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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: TO REMOVE JUDGE ABBIE L. ROSS FROM FAMILY/PROBATE COURT – GIVE TESTIMONY!

Now is your chance.

If you’re one of the many families who have been before Judge Abbie L. Ross, this your chance.

 

The public hearing will cover approx. 60 different bills. You get all of 3 minutes to make your case, possibly. most likely, not a shot at all, but you can submit testimony in writing. Best to try both.

 



PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
 

(EXCERPT – SEE FULL NOTICE AT BOTTOM OF THIS POSTING)

Date of Hearing: Friday, October 29, 2021 

Time: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 

Location: Virtual Hearing 

 

Court Administration 

The Chair will limit testimony to three minutes per person and reserves the right to call public officials out of turn. The public is invited to participate in this virtual hearing, which will be live streamed on the Legislature’s website.  

To register to testify, please provide contact information on the linked form by 5:00 p.m. on October 28, 2021. Once registered, you will receive further instruction on how to participate after the deadline expires and the form closes. Written testimony may be submitted to the Committee in Room 136 or by e-mail to jacqueline.o.manning@mahouse.gov.     

H3723 Mirra, Lenny (HOU) Resolutions requesting the Governor to remove Judge Abbie L Ross from the Essex County Family and Probate Court

 


 

 

FROM OUT PRINTED OCT. 2021 EDITION:

MASSACHUSETTS PROBATE COURT HORRORS

A Father Should Have Rights Especially When All Children Live with Him

by Walter F. Sorenson, Jr.

Groveland, Mass.

Can you imagine having to pay more than $9,000 per month in support to your ex-wife, when she has no kids living with her to support?

This isn’t fiction. In fact, August 17, 2021 marked the sad 4-year anniversary of trying to retain and obtain child support for my three children who live with me, full time.

Yes, you read that right. Despite having my three children live with me full-time, I’m forced to pay more than $9,000 in child support, each and every month.

For years I’ve been fighting the courts and one judge in particular and getting slammed. I thought it was just me, but soon learned that many others are also placed in jeopardy. Now as my youngest approaches the legal age of 18, and all three live with me full-time, it’s shocking to look back on this emotional and financial roller coaster.

A few highlights: On August 17, 2017 I filed a “Modification” in the Salem Probate and Family Court to once again request release from an oppressive $9,280/month mandate to pay a mother who has no children living with her, and who is well educated and has been fully employed for more than three decades. That I have to take money from my children defies all logic, common sense, and alleges a corrupt legal system. But there’s more.

The child support and alimony amounts were increased more than 300% during what’s called a “Modification Process” by Salem Probate Judge Abbe L. Ross (now removed from my case, after years of tortuous and arbitrary rulings – my words, but her superiors used worse words, see below). I truly believe there is no other explanation for the incredible increases in support payments except for one word: revenge. Revenge against me for fighting Judge Ross, and in one appeal, winning.

In June of 2018 I appealed Judge Ross’s actions and inactions and I was supported by the appeals court which ruled in my favor and stated in part that her dismissal of my requests were “Legally Erroneous and an Abuse of Discretion.”

I can’t begin to tell you how many hundreds of court pleadings I have had to file to protect my children, only to have Judge Ross deny them all without ever reading them. Her actions prolonged the pain and suffering of my family, and at one point, was the cause of two of my children running away (essentially going into hiding)! I cannot begin to share the emotions involved in such family problems resulting from Judge Ross.

Put aside for a moment the sheer insanity of subjecting me to outrageous legal fees and being forced to reward my employed ex with $9,280 per month in so-called support, and think about the family issues we have all had to contend with because of this judge.

I tried fighting back, and I continue to fight hard for my children in a corrupt system for who else if not the father who loves them.

One thing that amazed me:

Along the way I’ve found out that I’m not alone: There are more than 200 open, serious complaints against Judge Ross from more than 65 of her victims, all sitting with the Commission on Judicial Conduct (CJC).

Going Beyond the Judge/Dictators

In March, I worked to have filed at the Massachusetts State House a Bill of Address to Remove Judge Abbe L. Ross. Months later, the bill (H-3723) was sent to committee for hearings. Dozens of families harmed by Judge Ross sent in documentation showing abuse and harm, and signed up for future testimony including adult children directly harmed by her.

Some of these cases and others were mentioned in the media: Mass. Lawyers Weekly (April 2021), Boston Broadside (May 2021), Commonwealth Magazine (June 2021), Lynn Item (May 2021), Rumbo News (May, June and July 2021) and others in print, web articles, television, cable and YouTube interviews disclosing corruption in the probate court and other direct victims of Judge Abbe L. Ross.

The list is also a long list of misfiled, mysteriously lost, or delayed actions on various court filings.

The courts failed to police themselves. So, who is in charge to correct these wrongs? Anyone?

Essex County Probate Court was the third stop for Judge Abbe L. Ross, this after the SJC activated the Catholic Church Rotation Program for bad Judges. Her abuses of the system began in Suffolk County then Middlesex and now in Essex County. With lots of support growing for Bill H-3723, upcoming hearings and testimony from an increasing number of victims, hopefully the Legislature will make this and other bad judges in Massachusetts with similar Bills of Address filed, their last stop!

Please support these bills! These bills will hold the judges accountable and hopefully some jail time for the harm they have done.

Just last month at least three more “Motions to Recuse” Judge Ross were filed in the Salem Probate Court to remove her from three different cases. Several recent public filings in the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), and the Appeals and Probate Courts, have pointed to alleged corruption, possible payoffs, judicial favoritism towards attorneys who support judges publicly, (Lawyers Weekly 4-2021), SJC and Massachusetts ethics violations. To include alleged cover-ups by both the Board of Bar Overseers (BBO) and the SJC, both governed by lawyers and judges to discipline lawyers (BBO) and judges (SJC). Basically, the fox guarding the hen house.

A recent case of Dereliction of Duty against both the SJC and BBO is pending in the SJC, (SJ-2021-0234), and as of this date neither the BBO nor SJC has responded. All documents are public and should be disclosed by the press. The self preservation BBO and SJC need to be completely fired and a new civilian board put in their place to review complaints against lawyers and judges for a true oversight board in Massachusetts, similar to the recent legislation passed in 2020 for a Civilian Police Review Board.  ♦

 


From: Manning, Jacqueline O. (HOU) <Jacqueline.O.Manning@mahouse.gov>
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2021 4:55 PM
Subject: Judiciary Hearing, Court Administration- Friday, October 29 @ 10AM

 

 

  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133

Joint Committee on the Judiciary

Rep. Michael S. Day Sen. James B. Eldridge
House Chair Senate Chair


PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

Date of Hearing: Friday, October 29, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Location: Virtual Hearing

 

Court Administration

The Chair will limit testimony to three minutes per person and reserves the right to call public officials out of turn. The public is invited to participate in this virtual hearing, which will be live streamed on the Legislature’s website.

To register to testify, please provide contact information on the linked form by 5:00 p.m. on October 28, 2021. Once registered, you will receive further instruction on how to participate after the deadline expires and the form closes. Written testimony may be submitted to the Committee in Room 136 or by e-mail to jacqueline.o.manning@mahouse.gov.

Bill No. Sponsor Title
H1474 Cabral, Antonio F. D. (HOU) An Act relative to transparency in clerk magistrate hearings
H1476 Cabral, Antonio F. D. (HOU) An Act relative to improving the administration and efficiency of the judicial system
H1499 Cronin, Claire D. (HOU) An Act relative to witness fees for retired police officers
H1503 Cronin, Claire D. (HOU) An Act relative to the management of the several clerks of court
H1511 Day, Michael S. (HOU) An Act for providing for the training, continuing training, and education of judges, and other legal hearing officers
H1518 Day, Michael S. (HOU) An Act relative to clarity and consistency for the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board
H1520 Day, Michael S. (HOU) An Act to improve and modernize the information technology systems and capacities of the judiciary
H1526 Decker, Marjorie C. (HOU) An Act requiring the relocation of the Cambridge District Court
H1624 Gouveia, Tami L. (HOU) An Act regarding district court jurisdiction of threats to use deadly weapons, explosives, chemical or biological agents, or other devices or substances capable of causing death, serious bodily injury or substantial property damage
H1625 Haddad, Patricia A. (HOU) Resolutions requesting the Governor (with consent of the council) to remove Susan L. Jacobs from the office of Associate Justice of the Bristol Probate and Family Court of Bristol County
H1631 Harrington, Sheila C. (HOU) An Act relative to judicial case managers and assistant judicial case managers for the Middlesex Probate and Family Court
H1632 Harrington, Sheila C. (HOU) An Act relative to assistant registers and administrative deputy assistants  for the Middlesex Probate and Family Court
H1664 Holmes, Russell E. (HOU) An Act designating the Charlestown division of Boston Municipal Court as the George Lewis Ruffin Courthouse
H1672 Hunt, Daniel J. (HOU) An Act reducing the storage of obsolete papers
H1673 Hunt, Daniel J. (HOU) An Act related to indigency
H1674 Hunt, Daniel J. (HOU) An Act relative to the protection of the families of violent crime from intimidation
H1696 Jones, Jr., Bradley H. (HOU) An Act relative to juror service
H1728 Linsky, David Paul (HOU) An Act providing a stipend for first justices and regional administrative justices
H1736 Linsky, David Paul (HOU) An Act to enhance safety and security in courthouses
H1738 Linsky, David Paul (HOU) An Act regulating fees for the registration of attorneys
H1780 Markey, Christopher M. (HOU) An Act relative to district court jurisdiction
H1796 Miranda, Liz (HOU) An Act relative to reasonable compensation for equitable representation
H1805 Moran, Frank A. (HOU) An Act relative to the District Court of Lawrence
H1814 Murphy, James M. (HOU) An Act regarding Chapter 277
H1829 Peake, Sarah K. (HOU) An Act relative to the jurisdiction of the housing court
H1843 Ramos, Orlando (HOU) An Act establishing a commission to study judicial accountability in the Commonwealth
H1866 Sabadosa, Lindsay N. (HOU) An Act to track the implementation of the Brangan ruling
H1875 Smola, Todd M. (HOU) An Act relative to court filing fees
H1878 Straus, William M. (HOU) An Act relative to stenographers and transcribers
H1889 Tucker, Paul F. (HOU) An Act relative to the safety of courthouses and remote court proceedings
H1890 Tucker, Paul F. (HOU) An Act relative to enhancing courthouse security
H1897 Tucker, Paul F. (HOU) An Act adjusting the salaries of the judicial branch
H1902 Tyler, Chynah (HOU) An Act to designate the courthouse in the Roxbury section of the city of Boston as the Edward O. Gourdin Courthouse
H1906 Tyler, Chynah (HOU) An Act protecting the safety of victims of violent crimes
H1923 Whelan, Timothy R. (HOU) An Act relative to Trial Court data collection
H1927 Whipps, Susannah M. (HOU) An Act relative to the efficient management and operation of the registries of probate
H1933 Zlotnik, Jonathan D. (HOU) An Act relative to Gardner District Court
H3723 Mirra, Lenny (HOU) Resolutions requesting the Governor to remove Judge Abbie L Ross from the Essex County Family and Probate Court
H3840 Ramos, Orlando (HOU) Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to require reappointment of judges every 5 years
S911 Barrett, Michael J. (SEN) An Act to eliminate the public counsel fee
S918 Boncore, Joseph A. (SEN) An Act addressing racial disparity in jury selection
S927 Brady, Michael D. (SEN) An Act relative to benefits for court officers
S934 Brownsberger, William N. (SEN) An Act related to indigency
S963 Creem, Cynthia Stone (SEN) An Act to amend G.L. c. 221 § 27A: Obsolete or useless papers; disposition, destruction or storage
S987 Crighton, Brendan P. (SEN) An Act relative to the efficient management and operation of the registries of probate
S995 DiDomenico, Sal N. (SEN) An Act relative to housing court jurisdiction
S999 DiDomenico, Sal N. (SEN) An Act relative to the management of the several clerks of court
S1017 DiZoglio, Diana (SEN) An Act to strengthen rules governing attorney conduct; penalties for misconduct
S1039 Gobi, Anne M. (SEN) An Act relative to the Gardner District Court
S1040 Gobi, Anne M. (SEN) An Act establishing a commission to study judicial accountability in the Commonwealth
S1054 Hinds, Adam G. (SEN) An Act enhancing data transparency within the prosecutorial system
S1062 Keenan, John F. (SEN) An Act relative to examinations for applicants to the trial court
S1066 Kennedy, Edward J. (SEN) An Act incentivizing the use of public transportation by jurors
S1069 Lewis, Jason M. (SEN) An Act reforming the judicial system
S1078 Lewis, Jason M. (SEN) An Act providing for the improvement of required standards of Clerk Magistrates
S1079 Lewis, Jason M. (SEN) Resolve for a commission to review, replace, and eliminate the Grand Jury System
S1081 Lewis, Jason M. (SEN) An Act providing for the development of a Graduate Judicial Training School
S1104 Moore, Michael O. (SEN) An Act to enhance courthouse security
S1107 Moore, Michael O. (SEN) An Act relative to the safety of courthouses and remote court proceedings
S1108 Moore, Michael O. (SEN) An Act improving the quality of courthouse security
S1142 Tarr, Bruce E. (SEN) An Act relative to the tracking of medical malpractice cases

 

Please be advised that the schedule and agenda are subject to change at the discretion of the chair per committee rules. You may contact Committee staff with any questions at dianna.williams@mahouse.gov and jacqueline.o.manning@mahouse.gov.

For specific questions about senate bills, you may contact Michael Carr at michael.carr@masenate.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jacqueline Manning

Communications/ Research Director

Representative Michael Day

31st Middlesex District

Chairman, Joint Committee on the Judiciary

State House, Room 136

P: (617) 722-2396

Proudly serving the towns of Stoneham and Winchester

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