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Ms. Suzanne Shell

Wrong Suzanne Shell?

Board Member

Local Address: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
American Family Advocacy Center
 
Background

Employment History

  • Director, Founder
    American Family Advocacy Center
  • President
    Family Advocacy Center Inc
  • Publisher and Owner
    Sage Wisdom Press
  • National Spokesperson
    Parent's March

Board Memberships and Affiliations

92 Total References
Web References
Fremont Co
www.profane-justice.org, 29 Aug 2009 [cached]
Their actions were designed to prevent our director, Suzanne Shell, from having any contact with a parent whose child was taken by Fremont County, Colorado Department of Humans Services (DHS) for allegedly having untreated head lice.
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Suzanne Shell - Director, American Family Advocacy Center
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Suzanne has had dealings with him as far back as 1997. He reportedly left his previous post in Teller County, at the request of the County Commissioners due to an alleged shortfall of funds reported by one of the former county commissioners to be in the neighborhood of $400,000.00.
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Suzanne and her clients have been consistently subjected to retaliation from the bench since 1997 with this judge. Background on Julie Marshall MORE BACKGROUND ON "Her Honor": Judge orders sex offender to be permitted contact with victims and unsupervised contact with community children When the child victim cries and pleads with the judge to not force her to have contact the perp, Her Honor reportedly tells the child victim that she needs to learn to deal with it. We learned that "Her Honor" called the paper that published this article and demanded a retraction upon pain of . . .? Who does she think she is that she can practice official censorship in spite of the right to freedom of the press?
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Jolene Devries - Owen's attorney, also witness to and/or participant in prior violations of Suzanne's constitutionally protected rights in Fremont County.
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As an alternative, Suzanne asked if April would be interested in have her story included in the documentary video project Suzanne was working on.
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As an alternative, Suzanne asked if April would be interested in have her story included in the documentary video project Suzanne was working on.
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April agreed to allow Suzanne to have access to all information and to be video taped for inclusion in the documentary.
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Suzanne requested that Christine provide her with whatever documentation was available for use in the documentary video project.
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February 3, 2003 - April Fields, through Christine, hired Suzanne Shell as an expert consultant and provided her with a limited power of attorney (pursuant to C.R.S. 15-1-1300 et. seq.) so that Suzanne could speak with Dan Kender, and get access to April's case file, which is permitted under the Colorado Children's Code, C.R.S. 19-1-307(2)(e).
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Suzanne also advised him in a separate fax to instruct the Guardian ad litem (GAL) and caseworkers not to attempt to speak to April unless Kender was present.
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Suzanne advised Kender not to reveal her association with April because of the very real fear of retaliation against April by DHS and the court (Judge Julie Marshall).
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The purpose of this hearing was to advise the court that Suzanne was associating with April and to seek some remedy for the problems that association posed for Kender and DHS.
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April 16, 2003 - Motion filed by DHS to add Suzanne Shell to April's D&N case as a special respondent for the purposes of restricting her contact with April.
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April 16, 2003 - Meconi filed a complaint with the Attorney Regulation Counsel Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Committee against Suzanne, stating that Suzanne was giving legal advice and drafting documents for April and another client.
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April 18, 2003 - GAL Anna Owen filed motion in support of DHS motion to add Suzanne as Special respondent.
April 23, 2003 - Suzanne is served with a copy of the motion (NOT a summons) to add her as Special Respondent to April's case.
April 25, 2003 - In an effort to prevent DHS and the rest from violating Suzanne's and April's rights, Suzanne filed a complaint (03 CV 743) and a request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in the U.S. District Court in Denver. The TRO is denied. The complaint alleges violations of freedom of the press, freedom of association, freedom of speech, viewpoint discrimination and denial of due process.
April 26, 2003 - Suzanne meets and speaks with April for the first time.
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April 29, 2003 - Hearing to add Suzanne as Special Respondent Suzanne is not permitted an opportunity to be heard, however she attempts to submit a Motion and Affidavit for Change of Judge which the judge refuses to hear because she is 'not a party' to the case.
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Suzanne was so afraid of being arrested on some trumped-up contempt charge that she removed her jewelry and gave it to her associate to hold in case she was arrested. Additionally, Suzanne and her associate were subjected to intensified search upon entry to the courthouse. Suzanne had already obtained the rules regarding use of recorders and cameras in the public areas of the courthouse and she had her tape recorder with her to document reactions for the documentary. Her associate had his still camera. Judge Marshall sent her bailiff to harass Suzanne and her associate, demanding they return the tools of their trade to the car before entering the courtroom.
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Suzanne has never attempted to record in a courtroom without first filing a formal request for Expanded Media Coverage, and has never been subjected to individualized public harassment about the tools of her trade by any other court. She has appeared in many courts around the country without being forced to return her tape recorder to her car before entering a courtroom. Neither has she ever seen another media representative being similarly harassed by this or any other court. Another report on this hearing.
May 5, 2003 - Suzanne does not appear at this hearing. (transcript of both days PDF ) She was not instructed that her appearance was required at the prior hearing, and she has not been served a summons to appear. No more witnesses are examined. The judge orders Suzanne added to the case as a special respondent, orders her to have no contact with April and invalidates the Power of attorney between Suzanne and April. The judge orders Suzanne added to the case as a special respondent, orders her to have no contact with April and invalidates the Power of attorney between Suzanne and April.
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This order effectively imposes a prior restraint on Suzanne's news gathering, and denies April and Suzanne their right to associate.
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May 21, 2003 - U.S. District Court orders Suzanne not to act as April's agent under the power of attorney for this case.
May 21, 2003 - Suzanne filed objection to order and motion to reconsider. Court denies.
The usual flurry of motions and responses are filed, which are ultimately all dismissed pending Suzanne's and April's filings of Supplemental Pleadings.
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During this hearing, Magistrate Judge Wantanabe accuses Suzanne of preparing April's documents. Suzanne has been meticulously avoiding April due to the Fremont County court order and has also not had much contact with Christine for fear of these very allegations resurfacing.
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The court then declared a settlement conference and had Suzanne and April taken to a conference room while the defendants remained in the courtroom.
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Suzanne advised His Honor that she did not need state approval or permission to engage in news gathering, and that the state had no say in what is considered newsworthy and what is not.
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Suzanne was appalled that she should be advised to violate a court order! This is exactly the type of conduct her detractors love to accuse her of! She has had to be extremely circumspect in her conduct so as to give nobody any reason to arrest her or prevent her from engaging in her lawful activities or give them any reason to make any potentially valid derogatory statements about her.
His Honor then advised them that he had trained Judge Julie Marshall and really didn't believe she would do what they were accusing her of. He ended by stating that if this case was dismissed, that he could impose court costs and attorney fees on April and Suzanne and they should seriously consider withdrawing their complaint. Suzanne realized this was not a status conference, it was an intimidation session.
As they left the courthouse, they overheard DHS's attorney claim that he had been advised by the court that this case was on a 'fast track.'
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Suzanne files supplemental pleading.
November 7, 2003 - Suzanne and April file Requests for Admissions, Interrogatories and Production of Documents. Deadline for this discovery passes without the defendants making any discovery requests of Suzanne or April.
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November 25, 2003 - Defendant Kender submits his
The pretext for the viewpoint discrimination ...
pfcr.childrensjustice.org, 15 Feb 2002 [cached]
The pretext for the viewpoint discrimination was an allegation that Suzanne Shell had disrupted the meeting. Shell attended the meeting for the purposes of video taping the proceedings for possible inclusion in her documentary film project. She possess a valid press pass issued by >the Rocky Mountain Media Collective. State and local governments may not limit or deny the public or the media access to public forums. Ms. Shell had set up her camera against a wall, well out of the way of any traffic, and had video taped the first hour of the session unobtrusively and with complete decorum, and without comment from the committee. As soon as the first witness attempted to testify in favor of the bill, without justifiable reason or provocation, Chairwoman Clapp sent the Sergeant at Arms to demand that Shell move her camera to the back of the room.
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Because Ms. Shell's video camera is not equipped with remote microphones, if she was moved to the back of the room, she would only be able to photograph the backs of people's heads and would not able to record any audio. She was essentially being told to turn off her camera.
Ms. Shell refused to move, citing first amendment freedom of the press rights. The Sergeant at Arms then laid hands on Ms. Shell and assaulted her. When Ms. Shell attempted to video record his face, he blocked the camera lens with his hand. He refused to allow her to video record his identification.
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Ms. Shell readily agreed. The Sergeant at Arms returned with two troopers and again assaulted Ms. Shell, demanding that she leave. Shell insisted that she had permission from the chair to remain. The audience began to shout out "Leave her alone," and "Let her stay. A recess was called and Chairwoman Clapp confirmed that Shell was allowed to remain.
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When the hearing resumed, Ms. Shell was subjected to repeated harassment by the Vice Chair, Betty Boyd and other staff members.
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Shell continued to quietly video record in spite of the harassment and unprovoked disruptions until Chairman Clapp abruptly called a recess in the middle of the second witness's testimony in favor of the bill.
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Ms. Shell's press pass was confiscated by one of the representatives on the committee.
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Chairwoman Clapp announced to the public and on the record, which also goes over the internet, that Ms. Shell's press credentials were fraudulent and that the reason the bill was pulled was because Shell had been 'disruptive.' Ms. Shell has received many calls from the public who were present with offers to testify on her behalf; that she had done nothing to disrupt the meeting.
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Ms. Shell has confirmed with the Director of the Rocky Mountain Media Collective that nobody had attempted to verify the validity of her press pass with him. Despite the fact that Chairman Clapp had publicly declared her press pass to be fraudulent, Ms. Shell's press pass was eventually returned to her when she demanded it.
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Ms. Shell was subsequently informed that she was banned from future hearings. It is unclear as to the nature or extent of that ban. Since 1931, the U.S. Supreme Court has stated repeatedly that government attempts to censor the media are presumed unconstitutional. This ban also constitutes a prior restraint on Ms. Shell's ability to publish subsequent General Assembly proceedings. The Court has said that "any prior restraint on expression comes to this Court with a 'heavy presumption' against its constitutional validity."
Ms. Shell has been subjected to a systematic pattern of intimidation and harassment where ever she goes for two years. While sitting silently in courtroom galleries, judges will address her, interrogate her and issue orders to her. When attending public meetings and press conferences, they will assign security personnel to follow her around. Ms. Shell is the publisher and owner of Sage Wisdom Press (book publishing), the publisher of an internet website http://www.profane-justice.org , a freelance journalist and editorial columnist, and a documentary film producer for Diogene's Quest Productions. She covers issues of public interest relating to child protection.
Ms. Shell will be seeing appropriate legal remedies. Other persons attending the meeting have also stated their intentions to seek legal remedies.
Contact Information:
Suzanne Shell Director, American Family Advocacy Center Founder Committee for Pro-Family Public Policy 719-749-2971 fax 719-749-2972 dsshell@ix.netcom.com
Any questions? Any complaints?
When The State Becomes Parent by Mollie Martin
www.ejfi.org, 20 July 2012 [cached]
Suzanne Shell, author of Profane Justice and president of the Family Advocacy Center, affirms the idea of a quota. Shell said for the agency to receive the amount of money it does, each social worker must complete a certain number of cases. Therefore, social workers are pushed to remove children from their homes on very questionable grounds. For example, Shell cited several instances where children are removed for "safety reasons" — the house was not clean, or instances of "neglect" because there was not enough food in the refrigerator.
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Shell is very skeptical of whether the state should be given the benefit of the doubt when the child's well being is at stake. She says that social workers would not be willing to do their job without pay or give their lives for the children, whereas parents would — "So, who has the child's best interests in mind?"
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www.prospank.com, 26 Dec 2002 [cached]
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Suzanne Shell"A most ...
www.freedommag.org, 6 June 2007 [cached]
Suzanne Shell"A most appalling pattern is emerging," says Suzanne Shell, author and founder of the Family Advocacy Center.
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"A most appalling pattern is emerging," said Suzanne Shell, author of Profane Justice: A Comprehensive Guide to Asserting Your Parental Rights and founder of the Family Advocacy Center, which fights for the rights of parents falsely accused of abuse or neglect."They take the children first and ask questions later."
While instances do exist where children are abused and must have their safety and well-being ensured, child protective service agencies enter homes 3,000 times a day.Shell and other family advocates say that in many cases, children are removed from their homes with no evidence of abuse or neglect.
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"In today's society, many parental practices are being falsely interpreted as abuse , including home schooling, discipline, spanking, Bible reading, and even breast feeding," Shell said."This results in the prosecution of many innocent parents."
Shell and others point to a pattern of violations of rights of American parents, starting with the most vulnerable members of society , although the trend has been growing over the past two decades from predominantly poverty-level and minority families to middle-class families from the white majority.
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