Interestingly, a post below is about a judge who has been highly suspect of violating the rights of more than a few people. So when the public outrage over judicial misconduct and lack of court oversight led to a panel for probate court reform…guess who was appointed? You guessed it…the (dis)Honorable Judge Donahoe.
The den of thieves that is Maricopa County Courts appears to be entangled in all sorts of schemes to force the appearance of justice, while working together to support their stranglehold on our liberty. They have some help, namely the fiduciaries who have been at the center of what Lou Ann Anderson, the policy director for the Texas American’s for Prosperity, calls “the court ordered redistribution of wealth”.
Such is the reason the Arizona State Legislature must take a stand for the rights of all citizens and DEMAND any probate reform establish “Clear and Convincing” evidence as the evidentiary standard in all cases of conservatorship. They have that chance in the amended version of SB1499, the morphing of HB2424 and SB1499. Unless, of course, our lawmakers listen to the money-grubbers who do not want limits on how to legally steal, liquidate, and leave you penniless.
Such language was in the original bill, HB2424, until the Fiesta Bowl-esque influences stepped up and fought it. What (or who) on earth would motivate the removal of language respecting the 5th Amendment in favor of an arbitrary and subjective standard? Voters should be outraged and demand it be re-inserted!
Arizona appears to be the only state where taking away your right to determine how you spend your money, your time, the right to marry, the right to buy or sell property, basically your liberty…is met with such a low standard of evidence.
Are you willing to roll the dice and take a chance on getting a “good” judge, what about for your loved ones? What if you had a judge who ordered not one, not two, but 8 different doctor evaluations until finally someone declared you incapacitated and took away your liberty? Well, it is happening!
And it could happen to you! No one is exempt when the standard of law is so flimsy as to deny due process.
If you believe the law should be written to protect the rights of citizens against those who would seek to do harm, should uphold the standards of due process, and that the 5th Amendment is not for sale to the highest donor ( again, can you say Fiesta Bowl) then “Clear and Convincing” evidence must be included in this year’s probate reform legislation.