A former family court judge in Syracuse should be barred from returning to the bench, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct ruled Wednesday, after an investigation into an act of sexual misconduct 40 years ago with his niece, 13 years before he became a jurist.This is really sick. While I am inclined to believe that family court judges are twisted perverts anyway, it is crazy to make such a big deal out of such a trivial incident 40 years ago.
The judge, Bryan R. Hedges, was 25 and a student at Syracuse University’s law school when, during a visit in 1972 to his mother-in-law’s house in Albany, his niece, then age 5, entered a bedroom where he was masturbating, according to a report released by the commission.
The girl, now 45, testified that Mr. Hedges gestured for her to place her hand on his. He denied encouraging his niece, but acknowledged she touched his hand for a few seconds, after which, he said, he quickly rolled over to end the encounter.
The commission faulted Mr. Hedges for the encounter and for not telling the parents of the girl, who was deaf and could barely communicate, about what had happened so that they could help her deal with it. ...
Late last year, Ms. Warner told her mother she was still bothered by what had happened. ... “There is a stigma associated with this type of activity, and the victims often don’t understand what happened.”
My guess is that Warner (the girl/woman) has been damaged much more by psychotherapy than by this incident. How much does she need to understand?
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Hmm. For one thing, Hedges might have been a typical crooked family court judge who took away parents' custody rights for frivolous reasons. For another, I wonder why the state judicial commission couldn't have taken him down on real misconduct on the bench. In fact the California judicial commission actually rejected your complaint about Irwin Joseph based on his extrajudicial activities influencing his rulings.The state board did nothing. I have no idea whether they even read my paperwork. I do not think that they are serious about investigating violators, because they should have taken Ken Perlmutter's license away.
Speaking of complaints, I wonder if you've heard from the CA Board of Psych regarding your complaint against Ken Perlmutter, which i think was very well grounded. The state board guidelines state: "If your complaint involves a more serious violation, such as an allegation of sexual abuse, gross negligence, or incompetence, it will be immediately referred for formal investigation by a trained peace officer employed by the Medical Board of California. You will be informed of this step and will later be interviewed by the investigator assigned to the case...If the investigation finds evidence to support your allegations, the Board will submit the case to the Attorney General for consideration of formal disciplinary action against the psychologist's license. You will be notified of this referral." Has the state done this yet, and if so are you banned from discussing the case publicly?
If Perlmutter is actively fighting your complaint, then your case may end up before an admin law judge, and the board of psych says (same link): "The administrative disciplinary process may take up to two years."