Court Exposed: Wayne County, MI

May 26, 2012 in CPS, due process, family court, justice, Michigan

We put Wall Street men and women in jail when they defraud people of their money. Yet Judge Leslie Kim Smith thinks nothing of giving her clerk a stamp with her signature on it — to remove people’s children. And nothing is being done about.

What is wrong with this picture?

Families torn apart illegally? Heather Catallo investigates

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By:  Heather Catallo

(WXYZ) – When protective services take children from their parents, state law  says a judge must first personally review the case and sign off. But that was  not happening in one of Michigan’s busiest courts.

It’s called “rubber stamping,” and last August 7 Action News first exposed  how court staff were literally stamping a judge’s name onto orders that allowed  the state to take kids from their parents.

After our investigations – the rubber stamping stopped – but no one has ever  been held accountable — not the judge, not the chief judge or child protective  services.

“Why was this allowed to happen in your court,” Catallo asked Wayne County  Circuit Court Judge Leslie Kim Smith.

Smith is the presiding judge at the James Lincoln Hall of Justice, the  county’s juvenile court. It was her name that had been stamped on removal  orders. And legal experts tell us, that stamp allowed children to be taken from  their parents illegally.

Testimony under oath in the Godboldo case revealed that caseworkers routinely  took their petitions to probation officers inside the court, who would then  stamp Judge Leslie Kim Smith’s name onto the removal orders.

“It is completely illegal,” said Joshua Kay a professor with the University  of Michigan Law School’s Child Advocacy Law Clinic

 

“This system is destroying the future of America.  And if something is  not done about it, we won’t have a future,” said Godboldo.

Maryanne Godboldo is now suing the state, Wayne County, and Detroit police  for illegally taking her child.

Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/removal-order#ixzz1vxPp398W

Please do some checking into your own case. If your case was rubber stamped, you can and should sue. (It is surely happening in more places than Wayne County, Michigan)

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2 responses to Court Exposed: Wayne County, MI

  1. my daughter was illegally kidnapped from my home on August 3rd, 2011. a 25 year old brand new caseworker came into my home i thought to protect us from my daughters father who had just tried kidnapping her but no, she came to kidnap her! no court order, no warrant, no safety plan, no imminent danger!! i have proof she obtained the order via fax at 5:03pm rubberstamped by none other than Leslie Kim Smith!! And she wasnt even in town!!!!!!!!! they also have my daughter down as an african american in the placement referral!! i have recordings, transcripts, medical documentation proving this corrupt system that claims to protect kids. my baby doesnt even look the same and they placed her with her dad who is a certified paranoid schizophrenic and suffers from a closed head injury as well. not to mind u i have given CPS files from his own sd card of him recording pornography off of his laptop and it shows my little girl on the floor in the same room screaming in the background while he does his thing!! this is the third video he recorded of himself watching porn and many videos where he is constantly asking her over and over if she wants to see me or not. talk about mentally damaging this poor childs mind. she suffers from cerebral palsy due to my negligent ob/gyn. we are in the middle of getting justice for what happened to us but the state refuses to step out! how is this case even valid when i have solid proof it was illegal to begin with!! i want to sue!

  2. My daughter was illegally kidnapped from my home on August 3rd, 2011. a 25 year old brand new caseworker came into my home i thought to protect us from my daughters father who had just tried kidnapping her but no, she came to kidnap her! no court order, no warrant, no safety plan, no imminent danger!!

    i have proof she obtained the order via fax at 5:03pm rubberstamped by none other than Leslie Kim Smith!! And she wasnt even in town!!!!!!!!! they also have my daughter down as an african american in the placement referral!! i have recordings, transcripts, medical documentation proving this corrupt system that claims to protect kids.

    my baby doesnt even look the same and they placed her with her dad who is a certified paranoid schizophrenic and suffers from a closed head injury as well. not to mind u i have given CPS files from his own sd card of him recording pornography off of his laptop and it shows my little girl on the floor in the same room screaming in the background while he does his thing!! this is the third video he recorded of himself watching porn and many videos where he is constantly asking her over and over if she wants to see me or not. talk about mentally damaging this poor childs mind. she suffers from cerebral palsy due to my negligent ob/gyn. we are in the middle of getting justice for what happened to us but the state refuses to step out! how is this case even valid when i have solid proof it was illegal to begin with!! i want to sue!

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