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    Friday, November 9, 2012

    Stop police and court abuse of children in child protection cases - Urgent issue - Thousands of U.S. children in harms way

    Courts in this country under the guise of nice sounding laws daily take children from loving parents for profit based on hearsay and without due process. This is a national crisis. The numbers are staggering. This produces life long affects on mental health, education, and productivity, as well as destroys the family structure, something that in the U.S. is being clobbered from all sides. Please read this post and ACT.



    Also send your request to the U.S. Attorney Eric Holder at:

    U.S. Attorney Eric Holder
    U.S. Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20530-0001

    e-mail =

    Office of the Attorney General of the United States (202) 514-2001


    Sunday, November 4, 2012

    Candidate for Illinois Supreme Court accepts bribe to fix case

    The following are links to the evidence proving that Cook County Circuit Court Probate Judge James Riley accepted bribes to fix a case. This is the tip of the iceberg of Graylord 2.
    Also the links for three cases presently before the U.S.Supreme Court concerning judicial corruption and treason are also presented that reveal extensive pervasive and systemic corruption and lawlessness in the Cook County Courts. Please write U.S. Attorney Eric Holder and ask for an investigation:
    U.S. Attorney Eric Holder
    U.S. Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20530-0001
    e-mail =
    Office of the Attorney General of the United States
    (202) 514-2001

    These three cases are presently pro se before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    U.S. Supreme Court Docketed 12-6561

    The links to the Appendices for this petition (3 volumes) is as follows:
    U.S. Supreme Court Case no 11-10814
    The first Supplement to this petition is as follows: Supplement-to-Petition-for-Writ-of-Mandamus-to-U-S-Supreme-Court
    The third Supplement to this petition and the appendix to the supplement are as follows:
    I filed a 2nd Supplement - a transcript which I haven't posted yet, but which is attached. I am scanning them into the Scribd web site and will have a link soon.
    Note that Shelton was also unlawfully and maliciously arrested by order of this arrogant, ignorant, malicious, and dishonorable Judge Peggy Chiampas on a case which she had won by the Oak Lawn police and on warrants that had been withdrawn, who likely were told to do so by corrupt Cook County Sheriff staff.
    The supplement to this petition that was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court is as follows:
    We have also uncovered millions of dollars of felony federal funding fraud in divorce cases. You can read about this at the web sites that follow about Cook County Judges, although this is happening in all counties in Illinois.
    U.S. Supreme Court case no 11-10790
    The following petition for writ of certiorari, U.S. Supreme Court case no 11-10790, is just one case that illustrates the systemic problems in the court system. It is concerning a divorce case where David Bambic wrongfully, unconstitutionally, and unjustly lost custody of his children and falsely is accused of being dangerous to his children due to lies and hearsay from his drug addicted ex-wife, Catherine Wood, who was given custody, while the court is refusing to acknowledge that the Department of Children and Family Services invested the accusations against him by his ex-wife and determined them to be unfounded which proves the judge’s orders for custody and the divorce are illegal and void. Coincidentally Ms Wood worked in an Indian American Health as a drug-addiction counselor. She steals drugs from her clients.
    This reveals that it is a systemic problem that judges deny due process, violate statutes and give kids to the abusing parent based solely on hearsay.
    I hope you will spread around these links. Any assistance in obtaining pro bono legal assistance and press coverage will be appreciated.
    A lot more information about this systemic and pervasive corruption throughout the Cook County Court system can be found at these web sites:
    I and many others have sent out hundreds of FOIAs and have now been able to determine the paper trail as to how federal funds are being misused.
    The machine however has a strangle hold over the press and none of you will cover any of this.
    The US S Ct denied the latter two cases and petitions for rehearing are pending. Clearly if they don't issue summary orders concerning these cases then they are refusing to enforce their own rulings and constitutional rights.
    Linda Lorincz Shelton, PhD, MD
    Stop Illinois Corruption
    David Bambic
    Illinois Representative for

    and many others including 400,000 members of

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

    Judge Polito in Will County, IL, watches porn on court computers and still a judge!

    Judge Joseph C. Polito, in Will County, IL, in the Twelfe Judicial Circuit Courts was caught using court computers for six months to look up porn sites, yet the Will County States Attorney has not indicted him for misuse of funds or illegal use of government property.

    He gets paid $170,000 by taxpayers to look up and watch pornography.

    This picture of David Bambic protesting this fact says it all!  "Pornlito" has presided over many family court cases.  They should all be reviewed due to his biases. How many sexual abusers have been wrongfully given custody of their children?


    Monday, September 3, 2012

    Illinois eavesdropping law ruled unconstitutional - Melongo released after two years in jail - Lisa Madigan's "role"

    Good news is that Annabel Melongo is now out of jail after being wrongfully incarcerated for two years with grossly excessive bail set by the incompetent and Dishonorable Judge Mary Margaret Brosnahan on two fraudulent charges of eavesdropping ($30,000 bail) allegedly for recording phone conversations with a court reporter and for remote computer tampering ($500,000 bail increased from personal recognizance when arrested for eavesdropping then reduced to $300,000 and then reduced to personal recognizance bail when eavesdropping  charge dropped).  Tell me why recording conversations with a court reporter, a public employee, is a crime! Write your legislator to change this law!

    The complete story about Melongo is on a web site that purportedly was written by Melongo here. Apparently Carol Spizzirri, CEO of now defunct Save-A-Life foundation that had through fraud obtained millions in government grants from Homeland Security, Illinois, Chicago Public Schools and many other agencies by snowing such prominent politicians as Chicago Public Schools Chairman (now Secretary of Education) Arne Duncan, Sen. Richard Devine, Rep. Jan Shakowsky, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and many others, who failed to use due diligence to check her out. Spizzirri put on her government grant applications that she was a senior nurse, although she was never more than a candy striper. She is a big con artist.

    It is particularly surprising that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has not indicted her and cannot explain how the $50,000 her office gave to SALF was spent.

    Melongo is still fighting the charge of computer tampering.  Her pending motion to dismiss is here.

    Dr. Linda Shelton tried to get her out of jail with filing two next-friend petitions for writs of habeas corpus - read them here and here.  For this LEGAL act she was charged with contempt of court and summarily, unconstitutionally sentenced to 16 months in jail.  The Illinois courts all the way up to the Illinois Supreme Court have been violating the law.  So her appeal has now been sent to the U.S. Supreme Court - read it here. Her complete story about this whole situation with many links is on this blog here.

    It appears that the State of Illinois, pushed by IL AG Lisa Madigan and certain judges will go out of their way spending millions on fraudulent prosecutions of Shelton and Melongo to discredit them and keep this story out of the public eye.

    Its time the public spoke up.  PLEASE WRITE THE FOLLOWING OFFICIALS AND COMPLAIN about the wasteful use of your tax dollars and the cover-up of corruption and fraud!

    Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle
    118 N. Clark Street Room 537
    Chicago, IL 60602
    Phone: (312) 603-6400
    Fax: (312) 443-4397

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel
    City Hall
    121 N. LaSalle Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60602
    By Phone:
    Dial 311 (within Chicago)
    If calling from outside of Chicago, call: 312.744.5000

    The Honorable Eric Holder
    United States Attorney
    Attention: Public Corruption Task Force (Re: Judiciary)
    U.S. Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20530-0001

    US Attorney for Northern Illinois
    United States Attorney’s Office
    Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division
    219 S. Dearborn St., 5th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60604
    Phone: (312) 353-5300

    United States Judicial Conference
    Care of Honorable Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
    The Honorable John Roberts
    United States Supreme Court
    1 First Street, N.E.
    Washington, DC 20543

    The following are excerpts from Melogo's Internet web site which gives all the details about her cases including copies of all legal documents, discovery, and orders.

    How It All Started

    ·  April 27th, 2006 : discussion arose between Carol Spizzirri and Annabel Melongo on salary issues. Carol Spizzirri wanted to pay her 47K for being both the computer software and network administrator but Annabel wanted 60K. An agreement was never reached, so Annabel was fired.
    ·  April 28th, 2006: Annabel called to inquire about her check. She's told to pick it up coming Monday, May1st, 2006.
    ·  May 1st, 2006: Annabel stopped at SALF on her way to Chicago. While waiting for her check, Saquan Gholar and Bob Cokinis informed her of computer issues. She's told some people can't access the network to view files whereas some can. This is later confirmed by other employees. After receiving her check, she demanded to see Carol . Carol was in a meeting with Rita Mullins, the former palatine mayor. On her way back from Chicago, she stopped again at SALF to see Carol, which still wasn't available. She then called Vince Davis, one of Carol's manager and she's told that the computer issues were taken care of and that her help wasn't needed. Later that day, she gets an email forwarded to her, in the email she's accused of creating the incident. She replied to the email by forwarding it to various SALF employees and calling Carol a pathological liar. Other than requesting tax documents months later, that's the last time Annabel was in touch with SALF officially. Little did she know that this small incident will spawn a case that will challenge Illinois' political and legal system.


    Timeline With ABC Report

    For an untrained eye, it seems ABC investigative report has nothing to do with Annabel's case. Well, not so fast!!! ABC report might have well triggered the senseless complaint even though the investigation conducted by the Attorney General Office didn't warrant such charges.

    Let's look closer at the timeline. At the end of the report, [Emmy award-winning investigative reporter] Chuck Goudie says, "After terminating that interview three weeks ago...." The report aired November 16th, 2006. Which means the actual interview took place around October 26th, 2006. The charges, the arrest warrant, the complaint and the detective visit to Annabel's apartment all happened on October 31th, 2006. More over, ABC didn't just walk to SALF without warning. Common sense dictates, a notice was given to the organization to prepare for the interview. The nicely decorated room testify to that. Let's say ABC gave SALF 3-4 weeks notice, it then becomes apparent that SALF knew of ABC's visit around September 29th - October 6th, 2006. Are you curious to know when the Attorney General Office called the meeting to determine the charges? October 20th, 2006. Bingo!!!

    Here's what might have happened. SALF had an ongoing project estimated at around 40M with the Homeland Security which would have propelled the organization nationwide. However, it had no statistics proving the 1.6 million children being trained claim. Also it was legally in big troubles for unaccounted federal and state money. With the help of Lisa Madigan office, a black ship had to be created. Annabel, the helpless black sheep, was then charged to have remotely deleted all the files in the organization along with all the quickbooks and the annual reports that SALF ever had. Moreover, Carol's credibility having taken a toll at the end of the interview, the charges became the means to discourage further investigation. In that way, even when the ABC report aired, she still had the weapon to tell America and the Homeland Security ( See Section 'Who's Carol Spizzirri' ) to overlook her lies and to consider the fact that over 1.6 Million children were trained even though she couldn't prove it. Very clever!!!
    By unknown on web site

    Like actor Jack Nicholson in the movie A Few Good Men [from Wikepedia - "a 1992 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. It was adapted for the screen by Aaron Sorkin from his play of the same name. A courtroom drama, the film revolves around the court martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine and the tribulations of their lawyer as he prepares a case to defend his clients"]

    Here's "what [Illinois Attorney General ]Lisa Madigan might say [about corrupt Save-A-Life Foundation and their felony funding fraud - obtaining government grants from Homeland Security, Chicago Public Schools, State of Illinois, etc.]
    You can't handle the truth. Son, we live in a world with expensive political campaigns and those campaigns need to be financed by someone. Who's going to do it? You Annabel Melongo? You ABC? I have a greater gubernatorial ambition that you can possibly fathom. You weep for the money and curse Carol Spizzirri. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what a campaign costs. Carol Spizzirri's though full of lies and deceptions saves political lives. My refusal to prosecute Jon Burge though calculated and incomprehensible to you saves my career. I don't want them prosecuted because deep down I know that's what we do in Illinois. I need Carol Spizzirri in that role. I want her in that role. In Illinois we use words like earmarks, connections, pay-to-play. We use these words as the backbone of our politics. Other states use them as punch lines. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to people who rise and sleep under the blanket of the legal system I provide and then question the manner in which I provide it. I would rather want they say thank you and go on their way otherwise I suggest they go through a campaign. Either way, I don't give a damn what people think they're entitle to.” “
    Illinois Pay-to-Play articles:


    Articles by Shelton:

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    Illinois House Endorses Extortion of Parents in Family Court

    The family courts allow court-appointed child representatives and guardian ad litems in divorce court (family court) to extort families and impoverish them by ordering payment to them of $300 to $1200 per hr - often with final bills of  >> $50,000, in addition to paying outrageous rates to private attorneys for each parent, as well as paying for psychological counselors and other court appointed persons who evaluate the family situation.  As the average American family makes around $40,000 - $60,000, this guarantees that families will be impoverished. then the judges order the families home sold, children's college funds  confiscated, and all assets sold to pay these fees.

    This surely is not in the best interest of the children as the state law mandates!

    Stand up and be counted - complain to the press, your House Representative, your State Senator, you Illinois Senator Durbin, and your Illinois Representative,  and your Cook County Board Member.

    March 14, 2012
    TO: All Members of Judiciary I- Civil Law Committee

    FROM: Milijana Vlastelica, On behalf of all victims of court-ordered child representation

    Subject: The Judiciary’s Objection to $150/Hour Fee Cap to the Court-Appointed

    Children’s Attorneys as Provided in House Bill 5544 Deviates from the

    Legislature’s Established Practices; Some Possible Solutions

    Most of us are still recovering from the Judiciary’s objection [February 29, 2012] to establishing the fee caps for the court-appointed children’s attorneys in divorce cases especially that this objection is not in sync with the Legislature’s well-established practice to set the exact hourly rate for other types of court-appointed attorneys. For example, in death-penalty cases, the Legislature did not leave it up to the court-appointed private attorney to set his own hourly rate, but it capped his fees at $125/hour (adjusted for COLA) per 725 ILCS 124-10. In non-death penalty cases, attorney’s fees are based on 725 ILCS 5/113-3, set at $40/hour for court time and $30/hour for non-court times.

    Therefore, it is difficult to comprehend where this rationale, which some Representatives expressed that the court-appointed children’s attorney should be making as much money as privately retained attorneys, comes from.

    Our research indicates that nowhere in this country are the court-appointed attorneys allowed to set their own hourly rate except in Illinois in the Family Court.

    Per the attached research article entitled, “Issues Relating to Guardians ad Litem”, dated January 2003, the Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau conducted a study of the practices that exist in Hawaii and on the mainland with respect to guardian ad litem and appointed counsel in child protective cases and in the Family Court. The Bureau’s research reveals that the court-appointed guardians in other states are paid either flat fee per case or block of cases per contract or fixed hourly rate. For example, in Alaska attorney GALs receive $70 to $80 an hour; in Arkansas, guardian ad litems are salaried between $37,000 - $57,000 per year depending on experience; Attorney ad litem contractors who are part-time receive $800 per case per year; In California, Contract attorneys are paid flat rates per event. The juvenile court panel of attorneys are compensated at a rate of $75 per hour in court and $50 for out of court work. If an attorney had twenty-five cases, the attorney would receive $20,000 per year; In Colorado, some attorneys were compensated on an hourly basis and others on a flat-fee basis; most attorneys who represent children in dependency and neglect cases currently are paid a flat fee of $1,040 per case for 24 months of representation. If the case has not yet closed after 24 months, attorneys may bill at hourly rates of $45 for out-of court work and $55 for in-court work (which is the same rate paid to other public attorneys in Colorado).

    Upon the Hawaii Legislative Bureau’s comprehensive research, the Bureau concluded and recommended that, “Attorneys providing guardian ad litem services should be compensated equivalent to other ‘public service’ attorneys”.

    Here in Illinois, without any formal studies, some members of Judiciary concluded that the court-appointed children’s attorney in divorce cases, should be making as much money as mom’s and dad’s privately retained attorneys. As shown above, this practice deviates from the well-established standards that the Illinois Legislature adopted in the past which is to cap the fees for all court-appointed attorneys; and, it also deviates from the standards established by the rest of the United States.

    Therefore, this letter is a plea to those members of Judiciary to reconsider their position, and to realize that the only solution is capping the fees at $150/hour or establishing some type of flat amounts.

    If we set the court-appointed children’s attorneys fee to be a flat $1000 per case as some other states are doing it, but with the explicit provisions that they cannot withdraw from the case until the case is concluded, and that they must attend all hearings and all status dates where they are not needed (because they are currently doing it, and billing the parents), I guarantee that all the cases would be concluded much faster. The divorcing parents would have money left for their children’s education; the courts would not be overbooked; we may not need as many family court judges, and this would help the Illinois budget as well.

    In the alternative, if some Representatives continue objecting to the fee cap of $150/hour and/or insist that the court-appointed child representative should be making as much money as privately retained mom’s and dad’s attorneys, then, perhaps the Legislature can afford the parents some remedy by revoking the absolute immunity that the Courts recently gave to the court-appointed children’s attorneys. If the court-appointed children’s attorneys want to be, and deserve to be at the same pay level or higher than the mom’s and dad’s privately retained attorneys, then they also should be held accountable for their actions and professional negligence. If mom’s or dad’s attorney provides substandard level of service, he or she can be sued for legal malpractice. The court-appointed child representatives, on the other hand, cannot be sued for professional negligence or intentional tort no matter how much they damage the child. Nowhere on Planet Earth does this exist that a private professional in a capacity of a court-appointee sets his own hourly rate, can make as much as one million in annual revenue, and not be held liable for his work or lack thereof.

    In addition, I would recommend that the judges have no input as to which private attorney is awarded these appointments. Currently, the same judges always appoint the same child representatives. This practice, where a trial court can award an extremely lucrative business to a private attorney, provides a breeding ground for corruption, whether it is happening or not.

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

    Torture of Dr Linda Shelton in Illinois prison

    In Albuquerque, N.M. a federal jury awarded $22 million to Stephen Slevin, 58, for civil rights damages because he was kept in solitary confinement for two years and forced to pull his own tooth after being arrested for drunken driving, even though never convicted. He never saw a judge! Slevin was arrested while driving through the southern New Mexico county of Dona Ana in August 2005. He ended up in solitary confinement because he was suffering from depression and someone checked a box on a form indicating he was suicidal according to his attorney Matt Coyte. Although given drugs for depression he never saw a doctor until weeks before his release. Slevin was released in June 2007.  "He was stuck in a 6-foot-by-11-foot cell with a concrete bench for a bed. And he sat in that cell. We had documentary evidence that he didn’t get out for anything — for recreation, a shower — for months at a time,” according to his attorney. For more details see Washington Post article here.

    The same thing happened to me. I was wrongfully convicted of aggravated battery of an officer (ramming him with my wheelchair) - when Cook Co Dept of Corrections Sgt Anthony Salemi attacked me, falsified his records, and committed perjury. I was sentenced to two years.

    Read my appeal here.

    Read the outrageous improper unconstitutional IL Appellate Court decision where they ignored my arguments and the law and denied my appeal based on defamatory ad hominem attacks against me making all sorts of false statements about me that were not in the trial record and that they got through hearsay from other corrupt officials here.

    Read a detailed description of what happened here.

    At the IL Dept of Corrections Dwight Correctional Center, despite being disabled and very sick at the time (unable to walk and having diarrhea all over myself), I was punished with solitary confinement for months- denied water for four days while unable to sit up and get to the water fountain in the cell - denied underwear, wash cloth, towel, soap or anything in the cell except a suicide smock and two inch mattress on the floor - because they Cook County Jail falsely told them in order to torture me that I was faking my medical problems ( I have a partial right hemiparesis, heart and lung disorders, and chronic pain) - denied appropriate medications - not let out of the cell for even an hour a day - denied all phone calls - they ignored everything I said. I did not shower for months - as the shower in unit was so cold it aggravated my neurological problems and when I did shower made my legs turn blue and painful for hours, etc.

    When I had a severe, life-threatening reaction to the food (all the meat is soy substitute and heavily loaded with artificial chemicals, flavors and coloring), (briefly stopped breathing with severe respiratory distress requiring emergency IV medications - a nurse saved me), they said they "fixed my allergy to the food" by pureeing the food! That's like giving peanut butter to someone allergic to peanuts! The Director of the medical unit was a nurse practitioner!!! So, instead of playing Russian Roulette with the food, I didn't eat, starved and lost 60 lbs in a few months. I was so dehydrated with such abnormal blood tests that I had to be treated in an emergency room immediately after being released. The prison Dr. Shiker said nothing was wrong with me!! The medical care is provided by incompetent staff from Wexford Medical Group.

    This happened in 2008. I am still fighting to be vindicated and to have Sgt Anthony Salemi arrested for perjury and battery of me. I am still fighting to have the Cook County Assistant States Attorney John Maher and Andrew Dalkin arrested for Nifong-like prosecutorial misconduct and Judge Joseph Kazmierski removed from the bench for judicial misconduct. It was like the Salem Witch Trials in terms of denial of due process and allowing illegal defamation of me by the prosecutors.

    Please write the U. S Attorney General and ask him to assign a team to investigate this and interview me. They need to clean up the IL Dept of Corrections (IDOC). They need to clean up the Cook County courts and arrest corrupt judges. They need to clean up the corrupt prosecutors and make them lose their law license.

    Please contact the news media and ask them to cover this story. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I have lots of evidence of this happening to others.

    Please write to the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder
    U.S. Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20530-0001

    Friday, December 30, 2011

    Cook County Courts total lawlessness, incompetence and corruption - Plea for federal investigation

     The following is a summary and detailed story revealing that the Cook County Courts are lawless, presided over by judges who snub their noses at the United States Supreme Court, the Constitution, Illinois Statutes and Federal Codes, as well as actively work to cover-up the corruptiion of Cook County and Illinois officials. The case law, statutes, codes, etc., that prove what I say and are precedent that must be followed by courts are at the end of this post.

    Transcripts of hearings described are slowly being loaded onto the Internet. They will be appended as they become available. For the transcript where Shelton initially was taken into custody by Dishonorable Cook County Court Judge McHale see this Transcript 5-11-10 Shelton arrested in court falsely for contempt.
    This is a call for action to clean up the courts - a call for a federal investigation - please read this and write the United States Attorney, Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinckle, and Chicago Mayor Emmanuel asking for a federal investigation and write to the Federal Judicial Conference to ask for action at:

     Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle
    118 N. Clark Street Room 537
    Chicago, IL 60602
    Phone: (312) 603-6400
    Fax: (312) 443-4397

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel
    City Hall
    121 N. LaSalle Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60602
    By Phone:
    Dial 311 (within Chicago)
    If calling from outside of Chicago, call: 312.744.5000

    The Honorable Eric Holder
    United States Attorney
    Attention: Public Corruption Task Force (Re: Judiciary)
    U.S. Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20530-0001        

    US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald
    United States Attorney’s Office
    Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division
    219 S. Dearborn St., 5th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60604
    Phone: (312) 353-5300

    United States Judicial Conference
    Care of Honorable Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
    The Honorable John Roberts
    United States Supreme Court
    1 First Street, N.E.
    Washington, DC 20543


    I (Dr Linda Lorincz Shelton) was unconstitutionally in an illegal act by Judge McHale summarily (no notice or trial) held in contempt of court for filing as a non-attorney a next-friend habeas petition and then in my defense telling the judge twice he was committing a crime by refusing to hear the habeas petition. The sentence was 16 months (4 mo, 6 mo, 6 mo consecutive) for 3 “cases” (although they were 3 counts in same hearing continued over several days) of criminal contempt, for saying essentially the same thing three times.

    The judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County ("CCCC")  have de facto suspended the right to petition for a writ of habeas corpus in Illinois - the next-friend Melongo petition that 19 months later has still not been heard and the habeas for me that was wrongfully denied.

    Then both the Illinois appellate court ("IL App Ct") and Illinois Supreme Courts ("IL S Ct") have denied my right for direct appeal as an indigent disabled person on SSI (social security assistance for the disabled) without any explanation in violation of their own IL S Ct Rule 298 which requires waiver of fees for people on public assistance. I am disabled and on SSI and food stamps due to congenital spinal disorder and heart disorder that made me retire from medicine at a young age. I have an outstanding record as a pediatrician with my patients being in the Guinness Book of World Records (1997 ed.) as the “lightest surviving triplets” – born in 1990) and was quite respected by patients in neonatology, general pediatrics specializing in severely handicapped children, and psychiatry. I am also a PhD experimental patholgist.

    My two separate habeas petitions were denied by Trial Court and since there is no appeal of habeas in IL, I went to the US Federal District Court and they dismissed habeas stating erroneously that I didn’t exhaust state remedies.

    The United States Supreme Court ("US S Crt") Clerk has illegally and erroneously refused to file my pet for certiorari 3 times despite the fact the US S Ct in Niersheimer, Loftus, and Regan cases previously ruled that once habeas is denied by local trial court in IL the only appeal lies with US S Ct. (see following case law at end of this post), then they accepted my petition for writ of mandamus and denied it - essentially REFUSING TO ENFORCE THEIR OWN HOLDINGS that no one can be sentenced to more than six months (even if combined sentences) without a trial, that acts during the same hearing are one case (not three), that if one sentences a person for contempt on a different day than the contempt - then they must have a trial and no summary sentence is allowed, etc.


    Written on April 25, 2011 by Linda Lorincz Shelton, PhD, MD; Note case law/statutes follow:

    We have a Judicial Crisis in Cook County because the level of judicial ignorance, incompetence, and blatant disregard for basic constitutional rights including habeas corpus and due process is so extreme that one can only say that our courts in Cook County are in a state of lawlessness, where they are destructive of American Ideals and Constitutional rights.

    I’m going to relate to you right now the details of a group of cases that illustrate this fact, but remember this is only the tip of the iceberg of anarchy and lawlessness in Illinois and Cook County courts. Our constitution means nothing here in Cook County, Illinois. My case (Shelton) is the contempt case and a habeas case and Melongo’s cases of fraudulent charges of computer tampering and eavesdropping for recording a conversation with a court reporter, as well as the habeas case I filed for her as a next-friend are explained as follows. Melongo has now been in custody for more than 19 months. Her first trial on the eavesdropping charge resulted in a hung jury and she is awaiting retrial on that and trial on the computer tampering charge. Case law and state statutes relevant to these cases follow at the end of this writing.

    Here is a summary of the two cases against Annabel Melongo, the person being held allegedly without probable cause, and the criminal contempt cases against me for filing a next-friend habeas petition on her behalf, that demonstrate outrageous judicial and prosecutorial misconduct.

    Annabel Melongo is a Cameroonian and Haitian citizen, and resident of the United States, who is a computer expert. She took a job with a foundation called Save-A-Life Foundation to manage their computers, a corporation that allegedly trained children in CPR (by computer!?) and trained first responders in CPR. Melongo discovered that they had received over $8 million in government grants from Homeland Security, DHHS, state governments and the Chicago Public Schools. Melongo noticed during her work on their computers that SALF applications to the federal government for millions in grants contained fraudulent information. She turned this over to FBI Special Agent Depooter as a report of fraud upon the government. She also discovered they had not trained as many children or first responders in CPR as they described on their applications for funding.

    At the same time Melongo was gleaning this information from her work managing their computers, this foundation was in the middle of being investigated by Chuck Goudie, an Emmy award-winning investigative reporter. In Goudie’s television exposés he interviewed CPS CEO Arne Duncan, who confirmed to Goudie that SALF received $50,000 from the CPS per year but no services training school children in CPR were actually ever provided to the CPS. In total, Goudie documented that SALF obtained greater than $ 8 million from Homeland security, the Illinois Attorney General’s office, and other agencies, but has not provided documentation that this money was actually used to train children and first responders in CPR.

    Goudie interviewed the SALF CEO Spizzirri to ask her to provide documentation as to how SALF actually used the grants for CPR training. SALF CEO Spizzirri literally stopped the interview and ran off. To this day SALF has not accounted for millions from the federal and state government in grants to train children and other “first responders” in CPR. Despite info given to FBI and US Atty, Spizzirri has not yet been prosecuted. Links to Goudie’s video interviews follow.

    Around the time Goudie was interviewing CEO Spizzirri, Spizzirri fired Melongo and went to the police claiming all SALF financial records were accessed by remote computer and erased. She accused Melongo of doing this. Melongo was then indicted for remote computer tampering and the indictment said the SALF financial records were permanently erased, through a criminal act of remote computer tampering by Melongo. How convenient to divert attention from Spizzirri’s inability to account for how she used government grant money, instead to Melongo for alleged computer tampering.

    Melongo’s attorney filed a Motion to Dismiss the charges claiming that Schiller Park Det. Martin committed fraud and perjury before the grand jury in obtaining the indictment. Martin testified to the grand jury that Melongo had remotely changed the passwords to the SALF computers and initiated a cascade that deleted the computer financial files.

    This was contrary to Det. Martin’s police reports where he verified that a SALF employee had changed the computer passwords AFTER Melongo left, that the computers were disconnected from the servers so that their connection with the Internet was severed, and that the data was never lost, just was temporarily inaccessible. Det. Martin wrote in his reports that a SALF employee changed the passwords, not Melongo, and in so doing accidentally disabled the computers.

    Det. Martin also testified that an IL Attorney General’s office computer crime expert assisted the states attorney and in her written report stated Comcast computer IP (Internet Provider) address was used by Melongo to access the SALF computers, but Martin withheld the fact that Comcast had no record of Melongo being a customer, because she used SBC computer services. This crime expert has disappeared and supposedly no longer can be found by the State’s Attorney, but they have not dropped their charges.

    Melongo’s attorney, Albukerk, alleged that Det. Martin committed perjury and fraud in obtaining the indictment, that the indictment was therefore invalid, and that the case should be dismissed. He presented this motion to the court and Judge Brosnahan summarily denied it without an evidentiary hearing.

    So the Illinois Attorney General’s office and the State’s Attorney of Cook County has absolute proof that Melongo never engaged in this alleged computer tampering and that no computer tampering crime was ever committed. Yet they still refuse to dismiss the charges and Melongo has remained in jail awaiting trial for the past year on a $300,000 bail, reduced from $500,000.

    Judge Brosnahan set this extremely high and excessive bail on Melongo who has no criminal history because the State’s Attorney insisted that she was a flight risk because she held dual citizenship in Haiti and Cameroon. I have found no law that states that a person is a flight risk because they are a dual citizen. This bail alone was outrageous judicial mis-conduct.

    Spizzirri to this day has never released the financial data to Goudie or the public and there has been no public comment by the FBI about SALF or Carol Spizzirri.

    I was an acquaintance of Melongo, so like I did for another person who was being held without probable cause in 2009, I filed a next-friend petition for writ of habeas corpus with the Cook County Circuit Court Presiding Criminal Court Judge Biebel.

    In 2009 I filed a habeas petition on behalf of this other person utilizing the Illinois Habeas Statute, 735 ILCS Article 10. Presiding (Chief Criminal Court Division Judge) Judge Biebel granted it by ordering the defendant brought into court and assigning her an attorney for the habeas petition, Prof. Coyne from the Kent School of Law, as required by Cook County Circuit Court Rule 15.2 – which resulted in the defendant’s later release from jail.

    Last April and May, 2010, when I filed a next friend habeas petition on behalf of Melongo, Biebel was not available so the Court Clerk sent me to Judge Kazmierski who assigned the case to Judge Brosnahan, Melongo’s trial judge although court rules require the presiding criminal judge to hear habeas petitions and require that the trial judge may not hear the habeas petition.

    In Illinois the IL Habeas Statute, 735 ILCS 5/10-103, says that a non-attorney can file a petition for writ of habeas corpus “on behalf of another.” The Court Clerk has an habeas form that includes a spot for three possible filers “attorney, defendant, or a person on behalf of another.”

    Judge Brosnahan refused to hear the habeas petition saying that non-attorneys can never file any pleadings on behalf of another. Then I went to Judge Kazmierski and he said the same thing. Then I tried again a few days later and a different judge, Judge Wadas, was filling in for Judge Biebel. He said the same thing and refused to hear the habeas petition! I quoted the IL habeas statute to them and told them the US S Ct in Boumediene v Bush allowed a non-attorney father to file a next-friend habeas petition to no avail.

    All these judges therefore violated CLEAR Illinois Statutes and Constitutional rights. This is judicial misconduct! The statute even says that if a judge refuses to hear a habeas petition he can be fined $1000 which must be paid to the defendant. I also informed the judge of this part of the IL habeas statute.

    Then I tried a fourth time. This time the petition for writ of habeas corpus was assigned to Judge McHale, sitting in for Judge Biebel. However, Judge Biebel appeared in his chambers half-way through the proceedings and was in his chambers when Judge McHale went in and wrote his contempt papers against me.

    I initially insisted on SOJ as a right as Judge Biebel is the presiding criminal court judge and should hear the case, because of the history of the other judges being clueless about habeas petition procedures. However, when Judge McHale, who was filling in for Judge Biebel, agreed to follow 735 ILCS 5/10, I conditionally agreed to let Judge McHale hear the habeas petition then withdrew this agreement when Judge McHale refused to follow this law and stated that a non-attorney may not file a next-friend habeas petition, which proved to me he was also totally ignorant of habeas law, and arrogant to boot. I stated that since he was not following the law I wished to wait for Judge Biebel. He denied my request and proceeded only on the contempt issue against me.

    Judge McHale illegally overturned the IL Habeas Statute from the bench, ruling that filing a habeas petition as a non-attorney was an illegal act. I told him that he was mistaken. When I stated in open court, in my defense that the suspension clause in the Constitution, Article I section 9, states that habeas cannot be suspended except in time of war, and that the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in Boumedine v Bush in 2008, that even prisoners at Guantanamo Bay had a right to have their father’s file habeas petitions, Judge McHale found me in contempt of court for “interrupting” him and telling him that he was misinterpreting and violating the law, although when he took me into custody he gave me the impression it was for filing the petition as a non-attorney.

    Defending oneself pro se in court using quotes from the law is not an “interruption”; it is a right.

    The judge also never ruled on my in forma pauperis petition (request to waive fees due to inability to pay - indigency), said I didn’t have standing, so I don’t think the hearing ever actually began because he said he would not hear the habeas petition. The transcript where we had this very brief conversation and he quickly took me into custody is attached as are all the transcripts from the endlessly continued hearing on my three habeas “cases.”

    Judge McHale, without a trial, while continuing the contempt “hearing” several times over several months, summarily ruled that I committed three separate acts of contempt by stating this argument three times and found me in contempt of court on these three, what he called, separate contempt cases. He then summarily sentenced me to consecutive jail terms of four (4) months, six (6) months, and six (6) months, a total of 16 months in jail for doing a legal act and then informing him about the law! He then made several related rulings that denied me good time statutory jail credits to ensure that I would suffer from the entire 16 month jail term.

    The transcripts and his findings of contempt are attached. Dates are May 11, 2010, May 24, 2010 (brief just to schedule), June 1, 2010 (brief just to schedule) June 9, 2010, June 10, 2010, October 1, 2010

    In jail I was denied paper for three months. I was denied access to the law library – they said all those who are in the infirmary cannot go to the law library. I was constantly in infirmary due to disabilities and chronic heart, lung, and neurologic disease. The law librarian said she was unable to do any legal research and would only bring me case law or statutes if I give her a complete citation. I had to rely on friends I write to in order to obtain legal research and case law – which took months. In late July after being sentenced on May 11, 2010, a physician finally gave me some paper, but I didn’t get any stamps to mail my court pleadings to get them filed with the court for another month and didn’t get a hearing until Oct. 1, 2010. Then the 2nd and 3rd “cases” of contempt were made concurrent and the judge agreed that he had no jurisdiction to deny statutory good time jail credits, thus allowing me to be released after 6 months on Nov. 6, 2010 instead of having to serve the entire 16 months.

    I did file for writ of habeas corpus twice; 1st one transferred to judge Porter and denied “because you can’t obtain habeas relief because you disagree with an order,” and 2nd one denied by Judge McHale on October 1, 2010 for no specific reason. In IL habeas is severely limited by statute. You can file in the local court (issues of fact and/or law) or the Illinois Supreme Court (ONLY issues of law – see Loftus)

    I filed motions to overturn this and he eventually granted some of them reducing the jail term to six months by granting some of the good time jail credits and making two of the sentences concurrent and I was released in November after this blatantly unlawful and unconstitutional conviction and wrongful six-month long incarceration for alleged criminal contempt of court. Of course I tried to appeal this injustice. However the Appellate Court denied my in forma pauperis petition which complied with SCR 298 and then dismissed my case a month later for failing to pay the fee.

    Judge McHale knowingly and blatantly violated the Constitution’s suspension clause, rulings of the United States Supreme Court, and the Illinois Habeas statutes and other Illinois Statutes including Good Time Jail Credits and Sentencing statutes that prohibit consecutive sentences for the same act during one case, as well as that require a jury trial for sentences > six (6) months. McHale also violated US S Ct holding that when contempt is found full due process rights are invoked if the sentence is given a different day than the contempt finding. I was denied a trial.

    The United States Supreme Court in three other cases including a ruling by Chief Justice Marshal held that when a judge knowingly and purposely violates law, and that can include violating the constitution, violating statutes, or violating U.S. Supreme Court rulings, then the judge is “waring on the constitution” in violating his oath of office. US Supreme Court Chief Justice Marshall declared that “waring on the constitution” is an act of treason against the United States. See Cohens v Virginia, US v Will, and Cooper v Aaron that follow. I quoted these cases to the judge and urged him not to violate the law.

    The story gets even more exciting because Melongo, prior to her bail being raised to $500,000, read the law and discovered that to be indicted a person must have the charges in a case read against them in open court. She did not remember any of the charges ever being read to her (She didn’t understand that the attorney she later fired had waived reading). She thought the court reporter had falsified the court transcript of the alleged arraignment by stating on the transcript that Melongo had been arraigned. Melongo is highly educated and although English is her third language, she is rapidly educating herself about the law, after initially being confused by English (innocent until proven guilty) versus Roman (guilty until proven innocent) law and language issues (her native language is French and then she lived in Germany and learned German).

    Melongo also read the Illinois eavesdropping statutes that said it was a felony crime in Illinois to record a conversation without the other person’s permission. She also read that the law said that if a person has a reasonable suspicion that the person they were recording had committed a crime then it was not illegal to record them, as this was an exception to the law.

    The eavesdropping law is a great controversy in Illinois as it is a felony even to record a police officer on your cell phone who is committing a crime or illegally arresting you. Recently a Southern Illinois judge declared this statute unconstitutional and the State's Attorney for that county is appealing that decision.  [Update: the eavesdropping statute was declared unconstitutional, by the Illinois Supreme Court and Federal Court in 2014 as I asserted in the habeas petitions and charges were dropped against Melongo - after she had been jailed for two years!]

    Melongo then recorded a conversation with the court reporter’s office staff, where she thought it was probable that they would admit that she was not arraigned, and that they had falsified the transcript which is a crime. Melongo thought this would be reason to throw out the case quickly as arraignment is a requirement and a right before a person can be tried. Melongo then put this recording on her web site which she had posted describing the alleged false arrest for computer tampering. Melongo posted everything from her case on line in a beautiful and incredibly easy to read and wonderful web site, since taken down, but on a DVD in her former attorney’s possession, which may have already been turned over to her.

    Incredibly, when the Court recently allowed Melongo to represent herself, the Court ordered her former attorney Albukerk to turn over his files to the prosecutor! This is an absolute reason to have the case dismissed for prosecutorial and judicial misconduct making a fair trial impossible. The Cook County State's Attorney should have refused to accept this file. Albukerk however did withhold some confidential communications between him and his client. If you wish to speak with Mr. Albukerk, his phone is 773 847-2600

    The States Attorney then arrested Melongo for eavesdropping and now wants to try her and convict her of a felony for recording her conversation with the court reporter without the court reporter’s permission. This is insanity! Where is this crime? Who's been hurt? When is the intent to commit a crime? Where is the probable cause? This sure seems like Gestapo tactics!

    Note that a southern Illinois judge recently ruled that the eavesdropping statute in Illinois is unconstitutional and dismissed a similar case. Annabel, now on home arrest has filed a similar motion to dismiss her eavesdropping case as unconstitutional.

    Judge Brosnahan set Melongo’s bail at $30,000 for felony eavesdropping, and because she was a flight risk due to the fact she holds dual passports, Brosnahan raised the bail on the computer tampering charge for violation of bail from a personal recognizance bond to a $500,000 bail, which Albukerk was able to get later reduced to the present $300,000, clearly outrageous in amount for this case, which should have been dismissed. Who ever heard of raising a bail from a personal recognizance bail to a $1/2 million bail for a non-violent crime without a victim on a first time offender!

    This entire situation is out of control and can only be described as lawlessness due to police and judicial misconduct, in total violation of the law. I prefer to call the above Nazi-like tactics.  Defame and crush your opponent, those that have evidence of your criminal conduct!  Shut them up and destroy them!  It's time for the public to be informed and to fight back legally with the help of the press and civil rights activists.

    If four (4) judges, including three (3) senior criminal court judges can so blatantly deny Melongo’s and my most important Constitutional right to file a petition for writ of habeas corpus, as well as deny our constitutional rights to due process under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment to be free of arrest without probable cause and jail Melongo without probable cause for now nearly two years so far and me for six months after initially sentencing me without a trial to 16 months in jail, then the judges can get away with violating ANY law.

    The acts of these judges are impeachable. This lawlessness must stop NOW!

    I have filed a notice of appeal with the Illinois Appellate Court, but the court has issued an order denying my motion for indigency status and waiver of fees. Despite the fact that the U.S. government has declared me indigent and granted me SSI as a disabled person for several years, despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an indigent person must have the fees waived for criminal appeals, Burns v. State of Ohio, 360 U.S. 252 (1959); Griffin v. Illinois, 351 U.S. 12 (1956); and Smith v. Bennett, 365 U.S. 708 (1961); as well as despite the fact that Illinois Supreme Court rule 298 mandates that fees be waived for indigent litigants receiving government benefits, the Illinois Appellate Court Clerk has been ordered not to accept any court filings from Me until I pay all fees.

    Therefore, my constitutionally guaranteed right to appeal, or Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment due process rights has been denied. Appeal has now been dismissed for "want of prosecution"  because I didn’t pay the fee of $25, which may seem small, but I will no longer condone criminal conduct by the court and extortion.

    I’ve suffered a total civil death including destruction of my family and there is no reason now to give in to corruption
    No reason was given by the Illinois Appellate Court to refuse to grant my indigency status.
    The same is true for the Illinois Supreme Court which has also ordered that the Clerk not accept any filings from me, thus denying me a right to appeal these wrongful and unconstitutional convictions. Again, no reason has been given for them to violate their own rule 298, the Constitution, or state statutes regarding waiving indigent’s court fees.

    I am now trying to file a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court asking them to issue a supervisory order to the Illinois courts to enforce their previous holdings which mandate that fees are waived for criminal appeals, as well as asking the U.S. Supreme Court to view the above as exhaustion of state remedies and hear the case as a direct appeal.

    The story of why these senior judges are so viciously attacking me is complicated but involves the fact that I have evidence of felony crimes by the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and several senior Cook County Court and Illinois Appellate Court judge, as well as evidence of corruption among some 7th Circuit Court judges through a loose network of whistle blowers who have been carefully gathering evidence about government corruption for 10 years, including against Gov. Blagojevic and previous governors.

    For more info see:   and

    A few brief points in illustration are as follows.

    I have been illegally arrested more than 35 times in nine  years in retaliation for my complaints and whistle blowing.  I have mostly represented myself and now won all but two felony or misdemeanor cases and eight contempt cases. I was unlawfully convicted of felony battery for "bumping an officer with my wheelchair" and sentenced to two years in prison in 2007, and "bumping an officer with my walker" in 2012 and sentenced to 48 days. I am still trying to get these wrongful convictions overturned. However I have been wrongfully convicted of eight cases of criminal contempt for telling judges they were violating the law and so far I have had three convictions overturned and I am working to get the other five including the three mentioned in this post overturned ASAP.

    As I said, I have been wrongfully convicted of one case of felony battery of an officer for allegedly "bumping" him with my wheelchair and "kicking" him in the chest with my legs causing "soreness", although I am totally innocent, he attacked me, he falsified his records and committed perjury and the two States Attorneys Andy Dalkin and John Mahrer committed Nifong-like prosecutorial misconduct and Dishonorable Judge Kazmierski committed grotesque judicial misconduct to bias the jury and convict me.  I was illegally sentenced to two years in prison, although the law required my maximum sentence to be probation due to my benign history.  For more information on this case and my efforts to have it overturned and have Sgt. Anthony Salemi, the creep that attacked me arrested see my appellate brief:

    I, from jail was allowed to mail one document to the federal court and I filed a multipurpose letter in my two civil rights cases that are pending in the District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, 1:09-cv-02353 and 1:09-cv-06413, which are civil rights suits against Cook County Sheriff staff for excessive force (attacks and beatings on me), malicious prosecution, willful indifference to medical needs, etc. They have passed the state of motions to dismiss and have a good chance of succeeding. I wish I had counsel to represent me. This letter stated that I was denied access to the courts while in jail from May 2010 to November 2010 in that the law librarian refused to do any legal research and because I was denied paper for 4 months, as well as denied access to the law library as the Sheriff has a policy that all prisoners held in the infirmary may not go to the law library, I was unable to write proper motions. This amounts to unconstitutional denial of access to the courts.

    This letter asked Federal Judge Hart and Judge Dow to consider the letter a petition for federal writ of habeas corpus. Judge Hart denied it stating that I had not exhausted state remedies, which is a false statement. I have now written a motion to reconsider this (to be filed), but it is also requested in a motion for enlargement of the discovery period, which I have written is a factual document that for purposes of judicial economy will not be repeated but will be incorporated in all my other motions including the one to vacate dismissal of request for letter to serve as petition for writ of habeas corpus and motion for leave to amend and resubmit petition for writ of habeas corpus.

    The purpose of these illegal acts is to defame Dr. Linda Shelton, Dr. Maisha Hamilton, Naomi Jennings and Vernon Glass so as to discredit them as witnesses to corruption as well as to cover-up the criminal acts by public officials like Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan who has committed fraud upon the courts and her staff along with the Illinois State Police’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (IL MFCU) and their administrators in the State Police have defrauded the United States Government and specifically the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in funds for illegal use by the IL MFCU. The fraud was that they had made false statements on their application for recertification and funding of the IL MFCU and used these funds to illegally prosecute cases of Medicaid fraud, when there was no Medicaid fraud. The State Police, specifically Investigator William Reibel, even fabricated false billing invoices in order to falsely imprison a whistle blower against government corruption, as well as knowingly prosecuted me without probable cause having in their possession evidence that someone forged my name in order to illegally bill Medicaid.

    I was found not guilty by jury trial in that we proved ID theft of my Medicaid number used by some corrupt persons to falsely bill Medicaid – something the prosecutor, Lisa Madigan was fully aware of all along. They did this to defame me and discredit me as a witness against corrupt officials, police, and judges.

    The applications for federal funding for the IL MFCU were signed by the Director of the Illinois State Police, through his employee, Don Thorpe, Director of the IL MFCU in 2001.

    They admit that the IL Attorney General by law has NO JURISDICTION or authority to prosecute Medicaid Fraud and that they must refer such cases to the U.S. Attorney. Yet they prosecuted at least three groups, all of which were innocent of fraud (Naomi Jennings, Maisha Hamilton, Linda Shelton with Vernon Glass, convicting two, one with invoices fabricated by the Illinois State Police Investigator William Reibel. Legitimate cases of Medicaid Fraud are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephan A. Kubiatowski is the head of the Chicago U.S. Attorney task force on Medicaid and Medicare fraud, yet his sister, Illinois Department of Professional Regulation Administrative Law Judge Lucia Kubiatowski was personally involved in making illegal rulings against me in order to suspend my medical license.

    For further details see:  [Melongo's Web site]


    Linda Lorincz Shelton, PhD, MD, a graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A with honors and M.S. immunolog) and the Medical University of South Carolina (PhD in experimental pathology with training in forensic pathology, M.D.), born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Chicago, is a civil rights activist, retired physician and retired medical researcher, as well as a paralegal and medical malpractice consultant. She is a self-trained expert on constitutional law having known US Atty Gen. Ed Levi and been initially inspired 40 yrs ago by his little book on constitutional law. She has self-studied law as a hobby since that time and particularly likes to follow the writings and arguments of her high school classmate Erwin Chemerinsky (a constitutional law expert, law school Dean, and potential US S Ct justice) as well as the cases defended by Gerry Spence (well known for obtaining a multimillion dollar judgement in favor of Silwood's children - Silkewood is a famous whistle blower who died and was portrayed in a Hollywood movie). Shelton specialized in helping multiple disabled children and her patients are in the Guinness Book of World Records, 1997 Ed., as the “lightest set of triplets,” (Vincent triplets) as well as advocating for the poor, the mentally ill, the disabled, and other victims of injustice in our county. She is disabled herself, due to exposure in utero to diethylstilbestrol producing congenital spinal problems. She has been working to assist the wrongfully convicted over a number of years, even putting herself in harm’s way in order to help, and has been documenting judicial and police incompetence and corruption in Cook County. She is a victim of wrongful conviction and is fighting every day to counter the defamation against her and recover from the civil death that plagues her, while coping with her serious and multiple disabilities, exacerbated by brutal treatment in jail and prison, on top of a previous sexual assault,  resulting in a serious case of PTSD (post-traumatic-stress disorder).

    She has been examined by a nationally renowned forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Richard Rappaport, at her request to counter defamation against her and he has published his findings in the American Journal of Psychiatry and the Law as an editorial,  where he states:  

    "Neither woman was psychotic, malingering about the abusive consequences, or otherwise not entitled to the right to refuse treatment or the right to resist abuse." . . .
    " Labeling them as mentally ill led to their being apprehended by the police who treated both of them as if they were criminals, rather than patients, as those in charge assumed the women's protestations were evidence that they needed to be restrained and tranquilized. The courts in turn disregarded their complaints because of the diagnosis of psychosis, and thus the abuse continued from one venue to another.
    In each case, these women sought restitution of their good names and their rights and compensation for the abuse suffered. Both attempted to do so with­out the use of lawyers.
    AZ's [Linda Shelton's] victimization appeared to be the result of her being considered psychotic and her fighting a system that was undermined by politics and politicians. This power was vested in AZ's hospital board of directors as well as city and state officials. It is thus not surpris­ing that the courts in turn were influenced adversely against her." ...
    " The ethics we need to operate a reliable and safe society depend on rectifying the kinds of abuses to which these two physicians were subjected." [In his editorial: "Complications of Misdiagnosis", J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 34:436-8, 2006, by Dr. Richard G. Rappaport]
    Shelton blogs about Illinois corruption, giving details with names, dates and evidence at the following blogs – which have made her a target of the corrupt she is exposing – resulting in numerous false arrests and false prosecutions. She also has a personal blog with her opinions about issues of the day:

    The case law supporting the above includes:

    A) violation of IL Substitution of Judge (“SOJ”) as Right Statutes, 735 ILCS 5/2-1001 which make all orders given after denial of this SOJ as a right void (I asked for SOJ at the beginning of the hearing and McHale refused – so this means that McHale’s orders after this refusal are void per statute);
    B) in violation of Habeas Statutes, 735 ILCS 5/10-103 which allow a person to file an habeas petition on “behalf of another”;
    C) in violation of Good Time Jail Allowance statute, 730 ILCS 130, which gives jurisdiction for such credits to the county sheriff and not the judge, People v. Russel, 237 Ill.Epp.3d 310 (1992); People v. Prater, 158 Ill.App.3d 330 (1987); Kaeding v. Collins, 281 Ill.App.3d 919 (1996),
    D) in violation of IL sentencing statutes requiring concurrent sentences for the same conduct or acts occurring during the same state of mind, 720 ILCS 5/3-3, ; and
    E) in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court as well as Illinois Appellate and Supreme Court holdings which:
    1) require jury trial if sentences exceed 6 months aggregate for contempt, Bloom v. Illinois, 391 U.S. 194 (1968); Duncan v. Louisiana, 391 U.S. 145 (1968);
    2) forbid sentencing for more than one count of contempt representing same motive or state of mind during one trial or case, People v Brown, 235 Ill.App.3d 945 (1992);
    3) require jury trial if contempt sentence is summarily imposed on a day other than the day in which the contemptuous act occurred, In re Marriage Betts, 200 Ill.App.3d 26 (1990); Winning Moves,Inc., v. Hi! Baby, Inc. 238 Ill.App.3d 834 (1992); Kaeding v. Collins, 281 Ill.App.3d 919 (1996), and
    4) specifically state it is legal for a non-attorney to file a next-friend petition for writ of habeas corpus, U.S. ex rel. Toth v. Quarles, 350 U.S. 11, 76 S.Ct 1 (1955) and Boumediene v. Bush, 553 U.S. 723 (2008);
    5) state that defending a contempt charge by vigorously quoting law is not contemptuously insulting the court, Sacher v United States, 343 U.S.1 (1952); People v. Siegel, 68 Ill.Dec. 118; People v. Powell, 187 Ill.Dec. 774; United States v. Oberhellmann, 946 F.2d 50,
    6) state that when a judge is embroiled in controversy with litigant he must recuse himself for a contempt trial and be replaced by another judge, Mayberry v. Pennsylvania, 400 U.S. 455 (1971); Kaeding v. Collins, 281 Ill.App.3d 919 (1996);
    7) state that a judge may not order denial of statutory good time jail credits, People v. Russel, 237 Ill.App.3d 310 (1992); People v. Prater, 158 Ill.App.3d 330 (1987); Kaeding v. Collins, 281 Ill.App.3d 919 (1996),
    8) state that a judge’s orders are void when the orders are made without jurisdiction, United States v. United Mine Workers of America, 330 U.S. 258 (1947).

    These sentences by Judge McHale were acts of felony treason, a violation of 18 U.S.C. §2381, punishable by a sentence of 20 yrs to life, per previous holdings and/or dicta of the United States Supreme Court and were in retaliation for Shelton’s whistle blowing against corrupt judges, police, and State officials, including:

    1) that the judges in U.S. v. Will, 449 U.S. 200 (1980) affirmed the statement of Chief Justice Marshall in Cohens v. Virginia, 6 Wheat. 264, 5 L.Ed 257 (1821) that it is “treason on the constitution” when a judge “usurps [the jurisdiction] that which is not given” – referring to acting outside the law or violating the law including statutes and higher court holdings; and
    2) that it is a “war on the constitution” when a judge violates his oath of office to support it [including supporting statutes of a state = due process], Cooper v. Aaron,358 U.S. 1, 78 S.Ct. 1401(1958).
    Note: The IL MFCU application for recertification from 2001 that I received in 2010, in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sent in 2006, admits that the IL MFCU is federally funded and that the IL AG has NO JURISDICTION to prosecute Medicaid Fraud and that they refer all such cases to the U.S. Attorney or County State’s Attorney can be seen here. You can read the application, the indictment against me and see the forged signatures on documents allowing billing Medicaid under my name (not my signature and therefore proof of ID theft and proof they knew there was no probable cause to charge me – I got these documents from AG Madigan in discovery before trial) can be seen here.

    Links to articles about Melongo’s cases and the links to evidence proving there is no probable cause against her can be found here.

    Shelton contempt hearing transcripts:

    Part 1, May 11, 2010

    Part 2, May 11, 2010

    Part 1, June 9, 2010

    Part 2, June 9, 2010

    Oct 1, 2010