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Written by Linda Shelton

March 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

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  1. HOW DO YOU FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST A COOK COUNTY JUDGE? AND HOW DO YOU APPEAL AN EMERGENCY MOTION AGAINST THE JUDGES WRONGFUL RULING, AND GET A NEW JUDGE ASSIGNED?

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    malzone, debbie

    March 30, 2010 at 6:42 pm

  2. My ex-wife requested an order of protection against me from a Judge Collins Dole for complaining that she was denying me access to my children. She produced personal correspondence critical of her behavior written to her and members of my family in court. On the basis of these letters, the judge forbade me from having any contact with her or any third parties about her.

    I have not seen this woman in 20 years for a very good reason. She listed my weight as 170 lbs on her complaint. I weigh 210. I haven’t weighed 170 since 1990. She told my daughter not to invite me to her wedding. I had no idea she was married until my brother-in-law told me months afterwards.

    My ex recently petitioned for an extension of the order. I told the judge she had confiscated all my letters to my son when he was in boarding school and blocked my attempts to pursue a pedophile who had molested him when he was a young child. I told her that if I am not allowed to see my children ever again, I will take them out of my will. She said that was ‘vindictive’ and extended the order for 2 years instead of just one.

    If disinheriting children who have been taught to hate you is vindictive, then what is the act of keeping them from their father for over 20 years?

    How can I get justice in Cook County when the judges are so corrupt? This woman was very dismissive of all the males in her courtroom. All her officers were women. She clearly does not like men.

    Can you tell me if there have been other complaints against this particular judge? I would be very interested. Thanks for your help.

    Craig Olson
    630.991.7729

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    Craig Olson

    October 2, 2010 at 9:17 am

  3. It is impossible to get justice in C[r]ook County. The judges are controlled by the corrupt politicians, many are judges because they bought their jobs because they could not function as lawyers, many are ignorant and incompetent, others are easily manipulated because they can’t function as lawyers and don’t want to lose their pensions. PLEASE – keep writing the press, the U.S. Attorney office and write on every blog possible to keep this as public record.

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    Linda Shelton

    December 18, 2010 at 9:10 am

  4. Is Melongo still in the Cook County Jail?

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    Lee Cary

    October 18, 2011 at 10:38 am

  5. Yes – Despite the fact that I filed a next-friend habeas petition in may 2010 that still hasn’t been heard, a local court in S. IL ruled that the eavesdropping law was unconstitutional, and the states attorney is indicating that they don’t have sufficient evidence against Melonga or available witnesses necessary to convict on the computer tampering charge – but they won’t dismiss the case. The judge has approved she is to be released on house arrest. There is also an immigration hold on her because her Visa has expired and she is awaiting trial on two felonies.

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    Linda Shelton

    October 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm

  6. Plz Ms.Shelton would you read my blog http://marinameadowsDOTwordpressDOTcom, find out what is been done to our family for exposing corruption in Miami, Florida, how our medical records have been used to harm us, medications tampered, the roll of Police & Gov.Officials, isolation, internet blocked or manipulated, same mail, phones & more. Plz tell me what else I can do to save my family??

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    Marina Meadows

    November 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm

  7. from timothy evans to L. Kawamoto and all so-called attorneys of the OPG office are running the biggest money ponzi scheme also known as Ricco, they have no idea or care who they destroy so long as their paychecks are signed, their friends get fatter from jobs handed to them on a silver platter, their best aresenal is intimidation, force and retaliation, because they can’t fool everyone. and they will have a bumpy ride when it hits the fan. cook county is the most corrupt county in the u.s. too bad thats our legacy-rahm can’t sweep the breaking federal law, and keep crediability, of course, he will do what every politician does, not my job. I hope and believe the agencies I contacted will move, as filing false irs and state taxes to launder money using disabled individuals ss# to pull it off,. start flooding the fbi with complaints, dept of human rights for civil rights violations, aclu, all agencies send some e-mails to the white house, see if obama stands behind his campaign promises of protecting the elderly and disabled the media would like this, as it proves once and for all corruption is alive and well in cook county probate court

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    ejolmstead

    January 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm

  8. trying to get direction for corrupt bias Judges like Leida Santiago Gonzalez. Had a case before her and her ruling was absurd and unethical. she shoudl have removed herself from the case but she stood in knowing both parties and her step-son knowing both parties very closely as well. Have pictures, affidavits from people knowing and deeds to places.. can anyone help. WOuld like to get a fair FAIR ruling and not a ruling like hers. I am looking into contacting the media Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun TImes for help as well. She is a hot lil mess and one day she will have to give an account to the man upstairs for her actions. Can someone please help??????????

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    lizette

    September 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  9. Hi Ms. Shelton!

    I am so glad to hear that you are assisting in fighting for these rights. I have been in this corrupt system since November 2011. My kids and I have suffered in many ways unfortunately. Recently, my attorney wrote this letter (see below) and sent it to the Chief Judge and Presiding Judge’s offices. Needless to say, nothing has been done as of yet. As a result, I served in jail on my youngest girl’s birthday due to injustice from 10AM to 6:30PM — this was the 2nd time. The 1st time was on March 31st. Please understand that I have never had a criminal history and that is still the case. I’m a mother that is working hard to make a better life for my kids and I. There’s a plethora of seriously wrong decisions made by Judge Bonita Coleman-John. JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED. I will take this to the media.

    Thanks for taking a stand. Please read the letter below.

    Warm Regards,

    LaShonda Moore

    Village Legal Services
    Marlena A. Johnson, Esq.
    300 South Wacker Drive 84th Floor
    Chicago, Illinois 60606
    773/814-6742
    Fax 312/962-7411
    villagelegal@gmail.com

    June 19, 2014
    Circuit Court of Cook County​​​​​Via fax 312-603-5366
    Office of the Chief Judge
    Judge Timothy C. Evans
    50 West Washington Street, Room 2600
    Chicago, Illinois 60602

    Dear Judge Evans,
    I am writing on behalf of my client LaShonda Moore McDavid, case No. 2011-D630266, on Judge Bonita Coleman’s calendar this is a Post decree matter that has spiraled out of control. I would not bother you if I had anywhere else to go. We have many needs that need to be addressed, but what is a matter of urgency, is a bond of $2,500, cash bond imposed by the Judge, which my client simply cannot afford to pay.
    This $2,500 bond is the second bond issued, by the Judge. The first one, was issued for my client’s failure to pay the *second 604b evaluator (Dr. Gardner) $1,000 retainer by a certain date. After paying the cash bond of $1,000 upon turning her self in to the court the Judge gave my client 7 days to pay the evaluator, her retainer or she would impose a second cash bond of $2,500. My client asked for at least 14 days to pay, so that she would have another pay period, but the Judge refused. Needless to say my client did make the $1,000 payment to the evaluator within the 7 days. However she did make it within 14 days.
    At the last status date, on May 8th, I asked the Judge, if she would reconsider, imposing the bond, and she refused, after a tirade leveled at me the attorney.
    We are caught in a fix, with a Judge who wants to “teach my client a lesson.” We need help. Since November 2011, when the Judge awarded the father temporary, custody my client has been punished and berated severely by the Judge. I do not understand the level of contempt aimed at my client by the Judge.
    We need help. *The first 604b evaluator recommended that the minor girls be returned to my client, as the father is a band manager for a rock group and travels extensively, and mom has been the primary care taker, his report was summarily discarded by the Judge. There are many issues present but primarily we need help dealing with this Judge. We need help with this bond. We just need help.
    Next Court date is Tuesday June 24th at 9:30 am, in Courtroom 202, at Markham.

    Sincerely,
    Marlena Johnson
    Attorney for LaShonda Moore McDavid

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    LaShonda Moore

    July 12, 2014 at 7:44 pm

  10. I have been in corrupt Cook County system since 2006. Judge Mark Lopez has so wrongfully handled my divorce case. I was a Full time mother stated in the 604B. Involved in every single aspect of my kids lives. Who are 13 and 11. My son was diagnosed from Childrens Memorial Hospital with ODD. Oppositional Defiant Disorder. I fought for counseling , because my negligent x who wouldn’t take him. The judge did order my x to have a body attachment bond. My son did not get proper counseling. My x continued not to take him or pay child support ever on time. My x didn’t pay for medical , and decreased support by 72 percent. My x completely disrespected the JPA. My x is a lawyer that had a slimy lawyer.
    Doesn’t matter if your x hooks up with a babysitter, has a baby , doesn’t pay support , doesn’t take his son to counseling , doesn’t pay half or any for dental or medical ) stated in evaluation.
    My x filed for custody not to pay support . Was in arrears of 65,000. The judge didn’t seem to read the 604b , that said , if my son didn’t get counseling or my x then he should not get custody.
    On stand they had nothing on me NOTHING. I was a soccer mom, worked part time, picked up my kids from school, School Volunteer. We were on Food Stamps and medical help because my x showed he didn’t make money. Well , Judge Lopez gave Custody To my X based on no grounds.
    I have my kids about half the time. But HE GAVE CUSTODY TO A FATHER THAT USED HIS LAWYER PULLS AND ON PAPER DID NOT PROPERLY TAKE CAFE OF THE KIDS . USED MY KIDS AS MESSENGERS . WHEN RECEIVING 600.00 OF CHILD SUPPORT, HE GAVE IT TO MY SON TO THROW AT ME. IT SAID IT IN THE EVALUATION. AND THE JUDGE STILL GAVE HIM CUSTODY. ON NO GROUNDS . THEY SAID I COULDN’T CONTROL MY OLDER SON . WHEN MY OLDER SON NEEDS COUNSELING AND NOBODY IS HELPING HIM . THE JUDGE HAS DONE NOTHING.

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    Patricia Forman

    September 30, 2014 at 10:36 pm

  11. Dear Dr. Shelton,
    I want to share even more unspeakable story, recently happened in DuPage County. In September 2015 I noticed an Article about two retirees who were put under $650,000.00 bond for sending letters to judges. One was considered “threatening”. I send letters to Cook County judges regularly, so I found such harsh and unusual punishment very unusual and decided to pull the complaint filed by AG Berlin’s office, just to find one page Complaint with one paragraph of a general accusation in “disorderly conduct”, without any evidence in support (no letters attached). The second page of the case had FULL disclosure of Mr. &Mrs. Kramer personal information, which is statutory prohibited. On September 14th before the hearing on this case, I emailed IL Supreme Court and Judges Association my concerns. The judge who suppose to prosecute Kramers to the “full extend of the law” – means send Kramers to jail for a while, so their HOA can rent their house, recused himself 15 minutes before the hearing. The full version of my second letter with evaluation of Kramers conviction is below. This was emailed to the Court and to newsletters. I don’t see any updates or investigation of DuPage County gross public corruption.

    Dear All,
    I previously contacted you regarding letters sent by Sanford and Cynthia Kramer to DuPage County judges, for which Kramers were publicly accused in felony crimes, ordered draconian $650,000.00 bond , served 17 days in jail; placed on 24 months of parole as convicted criminals, and became homeless based to judge Diamond unjust decision in their eviction case. Now Kramers will never find any rent, any job or any credit to secure their living; and their increased medical bills will be passed on IL taxpayers – all due to DuPage corrupt officials games with the justice. I believe you should help Kramers to remove unlawful conviction and clear their names.

    Herald and Tribune quickly took Attorney General Berlin and judges (read: The Power) side of the story, without conducting ANY appropriate investigation of the real facts.

    Tribune said that Kramers owned about $700.00 in HOA repairs; and DuPage judge Kinsella, who suppose to hear Kramers case on September 14th, recused himself “because here are two other DuPage judges involved”. These are misleading statements.

    Judge Kinsella recused himself after I emailed my concerns about Kramers case to Department of Justice and IL Supreme Court, where I included DuPage Judge Anderson, who is a Vice President of IL Association of Judges. John and Louise Kinsella donated $1,200.00 to Attorney General Berlin election, and judge Kinsella had a clear conflict of interest with Mr. Berlin in this case, not because other DuPage judges involvement, when he passed it to Kendall Court judge at the last moment, 40 minutes prior to the hearing. My first question is – that jurisdiction had Kendall County Judge McAdams to make decisions in DuPage County cases involved DuPage County residents?

    $700.00 debt HOA’s repairs is also incorrect. Collection case 12LM3397, Oak and Dale Properties v. Cynthia Kramer et.al. was filed by law Firm Keay & Costello, P.C. whose partner Mr. David H. Keay is well-known by DuPage Court judges as a member of Committee on Character and Fitness for the 2nd Judicial District; and a chair-qualified arbitrator for the 18th judicial circuit by appointment of the Chief Judge.

    A quick review of Kramers’ cases supported my position that their conviction was an arbitrary punishment and abuse of power based on ulterior motives; handled with violations of all applicable laws, including but not limited to Kramers due process rights guaranteed by Fifth and Fourteen Amendments. Moreover, the judgement violated Sanford Kramer’s rights to manifest his religious belief in Higher Justice by God; and Freedom of Speech rights secured by First Amendment.

    Procedural background. Case 12LM3397 was initiated on October 5, 2012 by Oak&Dale Properties, Inc. against Chicago Land &Trust Company “CLTC”, to collect $693.65 debt in HOA dues, plus late fees and Court costs. On November 8, 2012 Kaye&Costello P.C. obtained a Default judgement against CLTC in the amount of $525.00 plus costs after Defendant CLTC failed to appear. On November 19, 2012 Cynthia Kramer filed her Appearance as an owner and timely requested to vacate default. She also provided the proof that the debt to Association was $390.00, not $693.65, and it was PAID on March 30, 2012 by check #1382. DuPage Court judge and HOA lawyers ignored Cynthia Kramer’s Appearance and evidence in support; and proceed with Default against CLTC.

    Order or Possession obtained by HOA on November 8, 2012 was never enforced until August 4, 2015 when a Sheriff suddenly appeared at Kramers property with the Notice of Eviction informing two retirees that they will be evicted in 7 days. Pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/9-117 “No judgment for possession obtained in an action brought under this Article may be enforced more than 120 days after judgment is entered, unless upon motion by the plaintiff the court grants an extension of the period of enforcement of the judgment.” Thus, the Order of Possession of November 8, 2012 EXPIRED long time ago and was NOT enforceable because the Motion for extension of the period of enforcement was never filed. The eviction Complaint was never amended to include well-known occupants, Sanford and Cynthia Kramer, as defendants, and validation of $693.56/$525.00 debt was never conducted, which is a violation of their due process rights against wrongful collections and evictions.

    On August 7, 2015 Cynthia Kramer filed an Emergency Motion to Stay Eviction, so they can sell the house and move out. On August 13, 2015 Judge Brian J. Diamond failed to investigate merits of the eviction case and enforced expired Order of Possession obtained by HOA for a non-existing debt, in a violation of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and 5/9-117.

    According to Tribune, in respond to Judge Diamond verdict, Sanford Kramer wrote him a letter where he said, “You will hydroplane into a ditch. Look over your shoulder, (expletive)!” Under 720 ILCS 5/12-9(a-5) threat must be “unique and specific, and not a “generalized threat”. Words “you will hydroplane into a ditch. Look over your shoulder, [..]!” do not contain “specific” or “unique” threat to judge Diamond. Anyone can hydroplane into a ditch due to many reasons, including one’s own negligence. So, it is rather a “generalized threat” which is NOT a subject to 5/12-9. While I agree that Sanford Kramer’s words toward to Judge Diamond were rude and absolutely inappropriate, yet $500,000.00 bond, 17 days in jail and 24-month probation on criminal conviction is an excessive punishment which completely ruined the rest of Kramers lives, who are now elderly homeless criminals on parole.

    In my understanding, Sanford Kramer was acting under extreme emotional distress resulted from sudden collection of unlawful debt by HOA, he was facing eviction while tried to sell the house (to the note, any debt to HOA will be covered after the sale); and was provoked by Judge Diamond’s unjust decision to deny Motion to Stay eviction which precluded Kramer from the sale the property because now HOA can rent it for a bona-fide tenant on a statutory one-year lease agreement. So, Sanford Kramer acted in the boiling blood when he made statements where he apparently referred to Aramaic Bible Psalm 7.15 manifesting his religious belief in the Higher Justice by God. (Psalm 7.15:”He has dug a pit and has dug it and has fallen into the ditch that he made”).

    Cynthia Kramer was charged with “disorderly conduct” for “accusing Judge Diamond in the offense of bribe and soliciting a prostitute”. I have not seen the letter and cannot comment on its wording, but based on my observation how Judge Diamond handled her eviction case, Cynthia Kramer had all reasons to suspect offense of bribery and corruption; and had constitutional right to express her statement of opinion about it.

    On August 29, 2015 DuPage Attorney General Robert Berlin stated that “Any threatening or harassing contact with an officer of the court will be thoroughly investigated and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” On September 8, 2015 Mr. Berlin announced his bid for re-election to the Office. This is not a secret that the harshest punishments are often used by judges and officials who plan to be soon re-elected, to attract more donors. General Berlin’s expectations succeeded – after public announcement of Kramers’ arraignment, donations to Mr. Berlin’s campaign substantially increased, mostly from lawyers. Judge Diamond’s family member Mrs. Lourdes Diamond, was also grateful for Berlin’s slaying of two ProSe retirees and donated Mr. Berlin $200.00 on August 21st. Please see the full list of donations – which are mostly made by Mr. Berlin’s family members and corporate lawyers.

    Moreover, both judges, Jeffrey McKay, who placed $650,000.00 bond on Kramers; and Brian J. Diamond who received the letters, are Associate Judges closely connected to General Berlin’s office. Both previously worked as Assistants Attorney General. Prior to election judge Jeffrey MacKay worked for Ekl, Williams &Provenzale LLC (“EWP”) law firm. According to the public records, EWP donated substantial amounts of money to General Berlin, including $8,750.00 on June 30, 2014; and $1,500.00 on August 20, 2015. Mr. Berlin also received $1,250.00 from Mr. Timothy J. Diamond, another AG lawyer and probably judge Diamond’s relative, who made his latest donation on August 21, 2015; and from James M. McKay, a Treasurer for a State Election Committee, also made on August 21, 2015. Thus, I have reasons to believe that prosecution of Kramers had certain ulterior motives behind it.

    Both complaints against Kramers were filed without ANY attached evidence; in violation of Sanford and Cynthia privacy rights, 5 ILCA 179 (“IPA”) ; IL S.CT.R. 138 and DuPage LR 6.10; and placed them under reckless endangerment of identity theft – yet favorably decided.

    I request you to investigate Judges Brian J. Diamond and Jeffrey McKay professional conduct; and judge Diamond’s violations of The Oath to the Office (705 ILCS 35/2 and 28 U.S. C.§ 453); when he willfully deprived Kramers from Constitutional Rights while acting under color of law (18 U.S.C.§ 242); failed to provide Kramer honest judicial services (18 U.S.C. §1346); and enabled collection of unlawful debt and extortion of Kramers property under color of law (subject to FDCPA; RICO and Hobbs Acts 18 U.S.C. 1951) when he denied Kramer’s Motion to Stay expired Order of Possession pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/9-117.

    Please initiate immediate probe against DuPage Attorney General office for corruption, abuse of power; malicious prosecution and waste of IL taxpayers’ money, to the full extent of the law. This is not a secret that HOAs and its lawyers operate sophisticated collection mills in IL Courts, commonly known as racket; and judges and Attorney General duties is to protect vulnerable homeowners against draconian unlawful collections, not to enable it.

    I have included Honorable Michael B. Hyman, President of Association of Judges, and Honorable Robert J. Anderson, DuPage County Judge, please follow up with them directly for further explanations why judges fail their duties to provide equal protection to ALL Illinois citizens, not only corporate lawyers; as well as on legitimacy of Kramers convictions.

    Newsletters must correctly inform the public, not blindly repeat unsupported accusations in felony crimes, which is a defamation and violation of due process per se.

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    Elena F.

    November 10, 2015 at 5:08 am

  12. How do I file a complaint against judge Jeanne Cleveland Bernstein?
    How do I appeal my divorce case ?
    Being a male in her court room I have lost all my rights. Once the judge found I had evidence in my case she set trial immediately and refused to look at any of my evidence.

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    Robert Brown

    February 4, 2017 at 10:22 am


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