While Covid Ravages the Elderly, So Do Our Courts — An Update

By Janet Phelan

Amy Sallas survived an apparent stroke. She survived Covid and survived being forcibly taken from her home by the Cook County Public Guardian and survived the heartbreak of being forcibly isolated from her husband of over 50 years. She has survived the ravaging of her assets, reportedly in the realm of $8 million dollars–by the Cook County Guardian, as well. In addition, she survived a questionable surgery ordered by the Cook County Guardian which rendered the formerly ambulatory woman into a wheelchair.

But will she survive Judge Shauna Boliker?

We previously reported on some of Cook County Court Judge Boliker’s bewildering decisions in the Sallas case here and here. Judge Boliker, who has herself been foreclosed on three times in the last ten years and has been hit with numerous mechanics liens for failure to pay her bills, is hardly in the position of making impartial decisions over other people’s financial affairs.

Most recently, Boliker presided over another hearing in the Sallas case.  Amy’s husband Dean, whose marital property has also been taken by the Cook County Public Guardian, even though he is not under a guardianship and the Public Guardian therefore has no jurisdiction over his assets, has been appearing pro-per. In his filed and file stamped pleadings submitted to the court for this hearing, Dean Sallas asked the court for return of his money so that he could pursue legal action against the Public Guardian. Dean has been fighting for Amy’s release and also for the return of his assets.

The matter came to hearing on August 10th. In an Orwellian display of doublespeak, Judge Boliker first declared that neither she nor the Public Guardian had been served with the papers and therefore the hearing had to be postponed. She then admitted that she had received the papers via email from attorney Eve Epstein, who is an ad litem in the case, therefore contradicting Boliker’s earlier statement that she did not receive the court filings.

In other words, Boliker lied–rather poorly, I might add– in order to create an illusion that no one had been served with notice.

This reporter immediately contacted the Public Guardian to ask why they did not attend the court hearing. The office declined to respond.

Attempts to get the court to weigh in on this blatant lie, which could only be seen as serving one side of the case, resulted in a flurry of non-response by the Cook County Court. After numerous emails asking how such blatantly deceitful behavior could be exonerated by the court, Cook County Court Director of Communications Mary Wisniewski loftily informed me that “Under the Illinois Supreme Court’s Code of Judicial Conduct, Rule 63, Canon 3, judges cannot comment on pending or impending cases.”

All well and good. Now let’s take a look at some of the other Canons.

Canon 2 states that “A judge should respect and comply with the law and should conduct himself at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.”

How does lying to Dean Sallas and saying she did not receive the pleadings when Judge Boliker then admits she did support public confidence in the judiciary?

Canon 3C(l)(d) of the Illinois Code requires disqualification of a judge if the judge or the judge’s spouse has a substantial financial interest in the subject matter in controversy. It has been discovered that Judge Boliker’s spouse, David Andrews, works for a firm that regularly does business with Byline Bank, which is the bank attempting to foreclose on the Sallas’ home, after the Public Guardian Charles Golbert bailed on his responsibility to pay the mortgage on their home. Judge Boliker should be disqualified from hearing the case on these grounds alone.

In addition, there is the matter of ABA rule 8.3, which states the following:  “(b) A lawyer who knows that a judge has committed a violation of applicable rules of judicial conduct that raises a substantial question as to the judge’s fitness for office shall inform the appropriate authority.”

For the court, in the person of media relations honcho Mary Wisniewski, to cite the judicial canons in order to protect a judge who is clearly violating the canons is the height of hypocrisy.

On September 9 at 10 a.m. Central Time, Judge Shauna Boliker will again call to hearing the  matter of Dean Sallas requesting the return of the assets taken from him, without authority or jurisdiction, by the Cook County Public Guardian’s office.

For those concerned about the overreach of the judiciary and its effects on life and livehood, please consider attending the meeting via Zoom.

Phone: 312 626-6799
Meeting ID 987 1163 7423
Password 277091

Janet Phelan has been on the trail of the biological weapons agenda since the new millennium. Her book on the pandemic, At the Breaking Point of History: How Decades of US Duplicity Enabled the Pandemic, will be published in 2021 by Trine Day. Her articles on this issue have appeared in Activist Post, New Eastern Outlook, Infowars and elsewhere. Educated at Grinnell College, UC Berkeley and the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism, Janet “jumped ship” and since 2004 has been writing exclusively for independent media. Her articles previously appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Oui Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Santa Monica Daily Press and other publications. She is the author of the groundbreaking expose, EXILE and two books of poetry. She resides abroad. You may follow Janet on Parler here @JanetPhelan. To support her work, please go to JanetPhelan

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