Mom Sues Judge, GAL, Ex for $8M in U.S. Federal CourtConspiracy to Deprive of Due Process & Equal Protection
Aneta Hadzi-Tanovic, leader of the local Illinois Women’s Coalition, has filed an $8 million federal lawsuit against the Family Court judge, Robert Wade Johnson, the GAL, and her ex for conspiring to deprive her of her right to due process and equal protection, as well as for “abuse of process” and “intentional infliction of emotional distress”.
Aneta’s custody nightmare mirrors women’s cases all over the country and world in which Family Court judges disregard substantial negative evidence about the father, and fabricate negative evidence about the mother, in order to justify switching custody to the father.
In Aneta’s case, the judge ignored substantial evidence of physical, psychological and emotional abuse by the father, much of it gathered by police, a forensic interviewer and social services.
Instead of protecting the children, the judge falsely found Aneta to have coached them to report abuse (i.e. alienating), and so is emotionally abusive, despite no evidence supporting that finding. Then he allowed the father to alienate the kids from her to the point that they refuse to talk to her on the phone and are so badly behaved in supervised visitation that she cannot keep a supervisor.
Aneta had a wonderful, loving relationship with her children and believed their disclosures of abuse. She did everything possible to protect them, but now her relationship with them has been destroyed. She has not seen her children in over a year now.
Through her pain, Aneta has managed to gather the strength to hit back by filing this federal lawsuit detailing how the judge and GAL conspired in the taking and alienating of her children.
The U.S. Statute 42 U.S.C. §1983 does not provide for injunctions against state judges, so it will not affect the custody ruling or bring her children back. But Aneta hopes publicity on the injustice she has endured, and especially a win, will help her case moving forward and help expose the injustices women everywhere are being subjected to.
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LAWSUIT COUNTS1. Conspiracy to deprive of due process [42 U.S.C. §1983]2. Conspiracy to deprive of equal protection under the law [42 U.S.C. §1983]3. Abuse of process [intentional tort]4. Intentional infliction of emotional distress [intentional tort]
IN ANETA’S OWN WORDSMy ex has been abusing my children and me for very long time. He filed 6 times to DCFS claiming I am abusing my children, all of which were rejected as unfounded. My children reported that he is forcing them to lie, but nothing has been done about it. I filed a Motion for 604.10(b) Psychological Evaluation and that was denied.
In June 2017, I was forced to sign a 50/50 Allocation Judgment under a threat by the GAL that if I don’t sign it, they will take my kids away. This was all 2 days after the Judge allowed my attorney to withdraw without giving me 21 days to retain new one, all of which is in direct violation of the Illinois Supreme Court Rule 13.
After the divorce, my ex intensified his abuse and my children reported him to social services, school officials, police, DCFS, and even a video-recorded forensic interview was done. Even though all the evidence was against my ex, the police, social services and forensic investigations were all quickly dismissed after the former GAL got involved again into everything.
In court it was all turned against me, with multiple false testimonies by the GAL, and my time was reduced from 50% to supervised visits only. There were periods of 6 months when I didn’t see or even talk to my children at all because my ex and the GAL would not agree to any supervisors. And then when supervisors were finally appointed, my ex would attack one after another for supposedly not doing their job, and they would refuse to do any more supervision.
In the meantime my children went from loving and caring and wanting to spend time with me, to swearing at me, attacking me, and stealing the stuff from my house, which was also why the last 4 supervisors refused come around my children again and supervise visits.
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The GOP has no heart. They show time and again that all they care about is money and power, control and domination. In fact, they very much fit the profile of men who abuse women. And the fact is that their actions and words empower abusers (and domestic terrorists like the KKK). A staggering statistic: 1 in 3 women in the USA experience domestic violence, and since Trump took office, even more men feel entitled to abuse women. And they are getting away with it because Republicans in congress continue to rollback protections and victim services for women. Just like they have rolled back protections for children, for the environment, for our health, and are planning to do to our elderly by reducing or even eliminating social security. At this point, saying you support Trump and the GOP is like saying you support your own abuser.
Excerpt: “In February this year, the Violence Against Women Act, expired. Signed into law twenty-five years ago in 1994 by President Clinton, the VAWA was, in large part, precipitated by O.J. Simpson’s murder of his wife Nicole, resulting in the public’s greater awareness about domestic violence. To date, Republicans have opposed the reauthorization of this updated bill, objecting to the exclusion of the “boyfriend loophole” which allowed people convicted of stalking or abusing non-spouse partners to continue to buy firearms. Republicans claim the bill is a veiled attempt to restrict gun ownership rights. However, a higher rate of gun ownership correlates with a higher rate of femicide in our country and presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of a woman’s death 500%, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
… In effect, as long as women live in a world where Republicans attach more value to the right for abusive men to own guns over women’s safety, women like Megan Montgomery will continue to die at the hands of a man she once loved.
Megan Montgomery isn’t a statistic. She’s a friend, a mother, a daughter, a defender against the inhumane treatment of animals. Moreover, she’s OUR friend, mother, daughter, one who was writing a book to help survivors of domestic violence.
She’s Everywoman, and with her died her hopes and dreams. And with her died a piece of every woman’s hopes and dreams for a more just and humane society.”
With her death, a piece of every woman’s dream for a more just society also died – al.com
— Read on www.al.com/opinion/2019/12/with-her-death-so-died-a-piece-of-every-womans-dream-for-a-more-just-society.html
Describes intimate partner violence (IPV) as a type of domestic violence and explains how common it is. Provides information about the signs and effects of IPV and offers tips and resources to stay safe.
— Read on www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/types/violence_ipv.asp