Time to end restraining order terrorism

As reported earlier by AVFM contributor Michael Conzachi, a veteran law enforcement officer and investigator, a restraining order terrorism scheme has been exposed involving actress Pauley Perrette and the Los Angeles Superior Courts.

AVFM has been covering this story for several weeks now (actually longer) and has dedicated a great deal of energy interviewing witnesses, sorting through court and other documents and vetting the information.

While the case involving Perrette and Francis “Coyote” Shivers stands out because it involves several individuals of some celebrity, it is also remarkable because it represents one of the worst and most obvious lapses of legal ethics and common sense that we have ever addressed.

This case literally makes a mockery of justice, and demonstrates for the world to see, judicial hubris on a staggering level. Not to mention the fact that it shows a Los Angeles courtroom that is clearly serving as an enforcement tool for a decade long plan of harassment and revenge by a disturbed individual who has leveraged the abuse of restraining orders with her celebrity.

We intend to remind the Superior Court, and Judge Kathryn Solorzano, that while restraining orders may be a routine in her duties, they also can cause devastating consequences for those affected by them; often people who have had nothing whatsoever proven against them in a court of law.

Restraining orders have the power to render people homeless. They restrict individual freedom of movement and freedom of speech — liberties we all too often take for granted as we go about our daily lives. It is not just the responsibility of the court to use these orders judiciously and with sensitivity to impact they can have on often innocent people. It is also in the purview of the people to demand that officials execute their duties in good faith, and when they fail or become corrupt, remove them from power.

Our judges are charged with being the protectors of our Constitutional rights, not the destroyers of them.

But, unfortunately, the worst case scenario, that of the rubber stamping of lies, the rote acceptance of false allegations and the use of court power as muscle serving the machinations of vindictive abusers has become the norm in this culture.

It is time for the people to bring that nightmare to an end.

With that I am sending the following letter to Criminal Grand Jury for the County of Los Angeles, California, calling for an investigation into both the Pauley Perrette case, as well as the entire system governing restraining orders in the courts under their jurisdiction.

This is by no means the last effort on our part, nor is AVFM the only organization that will be undertaking continued efforts in this direction. Mr. Conzachi is now working with us to coordinate the actions of other human rights advocacy groups to bring attention to what is happening in the life of Francis Shivers, in the courts of Los Angeles and across the entire nation.

The time for silence from the citizenry is over. Nothing will start to solve the problems in a corrupt court system more quickly than a single judge who is publicly disgraced and removed from the bench. It may or may not be Solorzano, but before this is over with someone will pay the price for their corruption by being shown the door, or they will earn the respect of the populace by addressing the problem.

Nothing in between will be acceptable.

AVFM Letter to LA Grand Jury


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