barry goldberg saunders report angelgroup 3Department of Justice Report Demands Custody Court Reforms

published May 4, 2012 (Summary of Saunder's Report Findings)

Part I: The Game Changing Findings

The United States Department of Justice provided a grant to support a major study by Dr. Daniel Saunders of the University of Michigan to determine how well court professionals and particularly evaluators are responding to domestic violence cases. The study comes in the context of frequent and substantial complaints that custody courts are using deeply flawed practices that result in placing children in danger. The Saunders' study is the latest and most prestigious to confirm the validity of these complaints. Dr. Saunders found, "...domestic violence is frequently undetected in custody cases or ignored as a significant factor in custody-visitation determinations (report P. 4). One could argue about at what point the research became so compelling that reforms are required, but with the publication of the Saunders' study there can be no informed discussion that the present practices are safe or acceptable.

irs child pornLast week the IRS decided to award Bradley Birkenfeld his $104 million dollar share for helping bust UBS bank. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and his staff were instrumental. Senator Grassley vowed to delay pending Department of Treasury nominations if the IRS Whistleblower Program, he wrote the legislation in 2006, continued to be mismanaged.

This powerful voice from Iowa has been a beacon in the storm during an Obama Administration that has targeted whistleblowers and prevented accountability as never before. The Pentagon is also under Senator Grassley's fire for failing to examine 1,700 of the 5,200 reports of employees doing child porn. The Pentagon claimed it "wasn't a priority." Senator Grassley and his staff have made it one. The closed investigation into wide-spread use of child porn at the Pentagon is now re-opened.

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It's no secret that AngelGroup SUPPORTS REMOVAL of Judge Keith Tanaka from the bench.  In fact, it's more than we can do to use the word "Honorable" in front of his name.  It appears he is a liability to the people of Hawai'i; for which the effect will take years to see.

The most support we can muster is for Mr. Tanaka to be moved to Traffic Court where he would be more qualified.  However, you are all entitled to your own opinion and we highly recommend you take a moment and let the Judiciary know what that is.  This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard...


The Judicial Selection Commission, State of Hawaiʻi, announces that the term of the Honorable Keith E. Tanaka as District Family Court Judge of the Second Circuit (Maui), State of Hawaiʻi, will expire on March 8, 2013. Judge Tanaka, in accordance with Section 3, Article VI of the Constitution of the State of Hawaiʻi, has petitioned to be retained in office and to be renewed for an additional term. The Constitution of the State of Hawaiʻi empowers the Commission to determine whether Judge Tanaka should be retained in office for an additional term of six years.

The Commission invites interested persons to submit written comments or fill out an evaluation form on whether Judge Tanaka should be retained in office for a new term. All written comments and evaluation forms will be kept CONFIDENTIAL.

Please visit the Commission's website and fill out form JS-P-081, the Judicial Evaluation Retention Form. Written comments and/or form JS-P-081 must be postmarked or faxed by Thursday, December 6, 2012 to:

Commissioner Chair Susan M. Ichinose Judicial Selection Commission
State of Hawaiʻi
417 S. King Street
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813
FAX: (808) 538-5205

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marvin acklin hawaii psychologistAre you - or have you been - party to a case where Marvin Acklin was involved?  How did it go?  Seems that a few cases we've heard about appear to have serious ethical violations.  We'd like to make you aware of the fact that psychologists are bound by a code of ethics.  Should this code be violated, a complaint can be filed.  This is applicable for ALL therapists, not only Marvin Acklin.  However, should you have a violation of ethics in your case by Marvin Acklin, we would appreciate you taking time to:

We suggest that you stick to the facts (leave emotion out of it) and tailor the complaint according to the ethical violation.  In other words, re: ethical violation A, Mr. Acklin did B, etc.  If you have proof, better yet.  If you can get proof, get it.  Help the investigator to follow the tangled trail. 

We need Hawaii's mental health professionals held accountable for ethical violations.  If you are hesitating for yourself, then get some aloha spirit and do it for the next person coming down the pipe.  It's silence and apathy that allows this harm to continue...

Stand up and be counted!!!

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - Battered wives and husbands aren't the only victims of domestic violence. The children who grow up in those homes may have hidden bruises that can hurt forever.

"As humans we learn not just by doing, but we learn by what we see. We can learn by modeling. And so for kids in a domestic violence situation, the implications are just horrendous," said Dr. Josh Claypow, School of Public Health, UAB.
"And it can range everything from emotional problems things like increased chance of anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, depression... things like that, to learning disabilities and problems in school to more aggressive behavior in school in children and then as things go on setting them up for problems as teens and adults."

As these children advance in age, the stage is set for a continued cycle of violence.

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The Pima County / Tucson Women's Commission recently released a new and revised Resource Guide on Domestic Abuse, Assault and Violence made possible through a $5,000 grant from Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall's office. The funds for its printing came from seizure of criminals funds and not taxpayer dollars. Attorneys at Southern Arizona Legal Aid spent much time checking the document's accuracy. Jan Vasilius of Kaimas Foundation was also a sponsor.

It is a a very comprehensive 50 page guide full of resources for a person seeking assistance from any domestic violence situation, whether married, in a partnership or dating, straight or gay. Having worked in this field for a number of years first as a staff attorney for an Americorps DV victims project, then as a DV Commissioner & Interim Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission, I can attest to the seriousness of domestic abuse, and how difficult it is to leave the abuser.

Guide is Available online


CPS Survey

If you or someone you know has been involved with Hawaii's Department of Child Welfare Services (regardless of what island you're on), please take a survey HERE.

If you are not in Hawaii but would like to participate, take the survey here.

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