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Glendale Heights, IL

Dad reordered to stay away from burned sons in hospital

Mrs. Patel petitioned for an order of protection in December and was denied. Her son has a two year order of protection protecting him but she is not allowed to have protection. Does anybody else feel that this is indecent? ------------------ ------ Ref: http://www.chicago tribune.com/news/l ocal/chi-patel_19_ bothdec19,0,568452 7.story Quote: [According to the Trib's Dec 19 article, DuPage Judge C. Stanley] "Austin declined a request from Ruggiero that his order of protection be extended to the mother, noting that there have been no reported incidents of domestic violence or offensive contact between the parents.  (Feb 14, 2008 | post #42)

Glendale Heights, IL

Dad reordered to stay away from burned sons in hospital

An update to this story is at: http://www.chicago tribune.com/news/l ocal/chi-patel_14f eb14,1,3932132.sto ry excerpt: "Birkett said Wednesday that he had formally charged Kaushik Patel with one count of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated arson and one count of attempted first-degree murder. If convicted, he could serve a life sentence" What I find interesting is that there still is no order of protection protecting Mrs. Patel. I do not want to see Mr. Patel executed, as the moratorium on death penalty may be lifted soon. I do not believe it is correct for the State to play god and trade one life for another. I believe he should be imprisoned, but most importantly, Mrs. Patel should be protected! The piece that is missing from this story, utterly missing, is that Mrs. Patel was the victim of a crime also. Illinois law does not understand this and is not treating her as though she were a victim. The worst thing that can happen to a mom is for her children to be hurt or killed. Does this not warrant Mrs. Patel a simple order of protection?  (Feb 14, 2008 | post #41)

Glendale Heights, IL

Dad reordered to stay away from burned sons in hospital

I'm glad you are still here too. I plan to keep following this and hope you, your friends, and all who are concerned about justice in DuPage will continue to pay attention to the outcome of this case. In my own case, the DV (domestic violence) trial didn't take place until over a year later, and my ex was acquitted. District Attorney office evidence (hospital x-rays determining that my nose was broken) had mysteriously disappeared. I had been hoodwinked by my incompetent or dishonest (Harvard educated) lawyer to sign away the order of protection and then afterwards my same attorney washed his hands of the DV portion of the case, which was somehow, through some sleight of hand that I still don't understand, split into two cases (normally DV and divorce cases are folded together--and ours was until something I didn't understand ocurred.) Because I had signed away the order of protection, the State Attorney wouldn't even talk to me regarding what evidence they had, so I had no way to review whether the evidence was there before the trial. In our state, in a DV trial that is separate from the divorce case--and they requested and got a jury trial, the victim is brought in as a witness, and has no representation at all, nor are they clued into the process of the case. The victim is, however cross examined by the offender's lawyer in front of a jury (but not allowed representation to speak on their behalf) as though they themselves were on trial. Everything rests on the District Attorney, and if he doesn't care whether the perpetrator is sentenced, then there will be an aquittal. Especially if the perpetrator hires a very good lawyer to represent him. Think about it in a jury trial: an excellent lawyer, vs. a woman who is terribly distressed. Who is going to come across better? As with O.J., only a civil suit is likely to result in Domestic Violence conviction. I plan to follow through with this case if it takes three years. And it may. Assuming Mr. Patel survives, so this case to move forward. I do not agree that bad people (judges included) should die for doing bad things. I hope nobody at the hospital decides to take matters in their own hands, and also I hope that nobody decides to take matters in their own hands with regard to the terrible situation with judges, including judges C. Stanley Austin, in DuPage. I do NOT believe in the death penalty, including in the case of murderers, whether they murder directly, as Mr. Patel did, or indirectly, as Judge Austin denying Mrs. Patel an order of protection. This lack of court advocated protection, if Mr. Patel recovers, could certainly result in Mrs. Patel's death. If a perpetrator of injustice is killed before justice can be served, then that stops the system from being able to work. Reform, using the system, requires careful documentation and reporting. Judges who implement the very worst crimes against humanity are doing a favor to reformers, who can eventually document their behavior and using this evidence, change the system. So, all who are reading this, I ask you to PLEASE not read my writing and then believe it is necessary to take matters into your own hands. A system exists to reform this. It takes time, but I still believe it works. I do wonder about going so far as to give guns to judges. Although this will certainly result in judges eventually shooting people in the courtroom, which could be the very thing needed in order to reform the court system, I feel it is wrong to encourage such behavior.  (Feb 2, 2008 | post #40)

Glendale Heights, IL

Dad reordered to stay away from burned sons in hospital

According to the Trib's Dec 19 article, DuPage Judge C. Stanley "Austin declined a request from Ruggiero that his order of protection be extended to the mother, noting that there have been no reported incidents of domestic violence or offensive contact between the parents.  (Jan 31, 2008 | post #38)

Glendale Heights, IL

Dad reordered to stay away from burned sons in hospital

Thank you for your concern. If you have moved on then you are welcome not to post. It is because people move on prematurely, repeatedly, that the DuPage County Court system continues its rampage of human rights abuse. Justice has not been served here nor in many other cases of violence towards women because people get jaded and give up on working for change. If we don't give up, if we follow through, then change is possible. DuPage County court system corruption needs to Move-on. Until it does, I will follow through. Somebody needs to do this, as justice is repeatedly not being served by a machine that perpetrates violence towards women as its automatic process. This is not acceptable and must change. This needs to end, and the time for change is now.  (Jan 31, 2008 | post #37)

Glendale Heights, IL

Blood Drive Today In Honor Of Burned Brothers

The "Patel Children's Fund" was established Thursday and includes $2,100 collected by Dee Bingham, a volunteer from Wheaton who helped start it. Donations made payable to either "Nishaben K. Patel" or the "Patel Children's Fund" can be made at any Harris Bank location, Bingham said. Reference: http://www.chicago tribune.com/news/l ocal/chi-patel_22_ bothdec22,1,731145 8.story?ctrack=3 &cset=true  (Jan 31, 2008 | post #3)

Glendale Heights, IL

Boy dies of burns; police believe father set sons on fire

List of articles I could find on this: November 17: 2 boys doused with gas, set on fire http://www.chicago tribune.com/news/l ocal/chi-burnedkid s_nov20,0,5343091. story DuPage County State's Atty. Joseph Birkett confirmed this afternoon that a father of two young boys who were doused with gasoline and set ablaze in their Glendale Heights home was a "suspect " in the case.However, as of early afternoon, no charges have been filed against Kaushik Patel, 34, Birkett said. November 21: 2 boys' burning is detailed http://www.chicago tribune.com/news/l ocal/chi-burnkidsn ov21,0,2358216.sto ry November 21: Hospital vigil for burned boys http://www.topix.n et/content/trb/200 7/11/hospital-vigi l-for-burned-boys November 21: Father is suspect in burnings Teachers say he doted on young boys; all three remain hospitalized http://www.cafemom .com/journals/read .php?post_id=58738 4 November 22: Boys doused in petrol and set ablaze in the US http://www.thewest .com.au/default.as px?MenuID=29&C ontentID=47998 November 22: Vigil for burned brothers Mom 'praying they're OK' http://www.chicago tribune.com/news/l ocal/chi-burnedkid s22nov22,1,2061686 .story http://groups.goog le.co.bw/group/alt .true-crime/browse _thread/thread/f00 4be5521fc9944 December 19: http://www.chicago tribune.com/news/l ocal/chi-patel_19_ bothdec19,1,389899 7.story Father of burned boys ordered again not to contact them New protection order issued in DuPage case No criminal charges have been filed against the father... Austin declined a request from Ruggiero that his order of protection be extended to the mother, noting that there have been no reported incidents of domestic violence or offensive contact between the parents. December 19: Kaushik Patel tries to kill his two sons http://vijaymehta. blogs.friendster.c om/my_blog/2008/01 /kaushik_patel_t.h tml December 22: Fund created to help Glendale Heights mother of burned boys http://www.chicago tribune.com/news/l ocal/chi-patel_22_ bothdec22,1,731145 8.story?ctrack=3 &cset=true The "Patel Children's Fund" was established Thursday and includes $2,100 collected by Dee Bingham, a volunteer from Wheaton who helped start it. Donations made payable to either "Nishaben K. Patel" or the "Patel Children's Fund" can be made at any Harris Bank location, Bingham said. January 17: Blood Drive Today In Honor Of Burned Brothers http://www.wbbm780 .com/pages/1495047 .php? http://www.wbbm780 .com/Blood-Drive-T oday-In-Honor-Of-B urned-Brothers/149 5047 January 17: 1 of 2 burned brothers dies Dad to be charged, prosecutor says http://www.chicago tribune.com/news/l ocal/chi-patel_web jan18,0,4901718,pr int.story?coll=chi _tab01_layout January 17: One of boys allegedly burned by father dies http://www.suntime s.com/news/metro/7 46049,glendale0117 08.article The boysÂ’ mother, Nisha Patel, was granted an order of protection on Dec. 18 to keep Kaushik Patel away fromthe children, and it was extended for another month on Jan 10. She was not home at the time of the fire. heartwarming pictures of the Patel boys as they should be remembered: http://www.suntime s.com/news/metro/7 46061,011708patel. fullimage January 17: Boy Doused with Gasoline and Burned Dies {audio} http://www.wgnradi o.com/index.php?op tion=com_content &task=view &id=38957& Itemid=1 January 18: Son dies of burns, Indian American faces murder charge http://www.indiaen ews.com/america/20 080118/92504.htm ...Patel's wife, Nisha, was granted a protection order last month to keep him away from her and their children. (I am not sure whether the order of protection was extended to Mrs. Patel.)  (Jan 31, 2008 | post #53)

Glendale Heights, IL

Dad reordered to stay away from burned sons in hospital

I surfed Google and couldn't find any articles that indicated he had been charged. According to the Trib's Dec 19 article, DuPage Judge C. Stanley "Austin declined a request from Ruggiero that his order of protection be extended to the mother, noting that there have been no reported incidents of domestic violence or offensive contact between the parents. How can Judge Austin say that no reported incidents of violence toward the mother have occurred? There is nothing worse from a mother's point of view than being helpless to save her child from murder and extreme violence. This was an act of domestic violence towards her and the fact that the DuPage courts do not recognize it as such demonstrates the backwardness of the DuPage court system, and of Judge C. Stanley Austin. In Nazi prison camps, this type of psychological violence was perpetrated against mothers because it was recognized by Nazi Germans that wounding a mother's child is more damaging to her than it would be if she experienced the same abuse herself. Mother animals gladly die to save their children, as do human mothers. This is documented throughout history, and is otherwise know as "Mother's Instinct." I think I misbelieved, from reading other articles, that the State Attorney had required Judge Austin to extend the order to the mother. My research through the articles did not uncover any reference to the State Attorney Birkett actually requiring such an order, however. Does anybody know, is there an order of protection keeping the father from having contact with the mother? Or not? Have any charges been filed? The incident occurred on November 17. It is now January 31. A summary of articles is at: http://www.crimean djustice.us/forums /index.php?showtop ic=11758 Does the State's Attorney's office think everybody will just forget about the case and they can let it blow over with no charges...? That would be typical of DuPage. I would like to believe that this time, things will be different. Especially since it has gotten press coverage across the nation and in India and Australia. But it remains to be seen whether justice will be served.  (Jan 31, 2008 | post #34)

Republican

Judge's e-mail tipped Scruggs

I would be interested in understanding more about the processes that allowed this case to be brought to court. I am sure that many bribes occur that are not reported because of the generally private nature of email. 1) How does one get just cause to subpoena email records? 2) How does a person find representation willing to take on a system so layered with corruption, in which all the players protect each other as a matter of course? I am very interested in understanding how this case could have been taken successfully to court, as I would imagine in most cases, the odds are against it (which explains the otherwise inexplicable behavior of so many judges).  (Jan 28, 2008 | post #2)

Glendale Heights, IL

Boy dies of burns; police believe father set sons on fire

According to Areta Sego, the social worker at Pheasant Ridge Elementary School, donations can be mailed to the school: Pheasant Ridge School ATT: Areta Sego, Social Worker 43 East Stevenson Dr. Glendale Heights, IL 60139 Checks should be written out to the "Vishva and Om Support Fund". Please consider donating to this worthy cause. Also, it is possible to continue to make blood donations at LifeSource (lifesource.com), credited to the "Vishva and Om Replenishment Drive". Every donation allows Vishva credits to ensure he is prioritized highly to recieve blood throughout the lengthy and difficult medical procedures ahead. Areta, the school social worker, can be reached at: 6 3 0 - 2 6 0 - 6 1 4 7. Mrs. Patel is not working, and faces a difficult future, with the aftermath of a terrible tragedy that has occurred, and then in navigating the DuPage County Court system, a system which has shown bias against abused mothers in the past. Court is costly. I would ask, especially for Christians in our county, since Christians have the strongest support system here, to demonstrate adherence to a belief system which calls for us to be charitable towards others in need. Unfortunately, when faith based charities prevail, often, only those who belong to the faith of the charity end up being served. I would like to see some community leadership demonstrating that faith based help can be helpful in serving the larger causes.  (Jan 27, 2008 | post #52)

Glendale Heights, IL

Blood Drive Today In Honor Of Burned Brothers

I spoke with the social worker at Pheasant Ridge. A simpler way to make donations is to mail them to the school: Pheasant Ridge School ATT: Areta Sego, Social Worker 43 East Stevenson Dr. Glendale Heights, IL 60139 Checks should be written out to the "Vishva and Om Support Fund". Also, it is possible to continue to make blood donations at LifeSource (lifesource.com), credited to the "Vishva and Om Replenishment Drive". Every donation allows Vishva credits to ensure he is prioritized highly to recieve blood throughout the lengthy and difficult medical procedures ahead. Areta, the school social worker, can be reached at: 6 3 0 - 2 6 0 - 6 1 4 7.  (Jan 23, 2008 | post #2)

Glendale Heights, IL

Father ordered again to stay away from burned son

I spoke with the social worker at Pheasant Ridge. A simpler way to make donations is to mail them to the school: Pheasant Ridge School ATT: Areta Sego, Social Worker 43 East Stevenson Dr. Glendale Heights, IL 60139 Checks should be written out to the "Vishva and Om Support Fund". Also, it is possible to continue to make blood donations at LifeSource (lifesource.com), credited to the "Vishva and Om Replenishment Drive". Every donation allows Vishva credits to ensure he is prioritized highly to recieve blood throughout the lengthy and difficult medical procedures ahead. Areta, the school social worker, can be reached at: 6 3 0 - 2 6 0 - 6 1 4 7.  (Jan 23, 2008 | post #3)

Glendale Heights, IL

Father accused of setting fire to two sons to face charges

I spoke with the social worker at Pheasant Ridge. A simpler way to make donations is to mail them to the school: Pheasant Ridge School ATT: Areta Sego, Social Worker 43 East Stevenson Dr. Glendale Heights, IL 60139 Checks should be written out to the "Vishva and Om Support Fund". Also, it is possible to continue to make blood donations at LifeSource (lifesource.com), credited to the "Vishva and Om Replenishment Drive". Every donation allows Vishva credits to ensure he is prioritized highly to recieve blood throughout the lengthy and difficult medical procedures ahead. Areta, the school social worker, can be reached at: 6 3 0 - 2 6 0 - 6 1 4 7.  (Jan 23, 2008 | post #2)

Glendale Heights, IL

Dad reordered to stay away from burned sons in hospital

I spoke with the social worker at Pheasant Ridge. A simpler way to make donations is to mail them to the school: Pheasant Ridge School ATT: Areta Sego, Social Worker 43 East Stevenson Dr. Glendale Heights, IL 60139 Checks should be written out to the "Vishva and Om Support Fund". Also, it is possible to continue to make blood donations at LifeSource (lifesource.com), credited to the "Vishva and Om Replenishment Drive". Every donation allows Vishva credits to ensure he is prioritized highly to recieve blood throughout the lengthy and difficult medical procedures ahead. Areta, the school social worker, can be reached at: 6 3 0 - 2 6 0 - 6 1 4 7.  (Jan 23, 2008 | post #32)

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Sanctus Kyrie Eleison

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