Monday, July 13, 2009

It's official. BEATTY IS FREE!!!!

After 14 Years in Jail over Alimony, Chadwick Finally Freed—Son Worked Tirelessly for Dad’s Release
July 13th, 2009 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

In 1995, a family court judge ordered corporate lawyer, H. Beatty Chadwick to deposit $2.5 million in the court’s registry to pay alimony to his ex-wife, Barbara Applegate. Chadwick said he didn’t have the money, but the court believed he’d stashed it somewhere during the divorce. So, because Chadwick didn’t pay, the judge jailed him for contempt of court.

As this article says, that was when Apollo 13 was box office dynamite and O.J. Simpson was being acquitted of murder (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7/11/09). In other words, it was a long time ago.

And Chadwick’s been in stir ever since. During that time, the court hired investigators to find the money. They found nothing, but Chadwick wasn’t released. In his decision to free Chadwick, Judge Joseph Cronin maintained that he could have paid the money, but refused to. Why he believes that in the absence of any actual money escapes me.

Chadwick’s son, William, worked tirelessly for his release. The article gives no information about Applegate.

Chadwick, who is now 73, seems remarkably equable about the whole thing, describing prison as “a very artificial society.” Some people use stronger words than that.

For the immediate future, Chadwick intends to live with William, but says he needs to find a job, given that Social Security is his only income. He may try to go into teaching or get his law license reinstated.

Fourteen years is a long time for not paying alimony that he apparently didn’t have the money to pay.

[In a column on this case a few years ago, Wendy McElroy wrote:

"A. Leo Sereni, a former president judge in Pennsylvania, was appointed to track Chadwick's money. Eighteen months and two accounting firms later, Sereni reported no trace beyond what had been discovered a decade before. Money had been transferred to Europe and a small fraction had reappeared in U.S. accounts. Sereni concluded, 'most of it...nowhere.'

"He recommended Chadwick's release, stating, 'My God -- if he had stolen $2 million, he would have been out a couple of years ago.'"--GS]

23 comments:

HI-CALIBER Private Investigations said...

The judge that sent him to prison needs a good !@#$%^&.

Then a prison sentence himself.

Puma said...

When did the American people turn over their sovereignty to a judicial oligarchy?

Chadwich Beatty is an American Hero. He is the Nelson Mandela, the Mahatma Gandhi of our times.

payingalimony said...

With evidence showing no money and yet this man sits in jail for 14 years. What's wrong with the divorce laws in this state? The man spends 14 years of his life with no reason to keep him in prison. Mr. Chadwick i hope you spend the rest of your life in quiet and peace and enjoy the things you lost out on in the past.

DGL said...

Well at least he's finally out. The judge ought to be held responsible for the 14 years of mental duress Chadwick suffered, and the 'wife' ought to pay him alimony.

"The court doesn't believe him." What kind of reason is that to hold a man? If the court puts him in jail just because it doesn't believe him, then the burden of proving Chadwick had no assets or funds to pay off his "loving, gem of a human being" ex-wife is on the court. Investigate the court's claim that Chadwick did not have 2.5 million. Put a hold on his accounts. Investigate his accountant, whatever. But tossing him in jail and letting the case flutter out of memory is unjustifiable. He was not a threat to anyone.

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Sharon Stephens said...

Unbelievable injustice! I spent a year in jail, in solitary confinement based on a void judgment that the District Attorney and a large bully corporation refused to properly investigate.
Just recently I brought a motion to the judge to have the case "vacated as void." The judge refused to read it, said it was "untimely" [he made up that law] and again incarcerated me for 44 days.
I am bringing a lawsuit as anytime a judge does not follow the law they lose their immunity: When a judge does not follow the law, i.e., they are a trespasser of the law, the judge loses subject-matter jurisdiction and the judges’ orders are void, of no legal force or effect. The U.S. Supreme Court, in Scheuer v. Rhodes, 416 U.S. 232, 94 S.Ct. 1683, 1687 (1974); Whenever a judge acts where he/she does not have jurisdiction to act, the judge is engaged in an act or acts of treason. U.S. v. Will, 449 U.S. 200, 216, 101 S.Ct. 471, 66 L.Ed.2d 392, 406 (1980 ); Cohens v. Virginia, 19 U.S. (6 Wheat) 264, 404, 5 L.Ed 257 (1821); When judges act when they do not have jurisdiction to act, or they enforce a void order (an order issued by a judge without jurisdiction), they become trespassers of the law, and are engaged in treason The Court in Yates v. Village of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, 209 F.Supp. 757 (N.D. Ill. 1962)

yodha said...

judges need to be shown their true place... their powers are given by citizens and must be fettered

Anonymous said...

if you are reasonably successful guy: never marry!

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Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I understand how Chadwick lost $2.5 million in a business transaction and has no paperwork to show where and how it was lost.

I guess if it were me, and I put every last penny of my worth in a business deal that had the risk of 100% loss, I would have a paper trail, maybe a contract, some kind of receipt, etc.

Given that Chadwick was kept in jail, it must be that he couldn't prove the money was lost. So, where did it go?

My guess is that he transferred it to someone, a child, a friend, and out of some insane spite wanted to prevent his wife from getting it.

I find it sad that he was released from jail, ultimately denying his wife access to money that was lawfully hers.

optimist said...

"I'm not sure I understand how Chadwick lost $2.5 million in a business transaction and has no paperwork to show where and how it was lost."

It was a little deeper than that. The judge commissioned to find the money, couldn't find it either.

"Given that Chadwick was kept in jail, it must be that he couldn't prove the money was lost. So, where did it go?"

Good question. Maybe he was telling the truth.

"My guess is that he transferred it to someone, a child, a friend, and out of some insane spite wanted to prevent his wife from getting it."

Yeah, 14 years in jail, numerous appeals, cancer...yeah to spite his wife. That makes sense.

"I find it sad that he was released from jail, ultimately denying his wife access to money that was lawfully hers."

You probably think Tiger Woods wife deserves a $500 million dollar divorce settlement, as well. She earned it. Right.

Anonymous said...

I heard about this case for the first time yesterday, whilst researching how contempt of court applies in different countries. I was born and live in Scotland, and find it incredible that someone could receive what is effectively an indeterminate life sentence, merely on the whim of a judge, without ever having been accused of any crime. Even if you can accept for a moment that a judge should have leeway to imprison a person whom they believe to have violated a lawful court order which, the judge believes, the person has the ability to comply with, it’s pretty incredible that a mere fallible judge’s opinion can remain untested by a jury for such an unreasonably long period of time. That is abuse of power, plain and simple.

I’ve worried about the state of the justice system in the US for a long time, and this case adds to the impression I’ve formed that gross abuses of due process can and do regularly happen in your society’s courts, particularly in the federal system. Such abuses are made all the worse by the fact that perpetrators of very serious crimes, such as senior government officials that sanction torture, aren’t even brought to court for their actions, let alone convicted or punished. It seems there’s always another administration ready to take the place of one that has exhausted society’s patience, and who, instead of holding their predecessors properly to account for their actions, instead choose to suppress evidence of wrongdoing and move on as if nothing has happened. Perhaps they hope their own abuses will be similarly swept under the carpet when their time comes if they turn a blind eye?

I feel for all of the people who’ve suffered from the injustices of the US legal system, I really do. One conclusion I’ve come to from all I’ve read, though, is this: the US justice system is in the appallingly arrogant and morally vacuous state it is in for one reason and one reason alone – ‘ordinary’ Americans simply don’t care enough about the abuses that the few individuals at the top perpetrate in their name. Until more ‘ordinary’ Americans protest the egregious abuses that happen in their society’s name, whomever those abuses are inflicted upon, you will unfortunately continue to find that occasionally one of your own will be bitten by the same self-system whose abuses you wilfully ignored when they were not being inflicted upon you personally. My guess, though, is that average Americans will continue to only recognise abuses when they happen to middle class former millionaire lawyers from Pennsylvania, and will fail to see the connection between the abuses inflicted upon those that they do care about, and the wider more serious abuses that have been going on in their society’s name for a long, long time without any form of protest.

Rachel,
Glasgow, Scotland.

optimist said...

After looking hard at this case, I'm afraid that there is no remedy to be had. Chadwick knew/knows more about the law then most of us, yet he was unable to use the law to extricate himself from prison. If we read litany of motions that Chadwick filed (that were all denied) you can see the judiciary bend the language over itself to just keep Chadwick in jail. His "rights" didn't amount to anything.

Well what does this mean? Do we (the people) really have "rights?" I don't think so.

If you do, ask any Japanese American Citizen alive in 1945 what he thinks. Those people were rounded up and put in concentration camps. No charges. No due process. Yes. Right here in the good ole USofA.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

A good Christian friend of mine is being screwed over the same way as Beatty. A sweet girl who is fragile and wouldn't harm a fly.
So pretty that people either love her or hate her guts.
She made enemies with the wrong people and they have raked over the coils.
Delco is beyond corvcfgrpt.

chainring said...

Assuming he had the money, Beatty is an American hero. Either way, his imprisonment was unconstitutional . . . not that family courts give a shit about the US Constitution.

Lesson to men: never marry!

Anonymous said...

Where is he now?

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Jezzer said...

I'm pretty sure Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi didn't go to prison to get out of paying alimony. Comparing them to this douchebag is an insult to their respective legacies.

Foo Bar said...

If Chadwick had actually lost the money in a legitimate business transaction, he would have been able to show paperwork for it. He did not do so.

Therefore, either he successfully hid the money where the US government couldn't find it, or he lost it in a scam while attempting to hide it.

Not gonna cry for such a sleazy lawyer. A lot more of them belong in prison.

Anonymous said...

Foo Bar-
Your comment presumes that Chadwick was SUPPOSED to divy up the money. If he hid it or lost it, it was his to do so with. His ex earned none of it. That's the whole point of this.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, 14 years in prison x 200k annual expected salary. Seems he paid it in lost income. Add that risk of death in prison, loss of creature comforts, loss of professional reputation, deprived of family relations, human contacts etc. For not proving what cannot be proven if it is indeed true: a negative. How is this fair?