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Thomas Heckler is imprisoned by Judge McFarrin Smith and professional guardian Jetta Getty

Thomas Heckler

Thomas Heckler

Thomas Heckler – a prisoner being stripped of his assets by the corrupt State of Florida Guardianship system, Judge McFerrin Smith and Jeta Getty

I spoke to Thomas Heckler last night on a conference call with Eliot Bernstein and others that are shocked and terrified at our legal system’s state of corruption, Judges like McFerrin Smith and professional guardians like Jetta Getty. They are stealing from Tom to the tune of close to $300,000.00 per year. This has been going on for five years as the Florida Judicial system has imprisoned Tom, taken away his constitutional rights and his freedom.

Tom told me that he will be destitute in another 3 or 4 years after the State of Florida has finished the job of stealing his millions.

Tom Heckler is scared. He wants his freedom but has no way to fight for it since the Florida Courts have taken away his legal rights in the corrupt guardianship process that is rampant in this state.

Florida Judge McFerrin Smith has enabled professional guardian Jeta Getty to seize all of Thomas Heckler’s financial assets from every account he once had self-control of, from social security, disability payments, stock, securities, employer stock grants & options, cash, etc. Being that he has such a substantial net worth, it seems like he had been doing a pretty good job taking care of his money and himself before Judge McFarrin ordered this Guardianship on this intelligent man who contributed to society..

Thomas Heckler is a 61-year-old retired biotech Ph.D. He is intelligent and has a pleasant demeanor. It seems impossible to me that he could not take care of himself given the tremendous resources he had before the State of Florida started bilking him outrageous amounts to take care of him against his will after taking away his freedom and supposedly inalienable rights.

Is your ex-wife/husband or greedy children plotting this kind of future for you? Seems to be dangerous to be a senior citizen with too much money in the State of Florida. It is so easy to do this to people in Florida. All you need to do is hire an unethical lawyer to start the process.

Florida is not the land of the free. Watch your back.

For more information about Thomas Heckler you can read about him at: stopguardianabuse.org

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Judge Corruption

Judge Corruption in Palm Beach County

Judge Coruption

Judge Corruption

The Palm Beach Post has now written many articles on since January 14, 2016 on the rampent Judge corruption in the Palm Beach Probate Court at the South County Courthouse. Most of the articles on Judge corruption were written by John Pacenti – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer.

Judge picks fight with ex-mobster; history of conflict with wife

Why this man regrets tapping judge’s wife as his dad’s guardian

Is taking fees before a judge approves them legal?

Judge’s finances show history of unpaid debt, IRS liens, foreclosures

How we got the story: ‘Mini estate sale’ on Craigslist started it off
(The estate sale was at the address of Palm Beach County circuit Judge Martin Colin)

Chief judge investigating Post’s findings on Colin, Savitt

Mother of Judge Colin’s grandson says she fears is influence

Explore the Documents

Editorial: Who’s making sure guardians don’t prey on the vulnerable?

In an effort to shed more light on the Judge corruption, inappropriate and distasteful behavior going on in the South County Courthouse of Palm Beach County, I wrote a letter to the Honorable Judge Colbath on January 25, 2016 and sent a copy to John Pacenti at the Palm Beach Post.

The letter read:

The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath
Chief Judge, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
205 N Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Re: Judge David E. French, South County Courthouse
Case No: 502011CPOO5095XXXXSB

Dear Judge Colbath,

I applaud the work of John Pacenti of the Palm Beach Post for bringing to your attention the corruption caused by Judge David French. His actions have ruined people’s lives or at the very least he has engaged in behavior that diminishes the confidence of the public and the regard they have for your Honorable Court.

In my case before Judge French, I was a qualified beneficiary of a Florida Trust. No person ever disputed that fact. The Trust document clearly called or an immediate distribution and termination of the Trust in 2007. No person ever disputed that fact either.

I alleged that two of the opposing attorneys, from the Richman Greer law firm, committed fraud upon the court which is very well documented. Judge French refused to grant me an evidentiary hearing as prescribed by Florida law to prove my allegations. He did not allow discussion of it during hearings. Instead Judge French acted on the false information of the attorneys and dismissed my case with prejudice.

The opposing attorneys had been aiding their client, the defendant Peter Halle, to violate about a dozen Florida statutes during an eight-year period. They had been representing him since 2008. After dismissing the case without giving me an opportunity to correct any deficiencies, Judge French then awarded his friends at Richman Greer $183,811.48 in legal fees.

There had not been any previous dismissals of my complaint or any of the causes of action before the hearing where Judge French dismissed the complaint with prejudice. I will be happy to provide a copy of the transcript plus any other documents to corroborate any statements I am making.

When Judge French started prejudging motions, telling me how he was going to rule in future hearings, I filed a motion for him to recuse himself. He denied that motion and then ruled on my motions exactly as he had said he would weeks earlier before hearing them or reading the pleadings.

Judge French ruled in favor of a defendant that was in violation of the law, ruled against a qualified beneficiary that no person had disputed, and rewarded the lying attorneys that are his friends $183,811.48. I know Judge French was friends with the Richman Greer attorneys due to an article on the internet and because before hearings they would openly discuss personal things. If nothing else this was very intimidating and created an uneven playing field.

I still have not received any of the money my father put in Trust for me. Judge French told me the Trustee (the defendant) could run the trust however he pleased (even if it was contrary to Florida law – my comment).

I had asked Judge French what would happen if due to his ruling the Trustee never distributed my portion of the Trust. He told me that would never happen. But, Judge Colbath, that is exactly what did happen.

Corrupt judges have no place in a democracy that depends upon them to maintain law, order, justice and the principles of the constitution of the great United States of America.

One last thing Your Honor, I am enclosing a comment that was posted on my website on January 7, 2016 by Peter Davis. If the allegations in his post have any validity at all, then you can add depraved morals to the other allegations against Judge French.

I am a disabled senior citizen and my life has been ruined by Judge French’s inappropriate actions. I even had to sell my home.

Very respectfully yours,

Jason Halle

cc’s: John Pacenti – via email
Peter Davis – via email

This was posted on my website www.jasonhalle.com on January 7, 2016.

Link to the post

I spoke with Mr. Davis and he said this happened around February of 2015. He told me his ex-wife’s name is Leslie Rea. I have done no further investigation regarding Mr. Davis’ shocking allegations.

Mr. Davis wrote:

I HAD AN EXPERIENCE WITH JUDGE DAVID FRENCH AS WELL
HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE UNTIL I FOUND HIM HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH MY NOW – EX-WIFE – WHILE THE AFFAIR WAS GOING ON – HE WAS MY ACTING JUDGE FOR MY DIVORCE – HE WAS ADVISING ME AS TO WHAT TO DO AS I DID NOT HAVE AN ATTY – ONCE I DISCOVERED THE AFFAIR HE RECUSED HIMSELF

I WENT TO THE DISIPLINARY BOARD FOR JUDGES – AND ASKED FOR AN INVESTIGATION – THEY ARE AN “OLD BOYS “CLUB AND SAID THAT IF I DID NOT HAVE VIDEO TAPE OR RECORDINGS THEY WOULD NOT PROCEED EVEN THOUGH I TOLD THEM THERE WERE MANY WITNESSES

JUDGE DAVID FRENCH IS THE LOWEST FORM OF HUMAN AND IS THE MOST DISHONORABLE JUDGE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EMAIL ME ABOUT ANY OTHER IMPROPRIETIES THIS SLUDGE HAS DONE MY EMAIL IS CHONNEY@AOL.COM

PETER DAVIS

More Reading on Corruption in Palm Beach Probate Courts

Judge David French, Judge Martin Colin and the Corrupt Overreaching Florida Probate Courts

Judge Jeffrey Colbath

Judge Jeffrey Colbath Investigates

Judge Jeffrey Colbath Investigates

Chief Judge Jeffrey Colbath

Investigating Judge David E. French and Judge Martin Colin in the Palm Beach Probate Court.

John Pacenti, a courageous Palm Beach Post Staff Writer is writing about the corruption in the Probate Division of the South County Courthouse of Palm Beach County.

It started with Elizabeth Savitt, a tennis pro turned professional guardian, profiting from her marriage to the sitting Judge Martin Colin. There have been complaints from families of double billing and sending disputes to court to run up fees.

Judge David E. French, a friend of Judge Martin Colin and another sitting judge on the Probate Court adjudicated most of Elizabeth’s cases. Many of the cases involved multimillion-dollar estates.

Savitt even pursued seniors’ money after their deaths, taking $30,000 in one probate case without court approval and with no apparent justification other than it was to be, “held in trust.”

Families say they have depleted their own savings fighting her and Judge David French to no avail.

For more information you can go to: The Palm Beach Posts article

Chief Justice for Palm Beach County, Jeffrey Colbath said in an email to The Palm Beach Post that he is in fact-finding mode and “is preparing to make appropriate changes to address concerns.”

For more information you can go to: The next Palm Beach Post article

In a similar recent case before Judge David French, fees of $183,811.48 were awarded to the judge’s friends at the Richman Greer law firm.  Even though their client Peter Halle had been violating Florida laws for more than eight years and the Richman Greer attorneys were aiding and abetting him since 2008, they were still awarded those outrageous fees that diminished the beneficiaries share of the trust.

For more information you can go to: New lawsuit filed in Broward Civil Court

Jason Halle was a qualified beneficiary of the Edward Halle Trust and a qualified disturbutee as well.

The trigger for disbursement and termination of the Edward Halle Trust occurred in August of 2007. Peter Halle, the Trustee breached the trust and ignored its instructions. He then hired 10 attorneys at the powerful law firm of Richman Greer, good friends of Judge David E. French. The Richman Greer attorneys aided him in continuing to breach the Trust and violate Florida law.

Judge French ruled against the qualified beneficiary and qualified distributee that had never been challenged, ruled for the lawbreakers and paid his friends at Richman Greer — $183,811.48.

For more information you can go to: Judge French rules against Qualified Beneficiary

I am glad that after such a long time John Pacenti, an amazing Palm Beach Post Staff Writer has been able to bring the corruption in the Palm Beach Probate Court and the pain to the families that are the victims of the corruption in that Court to the consciousness of the public.

I wrote a letter to Judge Jeffrey Colbath on January 25, 2016. Here is a link to it: Letter to Jeffrey Colbath . He never had the courtesy or felt a responsibility to reply to me.

Corrupt judges have no place in a democracy that depends upon them to maintain law, order, justice and the principles of the constitution of the great United States of America.

Shanell M. Schuyler

Does the Florida Bar approve of this pattern of misconduct? The duty of keeping the promise fell to you, Bar Counsel, Shanell M Schuyler.

Does the Florida Bar approve of this pattern of misconduct? The duty of keeping the promise fell to you, Bar Counsel, Shanell M Schuyler.

I wrote the following letter to Ms. Shanell M Schuyler, Director of Intake at The Florida Bar in Tallahassee, Florida on November 25, 2015:

Re: Mr. George White, III; RFA No: 15-9437

Dear Ms. Schuyler,

I am in receipt of your letter of September 25, 2015. I appreciate the time and effort you took to respond to my serious concerns.

A fully documented complaint was submitted to the Florida Bar detailing clear, compelling, and indisputable evidence that a Florida attorney, “with intent to deceive the court” knowingly made false statements and withheld material information.

No defense was ever offered to the fact that Mr. George White, III made knowingly false statements to the Courts.

Fact One: On June 6, 2013, John G. “Jay” White, III of Richman Greer stated in a court document that, “Notably, Plaintiff’s motions to amend have not arisen as a result of the Court’s dismissal of any of Plaintiff’s prior complaints or claims…” You seem to have missed this in your review of the docket.

Fact Two: on August 28, 2013, just a few weeks later with no hearing in between, in the Courtroom of Judge David E. French, John George White, III, stated, “…the plaintiff keeps filing these lawsuits, they keep getting dismissed,… and I think it’s time that Your Honor dismiss it with prejudice.”

It’s amazing to me how “not arising as a result of the Court’s dismissal of any of Plaintiff’s prior complaints or claims” can magically turn into, “they keep getting dismissed” in such a short interval of time.

Fact Three: On February 21, 2014, Mr. White again made further false statements to the Fourth District Court of Appeal in a Reply Brief where he stated, “Mr. White did not “lie,” as Appellant alleges in his ad hominem attack.”

Does the Florida Bar approve of this pattern of misconduct? The duty of keeping the promise fell to you, Bar Counsel, Shanell M Schuyler. Perfectly suited for this job, you did exactly what your colleagues expected you to do. You betrayed the public trust and closed the file. Your letter closing the bar file rained rhetoric about not second-guessing the court and not retrying the underlying civil and appellate cases but you failed to offer any analysis of the facts or to justify your decision about Mr. White’s misconduct.

Conspicuously missing from your letter is any comment regarding the undisputed evidence that Mr. White, a partner in the politically potent Richman Greer law firm, offered false statements to a Florida Trial Court and then again to the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal.

There has been no comment on the proven facts that Mr. White offered contradicting sworn statements. No comment on the fact that Mr. White did not deny that he offered false testimony both to the Trial Court and again to the Fourth District Court of Appeal. You simply closed the file.  Moving on is not fair to the people of Florida that rely on the Bar to keep attorney’s ethics out of the sewer.

Convenient for the corrupt, a decision of bar counsel to close any file is not subject to appeal. This caveat trumps truth. Get out of jail free; a cheap bar trick. The deceit goes on.

An appeal to the court of public opinion seems to be the only thing left to expose the deep corruption being practiced in the Florida Bar. Is the bar a protector of public integrity in the Florida courts, or a purveyor of perversion? Is the bar a trustworthy arm of the Florida Supreme Court or a fraternity of fraud and cronyism?

The public will decide if the Florida Bar ignored the truth and encourages false statements in the Florida Trial Courts and the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Your message that attorney misconduct is allowed and encouraged in the State of Florida, by the Florida Bar Association that you represent is loud and clear.

Respectfully,

Jason Halle

Judge French Awards $183,811.48
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Judge David E. French Awards $183,811.48 to Peter Halle

Click on my photo above to read an article one of Judge David E. French’s buddy’s, Adam M. Myron, a partner of Richman Greer, wrote about his good old friend the Judge. Adam was one of the attorneys that this award was based upon.

I am Jason Halle. I am a qualified beneficiary of the Edward Halle Trust and a qualified distributee as well.

In 1987 Ronald Siegel, an attorney that was practicing law in Boca Raton, Florida, wrote a easy to understand Trust document for my dad, Edward Halle. It clearly stated that upon the death of my mother, Elaine Halle, the trust was to be distributed immediately to the beneficiaries and then terminated.

The trigger for disbursement and termination of the Trust occurred in August of 2007. Peter Halle, the Trustee chose to ignore the instructions of the Trust and refused to make the distributions and terminate the Trust. This was a breach of the Trust as well as a violation of at least a dozen Florida laws. Peter Halle never gave a reasonable explanation regarding his actions.

I hired two attorneys to try to get my brother, Peter Halle, to follow the instructions of the Trust and the laws of Florida. My attorneys were ignored, one of them for a year and a half.

In my opinion Peter Halle was playing with me. I felt he was like a child pulling the wings off a fly. Peter Halle was well aware of my heart condition, previous heart surgery, AIDS, cancer operations, etc.… Peter Halle just seemed to be enjoying my suffering and waiting for me to die so he could keep all the money.

In 2011, I tried find an attorney to help me. It was obvious at this point that going to court was the only option because Peter Halle kept breaking the law and breaching the Trust. Peter Halle was even filing fraudulent tax returns for the Trust, implying that he was making distributions that never in fact happened. This raised my tax liabilities and caused me further harm.

After copying the file many times and delivering it to many attorneys and having many consultations, all of the attorneys I met with refused to represent me or I could not afford them. They were all very positive until I mentioned that my brother’s wife, Carolyn B. Lamm was recently the President of the American Bar Association (2009-2010).

I decided to take the matter to the probate court in West Palm Beach myself, without an attorney. My reasoning was, I am a qualified beneficiary, a qualified distributee and I have a valid Trust document created by Ronald Siegel. Esq. of Boca Raton, Florida.

My brother Peter Halle, a well-established lawyer licensed to practice in Florida and the District of Columbia, was breaking the law, breaching a Florida Trust and had filed a Notice of Trust with the Palm Beach Court in 2007. I figured, what could go wrong?

WOW, everything went wrong. But not at first. The case was assigned to Judge James Martz. Judge Martz seemed to be very impartial and things were going along very well while he was presiding.

Then there was a rotation of Judges. Suddenly Judge David E. French became the Judge in charge of this case. Impartiality seemed to disappear. Judge David E. French always appeared to be angry at me. Many times he told me I should hire an attorney, that probate court was no place for a pro se litigant. This seemed harsh since it was my right to obtain justice from the probate court, with or without an attorney. Since I could not find an attorney to represent me that I could afford, I did not seem to have any other options. Believe me, I tried.

My brother, Peter Halle’s response was to eventually hire ten (10) of top attorneys in Southern Florida to work on the case. They were Alan G. Greer, Charles H. Johnson, Michael J. Napoleone, John “Jay” G. White III, Adam M. Myron, Ethan J. Wall, Joshua I, Spoont, Leslie A. Metz, Marta Stypulkowski, Georgia A. Buckhalter, all from Richman Greer.

I later learned from testimony in court by Michael J. Napoleone that Peter Halle’s wife, Carolyn B. Lamm was good friends with Alan G. Greer. It was because of their special relationship and the fact that Carolyn had been a past President of the American Bar Association (ABA) that Richman Greer was not concerned about not being able to find a fee agreement between any of the parties. By law, as a qualified beneficiary, I should have been provided a fee agreement when attorneys were first hired by the Trust if there had been an agreement as they claimed.

Carolyn B. Lamm used her enormous legal expertise to help her husband Peter Halle violate the Florida laws and breach the Trust. Carolyn, besides being a past President of the American Bar Association (ABA) is also a Florida attorney.

On June 6, 2013, John G. “Jay” White, III and Michael J. Napoleone of Richman Greer stated in a court document that, “Notably, Plaintiff’s motions (my motions) to amend have not arisen as a result of the Court’s dismissal of any of Plaintiff’s prior complaints or claims…”

Then on August 28, 2013, just a few weeks later with no hearing in between, in the Courtroom of Judge David E. French, John George White, III, stated, “And this – I don’t know if it’s leverage or what – but the plaintiff keeps filing these lawsuits, they keep getting dismissed, chewing up, you know, money potentially that’s in the trust and there’s not a lot of it and I think it’s time that Your Honor dismiss it with prejudice.”

It’s amazing to me how “not arising as a result of the Court’s dismissal of any of Plaintiff’s prior complaints or claims” can magically turn into, “they keep getting dismissed” in Judge David E. French’s courtroom and the Judge wouldn’t acknowledge it or let it be discussed. It was like having an 8,000 pound elephant in the room that was off limits!

On November 13, 2015, Judge David E. French signed a Final Order allowing Peter Halle, Trustee for the Edward Halle Trust, to reimburse himself from the Trust in the amount of $173,490.48 for the fees he paid to Richman Greer. Then another $6,046.00 to Richman Greer for Trust Administration. The Order also allowed payment of another $4,275.00 to attorney John B. Murray, Esq. So that comes to a total of $183,811.48.

Trust administration? Where was there any Trust administration other then the fraudulent tax returns and a refusal to follow the instructions of the Trust?

There still has been no distribution and termination of the Trust. Florida laws are still being violated by Peter Halle.

My claims had been reasonable. Fraud upon the Court had been committed. My status as qualified beneficiary and qualified distributee had never been challenged. The Edward Halle Trust or any of its instructions had never been challenged.

Judge David E. French stated in his Final Order, “The Court now states what the record accurately reflects: that the results obtained for the Defendant by its attorneys virtually could not have been better.” That is an understatement. They must have said the same thing about O.J. Simson’s attorneys.

If you are an honest person with a serious problem that needs legal resolution in the probate court; if you are not rich; a privileged millionaire; or have powerful contacts in Washington and you find yourself in Judge David E. French’s courtroom, in my opinion you are in very big trouble.

Do you have a valid will or Trust that specifically states who the beneficiaries are? Not important in Judge David E. French’s courtroom.

Are you an attorney that believes the best way to win a lawsuit is to lie to the Judge? This is not a problem in Judge David E. French’s courtroom either. Every time I tried to bring this up I was silenced by Judge French. When I wrote a motion asking for a rehearing due to John “Jay” G. White’s Fraud Upon the Court, he dismissed it without even hearing any arguments.

When I asked Judge David E. French to recuse himself because he was prejudging motions, he refused.

This is my story. It is true and I have the documents to prove everything I’ve said. The opinions stated are my own.