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Kentucky Courthouse Commentary (mine. File with “Rapidly Expanding Programming…)

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.. and one of my shortest posts YET….

Just shortening the post on Real Estate Development Companies (and the Courts) I published, and having some more fun with this laughable (if it weren’t actually in place) situation!  It’d be interesting to track the funds going through all those Divorce Education Providers to their final destinations.

KENTUCKY (gray-background)

(I first starting noticing this while looking at the State of Kentucky, believe it or not, who apparently got a later start than others at setting up the family courts.  Kentucky doesn’t strike me as being one of the richest states around — nevertheless, they have their fairly new courthouses.  There sure does seem to be some correspondence with the business of therapeutic jurisprudence — and new courthouses sprouting up  (scroll down pastOne Family, One Court, One Judgeto see some history of family court in the state:  As their own folklore goes:

Kentucky launched an innovative and ambitious project when Jefferson County began a Family Court pilot program in 1991. It was the first such court in the state to focus solely on the needs of families and children. Family Court introduced a unique solution that would allow one judge to provide continuity by hearing all of a family’s legal problems and issues.

And also, if that judge had some conflicts of interest, to exercise them throughout the case.  “Unique”?  The “solution” basically defines the Unified Family Court and Conciliation Court primary thesis…

The Family Court model expanded beyond Louisville to suburban and rural areas across the commonwealth. The project’s success prompted efforts to make Family Court a permanent part of the Kentucky Constitution. Kentucky voters gave Family Court a resounding victory in November 2002 when the amendment passed in all 120 counties with more than 75 percent of the vote.

Today Family Court serves 3.2 million citizens in 71 Kentucky counties. Kentucky Family Court is so progressive and successful that it is considered a national model.

None of this was lobbied for, it just happened naturally, in response to wonderful grassroots demand for the solution, which they were fully informed just might have been made in advance preparation for receiving some “block grants to the states” (TANF, as of 1996, grants were already in progress in the 1980s) to increase fatherhood, access/visitation, co-parenting (to help eliminate or reduce child support, etc.), and other family theory stuff..   Yup, and Domestic Violence went from being a crime to a treatable disease, particularly if you are a provider:

And they have “Divorce Education” courses down to only 9 now (Used to be 11):

  • Cooperative Parenting and Divorce  
    • This links (as previously) to an out of state provider (AOC doesn’t provide, we’re notified, of the one-size-fits all situations of conflict, almost, 8-week class you can (have to?) take.  The site is Active Parenting USA in Marietta Georgia which, readers are assured:   “Active Parenting Publishers provides video-based parenting courses and parenting programs to help parents rear responsible children who are able to cope with life’s challenges. Whether through a traditional parenting class or an online parenting course, parent educators find that the research-based Active Parenting programs provide the right mix of information and entertainment to help put families on the right track. This is parenting educationdesigned by an established psychologist, Dr. Michael H. Popkin, and based on sound Adlerian psychological principles.”**
  • Divorce Care
  • Divorced and Divorcing Parents
  • Families in Transition
  • Kids First
  • Parents Achieving with Collaborative Teams  
  • Parents Are For Good
  • Parents Education Clinic
  • Turning It Around ***

**RE:  “Cooperative Parenting” link, above (cont’d) with direct link to an on-line marketplace from Georgia, leading to another woman’s product from Pennsylvania…

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November 6, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Who Owns and Operates, and Leases, the Real Estate [and buildings] in which Justice is Dispensed?

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That’s a good question.  For example, if traffic court had to make its lease (quota) might this affect what kind or how many, how high the traffic court fines might go/  How about when the issues is families and children and it’s courthouses where custody, or dependency, or juvenile law issues are decided?

This “serendipity find” caused me to look at it in some detail, it’s an amazing story of multiple organizations — and definitely something to keep in mind:

Who owns the real estate around this place anyhow?  

RICHARD FINE: One of the two things that appears to have helped put the attorney Richard Fine in solitary coercive confinement for 18 months from May 2009 through Sept. 2010 (and helped him both get disbarred, and lose the income from cases he’d won, affecting his family (wife and adult daughter) — appears to have related to insisting on ethical handling of cases involving REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS, and CHILD SUPPORT (Silva v. Garcetti) and there was some overlap with “outing” the origins of the AFCC as well.   Not to mention the concept of county-paid bribes to judges.  How can anyone keep this all straight?

Described in brief at “Tulanelink.com”  My point in quoting this much — real estate is MEGAbuck (as opposed to, while substantial, the additional grants-based and other “programming” parents are forced through in the family courts).  If you get through this post to the description of WHO helped put together the new Long Beach “Governor Deukmijian Courthouse” (opened for business Sept. 2013) together — should make this clear, if it’s not already understood.  In fact, considering who and what is putting together which major infrastructure projects — one could feel like a pea, as a litigant, by comparison.  Where are the judges loyalties going to lie?  With one of their low-income people streaming through, or with the long-term relationships of who’s running, funding, leasing, and construction those real estate projects?

Quoting from 2009 write up re: FINE.   I know I’ve posted a lot on this.  However, check out the intro, and note that the individuals posting are recommending citizen grand juries (I’m not sure I agree that’s practical though)…Point here — he was dealing with substantial FORCE ($$) when dealing with real estate issues in some of these– and child support (do the math…) in others.

Attorney who fought payments disbarred, jailed 

MALCOLM MACLACHLAN  March 19, 2009

An attorney who spent years fighting against the practice of counties making additional payments to judges has suffered disbarment and been thrown in jail over the last several weeks. Richard Fine, 69, claims that his legal problems stem from his crusade against the practice. But the Los Angeles Superior Court and the plaintiff’s attorney at the center of the Sturgeon case say they aren’t related.

Fine is a real estate attorney who has raised objections to “local judicial payments” in several cases. Last May, he sued the California Bar Association, according to attorney Gary Zerman, who has staged several small protests demanding Fine’s release. Fine has repeatedly argued that these payments violate the State and U.S. Constitutions, including citizens’ “implied right to honest services” from elected officials.

“He was one of the first to discover this,” Zerman said.

Fine claimed not only that judges might have to repay the money they had received, but that any judges who took the payments could be forced to leave the bench, and any rulings they had handed down could be invalidated.

“They either have to resign or be impeached,” Fine said.

Fine has argued that the Los Angeles judges have never ruled against the County of Los Angeles in court since the payments began. Many of his legal problems appear to stem from a real estate caseMarina Tenants Association vs. Los Angeles County, and the judge in that case, David P. Yaffe, who, he claims, has retaliated against him for trying to draw attention the payments issue.



Real Estate is a Really Big Deal:

Courthouses are needed, and if they get decrepit or dangerous, or overcrowded (of course, poor decisions in the first round may have something to do with HOW crowded they are)- sure, they should be replaced.  But I can’t help noticing how WELL some of these new buildings under state, county and outfits at law schools can be — while people going through litigation, some of them, are ending up homeless or nearly.  Is there a correspondence to which way the funds are flowing?


CALIFORNIA:

In September 2013, a new courthouse opened for business in Long  Beach.  It was the first of a certain kind in America.  A fascinating story.  However anything in tan-background before that is also generic (but detailed) pointing out that the California Judicial Council, which now owns this building (and someone else operates, and yet someone else leases) is in addition getting millions of dollars of grants (yearly) from HHS (and a few from DOJ) which are affecting where children live.

This may make more sense when I get all three “AOC” posts out (this isn’t one of them, FYI).   Anyone want to follow up?   Also, there’s a corporate history trail behind AECOM which goes back to a situation involving John Dionisio (now CEO) and a 39year old engineer, alleged bid-rigging on the Port Authority, missing documents, arson and suicide, possibly murder.  Needless to say (or, for other reasons) the company then involved “Frederick R. Harris” might not want that association, and eventually ended up in this one.  the next paragraph is repeated towards the end:

In 1994, John M. Dionisio formerly of Frederick R. Harris had a 39 yr old engineer (in re: bid-rigging for a Port Authority Project) literally commit suicide in his home setting it afire, and forcing Dionisios’ wife and young son to flee. Apparently the engineer also killed his long-term (9 yrs) mistress (body never found).  I wasn’t sure IF this is the same “John Dionisio,” but his “Forbes.com”  bio makes the connection clear enough:  Frederick R. Harris & Co., Inc.  became later DMJM & Harris, which became, later a subsidiary of Aecom Technology, from which we get some amazing projects, including possibly the new Long Beach Courthouse in the Los Angeles Area.

Rendering

New courthouse just opened in Long Beach, California.  Notice the logo at the top of the set of logos — the Judicial Council of California.  That’s what inspired this post.  As usual, however about half the post (the top part) is going to be setting the stage.  Short on time?  Scroll down to the middle, where there’s no tan background, or you see this graphic again — for more on this specific situation (which I just found out about ca. 11/4/2013).

Short Brief Section with Misc. Inf on who IS this Judicial Council (tan background)

From their site:

The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts, the largest court system in the nation. Under the leadership of the Chief Justice and in accordance with the California Constitution, the council is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice. The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) implements the council’s policies.

LATEST NEWS

Oct 28, 2013

At its meeting Oct 24–25 in San Francisco, the Judicial Council continued its move towards greater transparency, accountability, and efficiency when it approved enhancements in oversight of its administrative office. View more details on the Judicial Council meeting page. MORE»

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November 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm

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