All three people share certain characteristics.
- all of them are middle-aged or elderly;
- all of them are disabled;
- all of them could not or cannot at this time afford a private attorney;
- all of them wanted to appeal decisions of the Chenango County Family Court;
- all of them were denied access to the court records in order to prepare their record on appeal, contrary to the rules of the Appellate Division 3rd Judicial Department requiring clerks of the courts that issued orders that are appealed, to actually certify the record for pro se appellants;
- two of the three appeals in question involved appeals from decisions of Judge Kevin Dowd, the local "hanging judge" who is usually the law unto himself; and, most importantly,
- in all three of the notices of appeal/pre-calendar statements filed in the Chenango County Family Court, pro se appellants are raising issues of bias and/or misconduct of judges who made the appealed decision.