In the last few weeks I have submitted and had published in newspapers around the country variations of what I’ve written below (usually a shortened version, depending on publishing requirements): 

Without exception, after yet more horrific massacres committed by the mentally unstable we hear that family members and others witnessed the mentally ill person making overt threats of violence.  Yet reports to authorities resulted in no actions to stop the mentally ill person.  If the mass murderer used a gun, then the anti-Second Amendment folks demand to stop the manufacture and sale of guns.  First, due to HIPAA laws, mental health records cannot be accessed by gun sellers, so background checks won’t reveal that the person buying a gun has severe mental illness.  Second, here in the U.S. and in gun-restricted countries the severely mentally ill have used cars, knives, or their bare hands to kill people.  Nobody screams about taking away cars, knives, or cutting off everyone’s hands after a mentally disturbed person murders people.

The problem isn’t guns, cars, knives, or bare hands.  The problem is that from the 1970s-1990s state-by-state our legislators fell for the lies of the ACLU and other left-leaning activists who pretended to be mental health experts and insisted that the mentally ill be given the “right” and “freedom” to be released from mental health facilities.  Mental health commitment laws were obliterated based on these lies.  Legislators believed the lie that it would be economically beneficial to shut down mental health facilities.  The severely mentally ill were quite literally shoved out onto the streets.  We’re all paying the costs.

I speak from personal experience.  I have severely mentally ill family members who have victimized me and others.  One of them has guns and has made threats of violence against me and others.  But no mental health laws exist to involuntarily commit these family members into permanent mental health treatment and monitoring despite their terminal and worsening mental health condition.  Psychiatrists and psychologists I’ve spoken to also express their frustration.  Their hands are tied because our current insane laws prevent any meaningful treatment for the severely mentally ill.  I’ve written about my experience in my book, Fighting for Justice:  Religious Fraud, Mental Illness, and the Collapse of Law & Order.

Our legislators need to follow the science on severe mental health issues, establish medically ethical privately-run, state-monitored mental health facilities (like nursing homes and hospitals), and enact sane involuntary long-term and permanent mental health commitment laws.  Until our legislators come to their senses, this bloodshed will continue.

In March, 2022, a person in Fulton County, Georgia emailed me to express concerns about former Fulton County Magistrate Judge Allyson Pitts running for a Fulton County Superior Court Judge position against incumbent Fulton County Superior Court Judge Paige Reese Whitaker.  This person had read my www.stopabusivelawsuits.com website which details how in 2015 Allyson Pitts, when she was a family court magistrate judge hearing protective order cases, behaved in a rude, unprofessional manner toward petitioners, their attorneys, and toward security staff in the courtroom, denying some petitioners protective orders despite overwhelming evidence, and issuing willy-nilly protective orders against others who were in fact the victims.  Our report of Judge Allyson Pitts’ reprehensible behavior to Georgia’s Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) resulted in their acknowledgement that Pitts did indeed violate Georgia state law regarding the time period that restricted the issuances of protective orders.  Unfortunately, the JQC did not acknowledge the fact that Pitts also broke the law governing the requirements of protective orders when she refused to issue an arrest warrant against my brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks for his violations of the protective order my husband and I obtained against him.  My brother continued to possess firearms and he continued to publish alarming, threatening statements on his social media accounts against us — clear violations of the terms of the protective order we obtained against him.  More details about this 2015 incident are found at https://stopabusivelawsuits.com/?s=allyson+pitts 

After I received the email from the Fulton County, Georgia resident, I searched online and found both Allyson Pitts’ campaign website and Judge Paige Reese Whitaker’s campaign website.  Pitts’ website used religious jargon and endorsements from religious leaders to promote herself as (somehow?!) qualified to be a superior court judge.  My husband and I read her religious jargon with utter disgust and we couldn’t help but find similarities between her and my brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks’ use of religious jargon so as to play off of people’s religious sensitivities in order to falsely promote themselves, deliberately deceiving the public about who and what they really are.

In stark contrast, Judge Paige Reese Whitaker’s campaign website was professional and cited her actual accomplishments.   Her endorsers were fellow judges and attorneys, and non-attorneys who had their cases heard before Judge Reese Whitaker.    

After reviewing all this information, I emailed Judge Reese Whitaker’s campaign staff and I shared with them the Judicial Qualifications Commission’s letter that cited Pitts’ violation of law, and I expressed my concerns about Pitts abusing her power and damaging more innocent victims if she were to become a superior court judge.  A member of Judge Reese Whitaker’s campaign responded to my contact and assured me that Judge Reese Whitaker’s campaign staff would do all they could to inform the voters of Fulton County of the JQC’s determination against Pitts.  This member of Judge Reese Whitaker’s campaign also told me that for some years a number of people had raised concerns about Pitts’ behavior on the bench and that Pitts does not have a good reputation in the legal community.   

The attorney who presented our complaint to Judge Pitts in 2015 regarding my brother’s violation of the protective order we had against him also unexpectedly reached out to us to inform us that flyers were being sent to Fulton County voters that included the JQC’s letter regarding Allyson Pitts’ violation of state law and how it impacted us.  Our former attorney told us that the incumbent Fulton County Superior Court Judge Paige Reese Whitaker is “good people” and that she has a very good reputation as a fair, knowledgeable, and competent judge.

So we were very pleased when the Fulton County, Georgia May 24th election results showed that Judge Reese Whitaker had won about 65 per cent of the vote against Allyson Pitts.  My husband and I sent our congratulations to Judge Reese Whitaker’s campaign staff and we expressed our relief that Allyson Pitts was prevented from becoming a superior court judge who would, undoubtedly, detrimentally impact innocent victims like we were when we appeared before her in court in 2015. 

Our message to Allyson Pitts?  Is it possible for you to step back and recognize even in some small way the irreparable damage you’ve done to innocent people who have sought your help only to be met with your apathy, your unprofessionalism, and your unethical and blatantly unjust behavior on the bench?  Justice is a human need!  We fully recognize that being a judge in a large city like Atlanta is challenging to say the least, but this fact cannot excuse your troubling behavior.  In our 2015 case before you, you violated our most basic human rights to live in peace without fear of threats.  We saw you violate others’ rights to peace and safety too.  Our advice to you?  Take a sabbatical from the bench and from the legal profession.  Get some personal counseling to pinpoint why it is you could reduce yourself to behave in such a reprehensible, cold-hearted manner and denigrate the judicial profession in front of thousands of people who have needed your help to right the wrongs being done to them.  And spare people your religious jargon in your pathetic attempts to deceive people that you actually care about right and wrong and about the people you are supposed to be serving.  Your law degree has given you the ability to help people.  Your best course of action at this point for personal and professional redemption is to put yourself under accountability to your peers and seek ways to right the wrongs you’ve done thus far by helping the most desperate in our society.  Take some professional courses aimed at practicing ethical behavior and dealing appropriately with the stresses of the legal profession.  Join a low cost or free legal aid society to help victims of abuse and simultaneously answer to that society’s ethical standards of conduct.  Whatever you choose to do, you need to stop subjecting any more people to your abuse of judicial power.  And stop underestimating the power of victims you’ve wronged to speak the truth about what you did to them.  Whether or not any of my words matter to you, the fact is that it is power-abusing, unjust judges like you that are the reason so many people have zero trust in our judicial system, and why criminal abusers like my brother get a free pass and are empowered to continue their illegal behavior.  Let that sink in, and choose to reform yourself.  

On March 3rd, 2022, I was interviewed for a podcast.  Just before the podcast interview was recorded, the podcaster admitted that he had only read “a quarter to a third” of my book, Fighting for Justice:  Religious Fraud, Mental Illness, and the Collapse of Law & Order.  In retrospect, I should have refused to go through with the interview at that point because, as it became very obvious, the podcaster was not prepared to conduct a well-informed interview.  In short, the interview did not at all allow me to discuss adequately my book and the documentation that backs up my book, the successes my husband and I have had, and our ongoing legislative efforts.  Due to the failure of the podcaster to prepare sufficiently for the interview, there really wasn’t anything of value to offer to other crime victims/survivors listening to the podcast.  

After the interview, I emailed the podcaster to express my concerns about how he conducted the interview, and he offered to not air it on his podcast.  At first, I thought perhaps some of the interview may be of help to the podcaster’s listeners so I agreed to air the interview even though I was clear that the interview could have been much better.  But as I continued to speak with others about the interview, some of whom have also experienced abuse and survived crimes committed against them, they expressed concerns that the podcaster’s interview would not have been of any benefit to me or to others who have experienced familial abuse, stalking, and other crimes committed by estranged family members.  I also came to the same conclusion, and therefore I emailed the podcaster again to inform him that I had decided that I did not want the interview to air.

The primary lesson from this experience for anyone else interested in being interviewed by podcasters, journalists, or any other media figures, is to require these interviewers to be well-prepared.  Again, as soon as the podcaster admitted that he had read only a small portion of my book (he also gave every indication that he had not read the supporting documentation on my www.stopabusivelawsuits.com website), I should have chosen then and there not to go through with the interview.  

The other lesson gleaned from this experience is that I will not publicize any upcoming interviews with any media figures on my websites or anywhere else.  This is due to the fact that my stalking brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks has a long history of interfering in many aspects of my life, and, of course, he does not want the truth to be told about him (the same applies for my other stalking, harassing brothers who still remain unnamed even though they’ve created their own public court records).  Did Ken, and/or my other brothers, contact the podcaster before the interview (the podcaster denied they did, but some of his questions, which he himself described as “devil’s advocate” questions, could have easily come from my brothers’ own mouths), or did the podcaster just do a poor job because he was not at all prepared to do a professional interview?  In any case, it’s best for all concerned that I protect myself and any interviewers from interference from my brothers, so it is just a wise course of action to not publicize any upcoming or past interviews I choose to do.       

 

On June 25th, 2021, in Georgia’s Northern District Federal Court Judge Eleanor Ross issued her ruling against my brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks, deeming him an abusive litigant and placing pre-filing injunctions against him that require judicial review and approval of any lawsuit he attempts to file in that court.  These injunctions protect me and my husband — Paulette and Scott Buchanan —  and anyone connected to us from my brother Ken’s meritless, abusive lawsuits whether he files pro se or through an attorney.  Furthermore, Judge Ross’ ruling protects the general public in that she specifically warns Parks not to file any frivolous, meritless, abusive lawsuits against anyone, and that the court will conduct judicial review of any lawsuit he may file to ensure it is not frivolous, meritless, and/or abusive.   This federal court ruling provides additional protection to the October, 2020 Tennessee state court order that prohibits my brother from suing me and my husband pro se ever again.

As of January, 2021 the two bills my husband Scott Buchanan and I, Paulette Buchanan, crafted addressing the problem of abusive pro se plaintiffs have been proposed by our state representative Scotty Campbell for the 2021 legislative session in Tennessee.  The two bills are HB0337 (SB0866) and HB0186 (SB0865).  

We call on Tennessee residents, and especially victims of abusive pro se plaintiffs, to contact their state senators and representatives and urge them to support these two bills.  

As with any bill, the language can change as the bill is revised and edited in the legislative process.  Many good bills have taken years before they are passed by state legislatures and signed into law by governors.  We are working hard to ensure that these two bills are passed this year and enacted into law.   But if that doesn’t happen this year, we will continue to keep proposing these bills and rallying support for however long it takes to get good sensible laws enacted that stop abusive pro se litigants from weaponizing the courts against their victims.

First Proposed Bill:

 

Second Proposed Bill:

On February 2, 2021, a hearing was held in Georgia’s Northern District Bankruptcy court.  Ken “Pastor Max” Parks failed to appear.  After hearing our testimony and being presented with irrefutable evidence, Judge Sage Sigler ruled that the Connecticut vexatious litigant law applied to our claim in the Georgia Bankruptcy Court, and she awarded us treble (triple) the amount of the Connecticut attorney fees that we had spent to get my brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks’ utterly meritless 2015 lawsuit against us dismissed (with prejudice).  Judge Sigler also ruled that Ken “Pastor Max” Parks had to pay additional attorney fees we incurred with our Georgia attorneys in my brother’s bankruptcy case.  The treble amount of Connecticut attorney fees awarded is $192, 444.21 and the Georgia attorney fees awarded is $25,591.30, for a total of $218,035.51.  

Prior to the February 2, 2021 Georgia Bankruptcy Court hearing, Ken “Pastor Max” Parks claimed in his filing with the court that he’s chronically ill, “frail and weakened” in “body and mind” and “virtually bed-ridden” and therefore he claimed he could not attend via video conferencing the scheduled hearing.  And yet, a few hours after the February 2, 2021 Bankruptcy Court hearing, we found out from our Tennessee attorney that my brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks spent the day calling law offices in our area trying to find an attorney to file yet another lawsuit against us (so much for being “frail and weakened” in “body and mind”).  One attorney reported that not only did he refuse to represent my brother, but he stated that Ken sounded “really crazy.”           

On February 9, 2021 Judge Sage Sigler issued her Final Judgment, consolidating the previous Orders regarding the awarding of attorney fees in the Tennessee and Connecticut cases and declaring those judgments non-dischargeable.