These poems depict a journey through a dark landscape, where the political and personal are fused into a geography of disinformation, sex, betrayal and deadly technology. Phelan has produced verbal "snapshots" of a subterranean war-- with fronts in Los Angeles as well as Fallujah-- where the only defense is one's integrity and the stakes may be life itself.
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Landmark Asset Seizure Case to be heard by California Court
A San Bernardino County judge will preside over a case this coming January which has massive implications for the future of property rights.
On January 24th, a petition will be heard which was filed by a conservator requesting the court to revoke a twenty- eight year old deed of sale, notarized and recorded, in order to return the property into the name of the person who sold the property. Lois Risse of Yucaipa, California, is now under a conservatorship and the conservator, Melodie Scott, seeks to get a reverse mortgage on the property to pay for her fees as conservator of Risse.
Twenty eight years ago, Risse sold her house to her friend, Glenn Neff, with the provision she could live in it for the rest of her life. Risse is now 101 years old and was put under a conservatorship a year ago in a hearing in San Bernardino Court, a hearing at which she was not present. Neff has been paying the taxes and insurance on the property while Risse lives in the house, rent free.
Last Updated (Friday, 25 January 2013 13:31)
Feds Shut Down Organic Peanut Processing Plant
Concerns recently cited by WMD Center Director Randall Larsen concerning the vulnerability of peanut processing plants (http://www.activistpost.com/2012/10/things-that-go-bump-in-night-keeping.html) have turned out to be eerily prophetic. As of yesterday, the FDA shut down a large organic peanut processing plant in New Mexico, citing health concerns.
But it wasn't the terrorists which hit the Sunland peanut processing plant. According to the FDA, the plant had sloppy health practices which resulted in eleven batches over a twelve year time span testing positive for salmonella. A recent outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney, which reportedly sickened 41 people across 20 states was linked to the peanut butter processed at the Sunland facility, states the FDA.
The FDA website reports:
“This was the FDA’s first use of its registration suspension authority, under the Food Safety Modernization Act. This new authority enables the agency to take this action when food manufactured, processed, packed, received, or held by a facility has a reasonable probability of causing serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals, and other conditions are met.”
One wonders, however, at the selectivity of the FDA in its choices of targets. For example, the pharmaceutical company Baxter last year recalled 300,000 Preflucel influenza vaccine due to what it says is an excessive number of adverse events.
On the front line
We meet at the cafe
Bullets whiz around me
Lawsuit seeks injunction against EPA "gas chamber" experiments
A lawsuit filed in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia seeks injunctive relief from human experimentation being conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency. The experiments involve gassing human subjects with PM2.5.
In one of these experiments, individuals were given a breathing apparatus through which they inhaled fumes from diesel fuel piped in from a truck parked outside.
How to Win in Court
How to win in court: Judge hearing case also representing both sides
Papers leaked to this reporter in a secret conservatorship matter reveal that a judge pro tem appointed to hear a San Bernardino county conservatorship case was a member of the same law firm which also represented both the conservator and the conservatee.
Walter Moore, an attorney with Hartnell, Lister and Moore (HLM), was appointed by sitting probate judge James Michael Welch on March 16, 2012 to hear the conservatorship of Charles Castle.
Mr. Moore recently joined the firm of Brown, White and Newhouse. He responded to a telephone query as to the date he left HLM and joined Brown, White and Newhouse by hanging up on this reporter.
In a brazen violation of ethics, attorney Bryan Hartnell represented both the conservator Melodie Scott (http://www.estateofdenial.com/2009/02/13/the-probate-murders-part-two/) and also the conservatee, Mr. Castle. In September, after Hartnell's conflict of interest was reported (http://www.activistpost.com/2012/08/another-mental-health-kidnapping-in-san.html), Hartnell stepped down from the case and Judge Welch appointed Redlands attorney Mark Flory.
But the judicial hanky- panky did not start or stop with the appointment of a HLM attorney to hear a HLM case. On October 7, 2011, Judge Welch also appointed Redlands attorney J. David Horspool to hear the case as a judge pro tem. There is some concern that Horspool, a former partner of Hartnell’s, may also have represented one of the parties in this matter, however. The file leaked to this reporter also contained a letter from attorney Flory to attorney Horspool, dated October 16, 2012, in which Flory wrote: “It is my understanding from you that you represent Melodie Scott as Conservator of Charles Castle.”
Documentation on the Castle case is considered secret and is not open to public oversight, due to the fact that Charles Castle is under a mental health conservatorship and therefore all information about his case is protected by federal law under HIPPA. After Castle filed a writ of habeas corpus in late August with the help of some local activists, conservator Melodie Scott attempted to block him from all contact with the outside world, directing the locked facility in which she had placed him, Braswell's Desert Manor, to refuse him phone calls and visits. The right to phone calls and visits for psychiatric detainees is assured by both federal and state law. The California Department of Public Health subsequently cited Desert Manor for this violation and Castle was then permitted to make phone calls.
Castle's writ of habeas corpus alleges that he was subject to inadequate representation by counsel and cites the conflict of interest wherein Bryan Hartnell represented both sides of the case. The writ also alleged that the conservatorship is now void due to the court’s failure to conform to legal requirements. Mental health conservatorships must be reviewed and renewed annually and Castle maintains he was never served with notice of such a rehearing.
Charles Castle has been locked up for a year and a half and is currently being incarcerated in Community Convalescent Care in Yucaipa, California. Castle alleges he has never been brought in front of a judge throughout the longevity of this matter.
Under California law, a decision must be tendered on a writ of habeas corpus within sixty days. At the time of going to press, over seventy-five days have elapsed and Charles Castle, who has been shuffled from facility to facility four times by conservator Melodie Scott since the filing of his writ, states he has not received a reply from the court.
Serious concerns have been raised about civil rights violations and theft of assets by conservators for the elderly and disabled. A number of grassroots groups, such as elderabuseexposed.com in California and www.guardianshipreform.org/ in Texas, have sprung up to address the growing perception that conservators are abusing and stealing from their wards.
Judge Welch will be retiring from the bench on November 21. A local attorney, speaking on conditions of anonymity, stated that Welch is attempting to escape the “taint” relating to his actions as probate judge in San Bernardino County. A farewell party for Welch will be held on November 27 at Redlands Country Club, hosted by the San Bernardino County Bar Association.
Last Updated (Friday, 16 November 2012 12:13)