Ordinary people have tremendous power to take a stand against corruption, and to hold crooked officials and judges accountable.. don’t ever believe all hope is lost, or that you are powerless.
Place: Blagoveshchensk (Amur Region, Eastern Russia)
Official: Judge Yevegeny Makhno, Blagoveshchensk City Court
Victims: Sergei Khabarov (sentenced to 6 years in prison) and Andrei Naletov (sentenced to 5 years in prison), local businessmen accused of fraud
A Russian judge resigns after caught sleeping on the bench during a trial that resulted in Andrei Naletov and Sergei Khabarov being sent to a penal colony for 5-6 years of hard labor.
A video of Judge Yevgeny Makhno went viral, showing the Judge slumped over, his head cocked to one side, as he is sleeping through a defense lawyer’s speech. Judge Makhno was also witnessed to be playing with his phone during trial. Judge Makhno has been nicknamed the “Sleeping Judge” or “Napping Judge”.
Judge Makhno said he was not sleeping but “listening with his eyes closed”.
Human rights activits,Vladislav Nikitenko, received footage of the trial from concerned relatives of Andrei Naletov and posted it online. Mr. Nikitenko also filed a complaint with the Constitutional Court, asking the verdict to be cancelled.
Nikitenko said, “A verdict made on the basis of a hearing in which the judge took no interest in the court investigation and slept during the pleadings cannot be considered lawful.”
In March 2013, Andrei Naletov and Sergei Khabarov both had their sentences cancelled due to violations made during the investigative process. The release of this video and resulting complaint, as well as pressure mounted by the public awareness of the trial, was a powerful influence to hold Judge Makho accountable, and to demand justice for these men.
Makho may return to the bench – provided he retakes his exams. He is now working as a layer for a large gold mining company. How ironic, the crooked judge has now become a gold digger!
“Judge Falls Asleep During Trial in Russia”. Pravdu.com, 1-02-2013: http://english.pravda.ru/hotspots/crimes/01-02-2013/123656-sleeping_judge-0/
“Russian judge caught napping during trial, Only to turn around and send a man behind bars for 5 years”. Toksdam, 1-24-2013: http://www.toksdam.com/2013/01/24/russian-judge-caught-napping-during-trial-only-to-turn-around-and-send-a-man-behind-bars-for-5years/#more-10302
“Russian ‘sleeping judge’ resigns after video expose” by Alessandra Prentice. Reuters, 2-1-2013: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/01/us-russia-judge-idUSBRE9100ST20130201
Maria Bauer Melinn reveals her strategy for abused women dealing with traumatic family court procedures: Benadryl! Is Maria qualified to give medical or legal advise? Nope!
Read more on Maria’s latest exploits…
How Sick and Disabled is Maria Bauer Melinn??
Maria wants us to believe that she is so disabled, and debilitated with life-threatening heart problems that it is impossible for her to serve any time in jail–and this punishment for contempt may endanger her life. Maria has even posted pictures of herself online, showing that she is in a hospital with heart monitors taped to her chest, her face devoid of its usual flirtations. With the last of her failing strength, Maria lifts the cell phone and pushes a button.., snap! snap! A selfie reveals one last valiant stand against “injustice”.
And in a snap, everything can change– but look at this screen shot, Maria is commenting to another mother who is pro se in a family court matter, offering help. Maria says that she is able to “call a DV shelter on Monday” before she goes to jail. Maria is acting as an advocate and willing to “talk about strategy”.
If Maria is strong enough and of sound mind so that she is able to advocate for other moms, and is able work with other domestic violence organizations in order to “help” another mom with a very difficult and time consuming family court situation… then her claims of being so sick to the point of death are highly suspect.
Michael’s Wish: “Maria Claims She Cannot Work a Job”
Maria Melinn Broke Back on Motorcyle http://abusiveadvocates.com/2013/09/23/maria-bauer-melinn-broke-back-motorcycle/
Maria’s Advice to Moms in Family Court: Take Benadryl!
This mom is pouring her heart out online, giving very sensitive and personal details about her family court situation, which are now made public due to her disclosures. Maria is encouraging this mom to keep talking, and to go public–with little regard for this mom’s safety or privacy, and the possible implications for revealing so much.
Maria’s advice to help this mom cope in family court: “Many Moms find Benadryl helps on court days..”
Possible side effects of Benadryl include: Drowsiness, Dizziness, Mood Swings, Blurred Vision, Confusion and Irregular or Fast Heartbeat. Allergic reactions to Benadryl can cause seizures, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face/tongue and severe dizziness.
What would happen if a mom actually took Maria’s advice and popped some Benadryl right before going into family court, especially a mom who is pro se or acting as her own attorney? Would it look good before the judge if the mom was falling asleep…if she had a sudden change in mood that affected her ability to represent herself…if her tongue swelled and she could not speak for herself in court or even breathe…..if she got dizzy or confused? Or what if the Mom had a drug interaction related to Benadryl and a medication she was already taking? How would the abuser to react to that? How would the Judge respond, the Guardian ad Litem or other court professionals?
ATW finds it alarming, and frankly irresponsible for Maria–who has NO MEDICAL TRAINING and is not a licensed medical provider– to suggest Benadryl to anyone, even worse a vulnerable mom desperate for help. Maria’s advice could potentially 1) endanger the health of a mom taking her advise and 2) have a severe and negative impact on her court case–and the relationship she has with her children if she appears to be impaired or drugged, or is unable to represent herself due to the effects of Benadryl.
Did Benadryl Contribute to Maria’s Heart Problems?
ATW can only speculate, until we have proof, but Maria’s suggestion to take Benadryl, makes you wonder if Maria is also taking Benadryl to cope with her clegal issues. One of the side effects of Benadryl is fast or irregular heartbeat, and once ingested Benadryl is almost impossible to trace.
From a report on Maria:”Domestic violence victim Maria Melinn, an ethnic Hebrew-American (genealogically verified), was subjected to these abuses, in violation of her ADA orders, right here in Allegan County, Michigan this month. She has been denied most of her heart and cholesterol medications by the Jail’s medical staff during the first 6 days of her 60-day unlawful detainment, as well as her physician-mandated mattress, wheelchair, heart monitor (via denial of the charging cord for the unit’s receiver), and physical therapy sessions for her back..As a direct result, Ms. Melinn has had 2 cardiac incidents after only 6 days under these conditions. She had a severe episode of chest pain, angina, and tachycardia on the 3rd day of her unlawful detainment, and another cardiac event on day 6. She was admitted into the progressive intensive care unit of the hospital that evening with severe chest pain and other cardiac symptoms. Her condition was able to be stabilized after nearly 24 hours of in-patient care.”
Benadryl could pose a risk to Maria’s health.. so why would she advise it to someone else?
Maria Implicates Barry Goldstein
Maria goes on to offer her unprofessional and uneducated legal assistance to this mom. Keep in mind that Maria has no legal training, no law degree and a majority of her “advocacy” training was given by the disgraced American Mothers Political Party (AMPP), where Maria once was president. AMPP has been recently exposed for their criminal acts of stalking, harassment and defammation. Their leader, Claudine Dombrowski, is facing criminal charges and has a protective order filed against her (other evidence suggests that Claudine is a serial stalker with a long history of harassment towards others).
Maria implicates Barry Goldstein as being a partner in offering advocacy services for abused women in court, whether this is true or not cannot be validated–but that Maria would use his name so publicly, and so freely could only mean they share a close relationship–or that Maria wishes they had one.
Maria states, “I will talk with you about strategy etc. in the courtroom”
Maria then goes on to offer up the services of Barry Goldstein: “we will work on how to handle cross examination… I am sure Barry will also talk to you about strategy too.”
Barry Goldstein is a former attorney now working as a domestic violence advocate, speaker and author. He does not have a current law license and cannot legally give any legal advise.
Common sense says there is only two ways to look at Maria’s implication of Barry:
1) Maria is dropping Barry’s name to give herself credibility, and to bolster her image as an advocate. And Barry may not be involved or is not aware of her remarks.
2) Barry is actively working with Maria–and the organizations she represents.
Either way this kind of advice presents a real danger for any protective mom who may be fooled into believing that Maria is a qualified advocate, and especially a danger that this advice may be used in court and jeopardize a mom’s case, and her custody/visitation.
Family Court loophole puts mom and child at risk, no criminal charges for father who abducted child: Razwan Ali Anjum, abducted his 3 yr old daughter in Nov. 2009 and hid her in Pakistan with family members, refusing to reveal her whereabouts even after being jailed. The child is returned 3 years later, at age 6, the search deterred when detectives were sent on a wildgoose chase by Razwan, who lied and refused to provide answers as to the child’s location. Razwan wass charged with 12 months in jail for contempt–and given a reduced sentence, he also avoided criminal charges for the abduction because family court only handles “civil” matters. Now released from jail Razwan is trying to get Legal Aid so he can sue for custody.
United Kingdom: On November 6 2009, Gemma Wilkinson (of Ashton-under-Lyne) sent her 3 yr old daughter Atiya on a birthday visit with her father, Razwan Ali Anjum. What was supposed to be a happy day was the beginning of a nightmare. Razwan sent a text to Gemma that she “would never see her daughter again” then smuggled Atiya into Pakistan.
On November 20, Razwan returned to the UK–without Atiya– claiming he did not know what had happened to the child. Razwan lied and refused to provide information when questioned by the authorities. Razwan also lied when he told authorities that he sold his daughter to an Iranian man. Razwan was jailed for contempt for refusing to reveal Atiya’s whereabouts. Razwan was held at Forest Bank Prison in Salford for 3 years because he refused to reveal where Atiya was hidden; prosecutors remarked it is remarkable that Razwan was jailed for long and refused to cooperate.
For three long, painful years Gemma searched for her daughter–now subject of an international manhunt. Atiya, grew up without the love of her mother, and was used as a pawn in her father’s vicious retaliation against her mother. A judge working on this case would later remark that Razwan has “demonstrated the most cynical and cruel behavior he had dealt with in 30 years”.
With the help of the Pakistani government, and tips from local citizens, Atiya was finally located Sialkot, in the Punjab province on Dec 24, 2012; she was staying with paternal relatives. Atiya was flown back to the UK where she was joyfully reunited with her mother, Gemma.
Gemma was overwhelmed to be reunited with Atiya at the Manchester Airport, showering her with hugs and kisses, and bringing presents from every year of her birthday that was missed. Atiya is reported to be adjusting well in Gemma’s care, is happy and has begun to refer to Gemma as “Mummy”.
Here is where it gets complicated.. Razwan was jailed for contempt in October 2012, and sentenced to 12 months for refusing to disclose where Atiya was hidden (previous charges for contempt added up to a total of 2 years and 12 months). When Atiya was found in December, Razwan petitioned the court for an early release because she had been returned home safely. Keep in mind Razwan had exposed his daughter to great danger and kidnapped her from the custody of her mother, attempting to sever a sacred bond of mother and child. Razwan created an international wild goose chase, where detectives faced difficult situations that risked their safety, and expended a great deal of money and manpower–looking in the wrong direction. Razwan even lied that he sold Atiya to an Iranian man–you can imagine the absolute horror, and panic Gemma experienced on hearing that news, and the possibility her daughter was being abused in the worst way. Gemma appeared before the media a number of times, tearfully begging for the return of her daughter–to which Razwan showed no sympathy, no emotion. The amount of suffering Razwan imposed is beyond words–he deserved no leniency, and should have been subjected to harsh criminal penalty.
Justice Holman, sitting in the family division at the Royal Courts of Justice commented “the human cruelty..to the mother can scarcely be overstated”. Yet on hearing Razwan’s petition for an early release, Justice Holman granted an early release of two months because he did not want to give the appearance that Razwan was being “coerced” into providing information.
Razwan got an even better deal due to a legal loophole.. Under the 1984 Child Abduction Act, Razwan could have faced up to 7 years in jail for kidnapping (and may have been given time served for his contempt charges). HOWEVER Proceedings demanding the return of a child are considered a “civil matter” and handled in family court. SO Razwan was not only released from jail two months early but to date, never criminally charged with abduction.
Razwan is reported to be totally without remorse for his actions and refers to Gemma as “only or merely her birth mother”. Gemma lives in fear that Azwan will kidnap Atiya again. The Foreign Office reports that the number of parental abduction cases they have dealt with has increased by 88% in less than a decade.
Once released, Razwan has begun to fight for visitation with Atiya–and incredibly this case is proceeding in family court like a normal petition. Razwan appeared at Liverpool’s Civil and Family Court in Liverpool to petition for custody to return Atiya to Pakistan and apply for legal aid. Psychological evaluations of Atiya were conducted in July 2013. At the time this article was written, the results of the case are still pending.
Gemma lives at a secret address with Atiya, and has said she will oppose custody. They are working to rebuild their lives, and create many happy memories for all the years they have lost.
For More on this Story:
“Abducted Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson returns to UK from Pakistan”. The Guardian, Helen Pidd, Shiv Malik, and Jason Burke South Asia correspondent. 12/28/2012: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/dec/28/abducted-atiya-wilkinson-return-pakistan
“Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson: Father in Court Bid for Access”. BBC News Manchester, 3/15/2013: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-21802671
“Father of abducted girl must remain in jail, judge rules”. The Guardian, 1/14/2013: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jan/14/father-abducted-atiya-remain-jail
“I’m Afriad Atiya’s dad will snatch her again, says Ashton mum as jail sentence cut” . Manchester Evening News, 1/15/2013: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/im-terrified-atiyas-dad-will-snatch-1210285
Six-year-old Antiya Anjum-Wilkinson back home in the UK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdE8_zajGwo
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From Bill Windsor of Lawless America:
“Bill Windsor of Lawless America puts Claudine Dombrowski and the American Mothers Political Party out of the stalking and threat business…
Claudine Dombrowski has been ordered to post nothing about me and remove all postings in regard to me…”
See FULL Statement at: http://claudinedombrowski.com/?p=176
How did Claudine Dombrowski get away with cyber stalking, harassment and online bullying for so long?
As tempting as it is to put all the blame on Claudine, she was enabled by sympathizers the Mother’s Movement (including many of those pictured below).
Many organizations in the Mother’s Movement not only looked the other way, and made excuses for Claudine as she continued to bully, harass and terrorize, but in some cases they promoted Claudine and her “Attack Mothers” ( AMPP). Anyone who tried to stand up to Claudine and her abusive ways were swiftly and viciously attacked, or forced into silence.
California Protective Parents Association (CPPA), Center for Judicial Excellence (CJE), Mothers of Lost Children (MOLC) and Safe Child Coalition work very closely together and might be run by the same small group of advocates-( see below; the same advocate who is a Chapter Leader for MOLC is also a Chapter Leader for Safe Child Coalition)
-all who have supported and actively promoted Claudine Dombrowski and AMPP. Their support and promotion continues even when all were aware of Claudine and AMPP’s abuse and cyber bullying towards Protective Mothers Alliance (PMA) and Lawless, and others. Also, it is very easy to go online and within seconds, see evidence in the search results that strongly suggest that Claudine has bullied, tormented, and made obscene postings about a number of people, and organizations. How could the Mother’s Movement continue to promote Claudine under these circumstances?
Claudine was a featured speaker at the Battered Mother’s Custody Conference (BMCC), speaking against abuse even as she was a perpetrator of abuse and other criminal acts.
Having her moment under the lights at the BMCC, was so important to Claudine that she canceled a scheduled visit with her daughter. Are these the actions of a mother who would do anything to see her child after a long estrangement?
SCREEN SHOT of CANCELLED VISIT
Claudine appeared in short documentary films produced by California Protective Parents Association ( CPPA). CPPA also encouraged people to join AMPP
SCREENSHOT CPPA REFERING PEOPLE TO AMPP
And Claudine has been supported by the Center for Judicial Excellence. Center for Judicial Excellence( CJE) and their leader Kathleen Russell Reportedly “Share Same Values” and “Work Very Closely Together” with AMPP:
Kyle Wigglesworth, an AMPP Attack Mother, struggles to defend AMPP on Barry Goldstein’s wall. Kyle has posted many false, misleading and defamatory comments on Barry’s wall against PMA, Bill Windsor and Lawless, and even attacking other protective moms.
These are just a few examples on how many professionals and organizations within the Mother’s Movement promoted Claudine and AMPP (the only exception ATW could find is Protective Mothers Alliance-PMA- International, and they became one of the primary targets of Claudine’s attacks).
That the Mother’s Movement would give refuge to an abuser like Claudine, and look the other way while she has caused real harm to countless victims should make you ask is any mother really safe? These are organizations that promote themselves to be domestic violence experts, advocates for women, and being such domestic violence experts they should know how to discern an abuser from a victim, an abuser from a traumatized woman, and then be able take action to protect and defend the victim. But if these organizations can’t do that within their own movement, how can they be expected and trusted to do that for protective moms in family court???
A.T.W. will continue to follow this story, and provide updates.. stay tuned
For More Info Read the Claudine Dombrowski Expose: http://claudinedombrowski.com
Date of Charges, Length of Case: 2008-2013
Abuser/Perpetrator Name: Stacy Rambold
Position: High School Teacher, Billing Senior High
Location: Billings, Montana (Yellowstone County)
Victim: Cherise, Moralez, 14 year old student, who later commits suicide
Also of Concern District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh
Billings, Montana: A 54 year old school teacher, Stacy Rambold, is convicted of 3 counts of raping a 14 year old student and sentenced to only 30 days in jail!
Raping Rambold was charged in 2008 with 3 counts of “sexual intercourse without consent”. The victim, Cherise Moralez, committed suicide in 2010, her mother states Rambold was a “major factor” in why her daughter took her life.
District Judge Todd G. Baugh heard the case and decided that Raping Rambold was only partly responsible for the rape.. and that the victim was also partly at fault! In a decision that has sparked outrage across the country, many are now demanding that Judge Baugh resign after he sentenced Raping Rambold to 15 years in prison then suspended all but 31 days, and gave him 1 day served. That means Raping Rambold will only spend 30 days in jail for raping a minor child, and causing such anguish that his poor girl took her own life.
Baugh defended his ruling stating that the victim a troubled youth who “acted much older than her chronological age” and had as much control of the situation as the teacher who raped her. It is a well known fact that sexual predators target vulnerable victims and may even “groom” the victim to act in ways they would not ordinarily behave. This does not make the victim responsible for the violence inflicted on them–if anything, it shows what a danger the predator truly is.
On August 27th, Baugh defended his ruling to the Billings Gazette that: “Obviously, a 14-year-old can’t consent. I think that people have in mind that this was some violent, forcible, horrible rape. It was horrible enough as it is just given her age, but it wasn’t this forcible beat-up rape.”
The next day, Baugh apologized for his remarks but not the sentence telling the Billings Gazette: “I don’t know what I was thinking or trying to say. It was just stupid and wrong.”
Baugh said in a letter to the editor of the Gazette, “What I said is demeaning of all women, not what I believe and irrelevant to the sentencing. My apologies to all my fellow citizens.”
Baugh told the Gazette that he would better explain his reasons for the sentence then add it to the court file this week. So let’s get this straight, after Judge Baugh sentenced a convicted rapist, with 3 charges against him, to 30 days in jail, he now has to take a few more days to explain why this is a just sentence, and why this slap on the wrist fits this horrendous crime because we “fellow citizens” just don’t get it ?!?
Baugh’s decision came after Raping Rambold was terminated from a sex offender treatment program that was part of a deal to have his sentence deferred. He was terminated after having unsupervised visits with female minors that are relatives (what is wrong with these parents?!?!) and for not telling counselors that he was having sexual relations with a woman. Judge Baugh said these circumstances are not enough to warrant the 10 year prison term recommended by prosecutors.
Raping Rambold is said to have entered a new program and supposedly is at a low risk to re-offend. But who seriously wants to take the chance, with their own child, that Raping Rambold may strike again? He is a danger to society–rape is not a consensual act, and Rambold abused his power over this child to take advantage of her, and inflicted so much psychological damage that she took her own life. He deserves the full 15 year sentence, not a day less.
Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said he did not agree with the ruling but would not appeal.
The victim’s mother Auleia Hanlon, says she no longer believes in justice and that: “She wasn’t even old enough to get a driver’s license. But Judge Baugh, who never met our daughter, justified the paltry sentence saying she was older than her chronological age. “I guess somehow it makes a rape more acceptable if you blame the victim, even if she was only 14.”
Let us not forget that this child will never attend Prom. She will not graduate and throw her cap to towards the stars, dreaming of the future. She will not be able to drive, go to college or have a family of her own one day.. this despicable act of rape has stolen her innocence, and lead to her taking her life. And now the grieving family has to suffer the greatest injustice of all–that the rapist will not only go free but that Judge Baugh has excused his reprehensible behavior, and somehow made the victim at fault.
A petition has been created to force Baugh to resign: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/resign-judge-g-todd-baugh?source=s.icn.tw&r_by=8646657
If the petition is not enough to get Baugh to step down, supporters are vowing to defeat Baugh in the 2014 polls, when he comes up for re-election.
For More Information:
“Judge Apologizes for Teen Rape Remark, Not Sentence” by John Bacon, USA Today. 8/29/2013. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/28/teacher-rape-montana/2722817/
“Montana Judge Defends 30-Day Sentence for Teacher in Teen Girl’s Rape”, Associated Press (Published by Fox News). 8/29/2013. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/29/montana-judge-defends-30-day-sentence-for-teacher-in-teen-girl-rape/
“Todd Baugh, Mont Judge, Defends Handing Down 30-Day Sentence to Teacher in Rape of a Student” by CBS/AP. 8/28/2013. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57600471-504083/todd-baugh-mont-judge-defends-handing-down-30-day-sentence-to-teacher-in-rape-of-student/