No Judge who is corrupt, who condones corruption in others, can possibly remains on the Bench.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tribute to Barry Goldstein - Safe Child with Mom

Safe Child with Mom

Tribute to Barry Goldstein

Who is Barry Goldstein? He is a lawyer, writer, speaker, and activist. He was practicing in New York for Genia Shockome in the Family Court until the Judge through the book at him for speaking the truth. Barry didn't let this faze him. If a judge through a book at him, then Barry would write a book, or at least co-write and co-edit a BIG BLUE BOOK (710 pages) with Mo Hannah, founder and director of the annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference held in Albany, NY. This book may revolutionize the Family Courts. Barry is a regular invaluable speaker and teacher at the BMCC. This book, Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Child Custody: Legal Strategies and Policy Issues, ISBN: 1-887554-76-9 goes for a whopping $139.95, but it well worth it, as 25 seasoned advocates and professionals contribute a chapter each (see 2nd article below for details).

Barry has an unusual voice, someone once described it as underwater baritone, his content is right on, as his speech is streamlined for efficiency and impact. He has a New York accent, whatever that means, and he is very amiable and helpful. Barry was recently at the October 1st and 2nd event in Washington D.C.  On the first day, he marched with the troops from the Department of Justice to the Senate buildings, where he and the top organizers, the "A Team" as we called it, because they talked with the key Senatorial Aides. On both days, Barry could be seen holding one end of the banner, while munching on apples from a thoughtful Mom who also blessed us with delicious scones... I digress a bit. 
The point I am trying to make is that Barry was on the front lines of activism.  So, I am sure there is more that Attorney Barry Goldstein has done for women and children over the years, and there is still more he will do. I encourage all of you to attend the 8th BMCC on January 7, 8, and 9, 2010. The focus and title of the conference is UNITY. Barry is one of us who exemplifies this goal.
ps. Barry Goldstein's web address
His other book is Scared To Leave, Afraid to Stay, (see web above)
Barry's email is
Barry's BIO -
The following are three key readings written by or about Barry: 
1. "A Cancer Spreading in the Custody Court System", article by Barry Goldstein, 2010
2. Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Child Custody, book by Barry and Mo Hannah, 2010
3. The Genia Shockome Case information, 2003-2008

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Whores of the Court - The Rape of American Justice

Whores of the Court 
The Rape of American Justice.

In this provocative and well-researched book, Margaret Hagen, Ph.D, reveals how expert psychological testimony is a total fraud, showing how the courts have increasingly embraced not a cutting-edge science but, instead, a discipline that represents a terrifying retreat into fantasy and hearsay; a discipline propelled by powerful propaganda, arrogance, and greed.

Dr. Hagen sounds a clarion wake-up call, offering some startling – and much-needed – recommendations about how we can reclaim our own ability to judge and supplying vital advice on how we can protect ourselves from the ravages of psychological testimony in our own lives.
“A damning indictment of the psychologizing – and undermining – of the American legal system. With righteous wrath and devastating wit, this sweeping critique should stir national debate.”

Monday, October 11, 2010

One more of too many Fairfax County Courts Horror stories

The more I read the more these situations mirror my own.
This situation is particular mirrors the court experiences I have been having this past 18 months in Fairfax, Virginia. The GAL is so biased and proud of it too!
He informs me that he speaks to the father’s attorney and has never responded to me once.
Also, my son would sit next to his dad and allow him to lie to the therapist while in session. I would look right at my son and he would not move a muscle to correct the situation, Many times my son said,”What am I going to say while in court mommy because the odds are I am going to be put back in his home.”!! Well, the judge did depose my teenager in his chambers and he informed him how much he wants to return to me and that it would be best in all areas of which are considered under the law to Modify Custody. Well, to make a long story short after his father and attorney manipulated the custody trial through various means, the judge after repeatedly saying i as going to be granted custody but after school finishes, did not do as he stated.
After all of the abuse the father has been accused of doing to this child and the judge repeatedly saying he is going to give me custody goes and Denies me my Motion! What he did is denied me my Due Process Rights and should be taken off of the bench!
So his dad goes and abandons him a week later in the Virginia courts where they live and pressed assault charges on our son. The court places him in Foster care where he has been severely neglected and assaulted. They did not even want to enroll him into public school when he is a gifted child! No medical care has been provided as well. The only one that has been providing him with stuff and taking care of him is :”me”.
I still have supervised visitation and you are so correct in saying that “they” hate it when there is actually no problem or things improving. My psych assessment came back excellent and they could not stand it! They said they have to discuss this with the therapist etc etc and never did! It was all lame excuses.
What a mess and the sad part is that the children are being so severely damaged. The damage will not even be apparent until they grow older and start to realize the relationship they were denied with their loving mom and the years they cannot make up!
This is so sad that a court that is suppose to protect is hurting and is the problem!Reading these articles helps to make my situation so much more clear because I have been all alone throughout this domestic abuse for 26 years! Now, my X has involved our son who is now 16. The abuser will wait until the child is old enough to manipulate but not old enough to rebel and be independent!
The truth speaks for itself. For so many woman who never shared stories to all have such similar if not identical experiences!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The idea of "justice" is a mockery in the VA JDR courts

Everything I have seen is backdoor dealings and rulings made on the spot with no investigation or real oversight as to the impact of those rulings on people's lives.
I am a mother in Charlottesville, VA. I have been in the Charlottesville
JRD courts over custody of my children for 16 years.

As far as i have
witnessed the idea of "justice" is a mockery in the VA JDR courts.

 I might have gotten a more unbiased decision if I had asked a random person
on the street what their opinion was.

Everything I have seen is backdoor
dealings and rulings made on the spot with no investigation or real
oversight as to the impact of those rulings on people's lives.

Please tell me how to gain some sort of justice after nearly two decades of
struggle and misery inflicted on myself and my family by the system that
was supposed to provide protection and relief.
Waunema Kelley