From the LAT–how most elderly women live in the US: too poor to retire and too old to work

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http://graphics.latimes.com/retirement-nomads/

At the wise age of 79, Dolores Westfall knows food shopping on an empty stomach is a fool’s errand. On her way to the grocery store last May, she pulled into the Town & Country Family Restaurant to take the edge off her appetite.

After much consideration, she ordered the prime rib special and an iced tea — expensive at $21.36, but the leftovers, wrapped carefully to go, would provide two more lunches.

The problem, she later realized, was that a big insurance bill was coming due. How was she going to pay it? Was she going to tip into insolvency over a plate of prime rib?

“I thought I could handle eating and shopping,” she said, “but lunch put me over the top.”

Westfall — 5 feet 1 tall, with a graceful dancer’s body she honed as a tap-dancing teenager — is as stubborn as she is…

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From Randy Robinson–a new petition from Move On.org to stop stealing our loved ones and isolating them.

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Randy Robinson

9:23 AM (10 hours ago)
Hi,

Probate courts and professional Guardians are stealing senior citizens and disabled people Estates and isolating them from their family members. Taking away their civil rights. This has affected me personally and others I know.

That’s why I created a petition to The Michigan State House, The Michigan State Senate, Governor Rick Snyder, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama, which says:

“Time to end Guardian abuse that takes away the Civil Right of seniors and disabled people the courts are corrupt and stealing the seniors life savings and the states. The Guardians are isolating family members this must be stopped.”

Will you sign this petition? Click here:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/end-guardian-abuse?source=c.em.mt&r_by=13973906

Thanks!

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From Charles Edward Lincoln on the amazing breadth of the 1st Amendment

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Our constitution affirmatively grants to individuals the rights of speech and assembly.
Every person may freely speak, write and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right. No law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of the press.
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The people have the right freely to assemble together, to consult for the common good, to make known their opinions to their representatives, and to petition for redress of grievances.
1 This Court has long held that the rights of speech and assembly cannot be curtailed by the government. King v. S. Jersey Nat’l Bank, 66 N.J. 161, 177, 330 A.2d 1 (1974). Moreover, under limited circumstances, we have determined that those constitutional rights may be enforced against private entities. Schmid, supra,

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From Ken Ditkowsky — More dirty tricks from Esformes and taking advantage of the poor and elderly

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The following is a copy of an Article that was in today’s Chicago Tribune.
When Coupled with the Seth Gillman plea of guilty and the episodes with Omnicare the future for Philip Esformes is not bright.   From the sidelines we all have observed the fact that Seth Gillman is now co-operating with the Fed along with some of Philip’s other associates.   The obvious attempt to encourage Gillman not to co-operate by Jerome Larkin et al I am such was noticed by the Fed.   Nevertheless, I understand that he and others are forming a choirs and are scheduling a concert very soon at 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois.
It appears to me that the choir needs a tenor, and as Morris/Philip is aware of the activities of most of the other actors he could be a real help in ending the elder cleansing scandal.   It has…

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From Texas Tech School of Law–Interesting article on Probate Exception

Too many times Federal Court dismiss human and civil rights Complaints with a broad brush. Use this article to reign their protection of other judges and crony lawyers

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http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/2009/01/probate-excepti.html

This may help many of you when preparing Responses to the dreaded Motions to Dismiss in Federal Court when you file your 42 USC 1983/85 claims; 18 USC 241/242 claims and ADA claims:

Smith5Allison Elvert Graves (J.D., University of Alabama, licensed in Missouri) has recently published her comment entitled Marshall v. Marshall: The Past, Present, and Future of the Probate Exception to Federal Jurisdiction, 59 Ala. L. Rev. 1643 (2008).

Here is the introduction to her article:

The probate exception is one of the most mysterious and esoteric branches of the law of federal jurisdiction.” This often cited quote describes the uncertainty surrounding the scope of the probate exception to federal jurisdiction. It has long been held that “a federal court has no jurisdiction to probate a will or administer an estate.” This prohibition on “matters of strict probate” is generally assumed to…

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From Ken Ditkowsky–NY Lawyer steals $5 million from clients, gets 6.5 years in prison

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From Ken Ditkowsky–

Had this occurred in Illinois – assuming that the lawyer was part of the miscreant co-operative, Jerome Larkin would have covered this up and it would be ethically challenged to point it out!

 It is interesting to not e that when Lawyer Seth Gillman stole  over $100 million as part of his fraudulent hospice activity, there was no ARDC action when this was announced by an indictment–or when members of the public complained before the indictment.   When he pleaded guilty, Larkin and the IARDC were silent; however, when Gillman started to co-operate with the Federal Authorities – bingo! – the IARDC (Larkin) were before the Supreme Court of Illinois to get an interium suspension of Gillman’s license.    The miscreants in the Sykes case are still practicing law, even though about $3 million dollars has been stolen and the judge at page 91 of her…

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From the NYT–BOA ordered to pay millions to blacks due to discrimination

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is anyone surprised?

As an employer, it wasn’t exactly the bank for all of America.

Bank of America was ordered Monday to pay 1,147 African American job applicants $2,181,593 in back wages and interest after a judge found that the company’s Charlotte office had racially discriminated against them.

Judge Linda S. Chapman ruled that the bank used “unfair and inconsistent selection criteria” when it routinely chose white applicants over black job-seekers in 1993 and again between 2002 and 2005.

In 1993, the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs launched a review of the bank that turned up evidence of “systemic hiring discrimination” against African Americans, denying them entry-level clerical and administrative positions.

A judge ordered Bank of America to pay $2.2 million to more than 1,000 African Americans who were denied work at the company's Charlotte offices. 

A judge ordered Bank of America to pay $2.2 million to more than 1,000 African Americans who were denied work at the company’s…

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