Remove Judge Lisa Gorcyca from the bench Oakland County MI
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Hello, I am starting a petition to submit to the Michigan Supreme Court to ask that Judge Lisa Gorcyca from Oakland County Michigan be removed from the bench. The Michigan Supreme court will be conducting a hearing soon to decide what type of punishment to give to Judge Gorcyca regarding her misconduct and behavior on the bench.
Please allow me to walk you through a brief synopsis of this case where she abused her power. Judge Lisa Gorcyca was the Oakland Co Michigan judge who oversaw a divorce case Tsimhoni V Tsimhoni. Judge Gorcyca made international news on June 24, 2015 when she sentenced 3 siblings age 13, 10, 9 to juvenile detention for not wanting to attend parenting time with their father.
The children spent 17 days in a juvenile detention facility will no visits from any family members. After news broke with this draconian punishment, Gorcyca released the children, only to force them directly into a summer camp. The kids scared, tired and exhausted just wanted to go home.
In Dec 2015, a complaint was filed from the Michigan Judicial Committee. The Michigan Judicial committee found that Judge Gorcyca did indeed abuse her power on the bench, misrepresenting facts to the children and she failed to act in a dignified manner.
At the end of May 2016, a retired Wayne County judge was appointed to hear the Michigan Judicial Committee complaint. In July 2016, the judge found that Judge Gorcyca had indeed abused her power as a judge and was subsequently found guilty of misconduct.
In October 2016, Judge Gorcyca then attended the Michigan Judicial Committee hearing. After that hearing a recommendation was given that Judge Gorcyca's consequences be recommended as follows: 30 day suspension with no pay, public censure and court costs.
Moving forward we are now waiting for the Michigan Supreme Court to hold the next discipline hearing. The Michigan Supreme Court can either accept what the Michigan Judicial Committee is proposing or they can impose their own penalty. I am respectfully asking in my petition that the Michigan Supreme Court have Judge Gorcyca removed from the bench. No person in any authority should abuse their power and treat children like this.
There is no acceptable excuse as what has been thrown out there, "she had a bad day" that would justify jailing 3 children. A judge's job is to be impartial, respectful and to apply the law.
Thank you in advance for your support on this and speaking up and for the children's civil rights. If you would like to read more about this case you can visit this website:
Here is a copy of the June 24, 2015 Transcript so you can see exactly what judge Gorcyca did and said to these kids
Photo Credit: AP
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