Excerpts from emails sent to me for over a year:
“Sadly, cancer just isn’t (in)humane enough and it isn’t gonna work. I’m sure there are many alternatives for your consideration. One old standby that practically everyone is familiar with is hanging. Almost everyone knows how to tie a knot. Rope is easy to find, and much more definite…It should be easy for you to figure this whole suicide thing out…I think drop hanging would be preferable to suspension based hanging due to your lack of dexterity, and longstanding disinclination towards physical labor. It’s easier!”
It seems like only yesterday, our beautiful life. “I love you, Mom. You’re the best Mom in the whole world! Thanks for everything you do for me, Mom.” I loved being Mom to my Son. Ours was an extremely close and joyous relationship. I was a very loving, hands-on, full-time Mom, running a private music teaching studio at home in order to be there for my child.
But our beautiful life was stolen from us. An innocent child was forced to finish growing up without his Mother, while I went from the Mom expected to do everything to not allowed to even send a Birthday or Christmas card.
This gang – this cabal – worked together in a well-orchestrated plan to use the custody case to steal my inheritance, and destroy every aspect of my life to break me so I couldn’t defend myself. Meg (Now “Mary-Elizabeth”) Jackson (ex’s lawyer #6) was heard by Courth Watch outside the courtroom saying: “We’re going to take her down and take EVERYTHING from her.” This counseling letter describes the harm the legal/financial abuse caused me. nadig-051915-ltrsfromcounselingcenter
I am a licensed Educator in good standing, never arrested or convicted of any crime, with no substance abuse, mental illness or any wrong-doing. At the time of this case I was employed as a Nanny and Teacher. I am still employed as a licensed Teacher.
There are no DCFS findings against me. However, DCFS found that my ex-husband set up multiple false DCFS investigations. This was in the 604 and 604(b) custody evaluations by the highly respected Dr. David Finn. (604 custody evaluations are NOT chosen by either parent, the opposite of a hired gun psychologist hired by one parent.)
How did Judge Alfred Levinson allow a group of Chicago lawyers to terrorize me through a tangled web of corruption & deceit, in tandem with exploiting my family farm estate? The goal? Steal my only, irreplaceable child along with my share of our four-generation, multi-million dollar Family Farm Trust. (Though I am absolutely delighted that it provides for my child’s education anywhere he chooses.)
Their strategy? A fraudulent litigation-vortex to run me out of money for an attorney, and switch custody, in order to “convince” (read: Exploit) my elderly, ill father that I somehow “deserved it.” Elder Abuse/Financial Exploitation of this very high dollar amount is a Class 1 Felony. Elder Abuse Statute, Illinois
It’s illegal to continue filing custody motions within less than two years of a custody decision. But Judge Levinson and Natalie Koga, Child Rep didn’t care. My ex-husband filed EIGHT petitions for Custody, forcing my son and I into abusive litigation that lasted over six years, with countless harassing motions and delays so I would run out of money for representation. Many hearings were set at the last minute so I would lose income. Custody would no sooner be decided in my favor, when he would charge back into court with ever new and shifting allegations. This made it impossible to earn a living. Verbal and emotional abuse, and physical intimidation by the attorneys became customary.
Judge Levinson’s courtroom was a lawless, free-for-all. My child was forced to be constant fodder for Koga, my ex-husband’s parade of six unscrupulous attorneys and unethical court shrinks churning and charging the case. It is well-documented that Domestic Abusers with money use the legal system to punish the victim for leaving. And there is no shortage of unethical bottom-feeders harvesting victims to trap in their Litigation-Therapy Racket.
The law required Koga to promote mediation but she did the opposite because it was lucrative for her and her buddies. “The child representative shall…encourage settlement and the use of alternative forms of dispute resolution. The child representative shall not render an opinion, recommendation, or report to the court and shall not be called as a witness, but shall offer evidence-based legal arguments.” from Illinois Statute, Child Reps But she did all these things, to support my ex-husband’s hate campaign to erase me completely from my son’s life.
When my ex-husband erupted into his rages, she would step next to him to protect his image. She refused to submit bills for court review. She told blatant, horrific lies at nearly every court appearance. Koga’s anger at the evidence I brought was Judge Levinson’s cue to turn over my legal filings and evidence, saying “I didn’t have time to read it.” Judges are required by law to read all of the pleadings. Their well-rehersed schtick was disturbing.
Koga engaged in wildly inappropriate behavior by forcing my son to hug her. She interfered with his medical treatment as reported by his Doctors, and assisted in the parental alienation by disparaging me in front of my son. This was abusive and illegal.
Koga should have been discharged as Child Rep at the entry of the Divorce/Custody Judgment in early 2012. But at the last moment she demanded to “stay on free of charge” – her opportunity to churn and charge the case, and advocate for my ex-husband’s twisted campaign. After they finally erased me from my child’s life, suddenly she produced an enormous bill, and continued adding to it! Judge Levinson simply rubber-stamped it at the very last moment. Michael Volpe’s Analysis of My Case
“No system of care in America creates more devastation than the legal system. All but the wealthy are priced out of taking their cases to a point of closure.” Dr. Karin Huffer Legal Abuse Syndrome, Dr. Karin Huffer
There was no Evidentiary Hearing – THEY DID NOT SUBMIT ANY EVIDENCE AT ALL! A No Contact Order barked out by a completely unbalanced and unhinged Judge Levinson was quickly scrawled in a hastily convened “Emergency Hearing” that lasted no more than 15 minutes, (I received an e-mail at 4:45 pm while I was at my Nanny job summoning me to a hearing the following morning at 9 am.) My legal rights to respond, get an attorney, present evidence, request Discovery or even speak were denied.
The means? Fraud On The Court through an outside attorney (paid for by my ex- husband-James M. Kelly of Palatine) with no legal standing to appear. He claimed to have “evidence”, which he “demonstrated” in a sleazy, theatrical, over-the-top Pantomime, but never actually entered into evidence.
Koga also read aloud one of Dr. Fisher’s false reports. There was no opportunity to cross-examine him or even view his report as required by the Rules of Evidence. When Koga finished reading it aloud, she simply stuffed it in her briefcase. Of course, once they ran me out of money for an attorney, they ignored all the laws, rules of evidence, and due process.
Dr. Fisher apparently thought he knew more than the police who had already investigated. A mandated reporter, if he really believed his false report he was legally required to report me to DCFS but he did not. Why? Because DCFS would have investigated and found the allegations to be false, as they already had several times before! And, DCFS requires reunification services to parents. Dr. Daniel Fisher’s Misconduct, With Michael Volpe
Within fifteen minutes, I went from Mother, Primary Caretaker and Sole Legal Custodian, to losing most of my parental rights, not even allowed to send a Christmas or Birthday Card. This “proceeding” consisted of me standing alone, not allowed to even speak, while my ex-husband and three lawyers (including an outside attorney, James M. Kelly, hired by my ex, who had no standing to appear in the case, no appearance filed), shouted a bizarre, incoherent stream of insane insults and hearsay. That was it. No evidence proffered at all. Months later I finally got to view this “evidence” – a darkened, murky cell-phone photo that had clearly been doctored. Convicted felons have more legal rights than I did.
I believed in our American Justice System. But I’ve been contacted by many respectable, decent people from across the country who report the same cruel tactics to make huge fortunes from the pain and suffering of innocent people like my son and I, endlessly routed and re-routed through this court insiders’ criminal money-making machine. I’ve done court watch where glib attorneys handed bribes to giddy Guardian ad Litems right out in open court. They didn’t even bother trying to hide it!
Shrinks with sanctions on their licenses were brought late into the case – Koga’s strategy to override the findings of one of the most highly respected custody evaluators in the state, Dr. David Finn’s evaluation recommending custody to me, with findings of Pathological Parental Alienation, Domestic Violence and family exploitation against my ex-husband.
Judge Levinson ignored the 604 and 604b (Court-ordered Forensic Psychologist Custody Evaluations) with findings of Pathological Parental Alienation and Domestic Violence against my ex-husband. At Koga’s request, he court ordered “treatment” by Dr. Daniel P. Fisher, psychologist of Oak Brook, IL, with sanctions on his license, Dr. Daniel Fisher’s Misconduct, With Michael Volpe, and Psychiatrist, Jonathan Gamze, MD, Arlington Hts., IL, whose controlled substance license was revoked and placed on indefinite probation Dr. Jonathan Gamze Misprescribing/Overprescribing Drugs. It is illegal for treating therapists to make custody recommendations – Dual Role Misconduct – but that’s exactly what they did. And it is illegal to deny personal choice on medical providers.
And who could ever forget Dr. Fisher’s disturbing, cringe-worthy performance for a packed courtroom during one of his several days of false testimony! Bizarrely, finishing his star turn on the witness stand, taking center stage while raising his chest into a stiff military posture, he faced my ex-husband directly. Then, with a grand flourish, GAVE HIM A FULL MILITARY SALUTE RIGHT IN THE FRONT OF THE COURTROOM! He remained “at attention” for a full two seconds, then suddenly remembering himself, flustered, looking down, eyes darting about. My ex-husband beamed with delight as Dr. Fisher tottered off the “stage”. Natalie Koga rewarded him by giving him even more inappropriate power and control over our lives.
As a treating therapist, it was against the law for Dr. Fisher to take on multiple roles. But he used this as spring-board, becoming an unofficial parenting coordinator, custody evaluator, and suddenly in charge of all of the parties court ordered “therapy”. Dr. Fisher already had a prior license sanction for the same misconduct in another case. Fisher_Redacted
Our original providers were caring, ethical and competent, and of course, had no sanctions on their license They all reported to me how Koga would call them up trying to get them to write false reports about me! They were eliminated because they refused to write them.
When I could no longer afford an attorney, I stood alone, mute, not allowed to present evidence, while Koga and opposing counsel #6 Meg Jackson, stood together, insulting me, lying, all the while laughing, too many times to count. This forced me to file my evidence into the court record through Affidavits. It’s all in there, but wasn’t allowed to be presented in court. They thought depriving a child of his Mother while demeaning her in public was amusing. Judge Alfred Levinson joined in taking twisted pleasure in the cruel charade.
At Koga’s request, Judge Levinson wrote illegal Orders that were impossible to comply with: the goal was to find me in Contempt of Court, with four failed attempts to throw me in jail. A modern-day Kafka novel – nothing made sense, with intertwined lawyers and mental health vendors. All the while salivating over my childhood home in Jo Daviess County, Illinois.
The best barometer of the tone and intent of this case is seen in Meg (Now “Mary-Elizabeth”) Jackson’s vicious email sent after my elderly, ill father passed away at our family farm – 150 MILES AWAY FROM JUDGE LEVINSON’S ROLLING MEADOWS, IL COURTROOM – TRYING TO BULLY ME INTO NOT ATTENDING MY FATHER’S FUNERAL! Since when do divorce lawyers have any business trying to decide who goes to private family funeral?
Meg (Mary-Elizabeth) Jackson was an abusive bully whose menacing fits of rage were designed not only to intimidate me, but also to compensate for her woeful lack of knowledge of the law and court procedure. Levinson had to coach her the entire time. She yelled in court that I was a “brazen woman” for requesting family therapy COVERED BY INSURANCE, as I couldn’t afford $2,000/month medical expenses.
Yet Dr. Finn had recommended that my ex-husband be stopped from using our child to insert himself into my family! Koga fought his recommendations to protect our child and stop exploiting my family.
Two Physicians stated Koga refused to listen to their reports that my ex was abusing our son and concealed those reports from the court. This too is a crime!
And then there’s the eye-witness account of Koga’s corruption – colluding with opposing counsel #6 Meg Jackson (now “Mary-Elizabeth Jackson) to persuade Dr. Mark Goldstein, (my ex’s hired gun evaluator) to defame my character in his report and switch custody. Child Rep Natalie Koga Confronted With Eye-Witness To Her Corruption
The Child Rep texted and met with my ex-husband, while refusing to communicate with me. mehdipourtexts – Reza Mehdipour August Text She entered and exited the courtroom and sat next to every single one of his attorneys.
This vicious legal bullying, where the destruction of innocent people is entertaining and the truth meaningless is deeply traumatic and should never be allowed to happen to anyone. Ever. And then I understood how Chris Mackney, and so many others have been bullied to death in family court. MackNeySuicideNote
I went from being an award-winning professional opera singer singing in Carnegie Hall, performing comfortably for two to three thousand people, to not even able to speak. My brain knew what I wanted to say, but I couldn’t make the words come out of my mouth. It took over two years to regain my ability to speak.
I developed “Broken Heart Syndrome” with such severe chest pain, I struggled with my teaching job. I went from the woman doing it all, all the time – raising her child mostly alone, running a teaching studio, singing, and maintaining a large wooded property – to bed-ridden, after these vicious people finished running me through their Kids for Cash machine.
It is interesting that much of the cyberstalking & threats were used to try to manipulate me to take this website down. But I will never be silenced by bullies.
Also interesting is that three key people from my case all abruptly “retired” around the same time. Judge Levinson retired a year early, around the same time as child representative, Natalie Koga (age 52), as well as Elliot Heidelberger. Levinson & Heidelberger both retired on the same day. Another attorney, Meg Jackson, was left off the ARDC lawyer registration for awhile, then came back with a different first name – “Mary Elizabeth”, and moved her practice to a different county.
“When a ship is sinking, rats jump ship. So most likely, they were afraid of some inquiry by the ARDC (Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, or JIB (Judicial Inquiry Board) (and for the JIB, they made sure they were there long enough to collect their government pension.) Most are not afraid of any inquiry because neither the ARDC or JIB really care about bad lawyers/judges. They only care to get rid of those who make the profession look bad – that means either public (or soon to be made public) screwups, or those making the profession look bad by exposing the corruption.” – A Chicago Attorney familiar with my case
“Just hope Natalie Koga finds something else to do, instead of terrorizing mothers and children.” –Another Chicago Attorney familiar with my case
Screen shot from the Illinois Attorney’s Registration & Disciplinary Commission Website: