Annalise Rice, 19, describes her Family Court nightmare
Richard Gardner’s controversial Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) theory was invoked in a heated Minnesota case.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., May 5, 2017- Filed in March 2017, new Federal Civil Rights lawsuit in Minnesota hopes to strike a dagger in the heart of corruption in family courts.
Annalise Rice, 19, currently a freshman at the University of North Dakota, recently filed that lawsuit against her father, Brent Rice, a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, as well as Hennepin and Carver counties, a judge and several court professionals and social workers. All were involved in her family court case that, she argues, deprived her of her civil rights.
In an exclusive interview with this CDN reporter, Annalise Rice described a nightmarish childhood in which she was taken away from her mother without explanation and forced to live with a father who was mostly absentee but abusive when he was present. She ran away from him multiple times, including on incident during which she spent approximately one month on the run with her mother. She was also forced repeatedly to live in foster care when not living with her father.
Rice argues in her lawsuit that the family court and repeatedly violated her due process rights and used pseudo-science to support forcing her to live with her abusive father while being kept away from her mother. In part, the lawsuit states
“By coercing and financially harassing Plaintiffs mother into abandoning her legal efforts to protect Annelise through the courts, by knowingly allowing the introduction of false testimony, by allowing into evidence and/or the court’s consideration the bogus, disreputable, and pro child-abuser ‘Parental Alienation Syndrome’ theory concocted by the discredited misogynist Richard Gardner, by failing to disclose to the court the unethical and prejudicial relationship between Defendant Brent Rice and Defendants, by prohibiting Annelise Rice (or any older siblings) from testifying on her own behalf in order to obtain protection from the abuse, by falsifying child protective services reports on Plaintiffs abuse, and other acts.”
Richard Gardner and Parental Alienation Syndrome
Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) – allegedly triggered in Annalise Rice by the behavior of her mother, Caroline Rice – and Richard Gardner himself are extremely controversial in the precincts of family law. As noted in the language of the current suit, Gardner has made a series of pro-pedophile and misogynistic statements that tend to undercut his theory.
“There is a bit of pedophilia in every one of us,” Gardner once wrote, observing that “pedophilia has been considered the norm by the vast majority of individuals in the history of the world.”
Parental Alienation Syndrome theory claims that parents – almost exclusively women – put abuse allegations into the heads of their children to alienate them from their fathers. The theory has largely been dismissed by all courts, law enforcement personnel, and psychologists, save for those working in family courts.
The District Attorneys Association of the State of New York instructed that “Prosecutors should diligently question any case law or article that is cited as supporting PAS theory.”