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, July 13, 2009

Kids recant abuse claims after dad jailed 20 years

Words just fail me over stories like this. No doubt the ex in this case was a member of this so-called Protective Parents Association which supplies cover for lying and abusive spouses out to seek revenge. They have legislative representatives like Jim Beall, on the left, in their back pocket who tried to get a bill passed outlawing the use of Parental Alienation Syndrome in California courts. Beall is a schmuck and dangerous to both children and dads. He implicitly offers support to child abusers like the ex in this case. It makes me so frustrated at the waste of this man's life rotting in jail over a woman who Parentally Alienated the most precious gifts she would ever have to get revenge. I hope he sues the state and the ex.MJM The Huffington Post July 11, 2009 07:22 PM EST | VANCOUVER, Wash. — Former Vancouver police officer Clyde Ray Spencer spent nearly 20 years in prison after he was convicted of sexually molesting his son and daughter. Now, the children say it never happened. Matthew Spencer and Kathryn Tetz, who live in Sacramento, Calif., each took the stand Friday in Clark County Superior Court to clear their father's name, The Columbian newspaper reported. Matthew, now 33, was 9 years old at the time. He told a judge he made the allegation after months of insistent questioning by now-retired Clark County sheriff's detective Sharon Krause just so she would leave him alone. Tetz, 30, said she doesn't remember what she told Krause back in 1985, but she remembers Krause buying her ice cream. She said that when she finally read the police reports she was "absolutely sure" the abuse never happened. "I would have remembered something that graphic, that violent," Tetz said. Spencer's sentence was commuted by then-Gov. Gary Locke in 2004 after questions arose about his conviction. Among other problems, prosecutors withheld medical exams that showed no evidence of abuse, even though Krause claimed the abuse was repeated and violent. Despite the commutation, Spencer remains a convicted sex offender. He is hoping to have the convictions overturned. Krause declined an interview request from The Columbian in 2005 and could not be reached Friday, the newspaper reported. Both children said that while growing up in California they were told by their mother, who divorced Spencer before he was charged, that they were blocking out the memory of the abuse. They said they realized as adults the abuse never happened, and they came forward because it was the right thing to do. Prosecutors aren't yet conceding that Spencer was wrongly convicted. Senior deputy prosecutor Kim Farr grilled the children about why they are so certain they weren't abused, and chief criminal deputy prosecutor Dennis Hunter said that if the convictions are tossed, his office might appeal to the state Supreme Court. Matthew Spencer said his father had ruined the relationship with his mother and he had faults, "but none of them were molesting children." Friday's hearing paved the way for the state Court of Appeals to allow Spencer to withdraw the no-contest pleas he entered in 1985 and have his convictions vacated. Both children had previously filed statements with the appeals court, but the judges required the hearing to ensure their new testimony held up under cross-examination. Spencer, 61, hugged his son and daughter afterward while a dozen supporters cheered. "For so many years, nothing went right," he said. "When things keep going right, I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop." The hardest thing about his ordeal was missing his children, he said. "They were my life, and they were taken away from me," he said. "I could serve in prison. ..." His voice trailed off, and his son came up for one more hug. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/11/clyde-ray-spencer-impriso_n_230096.html?view=screen

After 14 Years in Jail over Alimony, Chadwick Finally Freed–Son Worked Tirelessly for Dad’s Release

Was Justice served or just the sadistic wish of an out of control judge?MJM

In 1995, a family court judge ordered corporate lawyer, H. Beatty Chadwick to deposit $2.5 million in the court's registry to pay alimony
to his ex-wife, Barbara Applegate. Chadwick said he didn't have the money, but the court believed he'd stashed it somewhere during the divorce. So, because Chadwick didn't pay, the judge jailed him for contempt of court.
As this article says, that was when Apollo 13 was box office dynamite and O.J. Simpson was being acquitted of murder (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7/11/09). In other words, it was a long time ago.
And Chadwick's been in stir ever since. During that time, the court hired investigators to find the money. They found nothing, but Chadwick wasn't released. In his decision to free Chadwick, Judge Joseph Cronin maintained that he could have paid the money, but refused to. Why he believes that in the absence of any actual money escapes me.
Chadwick's son, William, worked tirelessly for his release. The article gives no information about Applegate.
Chadwick, who is now 73, seems remarkably equable about the whole thing, describing prison as "a very artificial society." Some people use stronger words than that.
For the immediate future, Chadwick intends to live with William, but says he needs to find a job, given that Social Security is his only income. He may try to go into teaching or get his law license reinstated.
Fourteen years is a long time for not paying alimony that he apparently didn't have the money to pay.
[In a column on this case a few years ago, Wendy McElroy wrote:
"A. Leo Sereni, a former president judge in Pennsylvania, was appointed to track Chadwick's money. Eighteen months and two accounting firms later, Sereni reported no trace beyond what had been discovered a decade before. Money had been transferred to Europe and a small fraction had reappeared in U.S. accounts. Sereni concluded, 'most of it...nowhere.'
"He recommended Chadwick's release, stating, 'My God -- if he had stolen $2 million, he would have been out a couple of years ago.'"--GS]

Judge frees Pa. inmate who served record term for delinquent alimony account
14-year contempt sentence ends
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Free at last
PHILADELPHIA -- H. Beatty Chadwick, imprisoned in Delaware County for the last 14 years, was in the jail library yesterday giving legal advice to female inmates when a prison official walked up and gave him the news.
He was a free man.
Minutes earlier a Delaware County Common Pleas judge issued an order granting Mr. Chadwick's petition for freedom, thus ending his incarceration for contempt of court -- a U.S. record for the charge.
"We want you out of here right away," Mr. Chadwick, 73, said the official told him.
In 1995 -- the year "Apollo 13" was a box-office hit, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder and 169 people were killed in the bombing of an Oklahoma federal building -- Mr. Chadwick was a corporate lawyer who grew up in Bryn Mawr and became embroiled in a nasty divorce. In April that year, he was arrested by two sheriff's deputies at his dentist's dowtown Philadelphia office and landed in jail.
A Delaware County judge issued an order to jail Mr. Chadwick for failing to deposit $2.5 million in a court-controlled account that would be used to pay alimony to his ex-wife, Barbara "Bobbie" Applegate.
Mr. Chadwick contended he no longer had the money, saying he lost it in a bad overseas investment. The judge believed he hid the money after divorce proceedings were started. Court-ordered investigations after he was jailed turned up no money.
The couple were married for 15 years. Mr. Chadwick called their marriage happy; she said he was stubborn and controlled her every move.
Efforts to reach Ms. Applegate's attorney, Albert Momjian, yesterday were unsuccessful.
In yesterday's ruling, Judge Joseph P. Cronin said Mr. Chadwick had the ability to comply with the 1995 court order to make the bank deposit and willfully refused to do so. But, after 14 years, Judge Cronin said, the contempt order had lost its coercive effect and instead had become punitive.
At the prison yesterday, when Mr. Chadwick's attorney, Michael J. Malloy, arrived to pick him up, about 50 people -- prison staff, correction officers and inmates -- were gathered inside and out to see him off.
"It was pretty remarkable scene," said Mr. Malloy. He added people were crying, shaking hands and hugging Mr. Chadwick. When he walked out into the brilliant, blue sky day, Mr. Malloy said everyone applauded.
The two packed 14 years of clothes, books, magazines -- including Bon Appetit -- and boxes of legal filings into the backseat and trunk of Mr. Malloy's Honda Accord, and then they drove off.
"I really missed being free and being able to have interactions with other people," said Mr. Chadwick, who was dressed in a dapper green suit and maroon tie for the occasion. "Jail is really a very artificial society."
Later in Mr. Malloy's office, Mr. Chadwick talked about his legal battles, the judicial system, his life in prison and his future.
He said he held no anger about the imprisonment or toward his ex-wife, to whom he has not spoken in more than a decade.
"The dark moments always came when I had a turndown from some court," said Mr. Chadwick, who had repeatedly sought release over the years. He said he kept his spirits up helping others with their legal issues.
For more than six years, Mr. Malloy worked pro bono on the case.
"I always thought if I could take this to a jury, he would have been home in a week," said Mr. Malloy.
When Mr. Chadwick's son, William, 41, walked into the office, the two embraced.
"It was so tough to keep up hopes at these hearings," said William Chadwick.
"We were concentrating so much on getting him out, we haven't thought what we'd do immediately afterward."
Beatty Chadwick will stay at his son's house in King of Prussia until he can set up his own apartment. He has no firm plans beyond that.
"I have to get out and make a living," said Mr. Chadwick, who has no income other than Social Security.
He is considering possibly teaching, trying to see what he can do in a corporate advisory role, and he will try to get his law license reinstated.
"I'm really thinking about what I'm going to do with the rest of my life," Mr. Chadwick said.
He would like to use his "skills and talent and time" to benefit others.
As Mr. Chadwick walked outside to transfer his belongings into his son's Prius, a man driving a car along Veteran's Square in Media honked, cheered and gave the thumbs-up sign, all while hanging out the car window.
"Good job, buddy," said the former fellow inmate, who declined to give his name. "You deserve to be out."
First published on July 11, 2009 at 12:00 am

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Who is Barbara Chadwick?

Every divorce starts with two people. Although Beatty is the one in jail, his ex wife Barbara (Bobbie) initiated the divorce action. She played the wounded spouse card, and claimed that Beatty was a control freak. Being subject to a "control freak" must be grounds for divorce in Pennsylvania. Anyway, after the divorce and Chadwick's imprisonment Bobbie remarried and moved to Maine. This is what her good neighbors had to say about her....More background on the ex wife here: