Warren Bloom and Marcia Brown
In an attempt to get amazing legal counsel or grace for a political or family matter, finding a lawyer that will explain the due process of Judge and citizen engagement in court is very hard. In fact hiring a licensed attorney in Philadelphia County, Chester County, and Media Delaware County that will school you and help you at the same time is basically impossible. One reason for this amazing grace difficulty is that very few citizens understand just whom that person is that has the responsibility to enforce the law at court. This is where Tracey Lofton, Director of a Youth Lawyer Program, and folks like her, comes in to play. “Judges make decisions. Judges do not enforce the law,” Lofton says.
“I was told that when Political Petitions Challenges Decisions are made, Protection From Abuse Orders are made, Child Custody Orders are made, or any orders made by a Judge go into effect as Final Orders on the Municipal level, they, in fact, are not Final Orders,” says Lofton. Tracey has begun examining getting involved in 2 most recent popular court cases dealing with court defendant, Warren Bloom, in Philadelphia County and court plaintiff, Marcia Brown, in Media Delaware County. Lofton explains that “all Municipal Court, Court of Common Pleas, and Family Court level orders can be appealed as high to the Supreme Court. Any defendant must be served properly to appear in court and has the right to counsel especially when the plaintiff has appeared himself/herself-having counsel to speak against the defendant for them. Although a Judge may make a decision the empowerment of enforcing the law of the court is in the hand of the citizen.
PFA's that are obtained without the law being enforced (claimants are granted PFA's in Delaware County Courts without any report or incident of a why the plaintiff has not served the defendant and the plaintiff has not appeared himself/herself) is court abuse.
Case in point: Warren Bloom Candidate for City Commissioner for the May 15th Spring Primary got one day notice given and a No Continuance factor to appear in court by the City Commissioners office and the Court of Common Pleas. Nor did Bloom have counsel. Samuel C. Stretton, counsel for Philadelphia City Commissioner Edgar Howard challenged 960 signatures, leaving Bloom just 40 shy out of the one thousand needed to get on the ballot. Judge Lillian Ransom made the decision to remove Bloom from going any further ending his '07 political candidacy now. Lofton is looking at Bloom not having any counsel or denied the opportunity to fight the case using counsel support.
“Here is a good example where the citizen doesn't view this situation as personal or filing a complaint against a Judge accusing the fair justice of bias,” says Lofton. “Judges are often put in position to make decisions where guidelines are not set in place for them to be more supportive of those who are ordered to court without representation.
"But in the Marcia Brown case and Media Delaware County Justice Maureen Fitzpatrick, alarming it can be,” Lofton said. Marcia Brown, plaintiff, a resident of Delaware County, gave no notice, provided no proof of incident and worried not about a No Continuance factor to have the defendant appear in court by the Media Delaware County Courthouse. Nor did the defendant have counsel. Brown asked for a Protection From Abuse order preventing a defendant from coming near children or property the defendant and Brown share together although Brown nor the children has had any contact with the defendant for as long as 5 years. "This leaves the children and defendant completely separated from normal family activity. Judge Fitzpatrick made the decision to remove the defendant from participation with the children ending the children's freedom to have both parents now."
Lofton is looking at the shocking revelation that several Media Delaware County Judges, Fitzpatrick and Barry C. Dozor, are leaving citizens to believe that these judges can never be wrong and that their decisions made are final. “ There could be thousands of personal stories here when people are ready to tell about false decisions made by Media justices. Appeals can be made to higher courts to remove the matter from biased judges. To my knowledge no one should have a decision made against them when they are not present,” Lofton says. Lofton, a mother of seven -is committed to the people in this City of Media, Chester and Philadelphia by providing services such as housing, counseling, mentoring, training, job placement, etc. for over twenty years.