Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Brooklyn D.A.: Nixzmary's Mom's 9-1-1 Call An Act

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Prosecutor Says Video Proves Nixzaliz Santiago Became Hysterical Only For Emergency Phone Call

BROOKLYN (CBS) ― The trial of Nixzaliz Santiago, Nixzmary Brown's mother, is nearing an end. The little girl's horrible death shook up New York City's child welfare agency.

On Monday, the district attorney let jurors see and hear what they said was a remarkably composed mother, just hours after her daughter was killed.

The Brooklyn district attorney wanted the video to be their last word as far as the evidence to the jury. You'll see what the jury saw when Santiago was shown a photo of her daughter after the mother was arrested for allowing the girl's stepfather to torture the girl to death.

About an hour and eight minutes into the video, Santiago is shown the first of a series of photos of her daughter, and breaks down.

Santiago broke down in the courtroom while she was also crying on the videotape. But the point the district attorney was making was, not more than a minute or so after crying, on the tape, the mother is relatively composed, even though her daughter is dead. The same point was made last week when the jury heard the 9-1-1 tape

The woman who screamed "my daughter" or "mi hija" in the background was Nixzmary's mother. But her neighbor told the jury that until she made that 9-1-1 call and right after Santiago was fairly calm, as if she was screaming only for the 9-1-1 call.

The district attorney was expected to rest their case Monday, and then it is probable that the trial will go to the jury -- by the end of the week.

There are two men and 10 women on the jury.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Open letter to Catherine Bridge Esq et all

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Attention: Michael J. Garcia, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, I bet you could find massive corruption in my case by reading the open letter below-- Then I believe you will find the proof (documents) on the right hand side of this blog helpful if you were to investigate this multi level, multi agency, apparent corruption. I have lived in Westchester for the last five years, and feel since I have been unsuccessful in exposing this corruption in either Richmond County or within the Special Inspector General's Office (SIG Sherril Spatz) the open letter below may be of interest to you and your crusade against corruption.

GREETINGS: Catherine Bridge esq., Thomas Conigatti Esq., Mr. Lawrence Sykes Esq., Mr. Peter Lomtevas Esq., Hearing Officer Bonnie Cohen Gallet., Chief Clerk of Richmond County, Family Court William Quirk, Judge Terrence McElrath, Judge Debra Silber, Judge Barbara Panepinto, CYO Director Jospeh Panepinto, Aggie Panepinto, Mr. Louis M. Argenziano's paramour, Family Court Services (FCS) examiner Katherine Amerose, and (FCS) examiner Mitch Rousie, Support Magistrate, Cheryl Reeves and Support Magistrate, Patrica Hickey et all;
Did you think I wouldn't have figured it out?

Apparently, you thought you would get away with kidnapping my children, S.U., Dawn Uccio, Louie (Lou) Uccio, and Nicholas (Nick) Uccio, or perhaps your role was in doing nothing to free them from unlawful detention !


Did you think you could silence me?


Do you think the Attorney General's office and or the Appellate Division Second Dept. will keep up the obstruction of justice that all of you have gotten so comfortable with for the last seven years?


Did you think you could simply take advantage of me because Mr. M. Argenziano told you I was a sixth grade uneducated *&^# that would never figure it out?


Did you think I was lying when I said Mr. Louis M Argenziano was a poisonous snake and he will poison anyone in his path?

Hate to say it, but I get the feeling you are beginning to figure this out for yourself!

I have to hand it to ya tho... the plot was a good one!

(1) Have Mr. Argenziano call in a false call to Administraiton for children's services (ACS)-

(2) Get a social worker (Noreen Boffa) to falsely "indicate" a case against me-- aka - help an abuser further abuse his victim[s] across state lines.

(3) IGNORE the FACT that I have LEGAL custody granted to ME in New Jersey!

(4) Have Catherine Bridge file an initial Petition for custody [See article 78 Exhibit 3 Writ of Habeas Courpus) on behalf of Mr. M. Louis Argenziano, saying Mother is a drug addict and abuses her children -- Don't bother to add attachments because in reality there is NO PROOF of this.. but it's OK you all had an apparent conspired plan --PROOF was irrelevant!

(5) Get a hearing officer (Gallet) to go along with the kidnapping --

(6) Preclude that false "indicated" case from the record--

(7) Get FCS to give their "opinion" that I was a dangerous drug addict --

(8) Label me a dangerous drug addict that should have no contact with my children--
repeatedly refuse me drug testing --preclude my 100% negative hair drug test from the record-

(9) IGNORE the VAWA and Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Act.

Unjustifiable Conduct clause on Jurisdiction-

"We are required to consider, in making a determination whether to exercise jurisdiction to modify, whether even though jurisdiction could lie, it should nevertheless be declined "because a person seeking to invoke its jurisdiction has engaged in unjustifiable conduct." (Domestic Relations Law § 76-g [1].) While "unjustifiable conduct" is not affirmatively defined, it does not include instances where a parent left the jurisdiction with a child because of domestic violence:"

Which I'm sure Catherine Bridge Esq. and Thomas Conigatti, Hearing Officer Bonnie Cohen Gallet, and the dead Mario Accunzo my then court appointed court attorney, were fully aware of when they invoked jurisdiction in New York AFTER Mr. Wonderful falsely called child services and got me falsely indicated as an abusive mother.

(10) Get Support Magistrate's Cheryl Reeves and Patrica Hickey to put in Final Orders of child Support against me while I still have legal custody via an Order of Protection given to me in another state ... then ooppssss tell them to make a few "mistakes" in the math --five thousand ten thousand what's the difference- so I'm financially crippled and couldn't possibly figure it out or fight back.

(11) Enlist Mother's newly hired attorney Lawrence Sykes Esq., to set mother up- so what if he gives it away by praying to God to forgive his conspiring sorry ass the entire time we are waiting to be called into Judge McElrath's court room for the child custody part of the case-- where mother will be arrested after court room doors are locked and kidnapping father has front row seat-- did you think I wouldn't notice that Catherine Bridge Esq. left the court room prior to this set up? Don't you think I noticed something was wrong when the Court Officers hands were shaking while they handcuffed me?

(12) Get Mother arrested a few times for Child Support based on Fraudulent Custody Orders --Force Mother to beg, borrow, and plead with friends and family to come up with the "ransom" I mean child support money in order to get out of jail.

(13) Get Judge McElrath and FCS examiner Mitch Rousie to keep the obstruction/kidnapping going by "Ordering" I should have no contact with my children for another six months... and put that "Order" in the Record -- that Mother must stop blaming the courts and take responsibility for HER actions in the children being alienated from her!

(14) Take Note that Mother fired Lawrence Sykes as soon as she figured out he was playing along with the obstruction of justice.

(15) Figure out a way to get mothers newly appointed father's rights attorney Peter Lomtevas Esq., to co-operate -- after all it appears he has balls - he wrote a divorce summons and complaint - blatantly pointing out that Mr. Argenziano's sucess appears to be tied to the fact that he is living with Aggie Panepinto working for Jospeh Panepinto in the CYO, who happens to be married to Judge Barbara Panepinto sitting matrimonial Judge in the same County where it appears I can-not get Justice.

(16) Have Peter Lomtevas Esq., stall me for over a year.

(17) Somehow, get Mr. Lomtevas to throw his client under the bus and shut his mouth in Westchester County before Judge Lewis Lubell.. and let the obstruction of justice continue by having this case sent back to Richmond County only to end up in Judge Barbara Panepinto's lap!

(18) Have Barbara Panepinto try to intimidate me acting like a thug throwing up her arms and barking at me "Do you REALLY think my husband and your husband know each other!"

Once I stood up for myself and my children by insisting that Judge Barbara Panepinto recuse herself and she had no choice did you think I'd let Judge Debra Silber, and her law Secretary along with Peter Lomtevas Esq,Thomas Conigatti Esq., and Catherine Bridge Esq., keep the obstruction of justice going?

(19) Somehow get the D.A's office in Richmond County and the D.A.'s office in Yonkers to ignore Mr. Argenziano's kidnapping and over 78 pages of Stalking proof that he is in violation of a valid Order of Protection.

(20) Intimidate Peter Lomtevas., so that he would refuse to set the record straight, to reflect the truth.

(21) Have Peter Lomtevas Esq., quit (request to be relieved) when I refused to allow him to act as my estranged husband's agent while I was paying him to expose this fraud. I wouldn't sign the custody modification that stated something along the lines of .. Mr. Argenziano is to be present at all visitation between me and my children IN VIOLATION of my valid Order of Protection.

(22) Get Judge Debra Silber to set Mr. Lomtevas free notwithstanding my Opposition which would have held water if there wasn't an apparent conspiracy to keep justice from shining through this fraud.

(23) Get Judge Debra Silber to put herself into a position of having an article 78 brought against her. By having her IGNORE Article 70 in the CPLR - Writ's of Habeas Corpus and the VAWA Full Faith and Credit laws.

I'll bet my last dollar you all thought relieving my attorney would render me disabled to fight.


(24) Now your last ditch effort- now that I've brought an article 78 against Judge Silber --run to get the underlying divorce dismissed so that not one of you can be held accountable?


You see, Ms. Catherine Bridge Esq., you thought I was writing nasty things about you when you referenced this blog - Disgusted with the system: An Open Letter.. -where I said you weren't a power house when we were in Judge Silber's chambers and you were whining to her law Secretary that I was mean and said mean things about you.

Well, See the picture above?

I don't have a gun, but this blog is my weapon against you and all the other corrupt players that are standing in the way of a fit mother and her children.

I hope you see that wasn't the smartest move you've made in your career.


Perhaps, If I didn't love my children more than life you may have gotten away with it.

HaveUmistakenMe@aol.com ... Apparently you have mistaken me!

If I can give you all a word of advice -- Don't ever underestimate the love of a fit loving mother or father!

Don't think that because you have been able to alter documents, get co-conspires to obstruct justice or keep a parent in financial ruin.. that you will be able to hide your corruption.

As my therapist says-- you can't get to me to shut me up- I'M NOT ALONE!

Many people would fight to the end for me and justice if anything were to suddenly happen to me-- I'm an excellent driver -- no one would believe I got into an fatal "accident." No one would believe I took my own life -- I've never been a drug addict nor do I plan on taking it up now - so an over dose wouldn't be believable either.. I love my children to much for that. No one would believe any bullshit story anyone tried to sell if I suddenly were silenced. I'm not delusional, I'm not paranoid, nor do I have any other mental/emotional disabilities EXCEPT Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that each and every one of you contributed to with this scam. Proof of this is evidenced by FIVE psychiatric evaluations I've had over the years.

The only way to silence me (about my case and your apparent corruption) is to give me back my children get out of and stay out of our lives.. then you might consider taking up washing dishes as a living-- because if it's the only thing I accomplish today -- it will be to prove to the public that they shouldn't hire a kidnapping/conspiring attorney(s), or allow corrupt Judges/Hearing Officers to get away with destroying their lives!

High Five Alec Baldwin- Our courts are in desperate need of over-hauling, our children are being destroyed by their corruption, entitlement and greed!

Have a wonderful day,

Louise Uccio

P. S. I'm not a gambeling woman, however, I bet right about now -- your wishing there was truth to the lie that -- I was an unfit- drug addict.

Pull Jeanine Pirro show for my jail hell

Thursday, September 25th 2008, 1:36 AM

For 16 years, he languished in an upstate prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Now, Jeffrey Deskovic, 34, is taking on Jeanine Pirro, the Westchester County district attorney-turned-TV-judge who refused to revisit evidence that later exonerated him in the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl.

"She has engaged in prosecutorial misconduct regularly in just an all-out effort to win, even at the cost of innocence and justice," Deskovic told the Daily News Wednesday.

Deskovic, who was released from prison in 2006, is demanding that network executives pull Pirro's show, which premiered this week on CW11.

He is leading a protest Thursday outside the network's Manhattan parent company.

"That judgeship television show is bringing her national attention like she was this really good crimefighter when she was the district attorney," Deskovic said.

"In fact, the reality is far different. I think it's important for the world to know what her real record is."

Deskovic was a 17-year-old high school sophomore when he was convicted in 1991 of the brutal murder of his classmate, Angela Correa.

Two years later, Pirro was elected Westchester DA. She repeatedly refused to reopen Deskovic's case despite several appeals and DNA test results proving he did not rape Correa.

Pirro's successor, Janet DiFiore, agreed in 2006 to run the test results in a New York DNA database of convicted felons. It matched convicted murderer Steven Cunningham, who later confessed to killing Correa.

"Nobody walks away from a wrongful conviction without being affected by it," Deskovic said. "It was very traumatic."

Deskovic, now a columnist for the Westchester Guardian newspaper, noted that Pirro's office has also come under fire for its conduct in other notable cases, including that of accused murderer Anthony DiSimone.

DiSimone was convicted in 2000, but the judgement was overturned last year on the grounds that Pirro didn't hand over evidence that may have proved his innocence.


Link - Pull Jeanine Pirro show for my jail hell

My two cents-

Do they (the corrupt politically connected) really think that we the people they've screwed are going to sit around with our thumbs up our *^% and LET them get away with what they've done?

Do they THINK we're idiots?

Do they THINK we're sheep?

Do they HOPE we're idiots?

Do they HOPE we're sheep?

Know what I've got to say to that?



Funny, or Ironic, that I open this email right after I blogged about this story?

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September 29, 2008
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Nixmary Brown

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I've been a little distracted lately ..

But here are the articles on Nixmary Brown from this week..

For those of you that don't know..

Nixmary Brown was beaten to death while "child protective services" was involved with the family and said there was no abuse in her home.

Friday Sept 19, 2008

Nixzmary Brown's mom weeps in court at photos of abuse

Brooklyn jurors have remained stoic while viewing gruesome evidence at the child abuse trial of Nixzmary Brown's mother.

But Nixzaliz Santiago -- who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, manslaughter and reckless endangerment -- wept as the evidence was presented.

On Friday, the state Supreme Court jurors saw pictures of the 7-year-old girl's emaciated and bruised body. Prosecutors also showed them a litter box, bungee cords, duct tape and a belt.

Authorities say Nixzmary died on Jan. 11, 2006, while being punished for stealing yogurt. Her stepfather, Cesar Rodriguez, was convicted of manslaughter for delivering the fatal blow.

The prosecutor said Thursday that the dying child's last word was "Mommy."

Nixzmary Brown's mom weeps in court at photos of abuse -- amNY.com

Saturday- Sept 20 2008

Mother of battered 7-year-old NY girl on trial

By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press Writer

September 21, 2008

NEW YORK - After she was brutally beaten by her stepfather, 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown lay naked, weeping and begging for her mother, but no one came to her aid or called for medical help until hours after she died, prosecutors said.

The girl's stepfather has already been convicted of manslaughter, but prosecutors have now put her mother on trial for murder and other charges for allowing the vicious abuse to go on.

The trial has raised the question of whether mothers should be held to a higher standard than fathers at a time when traditional gender roles in the home are changing.

"In failures of care, mothers are held much more responsible, even when other individuals and agents play a role," said David Finkelhor, a sociology professor at the University of New Hampshire and the director of the Crimes against Children Research Center. "A good way of looking at whether the issue of bias was involved: If the gender roles had been reversed, would the outcome be the same?"

"The things that men do, abandoning their families, the kids, very rarely are they reported or cited as perpetrators of neglect, unless they somehow are the primary caregiver," Finkelhor said. "That's not true with women."

Prosecutors said that Nixzaliz Santiago had failed to protect her child in shocking fashion, and should be thoroughly punished. "This is about what she didn't do," prosecutor Ama Dwimoh said of Santiago. "She failed her daughter miserably."

Santiago has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the death of Nixzmary, though her husband, Cesar Rodriguez, has been convicted of manslaughter for delivering the blow that killed the little girl. She was so malnourished when she died that she weighed only 36 pounds _ about half the weight of an average girl that age.

Santiago pleaded not guilty and went on trial last week. The killing hastened reforms in New York's troubled child welfare agency and made Nixzmary's name synonymous with child abuse.

Rodriguez dodged a murder conviction at his trial in February but was convicted of the lesser manslaughter count, with several jurors at Rodriguez's trial saying a mother had a higher duty to protect her children than a father or stepfather. He received the maximum 25 years on manslaughter and four more years for additional lesser counts.

Santiago's lawyers have argued that she was so traumatized and frightened by Rodriguez that she was incapable of helping Nixzmary. Attorney Sammy Sanchez portrayed Santiago as a loving but "unsophisticated" mother with a fifth-grade education who relied on men for support.

He also hinted that she had emotional problems, telling the Brooklyn jury of 10 women and two men how she once took a miscarried fetus home from the hospital in a jar and put it in her bedroom.

Nixzmary died in Jan 2006 of a vicious blow to the head while being punished for stealing yogurt from the fridge. Santiago reported finding the child unconscious in the family's three-bedroom apartment.

Investigators discovered she had been a virtual prisoner, confined to a room with dirty mattresses, a broken radiator, a wooden chair to which she was bound with a rope, and a litter box she was forced to use instead of a toilet.

There had been warning signs for years before Nixzmary's death. School employees had reported that she had been absent for weeks the previous year. Neighbors noticed unexplained injuries and noted the child appeared under-fed, though Sanchez has said she was just small for her age. Child welfare workers had been alerted twice but said they found no conclusive evidence of abuse.

Santiago's trial began with police Sgt. Erick Nolan, who first responded to the scene, testifying as gruesome photos of a beaten, emaciated Nixzmary were shown to the jury. Nolan testified during Rodriguez's trial as well.

Attorneys for both sides will have a challenge based on the outcome of the previous trial and Rodriguez being acquitted of the most serious charges.

"The prosecution has the opportunity to learn from its mistakes. They can see how a previous theory of the case was accepted or rejected by the jury and alter their approach to the case if necessary," said Jeremy Saland, a former Manhattan prosecutor who is now a defense attorney.

Saland said the defense is contending with possible preconceived notions as to the defendant's guilt.

"The defense attorney must aggressively fight an uphill battle to make sure a fair and impartial jury is empaneled despite the terrible nature of the crime and the publicity it received," he said.

Link -
Mother of battered 7-year-old NY girl on trial -- amNY.com

Related -

wcbstv.com - Prosecutors: Nixzmary's Mom Failed To Protect Her

NYC Nixzmary jurors see gruesome evidence -- Newsday.com

Sunday - Sept 21, 2008

Mom's defense hopes to use Nixzmary Brown photos -- Newsday.com

The Associated Press: Mother of battered 7-year-old NY girl on trial

Monday Sept 22, 2008

Real Estate Brooklyn coverage Bay Ridge Eagle Brooklyn, 2007 NY information :: daily paper in Brooklyn

Tuesday - Sept 23, 2008

Lawyers for Nixzmary's mom to use photos in defense -- Newsday.com

NY1 24 Hour Local News Top Stories Case For Neglect Made Against Nixzmary Brown's Mother

Wednesday - Sept 24, 2008

NY1 24 Hour Local News Top Stories Medical Examiner Takes The Stand In Nixzmary Brown Trial

Friday September 26, 2008

Telling, Again, of Girl’s Death a Floor Below - NYTimes.com


Saturday Sept 27, 2008

Judge halts Nixzmary Brown trial

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Parent Alienation - Alec Baldwin

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Alec Baldwin gets it ...

Please watch these videos..

He's clear Parent Alienation isn't GENDER SPECIFIC ..

I am living proof that Parent Alienation is REAL .. and that the courts (thus far in my case) are a major part of the alienating problem

Men's Legal Defense Fund

Here is more from WOMEN that have been alienated ..


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Dr Phil PAS

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It’s being called the ultimate form of child abuse --brainwashing your children against an ex-spouse to win custody.

Could you be harming your child emotionally and not even know it?

First up, Ken is a successful surgeon who says he’s the victim of parental alienation syndrome (PAS).

He says he hasn’t seen his 14-year-old son since last October and claims his ex-wife destroyed what was once a loving father-son relationship.

Mel Feit, director of the National Center for Men, says Ken’s situation is a classic case of kids being turned against their father, but family law attorney Liz Kates says PAS is a phony tactic used by some men to get out of paying child support.

What does Dr. Phil think?

Then, Karen lost custody of her children after she was accused of parental alienation syndrome by her ex-husband. Karen maintains her innocence, so why were her parental rights terminated when her daughters accused her ex of sexual abuse?

Plus, 19-year-old Demi joins the show via Web cam and says her father verbally abused her mother during their divorce.

Now, she fears that her 15-year-old sister is caught in the middle.

Find out what you can do if you’re caught between sparring parents.

And, meet a father so desperate to see his young children, he kidnapped them from his ex-wife and went on the lam for two years.

Talk about the show here. Dr. Phil.com - Messageboards - 10/03 "Brainwashed by My Parents"

Friday, September 26, 2008

Expose The Corruption on The Internet

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Funny thing happened to me tonight on the way to surfing the web...

(1) Louis S. Agrneziano left a comment on the blog -

Disgusted with the system: UPDATE ON Uccio v Judge Debra Silber- Louis M. Argenziano

(Louis S. Argenziano is NOT = My Estranged husband =Mr. Mistake Louis M. Argenziano, -- but his cousin--go check out the comment and see how sad it is when your cousin is rooting for your ex wife!)

Anyway .. after I posted that comment .. I went surfing and came accross another article that said the echoed his comment -- EXPOSE EM ALL -- THEY FEAR THE NET!

Ok well, the link didn't say that exactly but close enough.. Marc (The Page Author)
actualy said ..

They're scared of the Web

I want to encourage all of you to set up web sites about your opinions and experiences with the legal system. As I am sharing with you what I have found that works, I need you to share with everyone else what works. The web is very powerful and the more information we have to go into court with the better our chances are. At least when we get screwed by the judges we'll know we're getting screwed. The more web sites we put up the more the world will be aware that there is a better way to do things and that we have an absolute right to courts that meet high ethical standards. We have the right to make the courts follow their own rules.

One thing that I've noticed is that the judiciary is scared of the web. The Internet is controlled by the people and is the heart of freedom. The Internet must always be in the control of the people and not the government. There are those who will argue that the Internet must be regulated in order to control crime.
Freedom has a price and in order to be a free society we are going to have to accept that there will be some crime. But it is worth it to have some crime in order to be a free people. It's the only way we can keep the government from totally controlling our lives.

The government is like a garden.
It requires constant weeding.
We the people are the weed eater.
Government is like growing a garden. It can be a wonderful thing, but the weeds are always trying to grow and choke out the flowers. Unless government is constantly weeded, it will become overgrown with weeds. Any laws and technology that brings government out into the daylight and makes the government responsible to the people makes government more ethical and efficient. Here in Missouri we have what's known as "Sunshine Laws" that drag the government operations out into the sunlight. No longer can the government operate in dark smoke filled rooms. They have to do everything out in the open so that we the people can pull them weeds as soon as they start to grow.
When judges screw us over and lawyers are allowed to cheat and steal, we can post it on the Internet for everyone to see. If they don't impose self discipline and self regulation then we will. We will drag their deeds out into the sunshine where everyone can see it and start to demand better. It is our duty as citizens to protect our freedom ourselves and to ensure that the government stays with the Constitution. We the People are the Fourth Branch of Government and if we value our liberties and freedoms we have a responsibility to act when the time comes to act, and that time is here and now.
Our most powerful tool to defend freedom is the use of the web. The control of technology must be by the people. I therefore endorse and encourage all of you to support the Electronic Frontier Foundation in their work to defend the rights of the people to control technology.
My two cents -

I know this is a very true statement - Richmond County IDV Judge Silber tried to gag me --

Then I filed an article 78-

That's when she dropped the underlying case like a time bomb in her hands..

Lukcy for me -- in her Gag Order (which can be found on the right hand side of this page) she said I was gagged -- while the case was pending!

Case dismissed? Oh well Gag lifted - Now I try to make sure her name is on every blog I post-- apparently it makes her crazy--read how it annoys her in Exhibit 2 of my article 78.

I can only hope that my blasting the truth about her all over the net- will make her as crazy as it makes me - that she was willing to take on her role in my children's kidnapping and allow me to be tortured in her court room by my abusive ex..

Why the hell would a Judge do that?

Well these are my opinions







Inside the Mind of an Abuser: What you Need to Know

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Although his was originally written in 2005.. it is still very on point... and worth reading.

This happens to fit my estranged husband to a Tee.. this is his Method of Operation.

by Alward">Mary M. Alward
September 06, 2005

Abusers use warped logic to brainwash their victims. They use methods very similar to those of prison guards, who know that to control prisoners they have to have full co-operation. Subversive manipulation of the mind and destruction of the victim are perfect tools to enable abusers to succeed.

The Logic of Brainwashing
Abusers use warped logic to brainwash their victims. They use methods very similar to those of prison guards, who know that to control prisoners they have to have full co-operation. Subversive manipulation of the mind and destruction of the victim are the perfect tools to enable abusers to succeed.

The Process of Brainwashing
The abuser uses several methods of coercion to brainwash his victim. They are as follows:

Abusers deprive their victims of social interaction with family members and friends. This is necessary to gain control over the victim.

The abuser manipulates his victim to become mentally and physically dependent upon him, which reduces the ability of the victim to resist his abuse.

Abusers use threats to cultivate anxiety, despair and the ability to resist. Most often they threaten children, family members or friends with harm if the victim doesn’t comply with his demands.

Occasionally the abuser will comply with the wishes of the victim in order to provide motivation to comply with his every demand.

The abuser suggests to the victim that it is futile to resist his demands.

Trivial Demands
Abusers strictly enforce trivial demands in order to create a habit of compliance in his victim.

Abusers degrade their victims in order to damage their self esteem and make them think they are unable to face life on their own. Self esteem can be damaged beyond repair and the victim is often reduced to animal level concerns.

About the Abuser
The methods that abusers, both male and female, use to manipulate their victims are a natural part of their personalities. Abusers all share behaviors and thinking patterns. This labels them as dysfunctional, insecure and unable to have a relationship unless they are in complete control.

Abusers keep their victims in the dark about events that are taking place. They are most always in control of the finances, talk about the victim behind their back in order to cause them to become isolated and make plans that include the victim without consulting them. The abuser’s goal is to monopolize the victim’s time and physical environment and suppress their behavior. An abusive partner tells you what social events you can attend and who you can go with. He may insist you quit work and remain at home where he can keep an eye on you, or he may tell you that you can no longer participate in hobbies. Abusers often insist you move to a location away from family members, friends and other contacts that will give you support.

Abusers do their best to instill feelings of fear, powerlessness and dependency in their victim. Both verbal and emotional abuse heightens these feelings and they grow more pronounced as time passes.

The abuser’s system of logic is closed. She doesn’t allow her partner to voice opinions or criticize her in any way. She lets you know, without a doubt, that her word is law.

Abuser’s Tactics
There’s a wide range of tactics that the abuser uses to debilitate the victim. If you recognize any of these tactics, a red flag has been raised.

Abusers are extremely dominating to the point that they want to control everything that the victim does. If they don’t get their way, they act like spoiled children. On top of that, they use threats to get what they want. If you allow your abuser to dominate you, you will lose your self respect.

Verbal Assault
The abuser tends to verbally assault their victim by calling names, degrading, screaming, threatening, criticizing, berating and humiliating. They will center their victim out in front of family and friends by taking small personality flaws and embellishing them to the extreme. They make snide remarks and use sarcasm to erode the victim’s sense of self-worth and self confidence. Making the victim look bad in front of others is an attempt to isolate the victim and keep them at their mercy. Then, the abuse worsens.

Gaslighting is a slang term from the 1950’s but is the perfect word to describe one tactic of the abuser. The dictionary definition of gaslighting is to drive someone crazy. This is used to keep the abuser’s victim under control. The abuser will swear that events never occurred and that certain things were never said. The victim knows better, but over time will begin to question their sanity. Be alert to gaslighting tactics that can beat you down and make you think you are going insane.

The abuser uses emotional blackmail to get what they want by pushing your buttons. He plays on his victim’s sense of compassion, fears, sense of guilt and values in order to get his own way. He may refuse to talk to his victim or threaten to end the relationship or withdraw financial support if the victim is dependent on him for basic living necessities. Emotional blackmail is the act of working on the victim’s emotions so the abuser can get what he wants.

Constant Chaos
An abuser will keep the household and his victim’s emotions in total chaos by starting arguments and constantly being in conflict with other family members.

Abusive Expectations
This happens when the abuser makes unreasonable demands on their victim. They may expect their partner to reject everything in their life to tend to the abuser’s needs. Included can be frequent sex, forcing the victim to perform sexual acts that are against their will, demanding all of the victim’s attention or demanding that the victim spend all free time with the abuser. No matter how hard the victim tries to please the abuser, she will always demand more. The victim, whether male or female, will be constantly criticized and berated because they are unable to fulfill the abuser’s demands.

Unpredictable Responses
This includes emotional outbursts and extreme mood swings on the part of the abuser. If your partner likes something you do today and hates it tomorrow, or reacts to the extreme at an identical behavior by the victim, this is an unpredictable response. This behavior damages the victim’s self esteem, self confidence and mental well-being because they are constantly on edge, wondering how their partner is going to respond to their every move.

Living with a person who has unpredictable response is difficult, stressful, nerve wracking and it causes a great deal of anxiety that can lead to health problems. The victim lives with fear and security and has no sense of balance in their life. Abusers who drink excessively are alcoholics or drug abusers often have unpredictable responses to trivial events.

Inside the Abuser’s Mind
Abusers have a tendency to feel they are unique individuals and shouldn't’t have to live under the same rules as everyone else. However, the opposite is true. Abusers share many of the same thinking patterns and behaviors and use the same tactics to keep their victims under their control.

Abusers tend to shift responsibility for their actions to their victims and become angry because the person caused them to behave inappropriately. The abuser might say, “If you hadn’t talked back to me, I wouldn't have had to hit you.” Don’t fall for it. The abuser did the hitting and no matter what you did, you are not to blame. He is blaming you for his shortcomings and do not believe that you are the one to blame for even one second.

Making Excuses
Abusers seldom take responsibility for their actions, but try to justify their behavior by making excuses. They may blame the abuse on a difficult childhood or a hard day at the office. Their mind-set tells them that they are never to blame for any negative behavior.

Fantasies of Success
Abusers believe that they would be famous and rich if the victim and other people weren’t holding them back. Because he believes his failure in life is due to others, he feels he is justified in retaliating in any way he can, including physical and emotional abuse. He belittles, berates and puts others down, including the victim, to make himself feel more powerful.

Abusers combine manipulative tactics, such as upsetting people to watch their reaction, lying and provoking arguments and fights among family members and his peers. He charms his victims and other people who he wishes to manipulate by professing that he cares and is interested in their well-being, when all he is doing is opening the door for a deeper level of abuse.

The abuser will often redefine situations to blame others for his troubles. Abusers will seldom admit that they are wrong, or for that matter, less than perfect. It’s always someone else’s fault when they act inappropriately.

An abuser’s thought patterns lead them to believe that they know what others, including their victim, is feeling and thinking. They use this warped logic to blame these people for their behavior. For instance, an abuser might say, “I knew you’d be angry about that, so I went for a few drinks after work to enjoy myself. Why should I come home to listen to you nag?”

Believe it or not, abusers are emotionally dependent on their victim. This causes an inner rage that encourages the abuser to lash out. Because he is so dependent, he takes control of his victim’s life. This is the way they deny their weaknesses and make themselves feel powerful.

Symptoms of Emotional Dependency
Symptoms of emotional dependency include, but are not limited to, excessive jealousy, jealous rages and possessive actions that are usually sexual in nature. Abusers spend an excessive amount of time monitoring the action and movements of their victims. Often, abusers have no support network and lack those supportive roles that others depend upon. Another sign of emotional dependency is the extreme affect the abuser suffers if his victim leaves. He will go to any lengths to get the victim to return.

Rigid Gender Attitudes
Abusers in a domestic atmosphere tend to have extremely rigid attitudes about the role that their spouse should play in a marriage or common law situation. Wives may expect their husbands to fulfill all of the family’s chores, such as repairs and hold up his role as a father. Husbands may expect their wives to hold down a full time job, keep the house spotless, the laundry caught up, meals made on time and also tend to the kids’ every need. All of these examples are things that should be shared in a normal relationship.

Most abusers are liars. They lie to manipulate their victim by controlling information. They also lie to keep their victim, and others, off balance psychologically. This enables the abuser to gain control of every situation.

Abusers have a tendency to put up emotional walls and never give out personal information freely. He keeps his real feelings to himself and is not interested in what others think of him. Abusers like secrets and are righteous and close-minded. An abuser always feels she is right in every situation.

Abusers, either male or female, can’t seem to develop close, satisfying relationships, or even bad relationships that last. They replace closeness with drama in order to make their life more exciting. They love watching others argue and fight and often do things to keep those around them in a state of constant chaos and upheaval.

Minimizing Actions
Abusers always minimize their actions and refuse to accept their mistakes. An abuser might tell his spouse who has a black eye, “I didn’t hit you hard enough to give you a black eye.”

Ownership and Possession
Abusers are extremely possessive and believe that they should get everything they want. They also feel they can do whatever they wish with their possession and abusers see their partner or spouse as something they own. They feel they are justified in hurting their victim by taking their possessions, attacking them mentally and physically and controlling all aspects of their life.

Anger Management
Most abusers have had a violent and abusive childhood in a dysfunctional family setting. These children are very likely to grow up into spousal abusers. They are taught from the time they are babies that violence is a way to settle disputes and get their own way. It’s a way to settle differences of opinion and they see abuse as normal. As adults, they won’t be able to find alternate ways of showing or channeling their anger. People who do not have a method of outlet for anger on a daily basis allow it to build to a point where it explodes. When this happens, the people closest to them become their sounding board emotionally, mentally and physically.

Abusers feel they are superior to others and don’t have to follow the rules of society. This is also the attitude of hundreds of criminals in prisons world wide. Inmates often believe that while other inmates are guilty of their crimes that they aren’t. Abusers feel it is always their partners who need counseling and that they can take care of their life without help or support from others.

The abuser, whether male or female, does their best to keep their abusive behavior separate from the rest of their life. For example: abusers will beat their spouse and kids on a regular basis, but seldom physically attack anyone outside of their home. They also separate their lives psychologically. They may attend church on Sunday morning and play the role of a loving spouse and parent and then go home and beat their spouse and kids on Sunday afternoon. Abusers see this as acceptable and normal behavior and feel it is justified. Yet if they hear a report that someone else has abused their loved ones, they are the first to condemn them.

Verbal Communication
Abusers are seldom capable of a relationship that includes real intimacy. It is believed that they feel vulnerable when they are open and truthful with others. Abusers feel that it is up to their partners to turn feelings of anger and frustration into gratification and to fulfill their every need. Partners of abusers are essentially expected to be mind readers and know in advance the needs of the abusive spouse. When this doesn’t happen, the abuser feels insecure, unloved and rejected and rejection is grounds for emotional, mental and physical abuse.

Abusers, both men and women, think of themselves as independent, self-sufficient, superior and strong. If someone criticizes them or says something that causes them to feel insulted, the feeling will cause them to react violently toward their victim. This is the only outlet that they know to use to quell feelings of inadequacy.

Being Vague
Abusers think and speak vaguely to avoid their responsibilities. When asked why they are late or where they’ve been, answers will be vague. If their partners pursue the reason, the abuser becomes defensive and strikes out in order to remain in control of the situation.

Abusers: Things You Need to Know

-Both men and women abuse their partners, emotionally, mentally, physically and verbally.

-Female abusers tend to have a macho attitude toward womanhood. They look at female qualities as weaknesses and fear closeness and intimacy will make them vulnerable.

-A batterer’s level of hostility is extremely higher than that of non-batterers. Emotions easily turn to anger, which in turn is acted out in violent behavior. Abusers suppress anxiety, tension and stress until they eventually explode in a fit of violent behavior.

-Abusers suffer from low self esteem. They become dependent on their partners emotionally and feel threatened if they thing that they are going to be left on their own.

-Abusers often show emotions of excessive jealousy and are extremely possessive.

-Many abusers are alcoholics or use drugs frequently. If they discontinue alcohol and drug abuse, they tend to be violent through the process of withdrawal.

-Many people who are abusers have experienced or witnessed violence during their childhood. This leaves them with a feeling of worthlessness and low self esteem, which in turn traumatizes them and leaves life-long emotional scars.

Red Flag Signals

-Many people of both genders interpret early warning signs of abuse as attentive, caring and romantic. Here is a list of early warning signs of future domestic abuse.

-Your partner insists you spend all of your free time with them in order to isolate you from family and friends.

-You always have to tell your partner where you are going, who you are going with, what your plans are and when you will be home.

-Your partner is extremely agitated or angry when they don’t get their own way.

-Your partner tells you what you can and can’t wear and insists on going shopping with you when you shop for clothes.

-You are accused time and time again of cheating, flirting or having an affair.

-Your partner refers to women in derogatory slang, or is secretive about previous relationships.

-The person was abused mentally, physically, emotionally or verbally as a child.

-Your partner grew up in an environment where one parent abused the other emotionally,
mentally, physically or verbally.

-He/She is a charmer or a smooth talker.

-He/She is abusive to his mother or sister and refers to them in derogatory slang.

-The person has expectations that are not realistic.

-The person has a tendency to be cruel to animals or pets.

-The person has hurt a child in some way.

-Your partner has hit spouses in a previous relationship. If so, it will happen to you too.

-The person displays a tendency to have extreme mood swings for little or no reason.

-Male abusers often feel women are inferior and were born to indulge their every

-Female abusers feel men are inferior and expect their partner to give them their full attention at all times.

-Abusers like to intimidate and use threatening body language. They may throw things, punch walls or destroy their victim’s possessions.

-Abusers stop their victims from leaving the room during an argument or dispute.


If you see any of these warning signs in your partner, be ever vigilant. For your own safety, it’s best to end the relationship immediately. It’s better to be alone than to be in a relationship where you are constantly abused in any way. Get help now!

Link - Inside the Mind of an Abuser: What you Need to Know

United Press International U.S. children three times more medicated

I fell way behind in my emails trying to write that article 78 against Judge Silber and My Estranged husband Mr. Louis M Argenziano.. so here (the next five or so posts) are the psychotropic meds emails that got put on hold...

Sept. 25, 2008

U.S. children are about three times more likely to be prescribed psychotropic medications such as antidepressants than children in Europe, researchers said.

The study, published in the journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, said the differences may be due to regulatory practices and cultural beliefs about medications and emotional and behavioral problems.

Study leader Julie Zito of the University of Maryland led U.S., German and Dutch researchers who investigated prescription levels in three countries.

"Antidepressant and stimulant prevalence were three or more times greater in the United States than in the Netherlands and Germany, while antipsychotic prevalence was 1.5 to 2.2 times greater," Zito said in a statement.

The researchers said the differences may be partly due to different diagnostic classification systems.

"The U.S. trend of increasing bipolar diagnosis in children and adolescents does not reflect European practice," the study authors said in a statement. "Government cost restrictions in Europe, the larger number of child psychiatrists per capita in the United States and the use of two or more different psychotropic drugs in a single year in U.S. children" are possible explanations.

Direct-to-consumer drug advertising, common in the United States, is also likely to account for some of the differences, Zito said.

Link: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2008/09/25/US_children_three_times_more_medicated/UPI-17961222360047/

Orlando Sentinel Eli Lilly to disclose money paid to doctors

"psychiatrists earn more money from drug makers than doctors in any other specialty ... For instance, the more psychiatrists have earned from drug makers, the more they have prescribed a new class of powerful medicines known as atypical antipsychotics to children, for whom the drugs are especially risky and mostly unapproved." - New York Times, June 27, 2007, Psychiatrists Top List in Drug Maker Gifts

The Associated Press
September 24, 2008
WASHINGTON - In an industry first, Eli Lilly and Co. says it will begin disclosing how much money it paid to individual doctors for advice, speeches and other services.

The drug company's move comes as members of Congress push a disclosure bill in an effort to prevent such payments from improperly influencing medical decisions.

Beginning next year, Eli Lilly will disclose payments of more than $500 to doctors for their roles as advisers and for speaking at educational seminars. In later years, the company will expand the types of payments disclosed to include such things as travel, entertainment and gifts.

Some have voiced concerns that doctors are influenced by these payments in their treatment decisions and that in turn can drive up medical bills. Although most physicians believe free lunches or trips have no effect on their medical judgment, research has shown that such payments can affect how people act.

"The ethical handwriting is on the wall. Disclosure is coming. States are pushing for it, and once a few states do, it's hard to imagine the federal government won't line up behind," said Dr. Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Eli Lilly was the first drug company to report its educational grants for medical conferences publicly. Dr. John Lechleiter, chief executive of the company, said that made good business sense for the drug industry. "We've learned that letting people see for themselves what we're doing is a good way to restore trust," he said.

In the past two years, lawmakers introduced bills that would require drug and medical device manufacturers to disclose any payments to doctors exceeding $25, but the industry chafed at the strict reporting threshold. Eli Lilly had announced earlier that it intended to comply with key aspects of the legislation once some lawmakers agreed to the higher reporting threshold of $500.

Eli Lilly's disclosure of payments to doctors will begin in the second half of 2009, for payments made in the first half of the year. The company doesn't plan to report 2008 or earlier payments, noting that the legislation before Congress did not contemplate such a look back.

Lechleiter said physicians who advise the company or speak at conferences take time away from their medical practice. That's why they need to be compensated at fair, market rates, he said.

A handful of states and the District of Columbia already have disclosure laws for payments from drug companies to doctors. Those states are Minnesota, Vermont, West Virginia and Maine. None of those states require disclosure of payments from medical device makers.

Dr. Peter Lurie, deputy director of the health research group at Public Citizen, said the state laws are not working very well. They have various exemptions and sometimes don't even disclose the information to the public, he said. Lurie was skeptical that Eli Lilly's announcement represented a step forward on the issue of more transparency in health care.

"There are dozens of pharmaceutical companies. ... Most won't follow this guideline at all, and there will be no enforcement," Lurie said. "This is Ely Lilly's attempt to forestall the federal legislation by saying we're in effect complying anyway." Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, also objects to the $500 threshold for reporting. Lurie said it should be much lower - $25 per gift.

"Most of what will wind up being disclosed is speaker's fees, consulting and research grants," Lurie said. "But most people want to know more than that. They want to know about meals, travel and that sort of thing. A lot of people will be cut out by the $500 annual limit."

Link to story:

How much is your State spending on antipsychotics for kids?

"Texas has spent nearly $300 million since 2003 on expensive anti-psychotic medications for poor children – drugs that cost more, have worse side effects in kids and are no more effective than older generics, according to a new federal study ... In 2007 alone, Texas Medicaid records show, prescriptions for Risperdal were written to thousands of underprivileged children – including 2,500 10-year-olds, 2,000 5-year-olds and 25 1-year-olds."

Perhaps legislators and the media in your state would like to know how much your State is spending on these drugs for kids.

You can find figures from 30 States here
http://tinyurl.com/Medicaid-18-and-Below (Note: Geodon, Seroquel and Zyprexa are not FDA approved at all for kids)

The Dallas Morning News Study finds new anti-psychotics no better than generics for kids.

September 19, 2008

AUSTIN – Texas has spent nearly $300 million since 2003 on expensive anti-psychotic medications for poor children – drugs that cost more, have worse side effects in kids and are no more effective than older generics, according to a new federal study.
The drugs, known as atypical anti-psychotics, are designed to treat schizophrenia but are also used for everything from autism to attention deficit disorder. Pharmaceutical firms have aggressively marketed the drugs to child psychiatrists and state health officials. And because they don't cause tremors and joint aches, as older drugs do, prescriptions for kids have increased fivefold in the last 15 years.

But the government study of Janssen's Risperdal and Eli Lilly's Zyprexa, two of the top five most commonly prescribed atypical anti-psychotics, found neither performed any better in children and adolescents than an older generic drug – and both led to unhealthy weight gain.

Drug companies have said the study didn't accurately reveal the side effects of the older drug, because patients on it were given a medication to offset them.

When these were first coming out, let's not forget that there was a reason – the disabling side effects of the first generation drugs," said Eli Lilly spokesman Jamaison Schuler.

"That's being lost in the context of this study."

Still, the findings are raising questions about years of prescription trends in Texas and the nation. In 2007 alone, Texas Medicaid records show, prescriptions for Risperdal were written to thousands of underprivileged children – including 2,500 10-year-olds, 2,000 5-year-olds and 25 1-year-olds.

"States have spent a tremendous amount of money unnecessarily for drugs that are no safer than the older drugs that are a fraction of the cost," said Allen Jones, a Pennsylvania whistleblower who investigates drug company influence. "It appears, based on what the science is telling us, that an enormous amount of money was spent for no real benefit."

The study may also bolster a state lawsuit – originally filed by Mr. Jones but joined by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott – against Janssen over allegations the company improperly influenced state officials to add Risperdal to a list of preferred drugs. Officials from Janssen did not return phone calls, but they have previously denied any such action.

The federal study, published by the American Journal of Psychiatry , compared the two atypical anti-psychotics with an older drug, molindone.

While all three drugs reduced hallucinations, children on Zyprexa gained so much weight so fast – as much as 15 pounds in eight weeks – that a safety panel took them off the drug. Risperdal also caused substantial weight gain, while children on molindone gained less than a pound on average.

Both groups of children on the new drugs experienced metabolic changes that heightened their risk for diabetes. Researchers considered those side effects worse than the tremors and joint aches, which can be treated with other medications. The study's authors said that while both classes of anti-psychotics have some adverse effects, those associated with the new drugs are more likely to have persistent, "long-term effects on physical health."

Texas has spent a combined $150 million on Zyprexa and Risperdal for poor children in the last five years, state records show. More than $7 million was for foster children.
Between 2002 and 2007, Texas foster children were written more than 25,000 prescriptions for Risperdal, at an average cost of $253 per prescription. They were written 3,400 prescriptions for Zyprexa at a cost of $469 per prescription, state records show. The older drugs generally cost a tenth of what the newer drugs do.

This spring, a state mental health plan naming the preferred psychiatric drugs for children was put on hold, over fears drug companies may have improperly influenced researchers to put their drugs on the list. That drug plan recommended treating attention deficit disorder patients who are aggressive with atypical anti-psychotics.

Meanwhile, the state lawsuit accuses Janssen of using false advertising and trips and other perks to get Risperdal listed on the Texas Medication Algorithm Project, which mandates the use of certain drugs for adults whose medications the state pays for. Individuals with knowledge of the case say it has spread to the children's drug protocol.
The latest study isn't the first to call the atypical anti-psychotics into question. A 2005 federal study by the National Institute of Mental Health showed the new anti-psychotic drugs performed no better than and had nearly as many side effects as the older ones.

A year later, a British national study mirrored those findings.

"We've got to look into this, particularly with this high cost," said state Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, a family physician who has patients who have been prescribed atypical anti-psychotics in state facilities. "If they're really helping these kids, we need to use them. But if these kids develop diabetes from them, and they don't work any better, it will only cost the state more money."

Link to story:

Albuquerque Journal State Sues Maker of Risperdal

You can see the parade of lawsuits (now 22) against antipsychotic makers by State AGs here: www.psychsearch.net/lawsuits.html

11 States have sued Eli Lilly over Zyprexa: Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia.

7 states have sued Janssen over Risperdal: Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvana, South Carolina and Texas

4 states has sued AstraZeneca over Seroquel: Arkansas, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina

Albuquerque JournalState Sues Maker of Risperdal

Albuquerque Journal
State Sues Maker of Risperdal
September 12, 2008
By Scott Sandlin

... According to the lawsuit:

Janssen got FDA approval to market Risperdal oral tablets for the treatment of schizophrenia in 1993 and for variations to treat bipolar disorder in 2003. But the drug has shown a propensity for its users to gain weight, have movement disorders and other health problems, including diabetes.

Since its launch, the maker has "engaged in widespread fraudulent statements and conduct, and pervasive false and misleading marketing, advertising and promotion." The maker failed to warn and misled physicians, consumers and the state regarding its adverse effects.

The maker actively marketed the drug for uses in several populations where its safety had not been established, such as people with sleep disorders, elderly patients with dementia and patients with depressive or mood disorders.

The alleged scheme was carried out by directly soliciting physicians to prescribe it by giving false information to them and to pharmacists, including the development of deceptive and misleading medical literature and funding of questionable scientific literature.

One marketing plan used company-funded events at which doctors selected, trained and approved by Janssen would falsely oversell Risperdal's safety and effectiveness, according to the complaint.

The strategy worked, making more than two-thirds of all dollars spent on Risperdal going for nonmedically necessary uses and making the drug the mostly widely used antipsychotic of its type in the world, with sales skyrocketing to $3.5 billion in 2005.

The lawsuit was filed for the Attorney General's Office in the 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe by a Houston civil litigation firm, Bailey Perrin Bailey, which specializes in lawsuits over the new generation of antipsychotic drugs known as atypical antipsychotics. The firm represents other states in lawsuits over Risperdal, including one filed in Pennsylvania state court in February.

The lawsuit is the second time in two years the state has sued a drugmaker raising questions about state obligations under federal Medicaid law, as Janssen attorney Douglas Schneebeck of the Modrall law firm noted in removing the lawsuit to federal court.

Seroquel Litigation: 8,787 Lawsuits Filed against AstraZeneca

U.S. District Court in Florida has 5,829 cases - Trials begin February 2009

September 4th, 2008

According to court documents filed last week, AstraZeneca currently faces 8,787 Seroquel lawsuits that have been filed in federal and state courts, which allege that their antipsychotic medication led to personal injuries, such as pancreatitis and diabetes.

Seroquel (generic quetiapine fumarate) is an atypical antipsychotic medication which was approved by the FDA in 1997 for treatment of schizophrenia. It is also commonly used off-label for treatment of anxiety, obsessive dementia, compulsive disorders and autism.

Research has established that Seroquel side effects can increase the risk of weight gain, hyperglycemia and diabetes.

Other drugs in the same class of atypical antipsychotics, which include Zyprexa and Risperdal, have also been associated with these side effects, but the diabetes risk has been the highest in the case of Seroquel.

AstraZeneca indicates that they have been served with complaints involving over 13,000 plaintiff groups. As of August 27, 2008, about 5,841 Seroquel lawsuits have been filed in federal court involving 5,847 plaintiffs, and another 2,946 Seroquel cases have been file in various state courts involving 7,492 more plaintiff groups.

In federal court, the Seroquel litigation has been consolidated in an MDL, or Multidistrict Litigation, that is centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida before Judge Anne Conway. Approximately 5,829 of the lawsuits are currently in the MDL, where they are being handled together for pretrial proceedings. If the cases do not resolve during pretrial litigation, the MDL procedures require that the cases be sent back to the court where they were filed for trial.

In an attempt to facilitate a resolution of the cases, Judge Conway has established a case management order which calls for the first Seroquel trials involving cases filed in Florida to begin in February 2009. A group of 12 cases have been selected, involving six cases designated and ranked by the Plaintiffs Steering Committee and six by the defendants. The Seroquel litigation will start with the trial of the top ranked case selected by the plaintiffs, and then trials will alternate back and forth until those cases have been tried.

Zyprexa litigation, which involved similar claims of diabetes and weight gain associated with the other type of atypical antipsychotic resolved earlier this year before the first individual injury trials began. Eli Lilly, who manufactures Zyprexa, paid about $1.2 billion in to settle about 30,000 individual Zyprexa lawsuits.

Link: http://www.aboutlawsuits.com/seroquel-litigation-8787-lawsuits-filed-against-astrazeneca-955/#comments

Idaho Statesman Idaho presses Lilly over Antipsychotic Drug Zyprexa

You can see the parade of states (now 13) suing antipsychotic makers here: www.psychsearch.net/lawsuits.html

11 States have sued Eli Lilly over Zyprexa: Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia.

6 states have sued Janssen over Risperdal: Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, Pennsylvana, South Carolina and Texas

4 states has sued AstraZeneca over Seroquel: Arkansas, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina

By Colleen LaMay
September 3, 2008

Idaho has joined a parade of states suing Eli Lilly over the pharmaceutical company's top-selling drug, an antipsychotic medicine called Zyprexa.

Idaho says Zyprexa is a costly drug that has been improperly marketed, sickening Idaho patients and taking a financial bite from the state's Medicaid health insurance program for low-income and disabled people.

The firm denied improperly marketing Zyprexa and said it issued warnings that the drugs can cause diabetes and weight gain, so these effects shouldn't have surprised Idaho officials.

All but a handful of states are involved in litigation with Eli Lilly over the drug or are talking with the company in hopes of avoiding lawsuits. Scores of individuals also are involved in cases.

So far, Alaska is the only state to settle with Eli Lilly. The state was awarded $15 million this spring.

About 10,000 Medicaid patients in Idaho have been prescribed the drug, which retails at one Boise pharmacy for $813 for a 30-day supply of 20 milligrams a day.

Deputy Attorney General Brett DeLange did not know Tuesday how much the drug cost taxpayers through the Medicaid program or how much Medicaid money has been spent to treat diabetes, obesity and other health problems he said are side effects of Zyprexa.

"It's not just the cost of the drug" that concerns Idaho officials, he said. "It's the effects of the drug, the long-term treatment for people who are diabetic or severely obese now."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the drug for treatment of adults with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The company is seeking approval to treat the same disorders in teenagers.

The Idaho lawsuit contends Eli Lilly illegally marketed Zyprexa for "off-label" uses not approved by the FDA.

In Idaho, marketing efforts directed at doctors encouraged them to prescribe Zyprexa for "anxiety, phobic disorders, neurotic depression, affective personality disorder, sleep disorder, depression, attention deficit disorder, insomnia and separation anxiety," the lawsuit says.

"None of these indications were approved by the FDA," the lawsuit said.

It's not uncommon for doctors to write "off-label" prescriptions, but drug companies are not allowed to market their drugs for off-label uses.

Eli Lilly spokeswoman Marni Lemons said the company did not endorse Zyprexa for those conditions, but she said many mental-health conditions are difficult to treat, and doctors may try Zyprexa to help patients find relief.

"Because of the stigma of these disorders, I don't think people have any idea how widespread the use of these antipsychotics are," Lemons said.

Eli Lilly on Friday filed court documents moving the case to federal court in Idaho. Next, Eli Lilly plans to merge the Idaho Medicaid case with similar cases in a federal court in New York, Lemons said.

That doesn't sit well with DeLange. "We will be responding and asking the judge to send it back," DeLange said.

Idaho laws were broken, and Idaho should decide the case, he said.

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Arkansas Democrat Anti-psychotic drugs for kids get state look

August 31, 2008

Millions of kids nationwide are prescribed atypical antipsychotic drugs for a variety of mental-health diagnoses, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, autism and schizophrenia.

In Arkansas, 11, 404 children and teenagers under 18 on the state Medicaid program took antipsychotics between July 2007 and June 2008, according to the state Department of Human Services.

But only two atypical anti-psychotics are approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adolescents, and there is little published research to support their use in children, said Dr. William Golden, medical director for health policy with the state Medicaid program.

“The literature to support it is almost nonexistent,” Golden said.

Arkansas is one of many states studying how the drugs are prescribed to children and teenagers and is one of about 15 states in a consortium formed to compile data and analyze prescribing trends nationwide.

The consortium plans to produce a report of initial findings by the end of January, said Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, the chief medical officer of the Washington state Medicaid program, who is leading the effort.

Arkansas spent $ 23. 5 million on atypical anti-psychotics for Medicaid recipients under age 18 in fiscal 2007. National expenditures for the drugs for all ages were estimated at about $ 13. 3 billion, according to a Rutgers University report.

Atypical anti-psychotics, which is a name applied to second-generation anti-psychotics, first came on the market in the 1990 s. They affect the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, chemicals that allow communication between nerve cells in the brain.

Side effects of the drugs can include weight gain, breast milk production in both sexes, facial tics, muscle tremors and a potentially fatal neurological disorder that causes fever and stiffness, said Dr. Steven Domon, section chief of adolescent services at the State Hospital.

The 2006 death of a 4-yearold Massachusetts girl has helped raise the issue of anti-psychotic drug use in children nationally, Domon said.

Rebecca Riley was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder at age 2 and was prescribed powerful medications by age 4, including the atypical anti-psychotic Seroquel. She was also taking Depakote, used to treat bipolar disorder and epilepsy, and Clonidine, used to treat high blood pressure.

Rebecca was found dead on the floor beside her parents’ bed Dec. 13, 2006.

Her parents — who are awaiting trial on second-degree murder charges filed after authorities concluded an overdose killed her — filed a malpractice lawsuit against Rebecca’s psychiatrist in April.

While many doctors prescribe medications for purposes other than indicated on their label — known as “off-label” prescribing — Domon said such prescribing should be done with caution. Atypical anti-psychotics are powerful medications, and their effects on young, developing brains are unknown.

Domon said he was alarmed by the case of a 3-year-old Arkansas boy diagnosed with autism and intermittent explosive disorder, associated with tantrums in which people throw or break things.

Despite his age, the boy was prescribed four medications for depression, anxiety and high blood pressure. One of his medications, Olanzapine, is used to treat patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and is not FDA-approved for children.

Domon, a child psychiatrist, said many clinicians would be uncomfortable making a diagnosis as serious as bipolar disorder in a child so young.

In looking at initial data from Arkansas, Golden, the state Medicaid official, said concerns are whether drugs are being appropriately prescribed for children ages 5 and under. Also, the dosing for children between ages 6 and 12 varies greatly, with many children taking high doses of anti-psychotics or multiple medications.

“Some of the 6- to 12 -year-olds are on some pretty strange concoctions,” he said.

Of the 11, 404 Arkansas Medicaid recipients under 18 who were prescribed anti-psychotics in fiscal 2008, 893 were under 6. Those ages 6-12 numbered 5, 602, and 4, 909 were ages 13-18 ...
Risperdal, the brand name for risperidone, is one of the two atypical anti-psychotics that’s FDA-approved for treatment of some patients under age 18, FDA spokesman Sandy Walsh said. It was approved last year for treatment of schizophrenia in ages 13-17 and short-term treatment of bipolar disorder in ages 10-17. It is also approved for treatment of children with autism between age 5-16.

This year, the FDA also approved the use of the anti-psychotic Abilify to treat schizophrenia in ages 13-17 and bipolar disorder for those age 10 and older.

Walsh said physicians may choose to use non-FDA-approved drugs off label on the basis of their own clinical knowledge and their patient’s condition.

“The FDA does not regulate the practice of medicine,” Walsh said.

FINDING SOLUTIONS Arkansas is one of several states that have filed lawsuits against pharmaceutical manufacturers AstraZeneca, Janssen Pharmaceutica of Johnson & Johnson Inc., and Eli Lilly & Co. claiming they encouraged doctors to prescribe anti-psychotics to children and the elderly beyond what is approved by the FDA and thereby harmed patients and cost the state Medicaid plan millions of dollars.

“We want to send a message that these pharmaceutical companies need to walk a straight line when they’re dealing with Arkansas and other states because the health and safety of consumers across this country depend on that,” Justin Allen, chief deputy attorney general, said when the last suit, against AstraZeneca, was filed in late May.

Golden, with the state Medicaid program, said the Department of Human Services’ study of antipsychotic drug use by children isn’t related to the lawsuits.

“The goal is to have a better understanding of what’s going on and to sensitize our mental-health community to these issues,” Golden said.

According to initial data, it appears that Arkansas children are being prescribed anti-psychotics at a higher rate than other states, Domon said.

For example, 12 per every 1, 000 children up to age 18 on Florida Medicaid were prescribed antipsychotics in 2005, compared with 27. 8 per every 1, 000 children up to age 18 on Arkansas Medicaid in 2007, Domon said.

“We’re two to three times more likely to prescribe anti-psychotics to young children than Florida, and Florida thinks they have a problem,” Domon said.

Most of the prescribing of antipsychotics to children is in central Arkansas, but Domon said that doesn’t surprise him. There are only about 30 child psychiatrists in the state, and most of them practice in and around Pulaski County.

Golden said Arkansas’ first focus is on foster-care children. Last fiscal year, 982 of the 6, 957 children in foster care were prescribed anti-psychotics.

Golden said state officials are considering developing guidelines on how and when anti-psychotics should be prescribed. But there are no plans to regulate prescribing.

“We need flexibility with these kids,” Golden said. “You can’t have a cookie-cutter formula for these kids. Very often these are very difficult cases.” Several other states, including Texas, Washington and Florida, are taking similar steps.

In the aftermath of Rebecca Riley’s death, Massachusetts set up an early-warning system to identify preschoolers who might be getting excessive medication and now reviews Medicaid records of children under 5 who are on an anti-psychotic or at least three psychiatric medications.

Thompson, with the Washington Medicaid program, said the consortium will help states compare data and learn what other states are doing to help curb inappropriate prescribing of anti-psychotics.

Participating states will submit their data in September and hold a national meeting in Washington, D. C., in October. Preliminary findings will be presented to the National Association of State Medicaid Medical Directors in November. Rutgers University is helping to analyze the data.

“This isn’t just about drugs. It’s really about appropriate mental health care for kids and adults,” Thompson said. “Drugs are only a component of that care.”

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