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.

See video of the incident below.

 

 

 

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!