The Washington Post has a long two-part series detailing corruption in the DC probate court system, mainly in the form of attorneys bilking helpless clients:

The court’s probate division, which is mandated to care for more than 2,000 elderly, mentally ill and mentally retarded residents, has repeatedly allowed its charges to be forgotten and victimized, an investigation by The Washington Post has found. Chaotic record-keeping, lax oversight and low expectations in this division of the court have created a culture in which guardians are rarely held accountable. They are often handed new work even when they have ignored their charges or let them languish in unsafe conditions.

The articles: Part 1, Part 2, and individual case profiles.

(Hat tip: WizBang!)

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    Franklin Delano Vipperman, Plaintiff/Petitioner, herein after Vipperman, was arrested while driving into his home driveway in the late evening hours of Friday, April 20, 1973, in Las Vegas, Nevada, by two plain clothed detectives, one black, one white, driving an unmarked late model gold colored 4 door Chevrolet. Vipperman’s wife was in his house, and he had just spoken to her over the telephone and told her he was on his way home. Vipperman first believing the police were individuals his ex business partner in a small used car lot William (Frenchy) Parquette had after him, thought they were there to harm him. When he finally realized they were probably police, he began asking them why he was being arrested. They refused to answer him, and only responded with citing over and over again, Vipperman’s rights under Miranda.