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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (August 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439241155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439241158
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,367,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Johnson lives life her way. An unconventional 74-year-old, she has long been a fierce advocate for fathers' rights in family courts. She is an outspoken critic of the Massachusetts court system, which she says is rife with corruption. In 2002, she ran a quixotic campaign for governor, campaigning in an antique fire truck and promising to use creativity, compassion, and a willingness to listen to the People to mend an ailing government. In 2006, Johnson was barred from practicing law in Massachusetts. "The disbarment by a kangaroo court was an effort to silence my criticism of the courts," she said, adding laughingly, "I'll have to write a series of judicial murder mysteries and kill off a judge in the prologue of every one." A newspaper wrote, "While we don't fully agree with either her politics or her methods, Johnson is a character in a humdrum world sorely in need of more characters. She's the thorn in the side, the thumbtack on the chair. . . . Johnson speaks her mind, and loudly."

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Barbara Johnson was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1934. She grew up in Newton, a suburb of Boston known at the time for its fine public schools. After attending Bennington College in Vermont for two years, she attended Middlebury College Russian Summer School (1954). Immediately thereafter, for her junior year (1954-1955), when the male:female ratio was 50:1, she enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Center of International Relations (secretly run by the CIA).

The following year, which would have been her senior year at Bennington, her father, going through a severe financial crisis, suggested that the family could live cheaper in Paris, France, than in Newton. So she and her family spent a few months living delightfully in Paris and the remainder of the year traveling throughout the rest of Europe -- averaging a dollar a head a night.

Upon returning from Europe and facing her family's devastating financial condition, she married, unfortunately, a beau who had graduated from Williams College and was completing a tour in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant, JG. Within a week of being wed, her husband was severed from the Navy as a married man and entered Harvard Business School.

They moved to Scarsdale, an affluent town in which the Congregational Church regularly announced on its roadside sign the sermon on "Private Vice and Public Virtue," a town in which the lead actress in the Scarsdale Players' production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible ran off with the Episcopalian church organist.

Ten years later, life found her divorced with two sons and living in Greece on an island in the Argo-Saronic Gulf. Life had become magical for four years. Circumstances brought her and her sons to Israel for the next year. Her fascination with that journey will have to wait for her Memoirs.

In 1971, Barbara continued in and around Boston her editorial work, which she had honed in New York prior to divorcing.

Bored and restless, she tried a few other professions and finally settled on finishing up her senior year at Bennington to get her B.A. and entering New England School of Law in 1983 at the age of 49. In 1987, she received her J.D. She had received an award for her paper selected and submitted by the then-Dean of NESL to the ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition: "Patent or Copyright Protection for Computer Programs: A Traditional Legal Comparative Analysis Overlayed with a Linguistic Theory."

Called to the stage during her NESL graduation ceremony, she received the West Publishing Company Corpus Juris Secundum Series Award, 1987, for the highest annual scholastic average.

Thus began her two decades as a sole-practitioner in civil and criminal litigation in State and Federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. As amicus curiae, she submitted a brief in Dalis v. Buyer Advertising, Inc. (right to jury trial for sex discrimination plaintiff).

As a member of the Children's Rights Council panel, she addressed a joint state-congressional committee on a shared-parenting bill. As an activist-attorney, she received a Woman of the Year award from the Fatherhood Coalition.

Her activism had grown out of her early outside interests: As a film consultant, she advised the Massachusetts Bar Association's Bicentennial Committee. She conceived, produced, and moderated "Think Tank," a cable-TV series (Continental Cablevision in Newton) on local government and business. She contributed to the Boston Phoenix and was a feature writer whose articles appeared in the Newton Times and Micro Economics. Her other works in the world of words are a scenario, a movie script, and a travel book . . . as well as an unpublished faction novel: Cry Rape.

Barbara is currently working on two more nonfiction books to help people who are representing themselves in family court. When finished with the nonfiction, she is planning to switch back to fiction or faction.

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In Massachusetts the most powerful courts are the Probate Courts.
Jordan L. Ring
Get the book, keep it on your coffee table, everyone needs to read it and learn the laws of the land.
Reader for Life
Her book chronicles the lies, abuses, and hypocrisy which characterizes modern judicial proceedings.
Mark Cimini

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris D. on December 8, 2013
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This is quite frankley a very scarey book to read. The author, who clearly knows her stuff is the first to really expose the major inadiquacies in our Judicial system. This is the Serpico of law.

Unfortunatly the organized institution that passes for justice and law is so controlled, so corrupt, and so unbelivable ,...I wish all of us luck with our corrupt and caprecious system. Kudos to her for stepping out with this information. This was a very brave act. And this book is currently underapreciated.

Unfortunatly I don't think the American public is ready to fully grasp the depth and scope of this corruption and malase. Too many want to belive that our system is unfailable and just,....it isn't.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Anne Trivette on December 19, 2012
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This is shocking stuff. And she's absolutely 100% right. Our judicial system has run amok and we, the people are the only ones who can change it. I'm going to do my part.
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10 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Clements on October 10, 2009
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Barbara Johnson was an attorney in Massachusetts, and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at just how corrupt the legal system in Massachusetts (and elsewhere) really is. Drawing from her own personal experiences with the MA court system, she exposes corruption and violations of law that will seem to some to be unbelievable.
Always an out-spoken critic of the corrupt courts, Johnson was dis-barred in an attempt to silence her. In this book, she takes us into the court room, and explains clearly just how the corruption works, and how the judges are able to get away with their abuses of authority. She names names,and seems to be daring them to challenge her revelations in court. Along the way, she offers some excellent advice for presenting your own case, and cites relevant statutory and case law. The insights she offers should not be missed.
SEE ALSO:Taken into Custody: The War Against Fatherhood, Marriage, and the Family
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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jordan L. Ring on November 15, 2009
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In Massachusetts the most powerful courts are the Probate Courts. They can restructure or avoid all types of property rights and entites. In my experience, the rules of evidence are not always followed and hardly reviewed. The lifetime alimony and the destruction of marital assets leads to pain, emotional distress and apparent misjustice in that it takes property and rights and obligates many to a lifetime of pain and financial chaos. the use of contempts without trials that protect the individual appears to be a common method of dealing with complex financial issues. the laws in massachusetts as to alimony are out of step to today's reality. change has begun to seed the legislative process. the author exercise of her first amendment rights places the issues in focus and may be a roadmap to revamping the dated rules that are no longer in step with reality. while the author's ways may well be rogue, they are real and shine a light into the dark concers of the judicial system so as to force the needed legislative reform long overdue and reduce the agony of those the subject of a probate system that urgently demands the attention of lawmakers. the needs are real, the damage huge, and the cries of reform grow louder each day. the author's views help to sort out the need for immediate and effective reformation of a system in need of clear and present reform
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9 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Golden on October 27, 2009
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I thought New Jersey was bad, but Barbara Johnson reinforces Massachusetts' reputation as the state with the most anti-father and anti-male biased judiciary in the country. She became a lawyer late in life, and seemed drawn to unpopular causes and clients who had already been kicked around by a judicial system that would like them to just go away and stop bothering us. Finally, the system turned on Barbara and disbarred her. Now the Massachusetts judiciary and the assorted other swine that feed at the family court trough have disbarred her, she has left the state, and they no longer have any authority over her. She is now free to name names, and she does it in this tell-all book, including 654 footnotes on 105 pages!

Just one caution ... Laws, court rules and court customs are different from state to state. The Massachusetts court procedures Barbara speaks of may be generally similar to what goes on in your state. But before you try to use them yourself, especially as a pro se, make sure you know how the system works where you live. Its hard to find lawyers like Barbara Johnson who will vigorously and tenaciously advocate for their clients even when threatened with personal harm. Talk to other pro ses. Learn to manage your own case regardless of whether you choose to use a lawyer or not.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2009
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Barbara explains exactly how the Federal government incentivises divorce and the fatherless condition that plagues our society and how corrupt and cowardly Judges are protected from recourse for their traitorious abuse of the Constitution.
The Divorce and Domestic Violence "industry" is a social cancer and Barbra shows with her legal histories how it plays out in court. Her life demonstrated what happens to those who fight the system.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Cimini on September 30, 2009
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Barbara Johnson captures a small section of the corruption of the judiciary in this tell all book. Her book chronicles the lies, abuses, and hypocrisy which characterizes modern judicial proceedings. Example after example of these black-robed mafioso's destructive effects on society is described in clear and precise language. Judges use to have to answer to the King for their actions. Our republic, lacking a King, has allowed the corruption of this criminal class unbounded usurpation of our rights. Judicial created immunities protect judges even when they are acting corruptly or maliciously. What we are therefore left with is a corrupt and malicious judicial system. Ms. Johnson's book chronicles some of the judicial corruption she encountered during her career.
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