Additional commentary by
(member of the House Petitions & Redress Committee)
David Johnson's case is one of those which led to the Bill of Address hearings in 2010. He filed similar petitions in 2011 as well as 2009: Each time, the main focus of his ire has been Marital Master Philip Cross, who allegedly made various decisions for no articulated or articulable reason and/or for no discernable reason. I have actually seen a few hundred of the tens of thousands of pages in Johnson's court files: I was a little surprised to find that Master Cross in fact tends to give rather detailed reasons for his decisions.
PETITION FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCE
TO: The Honorable House of Representatives
FROM: Petitioner Representative Alfred Baldasaro, Rock. 3
DATE: September 24, 2009
SUBJECT: Grievance of David Johnson, Londonderry, New Hampshire
Whereas, the New Hampshire Bill of Rights at Article 8, Part First of the New Hampshire Constitution provides that "All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive;" and
Whereas, the New Hampshire Bill of Rights at Article 35, Part First of the New Hampshire Constitution provides that "It is essential to the preservation of the rights of every individual, his life, liberty, property, and character, that there be an impartial interpretation of the laws, and administration of justice. It is the right of every citizen to be tried by judges as impartial as t h e lot of humanity will admit. It is therefore not only the best policy, but for the security of the rights of the people, that the judges of the supreme judicial court should hold their offices so long as they behave well;" and
Whereas, the New Hampshire Bill of Rights at Article 37, Part First of the New Hampshire Constitution provides that "In the government of this state, the three essential powers thereof, to wit, the legislative, executive, and judicial, ought to be kept as separate from, and independent of, each other, as the nature of a free government will admit, or as is consistent with that chain of connection that binds the whole fabric of the constitution in one indissoluble bond of union and amity;" and
Whereas, the judicial branch has used its authority under Article 35 to interpret the separation of powers under Article 37 to insulate itself from accountability to the sovereign people in derogation of Article 8; and
Whereas, this general abuse of authority by the judicial branch has resulted in particular oppression and violation of the constitutional and statutory rights of David Johnson, and consequent harm to his daughter, by the Derry Family Division for which, by reason of collusion, conflict of interest, insularity and indifference, there is no practical means of correction within the judicial branch; and
Whereas, the New Hampshire Bill of Rights at Article 32, Part First of the New Hampshire Constitution provides that "The people have a right, in an orderly and peaceable manner, to assemble and consult upon the common good, give instructions to their representatives, and to request of the legislative body, by way of petition or remonstrance, redress of the wrongs done them, and of the grievances they suffer;" and
Whereas, the New Hampshire Bill of Rights at Article 31, Part First of the New Hampshire Constitution provides that "The legislature shall assemble for the redress of public grievances and for making such laws as the public good may require;"
Now, Therefore, your Petitioner, Representative Baldasaro on behalf of David Johnson, hereinafter presents the particulars of his grievance against the judicial branch, Derry Family Division; Marital Master Bruce F. DalPra; Marital Master Philip D. Cross; and Hooksett District Court Judge Lucinda V. Sadler, Derry District Court Judge Michael J. Ryan, and Laconia District Court Judge James Michalik, invokes the constitutional authority and duty of the Honorable House of Representative pursuant to said Articles 31 and 32 to bring about their redress:
Marital Master Bruce F. DalPra reversed a previous award of full custody of [Daughter's Name redacted] to David Johnson and awarded partial custody of [Daughter's Name redacted] to [Ex-Wife's Name redacted] for no reason other than retaliation against David Johnson for having moved for his recusal, after ordering which reversal, he did recuse himself;
Ever since Marital Master DalPra's retaliatory custody order, Marital Master Philip D. Cross, with no articulated or articulable reason, and with all the appearance of partiality, collusion, prejudgment, and corruption, has repeatedly ignored the recommendations of qualified experts against the shared custody arrangement established by that order, thus violating RSA 461-A.
Marital Master Philip D. Cross, with no articulated or articulable reason, and with all the appearance of partiality, collusion, prejudgment, and corruption, has repeatedly refused to recognize, and make appropriate remedial orders in the face of, overwhelming evidence of the poor and neglectful care [Daughter's Name redacted] receives while in the custody of her mother [Ex-Wife's Name redacted] thus violating the intent of RSA 169-C:2.
Marital Master Philip D. Cross, in plain defiance of RSA 458-C:4, summarily imposed a child support obligation upon David Johnson to pay the non-primary custodial mother without ever requiring child support guidelines worksheets to be completed and filed and without ever considering the statutorily required elements that would justify modifying those guidelines, and jailed him for violating it and ordered the sale of his house to satisfy the order.
In each of these actions, the actions of the marital masters have been accepted without exercise of her constitutionally required supervisory function by Hooksett District Court Judge Lucinda V. Sadler, and Derry District Court Judge Michael J. Ryan, notwithstanding repeated pleas that they not act as a mere rubber stamp.
The judicial branch has shown itself to be at best incapable and at worst unwilling to "police its own," particularly judges through the self-serving, incestuous "judges judging judges" process of the judicial branch's Judicial Conduct Committee, while the 2005 ruling of the Supreme Court declaring the legislatively-established Judicial Conduct Committee unconstitutional deprived the representative branches of their parallel process of holding the judicial branch accountable.
Moreover, the remedies available under the internal judicial branch oversight processes are inadequate and incomplete in that they do not include recompense to litigants and other victims of rogue judges and masters for the expenses incurred in the vain pursuit of justice in their courts.
The judicial branch held a criminal contempt hearing despite lack of jurisdiction (RSA 490-D:2) resulting in a loss of due process for David Johnson and 10 weeks in jail and then misrepresented it as a civil contempt hearing.
A custody modification hearing was held in Judge Michalik's Court which denied David Johnson his rights to confront witnesses against him, without any evidence, any witness present, false statements from the Guardian Ad Litem, who deliberately disobeyed Court Orders to find a therapist for the minor child, therefor denying the child a voice, with no clear and convincing evidence, took all parenting time from David Johnson, uprooted the child from her established home and school, and brought total destruction to the loving relationship between David Johnson and the child.
Wherefore, your Petitioner prays that the House of Representatives:
Accept the within Petition for Redress of Grievance for enrollment and by vote of the House of Representatives appoint a committee to hold public hearings and examine into the circumstances hereof; and following such hearings and examination, recommend to the full House of Representatives that it;
Insert a line item in the judicial branch appropriation for the current biennium a figure sufficient to reimburse David Johnson for his time and expenses incurred in and his financial losses resulting from the case of In the Matter of [Ex-Wife's Name redacted] and David Johnson #2000-M-0407, Derry Family Division;
Initiate address proceedings against marital masters Bruce F. DalPra and Philip D Cross and Hooksett District Court Judge Lucinda V. Sadler, Derry District Court Judge Michael J Ryan, and Laconia District Court Judge James Michalik;
Pass an act directing this case to be assigned to a different court and requiring that court to include in its orders a provision awarding parental responsibility of [Daughter's Name redacted] to your Petitioner.
Respectfully Submitted by Petitioner Baldasaro on behalf of David Johnson.
Rep. Ingbretson, Graf. 5
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