If you want to make a real difference, become a legal eagle watching over the court system.
We all know that “justice” in the legal system belongs to the affluent and powerful. But, I think many of you would be shocked to discover how easily the court system can be manipulated as an instrument of abuse.
Mike Dowd is my hero. He’s a New York attorney who has taken on sexual-predator priests, and he’s representing Barbara Sheehan. He also founded the Women’s Justice Center at Pace University Law School. It was the first legal center devoted to the issue of domestic violence in the country.
Sandra Mills Boss is from an upper-middle class family here in Seattle. Her father is a retired Boeing engineer. She and her twin sister Julia are uber-competitive. Sandra went to Stanford for undergraduate work and Harvard for her MBA. She became a high-level executive in the prestigious consulting firm McKinsey & Company and currently runs their London office. She makes more in a week than most folks make in a year. Her annual salary has been reported between $1.2 and $2 million.
She was married to “Clark Rockefeller,” a Bavarian-born brilliant con man named Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. He can no longer physically or financially abuse Sandra, but his attorney Jeffrey Denner verbally and emotionally accosted her in court knowing the cameras were rolling and the sensation of the trial would guarantee it would receive lots of media attention.
- Sandra Boss: Litigation Abuse
- Sandra Boss: Abused by “Rockefeller’s” Attorney
- “Rockefeller” Guilty: Sentenced to 5 Years
It took seven years and two trips to the appellate court for Vernetta Cockerham to receive justice. Vernetta’s landmark case holds police accountable for failing to enforce orders of protection. Her story was featured in the August, 2009 issue of O Magazine.
- Be There Yadkin Co, NC Courthouse, 6/29 @ 9:00 AM
- Victory for Vernetta!
- O Magazine: Vernetta’s Story
- Vernetta in O Magazine: Does Oprah Finally Get It?
You want justice? Pack the court room with people wearing purple ribbons.
Pit bull abusers have lots of Internet help available to them on how to manipulate the legal system as an instrument of abuse. They quickly learn they’ll go to jail for physicial abuse. In jail, they learn that they can more brutally ~ and legally ~ hurt a mother by taking away her kids. In a strategy as old as Adam blaming Eve for the apple, they turn the tables on their victims. Women fiercely trying to protect their kids from brutal fathers find themselves called prostitutes and addicts and mentally unstable. Many find their professional careers blackballed by false accusations and innuendos.
Claudine Dombrowski didn’t go quietly into the night. She’s breaking down the walls of silence on her blog. And, she followed in Vernetta Cockerham’s footsteps. Last week, she and Rights for Mothers packed the courtroom, and Ms. Dombrowski finally got some justice. The judge opined that she had a First Amendment right to break down the walls of silence.
Arrest and court records hold abundant evidence that Richard Jay Shenkman intends to kill his ex-wife Nancy P. Tyler. I am livid that Richard has been allowed to so deftly manipulate the legal system as an instrument of abuse. The clear pattern is that his brother billionaire Mark Shenkman pays his bail, Richard’s released, and the court proceedings drag on and on. He was out on $10 million bail when he allegedly kidnapped Nancy on July 7, 2009, held her hostage, and burned their house to the ground. She had several orders of protection.
Is Nancy Tyler’s nightmare over? I doubt it. Even if Richard is convicted, Nancy fears the day he will be released from prison. Richard has threatened too many times. Yet, the onus remains on Nancy to keep herself safe.
Barbara Bentley’s charming, fascinating, and charismatic late husband presented himself as a retired Navy rear admiral and the descendent of two infamous admirals named Perry. They were VIP guests of the Navy during Fleet Week in San Francisco. He had war medals including the Congressional Medal of Honor. They were invited to President George H.W. Bush’s inauguration and the inaugural balls. The only part of his story that was true was that he was the black sheep son of Admiral Perry.
The truth was that he was a con man wanted by the FBI for impersonating a US Navy officer.
- Bravo, Barbara Bentley: Paul H. Chapman Award Winner!
- The Admiral’s Wife: Barbara Bentley on BlogTalkRadio [Review of A Dance with the Devil: A True Story of Marriage to a Psychopath]