Disgraced Philadelphia Judge accused of improperly jailing parents in custody cases admits misconduct charges

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Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Lyris Younge, admitted in filings recently made public, to the allegations of judicial misconduct in cases before her in Family Court. In one case, that is the subject of the disciplinary proceedings, a litigant took ill during the proceedings and stepped out in the hallway. When she attempted to return, Younge refused to permit her entry, and terminated her parental rights in her absence. Younge is also accused of berating lawyers, social workers and other litigants in her short 4 year tenure on the bench. Once the disciplinary proceedings started, she was transferred to the Civil Division, were she presides over landlord tenant and other matters. It was reported that she Ordered a building full of tenants “EVICTED” with one weeks notice.

She should be thrown off the bench, and disbarred. She abused her position and has brought the entire profession into disrepute. She is a tyrant and a terrible example for Minority and Female Judges,

John Vandermolen, President of Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and Branch Manager of PNC Bank allegedly discriminates against African-American Customers

 

 

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On August 18, 2019, Tatiana Marche Denson, of Tampa, Florida, filed a federal lawsuit in the US District Court for Middle District of Florida, against, PNC Bank, N.A., alleging that they violated Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, when, John Mark Vandermolen, an Tampa Branch Manager, allegedly discriminated against her when she tried to open a business account.

It is alleged that on August 29, 2018, Ms. Denson met with Mr. Vandermolen at the PNC Fowler Avenue location, in Tampa. When Mr. Vandermolen saw Ms. Denson, he allegedly gave her a suggestive look, and was “cold, rude and demeaning” toward her, which her complaint states was because of her race, African-American. Ms. Denson allegedly provided Mr. Vandermolen two forms of identification, tax id paperwork and her Articles of Organization, which was drafted by her attorneys and filed with the State of Florida.

Not happy with the documentation provided, Mr. Vandermolen, allegedly began questioning why the IRS would give her a letter, and why was her business setup in a particular way. The complaint goes on to allege that Mr. Vandermolen allegedly criticized her business name, business goals, and how she intended to operate her business. Mr. Vandermolen allegedly demanded to know the types of artist Ms. Denson intended to represent. He did so, allegedly, in a demanding and condescending manner, because of Ms. Denson’s race.

Sometime during the forty-five-minute exchange, Ms. Denson requested to speak with someone else. Mr. Vandermolen refused, and instructed Ms. Denson to leave his office. As Ms. Denson tried to record the interaction, Mr. Vandermolen got up from his seat, took a defensive posture, and attempted to grab Ms. Denson’s phone. Mr. Vandermolen instructed his staff to contact the police, because Ms. Denson was getting “Loud and Violent”. After the Police Officer arrived, they determined that there was no disturbance as alleged by Mr. Vandermolen.

On November 18, 2019, Joshua Prever, of Holland & Knight, LLP, filed an Answer to the Complaint, where PNC categorically deny the allegations espoused by Ms. Denson. Additionally, PNC argues that the video and audio evidence refutes Ms. Denson’s “self-serving” complaint.  Interestingly, PNC admits to the exchange with Ms. Denson with regard to Mr. Vandermolen’s cross-examination of Ms. Denson with regard to her business dealings. PNC has argued in its pleadings, that Mr. Vandermolen was justified in his questioning of Ms. Denson, because he has a duty to comply with “Know Your Customer” regulations.

Ms. Denson’s complaint requests unspecified damages. She is represented by Yechezkel Rodal.

FLORIDA JUDGE VEGINA T. HAWKINS SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY ON A PER CURIAM BASIS FOR ALLEGEDLY CHOKING A COURTROOM CLERK

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On July 18, 2019, the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission filed formal charges against Judge Vegina Hawkins, after video of her allegedly choking a courtroom deputy surfaced.  The charges stated that on June 11, 2019, Judge Hawkins instigated a physical confrontation with a court employee, by “placing her hands around the neck of the employee and shook him”. The alleged choking occurred because of Judge Hawkin’s alleged frustration over the court employee not having her docket available for her in the morning. On July 19, 2019, The Supreme Court of Florida, suspended Judge Hawkins, without pay, pending disposition of the proceedings.

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Illinois Lawyer Rene Hernandez Suspended from The Practice of Law for 60 Days As a Result of Him Misrepresenting Facts In A Motion and Lying to A Judge.

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On October 6, 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court ordered Mr. Hernandez to serve a 60 day suspension of his law license, effective immediately, for lying to a judge, and filing pleadings with false information in them.

Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney’s Found Murdered

***Breaking News****

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The body of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, the 3-year-old girl who was abducted in Birmingham on Oct. 12, was found inside of a dumpster at a landfill, Police Chief Patrick Smith said Tuesday night. Patrick Stallworth and Derick Brown have been charged with capital murder and kidnapping in connection with her death.  Our prayers and thoughts go out to Kamille’s entire family.

Rest In Peace Kamille!

 

Fort Worth Police Officer Kills African American Woman While She Was Peeping Through Her Window

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A black woman was shot and killed by police inside her own home early Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas, after her neighbor called a non-emergency police number for a wellness check on her. Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, 28, was killed in a bedroom at the home at around 2:30 a.m., according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.

 

Rape Trial of Eric Darko Is Set To Begin On October 15, 2019 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

A recent post by Juanita Baker is making its way around social media. She alleges that Eric O. Darko raped her on May 10, 2017.

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Darko was indicted by a Maryland Grand Jury on August 21, 2018, where he is being charged with Rape in the Second Degree, Second Degree Sex Offense and Assault in the Second Degree.

Indict

Under Maryland law, Rape in the Second Degree is defined as:

(1) by force, or the threat of force, without the consent of the other;

(2) if the victim is a mentally defective individual, a mentally incapacitated individual, or a physically helpless individual, and the person performing the act knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a mentally defective individual, a mentally incapacitated individual, or a physically helpless individual; or

(3) if the victim is under the age of 14 years, and the person performing the act is at least 4 years older than the victim.

(b) A person 18 years of age or older may not violate subsection (a)(1) or (2) of this section involving a child under the age of 13 years.

(c) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a person who violates subsection (a) of this section is guilty of the felony of rape in the second degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 20 years.

(2) (i) Subject to subparagraph (iv) of this paragraph, a person 18 years of age or older who violates subsection (b) of this section is guilty of the felony of rape in the second degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment for not less than 15 years and not exceeding life.

(ii) A court may not suspend any part of the mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years.

(iii) The person is not eligible for parole during the mandatory minimum sentence.

(iv) If the State fails to comply with subsection (d) of this section, the mandatory minimum shall not apply.

(d) If the State intends to seek a sentence of imprisonment for not less than 15 years under subsection (c)(2) of this section, the State shall notify the person in writing of the State’s intention at least 30 days before trial.

 

Darko is being represented by the PG County Public Defenders, and is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If convicted, Darko could be sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

 

A FEDERAL JURY FINDS BALTIMORE CITY POLICE OFFICER DUANE WILLIAMS LIABLE FOR $100,000 FOR ASSAULTING A 14 YEAR OLD CHILD WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES

The Plaintiff, Latoya Coner, on behalf of her minor son (“S.M.”), sued Former Baltimore City Police Officers Duane Earl Williams, Jr., and others, for an unprovoked attack at a Baltimore City Hospital.

On January 14, 2015, Baltimore City Police Officers escorted a handcuffed S.M., 14 years old at the time, to Sinai Hospital, in Baltimore for a mental health evaluation, based on allegations that he had assaulted a teacher, and comporting himself in an aggressive & unruly manner. S.M., was allegedly combative, and also disrespectful to hospital personnel. The jury found that Former Officer Williams struck S.M. 10 to 15 times, resulting in him loosing hearing in his left ear, while S.M. was handcuffed to a hospital bed. The jury found that after slapping the teen more than a dozen of times, Former Officer Williams informed hospital personnel that they would not have any more trouble from S.M.

Former Officer Williams was subsequently indicted and convicted on September 26, 2016 of Assault in the Second Degree and Misconduct in Office. He received a suspended 10-year sentence and is on probation until September 26, 2019.

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Former Officer Williams beating left the teen with permanent damage to his ear resulting in him having wear a hearing aid.  On July 11, 2019, the Jury returned a verdict of $100,000. This amount will increase once attorneys’ A. Dwight Pettit and Latoya Francis-Williams, files their Motion for Attorneys Fees and cost.

Former Officer Williams is attempting to atone for the beating of S.M., by becoming a motivational and inspirational speaker to at-risk youth. According to his website, “he is a mentor, activist and coach who has dedicated himself to the youth with empowering them spiritually and naturally. Duane is very passionate about healthy development for the youth to prepare them for their future and equipping them with the tools to succeed”.

This verdict should serve as a continued reminder that no one is above the law.  Baltimore Juries are no longer allowing Police Officers who violate its citizens rights behavior to go unchecked. On August 9, 2019, another former Baltimore City Police Officer, Arthur Williams, was sentenced to 9 months in prison, for the unprovoked assault on an African american male.

Disgraced Lawyer Aaron Morris Schlossberg Sued for Legal Malpractice

 

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On May 16, 2018, Aaron Morris Schlossberg, a New York Lawyer, was recorded in a racist tirade directed to employees of a store he was visiting, who were speaking Spanish. Interestingly, Mr. Schlossberg, also speaks Spanish, French and two other languages according to his website.

As a business lawyer, Mr. Schlossberg represents a number of businesses in litigation and other disputes in court. One of those businesses, Niche Music Group LLC, and one of their Managing Members, Attorney Jonathan P. Clunies, Esq,  filed suit on January 3, 2019, in the Supreme Court for the State if New York. Niche and Clunies, alleges, among other things, that, “Schlossberg’s propensity for public racist outbursts was unknown to Niche until May 16, 2018”. The Complaint goes on to state that “Schlossberg owed a duty to Niche to conduct himself in public in such a way as to not discredit himself or his clients”. In addition, “In committing his public racist outburst Schlossberg failed to exercise the ordinarily reasonably skill an knowledge commonly possessed by a member of the legal profession”.

 

I will continue to follow the case and post updates.

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Updates on Trials and More

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Hello good people.  I’ve been unable to follow trials and news daily to write blog posts about them.  As it stands now, I’m unsure if and when I’ll return to writing blog posts on a regular basis.  My last chemo treatment is scheduled for February, and then I’ll be on targeted immunotherapy for a year, so we’ll see how I’ll feel come March of next year.

There is much happeningand I wanted to bullet point some things. As and if time allows, I’ll post updates in the comment section below.   Feel free to do the same.

Terry Thompson and his wife Chauna were charged with murder for the May 28, 2017, choke-hold death of John Hernandez in Crosby, Texas.  Terry was put on trial in July 2018 and the jury hung.  His retrial began in October 2018.  The jury found Terry guilty and sentenced him to 25 years. …

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