Word on the street is Judge Michael J. Livingstone, Plymouth County family and probate court is negotiating his resignation.
Misconduct charges filed against Judge Michael J. Livingston were schedule for public hearing on January 2, 2008. Hearing was indefinitely postponed and we have a good theory as to why - he's resigning. Here's how we reached this conclusion.
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We researched how to make complaints, followed the CJC's flowchart process, and read the rules binding the CJC.
We've engaged the public via various blogs and postings about judicial misconduct in family courts.
We spoke with members of the press who too have been doing their research, but have yet to assemble enough credible information to make it public.
Reading the rules of the CJC , following the flow charts of the process, it is easy to see that there must be an overwhelming preponderance of evidence before a Judge is formally charged and ultimately a Hearing scheduled...
Bottom line, everything is negotiable.
Now, in defense of the Judge. He may well be a good, even brilliant attorney. I've seen him first hand in court. He knows the law and seems to lean toward whichever party is stronger in terms of process. He seems to enjoy a "battle" with an attorney fighting to get evidence admitted. The more dramatic the assertions, the more likely he will concede to that attorney. For example, in my case, the opposing attorney is well known as a character bashing rising star in the Boston area. She submitted fraudulent information, portrayed ...
...If the Judge is capable of going deep inside himself, he may also be able to turn his disastrous tenure on the bench to something positive. He has the intellect, skill and experience to right his own wrongs by working diligently to prevent future abuse of our system and in our courts.
But does he have the character?
...We are divided on what to do next.
One opinion says we should wait and see what happens with Judge Livingstone. Then use his court as examples of what not to do going forward.
The other is, we should write a public letter to the Judge with copies to legislators. Ask him to consider taking paid time while he continues his negotiations. He is so biased on the bench, he needs to step aside. Let the system begin to move on without him. So many of us have had to begin again, and again as a result of his decisions. He too must do the same.
What do you think wait or write?
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