Sunday, July 22, 2012

Lock them in a room Chief Justice Joyal and make them watch this!

Dear Mr. Pieuk:

I'm a big fan of your Blog which is excellent. Here's a YouTube video I found which your readers might find interesting. Maybe those Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench Family Division Justices should be made to watch it!


Dear Ricky,

Thank you very much for contacting CyberSmokeBlog with the heads up. The video is excellent - very poignant - so much so we've posted it below and will watch it again and encourage our readers to do the same.

If we had Court of Queen's Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal's e-mail address (but we don't) we'd send him a copy of this YouTube and suggest he lockall Family Division Justices in a room (Don't throw away the key just yet!) and make them watch it a few times in his presence making sure none sneak out or fall asleep.

Admittedly, the video is based on the American experience but can it be so much different here. Recently, we came across an article in The Australian newspaper entitled, Leadership needed in family court (June 8, 2012) which started off:

That there is a crisis in the administration and performance of the Family Court is know to all those who administer, practice or litigate in that court.

From the e-mails we've received and our own exploration of the issues in family court, parents everywhere are complaining about judicial bias. What's even more disturbing in that, in Manitoba at least, there is a belief that judicial decisions are made in the best interest of the child. In fact, that's how the Department of Family Justice appears to promote itself. This too, is worth a closer look. The e-mail from Ricky, and the accompanying YouTube video made us wonder how family court could, in any way, be in the best interest of a child.

We assumed the video clip came from a mother, but after reviewing the video, found it contained stories of 2 mothers and 1 father, all of whom had their rights trampled by family courts. CSB observed the contents of the video to be more important than trying to identify Ricky's parental history. One mother stated, "The father has a history of violence." The father's comment included, "As a parent, the only thing you want to do is protect your children." So here it is, a list of some of our favourite quotes from the experts in the video as well:

"When a child alleges sexual abuse specifically, but lately when it's any kind of abuse, and a parent asks the family court for protection from the other parents for that child, often the allegations are considered by the court or ancillary professionals in terms of parental alienation syndrome."

"Parental alienation is junk science."

"... identified use of PAS as a deliberate means to obstruct prosecution of abuse cases."

"... a completely bogus legal defense of child molesters that's being used in family courts across the country."

"And it's kind of an idea that has been completely debunked and is laughed at in other contexts, but in family law it holds weight, it's the reigning paradigm."

"We've had mediators in Marin County who have flat-our lied in their reports."

"It's a national and an international problem.

Ricky, whatever your situatin, thank you for the very timely e-mail and link. You may not be aware but Jack King a lawyer in the middle of a scandalous Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench Family Division Public Inquiry (The Douglas Inquiry) began his testimony this afternoon.

Back in 2009 he talked about parental alienation, which the video also mentions, as though it were a "hot" and "sexy" topic. If Jack King is talking about parental alienation, CSB is going to look further into this concept and keep reader informed. We wnat ot know more about this and how much of his practice involves the porblematic obstruction of the prosecution of abuse cases as quoted above.

Reference our posting, The Delichte File - Jack King on parental alienation! (July 19, 2012)

The Disposition Sheet for, The Delichte File! can be viewed online by visiting the Court of Queen's Bench File Registry at - Karyn L. Delichte versus Brendan N. Rogers: File Number FD04-01-73022.

Clare L. Pieuk


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