December 26, 2014
Committee Mailing Address
Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Senator Jeremy Ring, Senator Aaron Bean, Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, Senator Jeff Brandes, Senator Arthenia L. Joyner, Senator David Simmons, Senator Wilton Simpson, Senator Darren Soto, Senator Kelli Stargel
404 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Dear Senator Diaz de la Portilla, Senator Ring, Senator Bean, Senator Benacquisto, Senator Brandes, Senator Joyner, Senator Simmons, Senator Simpson, Senator Soto, Senator Stargel,
I hope this letter finds you and your family well. I am writing in regards to a very important issue for Floridians in general, but most importantly for Florida families. Please, see attached with this letter correspondence with my local Chief Judge, Bertila Soto, for your reference.
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 University of Miami/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.
A Family Court today in Florida 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 the Senate Judiciary Committee takes deliberate actions to prevent them by making sure that Judges behave in an ethical manner, and do not continue to violate public trust, and to neglect their duties. I wish 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 affected by this pandemia, but until now, not able to turn to anyone for a remedy.
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 of our Family Courts, beginning with judicial accountability to restoration of constitutional rights and the rule of law in Family Courts. The lives of our children and the preservation of our societies may very well depend on this. We cannot remain silent witnesses to the abuses that we are currently seeing in our Family Courts, for 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 request on behalf of thousands of Floridians and myself a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on this topic. 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 up 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
Please visit http://saynotopas.com/florida-sjc/ for all evidence referenced in this letter.
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Campbell, Daphne D. [D], Daphne.Campbell@myfloridahouse.gov
Coley, Marti [R], Marti.Coley@myfloridahouse.gov
Dudley, Dwight [D], Dwight.Dudley@myfloridahouse.gov
Fitzenhagen, Heather [R], Heathe.Fitzenhagen@myfloridahouse.gov
Ford, Clay [R], Clay.Ford@myfloridahouse.gov
Gaetz, Matt [R], Matt.Gaetz@myfloridahouse.gov
Hager, Bill [R], Bill.Hager@myfloridahouse.gov
Kerner, Dave [D], Dave.Kerner@myfloridahouse.gov
McBurney, Charles [R], Charles.McBurney@myfloridahouse.gov
McGhee, Kionne L. [D], Kionne.McGhee@myfloridahouse.gov
Metz, Larry [R], Larry.Metz@myfloridahouse.gov
Moskowitz, Jared Evan [D], Jared.Moskowitz@myfloridahouse.gov
Passidomo, Kathleen C. [R], Kathleen.Passidomo@myfloridahouse.gov
Pilon, Ray [R], Ray.Pilon@myfloridahouse.gov
Raulerson, Daniel D. “Dan” [R], Dan.Raulerson@myfloridahouse.gov
Roberson, Kenneth L. “Ken” [R], Ken.Roberson@myfloridahouse.gov
Spano, Ross [R], Ross.Spano@myfloridahouse.gov
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Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R),
Vice Chair: Senator Jeremy Ring (D)
Senator Aaron Bean (R)
Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R)
Senator Jeff Brandes (R)
Senator Arthenia L. Joyner (D)
Senator David Simmons (R)
Senator Wilton Simpson (R)
Senator Darren Soto (D)
Senator Kelli Stargel (R)
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