Judge Byrd reprimanded in Wilson County case

Full story: Macon County Times

A ten member panel of state judges has issued a public reprimand for 15th Circuit Court Judge Clara Byrd due to her actions in a child custody case, the Associated Press reported last week.

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This does NOT surprise me whatsoever. Judge Byrd rules according to how she feels at the moment, frequently inconsistently. In our divorce case, she refused to hear my witnesses and ruled in favor of my ex-spouse. She fails to listen to all parties and seems to rule in favor of the party who has a lawyer who supported her in her campaign.
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I have been in court in front of Judge Byrd at least a dozen different times. I have to agree that her decisions are usually based on something other than facts and proof. I have tried to reverse her custody decision on my three children. My ex-spouse and her boyfriend have had numerous domestic violence complaints against them, and a DUI. But my plea for a change gets dismissed.
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judge byrd strikes again for three years she has claimed i have had dirty hands,not willing to hear or see physcal evidence that will with out a shadow of a doubt will prove the wrong doing of my ex-spouse.witch includes but not limited to drugs,fraud with disability and foodstamps
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Judge Byrd must have learned her tactics from Judge Hamilton. He did me the same way as the other cases mention that Judge Byrd did to them. These two Judges do not go on facts and clearly sides with the less of a parent/spouse. Why do they side with deadbeat parents that clearly dont play by the rules? Why would the deadbeats do right by their families if they are NEVER punished by their wrong doings, NEVER punished by NOT paying court ordered child support. Everytime you go back to court its the same thing time and time again. NO JUSTICE.The judges just dont care about peoples well being.
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I think you are al full of it! I have not appeared in court in front of Judge Byrd, and I suppose the reason for that is because I am acting according to the law. Have any of you seen any of the guidelines under which you "judge" the judge? I met Judge Byrd at a church event. As a matter of fact, it was Bible Camp!!!! She was an active participant, and this was genuine, not campaigning, as she was alrady the established Judge! The children loved her, and she sat down at the table with my girls and I and could not have been a more genuine individual! She gets the flack, because she rules for the "right" thing. Her job is to indiviualize each case by a standard set by a higher court! Just because some may disagree, does not mean she is "wrong"; it simply means you did not like the verdict, you could not afford an attorney and you are "pisssed" because your ex/current spouse had the ability, or you are guilty about not being able to "personally" deal with her judgement! Quit blaming the Judges and look in the mirror!

As far as Judge Hamilton, you could not be any more LEFT FIELD! Judge Hamilton handled my custody case of my minor child last year. My child's father was in arrears of over $10,000. He had not seen the child in over two years and he filed for this petition of visitation and child support establishment!!! Although I expected for my child's father to have less visitation, as he lives out of state, I do not feel the need to bash Judge Hamilton! He listened, and acted individually and according to the laws of this county! I have upheld my current order and my child's Father is now another almost $4,000 in the arrear for this "current" order. I now have to take him back to court on my dime, but I do not blame the Judge, I take personal responsibility for the past decisions I have made and with whom I have made them with! I am a Mother of two, a member of the military, and I am also a full time student! I have done the best I can do as a parent and like said prior, I have taken responsibility and continue to complete goals in life and quit relying on "dead-beat Dads/Moms" to "do their ordered job!" The Judge cannot predict the future!

Bottomline, take responsibility, quit pointing the finger, and LEAVE THE JUDGES ALONE!!!!! You never know when the day may come in which you al straighten up and the Judge decides to rule in your favor! BTW, I believe it was comment four, "witch" is the absolute wrong spelling, as "which" would sound a tad bit more educated, and maybe start helping you in court! If you sound and look smart, sometimes it may help your case! Case in point!

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I guess this is why Clara has had over 65% of her cases overturned on appeals. Every attorney in her circuit knows that she will eventually screw up. Several lawyers have moved out of her district because of her highness mentality.

She does not need to be sitting on a judges bench.
Ask the parents of several children she has put in harms way. Even Lucifer was an angel at one time.
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SOMEONE WHO KNOWS wrote:
I think you are al full of it! I have not appeared in court in front of Judge Byrd, and I suppose the reason for that is because I am acting according to the law. Have any of you seen any of the guidelines under which you "judge" the judge? I met Judge Byrd at a church event. As a matter of fact, it was Bible Camp!!!! She was an active participant, and this was genuine, not campaigning, as she was alrady the established Judge! The children loved her, and she sat down at the table with my girls and I and could not have been a more genuine individual! She gets the flack, because she rules for the "right" thing. Her job is to indiviualize each case by a standard set by a higher court! Just because some may disagree, does not mean she is "wrong"; it simply means you did not like the verdict, you could not afford an attorney and you are "pisssed" because your ex/current spouse had the ability, or you are guilty about not being able to "personally" deal with her judgement! Quit blaming the Judges and look in the mirror!
As far as Judge Hamilton, you could not be any more LEFT FIELD! Judge Hamilton handled my custody case of my minor child last year. My child's father was in arrears of over $10,000. He had not seen the child in over two years and he filed for this petition of visitation and child support establishment!!! Although I expected for my child's father to have less visitation, as he lives out of state, I do not feel the need to bash Judge Hamilton! He listened, and acted individually and according to the laws of this county! I have upheld my current order and my child's Father is now another almost $4,000 in the arrear for this "current" order. I now have to take him back to court on my dime, but I do not blame the Judge, I take personal responsibility for the past decisions I have made and with whom I have made them with! I am a Mother of two, a member of the military, and I am also a full time student! I have done the best I can do as a parent and like said prior, I have taken responsibility and continue to complete goals in life and quit relying on "dead-beat Dads/Moms" to "do their ordered job!" The Judge cannot predict the future!
Bottomline, take responsibility, quit pointing the finger, and LEAVE THE JUDGES ALONE!!!!! You never know when the day may come in which you al straighten up and the Judge decides to rule in your favor! BTW, I believe it was comment four, "witch" is the absolute wrong spelling, as "which" would sound a tad bit more educated, and maybe start helping you in court! If you sound and look smart, sometimes it may help your case! Case in point!
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Ok you just tossed all of your credibility out of the window in your first sentence.
You have not been in front of this judge....so kindly shut the F up.
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I have heard 2 horror stories about this women. I can't call her a judge because she gives our justice system a terrible name. She is a disgrace to the bench!!! Wilson county she be ashame to have her as a judge. She has caused two God fearing families, that I know of, much heartache. Wonder how many families and children she has railroaded. Clara Byrd, you should be ashamed of yourself!! Seems as if she works for the devil himself!!
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I cannot believe how you could say she is not biased, have you ever been in front of her in court?! Of course she is going to be wonderful at a church function. How many people do you know that are not?! That is the whole problem with the people in your state: there is a church at every corner but the second you walk out you act like crazy people.(and therefore you need a church at every corner!!) I have been one of those witnesses that stood out in the hallway for 4 hours and then never to have been called. What a shame that Judge Byrd only goes for the best one that can BS and finese and not on the FACTS! Judge Byrd is so wonderful with children that she TELLS a child she will put her mother in jail if she refuses to go with her abusive father!! How nice and wonderful that is! When you can't even defend yourself and the other side keeps telling lie after lie after lie and you cannot even respond to the allegations....WOW THAT IS REALLY FAIR! Even the tv court shows let you respond when you are accused of something! Why does it take 4 hours at every court case and the big one...the FINAL one is 8 hours? WHAT A FREAKIN JOKE! 8 hours in court??? Does it really take this long to come to a decision and maybe she shouldn't be a judge!
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I think you are al full of it! I have not appeared in court in front of Judge Byrd, and I suppose the reason for that is because I am acting according to the law. Have any of you seen any of the guidelines under which you "judge" the judge? I met Judge Byrd at a church event. As a matter of fact, it was Bible Camp!!!! She was an active participant, and this was genuine, not campaigning, as she was alrady the established Judge! The children loved her, and she sat down at the table with my girls and I and could not have been a more genuine individual! She gets the flack, because she rules for the "right" thing. Her job is to indiviualize each case by a standard set by a higher court! Just because some may disagree, does not mean she is "wrong"; it simply means you did not like the verdict, you could not afford an attorney and you are "pisssed" because your ex/current spouse had the ability, or you are guilty about not being able to "personally" deal with her judgement! Quit blaming the Judges and look in the mirror!
As far as Judge Hamilton, you could not be any more LEFT FIELD! Judge Hamilton handled my custody case of my minor child last year. My child's father was in arrears of over $10,000. He had not seen the child in over two years and he filed for this petition of visitation and child support establishment!!! Although I expected for my child's father to have less visitation, as he lives out of state, I do not feel the need to bash Judge Hamilton! He listened, and acted individually and according to the laws of this county! I have upheld my current order and my child's Father is now another almost $4,000 in the arrear for this "current" order. I now have to take him back to court on my dime, but I do not blame the Judge, I take personal responsibility for the past decisions I have made and with whom I have made them with! I am a Mother of two, a member of the military, and I am also a full time student! I have done the best I can do as a parent and like said prior, I have taken responsibility and continue to complete goals in life and quit relying on "dead-beat Dads/Moms" to "do their ordered job!" The Judge cannot predict the future!
Bottomline, take responsibility, quit pointing the finger, and LEAVE THE JUDGES ALONE!!!!! You never know when the day may come in which you al straighten up and the Judge decides to rule in your favor! BTW, I believe it was comment four, "witch" is the absolute wrong spelling, as "which" would sound a tad bit more educated, and maybe start helping you in court! If you sound and look smart, sometimes it may help your case! Case in point!
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Judge Baird,YOU WILL PAY FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO SO MANY FAMILIES!You should be ashamed of yourself.
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I would just like to say I am a very intelligent person who works two jobs. I do not want to judge anyone but I always heard that Judge Byrd was a very fair woman who did what is right by the children. In my case visitation was given to my daughters father who had been in prison for two and a half years. At the point she gave him visitation he had only been out for six days! He is a known liar, theif, and drug addict. He has Hep C from using dirty needles. The list goes on... my point is I have never been in trouble, I have an education and a great job and do a wonderful job providing for my family. None of that was recognized. Him and his lawyer talked so loud and so much that I barely got a word in edgewise. I never asked for money I do not want it. I accept my responsibility for every having anything to do with such a horrible person but my precious four year old daughter does not deserve to be subjected to him and all of his ugliness. A side note to you I think you said you met Judge Byrd at a Christian function? Well you do not sound very Christian calling people names, cursing, and passing judgement on those whom you've never met and whos shoes you have never walked in.
I sympathize with all you parents who have done nothing but Love and sacrifice so that your children can have a better life than you have had. I am definately one of them. I pray in time that all the drug addicts go back to being drug addicts, and deadbeates go back to being deadbeats and stop this shameless charade so that we can have our lives back with our children.
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I will try to keep this short, yet enlightening and non-biased. This is intended as a small class, and as a response from a very abject viewer of Judge Byrd's actions, as witnessed first hand. First of all I would like to address "conclusion of law", which is included in most legal documents. The "Conclusion" is reached after an experienced law judge reviews ALL evidence that is legally accetable, in other words, under "Rules of Evidence", the evidence must meet certain criteria. Certain evidence is not arguable. Water is water, and it is composed of H20. It is scientificly proven and common knowledge. You cannot argue it's existance. only it's role in the case. Nonetheless, once presented in pre-trial discovery it MUST be examined to determine if it meets the Rules of Evidence. There is "Eye witness" testimony, "I saw him shoot the gun". And there is expert testimony, I have 40 years of child CARE EXPERIENCE. There is also "COURT PROCEDURE RULES" which basically state that a "Motion" or "action" brought by a party involved that it is what will be addressed. In RARE cases, evidence becomes evident that forces the court to change direction and take action on evidence according to public law. An example might be "Joe Smith testified that he saw John shoot Bob. It might now be prudent for the court to order a police investigation of John. Even though the motion brought only sought relief for a $50 debt owed by Joe to John.
Then there is jurisdiction. This gets muddy. But let me say this for an example....a judge in court "A" may not rule on a case where jurisdiction ( legal power over parties invo;ved) has already be established. One example might be...dad "A" files for custody of a child in Kentucky courts, where jurisdiction over the custody of that child was previously established in Hawaii. Jurisdiction of the courts must first be established. People can do this, but it is rarely left up to the Judge to arbitraily decide.
Now...why you can believe my tale. I had no child involved. I work in the law field for the State of Tennessee and spend my days issuing "Orders" and Penalties to citizens for violations of Environmental Law. I remain impartial and understanding. If I have a bad day....I don't work on penalty amounts. If I have a remote personal knowledge of the case, I remove myself. I spent 20 years in the Army fighting to defend the Constitution, I now serve my State. Judge byrd violated every courtroom procedure and standard that I just mentioned. And that is why, after review by seniour judicial authorities (Judges) Their "CONCLUSION OF LAW" has ruled that she erred and in many cases, "Grossly". 65% of the time! If a mechanic did that to your car, you'd find a different one. If your doctor did that you would sue them. If you were in the military, you'd frag her. If I was before her, facing life in prison on a murder charge, I'd kill myself. Most people she sees can't affors the legal fees that come with filing an appeal, or two. That's how she tries to beat her own form of justice in her twisted mind. But these times don't tolerate a "Judge Roy Bean". So it's time that we unite and bring a suit directly against her and regain some of the damages she has inflicted on Tennessee Families. I would be proud to be a part of that effort.
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I think you are al full of it! I have not appeared in court in front of Judge Byrd, and I suppose the reason for that is because I am acting according to the law. Have any of you seen any of the guidelines under which you "judge" the judge? I met Judge Byrd at a church event. As a matter of fact, it was Bible Camp!!!! She was an active participant, and this was genuine, not campaigning, as she was alrady the established Judge! The children loved her, and she sat down at the table with my girls and I and could not have been a more genuine individual! She gets the flack, because she rules for the "right" thing. Her job is to indiviualize each case by a standard set by a higher court! Just because some may disagree, does not mean she is "wrong"; it simply means you did not like the verdict, you could not afford an attorney and you are "pisssed" because your ex/current spouse had the ability, or you are guilty about not being able to "personally" deal with her judgement! Quit blaming the Judges and look in the mirror!
As far as Judge Hamilton, you could not be any more LEFT FIELD! Judge Hamilton handled my custody case of my minor child last year. My child's father was in arrears of over $10,000. He had not seen the child in over two years and he filed for this petition of visitation and child support establishment!!! Although I expected for my child's father to have less visitation, as he lives out of state, I do not feel the need to bash Judge Hamilton! He listened, and acted individually and according to the laws of this county! I have upheld my current order and my child's Father is now another almost $4,000 in the arrear for this "current" order. I now have to take him back to court on my dime, but I do not blame the Judge, I take personal responsibility for the past decisions I have made and with whom I have made them with! I am a Mother of two, a member of the military, and I am also a full time student! I have done the best I can do as a parent and like said prior, I have taken responsibility and continue to complete goals in life and quit relying on "dead-beat Dads/Moms" to "do their ordered job!" The Judge cannot predict the future!
Bottomline, take responsibility, quit pointing the finger, and LEAVE THE JUDGES ALONE!!!!! You never know when the day may come in which you al straighten up and the Judge decides to rule in your favor! BTW, I believe it was comment four, "witch" is the absolute wrong spelling, as "which" would sound a tad bit more educated, and maybe start helping you in court! If you sound and look smart, sometimes it may help your case! Case in point!
Last name "T"for all you nosey people!
Hello Blind Person,
You have no idea what you are talking about concerning Judge Byrd. If you haven't been in front of her, how would you know how she is. She is a hypocrit. I know first hand how she is because I have been in front of her several times with my daughter. My daughter is an out standing person and a loving mother. Her ex was abusive to her for 10 years and eben threatened to kill her and the kids. She had to leave the state to get away from him and has fought for four years to try and get the kids out of Tennessee. Judge Byrd is a pathetic dishonest one sided judge. Regardless of how nice she was at a church function. Everybody can't be wrong. Don't leave her with your kids for very long because they may not be there when you come back. WAKE UP and deend someone who deserves it!
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Just me wrote:
I will try to keep this short, yet enlightening and non-biased. This is intended as a small class, and as a response from a very abject viewer of Judge Byrd's actions, as witnessed first hand. First of all I would like to address "conclusion of law", which is included in most legal documents. The "Conclusion" is reached after an experienced law judge reviews ALL evidence that is legally accetable, in other words, under "Rules of Evidence", the evidence must meet certain criteria. Certain evidence is not arguable. Water is water, and it is composed of H20. It is scientificly proven and common knowledge. You cannot argue it's existance. only it's role in the case. Nonetheless, once presented in pre-trial discovery it MUST be examined to determine if it meets the Rules of Evidence. There is "Eye witness" testimony, "I saw him shoot the gun". And there is expert testimony, I have 40 years of child CARE EXPERIENCE. There is also "COURT PROCEDURE RULES" which basically state that a "Motion" or "action" brought by a party involved that it is what will be addressed. In RARE cases, evidence becomes evident that forces the court to change direction and take action on evidence according to public law. An example might be "Joe Smith testified that he saw John shoot Bob. It might now be prudent for the court to order a police investigation of John. Even though the motion brought only sought relief for a $50 debt owed by Joe to John.
Then there is jurisdiction. This gets muddy. But let me say this for an example....a judge in court "A" may not rule on a case where jurisdiction ( legal power over parties invo;ved) has already be established. One example might be...dad "A" files for custody of a child in Kentucky courts, where jurisdiction over the custody of that child was previously established in Hawaii. Jurisdiction of the courts must first be established. People can do this, but it is rarely left up to the Judge to arbitraily decide.
Now...why you can believe my tale. I had no child involved. I work in the law field for the State of Tennessee and spend my days issuing "Orders" and Penalties to citizens for violations of Environmental Law. I remain impartial and understanding. If I have a bad day....I don't work on penalty amounts. If I have a remote personal knowledge of the case, I remove myself. I spent 20 years in the Army fighting to defend the Constitution, I now serve my State. Judge byrd violated every courtroom procedure and standard that I just mentioned. And that is why, after review by seniour judicial authorities (Judges) Their "CONCLUSION OF LAW" has ruled that she erred and in many cases, "Grossly". 65% of the time! If a mechanic did that to your car, you'd find a different one. If your doctor did that you would sue them. If you were in the military, you'd frag her. If I was before her, facing life in prison on a murder charge, I'd kill myself. Most people she sees can't affors the legal fees that come with filing an appeal, or two. That's how she tries to beat her own form of justice in her twisted mind. But these times don't tolerate a "Judge Roy Bean". So it's time that we unite and bring a suit directly against her and regain some of the damages she has inflicted on Tennessee Families. I would be proud to be a part of that effort.
Please let us know if there is such suit. My daughter would gladly participate because she was terribly wronged by this judge. Thanks fot your comments.
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Judge Byrd is still messing with my family! She should be removed from the bench! Why are there 8 hour court dates? 4 hour court dates that last for days??? WHO has time for this?? In Chicago it's 10 minutes in front of the judge! Why is this judge so important. She doesn't get anything done! Also, it's ok for my sister's ex to yell at my mom cuz he's from Chicago and that is what we do!
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Please let us know if there is such suit. My daughter would gladly participate because she was terribly wronged by this judge. Thanks fot your comments.
I am meeting an attorney this Friday to discuss a Civil Rights violation lawsuit against Judge Byrd. Keep your eyes and ears open because I will not bow down to this pathetic judge.
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Judge Byrd was reprimanded a couple of years ago. I hope all of you who have had such horrible experiences in her court have filed a complaint with the Judiciary. They really do listen. It would seem that she has not learned anything from her experience with the Judiciary, for it sounds as if she is still messing with the lives of a lot of people. Unfortunately, children have no say in matters, but they are the ones to suffer in so many cases.
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Clara Byrd has had over 65% of her cases overturned on appeals. What does this mean for the poor person who is wronged by her? MORE MONEY thats what for attorneys. There should be a law against this. Ask any Smith county or Wilson county lawyer that has got any sense and they will all tell you that she will screw a case up, it's a joke among attorneys in her district. I hope she does get sued, and if the good people of the counties in her district care about Judicial justice they should vote against her in the next election.
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I am hoping that everyone files a complaint with the judicial board! She FINALLY FINALLY admitted that my sister's case is out of her jurisdiction but she has messed the cased up so bad that a new lawyer in a different county will take $10k to straighten out what she has managed to do in a couple of years. My sister has been unable to increase much needed child support. Ex does not pay and hasn't been thrown in jail yet.....hasn't had his license taken. Judge Byrd just tells him once again to pay it knowing he won't! My sister from all the court dates has lost her job and needs the money which Judge Byrd has done nothing about! Since everyone knows how bad this judge is please file a complaint with the judicial board and do NOT re elect her!

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