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
MtJulietMom

Mount Juliet, TN

#66 Dec 20, 2012
It's the end of 2012 now and I know from personal experience that Clara Byrd has maintained her status quo of being a truly reprehensible family court judge and disgracing the judicial profession not only in Wilson County, but in the state of Tennessee. It's not good to be tied as the most overturned judge in the state and her lack of concern over holding that distinction should be cause for voters to sit up, pay attention, and take the appropriate action to fix what's wrong. Letters of reprimand are nothing but words typed on paper to Clara Byrd -- losing her job as a judge is the only thing that will get her attention.

I can only echo similar experiences of other family court litigants who have posted their reviews on websites besides this one. Clara Byrd removed my three young sons from my custody after I turned to TN DCS and the Wilson County family courts when my sons began to report that their father was sexually abusing them during his unsupervised visitation weekends during our divorce. Clara Byrd is one of the many judges who believe the myths that mothers who report sexual abuse while going through a divorce are simply making false allegations as a custody tactic (as if the timing of the sexual abuse happening was in any way under my control). She has also clearly not been educated about the research that shows a correlation between domestic violence and child abuse/child sexual abuse. She considers them to be two separate issues that have nothing to do with one another -- ie. a man can beat his wife every day and even do it in front of the children, but because he's not hitting the children he's still considered a good father. Clara Byrd is so very wrong and her ignorance is putting countless numbers of children in danger.

From the beginning she minimized or ignored the nature of the physical and sexual abuse that my sons disclosed to me and to three licensed child therapists. She completely disregarded the recommendation of a counselor with the Sexual Assault Center that the boys' father have no contact with the children whatsoever or at the very minimum strictly supervised visitation. She refused to factor past domestic violence and substance abuse issues by my estranged husband into her decisions regarding visitation arrangements. She also refused to consider my estranged husband's behavior of having multiple sex partners of both sexes staying overnight on the weekends when the boys were court-ordered to visit, even though the boys witnessed seeing their father engaging in sexual activity that they then acted out after returning home to me.

Judge Byrd is clearly part of the broken family courts that punish mothers who report abuse and hand the children over to the very people who are abusing the children. It's time to bring Clara Byrd's time on the court bench to an end. Let's make a real difference with our votes in 2014.
MtJulietMom

Mount Juliet, TN

#67 Dec 20, 2012
If a formal campaign or class action lawsuit against Clara Byrd happens, I would ask that a Facebook page be created to help victims of Clara Byrd come together and organize their efforts.

Also, look into sharing your stories of court abuse you have suffered from Clara Byrd with the Lawless America -- there is a Facebook page for Bill Windsor's movement to expose government/court corruption and put pressure on the elected officials in Washington DC to take back our rights in this country. We've got to get the word out that things need to change in Wilson County and Tennessee.

https://www.facebook.com/lawlessamerica
civil corruption

United States

#69 Jan 28, 2013
Please be careful because the law will turn against the innocent ones and we will be threatened by TBI. Trust me the crooks always covers that ass. They are the real enemy to the citizens.
the more you know

Candler, NC

#70 Jan 29, 2013
http://www.jail4judges.org/

One part of the problem is the "Absolute Immunity" that our Judges have, and being human, are subject to abuse.

Even the court officers, all of them, seemingly have far too much immunity even though it is allegedly only "Qualified Immunity".

The people may think this an easy problem to solve, but, the people who made it so are those who have either Absolute or Qualified Immunity.

Learn what that means in this state.

A judge here can literally commit an offense against you in his or her court, that would be a felony for a citizen to do, and at best, you may pony up the money to sue them in Federal court for only a Fair and Equitable Remedy which means, no monetary or punitive damages.

Think you can get anyone at the Department of Justice to bring action against a judge who doesn't commit murder on video tape in the court room?

Unlikely.

Remember, the pacifier we've all been tossed is, "you can vote them out" ..... < sic....and vote another unaccountable one back in>
the more you know

Candler, NC

#71 Jan 29, 2013
Ruth

Hermitage, TN

#72 Feb 23, 2013
It isn't just those 2 judges, it is all the wilson county judges. This is one of the most corrupt justice systems I have ever seen, If you want to call it a justice system. These judges don't give a damn about the safety or welfare of a child. I truely believe they get up every morning pissed at somebody and take it out on the kids. You can say to "vote" them out but that won't happen. Your vote doesn't mean crap when it comes to the higher ups putting who they want on the bench. The only thing we can hope for is the day they drop dead so we can dance in the streets!!!!!!!!!!
Concerned parent

Gaffney, SC

#73 Mar 6, 2013
I have one that tops them all folks. What kind of judge goes over two other judges rulings & gives childeren to a parent , who gets a DUI , felony fleeing & hit & run, on thier way to pick up thier kids. The parent (father) who was sitting home with the kids, lost days of visitation with his kids over the mother getting into all this trouble. Guess votes & beers at a local pub are more important than kids lives these days. She says she's all about the childeren. Ha!!!!! The childeren who pass thru her courtroom , I feel sorry for. God bless them & get this evil woman out of our legal system permanently !!!!!!
Wronged in Wilson County

Gallatin, TN

#74 Mar 10, 2013
I would be happy to start one. I would need upfront support meaning I would need to know who would jump on this bandwagon with me. I guess I could make it a closed group.
MtJulietMom wrote:
If a formal campaign or class action lawsuit against Clara Byrd happens, I would ask that a Facebook page be created to help victims of Clara Byrd come together and organize their efforts.
Also, look into sharing your stories of court abuse you have suffered from Clara Byrd with the Lawless America -- there is a Facebook page for Bill Windsor's movement to expose government/court corruption and put pressure on the elected officials in Washington DC to take back our rights in this country. We've got to get the word out that things need to change in Wilson County and Tennessee.
https://www.facebook.com/lawlessamerica
Wronged in Wilson County

Gallatin, TN

#75 Mar 10, 2013
Check out the Lawless American/Tennessee page on Facebook. Comments are now open for Judge Byrd. If you have had a negative experience with this judge here is a chance to get heard by an organization devoted to stopping this type of corruption and to shed light on judges that don't abide by the law.
Bobby Bergdoll

Stockton, CA

#77 Mar 20, 2013
This Can't Understand Normal Thinking woman needs to be removed from this planet. Known crack addict & drunk driver should NEVER even be around children, but it's Tennessee!
Bobby Bergdoll

Stockton, CA

#78 Mar 20, 2013
and she takes payoffs too!
Bobby Bergdoll

Stockton, CA

#79 Mar 20, 2013
Tennesse needs churches at every corner because of all of the stuff they do when NOT in church.'christians' are hypocrites!
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! <quoted text>
Laura M

Stockton, CA

#80 Mar 20, 2013
I had a horrible experince with Judge Byrd! Now that my children are adults I finally feel free to talk about what happend! I wouldn't public talk about it before now because any custody issue would have in front of her again! I wouldn't have risked that! Long story short. I had an order of protection in place when Judge Byrd granted my ex tempory custody without my knowledge & my ex took my 3 kids from school without notifly me! My kids just didn't get off the bus..they were gone & didn't know where they were! For about an hour I thought my kids were kidnapped! When I finally got to court Judge Byrd said that since I was not born in TN I might flee out state with my kids. I took almost a year to get my kids back from an abusive, meth addicted parent! I never wanted to go into family court again! Judge Byrd shouldn't be a judge she should be in jail!
Ruth

Hermitage, TN

#81 Mar 21, 2013
It isn't just Byrd, all these so called Judges are just alike. My daughter-in-law is 26 and has stage 3 breast cancer. She has to take her child 800 miles ONE WAY to visit the father for every holiday, spring break, summer break and LABOR DAY WEEKEND. A 1600 mile trip for a weekend. WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!!!!! The worse thing is, he doesn't want to see the kid. He drops the kid off to his mommy and gets them when it's time for them to go home. I've been told that the system here is so corrupt because of the large number of mofia here. Just my luck, I'm not related to them. If I were, there would be a lot less problems in my family.
Laura M wrote:
I had a horrible experince with Judge Byrd! Now that my children are adults I finally feel free to talk about what happend! I wouldn't public talk about it before now because any custody issue would have in front of her again! I wouldn't have risked that! Long story short. I had an order of protection in place when Judge Byrd granted my ex tempory custody without my knowledge & my ex took my 3 kids from school without notifly me! My kids just didn't get off the bus..they were gone & didn't know where they were! For about an hour I thought my kids were kidnapped! When I finally got to court Judge Byrd said that since I was not born in TN I might flee out state with my kids. I took almost a year to get my kids back from an abusive, meth addicted parent! I never wanted to go into family court again! Judge Byrd shouldn't be a judge she should be in jail!
Disgusted with Clara Byrd

Ringgold, GA

#83 Mar 26, 2013
I have had numerous experiences with Clara Byrd. When my sister was 15 or 16 she and my dad got into an altercation where my sister decided to try and stab my dad and attack him. She is manic depressive and when she would go into a rage it was like watching a grown man on steroids go crazy. My sister attacked my dad and my dad defended himself. My sister then ran away and put marks on herself to make it look like my dad had beat her. Clara Byrd did not listen to my dad's side of the story and he was put in jail. Numerous court dates of her blatantly not listening to facts and stories that my sister needed to be locked up in a mental facility. My sister was placed in foster care where she caused trouble everywhere she went and my dad and my mother (who are divorced) were both ordered to pay child support while she was in states custody. I do not like Clara Byrd based on the fact that she automatically assumed my father was a child abuser when he is NOT. My sister was the crazy one who never took her medication like she was supposed to and had been in and out of juvenile for abusing my mother when we lived with her.
Clara Byrd needs to be replaced. This situation with my sister happened 12 years ago. My sister is still in and out of jail. Can't stay clean off of drugs and doesn't even have her 3 children. 2 of them have been adopted by their paternal grandmother and the other one stays with his paternal grandmother. Clara Byrd does not deserve the right to judge anyone's case.
nonnyb

Nashville, TN

#84 Mar 27, 2013
It has been seven years now since Judge Byrd took our precious grandson away from his mother and gave custody to the father whom the child disclosed had sexually abused him. His mother was given just two hours a week visitation, supervised, and monitored. No one else in the family was allowed to visit him. We filed an appeal and fortunately had transcripts from every court proceeding. It took a year to go through the process of law, then finally, when heard before the Court Of Appeals, the decision was overturned and the mother was given custody back to her. You would think the story would end there, but not with Clara Byrd. She would not return custody. We had to file yet another appeal, it was heard before the Supreme Court on an emergency hearing. They ordered her to give custody back. She then was forced to.

We also filed a complaint with the Judiciary and that took almost a year. It was then that she was given a reprimand for not following the Appeals Court order.It would seem that it made no difference to her. She still seems to be doing the same vindictive acts against the most vulnerable ones, the children.

I know that it is not only Judge Byrd, there are many other judges that do the same things. I have had many phone calls from frantic mothers and grandmothers over the past seven years, desperate to get their children back. Of course all I could do is lend an ear and pray for them. I also tell them to hire a really good attorney, one who has had experience in these kinds of cases, and "ALWAYS" have a court reporter. It was Clara Byrd's own words in the transcripts that caused much concern to the COA Judges. It does become very expensive and many people just have to give up because they run out of money. It took our life's savings, but we are not hungry. God has been good to us.

All that said, I do not live in Wilson County, but I would encourage those who do to remember the elections come up soon. That is one sure way to get her off the bench. She needs to go!

Ruth

Hermitage, TN

#85 Mar 28, 2013
You are so full of shit you stink. It sounds like you know the judges personally so why wouldn't they rule in your favor. You don't have a clue what a lot of people are going thru because of these sorry ass "judges". You're probably 1 out of 50 that hasn't been screwed by the wilson county courts. So until you know more of other peoples facts, SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!!!!!!!
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!
TMYK

Asheville, NC

#87 Mar 29, 2013
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/a...

http://tnreport.com/2011/04/03/lt-gov-may-pus...

Unaccountable judges with absolute immunity whose review board is comprised of only the same, anyone?

That's what we have here so now let's change the constitution to make it worse.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2010/0...

http://xfinity.comcast.net/slideshow/news-cor...

http://247wallst.com/2012/03/02/americas-most...

Judges in this state, and many others, are far too much like Corporations in DC, and capitol city anywhere USA. Far too much power and none are ever executed for treason regardless of how compelling the evidence supporting such is.

It is interesting that the SCOTUS 'judges/justices' ruled, less than 25 years ago, that 'corporations are "artificial entities" without human conditions'.

My how have the times changed and it would appear this state almost sees judges as being above the human conditions as well while granting them even more immunity than any corporation has ever enjoyed.

Now it couldn't be the BIG MONEY of the corporations has done anything to change the times, could it?

Why has Tennessee always granted absolute immunity to it's judges?
Concerned parent

United States

#88 Apr 13, 2013
Judge Byrd needs Phil Williams in her life. Where are ya Phil when we need you. If its for the better of the kids, she just won't listen to the people. She makes her mind who's wrong & who's right the first 5 minutes you are in front of her. Her head must still hurt from all the drinking at the local pubs. I've seen her at local bars & in downtown having drinks & partying it up. Maybe that's why she lets those kind of people off easy. Can't be putting your drinking buddy's in jail. It would be lonely out there for her. Have a drink on me Ms. Byrd, you days as a judge are numbered. Too many people hate you & I will spend every dollar I make for the rest of my life to make sure of it.
Just smiling

Morristown, TN

#89 Apr 16, 2013
You think judge Byrd is bad!!!!! You should see what judge Wooten is really like regarding child custody cases...you complain about the ex not paying copays or child support he foots you with the bill of your exs attorney fees... As for lawless America that will get you nowhere...look into HHS grants and the AFCC or CRC....you can find the fraud in your case if you dig...I'm getting closer!!!!

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