A Call for Immediate Resignation
  • Petitioning Judge Margaret M.S. Noe, Circuit Court I

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Judge Margaret M.S. Noe, Circuit Court I

A Call for Immediate Resignation

    1. Petition by

      Matt Dean

Navy submariner Matthew Hindes is stationed on a submarine in the Pacific. But he’s been ordered to appear in a Michigan courtroom Monday in a custody battle with his ex-wife Angela involving their daughter, Kaylee.

Hindes was given permanent custody of Kaylee in 2010, after she was reportedly removed from Angela’s home by child protective services. Kaylee has been living with Hindes’ wife Benita-Lynn – her step-mother – in Washington state while Hindes is deployed aboard a nuclear submarine in the Pacific Ocean.

Despite Hindes’ assignment, a judge has ordered Hindes to appear in court or face contempt.

Hindes’ lawyers argue he should be protected by the Service members Civil Relief Act, which states courts in custody cases may “grant a stay of proceedings for a minimum period of 90 days” to defendants serving their country.

The judge hearing the case, circuit court judge Margaret Noe, disagreed, adding, “If the child is not in the care and custody of the father, the child should be in the care and custody of the mother.”

The sailor is not allowed to appear by Skype or phone, and in custody cases, being absent in court could have a huge effect on the outcome.

Hindes is not only facing the possibility of losing custody of his daughter, but also the chance to say goodbye


As a result of this blatant disregard for child welfare (the child was removed from the care of the mother by CPS) and intent to punish a father for being a member of the armed services, we call for the immediate resignation of Judge Margaret Noe.


Judge Margaret M.S. Noe, Circuit Court I
A Call for Immediate Resignation

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      Matt Dean
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      A massive thanks to everyone who signed, we're succeeding in bringing more attention to this case every second. Lets up the visibility of this case as much as possible before Mondays hearing! To all the twitter users out there, please, please, please tweet a link to the petition with #noemustgo

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sydney Schroeder JASPER, MI
      • 5 days ago

      Judge Noe is a disgrace and should step down. This is not justice--Judge Noe has no respect for service members or families in general. The Lenawee county court system is enough of a disaster and we don't need a judge like this serving "justice".

    • rebecca hart ADRIAN, MI
      • 11 days ago

      Judge noe institutionally kidnapped my child in 2010: Michigan Court of Appeals case 305527! Not the first time for this judge.

    • Robert Waldbauer WIND GAP, PA
      • 13 days ago

      NO child should be forced into an unfit home. Since the child was REMOVED from the care of her mother, she should NOT go back to her.

    • Glenn Scroggins NORWICH, CT
      • 21 days ago

      As a former submariner myself - I served 5 years on the USS Pennsylvania SSBN 735 (Gold crew) in Bangor, WA - what this judge is doing to a fellow submariner brother of mine is disgusting. My time in the US Navy is over, but like any other submariner...once a submariner, always a submariner. I don't know him personally, and I don't have a child of my own, but he is still my brother in arms. How dare this judge attempt this? What right do you have? None. Resign immediately...you don't deserve to be behind the bench. This young man, and anyone else who is serving or has served honorably deserves our respect. Not only that, but he's protected under FEDERAL LAW - which overrides STATE LAW - every time. Matthew Hindes, thank you for your service. ET2(SS) Glenn Scroggins

    • John Whitaker FRANKTOWN, CO
      • 22 days ago

      I'm signing because of the gross misconduct of this judge. This sailor should never had to be put through this ordeal; that's what the soldier sailor relief act was enacted for.


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