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Republican Juvy judge who lost election decides to let everyone go.

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Promise not to kill anyone? After losing election, TX judge wholesale releases juvenile defendants

After losing his bench in a Democratic sweep the night before, Harris County Juvenile Court Judge Glenn Devlin released nearly all of the youthful defendants that appeared in front him on Wednesday morning, simply asking the kids whether they planned to kill anyone before letting them go.

"He was releasing everybody," said public defender Steven Halpert, who watched the string of surprising releases. "Apparently he was saying that's what the voters wanted."

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But despite the differences in their courtroom practices, all three of the juvenile judges lost their benches to Democrats in Tuesday's election by at least 10-point spreads.

With the dust still settling from a massive shake-up in the local judiciary when Democrats swept the benches in 59 local courts, Devlin showed up for Wednesday's detention hearing docket ready to surprise.
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Post by Addie » Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:58 pm

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Former judge in custody after estranged wife is murdered in front of their two daughters

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (Fox 32 News) - A former judge is accused of killing his estranged wife in Ohio, just a few years after he did prison time for brutally attacking her.

Lance Mason, 51, was taken into custody on Sunday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He had not been charged as of Sunday afternoon. ... The newspaper reports that Mason stabbed Aisha Fraser, 44, to death in her home in Shaker Heights in front of their two daughters on Saturday. A police officer was also injured when Mason crashed into a police cruiser, the newspaper reported.

Mason had recently gotten a job as Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's minority business development director, according to Fox 8 Cleveland.

In 2014, Mason punched Fraser more than 20 times and slammed her head against a car dashboard, fracturing a bone in her face. The daughters also witnessed that attack. ... A GoFundMe for Fraser's daughters has been started by the school district where she worked.

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:36 pm

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Houston federal judge bars female prosecutor from trial, sparking standoff with U.S. attorney’s office

The recent controversy involved Assistant U.S. Attorney Tina Ansari, the same prosecutor involved in a 2017 court session in which Hughes made remarks characterized by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as “demeaning, inappropriate and beneath the dignity of a federal judge.”

“It was a lot simpler when you guys wore dark suits, white shirts and navy ties… We didn’t let girls do it in the old days,” he said during the court session. The judge later told the Houston Chronicle he was speaking to a group of FBI agents, at least one of whom was a woman, and not the prosecutor. He said the comments were in reference to the exclusion of women historically and were not derogatory.

Hughes’ remarks were included in the U.S. Attorney’s appeal of his ruling, which the 5th Circuit overturned in July 2018, criticizing him. The appellate court also took the unusual step of ordering the presiding district judge to reassign the case to a different judge.

Hughes declined to comment about Ansari’s ejection, but he told [U.S. Attorney Ryan K.] Patrick in court that the U.S. Attorney had conflated his earlier comment to Ansari about being unprepared for her case with his later comment about women’s attire, which Hughes said was not directed at the prosecutor.
The judge ejected her at the start of a criminal trial. The defendant was found guilty on all counts, but is appealing because the U.S. Attorney's office is appealing.
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New Jersey Judge John Russo faces possible suspension for telling alleged sex assault victim: "Close your legs"
APRIL 5, 2019 / 9:14 AM / CBS/AP

Trenton, N.J. -- An ethics committee has recommended a three-month, unpaid suspension for a New Jersey judge who told a woman she could "close your legs" to prevent a sexual assault. The committee released its recommendation to the state Supreme Court Wednesday in the case of Superior Court Judge John Russo, who sits on the bench in Ocean County in southern New Jersey. He has been on administrative leave since 2017.

The woman appeared before Russo in 2016 seeking a restraining order against a man she said sexually assaulted her. According to a transcript of the exchange, when the woman described her encounter with the man, Russo asked her, "Do you know how to stop somebody from having intercourse with you?"

When the woman answered affirmatively and said one method would be to run away, Russo continued, "Close your legs? Call the police? Did you do any of those things?"

In court filings and at a hearing, Russo has disputed that he violated judicial rules, saying he was seeking more information and wasn't trying to humiliate the woman.


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-jersey ... your-legs/

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Post by Notorial Dissent » Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:30 am

I would say the comment and the breadth if it speaks very directly to what he was thinking and his attitude towards the victim and of the crime. I was after I heard that, and still am, of the opinion that he needs to not only be kicked off the bench for which he is unfit to sit on, and be disbarred as well.
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Post by neeneko » Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:11 pm

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Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:19 am
When the woman answered affirmatively and said one method would be to run away, Russo continued, "Close your legs? Call the police? Did you do any of those things?"
I am not sure this judge knows how sex works.

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Post by Whatever4 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:26 pm

neeneko wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:11 pm
RTH10260 wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:19 am
When the woman answered affirmatively and said one method would be to run away, Russo continued, "Close your legs? Call the police? Did you do any of those things?"
I am not sure this judge knows how sex works.
Certainly he’s clueless on sexual assault
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:18 pm

Closing your legs doesn’t help if you are sodomized. Nor does it prevent vaginal sexual assault.
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Post by MN-Skeptic » Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:36 pm

Closing your legs may not be the right response when your larger assailant is threatening to punch you, etc. You may be just trying to survive.
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Post by ZekeB » Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:40 pm

MN-Skeptic wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:36 pm
Closing your legs may not be the right response when your larger assailant is threatening to punch you, etc. You may be just trying to survive.
No doubt the judge thinks sexual assault means he's tapping her on the shoulder and asking, "may I?"
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Post by Notorial Dissent » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:41 pm

ZekeB wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:40 pm
MN-Skeptic wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:36 pm
Closing your legs may not be the right response when your larger assailant is threatening to punch you, etc. You may be just trying to survive.
No doubt the judge thinks sexual assault means he's tapping her on the shoulder and asking, "may I?"
No, the ass thinks that in sexual assault the victim is willing and that if they don't do something/resist then it isn't assault. In other words he is blaming the victim.
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Bad guy or 1st Amendment?
A Utah judge was suspended for six months after he criticized Trump in court and on Facebook

By Dakin Andone and Tony Marco, CNN
Updated 2042 GMT (0442 HKT) May 26, 2019

(CNN)A judge in Utah has been suspended without pay for six months after he made critical comments about President Donald Trump in court and on his Facebook page.

According to the ruling by the Utah Supreme Court, Judge Michael Kwan's Facebook posts were "laden with blunt, and sometimes indelicate, criticism" of Trump.

The comments were made over the last several years, during both Trump's 2016 campaign and after he became President. They included a reference to the "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump made crude comments about women and in one instance referred to his presidency as a "fascist takeover."

Utah's Supreme Court concluded Kwan's remarks violated the state's Code of Judicial Conduct and could potentially undermine the judiciary's integrity and impartiality.

"Judge Kwan's behavior denigrates his reputation as an impartial, independent, dignified, and courteous jurist who takes no advantage of the office in which he serves," said the ruling, authored by Utah Supreme Court Justice John A. Pearce. "And it diminishes the reputation of our entire judiciary."

Kwan's attorney, Gregory Skordas, told CNN he and his client "were disappointed with the ruling but not necessarily surprised."


https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/26/us/u ... index.html

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RTH10260 wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 8:25 pm
Bad guy or 1st Amendment?
A Utah judge was suspended for six months after he criticized Trump in court and on Facebook
IANAL, but I think judges need to keep their biases away from their profession, and someone who feels the need to be outwardly expressive on Facebook might not be able. Or at least be perceived as not able, which is pretty much the same thing when it comes to integrity and trust.

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Post by Hurtzi » Mon May 27, 2019 1:18 am

No one is without bias. This judge should have taken Matthew 10:16 to heart.
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Post by Whatever4 » Mon May 27, 2019 9:58 pm

Hurtzi wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 1:18 am
No one is without bias. This judge should have taken Matthew 10:16 to heart.
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Post by Mikedunford » Mon May 27, 2019 11:11 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 8:25 pm
Bad guy or 1st Amendment?
Hard to say without really looking at the full opinion (which I lack both the time and inclination to do right now; we're in the middle of moving house at the moment), but I suspect it's a mix - but one tilted more toward the "bad guy" side.

On the one hand, this is a state court judge handling mostly small cases, and it's difficult to see exactly how the bias might affect any case this judge is likely to hear. On the other, it sounds like this is the 3rd incident of his that's attracted official attention, the comments were fairly crude, and are the type of thing that could (at a minimum) harm the reputation of the bench.
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posting here cause the one issue was the judge in her case
Stanford Sexual Assault Survivor 'Emily Doe' to Publish a Memoir

BY MADELINE ROACHE JUNE 6, 2019

On the night of January 18, 2015, then 22-year-old “Emily Doe” was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a 19 year-old college student at the time, while she was unconscious behind a dumpster on Stanford University’s campus in Palo Alto, Calif. She had attended a college party earlier in the evening, where she met Turner for the first time.

As part of Turner’s trial — on felony charges of attempted rape and sexual assault — a year later, Doe wrote a powerful 7,000 word statement addressed primarily to him. “You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today,” it began. It was read by millions around the world, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and translated into five languages. Now, she’s writing a book about the assault, the trial, and her recovery.


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Appeals court does not agree with judge
Judge ruled teen should get leniency in rape case because he "comes from a good family"
By MEG OLIVER CBS NEWS July 3, 2019, 6:40 PM

A family court judge in New Jersey is under fire over the way he handled a rape case involving two teenagers. In 2017, Judge James Troiano ruled a then 16-year-old boy accused of raping a drunk teenage girl should have leniency because "he comes from a good family," attended an excellent school and was an "Eagle Scout." The judge also expressed concern whether the victim's family had considered the "devastating effect" a trial in adult court would have on the boy's life.

But in a scathing reversal in June, a New Jersey appeals court warned Troiano against siding with privileged teenagers.

"I find the words of this judge to be absolutely appalling," said CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman.

Prosecutors said the boy took cellphone video of the alleged rape in the basement at a pajama party and sent the video to friends with a text message reading "when your first time having sex was rape."

New Jersey law allows a juvenile to be tried as an adult if they're accused of a serious crime. But Troiano said a traditional case of rape generally involves "two or more males using a weapon," sometimes in an abandoned "shed" or "shack," circumstances not matching the teen's alleged crime.

"It should never matter what a defendants background is it should not matter if he is rich or poor, if he is black, white, brown or yellow. The judge only looked at the boys background and did not regard anything he did as particularly serious of sexual assault or even rape," Klieman said.


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Post by Notorial Dissent » Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:00 am

As I recall, that didn't work out so well for that judge in CA.
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Post by Notorial Dissent » Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:00 am

It was announced late today that Judge Troiano will be stepping down before the NJ Supreme Court can remove him, they are also getting ready to remove Judge Russo for his "close your legs" remark to the victim during a rape trial.

Buh bye!!!!!
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The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission (FJQC) has recommended immediate suspension of Broward County Circuit Judge Vegina "Gina" Hawkins after a video captured her placing her hands around a court employee's neck.
Really? That's her first name?

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WATCH: Chaos erupts in Cincinnati courtroom after former judge is sentenced for mishandling document

By WCPO-TV

Authorities held a woman back and the crowd screamed as a deputy removed ex-judge Tracie Hunter from the courtroom Monday morning after she was ordered to begin a six-month sentence.

Judge Patrick Dinkelacker executed the sentence despite push back from Hunter's supporters and a letter from the mayor. Hunter was convicted of mishandling a confidential document in 2014. She has been free since then because she has been appealing.

After Dinkelacker ordered authorities to take her to jail, Hunter appeared to go limp as she stood from her seat, and a deputy dragged her out of the courtroom. “She passed out,” someone yelled, but Hunter appeared to be conscious. She looked around and flicked her fingers as the deputy dragged her from the courtroom. "This city is going to burn," someone shouted.At least one person was taken into custody after Dinkelacker handed down the decision, authorities said.

In a letter, Mayor John Cranley asked Dinkelacker to not execute Hunter's sentence. Cranley said Hunter should not be placed in jail because she’s been punished enough professionally and because she has not committed a violent crime.


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My goodness, what a complicated morass.

https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/tr ... n-to-trial
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Whatever4 wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:26 am
My goodness, what a complicated morass.

https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/tr ... n-to-trial
Woah. And terribly unflattering photos they chose for this expose.
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Post by LtDansLegs » Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:27 pm

Whatever4 wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:26 am
My goodness, what a complicated morass.

https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/tr ... n-to-trial
As someone living here and watching this spectacle from the very beginning, this is insanely overdue. Having milked this for so long despite offers of help & mentoring (before indictment) and lenient pleas (pre-conviction), one can only hope she serves every day. She's received more assistance and forbearance than the vast majority of criminal defendants, the only real tragedy is that FINALLY being sentenced and remanded won't teach her anything, just assuage her preference for martyrdom.

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