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Little to no oversight is brought to bear for Americans...

U.S. Atty. Loretta Lynch should say to U.S. Dist. Atty. David Capp: INDIANA HERE I COME!



  • On February 16, 2016, the first annual report was released on Opt IN USA, a grassroots U.S. foreign policy reform, judicial accountability, and international human rights campaign. The report title is “AMERICANS IN JEOPARDY: When Human Rights Protection Becomes America’s Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branch Shell Game”.
  • Corporate sponsor of the report is National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc. (NJCDLP), a nonprofit U.S. public policy think tank and legal reform advocate headquartered just outside Chicago in Crown Point, Indiana.
  • While all NJCDLP board members are cutting-edge pioneers in detecting and addressing patterns of U.S. legal system abuse, the organization's Executive Board member Mr. Rodney A. Logal, his wife, attorney Zena Crenshaw-Logal*, and their fellow NJCDLP co-founder, Dr. Andrew D. Jackson, are the organization's driving force.  They are NJCDLP’s full-time volunteers as well as the non-profit’s primary financial benefactors. 
  • In that context it is particularly significant that two Indiana judges have taken to repeatedly placing the Logals and Dr. Jackson at respective risk of arrest:  a death threat for Mr. Logal given how jail would affect his medical care and health.  Moreover, substantial debt has been imposed by default upon the Logals and Dr. Jackson, and is in the process of being collected although the underlying judgments are void as a matter of law!
  • In late September 2015, the Logals and Dr. Jackson asked the Indiana House Judiciary Committee and the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana to investigate several area judges whose activities may be part of what has been dubbed “The Third Degree” (TTD).  
  • As the 2016 Opt IN USA report makes clear, TTD is a persistent pattern of persecution and psychological torture imposed through U.S. legal system abuse.  
  • U.S. District Attorney Capp has shown no interest in the phenomenon despite its obvious peril for Mr. and Mrs. Logal as well as Dr. Jackson, not to mention the prospect of multiple related murders, including the suspicious death of a lawyer who attested to the bribery of a now retired Indiana state court judge.
  • Uncanny it is that little to no oversight is brought to bear for Americans claiming to endure TTD.
  • Ironically their allegations -- specifically the notion that they are targets of TTD -- rarely if ever garner more than cursory major media and U.S. government attention. Yet for each of them, powerful private sector and/or U.S. public sector actors expend tremendous time, effort, and resources muting their government critiques through quasi-judicial and/or judicial processes.
  • Whether as a result they opt to suffer in silence, become widely ignored or disregarded, cease communicating while incarcerated, and/or die . . . these supposedly too-insignificant-to-take-seriously people get silenced.
  • Please do not allow the Logals and Dr. Jackson to "get silenced".  Your representatives in Northwest Indiana are in the process of letting that happen.
  • The time has come for protection of the Logals and Dr. Jackson to come out of Washington, D.C.  And time is of essence as the Opt IN USA debut report makes clear, particularly its section on "Ground Zero: INDIANA, the Hoosier State" and Appendix.  
  • Learn more @ www.thethirddegree.net

Family Reunification Act could restore parental rights in some lost custody cases | Minnesota Public Radio News

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would give some parents who lost custody of their children years ago a chance to reunify with them.
Advocates say only a small number of teens living in foster care could be affected by the Family Reunification Act, but that it could make a great difference for those motivated parents who have dealt with their problems and whose children want to go home again.
Eleven states currently have a process for parents to regain their parental rights if they meet certain criteria, said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. In Minnesota, it is impossible.
Every year in Minnesota, approximately 400 abused or neglected children wind up in foster care after their parents lose the right to care for them. The state tries to find adoptive families for the displaced children but sometimes fails to place them, Choi said. The best choice for some of these teenagers might be to reunify with a birth parent.
“I'm supporting this bill on behalf of those children who we have not taken care of, who we have not found homes for.”
Ret. Justice Helen Meyer, Minnesota Supreme Court
"For those kids who are 15 years or older, who have never been adopted, and who have at least spent 36 months since the time the parental rights were terminated, that if the parent is able to take care of their child and has the financial wherewithal, government shouldn't stand in that way."
Choi and other supporters of the Family Reunification Act held a news conference at the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, an addiction recovery center in south Minneapolis.
Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Helen Meyer, who helped establish the Child Protection Clinic at William Mitchell College of Law, said her background as a social worker taught her how much children -- even those who have been through terrible things -- want to return home.
"There are some children who are never adopted, and there are some children whose parents come forward years later... with some ability to parent and some ability to provide a safe, permanent home for their children," Meyer said. "I'm supporting this bill on behalf of those children who we have not taken care of, who we have not found homes for."
The speakers pointed to the extremely low rates of adoption for older African American and American Indian children. Children who "age out" of foster care without permanent families to fall back on are at greater risk of homelessness, addiction and other problems in adulthood.
Gina Evans of Forest Lake is one mother who for six years has pushed for a chance at redemption. Evans, now 39, lost custody of her son and daughter in 2001 due to neglect. She left her children in the care of her parents, sometimes for long periods of time, when she was using drugs. Evans said the state had every right to terminate her parental rights. She went through treatment and has been clean for nine years. She was able to overcome her felonies to find work again, but when she talked to child protection workers, her county attorney and state lawmakers, she learned there was no second chance at parenthood.



Gina Evans
Gina Evans 

"They weren't opposed to me getting my parental rights back. They just had never heard of it before," Evans said. "It's unchartered territory."
The bill Evans is advocating would not help her family. Her son, Chris, 12, is too young, and lives with Evans' parents, not in foster care. Her daughter, Danielle Conley, is already an adult. But Conley said she wishes that when she was an 11-year-old girl and her mother stopped doing drugs, there could have been a way for them to be a family again.
"Everybody deserves a second chance," Conley said. "As a child of somebody who is a felon and did get their parental rights terminated: when I found out she was getting help; when I found out she was going to Teen Challenge to turn her life around, I was so excited that she could change and it didn't matter what had happened or that she had been gone. I was just so excited to have my mom back."
The Family Reunification Act has bipartisan support at the Capitol. Choi said only about 35 children in Minnesota's child protection system would fit the criteria to rejoin their parents, but for those families, a second chance should be possible

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