By Janet Phelan
March 30, 2015
New Eastern Outlook
It is a generally accepted axiom that one of the primary purposes of government is to protect its citizenry. The protection may manifest in one of two ways—as security against foreign foes or as a system to apprehend and punish members of the citizenry from transgressing against other citizens. This is generally called a “system of justice.”
In a democratic or republican form of government, it is assumed that the rules governing the conduct of citizens are equally applied. In other words, justice is no respecter of persons or status.
So when governments begin to protect certain citizens from culpability for crimes committed against other citizens, the natural question would be—What is going on? Or—Have the rules changed and no one told us?
The Rules Are Changing
Back in the 1990’s, when Dr. Jack Kevorkian challenged the age- old maxim for physicians–”First, do no harm”– and began assisting in the suicides of multiple individuals, the reaction of the legal system was clear and definite. After allegedly being involved in over 130 medically- assisted suicides and experiencing numerous arrests, Jack Kevorkian was found guilty in 1998 of second degree murder in the death of Thomas Youk, who suffered from “Lou Gehrig’s” disease. Kevorkian was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was released in 2007 after he promised to never assist in another death.
Fast forward to 2015 and we find that physician- assisted suicide is no longer considered much of a crime. In fact, nations are passing physician- assisted suicide laws in droves, even in the face of the abuses of this process being reported in the vanguard nations, such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland.
Those in the forefront of the “Right to Die” movement are ignoring the pivotal fact that, under the euthanasia and assisted suicide laws, people are in fact being put to death who have not requested nor consented to this. Disability rights groups see clearly the progress of the slippery scope, as now in the state of Washington the issue is being bandied about of extending physician- assisted suicide beyond the terminally ill and to those who are simply poverty stricken. Equally of concern is that under the laws regulating incapacity, specifically those cases wherein a guardian has been appointed by a court, the alleged incapacitated person may have no voice in his termination, which can be ordered by the guardian without consulting the ward.
This brings us to a woman named Melodie Z. Scott. Scott is what is called a “professional conservator” (guardian) for the elderly and disabled. Guardians are generally appointed through court proceedings when there are allegations that an individual is lacking the capacity to make his own decisions. Upon such appointment by a court, the guardian will act in the stead of the alleged incapacitated person, making his financial decisions, selling his property, making his medical decisions and also decisions concerning his social life—whether or not he can marry, whether or not he can even have contact with family and friends. Melodie Scott is licensed by the state of California to perform these services.
And Scott has repeatedly used her position to terminate the lives of her clients and to steal their money, with a level of protection by the police, district attorneys and attorney general that could be compared to the highest level of “diplomatic immunity.” It should be noted that Scott is performing her “angel of death” services in a state which has not passed physician- assisted suicide laws.
Scott is not alone in her position as a state- sponsored executioner. Reports are now coming in from Florida, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, Ohio and elsewhere of similar abusers who have achieved a remarkable level of protection for what are generally considered to be crimes against the vulnerable.
The US media is largely keeping mum about these abuses. Every now and then, a local paper will carry a story on some problems associated with guardians, generally ascribing the failure of the system to protect the victims as a result of “overworked” judges and district attorneys.
People as Capital
In fact, the legal system is working overtime to protect these miscreants. Joey Quattrochi, outraged at the abuses inflicted upon his father, WWII veteran and ward of Melodie Scott, hired a lawyer and filed a federal law suit against Scott. His lawyer, Jim Reiss, was subsequently disbarred and Quattrochi was unable to find another lawyer willing to take the suit on. His suit was subsequently dismissed. When Illinois attorney Ken Ditkowsky became aware of the abuses taking place in the guardianship of Mary Sykes, he began a campaign of contacting law enforcement. Ditkowsky was then summarily suspended from the practice of law by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, which also suspended attorney L’anre Amu for the act of filing complaints against judges and stating that the courts are corrupt.
Arizona attorney Grant Goodman went even further and devised a template for RICO lawsuits against miscreant guardians. Goodman was subsequently suspended from the practice of law in Arizona.
According to Dr. Sam Sugar, a retired physician who has launched a group called Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianships, somewhere in the range of six billion dollars are being processed through Florida guardianship proceedings each year. Money is definitely in the mix, but does not explain the rising death toll of individuals who are being sent to their early graves through the acts of their guardians.
“Don’t Lie to the State!”
An action was launched in 2008 by the California Professional Fiduciaries Bureau (PFB) to deny Melodie Scott’s professional fiduciary license. The origin of the action against Scott was not due to her involvement in the deaths of Lawrence Yetzer, Stevie Price, Elizabeth Fairbanks, Frank Bellue, De’Wayne Cory, Charlie Castle, Doris Baker or others whom had been under Scott’s care.
Indeed, the PFB had in its files numerous complaints alleging criminal acts by conservator Scott. The PFB chose to ignore all the complaints and instead focused on the fact that she lied on her application for a professional fiduciary license.
After proceedings which generated concerns that the Deputy Attorney General representing the PFB in the matter, Jonathan Cooper, was working to secure Scott’s license for her, she was ultimately granted her license on a technicality in 2010.
In April, Melodie Scott again faces administrative proceedings launched once more by the PFB, which has charged her again with lying on her mandated yearly filings with that body. The PFB is refusing to supply any information to the press as to how many consumer complaints they currently have on file concerning Scott. Similarly, the DAG representing the PFB in this matter, Rita Lane, has declined to release numbers of complaints on file with the DOJ.
Parenthetically, the California Attorney General’s office has a history of refusing to investigate complaints about criminal misconduct by guardians. AG Kamala Harris’s office has stated to this reporter that they don’t “do” such cases. When asked for the legal authority (written law) which exempts the California Attorney General from prosecuting crimes committed under the mantle of guardianship, Harris’s office has steadfastly refused to respond.
Police Killing Blacks and Mentally Ill
On a separate but related front, concerns are ramping up in the US concerning the seeming immunity now enjoyed by police for killing people. These concerns were again inflamed by the recent outcry concerning the police killings in Ferguson, in New York, and also the latest killing of an unarmed and naked black man, Anthony Hill, in a suburb of Atlanta. A review of the statistics of police killings confirms that the police are largely killing blacks and the mentally ill.
And getting away with it, as district attorneys repeatedly fail to consider these acts to be murders, instead referring to them as “justified” following an internal and opaque review process.
Back in 2003, an incident was reported in local Los Angeles newspapers that should have strained the credibility of any thinking reader. According to the papers, a man shot a police officer at a routine traffic stop, then took off running on foot. He was shortly apprehended by other officers, who reportedly “forgot” to take the alleged cop-shooter’s gun away from him. The suspect was taken to the police station, still armed but handcuffed, then taken into questioning, where the sole officer present removed his handcuffs. The individual then—reportedly—took out his gun and shot himself.
Do you believe that?
The district attorney in the matter stated that no investigation was necessary. Case closed.
A legal system wherein police are judges, jury and executioners is not redolent of a democratic society. Rather, it is indicative of the very worst of repressive dictatorships, wherein racial groups, the vulnerable and enemies of the state can be summarily executed without due process. The racial nexus harks uncomfortably back to what happened in Germany in the thirties and forties.
Another Alleged Race Killer Escapes Culpability
Another indication of what appears to be a eugenics agenda would be the failed prosecution of Dr. Wouter Basson, who, as head of apartheid South Africa’s biological and chemical weapons programme, Project Coast, was alleged to have not only been involved in hundreds of murders of enemies of the state but was also working on developing a biological weapons which would only kill people of color. Recent articles here and here have explored the possibility that Basson, who was heavily connected with British and American intelligence agencies, may have in fact created this race-specific bioweapon, which may be in deployment.
Basson was arrested in 1997 after the apartheid government fell and initially charged in criminal court with over sixty counts, including fraud, embezzlement and drug trafficking, He faced over 150 witnesses against him and was the sole witness in his defense.Testimony linked him to 229 murders. Judge Willie Hartzenberg acquitted him on all counts, after refusing to step down from the case amidst allegations that he was biased in favor of Basson.
In December of 2013, Dr. Basson was subsequently found guilty by the Health Professions Council of South Africa of acting unprofessionally as a medical doctor in his capacity as director of Project Coast. His sentencing, which may include loss of his medical license, probation or a fine, has been repeatedly delayed. Basson now enjoys a successful cardiologist practice in Capetown.
After failing in his recent effort to have the HP committee recused for bias, Basson will again be in hearings on May 28-29, ostensibly for sentencing. As a valued soldier in what is appearing to be a hidden war of eugenics, Basson has shown no remorse for his acts and appears to have deep layers of protection.
Another race killer, Auschwitz’s Dr. Josef Mengele, was hunted for decades in South America, where he fled to evade capture. But as we have seen, the times they are a’ changing and those who kill the weak and also those in certain racial groups are now exonerated, rather than punished. Whether or not the Health Professions Council of South Africa will be able to sentence a race killer for “acting unprofessionally” and whether or not the Professional Fiduciaries Bureau in California will equally be able to revoke the license of a murderous guardian– who heinously lied on her licensing papers– the signals here should be clear: Murder ain’t the crime it used to be. Particularly if the victim happens to be in the ranks of weaker or disfavored groups.
Janet C. Phelan, investigative journalist and human rights defender that has traveled pretty extensively over the Asian region, an author of a tell-all book EXILE, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook