A reader asked why no local psychologist would take my case. A lawyer in town explained it to me this way. Cmr. Irwin H. Joseph is the only family court judge in town, and he maliciously punishes anyone who crosses him. There are three court psychologists in town, and they each make $7,000 per week on court-referred evaluations. They get paid in advance, and it is really easy work. To maintain that income stream, they just have to do two things: maintain their psychologist license in good standing, and do Cmr. Joseph's dirty work for him. They would have been happy to take my $7,000 if they could do Cmr. Joseph's bidding and not risk their licenses.
Al Gore famously quoted Upton Sinclair as saying, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it." It would have been difficult to get a local psychologist to recommend that I see my kids, when it is obvious that Cmr. Joseph is vindictively trying to terminate my parental rights.
Actually, I did end up finding a gutsy psychologist in the next county to take the case. She used to do court-ordered custody evaluations for gangsters in New Jersey, so she was not easily intimidated. But Cmr. Joseph rejected her report because he did not like her conclusions, and I still could not see my kids. Now I am depending on the appeals court to remedy the situation.