Disorder in the Court

Judge William McLafferty last week ordered Montecito resident Patricia Rosen to the care of a public guardian despite her strenuous objections and those of her son, Brian Rosen. The hearing grew testy at times, with bailiffs barking out orders to Rosen’s posse of supporters to take their seats and McLafferty telling Brian Rosen he did not wish to hear from him any further. Additionally, McLafferty limited the hours Rosen could see her son. In recent years, two private conservators quit Rosen’s service, citing irreconcilable differences with Brian Rosen, whom they’ve accused of relentless interference and obstruction. (Two restraining orders were obtained against Brian Rosen; both were rescinded.) He, in turn, has accused the conservators of attempting to loot his mother’s estate. Patricia Rosen has argued that she does not need help from anyone anymore and that the cloudiness of thought that accompanied the car crash that claimed the life of her husband and then later was exacerbated by chemotherapy treatment for cancer has passed. McLafferty insisted that she submit to another neuro-psychiatric evaluation-results of previous tests yielded conflicting indications-before cutting her loose. When Rosen refused to take a third test, the judge ordered her private conservator to be replaced with a public guardian.

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