• Petitioned Administrative Office of the Judiciary for the state of TN

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Administrative Office of the Judiciary for the state of TN
Tennessee Governor

Administrative Office of the Judiciary for the state of TN: reprimand Judge John Wootten, Circuit Court Judge, for Wilson County, TN

    1. Adrema Higgins
    2. Petition by

      Adrema Higgins

      Lebanon, TN

Where do I honestly begin...?? I have an eight year old son named Tony who suffers from bipolar, autism spectrum, ADHD, oppositional defiant, depression, and anxiety...His father and I divorced when he was five years old...We are divorced because he domestically assaulted me...There have been countless cries to the Dept. Of Children's Services to help my son and me and they have done nothing...The ex has and is continuing to physically and mentally abuse our son!! In June 2012, our son came back home from visitation with his father and alleged his father had choked him because he would not eat...I did what any reasonable person would have done to protect their child...I stopped dads visitation and filed a petition for an emergency hearing immediately...On June 29, 2012, at our emergency hearing the presiding judge, Judge John Wootten, was more concerned about me stopping visitation than what had happened to our son...he wanted expert proof that this had occurred to the child...my attorney had to explain to the judge that we had no expert proof and was not ready on that regard..However, I did have three witnesses which the child had disclosed to...This judge refused to listen stating he would hear this case in it's entirety at a final hearing...I was forced to send my son back to the hands of his abuser!! The final hearing was set for September 14, 2012. On August 20, 2012, my ex dropped my son off at school and my son disclosed to his teacher that his dad had grabbed him up by the arms and banged him on the floor that weekend..He was complaining that one of his feet was hurting...When my mother arrived to eat school lunch with him, she learned of the disclosure and brought him home from school.. That night getting my son ready for bed, I found bruises on both of his upper arms...I took photographs and took them to my attorneys office...On September 2, 2012, the ex brought our son to the police station for drop off since school wasn't in session..before I even had the chance to leave the parking lot of the police station, I found more bruising to both of his upper arms...I immediately took him back inside the police station and demanded a report be made and photographs be taken..I texted the ex and asked how our son got the bruises..he wouldn't respond, but rather had his new girlfriend to text to say she was with them all weekend and our son was never touched..I responded back to her politely and told her she was not the responsible party here and the ex needed to answer the question..he responded that there was no bruises on our son when he dropped him off at the police station...I brought my son home and took my own photographs and then took them to my attorneys office a few days later...On September 14, 2012, which was to be the final hearing over this case, I sat in amazement listening to the exs attorney swear to he had sent my attorney interrogatories for me to complete back in July and I had never completed them..My attorney swore he never received them...But this judge didn't agree. I was forced to pay $690 dollars in attorney fees and complete the interrogatories within 10 days or my petition would be dismissed...The final hearing date was put off again until November 21, 2012.. After court on September 14, 2012, I went straight to my attorneys office, received the interrogatories and spent that weekend completing them...I returned the interrogatories to my attorney on Monday, September 17, 2012 and even had them notarized at the bank...On November 19, 2012, my son came back home from visitation with his dad and this time more bruises plus scratch marks on both of his upper arms, shoulder area, and even his back...I took photographs again, and gave them to my attorney...On November 21, 2012, which was the final hearing, let me say, was the final hearing alright..I learned the exs attorney claimed he never received the interrogatories and thus this judge had dismissed my petition...The ex and his attorney had filed a petition against me for parental alienation and they dismissed their petition today and requested attorneys fees...The exs attorney claimed his fees were 10,000 dollars...My attorney tried to argue against attorney fees being awarded without the merits of the case being heard first, citing several case law examples...The more my attorney talked the more the judge interrupted him...He finally stated he was there today to award attorney fees. He awarded that I pay my ex $5000 dollars in attorney fees...my case was never heard about my son's abuse and yes, there's also some neglect involved here...so now I am going to appeal this decision and file a complaint against this judge for his actions with the Administrative Office of the Judiciary in Nashville, TN...Tonight was the hardest night I've had dropping my son off to this abuser at the police station...I confronted the ex and his girlfriend and screamed at them that my son had better not come back with any bruises on his arms and I would check before they left this Friday! Seven police officers came running out wanting to know what was going on and I told them...You have a corrupt judge here in Wilson county wanting me to pay my ex to abuse his son...I promised them if my son came back with any bruises on his arms on Friday that they had better take care of this and arrest this man or I will handle this myself...If he can beat our son and get away with it, I can surely beat the ex right there in the police station...This momma is upset...! Upset this judge has allowed this psycho to continue the abuse and not view any photographic evidence, counseling records, medical records, or police reports on this matter...Please sign this petition so this Judge will know he can't mess up a child's life until they are 18 and can then get away from the abuse themselves!! I need your help!!

To:
Administrative Office of the Judiciary for the state of TN
Tennessee Governor
reprimand Judge John Wootten, Circuit Court Judge, for Wilson County, TN

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Opposing attorney caught with his pants down!

      Adrema Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      yes, you heard me right...I spoke to my attorney on December 19, 2012, about filing an appeal on this matter...he explained he had to file a motion to ask the judge to alter and amend his judgement before we can appeal...that motion was filed on december 21, 2012... According to my attorney, the judge will most likely dismiss my motion and charge me more attorney fees for the opposing side...I told my attorney to let the judge do just that because that will show more retaliation by his part...my attorney gave me proof he sent the interrogatories to the opposing attorney which prove this opposing attorney is guilty of perjury...my attorney had faxed my interrogatories and he gave me the fax cover letter to prove that...my attorney also gave me an email where he emailed my responses to the opposing attorney in September 25, 2012. Although I've filed a complaint with the Board of Professional responsibility once about this attorney, they are about to receive a second complaint from me.

    2. Keep sharing please!

      Adrema Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      please continue to share this petition...I go Tuesday, December 18, 2012, to speak to my attorney about some of this and what happened...I will be completely honest here...My attorney knows I completed the interrogatories, yet the exs attorney stated I didn't complete them. someone is lying and I plan on finding out who...Whoever did this, can expect a lawsuit to follow...

    3. Some improvement

      Adrema Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      continue to share this petition with everyone you know...I dropped this petition off with my complaint to the board of the judiciary on Monday...i also took it to several news organizations along with abuse pictures and medical records of my son...continue to spread the word...the more signatures...the more of a chance I have against this corruption....something has occurred that I find strange since dropping this off and filing the complaints...the ex is now paying support and copayments that he wasn't paying before....just continue to help Tony with these signatures!! Thanks everyone!!

    4. Keep telling others

      Adrema Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      please continue to tell others about this petition and ask them to sign...I'm going to need all of the signatures I can to do something about this injustice for my son!! Keep sharing!!

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    5. Counseling

      Adrema Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      i texted the ex today to inform him of Tonys scheduled psychiatrist appt and upcoming two counseling appts...he texted back to say he's not paying for Tony to have two counseling appts a month...Tonys been having two counseling appts a month since march and now he wants that to stop...there's only one reason he wants the two counseling appts to stop...so Tony doesn't tell the counselor what his dad is doing to him!! I just texted him back and told him the counselor himself scheduled the two counseling appts and he could take that up with the counselor...the counselor makes the final decision and not him!! Thank god for that!! Nobody else won't listen to Tony but the counselor, my family, and me anyway!!

    6. Complaints filed, media notified, and law enforcement notified

      Adrema Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      I left out at 8 a.m. this morning..I just got home a little while ago...I hand delivered envelopes stuffed with abuse pictures, my sons counseling and medical records that point to abuse, my complaint against this judge and the exs attorney, my interrogatories the exs attorney said he never got, and this change.org petition with signatures...One local agency was really shaken up by what I had given her and especially when I told her the media is now involved...great!! They ALL need to be shaken up for sitting on their butts and doing nothing about the injustice my son is suffering through...keep telling people about this petition...tell everyone you know...remember my voice is rather small compared to hundreds of voices together...this is my sons only hope for a happy rest of his childhood...thanks for your support!

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    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. Thank you

      Adrema Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      i want to personally thank everyone so far who has signed my petition...you'll never know how much this means to me and my child...please continue to share this petition...even though tomorrow I go file these complaints, I still need your help and support...this is so far from being over!! keep sharing!!

    9. Friday, November 23, 2012

      Adrema Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      at drop off I requested that the Lebanon police Dept, allow me to take my son to the bathroom to check him after dad dropped him off..this request was denied and I was told to go home...the ex stood there and stated there's a court order against me checking the child...I told him there was no such court order and if he wanted such a court order, he would need to get one...the cop would not let me check him in the restroom so I removed his shirt in the lobby of the police station...I did locate a small minor bruise on Tonys stomach...

    10. More

      Adrema Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      I have to schedule an appointment of Tonys psychiatrist in Monday...He will have to come off all of his medicines which he can't function without...I give the meds but dad doesn't, and I had that proof for court, but because this judge refused to listen, the psychiatrist had already said Tony would have to come off of them....theres too many health risks to play this game with his dad anymore....not sure, where I go from here with all of these issues, but a complaint against this judge is a very good start! Keep telling people about this petition!

    11. Share!

      Adrema Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      Please share this petition with everyone you know....I still need more signatures to get something done for my child...injustices occur everyday but it is up to us to do something about them!! Help me stand up for what is right and do something about what this judge has done that will effect my sons life....I need your help though...voices in numbers mean much more than just my voice alone!!

    12. Reached 50 signatures
    13. Justice can be won!

      Adrema Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      please continue to tell your friends and family about this petition...I'm wanting to get something done to help my son here...it cant be done by me alone...continue to get the word out this petition is here so I can reach the 500 signatures I need before Monday, November 26, 2012.. Thanks for your time and your concern in this matter...

    14. Reached 25 signatures

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    • Logan Haynes DUNLAP, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      child abuse should never be tolerated

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    • Teresa Denson LEBANON, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      This makes me mad because nothing is ever done until something really bad happen and its to late whan someone ends up dead

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    • J E FAVERSHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      The Judge's behavior was totally unacceptable and 'expert proof'? What the hell does that mean? I mean seriously the assaults are enough and I think Judge Wootten needs to be booted off the bench for this kind of behavior.

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    • Laura Pfister RED BANK, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      The safety and well being of all children is important to me.

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    • Lili Johnson LINN, WV
      • almost 2 years ago

      I, and hundreds other parents in our county, and surrounding counties, are also victims of heartless, cruel and corrupt judges (same two share multiple county court seats) and have lost our children with permanent parental rights terminations. I've recently discovered that this extends even beyond the children's 18th birthdays. It includes ANY future children, grandchildren, babysitting, nursery, Sunday school, or ANY job where child care may be involved, FOR LIFE!! No one should have that much control over others lives. Even convicts have an end to their sentences, where they can move on. The corruption and absolute power in our family courts needs to be stopped. These guys need to realize that they are not gods!

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