Attempt at humor leads to suspension of Delaware County magistrate | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 65 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Mar 9, 2011, titled Attempt at humor leads to suspension of Delaware County magistrate | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A Delaware County court magistrate is suspended without pay for five days after an incident involving another county employee.

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Wjm

Galion, OH

#65 Jan 15, 2014
Reality Speaks wrote:
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I did win....however the law only applied to me and not her.
Sheriff's enforced divorce decree on me....my EX 6 years later has yet abide by it.
What is funny is I moved on, and she is in the past.
I did win.
My ex has never abided by one rule or order yet and it is several years later. There are some people who have little respect for the law that is for sure. I am going to see this through and if it takes the sheriff I am going to do it.
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Columbus, OH

#66 Feb 10, 2014
Fair and Equitable wrote:
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I have been treated fairly by the Delaware County court system and have appeared before Magistrate Weithman.
People are always going to hate the magistrate and judge before whom they lost.
And in your case, your wife did not win lifetime support so you won in all reality.
You are making an incorrect assumption. I actually went and interviewed 10 lawyers some local in Delaware and some in Columbus. Magistrate Weithman and Judge Whitney both do not follow follow the rules of procedure. They do not hear motions, they do not enforce orders, they do not make decisions that are line with precedents set in the rest of the state or even follow the GALs reccommendations on occasions. They are a family court nightmare. Ironically, years ago...Magistrate Weithman used to give custody to men. In the last 10 years not a chance. And I was told by a female attorney if you wife is good looking there is no way are going win unless your ex is shooting up in front of the kids while robbing a store. This is social engineering. Ironically, the Republicans control the bench but a lot of the attorneys are Democrats locally. So to maintain the balance of power and money flowing they dont want to tick anyone off and they dont like outsiders from Columbus coming in. Which all the "new people" from the south side of the county who work in Columbus represent. There is a major overhaul that needs to happen. You need to vote them out and get a family court judge who can be voted out since Weithman is appointed. And you folks need to support the equal custody bill the was presented to the House and Senate for equal custody upon divorce. It also addresses some of these issues and other issues mentioned. One of the biggest opponents is the judiciary. Imagine that....Those in power want to keep it. Plus there is the money factor....But that is a whole other story.
Wjm

Galion, OH

#67 Feb 14, 2014
I interviewed five attorneys before proceeding with divorce. It is a gut wrenching and life changing event. My former spouse did not participate at all in the divorce process and dissipated assets. I was forced to go to trial and judicial discretion is important in a case like mine. Why are the recommendations by a GAL more important than judicial discretion. I am sure those are always considered and if they are not adopted then they are not adopted. I trusted our legal system and I have not been disappointed so far. I stand by my statements that I have been treated fairly by the Delaware County judicial court system.
I'm still in the midst of everything and so I think about our court system quite a bit. Recently my guts were in my feet at the thought of going back there which will be soon.
And I can't think of a more thankless and awful job than hearing as a judge or magistrate how people destroy their families in every possible way. There is the adultery and pornography and dating online and drugs and alcohol and all of it. And it makes me want to vomit again just thinking of it all.
My personal favorite is I just don't love him or her anymore. Or better, after a boatload of kids, I never loved him or her. Because people make a choice about love, for sure. And it is not a feeling, it is an action.
And with all the remarriage out there, being divorced is not an exclusive club at all and why can't people just be fucking decent to each other?
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Dayton, OH

#68 Feb 15, 2014
Wjm wrote:
I interviewed five attorneys before proceeding with divorce. It is a gut wrenching and life changing event. My former spouse did not participate at all in the divorce process and dissipated assets. I was forced to go to trial and judicial discretion is important in a case like mine. Why are the recommendations by a GAL more important than judicial discretion. I am sure those are always considered and if they are not adopted then they are not adopted. I trusted our legal system and I have not been disappointed so far. I stand by my statements that I have been treated fairly by the Delaware County judicial court system.
I'm still in the midst of everything and so I think about our court system quite a bit. Recently my guts were in my feet at the thought of going back there which will be soon.
And I can't think of a more thankless and awful job than hearing as a judge or magistrate how people destroy their families in every possible way. There is the adultery and pornography and dating online and drugs and alcohol and all of it. And it makes me want to vomit again just thinking of it all.
My personal favorite is I just don't love him or her anymore. Or better, after a boatload of kids, I never loved him or her. Because people make a choice about love, for sure. And it is not a feeling, it is an action.
And with all the remarriage out there, being divorced is not an exclusive club at all and why can't people just be fucking decent to each other?
No GAL is perfect or correct but you would rather take your chances with a judge who will see you for maybe 30 mins here an there and read a quarter of your documents...Instead of a GAL who may spend hours on your case interviewing people and allow evidence in that would otherwise be considered hearsay. Give me a break and stop having BLIND faith in the system. Attorneys are the ones who told me all the stuff above. I have read and contacted dozens of people from Delaware County who went through it with these guys. And read some of their case histories. Those two dont even read all the court documents for their cases....and by the way because of volume most judges dont. That is why they need to be limited in power and scope of what discretion they are allowed. Just because you feel you are being treated fairly doest mean you have see what actually goes on there. It is a legal system not a justice system.
Wjm

Galion, OH

#69 Feb 16, 2014
You and I could not dissolve our marriages and we were forced to accept our court's findings in each. The judges are elected and just as I faith my money will buy groceries, I have faith in our justice system for the legal end of my marriage: my faith is the outcome will be just and fair and so far I have not been disappointed. Make no mistake, there usually is adultery involved in divorce and while we have no fault laws, we also have judicial discretion when the family money pot paid for the hotels and dinners and gifts. So if you're in the right make sure it all comes out and my best advice would be to get a respected attorney to make sure it really does come out. And pay them regularly. And wait it out. And pray for your children because they get your ex and her boyfriend or his girlfriend to hang out with as a family. It kills the kids and their lives will never ever be the same.

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