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  • Busted! Dr. Stephen Doyne: Former Clients Expose His Failure as a Custody Evaluator
    “Kill All the Lawyers” — William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2 The widespread condemnation of one San Diego custody evaluator probably won’t end until he’s dead.  Hopefully sooner rather than later. Poor man. He’s been proven to have falsified his resume, performed work for San Diego family courts without qualifications, defrauded clients by […]
  • The Science of Good Parenting
    There are thousands of books about how to raise a happy, successful child.  But under scrutiny it becomes obvious that almost all of these books are based on “conventional wisdom”–wives’ tales, folklore, cultural norms, and family tradition.  Yet, what is that worth? Just because your parents raised you a certain way doesn’t mean it was […] The post The Scie […]
  • “Best Interests of the Child”–Fact or Lyrical Poetry? Family Court Professionals Disclose the Truth
    Let’s swim to the moon, uh huh Let’s climb through the tide Penetrate the evenin’ that the City sleeps to hide Let’s swim out tonight, love It’s our turn to try Parked beside the ocean On our moonlight drive** Confused about what “best interests of the child” means?  You’re not alone.  So are judges, attorneys, and especially psychologists.  At AFCC’s 2006 n […]
  • Busted! Divorce Attorney Slides Into Oblivion–The Tragic End of a Crooked Lawyer: Marilyn Bierer, San Diego Divorce Lawyer
    Her clients’ reviews are the story of her demise: “Marilyn Bierer is an abusive alcoholic who charged a fortune and yelled at me constantly,” says former client “J.W.”; “Dishonest, hotheaded, and unethical,” says one San Diego mom who paid her tens of thousands of dollars and got creamed.  “Marilyn Bierer and Associates not only got […] The post Busted! Divo […]
  • A Poem: I Am An American
    I Am an American   They say I’m humble, ‘most to a fault. I’m an American. I think of giving without a thought. I’m an American. I drive a pickup in a parade. Honor promises not often made. My favorite drive through sells only lemonade. I am an American. There’s a ballpark in my front […] The post A Poem: I Am An American appeared first on Weightier Matter. […]
  • California Coalition Teams with Families Civil Liberties Union, Florida Family Coalition, and Other Groups Nationwide to Save Taxpayer Dollars by De-Funding OVW Grants
    March 23, 2017–San Diego, CA; New York, NY; Sarasota, FL–California Coalition for Families and Children, PBC announces today it is expanding its partnership with nationwide coalitions including the Families Civil Liberties Union and the Florida Family and Children Constitutional Coalition to lobby incoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions to de-fund federal gr […]
  • Family Civil Rights Coalitions Deliver Letter to HHS Secretary Price Suggesting Taxpayer Savings by De-Funding of Title IV-D
    March 22, 2017–New York, NY, San Diego, CA, Sarasota, FL–Today Families Civil Liberties Union, New York Chapter, California Coalition for Families and Children, PBC, and the Florida Family and Children Constitutional Coalition, Inc. in announcing delivery of a letter to the incoming Secretary of the United States Health and Human Services Department, Dr. Tho […]
  • New Video: Domestic Dispute Industry Increasingly Wary of the Destructiveness of Custody Evaluations
      Up To Parents (www.uptoparents.org) has released a new series of four short, free YouTube videos explaining why custody evaluations almost never help parents achieve their child’s best interests, are frequently highly destructive–even deadly–and always cost far more than they’re worth.  Charlie Asher, JD, founded Up To  Parents to empower parental autonomy […]
  • Is There A “Good Divorce” for Kids? Child Custody Researchers Debate the Research: “It’s a Myth”
    They say opinions are like … never mind.   And everyone of course has a favorite opinion or two about child custody.  Yet regardless of whose … opinion … you prefer, in Family Court every custody evaluator, lawyer, judge, and litigant’s opinion seems to be different.  Dad’s rights groups and pro-“friendly parent” organizations such as AFCC may […] The post I […]
  • Four Legendary Experts Discuss the Nature, Causes, and Effects of Domestic Violence
    Is conventional wisdom about domestic violence accurate?  What are its causes, and how can it be prevented?  Below we provide edited versions of four remarkable interviews between four legendary experts in the field, Erin Prizzey, Dr. Martin Fiebert, Professor Donald Dutton, and research pioneer Dr. Murray Straus.  These researchers discuss their decades of […]

Thank You Coalition Members, and Now Let’s Vote!

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California Coalition Thanks Members With an Update and Endorsements of Carla Keehn and Joseph Adelizzi

May 25, 2014–San Diego, CA–Today California Coalition for Families and Children delivers its update on the RICO litigation to its membership and interested friends, along with a special message endorsing Carla Keehn and Joseph Adelizzi in the June 3, 2014 judicial election.  From the email:

 

Dear California Coalition for Families and Children Members and FriendsI hope you’re well.  I’m writing to broadcast a quick update on our litigation, thank you for your kind prayers and support, and ask for your attention for two important candidates in the San Diego June 3 judicial election.

DIVORCE INDUSTRY RICO LITIGATION
Last week’s round of briefing against the San Diego County Bar Association and the local divorce industry was a herculean event, but we’ve established some major beachheads from which to launch further attack in the litigation.  I attach a copy of our 186 page opposition brief.  Additional links to all of the pleadings are at our website at http://www.weightiermatter.com.
Thank you to the many CCFC members and friends who volunteered to share the workload with the legal team.  We’re grateful to have so many eager hands and sharp minds.

Our lawsuit has brought together a “perfect storm” of an experienced legal team and the pure accident of California Coalition’s commercial and my personal injury to achieve standing to assert both civil rights as well as competitive injury under federal statutes.  CCFC’s membership has added a deep familiarity with the family law industry and actual customs of local courts and practitioners.  We know where the bodies are buried before discovery begins, and we’ve been enabled to plead our knowledge and documentation in abundance in our 1500 page appendix to the complaint.

The soft shod and brown-shirted family lawyers are well-prepared for one-on-one civil rights and state court negligence/fraud/breach of contract claims, but few lawyers understand, much less expect to see a family court litigant group successfully assert RICO against the enterprise level collaboration.  RICO is often bypassed in favor of civil rights because plaintiffs haven’t been able to cobble together the collective industry-level knowledge on their own, and law firms which can do the investigation won’t spend the money to do so in a measly divorce case.  By attacking the $50 billion industry as a whole and aggregating our client base to an “association” level, we’ve changed both the stakes and the number of deliriously hubristic card sharks in our casino.

 

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Weightier Matter Reports on California Coalition’s Racketeering Case: Next Wave

May 19, 2014—San Diego, CA—California Coalition For Families and Children, PBC announces filing of motions and oppositions in its Racketeering and Civil Rights lawsuit against Family Courts and the Divorce Industry.  The latest round of filings explains to the United States District Court the foundation for the lawsuit and request that the Court permit the case to move into discovery.

“Defendants filed an avalanche of almost two hundred pages of attacks on the First Amended Complaint on virtually every legal ground that could be imagined” says Colbern Stuart, President of California Coalition.  “They threw the book at us, and we responded in kind.”

California Coalition’s opposition brief totaled 186 pages of analysis explaining the legal foundations of the Action. The motions were filed as part of an “Omnibus” round of briefing ordered by presiding District Court Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo.  In the filing, defendants joined forces and also filed separate “joinder” briefs on issues unique to each defendant.  “They pretty much ganged up on us in this round—we’re facing an army of lawyers representing lawyers–divorce law firms, forensic psychologists, family law judges, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Commission on Judicial Performance, even Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye” says Stuart.

The “Omnibus” filing challenged the legal foundation for California Coalition’s First Amended Complaint.  At this round of the litigation, no party can present evidence, but the District Court Judge examines the Plaintiff’s legal theories to determine if they state a cause of action recognizable under law.  If the Complaint states “cognizable claims”, the case goes forward. Defendants can also assert technical defenses, such as expiration of statutes of limitation, or jurisdictional issues.  Such defenses don’t adjudicate the merits of the claim—but only whether the complaint meets a checklist of technicalities.  It’s common for such motions to be raised at the outset of the litigation.  For many issues, the complaint can be “fixed” by simply amending to satisfy the technicalities.  In other cases, such as statute of limitations or jurisdiction bars, judicial or other immunities, and certain other “all-or-nothing” defenses, a court isn’t required to grant the plaintiff permission to amend if it’s apparent that even an amended complaint couldn’t go forward. The Omnibus brief filed by all defendants raised many of these “all or nothing” defenses.

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