My child abuse trial continued for a few more hours today.
Comm. Irwin H. Joseph presided, and he started by dismissing his court-appointed lawyer, James Ritchey. The lawyer had not shown up for the first half of the trial, and the judge politely told him that he was not needed for the rest of the trial.
The first witness was the owner of the dog that I supposedly run over. He testified that I never ran over his dog, and that I could not do what I was accused of doing.
Next was a letter from the school superintendent. The CPS social worker, Sally Mitchell, had testified that she had only gotten adult confirmation of one accusation in her report, and that was the allegation that the school had decided that I was not allowed in the classroom. The school letter said that was false, and that I was allowed in the classroom just the same as any other parent.
I was on the witness stand most of the rest of the day. I was asked about a long assortment of incidents. None of it was of any major consequence.
The judge asked me if I really called Sally Mitchell an "idiot". I said that I wasn't sure, but that I do have a low opinion of her.
The judge also asked me what the kids are going to think when they read this blog some day. I told him that I hoped that they would learn that their father is not really a child abuser. I was tempted to explain that they will learn that Julie Travers, Sally Mitchell, and Irwin Joseph dishonestly and maliciously conspired to ruin their lives.
At the end of the trial, the judge said that he didn't know what to do, and called for a 15-minute break so that he could collect his thoughts. When we resumed, he said that the case was unique and that he was still trying to figure out a way to rule against me and to force us all into counseling. He admitted that the story about me running over the dog is probably false, but said that I should be sufficiently sensitive to the kids' feelings that I should have taken the kids to play with the dog so that they would understand that the dog is not mad at us for running over the dog. He also said that Ms. Mitchell was clear that the kids are bothered by having to help with the dishes and the laundry. He also complained that I set the kids' alarm clock for them, that I do most of my grocery shopping in a once-per-week trip, and that I once enrolled a kid in a math contest that was above her grade level.
He said that he was still deciding between an oral and written ruling, and he would tell us on Friday. His ruling will almost certainly be against me.