DCFS Says AG's
Office Doesn't Care About Children's Best Interest!
Update for 12/22/04:
After years of trivializing the rape of innocent Utah
families, a Utah legislative audit has taken a baby step
toward confirming what we have been telling you all along: DCFS is out of control. A recent legislative audit can cite
no evidence for the forced removal of Jordan and Leigh Bierly.
Legislative Audit: No Evidence for Removal of Bierly Children.
Original Alert Below
Anonymous, sympathetic informants have delivered several e-mails
purportedly originating within the Utah Department of Child
and Family Services (DCFS) regarding the Bierly family
tragedy. They point the finger of blame at the Utah Attorney
General's Office for harming children.
1. Even DCFS
is Aware of AG Corruption
Hides AG Abuses from Public
Office Covers Up Abuses, Including Harassment of Lawmakers Who
Question their Actions?
1. Even DCFS is Aware of AG Corruption
informants have delivered several e-mails purportedly
originating within the DCFS regarding
the Bierly family tragedy. They point the finger of blame at
the Utah Attorney General's Office.
E-mail 1: AG
Doesn't Care About Best Interests of Children
the first e-mail from
DCFS employee Linda Harris to Laray
Brown, dated July 20, 2001:
"Paul's [Assistant Attorney
General Paul Amann] behaviors need to end immediately. I
believe he and Liz [Guardian ad Litem] have worked together
and that their behaviors have worked against the mother from
the beginning... I do believe they DO NOT have the best
interest of the children as their priority."
Ms. Harris' e-mail also
charges AAG Amann with "acting inappropriately" and states
that she has "concerns with Paul regarding cases other than
this as well." How many other families has AAG Amann
destroyed? Ms. Harris calls for an "immediate meeting"
with DCFS and other officials to discuss Amann's problems.
This e-mail also notes that AAG
Amann contacted Lisa's landlord. Apparently this upset
Ms. Harris, who told the landlord to only respond to her.
The landlord evidently was "relieved." According to Lisa
Bierly, Amann has repeatedly contacted her landlords and has
been instrumental in throwing her family thrown out of their places of residence.
At one point, Amman even went house to house in her neighborhood
attempting to poison her neighbors against her.
E-mail 2: AG is
From the second email from
with the AG's office, to DCFS employee Laray Brown, dated October 15, 2001:
"I am very concern about
Paul's lack of professionalism... The lack of trust that
DCFS's has for Paul [Amann] is hurting the working
relationship as well as hurting children. Paul is
hurting the credibility of the AG's Office."
Notice the subject of this
e-mail: "Fwd: Re: (Mo)Lester." According to other
information we cannot disclose at this time, this was a
nickname AAG Amann had given to a human being who had not
been proven guilty in a court of law.
(Note: In the original post for
this alert, we had incorrectly stated that Julie Lund was an
employee of DCFS. We apologize for the error.)
E-mail 3: Bierly
Family Destroyed for Failing to "Comply"
From the third email from
DCFS employee Laray
Brown, dated October 23, 2001:
"For me the most disturbing
issue is that Jordan and Leigh may lose their mother, not
because she cannot parent but she is not in compliance."
AAG Amann has persecuted the
Bierly family from the beginning of this tragedy.
According to another document signed by the original DCFS
caseworker, "Grampa" Barry Richards, Leigh Bierly was removed
under the direction of Amann.
Activity Record Asks for AAG Replacement
According to an
Record dated August 6, 2001, DCFS requested:
"...A change in AAG in that she
felt the Division needs appropriate representation."
With all of this information,
Jordan and Leigh Bierly been returned home?
2. DCFS Hides AG Abuses from Public
AAG Amann had trouble trumping up
enough charges to keep Leigh away from her parents. As
reported in our first alert on the Bierly case, "Astounding Evidence! How
Utah Officials Destroy Innocent Families!", an internal DCFS
document stated that Leigh's case was closed and that her
due to an administrative error by the Attorney General's
office (and due to the fact that there was
not sufficient evidence).
Richard Anderson, DCFS Director,
wrote a letter dated
August 6, 2003, on the stationary of Governor Leavitt and
Robin Arnold Williams, Executive Director of the Utah
Department of Human Services to Mr. Thomas Sullivan, Regional
Administrator for the federal government in Denver, Colorado.
In it, he glossed over Lisa Bierly's concerns.
The letter was carbon copied to DCFS employee Laray Brown, who
was involved in all three purported e-mails cited above.
With all this
internal documentation regarding AG abuses and impropriety,
why did DCFS utterly fail to inform the courts and the public?
Why is Leigh Bierly languishing in foster care and not at home
with her family?
(For information on the Bierly
family tragedy and the despicable actions of AAG Amann, see our
alert, "Astounding Evidence! How
Utah Officials Destroy Innocent Families!")
3. AG's Office Covers Up Abuses, Including
Harassment of Lawmakers Who Question their Actions?
It doesn't end there. In
October, 2001, the Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel,
chaired by former Representative Matthew Throckmorton,
announced its intention to hold closed-door meetings on DCFS
and the AG's office. According to the Salt Lake
Tribune, the hearings were in response to "extreme
allegations of misconduct."
(Source: "Panel to Review
Misconduct Allegations," Ashley Estes Broughton, Salt Lake
Tribune, October 26, 2001)
In January of 2002, Throckmorton
claims to have received inappropriate and rude e-mails from
AAG Amann, who was angry at Throckmorton's scrutiny into his
alleged improprieties. Throckmorton sent the e-mails to
Shurtleff's office. To Throckmorton's knowledge, Amann
was then reassigned to the AG's Internet porn project.
According to Lisa Bierly, last
week (October 2, 2003), Amann called her attorney, Steven
Russell, and was furious with him for considering her case.
Why is Amann still employed with
the State of Utah? And why has the AG's Office concealed these allegations
and patterns of behavior from the public, particularly as it
affects the Bierly case and potentially other families?
Attorney Wayne Searle has filed
a complaint today with the Utah Bar Association.
Read the complaint for
(Additional Note: In
December of 2002, Throckmorton
requested that Legislative Research audit the DCFS and
the Bierly case in particular. House Speaker Martin Stephens,
who governs that office with Senate President Alma Mansell,
supposedly approved the audit, though no action has been
taken to this date.)
4. TAKE ACTION!
Today, Darryl, the father of
Leigh Bierly told his wife, Lisa, that he "could not take it
anymore." It has been three years and he still cannot hold
the daughter whose head the sun rose and set upon. He
told Lisa he has no more hope and is sure that this corrupt
state will bury his suffering children deep in the system to
cover their horrible wrongdoings. We pray for Darryl's
safety and well-being.
The Bierly family has lost
everything — their hopes, dreams, and happiness have all been
ripped away. And those who have done this are still enjoying their plush offices,
making light of the lives they have destroyed.
Our unaccountable government
must begin open, public hearings for families it has
destroyed! TAKE ACTION FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED
1. Forward this
message to your family, friends, and associates. Tell them
that there is no ignorance or oversight. There is only
personal political agendas that stand in the way of children
going home to their innocent parents.
2. Call Lieutenant Governor Olene Walker. If you
have called already, call again with this new information. Demand
that she reign in these rogue
agencies and open IMMEDIATE investigations into
the Bierly case and other alleged abuses of families.
Don't take her silence or excuses. Call her until she
takes real, tough action:
Governor Olene Walker:
210 State Capitol Bldg
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
3. Call your state
senator and house member. Tell them that children are
in danger today! Demand that they IMMEDIATELY
open public hearings and extensive investigations and audits on the Bierly case and other abuses by the Governor's
Office, Utah Attorney Generals Office, the Utah Division of
Child and Family Services (DCFS), and the Office of the
Guardians ad Litem (GAL). We also need a special session
to restore due process rights for innocent families.
When your politician says he is
"for families," tell him you have no cause as of yet to
believe him. To find your representative, visit our
elected official contact page.
If your senator pretends to
be disoriented as to what is going on, refer him to our alert,
Lt. Gov. Walker & Senate Ignore DCFS Abuses!" on a secret
senate meeting held on September 26, 2003, where senators
discussed how to respond to these reports of DCFS abuse.
Keep calling and demanding progress reports until they have
all done their job.
4. Call the AG's
Office and demand that they come forward and publicly clarify
this situation so that appropriate actions can be taken for
the children and families involved, and so that integrity can
begin to be restored to our AG's Office.
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff:
Main number: (801) 538-9600
Main fax: (801) 538-1121
Main e-mail: email@example.com
5. Volunteer to assist in
flier and door-to-door efforts throughout the state.
Contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Step up and do your
part to put an end to these atrocities.
6. Contact any attorneys
you know — from within and without Utah — to step forward
and prepare to file lawsuits and actions against this corrupt
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