Estate of Denial news clips (4/18/16)

Guardianship Gulag (TX)

Fort Worth Weekly

April 13, 2016

Few newspapers have published more stories on probate courts and guardianship cases gone wrong than yours truly. Tarrant County’s probate courts, led by Judges Pat Ferchill and Steven King, hear difficult cases, for sure. But the Fort Worth Weekly has spotlighted numerous instances in which people have been stripped of their rights and removed from their homes with little justification. Associate Editor Jeff Prince has written a dozen stories, beginning with “Saving Katia” on July 2, 2008, and as recently as “Torn Apart” on March 16, 2016. He has described how a powerful system of judges, attorneys, bankers, and care providers are overstepping the limits of decency if not legality.

More and more newspapers nationwide have begun scrutinizing their own probate courts and guardianship systems. In Texas, the Austin American-Statesman, Houston Chronicle, and San Antonio Express-News are providing the best coverage among mainstream dailies. A San Antonio-based grassroots coalition of activists known as G.R.A.D.E. is relying on social networking to build up their numbers and push for probate reforms. They and other people make frequent trips to Austin to speak at legislative hearings. And why shouldn’t they? Ferchill and other judges attend public hearings to speak in favor of laws that give them more power to tear apart families in the name of greed.

Judge Won’t Order Sumner Redstone Deposition

The Hollywood Reporter

April 14, 2016

Media mogul Sumner Redstone won’t be deposed as part of the legal battle over control of his healthcare, a California judge ruled in a Thursday afternoon hearing.

Judge David J. Cowan waited to decide on the issue until the sides laid out specifically how Redstone would be testifying at trial.