Regardless of how confident one feels about their case, there is still anxiety and anticipation revolving around the actual courtroom experience. You just never know what will happen.
I arrived in court alone this morning as my fiance had a work related event and couldn’t be with me. Shortly after, Seth arrived and his attorney was a few minutes behind him. Upon seeing them in the hallway, I could immediately tell that his attorney was reviewing the submitted paperwork for the first time. Seth is submitting his own paperwork while utilizing the attorney’s letterhead which seems unprofessional (on the attorney’s part) and downright bizarre.
If Seth’s attorney is trying to make a name for himself in our county (he normally practices two hours away) then he has chosen the wrong case to accomplish that goal!
I had prepared a five page declaration outlining my goals with the book, the new direction of my blog and the steps that I’ve taken to ensure that my daughters’ best interests are being served in my latest book endeavor. I also printed out my manuscript and submitted it as evidence. Included in my paperwork was the previous two judgments related to my blog which had both been denied.
The Commissioner was clearly agitated that this was in front of him again. Minor’s Counsel stance was that nothing appears to be inappropriate (from what he’s reviewed) and that I have a right to freedom of speech. Seth’s attorney was made to answer to “why” this was in front of the court again. He didn’t have a valid excuse other than Seth was very emotional and passionate about this issue and that he had tried to counsel him against bringing it in front of the court. The Commissioner then reprimanded the attorney (pretty heavily) about not letting Seth sail the ship, etc. For half of a nano-second, I felt bad for the attorney as all of his colleagues were watching this public lashing to which he replied (multiple times), “I am sorry, your Honor.”
The Commission refused to hear the motion and threw it out while making it very clear that he does not want to hear about the book or blog ever again. He said that I have the right to write about anything that I choose.
I left court and soon after began receiving text messages from Seth:
“Commissioner can’t make a judgment on your blog/book as there is no legal code to cite to protect the children from parental alienation, slander, libel and defamation of the other parent. I was not aware of this fact and hoped he would take five minutes to read the nonsense fiction in your blog. However, our custody evaluator can form and write an opinion on how this is adversely affecting the children emotionally and when they read it, it will scar them for life. This is all now in the court file he will be reviewing.
The effort in filing this was made to protect my children from the emotional damage you are and will continue to cause is 100% worth it regardless of (Commissioners) lack of interest in you or me.
The civil division of the California Superior Court can and does rule on matters of libel, slander and defamation. I will be filing a lawsuit against you, Tina in civil court at this juncture for your libelous defamation of me and each family member. I will try and have you served at a time when you are not with the children.
Good luck moving past me and the past in your life. You encompass all negativity of the past and present. Its very sad to see that your emotional problems are spiraling into such a dark abyss. I hope you seek help for the sake of our children’s need to have a mentally healthy mother.”
Where is the Narc Decoder when you need it? I promise to deliver the results in the next week!
The exciting announcement: Dr. Carole Lieberman, M.D. will be writing the foreword for my book!!!!
BIO: CAROLE LIEBERMAN, M.D.
America’s Psychiatrist, Carole Lieberman, M.D., has been recognized for her incomparable talents by The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences who awarded her with three Emmys, Cosmo Magazine who described her as “One of the nation’s top therapists,” and the devoted readers who have bought her bestselling books. Dr. Carole’s passion for helping people live more insightful lives extends beyond America’s borders. Indeed, her multi-dimensional career is internationally renowned! Most recently, in connection with Dr. Lieberman’s award-winning book, Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets, a famed London designer appointed her to be the ‘U.S. Ambassador’ of the dress Kate Middleton wore to catch her prince.
Dr. Lieberman analyzes the psychological impact of world events with passionate commentary. Far more than entertaining and exciting — it dauntlessly cuts to the heart of the issue. Whether on TV, Radio, the Internet, Film, Print or as a public speaker, Dr. Lieberman’s insights help people cope with society’s challenges and empower them to seize the moment and live happier, more fulfilling lives. With the difficult times we live in today, Dr. Carole Lieberman is the trusted go-to expert for her breadth of experience and knowledge about our most compelling headlines.
It’s no wonder the most important journalists, everyone from Oprah to Larry King, Katie Couric to Bill O’Reilly, think of Dr. Lieberman when they need a ‘house call.’ Viewers adore her from her frequent appearances on CNN, Headline News, Fox News, BBC, “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Dr. Phil,” and “Entertainment Tonight” to name a few. Dr. Lieberman is quoted regularly in newspapers and magazines around the world including: USA Today, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post and Daily Variety. Plus, she has written for many publications – from her “Hollywood on the Couch” column in the National Enquirer – to her psychiatric treatise in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Currently, she can be heard as the host of “Dr. Carole’s Couch,” a weekly Internet radio show on voiceamerica.com. Here she analyzes today’s headlines: from terrorism to trials, love affairs to business affairs and success stories to pop culture and celebrity scandals.
As the author of the bestselling books Bad Boys: Why We Love Them, How to Live with Them and When to Leave Them and Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets, she has tackled the most intimate issues between men and women. Now, more than ever, we are confused, hurt, lonely and desperate for love, yet hooked on heartbreak and following the same unsuccessful patterns. Dr. Carole unlocks the door to healthier relationships and reveals how women can turn their frogs into princes, and how men can crawl out of the dating swamp to find love.
Since 9/11, Dr. Lieberman has been helping people cope with the ultimate monster in the closet: terrorism. She has devoted herself to rousing people from denial and giving victims the psychological tools needed to survive as detailed in her book Coping with Terrorism: Dreams Interrupted. It is this unique blend of therapeutic skills which enabled Dr. Lieberman to create the first Shrink on Board, a Relaxation Channel, which soothes fears in the air (and on the ground), and the first Terrorist Stress Hotline.
Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Lieberman received her M.D. degree from Belgium’s Universite de Louvain and her psychiatric residency training at N.Y.U.- Bellevue, where she was Chief Resident. She studied in London at Anna Freud’s Hampstead Clinic and at the Institute of Psychiatry/Maudsley Hospital. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a well-respected member of the clinical faculty at U.C.L.A.’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. She was awarded an NIMH grant, for research in how to use the media for public health education and has a Masters Degree in Public Health.
Not only does she maintain a consistent and incredible star-studded practice in Beverly Hills, Dr. Lieberman has built an outstanding reputation as a psychiatric expert witness who testifies in high profile trials, and analyzes trials in the media. Her earliest headline-making case, as a forensic psychiatrist, was testifying for the defense in the Jenny Jones murder trial, and Dr. Lieberman has written a first-person account of it, entitled Murder by TV: A Descent Into Madness.
Recognized as the preeminent authority on the psychology of show biz and the influence of media on our minds; Dr. Lieberman has proven to be formidable activist against media violence, having testified before Congress on several occasions, along with laying the groundwork for the TV ratings system. Dr. Lieberman even stopped the launch of a NASA rocket that would have touted an advertisement for a Hollywood action movie on its exterior.
With her ongoing campaign to make the public more media savvy, she is not afraid to put the entertainment industry on the couch and in turn has become one of the most sought after psychiatric script consultants in Hollywood, including top soap operas, “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” in addition to other TV and film projects.
In the spirit of ‘have couch will travel’, Dr. Carole brings her analytic couch into your home, to explore your secrets and dreams and what they all mean – and to help you cope with today’s world!
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