Case Analysis, Michael Volpe


Investigative Journalist Michael Volpe read our case and had this to say:  

MikeVolpeOther than complicating an already complicated situation, what purpose did appointing the child rep Natalie Koga serve, when you’ve already had a custody evaluation and CPS (Child Protective Services) looked at it and they determined who the problem parent was?  The child representative was the third or fourth court professional to be assigned to this case and besides making an already complicated matter even more complicated having so many court professionals holds no logical purpose.  Because that’s where corruption thrives – when you can make a situation complicated.  

Dr. Stanton Samenow, not only in Chris Mackney’s case, would come in as a so-called independent arbiter but end up communicating, and often being paid, exclusively with one side. He would pretend as though his so-called expert opinion was objective while being bought and paid for and that’s what it appears happened in this case as well. When a court ordered professional begins working for one side, as Dr. Fisher clearly was in this case, it is the worst of both worlds. You have a hired gun with the veneer of independence. It is something I have seen and documented repeatedly.    Not only with Dr. Fisher, but Natalie Koga (Child Representative) and others in this case. The veneer of independence is one of many reasons why I believe all court ordered professionals should be outlawed immediately. They are not merely a waste of hundreds of thousands of dollars but counter-productive and often actively work to create conflict in cases in order to justify their continued involvement.  

About Michael Volpe

After spending more than a decade in finance, Michael Volpe changed course entirely in his professional career and became a freelance journalist. In 2009, his expose of Dr. Anna Chacko led in part to her termination from the Pittsburgh Veterans Administration. His expose of Dr. Chacko also received coverage in the Pittsburgh Tribune as well as the radiology website, Aunt Minnie. In October 2012, he published his first book entitled “Prosecutors Gone Wild: The Inside Story of the Trial of Chuck Panici, John Gliottoni, and Louise Marshall.”  Other books include:  “Bullied To Death:  Chris Mackney’s Kafkaesque Divorce”, “The Definitive Dossier on PTSD in Whistleblowers”,  and “Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and the World’s Last Custody Trial”



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