Florida Mom Julie Price Ordered by Judge to Shut her Blog and Stop Talking (Repost)

Yet another grieving mother was forced to stop talking, in an effort to mask the continuation of abuse in the Family Courts. This court order by a family court judge violating her constitutional right to Freedom of Speech, was in response to the Naples News highlighted the story of Julie Price.

The Naples News, in their story, told about alarming details from the court file and the felony child abuses charges being faced by her former husband in regards to hog tying Julies daughter to a bed, for which Jon Parrish admitted to.

Just like other courageous mothers all over the United States, Julie created a blog to expressing her right to freedom of speech. On August 4, 2011 the trial court of Judge Brodie told Julie to take down the blog. During the hearing, the judge was not concerned that the former Husband was non-compliant with court orders, and then admonished Julie for her blog, which only expressed her concern for the safety and well being of her daughters and how the “court appointed” experts were handling her case. These “experts” were named, causing alarm to the courts and their cronies, concerned about exposure to the illegal practices.

One wonders, when will justice prevail for Julie Price, her children and all of America’s children involved in the child-custody visitation scandal cases happening all over the US….”

Read Full Story: Florida Mom Julie Price Ordered by Judge to Shut her Blog and Stop Talking

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Female Misogynists

Florida Judge Sanctioned, Ordered to Take Anger Management Classes After Jailing Abuse Victim 

Welcome to Big Time Small-Time Dicks, a regular column on The Slot that explores local politicians, small-town scandals, and everything else making life miserable on a local level. Know a small time person who is a big time dick we should feature? Email us.

A Florida judge who jailed a crying survivor of domestic abuse is being sanctioned by the state Supreme Court. Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins jailed the woman for three days last summer after brutally berating her in court, telling her, “You think you’re going to have anxiety now? You haven’t even seen anxiety.”

Collins jailed the woman for contempt after she failed to appear to testify against her attacker, the father of the woman’s one-year-old child. The woman told police that the man choked her, threatened her with a knife and ground his thumbs into her eyes. But the woman didn’t appear in court to testify; when compelled to appear, Collins berated her at length:

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Fathers Day to the Nth Degree

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and Ad Council Show Fathers the Critical Role They Play in Their Child’s Life
This 2010 Initiative is an example of how we are being polarized by the gender wars the family court system promotes. It’s also another example of government seeking to pursue an agenda of divide and conquer: If parents and other groups are kept in constant conflict, the attention is taken off the government entities that are robbing us blind through taxation.  Millions of dollars in funds are handed over to the States by the Department of Health and Human Services to family court connected nonprofits and GRANT DOLLARS = TAXPAYER DOLLARS! Continue reading about the HHS, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and Ad Council campaign below:

New Public Service Advertisements Inspire Fatherhood Involvement

Washington DC, October 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Nine out of ten parents believe there is a “father absence crisis” in America, according to two national surveys by the National Fatherhood Initiative. To inspire fathers to become more involved in the lives of their children, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) and The Advertising Council are launching a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs).  (Do we really need government telling fathers to become more involved in their children’s lives and more importantly, do taxpayers need to pay for it?)

“These new PSAs continue the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse’s tradition of delivering messages that inspire dads to give their children what they need to succeed: their time,” said Roland C. Warren, Media Campaign Director of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.

Created pro bono by C-E (Campbell-Ewald), the new TV, outdoor and Web PSAs emphasize to fathers that “the smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child’s life.” The PSAs conclude with the campaign tagline, “Take time to be a dad today” and direct fathers to visit www.fatherhood.gov or call 1-877-4DAD411 for parenting tips, fatherhood programs and additional resources for fathers.

“We are proud to continue our work with the Department of Health and Human Services on this campaign that is helping fathers recognize the critical role they play in their children’s lives,” said Peggy Conlon, president & CEO of the Ad Council. “These lighthearted and touching PSAs will demonstrate to all fathers that the time they spend with their children can make a significant impact on their lives.”

“It has been our privilege to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor,” Bill Ludwig, chairman and CEO of Campbell-Ewald said. “We want to inspire a new commitment of active fatherhood with an engaging message to fathers that even the smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child’s life, while capturing the hearts of viewers everywhere.”     (Give me a break!!!)

Health and Human Services

Through HHS, the federal government supports responsible fatherhood in diverse ways. Because engaged fathers strengthen families and contribute to healthy outcomes for children, many HHS programs integrate support for fathers. These include Head Start, child support programs, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. HHS also supports programs that focus on responsible fatherhood, such as the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood grant program administered by the Office of Family Assistance.

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) is funded by the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Family Assistance’s (OFA) efforts to assist States and communities in promoting and supporting Responsible Fatherhood. Primarily a tool for professionals operating Responsible Fatherhood programs, the NRFC provides access to print and electronic publications, timely information on fatherhood issues, and targeted resources that support OFA-funded Responsible Fatherhood grantees. The NRFC Website also provides essential information for other audiences interested in fatherhood issues. The address for the NRFC website is www.fatherhood.gov.

The Advertising Council

The Ad Council is a non-profit organization with a rich history of marshalling volunteer talent from the advertising and media industries to deliver critical messages to the American public. Having produced literally thousands of PSA campaigns addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, the Ad Council has effected, and continues to effect, tremendous positive change by raising awareness, inspiring action, and saving lives. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit www.adcouncil.org.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the critical role fathers play in their children’s lives. What I don’t support is the role abusive fathers play in their children’s lives. I also have a problem with federally funded HHS grants that incentivize conflict for profit and the promotion of one gender over another.

The narrative that’s been pushed is that fatherlessness is THEE cause of poverty and the root of all social ills in society. Remember though. . .The issue is never the issue. An issue is only used if it furthers the cause of tyranny.

Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), was founded in 1994, to “lead a society-wide movement to confront the problem of father absence”.  In 1995, former President Clinton issued executive orders that directed federal agencies to review and “modify” all family programs and initiatives serving primarily mothers and children, to include fathers and “strengthen their involvement” with children.

Welfare Reform 1996, drastically changed the way the federal government provided aid to needy families. This legislation stipulated that three out of the four purposes of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program created by the reform either directly or indirectly promote “responsible fatherhood” and “healthy marriages”.

In essence, the courts have been weaponized to destroy families and If we want to stop child abuse, we need to stop the systems that allow for money-laundering and gender-based funding incentives.  America is being destroyed while we engage in secondary issues which serve to divide us. Mothers and fathers are both being duped by the courts and we need to join forces to oppose the corruption in the systems and not each other. Government by private nonprofit is not part of the US Constitution.

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Below are further examples of federal initiatives related to fatherhood

Fathers Supporting Breastfeeding: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides educational messages to highlight the advantages of breastfeeding and how fathers can play a critical role in promoting the healthy development of their children and in strengthening family bonds. The WIC program also allows fathers to receive nutrition education, counseling, and referral services on behalf of their children.

Non-profit photographs men in breastfeeding  poses to raise awareness

Fatherhood Buzz: This Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance initiative, through the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, reaches out to dads with positive information through their barbers and barbershops.

Reconnecting Homeless Veterans with Their Children: This initiative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Health and Human Services, along with the American Bar Association, helps homeless veterans gain permanent housing, assist them with child support obligations, and connect them with programs that offer employment and supportive services

.Transitional Jobs for Non-Custodial Parents: This Department of Labor grant program supports local efforts to prepare unemployed non-custodial parents for work through transitional employment, while assisting them to gain unsubsidized employment intended to promote family engagement and long-term self-sufficiency.

Building Assets for Fathers and Families: As part of a wider Department of Health and Human Services initiative to extend the benefits of financial education to individuals and families with young children, the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) has provided seven three-year demonstration grants to encourage non-custodial parents to establish savings accounts and access other services to increase financial stability.

National Child Support Non-Custodial Parent Demonstration Projects: OCSE has provided five-year grants to eight states to link non-custodial parents with employment services.

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, has a number of ongoing research projects focused on the implementation and impact of fatherhood programs. Two recent projects are the Ex-Prisoner Reentry Strategies Study, being conducted by the Urban Institute to document program implementation funded under the FY 2011 Community-Centered Responsible Fatherhood Ex-Prisoner Reentry Pilot Project grant announcement, and the Parents and Children Together (PACT) Evaluation, which is a formative evaluation being conducted by Mathematica Policy Research to document and provide initial assessment of selected Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage grantees.

 

Family Court Corruption – Bill Windsor of Lawless America and Carver County Minnesota Victims

Motion to Reconsider…Ever Retaining a Family Law Attorney

Family CourtWhen getting a divorce, the first thing most people do is contact a family law attorney, as they have been conditioned to believe that they actually NEED an attorney. It’s important to understand that if you retain a family law attorney, you will relinquish control over your life to a highly paid stranger that really doesn’t care what happens to you or your family.

Other perks you can expect when you join the family court club? Well, there’s the membership fees ($50-$100,000 for a contentious split).That amount doesn’t ensure that you will actually have the marital dissolution process completed. It just means that your finances, property and parenting time (if you have kids), will be completely chaotic.  Remember ladies and gentlemen…This is all about conflict for profit!

You can also expect lots of gaslightng. What’s that you ask? Gaslighting is a game of mind control and intimidation that is used as a way of controlling, confusing and debilitating someone. Your ex may engage in it, but the real gaslighting is done with the collusion of the court professionals. They will take any information you present and spin and twist it against you, as well as selectively omit facts and evidence that support your claims. This makes you doubt your own memory, perception and sanity. But remember – you’re not crazy…the systems are!!!

Let’s see, what else do you get in the FC Club? Oh yeah, divorce attorneys do file paperwork and negotiate agreements, just NOT FOR YOU! The swirls of paperwork will be given to you in file boxes which you can dig in frantically over the next 5, 10, 15 or 18 years you’ll be involved in the system if you have kids and it’s contentious. You will be required to collect numerous affidavits from co-workers, friends, family, doctors, teachers and anyone else involved in your children”s lives to prove that you’re a fit parent. You will also get to bring in the court ordered mental health professionals and services that will be a part of your life for years. Who are these “experts”? They include parenting consultants, parenting time expediters, parenting coordinators,custody evaluators, forensic psychologists, guardians-ad-litem, early neutral evaluations, child interviews,reunification therapists, uncoupling therapy and mediation to name just a few.

So what is this really all about??? 2 Word s- MONEY LAUNDDERING! Nothing more-nothing less!

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An interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict. (What they really mean is” dedicated to destroying the lives of children and families”)

Do You Know Your AFCC? YOU SHOULD!

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“Completely omitted from this AFCC history is the very relevant fact that Meyer Elkin also co-founded in 1985, the leading fathers rights group-Children’s Rights Counci;. Study these people and their site carefully because it is the “blueprint” of how the courts are organized to rig cases for their paid-up allies. Nobody has to slip an envelope full of cash into the pocket of co-conspirators to rig court cases for these people. It is all done for them by the government. They get their bribes paid for them!

The AFCC claims their focus is on training judges, custody evaluators and mediators about custody and divorce issues. But in reality they are a father focused organization and promoting alienation theories to explain away family violence by men. In reality they act as a “clearinghouse” for organized case rigging.”

“Basic Judicial ethics prohibits judges from belonging to organizations with people who appear before them in the court cases. However, this doesn’t stop the crooked AFCC affiliated judges from appointing Guardian at Litem (child’s attorneys) or court psychological evaluators who are AFCC members to the same cases which the AFCC member judge is handling. Also the AFCC conducts joint conferences with the CRC – fathers rights group – usually on the subject of Parental Alienation – which they all know has been discredited as being not a valid method for use in court evaluations.”

Continue Reading: http://thetruthaboutthefamilycourt.blogspot.com/2010/01/do-you-know-your-afcc-you-should.html


The men and women I have met have been assaulted by ethical violations, legal abuses, betrayal and fraud and retainment of each of the legal professionals has only aggravated the problems they were employed to remedy.

And if you think you can ever hold these “professionals” accountable for their sins against you, guess again!

Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs

One Percenter Convicted Of Raping Child Dodges Jail Because He ‘Will Not Fare Well’

Ashley Alman
The Huffington Post
March 31, 2014

A Delaware man convicted of raping his three-year-old daughter only faced probation after a state Superior Court judge ruled he “will not fare well” in prison.

Image: Robert H. Richards IV.

In her decision, Judge Jan Jurden suggested Robert H. Richards IV would benefit more from treatment. Richards, who was charged with fourth-degree rape in 2009, is an unemployed heir living off his trust fund. The light sentence has only became public as the result of a subsequent lawsuit filed by his ex-wife, which charges that he penetrated his daughter with his fingers while masturbating, and subsequently assaulted his son as well.

Richards is the great grandson of du Pont family patriarch Irenee du Pont, a chemical baron.

Continue Reading: http://www.infowars.com/one-percenter-convicted-of-raping-infant-child-dodges-jail-because-he-will-not-fare-well/


Let’s Get Honest! Blog

Absolutely Uncommon Analysis of Family –and “Conciliation” — Courts’ Operations, Practices, and History

Excerpts fromEllen Pence and Casey Gwinn — Will the real Minnesota Program Development Inc. please stand up?

The Nonprofit Preventing Family Violence and Dispensing Family Justice world can be a very friendly set of associates.  In getting to know these individuals, besides hearing what they say & write (including positively about each other), I think it’s also helpful to look at who is paying how much for the time and the talents.

Getting to know each other …On a  recent post and here (currently), there is a graphic of Ellen Pence — well-known in Domestic Violence circles — interviewing Casey Gwinn, well known in San Diego and for his work on the National Family Justice Center Alliance, i.e., for starting it.

Interview of Ellen Pence by Casey Gwinn

On March 29, 2010, Casey Gwinn interviewed Ellen Pence in St. Paul, Minnesota for three hours. Ellen and Casey focused on the recent release of the Blueprint for Safety by Praxis International and on the work and future of the Family Justice Center movement in America. This video is a 41 minute edited version of the interview. It was played at the International Family Justice Center Conference on April 28, 2010. The National Family Justice Center Alliance, in partnership with the Verizon Foundation, will be making available the entire interview in the next 60 days. Please remember Ellen in your thoughts and prayers as she battles cancer. She has played a powerful leadership role in the domestic violence movement for over 30 years. The impact of her vision, work, and leadership is profound and will help shape the struggle to stop domestic violence for many years to come in the United States and around the world.

(Telling amy’s story comes out of Pennsylvania, and I’m starting to wonder who paid for that one, too.  The Amy in question ended up being shot by her stalker/abuser and probably just fortune/luck/God (etc.) that her parents and her child wasn’t also shot — as all were foolish enough to drive her back to the house for some diapers (etc.) RIGHT after a strong confrontation with the man.  Amy now being dead, others, heads of domestic violence prevention groups, are telling her story — and they are telling HALF her story.  They didn’t even notice that it wasn’t too bright to lose one’s life over some nonfoods that could be purchased cheap at a local store.)  But doesn’t it look official and appropriate — “Telling amy’s story.” )

Personally, what inspired me much more (while in or shortly after leaving the abusive relationship) was stories of women who were NOT shot to death, and how they recovered, went on to succeed in their new lives, and these stories were told in their own words — which could happen because they lived.  They did not die!)

Wikipedia on “Ellen Pence”:   Background

Born in MinneapolisMinnesota, Pence graduated from St. Scholastica in Duluth with a B.A.(in ???_______)   She has been active in institutional change work for battered women since 1975, and helped found the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in 1980. She is credited with creating the Duluth Model of intervention in domestic violence cases, Coordinated Community Response (CCR), which uses an interagency collaborative approach involving police, probation, courts and human services in response to domestic abuse. The primary goal of CCR is to protect victims from ongoing abuse. Pence received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 1996. She has used institutional ethnography as a method of organizing community groups to analyze problems created by institutional intervention in families. She founded Praxis International in 1998(?? see bottom of my pos) and is the chief author and architect of the Praxis Institutional Audit, a method of identifying, analyzing and correcting institutional failures to protect people drawn into legal and human service systems because of violence and poverty.

(incidentally, St. Scholastica ain’t your average private liberal arts college.  See the 27-member Board of Trustees, for one.  Catholic/ Benedictine Order influence)

Continue Reading: https://familycourtmatters.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/four-special-issue-resource-centers-national-family-justice-center-alliance/


Excerpts from same blog above

Here is a reference to who created the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, and when:

Welcome to Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs

Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs offers domestic violence training and resources based on The Duluth Model to help community activists, domestic violence workers, practitioners in the criminal and civil justice systems, human service providers, and community leaders make a direct impact on domestic violence.

The Duluth Model is recognized nationally and internationally as the leading tool to help communities eliminate violence in the lives of women and children. The model seeks to eliminate domestic violence through written procedures, policies, and protocols governing intervention and prosecution of criminal domestic assault cases.*** The Duluth Model was the first to outline multi-disciplinary procedures to protect and advocate for victims.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs was founded in 1980 by Minnesota Program Development, Inc. 

** as we see, it makes no mention of domestic violence that comes up through or is “handled” through the Family Law system (in which criminal activity gets reclassified as domestic disputes, and downgraded to a family, or civil, matter).  Don’t be fooled easily though, recently a subsidiary of DAIP (see site), called “Battered Women’s Justice Project” has collaborated with the (in)famous AFCC on Explicating what is (and, more to the point, is NOT) domestic violence in custody venue.  More on that another time

Who IS Minnesota Program Development, Inc., then?  I mean, what is their organizational status — who owns them, who runs them, if they are a nonprofit, where are their annual tax fillings, etc.?   What do they DO?

 WHY WE MIGHT CARE, WHO IS MPDI:

(I figure $18 million to one organization might get our attention.  From HHS):

(HHS grants, from TAGGS.hhs.gov) RECIPIENT INFORMATION

Note: One EIN can be associated with several different organizations. Also, one DUNS number can be associated with multiple EINs. This occurs in cases where Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) has assigned more than one EIN to a recipient organization.
(Note, this database only goes back to 1995, i.e., there are 14 previous organizational years unrecorded on the database).

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
MINNESOTA PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, INC  DULUTH MN 55802 ST. LOUIS 193187069 $18,027,387

Showing: 1 – 1 of 1 Recipients

Recipient: MINNESOTA PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, INC
Address: 202 EAST SUPERIOR STREET
DULUTH, MN 55802-2152
Country Name: United States of America
County Name: ST. LOUIS
HHS Region: 5
Type: Other Social Services Organization
Class: Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations

This organization obviously has a budget, and must have a payroll.  Though pretty hard to find by a Google search, and it being a private nonprofit (registered in MN?) NGO, it has to process these funds somehow.  A woman lists it in her resume, as an accountant on LinkedIn.  The question I have is, would it exist without federal funds?

Staff Accountant

MINNESOTA PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, INC.,

Nonprofit Organization Management industry

June 1996 – December 2000 (4 years 7 months)

Accomplishments – Financial Leadership
– Developed annual budgets ($5 million) and financial statements presenting them to management and Board of Directors.
– Partnered with Management Team, defined/executed software conversion, created new chart of accounts, and streamlined individual funding, program and organizational reporting processes.
– Managed annual fiscal audit and all audits by State and Federal regulatory agencies.
Integrated in-house payroll system, processed payroll in multiple states, and eliminated outsourcing costs.
– Recruited, hired, trained, and mentored staff accountants and support staff.
– Wrote, produced, and disseminated organization-wide policy and procedural handbook and administered employee benefits program.
– Managed all employee benefit plans.

Until recently, I figured, then that this Minnesota Program Development, Inc. — which I knew to be receiving millions  (larger than average grants, at least outside the healthy marriage movement) from the Department of HHS, so I figured that probably they were some workforce development group.  Particularly as it showed up looking for staff; they were hiring.  However, now I am not so sure.

Continue Reading: https://familycourtmatters.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/four-special-issue-resource-centers-national-family-justice-center-alliance/

Nothing’s Changed in the Rigged Court Game

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Image Courtesy of Stuart Miles by FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

Twin Cities News Talk

Because Minnesota deserves the truth.  Posted Saturday, March 31st 2012

Radio Talk Show Host, Sue Jeffers, Minneapolis, MN – News Talk/AM 1130

Guests: Tim Kinley and Lea Banken On Air this Saturday, March 31st @ 1 pm, Judicial Accountability/Judicial Reform  

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Further Historical Information on Minnesota Courts

Posted on September 6, 2012  Carver County Corruption

The Grim Truth About MN Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea

http://carvercountycorruption.com/2012/09/06/chief-justice-lorie-skjerven-gildea-up-for-re-election/

VOTE DAN GRIFFITH FOR MN SUPREME COURT

Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea is up for re-election this November 6th in Minnesota. Lorie Gildea received Banken mother’s  Writ of Prohibition (an emergency appeal) last August 2011. Gildea signed the paper denying Lea`s emergency appeal stating Lea had a remedy; a regular appeal that would take up to a year and thousands of dollars, of which time Lea would have no contact with her three young children. Lea filed her regular appeal and it has now been over a year since she has seen her children ages 2, 6 and 8. Lea`s case is still in appeal, no decision has been made.

Carver County`s Senator Juliane Ortman sent a letter to Chief Justice Lorie Gildea asking for an immediate investigation into Carver County Family Court practices back in April 2012. Link: ORTMAN LETTER Senator Ortman has been approached for years by citizens in Carver County about numerous family court horror stories where mothers lose custody of their children to wealthy ex-spouses with a history of abuse convictions. It is a pattern in this county no one can deny. Senator Ortman and Lea Dannewitz (previously known as Lea Banken) were interviewed by KARE 11 after the Ortman letter went out. Lorie Gildea got wind of the coverage by KARE 11 and sent a letter back to Senator Ortman immediately stating a full refusal to conduct an investigation. KARE 11 stopped the airing of the investigation for reasons unknown.

Lorie Gildea (incumbent) is up for re-election this November 6th. Gildea was appointed into office, not elected. Gildea is not a mother herself and is fully aware of the corruption in Minnesota`s judicial system. Gildea has allowed this corruption to continue. As a result hundreds of Minnesota parents, children and citizens suffer daily.

Every ballot in Minnesota this November will have a judicial section. Lorie Gildea`s opponent is Dan Griffith. Dan Griffith`s quest is to bring accountability back to the judicial system and ensure judges abide by laws and statutes that are enacted by the legislature and approved by the Governor. Currently, judges do not have to abide by the law – there is no remedy to hold them accountable.We have many readers contacting us and asking what they can do to help. Answer: get out to vote this November 6th. Vote Dan Griffith for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and help us bring change to a very broken court system in Minnesota.


Minnesota Supreme Court race

As featured in JP Election Brief: The Supreme Court Special on October 18, 2012.

This year, there are three Minnesota Supreme Court seats up for election: Place 1, Place 4, and the Chief Justice seat. Only 2 of the 3 Supreme Court races were considered in the primary, the Chief Justice and Place 4 seats. In those races, three candidates competed for each seat and the two candidates receiving the most votes proceeded to the general election. In both of the primary races, the incumbent was successful.

In the race for the Chief Justice position, incumbent Justice Lorie Gildea and challenger Dan Griffith won the highest vote percentages and will compete against one another in the general election. In the race for Place 4, incumbent Justice David Stras and Tim Tingelstad will face one another in the general election.

Both incumbents received higher vote percentages in the primaries than their closest competitor. In their respective races, Gildea received approximately 50% of the vote to Griffith’s 29%, while Stras received approximately 49% of the votes to Tingelstad’s 29%, making it very likely that both incumbents will be re-elected.

Place 1 was not contested in the primary, but will see incumbent Barry Anderson compete against challenger Dean Barkley in the general election. Barkley previously served as a lobbyist and campaign manager for former governor Jesse Ventura and is a member of the Independence Party.

In all likelihood, all incumbents will be re-elected to their seats, maintaining the current state of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Gee ya think?!!

Below are the results from the 2012 Election.

Supreme Court

Chief justice

Candidate Incumbency Place Primary Vote Election Vote
GriffithDan Griffith No Chief Justice 29.4%ApprovedA 39.59%   DefeatedD
ClarkJill Clark (Minnesota) No Chief Justice 21%
GildeaLorie Gildea   ApprovedA Yes 49.7%ApprovedA 60.0%   ApprovedA

Place 1

Candidate Incumbency Place Primary Vote Election Vote
AndersonBarry Anderson (Minnesota)   ApprovedA Yes Place 1 58.94%   ApprovedA
BarkleyDean Barkley No Place 1 40.65%   DefeatedD

Place 4

Candidate Incumbency Place Primary Vote Election Vote
NelsonAlan Nelson No Place 4 21.7%
StrasDavid Stras   ApprovedA Yes Place 4 48.8%ApprovedA 55.95%   ApprovedA
TingelstadTim Tingelstad No Place 4 29.4%ApprovedA 43.62%   Defeated