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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From FB: How Family court hands over custody to an abuser

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https://www.abc10.com/mobile/article/news/local/abc10-originals/the-problem-with-family-court/103-550687204

THE PROBLEM WITH FAMILY COURT

ABC10-ORIGINALS

5 CHAPTERS
Author:Lilia Luciano
Published:12:06 AM PDT May 10, 2018
Updated:11:24 PM PDT May 11, 2018

Family court handles divorces, the division of assets, restraining orders and custody of children.

In most cases, divorcing parents go through the process outside of the courtroom, through mediation.

But high-conflict divorces, when the parties can’t agree, can end up on trial.

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From FB: Some Great Law you can use in Motions and Briefs on parental rights

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Procedural right to Due Process–parents rights under state kidnap

The right to procedural due process is implicated where a constitutionally protected liberty or property interest is concerned. Board of Regents of St. Colleges v. Roth, 408 US 564 (1972). The crux of procedural due process is the right to notice and an opportunity to be heard at a meaningful time and in a meaningful manner. Fuentes v. Shevin, 407 US 67 (1972).

The US Supreme Court has repeatedly held that parents have a fundamental right to make decisions as to the companionship, care, custody and management of their children, which right is a protected liberty interest under the Fourteenth Amendment. Troxel v. Granville, 530 US 57, 65-66 (2000). As a result, there can be no doubt that the Fourteenth amendment is implicated whenever the government seeks to separate a parent from his or her child, and due process principles generally…

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