Monday, June 23, 2014

Letters from 7 others, plus mine, re NYTimes blatantly distorting facts in Oct. 5, 2008 article re Taub court case

Posted by susan titus glascoff at 11/25/2008 7:11 PM
From:          james garey (riget@verizon.net)
Sent:     Sat 10/11/08 12:56 AM
To:     letters@nytimes.com
Cc:     Susan Glascoff (susantitusglascoff@hotmail.com)
NYT Letter-to -the Editor, re: “Chana and Simon Love Their House, but .. They Loathe Each Other, “ Ruth Padawer, 10/5/08

The attempt to miscast this sad and ugly story of a painful  lengthy and unresolved series of divorce hearings, involving the lives of a family with several children,  as a  “Hearts and Flowers” comedy involving a house, is a terribly destructive thing to those involved, and an affront to Times readers.  Furthermore, the inclusion of Susan Glascof without mentioning her relationship to Chana, her affiliation with the National Coalition for Family Justice, and to the court  hearings and the legal proceedings is completely misleading and poor journalism to say the least. But such distortion by the New York times is not a surprise to me. Having grown up with the understanding that the Times was the newspaper of record, I subscribed to the paper for over ten years; however, I canceled my subscription when I realized that the editorial positions were spilling over to the front page.

Signed:  James R. Garey, Narragansett, RI 02882, Email: riget@verizon.net,


Re: Last Sunday's article "Chana and Simon Love Their House, But..."?
From:     Cheryl W
Sent:     Sat 10/11/08 11:36 AM
To:     Letters@NYTimes.com
Cc:     Sue Glascoff-Dietrich (susantitusglascoff@hotmail.com)
I am concerned with the way your article portrayed Susan Titus Glascoff as a "self-described" public advocate whose main function appeared to be the spinning of unsubstantiated theories.  I feel it was demeaning to Sue personally and gave a very inaccurate impression of her work as an advocate.  I have know Sue for almost 30 years and am well acquainted with her advocacy work during those years.   Sue is serious-minded and very hard working.  She takes on advocacy projects that she believes in and researches them thoroughly.  She is passionate about her work but has her conclusions backed up with facts.  The fine quality of her advocacy work has been recognized nationally by advocacy organizations and "who's Who" lists.  Sue and her work, which in this case concerns injustice in the court system, merit a NY Times article that takes a serious, in depth look at that issue.

Cheryl W

Guilford, CT 06437


[Fwd: Credentials of an Advocate]?
From:     Michael T
Sent:     Sat 10/11/08 3:30 PM
To:     Susan Titus Glascoff (susantitusglascoff@hotmail.com)


Blind carbon copy for you.  120 words isn't much.

--Forwarded Message Attachment--
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 15:31:57 -0400
From: mvt
To: letter@nytimes.com
Subject: Credentials of an Advocate


Concerning “Chana and Simon Love Their House, but
. . . They
Loathe Each Other” (2 October 2008), Susan Titus Glascoff, one of
Chana’s “supporters”,
has a long track record in public advocacy.
She is not just a friend sitting around the kitchen table.  I have known Ms. Glascoff for over thirty
years, and she has been concerned with advocacy for the entire time,
beginning
with a lobbying effort 33 years ago to improve the safety over overly
hot oven
doors in kitchen stoves.  I was able to
render some minor assistance to her in that case with my training as a
physicist.  She has demonstrated an
on-going, continual commitment to public affairs at a very serious
level ever
since.


Michael Turner

Broad Run, VA 20137


Fw: The New York Times - automated reply?
From:     michaelj
Sent:     Sat 10/11/08 11:24 PM
To:     susantitusglascoff@hotmail.com

The KEY magazine article concerning the Taub’s needed accountability.  The story was written due to the property dispute but touched more on personal content that needed to be fact checked.  Susan Glascoff was interviewed for the story and I know her advocacy well.  I am troubled she was presented without her full credentials which would have helped Chana be viewed more favorably.  Susan gets involved when presented with questionable court practices and deals in facts by documenting everything.  We need to make sure the rule of law means something.  Is it fair for a wife to be in foreclosure because her multi-millionaire husband stops making payments while they are married?  What judge would allow such unfairness?  Just look at the abuse that’s happening in my profession.  Our legal system is a major pillar in this country and you should be reporting on the abuses so people demand judicial responsibility.

Michael J
Senior Investment Advisor
Zacks Investment Management


P.S. Susan does of course give her opinion, but when she does she makes that very clear.  She could not be in 4 Who's Whos if she presented opinions as facts, so you have deliberately misrepresented her.  She has sent facts out about this Taub case for well over a year.  She gave the author, Ruth Padawer, all sorts of factual documentation including that Simon Taub has 3 federal fraud convictions.  Several transcript pages were given showing Judge Carolyn Demarest was clearly biased, often lying, and sometimes going specifically vs the law, yet you deliberately paint her as a concerned judge, even though you also know that Chana Taub has presented official papers to try to get her recused.  Susan sends facts out broadly, so it is puzzling why you would deliberately misrepresent such a case.



--- On Sat, 10/11/08, letters@nytimes.com <letters@nytimes.com> wrote:

> From: letters@nytimes.com <letters@nytimes.com>
> Subject: The New York Times - automated reply
> To: michaelj
> Date: Saturday, October 11, 2008, 12:31 PM
> Thank you for your letter to The New York Times.



NYT article?
From:     Peggy A
Sent:     Sun 10/12/08 9:22 AM
To:     letters@nytimes.com
Cc:     Susan  (susantitusglascoff@hotmail.com)
To whomever it may concern:
     I wish to object strongly to your dismissive treatment of Susan Titus Glasscoff in your recent article in Key magazine.  I have known Susan for over 15 years and find her to be as honest and hardworking an advocate for women and their rights as anyone I know.  After interviewing her for seven hours, how could you not pay more attention to what she actually said?  Furthermore, why not mention her notable credentials, such as holding the position of Executive Director of the Nat'l Advisory Board of the Nat'l Coalition for Family Justice?  I subscribe to the NYTimes even though I live in rural South Carolina.  It has always been my preferred newspaper.  However, this cavalier treatment of my friend Susan and her valuable efforts disappoints me greatly!
Sincerely,
Peggy A

Hilton Head, SC, 29928


NY Times?
From:     Chuck R
Sent:     Sun 10/12/08 12:10 AM
To:     Susan Titus Glascoff (susantitusglascoff@hotmail.com)
Sue I sent the following to the NY Times letters:


I've known Susan Glascoff for many years and know that she's a tireless worker who thoroughly researches the cases where she serves as an advocate. Her positions are always throughly documented. Susan's advocacy work through her affiliation with the National Coalition for Family Justice has been recognized by her inclusion in a number of “Who's Who” lists. To refer to Susan as “A self-described freelance public advocate” when both the reporter and the Times had her credentials shows a level of journalistic integrity far below the level which used to be expected from the former “Paper of Record”!


I included my name etc in the original.

Good luck,
Chuck


Fwd: Ar4ticle in Fall 2008 KEY magazine?
From:     leedsrector@aol.com
Sent:     Sun 10/12/08 3:26 PM
To:     susantitusglascoff@hotmail.com
I am resending this to you.  It did go out Friday. Linnea


-----Original Message-----
From: leedsrector@aol.com
To: letters@nytimes.com
Cc: susantitusglascoff@hotmail.com
Sent: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 2:45 pm
Subject: Ar4ticle in Fall 2008 KEY magazine

RE: the Booklyn Couple Who Love Their House and  Loathe Each Other (NYT Key, October 5, 2008)

Dear Sir:

I was appalled when I read the above referenced article, particularly in your characterization of Susan Titus Glascoff. I have known Ms. Glascoff  for over 35 years; she has been involved in advocacy throughtout that time, beginning with defective stove doors (one injured her toddler son). She eventually saw legislation passed to guard against such doors. She has been involved in advocacy  for legal accountability for over 5 years now. The National Coalition for Family Justice specifically asked her to attend all hearings dealing with the Taub case because of allegations of judicial misconduct/abuse.

I know that Ms Glascoff would not have mentioned "bribery" if she did not have evidence to back up this accusation. I have seen ample documentation she gave the author on Mr. Taub and his various convictions -- not to vilify him but to enable readers better to judge the veracity of his statements.

(The Rev.) Linnea Summers Turner
Rector, Leeds Episcopal Church
Markham, VA   22643

1-540-364-2849 (W)



Re: Did you get long email sent starting- "Please email this to as many as possible...?
From:     Katalin Pota (katalinpota@yahoo.com)
Sent:     Mon 11/03/08 6:43 AM
To:     Susan Titus Glascoff (susantitusglascoff@hotmail.com)
Cc:     e.newhouse@juno.com

HELLO SUE,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR EMAIL,I RECEIVED IT. I WAS SHOCKED READING THE NYT ARTICLE, BECAUSE I WAS SITTING WITH YOU, CHANA, ESTHER AND RUTH PADAWER AT THE KITCHEN TABLE, AND IT SEEMS AS SHE HAD BEEN AT A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MEETING. YOU PROBABLY REMEMBER, SHE TOLD ME THAT SHE WANTED TO MEET ME AT 10 GRAND AND GET INFORMATION ON SIMON'S VIOLATIONS AND ALL THE ILLEGALITIES REGARDING THE BUILDING. AFTER CONTACTING HER SEVERAL TIMES, FINALLY SHE TOLD ME THAT SHE WAS INTERESTED ONLY IN THE DIVORCE AND NOT IN SIMON'S CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.
HAVE YOU CONTACTED THE REPORTER AT NY MAGAZINE? I GAVE HIS INFORMATION TO CHANA.
WE ALL HOPE THAT SIMON GOES TO JAIL FOR ALL THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES HE IS INVOLVED IN.
CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WONDERFUL WORK YOU DO.
BEST WISHES,
KATALIN


FW: NYTimes.com: Chana and Simon Love Their House, but . . . They Loathe Each Other- NEW SHORT clarifying update?
From:     Susan Titus Glascoff (susantitusglascoff@hotmail.com)
Sent:     Sat 11/01/08 12:55 PM
To:     CNN, Judy and Thomas (judy&thomas@cnn.com); Torre, Jennifer (jennjtsahf@aol.com); Alexander, Julie(minister,501c3,jud.reform) (chatbratstar@aol.com); Amy PhD (amy.neustein@verizon.net); bernardo, regina2 (regina.m.bernardo@bankofamerica.com); Bertocci, Doris (dbertocci@optonline.net); Books from, Susie (booksfromsusie@aol.com); Burstein, Karen (Judge) (ksbesq@worldnet.att.net); Businessweek, Magazine (bwkcustserv@cdsfulfillment.com); Campbell, Ellen2Cambridge (ellen@cambridgewhoswho.com); Canada, Theresa (tjcan1@aol.com); Carner, Talia (authortalia@aol.com); DeRosa, Anthony (investigative reporter) (anthonydrs@juno.com); Driggers, Monica (mdrigger@wellesley.edu); Evans, Patricia (books, speeches, etc0 (evansbooks@aol.com); Fathers, Founding (Ted Waitt) (gphudson@wmni.net); Froehling, Beth (Publi cPolicy, NC DV) (bfroel@nccadv.org); Gandy, KimNOW (nowpresident@now.org); Gates, BillMelinda (info@gatesfoundation.org); ginsberg, alexNYPost (aginsberg@nypost.com); Goldstein, Barry (Esq) (barryg78@aol.com); Grippo, Kelley (Women/children) (womenchildren@optonline.net)

Thought this 2-paragraph forwarded partial summary of what happened in federal bankrutpcy court Thurs., Oct. 29, 2008, plus ONE pg response to my long email by one CT lawyer re noting extreme difficulty with same sources I directly or indirectly indicated in that long first email, might starkly drive home why we need immediate national discussion re legal and media accountability!  Sorry that the long email also comes over at end here- I couldn't seem to get that to erase without erasing the top part.  However, I know some didn't get original long email, and in fact this does not contain the original clarifying &/or verifying documents that were attached.  I will need to send all that in its entirety to people who did not get the original so it remains as one forwarding document.  I would like YOU to please forward the 2 new short letters here  (maybe you can manage to figure out how to erase long part at bottom to those you already sent it to) and again ask people to make it a chain reaction as these 2 new pages definitely verify what I was saying in my original long email. I emphasize that I never make any absolute claims without verifying data & don't even hint at something without substantial indication of its veracity!  ALso, this Brooklyn case is indeed only the tip of the iceberg re blatant extensive legal abuse in the U.S. no matter the topic.  Mix into that the total twisting of the truth or ignoring (often for fear of suit, so this is vicious circle) by even major media, and you have a very dangerous cancer here.  Remember that Thomas Jefferson said in 1821- "The germ of the destruction of our nation is in the power of the judiciary."  The reason he gave was for lack of checks and balances.  He also said the only way to make significant change was "not to keep information from the public, but to fully inform their discretion."  I believe his "germ" was cancer which has insideously been building a base, then started fairly rapid rise, and soon will skyrocket out of control, the way ANYTHING does which is subject to the power of compounding.  Lack of legal and media accountability is surely a major driving force behind our financial crisis, so we ignore this at the peril of us all, but esp. at the peril of the future for ALL our kids!
      AGAIN, I apologize for the length of the first email & having it tag along here, but many on the email list were largely unaware of what was going on, and almost none of you knew all the details I described (still very incomplete), and I wanted to help insure against "Yeah, BUT that might not be accurate if you thought of this or that, etc."  Everyone knows we need some legal reform, but to get urgency across describing it in short sound bites just does not do the trick.    Thanks for your understanding, patience, & hopefully your concern (We esp. need enlightened men enlightening other men as well as women insisting that women who have lost their inherent sensitive or nurturing instincts either also to also become enlightened or be scourged from positions of power, esp. those of judgeships!  As many have noted, we are all in this together, and only via increased collective effort can we stop those who have become "addicted to dominance.")   PLEASE email what I have sent as broadly as possible ASAP!    Susan



From: susantitusglascoff@hotmail.com
To: letters@nytimes.com
CC: oum777@aol.com; susantitusglascoff@hotmail.com
Subject: FW: NYTimes.com: Chana and Simon Love Their House, but . . . They Loathe Each Other
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 22:31:00 -0400

Letter-to-editor re Key Mag. Oct 5, "Chana and Simon Love Their House, but...They Loathe Each Other"
      I believe the letter below stands as yet another commentary re your highly troubling misrepresentations.  I attended the bankruptcy hearing re Taub case today.  Simon's atty had the nerve to stand up and say that it was questionable that Chana was entitled to any property.  He was also complaining that she had been collecting a few of the rents since the bankruptcy was filed, but that she wasn't paying many of the expenses, and he was complaining it was costing Simon money. (Oh dear....)   Aside from totally skewing facts when any new argument was presented, he also said if they go to mediation (which judge was suggesting but I seriously doubt will work) that they get a religious mediator.  Absolutely not- would just be another person for Simon to control, and Chana agrees!
       However, the federal court trustee and the judge (Stong) were both on top of everything.  The trustee asked- "So you would like Mrs. Taub not to eat until this is resolved since you don't want her to collect any rent or pay her maintenance?"  The judge managed to get into the record that they should really want to preserve their assets since Simon still has $41 Million (and that is of course only what can be assessed re buildings here). (And yet NYT painted judge (Carolyn Demarest) as neutral when she hasn't enforced much of any laws which are her responsibility to do; and of course it makes no difference that the US is in crisis yet you don't seem to object that a multimillionaire can have 3 properties in foreclosure and cause wife to go into bankruptcy which hurts all creditors!) Judge (Stong) expressed dismay at length of divorce proceedings and even more at fact that no discovery had been required- other side at first said there was and then was forced to admit there wasn't.  ETC. ETC.  The judge (Stong) was shrewd, smiling, and neutral on the surface, but no one was pulling the wool over her eyes. She frequently emphaszied that bankruptcy is required by fed law to move things along, and she played that for all it was worth!  She set several very specific discovery and motion dates, etc. and next hearing for Dec 9- yes indeed before the next hearing with Demarest of Dec 17!
     THIS COUNTRY NEEDS JUDGES LIKE THIS (Stong) AND MEDIA WHO ACCURATELY REPORT WHAT GOES ON! THE FUTURE OF ALL OUR CHILDREN DEPEND ON THIS.  WILL YOU ISSUE A CORRECTION YET, FOR LOTS MORE ARE BEING INFORMED OF THE KEY MAG. DEBACLE?!       Susan Titus Glascoff
                                                                                                                                                   
To: susantitusglascoff@hotmail.com
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 06:07:33 -0400
From: oum777@aol.com
Subject: Re: NYTimes.com: Chana and Simon Love Their House, but . . . They Loathe Each Other

Dear Susan,

I am a mother and lawyer in New York State who has experienced first hand the nightmare of divorce and custody
courts in both Family Court and Supreme Court.

I understand your analysis and our need for integrity in the system. Thank you for your efforts to seek integrity in the system.  Chief Judge Judith Kaye has allowed these feckless and reckless if not criminal matrimonial  judges to run loose. We can only hope that Governor Patterson appoints court reform minded Judge Margarita Torres Lopez to the top seat when Kaye retires.  The system needs to be completely overhauled.

I am not surprised the Taub case unfolded as it did  in Brooklyn.  The Kings County Chief of Matrimonal Judges, and a favorite of NYS Matrimonial Judge  Jacqueline Silberman, Judge Jeffrey Sunshine, was a human wrecking ball in my case.

Incidentally, he was picked to sit on the Matrimonial Commission and in spite of all of my objections and evidence provided to Judge Pfau, Inspector General Sherril Spatz, and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, nothing was ever done except retaliate against the messenger and protect and promote the wrongdoer.

 In fact, Judge Sunshine is
now on the ballot for Supreme Court in Kings County, participated in a continuing systemic fraud on the court
while on loan to Richmond County and sitting on my case.   He covered up for the obvious misconduct and malfeasance
of the law guardian and the pitbull opposing counsel in the botched child custody case which had sent my children to their father before I was given a chance to put on a word of my case.


This failure of integrity on Judge Sunshine's part is a story I had hoped the New York Times would tell to protect the people of Brooklyn from another judge's ability
to legitimize his support for the "addiction to dominance"

The NYT has not covered another story in Richmond County which one judge has recused and various judges have refused to sign a writ of habeas corpus and the final judge issuing a gag order eventually just dismissed the entire divorce proceeding. How much of our Judiciary budget has gone into wreaking havoc in that case.

As a result of obvious misconduct and malfeasance, the children were wrongly awarded to the father seven years ago and the mother has been given no visitation the entire time.  The case is so egregious that it makes your hair stand on end.  Check out the blog published by the mother in the case.  www.disgustedwiththesystem.blogspot.com.

The
lack of accountability in the judicial system parallels the same lack of oversight which led to  the sub prime mortgage failure.  The unmet needs of families in divorce are legion and way we are doing business is making matters exponentially worse at great cost.  The meltdown for society is already being felt as you so correctly point out.


You may forward my comments to the reporter or editor at the New York Times.

Sincerely,

Nora Renzulli, Esq.
646-287-2008

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