Virginia Now Fires Bad Judges (Its About Time!)

7 Jun
Justice Powell

Justice Powell Will head the Review of the evaluation process

Bad Virginia judges watch out, Richmond is finally making an effort to get rid of bad judges based on anonymous feedback from attorneys.

Of course, not everyone is happy about this — particularly the Judges who were kicked off the bench.

The Supreme Court put an evaluation tool in place last year. The evaluation of each judge is based on the results from a survey of lawyers who regularly appear in the judge’s court. The lawyers answer an anonymous questionnaire that seeks to look at such qualities as fairness, temperament and courtroom management.

The General Assembly used the new process to justify the ouster of five sitting judges, including veteran Richmond General District Court Judge Birdie H. Jamison.

The legislature’s action sent shockwaves through the state’s judicial ranks.  

The Judicial Performance Evaluation Program relies on surveys of lawyers. 

Judge Jamison, who has served 24 years, must leave the bench Nov. 30 after failing to win re-election by the legislature to a new six-year term.    The four other judges the legislature removed include: Karen J. Burrell, who was chief judge of the Norfolk Circuit Court, an African-American; Pamela E. Hutchens, a Virginia Beach General District Court judge; and two white male judges, David L. Williams, chief judge of the Chesapeake General District Court, and Alfred O. Masters Jr., a Newport News General District Court judge, who was near the mandatory retirement age of 70.

So, attorneys please be sure to fill in those forms, and lets make an effort to clean out the bad judges from the Arlington Courthouse.

Read More: Process that Boots Judges Under Review

Taste of Arlington, This Sunday, May 17, 2015

13 May

While there are many things to dislike about the People’s Republic of Arlington, including its corrupt court system, abusive Sheriff’s deputies, and antifamily Department of Human Services), one of the nice things is its annual “Taste of Arlington,” where over 50 restaurants participate and show off their menu items.   On average,  40,000 people each year who live in the greater Washington, D.C. area attend.   So, enjoy and keep Arlington’s child victims, like Ashlie Mae O’Brien and Sabrina Hey, in your thoughts and prayers.

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Right to a Fair Trial and Being Treated as Innocent Until Proven Guilty

30 Mar

RighttoTrialOne of the basic international and constitutional rights is a right to a fair trial, and to treated as innocent until proven guilty.   Unfortunately that has not been the experience of many in Arlington courts and it jail, whether it be a high profile case like that of Michael Gardner, a person who is deaf,* or others, who have been written about from time to time in this blog.

Very unhealthy for modern society; not even fit for Neanderthals.

Read more: Deaf Immigrant Jailed 6 Weeks With No Access to Interpreter*

*: Abreham Zemedagegehu is deaf and he found himself locked up in jail by the Arlington Courts and the Arlington County Sheriff.   He knew he was in jail, but he didn’t know why.  Eventually, Abreham Zemedagegehu learned that he’d been accused of stealing an iPad — an iPad whose owner later found it. He spent the next six weeks in jail, unable to communicate with his jailers because he is deaf. He described a frightening, isolated experience in which medical procedures were performed without his consent and he feared for his safety.

On March 14, 2014, Zemedagegehu struck a plea deal, pleading guilty to lesser misdemeanor charges in exchange for time served. Zemedagegehu says he only took the deal to get of jail, and that he didn’t steal the iPad.

Zemedagegehu’s public defender filed a motion after the guilty plea seeking to have the conviction overturned, saying prosecutors failed to turn over evidence that the man who claimed his iPad was stolen actually had found it some time before the guilty plea. Prosecutors deny withholding evidence.

A judge refused to overturn the conviction, saying the appeal had been filed too late.

Given that it was Arlington, his mistreatment is not surprising — it is routine for the Arlington County judicial system.

A Blatant Admission to Medicaid Fraud by Intercept?

15 Mar

Those of you who are following this news blog, know that we have reported from time to time on the malicious victimization of foster children by some group home operators and Arlington DHS to shift costs for foster care from themselves to Medicaid.   They do this by having the child as having special needs, and then applying for Medicaid to pick up the tab.

Intercept Youth Services is one of those operators who Arlington DHS has used to accomplish this fraudulent deed.   In an incriminating interview with the Chesterfield Observer Mark Bogart, the owner and executive director of Intercept boasted about using this money shifting strategy:

“We haven’t been in the news because we are good operators and keep a low profile,” said Mark Bogert, owner and executive director of Intercept. “We strategically locate to have low impact on neighbors. We avoid locating in bad neighborhoods with bad schools for the sake of the kids and the Commonwealth.”

….Funding for group homes comes from local, state and federal governments. “When we pioneered a federal program that bills Medicaid, we saved the Commonwealth millions of dollars,” explained Bogert. He declined to give further financial information.

Arlington DHS, stop the Medicaid fraud and stop victimizing our kids and their families.

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