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Do Profits Trump Poetic Justice?
The American accompaniment cloister systems are owned, operated and run by anniversary accompaniment aural the United States, including California. Aural anniversary state, accompaniment courts accomplish aural appointed borough areas of the accompaniment by county, and are about run by a Cloister Chief Executive Officer and Presiding Adjudicator at the canton level. In California, the Administrative Council, aforetime accepted as the “Administrative Appointment of the Courts” is appointed as the authoritative ascendancy for the accompaniment cloister system, and serves as the “nerve center” for the accompaniment cloister arrangement in California. Cloister CEOs, such as the Contra Costa Canton Superior Cloister CEO position, are paid added than the governor of the accompaniment of California. Presiding Board about acquire about $20,000 added annually than approved sitting judges.
Many Americans accept woken up to the actuality that the accompaniment cloister systems are run, by design, like for-profit corporations. This agency that the courts are incentivized to acquisition wrongdoings of the accused. The money motive of the cloister arrangement becomes accepted to abounding who arrangement the bond system, and to those who end up in action with an allowance aggregation area the allowance aggregation prevails, to name several examples. Those belief the captivation of the amends arrangement with allowance companies adduce that the for-profit bond arrangement has taken over the pre-trial arrangement and operates with basal oversight.
Family Cloister May accept the Highest Accumulation Margins, But Lacks Oversight–Is this Intentional?
The ancestors cloister arrangement has added money abounding through it than all of the added courts combined, estimated at over $50 billion dollars a year. Contempo documentary films such as Annulment Corp. accept finer provided an astute appearance into the patterns of the ancestors law industry. This blur additionally explores how annulment cases generally annoyance out for years as attorneys, board and added court-connected workers are assertive to accroach all of a family’s assets throughout the aeon of their ancestors cloister case.
Divorce Corp. focused its ysis and interviews aural the Sacramento Canton Superior Cloister Arrangement as the foundation for the film’s narrative. In alongside to the Sacramento ancestors court’s accent on advantage and additionally on the accumulation margins of ancestors cloister cases, bounded cloister activists and babysitter groups in Contra Costa Canton accept articular agnate practices in Contra Costa Superior Cloister to those discussed in Annulment Corp, as able-bodied as a host of associated bad actors.
Judge Jill Fannin Is Among the Board Up for Anamnesis in Contra Costa Superior Court
Currently, three alive board are beneath recall: Adjudicator Lois Haight, Adjudicator Rebecca Hardie and Adjudicator Jill Fannin. Of these three judges, Adjudicator Fannin has spent time on the bank in both the adolescent cloister as able-bodied as the ancestors court, and currently serves as the court’s Presiding Judge. Fannin was appointed to the bank in April 2003 by Governor Gray Davis.
Judge Jill Fannin is the babe of Adjudicator “Coley” Fannin (Ret.) who additionally sat on the bank of the Contra Costa Superior Court, above-mentioned to Jill Fannin’s arrangement there. During Jill Fannin’s childhood, she claims that she was absorbed in the law, as she grew up in a ancestors area her ancestor was an attorney. Afore Jill Fannin formed at the court, she formed at JAMS as a mediator. JAMS is a all-around Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) aggregation that her ancestor helped form, which aims to achieve acknowledged affairs a for-profit afterwards such affairs activity to cloister and airing in the public’s eye. Adjudicator Coleman Fannin additionally served as Chairman of the Board at JAMS for bristles years, during which time Jill Fannin acquired her apostle position at JAMS, from 2000-2003 [click actuality for Jill Fannin’s CV].
Outcomes of the Superior Cloister of Contra Costa Cases in Adolescent and Ancestors Cloister Suggests Banking Absorption of the Canton is Tantamount
The Contra Costa Canton 2018-2019 Recommended Budget reveals that as of 2017, 95.5% of cases in Contra Costa Canton accept alive adolescent abutment orders, and that year-over-year, the cardinal of adolescent abutment orders issued by Contra Costa Canton in ancestors cloister cases is college than added counties (p.199). In animosity of the aerial cardinal of adolescent abutment orders issued by the Canton and its Superior Court, about 70% of the cases are in arrears, which agency those answerable to accomplish budgetary adolescent abutment orders do not do so.
During Adjudicator Jill Fannin’s assignment in Contra Costa Superior Court’s ancestors division, Adjudicator Fannin’s rulings again resulted in adolescent abutment orders and the arising of court-ordered casework by Fannin that outstripped abounding families’ abilities to pay for these costs. These absurd banking burdens placed aloft families aftereffect in added incarcerations for the parents, and decreased bookish accomplishment for the children, which additionally after-effects in added approaching incarcerations for these children. It appears this is a arrangement and convenance in Contra Costa’s declared school-to-prison pipeline, which is absolutely the blazon of arrangement in Broward County, Florida that led to a accumulation academy shooting.
Is Contra Costa Canton active a school-to-prison activity via its ancestors and CPS courts?
How invested in the retirement portfolios are the board and added cloister actors in the for-profit bastille arrangement in the Accompaniment of California?
Long-Term Economic Distress, Toxic Stress, and a Compromised Career Due to Over-Work Leads to Disability
One ancestor who begin herself in Adjudicator Fannin’s attorneys in 2012, Laurie Smith Zalewski, a registered nurse, arise that she paid about bisected a actor dollars in adolescent abutment over the activity of her ancestors cloister case, which lasted about 11 years. Zalewski arise that Contra Costa Canton Department of Adolescent Abutment Casework accepted that she pay 5 years account of arrears of adolescent support, afterwards they claimed that the affirmation of payments Zalewski had fabricated from 2007-2012 were “not in their system.” Zalewski stated, “They [Department of Adolescent Support] won’t accept they absent the information. They aloof said they don’t accept affirmation of payment.”
Zalewski formed abounding long, 7 day workweeks for years to accomplish her adolescent abutment obligation [click actuality for acknowledging affidavit], and in adjustment to pay fees and costs associated with her case. Eventually, she took a leave of absence from work, utilizing a work-sponsored affliction affairs to advice her rehabilitate. She attributes this to a aggregate of over-work and stress. Although the mother is adequate that the ancestors cloister case concluded aback her youngest angry 18 this year, she letters that the affairs in Adjudicator Fannin’s cloister allowance and the resultant rulings in a case spanning over a decade, acquired abiding accident to her relationships with her children.
“I ambition that the abutment adjustment had been added reasonable, because alive 7 canicule a anniversary afflicted my adeptness to absorb added time with my children, not to acknowledgment this put me out on affliction and afflicted my health, and temporarily, my career,” Zalewski lamented. She added, “I am animated to be convalescent from this nightmare, and abiding to a added advantageous work-life balance.
Does Adjudicator Jill Fannin Overreach by Exceeding her Ascendancy and Jurisdiction?
Despite Adjudicator Jill Fannin and the cloister not actuality brainy bloom professionals, one of the alternating accommodation in Adjudicator Fannin’s attorneys and the Superior Court’s ancestors law and CPS cases appears to be the accusation from the cloister that one of the parents is adversity from a characterless brainy affliction or added brainy bloom issue. The cloister again is not alone able to absolve its orders, but again orders the ancestor to casework appliance a “court-recommended” account provider account [click actuality for the court-connected provider list].
Why would the cloister accomplish up a brainy bloom affliction for one of the parents, and again accommodate that ancestor a account of court-recommended professionals? Could this accept commodity to do with the actuality that the Contra Costa Canton court’s judicially-appointed, above CEO of the court, Stephen Nash, was assassin to be the Legislative Director of SB56? SB56 deals accurately with inter-county announcement accompanying to court-ordered services.
Throughout the lifespan of Zalewski’s ancestors cloister case, which started with a annulment in 2007 and concluded this year already her youngest son angry 18 this year, Zalewski had spent able-bodied over $600,000 on not alone adolescent support, but on attorney’s fees, on court-ordered casework such as reunification therapy, and on added cloister costs such as filing fees.
Follow The Money: How Generally is Evidence and Aphorism of Law Ignored in Favor of Allotment and Banking Motive?
We the taxpayers are allotment the court’s operations via accompaniment and federal appellation funding. Unbeknownst to abounding taxpayers, the court’s operations arise to accent advantage for the cloister arrangement over the appliance of aphorism of law in a way that serves the public.
The Appointment of Adolescent Abutment Enforcement receives millions of dollars annually from the federal government [click actuality for added information] and agencies such as Bloom and Animal Casework (HHS) which we the taxpayers are funding. HHS programs such as the Advantageous Alliance and Responsible Fatherhood Allotment Initiative* [click actuality for added information] provides millions of dollars to the Appointment of Adolescent Abutment Enforcement. Effectively, this allotment action has acquired parents who commonly ability not accompany again cloister accomplishments or aegis action to abide their use of the ancestors cloister to annihilate abutment payments. (*note: the allotment of this specific action may alter by state, and the allotment advice may be difficult to access from the Accompaniment of California’s Administrative Branch, aka Administrative Council).
Additionally, the Abandon Adjoin Women Act (VAWA) federal allotment is accustomed by the Canton of Contra Costa by the District Attorney’s Appointment and added Canton offices, and is additionally accustomed by the Accompaniment of California’s Administrative Branch. Abounding calm abandon victim’s advocates accept been led to accept that this federal allotment provides huge protections for victims of calm violence, however, according to a account of ytic journalists who accept advised the Act, VAWA’s statistical affirmation to acclaim is the cardinal of actionable immigrants who accept been able to accretion citizenship into the United States appliance what is referred to by critics of the VAWA Act as “VAWA’s Clearing Backdoor.” [click actuality for source] In these cases, immigrants are encouraged to accomplish apocryphal claims of corruption in adjustment to accretion an high duke in adolescent aegis cases to ballast them in the United States for accepting US citizenship status.
In these VAWA clearing alliance artifice schemes, there appears to be assertive locations in America that may be advancement these schemes. Contra Costa Canton appears to be one such hub, based aloft ysis and qualitative advice advised by cloister watchdogs.
Judge Fannin Has Again Fabricated Apocryphal Statements in Her Cloister Orders and Banned to Conduct Affairs On-Record
A paralegal and ADA-trained advocate, Ronald Pierce, apparent through the Contra Costa Superior Cloister in case Paclik v. Paclik that Adjudicator Fannin denied conception of any almanac of the case. In this case, Fannin’s declared motive for force-enrolling the two Paclik accouchement into Contra Costa County’s Mount Diablo Academy District, adjoin the acceding of the parents, was to accumulate the children’s school-based federal and accompaniment Appellation allotment dollars aural Contra Costa Canton [click actuality for Ronald Pierce’s ytic report]. Ronald Pierce witnessed affairs in Paclik v. Paclik in the accommodation of addition who offers abutment for disabled litigants. In this case, Mr. Paclik and his earlier son accept been force-separated from his two youngest school-aged sons for years at a time by Contra Costa County. This has led to several disturbing, potentially life-threatening bloom altitude from which Mr. Paclik suffers due to the accent of the abiding separations.
According to annal and according to Accompaniment Appeal authoritative hearings apropos the Paclik children’s Medi-cal, it became axiomatic that Contra Costa banned to alteration the family’s accompaniment Medi-cal allowances to the canton area the accouchement were primarily active [click actuality for the ytic report]. During the time that the accouchement resided mostly with Mr. Paclik, who resided out of the canton of Contra Costa, Contra Costa Canton ensured that the children’s allowances remained filed and maintained by Contra Costa County. As absolution for abnegation to alteration the accompaniment allowances out of the county, Adjudicator Jill Fannin concluded ancestor Charles Paclik’s affectionate rights through ex-parte hearings and resultant cloister orders.
As a aftereffect of Ronald Pierce’s acquaintance and observations of Paclik v. Paclik, Pierce became added accountable and apprenticed to abridge yses and overviews of the best answerable issues adverse the California administrative arrangement [click actuality for Pierce’s bigmouth YouTube channel].
Forced Accord in Ancestors Court-Ordered Casework Enables the Advantage of Civilian Servant’s Retirement Accounts
Could it be that California is bloodthirsty its families through cloister in adjustment to armamentarium its unsustainable civilian assistant retirement programs?
A lot of the accessible funds that California courts collect, including Contra Costa Superior Court, afterwards actuality locally deposited and harvested for absorption dividends, eventually acquisition their way into anniversary county’s Children’s Trust Fund; money that is never accustomed to children, by the way. The Administrative Council has enabled anniversary Superior Court, including Contra Costa Superior Cloister to act as a depositor pursuant to Government Code § 68085.9 (source: Pierce, 2015 – bang actuality for article).
The accrued absorption anatomy the Children’s Trust Armamentarium is disconnected appropriately amid the bounded canton and court, while the aboriginal annual arch is transferred to the Accompaniment Controller’s office. Afterwards the aboriginal annual arch is transferred to the Accompaniment Controller’s Office, it is funneled through a accumulate of administrative annex accounts such as the Trial Cloister Board Retirement Armamentarium (see 68085.1(e)(1)). This demonstrates a absolute articulation amid affected accord in administrative annex services, through bounded canton dispensary networks and through Ancestors Cloister Casework mediation, and administrative retirement allowances (source: Pierce, 2015 – bang actuality for article).
For Decades on End, California’s Administrative Annex Has Used Immunity and Quasi-Immunity to Wreak Commotion on The People
A cardinal of parents with Contra Costa Superior cases afore Adjudicator Fannin accepted that they developed cogent and life-altering bloom problems. These bloom problems accept resulted due to the severity of the advancing accent accompanying to abiding litigation. A scattering of parents interviewed for this allotment accept activated for affliction allowances as their bloom attenuated beneath the altitude imposed aloft them by the orders of Adjudicator Jill Fannin and the courts.
Inflicting abuse aloft a actuality to the point in which they are decidedly or assuredly afflicted is characterized beneath Penal Code Section 203, “Mayhem”, and Penal Code Section 205, “Aggravated Mayhem”. These laws prohibit a abomination in which, unlawfully or maliciously, a actuality is fabricated assuredly or essentially disabled. Beneath the ogue of Penal Code Section 205:
“A actuality is accusable of aggravated commotion aback he or she unlawfully, beneath affairs manifesting acute alienation to the concrete or cerebral abundance of addition person, carefully causes abiding affliction or birthmark of addition animal being…”
For abounding years, there has been an advancing media blackout on the affair of ancestors and CPS courts. Abounding taxpayers accept been led to accept by way of the boilerplate media that the archetypal administering of amends is lawful. In contempo years, adjudicator anamnesis campaigns in California, including one in Santa Clara Canton which resulted in the abatement of Adjudicator Aaron Persky from the Santa Clara Superior Court, accept prompted added ysis of judges. Increasing assay by the accessible of judges, administrative ability and the appliance of aphorism of law in the courts has aloft accepted apropos about a fair and candid judiciary.
Do Immigrant Accouchement Deserve Their Parents Added Than American Children?
Many Americans are still not acquainted of the accepted convenance of amid parents and accouchement by way of ancestors and CPS court. Abounding Americans accept afresh been affronted to ascertain that ancestors separations of immigrants accept been occurring en masse at the United States-Mexico border.
These aforementioned Americans would be ogously outraged, if not added alarmed, to ascertain that removing healthy, fit, well-taken affliction of accouchement from admiring and fit American parents is a accepted accustomed convenance in our cloister system, including the Contra Costa Superior Cloister in Northern California [click actuality for added information].
Can We Reclaim Our Constitutionally-Protected Rights?
New board are actuality built-in on the bank throughout the United States as we speak. It charcoal yet to be apparent if these admission board will account their adjuration of appointment and put the accessible they are declared to serve advanced of profit.
After all, at the end of Adjudicator Jill Fannin’s appear adventures from the Daily Journal from 2006, she stated, “You see the arrangement works…and families get aback together.” [click actuality for the Daily Journal biography].
We all apperceive now that is artlessly not true.
The columnist of this commodity is absorbed in audition from those who accept encountered agnate circumstances. She is attainable via email: [email protected] and can be begin on Twitter: @kristiekarkanen.
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