of this reviewer. Lawyers, like corrupt judges and police officers, do not usually report on each other’s misconduct. Indeed, there is nobody to report to in any meaningful way. Judicial complaint tribunals are secret, self-policing travesties, as are bar disciplinary entities and police department internal affairs departments. In light of this exposé and others, including a recent  60 Minutes expose of Wall Street lawyers, more citizens are waking up to the alarming reality that the justice system itself may not be designed to dispense justice to the American public. Nevertheless, Rule 8.3 of the Model ABA Rules of Professional Conduct does technically require the reporting of “substantial” ethical breaches.
From the courts of Florida, a state once thought to be a refuge for the elderly, to those in California, Nevada, Texas and other states, the “isolate, medicate, take the estate” m.o. repeats. The style of each story reflects a continuum from angry outrage, through informative warnings. Included throughout are references to websites, telephone numbers of activists, and citations to other reference books, websites, and media contacts. There is definitely information and inspiration enough for any reader looking for answers and direction.
Some of  GUARDIANSHIP’s contributors comment that those without money are safe from predatory guardians. Certainly the super-wealthy, such as the unfortunate Brooke Astor, betrayed by her son, are not shielded by their millions. [pp. 132-133] Some contributors remark that even the poor and those who are not elderly can be targeted, locked up, and plundered for their social security checks – while the guardian foists the substandard “care” of the “ward” on the public in underfunded human warehouses. Often a relative could and would have cared for the elderly person personally if they only had the use of the person’s meager income to buy his or food.
The final chapter provides us with no real solutions. There are no advance directives, living wills, trusts or other more creative legal instruments that cannot easily be ignored or undone by a corrupt judge or attorney. What remains is a stark reminder that the probate court oppressors’ schemes to steal from us and lay waste our families and our heritage, all constitute criminal acts.  GUARDIANSHIPmay well be a warning to the public that half-way measures failing to address the overarching criminality will be useless. The challenge is to find effective means of bringing these high-placed criminals to justice before we pay them any more of our tax dollars to plunder and then murder those we love.

From Ken Ditkowsky –numerous statutory provisions not adhered to by courts

To: “JoAnne M. Denison” <>,
Subject: Time for law enforcement to enforce the law – TIME FOR JEROME LARKIN, LEA BLACK, and the other co-conspirators to be disbarred! Human rights and the Constitution are not technicalities!
Date: Mar 17, 2016 4:05 PM
It occurred to me that after reading today’s newspaper that too many of us operate under the credo – do not bother me with the facts, I’ve made up my mind.
For months I’ve been referring to the protections afforded by statute to disabled people that corrupt judges and lawyers ignore and 18 USCA 371 and 18 USCA 242 violators such as Jerome Larkin of the Illinois lawyer disciplinary commission (IARDC) seek to obfuscate.      If we examine 755 ILCS 5/11a – 10 as an example, I can illustrate exactly why Mr. Larkin and his co-conspirators do not wish any investigation of their conduct much less an HONEST INVESTIGATION.
By use of footnotes, I’m going to explain the statute [1], to wit:
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    (755 ILCS 5/11a-10)   (from Ch. 110 1/2, par. 11a-10)  
    Sec. 11a-10.   Procedures preliminary to hearing.  
    (a) Upon the filing of a petition pursuant to Section 11a-8, the court shall set a date and place for hearing to take place within 30 days [2]. The court shall appoint a guardian ad litem to report to the court concerning the respondent’s best interests consistent with the provisions of this Section[3], except that the appointment of a guardian ad litem shall not be required when the court determines that such appointment is not necessary for the protection of the respondent or a reasonably informed decision on the petition. If the guardian ad litem is not a licensed attorney, he or she shall be qualified, by training or experience, to work with or advocate for persons with developmental disabilities, the mentally ill, persons with physical disabilities, the elderly, or persons with a disability due to mental deterioration, depending on the type of disability that is alleged in the petition. The court may allow the guardian ad litem reasonable compensation. The guardian ad litem may consult with a person who by training or experience is qualified to work with persons with a developmental disability, persons with mental illness, persons with physical disabilities, or persons with a disability due to mental deterioration, depending on the type of disability that is alleged. The guardian ad litem shall personally observe the respondent prior to the hearing and shall inform him orally and in writing of the contents of the petition and of his rights under Section 11a-11 [i]. The guardian ad litem shall also attempt to elicit the respondent’s position concerning the adjudication of disability, the proposed guardian, a proposed change in residential placement, changes in care that might result from the guardianship, and other areas of inquiry deemed appropriate by the court. Notwithstanding any provision in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act or any other law, a guardian ad litem shall have the right to inspect and copy any medical or mental health record of the respondent which the guardian ad litem deems necessary, provided that the information so disclosed shall not be utilized for any other purpose nor be redisclosed except in connection with the proceedings. At or before the hearing, the guardian ad litem shall file a written report detailing his or her observations of the respondent, the responses of the respondent to any of the inquires detailed in this Section, the opinion of the guardian ad litem or other professionals with whom the guardian ad litem consulted concerning the appropriateness of guardianship, and any other material issue discovered by the guardian ad litem. The guardian ad litem shall appear at the hearing and testify as to any issues presented in his or her report.  
    (b) The court (1) may appoint counsel for the respondent, if the court finds that the interests of the respondent will be best served by the appointment, and (2) shall appoint counsel upon respondent’s request or if the respondent takes a position adverse to that of the guardian ad litem . The respondent shall be permitted to obtain the appointment of counsel either at the hearing or by any written or oral request communicated to the court prior to the hearing. The summons shall inform the respondent of this right to obtain appointed counsel. The court may allow counsel for the respondent reasonable compensation.  
    (c) If the respondent is unable to pay the fee of the guardian ad litem or appointed counsel, or both, the court may enter an order for the petitioner to pay all such fees or such amounts as the respondent or the respondent’s estate may be unable to pay. However, in cases where the Office of State Guardian is the petitioner, consistent with Section 30 of the Guardianship and Advocacy Act, where the public guardian is the petitioner, consistent with Section 13-5 of the Probate Act of 1975, where an adult protective services agency is the petitioner, pursuant to Section 9 of the Adult Protective Services Act, or where the Department of Children and Family Services is the petitioner under subparagraph (d) of subsection (1) of Section 2-27 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, no guardian ad litem or legal fees shall be assessed against the Office of State Guardian, the public guardian, the adult protective services agency, or the Department of Children and Family Services.  
    (d) The hearing may be held at such convenient place as the court directs, including at a facility in which the respondent resides.  
    (e) Unless he is the petitioner, the respondent shall be personally served with a copy of the petition and a summons not less than 14 days before the hearing. [4] The summons shall be printed in large, bold type [5] and shall include the following notice:
    You have been named as a respondent in a guardianship petition asking that you be declared a person with a disability. If the court grants the petition, a guardian will be appointed for you. A copy of the guardianship petition is attached for your convenience.  
The date and time of the hearing are:
The place where the hearing will occur is:
The Judge’s name and phone number is:  
     If a guardian is appointed for you, the guardian may be given the right to make all important personal decisions for you, such as where you may live, what medical treatment you may receive, what places you may visit, and who may visit you. A guardian may also be given the right to control and manage your money and other property, including your home, if you own one. You may lose the right to make these decisions for yourself.   [6]
You have the following legal rights:        
      (1)  You have the right to be present at the court hearing.
(2) You have the right to be represented by a lawyer,        
      (3) You have the right to ask for a jury of six       
      (4) You have the right to present evidence to the court and to confront and cross-examine witnesses.       
       (5) You have the right to ask the Judge to appoint an independent expert to examine you and give an opinion about your need for a guardian.        
       (6) You have the right to ask that the court hearing be closed to the public.       
       (7) You have the right to tell the court whom you prefer to have for your guardian.
    You do not have to attend the court hearing if you do not want to be there. If you do not attend, the Judge may appoint a guardian if the Judge finds that a guardian would be of benefit to you. The hearing will not be postponed or canceled if you do not attend.  
    Service of summons and the petition may be made by a private person 18 years of age or over who is not a party to the action.  
    (f) Notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be given by the petitioner by mail or in person to those persons, including the proposed guardian, whose names and addresses appear in the petition and who do not waive notice, not less than 14 days before the hearing. [7]  
(Source: P.A. 98-49, eff. 7-1-13; 98-89, eff. 7-15-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)
This type of statutory language is universal.    Every State legislature has made an effort to protect the rights of citizens from the guardianship abuses including but not limited to elder cleansing; however,  the corrupt judges, lawyers, judicial officials have all joined in an  overt agreement to enhance their pecuniary stature by herding senior citizens into abusive guardianship so that the senior citizen estates can be looted, and last drop of Medicare, Medicaid, social security, pension et al money can be garnered in their personal accounts.    As an example, in the Mary Sykes case the estimate of theft is $3 million dollars.   In Alice Gore it is 1.5 million plus the value of the gold harvested from her mouth *****.
It has been respectfully suggested that the miscreants and their co-conspirators have not paid the Federal or State taxes on these monies.     If we use the Sykes case as a poster board, the intentional misuse of the guardianship (and governmental position) is not an issue.     Take any of the miscreants whether it be Judge Connors, the two guardian ad litem, Jerome Larkin, Lea Black **** and you have open and notorious evidence of intimidation, fraud, kidnapping, fiduciary theft, income tax evasion, violation of civil and human rights, spoliation of evidence *****.      The road map of 755 ILCS 5/11a – 10 is not a secret document – it is a statute of the State of Illinois.    
Jerome Larkin, Lea Black, **** and the Supreme Court of Illinois have committed very serious crimes against the State of Illinois by their participation in the ‘cover up’ and by ignoring Rule 8.3 and 18 USCA 4.     Not one of the miscreants called for an HONEST INVESTIGATION!     They fought it tooth and nail and used their governmental positions to deny not only the senior citizens due process but the whistleblowing attorneys and member of the public their First Amendment Rights.
Jerome Larkin and his 18 USCA 371 and 18 USCA 242 co-conspirators deserve and should be prosecuted to the full leader of the law and be required to pay every dime of the State and  Federal Income taxes that ordinary citizens routinely have to pay when they err.


[1] By making particular provisions darker, and underlined I will call attention to important sections.
[2] A prompt hearing is necessary to assure due process for the alleged incompetent person.
[3] The appointment of a guardian ad litem is supposed to provide a neutral in the picture to inform the Court of the circumstances that are before the Court.      The petitioner has the burden of proof and must prove incompetency by clear and convincing evidence – however, the experts are very unreliable and of easy virtue.
[4] Service of Summons is the traditional manner in which a person is informed that he/she has to appear in Court to protect his/her rights.      This summons has to be served in a very procrustean manner.    This is not a Willy nilly procedure it is deadly serious.      The summons as noted in the following verbiage must contain some very particular warnings and they must be written in a very special manner.
[5] Note – the print must be large and bold.    During the Sykes and Gore case proceedings the Circuit court did not even print a summons that complied with the direction of the Statute .    If you examine some of the probate files it is respectfully suggested that you will few, if any, that comply with the statutory direction.
[6] Notice and hearing are the keystones of due process.     The Illinois legislature sought to make the notice meaningful.    The corrupt judge and lawyers treat jurisdiction and due process as mere technicalities.    To protect them 18 USCA 371 criminals go to extremes to hide the statutory protections from the public and the silence attorneys who are willing to risk their licenses to comply with the oath that they took when originally sworn to the bar.
[7] As a disabled person may actually be disabled, to prevent that person from being taken advantage of – and so that the proceedings (i.e. hearing) are not secret or disregarded interested parties are supposed to be given 14 days prior notice.    This technicality in the Sodini case was held to be jurisdictional.    When Larkin was faced with the fact that in Sykes that not only was Mary not served with the proper summons in the proper manner, but no effort had been made to notify the required family members he resorted to his usual method of addressing the problem.    He and his kangaroo panel without a scintilla of evidence told an untruth.     They claimed that the required family members knew of the hearing.     Unfortunately, the court record in 09 P 4585 (Sykes) reveals that no hearing was ever held.    According to GAL Stern, he (Stern) met with GAL Farenga, and the attorney for the petitioner and they drafted an order and Judge Connors signed the order appointing a guardian.     Judge Connors in her evidence deposition at page 90 and following admitted she was wired – i.e.  She had made the decision prior to a hearing.    Thus, the result was predetermined.


[i] Every effort is to be made to make certain that the alleged incompetent is provided with notice of the proceedings and its dire consequences.   In the Sykes and Gore cases we had guardians’ ad litem who have been alleged to have been part of the elder cleansing scheme.

Dorothy Brown, while under Fed probe, declares victory

One of the things you notice about the Clerk of Court for Cook County is that the Federal Courts went electronic almost over night back in 2000, and here we are in 2016 and no electronic access to court records!  Why?  You can’t fudge with electronic records as easily as you can paper files.  It took DB years to get this done–2016, and you still can’t search court records for 8 cents per page on the internet.

But what has DB been doing during all that time?  Feathering her nest.  Court records show she was exchanging jobs for cash.  This was all recorded by an employee months ago and given to  the FBI to start a federal probe to remove her.

Read on to see what KKD has to say about all of this.  I will get the amended civil complaint against DB to publish.

Subject: Re: Dorothy Brown declares victory in Circuit Court clerk job, despite federal probe
Date: Mar 16, 2016 1:25 PM
Very well said, Ken.  Very sad reality though!
On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 2:19 PM, kenneth ditkowsky <> wrote:

Ever wonder why our Courts are reported to be corrupt?
I guess we do not have to wonder, we all have experienced the corruption; however, the hypocrisy of the voters in nominating Ms. Brown in light of the revelations concerning her operation of her office suggest that the cause is US!    On the National scene such ignorance has fostered the cottage industry of elder cleansing, medicare fraud, *****.   The 700% fraud surcharge is making health care totally unaffordable and a facade no matter what congress calls the legislation.   It is of course possible that the administration’s revelation that they believe we are ‘stupid’ is true – but ****
How many of us know whether one candidate for judge is more competent that any other candidate?  Indeed, do we know if any of the candidates are competent or have any qualifications.
In truth the persons standing for election are almost complete unknowns to most of us.   We, the great unwashed, have no knowledge as to who were are voting for or against.    What is even more upsetting is fact that when Lanre Amu and Crains Chicago Business disclosed that Judge ****, the presiding judge, was on the Board of Directors of the defendant corporation, and her brother was the attorney for the defendant Jerome Larkin, the administrator of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission = without a scintilla of evidence or the judge denying the charge, labelled Amu a liar.  (Amu represented the plaintiff).   Of course the Illinois Supreme Court suspended Amu.   Obviously, Amu was practicing law while Black  ****.
When JoAnne Denison and I disclosed that Mary Sykes was literally kidnapped, removed from the County, so that her liberty, property, savings, and humanity could be stolen from her prior to her being put to death once again Larkin wrongfully exercised his ‘devine right’ of Chicago politics to declare everything Kosher and protect the criminal elder cleansers from Justice.  For demanding an HONEST INVESTIGATION we got suspended for 3 and 4 years respectively.   Judge Connors at page 90 of her evidence deposition admitted that she was ‘wired!’   Of course the cover-up continued and continues to this day.    There is no hue and cry and 18 USCA 4, 18 USCA 241, 18 USCA 242, 18 USCA 371 **** are not invoked and thousands of other senior citizens are made available for elder cleansing.    Larkin and the Illinois Supreme Court are working very hard to make certain that he public is kept uninformed.   The investigative reporters of CBS, NBC, ABC, **** are also silent!
This elder cleansing and the cover-up are National problems and are not being addressed by our government.    Thus, Dorthy Brown’s record is a secret to most of the great ‘unwashed’ and when we appear in Court seeking justice — IT IS NOT THERE!   Our First Amendment Rights are forfeit.
On the National scene you hear political activists are crying out that candidate A sues everyone in sight and is a bully, he is crude, rude, and nasty.   The public sighs!   On the National scene you hear political activists are shocked to learn that candidate B lied that no one was killed in a North African adventure, lied about the cause of the venture, *****.   We are shocked to know that UBS gave a contribution (a bribe) to the candidates foundation and Wall Street financial people paid her hundreds of thousands of dollars for giving speeches on subjects she knows zilch ******.    the public sighs!   We sigh  because we have created a situation wherein we are individuals know that there is not a damn thing we can do about it.
On the local level, not only is our voting franchise being taken from us, but we are assisting in the effort.   Jerome Larkin and his 18 UsCA 371 co-conspirators (and his counterparts in Florida, California, and sister states) are quashing the First Amendment.   Mr. Larkin pointed out that JoAnne Denison’s blog (MaryGSykes) was akin to yelling fire in a crowded theater!   Indeed, the Supreme Court joined in the criminal activity – suspension of her law license!   Of course – here has been no hue and cry!   The civil rights of Ms. Denison and the people of the state of Illinois has been forfeit, but, the media is silent!   Law enforcement is silent! The America Bar Association is silent! ******
Yes – Dorothy Brown declares victory – so does every tyrant and criminal!  They should = we are fast losing our liberty and we are doing nothing about it.    Indeed, when our current National Socialists need a few extra dollars they have no problem opening Alice Gore’s mouth and removing a few gold Filings.   The presiding judge, the guardian ad litem, and the judicial officials (such as Jerome Larkin) pat themselves on the back and laud their perfidy!

From: Tribune Alert <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10:23 PM
Subject: Dorothy Brown declares victory in Circuit Court clerk job, despite federal probe

Unbelievable–shocking report that Ohio is running T4 programs in hospice

If you take a look at this police report you will find out that the Ohio police are refusing to do tox screens on elderly people in “hospice”. They claim that excessive amounts of drugs that kill the people are required to “alleviate suffering.” That is absolutely utter nonsense.  Drug limits are put in place to protect people while at the same time providing pain relief.  It is a violation of the license of doctors and nurses to give patients excessive psychotropic drugs to “alleviate suffering and pain.”  The FDA controls what drugs and how much of the drugs may be given to these patients.  Only a court may order that food and hydration may be with held to kill a person — ever.

Take for example, the Michael Jackson case.  It is reported he was in great pain, he had severe sleep disorders and his doctor was giving Propofol–a drug never used outside a hospital, it is a strong sedative.  The following wiki page documents the entire case:

Michael Jackson was obviously a beloved celebrity so the police had to do the right thing or the public outcry would have been deafening.

But an elderly, unknown person in guardianship–Sykes, Claire Miller, Tyler, Drabik, Frake, etc. are just people to target, drain the estate and eliminate.

Claire Miller was obviously put to death under Ohio’s new T-4 program (T-4 is the program Hitler used to kill deformed, babies, children and then the mentally, and then he went on to kill  ****.  The T-4 program is reported on this blog in another post in greater detail and on Wiki).

Michael Jackson’s doctor was sentenced to 4 years of incarceration for involuntary manslaughter when he was blatantly using a hospital grade sedative Propofol, to treat Jackson’s pain and sleep disorder without the appropriate precautions, treatment standards, safety equipment and protocol–as determined by the FDA for dispensing such a drug.

Why is it that Michael Jackson’s death matter, but not that of Claire Miller?  How is it that the Ohio police are running what is in essence a T-4 program for the elderly and disabled without court orders and denying loved ones tox screens and investigations. Roseanne Miller believes that her father was murdered by the lawyers and judge in her father’s case.  I would like to know the difference between this linked police report and Hitler’s T-4 program.

Elderly lives do matter and that is not how a free, open and civilized democracy is supposed to function.

Gloria Sykes and others have asked the authorities for a tox screen in her mother’s death.  So far no action.  Bev Cooper has asked for a tox screen in her mother’s death when she was narcotized to death, after having a feeding tube implanted against her will, being forced into a nursing home 30 miles from her beloved daughter’s home because the name Es**** was on it, then 29 gold teeth were pulled and not inventoried.

These demands have been made to the authorities.

How is it Jackson’s doctor can be convicted, autopsies and tox screens done, but not for a 94 year old and a 99 year old widow?

These women were important too and beloved by their children, friends and family.

Nope, not Michael Jackson, but still beloved and cherished.


From Ken Ditkowsky–some thoughts on election day

It’s Chicago, get out there and vote early and often.

A turkey for every democratic voter on the way out the polls.

Subject: Re: Hillary Clinton: ‘We didn’t lose a single person’ in Libya
Date: Mar 15, 2016 4:31 PM

Apolitical Aphorisms 

If God wanted us to vote, he would 
have given us candidates. 

~Jay Leno~ 

The problem with political jokes is they get elected. 

~Henry Cate, VII~ 

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the 
great ones to public office 


If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there 
wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven. 

~Will Rogers~ 

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. 

~Nikita Khrushchev~ 

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it. 

~Clarence Darrow~ 

Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. 

~Author unknown~ 

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy 
some more tunnel. 

~John Quinton~ 

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. 

~Oscar Ameringer~ 

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling 
the truth about them. 

~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952~ 

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. 

~ Tex Guinan~ 

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. 

~Charles de Gaulle~ 

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. 

~Doug Larson~ 

There ought to be one day — just one — when 
there is open season on senators. 

~Will Rogers~ 

Suspension from NC–the system of corruption is endemnic!

To:, Illinois ARDC <>……
Subject: Suspension for 3 year from NC
Date: Mar 15, 2016 5:13 AM

Dear Mike

I was recently served with your notice of suspension.  See attached.
I have to tell you that I was extremely disappointed in your conduct as an attorney and officer of the court of North Carolina.
I invite you to read my blog about probate corruption and in particular the case of Mary G Sykes, which I was disciplined over.  She was targeted, her estate was drained for attorneys and nursing home fees, she was isolated from 20+ friends and family, including a beloved and long time care giver her daughter, Gloria Sykes.  Almost all of her estate went to attorneys fees and she was drugged and placed in repeated nursing homes against her will.  It is utterly not true that there was no basis for my statements, all the pleadings and evidence are published on my blog.  Mary Sykes is now dead, having passed over on May 23, 2015 when she was narcotized to death because no one intervened, not the Illinois ARDC, the NC state bar which was informed of the controversy, the Illinois Supreme Court, nor any of the numerous states attorneys and police that were well informed of the facts of the situation well in advance of this occurence.
Ms. Gloria Sykes, who fought for her mother courageously, is an award winning investigative journalist with a degree in Journalism from Northwestern University Illinois. She is highly respected in her industry and has done interviews with Gacy and other serious cases. She fought hard to get her mother out of an abusive guardianship with no jurisdiction (I assume you did not read the pleadings on this which I send you.  Please find jurisdiction in this case, you have the Record on Appeal, where is it?)
My case involved blogging about corruption.  In Illinois, the Appellate court has declared that the courts have no jurisdiction over the media because we do have First Amendment rights.  (In re Weddigen, 4th district, appellate 2015 Illinois).
I consider this to be notice to you that you have suppressed my first amendment rights which violates 42 USC 1983, 42 USC 242 and other statutes relating to First Amendment suppression.  The FBI division on human and civil rights has been bcc’d on this email.
I am asking at this time that you turn over the names of any others that you know of who have participated in this crime according to 18 USC sec 4 which makes it a felony not to report this activity to the authorities. Suppression of First Amendment rights is a Federal Felony.  Further, just because someone says “zero tolerace” that does not mean zero brains in reviewing a case.  You ought to take that notion seriously. Go ahead at Westlaw, Lexus and Fastcase the cases on “zero tolerance” in Illinois.  A justicable decision must still be made.
I appreciate your prompt cooperation.
I would appreciate your making a statement. I am scheduled for a TV show on abuse guardianships and corruption in the courts on 3/23/16.  You are welcome to appear.  Please email Bev Cooper at her address above if you wish to appear and she will give you directions to the studio and the time to appear before broadcast. If I do not hear from you I will inform the viewers you did not respond to media requests for statements and inquiry.
Thank you for sending this to me. At least we have your name for supporting nationwide corruption from the lawyers in North Carolina.  You should note that the Illinois Supreme Court will NOT name any justice responsible for suspending me. The ones at the ARDC have already been outed for fixing cases (my chair Sang Yul Lee and Anna Loftus, the puppet of Anne Burke on the Illinois Supreme Court.  None of these have responded to inquires concerning their behavior but I have reported them to the local FBI and asked that their offices be bugged for “special deals” to support corruption in the courts.)  You should be made aware.  I am from Illinois, the land of most governors in orange jumpsuits in 2 decades)
JoAnne Denison
cc: and dozens of other probate blogs and new media.

From Ken Ditkowsky — a real public outcry is out there

To: “JoAnne M. Denison” <>, ….
Subject: Ever wonder why elder cleansing is one of the fastest growing industries in America?
Date: Mar 14, 2016 7:13 PM
Take a look at today’s WSJ.    Then brose the articles and notice that our democracy is being made a mockery.
Sedition is becoming a norm.     Even though we have a First Amendment, a lawyer who exposes or protests corrupt judges, lawyers, judicial officials etc can kiss his/her law license goodby; however, a lawyer who pleads guilty to breach of fiduciary relationships, health care frauds in the 100s of millions of dollars is given a pass.      A presidential candidate has zero tolerance for dissension in his audiences, and billionare George Soros is lauded for sending hoodlums to attempt to disrupt rallies.   No one seems to care about the First Amendment.
Tomorrow there will be vote fraud of monumental proportions.     Every senior being elder cleansed can be expected to turn out and vote for ******, if they have not voted early, by absentee ballot etc.    Need proof.    Count the number of signs on homes and businesses for Mrs. Clinton!     Ride by the Auditorm Theater and see the crowd!     Indeed, I am biased!     However, I am not deaf and I am not blind.   
My friend Lanre Amu lost his license for practicing law while black!      I have a bit of trouble reconciling that act with democracy.     Seth Gilman breached a fiduciary relationship, stole from the USA and he is given a pass by the Illinois Disciplinary Commission (ARDC).    JoAnne Denison exposed in her blog criminal action in the Court –  her blog has been found to be akin to yelling fire in a crowded theater by the Illinois Supreme Court and the disciplinary commission!    
We are in real trouble!     
Ken Ditkowsky

Thank you Obama/AG Lynch–no more chemical restraints for the elderly/disabled

More health care fraud in the millions dispensed with:

And we are NOT running concentration camps, gulags or workhouses in the US. it’s time to empty the nursing homes and get the disabled and elderly back in their own homes, communities and with their own families. We need to get laws in place to do this.

Nursing homes are simply gulags, ghettos and slums for the elderly.  It’s a nationwide scam.  And the taxpayers pay for the abuse of the elderly and disableds.

Subject: Thank you Attorney General Lynch!
Date: Mar 13, 2016 7:09 AM
The elderly and the disabled are (or should be grateful) to Attorney General Lynch for having the courage to send a message to the political and Judicial elite who are engaged in elder cleansing.   The Seth Gillman, and Reinstein prosecutions are steps forward.    
I’ve been exercising my First Amendment Rights crying out for an HONEST investigation and the prosecution of the predators.   With little fanfare, and in the best traditions of American Justice Attorney General Holder and Attorney General Lynch have been quietly enforcing the Rule of Law.   
There is much to do, and there are many miscreants out there receiving the protection of corrupt public officials, and it might be said that these events are akin to spitting into the ocean – BUT they are positive steps and encouragement to Tim, JoAnne, Sam, Bev, Janet, Gloria Sylvia, **** who have been tireless in the Quest to rein in the elder cleansers and overcome the ‘cover up’ orchestrated by Jerome Larkin and his 18 USCA 371, 18 USCA 242, and 18 USCA 4 co-conspirators.   

Doctor given prison for taking kickbacks to prescribe risky drug

Reinstein sentenced

Dr. Michael Reinstein, right, leaves the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse on March 11, 2016, after being sentenced to nine months in prison for accepting almost $600,000 in kickbacks to prescribe a risky antipsychotic drug to thousands of patients in Chicago nursing homes and mental health clinics.

(Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune)

A Chicago doctor who was once the nation’s most prolific prescriber of the risky antipsychotic drug clozapine was sentenced to nine months in prison Friday for taking cash, vacation trips and other kickbacks from the drug’s manufacturers.
Dr. Michael Reinstein, the subject of a 2009 Tribune-ProPublica joint investigation, admitted to pocketing nearly $600,000 in benefits over the years for prescribing various forms of clozapine, known as a risky drug of last resort, to hundreds of mentally ill patients in his care.
In rejecting calls by defense lawyers for probation, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman noted that like so many other doctors convicted of fraud schemes, Reinstein served a largely underprivileged group of people who are unable to fend for themselves.
The judge also said that regardless of whether he thought the drug was helping his patients, Reinstein violated the sacred doctor-patient trust by accepting the cash.
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“That is the biggest danger here,” Coleman said. “It leaves a cloud over the patients and their families over whether they were put at some unnecessary risk. All of those questions are in their heads. … When money is inserted into the equation, there is no trust.”
When he pleaded guilty last year, Reinstein also settled a massive civil lawsuit brought by the U.S. attorney’s office alleging that he submitted more than 140,000 false Medicare and Medicaid claims as part of the kickback scheme. He was ordered to pay more than $3.7 million in penalties to the U.S. government and the state of Illinois.
In addition to the prison time, Coleman ordered Reinstein to forfeit an additional $592,000 and serve 120 hours of community service when he’s released from custody.
Reinstein, 72, of Skokie, showed no reaction to the sentence. Moments earlier, he had stood in the courtroom and apologized for his crime and the embarrassment it caused his family members, many of whom choked back tears in the courtroom gallery.
But as he had in the past, Reinstein defended his use of clozapine, which he said has been unfairly portrayed by prosecutors as dangerous.
“I’ve been working with this medicine since 1971,” said Reinstein, whose medical license was indefinitely suspended by state regulators in 2014. “It has helped many, many, many patients who were not helped by other drugs.”
First licensed in Illinois in 1968, Reinstein built a lucrative practice providing psychiatric care to mentally ill patients in nursing homes concentrated near his strip mall office in the city’s Uptown neighborhood.
The Tribune-ProPublica investigation found that Reinstein had amassed a worrisome record of assembly line care that was linked to three patients’ deaths and triggered lawsuits as well as accusations of fraud. But the federal charges did not include any accusations of patient deaths.
In his plea agreement, Reinstein admitted that, beginning in the 1990s, he prescribed the brand-name version of clozapine to hundreds of his patients while receiving $234,000 from the manufacturer. Reinstein admitted that the payments, ostensibly for speaking engagements touting the drug, were in part for prescribing the drug to so many patients.
When Ivax Pharmaceuticals began making a generic form of clozapine in 2003, Reinstein struck a $50,000-a-year consulting agreement with the company, quickly becoming among its largest prescribers in the country.
Over the next three years, Ivax provided other perks to Reinstein and his associates, including expensive meals, tickets to sporting events and an all-expense-paid trip to Ivax’s headquarters in Miami, where Reinstein went on fishing trips, a cruise and a golf outing, according to prosecutors.
Reinstein faced up to three years in prison but was given a break in his recommended sentence because he cooperated with prosecutors on several other health care fraud investigations, including secretly recording conversations with other doctors, court records show. It was not disclosed whether any of those investigations led to criminal charges.
In asking Coleman for a sentence of a year and half in prison, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Pruitt said only 4 or 5 percent of all the patients nationwide who are on antipsychotic drugs are taking clozapine. Meanwhile, the “vast majority” of Reinstein’s patients were on the medication, Pruitt said.
“It is a staggering difference,” Pruitt said.
Twitter @jmetr22b

22 worst laws in the US

22. Bingo games cannot last more than 5 hours (North Carolina)

21. Chickens are not allowed to cross the road (Quitman, Georgia)

20. If you cut down a cactus, you could be sentenced to 25 years in prison (Arizona)

19. Policemen are allowed to bite a dog if they think it will calm the dog down (Paulding, Ohio)
18. It’s illegal to sell your eyeballs (Texas)
17. It’s against the law to sing off-key (North Carolina)

16. You may not sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday (Rhode Island)

15. You are not allowed to eat fried chicken any other way than using your hands (Gainesville, Georgia)

14. Marriage between cousins is against the law only if they are younger than 65 (Utah)

13. Red cars may not drive down Lake Street (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

12. It’s forbidden for a female to appear unshaven in public (Carrizozo, New Mexico)

11. Bear wrestling matches are prohibited (Alabama)

10. You may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit (Wyoming)

9 .You cannot buy meat of any kind on Sunday (Washington)

8. It’s illegal to attend a public event or use public transport within 4 hours of eating an onions or garlic (Indiana)
7. In San Antonio, flirting is against the law (Texas)

6. It’s illegal for a man to give his fiancé a box of candy that weighs more than 50 lbs (22.5 kg) (Idaho)
5. A motorist with criminal intentions must stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town (Washington)

4. If you are found stealing soap, you must wash yourself until the bar of soap has been completely used up (Arizona)

3. If you have mustaches, it’s illegal for you to kiss a woman (Eureka, Nevada)

2. It’s against the law for a woman to drive a car in Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red flag (Waynesboro, Virginia)

1. You can be arrested or fined for harassing Bigfoot (Washington)
(laws via)

From Ken Ditkowsky–Protecting the First Amendment from Goons and Thugs

To: “” <>,
Subject: Re: Left-wing Riot Gave Trump a Larger Audience
Date: Mar 12, 2016 10:07 AM
Apparently we are reaching the insane stage of the political season a bit early this time around.     Historically, the partisans demonstrate their hypocrisy closer to election day, however, right out in the open are intelligent thinking people who discussing limiting the political speech of those that they disagree with.    As an example, a ‘kid’ who had been a soldier opened his big mouth and proclaimed that he was going to middle east to fight for ISIS.     He bought a ticket, traveled to Turkey where he was arrested and charged.
Where was the Civil Liberties Union?    Where were all the liberals?    Where were all the conservatives?    Indeed, where were you and I?     Uniformly, we are all outraged by “thought police” and limits on our freedom; but we all joined together in our outrage and contrary to the core values of America none of us (me included) uttered a word of protest.     Uniformly we looked at the situation and said good riddance!
As a victim of a civil rights violation I should be more sensitive and understanding.   I have and am yelling bloody murder as Jerome Larkin and his 18 USCA 242 and 18 USCA 371 co-conspirators have tried to stop me from demanding an HONEST investigation.    Indeed, I and others are outraged that government officials were ravaging the core values and principles of America – our rights of free speech.     Could I as an attorney and a citizen lose my right to practice law for advocating for Bernie Sanders?   What if my favorite candidate was Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?      According to Jerome Larkin and the Illinois Supreme Court I could indeed lose my license.       I wrote to the Attorney General of the United States and was asked if I was repentant!    When I stated that I was not and would do it again I got a four year suspension of my law license!    JoAnne Denison wrote a blog – she got an interim suspension and three years.   Lanre Amu, lost his license for practicing law while black.
Getting back to the point.     The SCOTUS has made it abundantly clear that all political and content related speech is protected by the First Amendment.    Thus, an American supporting ISIS, the National Socialists, the Democrats, the Republicans etc. is protected.     The distinction between speech and action unfortunately is blurred.    Some of the blurring is intentional and therefore if the blurring is done by government we as citizens must view it with suspicion.
The travel to the Mideast to join ISIS is a special case as ISIS has made a uniform threat to America and its existence and has committed overt acts in pursuance thereof.    The action is thus reconciled as treason or its equivalent.     BUT THIS BEGS THE QUESTION!     Is it treason to support Bernie Sanders.    He is an admitted socialist!    Is it treason to support Donald Trump?    He is overtly politically incorrect.    Contrary to some of the partisans the answer is still no – it is not treason to support candidates that the mainstream media does not support.    Then – why is it treason to support ISIS?
The answer is – pursuant to Article 1 of the Illinois Constitution and the First Amendment it is not.     However, when that support crosses the line it may be an expatriating act.     Voting in a foreign election, taking up arms in causes that are against the interests of the United States of America, intentional renunciation of citizenship, or doing acts that are overtly contrary to the Laws, customs, and serious interests of the United States of America (Treason).     Thus, when this young man actually donned the mantel of ISIS he committed an expatriating act and became an enemy combatant!     As such he forfeited the protections of America and our core values .  
The foregoing is not a rationalization, but, part of America law from day one.     Citizenship comes with responsibility and duties.    Both Mr. Larkin and myself took the same oath to defend the Constitution.    Thus, both of us had the responsibility to speak out in outrage when Justice Connors on page 90 and following of her evidence deposition admitted that she was ‘wired!’   (i.e.   she was predetermined to find Mary Sykes incompetent and predetermined to appoint a particular guardian for her) [1]
I point this all out as the elder cleansing scandal is so voracious and public officials and corrupt judicial officials have expended so much effort to destroy America’s core values.    Worse yet, we are buying into the problem and not standing up and being counted.     If we allow the civil rights of one citizen to be compromised we guaranty that all our rights are in jeopardy.      Our National motto has always been – I may disagree with what you have to say, but I will fight to the death to protect your right to say it!      It is also for this reason every day I donate a few minutes of my time to write these e-mails urging an HONEST investigation.     I am not ‘cowed’ by Larkin’s intimidation and criminal behavior!     I am disappointed that he has been able to get away with his criminality (and felonies) for so long.    In a perfect world, Larkin and each of his co-conspirators would be in an orange federal issue jumpsuit rather than his usual shark skinned garb.   ( There is no place in public life for predators or their apologists – see 18 USCA 371 and 18 USCA 242 and 18 USCA 4)

[1] On page 90 and following Judge Connors points out that had she known that she did not have jurisdiction she would have stopped the proceedings, corrected the deficiency and then reached the same result.     The further perfidy exposed by this evidence deposition was the fact that Connors admitted not only that she was ‘wired’ (fixed) but she did not do her job.   With this deposition of record, Connors was elevated to the Appellate Court of Illinois.    It is no wonder that Larkin and his ilk are so ready to abandon their responsibilities, misrepresent the decisions of the SCOTUS and thumb their noses at their legal and ethical responsibilities.

From: GOPUSA Weekend Update <>
Sent: Saturday, March 12, 2016 9:15 AM
Subject: Left-wing Riot Gave Trump a Larger Audience

How to make a profit from the Homeless and abuse them

Some articles of interest:


From Ken Ditkowsky

Subject: Re: HARVESTING THE HOMELESS — ALSO NEEDS AN HONEST INVESTIGATION> More and more connected in this disgrace, criminality and massive cover up involving the range of abuses and crimes against our children & women by the Catholic Church – Pennsylvania
Date: Mar 11, 2016 7:39 PM
Lower Wacker Drive was a haven for the homeless, especially during the winter months.   The underground area offered some relative warmth, and the doorways to the skyscrapers shelter.   Dozens congregated.    Many were elderly and most had mental problems.   It was an embarrassment to the City, except when votes needed to be cast –
The large nursing home operators always were on the lookout for the easy score.   Not all the elderly are monied.    In fact most live on quite modest budgets and particularly in Chicago the rule, rather than the exception is the strong family tie – and the development of some clout.
The largest group of nursing home moguls are reported to be orthodox jews.    With the advent of Medicaid and Medicare the administrators at Blue Cross/Blue Shield became dominant.   This meant that if you followed the formula you could maximize the amount of remuneration received.  Hospitals became profit centers, but, their compensation was limited by not only the dogooders, naive medical personnel, but oversight; however, the nursing home business and the hospice facility offered virtually unlimited profits.   All you had to do was to fill your beds and money rolled in hand over fist.
One of the largest operators is an individual who claims the title Rabbi.   He purchased and built nursing homes by the score.   Each nursing home was a configuration of Enron style corporations designed to maximize profit and reduce risk.   Like hospitals the nursing home had luxury single rooms, single rooms, doubles, triples and a series of wards.   An average facility had 350 beds and/or residences.    The average cost of a non-warehouse patient was between $1,000 to $2500.00 a month; however, depending on insurance coverage (and elder savings) $5000.00 to $16,000.00 a month plus pharmaceuticals, and incidentals.
The competition for patients is fierce for obvious reasons.    Most ethical physicians know which facilities are criminal enterprises and which are not and steer the patients to other options and especially home care.   After my prostrate surgery (cancer) I went home.  An extended care facility was not an option.
Thus, as so much money is available, there is a competition for patients.   Thus, kickbacks are not uncommon, and arrangements are made with Court appointed guardians and unethical lawyers to share the wealth.
The nursing home mogul has to find a way to keep his facilities full.    He thus hired a gang of hoodlums to roam the lower Wacker Drive area and scope out homeless people who could become more or less permanent residents.   The targeted seniors would be drugged and beaten – and taken to an emergency room for treatment.   The co-operating physician would certify that homeless person as incompetent and a call would go to the public guardian.    The Public guardian (an attorney) would ram an incompetency finding through a corrupt Court and obtain an order to place the homeless person in a sheltered care facility.  (The guardian was necessary to arrange for public aid, medicaid, medicare, etc.)
The attorneys in the public guardian’s office at the focus time were supervised by Attorney ******.   Ms ******* just happened to be a relative of of a major mogul.    The public guardian and his attorneys are well paid individuals = their payment comes from the State.   They receive kickbacks and other remuneration from the nursing home moguls.
Once in the facility the victim was kept doped up, assigned a bed in a ward, and warehoused.   It was not unusual that a feeding tube was inserted so that contacts with life for the victim was minimized.   The victim was kept alive so that maximum benefits could be obtained.    If you read the patient’s chart you would think that round the clock quality nursing care was being afforded – in fact zombies had a more exciting life.    Government paid the freight!
When the patient’s life was squeezed out of him, he went into hospice.   Hospice continued as long as possible – death was a minor inconvenience. (As Atty Gillman will tell you, GIP or general in patient care garners $170 per day, hospice at least $780 so everyone must need hospice)  When hospice could no longer be claimed, cremation occurred and another homeless captive was recruited.
I was told that the practice has been curtailed because of ‘heat!’    Several of the moguls are reported to have sold their facilities in Chicago.
I hope that this explains how this part of the business works!

2015 — Corruption in Chicago Report, a banner year—2015-a-banner-corruption-year—3-10-16-final-draft.pdf?sfvrsn=4

This is a yearly report put out by the Univ. of Illinois

The year 2015 was a banner year for corruption in the State of Illinois, the third most corrupt state in the nation. Based on the evidence in this report, it appears that our elected officials, our state and local governments, and society as a whole, are losing the battle against corruption. The most salacious corruption case of the past year is rooted in Downstate Illinois. Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and former Congressman from the town of Plano, some 50 miles west of Chicago. Hastert was indicted by federal prosecutors in May for structuring the withdrawal of $1.7 million dollars in violation of bank laws and for lying to the FBI. According to news reports, Hastert gave the money to a former student of Yorkville High School to compensate him for concealing Hastert’s alleged misconduct decades ago when Hastert was a teacher and coach at the school. Hastert was convicted in October when he pleaded guilty to a felony count of evading bank reporting laws in a hushmoney scheme. He is now awaiting sentencing. While the Hastert indictment and conviction garnered national news headlines and was the most significant corruption story of the year, Illinois experienced many additional corruption events in 2015. In this report, we document 27 convictions, 28 indictments, and the launching of 11 corruption investigation. In addition we cover the sentencing of 30 public corruption convicts last year, most of whom were convicted in a year or two before 2015.


Medical fraud in Illinois Medical fraud is a white-collar crime that involves dishonest filling of medical claims or providing and billing for unnecessary medical treatments. This often affects elderly or disabled individuals who are recipients of federal or state medical benefits. Medical fraud schemes not only rip off the system, but also take advantage of vulnerable individuals and pose risks to their health. In 2015, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is part of the Health Care Fraud & Prevention Team, a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS, carried out one of the largest corruption investigations in its history. The operation took place in 17 districts throughout the United States, resulting in charges against 243 individuals, including 46 doctors and other licensed medical professions, who allegedly participated in fraud schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings. Since its inception in 2007, Strike Force operations in nine states have charged over 2,300 defendants who collectively have falsely billed the Medicare program for more than $7 billion. In 2015, a number of cases were prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney of Northern District of Illinois and twelve individuals were charged. In the Guerrero, et. al. case, seven individuals who worked at three home health care companies were charged with $45 million fraud between 2008 and 2014. The fraud as alleged included paying illegal bribes and kickbacks to obtain Medicare beneficiaries; ignoring doctors who refused to certify beneficiaries as “homebound” and eligible for care; enrolling patients who did not need or want the care; subjecting patients to pre-planned cycles of discharges and re-enrollments, regardless of their medical needs; and falsifying medical records to make patients appear to be homebound or sicker than they actually were. Three other cases involved medical professionals also charged with health care fraud. In one, Zenaida Dimalig of Bensenville allegedly paid cash kickbacks to Medicare-covered patients, who, in turn, allowed their Medicare information to be used to bill Medicare for homehealth services that these individuals did not need. Dimalig then passed on this Medicare information and records that falsely suggested that certain services were provided to Medicare beneficiaries to home health care agencies for the purpose of billing Medicare. In another case Barry Fisher of River Forest, is alleged to have falsely certified patients as “confined to the home,” requiring skilled nursing services, and falsification of information in patient medical records. 13 In the third case, a Chicago dermatologist, Omeed Memar was indicted for health care fraud for allegedly billing cosmetic treatments fraudulently as the destruction of large numbers of pre-cancerous lesions. For a period of approximately six years between 2007 and 2013, Memar allegedly falsely diagnosed patients with actinic keratosis, ordered his staff to provide intense-pulsed light treatments for his patients, and instructed his staff to document the procedures falsely as the destruction of 15 or more precancerous lesions. Other cases include: a $6 million Medicare fraud and kickback scheme at a Chicago home health care practice; kickbacks by a Chicago psychiatrist for prescribing anti-psychotic drugs; Medicare fraud by a psychologist and psychotherapy services; false billing of Medicare by a suspended physician; health-care fraud by the owner of two nursing agencies that provided unnecessary services to Medicare beneficiaries; a Medicare kickback conspiracy by owner and executives at closed Sacred Heart Hospital; a $ 23 million Medicare fraud conspiracy by leader of two health clinics ; the falsification of Medicaid Waiver Program bills by a personal assistant in the Home Services Program; a $10.8 million fraud scheme by a Wheeling Chiropractic Group; and a $2.5 million health care fraud by the owner and operator of health clinics located in Park Ridge and Skokie, Illinois. The prevalence of such a large number of medical fraud cases is evidence that corrupt acts are not confined to elected officials but can be found in the various professions, the business class and among average working men and women.