Monday, October 16, 2006

Who Speaks for the Silent? Part II

The Courts System

Arguably one of the cornerstones of a free democratic system of government, and yet it is so corrupt that justice has become the mat upon which the judge wipes his feet when he enters the lounge at his favorite club. For the lawyers, it is a convenience to be dispensed with if there is the slightest chance that it will impair their chances of winning the case.

Case in point: Despite her good looks, charm, intellect, and divine endowments, my wife does have an ex-husband, Hugh Jarse. I have heard that some people are unable to cope with perfection; I can only assume that he is one of those people. Anyway, two of our children, Juan and Tewe, visit their father every other weekend despite the fact that he lives 200 hundred miles across the state line.

After several years of this, it came to pass that Juan and Tewe expressed a desire to not spend the weekend at their Father's hovel. When asked why, they finally related tales of psychological and physical abuse. Like most good parents would do, Aretta and I chuckled and patted their heads, saying, “There, there, children, it can’t be that bad.” Then they showed us the evidence of that abuse. We photographed and recorded and transcribed as thoroughly as we could in preparation for persuading the man to change his ways.

We were bushwhacked when we were served for denying Hugh's legal custody. We asked the kids how they felt about the situation; they believed that the abuse would continue and did not want to go back. So Aretta and I gathered up our photographs and testimonials. A Guardian ad litem spoke with the children. We marched into the courtroom full of righteousness and faith in goodness and fairness. We were protecting our children. We were in the right. ...and we could prove it.

Imagine our shock when Hugh's lawyer got all the evidence thrown out because it was “irrelevant” to the case, and Judge Blohard agreed.

We were ordered to send our children back into Hell; and then to add insult to injury, we were required to travel the 200 miles to his village for the transfer every two weeks.

So far, Hugh has been minding his Ps and Qs, but I'm not counting on that to last.

Keep in mind that at no point in this narrative did I mention the lawyer's or the judge's real names, nor did I ever mention the multiple allegations of corruption we found all over the Internet.

It's okay to put children in abusive environments, but you have to be very careful about what you say, and about whom you say it.

Outraged yet? Stay tuned for more.

3 Comments:

Blogger Billy said...

the law sucks man. it is all bullshit. take it easy. you will triumph

9:32 PM  
Blogger PrivatePigg said...

Dare I say your experience was the exception to the rule.

I can assure you that the law spares no expense in protecting children when it comes to legal disputes and child custody battles. Trust me when I tell you no judge gives a rat about the mom or dad when there are children involved. It's all about the kids. Does that mean mistakes are never made? Of course not.

There is absolutely no way that evidence of child abuse is "irrelevant" in a child custody hearing. Either you are mistaken as to why said evidence was excluded, or you have the worst lawyer on the planet. Even if the judge was at fault, as you say, there is an appellate court. If that court upheld the ruling, then you are probably mistaken, again, as to why the evidence was excluded. If you didn't appeal - well, your lawyer... yeah, you got the picture.

Googling evidence of trial misconduct and pretending it is indicative of anything is silly. There are millions of lawyers in this country, and "evidence" of corruption in a few cases means squat. i say "evidence" in quotees because you're getting your facts from a newspaper article.

We have the best and fairest legal system in the world. Bar none.

2:12 PM  
Blogger PrivatePigg said...

Dare I say your experience was the exception to the rule.

I can assure you that the law spares no expense in protecting children when it comes to legal disputes and child custody battles. Trust me when I tell you no judge gives a rat about the mom or dad when there are children involved. It's all about the kids. Does that mean mistakes are never made? Of course not.

There is absolutely no way that evidence of child abuse is "irrelevant" in a child custody hearing. Either you are mistaken as to why said evidence was excluded, or you have the worst lawyer on the planet. Even if the judge was at fault, as you say, there is an appellate court. If that court upheld the ruling, then you are probably mistaken, again, as to why the evidence was excluded. If you didn't appeal - well, your lawyer... yeah, you got the picture.

Googling evidence of trial misconduct and pretending it is indicative of anything is silly. There are millions of lawyers in this country, and "evidence" of corruption in a few cases means squat. i say "evidence" in quotees because you're getting your facts from a newspaper article.

We have the best and fairest legal system in the world. Bar none.

2:13 PM  

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