In a four-page opinion, Family Court Judge Lisa Gorcya said she has done nothing wrong in the Tshimoni family custody case but she is withdrawing on her own volition because the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission accused her of misconduct and she wanted to avoid any appearance of impropriety.
The mother Maya Eibschitz-Tsimoni and her attorney have made repeated attempts to get the judge to recuse herself from the case. The children spent two weeks in juvenile detention, are currently with their father under Gorcya’s orders.
Judge withdrawas from custody battle, denies bias by Steven Pepple (The Detroit Free Press, 12-29-15)
Editor’s Note: In teenager custody cases, what if a teenager intentionally violates a custody order by refusing their custody time with one of their parents. What power should judges have to enforce that custody time and to admonish any teenagers that do not respect the court and the court’s custody order? And does this change if one of the parents might be alienating that child or children against the other spouse?
We respect what Judge Lisa Gorcya did by sending the disrespectful children to Juvenile Detention. We hope the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission would not punish Judge Gorcya for doing so. We believe what she did was the right thing to do in this case. As far as the mom and her attorney, they reported the Judge to the Commission to get a different forum on judge. If that tactic works, that certainly is a tactic that will be used again and again. Good luck with that.