Sources connected with the case say Robyn Gibson's declaration was "powerful evidence" in yesterday's hearing. TMZ broke the story ... Robyn swore under oath Mel never physically abused her or their kids in the 28 years she was married to him ... and we're told it had an impact on Judge Scott Gordon.That mantra is the whole reason that domestic violence is such a big deal in family court. The judge is allowed to assume that one incident of domestic violence means that the man will necessarily abuse everyone he knows.
Before becoming a judge, Gordon was a prosecutor in the L.A. County D.A.'s Office, specializing in domestic violence. The D.V. Unit has a mantra ... a man who commits domestic violence against one woman does it to everyone he's involved with. We're told Robyn's declaration resonated in the courtroom.
Sources say in the end, Judge Gordon felt Mel posed no danger to his daughter and allowed the status quo to stand. So Gibson continues to have visitation rights with baby Lucia as well as one overnight a week.
Even if the tapes prove that Gibson is a jerk, he is still entitled to a fair trial. The tapes do not prove that he is a bad father.
Often I think one partner provokes the other to such a degree that the partners response may be less than savoury. That said, it doesn't mean that either partner would act in such a way to another person or their children as Mel's ex testified. A concept that often passes over the heads of family courts.
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