carroll_cox_mizuno_carlin_ostendorpCarroll Cox has pulled a contraversial fireball out from under the rock... Abuses in Hawaii's Family Courts. 

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The first broadcast in the series about violations of statutory law and due process in contested divorce/custody cases began today. A common thread in these cases appears to be the existance of Domestic Violence.

Attorney Michael Ostendorp; Advocate/Survivor Dara Carlin; Advocacy agency, AngelGroup; Rep. John Mizuno, and several mothers all participated in a discussion about how judges are disregarding the law, and giving children to the abusive parent. 

Several things stood out:

  • Involvement of per diem judges on opposing side quickly disintegrates cases and this results in survivors losing custody to abusers
  • Certain judges are ignoring evidence of DV and giving custody to abuser
  • Certain judges are legislating from the bench
  • Certain judges are in violation of their Judicial Canons but oversight agencies (Commission on Judicial Conduct) are refusing to hold them accountable and there is no transparency to ensure they do
  • Certain para-professionals are abusing their position and lying to support abusers but there is no accountability
  • "Expert" witnesses are disregarded in lieu of unlicensed and unqualified professionals that favor abusers
  • Laws exist to prevent present and future endangerment but there is no enforcement of the laws
Specific Judges mentioned were: Judge Keith E. Tanaka (Second Circuit, Maui), Judge Paul T. Murakami and Judge Linda Luke (both from First Circuit, Oahu).

Also dicussed was proposed family court and DV legislation, currently under review.  Please see other articles re: HB135 and HB968.

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