From DM: Fax to Cal. lawmakers begs them to fix Probate in Alameda County

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City Council
Darryl Moore 510 981 7120
Council Member, district 2

ACTION CALENDAR
October 18, 2016
To; Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council
From:  Darryl oore
Subject:  Resolution to Fix Probate Court and Investigate
Council member Darryl Moore
Mayor Tom Bates
Council member Kriss Worthington
Examining Alameda County Probate Court Process, Including
Consideration of Establishing A Grand Jury to Investigate
RECOMMENDATION:
Adopt a Resolution requesting an examination of the way in Which the probate courts in
Alameda County function and the City Clerk send copies of the resolution and agenda
item to the Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, Alameda County
Supervisor Keith Carson, Assembly member Tony Thurmond, and State Senator Loni
Hancock.
BACKGROUND:
The Berkeley City Council was recently approached by a group consisting of dozens of
African American families that feel that they have been unfairly treated by the probate
court system and, as a result…

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From EB: Kentucky Judge faces 20 years in prison for human trafficking; many victims under age 18

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http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/386454-former-kentucky-judge-given-20-years-in-prison-for-human-trafficking

A former Kentucky judge has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on human trafficking charges.

Timothy Nolan, a 71-year-old former Campbell County district judge, pleaded guilty to human trafficking and other felony sex crimes involving minors, according to multiple reports.

Nolan is also a conservative political activist and worked on President Trump’s campaign in Kentucky during the 2016 presidential race.

Nolan apologized and vowed to seek treatment during his sentencing hearing on Friday after prosecutors read statements from the nearly 20 teen victims, many of whom were under 16 years old, according to The Associated Press.

Nolan previously forced a delay in the sentencing by firing his attorneys and attempting to withdraw his guilty plea in a “wild” court hearing in March, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

http://www.tampabay.com/ex-kentucky-judge-sentenced-to-prison-for-human-trafficking-ap_national2a7f3b5e3c384fb8a2c224cd02e341c7

http://www.tampabay.com/ex-kentucky-judge-sentenced-to-prison-for-human-trafficking-ap_national2a7f3b5e3c384fb8a2c224cd02e341c7

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky judge and conservative political activist has been sentenced to 20 years in…

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from EB: Oakland County Judges hire attorney under investigation for probate fraud

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does this sound familiar to anyone?

https://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/oakland-county-probate-judges-hire-attorney-under-criminal-investigation

PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) – She was terminated from her position by the Attorney General and she was at the center of a 7 Action News investigation. So why are taxpayers now paying the salary of this local lawyer?

A criminal investigation was launched after we exposed how some public officials and real estate brokers were cashing in on probate estates, often leaving rightful heirs with very little.

So why is one of the public officials being investigated by Oakland County — now working for Oakland County’s Probate Court?

The 7 Investigators first exposed…

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From EB: Ms. Kasem talks about the rights of children to see elderly parents

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http://www.dailyprogress.com/newsvirginian/news/national/kasem-speaks-against-elder-abuse/article_25857078-570d-11e8-8156-8f7f83c9abcd.html

WEYERS CAVE — Kerri Kasem, daughter of late Top 40 DJ Casey Kasem, visited the area on Wednesday to speak on elder abuse. Kerri spoke at the 7th annual training of the Greater Augusta Coalition Against Adult Abuse on Wednesday.

The conference was at the Plecker Workforce Center at Blue Ridge Community College. The day started with the film EDITH + EDDIE – A Story of Love and Elder Abuse.

Next, Kasem presented “Isolated: How Casey Kasem’s Family fought, changed the law, and survived.”

Kasem is an American radio personality. She hosted Sixx Sense and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx.

Kasem and her siblings were banned from seeing or talking to their father, Casey, in the last years of his life. He was isolated and no law prevented the abuse.

Kasem told her family’s story of the struggle to see her father. She talked about early warning…

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From CS: Federal Court proceeds with wrongful death claim against gship probate judge who allowed abuse of disabled ward.

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https://setexasrecord.com/stories/511420179-houston-federal-judge-allows-state-judge-to-be-sued

Looks like Texas is paving the way for Illinois:

HOUSTON – Southern District Chief Justice Lee H. Rosenthal recently issued a landmark ruling allowing a wrongful death lawsuit against a Houston probate judge to proceed in an adult guardianship claim.

Sherry Johnston sued Harris County Probate Judge Christine Butts in 2016, alleging that her elderly mother Willie Jo Mills suffered broken bones and a rapid, preventable decline, which contributed to malnutrition and death when Mills was a ward of the State of Texas under guardianship.

A ward is typically a senior citizen experiencing cognitive decline or a younger adult with physical or developmental disabilities.

“Construing the allegations in the light most favorable to Johnston, she has alleged a plausible claim against Judge Butts’s bond under § 1201.003,” Judge Rosenthanl states in her…

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From MG: Illinois now has standardized Dissolution of Marriage Forms

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http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Forms/approved/divorce/divorce.asp

I think this is a great idea and putting them on the internet is an even better idea.

Now we need standard forms to defend against abusive probate, theft in estates and defense of mortgage foreclosure.

Approved Statewide Forms – Divorce, Child Support, and Maintenance Forms

The following forms have been approved for use by the Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and are required to be accepted in all Illinois courts. The forms are ADA accessible, and you can handwrite or type into the PDF form.

You will need Adobe Acrobat or free Adobe Reader XI or higher in order to save completed forms.

Dissolution of Marriage/Civil Union (Divorce with Children)

Form Title
Notes
Suggestions?
Approved
5/2018
Approved
5/2018

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From SK: Right to take notes and record in Court

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https://concurringopinions.com/archives/2014/06/fan-19-first-amendment-news-law-prof-contests-ban-on-note-taking-in-courtroom.html

FAN 19 (First Amendment News) Law Prof. Contests Ban on Note-Taking in Courtroom

This first part of this column is about bans on note-taking in courtrooms, federal and state. To illustrate this point, I want to say a few things about a law professor and the recent hell he went through in his attempt to takes notes in a public courtroom in Cook County, Illinois. Before I get to his story, which is an incredible one, permit me to set the stage with a few bits of history.
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There was a time, in my adult lifetime, when spectators in the Supreme Court were barred from taking notes. Yes, note-taking was not permitted unless one was a member of the press corps. One had to sit and listen in silence. In an August 18, 1997 Washington Post op-ed, Professor David…

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