Michael Cadena hearing tomorrow

By:  Diane Benjamin

Judge Hill may try to issue an arrest warrant for Mikey’s dad tomorrow.  The Massachusetts court still hasn’t made a decision from the hearing last Friday, he could void any action Judge Hill takes.  The judge promised a ruling by September 10th.

I’m hearing a HIGH PROFILE criminal defense attorney may intervene if Hill does issue an arrest warrant.  Judge Hill looks to be creating law that doesn’t exist and would be overturned by a higher court.

The Cadena family had many supporters in court last Friday.  It would be nice to see the same here:

 I wonder if Judge Hill will ask why Amber Buck and her attorney why they went all the way to Massachusetts and never presented their case?

Why did Amber not agree to meet with Mikey’s doctor?  That prevented her from seeing her son.

This was taken outside the courtroom last Friday, only a few of the supporters who showed up:

This case is not about custody, it’s about the safety of a four year old boy!

No one was ever prosecuted for the abuse Mikey suffered.

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22 thoughts on “Michael Cadena hearing tomorrow

  1. These supporters looks really young. Jr High/High school age, maybe? I have the same question about the abuse. The charges would of had to come from the police initially (if reported)- unless Dad went to Mr. Chambers personally and asked for charges, but was denied? Wondering what steps Dad took to expose the alleged “abuse” prior to recently? He seems loud about it now. Also, it rubs me the wrong way when you see Dad’s statements about abuse followed by a fundraiser to donate to his legal fees (which was shared briefly in the News Happening page). It has an exploitation feel to it all. I am by no means supporting Mom or Mom’s actions- at all, however, there is something that rubs me the wrong way about the Dad and his motives.

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    1. Hi there I’m from Massachusetts’s and friends with Dad.. the courts are corrupted in Illinois .. and for fundraising was not his dad it was friends and family trying to support him while the mothers family has endless amount of money so they are bankrupting Dad.. so yes to fight for his son he needs a lot of money to fight this corruption ..

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  2. I don’t doubt his attorney fees are astronomical. Fighting the same case in two states has to be extremely expensive. Also, doing such a thing is called forum shopping. “Forum shopping is a colloquial term for the practice of litigants having their legal case heard in the court thought most likely to provide a favorable judgment.” In layman’s terms- forum shopping is when you don’t like the way your case is going so you start filing motions of the same case in a new state (or forum) hoping to get a different outcome.

    I will look into your suggestion of looking up the mothers record on the county website. However, if charges disappeared I won’t be able to see them. Unless you mean dismissed? Having charges dismissed is pretty common practice. Although, serious charges aren’t usually dismissed in McLean County.

    We are getting off topic- back to the abuse. If there was a JA case like one of your last articles stated, why would DCFS have not charged her with abuse? Or the States Attorney in the JA case? I understand one person being negligent in this process. However, Dad is claiming multiple states attorneys (Chambers and JA states attorney), judges (Hill and JA judge), police, DCFS caseworkers/investigators etc. aren’t doing their jobs. DCFS combs through every case, through each parent’s lives- why would the caseworker have not brought this to the attention of Jason Chambers? If said abuse existed, which I am not saying it didn’t- clearly something happened to that little boy, I guess my question is how did so many people miss it? Or was Mom not the responsible party? Was someone else responsible? Were they charged? I know some say money can sweep things under the rug, however, this is more than that. Are these people (Judges, SA, DCFS, police etc) going to be held responsible? I would suggest you investigate that as well, Diane. You have always been good about exposing corruption in this town, which is why many of us follow you.

    There are a lot of unanswered questions in this case. It would be interesting to flip through the actual case file in its entirety.

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    1. DCFS records are sealed. Amber was charged with 5 class X felonies including endangering children less than 15 years old. Her kids were taken away. Suddenly she agrees to testify against the guy she was living with. He goes to jail, she get probation (which she is still on) and she’s mother of the year. Seriously? I REALLY believe I know who you are. You know the facts. Mickey didn’t get justice in Illinois. He is lucky to be alive. His dad wants to keep it that way. He would love nothing more than to still be living here. He was forced to flee. You’ve seen the documents, you know the truth.

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    2. Jason’s Chambers signed off on an emergency removal order for DCFS citing “child endangerment” directly following the raid in Amber Buck’s home where they discovered a meth lab. Police reports have statements from officers that it was clear children were living there and Amber’s own father said in the report that she had just dropped Mikey off to her parents that morning of the bust. 2 class x meth charges included “child endangerment”. However, when the charges were negotiated down during her plea, they never filed seperate criminal child endangerment charges which would have only resulted in probation that could have been rolled into the rest. In her own testimony at the sentencing hearing, Amber states that she was aware of her boyfriend’s actions in relation to the meth lab. She allowed it to continue, this, knowingly putting her children at risk and in danger. Again. (In the 2015 email from her father he speaks of his daughter repetitively putting the children in violent and dangerous situations) That being said, why didn’t the SA follow through with charges? Did they chose a conviction of the boyfriend over the safety of those kids? Because of their negligence she was found fit shortly there after and able to petition for custody. As for DCFS they failed horribly. There were close to 10 reports deemed “unfounded” prior to the meth lab discovery. That’s a HUGE red flag to have DCFS saying that there was nothing wrong in the home, only to have the children removed weeks later claiming “endangerment” because they were living in an “active meth lab”. The case worker during that time was reprimanded. A new case worker was assigned and this same new case worker tried to testify on the father’s behalf at the November 2017 family court hearing but was denied. I have been actively investigating this case and the SA office refuses to comment or answer my questions. This is not the first time Mike Cadena has claimed abuse. I have found that he has reported abuse claims since his son was 3 months old. Police reports and medical records validate this. The SA had an opportunity to do the right by those children in 2016 and did nothing. The mother should have been held criminally responsible for endangering her children. You are also incorrect in regards to fundraising. There are two separate fundraisers regarding this case. One was for Mike Cadena’s legal fees that his family started and another that supporters started to raise money exclusively for a year’s worth of treatment for the boy. The ONLY fundraiser posted in New’s Happening was for the boy’s medical costs. Recently. I know because I posted it. Interestingly, the legal fundraiser was only posted in certain private groups. None of which were in Illinois. This leads me to question how you would know about it directly. Care to answer? I agree, Diane. I almost certain I know who he is also.

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  3. I have not seen any documents as you claim- my opinion is based off of the law and what I have read in your articles, Pantagraph and the News Happening page. This was a conversation where I was asking valid questions. Mom’s no peach however I’m not necessarily buying the painted picture of Dad as the hero. Clearly you are taking this a little too personal though, maybe we should disengage for now.

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    1. Thomas…I know that you are not aware of the full story here but Mike Sr has been vocal for the past years. He was denied due process in Illinois and due to deep pockets and corruption in McLean county was never able to get his fair shake in court. Both his life and therefore his son’s were being threatened. You have no idea the amount of abuse that child was subjected to in addition to being raised in a meth manufacturing lab. Mikey’s life was in danger every single day! I have issues with you saying that some posts seem solicitous. Mike Sr has exhausted all financial resources fighting against some very wealthy opponents over the last several years. Unfortunately Mike does not have that kind of disposable income available. You seem to find fault with him trying to raise money in order to continue the fight to keep his child safe – he will do what he (legally) needs to do to ensure Mikey’s safety. As for “forum shopping”….if you knew the specifics of this case you would know that is not true at all. And I find the statement incredibly insulting. Take a look at Amber’s record. Dig deep and you will find that she was never held accountable for those class X felonies….they just disappeared into thin air. She never did any time for running a meth lab, never had any charges brought against her for the abuse despite photographic proof (the abuse wasn’t missed….it was ignored!)…..is there any wonder why Mike Sr was never able to get any consideration in Illinois?!? Backroom deals and padded wallets sealed with a friendly handshake have helped to ruin this child’s life! Oh and let’s not forget that Judge Hill declared in open court that “the best interest of the child is NOT her concern”. Rant concluded. Please keep digging. I believe wholeheartedly that you will find you’ll agree with the actions Mike Sr has taken and the protection he continues to afford his son. Thank you

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      1. And comrade Brady-Lunny of the Pravdagraph ‘reported’ on the story and included the lies she was told to…

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