Rash of judges stepping down after misconduct: Stepping down is not enough!

BettyJean Kling

Tune in tonight as we chat about the – National Alliance for Family Court Justice. For years now women have been complaining about family court judges and miscarriage of justice at the hands of these guys who seem to have no one to answer to.

Where do you turn to once the judge hands down a sentence and threatens to hold you in contempt if you disagree?

What do you do if he threatens to take away your children?

What do you do when he has the power to take them away and when all of a sudden the courts do start taking children away from their mothers in large numbers.

Silent no more Mothers across the country are doing something about it – they are forming groups and coalitions. They are banding together- they are watching the courts closely they are finding the courts and the judges corrupted by money, sex, pornography and plain lust for power not to mention a deep hatred for women!

Women have lost their children and both women and children have lost their very lives because of these judges who have played fast and loose with the lives of those they swore to bring justice to and no we need to see that justice is done on our behalf and doled out to them.

Stepping down is not enough!

Since 2008, at least 16 judges across the state have resigned under duress, most recently two veteran chief judges from Cobb and Fulton counties. Some stepped down under a cloud of suspicion. Others left amid scandal or even outright criminality. http://www.ajc.com/news/list-of-judges-stepping-596872.html

Allegations include sexual improprieties, harassment, voter fraud, giving state computers to family members and gross intemperance on the bench.

Why is there so much disorder in the courts?

“This is the worst rash of judicial misconduct I’ve ever seen,” said former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman Fletcher. “There have been far too many, and it doesn’t reflect well on the judiciary. You can’t explain some of this conduct.”

Judges haven’t just started misbehaving, court watchers say. The news of one sensational case after another has created a snowball effect, prompting more complaints being filed with the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the state agency that investigates judges. Those complaints are also being investigated more efficiently, leading to quicker resolutions.

It’s not unusual for judges to make enemies, given the gravity of their decisions, such as assigning child custody and sentencing people to prison. Because judges are so powerful, few people are willing to file complaints against them.

“Think about the inherent nature of a judge; how many people will be critical of you?” asked Habersham County District Attorney Brian Rickman, who investigated one judge in his circuit and watched as another’s career disintegrated. “Most people, like lawyers and court employees, try to keep you happy. There’s a danger of too many people trying to kiss your butt.”

Most judges choose to resign when confronted rather than go through the embarrassing process of having the commission bring formal, and public, charges against them. If they resign, the allegations often remain secret, which has brought criticism of the agency.

Some complain the JQC acts too slowly. Joe Hendricks, a district attorney in North Georgia, said that it took almost 10 months for the agency to bring formal counts of misconduct against Superior Court Judge Oliver Harris “Harry” Doss Jr. He was accused of taking state computers for his family, insulting and threatening court staff and repeatedly failing to rule on cases, backlogging the system.


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