Baby dies in custody. The guard shows up 12 hours later.

Another baby dies in government custody. This time in an England where prison guards ignored a pregnant mother and let her suffer for 12 hours! Before coming in to take the dead baby the young mother had just given birth to by herself, alone in a prison cell.

I saw a report from Sophia Ankel at Insider this morning about an18 year-old inmate who tragically lost her baby in HMP Bronzefield (womens prison) in Ashford Middlesex, England. Unfortunately, the United States is no better and is often the model that other countries follow. Everyone hates us but they want to be like us.

The United States healthcare system is a uniquely complex system made of both private and public sectors. From an international perspective, The United States spends more than any other country on healthcare though we do not necessarily have the best healthcare delivery system. The Department for Professional Employees (DPE) 2016 Fact Sheet shows though the US has the best doctors in the world, but that the treatment in the U.S. is inequitable, overspecialized, and neglects primary and preventative care. The result is that American’s health care is poor in comparison to other advanced industrialized nations. References for my latest healthcare research topics can be found here.

Thinking again about this young woman and her baby I have to wonder how does the United States healthcare system and prison system compare with England’s? England invests less than the United States, but English people have a better healthcare system than America. England may in some cases even treat prisoners better than the U.S. does. The United States can be barbaric at times. I hate to admit that.

NHS (England’s Department of Health) never offered the young mother counseling, but the department did help the guards that failed to help the young woman which is not unusual here in the states for either of the department agencies. About 50% of U.S. inmates suffer from mental disorders prior to entering the prison system, and U.S. prison conditions are reportedly more inhumane than any third world country.  Often American prisoners develop mental disorders because of the abuse they suffer at the hands of the United States Department of Justice.

The Guardian reports that the woman called for help three times during labor, and that none of the guards came to help her. They said the “vulnerable woman, identified only as Ms A, was ignored by prison guards despite multiple calls for help as she went into labor in her jail cell at HMP Bronzefield in Middlesex, England, on September 26, 2019”.

A prison watchdog said “the teenager gave birth completely on her own and was found in her bed cradling her dead baby 12 hours after calling her cell bell. The woman described being in constant pain during this ordeal, even passing out and waking up again only to find that her daughter had died. She bit through the umbilical cord and tried to clean the blood out of her cell”.

Still, according to The Guardian, the young mother was never offered counseling or any type of care. “Police and coroner involvement immediately after Baby A’s death, and a lack of understanding by the prison of the role of the local child death review team, meant Ms. A did not receive the routine bereavement and practical support that would normally be provided”.

Counselors were sent to offer support to the guards that allowed the mother to suffer and the baby to die. They still work at the prison. BBC reports that Vicky Robinson, the prison director stated, “This was tragic and extremely sad. We are deeply sorry that this has happened, and our thoughts throughout have been with the family”.

Reading about this case this morning made my heart hurt. I can’t imagine what that vulnerable mother is going through, and in a cell where no one can offer support or care. It is just unthinkable that it even happens in modern day societies.

Lori Yearwood, a contributing editor at the Economic Hardship Reporting Project says that Currently, 23 states do not have laws against shackling of incarcerated pregnant women, and that despite a federal law that prohibits the shackling of expectant mothers, that 85% of incarcerated women who are in state prisons or county jails often remain at the mercy of guards.

Sophia Casias shuffled across the floor at the Bexar county adult detention center in San Antonio, Texas, on March 2017 seven months pregnant, hands cuffed and feet bound, as a guard stood in front of her, holding the chain connected to her handcuffs.

“Casias couldn’t keep her balance though and crumpled on to the wet cement floor. She sobbed and felt as if she couldn’t breathe. She would later realize that she had felt the same way when multiple family members sexually assaulted her as a child”.

Casias recounted that after she fell “a female guard grabbed me by the hair and was making me get up. She was screaming: ‘Bitch, get up.’ Then she said, ‘That is what happens when you are a fucking junkie. You shouldn’t be using drugs or you wouldn’t be in here.”

Lori Yearwood says that the recently enacted federal legislation such as the Prison Policy Initiative of 2018 and the First Step Act of 2018, that are meant to prohibit the most punitive measures against prisoners, including shackling of pregnant women is not enough and that “85% of incarcerated women in America are still at the mercy of the guards who can choose exactly how to control their every movement – as well as the movement of their unborn children”.

Lorie Goshin, associate professor at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing in New York and the lead investigator of a recent study about the treatment of incarcerated pregnant women says that “We dehumanize this group of women to such an extent that we don’t see how wrong this is….. just how unnecessary and cruel it is”.

The practice of shackling pregnant women during birth also violates the 2010 United Nations rule that “instruments of restraint shall never be used … during labour, during birth and immediately after birth”.

Despite laws, guards are in charge and probably do not even know about the laws. Not-for-profits distribute pamphlets to inmates and in support groups, but who educates the people in charge? To make matters even worse, the federal government does not require prisons or jails to collect data on pregnancy and childbirth among female inmates.

Rhode Island is the only state that has what is called “a private right of action”, an enforcement mechanism allowing the illegally shackled woman to sue for monetary compensation.

A 2017 report from the American Psychological Association addresses the acute psychological trauma that shackling inflicts saying, “Women subjected to restraint during childbirth report severe mental distress, depression, anguish, and trauma”.

Terry Kupers, MD, a psychiatrist and the author of the book Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It, implores staff “to be very careful that we do not re-traumatize them. Because re-traumatization makes conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder much worse….Women who get locked up, tend on average to have suffered many more childhood traumas”.

Amy Ard, executive director of Motherhood Beyond Bars, a Georgia not-for-profit worries, “if I am someone who needs to be chained, how can I expect to also see myself as someone capable of protecting my child?”

A former inmate at the California Institute for Women in Corona, Harriette Davis, now 64 and an anti-shackling advocate remembers herself being handcuffed to a hospital bed before giving birth to her daughter 36 years ago. The attending doctor told the guard to remove the shackles, Davis says, so that Davis could move freely, helping her baby travel more easily down the birth canal. “She’s not going anywhere,” Davis says the doctor assured the guard. She said the guard finally removed the shackles just before her baby was born.

Davis bursts into tears as she speaks by telephone from her home in Berkeley, California. “It’s inhuman and it’s not necessary and it’s emotionally and mentally unhealthy”.

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, with Louisiana and California having the most incarcerated people. According to data from the 2019  Sentencing Report, black women are almost twice as likely to be incarcerated as white women. Advocates say they are making modest progress.

Danielle Edwards, a former Georgia prisoner says that she was taken to and from court hearings and doctor appointments shackled, including leg irons and handcuffs. To prevent the metal around her ankles from cutting into her skin, Edwards wore two pairs of socks. Shackling terrified her.

“It’s all very confining, uncomfortable and cold,” she says. “And it’s scary because when your feet have that limited mobility, you don’t know if you are going to misstep and fall on your stomach.”

She says that at eight months pregnant, standing in front of a judge, a sinking feeling overtook her. She pleaded with the judge to send her to rehab instead of prison so that she could keep her baby after birth.

“And I’m standing there in shackles and once I asked him for that chance he said: ‘Do you actually think I am going to let you walk out of this courtroom? Absolutely not.”

The latest on Julian Assange reads like a James Bond movie with Mike Pompeo.

Thanks to Ginger Liberty and Yahoo News, we received and update on Julian Assange’s case this morning.

A recent Yahoo Investigation report by Zach Dorfman, Sean D. Naylor, and Michael Isikoff says that the CIA attempted to kidnap WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange from the Ecuador embassy in London where he has been held since 2012, and that some senior officials inside the CIA and the Trump administration even discussed assassinating Julian Assange…{going so far as to request “sketches” or “options” for how to assassinate him. Discussions over kidnapping or killing Assange occurred “at the highest levels” of the Trump administration, said a former senior counterintelligence official. “There seemed to be no boundaries.”}.

The CIA’s war against Assange included spying on WikiLeaks associates, stealing their devices, and attempts to turn the group’s members against each other. I wonder how many people were framed in those attempts? Apparently, the CIA declared this war against Wikileaks because of a sensitive data breach of CIA hacking tools, known as “Vault 7”.

Did Pompeo break the law? Did he put the United States Department of Justise in jeopardy? A former national security official said that the CIA “was completely detached from reality because they were so embarrassed about Vault 7. They were seeing blood.” Mike Pompeo, CIA director wanted revenge.

“Assange’s U.S. lawyer, Barry Pollack told Yahoo, “As an American citizen, I find it absolutely outrageous that our government would be contemplating kidnapping or assassinating somebody without any judicial process simply because he had published truthful information,”.

Michael Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Back in 2017, Ecuadorian officials began efforts to grant Assange diplomatic status to give him cover to leave the embassy and fly to Moscow to serve in the country’s Russian mission. According to officials, that is when the CIA and the White House discussed a number of scenarios to arrest or kill Assange, including “potential gun battles with Kremlin operatives on the streets of London, crashing a car into a Russian diplomatic vehicle transporting Assange and then grabbing him, and shooting out the tires of a Russian plane carrying Assange before it could take off for Moscow”. Apparently British officials even agreed to help do the shooting if gunfire according to a former senior administration official.

“It was going to be like a prison break movie.” Said one senior official. “It was beyond comical,”. “It got to the point where every human being in a three-block radius was working for one of the intelligence services whether they were street sweepers or police officers or security guards.” They told then President Trump, “this is going to get ugly,”. The White House worried that the campaign against the organization would end up “weakening America,”.

In 2010, Assange published classified U.S. government documents related to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies did not know how to deal with Wikileaks publishing information that other reporters would never touch. Some think WikiLeaks is an independent journalist institution, and that Julian Assange is a hero. Others think that he is a villainous spy.

Did the Obama Administration change the definition of a journalist? Cyber operations changed in 2013 when Edward Snowden fled to Hong Kong with a massive amounts of classified NSA documents. A WikiLeaks editor helped arrange Snowden’s escape to Russia from Hong Kong and lived with him for months. William Evanina, a retired U.S. counter-intelligence official says, “The Obama administration prioritized collecting WikiLeaks information to build a picture of WikiLeak’s contacts and tie it back to hostile state intelligence services. The CIA assembled a group of analysts known unofficially as the WikiLeaks team in its Office of Transnational Issues”, but he also states theta the Obama Administration backed off because of the First Amendment.

Prior to the 2016 presidential election WikiLeaks began publishing Democratic Party emails. The NSA began tracking Twitter accounts. The CIA targeted people affiliated with Wikileaks. U.S. intelligence officials believed Assange “was acting in collusion with people who were using him to hurt the interests of the United States”. A Trump Whitehouse  official said, “Nobody in that crew was going to be too broken up about the First Amendment issues.”, and the Trump Administration went after Assange.

Shortly after the election, and about five weeks after Wikileaks embarrassed Pompeo by publishing the “Vault 7” files, Pompeo made his speech about Wikileaks, “WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service and has encouraged its followers to find jobs at the CIA in order to obtain intelligence,” he said. “It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia”.

Vault 7 “hurt the agency to its core,” said a former CIA official. Pompeo was reluctant to brief the president on Vault 7, “Don’t tell him, he doesn’t need to know,” Pompeo told one briefer, before being advised that the information was too critical and the president had to be informed, said the former official.

Covert actions by U.S. intelligence agencies to interfere with the activities of any foreign actor normally require the president be briefed and that the president sign a “finding” to authorize the covert operations or the CIA can conduct “offensive counterintelligence” activities without getting a presidential finding or having to brief Congress.

“Often, the CIA makes these decisions internally, based on interpretations of so-called common law passed down in secret within the agency’s legal corps. I don’t think people realize how much the CIA can do under offensive counterintelligence and how there is minimal oversight of it, said a former official.”

Was Wikileaks operating as a Russian agent? The CIA had no proof. “It wasn’t clear they were, so the question was, can it be reframed on them being a hostile entity.” Intelligence lawyers decided that the CIA could operate counterintelligence because Pompeo declared WikiLeaks “a non-state hostile intelligence service”. Pompeo had control of the lawyers in D.C., and he wanted the Vault 7 documents. White House officials considered different ways the counterintelligence operation would play out, and officials reasoned that the CIA would be erasing its own documents.

Pompeo’s plan was to “break into the embassy, drag Assange out and bring him to where we want,” said a former intelligence official. “You can’t throw people in a car and kidnap them,” said a former national security official. Another official even says that the president discussed assassinating Assange. “It was viewed as unhinged and ridiculous”.

Former President Trump denies that he ever considered having Assange assassinated. “It’s totally false, it never happened” and added, “In fact, I think he’s been treated very badly”. Officials says that Trump’s lawyers were against the CIA’s illegal proposals “While people think the Trump administration didn’t believe in the rule of law, they had good lawyers who were paying attention to it”. “The White House told Attorney General Jeff Sessions that if prosecutors had grounds to indict Assange they should hurry up and do so”, and then “the Swedes dropped a rape investigation into Assange giving prosecutors 48 more hours to rush an indictment”.

U.S. officials couldn’t just run over a Russian diplomatic vehicle to arrest or kill Assange, but they had to find a way to prevent Vladimir Putin from getting both Snowden and Assange. Putin would have enjoyed that too much and would have had control of the propaganda.

Assange spent years running WikiLeaks from his living quarters, but the Associated Press uncovered a Spanish firm, UC Global that works for U.S. intelligence to provide detailed reports on Assange’s activities by secretly installed devices in the embassy. Ecuadorian authorities made Assange a citizen and provided him a passport so he could leave for Moscow. Fidel Narvaez told Yahoo News that the first secretary at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2017 and 2018 said that Assange said refused to accept that assignment and that he was asked to persuade him. “However, Ecuador did have a plan B,” said Narvaez, “and I understood it was to be Russia.”

The Justice Department secretly charged Assange. UC Global planned to leave the embassy door open to allow U.S officials to get in, and even considered poisoning Assange. Assange’s colleagues planned to publish even more Vault 7 files if he were killed.

There was still no finding from the U.S. president and the CIA was in a bind with no presidential finding. “That kind of lethal action would be way outside of a legitimate intelligence or counterintelligence activity,” a former senior intelligence community lawyer said. Sessions warned the CIA to arrest Assange legally and  other U.S. officials worried about what the discovery process might reveal if Assange were to face trial in the United States.

“I was part of every one of those conversations,” Evanina said. “As much as we had the greener light to go do things, everything we did or wanted to do had repercussions in other parts of the administration.” As a result, he said, sometimes administration officials would ask the intelligence community to either not do something or do it differently, so that “we don’t have to sacrifice our collection that’s going to be released publicly by the bureau to indict WikiLeaks.”

In 2019, Ecuador’s government gave Assange to the British police who arrested him on a warrant that was issued in 2012. The U.S. government unsealed its initial indictment of Assange the same day that focused on 2010 allegations that Assange helped Manning, the Army intelligence analyst, crack a password to break into a classified U.S. government network. Prosecutors then charged Assange with Espionage Act charges  for publishing classified information. A British judge then ruled that Assange could not be extradited to the United States because he would be a suicide risk in a U.S. prison.

Trump may or may not have agreed to let Pompeo kill Assange, but in 2018, “Trump granted the CIA aggressive new secret authorities to undertake the same sort of hack-and-dump operations for which Russian intelligence has used WikiLeaks. Among other actions, the agency has used its new powers to covertly release information online about a Russian company that worked with Moscow’s spy apparatus” says Yahoo News investigators. A Trump official told Yahoo News, “There was an inappropriate level of attention to Assange given the embarrassment, not the threat he posed in context,”.

Let me know what you think about Assange’s case in the comments. You can also find the Yahoo News story here:  CIA’s secret war plans against Wikileaks led to a London shootout, kidnapping, assassination plot. (Sun, September 26, 2021, 4:00 AM·39 min read, Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot-out: Inside the CIA’s secret war plans against WikiLeaks)

Hundreds of inmates in New York jails will soon be going home.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Less is More Act on Friday. Above, Hochul talks to reporters at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on September 8, 2021, in New York City.CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY

In January 2020 a new criminal justice reform law went into effect that allows New York to release people that cannot afford bail. Jeannie McBride of New York State says that judges can not hold anyone arrested for a misdemeanor, or even some of those charged with felonies on cash bail. Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour, said, “The judge will have to go in and ‘ROR’ them, release them on their own recognizance”.

“I have to get paperwork from a judge. So they will have to see a judge. I would guess that there could be 75 to 100 that could possibly get released when this law goes into effect,” he said. It takes time to process people out.

District attorneys do not ask for bail unless there is a significant reason. Sheriff Voutour says that he doesn’t know it the new law will reduce the number of inmates, “If they’re in for 20 days before they are convicted and they get sentenced to 20 days, they get time served,” he said. “What’s going to happen is now that they don’t go in on bail, there’s no time accumulated. So now if they get sentenced to 20 days, now they have to come and serve those 20 days.”, and that the issuance of warrants will increase.

This week, Kathy Hochul, “the New York Governor is directing the state parole board to immediately release 191 prison inmates amid the crisis at Rikers Island that has worsened over the course of the pandemic.” states Jeannie McBride. “On Friday, Hochul signed a new law to help reduce incarceration among those who have been jailed due to technical parole violations, such as missing curfew, marijuana use or arriving late to a meeting with a parole officer.”

It is estimated that about 270 inmates at Riker’s Island will be released. “They have served their sentences under Less is More, but they should not have to wait until the enactment date,” Hochul said. Under the Less is More Act, Hochul also ordered around 200 inmates at Rikers to be transferred to state prison facilities to relieve severe overcrowding.

Rikers has always been known to keep inmates in horrific conditions, and the covid pandemic has made it worse. Over 2,200 New York’s Department of Corrections suffered employees became infected with COVID-19. There are not enough jailers to hold people in the horrific cells anymore. Some reports show that the facility holds people in units that do not even have beds.

This year, 10 people at Rikers have died. At least five by suicide. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to improve conditions at Rikers. He wants to require absent prison guards to get a doctor’s note if they’re out for more than a day, speed inmate intake procedures and fix infrastructure problems.

Hochul says, “It is about protecting human life, the lives of the people who are incarcerated as well as correctional officers. It’s also about protecting human dignity,” she added. “This questions who we are as a people when we can allow situations as we’ve seen at Rikers to exist in a prosperous, mighty city like New York. The fact that this exists is an indictment on everyone.”

Pastor convicted of child sex abuse. Alicia is awarded $1.5 million, but says it’s not about the money.

What makes this case even more horrible is that besides her abusers testifying that she has false memories, they said she had false memories because of the psychotropic drugs the doctors have had her on since she was a child. So it’s a big circle of abuse where the systems just keep pointing fingers instead of addressing the problems. The members of the church that testified were the same people that abused her. Imagine finding the strength that she did as a sex trafficking survivor, only to have the people she accused of abusing her testify that she has false memories because of the psychotropic medications the doctors keep her on.

courtesy Alicia Cohen and Delaware Online

Alicia Cohen, 41, who was awarded $1.5 million by a federal jury said in her 2019 civil lawsuit that Ronald Cohen, also known as “Rafi” and “Raphael”, began sexually abusing her when she was three years old, and then started selling her to other men for sex about two years later, when they were living in Oklahoma.

Alicia says that Ronald Cohen used his “religious facade” and “ministries,” including the nondenominational Miracle Tabernacle, as a cover for child sexual abuse and child sex trafficking and that he filmed and sold videos of her being raped.

Ronald Cohen denied the claims as “false, frivolous, and defamatory” and was “shocked at the verdict” defense attorney Dan Boyce said Friday. Cohen asked Boyce to file a motion for judgment in his favor, or a motion for a new trial.

Attorney Dan Boyce He also said Cohen is in his 70s and depends on Social Security, and that he is “judgment proof” based on his finances. Dan Stephenson, Alicia Cohen’s attorney, said the case was not about money, but about holding Ronald Cohen accountable. “The central issue in the case was whether the defendant raped his daughter repeatedly for years as a child. The jury clearly said ‘yes’ and awarded both compensatory and punitive damages”.

“Due to the actions of defendant, plaintiff has suffered extreme mental, physical, psychological, and emotional trauma. She has spent an enormous amount of time and money seeing doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, and other therapists.”

The jury did not rule in Alicia’s favor on the sex trafficking charge and Boyce says that the judge refused to allow an expert defense witness to offer an opinion that Alicia Cohen’s memories from 30 years ago were false.

Cohen disagrees with the outcome saying, “We brought a mountain of evidence including objective, medical, and admitted facts. We had treaters, treater records, and expert witnesses supporting what Alicia said.” Alicia claims that her father ran a sex trafficking ring in the 1980s.

The Pike Creek pastor Ronald Cohen, and his friends testified saying “Entirely false.” “Not an iota of truth.” “Absolutely preposterous.” “Never happened.” And denied any existence of a child sex trafficking ring.

The half-dozen of those who were accused, and one woman who Alicia Cohen claimed was a victim testified that the accusations were untrue and the trafficking never occurred, and apparently, even though the jury believed that Alica was sexually assaulted and abused, they did not believe that all of those people were part of the sex trafficking ring that Alicia claims they are.  

The federal jury found Ron Cohen liable on five of 14 counts: sexual abuse of a minor, assault or battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment.

The jury did not find Ron Cohen liable for nine other charges under federal, New Jersey and Florida law, and two other states where Alicia Cohen alleges she was raped.

Alicia said that she was “grateful” for the verdict and the work of her legal team, as well as “the people who have supported” her. “This verdict will help me to heal and move forward. It redirects my focus from the past to the future. I don’t feel stuck anymore”.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert pays “Hush Money” just days before the trial.

Dennis Hastert sentenced to jail.

The civil “hush money” lawsuit against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert ended Wednesday when a settlement was reached. Chief Judge Robert Pilmer, of Illinois’ 23rd Judicial Circuit announced Wednesday afternoon after a conference that the parties had reached a tentative settlement agreement.

“We’ve reached an agreement in principle, the terms of the agreement are confidential,” the plaintiff’s attorney Kristi Browne said after the settlement was announced, adding, “It’s just subject to us hammering out a written settlement agreement. I can tell that you all the claims between the parties are resolved, will be resolved, subject to the execution of the settlement agreement,” she said. “I would have loved to try this case, I think it was a good case,” Browne said. “I’ve been, you know, very confident about our case from the beginning, but you know, this is what, you know, we’ve managed to resolve and this is a resolution that my client is comfortable with.”

Hastert’s attorney John Ellis declined to comment.

Jury selection was scheduled to begin on September 20, 2021 and the plaintiff, referred to in court filings only as James Doe would have been identified in court for the first time once the trial began.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert served roughly 85% of a 15-month prison sentence handed down in 2016 after he pleaded guilty to one felony count of the financial crime known as structuring: concealing banking activity by withdrawing large sums of cash in small denominations to avoid federal reporting requirements. Hastert broke federal banking rules by obscuring his withdrawals of $1.7 million to pay hush money to a former student he had sexually abused in the 1970s while working as a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School before entering politics. That individual filed the lawsuit against Hastert in 2016 for breach of contract, seeking the unpaid balance of the $3.5 million total in hush money, about $1.8 million.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert  was never charged for the allegations of sexual abuse maybe because the statute of limitations had ran out.

Browne said she could not disclose communications with her client, but she did say that the settlement was a “a little bit” of a surprise to her.

“Let me say this: it’s never over for a victim of childhood sexual abuse. It’s never over. It impacts them for the rest of their lives,” Browne said. “This resolves this case. This resolves my client’s claims against Mr. Hastert. It resolves Mr. Hastert’s counterclaim against my client and it resolves all of the issues in litigation between them.”

Borderline Personality Disorder or Adoptee? — Finding Joy…….

I came across a video on youtube where Dr Ramani was talking about borderline personality disorder (bpd) and how to recognise it from the 9 traits of it. Watching it I thought wow! This sounds so much like the traits of an adopted person. There are the 9 traits according to Dr Ramani. You can […]

Borderline Personality Disorder or Adoptee? — Finding Joy…….

Michael Sussmann Indicted for Lying To FBI In Russia Probe

Ryan Reilly reports that a Washington, D.C. grand jury indicted Michael Sussmann, of Perkins Coie law firm, for allegedly lying to the FBI general counsel about who he was working for when he relayed information about Trump.

The indictment was sought by Special Counsel, John Durham, whom the Trump administration named special counsel to investigate the Russia probe, “A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against cybersecurity attorney Michael Sussmann, who represented the Democratic National Committee in connection with the 2016 Russia hack, accusing him of lying to the FBI about who he was representing”.

The grand jury indictment accuses Sussmann of lying in a statement “to the General Counsel of the FBI that he was not acting on behalf of any client in conveying particular allegations concerning a Presidential candidate, when in truth, and in fact, as the defendant well knew, he was acting on behalf of specific clients, namely, Tech Executive-1 and the Clinton Campaign.”

Sussmann’s attorneys said he “has committed no crime” and that a prosecution “would be baseless, unprecedented and an unwarranted deviation from the apolitical and principled way in which the Department of Justice is supposed to do its work….We are confident that if Mr. Sussmann is charged, he will prevail at trial and vindicate his good name”.

Case 1:21-cr-00582-CRC Document 1 Filed 09/16/21

Eastern District Court of Missouri Recused From Family Court. What happened to mandated reporting? Missouri mandates.

UPDATE: Leaked Video Call That Caused 31 Missouri Judges to Recuse Themselves

Brian Dunlop, the guardian ad litem for Austin Arseneau, intentionally blocked reporting of sexual abuse so that it would not be addressed in court proceedings and refused to allow his client’s therapist to testify. Dunlop also allegedly failed to seek therapy for his client while the child was being molested. What happened to mandated reporting?

The entire Eastern District Court of Missouri has recused its judges from a lawsuit in the Missouri family court system. Missouri’s Family Court System is so bad that investigative reporter, Megan Fox created a catalog to keep up with the cases!

Lawsuits filed by Attorney Evita Tolu in the 21st Judicial Circuit Court of St. Louis claim that the guardian ad litem (GAL) Elaine Pudlowski, psychologist Dr. James Reid, and therapist Jennifer Webbe VanLuven, conspired to diagnose a child with a fraudulent mental disorder. A leaked email from Judge Michael Burton and a leaked Zoom call with almost forty guardian ad litems conspiring to help Pudlowski led to Burton resigning in August.

The lawsuit was dismissed and the defendants got away with their crimes when they were awarded immunity. Attorney Evita Tolu appealed arguing, “Judicial immunity for court professionals exists not for the protection or benefit of a malicious court professional, but for the benefit of the public, and it is not limitless.” She further argues that according to the law the allegations of overbilling and violating court orders and professional standards do not meet the requirements for judicial immunity.

Attorney Evita Tolu later filed a motion to disqualify the District Court stating that the judges of the Court of Appeals for the Eastern District should recuse themselves because of their close professional and possibly personal relationships with retired Judge Mooney, whose spouse is a defendant. The Eastern District issued an order granting the motion.

There are other lawsuits against the same court professionals. Apparently Missouri legislators know that there is a problem with the Missouri Court but they have not taken any action for accountability to add integrity back to the court.

A mother is suing Elaine Pudlowski, Frankel Rubin, Klein, Payne and Pudlowski, P.C., James D. Reid, James D. Reid PhD, LLC, Brian Dunlop and Dunlop and McCarter for violation of 42 U.S.C and injunctive relief. According to the complaint, the guardian ad litem, Frankel was Pudlowski’s employer and is responsible for her conduct. Devon Arseneau alleges that “Pudlowski acted outside the scope of her licensure, expertise, and terms of her court appointment by misrepresenting her qualifications for this case to the court. Devon Arseneau alleges Pudlowski has no training in the following: mental health issues; alcohol or drug addiction; medicine; trauma, domestic violence; sexual abuse of children; or childhood and adolescent development, yet determined and represented to the court that the child was not at risk”.

Court medical records reveal a history of mental health issues and psychotropic medications incongruent with Reid’s diagnosis of the Plaintiff’s former husband. Reid admitted to falsifying elements of the report, but the reports continue to be handed out to certain professionals per the court order.

Federal law under CAPTA defines child abuse as “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation”; or “An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.” This definition of child abuse and neglect refers specifically to parents and other caregivers. A “child” under this definition generally means a person who is younger than age 18 or who is not an emancipated minor. While Federal legislation sets minimum standards for States that accept Federal funding, each State is responsible for defining child maltreatment in State law. (Child Welfare Gateway)

Missouri Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 210.115; 352.400; 573.215 requires professionals to report child abuse and neglect.

Professionals required to report include the following:

Physicians, medical examiners, coroners, dentists, chiropractors, optometrists, podiatrists, residents, interns, nurses, hospital and clinic personnel, or other health practitioners

Daycare center workers or other child care workers, teachers, principals, or other school officials

Psychologists, mental health professionals, or social workers

Ministers, including clergypersons, priests, rabbis, Christian Science practitioners, or other persons serving in a similar capacity for any religious organization

Juvenile officers, probation or parole officers, peace officers, law enforcement officials, or jail or detention center personnel

Volunteers or personnel of community service programs that offer support services for families in crisis to assist in the delegation of any powers regarding the care and custody of a child by a properly executed power of attorney

Other persons with responsibility for the care of children

Film and photographic print processors; computer providers, installers, or repair persons; or internet service providers

Reporting by Other Persons Citation: Rev. Stat. § 210.115

Any other person who has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect may report.

Institutional Responsibility to Report Citation: Rev. Stat. § 210.115

If two or more members of a medical institution who are required to report jointly have knowledge of a known or suspected instance of child abuse or neglect, a single report may be made by a designated member of that medical team. Any member who has knowledge that the member designated to report has failed to do so shall thereafter immediately make the report. Nothing in this section, however, is meant to preclude any person from reporting abuse or neglect.

The reporting requirements under this section are individual, and no supervisor or administrator may impede or inhibit any reporting under this section. No person making a report shall be subject to any sanction, including any adverse employment action, for making such report. Every employer shall ensure that any employee required to report has immediate and unrestricted access to the communications technology necessary to make an immediate report and is temporarily relieved of other work duties for such time as is required to make any report required by this section.

Standards for Making a Report Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 210.115; 573.215 A report is required under the following circumstances:

A reporter has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect.

A reporter observes a child being subjected to conditions or circumstances that would reasonably result in abuse or neglect.

A film and photographic print processor has knowledge of or observes any film, photograph, videotape, negative, slide, or computer-generated image or picture depicting a child younger than age 18 engaged in an act of sexual conduct.

Privileged Communications Citation: Rev. Stat. § 210.140

Only the attorney-client or clergy-penitent privilege may be grounds for failure to report.

Inclusion of Reporter’s Name in Report Citation: Rev. Stat. § 210.130

The report must include the name, address, occupation, and contact information for the person making the report.

Disclosure of Reporter Identity Citation: Rev. Stat. § 210.150

The names or other identifying information of reporters shall not be furnished to any child, parent, guardian, or alleged perpetrator named in the report.

MANDATED REPORTER STATUTE (Section 210.115, RSMO.)

Who Is Mandated To Report Suspected Child Abuse/Neglect?

The statute identifies the following individuals and professions as mandated reporters:

Physician

Medical Examiner

Coroner

Dentist

Chiropractor

Optometrist

Podiatrist

Resident (medical)

Intern (medical)

Nurse

Hospital or Clinic Personnel that are engaged in the examination, care, treatment or research of persons

Any other health practitioner

Daycare center or other child-care worker

Juvenile Officer

Probation or Parole Officer

Jail or detention personnel

Teacher

Principal or other school official

Minister (as provided by section 352.400, RSMo.)

Peace officer or law enforcement official

Other person with the responsibility for the care of children

Volunteer or personnel of a community service program that offers support services for families in crisis to assist in the delegation of any powers regarding the care and custody of a child by a properly executed power of attorney pursuant to sections 475.600 to 475.604

Reporting Requirements

When any individual identified above has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been or may be subjected to abuse or neglect or observes a child being subjected to conditions or circumstances which would reasonably result in abuse or neglect, that person shall immediately report.

Reasonable cause to suspect means a standard of reasonable suspicion, rather than conclusive proof.

The term “abuse” is not limited to abuse inflicted by a person responsible for the child’s care, custody and control as specified in section 210.110, but shall also include abuse inflicted by any other person.

No internal investigation shall be initiated until such a report has been made. The reporting requirements under this section are individual, and no supervisor or administrator may impede or inhibit any reporting under this section. No person making a report shall be subject to any sanction, including any adverse employment action, for making such report. Every employer shall ensure that any employee required to report has immediate and unrestricted access to communications technology necessary to make an immediate report and is temporarily relieved of other work duties for such time as is required to make any report.

The only exception to the individual reporting requirement is that when two or more members of a medical institution, who are required to report, jointly have knowledge of a known or suspected instance of child abuse or neglect, a single report may be made by a designated member of that medical team. Any member who has knowledge that the member designated to report has failed to do so shall thereafter immediately make the report.

Nothing however, is meant to preclude any person from reporting abuse or neglect. Multiple mandated reporters with knowledge of abuse and neglect may call together to make a single report.

Any person or individual required to report may also report the suspicion of abuse or neglect to any law enforcement agency or juvenile office. Such report shall not, however, take the place of reporting to the Children’s Division.

If an individual required to report suspected instances of abuse or neglect pursuant to this section has reason to believe that the victim of such abuse or neglect is a resident of another state or was injured as a result of an act which occurred in another state, the person required to report such abuse or neglect may, in lieu of reporting to the Missouri Children’s Division, make such a report to the child protection agency of the other state with the authority to receive such reports pursuant to the laws of such other state. If such agency accepts the report, no report is required to be made, but may be made, to the Missouri Children’s Division.

Any mandated reporter who has reasonable cause to suspect that a child who is under the age of eighteen, who is eligible to receive a certificate of live birth, has died shall report that fact to the appropriate medical examiner or coroner. If, upon review of the circumstances and medical information, the medical examiner or coroner determines that the child died of natural causes while under medical care for an established natural disease, the coroner, medical examiner or physician shall notify the Children’s Division of the child’s death and that the child’s attending physician shall be signing the death certificate. In all other cases, the medical examiner or coroner shall accept the report for investigation, shall immediately notify the Children’s Division of the child’s death as required in Section 58.452, RSMo., and shall report the findings to the child fatality review panel established pursuant to Section 210.192, RSMo.

Anonymous Reporters (Section 210.109, RSMo.)

Mandated reporters may not make child abuse/neglect (CA/N) reports anonymously provided the reporter is informed that reporter information will be held as confidential.

Immunity/Penalties (Section 210.135 RSMo.)

The law provides immunity from civil or criminal liability to those who are required to make reports with Children’s Division, any law enforcement agency, or the juvenile office in the completion of an investigation/family assessment. Immunity is provided regardless of the outcome of the investigation/family assessment; however, it does not apply if a person intentionally files a false report.

Failure to report is a Class A misdemeanor for a person who is required under the law to report. Filing a false report is also a Class A misdemeanor.

           

      

           

Police officer pleads not guilty to violating a 14 year old boys civil rights.

Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who was sentenced to 22 ½ years after he was convicted for the murder of George Floyd, pleaded not guilty to violating a teenager’s civil rights in a separate case from 2017 that involved similar use of force.

The 2017 indictment against Chauvin happened because a 14 year old boy claims that Chauvin hit him in the head with a flashlight and held his knee on the boy’s neck and upper back while he was handcuffed and not resisting.

The Minneapolis police officer appeared in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer via video link from a state maximum security prison during a virtual hearing in which he pleaded not guilty to violating a teenager’s civil right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure by using a neck restraint.

Chauvin wrote in his 2017 report that the teen resisted arrest and that he “used body weight to pin” him to the floor. He also wrote that the boy was bleeding from the ear, and needed two stitches. He described the boy as 6-foot-2 and about 240 pounds.

Prosecutors showed Chauvin had used neck or head and upper body restraints seven times prior to Floyd’s death, four of those times the state prosecutors said he went too far and held the restraints “beyond the point when such force was needed under the circumstances.”

Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao were arraigned on civil rights violations in Floyd’s death on Tuesday where they pled not guilty.

Louisiana Prison Teacher Arrested

Prison

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections said 61-year-old Mark Shamburger, of Ethel, a contract teacher at a Louisiana prison was arrested for allegedly bringing contraband, including cellphones, cigarettes and alcohol, to inmates Monday after an investigation by Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, Louisiana. Shamburger was taken to the East Feliciana Parish jail on charges of introduction of contraband into a penal institution and malfeasance in office.