"We appoint judges who are dishonest"
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I watched today as Representatives in the House voice their support of Judge Swords and as I saw Rep. Hovey twist the truth from the judicial committee hearing the night before I was reminded of her support for abusive judges in the past. It is unacceptable to reappoint judge Patricia Swords and put our families through 8 more years of absolute tyranny by such an abusive judge. A vote for this judge, condoning what she has done to the families in Connecticut would send a clear message that there is no hope for justice or children in this state
In opposition to the delay and investigation to reappointment Judge Howard Scheinblum, Judicial committee Public Hearing March 6, 2006
REP. HOVEY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Before you, I'm not sure what the protocol is, do you want to close the public hearing? I have a comment I want to make.
REP. LAWLOR: Oh, sure, I can close the public hearing. No problem, it's okay.
REP. HOVEY: Okay, I just wanted to say that I respect the, respectfully object to the delay in the votes on these judges because it's my understanding that the delay is due to one of the nominees specifically.
And, from my perspective, we've appointed and appraised judges who have had significant issues with demeanor.
They're arrogant, pretentious and even dishonest, and that we have recently approved a judge who knowingly put children back into harm's way instead of using their judicial latitude to protect these children.
And the particular individual that we had earlier today, I believe the terms willful neglect and this or that about their circumstance, personal circumstance.
And what I would say is, someone who sits on this Committee with a--
[Whereupon, the hearing was adjourned.]
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[Connecticut] Renomination Battle
Judge Barely Survives Senate Vote
By MARK PAZNIOKAS | The Hartford Courant
January 15, 2009
Lt. Gov. Michael C. Fedele broke a tie vote in the Senate on Wednesday night to save the career of Superior Court Judge Patricia A. Swords.
Senate Democrats, including a senator who once clashed with her as a defense attorney, appeared poised to end Swords' career over poor evaluations and complaints that she favored prosecutors.
The House of Representatives confirmed her renomination, 100-41, but the Senate was set to reject her, 19-17, after a day of frantic lobbying on her behalf by judicial officials.
But Sen. Joan Hartley, a Waterbury Democrat, reconsidered after a chance conversation in the corridor with Swords, to the surprise of judicial officials, creating an 18-18 tie broken by Fedele, the presiding officer. No one could recall a judge confirmed by such a narrow margin.
Swords had given up and was driving home to Mansfield when she got a call that her judicial career had been resurrected.
One of the 18 Democrats who opposed Swords was Sen. Eric Coleman, D-Bloomfield, who convinced the Appellate Court in 2004 that Swords erred in jailing a client on a probation violation.
Swords' handling of Coleman's case, deemed a denial of due-process by the Appellate Court, was the only one of 25 appeals on which Swords was reversed. Her supporters said her appellate record should outweigh complaints about her demeanor.
"We should put greater weight on whether a judge is getting the law right," said Sen. Andrew Roraback, R-Goshen.
Coleman's opposition to her was described as influential in the Senate Democratic caucus, but Coleman said he offered his experience only as part of a larger record.
In a confirmation hearing Tuesday night, Swords acknowledged mishandling another case in 2002.
She denied a continuance to a lawyer, Jon Schoenhorn, who took over a criminal case on the eve of trial. The original attorney had collapsed and was in a coma.
Some legislators were appalled by her refusal.
During the House debate, Rep. Patricia Dillon, D- New Haven, said the provision of competent counsel "is at the root of our judicial system."
But in the Senate, Sen. Leonard Fasano, R-North Haven, said that Swords had acknowledged her mistake during her confirmation hearing Tuesday night.
"She made a mistake. She said, 'I get it.' She understands the problem. It's not going to happen again," Fasano said.
In a late attempt to salvage the nomination, judicial officials took Swords to the Capitol, where she met privately with Coleman.
"We had a nice, cordial discussion," Coleman said.
But he did not change his vote, and at 9:45 p.m. he rose to his feet and argued for her removal from the bench.
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Steven G. Erickson's comment posted to the Hartford Courant piece:
It is a shame that this is the only checks and balances for judges.
They can act outside the law and the US Constitution, and there is only a vote after years and years of abuse.
Legislators almost always re-confirm judges who are known to harm children, families, AND THE ECONOMY.
It is time for everyone to be accountable to laws, even judges in Connecticut.
It is a dark day, Swords is still a judge.
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Christopher Kennedy talks about "Stalker Judge", Jonathan J. Kaplan of Rockville Superior Court in Connecticut:
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Diary Entry by Steven G. Erickson
:::::::: Chris Kennedy helped design the F-35 fighter jet. His wife stabbed him about 5 years ago. While Leanne Putnam was awaiting her days in court for felony assault, she was awarded sole custody of their 3 children, allegedly by Rockville Superior Court Judge Jonathan J. Kaplan in Connecticut. Abuse of Fathers and their children in courts is not uncommon. Chris Kennedy then lodged complaints against Judge Kaplan and other judges. The retaliation began, where he would have less, to no access, to his own children. His saga has been going on for about 5 years. After Chris lodged complaints, the charges were dropped against his ex-wife, and Chris Kennedy became the target of an out of control Judge, Jonathan J. Kaplan. Complaints Chris had lodged were put in his “secret, sealed folder” for other judges to see and to likewise help retaliate. Chris Kennedy has violated no laws, isn’t on probation, and is a good Father. Children suffer when they are denied being able to see a parent they want to see and have regular family contact with. [click here for pictures, videos, and more information] After Christopher Kennedy of Ellington Connecticut contacted Governor Rell’s legal staffer, Kevin Rasch, about the Judicial and State Police Misconduct in the State of Connecticut, Kennedy was promptly arrested and faced 30 years in prison for having accidentally checked the wrong box in a court financial form. [click here for more information, scroll down] Chris’ ex-wife can reschedule court dates, have them at her convenience, and can ignore pretty much all court orders and isn’t held in contempt of court! Chris’ motions are denied without even being read. There are countless delays and an “agenda” can be observed. Cases are rigged and there is overt bias. Getting a divorce might mean a father loses his small business and might be order to pay more per week than is netted. Not being able to pay more than you make might mean being sent to jail. Leanne Putnam’s lawyer for most of the child custody and divorce proceedings were allegedly linked to law partners, or their firm, to Congressman Joe Courtney. Judge Jonathan Kaplan and Joe Courtney allegedly have personal ties. Judges make federal dollars for a state by breaking up families and abusing citizens. [OpEd piece] Check out links to former Governor John G. Rowland and DCF head Kristine Regaglia. They took bribes and the Mob allegedly was going to build, run, and supply a national franchise of “Kiddie Max” prison system for children. Bill Cosby recently spoke at the Capitol, Hartford, Connecticut on the subject of Fatherhood and Fatherlessness. [videos and pictures] Scroll down for videos and video links. Breaking up families might help states out financially in the short run in Federal Tax Dollars coming in, but it is harming the economy, families, children, and the quality of life of all Americans. Silence signifies acceptance
Chris Kennedy helped design the F-35 fighter jet.
His wife stabbed him about 5 years ago. While Leanne Putnam was awaiting her days in court for felony assault, she was awarded sole custody of their 3 children, allegedly by Rockville Superior Court Judge Jonathan J. Kaplan in Connecticut. Abuse of Fathers and their children in courts is not uncommon.
Chris Kennedy then lodged complaints against Judge Kaplan and other judges. The retaliation began, where he would have less, to no access, to his own children. His saga has been going on for about 5 years. After Chris lodged complaints, the charges were dropped against his ex-wife, and Chris Kennedy became the target of an out of control Judge, Jonathan J. Kaplan. Complaints Chris had lodged were put in his “secret, sealed folder” for other judges to see and to likewise help retaliate.
Chris Kennedy has violated no laws, isn’t on probation, and is a good Father. Children suffer when they are denied being able to see a parent they want to see and have regular family contact with. [click here for pictures, videos, and more information]
After Christopher Kennedy of Ellington Connecticut contacted Governor Rell’s legal staffer, Kevin Rasch, about the Judicial and State Police Misconduct in the State of Connecticut, Kennedy was promptly arrested and faced 30 years in prison for having accidentally checked the wrong box in a court financial form. [click here for more information, scroll down]
Chris’ ex-wife can reschedule court dates, have them at her convenience, and can ignore pretty much all court orders and isn’t held in contempt of court! Chris’ motions are denied without even being read. There are countless delays and an “agenda” can be observed. Cases are rigged and there is overt bias.
Getting a divorce might mean a father loses his small business and might be order to pay more per week than is netted. Not being able to pay more than you make might mean being sent to jail.
Leanne Putnam’s lawyer for most of the child custody and divorce proceedings were allegedly linked to law partners, or their firm, to Congressman Joe Courtney. Judge Jonathan Kaplan and Joe Courtney allegedly have personal ties.
Judges make federal dollars for a state by breaking up families and abusing citizens. [OpEd piece] Check out links to former Governor John G. Rowland and DCF head Kristine Regaglia. They took bribes and the Mob allegedly was going to build, run, and supply a national franchise of “Kiddie Max” prison system for children.
Bill Cosby recently spoke at the Capitol, Hartford, Connecticut on the subject of Fatherhood and Fatherlessness. [videos and pictures] Scroll down for videos and video links.
Breaking up families might help states out financially in the short run in Federal Tax Dollars coming in, but it is harming the economy, families, children, and the quality of life of all Americans.
Silence signifies acceptance
Steven G. Erickson is a freelance cameraman, blogger, photographer, documentary producer, screenwriter, sometimes journalist, and can and will travel anywhere if the terms are right. His objective is to reform America's courts, creating a "People's Grand Jury" system, exposing and fixing public corruption, corporate abuse of the public, and punishing police, official, prosecutorial, judicial, and attorney misconduct.
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Previous Post on the Connecticut Fatherhood Task Force with Bill Cosby as the main speaker at a Hartford, Connecticut, hearing [click here]. Scroll down in link for list of videos.
Bill Cosby 12-08-08 arriving at Room 2C, the Legislative Office Building, the LOB, Hartford Connecticut for the Fatherhood Task Force Hearing, one of many, also known as the Fatherlessness Taskforce. [Previous Post on Subject] [The Post Before the Previous Post]
To legislative aids and legislators mentioned in the subject line of this email:
Please forward this email to those in the subject line. Ms. Giannaros provided me information, scroll down for that.
Should judges be able to take bribes, break the law, rig cases, commit fraud, be involved in bid rigging, and retaliate against citizens who want an honest court system?
I am dismayed with what is passing as "good judges" and "judging" in Connecticut. I would be further upset if Chief Justice William J. Sullivan is renewed as a judge. He thumbed his nose at all citizens, the US , and basically told legislators he'd legislate from the bench telling legislators they are mere puppets. I heard Justice Sullivan in a hearing when he was to be disciplined, that he (Justice Sullivan) would be a prostitute if he were a minority woman, without a job, and with children. He said this to Minnie Gonzales. I was horrified.
I am asking that Judge Jonathan Kaplan be looked into for his harming of families, children, and especially fathers. What he has done to Chris Kennedy alone is alarming. [video]
I complained to the clerk of Rockville Court putting the docket # for Haas vs Erickson. Kaplan would make faces at me when I was in court and I would glare back at him. A judge should not be involved in juvenile behavior, retaliation, breaking laws and fixing cases. Consider this email official correspondence reporting felonies I believe Judge Jonathan Kaplan has committed asking for a special hearing regarding his removal and discipline.
I was trying to have Judge Kaplan removed for bias in civil cases and had complained about him. I used to own property in Connecticut and owned a small business built over 2 decades. I was a father to a then 14 year old student. My daughter was everything to me, and I to her.
Judge Jonathan Kaplan arranged it so that I would get a year in prison for resisting being mugged on my own property. I had no previous record. He took my lawyer aside, told him that he was not allowed to defend me. A tenant who I was evicting was the only witness against me. She said I attacked the mugger in my driveway. Judge Kaplan would not allow me to go to the diagram to prove that the tenant being evicted could not see ME being attacked in my driveway through a tree and a house IN THE DARK based on the tenant's testimony and the diagram.
Kaplan prevented my lawyer from defending me, would let me speak to defend myself, and allowed a VHS tape to be showed to the jury on how to find me guilty, but nothing about innocence or was in the tape. A worker for the police who wanted to be a police officer was the jury foreman and I had asked to use my right of strike for that juror. He became jury foreman.
Judge Kaplan knew that my assailant told me he'd kill me if I didn't hand over my wallet. The judge knew I was attacked on my property. He knew that I was the victim and that my assailant was not arrested. Kaplan knew I was having a dispute with the Connecticut State Police over lack of protection and service. So, if a judge is willing to wreck a family, make a citizen jobless and homeless to send him to prison for a year for resisting being mugged, should that judge be a judge?
If the judge put a citizen in prison for a year for trying to have him removed, isn't that reason to remove the judge?
Please review the transcripts, docket # CR01-0074672
There should be ample evidence in that docket # to remove Kaplan as soon as possible.
My daughter has not had a father since I was wrongly imprisoned. I am no longer able to own a home, get most jobs, and have had no reason to pay taxes.
Should I have gotten a life's sentence for wanting to remove a criminal sociopath judge?
My family is suffering, and I can't get most jobs with a criminal record. I should not have a criminal record and should not have been put in prison. Look into the judge, please.
Please look into my allegations and get back to me.
-Steven G. Erickson
telephone # and address given upon request.
A tenant tells my story [video]
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2 Past Posts:
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire?
Enfield Connecticut Judge Howard Scheinblum
Judge Scheinblum went before the Judicial Committee to be reappointed amid all sorts of accusations of improper, and Unconstitutional behavior as a Judge. There are hundreds of stories in newspapers and other publications critical of the Enfield Connecticut Superior Court Judge.
Even with accusations of serious breaches of the law, perjury, obstruction of justice, etc., the panel reconfirmed Scheinblum for another 8 year term. What!!!???
Chris Kennedy says he had proof that the Judge committed perjury under oath at the March 21 hearing at the Capitol in Hartford.
If that Judge can be confirmed there is on bottom to Connecticut cesspool of sleaze and corruption.
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Chris Kennedy of Ellington, Connecticut, stood alone against a judge that in my opinion, is one of the most blatantly arrogant, acting illegally, Unconstitutionally, and is helping retaliate against whistleblowers that try to expose Judicial, Prosecutorial, and Police Misconduct.
It is a shame that Chris Kennedy had to stand alone on your behalf, March 6, 2006, at the Judicial Hearing, Room 2C, at the Hartford State Capitol, for the whole State of Connecticut.
Chris’ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(For a link to a partial rendering of the transcripts of March 6, scroll to bottom)
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Connecticut: In The News
OPED: ‘War on Drugs’ Not Meant to Be Won
Norwich Bulletin; June 4 2005
With remarks to a civic group in Enfield recently, Superior Court Judge Howard Scheinblum engaged in what is seldom forgiven in Connecticut’s public life: candor.
The judge asserted what can neither be denied nor acknowledged — that public policy on drugs doesn’t work. Speaking from his 15 years of experience on the bench, Scheinblum estimated 90 percent of criminal cases in Connecticut are connected in some way to the pursuit of illegal drugs, and he asserted that society would be far better off to let users of such drugs obtain them by prescription and to be charged for them according to their ability to pay. More
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My Open Letter to Chief Justice William J. Sullivan of Connecticut
Police are often too arrogant and lazy in Connecticut to do their jobs regarding helping with quality of life issues for those living in mostly downtown areas. Minorities and those that are deemed worthless, “White Trash”, or what have you, don’t get police protection and service.
The three or more important families in a Connecticut town depend on certain people being kept in their place. Putting minority kids on the right track would mean intact families and less Federal dollars for processing, arresting, and throwing the Elitists’ unwanted citizens away to prisons. Breaking up families, especially those with kids that can be labeled, “Special Needs” is another boon for Connecticut to break up families and keep unwanted citizens, down and out.
If Connecticut wasn’t making a big profit on the drug trade in taxing it as a business in confiscated assets, property, and cash of middlemen, drugs wouldn’t be selling as they now are in the criminal breeding grounds, downtown Connecticut.
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added April 30, 2006, 5:12 PM EST:
The Connecticut Judiciary Committee re-appointed Judge Howard Scheinblum even though they had been informed of what is in the transcripts below. Is that conspiracy and obstruction of justice? Should members of the committee be arrested with the exception of Rep. Green?
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Connecticut Chief State's Attorney Christopher Morano
I talked with Chief State’s Attorney Christopher L. Morano yesterday night at the Capitol in Hartford.
I asked to speak to him and he pulled me out into the hallway outside room 2C of the Legislative Section of the Capitol.
I asked him why he wasn’t going to criminally prosecute any of Rell’s staff for election campaign actions where there were fines of $500 for improper campaign collections of donations during taxpayer paid hours worked.
That is theft and also encompasses a realm of impropriety and stinks of corruption. After Rowland was sent to federal prison for corruption related charges, his former staff, commissioners, and others should have known better.
Something stinks and I think the Chief State’s Attorney and others need to be federally investigated, and the federal investigators should not be from offices in Connecticut where everyone knows each other, socializes with each other, and works together to silence whistleblowers from within and also barbecue anyone out in the public that dare say, “boo.”
It is my opinion that Morano owes favors and is so entwined in the backroom deals, back scratching, and covering up for others, the people of Connecticut will have to suffer and pay for all the illegal acts and waste of a government out of control which includes all 3 branches and every department in the state.
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Subject of email sent to those on the Legislative Fatherhood Task Force in Connecticut, January 15, 2009, 4:30 PM EST:
Do you have to be [Bill Cosby] to be listened to by elected officials?
With the Fatherhood Task Force studying and finding solutions to Fatherlessness should take individual accounts and their offers for solutions to the problem into account. Why aren’t you taking information from citizens by email, mail, by phone, and in person AND THEN responding?
This letter to you is being posted at the bottom of [this post]
One of the biggest problems with Connecticut is with its courts. If a judicial branch employee exposes felonies being committed by judges and judicial managers, and then the employee is suspended and faces being fired, is there really any justice in Connecticut? Just ask Andrea Wilson, former or present, librarian at the Stamford Connecticut Superior Court. Scroll down in [this post] for video of Andrea testifying at an official Connecticut hearing.
I owned a home, had a great relationship with my then 14 year old daughter, and had built up a small business over 2 decades. I complained that Connecticut State Police were rude and refusing to help with heroin, cocaine, and prostitution problems in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. I went to elected officials. Instead of getting answers from elected officials, police contacted me telling me I was not allowed to propose legislation regarding them. I had also proposed court reform and removing Judge Jonathan Kaplan for his bias in civil cases. Kaplan retaliated by giving me a year in prison for resisting being mugged on my own property AFTER I had complained about him in previous civil cases.
State Police threatened me with arrest and prison if I didn’t shut up and leave the State of Connecticut before Kaplan colluded with former Connecticut State Police Commissioner Arthur L. Spada to railroad me to prison. Do legislators on the Fatherhood Task Force condone Connecticut State Police and Judicial Misconduct?
Should children face being fatherless and their father being sent to prison just for talking to YOU elected officials regardless of whether you do anything to help fix the public corruption problems with police, the courts, DCF, and the prison system?
Will you Connecticut legislators look into [these accusations with a docket #], and get back to me with an answer?
[click here] for text and video to go with Chris Kennedy’s “We appoint judges who are dishonest” post.
Chris Kennedy’s 3 children, my daughter, and other children would probably not be fatherless if judges like Jonathan J. Kaplan were removed and faced arrest and prosecution for their illegal acts. [video]
Shouldn’t judges who display attitudes and judgments consistent with being a sociopath or psychopath be removed?
There currently is no way to get justice in Connecticut courts, will you elected officials help us to reduce fatherlessness by listening to our testimony and then consider remedy?
Do you with to fix the public corruption revealed to you above, or do you wish to help cover it up by ignoring it, and us?
Please let US know.
-Steven G. Erickson
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