Letter On Behalf Of My Friend

 


December 9, 2014

 

Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida, The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
(850) 717-9337

Dear Honorable Governor Scott,

I am writing on behalf of a friend, Steve Sumner, his minor children, as well as hundreds of children. As of today there have been some 533 children who have died at the hands of Florida’s dysfunctional Family Court system (Family and Juvenile courts, DCF, foster care services, etc).

Governor, I would like to request your help on behalf of my friend. Mr. Sumner is the father of two minor children; one of them is a young girl who has been victimized by her older half brother. According to a popular Fox news article, “The teenage boy has been medically assessed and has admitted not only to molesting his sibling but also of thinking about the abuse and reporting urges to do it again.”

Unfortunately for my friend and his child, the court system is not only not protecting the young victim, they are allowing the re-victimization of this little girl in a criminal conspiracy. A Broward County judge has put the child in the care of her mother and the older sibling who has repeatedly victimized her, simultaneously suspending time sharing for father, who appears to be the only person protecting the child from further abuse and neglect. The only means of protecting the children from further sexual abuse in this case was to prohibit the teenage perpetrator of these cruel and felonious acts from sleeping under the same roof with his victim. Two previous court orders from two different judges forbid the children from living in the same household.

However, despite all of the evidence of criminal activity and in clear violation of Florida, Federal and Constitutional statutes and protections, it is clear that, as the news reports, “… money and allegations of a few corrupt people in the legal system have literally left this child to the vices of a teenage abuser and no one seems to be willing or able to stop it.”

My friend’s case is just another example of the total dysfunction of our Family Court system, where the rule of law, the constitution, due process, and common sense have been lost because Family Court judges have replaced these long standing principles by what they call, “the best interest of the children.” However, as attested by my friend’s case, and as I have been able to personally experience (please see www.SayNoToPAS.com), letting a single person decide the fate of children and families actually leads to terrible abuses of power. The law is not longer respected; our Constitutional, human and civil rights ignored. Instead, a new form of tyranny has crept in the country’s Family Courts. Nowhere is this more evident than right here in Florida.

As the well publicized cases in the Miami Herald show (http://pubsys.miamiherald.com/projects/2014/innocents-lost/database/), we have a huge problem on our hands and the dilemma does not involve DCF alone. I believe that it is due to a systematic failure of our Family Court system as a whole. Based on my personal experience with this subject and my problem-solving skills as an Electrical Engineer and Physician, here are some of the problems, and suggestions on how to start fixing this mess:

1. DCF investigators are overwhelmed with the great number of false cases. Some unscrupulous people use DCF as a form of harassment tool. I know firsthand how easy it is for individuals to abuse the system and how these false accusations are costing DCF and Floridians millions of dollars of our tax money.
Solution: start cracking down on false DCF calls/accusations. These false accusations cause a huge burden on the system, and prevent DCF case workers from properly dedicating their time and efforts in true abuse cases.

2. DCF workers are pressured from every side to please a number of people who work with them (Family Court attorneys, judges, etc…). What DCF does or does not do creates business for these individuals, so DCF workers have to please them in order to keep their jobs.
Solution: Create an independent commission of citizens to help overlook DCF’s work (no attorneys or any other “professionals” with possible conflicts of interest accepted). I am an American Board Certified Family Physician, active in my community, father of 4 minor children, Sunday school teacher who deals with children on a daily basis, and I would gladly volunteer to be part of this commission.  I also know of many other law-abiding professionals who would love to serve as well.

3. I believe that most DCF investigators/workers are good hearted individuals who truly want to help the children, who do not want to see any more children die and who are frustrated with what is going; however, they do not have a way to voice their concerns without running the risk of being targeted and losing their jobs.
Solution: create an internal DCF whistle-blowing (improvement) hot line to allow DCF investigators/workers an anonymous way to point anomalies they may have encountered. These calls should be fully investigated and presented to the independent commission of citizens overlooking DCF’s work.

4. Some unscrupulous attorneys and “professional” are abusing the children’s suffering to enrich themselves.  These individuals believe that it is not what you know or what the truth is, but who they know, and how they can twist the truth that determines the outcomes in Family Court cases. Their behavior reminds me of the cronyism and corruption experienced in many third world countries. They are making millions off of the suffering of children and their parents.
Solution: crack down on individuals who may be abusing the Family Court system. The DCF whistle-blowing hot line will help identify some of them.

5. Lack of judicial accountability, and disregard of the rule of law in the Family Courts. Some judges 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.
Solution: Legislative measures to return the rule of law to Family Courts: 1. Judicial accountability: whether someone is running against them or not, judges should appear for a confidence vote when their time for re-election comes up. At this time, in many areas, close to 80% never even have to appear on the ballots because no other attorney challenges their position. 2. If a judge decides to strip someone’s right to one’s children, require a speedy jury trial. 3. If a judge finds someone guilty of Domestic Abuse, require immediate transfer to Criminal Court with a speedy jury trial as well. These last two measures are constitutional protections stripped away by the Family Courts.

As attested by our forefathers, I believe that what we do in this life will echo forever in eternity. Because of their efforts and sacrifices, we have been greatly blessed, as it is still evident in this, the greatest nation on earth. But, as Benjamin Franklin reminds us “democracy must be learned by and defended in every generation”. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” –Ronald Reagan.  We cannot remain silent witnesses to the abuses that we are currently seeing in our Family Court system. 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 my friend’s daughter, and the children and families of our beautiful state. 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.

 

Regards,

Mario A. Jiménez Jerez, M.D., B.S.E.E.
5700 SW 127 Ave. #1316
Miami, Fl 33183
Marioaj01@yahoo.com.

CC: Honorable Senators Marco Rubio, and Bill Nelson.
Florida Senators Anitere Flores, and Rene Garcia.
Newly elected U.S. Congressman Carlos Curbelo.

Marco Rubio
8669 NW 36th St # 110, Doral, FL 33166
(305) 418-8553
Casework_Rubio@rubio.senate.gov

Bill Nelson
2555 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Suite 610
Coral Gables, FL 33134
305-536-5999
billnelson.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Anitere Flores
1405 SW 107th Ave # 205C, Miami, FL 33174
(305) 270-6550
flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov

Rene Garcia
1490 West 68th Street, Suite 201
Hialeah, FL 33014
Phone: (305) 364-3100
garcia.rene.web@flsenate.gov

Carlos Curbelo
8770 Sunset Drive, #355
Miami, FL 33173
support@carloscurbelo.com

Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida, The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
(850) 717-9337
Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com