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Originally posted by jezebel
This happened in 1995, but I was wondering if anyone here knows what happened in this case?
COURT SEIZES CHILDREN
In the court of common pleas in the County of Northumberland,
Pennsylvania, two children were taken from their parents because, the
parents pass out what is termed anti-government booklets and the
Constitution and read the Bible without training. Leslie Bryden, an
Attorney for the government, stated in court that the parents
believed the Constitution was still relevant and that the parents read
the Bible to the children and that those kinds of things are a danger to
the children. Richard Medellin and his attorney, Herschel Lock entered
petitions against the parents stating that the
parents were mentally ill and read the Bible without having Religious
training. The children were taken from the parents without notification
and the Parents were not summoned to the custody proceedings.
The custody proceedings for the little girl were filed at 12:40 p.m. and
the order was signed at 1:58 p.m. It is unknown when the proceedings in
which the little boy was taken took place because that proceeding is
being kept secret and the only documentation available is a court Order.
Judge Ranck, who was involved in the taking, when asked, "How do you
take children away from parents without the parents
being notified?," responded, "You'll have to ask Attorney Jeffrey
Mensch." Attorney Jeffrey Mensch said that charges were made up due to
the mother not listening and that it is "just standard procedure to make
up charges." The Court transcripts have Judge Ranck stating that he
was reversing his previous Order but, he did not say that in court nor
did he reverse his Order. It is just a lie so that Judge Ranck can
The parents, Stephen Ames and Dawn Stoll, filed a Civil Rights action in
Federal Court against numerous State employees and attorneys, but
Federal Judge James F. McClure wrote in his Memorandum that political
and religious takings of children are within the authority of the State
and its personnel and dismissed the case. Stephen Ames also showed
documents to Tom Bowmen, who is an aide of Senator Arlen Specter. Tom
Bowmen responded by saying to Stephen Ames, "What the money powers want,
the money powers get and they don't want people reading the Bible or the
Constitution and you or your wife try to get custody of your children or
even visit they, you will spend the rest of your life in jail."
Children and Youth Services have taken steps to make sure that the
parents are not allowed to even visit the children. You can help this
family by spreading the word. Court transcripts and other documents are