Corruption In Family and Divorce CourtsPress Release
Source: Illinois Family Court Accountability Advocates (IFCAA)
IFCAA, Chicago Grassroots Organization, Fighting Racketeering Enterprise in Family Court
Alleges Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Spending Tax Payer Dollars to
Defend Judicial Corruption
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 19, 2006--Illinois Family Court Accountability Advocates (IFCAA)
today announced that they have taken on judicial corruption - fraud, extortion, coercion under duress -
in the Cook County Circuit Court Domestic Relations Division. IFCAA is networking with local and national
groups to expose the national epidemic of family courts trafficking children for the financial gain of divorce
judges and lawyers, and
court-appointed child attorneys, evaluators, therapists and
IFCAA contends that the biggest obstacle to justice is the Illinois Attorney General's representation of
alleged corrupt judges in state and federal court against unrepresented citizens illegally impoverished
by the defendant-judges. Illinois taxpayers getting hit on both ends of racketeering enterprise that
generates private income for alleged criminal state court agents on taxpayers' tab.
National organizations are targeting financial gain to judges and the child attorneys they appoint,
especially investigating the misappropriation of state and federal funds unlawfully fueling racketeering enterprise.
Martin Green, Executive Assistant to Attorney General Madigan, stated, in effect, that until a presiding
judge in state or federal court rules that there is a problem with a family court judge, the Attorney General's
Office will represent the defendant-judges.
IFCAA co-founder, Dr. Sheila Mannix, comments, "It's a straightforward case of a hierarchy of foxes
guarding the hen house. The legal dilemma for the "foxes," who have chosen to work in professions
in the public trust, is that they are legally-mandated to obey professional and ethical codes of conduct
and/or they have taken oaths of office to uphold the Constitutions of the United States and the
State of Illinois and have signed fiduciary contracts funded by state and federal taxpayers' dollars.
The moral dilemma is that the "foxes" are devouring those whom they are legally-bound to protect -
most horrifically - innocent children and their protective, primary caretakers. It crosses the line into
Group has compiled several members' material evidence of judicial corruption by Cook County
Judges Karen G. Shields and James G. Donegan (among others) which has been turned over to
civil and criminal authorities.
Material evidence includes direct judicial retaliation. If primary caretaker stands up to judicial
corruption, children are being taken with false allegations and no due process. Extended "No Contact"
orders are being entered unless parent submits to coerced court orders. IFCAA members have been
threatened with false incarceration and unlawful sanctions have been levied. Child witnesses have
been "judicially kidnapped"
in violation of federal law.
IFCAA has complied evidence to prove the racketeering enterprise consists of the pattern of practice
of state court agents artificially generating high conflict divorce and post-divorce cases to create
protracted, costly litigation - often targeting cases with documented perpetrators of domestic
violence who want to avoid child support obligations and exploiting the protective parents who
are willing to lose
everything to protect
A review of Cook County Circuit Court case files show that if there are no family assets, then
there is no protracted litigation - no custody battle, no child attorney, no custody evaluations,
no forced therapy.
If assets, unnecessary court-appointed child attorneys in concert with unethical and dishonest
divorce attorneys launch the racketeering enterprise by acting in direct opposition to legally-mandated
fiduciary obligations to act in the best interest of their adult and child clients.
Fraudulent "custody evaluations" are created by court-appointed evaluators who generate reports
without scientific validity or evidence to support false allegations and/or conclusions. Court-ordered
therapists enable abuse and racketeering enterprise. Supervised visitation businesses are in league
with child attorneys, evaluators and therapists.
False reports are used to coerce one party (the protective parent and primary caretaker) under the
duress of the threat of the loss of total custody into unfair settlements and the payment of litigation
costs to multiple state court agents in direct violation of statutory law.
IFCAA members are meeting with the Executive Director of the Judicial Inquiry Board, Kathy Twine,
on Friday, June 23, 2006. A meeting is being scheduled with John Lagatutta, Deputy Director for
State-Wide Enforcement, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The Attorney
Registration and Disciplinary Commission is currently investing a court-appointed child representative.
IFCAA co-founder, Karyn Mehringer (Freeman) among others have worked with numerous legislators
for past two years amending and/or creating new laws dealing with child attorneys, domestic violence
and child custody evaluations. Senate Bill 98 and House Bill 360 were signed into law by Governor
Blagojevich in July and August, 2005, respectively. House Bill 4216 targeting how child custody
evaluations are being conducted in the State of Illinois was pulled from the Legislative Session in
January of 2006 because Judiciary Committee refused to support the need to have state wide
guidelines on how child custody evaluations are conducted in the State of Illinois.
This is a national public interest crisis that is costing taxpayers multimillions and immeasurable
social losses, exacted on the backs of the nation's children.
Resource for older children:
Illinois Family Court Accountability Advocates (IFCAA) Karyn Mehringer (Freeman)
and Sheila Mannix, 708-323-6040 www.illinoisfamilycourtadvocates.org or Independent Federal Fund
Oversight Committee David Martin Price, 785-267-5132 firstname.lastname@example.org or National Alliance for
Family Court Justice Liz Richards, 703-658-3543 email@example.com or Foundation for Court Reform
Yvonne Allen, 314-965-1228 www.FoundationForCourtReform.com
Source: Illinois Family Court Accountability Advocates (IFCAA)