Judge Byrd reprimanded in Wilson County case

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. Full Story
HEART BROKEN MOMMY

United States

#24 Mar 16, 2010
She needs to be gone.The way she insults people is pathetic.She is only hurting the children.When your child cries not wanting to go but you have to make them or you will be put in jail is wrong..Help let's get her removed....
HEART BROKEN MOMMY

United States

#25 Mar 16, 2010
She need's to be gone asap She is only hurting the children and the good mommies who are doing a awesome job with their kid's.When your child is made to go somewhere they cry not wanting to go is pathetic.You have to make your child anyway or you are put in jail ,how fair is that...
Ms H

United States

#26 Apr 12, 2010
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!
Last name "T"for all you nosey people!
It's great that you had a fair experience in the judicial system. I have not. Not because the Clara Byrd was unfair or because I didn't like her decision but because she did exactly what other people have written about. She did not allow me the very basic thing that all who go to court deserve. I was not heard or allowed to show evidence. If that were allowed and she still decided against me than that would be the way the cookie crumbles but it was a blatant disregard for proceedure. I hope that you don't have to go back to court for anything. I am a law abiding citizen too. I did not deserve the treatment that I received at the hands of Clara Bryd. Hopefully you never get treated that way. It is not pleasant.
drug buster

Blacksburg, SC

#27 May 18, 2010
Everyone of you who have been screwed by her need to go to news channel five, and get Phil Williams to investigate her, and Stop the Bit3h once and for all
slassiter31

Gallatin, TN

#28 May 31, 2010
I agree 100% that everyone should file a complaint agains Ms. Byrd.She breaks every law in the book.
always watching

United States

#29 Jul 3, 2010
She is bad.
A Very Concerned Lawyer

Franklin, TN

#30 Aug 6, 2010
The problem is Judge Byrd has no business being a Judge in any court. She was a lazy lawyer and was hardly ever prepared. She could not make a living as a lawyer because she is so lazy. She wonders why most lawyers have no respect for her and ignores those who try to tell her she needs to step down. She is a disgrace to our local bar and is a joke in most other Judges minds. Wake up Clara and smell the roses. Quit fooling yourself. You are way over your head. Quit screwing up peoples lives. Step down now!!
Unseat Judge Byrd

Franklin, TN

#31 Aug 6, 2010
Well finally, enough lawyers have banned together to start a group to unseat Judge Clara Byrd. Teh Lawyers come from all of the surrounding counties and is focused in Lebanon. There is no doubt that she treats lawyers, witnesses and parties to a lawsuit with disrespect and disdain. We have all been victims of her self rightousness and her opaque "concern" for why lawyers have no respect for her. Judge Byrd does not know that most, if not all Judges have no respect for her. Judge Byrd wonders why no one treats her with respect. We do treat her with a minimum of cordial respect because we have to. The old saying is still true. You don't have to respect the person but you must respect the uniform. Don't get me wrong, few if any lawyers have any respect for this Judge and it is up to us to find a good viable candidate among us all to run against her and unseat her. Now is the time to start. WE are tired of being treated with total disrespect by this Judge. She is truly botherd by good lawyers who are well prepared. It simply imtimidates her. Please join us in unseating Judge Byrd. It will happen and we must get back to having a smart, well centered (emotionally) Judge who will treat all of us who come before her with respect.
Concerned

Nashville, TN

#32 Aug 6, 2010
It is indeed music to the ears of those of us who have had children and grandchildren to be "victimized" by the unfair rulings from Judge Clara Byrd to hear that finally there are some attorneys who have gotten tired of having to pretend while in front of her so that their clients will have a chance at a fair "day in court". I do hope that you will not give up your fight, and there are people who could further your cause.
concerned grandparent

Lebanon, TN

#33 Aug 30, 2010
drug buster wrote:
Everyone of you who have been screwed by her need to go to news channel five, and get Phil Williams to investigate her, and Stop the Bit3h once and for all
I tried that just a week ago and there was no response! I guess because she is the law.......its ok!!!
concerned grandparent

Lebanon, TN

#34 Aug 30, 2010
I have sat here and read what everyone has wrote about Clara Byrd...and I agree! I have an very unusual case going on with her and she has totally made it into a circus ring. This has been going on for 2 years now and my 4 year old granddaughter is so mentally and emotionally messed up because she is having to live in 3 households......wtf at the age of 4....this would mess anyone up. I agree.....she needs to go!!!!!!!!
concerned

Nashville, TN

#35 Aug 30, 2010
Try Dennis Ferrier with channel 4. He just won an award for his coverage concerning children. He is a great guy!
concerned grandparent wrote:
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I tried that just a week ago and there was no response! I guess because she is the law.......its ok!!!
Danielle

Portland, TN

#36 Dec 14, 2010
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.
I have been battling in court for 9 years now and I am going to go to channel 4 news and continue to fight.I am a full time college student with awards for high GPA and I was awarded Who's Who Among Students of America. I have full custody of my other 2 children. Clara Byrd has numerously not aloud my witnesses in her court room and has ruled my ex husband full custody 3 years ago. My ex does not have custody of his other son from another marriage do to unexplained crushed bones. I would love if anyone would like to join me in this fight against Judge Clara Byrd. Anyone interested in fighting can reach me at dshelton116@email.itt-tech.edu
Danielle

Portland, TN

#37 Dec 14, 2010
Join me in the fight against Clara Byrd at dshelton116@email.itt-tech.edu
Percivil Sweetwater

Nashville, TN

#38 Jan 30, 2011
It's been 10 years since Judge Clara Byrd dissolved my marriage, awarded my wife a home I had purchased with funds I inherited from the death of my mother, forced me to place a $20K Cash Bond to be released from Wilson County Jail, forced me to sell the home I had recently built in Wilson County, awarded my ex everything and I mean everything I owned, forced me to pay for the rent on a storage facility that my ex had ferreted away my prized possessions, awarded money I had inherited and invested for my children's education to my ex which is NOT legal, forced me to pay her attorney's fees and all my ex had to do was sit there and smirk as Clara Byrd meted out "her justice." I would have fared better under Sharia law.

As a consequence of Judge's Byrd's asinine rulings, I never knew what happened with the $20K. The ex spent the money I had put into savings for the kids and she insured that my relationship would be forever broken with my children as she was too dim witted to recognize my ex-wife as a "monk-sadist."

As far as child support Judge Byrd did not base it on my current income, she imputed income to me to set the bar higher. She never heard the fact that through my ex's manipulation and lies I had been dismissed from my job after some anonymous telephone calls.

The Muslim's claim that there will be more women in hell than men, after being abused by this narcissistic asinine dim-witted female, I believe they may be right.

I believe that God is a merciful God but he also demands equity and judgment, none of which you will find in her Kangaroo-Court. When her judgment comes, I doubt it will ever return the years I have been prevented from seeing my children and now their childhood years are gone forever. How can Wilson County afford such poor Judges? Burn in Hell Clara Byrd and resign or just "make your mark."
Percivil Sweetwater

Nashville, TN

#39 Jan 30, 2011
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.
So by your post we can determine that yes you are "Good" because you take your children to Church and Church Camp. How sweet, I believe Jesus referred to people like you as "Whited tombs full of dead men's bones" or to use the parlance of our times a "hypocrite." Please enthrall us with the name of your Church or Congregation so other Christians may avoid it at all cost lest they become as dim-witted and blind as you. I sure at Church and Church Camp that Judge Byrd wears her "Christian Mask" but on the bench the mask come off and nothing about her is Christian or even professional or legal. Save your "holier than thou" attitude for people who can afford it and have NOT lost family, homes or property to this vacant, proud, arrogant and above all stupid Judge Clara Byrd. She has no "Christian Light" itís like yours merely a mask and it must be quite contagious a YOUR Church because your words convict you even with the Christian Mask on. May God have mercy on your soul!
Becky

Sugar Land, TX

#40 Feb 17, 2011
I was pleased with her verdict in my case, but just want to comment on your comment about acting according to the law. That in itself is a judgment..I always act according to the law, but what took me to her courtroom was a long overdue divorce from an emotionally abusive person. So I think you should not judge the 'judgers'. Just sayin'..
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!
Last name "T"for all you nosey people!
Carolyn

Mount Juliet, TN

#41 Apr 25, 2011
Wow, all these posts surprised me because when my daughter started her divorce lots of people said to get Judge Clair Byrd as your judge. Sure glad we ddn't!! But if you think she is bad, you should go in front of Judge John Gray!.. He is a lunitic!!! The first lawyer she had, we thought, was terrible. So we got a new lawyer. Then found out that Judge Gray hated our first attorney and that's why he wasn't listening to us. That should not make a difference! Anyway, he sits on his throne and just stares into space, and is very civil to the other attorney. This has been going on now for a year. We have had witness after witness, therapists, etc. telling him why this person should not have any visitation with his kids. The children have even testified that they are afraid of him. He lives in a bug infested apartment with swingers and is on steroids and has a violent temper. I did get sole custody, thank God, but now there has been no mention of child support. 8 hour days of court and still nothing. Then he wanted to have another hearing within ten days, but the other attorney said he did not have time in April or May. So when??? How much more is this going to cost me by his going on and on with the court hearings. This judge has done so little I just can't understand how they get in office. He is stupid, biased, and does not know the law. It is so very obvious what should happen in this case!!!!!!!!!!
grandmother

Murfreesboro, TN

#42 Aug 1, 2011
drug buster wrote:
Everyone of you who have been screwed by her need to go to news channel five, and get Phil Williams to investigate her, and Stop the Bit3h once and for all
I agree with you, she needs to be removed, she is somewhere out in la la land. Has no business being a judge. She rules one way in a court hearing and then changes her mind and rules differently at the the next hearing. Let's band together - she needs to go.
Confused

Greenville, SC

#44 Nov 9, 2011
Clara, "Think's she's God Byrd" is in league with certain lawyers in Wilson County. After a hearing 3 days ago for a continuance by the opposing lawyer,which she denied, she then grants a contiunance after a trial for a divorce which has been going on for 7 years was scheduled, does this make sense?!! Someone needs to investigate her taking money under the table. She is arogant and any lawyer who tries to prove her wrong is in trouble. She does not care about Justice, just that she has power over poor people who suffer emotional trauma that have the misfortune of appearing in front of her.

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