Saturday, May 15, 2010

Counterproductivity Pays

Word on the street is that the Boycott Signet Inc. campaign is what spurrred David Tate’s recent appearance on the Friends For Danny Tate’s Defense Facebook page.

Once there he proceeded to further disparage Danny.

Telling how quickly David moved to protect HIS interests.

More telling that he used Danny to do so.

FDT suggests people remember Who and What they’re dealing with when it comes to David Tate…and what he’s done to Danny.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to: Boycott Signet Inc.

Free Danny Tate!!!

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Facebook: Friends for Danny Tate's Defense

Guardian Sues Judge Over Her Aunt's Care

When former Playboy Playmate and model Stephanie Adams won guardianship of her 83-year-old aunt in late 2008, she thought the hard part was over.

Adams, who turns 40 this year and commanded the Playboy centerfold in November 1992, had no idea that moving her aunt from The Atrium nursing home in Jersey City to a facility in New York, closer to her home, would take more than a year.

But that's exactly what happened.

The case has taken so long that Adams has filed a complaint against Superior Court Judge Thomas Olivieri with the state Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct.

Fed up, Adams filed a complaint with the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, which does not comment on complaints unless it issues a formal complaint against the judge.

Full Article and Source:
Model Sues Judge in Case Involving the Care of Her Jersy City Aunt

Woman, 85, Ousted From Her Home

Barring a miracle, an 85-year-old woman will be evicted Monday from the villa she has lived in at On Top of the World for the past 20 years.

Eleonore Berg's failure to pay homeowner's association fees led to foreclosure of the property, which has been sold. She is under court order to evacuate and is receiving assistance with relocation.

When Berg moved into the villa in 1989, the monthly homeowner's association fee was $115. Since then, the cost has gone up to $397 a month.

Andrea Wolfkill, with the Fifth Circuit Guardian Corp., told the Star-Banner that Berg had paid the HOA fees up to two years ago.

With fees and other court costs included, Berg wound up owing about $8,000.

Gerald R. Colen of Largo, an attorney who represents On Top of The World, told the Star-Banner in a telephone interview Friday that the OTOW Owners Association tried to work with Berg, but was unsuccessful. He said the association's job is not to put people out, but to try to persuade them to pay. If they don't pay the fees, he said, everyone suffers because others would have to pay more and maintenance could deteriorate.

Full Article and Source:
Woman, 85, Ousted From Her Home

Kohl Gets AARP Leadership Award

U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl recently garnered AARP’s Legislative Leadership Award for what the organization called his work to improve the lives of Americans 50 years and older and their families, the group recently announced.

Kohl supported the Elder Justice Act, a bipartisan bill that establishes a comprehensive foundation for a coordinated network of services, research, information and trained professionals to address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, according to a news release. He also sponsored legislation relating to criminal background checks for long-term care providers and transparency of nursing homes.

Kohl Gets AARP Leadership Award

Friday, May 14, 2010

Congressman Joe Sestak's Letter Supporting NASGA Member Holly Peffer

May 9, 2010

Mr. William E. Moschella
Assistant Attorney General for Office of Legislative Affairs
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 1145
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Mr. Moschella,

Enclosed please find a consent form from Ms. Holly Peffer. I enclose the
several documents that substantiate Ms. Peffer's present concerns. I
also enclose my letter to, and the response that I have received, from
the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on
Aging. I reiterate here that my legislation on this critical matter of
elder abuse is directly on point to remedy the plight of questionable
guardianships, where an act of apparent compassion may mask greed.

Ms. Peffer's claim of miscarriage of justice resulted from the seemingly
irregular use of guardianship procedures to separate Ms. Peffer's mother
from her family. In this case, the procedures within the state of
Florida are at issue. For that reason, I am copying the Attorney General
of Florida with this present letter and its enclosures and asking that
the authority respond to my inquiry as well.

I ask that this matter be carefully reviewed within your department and
that I receive a response as to what measures might be taken to address
this issue in general and Ms. Peffer's concern specifically. I may be
reached at my district office, located at 600 North Jackson St., Media,
PA 19063. If you have any questions or concerns relating to this issue,
please call my District Representative, Anne Vaughan, at 610-892-8623.
Thank you kindly for your attention to this concern. I look forward to
hearing from you.


Joe Sestak
Member of Congress

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Former Judge Ann Lokuta Still Fighting for Justice

Describing former judge Michael Conahan as a “malevolent sociopath who raped the judicial system,” attorneys for former judge Ann Lokuta have once again called upon the state Supreme Court to overturn a disciplinary court’s decision that removed her from office.

In a 78-page legal brief filed Monday, Lokuta contends the state Court of Judicial Discipline committed numerous errors during her misconduct trial, including putting far too much faith in the testimony of Conahan and others she claims he unduly influenced.

Those errors were compounded by prosecutorial misconduct she alleges was committed by attorneys for the Judicial Conduct Board, whom she contends intentionally ignored a misconduct complaint filed against Conahan in order to protect the integrity of his testimony against her.

The brief, filed by attorneys George Michak and Ronald Santora, is the latest legal challenge Lokuta has filed in her contentious, two-year battle to reverse the Court of Judicial Discipline’s December 2008 ruling that ousted her from office.

Full Article and Source:
Former Judge Ann Lokuta Appeals Removal From Office to State Supreme Court

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Read Lokuta's Appeal

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Progress in the Edward Abbott Ravenscroft Case

The latest guy assigned to protect Edward Abbott Ravenscroft walked into court Monday and counted the number of attorneys present.

"We've gotten it down from $3,000 to $1,500 (an hour)," attorney Mark Kennedy told me. "That's progress."

That is progress, given that Ravenscroft is footing the bill for every one of them. Just as it is progress that Ravenscroft has finally learned how much of his money his various probate protectors pocketed last year: $224,000.

The Scottsdale millionaire, a part of the Abbott pharmaceutical family, has been under the protection of Maricopa County's Probate Court since January 2009, after a series of drug arrests raised questions about his mental health and his vulnerability given the size of his bank account.

Ravenscroft no doubt needed help last year, having been in and out of jail and hospitals and drug treatment programs. But he's been clean since August and he wants to regain control of his money - or at least have a say in who handles his money, if someone else must handle it.

That, however, is apparently not going to happen without a fight.

For months, Ravenscroft has been trying to get free of his probate protectors. His court-appointed guardian bowed out in March, saying he was no longer needed. But the Sun Valley Group, which controls Ravenscroft's finances, has continued on, based on a finding by Dr. Jack Potts, a court-appointed psychiatrist, that he remains "incapacitated" when it comes to money.

Potts is also prepared to testify that Ravenscroft would be better off with someone other than Sun Valley handling his money. He just hasn't been given a chance to say so.

In recent months, there have been a number of hearings about who should oversee Ravenscroft's money, including hearings to determine if there should be hearings and even a hearing to set a date for a hearing - all attended by a legion of lawyers, all paid with Ravenscroft's money.

Now, finally, there is a glimmer of light.

A new judge, one from outside the probate court, has scheduled a series of hearings, including one Thursday on whether Ravenscroft can hire an attorney to sue his probate protectors - something he's already done. Then on May 26, Judge Hugh Hegyi will hold a hearing into whether Sun Valley should be replaced.

Full Article and Source:
Millionaire's Money at the Mercy of Court

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sara Harvey and Stewart Resmar Radio Interview

The Gary Harvey Story

David Tate: Personal in a 'Loving' Way

Once again we at FDT ask: “Who is David Tate (OR ANYONE ELSE) to decide what Danny needs to do???”

Free Danny Tate!!!

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Facebook: Friends for Danny Tate's Defense

Ex-Lawyer Jessica Miller Gets Jail for Theft

Last month, Pasco-Pinellas County Judge Michael Andrews told former lawyer Jessica Miller that it might behoove her to bring money to her sentencing to get ahead on restitution payments.

Miller, who had pleaded guilty to stealing from ehr fromer clients owes them about $70,000.

Miller, 32, obliged the judge, showing up at sentencing with $250 she made at a garage sale. The token offer did not persuade Anderews to grant Miller's pleas for a probation-only sentence.

Instead, the judge sentenced her to 54 months in prison, followed by 10 years of probation.

"It's fair to say I always thought you were a pretty good lawyer," Andrews said. "I'm sad to see you in this position, but you broke the public's trust. Your actions were reckless. You acted with impunity and without regard for your clients, and they are entitled to justice."

Full Article and Source:
Former Laywer Gets Jail for Theft

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Ex-Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Clients

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

'Free Danny Tate' Calls Out David Tate

So sue us...

Free Danny Tate

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Facebook: Friends for Danny Tate's Defense

Texas Women Take Guardianship Fight to State Lawmakers

Families ripped apart in guardianship court hearings plan to take their fight to the State Capitol. They call themselves victims of the state's system.

Kathie Seidel is one of four North Texas families planning to testify at a May 12 Senate committee hearing on Health and Human Services.

Four years ago, she lost guardianship of her adopted daughter, Katia. Seidel was declared unfit to take care of her. The 24-year-old, who has mental health problems, is living at a group home.

"I haven't seen my daughter in more than a year on a holiday," Seidel said. "Her brother is suffering. They are both adopted and he misses her. It's like we really don't have the family any more."

The family's pain is one Sharon Richardson knows all too well. Richardson's guardianship over her mother, Ernestine Starks, was revoked nearly a year ago.

Starks is living at a nursing home.

"We have limited access to our mother, so it has been really hard on the family," Richardson said. "It's just not the same."

In both cases, guardianship was removed in an ex-parte hearing; that's when a judge issues an order or verdict without all the parties involved being present.

Full Article, Video, and Source:
Women Take Guardianship Fight to State Lawmakers

Monday, May 10, 2010

You Are Invited!

The Awareness Concert is happening on May 23rd at 12th and Porter in Nashville [TN]. Due to the recent flood......where Danny lost his house.....the proceeds will go to a victim of the flood.

The show will feature performances by Danny Tate, Kevin Montgomery and the Roadtrippers, members of Grammy award winning band The Mavericks, Peter Holsapple from REM, and the dbs, Jonell Mosser, Gorilla Baby, and many more. Updating daily.

Make your travel arrangements and buy your tickets now!

Order tickets via Eventbrite

Facebook: Friends for Danny Tate's Defense

Contested Guardianship: Sure-Fire Way of Tearing a Family to Pieces

Other than divorce, a contested guardianship proceeding is the most sure-fire way of tearing a family to pieces. The ward, in this case, Mom, is the person for whom the guardianship is sought, and the guardian is the person legally required to care for Mom under supervision of the court, usually an adult child or the husband. The appointed guardian has broad powers to determine the amount, level, and quality of care for Mom. The guardian has a duty to provide for the care, comfort, and maintenance (food, clothing, shelter, health care, and social and recreational requirements). More importantly, the guardian has the power to give necessary consent to medical care for Mom, even over her objection. Most significantly, though, the guardian has the power to establish an abode for Mom, i.e. a nursing home.

Forcing a guardianship upon someone by court order, such as an elderly parent, is one of the toughest decisions a court and family must make. The process is highly technical because Mom’s civil liberties are being stripped without any wrongdoing on her part.

Full Article and Source:
Maintain Family Goodwill With Pre-Planning

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Let This Be Their Legacy

When things have seemed especially dim for Danny, and we’ve found ourselves angry again at the latest tactics from David Tate et al, we would periodically Google their names to see if our posts were having any effect.

See for yourself. You might be surprised. We sure hope that they are…because our entries are going to be there a long time after this is over:

David Tate Signet Inc.

Paul Housch

Judge Randy Kennedy

Free Danny Tate!!!

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Facebook: Friends for Danny Tate's Defense

Atty Accused of Plotting to Bilk Elderly Widows Out of Tens of Millions

An attorney who is trying to persuade city and county leaders to back his plans for a $1.5 billion development that would transform the downtown area masterminded a plot to bilk two elderly widows out of tens of millions of dollars, according to a lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.

In a lawsuit that now takes up 64 overstuffed file folders in the county courthouse, attorney Michael Masanoff is accused of working both sides of a real estate deal to help steal a problem-plagued cemetery in Boca Raton from the widows. Further, the widows’ attorney claims, Masanoff lied under oath about his misdeeds.

If he can persuade a judge to let him use a confidential memo, attorney Edward Ricci said he will seek criminal charges against Masanoff for perjury. He also will ask the Florida Bar to take action against Masanoff.

Full Article and Source:
Leader of Palm Beach County Building Effort Accused of Bilking Widows

Britney Spears Conservatorship Goes Back to Court

The battle over Britney Spears' conservatorship continues on Monday when her legal team goes back into court to give a status report on how the pop star is progressing.

A separate hearing will have to take place with Judge Reva Goetz to see if she can finally put an end to the conservatorship.

Britney Spears Conservatorship Goes Back to Court

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Britney Spears Conservatorship Set to End?