GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: While hosting his increasingly popular popdcast "All Rise!" a few weeks ago, the renowned judge and former Libertarian Party VP candidate Judge Jim Gray (ret.) told his show's guest that he was in support of his cause and would do what he could to help the effort.
The guest? Florida-based licensed physician Sam Sugar, MD. And his cause? To simply, but swiftly, bring to light the ongoing litany of abuses that continue to take place within the labyrinthine center of this country's justice system when it comes to the daily practice of court-appointed probate guardianship—a netherworld of neglect and malfeasance that Dr. Sugar continues criminal to the core.
For Dr. Sugar, who is also co-founder of the non-profit AAAPG (Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship), this is nothing new. What is new, however, is Jim Gray's on-air endorsement of what Dr. Sugar is trying to do—and the public assurance that Gray would look to assist Sugar in spreading his message.
This past week, Judge Gray (author of Square One's Wearing the Robe: The Art and Responsibilities of Judging in Today's Courts) sent out a signed letter to all presiding judges across the 58 separate counties located throughout the state of California. In his letter, from which he has granted Square One permission to quote, Judge Gray has written the following:
"Dr. Sugar has convinced me that there really are situations in some courts around the country, including California, that raise truly troubling allegations of deep and fundamental mismanagement of guardianships and conservatorships, if not actual fraud."
He goes on in the letter to implore those of his fellow actively serving judges to "reinforce our obligations of supervision and the requiring of timely and proper accounting and, furthermore, that if you hear any allegations that any officers appointed by the court have abused their positions, you cause an independent investigation promptly to be conducted into each of those allegations."
Guardianship continues to exist in every state of the US, and while it has gone under the radar for many decades, Dr. Sam Sugar’s new book, Guardianships and the Elderly ($19.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0433-9), sheds light on abusive court-appointed probate guardianship, which enable those in the know to commit the “perfect crime.”
The book has already received critical praise from key publications such as Kirkus Reviews ("Powerful . . . a potent, important call to action"), Booklist ("an informative look at an important yet little-understood subject"), and Publishers Weekly ("[E]nlightens readers about the financial and psychological toll taken on vulnerable elderly people by corrupt court-appointed guardians . . . a timely and valuable cri de coeur") among others.
Bear in mind that this is hardly a new problem: For example, a network TV news report on the topic of corrupt probate guardianships was aired nineteen years ago in 2001. (To see the first segment, click here. To see the second segment, click here.) Meanwhile, Dr. Sugar was featured in a regional "ABC Action News" segment aired last year.
As our nation, in the midst of continued COVID-19 concerns, faces a growing number of issues involving potential loss of personal freedom and civil liberties, there may be no better way to defend yourself and your family than by picking up a copy of Dr. Sam Sugar's book Guardianships and the Elderly. If you are looking for the best True Crime book for this summer, you may well have found it right here.
Guardianships and the Elderly is available in physical and digital formats everywhere.