Here is my personal story of Law Abuse, just ONE example of the hundreds and thousands of destroyed and grief stricken families.
This is the nightmare inflicted upon my daughter and I by one corrupt, cruel and unlawful judge.
My name is Amy Andersen and my purpose for writing this letter is to make a formal complaint regarding the misconduct and illegal discrimination I have received under
Judge George Pulver Jr. of Greene County Family Court in
Catskill, New York
My case involves the custody of my 7 year old daughter who was taken from me by Judge Pulver by illegal discrimination and hearsay alone.
My story is very complicated, but I will do my best to keep things short and to the point.
On July 11, 2011 my ex-husband was given full custody of my daughter and I was to receive supervised visitation. This is what happened.
Up until last year, my husband, my daughter, and myself lived together, I was a stay at home mom and dedicated every minute of my life to raising, nurturing, and loving my little girl, we were NEVER apart, that is up until my ex met another woman that he wanted to be with.
Within one week I was forced out of our home and unable to take my daughter with me because the only place I had to go was to my mother in CT and I was not allowed to take my daughter out of state.
I was devastated and terrified to be forced to leave her with an alcoholic and abusive father who’s only interest was to destroy me by taking away the one thing that mattered the most to me.
Over the ten years I stayed with my husband I endured unspeakable abuse, both mental and physical, but I never reported it for fear of what he would do if I did. His threats terrified me.
Upon being forced from my home I immediately petitioned the court for custody of my daughter.
On our first day of court my ex-husband accused me of abusing my legally prescribed medication vicodin, which I took to control the pain of my Fibromyalgia and RA.
Upon hearing that false accusation, Judge Pulver did not order me to take a drug test, as he should have, instead, HE DENIED ME! He merely went on the lies and hearsay of my ex-husband and remanded me to join a drug treatment center in CT, even though I in no way needed drug treatment as stated by my physician.
We were in the court room for less then 3 minutes, I was not allowed to approach and defend myself in any way, I was in absolute shock and dismay because I was not abusing my medication and I was denied my legal right to take a drug test to prove it.
Because of this indiscretion my-ex husband was given temporary full custody of my daughter and I was to receive SUPERVISED visitation once a week until our next court date 3 months later. I was completely heartbroken and terrified for the safety of my daughter.
The next day I frantically researched the facilities in my area and found a great program, I was immediately assessed by their physician, and upon telling them my story and that I had to stop taking vicodin unless I would loose my daughter permanently, they decided even though it was clearly wrong and discriminating on the judges part, it would be in my best interest to start Methadone Maintenance Therapy to stop having to take vicodin and for control of my chronic pain.
Even though I was well aware of the stigma that methadone carries, I had no other choice then to agree.
This was chosen due to the fact that it is illegal to discriminate against persons on Methadone Treatment, and that includes discrimination regarding child custody.
Methadone does NOT impair cognitive functions; it has no adverse affects on mental capability, intelligence, employability, or parenting skills.
It is not sedating or intoxicating, nor does it interfere with ordinary activities such as driving a car.
I felt very confident that there would be no further problems because I did EXACTLY what the Judge ordered and was completely assured that discrimination towards me was completely illegal under the laws of the ADA.
Unfortunately, I would find out I was very, VERY wrong.
During my excruciating wait until our next court date, I met with 3 lawyers in my area to discuss my case and make sure I had all my bases covered, I was told over and over, by my clinic, by lawyers, and through hundreds of hours of extensive research online, in person, and with the help of NAMA, that I was absolutely and completely protected from the discrimination that Methadone causes.
I was assured that the law states clearly that I had the same rights as a woman with diabetes that is being treated with insulin. Would any judge discriminate against a mother with diabetes and threaten to take her children away if she did not stop taking her insulin? Of course not, that would be unthinkable!
The REAL discrimination and misconduct started at our next court appearance.
Upon entering the court room, my court appointed lawyer (who did absolutely NOTHING for me) informed the judge of my program.
She handed him a personal letter from my clinician stating that in her personal and professional opinion that “I am completely stable on my medication, and even though in her professional opinion I was not abusing my prior medication and I did not need drug treatment, but she understood that this was the judge’s order.
She also stated that I was fully assessed by their team which consisted of a Medical Doctor, a licensed Psychiatrist and a Psychotherapist, all whom concured that I was a fully functional and capable woman who they had no concerns what so every regarding my parenting skills.
None of that mattered, not even the laws of the ADA or my rights under the U.S. Constitution, amendments 4 and 14.
Immediately upon hearing the word “Methadone”, Judge Pulver had no interest in hearing ANOTHER word.
Again, he awarded my abusive ex husband FULL CUSTODY of my daughter, I was given the SUPERVISED VISITATION with a court appointed supervisor once a week.
Also, please note that there is no accusation of any abuse on my part what so ever, nor has there ever been. CPS was never involved.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS;
I LOST CUSTODY OF MY DAUGHTER DUE TO HERSAY AND FALSE ALLEGATIONS WITH ABSOLUTELY NO PROOF!
I was given the absolute harshest sentence imaginable, a sentence that would ordinarily be given to the most horrific child abuser.
Judge Pulver had ABSOLUTELY NO REASON to give this order, that is why I am sure there is serious illegal corruption regarding my case. I have done NOTHING to deserve losing my daughter.
There is not one reason in this world that would justify such a absurd ruling.
I have not left out any details, this is the complete truth of exactly what happened.
Let me please explain that from the very day my daughter was born I was a stay at home mom, I spent every waking hour loving and nurturing my daughter, my ex was never around, and when he was he was drunk, abusive or high on cocaine.
My ex husband is a very wealthy business owner in the town where this case has taken place, he donates thousands to the town, not from the “goodness of his heart”, but because he is a narsisist and wants to be admired by the important people so he would have them backing him if needed. He sits on the town board and “rubs elbows” with everyone who is anyone, he has even admitted that he knows Judge Pulver personally and exactly this would happen if I EVER challenged him.
My ex-husbands parents resided in this town for 25 years, and they were very well known business owners.
I only moved to town when my husband took over the family business 5 years ago, I was born and raised in CT, therefore I am considered an “outsider.”
Judge Pulver has completely, illegally discriminated against me and had a personal biased opinion of me since day one. He did not take one moment to educate himself regarding the laws he is currently breaking, nor does he care to, due to his extreme partiality towards my ex husband.
Judge Pulver has chosen to ignore and go against many of the rules and codes listed under the New York State Guidelines, “Rules Governing Judicial Conduct.”
These are the reasons I believe that Judge Pulver has acted with misconduct, bias, and discrimination:
*His willful failure to uphold and comply with the laws of the U.S. Constitution
*His extreme prejudice and bias towards me
*Denying me my full right to be heard
*Equal protection under the law
*Right to privacy, intruding on my “Parental Rights”
*Making a decision on heresay alone with no existing proof
*Deprivation of my right to due process, equal protection and basic fundamental fairness guaranteed by the United States and New York Constitutions
I have recently asked my court appointed attorney to file a Marsden Motion on behalf of my case.
It is my strong opinion that she neglected to enforce my legal rights by her lack of competence, legal knowledge, diligence and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation of my very complicated case.
It is all part of the “corrupt and discriminatory small town ethic” that I am fighting against.
Judge Pulver has completely DESTROYED my daughter’s life, she is suffering more then I can ever imagine, she BEGS for her mother and nobody will help her, I cannot even call her to reassure her that I love her and I am fighting for her. As for me, I am completely consumed in my grief, I dedicate every waking moment of my life into finding someone, ANYONE who will listen to my story and look into Judge George Pulver.
I have found out that this cruel judge has ripped HUNDREDS of families apart, he is known to be a corrupt man who has had many dealings in illegal activities. The issue at hand is that Judge Pulver is the ONLY Family Court Judge in this tiny town, that is why the local lawyers are afraid to challenge him and “get on his bad side.”
They need him for their OWN profit!
Please, I am pleading for you to take my story seriously, as I have told you every detail in complete honesty.
Please help me to bring my little girl home to her mother where she belongs.
Please help me and thousands of others just like me who have had their children “stolen” from them by our failing Judicial System who is supposed to protect us by upholding the laws of The Constitution of the United States of America.
If we, as American Citizens, cannot count on protection from our government and it’s officials, Who then, can we count on?
Judge George Pulver Jr. has completely destroyed our lives, and this exact same heartbreaking injustice is running rampid in our country, destroying thousands of lives in its path.
Someone MUST step up and bring justice and truth back into our proud country.
Please help us.
With Much Respect,
Amy Northrop Andersen
This petition closed almost 3 years ago
The utter downfall and corruption of the United States Family Court System is truly astounding. Our government and lawmakers have chosen to turn a blind eye to the current unlawfulness of Family...
The utter downfall and corruption of the United States Family Court System is truly astounding. Our government and lawmakers have chosen to turn a blind eye to the current unlawfulness of Family Court and the corruption of severly bias, discriminatory, under educated, and uncaring judges. Innocent children are literally being "ripped" from the arms of fit and loving parents for ABSOLUTELY NO REASON WHAT SO EVER! This law abuse is done simply to keep the "system" rolling and to fill the pockets of those who work within. This ABUSE is APPAULING and desperately needs to be stopped! Parents are denied all of their Constitutional Rights as American citizens as soon as they enter this corrupt "system", they are losing their children and families at alarming rates and being made to suffer the worse pain imaginable... Precious children are torn from their families, thrown into foster care and left to suffer the most horrific nightmare of losing their loving parents and families!!... Something has got to be done to change this attrocity, it is getting worse by the day! Our government is failing us, they are stealing our rights as parents and denying us our God given right to parent our children without government interference. CPS was designed to "protect" children, now it has become a force to be FEARED! They lie, cheat, and steal, they are completely unlawful, dishonest, cruel and corrupt. They are not educated on the current Civil Rights Laws that protect families and parents from being "harassed" by this evil system!... It is truly all about MONEY and keeping the system going, not one thought is EVER given to the lives of innocent children and parents, they are nameless and faceless. THEY ARE THE REAL VICTIMS IN THIS INHUMANE, HEARTLESS AND EVIL ENTITY KNOWN AS "FAMILY COURT!!!"