November 14, 2016
The Judicial Tenure Commission finally ruled in the Judge Lisa Gorcya Case. They recommended the judge be publicly censured (if that hasn’t already occurred) and suspended for 30 days without pay.
Editor’s Note: It sounds like that the prosecution of the highly respected Judge Lisa Grocyca was very political in her community. Let’s hope that this case is now out of the media and that the families especially the children involved in Judge Gorcyca’s cases can move forward with their lives.
July 5, 2016
Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca plans to contest a report finding she committed judicial misconduct in a child custody dispute that gained international headlines, her lawyer, Thomas Cranmer, told the Free Press today.
“While we respect the process, we were both surprised and disappointed with the master’s report,” Cranmer said in a news release. “We believe that both the facts and the law support Judge Gorcyca’s position.”
Editor’s Note: The parents settled their custody case and both parties are not speaking to the media (which must and should have been the terms of the settlement.) The court records are also being sealed like they should have been.
The controversial Family Court Critics Group tried this case on the Internet and are pressuring judges to rule in their favor. The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission system appears to be the real system that is broken in that it allowed public hearings on an ongoing custody case. This was an embarrassment to the legal system. In addition, this commission should not have been allowed to weigh-in on the custody case. In our self-correcting legal system, it is hopeful that the this appeal and the Michigan Supreme Court will overturn or ignore this findings.
There are certainly lesson learned in this case.
- Court investigator or evaluators that are authoring custody reports should not bring up Charles Manson in your report. If any judge in America mentions this is a court room, they are easy targets for the media and any investigator.
- Any custody litigant that gets a unfavorable ruling in Michigan Family Law Court should file a complaint against the judge with the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission.
- Michigan Family Law Judges should seal court documents in all Family Law Custody Cases and issue gag orders against all parties involved.
June 4, 2016
Finally, a Columnist for the Detroit Free Press, Brian Dickerson is the first member of the media to correctly understand what went on this week with the Paul Fisher and Margaret Rynier of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission and their hearings against Judge Lisa Gorcyca with the Tsimoni Custody Case.
In the two days of hearings, Dickerson has been able to navigate his way through the political and personal agendas of what he is calling the Tsimhoni custody fire. He is also one of the first reporters to inject Lisa Gorcyca’s husband, the former Oakland County prosecutor into this story.
Judicial ethics cops pour gas on Tsimhoni custody fire by Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press Columnist 6/3/2016
May 31, 2016
Judge Lisa Gorcyca is set to go before a Judicial Tenure Commission hearing on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in the 35th District Court in Plymouth, Michigan regarding her actions int he Tsimhoni family custody case. More than 175 lawyers and counting who work in family law have signed a letter in support for Judge Gorcyca.
Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Gorcyca worked in the District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor 16 years primarily working with Domestic and Elder Abuse cases.
The prosecution of Judge Gorcyca is by Paul Fisher, the controversial executive director of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission and Margaret Rynier. Former Wayne Circuit Judge Daniel Ryan is presiding over the Gorcyca hearing.
Lawyers back Oakland circuit judge as hearing to start by Mike Martindale, The Detroit News, May 30, 2106.
Editor’s Note: It is unbelievable that in Michigan a Judicial Complaint is heard publicly for an open Family Law custody case. It is even more unbelievable that the Michigan Tenure Commission is allowing the hearing to be video taped in an ongoing custody case involving minors. If this were allowed in all states, then Family Law litigants that are not pleased with the results of their custody case and want another forum should file a complaint against their Family Court Judge.
This complaint sounds like it is very political and with the media involved it gives the lawyers in the Michigan Tenure Commission an opportunity to grandstand or promote their professional reputations.
There is already a video that is posted on YouTube for part of this this hearing.