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Justice and Mercy: We Can Only Wish that Some Arlington Judges Showed It

17 Nov
Chief Judge Newman

Chief Judge Newman

A very touching piece appeared awhile ago in the online publication, “Inside Nova.”   The article spoke about the Honorable Chief Justice William Newman and the struggles he endured through segregation in Arlington and his philosophy of being a judge.

To his credit the article reflected how he was positively viewed by members of the legal bar as fair — a goal to which he aspired.   As one lawyer quoted in the article said:  “Judge Newman today? All right!”

That quote reflects both the perceived fairness of Judge Newman, and the perceived unfairness of other judges on the Arlington bench.

As those who have read this blog over the years know, there were and continue to be some very bad apples on the bench in Arlington Virginia court.     They have been known to deny parties their constitutional right to chosen counsel, refusing to recuse themselves when clearly having a conflict of interest, blatantly denying a party’s right to a speedy trial, and having ex parte discussions with one party without properly informing the other party.

One part of the solution that should be seriously considered is the persistent proposal of merging the small (and not very busy) Arlington Court with the Alexandria court.     A bigger merged court would create efficiencies, eliminate waste, and present a wider variety of judges to hear cases.

In addition, Judge Newman can take steps to improve the performance of the other judges by reviewing their case handling by regularly surveying users of the courts (attorneys, parties, and court observers).

It is only through such measures that all parties appearing before these Arlington courts will be shown “Justice and Mercy,” not just those who go before Judge Newman — and Arlington will finally get a quality of justice in its courts that the community deserves.

See, “Inside Nova.”

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Arlington Loses A Great Parent

14 Mar

Increasingly, we have come across stories of how parent’s lives were lost after a judge arbitrarily and/or corruptly has taken a child from a loving parent.     It is almost unimaginable the psychological damage that is done to both the parents and the child.   The Child Protective Services and, in turn, the family court, by necessity, has to create a most damaging narrative to assure that, on appeal, the decision to take the child away is upheld.  So, not only are the physical and legal bonds broken, but the “record” often must include manufactured false claims of personal deficiencies of the parents — a narrative that not only haunts the child but also the parents as well.

Such was the case of Sabrina Hey, a child that Arlington Family Court Judge Wiggins snatched from the caring love of her mother Nancy Hey and Kit Slitor.   Despite doing everything Arlington CPS told them to do, Judge Wiggins destroyed their family to traffic Sabrina to the politically connected adoptive parents.

This past Sunday, an overwhelming number of mourners attended the memorial service for Kit Slitor.  Testimonials were given praising his and Nancy’s contributions to the lives of Sabrina, and others.   Unfortunately, because of Judge Wiggins corrupt actions, including her refusal to reunite Sabrina with her family, Sabrina will have lost the opportunity when she grows older to be reunited with her father, a wonderful and intelligent man, who abruptly lost his life prematurely.

Was this “murder” by Judge Wiggins?  Not technically, but certainly at a minimum moral manslaughter.

Arlington will be a much better place with the imminent departure of Judge Wiggins, but much worse off with the loss of Kit Slitor.

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Ahh…..Finally….

16 Jul
Judge Esther Wiggins of Arlington Family Court

Judge Esther Wiggins of Arlington Family Court

None too soon….If you hear a collective sigh of relief among Arlington’s parents and children, there is good reason for it…

After years of complaints by parents and children to the folks in Richmond, Judge Esther Wiggins informed members of the delegation that she would not seek election by the General Assembly to a new six-year term in 2016.  

The county’s legislative delegation will work in tandem with the judicial-selection committee of the Arlington County Bar. The process “will begin soon,” said Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th), with members of the Arlington Bar having the chance to vote on the qualifications of prospective candidates.

“That process should be complete by the end of October or thereabouts,” Hope said. “Then, the Arlington and Falls Church delegation will conduct our own judicial interviews of the candidates.”

The delegation is likely to put forward a single candidate for consideration by the legislature.

Let Del. Hope know your views on this move and also possible replacements.  His email is: DelPHope@house.virginia.gov

We hope that her replacement will improve significantly the quality of the Arlington Family Courts.

Read more: Sun Gazette on Resignation of Judge Wiggins

Background: Arlington Gets Stuck With Antifamily Judge Esther Wiggins because of Richmond RepsArlington Family Court Judge Wiggins Under Fire at Reappointment Interview (CNN Report)

DOJ/FBI Renews Its Call for Leads on Public Corruption in Northern Virginia

19 Feb

Coverup of Foster Child Being Beaten As all who are familiar with the family courts and Arlington Department of Human Services are familiar how corruption exists and it is ruining the lives of families and their children in places like Arlington, Virginia.   You know who these corrupt actors are, and the FBI division of the Department of Justice wants to know.    Yesterday, the DOJ/FBI put a call out for information on this pervasive corruption.

Northern Virginia Public Corruption Hotline at 703-686-6225 and e-mail at NOVAPC@ic.fbi.gov.

Below is the text of the press release the DOJ/FBI released yesterday.   If you speak up they will listen.   So, please do make the effort to heed their call, and let them know about your experiences and/or those of others, with the corruption on Northern Virginia.   Let’s clean up corruption in Arlington now!

FBI Announces Campaign to Seek Public Assistance Identifying Acts of Public Corruption 

FBI Washington
February 18, 2014  

Public Information Office (202) 278-3519

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Washington Field Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying public corruption in Northern Virginia. As the FBI’s number one criminal investigative priority, public corruption occurs when a public official, at any level of government—local, state, or federal—does any official act in exchange for money or other free goods or services for private gain. Public corruption could also include public employees who take something of value for their own personal gain, thereby violating the public’s trust. Public corruption hits at the heart of what a government is supposed to do—serve its people.

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Public corruption is often the result of agreements made in whispered conversations and sealed with quick handshakes. The secretive nature of the crime makes it difficult to detect without the assistance of concerned citizens. Many of the FBI’s investigations into public corruption begin with a tip from someone who encounters corruption. Therefore, the public’s willingness to come forward and report abuse of public office is essential to the FBI’s investigations. The FBI’s Washington Field Office has a dedicated squad of agents that investigate allegations of public corruption in Northern Virginia. To help identify potential criminal activity, the Washington Field Office has set up a Northern Virginia Public Corruption Hotline at 703-686-6225 and e-mail at NOVAPC@ic.fbi.gov.

While the vast majority of public officials are honest in their work and committed to serving their fellow citizens, unfortunately, a small percentage of public officials abuse their offices and the positions that they were sworn to uphold. Examples of corruption, where bribery and/or kickbacks occur in exchange for official action, could include public corruption committed by:

  • Government officials such as DMV employees; city inspectors; taxing or zoning assessors or other regulatory agency employees; or even town councils or mayors;
  • Contracting officials at all levels, including those who manage government contracts or regulatory permits; or school resource officers who manage school accounts;
  • Local officials colluding with real estate investors to rig the bidding process at foreclosure auctions;
  • A person representing the judicial branch—a judge, member of the jury or court personnel;
  • A person representing law enforcement who steals drugs from criminals, embezzles government funds, falsifies records, or smuggles contraband.
   
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Two recent examples of public corruption investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which includes jurisdiction over Northern Virginia, are a DMV employee and two others who pled guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for DMV documents for illegal aliens who were otherwise not eligible; and a chief of a volunteer fire department who pled guilty to theft from a program that received federal funds. Such examples of public corruption erode the public’s confidence and undermine the strength of our government.

Click here to read the original press release on the DOJ Website