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By Ron Panzer
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This book is dedicated to the vulnerable who have been targeted for stealth euthanasia.
There are numerous books about the history of euthanasia and eugenics proposals in our society. This book is not one of those. It offers a rare glimpse from my experience within the end-of-life industry, my work as a patient advocate, and includes the revelations of hundreds and hundreds of people as they have recounted it to me. This book explains how we got where we are today and provides statements by many of our nation’s leaders in health care, government and patient advocacy, that taken altogether form the pieces of the puzzle that reveal what has been hidden from the American public for decades: stealth euthanasia is being practiced throughout the United States and elsewhere.
I have many friends within the hospice industry who confirm what I recount here in this book, so I urge you to read through to the very end, as you have never heard all that I am about to share with you. Some of it may surprise and shock you. Some of it will trouble you, but all of it will affect what happens to you, your family and our society in the days to come.
This is the story of the intentionally “below-the-radar” changes that have been aggressively pursued in our society for decades. Because these changes are not covered by the major media in any coherent, connected way, or at all, the public has difficulty “putting a finger” on what is happening and why. They see changes here and there as situations arise in their lives, especially in health care. They hear stories about what is happening and mistakenly assume they are isolated incidents. Sometimes, they just can’t believe the changes that have already been made. They seem so “foreign” to what American society is all about, and the reason they seem “foreign” is they do not arise from American Constitutional values.
Some people are frightened by these changes, changes that seem to be imposed upon society without the approval of the majority of citizens. They question the wisdom of abandoning the traditional values that formed the foundation for American life. They question the declining percentages of Americans who support the traditional value of a family (husband, wife and children), marriage (husband and wife), sanctity of life, faith in God, the value of work and the opportunity to get ahead in a free society. They wonder how we have strayed so far. They question whether we are still truly free to express our religious faith in a public setting, or even whether the dedication to “do no harm” within health care is the prevailing mindset. Shockingly, often it is not.
If you want to know what all that “death panel” talk is really all about, this is the book that explains exactly what is going on and will be going on.
There are no formal “death panels,” but there are bureaucrats in government, HMOs, and private health insurance companies whose decisions knowingly result in denied tests, denied treatments and certain death in many cases. This has been well-documented. However, when the federal government becomes the big HMO itself, test and treatment denials will be the equivalent of death sentences for some, even many. The new health care reform law creates several methods that are likely to result in rationed care. For example, the “Independent Payment Advisory Board” (“IPAB”) is supposedly not allowed to make recommendations that directly result in rationing care, but it can exert overwhelming pressure on providers by reducing how much they get paid to provide a service.
Politicians say, “we are not going to ration care.” But they will set in motion many processes that reduce reimbursement under the guise of “limiting expenditures,” or “keeping costs down,” and these processes will result in rationing care. Ultimately, many services will simply not be provided, because physicians, hospitals, and others cannot afford to provide them at the steadily decreasing reimbursement levels determined by the bureaucrats who run Medicare, Medicaid and other government-controlled health services.
Those on Medicare and Medicaid are already on a government-run plan and are experiencing the effects of decisions made by unelected bureaucrats in Washington, DC. We need to remember that Medicare passed into law in 1965 and is nominally a “voluntary” program. However, to assure participation by all seniors, then President Lyndon Johnson pressured all private health insurers to cancel all policies available to seniors. If seniors want to completely opt-out of Medicare, they have to give up their Social Security benefits and then pay privately for all services they receive. Only the very wealthy can do that.
Since there is no private health insurance available for seniors in the United States, we cannot say that participation in Medicare is truly voluntary. Seniors must accept whatever those running Medicare decide regarding their treatment options. Certainly, there are many who would have no health coverage without Medicare, and millions have benefited from the program. Many seniors are comfortable with Medicare the way it has been up to the present time. What needs to be recognized is that changes are coming no matter what political party or agenda controls those changes, with or without the new health care reform law. One political party will accuse the other of threatening the well-being of senior citizens and vice-versa. But both will silently promote the stealth euthanasia already begun in this nation. The generous benefits of Medicare over the past are going to be phased out selectively to streamline the program and make it more “efficient.” The idea that the future Medicare will be like what we’ve had till now is quite mistaken and those that trust in the promises being made by either party need to wake up to the realities.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has said, “telling America’s aging population that its entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare will survive without significant changes is dishonest.” The debate about the health care reform law or other proposals are important, but like some demonstrations of illusion and “magic,” you never see what’s really happening. Misdirection and skill fool all except those trained in the art. While we focus on the public debate, drastic changes are being made quietly without fanfare. “The Obama administration has released a report saying that health reform will save $575 billion in the Medicare program over 10 years.” All while the number of Medicare patients will grow exponentially. Isn’t it obvious what is happening?
The health care reform law (H.R.3590) has already modified how Medicare will be run. Under Section 3021, “Establishment of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation,” the Secretary of HHS “shall adjust the payments made to an eligible safety net hospital system or network from a fee-for-service payment structure to a global capitated payment model.” [H.R.3590 p.205] Going from a Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement system that pays fees for each service provided to a system that has a cap on payments made for all services provided to a patient is one of the most significant changes to Medicare ever made and will certainly result in drastic changes. Just think about how hospitals will change what tests, surgeries and treatments they provide if they know the amount they will be paid is capped for each patient they serve! And if the patient has already used up the cap amount, do you think the hospital will continue to provide services for free?
In addition, once the government takes over management of our nation’s entire health care system under H.R. 3590, as it already has in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, it acquires control over how care is delivered, what care is available, and who receives that care or not. It controls how much the providers are paid, and by deciding to pay providers less than service costs and capping total costs paid out, it is driving some physicians to leave the field and will discourage the young from entering the field. Some hospitals will close their doors, reducing the total number of hospital beds available to those in the community. On average, physicians train until they’re close to 30 years old, graduate with $150,000 to $250,000 in debt for their education, and are subject to being sued on any given day.
When the nation’s supply of physicians lags behind the growing elderly population and hospitals have to serve that increasing number of patients, health care services will certainly be limited. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges. “America will face a shortage of more than 90,000 doctors in 10 years.” There is no question that, in order to keep health care costs down, patients will see more physician-assistants and nurse practitioners providing primary care. Actually getting to see the physician will become increasingly difficult over time. For example, “employment of physician assistants is expected to grow by 39 percent from 2008 to 2018.” To cut costs even more, if a patient is chronically ill, with more than one diagnosis, or very elderly, and enters the hospital more than once, that patient will likely be referred for hospice or palliative care services to prevent more costly acute care hospital admissions.
You may not realize this, but leaders in government of both political parties are promoting palliative and hospice care as the destination, your destination … the end of the road in a patient’s health care journey. There is no need for something to be called a “death panel.” Rationed care will result in destabilization and consequent death for many of the chronically ill, elderly and disabled. Interventions and treatment options, as well as denials, can be manipulated so that death is made to happen.
There is no one place to point the finger and say, “he” alone is responsible, or “that group” or “that government department” alone is responsible. It is much more sophisticated and complicated than that. There are webs and webs of interconnected efforts that have resulted in a massive wave sweeping over our land, something that has not happened overnight, though it may seem so. It’s been coming for over seventy years. Americans have been quietly “asleep” while those who have made war on American values achieved success after success.
We don’t want to think about “death and dying” even if some have been shouting the “death and dying” talk from the rooftops. There have been thousands of news articles and speakers all across the country promoting the wonders of end-of-life care, and there is much good that can be done when dedicated professionals make their best effort to relieve suffering at the end-of-life. However, there are some who have dedicated their lives to move American society away from its traditional values, and they have not been asleep. They’ve been very busy for over seventy years working in the background, training others and teaching in the universities, arranging to have their ideas inserted into public school curricula.
They’ve written sections of textbook after textbook or controlled the slant of content used to train physicians, nurses, other health care professionals, attorneys, and therefore some of the justices who eventually serve on the courts, until they have succeeded in changing how the powerful-to-be think and act … how they view the world from deep within. And now the indoctrinated are the powerful. They’ve even gotten rid of the Hippocratic Oath for graduating physicians in most medical schools (contrary to what we Americans assume). They are accomplishing the last acts of their grand project: changing completely how Americans die and how Americans view death and dying.
When physicians, attorneys and judges as well as other leaders of our society no longer affirm the sanctity of life, and when leaders within health care no longer pledge to “do no harm,” there is no obstacle to the devaluation of selected lives and the discarding of those lives.
Before the advent of widely available hospice services in the 1980s, most Americans died in acute care hospitals in a “medicalized” environment where death, just like birth, was reserved for doctors and nurses. It was hidden from view, something that otherwise has been quite unusual over the course of human history.
The modern hospice movement with its openness to caring for the dying with family present, with its recognition of the opportunity for healing in family relationships at the end-of-life, and its focus on working to do a better job at pain and symptom management has been a wonderful thing. It incorporated the very best of the latest medical advances in symptom management with a more natural atmosphere for those facing death. But this positive step has been negated in many segments of the industry due to financial or utilitarian concerns.
Although many of us would like to think otherwise, there has always been a side of American society that has had a utilitarian streak. We will explore how this has affected health care and especially end-of-life care as well as what it means for you. There has been a very slick, sophisticated and well-financed campaign to completely twist the positive contributions of hospice into something the public would never openly accept.
Because most people in our modern society do not have the background or experience within the health-care industry, they don’t have the information to understand what is really planned for us when it comes to health care reform or entitlement reform. And many of those who work within health care still do not know about many of the changes that have been put in place within the end-of-life care industry. Even among those who work in hospice or palliative care, most do not know the history of the industry and who is directing its continuing development. This book contains the essentials needed to truly understand the monumental changes being planned for our society and how it is being accomplished in our time.
The issues discussed in this book will affect American society whether the health care reform law is upheld, declared unconstitutional on appeal, repealed or not, or nullified through various efforts by some of the states. How health care is provided to the elderly and disabled is being modified, significantly. Efforts to make Medicare and Medicaid services more efficient and less costly will affect many, and the changes made are not being made solely to make them more efficient. There is something else going on.
Many worry that a government-run health care system will do away with the freedom to choose one’s own physician, treatment center or treatment. Others have noted that some physicians are “opting out” of Medicare and Medicaid protesting that the reimbursement is often lower than the costs of providing services. “By 2013, less than one-third of U.S. physicians are expected to remain in private practice and patients may increasingly find that being treated by physicians in private, small practice settings may be a thing of the past.” Many wonder if patients will be able to find the care they need or if they will have to wait months to get to see the doctor or have a needed surgery. With the budgetary pressures on our nation, many worry how this will impact end-of-life care for the vulnerable.
Through the years, many people have called the Hospice Patients Alliance (and many other patient advocacy organizations), pleading for help, reporting problems they have encountered, like the failure of the hospice agency to provide services as needed, reporting that the staff prevented them from giving food or liquids to their loved one when he or she could still take them in and benefit. They sometimes report that their loved one was literally killed in a health care setting. I’ve listened and carefully thought about the depth of the problems.
Through the years, the accounts given by these family members are eerily similar. When family members recount what hospice staff said to them, the language and phrases used sometimes are exactly the same, the actions taken exactly the same, the outcome exactly the same. The reason? The staff at different agencies across the country are being trained in the same way, and the actions taken were quite contrary to what the patient and family expected. The services and treatment provided are not what the American people have come to expect from hospice.
Those who report to us are not uneducated in the ways of medicine and health care. Many of those who call in are themselves physicians, nurses, social workers, ministers and lawyers. Yet, even with their training, some are unable to resolve problems encountered or to even prevent the hastened death of their own family member.
Those who are quite familiar with the standards of care in health care are often surprised at the wanton disregard for adherence to the standards by some hospice agencies and staff. They often cannot believe that the violation of the standards could ever be so knowingly and willingly done. This is not to say that all hospice and palliative care units violate standards. Certainly not! But, there are too many that do, and there is a reason for it. There is a reason why government regulators surprisingly do nothing about it as well.
Hospice Patients Alliance’s outreach to the public was designed to bypass the media censorship and that’s how we have continued to work, to get information out to the people directly and to work individually with them as problems arise. Our website has had millions of visitors through the years. Those who need information are getting it because of what we provide.
It is strange that of the thousands of websites maintained by all the hospice agencies, ours is the only one that has all the standards of care and laws set out for the public to access easily, along with easily understood explanations of what should be expected. Yet, it simply confirms what I noticed back in 1998: there was no place for the public to get complete information about what is going on in hospice and palliative care, what the standards of care are, what to do when problems arise, and what others are experiencing in this largely unregulated niche of health care. Except for our organization, there still is no place for the public to get complete access to the standards of care with easily understood explanations, honest information about what problems do exist, and what can be done about them.
Why should the realities be hidden from the patients and families that end up using these services? With about 40% of all American deaths now occurring in hospice, the public certainly has a right to know! Why do the media’s editors censor the truth so people are repeatedly blind-sided and taken by surprise when their loved one is medically killed in a hospice, hospital or nursing home? I know that if you’ve had a positive experience with hospice and palliative care, you may be shocked and upset to read this, but just because you had a positive experience does not mean that all others will as well.
You might conclude that I am against hospice and palliative care, but that would be completely untrue. I care very much about the field of end-of-life care and have the greatest respect for those who work in this field and dedicate themselves to relieve suffering while allowing a death in its own natural timing. We’ve worked hard to encourage the highest standards in end-of-life care and have worked with many in the field through the years. Yet, we believe that it’s important for the public to know the hidden truth about end-of-life care as well, because each of us will be confronted with these issues sooner or later.
Whether you are a person of faith, an agnostic or atheist, this book provides a rare glimpse of the realities of health care in America that you will find nowhere else. There is much material here that you do need to know so you can see exactly what is happening, how it is happening, when it started and why.
There is a lot of material covered, but bear with me and read on, because this book explains why you have not been informed about the hidden realities in the industry, why the major media is censoring one of the most important stories of our time, and why the realities of end-of-life care are not what the media portrays them to be. This book is our way of reaching out to the public directly, bypassing the big media censorship, the government’s silent complicity, and the industry’s own deception.
Our nation was founded upon principles that many of us still hold dear. It is true that some ridicule these principles … such as a right to life, free speech (which is not limited to “politically correct” speech) and freedom from an overbearing and oppressive government. Some are rejoicing that a socialized health care system may be implemented, while others are absolutely horrified.
While there are court challenges to the health reform law, changes are being implemented anyway. No law is required for government administrators to modify some of Medicare and Medicaid’s internal administrative rules. The Centers for Medicare Services already has authority to change many things. With the threat of drastic changes in private health insurance, some private insurance companies may go out of business. Other insurers are making changes that drastically affect how they do business, and as the trend continues, many changes will be irreversible.
By the time some of you read this, the high court may have already ruled, however, businesses around the country have been scrambling to try to comply with the regulations of a law that will comprise thousands of pages with all the administrative regulations included. Small businesses don’t know what to do and must consult attorneys, tax accountants, and other experts to plan what to do, further bogging down productivity and economic recovery. Same thing for large corporations. The uncertainty of “what the federal government will do” is like a cloud over every business in America. The certainty of changes already made is depressing business as well.
With economic pressures mounting, deficit spending completely out-of-control in a manner never before witnessed in America, and international leaders urging that the world abandon the U.S. dollar as the world’s global reserve currency, citizens worry that our nation is spiraling out of control and that our basic way of life is seriously threatened. It clearly is! We live in especially “historic times,” I tell my son. And, “there has never been anything similar in American history.” We pray that our beautiful and inspiring American experiment in representative democracy will find its way back to the values that allowed it to create and maintain a stable and free society.
When what our elected leaders have done through the years to endanger our nation’s economic security is fully known, Bernie Madoff (the convicted Ponzi scheme investment leader) will seem like a saint. Our national trade, tax and regulatory policies have decimated the manufacturing base in this country, sent jobs and corporations overseas, and made us debtors to the world. A once proud nation is imperiled, teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, and the health and economic well-being of its citizens is imperiled with it.
Nations are discussing returning to a worldwide gold standard, rather than the American dollar being the global reserve currency. Even if the gold standard is not adopted, simply downgrading the U.S. dollar and “removing America’s ‘AAA’ status would make it more expensive for the world’s largest economy [the U.S.] to borrow money on the international money markets. On Aug 5, 2011 Standard & Poor downgraded the U.S. dollar to AA+. This may eventually trigger austerity measures in the U.S. far more drastic than its current deficit reduction plans ….” And yes, that means cuts in health care spending of all sorts.
Threats of terrorist attacks on our people are taken very seriously, but nobody really knows what to do to stop them. We must trust the government to protect us; that is what the government is supposed to do. But when the government itself makes changes that are inconsistent with our values and Constitutional freedoms, the people become alarmed, awakened and move to block those changes and re-assert the foundational freedoms of our nation. That is the beauty of our nation’s regularly and freely held elections
When it comes to health care, there are numerous arguments about what solution can be found for the problems of rapidly rising costs, people who can’t access care, and how best to distribute tax dollars for health care. Those of us who are focused on health care hear about “evidenced-based medicine,” but in the major media there is little or no discussion of the potential misuse of evidence-based medicine. We hear about “comparative effectiveness research,” but in the major media there is little or no discussion of the potential misuse of “comparative effectiveness research.” We hear about the “complete lives system” of leading national health care advisors, as well as the rationing of health care, but the major media reports downplay any concerns being raised.
Why have we not had an open dialog about the benefits of, or problems with, the ideas that are changing the way health care will be delivered? Why do most people have no idea what these three concepts involve and how they will dramatically affect their lives and those they love?
Evidence-Based medicine is:
Probably most physicians today want their decisions to reflect the latest medical science and the evidence. It makes sense. But anyone who knows anything about medical studies knows that different studies result in different outcomes and conclusions. The design of the studies, the number of subjects, the controls used, and so many other factors effect what conclusions are reached. Sometimes, if you want a certain result, you can be sure to get it if you design the study just so. In fact, there are well-respected physicians debating the whole idea of “evidence-based medicine. A November 2008 seminar was entitled, “The Evidence Never Lies? Critical Debates in Evidence-Based Medicine” with leading physicians, bioethicists and professors of philosophy debating the pros and cons of this whole field of endeavor. Topics included: “What’s right and what’s wrong with evidence-based medicine?” “What is the role of clinical research evidence in medical practice?” and “What is the patient’s role in medical decision-making?”
If evidence-based medicine is used to ration care and decide what treatments are offered citizens under Medicare, Medicaid or a possible national health system, who decides what evidence and what studies are used? Who decides what the conclusions should be? Will the physician and patient decide or will a bureaucrat somewhere in the government, a PPO, HMO or other managed care company decide?
When it comes to the care of the elderly, disabled and chronically ill, many questions remain. Even among those who respect and value life, there is a lack of information about what is going on in the end-of-life care arena, what the hospice leadership is doing, what the successor organizations of the Euthanasia Society Of America are doing, who the major players are and how they operate. I’m sorry to say that many leaders of the culture of life, pro-lifers, have no idea what is going on, really, even if many of them think they do. They have been misinformed or intentionally kept in the dark completely. I realize that may offend some, but our role is to serve and inform and provide complete information so that citizens can influence the course of our nation knowing all that is at stake.
Many supporters of the sanctity of life simply do not know how deep this all goes and how successful the heirs of the original Euthanasia Society of America have been in our nation. They do not know how the Euthanasia Society is connected with the largest segment of the hospice industry in America, and when some have finally understood it, they have been shocked. Most of those who affirm the sanctity of life view hospice as the rightful alternative to euthanasia and assisted suicide; they would be correct in some cases, but wrong in many others! Those who affirm the value of each life have been outmaneuvered by those who hold a utilitarian worldview, and when some of them encounter a hospice that does not respect the sanctity of life and hurries death along, they realize bitterly that they have been betrayed.
Did you know that the largest hospice organization in our nation is the successor organization to the Euthanasia Society of America? Did you know that according to the most prominent hospice leaders in the world, many hospices in the United States today have no reservations about hastening death through a method called “terminal sedation,” (also “palliative sedation” or “total sedation”)? Did you know that the federal regulations governing hospice are far fewer in number than those protecting patients in nursing homes or hospitals, or that state agencies inspect hospices less frequently than nursing homes or hospitals? Did you know some hospices may go years without being inspected at all? Did you know that because of the HIPAA privacy regulations, nobody interested in researching what is actually going on in hospice can get access to the data, so hospices that have an agenda can act without any outside interference or supervision?
This is how Robin Love’s father who was not terminal was hauled off to hospice, deprived of food and water and was given large doses of morphine and sedatives. He died shortly thereafter. Wendy Ludwig, RN reports that a Catholic priest she knew was hastened to his death as well. Some hospices have gone eight years without ever being inspected, except for the initial inspection when they opened their doors! What the public thinks about hospice is a carefully constructed image. In some cases, that image is fulfilled in practice, but sad to say, in many cases, it is not. We have reports of young infants being hastened to their death in peri-natal hospice because they didn’t die “soon enough!”
You could say that our society has been manipulated, maneuvered, even “conditioned” to think in ways that are completely contrary to the way Americans thought for the past two centuries. And millions and millions of dollars have been spent to achieve this. The proverbial example of the frog in the pot of water applies here. Although there is debate about what really happens, if you put the frog in lukewarm water, he won’t jump out. If you put him in hot water (not boiling), he will jump out, and will definitely notice that he’s in “hot water.” Our society is like that. Slowly, but surely, the “temperature” has been “turned up” toward “culture of death” thinking and we don’t even notice how “hot” it is anymore.
You may be surprised but today, many people have adopted the “quality of life” ethic where it’s “ok” to end someone’s life because they are “seriously disabled,” “very elderly,” have dementia or any number of other reasons. In a very real sense, many of us have become numb to the killings so that we accept an increasingly larger category of lives that may be ended in a medical setting. And many times, we don’t call them “killings.” We say, “We let him go.” “It was time.” And to “let go” is certainly appropriate when someone is truly at the end-of-life, but when someone is not imminently dying and they end up dead, it really is a “medical killing.”
If there were no medical murders, books like Caring To Death: A Discursive Analysis of Nurses who Murder Patients (by John Field, PhD; where over 50 cases of nurse killers from around the world are discussed) would not be written. That book is about the sensational cases that leaked out into the media and the killer nurses were apprehended and convicted. Articles like, “Angels of mercy: The dark side” would not exist. Stealth Euthanasia: Health Care Tyranny in America is about the policies and actions that result in imposed death and are not leaked out into the media and are given the government’s complete stamp of approval: death on demand, or “stealth euthanasia.” In stealth euthanasia, policymakers, nurses, doctors and others, whose actions or decisions cause death, are not apprehended and they certainly are not prosecuted.
Not so very long ago when sanctity of life was the mainstream ethic for our society, we recognized that we are here to care for each other, not to kill each other. Now magazine articles promote hospice as the “other way” to make someone die on demand.
Bobby Schindler, Jr., Terri Schiavo’s brother, reminds us all when he says,
We’ve been conditioned to think otherwise. We’ve been conditioned to think that caring for the disabled is an exercise in foolishness, that the disabled and very elderly are “better off dead.” Over and over, we hear stories about the suffering of the disabled who are dependent on others, but rarely do we hear about the loving interaction between the disabled and those around them who care for them. We hear less and less about the blessings that come to those who serve and care for the severely disabled and dependent, the changes brought about in those who serve, or the blessings to those who are served.
Whether openly conveyed or subliminally imprinted upon us, the message for decades has increasingly been, “let them die,” they are “better off dead,” “let go,” “kill them.” The message may not be conveyed openly in those words, but that’s the message, … from health care facility staff, newspaper articles, TV shows or wildly successful movies like “Million Dollar Baby” (about the woman boxer who becomes a quadriplegic and wants to be killed) or the highly successful television series, “House.” The show’s main character Dr. House is portrayed as an obnoxious, arrogant, but strangely likable genius who serves as a platform for promoting the quintessential secular bioethical view; he is a skeptic and a utilitarian who ridicules people of faith, denies God and casually approves abortion and euthanasia. He exalts in his own intelligence without giving credit to anyone else for his abilities. The secular devaluation of life pervades our society and its messengers are getting shriller and less tolerant of other views each day. The major media outlets do promote hastened death in many ways.
Our society is almost “schizophrenic” when it comes to how it approaches these issues. On the one hand, almost everybody openly praises the Special Olympics, and applauded how actor Christopher Reeve fought to regain function through rehabilitation therapy after he became a quadriplegic due to a horseback riding accident. Yet, there are many who would say that Reeve should have committed assisted-suicide or that those competing in the Special Olympics should never have been born!
Killing a congenitally disabled baby before birth is applauded as the “right decision” by leaders and especially many doctors in our society. While under existing law, killing a baby a few days after birth is technically still a homicide, many in our society view the killing of a severely disabled baby or child, or a very elderly disabled person, as a “mercy killing.” We have organizations like Final Exit Network with its euthanasia proponents selling “helium hoods” and other devices for people to kill themselves, and promoting the “right-to-die.” In 2011 they started putting up billboards all over the country with the message, “My Life. My Death. My Choice.”
Many praise those who care for the disabled but hide their wish that many of the disabled not be alive at all. Health care reform, whether implemented through the new law or through changes to Medicare and Medicaid, will bring rationing of treatment in that spirit. It will have life-changing and life-ending effects, and we will see exactly how. Many disability advocates favor government-provided health care, universal health care, but like pro-lifers looking to hospice for an alternative to euthanasia, they will be disappointed when the government uses a heavy hand to limit expenditures for the disabled, elderly and chronically-ill.
We can get a taste of what is coming by looking at the United Kingdom’s socialized National Health Service where the disability rights group, “Scope, found that 70 percent are ‘concerned about pressure being placed on other disabled people to end their lives prematurely'” if assisted-suicide is legalized there.
Anyone who has read the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, knows it is a modern classic dealing with race relations. It portrays the struggle of attorney Atticus Finch who heroically defends a falsely-accused black man in a racist society. Yet, there is a parallel theme considering the societal attitudes toward the mentally-ill or disabled. The mentally-ill but good-hearted character, Boo Radley, shuns any public interaction, but manages to watch over and save Atticus’ children from harm. Author Harper Lee says that Atticus is a model for Christian honor and conduct who treats the town recluse Boo Radley with kindness and gentleness. Her message is that we all do the same. People like Atticus Finch still exist, however there are some today who are less tolerant of the mentally-ill. Some view the mentally-ill as less than fully human and less worthy to even be here. Members of our society are quite divided in how they regard the disabled, the mentally-impaired or ill, and about how they should be treated. Not all would look upon Boo Radley with the same loving-kindness of an Atticus Finch.
The vulnerable are among us, but are often not so visible. I have written this to help us remember what it means to be a humane society, to save the vulnerable and re-establish a just society, to make a difference in your life and the lives of your friends and family. If it is not shared widely with others, then it will not have satisfied my goal to alert people throughout our nation.
We are distributing this book online for free so that all can benefit from the information being shared, and our hope is that the book or links to it will be re-distributed virally by email throughout your own circle, posted on your own websites, social-networking sites, blogs, or printed out and shared with those who do not have access to the internet. Some tell me that people won’t appreciate this book if we give it away. Some tell me that I should not mention much about abortion (“it’s too controversial”) or have too many religious quotes in here (“people will get turned off”), and I’ve thought, “well, they’re right, some people won’t appreciate this because it’s free. And some people won’t read this because I have faith and share it a little here and there. And some say I should leave the controversial abortion topic till later in the text. But I’ve thought about it and the material is presented in the context of how changes arose in the United States historically which makes the most sense if you truly wish to understand how we got to where we are today and where we really are today.
I can’t promise to please all the people, and I know if it’s the truth, it will really offend some. Some people oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide yet approve of abortion. It seems that I can’t help offending some. I have to “call it the way I see it.” Take what you can from it, and leave the rest, as they say. I do promise to give you the truth, and give it freely as the dear Lord has given so much to me. I never set out to be where I am today, sharing this information which is so troubling to me and so many others. I just couldn’t turn away and say “no” to those who were and are now suffering. I knew that I had to do something, and this book is part of that effort.
There is no question about the direction our nation’s health care is being taken. Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, who our President appointed Health Advisor, promotes the “Complete Lives System” that is being implemented to ration care. Donald Berwick, who our President appointed administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is a strong proponent of Comparative Effectiveness Research which will also be used to ration care. Under the new law, “Accountable Care Organizations” are set up which will force very aggressive rationing practices by medical groups. Cass Sunstein, who our President appointed “Regulatory Czar,” states that unless you specifically record your wishnot to donate organs, doctors should be able to harvest your organs (should you be declared “brain dead”) for donation on the basis of “presumed consent,” even if you never actually give consent. He also has stated that an economic crisis can be “used to usher socialism into the United States.” Susan Rice, who our President appointed Ambassador to the United Nations states that we must increase the role of the United Nations in world affairs.
Regarding end-of-life care within the health care system, as we shall see, the nation’s most prominent hospice physicians (such as Joanne Lynn, MD and Ira Byock, MD) are proponents of terminal sedation to hasten death. Willard Gaylin, MD, co-founder of the Hastings Center is a proponent of euthanasia who applauds the efforts to expand the definition of “death” in order to overcome obstacles to legally performing euthanasia. Gaylin is widely accepted in the mainstream media and policymaking circles, and the Hastings Center is one of the organizations that has most influenced the modern American hospice industry to betray its original mission to care, not kill.
To top it off, our President appointed John Holdren “Science Czar.” Holdren is the co-author of the 1977 book, Ecoscience that promotes ideas like forced sterilizations and abortions to limit population growth, compelling single mothers to give up their children to others, putting chemicals in water supplies to prevent births, and a planetary world government that would implement these ideas for the good of the world. Although Holdren is a man-made global warming alarmist in the present (necessitating dramatically increased government-imposed regulations), in the late 1970s he was warning about disastrous global cooling (necessitating dramatically increased government-imposed regulations). It is not a mistake that these specific leaders were chosen to shape our society and our nation’s policies. Each of them has at one time or another stated that he is not what the record shows him to be: an advocate of a much bigger government role in our lives. Their public reassurances and denials of the obvious are not credible.
Taken all together, it is certain that increased government-control of our lives and health care based upon a utilitarian philosophy is being promoted. America will certainly be changed by their collective efforts. The new health care reform law has created agencies such as the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research institute (PCORI), whose main activities will result in rationed care. The role of secular culture-of-death hospice and palliative care within the health system will be expanded dramatically.
So, it is right to be wary about the changes being proposed: we are swiftly moving toward a utilitarian-controlled and callous society that will victimize many. It is already happening to many at the end-of-life. This book will explain exactly what is happening, how it’s being accomplished, who is responsible, and why it is being done. The book will also explain what must be done to truly reform the health care industry, our government and how to restore the American respect for life. We cannot rely on the government to respect the sanctity of life at any stage of life, even though respect for an individual life is central to traditional American values and our Constitutional system. Respect for life is central to preventing harm to patients, patients who could be your loved ones.
Health care professionals who have a reverence for life view their work as a mission and an opportunity to express their love for each patient. Those with faith, view their work as an opportunity to glorify the Giver of life through service to those who are most vulnerable.
However, federal law and Congressional budgetary expenditures approved by the Presidents (current and past) encourage abortion, eugenics and stealth euthanasia. You will understand exactly how after reading this book. The simple truth is that we are entering an extremely dangerous period in American history … dangerous for those who are the most vulnerable of all and dangerous for our society as a whole. If people contemplate and really see the sanctity of life, their quality of life arguments fall away and they will understand that we are here to care for each other, not to kill each other. Caring, and not convenience, is the sign of a civilized and just society!
On the pages of the Probate Sharks blog is the following: Irving Faskowitz probate court case. Irving’s 2 million dollar estate was high jacked by Chicago and New York non-relatives who were also named Faskowitz. The real Faskowitz heirs never were informed of Irving’s death and never saw a penny.
With today’s social media, there’s just no place for a bad judge to hide.
In this story, a young teen tells how Judge Gorcyca ripped her from her mother and the home she has known for 12 years and placed her with an abusive father:
As I’ve written many times – TALK IF CHEAP- Promises are easily made, but not so easy to keep.
The elderly and the disabled of America are being systematically herded into guardianships wherein they are isolated from their loved ones so that corrupt judges, guardians (including guardians ad litem) lawyers and the political and judicial elite can strip them of their humanity, civil rights and assets. Herein Illinois JoAnne Denison, an attorney, has complied a list that contains many of the victims which she has and will make available to you. On he list you will find Mary Sykes. Without even colorable compliance with due process or the guardianship statute, Mary was spirited away from her home, and prior life. She was isolated from her sisters, her younger daughter and her life so that control of her property could be stolen. A safety deposit box was secretly accessed an a million dollars in gold coins disappeared. All in all after about three million dollars was secreted Mary wasted away and died. The story is all in her court file 09 P 4585 (Cook County) and spread of record in Probate Sharks, MaryGSykes, NASGA blogs.
The system swallowed her up. A corrupt judge (who on page 91 of her evidence deposition admitted that she was wired) ignored due process as the guardian, the guardian’s attorney, two guardian ad litem ran rough shot over her and her family (and friends). When a call went out for an HONEST INVESTIGATION it was met by a cover-up of massive proportions – that is still going on. Attorneys who complained were subjected to fraudulent and wired disciplinary proceedings.
The Government Accounting Office has complete four reports to congress as it relates to this problem of elder cleansing and nothing has been done to end this war on the elderly and the disabled. No one is interested! Even a striking similarly to the Holocaust does not incite even a scintilla of concern or action. Alice Gore, an elderly victim was guardianized and 1.5 million dollars stolen plus the grains of gold found in the filings in her teeth. In Florida, Col Smith came under the control of guardian – the guardian found his wife objected to the mistreatment. No problem – the Court ordered the marriage annulled!
Helen Stone’s daughter took her mother to lunch – at the mother’s request – the daughter was jailed. ******
The issue to many of us very simple. We have been promised the world before. The days when we fell of the turnip truck are long past and we say – promises are easy to make – lets see something tangible.
All you have to do for us, if demand an HONEST INVESTIGATION OF ELDER CLEANSING. The laws have been enacted but they are being ignored. Anybody can make promises – Everyone talks and expresses their sympathy for the elderly. The Americans With Disabilities Act designates that the justice department is to administer the law. The guardianship law is specific in protecting the civil rights of the disabled. Enforcement is negative as corruption is out of control. The judge in the Sykes case who admitted to being wired was rewarded after she admitted to her corruption – she was elevated to the Appellate Court.
Mr. ***** – this is the acid test! We do not ask you to believe or give credence to any of our allegations – or any of the statements in GAO reports – we ask for an HONEST INVESTIGATION and if our averments are found correct the FIX to end and the miscreants prosecuted to the full extent of the law = and required to pay the income taxes on their booty!
Marriage annulment in guardianship case heads to Florida Supreme Court
July 16–Glenda Martinez Smith has already made an important impact on adult guardianship of incapacitated seniors in the state of Florida.
The court appeal she won in March 2015 told judges in six Florida counties they could no longer ignore pre-need directives by seniors about who they want as their health care surrogate and pre-need guardian if they become incapacitated.
‘Great public importance’
But Martinez Smith is not done yet.
She is heading to the Florida Supreme Court and aims once again to overturn Circuit Judge David French, who made the unusual move to annul her 2011 marriage to J. Alan Smith at the behest of a court-appointed professional guardian and the guardian’s attorney.
The 4th District Court of Appeal on June 29 certified “a question of great public importance:” to the state’s highest court on whether incapacitated individuals can retain one of the most sacred of American rights.
“It involves the fundamental right of a ward to marry,” said Jennifer Carroll, the Palm Beach Gardens attorney who represents Martinez Smith. “When and under what circumstances does a ward have to get the court’s approval before exercising his fundamental right to marry?”
Martinez Smith added, “I have always been an advocate for people who are disabled. I say you have to fight for your loved ones, no matter what it takes.”
The Palm Beach Post first brought to light Martinez Smith’s fight against the guardian of her husband in April 2015. She wanted to provide care for J. Alan Smith, an 85-year-old formerBoynton Beach resident who worked for 30 years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
He became incapacitated after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a car accident, but before that he had proposed marriage to Martinez Smith and made her his health-care surrogate and pre-need guardian in a living will.
Guardian John Cramer placed Smith in a nursing home where Martinez Smith complained he wasn’t getting the necessary therapy.
Professional guardians — and the attorneys who represent them — are paid out of life savings of seniors in guardianship. A new law signed this year will give the state its first regulatory authority over the professional guardianship industry after abuses were brought to lawmakers’ attention.
An annulment can be a cash cow for a guardian and the attorney who represents him or her. The Post reported in its series Guardianship: A Broken Trust how annulment proceedings initiated by a guardian can drain the estate of the senior and cost loved ones tens of thousands of dollars in court fees fighting it.
A marriage annulment in guardianship can affect benefits for the surviving partner after the incapacitated senior dies and cause great emotional pain for the couple. Martinez Smith contends that the annulment was designed so that the guardian and his attorney could drain as much money from her husband’s accounts, as possible.
Martinez Smith, who was financially secure long before she met Smith, said she spent upwards of$150,000 form her own money fighting the guardianship and reversing decisions made by Palm Beach Circuit judges. Her husband, she said, was left personally bankrupt as the guardian liquidated life insurance policies.
She got no relief from the judges. Circuit Judge Martin Colin threw her out of the courtroom. He also insulted her looks. The 4th DCA on April 3, 2013 granted her petition to disqualify Colin.
The court concluded “that the judge’s acts of ejecting petitioner from the courtroom, later striking her testimony on the basis of a perceived insult to him, and his comment that petitioner’s entire demeanor, including that ‘her face, her voice, her sound, may be unpleasant to everyone else,’ save the ward, would lead any reasonably prudent person to fear that she would not receive a fair hearing before the judge.”
Martinez Smith didn’t know at the time that Colin’s wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” Savitt, worked as a professional guardian. Colin announced his retirement after The Post’s Broken Trust series reported on the judge’s conflict of interest and the litany of complaints orbiting his wife’s guardianships. Colin was transferred out of the guardianship division then announced his retirement.
When Judge David French inherited the case, Martinez Smith was unaware he was good friends with Colin and Savitt — so much so that French once planned a cruise vacation with them. When she brought up concerns that Smith wasn’t receiving his therapy in the nursing home, Cramer’s attorney Ellen Morris sent a letter to Judge French, who then banned her from seeing the man she married.
Again, Martinez Smith turned to the 4th DCA and persevered. The appellate court headquartered in West Palm Beach controls courts in Broward, Indian River, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucieand Martin counties.
The March 2015 decision stated Smith’s preneed health directives naming Martinez Smith as his surrogate long before the car accident could not be undone by a judge or professional guardian. She brought Smith back home to Miami to care for him and Cramer resigned as guardian.
Cramer and Morris did not return phone calls or emails for comment.
Martinez Smith’s last mountain to climb: reversing French’s annulment of her marriage.
Annulment on appeal
The ruling to send the issue to the Florida Supreme Court stems from a request for a rehearing after the 4th DCA initially ruled against Martinez.
Judge Martha Warner — who has been an advocate in the court’s decisions for the rights of incapacitated people — was joined by Judge Melanie May in asking the Florida Supreme Court to clarify the statutes, saying it “particularly affects the elderly.”
State law requires court approval of a marriage of an incapacitated individual who has lost his right to enter into contracts. The 4th DCA wants to know whether a judge can approve a marriage after the fact or whether the incapacitated individual has to get approval beforehand.
“Because of its implications on the fundamental right to marry and its potential impact on wards, the interpretation of that statute is a question of great public importance,” the court ruled.
Judge Dorian Damoorgian dissented, saying Smith’s right to marry was made subject to the court approval “for his own protection.”
“The implication of the majority’s certified question is to allow a ward to be victimized and then have the court system unravel the mess,” he wrote.
Martinez Smith says she is just happy to have the man she married at home. Smith still can’t speak.
“We understand each other with our love. He is my light of my life every day,” she said. “We are just a normal couple who fell in love in our later years. This had nothing to do with money.”
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Court corruption/domestic violence victim left penniless is looking for home or loft apartment renting or sharing arrangement for $700 dollars/mo in safe neighborhood area–preferably on north or northwest side. Also, Pets have to be okay. One small dog, one Medical assist Dog.
This court corruption victim has been put thru the psychopathic wringer and is looking for quiet safe spot. Older woman. Reliable, kind. Would like 2 bedroom apartment or apartment sharing.
Please email joanne and she will give details. email@example.com
For at least a few days. In fact, the GAL’s and attorneys and OPG should join her. You know, eat the same slop, be held down and shot up with Roxanol, Seroquel, Halodol–the drug de jour.
Also, they will not be able to use phone or internet and they cannot receive visitors.
Arm and leg restraints shall be used if they object.
In addition, if they have contact lenses, glasses, those will be taken and the glasses will be forced onto one of their friend that does not need glasses.
Then they can listen to patients cry out all day for justice, to go home and to see their loved ones.
I really like the trick in one recent case I heard of. So Nurse Ratchet could act as personally bully to a patient, he could not be left alone in his room, so he was kept at the nurses’ station all day so he could be watched. Before the POA took over, he had friends and family. After the POA took over, she banned everyone. Even the daughter had a hard time seeing her own father.
The judges and lawyers should be chemically and physically restrained. They should not be told anything about their loved ones all they time they are there. They should be gaslighted all the time.
Seems fair turnabout, don’t you all think?
Having had experience with the cover-up of the elder cleansing cottage industry and in particular Jerome Larkin I very much agree that the corruption of the attorney disciplinary process is deplorable and wrong. The regulators have to be just as Caesar’s wife and have to meet and exceed the standards of conduct imposed on lawyers. The Lanre Amu case as an example – suspended for three years for exposing the corruption of Judge Egan – i.e. Practicing Law while Black, is outrages and it in of itself should result in the disbarment of Jerome Larkin and every attorney involved in the prosecution of the matter. In addition Judge Egan herself ought to be disbarred and removed from the bench.
The Estate of Mary Sykes 09 P 4585 is a disgrace of mammoth proportions. The Judge who admitted to being wired (see page 91 of the Evidence Deposition of Judge Connors); the Judge who participated in extortion, fraud, assault, violation of ADA and Perjury; the two guardian ad litem; the attorneys for the guardian; the attorneys who acted in the cover up of the elder cleansing of Mary Sykes all should be summarily disbarred. The Cover-up of Alice Gore case, Carol Wyman ***** similarly should be career ending for the attorneys engaged in the elder cleansing and outrageous acts of exploitation and dehumanization.
There is no excuse for the felonies committed by Jerome Larkin the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. There is no excuse *******.
However, I actively practiced law for 53 years. My practice was not limited to closing real estate deals, office work, drafting documents, taking depositions, obtaining continuances, but actually involved appearing in Court in contested matters, negotiating contested matters, trial, appeal etc. There is hardly a type of case that I did not appear and represent a client. Of the course the Bar Examination could not test to determine if I could present a client’s claim to a jury, nor could it determine if I could write a cogent contract to manufacture widgets. The legal NATURAL SELECTION made that determination. Natural section eliminates the dead wood in every profession and the practice of Law is not the only place where that occurs.
The 700 pound gorilla is the room is corruption. My partner’s father graduated from the University of Chicago during the depression and found a job with a large law firm. He was assigned a case that gravitated from the type of case a first year associate was given to a major piece of litigation. He struggled with it, and the case finally made the trial call. The trial was before a 12 man jury. He presented the evidence to jury, and after closing was entirely please with his presentation and the case given to the jury. To his shock the jury came in with an adverse verdict. He was devastated! As he sat dejected at the counsel table, the lead attorney for the defendant came up to him and informed him that HE DID NOT HAVE A CHANCE – the entire jury had been bribed!
When he related this situation to me he told me that he could not put up with the corruption and quit cold turkey. He got a job with a Bank and remained in that position until the day that he died.
Corruption, wired Courts are an unpleasant fact of life that every practicing lawyers has to deal. The Mary Sykes case was not the first ‘fixed’ case that I had to deal with. The Disciplinary proceedings of the IARDC was not the second ‘wired’ case that I encountered. Here in Cook County, Illinois many cases are not on level playing fields and one side or the other has to deal with corruption. However, not all adverse decisions are tainted. In fact the majority of cases are actually fairly handled by all the judicial personnel. Thus, I was able to survive for 53 years.
- The True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse 2015
- “Constitutional Requirement for Separation of Powers”
- ABC Team 10: Man Cheated Out of His Life Savings
|The True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse 2015
Posted: 25 Jul 2016 12:53 AM PDT
The fraud research community has long suspected that losses due to elder financial abuse were worse than the $2.9 billion previously estimated. True Link’s data science team, looking for clarity and an accurate assessment of the problem, decided to tackle this question head-on.
The results of this research, The True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse 2015, reveals that seniors lose $36.48 billion each year to elder financial abuse — more than twelve times what was previously reported. What’s more, the highest proportion of these losses — to the tune of $16.99 billion a year — comes from deceptive but technically legal tactics designed to specifically take advantage of older Americans.
According to Shawna Reeves, Director of Elder Abuse Prevention at the Institute on Aging, “Those of us working in the field have long known that the United States is in the throes of an elder financial abuse epidemic. Unfortunately, we’ve lacked well-designed studies capturing the true nature and scope of the problem. This study is a game changer. Not only does it challenge the previous studies but it serves as a clarion call for further research and action.”
In our 2015 report, you can learn more details about the size and severity of the problem, how seniors are being targeted, what puts them at risk, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones. Other important findings include:
*Small losses are evidence of an underlying vulnerability: A senior who lost as little as $20 in a year to exploitation could be expected to lose $2,000 a year to other types of fraud.
|“Constitutional Requirement for Separation of Powers”
Posted: 25 Jul 2016 12:52 AM PDT
by NASGA Member David Arnold
The root cause of guardianship abuse is that the present system of managing guardianship violates the principle of separation of powers required under the constitution to provide checks and balances. Cut the root and the whole plant will die.
The difference between democracy and dictatorship is that no one in a democracy has absolute power. When there is no separation of powers the result is dictatorship.
Under the present system the court is responsible for selection and appointment of guardians in addition to its defined duty of prosecuting abuse by guardians. The court has sole power over guardianship.
If there is collusion between a judge and a guardian there is no legal recourse! If there is a complaint against a guardian the judge is both a party to the dispute and the arbiter of the dispute. This is a conflict of interest.
Judges cannot be forced to prosecute a guardian they appointed. This forces judges to admit they made a mistake. This violates the constitutional right of judges against self incrimination!
The answer to the problem is to separate authority for appointment and oversight of guardians from authority for prosecuting guardians.
Separation of powers can be accomplished by transferring authority for managing the affairs of incapacitated elder persons from the court to the state Elder Service agencies.
My state of Massachusetts has good Elder Service agencies that are capable of managing guardianship. This separation of powers would prevent collusion between a judge and a guardian and allow a judge to prosecute a guardian as a disinterested party without fear of self incrimination.
Having the Elder Service agency be responsible for selection and oversight of guardians does not represent a net increase in cost since the court would no longer have this duty.
|ABC Team 10: Man Cheated Out of His Life Savings
Posted: 25 Jul 2016 07:54 AM PDT
Ed Ramsey, 81, lost his money in a sweepstakes-related scam.
Yesterday the Justice Department announced that it charged Esformes with a One Billion dollar Fraud Medicare Fraud Scheme. Take a look at the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times for today.
The Esformes nursing homes have been infamous here in Chicago and the relationship between them and the elder cleansing scandal notorious. Alice Gore was one of the notable alleged victims and blogs and public access television has fought the news blackout with valor. How often does anyone steal a billion dollars? Even the Clinton’s with their $250,000 speeches, foundation conduit, etc are no so bold or so callous. But – the Saturday newspapers of Chicago have barely a mention!
The past few months have demonstrated that the ‘great unwashed’ are restless and want HONEST and responsive government, public institutions, and judiciary. The crafty from whom Justice can be purchased is no longer admired. The double speak and double dealing political miscreant who promises the world and delivers a cesspool no longer has the large following that is mesmerized by the words ******* and *******. People no longer look to the mainstream media for their filtered news and even the New York Times has financial problems. Here in Chicago is not conceivable that we are to become a town with no daily newspaper (such as the Suntimes/Tribune) .
It is a shame! But with the political and judicial elite being a able to cover-up their amoral and criminal conduct because the mainstream media desires to control thought by discriminating journalism (i.e. protecting the elite from bad publicity). The fact is that any mention of bad conduct by the political and judicial elite that fortuitously occurs – i.e. they get caught – is suppressed.
The most recent example is found in the JoAnne Denison disciplinary case. Forget about the fact that everything she did was appropriate and as a good citizen she had an obligation to do. Forget about the fact that blatantly openly and notoriously her appropriate conduct was derogatorily labeled. (Yelling fire in a crowded theater equated to exposing judicial corruption). Forget about the fact that the actions of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary commission not only told lies about her, subordinated perjury, abdicated its official duties, and lied to Supreme Court as to the holdings of the SCOTUS, and the facts.
Forget about the fact that the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, ***** all were good little Nazis and sat silent. Forget all about that!
It used to be if a man bit a dog it was news, and the New York Times printed it under the heading of all the news meant to be printed.
Fast forward to 2016. The Illinois legislature determined that to protect the public and preserve some integrity in the legal process Court reporters have to be licensed. (The legislature wanting to make certain that Reports of Proceedings were no edited so as to change testimony – see the testimony of Judge Stuart and the editing out of her admission to lying under oath during direct testimony). The IARDC has been formed to protect the public from dishonest lawyers whether practicing law or on the bench. (Ask Mr. Larkin and his cronies as to what their mission is!)
It appears in documents that the IARDC filed before the Supreme Court of Illinois in ex-parte proceedings that should never have been ex-parte, that unlicensed court reporters were engaged by the IARDC. Yes, the IARDC admits that they hired unlicensed court reporters. Their excuse – we need time to think of an excuse, or how to cover up the violation of law!
The story that is suppressed! Jerome Larkin, that bastion of the morality of the 2nd oldest profession, dipped into public funds to make illegal payments. Jerome Larkin, like the GAL who supervised the prospecting for gold in the mouth of Alice Gore, teaches legal ethics in the official Illinois Continuing Legal Education program.
No – you cannot make this stuff up! Even the cover-up of one hell of story of Illinois corruption cannot kill the outrage that Larkin’s theft of public funds is causing or the fact that local law enforcement is disinterested.
We are citizens are creating a hue and cry. If you read the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times it appears that we are accepting his outrage in the very same manner as we accept the South and West sides of our City of Chicago being turned into war zones. Or maybe NOT!
We shall see *******.
And let’s not forget that Ken Ditkowsky is one of the leaders of the hue and cry to eliminate corruption in guardianship and in the health care system and in Medicare. For these hundreds of emails, faxes and letters to the authorities to get off their butts and do something, he was awarded a 4 years suspension by the Ill. Atty.Registration and Disciplinary Commission, when all he did was ask for justice for those that could not speak out for themselves. While Ken argued the First Amendment and that he, as a lawyer, was not only helping others, but he was also well within his constitutional rights, the ARDC and Jerome Larkin mde an exmple to him that not cowing to the supreme elite would earn him a lengthy suspension, as well as anyone else who dared come to the assistance of the hoi poli and the unwashed masses. Lawyers are the elite and are only to serve the elite.
You may as well use your copies of the US Consitution to line your bird cages, as far as the ARDC is concerned.
Foolish arguments by “senior litigation” counsel did not go unnoticed, as they asked Ken to be repentant for sending out reports of corruption to the authorities such as the states attorneys and FBI and asking for a complete and honest investigation. At the same time these same counselors asked Ken to be repentant for quote GAO and other government articles with scores of stories and statistics that there are real problems and issues afloat in Illinois and across the US. And finally, they just blatantly lied about US Supreme Court law saying that lawyers “had no First Amendment rights” when they very well knew that both the Sawyer case and the Bates (lawyer advertising case) said exactly the opposite.
Someone must be reading this blog and Ken’s unending emails to every FBI agent, states attorney, politician and senator/congress person, because there seems to be fires lighting up across the US as Atg Loretta Lynch is taking her position seriously.
Just this last week, I published yet another harrowing story involving a judge on the 18th floor of the Daley center where an elderly woman, Mary Jane Teichert was abused at the Carlton and kept drugged and away from her daughter. Her daughter was not even allowed to waive at her own mother in the parking lot. This, the guardian, GAL and guardian’s attorney, was for the protection of Mary Jane. How could that be? The two were as close as peas in a pod.
Next we find out that the elderly son is disabled, can only walk with a walker and has slurred speech. So what do they do to him? Threaten him with loss of visitation if he lets his sister call her own mother or even waive at her in a parking lot. He lived with his mother for 20 years. What does the OPG (office of public greed) do to him? Allow him to visit once per week for 2 hours. And what does he see when he visits Mary Jane, a heavily drugged woman, on her way to death, who can barely speak or move at times, always in a soiled diaper, always begging someone to change her and take her to the toilet. The brother Mark is in tears as he tells me this story, for most of the story.
What happens to Mary Jane, formerly a kind, sweet elderly woman who loved to go to church almost daily and fix her clothes, hair and nails as if she were going to a royal wedding? She never sees the light of day again. 20+ former friends and family are forbidden to see her ever again. They are all told they cannot and must not visit, it’s for the protection of Mary Jane.
The son is ridiculed constantly and harangued and told HE should be put in a home away from his mother, locked up because he’s a waste.
Who says these things? Nursing home staff in a nursing home approved by the court “for Mary Jane’s protection.”
Ken and I speak out against these abuses, so we are severely sanction with 3 and 4 year suspensions.
The lawyers and judge in the Mary Jane Teichert, according to the family and friends, belong in prison for many long years and may they never see the light of day again.
Neither the daughter nor son could ever report the abuse in court. They were sushed up immediately and surrounded by burly bailiffs who ensured they were intimidated.
What is going on here?
Why are Ken and I suspended, but these lawyers and judges are free to roam the Daley center and abuse the disabled, drug them, isolate them, degrade and defame family members–and it’s all a system.
Why aren’t the actors in the Mary Jane Teichert story investigated, de liensed and indicted?
The public wants to know
The US Attorney General Loretta Lynch is after the Medicaid fraudsters like flies on dead bodies. From the New York Times and a huge THANK YOU to Atty Lynch. Without prosecutions like these, our elders and disableds are at risk of the “target, medicate, isolate, drain the estate and cremate” scheme currently plaguing our probate guardianship courts, nursing homes and hospitals. This should send a huge message to the Illinois Atty Registration and Disciplinary Commission and Atty Jerome Larkin, Sharon Opryszek and Melissa Smart that such actions will not longer be tolerated and the feds know exactly what 18 USC 4 for misprison of felony and 18 USC 371 can be used for.
WASHINGTON — In the biggest health care fraud case the Justice Department has ever brought, prosecutors charged on Friday that the owner of a network of Florida nursing facilities orchestrated an elaborate scheme to defraud Medicareand Medicaid of more than $1 billion over the last 14 years.
The case, featuring allegations of bribes to Miami doctors, hush money to witnesses, and laundering of huge profits through shell companies, shone a light on a lucrative Medicare black market that has surfaced in the last decade.
“Medicare fraud has infected every facet of our health care system,” Wifredo A. Ferrer, the United States attorney in Miami, said Friday in announcing the indictments of the owner of the medical facilities, Philip Esformes, and two others.
Mr. Esformes’s lawyer said on Friday that the businessman, who runs about 30 health care facilities in Florida and other states, “strongly asserts his innocence.”
Prosecutors, however, described him as the “mastermind” of a conspiracy that cycled some 14,000 elderly people in and out of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, whether they needed medical care or not.
With the help of doctors, pharmacists, health care consultants and other medical personnel who got kickbacks for their roles, the facilities billed Medicare and Medicaid for high-priced drugs, medical procedures and health equipment that the patients either did not need or never received, prosecutors said.
In some cases, they charged, Mr. Esformes’s operation “preyed upon” the elderly patients by giving them narcotics so that they would have to remain longer in the care facilities to treat their addictions and “the cycle of fraud could continue.”
The Justice Department charged that Mr. Esformes, 47, who owns homes in both Miami Beach and the Chicago area, profited handsomely from the ill-gotten proceeds.
He reported assets of $78 million two years ago, and he withdrew more than $4 million in cash over the years from his many banking accounts, using proceeds from the scheme to pay for a $600,000 watch, the leasing of private jets and chauffeured limousines, and periodic trips with escorts to a Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Orlando, prosecutors charged in Federal District Court in Miami.
The scheme produced “staggering losses in excess of $1 billion,” said George L. Piro, the special agent in charge of the F.B.I. office in Miami. Leslie R. Caldwell, who leads the Justice Department’s criminal division, said that the $1 billion in fraudulent billings made the prosecution the biggest that the department had ever brought against individuals in a health care case.
“This was a whole network of people scratching each other’s backs, paying kickbacks and giving each other referrals,” she said. “It shows what people can do when they’re determined to put their hand in the Medicare pot.”
The indictments refer to other unnamed participants accused of taking part in the billing scheme, including doctors and pharmacists, and Ms. Caldwell said the Justice Department was continuing its investigation to determine whether additional charges should be brought.
With evidence of Medicare fraud growing, federal officials have created “strike forces” in Miami and eight other locations in recent years to better identify and prosecute suspects. They have also turned more frequently to data analytics tools to look for red flags. The effort has led to charges against 2,900 people in the last decade, with the fraudulent billings totaling $10 billion.
Ms. Caldwell said that in prosecutions like the one in Miami, “we’re getting better at focusing on the worst of the worst.”
Mr. Esformes has faced legal scrutiny before in Florida and Illinois over the operations of his nursing and assisted-living facilities. In 2006, he and his partners agreed to pay $15.4 million to settle a civil lawsuit brought by federal officials over accusations of Medicare fraud in the Miami area.
But prosecutors charged in the indictment announced on Friday that he continued the fraudulent billings even after that settlement, using intermediaries, shell companies and money laundering operations to disguise the scheme.
He is also accused of trying to pay an associate, Guillermo Delgado, who was prosecuted earlier in the same investigation, to flee to Europe rather than stand trial.
Mr. Esformes is charged with health care fraud, paying and receiving kickbacks, obstruction of justice and other crimes, and prosecutors said he could face a life sentence if convicted. The Justice Department asked on Friday that he be held without bail because his wealth and history made him a risk to flee.
Michael Pasano, a Florida lawyer representing him, said in an email after the charges were announced that “Mr. Esformes is no flight risk and is anxious to get back to his family and to be working on defending against these charges.”
He said that Mr. Esformes asserts his innocence and “insists all billings related to his facilities are legitimate and appropriate.”
As for the details of his client’s lifestyle, he said that “we will not comment on unfair and spurious allegations,” and he added that the Justice Department’s “only purpose” in including them was “to taint and defame Mr. Esformes.”
After several new articles in the Trib and Sun-times about corruption and pay to play with Dorothy Brown, a new lawsuit has survived a Motion to Dismiss brought before ND Illinois Federal Court Magistrate judge Valdez.
Earlier this year Atty Nejla Lane filed a most excellent complaint against Dorothy Brown and company for her “pay to play” system where Nejla’s Plaintiff went to the FBI and sung like a canary. Tweetie Bird would be proud.
You can find the complaint here:
You can find the Memorandum and Decision Order here:
Recently DB has been in the news for her corrupt friends, here’s a goat deal that went down:
A former employee in Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown’s office pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to a federal grand jury investigating pay-to-play allegations in the clerk’s office.
In pleading guilty to one count of perjury, Sivasubramani Rajaram, 48, did not agree to cooperate with prosecutors in the ongoing investigation. He faces up to 16 months behind bars when he is sentenced in September by U.S. District Judge John Darrah.
The charge alleges that Rajaram was hired by Brown’s office in September 2014, just weeks after he purportedly lent $15,000 to a company controlled by Brown’s husband, Benton Cook III.
Illinois secretary of state records show Goat Masters Corp. was incorporated in June 2014 by Cook, who is listed as the company’s agent.
In an interview in January with the Tribune Editorial Board, Brown said she and her husband founded the goat meat supply company after securing “several acres of land down south” and buying goats from Arkansas and Texas.
“They have a lot of babies. So you can buy a few goats, and you can increase the number, your profit, very quickly,” Brown said. “Goat meat is actually eaten by a lot of different groups in the United States. It’s very profitable.”
Brown also repeatedly denied wrongdoing, saying it’s “impossible for me or anyone else to sell any jobs in that office.” But she has denied a Tribune request for copies of subpoenas related to the federal probe, saying they are not subject to state open records laws.
Really, impossible? Apparently her “impossible” sales deals leave bread crumbs behind and more workers are calling hard working Attorney Nejla Lane to represent them because they are coming forward with details of DB’s “pay to play”. Please call or email her offices if you know anything about this or are one of her victims. http://lanekeylaw.com/
and see this article on allegations of corruption tied to Ms. Brown:
In this article, she refused to turn over her office emails to the FBI! Incredulous. And, the FBI apparently backed down. Atty Lane will not be backing down.
For years we in Cook County have not had a computerized court system. You still have to pay $2 first page, $1 second page then .25 cents per page for court records. You can’t get them on the internet. Most files in the files rooms on the 12th, 7th, 8th and other floors are a disaster with crumpled beat up pages no where near in chronological order. This is a court system? It’s a disaster. An unmitigated disaster with surly clerks that dwaddle and ramble over slowly to help. And NEVER piss these people off or you will never leave there.
One time I printed out about 500 pages, paid for them, the printer failed, the supervisor said come back tomorrow, refused to email me the docts, and of course, I never got them. Still, to this day. They don’t care. I called and called. Always they say “I dunno”.
Pacer went into the Federal Courts in 2000–SIXTEEN YEARS AGO. Eight cents a page. Easy, simple quick system. Everyone likes it, tho it’s still very rudimentary, it’s not the dark ages filing system of DB.
I can’t say I will miss DB and her crazy ass filing system and lack of technology and service to the citizens and lawyers of Cook County.
But let’s give a great honor to Atty Nejla Lane for cleaning up the Court System of Cook County.
And in addition to Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez for upholding the law against such nonsense and Plaintiffs Mildbrandt and Zepeda for coming forward and fighting a very entrenched corrupt system.
from the Daily Law Bulletin
Judge allows suit vs. clerk to continue
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
by Patricia Munson
A federal judge has cleared the way for two employees to pursue a lawsuit against the Cook County circuit clerk over the clerk’s hiring practices.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria G. Valdez did not rule on the merits of a lawsuit filed by Maria Milbrandt and Esther Zepeda. But she rejected the clerk’s argument that the women waited too long to sue.
Milbrandt and Zepeda allege that Circuit Clerk Dorothy A. Brown was providing jobs and promotions to people of Indian or Pakistani descent in return for cash payments.
Valdez acknowledged that a two-year deadline applies to bringing a claim under the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 1983.
And she acknowledged that Milbrandt and Zepeda’s allegations extend back as early as 2001 — 14 years before they filed their lawsuit.
But the women maintain they were not aware of the alleged system until recently, Valdez wrote.
The women’s first amended complaint alleges Zepeda was told by a “reliable source” — a co-worker of Indian descent — that money was being paid for employment and advancement.
The complaint also alleges a “reliable source” told Milbrandt in July 2014 that a former chief deputy clerk was given his position in return for a relative’s $50,000 payment to Brown.
Construed in the light most favorable to the plaintiffs, Valdez wrote, citing Savory v. Lyons, 469 F.3d 667 (7th Cir. 2006), “the claim accrued within the two-year statute of limitations period.”
Valdez also declined to dismiss a Section 1983 claim against Cook County based on the purported system of hiring and promotion.
Milbrandt and Zepeda adequately allege the existence of a pattern or practice of paying Brown for career opportunities, Valdez wrote.
“While the complaint relates only two incidents in which plaintiffs were told about the ‘pay to play’ system,” she wrote, “that is not the same as alleging that the system was only implemented on two occasions.”
The lead attorney for Milbrandt and Zepeda is Nejla K. Lane of Lane Keyfli Law Ltd.
In an e-mail, Lane said Valdez “did the right thing.”
Her clients continue to face discrimination and harassment and to be denied the chance to advance, Lane contended.
“Too much discrimination and human rights, quality of life violations exist even to this date,” she wrote.
She contended pay-to-play in Brown’s office was “the norm” until the FBI began an investigation within the past two years.
The lead attorneys for Brown and the county are Cook County Assistant State’s Attorneys John E. Murray and Kevin W. Frey.
In an e-mail statement, Brown spokeswoman Jalyne R. Strong said the clerk “finds these allegations baseless.”
Brown, Strong continues, “has nothing further to add regarding this ongoing litigation, which is being handled by our attorney.”
Milbrandt and Zepeda still work in the clerk’s office at the 3rd Municipal District courthouse in Rolling Meadows. Milbrandt is from Mexico and Zepeda is from El Salvador.
They allege they were denied promotions and cross-training and subjected to a hostile work environment because of their national origin.
They also allege their supervisors targeted them with emotionally distressing scrutiny and harassing remarks.
And they allege they were denied equal protection of the law because of the purported pay-to-play scheme.
In her opinion Monday, Valdez dismissed some of their claims, included counts accusing the clerk of intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Valdez held that such claims based solely on the discrimination allegations are pre-empted by the Illinois Human Rights Act.
But the claims based on the insults and constant scrutiny the women allegedly endured may move forward, she held.
The case is Maria Milbrandt, et al., v. Dorothy Brown, et al., No. 15 C 7050.
This week’s ruling came two months after a former Brown employee pleaded guilty to lying to a federal grand jury investigating pay-to-play allegations in the office.
The perjury charge against Sivasubramani Rajaram of Glenview alleged that he made a $15,000 loan to a company run by Brown’s husband in return for a job as a level-four senior clerk. In his plea agreement, Rajaram admitted to offering false testimony regarding personal contact with Brown after his hiring in 2014. United States v. Sivasubramani Rajaram, No. 15 CR 692.
Please note that our email address has changed: LKL@LaneKeyLaw.com
The Honorable Michael Missal
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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United States Senator
One of the worst problems I have with court corruption victims, like many therapists out there, is that they have problems explaining that other people do not think like they do.
The “normies” or empaths as psychopaths love to call us, do not think like we do. They are cold and calculating, they love torture, humiliation, violence, cruelty, nastiness. Remember, psychopathy is NOT a mental disease or defect. These people LIKE to live this way. They love living this way and want money, power and fame. It’s like being type A or type B. There is no therapy for them and they are not going to change. Don’t bother with that nonsense.
While we have sought love and nurturing all our lives, they are out for money and power. They think that “emos” or emotionals waste our time and talents. Good for them because they are only in it for money, power, fame and glory.
So here’s my psychopath-a-thon for those of you still thinking the judge that ripped away your kids with false evidence is a nice guy because he is decorous to you. No, he’s not, he a glib, shallow, nasty psychopath.
Here’s a Christian youth minister as a psychopath molesting children (yes, psychopaths are in your church, they feed on your and your kids)
watch the Part 2, it’s bone chilling.
Dr. Hare is the first psych D that developed the term. See what he has to say:
and here we have the psychopaths in suits that go to work
still not convinced? try this one, and remember, that judges and attorneys have a high rate of psychopathy, but they dress in suits and ties:
I would greatly appreciate if you watch these and stop telling me your GAL, your judge, the courtroom vendors “mean well” but the file false reports, lie in court and rip away your kids and elders. Stop that nonsense.
They wear Armani suits and Italian leather shoes on the outside, but there’s a devil on the inside.
Not all psychopaths murder, commit crimes or rape kids. Sociopaths conform to laws. But underneath it they are just as cruel and end up as doctors, lawyers, judges, CEOs–even litigation lawyers and administrators at the ARDC.
Don’t be fooled. Watch these videos and learn.
Fortunately, we now have a PET brain scan to detect and diagnose psychopathy that cannot be fooled. Psychopaths are master manipulators and live to fool psych tests.
I want to test the entire ARDC with a PET brain scan. But then again, they don’t file Ethics reports as required by the Illinois Ethics Reporting Act of 2009, so what hope do I have?
Also, banks will not reveal and the courts will not allow any common person to divulge the contents of bribes and kickbacks known as “deposits from others” when huge home loans are taken out and other people pay them off, so what chance do I have?
From Ken Ditkowsky
From Joanne to concerned attorneys and law enforcement:
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ANOTHER MURDER VICTIM IN THE COOK COUNTY GUARDIANSHIP PROGRAM
Estate drained quickly, personal property and valuable paintings disappear–Burrows moving company loots home. Pipe breaks and place frozen out. EIGHT false arrests. Home sold for pennies on the dollar. Belongings of mother AND two children all looted by goons and thugs of OPG. Disabled brother loses all his medical equipment. Wrongful eviction. Mother restrained and drugged against her will. Mother found in dirty filthy conditions. Dehydrated, malnourished, dirty unkempt hair and nails. Wrongful summary termination of Trust and POAs without due process. Probate court forbids reports of abuse and/or hands back reports of abuse to abusers. No independent investigation. All tied in people deemed “trustworthy” by a magic wand. Probate court votes a DNR over advance directives of Mother. Legal Euthanization under color of law. Case sealed. Thank you Judge Kathleen McGury for ruining this family for a buck or a promise, which was it?
Case Summary for:
PO Box 481081, Niles, IL 60714
Case number: 13 P 4339, Guardianized July, 2013, passed February 2015
Case Name: In re Mary Teichert
Case Jurisdiction: Cook County, Illinois
Judge(s): Kathleen M. McGury, Room 1811, Daley Center, 50 W Washington Ave
Relationship to you; Mother
Opposing counsel: Nathan Goldensen (OPG) , Hanny Pei-Reodreguez (GAL),
James Burton (Supposedly represented brother Mark, Mark denies this)
1. Service: Was there proper service in the case?
I lived with my mother in the same building. We were very close. We saw each other every day and I took care of her and we were like 2 peas in a pod. I took her everywhere, every day. Shopping, groceries, errands, took her to doctor, hairdresser. We were best friends. After my father died, I was her world. I quit my job to take care of my mother and disabled brother. My brother had an aneurism about 15 years ago. He got hit with a sledge hammer from working a job and was never the same after that.
I never saw a sheriff come to the house.
Was the disabled person served properly 14 days or more in advance of the hearing?
I never saw a sheriff come to the house
Was the disabled person given a copy of a Summons and Complaint and Notice of Hearing by the Sheriff or Process Server?
Was the disabled read her/his rights under the law?
Were all next of kin notified of when the hearing for guardianship take place?
No, the certificate of service indicates “overnight mail” but I never received any overnight mail, I never signed for anything and never saw anything.
They said they served July 29th for August 26th. I never saw anything.
– how were they notified (phone/email/mail/in person)?
My son was not notified, neither was my brother.
– did anyone lie about service in court?
Is there an order limiting visits? (Please attach, if possible)
From July, 2013 until she died, she was isolated from all her former friends and family except for Mark Scully a disabled person, and Richard McGreal, whom she was estranged from (Mother saw him 4 times in last 20 year). Prior to that she regularly visited with 20+ family members (including grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc.). She was also isolated from friends (about 6 to 10), and neighbors (10) and shopkeepers (30).
No one was allowed to see her.
OPG issued orders no one could visit or call except for 4 people, and only one of these was allowed to come once per week.
Mary begged and cried often to see her daughter and other loved ones. She begged to go home. Daughter Linda would wave from the parking lot and eventually the OPG issued a letter that Linda could not drive through the parking lot and waive to her OWN MOTHER.
Everything she owned was lost at the nursing home or from the OPG. All family photos were tossed or removed to heavens knows where. Paintings, statutes, keepsakes, artwork, family photos, all gone.
Many items were taken from Mother and from everyone who lived in the building. They looted an entire building and took everything of value.
How are the visits limited? None, there were no visits
Are there medical records indicating visitation limits? Could not get medical records.
Is there a list of “permitted visitors”?
Yes, see letters from OPG. Only 4 allowed, and even they could not actually visit
Who made up the list? OPG
Who is your loved one not seeing right now (list name and relationship) where the visits are limited and how are they limited? How many former friends and family members are they isolated from?
Further, she never had her glasses, OPG would not give them to her. Repeated requests. Without them, she could not see a face, watch TV, nothing. Never allowed outside, never saw light of day, never went to her church. Went to church nearly daily before guardianship. She loved church.
3. Chemical Restraints
Is your loved one taking any forms of chemical restraints or psychotropic drugs?
On July 22, 2013, I came into St. Francis, and she was tied down by her arms and feet.
She was clearly drugged and disoriented and she was heavily soiled. She begged me to take her to the bathroom and take off a loaded diaper. Her mouth was so dry she could barely speak.
Linda got her cleaned up and tried to transfer her out of the abuse and to Northwestern Mem. Hosp. She came back with clean underwear, was arranging a transfer, but then she came back and was then blocked by 35 people. Evanston police, security guards for the hospital, doctors, nurses, staff. She and her brother Mark told the miscreants that Mother was being severely abused and you were there to remove her as POA and these 35 people told them to get out or Linda would be arrested. The 35 miscreants did look at the documents, they would not answer questions, Linda and Brother Mark were just told repeatedly they had to leave or they would be arrested.
The Evanston police were informed of the abuse and they refused to act.
Are you allowed to check to see if they are taking such medications?
No, constantly blocked from hospital records
Do you have the disabled person’s medical records? Why or why not?
I still do not have them. I am constantly blocked
Is the person drooling or do they have slurred speech?
I only saw her once and she was babbling and could not speak properly. I never even saw her before she died. She was moved between 3 hospitals and nursing homes
Does the Guardian have a court order permitting the administration of psychotropic drugs?
I don’t know, I could not get any medical records, they continually blocked me.
Has the disabled person ever been held down and shot up with drugs against their will?
She would never consent to the administration of psychotropic drugs.
4. Abuse of Disabled
Since the guardianship proceeding, has your loved one been abused?
Yes, she was tied down by her arms and legs and left in a heavily soiled diaper.
My brother told me there were constantly soiled diapers, she was thirsty all the time, clothes were stolen, dirty, unkempt. Nails dirty, unkempt. They kept on breaking her family pictures and put them in the drawer. Constantly hungry. Same for the rest of the people there. Most were hungry and begging for food.
Please state all ways in which they have been abused.
She went from a beautiful home to a nursing home bed with a curtain. July 22, 2013, until death Jan. 20, 2015
She went from St. Joseph Hospital on 1/26/15 to Loving Hands Hospice on 1/29/15. She died on 2/20/15. Daughter never saw her during this time.
List any hospitalizations and approx. dates where abuse was a problem.
I am aware that she was hospitalized at least once for dehydration and malnutrition
Was the disabled returned to the same abusive situation?
Always. We complained in court and went to court approximately once per month. Sometime they did not tell us of hearings. They sealed the record from the beginning of the case, and there was no reason to seal the case. McGury was always advised of the abuse and she always handed back reports of abuse to the abuser. She always took the side of the court appointed attorneys and never had the abuse investigated. Linda always asked to take her beloved mother home. McGury would always deny the request. Linda was once held in contempt of court because she refused to turn over a greek statute that was hers. OPG stole paintings and sold them on the internet. We have proof.
Did the court direct that the abusers (attorneys, GAL’s, case managers) investigate allegations of abuse?
Abuse can consist of bruises, cuts, broken bones, broken skin, bed sores (very serious), aspiration of food into lungs (because patient was not sitting while eating, very serious), malnutrition, dehydration, etc.
Was a feeding tube inserted against the disabled’s will? Unknown
What is the hygiene of each place the disabled has been placed into? Please list any incidents where the disabled was living in filthy conditions and the approx. dates.
Dirty and very smelly. They have a 3rd floor which is their showcase floor which looks nice and clean. The other two floors are filthy and smell of urine and feces and rotting food and decaying near death bodies. (This is the Carlton Nursing home by the lake at Montrose. I believe this is the one where Alice Gore was murdered too and her teeth removed).
Have you made any complaints? If so list dates and brief summary of complaint and its outcome
Yes, tons of complains were made to the Illinois Dept of Health about the abuse and conditions and they refused to investigate. I have a stack of them.
Were you told you could visit, but then you were blocked by the guardian?
Did the court issue orders you could visit, but then the visits never happened?
Complaints were made to the court about no visits, and the court refused to allow these unless the OPG allowed, and the OPG never allowed anything.
Did the disabled want to live at home or with a relative but the court ordered them into a nursing home?
Yes, both Linda asked and Mother asked repeatedly. It never happened. Judge McGury said a dirty, filthy, foul smelling nursing home where she laid in dirty diapers for hours was better. Mother had no problems walking at home. She toileted herself and took showers regularly.
Was your loved one placed in a nursing home, group home or institution without a court order naming the institution?
We don’t know yet–records are sealed
Did the court find it was all right to pay a nursing home for care but not pay a family member to care for the disabled at home or in the relative’s home?
If there was isolation, how many times did you see your loved one per week, month or year?
Never saw her once the OPG took over
5. Abuse of Family
Have you or any family members been falsely arrested because of the guardianship? Please provide details, if so.
Linda tried to evict squatters who where drug dealers and gang bangers were destroying her mother’s building and Linda was constantly jailed and charged with misdemeanors. All were dropped. Arrested 8 time at least. Always held overnight. Released ROR. Sometimes had to post bond between $100 to $500 to $1000. The charges named the squatters as victims that Linda was harassing the squatters to get out. They were squatters heavily damaging the property. The squatters had kids who were being neglected because the parents were clearly drug dealers. The building had no heat and no hot water at that point. There was no food for those kids. The OPG is clearly tied in with DCFS to protect those who abuse children and place them in dangerous situations. How does this happen?
The Guardian let Linda’s two dogs out, a neighbor saw this and she never got her dogs back. A man In a white pick up showed up and took them into his car.
The guardian showed up and took away everything in Linda’s apartment without a court order.
They had court to do the inventory, and if Linda did not let them in, they would have her arrested. They showed up 20 people, and she said she would only let in 4 at a time. Nate Goldenstein with another man from the OPG if Linda did not let him in that day he would “evict her so damn fast she’d be thrown out on her ass that day.”
The Guardian let the pipes freeze and the contents of Linda’s apartment was encapsulated in ice.
Her mother’s building was infested with gang banger squatters. Doing drugs, selling drugs. Had 5 kids in there. Called DCFS and they said everything was fine. Smelled of marijuana. No heat and no water. No food. Kids were dirty and uncared for. They ran wild.
Have you been defamed, false lighted, slandered or libeled by the court or any attorneys? If so, please list approximate dates and what was falsely said about you.
Have false civil charges been brought against you or a family member? False accusations of theft, missing assets blamed on the wrong person, etc?
They said I abuse my mother, I had put drugs and alcohol in her system. Mother tested repeatedly in hospital and at nursing home for drugs. No drugs or alcohol. Said I had 4 elder abuse indicated reports with Catholic Charities, but that was not true. Financially abused her. They said the entire family abused her. Served Linda with a Citation to Discover assets but that never went anywhere. Never prosecuted. Just dropped. If Linda financially abused Mother, where was the proof? Why did they not prosecute Linda? The guardianship was open 15 months. Linda loved her mother and gave her whatever she needed. If Linda put drugs and alcohol in her mother, where was that proof? No medical records. She was out and about and saw dozens of people during the week–neighbors, friends, family, people at church. You cannot find one witness Mary T was either drunk, high or inebriated in any fashion. The OPG made this all up–as the OPG always does, to get their victim. They are tied in and corrupt.
Were you the subject of a gag order not to talk about or post information on social media, blogs and the internet (please attach order).
No, not blogging at the time. I should have.
Was any family member threatened with retaliation if they spoke out against abuse or on the internet? Is anyone running a blog or facebook page right now? What is the URL?
No, no one blogging.
Linda was threatened if she showed up at the nursing home to see her mother she would be arrested. If her brother let her in or anyone else, their right to visit would be terminated permanently.
6. Constitutional Rights
Has the court issued any gag orders or “location” orders where the disabled person cannot travel as desired.
List dates of all gag or location orders, a brief summary of the content.
Did the disabled ask for an attorney and receive one prior to the hearing for guardianship?
Was the attorney clearly independent, or did s/he not fight for the disabled’s rights?
Were you told that the attorney must come from a secret list the court keeps?
Was the disabled given a choice of attorneys? If the disabled could not choose, did the family choose freely?
Did the disabled come to all court hearings they wanted to attend?
No. They said they would not allow it. Linda said she wanted her mother in court numerous times. Judge McGury consistently denied it, said it was for her best interests.
Was anyone told not to talk about the case on social media or on the internet? Explain.
Were they prevented from coming to any hearings? If not, why not? Was transportation provided for the disabled person?
Mother was never allowed to come to any court hearing. Linda never got notice of any court hearings. She would have to check the docket sheet until they sealed that too. They knew we objected and were vocal about it, so they sealed everything. Told us nothing. They were cold and calculating and wanted it this way.
Was the disabled ever told not to speak in court when they wanted to make a point? N/a, she was never permitted to come
Were any of the family members told not to speak in court when a family member wanted to make a point?
Just about every time Linda and her fiance, Jim Vargis tried to bring up an issue of abuse or theft, they were told not speak, not to bring issues, then suddenly armed bailiffs would appear and surround them and try to intimidate them. They were told to be quiet, they were told not to say anything in court. This was the MO for 1.5 years while poor Mary T was being tortured, drugged and lived in filth and squalor.
Did the disabled person want to waive any rights (right to a hearing, right to an attorney, right to be present at their hearing, who would be the Guardian?) Was the waiver of rights recorded?
Were you told you could not record proceedings?
Were you blocked or delayed in receiving transcripts?
She asked for transcripts and pleadings and the other lawyers would not give them to Linda. Once in a while they would give her a copy of a few pleadings.
7. Mental Exam
Did the disabled get a full and fair mental exam by an independent doctor of the disabled’s choice?
Why or why not?
Did the court appoint any evaluators?
Did these evaluators come from a secret list the judge had?
Not known, probably
Was a full physical exam conducted before the mental exam to determine if there were any treatable conditions?
Not known, probably not.
Did the court ever consider pseudo dementia, where a person can be confused or forget, but it’s from another treatable psychological condition such as depression, avoidance syndrome, etc.?
Not as far as I knew. They should have because she was shy around strangers and was often depressed. I don’t know where or how they did the mental exam, no one would tell me.
Was the disabled informed in advance of the exam to prepare for the exam?
Most likely not
Was the disabled told in advance the results would be used in court to guardianize him or her?
Did the disabled sign a waiver they knew the results would be used in court against them to guardianize them?
Most likely not
During the exam did the disabled have their glasses and hearing aids and did they function properly?
Glasses. She never had her glasses once the OPG goons came to get her. I don’t know about her teeth. She did have a partial. We asked repeatedly to get her her glasses, and the OPG made sure that did not happen.
Was your loved one taken on a Pscyh Hold? Was it with a court order? Who signed the papers your loved one was a danger to themselves or others? How long were they held and were they forced to take psychotropic drugs against their will?
8. Final Days on earth
Did the disabled receive appropriate medical treatment and medicines at all times?
Not known, they would not give us any records or information.
Was the disabled put in hospice against his or her will or instructions or POA?
Yes, she is a Roman Catholic and this was in her POA. The miscreants and court cancelled that and put her in hospice and drugged her and narcotized her to death. That is a sin, according to the Roman Catholic Church.
Did the disabled leave a Medical Power of Attorney or living will that said “no hospice”?
yes it was ignored.
Does the disabled’s religion prohibit hospice (Roman Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, etc.)
Was the disabled narcotized to death with psychotropic drugs while food and water were withheld?
Yes, they murdered her.
Was the disabled cremated to destroy evidence of the murder?
No, it was a miracle.
Did the disabled want to be cremated?
Yes, and no service. My brother only saw her.
Was there a funeral? No An obituary? no
Has a marker been placed? Yes Is the body missing? Who knows
Was your mother gravely ill in the last month and no one told you?
Yes. No one called, no one let me visit it broke my heart when I found out she died alone in a cold, nasty dirty room. She never saw the light of day again once she was guardianized.
Were any assets missing from the inventory or accounting that you were aware?
Just about all of them. Many valuables gone. Stolen by the OPG and Burrows moving company.
Please list any valuable asset that was missing and if an insurance or Bonding claim was filed and the result of the claim.
Statutes, jewelry, valuable paintings, every valuable was gone for both Linda and Mother.
Did a nursing home get paid any kickbacks for placing the disabled there?
probably, but don’t know
Were you allowed to serve discovery on this issue?
they did not let us do anything ever in court. They surrounded us with armed guards anytime we tried to speak out and help my mother get out of the abusive situation she was in.
Have you called the Guardian, the GAL and the nursing home to ask about this issue?
The nursing home would never protect us or help us. They were tied into the court system.
Did the disabled get the funeral and burial of his or her choice?
Did the court or estate take any funds or property into the estate which were held in joint tenancy with any other person without notice, hearing, discovery and jury trial?
Building in Trust, that was ignored. Jewelry and valuables gone, everything. Over a period of time, men from Burrows came into the house and took everything, when Linda was gone, they would show up and loot.
They gave us 4 hours to get out, no eviction procedure. They put padlocks on the house. We cut them off. They told us we had to get out anyway. They destroyed a beautiful building that was well maintained. Water leakage destroyed walls, ceilings, personal property. OPG let water leak for 6 weeks. I had to call the water dept. and they shut off the water after 6 weeks. OPG did not care.
There was water pouring everywhere when we left, they took everything. All my brother’s medical equipment was ruined.
Did the court evict anyone in the disabled’s home without eviction notice, hearing discovery and jury trial?
Yes, the court ordered a disabled person had to leave after living there for 20 years in just 4 hours. Linda had been there 5 years as caretaker.
Places to complain
1) Nursing home abuse may be reporter to the state agency licensing nursing homes
Linda reported the abuse a half dozen times to the Illinois Dept. of Health. They rejected all her complaints and said they only do Medicare fraud and not abuse of patients. they refused to investigate the abuse (see John Wyman’s book “Against her Will” that you have to file dozens of times and cite the law and scream at supervisors in the IDPFR to get the Ill. Dept of Health to admit that a patient was being abused.)
2) Complaints about attorneys may be made to the state disciplinary board for attorneys.
They will be coming
Complaints about judges should be directed to the state’s judicial inquiry board for review.
They will be coming
3) State, County and local Attorney General’s Offices and the Inspector General in the case of nursing home fraud (placement against will, drugging with psychotropic drugs, etc.) The Inspector General is supposed to prevent waste of state funds.
4) State, County and local politicians
Numerous times I filed complaints with the states attorneys offices–Illinois and Cook Couty. I never heard back from them
5) FBI. The FBI is generally interested in cases where more than $500,000 was stolen or there were changed transcripts, ex parte conversations between opposing counsel or parties and the judges.
I filed a complaint with the US Atty General and they never wrote me back. I went to the FBI and they said they do not handle probate court corruption.
I am interested in gathering together all valid police reports, abuse reports, complaints to the authorities which were routinely dismissed and not investigated.
I authorize you to publish this on the blog http://www.marygsykes.com–YES
I am interested in writing a book to warn others. _YES_____ (yes or no)
Please load up as many pleadings as you can find into a gdrive folder and “share with” firstname.lastname@example.org for verification.
Please email this form back to Joanne@denisonlaw.com
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It is not often that any public body is so blatant as to intentionally misrepresent the holdings of the SCOTUS, or make statements comparing the disclosure of judicial corruption as being akin to yelling fire in a crowded theater. It is common for dishonest regulators to misrepresent disclosures by calling them untrue; however, Mr. Larkin and the IARDC have reached new lows that even most dishonest political and judicial miscreants would avoid.
As an example, calling the blog’s disclosures of the corruption by dishonest judges untrue statements when the IARDC took a deposition of Judge Connors and in the judge admitted on page 91 her being wired takes a particular form of dishonesty. Subordinating the perjury of a Judge Stuart was bad enough, but when the judge admitted the perjury to have the transcript cleansed and accuse those who objected as making untrue statements is a low that even the most ethically challenged miscreant would be forced to contemn.
The fact that Larkin has been able to get away with his assault on the First Amendment and to engage so openly in an 18 USCA 371 cover-up is a very serious matter. Public officials using their positions of trust and confidence to silence Free Speech is so reprehensible that it meets the criteria of terrorism. Larkin is fully aware of the Illinois Constitution (Article 1) and the First Amendment. Larkin is fully aware of 47 USCA 230 and its prohibition of his action *****. How does he get away with it? More political and judicial corruption.
It is high time for Law Enforcement to demonstrate to the public that no one is above the law and public officials in particular if they ignore the law are going to be dealt with harshly.
A public official who lies under oath, lies in admininstrative proceedings, lies before Congress, lies ***** is not qualified to be on the public payroll. Larkin and his 18 USCA 371 co-conspirators have demonstrated a total disregard for their over-paid positions and their duty to the public. This travesty and assault on the core values of America cannot continue.
As many of you know, the ARDC obtained a judgment against me for $18,554 for mostly unlicensed court reporters–which is clearly against the law in Illinois.
They never disclosed to me or anyone else they were breaking this law from
February of 2013 to the present day, and as of June 29, 2016, they continue to deny they have done anything wrong–that the trust funds of the ARDC may be used to pay unlicensed court reporters and obtain false judgments.
Such a situation is absolutely horrendous and terrifying.
As each of you know, this blog tells nothing but the truth. No citizen has challenged it. The group of lawyers that have gone in league with the ARDC to challenge it have a horrid reputation and are or have been on NASGA’s most wanted list–which is not a laudatory position.
Here is the link to my most recent filing:
I guess the only question is how much corruption will the Illinois Supreme Court tolerate from the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission until they put their foot down. Surely they must know that their reputation for allowing the ARDC to commit fraud, perjury, obstruction of justice is quickly making the public angry, it further denigrates the already well maligned legal profession, and they are doing nothing to stop the downward spiral.
As in a typical railroaded proceeding, they struck my discovery, they struck my 5 expert witnesses, they struck my preferred attorney, Ken Ditkowsky, making up a pretextual disqualification he might testify when you know there would not be a chance in you-know-what of that. Then they struck Gloria Sykes’ testimony and that of Scott Evans who would have made excellent witnesses. At the review board hearing, they told the court reporter not to set up, and she did. Obviously only unlicensed court reporters can set up in the ARDC hearing rooms.
Jerome Larkin and Steven Splitt (a John Marshall Law School Ethics professor) both say they teach ethics courses. What ethics could these two possibly be teaching? At one time, Steven Splitt filed something on my appeal, I think he’s supposed to be the appellate litigator, but he has not filed anything recently. I think this case is even too much for him to stomach. No bounds for Jerome Larkin and Sharon Opryszek, they just go full steam on the ridiculous pleadings, lack of justice and lack of accountability.
As of this date, the ARDC sadly has not announced that it is complying with the 2009 Illinois Ethics Act Reporting Act. Why does Illinois have to comply? Please see this article:
Most citizens want to know all sources of income for their state workers. Today, large envelopes of cash are not handed over the table, or under the table or slipped into a drawer or the judge’s coat pockets. It is done through the property records. One person takes out a loan, the other pays it off. If you skipped the article, Jerome Larkin has several $750,000 loans on his Wilmette home and last year put it into Tenancy by the Entireties. For those of you that don’t know this T by E is used when one spouse may have significant debts or may be worried about personal liability or a bankruptcy. T by E protects your home from creditors who have judgments against one spouse but not the other.
The signs are all over this. Unlicensed court reporters, suppression of first amendment rights, striking of major witnesses, striking of a skilled attorney. Where is the states attorney Lisa Madigan and Anita Alvarez in all of this debacle of 3 years? Apparently sleeping.
Make no mistake, none of this is going away. It’s all Fraud on the Court. Fraud on the Court has no limitations period. It can be brought up the 1st, 5th, 500th day of a trial court proceeding, and also on the 1st, 5th or 10th appeal. My case and Ken Ditkowsky’s case and Mr. Lanre Amu’s case will have to be dealt with.
Just as the 20 or so videos of Chicago Police shooting unarmed black men on the South Side were suppressed for scores of months, my case will have to be dealt with.
It’s all Fraud on the Court. Putting the “fix” on things can only go so far. There are always witnesses. In this case, scores of witnesses in Illinois whose loved ones were the target of “target, isolate, medicate, drain the estate, cremate” will never forget their loved ones. The inactions of the ARDC and particularly Jerome Larkin has led to the deaths and at risk of death situations for scores of Illinois disabled senior citizens.
This must end. And I am sworn to bring back integrity, accountability and justice to this overly beleagured justice system in Illinois that has so very many problems.
Sec. 11a 3. Adjudication of disability; Power to appoint guardian.
(b) Guardianship shall be utilized only as is necessary to promote the well being of the disabled person, to protect him from neglect, exploitation, or abuse, and to encourage development of his maximum self reliance and independence. Guardianship shall be ordered only to the extent necessitated by the individual’s actual mental, physical and adaptive limitations
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We need help to fight corruption. We need help to fight for victims who have experienced a loss of a loved one in Probate (guardianship) or Custody through corruption (lack of jurisdiction, changed transcripts, lying in court, false evidence, lying shrinks and courtroom vendors.
Right now, we are trying to raise funds for telephone service, supplies and whatever else is needed to help fight corruption for our victims (~$1800). Most of you are familiar with the work we do – we help everyone and do not turn anyone away. We are also trying to get to Washington, D.C. and deliver the stories of court corruption vicitms to the Senate Subcommittee on Aging and the House subcommittee on the Judiciary. I am always told by politician that the FBI, the States Attorneys and other government agencies that these are “isolated incidencts” and that’s why they do not have to act. You and I know this is code speak for an excuse to cover up the massive amounts of fraud in health care and in custody battles.
Currently, we are working on taking cases involving courtroom corruption in Probate Court to the Senate Subcommittee on the Judiciary. We want to demand that they appoint a special investigator to review all the corrupt cases where seniors and the disabled are at high risk involving “target, isolate, medicate, drain the estate, eliminate and cremate,” as well as custody where parents are denied co-parenting (50-50) due to corruption in the court room – no service of pleadings, no due process, evaluation reports ignored, and lying psychiatrists/psychologists. We also want to go to the House Subcommittee on the judiciary to have them appoint a special investigator in custody/state kidnap cases where DCFS and police reports are 180 degrees of home inspections, psych reports from court tied in evaluators–psychD’s and psychiatrists that always want to declare the poorer parent as having a mental disease or disorder which they do not have so the richer parent pays them the most money for the best (albeit lying) outcome.
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And you wonder why Jerome Larkin has a problem
Some Fourth Judicial District Court judges, who face claims for damages in a lawsuit filed in federal court by their peer Judge Sharon Marchman, filed pleadings Monday arguing they cannot be sued for acts of corruption or malice.
The four defendant judges making that argument are judges Fred Amman, Wilson Rambo and Carl Sharp as well as retired Judge Ben Jones, who now serves as court administrator, at Fourth Judicial District Court for Ouachita and Morehouse parishes. They are represented by special assistant attorney general Brian D. Landry, of Shreveport.
Those four judges are just a few of a handful of defendants who Marchman claimed violated her constitutional rights when she tried to expose the defendants’ concerted efforts to cover up law clerk Allyson Campbell’s alleged payroll fraud and document destruction.
In her lawsuit filed April 19 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Marchman is seeking damages from the judges, Campbell, their attorneys as well as from former Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
Many of the same defendants also were sued by Monroe businessman Stanley Palowsky III in Fourth Judicial District Court. Palowsky’s July 2015 lawsuit against Campbell and the judges detailed many of the same allegations that appeared in Marchman’s lawsuit. Marchman is represented in her federal lawsuit by attorneys Sedric Banks of Monroe and Joe Ward of Covington, who also represent Palowsky in his district court litigation.
“It is from this diseased root system of a state court action that Plaintiff Judge Marchman’s civil rights’ lawsuit arises, with even the same gardeners, in the form of Mr. Palowsky’s own attorneys seeking to tend the same noxious vines in this federal action,” stated a proposed memorandum filed Monday by the four defendant judges in U.S. District Court.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the four defendant judges were awaiting approval of their proposed memorandum since it exceeded the page count requirements under federal court guidelines.
In their proposed memorandum, the four defendant judges urged U.S. District Court Judge Maurice Hicks Jr. to follow the example of ad hoc Judge Jerry Barbera, of Thibodeaux, who dismissed Palowsky’s lawsuit against Campbell and the judges in November 2015 on the grounds of judicial immunity. At that time, Barbera ruled that judges and law clerks were shielded from lawsuits — even if they committed criminal acts — because they performed a necessary judicial function.
“The alleged cover-up allegations are the most egregious, as Plaintiff Judge Marchman is accusing the Defendant Judges of what constitutes essentially corruption,” stated the judges’ memorandum. “Although not specifically pled, there is also an undercurrent of implied malice, when Plaintiff Judge Marchman asserts her retaliation charge.”
“However, acts of corruption or malice, even if true, do not affect absolute judicial immunity,” the judges added.
The defendant judges argued further that a U.S. District Court judge must set “all its experience and common sense aside (to) find some viable constitutional claim” in Marchman’s lawsuit. If that happened, the judges were still protected under judicial immunity, they argued.
The defendant judges claim Marchman, like other judges of the court, did not believe any crime had been committed when allegations first surfaced that Campbell had committed payroll fraud. That matter was discussed during a personnel committee meeting among Fourth Judicial District Court judges, but Marchman didn’t ask an outside authority to investigate, the judges said.
“… (Marchman) did not recommend referral of the payroll issue to any law enforcement or prosecuting authority for investigation or prosecution,” the judges’ memorandum stated.
The defendant judges argued Marchman’s claims that her constitutional rights were violated can be boiled down to frustration with other judges who did not agree with her administrative recommendations concerning Campbell.
“Plaintiff Judge Marchman may truly be a pariah, or an outcast among her peers, but that status appears to be of her own making, and not the actions of the Defendant Judges,” the judges’ memorandum stated.
Marchman’s claim that her free speech rights as a private citizen were violated rings false, the judges argued, especially since private citizens do not generally enjoy the right to participate in the judges’ personnel committee meetings.
“For whatever reason, Mr. Palowsky, Plaintiff Judge Marchman, and their attorneys do not like this law clerk,” stated the judges’ memorandum. “Further, Plaintiff Judge Marchman is unhappy with her judicial colleagues’ decisions concerning the law clerk, even to the point where Plaintiff Judge Marchman moved for discharge of employment, and none of the other 10 members of the bench would allegedly second her motion.”
Answer: Check and see if his fingers are crossed behind his back!
From Ken Ditkowsky:
I trust that everyone knows that Jerome Larkin and the guardian ad litem who orchestrated the exhibition into the mouth of Alice Gore to recover (and not inventory) the 29 teeth that were suspected of having a few grains of gold in them both teach ethics in required Continuing Legal Education courses. Those of us who are aware of the perfidy, corrupt conduct, and amorality of both of these individuals literally choke at the thought!
However, unless you live in ‘wonderland’ or some other fictional cline, you have learned to live with Hypocrisy promulgated by the corrupt judicial and political elite. Even the fiction of honor, honesty, truth, sincerity or dedication to America’s core values in recent weeks has been shattered. The most recent filings by Larkin before the Illinois Supreme Court are magnificent examples of a plea for special privilege and ‘cover-up.’
Larkin was caught RED HANDED–NO EXCUSES
Knowing that he routinely hired unlicensed court reporters and knowing that he was barred by the statute from paying all unlicensed court reporters, nevertheless he dipped into public trust funds and embezzled thousands of dollars. Apparently this nefariousness was common place as when an inquiry was made as to what other disciplinary proceedings were tainted by Larkin’s personal ethicial deficiencies. (We usually call such conduct theft – but we are dealing with the Judicial elite, i.e. those criminals who are placed in positions of trust and confidence based upon political clout rather than competence – and therefore we have to bend the knee for these esteemed miscreants).
The net is, in spite of all that talk about LAW AND ORDER honor, honesty, and “I am fighting for you” the people’s business is a joke. Our political leaders will say anything and do anything to benefit and enrich themselves as noted by the conduct and candor of all the presidential candidates on either sides of party lines.
It is time for Law enforcement to DO AN HONEST INVESTIGATION and after gathering all the facts to indict Jerome Larkin for his malfeasance in office, conversion, violation of civil rights **** , N.B. The IDR should be collecting the taxes due from the political and judicial elite.
It is time for HONESTY, INTELLIGENCE, HONOR, AND MORALITY to be part of the Judicial system and in particular the Judicial System of Illinois. No elderly person should fear getting old and being a victim of elder cleansing. Jerome Larkin has joint and several civil liability for the income benefits derived by the miscreants that he protects and should pay the taxes, interest and penalties due thereupon. (Illinois is on the verge of Bankruptcy and if these taxes were collected it would not need to raise taxes – exactly why Larkin should be immune to the same rules that the rest of us are subject to is a mystery)
From Joanne: I would like to note that Larkin has plenty of co-conspirators to chip in on the $18,550+ bill: Sharon Opryszek, Melissa Smart, Sang Yul Lee, Ziad Alnaqib, Stephen Splitt (ironically, also an ethics reporter at John Marshall). If they each put up about $3,700 that would take care of their false, fraudulent and void judgment against me for $18,554 in false court reporter and vendor charges they rubber stamped through the Illinois Supreme Court without notice to myself or any one else the charges were primarily fake. Then they can surrender their law licenses, place a notice on the ARDC website and apologize to me and the citizens of the State of Illinois for their legerdemain and perfidy. (as Ken noted, we cannot simply call the “judicial elite” thieves and fraudsters. We must be careful in our use of language. Theft is embezzlement or conversion, and lying and cheating is malfeasance, misfeasance or defalcation.)
From: Zamboni John
Sent: Jul 13, 2016 5:04 PM
Subject: RE: Filing a petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court is an exercise in rigged gambling and waste
1. Even though they may have a one in ten million shot at getting heard, it is possible for them to strike it rich. I cite as an example Gideon v. Wainright, that was won by a pro se appellant, whose case you would have said had no chance at winning. It is now considered by everyone to be one of the top three cases of all time to be heard by the US Supreme Court.
2. It may be considered fun, like playing the lottery. There is a certain amount of satisfaction of being able to say you fought the bastards all the way to the bitter end. I filed one pro se suit all the way to the US Supreme Court concerning the building of Safeco Field which was a $200 million stadium financed by taxpayers. They could not build that thing until all appeals had been exhausted. Even though they eventually were able build it, they could not build it until my appeal was dealt with, which took six months longer than the mainstream attorneys, who were compensated with millions in attorney fees. There was a certain amount of satisfaction in knowing that I was the last man standing. I even heard that mine got within one vote of being heard. I have had a couple of clients who filed, who have the satisfaction of knowing that their opponents had to spend thousands to respond to the petition, because their opponents felt uncomfortable enough about it, that they felt they had to respond in order to keep from losing.
3. It can be therapeutic. I had one client who had been declared mentally insane by at least 4 different courts. He submitted a very well written brief, taking a shot at establishing a civil Gideon for the mentally disabled. His arguments were treated with respect, and most the defendants felt they had to respond with briefs written by attorneys. While he lost, he had the satisfaction of knowing that of all his legal actions, this one was the one that was the most well received because it was a case of first impression. His only regret was he couldn’t figure out a way to put his opponents on trial as war criminals before some international tribunal.
4. Finally, there is simply doing it for the intellectual challenge and to build support for your position. Sure, you may be tilting windmills but in the process, you circulate your ideas among others. Who knows, you or someone else might associate with, might win another case somewhere else, because they cut and pasted a thought developed by you.
Don’t think for a minute that you are not doing the same thing when you advocate trying to win support of Donald Trump. One thing I have learned about the rich, is that they didn’t get rich by being generous. The only reason Donald Trump is talking about a crooked judge is that he is trying to get off the hook for swindling those students out of $30,000 at Trump University. He will not contribute a dime to any else’s efforts without making he gets more than he put in. Good luck on getting him to contribute money to our cause. .
Why is Jerome Larkin not in jail – Why is he give license to censor the call for an Honest investigation of elder cleansing.
From: Anon Lawyer
Sent: Jul 13, 2016 11:16 AM
To: ‘SAM’ , ‘Harley Chick’ , ‘Gwendolyn Shavers’ , ‘JoAnne M Denison’
Subject: Linked is a article regarding ethics and judges/lawyers.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the lined article.
“those who want to be a judge can’t discuss most issues that voters are interested in.” So you are left with Bar Association reviews (those not “connected” do not get rated highly.
“There are also ethics rules that bar lawyers from besmirching other lawyers.” So much for freedom of speech. With no criticism, there is no way to fix (or identify) any problems with the system or profession. Speaking up is an ethics violation. And we complain about the police “code of silence.” Lawyers have a required code of silence to not besmirch other lawyers?
” So it’s a quid pro quo.” In other words, lawyers/judges help each other. You donate to my campaign, you can expect me to help you in court. Seems to me this is nothing but a system to ensure case fixing and continue the public’s low regard for lawyers.
“I’ve been applying for judicial positions for some time,” Reid said. “Frankly, I haven’t been successful. After this last go-around, I just decided, if I’m going to be a judge, I have to run for it.” In other words, judges are not appointed by quality, but by who they know. Ordinary people have to do it the correct way – by being elected by the people.
“in 2009, when she was initially appointed to the bench, she failed to get a 65-percent approval rating, the minimum needed to be considered a recommended choice for a judgeship.” Yet, “Illinois Supreme Court last year picked her over Reid and other candidates to fill the circuit court vacancy” Sounds like she has the qualities to be an Illinois judge – friends in high places.
“Those bar polls can have a lot of value, but I’d much rather have the approval of the Illinois Supreme Court.” While I think it is BS that voters must rely on attorneys to tell them who is qualified, it is even more BS that we discount people who may know the candidates, and instead, go strictly with those who have friends on the Supreme Court.
Question: Am I in violation of ethics rules by pointing out and commenting on the above. If so, then someone must have hacked my email, and this did not come from me.
Not so Deep Throat
Tonight on Justice Served – Dr. Karin Huffer – Legal Abuse Syndrome and ADA Courtroom Advocacy – Equal Access Advocates
“We are focusing on persons with invisible disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act protects ALL persons having equal access to all public and private services. If you can’t see the disability it is a Legal abuse to accuse them of using a ploy and being dishonest. Another legal abuse is forcing the person to reveal and prove the disability in court allowing opposing to counsel to challenge it. These are unfair tactics that discriminate against the 1 in 4 Americans that suffer from such things as depression, anxiety, PTSD, TBI, cancer, cardiac conditions and many others.”