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CPS = Child Protective Services

The curious cases of Andrea Wood have come to my attention as a result of her association with such as Mitch Smith and Frances Amato and Andrea’s California Family Advocacy organization.

Andrea is a wealthy, California widow with 3 children who were removed from her custody by CPS.  In recent weeks, Andrea has been busy filing federal claims against those involved.  Status of her State case against CPS and the prospects of the children being returned to her are unknown.

Things developed to the point that I thought it appropriate to provide some reference point so I am posting this article.


California Family Advocacy FaceBook Page:

Andrea Wood’s Recall Judges Website:


Andrea Wood FaceBook Page:

Alternative FaceBook Page for Andrea Wood (Ann Wood):

Mitch Smith FaceBook Page:


Video of Mitch serving a summons for Andrea:

Another video of Mitch apparently working as Andrea’s process server:


One of Frances Amato’s FaceBook pages:

My article featuring Frances Amato on this website:


Andrea Wood’s Recent Federal Cases


Status Reports on Above Cases

Case # 5:2003-cv-03888

Andrea brought a civil rights action against the Sheriff’s Deputy Hector Luna, et al, for sexual assault in 2002 after she called for assistance in enforcing a restraining order against her husband.  After the call, Andrea later met with Hector and later alleged Hector sexually assaulted her in his car and a motel where she was taken later.

The docket history is confusing, but it appears the case was ultimately dismissed.

Maybe there was a settlement.

Maybe not.

The Complaint File

Andrea Wood Complaint 2003 03888

Case # 3:2019-cv-02678

This case was filed based on the removal of Andrea’s children and alleges various civil rights complaints related thereto.  After many filings, including motions to dismiss, Andrea chose to voluntarily dismiss the case.  Later civil rights cases have since been filed as shown later in this article.

The Complaint File

Andrea Wood Amended Complaint 19 02678

Case # 5:2019-cv-03885

In this case Andrea has filed a writ of habeas corpus relating to the removal of her children, and the federal courts have routinely dismissed these cases based on a lack of jurisdiction.  That is, the writ of habeas corpus is not properly an option for federal courts in cases involving disputes with states about the removal of children.  Motions to dismiss have been filed and a dismissal by the federal court is anticipated.

The Amended Complaint File

Andrea Wood Amended Habeas Corpus 19 03885

August 23, 2019 – I have updated the docket history shown above.  Below are links to files containing Documents #21 & #22 shown in the above history.

Andrea Wood Response by Judge Haight on Habeas Corpus


Andrea Wood Quash Opposition 08232019


August 29, 2019 – Andrea has filed a motion to change venue as to upcoming court proceedings due to time it would take her to get to and from court.  All things considered, proceedings would seem to be a waste of time since dismissal of the habeas claim seems self-evident.

Andrea Wood Habeas Change of Venue Motion 08292019


Case # 3:2019-cv-04202

This also is a suit based on alleged civil rights violation in connection with the removal of Andrea’s children.  Dismissal motions have been filed and are awaiting rulings from the Court.  Dismissal may be anticipated.  As explained later in this article, Andrea has also filed another, more comprehensive, civil rights suit.

The Complaint File

Andrea Wood Complaint No 19 04202

Case # 3:2019-cv-04247

This is yet another civil rights complaint related to the removal of Andrea’s children.  At least one motion to dismiss has been filed and dismissal is expected, if you ask me.  Another comprehensive civil rights case has been filed as noted later in this article.

The Complaint File

Andrea Wood Complaint No 19 04247


Case # 3:2019-cv-04266

OK, this is Andrea’s big civil rights case for which she is asking $650,000,000.00 in damages, or thereabouts.  It is the most recent and is just getting started, and Andrea has already been moved to file an amended complaint.  This is also the case for which Mitch Smith posted his video showing him allegedly serving a summons on one of the defendants (as noted above).  Andrea has proposed that it is destined for U.S. Supreme Court consideration.  We will see.  I think it more likely to be dismissed and the dismissal sustained on appeal and, if appeal is made to the U.S. Supreme Court, they will decline to review it.

The Amended Complaint File

Andrea Wood Amended Complaint 19 04266

Update August 20, 2019

It appears Andrea is having trouble deciding what to sue for and why, and so she has now filed a second amended complaint.  The file above is the 1st amended complaint.  Maybe I’ll post the 2nd later.

The Second Amended Complaint File

Andrea Wood 2nd Amended 19 04266


Defendants in 2nd Amended Complaint #3:19-cv-04266

(as of August 13, 2019)

County of Contra Costa – SERVED
Lois Haight – Superior Court Judge – SERVED
Thomas Maddock – Superior Court Judge – SERVED
Patricia Lowe – Deputy County Counsel – SERVED
Edyth Williams – Social Worker – SERVED
Gutierrez – Social Worker – SERVED


Mary P. Carey – Attorney –
Judith Lawrence – Attorney –

Erica Bains – Doctor – 

Kellie Case – Social Worker –
John Doe – ???
Jane Doe – ???

This appears to be the P. Stephen Lamont who served the first 6 summonses mentioned above, before Mitch Smith started doing videos bragging about his efforts to serve summonses (see above references/graphics as to Mitch Smith).  We will have to wait and see what gets reported as to the service of the remaining summonses.

P. Stephen Lamont’s LinkedIn Page:

A post P. Stephen Lamont made to Andrea’s advocacy page:

The above post indicates P. Stephen Lamont may be the hotshot, ivy-league, civil rights lawyer that Andrea Wood boasted was advising and/or representing her, though not officially before the Court.


I could not find where P. Stephen Lamont was licensed to practice law in California.


In case # 3:2019-cv-04247, noted above, the motion to dismiss includes a request that Andrea Wood be declared a “vexatious litigant”.  Maybe she will be.  Maybe not.  The request appears reasonable considering her antics, but she may not yet have been vexatious enough to so restricted.

Andrea Wood has indicated that she has a hot-shot, ivy-league civil rights attorney counseling her as well as a team of legal counselors, but she has refused to give the names of any of them.  Michael Haddad of the firm Haddad & Sherwin represented Andrea in the first case noted above where she was seeking damages for a sexual assault she alleged occurred.


Andrea Wood’s deceased ex-husband was Jeremy Packwood.  He died after they were divorced, at age 37, in 2007.  Following is his obituary.

(Begin excerpts.)

Jeremy James Packwood June 28, 1970 – Aug. 30, 2007 Resident of Castro Valley Jeremy Packwood died suddenly, August 30, 2007 in Castro Valley.

Beloved fiance of Connie Allen;

loving father of Taylor and Hayden


soon to be step-father of Connie’s children,

Amber and Marc;

devoted son of James Packwood and his wife, Maura and Lauren Therre and her husband, Peter; loving brother of Kristopher Packwood and step-brother of Kristin and Marc Therre and Christine Madson; adored grandson of Christine Wiesinger and Walter Graf.

He was a well respected member of the financial community who enjoyed outdoor sports.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 pm at the mortuary. Contributions in his memory may be made to a trust fund which is being established for his children. Please contact the family for more information. Oakmont Mortuary 925-935-3311

(End excerpts.)


Update August 27, 2019

Apparently, with the help of P. Stephen Lamont and Full Colon Mitch Full Colon Smith Period and maybe others of that ilk, Andrea Wood has now filed a document with the Court asking for injunctive action against the State/County to prevent further action in the child custody dispute.

No good reason to think that is anything more than frivolous.  Time will tell.

Following is the latest docket history indicating her filings.


The Epoch Times, possibly being guilty of a little “fake news” reporting at least in this case, posted an article today which features Andrea Wood’s case and, apparently, members of her secret legal dream team (i.e., P. Stephen Lamont and Full Colon Mitch Full Colon Smith Period).  It mentions P. Stephen Lamont as if he is legally representing a client, but I have not been able to confirm he is licensed to practice law in California.

Link to Epoch Times Article:

The above article makes clear, in discussing cases, that one of the cases discussed is that of Andrea Wood; for those familiar with the article and Andrea’s case.  Following is just one reference to P. Stephen Lamont, indicating he may be practicing law without a license.

One commentator elsewhere has said about the Epoch Times, where the above referenced article was posted:

“They will print ANYTHING because you pay
to have any story you want printed.”

I also ran across this reference as to the quality of the Epoch Times:


Update August 28, 2019

Bwahahahahaha!  The Court denied Wood’s request for an injunction in Case # 3:2019-cv-04266:

Andrea Wood denied injunction 08282019


Update August 29, 2019

The first motion to dismiss from one of the defendants has come in as well as a request for the Court to determine Andrea a “vexatious litigant”.


Update September 4, 2019

Andrea Wood asked the Court to reconsider the denial of her requested injunction against the State.  The Court wasted no time in telling Andrea that “no” means “no”!

Andrea Wood Reconsideration Denied 09042019


Update September 9, 2019

I didn’t figure the filings were worth copying and posting here.  The cases appear to be rocking along and my impression is the indications are the cases are going nowhere except for the production of filings which might eventually lead up to dismissal of all or part of the defendants and the cases themselves.


Update September 10, 2019

This is a screenshot of an email confirmation from Brad Hertz that his firm, Sutton Law, has been retained by Andrea Wood to file suit against Contra Costa County for election law violation(s).






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