Matt Clendennen and his lawyers discuss his case on video
Waco – Sometimes, the supposed victor cuts his losses, pays the piper, and retreats from the field of battle. So mote it be.
In the war on the civil rights of bikers gathered atTwin Peaks Restaurant on May 17, local authorities admitted for the first time they are wrong, though they did not do so in a legal sense.
A man arrested falsely for witnessing something his lawyer liked to point out he did not actually see before a local judge silenced him saw vindication yesterday in what will eventually be payment in money damages for an act of violation of his civil rights.
One of the governments named in the dismissed federal civil rights lawsuit coughed up the deductible for their insurance carrier to settle out of court. By doing so, they make no legal admission of a wrongful act. No details were made public of the overall settlement or of the amount to be paid by the various entities named in the suit.
Though he and his lawyers are court-ordered to keep their mouths shut about the case, the actions of Matthew Alan Clendennen spoke louder than words when the McLennan County Commissioners Court authorized a deductible payment of $17,000 toward a settlement of his lawsuit against individuals and governments who caused his arrest following a shooting in which 9 bikers who had assembled along with hundreds of others to hear about the state of pending handgun legislation at a Confederation of Clubs meeting at Twin Peaks Restaurant in this city died in a hail of police bullets. Twenty more were wounded at the time when fighting broke out among rival members of clubs whom law enforcement officials called “thugs” and members of outlaw motorcycle “gangs” because they wore their “colors” to the gathering.
At the time of a press conference hosted by his parents, Clendennen’s lead defense counsel, F. Clinton Broden said it was obvious to him that the police officers who acted on behalf of the City of Waco have no idea what actually constitutes probable cause in a legal sense. He has since been ordered to remain silent about the case in which Clendennen is charged with the conspiracy offense of engaging in criminal activity, as are 177 other persons so arrested on the identical charge. Their bail was set at an identical amount of $1 million dollars to “send a message,” according to Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson, since recused from the cases.
He alleged that Manuel Chavez, the detective for the Waco Police Department who signed a non-specific affidavit of warrantless arrest as probable cause he was involved in organized criminal activity, as many as 20 John and Jane Does so employed, the City of Waco, McLennan County, District Attorney Abelino Reyna, and another 5 John Does conspired to strip him of his constitutional rights in his arrest on May 17.
Rockwall County – scene of multi-jurisdictional, multi-suit divorce action involving both serious criminal and civil actions
Dallas – A tip top team of troubleshooting legal talent has their sights set on breaking up a cabal of corporate, government, legal and political conspirators bent on denying an estranged father the legal comfort of unsupervised visitation with his children following entry of a March 1, 2011 default court order his opponents obtained based on an allegation now proven untrue.
When at high noon on Sunday, September 27, 2015, Midland builder Stephen Warren appeared after a five-hour drive from Odessa for a second two – hour supervised visit at a certified visitation center called FLP Family Place in the 8900 block of Harry Hines Boulevard, right around the corner from Brookhollow Golf Club and Trammel Crow’s 1950’s-era golden-age flagship industrial development on Regal Row, an official there named Christina Coultas allowed him only two minutes in the presence of his daughters, half the amount of time – four minutes – she had previously on September 13. According to Warren, he was allowed to speak to his two daughters only long enough to tell them he loves them very much, before they were escorted out of the room by Ms. Coultas. Within seconds, Warren heard laughter coming from the hallway.
Said Lane Haygood, co-counsel for Warren, “This is a very disturbing development, especially in light of our pleadings regarding parental alienation, and our concerns regarding abuse of the oldest child by ‘Poppy’ as set out in the affidavit. We are going forward with speed and all determination.”
Christina Coultas, staff member at FLP Family Place, Dallas
Warren is obliged to seek visitation at FLP because when his ex-wife, Leslie Cavanaugh Bird of Rockwall, sued him on in early 2011, to modify the parental-child relationship, her lawyers falsely claimed he was nowhere to be found and could not be made available to answer the suit. On March 1, 2011, Leslie Bird’s lawyer got a court order that Warren’s visitation must be supervised by FLP for a maximum of four hours per month.
The truth was that Warren was flat on his back in a Midland hospital where a pair of prowlers attempted to kill him by flatlining his vital signs through manipulation of his pain killer medication meter following a plane crash that broke his spine. One of three such narrow escapes, it was only one of three attempts on his life. The plane lost power due to a piston compression problem at 500 feet on climb-out. An entire house in Highland Park exploded into flames when he hooked up ceiling fans and threw the breakers.
On March 1, 2011, the visiting judge found “credible evidence” that Warren “has a history or pattern of sexual abuse directed against one or both of the children.” The truth is that in an affidavit, his ex-wife is the sole accuser who alleged an aggravated sexual assault of her oldest daughter. This resulted in an indictment dismissed by a special prosecutor “in the interest of justice” when he learned he could not prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury panel.
Warren developed an allegation that his daughter at the age of five had suffered repeated sexual assaults by a mysterious individual known only as “Poppy.” She said so in a video Warren recorded of her.
When he presented this evidence to an Assistant DA, the man neglected to prosecute. The DA himself later was unable to carry out the task. One committed suicide; the other was convicted for a financial offense in office.
When David Rohlf, the lead counsel for Mrs. Bird, presented the case he falsely informed the Court that Bird had been indicted for the sexual assault of his daughter, but omitted the fact that the charge had been dismissed on December 30, 2010, the motion of the prosecutor to dismiss the indictment.
FLP disallowed his visits in 2014 because staff falsely claimed he either had not returned, or filled out incompletely an “intake packet” required for visits.
Lawsuits are pending for perjury in both cases, a criminal charge in the former. His ex-wife faces five and a half years behind county jail bars if convicted for contempt of court violations on amended pleadings. A criminal defense lawyer, Chuck Miller has made a motion to seal the records of the judge’s in camera interview with Warren’s two daughters and academic records subpoenaed from the school district.
When you examine Stephen Warren’s criminal record, the facts become clear that he has been falsely accused of aggravated sexual assault twice – once against his ex-wife, the second against his daughter, the alleged violation of a protective order in 2003, probation for which he was not able to satisfy until 2008 due once again to numerous alleged violations of the terms and conditions of probation, and a single arrest for theft by worthless check authorities dismissed when he made the check good.
His lawyers believe he is not the crook. They think he is the butt of a criminal conspiracy designed to control the lives of his children by gaming the system and the rule of law; they have come to play for money, marbles and chalk in order to find out why.
Customs and Border Protection is looking to contract for 62 million rounds of .223 Remington to fulfill a contract supplying 12.3 million rounds per year for five years.
A part of the Department of Homeland Security, the agency wishes to use the ammunition for training and qualification purposes only in posts throughout the nation, including the territories of Guam, the Mariannas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgins, as well as in Alaska and Hawaii.
DHS has also issued Requests for Proposals for supply of 25 million rounds of 12 Guage and 24 million rounds of .357 Sig for a total of 2,118,002,000 rounds of various types – enough to kill about 30 percent of the world’s population. Experts estimate that at the rate of 5.5 million rounds per year expended during the Iraq war, it’s enough to supply the Armed Forces for a 32-year war.
Attorney Paul Looney’s remarks at Austin ‘Special Delivery’ rally
Austin – In protest, supporters of the defendants charged in a mass arrest following a police shooting of 9 who died and 20 wounded gathered on the Capitol steps to decry a lack of discovery of the evidence to be used against 177 persons charged with the identical offense of engaging in organized criminal activity on May 15.
If the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals grants an across the board gag order for attorneys and all defendants involved that has been proposed in a Writ of Mandamus by McLennan County Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna, it will signal a turn toward totalitarian regulation that will strip defendants in the future of their right to a freedom of speech guaranteed by Article 1, Section 8 of the Texas Constitution and by Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
The State’s argument is that to release any details might compromise the defendants’ chances of a fair trial. The truth is, the charges are so vaguely pronounced in identical, fill-in-the-blanks affidavits of warrantless arrest, their attorneys despair of mounting an effective defense.
The affidavits merely state the defendants were wearing colors or were otherwise identified as members of “criminal street gangs” as designated by a Department of Public Safety manual published by Texas A&M University, according to examining trial testimony elicited from a criminal intelligence division commander, Lt. Paul Schwartz.
“That’s how tyrannies usually start: by throwing people in jail because of their association,” said F. Clinton Broden, who is representing Matthew Clendennen, one of the arrested bikers, in criminal and civil lawsuits.
According to an attorney who cross examined Schwartz, Paul Looney of Hempstead and Houston, there is no real evidence the vast majority of people so charged did anything illegal. In remarks to the crowd gathered at the Capitol, Looney declared he has never seen anything done to Americans inside the borders of the nation to compare, other than the treatment received by Japanese living here at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941.
The truth is, the Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting was convened at Waco instead of at Austin in order for bikers from north, east, central and near west Texas to gather in a more central location and learn about the progress of several open carry handgun bills then under consideration by the Legislature.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is the lead investigating agency on the case, with charge of crime scene, forensic, and ballistics studies.
A similar set of circumstances existed on February 28, 1993, when the ATF raided the Mount Carmel Center near Bellmead in order to search for fully automatic weapons and huge stockpiles of ammunition, items which failed to materialize after a 51-day siege in which more than 70 persons lost their lives in a tremendous explosion. Four ATF agents lost their lives on the initial day of the raid when authorities refused to show the search warrant upon arrival and members of the sect returned fire from inside the compound.
Adding to the drama, the International Association of Chiefs of Police had just that Sunday morning concluded a weekend convention in the capitol city, during which numerous top law men visited the Governor to urge her to veto any legislation allowing concealed carry of handguns in the Lone Star State.
At that time, a concealed carry handgun law had been placed on Governor Ann Richards’ desk for her signature. She eventually vetoed the legislation, which passed early during the first term of George W. Bush. Both had made an issue of the proposal to allow concealed carry of handguns in their campaigns – Richards being against the measure, Bush in favor.
‘The Fact that the District Attorney Has No Intention of Honoring His Proposed Gag order is Evidenced by the Fact that he Won’t Stop Talking’ – from the argument in the brief
Waco – For defendants in the Twin Peaks case, freedom of speech under the provision of Article 1, Section 8 of the Texas Constitution is their only hope.
Attorneys for 33 persons accused of engaging in organized criminal activity following a mass shooting by police, and the arrest of 177 persons at a political meeting to be held at Twin Peaks Restaurant on May 17 said so in a friend of the court brief filed late Friday afternoon, September 25.
The only way for persons accused of first degree conspiracy felony crimes in the wake of police shooting a large number of persons attending a political rally in this city on May 17 is to exercise their right to freedom of speech, a team of lawyers told the highest criminal appeals court in Texas. Their only hope of gaining a favorable disposition to their cases is to be realized by “sanitizing the foul odor of public perception” they claim has been created by police and prosecutors in the public mind.
The brief states, “District Attorney Abel Reyna does not speak on our behalf,” and further alleges that since the prosecutor continues to give statements to the press, he has “in the public eye, lumped all 177 of the accused together, without taking into consideration any of the circumstances of their individual cases.”
Arguing on behalf accused who wish for the Court of Criminal Appeals to lift the gag order imposed by 54th Criminal District Judge Matt Johnson, the lawyers furthermore stated “…the State has not acknowledged that its statements were improper attacks on the constitutional right to a fair trial. Therefore, it is is disingenuous for the State to now assert that its primary motivation for the proposed gag order is to ensure that the State can act as the guardian the accused’s right to a fair trial.”
Because Reyna continues to talk to the press, the accused asserted, “it is painfully obvious that the state’s true motive is to create jurors who will come to court ready to convict. That is not justice.”
Antagonist and protagonist face off in Courthouse rotunda – Michael Jarrett (l) is chief prosecutor in the Clendennen case defended by F. Clinton Broden, a Dallas lawyer (r) gagged by an order in the case
DALLAS LAWYER WILL SPEAK AT RALLY ON CAPITOL STEPS
Dallas – The defense lawyer gagged by an order issued by 54th District Judge Matt Johnson spoke up today to correct misconceptions about a Court of Criminal Appeals ruling.
The high Court denied his motion on Wednesday to lift the gag order re-imposed by the 10th District Court of Appeals following an earlier ruling vacating the District Court’s order for he and prosecutors as well as the defendant Matt Clendennen to keep silent about the case. Clendennen, who was not present during shooting and fighting on May 17, is charged along with 176 others with engaging in organized criminal activity.
But Broden was quick to point out that it’s not over – not by a long shot.
“This is not the final ruling. This is simply a denial of the motion I filed yesterday to dissolve the stay based upon the ‘unclean hands’ argument. The merits of gag order remain pending…All it really says is that there have already been briefs filed by the parties and the amici (friends of the court) so we are not going to simply dissolve the stay on the grounds of ‘unclean hands.”
In his writ, the lawyer argued that the state has repeatedly violated the mandamus relief originally sought by Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna as officials continually make statements to media about the nature of the case, the circumstances of arrests, and the like.
Broden contends that he has not yet obtained a ruling from the state’s highest criminal appeals court on the fact that both the state and Waco officials have no real standing in the dispute over whether he and his client Matt Clendennen may have access to material such as surveillance video that will clear the defendant of any wrongdoing. The video does not belong to either entity, but both have argued that in the interest of giving the defendant a fair trial, all parties to the criminal litigation should be ordered not to talk about the Clendennen case.
In earlier statements to the public, Clendennen said at a press conference and in other venues that “My client is guilty of being a witness to something he did not see.” He has accused state officials such as DA Abel Reyna and Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson of making such statements as that motorcycle enthusiasts who are members of riding and support clubs are “thugs” and members of “street gangs.” He has cited the fact that acting as Magistrate, Peterson said he set bail at $1 million in each identical case to “send a message.”
The ruling has led to a widespread misconception among the public that all parties to criminal litigation stemming from arrests following a deadly May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks Restaurant are under a gag order. That is not true.
Judge Johnson’s order applies only to prosecutors, the defense attorneys representing Clendennen, their staff, and expert witnesses.
Broden is enjoined to not talk about the case, but he is free to talk about the gag order, and plans to do so at a rally on the South steps of the State Capitol at Austin at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 26. He had intended to speak at an August rally, but was prevented from doing so by a bomb scare which caused Sheriff Parnell McNamara to clear the Courthouse Square immediately when it was learned a suitcase and an ice chest had been abandoned at the corner of 5th Street and Austin Ave.
Aspasia of Miletus, Athenian consort of Pericles, to whom Plato ascribed the Socratic method of instruction through questions
Dallas – Observe.
Will the Cyprian mother, a devotee to the cult of Aphrodite, allow her divorced husband to visit his daughters on Sunday, September 27, 2015? Yes, or no. A Court has ordered just such a supervised visit, but a previously scheduled two-hour outing on September 13 fell through when an employee of Family Place Visitation Center had one of the girls read a prepared statement declaring she and her sister did not wish to see their father.
The entire episode – a first in seven and one-half years – lasted a total of four minutes.
Cult watchers who are knowledgeable about the numerology of the date and year, the astronomical portent of the planet and moon, are sitting on tenter hooks in anticipation. To some, it’s that big a deal.
There could hardly be a more auspicious day for watching the Cyprian parade between the raindrops – September 27, 2015 – the eighth day and the fifth following Yom Kippur of the fourth blood moon in the high holy days of 2014-2015 following Rosh Hashanna.
Three threes are nine; nine threes are twenty-seven, and 2015 is only the fourth year in recorded history in which the moon will have reached its perigee in diametric opposition to the Earth in its orbit of the Sun to totally eclipse its image and turn it to a dramatic shade of blood red on the fourth high holy day between Passover and Sukkoth, the day of Tabernacles.
The year 1492 in which there were also four blood moons saw the Spanish Expulsion of the Chosen People and Christopho Columbus’ claim of the New World; 1948 brought the statehood of Israel through a resolution of the Security Council of the United Nations following a bitter war for the liberation of Palestine spurred by the finance of two world wars; the Six-Day War of 1967 occurred in just such a year of solar systemic rarity, and 2015 is expected by some historical observers to yield a cataclysmic set of changes of financial and political conditions worldwide.
So it is with trepidation that attorneys, legal researchers and investigators are watching to see if Leslie Cavanaugh Bird allows her two daughters, girls of the age of bat mitzvah, to see their father Stephen Warren on Sunday, September 27, at high noon. She faces a possible penalty of five and one-half years behind County Jail bars for her defiance of court orders to allow her ex-husband to see his daughters in a contempt action unfolding at this time.
She has twice previously leveled first degree felony charges of aggravated sexual assault of both herself and her daughter against her former husband – both of which indictments were dismissed by the prosecutor and the District Judge in the interest of justice when it was learned there was no way to prove up her allegations, as expressed in her affidavits of complaint.
It’s only a small part of an ongoing saga of – ah, sticky – litigation that stretches back 12 years, involving side issues of perjury against the visitation center, the criminal contempt of court action of current issue, and former allegations of non-support against the father.
Mrs. Bird has had some identification with the Aspasian Craft Fair at Rockwall, where she and her family live. It’s carried out in the tradition of the grande dame of Athenian society, Aspasia, a courtesan from the Anatolian Greek city of Miletus with whom Pericles became smitten and fathered a son, divorced his wife, and eventually caused a change in the city state’s laws to allow the legitimization of his marriage to an immigrant from a foreign land, thus assuring the political future of the son she had so carefully groomed for a future in public policy.
It’s the ultimate study in power relations. As such, it is known as the Cyprian movement in Western thought, the feminine side of a tradition in which the liberation of the gender originated with women who were forced to take on the role of prostitutes in order to get ahead in the great scheme of society in matters involving everything from finance to fashion and items of personal adornment, changes originated among the professional women who dedicated their live to being – well – professional women.
As a for instance, what passed for what is known as “gentleman’s clubs” in the ancient Mediterranean world were then known as “temples” dedicated to goddesses and demigoddesses in which acolytes and oracles accepted “love offerings” from their admirers and worshipful adherents.
Aspasia’s legendary accomplishments in the art of conversation were heralded by Plato in the Socratic dialogues, in which the interlocutor feigns a certain – submissive – humility in knowing so little while asking tremendous questions of the person to be thus instructed by the hammer blow of an iron fist in a velvet glove, when, at long last, the teacher turned student is finally skewered by the logic of the interlocutor, the one who so humbly kept to his or her place throughout the foregoing dialogue.
Aspasia’s influence over Pericles was otherwise satirized in certain accounts of what are thought to have been fictional lawsuits in which she was held out as the respondent accountable for Athenian engagement in protracted and unpopular wars of foreign adventure.
It is of note that Socrates was ordered to drink poison and thus take his own life for his role in corrupting the youth of the city though his teaching methods.
The proceeds of the Aspasian Craft Fairs, which are held near the time of the Autumnal and Vernal Equinoxes each year, are devoted to providing scholarships for deserving high school graduates headed for higher education. This year’s Autumnal fair is scheduled for Shabbat, October 10, the birthdate of the Gregorian Calendar and the date of the Wuchang Uprising, catalyst of the Xinhai Revolution against the Qing Dynasty to establish the Republic of China in 1911. The Vernal celebration was held on Shabbat, April 25.
Prior to any mention in these columns of the case of Steven Warren in the interest of his minor children and the contempt action against his former wife, Mrs. Bird had posted on her Facebook page several posters about the Aspasian Craft Fair. Now that they have been removed, one begs the question, “Why?”
And so the Cyprian tradition is carried forward in matters both political and cosmic, with a strong tradition of the observance of the erotic in all matters of human affairs extending throughout Western thought, especially the Victorian period of Impressionism in painting and sculpture.
The total eclipse of the moon that will occur during the early hours of September 28, the Eighth Day, is seen by many in the spiritual community as a perfect time for witchcraft and spell casting aimed at aggrandizing power both spiritual and legal, political and social, through dominance of the laws of nature and defiance of the legal orders of man.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Waco – Officials of the City of Waco are firmly in charge of what is to be considered public information, despite the provisions of the Texas Public Information Act, which reserves that power for the Office of the Attorney General.
Both City of Waco and State of Texas officials have made a determination that any evidence of who shot at whom during the Twin Peaks gunfight of May 17 is not for public consumption, but the state official so queried has done so apparently by default.
Public information activist R.S. Gates has made a third complaint to the Attorney General’s Office seeking release of comprehensive details of a police investigation into the killings at Twin Peaks he made the day following the melee on Monday, May 17, the day following the deadly melee that cost 9 lives, wounded 20 and resulted in the arrests of 177 persons for the identical charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.
John Patterson, an Assistant City Attorney, said officials in the legal department made their decision to except video surveillance from the Twin Peaks shootout, body and dashcam footage, mobile data terminal, radio calls, and police reports because Gates’ “request was for information that was not excepted by the (public information) Act.“
In his request, Gates sought “information related to Waco PD case number 15-9146. This is a request for pubic information only. This is not a request for excepted information…”
In a series of correspondence stretching back four months, an Assistant Attorney General in the AG’s Open Records Division named Neal Falgoust sided with Police Records Clerk Christina McPeak in his opinion that his office’s “authority…does not include on-site inspections of records held by another governmental office…” after Ms. McPeak mistakenly referenced the ID number of an unrelated video police officials had at first denied ever existed, then were forced to release when the error was discovered.
The AG’s Office now denies that any such complaint was ever received, though Gates is in possession of a Certified Mail receipt that shows his letter got to their Austin offices on September 16.
Midland – An oil patch jury could potentially sit in judgment of the officials of a Big D media darling, Family Place, a combination shelter, counseling and supervised visitation center for troubled families much heralded as a safe place for women and kids in domestic danger.
Because of a provision in the Texas Family Code that allows a plaintiff to be heard in his home county, Stephen Warren, a litigant father denied access to his two daughters for seven and a half years in spite of court orders, contempt motions, and a paper trail as wide and deep as the Trinity Sands, updated his petition to sue Family Place of Dallas because officials there have resisted his efforts – all his efforts – to see his daughters.
When he appeared there for a court-ordered supervised visit on September 13, he was denied access by an official who had his youngest daughter read a statement that she and her sister don’t want to see him.
That’s not what visiting Judge Joe Leonard of Greenville ordered in April of this year in a Rockwall County District Court. He had previously given Warren and his attorneys 30 days to update all 13 allegations of complaint in a contempt against former wife, Leslie Bird due to a “lack of specificity” on 9/11.
At the center of the dispute is an “intake packet” that staff repeatedly said had either not been received, or had been filled incompletely. Discovery in a lawsuit turned up not one, but two of the intake packets, leading to a perjury suit.
Because the Family Place denied court-ordered access to Warren’s kids, the suit is seeking declaratory relief due to intentional infliction of emotional distress; “the Defendants’ conduct proximately caused the Plaintiff’s emotional distress; and no alternative cause of action would provide a remedy for the severe emotional distress caused by Defendants’ conduct.”
In addition to damages claimed, Warren is seeking punitive and/or exemplary damages because the defendants’ actions were committed “knowingly, willfully, intentionally, with actual awareness, and with the specific and predetermined intention of disavowing this Plaintiff’s lawful rights to possession,” as well as attorney’s fees and expenses.
For an update on the dispute over visitation and the conduct of staff at FLP, see the article below.
Odessa – Coco and Millie are fourteen and thirteen years old. They lived about half their lives separate from their mother, a woman who walked out on an east Texas marriage she could no longer stomach.
Within 31 days, she realized her mistake, and it took seven years to straighten it out. For two years, Suzan Meadows has had her girls at home in this west Texas petroleum capital in the land of Mojo. The way it happened points out how the Texas Family Law system works – until you get the right lawyer.
She went through five of them – five different law offices staffed with attorneys who refuse to return calls, make appointments, answer questions – and that’s not counting the attorneys who were appointed as ad litem counsel and guardians of her girls.
As part of a final go-round, Canton attorney Paul Elliott, who was representing her ex-husband Michael Chartier of Wills Point, bamboozled the two girls. He made them think that they were going to their grandfather’s house as part of a ruse that would whisk them to their mother’s. But they were mistaken. When they arrived, here came their dad and stepmother – and boy were they – well, angry.
In extended visits over the weekend in the law offices of Cynthia Clack, they recalled how they were interrogated for hours, their cell phones perused for calls – to whom and for what purpose a matter of intense questioning.
In the events that led up to the lawyer’s double-cross, Coco recalls, “He got down on his knees!” She says the lawyer Paul Elliott spoke with them as a man of conscience, someone who was trying to help them, and then he let them have it.
When her mother learned of her younger daughter’s abuse at the hands of the couple – she alleges they slapped her girl around – she bristles. Millie recalls, “I gave up hope at that point.” Her mom recalls her younger daughter wouldn’t talk to anyone. Coco, on the other hand, vowed to do nothing to get her sister hit again.
Coco recalls she had a resolution that she would never give up – ever. She recalled another incident in which she and her little sister ran to some neighbors’ house to seek shelter. They hid in a closet until the police arrived. The officers took their phones so they could study the calls. “When the cops came, they laughed.” She said one item they found to their merriment involved the seven pages of disturbance calls police made at their address.
In the summer of 2013, Suzan Meadows stormed into Ms. Clack’s office and said that, come the end of their summer vacation visit, she wasn’t taking them home to their father’s house. Clack was in the middle of another hotly contested divorce and custody case involving Suzan Meadows’ younger son.
Though the Odessa lawyer was not hired in the east Texas case, she went into action right away. Judges in both locations were hard-pressed to understand unless they were reminded of the emergent nature of the application.
Ms. Clack filed an application for an emergency protective order in Odessa’s161st Judicial District Court, alleging that not only did the lawyers appointed and hired to look over the children of Suzan Meadows neglect their duties, they were inattentive to their needs and refused to return phone calls – even when she, Cynthia Clack, a fellow officer of the Court, called them.
When they hit the court at Canton, seat of Van Zandt County, Ms. Meadows’ son’s father joined up forces with her first husband, Mr. Chartier, the one who had custody of her girls, and for reasons she can ascribe only to a merciful and perceptive God, signed away his parental rights in perpetuity. For the rest of his life, he can come no closer than three miles to the girls, or face a trip to jail.
Somehow, the events pointed out in the investigations carried out by Cynthia Clack and the resulting application for an emergency protective order made it easier to let her client, the mother of two girls of whom she had not had custody for seven years, and raise her daughters in her own home.
In an unusual occurrence, as an attorney not hired on a case, she broke a monumental logjam and achieved righteous results. Asked how all this came about, she muses. “I think of myself as a child of God. I do work that is pleasing to Him,” Cynthia Clack explains. “The big question is who and what is your source. Well, my source is God. We not only believe in miracles; we expect them.”
In this video report, RadioLegendary paid a visit to Ms. Charlotte Starr, a retired Midland school teacher who has for a quarter century served as a counselor, parenting instructor, and expert witness in court battles over child custody cases involving accusations of violence, rape and incest.
It’s her belief that the system was put in place in good faith, but it doesn’t always work as intended.
As she viewed a video made by Stephen Warren of one of his daughters ten years previously, she shook her head sadly. “I wish I could say it’s uncommon,” she said. In the video, the little girl, who was five at the time, explains how someone named “Poppy” does “a bad thing” to her, and she gestured with her little hands to show specifically where and how he does it.
“It’s a secret,” the child said. In this video, Ms. Starr explains why she believes the child was telling the truth. “She looks away because she is sworn to keep the secret…She uses the same words every time she tells the story.”
As the meeting comes to a close, Cynthia Clack explains how the District Attorney who failed to act on the apparent evidence presented in the video was later convicted of a financial offense in office, and the assistant DA who knew of the video committed suicide.
A RadioLegendary video presentation:
In listening to the way the two Chartier girls were double-crossed by attorney Paul Elliott, who was hired to represent their father, a professional who misrepresented himself as seeking to help them escape, one is forced to ask, “How is that different from David Rohlf, an attorney representing Stephen Warren’s ex-wife, presenting an indictment for an alleged aggravated sexual assault, but failed to tell the Court the case had been dismissedl?”
This is the reason Stephen Warren is court-ordered to see his children at Family Place, a certified visitation center.
In a previous story, conditions with child custody, CPS and Family Courts receives some scrutiny: