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Stand up and Fight!

June 10, 2013 in California, Child Protective Services, CPS, domestic violence, family court, family rights, jail, justice, Nevada

CPS in California have been accused of destroying families.

The audit plan passed the committee unanimously, and now the California state auditor, who has subpoena powers, will investigate CPS.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who sponsored the bill and organized parents to speak about their experiences, said it’s a good step forward. [Read more]

Family Court

Family Court

Not only that, but now the State of Nevada is investigating the family court. You can watch the video here.

If you have an ongoing case with CPS or the family courts, please take the time to send a letter to your legislators and the governor of your state.  Make it simple and clearly lay out the facts of your case. Don’t go into details – they will get them later.  Have a friend read your letter before you send it.

If you don’t have a case.  Please write your legislators and ask them to investigate.  We all know that what happens in family court is against the law, so they exist only on the whim of the state. Show your representatives that this is something close to you and important to their constituents and they will get involved.

Finally, please watch the video and if that really makes you angry that she would sit there and do nothing, tell her about it! This woman should know better.

 

Patricia Doninger
Domestic Violence Commissioner
Eighth Judicial District Court
Family Division Administration

Family Courts & Services Center
601 N. Pecos Rd., 3rd Fl
Las Vegas NV, 89101 USA

Phone: (702) 455-2434
Fax: (702) 455-5551

Judicial Assistant: Mary Williams, Legal Secretary

Be sure to send a copy of the letter to your legislators if you live in Nevada.

You can use this service to find out who your legislators are.

This campaign will run until the 4th of July!  Our families deserve independence!

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Waikiki Child in Danger!

January 24, 2012 in Hawaii, investigation, jail

To Whom it May Concern,

I would like to inform you of the current situation that myself and my boyfriend are going through.

My boyfriend has a two year old son named Joe who’s mother is a prostitute and drug addict. Her boyfriend is also a well know drug addict and dealer in Waikiki.

For the previous eight months they have shared Joe with us. My boyfriend (Joe’s father) and I both work full time, and I attend the UH Manoa full time. We have a 3 bedroom home in Ewa Beach that Joe is very comfortable and happy at.

When we have Joe on weekends, a typical weekend includes trips to the pool, beach, playground, and non stop fun. We love and adore him, and his father has been working extremely hard towards getting full custody of Joe. Unfortunately, Joe’s mother completely cut us off from him after Thanksgiving. We have tried to contact her and her boyfriend several times and they refused to respond.

Monday the 16th was Joe’s 2nd birthday and we found out that his mother was in jail. We called everyone we could to find out more information as to the whereabouts of Joe. We heard nothing. His mother jumped from different hotels for months but luckily recently moved into a Waikiki apartment. We knew where it was but not their apartment number.

We retrieved Joe’s birth certificate from the Department of Health and asked for police assistance. HPD arrived and said that they could not go knocking on every door and obviously the mother gave her boyfriend verbal permission to keep her son, and they sent us away. We then contacted the FBI and they stated the same. CPS was next, they said they would look into it.

We have yet to hear back from any of these agencies. Joe is in the hands of a heroin addict/dealer who has no blood relation to him. Joe is in danger and is being withheld from his father by this man and no one is helping! This is absurd! Why hasn’t anything been done?

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Believe in your Miracle

November 14, 2011 in jail, justice

When the unthinkable happens, we have a tendency to wonder… “Why me, Lord?”

It is during these turbulent periods in our lives that we learn and grow, if we are paying attention. This is similar to how a marathon runner or a weight lifter must exercise daily, to build up strength and endurance, if they intend to come out a winner.

Just because you can’t see your way out of a situation, does not mean that you are in an impossible place, it simply means the solution hasn’t presented itself yet. If you continue to work toward your goals, pray and have an ounce of faith. We should all be inspired by Jackie Carpenter…

How Faith Made A Mother Take Her Bible Into Court Knowing She Would Rather Offend A Juror Than Offend God

The Bridge: Between Cell Block A and a Miracle in Psalm 91Ellaville, GA, November 14,  2011 – Jackie Carpenter describes herself as a businesswoman, volunteer and reluctant author because she never intended to become an author, nor expected to be a resource for people facing a crisis in life. But she took the worst crisis in her life and the miracle that stemmed from it and wove it into a dramatic and heart-wrenching story.

The Bridge: Between Cell Block A and a Miracle is Psalm 91 (Xulon Publishing) is the powerful and compelling story of the terrifying journey that began the morning she received a frantic call from her son’s wife telling her that he had been arrested for felony murder, and it did not end until the jury returned its verdict ten months later.

Jackie Carpenter was living the true American Dream. She had good health, a beautiful home, married to a wonderful man, and had two married sons and four grandchildren – she honestly believed life could not get any better.

It was then she discovered it could get a whole lot worse. The Bridge tells the frightening chain of events that occurred after her son, the victim of copper thefts on his construction job sites, was guarding his property on the advice of a deputy. In the early morning hours of June 27, 2008, he attempted a citizen’s arrest when his gun accidentally fired, wounding one of the alleged thieves. Hours later when the man died from the wound, the deputy recanted his advice and her son Jason was taken into custody and charged with felony murder and four other serious charges.

At a time when Jackie Carpenter’s world was turned upside down she did the one thing she knew how to do – she turned to God. It took ten long months, many visits to her prayer closet, and the help of Psalm 91 for the author to build her faith to the point where she believed God would perform a miracle. And on April 16, 2009 at 3:40 p.m. she got her miracle when her son went from being on Cell Block A (where murderers are housed) to freedom after the jury returned a verdict of “Not Guilty!”

While The Bridge is the story of her walk of faith, the sequel Georgia Justice: A Story To Faith, acts as a guide for building faith in the face of tragedy or grief and tells how a tormented mother made the critical decision that allowed God to deliver such a miracle. It is a powerful testimony to the spiritual strength this small-town girl found in the promises of Psalm 91 and how she built her faith up during the tormenting ten months leading up to her son’s trial.

When this Georgia mother made the fateful decision to carry her Bible into the courtroom, against the wishes of her son’s attorney who felt a non-believing juror could be offended and hold it against her son, she made a huge leap of faith by deciding she would rather offend a juror than offend God – she got her miracle in the form of an acquittal!

Jackie Carpenter has made numerous appearances on television, in radio interviews and in newspaper articles and her books will be produced into a motion picture that will be in theaters the fall of 2012. For more information on this author and her miraculous story of faith, hope and love that brought her to victory, please visit her website at: www.bridgetoamiracle.com.

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What the critics say?

Bob Etier, Blog Critics:  “The Bridge is a book for people who believe in miracles.  It is also for people who need to be reminded that during troubling times, God is not the guilty party. Even devout Christians sometimes need to be reminded that their strength is in the Lord, and The Bridge serves as that reminder.”

Emory Daniels, Book Reviews: “The Bridge clearly demonstrates that God still performs miracles in the 21st century.  A key point is that when bad things happen it’s better to trust God than to blame Him. The story also reveals that it is certainly possible to survive a tragedy without losing faith.”

Monique, Book Pleasures: “This is a good, inspirational story…you can absolutely see the conviction in her (Jackie’s) heart that God’s love and grace alone brought her through this difficult time…she simply wants to share her miracle with you.”

 

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Vasquez From Jail

March 3, 2007 in Adoption, California, foster care, jail

This letter (the first of three) was sent to me from jail by Ms. Vasquez, dated September 27, 2006. Minor corrections were made for clarity only.

Dear Annette,

How wonderful to hear from you.

As you can imagine its quite awful in here. Almost six weeks in here without even being able to talk to my children on the phone.

I was getting two visits per week with my precious children. They were all so happy, especially my youngest daughter. When I was saying goodbye, she would say to me, as she hugged me tight around the neck, “Please mommy take me home, so I be happy again.” Her words.

Interestingly the social worker (CPS) offered in front of the Juvenile Judge that she could bring me my children to their here in jail. I of course refused the offer, saying to my attorney, it would be too traumatic for them to see me in chains. So, instead I requested to the social worker to please allow me phone calls with the children, so they would know I’m all right and not be over worried.

I was denied phone calls. Imagine that (CPS) would rather hurt (traumatize) children rather than help them through this painful and confusing time in their lives. What ever happened to, “in the best interest of the child?”

I have been allowed to write to them but I don’t believe my two younger girls have received anything yet. (Since, they haven’t allowed my son to go see them yet.) I’ve been here almost six weeks and they still have one excuse after another. My babies are suffering tremendously in foster care (group homes).

My almost 14-year-old son has been beat up too many times to count. They’ve even called the police to the house and according to my son; nine cops showed up and the staff locked him in a room with an older boy, blocking the door so he couldn’t get out and tell the cops how all the other boys were trying to beat him and cornered him against the garage.

My son also has RAD (reactive attachment disorder) so he loses his temper quite easily. He also lacks control. (He’s the child I sent to a therapeutic facility, in Utah for 18-months, due to severe problems at home.) He’s been doing great since he came home a year ago in August. Now this poor kid is devastated. He wants to come home more than anything else in his life.

Well, anyway back to the story of the cops.

A staff person came in to tell my son that the police wanted to take him to an institution since he was a danger to the home. My son said he quickly begged them not to send him away to an institution and that he would never tell on them again.

Threat

That was a threat. That’s how he is treated. Basically, he’s being abused by the corrupt CPS system. I have so many more stories about the abuse my children are receiving and its sick, totally sick to see how no one really cares about the child, not their “attorney ad litem” not CPS. Their rights are consistently being violated and no one does a thing about it.

Why I was arrested:

Criminal Court

Way back when I bailed out on one million dollars. The D.A. also gave conditions for bail:

  1. No contact with the children.
  2. Can’t leave the County of Santa Barbara.

Well shortly after that the Juvenile Judge ordered visitation with my children. When an attorney reminded him of the bail conditions, he (Judge) stated that he had the power to overrule that order (his order superceded any other order.) Also, I had to visit my children all the way in Camarillo, which is in another county.

Well, I have been so frustrated, upset and confused with this horrible court and CPS system that I started writing to one of my best friends, who lives in “Apple Valley.” Well we e-mail several times a week but since I don’t trust anyone since my (several) house searches. So, I wrote to my friend and vented my pain and frustration and agony over the abuse my children are going through from CPS, courts and the foster care system, about dreams, wishes and fantasies regarding the return of my babies.

My friend, “Myrtle” was always letting me vent and always made me feel safe to say anything I needed to say whether stupid or not.

Well I had several letters for “Myrtle” in my brief case along with about 800 family pictures in an 8×10 size envelope, and two letters from Attachment West Center. Anyway, I told my friend in a phone conversation that I had written to her. She seemed surprised, “You did?” she said. (Since we always e-mailed or talked on the phone, she was not expecting to hear that I wrote to her. Anyway, I didn’t mail the letters first, because I didn’t find her address at that moment. Second, after a few days of thinking about it, I felt these letters were too intense to send.

On one of my supervised visits with my 12-year-old daughter as I pulled out a load of about 100 pictures (8×10 maybe), the letter (not addressed yet) got caught by a corner and some how fell out or something, maybe it landed half way under the couch. (We visit in a garage downstairs.) It has the laundry there, a pool table, a couple of refrigerators, computers and three couches plus a coffee table in the center. So it could have easily have fallen without us noticing. The supervising staff is just staring at us at all times.

I always placed my large brief case on the floor next to me leaning on the couch. My precious daughter would then sit on my lap or next to me with her legs on my lap (since she’s a big girl and can’t quite fit on my lap any more).

I have no idea when this could have happened but a few days later I received a call form my attorney’s office. I was told letters had been found in my daughter’s room. (They do room searches every week.)

I knew I hadn’t given her any letters but suddenly I remembered Myrtles letters. I ran to check, took everything out of my bag and started shaking. Later we found out my daughter said they appeared in her room. Well I have no access to her room and I would have never wanted my precious child to read my pain and fear in those awful letters.

CPS sent an e-mail to the D.A. and the D.A. requested I be arrested for violation of bail. Since she said in court that “Myrtle” did not exist and it was just a fictitious name. She said those letters were intentionally written for my daughter.

The judge asked my attorney if “Myrtle” existed and my attorney refused to clearly admit it, by saying it doesn’t matter if she exists or not since the order has been superceded by the Juvenile Judge several months earlier.

The judge was getting more and more angry but said he would take a minute and call the other judge. (Since it was almost 5:00 p.m. on a Friday.) The Juvenile Judge had already left.

The Criminal Judge came out and said to my attorney, “Do you want to take 5-minutes with your client and see if you can produce Myrtle?” My attorney refused as I begged him to talk to me and I kept saying to him “Bob she’s my friend you met her once.” He just said very annoyed, “I know.” Then continued to annoy the judge who finally said I would be arrested. And I was immediately arrested.

I was shocked. My friend is real; she’s not a fictitious name. I feel sick since then. I asked my attorney in court the following Tuesday to please file a motion to reconsider with the judge so we could prove to the judge that yes “Myrtle” is a real person and also that the order had been superceded.

Well he said, “No, the judge will never reconsider.” Then he does a writ a week and a half later. Nothing was said in the writ about my friend “Myrtle.”

Since then he has never come to see me in jail (6-weeks and no attorney). I had just paid him the last $55,000. I owed him to go through trial and totally finish my case. Total given to him is: $90,000. And I’m here in jail.

A court appointed attorney would have been more caring. I just can’t believe I’m here again. By the way in the new paper it says: D.A. said Myrtle doesn’t exist it’s just a fictitious name.

I say someone in the group home found the envelope and opened it, saw it was for Myrtle and read about the children, which of course I mentioned in the letters and took it to my daughter’s room. It was not an accident this was cruel and intentional.

D.A. is thrilled to have me locked up again. How could I ever have a fair trial if even the judge signed the arrest warrant for me based on lies from the police report? So he actually obviously believes the report. He is biased already. How can I expect a fair trial when I’m in jail over something that is based on lies?

Just like the media said: Myrtle doesn’t exist and it’s a fictitious name. Also, the media said the children were locked in the basement with no windows and possibly malnourished.

  1. I don’t even have a basement.
  2. Children were never found locked up.
  3. Every bedroom has at least one window.
  4. There are at least two exit doors from downstairs.
  5. Children are very healthy.
  6. The children were taken to the hospital, stripped and photographed. No bruises or any signs of abuse were found on any of the children.

Lies, Lies, Lies

Mostly by the D.A. and police or detectives.

Annette, can you please type this for me and send it to my home (xxxx Foot hill Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105) so I could keep a copy. Also, feel free to update your link for me and I wish you could let (Squidoo) know too. I used to belong to her group.

Annette, thank you for trying to talk to me on the phone. That was really nice of you. Also, I’m not allowed anything here unless it comes from the publisher, meaning a book, which I would love to have. And no, we have no access to a legal library.

I’d like it if you could let others know and maybe they could write to me or send me information or other things or their stories to keep me busy so I won’t be so terribly lonely and hurting for my babies.

Please send me an update on your stories and the Gravelle’s also what ever else you can do would be greatly appreciated. My precious son William turned 21 while I am here in jail. Imagine his pain, so young yet with a horribly heavy load on his back. He is so supportive to me; maybe someone can send him a note to give him strength and support. He’s really just a kid and a wonderful pianist.

He is now living back at home. (The same address I gave you earlier.)

Sorry about my scribbles, we are only allowed tiny 3-inch pencils and it’s hard to write with them, we can’t even have a pencil sharpener. And yes the abuse of power here is unspeakable. These people can get away with anything they want.

When I first came here I wasn’t allowed toilet paper for eighteen hours. Yes, I’m totally serious. Others here have worse stories than me.

I’ll stop now to give you a chance to breath. Again thanks for your support and concern.

Please send me reading material. You have my address here already. By the way, how did you find out I was in jail?

Thanks a million!

Sincerely,
Sylvia Jovanna Vasquez

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California Gold Rush

November 12, 2006 in California, jail

The History of California and the Gold Rush

The history of California is a bloody one that explains the brutality of politics in California today.

Around 1848 men from the East traveled to California in an attempt to strike it rich in the gold mines. They left their families behind back east to seek their fortunes.

Very few struck it rich. Ninety percent either died or returned back to their homes in the East with their tails between their legs. The remaining ones lived a life of debauchery or became exploiters of the remaining workers.

S. Shufelt was one of those gold seekers. Mr. Shufelt reveals his motivation when he tells his cousin that:

“I have left those that I love as my own life behind and risked everything and endured many hardships to get here. I want to make enough to live easier and do some good with, before I return.”

These same thoughts no doubt inspired the majority of those who made the trek to the gold fields – they were not intending to stay, but planned to make some money and return to their origins.

Mr. Shufelt’s letter was discovered at an auction in 1924 and is now part of the collection of the Library of Congress.

“There is a good deal of sin and wickedness going on here.” Shufelt lived in a cabin with six other miners. The miners diet was poor resulting in scurvy, disease, disappointment and death. Prostitution, stealing, lying, swearing, drinking, gambling and murder thrived in a new world that had left behind their Bible upbringing to seek after gold.

Men were hanged for stealing food to survive, their bodies left hanging everywhere as a reminder to the others. Most men wanted to leave but had no money for the trek back east, so they were forced to labor in the gold mines for pennies, barely enough to buy food. The storekeepers price-gouged and exploited the workers, keeping them virtual slaves. Children were doubly exploited after their parents were killed either by Indians or common criminals.

Cowboys slaughtered Indians and Mexicans to steal their land and horses. The Indians and Mexicans retaliated by slaughtering the families of the newly arrived gold seekers from the East.

Not much has changed in California today. People come from all over America and the world to seek their fortunes and a better life. Instead, the majority are put in jail without due process for fabricated charges and have their children stolen for exploitation.

We must remember that the Wild West, going back only about 150 years ago, is dominated politically by the ancestors of the wicked settlers who took control of this area by brutal force: including theft, exploitation, prostitution and murder.

~Diane Booth
Free Vincent Booth
American Refugee – A True Story

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