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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 […]

Time For A Change…

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It’s been over two years since the SEC report came out, detailing the overreach and the wastefulness of the AOC/Judicial Council staff.  The report’s authors concluded that the organization “must refocus on providing service to the courts; that a fundamental restructuring of the organization is needed; that the AOC must be down-sized to correspond with its core functions; and that its internal processes need to be improved.”  Our leaders “took ownership” of the report and promised change.  Said Justice Douglas Miller of the Executive and Planning Committee, “We are fully committed to this report and our process, and take full responsibility for preserving its integrity.”  His remarks are documented here.

So did anything happen?

Not much.  Not nearly enough.  We’ve now had a day to read the California State Auditor’s detailed review of how the Judicial Council staff handles the money entrusted to it.  The Alliance thanks Assembly Member…

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Dan Walters: The Alliance of California Judges was right

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Today, the Sacramento Bee’s Dan Walters, dean of the state’s political reporters, released a brief video commentary on the State Auditor’s review of Judicial Council/AOC spending. He lays out in direct language that what the Alliance has been saying for years is correct: The bureaucracy is bloated, its employees are overpaid, and the Judicial Council has failed to do its job. For those of you with problematic browsers, a transcript of his remarks follows.

As the Governor releases his budget and members of the Legislature begin the task of making decisions on how judicial dollars should be spent, our message is clear: Without significant and systemic reform, the AOC will continue to siphon off the dollars we desperately need to keep our local courts running. At a minimum, and until the statutory or constitutional changes necessary for real reform can be enacted, we call on our sister branches of government…

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State Auditor confirms failure of Judicial Council management

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You will recall that the Alliance of California Judges proposed an audit of the Judicial Council, which was requested by Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer, and which was unanimously approved by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee in the last legislative session over opposition from the Judicial Council. The State Auditor released her report today, and it is available for your review here. We will let you draw your own conclusions about the report, but we offer these highlights from the Executive Summary of the report:

(1)  The Judicial Council did not adequately oversee the AOC in managing the judicial branch budget, which allowed the AOC to engage in questionable compensation and business practices. The AOC:

  • Provides its staff with generous salaries and benefits—the AOC pays eight of its nine office directors more than the governor and many other high-ranking executive branch officials receive.
  • Employs over 70 contractors and temporary employees…

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