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Eavesdropping into an Indoctrination Center, Hindsight from a Pilot Project Outpost

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Once the process becomes clear, it’s easy to see in operation.  AGAIN — the NONPROFIT and CENTERS (clearinghouses, you name it) system of communications — laterally — is replacing the jurisdiction-related representative government, if it hasn’t already.

The Indoctrination Center is at UBaltimore School of Law, where concepts like Therapeutic Jurisprudence Promotion and Unified Family Courts are being taught to new law students (Student Fellows) (year, 2013).

Unbelievable.  Listen in to the fake conversations…

The Hindsight from a Pilot Projectassistance obtained in this project ca. 2002 — is (to date still in motion) at an economically depressed and, it turns out, educationally disadvantaged region of Pennsylvania, Lackawanna County.  They are related.

So, you might want to read post one, and see how one tax-evading GAL was spat out, and got a settlement agreeing their own tax fraud wasn’t over $80,000 [leaving the program enabling fraudsters intact, from what we can tell]. I am showing you portions of the manufacturing and of the product delivery sections of this UFC family-relations-assembly line.  I added material (1/1/2014) on inspiration — probably not the best idea – but showing the progressive encroachment from the Supreme Court level and the Presiding Family Court Judge level, of private business interests sold as “in the best interests” of the children.

I find it empowering –and wise — to see the process of having these destructive systems set in place.  It’s very easy to see once you become familiar with the HOW, the WHO, and the WHERE.  For the end goal? Usually, profit, but also, the undermining of the rule of law and substituting for it, the rulings of mental health experts. AFCC told each other this back in the 1970s, and the public, safely confident that most people were NOT paying close attention to the civil servant-nonprofit sector.  I want that to change!

Note: December 2013 archives have posts focused on Baltimore, which further describe the “manufacturers” and the process of setting up an entire division in the Superior Courts of Maryland.  Strangely (?) this timing coincided with PROWRA 1996 welfare reform, which freed up diversionary funds from needy families to run research and testing projects for some of the exact services the courts were going to be ordering families into.  In the public interest, of course.

UBaltimore School of Law had my attention from the time I first noticed their “CFCC” blending Human Ecology with Law (oh??). I found out since that approximately one-third of the state’s judges had graduated from this school, that it has a nice new 12-story building — and that pregnant female inmates giving birth, are still often shackled to the hospital beds, before having their 48-hour or so contact with their newborns (TAMAR’s Children project).  However, looking into the noble project to stop this, I found more, and typical, failure to stay incorporated by public employees.

Lackawanna County got Year 2002 “Technical Assistance” from this Indoctrination Center in setting up a Unified Family Court, although they already had an AFCC presiding judge (1997?), who promptly brought in an NACC GAL coordinator/parent coordination expert (without a contract) Ann Marie Termini (1998), started administratively ruling mandatory parent education (purchase of goods and services) for anyone filing a custody motion ( “Kids First ), website advertises books by several AFCC personnel:

Parenting After Divorce: A Guide to Resolving Conflicts and Meeting Your Children's Needs

(Isolina Ricci was involved at the AOC (California Judicial Council) level; Stahl was California, now is Arizona; Warshak (see website).  They ALL push “parental alienation” triage, reunification, bridges; Warshak, out of Texas is trying for the “Dr. Phil of Custody” status, whereas Stahl seems content with training, training, and publishing (alongside other AFCC professionals) and I don’t know what Ricci is doing now, but here book is widely promoted.  Like I’m saying, it’s a TRADE ASSOCIATION which just happens to blend judges with attorneys with “clinical psychologists,” who know how to make money of others’ distresses.  But Pennsylvania parents weren’t required to buy all those books — just cough up $60 a pop? to set through the psychoeducational classes about how conflict is bad for your kids.

Here’s the current Editorial Board of the Hofstra University (Private, New York State) & AFCC jointly published Family Court Review.  Print, and paste it to your refrigerator if you are in a “high-conflict” custody case, and understand that these people helped create courts, conferences, trade associations (a journal, of course) and a profession for THEMSELVES, utilizing public funding (courthouses, federal incentives to out-come based custody proceedings through access/visitation and MANY other grants).  (The word “Conciliation” is mis-spelled on the lead page…. 🙂  )

. . . and by 2004, there was a Supreme Court appointed    “Commission for Justice Initiatives in Pennsylvania,  “Changing the Culture of Custody Committee” which by (2007) issued their Report and Recommendations, which bore an amazing resemblance to what AFCC has been promoting for years, the “ideal” situation, at least for the non-judicial professionals about to make some more side, and retirement income through sales, services, and as it turned out, tax evasion.

The first person mentioned in the report AFCC Board (or former) clinical Psychologist Arnold Schienvold (whose son, I think, is in similar business), said Presiding Judge Chester Harhut, et al.  Again, watch out always for the ADMINISTRATIVE sector of any state-level supreme court, and the Governor’s Office in any state.  The strategizing happens through the trade association nonprofits:  AFCC interdisciplinary, APA (and subsections), ABA (and subsections), associations for Court Administrators, you name it.

Umbrella coordinating nonprofit NCSC (National Center on State Courts; since 1971), “Trusted Leadership.  Proven Leadership.  Better Courts.” is a major (but not the only) one.  The word “Solutions” should alert us — if PEOPLE, and here, PARENTS are perceived as the problem, and what is the SOLUTION?  [How did Hitler solve the stated problems of his time, cf. Final Solution…] The term is very unsettling…  BUT, either way, it’s being strategized through nonprofit associations, which interlocking directorate has become, in many ways, the real government.  The beauty is precisely that it’s coordinated cross-political state lines) jurisdiction, but the parents, by and large, are handling their court issues in one state, or possibly two (sometimes also internationally).  IF we ONLY think about our state in court reform, and do not see the organization nationally, internationally, through the law schools (etc.), involving the federal grants to the states to “improve the courts” (and so forth) — we remain unprepared for the present, and for the future.  

(Recommended:  Thoroughly acquaint yourself with the NCSC website, and don’t forget to look at its tax returns, either…For example, who is on the Board of Directors, besides Judges, powerful law firms in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, State-level Top Court Administrators (including for Pennsylvania, Zygmont Pines), and for good measure, representatives from corporations like: Exxon Mobil/Texas, Pepsico, JOHNSON & JOHNSON (see December posts on this family foundation, and “Bypassing Legislative Process“), and it looks like a global hedge fund (private ownership) address “666 Fifth Avenue, New York City” managing over $23 trillion worth of investments. (Millennium Management, LLC). The voice of the people, for sure…

[This background-color section added New Years’ Day 2014, during blog directory cleanup. Most of the blog, however, is about the first topic, closer to the front end of the assembly line in Baltimore.]

Beginning in 2005, at the request of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, a Committee of experienced practitioners from many disciplines began the process of seeking a truly new and innovative way to resolve “custody” cases with less cost, delay and anguish. Through their dedicated and continuous efforts this Committee now offers the following report.. . . .On April 14, 2005, the Commission for Justice Initiatives in Pennsylvania was asked by Justice Max Baer to seek a “best practices” solution to parenting determinations. The charge of the Committee was to examine the traditional adversarial litigation solution and determine whether it was truly ill-suited to handle the highly charged emotional states that surround separating parents. If determined to be less than optimal, then to investigate and recommend an improved system. Justice Baer’s concept included a model for replacing parenting litigation, when possible, with a combination of mediation and support services geared to preserving due process, maintaining open communication between parents, and keeping children out of courtroom settings whenever possible.

Interesting how the Commission was suggested to coincide with an AFCC publication: (fn36) around “Parenting Coordinators” — who, if parents [BOTH parents] can get along or resolve their disputes under the PC’s skillful care and coaching:

The Parenting Coordinator is appointed by the court or stipulated to by the parents and ratified by the court to assist in implementing the parents’ parenting plan. The Parenting Coordinator is a licensed mental health professional or experienced family law attorney. [36]
The Parenting Coordinator first attempts to educate the parents, then to use mediative techniques to help them resolve their disputes. If those methods are unsuccessful, the Parenting Coordinator has the authority to make decisions, which are binding, unless superseded by court order upon review.


See Appendix B10.The minimum credential requirements this committee endorses are set forth in The Guidelines for Parent Coordination (2005) published by The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. T

Particularly notice this obvious (in hindsight) attempt to delegate some nice ‘sovereign immunity” to Family Relations Counselors by having them become Supreme Court Employees, as apparently Family Court Administrators already are:

Ideally, the Family Relations Counselors would be employed by the Supreme Court in the same manner as State Court Administrators. This structure requires FRCs to answer only to the Supreme Court. Each FRC would be cross-trained identically for all components of the triage*** and therefore could serve anywhere in the Commonwealth. In smaller counties, FRCs can serve one or more counties traveling among these counties to provide the FRC services. Training would be provided directly or contracted by the Supreme Court with the Court setting the training criteria and agenda…

**a term from the healthcare industry, i.e., a divorce is a sickness, an emergency, therefore emergency powers (suspension of legal process and rights) is appropriate, as the “Gold Standard.”

As the Lackawanna Family Courthouse actually got an FBI raid, AFTER a citizen went after the parent coordinator asking for receipts, contracts, and a lease to work out of public building, [i.e., the FBI nabbed the evidence], more civil rights violations filing by parents, and the recent Kids for Cash Luzerne County scandal (neighboring county) probably being still a little too close for comfort, the Supreme Court in 2012 issued their (whitewash) “Review of the Lackawanna County GAL Process, and note page 61, bottom, on this, Parenting Coordinator:

In 1998, Ms. Termini was offered a part-time contract position [*see below. She didn’t know where the contract was…] by Judge Harhut to assist him in implementing the holistic as opposed to litigious approach in family court. She currently works for the court in two capacities, as a “consulting specialist” and a parent coordinator. There is no single document that details all the services she provides. Ms. Termini doesn’t really report to anyone.[para. break, but next sentences:] Although she has been paid by the County for years [[note: 14 years, the report is dated 2012!]] Ms. Termini hasn’t had a contract with the court for either position. She believed there is a court order that serves as a contract, but didn’t know where it was.

[[Recommended read — if this is the product of the top level of a United States Supreme Court (administrative position), then we need to talk about quality control, and pay closer attention. It turns out that this area is educationally and economically depressed — what a great place to test out a pilot program promising to reduce litigation by charging parens MORE up front for dubious services provided in a non-confidential setting, ideally (The Commission report of 2007 hopes) by Family Relations Counselors with quasi-judicial immunity, for protection from the inevitable lawsuits which will follow, and to be provided by County employees who just don’t bother to get a contract — which no one notices for about a decade of court operations. See subtitle motto for this blog: Family and Conciliation Court …. OPERATIONS. [That means the fiscal end…]



After an intro, I’m simply talking back (with plenty of interruptions) to the material, in the form of boxes around quotes, different-color backgrounds.  There’s plenty to talk back to, but mostly I want to raise the issues and provoke some private thought on HOW these courts got set up to start with, and what’s happening down the road. Perhaps those who set them up knew in advance there were economic loopholes for overbilling the customers?  (i.e. county-paid and private-billed).


No pretense this is complete, and I never say they’re perfect.  BUT, at least I’m disseminating dissent and disruptive ideas about the attempt to centralize and streamline operations.  I hope other people pick up my “bad habit” of noticing certain law-school-based (and other) indoctrination centers, and opposing the practice.

Inbetween all the talk of what’s good for the public and how great the courts are….

FAMILY COURTS WERE RULED INTO BEING, PILOT-PROJECTED INTO PRACTICE, AND EVENTUALLY LEGISLATED.  IT APPEARS.  THE QUESTION COMES UP, BY WHOM?

Some of us think the family courts have just “been there” because they are so prominent now.   In fact they aren’t – people had to push them through, either into legislation, or first into existence by Judicial Rule, or both.  I think it’s helpful to see who was pushing for them.

I learned today how the Maryland Family Division was formed (conveniently AFTER welfare reform of 1996) eventually by Court of Appeals Judge Robert Bell issuing a Rule and setting up the pilot program.  This is then reflected back on as part of the glorious history of helping families and children in the court.

If there were an actual need, wish, or grassroots demand for these family, therapy-dispensing, custody-evaluating, nitpicking what is and what isn’t lethality-level domestic “abuse” or child abuse “let us solve your human-problems, not just the legal ones” courts from the public would not we dumb folk have simply gone straight to our legislators and asked for it?

[[In fact, this crowd tried and repeatedly stalled in one of the two legislative houses, and then apparently bypassed with the famous RULE 16-204, below which set up the division and a pilot project instead, I THINK]]

How were we to know that one first must gain entrance into the academic elite circles and journals, stay current with what they’re dreaming up, and demand they respect us (hardly likely; why were those academic DISTINCTIONS between some, and others, invested in to start with, if discussion on  EQUAL HUMAN BEING plateau were ever intended?) and then either demand a seat at the round-table, or say, cool it on the private collaborations about OUR futures…. And using a spokesmodel anecdotal one, or maybe three, commoners to justify what YOU want, isn’t sufficient.

 Now is not the time to discuss their contents, I am just pointing out — Family Divisions didn’t spring up fully-formed.  They were lobbied for and ruled into existence by a certain process. Be aware of the process.  The creation of a FAMILY division was a matter of grabbing subject matter jurisdiction.  Later, once these were established, then the next grab (and it wasn’t that long after) was into UNIFIED FAMILY COURT (again, a subject matter jurisdiction grab).
1998, referenced in 2013
Justice reform in Maryland was formally launched in January of 1998 when the judges of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, headed by Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, signed Rule 16-204.  Babb, Barbara A., Maryland’s Family Divisions: Sensible Justice for Families and Children, 72 Md. L. Rev. 1124 (2013).  <=<=BOOKMARK, READ
This only published January 1, 2013, and is copyright to the author (who has been basically running the Indoctrination Center CFCC I’m reporting on), and is likely AFCC without listing it particularly on the bio.  Maybe not, but I bet so:
Ms. Babb, whose degree is from Cornell.
Associate Professor of Law,
Director, Center for Families, Children and the Courts at University of Baltimore
THIS IS WORTH AN EXTENDED DISCUSSION — WHO, EXACTLY IS PUSHING FAMILY DIVISIONS AND AFTER THAT, THE UNIFIED FAMILY COURTS?  NICE TO HAVE A SUMMARY OF IT – -IN 2013, AS THEY DISCUSS “WHAT NEXT.”
1992-1999 (in two chunks:  1992-1996, and 1996-1999) referenced November 2000.
Please attempt to “GET” the pre-planning and private funding of this justice model, and who RWJ foundation chose to push the foundation through:  The impoverished (?) ABA….

From 1992 to 1996, RWJF funded the ABA Standing Committee on Substance Abuse’s Community Anti-Drug Coalition Initiativeto mobilize lawyers, judges, and justice system leaders to help create new justice systems and structures to solve the substance abuse problem (seeGrant Results on ID#s 019838 and 023195).

. . . [DO READ THE INTERIM STUFF, TO UNDERSTAND WHY, IF YOU COME INTO FAMILY COURT WITHOUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE OR MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, SERVICES ARE LIKELY TO BE ORDERED ANYHOW, PARTICULARLY IF OTHER KINDS OF ABUSE WERE REPORTED,WHICH MIGHT BE RE-FRAMED AS “DOMESTIC DISPUTES.”  ]]

In 1994, ABA adopted a resolution calling for the promotion and implementation of UFC systems to make the courts more responsive to family problems. By 1996, six states had established versions of UFCs statewide, and four states had some UFCs operating on the county level

BALTIMORE’s, of these six:
  • In Baltimore, Md., a pilot UFC was established in September 1998. The state legislature approved $1 million for the Baltimore pilot UFC project and $4 million to create Family Divisions in four other judicial districts. For each case, judges can order social services, including substance abuse and mental health counseling, and diversion programs. The Baltimore Family Court has also developed an assessment/evaluation procedure that the project director believes provides a replicable model for evaluation at other UFC sites.
1998, referenced in 2003
A 2003 symposium looking back on it, also from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: United States Division ( “Shucks, I missed that one at the time…”) Custody Decision-making in Maryland:  Practice, Principles and ProgressProceedings of a discussion held at the University of Maryland School of LawDecember 09, 2003

Simultaneous, also in the Baltimore and DC area — but not referenced in either of these:

Disconnected Dads, Family Impact Seminars (Strategies for Promoting Responsible Fatherhood, summarizing a seminar held in Dirsken Building, June 23, 1995 (same building where in 2004, they later crowned Sun Myung Moon a True Parent?)   <=<=BOOKMARK, READ

1993ff (from CFUF history) Joseph T. Jones, Jr. working from Baltimore Health Department starts men’s services, later to become Baltimore Responsible Fatherhood

Etc.  There appears to be a reason BALTIMORE was ripe for this type of promotion.


Intercontinental, Global Patterns Repeat. History Tends to Also:

This was planned.  It was started before I was born (and I’m getting old) and most of us alive now in the US, whether immigrating here, or our parents did, or not — are under this system, which is designed at any point to become a GLOBALLY ALIGNED, REGIONALLY CONTROLLED network of control, the opposite being (we’re constantly told), ongoing war over “conflicts.”

Of course that hasn’t apparently stopped the United States from getting involved in plenty of war.  In fact, this entire business plan, whether global, global regional, national, national regional (the 10 HHS regions, see page on that), or statewide — appears to go like this.  AND, that’s how the colonialists do it.

Right now I’m thinking in part (a blog theme, get used to it) of The Chronology of Namibia (formerly German Southwest Africa, and before that, not a political jurisdiction related to the chartered imperial model from Great Britain.  The idea is to engage local (possibly slave) labor in building one’s own infrastructure to be based on trade between the homeland and the tributary dominions.  Scroll down to the bottom of “Cecil Rhodes, a  bad Man in Africa“and look at the resources listed.  No, I am not of this political persuasion — but still, LOOK!

  • Update.  This blog was published Sun eve. 12/22/2013.  Here is the front page of New York Times, print version, Monday 12/23/2013:   “U.S. Flouts its Own Advice in buying Overseas Clothing” In other words, the next paragraphs in blue were written BEFORE this article; excerpts (and do read):

Clothing the American Government’s Employees: In many overseas factories producing garments for the United States government, conditions are harsh and pay is low. (photo caption): By    Published: (on-line…) December 22, 2013

But even though the Obama administration has called on Western buyers to use their purchasing power to push for improved industry working conditions after several workplace disasters over the last 14 months, the American government has done little to adjust its own shopping habits.

Labor Department officials say that federal agencies have a “zero tolerance” policy on using overseas plants that break local laws, but American government suppliers in countries including Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Pakistan and Vietnam show a pattern of legal violations and harsh working conditions, according to audits and interviews at factories. Among them: padlocked fire exits, buildings at risk of collapse, falsified wage records and repeated hand punctures from sewing needles when workers were pushed to hurry up.

In Bangladesh, shirts with Marine Corps logos sold in military stores were made at DK Knitwear, where child laborers made up a third of the work force, according to a 2010 audit that led some vendors to cut ties with the plant. Managers punched workers for missed production quotas, and the plant had no functioning alarm system despite previous fires, auditors said.

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“The American government” is generic.  Does this mean exclusively the federal, U.S., government?  It’s a flip term (and I think that does mean “Federal”) however, this site gives a picture of how many governments there are subsidiary to “the American government.”  http://www.census.gov/govs/cog2012/    Browse this Sept. 2013 report on (2012 Census of) State Governments — it’s a real eye-opener.  To understand a government in this day (age, time) is to understand its COMMERCIAL activity, which will often be accompanied by military force — to protect the commercial interests and maintain the workforce, etc.

Thus — in South Africa, after apartheid, they still have an economic fight.  Same with the Emancipation in the U.S.   And, same when women are freed from abusive relationships, there’s that matter of economic freedom, without enforcement of life protections — including bodily self-defense, or one’s kids from being stolen or harmed — what is that legal right worth?  It only comes in a context.  The least we can do is understand WHAT this government, that’s buying from slave and dangerous factory situations, actually IS.  I’ll add that link to the blogroll and discussed it in a recent post, I believe.

In Imperialism, Colonialism, etc. (published last night 12/22/2013, again…)

Even if they become politically independent, who cares — the real law is the law of economy.  Of course people in distant places have to also buy into this model, and then be groomed to purchase the goods as their natural, God-given lifestyle privilege, without thinking too hard about where they came from, or who made them, or in fact, without thinking too much about how to buy and sell the same, and with this establish social class.

So here we go.  In writing this, I”m thinking in part about the colonial model, but I have to say — my family also starting pulling off this this stunt as soon as I got out of the abusive situation, no thanks whatsoever to the same individuals.   Having thus shown initiative, I was ordered, (through a variety of means) basically, to quit doing so, or else.  Why?  Single female mother.  A number of excuses were made, but that was the principle underlying misogyny.  I was shocked.  What I was most shocked about was the hate, a consistent burning, malevolent WILL.  Eventually I came to understand, regardless of the other issues, it was simple.  I stood, as a free woman (and mother) between these people and what they wanted or needed.  Nothing else in particular mattered, including human relationships, law, need, reason — anything.

Not repeating this for sympathy but for understanding:  When you see programs aimed at “low-income” people — remember that most population control (including eugenics, and attempting, here to therapize everyone) — was first tested on dark-skinned people around the globe by (at least in last few centuries, like two or three) — guess who.  It will also be applied to women, and is eventually (after refined and replicated) ready for use, at will, on as large a sector of humanity anywhere, as is deemed necessary.

At all times, it took cooperation and mutual investment in this system, for it to happen.  That required distancing of the consumer and enabler (professionals) class from the people worst hurt (whether they were marginalized, or simply hidden, or perhaps a continent away, etc.).  Rhodes said it, often enough.  Others have said it since.  It’s not enough just to get the materials out, use the former population (or bring in some new ones) to work the mines, or build the railways on starvation wages, but markets to buy the stuff also have to be managed, massaged and trained.  This was the DeBeers lesson, “Diamonds are Forever,” because if Diamonds were re-sold, they’d flood a carefully controlled market.

. . .

All along, the hardest-hitting sector was obtaining control of what I needed to live on, including when I was working and earning it.  I noticed how it was never a single-front; but multi-front assault:  undermining human relationships (on the female side), disrespecting court  order, verbal abuse in person, or in letters, but if I protested — then I was the uncooperative one; retaliation immediate and swift, or later, and delayed.

It didn’t take too long to catch on — but this is the thing:  This type of mentality (this sort of person) — plans several steps ahead, while in innocence, they are trusted or taken at face value.  As with Cecil Rhodes — the opportunist, the visionary — he quickly saw the need around the Kimberly mine was for WATER.  First he sold water, then water pumps.  When they couldn’t pay his extortionist fees, then he was paid in shares of the mind.  Next thing you know (read the record for details) — MONOPOLY.

. . . .(back to, post-DV experience):

Stalking.  Stalking through third parties. Defamation.  Threats, implied or explicit.  Periodically following through.  Arbitrary, unprecedented attacks “from left field.”  Gaslighting.

Renaming things:  child support — optional,  but if help came when it didn’t, that was an allowance.  On the other hand, my plans to need neither (solid, and in operation) were sabotaged, similar to marital experience.

Degradation:  I didn’t have a profession, I had “jobs.”  Historical revisionism — my history (academic, work, personal, involvement with other people in other years, and places) did not exist, reducing the only “me” to those small portions visible in public during years of domestic violence.

These dominionist individuals were (to others), somehow my saviors (nothing of the sort occurred), my ex wasn’t that bad (I still have a major injury, was threatened and assaulted throughout the marriage, weapons, threats to kill, etc.  Not that bad??), I was over-reaching my ability level; degradation of religious choices or the very concept.  In general, what I (in shock) began to experience, for the second time/decade — was in effect a mini-apartheid, Western-style.  Repeated re-engagement in my own (new) community repeatedly slapped down, in increasingly vicious and creative ways.

It never changed.  It never went away.  It never resolved, and it has not yet apologized or taken any responsibility for harm.

It never ceased attempting to expand into territory it had no right to, and exterminate resistance.  I am talking on just a PERSONAL level, and I’ve never experienced anything like the slavery commonly understood as part of American history.  But I understand the word “Jim Crow” in this sense — it’s a Jim Crow time again.    Hope is off the map.  Privately enforced regimes are the status quo.  Gradually I came to realize, more than once (and now), when such people — or rulers — have achieved the aim, it’s not enough.  No amount of years is “enough.”

This is also what I am hearing from next-generations of parents (particularly my gender) going through the courts.  They are ending up in jail, or destitute — and going into middle and older age this way.  If for some reason, they leave, do not engage with, or otherwise become absent a man, or the wrong man (i.e., if remarried) — they are going to be fighting ex, grandma on either side, CPS at times, in the courts.  It’s like a free-for-all, almost!   And SOME of this has to do with changes since the 1990s.

There’s also the matter of eliminating witnesses (see concentration camps, labor camps, etc.), making a public example of those who “left” or rejected them; it goes on forever, and is not limited to one generation.


So good colonists, imperialists, or sociopaths (pick your nouns), it appears to follow a pattern:

  • Scope out the situation.  Start doing commerce, possibly.  Or, set up a missionary outpost, then start the commerce.  
  • There are going to be local quarrels, feuds, or wars going on.  Most places have them, however, if not, START one. Discover the fault lines.  Destroy local independent economies and restructure their social spaces (see:  missionaries/patriarchy, among other things).  Run the children through schools that disrespect their parent’s cultures.  [Then, if necessary later, put a sterilized facade of the same back in and call it “culturally relevant.”  USA].
  • Religious organizations are handy outposts for social reconstruction, business, and sometimes military tactics.
  • Fund ONE side — heavily, causing oppression, igniting hatred and fires.  Provide (“technical assistance and training”) — to one of the warring parties.  Let THEM do the heavy fighting for you, to clear out the resistance, then move in:*
  • After your done with whoever you initially funded, if they are not part of the long-term goal, wipe ’em out, too.  They’ll feel betrayed (because they were), but too bad….
  • [See more on my various sidebars….]

COMMENTARY:  [actually, where this post started]

Somehow, with the Internet, it seems that the legislative process is no longer necessary, or jurisdictional boundaries.  Pretty soon, the original States will just be a quaint memory in our grandparent’s folklore.   There will be regions (easier to administer) and there will be regional administrators, meaning fewer elected officials.  Our kids are already under compulsory education for many years (and part of JUVENILE detention is truancy // status offenses).  KIDS FOR CASH in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, some years back, was this concept taken to extreme, where the judges had a racket (as in racketeering) going with investment in the institution and the group servicing the institution.  Such a deal.

ORDERING AS MANY DIVERSIONARY SERVICES AS POSSIBLE:

However, the concept of “carrots and sticks” — Tough Talk and Community-based Diversions (“JDAI” etc.), whichever they are, still remain investments.  Also, investment in convincing the next generations of law students that “Adversarial” is bad and “Therapeutic” is good, is well under way, still, at the now named after some of its benefactors, the Meyerhoffs.  I blogged this AFCC-style “CFCC” some years ago, amazed at how brazen the “therapeutic jurisprudence” was being promoted.  Now it has more funders, and like a racecar, needs to have their names blazoned across the wonderful “Center.”

At the UBaltimore School of Law.  Listen to the language — there are key terms.  A law student is gladly helping recruit and promote for the cause:

Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children in the Courts  [blog]

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Therapeutic Side of Law [<=link]

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One of my apprehensions in committing to law school was the adversarial process and the impact on families and children in the judicial process.

Who is drawn into the CFCC rhetoric?  A very, very quick look at the individual posting (LinkedIn, associated nonprofit, general — doesn’t take long, ….)  Section background-color: pale-yellow, with some other posts from their fellow (cult members) in light-brown background.  I could ignore these, but whoever this bunch is, they are dutifully repeating what they’ve been in trained in, for the sake of their elders, who are already profiting from the setup.  And the Meyerhoff family is clearly pouring money into it.

Below that I’ll talk some about how Unified Family Courts work out when the IRS, FBI and US Attorneys’ Office get involved in the resulting tax fraud, and below that — we’ll see.  And why perhaps, a certain depressed economy in the Pennsylvania Area came up early on (year 2002) for Technical Assistance in setting up a Unified Family Court with a nice (AFCC) Presiding Judge, (NACC) GAL (former — she got caught evading taxes) and Parenting Coordinator who, last I heard, doesn’t have a contract for all HER courthouse work, Yet…..



*2006 BS in Business Management/Marketing UBaltimore, class of 2015 (2nd yr) law student, went to law because she wants to focus on helping children and public service.   Involved with Christalis, Inc. apparently a MD corporation with three Uganda projects to stop child trafficking and prostitution, advisor is a pastor, Ms. Pulivarti is secretary:

We currently have four pilot projects. Three are in Kasese, Uganda and one is Maryland, USA. Through these programs we have been preventing vulnerable children from becoming part of the statistics above.

(The MD program is Christmas gifts for foster kids)

Maryland Corporation Look up of Christalis

Formed in 2005, can view articles of incorp. on-line

D10567238)CHRISTALIS INC.General Info.AmendmentsPersonal PropertyINCORPORATED

Simple filing by three (presumably family members) Davids:  Shalini Georgia, Elizabeth (same address), Evon (different). Also among first 7 board of directors are Selwyn David, Violet Pulidindi, Houshayar Karimabadi, and Christina Abraham.  Registered Agent address matches this firm, Eric Barnabas. EIN# 83-0427806. Yes, it is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3:

83-0427806 Christalis Inc. Burtonsville MD United States
ORGANIZATION NAME STATE YEAR FORM PAGES TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Christalis Inc. [<=link] MD 2012 990EZ 9 $12,667 ~83-0427806
Christalis Inc. MD 2012 990ER 4 $0 ~ 83-0427806

Tax return says they are collecting $57K and sending $51 of it as gifts, leaving almost no income.  Snehal (blog author, above), works 3 hrs a week. In fact, no tax returns for 2010 or 2011, in a DC metro area address.  Why not work with existing, and larger organizations for more effectiveness?  This seems like an extended family operation, or possibly writeoff.  Why set up such a tiny operation with all the resources of the DC metro area around?

It’s simple to check a few things.  Always check, if it’s relevant, that’s all.  If UBaltimore is churning out more indoctrinated attorneys, and having them promote their cause (like AmWay reps?) that’s relevant!  What happened to independent thinking?

Per LinkedIn, this blogger has done some congressional and legal interning — is simultaneously at Baltimore Social Services, and only recently (since this past August) over at the CFCC, as far as her resume is concerned:

  • Legal Department Intern Baltimore City Department of Social Services September 2013 – Present (4 months) Baltimore, Maryland Area
  • Student Fellow Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts August 2013 – Present (5 months) Baltimore, Maryland Area
  • Law Clerk Herndon Law Firm P.L.C. May 2013 – August 2013 (4 months) Herndon, Virginia  [i.e., summer break from law school] 
  • (several jobs earlier — in 2000) Interned for Tea Party Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who was finally defeated (after 2 decades) in 2012 (redrawn districts are mentioned; hover cursor):
  • MORE on Bartlett — (He’s also a 7th Day Adventist, possibly Snehal also is; see work history):
    • Redrawn District tests Maryland Congressman Bartlett (WashingtonPost 10/27/12)
    • Bartlett’s résuméis an unusual farrago of achievements and interests. He has been a theological student, a doctoral recipient in human physiology, a homebuilder, a scientist, an engineer, an inventor, a medical school professor, a dairy farmer, a solar pioneer and a potential survivalist who keeps a well-stocked cabin in the mountains of West Virginia. With 10 children, 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, he also qualifies as a patriarch. . . .

      A founding member of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, Bartlett says he’s proud to be a GOP maverick: He opposed No Child Left Behind and the Troubled Asset Relief Program because he thought it was a bailout crafted for Wall Street at Main Street’s expense. “My party is sometimes wrong, and when they’re wrong, I’ll vote against them,” Bartlett said.

      His shoulders are a bit stooped, he uses hearing aids and his gait is slow. But Bartlett, a member of the Seventh-day Adventists, showed a nimble mind that impressed Henry Abrahams, 77, after their discussion at the Old Towne Cafe.

      “He’s interesting to talk to. Very knowledgeable,” Abrahams said.

Here’s a comment on a fellow-student’s dutiful blog about how great Unified Family Courts are (see below — are they??). Sound like a nice, polite staged conversation to you?

[He writes]:Friday, September 20, 2013
Reflecting on the Unified Family Court Structure

As someone who has interned at a Family Law firm, it came as quite a shock to hear about the concept of a unified family court for the first time this semester. It seemed with all the benefits a unified family court could provide, one would think this type of court would be offered everywhere. A unified family court is a single court system composed of highly trained, specially assigned judges who preside over cases addressing the issues relating to children and families. This type of court implements a one case to one judge or one team type system.

With this system in place, a judge will be assigned to a family law case and handle all their related family legal needs. This allows one judge to become quite familiar with a case and family assigned to them. Instead of having several judges assigned to different issues, one judge would stay with the same family throughout the case. This prevents conflicting orders being issued by different judges.** If more than one judge was assigned to a separate issue for a family, it would be possible for that court to issue an order that conflicts with another judge’s order. Overall, having this one judge to one case model is more efficient and personal for families in their time of need.

However, with all the benefits a unified family court can offer, there are bound to be some flaws. In a divorce case for instance, one parent may feel like the judge is being biased against them. In a case like that, the parent would prefer to have a different judge assigned to several legal issues rather than being stuck with the same judge throughout their entire legal process. That parent may feel like the judge is out to get them and side with the other parent regardless of the issue.

The main question comes down to: Do unified family courts have the potential to do more good or exacerbate possible harm? What do you think?


[She comments — the only comment, 2 days later:]  Snehal Pulivarti

September 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Great post Dan! While I do believe the unified court model is efficient and effective, I too grapple with the idea of what happens when you have a judge, or team member that is bias [meaning, “biased”?] towards one parent. Or even having one Judge throughout the entirety of the family’s legal journey, what if the Judge develops a bias towards one side over time.  *

[*they’d never start out that way, of course…]

While this is a potential [potential!!] flaw## of the Unified Court Model, I believe that the benefits outweigh the flaws. With the Unified Family Court employing a Therapeutic Jurisprudence approach in an effort to diagnose and help resolve the families issues is by far beneficial for all parties involved (the court, parents, and most importantly children).

[##it also, from another point of view, be seen as a purpose…]

Perhaps one way to combat this potential flaw is to ensure that all the team members are trained on a regular basis that can also serve as a check-in. This could help the team members realize if they are becoming desensitized to systemic issues and while learning how to overcome and prevent developing biases.

Seeing Unified Court Models in action, I do believe that they do more good than harm or perhaps I’m just biased 🙂

[Sure, that oughter do it. Centralize the courts under one presiding judge, hope for the best, and do ongoing training (paid for by ….. ???). Wonder where the idea that ongoing trainings could mitigate crooked or biased judging might perhaps have come from…. …Actually, suggesting the training simply moves the sensitivity issue out of he courtroom, where there are rules about conflict of interest, into the training classroom, where sensitivity to one issue can become INsensitivity to another, and over which the public has very little control.]

JUST ONE MORE 2013 post from this blog (in which the public is so UN-interested, there hasn’t been a previous post even since 2011), to sample the wooden, pre-fab, shrink-wrapped talk, from future lawyers (a frightening thought — will this happen in the courtroom too?).  Listen to the reasoning, like Mommy, like children (the Mommy here being apparently Barbara Babb). This reads like a high school, if that, report.  Avoid anything controversial, you are being graded on this, and know who’s grading…on a Field Trip.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
(Posted by Niki at 9:07 PM)


Why the Unified Family Court System in Maryland is a Model for Success

Last Wednesday, the Student Fellows with the University of Baltimore Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children, and the Courts (“CFCC”) took a “field trip” to the Baltimore City Circuit Court Family Division.  The Division’s coordinator, T. Sue German gave the Student Fellows a tour of the center and explained the role the Division plays in Baltimore City.
Justice reform in Maryland was formally launched in January of 1998 when the judges of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, headed by Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, signed Rule 16-204.  Babb, Barbara A., Maryland’s Family Divisions: Sensible Justice for Families and Children, 72 Md. L. Rev. 1124 (2013).
 Thus far, the focus of much of our CFCC seminar has been on looking at law reform through different lenses.  For example, Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Preventive Law together work to create a justice system that focuses on preventing future conflicts and resolving disputes in a more “client-centered” way
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The tour was an opportunity for us as students to see how these theories play a role every day in Baltimore City’s Family Division.  While much was discussed during our visit, one fact that stood out was that from July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012 (Fiscal Year 2012), in eighty-nine percent (89%) of the cases in the Division, at least one of the litigants appeared pro se.   Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Annual Report of the Family Division Fiscal Year 2012 (Oct. 15, 2012).  Although unsure, I can imagine this is the case in most courts, as clients with family law matters are not afforded the same right to counsel as those in criminal.
The Division has established many resources for represented and unrepresented clients and has seen tremendous success from these efforts, making Baltimore City a model for an effective “Unified  Family Court” System.  However, budget cuts impair the ability of the Division to reach its full potential.  With family law disputes making up such a large percentage of the cases in the Circuit Court system, budget cuts relate to the lack of resources available these clients.  Even in Baltimore City, where the State’s highest court has endorsed and supported the Family Division, they still struggle with budget issues.
[[LGH comment: Where have we heard this argument before?  [blogpost AFCC “Clear and Present Danger…Fuzzy usage” may answer the question.  I’d figured this out, FYI, by December, 2009/]
I pose a few reflection questions for you to think about:
  • If these efforts are proven to be successful, why are they then not being incorporated into more legal systems?
  • If justice is the goal, then why do we as a society allow so many clients to be unrepresented in family law cases, thus hindering their ability to receive the justice they deserve?
While the simplest answer is of course budget cuts, there is a lot of support showing that these models

[[LGH COMMENT: Feel free to comment. There were some more, “Gee, that sounds great, too bad about the budget” comments. Note, other kinds are not possibly welcome:]]
“CFCC welcomes and encourages comments representing all viewpoints and ideologies. However, out of respect for the online community, we will moderate all comments. Any comments with abusive or foul language, off-topic comments, and solicitations and/or advertising for personal blogs and websites will be deleted by blog administrators at their sole discretion.”
[Define Off-topic!]

All right — notice that having an attorney IN a family law proceeding = justice.  In fact, many women’s attorneys have been known to drop out, or sell them out.

I wonder if they know about how it goes when clients DO have representation, sometimes:

Sarcastic aside referring to Dakota County, Minnesota, recent events:

Those that aren’t sometimes face difficult problems, like being attacked by the bailiff’s while in the act of attempting to protect their client from further civil rights violations, such as throwing them out of their home on 2 hours notice, and then accusing (I heard) the client of having abandoned her (5) children….  Here’s the same attorney (incidentally also a middle-aged woman having practiced many years in family law, perhaps we should warn the bloggers above) requesting a bit more time to file her brief — she was slightly delayed, not to mention, disrupted, by the bailiffs attacking her and imprisoning her in jail cells 9/12/2013 during a hearing break, and then refusing to release her til she signed, retroactively, her own booking (which was missed somehow in the initial assaults…. on this dangerous woman, representing a mother kicked out of her kids lives without stated cause, either…). I do not do youtubes (I just don’t!!) but here’s an Oct. 17th youtube of the woman what it’s like to plead your client’s case while in handcuffs, and talking about her 30 hours in jail.  Incidentally, this was likely also an AFCC judge. 

Also note:  I didn’t hear about any existing attorneys in the place exactly standing up for her. If my life were at risk, I don’t know that I’d want any single attorney (no offence to the many valiant ones still around, but how many of these put their careers on their line to risk one o their own improperly arrested and jailed?) to making the difference; they have to return to practice another day, and if are too diligent, can simply end up disbarred, or these days, incarcerated, themselves.  

Speaking of Clear and Present Danger to kids, and the local community, it would seem that these family courts often are —

[[MARYANNE GODBOLDO of Detroit area facing down a home invasion SWAT Team in retaliation for having stuck up for the physical health of her child (forced Risperdal was the goal) and her legal civil rights to not have police breaking down her door without something resembling a search warrant, a court order, or resembling anything rational.  Her ex-husband also helped with THAT long court battle as well.  It is now being made into a documentary, I think..  ]]

 Maryanne GodboldoThe Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered charges reinstated against a Detroit woman accused of firing at police trying to remove her teenage daughter from her care in 2011. …

The case stems from March 2011, when child welfare workers and police tried to remove Godboldo’s daughter because Godboldo would not give her psychiatric medicine [Risperdal]. Godboldo said the medicine was hurting her daughter. [so did an M.D.]

Goldboldo is accused of opening fire on police [not AT them], who were not injured, when they came to her home, launching an eight-hour standoff. Godboldo’s daughter was taken away, but ordered returned in December 2011, a move that Pitts hailed at the time as a victory for parental rights.

The case also raised concerns because a court clerk had stamped a judge’s name on the removal order.

Contact Eric D. Lawrence:elawrence@freepress.com

This article tells us — she got her daughter back, the felony charges were dropped, but the (embarrassed) prosecutor wants them re-instated without hearing the witnesses even.  In truth, this (as you can see, adult) woman did the UNTHINKABLE.  Being black, and protecting her kids from anti-psychotic medication as a “cure” for adverse reactions from previous vaccinations, and against the advice of the (disabled) girls’ doctor, and living in her own home — she defended her home AND her daughter against, you count them (how many) outrageous violations of basic civil rights, and law, and court procedures, and against essentially the pharmaceutical industry and it’s helpers, the family courts and CPS….
It made headlines at the time in the UK, which described it a little more honestly than that last summary:
April 15, 2011 by “DAILY MAIL REPORTER”
Detroit mother Maryanne Godboldo refused to give her daughter an anti-psychotic drug

Maryanne Godboldo, from Detroit, was accused of medically neglecting her 13-year-old daughter Ariana by not administering her with an anti-psychotic drug. Staff from the Child Protective Services, accompanied by police, turned up at Godboldo’s home to take her child into state care.

A SWAT team then descended on the 56-year-old woman’s house with a tank and automatic rifles after she was accused of firing a gun at police officers. [[ stories say basically it was a warning shot fired inside the house and not at them at all.  This woman isn’t dumb — look at those photos! in the article]]

After a ten-hour stand-off, which resulted in the mother giving herself up, Ariana was taken into protective custody. The girl had been home-schooled by her mother [[another sign of independence to the status quo] but wanted to start going to a regular school, which required her to take a number of immunisations, reports Prisonplanet.com.

The girl then suffered adverse reactions to these shots and her mother was told to put her on a prescribed pyschotropic drug. ‘She began acting out of character, being irritated, having facial grimaces that have been associated with immunisations,’ the child’s aunt, Penny Godboldo, told the Detroit News.

It is used to treat, among other things, schizophrenia, as well as the symptoms of bipolar disorder and autism.  ‘Child Protective Services was trying to force her child to take a dangerous medication, Risperdal, against her will,’ said the Godboldo family lawyer.

Maryanne Godboldo is now facing criminal charges including firing a weapon in her house and resisting a police officer.

Her bail has been set at $500,000.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1377178/SWAT-teams-10-hour-siege-mother-Maryanne-Godboldo-Detroit.html#ixzz2oFHbQTOs

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[OK, enough on the background and fellow-bloggers of an innocent, presumably still  young woman obtaining law degree, interning with the City of Baltimore social services;  volunteering for a nonprofit helping children in Uganda, and as to America, Christmas gifts for foster kids, here… notice the logo:

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Yes, the concept of Plaintiff v. Litigant, rules of evidence, standards (laws) and through back and forth, an attempt to get at the truth of the situation, and make a ruling in light of it, is BAD (“adversarial” has conflicts, and implies consistent STANDARDS — one thing children are certainly not to be exposed to at an early age.  Better, they should be exposed to first, abuse, and later, therapy for it combined with reunification of a conflicted family unit, one member of which was an abuser.

The Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC) Student Fellows Program has been instrumental in reassuring me that my pursuit of a legal career was the right decision.


Yes, people now afraid to stand up to abusers and litigate firmly against this to protect others, can still have the salary, prestige and colleagues, yet not have to actually comprehend why we have criminal law.  Those who feel differently can age out, or simply be disbarred, until the system is changed over to the non-adversarial process, in which no right or wrong exists.  The conflict can then be internalized in another generation — should I report, or should I not report?  I have a conflict within my soul? but I HATE the adversarial process that comes with standing up to bullies……


Throughout this semester, my colleagues and I have learned a different side of the law grounded in Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) and the Ecology of Human Development.  TJ is a holistic approach that [catch the definition:] aims to address the legal and non-legal issues of clients while incorporating interdisciplinary methods to address the root issue(s) [[while either attempting to practice therapy as an attorney, or calling in the friendly therapist/custody evaluator at the first opportunity]]] and providing the necessary resources to empower clients to regain ownership of their lives and problems.  The Ecology of Human Development looks at each litigant’s environment individually to customize a solution to fit their individual needs.


Helping litigants (“clients”) regain ownership of their … problems?   This is psychobabble.  The client comes in with a legal problem, usually with other related ones; life is full of problems and challenges to solve, and we have lived in a racist, sexist, and slave-economy-based country for many years.  Of course there are “problems.”

 But law students are being indoctrinated into the art of referrals, or of viewing a single problem, already defined (and it’s very likely to be in the criminal sphere, and someone wanting to prevent it, obtain redress for it (get one’s kids back), or survive it) for, now what can we treat you with?  Criminal problems and economic problems (i.e., child support can’t be paid, or it can’t be enforced) create other problems.


These brand new concepts and programs were introduced to us through classroom discussions, guest speakers, and (my personal favorite) field trips to see these concepts in action!

This woman has been misled to believe those are new ideas, probably by the AFCC personnel who are indoctrinating her into them.  Of course they are not new ideas — as I have been showing and others have (Stunning Assault on the Truth, AFCC “About Us” history page, see the 1970s), these concepts, which also have been used for generations against women and against boys and girls who have been traumatized in childhood, are anything but new.  Even those labels aren’t new!  No wonder centers like this LOVE the “blank slate” law students to help create the new utopia, without spitback from old codgers like, myself, or other mature adults who have experienced the flip side!


From guest speakers and visits to the Unified Family Court to seminar topics dealing with Preventive Law, Court Reform in Family Law, Collaborative Law, the Juvenile Justice System, and Problem Solving Courts, the CFCC Student Fellows have been exposed to a hidden side of law that I suspect is concealed from even most practicing attorneys.
Yes, the UNIFIED FAMILY COURT is where, subject matter jurisdiction is centralized under a single presiding judge.  That way fewer people can control more resources and write rules affecting more families and kids.  This CFCC encourages setting them up in pilot places, like Lackawanna County, California (right next to Luzerne County “Kids for Cash”), resulting in an FBI raid on the courthouse to avert (my personal opinion) citizens from getting hold of the evidence first — a whitewash needed by the state level Pennsylvania’s AOPC, and eventually, one small fry GAL (acting like a big fish in a small pond) — and not her collaborators — got a slap on the wrist.  As follows: (quote within a comment within a quote here…):

[=FBI press release from a Unified Court that this Baltimore CFCC helped set up!]Lackawanna County Attorney Charged with Federal Income Tax Fraud 

U.S. Attorney’s Office February 12, 2013
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania(717) 221-4482
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that today a grand jury in Scranton has returned an indictment charging Lackawanna County Attorney Danielle Ross Pietralczyk, age 37, of Jermyn, Pennsylvania, with two counts of tax evasion and two counts of filing a false federal income tax return.  According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the indictment alleges that tax returns verified by Ross under penalty of perjury failed to report any amounts of income she received from private paying clients while acting as the sole guardian ad litem for the Lackawanna County Family Court. It is alleged that the only income Ross reported for 2009 and 2010 was her county compensation reported on 1099 forms which she received as an independent contractor hired by Lackawanna County.The indictment charges that as the sole guardian ad litem for the Lackawanna County Family Court, Ross was provided with an annual compensation of $38,000. However, pursuant to a contract between Ross and Lackawanna County, Ross was permitted to bill private paying parties above her county compensation at a rate of $50 per hour. *** Ross allegedly managed and exercised complete control over her private billings and income. That income was allegedly known only to Ross and not Lackawanna County, nor was Lackawanna County required to approve Ross’ private billings.
In this particular case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 16 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances, and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public, and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational, and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.
*** In a way, Lackawanna County set her up to fall.  They knew quite well there was a loophole.  What the residents didn’t know, however, was how their court works, or that this is a pattern enabling fraud.
As recently as November, December 2013, the FBI was following up, and nailed (slightly) her spouse as well:

Spouse of Former Lackawanna County Guardian Ad Litem Pleads Guilty to Federal Income Tax Fraud Misdemeanor 

Pietralczyk is the spouse of Lackawanna County Attorney and former Family Court Guardian Ad Litem Danielle Ross Pietralczyk, both of Jermyn, Pennsylvania.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, an indictment filed against Ross in February 2013 alleged that the couple’s joint federal tax returns verified by Ross under penalty of perjury failed to report income she received from private paying clients while acting as the guardian ad litem for the Lackawanna County Family Court. …The investigation continued beyond the original indictment and ultimately implicated Pietralczyk in the submission of false information to the IRS on tax returns filed by the couple.Pietralczyk was charged in an information filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in November 2013.Pursuant to the terms of plea agreements with the government, both Ross and Pietralczykhave agreed that the tax loss to the United States as a result of the fraud is more than $30,000 but less than $80,000. The restitution amount that will be imposed upon the couple will be determined by the court as part of the sentences. Pietralczyk’s plea relates to the 2009 tax return.Ross is scheduled to enter her guilty plea on December 16, 2013, before U.S. Senior District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo. She was dismissed from her position as County Guardian Ad Litem earlier this year.The prosecutions are the result of a joint investigation by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski, assisted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William Houser.
There’s a real message in here to those who have eyes to see.  What is and what is not likely to get prosecuted, what happens after it’s uncoverd, and how much (blood, sweat and tears) was necessary from the public to get even this much recognition– but hardly shaking even the trunk of the tree.  A few apples hit the ground, that’s all.  It’s insignificant in comparison to the ongoing scope of activity, while it’s commendable.  Why don’t some of the Lackawanna folk (instead of me) start writing these people over in Baltimore, and say, we’ve had enough?
on the sudden October 2011 firing of two court clerks right after Ms. Ross was indicted.  These two clerks had just been scheduled to testify before a federal grand jury ABOUT the GAL program within two weeks.  Listen to the President Judges (Harhut, out of town, Munley, his replacement Presiding Judge saying he’s not allowed to comment, and Mackay being blamed for the firing (Munley later restored them).  All of this, around the time the FBI raided that same courthouse and made off with evidence.  What a mess!

MY POINT:

People know something isn’t right — but unless it’s known how to find the money, or where it’s not being accounted and SYSTEMATICALLY Define the (system) problems; and collectively lean on government to account for it — it’s going to read about like this  (From the SCRANTON-area “Times-Tribune“):  [[to access the on-line wants users to enable “cookies”]
TIMES-TRIBUNE on-line HEADLINES, 12/22/2013:

HARRISBURG – State lawmakers received more than $2 million for their lodging and meals during fiscal 2012-13, with the bulk of the taxpayer-funded reimbursements not requiring any receipts for how they spent the money, a Sunday Times analysis of records found. (read more)

Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2013:12:16 11:48:06Most middle-aged moms load their groceries into the car. Rainie Sherr of South Scranton pulls hers home on a $13 toboggan. (read more)

The number of minimum-wage workers in Pennsylvania quadrupled from 21,000 in 2003 to 87,000 in 2012, a jump of more than 300 percent. (read more) 

Check out this 2011 New America Foundation study of Scranton (and the area) — perhaps this may be why this particular county was selected as a practice pilot area for “unified family courts” from the Baltimore Perspective?  In other words, its population aren’t taking advantage of the digital age, it’s also shrinking in population, poorer, older, (94% white), and I seem to recall a larger than usual wage gap between men and women (consider that in the family courts…).

Policy Paper
An Information Community Case Study: Scranton

An industrial city with a media ecosystem yet to take advantage of digital opportunities

Jessica Durkin and Tom Glaisyer, Media Policy Initiative April 2011, Release 3.0



As the Knight Report “Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in a Digital Age” highlights, there are three important elements to be considered as we analyze media and democracy in the 21st century:

  •  availability of relevant and credible information to all Americans and their communities;
  •  capacity of individuals to engage with information; and
  •  individual engagement with information and the public life of the community.

If residents are to understand their role in communities and how they function effectively, they require consistent, quality information, information that they are less likely to receive than in even the recent past without additional developments in the Scranton media landscape. This was evident in a community discussion in May hosted by representatives from New America Foundation’s Media Policy Initiative in partnership with the Schemel Forum, a humanities group at the University of Scranton.

The discussion confirmed that although the established local paper drives coverage, other journalism is ever more limited and little change has occurred online. With many outlets under significant pressure, continued innovation is required to ensure the informational health of Scranton in the 21st century.


. . . The population is also older, poorer and less educated than the national average.(13) . . A 2008 Census projection put Scranton’s median income at $32,794 and a three-year, American Community Survey estimate released in 2008 by the Census Bureau reported 18.8 percent of Scranton residents live below the poverty line, compared to a national average of 13.2 percent.(16)

Scranton is nearly 94 percent white with more older residents than the national average. 20.1 percent of the population is over age 65, compared to a 12.4 percent national average.17 . . .

Education and Economy
Although 85 percent of Scranton school district students receive a high school diploma, the percentage of Scranton residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher is 15.6 percent, which is below the 24.4 percent national average, according to the 2000 Census.20


The Scranton School District has 18 public K-12 schools and enrolls approximately 9,700 students; it is one of 12 public school districts in Lackawanna County. The Scranton Catholic Diocese system in the city includes four parochial schools offering kindergarten through high school education. There are two universities in Scranton and a new medical school. The University of Scranton, a private, liberal arts Jesuit school, is the largest higher education institution in the area, with approximately 5,600 students. Marywood University, another private, Catholic university has 3,300 students.


According to The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s “Scranton Plan”, a program to recruit new business and residents to the area, among the top-20 employers in Lackawanna County are: the US government (3,300 employees), the state government (2,700), Allied Services nonprofit physical rehabilitation complex (2,500), Kane is Able, Inc. trucking and warehouses (1,700), Cinram Manufacturing DVD factory (1,550), Lackawanna County (1,544), and The Diocese of Scranton (1,420).


Scranton is within two hours driving distance to New York City, Philadelphia, Harrisburg [State capital] and Syracuse.



Possibly because they’re still not thinking economically and accepting that this is organized around law schools, courthouses, and nonprofits with national support and private foundation interest.  See bottom of the page here (light-pink background box)
While I’m not discussing this at length — think about it.  How poorly off was Scranton, and yet Ms. Pietralczyk Ross, above, opted to bill her clients @ $50/hour and participate in the GAL Auto-appointment ATM Machine (see 54pp. pdf, herein), and others let her do it.  They were protecting their own behinds… And that Rule of Court (by Harhut) was signed in 2008.
SPEAKING OF “NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION” (OFFICES IN D.C. AND SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA), IT’S A THINK-TANK STARTED IN 1999, AND HERE’S ONE OF THE FOUNDERS, AND HIS LIFESTYLE AND TRAINING (predictably, Harvard Kennedy School of Government), Ted Halstead:
Ted Halstead
Ted Halstead, New America’s founder, served as the institution’s first president and CEO from its inception in 1999 until 2007. He is a frequent public speaker and media commentator, having appeared as a guest on Nightline, ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, and PBS. He has published numerous articles in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Financial TimesThe Atlantic MonthlyLos Angeles Times, and The Harvard Business Review. He is co-author with Michael Lind of The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics (Doubleday, 2001), and editor of The Real State of the Union (Basic Books, 2004). Previously, Mr. Halstead was executive director of Redefining Progress, another public policy institute that he founded to promote new approaches to economic and environmental policy.
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College, and received his Master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  Since 2008, Mr. Halstead has split his time between launching an eco-development project on 600 acres of ocean-front property in Costa Rica, and sailing around the world with his wife Veronique aboard their catamaran.
How nice of New America to stop by briefly and express concern about Broke Scranton and the digital divide.
(it’s just one of many think tanks, and I’m just commenting FYI….)
See also coverage, if it’s still up there, at Scranton Political Times forum (run by Joe Pilchesky, who at one time went for Termini — but the public were incensed at Ross.  I tried to tell them, this is an AFCC operation, but I think they were out for personal “blood” in the matter, as well as under extreme pressure in the area.  Scranton was also going bankrupt around this time (not including the thieving GALs and friends; it takes more than one person to enable this type of fraud….).
IN this situation (I was blogging on a forum over there at the time, for around a year, and spoke with some people who had a vendetta against Ross, read some of her GAL reports which (FYI), were pitiful attempts at sounding official, etc. ), they kinda sorta got Danielle Ross, and left the more connected and probably overbilling more Ann Marie Termini (parent coordinator, GAL coordinator) operating since 1997 without a contract, alone!
Moveover, this area required “Kids Turn” classes for parents with custody issues, which is an AFCC and Access/Visitation issue, in the courts, to market more of their books…  talk about a RACKET!   (I found Kids’ Turn (out of PA) originally being marketed from a Kentucky Family Court Divorce Education page. ) The issues they have tracked right back up to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Level.   The Hon. Chester Harhut, involved  in helping SET UP the Unified Family Court years earlier, almost from the time he was appointed (certainly as far back as 1997) started writing administrative rules of court along the lines being recommended by the “Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Children, Families, and the Courts” in Maryland — “let’s see how many services we can order, etc.” They had a boilerplate model (presented by Ms. Ross) for getting more GALs in kids lives….
Sample:  Notice they are quoting stuff from: 1989, 1995 (Zorza), 2005 (a Canadian AFCC person/Board, Nicholas Bala), NCJFCJ (p. 12) but also from the start making sure that the term “High-Conflict” is in there repeatedly.  After showing, and admitting, that they are aware of Domestic Violence, and that it’s significantly overlooked in the family courts, it goes right into a 2008 court order (by Harhut) to set up the 5-step “appoint-a-GAL” process anyhow.

Back to the earlier discussion from UBaltimore School of Law from our nonadversarial blogger into public service and especially helping children:

Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children in the Courts  [blog]

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Therapeutic Side of Law [<=link]

posted by: Posted by at 12:39 PM 0 comments   [See LinkedIn*]
One of my apprehensions in committing to law school was the adversarial process and the impact on families and children in the judicial process.

. . . .[continuing the quote]

This year also marks the fifteenth anniversary of the creation of Maryland’s Family Divisions.  While this major milestone deserves a celebration (stay tuned for a date), it is also a reason to pause, reflect, and assess the implementation of the mission and goals of the Family Division.  ***
My CFCC project this semester was to assist in planning the fifteen year celebration, including analyzing survey results from Circuit Court Judges and Masters to learn about their attitudes and court practices with respect to addressing the needs of families and children in the family court.  The mission of the Family Division is to provide comprehensive services early on in the litigation process to improve the lives of families and children who appear before the court.  Preliminary survey results indicate that while judicial officers find it important to have and integrate interdisciplinary solutions, the implementation is lacking.  To see the concepts we’ve learned all semester being recognized and requested by the judiciary is encouraging.
As we wrapped up this semester last Wednesday, I realized how influential this class has been to me.  This class has taught me to practice law more holistically, which not only will benefit clients but additionally will reassure me that I can make a substantial impact in the lives of my future clients.
I truly believe the experience and concepts of the CFCC Student Fellows Program should be integrated throughout the law school curriculum so that all future lawyers are trained to practice law more holistically.
Until then, I encourage my fellow students at UB Law to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and enroll in theCFCC Student Fellows Program I to learn about the therapeutic side of law.

**Which I have been also doing, particularly after finding out how they were set up (Post almost completed).

I encourage viewers and readers (parents) to start reviewing this site and again, thinking about Subject Matter Jurisdiction: WHY would they be so intent on centralizing control of it? How many federal grants are involved in which sectors? Might there be any conflicts of interest (as in “Kids for Cash/Luzerne County, PA”) with the service providers?


I have blogged this topic before, including before this CFCC got it’s family name (Neil and Sayra Meyerhoff)

School of Law Centers Center for Families Children the Courts CFCC and Unified Family Courts Technical Assistance.
[This gives a rough timeline — the page hasn’t changed in a long time….]

New Mexico Training on Unified Family Courts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Provided presentations on the structure, theoretical foundations, advantages, physical attributes, operation, services, and performance evaluation of Unified Family Courts in collaboration with the National Center for State Courts (December 2008).
Shelby County Family Court Task Force, Memphis, Tennessee. Developed workshop and provided technical assistance to Memphis task force considering a Unified Family Court model (January 2008).
Summit on Unified Family Courts: Serving Children and Families Efficiently, Effectively and Responsibly, Baltimore, Maryland. Over one hundred fifty judges, court personnel, attorneys and academic experts representing twenty-five states attended the Summit, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association and CFCC and funded by the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts and Casey Family Programs. The conference covered issues critical to the development of Unified Family Courts, including services and accountability, standards and measures to assess Unified Family Courts, the critical need for judicial leadership and training, the ways to establish Unified Family Courts,  [and, again…]  the critical need for judicial leadership and training, the ways to establish a Unified Family Court, addiction and other non-legal issues,** collaboration in the legal community, and self-represented litigants (2007).

[[just FYI, that double-phrasing is on the site, not my handiwork  ** in other details I learned to day that domestic violence is a “non-legal issue, which seemed important to the original plan”]]
American Bar Association (ABA) Truancy Court Program Initiative, ABA Standing Committee on Substance Abuse. Provided technical assistance and wrote a project report for the Scripps-Howard Truancy/Literacy Project (2002-2003).
Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Provided technical assistance to the unified family court pilot site. (2002)

District of Columbia Family Court Project, District of Columbia Superior Court. Drafted Congressionally-mandated legislation establishing a family court in the D.C. court system (2001).***

Summit on Redefining Florida’s Family Courts, Florida Family Courts. Assisted Florida judicial circuit courts to facilitate family court pilot projects and developed recommendations for model court (2001).
Discussion Paper and Program on Unified Family Courts, California Administrative Office of the Courts. Presented information about Unified Family Court model during an interactive workshop (2001).

….A lot is left to the imagination (no mention of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation having paid the American Bar Association to help this model — or that (see link) Ms. Babb was with others on the Advisory Committee.

**D.C. resisted.  I don’t know if they later caved in or not, but they still do have a “Fathering Court.”

Financially, this CENTER (see my post on “Centers”) is not a nonprofit — and who’s funding it would be a little harder to determine.  Centers and Institutes at Universities matter.  No one can track them all, but for us who are concerned about particular issues, and when they are this into propaganda, it’s good to pay attention to. I first found this one simply searching the term “Center for Families and Children in the Courts” looking for my California one…

Maryland’s Family Divisions had only been legislated into existence in 1998.  For Lackawanna to have been one of the early projects there is a reason.  As I recall, it was as far back as 1997, when the Hon Chester Harhut (ret’d.) administratively-ruled, I believe it was Ms. Termini (parent coordinator), or asked her to join.  By 2011 when they were being scrutinized over the GAL program, it developed that no one really knew what her job was.  I think they went after the wrong sector, and spat out a smaller fry (see FBI reports, above), and will continue this sort of “business as usual” until the spotlight stays in the ON position, and possibly beyond if there’s no way to force a different procedure.  Anyone that could have set up these courts in the manner Maryland, in particular did (see one of the top links for details), is not highly susceptible to shaming or lectures about violations of due process, etc.

By the time the Technical Assistance to Lackawanna

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  1. Hi,

    God bless you.

    I have been following you
    using ghost IP addresses for a while now.

    Please contact me.

    Thank you.

    Bruce Levine
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    Bruce Levine

    December 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    • What’s up? Why the ghost addresses? Do you have something to say which could be posted here?
      I have ongoing safety issues, the “ghost IP” statement is more than a little disturbing. The comment shows submitted 2am EST..

      Where’s Pilchesky (Mr.) these days and the multi-persona forum?

      I will consider. But see recent appeal to viewers for clicks on that “Donate Button” of $15 in re: phone, food and gas. Feel free… This post was in support of the innocents in your area, obviously, surely someone in the area has something. Best wishes….

      Let's Get Honest

      December 23, 2013 at 10:12 am

  2. […] will be found on the TOC page under late 2013 as I recall. For example:  Dec 22, 2013, my “Eavesdropping into an Indoctrination Center; Hindsight from a Pilot Project Outpost” specifically references this CFCC and one of its founders, Barbara Babb.  Next to images […]


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