Horrendous Murder-Suicide: Another Family Falls Victim to the Pennsylvania Courts

BrokenScalesUpdate April 8, 2015:  It has since been confirmed that this was a murder suicide, and that Mr. Peppelman turned the chainsaw on himself, after killing his ex-wife.  Funeral services were held last week, at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral.

 The Peppelman’s have three children, all under the age of 14.  One of the younger children found his parents and called 911. It is confirmed that this was a highly contentious domestic relations issue, whereby the police had been called to the residence multiple times.  It is odd that the wife was at the house, considering she had moved out with the three children.  The children may have been coming home from school to the residence and were being picked up by the mother.

As a side note, the husband was represented by Lynn Gold-Bikin, a very high priced lawyer, whose office is located near the Montgomery County Court.  Ms. Gold-Bikin has been known to ask for retainers up to $250,000.  In speaking with a news reporter from Philly News, Jason Nark,  it was said that the wife’s  lawyer claimed the divorce was over.  However, he should request the invoices of this attorney- Cheryl Young  of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller LLC – and Ms. Gold-Bikin to see if continual services were being billed for – over custody or other monetary issues. Lynn Gold-Bikin is also representing Attorney General Kathleen Kane in her divorce.

March 31, 2015:  Just three months ago, this past December, Bradley Stone killed his wife and six members of her family in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.   The news media claimed that Stone, who was an Iraq veteran, suffered from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) usually attributed to combat. That story is here:   Montgomery County Shooting Spree Suspect Bradley Stone Found Dead

What they chose to ignore was that Stone was trapped in the Montgomery County family court system for approximately 10 years. That can also cause PTSD, known as Legal Abuse Syndrome. After the history of the family was revealed, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Furman, made a comment regarding Stone – that “maybe he did not get his way in the custody battle he was involved in, but that’s no excuse. ”

Where is the excuse of the judges in Montgomery County who presided over another family court case,  that today resulted in another murder-suicide?  Is anyone seeing a pattern here?   Christopher Peppelman and his wife, Nicole, had been in a divorce battle for 5 years. In the quiet town of Lower Moreland,  the wife was found hacked to death by a chainsaw in their home, and the husband was also found dead, although the cause of death has not been released.   They were found by one of their children. As a resident of that small town, rumor has it,  that what precipitated the horrendous scene – involved the judges of Montgomery County family courts.

Judge Bertin, who is the same judge that Bradley Stone had, presided over this  divorce for a period of time. Judge Danielle also conducted hearings- this judge has had multiple complaints about her over the years. I have witnessed the behavior of both these judges first hand.  Judge Gail Weilheimer is new to the bench, and I have personal experience with her. Her loyalties clearly lie  with the people that funded her election campaign – the lawyers of the Montgomery County Bar Association.  As do most all of the judges in this county.  She issued the last order in this case.

For too long, the attorney hourly fee system, judicial immunity and judicial campaign contributions -invariably from attorneys that come before these judges- has been a prescription for racketeering. What the news media continually fails to address is that the court system is set up to provide profit, not justice. In family court, they  put a price on the child’s head.  Whoever gets the most custody time, even if its another 5%, has to pay the other party. You have to wonder why a judge would give 5% more time to one parent than another.   Just what is the going rate  for 5% custody of a child?

The answer is  that it creates controversy between the parties, and increases the hourly billing for attorneys. With no oversight to our self-regulating attorneys, who also serve as judges, this has gone on unchecked for decades. The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board received over 750 complaints just this year – and addressed only five of them. They operate in secrecy and do not reveal complaints however, anyone who has been involved in the family courts will probably tell you that they submitted complaints to the Board, all dismissed. This is the same Board that ignored approximately 40 complaints over a period of seven years, regarding the two judges who were eventually convicted in the Kids for Cash Scandal, albeit not on charges for their actions on the bench. They were shielded by immunity laws, that the bar association slipped into the Constitution, without the consent of the people, in 1995.

Until the public demands change, by taking to the streets, it will continue. Our government never seems to understand anything else. The problem is that once you are trapped in the court system, you become  financially and emotionally disabled.

 There are those of us that are staying strong.   On May 4, 2015, there will be a rally for court reform in Harrisburg, PA.    If you live in the area or want to attend, and do not want your children to be left with this disasterous faux legal system, please create a login here and join us.

Thank you.

PA Supreme Court Decision Should Be the Basis to Challenge Judicial Immunity and Self-Recusal

Pennsylvania is the state to watch, with its ongoing  major challenges  to  jurisdiction in our courts,  through what apparently started as a political agenda, against  the State Attorney General Kathleen Kane.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is the first  and oldest in the country- the birthplace of democracy, with the most precedent set.   It is ironic that it is also the venue of one of the worst cases of judicial corruption in the country- The Kids for Cash Scandal;  and now that same Judicial Branch is  imposing its dubious power to try to  exceed their jurisdiction, and retain control of the government.

The major cause  of the decline of our democracy,   has its roots in the claims of “judicial independence” and the self-regulated judiciary.  There is just no one to go to when the law is being broken by judges- who use “discretionary” rule to deny  due process in violation of  civil rights. The concurring opinions are highly  hypocritical-  in the rulings issued today regarding  Attorney General  Kane.  In the ruling which precipitated this appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, it was held by  lower court  Judge Carpenter, of Montgomery County,  that the Attorney General cannot investigate herself.  However,   judges get to decide every day if they should recuse themselves, and they control their own disciplinary process, and that of lawyers.

Below are the concurring and dissenting opinions from today – on the Attorney General’s challenge to the jurisdiction of the courts – who appointed a special prosecutor to investigate her. Prosecution is the jurisdiction of her office – not the courts. According to the doctrine of separation of powers, the judiciary does not have the power to appoint a prosecutor.  Below are the links to the rulings.

Hopefully, Attorney General Kane will challenge the constitutionality of this in the Federal courts, and begin to address the mass of complaints their office receives regarding lack of judicial integrity.  The only one that got it right, is the only woman on the bench – Madame Justice Todd- who wrote the dissenting opinion:

In Re: 35th Statewide Inv Grand Jury / of: AG (opinion announcing the judgment of the court)
http://law.justia.com/cases/pennsylvania/supreme-court/2015/197-mm-2014-1.html

Date: March 31, 2015
Docket Number: 197 MM 2014

In Re: 35th Statewide Inv Grand Jury / of: AG (concurring)
http://law.justia.com/cases/pennsylvania/supreme-court/2015/197-mm-2014-2.html

Date: March 31, 2015
Docket Number: 197 MM 2014

In Re: 35th Statewide Inv Grand Jury / of: AG (dissenting)
http://law.justia.com/cases/pennsylvania/supreme-court/2015/197-mm-2014-3.html

Date: March 31, 2015
Docket Number: 197 MM 2014

 

Bar Association Claims of Non Profit Doubtful

THE PRO BONO MYTH

The biggest problem litigants often have is Pro Se (representing oneself) discrimination.  We often hear that people lose their homes and life savings from lawsuits.  The illusion here is that one party in a lawsuit loses, and has to pay the other party.   The fact is that people are financially devastated from attorney’s fees- not from the opposing parties.  Without a lawyer, no matter how skilled you are at writing and research, you will be victimized by unavoidable bias and collusion.  This is inevitable in a system that allows judges to serve in courts where they have already worked for decades. Continue reading “Bar Association Claims of Non Profit Doubtful”

Judicial Merit Selection Will Not Work

The merit selection is definitely NOT the answer to ending judicial corruption and ensuring impartial tribunals.  Merit selection will not stop backroom deals and other favors to get on the bench. The only thing that will rescue the justice system in Pennsylvania, from the clutches of the organized crime family that controls it today- is intense oversight in every county.
Ombudsman or civilian advocates, paralegals or other trained individuals who have NO AFFILIATION with the local bar associations,  must be given the power to carry out the control over the rogue judges that are wreaking havoc on innocent victims- especially in the realm of the family court system.  Racketeering by judges and attorneys, in places like the Montgomery County, Delaware County and Allegheny Courts of Common Pleas, supported by their brethren in the Appellate level- has run rampant and unchecked for years.  Having their buddies in the General Assembly put them in office will only make political favors even more lucrative.
Mechanisms that will alleviate the massive fraud and theft now being perpetrated  at the county level- would be limiting all cases to 12 to 18  months. Family court is where the most abuse takes place. Any case that gets protracted longer than that would trigger an automatic review by the oversight committee- who should be given the power to impose monetary fines both on the judges and the lawyers for extorting funds from vulnerable litigants. These fines  should go to the litigants who have had  assets extorted from them by these common methods now being used by lawfirms, and facilitated by the judges that they put on the bench.  Here are some more no brainers: Continue reading “Judicial Merit Selection Will Not Work”

Judge Claims Attorney Generals Cannot Investigate Themselves – But Judges Can?

crownblackThere is an excerpt  below from an article in the Nation’s oldest legal publication, the Legal Intelligencer, that is now owned by Apax Partners LLP, a UK-based private equity and venture capital firm, headquartered in London, England. It appears we are still a colony run by the monarchy.  This is also probably why our court venues are still modeled by the archaic system in England, from which we supposedly separated in 1776.  Our system still includes “sovereign immunity” in the form of “judicial immunity” taken from the concept that “the king can do no wrong.” So always consider your sources. That said please read on.

Pennsylvania Judge William R. Carpenter states that he appointed a special prosecutor to investigate allegations against the State Attorney General, because “Clearly, Attorney General Kane could not investigate herself,” he said.

 This is evidence of the hypocrisy with which our judiciary has been operating for far too long. Judges targeted with motions for their recusals, demanded by litigants, do in fact, investigate themselves.  They do not have to refer to any type of democractic process to determine if their actions violate their Judicial Canons or civil rights violations under the U.S.  or PA State Constitutions. We have a self-recusal system, that was put in place by the judges themselves, and not by legislature or a public referendum. The only alternative is to complain to the Judicial Conduct Board – that is also made up of judges and lawyers.

The Attorney General is part of the Executive Branch and is in charge of criminal investigations.  Therefore, Judge Carpenter has exceeded his jurisdiction in assigning a prosecutor to investigate Attorney General Kane, whose job it is to appoint prosecutors. These conflicts have been going on for decades in Pennsylvania, since the amendment to the State Constitution with Article V Section 10, whereby the courts interpreted that “administrative” self-regulation, gave them the power to block all oversight by the legislature and the public. They used this power to exempt themselves from the Open Meeting Laws in 1978.

Hopefully, the harrassment of AG Kane, will start a public dialog to address these issues, which have been denying due process, resulting in false imprisonment and extortion of assets by attorneys in collusion with judges, for decades…

AG Kane’s Case Highlights Justices’ March Arguments                

Lizzy McLellan, The Legal Intelligencer  March 10, 2015

Ethical issues in the public sector are set to take the stage next week as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is scheduled to hear several cases dealing with state officials—including an important one for Attorney General Kathleen Kane—as well as government agencies and funds.  A court of five justices is set to hear arguments March 10 and 11 in Philadelphia.

Kane’s Challenge

In an expedited case that has garnered widespread attention, the justices agreed to hear Kane’s challenge to the appointment of a special prosecutor in an investigation of her office’s alleged involvement in a grand jury leak, in In re 35th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury.

In an opinion filed by Supervising Judge William R. Carpenter, he said he appointed Thomas E. Carluccio as special prosecutor in the case after finding grounds for further investigation into allegations of a grand jury leak originating from Kane’s office. In support, Carpenter cited other cases in which special prosecutors were appointed to investigate grand jury leaks, and said he sought advisement from then-Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille.

“Clearly, Attorney General Kane could not investigate herself,” he said.

Documents unsealed by the Supreme Court show portions of a grand jury presentment recommending that Kane face criminal charges, and an opinion from Carpenter which said the grand jury recommended charges of perjury, false swearing, official oppression and obstruction.

Kane has maintained that she did nothing illegal, and that the possible charges are politically motivated.

Following the grand jury’s recommendations, the case was in the hands of Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman until the Supreme Court agreed to hear Kane’s argument.