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The Silver Standard: Is That Really What You Voted For?

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In most states, if a son, a daughter, or a caretaker:

locks Mom up in her bedroom, blocks her access to the telephone, withholds her personal mail, and refuses to allow her to see her friends and members of her family, that’s a crime, and the perpetrator(s) may be criminally charged, tried, and convicted of elder abuse. But, if Mom is under guardianship, and her guardian forces her into a nursing home against her will and the will of her family, denies Mom a phone, and isolates her from her friends, family, and loved ones, that’s considered “care.”

Guardians currently have the power to isolate the very people whose lives they are supposed to be caring for and protecting. They can do this without the knowledge of the court and without having to justify their actions. In fact, isolation provides an effective and commonly used weapon to wield against any family member who complains about a guardian or the guardian’s decisions.

When a professional or private guardian abuses a person under his or her control, defining it as “protection,” that guardian is immune or quasi-immune from prosecution.

Much to their credit, every member of both the Rhode Island Senate and House of Representatives voted yea to the NASGA~Falk Coalition bill criminalizing wrongful isolation and expanding the definition of “caretaker” to include court-appointed guardians and conservators as well as attorney-in-fact.  This was an absolutely huge step forward in the protection of Rhode Island’s current and future senior population, which is the 11th highest in the country at 16.8 % of their total population.

The bill then went to the desk of Governor Gina M. Raimondo, who after some tweeting in her ear by some of her favored “special interest” birdies, chose to veto the bill.

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TS Radio Network: Abolishing Probate with guest, Claudia Donnelly

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We Say Goodbye to Dorothy Luck: A true advocate for guardianship reforms

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The recent passing of Dorothy Luck, will be sad news for the many people she worked to help free from this human trafficking of the elderly.  Having freed herself from one of these so called guardianships, Dorothy spent the remainder of her time on earth helping to try and reform this insidious system.  She was described by those close to her as “a true advocate and wonderful friend”.

Dorothy traveled many times to the Texas State Capital and worked with many advocates for guardianship reforms.  She never feared those who forced her into this injustice and she accomplished freeing herself from those who used her for her wealth.  Her guardianship was closed and her rights were restored.  She accomplished this by exposing what Guardianship was truly about, money, as it was much better protected than she was, yet many court appointees profited from her wealth.  She tells it like it is in the story below.

http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/2015/5/when-judges-can-take-away-senior-citizens-basic-rights.html

Imagine losing control of the most basic decisions in your life: the right to speak for yourself, how to spend your money or even what medicines you should be taking. Dorothy Luck was in a dispute with family over trust money. After a court-ordered medical exam, she was declared incompetent to make big financial decisions and ended up a ward of the state. In this excerpt from America Tonight, Sheila MacVicar investigates shocking cases of elderly Americans at the mercy of court-appointed guardians.

Thank you Dorothy for all your dedication and efforts on behalf of others.  You will be dearly missed!

Here is what’s in the documents that are prompting a new look at Casey Kasem’s death

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“After Dr. Regimbal [of St. Anthony Hospital] examined Casey Kasem, his medical report concluded that Casey had been receiving appropriate medical care prior to his arrival at St. Anthony Hospital and that Casey was stable and could return home to the care he was receiving.” (Emphasis ours.)

Kerri didn’t allow her father to return home, however, and the day after that examination, there was a hearing about it in Kitsap County Superior Court.”

 

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We’re very glad to see that the CBS program 48 Hours is taking on the bizarre story of Casey Kasem’s final days, and that they appear to be taking seriously the work done by a private investigator on behalf of Jean Kasem — work that has revealed new facts so troubling, a Washington state police chief announced this week that he has opened a new look at the legendary radio DJ’s 2014 death.

Jean sent us the same documents when her investigator, Hank Foresta, put them together more than a year ago. Some of the material he had dug up about the Kasem family drama was simply stunning. But it was a huge undertaking — Foresta’s document package was hundreds of pages long — and we never got the chance to dig into it the way we had wanted to.

However, we did look into one crucial part of it, and we hope and expect that CBS will also dig into it in their episode tomorrow night.

We’re going to assume that you know much of the backstory already — Casey Kasem developed Lewy body dementia, a devastating wasting disease that there is no cure for. As his health declined, he was caught in a tug of war between the children of his first family—daughters Kerri and Julie, and son Mike—and his second family, with wife Jean Thompson Kasem and their daughter Liberty.   READ MORE HERE

 

Casey Kasem’s Death Now An Active Murder Investigation

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Casey Kasem's Death Now An Active Murder Investigation

Police Chief Kelly Busey announces Gig Harbor Police Department

Now Actively Conducting Murder Investigation of Kasem’s Adult Children

From Former Marriage, Kerri Kasem, Mike Kasem, Julie Kasem et al

Jeannie Kasem has chosen CBS ’48 Hours’ To Tell Her Story

Highly Promoted CBS Show Will Broadcast This Saturday Nov 24th at 10PM

Jeannie Kasem With Her Legal Investigative Team To Appear In Probate Court

Los Angeles Superior – Downtown Courthouse,

Wednesday, Nov 28th Regarding Casey Kasem’s Last Will & Testament
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TS Radio Network: California Update with Linda Kincaid of CEDAR, Legislation, Research, and Media Coverage of Elder Abuse

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California Update with Linda Kincaid of CEDAR:

Legislation, Research, and Media Coverage of Elder Abuse

It was an eventful week in California. Our guest is Linda Kincaid of the Coalition for Elder & Disability Rights (CEDAR). Linda will bring us up to date on:

1. Groundbreaking legislation in California,

2. Research from UCLA School of Law, and

3. Media coverage of predatory conservatorship (guardianship) in California.

Part 1: California Senate Bill 1191 Mandates Improved Law Enforcement Policies

On September 18, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1911. For the first time in any state, law enforcement elder abuse policies will be required to inform officers that elder abuse is a crime, not a civil matter. Senator Hueso’s fact sheet on SB 1191 explained:

Senate Bill 1191 mandates that all law enforcement jurisdictions in the State of California have policies and training manuals that contain and include reference to existing elder and dependent adult abuse laws. This would allow officers to properly identify instances of elder and dependent adult abuse crimes. This issue arises as a result of the frequent outsourcing of the task of writing officer training manuals to private organizations such as Lexipol, who are contracted by law enforcement to draft training policies and manuals. (Emphasis added)

Here is the full text of SB 1191. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1191

Part 2: Lexipol The Privatization of Police Policymaking UCLA School of Law – Article by Ingrid V. Eagly and Joanna C. Schwartz

UCLA School of Law found that Lexipol law enforcement policies focus on protecting police departments from law suits, rather than instructing officers to protect the public. The authors stated:

In California, where Lexipol was founded, as many as 95% of law enforcement agencies now rely on Lexipol’s policy manual. … However, reliance on this private entity to establish standards for public policing also raises several concerns arising from its for-profit business model, focus on liability risk management, and lack of transparency or democratic participation. (Emphasis added)

Here is the full text of the article. https://texaslawreview.org/lexipol/

Part 3: Money-draining probate system ‘like a plague on our senior citizens’

Orange County Register – Special report by Tony Saavedra

Elinor Frerichs has been imprisoned and isolated in a locked dementia facility since 2012. What was Elinor’s crime? A wealthy white woman married a Black man. Linda Kincaid has followed the case since 2014. Kincaid shared her records with investigative reporter Tony Saavedra at the Orange County Register. Saavedra reported:

Love landed Elinor Frerichs in a secured facility for people with dementia.

Twelve days after the death of her husband, 95-year-old Frerichs married a friend 26 years her junior, a man who watched the same TV shows and made her feel “happier than ever.” But shortly after saying “I do,” Frerichs was placed under a court conservatorship at the recommendation of a psychologist and Adult Protective Services. She was hospitalized and her marriage was annulled, partly to shield her estate, estimated at $1 million.

Despite concerns over her mental capacity, Frerichs appeared lucid in a transcript of a rare visit with friends, vowing, “I’m not going to sit there and rot and die in that damn room.”

Read the full story here. https://www.ocregister.com/2018/09/23/money-draining-probate-system-like-a-plague-on-our-senior-citizens/

TS Radio Network: TnT Tanya TalkS a Roundtable Discussion & James Treat Update

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