Since I was forced to retire I have had a chance to try to slow my world and take a good look at it. Yesterday on MaryGSykes blog a Texas Lawyer’s piece concerning an honest judge is revealed. No, JoAnne has not mellowed! Every jurisdiction has many honest judges and wonderful people who make our communities terrific places to live. The Jerome Larkins and their ilk are an annoying minority who rise up from the cesspool from time to time to be an annoyance. Even in an era when the polls suggest that 2/3s of us do not believe that either candidate for president is trustworthy or honest our world is still a wonderful place to live and work. Indeed, every day I send e-mails to some of the nicest people in our world who not only care for the elderly and the disabled, but care for each other.
When we received an e-mail from a citizen that read in part:
“Last night I had many flash-backs during my sleep — of being isolated, force-drugged, spoken to and about like I was a non-person, feeling again insecure even when in my own home [is it mine, do I have legal rights to my own property, I do not, I not even my Legal Right to vote but I did receive a Jury Notice this morning] it just goes on [the veiled and not so veiled threats by those non-family predators] and on it goes, all of this — and recovering from another UTI infection, again, due to being hospital-forced to take IV antibiotics for 52 Days & Nights [while being denied ample drinking water] <http://www.drdeborahmd.com/solutions-urinary-tract-infections>, <http://safepatientproject.org/posts/5609-a-cautionary-tale-dangers-of-antibiotic-overuse> — along with the electronic mails that continued on and on late into the night last night and well past my normal bed-time, and this morning, still being reluctant to continue opening them all — leaves me feeling rather re-victimized at this exact point-in-time.”
Most, if not all, of the people on this e-mail chain had a first thought: “how can I help!” In fact, the Justice Department, the FBI, and other law enforcement agencies received a few minutes later a DEMAND for an HONEST INVESTIGATION!
We as a group understand that we have a responsibility to ourselves and our families to make a concerted effort to protect America’s core values. In spite of the perfidy, assaults on the human rights, constitutional rights and infamy of corrupt judges, corrupt lawyers, corrupt political people ***** we are carrying on the fight to end ‘elder cleansing. We are serving the core values of America. When we stand with the elderly and their families who are being euthanized by the corrupt nursing home operators and their political and judicial co-conspirators we fulfill our duties as citizens. No amount of intimidation by the Political and the Judicial elite can cease our call to Honest Law enforcement for a comprehensive and vigorous Investigation into the criminal behavior of all those miscreants who are engaged in a War against the elderly and the disabled!
When each of you who have joined in the effort to protect the Constitution of the United States from those who seek to destroy its meaning and efficacy looks up they will see someone that they like! Our goal is to, within the law, bring each elder cleanser to the Bar of Justice. The spectacle in the Circuit Court of Cook County of a sitting judge, conspiring with an ethically challenged lawyer, infamous nursing home operator ****** to harvest the gold filing from a 90-year-old widowed grandmother haunts every decent human being. The avarice and inhumanity exhibited taint Cook County, Illinois (Chicago) and leave a stench than cannot be sanitized. The failure of the legal profession and the 2nd oldest profession to stand up as one and demand CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONs is beyond reprehensible. It tars irrevocably every Judge and every lawyer in Cook County, Illinois who does not demand JUSTICE!
Indeed – we are demanding JUSTICE for all including the miscreants who would take from us our humanity. We may not get much recognition – but, justice is its own reward.
All that said – we need right now an HONEST INVESTIGATION of the elder cleansing scandal and vigorous prosecution of all the criminals involved in ‘elder cleansing’ including those, such as Jerome Larkin, who maintain the cover-up that protects the corrupt judges, lawyers, guardians *****. IT IS NOW TIME!
Lawyers in particular have a responsibility to stand up be counted. Sometimes standing up and being counted has some adverse personal consequences. I understood when I took the oath to be a lawyer that I was going to make a few enemies and some would have ethical deficiencies. I knew I would not be alone and am grateful to the many who have stood by me – and stood up for the core values of America. The Jerome Larkins of this world no matter how much clout they have or how many of the political and judicial elite assist him in his 18 USCA 371 conspiracy still has to face his conscience and ultimately his maker. Every night I pray in thanksgiving that I am not him!
To Ken Ditkowsky who asks me to file a couple of dispositive motions:
Since the rules are that I cannot file a dispostive motion before the trial, I would prefer to file a series of notices with the IARDC that their jig is up. dismiss me because I’m going to the feds and I’m publishing ******s. The ***** on record for Jerome Larkin being “taken care of” is despicable! They do not publish salaries.
I disagree that this is a case for either a Motion to Dismiss for failure to state a claim or a Summary Judgment Motion. These people are ***** and they should dismiss of their own accord AND RECOMMEND IT TO THE TRIBUNAL.
They have not filed their ethical disclosures which are mandated by law, their ******** are a disgrace. They admit they do not recognize the US constitution, the Illinois constitution, The Elder Abuse Act, 47 USC 230, they are ******l and they support attorneys and judges that are equally unjustly and without cause wreck the lives of Sykes, Taylor, Gore, Bedin, Wyman, Payton, etc.
They drain bank accounts and sell homes and order people to nursing homes against their will and often without jurisdiction.
They rendered Dom Spera homeless for 6 month when he had $***** in joint accounts with his mother and was beneficiary on the rest.
I don’t need a dispostive motion, like what we have demanded in Sykes, I WANT THE ARDC TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND DISMISS against you, me and Atty Lanre. I read his Exceptions to the Review Board and I don’t know who reviews their writings who is in his or her right mind, but that decision rendered reeks of serious logical flaws and *****.
Since that panel cannot figure it out, I will write up another (sigh) detailed report to them. They think they’re right, they think they’re smart, but when you actually PAY ATTENTION to what they write and do not doze off over the long, boring pages, you realize IT MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER at its best and at it’s worst it appears to be a sheer, CYA operation and that’s JMHO.
PS–I’m putting this on the blog right now and without the gory details. Let SO and MS guess. And btw after we had a huge argument over mailing and their BS over certificates of service, the ARDC included a self addressed stamped envelope for my reply Too bad it was insufficent postage 60 cents does NOT cover an original and three copies, Ms. Smart. Nice try, but that will not get you a gold star in life. Every mailing to the ARDC costs me at least $3 to $5 and a a s ton of paper (to quote my daughter). I note they are not paying for my 3 cases of copier paper every two months either–most of which is their filings and nonsense.
From Ken D.
For all of you out there that have been waiting for my blog trial–a trial that consists of nothing but an attorney blogging about probate and other legal issues on a real time basis with real thoughts and feeling and impressions, unvarnished and fully raw, for some reason I received an Order in the mail, no trial for me or this blog next week!
A welcome relief since there are many, many things to do for a 4 day trial. And I’m not even sure it will not run longer than that with all my evidence–4 fact witness, Gloria, Scott, Yolanda and Kathie that are willing to come and testify the blog is the truth, then 4 or more expert witnesses–Atty Ken Ditkowsky on constitutional law, Bev and Ken Cooper on running a blog and local area weekly cable show, John Howard Wyman, the author of a popular and highly rated probate victim book — Against Her Will, available on Amazon, Sylvia Rudek from NASGA. All highly excellent and competent witnesses who will confirm that what I say, as unbelievable as it may seem, is not only accurate, but has been and is currently experienced by many, many people across the nation! Mary Sykes is not alone and I am not crazy. What I relate to you, my dear reads is not fiction or imagination.
But what caused all this? No one said, but here is what happened last week.
On October 15, 2013, both parties were to file their Motions in Limine (pre trial motions) and exhibits. My clerk was suddenly out of the office, his father suddenly and unexpectedly died, so I filed by mail. I used the same exhibits I used in the Gloria-Scott-Yolanda-Kathie deposition and just added one more, a $60,000 tax lien that was found on [an entity’s] property. Hmm, this is indeed a serious ethical violation. So maybe that is a problem.
On Thursday, Oct. 18, 2013, I received a large box of documents from [an entity] which purported to contain 33 exhibits and 10 Motions in Limine to bar all my witnesses and exhibits–an excessive and abusive amount, if you ask me.
Curiously, when I look at what was actually included, there was in fact only ONE motion in limine to bar KDD, and the other motions, nos. 2 to 10 were missing!
So right away I call and fax [the entities] warning them–Houston, we have a problem.
No response. So Monday I call up the ARDC and talk to the clerk’s offices. Yes, she confirms the filing she has only has one motion in limine to bar KDD, and the rest are missing from her copy. I ask for her name, and I think she said [***}, so I ask her to spell it out and rather than do that she says I should speak to [an authority] and she puts me thru without answering!
[an entity] actually answers the phone, but it is weird. I identify myself and start to ask about the box of documents, but she starts excitedly demanding “how did I get through?” “you’re only supposed to go to voice mail” “I don’t want to talk to you because you always turn things around on me when I talk to you on the phone.” which is indeed very interesting because I have never spoken [this entity] on the phone before this, I only spoke to her once before at my deposition.
She must be a little excited today, I figure.
In any case, here is my fax to her:
and here is the only one Motion in Limine that I got from her and she never sent along the others:
and here is the order to reset the trial dates, mailed to me and no one had the decency to call me on Monday:
So let’s wait until Oct. 28, 2013 when we are supposed to have another conference call with the tribunal and see what happens.
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From: kenneth ditkowsky
Sent: Oct 21, 2013 6:31 AM
To: Reporter 1, Reporter 2, “IllinoisLawyerNow@isba.org” , “email@example.com”
, “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>, “firstname.lastname@example.org” , SUNTIMES , “email@example.com” , “firstname.lastname@example.org”
Subject: Illinois [authority] investigation
And I would personally like to thank the investigative reporters who are donating their time and efforts to spend countless hours pouring over information and analyzing it for review. Of course, the information will have to be carefully preserved so it does not “disappear” or “suddenly changes” like transcripts in probate.
We are hoping to find some relief for these families and probate victims. So far, the system and authorities continue to ignore their pleas, yet heaping another level of abuse upon these poor innocent victims.
Any help or information anyone can donate will be greatly appreciated.
I am going to trial next week on this blog. I don’t take it personally. I am not the blog and the blog is not me. It is a living, breathing, collection of thoughts, experiences, opinions and information donated over this past 16 months from a wide variety of readers and fans. I am only one small part in it. You channel your concerns, your past problems, abuses and troubles here. I understand that and respect that. I am only your channel and I am not what you are or who you are. I am most certainly not what the [the authorities] wants me to be, but they have not submitted any input into this blog. The blog speaks honesty and the truth and it is what the relevant marketplace wants and it is the truth.
Let’s see if the [authorities] do.
As my trial quickly approaches, and the “funny stuff” continues (KDD has a strange email in his exhibits that “must be struck” because it instructs IARDC investigators to pull credit reports on “two Illinois” attorneys, etc.–which is illegal) and we’re starting to pull pubic records (unlike this IARDC we do not pull clandestine credit reports without written authorization from anyone), reporters are asking me what they consider “typical” questions about who and what the IARDC is, and you know what? I’ve come to realize, what I thought was true wasn’t.
For example, we have previously published that the IARDC apparently isn’t in compliance with state laws requiring annual ethics/financial reports. We talked to the Sec. of State where they are to go, the IARDC itself and most of the attorneys we have contacted, were rude about it yet admitted they did not do this.
Who is running this place? Atty Jerome Larkin through SO and MS is the atty that initiates all of the pleadings filed against myself and Ken, but I have googled for that information and a reporter has asked, but we have yet to find his ethics/reporting disclosure.
Is there a reason for this?
And then, after smelling that fish that appears to be old and stinky, we ask who are these people and how are they “appointed” as declared on their website. Are they appointed by one party or both? Does the IARDC comply with the Shakman rule that requires a state organization must not hire based upon politics. I spoke with Atty Shakman, who appears to be the expert in this area and he says he knows nothing about the IARDC and Shakman compliance.
So, who are these people? How did they come by their jobs, and most important, what salaries do they make? Other state websites report on salaries paid (google Illinois state employee salaries, the Illinois Controller publishes the checks she writes–good for her–and Gov. Quinn publishes–good for him). After all the IARDC does not hold a bake sale to regulate the professional licenses of attorneys. And you know if you want to control money and power, start with the attorneys, for sure. That’s what the Nazis did. They learned from prior totalitarian regimes to kick out any law provider that might oppose one’s fascist policies, leaving the people powerless to fight for their rights and for the court system to become a non-entity in a tripartite government system that is supposed to have checks and balances built in (executive, legislative and judicial branches)
The IARDC has no transparency in this area. It does not publish salaries (though I have heard they are in the reasonable range of $50,000 to about $180,000 for the jobs there). They are said to have about 50 employees, then they have non paid Inquiry Board (that votes on whether to file a complaint), a non paid Tribunal (that hears disciplianry complaints) and a Review Board that approves decisions made by the Tribunals.
But if there is no transparency, and we don’t know how these 50+ people are selected and we don’t ask them to do yearly ethics and financials disclosures, then no matter how many levels you can dream up to “look authentic” pack it with your friends and co-conspirators, you are left with something that is dysfunctional at it’s very roots.
Maybe I grew up in Chicago, have read the Chicago Tribune and Suntimes for decades and seen dozens and dozens of politicians, judges and lawyers going to club fed med for outright bribes, payola and “pay to play” schemes I’m just paranoid and skeptical. BUT if there is really transparency at the IARDC, they would publish salaries, they would publish they are in compliance with Shakman and show how that is, they would publish.
The [this agency] annual report for 2012 is published on their website. It does not talk about ethics/financial disclosures (some employees at the [this agency] have told us they are exempt because they are a private organization and not part of the state at all–but they regulate a public monopoly–law licenses), some attorneys were upset they were not told they had to do this when they looked up the law, others were rude and slammed the phone down.
I guess if you talk enough about other’s unethical behavior and post rules for everyone else, that can easily hide the fact you don’t do the same.
I challenge the IARDC today to do the right thing and publish those reports online for each employee for each year they worked at the IARDC. If it’s a bad report, so be it. Also, they should publish annual salaries and how much has been paid to each employee for past years.
THEN, if all that turns out okay, then they will be qualified to judge ME.
But watch and see, they won’t do that, they will charge ahead.
And that’s exactly the type of behavior everyone on the probate blogs is questioning.
The answer: 1) When someone put a document in your file which is an email to one of your staff asking they “pull credit reports on two Illinois attorneys” (when you have no written authorization from them, and this is a violation of federal law), and
2) when every other attorney who is an office holder, a judge, in a judicial position, on a board, commission and the like, but for some reason you and your office and staff do not file the requisite annual “Report of Economic Interests” online with the Secretary of State in response to an Ethics Law revised in 2009!
Ken pointed this out to me today that the request to destroy an important document in a file and make sure neither you nor your staff is reporting annually on “Economic Interests” is just like taking the 5th amendment, right?
Their rule: If you break the law, do NOT tell anyone.
From: kenneth ditkowsky
Sent: Oct 14, 2013 9:40 PM
Cc: JoAnne Denison , “lawrence@Lhyman.com” , Eric Holder , Harry Heckert , j ditkowsky , Tim NASGA , NASGA , probate sharks , , jim , “ACLU@ACLU.ORG”
Subject: Re: F2F–Radio segment on government attorneys violating law, shutting down ethical lawyers
The winner will get a Whole Food $20 gift card if they also can document they told the [an agency] this too at the same time.
If you go to the website: http://www.ilsos.gov/economicinterest/economicinterest
You will see where you can get a copy of all the ethics reporting forms filed with the Secretary of State in relation to the Government Ethics Act of 2009 where 900 state agencies and boards and offices have to file an annual detailed Ethics Form.
There is a pull down menu, so I thought I would look for all the agencies, boards, offices and positions that an attorney can or must hold.
I cam up with this list from the pull down menu:
1) attorney general
2) states attorney appellate prosecutor
3) candidate for: — appellate court judges
4) — supreme court judge
5) — attorney general
6) Judicial Inquiry Board (staff, I presume)
7) Judicial Inquiry Board Member
8) Professional Registration Committees and Boards (IDPR)
9) State Appellate Defender
10) State Appellate Prosecutor.
Yep, you would think that would cover all those attorneys out there that should file a 3 page form to show they don’t do unethical things like get bribes from lobbyists, have others take out or pay off their mortgages, give them interesting things–like cash.
So, who is missing from the list? First accurate answer gets the $20 gift card.
How is it all these other attorneys and agencies are on this list, and the judges do extremely detailed reports to the Ill. Supreme Ct. under Ill. Sup. Ct. Rule 68.
Who or what is giving this group of about 50+ attorneys who are in charge of a very powerful agency, a complete pass. Like free parking money. Like go around the board over and over for free and collect $200.
Who is doing this?
Can anyone answer that question? All judges have to do it. All Boards and Commissions have to do it per Ill. State Law and the Illinois Constitution.
What IS going on at the ARDC and can anyone get an answer out of them other than “we are exempt?” Because they say so?
Download and listen to Janet Phalen’s comments on Blog Talk Radio about the ARDC and the “funny stuff” that is going on. If you think they have some explaining to do, CALL THEM.
cite the Illinois Constitution. The ARDC stands for (and I won’t tell you what my probate victims say that it stands for) Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. The Illinois Constitution creates a Court System in the document and the Ill. Supreme court creates the ARDC which is a state “Commission”
SECTION 1. DISQUALIFICATION FOR PUBLIC OFFICE
SECTION 2. STATEMENT OF ECONOMIC INTERESTS
All candidates for or holders of state offices and all
members of a Commission or Board created by this Constitution
shall file a verified statement of their economic interests,
as provided by law. The General Assembly by law may impose a
similar requirement upon candidates for, or holders of,
offices in units of local government and school districts.
Statements shall be filed annually with the Secretary of
State and shall be available for inspection by the public.
The General Assembly by law shall prescribe a reasonable time
for filing the statement. Failure to file a statement within
the time prescribed shall result in ineligibility for, or
forfeiture of, office. This Section shall not be construed as
limiting the authority of any branch of government to
establish and enforce ethical standards for that branch.
(Source: Illinois Constitution.)
Note that supervision of the courts (and therefore attorneys) also comes from the Illinois State Constitution.
ARTICLE VI – Judiciary
SECTION 16. ADMINISTRATION
General administrative and supervisory authority over all
courts is vested in the Supreme Court and shall be exercised
by the Chief Justice in accordance with its rules. The
Supreme Court shall appoint an administrative director and
staff, who shall serve at its pleasure, to assist the Chief
Justice in his duties.
And from state law:
For Judges, these detailed records at kept under Rule 68 at the Illinois Supreme Court Clerk’s offices and must be available to review during normal business hours in both Chicago and Springfield. You can’t get the information on the internet yet.
For other state employees, they file with the Secretary of State’s offices here:
Both the Secretary of State and the Illinois Supreme Court say they have no reporting from the ARDC Commission.
The real question is, how is that?
Under the state link: Report Misconduct:
It gives a link to the Inspector General for the State of Illinois, but when we write, email, fax and call about the Sykes case, at first they say “they will look into it, thanks for contacting us” but a few weeks later we get, “sorry, we don’t do that.”
From the 2009 Illinois Ethics Act:
DISCLOSURE OF ECONOMIC INTERESTS.
(from the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act & State Officials and Employees Ethics Act as amended in 2009)
S 4A-101. Persons required to file. The following persons shall file verified written statements of economic interests, as provided in this Article:
(a) Members of the General Assembly and candidates for nomination or election to the General Assembly.
(c) Members of a Commission or Board created by the Illinois Constitution, and candidates for nomination or election to such Commission or Board.
(e) Holders of, and candidates for nomination or election to, the office of judge or associate judge of the Circuit Court and the office of judge of the Appellate or Supreme Court.
(4) have authority for the approval of professional licenses;
(5) have responsibility with respect to the financial inspection of regulated nongovernmental entities;
(6) adjudicate, arbitrate, or decide any judicial or administrative proceeding, or review the adjudication, arbitration or decision of any judicial or administrative proceeding within the authority of the State; or
(7) have supervisory responsibility for 20 or more employees of the State.
It looks like the ARDC is instantaneously violating several of these laws, and upon a cursory glance of just SOME public records (will be published later), it looks like the ARDC actually has some house cleaning to do.
Living in Chicago and Illinois for 90% of my life has made me nothing but disgusted will all of this, and I think most of us will agree
and before you think it’s unusual or strange to “report on your ethics in detail and yearly” and the let world know what you have been up to:
from David Orr’s website:
Ethics Filing Online
In accordance with the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act, more than 900 units of government and 22,000 public officials and employees must submit ethics filings to the Clerk’s office. Government agencies provide a list of people who must file a Statement of Economic Interests. Beginning spring 2011, those people will be able to file their questionnaires online. Finally, the public will have instant access to both sets of filings.
Go ahead and CALL THE ARDC, FAX THEM, EMAIL THEM, ASK THEM WHY THE ATTORNEYS THERE DO NOT REPORT–unlike 22,000 other state employees and hundreds of state judges.
Then, I think you will find the answer of why the ARDC does not report, and why they are prosecuting HONEST and ETHICAL attorneys who BLOG about corruption.
IF THIS IS NOT A SCANDAL AND A PUBLIC OUTRAGE, A BREACH OF THE PUBLIC’S TRUST IN THE LAWS AND LAWYERS, I HONESTLY DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS. Write or call the ARDC, demand they become HONEST and report.
Hearing for KDD
Exceptions have been filed by the appellant.
Mr. D has 20 min to present, administrator 20 min to respond and then 10 min response.
I am here as an atty as a private citizen. I was never involved in Sykes as an atty in until I was brought in on the sanction motion. This was vacated and they ruled that I was a private citizen in that case. I am a private citizen and as such I am entitled to a full complement of rights under the first amendmentto the US constitution
My position is recognized by not only by most jurists, but also by the state of Illinois and ask that you please read 750 ILCS sec 110 (refers to the Illinois Citizens Participation act) wherein a statement has been made by the Illinois Legislature. It is stated therein that public policy of the State of Illinois is to foster free speech, arguments, debates, positions, opinions, etc. and that this is vital to the preservation of an open and free democracy.
Illinois has a guardianship law that deems to protect senior citizens from abuse, in particular the abuse of being railroaded, just as Mary Sykes was, and this statute exists so that judges and attorneys can try to avoid the improper imposition of guardianship. I have gone into those guardianship issues in great detail in my brief and else where.
Referring now to 720 ILCS 4. In particular it says that if I make an abuse claim I am given immunity from prosecution and even disciplinary action.
The position of the ARDC here in this case is in fact 100% out of phase. The commission never received the right to deal with my first amendment rights.
The supreme court has said nothing about allowing lawyer disciplinary boards being allowed to interfere with my constitutional rights, and there is stare decisis, and this commission is bound by those rules of law, just like everyone else is so bound.
The Gentile case was never cited by the Administrator because of the statement by Justice Renquist that disciplinary rules cannot publish actions protected by the first amendment.
I as a citizen am entitled to these first amendment rights.
I am a private citizen in relation to the Sykes case.
All I have done is I made a demand for an honest, complete and comprehensive investigation of elder cleansing. It is the first cousin to racial and ethnic cleansing–and I need not define those for anyone in this room. I have the right to make that demand to investigte, I have the right to email Mr. Holder, or any other official concerning the Sykes case. Nonetheless, I was in a hearing room where I as asked to repent for writing that letter–a letter merely requesting that a complete, honest and thorough investigation be made of the Sykes case.
It is firmly my constitutional right to write that letter.
The US Supreme Curt has reviewed a number of first amendment rights, the latest case is one of the most liberal cases: under Alverez, as a private citizen, I have the right to claim I earned the congressional medal of honor, when in fact I have not.
My first amendment rights extend to virtual child porn under X case.
In the Brown case, violent video games are allowed.
In Snyder, I can go to a funeral and I can say things that are absolutely appalling to the mourners present.
Citizens United clearly wraps this all up and says that first amendment and content based speech is totally protected and the government may not intrude upon my first amendment free speech rights.
The Supreme Court says that in order to take a case it must be investigated. Rule 127 says I cannot file a case recklessly. I must investigate. In April 2010, when Mary’s friends and family came in and they told me Mary had been unfairly railroaded into a guardianship she opposed, I knew I first had to follow this Rule 127 requirement. However, Rule 127 is not meant to be a catch 22. It cannot be argued that I must investigate but if I do, other attorneys may complain I am acting unethically. This is only an ethical obligation and not a trap for the unwary.
How can it ever be unethical to follow the rules of the court?
If you look at the Sykes case, these statements are backed up by affidavits and declarations, by Gloria Sykes, the sisters and the transcripts of the proceeding. You will notice that not a single person who had actual knowledge was called to testify. No person who had actual knowledge of the facts of the theft. No actual person was asked about the 6 trips to the emergency room.
If you want to look at the gold coins, Gloria Sykes was a signatory on the safe deposit box. She had an ownership interest in the box. Yolada Bakken had told me that the bag of coins was about (gestures) 10″ high and 6″ around and it that it had 6 inches of gold coins in it.
Carolyn Toerpe was never called, yet she has been accused of stealing from the estate.
What they did was they called GAL Stern who said he served a subpoena. In this case, because it was a safe deposit box, serving a subpoena means nothing because the bank cannot legally know the contents of a safe deposit box..
Gloria should have testified, Yolanda should have testified, and Kathie should have testified.
The appellate court in Soldini declared that the petitioner had to serve prior 14 days service upon the near relatives to attain jurisdiction. But in Sykes it should be noted court that two sisters were never disclosed, yet the ARDC did not call Gloria Sykes or Yolanda.
During my hearing there was never any search for the truth, any due process, and search for fairness or justice, was ever undertaken.
In the hearing board’s decision, they said the sisters had knowledge of the (12/07/13) hearing. But it has to be prior knowledge.
Section 5/11a is to protect the due process rights of Mary Sykes and people like her.
There is supposed to be a hearing. There was no hearing held. What there was was an agreement between the two GAL’s and Toerpe’s attorney to have Mary declared incompetent and then Toerpe appointed, which then became part of the findings.
Witnesses were not called. Testimony was not taken.
Referring to the transcript of Aug 2009, there was no ccp211, this judge had to find Mary Sykes incompetent by clear and convincing evidence, it must meet requirement of 5/11a which has specific requirement to have someone declared incompetent, but according to the evidence deposition of Judge C, she states for the record, if counsel is having trouble getting a CCP211 done, the “why don’t we just get another doctor that can do it.”
That is about as close to an announcement promoting doctor shopping as you can get.
If you look at the 14 days notice requirement, you will find something very similar.
Not only that, but Judge Connors, in her deposition was asked, What would happen if there was no jurisdiction? And she answered: If I found out about it, I would vacate and then I would get the same result.
As a citizen I have right to complain about that.
This is a state where 2 governors were recently .put in prison, 15 sitting judges in Greylord went to prison.
Everyone know in order to get someone before the court you have to serve them with a summons.
It says in the Illinois Probate Act what you have to do to serve a summons.
The sheriffs office denies they served a summons.
There is no evidence of any summons.
You will see they directed an employee to serve at a place in Chicago; however, mary was living in DuPage county so that was an impossible duty.
The summons must have been in large bold print with a statement of rights, that was never done.
Rule of law equally implies to you I, the probate court and Mary.
The Rules of law have been set forth by the US Supreme Court:
I can make statement untrue about my qualifications,
I can make and propagate virtual child porn, I can provide violent video games to people, I can harass mourners with terrible signs and speeches.
According to this commission I can not complaint about a little old lady being railroaded into a guardianship and deprive her of her human and civil rights.
Let me read the First Amendment to this panel…. Congress shall make no law prohibiting (First amendment read to Board)….and I have the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. That’s why I wrote Mr. Holder, the AG’s and whomever I could get to take action.
We need to get the Alice Gore investigated. Why were here gold teeth removed but not inventoried? (This was after she was isolated for 6 months! This is what M. Solo did to 99 year old Alice Gore.
I have a responsibility to speak out, and it’s the right thing to do. The people who want to take my license away for doing the right thing are wrong, clearly wrong.
We need to get a complete comprehensive and thorough investigation of these probate cases.
Initial argument ends, the ARDC attorney for the Administrator steps up:
He cites all these cases are all good law with respect to citizens. However he explains that KDD’s rights are not the same as an ordinary citizen: rather KDD’s rights have been circumscribed. The US Sup Ct has never said that you can make false allegations regarding a judge.
Gentile arises out of a Nevada disciplinary action. The lawyer who represented a criminal defendant, had made a public statement during trial implying that the chief of police had stolen the cocaine. The NV bar said that the statement would have materially prejudiced a judicial proceeding.
However, the statute had a safe harbor provision and therefore the US Sup Ct said that the statute was not unconstitutional. What the us supreme court decided was the that the safe harbor was not too vague so as to harm Mr. Gentile’s first amendment rights and therefore the US Sup. Ct. Said the statute would stand and I was not unconstitutional.
Garrison made false statements in his case and the court said constitutional provisions did not protect this.
A lawyer cannot say something false about a court or judge, the lawyer cannot attack a judge.
Everyone understands there are instances when an atty disagrees with the decisions of a judge.
The first amendment protects the person from saying the judge was wrong, but to jump to the idea that the judge was corrupt is entirely different. If you have no way to jump to corruption based upon the evidence you have knowledge of, that is wrong.
He does not have a objectively fair and reasonable way to claim Stuart and Connors were corrupt. Both testified that they were not corrupt and did not take any assets from Mary Sykes.
He said that the GAL’s were splitting assets with the judges. (Really?)
Moreover, the Sykes appeal was dismissed because the brief format was in error (Now this is strange, because it’s not in the record), the litigant was given plenty of chances to correct the brief. (Really? Where is that in the record?)
No court has even ruled these judge were even wrong.
He was given a responsibility to follow through on the appeal, the appeal was dismissed, they could not file a brief that could follow the rules, and so it was all dismissed.
Lawyers have done this for a number of years, tried to allege corruption and protection under free speech. This has been going on for a half century in Illinois.
One lawyer immediately jumps to the judge is corrupt. He jumps to it. No evidence, no cause.
The first amendment does not protect the false statement when in fact it is false and reckless.
The hearing board concluded KDD’s statements were in fact false.
The testimony of administrator’s witnesses were credible. Judges Stuart and Connors denied receiving any compensation, and AS and CF denied responsibility for wrongdoing.
Justice Connors denied everything KDD said about her.
He didn’t come up with anything unreasonable or unjust in the Sykes case.
He never showed during his trial any objectively reasonable basis for his statements.
The finding were not erroneous or against the manifest weight of the evidence.
The sanction was appropriate.
He has not denied it.
A half century of law, and multiple instances of harming a judge’s integrity with baseless statements are grounds for discipline.
And in these case, they always end with a long suspension or disbarrment.
He then cites Kozel and other cases–cases where the attorneys called the judges names and insulted them–these are not apposite to KDD’s case.
The sanction recommendation comports with disbarrment.
One of the Board asks about the Duzen case and is there a burden type of shifting. Splitt responds that there is no burden shifting used in this case. It talked about burdens of proof, but not shifting. The administrator did not go to hearing and say you cannot go to hearing and try to prove all of your allegations made as true.
There was no reasonable basis to say these were true. He had no reasonable, factual basis.
KDD is back on for ten minutes.
In 1961 I was first sworn in I took an oath to defend the constitution. It is still my assertion that the Supreme Ct has not granted the ARDC rights to deal in this particular type of case, and determine whether or not (with respect to the first amendment) that attys are second class citizens. In the Gentile case, Justice Rhenquist made it clear that attorneys have first amendment rights. That’s a non issue.
As far as appeals are concerned, I have no standing. I have never filed an appearance in that case or an appeal. I stand as an ordinary citizen to the Sykes case.
The fact that a lay person can’t get an appellate brief formatted propertly doesn’t make all the wrongdoing at the trial court level right or make it go away..
You have deposition of Judge Connors. Read what is required to be done. Judge Connors made it clear she did not have to follow all those laws and rules.
The appellate courts says I am a private citizen with respect to the Sykes case. I am a citizen. There is nothing in there that makes an attorney second class citizen. There is nothing that says a citizen cannot complain about an elected official, and as the Gillespie case points out, public officials are subject to free reign as to discussion of (the quality or lack thereof with respect) their job performance in office and they cannot complain. The Gillespie case was right.
The Administrator cites the Sawyer case in his favor, but it is not.
The Sawyer case involved an attorney who was trying a case and when the case was over she gave a lecture about her experiences, and she was very critical of the judge and the law and the Hawaii bar got all hot and bothered about it.
The US Supreme Court said that she had a right to do this under the First Amendment
There has been no indication that a lawyer is a second class citizen whatsoever.
And a 4 year suspension for a 77 years old lawyer is preposterous.
And the suspension is being imposed only for doing what the Ill. Sup. court rules requires me to do.
Court one says I wrote a benign letter to Dr. Patel. They said that he was intimidated by my letter. They didn’t even ask him if he was intimidated. (It appeared during trial that he didn’t remember the letter or even reading it).
They have the burden of proof by clear and convincing evidence.
How do you protect the public when the court is saying openly, “let’s find another doctor” when the first won’t cooperate, or Judge Connors says in her deposition with respect to jurisdiction it does not matter because if the case were dismiss for lack of jurisdiction we just would have held another hearing and come to the same result. That is about as clear a case as you can get of impropriety.
Since the judge is an elected official, I have the right to complaint that this is wrong.
No one can come to you (as a lawyer) and say to you you can’t talk (openly and honestly) to about this case.
If you are not involved in the case then you can say what you want until the cows come home.
You don’t even have to look at whether the words are true or false. (Or if the GAL’s might cry and wet their pants later over what you said).
The whole situation revolves around a complaint I made to the US AG and other people complaining about a little old laday being taken out of her home, brought into another facility and placed there in derogation of her liberty and property rights and placed in jeopardy.
If you look at the statue of what a guardianship is supposed to be it is only to be used to the extent necessary to protect the ward, orders and decisions should be made only to the extent that the ward herself cannot make a reasoned decision.
When this lady was taken from her home and place in Du Page (without her consent or approval), this was tantamount to giving her a death sentence. As a lawyer, you have a duty to speak out. As a judge you have a duty to speak out and say this is wrong. As a moral person you have a duty to speak out. I have to face myself in the mirror and if I see what is going on in this case and I see Mary Sykes removed from her home, and isolated and attys should speak out and judges should speak out. Do you know what that judge did to Mary Sykes, do you know what this judge did to Mrs. Gore and Mrs. Wyman?
There is nothing in our constitution that says lawyers cannot speak out, they must speak out.
What about the limits of our free speech. What about the cases cited by the Administrator in his argument?
Well, the cases he cited were clearly over ruled in recent U.S. Sup. Ct. decisions Alvarez, Ashcroft, by Citizens United, I believe have clearly overruled any unnecessary restrictions on content based speech.
Also those cases the Administrator can all be distinguished because in each of those cases, the attorney was a lawyer on the case.
Just because I am a lawyer and I comment on a case, does not make me a second class citizen.
Bussy v Ferguson is no longer the law, because just people rejected the idea of creating a 2nd class of citizenship for certain undesireable people.
Buck v. Bell likewise has rejected the notion that certain disabled people should be considered second class in society.
Going back to when I first investigated this case at the behest of Mary and friends and family, at that time I was looking to being an attorney . Under FRCP Rule 11 and Ill. Sup. Ct. Rule 127 I had a duty to investigate, I heard what Mary’s friends and family were saying about railroading Mary. So I sent out a letter to her doctor. The letter was very benign. Dr. Patel was never in any way intimidated.
From the court: Whatever the letter says it says, did you speak with Mary before that?
KDD replies that he was hired by Mary thru Gloria.
Ding the correct answer is: Mary asked Gloria to hire KDD and he responded. FURTHER, Gloria was the POA for Mary and she had the right to do so.
If I did not investigate then I would be sanctioned under Rules 127
No further questions or comments and the oral argument concludes
BUT AS THE BOARD WAS WALKING OUT THE ROOM, AND ASK KEN TURNED TO US, EVERYONE IN THE GALLEY STOOD UP AND GAVE KEN A STANDING OVATIONS.
Okay, it took me awhile, I would have dropped my laptop.
One of the most common complaints I hear from probate victims is that assets (often tens of thousands or more) are not inventoried in probate, and/or assets suddenly “fall off” the yearly accounting and the court looks the other way, and no matter how much the victim screams and yells, hollers at the top of their lungs there is theft, embezzlement and fraud going on, the court looks the other way, and the GAL’s and plenary guardians rub their hands together with glee, over whatever split they get for doing this.
The solution from Ken? Send them a 1099!
Great idea and thanks Ken. Let them explain it to the IRS and where the money went. That’s not my job or yours.
Friday at 11 am with oral argument, that’s when Ken goes before the Review Board at One Prudential Plaza, 15th floor with the ARDC Review Board over his case where he did NOTHING wrong except try to investigate the Sykes case, met up with two nasty GAL’s, one of whom told him outright, you investigate this case and I will ensure you are disbarred–just like a wise guy, and the rest is history.
What did we all find after that fateful investigation? A probate court without jurisdiction–operating now for 4 years, no discovery permitted by the younger daughter Gloria and millions of dollars in gold coins missing, a safe deposit box in the name of Gloria and Mary drilled out in early 2010, GAL’s that told the court repeatedly “the coins are imaginary, your honor”, GAL’s that told a tribunal “they investigated” by serving subpoenas and then the Record on Appeal comes out and it shows that there were no subpoenas served in fact, no return of service, no certificate of completeness. I can go on and on about Sykes, but I won’t.
Then we get an ARDC that says no atty can talk about corruption or we have to apologize at the same time we do that and try to convince people it doesn’t exist–despite the fact that most of you, my readers, come from the probate blogs and know that the probate blogs have been ablaze for years on corruption — corruption that goes to the highest levels, from the trial courts up to your state supreme courts and with no explanation and no relief. Millions of dollars in uninventoried assets missing, tens of thousands that “fall off” inventories and yearly accountings and the judges look the other way and the GAL’s and guardians and conservators rub their hands together and cackle with glee. They get what percent for doing that? Now I have an experienced investigative reporter from Westchester New York, former atty Dean Loren, telling me that it looks like the loot is going to campaign contributions and both parties are doing it! I have Janet Phelan, an experienced reporter telling me to pull property records and in her case she found definite trends of money laundering from the dirtiest judges in Calfornia–and got them off her case. She found pulling Judicial Ethics and Financial disclosures–which must be detailed by law, is the best way hands down to get rid of the dirt. Then there are the people who ask me their judges that are absolutely awful and unjust were never elected. What’s up with that? Then I am told by my sources that the powers that be have an honest and clean attorney elected to be a judge, suddenly he retires after a couple months, and then what is appointed is dirt.
So I guess attorneys have to apologize for talking about corruption, and I am sorry I have to do that. I really am. I can’t practice law effectively, I can’t explain this to my clients, because they turn on me and ask what are YOU doing about all this. I have no answer. Ken and I can write to the AG’s the FBI and we can blog, but that’s about it. We are not prosecutors, true investigators with databases handy at our fingertips, etc.
At some point, the system just gets caught up in itself and there is no answer.
Ken’s oral argument is Friday, my trial is on October 28, 2013 and I got told by a former ARDC attorney that the ARDC never gives up, they keep on going until they get you–despite all evidence to the contrary! I’ve been an attorney for 27 years and I’ve always believe in truth and justice, and when it turns out your client’s case is a dud, graciously get rid of it or get yourself out of the case. Don’t ever get involved in injustice because it’s just bad karma and the universe WILL make you pay for that, and the longer you go on, the larger the repayment will be.
It’s always easier, I have found to tell the truth, to act with justice and honor, to tell your clients you are an officer of the court and as such you won’t suborn perjury, fight a useless fight for their own greed and evil, and their case just fell apart and you recommend a stipulated dismissal with prejudice.
I’m not going to tell the ARDC what to do, but if this truly is their policy–go after honest and ethical attorneys, don’t stop when you are faced with the undeniable truth–it’s bad karma and never works out in the end.
But the other thing I know is that you can’t interfere with someone else’s karma and you can’t control people. That’s up to the universe who will always be a much stricter school marm than you or I will always be.
In the meantime, Mr. Ken Cooper of Probate Sharks, another famous Probate Blog that decries the lack of justice in our nation’s probate courts, provides us today with the following sentiments:
On Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 8:14 AM, JoAnne M Denison <email@example.com> wrote:
You are way too sweet. Okay to publish?
From: Lucius Verenus
Sent: Oct 10, 2013 7:29 AM
To: kenneth ditkowsky
Cc: JANET PHELAN , JoAnne M Denison , Atty Ken Ditkowsky , Lisa Vogel GNT title , Robert Voegel , “firstname.lastname@example.org” , SUNTIMES , “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, NASGA , j ditkowsky
Subject: Re: Seriously. A choice?
On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 8:00 PM, kenneth ditkowsky <email@example.com> wrote:
To: Atty Ken Ditkowsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Janet Phelan <email@example.com>;
Sent: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 4:55 PM
Subject: Seriously. A choice?
Is there a choice there?
That might be great for an opening argument. Who in their right mind asks a question like that, and it was coming from a former ARDC attorney!!!
The real question, is how do I explain all of this then to my clients. Well, I used to blog about corruption so we could clean up the courts so that you, my client could get a fair shake in this courtroom today, but then the ARDC asked me to make a choice between my law license or cleaning up the court system, and so that’s why when we get to court EXPECT THE JUDGE AND OPPOSING COUNSEL TO BE UTTERLY CORRUPT AND THE ARDC HAS MANDATED THIS WITH IMPUNITY.
She really just wanted to get off the phone after she realized where the entire conversation was going and how there was no real answer to any of this. Her excuse was that she has never done a case blogging about corruption and I should find an attorney with experience in that!
another day in ARDC paradise.
KEN DITKOWSKY’S CHEAT SHEET ON PROBATE LAW
· § 5. “Public policy. Pursuant to the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of government, it is declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois that the constitutional rights of citizens and organizations to be involved and participate freely in the process of government must be encouraged and safeguarded with great diligence. The information, reports, opinions, claims, arguments, and other expressions provided by citizens are vital to effective law enforcement, the operation of government, the making of public policy and decisions, and the continuation of representative democracy. The laws, courts, and other agencies of this State must provide the utmost protection for the free exercise of these rights of petition, speech, association, and government participation.
“Civil actions for money damages have been filed against citizens and organizations of this State as a result of their valid exercise of their constitutional rights to petition, speak freely, associate freely, and otherwise participate in and communicate with government. There has been a disturbing increase in lawsuits termed “Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation” in government or “SLAPPs” as they are popularly called.
The threat of SLAPPs significantly chills and diminishes citizen participation in government, voluntary public service, and the exercise of these important constitutional rights. This abuse of the judicial process can and has been used as a means of intimidating, harassing, or punishing citizens and organizations for involving themselves in public affairs.
“It is in the public interest and it is the purpose of this Act to strike a balance between the rights of persons to file lawsuits for injury and the constitutional rights of persons to petition, speak freely, associate freely, and otherwise participate in government; to protect and encourage public participation in government to the maximum extent permitted by law; to establish an efficient process for identification and adjudication of SLAPPs; and to provide for attorney’s fees and costs to prevailing movants”. 735 ILCS 110/5
“A person making a report under this Act in the belief that it is in the alleged victim’s best interest shall be immune from criminal or civil liability or professional disciplinary action on account of making the report, notwithstanding any requirements concerning the confidentiality of information with respect to such eligible adult which might otherwise be applicable.” 320 ILCS 20/4
For public policy statement see: County of DeWitt v. Am Fed’N of 298 Ill App3d 634
§ 11a-3. Adjudication of disability; Power to appoint guardian.
Upon the filing of a petition by a reputable person or by the alleged disabled person himself or on its own motion, the court may adjudge a person to be a disabled person, but only if it has been demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that the person is a disabled person as defined in Section 11a-2. If the court adjudges a person to be a disabled person, the court may appoint (1) a guardian of his person, if it has been demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that because of his disability he lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate responsible decisions concerning the care of his person, or (2) a guardian of his estate, if it has been demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that because of his disability he is unable to manage his estate or financial affairs, or (3) a guardian of his person and of his estate.
· Guardianship shall be utilized only as is necessary to promote the well-being of the disabled person, to protect him from neglect, exploitation, or abuse, and to encourage development of his maximum self-reliance and independence. Guardianship shall be ordered only to the extent necessitated by the individual’s actual mental, physical and adaptive limitations. 755 ILCS 5/11a-3
· § 11a-7. Venue. If the alleged ward is a resident of this State, the proceeding shall be instituted in the court of the county in which he resides. If the alleged ward is not a resident of this State, the proceeding shall be instituted in the court of a county in which his real or personal estate is located. 755 ILCS 5/11a-7
§ 11a -8. Petition. The petition for adjudication of disability and for the appointment of a guardian of the estate or the person or both of an alleged disabled person must state, if known or reasonably ascertainable: (a) the relationship and interest of the petitioner to the respondent; (b) the name, date of birth, and place of residence of the respondent; (c) the reasons for the guardianship; (d) the name and post office address of the respondent’s guardian, if any, or of the respondent’s agent or agents appointed under the Illinois Power of Attorney Act,1 if any; (e) the name and post office addresses of the nearest relatives of the respondent in the following order: (1) the spouse and adult children, parents and adult brothers and sisters, if any; if none, (2) nearest adult kindred known to the petitioner; (f) the name and address of the person with whom or the facility in which the respondent is residing; (g) the approximate value of the personal and real estate; (h) the amount of the anticipated annual gross income and other receipts; (i) the name, post office address and in case of an individual, the age, relationship to the respondent and occupation of the proposed guardian. In addition, if the petition seeks the appointment of a previously appointed standby guardian as guardian of the disabled person, the petition must also state: (j) the facts concerning the standby guardian’s previous appointment and (k) the date of death of the disabled person’s guardian or the facts concerning the consent of the disabled person’s guardian to the appointment of the standby guardian as guardian, or the willingness and ability of the disabled person’s guardian to make and carry out day-to-day care decisions concerning the disabled person. A petition for adjudication of disability and the appointment of a guardian of the estate or the person or both of an alleged disabled person may not be dismissed or withdrawn without leave of the court.
755 ILCS 5/11a-8
· Procedure and Jurisdiction 11a – 10
11a-10. Procedures preliminary to hearing.
o (a) Upon the filing of a petition pursuant to Section 11a-8, the court shall set a date and place for hearing to take place within 30 days. The court shall appoint a guardian ad litem to report to the court concerning the respondent’s best interests consistent with the provisions of this Section, except that the appointment of a guardian ad litem shall not be required when the court determines that such appointment is not necessary for the protection of the respondent or a reasonably informed decision on the petition. If the guardian ad litem is not a licensed attorney, he or she shall be qualified, by training or experience, to work with or advocate for the developmentally disabled, mentally ill, physically disabled, the elderly, or persons disabled because of mental deterioration, depending on the type of disability that is alleged in the petition. The court may allow the guardian ad litem reasonable compensation. The guardian ad litem may consult with a person who by training or experience is qualified to work with persons with a developmental disability, persons with mental illness, or physically disabled persons, or persons disabled because of mental deterioration, depending on the type of disability that is alleged. The guardian ad litem shall personally observe the respondent prior to the hearing and shall inform him orally and in writing of the contents of the petition and of his rights under Section 11a-11. The guardian ad litem shall also attempt to elicit the respondent’s position concerning the adjudication of disability, the proposed guardian, a proposed change in residential placement, changes in care that might result from the guardianship, and other areas of inquiry deemed appropriate by the court. Notwithstanding any provision in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act or any other law, a guardian ad litem shall have the right to inspect and copy any medical or mental health record of the respondent which the guardian ad litem deems necessary, provided that the information so disclosed shall not be utilized for any other purpose nor be redisclosed except in connection with the proceedings. At or before the hearing, the guardian ad litem shall file a written report detailing his or her observations of the respondent, the responses of the respondent to any of the inquires detailed in this Section, the opinion of the guardian ad litem or other professionals with whom the guardian ad litem consulted concerning the appropriateness of guardianship, and any other material issue discovered by the guardian ad litem. The guardian ad litem shall appear at the hearing and testify as to any issues presented in his or her report.
o (b) The court (1) may appoint counsel for the respondent, if the court finds that the interests of the respondent will be best served by the appointment, and (2) shall appoint counsel upon respondent’s request or if the respondent takes a position adverse to that of the guardian ad litem. The respondent shall be permitted to obtain the appointment of counsel either at the hearing or by any written or oral request communicated to the court prior to the hearing. The summons shall inform the respondent of this right to obtain appointed counsel. The court may allow counsel for the respondent reasonable compensation.
o (c) If the respondent is unable to pay the fee of the guardian ad litem or appointed counsel, or both, the court may enter an order for the petitioner to pay all such fees or such amounts as the respondent or the respondent’s estate may be unable to pay. However, in cases where the Office of State Guardian is the petitioner, consistent with Section 30 of the Guardianship and Advocacy Act,1 where the public guardian is the petitioner, consistent with Section 13-5 of the Probate Act of 1975, where an elder abuse provider agency is the petitioner, pursuant to Section 9 of the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act,2 where the Department of Human Services Office of Inspector General is the petitioner, consistent with Section 45 of the Abuse of Adults with Disabilities Intervention Act, or where the Department of Children and Family Services is the petitioner under subparagraph (d) of subsection (1) of Section 2-27 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, no guardian ad litem or legal fees shall be assessed against the Office of State Guardian, the public guardian, the elder abuse provider agency, the Department of Human Services Office of Inspector General, or the Department of Children and Family Services.
o (d) The hearing may be held at such convenient place as the court directs, including at a facility in which the respondent resides.
o (e) Unless he is the petitioner, the respondent shall be personally served with a copy of the petition and a summons not less than 14 days before the hearing.
o The summons shall be printed in large, bold type and shall include the following notice:
o NOTICE OF RIGHTS OF RESPONDENT
o You have been named as a respondent in a guardianship petition asking that you be declared a disabled person. If the court grants the petition, a guardian will be appointed for you. A copy of the guardianship petition is attached for your convenience.
o The date and time of the hearing are:
o The place where the hearing will occur is:
o The Judge’s name and phone number is:
o If a guardian is appointed for you, the guardian may be given the right to make all important personal decisions for you, such as where you may live, what medical treatment you may receive, what places you may visit, and who may visit you. A guardian may also be given the right to control and manage your money and other property, including your home, if you own one. You may lose the right to make these decisions for yourself.
o You have the following legal rights:
o (1) You have the right to be present at the court hearing.
o (2) You have the right to be represented by a lawyer, either one that you retain, or one appointed by the Judge.
o (3) You have the right to ask for a jury of six persons to hear your case.
o (4) You have the right to present evidence to the court and to confront and cross-examine witnesses.
o (5) You have the right to ask the Judge to appoint an independent expert to examine you and give an opinion about your need for a guardian.
o (6) You have the right to ask that the court hearing be closed to the public.
o (7) You have the right to tell the court whom you prefer to have for your guardian.
o You do not have to attend the court hearing if you do not want to be there. If you do not attend, the Judge may appoint a guardian if the Judge finds that a guardian would be of benefit to you. The hearing will not be postponed or canceled if you do not attend.
o IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU ATTEND THE HEARING IF YOU DO NOT WANT A GUARDIAN OR IF YOU WANT SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE PERSON NAMED IN THE GUARDIANSHIP PETITION TO BE YOUR GUARDIAN. IF YOU DO NOT WANT A GUARDIAN OF IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER PROBLEMS, YOU SHOULD CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR COME TO COURT AND TELL THE JUDGE.
o Service of summons and the petition may be made by a private person 18 years of age or over who is not a party to the action.
o (f) Notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be given by the petitioner by mail or in person to those persons, including the proposed guardian, whose names and addresses appear in the petition and who do not waive notice, not less than 14 days before the hearing. 755 ILCS 5/11a-10 see: Sodoni 172 Ill App2d 1055
· Steinfeld 158 Ill 2d 1
(e) At the hearing the court shall inquire regarding: (1) the nature and extent of respondent’s general intellectual and physical functioning; (2) the extent of the impairment of his adaptive behavior if he is a person with a developmental disability, or the nature and severity of his mental illness if he is a person with mental illness; (3) the understanding and capacity of the respondent to make and communicate responsible decisions concerning his person; (4) the capacity of the respondent to manage his estate and his financial affairs; (5) the appropriateness of proposed and alternate living arrangements; (6) the impact of the disability upon the respondent’s functioning in the basic activities of daily living and the important decisions faced by the respondent or normally faced by adult members of the respondent’s community; and (7) any other area of inquiry deemed appropriate by the court.
755 ILCS 5/11a-11
United States vs. Alvarez 132 S. Ct 2537 – lost valor –
Ashcroft v. American Civil Liberties Union 535 US 564 – virtual child porn
Brown v. Entm’t Merchants Ass’n 131 S. Ct 2729 – violent video games
Synder v. Phelps 131 S. Ct 1207 – cemetery picketing
Citizens United v. Fed Election 130 S. Ct 876 – clear statement that First Amendment rights are a serious matter – and cannot be impaired directly or indirectly.
The First Amendment requires heightened scrutiny whenever the government creates “a regulation of speech because of disagreement with the message it conveys.” Ward v. Rock Against Racism, 491 U.S. 781, 791, 109 S.Ct. 2746, 105 L.Ed.2d 661 (1989); see also Renton v. Playtime Theatres, Inc., 475 U.S. 41, 48, 106 S.Ct. 925, 89 L.Ed.2d 29 (1986) (explaining that “ ‘content-neutral’ speech regulations” are “those that are justified without reference to the content of the regulated speech” (internal quotation marks omitted)). A government bent on frustrating an impending demonstration might pass a law demanding two years’ notice before the issuance of parade permits. Even if the hypothetical measure on its face appeared neutral as to content and speaker, its purpose to suppress speech and its unjustified burdens on expression would render it unconstitutional. Ibid. Commercial speech is no exception. See Discovery Network, supra, at 429–430, 113 S.Ct. 1505 (commercial speech restriction lacking a “neutral justification” was not content neutral). A “consumer’s concern for the free flow of commercial speech often may be far keener than his concern for urgent political dialogue.” Bates v. State Bar of Ariz., 433 U.S. 350, 364, 97 S.Ct. 2691, 53 L.Ed.2d 810 (1977). That reality has great relevance in the fields of medicine and public health, where information can save lives.
Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc., 131 S. Ct. 2653, 2664, 180 L. Ed. 2d 544 (2011)
Definition of Clear and Convincing Standard.
Clear and convincing proof is a demanding standard “denot [ing] a degree of belief that lies between the belief that is required to find the truth or existence of the [fact in issue] in an ordinary civil action and the belief that is required to find guilt in a criminal prosecution…. [The burden] is sustained if evidence induces in the mind of the trier a reasonable belief that the facts asserted are highly **516 probably true, that the probability that they are true or exist is substantially greater than the probability that they are false or do not exist.” (Internal quotation marks omitted.) Id., at 290-91, 715 A.2d 712.
 § 35:30. Hearing to adjudicate a person disabled
The respondent is entitled to be represented by counsel, to demand a jury of 6 persons, to present evidence, and to confront and cross-examine all witnesses.1 The hearing may be closed to the public on request of the respondent, the guardian ad litem, or appointed or other counsel for the respondent.2 Unless excused by the court upon a showing that the respondent refuses to be present or will suffer harm if required to attend, the respondent shall be present at the hearing.3
The general rules of evidence are applicable to proceedings to adjudicate a person disabled.4 Nonexpert witnesses may ordinarily give their opinions as to the ability of the respondent to transact ordinary business.5 However, unsubstantiated testimony of a nonexpert witnesses is insufficient to establish disability where the alleged disabled person demonstrates adequate ability to provide for his or her needs, such as by executing a power of attorney for the control of his or her estate.6 The court will determine whether a non expert witness has sufficient knowledge to express an opinion as to mental capacity at a particular time or period.7 Upon oral or written motion by the respondent or the guardian ad litem or on the court’s own motion, the court shall appoint one or more independent experts to examine the respondent.8
The testimony of the alleged disabled person is competent.9 In a proper case, the disabled person may be examined as an adverse witness.10
At the hearing, the court must inquire regarding:
• the nature and extent of respondent’s general intellectual and physical functioning;11
• the extent of the impairment of his or her adaptive behavior if he or she is a person with a developmental disability, or the nature and severity of his or her mental illness if he or she is a person with mental illness;12
• respondent’s understanding and capacity to make and communicate responsible decisions concerning his or her person;13
• respondent’s capacity to manage his or her estate and his or her financial affairs;14
• the appropriateness of proposed and alternate living arrangements;15
• the impact of the disability on the respondent’s functioning in the basic activities of daily living and the important decisions faced by the respondent or normally faced by adult members of the respondent’s community;16 and
• any other area of inquiry deemed appropriate by the court.17
An authenticated transcript of the evidence, taken in a proceeding concerning the alleged disabled person under the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code,18 is admissible into evidence at the hearing.19
In an uncontested proceeding for the appointment of a guardian, the person who prepared the report accompanying the petition20 will only be required to testify at the trial upon court order for cause shown.21
The establishment of physical disabilities on the part of the alleged disabled person is not sufficient evidence to support a determination of disability.22
2 Horner Probate Prac. & Estates § 35:30
One ongoing theme in probate is the sanitizing of files. At one point about 70% of the file was missing in the Sykes case. SO asked me why didn’t I give an accurate page count of how much of the file was missing and I gotta tell you 1) an accurate page count is not the issue when not a single page of the file should ever be missing and that’s federal crime; and 2) how can you give an accurate count of something that’s not there? You can make an educated guess, which is what we did.
I’m not going to count pages.
So an important part of covering up tracks is to remove something from the file.
See below and what happened to KDD:
And here is the amazing court order to remove a document from an IARDC file which indicated that the ARDC attorneys have engaged in illegal, wrongful and highly prejudicial behavior:
It’s brazen and amazing.
More proof that an FBI agent is sorely needed on the 15th floor of the ARDC to field complaints and clean up that agency.
Every day it seems another good, honest attorney reporting on corruption is having their bar card swiped away by rigged and railroaded proceedings.
Take a look at attorney Bailey whose law license was grabbed in a one page order recently handed down by the PA Supreme Court:
Given the fact that all the normal defenses are being ignored by the disciplinary boards: first amendment, state constitutional amendments, internet immunity under 47 USC 230 and Elder Abuse laws which provide immunity to those reporting elder abuse, one would think it is time for the feds to step in and start cleaning up the state lawyer disciplinary boards which appear to be biased and corrupt in and of themselves.
We know the 18th floor of the Daley center needs an FBI agent in the hall with a desk for direct reporting on corruption.
Perhaps the 15th floor of One Prudential Plaza needs one too.
Everyone knows that a credit report, pursuant to federal laws must have the permission of the creditor in order to pull a credit report. Yes, even government officials. Imagine Ken’s surprise when the IARDC filed a motion to pull and destroy a certain email where an IARDC investigator was asked to pull the credit reports on “two Illinois attorneys” without their knowledge.
Here is his response:
It’s nearly impossible to figure out what and who is involved in Ken’s and my cases. They are too bizarre to imagine. Fist in response to the myriad of Ken’s dispositive motions declaring his innocence, sending more and more, even boxes and boxes of information to the IARDC protesting his innocence, they pass a rule saying “no dispolsibive motions”, even though standard court proceedings are to file a Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim, and then a Judgement on the pleadings or Summary Judgment motion. This is all standard in all courts of law, EXCEPT the IARDC.
I was told that I was “unlikely” to be able to use the affirmative defenses of First Amendment, Illinois Article X on free speech, 47 USC 230 which declares internet bloggers to have immunity for the statements they publish and then the commonlaw defamation defenses of: opinion, hyperbole, fair reporting, litigation reporting. Illinois also provides for immunity from prosecution for reporting on elder abuse, but that also seems to be ignored.
Well meaning, well intentioned people passed laws like the Illinois Elder Abuse act to prevent people from being sued when they report abuse. In this case, it was repeatedly reported to the authorities, and they ignored the please for assistance by the Sykes family, and then this blog was created to report it to the public.
The public has a right to know the truth. Mary Sykes is being exploited and abused. Her family is abused not only by CT, but by the authorities that stand by and do nothing, and the probate court that can’t simply tell the truth and dismiss the proceedings because there truly is no jurisdiction.
I have learned so much about how to be corrupt, how to fool the system, how to twist the truth while in court and watch the judge look the other way. But what I want to really learn is how to stop all of this. how to restore truth, integrity and justice into the Daley Center courtrooms. That indeed is the challenge.
It’s actually very difficult to figure out what is going on in the case, because the procedure is so bizarre, the options are so limited, and it just appears to be the same railroad developed for Mary Sykes in probate.
What gives? Something is clearly going on here, and I think if we just keep asking questions, the answers will come to us all, and they won’t be very pretty.
Apparently it was cross posted at dozens of blogs and they organized a protest (somewhere) and it made local news.
Here are the top ten blogs which picked it up right away:
From: Janet Phelan
Sent: Oct 1, 2013 10:58 PM
To: JoAnne M Denison
Cc: Atty Ken Ditkowsky , “firstname.lastname@example.org”
Subject: First page of hits…..found it on a Russian site, too
I organized a couple of demonstrations in front of courthouses. We made the local network news. Might want to think about that….
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From: Janet Phelan
Sent: Oct 1, 2013 5:33 PM
To: JoAnne M Denison , “email@example.com”
Subject: Re: Posted!
The article will be up on Activistpost a bit later. That is where it will begin to make some waves. AP is a hub….from there it goes out…..everywhere….Lately, some of my articles have been appearing on Russian websites, Japanese websites….AP rocks!!
The promotions have worked fine and I or my staff will get some time today to thank all of the blogs that picked up the article. That way, many will keep on posting and pick up for additional cross posts. Follow up comments and thanks are very important.
Janet did a great job on this article with careful research and documents. Thanks so much to Janet!
Also, I am in the process of hiring a lawyer for my trial at the IARDC, so if anyone wants to make a donation so that attorneys can speak out freely regarding corruption, Michael Piston, an out of state attorney (thank goodness for that so the IARDC doesn’t come after him for my defense), please either send it directly to myself or him. I can send you his address and any payment information.
So, while I don’t do fundraisers, this might be a good time to help out. I have already donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney time to this blog and speaking out. A mere pittance of that would be extremely grateful.
Pass it along and recommend others to this blog.
2pm today, Judge Stuart’s courtroom. Daley center, Room 1804.
Come and take notes, write and article and submit it to me!
Some important law from Ken Ditkowsky
A fair trial in a fair tribunal is a basic requirement of due process.” People v. Hawkins, 181 Ill.2d 41, 50, 228 Ill.Dec. 924, 690 N.E.2d 999 (1998) (citing Bracy, 520 U.S. 899, 117 S.Ct. 1793). “Fairness at trial requires not only the absence of actual bias but also the absence of the probability of bias.” **971 *1001 Hawkins, 181 Ill.2d at 50, 228 Ill.Dec. 924, 690 N.E.2d 999 (citing In re Murchison, 349 U.S. 133, 136, 75 S.Ct. 623, 99 L.Ed. 942 (1955)). “To this end, no person is permitted to judge cases in which he or she has an interest in the outcome.” Hawkins, 181 Ill.2d at 50, 228 Ill.Dec. 924, 690 N.E.2d 999. “ ‘Every procedure which would offer a possible temptation to the average man as a judge to forget the burden of proof required to convict the defendant, or which might lead him not to hold the balance nice, clear and true between the state and the accused denies the latter due process of law.’ ” Hawkins, 181 Ill.2d at 51, 228 Ill.Dec. 924, 690 N.E.2d 999 (quoting Tumey v. Ohio, 273 U.S. 510, 532, 47 S.Ct. 437, 71 L.Ed. 749
I am putting this case out there but I have to redact it for two reasons: 1) the ARDC does not like lawyers talking about corruption and their position is there is none….that is despite the fact I receive tons of emails to the contrary; and 2) apparently the goons and thugs have told me “don’t name names”. I don’t need any more broken windshields or sugar in my gas.
so read on below.
It has been submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and to the emails for the state’s attorneys. I don’t know if I’m not supposed to publish those. In Ken’s trial, LB asked Ken if he was sorry for repeated in an email that was directly out of a GAO report indicating that probate court and guardian abuse were an epidemic after the author investigated. “Feel sorry?” Attorneys only present the facts, they are what they are, and then you put them in argument. Some facts some people like, other facts aren’t liked, depending on what side of the fence you’re on. We are not judges. We don’t write opinions based upon how someone “feels.” And most judges write opinions based upon the law not feelings.
LB must have taken psychology and thinks it applies to the duties of lawyers and judges.
The law is, you have to have jurisdiction, and to do that, you have to have a properly served and noticed summons and complaint, or at least a summons. The Illinois Probate Act requires much more because the person you’re trying to get jurisdiction over is allegedly incompetent, so assuredly the family–adult parents, siblings and children must be timely notified to so the proper guardian is selected and the court is fully advised of all pertinent family members–who is an abuser, who is not; who can be trusted, who can not be; who the ward likes to be around and who they can’t stand to be around, etc.
All of this is in the law and the caselaw.
So read on for another case of corruption. I am hoping, for the sake of the poor client, we can get a second trial or re do on the summary judgment motion of liability from all of this.
Dear Ken and Gloria
X had a case fixed ($6 million claim) in X of 2011, after a two week trial. X was told it was fixed beforehand but during the trial it was a blood bath, the judge X ruled against Plaintiffs objections over and over again, sustained 95% of theirs, and then made a ridiculous ruling–even going to far as to blame the Plaintiff’s brother for the misdeeds of the defendants!
It was fixed by suddenly transferring it from Judge Y who suddenly said “he had no time for a trial” to some case assignment room with a “random judge generator” (which no one ever sees in operation–they went “to the back room” and suddenly popped up with a judge.
Names involved: Y for handing off the case and he knew or should have known to a place where they “fix” cases, and that “case transfer room” on the 14th floor was ridiculous too.
All of the players involved in this scheme are below, and I’m turning it over to Eric Holder and State’s attorneys for investigation of all of these players
The X center is filled with dirt and scum at the bar and on the bench.
|Activity Date: 6/23/20xx||Participant: Z
|TRANSFER TO JUDGE WITHIN DIVISION|
|Activity Date: 6/23/20xx||Participant: X|
|CASE SET ON ASSIGNMENT CALL|
|Activity Date: 6/23/20xx||Participant: X
|Activity Date: 7/8/20xx||Participant: V
|CASE CONTINUED ON TRIAL CALL|
As you are all aware, it is common to take a targeted senior (meaning targeted by the OPG or a tied in probate attorney) and then isolate them, drain the estate and kill them off. You now know the procedure over and over again.
A recent news story reports that three young women were held in a basement, restrained for 3 years and the miscreant got the death penalty for that.
Ken quipped if the women were elderly, held in a basement for 3 years against their will, property taken, bank accounts drained, they would call it “probate” and then have the miscreant lecture at approved “probate organization” meetings on how he carefully tended to 3 old women for years before they died and kept them from harming themselves with nosey relatives and the scary streets. He would have received the guardian’s fee, and a probate court would have approved because several GAL’s and probate attorneys would have gotten the rest of the estate, together with “anti social” workers and case “mis” managers. But I digress.
Illinois clearly needs to pass a “loss of consortium” law between parent and child and siblings and make the remedies enhanced where the victim is a senior that is being isolated.
CT has absolutely no court order that Gloria, Kathie or Yolanda needs a supervisor. That has been done before and it didn’t work. Gloria brings a minister, CT starts it up with abusive behavior and negative comments, that is reported and CT turns it around and blames Gloria and all the miscreant attorneys back it up that Gloria is the problem. No reason to go there again. Of course, the clergy denies it and the court ignores it.
One of our good friends and probate victims, RB pointed out, in probate, why is it “visitation” when what is really happening is social time between two consenting adults. Mary is not a child to be granted “visitation” with momma and pops or nanna and pop pops. She is a full grown adult, and competent to the extent she knows and loves and misses Gloria. Video evidence was taken of that and the Naperville police incredulously destroyed it and I have yet to see Sgt. Krakow go report himself for misconduct or Commander Krammerer take any action or issue any apology or reconstruct the file, which has been already published here! Isn’t that classic obstruction of justice and witness tampering. Again, complaints are filed and no action taken.
Perhaps we need to start calling the visits with Mary “mother child bonding time”, with Yolanda “sister time”, with Kathie “aunt and niece bonding time”.
Gloria gets no bonding time with her mother and they love one another dearly. I saw that, as well as Scott Evans, the Garden Club of Norwood Park, dozens of citizens saw it on a daily basis and knew of it. Why do the miscreants hide it when they get to court then?
Read on to what Ken Ditkowsky has to say today:
To: GLORIA Jean SYKES <email@example.com>; Tim Lahrman NASGA <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Eric Holder <email@example.com>; matt_abbott <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Cook County States Attorney <email@example.com>; Mary_Woolery <Mary_Woolery@isp.state.il.us>; 60m <firstname.lastname@example.org>; tips <email@example.com>; tips <firstname.lastname@example.org>; SUNTIMES <email@example.com>; ACLU <ACLU@ACLU.ORG>; illinois.ardc <firstname.lastname@example.org>; illinois.ardc <email@example.com>; NASGA <NASGA.firstname.lastname@example.org>; probate sharks <email@example.com>; JoAnne Denison <JoAnne@DenisonLaw.com>; Kathie Bakken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Harry Heckert <email@example.com>; j ditkowsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>; denise <email@example.com>
Sent: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 6:46 pm
Subject: Re: Email from Toerpe to aunt yo
From: GLORIA Jean SYKES <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com; Tim Lahrman NASGA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:20 PM
Subject: Email from Toerpe to aunt yo
Sent from my iPhoneBegin forwarded message:From: email@example.com
Date: September 25, 2013 2:31:40 PM CDT
Subject: Fwd: Visit
From: Carolyn Toerpe [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?]
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2013 03:05 PM
Cc: ‘Peter Schmiedel’, ‘Cynthia Farenga’, ‘Adam Stern’
Subject: Re: VisitBy the legal granting of Guardianship to me, by the State of Illinois.And by all your past behaviors, in which you and yours, abut Gloria Sykes and her following of those who refuse to accept reality.CarolynOn Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 11:34 AM, <email@example.com> wrote:
Under what authority is this a requirement?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 09:03 PM
Cc: ‘Peter Schmiedel’, ‘Cynthia Farenga’, ‘Adam Stern’
As there was no communication as to a suggestion for a professional supervisor, there will be no visit tomorrow. Carolyn Sent from my iPad
Posted with permission of Ken Ditkowsky. Other emails posted on “newsworthy basis”
for regulating non commercial speech, the ability of Illinois attorneys to speak out against corruption, and to further the goals of truth and justice in our society.
From: kenneth ditkowsky
Sent: Sep 23, 2013 5:29 PM
To: JoAnne Denison
Cc: “lawrence@Lhyman.com” , Don Johnson
Subject: Fw: WestlawNext – Reichle v. Howards
It is indeed a sad day when lawyers cannot speak out against corruption and point out cases where jurisdiction is lacking–Sykes, Bedin, Wyman, Marcelle, etc. And when jurisdiction is pointed out to the ARDC, they do not consider it a “serious matter” enough to launch an honest, complete and thorough investigation into these cases to protect the human and civil rights of the disabled persons involved. It is indeed very disappointing.
Attys Larkin, SO and MS are silent on this at best, moving to strike valuable evidence from the file at worst.
How did these attorneys get to work for the ARDC and why aren’t they helping out probate victims rather than going after honest and ethical attorneys? Have they no shame? Is there nothing too low and evil they can aspire to?
I thought that the ARDC was a bastion of ethics, morals and lofty ideas for the attorneys in the State of Illinois. It should be a break away from the lack of civilization we see, even in Chicago, with dozens shot and murdered on the South and West sides and the City just says “hire more cops” when the reality is, we do nothing to teach peace and love. And the true peace and love comes from our own innate ability to see truth, peace, justice and equities done in the world.
Let’s keep on going and keep on reminding people that the most important thing for Chicagoans to do right now is to band together for the loftier goals of peace, love, justice, truth, equity and all the wonderful things we have been given to distribute in the world.
The world doesn’t have to be a scary place for seniors, their homes and property.
You and I can change that, Ken.
From the Wall Street Journal today:
an article on how when a person said they “liked” another candidate they were fired by their boss!
The employee alleged that he had a first amendment right to “like” something on Facebook, even if his boss did not. In this case, the employee was a deputy and his boss was the sheriff. The employee said he like the opposing candidate and the boss fired him.
Since we all know someone who got fired for expressing political ideas at our work, this is an even more interesting case for you employers out there.
I find it fascinating.
This looks good on paper, but both Gloria and Kathie B. (both probate victims) are asking, so we went to these agencies and reported that Mary is being abused and the court has no jurisdiction, and nothing happened. Over and over. Years and years.
But go ahead and try:
Helplines, Hotlines, and Referral Sources
- 1-866-800-1409 (For suspected elder mistreatment in the home).
- 1-888-206-1327 (For suspected elder mistreatment in the home, TTY access).
- 217-524-6911 (For suspected elder mistreatment in the home, out of state line).
- 1-800-252-8966 (To reach the Senior Helpline to report suspected elder mistreatment in long-term care facilities, in state line).
- 1-888-206-1327 (To reach the Senior Helpline to report suspected elder mistreatment in long-term care facilities, TTY access).
- 217-524-6911 (To reach the Senior Helpline to report suspected elder mistreatment in long-term care facilities, out of state line).
State Government Agencies
- Illinois Protective Services for Seniors
- Illinois Department on Aging
- Illinois Department of Public Health – Nursing Homes in Illinois
- Illinois Long-Term Care Ombudsman
- Illinois Office of Attorney General
Laws and Regulations
- 320 Illinois Compiled Statutes 20/1-20/14 Elder Abuse and Neglect Act
- 210 Illinois Compiled Statutes 30/1-30/16 Abused and Neglected Long Term Care Residents
- 20 Illinois Compiled Statutes 105/4.04 Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
It is my opinion that nothing will happen in this arena with tied in cases unless and until we get a team of FBI agents on the 18th floor trained to spot court elder abuse and financial exploitation.
It starts with lack of summons and complaint, then it moves to isolation. What relatives can’t see the ward and why? Is there something to hide? Are there claims of uninventoried assets that are actively being ignored. When the attorneys ask questions, investigate and spot obvious highly unusual activities in the estate, who is being prosecuted and investigated by the ARDC? Is it the attorneys in probate that are acting strangely, or is it the attorneys that are reporting the strange activities together with the documents from the court’s own records in support of the questions.
No one likes to go to court and find their constitutional rights no longer exist. No one likes to be put in a nursing home, their property sold, and have no access to court. No one likes to be in a nursing home, locked down, forced on psychotropic drugs so they become zombies, unable to go to court, or while in court trying to make wishes know, they are told to “shush up”. Relatives who want to report abuse are told to “shush up.” Hearing aides and reading glasses are taken away so it is clear the person is demented because they can’t hear and can’t read. Staff doesn’t care because the nursing home is only required to provide 2.5 hrs of individual care. Somehow in probate just about everyone needs 24/7 care so they all go to nursing homes and their own homes are sold–whether you like it or not.
But where is the hue and outcry for poor Mary and her elderly brother and sisters that have gone thru this and many are still going thru this.
Advance directives ignored. Guardians the ward never wanted.
The list goes on.
Is no one worried that the very fabric of our democratic, free and constitution based society “of the people” and “for the people” is fast becoming “for the corrupt and tied in and your local political crony?”
I didn’t see that in any of in the constitution.
From the Tribune:
It’s interesting to note the prosecution is over this businessman is directing certain traffic to his “surgical centers” by bribing doctors. In other words, Nayak paid doctors $200 to $300 to use his surgical centers, then presumably the insurance companies paid much more to the surgical centers to “do medical business there”.
Apparently moving and directing medical business for profit is not really prohibited by the law directly. The feds are prosecuting him under IRS tax laws for not filing the paperwork to report the bribes to the IRS, and then there is “honest services”– a very controversial part of Federal law that says businesses have to provide “honest services” for payment. The feds allege that these payments were not disclosed to patients, even though there apparently is no real duty under the law to do so. This is interesting because how many of us have gone to the doc’s offices, gotten a bill later and found all sorts of names on that bill we never even heard of besides the clinic’s and doctor’s name. Lab services,PT, billing–you name it, bills are filled with names never heard of before. And we always see amounts that are clearly suspect–such as massive amounts for routine blood tests that seemed to cost about half that years earlier.
The guy is linked to Blago and Rev. Jackson Jr. via campaign raising efforts. No surprise.
from google scholar:
For those of you out there that find that court on some days seems to be more buffoonery than a hall of justice, comes another problem. A judge takes on a stage name and is a comedic hit.
Did he even joke about the law? No. in a 7 to 0 decision, the N.J. Supreme Court apparently didn’t like his politics and the way he made derisive jokes against children!
They thought the public might be confused.
Today we continue to ask the question, why is Mary Skyes still being isolated from her family and friends.
Her home has been sold, the court has been informed that the other home has more debt on it than it is worth to sell. This is and has been Gloria’s home, she paid for it, she paid the mortgage and she was the only one living there and only her property is in the home.
No one in the family disputes that.
Mary, if asked, would not dispute that, but she is not allowed to come to court or to testify, despite the fact the Illinois Probate Act does not take away all her rights to make decisions. It is only where she needs help making a decision that the court and/or her Guardian should intervene.
Mary wants to “go home” and live with Gloria. She said that if she and Gloria had to, they could start over. What a warm and wonderful woman! How thoughtful of her. That was in June of this year when friends and family were able to visit her and she how warm and wonderful she really is. That was despite the fact she was in a nursing home and didn’t want to be there. She said she was waiting for Gloria to come and take her home–whatever place Gloria was calling home.
Of course, that did not happen.
For some reason Mary has to be isolated from beloved family and friends. Her home was sold and she never wanted that. She had great insurance and Gloria helped her with all the bills. The court stopped all that.
How unfair and how miserable for Mary.
No one has any justifiable reason for any of this. No one.
For those of you that have read through the depositions of Gloria Sykes, Scott Evans, Yolanda Bakken (age 85 and sister of Mary) and Kathie Bakken, they pretty much directly contradict the Jan 08 2013 complaint filed by the ARDC against me.
So now what do you do when you are faced with an obvious, large inconvenient truth?
A MOTION TO STRIKE!
I have never seen anyone use Motions to Strike as much as the ARDC does. They don’t seem to find it necessary or convenient to argue the truth, the case law, the facts. They just want to strike it all.
So what are they afraid of? The truth?
How is it that it has been many, many long months since this first began, and it ended up I had to prove the truth of what this blog is all about. And you will note that the ARDC does NOT deny that this is the truth. They just want it stricken.
Paragraph 8 becomes utterly hilarious when you combine it with THE TRUTH” was filed with the intention to harass, cause unnecessary delay and needlessly increase the cost of litigation”.
Yes, apparently THE TRUTH is what harasses the ARDC, delays them (what, to cover up corruption?) and needlessly increases the cost of their litigation. Such a shame.
I’ll say it again (it was Kathie who posted it first on Facebook), “if something can be destroyed by truth, then it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.” Carl Sagan.
And if anyone can possibly explain all of this to me, you are cordially invited to do so.
SO has been very busy working hard to cover up all the excreta leeching out of court room 1804. Now it’s been splattered all over the internet.
Definition of Corruption: Deviation from a law, moral or ideal.