December 22, 2014
Chief Justice Jorge Labarga
Florida Supreme Court
500 South Duval Street
Tallahassee FL 32399-1925
Dear Honorable Jorge Labarga,
I would like to start by thanking you for all your efforts to help the people of our state, such as your recent efforts creating the Florida commission on access to civil justice, which aims at providing “systemic advances to ensure that access to justice in Florida is not limited to those who can afford it,” and for your recent administrative Order No. AOSC14-66. I do not think that a Chief Justice with your heart for service and your compassion could have come at a more needed time for Floridians.
I am a born-again Christian man, who for the Glory of God in Christ Jesus, became an American Board of Family Medicine certified physician (from UM/JMH, with highest medical training score in the program, among top in the nation, named team player of the year by my 2013 class, highly praised by my peers and our community in general), an Electrical Engineer (from FIU, Cum Laude), an ex-Olympian, and a father of four, two of which came from my first marriage. While still finishing my medical residency in July of 2012, I came to experience one of the most horrific experiences of my life when I came before the Family Court system of the 11th Judicial circuit. If I had not lived it in my own flesh, I probably would have never believed what I am seeing unfolding in our Family Courts today. As my dealings with the three Judges I am reporting in this letter exemplify, some Judges routinely ignore the rule of law, the constitution, due process, and common sense, and selectively enforce the law for their own interest or that of their friends calling it “the best interest of the children.” After my experience with a dysfunctional Family Court, I am appalled to find that the moment one walks into it, one is immediately stripped away of our constitutional rights, such as our rights to freedom of religion, speech, self-incrimination, due process, jury trial, and equal protection. It is a place where parents have fewer rights than known criminals in other courts, for if a criminal cannot afford an attorney, one is assigned to them; a place where the law provides more rights to protect one’s property or debts than to protect one’s children. In all cases, parents are left at the whims of Judges who regularly have conflicts of interests, whose campaign funds or the certainty of not having someone run against them is owed to the same attorneys who come before them.
As taught to view medicine by Dr. Lynn Carmichael, one of my heroes and founder of Family Medicine, from an integrative medicine perspective, I believe that the problems in our Family Courts today represent not only a judicial emergency, but a true health crisis. As my case and many others exemplify, the negative effects of our currently dysfunctional Family Courts routinely lead children and adults to suffer not only from serious mental issues such as major depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and many others, but in a large enough number of unfortunate cases, can also lead to suicides, homicides, and a number of other serious crimes, not to mention, the enormous economic cost that it brings to our societies from broken homes and lives. For instance, one of Americas most loved actors and comedians, Robin Williams, is perhaps one of its most recent well-known victims as a recent interview before his suicide clearly hinted to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/13/robin-williams_n_3923027.html.
As the letter I am attaching (that I recently sent to Honorable Bertila Soto) shows, the dysfunction of our Family Courts is not only about blatant violations of public trust, neglect of duty, and ethics, but also about physical and psychological child abuse, such as Nubia Barahona’s, that have continued and will continue, unless your office takes deliberate actions to prevent them (533 children dead as of this day in the last 6 years). I wish I could say that mine is an isolated case, but it is not. I personally know of some horrible cases, many much worse than mine, such as Steve Sumner’s in Broward County, whose minor daughter has been actually placed in eminent danger because of the arbitrary decision of a Judge there. But the list goes on, and includes parents from all walks of life, ethnicities, and sexes, such as Janice, Patricia, Maria, Dilcy, Yarmila, Oscar, Jose, Rocky, David I, David S, Chris, Glen, Faruq, and on and on. A quick search in Facebook, for instance, will literal yield hundreds of groups and thousands upon thousands of victims talking about this topic, but not able to know where to turn for justice. As evidence will show, the dysfunction of our Family Courts is not only a local problem, but a state and a national one, costing innocent victims upwards of 50 billion dollars as a recent Divorce Corp documentary showed. I believe that evidence will show that more than ever before, we need a major reform to our Family Courts. The lives of our children and the preservation of our society may very well depend on this. We cannot remain silent witnesses to the abuses that we are currently seeing in our Family Courts. To remain silent would make us accomplices of their actions, and will inevitably lead to the destruction of families and more children being abused and/or killed.
I would like to thank you in advance for your positive response in protecting the children and families of our beautiful state. I would like to offer my problem-solving skills, medical knowledge and experience with this topic to try to come with solutions. I have identified 5 specific areas that in my opinion need immediate attention to solve this problem, and which I am sharing with you in this letter. I praise God for the blessing of suffering for His name, and for giving me the opportunity to be a light in the darkness of this world. May the Grace of God in Christ Jesus be always with you and your family, and with this most glorious nation, the U.S.A., one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Mario A. Jiménez Jerez, M.D., B.S.E.E.
5700 SW 127 Ave. #1316
Miami, Fl 33183
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C.C.: Honorable Governor Rick Scott. Florida House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. Florida Senate Judiciary Committee. Florida Senators Anitere Flores, and Rene Garcia.
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