I am also in a very similar situation as Bernie, only
the cult is not involved. My
name is Kentucky Dan, and I used to be a Kenosha county resident. Let
me tell you that
Bernie is not a crack pot, as shocking as it sounds it is very true and
there is many more
victims" Just not as outspoken, and just gave up.
My particular situation came about in 1999 in Commissioner Fitzgerald's
court. At the time I was a naive 22 year old, before a court system staring
at visitation and
child support that was the end of a manipulated mistake. I was represented
Anderson Jr. in a two for one bankruptcy/paternity case. It was a scary
situation that I had
no knowledge of. I just lost a good job, and purchased a house, and couldn't
Tom Anderson Jr. told me we will go for everything, first establishing
We went one time before Fitzgerald, it was brief and clear that the Child
was representing my son's mother. Next, it was ordered to what they referred
to at the
time as mediation, here I was not represented, and eventually ganged
up on. It was later
told to me that this never took place and attorneys are not allowed in
mediation. When I
left that day, all I received was a tax exemption every other year and
that lasted 7 years, on the grounds that my son's mother stated I had
no experience with
It was shown to me then where my son's future would be drawn out, and
corruption, and unfairness I would have to deal with long term. I battled
with not having
any knowledge of what to do or what I should have done, but it was obvious
need help and money to try to battle again.
This ordeal went on until 2002, when I moved to Kentucky. Every weekend
would just deal with seeing my son at his grandparent's house where I
was ignored and
alienated. Occasionally a holiday would pass where she would bring him
to see my
parents. I attempted, (without court) to ask her for more visitation,
but was shot down.
She had court ordered control and would not allow anything that was not
My son lived in that environment till age 6. With his grandparents and
developed many abnormalities that would surface later. It was a very
where parties would take place quite often, and the mother and grandmother
were very promiscuous.
It still boggles my mind as to why this was allowed to take place? Why
would a side already be taken? Do people have experience with children
before they give birth, and if not are the children taken away in Kenosha?
Why was an environment with drinking, parties, possible drugs, and promiscuous
sex a better place to raise a child than with his father?
In August of 2002, I came to the realization that I couldn't do anything
up there financially or otherwise to help my son. Due to child support
and a series of $9.00 hour jobs I couldn't support myself let alone fund
a legal battle. So I moved south, and attempted to better myself first,
and go back in a brief while and try to do battle again. Phone calls
and occasional road trips would now be my visits, still supervised and
In 2003 I met my current wife, owned a house now, and completed real estate
school. Things were looking better. Between my wife and child support
case worker I have, it was encouraged that I got to court pro se. Due
to moving I should have extended visits, unsupervised and pay less support
for that facts of serial children (other dependents),and travel expenses.
My case worker assured me this would be easily
achievable and I could appear over the phone, basically tree.
This hearing was scheduled for August of 2004, before James
Only my son's mother retained an attorney this time. My efforts were
squashed, Fitzgerald ridiculed me and insulted me continuously: asking
me several personal
questions and then finally just taking away my every other year tax exemption.
It was not what I envisioned happening, my case worker
was completely wrong. How could someone in his position conduct himself
that way? Did her attorney and she
manipulate him prior to my phone appearance?
My wife and I were very
upset, and began
doing research, and eventually filed a complaint against Fitzgerald,
which is supposedly
still being investigate;, if I only knew then what I know now I would
have appealed his
ridiculous order immediately.
My wife was not going to let me give up. We needed to get money to do
had a decent job at the time and my wife's research and persistence led
me to refinance
our house and later the car to fund a legal battle. I spoke to several
attorneys before my
third mistake. Upon speaking to someone at attorney John Wards office
I began the
process of being screwed Kenosha style.
My basic knowledge from my wife's research and a book
by Jeffrey Leving, and
several consultations led me to know what should be done and what I would
expect. This someone told me that attorney Ward could achieve this. He
with my son's mother's clique and her mother's associates. He said he and
do what Leving would have done just cheaper. He said they were local and
knew their house, and some events that occur there.
Now I heard all I needed and like and idiot I retained
him at $3500 and another
$2500 for that someone. Until Ward received his check I never heard from
talked big he was a religious marine and this would be easy. He wanted
me to get
everything together and move ahead.
It took about 4 months to get to court because we first
were to see Fitzgerald; he
rescued himself due to my complaint. Next came Pious which seemed fair
attorney Geoffrey Dowse, and Dowse was not wanting Pious to hear our
was very inquisitive as the why Fitzgerald recuse himself. Finally Pious
did likewise due
to a conflict of interest with my son's mother's employer. Until this
point Ward seemed
Then Mary Wagner was appointed and Wards whole demeanor
changed. He became less responsive to my requests and rattled. It was
almost anther 2 months before
our first in a series of hearings and I had a bad feeling. My wife tried
to research Ward
and found screwed Kenosha style instead it was like a punch in the stomach.
immediately concerned and at our first hearing I seen Wards one and only
performance. Things were eerily similar Ward called me immediately when
he knew that
I knew about Bernie. He tried to discredit Bernie, but the truth was
stranger than Fiction.
Ward was either scared of Wagner or just in her web of corruption, along
with his buddy
that set out for an easy $2500. His approach steadily changed, he went
from stating he would do what I asked and be aggressive to becoming passive
in court and abrasive
towards me. He refused to abate my support, and didn't even try to do
battle over her
attorney's monetary requests. He actually told me to "make a
good faith effort, and
volunteer to pay more support."
He eventually wouldn't even return my calls, and told me
to either make appointments, (weeks or months away) or fax everything
to him.(which then he would
then charge me heavily),and not read or respond. His buddy was his middle
would listen to my complaints and supposedly my updates and was supposed
investigate them. They would supposedly meet and discuss my case weekly,
know never happened. All I received from the hiring of his buddy was
false hopes and
another legal battle. He eventually admitted he wasted my fee on talking
repeatedly, or as he put it "putting out fires".
They worked together to screw me. What type of person could
be so greedy as to
destroy young family's finances in the name of "justice"?
They both received complaints.
Ward's buddy is still being investigated, and Ward's complaint thru Lawyer
was dismissed and never investigated, showing the lines of corruption.
worked to defraud me.
Ward changed his game plans probably more than he changed
his underwear, and
only achieved one unsupervised visit for me with county restrictions.
Her attorney ran
over him, and he showed his sloppiness. Wagner throughout her bogus hearings
continued to take from me, and compliment my son's mother. She would
try to hide her
bias by telling me I was doing the right thing. Ward would make excuses
for why he
wouldn't pursue abatement when I lost my job due to court, and avoid
additional visitation. He basically asked for me to jump through additional
always predicted Wagner's responses. I often wondered who he represented.
Wagner would violate every statute and just rule by opinion,
even when statutes
were pointed out. She never questioned why I had supervised visits, and
seemed eager to
answer her attorney's requests. Eventually, it was clear Ward was going
no where, and all
I could do was speak up, and fire him. His lack of determination and
fear of Wagner
made him completely ineffective. Finally, he let Wagner continue to ruin
Wagner only allowed me a visit at home in Kentucky after
I had my home evaluated by Social Services. Why? My son's mother was
never under scrutiny. She went
out of her way to move in with her boyfriend who had no experience with
was part of her attorney's master plan, to make her look more independent
and show she
had financial responsibilities. Attorney Dowse also referred her to take
my son to
counseling at Johannssen and Schneider near Ward's office, to solely
defeat my visits,
not to look into his current situation in Wisconsin.
You need to know Johannsen and Schneider prefers to work
solely for the mother
and the money. They failed to find that he had a eating disorder, or
the fact that he has
most likely been abused or molested. He certainly has been neglected.
and Candace Wendlick "counselors", refused to look for these
issues, and chose to focus
on my visits and me moving, even though I never had any rights there
Dowse knew how they operated, and that Wagner found them "HIGHLY
in Kenosha. My involvement in counseling ruined their plans, and they
complaints thru Regulation and Licensing. I also must add Wendlick was
related to one
of my son's mother's good friends, coincidence?
After I fired Ward, and his deadbeat friend. Wagner really
didn't change. She
continued to hand me financial obstacles, and (momentarily) she got over
and then attempted to raise my child support to over a hundred dollars
a week, based on
overtime, even though my family is on food stamps, and again cost me
my job. My new
attorney came out swinging and asked for what I told him to and eventually
several weeks of visits and a Guardian Ad Litem appointed, against Wagner's
Wagner never will listen or care enough to see what is happening or the
need for a
change in placement. She ordered it to mediation, before we could get
At about that time I received my first order containing
a visit for Christmas with
strings attached. It could not be for Christmas day, it had to be for
the day after which
enviably cost me another job. Wagner stated "He has spent every
Christmas with his
mom and I'm not going to change that." Why? Who am I? His mom said
I was only good
for money. This order was enough for her to lose control and fire Dowse.
grandma was removed from the courtroom, and she told Wagner she was going
me a visit. Was Wagner going to see what I was saying finally? She threatened
contempt, ordered her to get him here, and for me to pay expenses, (which
I continue to
Contempt was never more than a threat; everything Wagner
has ordered her to do
or provide has not been pursued. If I do one item late or even hesitate
it costs me. After
the "Emergency Hearing", things never really got better.
I was ordered to pay my
insurance premium plus his mothers and the deductible, plus half the
bills. Is that fair?
There are no statues stating anything like that is allowed, not to mention
taking more than
17% for one child is completely a violation. My attorney now has given
up on trying
defending this issue. He has also succumbed to the Wagner won't hear
Wagner has even stated about my son's mother that "she is a good
Where does she get that? When she ordered mediation it was at Interconnections,
I was the first to pay and make the appointment, but since I appeared
over the phone, she
was able to manipulate the mediator they had. Mediation was a waste of
Wagner said we had to do it before she could appoint a guardian but she
didn't say it as
nicely. It was clear that my son's mother, which whom we should start
referring to as
"the cow", had gotten there before it started and manipulated
the mediator. She tried to
attack me about moving, and claimed we were there about visitation not
stated "I'm not going to rip a seven year old out of his home".
Where did this come
from? Mediation lasted 5 minutes.
From this mediation it was decided that a guardian should
be appointed. The
guardian appointed was Jodi Meier, she also is either corrupt or very
I was the first to contact the guardian but somehow the cow was the first
to have the
appointment. It was obvious by the time I got my appointment that Ms.
picked sides and I would not benefit by her appointment and neither would
my son. She
began right away to bash me about moving, and overlooked or downplayed
about my son's well being.
She went even further and started aiding the cow by providing
her with legal
advice. I knew this was illegal, and also made her aware of it. She wanted
to hear from
my witnesses to the cow's interference and alienation. My wife and father
witnesses to this and she chose to become argumentative with my father
and even told him he was bad mouthing the cow. She brought this frivolous
opinion to court along with
her opinion of me moving. She also told the cow she only had to drive
150 miles south
for transportation and I was to pay the expenses. This was a Kenosha
policy, not a statue.
Mary Wagner agreed with these ideas and said "tell your dad to
button it up".
Where was my advice? What did I pay $200 towards the guardian
for? What did
Ms. Meier do for my son? Wagner even went as far as saying "I
met your son, and he's a
fine boy, and you did a fine job raising him", to the cow. When
did the happen and why?
He said it never did, so someone is once again telling a fib.
Everything I am entitled to has a monetary value in Kenosha.
How much money
does it cost to buy a judge, and a guardian, a counselor or two, and
a mediator? Attorney
Bedings represents the cow now. Does any of these names sound familiar?
things happen in Wagner's court like missing orders, modified transcripts,
syndrome on phone conferences (AKA mute button), and hallway transactions.
Complaints on these individuals are useless, unless there
are many. Jodi Meier
also received one. As with all complaints, and grievances involving Wagner
cronies, they get the response that the complaint has no merit or doesn't
investigation. Wagner has made herself'"bulletproof" with
campaign contributions to the
Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in which the Judicial Commission is
The Office of Lawyer Regulation also has an inside person for Mary's
clan. Came Hahn
and her boss defend Mary and Jodi and even Ward. Facts are facts, and
maybe you have
been screwed Kenosha style?
Ward and his buddy have been out of the picture for some time
now and approximately a year or more ago I hired a Racine attorney to
The attorney, (I won’t reveal his name YET), seemed aggressive enough
first. He jumped right battling Dowse and asking for my rights from Wagner.
My attorney told me to that Ms. Beddigs is a poor attorney, and Dowse
better. Yet things did not improve.
With the G.A.L. appointed things got worse. Even with evidence
I had the
G.A.L. showed her allegiance was to the almighty dollar and the mother.
Anything I could tell MS. Mary K. or Jodi Meyer would seem to infuriate
them. I’m concerned about my son, and they are supposed to be also. Right
now I cannot clearly tell you what I know (due to litigation), but it’s
clearly neglect and it was her job to investigate it.
last portion a lot has happened. I have received several visits,
which usually I am informed by my son of many disturbing events. My attorney
became even more ineffective, and admitted he can’t ruin his career over
this. But off the record he believes what Bernie and I believe about
Kenosha. Social Services investigated the cow, and that was very startling.
Even in Racine County, Wagner and her crew have connections. One call
Jodi Meyer was the investigators investigation. The findings were verbatim
what the cow says. Interesting? Are they just lazy? Or do they just not
care; maybe it’s the single mother syndrome, or sex, money? Anyway, Jodi
finally got to meet my son after that. Still a real investigation has
In my frustration I have contacted the attorney general at least
my response so far has been, “Contact the Wisconsin Judicial Commission”.
That’s funny. I always made my attorney aware of my moves, and he was
continuing to get more and more afraid, and getting weaker, threatening
several times to withdraw. Since I have learned a few things that made
me upset about him, first of all he could have got rid of Wagner after
anyone of my hearings with-in 10 days, by asking for a new judge. He
knew I was not being treated fairly. Why did he refuse to do this, what
was he afraid of?
Summer came and went, I got 4 weeks here with my son, but there
had to be a hearing before each visit. Even criminals get temporary schedules!
This was rough, if you see Jodi thank her for me. That summer I learned
so much about my son, like he was brainwashed into an eating disorder,
he refuses to play outside, and enjoys 2 year old cartoons and shows.
And most disturbing he refused to eat for 24 hours after speaking to
his mom. That resulted in him throwing up. What do I do? I called my
attorney, and told him, I called the cow and took him to the doctor my
other 2 kids see. The doctor heard what I hear, and gave him medicine
for Anorexia. My son even told everyone there his mom rarely feeds him
lunch and sometimes no dinner either. The Dr here also referred him to
a dietician. This would not have happened if there was not a problem.
The cow followed up with the Dr.’s recommendations when he got home by
taking him off the medicine immediately, and taking him to their Dr,
in Kenosha a week later. Now that’s concern.
Next came court after the visit, and poor Jodi Meyer, and Mary
K. were so upset with me. Mary K. said “I won’t tolerate you upsetting
Ms. Meyer, and how dare you undermine the mother”. Well, oops!! My kids
throwing up and won’t eat I guess I should have drove him 530 miles to
Kenosha and had a hearing! Mary continued, “that type of decision is
to be left up to the mother who has done it all along, leave the decisions
to the professionals here”. Then she threatened me again with losing
my visitation stating if I did it again “Things will go backwards”. I
believe that’s the only way they go in Kenosha. Once again this all was
brought to Mary’s attention by Jodi Meyer.
Now my attorney from Racine says it’s all he can do to keep
me out of jail, even though I owe nothing. All of my complaints obviously
fell on deaf ears. The next two court dates were even worse. Jodi even
admits to representing the mother, and tells the cow she doesn’t need
to drive half way, just 150 of the 530 miles. Then, most recently, she
doesn’t need to drive at all. It’s my fault I moved, and she won’t let
anyone forget that opinion. Since October of 2006, they have let the
mother dictate the flight arrangements that I am to pay for. After that
last summer hearing Ms. Meyer mysteriously dismissed herself without
a recommendation, but not without a bill.
Just so you know, you can dispute G.A.L. fees through the finance
department. The contact there is Bethany Loftgren, but in doing so you
will upset the judge, and ultimately it’s up to the judge. Now the letter
I sent to Beth triggered this, but the letter they chose to use against
me is the confidential complaint to Lawyer Regulation. Wonder how they
got it? It’s not in my court file. And why is it so upsetting to Mary
K.? They must be REALLY close huh?
2 years and $20,000.00 later the saga continues. The hearing
before last Mary hung up on me, and the last one she would not let me
be present. That is truly not legal, or ethical, and once again it was
a violation of my rights. She lied stating I made no arrangements, yet
I have proof I did. That hearing a final order was to be made, and my
dispute over G.A.L. fees was to be discussed. When it was mentioned that
the 14th amendment was violated Mary ordered me to be present at a all
day trial. What’s her motive? She said “He will be on the stand.” At
that same hearing she almost took away my visitation, and stated not
only will he pay the G.A.L. fees immediately, but he will pay them again
when Jodi Meyer is reassigned for trial. Once again I did get my after
Christmas visit, and of course I got to pay all travel. What else would
My Racine attorney gracefully stepped out, with the unwanted
direction of my new Milwaukee Fathers Rights Appeal attorney. So far
he has wanted transcripts which now I can prove are altered. These transcripts
are very hard to get and costly. Oddly they take month to print out,
sometimes are missing and very in price from $35.00 to $200.00+ each.
Well, I will keep you updated. February 2nd? 2007? Will it happen?
Will it be as Bernie says “Jail or Justice?” Will I get what I LEGALLY
PAID FOR? Or will I continue to be Screwed Kenosha Style?