From Netflix: All the Queen’s Horses: how to steal $53 million from the City of Dixon, Illinois

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https://netflix.com/watch/80221850?trackId=13752289&tctx=0%2C0%2C36833b26610466c253cd59355de4767e3390f448%3Ab86a226bea465f31fdf92058ad7057246c4e01db%2C%2C

Great documentary on Netflix explains how one public official in Dixon, Illinois stole $53 million over 20 years.  The scary part it, she might have gotten away with it.

The accounts were audited by a top 10 accounting firm who settled for $35 million.

The bank involved, 5th/3rd got away with settling for only $4 million.

Of course, the attorney continued to bilk the Village of Dixon for $10 million in legal fees to recoup $40 million.

One day, while the embezzler was gone from her desk, someone asked a simple question about an accounting discrepancy.

That’s when the “secret account” of horse owner Rita was discovered when she transferred millions every year to her own custody and control for purchases like clothes, jewelry, horses (of course), spa trips, vacations, etc.

The scary part is that many smaller towns and villages across the US could fall into the same…

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From KKD: Chicago Trib: more info on corrupt Dorothy Brown under investigation

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How long will this investigation take?  Now she says she is running for Mayor.  That’s insane and she basically challenges the FBI to “do something” about this at ever turn.

In the meantime, it cost fifty to 25 cents a page to get court records and you can only do it at the courthouse IF the printers are working and the employees “allow you” to get your file.

Pacer has been in operation since 2000 and costs 8 cents a page and it’s available to the public on the internet, as it should be.

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From SB/VR: Ten tips on writing appellate briefs in Illinois

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Appellate Practice

Ten Tips to Improve Your Case on Appeal

A reviewing court can be an intimidating place, especially for the occasional appellate practitioner. Here are ten practical tips to put you at ease and strengthen your case.

Illinois is home to not only a talented group of reviewing-court judges, but also some procedural quirks that may be unfamiliar to the occasional appellate practitioner. With that in mind, here are 10 practical tips on various issues – some critical and some subtle – to improve one’s chances in an Illinois reviewing court prior to the oral-argument stage.

1. Standard of review is the key

The success of many, if not most, appeals rises and falls on the standard of review. Yet many practitioners fail to adequately develop an argument for the standard that best serves their appeal, while others entirely fail to identify an appropriate…

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From change.org: wish list to clean up DCFS/CPS

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If you get a chance, please sign this poor woman’s petition for justice:

https://change.org/p/presidant-donald-trump-lets-change-how-cps-dcfs-operates-now?signed=true

and look at her wish list to clean up DCFS/CPS:

SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE CHANGED IN THIS SYSTEM ON HOW THEY OPERATE AND EVALUATE THESE CASES! LET THIS GO NATIONAL PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!
IDEAS:
a.) There needs to be more state workers to take over extra cases so that the children and families cases don’t go longer than they need to and to make sure notes, documents, etc. are all correct and appropriate.

b.) Laws need to be uniform throughout the nation. When interstate cases happen this makes it a harder and the cases take much longer since it is more complex.

c.) Children shouldn’t be taken away until there is a true evidence in a case to make that case true unless there is evidence that is apparent right away for the safety of the children, but…

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From WH: How to sue DCFS for lying and removing children wrongfully

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How to Sue Child Protective Services

Each state has its own Child Protective Services (CPS) agency that is responsible for protecting the health and welfare of children. CPS investigations can be traumatic and stressful for both parents and children. However, emotional distress alone does not give you the right to sue CPS. Since CPS social workers are government agents, they cannot act in ways that violate your established civil rights. An overzealous CPS worker may violate your constitutional right to due process, or your protection from unreasonable search and seizure. When that happens, you may be able to sue for monetary damages.[1]

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    Create a chronological outline of events. Beginning with your first encounter with CPS, draft an account of each encounter or communication you’ve had with CPS social workers and other staff members.[2]
    • Write down the names, job titles, and direct contact…

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From FB; Great article on how judges often award visitation to the abuser and ignore the warnings of the protective parent

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https://masslive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/07/1d8d81b44f6371/domestic-violence-victims-stru.html

Domestic violence victims struggle in family courts to retain custody of children

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From FB: $21 million missing from the US treasury, is anyone shocked?

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https://exopermaculture.com/2017/12/10/forbes-magazine-21-trillion-missing-u-s-treasury/

Forbes magazine just yesterday became the first major media to blow the lid off of $21 trillion that have gone missing from the US treasury. The entire article is copied below. To give an idea of how much money that is, if you divide the entire US population of around 325 million into $21 trillion, the amount missing is equivalent to $65,000 for every man, woman, and child in the country.

CBS News in 2002 was the first to report on the much smaller amount of $2.3 trillion missing from the Pentagon, as acknowledged by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in a report on the Dept. of Defense website. Rumsfeld’s report was later strangely removed from the website, but is still available on the Internet archive.

No other media picked up on this mind-blowing story. What should have been a top headline-grabbing story of highest concern to…

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