Autism and Federal Court Criminal Defendants
by Susan Basko, Esq
As many people know, I have worked hard for years to assist people who have become snagged in the criminal system and who also have a mental disability such as autism, brain injury, mental illness, OCD, memory loss, and other such conditions that affect behavior, affect how people are perceived, and require treatment.
Over the past couple of years, I have been doing all I can to assist a young man named Brian. Brian is caught up in the federal criminal system. He is innocent, but it is hard to convey that since Brian has autism and OCD, both of which affect his behavior dramatically. It is very difficult for Brian to work with his lawyers or to aid in his own defense, and at times, he appears to be sabotaging himself. He NEEDS an autism advocate, something which the federal court system has not supplied, even though asked to do so many times.
Brian has a loving mother and grandparents. What they have seen over and over is that the federal court system does not have any system for dealing with people with autism or other such disorders. They do have a system for dealing with mental illness, so they have tried to label Brian as mentally ill.
Brian was not given an autism advocate at any phase of his situation - from questioning to trial to parole. He was assigned a parole officer who was "afraid" of his behavior.
I have gone from one organization to another that supposedly assist those with autism, looking for someone to provide an advocate, a friend of the court brief, or some such thing, but they all said they do not get involved in the courts. And the court has thus far provided nothing.
I write about this to let people know. If there are any other advocates who wish to assist, maybe we can get a federal court case going where we ask the courts to mandate that people with autism and other such disabilities have rights to an advocate, for information to be given to judges, for expert witnesses, and the like.
Meanwhile, I want to mention something sad and pathetic. As many readers will know, a fake autism "expert" who uses the name "Liz Ditz" has widely published defamation about me and about my advocacy work regarding autism. It is my understanding that "Liz Ditz" is a serial defamation smear artist, who falsely claims to be an expert in whatever field in which she is conducting a defamation campaign against those who actually work to help others. I have been contacted by other victims of her massive smear campaigns. This persona, Liz Ditz, has waged other defamation campaigns against others who have spent their lifetimes helping others. In each smear campaign, she claims to be an expert in the field in which she is smearing those who help others. Her evil tactics have driven good people out from helping those in great need.
NOTE: "Liz Ditz" is not anyone I have ever met, spoken with, or had any contact with. It is a a person who hacked into my Facebook and stole photos. Liz Ditz then wrote her own words and her own opinions about parents of autistic children being on a "a gravy train," to quote Liz Ditz's exact words. To try to get publicity, Liz Ditz then posted her own words and ideas about autistic people and parents, and claimed they were mine. There is no connection, and never was any connection, between me and the words and ideas spread by Liz Ditz. She is merely a deranged stalker who tries to attribute her own words to others to smear them, and has been doing this for many years.
This same defamation campaign of this twisted Liz Ditz persona has now been picked up by the equally evil and dishonest James McGibney, of the corporation ViaView, Inc., which engages in revenge porn, revenge, hate speech, defamation campaigns, harassment, extortion, blackmail, threats, death threats, purchasing of domains in the names of his victims, interference and manipulations conducted against entire families, and other such bad acts. James McGibney and ViaView operate the attack-defamation websites Cheaterville.com, Bullyville.com and the twitter accounts @Cheaterville and @Bullyville, as well as the related twitter account @JoinUs4Tea, and many other websites and twitter accounts. He purchases domain names in the names of his victims and makes websites to lie about them, smear them, invade their privacy, and demean and bully them.
It appears that the stalker-defamatoin artist "Liz Ditz" has now teamed up with the equally nefarious and anti-autism people James McGibney/ @Cheaterville/ @JoinUs4Tea. James McGibney and his @Cheaterville twitter account and his websites, as well as the @JoinUs4Tea twitter account are now copying and promoting the lies and defamation created by "Liz Ditz." It seems they are now all working together to harass people helping those with autism, and making it that much more difficult for people to be willing to help those in need. If there are fewer and fewer helping resources, it is because of the harassment of people like Liz Ditz, and her associates Mark Calladus, Brian Zaiger (of Encyclopedia Dramatic or @ED_Updates) and James McGibney and his Bullyville and Cheaterville and his many other malicious websites, and the associated twitter accounts @JoinUs4Tea and @Cheaterville and many others.
There is very little that can be done to stop such people like Liz Ditz and James McGibney, who are intent on harming people with autism and harming those of us who assist them. All we can ask is that you do not fall into their traps of thinking they are trying to help. They are tearing down the support structures for those with autism. As someone who has worked tirelessly for years to assist those with autism and other mental disorders, I can attest that the negative liars and defamers such as Liz Ditz, her associate named Mark Calladus, James McGibney and such, do a great deal of harm. It is difficult enough getting courts, judges, parole officers, jail personnel, lawyers and journalists to understand, without the negative campaigns of hate waged by the likes of Liz Ditz, Mark Calladus, James McGibney, and their ilk. These malicious and counterproductive people have waged a campaign to try to stop me personally from helping those most in need of help. (They work hard to harm many good people!) At the same time, those I have helped and their families are incredibly grateful. Who do I listen to? The good people, and it is rather obvious who those are.
Is it because of people like Liz Ditz and James McGibney that it is so difficult to get the courts to treat people with autism fairly? Those engaging in support are clearly being driven away by defamation campaigns being conducted by Liz Ditz and James McGibney, two defamation "artists" who have now teamed up to make the world a worse place and much more difficult for those in need.