An Open Forum Community Meeting was held on Friday, May 2, 2014 in South Portland regarding Maine’s Courts particularly, but not exclusive to, Maine’s Family Courts and GAL Oversight.
Lori Handrahan organized Friday’s meeting as a response to Scott Dolan’s article in the PPH “Maine attorney general enters fray over divorce case.” Lori states that the article “made it look like I was the only one in the entire State of Maine who had problem with Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz.” The State of Maine was quoted in that article as saying there has never been a complaint against Moskowitz, or any other judge. Contrary to this statement, there have been complaints filed against other judges.
A real problem exists when the Senate chair of the Judiciary Committee, Linda Valentino, D-Saco, disagrees that legislators should be inquiring about judges’ qualifications. The Judiciary Committee members’ task is to hear public testimony as to the honesty, integrity and qualifications of attorneys who are nominated by Governor LePage to be appointed and confirmed as Judges.
It is time for Maine people to see how the Legislators conduct their own actions of ignoring public presentations of written evidence and how they believe in their own favoritism of fellow legislators and Lawyers. Read more HERE.
Invited to attend this meeting, in order to learn, first hand, what is going on in Maine’s Courts were Governor Paul LePage, Mary Ann Lynch, Esq., Director of court information. A.G. Janet Mills, Linda Valentio, Senate Chair of the Judiciary Committee and many legislators were cc’d the invitation to attend. Only two legislators attended, Senator David Dutremble and Rep. Lisa Villa.
Judge Moskowitz is not the only judge who has violated the Rule of Law or constitutional rights of victims. He is not the only judge who has irreparably harmed and totally devastated lives and families. This is no surprise to us as we have run into roadblocks at every level in seeking accountability. Augusta has all of its “bases” covered…to include the courtrooms… with its “revolving door policy.” All doors to remedy injustices are closed!
Are Judges engaging in conduct prejudicial to the effective and expeditious administration of the business of the courts, inconsistent with constitutional requirements, statutes, rules of court, decisional law, and common sense and in non-compliance with the Code of judicial and ethical conduct? Is there a continuous pattern of improper activity, breach of duty, intentional harm upon litigants, official oppression and racketeering?
MAINE LAW DEFINING ’OFFICIAL OPPRESSION’: A person is guilty of official oppression if, being a public servant and acting with the intention to benefit himself or another or to harm another, he knowingly commits an unauthorized act which purports to be an act of his office, or knowingly refrains from performing a duty imposed on him by law or clearly inherent in the nature of his office.”
The Obstruction of Justice within Maine’s court system, to include key players involved in protecting Maine judges, attorneys, prosecutors, commands an investigation and accountability. This is long overdue. It is time for a probe of judicial/official misconduct ……and perhaps an audit too!
Pursuant to Title 4: Judiciary, Chapter 1 § 1 administrative responsibilities of the court and the Chief Justice, the Chief Justice, as the head of the judicial branch, shall, in accordance with the rules, regulations and orders of the Supreme Judicial Court, be responsible for the efficient operation of the judicial branch and for the expeditious dispatch of litigation therein and for the proper conduct of business in all courts and the prompt and proper administration of justice.
Pursuant to Title 4, Chapter 1 § 17, duties as State Court Administrator include, but are not limited to, the study of operation, condition of business, practice and procedure of the Judicial Department; making recommendations for the efficient administration of justice; examinations of the status of dockets of all courts so as to determine cases and other judicial business that have been unduly delayed; investigating complaints with respect to the operation of the courts.
Like Lori, there are many who know that such an investigation will not be commenced by Maine’s Attorney General, Maine’s US Attorney General, nor be initiated by our state legislators.
18 USC § 4
Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
In 2008, the Justice Department announced an agreement with administrative officials of the Maine judiciary which resolved an investigation of a complaint alleging that the Maine judicial branch, which receives federal funding,was not in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. However, under the terms of the agreement, the Justice Department monitored Maine’s compliance for a period of two years. Maine courts are still in non-compliance with Federal law and continue to accept federal funding. The Maine Supreme Court continually upholds lower court decisions which violate the rights of the people. Another investigation is in order.
The pattern of CORRUPTION AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST PERMEATES WITHIN Maine’s judicial system, click here.
When official corruption is not “nipped in the bud”, it yields greater exposure. Lori is in contact with Federal officials. Any victim of Maine’s judicial/governmental system, with documented evidence, is being requested by Lori to submit their evidence to the following agents with whom she is in contact with: Kevin.Ohlson@usdoj.org, James.Comey@ic.fbi.gov. Inform these two people at DOJ as to the crimes committed against you, or your family. Too many people have suffered at the hands of (in)justice whether it be the unlawful confiscation of your property, business, livelihoods, homes, children, animals, etc. The revealing of a pattern of official oppression/obstruction of justice/violations of protected rights will yield results for victims on this state of Maine. It is crystal clear that there is more behind this “curtain” than meets the eye. It’s more than unfortunate that Maine’s elected officials/law enforcement chose to “turn a deaf ear.” It’s a public scandal.
Upholding the “Supreme Law of the State” is not a political, nor party, issue. Years of attempts have been made to contact and connect with Maine’s Senators, Representatives, and law enforcement to investigate evidence of crimes committed against the people, to no avail. However, most recently, some Maine representatives have seen the light and with their help, we can make a positive change within Maine’s governmental and judicial systems. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
A door of opportunity has opened for those who seek the justice that Maine fails to uphold. You have an opportunity to stand up and be heard. Meanwhile, legislators with a heart, conscience, and common sense will be pursued to help restore our judicial system and our republic.
Related: Request for meeting with state legislators, HERE, HERE.
Corruption on Maine has been ongoing for years…..and continues today. Some of the same people mentioned on this tape are still in positions of power today. MOST POWERFUL, REVEALING VIDEO BY TOM DUNN, view HERE.