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June 2012

LOUISIANA

Tom Cryer - Gone But Not Forgotten

John Baptist Kotmair, Jr., Fiduciary of Save-A-Patriot Fellowship Liberty Works Radio Network

September 11, 1949 - June 4, 2012

06-04-12 -- Our Constitutional Republic lost one of its most formidable Patriot warriors against tyranny and sedition. Tommy Cryer, age 62, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was an honest, principled, and valiant attorney — a true American hero. He saw his duty, and did not shirk from it; he met it head on, and through his knowledge and fortitude was able to prevail against the forces of evil. . . . The enemies of Liberty tried to still his voice, and end his activities for the Cause of Justice and Freedom, by bringing false charges against him to try to cover up their seditious acts. But they did not prevail, because a jury of true Americans had the courage to reject the government's lies and find him innocent. . . . After being acquitted of all charges by a jury of his peers on July 11, 2007, Tommy founded Truth Attack — an affiliation of Patriot groups — to combat the wrong-doing of those within our government who are intent on taking away our substance, and using it against us. You can visit his website, www.truthattack.org, to learn the strategy he advocated and the projects he was engaged in. Although it will take more than a few Patriots to fill the gap that is left by his departure, it is important that his work be carried on.

Semper Fidelis ad Libertas, Veritus que Justitia


August 2006

OHIO

AFRA Member Michele Lee Bassett of Ohio passes away

Bassett, Michele Lee

Michele Lee Bassett, 42, of Stow, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 27, 2006.

She was a loving mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She loved to cook and be outdoors, but most of all, she thought of her kids.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Bonnie Hegedeos and father, Robert W. Bassett Jr., and grandmother, Ruth Bassett. She is survived by her son, Christopher; daughters, Megan and Miah Bassett, and Meredith Bassett (Harbour); sisters, Melissa Kanor (Mike), Amy Harrison (Bobby), Ruth Ann Lively (Jarrid); brother, Tim Bassett (Andrea); grandfather, Robert W. Bassett Sr.; stepfather, Steve Hegedeos; stepmother, Donetta King; nieces, Christine and Bonnie; nephews, Stephen and Bailey. She will be missed but never forgotten.


The Murder of Michele Bassett in Summit County, Ohio

Posted: Sep 4, 2006 6:53 PM (1 of 1)

We are looking for new information on the brutal murder of Ms. Michele Bassette of Summit County Ohio. She was brutally murdered on Sunday, August 28, 2006 in Summit County,Ohio.

The last person to see her alive was her 15 year old daughter, Megan Bassett.

Michele was a family rights advocate for the American Family Rights Association/Summit County Ohio Chapter.
She was born in 1964 and has three daughters, Megan, Miah and Meredith and one son, Christopher.

None of her children were with her when she was brutually murdered last Sunday.

If anyone in Summit County Ohio has any information regarding Michele's untimely death and murder please come forth and help the Summit County Sheriff Dept and The Ohio Department of Investigations to solve this murder.

Thank you
Concerned Family Rights Advocates in Illinois
Illinois_Family_Rights_Association@msn.com


May 2006

 

Sherman Skolnick
(1930-2006)

 

IN MEMORIAM

Court Reformer / Activist

SHERMAN SKOLNICK

Passed Away in His Sleep
on Sunday, May 21, 2006


R.I.P Judge-Buster Sherman Skolnick

For 48 years, a key focus of Sherman Skolnick's investigative reporting was the rampant judicial corruption in the courts of law in U.S.A., specifically in Chicago and in the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D. C. . . . Judges on the take, some of them termed "banksters” or "banker- judges", drew the attention not only of Skolnick’s seasoned Jewish humor but also of his relentless and feared public exposure mechanisms. . . . The robed mafiosi had him in jail eight times during his long life but could never stick anything of substance on him. . . . Twenty judges and over forty attorneys went behind bars, from 1969 to 1993 alone, through America’s leading judge-buster who has now passed on. . . . Skolnick started in his late twenties using his superb mental powers and writing skills as reflected in his reporting on judicial and political corruption. . . . Since 1958 he was a court reformer. . . . In 1963 he founded the Citizen’s Committee to Clean Up the Courts, a public interest group researching and disclosing certain instances of judicial bribery and political murders.


April 30, 2005

Self-Proclaimed Judicial Watchdog,
David Palmer, in the News

OHIO SUPREME COURT

3 justices seeking sanctions against judicial watchdog
Blade Columbus Bureau

Three Ohio Supreme Court justices tried to slap back at self-appointed judicial watchdog David Palmer yesterday, asking the state Elections Commission to sanction him with legal fees and costs for his latest complaints against them. . . . An attorney for Justice Alice Robie Resnick, an Ottawa Hills Democrat, felt so strongly about it that he objected when Mr. Palmer, formerly of Maumee and now living in California, withdrew his complaint just as one hearing was to begin. . . . "We have no intention of withdrawing the motion for attorney fees," Don McTigue said. "You don't go around filing complaints and wait for the other side to bring things to your attention to realize you're wrong. You have to do your homework." . . . The commission unanimously dismissed a complaint filed against Republican Justice Terrence O'Donnell. A final decision on a third complaint against Republican Chief Justice Thomas Moyer was postponed until May 26 to give Mr. Palmer a chance to respond to a late motion for dismissal and sanctions.

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Dave Palmer is an investigative reporter and a prolific writer of stories critical of the Legal Industry.  A former resident of Ohio, Palmer suffered from the tyranny found in the judicial corruption of The Buckeye State for many years as the result of multiple lawsuits involving the life threatening injuries of his wife in a 1987 auto accident.  Watch Dog Dave was once persecuted by the Ohio Supreme Court with frivolous charges that he was “practicing law without a license,” charges he defeated at a lengthy hearing. Dave takes pride in his specialty, Remedial Ethics and Psychic Diplomas. 

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Judicial Watch Dog David Palmer Files Charges On Judge Stephen Yarbrough

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Judicial Watchdog Website Ordered Down by Judge

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Three judges pay back Ohio after watchdog complains

May 22, 2001 -- By Liz Sidoti, The Associated Press

Three judges who face complaints by a judicial watchdog for allegedly overbilling counties where they have served as visiting judges have paid back the state. . . . David Palmer, a Powell resident who heads a one-man judicial watchdog group he calls the Committee to Expose Dishonest and Incompetent Attorneys and Judges, claims the three, and many others, still owe the state thousands more. . . . Mr. Palmer filed the theft-in-office felony complaints against nine retired judges this month in Franklin County Municipal Court. He previously filed a complaint against Stephen Yarbrough, a former Lucas County Common Pleas judge. Hearings were set for Thursday and May 30.


OHIO J.A.I.L. FOR JUDGES

New Ohio J.A.I.L. Website

By: Ron Branson, VictoryUSA@jail4judges.org

Brett Kraft, the JIC of Ohio, wishes to display his new state's website. Take a tour. For those states having no website, take note and think of how your state may set up its site. (Your website is your billboard to the world.)


February 17, 2005

Bridging the Abyss Between the
Litigants and the Courts

PRNewswire/ -- Many of those who have experienced the matrimonial court are hoping that the Matrimonial Reform Commission will eliminate one of the world's great lies: "Justice will prevail."  According to Monica Getz, founder and president of the New York Coalition for Family Justice, who will testify before the commission hearings today, "There is a major disconnect between what the judicial system delivers and what matrimonial litigants should reasonably expect when they are looking for justice."

She contends that individual horror stories are discounted as apparition and the victims as disgruntled; however, they form a large state and national crisis.  "We need to address the system malfunctions that are creating a disastrous situation, particularly for children, who unfortunately are almost always the biggest victims of the process.  With criminal investigations and a trial underway of several matrimonial judges, surely we must be reaching the tipping point where it is impossible to continue to accept the lack of accountability of the current system," Ms. Getz said.

"One of the reasons that reform has been slow to come is that the issues are complicated and threaten the status quo," Ms. Getz argues.  "We see countless people who are treated contemptuously by the court and become voiceless victims of a system where the rules are often applied unequally."

Many of the cases that go to litigation are those where there is a custodial dispute.  "Cases in which one parent is seeking to protect a child against an abusive spouse need an immediate and effective preliminary assessment.  Such a step could prevent many of the cases we read about in the media, where it is too late to save the child.  I have seen too many cases where the court sides with what I call the sociopath in an Armani suit," Ms. Getz said.  "He or she is someone who knows how the game is played to influence the court, where judges and court-appointed forensics are unfamiliar with the pathology of abusers."

 Ms. Getz cites several contributing factors to the helplessness felt by those who have been victimized by the current system:

§         Law guardians and forensics specialists, whose qualifications and
responsibilities are not regulated;

§         The imbalance of power within the courtroom in favor of the moneyed spouse or the one with an inappropriately aggressive or unethical lawyer;

§         Frequent private conferences between judges and lawyers, excluding litigants in key conversations regarding their case;

§         The immense financial burden of lawyers' fees, court transcripts, and court appointees' fees, where the winner is often the one with the deepest pockets.

"It is time for the Courts to step into the 21st century by adding video cameras and audio tapes in the courtroom along with the court reporter.  This would put all conversations and activities in the court room within the public domain, thus leveling the playing field and balancing the power.  It would also help the Appellate Division make its own judgments on credibility issues instead of deferring to trial judges because they are the only ones who have witnessed the litigants.

"We have an enormous task in front of us," Ms. Getz said.  "It is time to dedicate ourselves to a comprehensive approach that will restore confidence in the matrimonial judicial system."
About the Coalition
    Information regarding the Coalition can be found at http://www.ncfj.org

SOURCE New York Coalition for Family Justice Web Site: http://www.ncfj.org


NY MATRIMONIAL COMMISSION
NEWS & VIEWS

Click to Read Melanie I. Cummings letter to
The Honorable Sondra Miller, Associate Justice, Appellate Division Chair, Matrimonial Commission


Click above logo to go to New York's Matrimonial Commission site
 

Public Hearing Transcripts*:

PDFNYC Transcript - Part 1 05/09/05

PDFNYC Transcript - Part 2 05/09/05

PDFBuffalo 04/21/05

PDFWhite Plains 02/17/05

PDFAlbany Transcript - AM 11/04/04

PDFAlbany Transcript - PM 11/04/04

PDFNYC Transcript 10/14/04

*Please Note: Unedited versions of all hearing transcripts have been posted for the public's information.
Any questions regarding the content of the transcripts should be forwarded in writing to: matrimonialcommission@courts.state.ny.us

 

Also see: Melanie I. Cummings letter


International Fame for Two Legal Reform Jokesters

Fooling with free speech
Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.

*** Harvey Kash and Carl Lanzisera, a couple of elderly wiseacres who were arrested for telling lawyer jokes outside a New York courthouse. . . . As members of a legal-reform group that advocates -- publicly and often loudly -- for such things as cameras in courtrooms and minimum jail sentences for crooked lawyers, the two are used to unpleasant confrontations with members of the bar. . . . As members of a legal-reform group that advocates -- publicly and often loudly -- for such things as cameras in courtrooms and minimum jail sentences for crooked lawyers, the two are used to unpleasant confrontations with members of the bar.


Trials and Tribulations
An Oliver Mackson column
What do you call 3 lawyers at the ... ?
*** Trials & Tribs spent a day or so talking to lawyers and judges in the mid-Hudson, in search of jokes less lame than the antediluvian yucks that caused all the ruckus on Long Island. . . . The author of the joke that follows this paragraph will remain anonymous, since revealing that person's identity might earn Trials & Tribs a whack in the kneecaps with a copy of Black's Law Dictionary. . . . Three lawyers are standing in a bathroom in a local courthouse. The first one towels off his hands, looks at the other two and says, "At Harvard Law School, we learned that cleanliness is next to godliness." . . . The second lawyer towels off his hands with a smaller paper towel and proclaims that, "At Yale Law School, we learned to conserve our natural resources." . . . The third lawyer looks at the other two, shrugs and says, "At Brooklyn Law School, we learned not to (urinate) on our hands."


Punch Line for Jokester: No Indictment by Grand Jury

By Bruce Lambert
***The men complained that their constitutional right to make fun of lawyers was being violated, and the case drew international attention. . . . The radio talk show host Ron Kuby, himself a lawyer, defended the pair at no charge. "Of all the places that you would cherish freedom of speech, surely one is in the shadow of a courthouse," he said. . . . Mr. Kash, 70, and Mr. Lanzisera, 65, Huntington residents who are active in Americans for Legal Reform, a group that for years has criticized lawyers and courts, said their case was an example of the legal system's excesses. . . . After a day of secret testimony in the Nassau County Courthouse here, Mr. Kuby said the authorities had told his office that the grand jury had declined to indict Mr. Kash. . . . Mr. Kuby said, "What are they going to do, put Harvey in an undercover jokester protection program and relocate him to Vegas?"


VICTIMS-OF-LAW COMMENTARY

“Sentence first--verdict afterwards"

Whatever happened to due process?

On January 12, 2005 Newsday.com posted a story entitled “Pair arrested for telling lawyer jokes at Long Island courthouse.” The media from around the globe jumped on the story all giving the same or similar account. Attorneys solicited the two gentlemen that were arrested for telling lawyer jokes ‘outside’ the First District Court in Hempstead offering to represent them pro bono because their ‘first amendment rights’ were clearly violated.

On January 25, 2005 Newsday.com printed an opinion entitled “Lawyer jokes aren't funny inside the courthouse” written by attorney Lois Carter Schlissel who is the managing partner of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, a law firm in Mineola, New York.

One really has to wonder if Ms. Schlissel is reading the same accounts of the incident as most of the world. It doesn’t sound like it or she has ‘inside’ information that she has not opined.

Other than Ms. Schlissel and those of her kind, people were and remain shocked at the blatant violation of First Amendment Rights of the two gentlemen who see themselves as “legal reform advocates.” It is simply another example of the ‘illogical’ legal and judicial business that is taking over our country.

Ms. Schlissel agrees that: “It is, of course, the constitutional right of every American citizen to laugh at the law and, in the case of these two activists, even ridicule officers of the court. But to protect the integrity of the court, one needs to do any guffawing outside the courthouse.” And that’s exactly where they were, Ms. Schlissel, guffawing, ‘outside’ the courthouse. The attorney that complained about them went inside the courthouse to register his displeasure and when the two activists finally were allowed in the courthouse, they were arrested for guffawing outside the courthouse while waiting on line

“Those responsible for the daily administration of justice [should] understand the serious implications behind a "contempt of court" citation. It [should] mean more than an idle charge; it [should] mean the debasement of the legal process and [this case was and is] the undermining of the due process of law." [Emphasis added].

The media is not the court where an attorney can spin whatever story he or she pleases with full immunity. The media is supposed to be fair and balanced as well as truthful. If Ms. Schlissel has insider information then she should have reported it instead of spinning her “Alice in Wonderland” tale as in “Sentence first--verdict afterwards”


As Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, 'When I use a word,' it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.' . . . 'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.' . . . 'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master - that's all.'

From Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll



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