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Most scams, such as sub-prime mortgages and email scams, victimize adults. But custody scams victimize children. When government fails to protect children it throws open the doors to private contractors—lawyers and clinicians—who enrich themselves at the expense of children. (More about this child and the mother who tried to protect her appears below.)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

John E. McCann III, William F. Holt, John A. Tarantino, and Fraud on the Court

My last post applauded Associate Justice John E. McCann III for finding Attorney William F. Holt had committed fraud on the court. Those of us who have tracked fraud on the court in other cases often notice the "cabals of court" -- those officers who keep showing up together as thick as thieves.

Holt and his attorney, John A. Tarantino, were featured in another case, along with Attorney Patricia K. Rocha, whose father Associate Justice Gilbert T. Rocha ruled on a case (K01-0521M), in which his daughter and Tarantino, representing Textron, persuaded the judge to scare off investigators. On July 13, 2004, a woman stood in the courtroom to denounce them all for insurance fraud, and Holt sent a ream of papers flying into the air -- one of the finest performances of judicial distraction I have ever seen.    

I wrote more about that case, along with another one (K01-0503), here: 

If you want more details (since your tax money is paying for this interminable fraud on the court), check these links: 

As always, I am writing in hope that other judges will use their authority to stop the widespread abuses of Family Court. If I have made any mistakes, I will gladly correct them. Let me know at ParentingProject @ 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bill Holt finally gets caught committing fraud on the court

Thank you, Judge McCann. (This reminds me of the Textron Case a dozen years ago and the glaring areas of dysfunction in Rhode Island's Family Court. More to come.)

About the mother and child pictured at the top

On February 21, 1992, Rhode Island Family Court's Chief Judge Jeremiah Jeremiah gave this two-year-old to the sole custody and possession of her father despite his history of domestic violence and failure to pay child support. The father, a police officer, brought false charges against his ex-wife, first saying she was a drug addict. (Twenty-two random tests proved she was not.) Then he had her arrested for bank fraud, then for filing a false report, then for sexual abuse, then for kidnapping. None of his charges stuck.

The child remained with her father and stepmother until 2003, when, at 14, she finally realized that her mother had not been a drug addict. The teenager persuaded Judge Stephen Capineri to let her return to her mother. There she began working on the painful issues of lifelong coercion and deception--a tangled knot of guilt and rage. Most painful has been her father’s continuing refusal to let her visit two dearly loved half-sisters, whom she has not seen since 2003.

She is one of countless children in Rhode Island subjected to severe emotional and physical trauma by Family Court when it helps abusive parents to maintain control over their families after divorce. When she turned 18 in 2007, she gave the Parenting Project permission to publish her picture on behalf of all children who have been held hostage by Rhode Island custody scams.

We are using this blog to provide links to stories that will help concerned people, including government officials, become aware of this form of child abuse and legal abuse. We must work together to improve the courts' ability to recognize the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in victims of domestic abuse who are trying to protect their children.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are looking for the story of the removal of "Molly and Sara," please visit

About the Author and the Cause

Parenting Project is a volunteer community service begun in 1996 at Mathewson Street United Methodist Church, Providence, RI, to focus on the needs of children at risk in Family Court custody cases. Our goal is to make Rhode Island's child protective system more effective, transparent, and accountable.

The Parenting Project coordinator, Anne Grant, a retired minister and former executive director of Rhode Island's largest shelter for battered women and their children, researches and writes about official actions that endanger children and the parents who try to protect them. She wrote a chapter on Rhode Island in Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Child Custody: Legal Strategies and Policy Issues, ed. Mo Therese Hannah, PhD, and Barry Goldstein, JD (Civic Research Institute, 2010).

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