J.A.I.L. BUSY IN
I sent you an e-mail
[see below] on the suit
that we have filed here in Florida, ... it is the first of several that are
I am in complete agreement with you, that
when we make the judges accountable, and make them do the job they are supposed
to do, then we will stop this war between parents, and stop the suffering of the
The judges are supposed to see that justice is
served and cases are brought to a peaceful speedy conclusion, and when they
start doing what they are paid to do, the whole mess will clean up, that is why
I talk so strongly to my people about why we have to go after the
We are starting to get results and hopefully you
will be seeing your Jail4Judges in many of the newspapers in Florida in the very
near future. I am mailing a copy to every news group that I know of, and the
T.V. stations, we have posters out at the major intersections for the traffic to
and from the churches, and the motorists that travel the major thoroughfares to
see on Sundays, and we are getting some attention, shouts and cheers and some
are stopping to sign the signature sheets.
We are planning
a march on Walt Disney World in a couple of weeks, and JAIL will be there
As I said before, keep the prayers flowing upwards
for us, He is letting us know that He is hearing us! And we are growing in
numbers every day!
My prayers are with
you also, and my one huge blessing was finding your web site! I have learned so
much from you. Thank you.
Sherree Lowe sherree@...
On Wednesday, June
7,2000, a $501 million dollar civil rights class action suit was filed and
accepted in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, on
behalf of families who allegedly have been victimized by the practices of the
Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Juvenile
Attorney Robert Dowd, of Orlando, filed the
24-page suit on behalf of over 13 families and 50 minor children, including
several from Okeechobee County.
Named as defendants
in the action are the Florida Department of Children and Families, Judge
Kathleen Kearney, the Juvenile Court System, DCF attorneys Bernstein, Swartz and
Gillen, Attorney General of the State of Florida Robert Butterworth, DCF case
workers Christina Garcia, Laura Dickinson, Lisa Suarez, and Michelle
In addition are listed Judge Kerry Evander
and Judge Burton Conner. Also included in the suit are the guardian ad litem
director, the Indian River Juvenile Facility and the inspector General for the
State of Florida.
The suit alleges that the state
engaged in a systematic process by which the families, parents, children and
citizens of the State have been terrorized, traumatized and torn asunder as well
as deprived of their fundamental rights without due process of law. The
suit continues by stating that the motivation behind this system oppression is
The state receives over one-fourth
of it's annual budget from the federal government. In the fiscal year ending in
1999, the state received over $10 billion from the federal government, of which
the greatest share was for "human services." This amount is four-and-one-half
times greater than that provided for education, and six times greater than
funding for transportation.
The suit contends that
Florida's child welfare laws, as currently written and applied by the
defendants, have been enacted specifically for the purpose of qualifying for
that federal funding.
According to the court
document, in accordance with the federal statutes, funding is increased in
direct proportion to the number of children who can be brought within the
juvenile courts, foster care and the compulsory adoption
LAWSUIT CLAIMS PARENTS ARE PRESUMED
GUILTY, DENIED DUE PROCESS OF THE LAW.
explicitly calls this "freeing children" from their parents for
adoption. Among the examples listed in the filing regarding the denial of
due process includes allegations that the defendants flagrantly violated Florida
Statute section 39, which contains the framework upon which DCF
operates. It continues by stating that under current federal and state law
parents are not permitted to know who has reported them to the state
alleged violations of child welfare laws.
Once the parents are accused, they are presumed guilty, and the burden is placed
upon them to prove their innocence, said the lawsuit. In addition, the suit
states that the juvenile courts are closed to the public and since they are a
"star Chamber" due process can be abused with impunity.
As you can see I have been very busy here, and
hopefully we will nail some thirty Judges very shortly. Among them, Walter
Colbath, and Ron Hoy, from Palm Beach County.
Keep those prayers flowing heavenward for me, and as God said to Moses so
many years ago, He will show us the way.
Sherree Lowe - Head of
J.A.I.L. (Judicial Accountability
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