I have met and heard the tragic stories of many parents. PA is a function, by and large, of a custodial ex-partner, although some alienation can start while the couple is still together.

This blog is a story of experiences and observations of dysfunctional Family Law (FLAW), an arena pitting parent against parent, with children as the prize. Due to the gender bias in Family Law, that I have observed, this Blog has evolved from a focus solely on PA to one of the broader Family/Children's Rights area and the impact of Feminist mythology on Canadian Jurisprudence and the Divorce Industry.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Mischief and Domestic Violence with tragic Consequences

The following letter was published in The Sault Star on April 2/09 and can be viewed here: http://www.saultstar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1506965 Murphy [mailto:mike.murphy@nospam.ca] Sent: March 26, 2009 8:35 AM To: 'ssmstar@saultstar.com' Subject: Janet Laforge Sentencing Sault Star, March 25, 09

The Editor, The Sault Star

I read with interest yesterday two stories about the sentencing of females, one in your paper, the other in a sister paper, the Edmonton Sun. Kudos to the police in the Sault for charging Janet Laforge with mischief for making false allegations and getting a conviction registered. This seldom occurs when a female makes false allegations against a partner in Canada.

It is very common and in Family Court under Family Law (FLAW) it is unhealthily widespread and works against the father in custody disputes. Judges and the acolytes in the DV Industry, welfare, mental health and child protection all line up behind the false accuser. The woman in this case was troubled with mental health issues which more often than not go unnoticed or are ignored as the judge will say “ no proof.” Not until serious damage is done and becomes a criminal matter will they act in most cases in FLAW. The woman in this case got a discounted sentence given her over all behaviour so those of us who have been falsely accused but are victims of DV and abuse hope the rehabilitation approach works for her.

The other story involves a Domestic Violence case in Edmonton, http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2009/03/25/8874596-sun.html, where Julie Starr got 6.5 months already served in pre-trial custody (no doubt in a 2-1 format) for the killing of her partner who she punched several times, knocked him down and broke his nose after he accused her of cheating on him. While on the ground she continued to punch him. He was hospitalized and died 5 days later. Conveniently no cause of death was reported. This won’t show up as a DV incident, therefore Stats Can will not include it as such which happens all too often with female on male violence. Intimate Partner Violence is pretty much equal between genders but those reported to the police show female victims as far greater due to men only reporting about 10% of the time. DV is a serious issue but keep in mind it is almost equal between the sexes and both genders require support not just one.

I may launch a human rights complaint with respect to the treatment of men as no facilities or tax supported services are available for battered men in this community and indeed in most every city in Canada. In one case locally a man was told he would not be able to get a bed and would have to turn his children over to the CAS and go to a hostel. What parent should have to give up his children to the state to protect them and get shelter. It is blatant gender discrimination. There are over 550 tax supported DV shelters for females across the country. Calgary may have a couple of shelters, privately funded, for battered men but no others exist to my knowledge.

Michael Murphy

Sault woman who stabbed herself released from jail

COURT: Makes false allegation against father of her daughter

Posted 6 days ago

There will be no more time behind bars for a local woman who stabbed herself in an effort to have her daughter's father charged.

Janet Laforge was able to convince both the Crown and the judge Monday that she deserves a chance to turn her life around.

The 38-year-old woman pleaded guilty in February to attempting to commit public mischief by causing police to begin an investigation into the false allegation.

She also was convicted of three other offences, including assault and two counts of breach of a recognizance, stemming from the Jan. 11 incident.

As well, Laforge pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property and three counts of possession of stolen credit cards.

These charges were in connection with a Dec. 11 shopping spree where she made purchases with credit cards stolen from another woman's purse.

On Monday, Laforge told Ontario Court Justice Kristine Bignell mental health issues and a drug addiction have been the root of her legal problems.

"I've been abusing cocaine on and off for the past 10 years,'' she said. "It is my main problem. I've come to realize I need treatment for drugs.''

The addiction developed after she was prescribed pain killers after a back injury, she said.

"The last 72 days I've had a chance to step back and look at things,'' said a weeping Laforge, who has been in custody since the Jan. 11 incident.

Prosecutor David Kirk indicated that the Crown had been looking at a further month in custody, but would be satisfied with a sentence of one-day time served.

"If she's serious we should put some things in place for her,'' he said.

Bignell agreed and opted for no further jail time, but did place Laforge on probation for two years with numerous conditions to assist the woman to deal with her problems.

"This is your chance, but if you breach you will be back in jail,'' Bignell told her. "You've said you recognize you need help and you're going to get it.''

Copyright © 2009 The Sault Star

March 25, 2009
Woman guilty of beating husband
By TONY BLAIS, COURT BUREAU

EDMONTON -- A city woman admitted yesterday she punched her common-law husband several times, knocked him down and broke his nose after he accused her of cheating on him.

But, she never killed him.

Julie Starr, 40, was handed a six-and-a-half-month jail sentence, which has already been served by time spent in pretrial custody, after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of assault causing bodily harm.

Starr had initially been charged with aggravated assault after a battered Andrew Rademacher, 50, was found lying in a pool of blood on the side of the road near an abandoned home at 95 Street and 107A Avenue on June 29.

He died in hospital five days later.

After getting test results from the medical examiner relating to cause of death, city police announced last month that Starr would not be facing homicide charges.

However, the cause of death was not released.

Yesterday, provincial court Judge Harry Bridges accepted a joint submission on sentencing and ordered Starr to provide a DNA sample for the national DNA databank and banned her from possessing weapons for 10 years.

Court heard Rademacher accused Starr of cheating on him and she took offence and a heated argument began.

Starr punched Rademacher in the face a couple of times, he fell down and she punched him a few more times while he was on the ground, court heard.

He suffered a broken nose and redness and bruising on his face and died five days later in hospital, court heard.

Rademacher's family said the couple had lived on the streets together for the past three to four years and had a stormy, booze-fuelled on-and-off relationship.

At the time of the incident, Rademacher's niece told Sun Media that Starr had contacted Rademacher's brother Robert to tell him that Andy was in the hospital after he slipped and hit his head on some concrete.

When she saw the extent of his injuries, she became suspicious and relatives began searching Rademacher's inner-city haunts for any witnesses and on June 30 found a woman who claimed to have seen what happened.

The woman alleged she saw a female throw Rademacher to the ground and beat him after he struck his head.

TONY.BLAIS@SUNMEDIA.CA

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