A Judge’s View of “Best Interests of the Children”

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Highlights of a speech by San Diego’s Honorable Lisa Drunk on June 31st

I am honored to appear before you tonight at this meeting of the San Diego County Bar Association. Thank you for inviting me to speak on my views on the best interests of children as judges see them. This is a very important matter as it is essential to our careers as jurists, attorneys, and court service providers.

As an experienced family law judge, I am tasked with upholding the law in my courtroom and serving the best interests of children. This is a difficult job, one to which I must give a great deal of consideration and attention to creating the best possible outcome to the people who really matter, judges and our friends.

When litigants enter my courtroom, they must understand that I am God and the law is what I say it is. If they question this, I will take their children, property, and other privileges away from them. They have no rights, only privileges which I allow them to have. They have no right to trial by jury, no right to due process of law, and no right to anything except to bask in the glow of my presence so long as they do not annoy me.

If one dares annoy me, I will quickly arrange for arrest and imprisonment. This is why I have armed deputies in my courtroom, to silence anybody who dares to annoy me, just as I did to that unruly mother Joanna Slivka who dared speak when I told her to be quiet. I decide who can talk and what they can say. The five days she spent in jail for thinking otherwise is only a down payment on what I’ll do to her if she ever sets foot in my court again.

My dear friends and colleagues Judge Christine Goldsmith and Judge Lorna Alksne have recently done likewise to that nasty man who wrongly believes that the US Constitution is the law of the land and dared challenge them.

In our courts, WE JUDGES ARE THE LAW and people like him should remember that.

We family law judges have all discussed the necessity of arrests and incarceration at length and know full well our roles in handling such annoying people. We are thankful to have the support of law enforcement, including our friends Sheriff Gore and Chief Lansdowne, in such matters.

clearing throat, sipping water

Children are property of the state…

Wild cheers from audience, Judge Lisa Drunk pauses for a moment for quiet

Let me say that again, to be clear.

Children are property of the state, and this is good for the community.

The law clearly establishes that I can do whatever I fancy with children. There is no right to a jury in my court, and as we judges ensure that litigants are intimidated and bankrupt there is no right to appeal. This helps save taxpayers a great deal of money each year, by the way.

This duty to make decisions about children is well-understood by the entire family and juvenile judiciary across the United States. It is exemplified by the outstanding records of my esteemed colleagues Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan. They know that children are in our courts to enrich judges and our friends and have for many years skillfully extracted millions of dollars of profit from the kids appearing in their courtrooms on such ghastly serious charges as treasonous rebellion against school authorities. Kudos to them for their fine efforts!

Hearty applause from the audience plus a few loud cheers

As we judges rightfully demand, lawyers who appear in our courtrooms give campaign contributions to us and are careful to always support our re-elections. My friend, retired Judge Randa Trapp, was ever so right when she asked the lawyers appearing in her courtroom to give a show of hands in support of her re-election. They all supported her fully, and today she strongly supports incumbent judges. We judges here in San Diego are confident that our friends in the San Diego County Bar Association trust us to make the best use of children to ensure maximum profitability of the family law community.

If for some odd reason a short-sighted attorney dares oppose us, he will lose in court and may, if particularly annoying, be quickly arrested and cast into jail as our friends in law enforcement will see to that.

If an attorney supports us, he will be rewarded with ongoing profitable work as we judges endeavor to take as much time as possible to settle any matter before us and to maximize potential for continued conflict. Children appreciate this, I hear their gratitude when I speak with them to explain how we judges help them. They long to help serve justice and know when their parents fight, our whole community benefits.

The practices that I as a judge apply daily benefit the community. There are many, but I will highlight the three most important.

First and foremost, children are the property over which I can ensure parents will war with each other. War between parents is good for the court and community as it ensures the income and job security for court administrative staff, law enforcement judicial security staff, as well as judges and all of my attorney, mediator, and mental health professional friends in the community.

As a judge, it is my first obligation to uphold government power. By stripping children from parents and rewarding them for attacking each other, I can decide how to best advance this goal consistently. The children are grateful as they know I am powerful and want to help them meet their highest potential to enrich the community. They wish to serve me in any way they can and tell me this every time I meet with them.

Secondly, we judges must reward skilled story-telling. It is the foundation upon which conflict is built. Conflict is good for the courts and our friends and is therefore good for the children. We must encourage it by all means. Any parent who blesses us with another accusation of domestic violence or child abuse is particularly worthy of reward as these are the issues we can use to make ourselves known as protectors of women and children, gain ever more votes, and ensure our continued ability to serve our community.

Thirdly, we must avoid clarity in our court orders. Clarity endangers conflict. This is simply unacceptable and unprofitable. Further, clarity in court orders requires more careful thought. I am simply too busy considering how to reward stories and claims without evidence in thousands of cases before me so I can ensure continuing conflict to have time to waste on expressing clear court orders. Also importantly, my attorney friends like to write and argue over their versions of orders to increase their billable hours and profits. As a judge who derives my income and campaign contributions from their work, I want to keep them busy so they keep my campaign support flowing in.

Cheers of “thank you Lisa!” from audience

My SDCBA friends each year send cards with campaign contribution checks to thank me for thoughtfully applying these practices. I want to you all to know that I very much appreciate this and remember carefully who contributes to our community.

I would like to deeply thank all my supporters for their campaign support checks and referrals to my friends. I particularly thank Sheriff Bill Gore, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, and our esteemed friend Stephen Doyne who have all done so much for our community. Thank you also to the entire San Diego County Bar Association for yet another solid recommendation for my re-election.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Wild applause, slowly dies down

Next to speak will be my esteemed supervisor, Judge Lorna Alksne, who has taught me so much about being a good judge and who is a fine example for all of us.

Audience applauds quickly, spotlight shifts to black-robed woman walking up to podium

Editor’s Note: We realize that some of our readers have been so traumatized by judges like the fictional Lisa Drunk (based upon the real convicted drunk driver Judge Lisa Schall) that they can see only how real this “speech” seems and might have missed the clues that it is a dark satire. Many of them may have lost their senses of humor along with their children, finances, and health and see only the reality of what the family law courts did to destroy not only their lives, but the lives of their children, too.

While this “speech” is indeed fictional, it includes links to many articles and other sources that illuminate that it is very close to the actual mentality of many officials of the corrupt and abusive judiciary and government of San Diego County, California.

Joanna Slivka, named in the “speech”, says she is but one of many victims of the abusive San Diego courts. In her case, she was arrested and jailed for five days on the orders of Judge Lisa Schall because she was so emotionally upset about being told she could not tell her side of the story. The Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished Schall for abusing her contempt-of-court powers against Slivka. Yet Slivka says her family has suffered far more court-assisted abuse than just this. Possibly the worst of it is that her daughter was reportedly sexually assaulted at a group divorce therapy session at a church that she was ordered by the court to attend. Like some other families, she says they have been abused by family law courts in multiple California counties as the corruption in family law courts is widespread across California and the entire United States.

San Diego judges are working with each other and their family and friends in law enforcement to attack the growing number of parents who are calling for reform of the courts. Family law courts in San Diego are a form of organized crime that violates US and state laws as well as the human rights of children and parents. Local law enforcement will never, ever protect the children and parents of San Diego from the ongoing violation of law and human rights by these judges. That’s because they are in the pocket of the judiciary, exchanging favors with each other to quash political dissent in the region.

Most parents are unable to mount an appeal when their children and they are harmed by the frequent abuses in these courts. Even if they are able to obtain the funds to appeal, the judges have often stacked the deck by wrongly manipulating the admission of evidence and testimony to create a flawed court record that supports their prejudiced opinions. Some even go so far as to order clerks and court reporters to alter court records and transcripts. Further, records are often “lost” or “misplaced” as necessary to support a judge’s opinions. The court records in San Diego cannot be trusted, just as the judges cannot be trusted. In such a climate of corruption, appeals are likely to often be ineffective because the court records are relied upon for appeal.

The San Diego courts and law enforcement will not do their jobs competently or fairly because of the family connections and revolving door between the courts, district attorney, and senior law enforcement positions in the county. DA Bonnie Dumanis is buddies with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, a former judge, who is married to family law Judge Christine Goldsmith. Sheriff Bill Gore, Judge Lorna Alksne, the County Board of Supervisors, and many others are connected in this web of corruption and abuse.

Many of the judges and law enforcement officials involved deserve prosecution and imprisonment. Instead, the nepotism and corruption in the county provide them with aid in politically persecuting their growing numbers of enemies composed in part of many parents who are fed up with the abuses and injustices being inflicted upon their children and their families.
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Further Reading

Judge Lorna Alksne On The Way Out After Home Picketed

Cole Stuart Considers $10M False Arrest Suit Against SDCBA

Judge Lorna Alksne Eager For New Weapons For Judicial Abuse

Bill Gore Is Poor Choice For San Diego Sheriff

San Diego Lawyer Jeffrey Fritz Increases Conflict and Costs

CCFC Family Law Protest in San Diego Results in Arrest of Group Leader

CCFC Protests San Diego Family Courts on April 15, 2010

San Diego DA Bonnie Dumanis Attempts to Pervert Justice

Reader Feedback on San Diego Judge Lisa Schall

Why Is San Diego Judge Lisa Schall Still On The Bench?

CCFC Family Court Reform Presentation in Del Mar, California

CCFC Press Release On Stephen Doyne Corruption/Fraud Case

Eileen Lasher on San Diego CPS/Family Law Court Misconduct

Flyer Protest in San Diego Family Law Courts

San Diego Courts Cover Up Missing Forms and Psych Evals

Stephen Doyne and San Diego Family Law Courts Under Fire

Crimes Against Children: “Zero Tolerance” and “Kids for Cash”

Corrupt Pennsylvania Courts Jail Kids for Cash

Whores of the Court: The Fraud of Psychiatric Testimony and the Rape of American Justice

Booklist Mini-review

A take-no-prisoners condemnation of psychiatric experts being waved into the witness box, this account trashes psychiatry in general as a quack profession. Hagen (a psychology professor) assails most of the diagnostic tools of the field in her text, which roams among court cases whose outcome hinged on the testimony of mental-health experts. Her fundamental contention is that psychiatry is a junk science whose theories when extended to matters of legal culpability go against common sense. Indeed, Hagen assumes the posture of that legendary legalism, the “reasonable person,” and her prose is peppered with exclamations and rhetorical questions like “Who could believe that?” which might annoy as many readers as it might convince about whatever points are in question. Among them are such topically current items as battered-wife syndrome, recovered memory claims, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and urban psychosis claims. The average person could easily encounter in divorce and child custody litigation the situations Hagen vigorously complains of, so her energetic attack could gain considerable attention. Gilbert Taylor

  1. Ben Dover
    July 6th, 2010 at 18:42 | #1

    WTF is this nutjob judge thinking? What a miserable piece of shit she is.

  2. July 10th, 2010 at 03:56 | #2

    This AXJ ® and more than a million members will put a stop to this…

  3. Imnot Happee
    July 11th, 2010 at 14:12 | #3

    Sounds like Florida Family Law, only in Florida this is NOT fiction!!!!

  4. July 14th, 2010 at 21:43 | #4

    Never, I repeat NEVER, has there been a time for everyone to get out of this private law system to NOT be subject to these laws. Click my name and start reading. The ONLY way we will all stop this, and more, is to expatriate from being a U.S. citizen (which we were never meant to be…little did you know) and repatriate back into our true countries, such as Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Oregon, Texas, Florida, and all the rest. Get knowledge now about how to get out.

  5. July 14th, 2010 at 22:32 | #5

    You realize, reading the editor’s note, this is a fictionalized account, but have little doubt this is pretty close to the mentality. Again, it’s past time to get out of this private law system.

    Go to People’s Awareness Coalition.

  6. Janette M. Isaacs
    July 18th, 2010 at 12:42 | #6

    Great article. While it is fictionalized, it translates into a non fictional documentary of what is actually happening in our California family courts. I am sure that your fictional perspective hits home to most of our L.A. Superior Family Court judges. They have the pleasure of thinking it, and you had the pleasure of writing it. Great stuff.

  7. San Diego Cynic
    July 19th, 2010 at 22:14 | #7

    Yes, judges believe their word is God’s word. Have you ever been in Commissioner Jeanne Lowe’s courtroom? She holds her hand up, palm out and says, “My courtroom, MY LAW!”

  8. one of thousands
    July 20th, 2010 at 16:40 | #8

    San Diego–realize your government is run by arrogant dopes who have little or no respect for the law. Thanks George W. (Gore was equally a dope–just another puppet for money). Bush set a great example: Stupidity plus guns equals right. Welcome to America.

    People–it’s about money and power, which in the US are virtually synonymous. >You< can and do have enormous power if you vote intelligently. But today in the US you're being herded like sheep into the pockets of corporations (money). It's hard to see if you haven't been on the inside–I have. Trust me–you're becoming slaves to very mediocre people with selfish motives to screw you over. They're using your trust to promote their interests at your expense.

    What to do? Demand more choices–elect Nader or another third party candidate (personally I have no dog in the fight so pick the one you like best). Otherwise you're going to get shafted like this forever. Idiot A vs. idiot B is leading to your enslavement.

    Good luck waking up.

  9. Joanna Velky
    February 1st, 2011 at 15:56 | #9

    Lisa Guy Schull was a not a normal Judge. I never said a word and was accused of a death threat tape concerning my kids. I still have that tape, it was my ex-husband wife. Lisa you need professional help. You are a disgrace to the good judges in San Diego County.

    They need to keep female judges off the bench. I spent from 1989-2005 in court due to a sick obsessed ex-husband.

  10. Will Cooper
    July 9th, 2012 at 07:58 | #10

    Has anybody had problems with Commissioner Lowe. That women is as daft as a brush. She didn’t even know what state my 2 year old daughter lived in. She sits there fiddling her finger nails going round in circles. How that women got a job is beyond me. She is a complete Dunce. Has anyone encountered this incompetent daft women?

  11. Joe Warner
    July 16th, 2012 at 04:10 | #11

    And this story repeats itself in every county across the USA. There is not one of them that is moral, not one that is not worthy of damnation.

  12. Azul
    July 27th, 2012 at 04:08 | #12

    @ Will Cooper
    First of all, she is not a judge. As a commissioner, she is obviously not good with numbers and seems almost proud of the fact that comprehensive information overwhelms her. Instead she relies on such a cozy relationship with some counsel that she just accepts what is said with no supporting data, even when their repeated lies are accepted as fact forcing opposing counsel to spend thousands to expose them. Such lazy capricious behavior on the part of someone entrusted to resolve important family disputes is quite troubling. I only hope that one day she may be on the receiving end of the same arrogance and disregard for facts.

  13. James Enriquez
    March 12th, 2014 at 09:35 | #13

    Come forth and bow before Amador, east county’s less than Fair Judge, challenge him as the self represented petitioner, pages upon pages of truth and rightful evidence brought forth as proof of wrongdoing by the other party and false allegations, accusations, picture proof of downright arrogance, and be punished for doing the right thing. ALL I want is time with my child, Fair, Equal, uninterrupted time. YES, though fictional as this character judge drunk is in the story and speech above, this is the sad truth of reality, unless you’re lining the pockets of attorneys and they, the judges, and are willing to take it dry, no headway will be made. I hope and pray that God, our Judge will equal the punishment and severity, that has been rendered to the truly innocent, our children, the judges and attorneys that are allowed to confiscate and hold our children hostage by the court and allow the abuser to mainatin custody, and limit the time to hours a month and to Prove before the court that this petitioner is not a ‘threat’. When, This Man, stood up and challenged Judge Amador, he was barked at and threatened to have the the Maximum amount of child support payable, while being unemployed. My only fight is and has been for More time, I’m being treated like a criminal and having to jump through hoops and be the courts puppet, to prove that i am a ‘worthy’ father. SHAME ON YOU AMADOR!

  14. Christina
    January 24th, 2016 at 19:35 | #14

    Sooooo my mother is the named person in the speech ‘Joanna…’ And your cliff note about us is so inaccurate it’s astonishing. Please be sure to have correct information before posting it. We never attended any divorce therapy sessions at church or anywhere else. I will agree that the court really screwed us…they let us remain with an abusive mother instead of placing is with our father…whom I repeatedly told the judge I wanted to live with. Too many courts side with the mother automatically and it’s not right.

  15. March 15th, 2016 at 18:38 | #15

    This is response to Christina, whomever put this on this site is wrong information. This is not my daughter as I can tell. The system sided with a stepmom obsessed with the mother and destroying her and the father was letting this happen.

    go to paver.slivka.com whereas I created a site for the next generation of kids stuck as cash cows due to corruptness, the father was out to kill the mother, me due to I left him and he threatened me when I left. This man is sociopath nartisstic behavior. Again, Judge Lisa Guy SChull abused her power by putting me in jail, along with Minor Council Robin DeVito threatened to put the girls in foster care and Commissioner Etta Gullivan threatened me to “keep this in the circle” this was out of Vista Court.

  16. March 15th, 2016 at 18:40 | #16

    I forgot to add I put the court documents that lasted from 1995 to 2005, 7 volumes and the mother came out alive and on top as the kids begged her to get them out of that crazy stepmom Shelly Lynn Lawson PAver.

    JOhn Van Paver told the mother to go kill herself like her brother.

  17. April 19th, 2016 at 23:43 | #17

    @James Enriquez

    I concur wholeheartedly….wish others would come forth!

  18. January 22nd, 2021 at 08:05 | #18

    REALLY?! IT’S NOT FUNNY! In my real life, exactly this happened. In its entirety, to the letter and spirit. I know it says it is “intended fictional,” however, it happened to us. 10 years later, double jeopardy and more slander and abuse. I can’t believe this. Im so injured and in completely in a state of shock, I don’t know really what to say. I think all I can do is just sit and cry over it. Hoping the people who have negatively impacted living soles and their lives in this manner, will call and say, “we made a mistake, let us make it right”. Or that their conscious will eat them up inside, so much so that they start developing serious mental health impairments, causing them to perform poorly and resulting in loss of assets and securities, eventually facing financial tragedies and collateral damage down every avenue available until the end of their days. I just keep thanking GOD and reminding myself GOD is the only one in control of the outcome, I trust God and his will for me. No matter what that may be. GOD is the ONLY one we will all have to answer to one day and I don’t have to answer for everyone. No deed goes unaccounted for, good or bad.

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