From EB: Lillie White from Fla. granny napped for money by prof. guardian

Lillie White, above, an octogenarian from Palm Coast, Florida, went missing in August 2016. She was last seen at a doctor’s office where her niece Sheila had taken her for a checkup. Sheila was confused when an assistant called her into a back room to fill out more medical forms for her aunt, but she complied. When she returned to the waiting room, Aunt Lillie was gone. Sheila was told she had been escorted from the office by a court-appointed guardian who had refused to reveal where she was taking the 88-year-old.

Lillie White, top, and right with niece Sheila Kennedy Bryant. Embedded below is a 2016 family video of White speaking against guardianship before it was imposed on her.

Sheila and White’s other relatives quickly discovered that her sole granddaughter, who had been removed from White’s will, had convinced a court to…

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from FB: Indiana civil forefeiture law struck down unconstitutional when man with $40k SUV seized over $400 drug sale.

When the government becomes the criminal……

Let’s hear it for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, protecting the little guy.

In case you didn’t know, civil forfeiture laws have been implicated in police depts reselling all sorts of items, and then wasting the money on parties, and all sorts of nonsense purchases.  It’s nothing but govt gone wild.

Supreme Court civil forfeiture case: Justices back man whose $40K SUV was seized over $400 drug sale
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court’s opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana.

Police seized Timbs’ $40,000 Land Rover when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin. The Institute for Justice, which…

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From BP; Case law on how the state cannot remove your child from your home without a warrant signed by a judge

In Illinois there are tons of kids removed from their homes without a warrant by DCFS.

Why a warrant?  A warrant must be accompanied by an affidavit that makes sense and clearly states probably cause.  It is then reviewed by the judge and signed off by a judge.  This may not be a perfect system, but you do have a prosecutor involved, a judge involved, not just some BS from DCFS.  (Brian Peterson case)

Here is the law on that issue.  If you have a state or medical kidnap case, be sure to know your rights. DO NOT TALK TO DCFS OR THE POLICE without your lawyer being present.  Tell DCFS you will cooperate but they must put questions in writing and your lawyer will answer those questions for you.

Too many false removals in Illinois.

Know your rights.

Don’t put your kids in danger into a system in Illinois…

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From EB: oversight on Florida’s “professional guardians” results in 0 investigations after 134 complaints

State watchdog does little to hold court-appointed guardians accountable

No guardians removed, 132 investigations open
Posted: 5:36 PM, Feb 20, 2019
Updated: 5:21 PM, Feb 20, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A state watchdog set up to police Florida’s troubled guardianship system has taken little action to hold court-appointed guardians accountable for serious violations, the I-Team found.

The Office of Public and Professional Guardians – set up by lawmakers in 2016 – has handed out only 19 warning letters since it was established, state records show.


The best legal planning may not be enough to keep you safe from guardianship

Realtor seeks court-ordered guardianship to take away rights of elderly beach hotel owner

Public records obtained by I-Team Investigator Adam Walser show the watchdog agency cited guardians for taking property, depositing a check made out to a person in their…

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From FB: A very scary statute of “chemical endangerment” entices overly zealous prosecutors to charge women who lost a baby at birth or that was stillborn

Here is an interesting article where some over zealous prosecutors are using a statute to go after women who have miscarried, had a stilborn baby or lost a baby shortly after birth on “chemical endangerment”, a statute that was meant to protect children from parents who cook meth at home.

Typically, a state may test tissues from a still birth or birth (generally poor women) for metabolites of drugs, but not the drugs themselves.  Many food items can mimic illegal drugs, as we know (poppy seeds, second hand smoke from marijuana users, etc.) all types of legal activities can be absorbed into the mother’s blood system and turn up as a “metabolite  of a drug” and then the mother might be prosecuted.

Prosecutors must be told to only prosecute when active, verifiable drugs are found in a woman’s system, and even then, it would seem better to send a   woman…

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From FB: Dozens of CPS workers found falsifying records

There has to be nothing worse than losing your child or grandchild to the CPS system based upon the lies of a social worker who just doesn’t care about parental rights. It is utterly heartbreaking and devastating to  a family.

This is one of the most important jobs in a community and many communities are uncovering severe problems ending in the loss of a child or children.

There must be more oversight into these systems.  Parents should not be losing children due to the misbehavior of certain government workers, esp. when these workers at the same time, and the court system backing them is attempting to claim “absolute immunity.”

That is absolutely ludicrous.

By Andrea Ball and Eric Dexheimer / Published January 13, 2015

Houston CPS worker Michelle Robinson testifies during her trial at the Harris County Courthouse in October. Robinson was convicted of falsifying records, sentenced to a…

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from FB: Judges ordered to under go additional training in dealing with domestic abuse

Here is a great article on how little judges know about dealing with, and alleviating domestic abuse and how they need much more training.

Judges to undergo psychological domestic abuse training

domestic abuseImage copyrightLAURA DODSWORTH
Image captionSome campaigners said the new bill “could change Scotland forever”

Judges and sheriffs in Scotland are to receive special training ahead of a new bill to criminalise psychological domestic abuse.

The online training will focus on knowledge and understanding of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, which comes into force on 1 April.

Participants will also complete a face-to-face domestic abuse course.

The interactive learning package was commissioned by the Judicial Institute for Scotland.

The face-to-face courses will be held in the Institute’s purpose-built judicial learning suite in Edinburgh.

Coercive control

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From AC: What are case management orders all about?

A case management order is often a form issued by the judge that tells parties the following:

  1. a deadline for issuing written discovery (Interrogatories, Requests for Documents and Requests to Admit)
  2. A deadline by which all parties must take discovery of fact witnesses.
  3. In a med mal or pers. injury case, when Plaintiff has to send subpoenas to health care providers by
  4. When expert witnesses must be deposed by
  5. When expert witnesses must provide their expert reports by
  6. When dispositive motions must be filed by (motions to dismiss, summary judgment motions, judgments on the pleadings.)
  7. When discovery will close
  8. The next status date so the judge can inquire of how the case is proceeding and help with any issues or disputes.
  9.  Motions in liminie (pre trial motions)
  10.  Trial Briefs due date
  11. Dates for trial to start and no. of days expected.

These orders help a court keep organized during the…

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From IR/Forbes; Beware of trust mills and estate planning scams

Beware Of These New Estate Planning Scams

Christopher Elliott

Bad advice. High fees. Trust mills. There’s a lot to watch out for when you’re planning for the future, including several new estate planning scams.

“Death brings out the worst in people,” says Francine Kent, an estate appraiser from Sarasota, Fla.

Unscrupulous advisors prey on the elderly and their heirs with questionable legal advice, unnecessary bills, and the ever-present living trust come-ons.

One recent estate stands out in Kent’s mind: a grandfather who had agreed to cover his son-in-law’s college tuition. After the grandfather’s death, his heirs declined to pay for the son-in-law’s bills because he wasn’t named in the will.

“I have seen plenty of awful things,” she adds.

new estate planning scams


You need a plan (even if you think you don’t)

Think you don’t need a plan? Think again.


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