Friday, September 30, 2016

Couple Celebrates 77th Wedding Anniversary As They Both Turn 100 Years-Old

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Couple Celebrates 77th Wedding Anniversary As They Both Turn 100 Years-Old

Editor's note: This Shark assumes  that this beautiful couple would be on the radar for many of the "Elder Cleansers" in this blog's wanted list.  Lucius Verenus, Schoolmaster,                                   

An Illinois couple is celebrating 77 years of wedded bliss. Vera and John Peterson married in 1939, back when a gallon of gas only cost 10 cents. They have seven children, 18 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren. They're also reaching milestone birthdays. Vera is already 100 and John will celebrate his 100th birthday in March. They live in a retirement community now, but remain active. Their eldest son says they're both in good health, have sharp minds.

Elder Cleansing and the Blogs MaryGSykes and Probate Sharks

Elder Cleansing and the Blogs MaryGSykes and Probate Sharks

kenneth ditkowsky

3:46 PM (13 hours ago)
It occurred to me after reading the two aforementioned blogs just how broad the possibilities are for an elder cleanser.   The vehicles that are available are almost unlimited, ergo, the number of ways to distract those who oppose the WAR ON THE ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED from their major task is also unlimited.    

The Wells Fargo scandal is in the news because it is so outrageous and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses for some executives who learned the art of bank robbery without a gun very well.   The Political elite are worried that seniors might be affected.   Their concern is duly noted.   Let's examine what happened.   The 'little people' who serve as the bank officers you and I see were encouraged to get you to open accounts at the Bank.   I personally have at a major Bank: 1) a personal savings account; 2) a bunch of remnants of escrow accounts; 3) a savings account; 4) a safety deposit box.   I also could have a series of loans.    The little people were encouraged to get me to open these accounts at the Bank.  They also would like me to set up a trust with the Bank named as trustee etc.

Is this criminal?   I do not think so.   Why the big fuss?   It is an election year and the problem of elder cleansing will expose certain Judges as corrupt and a horde of lawyers as being oblivious to their responsibility to not only their clients, but their profession and the public.   Also on the horizon is what is appearing as a breakdown in the Justice System.   When judgeships are bartered with gym bags full of cash (see John Kass article in the Chicago Tribune) what kind of Justice can the public expect?    If you read the posts on Probate Sharks you know.   Alice Gore was elder cleansed quite significantly.    The miscreants even took the gold from her teeth (and did not inventory it).   The very same attorney appointed as Guardian ad litem - who orchestrated the great gold robbery - was further disclosed as engineering the theft of a million dollars from a probate estate in Florida.   A Bank pushing its little people to put the 'bite on' the great unwashed to open a checking account that they may or may not need gives organisms to our elected officials.   How terrible says Elizabeth Warren, and other elected officials!  This is the same Senator Elizabeth Warren who ignores the complaints of elder cleansing and has said nothing about the quest for gold in the mouth of Alice Gore.  She needs more detail!

We have complained bitterly to our elected representatives to encourage law enforcement to protect our elderly for elder cleansing.   Granted there has been some progress however, there are still corrupt judges out there who are appointing the cronies (corrupt lawyers) as guardians.   These guardians isolate the elderly victim from family and friends so that systematically the Estate can be liquidated and clouted nursing home operators and similar predators can systematically loot the health care system.    (In the process the civil and human rights of the victim are repeated violated - this to our elected leaders is irrelevant - they are out protecting the social security of the victims so that the miscreants committing the felonies of elder cleansing are appropriate compensated by awards from the Court).

 Yesterday I was amused by the use of the word 'gangbanging' in the MaryGSykes blog.   I envisioned  --- never mind!   The ganging up on a objector to elder cleansing in my 1/2 century plus in the practice of law has never been called that!   The subject matter is indeed serious and does need attention.   The use of Sheriff's deputies to intimidate or participate in a intimidation (or extortion) is the theft of public services in spades!    The actions of Judge Stuart in chaining Gloria Sykes to a chair, threatening her physical presence and that of her service animal was more than outrageous!   I have written Sheriff Dart concerning this matter several times but have not followed up.   

I do know that Judge STuart was frugal with the truth (she lied) under oath at the Joan Denison kangaroo disciplinary hearings and that the unlicensed Court reporter was induced to alter the transcript of the cross examination in which the perjury was exposed.    (When this perjury occurred, Court watchers immediately reported this event so that even though the IARDC has altered the transcripts everyone knows all about it - the cover-up exists = Gloria Sykes' civil rights were violated and she is denied equal protection of law.  But as Gloria Sykes has some annoying habits that offend in the eyes of Illinois Law she is a non-person).    The "gangbanging" that occurred in Judge Stuart's courtroom must be addressed by law enforcement.

The blogs MaryGSykes and Probate Sharks by their existence keep sending out the 'word' and the reminder that Democracy is not a spectator sport.   Each of us has to attack the threat to our freedoms by using the tools at their disposal.   Right now few are listening -  but that will not always be the case.   The miscreants may 'gang up' on us, but there are more of us then them and we have the advantage - We have RIGHT on our side.    Every day Jerome Larkin and each of the miscreants have to live with the fact that he (they are)  is responsible for the elder cleansing horrible death of many Illinois elderly.   He (and the 18 UsCA 371 co-conspirators)  has to worry that in the forseeable future, one of more of the miscreants may get a hold of his body (their collective bodies) , and rob him and his family of their dignity, civil rights, human rights and his estate just as was done to Mary Sykes ******.   

The failure of law enforcement to enforce the Rule of Law equally and appropriately has resulted in 2 kiled on 1 wounded in the battle for Chicago streets!    Death is faster on the streets, but the victims of elder cleansing are just as dead in the end. Killing by the Political and Judicial elite leaves a victim just a dead. 

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September 29, 2016
Two men were killed and a woman was wounded in two shootings on the Eisenhower Expressway on the West Side that occurred within six hours of each other, according to the Illinois state police.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Did Wells Fargo target seniors with its bogus-account scheme?

Editor's note: This Shark believes nobody will go to jail over this crime.  Lucius Verenus, Schoolmaster,

Did Wells Fargo target seniors with its bogus-account scheme?
Wanita Holmes
Wells Fargo may have gone out if its way to take senior citizens to the cleaners when the bank’s workers fraudulently opened as many as 2 million accounts without customers’ permission.

At least that’s the suspicion of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the top members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

They’ve called upon the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to determine whether seniors in particular were preyed upon because older Wells Fargo customers may have been more susceptible to manipulation or likely visited branches more frequently than tech-savvy younger people who prefer online banking.

“As Wells Fargo begins the long process of identifying and making restitution to the consumers who were defrauded, I want to ensure that seniors — who are often the targets of fraud and who also can be harder to find and make whole — are adequately protected,” McCaskill said.

She and Collins said in a letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray that they’re concerned about “the impact this activity has had on our nation’s senior population, especially those who do not conduct their financial business on the Internet.”

Hancock Park resident Wanita Holmes, 87, says what happened to her validates the senators’ interest.

She’s been a Wells Fargo customer since her old Crocker National Bank account was transferred when Wells acquired Crocker in 1986. Holmes told me she was perfectly happy with the service she received after the merger.  (Click to continue)

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U.S. to Bar Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Contracts

U.S. to Bar Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Contracts



kenneth ditkowsky 

7:22 PM (10 hours ago)


Arbitration was sold as a way to avoid the delay of courts; however, in reality in so many arbitration situations it is a way to 'salt' the proceedings in favor of the imposing contractor.   For instance, if you have a dispute with your stock broker you have mandatory arbitration to deal with.   The arbitrator is tied to the industry and some wild and inconsistent decisions are imposed.  In some construction cases ******.

The nursing home industry imposes contracts on customers who are usually in no position to give due consideration to terms of a contract.   A patient who recently suffered a heart attack cannot be expected to give due consideration to a writing, and certainly his/her spouse is not expected to be interested in what the contract says or does not say.   Ditto for most other illness that are so serious that skilled nursing services are required.  

That said, discovery opportunities are lessened for claimants in the arbitration situation and in fact the playing field is not level.   The record keeping of the facilities that I examined have usually been very creative and geared to being uninformative.   A clear example is illustrated by the fact that Philip Esformes was able to steal a billion dollars from Medicare.   (A billion dollars!!!!!).   Government auditors are usually pretty good, but, substantial theft from government is the usual not an exception.   Seth Gillman in his hospice operation stole 100's of millions of dollars and Omnicare overcharged in amounts in excess of hundreds of millions.   John Doe in dealing with the nursing home cadre is fighting a difficult battle even on a level playing field.

Another problem exists - corruption in government.   The theft that appears to exist is so great that it could not exist without governmental attornment.   We get a clear confirmation of systematic and institutional corruption by the outrageous actions of the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.    In particular,  the Illinois legislature barred the payment of compensation to unlicensed court reporters.  Jerome Larkin not only hired unlicensed court reporters but allegedly ordered the reporters to alter transcripts to eliminate testimony that did not support the alleged perjury that he was suborning.  As he had the unlicensed Court reporters at his total control they literally had to do what he demanded.    His perfidy was discovered in the JoAnne Denison disciplinary proceedings.   She filed discovered the criminal behavior on the part of Larkin and the commission and as they did it in the Supreme Court of Illinois she sought a Rule to enter against them.  Larkin did not deny the misuse of public money.   If you did what he did you would be charged with embezzlement.  Not only did the Supreme Court deny the Rule, but they did not require him and the IARDC to follow the law.   Of course the States Attorney and/or the Attorney General get excited.   The Rule of Law does not apply to public officials -

In this climate every protection possible has to be afforded to the public.    The idea of double standards of justice is abhorrent!    In fact it cannot be tolerated!

Ken Ditkowsky

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Subject: U.S. to Bar Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Contracts

U.S. to Bar Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Contracts


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A case involving Elizabeth Barrow, a 100-year-old woman who was found murdered in a nursing home in 2009, was initially blocked from court. CreditIan Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for The New York Times
The federal agency that controls billions of dollars in Medicaid and Medicaid funding has moved to prevent nursing homes from forcing claims of elder abuse, sexual harassment and even wrongful death into the private system of justice known as arbitration.
The agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, on Wednesday issued a rule that bars any nursing home or assisted-living facility that receives federal funding from inserting an arbitration clause into its contracts.
The rule, which would affect 1.5 million nursing home residents, promises to deliver major new protections.
Clauses embedded in the fine print of nursing home admissions contracts have pushed disputes about safety and the quality of care out of public view and into arbitration. The system has helped the nursing home industry reduce its legal costs, but it has stymied the families of nursing home residents from getting justice, even in the case of murder.
A case involving a 100-year-old woman who was found murdered in a nursing home, strangled by her roommate, was initially blocked from court. So was a case brought by the family of a 94-year-old woman who died at a nursing home in Murrysville, Pa., from a head wound that had been left to fester. The cases were the subject of a front-page article in The New York Times last November.
“The sad reality is that today too many Americans must choose between forfeiting their legal rights and getting adequate medical care,” Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, said in a statement on Wednesday.
The new rule comes after officials in 16 states and the District of Columbia urged the government to cut off funding to nursing homes that use the clauses, arguing that arbitration kept patterns of wrongdoing hidden from prospective residents and their families.
With its decision, the federal agency has restored a fundamental right of millions of patients across the country: their day in court.

Examining how clauses buried in tens of millions of contracts have deprived Americans of one of their most fundamental constitutional rights: their day in court.

Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of JusticeOCT. 31, 2015

In Arbitration, a ‘Privatization of the Justice System’NOV. 1, 2015

In Religious Arbitration, Scripture Is the Rule of LawNOV. 2, 2015

Efforts to Rein In Arbitration Come Under Well-Financed AttackNOV. 15, 2015

Bipartisan Bill Would Protect Service Members’ Right to Avoid ArbitrationNOV. 20, 2015

Arbitration Is Target of New Bill in SenateFEB. 4, 2016

Nursing Home Suit Raises the Question: Who Signed the Contract?FEB. 22, 2016

House Democrats Call for Curbs on Required ArbitrationAPRIL 14, 2016

Rule on Arbitration Would Restore Right to Sue BanksMAY 4, 2016

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Chicago Public School Teacher and Political expediency

the Ida Berger story


kenneth ditkowsky

8:44 PM (9 hours ago)
Ida Berger was a fantastic character.   Her case is one that I cannot forget, to wit:

The Chicago Public School Teacher and Political expediency.
Contrary to the politically correct dogma of the Chicago Public Schools, teaching children is only a priority to sundry teachers and parents who are socially mobile.    To too many parents, the function of the school system to baby=sit their children so that they can exercise their individual freedoms.     Children are a necessary evil.      However, necessary evils should not interfere with fun.     Thus, there are schools within the system where teaching is much more than a challenge.    This situation attracts many dedicated people to teaching.   One common trait that each of these people have is the annoying desire to ‘make a difference.’    
One of these do-gooders was Ida Berger.    Ida, was successful in her own right and when her friend, the former President of the Senate Michael Mansfield became ambassador to Japan, she donned her best teach profile and offered herself to the Chicago Public Schools.    Ms. Berger was a seasoned veteran of not only teaching, but of dealing with the Political elite.    However, she never met people like she encountered in the Chicago System.    For instance, she knew how important it was to obtain tenure – it kept politics out and gave you protection.    Ida was assigned – not appointed- to a school.   Being new to the system she was assigned a fourth grade class in a transition school.    By transition I mean a school in a neighborhood that was unstable but could tip either way.   
Fourth grade is the time when children start to feel early puberty and usually graduate from being babies to “children.”     It also seems to correspond to their parents ‘change of life’ period in too many cases.     Nevertheless, Ida loved the children and they adored her.    For x number of hours, a day they were hers and she lovingly taught them whatever subjects was to be learned.     Half a decade passed without incident, and then one day an irate lady from the neighborhood burst into Ida’s class room and seized a child.    The child was terrified, and Ida jumped in to defend her charge.    During the scuffle Ida banged a knee and got a bruise on it; however, the attacker was soundly routed.     Ida, wary that the attacker might return, send one of the children to the office to alert the principal and to call the police.    The principal sent back a note to Ida that informed Ida that she (Ida) was delusional and she should forget the whole thing.
Teachers stand in Loco Parentis with their students and to most teachers this is a serious status and obligation.    However, to the Chicago Public School System, like the Political system, duty to the public has little or no meaning.    Schools have teachers, and the rule of thumb applies – every person employed by the system is worth at least 4 votes and if well paid as much as 25 votes.    Thus, educating the masses is not a high priority.   The child attacker was a political activist in the neighborhood and therefore to the CPS system much more important than a mere teacher and a mere student.    Unfortunately, Ida had a contrary opinion and after school limped to the home of the child who had been assaulted and confronted her parents.    Ida talked the parents into filing a police complaint and to actually appear in court to address the complaint.   
The Principal and the Administration were outraged!     Ida was a deviant and trouble maker!    She had to be gotten rid of lest she infect the faculty with the idea that the children were more than numbers and we in school to get an education.    Ida was sent for a mental examination to one of the school doctors!     
Some people who feel strongly about honor, honesty, integrity, and responsibility have ‘street sense’ and know instinctively know how to face up to the National Socialists soldier who gravitate to the school system.    Ida hired a lawyer, and showed at the sanity examination with him.     In addition, fortuitously, Ida’s cousin, Senator Tunney (D. Cal) just happened to take a chance that Ida was at this particular doctor’s office and just happened to need to urgently to talk to her.    The doctor found her witty and charming.
Once again there was outrage.     I receive one of those ‘can you do me a favor calls’ and I agreed to represent Ida from that point on.      Ida and I met for the first time in my office.   She was not what I expected.     The sophisticated lady had been harassed to point of distraction.    When she went with the parent to the hearing as to the assault of the child, not only had the union refused to assist her, but the Board send an attorney to represent the attacker.   Everyone from the States Attorney to the judge treated her as if she was the bad guy.    At school the principal was nit picking her death, and her colleagues shunned her.       No indignity was too small to foist on Ms. Berger.
Fortuitously, at the time I was representing a group of ladies who called themselves Citizen Schools.  They were part of the League of Women Voters.     As was usual the Union and the School System were engaged in parochial bickering and the School Superintendent vowed to keep the schools open if a strike occurred.   She was going to recruit people from the neighborhood to man the classes.   My clients were livid!    People from the neighbor mean unvetted volunteers who might be child molesters, perverts, various and sundry criminals etc.    Giving a child molester 40 children to deal with in private for 40 minutes or more seemed to my ladies as not meeting the parens patrie criteria.    We went to Court.   The Chicago Board of Education hired the Judge’s wife as a paid consultant!
On the morning of the hearing one of the ladies discovered the ‘bribe’ to the judge and as I walked to the bench she made a point of intercepting me and imparting the information.    I introduced myself to the Judge, and informed him that I was seeking a Temporary Restraining Order and handed him my verified Petition.    I then congratulated him on his wife’s new employment.    Have you ever seen a man with dark skin turn white!     His reaction was – “you know!”     We then went into chambers to discuss the matter.    The Board’s attorney assured both me and Judge that the Superintendent would close the schools in the event of a strike and she would not hire anyone new to man the schools.    The case was continued generally with leave for me to renew my motion by one-hour prior notice.    I consulted with my clients and then left the courtroom arm and arm with the Board’s attorney.
I then approached him on the subject of Ida Berger.    I informed him of her pedigreed and that I would like to be a hero.     We agreed that she would be reassigned to a Northwest Side School administered by a principal who was less procrustean and more reasonable.    The next day Ida was assigned to a school governed by Mary Jane O’Shea.    O’Shea greeted Berger at the door with the words: “don’t expect to treat me like you did Ms. *****”      Berger’s classroom was on the 4th floor of the building and she was no longer teaching 4th grade.    Her students were older and each had a history of problems.    When the new assignment was relayed to me I called my opponent and demanded an explanation.     He was visibly upset and told me right out that he had been double crossed.    Later on in the day he had series medical emergency and his law practice ended.
Mrs. Ditkowsky did not raise any stupid children.    I knew problems were going to occur and I called in the cavalry.     Norm Deletzke and the traffic manager for Illinois Bell rigged up a telephone for Ida that was self-contained and independent of the school system.     My cousin, an executive with the Chicago police notified the local police station that I expected some trouble at the school and would appreciate their providing some special attention.
Trying to teach these hoodlums was a chore when a teacher had the co-operation of the administration; however, when Mary Jane O’Shea encouraged disorder – the result was predictable.      A group of young boys pulled a young girl into the cloak room and proceeded to tear at her clothes.   Ida tried to discourage the activity, and when she saw they she was going to be successful she called the police.   A police car arrived and the boys were hauled off.    Ms. O’Shea was hysterical telling the police that they had no authority and they were trespassing.    The officer ignored her, and then turned to her and said if she said one more word she would be arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.     Things after that quieted down for a short period.
Ms. Berger’s authority was short lived.   She looked up and saw a desk on fire!    It seems another hoodlum had poured lighter fluid on his desk and set it afire!     The Fire Department and the Police were called.    The fire was burned itself out when it burned away all the fluid, but, there was serious danger to the children.   Again Mary Jane O’Shea tried to interfere with the police and again she was threatened with contributing and being an assessor after the fact to arson.   She retreated to her office and called “downtown.”    I got an anguished telephone call from a Board of Education attorney asking me to control Ms. Berger.    My sympathy was lacking as I told him that she had to protect the children even if Mary Jane thought retro=active abortion was a legitimate school activity.     He informed me that I was not doing my client any favors.
Several weeks went by before the next incident.    The Chicago Schools of 1930 vintage had large windows that required a six or seven-foot pole to be used to raise the window.   These poles usually lay next to window and no one touched them.   One of Ms. Berger’s hoodlums decided that he was going to try for the Olympics, hauled back and threw the pole threw the window.   Like a javelin it hurled barely missing a visitor the school by inches.   He was literally shocked out of skin and like a banshee ran into the office to complain about being almost impaled as a greeting to the school.    Ida appeared the culprit in hand equally angry and demanding that Maryjane do something immediately about this particular juvenile delinquent or she was going to the Juvenile Court and personally see that a dependency petition was filed for the little miscreant.
The next day Ida was removed from the school and placed in the Board of Education library.    I started preparing a bunch of lawsuits, including a woman’s compensation claim based upon the knock Ms. Berger had received to her knee.    Ms. Berger was sent for another psychiatric examination.    This time I went.    Fortuitously, I knew the doctor – he was friend of my fathers and we had a very nice conversation.   The only question he asked Ms. Berger was: “how do you feel?”  her answer was harassed.      His report to the Board was that he found Ms. Berger a very nice middle class lady with no apparent problems.    He did not mention that he and I chewed the fat for about a half an hour and he had barely talked to Ida.
The Board, decided to give Ida a due process hearing.   Of course I attended and contested the conclusions that Maryjane and a Superintendent of schools were reaching.    I suggested that ‘facts’ had to be presented – not just naked conclusions that had no basic of fact.    The hearing came to an abrupt end as the only facts that could be presented just happened to be of a total lack of respect for and action for the parens patrie obligations of the school system toward the children.    A few days later Ida was terminated.
The next morning three proceedings were filed.   1) a suit against the Board of Education to reinstate Ms. Berger to her position retro-actively; 2) a Civil Rights suit pursuant to 42 USCA 1983, and 3) a workman’s compensation action based upon her sore knee.     The Board engaged John Wren, a neighbor and friend, to represent it.     We conducted the usual discovery and clashed in the usual manner.    The District Court Judge (Federal) dismissed the Civil Rights lawsuit saying that Ms. Berger was a non-tenured employee and the employer and the thus the employer’s agents did not violate her civil rights by whatever they did to her.    She had no vested property right in her job.    I took an appeal to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that indeed, it did not matter if Ms. Berger was tenured or not the multiple “health examinations” were a violation of her liberty interest as the Board of Education was a public institution and it could not trample on Ida’s rights.
The Circuit Court judge was literally afraid to dismiss the suit for reinstatement because he was not sure how assigning and appointing for distinguishable.      In point of fact he was more than a little concerned that my argument that the distinction was created by the hue of the skin color of the employee in most instances.   It in fact did appear that a person with a darker hue to his/her skin color was rarely appointed to a position – they were assigned!   
The first claim to come for hearing was the workman’s compensation case.   This happened because neither John or I practiced in the WC arena and we missed a status.   The case was thus sent to an arbitrator and he set it for hearing.   I got a notice, and called John.    The hearing came up and I put on my case.    John vigorous cross examined our doctor.   He insisted that Ida by receiving a blow to her knew lost *** % usage and probably would never recover.   Even I had a bit of trouble with that; however, the arbitrator listened and rule that she lost 30% of the use of the knee.   Where he got that was unknown until I asked him.    He pointed out that he was tired of the Board of Education nit picking everything and decided that he would give then an incentive to appeal.
The Board did appeal.    The appeal was heard almost immediately.   The three members of the commission present heard my mention that the Board of Education had provided a lawyer (at City of Chicago expense) for the person who administered the injury to Ida and from that point on John could have presented the ‘good lord’ as his witness – the case was lost and the decision as to liability affirmed; however, the injury award was augmented to the equivalent of 50%.    An award of substantial attorney fees was made to me as well.     John saw the handwriting on the wall.
The Appeal of the Civil Rights lawsuit dismissal was taking an inordinate amount of time and I appealed to the union to see if they could help me induce the Board into a settlement.   I got a resounding no, and when I mentioned their refusal to John he told me that they were doing most of the research and had been the people to suggest that Ida be fired.    Their energy was being expended against Ida.    
The oral argument before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was quite unique.    Two of the Justices were interested in the liberty argument, while the 3rd justice wanted to know what relationship I had with Justice Arthur Goldberg.    I refused to tell him.  (Justice Goldberg was on the US Supreme Court).    No I answered to a question as to whether or not he had written or contributed to my brief.    I refused to answer if he had read the brief and in essence I told the Judge that my client’s rights were at stake and not that of any other person.     His response was in his dissenting opinion.    The Court ruled for Ida, and found that her liberty interest had indeed be violated.    The Court also ruled that this was to be a non-published decision.  (Rule 23).    Judge Pell had made an ass out himself and his dissenting opinion was an embarrassment.    
The Board of Education of the City of Chicago could not believe what was happening and wanted nothing to do with me, directly or indirectly.    They did file a Petition for Cert to the United States Supreme Court but could not muster the four votes.   They did get two – Rehnquist and White.   
As luck would have it, a young woman was referred to me as she had a problem with the Board of Education.   She got fired for getting pregnant.    I laughed and made an appointment with the personnel director of the Board.    I met with him the next day.    He greeted me as if I was the prodigal son returned and asked me what he could do for me.    I asked him if the Board was regulating the sex life of teachers these days.   His face drained of blood!     I then admonished him for firing my young woman because she got pregnant.    On the spot her ordered her rehired.
To say that I was proud of myself is the understatement of the century – until I got home.    My wife was not really happy with me, as she worked for the Chicago Public Schools and I was raising havoc.    Worse yet two of the defendants in the Civil Rights suit were neighbors.    (It had not occurred to me that these people were the same people who were regularly invited to our home and were among our friend cycle.    She correctly thought that I should not sue neighbors or friends) This time she asked me why I was so smug – she would have done more than fired my client!     My client had gotten pregnant by one of her students!!!!   Woops!
When the Supreme Court rejected the Boards’ Petition for Cert, the case was returned to the District Court for trial.    We got an offer of settlement was very generous and Ida decided to take it.    It was a complete victory.    Ida’s friend was no longer Ambassador to Japan and she was anxious to go West.    She did.   

The criminals with black robes who are supporting elder cleansing

It is time for law enforcement all over America to clamp down on the American Holocaust and jail the criminals with black robes who are supporting elder cleansing.   It is time for the taxing authorities to collect the taxes that are generated by the conspiracies between the actual miscreants and those who aid and abet them.   As an example - Jerome larkin and the justices of the Illinois Supreme Court defend and protect the 'super predators' who prey on the elderly and the disabled.   

If these public officials have no respect for the rule of law or the Constitution at the very least they ought to pay the taxes on the benefits that are stolen from the elderly and the disabled.   As an example in the Mary Sykes case about 3 million dollars was stolen.   As Larkin and his co-conspirators aided and abetted the crime at the very least they ought to pay the USA and the State of Illinois the incomes due, along with the interest and penalties.    At the very least these criminals ought to be impeached.   IT SHOULD NOT BE DANGEROUS TO GROW OLD IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 9:52 PM
Subject: Recent article in Huffington Post on guardianship - this is excellent

Is Elder Guardianship A New Form Of Human Trafficking?
09/13/2016 01:25 pm ET
Dr. Terri Kennedy President, Power Living Enterprises, Inc.
As the 71st session of the General Assembly of the United Nations begins this week to discuss international issues that affect the lives of millions throughout the world, the United States needs to step up its commitment to safeguard human rights and promote the rule of law in its own backyard — specifically, escalating abuse in the U.S. Elder Guardianship system.
It’s legal, but is it right?
Imagine you’ve worked hard all of your life and suddenly you are deemed incapacitated and are stripped of your dignity and basic individual rights. You have been abducted from your home, isolated from your family, and “placed” somewhere to be medicated while your assets are being pillaged. The authorities that should be protecting you are the ones committing these heinous acts. It sounds like Nazi Germany, but this is happening in the United States today.
The victims are seniors. The partners in crime are financial predators and agents of the Elder Guardianship system — attorneys, professional guardians, medical experts, and others who are paid out of the senior’s assets. There are some good judges but many are overworked and some are actively aiding the exploitation. Anyone can file to deem you incapacitated. The entire process from filing an incapacity petition to plenary guardianship where all rights are removed can happen within days. Yet, once you’re caught in the web, it’s almost impossible to break free... AND you are forced to pay your abusers in the process.
A 2013 AARP report gave a “best guess” estimate of the number of adults under guardianship nationally at 1.5 million. Idaho and Minnesota are the only states that track the amount of money being controlled by guardians or conservators; the combined total for just two states is over $1 billion. Guardianship is supposed to protect older citizens. However, what happens when the system is broken? A 2010 federal study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified hundreds of allegations of physical abuse, neglect and financial exploitation by guardians in 45 states and the District of Columbia between 1990 and 2010. In 20 cases, the GAO found that guardians stole or improperly obtained $5.4 million in assets from 158 incapacitated victims.
The Abduction of Lillie
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 was Lillie’s 88th birthday and her family didn’t know where she was. A week earlier, on August 30, the court-appointed Emergency Temporary Guardian abducted her from a doctor’s office while her niece was in the other room filling out papers. Although Lillie was happy and safe in her Palm Coast home of twenty years, the guardian “placed” her into assisted living and refused to tell her family the location. Lillie was not in danger and there was no emergency situation or other credible justification of such extreme and deceptive action. Video of Lillie from July 30, 2016 — just a month before — shows a vibrant African-American woman enjoying her home and family, and vocal about her financial affairs and this case. In fact, she does not seem incapacitated at all.
Since the case started in 2012, three good doctor’s reports that could have given Lillie her rights back went stale through a legal shell game of loopholes, frivolous objections and unethical behavior. Now, while she is sequestered and possibly sedated, they are pushing hard for plenary guardianship, which would take away her last two remaining rights: the right to vote (she is a registered Democrat excited about voting for Hillary Clinton) and the right to choose with whom she socializes. Over a dozen attorneys and others have been invoicing against Lillie’s assets, while the temporary guardian has not paid Lillie’s basic bills or given her a penny of her own money for food or personal living expenses. The temporary guardian has been neglecting her fiduciary responsibilities and violating standards of practice, but Lillie’s sister and over 50 nieces and nephews are the ones being shut out.
The sudden manner by which Lillie was involuntarily placed in an anonymous location and isolated from her family and support system was likely traumatizing to her particularly given her past victimization. The initial evaluation for incapacity happened in 2012 when she was held captive for eight months at the home of a family friend. She eventually called 911 and escaped. Now, after five years of systemic abuse, Lillie is being violated again — this time by the temporary guardian who is supposed to be her advocate. Getting old is not a crime, yet Lillie is being treated like a criminal. Tonight, she is somewhere alone in assisted living probably wondering why her family has abandoned her.
Captors use social isolation to torture prisoners of war. Social isolation of otherwise healthy, well-functioning individuals eventually results in psychological and physical disintegration, and even death. Nevertheless, the Emergency Motions filed in court to get Lillie returned to her home and family have been ignored.
Florida’s “Liquidate, Isolate, Medicate”
In Florida, there are 5 million people age 60 and older and that demographic is expected to account for most of the state’s population growth in the next 15 years. Yet, seniors who have come to this retirement haven are actively being deprived of life, liberty and property without due process of law. The guardianship system oversteps constitutional rights and goes against the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment that forbids states from discriminating invidiously against some of their citizens.
Professional guardianship is considered a “growth business,” with the number increasing from 12 registered professional guardians in 2003 to 456 in 2015, according to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. The abuse is so rampant that the process itself has been called “Liquidate, Isolate, Medicate.” With 40 hours of training and a modest background check, a professional guardian can start earning $85 an hour and have control over a ward’s property, finances, medical decisions, housing and social relationships. In other words, the guardian has the ability to: liquidate your assets by selling your home, car, etc.; isolate you from your family as guardian of “your person;” and put you in a nursing home to medicate you until you die. All of this is supposed to be in your “best interest.” An ABC13 Investigates report dubbed it “The Grey Prison.”
For example, 89-year-old Marie, featured in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune‘s Elder guardianship: A well-oiled machine, had her rights removed at the request of her stepson-in law. The court ordered a trust company to pay out some $635,000 to attorneys, guardians and other involved in her case. She survived wartime Poland and said even Hitler’s Germany failed to prepare her for this travesty. Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives Larry Ahern said, “In extreme cases, the wards are sometimes prevented from regaining their competency and remain, in effect, prisoners of guardians.” How many seniors, like Lillie and Marie, are being exploited in this cruel and systemic manner?
Due to a string of horror stories and rising complaints, on March 10, 2016 Governor Rick Scott signed into law Senate Bill 232 creating the Office of Public & Professional Guardians to replace the Statewide Public Guardianship Office within the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. In April, they initiated rule making procedures to address the regulation of professional guardians, including standards of practice and disciplinary guidelines. These are expected to be in place October 2016. While these necessary changes are underway, what happens to seniors, like Lillie and Marie, who are being victimized this moment in Florida? Will they get a pardon and be set free?
A New Form of Human Trafficking?
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”
Trafficking involves psychological coercion to render someone a slave. To do this, perpetrators employ “tactics that can lead to the psychological consequence of learned helplessness for the victims, where they sense that they no longer have any autonomy or control over their lives. Traffickers may hold their victims captive, expose them to large amounts of alcohol or use drugs, keep them in isolation, or withhold food or sleep. During this time the victim often begins to feel the onset of depression, guilt and self-blame, anger and rage, and sleep disturbances, PTSD, numbing, and extreme stress. Under these pressures, the victim can fall into the hopeless mental state of learned helplessness.”
An argument can be made that the “Liquidate, Isolate, Medicate” Elder Guardianship process in Florida at its worse is a form of human trafficking. On the basis of the definition, it is evident that trafficking in persons has three constituent elements: a) The Act (What is done) — In this case, the transfer and harbouring of a person, b) The Means (How it is done) — Abduction, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, and c) The Purpose (Why it is done) - In the case of guardianships, the purpose is financial exploitation — a form of servitude. Seniors are sedated in locked assisted living facilities while their assets are spent down.
The Right to be Protected & Respected
Probably the most famous case of financial elder abuse is that of one-time New York socialite Brooke Astor when she was more than 100 years old. Her grandson Philip C. Marshall testified against his father and helped put him in jail. In his 2015 testimony to the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, Mr. Marshall said, “To be complacent about elder justice is to be complicit in elder abuse.”
Given demographic trends, elder financial abuse is expected to grow dramatically unless we do something. The baby boom generation is reaching retirement age at a rate of 10,000 people per day. Those 65+ will make up 20% of the population by 2050. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging has made “elder justice” one of its four tracks. There is now a federal home for Adult Protective Services and a new Elder Justice website called a “one-stop shopping site for victims, families, prosecutors, researchers and practitioners.” President Barack Obama declared June 15, 2016 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Awareness is good, but immediate action is needed. If states are not doing their jobs, the federal government needs to step in. It’s time to reform the Elder Guardianship system in the U.S., prosecute predators and hold legal agents — judges, attorneys, evaluators, professional guardians, etc. — to a higher standard. As Vice President Hubert Humphrey said, “The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life — the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
Just as we continue to make strides with human rights issues around the world, we need to shine a brighter light on elder abuse on our soil — particularly this type of vicious and systemic financial exploitation. To be an elder is a privilege, not a condition causing you to be tossed aside and abused. Our elders need to be protected and respected. If we’re lucky, we will all get old. Let’s create a society where we can age with grace and dignity.
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy is a Harvard Business School-trained strategist and President of Power Living Enterprises, Inc. Her mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet and create a more sustainable world by releasing the potential in individuals. A seasoned life coach/speaker and founder of the first yoga studio in Harlem, she has been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal, in Oprah’s book, Live Your Best Life!, and was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. An early Internet pioneer and TV executive, she has advised billion-dollar companies on their multi-platform engagement strategies. Her latest award-winning book — co-authored with her mother Columbia University-trained journalist Janie Sykes-Kennedy — is Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master on her teacher/mentor 98-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch.
On June 20, 2016, Kennedy moderated a conversation with Tao Porchon-Lynch at the United Nations for International Day of Yoga on “Yoga for the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.” On October 3, 2016, for International Day of Non-Violence, she will facilitate a conversation with Ms. Porchon-Lynch on Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hosted by the Indian Consulate in New York. On November 19, 2016, she will moderate another discussion with Ms. Porchon-Lynch at the United Nations for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.
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