January 2, 2018
Governor Tom Wolf
Office of the Governor
508 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Superior Court President
Judge Susan Gantman
200 Four Falls Corp Ctr
West Conshohocken 19428
Re: Dismissal of Appeal for Hard Copies?
On August 14th and October 27, 2017, I had submitted briefs via the e-file system, on the appeal of the foreclosure on my home. Even though it was still in litigation, the courts would not delay the Sheriff sale on May 31,, 2017, evidence the outcome of this case has been predetermined. On November 8, 2017, I received an order stating the Prothonotary had tried to reach me via telephone multiple times, and that I needed to submit hard copies of my “brief” within seven days.
On November 14, I received confirmation through the priority mail tracking that they had received the hard copies I sent pursuant to the Order. On December 20, 2017, I received a sua sponte dismissal of my foreclosure appeal anyway, stating I did not send hard copies. I e-filed an objection to the Order with the mail tracking receipt, but it was electronically rejected on December 21st, telling me I had to file a Reconsideration and pay $15.
What made me so irate was that priority was being given in such a serious matter, to paper printouts. I asked if they do this on appeals from people on death row? Send them to the gas chamber for hard copies? You are going to take my home for hard copies- instead of printing them out on your taxpayer provided printers and ink?
After I had called multiple numbers and got voicemails and clerks that were useless, the Chief Clerk of the Prothonotary Ben Kohler, called me back days later. If I had not finally gotten a call back from him and from a Security Guard, I would never have known what actually was the problem. Kohler insisted as they did in the ambiguous Order, that they tried to reach me via telephone on several occasions. This was untrue- I had no record of any voicemails or phone calls from them.
However, Kohler finally figured out during the course of the conversation, it was the brief from August that they had just realized in November, that hard copies were missing. I had been confused with the more recent brief, and had thought that the other copies were already sent and had no clue why they dismissed the appeal.
I demanded the name of whoever wrote the order and for the law allowing them to dismiss a case for such reason. Kohler claimed he did not know who was responsible as it was “from the court” – signed per curium. What does that mean- besides avoiding accountability? I can find no law giving authority to dismiss a case for such an obnoxious reason.
The next day I received a phone call from a security guard named John Brenner, stating that Kohler and his assistant Andrea claimed I had threatened them. I said to play me the recording of where I threatened them. He said there was none and he did not need it- he was just taking the word of the two co-workers. He also repeated their claims that the Prothonotary tried to call me, although I am not sure why they would discuss that with a security guard. Mr. Brenner then very guardedly revealed they had been using a phone number disconnected five years ago! My correct number is in the e-file system and on hundreds of documents filed in both the county and appellate courts, and I have received many calls from the courts over the last ten years of judicial harassment. And they had no problem finding the right number to threaten me with filing a police report.
Obviously, it is more lucrative for them to send ambiguous letters and use disconnected phone numbers- so they can charge $15 for a “Reconsideration.” This is all indicative of an ethically and morally-bankrupt culture that has applied the incompatible model of capitalism to a justice system. I paid a fee and entered into a contract with this Judicial system for the fair dissolution of my marriage- subject to Title 23. That contract has been breached a dozen times over by the employees of this state. I have paid close to a thousand dollars for appeals over the last ten years- that were all quashed as interlocutory; however, my money was never returned even though I did not get the service contracted. Of course, if it was required for the lower court to indicate which orders are appealable- that would cut into quite a bit of revenue.
A thousand more was spent on transcripts that court reporters resell when it should be free, as they are already paid a salary by the tax payers. Instead of printing out their personal photos and letters, they should use the taxpayer provided printers, ink and paper they have in their offices for whatever copies are needed. And where do they get off charging people to see court documents online when the computers were purchased with public funds?
I did not file informa pauperis although I very much qualify, because my experience has been abusive tactics such as this last occurrence, against pro se/ indigent litigants. So I paid the $150 even though I have been unemployed since 2014 and on food stamps. I just turned 60 and am not eligible for any benefits, and had everything I worked for my entire life- stolen by this court system. They trashed our state Constitution at Article 1 at Section 6, 11 and 25 with distorted procedural rules, and Title 23 was treated as a mere suggestion. These imposters cloaked in black robes, have taken upon themselves to eliminate jury trials, counterclaims, and appeals (which does not really matter because they are just proxies for their peers in the lower courts).
They designed a faux Judicial Conduct Board whose operating procedures make no mention of protecting the public from corruption, has no mechanisms for restitution and only the “preservation of the reputation of the judiciary” is the stated objective. It has a farcical, covert self-disciplinary process operated by monetarily connected friends and co-workers. Pennsylvania is a microcosm of the terrible conditions of our national government that lay hidden for decades and are now being unearthed in Washington DC.
No matter how many public scandals and the reality that Pennsylvania holds the national record for the most Supreme Court justices impeached, removed and/or forced to resign, it’s just business as usual. It is one court house cover-up after the other, of the feeding frenzy on the most vulnerable members of our society– families and the elderly. I find myself robbed blind after a decade of a deliberately protracted divorce – that had no custody issues and no requests for alimony; I have been subjected to appellate panels for which there is no remedy of their concealed conflicts of interest, including thousands of dollars donated to them by the lower court judges. I am now on the brink of homelessness due to a foreclosure caused by judicial misconduct- as Chief Counsel Graci is well-aware. But as usual what is important to this surreal court is formats and fees. Not the well-being of the citizens of this state or the serving of justice.
My biggest mistake was being honest, something I should never have impressed upon my children. Only the dishonest can afford the best medical care, college for their children and have their million dollar beach homes along the mobster inhabited shores of New Jersey and Palm Beach – purchased with the life savings laundered from people like me by judges-and divided up between the law firms and political campaign accounts. It was not the divorce that stole the last ten years of my life, traumatized my children and destroyed my family- it was a pack of greedy, power-hungry psychopaths cloaked as “honorable judges” in a banana republic “Commonwealth.” The only “Common-wealth” to be seen is among the bar association members. I don’t know what these judges took an oath to, but it is not the Constitution. Its depraved and sick. This quote illustrates the conditions best:
“… when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed. (Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged-” Francisco’s “Money Speech”)
Chief Justice Thomas Saylor
16th Fl Fulton Bldg
200 N 3rd St
Chief Counsel Graci
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Avenue,
Suite 3500 PO Box 62525