19 YEAR-OLD SUES FOR DEPRIVATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Minnesota Nineteen-Year-Old sues her Father, Hennepin and Carver Counties, along with Social Workers, Guardians at litem, and lawyers for an excess of $240 Million for Deprivation of Civil Rights

03/17/2017 Minneapolis, MN, US

Annelise Rice, a hockey player at UND and graduate of Minnetonka High School, filed a lawsuit on March 17, 2017, in Minnesota federal court seeking damages for deprivation of civil rights by tortuous intervention in a mother-child relationship and deprivation of rights under color of the law (Civil Action No. 17-cv-796 ADM/HB).

Annelise’s father, Brent Rice, branch manager of Merrill Lynch Wayzata, is a defendant on the lawsuit. Employees of Hennepin County (Michael Borowiak, Jolene Lukanen, Michael Garelick, Richard Witucki, Judith Hoy, Jean Peterson) and Carver County (Nicole Mercil, Bethany Koch, Sarah Kulesa, Brenda K. Dehmer, Carole Cole), and Brent Rice’s lawyer, Cory D. Gilmer, are also listed among the eighteen defendants. The defendants include court-appointed Guardians at litem, Social Workers, and lawyers who were involved in the custody evaluation and CHIPS (Child in Need of Protection or Services) proceedings for Annelise Rice. The proceedings began in Hennepin County and were moved to Carver County when the family moved.

Judges, lawyers, and social workers no longer have absolute immunity and can be held responsible for their actions that deprive Constitutional rights, even if they are acting in an official role.

This case is highly unusual due to the large amount of defendants involved. The defendants conspired to deny Annelise access to the courts and intentionally inflicted emotional distress on Annelise while she was still a minor. Defendants knowingly interfered with Annelise’s constitutional right to a relationship with her mother and four siblings, causing inordinate stress and difficulty.

Annelise asks the court for relief in an amount great enough to deter defendants and others in similar positions from engaging in this egregious misconduct in the future.There have been many cases of negligence by social services that have put young lives at risk. Social workers, Guardians at litem, lawyers, and judges need to be held accountable to prevent further neglect, abuse, and deaths of children in protective care. This lawsuit could potentially turn into a class action suit, because of the amount of families that have been mistreated in this way.

Contact:
Annelise Rice
More.moxie@me.com
612-991-1150


Read More About this Case:

Minnesota Appellate Court overturns mom’s conviction for ‘deprivation of parental rights’

Trumped Up Charges

U.S. Marshals Service inserts itself into Family Court drama

Once again, the U.S. Marshals Service is accused of inserting itself into a case to benefit an alleged child abuser.

Flag of the U.S. Marshals Service. (Public domain image, via U.S. DOJ)

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2017 — Once again, the U.S. Marshals Service is accused of inserting itself into a case to benefit an alleged child abuser. In January 2017, Kristi Newberry Brooks of North Carolina turned herself in after the U.S. Marshals Service put out a nationwide warrant.

Brooks had taken off with her daughter after making a series of allegations in family court that her ex-boyfriend was molesting their daughter. She disappeared in December 2015, on the eve of an emergency hearing in which it was presumed custody would change.

“I went into hiding with my daughter on December 30, 2015. This was after years of losing battles with the courts, DSS, and local law enforcement,” said Brooks, explaining the reason she took off with her daughter.

“I had been trying to protect my daughter from a documented pedophile who is just above the law here. The dad is from a very prominent family and well connected to those in power here. The dad had filed a fraudulent emergency custody motion that was set to be heard on December 31.”

Brooks provided medical records for her daughter and two other children who lived with her ex-boyfriend that were consistent with sexual abuse, including symptoms like vaginal and yeast infections. Brooks said all the infections went away once all contact between her daughter and her ex-boyfriend was blocked.

Brooks told this CDN reporter that once the U.S. Marshals got involved in January 2017, she felt she had no choice but turn herself in:

“I surrendered on January 30, 2017 after the U.S. Marshals were called in out of nowhere due to a criminal warrant being issued, again out of nowhere. The Marshals made it clear that I had no option. I was left with the option of cooperating and facing a local charge, or not cooperate and possibly face federal charges as well as have my parental rights terminated, along with anyone who had helped me facing federal charges. Not wanting to face federal charges and have my rights terminated, and definitely not wanting those who helped facing charges, I surrendered.”

Brooks arrived back in Union County, North Carolina on January 2017 to face charges of child abduction. Now, less than three months later those charges have been dismissed, but not before her ex-boyfriend received sole custody with Brooks receiving only four hours of supervised visitation at a cost to her of $900 per month.

“It’s extortion,” said Brooks’ boyfriend Jeremy Bess of the supervised visitation.

Bess said that the U.S. Marshals were used to hand a child to a pedophile:

“We believe in Kristy’s case that Union county sheriff’s office presented trumped up charges to a local magistrate, got a warrant for parental abduction, utilized the services of the U.S. Marshals to traffic a child to a child molester. After the child was delivered to the father, with the help of the Marshals, the charge for parental abduction was dismissed. It’s our belief that the Marshals were utilized under false pretense.”

An email to the Union County District Attorney’s Office was left unreturned.

Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/news-2/u-s-marshals-service-inserts-itself-into-family-court-drama-87214/#p4AW5y1ic1lmKSex.99

THE FIX

August 01, 2016  Sandra Grazzini-Rucki story/The Fix.   Podcasts: Archived programs

 August 01, 2016  Sandra Grazzini-Rucki story/The Fix

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/22387094

 

Re-packaging the Same Old Schlock

SCHLOCK /SHläk/   noun  North American informal

Cheap or inferior goods or material; trash.   Synonyms:  bad, bargain-basement, bum, cheapjack, cheesy, coarse, common, crappy [slang],  Merriam-Webster
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Image courtesy of Matt Banks at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Let’s Get Honest! Blog

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

Courtesy PRWORA, HHS, and Public Apathy, the Good Ol’ Boys Network with help from (speaking of which) Yale University is Re-packaging the Same Old Schlock, in this example, as “Male Involvement Network”

(After publishing any post, I review it, and may revise or clarify with added material, something posted. Anyone who receives the post through a tweet or as a follower is best served by going back to original link for must current version.This time I added a table of annual report filings (underneath the first logos shown below) and some links which didn’t make the “saved” version that was first published 6/8/2016 evening. Post currently runs under 10,000 words….Make that almost 12,000 words, after I added more details on the involved The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven” and its financials and the next paragraph explaining why I added that — and a dark-green background section about the CNCS and Social Innovation Funding…:):)


I may subtract that, later, but remember to keep an eye on “COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF [name your Metro/Regional Area, or major, particularly port city:  San Francisco, Baltimore, etc.]” (nationwide, and especially in metro regions, which also tend to have some high-profile universities (like, Yale…. in this case); they are fast-tracking “What Works” from federal/private power block to “community level” and are an identifiable part of the MACRO business model privatizing government, in preparation of course for “outflanking sovereignty through functionalism.”  These organizations have local credibility, significant assets obtained over the years, and significant connections to local power.  In addition through such things as the Federal “CNCS” (Corporation for National and Community Service) (URL: NationalService.gov)  helping the big guys pick their favorite programming and make sure the commoners (peasants and/or, low-income population, male and female, and whatever the ethnicity) are run through the “What Works” programs that Big Brother and Relatives have determined are best for all.  Notice that the Social Innovation Fund only dates to Year 2009:

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a powerful approach to transforming lives and communities that positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact—mobilizing private resources to find and grow community solutions with evidence of results.

With the simple but vital goal of finding what works, and making it work for more people, the Social Innovation Fund and its grantees create a learning network of organizations working to implement innovative and effective evidence-based solutions to local and national challenges in three priority areas: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development.

Goodwill of Silicon ValleyIn just five years, the Social Innovation Fund and its private-sector partners have invested more than a $800 million in compelling community solutions. The Social Innovation Fund’s portfolio represents over $295 million in federal grants and more than $582 million in non-federal match commitments. To date, the SIF’s Classic program has made 35 awards to grantmaking organizations and 290 nonprofits working in 39 states and the District of Columbia. In total over 360 nonprofit organizations are being funded by the SIF to conduct diverse interventions and evaluate results through highly rigorous models. Through the SIF’s Pay for Success program, over 25 states across the United States are engaged in testing and implementation of Pay for Success projects. Across both programs, the Social Innovation Fund is committed to expanding the impact of effective community solutions to make a difference in the lives of more Americans.

Authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in April of 2009, the Social Innovation Fund is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency focused on improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic engagement through service and volunteering. Together, service and innovation provide a vehicle to harness the power of ordinary people and unleash the potential of innovative ideas to help address our communities’ toughest social problems and transform lives.

Consider Yourself Forewarned to Pay Attention to the CNCS and what the Social Innovation Fund (Big Brother and Big Tax-exempt Foundation) have planned for our local communities.//LGH.)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4015970/

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS.  I’LL SHOW HOW I CAME ACROSS THE ABOVE LINK and “MALE INFORMATION NETWORK,” AND RE-ITERATE THE POINTS I WAS MAKING THREE YEARS AGO DURING AN UPDATE ON THE “NON-FILING” HABITS OF THE “ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CONCILIATION COURTS” (AFCC) AND ITS CHAPTERS (now not shown — the Connecticut Chapter).  AND AT THAT TIME EXHORTING MORE PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED DOING WHAT I DO, ONCE THERE IS SOME MEDIA ATTENTION TO A SITUATION IN THE FAMILY COURTS — AND AT THAT TIME, PARTICULARLY REGARDING AFCC AS AN ORGANIZATION.

For example as to those filings of AFCC and its Chapters, on its website and IRS filings this (?) organization claims to be legal domicile Wisconsin (see Heading row ending in “M” Legal Domicile”) and having existed since 1963, but the State of Wisconsin only admits to the existence of a Chapter of AFCC, and that only since Year 2012:

ID Entity Name /Type Registered
Effective Date
Status /
Status Date
W060179 WISCONSIN CHAPTER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CONCILIATION COURTS, INC. 
06 – Non-Stock Corporation
10/15/2012 Incorporated/Qualified/ Registered
10/15/2012

Meanwhile, Illinois Secretary of State records the existence (still active) of a business entity since 1975, under two prior names, the current one matching the one on the AFCC logo below.

(Click for search results image: CyberdriveIllinois.com AFCC Search Results.  Use CyberdriveIllinois.com link to repeat a name search showing one prior name, and clickable to read details (including that it’s a “Domestic” Illinois organization originally filed 1975, with two prior names, dated 2001 and 2002 as I recall. Illinois has it File No. “50708497”).

 

 

 

 

I PUT AN EXTENSIVE UPDATE ON THIS PARTICULAR FIND ON ONE OF THOSE OLDER POSTS, WHICH EXPLAINS MORE FULLY WHY I GET TO USE THE WORD “SCHLOCK.”  ON THAT UPDATE I ALSO NOTICED THAT ONE OF THE KEY PARTICIPANTS IN THIS REPORT, ONE YEAR AFTER HAVING ITS NAME ON THE SAME, APPARENTLY QUIT FILING ITS TAX RETURNS.  While I’d like to further verify that those returns aren’t on some other database, even if they have filed, I noticed that this organization’s primary source of revenues three years ago was government grants, and primary use of those was on its own employees.  The grants are not being redistributed to anyone (individual or organizations).  Yet the website is still up and, looking quite nice and colorful, having its logo — it still features requests for funds:

A Partnership For Family & Community Empowerment.”

Here’s The Community Foundation Greater New Haven (from “GiveGreater.org“) soliciting for the above organization on a page “last updated 8/7/2015“

Feel free to explore that link, “Leadership and Staff” for from 1996-[8/7/2015]  CEO “Barbara Tinney, MSW” (only former CEO listed Mr. Mustafa Abdul Salamm**, 1991) and the comments at the bottom of its page about some excess administrative costs:

(Google search results on Mustafa Abdul Salamm, May 7, 1998 has him quitting after being accused of forging a signature to obtain Community Development Block Grants, on a different organization:  Neighborhood Agency Chief Quits After Forgery Accusation) (<==read!!)

May 7, 1998 by Johnny Mason, Jr. of the Hartford Courant:

Mustafa Abdul-Salaam, executive director of the Upper Albany Neighborhood Collaborative in Hartford, resigned April 17 after being accused of forging a signature on an application for city funds.

The resignation was triggered when Mustafa apparently forged the name of Gerald Thorpe, chairman of the Upper Albany Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, on a February letter recommending that the collaborative be given city Community Development Block Grant funds

Abdul-Salaam is the former executive director of the New Haven Family Alliance, a social service agency. A former captain of the 1975 University of Connecticut men’s basketball team, his name was Earl Wilson before he converted to Islam…

Abdul-Salaam, who became the executive director of the North End collaborative after a nationwide search, at a salary of $63,000 per year, was the agency’s fifth executive director in seven years. Florence Ehiboir-Cole, assistant executive director, is serving as interim director. The agency, at 1339 Albany Ave., has an annual budget of $325,000. Most of its funding comes from the Ford Foundation, but it also has received city funds.

Interesting as the Ford Foundation in general is heavily involved in promoting fatherhood studies and professionals in the field.

1) NHFA’s fiscal, administrative and programmatic infrastructure has not kept pace with its development and implementation of innovative programs and interventions. This is in part a result of limited non-restrictive, flexible funds. In response to this challenge, the agency is implementing the recommendations proposed in the FMA assessment report

2) NHFA needs to reduce administrative cost in order to stabilize its financial situation in 2015 and beyond. As part of this effort by the end of December, NHFA is moving its office to a less expensive, community based location in the Dixwell neighborhood.

Continue Reading: https://familycourtmatters.wordpress.com/2016/06/08/courtesy-prwora-hhs-and-public-apathy-the-good-ol-boys-network-with-help-from-speaking-of-which-yale-university-is-re-packaging-the-same-old-schlock-in-this-example-as-male-involvement-netw/

Healthy Marriage~Responsible Fatherhood & Faith~Based Grants . . . We Know What the Game Is!

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Let’s Get Honest! Blog

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

Note To Readers: See New Page “Just HHS, Just Georgia, Just HMRF” grants

Publicizing my new pageHHS Grantees, Just Georgia, Just HMRF (CFDA 93086), May 13, 2016, Report Run. Take a look!  You will see it in the right sidebar, atop a list labeled “Vital Info/Links.” Scroll or “page-down” below a green-background rectangle of text (“Contributions Appreciated” section) to find “Vital Links.”

Also see this related (or, “what inspired it”) 5/12/2016 post:  Despite Truly Funky Tax Returns, HHS Remains Loyal (2010-2015) to One Faith-Based (under Two Diff’t EIN#s, ONE of which the IRS acknowledges#) in Stone Mountain–or is it Conyers?– Georgia

But first and FYI in the cream-colored, fine-print, maroon-bordered box right below, I also put a link to a “Congressional Research Service” (CRS) 12/11/2012 Report showing the Origins of HHS, certain Presidential Powers, and some Recent Developing Trends, and possibly already passed, House and Senate bills re-instituting those Presidential Powers (odd capitalization there deliberate).

Recommended Reading:  This CRS link, “Presidential Reorganization Authority, History, Recent Initiatives, and Options for Congress” (Henry B. Hogue, Dec. 11, 2012), has a Summary which explains a request to renew this authority was made January 2012 by President Obama, and explains how we got the “Federal Security Agency –>>  Health Education and Welfare ==> Health and Human Services  + (separately) Department of Education.

[An extended version of this box recurs below, while I talk some about the situation]…

I might start posting this link at the top of ALL posts until the message sinks in that existing federal agencies are in a state of constant transition, and sometimes re-organization, and we ought to get a basic read on where they came from — and in which direction they are now going.  For, example, does this direction EVER include reducing budgets based on having actually solved any problems they were set up to solve, or curtailing grants streams the grants streams were set up to resolve? And if not, does that not reflect (badly) on either the operation of, or perhaps even the original intentions of, those who pushed for the funding streams in the first place? (“Who” entails both individuals and corporate, often nonprofit “persons” run by certain individuals).

Or, are we going continue, as we do now, sponsoring an UNENDING stream of funding for the behavioral/mental health/social control categories** relating to the family court systems:

Batterer Intervention Programming seeking to further classify Batterer typologies, and simultaneously and opposing the concept that battering is actually “bad,” while attempting to behaviorally modify the batterers, AND, co-parenting coaching in an UNENDING stream attempting to change the behavior of the spouse or parent that protests battering, AND an Unending stream of grants encouraging teenagers to abstain from sex as a way out of poverty (using money diverted from funds that might otherwise more directly help their parents out of poverty, i.e., “TANF”) (“Abstinence Education”) AND so forth.[*as opposed to “medical research and development” or “curtailing the outbreak of contagious diseases” category under which the public health system originated..]

Thus, through these self-contradictory funding streams, the public is forced to separately fund under the banner of men’s rights (to their families, i.e., families as property rights), and women’s rights to not be assaulted or subjected to violence in the name of family (i.e., women, including mothers and the children they have given birth to NOT as an adjunct form of property owned by the men, including fathers), and the institutions (family courts) in which the staged custody battles take place, propped up in part (and — I do show this — the larger part) by Healthy Marriage/Responsible Fatherhood funding, and at that point NOT significantly protected by the Domestic Violence Prevention funding.

Meanwhile, as this built-in funding and “federal policy position” conflict facilitates generation after generation of children growing up witnessing abuse and experienced adults somewhat confused on whether or not it’s a crime, or a social disease, or the fault of their mothers’ or fathers’ lack of “communications skills,” obviously, there is from the USDOJ a Defending Children’s Initiative, plus Task force on Children Exposed to Violence.

Some of these children then, periodically, may run away, which then can be blamed on the mother and generate more criminal cases.  She can be hunted down, or they can be hunted down, at which point the Reunification Services can be ordered — a good deal, if you’re in that business.

The runaway children, and I’m talking now about those  running away from the abusive households to which the family courts “re-aligned” them under Promoting Healthy Marriage, Access and Visitation (etc.) at times MAY enter the foster care system (more HHS funding), OR, they may become runaway youth and end up, temporarily, in a transitional housing for youth shelter.  FYI, one of mine, shortly after reaching the age of majority and having apparently, outlived her fiscal and psychological utility for my “ex” (i.e., reducing significant child support arrears), the family court system (ordering more personnel — a GAL — into the mix, and engendering through poor decision-making, the “left-behind” parent’s [in my case, that was me, the mother] need to keep coming back to court hoping to regain contact with the separated children), which itself then “supports” the rationale to further streamline procedures, reduce legal protections to due process, based on “the courts are overloaded.”

Meanwhile, and I am still talking primarily HHS funding — the “smart ones” who may not necessarily have a strong overlap with the “honest” ones or those with a high personal sense of ethics regarding their own accountability, or understanding of the downside of diverting private nonprofits with private agenda — these “smart ones” (or, politically connected ones) — instead of choosing “just one of the above” can — and my Georgia-based page SHOWS (Excerpts below also validate in part) — are simply positioning themselves, AS ARE STATE AGENCIES, to say, “come through us, government — come to us, clients” and take Abstinence Education, Responsible Fatherhood/Healthy Marriage, AND Family Violence Prevention.

For a reminder (I did post on this in 2016), the “FVPSA” (Family Violence Prevention Services Act) dates back to 1984 and involves primarily the agency HHS.   By contrast, the Violence Against WOMEN Act, was in 1994, and is commonly associated in the public mind, and in general, with the USDOJ’s “Office of Violence Against Women” which exists to implement grants from that Act.  BUT, organizations are free to take from both the USDOJ and the USDHHS, as they are free to take from apparently equal and apparently opposing sides from the staged “gender wars.”

At a certain point, it’s time to call those in the game — at the highest levels, not the lowest levels– at this game, and let our Congressmen and women know that we know what is that game.

In order to do that, I recommend those approaching Congress not show up dumber-than-dirt on who is the HHS, what is “Presidential Reorganization Authority” historically, and a few things about 1996 PRWORA welfare reform as it pertains to HMRF funding as administered through HHS.

So, you might want to bookmark this link and get back to it, and you might want to also mark out some time to read my confrontational and, in general, NOT popular among the domestic violence groups OR protective mothers’ groups* BLOG.

*Why not?  After all, I am indeed a survivor of domestic violence, becoming through those court actions, a “protective mother,” and even though several years down the road, after it became clear that the family court would facilitate a state of ongoing disruption, minus enforceable safety boundaries from the same individual, until suddenly, and temperamentally, switching custody.  Right now, I just discovered leading feminist jumping in to promote the term “Mothers of Lost Children” (and her book) and the same professionals which I have documented, refused to seriously discuss the “HHS / HMRF” factor in between their laments about badly behaving judges, GALs, and custody evaluators.

I learned, over time, that to perpetuate any form of abuse — and economic control is essential to trapping people in abusive relationships, marital or other — the art of, pardon me, bullshitting the bystanders– is an essential part. They need to call it something else — like “Marriage” or “Family.”  There also have to be effective means, utilized at the same time,  of silencing future outcries (dissents), just in case, some bystanders might DO something about the abuse, and cut into the privilege — and profits– involved in exploiting other human beings in the name of some social benefit.

Recommended Reading:  This CRS link, “Presidential Reorganization Authority, History, Recent Initiatives, and Options for Congress” (Henry B. Hogue, Dec. 11, 2012), has a Summary which explains a request to renew this authority was made January 2012 by President Obama, and explains how we got the “Federal Security Agency –>>  Health Education and Welfare ==> Health and Human Services  + (separately) Department of Education.  It also explains the relationship of this particular authority to how forms of it were perpetuated under the Wartime Powers Act (for WWI and WWII) and that, among other things, such agencies as FEMA, the EPA and (as above) HEW were originally formed. This is a fairly neutral report, bipartisan, intended for members of Congress (CRS = Congressional Research Service) of the larger context of one of the largest grant making federal agencies, whose activities I continue report, particularly after learning how badly the policies compromised my personal family line, and kept them in danger, needlessly, for years, based on re-classifying “danger” from existing criminal definitions, to membership in a socially targeted as “dangerous” demographic group, i.e., single-mother=-headed households.


I do not know yet, whether Congress in 2012 did, in fact, reauthorize this “Reorganization Authority” but every thing I can see at the observational level is that a consolidation of federal DEPARTMENTS (HUD, HHS, etc.) programming is taking place under HHS programs targeted to HMRF funding — and the HMRF funding itself, along with funding to “Prevent Family Violence” — is also (at least in Georgia, this page shows) being centralized to go to just a very few organizations, with the former “Statewide Coalitions Against Domestic Violence” (CADV groups), themselves a symptom of centralized control of battered women’s shelters and services to help victims, are getting a small percentage of what the state agencies are getting.

Now, about that New Page, HHS Grantees, Just Georgia, Just HMRF (CFDA 93086), May 13, 2016, Report Run. Take a look!

That approximately 10,000 word PAGE (not post) is meant as an example, and a point of reference to how states are handling both the HMRF funding AND (as it turned out) the DV Funding, and just how centralized it is possible to become over time.  It currently is on top of my list of “Vital Links/Info” on the sidebar.

It is informative, and it does some detailed lookups on the very few grantees at this time, receiving straight CFDA 93086 grants.  As it turns out, some of these are also receiving the bulk of the “Family Violence Prevention/DISCRETIONARY” grants also, and as such have delivered coordinated control of that field over to the same agencies (and there are TWO referenced, which you will see, ONE of which also is handling the Healthy Marriage/Responsible Fatherhood grants).

Again, Title of the page:  HHS Grantees, Just Georgia, Just HMRF (CFDA 93086), May 13, 2016, Report Run. Take a look!

BY THE WAY — I could use some help looking up some of these corporations, from people willing to write-up and provide links to their efforts.  

Contact me through a comment if interested, but expect to make a time commitment if you’re serious about asking my time to again, review how to do this.  If this leads to other posts on this blog, that might also be good….

Why bother?

Well, it’s rewarding and enriching personally to SEE what is happening and there IS no better way to learn it than by starting to look at the evidence first-hand, and let that evidence speak to you.  Listening to the narratives of others who have looked it up and are talking about it, qualifies you as a second-hand witness, not an eye-witness.  Listening to others (including reading their accounts) is no real substitute for the real thing to get the “gray matter” working. It will raise some hard questions which, then, by even attempting to answer, will put anyone in a better position to understand more of current events in this country, including probably (especially, if you’re family-court-involved) in your life also.  There are all kinds of corollary benefits to following the money trail where public funds are involved. Understanding increases exponentially.

One of the hard questions that may come up should also include: “Why haven’t others — why haven’t “the experts” we’ve been reading advocating for Family Court Enhancement (or, Fixing), or about making family courts safe for children, or about stopping domestic violence, or about the issues of “parental alienation” either as a reality, or as an “unsound psychological theory” — talking about the same things Let’s Get Honest and just a few others, over many years, are talking about?

Ideally, if pursued, this might awaken one to the reality of how much national public policy is public relations-driven, i.e., the “Freud’s nephew factor” (Edward L. Bernays). This should then lead to a consideration of who controls the technology on which the media is based, which again, ought to lead RIGHT BACK to, “who owns this place, anyhow?” WHO controls it fiscally, WHO controls the operational infrastructure, and who controls most of the assets in the United States of America.

Continue Reading: https://familycourtmatters.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/note-to-readers-see-new-page-just-hhs-just-georgia-just-hmrf-grants/

Police reports paint disturbing Minnesota Family Court picture

Communities Digital News

by Michael VolpeMay 7, 2016

Four new police reports paint a troubling picture of a violent and dangerous man that has sole custody of his five children, yet the media says he is wrongfully accused. Why?

rucki-700x350WASHINGTON, May 7, 2016 — Communities Digital News has unearthed four police reports involving David Rucki, whose divorce, custody battle and two daughters’ disappearance was the feature of the April 8 “20/20” episode entitled “Footprints in the Snow.”

Those police reports paint a troubling portrait of David Rucki, who presently has sole custody of his five children with ex-wife Sandra Grazzini-Rucki.

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki accused David Rucki of physical and emotional abuse of her and her children for several years.

The Rucki family came to the attention of the media when the two oldest daughters ran away on April 19, 2013, after their pleas to live with their mother were shut down repeatedly by the court.

They remained missing until November 2015, when U.S. marshals discovered them on a farm in Herman, Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune.

CDN had reported information that backs up Grazzini-Rucki claims of abuse by Rucki.

Rucki has more than 10 criminal arrests and multiple convictions. Four new police reports further substantiate Grazzini-Rucki’s  claims of violence by David Rucki.

Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/news-2/police-reports-paint-disturbing-minnesota-family-court-picture-62949/#qbczOjHyuh0pVkyl.99

20/20 Continued Coverage of Grazzini-Rucki Case

20.20

As we suspected, 20/20 left the door open to follow up on the Grazzini-Rucki trial scheduled for July 18th, 2016. Let’s see if they make a better attempt at getting some truth out there this time. Doubtful, but previous backlash may make them more accountable to their viewers.

 

20-20


Did 20/20 manipulate the Rucki story to hide abuse?  by Michael VolpeApr 14, 2016

“20/20” ran a program entitled “Footprints in the Snow” about the disappearance in April 2013 of Samantha and Gianna Rucki; Did they tell the whole story.

Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/entertainment/did-2020-manipulate-the-rucki-story-to-hide-abuse-61696/#48fPjM4DO8migHFI.99


Michelle Lowney MacDonald Shimota
Michelle Lowney MacDonald Shimota The police told 20/20 there were no police reports??? The police lied. 20/20 wilfully refused to acknowledge numerous police reports they were provided. 20/20 pretended to be looking for police reports. These numerous reports document that Sam Grazzini-Rucki regularly complained, feared that the police would not act on her complaints, and feared retaliation for even filing. 20/20 was cherry picking for pictures of physical abuse…https://redherringalert.files.wordpress.com/…/doc031816…
Thea Ciancanelli
Thea CiancanelliIt makes me so sad that the corruption of the judges and the police was not shown. This only shares the dad’s side of the story. There is so much more to the mother loosing her children. They had no reason to take them from her, yet the dad got them…See More
Bonnie Roy
Bonnie Roy Investigators need to dig into the boxes of motions by attorneys involved. Look at money stolen..why was testimony with children judge hidden?who took care of children prior to divorce? Look at the financial ruin of mother … Tax statements…judge orSee More
Keo Sengsavang
Keo Sengsavang Here are somethings I wonder about: If the girls were programmed by their mother, why did they not call or return home to their father as they were freed to come and go as they please and have not been around their mother for 2 years? If the mother wasSee More

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Terry Hartsford
Terry Hartsford As reading through all the comments and replies it appears Jen Love ( David Ruckis niece) and Andres Garcia appear to have the most negative comments towards this mother. Perhaps these two could benefit from Anger/Frustration classes themselves.

Andres Garcia                                                                                                                                                                            Andres Garcia That mom is a joke! Im soo glad she is facing felony charges. She ruined the relationship between the father and his daughters.

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Molly McIntyre
Molly McIntyre How dare you 20/20 be So naive! You are hurting abused children now and the futures. Hope you can live with yourselves, selling out abused children for a shows headline. I speak from experience.

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Suzanne Cyr
Suzanne Cyr 20/20 failed protective mothers and verbally, emotionally and psychologically abused children. Twenty twenty should read Donna Basio’s book, Nothing but My Voice. Family court is failing our families. Disappointed at how poorly 20/20 researched DV, DV by Proxy and maternal deprivation, trauma bonding and Stockholm Syndrome

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Angila Hartzheim
Angila Hartzheim Why didn’t the local news station that interviewed the girls apprehend them? I am totally confused. The story should have stopped there. Ridiculous.

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Viviana Jones-Caicedo
Viviana Jones-Caicedo This hits so close to home. Why would a child be against a good, loving parent? Think about it! Judges abuse their power everyday and take children from safe homes to give them to sociopath parents, putting children and good parents in desperate situatSee More

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Jennifer John
Jennifer John Thank you for bringing the corruption of family court to everyone’s attention. I’m a victim of a corrupted system in Maryland.

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Nancy B Sura
Nancy B Sura I watched. I disliked! The stress that the children have gone through is tremendous. When adults fight over their children no one wins….20/20 did not win with this story.
Glenda Pugh Williams
Glenda Pugh Williams It didn’t bother David Rucki to leave his wife penniless, homeless, childless, no car after she gave birth to 5 children for his selfish self. 20/20 should be ashamed of themselves.
Linda Hanley
Linda Hanley 20 20 should have delved into parental alienation and the deeper issues. I kept saying – what is point of this story ???

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Alexandra Beckman
Alexandra Beckman Thank you 20/20 for bringing parental alienation to the public eye. Most people dont even know of the word, until after it hits them….And it is too late. frown emoticon
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Courtney Lynn Blasiol
Courtney Lynn Blasiol 20/20 lied. THEY PROMISED to show the truth about family court from the protective mom’s perspective and they didn’t. They just did more harm.

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Bethany Ann
Bethany Ann 20/20, why didn’t you uncover the fact that David is a MASON and has ties with the illuminati?! Ever think that’s what happened to the police reports?!
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Jeremy Stenerson
Jeremy Stenerson Did ANY of you people watch ANY of this. The ex-wife BRAIN WASHED her children into thinking their father was evil. Perhaps 20/20 should have mentioned the dangers of having a psycho ex-wife as well as domestic violence.

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Lisa Bilow
Lisa Bilow Really people…if she felt her children were in danger, how come only hide two of the kids and not all 5?? I was an abuse child…and there is scares physically and emotionally…she hadnt proved any of it…i watched her face and sorry she was lyingSee More

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Jeanne Oster-Lederman
Jeanne Oster-Lederman I was married to a man like this for 13 yrs, with him for 17. The last time he kicked me was the last day I lived with him. The man in this story reminds me exactly of him…acting very meek & mild. The judge in this case is very, very WRONG.
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Mariah Rae Vasquez
Mariah Rae Vasquez Shame on the interviewer for how she conducted herself. She seemed so RUDE and biased against the mother. I was very disappointed in her ability to interview approiately this time.
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Timmy WunderlichTimmy Wunderlich Sounds set up with the mother and caretakers who had the girls. My first thought, why didn’t call police right away or within days?

Sharon Blair
Sharon Blair ABC 20/20– Many Grandparents are alienated from their natural grandchildren. Please contact me about covering this. Founder of The Jennifer Act http://thejenniferact.com/…/grandparent-visitation…/

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Jim Cavins
Jim Cavins I have appealed to 20/20 several time regarding Parental Alienation in Fresno Calif Courts. I and many others would welcome 20/20 to investigate Parental Alienation for Title IVc funds or VAWA . The offer still stands…
Jeanne Oster-Lederman
Jeanne Oster-Lederman Why does Elizabeth Vargas so obviously believe the father & demonize the mother. Watch the home videos again. You can see the Father’s rage just below the surface. Professionals call it Passive Aggressive. Elizabeth, as a journalist you need to remain neutral.
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Diane Zimmerman Very disappointed in the show ! They missed the bigger story ! The corruption of judge Knutson in the courtroom having attorney handcuffed to a wheelchair ! You missed the mark this time 20/20 !
Cathy Norton
Cathy Norton Watching 20/20 was an eye opener for a lot of people. I know a lot of people were upset with this show, but I believe that they pointed out with this show how things really are in the real world of divorce and custody. This stuff happens everyday. 20/20 did not take sides in this, but reported the facts. I think both parents were at fault for letting there kids go through this crap.
Nancy James Policastro
Nancy James Policastro My heart goes out to the children. I know how it feels, I was there. I feel the decision to run was the girls, but once they got away from their father, they called their mother for help. She would do anything to protect them.
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Keo Sengsavang
Keo Sengsavang So disappointed in ABC 20/20’s spin on this report, NOT surprised, but very disappointed. It would appear that 20/20’s legal team strongly believes in “Professional Courtesy” and declined to investigate the real issues within the case. Why else would tSee More

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Melodee Miller
Melodee Miller I watched this program and then 90 minutes later it was rehashed on Nightline. Is that the best you can do for programming. Must have been a slow news day to have repeat the story.
Amy Pain
Amy Pain Oh…btw 20/20…those video clips you said you “found”…but all of us that submitted them, know you requested them… get your facts straight!

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Veronica Hatton
Veronica Hatton The American Bar Association even acknowledges that abusers win custody of children 70 percent of the time. My son and I’s case has documented domestic violence, child abuse medical documentation, audio recordings, etc. My abuser currently has custody See More

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EliseEvelyn Keledjian
EliseEvelyn Keledjian I’m watching now but that term ” Real life gone girl?” Is always being used! That wasn’t anything like this situation. ..plus this is real and not a so so very predictable movie. .Just got that off my chest lol but I love 20/20 Elizabeth your fantastiSee More
Theresa Yuan
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Syndi Sajarab
Syndi Sajarab 20/20 sad to see you questioned and judged good people trying to help children who believed they were in danger. There isn’t many people now that would offer their home to children with out getting something in return, or even sexually abusing them becSee More
Samantha Jones
Samantha Jones Elizabeth Vargas you have NO IDEA how corrupt the family court system is!!!!!! People with enough money, PAY for results and outcomes!!! It’s Completely corrupt!!!!!!!!!!! This story you did is completely one sided. Abuse is for real and it is a sick world how someone can turn the entire thing around. I pray for JUSTICE!!!!!
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Sharon M Ruddy
Sharon M Ruddy Damon was great! A wonderful young man! He was the light of the show. I’m in this nightmare for many years and I am truly disappointed that they did not use a typical protective mom case that involved sexual abuse and unmistaken evidence. I believe thiSee More
Josh Jackson
 Josh Jackson I own a Mental Wellness Clinic and I can’t count how many times I’ve seen when the custodial parent fighting for their children loses some of their parental rights for expressing there concerns. I’ve seen attorney’s for parents in shock and awe at whSee More
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Elizabeth Eubanks-Brown
Elizabeth Eubanks-Brown So I would also like to know why the news crew that met up with the girls and talk to them and had them on tv with out telling the police? They where reported miss right? So if here’s a murderer on the loose and the news finds them first they can interview them and not call police??????
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East Side
East Side I think that they should look into the mother and father relationship with their kids and leave the people they were with for 2 years alone ! The people they were with for 2 years were just trying to help the kids out by giving them a place to stay instead of having them out on the street. The real case here is the mother and father.
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Todd Dombrock
Todd Dombrock That mother in ur story has problems and is crazy and needs help badly she is also lying big time. The mother should go back to jail same with ppl that helped her and the girls. I live in county where this took place too. I hope 2020 does a follow up on this story this summer sometime
Mardi Miller-Plastow
Mardi Miller-Plastow Watched the Rucki story. I’m can only comment on my own experience with an abusive marriage. It was many years ago but remember it all. My husband reminded me of the husband in this story. These men can charm, manipulate and lie. As l watched the See More
Diana Ansley
Diana Ansley I agree 20/20 has failed the abused. I have seen abusive parents have NOTHING to do with their children behind closed doors but act like the best dad in the world at soccer and football games. If you could hear the screaming I hear when on the phoneSee More

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Mary Lachapelle Mary Lachapelle Watching from Edmonton, Alberta, love my 20/20.
Becky Weers
Becky Weers I live not far from Herman, Mn. Sad story all around for everyone involved. My fear is for the huge scars the children will have the rest of their lives.
Kari Schwerr
Kari Schwerr Watching from Blaine, MN. I want to know where the court stands with the family who let the girls stay with them for 2.5 years. Are they still awaiting trial and verdict…?
Rosa Guadagnano-Dratsch
Rosa Guadagnano-Dratsch You did an excellent job sticking to the point, Damon. If it were not for you, the show would have been a waste. Thank you

 

Jude Hunter
Jude Hunter Elizabeth Vargas is despicable misrepresenting and editing snippets of Damon’s interview. Disney owns ABC 20/20, they continue their misogynistic Company policies, [in their movies] killing off mothers-and on 20/20 disparaging good fit mothers-and elevating abusive dads to [heroes].