Especially under the unethical County Attorney Amy Merklen, who has just committed an ultimate unethical act - instead of obeying direction of her client, DSS Commissioner Dana Scuderi-Hunter, Merklen reported her to the County Board, obtaining her removal from her position.
Amy Merklen has, as I wrote before, a short fuse and a history of questionable behavior, but in the removal of Scuderi-Hunter she has outdone herself - while knowing full well that she can commit any unethical conduct as an attorney, and her rear end will be covered by the local corrupt clique of the DA's office (former Becker's law partner John Hubbard) and his boss (also Judge Becker's friend Richard Northrup).
Erin Neale must know just what kind of dirt-pool she has plunged herself in - but nobody makes people accept such jobs, so, she did it voluntarily.
Official court records from Family e-courts show that Erin Neale - a good trial lawyer whom I respected - has joined Delaware County DSS.
Here is attorney Neale's docket report from the New York State e-courts, as if today.
It is a very long list of court cases, and, in all of these listed court cases for Erin Neale, she is listed in the following way:
Erin Neale did not yet reflect joining Delaware County DSS in her official attorney registration information,
so the switch must be recent.
Apparently, Erin Neale has split from her ... interesting former law partner Renee Albaugh, of Delhi, NY (see different P.O. Box numbers and see that Erin Neale no longer listed that she worked in Albaugh's law firm).
The interesting law partner who, upon my personal knowledge, has ardently fought for very close access to other people's children for a client, Justin Crandall, whom local law enforcement (including this particular DSS Department) protected - so it had to be the feds who has had to deal with him.
He was recently sent to federal prison for 50 years for sexual abuse of a 17 month old child and production of child porn.
So, now, possibly, to distance from Albaugh, Neale switched to the "very right side", the most corrupt DSS department?
Knowing very well it is corrupt after representing so many private clients against it in Family Court?
What the switch means for Delaware County parents.
1. Erin Neale is a very good trial lawyer, so, the chance of losing your kids to DSS has just got higher.
2. Just because Erin Neale (who I knew as an honest attorney) has joined the DSS - while its new Commissioner was dumped with the help of the former corrupt Commissioner Bill Moon - DSS is not going to turn honest and will not change its policies based on financial (federal and state) incentives to fabricate cases and grab children from parents. Erin Neale will have to follow those policies and help DSS implement them - while using her good trial lawyer skills for DSS.
The bottom line for Delaware County parents:
1. If you can - run, literally, leave Delaware County with your precious children;
2. If you cannot leave, but if one of the parents can switch to homeschooling - switch to homeschooling.
It is from schools that DSS most readily grabs children, and now, with introduction of New York "red flag law", teachers received an additional tool of helping DSS grab children, by reporting gunowner/hunter parents to court as "dangerous to themselves or others";
3. Be very afraid, and very alert for tricks of DSS.
4. Educate yourself as to how to fight CPS in court yourself. It is highly unlikely that your assigned counsel will help you.
If even such a trial lawyer as Erin Neale does not have enough business in the area, to the point that she accepted a job from DSS (that is hitting the rock bottom for a trial lawyer of her class), your assigned counsel, even if they wanted to go against her, have no chance.
But they won't. They will remember the example of attorney David Roosa who has stopped getting assigned cases from Judge Becker and then was suspended - for performing as much work and as effectively for assigned clients, as for private clients.
The recent Albany Law School study says that upstate attorneys are leaving - or starving.
Assigned cases (paying $75 an hour for in- and out-of-court work, including travel to and from court and the time spent waiting in court, which in neglect cases is considerable) may be the only for assigned attorneys to survive.
Since that is so, your assigned attorney, will not "stir the pot" just to help you out.
If they do their job for you, they will not be assigned again - and will starve. So - they won't do it for you.
Your only chances to beat DSS at their child-hunting game is, as I said above,
1. run from the County (better from the State), or
2. homeschool, and
3. learn how to represent yourself efficiently in court.
Don't be lazy.
Law is not rocket science, you can do it.
Read the law, research your case, use AI-assisted research (it is cheap nowadays, just 65 bucks a month, 18 cents an hour at Casetext.com).
Otherwise, you are doomed, I am serious.
Remember that there are less children born in the US nowadays and in New York State, and there are increasingly less children in Delaware County - people are fleeing New York.
See that schools are closing, see that maternity hospitals are closing, see that the size of classes in local public schools are getting much, much smaller - that's an indicator that there are less children.
But, DSS workers, and their attorneys, still want to eat, as good or better than before.
They do not want budget cuts.
To prevent budget cuts, they want to steal the same number of children as before from Delaware County parents, even if there are less children in the County.
And they have already bulked up on their resources to do just that.
They now have a child interrogation bus.
They now booted out a not-so-corrupt new DSS Commissioner (who was against acquiring this bus, by the way) with the help of the previous, very corrupt, DSS Commissioner, Bill Moon, so you know something kind of tricks are being prepared.
Now they have gone even further and, for the first time in several decades, they have hired a real litigation attorney, a really good trial lawyer, Erin Neale.
So - be prepared for an offensive operation to steal your children - they are a very much needed commodity for DSS at this time.
For an illustration of what kind of financial and other tricks DSS are doing with the kids, watch this excellent interview. It is a little bit emotional at the beginning, but bear with it, later on really interesting details come out.
It is from the State of Michigan, but, since financial incentives for DSS to steal children come from federal law, DSS acts the same (corrupt) way throughout the country.
I cannot stress it enough - the situation is very serious.
Every parent and every child is at risk.
If you think that "it will not happen to me", think again.
When people want to keep their jobs, keep their budgets up, and your child is a commodity that will help them do that - no law or ethics will stand in the way.
The shortage of children as a commodity to fill out DSS budgets and make a living for numerous DSS partners is now so bad that presidential candidate Joe Biden, for example, suggested that the government should attach social workers to every single family, to teach parents how to raise their kids - or, rather, to be able to have a ready access to the family in order to snatch children.
And, of course, to be able to control parents, including their political views, by threatening to remove their children.
And, another presidential candidate's, Senator Bernie Sanders', wife IS a social worker.
You may expect a lot of good things if either of these 2 get elected in 2020.
So. Read ahead of time. Be prepared ahead of time.
Nobody will be able to help you, but yourself now.