Troublesome bond hearing in alleged child molestation case

bond hearing

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Baltimore judge accused of destroying records, bullying

Baltimore judge

The Commission on Judicial Disabilities has completed its hearings scrutinizing the professionalism of  Baltimore Judge Devy Patterson Russell.   The 11-member panel has not announced the timing of their deliberations. District Court Judge Patterson Russell testified in her own defense late Monday (Nov. 5, 2018). Investigators allege that Judge Russell has repeatedly bullied clerks and colleagues.  She […]

Prince George’s judge to release abuser who set his girlfriend on fire

set his girlfriend on fire

LaQuinn Phillips stands accused of attempted murder after he allegedly set his girlfriend on fire in September of 2017, leaving burns over 70% of Andrea Grinage’s body. Grinage was pregnant at the time. Incredibly, Prince George’s Circuit Court Judge Pearson recently ordered that Mr. Phillips be released from jail to home detention due to a […]

Maryland Circuit Court judge’s verdict not in “the best interest of the child”

Judge Joan Ryon

Circuit Court Judge Joan Ryon recently delivered a shocking decision in a Montgomery County custody case that appears to ignore credible evidence of physical and sexual child abuse and domestic violence. This case is receiving national attention due to the irregularities in the military’s handling of the original abuse case and ex parte communications between […]

Judge fails to set hearings on needed protective order extensions

protective order extensions

Are domestic violence victims in Maryland able to get protective order extensions when they can show a court that they have “good cause?”  Under Maryland law, if a petitioner has “good cause” for their request a judge can, and should, extend the order for six months to provide continued protection. Generally, Montgomery County District Court […]

Are judges using simple practices that protect victims?

domestic violence courtrooms

Are judges using basic, fundamental practices in domestic violence courtrooms? Simple practices that improve case outcomes for victims? Only 53% of the time, finds our new study.  Many simple, no-cost practices, that are very important for victim safety, just aren’t being used by judges. Like a surgeon washing their hands prior to surgery, these practices […]