The July issue of Bulletin, the monthly CPF update newsletter, asked members to write to Chief Justice of Probate & Family Court Sean Dunphy and demand the removal of battered women's advocates from the courts.
By their presence alone, the advocates clearly compromise due process and equal protection, which is afforded all Americans - regardless of sex. And many of us have witnessed firsthand how justice is severely corrupted by the practices of these advocates in and out of the courtroom.
Ron Deyo from Shirley has received a response from the P&F Assistant Court Administrator William F. Ryan. Here are the relevant excerpts:
"In most instances, advocates are of tremendous help to the court in some very emotional and serious domestic violence cases.
"If you are aware of any perceived abuses in any of our divisions, it would be of assistance to us in looking into these matters further. We request that you identify the county where such abuses may have occurred, and if possible, the names of the cases to which you refer.
"Your interest in the matter of domestic violence and the Court is most appreciated."
This is your opportunity to speak up. If you know of any instance where a battered women's advocate subverted justice in P&F Court, write it up with as much detail as possible, and send it to both Dunphy and Ryan. Please also send a copy to Focus on Fatherhood! at our address so we can track the responses.
Chief Justice P&F Court Sean M. Dunphy
Asst. Court Administrator William F. Ryan
3 Center Plaza, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02108