February 23, 2016, San Diego, CA — California Coalition today announces that the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has set date for hearing California Coalition’s appeal involving family court reform. The hearing will occur on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Richard H. Chambers United States Court of Appeals Building, in Pasadena, California, located at 125 South Grand Avenue, Courtroom 2. Several hearings are scheduled for the morning session, which begins at 9:00 a.m.
Also scheduled for a companion hearing is the case of Ayman Farraj v. David Cunningham. Mr. Farraj is a California Coalition-affiliated parent living in Los Angeles who has agreed to coordinate hearing and briefing with California Coalition. Mr. Farraj’s tragic battle with Los Angeles family courts involves the notorious child custody evaluator, Bruce Harshman, Ph.D., who, through Mr. Farraj’s efforts, was exposed to be an unethical rascist. After Mr. Farraj uncovered Dr. Harsman’s incompetence, bias, and rascism, Dr. Harsman was removed from the list of “approved” custody evaluators and has since fled the State of California. Mr. Farraj is seeking to reverse a district court decision finding that his federal lawsuit is precluded by various jurisdictional technicalities that prevent parents from seeking federal court relief for civil rights abuses. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to present these important cases to a federal court” says Cole Stuart, Executive Director of California Coalition.
Sadly, families—the core of our communities—are largely excluded from the strong remedies available in federal court. Instead, they are forced into the lawless, inept, and often corrupt backwaters of county family courts, which operate outside of the rule of law. While major corporations can easily invoke federal jurisdiction to protect their own bottom lines, families are forced to the bottom of the totem pole to endure the travesty that is modern family court” says Stuart.
California Coalition and Mr. Farraj would welcome and encourage parents and activists to attend this important hearing. A favorable decision in either case will be a major step forward for the family court reform effort, and a major blow with the nationwide divorce industry which has grown rich and powerful by depleting the futures of families and children nationwide.
The divorce industry nationwide has been taking advantage of families and children for decades through encouraging harmful conflict and needless over-lawyering, fraudulent psychology, and conflict-inducing ‘appointed-counsel’. We intend these lawsuits to finally end that pestilence, and pray the Court of Appeals will see the wisdom of the years of work we have devoted to that end” says Stuart.