Additional commentary by
(member of the House Petitions & Redress Committee)
Strictly speaking, the target of this complaint— Guardian Ad Litem and Attorney Lynn Abbey— doesn't exist. The petitioner is actually referring to Lynn Aaby, an Hampton, NH-based attorney who happens to be the first entry in the official directory of certified GALs. This mistake was a drafting error by the sponsors, which carried over to a second petition filed in 2011.
Ms. Dionne's 2011 Petition #14 (similar but with a lot more grievances)
PETITION FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCE
TO: The Honorable House of Representatives
FROM: Petitioner Representative Daniel Itse, Rock. 9
DATE: September 24, 2009
SUBJECT: Grievance of Jeanette Dionne, Kingston, New Hampshire
Whereas, the New Hampshire Bill of Rights at Article 2, Part First of the New Hampshire Constitution provides that "All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing, and protecting, property; and, in a word, of seeking and obtaining happiness. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by this state on account of race, creed, color, sex or national origin," and
Whereas, the New Hampshire Bill of Rights at Article 12, Part First of the New Hampshire Constitution provides that "Every member of the community has a right to be protected by it, in the enjoyment of his life, liberty, and property," 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 Itse on behalf of Jeanette Dionne, hereinafter presents the particulars of her grievance against the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Children, Youth, and Families and invokes the constitutional authority and duty of the Honorable House of Representatives pursuant to said Articles 31 and 32 to bring about their redress:
The Court assigned Attorney Lynn Abbey as Guardian Ad Litem for the children of Jeanette Dionne and Daniel Dionne in Case 2005-M-0532.
Guardian Ad Litem Lynn Abbey did not disclose that she was the Attorney for the girlfriend of Daniel Dionne in her divorce, creating a conflict of interest and materially affecting the parenting plan of the children of Jeanette Dionne and Daniel Dionne.
Guardian Ad Litem Lynn Abbey intentionally misrepresented that she did not have a relationship with the girlfriend of Daniel Dionne.
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 the circumstances hereof; and following such hearings and examination, recommend to the full House of Representatives that it:
Amend the laws of the State of New Hampshire so that individuals can be held criminally accountable for not recusing themselves from matters before the court when there are conflicts of interest that may materially affect the outcome.
Respectfully Submitted by Petitioner Representative Itse on behalf of Jeannette Dionne.
Rep. Hinkle, Hills. 19
Rep. Ingbretson, Graf. 5
September 24, 2009
2010 New Hampshire House Petition pages:
Grievance of Denise-Marie McIntosh
Grievance of Greg and Sarah Clarkson
Grievance of Candy Knightly
Grievance of Debra Ann Adams
Grievance of Patricia Patterson
Grievance of Jeanette Dionne
Grievance of Hope Nardone
Grievance of Dorothy Knightly
Grievance of [Petitioner's Name Redacted]
Grievance of David Johnson
Grievance of Vincent Milano
Grievance of the voters of the of town of Hudson school district (actually filed without their permission by Rep. Lars Christiansen)
Grievance of Timothy Dupont
Grievance of Joseph S. Haas