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“The mother has to comply with a court order and send her child to be alone with an abusive, violent man.
This is torture for her, and for the child, when they find themselves in a frightening situation, taken from their protector and forced into contact with a man, whom they may have witnessed seeing him beat their mother or who has been abusive to them.
This is abuse by Family Court.”
“Domestic Abuse by Proxy, Family Court Abuse: Failing to Protect Children and Mothers” is a powerful and informative video released on Youtube by Family Court Abuse (UK).
This video describes how abusive ex partners will use the family court system, and manipulate the legal process, to gain control, and inflict further harm of their victims. Abusers also seek custody to cause the most damage to a former partner; by attacking her love, and maternal bond, with her child. An abuser attacks by taking a child away from their mother, and destroying their relationship. Children are also used as pawns by an abuser in other ways designed to terrorize, hurt and harass their victim.
The legal system is a minefield for an abused woman.The process of how the family court system can perpetrate and enable domestic violence to continue is also described in this video. Family court judges and professionals often lack training in domestic violence, and do not recognize the abuse. Or, the judge and professionals have been so indoctrinated in parental alienation theories, and other prejudices, that they mistake signs of abuse for parental alienation syndrome and discredit legitimate concerns. Or see the mother’s attempts to get help as a sign that something is “wrong” with her. Domestic abuse advocates and experts are rarely consulted by the court system, and a judge has the discretion to disallow or ignore evidence presented by a mother (evidence of abuse, and expert testimony is commonly discredited by judges after a mother has been falsely labelled). Obtaining legal representation is also difficult, most women go to court without an attorney because they can not afford one. An abuser with an attorney has a powerful advantage over her, and gains an ally in the legal system.
The lives of children are also endangered when Courts work to give an identified abuse custody and/or unsupervised visits. The video mentions that the Courts order “more contact than would be usual, to enable the child and father to ‘quickly establish a relationship’“. This means there is less scrutiny, and less care given to how these decisions are being made, and the effect on the child involved.
This video will be familiar to those who have experienced family court, and offers validation to what you have endured. It is also a powerful teaching tool to educate, and raise awareness, of how the family court process fails to protect victims of domestic violence and their children.
Note: The end of the video offers suggestions on how to raise awareness of family court injustices by using social media as a platform. PMA International does not offer legal advice or professional services. Reposting this video does not constitute advice or suggestion of any kind. Please use discretion, and take reasonable care, when making decisions. If you need help or legal assistance, please contact a qualified professional and/or organization.
The U.S has an epidemic of corruption, which has led to economic decline,and social unrest.For all appearances it is emanating from the Judicial Branch, the part of the government that is expected to have the most integrity. It is no longer just conjecture – as citizen complaints of racketeering and misconduct by members of the Judiciary are rampant across social media. The most difficult part of the situation is that those that are guilty of abusing their power, are in control of addressing these complaints…..
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A battered mother lost custody of her kids to an abusive spouse after she refused to participate in court-ordered therapy with her ex-husband who had been convicted on nearly a dozen charges of sexually and physically assaulting her.
Connecticut family court judge Maureen Murphy issued the shocking order on January 6, 2015, giving sole custody to violent offender Angelo Gizzi because his ex-wife Angela Gizzi (nee Hickman) refused to participate in “family reunification” therapy.
In 2007, Angelo Gizzi was charged with 13 criminal counts ranging from spousal abuse, spousal sexual assault, kidnapping, threatening, and risk of injury to a child.
When defendant Gizzi’s ex-wife — who was severely traumatized from the domestic abuse — was unable to testify against him because of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the state of Connecticut cut a plea deal for Gizzi to plead guilty to a series of misdemeanors, avoiding jail time.
Gizzi was initially given only supervised visitation with the couple’s two children, however several court professionals were assigned to the divorce including attorney William Brown as Guardian ad Litem to the Gizzi’s children, and Deborah Datz and Linda Smith as co-reunification therapists.
As a result, compulsory therapy sessions requiring Angela Gizzi to spend time in the same room with her physically and psychologically abusive ex-husband was proposed and Angela Gizzi, who understandably declined to take part in it, was punished by the court.
“She has not succeeded in dealing with the anxiety of being in Mr. Gizzi’s presence. She has refused to be in the same room with him or to engage in any co-parenting counseling,” Judge Murphy admonished in her decision revoking Angela Gizzi’s parenting rights and awarding her batterer sole custody.
The ruling also ignored Angela Gizzi’s contention that forced reunification would violate her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, compelling a victim to interact with her attacker despite a PTSD medical diagnosis.
Following Judge Murphy’s prejudicial ruling, Angela Gizzi suffered a heart attack and her cardiologist, Dr. David Lorenz also said any interaction with her ex-husband would put her heart in jeopardy: “It is critical to Mrs. Hickman’s health that she have no interaction or exposure to Mr. Gizzi indefinitely,” the physician warned.
Reunification therapist Dr. Datz responded: “I also noted Dr. Lorenz’s suggestion that you have no interaction or exposure to the children’s father indefinitely … Ms. Hickman, please be aware that when you are provided with the opportunity to have the initial renewed contact with your children, their father will be present.”
After the battered mother lost custody, an anonymous teacher at her son’s school sent Dr. Datz a letter revealing that Angela and her son were violating court orders by communicating via text messages.
The boy had reportedly confided to the teacher that texting his mother was “the only thing that gets him through the day … he said she isn’t supposed to respond to his texts but that she does.”
Still, that tragic detail doesn’t seem to move Family Court judge Maureen Murphy who, not incidentally, was also involved in one of the most notorious custody battles in Connecticut history — that of Sunny Kelley.
In the Kelley case, the mother discovered her young son had been raped and made a report to Connecticut Department of Child and Family, who failed to investigate and ruled instead that Kelley herself was the problem.
Murphy, a lawyer at the time, was one of 11 court-appointed professionals who ignored physical evidence that Kelly’s child had been sexually molested, including symptoms of a penile infection as well as supporting testimony from the boy’s pediatrician and expert testimony from Dr. Eli Newberger, a 30-year veteran in child abuse investigations.
Sunny Kelley said that when Dr. Newberger was testifying during a sworn deposition outlining the abuse, then-attorney Murphy mocked him by making obscene noises reminiscent of the famous deli scene in When Harry Met Sally.
Today, Judge Murphy, along with her associates Dr. Datz and court-appointed guardian ad litem William Brown, are part of the Connecticut chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) which is being investigated by a task force of the US Attorney’s Office.
Neither of them responded to phone calls or emails from Crime Magazine asking for comment.
Peter Salem, the Executive Director of the national AFCC, and Marylou Giovannucci, the President of the Connecticut chapter, also didn’t reply to emails.
Fox 54 Investigates: Courts and custody battles
WFXG FOX54 reporter Nick Lulli is digging deeper into the family court system of the Augusta judicial circuit.MORE
First, the Georgia appeals court said that judge misinterpreted law when he denied a Columbia County mother custody. Then, he said he would consider removing himself from the case because the mother’s attorney said he was biased against her.
But, according to court records Judge Daniel “Danny” Craig didn’t do that; instead, he suspended all visitation rights of the mom in addition to admitting to secret communications outside the courtroom with the dad’s attorney, which allowed the father to arrange the kids’ removal from the state. Plus, the two independent custody experts on the case said the mom posed no danger to the children.
Julia Bloodworth, the most recent guardian ad litem on the case, who has two decades worth of experience with children, in an affidavit said the judge coordinated his plans with the father’s attorney to remove the children from Augusta, without the mom, the guardian, or her attorney even knowing the kids were gone from school.
The Columbia County mother is revealing her face because she wants the community to understand what she calls injustice.
In a September order, Judge Craig said her children’s expression of being “afraid and concerned” to live with their mom was “comparatively profound.”
But Judge Craig never presented any evidence in his order of physical or emotional abuse, and the guardian ad litem said she never saw any either.
“No, no, I was not abusing our children,” said the mother. “We had a guardian ad litem. She says in her affidavit she spent more time working with our family then any other in her two decades of experience, and there was no concern by her.”
Days after the the most recent order, guardian Julia Bloodworth filed an affidavit with the court.
In it – she said, “In all of my conversations with them, including many phone calls with [the son], neither of the children ever acted or sounded as if they were afraid of their mother or concerned for their personal welfare at their mother’s home.” In addition, Bloodworth said it may have been the father who was “manipulating” them through the use of parental alienation – allegations the father’s attorney denies.
Bloodworth said she wasn’t involved in the drafting of the order at all, which she feels, may go against her contract and order written and signed by the very same judge.
“The guardian who knew our family wasn’t allowed to speak,” said the mother. “She wasn’t heard. And that was the whole point of her being assigned to our case.”
In the order, Judge Craig admits to calling one of the the father’s three attorney days before the order was issued to make sure the father would be in Augusta for the execution of the order, which would allow him to move the children to Ohio, denying the mom a hearing that’s required under Georgia law.
I asked the mom, “the guardian ad litem didn’t know? You didn’t know? Only your ex-husband’s attorneys?”
“And Judge Danny Craig,” said mom said.
But Judge Craig signed a certificate of service swearing he’d served all parties with his order before filing it with the clerk’s office. The clerk’s office time stamp shows it being clocked in at 11:50 in the morning, while Judge Craig’s fax time stamp shows it didn’t get sent to the mom’s attorney until nearly three and a half hours later.
“Our children were already gone out of school, before my attorney was notified,” said the mother. “We didn’t know. We were the last to know.”
That’s right: the mom sent her kids to school, and she didn’t know they were gone until they didn’t get off the school bus.
“[I am] stunned, even though so much has happened that didn’t seem right,” the mother said. “It’s still shocking that it was this blatant.”
Judge Craig said he can’t comment on this case because it’s an active case.
But one of the attorney’s for the surgeon ex-husband did agree to speak on the case during an on the record meeting at her Augusta law firm.
Barbara Barnett ‘Bobi’ Claridge disagrees with the assertion her behavior is considered improper because during the phone call the judge only said:
“Have your client here on a date certain; tell me what that day is.”
Claridge said she was not aware the judge didn’t make the same phone call to the mom’s attorney.
“I do not know if he did or did not relate that information to Ms. Portnoy,” said Claridge.
I then asked if she knew the children were gone before the mom’s side even knew; Claridge said she did.
“I was aware the order was issued, my client was told to pick them, and did so,” said Claridge.
Upon further investigation into this case, we found in court documents that a previous psychologist guardian also hired by Judge Craig to determine custody for the same children in this case also recommended the children remain in the mother’s care.
According to the final divorce order in that case, Judge Craig also “found” that there was no evidence in favor of the mom, thereby totally denying the existence of that psychologist which he had appointed.
The current economic crisis is an integrity crisis in its core. Judicial corruption features prominently in it. And unless judicial corruption is addressed, socio-economic development is unlikely to improve anytime soon…
Los Angeles, March 6 – just a few years ago, it was next to impossible to find any information regarding judicial corruption in the United States. Over the past couple of years, the situation has dramatically changed.In the latest effort, William Windsor and others compiled a partial list of anti judicial corruption sites from across the United States, some with traffic statistics. Some sites are dedicated to one judge, some to one court, state courts, US federal courts, civil courts, criminal courts, family courts, probate courts, juvenile courts…
Pick your favorites…
 11-03-05 Judicial and Government Corruption – Hundreds of Web Sites in the United States…
Human Rights Alert (NGO)
Human Rights Alert is dedicated to discovering, archiving, and disseminating evidence of Human Rights violations by the justice systems of the State of California and the United States in Los Angeles County, California, and beyond. Human Rights Alert focuses on the unique role of computerized case management systems in the precipitous deterioration of the integrity of the justice system in the United States.
WHAT DID THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA?
* “…judges tried and sentenced a staggering number of people for crimes they did not commit.”
Prof David Burcham, Dean, Loyola Law School, LA (2001)
* “This is conduct associated with the most repressive dictators and police states… and judges must share responsibility when innocent people are convicted.”
Prof Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Irvine Law School (2001)
* “Innocent people remain in prison”
* “…the LA Superior Court and the DA office, the two other parts of the justice system that the Blue Panel Report recommends must be investigated relative to the integrity of the system, have not produced any response that we know of…”
LAPD Blue Ribbon Review Panel Report (2006)
WHAT DID THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN CALIFORNIA?
* “…corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California.”
United Nations Human Rights Council Staff Report (2010)
WHAT DID THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT THE STATE COURTS IN THE UNITED STATES?
* “On July 26, 2010, Laurence Tribe, Senior Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Access to Justice Initiative, delivered an important speech to the Conference of Chief Justices, challenging them to halt the disintegration of our state justice systems before they become indistinguishable from courts of third world nations.”
Prof Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School (2010), per National Defender Leadership Institute (2010)
WHAT DID THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES?
* “More than 100 law professors have signed on to a letter released today that proposes congressional hearings and legislation aimed at fashioning “mandatory and enforceable” ethics rules for Supreme Court justices for the first time. The effort, coordinated by the liberal Alliance for Justice, was triggered by “recent media reports,” the letter said, apparently referring to stories of meetings and other potential conflicts of interest involving Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas among others.”
More than 100 law professors, as reported by the Blog of the Legal Times (February 2011)
WHAT DID CHIEF JUDGE OF THE US COURT OF APPEALS, 5TH CIRCUIT, SAY ABOUT THE US JUSTICE SYSTEM?
* “The American legal system has been corrupted almost beyond recognition…”
Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, Edith Jones, speaking before the Federalist Society of Harvard Law School (February 2003)
WHAT DID THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SAY ABOUT THE US JUSTICE SYSTEM?
* In a speech in Georgetown University, Senator Leahy, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee called for a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” on the US Department of Justice.
Transcript of Senator Leahy speech (2009)