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Jury found man Innocent: Financial Ruin

September 9, 2011 in False Allegations, justice, lawsuit, Michigan

My friend called me today, she is having the best day she has had in over two years because today her husband was finally found not guilty in a criminal trial by his a jury of his peers.

Fortunately, my friend has a strong marriage and a strong support system. It’s a good thing too because the courts have put her and her husband through the wringer.

Her husband was falsely accused of sexual molestation of his grandchild and her older siblings. Oakland County, Michigan prosecutors decided to file charges a second time, when the jury was unable to return a verdict in the first trial. So, they were forced to start all over again and prepare for a second trial.

My friend has a heart of gold and has been there for these children and their mother, providing babysitting assistance, groceries, transportation and anything else that was needed. It breaks my heart to know what she has endured as a thank you for her kindness.

During the second trial, one of the children claimed she was molested everytime she visited their house. One of the other children admitted that she had lied on the stand during the first trial. The mother was caught in several lies. After the second trial, the jury explained that the expert witness was what had convinced them. Well, for $25,000 — I would hope so.

Who has that kind of money to spend? Fortunately, this couple were able to come up with the resources to fight these false allegations, but what if they didnt?

In the end, it doesn’t matter one bit that the allegations were nothing more than lies and that this generous, loving couple is out more than $100,000 in court expenses, lawyer fees, expert witness expenses, etc… They can’t claim any of the expense on their income taxes, they can’t sue the mother, she lives on welfare benefits, the children are in foster care. The lawyer says they can’t sue the state to recoop the damages. The state is exempt from prosecution. They are just out the money and fortunate to still have a home to live in.

These false allegations cost her over $25,000 from her personal business – who wants to do business with a child molester? Where does a family go for relief? There is something very wrong with a court system that doesn’t provide any relief for people who have been wrongly accused. How can anyone expect justice?

Slash the Budget!

June 16, 2009 in DCFS, Illinois, parental rights

Slash the Budget!

Apparently, this concerned doctor simply doesn’t realize just how poorly run the DCFS is and how all that money is cheating children our of their family, friends and home. If we really want to help children, we will prosecute abusive parents in criminal court, where the laws of evidence and procedure have a much better chance of getting to the truth.

We must stop this witch hunt that is destroying the very fabric of this nation — the family!

Support abused children by supporting income tax increase

June 16, 2009

As physicians who have spent our careers providing care for one of societies most vulnerable populations – abused and neglected children – we are horrified to learn of the proposed 50 percent cut to the Department of Children and Family funding.

We must speak out because raped and injured children don’t vote and are often forgotten.

As many children die from child abuse as from cancer every year, but the only funding to combat the “deadly disease” of child abuse is from the state. It is imperative the public understand the proposed cuts involve not just the $460 million in state funding to DCFS, but will also result in a loss of an additional $92 million in federal funding. The agencies that rely on these funds to provide necessary care and preventive services to these children and their families already operate on shoestring budgets.

There are viable alternatives to the current proposed budget sitting on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk.

We urge the legislature to consider the long overdue need for a modest increase in the currently low state income tax and also to re-prioritize the amount of money allocated for capitol improvement projects. The bridges and roads will look beautiful — but at what cost?

– Michele Lorand, MD, FAAP Chair, Division of Child Protective Services, Department of Pediatrics
– Jill Glick, MD, FAAP Medical Director, Child Protective Services
– John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Do take note of who is paying the good doctor’s salary.

In these hash economic times we need to cut spending where we can and I can’t think of too many better places to slash spending that at all our CPS offices, not just those in Illinois.

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