November 25, 2014
Corrupt Courts Strip Divorcees of Constitutional Rights
CROMWELL CT : DIVORCE NIGHTMARES and POLICE CORRUPTION
Up until two years ago, Ted Taupier didn’t spend much time thinking about the meaning of his first, second, eighth, and fourteenth amendment rights, but as he’s watched all those rights disappear along with his parental rights, Taupier tells RebelPundit he’s had a first hand look at the cruelty of an unchecked and unaccountable court system.
Taupier said his problems started when months after he and his wife, Tanya Taupier, decided to file for divorce in September 2012, and she hired a criminal defense attorney Chris Morano in early 2013, even though Taupier’s ex-wife wasn’t involved in any criminal matters at the time.
Morano gained a reputation about a decade earlier by successfully prosecuting Michael Skakel for the 1976 murder of Martha Moxley. That prosecution has since been overturned.
Morano didn’t respond to a phone call for comment at his office.
Taupier was arrested on a voyeurism charge on May 22, 2013. The arrest occurred, Taupier told RebelPundit, after Morano reached out to Barbara Hoffman, the Prosecuting Attorney in Middletown, Connecticut.
“I have the evidence; I’ve seen the evidence; this guy needs to be arrested.” Morano said to Hoffman.
But Hoffman never saw any physical evidence prior to making the arrest, and the charge is based entirely on a video Taupier made with the consent of his wife giving her a massage, when he considered becoming a professional masseuse.
More than a year later, the charges are left open though prosecutors haven’t followed through and no trial date has yet been scheduled, despite Taupier’s constitutional right to a speedy trial.
“It’s a defamation campaign,” Ted Taupier said to RebelPundit, of the arrest and subsequent media attention. He said that he lost out on a number of job opportunities after prospective employers found his arrest on-line.
Hoffman didn’t respond to an email for comment.
Taupier said it was the first in a series of actions in which Connecticut’s law enforcement was used as a weapon by his wife in their divorce.
Taupier said his constitutional rights were also violated when his wife’s attorney suggested that, because he took his kids to a bill signing at the state capitol he wasn’t acting in his children’s best interest in a contempt of court motion filed on August 22, 2014 by Tanya Taupier’s divorce attorney, Geraldine Ficarro.
“Two days after a long admonishment on the records by Judge Bozutto, the Defendant used the children as props for a photo opportunity regarding a legislator to advance her legislative efforts regarding Guardians ad Litem.”
This particular motion was telegraphed by statements made by the family court Judge Elizabeth Bozzuto on June 18, 2014.
“It was brought to my attention by the supervisor that there was some communication to the Family Relation’s officer who’s doing this that injected some of the politics that’s been going on outside this courthouse into this case; I can’t allow that.
“I can’t allow Taupier vs Taupier to be politicized. I can’t allow that.”
Ted Taupier said all this refers to a bill signing for Connecticut Senate Bill 494, which “makes changes to Connecticut’s family court system related to guardians ad litem (GALs) appointed by courts for minor children,” according to Gonzalez’s website.
Gonzalez, a Democratic State Senator, has become an advocate for family court reform in Connecticut and her pressure led to the creation of the Connecticut Task Force for Child Custody and Welfare which delivered a scathing report in February 2014 finding top to bottom corruption in Connecticut’s family court system and the Guardian ad Litem system in particular.
A Hartford Courant article on the matter quoted Gonzalez.
”The problem is so bad and the corruption is so bad that elected officials tend not to maybe believe it,” Gonzalez said, adding that she (does) not think guardians ad litem even belong in the family courts.
Taupier said he has become close to Gonzalez and even testified at the task force hearings and took his kids to the bill signing for this reason.
The judge ordered a hearing on the motion, which Ted Taupier said is inherent approval of its merits, even though taking your children to a bill signing would fall under basic constitutional principles of free speech and association.
Judge Bazzuto, Tanya Taupier, or her divorce attorney didn’t respond to emails for comment for this story.
Taupier said his first amendment rights were further violated when he was arrested for making terroristic threats against Judge Bazzuto on August 22, 2014.
The arrest stemmed from an email he sent to a group of aggrieved parents on August 29, 2014 in which he detailed all the things he felt the judge had done wrong in his case along with an homage to Charlton Heston’s screed in favor of the 2nd amendment.
“They can steal my kids from my cold dead bleeding cordite filled fists…as my 60 round mag falls to the floor and I’m dying as I change out of my 30 round mag.”
One of the recipients of the email, Jennifer Verraneault, forwarded the email to Linda Allard of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Society. Allard called the head of Judicial Marshalls, Brian Clemens.
Emails to Allard and Verranneault were left unreturned.
This triggered an investigation and on August 29, 2014, the Connecticut State Police arrested Ted Taupier and charged him with threatening in the first degree and harassment in the second degree.
Taupier was given a cash bond of $35,000, meaning he needed to come up with 100% in order to bail himself out.
With family providing him with bail money, Taupier left prison the next morning.
The arraignment, which was originally set for September 12, 2014, was pushed up to September 2, 2014 only after Taupier posted bond.
At that arraignment, the judge added another $40,000 to the bond, and Taupier was taken back into custody until his family came up with the rest and he was released the next morning.
The State of Connecticut would generally ask for $75,000 for defendants accused of violent crimes or sexual assaults meaning an argument could be made that his excessive bail violated Taupier’s eighth amendment rights against cruel and unusual punishment which includes excessive bail.
Taupier was also fitted for an ankle monitoring bracelet and given house arrest, which continues to this day. Judging him a risk to society, the judge also ordered the removal of all of Taupier’s firearms, and the effective violation of his second amendment rights.
All of this was done even though prosecutors appear to know the charge against Taupier is dubious.
“”He (Taupier) didn’t really threaten her (the judge)” Brenda Hans, the prosecutor in charge, said in the Middleburg, Connecticut Court House, to a colleague on November 5, 2014. “He had guns at home.”
The conversation was relayed to RebelPundit by a citizen who was in the courthouse but asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. Hans didn’t respond to an email for comment.
At around the same time, Tanya Taupier employed the Cromwell Connecticut Police Department to forcibly remove Taupier’s kids from school in the middle of their first day.
According to Ted Taupier, his son had been bullied at the school he attended the previous year and as a result he enrolled both his kids in an elementary school near his home.
But a court order bound both parents to enroll the kids in the school his son had been bullied in. Ted Taupier told RebelPundit that he’d cleared the move with his ex-wife, but the accuracy of that statement is a part
When his ex-wife found out, her lawyer called for an ex-parte emergency hearing and arguing that her kids were in immediate danger in their new school got Judge Buzzuto to sign an emergency order which allowed the police to come and forcibly take them out of school.
Ted Taupier filmed the exchange and placed it on You Tube.
Alisha Mathers is Ted Taupier’s divorce attorney and has been since shortly after these events.
“Ted (Taupier) was wrong.” Mathers told RebelPundit of the manner in which he enrolled his kids in school but added. “It (the emergency order to remove his kids) is ridiculous.”
Mathers told RebelPundit that in general ex parte motions are frowned up in most courts because the violate the basic right of an accused facing their accuser, and they are used only in emergency situations where someone’s life or physical safety is in danger.
Having someone’s children not go to the school they want should not be a reason for allowing an ex-parte motion, Mathers added.
An ex-parte motion or hearing is a legal proceeding brought by one person in the absence of and without representation or notification of other parties and is supposed to be limited by the fifth and fourteenth amendments which provide due process of the law.
“They (his ex-wife’s legal team) should have filed a contempt of court order.” Mathers added. “And they would have won (on the contempt of court order).”
Worse than that, the first dubious ex-parte motion led to a second ex-parte hearing where Judge Buzutto limited Ted Taupier’s parental rights stating, “He flagrantly violates court orders.”
He allowed Ted Taupier to see his kids in a pre-approved state run facility at his expense, however this effectively means Taupier can’t see his kids because he’s currently under house arrest and not allowed to leave his house.
Taupier said he hasn’t seen his children since the day in the parking lot when police forcibly removed them from school.
Taupier’s legal troubles weren’t over. On September 8, 2014, Geographical Area 09 issued a criminal protective order against Ted Taupier based on the original voyeurism charge, though the criminal case has stalled and voyeurism is not one of the offenses under Connecticut domestic violence laws which would trigger a protective order.
On October 24, 2014, the State of Connecticut said as much in a brief filed in Judicial District of Middleburg.
“(I)t’s evident that despite the fact that Tanya Taupier is the victim of the voyeurism case, those crimes don’t meet the definition of ‘family violence’ or ‘family violence’ crimes. Additionally, she’s not a victim in the threatening case involving Judge Bozzuto and all of the provisions outlining protective orders pertain to the victim, his or her ‘family or household member’.”
Though the brief has been filed, the protective order hasn’t been lifted as of the publication of this article. Taupier said he wasn’t even allowed to vote on November 4, 2014, because he wasn’t allowed out of his house.
Though his ex-wife claimed that both their kids were being “psychologically harmed” by attending the school chosen by Taupier according to an email from the children’s current therapist, the children are in crisis at the school chosen by the mother.
“When they first returned, there were concerns about the new crises, the separation from you and acting out by (Taupier’s son) at school — some aggressive talk which is extremely unusual for him. As I’ve told you before, neither of them like to directly talk about the family conflicts (that is too intense for them). Currently this is seriously symptomatic but that does not mean they are not impacted by the actions and conflicts,” said Nancy Eisworth, their current therapist, in an email to Taupier on October 10, 2014.
Taupier tells RebelPundit that in the last two years he’s met hundreds of folks, both male and female, also victims of corrupt family court proceedings, and he believes there is a silent epidemic of parents having their parental rights all across America by cruel and corrupt family courts.
Corruptct comments – Ted Taupier is another victim of the corrupt family courts in Connecticut. We have met with Ted Taupier, a well spoken educated man who loves his children. He shared with us the details regarding his arrested on a voyeurism charge, it is far from what it is claimed to be and who is the “victim” in this said charge. It is disturbing to see how far some will go during a divorce, with little to no regard of the effects it will have on the child/children.
Connecticut family courts as well as family courts nation wide are all about money. Attorney’s that practice in family law and what some will suggest you do, again no regard for the child or children. Caught in what seems to be the never ending web within corrupt family courts, where money is the concern.
How much longer will these illegal act’s in family court continue? Family court cases in Connecticut go on for years, as they continue to find way’s to rob you of everything. Money is not enough, as the innocent children in these cases will be left with life long scars and how they are made to “choose” a parent to side with. No child should ever have to choose, or be told that one parent is bad, brainwashing children to benefit a parents in family court.
Greed seems to be more important in these courts for “family”, money is the main attraction. There is great concern about what continues to occur within them, even more when it is well known and nothing is done about it. Family court corruption in Connecticut occurs daily and has been going on for years. Many children end up in the care of the wrong parent, money talks in family court, but where is the voice for the innocent children? As long as money continues to run through the courts and the attorney’s that know all to well of how to continue to drag out cases and generate money for others.