Clerk or assistant clerks failing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples must be jailed for contempt & the Clerk removed from job by Kentucky Supreme Court

September 3, 2015

Kem David, a Kentucky court clerk is refusing to do her job and issue marriage licenses regardless of sexual prefernece. She is sworn to uphold the law. Freedom of religion does not allow an official to disregard the law.

She has now defied a federal district court order to issue the licenses, the federal appellate court, and the U.S. Supreme Court, so she was jailed for contempt. The assistant clerks have been told to promise to issue licenses and decide their stance by this afternoon. They should also be jailed for contempt if they refuse to do their jobs. The federal court told them they don’t need the Clerk’s approval to do their job.

A judge cannot refuse to follow the law to impose a death penalty when the law of the state requires it, even if he religiously opposes it. The governor of a state who is anti-gay cannot deny government benefits to a gay person. A police officer cannot refuse to protect a gay person being beaten up by an anti-gay person, or help a person flying the confederate flag at a rally who is ill and about to faint. Either do your job or resign. What is she thinking? She is not above the law!

The issue is not about religious freedom; it is about a government official who has violated her oath of office to uphold the law and issue marriage licenses, which includes freedom of religion. Outside of her job she can choose to personally discriminate against gays, but she must either resign or do her job. She has committed a crime under most state laws in failing to uphold her oath of office and do her job. As such, she must be impeached and forfeit her job and its benefits.

Freedom of religion does not mean that you can refuse to do your government job based on religious belief. If she is so rigid to believe that religion dictates the law of this land, despite the First Amendment, then she should resign. She should be impeached and forfeit her job and retirement for violating her oath of office to uphold the laws.

The judge is also appropriately forcing the assistant clerks to either do their jobs and issue licenses or also go to jail for contempt. They do not deserve their salaries if they do not. The Governor should fire any assistant clerk who fails to do his/her job. The Governor should appoint a temporary clerk while Davis is jailed. There must be some law as to replacing an official who is temporarily incapacitated and unable to do their job.

She is paid by all tax-payers to do her job and not discriminate. God does not control the law.

The Kentucky Constitution Section 114 (3) allows the Kentucky Supreme Court to remove the Clerk for misconduct. The fact she was just jailed proves misconduct and they should move expeditiously to remove her from office and a new Clerk must be appointed. She should also be impeached and lose her salary and benefits.

Kentucky Constitution

Section 114

(1) The Supreme Court shall appoint a clerk to serve as it shall determine.

(2) The Court of Appeals shall appoint a clerk to serve as it shall determine.

(3) The clerks of the Circuit Court shall be elected in the manner provided elsewhere in this Constitution. The clerks of the Circuit Court shall serve as the clerks of the District Court. The clerks of the Circuit Court shall be removable from office by the Supreme Court upon good cause shown.

Trump – no threat as a third-party candidate, but so entertaining!

August 8, 2015

Trump is not a statesman. He is a comic, a clown, a narcissist, a bully, crude, a user of others for his own gain – which makes him a great member of the 1%, and is unelectable. He tries to make everything black and white, which is fine for an oligarch who runs a business and fires people. It is totally inappropriate and counterproductive if you are the leader of a free nation, where the Constitution says “we the people”, as there would only be Trump, not people if he becomes an elected official. Anyone who votes for him is a fool.

If he makes a third party – so what! Despite the media who says a third party will make the GOP lose automatically – I do not think so. He will crash and burn as he has no substance in terms of details that make sense concerning foreign policy, domestic policy, jobs, the 99% including increasing the middle class, etc. I would love to see him as a debater between Clinton and either Rubio or Kasich or Bush. The other two will crush him in a real debate. You simply can’t make so many gaffs and claims you cannot support, as well as insult and denigrate so many groups of people, and then be taken seriously enough to act as a true elected leader.

The best thing for the GOP would be if the they as a party and the networks exclude him from debates due to inappropriate language and behavior and if the press starts to ignore him, which probably won’t happen. He feeds on publicity.

Sandra Bland case – Too many inconsistencies & unanswered questions!

July 31, 2015

There are too many questions still to be answered – this is a very disturbingly confused situation, suggesting a need for an in depth and thorough investigation

As a retired research pathologist and physician the Sandra Bland case is very disturbing to me.

Sandra Bland was arrested after an officer stopped her for not using a signal to change lanes and then, although legally but questionably as he had no reasonable basis to do so, told her to stop smoking and then  got mad at her and made her get out of the car because she seemed to object to this request.

When she got out of the car and was verbally objecting to the officer’s requests, the officer then slammed her to the ground causing her to smash her head down.  Then she complained she couldn’t hear, which indicates she suffered a concussion.

She told the officers she had epilepsy and was on a medication, Kepra.

The jail then claims she committed suicide by hanging three days later with a plastic bag.

Yes it is possible to hang yourself by leaning in after securing your hands so you cannot get the bag or rope away from suffocating you even without any drop. Many prisoners have killed themselves in this manner called “leaning in hanging”.

If the jail denied her  the epilepsy medication, it is possible that she died from a seizure as the medication wore out of her system and then made her prone to a seizure. The stress of the situation and lack of medication could have contributed to having a seizure. Then they could have staged the hanging.  If this was true, then there would be no bleeding after death around the ligature (plastic bag) which was around her neck and no petechiae (pin point hemmorhages).  Petechiae however, are not always present with hanging or suffocation.

If she was strangled and then the hanging staged, the autopsy report, if it was done properly, should show that the ligature furrowing was concentric and not consistent with hanging.  A hanging will have non-concentric furrowing as the ligature has more pressure on one side due to gravity.

There was also plant matter in her abrasions on her back, consistent with the day she was arrested, having been thrown to the ground and dragged.  It is negligence for the jail not to have cleaned and treated her abrasions or allowed her to shower properly for three days to clean the wounds.

If the blood tests show she did not have her medication, then that also would be negligence, as lack of medication needed for epilepsy could have precipitated a seizure.

The reports say she told the officers she was suicidal, but the jail did not have her on a suicide watch. That would also be negligence. Suicide in jails often occurs during the first few days in jail as that is when the detainee is most upset about the situation. Ms. Bland certainly had reason to be upset as the circumstances of the arrest and slamming her to the ground seem excessive.

In addition, she had an unusually high amount of marijuana in her blood.  Therefore, she was given a large amount of marijuana in the jail which she either ingested or smoked. That needs investigation. I am not an expert on effects of marijuana so I cannot comment on whether this can increase suicidal ideation or depression or if it can trigger seizures.

The autopsy does not prove she hung herself.  There are too many questions still to be answered.

A senior well-known forensic pathologist, Dr. Cyril Wecht , who is also an attorney agrees with the above assessment during an interview on the radio here.

Solving mass shooter issue -don’t regulate guns; regulate bullets

July 25, 2015

ammo-222172_1280Gun control will do nothing. The horse is out of the barn. Americans own 50% of all civilian owned guns in the world. We need strict bullet control at least as serious as with driver’s licenses. Licenses of several levels like level one for limited # bullets for a 22. To own high capacity clips or clips for guns with more than one bullet at a time must have advanced level bullet certificates for mental health and from police every two years. To own high caliber bullets or clips with more than a few bullets you would have to have training similar to an officer. Licensees would also have to keep records of their bullets like pharmacists do with narcotics. How many they have, who they give or sell them to, how they were used (target practice, etc).

Louisiana has concealed carry everywhere and more guns per capita than almost any state. Where were the armed citizens here? They clearly could not react quick enough. They likely wouldn’t have been fast enough, accurate enough, and trained enough to counter panic in an active shooter situation.

Armed civilians do more harm than good. Studies have shown that practicing with a stationary target under calm conditions does not prepare you to duck, be aware of your surroundings and avoid tunnel vision of fight or flight situation where you fail to recognize innocent and shoot wildly, and without constant intense training, you do not have muscle memory to overcome the shakiness from stress hormones and fight or flight signals from nervous system removing blood from periphery and giving it to large muscles and center mass plus brain, as well as have the quickness and accuracy needed in a rapidly evolving active shooter situation with innocents running everywhere including in front of your gun. Armed civilians everhywhere will cause more death and injury, not less.

With guns, the only thing needed is a permanent ID embedded in some high tech way so that they can be traced more easily.

More bullets = more death.  Less mental health care = more death.  Remember 1/3 of 30,000 gun deaths in U.S. every year are suicides and 11% of population has mental health issues. You should be required to lock up bullets and loaded guns.

Raise support for Shelton, who is being attacked by corrupt Sheriff, judges, and Cook County & Illinois officials who want to shut her up for exposing corruption

June 23, 2015

If you like this web site and support Shelton’s dedication to those who are abused by Cook County Courts please help bring crowds of people to support her against her unlawful arrest and the County’s malicious prosecution against her!

The Cook County Sheriff and States Attorney are continuing attacks and unlawful arrests against me (Dr. Linda Shelton) in order to shut me up, stop me from further exposing corruption among Cook County judges, police, and politicians, as well as in order to shut down my web sites exposing this corruption here, herehere, here, & here.

They have charged me with felony aggravated battery to an officer for, in a courtroom, allegedly “touching an officer’s ear” with no injury.

This brings a sentence of 3-14 years in prison if convicted. Yet, the State through the court disability coordinator knew before the court date that I have multiple physical disabilities and use a walker (including balance issues so when I’m push I reach out and grab with my hands to try and steady myself) as well as that I have post-traumatic-stress disorder due to being beaten by police. I gave her a letter from my psychiatrist who treated me with PTSD that states that I “misperceive ongoing events” if the PTSD flashbacks are triggered, that I cower and try to protect myself with my arms waving around my head! The courtroom sheriff staff purposely grabbed and pushed me inducing a flashback, then failed to “stand back” and give me time to “recover my mental equilibrium” and become aware of where I was, as recommended by my physician in this letter. The sheriff staff and judge knew this before court – purposely triggered a flashback and therefore knew I could not have conscious intent to “harm” and officer or make”insulting or provoking contact”. As this alleged crime would be a misdemeanor, since the “victim” was an officer, the SA raised the charge to a felony!!!

This was a violation of federal law as the court was REQUIRED to accommodate my disabilities as I requested and listen to my doctor’s letter.

PLEASE STAND UP FOR ME IN COURT AND SHOW YOUR OUTRAGE AT THIS KIND OF CONDUCT BY THE SHERIFF STAFF AND STATES ATTORNEY!

Come to court and stand in gallery to show support for Dr. Linda Shelton who writes this blog and several other blogs exposing Cook County Court, Sheriff and police misconduct and crimes including: http://cookcountyjudges.wordpress.com and http://chicagofbi.wordpress.com.  Shelton needs a large grass roots effort to protect her so these web sites are not shut down. Show support for her fight against false arrest, excessive force, excessive sentencing, lack of rehabilitation, lack of restorative justice, illegal bond retention statute, unconstitutional battery statute, illegal procedures in divorce and probate court, wrongful theft of estates from elderly by court-appointed guardians.

Next hearing on case 12 CR 22504 is Sept. 30, room 506 at 10 am then instanter when motion for substitution of judge denied to room 506 2600 S California, Chicago, IL

We must stand together against the Cook County INJUSTICE SYTEM!!

Now they are trying to shut me up by charging me with felony battery for “touching an officer’s ear” during a PTSD flashback the officers triggered using information they received from the court disability coordinator – where I requested disability accommodations including not doing things that trigger flashbacks and backing-off if a flashback occurred until it passed as recommended by psychiatrist Dr. Robert Galatzer-Levy. The Cook County Courts pervasively refuse to accommodate litigants’ disabilities and use their disabilities against them.

Possible sentence up to 14 years is outrageous, disproportionate and unconstitutional. I also have motions challenging the bond retention statute as unconstitutional and the battery statute as unconstitutional. Come to court and stand in gallery – help me fill gallery – or the judge will blatantly violate the constitution and laws if there are few witnesses.

Help me get press coverage!! Help me please as much as possible get this covered.

Next hearing on case 12 CR 22504 is Sept 30, room 506 10 am 2600 S California, Chicago, IL

For more information read this blog post: https://cookcountyjudges.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/shelton-wrongfully-jailed-for-one-year-recently-released/

letter by Dr. Robert Galatzer-Levy: https://cookcountyjudges.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/psych-dr-galatzer-levy.pdf

https://cookcountyjudges.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/shelton-alleges-judge-dianne-cannon-mentally-incompetent-and-disabled-versus-maliciously-corrupt/

Mentally Ill Inmates in a Crazy Prison System

May 25, 2015

Originally posted on Kids in the system:

In March 2007, the nonprofit Disability Law Center sued the state of Massachusetts over its treatment of hundreds of mentally ill inmates. Prisoners with emotional problems who are unruly in some way are kept in 23 hour solitary confinement, which, according to a November 10 Boston Globe article, has “led to self-mutilations, swallowing of razor blades, and numerous suicides.”

In response to these grave concerns the Patrick administration, in an out-of-court negotiation, proposed building special treatment units for mentally disturbed inmates. Now, that proposal is off the table; citing the budget crisis, those units will not be built. So it’s back to court in an effort to force the state to give its incarcerated citizens their constitutional protection against “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Massachusetts isn’t alone in facing the problem of caring for mentally ill inmates. Every state has had to confront this growing trend which started in the…

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From Jane Stillwater–No one messes with Grandma Zombies!

April 18, 2015

Linda Shelton:

We need truth commission like in S Africa to expose corrupt courts stealing elderly and disabled estates

Originally posted on MaryGSykes.com:

If only we can get the grandma zombies to protect our elders from probate and locked down nursing homes?

Any film student want to write a plot for that one?

Zombie grandmas:  How to make the most of getting old
      About three years ago, I made the big mistake of looking too closely into my bathroom mirror.  Yuck!  All I could see was wrinkles and gray hair.  But wait — I was never supposed to have actually gotten this old.  This was never supposed to have happened!  But it did — at least to my body if not my mind.
     “So,” I said to myself, “what the freak can I do with OLD?”  I know!  I’ll become an actor!  And so I did.
  

Fortunately, there are several film schools in my city where student directors are always looking for talent to use…

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Weight loss in a sensible way that is heart healthy

March 30, 2015

As a retired physician, I generally have not endorsed any weight loss programs in the past.  I always try to teach people to understand that their biggest enemy are the advertisers and food processors.  I suggested that they should avoid margarine, use only small amounts of good fats like Olive Oil and butter, eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, limit to 1/4 of your meal or less white foods like bread, pasta, ice cream, cookies, cakes, and other baked goods, boycott soda pop and drink tea or modest amounts of coffee with limited amount of sugar, drink water flavored with a little lemon, mint, or a piece of fruit, drink fruit juice only if diluted a lot, only drink modest amounts of whole or 2% milk if at all, eat more beans and less red meat, more fish and less hormone and antibiotic loaded chicken, more of an American Indian (First People’s) or Mediterranian diet and excercise modestly, especially every few hours for a few minutes if sitting all day long.

I have not been overweight and I have never dieted to lose weight.  I however now endorse one diet program that is very inexpensive, starts with a great simple video, and is compatible with my philosophy about food. Here it is and its called “Beyond Diet”:  link  It says that it costs $47 for a one-time fee without credit card monthly fees.

You could probable do this diet yourself by going to a bookstore and buying a book about Dean Ornish diet for a healthy heart, or a book about a vegan diet that is followed by Bill Clinton and the  new president of the American Academy of Cardiology, Dr. Kim WIlliams – my former classmate, who went on a vegan diet and reversed his own heart disease, as well as study methods of eating a plant-based diet low in fats and refined carbohydrates, with moderate walking-based exercise, weekly group meetings to build social support, and daily hour-long stress reduction exercises including stretching, breathing, meditation, and progressive relaxation.  Yoga is great.

These are my suggestions – and I am not getting paid by anyone to suggest this, nor do I know anyone associated with “Beyond Diet”.

How to help a mom with a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit

March 30, 2015

A new mother is driven by hormones and natural bonding instincts to be with their baby. However, if the baby is premature or miserably ill and in the intensive care unit, mothers can’t stay 24/7 and suffer tremendous stress.  How should friends and family help?  This article explains it well.  Remember, their need goes on for weeks to months. Be there for them – it will help both the baby and the mother. The mother’s milk will have less stress hormones and be of better quality if she is more relaxed and properly nourished. Help is always needed. Read the article here.

Youth employment & minimum wage rules – minimum wage does not prevent summer jobs

March 29, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

This is directly quoted from the U.S. Government Dept. of Labor

Check out this quick and easy way to find answers to frequently asked questions about young workers.

For more information see the government “toolkit” for details: http://www.youthrules.dol.gov/support/toolkit/index.htm

What is the minimum age for work?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets 14 as the minimum age for most non-agricultural work. However, at any age, youth may deliver newspapers; perform in radio, television, movie, or theatrical productions; work in businesses owned by their parents (except in mining, manufacturing or hazardous jobs); and perform babysitting or perform minor chores around a private home. Also, at any age, youth may be employed as homeworkers to gather evergreens and make evergreen wreaths.

Different age requirements apply to the employment of youth in agriculture.

Many states have enacted child labor laws, some of which may have a minimum age for employment which is higher than the FLSA. Where both the FLSA and state child labor laws apply, the higher minimum standard must be obeyed.

What hours can youth work?

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the minimum age for employment in non-agricultural employment is 14. Hours worked by 14 and 15-year-olds are limited to:

  • Non-school hours;
  • 3 hours in a school day;
  • 18 hours in a school week;
  • 8 hours on a non-school day;
  • 40 hours on a non-school week; and
  • The hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (except from June 1 through Labor Day, when evening hours are extended to 9 p.m.)

Youth 14 and 15 years old enrolled in an approved Work Experience and Career Exploration Program (WECEP) may be employed for up to 23 hours in school weeks and 3 hours on school days (including during school hours).

The FLSA does not limit the number of hours or times of day for workers 16 years and older.

Many states have enacted child labor laws as well. In situations where both the FLSA child labor provisions and state child labor laws apply, the higher minimum standard must be obeyed.

Must young workers be paid the minimum wage?

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. However, a youth minimum wage of $4.25 per hour applies to employees under the age of 20 during their first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment with an employer. After 90 days, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay the full federal minimum wage.

Other programs that allow for payment of less than the full federal minimum wage apply to workers with disabilities,full-time students, and student-learners employed pursuant to sub-minimum wage certificates. These programs are not limited to the employment of young workers.

Do young workers need a work permit?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require that youth get work permits or working papers to get a job. Somestates do require work permits prior to getting a job. School counselors may be able to advise if a work permit is needed before getting a job.

What kinds of work can youth perform?

Regulations governing youth employment in non-agricultural jobs differ somewhat from those pertaining to agricultural employment. In non-agricultural work, the permissible jobs, by age, are as follows:

  • Workers 18 years or older may perform any job, whether hazardous or not;
  • Workers 16 and 17 years old may perform any jobs not deemed hazardous; and
  • Workers 14 and 15 years old may work outside school hours in certain specified jobs.

Fourteen is the minimum age for most non-agricultural work. However, at any age, youth may deliver newspapers; perform in radio, television, movie, or theatrical productions; work in businesses owned by their parents (except in mining, manufacturing, or on hazardous jobs); perform babysitting or perform minor chores around a private home. Also, at any age, youth may be employed as homeworkers to gather evergreens and make evergreen wreaths.

Different age requirements apply to the employment of youth in agriculture.


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