Join us in October, the month dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness, to bring attention to the bullying, intimidation and coercion that victims of family court suffer at the hands of their batterers: lawless but powerful judges.
We will begin gathering at noon on October 21, at the corner of St. Peter and Chartres (NW corner of Jackson Square). At 1:00 PM, we will march to the steps of the Louisiana Supreme Court (3.5 blocks) where we will tell the highest court in Louisiana that we have NO CONFIDENCE in the judiciary or their court run battering program, where children are treated as commodities and the Constitutions of the US and Louisiana are completely usurped by the “best interest of the child” doctrine and judges who are free to rule with malice and completely in excess of their authority because of judicial immunity.
Richard Ducote, the nationally respected child advocate attorney, will speak as will parents who have experienced this system. At the close, Nanine McCool will burn her law license on the steps of the Court as a final message to the court that the system is broken.
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PARENTS GATHER TO PROTEST ENTRENCHED CORRUPTION IN THE FAMILY COURTS AND CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES. THEY SAY THE GOVERNMENT IS KIDNAPPING THEIR CHILDREN. STARVING FOR JUSTICE – A MARCH TO REFORM
NEW ORLEANS, LA – October 20, 2015 – On October 21, aggrieved parents from across Louisiana are gathering in New Orleans, at the corner of Chatres and St. Peter in the French Quarter, to express their frustration and anger at a justice system they say, is unjust, largely because of the failure of judges and other court professionals to afford due process or respect fundamental rights of parents in cases involving custody and the safety of children. The group will begin gathering at noon at the northwest corner of Jackson Square. At 1:00 PM, they will walk with signs 3.5 blocks to the steps of the Louisiana Supreme Court, where the group will briefly gather to hear speakers and personal accounts from some brave parents of what many often refer to as “family court abuse.”
“The family court is the gatekeeper of [children’s] safety,” says Richard Ducote, Esq., a nationally renowned attorney who has dedicated his 34 plus career to representing victims of domestic violence and abused children in contested custody cases. “[We must have] accountability and scrutiny for those judges, custody evaluators, guardians ad litem, and lawyers whose misguided and often misogynistic nonsense jeopardizes generations of children and compounds their misery.”
Richard Ducote will briefly address the group at the event. There will also be an open microphone for other parents who, among other abuses, claim that they were bullied and coerced by their own attorneys and judges into “agreements’ that were unfair and did not reflect the facts or evidence in the case, upon threat of being jailed, fined, or worst of all, losing all custody and contact with their children, simply because they were trying to protect them.
Many of those parents point to the popular theory sometimes referred to as “Parental Alienation Syndrome” or simply “Parental Alienation” as the excuse judges and psychologists rely upon to discount a parent’s claims that the child is being abused by the other parent or step-parent. The theory, they say, is “junk science” and reflects the teachings of discredited Richard Gardner, M.D., who wrote in support of pedophilia, which he characterized as “a natural phenomenon that likely enhanced the survival of the species.” To diagnose a parent with “parental alienation” or “parental alienation syndrome” requires that first the possibility that the child is actually being abused be ruled out. Once that is done, all of the evidence that would otherwise support a finding of abuse is used as evidence that the protective parent – usually the mother – is lying about the abuse in order to gain an advantage in custody proceedings.
Parents and other experts point to the fact that the first step in the diagnostic process is flawed – and many parents say – rigged. According to many experts there is no definitive way to “rule out” sexual or physical abuse without a confession, something that is unlikely to occur in a custody proceeding. At best, trained professionals can look for different behavioral and emotional clues that may or may not support a finding of abuse, but there is no way to say for certain. However, once alienation is diagnosed in a custody proceeding, all the evidence a parent has that the child is being abused becomes evidence that the parent is “alienating” the child.
The march is being sponsored by Bridge to Justice Foundation, a not-for-profit organization formed in 2014 by recently disbarred Nanine McCool. The LA Supreme Court disbarred Ms. McCool on June 30, 2015, finding that she had engaged in ex parte communications and made false misleading statements about two judges. Ms. McCool says that she exercised her 1st Amendment Rights to expose corruption and abuse of power in the judiciary and merely publicly charged the judges to “look at the evidence and apply the law before they made a decision.” She says her disbarment was retaliation for being critical of the judiciary and refusing to apologize for it. “I naively thought when I first spoke out that my fellow attorneys and other judges would be horrified by the abuse of power and denial of due process that these two judges were engaging in. But instead of being concerned about the judges’ transgressions, the Judiciary and the State Bar came after my license.”
Ms. McCool has been on a hunger strike during the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness month, to raise awareness about the trap domestic violence coalitions are setting for mothers who are victims of abuse. “The set up this big expensive campaigns and assure battered moms that there is help out there, but the reality is, that’s a lie. The courts might let the mom get away, but she isn’t going to get away with her kids. “
For more information, contact Nanine McCool at Bridge to Justice Foundation, 985-231-0036, or email her at email@example.com
Vote NO CONFIDENCE in our legal system
Family Court sucks!
We have learned from Nanine Nyman McCool that at the close of the petition, she wants to have as many stories as possible to send to the USAG to demonstrate how bad the problem is.
So please, sign and share and comment share your stories, your websites, your gofund me’s.
Thank you Nanine McCool for bringing attention to this Nightmare we call a Family Court Crisis. Where women and children are separated because of junk science, hearsay used to support patriarchal beliefs and reward bullies with bigger bank rolls. We are keen on bringing attention to the Fatherhood funding that is fueling this war on women and children and addressing the Legal Abuse. When Judge fail to follow the rules of court, the constitution and provide shelter for perpetrators over Victims they fail the American People.
The story of Mothers of Lost Children begins with our brave children; their mothers believed them, then went to the authorities and court where they were both failed! The dept of justice reports that only 10% of children are protected from further abuse after they report. It takes an average of 7 adults before a child is heard, believed and protected. We are so devastated by a system that allows these perpetrators to rape with impunity. It is believed that 58,000 children a year are removed from safe mothers who are fighting to protect them. We must demand federal oversight hearings on Child Abuse in America! We must demand audits of federal grant recipients, and child protective services. Until then there ishttp://nowayoutbutone.com/. Stop family court judges from trafficking our children. http://mothersoflostchildren.org/
My name is Nanine McCool, and until recently, I was an attorney licensed to practice law in Louisiana. Throughout my nearly 15 year career, I practiced almost exclusively in family law, and dedicated a significant portion of that practice to representing victims of domestic violence and cases involving allegations of sexual abuse of children by a parent. I gave much of my time pro bono or at a drastically reduced rate.
In June of this year – June 30, 2015 – the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled to disbar me, and that decision became final on August 28, 2015, when it denied my motion for rehearing. You can read their opinion here. You can also read most, if not all, of the record here. If you’re really interested, you can read my side of the story, with supporting documentation, here.
However, as strongly as I disagree with the LASCT’s decision, I am not creating this petition to attempt to recover my license. When I became an attorney, I took an oath to serve the law and to serve my clients according to the law. The LASCT took my license because I refused to serve judges, and so long as that is a condition of me maintaining a license to practice law, I have no regard for that license and it is useless to me.
The loss of my license, however, is a symptom of a a threat that all victims of domestic violence face, and a trap into which they are being lured by those who intend to help them. In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness month, and throughout October lots of non-profits, governmental agencies and celebrities will make extra efforts to urge anyone trapped in violent and dangerous relationships to leave their abusers and find safe haven amongst the many organizations dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence.
All of those promises of assistance, however, are based on the assumption that there is a justice system ready and waiting to help victims when they find the courage to leave; that there are attorneys and judges who understand the tremendous hurdles – and real dangers – that victims face when they try to escape, and will be standing by, ready and waiting to assist and protect them.
And that’s a lie. And it’s a cruel lie that every year lures desperate victims into a trap which is often far worse than the one they were attempting to escape.
There is no such justice system out there. The justice system that these victims who heed the messages of hope and help will find will treat them with contempt, suspicion, disregard and ridicule. And if the victim fleeing is a woman with children, she will quickly find herself trapped in a nightmare so brutal, so cruel, so unimaginable in the greatest country on earth, dedicated to liberty and justice for all, that she will begin to doubt her own sanity. A woman with children attempting to escape an abusive relationship will more likely than not find that she has walked into a trap where the only outcome will be the loss of custody of her children, either to the abuser himself, or to the State. In other words, right now, if you’re a woman with children in a violent relationship, and you want to protect your children, you’re better off staying with that abuser. Because at least you’ll be around to counter his violence with your nurturing – until he kills you, or the State takes your children from both of you because you failed to leave with them – as if you could.
But it isn’t just the traditional victims of domestic violence the courts are failing. Any parent who finds him or herself in the horrific situation where a child reports sexual abuse by the other parent; where one or both parents disagree with a child’s diagnosis and seek a second medical opinion; or a parent who doesn’t smile wide enough at a social service agent standing at their door, will also experience a system of judges, attorneys, mental health professionals, and various other “professionals” so corrupt; so depraved, so licentious that it is no wonder that those who have experience it unflinchingly consider the family courts and various child protective agencies to be the largest child trafficking organizations in the world and easily the most rampant perpetrators of domestic violence in this country.
I used to be an attorney and I have seen this system first hand. I lost my license fighting against it, and I am not the only one. I spoke out then, at the cost of my license, and I speak out now, for all the parents who cannot speak themselves because the courts hold their children hostage, and I speak for all the children who are voiceless in a system that treats them as commodities to be used as an excuse for billable hours and then awarded as prizes to the favored parent or the highest bidder.
And I’m asking all of you out there, who are already fighting this fight or simply care about children and the necessity of an honorable and independent judiciary to our nation and the purpose of justice, to JOIN ME in this petition. If you’re a parent who can’t sign for fear of reprisal, have a friend sign. Have all your friends sign. Have a stranger sign. And share your stories here – your organizations, your websites, the docket numbers, the news stories. Post them to this petition. And then we will submit it to the US Attorney General to demand action. Investigations; Spotlights; Congressional hearings; REFORM.
JOIN ME in my vote of NO CONFIDENCE in the independence and integrity of the Family and Juvenile courts….