Hearing tomorrow to get rid of Minor’s Counsel, John Cate, @ Lamareaux Justice Center 8:30 AM before Judge Salter.Ruby Dillon is a mother living in New Port, California. She has a 9-year-old daughter named Lexi. She separated from Lexi’s father when Lexi was a baby and raised her on her own without child or spousal support from the father. He showed very little interest in his daughter until Lexi was 4 or 5. At age 5 he filed for custody of Lexi and the mother willingly entered into shared custody of their daughter.Two years ago Lexi was dropped off to her mother from visitation with her father. They were out to dinner and Lexi was crying holding her private parts and Ruby took her to the bathroom. Lexi was bleeding. Ruby took her to the ER and had her daughter checked. The doctor examined Lexi and informed Ruby that her daughter had been sexually abused. Ruby was shocked and could not believe it. The doctor assured her that the injury to her daughter was consistent with child sexual abuse and that Lexi disclosed the abuse to him. Ruby took her daughter to Tustin Police and Lexi was forensically interviewed and they found Lexi credible. I have read the police CAST interviews containing Lexi’s graphic details of the abuse by her father, including photographing his naked child.When Ruby reported the abuse to the Family Law Court she was looked at with immediate suspicion of ulterior motive. She was stripped of her parental rights and placed on monitored visitation and a Superior Court Judge turned Lexi over to her named, identified abuser.Ruby has been fighting tirelessly to protect her daughter. There are mountains of evidence in this case that point toward sexual abuse by the father. There must be a 100 years of accumulated expertise in child sexual abuse detection by her therapist, forensic police detectives, medical doctors, a forensic 730 child custody evaluator and a number of other Court Appointees, all of whom believe and find this child’s disclosures of sexual abuse credible. There is physical evidence by medical doctors as well. The heinous thing about this case, and others we have observed over the years as Court watchers, is that too often judges ignore the exculpatory evidence of their own court appointees.In Lexi’s case, Officer Tarpley from Tustin PD, Dr. Leah Reinhart, and her 730 Evaluator Dr. Sheffner, are left in the hallway of the Courthouse and not allowed to testify on behalf of the child. The Judge refuses their entry into the Courtroom and calls the mother a liar. He says that the mother coached the child to make her disclosures… there is absolutely no evidence to support these statements or findings by the Judge (Salter). The evidence is the opposite. None of the experts have… or would say that Ruby coached her daughter to make these terrible claims.Ruby has been treated as if she were living in a third world totalitarian country. She was a dentist with a thriving practice and a happy loving relationship with her daughter. She and her daughter have been stripped of a relationship with each other by the Court, Ruby is not allowed to even see her daughter.The father has sole custody of the daughter. He has abandoned Lexi for a year and is living in Canada. Ruby is prevented by the court from seeing her daughter and Lexi is held prisoner by nannies and house keepers in her father’s condo in Tustin. The only place the father has legal status is Thailand… and he wants to take Lexi there. Lexi is terrified he will transport her there and she will never see her mother again. Thailand is not a signatory to the Hague Convention.Tomorrow’s hearing is to discharge the Minor’s Counsel who refuses to represent his client in this case. The Minor’s Counsel, John Cate, acts as a representative of the father and with knowledge of Lexi’s disclosures suppresses evidence given him by her therapist and Lexi…who is the main, consistent, unwavering, whistle-blower in this case.Below is an article that started in the OC Voice and then made it to the OC Register’s front page.
*SOTN reposted the following important article on June 6, 2014 because of how significant the backstory is to legal proceedings currently unfolding in the Los Angeles courtroom of Judge Glenn Salter. (See the links below.)
Fight against child abuse loses another prominent voice
WASHINGTON, October 18, 2013 — The death in late summer of Fox News investigative reporter and producer Martin Burns, came as a heavy blow to the many child advocates and suffering parents who looked to Burns’ award winning TV segments “Lost in the System,” to champion their fight for justice for child victims of abuse and trafficking.
His death has been added to a growing list of prominent child justice campaigners who all died just ahead of a planned release of either, a documentary containing highly sensitive information, or a bid for new legislation to contain child trafficking and abuse.
Burns died on August 25 while out hiking in the Angeles National Forest. The official autopsy report has been deferred for toxicology results. Early media statements attributed cause of death to a fall caused by a possible heart attack.
At time of writing, the LA County Homicide Department deemed it unnecessary to investigate. Some parents and child advocates fear the police are unaware of links between Burns’ death and those of others who worked in a similar arena.
The LA County Coroner allegedly visited Burns’ house on the day his body was discovered and reportedly told an inquisitive neighbor Burns had probably suffered a “catastrophic accident” but had only minor abrasions on his body from a fall.
According to a spokesman from the coroner’s office, Burns’ body was recovered from a location 30’ east of the east edge of the Castle Canyon trail en route for Inspiration Point. Hikers familiar with the trail have commented they consider it unlikely Burns would have died from the fall alone and they suspect other factors were involved.
Blogs and social media comments by individuals who seek clarity on the circumstances of Burns’ death draw specific attention to links with the deaths of three former Georgia state senators, Nancy Schaefer (R), Bobby Franklin (R) and Robert Brown (D) and documentary maker, Bill Bowen.
Although coming from a broad political spectrum, the three politicians were in agreement on child safety matters.
Schaefer was the most prominent investigator and supporter of issues affecting children’s rights but also expressed reservations about rights for gays and lesbians that drew criticism. Shortly before her death, Schaefer agreed to an interview with “infowars.com” conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. Franklin was greatly derided for an extremist anti-abortion stance and for promoting legislation to criminalize miscarriages.
While some individual, extremist values stirred controversy, the sincerity of the three Georgia politicians’ fight to combat child abuse has not been questioned.
All three were involved in exposing corruption and calling for legislation to control Child Protective Services (CPS) and remove unnecessary threats to child safety. The research, undertaken primarily by Schaefer, into the shortcomings of CPS when handling matters related to child abuse is widely considered valid.
All died within a two year period. Franklin was said to have died from heart disease while Brown, according to the coroner, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. Schaeffer died in an alleged murder/suicide incident said to have been perpetrated by her husband on March 26 2010. Many who knew the couple believe this highly unlikely and suggest an outside party was involved.
The deaths have been variously interpreted and details disputed. There have been many calls for further investigation to establish irrefutable cause of death in each case.
A few days before Schaefer’s death, she announced the completion of a four-year documentary project she had personally funded to expose names and crimes against children. Following her death, the documentary failed to surface. Its whereabouts is still unknown.
Schaeffer was known to be friends with Bill Bowen, a former firefighter and federal law enforcement officer who released a 30 minute short documentary, “Innocence Destroyed.” Although a low-budget production, the film was greatly praised for overall professionalism and integrity toward subject matter. There was no question of political taint influencing Bowen’s judgment. Bowen told a very credible story about systemic failings behind the prevalence of child abuse and trafficking.
“Innocence Destroyed” was intended as a precursor to a more probing, feature-length film. Some online chatter identifies Bowen’s and Schaefer’s documentaries as the same project. Washington Times Communities has so far been unable to confirm this theory. It is possible the full documentary was never finished since Bowen was discovered dead on a golf course mid-September 2010, six months after Schaefer’s death, having allegedly gone there to meet someone interested in his work. He was found alone. Cause of death was said to have been a heart attack.
At the time, Bowen’s sister Beverly responded to online speculation, writing;
“While his death is untimely and because of his work, suspicious, it looks right now to be natural causes. I’m not saying that something would not have happened to him or that it wasn’t possible. I’m just saying life intervened and got there first.”
As with Bill Bowen, Martin Burns was known to tackle the difficult subjects described by his colleague and Fox news anchor Araksya Karapetyan as; “investigative pieces on prescription drug fraud, welfare fraud, child care scams, illegal birthing centers, just to name a few.” His interests lead him to investigate drug cartels and individuals said to engage in child trafficking. He investigated alleged corruption in CPS and Family Courts.
Friends close to Burns have said he was aware he was investigating some dangerous people but it was typical of his personality to show a degree of nonchalance toward possible risk from anyone who might wish to harm him.
Karapetyan described working with Burns as, “ incredibly fulfilling – it’s what being a journalist is all about- going out there, digging, researching, doing something for the community by uncovering abuses in the system and giving the voiceless a voice.”
Karapetyan’s praise was echoed by a chorus of Fox 11 News personnel, whose comments on a special tribute page set up to remember Martin Burns, clearly showed he was respected, loved and valued and considered an inspiration and stabilizing influence by his colleagues.
VP and News Director Kingsley Smith described Burns as; “having made a personal difference in my professional life every day.” He wrote that whenever Burns stopped by to share a story, the deep passion and dedication in his work was obvious.
“Put simply, he was a caring soul. He never complained and always worked with grace and dignity. He is on the short list of people that no one ever complained about, ever. I will miss him. The newsroom will miss him. Our viewers will miss him.”
The station has not responded to speculative inquiries about Burns’ death.
Tammi Stefano, Executive Director of the National Safe Child Coalition worked closely with Burns said, “Martin was one of the best investigative producers out there. He was covering issues too difficult for most to grasp, let alone cover, Children in danger by a flawed system, we were personal friends, I miss him every day.”
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