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Investigative reporter Gretchen Hammond exposes alleged massive elder abuse & Exploitation Ring Michigan probate court

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LOS ANGELES , CA, USA, August 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER GRETCHEN RACHEL HAMMOND EXPOSES

ALLEGED MASSIVE ELDER ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION RING IN MIGHIGAN PROBATE COURTS

The guardianship system isn’t new; in fact, it’s rooted in medieval English law. Every US state still uses some form of the system, which, at its best, is designed to protect citizens who are no longer able to protect themselves by declaring them wards of the state. We know, of course, that the system is rarely at its best, with increasing reports of abuse cropping up nationwide, prompting Congressional calls for reform.

But the level of controversy over how guardianship cases are handled in one Detroit-area probate courtroom has reached such heights, the story reads more like Orwellian fiction than it does a model of the American experience.

An unsettling number of accusations have been leveraged against the court, citing abuse, neglect, robbery, and exploitation, often in cases that arguably didn’t merit guardianship in the first place. In as little as a year, “incapacitated wards” are stripped of the entirety of their savings and possessions and rendered completely reliant upon social services and benefits such as Medicaid. Even high-profile families, including the estates of Rosa Parks and Aretha Franklin, have been drawn into the quagmire.

Award-winning investigative journalist Gretchen Rachel Hammond spent the past 13 months independently investigating a systemic problem at the Oakland County Probate Court, which has allegedly been shielded by the highest levels of Michigan government for the past 30-some years. With the help of a forensic accountant, three Wayne State University Journalism School researchers, and thousands of corroborating documents, she has published a first-of-its-kind exploration into the court system, its four judges, four guardians, and the stories behind more than 2,200 wards.

Background:

In July 2018, Hammond engaged in a freelance, self-funded investigation to determine if alleged abuses at the Oakland County Probate Court were systemic.

Discoveries include the forced separation of families and isolation of the vulnerable; fraudulent petitions for guardianship by Adult Protective Services investigators; massive overbilling; the forced removal of individuals from their homes and the placement of them in nursing facilities or unlicensed group homes with subhuman living conditions; real estate fraud; and missing assets that number in the millions of dollars.

The investigation met with constant challenges, including threats and harassment by Oakland County Sheriff’s officers. A surreal March 12, 2019 four-hour meeting between Hammond’s team and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s staff led to a new line of inquiry and discoveries of campaign ties between Nessel, Whitmer and Oakland County Probate Court Chief Judge Kathleen Ryan and her family.

Biography

Gretchen Rachel Hammond is an award-winning freelance investigative journalist based out of Chicago. Her work has won or been nominated for four successive Chicago Press Club awards, been recognized by the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Journalists (NLGJA), and covered topics such as criminal justice, abuse at ICE detention facilities, and alleged discrimination on the part of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services leading to the unnecessary separation of children from their parents.

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Tennessee To Arrest Attorney Connie Reguli for Advocating for Client’s Rights

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Connie Reguli is a strong voice for families. This photo was taken in 2018 at a rally in Washington D.C. Photo by Freedom Public Press.

By Terri LaPoint

July 16, 2019

Attorney Connie Reguli of Brentwood, Tennessee, is known for being an outspoken warrior who fights legally on behalf of families who are dealing with Child Protective Services. Now, she is being arrested after trying to help a parent secure due process.

On the morning of Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Connie Reguli received a phone call notifying her that there is a warrant out for her arrest.

She will be turning herself in to the Brentwood Police Department on Wednesday morning.

Connie has never been arrested before. The founder of the Family Forward Project has no criminal history, nor have there been any allegations of criminal activity. Yet, for doing her job as an attorney to have the voice of her client, a parent, be heard, she is being criminally charged.

Retaliation like this, Connie says, is the reason that families often cannot get legal help when their children are taken from them. Attorneys who fight for clients’ Constitution rights such as due process and who fight against corruption are often threatened or bullied into backing down.

This makes it difficult for parents whose children are taken by Child Protective Services, no matter how unjustly. Many attorneys are simply scared.

More often than not, the allegations against parents are baseless and end up being unsubstantiated. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “Child Maltreatment” Report, only 17% of allegations against parents are substantiated. (See link.)

The charges against Connie Reguli are facilitation of custodial interference and accessory after the fact of custodial interference in the case of a client she represented. The client is also facing charges of custodial interference.

The client’s children were seized by the Tennessee Department of Children and Families (DCF) based on an “ex parte order.” That is, the order was brought before a judge and signed by a judge without notifying the mother or her attorney.

As the mother’s attorney, Connie Reguli asked for her client to have due process and get a court date where she could be heard after the children were seized on the basis of an ex parte order.

Ex parte orders are supposed to be reserved for times when there is an emergency situation, one in which there is risk of irreparable harm if parties have to wait for a court hearing. All too often, however, they are the normal practice in Child Protective Services cases.

In the case in question, there was never any evidence of the allegations against the mother, and the petition against her was ultimately dismissed. However, DCF took her children away from her, put them in several different foster homes, and subjected the children to almost a year of trauma before the case was dismissed and the children returned home.

Action Sparks

Connie will be turning herself in around 11 am. She anticipates being released on her own recognizance.

Anyone who would like to support Connie Reguli is invited to come to the Brentwood Police Department, 5211 Maryland Way # 1000, Brentwood, TN 37027, at 10:30 am on Wednesday, July 17.

Calls may be made on Connie’s behalf to the Williamson County District Attorney Kim R. Helper at (615) 794-7275. She is also on Facebook.

Real News Spark will be in Tennessee covering the story live from our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RealNewsSpark/.

Follow RealNewsSpark.com for more updates.

For more on this story, watch “We Hold These Truths” with Seraphim Schwab. Connie Reguli was his guest Tuesday evening to talk about her story.

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Memorial Day Honoring Those who died for Freedom.

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Author, Chuck Frank

 

 

As a former Marine who served from 1960 to 1964 and also during the Cuban Missile Crises, I am here today to encourage all people in America to give honor to all of those where honor is do. Through, the centuries there have been millions of Americans who went to war and lost their lives for the cause of freedom while the very word freedom, in this case, is a term that most likely fits into the understanding of what is reflected in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights that traditionally refers to the first 10 amendments of the Constitution. When followed by law enforcement and the courts correctly, this document represents American’s core values which also points to the popular phrase that was written in the Declaration of Independence, which is “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

For the record, there is not one country in the world that has these basic constitutional protections for its people which was bestowed upon us by those great founders of our first government. One of the basic reasons why the Bill of Rights was so important is that it was meant to protect the people from any and all injustices and from their own government.  However, in spite of these protections, many corrupt agencies, courts and judges in the past and today have dishonored the people’s rights and those magnificent protections within the Bill of Rights and thereby dishonored those millions of persons who fought for freedom through the ages.

Today, nations such as China is a perfect example of a lost country which has no protections for its people to where minimal freedoms are delegated to only those who fulfill the mandates and requirements of the totalitarian Communist State, which is, by the way, being ruled by the present Emperor, Xi Jinping, appointed for life and was not voted in by the people through a democratic process.

While the sad plight of the Chinese people is obvious because of its government’s massive electronic web of surveillance, there are other countries to where freedom now lies in the balance, and yes, this includes America, the UK, Russia, Belgium, the entire European Union and more. The intrusion of the people’s privacy is well known, as is the massive web of surveillance and the data that is being collected and archived by various corporations and governments, which should stand as a dire warning to all people who seek basic unalienable rights and freedoms. The world has rapidly drifted into a high tech behemoth where monumental trials and tribulations are already here and will continue as great governmental injustices mount while citizens, regardless of legal statutes, will be tracked while being under suspicion with no probable cause. In terms of overall privacy protections and the surveillance factor, the US today has the worst ranking in the democratic world. This is truly heartbreaking.

This goes to say that America’s freedoms are now being lost at light speed as documented here by Privacy International with a map of the surveillance Societies around the world and showing the UK, US, Russia, China and others in black as designating “endemic surveillance.”

These facts should leave liberty loving advocates speechless when considering the blood and precious freedoms that our heroic American’s fought for while freedom is now vanishing into a black hole. It is urgent that “we the people” begin to make a move for the sake of righteousness and natural rights in order to set the captives free.  Let us work now while there is light, for the darkness comes when no one can work.

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