From Ken Ditkowsky–Gangbanging in the Cook County Court System

From Ken–
With political correctness the meaning of words has changed dramatically; however, the acts depicted by the words are much more vivid.   For instance, on the MaryGSykes blog the word “gangbanging” is used to describe the atrocity that is now common place in the Circuit Court of Cook County and a number of other courts across the country.    Indeed, when I saw the word used in context with the elderly victims of elder cleansing I was a bit shocked as I envisioned that the people protected by Jerome Larkin, and the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission had engaged in a new sport – now that the Illinois Supreme Court by dismissing the Rule to Show Cause  directed to Jerome Larkin had clearly indicated that Rule of Law did not apply to those who were the elite.    It was thus perfectly fine for Larkin to misuse public funds, breach his public trust and make a mockery out the long time mores of the legal profession.  (such as correctly citing cases, telling the truth to Court, showing respect to opponents, refraining from filing false pleadings *****).
Indeed, the disgusting image of corrupt judges, corrupt lawyers, corrupt guardians appointed by the corrupt judges and those who violate 18 USCA 371 in acting in concert with the miscreants “gangbanging” grandma turned my stomach.    I then read the post and discovered an equally disgusting scenario.     The National Socialist torture of Alice Gore certain ranks among one of most reprehensible acts in human history!    How dare public officials using public funds to prospect for gold in the teeth of a helpless 90 plus year old woman as they were elder cleansing her.    This disgusting scenario ipso facto warrants filing a Petition in the International Court of  Justice seek remediation for the obscene human rights violation!    (It is obvious that the Courts in Illinois are disinterested in providing protection for grandma! And it is obvious that Supreme Court of Illinois is hell bent in protecting those who commit elder cleansing and those who cover-up for it).
Indeed, the saga of Tim Lahrman, Helen Stone, Carolyn Wyman **** and Mary Sykes evokes equally horrendous images of the rape of the Justice System by the very people who are sworn to protect it.    Yes, I know that exposing the human rights violations by corrupt judges, corrupt judicial officials and a corrupt system if unethical in the eyes of the Supreme Court of Illinois.   However, in the eyes of the core values of America not only is exposing these human rights violations mandatory, but it is also mandatory as a human being to not rest until the criminals who prey on the elderly and the disabled are removed from public office and positions of authority.
The words used to describe the horrors committed by the corrupt judges and their appointed corrupt guardians et al are not really important.   The act itself cannot and will not be swept under the rug.    Right today we who object to elder cleansing may be ignored, but, those who ignore us may regret the day – as anyone who gets old or infirm can be subject to these cowards and scavengers who prey on the weak, the elderly and the disabled.    In fact, the miscreants are more likely to enjoy being gangbanged by a corrupt justice system and impotent public officials who cannot or will not honor their commitment to serve and protect!
With Illinois on the verge of Bankruptcy, would you not think that the Illinois Department of Revenue would be at Jerome Larkin’s door seeking to collect the enormous sums of money that he owes the State of Illinois because of his overt acts in support of elder cleansing!      How is he able to get away with his obvious criminal behavior?    How are all the corrupt public officials were read about in the daily media able to get immunity for obvious criminal conduct?     Indeed, the gang rape of the Constitution by some of our public officials has to STOP right now!
From Joanne;
I was fairly shocked when a genuine, born and raised south of Madison Street regular kind of South Sider, explained his experience to me in challenging a corrupt judge, then she “pushed the button” under her desk and he was instantly surrounded by 3 or 4 of the finest bailiffs that Cook County had to offer.  He told me he was “gang banged”.  Now there is no way to challenge what a South Sider has to say about certain activities and styles of court room management.  I do not doubt it when he says this is a gang technique to firmly  inform your gang rival that certain behaviors  are seriously objectionable and will not be tolerated and you have brought “the gang” to make your point clear.
And I want to further clarify, that he did not threaten the judge or anyone else, he was merely stating his objections for the record; however it appears that certain objections are simply “not allowed” and challenging the court in the arena of clearly fictitious accountings and scurrilous behavior by court appointed persons with Letters of Office and certain clouted attorneys are often tresspassing into verbotten territories, so they must be left alone. And if that means that 3 or 4 of the finest bailiffs have to put their searing hot breath down your neck to make this point clear, so be it.
I also forgot to mention, that an important part of a successful court room “gang bang” is to further instruct the victim, well out of earshot of anyone that might rat them out, that so and so has it in for you and that if you come back, you will likely be arrested.
I just wanted to make those finer points clear. The gang bang by a court judge does not come on the threat by a litigant against person or property of the court–it comes primarily after someone has brought to the court’s attention some aspect of a Fraud on the Court being committed and the judge does not believe this is a proper subject to bring up in the polite, friendly company you find in a courtroom.
Then, the bailiffs are called for a hot neck breathe down.
The final step of a successful gang bang is then where the disgruntled litigant is told out of ear shot of anyone who might rat this process out, that the judge or a clouted attorney has it “in for you” and they intend to have you arrested if you continue to challenge anything and it is best you really not show up again.
I have been told by my dear South Side friend that the technique is extremely effective, and all superfluous courtroom characters often choose wisely to stay away after being courtroom gang banged and they generally comply and curtail any pleadings that might challenge our most efficient courtroom activities of transferring cash from the estate into the hands of needy attorneys, nursing homes, court room vendors, scurrilous parties not mentioned in the will, etc.
I just wanted to make it clear for the record what a proper court room style gang bang consists of.
Of course, Gloria Sykes, who was often surrounded by bailiffs giving her the neck breathe down, just didn’t understand what the court was trying to tell her.  Silly her, she kept on filing pleading after pleading in a fruitless attempt to protect her mother over 5 years while 2 gals and a string of clouted attorneys laughed at her and wrote whatever they wanted to in a string of fairly scandalous orders that prohibited her from seeing her mother about 99 per cent of the time, from keeping her mother out of at least 2 nursing homes, from the sale of her homestead, etc.  And when things got really bad, Judge Aicha MacCarthy took these issues into her own hands running out the courtroom after Gloria, the robe flying, demanding to have her arrested and Gloria’s service dog “put down” when Shaggy let out a bark in the courtroom hallway.
You just cannot make this stuff up.
Anyway, I believe Gloria filed a JIB complaint and that was fully ignored and then the 7th circuit recently dismissed her ADA complaint over all of this, so you know where sympathies lie within the courtrooms of Cook County, both state and federal.
Personally, I don’t even know why Jerome Larkin and James Grogin went after myself and Ken for producing this blog.  I bet he is learning a whole lot of new tactics to put down, confuse and intimidate the public.  I mean, after all, covering over outlets in the ARDC hearing rooms to make sure that people don’t bring their laptop and blog is fairly childish. There’s a whole world out there he can learn from this blog.  I don’t go to court any longer and blab about everything that is going on and all this interesting stuff, and I know he and his staff don’t either–they have to rely upon what is put on their piddly complaint forms by members of the public who really don’t know much about where the real corruption is, so sometimes I really wonder why he even wanted to shut down me or my blog.
He obviously doesn’t understand the concept of “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

On Blog Talk Radio Tonight with V. Lazarus–Judges that Commit Felonies 8 pm CDST

Tonight V. Lazarus will be hosting a show on Judges that Commit Felonies from the Bench on Blog Talk Radio.

Follow the link and call in to ask any questions.

These are strategies to bring back Justice and Accountability to our nation’s court system.

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On Blog Talk Radio Tonight with V. Lazarus–Judges that Commit Felonies 8 pm CDST

Tonight V. Lazarus will be hosting a show on Judges that Commit Felonies from the Bench on Blog Talk Radio.

Follow the link and call in to ask any questions.

These are strategies to bring back Justice and Accountability to our nation’s court system.

From GS – an article on Gang Banging and Gang Stalking – touchless torture at the Daley Center. Is it legal?

COINTELPRO News (2016)

I had never heard of this, but of course, I have never been in a gang unless it was a gang of nerds.  However, Mr. GS tells me of the following:  He goes to court, he tells the judge she is corrupt when there are massive irregularities on an accounting.  She does not look at the file, but instead dismisses his comments, strikes pleadings AND pushes a button under her desk.  3 to 4 deputies then come to the courtroom and start breathing down the guy’s neck in an attempt to intimidate him.

He says this is “gang banging”.  Huh. Never knew that, but I know it happens all the time on the 18th floor when a citizen with a valid complaint challenges the judge directly or indirectly.  In any case, I did not know the 18th floor Daley center judges were taking cues from gang tactics.  Thank you Mr. GS.

In any case, I told him to just tell them to go get a Tic Tac and some deodorant and back off.

From the article:

“Gang Stalking” is, very likely, a disinformation term created by
U.S. intelligence agencies. It refers to the intense, long-term, unconstitutional surveillance and harassment of a person who has been designated as a target by someone associated with America’s security industry.

Such operations have nothing to do with criminal gangs. Officialdomestic counterintelligence operations of this type are – apparently – perpetrated by federal agents and intelligence/security contractors, sometimes with the support of state and local law enforcement personnel. Unofficial operations of this type are, apparently, perpetrated by private investigators and vigilantes – including many former agents and cops, some of whom are members of the quasi-governmental Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU), sometimes on behalf of corporate clients and others with connections to the public and private elements of America’s security industry.

The goal of such operations – in the parlance of counterintelligence agents – is “disruption” of the life of an individual deemed to be an enemy (or potential enemy) of clients or members of the security state. Arguably, the most accurate term for this form of harassment would be “counterintelligence stalking.” Agents of communist East Germany’s Stasi (state police) referred to the process as Zersetzung (German for “decomposition” or “corrosion” – a reference to the severe psychological, social, and financial effects upon the victim). American and British victims have described the process as “no-touch torture” – a phrase which also captures the nature of the crime: cowardly, unethical (and often illegal), but difficult to prove legally because it generates minimal forensic evidence.

Tactics include – but are not limited to – slander, blacklisting, “mobbing” (intense, organized harassment in the workplace), “black bag jobs” (residential break-ins), abusive phone calls, computer hacking, framing, threats, blackmail, vandalism, “street theater” (staged physical and verbal interactions with minions of the people who orchestrate the stalking), harassment by noises, and other forms of bullying.

Does this sound familiar to you?

So why do the courts on the 18th floor and Sheriff Dart’s deputies go and gang bang civil litigants?

We know it’s part of the intimidation in a corrupt case.  I would not think it works, because I am or was a lawyer, but I just heard from someone that he DID stay away from court and lost substantial rights because he was “gang banged” each time he went there and one of the Bailiffs said they were out to get him and arrest him.

Is this North Korea or what?

I am further told by another person that not only was he gang banged by the Bailiffs at the Daley Center 18th floor, but when he went to the Judicial Inquiry Board, someone from the OIG started to “gang stalk” him, where they follow you all the time, take pictures, try to run you off the road and to intimidate you.  He has pictures, but I told him to get a dash cam and go sue them for their “touchless torture.” What  a mess this County is in.

I am told by a woman in Colorado, you can’t even file a complaint against a judge there because you have to do it on a form kept by 2 or 3 clerks, and you have to tell them or write them the complaint and they judge who gets the form.  Of course, certain judges are deemed “too worthy” to put their names on these forms.  I told the investigative reporter she has to go back to the people complaining about this and tell them to sue about this “pattern practice” of denial of due process rights.

Just when you think you’ve heard it all…

And Jerome Larkin and James Grogin, Melissa Smart, Sharon Opryszek, Steven Splitt, etc.  don’t want the public to know their rights either–they are the gatekeepers by oppressing and suppressing this blog to create a new dictatorship in corrupt Illionis worthy of the 3rd Reich or NK.  We need to get rid of these unconstitutional messes instead.


From CNN–keeping the rich richer and the poor poorer via the Fed Reserve and the top banks

I have no idea why there aren’t mass protests and outrages over how we bail out the banks and they continue to steal and the Fed Reserve, our nations tyrannical oversight committee on ensuring theft via computer, has not been drummed out of town with tar and feathers on a rail. They do not protect consumers.  The courts always rule in favor of big banking, when these banksters should be in prison for theft, conversion and tresspass upon our hard earned money.

ATM and overdraft fees top $6 billion at the big 3 banks

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Ever taken out cash from an ATM machine and gotten socked with a $3 fee (or worse)? You probably weren’t thrilled about that.

Nobody likes those fees. Except banks.

America’s three biggest banks — JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC) — earned more than $6 billion just from ATM and overdraft fees last year, according to an analysis by SNL Financial and CNNMoney.

That equates to $25 for every adult in the United States.

There’s so much frustration over these fees that they have become a presidential campaign issue.

Hillary Clinton called ATM fees “usurious.” Bernie Sanders vowed that if he’s elected president, he will cap ATM fees at $2.

Consumers now pay over $4, on average, to withdraw their own money from an out-of-network ATM, according to Bankrate.

“In my view, it is unacceptable that Americans are paying a $4 or $5 fee each time they go to the ATM,” Sanders said in a recent speech.

Related: What crisis? JPMorgan Chase reports big profit

Big profits on fees

The outrage comes as Americans are finding out exactly how much banks really profit from those pesky ATM and overdraft fees. For the first time, banks were required to disclose this information publicly in 2015.

While ATM fees get the most attention on the campaign trail, overdraft charges are the most profitable for banks.

America’s big three banks made over $5.1 billion last year from overdraft fees alone.

Banks aren’t supposed to charge customers overdraft fees when they use an ATM to get cash unless the customer chooses or “opts in” to get the cash despite the fee.

A 2014 Pew study found more than half of the people who overdrew their checking accounts in the past year didn’t remember consenting to the overdraft service.

Related: Everyone hates stocks again. Time to buy?

Overdraft fees put people at ‘serious risk’

“Consumers who opt in to overdraft coverage put themselves at serious risk when they use their debit card,” said Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The typical overdraft fee is $34, yet a CFPB study found that the majority of overdrafts occur on transactions of $24 or less.

“Consumers really need to look at the fine print,” says Christopher Vanderpool, an analyst at research firm SNL Financial.

By law, people can opt out of ATM overdrafts at any time. That way they will not be able to take out money at an ATM if their account balance goes below $0. That said, banks can still levy a fee if someone’s balance goes negative because a check is cashed or an automatic payment such as rent goes through and there aren’t sufficient funds to cover it.

The CFPB study notes that if someone borrowed $24 for only three days and paid an overdraft fee of $34, that “loan” from the bank would carry a whopping 17,000% annual percentage rate (APR).

Related: The Obama economy in 10 charts

Fees are growing

Many large banks like Wells Fargo say they have put a lot of effort into clarifying their overdraft fees and helping customers make smart choices.

“Overdraft behaviors are becoming more managed by our people,” said Ricky Brown, president of BB&T (BBT) bank on an earnings call last year.

But the data for the first three quarters of 2015 doesn’t back that up. It shows that overdraft fees grew every single quarter for the big banks.

CNNMoney estimated what the banks would collect on fees in the final three months of 2015. It’s often the most profitable time of the year since people are doing more transactions around the holidays. Still, CNNMoney assumed that banks earned the same in the fourth quarter on fees as in the previous quarter.

The result is that JPMorgan took in $1.9 billion from customer overdrafts. Bank of America and Wells Fargo took in $1.6 billion each.

The CFPB is considering whether to implement additional rules on overdrafts.

Fees on the “regular Joe’s” bank account made up about 4% of operating revenues for America’s biggest banks last year, according to SNL Financial.

From Ken Ditkowsky on the Never Ending Suspension of Judicial Activist Andy Ostrowski

To: Pennsylvania Courtwatch <>, PA Governor’s Office <>
Subject: The Law License of Andrew Ostrowski
Date: Sep 21, 2016 8:00 PM
American needs a infusion of Honesty and Honor!    The Elder Cleansing miscreants have declared war on the elderly and the disabled – and our society remains silent.   Some of our political elite have declared war on the First Amendment and seek to intimidate lawyers in particular and the citizens in general from speaking out freely.    Here in Illinois we had an attorney who lost his license to practice law for pointing out a conflict of interest.    A Judge refused to recuse herself even though she was on the Board of Directors of the defendant and her brother was an attorney in the law firm representing the defendant.   A respected business newspaper (Crains Chicago Business Daily) reported the same conflict of interest.    In Kangaroo proceedings the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, without benefit of proof, claimed that it was unethical to report the judge’s indiscretion and the reporting lawyer was suspended from practice.   The judge was given a pass!    
The very same disciplinary commission barred from a public hearing one person – Diane Nash – one of the Icons of the Civil Rights movement.   I and others attended the hearing without problem.   There was an empty seat next to me.   Jim Crow is still alive and well in Illinois!     
Andy Ostrowski has demonstrated his devotion to the Bill of Rights, and we have been lead to believe that his belief in the Sanctity of the First Amendment is a deterrent to his law license being reinstated.   I, as a citizen of the United States of America cannot sit quietly and allow such an outrage to occur and not raise my voice.   What a terrible example I would set for my children and grandchildren if I was fiddled while Pennsylvania burned!      How can any of us sit quietly as our beloved republic is being pillaged by public officials who do not honor America’s core values?   
I wrote the following letter, in support of Andy – Please stand up and be counted.    America needs a victory!     Citizens rising up and supporting those among us who are leading the fight against Elder Cleansing, Judicial Corruption, Public Corruption and the cancers that target our Democracy must be supported.  Andy is a respected leader in our defense of liberty he deserves our support!
                                                                                                                               Kenneth Ditkowsky
                                                                                                                           6150 Forest Glen
Chicago, Illinois 60646
812 914 1945
The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center 
601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 5600 
P.O. Box 62625 
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2625
Re: Reinstatement of Mr. Andrew Ostrowski to Practice Law
Honorable Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania,
On November 28, 1961 I was admitted to the Illinois Bar, and for the next 53 years I practiced law in the Courts of Illinois.     My practice led me to the Courts of last resort in Illinois even to the Supreme Court of the United States where I presented the case of Terrazas vs. Vance.    This letter is to convey to you my total support of the readmission of Andrew Ostrowski to practice law in the Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.      Pennsylvania (and the Several States) need advocates to fight for Constitutional and Civil Rights like Mr. Ostrowski.     Pennsylvania needs courageous attorneys such as like Andy Ostrowski to represent citizens injured in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
Today the legal profession is under siege and needs to redeem itself from the quagmire of corruption that it has been accused of participating.    Pennsylvania itself has been touched by the scandal of its Attorney General being convicted of a crime and being disbarred.    Even the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has not escaped bad press.
 That said, there are in this State many whose Rights have been abridged in recent years who will have a competent, moral, and compassionate Advocate in Mr. Ostrowski, upon his reinstatement.    Andrew Ostrowski stands ready, willing and able to be a lawyer that Pennsylvania can be proud of.   Indeed, Attorney Ostrowski has acquired a reputation both in his home State and Nationally of being a vigorous defender of America’s core values and the Rule of Law.    There is no just reason why Mr. Ostrowski should not be reinstated to the practice of law.     Mr. Ostrowski should be reinstated to practice law in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Thank you for the opportunity to weigh in on this important matter, your truly, 
Kenneth K. Ditkowsky/
Ken Ditkowsky

From Roseanne Miller in Ohio–Her THIRD false arrest by Bellfonatine Police Dept

When will this every end?

Subject: Status of Roseanne Miller–she has been falsely arrested again PLUS her 3 email accounts have been hacked!
Roseanne has been very, very upset.  When she called me today she had been crying and is very distraught over her THIRD false arrest.

This time, she had apparently asked a fire fighter friend what some sort of contraption was that she found in the house.  He told her it was a home made bomb trap (which her evil brother likely set), and her friend called the bomb squad.  In the confusion, the police ran a background check on HER and claim that they found an outstanding warrant for non payment of a contempt fee, which is of course illegal because under the Ohio constitution imprisonment for debts are specifically prohibited.
She was arrested on Thursday and I understand it was fairly harrowing because the police don’t like her for speak out about the abuse and murder of her parents.  I have published a police report from Bellefontaine Ohio that claims elders can be subject to lethal and dangerous amounts of drugs, well, because they are old.  I published that.
The Bellefontaine OH police hate her.
Next she finds out all 3 of her email accounts have been hacked and she can’t reset them and can barely get in to retrieve a single email at at time, I don’t know what’s up with that.
Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers and call or email her if you have her phone or email and reassure her everything will be okay and she has a perfectly valid 42 USC sec 1983/85 complaint for her with abuse of process, malicious prosecution, false arrest, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

From Huffington Post–Is Elder Guardianship a new form of Human Trafficking? YES! For profit Guardianship is guardianship for profit and pleasure–and moral depravity

Of course it is. These people have no choice, they are stripped of all their rights and miscreant attorneys from the bar associations and disciplinary boards cover it all up–hence Jerome Larkin, Head Administrator of the ARDC has covered up a dozen cases in Illionis of murder, neglect, torture and death and put many, many seniors and disableds at risk together with James Grogin, lead counsel of the Illinois ARDC, and Melissa Smart and Sharon Opryszek and Steven Split (who is supposed to be an “ethics professor” imagine that) and Leah Guiterrez Black. All of these attorneys think that taking massive amounts of attorneys fees from estates, the life, limb and property of seniors and disableds is “okay.”  Ken Ditkowsky, Lanre Amu, Candice Schwager and other attorneys find this type  of “guardianship” in the nation’s probate courts to be immoral, unethical and repugnant directly to the Core Values of the democratic and open USA.  Join us and follow this blog.  Note that Huffington Post–a major online news provider is joining the cause to stamp out for profit guardianship.  If the courts want guardianship, the guardians must be free or low cost. And seniors and the disableds must NOT lose all their rights.  Stop this nonsense now.  It’s archaic and even deadly.

As the 71st session of the General Assembly of the United Nations begins this week to discuss international issues that affect the lives of millions throughout the world, the United States needs to step up its commitment to safeguard human rights and promote the rule of law in its own backyard — specifically, escalating abuse in the U.S. Elder Guardianship system.

It’s legal, but is it right?

Imagine you’ve worked hard all of your life and suddenly you are deemed incapacitated and are stripped of your dignity and basic individual rights. You have been abducted from your home, isolated from your family, and “placed” somewhere to be medicated while your assets are being pillaged. The authorities that should be protecting you are the ones committing these heinous acts. It sounds like Nazi Germany, but this is happening in the United States today.

The victims are seniors. The partners in crime are financial predators and agents of the Elder Guardianship system — attorneys, professional guardians, medical experts, and others who are paid out of the senior’s assets. There are some good judges but many are overworked and some are actively aiding the exploitation. Anyone can file to deem you incapacitated. The entire process from filing an incapacity petition to plenary guardianship where all rights are removed can happen within days. Yet, once you’re caught in the web, it’s almost impossible to break free… AND you are forced to pay your abusers in the process.

A 2013 AARP report gave a “best guess” estimate of the number of adults under guardianship nationally at 1.5 million. Idaho and Minnesota are the only states that track the amount of money being controlled by guardians or conservators; the combined total for just two states is over $1 billion. Guardianship is supposed to protect older citizens. However, what happens when the system is broken? A 2010 federal study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified hundreds of allegations of physical abuse, neglect and financial exploitation by guardians in 45 states and the District of Columbia between 1990 and 2010. In 20 cases, the GAO found that guardians stole or improperly obtained $5.4 million in assets from 158 incapacitated victims.

The Abduction of Lillie

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 was Lillie’s 88th birthday and her family didn’t know where she was. A week earlier, on August 30, the court-appointed Emergency Temporary Guardian abducted her from a doctor’s office while her niece was in the other room filling out papers. Although Lillie was happy and safe in her Palm Coast home of twenty years, the guardian “placed” her into assisted living and refused to tell her family the location. Lillie was not in danger and there was no emergency situation or other credible justification of such extreme and deceptive action. Video of Lillie from July 30, 2016 — just a month before — shows a vibrant African-American woman enjoying her home and family, and vocal about her financial affairs and this case. In fact, she does not seem incapacitated at all.

Since the case started in 2012, three good doctor’s reports that could have given Lillie her rights back went stale through a legal shell game of loopholes, frivolous objections and unethical behavior. Now, while she is sequestered and possibly sedated, they are pushing hard for plenary guardianship, which would take away her last two remaining rights: the right to vote (she is a registered Democrat excited about voting for Hillary Clinton) and the right to choose with whom she socializes. Over a dozen attorneys and others have been invoicing against Lillie’s assets, while the temporary guardian has not paid Lillie’s basic bills or given her a penny of herown money for food or personal living expenses. The temporary guardian has been neglecting her fiduciary responsibilities and violating standards of practice, but Lillie’s sister and over 50 nieces and nephews are the ones being shut out.

The sudden manner by which Lillie was involuntarily placed in an anonymous location and isolated from her family and support system was likely traumatizing to her particularly given her past victimization. The initial evaluation for incapacity happened in 2012 when she was held captive for eight months at the home of a family friend. She eventually called 911 and escaped. Now, after five years of systemic abuse, Lillie is being violated again — this time by the temporary guardian who is supposed to be her advocate. Getting old is not a crime, yet Lillie is being treated like a criminal. Tonight, she is somewhere alone in assisted living probably wondering why her family has abandoned her.

Captors use social isolation to torture prisoners of war. Social isolation of otherwise healthy, well-functioning individuals eventually results in psychological and physical disintegration, and even death. Nevertheless, the Emergency Motions filed in court to get Lillie returned to her home and family have been ignored.

Florida’s “Liquidate, Isolate, Medicate”

In Florida, there are 5 million people age 60 and older and that demographic is expected to account for most of the state’s population growth in the next 15 years. Yet, seniors who have come to this retirement haven are actively being deprived of life, liberty and property without due process of law. The guardianship system oversteps constitutional rights and goes against the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment that forbids states from discriminating invidiously against some of their citizens.

Professional guardianship is considered a “growth business,” with the number increasing from 12 registered professional guardians in 2003 to 456 in 2015, according to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. The abuse is so rampant that the process itself has been called “Liquidate, Isolate, Medicate.” With 40 hours of training and a modest background check, a professional guardian can start earning $85 an hour and have control over a ward’s property, finances, medical decisions, housing and social relationships. In other words, the guardian has the ability to:liquidate your assets by selling your home, car, etc.; isolate you from your family as guardian of “your person;” and put you in a nursing home to medicate you until you die. All of this is supposed to be in your “best interest.” An ABC13 Investigates report dubbed it “The Grey Prison.”

For example, 89-year-old Marie, featured in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune‘s Elder guardianship: A well-oiled machine, had her rights removed at the request of her stepson-in law. The court ordered a trust company to pay out some $635,000 to attorneys, guardians and other involved in her case. She survived wartime Poland and said even Hitler’s Germany failed to prepare her for this travesty. Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives Larry Ahern said, “In extreme cases, the wards are sometimes prevented from regaining their competency and remain, in effect, prisoners of guardians.” How many seniors, like Lillie and Marie, are being exploited in this cruel and systemic manner?

Due to a string of horror stories and rising complaints, on March 10, 2016 Governor Rick Scott signed into law Senate Bill 232 creating the Office of Public & Professional Guardians to replace the Statewide Public Guardianship Office within the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. In April, they initiated rule making procedures to address the regulation of professional guardians, including standards of practice and disciplinary guidelines. These are expected to be in place October 2016. While these necessary changes are underway, what happens to seniors, like Lillie and Marie, who are being victimized this moment in Florida? Will they get a pardon and be set free?

A New Form of Human Trafficking?

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

Trafficking involves psychological coercion to render someone a slave. To do this, perpetrators employ “tactics that can lead to the psychological consequence oflearned helplessness for the victims, where they sense that they no longer have any autonomy or control over their lives. Traffickers may hold their victims captive, expose them to large amounts of alcohol or use drugs, keep them in isolation, or withhold food or sleep. During this time the victim often begins to feel the onset of depression, guilt and self-blame, anger and rage, and sleep disturbances, PTSD, numbing, and extreme stress. Under these pressures, the victim can fall into the hopeless mental state of learned helplessness.”

An argument can be made that the “Liquidate, Isolate, Medicate” Elder Guardianship process in Florida at its worse is a form of human trafficking. On the basis of the definition, it is evident that trafficking in persons has three constituent elements: a) The Act (What is done) — In this case, the transfer and harbouring of a person, b) The Means (How it is done) — Abduction, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, and c) The Purpose (Why it is done) – In the case of guardianships, the purpose is financial exploitation — a form of servitude. Seniors are sedated in locked assisted living facilities while their assets are spent down.

The Right to be Protected & Respected

Probably the most famous case of financial elder abuse is that of one-time New York socialite Brooke Astor when she was more than 100 years old. Her grandson Philip C. Marshall testified against his father and helped put him in jail. In his 2015 testimony to the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, Mr. Marshall said, “To be complacent about elder justice is to be complicit in elder abuse.”

Given demographic trends, elder financial abuse is expected to grow dramatically unless we do something. The baby boom generation is reaching retirement age at a rate of 10,000 people per day. Those 65+ will make up 20% of the population by 2050. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging has made “elder justice” one of its four tracks. There is now a federal home for Adult Protective Services and a newElder Justice website called a “one-stop shopping site for victims, families, prosecutors, researchers and practitioners.” President Barack Obama declared June 15, 2016 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Awareness is good, but immediate action is needed. If states are not doing their jobs, the federal government needs to step in. It’s time to reform the Elder Guardianship system in the U.S., prosecute predators and hold legal agents — judges, attorneys, evaluators, professional guardians, etc. — to a higher standard. As Vice President Hubert Humphrey said, “The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life — the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”

Just as we continue to make strides with human rights issues around the world, we need to shine a brighter light on elder abuse on our soil — particularly this type of vicious and systemic financial exploitation. To be an elder is a privilege, not a condition causing you to be tossed aside and abused. Our elders need to be protected and respected. If we’re lucky, we will all get old. Let’s create a society where we can age with grace and dignity.

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy is a Harvard Business School-trained strategist and President of Power Living Enterprises, Inc. Her mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet and create a more sustainable world by releasing the potential in individuals. A seasoned life coach/speaker and founder of the first yoga studio in Harlem, she has been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal, in Oprah’s book, Live Your Best Life!, and was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. An early Internet pioneer and TV executive, she has advised billion-dollar companies on their multi-platform engagement strategies. Her latest award-winning book — co-authored with her mother Columbia University-trained journalist Janie Sykes-Kennedy — is Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master on her teacher/mentor 98-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch.

On June 20, 2016, Kennedy moderated a conversation with Tao Porchon-Lynch at the United Nations for International Day of Yoga on “Yoga for the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.” On October 3, 2016, for International Day of Non-Violence, she will facilitate a conversation with Ms. Porchon-Lynch on Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hosted by the Indian Consulate in New York. On November 19, 2016, she will moderate another discussion with Ms. Porchon-Lynch at the United Nations for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.

Note: Kennedy is the niece of Lillie featured in this article. As of September 13, 2016, Lillie’s family still does not know where she is and the temporary guardian refuses to tell them. For more, go to Watch the video and let us know what you think. For specific questions or suggestions, email

For more by Dr. Terri Kennedy, click here.

From Ken Ditkowsky–Bar associations and disciplinary associations breaking bad

Subject: Re: WSBA news $50mm lawsuit Universiy of Washington
Date: Sep 20, 2016 3:30 PM
Everywhere you turn, there is a war on the elderly and the disabled, and corrupt judges aided by organizations charged with disciplining lawyers (such as in Illinois the Attorney Registration of Disciplinary Commission, in Florida the Florida Bar ***). 
The law is very clear — the Court appointed guardians are fiduciaries and thus owe the highest standard of conduct to the ‘wards.’   The highest standard of conduct does not include such activities as isolating the ward, stealing from the ward, incarceration of the ward in nursing home facilities or other facilities wherein the ward is systematically dehumanized so as to efficiency strip the estate of the ward of assets etc.   Law enforcement has a duty to protect the elderly.   ADA gives the Justice Department Jurisdiction as certainly the criminal conspiracy violates the Americans With Disabilities Act, as well as State law.    Interstate Commerce is affected as the Omnicare fraud ($150 million plus in fines), Philip Esformes (1 billion dollars stolen from Medicare), Seth Gilman (several hundred million in fake Hospice claims), Reinstein ******  all demonstrate that this is a National problem.
I am 99.7% certain that these frauds are not reported as Income and thus Tax Fraud (State and Federal) is part and parcel of the criminal activity.   This provides jurisdiction to the Department of Treasury.    The use of the mails is essential for the Attorney Disciplinary Commission to operate its cover=up and in particular public officials with a criminal bent and a disrespect for the Bill of Rights give jurisdictional to the Postal Inspectors.     In some situations Banks are heavily involved in the fraud transactions and the under the table compensation to public officials is not reported *******.
The miscreants have violated a cornucopia of Law and so far are escaping punishment because so many of the Political Elite and the JUdicial Elite are involved in the criminal enterprises and conspiracies.   This must end now!    America is in crisis and in such States as Illinois, Florida, Arizona, California ***** it is not safe to grow old.
The political candidates are crossing swords over criminals who sneak into America from Foreign lands, but both are silent when the criminals who wear black robes orchestrate the elder cleansing of Grandma.
Once again – take a look at the Mary Sykes file -09 P 4585 (Illinois) or the Alice Gore file (Illinois).    The holocaust that these elderly widows had to deal with should be dealt with in a panel that deals with crimes against humanity!    The inhuman action of the court appointed and court approved guardian ad litem in prospecting for and removing the gold from Alice Gore’s mouth is an unspeakable crime. The fact that Jerome Larkin and the Illinois legal community attorn and approve such action by their failure to cry out and demand an HONEST INVESTIGATION just provides the world with a hint as to degree of depravity we are dealing.
(Jerome Larkin, administrator of the IARDC, deserves special condemnation as he is the public official who was appointed by the Supreme Court of Illinois to protect Alice Gore, Mary Sykes, Carolyn Wyman ***** from corrupt lawyers and judges.    Larkin is the public official who sought to silence Rule 8.3 calls for an HONEST INVESTIGATION and he is the public official who actually wrote in public documents filed with the Supreme Court of Illinois that the MaryGSykes blog that reported Judicial corruption was akin to “yelling fire in a crowded theater.”   NB.  You cannot make this stuff up! The perfidy has all been documented.   The Illinois crimes by the Judiciary are detailed in Probate Sharks blog, MaryGSykes blog, and NASGA.) 

Washington State Bar Association, to be abolished over felonious conduct

September 19, 2016 by goldbarreporter Leave a Comment
Late last summer, the Gold Bar Reporter was first to break a story about the Washington State Bar Association’s dropping the word ” association.”
Our source, an insider close to Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen stated ” the WSBA is trying to come up with a plan to push liability off on Washington State taxpayers, because it’s clear that the Bar is going to lose Scannell v WSBA et al. and Block v WSBA et al. over felonious racketeering and anti-trust violations. ”
We just learned that Washington State Bar  Association has officially voted to drop the word association, in an effort to push liability of 50 Million plus onto Washington State taxpayers, instead of pushing liability to its’ members the above two cases.
In Block’s cases, public records from Snohomish County and the United States Post Office documented that John Pennington ( man who killed 43 people in the Oso mudslides, only suspect in the rape of 5 year old girl from Cowlitz County Washington, and is now working for Pierce College), set up a post office box in Duvall Washington to pass  financial bribes to attorney Lin O’Dell and her convicted killer boyfriend  Mark Plivilech, while at the same time, John Pennington is the  man, according to the lead detective on a Cowlitz  County case from 1992, who is responsible for the rape of a 5 year old girl.   Instead of suing Block, John Pennington enlisted his friend Linda Eide, Washington State Bar’s lead counsel, and Washington State Bar Board member Geoffrey Gibbs, to go after Block, a journalist who held a WSBA Bar license, for reporting on John Pennington criminal conduct. (from Joanne–does this sound familiar?  Going after my blog instead of the probate attorneys in the Mary Sykes case who failed to give a trust accounting to Gloria Sykes for 5 years, ran the case without jurisdiction or service upon Mary for 5 years, lost some $1 million in gold coins and quashed all discovery, then asked the ARDC to investigate my blog?  Is this Suppress Blogs for Cash?)
In John Scannell ‘s case, Washington State Bar counsel members Scott Bugsby and Linda Eide tried to gain access into John Scannell’s attorney client files in an effort to go after a Board member’s political foe and Scannell’s client Paul King.
A source said ” The Bar knows that once you two win, you’re coming after them personally to collect damages, starting with members of the WSBA Office of Disciplinary Counsel.”

Washington State Bar’s letter to its members
IMPORTANT – if you want the WSBA to continue as your professional association, you should attend one or more of three upcoming meetings at the Seattle WSBA offices, discussed more completely below:
  • Public meeting of the WSBA Bylaws Workgroup on August 8
  • Special Meeting of the BOG on Aug 23
  • Regular Meeting of the BOG on Sept 29/30.
I attended the WSBA BOG meeting Friday in Walla Walla, having recently realized (through my work on theSections Policy Workgroup) that the BOG is now starting to implement a comprehensive series of sweeping changes to (i) the WSBA Bylaws, (ii) Court Rule 12.1 and to (iii) the Bar Act.
These changes are being implemented incrementally for tactical reasons, but are designed and intended ultimately to:
  • Substantially reduce the ability of Members to influence WSBA governance – in violation of the Bar Act,
  • Eliminate the WSBA’s role as its “Members” professional association,
  • Wholly and unambiguously convert the WSBA into a public entity/government agency with the singular and exclusive mission of serving the public, and
  • Enhance and expand the scope of the Washington State Supreme Court’s influence and control over all aspects of the WSBA (including setting Member dues), not just matters relating to licensing, regulation, attorney discipline and other such areas.
These changes are part of a longer term and little known Strategic Plan that is the product of these and other key WSBA leaders:
  • Executive Director Paula Littlewood,
  • Immediate Past President Anthony Gipe,
  • President William Hyslop,
  • WSBA General Counsel Jean McElroy
The full scope of the changes and the underlying justifications for them are detailed in:
For your convenience, here’s a link to the Public Materials for the Walla Walla meeting (all 656 pages):
I then identified four of the proposed Bylaw Amendments most concerning to me:
  • First, I strongly objected to changing the name of the WSBA after 128 years to drop the word “Association,” emphasizing that this change is explicitly intended clarifythat the WSBA is not actually a professional association of attorneys. I said I thought most WSBA Members would find this highly objectionable and would be quite surprised to learn that they weren’t really part of a professional association for lawyers.
  • Second, I objected to putting the Washington Supreme Court in charge of determining members’ dues and said I thought others would too.
  • Third, I described the creation of three more appointed Board seats as undemocratic and bad from a governance perspective because appointed seats are subject to abuse by vesting too much power in the hands of too few. [Note: these changes to the BOG composition would also directly violate RCW 2.48.030of the Bar Act regarding the “Board of Governors.” The BOG is arguably illegally constituted currently based on that RCW.]
  • Fourth, I objected to giving limited license practitioners a greatly out-sized percentage of the Board seats relative to their de minimis numbers – i.e., 2 Board seats from a total of fewer than 20 limited license practitioners. [In my view, these folks should have to run within their Districts just like other Bar Members. At best they should be entitled to only a single designated seat.]

A reporter who was present at the Washington State Bar’s meeting said ” I added that I had read through the Governance Task Force Report twice in recent days and that I wasn’t too enamored with it, and that I had found much of its key analysis conclusionary and unpersuasive.”
He further stated “My comments stirred up quite a few folks, including current and former BOG members, several of whom said essentially that these issues had already been debated and discussed for a long time and that it was time to move forward with all of the recommendations in the Governance Report, including the first group of Bylaw Amendments under consideration.  These Governance Report recommendations have strong momentum. One gentleman even said he didn’t necessarily agree with the decisions made but that a lot of time and effort had going into them and it was time to start passing them because folks had done a lot of work and he wanted to see the results. So much for not being pushed into bad decisions by undue focus on sunk costs. ”
Mr. Gipe is currently running for King County Superior Court Position #52 – a position that could be the first step on a path to the Washington State Supreme Court, where he could ultimately exercise the control over the WSBA that he currently seeks to vest in that body. I personally feel it is very important to prevent this and thus to keep Mr. Gipe out of the judiciary. That is why I have gone to great lengths to support his opponent in the race. If you share my concerns…. Proposed Policies Eliminating or Restricting Religious (Cultural) Practices During the morning discussion of the WSBA’s proposed restrictions on religious practices, members of the Indian Law Section EC and many others from varied backgrounds advocated strongly that the Indian Law Section should be allowed to continue whatever religious and cultural practices they thought were appropriate, both for reasons of ensuring those who practice

Washington State Bar Association internal memo 

Scary, must watch video of 57 year old R.N. placed under guardianship shows high cognitive reasoning. Guardianship of Karen J Federighi BSN RN, Naples FL, Collier County

Driver’s license revoked, car taken by guardian to sell.

Please listen to this woman beg and plead for her life. They have a police officer stationed outside a hotel room where she is followed all the time. All her assets have been plundered. She is in grave danger.  Please pray for her.

Shelton Requests Chief Judge Evans Resignation

Cook County Judges


Linda Lorincz Shelton, Ph.D., M.D.,

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

708 952-0040


April 19, 2009


Chief Judge Timothy Evans

Circuit Court of Cook County

50 W. Washington, Rm 2600

Chicago, IL 60602


        Dear Judge Evans:

            Thank you for your response letter of April 20, 2009. I understand your concerns not to involve yourself in judicial decisions concerning other judges. However, decisions on indigency petitions are not judicial decisions. They are administrative decisions. As chief administrator of the courts you are responsible for the employees under you including the judges, the clerk, and the court reporters. As you have now willfully refused to do your job and actually are condoning many criminal acts committed by judges under you, the Sheriff’s staff, the Court Clerk, and the Court Reporters, I MUST NOW ASK ON BEHALF OF THE CITIZENS OF COOK COUNTY FOR YOUR RESIGNATION. It…

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From the Huffington Post–Are probate courts routinely abusing the elderly?

Finally, the abuse in probate and nursing homes is starting to get nationwide attention from mega media:

Are U.S. Probate Courts Abusing the Elderly?

09/18/2016 02:20 am ET
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When Texas Probate Judge Gladys Burwell ordered Juliette Fairley to pay $20,000 in cash for litigation costs associated with her 85 year old father’s guardianship proceedings, she allegedly violated the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure as well as Fairley’s right to due process under the U.S. Constitution. The daughter of Mr. Fairley, a 22 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, didn’t have the financial means to pay the dollars that Bexar County Probate Court requested and was subsequently disqualified from being her father’s primary caregiver. “Guardianship is such an enormous business operation,” says Dr. Sam Sugar, a physician and founder of Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG), a nationwide advocacy group in Florida. “It’s worth trillions of dollars nationally and is enabled by the judicial system in all 50 states because there is no federal oversight or control.” According to court records, two of Mr. Fairley’s Texas physicians wrote letters that were submitted to the Court, stating that he did not need medical care. Within a month, however, while under his daughter’s care in New York, cardiologist Dr. Nicholas DuBois updated Mr. Fairley’s blood pressure medication from Lisinopril to Losartan to alleviate frequent urination, pulmonologist Dr. Diego Diaz prescribed him Fluticasone for an infection that was causing congestion, Dr. Borcich prescribed the military veteran liquid Carafate to help him eat and Dr. Natasha Nayak ordered eye testing for Mr. Fairley’s glaucoma, according to petitions filed with the Court. “My father has a history of various medical conditions which require regular monitoring and treatment,” Miss Fairley stated in an affidavit dated July 8, 2016 filed with the appellate court. Instead of holding the Texas caregivers accountable for denying the legally blind man medical treatment, Judge Burwell allegedly isolated the father from his advocate daughter by issuing an order that limits face to face visitation to a mere four hours per month and that creates a cost barrier by requiring payment of $50 an hour to visit Mr. Fairley at Trisun Care Center’s Lakeside retirement home property in San Antonio. Trisun Care Center management did not reply to a request for comment. “It’s a profit scam when family members are court ordered to pay to visit with their loved ones,” said Michael Larsen, author of Guardianship: How Judges & Lawyers Steal Your Money (Germain Publishing, February 3, 2016). “This has already been happening in divorce cases where children are ordered to live in foster care or group homes and it’s now happening with the elderly in probate court guardianship cases.” Judge Burwell’s orders are currently under review in Bexar County’s 4th Court of Appeals, according to filings obtained from the Appellate Court website. When asked to comment specifically on the orders, Judge Burwell did not reply but a clerk with the 4th Court of Appeals said that the appellate judges will rule without argument based on briefs submitted October 6, 2016. If the Fairley case renders distant memories of American Slavery, that may be because probate courts were the primary mechanism for dealing with legal issues involved with buying and selling African Americans until they were freed in 1865. “Guardianship is an outdated modality that’s being used to deal with 21st Century problems,” Sugar said. While the appellate court judges review the case, Mr. Fairley remains at the locked Lakeside facility, allegedly without free and unlimited access to his advocate daughter who was banned from talking to him when he was hospitalized earlier this year, according to statements in Miss Fairley’s affidavit filed with the Court. “Many retirement homes across the country don’t want to be bothered with adult children visiting their elderly residents unannounced because these facilities are often understaffed and don’t perform the services they are being paid for,” Larsen said. James Fairley’s guardianship case is among 4,000 to 6,000 others that Bexar County has reportedly juggled, according to media reports. Like Mr. Fairley’s daughter, Veronica Evans petitioned to be her father Adan Dominguez’s guardian at Bexar County Probate Court, reportedly to remove him from the retirement home system in San Antonio, but she failed. “It was clearly shown through photographs that my Dad had lost a lot of weight however the Court refused to consider and admit the evidence,” said Evans who is appealing a Bexar County Judge’s decision that she claims left her and two siblings without an inheritance. “He eventually died of conditions brought on by malnutrition.” Unusual weight loss is a red flag, according to Kerry Peck, attorney with Peck Bloom and author of Alzheimer’s and the Law (ABA Book Publishing, 2013). “Dehydration, a caregiver’s refusal to allow visitors, poor hygiene and unsafe living conditions are others,” Peck said. The Fairleys are not alone. An estimated 1 to 3 million people have been placed under court ordered guardianship or conservatorship in the United States, according to media reports. Mary Rose says she also was required for three years to pay $50 an hour to visit her mother, Evelyn Nabity, whom, like James Fairley, is a ward of the state in a locked facility in Douglas County, Nebraska. “My mom needs dental work and two hearing aids but there’s no medical professional through the court that can follow up on her needs,” said Rose, an R.N. who works the night shift. “Prisoners have more rights than wards of the state.” In some regions of the country, the phrase “ward of the state” refers to an individual who is incarcerated. “My mother can walk, talk and toilet herself,” Rose said. “Her only crime is aging.” Times are changing, however slowly. At the federal level, a report on guardianship abuse, conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for the Senate Select Committee on Aging, is expected to be released at the end of October 2016, according to Sugar. “The life of a court appointed guardianship depends on enslaving innocent and vulnerable elderly victims,” said Sugar.

Great Article from Senior Living Watch–why are nursing homes so dangerous?

And in Illinois, nursing homes are particular dangerous, so why are Illinois probate courts forcing seniors into nursing homes? Why are there soooo many seniors in nursing homes that want to go home?  When studies show that yoga, diet and supplements (vitamins) can reverse dementia in a few short months, why is this never any major news?

This week I faxed off my list of 30 horror guardianship stories to the authorities, again, in Illinois and of course, I have not heard a peep back from:  Michael Madigan (Speaker of Illinois House), Lisa Madigan, Patrick Blachard, the Senate Subcommittee on Aging (Demanding public hearing), the House subcommittee on the Judiciary (demanding public hearing) and I do not hear a peep from anyone. Of course, I received a ton of their emails and postcards begging me to vote for them, but why?  What are they doing to prevent the death and destruction of seniors in nursing homes?

Jerome Larkin and James Grogin of the ARDC work actively to quash dissent by disciplining attorneys excercising their first amendment right to speak out. The out and out lie about US Supreme Court cases that say it is a fundamental right and a necessity for attorneys to speak out against corruption in the courts (Sawyer, et al.)  What are those two hiding?  Why doesn’t the FBI do an investigation and get rid of them and the other attorneys participating in suppressing the crooked cases on the 18th probate floor of the Daley center (ARDC attorneys Opryszek, Steven Splitt, Leah Black, Melissa Smart) Why aren’t all of these attorneys gone by now and myself, Ken Ditkowsky and Lanre Amu reinstated with reparations? What’s up with that?

I’ll let you all know if I hear from any of these representatives on helping stop the murder (narcotizing to death, withholding food and water) and torture (bed sores, easily preventable, and chemical restraints–illegal use of psychotropic drugs).

From Senior Living Watch:

Under The Whitewash: Is Your Loved One Safe In A Nursing Home?

You would think that someone who reads about elder abuse and neglect on a daily basis would stop seeing red after a while.  Yesterday, however, while reading an account of nursing home neglect that resulted in a death, I was struck by a statement from an Illinois official responsible for regulating nursing homes that was so out of touch with reality that my fingers shook as I hit the keys on my laptop to respond.

An investigative piece by NBC Chicago5 tells the sad story of Joseph Karney, a Chicago man who moved into The Renaissance Park South nursing home in 2005 after having a stroke and heart attack. Joseph was later diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer and placed on a medication to which he was responding well. Over time, his sister noticed he was failing. They investigated and learned that the nursing home had failed to give him his cancer drug for almost a year and hadn’t taken him for follow-up appointments with his oncologist. It was too late. Joseph’s cancer had spread and he died. The investigative report included an analysis ofIllinois Department of Public Health data where state health inspectors documented 384 nursing home medication errors since 2011. These errors resulted in two deaths and an amputation. Full story here.

Here’s what Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, the head of Illinois Department of Public Health (Illinois’ nursing home regulatory and oversight agency) said about these errors:

“You’re going to have errors, unfortunately. But we hope that there are no errors due to negligence,” said IDPH director LaMar Hasbrouck, MD.

So this is where my blood begins to simmer. Are you kidding me, Dr. Hasbrouck?  Where have you been? You do know that Illinois nursing homes, based on inspection data, have an F grade on Nursing Home Report Cards, right?

Do you know that Illinois ranks dead last in direct care staffing hours? Those are the people who pass medications and provide care to residents in your nursing homes.

Still simmering, I read on because, of course, we’ve still got to hear from the well-paid talking head from IHCA (Illinois Health Care Association, a state trade organization for nursing home corporations). Mr. Vrba, whose main job is to put lipstick on pigs, tosses in this red herring about medication errors in an effort to make the public think, “Oh yeah. I mean, that could happen to anybody.”

Facility staff members are also using TALL MAN letters, Vrba said, to differentiate look-alike drug names. For example, noting predniSONE as opposed to prednisoLONE.

TALL MAN letters! A man went without his cancer medication for a year and Mr. Vrba wants us to believe that it’s because the staff wasn’t using their latest best practice named TALL MAN letters.

So what kind of letters should have been used so that the nursing home staff would have noticed that Joseph didn’t get his cancer medication–FOR A YEAR? Are there special letters or numbers that would have ensured he was taken in for his follow-up oncology appointments?

Perhaps the problem lies a bit below the surface here, at a depth that the likes of Mr. Vrba never want us to reach. Let’s take a look at Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare Website and see what’s up with Renaissance Park South.;ID=145764&amp;loc=CHICAGO%2C%20IL&amp;lat=41.8781136&amp;lng=-87.6297982&amp;name=RENAISSANCE%20PARK%20SOUTH

We learn they’re a for-profit nursing home owned by several players who run other substandard nursing homes in Illinois. They have a 1 star rating for both Staffing and Health Inspections. A one star rating by CMS (Center for Medicare Services) on this site means Much Below Average.  It’s as low as they go.  There have been a total of 6 complaint inspections in 2013 alone with repeated deficiencies related to poor staff training, abuse and neglect, and lack of therapeutic programs for residents with mental illness.

One of Renaissance’s owners, David Hartman, also owns Symphony of Crestwood, Illinois.Sadly, the name is the only nice thing about this nursing home. Data from Nursing Home Compare show us that Symphony is plagued with many of the same problems as Renaissance.  Poor staffing, neglect, use of chemical restraints (over-drugging residents to keep them quiet), failure to provide activity programs, failure to report theft, and failure to prevent pressure ulcers to name a few. The most egregious finding was in a complaint inspection report from last July, 2013:

Based on interview and record review facility failed to ensure necessary treatment to promote healing and prevent infection of a wound for one (R1) of three residents reviewed for pressure ulcers. Failure to provide dressing changes as ordered, resulted in R1’s right foot harboring purulent drainage with maggots on the wound.

Maggots in a wound in what is supposed to be a health care facility! This lack of care goes beyond any dribble about nursing error. This is absolute and blatant negligence that begs for public outrage over this less than Third World level of care.

I must admit though, of all the inspection reports and comments I read yesterday, this statement by Dr. Hasbrouck,  blew my blood pressure beyond the pale. Keep in mind, Dr. Hasbrouck is director of nursing home oversight in Illinois so common sense would suggest that he is on the side of protecting nursing home residents.

“Safety and quality of care is a collective responsibility,” Hasbrouck said. “The family has a responsibility to do their due diligence.”

Family responsibility?  Is he suggesting that Joseph’s family is to blame for putting him in this substandard nursing home that receives his agency’s stamp of approval to remain open? Guess who the usual suspects are when it comes to calling in nursing home complaints.  Families!

Do you know how many families across Illinois, across our country, need to make sure someone checks on their loved one each day just to make sure they’re fed and not soaking in their waste?

What about all those people who don’t have families or are estranged from their families?  Everyone deserves decent and humane care.  No exceptions!   And substandard care is never the fault of grieving family members who are floundering through our system, begging for someone to care about what is happening in nursing homes.

What about your responsibility, Dr. Hasbrouck? I believe part of your job description as director of Illinois’ Department of Public Health would be to enforce nursing home regulations that have been put in place to protect our most vulnerable citizens?

How do you suggest citizens do their due diligence?   How can we protect our vulnerable brothers and sisters from the kind of human neglect that results in maggots infesting their wounds?  Help us understand how is it that public money continues to flow into the hands of nursing home owners who accept that money as their entitlement while their nursing homes flounder?

Channel 5’s news piece provides us all with a perfect example of the deplorable care given in many of our nursing homes.  The players in this story show us why it won’t change anytime soon.

Even when someone does speak out, as Joseph’s sister did, and even when their voice is heard by many, change doesn’t result.  Instead, the guilty deflect the blame. Wealthy nursing home corporations blame reimbursement, government officials deny the seriousness of the problem and, in this case, lay the blame at the feet of families who choose homes that provide poor care.   The nursing home industry invents some shiny new “campaign for excellence” developed for the sole purpose of lulling the public back to sleep with visions of things like TALL MAN letters.

And while we sleep, nursing home corporate owners get richer, their ‘perception managers’ get slicker, and government oversight becomes more and more impotent.

Citizens of Illinois, I suggest you follow the advice of Dr. Hasbrouck and do your due diligence.  Do it by banding together and demanding reform and transformation of this mess we’re all paying for called nursing home care.

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2 thoughts on “Under The Whitewash: Is Your Loved One Safe In A Nursing Home?”

  1. Joni McLaneFebruary 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM
    I so agree. Thank you for all you do! FOllowing you on Twitter and learning so much.

    I witnessed NHC of Mauldon SC not feeding the helpless residents – one of them being my Mother- because of shortage of staff. Food was delivered and put before them night after night. Then returned to the kitchen untouched because there was no staff to feed them. They built an assisted living unit next door that has failed to bring the revenue return that they hoped- so their answer is to pay for it in NOT providing the care that their nursing home patients need and rely on… and PAY for.

    I made a DHEC report and finally recorded it for all to see using my Iphone.. after appealing to the Nursing Home Director and the Corporate Director in Tennessee, all to no avail. DHEC would not even accept the recorded evidence. A letter was sent to me stating that they were meeting all Federal Rules and Regulations instead. I was only bullied. This is a bully market. If you complain, you will get bullying or worse!

    Thank you for all you do!

    Joni McLane Greenville SC

    1. Jan ScherrerPost authorFebruary 7, 2014 at 11:19 AM
      Joni, Thank you so much for your comments. You are absolutely right about it being full of bullies. I worked in nursing homes and experienced the bullying first hand. The bullying helps keep everything running the same dysfunctional way.
      Thanks again.

From Ken Ditkowsky & Candice Schwager-on the passing to glory of Tim Larhman

On Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 8:47 AM, kenneth ditkowsky <> wrote:

The Tim Lahrman saga is best put into writing by the e-mail that we all received from Attorney Candice Schwager.     It demonstrates just how absurd the guardianship laws are a how they have evolved from well-meaning legislation to a method by which avarice can flourish.   Greedy and corrupt judicial officials, allied with corrupt member of the political elite, and protected by corrupt member of the Judicial elite not only create a class of people who are non-entities, but a class of people who are potentially non-entities after they are stripped of their humanity, civil rights, property and finally their lives.
   The Political elite and the Judicial elite lull us – the great unwashed with their rhetoric, demonization of the whistleblowers, demonization of the objecting family, and the camouflage of dishonesty – such as campaign slogans crying out for ‘saving social security’ etc.    The victims of elder cleansing and Tim are victims of the political elite who will say anything and do anything to get elected!    
On Sep 15, 2016, at 1:49 AM, Candy Schwager < > wrote:

Want to hear something outrageous? Tim Lahrman was fraudulently stripped of all rights and placed in guardianship by his brother to steal $1 million. He’s a genius but hasn’t been able to escape 30 years.
Tim suddenly had a heart attack making everyone think he died. We prayed Ezekiel when he prophesied to dry lifeless bones? We played it all night. He was breathing on ventilators and heart beat 30/ minute. Drs said since he didn’t breathe even 1% after they unfroze him and heated him 0-95 degrees, call hospice. They planned to pull plug at 6:30 pm Sunday and I couldn’t handle it so I went to bed sobbing. I woke up at 9:00 pm and a text said he began breathing moments before 6:30. They removed life support and his vital signs returned to perfect. after no oxygen or heart beat 10 minutes.
   Drs say he now has a strong heart and the body of a younger man. It’s like he’s asleep but he’s deeply sedated. Drs said he was brain dead ,which is legally dead. Sherry Johnston blurted out “That terminated the guardianship” by law.
If he recovers he is free because he died, death is usually the only way out but Tim found a loophole in the law and began freeing people with his work.  He just had no way to free himself until now.
  His brother (& guardian) put him in guardianship 30 years ago, the guardian abandoned him 15 years ago penniless and Indiana is one of a few states with no program for indigent. 15 years His mother, sister and children abandoned him. Yet he found happiness in just being alive and fishing.
His brother asked for his social security number and His girlfriend has nothing because he’s not been able to legally work in 30 years. he couldn’t use it after his rights were removed to vote, work, marry, sue, pay taxes, apply for state or federal money, and the only person with authority was his guardian, or a federal judge, who refused saying he had no capacity to sue.
So an act of 2/3 of congress to impeach a federal judge or that Judge dying would have been the only action he could rely on. Only the federal judge and the one who deemed him incapacitated had jurisdiction. Federal judges serve for life. Not even the president of US could help because separation of powers and 10th amendment and abstention doctrine prohibits a federal judge from ordering a state judge to do something — unless his civil rights under 42 USC 1983 were violated. 1983 didn’t include disabled as a suspect class but race, sex, age, national origin.
The US and State were immune so they didn’t care. I searched for his guardianship but there’s no record of him being in guardianship in Allen County, so. The prosecutor, sheriff and judge in the criminal case with 17-year-old bogus charges laughed in my face when I threatened to sue for illegally detaining an incapacitated person. They falsely imprisoned him 73 days and he wrote his own habeas corpus and got released. The sheriff refused to let him go because he could not verify he was in guardianship. His girlfriend of 26 years could have been his de facto guardian if they married but he lacked capacity as a ward and lacked even a valid ID.
Indiana does not recognize common law marriage to make his 26-year lifelong love his de facto guardian. Since he was deemed incapacitated he could legally work so he didn’t have a social security card or IRS document because he lacked capacity.
It’s as if he was dead since 1987.  He had no rights and didn’t exist–if that were possible to take away inalienable rights.
Indiana has no indigent program for wards of the state, so as soon as they took every penny and he was totally broke, the state of Indiana abandoned him. His guardian said stop harassing him or calling and was much older so he’s likely dead, incapacitated or has no records because he had to have thrown them away after he knew he couldn’t be sued.
Tim filed a suit in 1987 and the federal court ruled he lacked capacity to sue and threw him out. The only person who could sue was his guardian and he wasn’t going to sue himself or get his capacity restored because he could then be personally liable.
The US Supreme Court ruled in Jackson vs Indiana that you can’t hold an incapacitated person in jail but who could do anything about it?
He had no authority to get representative payee social security benefits because they denied his application saying he wasn’t disabled. I don’t know if an appellate  court could even make a ruling because there was no order to appeal and no records. Well even though he’s off life support and seemingly very alive, the law defines brain death as legally dead. Those 10 minutes he died ended the guardianship because death immediately terminated guardianship.
His brother can’t sue because he has no standing because of what he did. Nor can other family members. So why ask for his SSN? To protect himself, the guardian or the federal judge who threw his case out for lack of capacity.  Intentionally violating Constitutional rights is a death penalty crime if he died!!
Now rule 17c gives federal judges the authority to appoint someone to be a guardian ad Litem to sue in his place where his guardian has a conflict of interest,
if we went to the Supreme Court on habeas corpus we might win based on Indiana constructively falsely imprisoning him but states are immune under 10th Amendment. The state has no law like that so legally he was trapped. Worse than a dead person or death row inmate, the State purportedly removed all of his inalienable Constitutional rights even though that is a legal fiction or treason  because any state law violating federal law is void under Supremacy Clause. Caperton V Massey.
The governor could not do anything because he had only power to pardon and he committed no crime. The state can’t tell a federal judge what to do under the 11th amendment and it would violate separation of powers. the civil rights act of 1964 didn’t include Disability as a protected class. The only statute that could have helped him was the ADA of 1990 and he was declared incapacitated in 1987. So now he’s free and he isn’t really dead just like he was never really incapacitated but a genius.
What a mess but Oh Lord let him live and have no brain damage so when he wakes up, watch out!!! He was never incapacitated which means he was kidnapped and falsely imprisoned 30 years. Try $10,000 per day x 30 years x 3 for punitive damages and add 6% interest. My calculator won’t go that far

 From Ken:
     Tim was a victim of long standing corruption in Indiana.     I am copying our Presidential candidates with this e-mail.    Here is an opportunity for one or both of them to act presidential and come to the aid (belatedly) to a citizen who was a victim of the American Holocaust and greed that is on a par and parallel with Philip Esformes.  (Mr. Esformes stole a billion dollars from the Medicare program – these people attempted to steal a life).       Helping the victims of elder cleansing and DEMANDING not only an HONEST INVESTIGATION but practical restitution would demonstrate that the Presidential candidate actually is more than a big bag of wind.
    For the record – I am not naïve.    When I wrote to Senator Durbin, I got a copy of a stupid speech he gave on saving social security!       Indeed, Senator Durbin I do not give a damn if the thief who steals the life and property of an elder cleansing victim gets his social security!

Tim Lahrman is gone, prayers for him and his wife Cindy

It is with heavy heart I repost this. Tim was at my ARDC trial all the way from Indiana, and an ardent supporter, though we had many, many intellectual disputes.

From Atty Candice Schwager:

Thank you everyone for your prayers. Miracles happened. Tim stuck around a few days and His family and brother cried and apologized for taking 30 years of his life and rendering him dead in the eyes of the law. His girlfriend Cindy never got to marry him but she finally got a beautiful picture of them together when he started breathing again and life support removed all of those awful hoses and wires. A childhood friend wrote and said he knew he had little time due to heart and lung problems. I think his heart was broken. I should have known because the day our foundation logo was done and I had his vision, he was praising God that his suffering was over. I asked if he wanted me to get his capacity restored to give him the right to sue and though he knew his lawsuit was worth millions, he said no. We were getting calls and emails to file cases together in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Nevada. He was so happy he found a lawyer who he really wanted to work with that understood his vision and was happy to sit at the feet of a genius and learn. Strangely we did not become close friends until 2016 but instantly we hit it off like best friends. I am honored to know that he felt the same way. I was so amazed at his genius but he humbly said “Im only a vessel” . We were supposed to sit by the lake and eat steak as we strategized. We finally had the money to buy steaks and airline tickets to meet. I wish I would have moved faster. Cindy and Crystal sent me a photo of Tim so I could see what he looked like. He has a big fish. Then I saw pictures of Cindy’s son and grand daughter who were Tim’s family. Each one was holding a fish. So I decided to make them laugh by showing them my fish was bigger. We went back and forth laughing. A lady on Facebook told me her father went fishing with Jesus while in a coma. So I thought Tim has gone fishing and is coming back. Suddenly his heart was perfectly healthy and Drs said he had the body of a young man. Vital signs were normal. But he had no significant brain activity except seizures requiring he be sedated again. I just found out he passed away, and can only surmise he was fishing with Jesus too.

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URGENT NEED:  11 children from this orphanage were just hospitalized for malnutrition and disease linked to malnutrition. Who lets the orphans stave and will eat a meal tonight?


I made a Facebook friend with a man from Kenya. I have other Facebook friends in Africa and sometimes they just beg for money and sometimes they are good friends.   So when Wanjala Sikulu first sent me a friend request I checked him out as I do with all new friend requests, Trolls have been a problem in the past, better safe than sorry, and he looked like he would be a good Facebook friend from what he posted.

Well shortly after I accepted his friend request he instant messaged me and said hello.  I thought OK here we go.  He is either pushing his business, begging for money, or looking to hit on me.  If I have learned anything from history that people that lead with just “Hello” and nothing else usually have an ulterior motive.

So it turned out to be a sales pitch for the orphanage he supervises.  He sent me a link to the GoFundMe page,, where I could donate.  I give to charity and from what he wrote me, which is below, I don’t think giving straight to the person that needs it is such a bad idea.


So I donated 10 bucks.  It is all I could afford.  Then I thought this would be a nice story to share.  They are only trying to raise 20,000 dollars for everything.  That is not that much.  And when you compare that to how much work was put into the proposal points to the fact that it is not another “Nigerian Prince” scam.

So I contacted the person that put this together, Heather McCray Boltz, and she wrote back this.

“Keith Harmon Snow is a mutual friend and his Facebook connection to Johnstone is how I first came to know Johnstone Sikulu Wanjala. He (Johnstone) messaged me and told me about his cause. I felt very moved to act on behalf of the Orphans and this wonderful group in Kitale Kenya. I work full time as a victim advocate for abused mothers and abused children in the United States so unfortunately can only help part time but we have had some success in the go fund me. The Orphans have food now to last thru the end of September. They continue to be in need of additional funding for food, their lease $ for facility, school supplies, and computers/video cameras. Any help you can lend to get the details of their cause out to the public would truly be a blessing.”


On the GoFundMe page Heather writes this.


My name is Heather Boltz and I work as a domestic violence victim advocate and an activist for child safety. Recently, I was introduced to a cause that has touched my heart profoundly. The Sima Community Based Organization in Kitale Kenya that is helping orphan children (orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic )with their food and shelter needs and also promoting and providing education for them. The ongoing issue is there is not enough ongoing funding to support all of the needs this organization has found are in urgent demand.


The children that are living in the makeshift orphanage in Kitale, are without food. When these kids are hungry, they cannot learn. Their basic needs must be met then the longer term needs addressed. This program is helping change the lives of 212 kids who had no place to call home until this organization stepped in to help them find sanctuary. They need your help. The organizer of the group and Pastor, Johnstone Sikulu Wanjala shares that even $100 helps them feed these kids for a week. I can’t feed my family of 7 here in the U.S. on $100 a week let alone 212 children.

This is your chance to help right now, today, feed a child. 100% of your donation is given directly to children who need it.


The immediate need is most certainly for food. But once there is ongoing help with this then the need for assistance with educational supplies, technical supplies, and even ultimately a bigger space to house more orphans can be addressed. This organization is pre-vetted by this writer and is doing wonderful work for these kids. Please help keep a child from going hungry, do it today. This is really happening in 2016. We must not turn away from a child’s suffering.  These kids deserve an education and the ability to change their circumstances because of that education but it cannot happen until their hunger is cured and that is what we need your help with today.

Spread the word by sharing this page and, if you are able to, please donate! Every dollar will make a difference, and every donation is welcome and truly appreciated! Thank you for all your help!


Some of the supplies that are greatly needed are as follows:

**Urgent** Immediate Need-
Bags of Maize
Bags of Rice
Bags of Beans
Cartons of Cooking Fat

Ongoing Need-
School Uniforms
English Textbooks
Science Textbooks
Social Studies Textbooks
Mathematics Textbooks
Geometry Tools
Television with DVD Capability
Video Camera
Generator & Fuel

There is also a threat of the space that the organization is renting for school use will be taken from them. They are behind on their rent because there has been such an urgent need for food they were not able to pay the last three months of rent.


As you can see the situation is very immediate and is in need of your assistance. Thank you again for your time and for any ability you have to help these precious children.

May God Bless you for your kindness on behalf of the orphans in Kitale Kenya and for your human rights activism.

Heather Boltz”
Volunteer Fundraising Ambassador for The Sima Community Based Organization


What is the “The Sima Community Based Organization”?

Sima Community Based Organization is a CBO that caters for the vulnerable and less privileged orphaned children. It has 84 boys, 128 girls totaling to 212 children. Their ages range from 6 to 16 years. These children attend classes based on the Kenyan 8-4-4 system of education. Sima CBO has 5 teachers serving these children on a day-to-day basis. At the age of 6 years one is eligible to join nursery class. After one year of intensive studies the child is upgraded to standard one. At the age of 13 years a child should be in standard in eight; only if the child did not repeat any class below him/her. Some children attain ages of 16 years to be in standard eight because of repetition of classes. After standard eight the children join secondary schools through bursaries and donors/sponsors to further their education. Most who are unlucky to get sponsors or donors we have to organize funding to teach them skills that will make them earn a living in the society.

Sima CBO gets its funds from wellwishers, fundraising, membership and the local community. These funds are not reliable as most of these tend to make last resort help for the less privileged orphans. The CBO has temporary building that caters for the livelihood of the children. The structure needs renovation and massive overhaul to modernize it. These children need to have a feel of not being neglected or have a negative attitude towards life. This has adversely affected their performance in class and may need to give them psychological support to upgrade their standard. Their teachers rely on books that some are torn and miss some pages.

Although the CBO is trying to cope with the upgraded Kenyan syllabus, the teachers are facing challenges of using low-class teaching materials and aids. Funds received are not enough to purchase standard items for teaching. There is a disabled neighbor school with 39 children. The school is also facing a tirade of challenges as most people shun the disabled and view them as a curse. With the schools here in Kenyan 8-4-4 system, Sima CBO is glad to have been associated with you.

The current needy issues for this second term include textbooks, teaching aids e.g. chalk, rulers, squares, dusters, geometrical sets etc, clothes, feeding utensils etc. Your help to offset these items’ bills will be of paramount importance to us.

Here we have our information project and we would like to requesting you to stand, sharing and learn our project so that may help our project in Kenya. Sima Community based Organization has gone a step ahead about orphan, disable children and vulnerable children.

We have started a school to help this orphan, disable and vulnerable children It is vital for children’s futures that they attend school and take full advantage of their education. Education is also important for their psycho-social development. Schools can provide children with a safe, structured environment, the emotional support and supervision of adults, and the opportunity to learn how to interact with other children and develop social networks.

Education can also reduce children’s risk of HIV infection by increasing their knowledge, awareness, skills and opportunities. However, children affected by HIV are less likely than other children to be enrolled in school or attend regularly. Children’s education has been devastated by HIV. There will be lasting consequences for the futures of all children, but especially those from households affected by HIV.

The effects are being felt in the following ways:

– Low enrolment of children in schools affected households are unable to pay for schools fees and materials, and the children

– mostly girls

– Often have to do domestic work and care for sick relatives. When there are few resources available, providing food and medicines for a sick relative often takes priority over a child’s education

– especially a girl’s education. – Poor school attendance and performance this may be due to increased domestic responsibilities; poverty and the need to earn; poor health and nutrition; difficulties in concentrating in class; and stigma and discrimination by teachers and other pupils.

– Economic strengthening many orphans and vulnerable children live in great poverty. In many cases, this poverty has been caused or worsened by HIV. HIV-related illness and death affects the economic coping capacity of children when:

  1. ill parents and breadwinners produce decreasing incomes and deplete family resources until their eventual death
  2. Families become larger, as orphans move in with relatives who may already be living in difficult circumstances
  3. There is increased expenditure on medication and funerals
  4. Inheritance and assets are reduced or in order to generate income obtain credit.

In some part of Kenya, communities and extended families do not have enough resources to provide economic support to the ever-increasing numbers of orphaned and affected households. These poor households are struggling without support to meet their children’s basic needs of food, clothing, education, housing and medical care. This section considers the effects of increased poverty and lack of economic opportunities on children’s lives.

INCREASED POVERTY Orphans and children from affected families are more likely to be poor because of:

  1. Reduced household income While parents are too sick to earn money, and after their death. This leads in turn to reduced access to health care, food and education for the children and even in some cases the loss of their home and property. Usually, sick parents cannot remain as productive, so less income or food is produced for the family.
  2. Increased expenditure on health care. Households with a family member who has AIDS-related illnesses use a high proportion of their income for medical expenses.

III. Funeral costs. In some areas where death rates due to AIDS are high, communities many no longer contribute towards funerals costs, leaving bereaved households to meet all the expenses themselves. Funeral costs are usually high: there is a long period of mourning, with large number of mourners to be fed, and many families have to deal with several funerals in close succession.

  1. Debt. Sometimes parents die leaving unsettled debts.
  2. Depleted resources. Common coping strategies used by households in times of economic difficulty deplete the family’s resources and compromise the children’s futures.
  3. Life chances. Children in affected households or who have lost their parents many have to earn money to contribute to household income. Such children start work earlier than their contemporaries and often either leave or miss school, affecting their chances of achieving functional literacy. In extreme cases, girl children may sell sex to support themselves and younger siblings. Sometimes girls may get married for economic security.

– Poor quality education and crisis in the education system the high number of teachers with HIV has resulted in teacher absenteeism, irregular classes and fewer teachers in schools. This increase teacher to pupil ratios, reducing the quality of teaching/ learning and the support teachers and schools can provide to vulnerable children. Some children may pull out of school altogether because they are afraid of getting HIV from their teachers. This is particularly so in rural areas, where many people are still misinformed about HIV transmission.

– Poor educational achievement Many factors contribute to the poor educational achievement of orphans and vulnerable

  1. Poverty and the need to work
  2. Domestic responsibilities
  3. Psychological stress
  4. Stigma and discrimination
  5. Lack of adult support
  6. Ill health and malnutrition
  7. Poor quality education.

In Kenya, children in orphaned households faced with heavy domestic responsibilities said that needed books, pens, uniforms, school fees and money for school trips. We are requesting to your cooperation with us and assist in form of any resources, ideas, advices, spiritual and prayers how we can come up to save the children’s future life. But find attached our organization profile. Please if you need more information, registration certificate and photos do not hesitate to contact us. But find our organization profile attachment.

Yours in Christ Name
Johnstone Sikulu Wanjala
Programme Coordinator
Sima C.B.O. ,
PO BOX 1691,
Kitale 30200 Kenya.
Mobile phone: +254-735 754 816.


If you are into helping in this kind of cause, check them out to throw on your list of charities to give to, if you are so incline.

If you are Catholic and want to honor Saint Theresa formally known as Mother Theresa, what better way is there than feeding a child.


So share this story and lets see if we can get this cause viral.  If we can get this link shared 2500 time and each person donated 10.00 they would make their goal easy.  So even if you don’t donate, please share this as someone else may.

This is a good cause in my opinion.  Here is the GoFundMe page again,

From Candice Schwager–the amazing story of Tim Lahrman, probate activist

Want to hear something outrageous? Tim Lahrman was fraudulently stripped of all rights and placed in guardianship by his brother to steal $1 million. He’s a genius but hasn’t been able to escape 30 years.
Tim suddenly had a heart attack making everyone think he died. We prayed Ezekiel when he prophesied to dry lifeless bones ? We played it all night. He was breathing on ventilators and heart beat 30/ minute. Drs said since he didn’t breathe even 1% after they unfroze him and heated him 0-95 degrees, call hospice. They planned to pull plug at 6:30 pm Sunday and I couldn’t handle it so I went to bed sobbing. I woke up at 9:00 pm and a text said he began breathing moments before 6:30. They removed life support and his vital signs returned to perfect. after no oxygen or heart beat 10 minutes.
Drs say he now has a strong heart and the body of a younger man. It’s like he’s asleep but he’s deeply sedated. Drs said he was brain dead ,which is legally dead. Sherry Johnston blurted out “That terminated the guardianship” by law.
If he recovers he is free because he died, death is usually the only way out but Tim found a loophole in the law and began freeing people with his work. He just had no way to free himself until now.
His brother & guardian) put him in guardianship 30 years ago, the guardian abandoned him 15 years ago penniless and Indiana is one of a few states with no program for indigent. 15 years His mother, sister and children abandoned him. Yet he found happiness in just being alive and fishing.
His brother asked for his social security number and His girlfriend has nothing because he’s not been able to legally work in 30 years. he couldn’t use it after his rights were removed to vote, work, marry, sue, pay taxes, apply for state or federal money, and the only person with authority was his guardian, or a federal judge, who refused saying he had no capacity to sue.
So an act of 2/3 of congress to impeach a federal judge or that Judge dying would have been the only action he could rely on. Only the federal judge and the one who deemed him incapacitated had jurisdiction. Federal judges serve for life. Not even the president of US could help because separation of powers and 10th amendment and abstention doctrine prohibits a federal judge from ordering a state judge to do something — unless his civil rights under 42 USC 1983 were violated. 1983 didn’t include disabled as a suspect class but race, sex, age, national origin.
The US and State were immune so they didn’t care. I searched for his guardianship but there’s no record of him being in guardianship in Allen County, so. The prosecutor, sheriff and judge in the criminal case with 17 year old bogus charges laughed in my face when I threatened to sue for illegally detaining an incapacitated person. They falsely imprisoned him 73 days and he wrote his own habeas corpus and got released. The sheriff refused to let him go because he could not verify he was in guardianship. His girlfriend of 26 years could have been his de facto guardian if they married but he lacked capacity as a ward and lacked even a valid ID.
Indiana does not recognize common law marriage to make his 26 year life long love his de facto guardian. Since he was deemed incapacitated he could legally work so he didn’t have a social security card or IRS document because he lacked capacity.
It’s as if he was dead since 1987. He had no rights and didn’t exist–if that were possible to take away inalienable rights.
Indiana has no indigent program for wArds of the state, so as soon as they took every penny and he was totally broke, the state of Indiana abandoned him. His guardian said stop harassing him or calling and was much older so he’s likely dead, incapacitated or has no records because he had to have thrown them away after he knew he couldn’t be sued.
Tim filed a suit in 1987 and the federal court ruled he lacked capacity to sue and threw him out. The only person who could sue was his guardian and he wasn’t going to sue himself or get his capacity restored because he could then be personally liable.
The US Supreme Court ruled in Jackson vs Indiana that you can’t hold an incapacitated person in jail but who could do anything about it?
He had no authority to get representative payee social security benefits because they denied his application saying he wasn’t disabled. I don’t know if an appellate court could even make a ruling because there was no order to appeal and no records. Well even though he’s off life support and seemingly very alive, the law defines brain death as legally dead. Those 10 minutes he died ended the guardianship because death immediately terminated guardianship.
His brother can’t sue because he has no standing because of what he did. Nor can other family members. So why ask for his SSN? To protect himself, the guardian or the federal judge who threw his case out for lack of capacity. Intentionally violating Constitutional rights is a death penalty crime if he died!!
Now rule 17c gives federal judges the authority to appoint someone to be a guardian ad Litem to sue in his place where his guardian has a conflict of interest,
if we went to the Supreme Court on habeas corpus we might win based on Indiana constructively falsely imprisoning him but states are immune under 10th Amendment. The state has no law like that so legally he was trapped. Worse than a dead person or death row inmate, the State purportedly removed all of his inalienable Constitutional rights even though that is a legal fiction or treason because any state law violating federal law is void under Supremacy Clause. Caperton V Massey.
The governor could not do anything because he had only power to pardon and he committed no crime. The state can’t tell a federal judge what to do under the 11th amendment and it would violate separation of powers. the civil rights act of 1964 didn’t include Disability as a protected class. The only statute that could have helped him was the ADA of 1990 and he was declared incapacitated in 1987. So now he’s free and he isn’t really dead just like he was never really incapacitated but a genius.
What a mess but Oh Lord let him live and have no brain damage so when he wakes up, watch out!!! He was never incapacitated which means he was kidnapped and falsely imprisoned 30 years. Try $10,000 per day x 30 years x 3 for punitive damages and add 6% interest. My calculator won’t go that far! Pray!!!!!

A Miracle! Tim Lahrman and Lazarus now have much in common — an NDE

Thanks to every one for their prayers.  Tim Lahrman is breathing on his own.  I don’t know the full story, but Tim was out cold on the floor for more than 10 minutes at his home, his wife Cindy conducted CPR until the ambulance arrived. When he arrived at the hospital everything was shut down, and there was no brain activity and they put him on 100% life support, chilled his body for a few days and then warmed him up.

During that time he had no brain activity.  When he warmed up, there was no brain activity. They were getting to pull the plug, but they noted that Tim’s heart rate would rise from 30 bpm to 80 whenever his wife spoke him, so she kept on speaking.

I just received a picture of him off the respirator and Cindy is right with him hugging him and smiling.

So much for ANYONE knowing when human life is over.

He has not awoken yet, and everyone must keep him in their prayers, he does have a terrible heart condition, I am told. He is not out of the woods because he is still in a coma, but breathing on his own is the first step.

And three guesses as to the people that broke his heart from a karmic perspective, and I bet they were all involved in his guardianship.


From Dr. Sam Sugar on Tim’s recent dire sudden illness and near death.

As an update, Tim Lahrman was found passed out and in a coma from a severe heart attack.  They tried to chill him down, then thaw him out to revive him, but he still won’t breathe on his own.

His wife Cindy is very upset and everyone is praying for him and many, many people have send condolences.

Please continue to pray for Cindy and Tim’s acute illness. He is still in intensive care, on 100% life support.

From Dr. Sugar:

On Sep 12, 2016, at 2:23 PM, Dr. Sam Sugar <> wrote:

Tim’s passing is a real tragedy and we all mourn his death.
Thank you for your prayers and support.

From Ken Ditkowsky–Coverups in Chicago

The distinction between an INVESTIGATION and an HONEST INVESTIGATION is night and day.
It is a fact that a Grand Jury could indict a ‘ham sandwich’ and all too often the Grand Jury is a prosecutor’s tool for defaming a person who is either a political or personal target.   Today, police are the scapegoat for the corruption in the Courts, the lack of integrity in certain communities and homes, the failure of the courts and *****.    
The Weekend total in Chicago was reported as 8 dead and 32 wounded on just the South and West Sides of Chicago.    Chicago is a major American city!    Why the violence?
Why are certain communities UNSAFE?    
There is no single cause.  Putting more police on the streets will not work.  Chicago already has the toughest gun laws in the US.   Good people have been marching decrying the chaos?    Racists, corrupt political types, dogooders, liberals, conservatives etc have blamed just about everyone and everything, and still honest good people are living in fear and no solution is in sight.
To to solve a problem all the facts have to be examined.   Inconvenient facts cannot be over-looked, rationalized, and discarded.
The McDonald shooting occurred just before the Chicago election for mayor.   The media was running wild as it reported on the killing by the police in Missouri of a local hoodlum.   A parallel, but unrelated killing of a young black thug in Chicago would have changed the election result and our current mayor most probably would have been defeated.   Thus, a ‘cover=up’ was called for.
The cover-up that I am talking about was not police related – it was political!    it was also media related!    It is the same cover-up that goes on to protect the status quo in regard to elder cleansing and similar embarrassments!
The family and hangerons to the family of Laquan McDonald had the mayoral election in their hands.  IF THEY FILED A LAWSUIT, THE JIG WAS UP!   AFRICAN AMERICANS “activists and their hangeron opportunists”  WOULD BE STIRRED TO RIOT IN CHICAGO AND every decent citizen Chicago would feel threatened by the violence and disorder.   It was a time for Chicago’s political elite to stand up and be counted.   It was time to prove that the forces of law and order could and would stand up to protect the People of the City of Chicago from the hoodlums who felt that no opportunity for disorder, scandal, and/or violence should go to waste.
Of course, as our leaders believe we are stupid all fifty Alderman and the Mayor of Chicago engaged in the cover-=up,  The bribed the “family” of Laquan McDonald with a five million dollar payout.   This was not a bribe paid by the ‘white’ establishment! It was a bribe paid by the entire City government to keep the public from timely knowledge of the horrific killing of a young hoodlum and keep the political elite in power.    
What will the grand jury do?    It will indict a few policeman as scapegoats so that the real criminals – i.e. our 50 alderman and our mayor – can demonstrate that they “care” about the African American community and have solidarity with it.   The status quo will be preserved and next week a dozen or so innocent citizens who happen to have a dark hue to their skin will lose their lives as the miscreants ravage Chicago’s communities.     The real criminals who engaged in the cover-up will go free and bombast who racist those who are not content to stay silent are!   
Even the civil rights activists such as ACLU, **** join in the cover-up.   Lanre Amu was suspended from the Practice of Law for exposing the corruption of Judge Egan to the Lawyer disciplinary commission.   This outrage has been met by very loud silence. Not even an expose of the same facts by Crain’s Chicago Business could motivate the 2nd oldest profession to defend one of its own from the obvious prevarications of Jerome Larkin and the IARDC.    Practicing Law while Black and Honest and Christian is now prohibited in Illinois by the IARDC and Jerome Larkin and James Grogin.
Indeed, when the Political and Judicial elite feel threatened the CONSTITUTION is suspended.   Diane Nash was barred by Jerome Larkin and the Illinois attorney registration and disciplinary commission from a public hearing masquerade.   Only the organizer of the Selma Civil Rights march was barred from the proceeding.   The Civil Rights groups could have cared less!
Do I have to go on?    When public authorities are not in compliance with the law, it is not unusual for 8 people to die and 30 plus to be shot on a single weekend in Chicago.   The law when applied only to protect the political and judicial elite loses its validity and force.   IT IS TIME for America to insist that everyone be subject to the same Rules and held to the same standard.    This concept of Equal Justice for all includes Rahm Emanuel, Jerome Larkin et al — Those of us who object to the refusal of our current government to require the universal application of protection of equal protection of the law may be labeled deplorables, but we have learned to live by the rule – ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me!’  Indeed, true Americans are not going to be silenced because of the fact that what they say is not politically correct and may offend some of the Elites of government.
Ken Ditkowsky

From: Tribune Alert <>
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2016 10:47 AM
Subject: Grand jury to look into possible cover-up by cops in Laquan McDonald shooting

September 12, 2016
A grand jury will be impaneled to investigate a possible cover-up by Chicago police in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald at the request of a special prosecutor appointed in July to investigate the matter.

From Candice Schwager and Ken Ditkowsky-A Moment of Silence for Tim Lahrman, a wonderful guardianship activist

Dear Friends of Tim and even a few who did not have the pleasure of knowing him:

It is with deep sadness that I must let you know our brilliant friend Tim Lahrman has apparently passed away, after he suffered a major heart attack Thursday night and has now been confirmed to be with no brain activity and on machines to breath and pump his heart. Tim had a heart attack on August 5, 2016 and went to the hospital but did not tell anyone including Cindy, because he did not want to worry her. He did not tell me either and during the past year, we had become like best friends. He taught me so much about the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and we formed the Foundation for Elder Justice with the slogan ADA in Action! Thursday, I sent him the logo and we both tweaked it. Cases began to come in and we were singing contracts to help people in Missouri, Florida and North Carolina.

The light bulb finally went off in my head and I understood the simplicity of the ADA and the message he tried to convey to me for a year, that I could not grasp because I am no Einstein like Tim. I am blessed to have known a true genius who said to me on his last day coherent, “Candice, I am just an instrument.” In March, when he was arrested on trumped up 17 year old charges that were illegal and past any semblance of a statute of limitations 15 years ago, notwithstanding the US Supreme Court ruled the Sheriff could not hold Tim those 73 days because he was a ward of the State of Indiana 30 years and the State could not have it both ways—to destroy his ability to marry, work, as it stole everything he worked hard to build and left him with no rights as a dead person 15 years, he laughed and told me he thought it was hilarious because he heard cha ching $10,000 a day for false imprisonment. I said “I cannot believe you can laugh in jail” and he even laughed as he fired his court appointed lawyer and wrote his own habeas corpus, making the Judge eat crow and rule he was right all along. He asked me many months ago to be his attorney and help him sue the State of Indiana for $12,000,000 because his wish was that Cindy always be taken care of when he was gone. He told me “Candice, I am so full of joy that it has finally come the time for this because I am 59 and there’s not much time left.” I guess he knew since he had the heart attack it would not be long. I wish he would have told someone so he could have seen a Cardiologist and maybe taken preventative measures. Thursday night, he was supposed to appear on Andy Ostrowski’s Justice Served and talk about our Foundation we planned together and our vision. The vision Tim had is growing rapidly as all of his wonderful friends who were waiting on Tim to help them in their case call me and we decide to pull together and carry his vision forward. He said it was oppressively hot and his asthma was bad, but he was going into cardiac arrest.

Cindy cried as she gave him CPR desperate to save his life, but the hospital determined he was dead 10 minutes. Most of you know it’s over after that, but we kept thinking he would sit up and go “Let’s get out of here.” I was supposed to go to Indiana in October and have steaks on the lake with Cindy as we planned our campaign going forward. He sent me that and I share that with you and ask you to join me and make his dream come true. Thursday night, they froze his body to prevent brain damage and yesterday began to heat it back up slowly to 95 degrees, which Cynthia Stephens told me is actually a life saving and capacity saving blessing for him. Doctors said as they warmed him, he could go into cardiac arrest again, though his heart rate was only 30 ppm until Cindy came and spoke with him and prayed, it spiked to 80 momentarily. Today, the slowly removed the sedation though they were already certain it was too late because he did not begin breathing even 1%. He began to suffer seizures, requiring that he be resedated into a coma. It’s not possible to bring him back and his lungs and heart are being kept alive on machines. I suppose the blessing for him is that Indiana could not make him incapacitated and he was never incapacitated, but an absolute genius. He kind of looked like Einstein and I would have asked him if he had a haircut this decade if I had met him. As this happened, I had the idea

It’s a book but not about me. It’s about an “incapacitated “ (tongue in cheek) genius saving all of us intellectuals and making a MOCKERY OF THE COURT by having the last laugh proving them all wrong. And in fact, that is exactly what I believe is happening. ! It’s bizarre and he will be the “Erin brokovich” of the ADA because while he was “incapacitated”, he sat in his basement studying the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to master it and come up with a brilliant plan to end the captivity of people suffering in guardianship for good. He understood long ago the power of the ADA and now, we will see it come to pass. I have enough drafts he made to finish the work he began for clients who asked for our help in just the past weeks. The first lawsuit will be filed in Houston, Texas before month’s end. As I thought of this book, I thought of the scripture, “God uses the foolish things of the World to confound those thinking themselves wise.” And so the Book will be entitled “A mockery of the Court” because that is what Tim did best. I have a vision in my head of just how big this is going to be and trust me, you will sit stunned as you see it too. Cindy Damron was by his side for 24 years as he roughed it out without much money working to free other people from guardianship as a paralegal.
Just this week, two very senior attorneys with decades more experience than me joined me and saw the vision Tim had and their expertise is probate, guardianship, ADA, and Civil Rights Litigation under Section 1983. We also were blessed to have a man who is a former corporate executive who retired to join the cause and end this travesty / cancer killing our elderly and disabled in what Congress deemed a National Disgrace 30 years ago. It’s still a National Disgrace and more so. We will begin in Texas and the saying goes, “So goes Texas, so goes the Nation.” I’m not sure why, but that’s kind of what I think. Florida, Nevada, California, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and many others come next. God will make a way to help us in our journey forward because it’s just time.

About a week ago, Tim wrote the Fundraising Crowd Presentation he envisioned and it is based upon the Freedom Riders of the 1960’s, something he had to explain to me having not been born! lol. Here is what he wrote:

Stop the discrimination now because not one of us will ever escape growing old


The Foundation for Elder Justice is a non-profit civil rights advocacy organization seeking tax exempt status to go past awareness into Action and our slogan is ADA in action! We need the public’s support, please.

Our mission is to protect, preserve and advance every person’s civil and human right to ‘personal autonomy’ and self determination as they age and become vulnerable due to disability and incapacity.  One need not be old to be stricken by disability or incapacity but as our aging baby-boomer population grows even older, the elderly and disabled are particularly vulnerable and many a parent and family across the country are being victimized by a state run system which in 1987 the U.S. Congress declared to be “A National Disgrace”1.

In both growing numbers and frequency across the country, news reports, victims’ stories, and shocking details are emerging about these issues of significant pubic importance.  Sadly, for many in America growing old and/or being disabled is or has been an absolutely terrifying event.  You can read the stories for yourself – but know in advance that a common theme in most every one of these stories is that lives and families are being torn apart and devastated, left in ruin — family members are being forcibly separated and isolated from one and other while family fortunes and peoples’ entire retirement and life’s savings are being preyed upon, completely liquidated and consumed by courts and complete strangers under the  gyves of “guarding” and “conserving”. Know too before you read – often times death is visiting these families while they struggle desperately to find justice for their elderly and disabled loved ones.

In the 1960’s it took a few brave and daring souls to make a difference, to go where no man or woman, no black man or black woman anyhow, dared to go.  A group of  brave and daring souls boarded a caravan of buses and they began their “Freedom Ride” across the segregated south.  The story, the events and the results made history, and moved the masses to recognize the human dignity of every human being whether black or white.  The issue of systemic discrimination had made its way into the public discussion and into living rooms across America, and as a nation we were forced to face an ugly truth.  Bigotry is real.

In 1990 the United States Congress passed the Americans’ With Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  Hailed as “the emancipation proclamation for disabled Americans”, the ADA was passed to remedy what Congress found to be Jim Crow laws for the disabled, who were considered not worthy of protection or even quality of life.  In 2004 the United States Supreme Court affirmed the authority of Congress to strip state and local government of their immunity from liability for violating our nation’s anti-discrimination public policy.  There is an emerging trend of state and local governments, even several state court judges, who are in fact having to answer for violating these federal laws – a movement to challenge the status quo and decades of disability discrimination is underway.

I ask you to join us on our Freedom Ride as we sweep the Nation with ADA lawsuits and take back our liberty, happiness and justice and go boldly where everyone but us has gone before.

-Tim Lahrman, 2016

As I think of the year of friendship and especially the past three weeks, I learned what Tim looked like, something I was always curious of and I thought what an odd couple of mutt and jeff we would have been – Einstein and Legally Blonde. But, this past week Tim finished the work on several cases we are working together. I only wish he had made it until October or November, when I thought maybe I could sue Indiana for Tim and begin the process of restoring what had been taken from him for more than 1/2 his life. Job was restored in the Bible twice  what he lost and he lost everything as Tim did. Heartbreaking is the fact that Tim lost his children 15 years ago to his ex-wife, something that he secretly mourned. His guardian abandoned him 15 years ago and he sued him but the Court held he lacked the capacity to maintain the lawsuit—knowing if they let it go forward, the Judge / Guardian was toast. Imagine the catch 22 he was in, yet strangely when I asked if he wanted me to restore him officially, he said no. Tim was happy whether in jail, or in guardianship. It really didn’t matter to him because he was confident he was anything but incapacitated.

As he praised God for his dream finally coming true on Thursday, and I told him, this is going to explode like wildfire, he sent me a Billy Joel Song, “We didn’t start the fire”. In other words, it’s time to reap what you’ve sown corrupt cabal. We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning as the World was turning! Incidentally, Einstein and the Mafia are mentioned in the song. I have no idea what the song means, but he did.

He leaves behind his beloved Cindy, who is the sweetest little thing I think I ever imagined. She loves him so deeply—every last aspect of Tim, even his feet, who most agree should have socks on! LOL! I attach pictures of the two so that you see the little 4’9” sweetheart who stood by his 6’1” side going fishing and sitting by the lake having steaks for 24 years. In October, I was going to have a steak with them and stare at the stars. Then we were going to Florida and he was coming to Texas. Wednesday I asked  him how he was always so happy and he just told me he enjoyed every last simple thing in life and tried to savor every moment. He didn’t seem angry or bitter and I believe he forgave each and every person who ever harmed him. He liked to argue and made a lot of people mad, but I hope you know that it wasn’t malicious. He had a mischievous streak and liked to stir the “POT.” For those of you that know what happened in March, you will get the joke in that. If not, I have to leave you with something that I absolutely KNOW TIM WOULD WANT. He would never want anyone to cry. He would want you to laugh and he will get the last laugh if I have much to say about it.

Tim lived a good life and did not drink. He was not by any means excessive, but he liked to smoke pot and made no secret of it. Maybe it allowed him to tolerate the difficult 30 years he endured and have a positive outlook on life, really wanting for nothing. It certainly did not dull his mind. Because I know he would want you rolling in laughter, which is not the appropriate response, but neither was laughing as they put him in solitary confinement for firing his lawyer and writing his own briefs. I posted a picture of a marijuana leaf in an email to him at the time that said “Weed miss you” so I leave you with a request that you laugh and celebrate Tim’s goodness and that he was never incapacitated and now he is free and doesn’t need anything to experience joy. Please know that this was my idea to ensure you leave with peace. I have a weird sense of humor, like Tim. Ok, get ready for this…the first is a command related to our civil rights movement.. If you aren’t prepared to giggle, you might want to stop here and just say a prayer. For the record, I do not personally indulge, I simply don’t judge others as I have known friends with devastating chronic pain who have benefitted medically and feel “to each his own.” Everything in moderation. Whether you loved Tim, knew him only in reputation, or he drove you crazy, he left a mark.

Now for some fun…Since we didn’t get to eat steak..

I will send out a link to the GoFundMe I am setting up to care for Cindy. That is what Tim wanted and I think he knows we are all going to make sure she is fine. Please pray and consider giving to the foundation for elder justice at because it will fund litigation across the nation to end guardianship under the ADA. It’s time to take ACTION!  ADA in Action!!

-Dedicated to Tim Lahrman



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My sincere condolences –

Tim was a true friend  –  most importantly he stood up for what he believed in and gave tirelessly to the cause of making it safe to grow old in the United States of America.  He will be missed.

The atrocity that Tim suffered at the hands of the Indiana government is a stain on Indiana that cannot be erased without effort on the part of law enforcement.  Like Illinois, Indiana has a policy of ignoring the plight of the elderly and disabled who have been targeted by corrupt political figures and corrupt judicial figures for elder cleansing.    Tim escaped with his life from the corrupt judicial figures who conspired with his sibling to rob him of his estate; however Tim did not escape the pecuniary prison that literally stole from him his youth, his fortune, and his citizenship.    No one was interested in a travesty that should never have happened and was a monument to corruption and elitism of the people who run the political system in Indiana.   What happened to Tim could happen to YOU!

We need HONEST law enforcement to do an HONEST (AND COMPREHENSIVE) INVESTIGATION and if our allegation are confirmed – HONEST PROSECUTION of each of the miscreants who have been carrying out the WAR AGAINST THE ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED.  (NB.  if someone with clout is your enemy – even if you are young – like Tim was you can lose you freedom, your humanity and your property)

Each of the political candidates for President gives speeches that are filled with promises and naked statements as to their concern for the ‘little guy!’    Each candidate bleed tears BUT NEITHER TRUMP OR CLINTON has demonstrated that they can do much other than talk – and talk, and talk.    Neither has joined in a call for an HONEST INVESTIGATION.

(NB.  We call for an honest investigation by Honest law enforcement BECAUSE we believe in the constitution and equal protection of the law even though the political and judicial elite openly and notoriously deny us our basic Constitutional Rights with impunity.   We believe that the laws should be enforced equality without regard to age, race, color of skin, nationality, *****, without exception.     To us these words are not just words – they are core values.   We deplore the racism exhibited by the lawyer disciplinary commissions and in particular the Illinois ARDC.   We cannot rest when Lanre Amu is suspended for practicing law while black and Diane Nash is barred from an IARDC public assembly – especially when neither candidate for President (or any other member of the political community) has the courage to speak out.

Indeed, when the avarice of political elite (including Tim’s brother) denied Tim his citizenship (by the wrongful appointment of a guardian for profit) and literally stole his assets – not one Indiana political figure spoke out – indeed, none speak out today.  

Ken Ditkowsky

As seen on Facebook–Probate court ward disposal program

Of course, this only happens when the money in the estate runs out and has been handed over to the probate attorneys and the GALs.

Thanks to Karen Federighi for the post. Good one.

This “US Probate Court Ward Disposal Program” has also been approved by the Illinios Atty Registration Association, Jerome Larkin, Sharon Opryszek, Melissa Smart and others who refuse to do their job and investigate the Mary G. Sykes, a woman who was murdered in probate after the money ran out, there was no accounting filed on the sale of her home (likely sold for pennies on the dollar) and hundreds of thousands of valuable gold and silver coins are missing from this estate–and both the ARDC and the probate court quashed all discovery on the issue.

The system is the same across the nation. The FBI, states attorneys and ARDC all look the other way.

Something must happen now to change this system.


From Ken Ditkowsky — lack of enforcement of law and the ARDC obstructing justice


15 USCA 1701 is a bill that my partner and I worked on with then Representative Rumsfield in the 1960s.    The bill addressed the fact that Florida con-men were preying on rust belt tourists who were mesmerized by the warm Florida breezes during the winter months.   Like sheep they were lured into purchasing swamps and low lands that were essentially worthless.
For years there was almost no enforcement of the law, until I raised it in the Fairway Preserve cases in 2005.   Even then corrupt courts in Florida (running foreclosures) just ignored the law – but were afraid to issue deficiency judgments.
Laws passed by the legislature have no force and effect without enforcement by the Administration (executive branch).   When public officials such as Jerome Larkin (and the IARDC) obstruct justice with the 18 USCA 371 cover-up and are free from sanction of the law you legislation passed is meaningless.   Look at the guardianship statute of Illinois 755 ILCS 5/11a – 1 and following.    In particular 5/11a – 3b limits the scope of the guardianship to be in compliance with ADA, and 5/11a – 10 makes it very very clear as to the measures that have to be taken so as to protect the due process and equal protection of the elderly citizen for whom a guardian in sought.
However, as you can note from the Sykes case 09 P 4585, a ‘wired’ Judge (who admitted her being wired on page 91 of her evidence deposition) can toss a monkey wrench into the works.   The Wired judge can thwart all jurisdiction, due process, etc., and a corrupt public official, which as Jerome Larkin, can keep the legal profession at bay with trumped up disciplinary proceedings.    
I think we have to address enforcement as a first step.    Larkin as an example owes very substantial Federal and State income taxes – conspirators (i.e. people who do overt acts in support of an illegal action – elder cleansing is illegal) have joint and several liability for damages and Federal and State income taxes, interest and penalties.   WHY IS LARKIN’S salary not garnisheed for the taxes he owes?    why are his assets free of tax liens?    
Violation of a public trust can be a felony – so can violation of human rights.   In the Gore case (also Illinois) Alice’s mouth was harvested for a few grains of gold.   Why have he and the guardian ad litem (and the nursing home operator) who orchestrated the National Socialist expedition into Alice’s oral cavity not charged!
Indeed – we have plenty of laws on the books!   Enforcement is the exception, not the rule when it comes to the Political and Judicial elite.   Their crimes at all levels are given special dispensation.    
Ken Ditkowsky

From Ken Ditkowsky – Why is Jerome Larkin Teaching Ethics?

Subject: With JEROME LARKIN teaching ethics and the IARDC covering up the felonies of elder cleansings ethics in Illinois is a hypothetical.
Date: Sep 6, 2016 2:49 PM
The double standard is alive and well.
As we head into that period of the season when we will be flooded with political advertisements there are some observations that have to made.
Why does any candidate spend ten times plus the amount to be earned for a public office?    If you look at the candidate, can you see him/her as a dedicated individual whose only interest is serving the public?     Why then does Candidate x seek a public office that is going to be net loss for him/her and will most probably tarnish him/her in the eyes of most, if not all of his/her peers who are not in the public sector?
 Unfortunately, in too many cases we know that the salary is irrelevant.       All too often we see public officer x’s net worth rise from zero to 100 times y.     Suddenly, an individual who cannot afford to purchase Hamburgers at McDonalds is purchasing steak at the finest restaurant in town.    It is estimated that one of the Presidential candidates intends to spend a Billion dollars to be elected to the worst job in the United States of America.
Of course we all know that a fiduciary (or someone enjoying the public trust) cannot earn or be given any extra-circular funds in the course of addressing the fiduciary or public trust employment.     To accept dollar one that is not salary is criminal breach of fiduciary (or public trust) duties.      Thus, if the Judge who presided over the Mary Sykes case 09 P4585 (Cook County) received one dime (directly or indirectly) for her being ‘wired’ she has committed a felony.     It is the duty of the Law Enforcement people to do an HONEST INVESTIGATION as to this Judge’s conduct.     It is the Rule 8.3 duty to every lawyer who knows about this judge’s perfidy (being wired) to report this felony to the Lawyer and Judges Disciplinary commissions – and pursuant to 18 USCA 4 to Law Enforcement.
In the case of this Judge we know that this did not happen.    Instead the following occurred:
·         The judge was immediately elevated to the Appellate court of Illinois
·         When lawyers (in particular JoAnne Denison and myself) requested that the Disciplinary commissions relevant conduct an HONEST INVESTIGATION the Attorney Disciplinary commission took steps to intimidate us.    When we were not intimidated we received suspensions.      The lawyers who pointed out to the Commission the fact that we were complying with Rule 8.3 were given a pass.
·         A full-fledged ‘cover up’ has been instituted and the attempt to intimidate has continued to this day.
When in 1962 I was engaged to represent a National Restaurant franchise company in their search for sites in Illinois, I was at a meeting on Lake Michigan and a large yacht motored alongside.    It was Senator *****.      I knew that the Senator had resigned his position at the University of Chicago claimed his income was solely from his Senate seat.    Like many I was impressed by this particular Senator – however, I got one of my first lessons in the Political System.     The published income for a US Senator was $22,000 a year and Senator **** had a yacht that stripped sold for about $100,000.00 and cost about $20,000 a year to operate, store, outfit etc.     I looked a bit shocked and one of my mentors laughed and informed me that the Senator’s outside income was twenty to thirty times his salary.    Indeed, the reason the Senator brought his Yacht alongside was to collect ‘his share’ of the transaction.
No, I did not report the incident directly to law enforcement.    First, I could not believe what I was actually seeing, and Second, I was not interested in purchasing cement snow shoes!      I was not part of the transaction and special remuneration for the Senator and therefore, I listened to the advice – never assume anything.       Like today’s miscreants and just about everyone else I chose to wear blinders and ignore the corruption that was happening in the then and now.     Translated into today’s world, I chose to ignore Politician No. 1 saying that he paid for favors from Politician No. 2.     I even ignored the prototype of certain charities “operated” by politicians.      I was not alone – and that did not make it right.    The fact that hundreds, if not thousands of other watched Senator ***** parade on the lakefront with his yacht said nothing was not an excuse for me – but it did ease my conscience so that I was able to ignore the perfidy of so many in the political and judicial class – as long as it did not affect me or my clients.
Indeed, I know how the game is placed and to survive and not become a martyr I held my nose and closed my eyes just like 99% of the population and 99% of the lawyers.       I was secure in the fact that I never traded favors or otherwise gave anything of value to a public official, judges etc.    In fact, I played the game absolutely straight.
Corruption, like any other cancer, becomes metastatic if it is allowed to grow beyond a particular flash point.      Today, it has reached that flash point and the miscreants are desperately trying to cover-up increasing corruption at all levels of government.    Standing tall against them are the few of us and we are taking our hits.     Philip Esformes did not steal a billion dollars for Medicare without the active assistance of key government officials not only in the South Florida government, but also in the National government.    How can people in the Federal Department of Health have not noticed a billion dollars in illegal payments!      Indeed, which of the political people – such as Representatives ***** received election help in the form of donations to campaigns, persuasion of voters (residents of nursing homes) to vote for particular candidates etc. *****.
This election is of no small matter if we persuade 100% of the population to vote their conscience and vote for the best candidate it will not solve the problem    The problem will be solved if we persuade honest law enforcement to do HONEST INVESTIGATIONs of the miscreants and if they are found to have engaged directly or indirectly in corruption to PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS by Honest prosecutions in lawful Courts.
Here in Illinois the first step has to be the removal from public office of Jerome Larkin and an HONEST prosecution of his criminal activities and of the numerous valid citizen complaints that he has failed to investigate with actual discovery–subpoenas and depositions.

From Atty Tatiana Neroni–how attorney discipline often (doesn’t) work at all…

From Tatiana:

The topic of how attorney licensing affects the public is very vast, and I covered it in multiple blog articles (I have nearly 2000 on the blog now).  I cannot provide links to all of them, and you won’t be able to review them over this short time.

But, the idea is that it should be the consumer’s choice and not the government’s as to who represents people in court, and that attorney licensing – as a sort of help in marketing for an attorney – creates an illusion of protection in the public, while it provides no protection, but instead serves to perpetuate the “justice gap”, the situation where many people cannot afford an attorney.

I would like to cover – time permitting – the concept of attorney licensing as help offered to consumers by the government, to help them in picking their provider of services, and, since it is an offer of help, the possibility for the consumer to reject that help and ask for an opting-out provision in respective laws, as well as for an option to hire an unlicensed provider.

I would like to explain how the illusion of competency is created:

1) that attorneys are not necessarily taught what they need for representation in law schools;

2) are not necessarily tested in the law they are practicing on the bar exams;

3) and, are not disciplined for violation of disciplinary rules, if they work for the government or are well-connected politically – and here the anti-trust issue can be raised in how attorney discipline is imposed.

If it is the public that is protected, then the question is why the public is not allowed to cast the final vote in attorney disciplinary cases.  If attorneys are “experts” in such proceedings, they should be called as such – expert witnesses – and should be called in by the lay disciplinary panels as such, on an as-needed basis, to inform the panels, not to make the decisions.

I can also focus on the need for an independent court representative, whose livelihood does not depend on whether he or she pisses off the judge or not by raising sensitive issues.  We can discuss the issue that, because of how attorney licensing works, and because it is entirely in the hands of judges, it is increasingly difficult, if at all possible, to find an attorney who would make a motion to recuse – to ensure impartial judicial review for the client.

I think, in this respect it is all right if you ask me questions about my disciplinary status, I just did not want to go very far into it since my appeal is still pending.  But, I can certainly state that I was suspended for making motions to recuse – for doing my constitutional duty to my clients, and that my suspension removed my skills from the reach of many people, which did not make the justice gap any narrower.

Here are some links to my blog posts:

1) the idea of deregulation goes mainstream – on the recent criticism by George Mason Law school professor Ilya Somin of Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s appeal to force attorneys into mandatory pro bono service – Professor Somin instead offers three solutions – deregulation, corporatization of legal services, and introducing vouchers for indigents given directly to the clients, so that they, and not the court, can choose their own public defender to represent them.

2) I have several posts about Kathleen Kane and the way attorney disciplinary rules are used to oust or interfere with the work of a public official, voted for by millions of people, who dared to go against the legal establishment in doing her job.


The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the poor can have an unlicensed attorney if otherwise they would go without any attorney at all –


The decisions of several highest state courts – regulating attorney licenses – that said that suspension of an attorney, even for disciplinary reasons, may have nothing to do with his competency or ability to effectively represent a client (criminal convictions sustained despite representation by a suspended attorney in Texas, California, Michigan).

5) on education of attorneys – antitrust lawsuits against BARBRI for stifling innovation in legal education;

6)  ABA close to approval of online education which previously was claimed as inadequate for protection of consumers – because “brick and mortar” schools are financially hurting by reduced enrollment:

7)  admission of attorneys through reciprocity without ever testing them on knowledge of state laws

We can, of course, discuss North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v FTC, FTC guidelines introduced after that,

my complaint to FTC of antitrust regulation of the legal profession – and the fact that, despite amicus briefs that state bar associations filed in opposition to stripping antitrust immunities from market-player-run disciplinary boards in North Carolina Dental, 1.5 years after the precedent, no changes were made by states to rectify the situation where attorney regulation is run in all states and on the federal level without participation of consumers (for whose benefit attorney regulation allegedly exists), basically, it is run as a criminal cartel that stifles innovation, competition and punishes critics of the government, stripping consumers of skilled advocates who are willing to work at reduced cost and pro bono.

If you want me to, I can go over New York new disciplinary rules for attorneys that were introduced after North Carolina Dental, but did not rectify the antitrust problems in discipline, did not mention selective enforcement of attorney discipline against connected attorneys and prosecutors, and did not mention judicial corruption and retaliation as influencing attorney discipline – all these issues were raised in public hearings before the Commission that was about to introduce such rules (the Commission also consisted of a super-majority of market players, consumers were practically not present there).

Basically, all of the above boils down to a simple set of recognized facts:

1) legal education does not ensure competency of attorneys, as attorneys are not trained in all areas of laws their license covers;

2) bar examination does not ensure competency of attorneys, and bar exams are often skipped under comity agreements;

3) attorney discipline as protection of consumers is an illusion, because:

  1.   a) it appears to exist only for criminal defense attorneys, civil rights attorneys for criticizing the government – and, on rare occasions, connected attorneys are disbarred, but only after they are convicted by the feds after years and years of corruption;
  1.   b) it is run by competitors – consumers of legal services who could voice an objection against removal of a criminal defense, family court or civil rights practitioner, do not have a say.

There is a U.S. Supreme Court case by which the top court of the country has declared that a person can hire an unlicensed individual if the state cannot provide a licensed individual for the same purpose, and if people will go without a court representation if the unlicensed individual is not allowed to work for them –  Johnson v Avery,

Yet, the only case thus known when a consumer asked representation by an individual without a valid license was that of my husband, and that motion was removed from the file without review on the merits.  I can discuss that, if you would like me to.  My husband, as you know, claimed that attorneys are afraid to touch his case, and the issues he needs to be raising (such as recusal of the court) are sensitive issues that regulated attorneys are afraid to raise, for fear of sanctions – exactly the Johnson v Avery situation that he will go without an attorney if he is not allowed to hire an unlicensed individual (me).

You know issues I raised over the years in the blog, Andy, they are all connected, and I am flexible as to which way the discussion will go.

Those are just some points that can be covered.

Yet, throughout the interview we can go back to the same issue – that representation by a licensed attorney, offered by the government as help in marketing, should be an option for the consumer, not a mandate – and that is especially true where the government regulating attorneys, is also suing the consumer and/or setting rules restricting the consumer’s time to hire an attorney in order to preserve the consumer’s rights in court.

I think, this idea of occupational licensing being an option, not a mandate, is fairly novel for the public, and should be discussed from different aspects, and especially from the point of people’s right to make their own decisions and to reject help whoever is offering it, and especially when it is offered in situations of grave conflicts of interest (like in cases where the consumer is suing the government or when the government is suing the consumer).

Tatiana Neroni

See her blog at  It has about 2000 posts on it with ethics questions and rights of the public to have fair representation.

From Ken Ditkowsky–lawyers band together to support court reform

From: kenneth ditkowsky <>
To: andy <>;
Sent: Sunday, September 4, 2016 11:41 AM
Subject: Re: Justice Served with Andy Ostrowski – disciplined lawyer series – lawyers for judicial reform
I appreciate your efforts in regard to the First Amendment Rights of Lawyers.   The idea that a LAWYER cannot speak out and complain of corruption is absurd.    In fact Rule 8.3 requires it, and a lawyer may be sanctioned if her/she fails to do so.   Thus, how is it that so many lawyers are being suspended or otherwise intimidated to keep quiet about corruption?
A leading case and demonstration case is the JoAnne Denison case here in Illinois.   JoAnne Denison created a blog – MARYGSYKES.    In her blog she highlighted Judicial Corruption and in particular the outrageous actions in the Mary Sykes case 09 P 4585. The call for an HONEST INVESTIGATION initiated a complaint to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission by a guardian ad litem in the Sykes case.   This call for an Honest investigation by the miscreant guardian resulted in disciplinary cases to be brought.  JoAnne was one of the lawyers that the IARDC and Mr. Jerome Larkin in particular needed to silence.    
In most disciplinary cases the “fixed” panel of 18 USCA 371 co-conspirators merely rubber-stamp whatever averments that the Administrator of the commission dreams us – it does not matter if they are true or false – the commission finds them true.   In the Lanre Amu case, the Administrator’s allegations were virtually identical to those made by the respected  CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS DAILY.   The fact that the Administrator was a bit more than frugal with the truth and the facts that he claimed to be untrue were not denied and admitted on the record by the Judge was of no moment whatsoever.    The targeted lawyer can escape severe punishment by attorning to the cover-up, but JoAnne Denison and Lanre Amu did not.   Ergo, the Supreme Court took the unusual step of an interim suspension.  
What makes this Denison case demonstrative is the fact of the usual lengths that Larkin has gone to try to intimidate and silence Ms. Denison.   In particular:
  •  misrepresented SCOTUS cases in writing
  •  equated the report of the corrupt of judges to “yelling fire in a crowded theater.”
  •  violated specific Federal Statutes  – in particular 47 USCA 230.  The freedom of the internet is now an issue.    Blogging and communication between citizens is now being actively interfered with by the Disciplinary Commission.
  • possible violation of copyright  – i.e. using without the author’s permission or acknowledgment of copyrighted material.
  • actual violation of State Law in the prosecution of a disciplinary case
  • embezzlement and violation of the public trust by Administrator of the disciplinary commission
  •  A disciplinary commissioner (Administrator Jerome Larkin) caught lying to the Supreme Court of the State.
Right now there is now pending a Petition for a Rule why Jerome Larkin should not be held in contempt of Court for his misconduct in lying to the Supreme Court of Illinois now pending in the Supreme Court of Illinois.   JoAnne can furnish each of you with a copy of her Petition.
It also appears that our fight against Elder Cleansing is making progress.   Philip Esformes has been indicted for stealing about a BILLION DOLLARS from the Medicare program.    The gravamen of the indictment is starting to sink in on all of the miscreants of the health care industry who are and have been preying on the elderly. To add to their misery is the fact that Attorney Seth Gillman has plead guilty to a hundred million dollar plus Hospice fraud and is reported to be co-operating fully with the United States of America.    (Mr. Larkin has acted quickly and Gillman received at interim suspension from the practice of law after news leaked out that he was co-operating with the Federal authorities.   Naturally, the timing of this interim suspension may just be a coincidence!)
All the lawyers who have spoken out on your program, and who are similarly affected by the assault on LAWYERS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS should speak out on the Denison case pending before the Supreme Court of Illinois!   This gesture of solidarity serves three purposes:
1) It draws attention to the fact that inspite of ABA Rule 8.3 and admonishments by lawyer disciplinary commissions that lawyers cannot remain silent when they observe other lawyers violate the law,  reporting violations by connected lawyers, corrupt judges, et al is dangerous to the lawyer’s license.
2) It is a trial balloon — can we work together and most importantly what type of clout to be have when we work together.
3) We strike a blow for JUSTICE!
Forming a political committee to ‘fight City Hall’ is an ambitious activity and it is kicking the can down the road as we have an opportunity right now to make a point.  We have Jerome Larkin – an administrator who has warts – as a target and the actions that Larkin have taken in this case are indefensible and wrong headed.   If we lose this opportunity we may have to wait years for another to come down the pike.
In addition, with the Fed targeting the son of the biggest villain in the health care industry clout funding and political clout is being diverted.    Rest assured silencing JoAnne Dension is on the back burner with Philip Esformes facing the charge of stealing a billion dollars from Uncle Sam!
For the record – I received a telephone call from a ‘friend’ of Philip’s mother and suggested to the ‘friend’ that Phillip’s best interest was to ADMIT the crimes he was charged with and offer – as did Seth Gillman – to co-operate fully with the Federal Investigation.   If Phillip has a brain cell left in his head – he will attorn to that advice as otherwise  – if his clout does not get him a pardon from President Obama = he can expect to spend the rest of his life in Prison.
Just a thought!
From Joanne;
I agree with Ken wholeheartedly.  Phil and Morris Esformes have operated abusive and intolerable nursing homes in the US for decades, the Feds and authorities have known about this racket since the 1990’s and little has been done to correct this massive fraud and abuse of senior citizens.
But the public knows and notices.  Not a day or two or three goes by and I hear about another case of “target, isolate, medicate, drain the estate and eliminate and cremate” scheme that is now a favorite evil child of our nation’s probate court system.
The complaint against me (13 PR 01) was filed in January 2013.   Since that time, Seth Gilman in Chicago has been indicted for $100 million and the Esformes for $1 billion, but  only in Florida.  I agree with Ken, if the Esformes do not want to spend the rest of their lives in prison, my advice too is to cooperate fully with the feds. Such a massive system of nursing home fraud and corruption was not built over night. There are many licensed professionals involved, from the CPA’s that structure these companies, layer upon layer of corporations to hide the transfer of millions of dollars, to the licensed doctors and nurses that write up bogus reports of incompetency, to the bogus social workers that write up reports a patient is better off in a locked down abusive facility where he or she is drugged when kind, Protective family members can care for the same elder or disabled in their own homes or another family home.
The point I am trying to make is that 1) the $1 billion stolen in Florida from Medicare/Medicaid is only one area with 30 nursing homes run by the Esformes, many other areas across the nation are involved and billions more; and 2) the probate courts have to stop being part of this vile system; and 3) there are a whole host of licensed professionals involved in the fraud–doctors, nurses, social workers and banksters–and they all have to be removed and should be indicted too otherwise the system continues as the guy next in line steps into place.
I also note that while nursing homes are required to divulge ownership to the State of Illinois and to Medicare, if you look at the databases they offer to download on nursing home information for each nursing home, that field is curiously blank.  How is this?  The rule is there, there is a space for it in the data base which is supposed to be available to the public.  How do they get away with this.  I want to know if a nursing home is or was an Esformes nursing home, and this should be made public.
I would like to see a “Bastille Day” for nursing homes where every patient that wants to go home, gets to go home, and every patient that has a loving family member to care for them, gets to go home to that family member, with support and assistance from the US got–which is far cheaper than dumping someone in a nursing home and drugging them to death with illegal psychotropic drugs.

From Isidoro Rodriguez: quotes/cites on Corruption

Thanks so much for sending me these the quotes and citations on corruption in government and how it is the duty of everyone in a democratic society to speak up and report to the authorities and that they should take action:

Greetings to all,

The question which needs to be focused on while seeking a response to Dr. Cordero’s papers, is why citizens have permitted the courts in collusion with Clinton, Bush and Obama have assisted in the concealment of criminal acts acts by government attorneys and employees, including judges (see

As confirmed in Navarro-Lopez v. Gonzales, 503 F.3d 1063 (9th Cir. 2007), 04-70345, the court explained that the Supreme Court has reminded  that “[c]oncealment of crime has been condemned throughout our history.See Roberts v. United States, 445 U.S. 552, 557, 100 S.Ct. 1358, 63 L.Ed.2d 622 (1980); see also Branzburg v. Hayes, 408 U.S. 665, 696, 92 S.Ct. 2646, 33 L.Ed.2d 626 (1972) (emphasizing that each citizen bears the responsibility to “raise the ‘hue and cry’ and report felonies to the authorities”); id. at 697, 92 S.Ct. 2646 (“[Concealment of a crime] deserves no encomium.”). The universal disdain for the concealment of a crime “was an established tenet of Anglo-Saxon law at least as early as the 13th century,” making it no surprise that our first Congress enacted a statute criminalizing such behavior. Roberts, 445 U.S. at 557-58, 100 S.Ct. 1358. As the Roberts Court acknowledged, “gross indifference to the duty to report known criminal behavior remains a badge of irresponsible citizenship.” Id. at 558, 100 S.Ct. 1358. This principle is as true today as it was in the 1200s”


William Duane of Philadelphia, wrote in 1804:  “A privileged order or class, to whom the administration of justice is given as a support, first employ their art and influence to gain legislation; they then so manage legislation as never to injure themselves; and they so manage justice as to engross the general property to themselves through the medium of litigation; and the misfortune is, that to be able to effect this point, it is attended by loss of time, by delay, expense, ill blood, bad habits, lessons of fraud and temptation to villainy, crimes, punishments, loss of estate, character and soul, public burden, and even loss of national character.


“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” ‑‑ John F. Kennedy, 1963

From Ken Ditkowsky–Trillions magazine notes that Esformes should have been indicted sooner and swifter

From Trillions magazine:

Medical Mafia Ring Busted – Again

July 24, 2016
Philip Esformes, son of Rabbi Morris I. Esformes, faces another indictment for his family’s career medical fraud.
Medicare and Medicaid fraud and other types of medical fraud can be extremely lucrative. In the latest case involving the Esformes family, it is estimated to amount to $1 billion from 2002 to 2016.
“This is the largest single criminal health care fraud case ever brought against individuals by the Department of Justice,” Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general of the department’s criminal division, said in a statement.
What Caldwell didn’t say that is that the fraud shouldn’t have been allowed to occur in the first place. The Esformes have long been known to authorities yet had been allowed to steal from taxpayers and abuse the people held in their care for far too long.
Rabbi Morris I. Esformes and his son Philip Esformes operated dozens of nursing homes in Illinois and Florida and used the people in their care to generate illicit payments from the government and get kick-backs from other medical service providers. The earliest complaints about their facilities goes back to the 1990s.
Philip Esformes is currently charged with colluding with doctors, hospitals and medical service providers to  shuttle patients among their facilities for the purpose of filling their beds and maximizing Medicare reimbursements and engaging in fraudulent billings for treatments not needed.
While the Esformes family has long been on the radar of authorities, Rabbi Morris I. Esformes used his social and political connections to evade prosecution. In 2005, the esteemed Rabbi played the religion card when he was facing charges of abuse and neglect for abominable conditions in his Chicago nursing homes when he accused the authorities of being anti-mental health, racist and against jews. “Beside the fact that they’re anti-mental health and anti-black, they’re probably anti-jew because I’m an ordained rabbi,” he said. 
An early co-conspirator with the Esformes, Chicago doctor Roland Borrasi, was recorded by federal agents saying, “Basically, I have a commodity; my commodity is nursing home patients.”
And those patients were treated as nothing more than commodities. Patients were given treatments that weren’t needed or even related to what conditions they might have had. The treaments damaged their health and shortened their lives. Taxpayers picked-up the tab.
To get the commodity, Borrasi claims to have essentially rented patients from the Esformes’ nursing homes. Lynn Madeja, Borrasi’s medical biller and mistress, told government agents that Borrasi had said: “I got to give Philip $1,000 or $10,000” to use Esformes’ patients.
Despite the evidence against them, the Ensformes were not indicted in the earlier cases and were allowed to continue to operate their racket unhindered. In a separate case in 2013, the Esformes agreed to pay the government $5 million to settle allegations that they took kickbacks related to the 2004 sale of a pharmacy company.
The Esformes family is just one of many operators in a criminal operation that permeats the medical industry. According to an article in the Economist in 2014, the RAND Corporation estimates that medical fraud in the United States amounts to $272 billion each year.
The medical industy remains the third leading cause of premature death. The three biggest killers are:
  1. Heart disease (clogged arteries)
  2. Cancer
  3. Medical mafia (doctors, nurses, hospitals, drug companies)
While prosecutions of medical fraud have increased in recent years, the problem remains massive and pervasive.
The next time you seek medical treatment you might want to reconsider who and what you might be dealing with and proceed with caution. Clearly, doctor does not always know best, or have good intentions.
Copyright: Trillions – North America Procurement Council, Inc. PBC