The candidate James Patrick Cusick Sr., was born on March 17, 1956, in Leonardtown, MD. 20650.
The 6th of 12 siblings. High school G.E.D., in 1975. Married high school girl friend 1976. Had a son, JPC Jr., born in 1977. Marriage separated 1981, divorced 1983.
He traveled (1981-92) over the USA to Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, California, Wyoming, Illinois, New York. Returned to hometown St. Mary's County 1992.
In 1994 was the first time incarceration 3 months for child support and again 6 months in 1997. The incarcerations were done wrongfully by the Court with unethical pressure from the child support agency for St. Mary's County.
Mr. Cusick did try to cooperate but the child support enforcement is too severely unreasonable and excessively demanding so that compliance was not possible nor acceptable. Then because of that prosecution he was released from jail in a worse condition of homeless and destitute with the child support officials demanding more cash payments regardless of his own deteriorated condition.
Therefore Mr. Cusick proceeded to spray paint the 4 pillars on the front of the Circuit Court house in Leonardtown with green spray paint writing out the words "Child Support is Legalized Stealing", and, "Thou Shalt Not Steal", and, "Michael Harris Thief Master", and, "Inside this Court is a Den of Thieves". No other damage was done. He just wanted others to know what was going on. He was arrested, pleaded guilty, served 18 months in the County Detention Center. Link HERE.
Then directly after release in 1998 Mr. Cusick went and painted the 2 pillars in front of the child support enforcement office (the Carter Bldg) in Leonardtown with similar words of, Child Support Thieves, and, "Thou shalt Not Steal". Got arrested, pleaded guilty again, served 14 months in County Detention Center.
He figured at that time that the local Courts just enforce the unjust child support laws and do not make the laws, so after release in July 2000, Mr. Cusick traveled to Annapolis and spray painted the two pillars of the Maryland State House with red spray paint saying, "Child Support Thieves", and, "Thou Shalt Not Steal". Later he got arrested, refused to enter plea, had jury trial, sentenced to 3 years in State prison for the misdemeanor. There was no other damage done. Link HERE.
Mr. Cusick does not have any felony, these actions were all minor offenses. He considers the actions to have been political crimes and thus he was a political prisoner. He was released from the Maryland D.O.C (prison) in August 2003, and his child support case is now closed.
The corruption of the St. Mary's County child support enforcement was finally exposed in the Maryland high Court of Appeals on March 8, 2000, in the case of Thrower, Mason and Miles, v. The Bureau of [child] Support enforcement (BOSE), a copy of that decision can be seen here at the State of Maryland Courts website link here, then check the box for Court of Appeals, year 2000, then see (March) 3-8-2000, Judge Wilner, Thrower v. Support Enforcement. Or else just click HERE for direct link to the case text.
This case did change some few aspects of the Maryland laws and procedures but unfortunately the Courts are still abusive to the parents, and that case did NOT stop the ongoing and never ending Child support injustices.
Hereafter Mr. Cusick is a 2012 candidate for the U.S. Senate, to personally lead the reform of the Child Support and Custody laws.