I’m having a surreal feeling at the moment — almost like I’m an assistant scriptwriter. Let me explain. I just watched a video interview of Eileen Lasher , a mother whose children suffered at the hands of San Diego County’s CPS, family court, police, and DA “organized crime” syndicate for 15 years until her youngest child turned 18. The interviewer, Fred Sottile, used my article San Diego County Grand Jury Cites Further CPS Misconduct  as the outline for his interview. I had no idea this was going to be the case when I started watching. It was truly odd to hear him reading the first paragraph of the story and thinking that sounds just like a story I wrote a few months ago. So I looked up the story and compared the words — it’s the same. That’s fine with me, I’m glad my article helped him with his interview.
Fred’s summary of the interview is:
Episode 8 – Eileen Theofanous-Lasher – $440,000 for what? When San Diego County employee Eileen brought documented charges of abuse by her police officer husband, she was charged by family court with attempting “Parental Alienation Syndrome” against him. She was separated from her children by the court for six years, while the court alienated them from her. They returned to her at 16 of their own accord.
I wish they had provided a web link to the story so their viewers could easily see the information from the Grand Jury investigations of San Diego CPS along with my analysis and commentary. Perhaps by posting links back the other way I’ll help their viewers find the full information.
Fred’s Mission: Expose Anti-Family Government
Fred has decided to help expose the corrupt CPS agencies and family law courts around the country. A large part of his effort is producing video interviews with a variety of people who have been through the nightmarish alternative reality hell that these broken systems have inflicted upon countless but likely millions of children and parents in this country in the last few decades. Eileen Lasher’s interview is but one of 10 filmed so far in his 2009 season of “Face Up to Fred” .
Eileen’s Mission: Exposing Corrupt San Diego Anti-Family Government
Eileen has a mission, too. She’s been speaking out about what the San Diego government did to her children and her. People like her should be applauded. Unless somebody stands up and shouts out what is wrong, improvements will not happen.
Eileen has told a brief version of her story in a posting Report: San Diego County Child Support Services .
Some of Eileen’s recent comments on the ongoing corruption and fraud scandal involving Stephen Doyne and the San Diego family law courts are listed below:
(from San Diego Reader Letters – August 19, 2009 )
The article regarding Dr. Stephen Doyne (“The American Board of Nonexistence,” “City Lights,” July 2) was so significant and just the tip of the problems in San Diego Family Court, which is a haven for waste and corruption. Families are being held hostage in temporary orders without benefit of trial as attorneys use litigants and children as revenue. My children and I were held hostage for 15 years. My children are now 18 and 19 and finally removed themselves from an abusive household even though they had a court-appointed minor’s counsel who has been paid by the State of California — in other words, with your tax dollars. I commend you for having the courage to write about this, but there are thousands of high-conflict cases in San Diego Family Court that are siphoning state and federal funds and also bankrupting families.
July 10th, 2009 at 9:25 am
This is a violation of the public’s trust. Upon reviewing this fraudulent conduct on the part of the court I question their motives in allowing this – I am quite sure it is financial. The attorneys, judges and court appointed psychologists are using state funds to run an organized crime ring. The lengths people will go to make a profit; using children as currency under the color of authority is a matter for the US Attorney’s office. These so called high conflict cases are being churned for tremendous fees and bankrupting families.
July 10th, 2009 at 10:33 am
This is alarming you have a state entity financed by tax dollars not adhering to the law and checking credentials. It appears there are financial incentives not to check and the children are being used as credentials. Judges, attorneys, court appointed “professionals” lining their pockets by making parents jump thru hoops that aren’t even legal under the guise of what is best for the children. The US Attorney’s office needs to look into this public corruption and examine the money trail to find the bad guys. The alarming fact is the bad guys are operating within the San Diego Family Court.
Raising Public Awareness, Demanding Reforms
There’s a long way to go raising awareness of the corruption of San Diego County courts, law enforcement, and family-related government agencies. If you’ve watched Eileen’s interview and/or been following the recent news regarding scandals in Judge Lorna Alksne’s broken family law courts, do your friends and family in Southern California a favor and forward them some articles on this mess. If public awareness can be raised sufficiently to create a real outcry for reform, perhaps the decades-long corrupt San Diego system can finally be gutted and replaced with a family law and protection system that features some integrity.