Friday, November 11, 2011

Frum Monsey Lady in Jail in because she practices Judaism openly! Updated Jan 11, 2012

Valerie Carlton, a Jewish woman who married a non-Jew who became violently abusive, has been kept in solitary in Rockland County Prison as her husband tries to get her extradited to where she will not survive.

Update January 11, 2012

A 42-year-old woman, who says she fled to Monsey after Maryland prosecutors falsely charged her with sexually abusing two girls and then with assaulting a jail officer, was released Tuesday from the Rockland County jail.Valerie Carlton’s release came after state Supreme Court Justice William A. Kelly dismissed the fugitive from justice charge intended to hold her in jail after Maryland filed an extradition warrant for her return. She faces a charge of assaulting a corrections officer there in 2009.
Carlton’s release was mandatory after the 90-day limit expired for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign extradition papers, Rockland prosecutor Kevin Dunlap said in court before Kelly. The extradition warrant remains and Carlton could be taken into custody if and when Cuomo signs the papers, Dunlap said.
“My understanding, based on information I am getting from Albany, it will happen,” Dunlap told Kelly, referring to the governor’s eventually signing the extradition papers.
Carlton’s Rockland County lawyer, Phil Murphy, said Cuomo’s office and the governor of Maryland were negotiating Cartlton’s return to Maryland to a jurisdiction other than Harford County.
Carlton and her supporters contend she’s been falsely charged in Maryland because she wanted to raise her 6-year-old daughter as an Orthodox Jew during visitation times, against the wishes of her former husband, a Baptist. She became Orthodox in 2005.
Murphy said Carlton would fight extradition if there was a hearing and if she remained in New York. “She’s happy to be released and we thank the District Attorney’s Office for their professionalism,” Murphy said, after appearing before Kelly with Carlton. She didn’t speak. She was charged with assaulting the jail guard in 2009 while being held on $10 million bail on 28 charges involving sexual abuse of two girls and other crimes. The sex charges were dropped for lack of evidence after Carlton was held for nine months in jail.She was released months later on the assault charge but then left the state and settled in Monsey in 2010. She had been held in the Rockland County jail since her arrest Oct. 11 on the warrant.

Article of Nov 11, 2011
A Jewish mother is weeping, not in Ramah, but in an American jail. . On November 10, 2011, she will learn whether a judge will extradite her from Monsey, New Yorkwhere, according to one of her lawyers, Michael Ettinger, she “faces probable death” in a private for-profit Detention Center in Harford County, Maryland.
This Jewish mother--her name is Valerie (“Serach”) Carlton, was imprisoned for 13 months in that Harford County Detention Center where, unbelievably, she was kept in solitary confinement and tortured in further ways. Why? Because she loves and wanted to protect her young daughter and because she dared to practice her Judaism openly.
Is such a violation of a woman’s civil and religious rights possible in America? Can such a hate crime be legal? Can such a Kafkaesque situation take place in the home of the free and the land of the brave?
Sadly, the answer to all three questions is yes.
Valerie married a man who battered her, abused their young child, and then vowed to destroy her. According to Valerie’s advocates, Russell Carlton turned out to be a vicious psychopath who used his Christian Evangelical and white supremacist brand of Christianity (and his powerful, local connections) to try and “kill the Jew” who dared to return to her Jewish roots, light Sabbath candles, and “practice Judaism” with her daughter.
According to her lawyers and advocates, “both the search warrant and the charging document for the criminalcharges against Ms. Carlton stated that she was an Orthodox Jew who practiced Jewish customs with her daughter whenever they were together.”
As if this is a crime.
Although he was the abuser, he falsely accused her of having sexually abused their daughter. These charges were never substantiated but nevertheless, the allegations got her locked up. The other prisoners were carefully told she had sexually abused children and, because prisoners are notoriously cruel to pedophiles, the sheriff put her in isolation “for her own good.”
This is where the guards tried to “break” her, to get her to admit she was “insane,” and to give up full custody, maybe even parental rights, to her child.
Neither the court nor the sheriff—not even the Governor of the State—chose to intervene to spare Valerie’s suffering, not even when nationally recognized experts strongly recommended that she be freed and reunited with her child. To date, Valerie has not seen her daughter for 2 1/2 years.
Worse: Once the authorities realized they would have to release her, they had a guard beat her up—but the guard falsely claimed that she had attacked him; he brought charges. (A video may be viewed at her website which shows what really happened). Her jailors warned her that she would soon be re-arrested.
Valerie fled the area and relocated to Monsey, New York.
But recently, when Valerie’s mother, the maternal grandmother, tried to exercise her visitation rights, Valerie’s husband feared that Valerie might somehow be allowed to see her own daughter. To prevent this, he managed to convince federal marshals to take her from Monsey to New City, in Rockland County, to be held pending a hearing on her extradition back to Maryland.
The charge? She assaulted the guard! Once her ex-husband learned she had been re-arrested, he “immediately consented to the grandmother’s visitation.”
Valerie now faces a potential sentence of up to ten years for a beating she did not commit; in a jail that had no legal right to keep her; where she was literally tortured; and where (get ready for this next shocking bit of news), her “baby son, wrongfully removed from her, ultimately perished  through the County’s malfeasance.”
Yes, they removed her still breast-feeding son from her and put him in state care where he….just died. And they did not allow a rabbi to break the news to her. Not even a psychologist was allowed in to tell her. Her punishers literally tied her down and told her that her son was dead, waiting to see if she would “break.”
Michael Ettinger described her persecutors, including her ex-husband, as “malevolent people who have no problem putting an innocent women in jail in order to destroy her.”
This is a Jewish mother who has known more than a mountain of sorrow, a Jewish mother who faces certain barbaric treatment if she is extradited. Other prisoners have died in the Harford County Detention Center. It is known for its “accidental” taser deaths.
As the author of Mothers on Trial. The Battle for Children and Custody, (now in a new and updated 25th anniversary edition), I have known many similar cases. Yes, inAmerica. However, none are as terrible as this one.
Rabbi Sheftel Meir Neuberger of Baltimore, Maryland, has written a letter on Valerie’s behalf. He confirms that she is a “Baalas Teshuva who has valiantly tried to maintain her adherence to Torah and Mitzvos under very difficult circumstances. She was subjected to very cruel and unusual incarceration…she was abused and physically tortured.
"She moved to the Monsey area….Should she be returned to Harford County her life is clearly in danger. Anyone who can participate in the demonstration on her behalf at the upcoming extradition hearing may be helpful in saving the life of a Bas Yisroel who is being falsely accused and will suffer serious life threatening consequences should she be returned to Harford County.”
Thursday, a demonstration is planned outside the Rockland County courthouse, 1 South Main Street, New City, NY, at 9am.  The hearing is set for 9:30am.
Please pray for her. Send money for her continued defense and legal actions. Be there (or send those you know in Monsey) to be there for Valerie at the courthouse.
Note: The information contained in this article was obtained from one of her lawyers and supporters, Michael Ettinger and from her website.


Anonymous said...

Oh, puleeze! She's not in jail because she's practicing her religion. She's in jail because of some very serious crimes she's being charged with. Read this for a less biased account:

Anonymous said...

The Anti-Semite who posted the last comment probably believes that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is true just because it is in print.

Jews have been slandered and accused of the most horrific acts over the past 2000 years (such as using the blood of Christian children to make matzos). These slanderous lies have been used to justify pogroms, and the Holocaust. This is nothing new to us. Thank you for reminding once again that Ant-semitism is alive and well.

Malisha said...

The charges were serious, granted. There was, however, no credible evidence of any of them!

One of the charges was "child endangerment." Guess what that one was about? "Giving tainted breast milk to a newborn." Whose newborn? Valerie's Carlton's newborn. Ironically, this newborn was killed two months after he was born -- by child endangerment -- while in FOSTER CARE to be protected from his mother's breast milk! And how did the prosecutor of Harford County know that the breast milk was "tainted"? No information is available on this little point. No forensic tests were performed on said alleged tainted breast milk. Do you see what these charges were made of?

It doesn't matter what religion you are; if you think your government should be locking mothers in jail in solitary confinement, locking them in "restraint chairs" classified as torture devices by Amnesty International, and extraditing them from New York for more of THIS kind of conduct, you have faith in the WRONG SYSTEM.

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Anonymous said...

As much as I feel for Ms. Carlton, I smell a rat here.

Anonymous said...

This is just outrageous that a woman can be so persecuted right here in America for practicing her faith in God! We must face the fact that America is not the land we all once knew. We are suffering under a terrible situation now (those with discernment will catch my meaning) and all our rights are being trampled in the dust. This is no longer a friendly place for Jews or for true Christians (I'm not talking about false ones who persecute Jews).

Russ Carlton said...

I am Valerie Carlton's ex-husband. Her supporters have posted articles to this page, so I wanted the chance to answer them.
First, I will address the issue of anti-semitism. My ex-wife is Jewish, my employer is Jewish, I have sacrificed a great deal for the honor of raising my daughter (who is Jewish). Perhaps most importantly, I am a Christian. As such, I worship A Jewish man. I have celebrated Passover with my daughter for the last 3 years. I'm sure we didn't do everything right, but we tried. I am a Christian. I will raise my daughter as a Christian.That does not make me an anti-semite. I really... resent that this is how I have been labeled repeatedly. I have many Jewish friends that have asked me to allow them to speak on my behalf. I have never allowed them, because I never wanted to dignify these rotten accusations with a response. Now I have. It is a lie, pure and simple. Just as an aside, we are not Evangelicals. We have never been Evangelicals. I have nothing against Evangelicals however.
Secondly, I would like to address the accusations that I and my family have some kind of influence over the legal system in Harford County. I don't know any Judges. To my knowledge, noone in my family does. I do have a cousin and an Uncle who work for the police department. Both work in a different jurisdiction within Harford County. Neither of them has ever been involved in any way with this case. I know who the State's attorney is in Harford County, but I could not have told you his name prior to all of this. Noone in my immediate family is wealthy. All of us have been affected by the economy just like everybody else. I guess I could make a longer supportive list, but the simple fact is... there is noone in the Harford County legal system that I can call that will influence or push an agenda for me. Noone! Even if there were, I would never do something like that. Everyone I have interacted with in the legal system has been kind and compassionate towards me and my daughter. But they have never done anything as a "favor" for us.
Thirdly I would like to address the accusation that Valerie has faced all of these charges because of some vendetta I have. I will pull no punches here. Valerie has made my life a misery. I don't like her. But I did not, and would not, make up things like this about her. The investigation that led to her imprisonment was started as a result of two separate reports. One was from my daughter's teacher. The other was from Valerie's boyfriend at the time. I was aware of them both. The teacher informed me of her concerns shortly before filing the report, as a courtesy. The ex-boyfriend had his attorney call me after they filed the report.That was the first time I talked to the attorney. The first contact I had with Valerie's ex-boyfriend was many months after the report was filed. I did not "collaborate" with anyone. I never personally filed any report at any time during the investigation.
This whole process has been financially and emotionally devastating for my daughter and I. Truly, it has affected my entire family. The legal bills have been astronomical. The constant stream of lies and accusations that are posted on the internet about us are hurtful. It is hard having all your life and all your daughter's life strung out for everyone to see. Especially when it is twisted and manipulated as it has been.
The legal process surrounding the custody of my daughter has spanned almost a decade now. I am tired. But I will always endeavor to act in the best interests of my daughter. I always have. She is my life.I am grateful beyond words for the loving support my many friends have given my daughter and I. Without it, we could not have endured.
Support Valerie if that is what you feel is correct. But please do so without attacking my daughter and I. We haven't done anything wrong! You are not just attacking me with this stuff. You are attacking a beautiful little girl. It is Wrong! Please, please stop!