Tag Archives: Arlington County Virginia

Victimizing the Victims by the Courts

17 Sep

Too often, court judges victimize the victims — making them suffer rather than treating them fair and just.    Often the victims are distraught and not well versed in the formalities of the court, and their feelings surface in a raw way.   Rather than showing compassion, the judges often find them in contempt of the Court or otherwise reprimand them.  Arlington County has a number of judges who engage in this narcissistic  behavior.

Luckily those who oversee the courts in some jurisdiction do not take kindly to this judicial misbehavior.   Here are two stories about judges (in other jurisdictions) who got into trouble for their misbehaviors…Hopefully the overseers of the Arlington Courts will do the same to keep the judges of the Arlington Court in line and showing more compasion.

Judge who berated and jailed a domestic abuse victim gets her day in court—and it’s not pretty

Appointed to the bench in 2005 by then-Governor Jeb Bush, the Florida County Judge Jerri Collins found herself in front of the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday, being publicly reprimanded—live on TV. This was Judge Collins’ penalty for her repugnant treatment of a domestic abuse victim who failed to show up to her abuser’s trial.

Judge could lose job for berating rape victim: ‘Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?’

According to the notice of allegations, Judge Camp’s “rude and derogatory” comments “belittle(d) and trivialize(d) the nature of the allegations.” He also made “stereotypical assumptions about how someone confronted with sexual assault would or would not behave.”

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Baltimore DHS Director: “Stop the Insanity;” “Kids ought to be in families.”

4 Sep

Over the years, this blog has sought to get Arlington County to rethink its approach to protecting children.   Instead of removing children from their families as a primary tool, this blog has argued that its primary tool should be to keep families together and, using other tools, solve the particular threat to the child.

In this TED talk, Molly McGrath Tierney, the Director for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, explains what is wrong with the current child welfare system and how she has worked over the past six years to change it in Baltimore.  She has led a massive reform effort to dramatically improve the impact of services to vulnerable citizens of Baltimore. Molly’s work is considered a national model for modern social services.

In this TEDx talk she advocates what this blog has been advocating.   Here are her key observations:

  1. “Kids who grew up in foster care…. You know what they want? They want to go home

  2. Now, there are over 50 child welfare agencies in the country, and the funds to underwrite them are in the billions.  There is not one among them that’s reputed to be working well.

  3. Awful things happen to children in foster care. Short term, their outcomes for important things like health and education are abysmal, and long term it just gets worse. Kids that grow up in foster care [are] overwhelmingly destined for the penitentiary, the morgue, or the child welfare system when their own kids come into foster care.

  4. the agency she runs now was once considered among the worst in the country;  during her tenure it reduced the number of children in foster care by 58%, reduced the number of kids living in orphanages by 89%, increased adoptions 59%, and increased the number of kids that left foster care for families by 47%.

  5. She did it by articulating a mission and repeated it like a broken record,  “Kids ought to be in families.”

  6. The reason child welfare isn’t working is because there are children in foster care.

  7. “Why would we do such a thing?”

    “first, it feels good to save kids. We get a great injection of adrenaline when we rush in, and our brain responds to that stimuli. Just like we do anything else that feels good, we want more of it. And when we figure out how to keep returning to that good feeling, we start thinking that, in and of itself, is success. We’re mistaking something that feels good to us for something that is actually helping other people, because if it feels so good, we must be doing the right thing.”

    Second, child welfare is an industry, and industries are self-protecting ecosystems. Think about it. The only time the federal government pays me is when I take somebody’s kid. And as soon as that kid’s in foster care, they instantly become a commodity, and the industry starts to wrap around – doctors, lawyers, judges, social workers, advocates, whole organizations. The industry is committed to this intervention, this taking other people’s children, ‘cause that’s what it needs to survive. And it’s on auto pilot, and it’s going to do whatever it has to do to stay alive.  And this industry, to stay alive, needs other people’s children. And this industry, to stay alive, needs other people’s children.”

  8. Child welfare is mostly driven by DHS workers, guardian ad litems, and family court judges soothing their own egos and wanting to feel good about themselves, rather than doing what is best for the family and child.

Read the complete comments of Molly McGrath Tierney.

Related: Listen to the Kids

Another Confession About Abuse by CPS by a Former CPS Worker

18 Feb

Here is an excellent video by a former CPS worker.   He has many tips for trying to defend yourself against the arbitrary and corrupt practices of Child Protective Services, like those practiced by Arlington Department of Human Services.

Read more at: Former CPS Worker Video

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Arlington County Sheriff’s Deputy Gets Six Years for Murder

7 Feb
Ashlie After Brutal Beating

Ashlie After Brutal Beating 12/7/2013

Former Arlington County sheriff’s Deputy Patterson will spend the next six years in prison for the shooting death of an Alexandria man.

A judge upheld the jury’s sentencing recommendation for Patterson Thursday, News4’s Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter David Culver reported.  Patterson was convicted back in December of voluntary manslaughter for the death of 22-year-old Julian Dawkins.  On May 22, 2013, Patterson, a 17-year veteran with the sheriff’s office, got into a dispute with Dawkins on the corner of Lynnhaven Drive and Evans Lane. At some point during the dispute, Dawkins was shot. Police said Patterson stayed on the scene.

Alexandria prosecuted the sheriff’s deputy for this heinous crime.   Unfortunately, Arlington County has continued to fail to prosecute and hold responsible the deputies who beating up and tasered a child,  Ashlie, to prevent her from testifying in court that she wanted to live with her family.   The Arlington County sheriff, Beth Arthur, and the prosecuting attorney, Theo Stamos, are both elected officials.