FamilyLawCourts.com - No one over eleven believes it's working.
Consider court-appointed New York therapist Marilyn Schiller. who branded a father "unfit" because he didn't cave to his kid's meltdown to go to McDonald's. Seriously. Click here. You can't make this stuff up.
Hera McLeod of Gaithersburg, Md., filed the $20 million suit in Fairfax County, Va., against AShburn Psychological Service and specifically, psychologist Margaret Wong, for professional negligence. Wong recommended Unsupervised visits. The suit alleges professional negligence in the death of Hera McLeod's son, at the hands of his father, on their fourth, unsupervised visit. McLeod said Wong's report was instrumental in a judge's decision to grant unsupervised visitation of her son, Prince, to his father, Joaquin Rams.02/22/13: Dallas marriage therapist Sheila Loven convicted on multiple charges.
During the disciplinary proceedings, Greenberg had signed a five-page stipulation admitting that he had misquoted witnesses, misinterpreted test results, reached damning conclusions on flimsy foundations. But the document was also supposed to say: "That by entering into this agreement, Dr. Greenberg does not admit to any violation of statute or administrative rules governing the practice of psychology."
"That is boilerplate," says Terry West, who was the Examining Board of Psychology's program manager at the time. "That's standard language in any stipulation."
A lawyer for the state dropped the sentence while merging some documents. Boilerplate or not, that missing language represented an opening — and Greenberg seized it. He let the state know he was thinking of suing. The examining board caved.
Nick Wiltz, the board's chairman when Greenberg was suspended, says: "The thing dragged on and on and on. Then, suddenly, because of this error by this inept assistant attorney general, the case blew up completely."
In spring 1993, the board's departing chairman, David Gossett, wrote an open apology to Greenberg, published in the board's newsletter. Greenberg had been "exonerated" of "all allegations," Gossett wrote. The apology asked "all persons" who had kept an earlier board publication describing Greenberg's suspension to return their copies or destroy them.
For Greenberg, this wasn't enough. The agency's paper trail was still publicly available, meaning he might still be confronted on the witness stand with his past admissions.
So Greenberg went to court, asking for the state to be barred from releasing any records about his past suspension. In a remarkable twist, the Examining Board of Psychology joined in this request. Here was a public body — represented by another public body, the state Attorney General's Office — asking the courts to forbid the state from complying with its public-records requirements."
In King County, Judge R. Joseph Wesley refused to go along. So Greenberg went south, to Thurston County. In 1995, Judge Daniel Berschauer agreed to place the state's records off-limits to the public; also sealed was the entire court file describing Greenberg's secrecy request.
Within a year of getting his disciplinary history sealed, Greenberg was giving seminars to other psychologists on the ethics of parenting evaluations.
Greenberg also fended off another kind of challenge. Cathy Graden, the mother who temporarily lost her son, sued Greenberg, accusing him of falsifying evidence against her. But Greenberg cited a decades-old principle — that, as a court-appointed expert, he was entitled to the same "absolute immunity" accorded judges — and Graden dropped her suit, figuring it was doomed.
Greenberg used the same argument to squelch other lawsuits. He became such an expert on this shield that the American Psychological Association would ask him to deliver an address on: "The Liability and Immunity of the Expert Witness."And he got lots more work.
Jewell pleaded guilty in November in U.S. District Court in Oakland to one count of producing child porn. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton sentenced him. According to the SF Chronicle prosecutors said Jewell had been an intern at Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall in Martinez and also had a private counseling practice for youths.
They said police discovered that he had been molesting youths when they served a search warrant at his apartment in November 2010. It's unclear whether he met the teenagers at juvenile hall.
Jewell lured one of his victims "with the promise of professional counseling" and the other with the opportunity to earn money, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hill wrote in a sentencing memorandum.
Needless murders sparked by two judges fighting over jurisdiction in a custody battle. Retired therapist Bonnie Hoult settles it by wigging out and shooting her two grand-daughters in their mouth. Hoult then kills her attorney daughter, and finally, herself.
County mental health counselor John Martyus arrested in sex sting operation.
County of Saratoga
There was a reason the County hired Steven Feldman for their child custody cases. Feldman offered the cheapest rates. That's what County officials said after his arrest, when it was discovered Feldman wasn't licensed. However, Familylawcourts.com spoke with licensed therapists who claimed they advised County officials Feldman was practicing without a license. One offered that the licensed therapists were told not to make waves.
Meanwhile, NYC Dr. James Bonczek appeals his conviction for possession of child porn.