One Mom’s Battle Has Many Faces: #4

One Mom’s Battle Has Many Faces: #4

From Tina:Once a week, I feature stories from other women who are in this battle.  As I said before, One Mom’s Battle has many faces.  Part of my healing has come from connecting with these other women and sharing stories, giggles and tears.  I have found a tremendous support system through this blog and it has helped me to realize that I am not alone.  I call them the “Warrior Moms” and while I know there are also many men affected by Narcissists and Psychopaths, the vast majority of my interaction is with other brave moms.

This week, I am shifting the topic a bit to highlight Family Court corruption.  Many of you may have seen the NY Post article titled, “NJ ex-wives say divorce judge favors rich hubbies” which has created quite a stir.  I think that these women deserve a tremendous amount of support from everyone who is currently fighting this battle. Keeping these stories in the spotlight is incredibly important for ALL of us.  The fact that the NY Post has picked up this story gives me hope.    ###

One Mom’s Battle Has Many Faces –from all over the world.  This week’s warrior mommy is Patricia Pisciotti who’s story was highlighted in the NY Post article detailing the corruption at the hands of Judge Paul X. Escandon.

Here is Face #4- Patricia Pisciotti 

Tina – your blog has inspired so many women to speak up.  Thank you for giving women a forum to have a voice and to help facilitate some change in a system that is very broken.  

Please help me regain custody of my three children… who are now living with a violent, two-time felon, confessed killer, mob turncoat, Nicholas “PJ” Pisciotti, who refused the Federal Witness Protection Program after testifying publicly against Bonanno Boss, Vincent Basciano. In a private statement to the judge (my attorney and I were not initially privy to) he stated that he has not been sentenced yet by the Federal Government, and may still be called to testify as a government witness. My children are in danger.

In 2004, when my youngest was an infant, Pisciotti abandoned the marital home, and became addicted to illegal drugs, particularly steroids. He was arrested in 2005, along with his current live-in girlfriend, after brutally beating a man into a coma. He had beaten and choked me in front of the children one night prior. Our divorce was final in 2006. In 2007, Pisciotti was arrested again, this time by the FBI, facing 40 years to life in prison for drug trafficking, attempted murder and racketeering. This is when he made a deal.

In 2009, Pisciotti was released from prison, refused to continue in the Federal Witness Protection Program, believing he is invincible, and began a crusade to destroy me financially after I refused to bring the children to visit him in prison, while in protective custody at an undisclosed location. 

Pisciotti has waged his war on me with the help of an unethical attorney, Amy Cores, and Judge Paul Escandon. I have been harassed with unrelenting litigation and baseless appeals to render me destitute and defenseless in the system. I attempted to move within the state, as the law permits, to find work and be closer to family, and Escandon unconstitutionally imprisoned me in a house I could no longer afford, after Pisciotti began withholding support while simultaneously using the system to bankrupt me. I expressed my financial distress to Escandon on several occasions, often without an attorney, and instead of enforcing support, he reduced it, contrary to an appellate decision, and two orders from a prior judge. He then substantially increased Pisciotti’s parenting time, ignoring permanent orders just issued by a prior judge and provisions of a civil restraint order.

I plummeted about $100,000 into debt awaiting an appeal of the unlawful decision, for over a year. I maxed out my credit cards, was indebted to my attorney and others, and was selling personal items, so as not to default on the mortgage. I finally sold my house, my only remaining asset, and rented it back, so that I could rehire my attorney. I was told by many legal experts, and I believed as well, that the Appellate Court would overturn the decision, but it did not. I had tried to find employment for about two years in or around Monmouth County, to no avail, so I moved 37 miles instate, closer to the metropolitan area to find work, pursue a Masters degree and be closer to family, and lost my children as a result. Had I not sold the house and moved when I did, I would still be unemployed and in foreclosure. At the advice of my attorney, I appealed to the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and again was denied, with costs.

My rights have been violated on three levels of the New Jersey Judicial system. Not only was Judge Escandon’s unconstitutional order upheld, but the Supreme court refused to hear my appeal and ordered me to pay the legal costs of a man who physically abused me, then waged a war on me in Judge Escandon’s courtroom, with impunity, to financially ruin me. The three children I have cared for since birth, were taken from me and ordered to live in a $900,000 house purchased by Pisciotti for his former mistress, while claiming he could not pay child support and alimony. Pisciotti’s entire litigation has been based on fraud and malicious intent, and was not only allowed, but rewarded by the NJ Judicial System. Furthermore, Pisciotti is a resident of New York, has a New York driver’s license, and files taxes in New York.

Since Escandon was exposed in the NY Post, about fifteen more women have come forward expressing outrage over his abusive illegal rulings, violations of due process rights and failures to adhere to proper court procedure.

The Judicial System has failed me and my children. My parenting was never an issue, yet my children were taken from me, the one person who has cared for them their entire lives, and the only stability they have ever known, and placed with a dangerous man who was absent most of their lives. Please help me regain rightful custody of my children.
Click here to sign Patricia Pisciotti’s petition.

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7 Responses

  1. Thank you for posting this. I have come to know Patricia very well this past year and can tell you that she is a sweet, loving, caring, honest and lovely mother. I have the misfortune of being under the same unlawful and unethical judge that has taken Patricia’s children away from her. Thank you for helping us shine a light on the corruption of the Family Court System. Before my divorce began, I had no idea that there was a movement in this county to over-correct custody that was once automatically granted to mother. With this new movement to be fair to fathers, many judges are blindly granting custody to men without taking into consideration what is truly best for the children. Judge Paul Escandon has granted full custody and joint custody to men with documented histories of physical abuse, arrest records, alcohol and drug abuse and violent verbal threat history. It appears that Judge Escandon and all of Monmouth County Family Court in NJ are not concerned with the welfare of children. Instead, their focus is on a political agenda as well as allowing cases to be litigated into the ground since that is ultimately what brings in the most amount of money for the court system. The system is badly broken and I hope that blogs like yours will continue to expose the truth to the public so that we can begin to demand change.

  2. Patricia is my cousin and what the Monmouth County Court System as done is horrible. We need to petition the Presiding Judge, Judge Michael A. Guadagno. He needs to take a look at Escandon’s rulings and make a decision. Esccandon should be taken off the bench while the investigation continues.

  3. I am facing a similar situation… the judge gave primary custody of my 4 yr old child to my sociopath ex (diagnosed and expert testimony saying he should only have supervised contact) and ordered us to a week on week off schedule. The only contact the father had with the child was supervised… think about that…

    From supervised visitation to custodial parentin less than 3 months! I have never violated a single court order or denied visitation… in fact I offered MORE supervised visitaion that what the court had ordered me to!

    My parenting was never at issue, and I had always been the primary caregiver. I was a single mom(never married him, thank god).

    I’m needing prayers and positive thoughts sent our way as I just recieved notice that the oral argument on my appeals case will be heard on Aug 22.

  4. There is going to be a PROTEST on September 24th 2012 at 9:00 am across the street from Monmouth County Courthouse in New Jersey.

    PLEASE come and support these women who are speaking out against Judge Paul Escandon’s unethical and illegal actions on the bench. We have invited the MEDIA and they will be there reporting on this peaceful protest. We will have our voices heard and we will speak out against Judge Escandon abusing his power on the bench and Judge Lawson allowing him to do so. Make up your signs and come to the protest! “Judge Lawson do you job” “Judge Escandon stop victimizing women” “Monmouth County is the Wild West of New Jersey” and “Judge Escandon step down off the bench”

  5. Dear Judge Paul Escandon,

    As of January 1, 2013, you will no longer sit on the bench in Family Court. As it has been confirmed by Monmouth County Courthouse, you will be hearing cases in Civil Court. As a group of mothers, supporters and children, we are quite sure that you will be able to cause damage on whichever bench you sit on, but we are elated to see you go. Unfortunately, the emotional mutilation you have caused to mothers and children over the past 2 years with your preference and bias towards unfit fathers and men with large bank accounts will last a life time for many of the victims who were ill-fated enough to be assigned your courtroom.

    You may be a church-going family man in the eyes of your family, neighbors and a few peers who are still left standing around you in half-hearted support of your unethical actions, but everyone else knows the truth about your character. Your moral code is nonexistent and you have disgraced the laws in which you were sworn in to uphold. As a group, we feel that you are guilty of hate crimes against mothers and children which is evident in how many times you assisted men in your courtroom in bankrupting their wives, cutting off health insurance to both mother and child, emancipating learning disabled teenagers, putting children at risk for tragedy by ignoring evidence of child molestation, physical and mental abuse, drug and alcohol addiction and helping men to displace mother and child out of their marital home and let’s not forget your Pièce de résistance of handing over 3 young children to a father who turned down the witness protection program and is a self-confessed murderer.

    The fact that you can sleep at night means that you have hate in your heart and quite possibly, unclean money stuffed underneath your mattress.

    Enjoy Civil Court. We hope that our next letter to you will be addressed to Federal Prison.