I am sorry this news is a couple days late.
It is with gratitude and joy that I announce that the voters of Los Angeles made the choice to elect Shannon Knight as judge. Though Debra Losnick can still wreck havoc on innocent lives as a commissioner in dependency court, there is still some feeling of victory here.
An often quoted verse of the Bible is John 3:16.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Unfortunately most people, Christians included, misinterpret this verse. They use their human experience and understanding to think about how each of us presumably bestows our own flesh and blood children with deep love and commitment.
First, we know a multitude do not give their own children love. From my own experience, I know my children’s biological father does not love his kids. If he did, he would not have taken away their mother to avenge his own wounded ego. And my own mother has always told me I am unlovable. Recently, after the death of my biological father, my mother withdrew even the pretense of love – her financial support and her inclusion of me in family gatherings.
But my own experience of lack of love from a biological parent pales in comparison to those who suffer beatings, incest and abandonment from the parents who begot them.
I think the word “begotten” is in John 3:16 to distinguish Christ from the rest of God’s children. It is not that God loves Christ more than he loves any one of us. It is that he loves us all just the same. He even chose the begotten one as a sacrifice – not wanting that any of us should perish.
God loves all his children: the black ones, the white ones, the ones of Jewish blood, the gentiles. He loves the smart ones, the simple, the financially wealthy and the poor. In fact it is easier for the poor and meek to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven – they can turn to God and realize all they have is from him easier than the children who were gifted with worldly goods and talents.
God loves all his children. We are called to love one another, regardless of who our earthly seed was from.
If it is difficult for you to care for a child because he is from the seed or the womb of your “enemy”, just go back 14 generations times four and you will find we are all from the same family.
“God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Thank you to attorney Patricia Barry for posting the following comment on a story about judicial candidate Debra Losnick. Readers asked for it to gain prominence, so here it is as a stand alone article:
I am an attorney with direct knowledge of Comm Losnick’s unethical misconduct on the bench.
In Yolanda Cuesta’s case Losnick consistently declared any evidence showing that the detective, the medical practitioners who examined the child and who found physical evidence consistent with sodomy, the child’s therapists, the child’s disclosures, Yolanda’s reports of sexual abuse, and DCFS’ conclusions that the child was sexually abused by the father irrelevant. She retained an incompetent and unqualified mental health evaluator, Michael Ward, at the expense of the taxpayers to say that Yolanda is an alienator and that she made it all up despite the overwhelming evidence that the father had sodomized his son. Ward admitted he had no background in child sexual abuse. The only individuals who said there was no sexual abuse were the father, his attorney, the minor’s counsel who always supports the abusive parent, Losnick, and Ward. Only because Fox News reported on the case several times was Yolanda able to keep custody and the child was protected.
In C.J. Park’s case, Losnick did not demand that the medical and police records be attached to the report of CSW Aguilera. Besides not attaching the records, Aguilera lied in her report. A year later after Losnick took her children, C.J. received from the Court of Appeal a report of SART Nurse Cabrera who had interviewed the children. She reported that the children did disclose that their father was molesting them in the shower. Losnick gave full custody to the molesting father and placed their mother in supervised visitation without the reports and solely on the perjured hearsay of the social worker Aguilera. Losnick hired another unethical mental health evaluator, Mr. Kraman, who said C.J. was making it all up — he said so even though he admitted that the children were not doing well in their father’s custody. Kraman did not have the medical and police records. He did not care. Rendering an opinion on the mental condition of an individual without all the records is a violation of protocol for a mental health evaluator.
In Jennifer Hebert’s case, Losnick was warned by County Counsel Melissa Searle and DCFS investigator Larryenaga not to give custody to the father Alexis Hebert because he was paranoid as a result of the schizophrenia he suffers from and because he had shown that he could not care for children. They said if Losnick awarded Alex custody the children would be at risk. Losnick gave custody to him, Since custody was awarded to him, numerous professionals have made mandated reports against him. The children’s therapist whom Alex hand-selected quit in disgust and testified in a deposition that Alex is unfit, that he witnessed Alex suffering from a bout of paranoia, that Alex believed a woman in a car in the therapist’s parking lot was after him. The therapist also testified that it is detrimental to the children seeing their mother only 1 hour a week which is what Judge Zeidler ordered. Judge Zeidler was assigned Jennifer’s case after I disqualified Losnick from the case. The children’s therapist also testified that the children are always filthy even with cookies in their hair, and their little bottoms and genitalia looked like they had suffered burns. The children are constantly ill, the 2 year old with gastroenteritis. The older child was diagnosed with anxiety because of being taken from her mother. The children are developmentally delayed. Alex refused to remove them from day care although the older child who could speak consistently reported being hit and abused there. She even had bruises on her legs where she said she was being kicked. The older child reports sleeping with “Dada” and not in her own bed. She masturbates in public spaces. Only because Jennifer, their mother, reported the day care to the State Dept of Licensing did Alex move the children to a different day care.
Jennifer is now in Judge Iwasaki’s court (family law). Alex told Judge Iwasaki (Dept 63) that Jennifer is harassing him with false complaints. Judge Iwasaki agrees with Alex although it was Jennifer who got the children out of the abusive day care. Alex works full time, has the children living in a converted garage, and makes music videos day and night in the bedroom he shares with the children. He posted his 3 year old daughter’s photo with a music video in which he sang he had had seen the devil over and over again. The former children’s therapist also testified that he had made three mandated reports about the two children, and DCFS disregarded them. He testified that the police came out twice to Alex’s home because other individuals had made reports (not Jennifer) about the children. Judge Iwasaki is more interested in protecting Losnick and Judge Zeidler than protecting these two little girls. Alex has deprived the little girls from seeing their mother going on 14 weeks (order is that at a minimum Jennifer and the girls must visit one hour per week). When the children did visit with their mother, they cling to their mother and cry when they have to leave, because they do not want to go with their father. What kid would?
Comm’r Losnick is not fit to serve as a judge.
Thank you Ms. Barry.
Losnick is running against the qualified gang homicide prosecutor Shannon Knight. Please vote on June 3rd: Shannon Knight for Judge.
(This commentary was not paid for in any way by any committee or candidate or anyone else. It is the opinion of the author and court watcher Laura Lynn)