|Dear Judge Komar,
For many years
Santa Clara County Family Court has enjoyed a successful collaborative
relationship among the Bench, the Bar and the mental health community.
As a result of our jointly designed cutting-edge innovations, the
Family Court has received numerous national awards for their alternative
dispute resolution programs. Some of these programs have resulted
in the dramatic reduction of damage to children in even the worst high
conflict cases and have sharply reduced the overload on the Court's resources.
over the past two years, the mental health professionals and attorneys
who represent children have fallen under increasingly unethical and malevolent
attack. Many of these professionals have been publicly humiliated
and personally and professionally threatened. Recently, the hysteria
and degree of deliberate and purposeful threats has reached an intolerable
and potentially dangerous level. Upon reflection, perhaps should
have been written sooner.
to be disseminated that are threatening, malicious and patently false.
1. A respected
psychologist was removed from Family Court Services' panel of evaluators
following the mailing of a letter containing false allegations of misconduct
and copies and descriptions of documents which had been stolen from his
locked office. (See attachment A)
2. A week
later, a local attorney declared, under penalty of perjury, that a respected
therapist/special master shoved her and verbally abused her in the courthouse.
(See attachment B)
3. A respected
local attorney was accused of allowing a child she represented to be continuously
sexually molested. (See attachment C)
libelous, often threatening pamphlets have been publicly disseminated and
mailed in a targeted manner. (See Attachment D)
In light of the
above, we are respectfully urging you and your committee to consider carefully
the gravity of the situation. We sincerely hope that the committee
and the Court will take corrective action and stop these vicious and escalating
attacks designed to threaten and discredit our colleagues and the collaborative
system we've strived to create.
Robert H. Morgan
Barbara J. Brock
Lawrence J. Perrine